Witches in Supernatural
A witch is a human who uses magical spells and rituals or witchcraft. Many, but not all, of the witches on Supernatural use Black Magic. Some serve a demon to increase their powers. There are three categories of witches, Borrowers, Natural and Students.
- Curse: Often accomplished using a hex bag.
- Deal with the Devil: Most witches obtain their powers by selling their souls to demons.
- Hollywood Satanism: Borrowers are witches that get their powers through demon-worship.
- Hot Witch: Most of the witches on Supernatural, although some may be Older Than They Look.
- Magic Genetics: Natural witches are simply born with mystical powers.
- Magic Is Mental: How allegedly Student witches work.
- Moral Dissonance: Most hunters are suspicious of witches, even though hunters often use spells and incantations which are very similar to witchcraft. This probably stems from the fact that most witches that hunters encounter use Black Magic to hurt others and may be in service to a demon, while hunters (generally) are using magic to avoid having people get hurt.
- Religion Is Magic: How Borrower witches work.
Don and Maggie Stark (James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter)
Appear in "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" (S07, E05).
A prominent developer and his wife, both heavily involved in philanthropic works and connected to a series of strange deaths. Both powerful witches, their marriage problems threaten everyone around them.
- Ancient Evil: Maggie cheated on Don with Christopher Columbus.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Both declare they would never murder the other before making out.
- Berserk Button: Maggie has quite a few, it seems.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Don stuns a Leviathan.
- Hot Witch: Both are exceptionally good-looking, especially for their age.
- Karma Houdini: Both are powerful enough that, once their relationship issues are resolved, Sam and Dean leave town rather than attempt to kill them.
- Lack of Empathy: Neither one of them seems particularly bothered by all the dead friends and business associates piling up around them.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Maggie goes about killing any woman she suspects Don of cheating with. Don's not much better with Maggie's infidelity.
- Pet the Dog: Don comes and saves the brothers from Chet after he ambushes and tries to kill them, as well as removes the magic coins that his wife put under both their beds to kill them both.
- Really 700 Years Old: They've been together for at least 800 years.
- Shout-Out: Dean compares them to The War of the Roses, a Black Comedy about a wealthy couple's messy divorce.
- Unholy Matrimony: Even if their marriage has been dysfunctional for centuries.
- Woman Scorned: Maggie is a classic example.
- Your Cheating Heart: Don's affair kicked off the killings. It seems both have done their share of cheating over the centuries.
Delta Mendota (Cyrina Fiallo)
Appears in "A Little Slice Of Kevin" (S08, E07).
Linda Tran hired Delta off of Craigslist to get the ingredients for a demon bomb.
- Cute Witch: Kevin finds her attractive.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Delta betrays the Trans to Crowley.
- The New Rock & Roll: Delta became a full witch after her band broke up.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When she asks Crowley if she "did good," he snaps his fingers and makes her disappear before describing her as a "presumptuous twit."
James Martin Frampton (Christian Campbell)
Appears in "Man's Best Friend With Benefits" (S08, E15).
James Frampton is a homicide detective from St. Louis, Missouri. He once saved the Winchester brothers' lives during a case with a lunatic alchemist. The revelation of the supernatural world during this case led him to turn to witchcraft. Portia, a familiar who splits her time between human form and dog form, chooses him as her master.
- All Witches Have Cats: Subverted Trope for James, who has a canine familiar.
- Astral Projection: He can "go to a place without having to go to a place."
- Bad-Guy Bar: He frequents a witch bar.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Uses witchcraft to solve murders.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: He starts having sex with Portia, which is against the conventions of his coven.
- Cold Iron: Dean and Sam use iron chains to nullify his powers.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Witch Cop.
The Wicked Witch of the West (Maya Massar)
Appears in "Slumber Party" (S09, E04).
- Demonic Possession: Able to take over a person with a single touch. She is able to control more than one person at a time. Furthermore, while most witches in Supernatural tend to have some link to (Abrahamic-derived) demons or Pagan/Wiccan following, she seems to be in a class of her own. She possesses Dean and Sam despite their warding against possession.
- Killer Space Monkey: Has an army of winged monkeys.
- Kryptonite Factor: Poppy seeds from the field in Oz can stun her.
- Geometric Magic: Unable to cross the warding symbols drawn on the floor of the dungeon.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she possesses someone, their eyes will glow green.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Cannot be killed by fire, decapitation, or holy water.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Able to be bound by a spell.
- Shoe Slap: She can be killed if stabbed by the Ruby Slippers.
- The Speechless: Dorothy cut out her tongue, but she can speak through the humans she possesses.
- Super Smoke: Able to transform into green smoke.
- Voice of the Legion: When she possesses a person.
Rowena MacLeod (Ruth Connell)
First Appears in "Soul Survivor" (S10, E03).
Rowena is a witch who seeks to reclaim her lost power base.
- Abusive Parent: Self admitted "horrible mother". Among other things, she once tried to trade her son for three pigs. For the record, Crowley was more offended by the number than the act, claiming he was worth at least five pigs.
- Ancient Evil: She's Crowley's mother, meaning she was born in the 16th century or earlier.
- The Atoner: "Funeralia" has her trying to resurrect Crowley, because of the regret she feels over being abusive towards him and not being able to say goodbye.
- Back from the Dead: She's revealed to have placed a resurrection spell on herself in case someone tries to kill her. As of season 13, she has come back from the dead with it twice.
- Big Bad: Of Season 10.
- Bring My Red Jacket: May be the case when Lucifer kills her for the second time in "All Along the Watchtower", as red markings cover her corpse, possibly remnants of the same red dress.
- Broken Pedestal: Is interested in Lucifer and offers herself to be his liege. She gets killed for this, and when she comes back, she declares him her mortal enemy.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's actually mentioned as far back as Season 8, where Crowley states that his mother is a witch who taught him a few things about magic and hexing.
- Consummate Liar: She's technically still human, but after just a few days in Hell she's playing all the demons like violins. She gets Crowley to believe that his current dragon Gerald is smuggling demons topside, causing Crowley to kill Gerald. Trish, the demon who lied to help her in this ruse, reminds her she promised to come back for her. Rowena promises "I'll be back in two shakes of a lamb's tail," the very same words she spoke to young Fergus before abandoning him.
- Crazy-Prepared: Like mother, like son. She's fully aware that despite being a witch, she's just as mortal as anybody. So she put a resurrection spell on herself, just in case...
- Deadpan Snarker: Like her son, Rowena is quick witted and has something of a dry wit.
- Demonic Possession: She is possessed by Alternate Michael in "Ouroboros" after the latter escapes from Dean's mind prison. She turns out to be his last vessel, as Jack exorcises him from Rowena before killing him.
- Dissonant Serenity:
- In her first appearance at the end of "Soul Survivor," Rowena calmly reads a book in her Tulsa hotel room while blood drips from two bodies pinned to the ceiling.
- She pulls this off again when Lucifer breaks free of his cage. Everyone is scared; Rowena takes it in stride.
- Divine Date: In season 11, she briefly romances with God. Yes, really. In season 13, she and Gabriel (as in the archangel) have sex. Heck, even her relationship with Lucifer is supposed to parallel an abusive married life, complete with trauma and recovery.
- Enemy Mine:
- Allies herself with the Winchesters, Crowley, demons, God, angels, and Lucifer to imprison the Darkness back into the Mark of Cain.
- She joins Team Free Will again in season 12 finale in order to stop Lucifer from reaching his son.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Double subverted with both Crowley and Oskar.
- In Oskar's case, she genuinely loves him so much that she granted him immortality to repay the debt she had to his familly. Then it's seemingly subverted when she has a tearful reunion with him, and kills him in the middle of it for a spell, just to get her power back. But then we learn that she holds a grudge at Crowley since this event and when his son and her grandson Gavin chooses to return to the past to die with his lover, she gladly fulfills his wish.
- In Crowley's case, she only pretends to care him by her own admission. But came season 13, where she learns that he is now dead, and is in shock over it to the point where she tries to get Billie/Death's attention.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She'd rather die than do business of any kind with a pimp.
- Evil Matriarch: Crowley's, actually.
- Evil Redhead: She sports a mane of red hair, but is a villain.
- Faux Affably Evil: Often comes across a sweet and cheerful woman, complete with a playful sort of voice. And then she will torture, murder, brainwash or betray you, all with barely changing her expression.
- Fiery Redhead: Has bright red hair and anger issues.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With the Winchesters as of "Funeralia", although it is worth mentioning that the threat that brings them together is Rowena herself.
- Fire Keeps It Dead: Averted, although she recalls that being immolated by Lucifer dampened her resurrection spell somewhat. While she came back mere seconds after her first death, in the second, she needed several months (possibly since her whole body had to be regenerated, as opposed to just the neck).
- Gaydar: When she meets Charlie Bradbury, she deduces many things about her including being "sexually progressive".
- HeelFace Turn: Starts in Season 12, where she becomes a Friendly Enemy to the Winchesters, and cemented in Season 13, where she becomes their ally against Lucifer and Michael after they discover that she feels remorse for her actions and for how she treated Crowley.
- Hot Witch: Rowena is quite attractive.
- Immortal Procreation Clause: Since she acquired immortality at a later age, her son Crowley/Fergus was born a mortal. He in turn became an immortal at a later age (or rather, after his death), so his son Gavin was born a mortal.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After finding out Crowley died, she starts to show signs of having a HeelFace Turn, and starts to get on better terms with the Winchesters.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: In "Girls, Girls, Girls," she kills a demon pimp, although it's to recruit the prostitutes for her coven. The line before suggests there's some Even Evil Has Standards going on as well, though.
- Killed Offscreen: Lucifer kills her for the second time in "All Along the Watchtower", and while the killing is not shown, her burnt corpse is. Not that it stops her from resurrecting.
- The Lad-ette: She's quite into drinking, fighting, and sex.
- Lady of Black Magic: A cunning witch among the most dangerous in the world, who takes great pride in her deceptive nature. After unlocking her true power, she can even kill Reapers and change fate.
- Leitmotif: Gets fuller and longer the closer she gets to whatever her goal really is. It's a moving, surruptitious oboe line with shrieking strings, almost like something you'd hear in a Zelda/Castlevania crossover.
- Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed; she tries but truthfully she's not so good at this, and her efforts rarely work as well as she plans.
- Multiple-Choice Past: She either conceived Crowley during an orgy or by a wealthy man who abandoned her. It is never made clear. Possibly a Retcon.
- Never My Fault: She feels betrayed by Crowley even when she was blatantly manipulating him.
- Not So Different: She gives such a speech to Charlie thinking they're both "ahead of their time". Charlie disagrees.
- Offing the Offspring:
- She asks Sam to kill her son Crowley in exchange for the translation of the Book of the Damned. Later she enchants Castiel to hunt him.
- She also leads her grandson, Gavin, to return back in time and die with his lover, though it is his choice to do it, and she merely helps him.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Since her son is a demon, technically Rowena has outlived her son for a long time, as the human Fergus died many centuries ago. For that matter, she also outlived her grandson, Gavin, who unlike her and Crowley was not an immortal or became a demon; even if his ship didn't sink, he would still have died to natural causes hundreds of years ago. With Crowley's death in season 12, she has fully outlived all her descendants.
- Playing Gertrude: Ruth Connell (Rowena's actress) is actually almost 15 years younger than Mark Sheppard (Crowley's actor). Justified, as both are immortals.
- Pride: Powerful and talented, Rowena really is full of herself, and often both overestimates her abilities while underestimating others. It's due to this that she normally fails. Underestimating Sam led to her being imprisoned and pretty much enslaved by him.
- Really Gets Around: She conceived Crowley during a winter solstice orgy so she can't tell who his father is.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is more than 300 years old.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Gets mad when Lucifer kills her that when she is resurrected, she teams up with the Darkness just to exact revenge. Though she quickly gets scared of what she can do.
- Safety in Indifference: On why she would never be tempered by love:"I hate you because, when I look into your eyes, I see the woman I used to be, before magic, before the coven, when I was nothing but Rowena, the tanner's daughter. A pale, scared little girl who smelled of filth and death. I hate you because, when you were born, your father said he loved me. Then he went back to his grand wife and his grand house, whilst I lay pathetic and half-dead on a straw mat - my thighs slick with blood. I hate you, because if I didn't, I'd love you. But love... love is weakness. And I'll never be weak again."
- Smug Snake: Despite her genuinely impressive powers and being very dangerous, Rowena is just a bit too full of herself to be a truly impressive opponent. Really, a lot of her plans fail due to her ego and many of her successes rely more on others than her.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Speaks almost all her lines in a giggly Scottish lilt, but she clearly enjoys hurting others, practically relishing opportunities to torture others.
- Terms of Endangerment: "Red" by Lucifer. Sometimes he swaps this with "Ginger".
- The Sociopath: Amara states that she doesn't even have the capacity for worry or kindness. Seemingly proven false as of Season 13.
- Vagueness Is Coming: In the final act of "Soul Survivor," Castiel tells Dean that he should take a few days off to recover after his cure; after all, Heaven and Hell are pretty quiet right now. Cut to Rowena's charnel-house hotel room.
- Vain Sorceress: A powerful witch, Rowena possess an ego that potentially could surpass her son.
- Wham Line: From Crowley to Rowena:"Mother?"
- What You Are in the Dark: In "Exodus", after Lucifer manages to break free and enter the Rift, there is nothing stopping Rowena from just leaving and abandoning the boys to their fate. Indeed, she almost goes through this, but conscience gets the better of her and she decides to stay in the fight.
- Woman Scorned: She joins Amara in "Hell's Angel" to get revenge on Lucifer for snapping her neck when she tried to devote herself to him.