Top 5 Supernatural VillainsAugust 19, 2014
They may be bad, but there’s just something about them that made them so irresistible and fantastic to watch. Whether you loved, or loved to hate them, all of the characters in this list have been an integral part of Sam and Dean Winchester’s adventures throughout the seasons that Supernatural has been on the air.
Love him or hate him, Crowley has been the one bad guy the boys haven’t ever been able to shake. From the crossroads demon to the king of Hell, Crowley’s storyline is just as interesting as some of the Winchester’s and actor Mark Sheppard is a fan favorite. From his first introduction in season five, sometimes an episode isn’t complete without Crowley, and he’s definitely contributed substantially to a lot of different storylines.
While Crowley is definitely in it for his own gain, he’s not opposed to helping Sam and Dean when they need it in order to erase the competition. He even helped re-imprison Lucifer in the cage, and helped the brothers kill Dick Roman and the Leviathans, but he isn’t without personal gain, such as when he tried to transcribe the angel and demon tablets in an attempt to open the Gates of Hell forever. He’s almost forgivable though, in some circumstances, and Sheppard as Crowley is charming and a fantastic addition to the show. His quips will, at the very least, make other characters roll their eyes and the viewer crack a smile.
“You know what the difference is between you and me? I know what I am. What are you, Castiel? What exactly are you willing to do?”
In possibly the coolest entrance to a show ever, Death stormed the scene and provided a creepiness factor that only actor Julian Richings could bring to the screen. Death really isn’t ‘that bad’, as we find out, and seems he likes being topside instead of being under Lucifer’s thumb all the time. Plus, he gets all the junk food he can eat, which he has an affinity for.
After finding out Lucifer can’t be killed without the aide of the angel Gabriel, the Winchester’s only chance to lock Lucifer in a cage in Hell is to get the horsemen’s rings, which all together act like a key to keep the cage shut. Having already been released from Hell by Lucifer (who must kill every man, woman and child in town), Death crosses paths with Dean in a pizza parlour in Chicago, where they discuss the terms of the horseman giving over his ring to help the Winchester’s get Lucifer locked away for good. While he is usually there to help the Winchester’s out of a bind and even going so far as giving Sam his soul back, he’s still Death and as such, he’s a character that’s used sparingly. Viewers love the character and since he only makes certain appearances, the fans know when Death comes around that the boys have a serious problem that they need solving.
“You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me, a thing like you, well… Think how you’d feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky.”
When Lucifer finally escapes from Hell after Sam inadvertently breaks the final seal, he sets out to find himself a temporary vessel. He comes across Nick, a lonely man whose wife and baby were killed during a home invasion. After mental torture, Nick finally agrees to let Lucifer in, thinking he would get justice for his deceased loved ones. While Sam is Lucifer’s true vessel, since Lucifer is still technically an angel, he needs permission to enter one’s body.
Lucifer is played by Mark Pellegrino (though other actors have portrayed him for a short period of time, including Jared Padalecki in a future sequence) and he does a fantastic job in that role. He’s charming, he’s funny and he’s an incredibly scary guy to mess with. While he waits for Sam to give him permission to take over his body, Lucifer is free to do as he wishes, including freeing Death and killing many gods (including Odin, Baldur and Genesh) in the episode Hammer of the Gods in season five. Whether you loved or hated him, Lucifer was a pivotal part of the storyline and it was great to see him finally on screen with Pellegrino easily carrying the grandeur that a role like Lucifer required.
“You know why God cast me down? Because I loved him. More than anything. And then God created…you. The little…hairless apes. And then he asked all of us to bow down before you—to love you more than him. And I said, “Father…I can’t.” I said, “These human beings are flawed, murderous!” And for that…God had Michael cast me into Hell. Now, tell me…does the punishment fit the crime? Especially when I was right? Look at what 6 billion of you have done to this thing. And how many of you blame me for it?”
Though over the seasons she’s changed her appearance, the demon has somehow warmed our hearts. Beginning as the demon set on killing the Winchester family, over time Meg grew into the type of person that the brothers reluctantly relied on and even the angel Castiel took some kind of interest in. Her ‘father’ is none other than Azazel, the yellow-eyed demon that killed the Winchesters mother.
In season six, things begin to heat up a little when Meg kisses Castiel with the intent to retrieve his angel-killing sword. In turn, Castiel turns and kisses her back, saying that he ‘learned it from the pizza man’ — possibly one of the best Cas moments in the entire season.
As evil as Meg began, it seemed to all fade, including her stint watching over a mentally ill Castiel in season seven. If you didn’t begin to like her then, it was her care (despite her calling Castiel “the naked man at a rave, totally useless”) of Castiel and the subsequent assistance to the Winchesters that won a lot of fans over.
“We’re gonna win! Can you feel it? You cloud-hopping pansies lost the whole damn universe! Lucifer’s gonna take over Heaven! We’re goin’ to Heaven, Clarence!”
The demon Azazel is one that John Winchester has hunted for over two decades in order to avenge his wife’s untimely death. He’s the reason Dean and Sam are in the demon-hunting business to begin with, and following John’s death, the only way for them to avenge their father and finish what he couldn’t do is to kill Yellow Eyes. When they do manage to slay him in the final episode of season two, it’s not without the help from John’s spirit. When the gates of Hell were opened, hundreds of demons were set free, and some souls too, including John. With the help of his father, Dean is able to end the demon with the Colt. As the brothers stand over the corpse knowing the demon will never harm them again, it closes the biggest chapter in Winchester history. It also brought to a close a two-season long story arc and laid John Winchester peacefully to rest. Despite that, the boys have their work cut out for them now that the gates of Hell have opened.
“I couldn’t have done it without your pathetic, self-loathing, self-destructive desire to sacrifice yourself for your family!”
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