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There is no definitive answer to this question in the show itself; there have not been 5 distinct beings that were shot by the gun and did not die. In particular, the gun has never been used to shoot anyone since Lucifer, so we don't know if it would kill, for example, a Leviathan. All we know for sure is that it can kill demons, vampires, hellhounds, and ...


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tl;dr They kill demons because it's faster, easier, safer long-term, and their experience has shown that they don't really gain much by doing exorcisms (as the demon hosts usually die anyway.) Efficiency Killing a demon with the knife is much faster, quiter, and easier than performing a ritual. The ritual requires them to keep the demon in one place long ...


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According to Kripke (and Mark Sheppard, who discussed Neil Gaiman's reaction to his version of Crowley), "Crowley’s name is a reference to the character of the same name in Good Omens." Interestingly, Crowley is introduced in 5.10 Abandon All Hope... which opens with an overhead shot of a freeway, which evokes the description in Good Omens of the M25 which ...


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TV Tropes calls this Brand X . As it says on the linked page: When a script calls for a consumer product, and no one has offered the producers a Product Placement deal, a television program must resort to making up a brand — or, in some cases, obscuring a real brand so that it can't be identified. Another technique is to make a lookalike label ...


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I have never seen any indication that Gaiman and Pratchett's work was used as the basis for Supernatural's Crowley, and the similarities between the two characters are mostly superficial. Crowley from the novel is a demon whose existence dates back at least to the Garden of Eden; his name is just a modernized version of "Crawley" ("Crawly", in the novel), ...


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As far as the salting mechanics go, the salt is for the purification of the body and preparation for the destruction of the hostile spirit. As to the rationale for why we see it less: In the beginning of the show, they were very detailed with the steps to dealing with their supernatural menaces because the audience was not familiar and growing in knowledge ...


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Obviously, based on you even asking the question, it must be true that not all witchcraft in Supernatural requires demonic worship. In fact, magic itself in the series is just one more mystical tool available for those that know how to use it. Much like the various weapons can be wielded by anyone, even if they are not its intended wielder (e.g. anyone ...


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There's several types of demons: White-eyed demons are by far the most powerful. Lilith and Alastair are the only two known ones so far. Black-eyed demons are in general the weakest in terms of raw power and abilities. They're simply the most common. Crossroads demons generally have red eyes, and are far more self-serving than other types of demons. Of ...


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In later episodes, the brothers take active measures to make them unpossessable. No other non-spoiler answers are possible if you're just in season 2. Be patient.


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In this current season, we've seen measures demons can take to possess those with the tattoo. So it's not fool-proof. And while I'm sure some fangirls would love for Dean to undress Sam to make sure it was still there, even CW's not willing to go quite that far.


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They are not unpossessable because: Hence the holy water and salt. Any shape shifter can take their form along with the tattoo and hence the silver knife. Nobody can stop Leviathans from taking their form along with every minute details in their body hence the Borax Water. Showing just the tattoos is not a foolproof measure and Winchester boys don't take ...


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Well then, what timing. As of Supernatural 8x02, which aired the night this question was posted, But in summary, Crowley is a normal demon.


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Most of the supernatural weapons in the series appear to follow the same basic rule: they can kill anything that is "equally or less powerful" than whatever creature gave the weapon its power in the first place. So, the angel blades can, in theory, kill anything that is less than or equal to an angel in strength, and similarly for Ruby's knife. (The same ...


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The opening of the episode shows that Sam and Dean actually tracked the Trickster to the town, and not the other way around. They were investigating a case where a woman claims her husband was murdered by "The Incredible Hulk", and figure out that it's The Trickster behind the deaths. Once they start to chase him down, it would have been easy enough for him ...


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The dialog in question has multiple meanings even though it appears to be some throw-away dialog between the two characters of Castiel and Archangel Raphael. Castiel: Whose heaven is this? Raphael: Ken Lay's. I'm borrowing it. Castiel: I still question his admittance here. Raphael: He's devout. Trumps everything. Kenneth Lay was a ...


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In Supernatural, there were only ever four archangels named. They are, in order of power (roughly): Michael Lucifer Gabriel Raphael We know of no other archangels, and in season 7 it is hinted that none are left. Normal angels step in to protect Kevin Tran. If the writers wanted to introduce new archangels, it wouldn't contradict Abrahamic mythology. ...


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In early Judeo-Christian writings, there are generally a group of seven known archangels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Archangels http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archangel In the earliest Christian writings, the seven are noted as: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Chamuel, Jophiel, and Zadkiel. Jophiel is believed to be the archangel who drove Adam ...


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They have Despite "Search the Web" being the search engine we most often see them using, there are actually a couple of references to the Brothers using Google: Sam: Um, I Googled "fire," "claws," "flying," "stealing virgins," and "gold," and it all takes me to the same place. Dean: Where? Sam: ...


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Simply put, we know that demons tend to flash their 'evil eyes' in a few situations: They are working to terrify a 'normal' person They are using or preparing to use a significant amount of power They are confronted by something they fear or respect, but did not anticipate They are feeling strong emotion They are trying to remind Sam or Dean that "Hey, I'm ...


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The Supernatural Universe would give you the impression that there is a limited amount of anything associated with the spiritual or supernatural realm of existence. That is a misnomer perpetuated by the very nature of the medium we use to watch the show. If the show ran for another twenty years, we would have no shortage of monsters, angels, or demons for ...


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Yes it happens in one episode. Crowley gets furious with a demon who had made this kind of deal. He actually says: This isn't Wall Street, this is Hell. We have a little something called integrity. Link to YouTube If the human who did the deal dies before the deal time, the owner of the contract decides what to do; usually, they take the soul. However ...


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It was a rather elaborate way for Castiel to share the Angels knowledge of Azazel's activities and bring Dean up to speed. From the transcript: DEAN I couldn't stop any of it, she still made the deal, she still died in the nursery didn't she? CASTIEL Don't be too hard on yourself, you couldn't have stopped it. DEAN What? CASTIEL Destiny ...


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No, because demons are of the spirit variety, not the monster variety. They don't have (useable) bodies of their own anymore. Also, you got the quote wrong - there is no "...the difference?": Bobby: Dean, you gotta be careful with her, don't hurt her. Dean: Why? Bobby: 'Cause she really is a girl, that's why. Sam: What are you talking about? ...


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None of the executive producers have anything about Missouri on their Wikipedia pages, and Missouri is right by the center of the continental US (hard to miss in a road trip series like Supernatural), so I'm strongly inclined to say "no". Besides, you've really only listed 4 out of dozens from just the first 5 seasons. There's also 4 places from California:...


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None of the Supernatural wikis I know of (1, 2, 3) mention Islam except out-of-universe. I'm inclined to say that Islam does not exist in Supernatural for 2 reasons: Episode 6x15, The French Mistake, establishes that the series does not take place in our universe (except for most of this episode). Gabriel went into hiding as the Trickster before Lucifer ...


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Are God and Death part of creation? Lets assume God and Death are not part of "creation", since they are explained as the first entities to exist, and were not "created": Dean: Well I gotta ask. How old are you Death: As old as God. Maybe older. Neither of us can remember anymore. Life-death; chicken-egg. Regardless, I'll reap him ...


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There are two answers to this question, depending on how you interpret the 5th season finale. If you assume that Chuck Shurley is exactly what Castiel says he is, than the most likely explanation is that Dean was going outside the "plan" in trying to stop Sam's confrontation. We know that the "plan" from both Hell and Heaven is to release Lucifer and ...


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Kevin thinks he has holy water but he really doesn't. Everything in the pocket dimension was put there by Crowley and he's too smart to put real holy water in there and then send in his demons.


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No. Eric Kripke, the creator and original showrunner of Supernatural, named Dean (and more indirectly Sam) as a homage to Jack Kerouac's road-trip novel On the Road. From an article on DailyTelegraph: At the heart of the show are brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles). When they were young their mother was killed by a demon. ...


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Honestly, given the nature of the threats the Winchesters have faced, it seems almost impossible that NO higher government officials have EVER considered the realm of the supernatural given the state of bodies found, mysteries left unsolved, crazy people who survive and the number of police involved in most of these events. When I think about it, I can ...


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