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Powers and Abilities Superior strength
Vulnerabilities Electrocution
Appearance Humanoid with matted hair and pale eyes.
Episode(s) 1.12 Faith


An Irish sort of boogeyman said to live by the pipes under the sink, and to drown naughty children and reward the good. He is covered all over with matted hair, has pale flat eyes, lives in dark cupboards, and is rumored to have a crouching form like a rock.

Pad of Definitions (1.12 Faith), Official Website


A rawhead is a type of boogeyman that lurks in basements and preys upon children. Rawheads are hairy, ragged-looking humanoids with leathery skin. Their hands and feet are clawed.

Powers and abilities

  • Super strength – A rawhead was able to send Dean to the ground with one hand and little effort.
  • Super speed – Despite it's large size, a rawhead can move quick enough to evade and hide from hunters, even in small confined spaces.


  • Powerful electrocution – A rawhead can only be killed via a strong electrical current of 100,000 volts. Upon death, their bodies are rendered into mounds of gooey viscera.


1.12 Faith

Dean and Sam rescue two children hiding in a cupboard in the basement of a house. Sam leaves with the children just before Dean is attacked by the rawhead and thrown to the ground. Despite the fact that they are both in a puddle of water, Dean uses his taser to electrocute the rawhead, killing it and severely injuring himself.

14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land

While tending to a wounded hunter, Maggie learns he was attacked by a rawhead outside Phoenix. The hunter claimed to Maggie that they are faster than they look, before Maggie pulls out one of the rawhead's teeth from the hunter's shoulder in disgust.

Other Appearances

According to Jo's Hunter's Blog, Gordon was hunting a rawhead and teased her into asking him to go along in what he claimed was a stakeout. Later Ellen accuses Gordon of using Jo as bait.


Rawheads in Lore

There is also a version of the rawhead, known as "Rawhead and Bloody Bones," that originated in northern England. In this version, it's a water demon that inhabits deep ponds and marl-pits and drags children into its lair. The name is often shortened to Bloody Bones, Old Bloody Bones or Tommy Rawhead.

The following rhyme originated in Yorkshire/Lancashire:

Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Steals naughty children from their homes,
Takes them to his dirty den,
And they are never seen again.