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What's dead should stay dead.

Dean Winchester, 2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

You throw away your life because you've come to assume that it'll bounce right back into your lap. But the human soul is not a rubber ball.

Death, 6.11 Appointment in Samarra

Getting killed in Supernatural is almost when you know you've made it. It's like getting a Weird Al song about you. You're no-one in Supernatural until you've died.

Jared, Interview with CW Source, September 25, 2008

In Supernatural, death is a rather impermanent state of being. All recurring characters in Supernatural - except Crowley, Lisa Braeden, Ben Braeden, Becky Rosen, Sheriff Jody Mills, Chuck, Ghostfacers Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore, the Alpha Vampire, Garth, Amelia Richardson, Tessa, and Death himself - have died at one point or another. Some, like Sam and Dean Winchester, come back to life. Other characters - such as Bobby, Jess, Mary and John Winchester, Ellen, Jo, Pamela and Rufus - remain dead but reappear in the show as ghosts on Earth or as souls in Heaven, or through flashbacks, Time Travel, and Alternate Universes.

Currently alive and having lunch as recurring characters are Sam, Dean, Castiel, Crowley, Lisa Braeden, Ben Braeden, Becky Rosen, Jody Mills, the Alpha Vampire, Garth Fitzgerald IV, Charlie Bradbury, Amelia Richardson, and Ghostfacers Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore.

Michael, Lucifer, and Adam are trapped in Lucifer's Cage. Chuck's fate is unclear. If there ever really was a Chuck.

The following beings have the power to resurrect the dead:

  • Demons can resurrect the dead within the context of making a deal (i.e. Sam in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two). It is unclear if the Crossroads Demon does the actual resurrecting or if a more powerful demon does it for them.
  • Crowley claimed to have resurrected Sam and Samuel Campbell, pulling them from Lucifer's Cage and Heaven respectively, after he became the King of Hell. He lied about Sam, who was raised by Castiel. It is unclear if he raised Samuel Campbell.

This page features the deaths and reappearances of recurring (that is those have appeared in two or more episodes) characters on the show.

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Dean

Dean dies in Mystery Spot for real...until the Trickster brings him back

Dean may have the distinction of being the most killed character. He was killed approximately 100 times on the repeating Tuesday and subsequent Wednesday in 3.11 Mystery Spot by the Trickster, who also brings him back to life.

Ways Dean is known to have died in the episode:
  • Shot at the Mystery Spot
  • Hit by a car
  • Crushed by a falling desk
  • Chokes on a sausage
  • Slips in the shower
  • Poisoned by a taco
  • Electrocuted by his razor
  • Accidentally killed with an axe by Sam
  • Shot with an arrow by Doris the waitress
  • Mauled by a golden retriever
  • Shot by a robber

Dean was later killed by hellhounds in 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked when Lilith collected on the deal he had made with a Crossroads Demon in 2.22 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two. Dean was brought back from Hell by Castiel in 4.01 Lazarus Rising.

Future!Dean is killed by Lucifer in an alternate version of the future in 5.04 The End.

Dean is also killed by hunters in 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon and brought back to life by Joshua. During this episode, Ash comments that when Sam and Dean have died before and been brought back, angels have erased their memories of Heaven. This may mean that they have died more times than they themselves are aware, and if so, no accurate death tally can be established for either brother.

During 6.11 Appointment in Samarra, Dean goes to an unlicensed doctor to have his heart stopped. Desperate to solve the issue of Sam's missing soul, Dean uses his time as a spirit to contact Tessa, and ends up making a deal with Death. After a full seven minutes of death, the doctor and his assistant are able to revive Dean.

In 7.23 Survival of the Fittest Dean ends up in Purgatory, although it is unclear if this counts as being dead.

Sam

Sam is likely second in number of deaths to Dean. He is killed by Jake Talley in 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One and brought back to life when Dean makes a deal with a Crossroads Demon. His other known deaths are as follows:

In 8.19 Taxi Driver Sam is escorted by a reaper to Purgatory and then visits Hell to rescue Bobby's soul. He could technically be considered not living at these times.

John Winchester

Chronologically, John is first killed by Azazel in 4.03 In the Beginning, and is resurrected by Azazel after Mary makes a deal to allow the demon entry to her house in ten years.

He is killed by Azazel a second time in 2.01 In My Time of Dying, when he sells his soul to save Dean, who is dying.

Postmortem appearances:

Mary Winchester

Mary is killed by Azazel in the 1.01 Pilot. Mary has since appeared on multiple occasions, either as a spirit, an illusion, or an younger version of herself in the past.

Jessica Moore

Jess is Sam's girlfriend, and her death occurs in the 1.01 Pilot as ordered by Azazel. Jess subsequently:

Castiel

Castiel is killed by Raphael after he helps Dean escape from Zachariah in 4.22 Lucifer Rising. At that time, the force that resurrected him was unknown. In 5.16 Dark Side of the Moon, it is confirmed that it was God.

When Zachariah transports Dean to a version of the future in 5.04 The End, Future!Castiel is presumed to have been killed by demons near the end of the episode during Future!Dean's attempt to kill Lucifer.

Castiel is also killed by Lucifer after he Molotovs Michael with Holy Fire in 5.22 Swan Song. He is brought back "new and improved" by God after Lucifer's defeat. It is worth noting that when killed by both Raphael and Lucifer, Castiel "exploded. Like a water balloon of chunky soup."

When Castiel took in the souls of Purgatory, he quickly began to deteriorate. With Sam and Dean's help, he managed to send the souls back, but other creatures from Purgatory, the Leviathans, were also inside him. They took over his body and declared that Castiel was dead before walking his vessel into a reservoir where it disappeared under the water, seemingly exploding and releasing the Leviathans. Dean finds Castiel's Trench Coat washed up on the shore and takes it with him.

Castiel is later found by Daphne Allen, wet and naked, with no memory of who he is. She claims that God led her to him and takes him home. Using the site bouncingbabynames.com, she helps him choose the name Emmanuel for him. They later marry, and she supports his work as a healer until Dean turns up seeking his help.

After regaining his memory and taking on Sam's insanity, Castiel tells Dean "It's a punishment resurrection. It's worse every time."

In 9.3 I'm No Angel Castiel is killed by the Reaper April Kelly. He is later resurrected by Ezekiel.

Bobby Singer

Bobby is apparently killed by people infected by the Croatoan virus in the alternate future in 5.04 The End.

He first dies in reality when his neck is snapped by Lucifer in 5.22 Swan Song, but he is later resurrected by Castiel.

After being shot in 7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters by Dick Roman, he enters a coma and then dies in 7.10 Death's Door. However, Bobby chooses not to cross over, and stays on Earth as a ghost.

Bobby eventually becomes consumed by rage toward Dick Roman and starts becoming a vengeful spirit, so at his own request, Sam and Dean burn the hip flask he is attached to and dispatch him.

Bobby's soul returns in 8.19 Taxi Driver where Sam travels into Hell to rescue him as part of the second trial. Despite being little more than a ghost, Bobby seems to be solid as he is able to interact with Sam and Ruby's Knife with no issues. With the help of Benny Lafitte, Sam gets out of Purgatory with Bobby's soul in his arm and thanks to Naomi stopping Crowley, his soul is released into Heaven where it belongs. However, Bobby expresses interest in being resurrected again if Sam and Dean find a way.

Bobby also appears as part of Sam's subconscious in 9.01 I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here

The Impala

The Impala has had her own brushes with death. In 1.22 Devil's Trap, the Impala is crushed by a semi-truck being driven by a demon. Bobby refers to the Impala as having been totaled, but Dean is able to repair her. The Impala is also shown destroyed in the alternate future of 5.04 The End. The Impala is damaged in 6.14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning, and Dean is seen repairing it at the end of the episode. It is later overturned by a cloud of demons in 6.22 The Man Who Knew Too Much, and left upside down with all its windows blown out. Dean straightens her body, fixes the windows, and repaints her in 7.01 Meet the New Boss.

Samuel Campbell

He is possessed and killed by Azazel in 1973 in 4.03 In the Beginning, and later resurrected by Crowley sometime prior to 6.01 Exile on Main St. (nearly 40 years later). Sam kills him in 6.16 ...And Then There Were None while Samuel is possessed by the Khan Worm.

Deaths of Other Recurring Characters

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