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Dean in hell

Hell in Supernatural, is the place or punishment and pain of the afterlife. Human souls who are sent to Hell are tormented until their humanity is stripped away and they become demons (3.09 Malleus Maleficarum).

Dean spends four months in Earth time in hell, but he reports that time passes differently there, and for him it was more like forty years (4.10 Heaven And Hell). This makes 3 days on earth roughly equivelant to a year in hell.

During his time in Hell, Dean was tortured and each 'day' his wounds would be healed, and Alastair would offer to stop it, if dean would become a torturer of souls himself. After '30 years' in hell (or 3 months on Earth) Dean accepted the offer and started torturing souls. According to Alastair John spent some time in Hell, this was reveled in 4.16 On The Head Of A Pin. Alastair also made the same offer to John that he made for Dean, John took the pain and the torture for 100 years and then he finally gave into Alastair’s offer. Some demons appear to be able to move freely between Hell and the mortal realm eg Azazel, Alastair. Others are trapped and can only escape through portals such as Devil's gates.

When a demon is exorcised, it returns to hell whereas the Colt and Ruby's Knife kills, as in obliterates, the demon and the victim.

  • An angel is capable of snatching a human soul from The Pit. As of now that only known thing that can snatch a human soul from the depths of Hell is an Angel of God.

The Demonic Staff of Hell

Like Angels, Demons have some sort of a chain of Demonic command. This theory has been reveled in many Episodes, in which these episodes completely explained the following:

  • Demons, like angels have some sort of a line of authority. The rank of a Demon determines where they fall in the demonic chain of authority.

Lilith- was the First Demon that Lucifer created, as an act of defiance towards God.

Azazel- is, ironically the only Demon with yellow eyes; this separates him from normal demons. He is extremely powerful, and he is known for creating acts of chaos and mischief.

Alastair- is the Grand Torturer of Hell, he is known for having tortured Dean and John Winchester. He is extremely powerful, according to Ruby. Alastair has displayed great amounts of Demonic strength and resistant’s; even after his First Meatsuit was destroyed by Anna's angelic blast when she retrieved her grace, apparently it didn't kill him, instead, his meatsuit was ultimately affected by the blast. 4.15 Death Takes A Holiday

Ruby- is Lilith's Right-hand Woman, according to her, not even Alastair knew her true purpose, as it has been said many times, only Lilith knew her true mission.

Known Humans that went to Hell

Dean: I enjoyed it, Sam. They took me off the rack and I tortured souls and I liked it. All those years; all that pain. Finally getting to deal some out yourself. I didn't care who they put in front of me, because that pain I felt, it just slipped away. No matter how many people I save, I can't change that. I can't fill this hole. Not ever.

4.11 Family Remains

You know when people want to describe the worse possible thing? They say it's like hell...You know there's a reason for that. Hell is like, um, well, it's like hell. Even for demons. It's a prison, made of bone and flesh and blood and fear; And you sent me back there.

Meg!Demon in 2.14 Born Under a Bad Sign

Dean: I saw Hellraiser, I get the gist.

Ruby: Actually, they got it pretty right, except for all the custom leather.

3.09 Malleus Maleficarum.