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|image= [[File:Nick-S14.png|350px]]
|name= Nick
|actor= [[Mark Pellegrino]]
|dates= ???? – 2019 (killed by [[Jack Kline]])|location= Longton, Kansas|occupation= [[Vessel]]<br>[[Serial Killer]]|episodes= [[5.01 Sympathy for the Devil]]<br>[[5.22 Swan Song]]<br>[[12.13 Family Feud]]<br>[[14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land]]<br>[[14.02 Gods and Monsters]]<br>[[14.07 Unhuman Nature]]<br>[[14.11 Damaged Goods]]<br>[[14.12 Prophet and Loss]]<br>[[14.17 Game Night]]
}}
{{Quotation
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|text= All right... I'm not very good at this, but the priest said it would help, so, um... I'm gonna try. I say that I do the terrible things I do because I couldn't find who killed Sarah and Teddy. And that once I did, I'd be free of this darkness and this rage... but I lied. Truth is... I like doing these things, and I don't want to stop. I'm bonded to you and what you are. I mean, it's -- it's -- It's how you first found me. I don't know who I am if I'm not you. No consequences. No pain. No sorrow. I want that back. I want it back. I don't want to feel now what I didn't feel then. Where are you? Where are you? Help me. Help me.
|author= Nick
|source= [[14.07 Unhuman Nature]]
Nick lived in Pike Creek, Delaware, and was married to a woman named [[Sarah]]. Together, they had a son named Teddy. One night, Sarah and the baby were murdered by the demon [[Abraxas]] as they slept while Nick was out, drinking at the Elk's Lodge.<ref name="fourteen07">[[14.07 Unhuman Nature]]</ref> After their deaths the grief-stricken Nick still resided in the house, and kept some objects that were connected to Sarah and his son.<ref name="five01">[[5.01 Sympathy for the Devil]]</ref>
[[Lucifer]] chooses to use Nick as a so-called "Plan B" [[vessel]] when [[Sam]] refused to consent to him.<ref name="five01" /><ref name="five03">[[5.03 Free to Be You and Me]]</ref> However, because he isn't the "true" vessel, over time Nick’s body slowly becomes became more and more degraded. The longer he continued to be occupied by Lucifer the more his body burned out, due to his [[meatsuit]]'s inability to contain Lucifer's essence. [[Castiel]] tells Sam that Nick would be drinking gallons of [[demon blood]] in order to continue to host Lucifer.<ref name="five21">[[5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight]]</ref> Nick is dispossessed when Lucifer gains consent from Sam, his body left behind in a an apartment in Detroit.<ref name="five22">[[5.22 Swan Song]]</ref>
Despite no longer using Nick as a vessel, Nick appears appeared to be Lucifer's favored form to manifest visually in.<ref name="eleven09">[[11.09 O Brother, Where Art Thou?]]</ref><ref name="eleven10">[[11.10 The Devil in the Details]]</ref><ref name="eleven18">[[11.18 Hell's Angel]]</ref> Additionally, when Lucifer was expelled from Castiel by [[the Darkness]], an image of Nick briefly overlaid Castiel.<ref name="eleven22">[[11.22 We Happy Few]]</ref> Several years after Lucifer first possessed Nick, It's later revealed that his body was found by [[Crowley]]'s demonsafter Lucifer dispossessed Nick. They repaired, improved, where it was repaired and improved so that warded Nick's body so it could be a suitable permanent vessel and prison for Lucifer.<ref name="twelve13">[[12.13 Family Feud]]</ref><ref name="fourteen01">[[14.01 Stranger in a Strange Land]]</ref> Following Lucifer's defeat,<ref name="twelve08">[[12.08 LOTUS]]</ref> he was returned to Nick's unconscious body when Crowley altered [[Rowena]]'s spell, causing Nick to once more become Lucifer's vessel.<ref name="twelve13" /> Nick remained Lucifer's permanent vessel for the next year and a half until Dean killed Lucifer with an [[archangel blade]] while powered and possessed by the [[Apocalypse World]] version of [[Michael (Apocalypse World)|Michael]].<ref name="thirteen23">[[13.23 Let the Good Times Roll]]</ref>
When Nick survived Lucifer's death, Sam theorized it was because the archangel blade was designed to kill the possessing [[archangel]] while leaving the vessel unharmed. Nick takes up residence in a makeshift bedroom in the dungeon of [[the Bunker]] 's dungeon to recuperate from his ordeal.<ref name="fourteen01" /> His subsequent aggressiveness and Lucifer-like mannerisms when angered cause caused Castiel to believe that Lucifer did more damage to Nick's psyche than had been previously realized.<ref name="fourteen02">[[14.02 Gods and Monsters]]</ref>
After learning that nothing has had been done in the decade since his wife and son's murders, Nick becomes determined to find the truth about happened to his family, going as far as becoming a budding [[serial killer]]. He targets people with special knowledge of the murders such as his former neighbor [[Arty Nielson]], a local priest, and [[Frank Kellogg]], but he . Nick also gets the urge to kill innocent people, developing quite a taste for the act. He eventually discovers that the demon [[Abraxas]], whom Lucifer knew personally, possessed Kellogg that night and used his [[meatsuit]] to kill Nick's family with a hammer.<ref name="fourteen02" /><ref name="fourteen07" /> After getting his revenge upon Abraxas,<ref name="fourteen11">[[14.11 Damaged Goods]]</ref> Nick escaped police custody and began a search for Lucifer.<ref name="fourteen12">[[14.12 Prophet and Loss]]</ref> Working with [[demons]], Nick contacted Lucifer in [[the Empty]] and learned of a way to [[resurrection|resurrect him]]. Using Jack's blood, Nick succeeded in bringing Lucifer back from the Empty, but was foiled by Jack, who imprisoned Lucifer and killed Nick to stop him from trying again.<ref name="fourteen17">[[14.17 Game Night]]</ref> Because of his rampage, Nick's soul likely went to [[Hell]]. When Lucifer is resurrected by God, he returns in the form of Nick, although it appears that God gave Lucifer his own body instead of restoring Nick as his vessel. This resurrection is short-lived for Lucifer as he is killed once again by Michael and turns to ashes, leaving behind nothing of him.<ref name="fifteen19">[[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]</ref>
==Episodes==
[[File:ComatoseNick.jpg|thumb|right|350px|A comatose Nick about to be re-possessed by [[Lucifer]].]]
===[[12.13 Family Feud]]===
A few years after Lucifer abandoned Nick's body as a vessel, [[Crowley]] revealed that he and his demons find him and found Nick's body following his dispossession. They have his body repaired and improved to act as a suitable permanent [[vessel]] for [[Lucifer]]. After Crowley corrupts [[Rowena]]'s [[spell]] to send Lucifer back to [[the Cage]], he is instead sent into Nick's unconscious body where Lucifer is restrained with chainsmade from the same material used to construct the Cage. Due to Crowley's improvements upon Nick's body, he shows no signs of degrading from the possession like he did previously or like Lucifer's other vessels aside from [[Castiel]] and [[President Jefferson Rooney]].
===[[12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell]]===
===[[12.23 All Along the Watchtower]]===
After inspecting the surveillance photos [[Sam]] had taken from [[Dr. Hess]] from the [[British Men of Letters]], Sam confirms to [[Dean]] and [[Mary]] that Lucifer is back and that he returned to , having recognized his old vessel.
===[[13.23 Let the Good Times Roll]]===
:''"I needed the truth, Sam. I needed revenge for my family. You would’ve done the same thing."''
Nick captures a demon who had been working with [[Abraxas]] before Abraxas was captured by a [[hunter]]. Having been led to the demon by a previous demon he had killed, Nick holds her within a [[devil's trap]] and tortures her using an [[angel blade]] that he took from the Bunker when he left. The demon offers to freely tell Nick what she knows about the hunter who is in Hibbing, Minnesota, having no reason to protect her, but Nick tortures the demon anyway, going so far as to take out her right eye with his angel blade. The demon identifies [[Mary Winchester]] as the hunter in question whom she had witnessed trap Abraxas in a box. Once the demon tells him all she knows, Nick kills her.
[[File:NickKillsAbraxas.png|350px|thumb|right|Nick gets his revenge on [[Abraxas]].]]
Now knowing where to look, Nick travels to Hibbing, where he stops at a grocery store for directions, unknowingly just missing Mary. Nick draws the clerk's suspicions, particularly with his aggressive questions, causing the clerk to lie to him and then call [[Sheriff Donna Hanscum]] to report the encounter once Nick is gone. That night, Nick is pulled over by Donna and handcuffed, Donna having discovered that he is driving a van reported stolen two weeks earlier in Missoula, Montana. Nick refuses to cooperate with Donna, who uses a mobile fingerprint scanner to run Nick's [[fingerprints]] in an effort to learn his true identity. As Donna is distracted running his fingerprints, Nick picks the lock on his handcuffs. From Nick's fingerprints, Donna learns of his identity and his being wanted for a murder spree, but Nick is able to subdue Donna with her taser. Nick learns of Mary's location at Donna's cabin from emails on Donna's cell phone and leaves the sheriff unconscious but otherwise unharmed in the driver's seat of her patrol car.
At [[Donna's cabin]], Nick kidnaps a surprised Mary and explains how he is looking for Abraxas, who murdered his family the same way he murdered the Girl Scout troop that Tonya Baker, whom Mary had rescued, belonged to. Mary tells Nick that she killed Abraxas, but he reveals that he knows she's lying as the demon that had escaped her witnessed Mary trapping Abraxas. Mary finally admits that she couldn't defeat Abraxas so she instead locked him in an [[Enochian puzzle box]]. Mary reluctantly agrees to lead Nick to her lock-up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the puzzle box is stored, but she forces Nick to search through the lockers himself without telling him which one contains the box. After finding it, Mary reminds Nick that Abraxas will need a [[meatsuit]] that can't be either of them, so Nick kidnaps the security guard at the facility, Jeff. With Mary uncooperative, Nick tries to figure out how to open the puzzle box on his own, finally resorting to drilling into it which releases Abraxas in [[Demon Smoke|his smoke form]] and forces the demon, stuck within a [[devil's trap]], to take Jeff as his [[meatsuit]].
[[File:NickKillsAbraxas.png|350px|thumb|right|Nick gets his revenge on [[Abraxas]].]]
After Abraxas takes [[possession]] of Jeff, Nick demands answers from the demon, who doesn't realize who Nick is until Nick tells him that he is from Pike Creek, Delaware. Abraxas proves to be amused by Nick's questioning, the fact that Nick is no longer possessed by Lucifer, and that Lucifer is dead. Abraxas, holding a grudge of his own for Mary's trapping him, offers Nick answers if he kills Mary slow and bloody. As Nick moves to do so, he is interrupted by the Winchesters, who'd tracked Nick through his stolen van with Donna's help. Desperate to get answers, Nick uses his angel blade to break the devil's trap, releasing Abraxas, who immediately slams everyone to the floor with [[telekinesis]]. Turning to a shocked Nick, Abraxas reveals that he murdered Nick's family on Lucifer's orders and explains that Nick was chosen, but he was not special claiming they "threw a dart at the phone book" to choose who to target. As Dean begins an [[exorcism]] that Abraxas stops, Nick takes advantage of the distraction, shoves Abraxas to his knees from behind, and stabs the demon in the chest with his angel blade, killing Abraxas and finally avenging his family's deaths. With Abraxas dead, the Winchesters surround Nick, who tries to strike at Mary with his angel blade. However, Donna shoots Nick in the leg, allowing Mary to knock him unconscious.
===[[14.12 Prophet and Loss]]===
:''"He chose me, okay?"''
[[File:14x12 Nick Detained.png|thumb|right|350px|Nick detained in a hospital.]]
After being arrested, Nick is held in a hospital to heal from his gunshot wound to the leg. While there, he learns from the guarding police officer that he is wanted in four different jurisdictions. Nick claims that he was possessed by Satan, but is dismissed by the officer, who leaves to eat his meal.
After breaking in to his home in Pike Creek, Nick starts to feel a chill and sees a mirror in the room frost over. Doors start to bang loudly and rapidly behind him. As the light starts to flicker, his wife [[Sarah]] appears before him. At first he believes this to be Lucifer before Sarah tells him she is his wife. Confused as to why she is a ghost, Sarah tells him she has unfinished business involving her family's deaths. Nick tearfully tells her he got revenge for her and Teddy's deaths and she can move on. He also explains how she and Teddy were killed by the demon Abraxas, who possessed Frank Kellogg. She tells him how she was there the night he chose to be with Lucifer, and her unfinished business also involves Nick needing to reject Lucifer. When Nick can't bring himself to do so, Sarah tells him he has doomed her to be stuck in their home forever and has doomed himself. As Nick is about to leave the room, Sarah asks where he is going. With tears in his eyes, he tells his wife "Wherever it’s darkest. Wherever he is." as he wanders around their old home.
 
===[[14.17 Game Night]]===
:''"He loved you. You know that? He did. I felt it. He loved you so much and you broke his heart. Of course, I'm talking about the old you. The "you" with the soul. Yeah. Kermit the Prophet told me about your sitch. What's it like not having a soul? Must be relaxing."''
Nick makes his way to [[Donatello Redfield]]'s house and ties him to a table, where he injects him with an unknown substance. He has Donatello leave a voicemail with a [[bible]] reference in Dean's cellphone and waits at the house for the Winchesters' arrival. He tells Dean and Mary that he injected Donatello with thallium and he only has roughly 24 hours before he dies. After Nick shows them the live stream footage, Dean takes him back to the Bunker.
 
Sam is agitated to see Nick again, but he agrees to wait to kill him until after they save Donatello. After Dean beats him to a pulp, Nick says that he wants to talk with Jack. Upon entering the room, Nick taunts Jack about breaking Lucifer's heart and no longer having a soul. Jack angrily tells him that he has a soul, but Nick headbutts him, which brings Jack close to snapping. Out of fear, Nick agrees to show them where Donatello is.
 
After arriving at the warehouse, Dean heads inside with the antidote for thallium, while Sam waits in the car with Nick. Meanwhile, Jack examines the syringe Nick used on Donatello and senses that it was recently filled with angelic [[grace]]. While Mary calls Sam to explain what Jack found, Nick takes out a lock pick hidden beneath his skin. After Sam drags Nick out of the car, he explains that he injected Donatello with grace in order to contact Lucifer in [[the Empty]] and learn how to bring him back. Nick also explains that he was able to keep himself hidden and acquire the grace because of a group of demons who want Lucifer back as well. Nick removes his handcuffs and attacks Sam while the demons attack Dean in the warehouse. After a drawn-out fight, Nick strikes Sam's head repeatedly with a rock. Sam manages to honk the horn to alert Dean, but he starts succumbing to the head wound while Nick escapes.
 
[[File:CookedNick.png|thumb|right|350px|[[Jack]] cooks Nick from the inside out.]]
Nick steals a passing driver's truck and heads to a nearby abandoned cabin where he begins a ritual to bring Lucifer back using Jack's blood, which was smeared on his shirt when he headbutted him, mixed with his own blood. Nick burns the contents of the bowl in a salt ring and manages to summon Lucifer from the Empty. A fanatical Nick looks at the dead archangel in awe as he grants him permission to possess him again. However, casting the spell alerts Jack of Nick's location. Jack teleports himself and Mary to the cabin where he banishes Lucifer back to the Empty and closes the portal before he could possess Nick again. Jack, having had enough of Nick's tricks, uses his powers to break the bones in his hand to torture him. Jack slowly burns Nick from the inside out despite Mary's protests, prolonging his agony before he finally falls to the ground dead.
 
Jack then teleports to the warehouse to heal Sam and tell him, Dean, and Donatello that Nick is taken care of. Mary is visibly shaken by Jack's actions, but he says that Nick was a monster and that he deserved to die like that.
 
===[[14.18 Absence]]===
Looking for Jack, the Winchesters return to the cabin, where they find Nick's body and are horrified at what Jack did to him. Sam covers Nick's body with a blanket, but it is apparently otherwise left untouched at the cabin.
 
===[[15.13 Destiny's Child]]===
As [[Jack]]'s [[soul]] is restored, he remembers killing Nick amongst other things.
 
===[[15.19 Inherit the Earth]]===
When [[Lucifer]] is resurrected by [[God]], he returns in the form of Nick, although it appears that God gave Lucifer his own body in Nick's shape. Lucifer is subsequently killed by [[Michael]] with an [[archangel blade]] and blasts into ashes instead of leaving behind any form of remains as he did the first time including any blood on the blade.
==Trivia==
* During the scenes where he commits his murders, Nick takes no visible precautions to stop himself from leaving [[fingerprints]], even leaving the hammer which he has touched with his bare hand behind at [[Arty Nielson]]'s crime scene, which explains why his fingerprints could be used to identify him as the killer. The fact that they specifically identified Nick by name when Donna ran them suggests that Nick has some kind of criminal history that resulted in his fingerprints being on file, otherwise there would've been no reason for Donna to get a specific match on him.
* In [[14.12 Prophet and Loss]], its revealed that at least four different jurisdictions want to prosecute Nick for his crime spree. These presumably include Pike Creek, Delaware; Montauk, New York; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hibbing, Minnesota, may be another one, but Nick's crimes there only amounted to resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Another possibility is the location where Nick killed the demon that led him to Mary Winchester at the beginning of [[14.11 Damaged Goods]].
* In [[14.12 Prophet and Loss]], his full name can be seen on his hospital bracelet: Vaught, Nick. [[Nick Vaught]] is the name of a former PA and current writer's assistant and writer on ''Supernatural''. It has not been confirmed that this is Nick's real surname.
* In [[14.17 Game Night]], Nick states that he "carved up" and killed the cop from [[14.12 Prophet and Loss]]. However, he only brutally beat the man who was clearly still alive when Nick left him.
 
==External links==
'''Meta'''
*[https://orangemeta.tumblr.com/post/80413302068/bbybirdbarton-nick-the-vessel-forgotten-death 5.1: Nick; The Vessel Forgotten] by bbybirdbarton (November 2012); [http://archive.today/yjOs3 archive link]
*[https://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/36090095608/crossroadprophet-nick-the-vessel-forgotten Nick has it worse than anyone] by defilerwyrm (November 2012); [https://web.archive.org/web/20190716020500/http://defilerwyrm.tumblr.com/post/36090095608/crossroadprophet-nick-the-vessel-forgotten archive link]
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