|Powers and Abilities||Superior strength, speed, and senses including sight, hearing, and smell. Retractable fangs that allow them to bite humans or animals and feed on their blood.|
|Vulnerabilities||Bloodlust, dead man's blood, the Colt, decapitation, the sun, angelic touch, vamptonite.|
|Appearance||Human with retractable fangs.|
|Episode(s)|| 1.20 Dead Man's Blood|
3.07 Fresh Blood
4.05 Monster Movie (actually a disguised Shapeshifter)
6.05 Live Free or Twihard
6.07 Family Matters
6.10 Caged Heat
6.16 ...And Then There Were None (mentioned)
6.19 Mommy Dearest
6.20 The Man Who Would Be King
7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding! (mentioned)
7.22 There Will Be Blood
8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin
8.02 What's Up, Tiger Mommy?
8.05 Blood Brother
8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin
8.09 Citizen Fang
8.10 Torn and Frayed
8.18 Freaks and Geeks
8.19 Taxi Driver
9.02 Devil May Care
9.04 Slumber Party (mentioned)
Folkloric creatures, thought to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to live on human or animal blood. They often have unnatural powers and the ability to physically transform.
A vampire is created when a person ingests vampire blood, but the transformation is not complete until they feed on human blood. Once turned, they suffer from bloodlust and must feed on blood, human or animal, to survive. Unlike folkloric vampires, they do not require an invitation to enter a home and are not killed by sunlight. They also prefer to live in packs in locations called nests, and will mate for life. After death, vampire souls go to Purgatory.
The Alpha Vampire was the very first vampire and he appears to have a psychic connection with other vampires. By the year 2006, vampires had been hunted so intensively and become so rare that John Winchester had thought they were extinct. But in the year 2010, the Alpha Vampire uses his psychic connection to encourage vampires to feed on blood from blood bags and focus on increasing their numbers. Dean kills all the vampires he finds in one nest, but it is unknown how many other nests may have been created or increased their numbers.
A cure for vampirism exists, but only if the vampire has not yet drunk human blood. They need to drink a mixture that includes the blood of the vampire that turned them.
Vampires nest in groups of eight to ten. Smaller packs are sent to hunt for food. Victims are taken to the nest where the pack keeps them alive, bleeding them for days or weeks.
Powers and Abilities
- Have extremely enhanced senses that include being able to smell humans and vampires over long distances, and the ability to see in pitch darkness.
- Can exhibit an eyeshine like effect (only shown in 1.20 Dead Man's Blood).
- Have sharp, pointed, retractable teeth that emerge from their gums and extend beyond their human teeth.
- Are immortal and unchanging.
- Can infect others by feeding them their blood so that they turn into vampires themselves.
- If they have enough human blood, they can heal quickly from any wound besides amputation.
- Sunlight - it's not deadly, but can cause a nasty sunburn. Vampires prefer to sleep during the day.
- Dead man's blood. Large quantities can paralyze a vampire and cause wounds that are slow to heal.
- Decapitation - cutting off the head of a vampire will kill it.
- Angelic powers - angels can burn vampires from the inside out with a touch, killing them.
- The Colt - a special bullet fired from the Colt can kill a vampire.
- Bloodlust - a vampire must feed on blood, human or animal, to survive (it is unknown how long a vampire could survive without feeding before it would starve to death, or if such a thing is even possible).
- Burning saffron, skunk's cabbage and trillium blocks a vampires scent. John Winchester gives these to Dean to put on the fire. He also tells Dean to dust their clothes with the ashes to stand a chance of not being detected.
- Vamptonite - the blood of humans which has been poisoned by the Leviathan food additive is fatal to any vampire who ingests it. Called vamptonite by Dean, this is also effective if the blood is injected directly from a syringe.
- Luther, Kate, and Hank in 1.20 Dead Man's Blood
- Lenore in 2.03 Bloodlust and 6.19 Mommy Dearest
- Eli in 2.03 Bloodlust
- Dixon and Gordon in 3.07 Fresh Blood
- Boris, Robert, Kristen and Dean in 6.05 Live Free or Twihard
- Alpha Vampire in 6.07 Family Matters and 7.22 There Will Be Blood
- Benny in 8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin and 8.02 What's Up, Tiger Mommy?, 8.05 Blood Brother, 8.07 A Little Slice of Kevin, 8.09 Citizen Fang, 8.10 Torn and Frayed and 8.19 Taxi Driver
- Andrea Kormos, Quentin, Sorento and Benny's Maker in 8.05 Blood Brother
- Desmond in 8.09 Citizen Fang
- Jimmy Day and Seth in 8.18 Freaks and Geeks
Daniel Elkins attracts the attention of a group of vampires, led by Kate, who follow him home and kill him after a struggle. They take the Colt from him and Kate presents it to her mate and patriarch, Luther. The vampires live in an old barn where they capture tourists and feed on them, turning one such victim into one of their own. Their nest is invaded by the Winchesters and Kate is lured after them, only to be captured and infected with dead man's blood while another vampire is killed. John Winchester uses her as a bargaining chip to force Luther to hand over the Colt, after which the vampires tried to kill John. At the same time, Sam and Dean rescue the vampires captives, killing the vampire guarding them and then go to help their father. Sam and Dean take down two vampires with dead man's blood soaked arrows and presumably later kill them and John kills Luther with the Colt. Only Kate and the turned victim escape alive.
Sam Winchester is captured by a group of vampires who have sworn off human prey and have chosen to feed on cattle instead, but they are still living in fear of being hunted. Their matriarch, Lenore, wishes for Sam to go back to his brother and the hunter Gordon Walker and ward them off hunting her kin. Gordon refuses to do so, however, and discovers the nest and tortures Lenore with dead man's blood to prove to the Winchesters that all vampires are monsters. Lenore resists her bloodlust despite his methods of temptation. The Winchesters turn against Gordon and free Lenore, having seen her resilience.
A vampire called Dixon has been infecting young blonde women with vampirism in the hopes of rebuilding his lost family and repopulating the vampiric species. He converts them by feeding them his blood under the pretense that it is a recreational drug, administered either with an eyedropper or in a drink. One of the girls he has recently turned is caught and interrogated by Sam and Dean, which puts them on his trail, but the timely arrival of a vengeful Gordon Walker prevents them from pursuing Dixon.
In a cruel twist of fate, Dixon captures Gordon and turns him into a vampire as punishment for the vampires he's killed in the past. Gordon is not a passive victim, however, and he uses his new strength to murder Dixon's girls and escape. This drives Dixon to despair and apathy, and when the Winchesters find his lair, he admits to everything he has done - it is implied that they kill him. Gordon, after escaping Dixon's lair, soon falls victim to bloodlust and feeds on human blood. He then continues his hunt for Sam by setting a trap, capturing and infecting another woman to work as a distraction and then isolating Sam so that he can attack him. Gordon underestimates Sam, however, and is subsequently decapitated with barbed wire in the fight while Dean kills Gordon's victim with the Colt.
In this episode, the Winchester brothers begin their supernatural investigation by looking into a vampire attack. However, the "vampire" turns out to be a shapeshifter who disguises himself as classic horror movie monsters, including Dracula.
In Limestone, Illinois, Sam and Dean investigate the disappearances of several young women. They discover that the most recent victim was obsessed with Twilight-style vampires, and that she was communicating with someone who claimed to be a vampire online. At the same time, a blood bank van is robbed. Sam and Dean go to a club called the Black Rose, the girl's last destination, and discover vampires trying to "recruit" new members. Sam kills one vampire, but Dean is turned by a vamp named Boris. Sam intervenes, belatedly, and chases the vampire away. The Winchesters return to their hotel room, and Sam calls Samuel. Dean, who is prepared to be killed by Samuel, sneaks away to bid Lisa goodbye. He is nearly overwhelmed by his hunger, but resists and returns to Sam and Samuel. Samuel surprises Dean by revealing a cure in one of his ancestor's hunting journals. In order to work, Dean must consume no human blood, and must acquire the blood of the vampire that turned him, so Dean goes to the nest of the vampires with a syringe of dead man's blood.
At the nest, a "recruiter" named Robert offers Dean blood, which he declines, and reveals that they are not longer allowed to kill people. Dean meets Boris, and tries to stab him with the dead man's blood, but Boris is too quick. Before Boris can kill Dean, all the vampires collapse, Dean included. He has a shared vision of the Alpha Vampire, and perceives that the Alpha wishes to build an army. When he awakes, Dean must fight the vampires in the nest. He eventually kills all the members - except one beheaded by Sam and Samuel - and gets Boris's blood. Samuel prepares the cure and Dean drinks it. He vomits blood and passes out, but re-awakes as a human.
The episode poked much fun at vampires in popular culture. See the episode entry for details.
Samuel and his people capture the Alpha Vampire. They subdue him using an IV of dead man's blood and attempt to interrogate him, but he is extremely resistant to pain and doesn't give Samuel any information. After Samuel leaves the room where he is being held, he is approached by Dean and Sam and he reveals to them that, though he is the first vampire, he has a mother. He also tells them that Samuel is torturing him for information about Purgatory and its location. Shortly after their conversation, he escapes his cage and almost escapes, but demons appear and take him away on Crowley's orders. It is revealed that Samuel has been working for Crowley, who takes Alpha Vampire to continue interrogating it about Purgatory.
Castiel brings Lenore to Bobby's place so that they can ask her for Eve's location. She is hesitant, but eventually tells them where to find Eve: in Grants Pass, Oregon. She then asks to be killed. With Eve on earth, her nest has abandoned her and returned to feeding on humans, and even she has given in to her bloodlust on one occasion. Sam and Dean try to persuade her that after Eve is destroyed things will improve, but Lenore is doubtful. Castiel places a hand on her head and kills her.
In Grants Pass, Oregon, they find Eve experimenting with creating hybrid monsters. On examination of some of the hybrids in a bar, Dean finds they have strange hybrid attributes - one creature has vampiric teeth in addition to the spike of a Wraith protruding from its wrist. Dean dubs these hybrids Jefferson Starships.
Sam and Dean learn from Crowley that the Alpha Vampire escaped before Castiel killed all of the monsters in Crowley's prison and as they need the blood of an Alpha for a leviathan killing weapon, gives them the location of the Alpha's hideout. There, Sam, Dean and Bobby discover that the vampires have been killed by feeding on humans poisoned by the leviathan food-additive and find Emily, a girl kidnapped by the vampires years ago who is secretly loyal to the Alpha. Emily leads them to the Alpha, but betrays them to him. At the same time, Edgar the Leviathan comes for the Alpha as well having learned his location from a vampire he captured, turned into to get his memories, then killed. Sam and Dean try to convince the Alpha to give them his blood, but he has made a deal with Dick Roman and doesn't believe them when they tell him Dick has betrayed them. The Alpha has Sam and Dean locked up and meets with Edgar who confirms that the Leviathans betrayed the vampires and that the food-additive is intended to kill all monsters that feed on humans including vampires in order to get rid of competition. At the same time, Sam and Dean break free and kill a vampire with poisoned blood and get kitchen knives to deal with Edgar and the other vampires. The Alpha battles Edgar to no avail, but Sam and Dean intervene, decapitating Edgar. Grateful for them saving him and understanding that the vampires and the Winchesters have a common enemy, the Alpha gives Sam and Dean his blood without a fight and lets them leave with Allan, a young boy he has kidnapped but promises to "see you next season" which they look forward to.
Flashback: In Purgatory, Dean interrogates a vampire about the location of Castiel and decapitates him when he doesn't get an answer. He is attacked by another vampire, but is saved by the vampire Benny who offers him a deal: Benny will show him a way out of Purgatory that only humans can use if Dean lets Benny's soul hitch a ride out with him. Dean agrees as long as they find Castiel first.
Later, Dean succeeds in escaping Purgatory with Benny's soul and performs a ritual that resurrects Benny at his gravesite. The two go their separate ways, but Benny later contacts Dean and they agree to not keep in touch for awhile, but that Benny can call Dean if he needs help.
Flashback: Dean and Benny interrogate a monster for the location of Castiel and finally learn his location from the monster before Dean kills it with Ruby's knife. Dean and Benny locate Castiel and tell him of their plan to escape, though Benny warns that he doesn't know if the way out will work with an angel. Benny gets confrontational about the fact that Castiel abandoned Dean and Castiel reveals to both that he did it to protect Dean as powerful monsters, including the leviathans are after him. Castiel reluctantly joins Dean and Benny in looking for a way out of Purgatory.
Flashback: Dean, Benny and Castiel defend themselves from three monsters that attack them and then argue about the fact that Castiel's presence is drawing attention to Dean and Benny. Benny and Castiel want Dean to leave Castiel behind, but Dean is determined to get all three of them out as per their deal or die trying. When Dean points out that Benny is a vampire, Benny insists that he only feeds on blood transfusions and that "I feed on blood, not people." However, before they can argue anymore, Castiel senses leviathans approaching and three are forced to run. The three end up fighting two Leviathans and Dean decapitates one and Benny decapitates the other, saving Castiel much to Dean's shock.
Benny, knowing that if his maker gets wind of the fact that he is alive will come after him, goes after his maker to kill him first. He tries to get a vampire from his former nest named Quentin to tell him where his maker is, but Quentin ambushes him with two other vampires. Benny wins the fight and kills all three vampires, but is badly injured and calls Dean for help. Dean brings Benny blood from Benny's truck to help him recover and Benny explains what he's doing so Dean decides to join him. Benny explains that his former nest are vampire pirates, or as Dean calls them, vampirates, who find private yachts going on long journey's, ambush them, feed on the owners and sink the boats to hide their crimes. Dean and Benny figure out from things Quentin had on him that the nest is on Prentis Island and head there with Benny explaining his own personal history of falling in love with one of the people he ambushed, abandoning his nest who's leader believes he's a god and being killed ultimately for his betrayal. He also wants revenge for the death of his lover Andrea Kormos which was the last thing he saw before he was killed.
On Prentis Island, Benny is shocked to find Andrea alive and a vampire and is ambushed and captured while Dean escapes. Dean makes his way through the nest, single-handedly killing all of the vampires he finds, which is at least four of them. Andrea and another vampire named Sorento hold Benny captive and Andrea is revealed to be so high up in the nest that she only reports to the leader, Benny's maker. Andrea orders Sorento away then reveals she still loves Benny. Telling Benny that his resurrection is proof that his maker is not a god and that he can kill the maker where Andrea and the other vampires can't, she gives him the keys to his handcuffs and a knife with which to kill the maker. Benny is brought before his maker who reveals that he turned Andrea as a form of revenge against Benny. Benny reveals Andrea's treachery by showing his now-free hands and easily overpowers and kills Sorento with his own knife when he attacks him. Benny's maker refuses to defend himself, hating the world and wanting to die on his own terms, but Benny promises to show him another world (Purgatory) and kills him with Andrea's knife. Heading down to meet Andrea, Benny is shocked to learn that instead of wanting to burn the operation to the ground and start a new life with him like he wants, Andrea wants to continue the piracy and hunting humans and starts to attack Benny when he refuses. However, Dean decapitates her from behind before she can attack.
Benny is left completely distraught by the experience and wonders why Dean kept his word and resurrected him rather than betraying him. On the mainland, Sam and Benny meet and an awkward moment ensues where Sam wants to attack but Dean dissuades him. Recognizing that Sam and Dean need to sort things out, Benny leaves them alone.
Flashback: In Purgatory, Benny leads Dean and Castiel to the location of the portal, telling them that someone told him where it was. Dean argues with him over the idea that whoever told him could've been lying to him, but Benny insists that he lies, he doesn't get lied to. Finally, Benny is proven right when the nearby portal opens in response to Dean's presence. Telling Dean he's putting a lot of trust in him, Benny prepares to transfer his soul into Dean. Dean tells him he has earned that trust and casts a spell that transfers Benny's soul into his arm. When Dean makes it out of Purgatory through the portal, Benny's soul goes with him.
A rouge vampire named Desmond decides to create his own nest and tries to entice Benny, who has moved back into his hometown in Louisiana and is looking after his great-granddaughter Elizabeth secretly, into helping him. However, Benny refuses so Desmond warns him that he will kill someone every night until Benny agrees. Desmond's first victim draws the attention of mentally-unstable hunter Martin Creaser who is following Benny and believes him to be the killer. He calls in Sam and Dean, but Dean believes Benny's story even after finding him after he buries Desmond's second victim. Despite Dean's belief, Martin and Sam go after Benny until Dean tricks Sam into leaving. Dean and Benny go after Desmond after Benny pretends to agree to join him to learn where he is and in the confrontation that follows, Benny kills Desmond. However, seeing Dean bleeding from an attack stirs Benny's bloodlust.
Afterwards, realizing that the situation means he can no longer stay there, Benny leaves, but Martin, obsessed with killing Benny, kidnaps Elizabeth to force him to return. In the confrontation that follows, Benny pretends to allow Martin to kill him, but turns the tables on him and in the fight that follows, rips out his throat, killing him, before fleeing.
Benny calls Dean for help after his loneliness starts to get to him without Dean or Andrea there to keep him going in the right direction. Though Dean, who believes Benny's story after learning what happened from Elizabeth, promises to meet Benny for coffee once the case he is on is over, he later calls Benny to say a final farewell, having decided to cut all ties to the vampire. Benny is left in a deteriorating situation: no friends and he's running out of blood with only one bag left.
In Conway Springs, Kansas, as Krissy Chambers and Aiden sit in a car at a make-out spot, a vampire attacks them, expecting easy prey. However, they are actually young hunters who laid a trap for it as it has supposedly killed Aiden's family. While the vampire is distracted with the "scared" Krissy, Aiden decapitates it from behind and confirms that it is the one that killed his family.
Hunting the vampire that killed Josephine Barnes' family, Jimmy Day, Krissy, Aiden and Josephine come into contact with the Winchesters who are in town tracking vampire kills and found out about them. Aiden and Josephine find a young woman tied up in Jimmy's motel room, but he runs when confronted by them. Krissy takes Jimmy down with a dart filled with Dead Man's Blood, but he claims not to know what is going on and that he is innocent of the deaths of Josephine's family. Not believing him, Josephine cuts his head off.
The next day, Victor Rogers pulls the three from school and shows them a surveillance photo of a female vampire he claims killed Krissy's father. He proves it to them as the vampire has on a necklace owned by Lee, but Sam isn't so sure that its real as it has no date stamp. At the same time, Dean learns from Jimmy's victim that she was actually kidnapped by a man in a hoodie and a blue van and that Jimmy only returned from Afghanistan a few weeks before, making him a new vampire. Josephine's family was also killed a few months before, making Jimmy innocent of their murders like he claimed.
Following a clue, Dean travels to the closed Conway Springs Lodge where he finds the woman who is completely confused as to what is going on. She is a vampire, but has been newly turned and hasn't fed yet. As a result, when the kids show up to kill her, Dean convinces them that something else is going on and to not kill her as if they can get the blood of the vampire that turned her, they can cure her.
At the same time, Sam goes after the man in the hoodie with Victor only to learn that he is a vampire named Seth working with Victor. Victor knocks Sam out and ties him up, planning to have Seth kill him. They have made a deal: Victor lets him roam free and in return, he works for Victor, killing people so he can create the next generation of hunters. Sam, Dean and the kids arrive and the Winchesters reveal the truth to them. Seth confirms he is the true killer of their families, something he says he enjoyed and Victor tries to convince them not to let it change anything. When that fails, Seth takes Aiden hostage so he and Victor can escape. When Josephine distracts Victor, Krissy shoots Seth in the right eye and chest with darts filled with dead man's blood, taking him down.
After everything is over, Seth is presumably killed and using his blood, the group is able to make the cure and administer it to his innocent victim, returning her to being human.
After learning from Naomi that Sam got to Hell through Purgatory and that Ajay is dead, Dean goes to Benny for help. Benny agrees to let Dean kill him and then lead Sam and Bobby Singer to the portal out as he doesn't feel like he belongs on Earth. After agreeing to see Benny when Sam returns, Dean decapitates him.
Three more vampires attack Sam and Bobby. Sam kills two, but the last one nearly overpowers Bobby before Benny rips out his throat. Recognizing Benny, Sam lets him lead them to the portal out where three more vampires, enraged at Benny working with a Winchester again, arrive to attack. Having never intended to return to Earth, Benny stays behind to hold the vampires off and is last seen being torn apart by them as Sam escapes.
A vampire stops at the side of the road where a girl, Tracy Bell, is having car trouble. The vampire offers the girl a ride and when she agrees and starts to get in his van, extends his fangs in preparation to feed on her. However, Tracy is a hunter and kills the vampire, leaving his headless body and abandoned van by the side of the road.
Charlie Bradbury reveals that she has become a hunter and that one of the beings she hunted was a teenage vampire.
Vampires in Lore
According to most lore, vampires subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person. Although vampiric entities have been recorded in many cultures, the term "vampire" was not popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism. Local variants of vampires were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania.
Vampires in Fandom
- A list of SPN and SPN RPF vampire stories