Supernatural: The most loved and hated characters each season

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Supernatural has been around for a long time. Each season has brought with it characters we’ve liked and disliked. Here are the ones we’ve loved or hated the most each season.

A lot of us Supernatural fans have grown up with the show. It started way back in 2005, when most of us were probably in their teenage years. Now, with a lot of entering our 30s, the show still persists. We’re not complaining because we can never have enough of Supernatural, but there are definitely characters on the show we’ve loved to hate. Likewise, there are those we’ve loved so immensely their losses still leave us feeling devastated.

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With the show having been on for so long, it wouldn’t surprise us if you’ve forgotten who were the standout characters each season. After all, there are characters we haven’t seen for about a decade, so it’s natural your memory would be foggy when trying to remember them. But make no mistake, these characters do remain fresh in the minds of the most ardent fans.

Within each season of Supernatural, we’ve had characters who have been a complete nuisance to Sam and Dean. However, it depends on how the character was both played and how their attitude was for us to outright hate them. Supernatural is known for having charismatic heroes and villains, so it’s not always the good characters who are most-liked and the villains most despised.

This list considers the most loved and most hated characters from the first 13 seasons – as the fourteenth season is still less than halfway complete. So, here we go, have a look at your favorite and not-so-favorite characters.

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SUPERNATURAL — “Are You There God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester” — Photo: Sergei Bachlakov/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Meg Masters’ demon

Season 1 of Supernatural was dominated by the Meg Masters’ demon. We never got to find out what the identity of this demon truly was, but the ‘Meg’ identity has stuck with her ever since.

Meg was introduced as a potential love interest for Sam during his estrangement with Dean. The two had excellent chemistry and it was a shame when she prematurely left Sam, seemingly ditching him in favor of a shady looking truck driver.

As it turned out, she was a demon all along and quickly killed the driver; establishing herself as an antagonist. Meg’s presence haunted the boys throughout the season. She trumps Azazel for this position due to her appearances exceeding the Big Bad for the season.

Meg had no mercy in her around this time. She sacrificed the actual Meg to antagonize the boys further and was a remarkable enemy for them. The two Winchesters had no experiences with demons at this point, making Meg their first big opponent.

Her exorcism still sends chills down our spines, something Supernatural has lacked for a good number of years now. Her method was cold too; she’d slice the necks of her victims without remorse simply to communicate with her “father”, Azazel.

In coming seasons, Meg’s power level was greatly reduced, making her somewhat of a regular demon. But in Season 1, Meg was the apex villain as far as battling someone head-on was considered.

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Loved: Dean Winchester

You have to believe that Sam Winchester was being set up as the main protagonist of the show in Season 1. Sam’s mysterious powers were the focus of most episodes, along with the tragedies he faced.

Dean was more of a supporting character to Sam, but this allowed him to shine bright. We saw Dean as something of a muscle head in earlier episodes, choosing to shoot and ask questions later.

However, Dean showed his tender side in stories that concerned children, or people who were seemingly too far gone to save. Him peeling away the layers behind his tough exterior was what made us more invested in his development than Sam’s.

His total devotion to John Winchester’s orders, and the natural leader he was without the presence of his father, made Dean a fascinating person to follow.

When we truly fell in love with Dean, though, was when he made it clear how much he loved Sam. There was literally in hell or heaven that could move Dean away from protecting his little brother. While Sam couldn’t wait to get over with all the trials the family was going through to get back to his life, Dean wanted nothing more than reuniting his father and brother.

Seeing how much Dean cared was what brought him to the forefront and Supernatural has kept an even keel between him and Sam ever since.

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Hated: Azazel

Up until the finale of the second season, Azazel was the only Big Bad we had ever known in Supernatural. Of all the villains introduced thus far, Azazel takes the crown for being the one that struck fear in our hearts.

The guy was a truly terrifying being and his presence made the show all the more appealing to watch. But that doesn’t change the fact that Azazel was responsible for the losses of both Mary and John Winchester.

What made Azazel so scary was his mysteriousness; you never knew who he may have been possessing. Azazel’s infrequent appearances only added to his haunting image as fans were kept apprehensive over where he might pop up again.

In retrospect, Yellow Eyes was the kind of villain Supernatural sorely needed because the villains of today are far campier to be taken seriously. At the time, the show gravitated toward the horror genre and Azazel fit the bill perfectly.

Still, there’s no denying we hated the demon when he was alive. The show built up to his demise for all of two years before the Season 2 finale finally rid us of him. Before his death, Azazel achieved his goal of opening the gates of hell and ensuring Dean would go there himself, thereby breaking the first seal to Lucifer’s cage.

Although we’ve found out he was a Prince of Hell, his fellow Princes don’t strike fear in our hearts the way Azazel did.

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Loved: Sam Winchester

Sam came into his own in Season 2. As opposed to the previous season, this time round Sam was more grown up, both in appearance and in personality. He accepted the love his father had for him and continued on with Dean, thereby shunning the normal life he had desperately wanted.

This season also gave us further insight into Sam’s powers, with him tracking down other people just like him. Sam’s empathy was a nice contrast to Dean’s quick-to-judge personality. He was the more sensitive, easy-to-approach brother that a lot of the in-universe characters needed around.

The mystery behind his destiny to go dark side unfurled in Season 2, with the audience catching glimpses of the supposed evil Sam to unleash (although this never happened).

Season 2 Sam’s biggest plus point, though, was how much he showed he loved Dean; something that was missing in the first season. This time around we saw how far the Winchesters would be willing to go to ensure the other was safe.

A great dynamic was formed between Sam and Dean, with the Croatoan virus episode especially highlighting to us how both characters ticked. Sam being willing to die and let his brother walk away displayed his selfless nature. Sam was also less willing to kill the innocent victims playing host to demonic possessions, unlike Dean.

All in all, Sam having an equal role to Dean in storyline helped him grow as a character, with his best qualities easier for us to sight.

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Hated: Bela Talbot

Was she a good person or was she always supposed to be an antagonist? Did she have any feelings for Dean or was it all an act? Were we supposed to sympathize with her or was her fate bad karma?

Bela left us with more questions than answers and these will never be answered. The actress moved on to The Walking Dead where her husband was smashed in the head by John Winchester…err, Negan.

When the season began, it seemed to be heading firmly toward an arc that would eventually see Bela turning into an ally for the Winchesters. However, by the time the season came to a close all the good aspects of her were forgotten in exchange of giving her a quick exit.

In the end, Bela was simply a selfish person who paid for a deal she had made 10 years prior. This negated all the good work she had done before. Her chemistry with Dean was phenomenal; there were more than a few “shippers” out there who would’ve loved to have seen the two become a couple.

Bela had also parted with the Winchesters on good terms a few times, which only confused us into thinking things weren’t so acrimonious between her and the heroes. Ultimately, though, all this was for nothing and Bela was killed off by hellhounds.

Her being a constant nuisance to Winchesters was eventually what she stood for, so hating on her is justified.

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Loved: Bobby Singer

Season 2 had been setting up Bobby to take the role as the surrogate father of Sam and Dean, but Season 3 was where it was finally cemented. Bobby was unlike John; he was tough on the boys but always showed how much he cared.

He was a great buffer for the viewers as too much of solely Sam and Dean would’ve caused something of a tunnel vision on the show. With Bobby, we had the two heroes take a breather and talk about the things that were bothering them, or grievances they had with the other they couldn’t share with anyone else.

Bobby was involved with the main plot from here on out as opposed to being a side character the Winchesters only went for help. We can credit Bobby for beginning the long and fruitful trend of Supernatural to bring fans highly memorable supporting characters.

Unlike Ruby or Bela, Bobby didn’t rely on mysteriousness or the likelihood of turning out to be a traitor. He was a safe place for the fans whenever he was onscreen, providing a sense of shelter for us and the Winchesters.

With the plotline of Azazel having been written away, a new direction was required; Bobby was part of this and ushered Supernatural toward the Apocalypse storyline which would kickoff starting from the fourth season.

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Hated: Alastair

Dean spent a significant amount of time in Season 4 sulking around and hiding his experiences in Hell from Sam. Basically, a lot of build up went toward teasing just exactly what it was that Dean had to endure in Hell.

It couldn’t very well have been simple means of punishment such as burning, which would’ve been too by the books to stand out from the rest of TV shows depicting Hell. Dean needed something truly torturous to be scarred mentally from his experiences in Hell. And here comes Alastair.

The Grand Torturer of Hell was something of a revival for character traits we had previously seen in Azazel. The actors who portrayed Alastair delivered Marlon Brand-style of behavior and delivery of lines, making Alastair distinct from other demons.

Lilith may have been used as a figure of fear due to her few appearances but big impact; Alastair on the other hand, showed us why Hell was not to be taken lightly. The subtle mannerisms and tics were what freaked us out watching him.

He clearly relished the prospect of doling out pain and suffering over a victim. The manner with which Alastair spoke almost visualized the suffering he had brought to Dean in Hell. His antagonism of Dean is exactly why he was the most hated character of Season 4.

There’s also the fact that Alastair never showed any remorse right up until the end. At least Sam killing him off was satisfying to watch.

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Loved: Castiel

Was there any doubt Castiel would be the most loved character of Season 4? Over 10 years later, Cas is still probably the fans’ favorite character to have ever been on the show. Castiel’s development has been remarkable during his tenure.

He started off as a norm angel, one devoid of any feelings, but would evolve over the course of the fourth season into someone the Winchesters could genuinely call their family.

His inability to understand societal norms made Castiel a lovable good in the eyes of the fans, who just couldn’t have enough of this clueless angel. Castiel also introduced the concept of angels and the Apocalypse on the show; a tall task, considering Supernatural hadn’t tackled something of this magnitude before.

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Castiel’s biggest achievement has been in becoming the first character to be promoted to the main cast on a permanent basis. No one wanted him gone, and his role was expanded upon in future seasons rather than having him bite the dust when his initial arc was done.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention his amazing chemistry with Dean. Castiel’s tenure has been punctuated by his association with the elder Winchester, and while they definitely do not have any romantic interest in one another, that hasn’t stopped hordes of Destiel shippers.

The character was demoted to a recurring role in Seasons 7 and 8, but fan support ensured Cas would be promoted once more to the main cast where belongs.

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Hated: Zachariah

The first angel to showcase a variety of emotions on Supernatural ended up being one of the vilest ones we’ve seen thus far. Zachariah was initially introduced as a level-headed superior of Castiel’s, who was called in to boost Dean’s involvement in averting the Apocalypse.

He was charming enough to have the fans’ trust for a few episodes before his true nature was revealed. While Zachariah was technically not the on the bad side, it’s not much different as Michael’s followers were just as bad as Lucifer’s.

Although Michael was the one pulling the strings, he had all of two appearances in Season 5. Meanwhile, Zachariah dominated the role by continually antagonizing the Winchesters into giving in to heaven’s demands. It got to the point where Zachariah became an outright villain and was too much of a threat to be taken lightly.

Over time, with one failure after another, Zachariah became obsessed with capturing the Winchesters. His goal of stopping the Apocalypse was hardly what drove him anymore; all he wanted was the Winchesters kneeling before him and acknowledging his greatness.

The moment Zachariah became the most hated character of the season would be when he tortured the Winchesters into saying Yes to Michael and Lucifer. He would take this to worse levels by resurrecting Adam Winchester and forcing him to say “Yes” to Michael.

When Dean stabbed Zachariah through the temple, a collective applause surely rang out within the fanbase.

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Loved: Lucifer

Oh yes, the series’ antagonist was the most loved character in his introductory season. Lucifer is just so hard to dislike that the way fans love him is as if he’s been a good guy the whole time.

Season 4 was spent teasing his arrival, and every mention of him indicated he would be worse than our most terrible nightmares. Lucifer’s rising scene from Hell certainly pointed toward a being with absolute power, and he seemed intent on showing no mercy and not wasting any time.

But, upon first appearance along, we found out just beautifully wrong we’d been in assuming how he’d be like. Lucifer wasn’t that menacing Satan, he was actually the funniest angel we’ve had on the show.

His entire problem with humankind had been tantrums of a child whose father had pampered him too much. Lucifer possessed infinite levels of charisma; something that has still swept us off our feet.

His immaturity has been his most endearing factor, not to mention all those cool powers he uses like a child given keys to his dad’s car. His most merciless acts have been when engaging in fights or doling out judgments upon weaker beings.

You’d almost want Lucifer to achieve his quest in Season 5 because he was just so much more likable than Michael was. When he got trapped in the cage again, we all felt it was a pity he was going away.

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Supernatural — “The Third Man” — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Raphael

Of the four archangels, Gabriel and Lucifer were alike while Raphael and Michael had similar personalities. Raphael is also the only archangel never shown to interact with his brothers onscreen.

He only had four appearances throughout Season 6, despite being the main villain. What makes Raphael so hated here is his hand at making Castiel one of the antagonists of Season 6 as well.

Raphael destroyed Castiel in battle after the apocalypse had been averted, thereby beginning his plans of restarting the end of days. Castiel’s obsession with defeating Raphael took him to such lengths that he absorbed all of Purgatory’s souls to finally kill the archangel off.

Raphael wasn’t above dealing with “lesser” beings such as demons when he formed a partnership with Crowley in his bid to steal the purgatory souls before Castiel. Unlike Crowley, however, Raphael didn’t have the sense of charisma that fans would’ve taken to liking the character.

He was an arrogant, silent-type who didn’t care much for small talk. Raphael’s civil war was what ultimately brought Castiel’s darkest side and inadvertently caused the deaths of the majority of angels in the Season 7 premiere at the hands of God!Castiel.

His unlikability was such that even God chose not to bring him back in Season 11 against the Darkness – not that anyone really wanted him back in the first place. Ultimately, the best part of Raphael was how he blew to smithereens when Castiel killed him.

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Loved: Crowley

On the other end we have the second antagonist of Season 6 in Crowley. While we all grew to hate Raphael for being the nuisance he was for the Winchesters and Castiel, Crowley’s charm had the effect of making us fall in love with his snarky attitude.

He had had a minimal role in Season 5, which had left us wanting more. This was duly handed out to us a season later where Crowley was revealed to be the King of Hell. Suave, confident, and delightfully inappropriate, Crowley pushed our buttons only to the extent we were comfortable with.

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In-universe, his attitude was such it always felt like he was one step ahead of everyone at all times. Crowley offered a more stylistic choice of villain in comparison to Raphael. His natural ability to get on the nerves of the boys, who could do nothing to make him stop, was a comedic talent few have ever possessed.

It wasn’t until the eighth season that we had confirmation of Crowley’s position as an actual demon. In this season, his traits were unlike all the other demons we’d seen thus far; casting doubt on whether he even was a demon at all.

Crowley made full use of having this advantage of a mysterious identity to keep the heroes on the back foot while furthering his plans for world domination along with Raphael.

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Supernatural — “The Girl with the Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo” — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Dick Roman

If it wasn’t for Dick, we’d have had several seasons more of Bobby Singer. The Leviathans were running flat as antagonists in Season 7, and in order to make them feel like more of a threat the show had Dick shooting Bobby to death.

Of all the Leviathans shown, Dick definitely held the most promise as he was the only one to show some resilience to Borax. It’s a shame we didn’t see as much of him as we should have; maybe then we could’ve taken the Leviathans seriously.

Dick might also be a disliked villain because he didn’t make the season stand out – something almost every villain has done on Supernatural. He was cunning and calculating, but this wasn’t shown much onscreen.

In fact, Dick got “boned” by Crowley when he drafted a huge contract that would stop Crowley from giving his blood to the Winchesters, only for Crowley to easily betray him and cause Dick’s death.

Perhaps the largest contribution Dick made to the plot was his role in sending Dean and Castiel to Purgatory. The Leviathan leader exploded upon his demise, thereby taking Dean and Castiel with him.

This would cause a long separation between Sam and Dean; a source for more hatred from fans toward Dick as no one wants the brothers to stay apart too long.

We’ve never found out what exactly Dick is up to now in purgatory, either. Probably living up to his nickname.

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Supernatural — “Holy Terror” — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PRLoved: Kevin Tran /

By the time Season 7 came to an end, fans had grown accustomed to having a very minimal main star cast. Only Castiel and Bobby had been accepted as legitimate additions to the main cast while previous attempts such as Bela and Ruby had been flatly rejected.

Kevin Tran proved to be the first character since Cas and Bobby to be accepted by the viewers. He was introduced as a clueless kid unwittingly placed in the position of a Prophet. Kevin’s appearance (that dopey school boy look) made it seem he would only be there for a few episodes, but this turned out to hardly be the case.

He instantly became a lovable character with his feeble attempts to understand the situation around him. Kevin was something of a callback to how the audience felt in Season 1 by displaying his immense surprise at the supernatural world.

Kevin also brought with him the concept of the tablets of God that would become the focal point of Season 8. The Leviathan arc was ready to be dusted away and there was no better method of bringing in a fresh story than a fresh face like Kevin’s.

We had the boy for two seasons before he met his end in Season 9, and Kevin is fondly remembered as his reappearance – where he was finally sent to heaven – showed to fans that Sam and Dean saw him as a family member of their own.

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Supernatural — “A Little Slice of Kevin” — Credit: Liane Hentscher/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Naomi

Season 8 already had a lot of trouble in the form of Crowley, but we had Naomi burdening us further by controlling Castiel against the Winchesters. She was introduced as a new class of angel with motives unclear yet obviously not benevolent as the angels thought they were.

Naomi wasn’t the main antagonist as Crowley was, but she was more hated in our eyes due to her supremely unlikable character. She didn’t offer any qualities that would make us like her, Naomi’s intentions were supposed to be for the better of everyone involved but she did in such dubious methods we could never agree with her.

It was already bad enough that she interfered with the Winchesters’ attempts to stop Crowley, yet Naomi took it further by having Castiel nearly kill Dean. It’s not certain how she thought she was helping anyone by being a complete nuisance, but according to her logic she wasn’t a bad guy at all.

She also took away the sense of wonder we had with heaven. The realm was turned into an office room where angels operated as if they were part of some kind of white-collar environment.

When Metatron seemingly killed her (unfortunately she was revealed to be alive in Season 13), a collective shout of approval must have rung from most fans because by that point we’d had enough of her.

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Loved: Benny Lafitte

Before Season 8 no one would’ve ever thought that one of Dean’s best friends would be a monster. In Season 7, Dean took the life of Sam’s childhood friend Amy by stabbing in the presence of her young son.

Around this time, Dean had absolutely no sympathies for monsters and saw them all as the same. There was no mercy coming from Dean in this regard in the slightest. So, it was quite the surprise when Dean emerged from Purgatory and revived Benny straightaway.

There were numerous teases throughout the season that Benny might have had malicious intents upon returning to Earth, but these were all unfounded as the guy turned out to be the genuine friend.

Benny always had Dean’s back in purgatory and on Earth he only fed on stolen blood; never taking an innocent’s life. Sam had Benny judged wrongly when he made Dean cut ties with him as Benny came through for Sam in purgatory too by leading him toward the exit portal.

It was sad sight indeed when Dean decapitated Benny to send him to purgatory, and even sadder when Benny sacrificed himself to save Sam and Bobby from attacking vampires. Now that Supernatural has a larger cast in Season 14, you have to believe had Benny stuck around long enough he could’ve had a spot among the regulars.

We certainly wouldn’t mind more of Benny; good friends are hard to come by for the Winchesters.

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Supernatural — “Sacrifice” — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Metatron

Without a doubt, there has never been an antagonist more annoying than Metatron. When he first appeared in Season 8, we were led to believe Metatron would be a good guy; his turn to the dark side was only worse because he got so irritating.

As far as story is considered, Metatron initiated the great fall of the angels from heaven. Castiel was manipulated by Metatron into completing several tasks, which all led to the angels’ downfall.

What’s worse is that the angels’ fall happened in Season 8, yet Metatron earned his most hated title in Season 9 because of all his exploits here. He orchestrated many events that would make him look like a god. Metatron also brought Castiel further grief by turning him into a human.

However, we could disregard all those acts and Metatron would still remain hated. This would be because of him taking the life of Dean in the Series 9 finale. Metatron stomped Dean in the fight to the death between the two and took no mercy on the elder Winchester.

His killing of Dean would then trigger the Mark of Cain on Dean’s arm, thereby kickstarting the events of not only Season 10, but Season 11 too. Thus, Metatron is ultimately responsible for bringing the Darkness into the world by killing Dean and turning him into a demon.

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Supernatural — ” Hibbing 911″ — Credit: Katie Yu/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Loved: Jody Mills

In the earlier seasons, Jody Mills’ role had been minimal at best. She’d had more appearances in Season 7, where a romance with Bobby was alluded to, but this was fizzled out and she had only a minor appearance in Season 8.

Starting from Season 9, however, Jody grew into a more motherly role – both for the boys and for Alex. It was by this point that we truly began to see Jody as part of the Winchesters’ extended family.

Her appearances weren’t a one-off anymore and we now look forward to at least one or two episodes per season that are dedicated to Jody’s adventures. By Season 13, Jody had settled into her role so well that there was hope she could headline the spin-off Wayward Sisters.

Going back to Season 9, her place as the most-loved character for this season is remarkable considering her minimal appearance in it. But in the time Jody was onscreen, we couldn’t help but love her for who she was.

After all, who could just go and adopt a teenager that had been in association with a vampire’s nest? Jody showcased her selfless and motherly nature properly in the episode that brought us Alex for the first time.

From here on out, we could see Jody as a safe place for the Winchesters; a role previously occupied by Bobby Singer, making this a high honor indeed.

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Supernatural — “Alpha and Omega” — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Hated: Rowena

Crowley had informally mentioned his mother in Season 8 when he told Sam and Dean he was a “son of a witch”. At that time, none of us had thought much of the statement and ruled it out to be one of those lines Crowley threw as part of his eccentricities.

But never in our farthest dreams could we have predicted that the mysterious witch shown in the first few episodes of Season 10 would turn out to be Crowley’s mother. Rowena’s authenticity as Crowley’s mother was attested, though, when her personality was shown to be pretty much the same as her son.

Nowadays, Rowena is one of the Winchesters’ trusted allies, but in her debut season she was anything but that. Rowena was the main antagonist of Season 10; manipulating the events from behind the scenes.

She displayed her status as a powerful witch upon first appearance itself and punctuated this when she showcased the effective use of the attack dog spell. This very spell was used in the season finale where Castiel was infected by it and nearly killed Crowley.

Rowena knew no love, even for her own son. Her final act in the season was the aforementioned attempt at Crowley’s life and she revelled in this opportunity. She had earlier pretended to be by her son’s side, but had only been biding her time before making siccing Castiel onto Crowley.

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Loved: Charlie Bradbury

Charlie had all of one appearance in Season 9, where she headed off to fight in the land of Oz with Dorothy. Before that, she’d had a significant role in Season 7 followed by guest appearances in Season 8.

After she returned from Oz, though, Charlie was upgraded to becoming a sister-type figure for the Winchesters, especially Dean. She’d had a good relationship with Dean before Season 10, but this evolved into a full-on sibling bond by this point.

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Charlie’s love for Dean was first shown when she forgave him for manhandling her when she was split into the good and bad versions of herself. Despite not knowing much about the Mark of Cain, she accepted Dean acting up because of it.

Charlie’s contributions were expanded upon following this event and she involved herself fully into removing the Mark of Cain from Dean’s arm – this would be what led to her eventual downfall.

The Styne family came into play near the end of the season and Charlie had become a surrogate sister for the Winchesters completely by now. As we all know, the moment someone becomes too close to the boys is the time for them to bite the dust, and so Charlie did.

Before she died, however, Charlie still completed the necessary requirements to ensure Dean’s arm would be free of the mark. Ultimately, Charlie chose to sacrifice herself for Dean, and we’ve all loved her for that selflessness.

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Hated: The Darkness

If Supernatural had intended to be over by Season 11, then this would have been the perfect time to do so. Even now in Season 14 we don’t have a story of the magnitude we had in Season 11. God, the Darkness and Lucifer all showed up here in what was good enough to be the series finale.

The Darkness in particular was the most powerful villain ever on the show. She was never defeated, instead leaving the world with Chuck to parts of the universe unknown. It would’ve been too hard to believe her losing anyway considering just how insanely powerful she was.

The show gave the Darkness a happy ending, but if you think about it, she was responsible for a number of atrocities. First of all, her fatal blow to Chuck would’ve seen the world ending had it not been for Dean changing her mind.

The Darkness also took the lives of hundreds of people in her pursuit to achieve her true power. She took the soul away of poor Donatello, and the guy still hasn’t gotten it back. She was most definitely an evil entity who got a rather unjustified happy departure.

A lot of the angels in heaven saw their deaths due to the Darkness’s supreme abilities allowing her to literally wave them away to death. Like everything else we’ve seen so far, though, Chuck couldn’t care any less.

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Supernatural — ” All In The Family” — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — Acquired via CW TV PR /

Loved: Lucifer

In the same vein from the fifth season, this time round Lucifer finds himself again in the most-loved section. While he remained a villain for almost all of Season 11, the version of Lucifer we had here was too enjoyable to hate.

In Season 11, Lucifer took possession of Castiel’s vessel and acted from this position throughout. His attempts at convincing Sam and Dean he was genuinely Castiel brought a lot of laughs our way, what with his complete exasperation of the Winchesters.

After he was revealed to them, Lucifer became even more entertaining as he sought to gain control of both heaven and hell. We never would’ve thought of the devil himself sitting on his throne playing mobile phone video games, but that’s exactly what we saw.

Lucifer would then turn his attention toward heaven, where we had more gems of scenes such as the “he who hesitates, disintegrates” line. It was great seeing Lucifer have some fun for a change.

He had been trapped in a lot of angst in Season 5 and that storyline had demanded he be more menacing than funny. Season 11 Lucifer brought his celestial abilities but his personality turned campier than how we remembered him.

Although we all wanted Castiel back at some point, Lucifer’s tenure in his vessel was a chance for us to see Misha Collins’ comedic talents. Looking back, we’re happy this storyline came to pass.

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Hated: Mary Winchester

For 11 seasons we had this image of Mary Winchester thought up in our heads. She was supposed to be this selfless mother who loved her children more than anything. The show gave us bits and pieces of her life and she aligned well with our idea of her.

As it turned out, Mary is the most boring character to have gotten a recurring role. Not only that, but if Supernatural didn’t remind us in dialogue that Mary is Sam and Dean’s mother, we’d forget that factoid.

She’s never shown an ounce of love for the boys. In Season 12, we waited patiently for Mary to display that motherly connection Supernatural had never shown before, but it never came. If anything, she doesn’t seem to like Sam and Dean much.

Season 12 saw her flee her children within a couple of episodes so she could “find herself”, only to then enter into a fling with Arthur Ketch. She had a reduced role in the Apocalypse world in Season 13, although when Sam and Dean found her, she didn’t want to go back with them.

It seems Mary likes to find excuses to not be with her sons. Maybe it’s the writers wanting her to go away for a few episodes and return when needed, but that just hurts her likability factor.

There’s also the fact that she’s just so dry; nothing about her personality stands out. She’s not funny, witty, lovable, or useful.

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Loved: Mick Davies

Considering Supernatural has kept a myriad of recurring characters over the years, it’s a shame Mick Davies didn’t turn into one of them. Mick was the only member of the British Men of Letters to feel remorse for the way the faction conducted themselves.

He started off just like any other British Men of Letters, but developed slowly into one of the good guys. Mick’s turn to the good side unfortunately resulted in his death at the hands of Arthur Ketch (who himself became a good guy later).

Heartbreakingly enough, we were even shown Mick’s childhood training. This explained to us why he had chosen to live his life under the British Men of Letters’ regime, and also conveyed his regrets at having to follow impossible orders.

By the time his end came, he was a friend to the Winchesters. Seeing that it’s not the safest thing to be an ally of the boys, he was swiftly shot in the head for his troubles.

Season 12 was a little all over the place, with several confusions surrounding where the plot was heading and who exactly was being built up as the villain – Doctor Hess or Lucifer? Among all this uncertainty we at least had Mick as a new character whose loyalties were made clear.

Ketch did come back in Season 13, but it looks highly unlikely Mick will be written to resurrect as well.

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Hated: Alternate Michael

Back in Season 5, we thought the worst things could get was when Michael, possessing Adam Winchester, would fight Lucifer. By Season 13, we got the big fight previously teased between Michael and Lucifer – it wasn’t all the spectacular.

However, the Michael we saw in Season 13 was a different one from the Apocalypse world. And this guy is much more powerful than the original one. This Michael saw the prophecy fulfilled and took control of Dean to fight Lucifer.

Season 13’s storyline had to do with Alternate Michael looking for a way into the main world. Michael had done all he could in the Apocalypse world, with him turning that world into hell on Earth, and now sought to do the same with the main universe.

He remained a thorn in the heroes’ side throughout the season and fully became the main problem when he crossed over from his world into the Winchesters’. It was obvious he would never stick by his end of the deal with Dean when the latter agreed to give him access to his body, but it didn’t make us hate Michael any less when he betrayed Dean.

While Lucifer was openly an antagonist in Season 13, he retained the sense of charm and comedic wit we’ve loved him for. Meanwhile, Michael has none of that and is only in it for the power.

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Loved: Jack

Not since Castiel has a character made us fall in love with their personality so much. Season 12 had Jack’s impending birth seem like Apocalypse 2.0, and many fans will agree they were apprehensive as to how Lucifer’s son would turn out to be.

Now we know it was one of the best decisions the show took as Jack instantly became everyone’s favorite. The boy is the sweetest thing you can find on Supernatural, and we didn’t know how much the show needed some innocence injected into it.

Over the years, Sam, Dean and Castiel had become hardened by their experiences battling evil; making them apathetic to pure goodness to some extent. Jack taught our heroes to see the good in the world again.

We saw Castiel become a father figure; something that would’ve been impossible to picture just a little while ago. The same way, Sam also had a character to bond with. We’ve seen Dean have close relationships with supporting characters, so it was a great change to have Sam be closer to someone else.

Jack did have an impact on Dean, too. Their dynamic began with Dean hating Jack with a passion. After he saw how pure Jack was at heart, Dean grew much softer toward the little Nephilim.

It’s been a pleasure to see Jack adjusting to the world in all his adorkable ways, and we’ve still not had enough of him.

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