- "'Look, Dad's gone now, we have to carry out his legacy, and that means hunting down as many evil sons of bitches as we possibly can."
- —Dean Winchester to Sam Winchester.
In addition to being Sam's older brother, Dean is the son of John and Mary Winchester, the older paternal half-brother of Adam Milligan, the grandson of Samuel and Deanna Campbell, and the second cousin of Gwen and Christian Campbell.
Dean was born on January, 24 1979. Mary Winchester, Dean's mother was killed by Azazel (a.k.a. "The Yellow-Eyed Demon") when she interrupted him while he was feeding demon blood to Sam. Azazel pinned Mary to the ceiling, where she suffered from bleeding stomach wound and was consumed in flames. Upon witnessing this, John, the boys' father, handed the infant Sam to Dean as the nursery burned and told him to "Take your brother outside as fast as you can! Don’t look back! Now Dean, go!" John left their home in Lawrence, Kansas, with Dean and Sam before Dean's fifth birthday.
When Dean was 6 or 7, John took Dean out shooting for the first time, using bottles as target practice. According to Dean, he bullseyed every one of them. Dean has cited this story as one of his fonder memories of his father.
On an occasion when John was hunting a Shtriga in Wisconsin and left Sam and Dean alone in a hotel room, Dean got bored and went out. When he came back, he found the Shtriga attacking Sam. John returned in time to scare the Shtriga off. For a long time Dean was haunted by his failure to defend his brother. In 1991, when Dean was in sixth grade, he made his first sawed-off shotgun.
Once when 12 year-old Dean was left to babysit Sam (8 years old) while John was on a hunt, Sam began to interrogate Dean about what it was that their dad actually did. Dean responded with "You know that. He sells stuff." When Sam moved on to ask about their mother, Dean got angry and stormed out after yelling, "Shut up! Don't you ever talk about mom! Ever!" Upon his return, Sam revealed to Dean that he had found and read their dad's journal, and demanded to know if monsters are real. Dean finally resigned himself to telling Sam the truth.
- "I swear, if you ever tell dad I told you any of this, I will end you." "Promise." "First thing you have to know is...we have the coolest dad in the world. He's a superhero." "He is?" "Yeah. Monsters are real. Dad fights em. He's fighting them right now."
- —Dean and Sam[src]
It is hinted at that Dean still believed at this point that his father is a "superhero" and continually excused his flaws while the tension between Sam and John was clearly starting to take root. Disappointed with John's lying and absence, Sam gave Dean a Christmas present intended for his father: The amulet/Samulet. Dean wears the amulet from this time on.
During the summer of 1997 John, Dean, and Sam were hunting a werewolf. In November 1997, John "parked" the kids in a small town in Iowa where they attended Truman High School. While Sam was having trouble with a bully named Dirk, Dean got a girlfriend, Amanda. He became uncomfortable when she asked him to meet her parents.
When she caught Dean cheating on her with another girl, she challenged him, charging that his 'cool' persona was just a cover for his pathetically sad loneliness.
Around 1998, Dean and John left Sam alone to go hunt a Kitsune. At this time, Dean also gave Sam advice over the phone on how to talk to girls.
In 1998 or 1999, Dean went on a road trip that was supposed to be "5 states, 5 days" while Sam was "in Orlando with dad, wrapping up that banshee thing". However, he spent most of his time in Lisa Braeden's loft.
Sometime between 2001-2005. Sam left for Stanford. While there, he became estranged from Dean and his father and didn't speak to them for at least a couple of years. During this time, Dean met Cassie Robinson while he and John were in Athens, Ohio, for a hunt. She and Dean dated for a couple of weeks. Before Dean left, he told Cassie the 'big family secret' about hunting. It was then that Cassie promptly called him 'nuts' and dumped him.
Dean also hunted a Vetala by himself during this period.
- "Sam:"I swore I was done hunting for good."
Dean:"Come on, it wasn't easy, but it wasn't that bad." S:"Yeah? When I told Dad I was scared of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45." D:"Well, what was he supposed to do?" S:"I was nine years old. He was supposed to say, 'Don't be afraid of the dark.'" D:"Don't be afraid of the dark? What, are you kidding me? Of course you should be afraid of the dark! You know what's out there!"
When Dean was four years old, his mother Mary was killed in his younger brother Sam's bedroom. Twenty-two years later, The Demon responsible for their mother's death kills Sam's girlfriend, Jessica Moore. Together, Dean and Sam go on a road trip to fend off supernatural creatures and search for their father, John, who occasionally leaves new missions for them to complete.
In Home, Dean first becomes aware of Sam's psychic abilities when Sam has a vision of trouble at their old home in Lawrence, Kansas. In Asylum, while influenced by the spirit of Dr Ellicott, Sam tries to shoot Dean in a spirit-induced rage over Dean's insistence in obeying John's orders rather than going to California to find their father. In the following episode, Sam actually does leave Dean, insisting he and John are both selfish because all they care about is revenge. Later, Dean tells Sam he was always proud of how he pursued what he wanted. Sam eventually goes looking for Dean when he can't reach his brother on his cell phone.
In Faith, Dean acquires a fatal heart condition when he is electrocuted during a hunt. Later, he is saved by a faith healer, Roy Le Grange, whose wife is controlling a Reaper. When Dean asks why he was saved, Roy Le Grange says he looked into Dean's heart and saw "A young man with an important purpose. A job to do. And it isn’t finished."
In Shadow, as they prepare to battle Meg, Sam confesses to Dean that he will return to Stanford after they kill Azazel, the demon who killed their mother and Sam's girlfriend, Jessica Moore. Dean becomes upset with Sam and insists that they keep fighting together.
- "Don't say just in case something happens to you, I don't want to hear that freaking speech, man. Nobody's dying tonight, not us, not that family, nobody. Except that demon. That evil son of a bitch ain't getting any older than tonight, understand me?"
In the last episode of Season One, The Yellow-Eyed Demon possesses Dean's father in an attempt to get The Colt for his own. After Dean realizes this, The Yellow-Eyed Demon pins him and Sam to a wall and reveals that John favors Sam over Dean. The demon also tells Dean that he was responsible for sending the demon's children back to Hell. After Dean makes a sarcastic remark about the situation, the demon tortures him and Dean pleads for his father's help before losing consciousness.
The season finale concludes with Sam, Dean, and John escaping from a clash with The Yellow-Eyed Demon in Salvation, Iowa. While Sam is driving to the hospital after Dean and John were injured, a demon-possessed driver drives his truck into the Impala, causing massive damage to the car and the Winchesters inside.
- "Come on, Dad. You've got to help me. I've got to get better, I've got to get back in there. You haven't called a soul for help, you haven't even tried. Aren't you going to do anything, aren't you even going to say anything?! I've done everything you've ever asked me, everything. I've given everything I've ever had. Now you're just going to sit there and watch me die? What the hell kind of father are you?!"
All three of the Winchesters survive the wreck, although Dean is more severely injured than his father or brother. In the first episode of Season 2, In My Time of Dying, Dean is in a coma and a reaper, Tessa, tries to convince him to die. In an effort to save Dean, John makes a deal with The Yellow-Eyed Demon, trading his life for Dean's. Before John dies, he tells Dean that someday Dean may have to kill Sam.Over the first half of the second season, Dean struggles with the death of his father and the resulting guilt that he should have died instead.
- "My name is Dean Winchester. I am an Aquarius. I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, and frisky women. And I did not kill anyone."
- —Dean giving his confession to the police[src]
During an investigation in Baltimore, MD, (The Usual Suspects), Dean is arrested in connection with another series of murders. It is revealed that Dean has a rather impressive police record with charges including credit card fraud, breaking and entering, and grave desecration. Although Sam and Dean are able to prove that the murders were actually committed by one of the detectives on the case, it is unclear whether or not the charges against Dean were ever officially dropped. However, the problem still remains that the authorities have realized that Dean is not dead as they had previously believed. A team of FBI agents led by Special Agent Victor Henricksen catches up with Dean and Sam in Milwaukee, WI (Nightshifter), where attempted bank robbery and several more murders are added to Dean's list of supposed crimes.
- "Look at me, Sam. It's not even that bad. It's not even that bad, alright? Sammy? Sam! Listen to me. We're going to patch you up, okay? You'll be as good as new. I'm gonna take care of you, okay? I'm going to take care of you; I've got you, because that's my job, right? Watching after my pain in the ass little brother. (realizes Sam is already dead) Sam? Sam? Sam?! Sammy?! No. No, no, no, no. Oh no come on. Oh God. (pulls Sam's body against his and yells) SAM!"
- —Dean while Sam dies[src]
- "You know, when we were little, you couldn't have been more than five, you'd just started asking questions. How come we didn't have a mom; Why do we always have to move around; Where'd Dad go.. when he'd take off for days at a time. I remember I begged you, quit askin' Sammy. Man, you don't wanna know. I just wanted you to be a kid. Just for a little while longer. I always tried to protect you, keep you safe. Dad didn't even have to tell me. This was always my responsibility, you know. It's like, I had one job. I had one job. And I screwed it up. I blew it. And for that I'm sorry. I guess, that's what I do. I let down the people I love. I let Dad down, and now I guess I'm supposed to let you down too. How can I? Am I supposed to live with that? What am I supposed to do? Sammy... God.. What am I supposed to do? [screams] What am I supposed to do?"
- —Dean to Sam[src]
Later, the The Yellow-Eyed Demon asks Dean if he knows what he brought back to life is the real Sam, considering he killed Jake Talley in cold blood and without hesitation. Sam finds out what Dean did by the end and Dean pleads with him saying that he couldn't let Sam die, "not like that." Sam vows to find a way to get him out of the deal.
At the end of the second season Dean kills The Yellow-Eyed Demon with the Colt, freeing his father's soul. During the battle, however, hundreds of other demons escaped from the door to Hell and now Dean and Sam must hunt and kill all of them.
In the third season premiere, The Magnificent Seven, Dean decides to make the best of his final year, indulging in various acts of hedonism while Sam tries desperately to find a loophole in the crossroads demon's deal. While searching for the demons to send back to Hell, Sam encounters Ruby, a mysterious blonde who assists him but who also informs him that, for some reason, demons are killing all of his mother's old acquaintances. Sam later learns that Ruby is a demon, and she promises to help him free Dean from his contract. She "fixes" the Colt so that it can again kill "anything" and also shows them a knife that can do the same. Later, Dean and Sam learn from Ruby that all demons used to be human but had their humanity burned away in the fires of Hell. Dean begins to train Sam to fight demons alone for after Dean's contract is up.
Over the course of the season, the brothers meet up with another beautiful woman, Bela Talbot. Bela acquires magical objects and sells them for a large profit, is unscrupulous and seemingly amoral. In "Dream a Little Dream of Me," when Bobby falls into a coma, Sam and Dean investigate the murder of a scientist. While viewing Dean's dreams it becomes clear that Dean believes Sam was their father's favorite but only thought of Dean as a tool. Dean encounters a future, demonic version of himself in a nightmare, which shocks him into starting to fight for his life. After waking up, Dean admits to Sam that he doesn't want to die. Meanwhile, Bela steals the Colt, meaning they won't have it when the hellhounds come for Dean.
In Mystery Spot, Sam is forced to relive the same day, a Tuesday, over and over again. On each new day, Dean dies a different way despite Sam's frantic efforts to save him. Sam later discovers that the culprit is the Trickster, a villain from Season 2. It finally becomes Wednesday, but this time, Dean dies and doesn't come back. Sam spends months trying to hunt down the Trickster, who reveals that he has been trying to get Sam to understand that he and Dean can't keep making sacrifices for each other, and that Dean is going to die no matter what Sam does. The Trickster then sends Sam back to Wednesday, despite Sam failing to learn the Trickster's lesson. Sam is warned by Ruby that Dean might not make it back from hell.
In Jus In Bello, the FBI and Agent Henricksen capture Sam and Dean, thanks to a tip from Bela. While Sam and Dean are in jail, a host of demons come to kill them. Ruby comes to help them, but is furious to learn that they have lost the Colt. She says that she knows of a spell that will destroy all the demons nearby, including herself, and that she is willing to die in order to help Sam. However, they will need the heart of a virgin. Sam and the virgin, Nancy, agree to the plan, but Dean refuses to let her die. Dean's plan to exorcise the demons works, but one demon manages to escape and tells Lilith who, taking the form of a little girl, blows the police station up, killing everyone inside.
Lilith, it turns out, wants to kill Sam, as she sees him as a rival. According to Azazel's plan, Sam was supposed to lead the demon army, and Ruby was ready to follow Sam. Now, Lilith has become their main enemy.
Dean continues to search for a means to save himself from his fate, but Ruby ultimately tells him that there is no way to get him out of his deal. Shortly before Dean's contract comes due, he learns from Bela that Lilith, the demon pursuing Sam, holds his contract; Bela had also made a deal with a demon, and she has been taken to Hell. As the brothers search for Lilith with Bobby's help, Dean begins suffering nightmares and hallucinations of his hellish fate. When Lilith is located, the three head to New Harmony, Indiana, and Dean discovers that he now has the ability to see the faces of demons underneath their human hosts.demon-killing knife. With help from Bobby, he discovers Lilith is in Indiana. While the trio head to Indiana, Dean discovers he can see who is possessed and can see demons, such as Hellhounds. After a quick struggle with Ruby, the four manage to escape a mob of demons using Holy Water. Now inside the house where Lilith hiding, the three quickly manage to locate her. However, Dean discovers that Lilith has switched bodies as Sam is about to kill the little girl. As the clock strikes midnight, Dean smiles and tells Sam to be brave and to continue what he's doing. The brothers and Ruby run from the hellhounds and place a salt barrier to protect themselves. However, Dean realizes Lilith is in Ruby. Too late, the demon uses her powers to subdue the two, opening the door for the hellhounds. Sam watches as his brother is mauled to death by the hellhounds, pleading that Lilith stop. As Lilith leaves an unconscious Ruby, Sam holds the dying Dean in his hands, frantically yelling out to him. Now in Hell, Dean is desperately yelling for help, calling out for Sam.
Dean was in Hell for a total of four months, which he later tells Sam "felt like 40 years", as in Hell, time is different from the mortal world. He was tortured by Alastair every day, and was even offered the option to torture other souls instead. Dean refused his offer for thirty years until finally giving in, triggering the first seal to Lucifer's Cage. Dean spent his last 10 years in Hell torturing other souls until Castiel pulls him out and declares that Dean is the only one who can stop Lilith from freeing Lucifer from Hell.
Dean: Who are you?
Dean: Yeah, I figured that much, I mean what are you?
Castiel: I'm an Angel of the Lord.
Dean: Get the hell out of here. There's no such thing.
Castiel: This is your problem, Dean. You have no faith."
The Winchesters soon attempt to track down the force that ripped Dean from Hell. By the end of the episode, it is revealed that an angel named Castiel pulled Dean from Hell on God's command; Castiel tells Dean that God has work for him. The girl in Sam's room, it turns out, is Ruby in a new vessel, and it becomes clear that Sam lied to Dean when he told him he didn't know where Ruby was. To Dean's dismay, Sam also confesses that he has been using his powers to exorcise demons in the hunt for Lilith. In the episode Wishful Thinking, Dean confesses that he remembers Hell.
In Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester, Dean is haunted by the spirits of Meg Masters, Henricksen and Ronald Reznick who want to kill Dean for not saving them. Dean, with guidance from Bobby, ultimately lays their souls to rest.
Later when Dean is asleep, Castiel, the angel who rescued Dean, re-appears and tells him that they must stop Lilith from opening the 66 Seals becuase if they fail, Lucifer will bring the Apocalypse. Dean believes that Lucifer is a fairy tale told in "Demon Sunday School," But Castiel objects and tells him that Lucifer is all too real.
"In The Beginning", takes us to 1973 where Dean learns about the Winchester history. He meets his parents, John and Mary Winchester, before he is born. Although tempted to stop Azazel from killing his mother, he realizes that he and Sam will no longer be hunters and all the people they saved will die. Dean learns that his mother was a hunter. Teaming up with his future mother and grandfather, they plan to take out Azazel with a borrowed Colt. Azazel, however, is one step ahead and possesses Samuel, Dean's Grandfather. Dean fails to stop him and the possessed elder finds John about to propose to Mary. Samuel kills John. A tempted, heartbroken Mary confirms a deal with Azazel, allowing him "permission" in 10 years. Dean arrives shortly and realizes he can't change destiny.
In Heaven and Hell, Dean reveals to Sam what happened to him in Hell: Time flows differently there, so four months on Earth was forty years in Hell. During that time, he was put on the rack and "cut, carved, and torn" apart until there was nothing left of him, only to be made whole again just so the demons could start over. Dean reveals that at the end of every day the demon Alastair would offer to take him "off the rack" if Dean would put souls on and torture them. Dean resisted for thirty years (three months), but eventually gave in and spent ten years torturing people in Hell to escape being tortured himself. In Family Remains, Dean confesses to Sam that he enjoyed torturing souls, as he finally had the chance to dish out the same pain that he'd endured for the past thirty years.
In Death Takes a Holiday, Dean meets up again with the reaper, Tessa, who wakens his memories of their previous encounter with a kiss; Dean confesses that there has been a "hole" in him since that time and realizes that it is related to her. Soon after, Tessa is taken by Alastair in his quest to break another of the 66 seals; breaking the current seal involves killing reapers. The boys ask their psychic friend Pamela Barnes to help them leave their bodies so that they may find the kidnapped reapers. Once they have, they are captured, but Sam is able to break them out and Tessa is able to continue reaping souls. However, before Dean is able to return to his body, Alastair corners him only to be captured by the angels; Castiel then appears and informs Dean that they have won this seal. As Dean awakes in his body, Pamela is dying from the injuries she obtained during a fight with a demon, while the boys were "out." Pamela also 'saw' what Sam did to the demons that tried to kill her. This worried Sam because Pamela became blind whilst trying to catch a glimpse of Castiel in his true Angel form when they were looking for who pulled Dean out of Hell.
- "That’s another question why would you fall? Why would you want to become one of us?" "You don’t mean that." "I don’t? I mean a bunch of miserable bastards; eating crapping confused afraid-" "There’s loyalty, forgiveness, love-" "Pain" "Chocolate cake" "Guilt" "Sex" "Yeah you got me there."
- —Dean and Anna Milton about being human[src]
Dean, along with Sam and Ruby, defends Anna Milton from Castiel, Uriel and Alastair as both Heaven and Hell want Anna for their own personal gain. Anna takes her grace from Uriel and, for the moment, vanquishes the angels and Alastair, who at that time, was supposedly dead.
Both Dean and Sam overcome new obstacles such as fighting an abandoned girl in Family Remains, defeating a tricky Magician in Criss Angel is a Douche Bag, facing the past in After School Specialand killing a seductive siren in Sex and Violence.
Dean realizes that everyone is cheating death in a small town and finds out that the demons are kidnapping reapers to open another seal. Dean and Sam ask Pamela for help and she brings them into the Spirit World, where they find Alastair as the mastermind of the plan. Dean also teams up with Tessa and learns how ghosts interact with the living world.
- "[singing:] Heaven. I’m in heaven. And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak. And I seem to find the happiness I seek when we’re out together and dancing cheek to cheek. [laughing] I’m sorry. This is a very serious, very emotional situation for you. I shouldn’t laugh, it’s just that, I mean, are they serious? They sent you to torture me? You’ve got one chance. One. Tell me who’s killing the angels. I want a name."
- —Alastair and Dean[src]
Since he was Alistair's "student" in Hell, Dean is pressed into service by Castiel and Uriel, who need him to torture Alastair for information on who is killing angels in On the Head of a Pin. Dean refuses at first, but eventually agrees. Dean succeeds in getting Alastair to reveal that Dean himself was the first seal to break by virtue of giving in and torturing souls in Hell. ("The first seal shall be broken when a righteous man sheds blood in Hell. As he breaks, so shall it break.")
The distraction is enough for Alastair to free himself, the Devil's Trap set up by Castiel having been eroded by a leaking pipe. Alastair nearly kills Dean and then comes close to sending Castiel back to Heaven when Sam, having grown stronger in his demonic abilities, arrives and uses his powers to torture Alastair in to revealing he does not know who is killing the angels; Sam kills Alastair shortly thereafter. Later, as Dean recovers in the hospital, Castiel informs him about Uriel's betrayal; Uriel had been killing angels who did not join his cause to free Lucifer from Hell. Castiel also confirms Alastair's claim that Dean was the first seal, but adds that because of this, Dean is the only man capable of averting the Apocalypse. However, Dean does not believe he is able to do it and tells Castiel to find someone else as tears run down his face.
In It's a Terrible Life, to put Dean back on the right path, Zachariah, Castiel's superior, re-writes Dean and Sam's memories to remove their knowledge of supernatural creatures, making them believe they are average people working regular jobs, and drops them in a haunted building. After the brothers proceed to defeat the ghost behind the hauntings, Zachariah (who posed as Dean's boss) restores Dean's memories to show him that hunting is in his blood. This renews Dean's resolve.
In the episode The Monster at the End of This Book, it is revealed that Dean is aware that Sam used his demonic powers to kill Alastair, but neither Castiel nor Dean know how Sam is getting stronger. In The Rapture Dean witnesses Sam drink the blood of a demon he is about to kill.Later in the Impala, Dean confronts Sam about drinking demon blood when Sam receives a request to go to Bobby's house. Once there, Dean and Bobby trick Sam and lock him in a demon-proof panic room as he detoxes from the demon blood.
While Sam is going through painful withdrawal symptoms from the demon blood, Dean asks Castiel for help. He takes an oath to serve God and the angels if it would mean that Sam wouldn't have to kill Lilith. Sam escapes the panic room after Castiel releases him, and Dean tracks him down to a hotel, despite Sam's efforts to shake him. They argue over whether or not Ruby is corrupting Sam, if Dean is supposed to stop the Apocalypse, and if Sam is turning into a monster. The argument leads to a fight that Sam wins. On the floor and in pain, Dean calls to Sam, "If you walk out that door, don't you ever come back" -- the same ultimatum John gave Sam when he left for college years before -- after which Sam leaves the room.
Towards the end of the season, Dean and Sam have a strong confrontation which leads to a seperation. Soon afterwards, Sam learns Lilith's location and sets out to destroy her that evening. Around the same time, Dean swears his alliance to serve Christ and is then held captive by Zachariah. After having once again been freed by Castiel, Dean finds Sam only to realize he's too late. Before killing Ruby, who had been manipulating Sam all along, Sam kills Lilith. As a result, the final seal is broken and the Apocalypse begins.
The fifth season picks up right where season 4 ends when the portal to Hell opens. As Lucifer escapes, the brothers are teleported into an airplane by an unknown force (later revealed to be God). Dean is told by Zachariah that he is the "Sword of Michael", which means the Archangel Michael will use his body as a vessel to lead the forces of heaven, but Dean must consent to this. Dean refuses and Castiel saves him when Zachariah tries to force Dean to agree by harming him and Sam. Bobby gets possessed by a demon and instead of killing Dean he kills the demon inside himself, using Ruby's knife, in turn paralyzing himself from the waist down.
Dean and Sam fight the Horseman War in a town where the people think that their neighbors are demons. In this town are Ellen, Jo, and Rufus all trying to hunt the demons, who turn out to be normal people War has altered to make look like demons. Once the brothers cut the ring finger off of war, sending the town back to normal, Dean worries that Sam cannot control his urge to drink demon blood. The brothers then agree to go their separate ways because Sam is a liability with his demon blood lust. Later, Castiel finds Dean and they capture the Archangel Raphael to ask the location of God.
- "No, we’re not ‘cause we don’t screw with people the way you do.And for the record, this isn’t about some prized fight between your brothers or some destiny that can’t be stopped. This is about you being too afraid to stand up with your family. Don’t say I never did anything for you."
- —Dean to Gabriel[src]
In the fourth episode of the season, The End, Dean is transported forward in time, this time by Zachariah, to see what the future will be like. He finds himself in 2014, eventually meeting up with his future self as well as the survivors and victims of the Croatoan Virus from Season 2. Dean finds out that Sam becomes possessed by Lucifer and is the reason the world was in such disarray. Later, the future Dean is killed by a Lucifer-possessed Sam. After being told by his future self to agree to be Michael's vessel, Dean is transported back to his own time where he comes face to face with Zachariah. He clearly refuses to become Michael's vessel when prodded by Zachariah. At the end of the episode, the brothers meet up again and decide they should stay together to "keep each other human."
In the episode "Changing Channels," the brothers learn from Gabriel that their relationship (Dean, the older brother loyal to an absent father, and Sam the younger brother, rebellious to the father's plan) mirrors the relationship between Lucifer and Michael.
- "Oh, uh, excuse me for asking, but aren't you kind of signing your own death warrant? I mean, what happens to you if we go up against the devil and lose? Number one, he's going to wipe us all out anyway. Two, after you leave here, I go on an extended vacation to all points nowhere. And three, how about you don't miss, okay! Morons!"
- —Dean and Crowley about shooting Lucifer[src]
The tenth episode of the season shows Sam and Deans plans to find Lucifer and kill him, with help from Castiel, Jo, Ellen, and Bobby. They find out that the Colt is in the possession of a demon named "Crowley," who gives the Winchesters the gun to kill Lucifer and end the Apocalypse. While looking for Lucifer in Carthage Missouri, Castiel sees reapers all over the town and is later captured by Lucifer while investigating. The hunters run into Meg, who sicks a pack of hellhounds on the group. Jo is severely injured by one of the hellhounds during their escape. The group finds shelter in a hardware store where they make bombs out of rock salt and iron nails to kill the hellhounds. Jo plans on setting off the bomb since she is going to die anyways, in turn Ellen stays with Jo and both die in the blast. The Winchesters then find out that Lucifer is one of the five things in the universe that the colt cannot kill by using it on him, with no effect. Having lost another plan, Dean becomes more disillusioned and hopeless, and with his experience in Heaven during "Dark Side of the Moon" where after spending time in heaven and finding out God doesn't see the battle with Lucifer to be his problem, he begins to see little reason to deny his destiny as Michael's vessel, deciding to take on the role at the end of the next episode.
- "I don’t know if it’s being a big brother or what, but to me, you’ve always been this snot-nosed kid that I’ve had to keep on the straight and narrow. I think we both know that’s not you anymore. I mean, hell, if you’re grown up enough to find faith in me, the least I can do is return the favor. So screw destiny right in the face. I say we take the fight to them and do it our way."
- —Dean changing his mind about being Michael's vessel[src]
It is reluctantly decided that the plan to throw Lucifer back in the cage requires Sam to become Lucifer's vessel. Dean, defeated and heartbroken, promises Sam he'll return to Lisa and Ben once this is all over. Once Sam says "yes" to Lucifer he loses control and closes the portal, then takes his leave to fight his older brother, Michael.Just as Lucifer and Michael are about to begin, Dean shows up in the Impala to witness the fight as if to try and stop the inevitable one last time. Having had enough of Dean's attempts to save Sam, Lucifer goes on rampage and begins to beat Dean to a bloody pulp. Lucifer kills Castiel and Bobby as he continues to beat Dean until Sam is able to regain control long enough to open the portal to Lucifer's cage. Sam grabs hold of Michael and falls into the cage. The portal is then sealed, leaving nothing left but the key.
Castiel returns from the dead, having been resurrected by God, heals Dean and resurrects Bobby. Unsurprisingly, Dean is heartbroken at having lost Sam. Since Michael is no longer in Heaven, Castiel disappears to restore order.
In the end, Dean keeps his promise to Sam and goes to live with Lisa and Ben, but unknown to him, Sam watches outside, having been released from the cage.
Season 6EditOne year later, Dean is living a normal life with Lisa and Ben, having a normal job and having the Impala covered up with his weapons locked away in the garage. He is truly happy until he notices supernatural occurrences around his neighborhood and in the garage when he was getting ready to fight, he has an impossible encounter with Azazel, but it turns out to be a hallucination created by Djinns and is snapped out of it by none other than Sam, his brother. Dean is happy to see Sam alive but is soon enraged when he figures out that Sam has been back this entire time and didn't tell him. Soon, he is reunited with his thought deceased Grandfather Samuel Campbell and other members of the Campbell Family. So Dean takes Lisa and Ben to Bobby's, and finds out that Bobby knew Sam was back as well and didn't tell him. Then Dean and Sam use themselves as bait to lure the djinns in and Dean was affected again with hallucinations of Azazel killing Lisa and feeding Ben demon blood, but eventually snapped out of it by Sam. Sam leaves after Dean decides to stay with Lisa and Ben.
Dean relocates Lisa and Ben to a different home and starts behaving like his father. He is called back to hunting by when Sam finds an abandoned baby from a crime scene, and needs help taking caare of it. They take the baby to Samuel, and Dean is distrustful of the Campbells. Samuel wants to raise the baby as a hunter, which enrages, Dean but before they can discuss it any further, the Alpha Shifter arrived and killed one of the cousins, also taking down the rest of the Campbells, then the Alpha defeated Sam and Dean and took the baby. Dean returns but is conflicted with staying or hunting with Sam. Then Lisa suggests a compromise, he can go hunting and come back whenever he can. He agrees and gets the Impala out of the garage.
Dean does feel guilt about leaving Lisa and Ben and is called to a case by Sam to investigate the mysterious deaths of cops and decide to call for Castiel, but Sam doesn't believe he'll come. To his surprise, Castiel does show up and tells them that the staff of Moses is responsible for the deaths and that heaven was in civil war as Raphael is trying to take over and resume the Apocalypse that they prevented.They find the child responsible and discover that he sold his soul to an angel for the staff. Castiel soul probes child against Dean's wishes but strangely Sam is fine with this. The angel Balthazar was responsible and they track him down, with Dean and Sam staying behind and fighting Raphael's angel henchmen. They help trap Balthazar after Raphael is gone and force him to relinquish the child's soul and before Dean can do anything else, Castiel releases him and leaves. Sam joins Dean again as his car was destroyed, and Dean questions Sam's strange behavior and his time in hell, but Sam doesn't want to talk about it at all.
In Weekend at Bobby's, Dean calls Bobby for help with a Lamia and later on about Sam's behaviour. Bobby later yells at Dean for always asking for help but never help him. So Dean painfully flys over to scotland to help Bobby get his soul back from Crowley.Sam and Dean investigate what appears to be a vampire attack, and Dean becomes entangled with the vampire Boris and he attacks Dean. Sam walks by, but merely watches as Boris turns Dean into a vampire, then he saves Dean. Dean is now a vampire. Dean notices Sam isn't freaked out about his vampirism, as he can hear Sam's steady heartbeat. Sam tries to reason with Dean, assuring him that Samuel will know what to do. Dean then decides to sneak out to visit Lisa, a last visit. While visiting, Dean struggles with his bloodlust for Lisa. He comes close to biting her, but retreats into the hallway. As hes leaving Ben approaches Dean, and Dean shoves him to the wall. He then leaves back to the motel.
Upon Samuel's arrival, Dean demands that he kill him, but Samuel refuses and informs him that there is a cure for it. As long as Dean doesn't feed, then the cure can turn him back. All he needs is the blood of the vampire who turned him. Dean infiltrates the nest, and encounters Boris, who explains to him the vampires' aim. When Boris smells the dead man's blood drop from Dean's syringe, he attacks. Before the vampire can make his move, all the vampires in the nest collapse, including Dean. He has a vision of the Alpha vampire.When he awakens, Boris is rallying the coven of the vampire to attack Dean. Dean, however, has the upper hand and takes out the entire nest single-handedly, including Boris. Back at the motel, Dean drinks the cure, and goes through a painful process of turning back. His short time as a vampire flashes before him, highlighting Sam's hesitation. Dean now has lost trust in his brother completely.
Dean becomes so uncomfortable around Sam, it gets to the point where Dean makes excuses to stay away from him. He informs Bobby of the situation, and digs up on information on whatever could possibly be Sam's diagnosis. He then asks aloud for the truth, and is infected with a truth curse where people tell truths to him against their will. Sam, however, proves to be nulled towards this, as the curse doesn't affect him. He lies to Dean at first, but then comes clean after Dean pulls a knife on his brother. Dean processes the truth about Sam, and responds with beating Sam unconscious.
Dean takes matters into his own hands, and calls Castiel for assistance with diagnosing Sam. Castiel confirms that Sam has no soul, and that it is still in the cage with Michael and Lucifer. Dean intends on holding Sam in the motel room, but when Sam unties the bonds he's in and refuses, Dean states he'll be watching every move he makes, which Sam agrees to. The two brothers then chase the only lead they have towards Sam's soullessness: Samuel. Samuel has a lead on the Alpha vampire, and Dean volunteers himself and Sam to join the hunt. Samuel reluctantly lets Dean join the hunt.Dean is left with Gwen to stand guard while Sam joins the other Campbells on the hunt. Dean sneaks away and catches Sam helping Samuel and a few other Campbells loading the Alpha vampire into the van. He later confronts Sam about it, and Sam admits that keeping this from Dean was his own idea because they needed to interrogate creatures, and apparently Dean 'messes it up'. Dean is furious about Sam's lack of instinct, and gives him two options: to work with him, or to go off with Samuel and see how that goes. Dean is shocked when Sam comes back, admitting he gave it a 60/40 prediction of whether his brother would come back. Sam and Dean follow Samuel via his cell phone's GPS to a warehouse where they have the Alpha vampire. When Samuel leaves the room, the brothers take the opportunity to question the creature themselves. The Alpha remembers Dean even by name, referring to him as 'his child for a time'. When the brothers ask the Alpha what Samuel wants from him, the vampire reveals that it is Purgatory Samuel is looking for, and that in truth, he doesn't really care about it, but he's working for someone else. Dean confronts Samuel about it, but is interrupted by the escape of the Alpha. Christian, revealed as a demon, and a few other demons recapture the Alpha and take it away.
Crowley appears on the scene, and reveals that he's Samuel's boss, and is the one who's looking for Purgatory. He is also responsible from raising both Samuel and Sam, and is in possession of Sam's soul. If they cooperate, Sam gets his soul back. If they don't, Crowley shoves Sam back in Lucifer's cage.
Dean is reluctant to work for Crowley, but Sam works the cases anyway, as he sees no other option. Dean is still not convinced that Sam is his brother, and later admits that he doesn't know what he is. When Sam comes clean to Dean that he thinks it's best to go back to being the old Sam, Dean accepts his offer, and says it's 'time to get his brother back.'
Dean and Sam are more on the same page now, but Dean still seems to struggle with Sam's behavior and then starts to act as his 'Jiminy Cricket' to Sam's 'Pinocchio'. They investigate a case of crop circle abductions, leading people to believe it is a UFO sighting. Dean decides to check out the crop circles for himself, but gets abducted.
He returns a while later, and walks in on Sam having sex with a hippie chick. Dean expresses irritation at this, and states that he 'had a close encounter, and won it'. However, it's proven that he didn't exactly 'win' anything, as he starts seeing things that no one else can see. There's one moment when Dean's alone, and the door to the motel bursts open and a "little, glowing, hot, naked lady" flies in and starts hitting him. He traps her in the microwave and cooks her, but when he tries to show Sam her remains, Sam can't see them. Sam then draws the conclusion that the UFO encounters are because of Fairies.
Dean and Sam go to visit Marion, a woman they interviewed earlier who had said that fairies were behind the disappearances. She tells them all about fairies, including that they like cream and that they must count every grain of salt or sugar that is spilled in front of them. After they leave, they see Mr. Brennan loading boxes of cream into his car. Dean breaks into his shop and sees elves working on watches for him. Afterwards, Dean is being stalked by a fairy, a Red Cap in particular, and he mistakenly tackles a midget and is arrested for a hate crime. While in jail, Dean was being beaten by the Red Cap in his jail cell, but is saved by Sam in time and is released from jail the next morning. The midget, who was also the district attorney for Tipton county, dropped the charges against him. Dean learns that the leprechaun struck terms of making a deal with Sam, to lift his soul from the cage (and make him a 'real boy'). He questions Sam's way of thinking, and wonders if Sam is having second thoughts.Dean quickly becomes tired of working for Crowley, as he sees that it's not getting them anywhere. He tries to reason with Sam that Crowley may not keep his end, but Sam has left the room. When Dean slowly walks the motel room looking for Sam, he gets knocked out by demons, led by none other than Meg. Dean responds emotionally, saying he's been dying to see her again to get back at her for being responsible of Ellen and Jo's deaths. Meg seemingly approves of this, but not before demanding where their "boss" is. While neither of the brothers answer, she puts a knife to Dean's neck, getting impatient. Sam, however, merely laughs at her, and reassures Dean that she can't kill them because she needs them to get her to Crowley so she could kill him. Dean says he hopes they both lose. Sam suggests that she works with them and makes a deal with her, to which Dean is not in favor of.
When the demons leave, he confronts Sam about it. He is unsure whether working with a demon again will go anywhere good, and their tendencies to double-cross against them. Sam assures Dean that they will get the jump on the demons first because he'll be bringing Castiel along for the ride. Dean expresses surprise when Sam actually succeeds in calling the angel.
When Castiel performs a ritual to find Crowley's location and can't find him, Dean suggests they search Samuel's office for a map or any hint on Crowley's base. They are interrupted by Samuel. Dean first suggests that Samuel tells them where Crowley is, to which he refuses to tell them. When all his attempts lead to nothing, Dean then consents to ask Samuel what Crowley is holding over him. Samuel takes a picture out of his desk drawer, and hands it to Dean: it's a picture of their mother, Mary. Dean expresses a somber opposition towards working with Crowley to bring Mary back, and tries to convince Samuel to learn from the brothers' mistakes. When Samuel's had enough of his protests, he asks them to leave. Samuel later knocks on their door to give them the location, despite his wishing for them not to go there.Before they leave for the prison, Castiel talks to Dean about how he doesn't think retrieving Sam's soul is wise. He believes that Sam will be broken beyond repair if they force his "mutilated" soul back in. Dean doesn't want to believe this, and reassures Castiel that they'll deal with whatever complications come up. Upon arriving and infiltrating the prison, Dean expresses apprehension on how easy it was getting in, which then comes to fruition when the guards are let out and come after the group. When Meg decides to stay behind to hold off the hounds, Dean, Sam, and Castiel head further in the prison in search for Crowley. Castiel is banished by Samuel, much to Dean's surprise, and the brothers are locked in separate cells by demons. When Samuel later tries to make Dean understand, the two express different ways of seeing the betrayal: Samuel saw it as Dean choosing Sam over Mary, while Dean saw it as Samuel choosing Crowley over his own grandsons. He also challenges Samuel that he's gonna make it out of the prison and the next time he meets Samuel, he'll kill him. Demons then let him out his cell to be taken to a bigger cell to be eaten alive by demons. Dean fights back, but to no avail. Sam later busts in and kills the demons.
Dean then finds where Christian has Meg, kills Christian, and then sets off the fire alarm to get Crowley's attention. When the King of Hell enters the room, the brothers confront him and demand he return Sam's soul. Crowley says he can't, and that he was lucky enough to get his body out of the cage. Crowley breaks from the devil's trap, and flings Sam and Dean pinned to the wall. Castiel soon arrives on the scene and recuses them.Later, outside the prison, Dean thanks Castiel for his help. Castiel tells Dean about the civil war in Heaven, and Dean is genuinely concerned, and asks if there's anything they can do to help. When the angel says there's nothing they can do and apologizes, Dean reassures him that there's no need to apologize, that they understand and are his friends. Dean tries to reason with Sam, saying that he doesn't know how wrong, how messed up he is without a soul. Sam disagrees and walks away without a word. Dean, now more desperate than ever for Sam's soul, seeks out Death to ask for his help. Dean requests not only for Sam's soul, but for their half-brother Adam as well (Death however forces Dean to pick one, in which he chooses Sam). Death hints he has the power to jailbreak Lucifer's cage, and makes a wager with Dean: he will restore Sam's soul if Dean agrees to be Death for a day. He also says he will be able to put a mental wall inside Sam's mind to hold back the memories of the cage, as he also confirms that the results of those memories (or of the wall collapsing) would be fatal. Before the horseman can explain why he wants this from Dean, he is resurrected by Dr. Robert.
Dean informs Sam and Bobby on his deal with Death. Sam is very adamant about keeping his soul out of his body, but later backs down and gives Dean false hope not to mess up. Dean, still very suspicious of his soulless brother, tells Bobby to watch him while he's gone.Dean slips on Death's ring, giving him some of Death's powers and effectively taking his place for 24 hours. The reaper Tessa is assigned to keep an eye on Dean to make sure he has the "minimum screw-up", despite her dislike for Dean's habits of throwing a wrench in everything.
Dean does a fair job and kills a few people with a simple touch, following Tessa's list of people, but becomes hesitant when he is supposed to kill a 12 year-old girl. He refuses to kill her, but this, sets up a chain of events. The girl survives, but innocent people die in her place, as she is disrupting the natural order being alive. Dean tries to save one of these innocent people, going as far as taking off Death's ring. Realizing the mistake he's made, he reluctantly accepts defeat, but finally decides to kill the girl.Dean manages to arrive in time and knocks Sam out and chains him to the cot in the panic room. Dean expresses deep sadness at how he's failed to fulfill his life-long promise of saving his brother: this replicant of Sam could not stay alive; he's dangerous, he's cold, and he's capable of anything. Dean leaves the basement to let his defeat sink in, and finds Death eating. Dean gives back the horseman's ring, and claims his loss of their wager. Dean then assumes that his wager was rigged right from the start, as he thinks Death would've known he wouldn't last a day. Death denies this, and declares their business is finished, but he offers a bonus: he will still go to Hell to raise Sam's soul. He then encourages Dean to keep digging in what he's learning regarding the souls. Dean quickly heads to the panic room, as they witness Sam struggling to stay away from Death, who has returned with Sam's soul. Despite Sam's pleas, Death restores Sam's soul in his body, with a conflicted Dean watching as his brother screams in agony. A week passes and Sam has still not woken up. During this time, Dean calls Castiel to check on Sam and asks if Cas thinks Sam will ever wake up. Castiel tells Dean that he doesn't think so, leaving Dean alone. Dean heads up stairs and Bobby offers him a drink and a case. Then, to Dean's joy, Sam wakes up and gives Dean a hug, as well as Bobby. Sam later reveals to Dean that doesn't remember anything other than jumping in the hole. Dean is surprised at glad at this information, despite Bobby's suspicion. So he and Sam go and go work a case involving dragons, which makes Dean happy to work with soulful Sam.
When Bobby finds a sword that could kill the dragons, so Dean goes to visit Dr. Visyak. When Dean tries to pull the sword from the stone he falls off and resorts to blowing it up instead. He returns to Sam and the two go after the dragons. There they fight off the dragons and save the girls they held captive. Later on as Dean is happily going thought the pile of gold they found at the dragon lair, Sam confronts him about him being soulless and apologizes to Dean. Dean is shocked that Sam knows and asks who told Sam (who answers Castiel). Dean tells Sam about the wall inside his head, and that what Sam did wasn't him.
Then Sam gets a mysterious text about a case, which gets Dean worried. As they investigate, Dean finds out that Sam has been in this town before, and wants to leave. But Sam doesn't want to, which gets Dean angry and begins to quote John's rules. But they stick around, and Sam begins remembering what happened, much to Dean's displeasure. They do figure out its a Arachne with a grudge against Sam, and defeat it. After Sam and Dean have a talk about what happened and Dean tries to make Sam feel better. Then Sam collapses, and Dean rushes to Sam calling his name.Minutes pass by as a worried Dean tries to wake Sam up. Sam does wake up and Dean helps him up. Dean and Sam talk about what just happened and Dean tells Sam not to scratch the wall again. With that they head out on a case with a maniquin killing people, but Dean gets called away by an "emergency" call from Ben. When Dean arrives, he finds Lisa going out on a date. He and Lisa have a talk, which later results in him leaving permanetly. When he comes back, he helps Sam finish the case.
Then things a turn for the werid when Balthazar shows up with someone on his tail. He gives Dean a "key" and sends the two into the world of "Jared" and "Jensen", where their lives are a television show. But they do get back, and Castiel tells them he has Balthazar's weapons now. Later on, Dean runs into Samuel again, and it takes Sam and Bobby to hold him back from fulfilling his promise of killing Samuel. In the hall, Gwen goes out to talk to him, and confirms this and shoots her. It turns out, Dean was possessed by Eve's latest invention. Unsure who its possessing, they rid of their weapons. In a turn of events, its Bobby who is possessed by the Khan worm, and Dean questions and kills it. Bobby does survive.Things take a turn for the werid when Balthazar alters history and saves the Titanic. With history changed, Dean finally wins rock, paper, sissors when trying to see whos going to cheer Bobby up and now drives a mustang. He and Sam investigate a string of strange murders, and make the connect to the Titanic. They summon Balthazar who tells them why he did and leaves. When almost killed by Fate, Castiel saves them. He tells them, its Fate, and she trying to kill them. The only way to survive is to kill her. So Dean and Sam draw out Fate, and Castiel rights the past. Only Sam and Dean remember the past. Dean, Sam and Bobby research how to kill the mother of all, and they find that the ashes of the phoniex can kill her. Dean finds the diary of Samuel Colt, which en-tales how he killed on. So they enlist the help of Castiel to send them back that time to find the ashes. Dean is beside himself with excitment to go back to the wild west. So they head back, and find out the Phoniex is killing people. So Dean tries to set up posse, but it backfires and he ends up as sheriff. So Dean and Finch end up having a showdown, and Dean wins. As Dean rushes for the ashes, Castiel transports them back. Lucky for them, Samuel Colt got the ashes and mailed it to them.
So Sam, Dean, Castiel and Bobby, begin to hunt for Eve. Thanks to Lenore's information, they find out that Eve is in Organ Pass, and they head there. There, they discover Eve's experiments, and Dean even names one of her experiments when Bobby gives him naming rights. So Dean names a cross-breed between a wrath and vampire, Jefferson Starship . Then the police show up (Dean hides), but they too are Jefferson Starships. They eventually find Eve in a diner working as a waitress, and she tries to makes a deal with them. She even turns into Mary Winchester to get them to work with her, but Dean refuses nether less, and tells her to bite him. Which she does, only to find out that Dean had earlier swallowed some phoenix ashes earlier.After their encounter with Eve, everyone begins to question Castiel. Everyone but Dean who still believes in Castiel. When Castiel comes to save them, he accidentally gives himself away, and Dean catches this. So Dean helps them trap Castiel, and questions him. Dean also tells Castiel he is like a brother to him, and asks him to stop. When demon come, Dean is forced to flee, but takes one last look at Castiel and leaves. Castiel is now free, and visits Dean. After a talk, Dean and Castiel's relationship breaks, and Castiel leaves.
After Castiel's visit, Bobby reveals that Castiel also stole a diary from Bobby's house. As they read Bobby's photocopies, Dean gets a call from Ben. Ben tells Dean that men are in the house and killed Lisa's boyfriend. Dean tries to help from the phone, but Ben too is captured. Crowley, now on the other line, tells Dean to back off or he will kill Lisa and Ben. Dean refuses to back down, and begins to hunt down Lisa and Ben. He even begins to torture demons for their location. Sam tries to help him, but Dean tells Sam to back off. Then Dean accidentally breaks the Devil's Trap, and the demon attack. Castiel comes in and saves Dean. Dean doesn't want anything to do with Castiel though. Later, its Balthazar who gives Dean Lisa and Ben's location.So Balthazar transports them there, and they storm the building. Dean finds Ben and Lisa after taking out some of Crowley's goons. He unties them, only to find out that Lisa is possessed by a demon, and she hold Ben hostage. Dean manages to free Ben by splashing holy water at "Lisa". Then he manages to free the knife from "Lisa's" hand and begins to excorise her. He continues to excorise her after the demon stabbed Lisa's body. Once the demon is out, Dean moves quickly to save Lisa's life, and carries her out to the car, and rushes her to the hospital. Dean stays by Lisa's bedside, and then Castiel arrives and heals her. Dean asks Castiel for favor to erase Lisa and Ben's memory of him. Dean approaches them after this and apologizes to them. In the car, Sam tries to help Dean, but Dean tells Sam not to mention Lisa or Ben to him ever again, or he will break Sam's nose. A week later, Bobby, Dean and Sam go looking for Dr. Visyak, and they find her in an alley. She is bleeding and tells them how to open the door to Purgatory. Then Casteil appears, and Dean tells Castiel to leave. Castiel tells him he is done playing nice, and promises to put Sam back. This confuses Dean, until Castiel touches Sam, and breaks down the wall inside his head, sending Sam into a comatose state. Dean stays by Sam's bedside, while Sam is comatose. After Balthazar giving them Castiel's location, Bobby manages to convince Dean to go with him after Castiel. Before Dean leaves, he leaves Sam their location. So Dean and Bobby head out. When they arrive they scope out the place, which is full of angels. Then a demon cloud comes, and Dean and Bobby run back to the Impala. The demon smash into the impala, flipping it over.
When Dean wakes up, he checks on Bobby, who is okay. So the two sneak into the place, and walk in as Crowley, and Raphael are doing the ritual. Dean throws Angelic Blade at Raphael, who catches it and flings Dean and Bobby. Then Castiel shows up, and shows his new power. With this he kills Raphael, and Crowley runs away. Dean tries to talk Castiel to powering down without making Cas angry, and even reminds Castiel that he used to be family. But Castiel doesn't want to power down and after Sam stabbing him, proves he is no longer an angel. Dean is very shocked to hearing Castiel proclaiming himself to be god.
Season 7EditWhen Castiel leaves, Dean and the others head back to Bobby's, and Dean begins to fix the Impala, since there is nothing else he can do. Dean is concerned for Sam's mental health since the wall is gone. Dean admits to Bobby that he can't take anymore hits, and will believe that Sam is "fine". Then they manage to summon and bind Death.
Dean tries to appease Death, and then Castiel shows up and Dean orders Death to kill him. Castiel frees Death and leaves. Death tells Dean the only way to stop Castiel is for Castiel to let the souls back into Purgatory. Dean doesn't think Castiel will do this, until Castiel comes asking for help. In turn, Dean helps Castiel and the souls are released back into Purgatory, but the Leviathans remain. Dean watches them destroy Castiel and spread throughout the water, leaving only his trenchcoat behind.
He also deals with Sam seeing Lucifer while looking into a Leviathan killing. When he returns, he finds Sam gone. Dean eventually finds Sam and convinces him that his reality is real. He and Sam return to Bobby's, but find it burned down. Dean calls Bobby, but gets Bobby's voice mail, and finally tells Bobby how he is really doing. He and Sam are soon attacked by Edgar, and Dean's leg gets broken. On the way to the hospital, Dean begs them not to take them to Sioux Falls General, but is ignored.He wakes up with his leg in a cast, and Bobby comes in and saves Dean from the hospital. Dean spends 3 weeks in a cast until Sam takes off, and Dean saws the cast off. Dean soon catches up with Sam, and punches Sam for taking the Impala. Sam explains the situation to Dean, and Dean appears to agree but later kills Amy behind Sam's back. Dean feel guilty about this, plus feeling guilty lying to Sam about it and begins drinking more than normal. This guilt is what Osiris hones onto and puts Dean on trial. On trial he encounters Jo again, and before Osiris can call the third witness, Dean accepts the charges. Dean is saved when Sam stabs Osiris.
Dean still has nightmares about Castiel dying and killing Amy, which causes him to wake up and start drinking. But he continues on and he and Sam go to work on a case where witches are wreaking havoc in Prosperity, Indiana. When they fail to stop the witches, Sam and Dean manage to get Maggie and Don to calm down. Sam approaches Dean about what's bothering him, but Dean doesn't tell Sam anything.
When Dean is cloned by a Leviathan, Dean is forced to lock the Impala up and it not too happy about it. Although, before he can cut the off his clone, the clone tells Sam that Dean killed Amy. This causes Sam to leave Dean. A week later Dean runs into Sam in Lily Dale. After some advice from the other side, Dean apologizes to Sam but says he doesn't feel bad for what he did to Amy. He and Sam soon reconcile.
In "The Slice Girls", Dean unknowingly sleeps with and has a daughter with an Amazon. The Amazons age and grow in a very short period of time until they reach adulthood, and so the baby is birthed in mere hours, and reaches adolescence in a few days. Amazon teens must go through a rite of passage in which they must kill their fathers - the event that Dean and Sam were investigating in the first place. When Dean's daughter comes to Dean, she lies and tells him she needs his help to escape the other Amazons. A wary Dean eventually sees through her scheme and they end up drawing their weapons and stand ready to face one another. Sam, recently enlightened to his brother's situation, upon entering the room decides that Dean cannot bring himself to kill his own daughter, and so, after a short confrontation, he kills her. Sam then reminds Dean that he had to do it, just like Dean "had" to kill Amy.
Presently, Dean is trapped in Purgatory with Castiel, after having killed the Leviathan Leader Dick Roman.
Season 8 starts with Dean coming back from Purgatory after spending about one year there. He came back with the help of a friend, Benny who is a vampire. As it was agreed between the two Dean carries Benny's soul and ressurects him on earth then both of them go their seperate ways. Dean travels to the safehouse in Whitefish, Montana where he bumps into Sam. The brothers reunite. When Sam asks Dean where he had been and what happened to Castiel Dean replies saying that he had been in Purgatory and as far as he knows Castiel didn't make it, Castiel died in purgatory according to Dean. When Dean asks about what has he been doing Sam truthfully tells him that he has quit hunting and has been in an relationship with a girl, Amelia. When Dean asks if Sam ever tried to find him he replies that he just drove away. Dean starts checking Sam's old mobiles (which he had ditched) in which he found voicemails of Kevin Tran who had managed to escape from Crowley and is in hiding. Sam and Dean find him and they discover that he was taken to Crowley for reading another Word of God. In this tablet it was written how you could open the Gates of Hell and close them forever. Sam and Dean decide to to seal the Gates of Hell forever and they bring Kevin into this plan. Kevin agrees, but his girlfriend then appears possessed by Crowley. Crowley tells Kevin to come with him but they escape. Driven mad by losing the opportunity of having Kevin read the tablet Crowley kills Kevin's girlfriend. After a while Dean gets a call from Benny who is seen to be taking a luxuary time. Dean talks to Benny and says that he can't call just to get an update but if he needs help he will be there.
Dean has green eyes and short-cropped hair that is either dark blond or light brown. He is 6'1"--ironically making him shorter than his younger brother Sam--and muscular. Dean is noted to be handsome by other characters on multiple occasions. He usually wears a plaid shirt over a T-shirt, jeans, and boots, unless he has to wear a costume to impersonate someone. Until Season 6, Dean often wore his father's leather jacket. He also used to wear a watch and a silver ring. As of Season 4, Dean has a hand-shaped burn scar on his left shoulder from where Castiel pulled him out of Hell.
For the first four seasons, Dean also wore an amulet around his neck that resembled the head of a bull made of brass, attached to a black cord. This amulet was given to him by Sam as a Christmas gift when they were children. Throughout the first half of Season 5, Castiel attempts to use this amulet to find God, as its claimed power is to burn hot in God's presence. When Castiel is unsuccessful, he declares the amulet "useless," and Dean throws it away.
Dean is shown to be understanding at times, kind, funny, mischievous, and, in contrast to his younger brother, a little immature. At an early age, Dean was trained by his father, John Winchester, to hunt and kill creatures of the supernatural. However, unlike his brother Sam, he did not resent his father for having him "raised like a warrior." He seemed to prefer hunting the supernatural over any normal "apple pie" life. However, by Season 7, following all that he has seen and done, Dean admits to Eliot Ness that he no longer wants to be a hunter and would give it up if he could.
Dean is an avid fan of classic rock music. Many of his aliases have included the names of famous rock musicians. He is known to use crude humour, make sexual innuendos and indulge in pornography.
Dean typically avoids any emotional intimacy, preferring to engage with women only as sexual partners. However, he has had a few long term relationships over the years, with Cassie Robinson, pre-series, and Lisa Braeden, in Season 6. After the tragic events that led Dean to ask Castiel to make it as if Lisa and her son Ben had never met him Dean seemed to give up on ever having a family other than his brother. After his break up with Lisa, Dean was reluctant to get back into his old routine of "New Town, New Girl". However, the one time he was shown to indulge in a one night stand in The Slice Girls he ended up fathering an Amazon that tried to kill him. He was reluctant to defend himself against his Amazonian daughter and Sam ended up making the kill. After these events he became even more reluctant to get in a physical relationship let alone an emotional one.
Dean values his family's safety over anything else, even going so far as to kill a demon and its human host in order to save Sam's life, as well as sacrificing his very soul and suffering in hell to resuscitate his brother.
Even though Dean keeps himself in excellent physical shape, he is known to have very bad eating habits. He is often shown enjoying greasy, fattening or otherwise unhealthy food, especially cheeseburgers and pie, and dismisses salads, as "Rabbit food". Dean is terrified of flying and claims that it is the reason why he drives everywhere.
Despite his working knowledge of the supernatural, Dean is skeptical with regard to the "good aspects of religion." However, he becomes somewhat more open-minded after meeting the angel Castiel.
Dean has also shown on several occasions that he is a great fan of movies, particularly westerns, and was thrilled to be given a chance to go to the old west. He was also overjoyed when he met and was able to work with Eliot Ness, frequently referencing The Untouchables during the episode.
Dean is typically ruthless and aggressive when he is hunting, a task which he approaches enthusiastically, making him the more merciliess of the Winchester siblings. But in spite of that, he is capable of acknowledging whenever he's going too far, as seen with his interaction with Lenore and Gordon. He passionately despises what he hunts, especially demons, and is prepared to kill without question more often than not, unlike his brother. However, despite these traits, Dean is very laid-back and well-disposed when not on the hunt, and he values the safety of his family and innocent civilians above all else, even his own life. Though on occasion he can be somewhat impulsive and/or arrogant, Dean is both extremely intelligent and competent. He is more likely to exhibit irrational behavior when his family is threatened.
Dean enjoys the uncomplicated things in life, such as good food and television. He almost constantly displays some level of humorous behavior, and frequently makes light of tense situations. He sometimes appears foolish due to this habit, but this seems to be merely his means of dealing with the stress of hunting.
Dean shows on multiple occasions a soft spot for children, he is also very good with them, able to talk to them with ease, and he is always very sympathetic, this most likely stems from the fact he practically raised Sam when he was a child. Dean's affection occurs to nearly all children, particularly young ones, although he also care about teenagers. Dean is more willing to put his life in danger for children than he is for nearly any others. Dean's affection even extends to monster children, and despite his ruthless standards he's usually unwilling to kill monster children unless he has a crucial need.
After his extraction from Hell by Castiel, Dean begins to exhibit noticeable anxiety and experience chronic, abominable nightmares of his experience there. He also seems to have some form of flashback after seeing a collection of masks in the episode "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester", when blood is seen around eyes, such as Alistair's first appearance, when a statue's eyes bled. Initially, Dean denies remembering anything of his time in Hell, but eventually confesses to Sam that he remembers every detail. He rejects any discussion about it, either not wishing to burden his brother with his pain or not wanting to relive the details of the "indescribable things" he saw. He later reveals that he not only saw terrible things, but (in Hell time) was in Hell for around forty years. He confesses that he lasted thirty years without torturing other souls so as to escape the torment himself, but that he finally broke down and tortured for the last ten years. Dean's experience in Hell left a profound mark on him. He exhibits extreme grief and guilt, both for his torment and for the fact that he eventually gave in. Due to this, he believes he was unworthy of rescue. He has also explained to his brother that he wishes he couldn't feel anything, as the sorrow he feels is so overwhelming. He has also become obsessed with saving people, almost not sleeping in order to save as many as he can. In the episode "Family Remains", however, Dean states it is not just the fact he tortured, but the fact he enjoyed it which causes his guilt and shame, relishing the opportunity to put his pain on other unfortunate souls. It was this act, of a righteous man turning on others that broke the first seal.
Another side of Dean shown recently is his utter disgust at Sam for his actions such as blood drinking, possibly because he is scared of Sam becoming a demon like the ones he saw in Hell. However, almost immediately after some threatening and cajoling by Bobby, Dean realizes the error in his ways and, although remaining angry at Sam, he vows to save his brother. Dean also realizes family isn't perfect and there will always be times when they hurt him. In the final episode of season 4 after the argument with Bobby when he was in the "safe house", he forgave his brother during the final few moments when Lucifer was rising.
As of season 5 Dean does not trust Sam, and feels as if he is holding himself back and putting the world in jeopardy just to keep Sam safe. He tells Sam that Lucifer will use the fact that they are family and have love for each other against them until he was sent to the future by Zachariah. Once there, he realized that he and Sam kept each other grounded, and when he got back, he immediately called his brother. They were a team again, even though it took Dean awhile to completely trust his brother again.
After his time in hell Dean slowly started to use alcohol as a crutch. He cut back on his drinking while he was living with the Braedons between seasons 5 and 6 but after being kicked out of the Braedon Household after the events of Live Free or Twihard and You Can't Handle the Truth his long term depression worsened and he dove back into the bottle. In season 7 both Bobby and Sam stated that his drinking was becoming a problem that could potentially cost him his life during a hunt.
Following Bobby's death at the hands of Dick Roman, Dean developed a very strong, obsessive revenge streak in him and spent the entirety of Season Seven hunting Dick down to kill him. He in the end succeeded, only to be sent to Purgatory in the process which he resided at for a year.
The constant life-or-death situations Dean was forced into in Purgatory created an extreme change in him. While he was stuck there, he became emotionless and paranoid of the fear of getting attacked. He killed monsters of Purgatory with ease and was always fighting for his survival. When returned back to Earth, his new outlook on life was clear. He became hardened, emotionless, and at times ruthless; his humor and puns were nonexistent when hunting unlike in Season Seven. That has changed with Castiel's return from Purgatory after which he started to show his lighthearted side again.
Having a now haunted sense of self created in him during that year, he became firmer in his belief of hunting. He had personally seen all the monsters they hunted in Purgatory and in doing so, developed a strong sense of responsibility to the people they saved. Dean now believes that it is their duty to save people and quitting out of the hunting business is permanently out of the question. Despite becoming more ruthless, Dean has developed more faith in monsters managing to recover their humanity, as shown with him willing to let Kate go, presumably developed from his time with Benny.
Dean has been seen using a variety of weapons over the course of the series, and is very inventive while improvising weapons from his surroundings, but there are some particular armaments he seems to prefer. Dean tends to use a chromed Colt 1911 with ivory grips, which John is seen using in a flashback, and also uses a Baikal sawed-off double barrel shotgun when he needs extra firepower. However lately he has used a lever action Winchester 1887 shotgun (given to him by Jo before she died) on a more regular basis than his usual shotgun.
He has also been seen with an G3 SG1 sniper rifle in "Simon Said" and "All Dogs Go To Heaven" and was proficient enough with the weapon to act as a sniper and kill several skinwalkers. Dean is shown to possess a large machete in "Dead Man's Blood", and among other regular hunting items. Also, both Dean and Sam have acquired angelic blades which Dean has successfully used despite angels supposedly being the only ones capable of using them. Dean uses one to kill Zachariah, becoming the first known non-angel to kill an angel in the series. After emerging from Purgatory, Dean started using a large, machete-like blade from the monster realm. The blade is crude in design, featuring a large bone hilt and a stone-like blade. The blade is powerful as Dean used it to behead a Leviathan and later a group of vampires.
The trunk of the Chevy Impala contains numerous weapons which are implied as having been needed in the past, notable examples sheath knives and an DefTech 37mm grenade launcher.
Dean, trained by his father from early childhood as a hunter of the supernatural, possesses excellent combat and hunting abilities; he is established throughout the series as an extremely dangerous individual, and he is more than capable of taking a stand against even the most formidable of opponents, such as demons and vampires. Dean is adept with martial arts and knife fighting as well; he has subdued several human assailants with ease in multiple episodes and bested physically more powerful creatures, often unarmed or equipped with only a blade. Dean has also bested his younger brother Sam on two separate occasions, despite Sam's equal status as a hunter. Due to his year-long stay in Purgatory and the realms animal-like survival of the fittest environment, Dean greatly honed his hunting skills and instincts. This is shown on a few occasions such when Dean managed to get the jump on a Leviathan and behead him before the latter could even react and effortlessly killed five vampires singlehandedly when helping Benny track down and kill the nest he lived on.
Dean is well-versed with multiple types of firearms and is an expert marksman, he seldom misses his intended target and can efficiently put down anything vulnerable to bullets. Dean is also a proficient tracker and possesses prudent tactical skills. Highly resourceful, he frequently utilizes improvised weapons and explosive devices; in Croatoan, he demonstrated in constructing Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices.
Dean also possesses extensive knowledge of supernatural mythology. He is well-versed in how police, fire departments and various government agencies (FBI, CDC) typically operate and conduct investigations. He also knows how to both impersonate and evade them effectively. Dean is a virtuoso of escape, evasion, silent movement, and when the situation requires, subtlety and stealth. Lastly, he is also alarmingly skillful in many areas frowned upon by the law: lock picking, breaking into security systems (not so much computers, which often falls on Sam), car jacking and gaining an 'advantageous purchase' comes naturally to him.
Dean has shown on several occasions to be a natural leader, when operating in groups, he commonly takes command, unless the group includes someone who he himself sees as a leader, such as his father or Bobby. Between him and Sam (and Castiel), he nearly always calls the shots, and acts as de facto leader. Dean also has a skill for motivation, and is a capable orator, being able to motivate others to remain strong and carry on, even in darkest moments, with mere words. This skill also allows him to inspire trust in others, something which comes in handy, when he has to explain the existence of the supernatural to non-believers.
An accomplished mechanic, he maintains his Impala in tip-top condition and has maintained an intimate knowledge of automobiles and engines since childhood. He is also very talented at making electronic devices, most notably his EMF meter which he made using an old Walkman and an electromagnet powerful to wipe out an entire room full of computers in "Ghostfacers".
Due to his time spent in Hell as Alistair's "student", Dean has an in-depth knowledge of torture, able to inflict the maximum amount of pain and agony on a victim while keeping them alive as long as possible. In the season 5 premiere, Dean revealed he had learned the banishing spell from Castiel that sends angels back to heaven.
Dean is also shown to be quite a capable strategist, able to come up with many quite clever, and unothodox methods of defeating his more powerful opponents, for example he defeated the mother of all, by swallowing Phoenix Ashes (her only weakness) and tricking her in to biting him, causing her to swallow the ashes. He also devised a way to trick Dick Roman so he, Sam and Castiel could not only sneak in, but so that he could catch Dick off-guard and kill him. This was quite a feat as Dick was a master strategist capable of developing very complex and long-term plans. Another show of his strategic abilities is when he manages to capture Crowley by luring him in with a deal and then slapping handcuffs on him when he least expects it painted with a Devil's Trap. Crowley, who is shown to be a cunning strategist himself, is caught completely off-guard by this and doesn't even realize what Dean has fully done until he tells him. However he will also rush into situations, particularly if he doesn't believe there's time to stop and plan. Dean is also a capable survivalist, as he was able to survive a year in Purgatory with limited resources.
Despite all of this, he believes himself to be only a "grunt," but according to Sam, Dean is actually the best at lore (Sam refers to him as a "genius") and is a better hunter than anyone Sam has ever encountered including Sam himself and John Winchester.
In "Death Takes A Holiday," Dean temporarily becomes a ghost through astral projection and displays all the normal ghostly powers such as intangibility, invisibility and telekinesis, though it took the help of the ghost of Cole Griffith for him to master it and a lot of concentration compared to more experienced ghosts like Cole who could easily do it. However, combined with Sam, he had enough strength to drop a chandelier on a wooden floor from the ceiling with telekinesis.
In "Live Free or Twihard", Dean was turned into a vampire and possessed all their basic abilities, notably enhanced hearing and superhuman strength, as well as the ability to smell vampires from miles away. He also displayed the ability to jump from a balcony to a lower floor and land on his feet. Using his abilities, Dean was able to take out an entire nest of vampires, including his boss, Boris who was stronger than an ordinary vampire due to his age. However, when Dean took the cure that reversed the transformation, his enhanced abilities were lost and back to normal human status.
In "Appointment In Samarra", Dean became Death for a day, however it was a bet made by Death in order to bring Sam's soul back from the cage. Dean was required to put on Death's ring and do his work for 24 hours without taking it off, Dean became invisible had the ability to teleport anywhere and kill with a simple touch. However Dean lost the bet but Death still retrieved Sam's soul. Dean lost all the abilities after taking off the ring which is now back in Death's possession.
Being Michael's vessel, Dean is able to contain Micheal's immense power without decaying unlike Lucifer's temporary vessel Nick.
Throughout the course of the series, Dean has died many times.
- In the episode, "Mystery Spot", Dean dies in many different ways. They are:
- Shot at the Mystery Spot
- Run over by a car
- Crushed by a falling piano or desk (object disputed)
- Chokes on a sausage
- Slips in the shower
- Poisoned by a taco
- Electrocuted by his razor
- Accidentally killed with an axe by Sam
- Mauled by a golden retriever
- Hit by an arrow (suggested by Sam insulting Dorris's archery skills)
- Almost 100 other unknown ways.
- In the Season 3 finale "No Rest for the Wicked", Dean is viciously mauled by Hell Hounds and dragged down to Hell due to a deal with a crossroads demon to resurrect Sam.
- In Season 5 episode 4 , "The End", Dean died in an alternate timeline, in the year 2014, when Lucifer snapped Future-Dean's neck.
- In the Season 5 episode "Dark Side of the Moon" Sam and Dean are once again killed, ambushed by two hunters who blame them for the Apocalypse. Its revealed that this is not the first time they've died as its mentioned that they've gone to Heaven before but never remembered it.
- In Season 6 episode "Appointment In Samarra" Dean died briefly to contact Death in order to get Sam's soul back.
- In Season 7 episode 12 "Time After Time After Time" Dean died in an alternate timeline. He was strangled to death by Chronos, but Sam and Jody Mills save him using a spell.
- Dean and Sam - Sam and Dean are brothers.
- Dean and Castiel - Dean and Castiel are friends, and Dean considers him a brother/family.
- Dean and Bobby - Bobby was like a second father to the boys.
- Dean and Bela - Dean and Bela were enemies/allies, but more often enemies.
- Dean and John - Dean's relationship with his father
- Lisa and Ben - Closest Dean ever came to having his own family.
- Minor relationships - People he was acquainted with over the years.
- Dean is a masculine name of English origin. The meaning of the name is "leader" or "valley". Which is quite fitting, as he normally leads the events of the hunt.
- Dean has killed the most main antagonists in the series, with three. He killed Azazel, Eve and Dick Roman. He's also killed one secondary antagonist, Ruby.
- Dean's leather jacket, that he inherited from John, is nearly identical to the one worn by the title character of the movie Taffin (Played by Pierce Brosnan).
- Dean has time traveled more than any other character. Going back in time 4 times (To the 1800s, the 1940s and the 1970s twice) and going forward once (to an Alternate 2014). If one counts return trips, Dean has time traveled ten times.
- Dean seems to be rather clueless about Pop culture, evidenced by him not know what an Xbox is, and Believing MySpace to be a porn site. However, he seems to have gotten better over time as he now has a phone with apps, something that shocked Sam.
- Dean is a big movie buff. Sam stated that Dean knows all of Clint Eastwoods movies, including the "one with the monkey." He is also a huge fan of Chuck Norris.
- Dean is very good at flirting, proved in notable episodes also he was very impressive in The Girl with the Dungeons and the Dragon Tattoo where he coached a lesbian, .ie., Charlie Bradbury into flirting with a male security guard.
- Dean has been to the most number of different realms, Heaven, Hell, Avalon, and Purgatory. He is the first human to ever enter Purgatory.
- Dean is descended from one of the biblical brothers Cain or Abel, the latter who is the first murder victim who died at the hand of his brother.
- During his time in Purgatory, Dean seems to have adopted a new, slightly unstable personality. He’s ruthless, volatile at times, and seems to have developed a underlying blood-lust that bubbles to the surface occasionally. Not unlike his time in hell, he immersed himself the darker aspects of his being in Purgatory. Whereas in hell, Dean gave into his darker thoughts and enjoyed torturing, in Purgatory, he appears to have given into his darker instincts and embraced the warrior lifestyle that he’d basically been raised for his entire life.
- When playing Rock, Paper, Scissors, Dean always loses.(The only way he could ever win was by being in an alternate universe.)
- Dean's Impala was a gift from John, which is why he's so protective of it.
- He is allergic to cats as evidenced in the episode Man's Best Friend With Benefits.
- He seems to be in to anime (more notably anime porn aka hentai).