"These people - they're all my father's creations. They're works of art."
Humans are a race of mortal, sentient animal species who were created in the image of God and are the dominant species of Earth.
Humans are mortal beings that populate the planet Earth. They are considered (by God) to be God's last and greatest among all His creations.
Each human has a soul, and, upon their death, will face judgment to determine where their soul will go in the afterlife. Those who have broken God's laws and/or lived a life of evil are likely to be sent to Hell for punishment, while most others will find eternal solace in Heaven. While punishment in Hell is stated on several occasions to be eternal, humans can be redeemed from Hell by angels, and on one occasion a human soul was rescued from Hell by Sam Winchester.
Humans who die will find a Reaper waiting to escort them away, presumably to face their judgment.
Some humans with unfinished business, uncertainty about their own death, intense emotional ties to the physical world or who have evaded the Reaper sent to collect them, may return to Earth as ghosts or vengeful spirits. Under certain conditions or through spells, they may be brought back to life. Whether they come back as they once were, or return as zombies and other similar creatures, depends on the method used to resurrect the human.
Humans and their souls are vulnerable to certain supernatural forces that could weaken, strengthen or modify them in many conceivable ways. For example, there are many different types of monster into which a human can be transformed. Human souls sent to Hell can be corrupted into demons through years of torture and degradation.
Humans are also capable of being hosts or vessels for various supernatural creatures. Some types of being which seek to possess a human may require the human's consent. More often than not, however, humans are incapable of preventing forced possession without mystical protection, although particularly strong-willed humans are able to partially resist the demons possessing them. On extremely rare occasions humans can even overpower cases of angelic possession too and in some cases expel the angel possessing them.
Certain humans with significant bloodlines are of great importance to many supernatural beings. The best example is the Winchester bloodline, able to host two of the most powerful archangels in existence.Lucifer considered them as 'broken, flawed, murderous' and likened them to 'abortions'. Uriel often uses derogatory terms such as apes to describe humans. A number of pagan deities consider humans to be nothing more than servants and/or a source of worship and sacrifice.
There are a few exceptions, as God considers humanity to be perfect and even commanded all His angels to bow down before them. Later, the archangel Gabriel also defended humans and their ability to try to do good, as he said "A lot of them try...to do better. To Forgive.", and he also has said to Lucifer, "Dad was right. They are better than us." Death, an ancient being and oldest of the horsemen of the apocalypse, more or less holds a neutral outlook on humans, but has, on several occasions, extended his assistance to help to save the planet from destruction. Dick Roman, the head Leviathan, generally has a low regard for humans, but considers their ability to create weapons to be of mild interest.
It is possible for certain supernatural creatures to become human. Demons can become human by undergoing a process of purification; vampires who have not fed for the first time can become human through a mysterious cure; angels can become physically human by removing their grace - the essence of their divine power - while within a vessel. If the grace is removed in their true form, they will fall to Earth and be reborn as a human.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
The primary abilities of every human being include adaptability and versatility. For the most part, humans are outmatched by supernatural beings and are most often defeated whenever confronted by a superior creature. However, some humans have been known to utilize tools and weapons and have managed to succeed in a supernatural combat. Therefore, as a means of survival, most humans must rely on intelligence, research and teamwork in order to prevail.
Due to the fact that most (but not all) supernatural creatures have been known to cause chaos and destruction within the world, some humans become Hunters and make it their mission to hunt, identify and murder any and all threats to Earth and its inhabitants. Generally, these Hunters use advanced knowledge of folklore in order to hunt down demons, monsters and other supernatural evils. Hunters also tend to live nomadic lifestyles where they are constantly on the move, traveling from place to place, never remaining in one location for too long. Hunters have been known to modify conventional human weaponry such as guns and knives to repel and/or kill supernatural beings that are often more powerful than they are.
Humans who employ magical powers are known as "witches". While most witches are known to channel their power from demons, other witches have been said to draw their power from the forces of nature. However, according to a witch named Rowena, a rare selection of witches (such as herself) received their power from birth and are able to practice witchcraft by tapping into their own innate source of power. All in all, while every human has access to magical forces, many do not practice witchcraft based on the facts that they either do not believe in magic, have been taught that magic is Satanic, or they fear the supernatural consequences that comes with it (i.e. black magic is known to corrupt the practitioner to point where they will become evil and remorseless monsters). Nevertheless, humans who have great command over magical energies have proven to match, or in most cases, overpower other supernatural beings.A number of humans, called psychics, also have access to heightened supernatural abilities and senses such as telekinesis, telepathy, and more. An extremely powerful form of psychic ability is where a human can project their thoughts to alter the very fabric of reality itself. This power is called psychokinesis. It exists in at least one known individual, Fred Jones. How this ability is achieved is unknown. Some humans may not be psychic but are able to use similar abilities with the use of magical objects, such as spirit boards.
Humans may gain additional abilities with the help of cursed objects, spells, gifts from gods, and heavenly weapons, etc. For example, in Wishful Thinking, a cursed coin granted invisibility and super strength to some humans. Inyo was granted immortality, heightened physical strength, and improved reflexes and agility by the ancient Mayan god Cacao.
Humans are vulnerable to almost any supernatural being and are also vulnerable to their own weaponry.
- Mortality - their physical strength wanes once they reach old age. They are vulnerable to diseases, and any form of physical harm.
- Magic - Like all beings, humans are susceptible to the influences of magic and witchcraft.
- Mental health - humans generally react with fear, confusion and disbelief when confronted with the threat of the supernatural. Hunters often seem emotionally scarred by the experiences that led them into this way of life and seem reluctant to talk about their past experiences. Hunters who live long enough sometimes end up in mental asylums. Sam and Dean Winchester express suicidal feelings in the later seasons of the show as most of the people they cared about have been killed and the world continues to face overwhelming threats of destruction.
- Lack of supernatural senses - this prevents most humans from detecting and/or identifying sources of harm from the supernatural world before it's too late.
- Higher beings - any other creature with supernatural powers can potentially kill humans.
- Transformation/turning - humans lose their humanity once afflicted with monster strains.
- Humans are almost always presented as either the protagonists or the victims in the series. There are, however, a few exceptions.
- Despite lacking many supernatural abilities, humans have been shown to defeat a number of supernatural beings, including angels, demons and Leviathans.
- Humans, albeit lacking supernatural origins, are the only species to be featured in every episode so far.