|“||"My mother, she said Castiel -- he would keep me safe. She said the world was a dangerous place, that's -- that's why I couldn't be a baby or a child. I -- that's why I had to grow up fast, that's why I chose him to be my father."||”|
— Jack to Sam Winchester
After Lucifer took possession of President Jefferson Rooney, he had sex with Jefferson's aide and lover, Kelly, who was unaware of the possession. After their first round, Kelly said she believed Jefferson Rooney (Lucifer) would make a great father, which inspired Lucifer to sleep with her again and conceive a child.
The conception of the Nephilim was felt by Castiel, who was miles away inside the Men of Letters Bunker. He and the Winchester brothers decided they needed to get rid of the child, as it was the "spawn of Lucifer".
After Sam and Dean successfully re-imprisoned Lucifer, Castiel took Kelly away to a diner. He pleaded with her to get rid of the child, informing her that it was not Jefferson's, but the Devil's. Kelly excused herself to the bathroom and fled the diner. As she rode away in a taxi, she insisted through a phone call that the baby was still hers, and she did not want to get rid of it.
After his mother was rescued by Dagon from angels trying to kill her and him, Dagon revealed to his mother Kelly that he was a boy. Elsewhere, Lucifer mentioned to Crowley that his son's power is a chip off the old block.
When Kelly began experiencing "weird little pains", she ordered Dagon to take her to a doctor, in case something was wrong with the baby. Dr. Turner could not find anything wrong with the baby itself, and Dagon ensured Kelly that the child was fine and he was going to become big and strong. The pains were in fact the start of intense, life-threatening pain that Kelly was going to experience, since birthing a Nephilim was always fatal to the human.
In The Future, Kelly only has less than a month left before she gives birth and is told by Dagon of the unimaginable horror the child will unleash upon his birth. In an effort to stop this, Kelly commits suicide only to have her child resurrect her. Following her resurrection, Kelly states that she felt his soul surge through her and that it was good, not evil though Dagon believes the child only brought her back to ensure his own survival.
After being kidnapped by Castiel, Kelly insists on the goodness of her child. Castiel is ordered by Joshua to bring Kelly through the portal to Heaven which will kill both Kelly and her child and scatter their atoms across the universe. As Kelly continues to insist on her son's goodness, Castiel asks her about if this is true, who will guide and protect the child after his birth since Kelly will die in the process. The child kicks moments later and Castiel feels it. As the Winchesters arrive, the child has a premonition of a conflict between Dagon and Castiel at Heaven's Portal and instructs Kelly to take herself and Castiel there, having chosen Castiel to protect and guide him after sensing Castiel when he touched Kelly's belly.
At Heaven's Portal, Dagon kills Joshua and effortlessly defeats Kelly's defenders. As Castiel and Kelly stand hand-in-hand, Jack empowers Castiel, causing his eyes to glow. With the child aiding him, Castiel is easily able to overpower a shocked Dagon and negates her powers. Telling Dagon to "call it a miracle", Castiel uses Jack's power to incinerate the Prince of Hell.
Following Dagon's death, Castiel tells the Winchesters that it was both himself and Lucifer's child who killed Dagon. Castiel tells the Winchesters, who planned to remove the child's grace and leave him human and powerless, that he now knows that the child must be born with all of his power intact as he now has faith in the child's goodness. As they depart in his truck, Castiel tells Kelly that the child showed him "the future".
Castiel takes Kelly to a lakeside house which is set for a newborn baby. Kelly is desperate for her son to be born good and well-loved. During labor, a portal to another dimension is opened and Team Free Will use it to trap Lucifer within but he drew Mary with him as they tried to push him in. Sam returns to the house to find Kelly dead, along with a trail of scorched foot prints leading to the nursery. Inside, he discovers a full grown Nephilim with golden eyes sitting in the corner, and gives Sam a menacing smile.
Sam tries and talk to Jack, who asks if he is his father. Sam tells Jack he is not his father, and is still attempting to speak with Jack when Dean arrives and shoots at Jack, narrowly missing him. Jack becomes angry and in self defense begins screaming, causing a pulse of energy to emanate from his body that blows out all the windows in the house and freezes Sam and Dean in the air before jettisoning them back into the wall, knocking them unconscious. Jack leaves the house and wanders the woods until he comes across a Pirate Pete's Jolly Treats, and asks at the drive-thru for his father. Seeing that he is naked and confused, an employee, Clark Barker, calls his mother, Sheriff Christine Barker, to deal with the situation. Sheriff Barker arrives to find Jack still standing in the parking lot. Seeing the sheriff's gun, Jack initially takes a defensive stance until Sheriff Barker assures him she only wants to help him.
At the Sheriff's Department, a now fully clothed Jack begins absorbing his new surroundings while Sheriff Barker tries to get information out of him. Jack is only able to tell her that his mother is in Heaven and that he is looking for his father. Jack is then fingerprinted, and sits with Clark who asks what Jack is on. Jack tells him he isn't stoned, but that he is hungry. Clark takes Jack to the break room, where Jack tests out a new power that allows him to get free food from the vending machines; he becomes a big fan of nougat. Soon after showing this ability to Sheriff Barker, Jack begins picking up angel radio, which causes him great discomfort. When Sheriff Barker tries to stop him from leaving, Jack loses control and sends her flying into the vending machines. As he tries to leave the station, he comes face to face with Dean, but before Jack can do anything Sam hits him with a stun gun, rendering Jack unconscious.
Sam and Jack are placed in a holding cell, while Dean explains the situation to the sheriff. When Jack comes to, Sam apologizes to Jack and explains he didn't want to hurt him. Jack tells Sam he was scared of the voices he was hearing, which caused him to lose control. Jack tells Sam that he doesn't know if he can open another rift, and that he needs to find his father, who will protect him. When Sam tells him Lucifer doesn't do that, Jack corrects him and tells him that Castiel is his father, because his mother told him that Castiel would keep him safe. He also explains that through his mother, he knew the world was dangerous and chose to mature into adulthood immediately after his birth to protect himself.
A trio of angels led by Miriam arrive at the station; two of the angels are able to locate Jack in the holding cell area. When they try to take him, a fight ensues, ending with Sam banishing them. The action of the sigil causes Jack momentary discomfort. Miriam enters the holding cell area but is flanked by Sam and Dean. Feigning that she is giving up, she tells Sam that if the angels can't have him, no one will and drives her angel blade into Jack's heart. After Sam kills her in retaliation, Jack drops to his knees and pulls the blade from his chest. To Sam and Dean's shock, he is fine.
In the aftermath of the clash, Sam and Dean decide to take Jack with them back to the Men of Letters Bunker, but before going home, the trio go and give Castiel and Jack's mother Kelly, a hunter funeral pyre.
Powers and Abilities
Jack is stated to have unimaginable levels of power as the son of an archangel and a human, far exceeding any other Nephilim. Even from the womb, he displayed many powerful abilities. Miriam states that he can do "almost anything."
- Healing - From the womb, Jack was able to heal Kelly Kline's slit wrists and massive blood loss. While empowering Castiel, he also healed the angel's injuries from the fight with Dagon in a matter of seconds.
- Resurrection - At the same time he healed his mother's injuries, he resurrected her. However, Miriam indicated that, despite his vast power, Jack is not powerful enough to resurrect Castiel as he is "all the way dead."
- Precognition - Jack, from the womb, was able to see a vision of the confrontation between Castiel and Dagon at Heaven's Portal which he was able to share with Kelly.
- Power Granting - From the womb, Jack was able to temporarily empower Castiel to the point that he was able to overpower and kill the Prince of Hell Dagon.
- Super Strength - While empowering Castiel, he granted him enough levels of Superhuman strength to effortlessly overpower the Prince of Hell Dagon, who had easily beaten Castiel while he was only using his Seraphim powers.
- Power Negation - While empowering Castiel, he granted him the power to render Dagon completely powerless.
- Advanced Pyrokinesis - While empowering Castiel, he granted him the power to burn Dagon, the Prince of Hell, to ashes, a feat previously unseen with any other character.
- Reality Warping - Jack's birth was able to open a rift into an alternate reality.
- Electrokinesis - Jack's labor caused a power outage. In his normal state, he also able to effect the works of machinery and electricity, such as lamps and a vending machine. When scared, he also can cause electricity to go haywire.
- Rapid Aging - Because his mother kept telling him that the world is a bad place for a child, soon after birth, Jack willingly accelerated the natural aging process of his body to quickly become an adult.
- Telekinesis - Jack was able to send out powerful blasts of telekinetic energy strong enough to knock two people unconscious at once.
- Invulnerability - Unlike other Nephilim, Jack is completely invulnerable against an angel blade.
- Regeneration - He was able to painlessly remove the Angel Blade and quickly healed in seconds.
- Heavenly Portal - Due to Jack possessing a human soul, the angels believed that taking him through the portal while Kelly was pregnant with him would effectively destroy Jack.
- Electrocution - Sam was able to render Jack unconscious with a taser blast.
- Angel Radio - Hearing the angels communicate over "angel radio" caused Jack debilitating pain.
- Grace Extraction (possibly) - It is believed by the Winchesters that by extracting Jack's grace, they could remove his powers and leave him a regular human.
While still in his mother's womb, Jack was shown to be aware of his surroundings. He glanced at Dr. Turner during an examination and actively chose Castiel as his new protector and guide, replacing Dagon and even going so far as to help Castiel kill Dagon.
Since his father is Lucifer, it is a general assumption that Jack is the embodiment of pure evil. This belief was originally shared even by his mother, who attempted suicide so that her child wouldn't be unleashed upon the world. Jack resurrected her, however, saving himself in the process. Kelly then became convinced that Jack could be good, and that the world needed him. Eventually, Castiel also became hopeful that Jack could bring peace. He claimed that he was shown a vision of a future without pain, fear, or suffering.
Upon delivery, the baby rapidly ages and leaves his dead mother on her bed while he retreats to his nursery. When Sam discovers him, Jack is now an adult and smiles menacingly at the hunter.
Immediately after being born, Jack began searching for his father and showed great confusion at the world around him. All that he appeared to know was that his mother was in Heaven and his father was supposed to be waiting for him, but nothing beyond that. While Jack possessed memories from while he was in the womb, he didn't appear to understand what they meant. Jack was shown to enjoy some simple pleasures such as eating junk food with Clark and using his powers to get them some more. Jack was shown to see Castiel as his father instead of Lucifer due to what Kelly had told him about Castiel.
Upon birth, Jack took on the form of a Caucasian human young adult with dark brown hair. Unlike any other being seen on the show, Jack's eyes glow gold.
When Sam discovered Jack hiding in the corner of the room, he was visibly frightened by Jack's somewhat creepy appearance. After he encounters Sheriff Christine Clark, Jack obtains an outfit.
- Season 12
- LOTUS (mentioned only)
- Stuck in the Middle (With You) (mentioned only)
- Family Feud (mentioned only)
- Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (mentioned only)
- The British Invasion (mentioned only)
- The Future (mentioned and briefly empowering Castiel)
- Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes (mentioned only)
- All Along the Watchtower (first physical appearance)
- Season 13
- Jack's name is a medieval diminutive of John. Jack was used as a slang meaning "man". John, on the other hand, means "Jehovah has been gracious".
- He is the second known Nephilim in the series, the other being Jane.
- Coincidentally, both of them have a 4 letter name that starts with J.
- He is also the first known offspring of an Archangel.
- He is the first and only known being to possess golden eyes.
- Jack's golden grace shares its color with Lily Sunder's powers, and the color Castiel produced when he borrowed energy from Bobby Singer's soul. In both instances, angel grace was mixed with a human's soul. This is due to Jack being the embodiment of a human soul and an angel's grace bound into one.
- However, his paternal cousin, Jane, has grayish grace.
- Just like Lucifer, his father, he is immune to angel blades.
- Sam had a misconception that The Antichrist was the child of Lucifer because of what he learned from the lore, but Castiel corrected that misunderstanding by revealing that Jesse Turner who was a half demon hybrid was the actual Antichrist in I Believe the Children Are Our Future. It wasn't until seven seasons later that the actual child of Lucifer would be conceived.
- According to Sam, Nephilim don't require nine months to be born, and he was born on May 18th which corresponds to All Along the Watchtower, Season 12's finale.
- When empowering Castiel and showing Kelly Kline a premonition, their eyes briefly glowed gold.
- He bears similarities to The Source's Heir from Charmed. Both are the unborn child of the show's version of or equivalent to the Devil, both are able to channel their powers from the womb and both play a role in the deaths of a powerful, apparently unstoppable demon, Dagon in the case of and The Tall Man in the case of the Source's Heir. Both demons were also killed by a powerful fire ability that incinerated them.
- Andrew Dabb referred to Jack as someone with an "evil source", but he was technically a "blank slate".
- In Lost & Found, Dean refers to Jack as "Damien." This is a reference to the Antichrist from The Omen series of movies.