Vampires, or Vamps for short, are a race of blood-drinking supernatural creatures that were once human. They have been encountered by the Winchesters, Gordon Walker and other hunters. However it has been stated encountering a vampire is very rare as hunters have hunted them near to extinction although due to their ability to reproduce by transfusion there only needs to be one for them to repopulate.
All vampires originate from the Alpha Vampire. Vampires are also one of the most frequently recurring supernatural creatures in the series.
Apocalypse World has its version of vampires. They are more fierce and savage compared from the main universe.
They live forever, and several depicted vampires are hundreds of years of age or older.They also mate for life.Their diet is based strictly on blood. Although they prefer human blood, humans aren’t the only animals that they can drink from (however one such vampire, Lenore, refers to cow blood as ‘disgusting’). Vampires must keep their victims alive or else their blood becomes toxic to them. However, some vampires will live off of donated blood bags because they don’t want to kill a living being. Vampires can only be killed by beheading, where they leave behind a corpse that can be examined to find their vampire teeth.
Vampires are organized into nests, with eight to ten vampires residing in each, with a mate for life. The younger members of the nest typically do the hunting for their elders, bringing back humans to be fed upon for days or even weeks. Each nest has a leader, typically the oldest vampire and most often the one who turned the others. According to Benny Lafitte, when vampires are first turned, they are reliant on their maker for blood and thus have no choice but to follow them, coming to see them as their source of life to the point they can think the leader is God. Sometimes the leader can come to believe it too. All vampires see the Alpha Vampire as their “father” and revere him as such.
According to Alton Morehead, while the vampires may hunt alone or in small nests, if you scratch the surface, they are connected all the way from the lowest drone to the Alpha Vampire. They also share amongst themselves things like intelligence and victims.
Dean being transformed.
Vampirism is spread by the ingestion of vampire blood or by its direct introduction to the human blood stream. These are currently the only possible methods of infection (tactile contact with Eve is no longer possible since her death), since many hunters are seen getting splashed in the face with vampire blood without being turned. This means that the vampire blood doesn’t enter a person’s system through the eyes, nose or unbroken skin. It may also mean that, in terms of ingestion, a certain quantity is required to cause the transformation, considering getting splattered blood on the lips may result in some entering the mouth, becoming mixed with saliva, and winding up swallowed. These limitations are very beneficial to hunters due to the fact that killing a vampire is usually a gory and messy procedure. According to Dean Winchester, “the change, sometimes its fast, sometimes its slow, it just depends on the person.”
Newly turned vampires are always confused and disoriented, especially while adjusting to the overwhelmingly sharp senses and sensitivity to light. Bloodlust usually sets in after, and drives the newly turned vampire into a killing spree. They then normally seek the one who changed them, known as their maker, and usually accept them as their leader. Most of the vampires shown in the series develop or are integrated into a nest or hive mentality. These newly turned vampires are still half-human until they drink their first blood.
The cure for vampirism.
Vampirism is rarely curable, with the only known cure being a potion recorded in a journal by an ancestor of the Campbell Family of hunters. The ritual calls for the blood of the new vampire’s sire, and will not work if the subject has fed on human blood. Other known ingredients include garlic and sage. The reversion is painful, but no secondary effects are retained. At least one cured vampire has retained all of his memories before he was reverted to humanity. However, the cure causes you to be sick for a few days. The cure does not require the vampire that turned the person to be alive for it to work.
This technique was used to cure Dean Winchester, Seth’s Victim, Annie Jones and Doug Stover.
Using the vampire resurrection ritual, a dead vampire could be resurrected. However, the person resurrecting the vampire had to get the vampire’s soul from Purgatory and have access to their body. The ritual is then simple: drip the blood with the soul over the vampire’s body and recite a spell. The vampire is then resurrected whole and undamaged.
A vampire’s appearance is that of a normal human. However, they all have common features, such as sharp, pointed, retractable teeth that emerge from their gums and extend beyond their human teeth. This set of fangs descend at the vampire’s will, usually when about to feed, when threatened or when attacking. Some vampires have been shown to have sharp fingernails, but nowhere near as long as the Alpha’s, which are more clawlike and can be made to extend at will.
The blood of the Alpha Vampire in their veins gives vampires many unique abilities.
As with other supernatural creatures, vampires have weaknesses that hunters can exploit to defeat them.
Vampires were created by Eve and were some of her very first children. The Alpha Vampire was the very first vampire and he appears to have a psychic connection with other vampires. By the year 2006, vampires had been hunted so intensively and become so rare that John Winchester had thought they were extinct. However, they have started to make something of a resurgence, particularly in 2011 after the Alpha Vampire ordered the existing nests to increase their numbers on Eve’s orders.
Luther is shot by John Winchester with the Colt.
Daniel Elkins attracts the attention of a group of Vampires, led by Kate, who follow him home and kill him after a struggle. They take the Colt from him and Kate presents it to her mate and patriarch, Luther. The vampires live in an old barn where they capture tourists and feed on them, turning one such victim into one of their own. Their nest is invaded by the Winchesters and Kate is lured after them, only to be captured and infected with Dead Man’s Blood. John Winchester uses her as a bargaining chip to force Luther to hand over the Colt, after which the vampires try to kill John and his two sons. John then shoots Luther with the Colt, proving the legend that it can kill anything. Earlier, John decapitated Hank and Dean decapitated Beau, two of the vampires, and two more were taken out with arrows soaked in Dead Man’s Blood. These two are presumably later decapitated; however, Kate and the turned victim escape with their lives after Luther is killed.
Gordon tortures Lenore with dead man’s blood.
Sam is captured by a group of vampires who have sworn off human prey and have chosen to feed on cattle instead, but they are still living in fear of being hunted. Their matriarch, Lenore, wishes for Sam to go back to his brother and the hunter Gordon Walker and ward them off hunting her kin. Gordon refuses to do so, however, and discovers the nest and tortures Lenore with dead man’s blood to prove to the Winchesters that all vampires are monsters. Lenore resists her bloodlust despite his methods of temptation. The Winchesters turn against Gordon and free Lenore, having seen her resilience.
Dixon attempts to infect a woman.
A vampire called Dixon has been infecting young blonde women with vampirism in the hopes of rebuilding his lost family and repopulating the vampiric species. He converts them by feeding them his blood under the pretense that it is a recreational drug, administered either with an eyedropper or in a drink. One of the girls he has recently turned is caught and interrogated by Sam and Dean, which puts them on his trail, but the timely arrival of a vengeful Gordon prevents them from pursuing Dixon.
Sam kills Gordon by garroting him with razorwire.
In a cruel twist of fate, Dixon captures Gordon and turns him into a vampire as punishment for the vampires he’s killed in the past. Gordon is not a passive victim, however, and he uses his new strength to murder Dixon’s girls and to escape. This drives Dixon to despair and apathy, and when the Winchesters find his lair, he admits to everything he has done. It is implied that the hunters killed him. Gordon, after escaping Dixon’s lair, soon falls victim to bloodlust and feeds on human blood. He then continues his hunt for Sam by setting a trap, capturing and infecting another woman to work as a distraction and then isolating Sam so that he can attack him. Gordon underestimates Sam, however, and is subsequently decapitated with barbed wire. His victim is killed by Dean with the Colt after a struggle.
The Winchester brothers begin their supernatural investigation by looking into a vampire attack. However, the “vampire” turns out to be a shapeshifter who disguises himself as classic horror movie monsters, including Dracula.
Dean becomes a vampire.
In Limestone, Illinois, Sam and Dean investigate the disappearances of several young women. They discover that the most recent victim was obsessed with Twilight-style vampires, and that she was communicating with someone who claimed to be a vampire online. At the same time, a blood bank van is robbed. Sam and Dean go to a club called the Black Rose, the girl’s last destination, and discover vampires trying to “recruit” new members. Sam kills one vampire, but lets Dean be turned by a vampire named Boris. The Winchesters return to their hotel room, and Sam calls Samuel. Dean, who is prepared to be killed by Samuel, sneaks away to bid Lisa goodbye. He is nearly overwhelmed by his hunger, but resists and returns to Sam and Samuel. Samuel surprises Dean by revealing a cure in one of his ancestor’s hunting journals. In order to work, Dean must consume no human blood, and must acquire the blood of the vampire that turned him, so Dean goes to the nest of the vampires with a syringe of dead man’s blood.
Dean fights with vampires.
At the nest, a “recruiter” named Robert offers Dean blood, which he declines, and reveals that they are no longer allowed to kill people. Dean meets Boris, and tries to stab him with the dead man’s blood, but Boris is too quick. Before Boris can kill Dean, all the vampires collapse, Dean included. He has a shared vision of the Alpha Vampire, and perceives that the Alpha wishes to build an army. When he awakes, Dean fights the vampires in the nest. He eventually kills all the members, except one beheaded by Sam and Samuel, and acquires Boris’s blood. Samuel prepares the cure and Dean drinks it. He vomits blood and passes out, but re-awakens as a human.
Alpha Vampire is captured by the demons.
Samuel Campbell and his people capture the Alpha Vampire. They subdue him using an I.V. of Dead Man’s Blood and attempt to interrogate him, but he is extremely resistant to pain and doesn’t give Samuel any information. After Samuel leaves the room where he is being held, he is approached by Dean and Sam and he reveals to them that, though he is the first vampire, he has a mother. He also tells them that Samuel is torturing him for information about Purgatory and its location. Shortly after their conversation, he frees himself from his cage and almost manages to flee the area, but demons appear and take him away on Crowley’s orders. It is revealed that Samuel has been working for Crowley, who takes Alpha Vampire to continue interrogating it about Purgatory. Apparently he is unable to get anything from him as in “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” he sends them after what he believes to be werewolves in hopes of locating the Alpha Werewolf.
When Eve is making her way across the country in “…And Then There Were None,” Bobby mentions that her presence has caused a group of vampires to act up.
Castiel brings Lenore to Bobby’s house so that they can ask her for Eve’s location. She is hesitant, but eventually tells them where to find Eve: in Grants Pass, Oregon. She then asks to be killed. With Eve on earth, her nest has abandoned her and returned to feeding on humans, and even she has given in to her bloodlust on one occasion. Sam and Dean try to persuade her that after Eve is destroyed things will improve, but Lenore is doubtful. Castiel places a hand on her head and kills her to move things along.
Dean finds a creature that has vampire teeth.
In Grants Pass, Oregon, they find Eve experimenting with creating hybrid monsters. On examination of some of the hybrids in a bar, Dean finds they have strange hybrid attributes, one creature has vampiric teeth in addition to the spike of a Wraith protruding from its wrist. Dean dubs these hybrids Jefferson Starships.
After capturing Red in “The Man Who Would Be King,” Bobby compliments him on taking down an entire vampire nest and capturing them in Swan Valley. At the same time, Crowley has a captured vampire he experiments upon, discovering that when he burns or impales Eve’s brain, it causes the vampire pain because there is still a connection between them even though she is dead.
The Alpha Vampire and his “daughter” Emily
Vampires return in the Season 7 episode “There Will Be Blood” after Crowley reveals to the Winchesters that the Alpha Vampire somehow escaped his prison before Castiel wiped out all the other Alphas. It’s also revealed that the Alpha Vampire has made an alliance with Dick Roman and the Leviathans, and that the two races intend to jointly harvest humanity once the Leviathans have dumbed down the population with their DNA-changing food additives. In truth, however, the Leviathan have actually engineered the additive to also kill Vampires and other monsters, thus eliminating the competition for human prey. After the Winchesters expose this plot to the Alpha Vampire, as well as foil an assassination attempt by Edgar, the Alpha Vampire gives them some of his blood which is needed to kill Dick Roman. Sam and Dean take with them a child he’d abducted and reluctantly leave the Alpha alive.
Dean meets Benny while in Purgatory.
While in Purgatory, Dean teams up with a vampire named Benny Lafitte, who feeds only on blood transfusions stolen from the blood bank, to find a way out into Earth, along with Castiel. The three make their way through Purgatory heading for a way out that Benny knows that will work for a human. Benny believes he can hitch a ride with Dean as he considers himself a former human.
Later, Dean succeeds in escaping Purgatory with Benny’s soul and performs a ritual that resurrects Benny at his gravesite. The two go their separate ways, but Benny later contacts Dean and they agree to not keep in touch for a while, but that Benny can call Dean if he needs help.
Benny is resurrected on Earth.
Benny confronts his maker “The Old Man”.
Benny kills The Old Man and is shocked to learn that instead of wanting to completely destroy the pirating operation and start a new life with him, Andrea wants to take it over herself. Benny realizes to his heartbreak that the Andrea he loved is dead and as she goes to attack him, Dean kills her from behind. Benny is left completely distraught and heartbroken and wonders why Dean brought him back when he could’ve pretended to help. On the mainland, Benny meets Sam and leaves, recognizing that Sam and Dean need to be alone.
Benny kills a vampire.
A rouge vampire named Desmond decides to create his own nest and tries to entice Benny, who has moved back into his hometown in Louisiana and is looking after his great-granddaughter Elizabeth secretly, into helping him. However, Benny refuses so Desmond warns him that he will kill someone every night until Benny agrees. Desmond’s first victim draws the attention of mentally-unstable hunter Martin Creaser who is following Benny and believes him to be the killer. He calls in Sam and Dean, but Dean believes Benny’s story even after finding him after he buries Desmond’s second victim. Despite Dean’s belief, Martin and Sam go after Benny until Dean tricks Sam into leaving. Dean and Benny go after Desmond after Benny pretends to agree to join him to learn where he is and in the confrontation that follows, Benny kills Desmond. However, seeing Dean bleeding from an attack stirs Benny’s bloodlust.
Martin lies dead at the hands of Benny.
Afterwards, realizing that the situation means he can no longer stay there, Benny leaves, but Martin, obsessed with killing Benny, kidnaps Elizabeth to force him to return. In the confrontation that follows, Benny pretends to allow Martin to kill him, but turns the tables on him and in the fight that follows, rips out his throat, killing him, before fleeing.
Benny calls Dean for help after his loneliness starts to get to him. Though Dean, who believes Benny’s story after learning what happened from Elizabeth, promises to meet Benny for coffee once the case he is on is over, he later calls Benny to say a final farewell, having decided to cut all ties to the vampire.
In Conway Springs, Kansas, a group of young hunters are killing vampires as they have supposedly killed their families. However, these vampires are revealed to have been newly turned and the true killer, Seth, is working with their mentor Victor Rogers in exchange for being left to roam free so he can create the next generation of hunters. After learning the truth, Krissy Chambers takes Seth down with darts filled with dead man’s blood and he is presumably killed. Seth’s blood is then used to cure his latest victim who hadn’t drank human blood yet and waslater, saved.
In Purgatory, a vampire attacks Sam, but after he stabs it in the stomach with Demon-Killing Knife, Sam decapitates him with the vampire’s own blade.
Benny is ambushed by vampires in Purgatory.
After learning from Naomi that Sam got to Hell through Purgatory and that Ajay is dead, Dean goes to Benny for help. Benny agrees to let Dean kill him and then lead Sam and Bobby Singer to the portal out as he doesn’t feel like he belongs on Earth. After agreeing to see Benny when Sam returns, Dean decapitates him.
Three more vampires attack Sam and Bobby. Sam kills two, but the last one nearly overpowers Bobby before Benny rips out his throat. Recognizing Benny, Sam lets him lead them to the portal out where three more vampires, enraged at Benny working with a Winchester again, arrive to attack. Having never intended to return to Earth, Benny stays behind to hold the vampires off and is last seen fighting them as Sam escapes.
In Devil May Care, hunter Tracy Bell pretends to be having car trouble and a man who is really a vampire offers her a ride, planning to feed on her. Tracy takes the ride, but overpowers and kills the vampire in the struggle that follows, leaving his headless body and van on the side of the road.
During the events of Slumber Party, Charlie Bradbury later tells Sam and Dean that as one of the hunts she did she killed a teenage vampire.
While hunting down Cuthbert Sinclair during Blade Runners, Sam and Dean are confronted by two vampires from his “zoo” as a test and easily kill them.
“Alex” and her “mother” Celia.
In Alex Annie Alexis Ann, a young woman named Alex is arrested in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is attacked by her vampire “brother” Cody as she ran away from the “family.” Sherriff Jody Mills kills Cody and calls in Sam and Dean to hunt the nest and protect Alex who they learn was kidnaped several years before and has been acting as a lure for people who won’t be missed for her “family.” Feeling guilt for her lifestyle, Alex ran away, but is recaptured by her “mother” Celia and her surviving “brothers.” Sam, Dean and Jody hunt the nest down and are all captured, while Alex agrees to be turned into a vampire. Connor and his surviving brother try to drain Sam and Dean of blood, but Dean recovers, kills both and frees Sam before heading off to save Jody. Jody realizes that Celia kidnapped Alex to replace a daughter she lost a long time ago and Celia nearly kills her after Alex refuses to. However, Alex injects Celia with dead man’s blood and Jody kills her. As Alex hadn’t drank any human blood yet, Sam and Dean are able to cure her and Jody helps her through the ordeal.
During Bloodlines, while visiting a monster club, Ennis Ross is confronted by a waiter named Maurice who is revealed to be a vampire. Ennis tries to kill him with a gun armed with silver bullets to no avail and is nearly killed himself before Maurice is decapitated from behind by Dean. Sam and Dean later explain to Ennis what Maurice was as he’d never encountered a monster before.
In Hibbing 911, a group of vampires led by Starr who consume all of a victim, not just their blood, go to Hibbing, Minnesota in hopes of regaining their former leader, Sheriff Len Cuse. Len covers up their murders of two people in town, but they draw the attention of Sheriff Jody Mills who calls in the Winchesters. After finding Len over one of the vampires victims, the Winchesters, Jody and Sheriff Donna Hanscum track him to an old farmhouse where they are captured by the nest. After Len refuses to kill the humans, Starr kills him, but Dean breaks free and kills Catfish and the other vampire. Star goes after Jody, but is killed by Donna before she can harm her.
During The Werther Project, Dean hunts a vampire nest alone to take some of the edge off of the Mark of Cain. He is able to kill all six vampires single-handedly before Sam even arrives. Also, Benny appears as a hallucination under the influence of the Werther Box.
During Brother’s Keeper, Dean is called in on a vampire hunt by fellow hunter Rudy. Dean is able to rescue one of the two victims alive and kill the two vampires involved, but gets Rudy killed in the process. This causes him to realize he’s out of control and summon Death in an attempt to die.
Richard holding Claire and Alex hostage.
In Don’t You Forget About Me, Richard Beesome comes to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to get revenge on Alex as she’d lured him to her nest, resulting in him being turned into a vampire and slaughtering his own family. Richard kidnaps and kills three residents to feed on while turning Henry to build Alex up so Richard can destroy her life before killing her. As part of this, Henry kills Mr. Phelps, Alex’s favorite teacher, but in doing so draws the attention of the Winchesters who were called in by Claire Novak who believed there was a case in town. Richard kidnaps Claire and Sheriff Jody Mills before revealing his reasons for doing what he’s doing to Alex. Richard starts to drain Claire, but stops to confront Sam when he arrives. As Sam and Henry fight, Richard takes Sam’s machete and goes to kill Alex, but is stabbed in the back with a crowbar by Claire first. Before Richard can recover, Dean decapitates him. Sam is able to subdue Henry and Claire kills him as well after Alex punches him for what he did to her.
In Keep Calm and Carry On, as Lady Toni Bevell describes the British Men of Letters method of operation, they are seen capturing a vampire with dead man’s blood after being alerted by wards to his presence and taking him to a warehouse where the vampire is executed by Arthur Ketch.
In LOTUS, Arthur Ketch shows the Winchesters and Castiel a weapon the British Men of Letters created through a combination of technology and magic to use against vampires. As beheadings are inefficient, especially against entire nests, the weapon irradiates vampires, reorders their DNA and makes their own blood toxic to them. The Winchesters are impressed by this method of killing vampires.
In First Blood, while the Winchesters are missing, Castiel notices a case of vampire killings in Lancaster, Missouri and attempts to solve the case by himself. However, Castiel is unable to locate the vampires and runs away after three more young women die. Castiel brings the case to Mary Winchester who offers to let Castiel help her, but he feels he will just get in the way. Mary locates the vampires and kills them all single-handedly just before Castiel calls her to tell Mary that he has heard from Sam and Dean.
In Stuck in the Middle (With You), Mary tells Wally that while she’s been working with the British Men of Letters, they have taken out four vampire nests.
The Alpha Vampire returns
In The Raid, the British Men of Letters have begun an effort to exterminate all vampires in the United States, starting in the Midwest. In the course of a month, the British Men of Letters have killed 230 vampires with only eleven being left alive in the Midwest. This draws the attention of the Alpha Vampire who leads an attack on the British Men of Letters compound. After the Alpha Vampire is killed by Sam Winchester with the Colt, the remaining vampires flee.
In Wayward Sisters, Claire Novak compares scars with Kaia Nieves. One scar is from a bar fight with a vampire. Later, after Sheriff Donna Hanscum arrives to help, its mentioned that Donna has killed “a lot of vampires” over her career as a hunter.
Doug being turned
In Breakdown, the cashier Marlon is revealed to be a vampire helping Terrance Clegg’s operation to butcher people and sell their remains to monsters. Marlon turns Doug Stover into a vampire after revealing his true nature. Doug is subdued by Dean with dead man’s blood while Donna kneecaps Marlon with a shotgun and forces him to give up Clegg’s location before killing Marlon. As Doug had not yet fed, Dean is able to use Marlon’s blood to cure Doug and restore Doug’s humanity.
In Beat the Devil, the Winchesters, Castiel and Gabriel rescue two teenagers from a creature that is revealed to be an Apocalypse World vampire. Now starving, the vampires have devolved into more bestial creatures who are ravenous for human blood. With a vampire nest blocking the only way to Mary and Jack’s base, the group and the teenagers are forced to pass through. During the trip, one of the teenagers is dragged off while Sam has his throat ripped out by one of the vampires and dies.
Later, Sam is resurrected by Lucifer who is seeking his son. Lucifer is able to use his restored powers to hold back a ravenous horde of vampires in order to force Sam to hear him out and eventually leave with him.
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