John Winchester was once a regular family man from Lawrence, Kansas. With his wife Mary, he had two young sons, Sam and Dean. John’s life changed forever in November of 1983 when he discovered his wife’s body suspended from the ceiling of their nursery on fire. From that moment on, John knew that there were things in this world that defied normal explanation. The death of Mary Winchester awakened him to the world of the supernatural and he embarked upon a crusade hunting the various monsters of the Earth. He traveled across the country honing his knowledge and his skills, bringing along with him his two sons. Sam was still an infant when his mother was killed and has very little recollection of her. Dean, though still young, witnessed his mother’s death and spent the following years taking cues from his father and learning the fine art of hunting. Primarily however, John made sure that Dean always kept a close watch over his little brother. One of the first allies that John encountered in his fight against the forces of evil was the psychic Missouri Mosely. Mosely helped to point him in the right direction of more threats of the supernatural, particularly the existence of demons.
Born in 1954—most likely in Indiana—John Winchester left high school to join the Marine Corps, eventually attaining the rank of corporal. Serving in Vietnam, he received many medals. After leaving the service, he got a job as a mechanic, and fell in love with Mary Campbell, whom he would later marry. Following the mysterious death of his wife years later, John Winchester investigated the incident and learned of the existence of the supernatural. His desire to find and kill the being that took Mary's life led him to become a hunter of supernatural creatures. He took his sons, Sam and Dean, with him during his travels, but often left them alone in motels for long periods of time during his hunts, leaving Dean with instructions to "shoot first and ask questions later" while watching over Sam, who at first was unaware of his exploits. As revealed in the fourth season episode "Jump the Shark", John slept with a nurse named Kate Milligan, whom he met after being brought into a hospital with wounds after killing a ghoul, unknowingly fathering his third son, Adam, with her. John made occasional visits, doing normal father-son things with him that he did not do with Dean and Sam. Wanting to keep Adam from the supernatural world, he hid the truth from him, and never revealed to him the existence of Sam and Dean, nor vice-versa. Meanwhile, John trained Sam and Dean to become hunters. However, Sam later leaves this life to start anew in college, leading to a fallout between John and his son.
Twenty-two years after Mary's death, John disappears while on a hunt, causing Sam and Dean to reunite to find him, though they are unsuccessful. After Azazel, the demon that killed their mother, ends up killing Sam's girlfriend, Sam returns to the life of a hunter to find and kill it. John later tracks his sons in Kansas while they are investigating a poltergeist, but does not reveal his presence while staying with the psychic Missouri Moseley, claiming that he first needs to know the truth. However, he finally makes his presence known to them when he visits the brothers in Chicago, Illinois. Meg, a woman possessed by a demon, reveals that Azazel is after John. After escaping Meg's trap, the brothers split up from their father to keep him from the demons. John later meets back up with his sons when his old mentor, vampire hunter Daniel Elkins, is murdered. It turns out that the vampires that killed him also stole the Colt, a mystical gun that can kill anything. The Winchesters succeed in getting the gun back and decide to go after the demon Azazel together.
Meg soon begins killing the Winchesters' friends, and threatens to kill more unless they deliver the Colt. John tries to give her a fake gun, and is captured. The brothers end up rescuing him, but he becomes possessed by Azazel and attacks. However, John manages to resist, allowing Sam to get the Colt and shoot him in the leg, temporarily subduing the demon. John begs Sam to kill him so that Azazel will die, too, but Sam cannot bring himself to do it. To John's dismay, Azazel then escapes. As the Winchesters later flee the scene in Dean's Impala, a man possessed by a demon hits them with a semi-truck. After the crash, Sam and John awake in hospital with only minor injuries. However, a dying Dean is in a coma. John secretly summons Azazel, and seems to know what the demon wants from Sam and other kids like him. He then makes a deal to save Dean, giving up his life, soul, and the Colt. John then talks with Dean, telling him to take care of Sam. He then whispers something in Dean's ear, later revealed to be orders for Dean to kill Sam should he be unable to stop him from becoming evil. John then leaves Dean and returns to his hospital room, where he gives the Colt to someone. Sam later finds his father unconscious on the floor, and doctors are unable to save him. The fourth season episode "On the Head of a Pin" reveals that the demon Alastair tortured John in Hell for over a century, hoping to have him break the first seal to release Lucifer. However, John never gave in, preferring to be tortured himself than do it to another person. Sam and Dean burn John's body on a funeral pyre, as is traditional among hunters, at the beginning of "Everybody Loves a Clown". A message on their father's cellphone then leads the brothers to Harvelle's Roadhouse, a waystation for hunters that John often visited. It is revealed that the proprietress, Ellen Harvelle, and her deceased husband Bill were old friends of John's. Ellen reveals in "No Exit" that her husband died while on a hunt with John due to a mistake that John made. In "Born Under a Bad Sign", the demon formerly in possession of Meg takes over Sam's body and claims to Bill and Ellen's daughter Jo that John killed Bill to put him out of his misery. The soul of John later appears in "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part 2" when a gateway to Hell is opened. He saves Dean from Azazel, and distracts the demon long enough for Dean to grab the Colt and shoot Azazel in the heart, finally killing him. John then gives Sam and Dean a loving smile before becoming engulfed in a white light.
In the fourth season episode "In the Beginning", Dean is sent through time by the angel Castiel. He meets his father's younger self, and ends up convincing John to buy the Impala that he eventually inherits. Dean then watches John go to a diner with Mary, whom he intends to propose to. However, Azazel attacks them and brutally snaps John's neck. Mary makes a deal with Azazel to bring John back to life in exchange for permission to enter her house in ten years, though he does not reveal his intentions of giving demon blood to Sam.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Firearms Firearms involves knowledge and skill on the use of various firearms. This includes automatic handguns, semi-automatic handguns, rifles, carbines, shotguns, railguns, as well as exotic off-world weaponry. This skill is commonly used amongst soldiers, secret agents, assassins, cowboys, sharpshooters, mercenaries, bounty hunters, snipers, and various underworld figures.
- Occultism Occultism is the study of occult or hidden wisdom. To the occultist it is the study of "Truth", a deeper truth that exists beneath the surface: 'The truth is always hidden in plain sight'. It can involve such subjects as magic, extra-sensory perception, astrology, spiritualism, numerology and lucid dreaming. There is often a strong religious element to these studies and beliefs, and many occultists profess adherence to religions such as Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Luciferianism, Thelema, and Neopaganism. While Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism are generally not considered as occult, some of their modern interpretations can be, as the interpretation of Hinduism within Theosophy or the various occult interpretations of the Jewish Kabbalah. Orthodox members of such religions are likely to consider such interpretations as false.
- Tracking Tracking is the science and art of observing a place through animal footprints and other signs, including: tracks, beds, chews, scat, hair, etc. Specifically, mapping a changing landscape and soaking up sensory data like a sponge. Another goal is the further understanding of the systems and patterns around you, including that of the animal life. So called, "master trackers", are able to know an animal through its tracks and trails, also known as spoor. These include not only identification and interpretation of tracks, but also scat (or feces), feathers, kills, scratching posts, trails, drag marks, sounds, marking posts, and more. There is a story in most of these marks to be found. The skilled tracker is able to discern these markings and recreate what transpired. Tracking has been traditionally practiced for thousands of years by the majority of tribal peoples all across the world.
Average: John Winchester possesses the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engages in moderate regular exercise.
John drives a 1967 Chevrolet Impala. In the television series, the family owned the vehicle prior to the 1983 death of Mary Winchester. In Supernatural: Origins, John acquired the car some time following Mary's death.
John Winchester is based upon a character created for the WB/CW television series Supernatural. Although the Supernatural comic book titles are published by DC's WildStorm Productions, all characters and events exist in a reality separate from that of both the mainstream DC Universe and the Wildstorm Universe.
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