Sam Winchester

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Sam was born on May 2, 1983 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the couple’s second child, four years younger than his older brother Dean.1. He is named after his maternal grandfather, Samuel Campbell.2
When Sam was only six months old on November 2, 1983, his mother Mary was killed in his nursery by the demon Azazel, whom his mother walked in on while he was standing by Sam’s crib, doing something mysterious to him. Infant Sam is saved from the ensuing fire when his father takes him out of his crib and gives him to a four year old Dean, who then carries him outside while their father unsuccessfully tries to rescue their mother.1
Sam and Dean spent their childhood moving from town to town every few weeks while their father hunted supernatural beings and their mother’s killer. Until the age 8, Sam believed that his mother had died in a car accident and his father was a traveling salesman, until Dean revealed to him the existence of the paranormal.3 Sam apparently started hunting alongside his brother and father around the age of twelve 4, however he began wanting a normal life without monsters and later in his life a teacher of his encouraged him to carve his own life instead of following the “family business” after reading Sam’s story about him and his family killing a werewolf.5 Time passed and after a heated argument with his father, Sam eventually went to Stanford University thus leaving his family and their hunting crusade behind him.1
[edit]Season 1
At the start of the series, Sam is seen a senior in Stanford who is to appling for law school. Sam also has a girlfriend, Jessica, whom he lives with and was secretly planning to marry. One night, Dean comes to Sam’s apartment to seek his help after their father goes missing; although reluctant at first, Sam eventually accompanies his brother. After defeating a Woman in White and discovering a trail to find their father, Sam returns to Stanford but ultimately witnesses Jessica’s death in the exact same manner as his mother, prompting him to embark on a journey with his brother to find their father and to kill the demon, to avenge both his mother and Jessica’s deaths.1 The boys deal with dangerous mythical creatures and urban legends such as the wendigo 6, Bloody Mary 7, and shapeshifters 8. During this time, Sam begins experiencing episodes of precognitive dreams 7 and once displays telekinesis.9
Along their quest Sam argues with Dean—Dean obeys his father’s orders without question, while Sam questions them and resents his father’s treatment of them as loyal little soldiers. The brothers split up, with Dean going to investigate a mystery his father has assigned him, while Sam decides to search for their father elsewhere, though he eventually reunites with his brother. 10
John is later captured by demons, and the brothers manage to rescue him. However, they soon learn that Azazel is in possession of their father’s body. They manage to subdue him, but killing Azazel would also mean the death of their father. Though John begs Sam to kill the demon, he can’t bring himself to do it, and the demon escapes. As Sam drives his father and a badly wounded Dean to a hospital, a truck driven by a demon-possessed man crashes into them, totaling Dean’s Impala and gravely injuring the Winchesters.11
[edit]Season 2
At the beginning of the second season, the Winchesters are at the Nashville hospital, with Sam and John escaping with minor injuries, while Dean is on the brink of death. In a deal with Azazel, John sacrifices his soul in exchange for Dean’s life.12 While the boys mourn for their father’s death, Sam expresses much guilt about never having a chance to reconcile with John; leading him to believe that his father died knowing his own son hated him. 13
As the boys start taking a more active role in hunting, Sam begins to search for psychic children like him to find out Azazel’s plan in which they are apart of.14 Eventually Sam learns from Dean that before their father’s death, John told Dean that Azazel is planning to turn Sam evil and that Dean must save him but if he cannot Dean must kill him.15 Although angered at his father and brother upon learning this revelation, Sam concludes to save as many people as possible so that he can change his destiny.16
In the season finale, Sam is transported to an abandoned town along with Azazel’s other chosen children, their he learns Azazel’s plans, he and the other children will kill one another and the last one surviving will lead a demon army. Sam also discovers the origins of both Jessica and his mother’s deaths, Jessica was killed because her death would lead Sam back into hunting in which Azazel states that Sam is his favorite child, as for his mother it is revealed that Azazel was feeding Sam demon blood in him when he was a baby and that Mary interrupted Azazel during the process and somehow Mary knew Azazel. Although Sam tries to protect the other children they all end up killing one another, Sam himself is eventually killed by Jake Talley.17
A desprate and depressed Dean sells his soul to the Crossroads Demon for Sam’s resurrection. With the help of fellow hunters Bobby Singer and Ellen Harvelle, Sam and Dean track down Jake, but are unable to stop him from opening a gateway to Hell on Azazel’s orders. However, Sam subdues Jake and kills him in cold blood. After the gateway is closed and Azazel is finally killed by Dean, with assistance from John who escaped from Hell, when Sam learns that he was dead and Dean sold his soul to bring him back, Sam promises Dean that he will save him no matter what it takes.18
[edit]Season 3
As Sam continues to do whatever he can to save Dean from going to Hell he begins to become more ruthless and is willing to kill anything demonic even if there human related such as demon possessed humans 1920, human witches21, and even Gordon Walker who became a vampire22. Sam later reveals that he’s trying to become more like Dean who is more willing kill human enemies, this reasoning is Sam’s view that if he fails save Dean’s soul he must be ready to face a world full of demons on his own.21
Sam also meets a female demon called Ruby 23 who has been trying to gain Sam’s trust by helping the brothers such as fixing the The Colt19, saving them numerous times, and lastly telling Sam she can save Dean from Hell23 even though in reality she can’t21. Ruby also reveals that because Sam refuses to lead the demon army, another demon, named Lilith, has fixed the power vacuum and is leading the army while carrying intentions to kill Sam24, she is also revealed to hold Dean’s contract to his soul.25
In the Season Finale, Sam and Dean, armed with Ruby’s Knife, confront Lilith in a last-ditch effort to save Dean’s soul. Lilith, having stolen Ruby’s human host, ultimately incapacitates Sam and has her Hellhounds attack Dean, forcing Sam to watch, as his brother is torn apart. She then tries to kill Sam; however, her powers have no effect on Sam and she flees, leaving a crying Sam with Dean’s mutilated corpse.26
[edit]Season 4
Three months after Dean’s death he returns from Hell, he and Bobby meet up with Sam at motel where an overwhelmed Sam reunites with Dean. While trying to figure out how Dean returned from Hell, Dean and Bobby confront the being who revived him, Castiel, an angel who was ordered by the Archangel Michael to resurrect Dean.27 The reason for this was because the angels need Dean and Sam’s help to stop Lilith, who is breaking the 66 Seals and once they are all broken Lucifer the first fallen angel, will be freed from Hell and he will bring the Apocalypse to earth.28
It is revealed that in the months without Dean, Sam depressed, heavily drinking, and carrying a death wish tries to bargain with the Crossroads Demons so that he can go to Hell and Dean can be freed but none of them accept the offer. Realizing he can’t save Dean, Sam plans to kill Lilith in revenge and he makes contact with Ruby who teaches him how to use his powers to exorcise demons and in time he and Ruby become lovers and he begins to move on from Dean’s death to an extent.29 When Dean finds out about Sam’s powers and all the secrets Sam has keeping from him, Sam responds by saying that he does this because Dean looks and treats him like a freak.30 Sam then promises Dean that he won’t use his powers anymore but breaks the promise when it becomes apparent that his powers may be needed to prevent the Apocalypse.31
Sam’s powers become an important part of the fourth season as they are shown to be so weak that he can barely exorcise a demon 32 or to the point where they are strong enough to kill a demon 33,it is revealed that by drinking demon blood makes Sam’s powers grow stronger 33 but apparently make him more colder and arrogant. Sam eventually becomes addicted to demon blood and Dean soon finds out then with Bobby’s help they lock Sam in a panic room32 so that he can detox but the withdrawal symptoms are painful and he begins experiencing hallucinations. Just as the process becomes easier for Sam, Castiel appears and frees Sam without him knowing, he meets up with Ruby and learns that need to drink more blood than he’s used to in order to kill Lilith. Dean confronts them and tries to kill Ruby but Sam intervenes Where he and Dean argues about how to stop the Apocalypse, whereupon Dean tells Sam he’s changing into a monster, leading to a vicious fight between the brothers with Sam as the victor and as he leaves Dean tells him not to return. 34
As Sam begins to feel the guilt over abandoning his brother he and Ruby capture a demon that knows Lilith’s location. Using his powers to torture the demon where she gives the location and as Sam is about drink her demon blood the demon gives control back to the human host inciting immense guilt in Sam. A message from Dean, altered by the angel Zachariah, manipulates Sam, pushing him to continue his original mission to kill Lilith; thus he drains the woman for her blood. Ruby and Sam go to St. Mary’s Convent in Ilchester, Maryland, where they find Lilith. As Sam attempts to kill Lilith, Ruby holds the doors shut to keep Dean, who has just arrived, from interfering. Sam hesitates when he hears his brother yelling for him, but when Lilith mocks him for his inability to do the job after becoming a monster to get to this point; he finishes her off, fulfilling his true destiny as the “special child.” Lilith’s death breaks the final seal and begins forming a portal for Lucifer. At this point, Ruby reveals that she was leading Sam along the entire time so he would break the seal. Dean finally enters the room and kills Ruby with her own knife, while Sam holds her in place. Sam apologizes to his brother as a white light shows a portal beginning to open.35
[edit]Season 5
As the portal for Lucifer opens, Sam and Dean are teleported onto an airplane by an unknown force. Sam loses his demon powers, claiming that the force that transported him and Dean onto the plane cleaned him up. Later, when he is attacked by Meg, she makes fun of him for having to fight her without them. Sam feels tremendous guilt for starting Armageddon and is told by Dean that he doesn’t think he can trust Sam anymore due to Sam choosing a demon over his own brother.36 After time Sam realizes that he is too dangerous to be involved in hunting and he and Dean go their separate ways 37, during this time Sam tries to start living a normal life once more but is approached by Lucifer in his dreams in the form of Jessica tells him that Sam is his true vessel in conjunction with Dean who is the vessel for Michael 3836. Sam decides to start hunting again with Dean as his tired of demons controlling his life and seeks redemption for starting the Judgment Day, although Dean refuses at first he is sent to a nightmarish future and upon seeing how awful things got with him and Sam not together he decides join up with Sam once more.39
On their search to find a way to defeat Lucifer, the boys attempt to use the Colt and look for God but it is revealed that the Colt cannot kill Lucifer and the God does not care about the Apocalypse.4041 This actions make Dean decide to give in and become Michael’s vessel even if the end result is the deaths of millions of people36, however Sam’s faith in Dean pulls him back on finding another solution.42 After learning from the Archangel Gabriel the brothers discover newfound way to defeat Lucifer, by using the rings from Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse they can reopen and trap Lucifer back into Hell.43, As Dean and Sam already have War and Famine’s rings they search for Pestilence and Death’s location, leading Sam to meet Brady a college friend of Sam’s who introduced him to Jessica, where it was revealed that Azazel ordered Brady to kill Jessica. Although tempted to kill Brady immediately, Sam realizes that Brady is needed to find Pestilence’s location and with the help of the demon Crowley they discover the horseman’s location and Dean allows Sam to kill Brady.44
After Castiel captures Pestilence’s ring and Death handing his ring to Dean4, although reluctant both Bobby and Dean decide to go with Sam’s plan to agree to being Lucifer’s vessel then jump into his cage trapping them both in Hell.44 Upon arriving in Detroit, Sam asks Dean to go live a normal life with his old flame Lisa Braeden and says his goodbyes with Bobby and Castiel then proceeds to confront Lucifer where it is revealed that does know about the boys plan, seeing no other options left Sam says yes anyway. A bright light shines and Dean looks upon an unconscious Sam and opens the portal to Lucifer’s prison, although Sam says that has Lucifer in control it is shown that Lucifer was just taunting Dean, Lucifer closes the portal and takes the rings before leaving. At an unknown locations Sam continues to fight Lucifer internally for control over his body, while talking through a mirror Lucifer tries to persuade Sam to embrace their union, even going so far as to slaughter demons that were watching Sam his entire life for Sam’s pleasure.45
During Lucifer’s confrontation with Michael using Adam as his vessel, he beats Dean, slamming him against the door of the Impala. As Lucifer is about to deliver a fatal blow, he catches a glimpse of a toy soldier stuck in the car’s ashtrey that a Sam left there as a boy. It begins to trigger Sam’s memories and his bond of brotherhood with Dean, allowing Sam to overpower Lucifer and regain control of his body. Sam takes out the rings and reopens the portal to the pit. Michael returns and attempts to stop him, Sam jumps in, pulling Michael with him, trapping both Lucifer and Michael in Hell. The ground closes up with a stunned and devastated Dean watching. Dean fulfils his promise to Sam and sits down with Lisa and Ben for dinner, a street light outside goes out, and underneath it inexplicably is Sam, secretly watching the three with a blank look on his face.45
[edit]Abilities

Sam exhibits signs of precognition throughout the series. His precognitive abilities started manifesting at first as dreams of others’ deaths but he later started having them while he was awake.79 Sam has also shown signs of sensing spirits, once displayed telekinesis, and immunity to certain demonic powers.4612926 Sam states that his abilities are connected to Azazel and anything related to his actions, such as the other special children.47 This argument could be further proven after Azazel’s death were Sam stopped having visions of both the demon and the other psychics 23, however according to Ruby his powers were simply dormant.26 After training with Ruby, Sam develops new abilities; such as exorcising demons with his mind and his telekinesis becomes more potent.27 By drinking demon blood Sam’s power become stronger were he can outright kill demons and even torture them while in there human hosts, by drinking at least 3 gallons of demon blood he can kill demons just by closing his eyes.3545 However after realizing how much different he acts while under the influence of the demon blood Sam decides not to use those powers anymore.
In addition, with the training given to him by his father, Sam is a skilled fighter, proficient with firearms, shotguns and melee weapons. Like his brother Dean, he possesses many abilities that are frowned upon by law, including, but not limited to: lock picking, computer hacking, disguised conning, and car jacking. Throughout the series Sam has shown to possess Genius Level IQ, as he can read and recall Latin incantations; which can be used to summon, exorcise, and vanquish demons.24 He also learned from Ruby how to make hex bags to cloak themselves from demons and angels.36 He also has a great sense of direction and time, at one point being able to find a vampire’s nest while blindfolded by keeping track of the time and the turns of the car.[

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