#2 – Sam Winchester

I hear you all.  “You better have a damned good explanation for this one, Alice!”  I do, and I think I’ve got a point.  We’ll see how much of a good one. 

Sam’s greatest enemy is himself.  All it takes is a viewing of “When The Levee Breaks” and “Lucifer Rising” to see that.  Come to think of it “I Know What You Did Last Summer” has some pretty good clues too.  If Gordon Walker started the graying of the fine line, Sam pretty much obliterated it.  Why Sam went that route though is the most intriguing part.  It’s because he could no longer live with himself.

In seasons one and two, Dean plays the role of Sam’s center, the one that keeps him in check as things slowly spin out of control.  Then Sam dies and comes back, and Azazel hints to Dean that Sam came back different.  Of course he did.  That’s because Sam finally learns through Jake that showing mercy is only going to get him killed and maybe Dean too.  He realizes when learning of Dean’s demon deal that he can’t rely on Dean to protect him anymore, and he’s the one that will have to save his brother this time.  That’s why in season three Sam doesn’t hesitate in killing Casey, the Crossroads Demon, Gordon and others.  He has to go against that gentle nature of is.  It’s a necessity.  

#3 - Gordon Walker
 
I know, this guy rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. My husband absolutely hates him. When you look at it though, Gordon is the first ambiguous character in terms of crossing undefined lines, something this show has chosen to explore constantly since then, even with its main characters. Ever since Gordon met his end by jaw dropping slow decapitation, that line between black and white has not only grayed, but it’s almost completely washed out. To think Gordon started all that just by having motives of ridding the world of evil, motives no different than all the other hunters, including the Winchesters. His definition of evil was a bit too restrictive though. Okay, way too restrictive. No give and take with ole Gordo.   
#4 - The Ghostfacers
 
Huh? WTF? These guys aren't evil, or malicious, or have even tried to hurt (intentionally) a sole. So why are they on the list? Simple, this list is all about antagonists. Sometimes they’re not creepy and can be funny. In this case, they’re funny and completely freaking clueless. The Ghostfacers, aka Hellhounds, aka Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spengler, are the anti-Winchesters. They hold day jobs at the Kinkos while ghost hunting at night, live with their parents (once the sweet setup at the trailer park didn't pan out), hunt ghosts for fame instead of benefitting the world and drive their own not-so-classic-car, the beloved blue AMC Gremlin.
 
Cahtryn Humphris wrote her first episode for Supernatural late in season one and has since averaged only two episodes per season. I don’t know why she doesn’t write more, but I enjoy the ones she has written.
 
Dead Man’s Blood was her first episode and she showed from the beginning she could handle big material and big emotions. Cathryn introduced us to vampires in the Supernatural world and the Colt. Cathryn reunites the Winchester men and keeps them together. Cathryn gave us an actual, present-day fight between Sam and John to illustrate those that had previously been alluded to and we see first-hand how Dean plays mediator between his father and brother.
 
At the end of Dead Man’s Blood we learn quite a bit about John as a father and the hopes he had at the birth of his sons. Sam sees a different side of his father and is open to listening to John the dad rather than John the drill sergeant. Dean reaches a crossroads of sorts in Dead Man’s Blood and makes a decision that astounds Sam and shocks John but that which Dean stands resolutely by. Cathryn Humphris gives us a foreshadow of what is to come as John first proclaims that he won’t watch his children die and then gives direct evidence of what lengths he’s willing to go to not let one of his children die as he uses one of the three remaining, and oh so very precious, bullets from the Colt.
 
Dead Man’s Blood was her first Supernatural foray and it is powerful.

#5 - The Trickster

I can’t explain what The Trickster did for us in just two episodes, but he became iconic. Sure, the episodes were two of the more talked about ones but still, for someone with such a deadly sense of humor, he managed to win us over. Of course, it helps when that twisted sense of mischief comes with amusing Demi-God abilities and the same love of chocolate that appeals to us sometimes hormonally challenged female viewers. Move over Q from Star Trek:TNG, this Demi-God is more fun.

Note from Alice:  Sorry for the slower posting on these, but this last week has involved an intense and painful "upgrade" of yours truly's laptop to Windows 7.  Okay, it's better than Vista, but it's still Microsoft!  Anyway, I think the kinks are getting worked out (not to mention the time we took to do the cool graphic for the countdown clock), so the rest of the list will happen this week uninterrupted.  Enjoy!

#6 – Dark Angels
 
Okay, Uriel’s not your typical white fluffy cloud angel. Of course NONE of them are. Uriel rubs us the wrong way from the beginning, but that’s the point.  He’s the badass angel, the eradicator not afraid to wipe out a civilization or two. After all, that’s his job as “specialist” and he loves his work. His bitter contempt for humans (aka mud monkeys) make his job way easier, plus that hatred means he doesn’t have to worry about hurting feelings of disillusioned humans like Sam who previously believed angels were merciful. He gets a sick delight in showing otherwise. 
Did Kripke Screw Over Sam Fans? 
 
I will end all suspense, if there was any, and state unequivocally that the answer is no. No, Sam is not too stupid to live. No, Kripke did not screw over Sam fans. To believe that is to believe that the enemy is simple-minded and obvious in their ploys. To believe that is to believe that Sam is not a man of deep thoughts and deeper emotions.   To believe that is to believe that all the rest of us were completely on board with the plan from The Pilot and somehow saw all this coming for 82 episodes. And, if that doesn't compel you to think differently about Sam, then how about this: To believe Sam is too stupid to live is to believe he is anything other than human.
#7 – Shapeshifter – Pick Your Favorite
 
I try to give a subjective analysis to these lists, but it’s obvious every once in a while when the subject matter gets too damned subjective, what I pick might not necessarily jive with most other opinions. Take for example the Shapeshifter. There have been three of them in Supernatural; in “Skin,” “Nightshifter,” and “Monster Movie.” Considering the Shapeshifter in “Nightshifter” plays more of a boogeyman role and never takes on a strong identity, I easily eliminate that one. So the debate begins, which is the better Shapeshifter? The creepy and psychotic one that takes the form of Dean and tries to kill Sam in “Skin,” or the absolutely absurd, over-the-top, yet sympathetic Count Dracula in “Monster Movie?” I can’t choose, so let them both share this category and call it even.
#9 - Pagan Gods
 
Antagonists are even better when their work makes them happy. That's especially true for the Pagan Gods turned over-the-top suburbanites in "A Very Supernatural Christmas." Only the warped minds of the Supernatural creative team could pull off such this absurd pairing. 
 
Meet Madge and Edward Carrigan, the modern day too-sugary- to-be-real elder couple next door. They're straight out of a 1950's sitcom, except they're more like Ozzie and Harriet meet Alfred Hitchcock. Edward comes complete with the Robert Young cardigan and pipe, and Madge and her plastic covered couch has issues with bad language in her home, especially from the victims she's slicing open.
 
So what happens to centuries old deities when times change and their way of life is compromised? Most just die off or get killed, but not these two. They're the rare breed that chose to go with the flow and assimilate into normal society. They're the happiest mass murders you'll ever meet this side of The Joker.