Sam and Dean have tackled their fair share of monsters and spirits and other supernatural evils in five seasons. Amazingly, there are still some evils they haven't faced. And since season 6 is going to be more reminiscent of season 1 and is going to focus on monsters, I came up with a list of 22 supernatural things Sam and Dean haven't hunted yet that I want to see them take on in season 6. Why 22? Well, one for each episode!
Most of these are pretty familiar monsters, but I'll still put in a description for them anyway just in case there are things you haven't heard of. And I realize that some of these things would be silly to fight against, but Supernatural is great at taking lore and legend and making it fit within the parameters of the show without being too fantastical, unless they're being fantastical on purpose. Many thanks to Wikipedia, without which the research for this article would have been much more tedious. Without further ado, I present the "Top 22 Previously Unseen Supernatural Beings I Want In Season 6."
Special Bonus - Zombie alligator
The What: It's an alligator...that's a zombie. That's it, really. This is the Suze special.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Honestly? I have no idea. Maybe if there's an episode with human zombies, one could have a zombie alligator as a pet. Or Sam and Dean can take a trip to a zombie zoo. All I know is there has to be room for a zombie alligator in ONE of the episodes this year.
Special bonus #2 - Cthulhu
The What: Cthulhu is an extremely powerful creature created by H.P. Lovecraft in 1926. He first appeared in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu" in 1928 and has spawned his own mythos, the Cthulhu mythos.
How It Could Work In An Episode: It couldn't, really. There's no way two hunters could take on Cthulhu and survive. But a girl can dream, can't she? Cthulhu and Supernatural together at last!
Special bonus #3 - Triffids
The What: Triffids are the villain of the awesomely fun 1962 movie based on the book "The Day of the Triffids." I'm familiar with the movie but not the books, so I'll tell you what the movie triffids are like. What exactly is a triffid? It is a plant that mutates and comes to life after a meteor shower. Everyone who watches the meteor shower is blinded, which is pretty much everyone in the movie's world, except for a few people. So now you have these giant mutant plants, who make creepy noises, trying to murder the people of Earth...for some reason.
How They Would Work In An Episode: "Ardeospina," you might be saying to yourself, "those sound campy and cheesetastic." And I would agree with that assessment! But wouldn't they be fantastic villains in an episode dedicated to old '50s and '60s Sci-Fi? We've already had the monster movie homage episode. Why not the campy Sci-Fi homage episode?
22. Jersey Devil
The What: A flying biped with hooves, the Jersey Devil is a creature that lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It has been sighted a number of times going back to the 1820s by various people in the New Brunswick area. Numerous livestock killings, strange tracks, and random noises have been attributed to it. The New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League get their team name from this creature, as well.
How It Could Work In An Episode: The Jersey Devil is basically an east-coast chupacabra, so what could work here is Sam and Dean could go investigate a number of livestock mutilations, thinking it's a nest of vampires like Lenore's gang from "Fresh Blood." Instead, though, it turns out to be this thing! Then the boys have to go hunt it down wendigo-style. My friend Johanna grew up in New Jersey and told me all sorts of weird stories about this thing. Plus, look at it! Creepy!
The What: A mythological female creature from Ancient Greece, nymphs are generally found in nature, especially around water. There are numerous sub-categories of nymph, but they generally like to stay away from humans, if at all possible. Nymphs were often very sexual creatures, and mated with men or women of their own choice, outside of male control. The term "nymphomania" has come into the modern lexicon based on this trait and is often used to describe a highly sexual woman today.
How It Could Work In An Episode: I call a "Bugs" do-over! Have some developer destroy the nymph's wooded paradise, maybe to build a mall or something, and she gets super mad about it and goes on a killing spree. She could even call upon her nature friends the bees to help her out.
The What: A harpy is an ugly bird-woman, usually with the body of a bird of prey and the head of a woman. The term harpy comes from a Greek word meaning "to snatch," and harpies were known in mythology to harass their victims by snatching their food away from them, among other things. They are pretty cruel and vicious things.
How It Could Work In An Episode: I think playing up the whole "this creature kills by denying people food" thing could really work. Death by starvation, slow and deliberate? That would be pretty creepy.
The What: Medusa was one of three Gorgon sisters. Looking directly at her would cause you to turn to stone, and she's often depicted with snakes for hair. She was beheaded by Perseus, who used a mirrored shield, among other magical items, to defeat her.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Mirrors as a means to kill something supernatural? Shades of "Bloody Mary," one of the creepiest episodes the show has ever done. Turning people to stone might be too obvious and whatnot, so maybe instead of turning people to stone our modern Medusa just paralyzes them and then goes in for the kill. That could put one of the boys in a nicely perilous situation, one paralyzed while the other has to come to the rescue.
18. Black Shuck
The What: An English legend, Black Shuck is a large black dog with flaming eyes that are either red or green, depending on the story. Some stories say he's a death omen and if you see him, you or one of your relatives is going to die. Other stories say he just likes to terrorize his victims for a while and then leave them alone to live their lives. He was also in the Supernatural:Origins comic.
How It Could Work In An Episode: In case you missed it in the explanation part, giant black dog with flaming eyes. Awesome! It's like a hellhound but with the added bonus of being visible. We know Dean isn't exactly a fan of giant supernatural dogs, so plenty of angst potential with this monster. Plus, since Black Shuck is an English legend, Crowley could be involved somehow.
The What: Imps are small lesser demons and are usually more mischievous and annoying than threatening. They often use pranks or tricks to get attention from humans, which they crave. They are also considered to be like faeries but more devious.
How It Could Work In An Episode: If you thought one Trickster was fun, imagine a dozen tiny tricksters! Admittedly, these guys wouldn't be as powerful, but they could be at the center of an awesome funny episode a la "Tall Tales." Some small town somewhere could have an imp infestation after someone accidentally summons a few. Hilarity ensues. Incidentally, if I ever start a band, I'm going to name it "Imp Infestation."
16. Mummy's curse
The What: The most famous type of mummy's curse is the Curse of the Pharaohs, specifically the curse of Tutankhamun. It is said that anyone who disturbs the tomb of a pharaoh will die. In the Egyptian Old Kingdom, curses were inscribed on the walls of private tombs, but became increasingly less common after this period.
How It Could Work In An Episode: To me, curses are a really underplayed element on Supernatural. I mean, you can't kill a curse! You just have to get out of its way. (Thanks, "Bugs"!) Maybe this curse could bring a mummy creature back to life because having an old-school mummy running around and hunting down Sam and Dean a la "Monster Movie" would be awesome.
The What: Sasquatch, more commonly known as Bigfoot or Sam Winchester, is a mythical ape-like creature that is said to roam the forests of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. A Sasquatch can be between 6-10 feet tall and weigh up to 500 pounds. The photo you see above was taken from the Patterson-Gimlin film, a recording that supposedly proves the existence of Bigfoot. Critics say it is just a man in an ape suit.
How It Could Work In An Episode: This is another creature that has the potential for a really funny episode. If you've ever seen the movie "Harry and the Hendersons," you know what I'm talking about. Sam and Dean could investigate a Bigfoot sighting, find the Bigfoot, and then discover that he's really a pretty nice creature, once you get to know him. It would be worth it if only to see a creature dwarf Jared for an entire episode.
The What: Ge-no'sqwa is the Iroquois term meaning "stone giant," but many native groups in the United States and Canada have their own term to describe the same sort of creature. The picture above was drawn by an Iroquois child and shows the stone giants chasing a group of warriors. The giants were woodland creatures who were thought to be flesh eaters and possibly cannibals. They had rock-hard skin; hence the name stone giant. They are often described as throwing rocks and other projectiles in an effort to stun or injure their prey. And they have also come to be associated with Bigfoot lore in that descriptions of the stone giants is often very similar to descriptions of a Sasquatch.
How It Could Work In An Episode: A Sasquatch with rock-hard skin that throws things? That would be freaking scary, especially if an earlier episode had the nice version of the Sasquatch. Sam and Dean could go in somewhere to investigate another Bigfoot sighting, thinking it was going to be a nice one, when bam! Rocks go flying by their heads. Double bonus for two episodes in a season where a monster dwarfs Jared.
The What: Oni is kind of a catchall phrase that is translated as demon, ogre, troll, or devil. There is a great variety in their depiction, but generally they are giant creatures with sharp claws, crazy hair, and two horns coming from their head. Red and blue skin are the most common skin colors, and they often carry large iron clubs. As you can imagine from a description like that, they aren't generally nice creatures. Pretty nasty stuff here.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Giant red demon with big claws, two horns, nasty sharp pointy teeth, and a large iron club? Yes, please! Supernatural has depicted a lot of different cultural creatures, but Asia has been pretty underrepresented, which is a shame because they have some crazy cool spirits and creatures. Seriously, if you want an interesting read, take a look at the Wikipedia entry The List of Legendary Creatures. There are some amazingly specific Japanese monsters on there. But I digress. I think an Oni could work as a sort of Bruce Banner/Hulk situation where you have a seemingly normal person transforming into one of these nasties when they get really mad.
The What: A golem comes from Jewish folklore and is a large humanoid creature comprised entirely of inanimate material. And yes, the golem is on the right in the picture above. I love that I feel the need to clarify that because we've seen so many creepy little girls on Supernatural. At any rate, they aren't evil in and of themselves but are at the mercy of their creators, answerable to their every beck and call.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Here I like the idea of someone creating a golem for protection, intending it merely to help them in a tough situation and nothing more. But then the power goes to the creator's head, and the creator has the golem do more and more vicious and horrible things. This would create a very interesting dilemma because the human here would be the evildoer. The golem itself wouldn't be at fault per se, so what would Sam and Dean do with it? Clearly, it would still be a dangerous commodity, but once the human controller was out of the picture, would it need to be destroyed?
That's it for part one. There are 11 more monsters and creatures in store for you in part 2, my top 11 picks. What do you think about my choices for part 1? Do you want to see any of these things in an episode? Let me know in the comments!