The What: A Phoenix is a mythical bird that lives between 500 and 1,000 years. At the end of its life, it builds a nest out of twigs and then bursts into flames. Both the nest and the bird are burned to ashes, but from the ashes arises a new young bird, reborn and ready to live again.
How It Could Work In An Episode: Here is another creature that couldn't literally be put on screen because that might be too ridiculous. No, instead, what if some other creature had phoenix-like capabilities? Or what if you had a spirit that was hurting people, and when Sam and Dean went to burn the bones, a new and stronger spirit emerged from the ashes? I think that would be pretty cool twist on the traditional salt-n-burn.
4. Shadow People
The What: Shadow people are humanoid forms or spectres that are seen in peripheral vision. They are very evasive and avoid direct lines of sight whenever possible. That's pretty much it Why are they so high on the list then? Well...
How It Could Work In An Episode: Have you ever been walking somewhere at night and the hair stands up on the back of your neck and you just know that someone is watching you? You stop to look, but you can't see anyone. So you continue on your way. But there it is again, that feeling of someone watching you. You stop again, turning your head to and fro, but you just can't see anything. So you start walking yet again, your feelings of panic rising because you know there's someone, or something, out there in the dark. You stop for a third time, and as you look around, you swear you spot a shadowy figure in the periphery. You turn your head to find it, but it's gone again. It's always just out of eyesight. You shake your head to clear the cobwebs, and for a moment, you think you're going mad. Did you really see something in the shadows? Or are you just being paranoid? Then BAM! The shadow person attacks. Of course, in the Supernatural world, the shadow people would be bloodthirsty killing machines.
3. The Bogeyman
The What: The Bogeyman is a legendary creature. Almost every culture on earth has their own version of The Bogeyman. For that reason, The Bogeyman has no set appearance or set behaviors. It's pretty much just the ultimate threat monster. "You better behave or The Bogeyman will get you!" How It Could Work In An Episode: Really, how could this monster not work in an episode? It's the embodiment of evil and fear for children around the globe. Who wasn't scared of this guy crawling out from under the bed or from out of the closet? When I was little, my bedroom had this wallpaper that had really strange patterns on it. I was convinced that when my parents tucked me in and turned off the lights, the patterns started forming into monsters, and the monsters were trying to crawl out of the wall. Needless to say, I was petrified and didn't get much sleep in that room. My parents had to pull down the wallpaper, too. So as an homage to my greatest childhood terror, how about a Bogeyman that comes out of the walls? I'd also like to see Sam and Dean kill The Bogeyman. But when they leave town, it just comes back to life. It's one of those creatures that exists because so many people believe it does, and no matter how many Bogeymen hunters throughout time have killed, it's just going to keep coming back to life.
All these are destined to give me nightmares. You are cruel - but I love you for it.
Great conclusion and now I'm thinking of possible others: nagas, gargoyles, homunculus. Hell, how about even a mermaid, I'm thinking of the creepy one from that old episode of Night Gallery.
You have given us a wonderful article (both parts)! I really like how you've taken the creatures and given ideas of how they could work in the show, so much so that it has me hoping that many of these we will see.
They've mentioned a succubus once (I think in Sin City between Dean and Ritchie) and there are just so many ways these could be worked into the show...I'll be watching (of course) and hoping that we see some aspects of them.
Thank you so much for this!
I really like the Succubus. The shirts should really come off with this bad lady. She could play the boys against each other and cause angsting galore. :shock:
The Bogeyman and the Shadow People are really creepy and I'd love to see how the boys would defeat finally or temporarily these two menaces.
Mothman has creeped me out for years since I read a lot of books about him and he really was bizarre. He could be shown briefly and not need a lot of special effects. He is high on my list.
Baba Yaga and the Banshee could also be great episodes.
Really great list Aredeospina! Lots of fun to think about. Could keep fan fics going for years to come.
However, all your monsters and ideas sound intreguing Aredeospina. As for the Succubus, they could even have succubus/incubu s as one creature (however it would then be very similar to the siren..hmmm) going after both men and women.......
Rergardless, this list of yours has me hyped up even more for Season 6.
It is a fascinating list with some `monsters` that I had never heard of. I remember reading ` Day of the Triffids` at school and being freaked out by it so although the idea of Killer Plants may seem slightly ridiculous , it resonated with me.
The fact you found so many creatures and nasty things out there shows how much material there is still to be explored, we could keep going for years !
But I am sorry you will never convince me number 7 is scary Ju
Liebes, Baba Yaga is way more creepy than the Bogeyman, I think. I'm glad she wasn't a popular scare tactic in the States. Sorry about the nightmares, though! Just remember, a ring of salt will protect you...that or two good-looking guys armed with shotguns.
Randal, I am not surprised! But you see how high I placed it on my list, so I obviously want to see that monster, too. Maybe they could bring back Casey...
Elle2, thanks! They did mention a succubus in Sin City. I totally forgot about that. So they do exist in the SPN 'verse. Writers, get on it!
Bevie, I'm so glad I'm not the only one absolutely terrified by the Mothman. It is terifying! And you're right on with the special effects, as he doesn't need to be around much to create the maximum amount of fear. Easy on the budget, that one.
Tigershire, HEADLESS HORSEMAN! YES!!! Really good one. I'd like to see how his 1 horsepower matched up with the Impala! Hee. And I'm glad you're even more pumped for season 6 now. I myself am getting more excited by the day.
Shauna_mc_m, The Demon Bride sounds pretty cool, in a very creepy sort of way. It sounds a little like a woman in white, and I thought that was a pretty cool monster, especially for the first episode!
Kasu, I did not intentionally mean to leave anyone out, so thanks for pointing out the Korean version of the Kitsune. I was only familiar with the Japanese legend.
Julie, killer plants does sound kind of silly now, but man, I was pretty terrified of them growing up. I think that movie is the reason I generally dislike horror movies. It was the noise they made! Ugh. The Sandman isn't scary for you? Why ever not? Perhaps you can think of this version during rehearsal to keep a straight face...
Dany, thanks! Banshees and leprechauns sound like they could be fun together. Why not? Make it an all Irish episode for St. Patrick's Day. I'm telling you, the Sandman could definitely be scary! You're super vulnerable in your dreams...