Supernatural Lists: Hunter’s Lore

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A large part of the Supernatural story is what it takes to be a hunter. It isn’t just killing monsters, eating cheeseburgers, and drinking beer although that seems to be a large part of it.

There’s research to be done, weapons and tools to be made, and a set of skills to learn, both in the “downtime” and on the job.

Here is my list of fifteen skills/Hunter’s Lore that Sam and Dean have picked up along the way, beginning with one of the most important ones –

  1. Hunter’s Journal, where the hunters keep their notes and references as well as contacts with other hunters, etc. Over the years as technology advanced, many of the functions of the Hunter’s Journal were supplemented by library research, laptop and/or tablet and online search engines. As Sam would say, “So, get this…”
  2. Anti-possession Symbol – as a charm to wear or a tattoo as the Winchesters have.
  3. Salt. Salt lines, salt circles. Keeps the ghosts at bay.
  4. Salt and burn the bones. Kills the ghosts and vengeful spirits.
  5. Iron. Gets rid of the ghosts.
  6. Lock picks and lock picking tools.
  7. Devil’s Trap
  8. Silver knives, letter openers. These can be used on shifters and werewolves.
  9. Head shots are used for vampires, ghouls, and others.
  10. Exorcizamus Te – the Demon expelling spell
  11. The Colt – kills nearly everything (unfortunately, not Lucifer)
  12. Angel Blade
  13. Archangel Blade
  14. Witch Killing Bullets
  15. Demon Knife (from Ruby)

What have I left out?

Supernatural Lists: Time Travel Episodes

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Time travel.

Love it or hate it, it will give you a headache.

I think the most apt description I’ve ever found for time are a combination of Quantum Leap which relies on the string theory that time is like a ball of yarn and you can jump from one to the other, and Doctor Who where time is a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey ball of stuff, which really sums it up nicely and succinctly.

I thought there were many more time travel episodes in the Supernatural universe, and I could only remember about five. The rest that were in my head were more of flashbacks, which aren’t time travel per se, but in doing my research in the Supernatural wiki, I saw that they counted twelve, which I will list here even though there are a couple that I didn’t particularly consider them for my personal list. For example, in As Time Goes By, Henry Winchester travels forward from 1958 to 2013 and in Lebanon John Winchester travels to current day Kansas despite his being dead canonically. I was looking for the episodes where the brothers traveled through time.

At any rate, these all have something to love, and yes, they will still give you a headache.

1. In the Beginning [4.03]

2. The End [5.04]

3. The Song Remains the Same [5.13]

4. My Heart Will Go On [6.17]

5. Frontierland [6.18]

6. The Man Who Would Be King [6.20]

7. Time After Time [7.12]

8. As Time Goes By [8.12]

9. King of the Damned [9.21]

10. The Vessel [11.14]

11. Family Feud [12.13]

12. Lebanon [14.13]

Supernatural Lists: Special Episodes

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This is part of an ongoing series in homage to the series finale of Supernatural, ending its run with its fifteenth season. The first of these lists was Characters Who’ve Died and Come Back. This new list include some of the more special episodes they’ve shown over the years: black and white, musical, meta. If I’ve left any out, please add them in comments and I’ll include them in a later update. Supernatural returns to The CW network on Thursday, January 16 at 8 P.M.

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