Sep. 13, 2005
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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Stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as Dean and Sam Winchester. Ever since they were little, their father has been consumed with an obsession to find the evil forces that murdered his beloved wife, and recruited his two young sons to help. They have grown up as hunters of the supernatural, but conflicts between them continue to surface.

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Dean Winchester was born on January 24, 1979 to John and Mary Winchester in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the couple's first child, four years older than his younger brother Sam. He is named after his maternal grandmother, Deanna Campbell. When he was only four years old on November 2, 1983, his mother Mary was killed in Sam's nursery by the demon Azazel. Infant Sam is saved by the ensuing fire when his father takes him out of his crib and gives him to Dean, who then carries him outside while their father unsuccessfully tries to rescue their mother. After that night Dean has felt responsible for Sam, and was always given the job to take care of him while they were growing up. Dean's father John raised him and Sam as hunters of the supernatural.

During Dean's childhood John would be away "hunting" a week or two at a time. John told Dean that his little brother's life was in his hands, and the term "Watch out for Sammy" became his life. Dean is well-versed with multiple types of firearms; he prefers his Colt 1911 and sawed-off shotgun, but is proficient with most other weapons he might acquire. An expert marksman, he seldom misses his intended target and can efficiently put down anything vulnerable to bullets. Dean is adept with martial arts and knife fighting, as well; he has subdued several human assailants with ease in multiple episodes and bested physically more powerful creatures, often unarmed or equipped with only a blade. He killed a shapeshifter armed with a simple silver letter opener, andhe managed to subdue a vampire long enough to inject her with a shot of "dead mans blood".

Highly resourceful, he frequently utilizes improvised weapons and explosive devices; in "Croatoan", he demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, constructing Molotov cocktails and improvised explosive devices, and in "Phantom Traveler", he revealed knowledge of electronics and reverse engineering, having built an electromagnetic field detector from an old Walkman radio. Dean also possesses extensive knowledge of the supernatural and mythology (Although Sam's knowledge of 'on-the-spot' facts is generally superior, such as Sam being able to perform an exorcism on his own with no access to their usual books where Dean needed help from a teenage amateur witch to exorcise a demon). He is well-versed in how police, fire departments and various government agencies (FBI, CDC) typically operate and conduct investigations, and knows how to both impersonate and evade them effectively.

An accomplished mechanic, he maintains his Impala in tip-top condition and has maintained an intimate knowledge of automobiles and engines since childhood. Dean is a virtuoso of escape, evasion and silent movement, when the situation requires subtlety and stealth. Lastly, he is skillful in: lock picking, breaking into security systems (not so much computers, which often falls to Sam), and carjacking. Gaining an 'advantageous purchase' comes naturally to him. Due to his time spent in Hell as Alistair's "student", Dean has an in-depth knowledge of torture, but he prefers not to use this knowledge as he does not like what he became during his time in Hell. Dean gains magic that is effective against angels: he learns a banishing spell that sends angels back to Heaven from Castiel. He is also untraceable to angels after season 5, because he has Enochian symbols carved into his ribs by Castiel to hide him and Sam from all angels in existence. The trunk of the Impala contains numerous weapons which are implied as having been needed in the past, notable examples include sheath knives and, perhaps the most alarming, an DefTech 37mm grenade launcher. The trunk is also sealed with spells so that demons can't enter. Dean tries to stay detached with the people they help because he knows he must move and but he also knows that knowing is enough to put anyone of them in danger. He has a love interest named Cassie who he confides in an she breaks it off thinking he's nuts. Later she calls him in to help her praying he wasn't making things up and they hook up but this time he leaves her for her protection. Once Sam goes to hell he settles down with her and Ben for a year until Sam comes back. He developes a heaving drinking problem while he his dealing with Sam's death and Lisa is there every step for him. Lisa is put in danger as a way to get to Dean and he decides it's best she never knew him and has Cas whip her and Ben's memory of him. Dean tends to make light of his and Sam's adventures, and is known to use crude humor and make sexual innuendos. Despite being in excellent physical shape, Dean is known to have very bad eating habits. He is often shown enjoying greasy, fattening, or otherwise unhealthy food, especially cheeseburgers. Dean is terrified of flying, and claims that it is the reason why he drives everywhere. Despite his working knowledge of the afterlife, he is skeptical towards religion. Dean values his family and their safety more than anything else, even going so far as to kill the human host of a demon in order to save Sam's life, as well as selling his own soul to save Sam's life.

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