|“||Cass! Stop. Please. It's me... Jack.||„|
|~ Belphegor attempts to emotionally manipulate Castiel.|
Belphegor is an villain appearing in the CW television series Supernatural, serving as supporting antagonist in the fifteenth and final season.
Belphegor was an old demon, very proficient in spell work, who left Hell when Chuck opened all the doors. He described his life as a human as coming from a time where people were "ugly" and worshiped a giant rock that looked like a penis. As a demon, he was a self-described "clock puncher," and enjoyed his work tormenting the souls that entered Hell. Motivated by his desire for life in Hell to go back to how it was before the souls were released, after taking over Jack's corpse as a meatsuit, he offered his services to the Winchesters and Castiel. But later betrayed them in an attempt to absorb all the souls from Hell to become the new Ruler of Hell.
Belphegor displayed a generally friendly and sarcastic demeanor, using the phrase "you know" a lot in conversation. He also appeared to be somewhat pessimistic. When Dean brought up finding a way to close the rift to Hell, he expressed doubt about whether or not they actually could. His behavior tended to be obnoxious and annoying to those around him at times. Additionally, he appeared to be somewhat impatient.
Despite his friendly demeanor, Belphegor had a sadistic side, as shown by his enjoyment in torturing souls in Hell. He was a fan of Dean's, having seen Dean torturing while he was under Alastair's tutelage, calling Dean's work "art." When discovering a dead corpse, he smiled at it and ripped out the dead man's heart to use it for a spell because he needed a fresh one. Due to his job, Belphegor is shown to generally be hated by the souls of Hell, to the point that they would avoid him even after simply spotting the demon from the other side of a barrier. In return, Belphegor was shown to have a generally low opinion of the souls, calling Kevin Tran a "whiny millennial."
Belphegor appeared to be something of a coward when faced with a situation out of his control. When threatened by Castiel, he replied with snark, but knew that the Winchesters and Castiel needed his help more than they want to kill him. However, when faced with the Woman in White Constance Welch, Belphegor attempted to lie and talk his way out of trouble rather than defending himself in any way against the ghost.
Belphegor was later revealed to have been lying and manipulating the Winchesters and Castiel in order to gain power in Hell. According to Ardat, Belphegor spent centuries "bowing and scraping" to the other Rulers of Hell such as Lilith and Crowley while waiting for his own chance to take power. While Belphegor put forth an outwardly friendly demeanor, he was in reality pure evil, with Ardat suggesting that he may be particularly bad when she asks Castiel "do you have any idea what he is?" and telling Arthur Ketch that Belphegor is "a monstrous threat to humanity." Ardat indicated that if Belphegor were to come to power in Hell, he would reshape it in a particularly terrible way. When attacked by Castiel, the first person to suspect his true nature, Belphegor tried to pretend to be a suddenly resurrected Jack as a last resort. However, Castiel easily saw through the transparent lie.
In Back and to the Future, with the Winchesters and Castiel trapped in a crypt, Belphegor makes his presence known by taking possession of Jack's lifeless, blinded body. As he tries to formally introduce himself, Castiel, angry that he is defiling Jack's body by possessing it, demands that he leave. Due to their desperate situation, Dean and Sam allow Belphegor to explain himself. He tells the Winchesters and Castiel that he wants the souls back in Hell as much as they do, and offers to get them out of the crypt by performing a spell using graveyard dirt and angel blood that blasts all the damned souls from their rotting meatsuits.
Driving back to the Bunker, Belpehgor reveals that 2-3 billion souls escaped from Hell. As they are currently unable to close the rift, he suggests that containing the souls is their best option, offering to perform a spell that would act as a mile-wide salt circle around Harlan, Kansas that would keep any ghosts from getting in or out.
In Harlan, Belphegor and Dean remain downtown to collect the ingredients for the spell, while Sam and Castiel help evacuate the citizens. After getting a bag of rock salt, Dean and Belephegor prepare to go to the morgue to retrieve a heart for the spell. The two are diverted when they overhear the Woman in White killing the Harlan sheriff. Finding his body, Belphegor removes his heart, and as Dean alerts Belphegor that they need to leave, Constance Welch appears and attacks them. Dean is able to temporarily banish her with iron, allowing Belphegor enough time to perform the spell, creating a barrier around Harlan to keep any ghosts from getting in or out.
In Raising Hell, as Belphegor and Dean patrol the streets of Harlan, Belphegor points out an escape attempt from a spirit -- Francis Tumblety -- whom Dean shoots with rock salt.
The next day Sam meets up with Dean and Belpheghor in the quarantine zone, where they find two people standing in the middle of the street. When Sam tells them they need to go back to the school, ectoplasm begins running down their faces. Francis Tumblety appears and demands the warding be shut down, but he is forced to flee with the sudden arrival of Arthur Ketch.
Back at the school, Belphegor tells everyone that all is quiet, which he assumes means that the ghosts are up to something. He introduces himself to Ketch, who had believed Belphegor to be Jack. Ketch then tells everyone that he got an assignment from a female demon named Ardat to eliminate Belphegor, who claimed that Belphegor is "a monstrous threat to humanity." Seeing that the demon is not a threat at the moment, Ketch puts this task aside.
While Sam and Dean are patrolling the quarantine zone, Belphegor suddenly appears behind them. After hearing that the warding is failing, Belphegor tells the Winchesters that it would happen, that he'd assumed they would have cleaned things up by now, and that he can't charge it back up. After learning of their intent to send Kevin Tran to Heaven, Belphegor shuts them down, revealing that since Kevin has been to Hell, he can't enter Heaven without God's blessing.
Belphegor is able to temporarily weaken the warding enough for Kevin to be let out. After releasing Kevin, as they look on at the spirits flooding out Hell, Belphegor notes to the Winchesters and Rowena that once his spell shuts down, they will be overrun.
In The Rupture, after Rowena's spell to power up the warding around Harlan fails, Belphegor leaves the crypt and is pursued by Castiel, who finds him standing at the rupture to Hell, where he tells Castiel he has an idea. Back in the crypt, Belphegor tells the Winchesters and Rowena about Lilith's Crook -- a horn created by Lilith to call any of Hell's creatures that are on earth and draw them back to Hell. The crook had been sealed away in Lilith's Chamber, and with all the doors now open Belphegor believed he would be able to find it and call back all the souls. Belphegor asks for protection venturing into Hell; Dean volunteers Castiel, much to the angel's chagrin.
Standing at the rupture, Belphegor tells Castiel he may die or even get trapped in Hell, then mocks him, saying that it doesn't seem like Sam or Dean would really care. As he's wondering how they can get down, Castiel simply pushes Belphegor into the Pit and follows suit.
Belphegor and Castiel make it safely to Lilith's Chamber. They find a demon, Malfayan, ransacking the room, whom Castiel kills. Searching the room, Belphegor finds a box holding the crook. Castiel recites the song of praise to Lucifer that is adorned around the box in Enochian script. When nothing happens, Belphegor suggests he sing the verses.
Once the box is opened, Castiel is about to hand the horn to Belphegor, when Ardat attacks him and knocks him down. She stares at Belphegor and begins to beat him. When Castiel intervenes, Ardat tries to warn him that Belphegor has always wanted the throne to Hell, but she is stabbed in the back with an angel blade and killed by Belphegor before she could continue her warning. With the crook in hand, Belphegor drops his act and sends Castiel flying out of the room, revealing that the crook is also a siphon, with which he plans to absorb all the souls and make himself like a god. As Belphegor blows the horn, it causes a great sound wave to hit Castiel as the souls begin flooding back into Hell. Castiel fights his way through the wave, and is able to knock Belphegor down. As Castiel begins punching Belphegor again and again, knocking off the demon's sunglasses, Belphegor attempts to manipulate Castiel, claiming to be Jack. Angry, Castiel uses considerable power to smite Belphegor, which renders him a burned-out husk and destroys the crook.
In the aftermath, Castiel defends his actions as necessary due to Belphegor being too great of a threat. Dean is enraged, believing that they could've found a way to deal with Belphegor after sending the souls back to Hell which required Rowena to sacrifice her life after Belphegor was gone.
Powers and Abilities
Belphegor appears to be a regular demon with all the powers of one. He has a great knowledge of magic and witchcraft, and is apparently an expert torturer, sufficiently to become a torturer of Hell. Despite his apparent age, he doesn't appear to be particularly powerful on his own, showing no extraordinary powers beyond his use of magic and appearing to be weaker than even other demons and ghosts in combat. Even after dropping his act and revealing his true nature, Belphegor didn't show any sign of having hidden extraordinary power to maintain his cover.
- Demonic Possession - As a demon, he requires a vessel to walk the Earth.
- Immortality - As a demon, he is immortal unless killed. Belphegor mentioned that when he was human, people were worshipping a rock that looked like a penis, though it is unclear how long he has been a demon. Belphegor only states that "it was awhile ago" that he was human, indicating he is rather old even by demonic standards.
- Invulnerability - As a demon, he is invulnerable to all forms of conventional harm.
- Super Strength - As a demon, Belphegor is stronger than any human and most monsters. He was able to easily punch his bare hand into a dead body to rip out the man's heart. After catching Castiel by surprise, Belphegor was able to fling him out of Lilith's Chamber with a shove. However, this takes some obvious effort on the demon's part, with Belphegor shaking out his hand afterwards as if the shove hurt his hand.
- Astral Perception - Even while ghosts are invisible, Belphegor is able to see them.
- Regeneration - After receiving a slash to the hand from Constance Welch, Belphegor was able to heal the injury.
- Spell Casting - Belphegor displays an impressive knowledge of magic, being able to cast spells to cast souls out of the bodies they are possessing and to set up a barrier to trap ghosts. He also displayed enough control of the barrier to temporarily open a door in it so that Kevin Tran could escape.
- Torture - Belphegor spends most if not nearly all of his time in Hell endlessly torturing and torturing human souls. His skill in the art of torture is unknown, but he knows the art of torture enough to become a torturer of Hell.
- As Jack's eyes are burned out, its unclear what color Belphegor's eyes are. Belphegor himself comments that he'd show his eyes if he could but Jack's lack of eyes prevents that. However, he has stated that he is neither a black-eyed demon nor a Crossroad Demon. Specifically, he seems to underestimate his own status and rank in Hell's hierarchy, merely referring himself as a worker doing his job. Even after Belphegor's true motives were revealed, his eye color remained unrevealed.
- Belphegor is the second known demon whose actual eye color has never been revealed. The only other known demon that the eye color that has never been shown is Cain.
- Despite his vessel having no eyes, Belphegor's interactions with the world around him suggest that the demon can see just fine without them. This is contrary to the Waitress demon in Lazarus Rising who was blinded when her vessel's eyes were burned out by Castiel. However, in her case, the demon was possessing the vessel at the time it suffered the injury rather than taking over the body afterwards.
- Belphegor suggests that the Winchesters and Castiel are responsible for the "hellmouth" situation. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a hellmouth is place in which dimensional barriers are particularly weak, allowing to relatively easily move between dimensions in such places. Thus, a hellmouth is practically a gateway between different dimensions. Specifically, the town Buffy lives in, Sunnydale, is built just atop a rather dangerous hellmouth, connecting earth with an awful hellish dimension, that Buffy must prevent from being opened. A second hellmouth is revealed to exist in Cleveland, Ohio in the Buffy series finale.
- In The Gatekeeper Trilogy of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel series, Belphegor is one of the Big Bads.
- He is the second demon that is confirmed to like Hell, the first being Alastair. This is very rare, as Hell is so awful that even most demons despise and fear it.
- Coincidentally, both of them were torturers in Hell.
- Belphegor is similar in some respects to Gadreel as a non-human character who portrays themselves as an ally of the Winchesters while using one of the family, or in Belphegor's case extended family, as a vessel only to betray them for their own purposes.
- In demonology, Belphegor (or Beelphegor, Hebrew: בַּעַל-פְּעוֹר baʿal-pə[ġ]ʿōr - Lord of the Gap) is one of the seven Princes of Hell, who represents the sin of sloth. This seems to be expressed in Belphegor's easy-going and lazy demeanor.