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Villain Overview
What's the line? "Saving people, hunting things--the family business." Well, I think the people you save--they're how you justify your pathetic little lives. The alcoholism, the collateral damage, the pain you've caused. The one thing that allows you to sleep at night, the one thing, is knowing these folks are out there. Still out there. Happy and healthy because of you. You great, big bloody heroes! They're your life's work and I'm going to rip it apart. Piece by piece. Because I can. Because you can't stop me. Because when they're all gone, what will you have left?
~ Crowley threatening Sam and Dean.
Hello boys!
~ Crowley's iconic quote when meeting with the Winchester.

Crowley is an antagonist appearing on the TV series Supernatural. He is the most recurring villain of the series. He appears as an anti-hero for most of the series, but he was one of the main antagonists in Season 6 and the main antagonist in Season 8.

He was portrayed by Mark Sheppard, who also played Jim Sterling in Leverage.

Appearance

Crowley's human appearance has thus far only been shown in a portrait of him as a toddler. Here, he's shown to possess fair skin and ginger hair. He was said to possess been a handsome individual, with "very athletic calves". Upon his death and transformation into a demon, Crowley's true type became red smoke, a singular colour unseen by the opposite demon. Whenever he takes a vessel, his true eyes are red.

Crowley's primary vessel is also a person of average height, slightly spherical with dark hair and light-weight skin. He grew a beard post-season half-dozen. Crowley prefers to wear costly, dry-cleaned suits of dark colours. Except during the time he possessed Linda Tran and when Crowley wore disguises, Crowley is never seen wearing anything by choice. When Lucifer took him, prisoner, he forced Crowley to wear bright-coloured clothing as an insult.

Personality

Crowley is crafty, devious, and extremely masterful at manipulating others. this is usually best incontestable once he tricks Dean into impressing and obtaining the initial Blade from Cain, with success manipulating not simply Dean however Associate in Nursing oversized range of demons World Health Organization he crystal rectifier to the slaughter. Despite his arrogance, he doesn't dismiss possible threats a bit like the Winchesters as other demons do but seeks to eliminate said threats, but generally he will let his conceitedness get the higher of him, particularly if he feels bound he can win. He was additionally the sole demon to understand that Lucifer should hate demons the utmost quantity as he hates humans (which demons originally were). He leaves once he realizes that a situation is simply too dangerous for him to risk, however resolves himself when he knows that escape isn't Associate in Nursing option (such as derailing the Apocalypse once his betrayal was revealed to Hell and "accepting" death in "Meet the New Boss"). He thought up new concepts for the way Hell ought to be run and tried to implement new concepts once he became its king; once other demons resisted this, he called them "evil, lying prats" and "stupid," expressing the desire to kill all of them sometimes. he's also seemingly sentimental as he's rather dismayed when Sam kills his pet hellhound. Crowley was also intelligent enough to work out where Castiel had hidden the Angel Tablet, even when Naomi and her garrison couldn't. because of the previous King of the Crossroads, he's additionally very masterful at drawing up contracts and making hidden agendas to trick his enemies. He was also clever enough to make sure it had been Sam, not Dean, World Health Organization signed his deal in "Sacrifice".

Beneath Crowley's genial facade, he's cruel, sadistic, and merciless. He appears to be quite vengeful: he wants utter annihilation of the Leviathans once their leader insults him and also implies that he would adore determining all demons destroyed; he kept secret the ramifications of employing a Bone Of Righteous Mortal Washed within the Three Bloods of Fallen so as that Dean and Castiel would be imprisoned in Purgatory; he killed Kevin's girlfriend before him; he threatened Linda Tran once she slapped him and later apparently tormented her so badly during her brief possession by him that she went catatonic. Crowley also has no drawback killing youngsters as he's willing to slaughter a nursery of babe shapeshifters to hunt out Purgatory's location and later bakes baby flap muffins merely to urge on Dick Roman's sensible facet. He was also willing to let a hunter, Tara, die thus on trick Dean and retrieve the initial Blade, dismissing her as eggs that would like to be cracked to build Associate in Nursing omelet. Crowley has additionally shown to generally be very pitiless and angry to alternative demons. After both Lucifer and Abaddon were defeated, Crowley's first course of action was to collect and kill all the demons who had supported his enemy.

Appearances

Appearances

Season 3

  • Bedtime Stories (referenced)
  • Time Is On My Side (referenced)

Season 5

  • The Real Ghostbusters (mentioned)
  • Abandon All Hope...
  • The Devil You Know
  • Two Minutes to Midnight

Season 6

  • Weekend at Bobby's
  • Family Matters
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • Caged Heat
  • Mommy Dearest
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • Let It Bleed
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

Season 7

  • Meet the New Boss
  • Slash Fiction
  • Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!
  • The Born-Again Identity (flashbacks)
  • Reading Is Fundamental (mentioned)
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Survival of the Fittest

Season 8

  • We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • What's Up, Tiger Mommy?
  • A Little Slice of Kevin
  • Torn and Frayed
  • Trial and Error (mentioned)
  • Goodbye Stranger
  • Taxi Driver
  • The Great Escapist
  • Clip Show
  • Sacrifice

Season 9

  • I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (unseen)
  • Devil May Care
  • Slumber Party
  • Heaven Can't Wait
  • Rock and a Hard Place (mentioned)
  • Road Trip
  • First Born
  • Sharp Teeth (mentioned)
  • Captives (unseen)
  • Blade Runners
  • Mother's Little Helper
  • King of the Damned
  • Do You Believe In Miracles?

Season 10

  • Black
  • Reichenbach
  • Soul Survivor
  • Girls, Girls, Girls
  • The Things We Left Behind
  • The Hunter Games
  • The Executioner's Song
  • Paint it Black
  • Inside Man
  • Dark Dynasty
  • The Prisoner
  • Brother's Keeper

Season 11

  • Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
  • Form and Void
  • The Bad Seed
  • Our Little World
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • The Devil in the Details
  • The Vessel
  • Beyond the Mat
  • Hell's Angel
  • We Happy Few
  • Alpha and Omega

Season 12

  • Keep Calm and Carry On
  • Mamma Mia
  • The Foundry
  • American Nightmare (mentioned)
  • Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox (mentioned)
  • Rock Never Dies
  • LOTUS
  • First Blood
  • Stuck in the Middle
  • Family Feud
  • Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
  • The British Invasion
  • There's Something About Mary
  • Who We Are (mentioned)
  • All Along the Watchtower

Season 13

  • Lost & Found (mentioned)
  • The Rising Son (mentioned)
  • War of the Worlds (mentioned)
  • The Scorpion and The Frog (mentioned)
  • Various & Sundry Villains (mentioned)
  • Funeralia (mentioned)

Season 14

  • Stranger in a Strange Land (mentioned)
  • Nihilism (mentioned)
  • Moriah (mentioned)

Season 15

  • Back and to the Future (mentioned)
  • The Rupture (mentioned)
  • Our Father, Who Aren't in Heaven (mentioned)

Killed Victims

  • Ellen Harvelle (Indirectly Caused)
  • Jo Harvelle (Indirectly Caused)
  • Brady (Caused)
  • Alpha Shapeshifter
  • Eleanor Visyak (Alongside Castiel)
  • Guy (Presumed)
  • Dick Roman (Caused)
  • Channing Ngo
  • Meg Masters
  • Tommy Collins
  • Jenny Klein
  • Sarah Blake
  • Abbadon (Caused)
  • Cain (Caused)
  • Louis
  • Numerous humans, demons, angels, leviathans, and monsters.

Trivia

  • Crowley is similar to Lindsey McDonald from Angel and Cole Turner from Charmed, as the on and off villain of a monster of the week series.
  • Crowley may have died in a ditch surrounded by his own vomit. In The Things We Left Behind, it's stated that [1] always said he'd die like that and when asked about how he did actually die, Crowley quickly changes the subject.
  • In a deleted scene for Family Feud available on the season 12 box set, Gavin tells Rowena that Crowley ultimately drank himself to death when he was human.
  • Crowley is the longest surviving and most recurring antagonist in the series, with his appearances rivaling that of Azazel'sRuby's, and even Meg's
  • Crowley is a third main character to be permanently killed off, following Ruby and Bela Talbot, who were main characters for Season 3.
  • Crowley was among the multiple main antagonists of Season 6, the others being Raphael, Eve, and Castiel. He is also the main antagonist of Season 8. He served as an antagonist in Season 11 episode "Our Little World", after which he became an ally.
  • Crowley's name, as well as his initial characterization as a snarky British demons trying to derail the Apocalypse, is similar to one of the main characters of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (called Anthony Crowley, who is coincidentally also a demon).
  • Mark Sheppard, who portrays Crowley in Supernatural, suggested in an interview that Crowley may not even be a demon, although this was disproved in the eighth season when Crowley's red demonic cloud form and red eyes (when he possessed Linda Tran) were finally shown on-screen. And in season 10 his eyes were shown again via his original vessel.
  • Crowley is the longest running antagonist for five seasons (two of which he is the main antagonist). However, he is notably the "weakest" main antagonist, as despite being the King of Hell, he is still a crossroads demon. Though, despite this, Crowley seems to not be easily killed and has obtained multiple means of killing angels, such as numerous angel blades and even angel bullets for guns, which arguably puts him on par with a regular angel now.
  • Crowley is the most recurring demon in Supernatural, stealing the distinction from Ruby.
  • Unusually, his true form's color is a dark red cloud rather than black like other demons, as shown in What's Up, Tiger Mommy?Road TripBlade Runners, Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire, Hell's Angel, We Happy Few and All Along the Watchtower.  This matches his eyes as his eyes are red due to being a King of the Crossroads previously. However, other demons with different eye colors do not match their true form, as shown with Azazel and Lilith.
  • Crowley has assigned nicknames for Sam and Dean (which often reference Sam's height). For Sam, these include Giraffe, Gigantor, Jolly Green and (most commonly) Moose. He has also given Dean the nickname: Squirrel, and the name "Not Moose" in his contact list on his phone. Their respective "Squirrel" and "Moose" nicknames are a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle, who are called "Moose and Squirrel" by their antagonists. In the episode Inside Man Dean combats this by replying "Boris. Where's Natasha?" referring to Rocky and Bullwinkle's nemesis: Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatele.
  • He is the third character to be the main antagonist for two seasons, the first being Azazel and the second being Lilith; however, he is the first one to have a break seventh season between those two seasons in which he is not the main threat and to survive even after the second season that he was the primary villain.
  • He is the second demon whose past as a human has been revealed the first being Ruby.
  • In Weekend at Bobby's, he reveals that his favorite alcoholic drink is Craig scotch, aged at least thirty years.
  • It is implied that Crowley and the angel Naomi had a sexual relationship in Mesopotamia.
  • This pairing is the second known angel and demon relationships besides Castiel and Meg.
  • He is also hinted to have been in a relationship with Billie.
  • Crowley also claims he owns "the real Mona Lisa" and to some extent Alaska.
  • When Crowley calls the brothers, the number 666 flashes on the phone's screen. 666 is usually a number associated with the Devil. He also uses a devil emoticon while texting Sam.
  • Crowley's ringtone is Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-lot.
  • Crowley has been shown to be very good with obscure or difficult languages: he is fluent in Enochian and knows Elamite Cuneiform.
  • Crowley, along with Azazel (who possessed Tessa), is the only known demon to possess someone at the same time as an angel.
  • Crowley has stated that the host he uses most frequently is a "moderately successful" literary agent from New York.
  • Crowley seems to have an affinity for Adolf Hitler and/or the Nazi Party. In Abandon All Hope... he is seen watching Nazi silent films in his mansion and in the Man Who Would Be King a Hitler-esque portrait of Crowley in a Nazi uniform with a Devil's Trident in place on his wrist band in place of a swastika was visible in Crowley's new and improved Hell. He also showed Amara Hitler speeches to "educate" her.
  • Crowley has so far possessed six individuals: A "moderately successful" literary agent from New York (his most common vessel, Linda Tran, Sam, Andre Devlin, Marnie and Castiel. However, he only possessed Linda to get the demon tablet and Kevin, possessed Sam to warn him about Gadreel, possessed Andre only to get information, possessed Marnie to get in contact with his minions so they could secure his first vessel and break Rowena's immobilization spell on it, and possessed Castiel to try and bring him to expel Lucifer from his vessel.
  • Crowley, self-admittedly evil, states he has no virtues, but this is not strictly true. He has exhibited Ambition (striving to ascend to becoming the King of Hell, Diligence (delegating a lot of duties to his underlings and taking up tasks himself frequently), Honesty (while he enjoys loopholes, he demands that all demons honor their deals and maintain "consumer confidence" as well as integrity), Loyalty (he is not prone to betraying those with whom he makes alliances, something he calls out Castiel for doing) and Responsibility (commanding Hell's forces and fighting for the interests of all demons at heart as well as his own). However, Crowley has not truly exhibited patience.
  • His name may be a reference to Aleister Crowley, an English Occultist, creator and self-proclaimed prophet of the religion Thelema who was born in 1875. He was denounced in the popular press as "the wickedest man in the world" and sometimes labelled a Satanist.
  • His name also links to the crow, the bird of death, though this is unlikely connected to his character name and merely an amusing observation.
  • When Gavin learned that his father had become a demon, Crowley quipped, "A lot can change in 291 years, "King of the Damned" implying that he had died as a human that many years ago. Assuming that the episode "King of the Damned" in which this information was revealed took place around the same time as its air-date (May 6, 2014), that would mean that Crowley died around the year 1723 and at around the age of 62, as he was born in 1661.
  • Crowley displayed a possible fondness for Kevin Tran: when informed of his death, Crowley told Dean he warned Kevin it would happen if he didn't leave.
  • While it is not known if his vessel was ever alive or was dead the entire time, after the events of "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire", his vessel is dead for sure as Castiel stabbed it with an angel blade after Crowley vacated it. Despite this, Crowley was still able to return to his vessel, so it may have been dead the entire time.
  • Like Meg and Abaddon, Crowley displays a fondness for a particular vessel, always returning to his usual form even after vacating the body for various reasons. Even after he was forced to flee his body in "Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire", Crowley had his demons remove the spell immobilizing his form rather than find a new vessel.
  • When talking to Lucifer face-to-face, Crowley defined himself as "a mere acolyte, carrying Lucifer's torch", possibly indicating that Crowley holds some admiration for Lucifer's disturbed ideology and ways. However, this suspect gesture of humbleness may be just a product of Crowley's fear of the Devil, which makes pretty much sense, given that Crowley displayed to fear even the much weaker (than Lucifer) demon Cain very much.
  • From his birth in 1661 to his death as a demon in 2017, Crowley was 356 years old.
  • Mark Sheppard has expressed displeasure in his character's death scene in Season 12. Many fans have also expressed anger at the unfair treatment towards a long-lasting character and actor. Since leaving, Sheppard has ruled out ever wanting to return to the show.
  • Along with playing Crowley, Mark Sheppard also played the demon Arnon in the show Charmed.
  • Season 12 is the only season Crowley has appeared in where he does not have a villainous role in at least one episode.
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