|“||I kill monsters. That's who the hell I am.||”|
— Claire Novak
in Wayward Sisters
Claire Novak is the daughter of Jimmy, Castiel's true vessel and a hunter. After her father's departure, Claire's mother went off to find herself and left her in the care of her grandmother. Her grandmother died and Claire struggled in group homes as well as developing a rebellious nature and resentment to the angel who ruined her life. She fell in with a bad crowd before she encountered Castiel again and refused his kindness, even stealing from him and his allies. Claire soon forgave Castiel after he helped her find her lost mother Amelia Novak but she was orphaned when her mother was killed by a Grigori. Claire personally avenged her mother and decided to be a Hunter before she was sent to live with the Mills Family. Though Claire struggled to adjust with them as well as hunting, she came to see them as her family and she became a competent hunter even helping Sam and Dean.
Claire Novak is the daughter of Jimmy Novak, Castiel's vessel. Jimmy offers himself over to Castiel after his wife Amelia threatens to take Claire to her mother's if he does not get help. After Jimmy says "yes" to Castiel, Claire comes outside and says "Daddy?" Castiel replies "I am not your father" to her and leaves.
After almost a year of Amelia looking for Jimmy and thinking he was dead, he returns home. Amelia lets Jimmy talk to Claire and have dinner with them.
During their meal, their neighbor, Rodger stops over. He reveals himself as a demon to Jimmy, but Claire's mother, Amelia does not believe Jimmy. Jimmy puts Claire and Amelia in the pantry to keep them safe, but Amelia holds Jimmy back, so Claire can escape. Claire does, and when Jimmy and Amelia come out they see that Rodger is holding a knife to her throat. He makes the remark "I told you I'd gut the bitch." Claire calls out for her father as another demon attacks him.
Dean comes up behind Rodger and kills the demon with Ruby's Knife. This frees Claire and allows her to escape with her father. Claire, Jimmy, Amelia, Sam, and Dean meet up outside the house and drive away in the Impala.
Once they stop, Jimmy tells Amelia to take Claire to "Carl and Sally's" house. Amelia agrees and Dean, Sam, and Jimmy drive off. When they do, Claire asks "Why is he leaving again?" Amelia slaps her and flashes black, demon eyes. She says "Cause it's just not my day, is it? You little bitch."
Jimmy, as instructed, comes to the warehouse where the demon possessing Amelia has Claire tied to a chair. Two demons bring Sam and Dean did. Amelia then shoots Jimmy and instructs one of the demons to "waste little, orphan Annie".
However, as the demon swings a pole at her, Claire suddenly wakes up, grabs it and smites the demon before burning free of her ropes. A horrified Jimmy realizes that Castiel has returned and has gained Claire's permission to use her as a vessel. Using Claire, Castiel is able to smite a second demon fighting Dean and watches as Sam drinks demon blood and exorcises Amelia.
Castiel tells Jimmy that he intends to use Claire as his vessel and that Jimmy's work is done. But Jimmy convinces him to use him instead to protect Claire. Castiel leaves Claire and once again, uses Jimmy as a vessel, leaving Claire with her mother and no father again.
In The Things We Left Behind, Claire is shown as a problematic and erratic kid who keeps running from Group Homes. In one of these times, she encounters Castiel, who poses as her father. After he helps her escape, Claire ditches Castiel to meet up with her surrogate father, Randy. However, Randy was in debt to a loan shark, Salinger, and when Salinger came to collect, Randy willingly gave up Claire to the loan shark, who attempted to force himself on her. Castiel then arrived and rescued her. Unfortunately, the loan shark's gang regroups and trap Dean, in which the others are forced to escape. When they come back into Randy's house, they find Dean covered in blood, standing over the thugs' bodies, including Randy, to Claire's horror.
In The Hunter Games, Claire is found by Castiel, who still tries to connect with her but she refuses, blaming Dean for Randy's death, as well as refusing to acknowledge that he betrayed her to save himself. She later meets a couple whom she confides her troubles to. When Dean calls her at Castiel's suggestion, the couple convinces her to lure Dean into a trap so she could have revenge for Randy's death. In the end, Claire changed her mind about Dean getting killed and warns him, in which he overpowers the couple, though rather than give in to the Mark of Cain, lets them go. Claire then started going her own way, during which Castiel arrives in his car, having heard her informal prayer. Claire tells him that she has to make a new life for herself alone but promises to keep in touch.
During Angel Heart, in the months after leaving her group home, Claire begins a search for her missing mother. Having received postcards from Amelia and her things, including her diary after her final disappearance, Claire is able to track her mother to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she was to meet a man named Ronnie Cartwright. Ronnie claims not to know Amelia but draws Claire's suspicion when he refers to her as Amelia Novak despite Claire not telling him her last name. Ronnie accidentally knocks Claire out and calls an ambulance which takes her to the hospital. As Castiel is in her emergency contacts on her cell phone, the hospital calls him and he calls in Sam and Dean to help him deal with Claire.
When Sam, Dean, and Castiel arrive, Claire is not happy to see them but tells them of her search before fleeing the hospital when they leave the room. However, she made the mistake of telling them where she was staying as well as checking in under her own name and finds Sam waiting for her while Dean and Castiel interrogate Ronnie. While Claire initially rebuffs Sam's efforts to help her, she finally agrees after he offers to teach her how to hack her mother's credit card records to look for clues. Claire is intrigued by how easy it is and insists on going with Dean and Castiel to investigate Ronnie's murder. When they return to the motel, Sam is able to figure out that the man Amelia was supposed to meet, Peter Holloway, has a farm that Amelia had been spending time around. Sam and Castiel go to investigate, but leave Claire and Dean behind for her own safety and because the Mark of Cain is starting to affect Dean worse.
Things between Dean and Claire are awkward at first, so Dean takes Claire to play mini-golf which they bond over. When Claire puts her putter in the last hole to demonstrate how the ball gets taken there, Dean realizes that the angel who has her mother used an angel sword instead of an angel blade and he and Claire research angels. Claire soon finds information on the Grigori, a class of angels that preys on humanity and when they are unable to reach Sam or Castiel, expects Dean to leave her behind while he goes to rescue them. However, Dean instead gives her a gun and instructions on how to use it and takes her with him, to her joy.
Arriving at the farm, Dean and Claire investigate the barn and Claire is finally, tearfully, reunited with her mother. As Claire tries to help her weak mother out of the barn, Tamiel, the Grigori that had been feeding off of her arrives and tells Claire that Amelia is beyond saving. Claire tries to kill Tamiel with her gun, but he proves immune and tries to kill her with his sword. Amelia sacrifices herself to save Claire, leaving her devastated. Sam, Dean, and Castiel engage Tamiel who proves stronger than all of them and nearly kills Castiel, Claire sneaks behind him and stabs him with his own sword, killing him before embracing her mother's body.
The next day, Sam and Dean decide to send Claire to Jody Mills until she can get on her feet. Claire finally forgives Castiel for his role in her father's death, hugging him goodbye and asking Dean to look after him. She also keeps a stuffed animal Castiel got her for her 18th birthday. Before saying goodbye, Dean gives her a copy of Caddyshack and a lore book, having noticed her keeping Tamiel's sword. He advises her against becoming a hunter, telling her how dangerous it is and that she got her revenge when she killed Tamiel. Claire jokingly tells him he's pretty old when he tells her about how hunters don't live long and leaves in a taxi.
In Don't You Forget About Me, Claire attacks a young couple making out at night, holding her angel sword to the boy's throat and demanding to know what he is. She later calls Dean for help as she believes there are monsters in Sioux Falls and Jody refuses to believe her.
At dinner, Claire explains that three people have disappeared and other people are reporting animals they have never seen before and things stalking their front yards. Alex tells the Winchesters that Claire has previously thought there were monsters when there weren't and Jody tells them the only reason she's not in jail for all the assaults she's committed is Jody is the sheriff. Annoyed with Alex, Claire reveals that Alex and Henry are planning to sneak off to Jody's cabin to have sex to everyone's embarrassment.
Jody privately tells Dean that the boy Claire assaulted is hell-bent on pressing charges and though Claire has started college, she hasn't gone to classes in weeks, has no friends and instead spends all of her time looking for cases and reading lore. After Jody expresses worry that Claire is burying herself in hunting as she feels she has nothing else, Sam talks to her and Claire admits she feels like she's not really apart of Jody and Alex's family since she arrived so much later. Claire suggests that she leave and become a full-time hunter, but Sam tells her that monsters will always be out there, but a chance at a normal life won't be.
The next day, after Mr. Phelps' body is found hanging from the school flagpole, Claire asks Jody about what happened. Dean pulls her aside and tells her off for her behavior, particularly her rudeness towards Jody who has done everything she can to give Claire a normal life.
Later, Claire works with Sam on trying to figure out what's going on. Dean tells them that the weird fiber found at the crime scene was asbestos while Jody tells them that the janitor's alibi checks out. Sam finds that the janitor has a false social security number and a smug Claire informs them that the janitor started working at the school just before the disappearances that Jody didn't believe were weird started. As Sam and Dean go to investigate the janitor, Jody takes Claire to beg the registrar of her school to allow her to re-enroll. The two are attacked by the janitor who turns out to be a vampire and Claire and Jody are kidnapped.
In the vampire nest, Jody and Claire note the drained corpses nearby and Jody realizes Claire was right about the disappearances. Claire watches as the janitor, Richard Beesome explains to the captured Alex that the whole thing is revenge for Alex feeding him to her nest three years earlier. Richard takes Claire to feed on her as part of his plan to destroy everything Alex loves and Alex offers herself in exchange for Claire and Jody if Richard lets them go. Richard starts to feed on Claire but stops when he senses Sam coming and he and Henry go to confront him. As Sam fights the vampires, Claire retrieves a box cutter from a nearby toolbox and cuts herself free. As Richard goes to kill Alex, Claire stabs him in the back with a crowbar, distracting him long enough for Dean to kill him. Claire watches as Alex confronts Henry and punches him in the face before Claire cuts his head off.
The next morning, Claire and Alex attempt to make breakfast for Jody and Claire reassures Alex that what happened to them wasn't her fault. As Sam and Dean leave, Claire tells Sam she realizes what she has in Jody and Alex and isn't going to take off. She promises not to "hunt like a dumbass" and as she doesn't intend on stopping, Jody is going to teach her to hunt properly. Claire is surprised that Alex is planning to leave once she gets her life together and tells Alex she doesn't have to leave to protect them. Alex tells them she isn't, she just can't be around the monsters they hunt. Claire then watches with Jody and Alex as the Winchesters leave.
In Celebrating The Life Of Asa Fox, Jody tells the Winchesters that Claire and Alex are in Omaha at a Radio Head concert.
In Ladies Drink Free, Sam and Dean find out that Claire has been secretly hunting behind Jody and Alex's backs. They find her working on a werewolf case, investigating the death of Ben Foster. She had interviewed two men, Justin and Connor, and described the latter as being "grabby", leading the brothers to suspect him.
Claire is eventually kidnapped by Justin, whose plans to turn his girlfriend, Hayden Foster, into his werewolf mate were foiled by Mick Davies, who killed the transforming Hayden as per British Men of Letters protocol. Justin decided to turn Claire instead and bit her while trying to convince the young hunter that they are very much alike. Claire denies this, saying she has a family of her own who loves her, referring to Jody and Alex.
Sam and Dean are able to arrive at their location through a tracking device left in Claire's coat by Mick. By then, Claire has begun transforming, forcing Dean to restrain her. Mick stabs Justin with a syringe in order to extract live blood and use it as a possible cure for Claire. Justin fights back but is shot dead by Mick with a silver bullet.
Thanks to the blood retrieved by Mick, Claire is successfully cured although the process is painful to her. Afterward, she hugs Dean and thanks both him and Sam for their help and calls Jody and leaves her a voicemail telling Jody the truth about what she's been doing. At the end of the voicemail, Claire states her intention to continue hunting on her own for a while but believes she is ready thanks to Jody for being her mother.
In Who We Are, Claire is displayed as one of the British Men of Letters targets. Her location is given as "in transit". However, before the attack can be launched, a team of hunters led by Sam and including Jody storm the compound and wipe out the operation.
In Wayward Sisters, it is shown Claire continued on her path as a hunter. She is shown to have gotten better in her hunting methods even successfully saving a little girl from werewolves. She soon goes to a hospital and meets Alex who was working there and asks for word about Sam and Dean before she is directed to Kaia Nieves. Claire found Kaia as she prepared to bolt and attempted to convince Kaia to help without success.
As Jody, Alex and Patience Turner performed an examination of the creature's body, Kaia sat outside with Claire. Kaia explained to Claire how she saw the creatures in her dreams and they gave her scars. Kaia warned that the creatures ran in packs and once they got someone's scent, they would never stop coming after a person. Claire compared her scars to Kaia before the latter explained about the Bad Place, the creatures and her work with the Winchesters to Jody's group. After Claire realized that the rift to the Bad Place must still be open, Kaia warned her that if they went to the Bad Place, they would die.
A short time later, the group was forced to flee the house after Patience predicted that the Cloaked Figures were about to attack. Having left cameras in the house, Claire watched the attack from her phone being in complete shock as Patience asked if she believed in her powers now. After stopping to meet up with Donna Hanscum, Kaia told the group what she knew of where the rift was, allowing them to identify it as the Larsen Bros. Shipyard. Claire spoke to Jody who implored her to stay with the others, being shaken up from the attack on the house Claire agreed before she watched as Jody and Donna went to search for the rift. As they waited, Kaia comforted Claire over Patience's vision and urged Claire to go after the Winchesters, promising to go with Claire if she did.
After the girls rescue Jody and Donna, Claire and Kaia find the rift which is closing. With more Cloaked Figures coming after them, Claire goes through the rift to the Bad Place accompanied by a scared Kaia. Kaia was able to lead Claire to the Winchesters and the two rescued them, with Kaia informing the Winchesters that she thought Jack was in Apocalypse World with their mother. Upon their return to the rift, a hooded figure that threw a spear at Claire. Kaia shoved Claire out of the way and took the spear in the side herself. Dying, Kaia reached out to Claire and held her hand as she died. With a Giant after them, Claire and the Winchesters were forced to retreat through the rift which closed behind them, leaving Kaia's body in the Bad Place.
After Claire and the Winchesters return, Jody comforted Claire over Kaia's death while Patience realized that her vision had actually been of Kaia dying and Jody comforting Claire. The devastated Claire would not be able to receive gratitude from the brothers for saving them. At night, Claire calmed down and went to join her surrogate family before writing in her book where she swore revenge on Kaia's killer unaware of its true identity.
In The Scar, Claire texts Jody that she is training with the girls. Jody tells her that the only case she has is entirely human and Claire agrees to keep out of it.
After the Winchesters arrive with the news that Kaia's killer is in the Main Universe, Jody tells them that Claire is "off being Claire" and she has improved greatly in her attitude since they last saw her. Jody has also reached an agreement with Claire where she will include Claire in the monster related cases but keep her out of the human ones. However, Kaia, as Claire's first love, is still a sore spot for her.
After Kaia's killer is revealed to be the alternate reality Kaia who saves Sam, Dean and Jody's lives before escaping, Jody is left wondering how to explain what happened to Claire who she has been dodging since she first heard the news.
In The Trap, God shows Sam what will happen if the Winchesters succeed in locking him away. In this future, Claire and Jody go after a nest of vampires that prove to be far bigger than expected, leading to Claire's death.
In Galaxy Brain, after discovering that Kaia Nieves is still alive and trapped in the Bad Place from Dark Kaia, Castiel asks whether Jody has told Claire. However, Claire is out of cellphone range in Yosemite. Jody comments that Claire is ironically chasing a lead on a woman in a black cloak while they have Dark Kaia with them. Jody explains that Claire has spent years looking for revenge on Dark Kaia and would do anything to save Kaia, but there is no time to bring Claire in to help. Castiel and Jody acknowledge that if they fail to rescue Kaia, it would kill Claire who would never recover from the loss. Castiel later asks Jody to remain behind during the rescue mission, knowing that it would kill Claire to lose both Kaia and Jody while she could survive the loss of Kaia again. Jody reluctantly agrees, seeing the point of Castiel's words.
After the Winchesters succeed in rescuing Kaia from the Bad Place with the help of Dark Kaia, Jody offers to take Kaia home with her. Kaia accepts, asking if Claire will be there. With a smile, Jody promises that Claire will be home soon.
Claire was once an ordinary girl living an ordinary life with her devout father and loving mother. Her life began to change when the angel Castiel took her father away. Months later, her family was attacked by demons. Her experience with the supernatural has hardened her, but the most influential period of her life was after her father was taken away a second time, leading her mother to go look for him and leaving Claire behind in the process.
Practically alone, Claire was forced to become more independent and commit several illicit activities. Although she relied on certain individuals such as Randy to grant her shelter, Claire was now willing to lie and steal to better her own life. Her behavior matched that of a typical problem child.
Years of resentment towards Castiel for ruining her life did not serve her well, and she was distrustful of him and highly bitter. She was even willing to let Dean get killed, seeing the Winchesters as only enemies despite their friendly intentions. It took a reunion with her mother and much talk from Castiel and the Winchesters for Claire to finally let go of her resentment and become a happier person. She even came to see them as good friends, joining them on cases, counting them to save her, and being willing to risk her life when she went to the Bad Place and rescued them.
As Jody's adopted daughter, Claire continues to seek an independent lifestyle, favoring hunting over a normal school life which she would have preferred originally. Now an outspoken, brave, and self-confident young woman, Claire has succeeded in finding balance in her own life despite the imperfections. When she saw that her adoptive sister Annie Jones and mother were willing to risk their lives for her because of a vampire attack, she shed some of her sad side and even tried to make breakfast even though she burnt the food. After being briefly turned into a werewolf, Claire fully accepted Jody and Alex as her family, willing to face death by the risky Werewolf cure than hurt them. She later called Jody her mother in a voicemail she left her.
Despite putting on a tough exterior, Claire admits to Dean in a vulnerable moment that the truth is, she is barely keeping it together on a good day.
Despite only knowing Kaia Nieves for a short time, Claire fell deeply in love with her, as later stated by Jody. After Kaia's apparent death, Claire became determined to get revenge on Dark Kaia, even if she had to cross universes to do it and subsequently spent two years hunting Dark Kaia after learning that she had crossed to the Main Universe. After learning that Kaia was still alive and trapped in the Bad Place, Jody believed that Claire would not survive learning that Kaia had survived only to die in a failed rescue mission.
Claire has bright-colored eyes and long blonde hair. As a child, she was well-dressed and kept her hair long. As a teenager, Claire's rebellious phase and harsh life drove her to wear dark eyeliner and make her hair curlier. Her outfits usually consist of trousers, a shirt, and a jacket. After moving in with Jody Mills, Claire did away with the dark eyeliner and eventually started wearing lighter themed clothes.
During her time with Randy, Claire was given a revolver so she could rob a store. The gun was presumably confiscated by Castiel when he caught her in the act. Later on, Dean gives her a handgun which she is allowed to keep, on the grounds that she "didn't shoot him". She is shown trying to use this particular handgun against Tamiel to no effect. When Tamiel was distracted by his fight with Team Free Will, Claire used his angel sword to kill him. Afterwards, Claire takes his angel sword, a weapon she is shown to use against suspected monsters in Sioux Falls and given a lore on monsters to help in hunts. In Ladies Drink Free, Claire is shown to have a box full of cell phones in her car.
Skills and Abilities
- Pocket Thief - Claire was shown to be a skilled thief as she stole the wallet off Castiel without him noticing and its implied she stole money from others while working for Randy.
- Basic Hunting Skills - After deciding to be a Hunter, Claire was given a lore of monsters by Dean Winchester to help her. She was initially somewhat inept, as she easily mistook normal people or animals for monsters. This caused her to have a troubled history though she avoided jail since Jody Mills was the sheriff. However, Claire was proven right in one search, as the monster abducted her and her adoptive family. By Ladies Drink Free, Claire has somewhat overcome her shortcomings and was able to hold her own against a werewolf. It was shown in Wayward Sisters after gaining more experience on her own, Claire became more competent as a hunter which was shown when she saved a child from werewolves and only got a few scars. She later killed many of the Cloaked Figures after they attacked Jody's home. She became skilled in disguising herself to cover her activities as seen when she deceived the werewolves or telling the child's mother she was an FBI agent.
During her brief time as a Werewolf, Claire possessed all of the regular werewolf abilities.
- Super Strength - As a Werewolf, Claire possessed greater strength than a normal human. While in a manic state, Claire was easily able to overpower Dean Winchester.
- Shapeshifting - As a werewolf, Claire had the ability to shift between human and wolf form. As a pureblood, she could do this at any time.
- Infectious bite - Claire possessed the ability to turn others into werewolves through her bite.
- Claws and Fangs - Werewolves have powerful claws and are able to cut through solid walls. Their fangs can tear human flesh and can rip out a human heart right out of their chest cavity. Pureblood werewolves are able to transform just their claws without transforming fully.
- Super Agility - Werewolves possess agility that is greater than humans, often allowing them to perform leaps across incredible heights and distances, as well as sprint easily and rapidly.
- Super Speed - Werewolves are capable of moving inhumanly fast, allowing them to cover short distances in the blink of an eye.
- Super Stamina - Werewolves do not tire easily, allowing them to easily exert themselves in a superhuman capacity.
- Super Senses - All werewolves are able to see better than humans in darkness, similar to actual wolves, their sense of smell and hearing is equally enhanced.
- Invulnerability - Werewolves can't be killed by conventional means and weapons.
- Regeneration - Werewolves can regenerate all non-lethal damage, purebloods are even able to completely heal their original bites. Over the course of around a day, Claire's injuries from her fight with her sire were healed.
- Mortality - As a human, Claire was mortal and vulnerable to all forms of harm.
Claire possessed the normal weaknesses of a Werewolf.
- Werewolf cure - As Claire had not yet fed, Mick and the Winchesters were able to cure her of being a werewolf.
- Silver - As a werewolf, Claire could be killed by being stabbed in the heart.
- Season 4
- Supernatural: War of the Sons (mentioned only)
- Season 10
- Season 11
- Season 12
- Season 13
- Season 14
- The Scar (text messages and mentioned)
- Season 15
- Claire and Castiel - Claire's relationship with the angel Castiel.
- Claire and Dean - Claire's relationship with Dean over the years.
- Claire and Sam - Claire's relationship with Sam over the years.
- Following Claire telling Castiel that she likes him better in a tie in The Hunter Games, Castiel starts wearing a tie again as shown in The Executioner's Song for the first time continuously since he lost his grace.
- In Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets, it is revealed that Claire is Castiel's second female vessel. Castiel also possessed a woman in 1901 for an unknown period of time.
- Claire was the second human that is not a hunter to kill an angel. The first was George. This experience along with the death of her mother motivated her to become a hunter.
- Claire is the only werewolf to have ever been cured.
- She was born in Pontiac, Illinois.
- As of Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes, she is 20 years of age.
- Claire was to be a major character in the spinoff, Supernatural: Wayward Sisters.
- She is the first recurring character to go to another world she went to The Bad Place in Wayward Sisters.
- Claire was hinted to be attracted to Kaia Nieves.