Kaia Nieves, better known as Dark Kaia, was the alternate reality counterpart of Kaia Nieves from the Bad Place and a dreamwalker. After an encounter with the Winchesters that led to the death of her Main Universe counterpart, Kaia traveled to the Main Universe to escape the horrors of her world, only to be chased by Michael's enhanced monsters for her spear.
After helping the Winchesters to rescue their Kaia from the Bad Place, Dark Kaia chose to die with her world as God destroyed it.
While living in the Bad Place, the alternate Kaia somehow made friends with the Giant and fed the creature. Due to being a dreamwalker, she was connected to the Main Universe Kaia and shared visions with Kaia for her whole life.
In The Bad Place, as the Main Universe version of Kaia attempted to open a rift to Apocalypse World with Jack, she suddenly flashed back to the Bad Place where the alternate Kaia dashed across her field of vision. In the moments before Kaia and Jack opened the rift, the alternate Kaia appeared right in front of Kaia's dreamwalking vision causing her to scream. As a result, the Winchesters were sent to the Bad Place and Jack to Apocalypse World instead of a rift opening up to Apocalypse World.
In Wayward Sisters, a few days after the arrival of the Winchesters in the Bad Place, the alternate Kaia stalked them. She eventually attacked the two men and knocked them unconscious before tying them to trees. Though Dean tried to get her attention, the alternate Kaia didn't say a word and instead summoned the Giant before leaving. Shortly afterwards, the Winchesters were rescued by Claire Novak and their version of Kaia. As they approached the rift back to their world, the alternate Kaia threw her spear at Claire, but Kaia sacrificed herself to save Claire. As the Winchesters, Claire and the alternate Kaia entered a standoff, the Giant approached, forcing the Winchesters and Claire back through the rift which closed behind them.
In The Scar, after Dean returns with no memory of his possession by Michael, Castiel accesses his memories to find out why Michael left Dean and what left a strange scar on Dean's left arm. This triggers a memory of Michael being stabbed in the arm by Dark Kaia with her spear. Dean remembers Dark Kaia from the Bad Place and realizes that her spear must be able to harm Michael and could be the key to defeating him. The Winchesters contact Jody Mills who has been investigating three murders she thought were done by a human serial killer but realizes were done by Kaia when they describe her weapon.
The Winchesters and Jody search the woods near Sioux Falls for Dark Kaia, finding three decapitated vampire heads, confusing them as Alex had determined that the murder victims didn't react to any of the usual monster tests. They eventually realize that the vampires are some of Michael's enhanced monsters that he sent to kill Kaia and get her spear after she injured him. The three find Dark Kaia's camp where Dean is attacked by Dark Kaia. In the struggle, Dark Kaia's hood falls off, revealing her face to the shocked hunters before she escapes.
Dark Kaia manages to find an abandoned cabin, but is ambushed outside and is knocked out by Dean. Talking to a tied up Dark Kaia, the Winchesters and Jody realize that she is the alternate reality counterpart of their Kaia and she admits that Kaia's death was an accident as she was aiming for "the blonde one." Dark Kaia refuses to explain to Sam about how she opened up a rift between the worlds or where her spear is but mentions how Dean had once threatened the Main Universe Kaia with a gun to get her to comply. Sam realizes that she is also a dreamwalker and she confirms it by stating she has been sharing visions with the other Kaia their entire lives. When Dark Kaia refuses to give up the location of her spear, Dean threatens to torture her to get it, leading Dark Kaia to taunt him that Dean is no better than Michael. Dean remembers that Michael approached Dark Kaia to form an alliance, but she refused and attacked him instead. Although she was obviously outclassed by the archangel, Dark Kaia managed to use Michael's arrogant mistake of not immediately dispatching her to trip him, regain her spear and wound him before escaping.
The interrogation is cut short by the arrival of three of Michael's enhanced vampires who demand Dark Kaia and the spear. The hunters prove to be no match for the vampires, but Dean manages to shoot out the leg on Dark Kaia's chair, freeing her in the hopes that she will help them. Instead, Dark Kaia flees out a window but unexpectedly returns with her spear to kill the four vampires and save Sam, Dean and Jody. Sam points out that Dark Kaia saved them when she didn't have to, but she claims that by killing the vampires she was only helping herself. Though the Winchesters warn her that if she keeps her spear, she will be a target for Michael's monsters, she departs saying that she has been running from monsters successfully all of her life.
In the aftermath, Jody is left to deal with how to explain to Claire that their Kaia's killer is in their world and got away since Claire wants revenge upon her. Jody is also left emotionally distraught with the reminder of the loss of the Main Universe Kaia and the pressures she faces raising three hunters.
In The Spear, Garth overhears Michael discussing Dark Kaia's location at an old recycling plant in Omaha, Nebraska and directing more monsters after her. Alerted by Garth, Dean and Castiel search the plant for Dark Kaia, finding her hideout and warm food, but no Dark Kaia. Dark Kaia is able to get the drop on Dean, holding her spear to his back, but Dean stops Castiel from attacking, telling Dark Kaia that they have come to ask for the spear, not to try to steal it. Dean explains how they need it to kill Michael and stop him from hurting more people.
Dark Kaia finally agrees to give them the spear, but asks for their help in returning to the Bad Place in return. Desiring to return home and unable to reopen the rift herself, Kaia asks that they have Jack do it as he did with her Main Universe counterpart, explaining that in the Bad Place, her home, she at least knows what to expect and she also has loved ones she wants to protect. Dean promises to help Kaia return home once Michael is dead and Dark Kaia hands over her spear, threatening to hunt Dean down and kill him if he doesn't return it to her. Dark Kaia tells Dean and Castiel that they can find her again the same way they did this time and then vanishes as they are distracted by a phone call from Sam.
In Galaxy Brain, while investigating a murdered cow, Jody Mills spots Dark Kaia running into a nearby barn and follows her. Kaia ambushes Jody and knocks her out. Dark Kaia subsequently forces Jody to call Dean and demand that the Winchesters come or Jody is dead.
When the Winchesters arrive, Dark Kaia attacks, overpowering Sam and strangling Dean, demanding her spear back and to be sent back to the Bad Place as they promised. Jody, freed by Sam, smashes her chair over Dark Kaia's back, releasing Dean who tells Dark Kaia that their promise expired the moment she hurt their friend. As the Winchesters confront Dark Kaia at gunpoint, she reveals that she wants to go back home as her world is dying. Dark Kaia states that she knows from her dreams and reveals that the person she is protecting is their Kaia who she's been connected to her whole life and whose eyes Dark Kaia still sees through even now. Dark Kaia explains that the two Kaias were born at the same time in two separate worlds and even now Kaia still haunts her despite being left in the Bad Place.
To their shock, Dark Kaia reveals that Kaia is still alive, Dark Kaia having dressed her wound before leaving her world. Jody is horrified to realize that Kaia has been trapped in the Bad Place this entire time. Dark Kaia insists she left Kaia the tools she needed to survive and she has, but the Bad Place is ending and she can see it through Kaia's eyes.
The Winchesters bring Jody and Dark Kaia back to the bunker where she greets Jack. However, Jack is unable to help them without risking drawing God's attention and discuss trying to find another way of opening a rift to the Bad Place. Overhearing their conversation, an annoyed Dark Kaia warns them that they are running out of time and Jack can take them to the Bad Place right away. However, Dean dismisses Dark Kaia's concern and Jack offers to help in other ways. At the suggestion of an angry Jody, Dark Kaia is chained to a table with a magazine while they work on a solution.
After overhearing Castiel and Jody talk about Kaia and Claire Novak, Jack visits Dark Kaia, commenting that she looks just like the Kaia that he briefly knew. Dark Kaia angrily cuts off Jack's questions and he apologizes for his inability to do more. Dark Kaia angrily tells Jack that she had witnessed Jack push the scared Kaia to cross universes and Jack insists that he only wanted to help Kaia who was in a lot of pain. Dark Kaia reminds him that Kaia is in a lot of pain now and will soon die if they don't do something to help because of Jack. Jack questions why Dark Kaia came to their world in the first place and she explains that she envied Kaia and her seemingly peaceful world. However, Dark Kaia finds the world strange and beyond her understanding so she finds empty spaces to hide in rather than enjoying the world that she had envied. Dark Kaia pleads with Jack to help them and he taps into her mind to see a scared Kaia singing.
After seeing Kaia through Dark Kaia, Jack decides to help and a reluctant Merle helps the group come up with a plan to avoid detection by God. Jack releases Dark Kaia and once they are ready, opens a rift to the Bad Place in the bunker. Dark Kaia leads the Winchesters through the rift back to the Bad Place, avoiding their questions about how it feels to be home and silently leading them to Kaia. However, they are surrounded by a pack of Cloaked Figures and Dark Kaia warns that they can't fight that many as they'd just lose. However, Dark Kaia realizes that the creatures are scared, not of them, but the developing storm.
With the creatures fleeing, Dark Kaia leads them on to her home where Kaia is now living. As Kaia is reunited with the Winchesters, she angrily turns on Dark Kaia before Sam reassures Kaia that her counterpart helped to find her. However, Dark Kaia refuses to leave the Bad Place with them even though it means she will die, stating that its her home and she never should've left. Dark Kaia states that she doesn't belong in their world but Kaia does and tearfully urges them to leave before its too late.
As the Bad Place is consumed by a massive dark cloud, Dark Kaia turns to face her fate with her arms outstretched and eyes closed. Dark Kaia is consumed by the cloud and dies with the Bad Place.
Powers and Abilities
- Dream Walking - Like the Main Universe Kaia, she was also a dreamwalker and shared visions of the Main Universe Kaia's life throughout both of their lives.
- Master Martial Artist - This version of Kaia displayed a proficiency in martial arts. She also displayed a high proficiency in spear-fighting. These combined skills were able to knock the seasoned Hunters Sam and Dean out easily. She was even able to escape from the Archangel Michael and wounded him albeit while armed with a spear capable of hurting him. It should also be noted that she herself admitted that she would have lost had she not escaped, and her blows were easily countered by Michael. She was swiftly knocked down and beaten enough to be left with some bruises and only managed to injure him when he believed she had been beaten to the ground. She even killed three of Michael's enhanced vampires on her own.
- Spell Casting:
This version of Kaia appeared to be quite different from the Main Universe Kaia. Unlike her main universe counterpart, she appeared to be somewhat amoral and ruthless, as she showed no hesitation in kidnapping Sam and Dean and attempting to feed them to a giant. She is somewhat condescending as she seen when she insulted Dean about being weak after he was released from his possession and pointing out his flaws in personality of being similar to Michael, though stopped after he threatened to torture her. This also implies that while ruthless, she does not like torture. She showed to dislike Dean and had a disgusted view towards him for his angry and impulsive tendancies, such as when he held a gun at the main Kaia's face when she refused to help them. However, she did not seem to have such a view on Sam. Despite being antagonistic with them, she did not seem to consider them as genuine enemies, as she did not hesitate to save the Winchesters and Jody from Michael's vampires and parted with them on neutral terms, though she claimed that she only killed their attackers to help herself, implying she saw her help as being exchanged for them not coming after her again.
Also, her ability to somehow make friends with the giant suggests that she, unlike the main version of Kaia, did not fear the Bad Place, which is further hinted by the fact that she had managed to live in the Bad Place seemingly without any trouble while her counterpart desperately took steps to avoid it. She showed no hesitation in attacking Alternate Michael but knew for a fact that he was deadly and could and would have killed her had she not fled and ever since their encounter she has been running from him and his monsters, showing a survival instinct.
The main version of Kaia also proved herself to be very fearful of her (likely meaning that they had some form of bad history in the Bad Place), to the point that she frantically screamed multiple times when the two came face to face in the main reality Kaia's dream walking vision. This Kaia did not show any care for her counterpart. However, she does not seem to be as uncaring as her main version thought her to be, as she even showed regret in killing her as seen when she called her death an accident. She even seemed to sympathize with her after bringing up Dean threatening her to help find his mother.
During another more friendly encounter with Dean, Kaia revealed a desire to go back to the Bad Place, stating that as bad as that world is, its her home and she at least knows what to expect and how to survive there. Kaia also reveals that in her world she has people that she cares about and wants to get home to protect, having fled in the first place to escape the day-to-day dangers of her homeworld.
For some unknown reason, she hates Claire Novak because she admits that Kaia's death was an accident as she was aiming for "the blonde one." Dark Kaia didn't explain why she wanted to kill Claire.
After two years in the Main Universe, Dark Kaia felt like she didn't belong in the world and despite her envy of it, chose to hide rather than enjoy her new freedom. After learning that the Bad Place was dying, Dark Kaia was determined to return home, both to rescue the still-alive Kaia and to die with her home. After saving Kaia, Dark Kaia chose to face the end with the Bad Place, accepting her fate and that she had made a mistake in leaving in the first place.
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- Season 15
- She is the first known alternate version of another recurring character in The Bad Place.
- She is the third known Dreamwalker in the series.
- She is the only human seen in The Bad Place.
- She is the first character to kill an alternate version of herself though it is later revealed that Kaia actually survived.