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Bloody Mary was an angry spirit which resided in mirrors, encountered by the Winchester brothers in the episode of the same name.
Bloody Mary, while still human, was known as Mary Worthington. She lived alone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was a beautiful 19-year-old girl who had participated and won several beauty contests in her hometown and aspired to be an actress.
However, on a March 29th, someone broke into her apartment and murdered her, cutting her eyes out with a knife. In her final moments, she tried to write the name of her assailant but in vain. She only got around to write T-R-E which local authorities suspected was Trevor Sampson, a surgeon. He was, however, never apprehended.
After her death, her spirit lingered on and lived in the mirror in front of which she had died. She went along with the mirror everywhere and while haunting it, killed all those who kept gruesome secrets of unsolved deaths by gouging out their eyes when someone utters "Bloody Mary" three times in front of any mirror.
All those suffer the wrath of Bloody Mary have their eyes taken. The victim's eyes first start to bleed and soon liquify, causing internal bleeding inside the victims head until they die. However, it only happens if the victim is in front of a mirror.
In the Season 1 episode Bloody Mary, Sam and Dean encounter her when she killed Steven Shoemaker and proceeded to kill others. Even though the brothers broke her mirror, she persisted. The brothers then proceeded to show her her own reflection and due to the number of murders she had committed, she was constrained to self-destroy.
- Biokinesis - Mirroring the way she herself was killed, her victims eyes would bleed and eventually liquify, causing an accumulate blood within the brain that would kill them. This could be used upon her by showing her her own reflection while she was using the power on a victim. However, instead of just bleeding from her eyes, her entire body would turn into blood.
- Possession - She possessed reflective surfaces, and also could possess people reflections, causing them to move on their own and accuse her victims of their guilt as they died.
- Teleportation - She could appear in any reflective surface near the mirror where she died and wherever anyone summoned her.
- Super Speed - Out of the mirror, she could move unimaginably fast.
- Mind Reading - Due to being in a mirror, which as the lore said could reveal the secrets of a person, she knew if a person was or at least thought they were responsible for a death.
In folklore and children's street culture, Bloody Mary is a game in which a ghost of the same name (or sometimes other names, such as Mary Worth) is said to appear in a mirror when summoned. One of the more common ways participants attempt to make her appear is to stand before a mirror in the dark (most commonly in a bathroom) and repeat her name three times, though there are many variations. Some include chanting a hundred times, chanting at midnight, spinning around, rubbing one's eyes, running the water, or chanting her name thirteen times with a lit candle. Most of these are meant to disorient people. In some versions of the legend, the summoner must say, "Bloody Mary, I killed your son!" or "I killed your baby." In these variants, Bloody Mary is often believed to be the spirit of a mother (often a widow) who murdered her children, or a young mother whose baby was stolen from her, which made her go mad in grief and she eventually committed suicide. In stories where Mary is supposed to have been wrongly accused of killing her children, the querent might say "I believe in Mary Worth." This is similar to another game involving the summoning of the Bell Witch in a mirror at midnight. The game is often a test of courage, as it is said that if Bloody Mary is summoned, she would proceed to kill the summoner in an extremely violent way, such as ripping his or her face off, scratching his or her eyes out, driving the person insane or bringing the person into the mirror with her. Other variations say that the querent must not look directly at her, but at her image in the mirror; she will then reveal the asker's future, particularly concerning marriage and children.
Bloody Mary Worth is typically described as a child-murderer who lived in the locality where the legend has taken root years ago. There is often a specific local graveyard or tombstone that becomes attached to the legend.
On the other hand, various people have surmised that the lore about taunting Bloody Mary about her baby may relate her tenuously to folklore about Queen Mary I, known in history by the sobriquet "Bloody Mary". The queen's life was marked by a number of miscarriages or false pregnancies. Had Mary I successfully borne a child, this would have established a Roman Catholic succession and threatened the continuance of her religious persecutions after her death. Speculation exists that the miscarriages were deliberately induced. As a result, some retellings of the tale make Bloody Mary the queen driven to madness by the loss of her children. It is likely, however, that Queen Mary I provided only her nickname to the Bloody Mary of folklore. She is also confused in some tellings of the story with Mary Queen of Scots.
The appearance of a ghostly figure in the mirror could be explained quite easily for the more complex rituals, for example spinning around whilst summoning Bloody Mary in front of a mirror lit by candles. The combination of dizziness, rapid movement and flickering lighting could easily fool the eye into seeing someone, especially when the idea has already been implanted. The participant may think that they have seen a spirit, it is, however, most likely a trick of the eye brought upon by the combination of darkness and fear.