This article is about the creature. For the character, see Elias Finch.
Phoenixes were powerful monsters who appeared human, and were very rare in existence, so rare that, much like dragons, they were believed to be mythical even by veteran hunters like Bobby Singer or Samuel Colt.
They have the power to burn anyone into ash with a simple touch of its hand. Even though a Phoenix is immortal and powerful, it's still vulnerable to iron like many other supernatural creatures.
Sam and Dean Winchester traveled back in time to the year 1861 to retrieve the ashes from a phoenix that was to be shot by the famous hunter Samuel Colt. They arrived just as Elias Finch, the Phoenix, was hanged, and he "died" swearing vengeance on the sheriff, judge, and deputy. That night, Elias rose from his grave and incinerated the judge with his touch. The sheriff died soon after in the same fashion, despite shooting Elias several times with his gun. The next day, Elias found the deputy cowering in a jail cell, protected by Dean.
Elias explained to Dean that he was framed for the murder of his wife. While the couple were visiting the town, the deputy had tried to rape Elias' wife, and when Elias intervened the deputy shot her and Elias. She died in Elias' arms however, being a Phoenix, the gunshot didn't harm him. The deputy then conspired with the judge and sheriff and accused Elias of killing his wife. He was unable to escape as he was bound with iron shackles.
He was unable to get to the deputy due to the iron bars surrounding him, so he grabbed a gun and shot the deputy instead. Dean fled and ran into his brother, who had retrieved the Colt from Samuel. Dean and Elias faced off in a classic cowboy style shootout, resulting in Dean killing Elias. The shot from the Colt caused the phoenix to burst into flames before leaving a pile of ash, which the brothers needed. While they did not acquire the ashes before being brought back to 2011, Samuel Colt had arranged for a package containing the ashes to be delivered to Sam Winchester in 2011.
Later, Dean packed the ashes of the Phoenix into five shotgun cartridges. He also drank the contents of one with an ounce of whiskey. He then tricked Eve into biting him, causing her to ingest blood that was mixed with Phoenix ash, poisoning and killing her from the inside.
Powers and Abilities
Phoenixes were among the strongest and most durable of monsters as they were quite powerful, and almost impossible to kill.
- Immortality - A Phoenix was immortal, and was immune to death by natural causes and aging. Based on Elias's comments, it seems before the Colt there was no known way to kill a Phoenix, although the fact it was known that they combust upon death, implies there are other ways to kill them.
- Superhuman Strength - Phoenixes were massively strong; one Phoenix was strong enough to break out of its coffin after it had been nailed down and buried. According to Dean, that same Phoenix could have ripped off the door of a jail cell easily if it hadn't been made of iron.
- Super Speed - Phoenixes have the ability to move at incredible speeds, they can appear and disappear almost instantaneously. When Elias killed the Judge, he was able to appear in the room like magic, and then disappear in seconds.
- Pyrokinesis - Phoenixes could create and manipulate fire.
- Incineration Touch - A Phoenix could incinerate anyone or anything with a single touch; their ability was so strong, they could reduce a whole man to ashes in seconds.
- Shapeshifting - Phoenixes can take a human form to conceal their true form, which is bird-like.
- The Colt - Phoenixes were able to be killed by being shot with the Colt, which Dean Winchester did in 1861.
- Iron - Dean figured out that a Phoenix could not touch iron, and like many creatures it burned their flesh. It also could not escape iron handcuffs.
- Elias Finch (deceased)
- Season 6
- Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting (non-canon, mentioned only)
- According to Andrew Dabb in Supernatural: The Official Companion Season 6, the phoenix is like a cancer. It was born from Eve's body but it's toxic to her. She cast it out, and they are hated by all monsters because they are poisonous to their mother. The phoenix and its descendants have therefore been on the run for thousands of years.
- While Phoenixes are stated in mythology to appear bird-like, on Supernatural they have the form of a human. Finch is, however, named after a bird.