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"Wendigo" is a Cree Indian word. It means "evil that devours." They're hundreds of years old. Each was once a man, sometimes an Indian or other times a frontiersman or a miner or hunter.[...]During some harsh Winter, a person finds themself starving, cut off from supplies or help -- becomes a cannibal to survive, eating other members of his tribe or camp. Cultures all over the world believe that eating human flesh gives a person certain abilities -- speed, strength, immortality. If you eat enough of it, over years, you become this less-than-human thing. You're always hungry.
Sam and Dean describe the Wendigos
in Wendigo

Wendigo are a type of cannibalistic creature whose name means "evil that devours."


More than anything, a wendigo knows how to last long winters without food. It hibernates for years at a time. When it's awake, it keeps its victims alive. It stores them so it can feed whenever it wants.
Dean, about Wendigos

Wendigo were once humans, but after being forced to eat human flesh to survive, they become monsters that keep little of the human features they once possessed. After their transformation, they begin to crave human flesh and feed solely on it.

Although their name is described as an 'evil spirit', it is technically a creature.

John Winchester journal Wendigo

A Wendigo's depiction in John Winchester's Journal.

At the same time, Wendigo are embodiments of gluttony, greed, and excess; never satisfied after killing and consuming one person, they are constantly searching for new victims. It is also common that Wendigo just capture humans to hoard their food, and then eat when hungry.

Wendigo are rarely seen out of Minnesota or the north of Michigan. They are hundreds of years old, and they also have hibernation behavior during the long, cold winters they must survive—meaning they must hoard food if it is scarce. In addition, they keep their victims in dark and isolated places, such as caves or abandoned mines.

Physical Appearance[]


Wendigo are humanoid, standing at over six feet. They appear emaciated with bones visible under their pallid skin, a symbol of their unquenchable hunger. Wendigo eyes are pushed back deep in their sockets, and have many layers of crooked, sharp, teeth. They are equipped with razor-like claws used to rip prey to shreds. They are sometimes said to have matted fur and have chunks of skin and flesh missing, due to consumption.


Season 1[]

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Dean kills a Wendigo.

In the episode Wendigo, Sam and Dean are trying to find their father, John Winchester. But when they find out that John isn't there, they help a family whose brother has gone missing on a camping trip. He has been taken by a Wendigo, but they find him alive in an abandoned mine where the Wendigo stores its victims as living food sources. Dean kills the creature by shooting it with a flare gun.

In Asylum, the section in John Winchester's Journal about Wendigo can be seen briefly.

Season 5[]

In Two Minutes to Midnight, Sam comments on how they used to hunt simpler things, like Wendigo.

Season 6[]

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Ben's Wendigo Mask

In The Third Man, Sam finds a mask of a Wendigo in the trunk of the Impala. Dean tells him that he helped Ben Braeden make it for Halloween, and Sam admits that it is a good likeness.

In The Man Who Would Be King, a Wendigo is mentioned being in New Mexico by the demon Ellsworth to be captured by and brought in so Crowley can question it.

Season 7[]

In Slash Fiction, Sam has a flashback to when he and Dean hunted a Wendigo at Blackwater when he realizes that the Leviathans hit Blackwater and other towns they hunted at in order.

In How To Win Friends And Influence Monsters, Bobby rules out a Wendigo as the culprit of the New Jersey attacks because a Wendigo leaves nothing behind.

In Survival of the Fittest, when Cass leaves Dean in purgatory, a Wendigo is seen running through a field.

Season 8[]

In Southern Comfort, Garth receives a phone call from a hunter named LaMar who is hunting a Wendigo. Garth asks him if he has a flare gun or a flamethrower, which apparently he does not, because Garth advises him to start running.

In Freaks and Geeks, Victor Rogers mentions that his family was killed by a Wendigo on a camping trip.

In Clip Show, Tommy Collins, the boy Sam and Dean saved from a Wendigo in Colorado, thinks he hears a Wendigo outside the cabin he is in with his girlfriend. He grabs a blow torch to protect her before his head explodes.

Season 11[]

In Baby, Dean reminds Sam of a Wendigo hunt they had done a couple of years earlier with a hunter named Heather.

Powers and Abilities[]

Wendigo is a very powerful monster and excellent hunters, either during the day or at night, as Sam and Dean said themselves, "It's a damn-near-perfect hunter. It's smarter than you." and, "This thing is a good hunter in the day, but an unbelievable hunter at night." There are few possibilities to defeat a Wendigo during the day as they usually hunt at night, but it is almost impossible to defeat them at night, since it is their favorite period to hunt. Also despite being animal-like, Wendigo retain their human intelligence, thus making them even more dangerous. They are among the most powerful monsters in existence.

  • Voice Mimicry - Wendigo can imitate the voices of humans to lure unsuspecting victims.
  • Immortality - Wendigo can potentially live forever. Sam and Dean stated that they can live hundreds of years old.
  • Super Speed - Wendigo possess immense superhuman speed (108km/h), enough to move from one place to another in a blink of an eye. They can run miles in seonds. Wendigo are arguably one of the fastest monsters in existence.
  • Superhuman Strength - Wendigo are incredibly strong, they have incredible level of superhuman strength, even by monster terms, they can tear apart humans limb from limb in seconds, effortlessly snap necks with a flick of their wrists, and carry two people at once and even drag a grown man up a tree with great ease and can easily overpower experienced hunters and effortlessly throw them flying thru the air with great speed and force. They are considered to be among the strongest of monsters.
  • Superhuman Agility - Wendigo are incredibly agile monsters, even by monster terms. They can easily jump from tree to tree without being deterred by the foliage, and can jump off of very high distances on on their feet without hurting themselves.
  • Invulnerability - Wendigo are invulnerable to (albeit irritated by) normal knives and guns.
  • Claws - Wendigo have giant, sharp, and powerful claws, which they use to hunt, attack, or kill.
  • Super Senses - Wendigo possess tremendously enhanced senses, making them perfect hunters, they can see perfectly in darkness, and have similarly enhanced hearing, smell, and taste.
  • Super Stamina - Wendigo possess stamina far superior to that of humans, and tire less easily. They can hunt for days at a time without tiring.
  • Hibernation - Wendigo can hibernate many years at a time, a Wendigo from Colorado used to attack Blackwater Ridge every 23 years.


Well, guns are useless -- and so are knives. Basically... we gotta torch this sucker.
Dean on how to kill a Wendigo
in Wendigo

Wendigo are extremely difficult creatures to harm, much less kill. There are few chances to defeat them during the day, but it's nearly impossible to defeat them at night, since it's their favorite period to hunt. Despite the monster's immense power, incredible durability, and tremendous hunting prowess; there are ways to protect yourself from one.

  • Fire - One of two only known ways to kill a Wendigo is to burn them to death. Wendigo are so sensitive to heat, they will even shun potential prey that they find sitting before an open flame.
  • Anasazi Symbols - Special Anasazi symbols, drawn in protective circles, will keep a Wendigo away, much as salt does with demons and ghosts.
  • Silver - The Pad of Definitions mentioned that Wendigo can succumb to silver, going as far as saying with some effort, silver weapons may be used to kill Wendigo through total mutilation.
    • Silver Stakes - The most gruesome method of killing a Wendigo is to destroy its heart with a silver stake before dismembering it.
    • Silver Axes - After destroying a Wendigo's heart with a silver stake, it is necessary to dismember the body with a silver axe.
  • Iron - The Pad of Definitions mentioned that Wendigo can succumb to iron. (Presumably through the same means as Silver.)
  • Steel - The Pad of Definitions mentioned that Wendigo can succumb to steel. (Presumably through the same means as Silver.)
  • Demons - Crowley's demonic hunters were able overpower and capture Wendigo.

Known Wendigo[]



The Wendigo (also known as Windigo, Weendigo, Windago, Waindigo, Windiga, Witiko, Wihtikow, and numerous other variants) is a mythical creature appearing in the mythology of the Algonquian people. It is a malevolent cannibalistic spirit into which humans could transform, or which could possess humans. Those who indulged in cannibalism were at particular risk, and the legend appears to have reinforced this practice as a taboo.

Wendigo psychosis is the name conventionally given to a culture-bound disorder which involves an intense craving for human flesh and the fear that the sufferer would turn into a cannibal. This once occurred frequently among Algonquian Native cultures, but has declined due to the Native American urbanization.

Differences Between the Show and Real Lore[]

The Wendigo featured on the show is very similar to Wendigo of real folklore. The only major differences include:

  • Wendigo typically live in freezing cold climates around Northern Canada, Michigan and Minnesota. The Wendigo shown on the show, however, somewhat ironically appeared nowhere near their designated territory, instead appearing in Colorado and Mexico, of all places.
  • In lore, silver can kill the Wendigo. A final major difference in the lore as opposed to the show is that the Wendigo prefers to hunt at night in lore, thus making night in the woods and mountains even more dangerous. Wendigo are very rarely said to hunt in the day, this being their preferred time to feed on their victims.


  • Wendigo were the very first supernatural being that the Winchesters hunted in the series.
  • Sam and Dean considered Black dogs and Skinwalkers responsible for a Wendigo attack.
  • Despite whether or not Wendigo have an Alpha on, in real Wendigo lore, Wendigo do have an Alpha called the Master Wendigo. According to Native Cree lore, The Master/Alpha Wendigo, is 30 feet tall, covered in white fur, and has antlers and mouth full of fangs. The Alpha Wendigo is claimed to live in Northern Canada and has the power to control the weather to make snow storms or ice storms, can bend lesser Wendigo to its will, and can infect any person into a Wendigo without having the person commit cannibalism.
  • It is stated by Dean that Wendigo are in the Minnesota woods and northern Michigan. However, the only known locations of a Wendigo in the series are Lost Creek Colorado and New Mexico.
  • A Wendigo identified as a member of the Donner Party appears in Supernatural: Fresh Meat. This Wendigo fed off of the half-consumed victims of an aswang causing the aswang, disguised as a hunter, to team up with the Winchesters to kill it and get rid of the competition.
  • Asa Fox once killed 5 Wendigo in a single night.
  • Wendigo share some characteristics with kohontas. The kohontas were humans that performed massive cannibalistic acts, and, therefore, were supposed to become Wendigo, but they were cursed into kohontas before they could become ones.

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