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A '''witch''' is a [[Humans|man or woman]] who is learned in [[Magic|Witchcraft]].
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A '''witch''' is a [[human]] who practices of [[witchcraft]]. Both men and women can be witches.
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==Description==
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Whilst anyone can practice magic, witches (normally, exceptions do exist) have greater knowledge and power over harnessing mystical forces. Witches have existed for many centuries, and are found in many races' lore.
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Witches commonly form covens, but this is not a necessity. They are also often social, and meet with other witches.
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Although witches aren't inherently evil, most nonetheless often turn evil (or at least have moments of disregard) as their power can corrupt them, or they make deals with demons for more in exchange for their souls. Dean compares it to crack, stating that once they get it, "it's surprising what they will do."
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Witches are split into three types, classified by how they gain there powers.
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== Classifications ==
 
== Classifications ==
 
===The Borrowers===
 
===The Borrowers===
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===The Naturals===
 
===The Naturals===
The term "Natural" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power from biological development. Not much is known about these witches apart from the fact that they are known to have been born with a natural affinity to the supernatural powers of the universe. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are very rare and make up for less than half of the witchcraft community.
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The term "Natural" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power from biological development. Not much is known about these witches apart from the fact that they are known to have been born with a natural affinity to the supernatural powers of the universe. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are very rare.
   
 
Known Naturals:
 
Known Naturals:
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===The Students===
 
===The Students===
The term "Student" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power through [[Earth|practice and training]]. While these witches are known to have been taught about witchcraft from other witches, it has been implied that some Students are self-taught. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are less common than Borrowers, but more common than Naturals.
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The term "Student" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power through practice and training. While these witches are known to have been taught about witchcraft from other witches, it has been implied that some Students are self-taught. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are less common than Borrowers, but more common than Naturals.
   
 
Known Students:
 
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*[[The Wizard of Oz]] (Dead)
 
*[[The Wizard of Oz]] (Dead)
   
== Magic ==
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==Known Covens==
Magic is the power to affect change by supernatural means. Magic can often be split into black and white, though depending on the situation, may also be neutral. All creatures (both humans and non-humans) are connected to this power and may access it through practice and training. Whilst everyone has to ability to cast spells and perform other feats of magic, witches generally have more knowledge over the mystical energy and supernatural forces that permeates the entire universe.
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*[[Book Club]] <small>(Destroyed)</small>
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*[[Gary's Coven]] <small>(Defunct)</small>
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*[[The Community]]
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*[[Grand Coven|The Grand Coven]]
   
==Religions==
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== Powers ==
===Hoodoo & Voodoo:===
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Not all witches have the same abilities, there level of power depending on there knowledge and experience. Below is a list of powers demonstrated by different witches over the course of the show.
Hoodoo and Voodoo are both spiritual belief systems based around the observance of Mother Nature and respect for the dead. Despite their similarities, there are differences between the two. Hoodoo is an African American system of folk magick, whereas voodoo is a religion. Contrary to most voodooist, hoodoo practitioners do not invoke loas (ancestral spirits), and instead use Catholic Saints to represent their guardians. Hoodoo practitioners also work with both hands - for benevolence and malevolence. The “bokors” as they are called in Haiti, and “root doctors”, as they are called in Louisiana, are also healers. Some characteristics of hoodoo magick include candle burning, the use of incenses, and also the use of Psalms from the Bible, and seals and talismans from the 6th and 7th book of Moses.
 
   
=== Shamanism ===
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*'''[[Spell Casting]] -''' The act of changing and/or controlling events through the use of charms, [[Hex|hexes]], rituals, etc. Powerful witches like Don Stark can easily cripple a [[Leviathan]], however he states he can't kill them. Witches commonly require rituals and objects to direct the spells, such a Hex bags, or enchanted objects like Tarot cards or coins.
Shamanism is the ancient spiritual beliefs of the Mongolian and Turkic peoples that live in Central Asia, Siberia, and as far west as parts of Eastern Europe. Shamans generally serve an intermediary between this physical world and the spiritual world. They are famously known to act on behalf of the community conducting ceremonial rituals, healing the people, and helping to guide others on the shamanic path. A shaman’s life belongs to the village and it is their responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of the family, the community and all of creation. Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. It is a way to connect with nature and all of creation. Their practices tap into the power Mother Earth has to offer and the ancient indigenous teachings are derived from  the simplistic truths of nature. Their goal being to create internal and external harmony with all creation.  In remote locations where tribal culture is still the way of life, shamans continue to hold the positions of counselor, healer, spiritual guide. Shamanism is the path of immediate and direct personal contact with Spirit, deeply intuitive, and not subject to definition, censorship, or judgement by others.  It does not have attached dogma and hierarchies etc. of modern day organized religion. All shamans must undergo an intense apprenticeship, learning the timeworn practices of their vocation.
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**'''[[Hex]]ing''' - A common use of magic; this causes the person at whom the spell is aimed to die by manipulating the environment around them.
=== Wicca ===
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**'''[[Telekinesis]]''' - The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and people by mere mental influence.
Wicca is a religion whose adherents are alternatively called Wiccans. By contrast, traditional witchcraft is not a religion, but a universal magical practice that transcends any religious belief or lack thereof. While Wiccans generally acknowledge and revere a pantheon of gods and goddesses, traditional witches may belong to any religion or none, they may believe in a God or gods or they may be atheists. According to Nora Havelock, Wicca is an earth-centered, polytheistic religion, where the adherents are extremely conscious of their one "law" called the Wiccan Rede which advises them to "Harm None".
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**'''[[Electrokinesis]]''' - Some witches may be able to generate electricity through a spell, though it is not proven. [[File:Bolt.png|thumb|300px|Spencer casting a bolt of magic against James.]]
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**'''[[Biokinesis]]''' - Some witches can use magic to manipulate the human body.
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**'''Tracking''' - Some witches can use magic to track down others.
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**'''Summoning''' - Some witches have used spells to summon demons.
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**'''[[Reality Warping]]''' - Some are able to alter reality through magic, but this is usually only to a very small degree.
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**'''Longevity''' - Some witches have been shown to live much longer than typical humans. Some are even potentially immortal, but they can still die as easily as normal humans, provided the attack can get through any invulnerability spells.
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**'''[[Pyrokinesis]]''' - One [[Don Stark|witch]] was able to conjure fire.
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**'''[[Astral projection]]''' - One [[James Frampton|witch]] was able to project both his own awareness as well as those of Sam and Dean out of their bodies. [[Rowena|Another]] was able to use a spell to spy on [[Crowley|her son]].
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**'''[[Memory Manipulation]]''' - One [[Spencer|witch]] was able to transfer memories into the mind of another witch. He was also able to bring forth memories of Hell and Lucifer's cage in Dean and Sam respectively.
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**'''Granting [[Invulnerability]]''' - One [[Patrick|witch]] was able to charm himself so that he survived being hit by a car without a scratch, and also implied that being hit by bullets would only tickle him.
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**'''[[Teleportation]]''' - One [[Charlie (Man)|witch]] showed the power to teleport over short distances.
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**'''[[Super strength]]''' - One [[James Frampton|witch]] was strong enough to lift a full-grown familiar into the air and slam him down with ease. [[Spencer|Another]] was strong enough to rip victims to shreds with his bare hands.
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**'''[[Power Granting]]''' - [[Katja|One witch]] was able to make her [[Hansel|loyal servant]] [[Immortality|immortal]].
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*'''Potion Brewing''' - The act of brewing and concocting paranormal elixirs that contain supernatural properties.
   
=== Witchcraft ===
 
Witchcraft is a practice of magic that encompasses many different types of activities including astrology, divination, spell casting, and spirit communication. It includes the practices of many cultures, nations and religions as well as many books and writings from ancient times. Depending upon the individual, some witches practice their power by certain belief systems, such as Hoodoo, Voodoo, Wicca, or any number of other magical practices from countries and cultures all around the world. Although the majority of traditional witches are commonly portrayed as being malevolent and selfish humans who use their powers to inflict harm upon others; in the case of James Frampton, it has been proven that not all witches are sinister and are capable of practicing magic for benevolent deeds.
 
 
==Magic Powers ==
 
=== Basic Powers ===
 
The basic powers of every witch include:
 
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*'''Channeling: '''The act of drawing extra forms of energy by focusing on external sources of power.
 
*'''Potion Brewing:''' The act of brewing and concocting magical potions that contain supernatural properties.
 
* '''[[Spell|Spell Casting]]: '''The act of changing and controlling events through the use of incantations and recitations.
 
=== Other Powers ===
 
With years of practice and training, witches may develop other powers that include:
 
* '''[[Astral Projection]]: '''The power to expel the spiritual essence from outside of the physical body.
 
*'''Elemental Control: '''The power to control and manipulate the elements of air, earth, fire and water.
 
**'''Aerokinesis:''' The power to control and manipulate the element of air.
 
**'''Geokinesis:''' The power to control and manipulate the element of earth.
 
**'''Hydrokinesis:''' The power to control and manipulate the element of water.
 
**'''[[Pyrokinesis]]:''' The power to control and manipulate the element of fire.
 
*'''Levitation: '''The power to lift the physical body within midair through mental influence.
 
* '''Longevity: '''The power to live for hundreds (possibly thousands) of years while maintaining a beautiful and youthful appearance.
 
* '''[[Mind Control]]: '''The power to control and manipulate the behavior and thoughts of another person.
 
*'''[[Telekinesis]]:''' The power to control and manipulate the movement of objects and persons through mental influence.
 
* '''[[Telepathy]]: '''The power to hear the thoughts and read the minds of another person.
 
*'''[[Teleportation]]: '''The power to disappear from one location and instantly reappear in another location through supernatural means.
 
* '''[[Shapeshifting|Transfiguration]]: '''The power to change and transform the physical body into the form of another.
 
   
 
==Tools==
 
==Tools==
 
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*'''Amulets: '''An object that blessed (or cursed) and is commonly used to provide its wearer with power.
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*'''Grimoires''' - Certain witches use books and tomes that provide instruction on incantations, spells and sigils.
* '''Athames: '''A ceremonial dagger with a double-edged blade that is commonly used to direct energy.
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**'''[[Book of Shadows]]''' - A magical book documented with ancient magical knowledge, rituals, and spells. This was carried by Astaroth in recruiting new witches.
* '''[[Book of Shadows]]:''' A personal grimoire that is documented with magical recipes, rituals, and spells.
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**'''[[Amanda Burns' Grimoire]]''' - Personal notes of the witch Amanda.
* '''Candles:''' A block of solid wax with an embedded wick that is commonly lit to to amplify a witch’s spell.
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*'''[[Fire|Candles]]''' - Materials used to amplify a witch's spells.
* '''Cauldrons: '''A large metal pot that is commonly used to hold the ingredients for elixirs and potions.
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*'''[[Hex Bag]]s''' - Materials used to curse, kill, enchant or protect another person.
*'''[[Hex Bag|Hex Bags]]:''' Materials used to harm or protect a location, object or person.
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*'''Herbs and Roots''' - Materials used as ingredients for brewing magical potions.
*'''Herbs and Plants:''' Materials used as ingredients for brewing magical potions.
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==Weaknesses==
 
==Weaknesses==
* '''Iron: '''A hard, magnetic, silvery-gray metal with chemical properties that can severely weaken the power of a witch.
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* *'''[[Iron]]''' - It appears that some of, if not all, of a witch's powers can be blocked with iron, as James couldn't astral project until his iron chains were removed. Likewise, he most likely couldn't use magic to escape, as he asked Dean and Sam to remove the iron chains(though it should be noted that astral projecting transforms one into a living ghost, and ghosts cannot cross iron).
 
*'''Magic: '''While most witches have been known to cast protection spells upon themselves, some witches are still susceptible to magical influences (e.g. Bobby Singer gave Dean and Sam Winchester a [[Witch Killing Spell|spell]] that was designed to kill witches.).
 
*'''Magic: '''While most witches have been known to cast protection spells upon themselves, some witches are still susceptible to magical influences (e.g. Bobby Singer gave Dean and Sam Winchester a [[Witch Killing Spell|spell]] that was designed to kill witches.).
 
* '''Mortality:''' Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.). However, it is known that especially powerful witches can overcome these weaknesses.
 
* '''Mortality:''' Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.). However, it is known that especially powerful witches can overcome these weaknesses.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* Contrary to popular belief, not all humans who practice magic are witches. Generally, the difference between a human who uses magic and a witch is that the witch understands to formula, while the human is only repeating.
 
* Contrary to popular belief the term "warlock" is not used to describe a male witch, but rather to describe a "pigeon stool witch". Whenever a witch (female or male) makes a habit of betraying other witches in exchange for money or other forms of payment , they become labeled a warlock.
 
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]] and [[Sam Winchester]] have the poorest record against witches. Thus far, only three witches have been defeated by the Winchester brothers specifically. More often than not, witches are killed by other creatures such as demons or other monsters.
 
*[[Dean Winchester|Dean]] and [[Sam Winchester]] have the poorest record against witches. Thus far, only three witches have been defeated by the Winchester brothers specifically. More often than not, witches are killed by other creatures such as demons or other monsters.
*Due to the fact that whenever a person casts a spell, they are also channeling energy through themselves (which partially remains within them), it is commonly believed that the supernatural energy left behind is what turns an ordinary human who knows how to cast spells into a Student witch, as there is no other known distinction.
 
 
* There are significant differences in power between witches; while newbie witches struggle to defend themselves from human attackers, more experienced witches have been known to overpower some of the most powerful monsters in existence. This was proven when the [[Book Club]] was easily intimidated by Sam Winchester who threatened to shoot the women if they didn't stop the hex that was placed on his brother. Whereas, a more experienced witch named Don Stark nonchalantly stunned a [[Leviathans|Leviathan]].
 
* There are significant differences in power between witches; while newbie witches struggle to defend themselves from human attackers, more experienced witches have been known to overpower some of the most powerful monsters in existence. This was proven when the [[Book Club]] was easily intimidated by Sam Winchester who threatened to shoot the women if they didn't stop the hex that was placed on his brother. Whereas, a more experienced witch named Don Stark nonchalantly stunned a [[Leviathans|Leviathan]].
*While all Wiccans are considered "good witches", not all good witches are considered "Wiccans".
 
 
* While it is known that Borrowers are condemned to [[Hell|hell]] upon their death, it is unknown if all witches are damned, or if other witches such as Naturals or Students who practice white magic can enter [[Heaven|heaven]].
 
* While it is known that Borrowers are condemned to [[Hell|hell]] upon their death, it is unknown if all witches are damned, or if other witches such as Naturals or Students who practice white magic can enter [[Heaven|heaven]].
 
* While some witches are known to have [[Familiar|Familiars]], the majority of witches do not.
 
* While some witches are known to have [[Familiar|Familiars]], the majority of witches do not.
* While some witches are known join covens as a means to enhance their knowledge and power, the only known coven are The Book Club, [[The Community]] and [[Grand Coven|The Grand Coven]].
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* While witches are not inherently evil, due to the fact the black magic is infamously known to corrupt the practitioner, witches who practice black magic will most often become evil.
 
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*[[Season 3]]
 
*[[Season 3]]

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A witch is a human who practices of witchcraft. Both men and women can be witches.

Description

Whilst anyone can practice magic, witches (normally, exceptions do exist) have greater knowledge and power over harnessing mystical forces. Witches have existed for many centuries, and are found in many races' lore.

Witches commonly form covens, but this is not a necessity. They are also often social, and meet with other witches.

Although witches aren't inherently evil, most nonetheless often turn evil (or at least have moments of disregard) as their power can corrupt them, or they make deals with demons for more in exchange for their souls. Dean compares it to crack, stating that once they get it, "it's surprising what they will do."

Witches are split into three types, classified by how they gain there powers.

Classifications

The Borrowers

The term "Borrower" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power through demonic forces. These witches are known to have summoned demons and made deals with them in exchange for power. While it common for these witches to have exchanged their souls in trade for power, it has been implied that not all Borrowers sell their souls, but rather promise the demon something else of value. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are very common and make up for more than half of the witchcraft community.

Known Borrowers:

The Naturals

The term "Natural" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power from biological development. Not much is known about these witches apart from the fact that they are known to have been born with a natural affinity to the supernatural powers of the universe. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are very rare.

Known Naturals:

The Students

The term "Student" is commonly used to define any person who has obtained their power through practice and training. While these witches are known to have been taught about witchcraft from other witches, it has been implied that some Students are self-taught. According to the witch Rowena, these witches are less common than Borrowers, but more common than Naturals.

Known Students:

Known Covens

Powers

Not all witches have the same abilities, there level of power depending on there knowledge and experience. Below is a list of powers demonstrated by different witches over the course of the show.

  • Spell Casting - The act of changing and/or controlling events through the use of charms, hexes, rituals, etc. Powerful witches like Don Stark can easily cripple a Leviathan, however he states he can't kill them. Witches commonly require rituals and objects to direct the spells, such a Hex bags, or enchanted objects like Tarot cards or coins.
    • Hexing - A common use of magic; this causes the person at whom the spell is aimed to die by manipulating the environment around them.
    • Telekinesis - The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and people by mere mental influence.
    • Electrokinesis - Some witches may be able to generate electricity through a spell, though it is not proven.
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    • Biokinesis - Some witches can use magic to manipulate the human body.
    • Tracking - Some witches can use magic to track down others.
    • Summoning - Some witches have used spells to summon demons.
    • Reality Warping - Some are able to alter reality through magic, but this is usually only to a very small degree.
    • Longevity - Some witches have been shown to live much longer than typical humans. Some are even potentially immortal, but they can still die as easily as normal humans, provided the attack can get through any invulnerability spells.
    • Pyrokinesis - One witch was able to conjure fire.
    • Astral projection - One witch was able to project both his own awareness as well as those of Sam and Dean out of their bodies. Another was able to use a spell to spy on her son.
    • Memory Manipulation - One witch was able to transfer memories into the mind of another witch. He was also able to bring forth memories of Hell and Lucifer's cage in Dean and Sam respectively.
    • Granting Invulnerability - One witch was able to charm himself so that he survived being hit by a car without a scratch, and also implied that being hit by bullets would only tickle him.
    • Teleportation - One witch showed the power to teleport over short distances.
    • Super strength - One witch was strong enough to lift a full-grown familiar into the air and slam him down with ease. Another was strong enough to rip victims to shreds with his bare hands.
    • Power Granting - One witch was able to make her loyal servant immortal.
  • Potion Brewing - The act of brewing and concocting paranormal elixirs that contain supernatural properties.


Tools

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  • Grimoires - Certain witches use books and tomes that provide instruction on incantations, spells and sigils.
    • Book of Shadows - A magical book documented with ancient magical knowledge, rituals, and spells. This was carried by Astaroth in recruiting new witches.
    • Amanda Burns' Grimoire - Personal notes of the witch Amanda.
  • Candles - Materials used to amplify a witch's spells.
  • Hex Bags - Materials used to curse, kill, enchant or protect another person.
  • Herbs and Roots - Materials used as ingredients for brewing magical potions.

Weaknesses

  • *Iron - It appears that some of, if not all, of a witch's powers can be blocked with iron, as James couldn't astral project until his iron chains were removed. Likewise, he most likely couldn't use magic to escape, as he asked Dean and Sam to remove the iron chains(though it should be noted that astral projecting transforms one into a living ghost, and ghosts cannot cross iron).
  • Magic: While most witches have been known to cast protection spells upon themselves, some witches are still susceptible to magical influences (e.g. Bobby Singer gave Dean and Sam Winchester a spell that was designed to kill witches.).
  • Mortality: Based off the fact that witches are still human, they share many of the same weaknesses as non-supernatural beings (e.g. age, decapitation, disease, heart-failure, suffocation, etc.). However, it is known that especially powerful witches can overcome these weaknesses.

Trivia

  • Dean and Sam Winchester have the poorest record against witches. Thus far, only three witches have been defeated by the Winchester brothers specifically. More often than not, witches are killed by other creatures such as demons or other monsters.
  • There are significant differences in power between witches; while newbie witches struggle to defend themselves from human attackers, more experienced witches have been known to overpower some of the most powerful monsters in existence. This was proven when the Book Club was easily intimidated by Sam Winchester who threatened to shoot the women if they didn't stop the hex that was placed on his brother. Whereas, a more experienced witch named Don Stark nonchalantly stunned a Leviathan.
  • While it is known that Borrowers are condemned to hell upon their death, it is unknown if all witches are damned, or if other witches such as Naturals or Students who practice white magic can enter heaven.
  • While some witches are known to have Familiars, the majority of witches do not.

Appearances

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