|Dates||???? – 2015 (killed by Dean Winchester)|
|Occupation|| Demon (Knight of Hell)|
Father of Murder
|Episode(s)|| 9.11 First Born|
10.14 The Executioner's Song
Abel wasn't talking to God. He was talking to Lucifer. Lucifer was gonna make my brother into his pet, I couldn't bear to watch him be corrupted, so I offered a deal — Abel's soul in Heaven for my soul in Hell. Lucifer accepted... as long as I was the one who sent Abel to Heaven. So, I killed him. Became a soldier of Hell — a knight.
– Cain, 9.11 First Born
- 1 History
- 2 Characteristics
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Cain in Lore
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Cain was the first born son of Adam and Eve. When Lucifer tried to corrupt Cain's younger brother Abel, Cain made a deal so that Abel's soul would go to Heaven and in exchange Cain's would go to Hell. Lucifer agreed on the condition that Cain kill Abel himself. Cain did so with the jawbone of a donkey, which became the First Blade.
Lucifer would pass on to Cain a Mark, which would go on to be known as the "Mark of Cain", and would give the First Blade its power. When Cain attempted to kill himself rather than live as a killer, the Mark resurrected and made Cain into a demon, the very first of the Knights of Hell. Cain went on to create, train and lead the order, as they wreaked havoc on Earth. Cain would also go on to form some sort of intimate relationship with fellow Knight, Abaddon during this period of time.
Cain, however, would fall in love with and married a human woman named Colette Mullen, who forgave him for his past atrocities. Only asking that Cain never kill again. Cain agreed and settled down with Colette.
In an attempt to goad their former leader back into his old ways, the Knights took Colette prisoner in 1863. This back-fired when Cain killed all the other Knights, save Abaddon, who possessed Colette and damaged her body in front of Cain by repeatedly snapping her neck. In a fit of anger, Cain tried to kill Abaddon with the First Blade as well, only for Abaddon to vacate Colette's body and trick a horrified Cain into murdering his wife. With her dying breath, Colette reminded Cain of his promise not to kill anymore, not even to gain vengeance on Abaddon. As the First Blade was indestructible, Cain threw the weapon into the ocean to honor Colette's final wish. Cain would go on to live a quiet life, and by 2014 had settled down in Missouri where he tended to bees on his farm.
Cain's many descendants are thought to carry with them what Cain believes to be the disease he let loose on the Earth -- murder. The Winchester bloodline is one of the many bloodlines to descend from Cain's. According to Cain, ten percent of the population at most are directly related to his bloodline.
Powers and abilities
- Apporting – Cain showed the ability to transport beings, shown when he removed Dean and Crowley from his home during a demon assault.
- Electromagnetic interference – Like other powerful demons, Cain was able to manipulate electricity when making his presence known.
- Immortality – Being the bearer of the Mark of Cain meant that Cain was incapable of dying, unless he passed the Mark to another and was struck down with the First Blade.
- Invulnerability – Cain was shown to be invulnerable to the demon-killing knife as well as angelic powers.
- Nullification – Cain was able to prevent Crowley from teleporting out of his home.
- Smiting – A rare ability among demons, Cain was able to kill demons with a touch, which caused a red light to emanate from the demon's meatsuit.
- Superhuman strength – Like all demons, Cain's strength exceeded that of normal humans. Being the first Knight of Hell and holder of the Mark of Cain also made Cain stronger than other demons, allowing him to single-handedly defeat a horde that invaded his home, as well as angels when he was able to discard Castiel with no effort.
- Telekinesis – With a simple gesture, Cain was capable of throwing a full-grown men and angels across a room as if they were nothing.
- Biokinesis – Cain was able to render Crowley mute.
- Teleportation – Cain was capable of teleporting anywhere in the world.
- The First Blade – The only known object capable of killing a Knight of Hell.
- Devil's trap – While a devil's trap was able to contain him, Cain claimed that it would not hold him for long.
- Beekeeping – After promising to stop killing for his deceased wife Colette Mullen, Cain took up beekeeping as a hobby at some point in time, keeping a number of beehive boxes on his property.
- Killing – Due to the Mark of Cain, Cain had a deep compulsion for killing. While he was able to hold back his urges for centuries, killing a horde of demons invading his home gave him a taste for murder once again, leading him on a path to kill all his decedents in the world to stop the "disease" once and for all.
Cain is first mentioned by the archangel Michael, who takes John Winchester as a temporary vessel and explains to Dean that while he is Michael's true vessel, there are many potential vessels Michael has that are suitable to hold him because of their bloodline: "Stretching back to Cain and Abel. It's in your blood, your father's blood, your family's blood."
Castiel, when reminiscing on the early beginnings of man, mentions Cain and Abel in passing.
Crowley asks for Dean's help in finding a weapon known as the First Blade, which reputedly was used by the archangels to kill the Knights of Hell, and is the only weapon which can kill Abaddon. Crowley knew of a demon who had located a protégé of Abaddon's who may have had information, but apparently that protégé was exorcised by John Winchester. Searching John's Journal, Dean finds a reference to the incident and a case stored in John's lock-up. They find a file that indicates John was working with a hunter named Tara when they captured and interrogated the demon. Dean and Crowley track down Tara, who reveals that the demon did mention the First Blade and the Knights of Hell. She searched the world for the First Blade, but never found it. She reveals to them that she has a location spell which could find it, but requires essence of Kraken to complete it, which Crowley, who happens to have a warehouse full of it in Belize, is able to provide. The spell indicates the First Blade is in Missouri.
In Missouri, Dean and Crowley meet Cain. Cain tells them that it was he who used the First Blade to kill the Knights of Hell, and tells them to leave. They do, but sneak back in when Cain is out. Dean discovers a portrait of a woman named Colette who is wearing a ring identical to one that Cain was wearing earlier. Dean tells Crowley that "the Father of Murder got 'hitched.'" They almost leave with the picture when they hear Cain return to his home. Crowley returns Cain's picture of Colette just before some demons associated with Abaddon arrive, having interrogated and killed Tara to find the house. Cain lets three demons inside the house, which Dean has to fight off while Cain casually watches while shucking corn. Cain decides that Dean is "worthy" of carrying the Mark of Cain, telling him it is needed in order to wield the First Blade. He reveals that their spell brought them to the source of the First Blade's power: the Mark, which comes at a cost for whoever bears it. As a horde of demons begin to descend on the house, Dean agrees to take on the Mark so long as it will kill Abaddon once and for all, regardless of the price. Cain transfers the Mark to Dean, where it appears on his right forearm. Cain asks Dean to promise that if he finds the First Blade, that Dean will kill him after dealing with Abaddon. He then teleports Dean and Crowley to safety and takes on Abaddon's demon army single-handedly. They see flashes of red light through the windows as they leave the house.
Castiel relays to Sam that he may be close to tracking down Cain, who he believes to be somewhere east of the Mississippi in Illinois.
After falling under the influence of the Mark once more, Cain comes to the conclusion that his bloodline is tainted and begins killing it off, despite it being, as Cain described it as, "one in ten of everyone." To this end, he breaks into a prison and kills serial killer Tommy Tolliver and his father Leon Tolliver nearly one week beforehand, drawing Sam and Dean's attention when Dean recognizes Cain on a security camera.
After Castiel finds Cain's burial site in a forest in Illinois, Cain confronts him, revealing what he has done, but not killing him as he wants Castiel to tell Dean, who will bring the First Blade in order to kill him. Going after his next victim, a young boy named Austin Reynolds, Cain is tricked into a devil's trap by Sam and Crowley with an illusion spell induced by the Rune of Amaranth. Dean confronts Cain alone who tells him there is no cure to the Mark and that it is better to let it control you. Despite having most of his powers blocked by the devil's trap, Cain is still supernaturally strong and possess telekinesis, though he claims Dean is no match for him as he won't give in to the Mark. Cain gains the upper hand, getting the First Blade back, but before he can kill Dean, Dean gets Cain's knife and cuts off his hand. Dean desperately asks if Cain will give up killing again so he doesn't have to kill him, but Cain tells him he never will. With no other choice, Dean stabs Cain in the back with the First Blade, killing him.
Despite Dean's fears, he keeps his humanity after killing Cain which causes Sam to claim there is hope, even without a cure, for Dean to control the Mark and not descend into madness as Cain did. However, Sam privately tells Cas that Dean is in trouble.
Cain in Lore
Cain and his younger brother Abel are the sons of Adam and Eve; Cain was a crop farmer and Abel was a shepherd. Both make offerings to God -- Cain of grain and Abel of a lamb. God accepts Abel's offering, but rejects Cain's, this angers Cain and he kills his brother. When God asks Cain where Abel is, Cain replies "Am I my brother's keeper?" When God discovers the murder he puts a mark on Cain so everyone will know he is a murderer, but so that no one will kill him. Cain is banished and forced to wander the earth.
Why God rejected Cain's offering, and whether Cain killed Abel out of jealousy, are subjects of much theological discussion. In some versions of the story, it is actually a dispute over who they are to marry that causes the fatal argument.
Cain in Other Media
Cain appears as a minor character in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. In the series, Cain and his brother Abel both reside in the Dreaming, where Cain continuously murders Abel; however, Abel's death is not permanent.
- Cain and Abel, and interpretations of their conflict.
- Cain and Abel as told in the Qu'ran.
- Cain adn Abel in Islam
- Cain and Abel in the Torah
- Cain and Abel as told in the Book of Genesis.
- Other versions of the story from Middle Eastern lore.