|Dates||???? - 2014 (killed by Dean Winchester)|
|Occupation|| Knight of Hell|
Father of Murder
|Episode(s)|| 5.13 The Song Remains the Same (mentioned)|
6.20 The Man Who Would Be King (mentioned)
9.11 First Born
10.10 The Hunter Games (mentioned)
10.13 Halt & Catch Fire (mentioned)
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, his descendants are thought to be legion, carrying 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.
When Lucifer tried to corrupt Cain's younger brother Abel to turn him into his "pet." In order to stop this, 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. Cain did so with the jawbone of a donkey, which became the First Blade.
Lucifer marked Cain with a brand that gave the First Blade its power, and when Cain attempt to kill himself rather than live as a killer, the Mark resurrected and made Cain into a demon, the first of the Knights of Hell. Cain went on to create, train and lead his fellow Knights, as they wrecked havoc on Earth. Cain would also go on to form some sort of intimate relationship with fellow Knight Abaddon during this period of time.
Eventually, Cain fell in love with and married a woman named Colette. She forgave him for his past misdeeds, only asking that he never kill again. The Knights took Colette prisoner in 1863 in attempt to goad their former leader back into his old ways. 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.
In the present, while tracking the First Blade, Dean and Crowley are sent to Missouri, where they find Cain tending bees on a farm. Cain refuses to help them at first, but after testing Dean, tells him the story of his past with Abaddon and gives him the Mark in exchange for Dean killing him after dealing with Abaddon. He then teleports Dean and Crowley to safety and returning to his old ways, taking on a legion of demons alone to protect them. After Dean kills Abaddon, Cain is the only Knight left in existence.
When he is killed by Metatron, the Mark of Cain combined with the First Blade bring Dean back to life as a demon. Although Sam cures Dean, the Mark continues to assert its influence on him, causing Dean to be overtaken by periods of murderous rage. As part of their search for a cure, Castiel undertakes the duty of searching for Cain to see if he is able to remove the Mark from Dean.
Cain, however had fallen back under the Mark's influence after slaughtering Abaddon's demons, Cain decides to kill his own descendants, feeling that his bloodline is "tainted," and that if the Mark calls for blood, he will give it his, as he feels it is the least he owes the world for the choices he made. After killing many of his descendants, he comes to the attention of Sam, Dean, Castiel and Crowley who are able to trap him so that Dean can confront and kill him. Cain tells Dean there is no cure for the Mark of Cain and the two fight. While Cain initially has the upper hand, Dean cuts off Cain's hand and after learning that Cain won't stop killing, he kills Cain with the First Blade.
Powers and Abilities
- Invulnerable to Ruby's knife.
- Invulnerable to angelic powers.
- Superhuman strength
- Can kill demons with a touch.
- Can render someone mute.
- Ability to transport other beings.
- Can nullify demonic powers.
- Partially immune to a devil's trap.
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 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 helping in finding a weapon called 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 called 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 Blade, but never found it. She has a location spell which could find it but needs essence of Kraken to complete it, which Crowley is able to provide. The spell indicates the 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. He returns just before some demons associated with Abaddon arrive, having interrogated and killed Tara to find the house. Cain lets the demons inside the house, and Dean has to battle them all. Cain decides that Dean is "worthy" of carrying the Mark of Cain in order to wield the blade. Cain transfers the Mark to Dean, where it appears on his right forearm. Cain asks Dean to promise that if he gets the Blade, Dean will kill him after dealing with Abaddon. He then teleports Dean and Crowley to safety and takes on a demon army single-handedly.
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 of Cain once more, Cain comes to the conclusion that his bloodline is tainted and begins killing it off, despite it being "legion." To this end, he breaks into a prison and kills and kidnaps serial killer Tommy Tolliver, drawing Sam and Dean's attention when Dean recognizes Cain on a security camera.
After Castiel finds Cain's burial site, Cain confronts him, revealing what he is doing, 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, Cain is tricked into a devil's trap by Sam and Crowley with an illusion spell. 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 for Dean to control the Mark and not descend into madness as Cain did. However, Sam privately tells Castiel that this is a lie and he thinks 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.
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.