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Cambion


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Cambion
Powers and Abilities Can destroy the Host of Heaven with a single word, reality warping, telekinesis, teleportation
Vulnerabilities Any killing method
Appearance Human
Episode(s) 5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future

This child is half human and half demon, but is far more powerful than either. Lucifer will twist this boy to his purpose. And then, with a word, this child will destroy the host of Heaven.

Castiel, 5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Cambions are the offspring of demons by human mothers. They are also known as katako or the Antichrist. In 5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future, Castiel corrects the idea that the Antichrist is the son of Satan. The Bible, according to Castiel, "gets more wrong than it does right," and the Antichrist is not the son of Lucifer, but demon spawn born of humans. This lineage makes them incredibly powerful and with Lucifer on the rise, they become more powerful, so powerful they are capable of "killing the Host of Heaven with one word" according to Castiel. Because of this he is insistent that Jesse Turner - a cambion - must be killed. It is unclear how cambions are conceived; Jesse's mother, Julia Wright, was a virgin when she was used as a demon's host, but no reference was made to the conception, and Castiel implies that cambions are hard to create, suggesting that other factors were involved than a choice of host.

John's motel room.
Detail on cambions from John's motel room.

Powers and Abilities

As the offspring of a demon and human, Jesse Turner has formidable abilities.

  • According to Castiel, Jesse can completely destroy and vanquish all the angels in Heaven with a single word.
  • Reality Warping: Jesse can easily alter reality and warp the fundamentals of logic and what is natural. In this ability, he made a girl scratch her brains out just by using itching power, and produced the tooth fairy just by thinking he was real, and he made some toy buzzers electrocute people. During a state of panic, Jesse was able to transform angel Castiel into an action figure.
  • Telekinesis: Jesse can move objects and people with his mind. He can also achieve terrakinesis just by clenching his fists, allowing him to create minor tremors. He was able to mentally force a demon out of its human host with a glare, and made the ground tremble just by making a fist.
  • Teleportation: Jesse can instantly appear anywhere on Earth with just a thought.

Cambion in Lore

According to the Malleus Maleficarum: Cambions are born from a union between a human male and a succubus, or a human female and an incubus. It is a still birth that shows no sign of life outside of being alive, meaning that the child has, for example, no pulse and no breath. This continues until the child is about seven years old, where it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate one from a human. A cambion is usually devilishly cunning, and angelically beautiful, able to persuade even the most strong-hearted individual to do his or her bidding. Most cambions have evil tendencies due to their demon parent.

Other famous cambions are Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest and the mage of the King Arthur stories, Merlin, is also often said to be half human and half demon, and was original intended to be the Antichrist (Source).

Trivia

  • In the 1.01 Pilot, Sam and Dean find a motel room recently occupied by John Winchester, the walls plastered with his research. Amongst all the paper, is one article which talks about Cambion. Whether this is a coincidence, or a deliberately placed reference remains to be seen.