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Rawhead


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Rawhead
Powers and Abilities Superior strength
Vulnerabilities Electrocution
Appearance Humanoid with matted hair and pale eyes.
Episode(s) 1.12 Faith

Rawhead

An Irish sort of boogeyman said to live by the pipes under the sink, and to drown naughty children and reward the good. He is covered all over with matted hair, has pale flat eyes, lives in dark cupboards, and is rumored to have a crouching form like a rock.

Pad of Definitions (1.12 Faith), Official Website

History

A rawhead is a type of boogeyman that lurks in basements and preys upon children. Rawheads are hairy, ragged-looking humanoids with leathery skin. Their hands and feet are clawed. Upon death, their bodies are rendered into mounds of gooey viscera.

Characteristics

Powers and Abilities

  • Superhuman strength
  • Superhuman speed

Weaknesses

  • Powerful electrocution

Episodes

1.12 Faith

Dean and Sam rescue two children hiding in a cupboard in the basement of a house. Sam leaves with the children just before Dean is attacked by the rawhead and thrown to the ground. Despite the fact that they are both in a puddle of water, Dean uses his taser to electrocute the rawhead, killing it and severely injuring himself.

Other Appearances

According to Jo's Hunter's Blog, Gordon was hunting a rawhead and teased her into asking him to go along in what he claimed was a stakeout. Later Ellen accuses Gordon of using Jo as bait.

Rawheads in Lore

There is also a version of the rawhead, known as "Rawhead and Bloody Bones," that originated in northern England. In this version, it's a water demon that inhabits deep ponds and marl-pits and drags children into its lair. The name is often shortened to Bloody Bones, Old Bloody Bones or Tommy Rawhead.

The following rhyme originated in Yorkshire/Lancashire:

Rawhead and Bloody Bones
Steals naughty children from their homes,
Takes them to his dirty den,
And they are never seen again.