Fergus Roderick MacLeod (c. 1661 – 1723) was a human, who after death (near the age of 63) became Crowley; a powerful demon who was the King of the Crossroads and the King of Hell, following Lucifer’s second reimprisonment in his Cage. Although he initially served with Lilith as her right-hand man, he went rogue in Season 5 after her death and Lucifer’s release, aiding the Winchester brothers in resealing the latter back into his cage. With the power vacuum in Hell unoccupied, he appointed himself the new King of Hell.
Crowley allied with Sam and Dean in Season 5 against Lucifer to obtain the Four Horsemen’s rings with them to protect himself, then with Castiel to obtain the power of Purgatory and briefly with Raphael after his betrayal in Season 6, and then with the Winchesters again in Season 7 against the ambitious Leviathans. However, in Season 8, he cuts his allegiance to the Winchesters and Castiel, seeking vengeance as well as attempting to capture the Prophet Kevin Tran and The Word of God to further his own goals, only to be captured by the Winchesters as part of their plan to close the gates of Hell. In Season 9, Crowley was temporarily Sam and Dean’s captive while being hunted by Abaddon as part of her plan to take over Hell. However, upon being freed as part of a deal with Dean, he has rightfully resumed his post. After Dean was killed by Metatron and revived by the First Blade, Crowley guided Dean through the process of becoming a demon. The two spent a significant amount of time together until Dean was cured.
Crowley was overthrown and held as a slave when Lucifer escaped from his cage. Crowley was forced to do slave work until he managed to flee.
Crowley’s role is often shifting from main antagonist to anti-hero. He was an anti-hero in Season 5, one of the three main antagonists in Season 6, an anti-hero in Season 7, the main antagonist of Season 8, and an anti-hero of Season 9 and Season 10 once more. However, in all of his duration’s as an anti-hero, he is still openly an antagonist usually pulling a life-threatening stunt on the Winchesters after assisting them. He is currently one of the longest lasting antagonists in the series, second only to Lucifer.
In All Along the Watchtower, having grown tired of his job as King of Hell, Crowley sacrificed himself to seal Lucifer in an alternate reality.
Fergus Roderick MacLeod was born in 1661 in the Kingdom of Scotland, the son of a powerful witch and Grand Coven member Rowena. Fergus never knew his father, as according to Rowena, he had been conceived during a winter solstice orgy involving multiple potential fathers she had not bothered to keep track of. What is known is that he was not a practitioner of witchcraft, which got Rowena cast out. Although Fergus learned magic and spells from his mother, He was also abused by her, with him recounting that she had once tried to sell him for three pigs, among other things. Rowena once said that Fergus was a smart child, and learned to walk before his first birthday. He also disliked wearing pants.
At the age of 8, Fergus was abandoned by Rowena when she got in trouble with the Coven and left on her own. He held a grudge against her for centuries, being that she had always hated him.
Later in life, Fergus became an unsuccessful tailor and heavy drinker who sold his soul for three extra inches to be added to his penis. He also had a son named Gavin, whom he similarly abused. He beat and starved Gavin repeatedly during his childhood, worked him harder than their own horse, and refused to let him attend school out of loathing towards him and Gavin came to loathe him, too, believing Fergus thought of him as less than nothing. Fergus eventually died at around 63 years old, at which point Gavin buried him and set sail for America, only to perish in a shipwreck.
Per his deal, Fergus’s soul went to Hell, where he was tortured until becoming a demon. After becoming so, Fergus was renamed Crowley and became a successful crossroads demon, at some point rising to the King of the Crossroads. He was also Lilith’s second-in-command and possibly her lover.
POWERS AND ABILITIES:
As the King of the Crossroads and later the King of Hell, Crowley is a very powerful demon, among one of the most powerful demons to appear in the series. This is perhaps best demonstrated by his single-handed slaughter of a nest of other demons off-screen in The Devil You Know (although he purposefully allowed one to escape). He ranks high in the hierarchy of Hell, at first presiding over other crossroad demons and serving as Lilith’s right-hand man as the King of the Crossroads, then later becoming King of Hell. This title grants him much more power than he had previously.
Immortality – Crowley has an infinite lifespan and has the potential to live forever. He is not subject to disease or old age. He is over 354 years old
Supernatural Perception – Like all demons, Crowley can perceive Ghosts, Reapers, other Demons, and even Angels while humans cannot.
Super Strength – Being the King of the Crossroads Demons and then later the King of Hell, Crowley is endowed with incredible superhuman strength. He can lift and press at least two tons and is stronger than humans, monsters, and average black-eyed demons; literally once taking on a hive of them simultaneously. Crowley also beat a demon on the head with a crowbar, whose head was in a bag that had a painting of a devil’s trap. He also effortlessly and brutally beat Meg, a middle level demon. He also broke a steel door down with virtually no effort and then proceeded to lift Kevin Tran off the ground by the throat and would have strangled him to death if Metatron had not intervened.
Invulnerability – Crowley cannot be harmed or killed by conventional means. In “Caged Heat”, he was hit over the head by Sam with a wrench and soon after Meg tortured Crowley by damaging his vessel’s insides and making him cough up blood, but Crowley quickly recovered both times and he has not shown any signs of lingering pain or damage from either attack since.
Super Senses – Crowley was able to smell that Castiel had been in Dean’s Impala and taste that the blood he and Raphael had been using was dog’s blood.
Super Stamina – Crowley stated while torturing Samandriel that he can remain physically active infinitely. He has also stated that he does not need to eat or sleep.
Possession – Like all demons, Crowley requires a human host, living or deceased, to manifest himself on Earth. He has been known to possess five people besides Castiel: his usual vessel, Linda Tran, Sam Winchester, Andre Devlin and Marnie. He was also able to possess a rat.
Teleportation – Even before becoming King of Hell, Crowley could teleport himself and others over great distances with ease. He has proven to be quite proficient at this, as he was able to dodge Sam’s knife attacks by teleporting rapidly. He can teleport between Earth and Hell with no difficulty at all. He can change his clothes in seconds, as shown when he teleports from a massage to Dean.
Apporting – He once caused an angel blade to teleport into his hand and teleported Delta and Kevin Tran to another location by snapping his fingers.
Advanced Telekinesis – As a demon, Crowley can move objects with his mind. He is shown to be very efficient at this, and has telekinetically pinned, thrown, and trapped humans. He was able to destroy a street light by pointing at it. He also broke a girl’s neck without touching her and lifted another to a considerable height before using molecular combustion to bloodily obliterate her. Furthermore, he was able to throw Deputy Jenna Nickerson against a ceiling with enough force to kill her. Crowley also was able to thrust Amara across a room. Doing such a feat to the Darkness further displays his mastery of this power.
Electrokinesis – He switched off a television by snapping his fingers in “Weekend at Bobby’s”.
Pyrokinesis – Crowley can create and manipulate fire. He conjured a blazing fire in the fireplace in “The Devil You Know” by pointing at said fireplace, and conjured flames to burn a message into a table in “There Will Be Blood” before they extinguished themselves. He was also capable of engulfing himself in fire and create the illusion that he was burnt to ashes. He was also able to extinguish a ring of holy fire by snapping his fingers and burn his mother’s hex bag.
Thermokinesis – Crowley made a painful burn on Sam’s hand with a touch in “All Dogs Go To Heaven”. He also made Ruby’s knife burn red-hot with a snap of his fingers in “We Need To Talk About Kevin” to make Dean drop it. In “Hell’s Angel”, Crowley was able to remotely scorch the words “Help Me” into the forehead of his vessel while fighting Lucifer inside of Castiel to get the Winchesters to save him. The effect didn’t last long and by the time Crowley returned to his vessel, the words were gone.
Reality Warping (by deals) – As King of the Crossroads, Crowley is able to warp reality in the form of a deal to a greater extent than other crossroad demons and can even undo contracts made by other crossroad demons.
Resurrection (probably by deals) – Crowley has the power to resurrect the dead if a deal is made, as he promised to bring Mary back for Samuel if Samuel helped him find Purgatory. Contrary to Azazel’s claims in “All Hell Breaks Loose – Part 2”, Crowley may also have the power to resurrect the dead without a deal due to being King of Hell, as he claimed in “Family Matters” that he was the one who brought Samuel and Sam back to life; although his supposed resurrection of Sam was proven untrue, it was implied in “The Man Who Would Be King” that he did indeed bring Samuel back. However, Crowley has never resurrected anyone on-screen, leaving the potential and the limitations of this power unknown.
Healing – Through a deal, Crowley was able to heal Bobby Singer’s paralysis. He later healed a small burn he caused on Sam Winchester’s hand. Through a deal, Crowley healed Ellie’s mother’s Parkinson’s disease.
Invisibility – He rendered himself unseen and unheard by Dean in the flashback of “The Man Who Would Be King” while he talked to Castiel in Dean’s presence.
Voice Mimicry – He taunted the Winchesters by briefly imitating his usual vessel’s voice while possessing Linda Tran.
Spell Casting – Being the son of a witch, Crowley has stated his mother had taught him a “few tricks”. He has proved himself adept at Enochian warding magic. He also placed a spell that prevented creatures from escaping their vessels on an entire building in “Caged Heat”. He also learned the spell to bind Death in “Meet The New Boss”, which he passed onto Bobby and the Winchesters. He was also able to disguise his demons as Sam and Dean to fool Kevin Tran. In “Clip Show” he cast a spell to kill Sarah Blake with a hex bag hidden in Dean’s cell phone and previously caused Tommy Collins’ head to explode using a spell. He also used this in an attempt to kill Jodie Mills. He also used a spell to create an illusion that was powerful enough to trick Cain.
Biokinesis – He was able to cause a man to cough up blood.
Molecular Combustion – Caused Krista to explode into a shower of blood as well as Louis. Possibly killed the Wingman Demon with this ability.
Terrakinesis (possibly) – Crowley may have the power to create tremors at a particular location. When he and his demons arrived at the church Kevin and the Winchesters were at in “We Need To Talk About Kevin”, one of them caused the grounds to shake to announce their arrival.
Torturing – Crowley is shown to be skilled in torturing an individual, as seen when he tortured various monsters for the location of Purgatory or when he forced the names of the future prophets from the angel Samandriel. He is also skilled enough to break into an angel’s factory settings.
Immunity – Crowley can walk on hallowed ground. Although he finds being shot with rocksalt painful, he is not significantly affected by it, indicating that he may be resistant to salt. He was also able to resist and destroy one of Rowena’s Defigere Et Depurgare hex bags.
Regeneration – Despite being shot by Dean Winchster, Bobby Singer and Abaddon, Crowley seems to have healed his wounds as there is no sign of them in his other appearances. He was stabbed by Meg with an angel blade and while his shoulder was briefly injured, the wound easily healed after a short while. Also, while Metatron severely burned his host’s skin with a burst of white light, Crowley’s vessel healed completely. Oddly, when Crowley vacates his host, his burn injuries do not seem to reappear.
Mental Manipulation – Crowley was able to implant every word of the English language into his son, Gavin’s, mind.
Memory Manipulation – Crowley states that he “scrubbed” Kevin’s short term memory, but noted that it was risky and didn’t want to have to perform it again.
Animal Communication – Crowley is able to understand and talk to animals.
Sedation – When Crowley went to confront and capture Oskar for the spell to remove the Mark of Cain, he was able to render every other person in the diner unconscious in the blink of an eye.
While Crowley is a powerful demon, he does possess a few weaknesses that are common to most demons.
Devil’s traps – Crowley could be trapped within a devil’s trap and was unable to escape.
Devil’s trap bullets – Can bind Crowley for a time though he is eventually capable of removing them if given the chance.
Holy water – Holy water affects Crowley.
The Colt – Can kill demons.
Angel Blade – Angel blades could both harm and kill Crowley. Crowley was able to use one to commit suicide and was injured by one on a few other occasions.
Demon-Killing Knife – This knife could injure and kill Crowley.
Angels – Angels could overpower and smite Crowley.
Higher Demons – Higher demons could negate his powers and easily defeat him such as Cain and Ramiel.
Demon Curing Ritual – This ritual could cure Crowley and turn him into a human once again.
Magic – Rowena was able to restrain Crowley by casting a spell on his vessel.
Hex Bags – Crowley could be harmed by hex bags.
Exorcism – Crowley could be exorcised.
Burning His Human Bones – Crowley could be killed by burning his human bones.
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- My Story Is...
Crowley is suave, but he loves to use insults, sass and banter. He uses smooth, gratuitous sexual innuendo in an effort to make people uncomfortable and therefore give himself an advantage. Crowley is an efficient business man and while he prides himself on integrity, he will use any loopholes given to him to turn the situation to his benefit, proving the saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ to be more than true. This was more than evident in his dealings with Bobby; although he gave the Winchesters, Bobby, and Castiel the location of the Horsemen Death, Crowley willingly gave Bobby the use of his legs back but kept a hold of his soul, knowing that he would need it as leverage later. Crowley is incredibly narcissistic, believing that few, if any, are his equals. Crowley is also skilled in deceiving unsuspecting victims by appearing charismatic and alluring, as he was able to quickly entice Jody Mills during their encounter and almost every member of a family he planned to deal with described him as “charming”. Crowley has also called himself an altruist and a developer.
Crowley’s main goal is self-preservation, and he is willing to sacrifice anything else for it. He is a survivor at heart, and will use any means to accomplish this goal. In fact, he tends to only lose his temper when his personal safety is threatened or when dealing with what he considers overwhelming stupidity. Crowley at times appears incredibly volatile under his smooth and charming personality, as when he has screamed at multiple people, including Dean and Castiel, when appearing calm only seconds before. As Dean described it, when dealing with Crowley, “he will always find a way to bone you”. A good example would be the finale of Season 7, in which he orchestrated the death and/or imprisonment of most of those he held a grudge against and also captured a prophet. He is not above making deals or alliances with his enemies when he feels it is beneficial for him. He is extremely opportunistic and his goal seems to be to expand the grasp of his power as he’s gone from “punk-ass crossroads demon” to King of Hell, and in Season 6 he was looking for Purgatory, as he called himself a developer, saying the monsters in Purgatory would help him.
Crowley is cunning, devious, and highly skilled at manipulating others. This is best demonstrated when he tricks Dean into impressing and getting the First Blade from Cain, successfully manipulating not just Dean but a large number of demons who he led to the slaughter. Despite his arrogance, he does not dismiss possible threats like the Winchesters as other demons do, but seeks to eliminate said threats, however at times he does let his arrogance get the better of him, especially if he feels certain he will win. He was also the only demon to realize that Lucifer must hate demons as much as he hates humans (which demons originally were). He leaves once he realizes that a situation is too dangerous for him to risk, but resolves himself when he knows that escape isn’t an option (such as derailing the Apocalypse once his betrayal was revealed to Hell and “accepting” death in “Meet The New Boss”). He thought up new ideas for how Hell ought to be run and tried to implement new ideas when he became its king; when other demons resisted this, he called them “evil, lying prats” and “stupid,” expressing the desire to kill them all at times. He is also seemingly sentimental as he is rather dismayed when Sam kills his pet hellhound. Crowley was also intelligent enough to work out where Castiel had hidden the Angel Tablet, even when Naomi and her garrison couldn’t. As the former King of the Crossroads, he is also extremely skilled at drawing up contracts and creating hidden agendas to trick his enemies. He was also clever enough to make sure it was Sam, not Dean, who signed his deal in “Sacrifice”.
Beneath Crowley’s affable facade, he is cruel, sadistic, and merciless. He appears to be quite vengeful: he wants utter annihilation of the Leviathans when their leader insults him and also implies that he would like to see all demons destroyed; he kept secret the ramifications of using a Bone Of Righteous Mortal Washed In the Three Bloods of Fallen so that Dean and Castiel would be imprisoned in Purgatory; he killed Kevin’s girlfriend in front of him; he threatened Linda Tran when she slapped him and later apparently tormented her so badly during her brief possession by him that she went catatonic. Crowley also has no problem killing children as he is willing to slaughter a nursery of infant shapeshifters to find Purgatory’s location and later bakes baby uvula muffins simply to get on Dick Roman’s good side. He was also willing to let a hunter, Tara, die in order to trick Dean and retrieve the First Blade, dismissing her as eggs that need to be cracked to make an omelette. Crowley has also shown to at times be extremely ruthless and wrathful to other demons. After both Lucifer and Abaddon were defeated, Crowley’s first course of action was to round up and kill all the demons who had supported his enemy.
Crowley is shown to be a tough task master and inspires fear in many demons. A captured crossroads demon preferred death from the Winchesters than the alternative of facing Crowley. Even when Abaddon told demons of his “death,” some still feared him and refused to join until they witnessed proof of his demise. Crowley is also perhaps masochistic as he laughed at the idea of Sam and Dean torturing him and seemed to eagerly provoke Kevin to “beat” him in order to manipulate him.
In Sacrifice, as Sam cured Crowley of his demonic nature, he seemingly starts to reveal that he wants to be loved. It’s possible, based on his reaction to his own confession, that this is true and his time being tortured in Hell twisted his desire to an megalomaniac need for power and respect. He also displayed some regret for his actions, asking Sam where he could even begin to ask for forgiveness while discussing Sam’s own confession to purify his blood. The ritual has been shown to have some lingering affects on Crowley, though he hid it. He developed a craving for human blood and still retained at least a few human emotions, such as enough affection for his son who he’d previously claimed to loathe to stop him from being sent back to his time to die, even though it could seriously effect history.
Crowley is an accomplished tinkerer and innovator. He innovated various methods or techniques on harming his opponents, such as the case when he was torturing the Alpha Shapeshifter. He also possesses knowledge of how to produce more ammunition for the Colt. He also had the ingenuity to melt angel blades into bullets as a form of deadly weapon against angels. Crowley is a very capable strategist, a skill he has used and demonstrated multiple times to achieve survival or dominance. He has outplayed or outwitted many of his opponents, even those more powerful than him. In Devil May Care, it has been said by a crossroad demon that a lot of them still fear Crowley, despite him missing in action. The said demon was extremely loyal to her king, and showed no hesitation to voice out her reluctance to support Abaddon, who was planning to usurp the crown from Crowley.
Following the attempt to cure him and their alliance to stop Abaddon, Crowley seems to have developed something of a trust in the Winchesters, coming when they call and trusting Dean’s word that he will return the First Blade to him. He also seemed genuinely fond of demon Dean and the idea of him ruling Hell at his side and was shown to be nostalgic about their time together. Rowena suggests that he has a fondness for the Winchesters bordering on seeing them as friends, not enemies anymore given all that he does for them. However, this trust seems to have been broken by Dean’s revelations in The Executioner’s Song that he lied to him at a time when Crowley clearly was taking him at his word.
Notably, Crowley is also very resilient to torture and does not submit easily to whoever wishes to take control of him. He has withstood numerous beatings and comes out in the end appearing either proud or completely unfazed. Lucifer, a master torturer, is unable to completely break the demon despite going so far as the imprison Crowley and force him to wear anything but his beloved suit, which Crowley has admitted to being deeply fond of. However, if he truly feels like his life is threatened, he will succumb to his torturer’s wishes, as with the case of Amara, who demanded him to free Dean.
Overall, Crowley retains his self-serving and self-preservation personality traits. He will force anyone to do as they are told on pain of death or that of their loved ones. He will also abandon anyone to save himself, as in the case with Rowena. His main goal as of yet is to become the King of Hell again, and to this end he wants Lucifer captured. Once he succeeds in this task, Crowley proves to be as scheming as ever, using lies and tricks and killing loose-ends to prevent Lucifer from escaping captivity.
Despite his ruthless nature however, Crowley is capable of affection even for his on-and-off allies, the Winchester brothers. He willingly sacrifices himself to lock Lucifer away in an alternate dimension. Crowley’s final acts showed a more humane side to his character, which may have been the lasting result of the human blood he was injected with. Crowley’s desire for the throne of Hell also disappeared, and his bid for power by using Lucifer and Jack as tools proved to be an unrealistic goal he later came to regret. His greatest achievements are besting the Devil and conquering Hell for seven long years.
- My Appearance
Crowley’s human appearance has so far only been shown in a portrait of him as a child. Here, he is shown to have fair skin and ginger hair. He was said to have been a handsome individual, with “very athletic calves”. Upon his death and transformation into a demon, Crowley’s true form became red smoke, a unique color unseen by any other demon. Whenever he takes a vessel, his true eyes are red.
Crowley’s primary vessel is a man of average height, slightly round with dark hair and light skin. He grew a beard post-season 6. Crowley prefers to wear expensive, dry-cleaned suits of dark colors. Except during the time he possessed Linda Tran and when Crowley wore disguises, Crowley is rarely seen wearing anything else by choice. When Lucifer took him prisoner, he forced Crowley to wear bright-colored clothing as an insult.
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