|Type :||Creature (Monster)|
|Notable distinctions :||Organic wrist spike for feeding on brain fluids|
Rotten-skinned reflection in mirrors
|Main weaknesses :||Silver|
|Related to :||Eve|
|Culture(s) of origin :||Scottish folklore|
|Native range :||Earth|
|First appearance :||Sam, Interrupted|
Wraiths are a supernatural species which feed on human brain fluids and can infect humans with a high dosage of dopamine.
In their true form, wraiths are humanoid with clouded grey eyes, lipless jaws, and very mottled and contorted grey skin; however, wraiths can disguise their true appearance and take human form, although mirrors will show the wraith's inhuman true form. (Sam, Interrupted, Bloodlines)
Wraiths are creatures which feed on juices and fluids found in the brain, and find brains soaked from high dosages of certain drugs and hormones like adrenaline and dopamine to be particularly delicious. For feeding directly on humans' brain fluids, wraiths each possess a retractable organic prong which unsheathes and extends from the base of their wrist, and which the wraith can extend to a length of up to approximately ten inches. The wraith feeds with this prong by introducing it directly through the skull to the victim's brain via a weak spot behind the ear, and then begin sucking the brain's fluids out through the prong. Once the wraith has finished feeding, the victim is left dead and their brain is completely sucked dry, leaving the brain blackened and shrunken. Wraiths' prongs are not particularly strong though, and can be snapped and broken off with enough strength and pressure.
One of wraiths' most notable abilities is that a wraith can, by physical contact, elevate the level of dopamine in a human's system. This causes the afflicted human victim to gradually become increasingly emotionally and psychologically unstable and causes their personal problems to take hold over their thoughts, and it can eventually even cause realistic illusions based on these issues. Also, wraiths can display levels of strength and agility higher than that of the average human when threatened, although they can be matched and bested by strong humans like experienced hunters in a fight. (Sam, Interrupted)
Wraiths have a very great weakness to silver, which seems to be worse than even most other monsters' silver weakness. A shallow cut or even direct skin contact with silver will cause the wraith's skin to burn, melt and sizzle where the silver touched it, and stabbing a wraith in the heart or slashing its throat with silver is fatal to it. (Sam, Interrupted, Bloodlines)
Hunts and encountersEdit
- One wraith had infiltrated the Glenwood Springs Psychiatric Hospital in Ketchum, Oklahoma as a nurse named Karla, and was using the institute as her own perfect hunting ground - she could prey and feed on the mental patients there easily and then make their deaths look like suicides, since no-one would believe the patients' claims of a monster or consider their suicides strange due to the patients' ill mental states. The wraith was discovered by Sam and Dean along with Martin Creaser, and was killed by Dean with a silver knife. (Sam, Interrupted)
- According to Bobby Singer, among the spikes in monster activity caused along the I-80 by Eve's presence was a large number of both wraiths and ghouls acting out together. (...And Then There Were None)
- Sal Lassiter had a wraith named Marv as a personal bodyguard when visiting the secret monster VIP bar in Chicago. Marv was killed by Irv Sokolowski in the latter's massacre of the monster bar. (Bloodlines)
Wraith is a Scottish dialectal name for "ghost" or "spirit," usually used to refer to a particularly grotesque spirit. It is sometimes said that a wraith is a corrupted, undead imprint of a sorcerer or sorceress's soul, left behind after their deaths as a side-effect of unsuccessful attempts to use their own magic to heal their mortal ailments. Wraiths usually make their home in dark and sinister places. One can defeat a wraith or protect oneself against it by performing a holy ritual akin to exorcism.
- According to Supernatural: The Official Companion - Season 5, the wraith was originally going to possess a long, extendable tongue instead of the wrist spike for sucking out its victims' brain fluids, but it was changed to the wrist spike due to realism issues with the tongue idea.