It's been 12 years since the horror-action-drama series Supernatural premiered on our small screens, but its popularity amongst fans hasn't diminished, and part of the love comes from the cameos featured in the series over the years. In honor of its upcoming 13th season, let's take a look back at the best cameos featured across its 264 episodes.
1. Sarah Shahi - Constance Welch
- Episode: "Pilot" - Season 1, Episode 1
- Role: Antagonist
In the very first episode of the series, the Winchester boys hit the road to find their missing father, John, (#JeffreyDeanMorgan) after he goes missing for a week on a monster hunt. During their search for the hunter patriarch, they come across the last case he worked on involving the mysterious Woman in White. The spirit of Constance Welch was murdering drivers who picked her up on the side of the road. Before she broke big on The L Word, Shahi delivered an appropriately creepy and menacing performance as the original monster-of-the-week that showed promise for her — and the show's — future.
2. William B. Davis - Local Professor
- Episode: "Scarecrow" - Season 1, Episode 11
- Role: Semi-Antagonist
Eagle-eyed fans of television were treated to one of the geekier joy-inducing cameos early on in the series when William B. Davis of #TheXFiles fame appeared in a small role in the Season 1 midseason premiere. As Sam and Dean struggle with how to balance searching for their father while also helping those being terrorized by monsters, they come across a case in which a small town is sacrificing people to a malevolent scarecrow that is actually a pagan god. In researching the entity, Dean visits the local college and interacts with a professor who offers a little insight into what Dean might be facing. Davis' role may have been small enough to not warrant an actual name, but X-Files fans were ecstatic to see his cameo. It was a particularly nice nod to the show from which Supernatural drew quite a bit of its inspiration.
3. Tricia Helfer - Molly McNamara
- Episode: "Roadkill" - Season 2, Episode 16
- Role: Plot twist
Well-known at the time for playing the humanoid Cylon Number Six on Battlestar Galactica, Tricia Helfer's cameo role in the second season of the horror series initially seemed a routine appearance, but as the episode went on and her character developed nicely in the course of an hour, it proved to be a shocker of an ending. The brothers come across a woman, Molly McNamara (Helfer), who'd been in an accident and is being chased by the ghost of a man run down on the road years ago. After the ghost is defeated, it's revealed that the accident Molly and her husband were involved in was the one that killed the spirit and that she herself died in the accident. Though it's a very Shyamalan-esque ending, it's delivered warmly and with Helfer's strong performance, it was both shocking and moving.
4. Ted Raimi - Wesley Mondale
- Episode: "Wishful Thinking" - Season 4, Episode 8
- Role: Victim
True horror enthusiasts reveled in the cameo appearance of actor Ted Raimi, who's appeared both in numerous films by his brother, Sam Raimi, as well as fan-favorite shows including Xena: Warrior Princess and #TwinPeaks. In his appearance, the Winchesters come across a small town in which a wishing well is granting everyone's wishes for real, but it comes at a price. Raimi's Wesley is at the center of it all, as he was the one who threw a cursed coin into the fountain and started the wishing cycle in the town. Raimi delivers a wonderfully nerdy and fun performance as as a man who wants to keep hold of his wish of a beautiful girlfriend, but doesn't want the curse to turn on him as it has everyone else.
5. Paris Hilton - Herself/Leshii
- Episode: "Fallen Idols" - Season 5, Episode 5
- Role: Antagonist
In between his big small-screen break on #GilmoreGirls and his bigger break on Supernatural, star Jared Padalecki tried his hand in movies, especially the horror genre, the most popular of which was the 2005 remake of House of Wax, which co-starred then-aspiring actress Paris Hilton. The two would meet again in Supernatural when the brothers go on the hunt in a small town where citizens are being killed by dead icons—and Paris Hilton. Or, well, an evil entity that looked like Paris Hilton. While her appearance felt like a full-fledged meta approach to the wannabe starlet, it was also a treat for haters of the actress to see her put down by Dean. The show also dropped one of its signature tongue-in-cheek references when Dean cracked the joke he never saw House of Wax.
6. Robert Englund - Dr. Robert
- Episode: "Apartment in Samarra" - Season 6, Episode 11
- Role: Protagonist
For those who don't recognize the face of Robert Englund, just imagine the 70-year-old actor with a burned face, striped sweater, and razors for a right hand. Still don't know him? Englund is none other than Freddy Krueger himself from the #NightmareOnElmStreet franchise, and has been a horror franchise mainstay in the years since, making him a no-brainer for a cameo in this series. Instead of a baddie, however, he instead played a reserved and completely grounded character in the form of Dr. Robert, a family friend of the Winchesters who helps Dean die so that he may strike a deal with Death for the return of Sam's soul. Though his role remained relatively small for the episode, the legendary status of Englund made his cameo worth all the screen time.
7. James Marsters & Charisma Carpenter - Donald and Maggie Stark
- Episode: "Shut Up, Dr. Phil" - Season 7, Episode 5
- Role: Antagonists
In between the time that Mulder and Scully investigated the paranormal and the Winchesters began hunting monsters across the states, audiences watched as Buffy Summers took on the role of the Slayer and fought the forces of darkness in #BuffytheVampireSlayer, and two of her closest allies Spike (James Marsters) and Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) became fan-favorite characters. The two reunited on Supernatural as married witches, Donald and Maggie Stark, going through a nasty separation that involved killing each other's friends and potential new lovers. The episode was filled with clever chemistry and dialogue between the two stars, and, again in classic Supernatural style, Maggie's art show revealed pieces that referenced characters from Buffy.
8. Mike Farrell - Fred Jones
- Episode: "Hunteri Heroici" - Season 8, Episode 8
- Role: Semi-Antagonist
Millennial audiences might have a harder time recognizing the 78-year-old actor, but fans of the classic military comedy series M*A*S*H will immediately recognize the beloved Captain B.J. Hunnicutt in his cameo appearance in Season 8. In what's often regarded by many fans as one of the best episodes in the series, the Winchesters team up with Castiel to investigate a case in which odd deaths of an over-the-top, cartoonish nature are happening in a small Oklahoma town. The manners in which the victims all die were the highlight of the episode as they were filled with classic cartoon references, mainly Looney Tunes. Yet it was the discovery that Fred is the one behind the deaths yet trapped in his own mental world while being used by a doctor at his nursing home was both a powerful and redeeming moment of the episode for Farrell's character.
9. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi - Nicole/Crossroads Demon
- Episode: "Blade Runners" - Season 9, Episode 16
- Role: Neutral
She's been parodied on #SouthPark, joked about in everything from films to video games, but no one did better at making fun of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi than Supernatural in its ninth season. In looking for Crowley, the King of Hell who is holed up indulging in his human addictions with Sam's blood still flowing in him, the brothers turn to getting information from a crossroads demon, who was played by Snooki. It's the ultimate hilarious reveal as audiences got a meta-cameo in which she explained her wild antics on her fame-creating reality show, Jersey Shore, were the result of being a demon.
10. David Nykl - Lester Morris
- Episode: "Reichenbach" - Season 10, Episode 2
- Role: Victim
David Nykl has been gracing the small screens for over a decade now across many fan-favorite series, ranging from cameos on #Psych and Eureka to a main role on Stargate: Atlantis. Before he became a supporting character on the recent season of the hit superhero series #Arrow, Nykl had a cameo appearance on the longest- running CW series. In Season 10 he played Lester Morris, a man who sold his soul to kill his cheating wife. The cameo itself might not have amounted to more than five minutes of screen time, but eagle-eyed sci-fi fans were quick to recognize the actor and his death at the hands of Dean helped to dive into an expansion of greater character development from the earlier part of the season.
11. Finn Wolfhard - Jordie Pinsky
- Episode: "Thin Lizzie" - Season 11, Episode 5
- Role: Kidnap Victim
14-year-old Finn Wolfhard has been on fire in the last two years, receiving praise for his performances in groundbreaking hits Stranger Things and IT. But before he had his big break on Netflix's sci-fi horror series, Wolfhard made a cameo appearance in the eleventh season of CW's Supernatural. In the episode, the brothers investigate a series of murders occurring around a Lizzie Borden hotel, and discover they're being committed by a babysitter whose soul was eaten by the demon Amara. To make matters worse, the killer kidnaps Jordie, the son of the hotel owners. Though his cameo might have been limited to someone in need of assistance from the Winchesters, it's still fun for fans to see Wolfhard's earlier work before he got to break out.
12. Nate Torrence - Sully
- Episode: "Just My Imagination" - Season 11, Episode 8
- Role: Protagonist
Though he might be more recognizable by face than by name, Nate Torrence has had roles in numerous fan-favorite shows and movies ranging from Malcolm in the Middle to How I Met Your Mother to the film adaptation of Get Smart. In an episode directed by Richard Speight, Jr., the Winchesters must help Sully, Sam's imaginary friend from childhood, discover who or what is behind the murders of other imaginary friends. The comical interactions between Sully, Sam, and Dean are often hilarious, but there are also some tender moments between him and Sam about their past, all adding up to a genre-blending episode that mixes every element well thanks largely to Torrence.
13. Alicia Witt - Lily Sunder
- Episode: "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets" - Season 12, Episode 10
- Role: Antagonist...sort of
Audiences have seen time and time again that angels are often quite rash in their decision-making when it comes to humans, but rarely have we seen what the consequences are of the angels' actions. The episode follows the Winchesters and Castiel as they come across Lily Sunder, a woman killing angels involved in the death of her husband and kid, who believed the child was a Nephilim. In "Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets," Alicia Witt did a great job of diving deep into the emotional impact of angels' merciless actions in an episode that also delivered more of Castiel's murky backstory from the time before he fell.
'Supernatural' Season 13 begins October 12 at 8 p.m. on the CW. Who's your favorite cameo from the past 12 seasons? Anyone not on this list? Let us know in the comments below!