I gotta say, this is the last time I’m doing a Supernatural retrospective. As much as I love the show, it got mighty tedious towards the end (which is probably why I didn’t didn’t finish my previous 2 retrospectives).
So what did I learn? First of all, it’s really, really hard to decide who to count as a victim on this show and who not to. Do demon hosts count? Angels? Do we count those who lost their humanity by turning into vampires? I struggled with these decisions throughout the review, and I probably didn’t apply my criteria consistently. Still, I think the final percentages are fairly accurate. About 2/3 of the victims were men, 1/3 women. Less than 10% of the victims were ethnic.
How does this compare to the general population? (All this data is from the U.S. Census Bureau, a very cool site. In the time I was checking out the stats, the US population went from 308,509,770 to 308,509,874). First of all, the male/female ratio is not 50/50. It’s more like 49/51. Ok, maybe just 49.5/50.5. The bottom line is there are more women than men. As for race, here’s the breakdown:
- Native peoples—1%
I’d venture to say the reason white male deaths on Supernatural are so prevalent is because the characters are predominantly white men. Even when a role could have been male or female (almost any of the angels, FBI agents, Chuck), it went to a man. I don’t think this is a Supernatural phenomenon per se, it’s a Hollywood phenomenon. Plus, the show hasn’t been too successful in casting fan-accepted women in recurring roles. So, make of that what you will.
I’ll have more thoughts in future posts, including data on recurring characters. Stay tuned.