So I want to do a character analysis of my favorite character in one of my favorite shows. As a writer, I have a lot to say on the shows and books that I enjoy and if there is one thing that always seems to happen, it’s that I always fall for the characters that aren’t always popular with fans.
If you aren’t familiar with Supernatural then you won’t really know what I am talking about, but if you are, here me out. Much of the time when I mention my favorite character, other fans either forgot who she was or they hate her.
I think a common reason for why people dislike Hannah has to do with a problem with the way fans often judge female characters. Just some introductions: Hannah was the angel in seasons 9 and 10 who helped Castiel defeat Metatron. She was his second in command when he commanded the army of fallen angels.
At first, Hannah is a very rigid angel’s angel. She’s a warrior, a soldier, she believes in law and order. It’s clear she admires Castiel from the beginning, but she is a lot like how Castiel was in the fourth season. She doesn’t understand his attachment to humanity or to the Winchesters.
Hannah seems unique among angels in that she seems to have the kind of emotion that Castiel lacked in the beginning. She doesn’t always understand or have a clear grasp on her emotions, but I’d say she’s pretty passionate for an angel. But what makes her a strong character from a writer’s perspective are her dimensions. She has strengths and flaws and she has proven her capacity to change and evolve.
Sure, she was created to be a love interest for Castiel but she is much more than that. She is brave and confident, yet she is prone to outbursts. She totally provoked Adina into a fight, she was quick to draw her weapon when she thought Daniel was mocking her. This demonstrates an impulsiveness that can be a definite flaw, but at the same time, it makes her relatable.
For me personally, I relate to Hannah and to Castiel for that matter, because I am autistic and I’ve felt that the angels of Supernatural have autistic characteristics. This makes it very personally relatable to me. The way Castiel struggles with trying to understand the certain nuances of Human society and culture, and the way he struggles with emotions and how to express them, and the fact that he is extremely intelligent, and Hannah is the same way.
The biggest thing is that Hannah had an impact on Castiel. He tried to teach her about the things he’d learned about humanity because she is the only angel who was opened to what he had to teach. And I think she truly evolved towards compassion and empathy because of her time with Castiel. She struggled to understand the things he taught her, but in the end, she embraced them.
People are so quick to judge her, judge her for what she said or did, but she is one of the very few characters on the show that genuinely cared about Castiel. She worried about him as she saw him slowly deteriorating. She begged him to take care of himself, she was even willing to make a deal with Metatron to save him, disregarding the impact it might have on the world which is in true Winchester fashion.
I definitely think Hannah was an amazing character and I think she deserves a lot more recognition from fans than she gets.