I love representation; especially in terms of showing the vast array of roles Black characters can exist within, with distinct personalities. That is why Rufus Turner, of the television show Supernatural, is today’s feature in Black Superhero Month. There will never be a character quite like him.
Rufus Turner has lived a very colorful life throughout his years. He’s well versed in the occult. He’s wanted by the FBI (under the alias of Luther Vandross and Ruben Studdard, might I add). He even has experience with desecrating a grave or two…or more. This is all due to Rufus’ chosen profession; he’s a hunter. When I say hunter, I mean that Rufus is a hunter of the supernatural—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, demons, etc. You name it and he’s probably hunted it down at some point. He works primarily on his own, but he does occasionally partner with his (estranged) friend Bobby Singer and the Winchester brothers.
Rufus is a veteran of the hunt; like I said he’s being doing it for years, much opposed but certainly unbothered by it. What makes him such a gem is his personality. Throughout the years, Rufus has become somewhat jaded by the profession. He’s cynical and grouchy but always grounded with the realism of what it means to be a hunter.
“Even if we find a way to keep the world spinnin’, not everyone’s gonna be on that bus ride home. Sacrifice, greater good; all that jazz. Oldest rule in hunting…you can’t save everyone.”
Rufus is not a fan of people and has no problems with sharing this factoid with those he encounters. Despite all this, Rufus does care deep down…you just have to dig a bit to see it. That’s why he continues to bump back against the things that go bump in the night.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.