The Hellhound is a powerful shapeshifter within the Teen Wolf universe that appears to protect the secrecy of the supernatural.
Teen Wolf Myth
Lydia found a book that described a mythical Hellhound:
'“Woden’s Hunt, also known as the Wild Ride or Wild Hunt. A myth of devilish riders in the sky accompanied by black dogs, spectral beasts whose eyes glowed with fire... A Bearer of Death and Guardian of the Supernatural, the black dog is also known by its more common name, the Hellhound." '
Jeff Davis explained that these creatures inhabit physical bodies. The first Hellhound seen on the show is an entity inside Jordan Parrish, however, he had no idea of his alter ego. Whenever the Hellhound took control, Parrish would black out and remember little to no details.
- Parrish attacks Deputy Haige after he tried to kill him by setting him on fire.
- Parrish began to cover up the supernatural by stealing the dead chimeras and placed them at the Nemeton.
Like the myth, the Hellhound is connected to the Wild Hunt. Parrish was able to understand the Ghost Riders language and a Ghost Rider was able to control the Hellhound inside of him. Garrett Douglas was also able to control the Hellhound, after amassing a Ghost Riders power.
His eyes glow orange/yellow and he is impervious to flame.
Thus far, a Hellhound has an ability to generate flames and extreme heat around his body. He seems to heal quickly with his wounds giving off heat and smoke during the process.
Like most shapeshifters, the Hellhound has fangs and long claws. It appears that its "internal fire" actually cracks Parrish's skin when activated.
Similar to a Banshee, the Hellhound senses death. When several of the chimeras died, Parrish knew where to find and retrieve their bodies. (Condition Terminal, Strange Frequencies, Status Asthmaticus)
The Hellhound appears unaffected by Kanima venom and electricity.
Hellhounds are extremely durable to the point that some question if they can really die. Halwyn was shot in the head and seemed dead, but healed when the bullet was removed.
It is incredibly strong as it was able to flip Stiles' Jeep and to bend the heated bars of a jail cell.
A Hellhound was able to block a Banshee's scream by wrapping itself around her to absorb a portion of the shock wave.
The Hellhound can also cross into the Wild Hunt where the Ghost Riders keep their victims. (Blitzkrieg)
Real World Myth
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Many mythologies have different interpretations of the supernatural dog, but most have the same background of glowing red eyes, black fur, and being assigned to guarding entrances to the underworld or hunting lost souls.
In European legends, seeing a hellhound or hearing it howl may be an omen or even a cause of death.