Supernatural has been going strong for over a decade now, and, as of 2017, it’s the longest-running genre show in American TV history. The secret to The CW staple’s continued success is mainly down to the likability of its main cast: Sam and Dean Winchester, their honorary, angelic brother-in-arms, Castiel, and a recurring line-up of colorful allies and villains. The charm, close bond and good looks of the Winchester brothers have carried the show through some weaker story arcs and less compelling villains-of-the-season that other series may have been killed off for. But, it would take a lot more than a dud episode to lose the Supernatural fan base, or “SPN family” as they’re known.
Through annual conventions and strong social media footprints, the Supernatural crew has cultivated and maintained a close relationship with their adoring fans better than almost any other TV show. And, the fans are more than willing to give back. Over the years, they’ve filled YouTube with compilation videos; tumblr and Twitter with GIF chains and fan fiction sites with millions of words worth of speculative fiction inspired by the Supernatural universe (or, as of Season 12, multiverse.) A sizeable proportion focuses on the popular “slash” (same sex) pairing of Dean and Castiel (“Destiel”) while others fall into the “crack” fiction subcategory — stories that are deliberately written to be as weird and/or meta as possible. For those curious about the latter, this collection of wildest Supernatural fan fiction stories is definitely for you.
15. DEAN’S CAR IS TURNED INTO CHRIS PINE
Yes, you did read the correctly, and yes — the actor Chris Pine. The summary for “His Baby” by chocolatevenom simply reads: “Where Dean finds his baby [car] has been turned into a man, specifically in the form of Chris Pine.” It’s a short and sweet(?) story that sees a suitably shocked Dean Winchester’s canonical heterosexuality questioned by his own Impala, made flesh and blood.
“Dean stepped out of the motel to grab two six packs […] Taking his keys out of the back pocket, he paused when a man was sitting on the curb where his baby should be. That man with a tight sleeveless black shirt with his legs open and elbows propped up on his knees. Dean ran his eyes up and down that man, the more he looked, the bluer the man’s eyes were. “Hey Dean,” said the man. […] “Let’s go for that midnight ride.”
14. DEAN WAKES UP AS A SEAL
No, not the singer Seal. Not one of the 66 Lucifer-binding seals, either. An actual seal — with flippers and seal noises and everything. This piece of Supernatural fan fiction by Sockkiah, simply titled, “Seal Fic” is a crack story — meaning the author is well aware of the absurdity of what they’ve written. “Dean awoke to the sound of the running shower,” it reads.
“He lay beneath the blanket for a few minutes, blinking himself awake. […] He rolled over to step out of bed. Unfortunately, Dean’s legs didn’t reach out to grab him and he thudded to the floor. “Argh,” he groaned […] Then Dean reached out to pick himself up, only he couldn’t. Where’d his hands go? He had flippers! “Sam!” he shouted. “Something weird is going on here!”
13. SAM AND DEAN FIGHT THE TELETUBBIES
“Unadulterated Supernatural Crack” by Rae666 does exactly what it promises on the tin: Supernatural-based weirdness of the purest quality. This fic is less of a continuing story and more of a collection of one-shots based on reader suggested prompts that start with, “What would Dean say/do if…” One of the funniest includes Sam entering Dean into American Idol (he doesn’t get very far, sadly.)
In another, Dean becomes a merman, and in another he finds himself facing off Lord Voldemort and really bruises the evil wizard’s ego with some jabs about his lack of nose. Possibly the most hilarious (and strangest) entry though is Sam and Dean’s encounter with the Teletubbies. “Po bears lots of rows of tiny sharp teeth and tries to attack, but of course, he’s naturally beaten by the two gorgeously sexy Winchester brothers.”
12. ROBERT PATTINSON: VAMPIRE HUNTER
In OMG-Orlaith’s “All That Glitter’s Is Not Gold” (glitters…Twilight… get it?), Dean and Sam have a run-in with one of pop culture’s most famous vampire heartthrobs. Only, as the weary actor reveals most hunters have made the mistake of assuming, he’s not Edward Cullen — he’s just Robert Pattinson, the actor. “I’m Rob. ROB. If I hear one more mention of that glittery preteen, I swear to GOD…”
The boys stumble upon the disgruntled celebrity while staking their way through a nest of the fanged fiends and suddenly find their job is being done for them by the frustrated — and bloodthirsty — Hollywood actor. Sick of being wrongly accused of vampirism, R-Patz apparently took it upon himself to rid the world of the very creatures that made him famous.
11. SAM, DEAN AND BOBBY BECOME ANGEL DADDIES
Spanning over 200 chapters, this fan fiction parenting odyssey takes a deep dive into everything you’ve ever needed to know about raising infant angel triplets — should this bizarre scenario ever befall you. “The Wee Angels” by Jinx2016 is summarized as follows: “Sam and Dean have fought monsters, angels and demons, but now they must battle the greatest challenge of all. Parenthood.
“Sam, Dean and Bobby have the esteemed honor of caring for three baby angels after a witch put a spell on the angel brothers of the lord.” These angels are three of the show’s fan favorites: Castiel, Gabriel and Balthazar, and the story follows the trio of bewildered hunters as they try and rein in the magical infants’ uncontrollable powers, including spontaneous time travel and mythical creature summoning.
10. DEAN CELEBRATES EVERY “NATIONAL DAY OF…”
Perhaps the funniest thing about Clair Braubien’s “National Day Of…” is that elements of it could just about pass for one of the show’s infamous filler episodes, or at the very least, a running gag for the eldest Winchester brother to keep up over an episode. The premise is pretty much what the title tells you: “Dean’s bored and he found a list of ‘National Day Of…’ website.”
Each of the 80 (and counting) chapters recounts Dean’s efforts to commemorate a different “National Day Of…” every day, no matter how weird or difficult to mark they might be. Some of the stranger ones include: National Deviled Egg Day, National Hug Day, National Appreciate A Dragon Day and National Fetish Day. You can imagine National Pie Day would be a natural favorite for him.
9. DEAN FALLS FOR AN EXOTIC DANCING INCUBUS
As you probably won’t be surprised to learn, a lot of Supernatural fan fiction centers on romance, and a lot of that uses fan favorite Dean as the object of someone/thing’s affections. (Quite often, his own brother’s, a pairing nicknamed “Wincest,” but we won’t go down that troubling path any further.) Crimson 1’s “Incubus” features Dean paired up with something he’d usually hunt: an Incubus.
Not only that, but a male Incubus named Sasha who moonlights as an exotic dancer, which is where Dean meets him. Clocking in at over 100 chapters, the popular fic charts the pitfalls of inter-species romance, including plot twisting body transformations as Dean goes from human, to Incubus, back to human. In the end, he and Sasha live (sort of) happily ever after in their original forms.
8. SAM, DEAN AND JOHN MAN A SUPERNATURAL HOTLINE
On the surface, the idea of the Winchester men working in a call center is laughably farfetched, but when you think about it — isn’t it actually a good idea to have a 24/7 hotline for victims of supernatural attacks? After all, the service that hunters provide isn’t a million miles away from those working in the emergency services do for regular, human-based crimes and incidents.
In WindSpirit79’s “Supernatural Hotline,” Bobby ropes John, Sam and Dean into volunteering for the service, which he explains was set up to help out weed out the fake cases from the real ones. If the caller’s report sounds genuine, the hunter on the phone then tries to either talk them through dealing with whatever monster trouble they’ve encountered, or deploys a hunter(s) to where they are.
7. SAM’S MIND IS TRAPPED IN THE BODY OF HIS INFANT SELF
We’ve seen time travel — both forward and back — interdimensional teleporting, multiple resurrections, an in-show Supernatural musical and even a cameo from Adolf Hitler on Supernatural. So, honestly, is the idea of Sam Winchester’s 22 year-old mind being stuffed back into his toddler body that removed from canon? “The Winchesters go on a hunt for a demigod who can manipulate time,” Sammygirl1963‘s summary for “A Hiccup In Time” reads.
“The hunt backfires on them leaving Sammy in a toddler form with his adult mind in tact. Can John and Dean protect little Sammy until he is returned to his adult form?” This trope is one that’s weirdly prevalent in sci-fi/fantasy stories. In an episode of Rick and Morty, Rick Sanchez nearly loses his mind in the body of his teenage self, and in Marvel comics, Loki has aged both up and down and changed genders on separate occasions.
6. SAM, DEAN AND CASTIEL DO SOME VERY META ROLE-PLAYING
Using_this_name is a Supernatural fan fiction writer who takes “crack” fics (deliberately meta and bizarre fan fiction stories) to their absolute limit. Their stories are surprisingly well-written but have very little plot to them. “AU” (Alternate Universe) is no exception. It’s essentially one, long-running discussion between Sam, Dean and Castiel with Gabriel/Trickster on using the archangel’s reality-manipulating powers for role-playing fun.
“Dean: ‘You know, I’m not feeling pirates. Why don’t we do the tried and true Sam-is-a-lawyer, I’m-a-mechanic?’ Castiel: ‘What would Gabriel and I do?’ Gabriel: ‘We’d have a bakery. We always have a bakery. Castiel: ‘I can’t bake.’ Gabriel: ‘Also, that is really boring. I wanna be a prince trapped in a castle. That way, Sam of la Mancha here can rescue me like a manly man. […] Castiel: ‘You wanna do historical AU? Oh good. I love wearing corsets!'”
5. DEAN AND CASTIEL GET MARRIED, BARBARIAN STYLE
In the show, Dean Winchester and the angel Castiel have a close, brotherly bond fostered over years of monster-slaying together. A considerable portion of the SPN fandom, however, reads a lot more than familial love between the pair. Their pairing is known as “Destiel” by fans, and out of the hundreds — maybe even thousands — of fics dedicated to the couple, none are quite as out there as Manatuna‘s historically-set, “Under The Falling Stars.”
“In order to bring peace and prevent the destruction of his kingdom, King Uldred offers Dean, the chieften of a savage barbarian tribe, one of his daughters in marriage. But, instead of choosing a pretty maiden, the barbarian chooses the young prince Castiel as his boy toy. To defend his honor, Castiel challenges him to a fight and loses, becoming Dean’s captive.”
4. SAM IS TURNED INTO DEAN’S CAR
This is another bizarre one from Using_This_Name. Supernatural fans know that there’s a very short list of what Dean Winchester holds nearest and dearest, and it would probably go in the order of: 1.) Sammy, 2.) Their mom, and 3.) His car. Actually, the number one and three spots could easily be swapped. Dean’s Impala is such a strong presence in his life that there was even an entire episode told from it’s P.O.V in Season 11.
This Impala-focused fan fiction story sees Gabriel up to his usual Trickster shenanigans, having transformed Sam into Dean’s treasured vintage car. Apparently for “no particular reason.” It’s essentially an excuse for the writer to pile on as many odd pop culture puns mixed in with sexual innuendos as possible, like this one from Gabriel: “Now I’m just gonna check the oil real quick. Sammy-ball Z! Open wide!”
3. DEAN IS A TRICKSTER COYOTE GOD
Remember that wise, talking coyote voiced by Johnny Cash in The Simpsons? Well, fan fiction writer Silver Ruffian took that idea and ran with it — quite some distance. They’ve created an entire alternate Supernatural universe based around the idea of the coyote as a trickster figure/spiritual guide. In this world, “a trickster coyote god was lonely and went to the Powers That be who split him in two.
“The trickster half and the human half — Dean Winchester. Coyote has since been adopted by the Winchester family. These days they all hang out at Bobby’s place with “Bear,” a spirit being, who happens to look exactly like the actor Michael Clarke Duncan from The Green Mile.” Of course, who else would a “spirit being” called “Bear” look like?
2. SAM IS PREGNANT WITH AN ANGEL
If you’re not familiar with the fan fiction subcategory, “MPreg,” you can probably guess what it is from the name alone. It’s the oddly popular phenomenon — common in “slash” (same sex) fan fiction — of male characters miraculously cheating medical science and becoming pregnant. That’s exactly what happens to poor Sam in Using_This_Name’s “MPreg” story.
As is so often the case, this unlikely situation is Gabriel/Trickster’s doing — strictly for cosmic pranking purposes. But, it’s not just any baby that the younger Winchester brother is carrying. Sam is pregnant specifically with the angel Uriel. You know, the big, scary violent one from Season 4 and 5 who was a secret supporter of Lucifer’s apocalypse? “Now that’s how I like my men,” Gabriel tells Sam in the fic. “Tall, handsome and pregnant.”
1. THAT SUPERNATURAL/GLEE CROSSOVER
Supernatural is finally getting its first crossover in Season 13 (with Scooby-Doo, of all things) but fans have been imagining their favorite hunters breaching other TV realities for a long time. Even famous fans like Arrow‘s Stephen Amell have expressed a desire for the Supernatural world to intersect with another CW show. Sarahlizzie’s “Where The Lines Overlap” is a slightly less likely crossover idea than Arrow: Supernatural meets Fox’s musical dramedy series, Glee.
In the story, Glee‘s Kurt runs into the Winchester brothers while out hiking and tries to seduce Dean by singing tunes from the musical Wicked to “show off his impress range.” For some reason, Sam is also portrayed as an actual Sasquatch (taking after his unfortunate nickname) who can only growl and grunt. In the end, Glee‘s Finn ends up getting killed by a windigo while Kurt sedates Dean with a “seduction dart.”
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