Ever watched Supernatural and thought – hey that’s just like that fic I read!? Of course you have!
The term “Kripked” was coined early in our fandom because, as opposed to the fanon crushing Joss Whedon, Eric seemed to
plunder our livejournals
see into our hearts and fulfil our fannish desires.
So I thought we should play along with Kripke, see how many common fanfic tropes have appeared on our Show. I have chosen common themes which you’d probably find in any fandom (with a few tweaks). We call them fanfic cliches beasue if a story is worth telling its worth telling a million times!
I’ve only included themes that occurred in a number of SPN fanfics before
they occurred on the Show. So priest kink is in because fans were writing that long before “Nightmare”.
The obvious one I haven’t included is hurt/comfort because that’s every episode of Supernatural and nearly every SPN fic ever (although really I think we are well overdue some hypothermia induced snuggling!)
Check below the cut to see a full sized Bingo Card and find out which squares Kripke has checked off.
For fic examples in most of these categories, visit the Crack fic page
at the SuperWiki.Wing!fic
:Wings appeared very early on in fandom. Usually it was Sam or Dean sprouting ‘em, but occasionally angels were involved. And then in Season Four Kripke gave us dear Cass and the whole Host of Heaven.Wee!chesters
:Raised on the road, learning to be hunters, the lives of young Sam and Dean provides great fic material. And the Show joined in with “Something Wicked”, “A Very Supernatural Christmas” and “After School Special”.Lost Winchester brother
Fanfic has written about long-lost siblings, both older and younger. Kripke certainly is aware it’s a TV cliché, and named the episode featuring the younger half-brother Adam Milligan “Jump The Shark”.Impala Crack
Fans love the Metallicar and she features in many stories - usually as a convenient place to fuck. She’s also featured in some utter crack including becoming a real live girl, being possessed and even getting pregnant with Dean’s trunk babies!.The Sampala appeared in the Knight Rider tribute (complete with much sexual innuendo) in “Changing Channels”.Fourth Wall Hulk Smash!
: Oh where to start? Kripke pwns fandom on this one. There’s always been some crack fic featuring Sam and Dean meeting fangirls, or fics where Sam and Dean meet Jared and Jensen. But Kripke went from “Hollywood Babylon” and poking fun at the industry even incorporating real notes he’d got from network execs in the script - and remember Sam on the studio tour when they mentioned Stars Hollows? Then “The Monster At The End Of This Book” with his own self insert in the form of Chuck and the introduction of fandom and Wincest, with Becky appearing in “Sympathy for the Devil” and again in “The Real Ghostbusters” . And let’s not forget the “House of Wax” shout out in “Fallen Idols”.AU
: Show has done two of the fanfic classics – a verse where Mary didn’t die (“What Is And What Should Never Be), and one where Sam and Dean aren’t brothers (“This Terrible Life”). Fandom’s written many many variations of course – let’s hope we get to see more. I’d love an historical AU of some sort – togas anyone?Time Wimey stuff
:. Fandom’s had the boys scooting ahead in time and back, and of course in the old time loop and so has the Show in “In The Beginning”, “The End” (also classic future!fic) and “Mystery Spot”. Apocalypse
: Hey – we did it first! Fans wrote whole verse set during and after an apocalypse and we had challenges and stuff! Kripke finally followed suit with a formal announcement in Season Four. “The End” gave us a glimpse of what it might look like. Sex pollen
: Or variations thereof eg a curse/spell/telepathy made us do it, with the old ‘fuck or die’ variation a fan favorite. Show got pretty damn close with “Sex and Violence”. Pretending they’re gay!
Fans love having characters posing as gay for some reason,or just being mistaken for gay and having to play along. We’ve had snippets on the Show – in “Bugs”, “Playthings” and “A Very Supernatural Christmas” -but I reckon we’re due a whole episode round this theme.Character death
: It’s a brave author who takes on killing a major character int heir story. Kripke apparently didn’t get the memo. Sam dies. Check. (“All Hell Breaks Loose”). Dean dies (“No Rest For The Wicked”). John dies (“In My Time Of Dying”). Castiel dies (“Lucifer Rising”)… And just about everyone else. Except Bobby. Amnesia
: A fandom favorite – one of the boys loses their memory – will the brotherly bond overcome it? Definitely would love to see this on the show.MPreg
: Fandom has knocked the boys and Castiel up multiple time. C’mon Kripke – give us ass babies! There’s also “normal” kidfic too. Maybe the boys have to look after Jesse? Or a flashforward or Au to one or both of the boys with kids?Kinks:
I had to roll all these into one but these are just some of the roles we like seeing the boys playing at. Shows has given us priests (“Nightmare”; “In The Beginning”) and prisoners (“Folsom Prison Blues”). Surely we’ll get hookers eventually? Of course there’s all those other sexual kinks although I think it’s highly unlikely we’ll get any watersports on the Show. But we did get that little S/M snippet in “Criss Angel is a Douchebag” didn’t we?Crossovers:
Fans have crossed the Supernatural verse with everything from Buffy to Transformers, Gilmore Girls to Harry Potter. Jeremy Carver gave us Supernatural literally crossing into Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Miami, Knight Rider, a Japanese Game Show, every 80s sitcom ever and a Japanese game show in “Changing Channels”.Evil Sam:
Fandom loves an Evil Sam with some of the darkest fic around featuring Sam gone darkside. The Show has managed to give us glimpses of Evil Sam, without actually having Sam be
evil, with his possession by Meg (“Born Under A Bad Sign”), and Lucifer (“The End”), and little glimpse of Evil Sam in “Lucifer Rising”. Who knows what we may yet see especially at that showdown in Detroit.Cross Dressing:
We love Dean in a frock. Or some nice lingerie. So does Ben Edlund, who revealed Dean’s penchant for pink panties in “The End”. Maybe those bras Dean’s always pulling out of his duffle are actually his…Body Swap:
While fandom has most often exploited the body swap idea for pornish purposes, I am sure we’d be happy with some good clean fun!Wincest:
Seriously who would’ve ever thought when we started writing Wincest way back when, joking about going to the Special Hell, that one day Kripke would write it. Okay so it’s a bit of cheat in that it’s in a fanfic, but it’s still pretty amazing. Gender Switch
: We love a girl!Sam or a girl!Dean and if the show did it, I am sure we could also tick that cross-dressing RPF off the list too.Psychic Powers Are For Porn
: While in canon Sam hasn’t used his psychic powers for any real fun purposes like sex, we at elast got the awesome Andy and his gay porn psychic broadcasts (“All Hell Breaks Loose I)Devirginisation
: Usually in fanfic, this trope is played out as one of the boys looses his virginity as a teenager –e ither to his brother or a hot chick. Only Kripke could crack it out and “re-hymenate” an adult Dean in “Monster Movie” and in order to give him a chance to loose his virginity – again.Only as old as you feel
: This cliché sees a character ageing or regressing –s sometimes mentally changing in their current body, or their “current” self in a much older or much younger body. In “The Curious Case Of Dean Winchester”, Chad Everett made a brilliant older Dean.Animal transformation
: Fandom has set the bar high with this one – I’ve read fics where Sam is a seas cucumber, Dean is a unicorn and Castiel is a kitten. And don’t get me started on the yaks!
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Obviously I couldn’t fit everything on here: so let me know of any fic clichés you think the show has done – or should do in the future! And any fic recs much appreciated.
And Eric – thanks for playing fanfic cliché bingo – keep up the awesome work!