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Authors, and Websites
Silver & Salt Supernatural stories by B.Sterns (aka Gekizetsu/eighth_horizen)
She writes both gen/slash in an amazing range of genres. The Winchesters are always written in beautifully in character, despite some of the bizzare situations they encounter (including a v. hot genderswap series), B. Stern's style is engaging, flowing, and easy to read, one of the best fanfic authors out there. Cannot recommend her works highly enough!
She writes mostly slash, but also a lot of Chuck-as-God stories and mainly ships Castiel/Dean and Sam/Gabriel. The stories are almost always touching or humourous, especially what this troper considers as her crowning jewel Late Night Cable, which is an excellent "lost scene" from the episode Changing Channels. Gabriel/Loki is both hilarious and angsty, and the brothers' final lines are just...you have to read it. A LOT of her stories are AU, and labeled as such. She also does excellent Bobby/Crowley not-quite-slash. Some of her stories have been moved to Adult Fanfiction.net due to some mature content such as sexual situations and violence.
A ton of short-but-sweet stories focusing on the Winchesters. By "short" I mean most of them are around 100 words; by "sweet" I mean she treats the characters much better than the writers on the show do. Despite being so brief, she really captures the characters' personalities. Currently writing about an alternate universe where the brothers adopt a cat named Lucky. Almost exclusively general fic; no Wincest.
She writes both gen and pretty much every pairing you can think of, in a variety of genres and levels of age-appropriate. The stories (usually oneshots, though there are a few multiple-parters, like the Fourth Wall series linked to on our own Crack Fic page) are usually funny, often sad, sometimes creepy, and always beautiful. And the smut, when it comes up, is quite hot.
peroxidepest17 has only recently joined the SPN fandom, but the things written so far are amusing. Most of it can be read as a stand alone oneshot, and Dean x Castiel seems to be this writers OTP. I suggest starting with the 'series' where Sam has the issues for Dean starting with Curvature of the Earth, the latest in this series Flames of the Sun is currently one of my favorites. Love is a Battlefield is especially amusing but YMMV. All of these are Dean x Castiel.
Over 50 stories make up the Jimiverse, where the boys are adopted by a hellhound and then goes on to cover the next three generations of the infernal line. The 'verse in general perfectly captures the personalities of the Winchester brothers and co. Lately AU (Bobby is still alive and Crowley is, if not good, then neutral), but has now become a sort of head-canon for this troper. Lampito has taken every stereotypical fic type - from sister-fics to M-Preg to de-aged to kid-fic and just about everything else you can think of - and put her own unique spin on it, complete with unbelievable humour and occasional fanservice. There are no pairings beyond Dean's one-night-stands, and the general 'verse is rated T "for Dean's potty mouth" (as she puts it).
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.
"On the Other Side of You" by Faye_Dartmouth
Recommented by ksengupta
"Synopsis": Jessica's ghost talks to Dean. She misses Sam and has to know that even if she can't be with him, he'll never be alone.
"Comments": This fic is heartbreakingly beautiful, with a tragically bittersweet ending. It expresses how much both Dean and Jess love Sam perfectly. While a lot of it has to do with Jess and Sam's romantic relationship, most of the focus is on the familial bond between them and Dean and how Jess and Dean bond.
Synopsis: A lot could happen in a week. After all, God had created the whole world in that time. And in that time, Angie saw Dean Winchester's whole world destroyed. (Adapted from the author's synopsis)
Comments: An absolutely heartbreaking story with spot-on characterization and a deep understanding of the Winchester brothers' co-dependence. If you can handle the massive amounts of sadness, it's a must-read. One-shot, character death.
Synopsis: It was the simple things from their lives before Hell, Lucifer, and Leviathans that Dean missed most. Like stitching up a bleeding Sam who wasnít hallucinating that the suture needle was a meat hook. (summary by stillwaters01)
Comments: Takes place during S7 and Sam's hallucinations. I cannot express how amazingly in-character these two are, and how much this story touched me. Definitely a good read for fans of the brothers' canon relationship.
Synopsis: Sam knew there were lots of things he still didn't know about Dean. The past two and a half years had been full of startling revelations, and this was possibly the most startling of all. In short, Dean knits and Sam suffers the consequences.
Comments: Gen and fairly short, but dead funny. The author takes a rather cracky premise and makes it work.
Synopsis: Disney purchases the rights to Supernatural and airs it on Tuesday nights on ABC at 7:30. The show is retitled to aim for a different audience. Eric Kripke sets fire to himself outside an ABC studio shortly after.
Comments: Gen (and far too short for this troper's taste) but with minor Sam/Dean if you want to see it.
Synopsis: I'm just going to use the author's summary: AU. One-shot. Itís the middle of May when Dean shows up at his door at six a.m. with a huge smile on his face, and Sam knows something is wrong.
Comments: Really good, really sad one shot.
Seconded by Isis the Sphinx: If you don't have wet eyes or tears down your face, go take a nap then reread this. Tearjerker warning, but completely worth it for the odd type of wisdom interspersed through the fic.
The Simple Art Of Graverobbing by b stearns
Recommended by Polar Bear
Synopsis: Crossover between Supernatural and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Harry and Perry go hunt some graverobbers.
Comments: Narrated by Harry. Light, fun and as gen as a fic featuring Gay Perry will ever be.
Synopsis: Jake killed Sam, but Sam came back. Sam killed Jake, and Jake stayed dead. That means Sam won, and to the victor goes the spoils, right? Yeah, that‚Äôs what the rest of Hell thought too. The demons want Sam to lead. Hilarity Ensues.
Comments: Lovely gen humour. It's got a bit of a Good Omens feel to it, which is always a good thing.
Synopsis: Castiel pays Dean an unexpected visit with unexpected results.
Comments: A series in eight parts, all named after (and featuring) a different kind of pie, and Dean and Castiel (and eventually Sam) bonding over it. It's feel-good fic more than anything, with beautifully written characters.
Synopsis: Dean is tired, and half-buzzed, and Sammy's gone and Lucifer is risen and he's going to get himself smited — smote? — by an angel in the world's scuzziest motel.
Comments: The first in a not-series (meaning that this fic has companion pieces, but each story can stand alone) that is wonderfully written with spot-on Dean characterization, even as he's drunk and concussed.
Synopsis: Castiel is standing six inches too far inside Dean's personal space, and the two of them are playing intenser-than-thou while Sam fidgets impatiently with the strap of his bag and thinks about how it's a hell of a lot drier inside the car.
Comments: Second in 1shot's not-series. Beautifully written, a great look at Sam and Castiel's friendship and its difficulties.
Synopsis: AU. Sam is paraplegic and grows up neglected in foster care, until he meets Dean in school and they become friends. The first story takes place around that time; the second two are set when they're both older and hunting. Some Sam/Jess in later parts.
Comments: Incredibly awesome stories. The Missing Piece is "merely" an awesome premise and good writing, but the author really hits their stride later on. It can get slightly Anvilicious at times, specifically with regards to the treatment of the disabled, but Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped. It takes an extremely interesting look at how the family dynamics would change if Sam had been gone from an early age and only rejoined the family later on, and how he'd do hunting in a wheelchair. This 'verse is in my top ten ongoing fanfics across all fandoms, and one of my two favourite A Us.
Synopsis: John's kids don't like to be taken to the doctors office
Comments: This is adorable, has wee!chesters, and a caring John Winchester. In this Troper's opinion it's a nice look into the Winchester life with out angst and pre-series. The only problem for me was it didn't go on forever.
Seconded wholeheartedly by Prufrock, along with everything else this author has written, which is mainly gen, generally short, frequently hilarious, and all beautifully in-character.
Synopsis: AU Fic; Dean is a detective in a small town, Gabriel runs the local cafe, and Castiel is his brother, who Dean is forced to protect when their other psychotic brother Lucifer escapes from prison.
Comments: A well-written AU, one of the few I've found where Dean and Cas really do have quite a strong friendship without it being anywhere near slashy. The dysfunctional family containing all the canon angels (not angels in this 'verse) is also quite convincingly done, with Castiel and Gabriel distancing themselves from the rest of the family, Michael being rather indifferent and cold, and Lucifer and Uriel just generally being jerks. A bit of a long read, but totally worth it. Warning for weak stomachs: past rape and abuse are plot points (nothing explicit, just mentions and implications).
Synopsis: After Sam gets his soul back his relationship with Dean is rockier than ever. Secrets have piled up and tension is running high between the brothers. Their inability to get along causes problems for Bobby so he orders them to get help or get gone. Working through their problems is more complicated than they thought, and their therapist isnít who she seems.
Comments: One of the most insightful stories (and possibly the most insightful) in regards to Sam and Dean. Some of it was lovelily obvious, some completely hilarious, and the rest just surprising. The effective therapy the boys need (without a licensed therapist).
Synopsis: Sam was also sounding a little congestedóa squeaky sound coming from his little nostrils every time he breathed out. God, it was adorable. They were so screwed.
Comments: After a hunt gone bad, Sam finds himself stuck in the body of his four-year-old self. While this sounds like the premise for a crack fic, the result is anything but, and throughout the course of the story manages go from cute and adorable to tear-jerking and heart-wrenching. The characters are also very realistic, and provided you bring the requisite amount of tissues, this is not a fic to miss.
Synopsis: After forty years in Hell, Deanís more than willing to accept the offer: become a guardian angel and earn his freedom. But his new ward seems destined to hunt alongside Sam, and there are secrets in Heaven that the angels donít want found out. Deanís going to have to choose between his duty and the people he loves- and to work out just where Castiel fits in.
Comments: An amazing retelling of season 4 with an Angel Dean and Hunter Castiel that works extremely well within the lore of the show.
Synopsis: It's the Apocalypse, and this is the Book of Chuck
Comments: Beautifully written, this fic truly succeeds in describing the scope of the Apocalypse even as it focuses on and develops several core characters. The arc of the story is dramatic yet believable, and finishes on a note of wonder. There is slash of the Dean/Castiel flavor, but it's incorporated into the story without dominating it.
Additional Comments: Moved here because it does have an explicit sex scene, and the Dean/Castiel relationship is extremely important to the plot. As the first recommender noted, though, it is at heart an ensemble piece, and has many lovely scenes focusing on main characters, oneshot characters from various episodes, and even a few well-done OCs.
Synopsis: Dean says yes to Michael, and Castiel is left hurting. A different take on 5x04 "The End".
Comments: A quietly sad sort of fic with a tearjerker ending. The characterization, especially Michael's, is well-done. Also, it's not actually a shipping fic, but the tiny dose of slash within disqualifies it for the gen section.
Synopsis: Is an AU where the Big Secret was that Sam was part-demon. When Dean told Sam the secret, Sam freaked out and ran off, both so he could find answers that Dean didn't want to look for and so that he wouldn't endanger Dean if he went rogue. He got trained and brutalized so that he could give in to his demon side. After eight months, he was returned to Dean with a reasonable cover story but is more manipulative, rougher and crueller. Then there was a war, humanity lost and Sam made Dean his pet/whore/fuck-toy rather than killing him. Dean obviously is having rather a rough time of this but is slowly breaking and learning to submit. An Evil!Sam who is not a complete nutjob and a Slutty/Broken!Dean who is still smart... what's not to love?
Comments: A brilliantly dark and sexy (for the love of God, people, please read the warnings in every section) but very slowly updated verse. The main pairing is Sam/Dean but there are Dean/ OM Cs as well.
Synopsis: "Just a routine morning in Hell, but Dean is starting to think that Sam wants more than he has been taking ..." One-shot AU in which Sam becomes the new evil overlord of Hell, and drags Dean along for the ride.
Comments: Readers who liked the above story will probably love this one too. While shorter, this story does (in this troper's opinion) a better job of keeping both brothers in character: Sam is still recognizably Sam despite being evil, and is still horribly needy for his brother, while Dean is STILL trying to save Sam. Does have a Downer Ending, however.
Synopsis: As the auther herself puts it: A story in fifteen parts, in which the angel Castiel finds himself put in an untenable position, and consequentially loses his grace. In which he goes on a roadtrip with a demon, discovers the delights of tequila and french fries and pie, plays a starring role in a virgin sacrifice, is deflowered by his favourite Winchester, and then gets some very unpleasant news indeed.
Comments: A really awesome take on the angels of the Supernatural 'verse, with a lot about doubt and ineffability and the awesomeness of pie. Much like the show, it takes the silly fluffy funny bits with the brutal, dark and wrenching bits. Unlike the show, there is a lot of smokin' porn. Goes a little AU after the Anna arc. 15 parts. Enjoy.
Seconded by thegingersnapgirl. Contains everything an excellent Deancas should - a fall from Grace, demons, guns, Sam being pissy, an outsider's look at humanity, bad jokes, heartwrenching sadness, some really excellent smut and an end that will heal your heart and leave you hoping.
Synopsis: A different take on Mystery Spot, this time with the Winchesters brothers stuck together in the time loop.
Comments: Characterization is spot on, and the story really delves into the angst inherent to both the situation and the brother's relationship. Beautifully written, and the slash... then Sam said thoughtfully, "It won't have happened tomorrow," Oh boys!
Synopsis: Sam is trying to become the Antichrist in order to save the world. He has a small army of angels and demons, he has an adoring cult, he has a work of prophecy by Jack Kerouac, and he has Dean. Things are going pretty well until he accidentally signs Dean up as his Beloved Consort, a role that requires sex with the Antichrist on an altar. And that's when things stop going pretty well. Also, the soundtrack to the Apocalypse sucks.
Comments: Ridiculously funny, with a Discworld-esque tone to it. The writer manages to keep everyone in character even as she drives deeper and deeper into the realm of crack humor.
Comments: I can't even begin to put into words what this story is like. Sufficed to say it's one of the best damn piece of SPN fic that I've ever read, and also one of the most heartbreaking. There is character death, and you will cry.
Synopsis: Set immediately post-The Monster at the End of This Book. Dean can't stop wondering why people would write gay porn about him and Sam. Research takes him to interesting places; re-reading novels for subtext, visiting message boards, and a really freaky place called LiveJournal.
Comments: Both sexy and funny, this story is very well-written and a good length, with cute art every chapter. Definitely one of the better Supernatural fics on the net.
Comments: One of a grand total of three Kid Fic pieces I can tolerate, and manages to be both hilarious and heartbreaking sometimes in the course of a single chapter. There is a prequel entitled Foundlings and Empty Nests which I would also recommend - if you like the sound of it, give it a go, if you don't, give it a go anyway, because I swear, this fic is gold.
Synopsis: Castiel is up in Heaven, miserable and making life hard for the other angels. Sam is out of Hell and can't get Crowley and Bela to stop treating him like King of the Demons. Dean is down on Earth, miserable and making life hard for everyone else ó especially for Lisa and Becky, who might just be pregnant with Jesus. Gabriel and Cupid decide to stick their noses in and set everybody right. Too bad they can't make plans to save their lives.
Comments: Goes AU after "Swan Song." Absolutely, totally hilarious while still being dramatic. Every single character is spot-on; the whole thing is totally riveting, even for the mild crackiness of it all. I read it all in one day, it was so good. Seriously, one of the better humor/drama Supernatural fics I've read (and possibly one of the best Supernatural fics I've ever read, period).
Synopsis: AKA, A Winchester Family Christmas, 2010. After successfully halting the Apocalypse, Sam and Dean are granted, in essence, a wish by God. Dean's wish? ďHow about bringing back to life every single person who died thanks to this stupid, pointless little squabble your kids started?" Thus, a Winchester family Christmas! Hilarity, and oh-my-god-my-family moments ensue.
Comments: Absolutely hilarious, on top of containing some great Winchester-family interaction. Also has bff!Dean/Victor.
Synopsis: The story takes place around 1997; Dean is 18 and Sam is 14. They're on the road with their father. The story falls under the same circumstances described in the television series except for all the Wincest.
Warning: Incestuous Slash, Demons, and lots and lots of Angst.
Comments: Bittersweet, beautifully written, wonderfully characterized. With over one hundred chapters (and counting), this is not a quest to embark on lightly, but it sure is a delightful ride.
Synopsis: (From FF.net) John wakes after making a deal with the Yellow Eyed Demon to find that he might not be who he thought he was.
Warning: Slash with a fair bit of swearing and angst, implied sex.
Comments: At first, your average 'John is a nutcase' story. At the end, major twisty brilliance occurs. To say any more would be cheating you out of a great experience. One chapter, and my only complaint is that there really ought to be a couple of page breaks in there, just to avoid any confusion. Otherwise, utterly awesome.
Synopsis: Dean's life at twenty-four makes him feel like he's forty—he works two jobs to help pay bills for his house and put his genius little brother through private school, and has spent six years (on and off, let's be honest) working on his mechanical engineering degree at KU. With so much of his life devoted to his family, Dean has little time in his schedule for class and no time for social interaction. Then, while getting his classes together for the fall, he finds himself in a do-or-die situation: He must take his last literature class now, his spring already filled with those left for his major...except that none of the English classes will fit his schedule. This is how Dean grovels and begs Dr. Castiel Milton to make a special arrangement for him, and Dr. Milton does.
Warning: Language, sexuality, alcoholism, real life AU
Comments: It seems, in general, people aren't huge fans of AU fics, but this is one of the biggest exceptions. The way Dean and Cas interact is amazing. Sam is an adorable high school student, and everyone is just trying to get by.
Synopsis: Middle school AU. Dean and Sam are moving (again), and Sam's initial outrage at having to leave his friends behind is quickly subdued when he meets the mischevious Gabriel Novak, son of the school's principal, Michael. At the same time, Dean meets and quickly falls for Gabriel's older (but far more introverted) brother, Castiel. Soon after they meet, outside forces begin interfering with their relationships - controlling, domineering father Michael, the constant threat that the Winchesters will have to move away, and the secret kept by the Novak family and three other people (Jo, Becky and Chuck) - they're actually angels. Gabriel is the first to realize the biggest problem; John Winchester is the only man alive who knows how to kill angels. So between trying to survive school and trying to spill a secret without getting killed by either your father or your boyfriend's father (or even your boyfriend) for doing so, what is an angel to do?
Warnings: Slash (duh), much innuendo on the part of Gabriel. Also, child abuse (nothing explicit).
Comments: AU fic it may be, but it really is sweet, and watching the boys come to terms with their feelings is...interesting, to say the least. Adding in the oft-hilarious positions of canon characters (Bobby and Lucifer are teachers, Crowley is Jo's best friend, and a classmate of Sam, Gabe and Ruby, Rufus is the Phys-Ed teacher...must I say more?), this is a cute fic well worth a look (well, the first half's cute. Second half's a bit Darker and Edgier. That is not at all a bad thing).
Pairings: Dean/Castiel, Dean/Misha, a bit of (mostly implied) Sam/Genevieve, some Gabriel/Balthazar and very very slight hints of Gabriel/Sam. Also Jensen/Dr Sexy.
Synopsis: (from the index page) Set in The French Mistake universe. To safeguard the angelic weapons he stole from Heaven, Balthazar has entrusted the keys to their hiding place to Sam and Dean and sent them into an alternative dimension. Unfortunately, Heavenly hitman Virgil followed them through and managed to swipe the keys during the ensuing confrontation. Now, the brothers need to find Virgil stat or their world is headed for a meltdown when he hands the keys over to Raphael who plans to use the weapons to re-start Armageddon. The problem is - how? Because if tracking down Virgil isn't hard enough they also have to keep up the pretence of being a couple of crappy TV stars, investigate the mysterious arrival of one Richard Speight Jr. and deal with a clingy Castiel-lookalike who can't seem to stop fawning over Dean.
Comments: Not nearly as cracky as the summary makes it sound, this is actually really heartrending and touching as well as funny in places. It takes the meta of the episode and runs with it, making fantastic comments on the fandom, the characters, and the direction of the show as a whole. Misha is adorable and gets more than a couple of Crowning Moments of Awesome, too. Absolutely worth the read.
Synopsis: (From FF.net) When a human child is born, their soul is shattered into bright gleaming pieces that scatter to the winds.
Comments: This fic works In Spite of a Nail in that the idea of soul pieces causes Castiel's presence for the majority of Deanís life and all the situations the boys face throughout the canon series remain practically the same. Seriously, I couldnít even begin to count the number of times Iíve teared up/Ďawwwíed/giggled incessantly whilst reading this fic. Itís honestly one of the best fanfictions Iíve ever read.
Synopsis: Kali can breathe life back into a corpse, but what exactly is Gabriel now? Gabriel flits around various centuries trying to work that out, Dean has another powered-down angel and a little brother to look out for, Castiel has forgotten how to trust, and someone keeps sending Sam annoying little notes on his laptop. Oh, and Bobby would like to remind you all that thereís an Apocalypse still going on. Covers season 5 from Gabrielís death to the finale.
Warnings: Some gore, similar levels to the show. Some swearing, in dialogue and in Deanís narrative voice. Use of real historical characters.
Comments: One of those rare fics that succeeds in everything it tries - it's got a grand epic plot, the action scenes are very well done, the chapters set in the past are historically accurate (down to the author writing in the style of the age) and include illuminating footnotes, the shipping aspect is sweet and tender and turns scorching hot towards the ending.
Synopsis: (From the LJ page) Castiel was eleven years old when he first felt there was something wrong with him. He's twenty-nine, a Roman Catholic priest in a small New England village, before Dean Winchester shows him that there isn't. AU, rated NC-17.
Warnings: (From the LJ page) Blasphemy. Theological posturing. Possible underage sex - although Dean is 17, which meets the age of consent where this story takes place. Human!Cas, obviously. Vague insinuations of sibling incest (Castiel/Jimmy, in thought only). Religiously based homophobia. Internalised homophobia in the narrative voice. Shredding of a number of tenets of the Roman Catholic church. Too many Biblical references. Priest!kink and all that comes with it, basically.
Comments: A beautiful, sad, wonderful, depressing, uplifting story, and excellently written.
Synopsis: Demons poison Jimmy, forcing Castiel to take another host. When his new body turns out to be female, Dean finds himself with some unexpected feelings. Meanwhile, Sam trains Jimmy as a hunter, and some local vampires are causing trouble...
Synopsis: It's 1995, and Castiel's high school years are destined to be difficult: home-schooled until eighth grade, he is awkward, shy, and socially inept. The weird kid with the funny name would rather isolate himself and draw in his sketchbook than deal with the constant bullying he faces every day. Things only get worse in his junior year when he excels in home economics class, leading the captain of the baseball team, Alastair, to start taunting him for being gay. Then new student Dean Winchester arrives at Flour Bluff High School, sharing many of Castiel's classes. Castiel has seen his type before — handsome, athletic, arrogant, and sure to be the most popular kid in school. But Castiel eventually learns that he and Dean have more in common than he thought, and they form an unlikely friendship.
Warnings: Homophobic slurs, bullying with some violence.
Comments: A wonderful fic; the only flaw would be a lack of research into homeschooling. The author used a sterotypical image of homeschooling, but one that is actually very much the exception rather than the norm. That said, there are reasons given in-story for it, and it's certainly possible to enjoy the story regardless. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea.
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence, major character death.
Comments: This story is beautiful and heartbreaking. It will definitely make you cry, but it's definitely worth the read.
Seconded by Tantopat. There's a very good reason why this fic is famous throughout the fandom for being both incredibly good and absolutely, gut-wrenchingly tragic.
Synopsis: Dean is dense (or at least everyone thinks he is), Cas comes out (even though everyone already knows), and Sam hatches a plan (that does not go well but still manages to work out in the end).
Synopsis: the one where when the new boss in Heaven walks inside Ash's bar with plans. Reunions happen, matchmaking happens, hacking angel radio happens and it's generally an awesome afterlife, all things considered.
Comments: AU from 5x22, this fic is utterly hilarious. It starts with Castiel walking into Heaven's Roadhouse and asking, completely seriously, for "Dr. Badass" — and it only gets better from there.
Synopsis: The first time Sam sees Dean and Cas interacting after the post-Lucifer-freeing fight in Bobby's hospital room is in a little diner in Idaho, and their dynamic is... not what he was expecting. Really not what he was expecting.
Comments: Warning: It may be possible to die from the utter cute.
Synopsis: Just after Purgatory, but before whatever's next, Dean has a broken angel to put back together. This is a season 8 AU where Cas isn't left behind. Oneshot. Hurt/comfort.
Warnings: None used by the author, but graphic sex and one severely bruised angel.
Comments: This is the best first time fic for these characters that I have ever read. It's everything that I want from their relationship: intense, passionate, tender, heartbreaking and unbelievably hot. Very believable setting and characterisation, this is porn with a plot.
Pairings: Dean/Castiel, Sam/original female character
Synopsis: Picking up from the Season 6 finale: Sam, Dean and Bobby have to deal with a new God gone rogue and Sam's continued hallucinations from the Cage. Castiel has to be defused before he can wreak further havoc on Heaven and Earth, but even afterward, Cas is broken, angry and only half-angel ó and in their quest to save him, he's not the only thing the Winchesters bring back to Earth. Later chapters cross over with the Cthulhu Mythos. Fuller description at the fic's LiveJournal page.
Warnings: violence, wall-to-wall angst, torture, implied sexual abuse, explicit depictions of male/male and male/female sex, an awful lot of drowning, cosmic horror, and heartwarming fluff. Also, with 24 'episodes' and multiple 'DVD extras', it clocks in north of 650,000 words, making it longer than Tolstoy'sWar and Peace.
Comments: This troper is still fairly new to the SPN fandom and rereading this series after binge-reading it in about four days because it was that entrancing. You will laugh, cry and smile in equal measure. Not only is the prose consistently wonderful (no easy feat with 15 authors), but the series picks up on a lot of character and plot themes that have actually played out in the show since publication. It's like watching an actual season of Supernatural, with a lot more guy-on-guy sex.
Synopsis: A crossover between Supernatural and Good Omens. A capture, a ritual, and a small mistake in terms lets Sam and Dead become 'sacrifices' to another demon with yellow eyes. Things don't exactly end how you might expect them to.
Comments: Brilliantly written in a style that sounds just like Pratchett and Gaiman wrote it themselves. Everyone is character and it's absolutely hilarious.
Synopsis: When a new video game is released based on the book series Supernatural, Sam and Dean decide to put a stop to it. However, the game contains encoded information regarding the whereabouts of multiple weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't take long for Sam and Dean themselves to come under suspicion. To make matters worse, not only is there a nuclear arms dealer on the loose, but it seems he may have connections to something other otherworldly that makes the situation that much more dangerous.
Comments: A crossover that manages to meld both the universes of Chuck and Supernatural together perfectly, while keeping everyone from both respective properties completely in-character.
Synopsis: (from the series masterlist page) Team Free Will meets everyone's favourite angel and demon, and it all spirals from there.
Comments: The thing about this fic is the balance between scenes which are absolutely hilarious and utterly gut-wrenching, and no real sense of Mood Whiplash to be found. All of the characters have depth and sides to them which we maybe don't always get to see in their respective canons but still feel very much in step with what we do see canonically. The series is technically incomplete but the author posted a synopsis of what the conclusion would be since RL issues caused a problem in writing. So no one is left hanging, and the 'synopsis' is better done and more compelling than a fair number of proper fics I've read. (Also, I add my voice to the tropers on the Good Omens rec page, this series needs its own page and I'd start it myself except I'm not entirely sure how to.)
Seconded. This fic is THE best. The plot is so well-thought out that the author could write a book and not be sued. Original, funny, sweet, action-packed, depressing at times, and just all together smart. Really worth a read.
Thirded by scarletclarinet. So completely brilliant, in character for both fandoms (which is dang hard to find), and the phrasing and pacing are both gorgeous, which really is par for the course with icarus_chained.
Fourthed by heterodynegirl, and the Arrangements page has now been created.
Synopsis: When a Digitized Hacker demon attacks the BAUactually the ghost Tobias Hankel, the team find themselves in an impossible world, where a mother's secrets will change everything.
Comments: Recommended to me (Leliel) by a classmate in college, this was apparently good enough to the point where she felt confidentr it would impress an English teacher. and from what I've read, she wasn't wrong. Really builds a sublime sense of dread. Warning, post-fifth season spoilers for both shows.
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Synopsis: A Bones crossover with Dean as FBI Agent Winchester, Cas as the ever-logical anthropologist he's partnered with, and Sam as the psychologist who's fascinated by their working relationship
Comments: There really are a lot of parallels between Bones/Booth and Dean/Cas and the author manages to perfectly capture the essences of both pairings. A feel-good fic that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, as any good episode of Bones does.
Synopsis: A beautifully written X-men crossover. Dean meets Wolverine during a solo hunt, which leads to friendship and a new job.
Comments: This really feels like it has actually happened. It portrays everyone realistically and gives the boys powers without overpowering them. It is almost 100 chapters and still going strong, so it's length may be intimidating, but it's worth it for this powerful story. Even the OC's feel like they were actually there. I had to do some research to make sure that they weren't. Overall, the only reason you'd be able to tell this wasn't an episode is because the X-men are there.
Synopsis: Harry Potter saves the Winchesters from a Dementor attack, but the Winchesters aren't the only ones that need protecting.
Comments: This is one of the best fanfics for Harry Potter or Supernatural around. It gives a great glimpse into the future of the Harry Potter characters while combining the Supernatural characters in a way that really doesn't contradict the canon of either series. It has another novel-length sequel ''Vile Violent Vacations, as well as several one-shots. Basically, if Harry were to meet Sam and Dean, this is exactly what it would be like.
Synopsis: Winchester isn't stupid. Dangerous, unpredictable and often reckless. But definitely not stupid. So there has to be a good reason that, knowing full well that he's on the FBI's radar, Dean Winchester brazenly walked into the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard to collect a passport under the pseudonym of Ronald Belford Scott.
Comments: Supernatural/ NUMB3RS crossover, told through the POV of the Eppes Family. My personal favorite parts are how Derry draws parallels between the Eppes and Winchester brothers. The Winchesters even use these parallels to manipulate both Don and Charlie in a way that doesn't feel forced, getting what they need and possibly acquiring some allies in the FBI.
Synopsis: A demon from their father's past shows up on Ellen's doorstep, claiming to want to help the Winchesters. But who is the Doctor, and what is he keeping from the brothers? Set DW mid Season 2, SPN mid Season 3.
Comments: Crossover between Supernatural and Doctor Who. A wonderful - and wonderfully written - fic that keeps the reader on his toes, frequently delivering on a number of surprisingly unexpected twists. All the characters are extremely well-written, especially the Doctor and Dean. The first in a series of multi-chapter stories and one-shots set in the same 'verse.
Sypnopsis: When the Dean and Sam finally die, they discovered that they caused so much crap that heaven flat out doesn't want them. So Castiel takes a second option and sends them to the Soul Society.
Comments: Bleach meets Supernatural and Dean and Sam become Shinigami. Don't let the 33 chapter mark fool you, this fic is short, most chapters are barely a page long. The story progresses quickly, to the point that they get their Zanpakuto's within the first 10 chapters, by the way, Dean's Zanpakuto is the impala. Some may consider it So Bad, It's Good.
Synopsis: Sam and Dean stop one Apocalypse, only to face another — this time with zombies.
Comments: One of the best crossovers I've ever read - the author stays true to the characters of both shows, and the story is fast-paced and emotional. A+. There is sex and violence in this story, so make sure you read the warnings in each chapter. There are also character deaths (Zombie Apocalypse, people!)
Synopsis: Dean and Sam investigate the disappearance of several people who vanished while playing ENCOM's newest MMORPG. Castiel suspects a certain demon and brings out a security program who seeks redemption of his own.
Comments: Really, you should've been sold at the "Crossover With" part. Trust me, it isn't a Crack Fic. Read it.
Comments: You may ask, "Just what would it take for Dean to avoid going to hell?" Well, this fic gives a fairly well written answer, plus it does a good job mixing all three series together in a convincing way. However, there is a character death... just not who you'd expect.
Just an FYI, there are original characters. So... yeah.
Synospsis: On his own one night, Crowley discovers a house where he hears a child being abused by his family. He takes the kid in and adopts him as his own son. The child: Harry Potter before he gets his Hogwarts letter. This is a story of him growing up with Crowley as his father and all the obstacles that come with becoming half demon; along with also being a wizard.
Pairings: Dean/Castiel, minor Sam/Jess, Gabriel/Crowley
Synopsis: So it turns out Castiel is actually heir to the throne of Genovia. Suddenly, his life is completely thrown off-balance; on top of all his normal schoolwork, he has to deal with prince lessons, people at school behaving rather differently, and that crush on his best friend that still won't go away.
Synopsis: "When a kidnapped Tony DiNozzo is rescued by legendary - and supposedly dead - serial killers Dean and Sam Winchester, the NCIS team takes over the Winchester investigation. What they find is a file filled with contradictions and impossibilities."
Comments: The greatest NCIS/SPN Crossover that I've ever seen. The characters interact fluidly, everyone is perfectly in character, and the author manages to provide reasonable explanations for the NCIS to come up with instead of the more supernatural answers.
Seconded by scarletclarinet. This crossover is brilliantly in character, and the plot is layered and subtle.
Character(s): America, England, Japan, Canada, Sam, Dean
Synopsis: All hell breaks loose stateside when an ambitious demon takes one Alfred F. Jones as a host. To save him, the nations must join forces with the Winchester brothers, who don't quite realize just how high the stakes are in this hunt.
Synopsis: "As a reward from God (who may or may not be drunk) Team Free Will (and those reluctantly dragged along) end up attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.Madness ensures.(In which Dean and Meg have a weird fascination with Hell, Crowley starts an underground black market, Gabriel has it out for Snape, Sam makes a female friend who doesn't die, Castiel watches Lord of the Rings, Adam gets out of the cage and Jo is the only sane one around.)"
Comments: It's nice to see a SPN/HP fic that doesn't make Harry related to the Winchesters - those get boring real fast. One thing that annoys me is how fast they get over the demons being there.