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     Dean/Castiel (Destiel) (Season 4-10) 
  • Ahem. Dean and Castiel. Episode 4x01, his first episode, he already seems to have a thing for leaning waaaay too close to Dean and staring into his eyes. There's a reason for that.
    • Forget the staring, look at the way he's introduced! To quote Eric Kripke, "[Dean would] be attracted to someone who walked in the door, slaughtered everybody, and walked out, and then he would say, 'Who's that?'" Castiel doesn't kill anyone, but he does knock Bobby (the only other person there) out cold. Dean's reaction to seeing him walk in, sparks falling all around? "Who are you?"
  • It's not only the first episode. In particular, the last 5 minutes of 4x02 were just ridiculously slashy.
  • The solidifying moment of shippiness was at the end of "In the Beginning," episode 4x03, when Castiel appears beside Dean in the past to bring him back to the present, with a hand on the shoulder and a tender, sympathetic expression. Look at his faaaace!
  • Episode 4x07 has a few moments between them, especially when Dean appeals directly to Castiel to let them try to save the town.
    • And later when Castiel confides in Dean something that he literally cannot tell another soul, because if anyone else finds out, Castiel would be killed for it. And he tells Dean this to correct Dean's fairly offhand accusation earlier in the episode. There's no real reason he should care so much what Dean thinks of him, so...
  • It's established pretty early on that Dean trusts Castiel, despite thinking angels are "dicks with wings."
  • Episode 4x10: Uriel delivers a threat to Dean. The explanation given for Castiel not being present?
    Uriel: Castiel? He has this weakness. He likes you.
    • Dean's face there! He kinda straightens up, like he's thinking You—you mean it? You really think so?
    • In that same episode, the plan is to set the angels and demons on each other and get out of the crossfire. Yet Dean, who makes it no secret that he has little love for the angels, saves Castiel from Alastair.
    • And by this point, Cas has apparently visited Dean's dreams often enough that Dean can immediately tell that Uriel is in Dean's dream. Later in the episode, we actually see Cas in Dean's dream for the first time, and they seem totally at ease there, like they've done it so many times it's normal for them.
  • Episode 4x16: Castiel has been demoted because he's gotten too close to Dean and his superiors feel it will "impair his judgement".
    • They're right. Castiel goes on to investigate something he has been ordered not to, because Dean was hurt.
  • Episode 4x18, Cas bends the rules almost to the point of breaking them entirely to help Dean, and by the 20th episode he's all set to disobey completely and tell Dean what the angels are really up to.
    • By this point at the latest, Dean has figured out that he can manipulate Castiel simply by threatening to end their friendship.
  • Every single episode in which Castiel appears seems to be a teaser for Castiel/Dean. Cas watches Dean in his sleep, he visits him in his dreams...
  • Episode 4x20 is a good one.
    • Cas apparently visits Dean's dreams often enough Dean can tell within seconds it's a dream, and seems totally calm about it.
    • When Cas asks Dean to meet him somewhere without telling him anything other than where to go, Dean does, though is confused and surprised when Cas doesn't give any more information.
    • Dean seems worried when they see the area trashed, and sounds pretty stressed when he calls for Cas.
    • Dean acts completely differently around Jimmy. He starts out with the usual eyesex, but within a couple of minutes stops looking at Jimmy almost entirely, and says nearly nothing. This behavior continues throughout the entire episode, and Sam starts giving him very weird looks when he notices.
    • Dean tries to send Jimmy away with no protection, and has no good reason for it. Because, of course, there isn't a good reason. Sending Jimmy away, back to his family, would just make him a target, and them, too. And of course, Sam's right, it does, and all three of them nearly die. Dean is an experienced hunter, this isn't exactly the first time he's dealt with demons, or with someone likely to be targeted by a monster. Sending an untrained, unarmed, unprotected man off alone, back to his family? Dean knows perfectly well that is a terrible idea.
    • Dean is in a much better mood after Jimmy escapes, actually laughing about it, despite Jimmy now being in serious danger.
    • Dean's good mood completely vanishes when Anna tells him that Cas was "dragged back home", saying it was "a very bad thing. Painfully, awfully bad", and "he must have seriously pissed someone off". Dean knows torture, he knows what Anna's saying.
    • When Jimmy kisses Amelia, we get a Reaction Shot from Dean, and he looks really jealous. Nothing from Sam, of course, because why would Sam care?
    • Dean's plan works almost perfectly—he was totally right about Cas coming back if his vessel was in enough danger—but when Jimmy is shot, Dean is horrified.
    • Claire!Cas comes to help Dean first, and then continues to stand within about four inches of him as long as possible.
    • Cas planned to tell Dean something Heaven didn't want him to know. Something they were so determined Dean must not learn that they tortured Cas to stop him.
  • Episode 4x21, Dean and Castiel just stare at each other for nearly 20 seconds.
    • More than just the stare, what's going on in that scene is amazing. For starters, despite being majorly stressed about Sam, his addiction to demon blood, not even knowing if Sam would survive the detox, or hell, trying to stop the apocalypse, the first thing Dean says to Cas is about Cas. "You can start with what the hell happened in Illinois?" He's not asking about Sam or the apocalypse, that's about Cas and Dean.
    • Cas starts the scene behaving completely differently from his normal manner. Usually, he appears within a few inches of Dean, and now he appears a good twenty-some yards away. (Meaning, at the very least, that he can do that if he wants, and so chooses not to.) He has to walk toward Dean just to talk to him, and he's so reluctant it looks like he's in physical pain.
    • Cas is a terrible liar, at least when it comes to Dean. When he says that what he was going to tell Dean in Illinois was "nothing of import", he can't look Dean in the face. Note that by this point, he's back to his usual spot a few inches away from Dean.
    • Cas looks back at Dean after he finishes speaking, but when Dean references his torture in Heaven he looks away again, only looking back to say "I can't. I'm sorry."
    • And after he says that, Cas walks away from Dean. We've seen it the other way around before, that's what Dean does when he's struggling, trying to deal with his emotions, when he's feeling vulnerable, when he's feeling scared, but Cas? That, we've never seen before.
    • Once there's some space between them, Cas changes the subject to Sam, getting the topic of conversation away from himself, and then comes right back mere inches away from Dean.
    • Even though Cas had just told him basically that if he did this thing, Sam would be okay, Dean kept questioning, and when he got that Cas was lying to him, or at the very least keeping relevant information from him, that was what upset him. Not that Sam might still be involved, even hurt, but that Cas had tried to lie to him.
    • Cas was called back to Heaven with no warning and tortured, because he was getting "too close to the people in his charge. You." Specifically, he was going to tell Dean something Heaven didn't want him to know, something they were willing to torture to prevent. And even after that, after he was tortured for being too close to Dean, he still manages to give Dean information the angels did not want Dean to have.
    • The zoom-out shot of them in that scene is reminiscent of the shots employed for especially romantic kissing scenes in many movies. You know the ones, beneath a starry sky, wrapped up in each other and oblivious to the rest of the world, surrounded by the scrap parts and old tires of Singer Salvage Yard...
  • Episode 4x22, Cas pins Dean to a wall and covers his mouth, leaning in REALLY close...
    • Aaaaand don't forget, this is the episode where Castiel chooses Dean over all of Heaven. And he does this by slamming him into a wall, getting up real close, putting his hand over Dean's mouth and pulling out a knife. Fanservice at its best.
    • Dean trusts Castiel, despite the knifeplay, enough to go along with everything without question or complaint.
    • Also, Castiel does all this because Dean becomes disgusted with him and tells him, "We're through." Castiel reacts with visible distress.
  • And there's Castiel's repeated assertions (5.02 and 5.18 in particular) that everything he has done, he did for Dean.
    Castiel: I killed two angels this week. My brothers. I'm hunted. I rebelled. And I did it, all of it, for you.
    • It's definitely worth noting that nobody gets under Castiel's skin like Dean does. Not even the biggest bad guys in all Creation can get Cas that riled up.
      • Don't forget that 5x18 is the only time Castiel has ever physically attacked Dean. And why does he loose control this way? Because Dean is willing to give himself up and say yes to Michael.
  • Surely, someone must have noticed 5.02, when Castiel borrows Dean's pendant, that the object in question could be "virginity", and the lines would still be the same.
    • Let's also note that beyond that, we're talking about Dean's amulet. The one that Sam gave him when Dean was thirteen, and that Dean has worn ever since. The one that his soul apparently worenote . That Dean "felt naked" without. And he just hands it over to Cas after not a full minute of thought with an "okay, I guess" and nothing more than "don't... lose it" as a warning.
  • Episode 5x03, "Free To Be You and Me". Castiel appears out of nowhere about a foot away from Dean so that when Dean turns around, their faces are really close together. Later in the episode, Dean straightens Castiel's collar and tightens his tie.
    • And when Dean takes Castiel to a brothel to get him laid, they both end up fleeing the place, with Dean admitting that he hasn't had that much fun in a while as he slings his arm around Castiel and the two share a smile.
      • Dean promised Castiel wouldn't die a virgin. Many a fanfic has sprung up around him keeping that promise when the brothel plan fell through.
    • Dean also, quite pointlessly, informs Castiel that Bert and Ernie are gay before taking him off to get laid. One has to wonder why.
      • Earlier in the episode, when Cas first shows up and asks for Dean's help, Dean says, "So, what, I'm Thelma and you're Louise, and we're just gonna hold hands and sail off this cliff together?" Thelma and Louise, of course, kissed right before sailing off said cliff. The way he looks at Cas as he says it...are they even trying to keep this to subtext?
      • Not to mention the reason he takes Cas to a brothel is because he asked Cas what he wants to do (on his last night), and offers booze, women...the look Cas gives Dean could easily be (mis)taken for "you".
    • The whole plot for Dean and Cas counts, actually. Cas probably isn't consciously manipulating Dean, but his explanation about needing Dean's help isn't exactly true. Everything they do in regards to the case, he could have done himself. Even his implication Dean could be used as a human shield didn't work, because when Raphael gets pissed and explodes a window, Cas instinctively shields Dean with his own body. It seems what Cas actually needed was moral support—understandably, not many people would want to spend what could be their last hours alone. Dean, in general, is so important to Cas that, in this instance, Cas mentally assigned him a more important role in this particular case than Dean actually occupied.
  • Episode 5x04, "The End":
    • Even in the post-apocalyptic future, Castiel remained on Earth with Dean and fought beside him for 5 years, and, despite becoming utterly disillusioned, he still follows Dean into a situation he knows to be potentially deadly.
    • Future!Dean basically admits that he is using his friends as cannon-fodder, and yet:
      Dean: Are you coming?
      Castiel: Of course.
    • One of the things that appalls Past!Dean most about Future!Dean is his willingness to sacrifice his friends, but Past!Dean seems especially horrified that he's sacrificing Castiel. "You mean you're going to feed your friends into a meat grinder? Cas too?" He seems to imply that he could possibly understand sacrificing the others, but deliberately letting Cas die is crossing the line.
    • Cut from the production script:
      Future!Castiel: But instead, we become this. The only thing I think we have left, Dean and me, is each other. [unadorned sincerity] If Dean says it’s time to go out in a blaze of glory, win or lose, so be it. I’m in. But, then... [smiles at Past!Dean] That’s just how I roll.
    • There's a pretty good argument that Future!Dean and Future!Cas were, in fact, in a relationship and everyone at Camp Chitaqua knew.
  • Episode 5x08, "Changing Channels", has an interesting little moment. The host calls Cas a "pretty boy angel", and we get a Reaction Shot from Dean. Not from Sam, just Dean. And the face he makes... if he'd said "'Pretty boy angel'? I never really thought... well, maybe a little..." out loud, it couldn't have been any clearer he was thinking it.
    • And that's not all in this episode: So, Dean and Sam are in a sitcom-style show; Castiel manages to break in, and apparently tries to impart some important information. Before he can, the Trickster bursts in, throwing him against a wall and making duct tape appear over his mouth so he can't say anything. Dean looks, until this point, surprised/confused/annoyed, but not much more.
    Trickster: [brightly] Hey, Castiel!
    (The Trickster flicks a hand, and Castiel vanishes)
    Sam: You know him?
    Dean: Where did you just send him?
    Trickster: Relax. He’ll live. (pause) Maybe.
    Dean: (stepping forward, now clearly angry) All right, you know what? I’m done with the monkey dance. ‘Kay? We get it. /
    • So he ignores Sam's fairly good question — how does a Trickster know Cas by name? — in favor of just getting mad.
  • Dean called Castiel "Huggy Bear" over the phone in "Abandon All Hope..." (in reference to a character on Starsky & Hutch, because of Cas saying "it's going down").
  • Episode 5x13 has a delicious little parallel. Dean is still dealing with the decision of whether or not to let Michael use him as a vessel. Sam points out that their father had eventually said yes. Dean responds:
    Dean: That was different. Anna was about to kill Mom.
    • In other words, John said yes because the love of his life was in danger. Cas, meanwhile, is continually getting weaker, and is being targeted by both the angels and the demons. And what does Dean do a few episodes later? Try to say yes to Michael, even though Dean and Sam themselves are still okay. The only one currently really threatened is Cas. Meaning...
    • And, of course, there's this: When Cas almost collapses, Dean and Sam help hold him up. However, they hold him very differently. Note how Sam has his hand on Cas's chest, but quickly removes it as Dean comes farther forward. While Sam has one hand hooked under Cas's arm and the other holding Cas by his elbow, Dean is holding Cas's arm so tightly it's pulling at the fabric, and the other is holding Cas's forearm. The way Sam is holding Cas actually provides more support than Dean, which would usually be Dean's primary concern. Then, when Cas starts to fall again, Sam tries to pull him up, using his own body weight as an anchor, while Dean collapses down with Cas to catch him before he hits the ground.
    • It's also probably worth pointing out Anna dies in this episode. A small, unimportant fact, it might seem at first — and until the reveal that according to TPTB, Anna was originally supposed to be Dean's endgame. As in final/long-term love interest. The Anna who appears in six episodes and gets killed off in the last. And the reason for the change? Misha Collins was originally slated for a few episodes as Castiel, to pull Dean out of Hell, before getting killed off, with Anna the one who'd be sticking around. But instead, Dean and Castiel had such chemistry, and the fans liked Cas so much better than Anna, that they switched the roles, killing off the no-longer-long-term-love-interest Anna, and keeping the fan-beloved Castiel instead.
  • 5x14, "My Bloody Valentine" - a shipper's dream come true.
    • Everyone in the town is being affected by Famine. While Castiel explains that the effect can be to make them crave love, sex, drugs, or food, Sam is listening to Cas and taking in what he's saying. Dean, on the other hand...
    • Near the end of the episode, Dean tells Castiel to go in and deal with Famine while he waits in the car. He does so for all of twelve seconds. Dean then says it's "taking too long", and follows Cas inside. This is the hunter who's stayed up all night on a stakeout how many times, and now twelve seconds is "too long" to wait for Cas to come back. Tell me again how Dean isn't hungering for anything?
      • Let's note that the one who gave us that line about Dean not hungering inside because he was "dead inside already" was Famine. Who was working with Lucifer. Who wanted Dean to say yes to Michael so that Sam would also give in. And Famine would have no problems lying to Dean to advance his agenda...
      • One interpretation is that the reason Dean says that is not due to impatience, but the simpleness of the plan, which was teleport into the diner, cut of Famine's ring, teleport back with the ring. The fact that it took longer than a few seconds meant that the plan had failed.
    • Also note the name of the episode: "My Bloody Valentine"? With the impatience to follow Cas and the practically lustful staring referenced above, could this be another parallel perhaps?
    • "Huggy bear" from the last episode isn't their only slashy phone call. Practically all of them are, to some degree, but this episode has a particularly nice one. Dean calls Castiel to give him their location, and Castiel appears right in front of him before the call is even finished. Which prompts this exchange, all while standing mere inches apart and staring at each other, apparently oblivious to the fact that Sam is in the room with them:
      Castiel: I'm there now.
      Dean: Yeah, I get that.
      Castiel: I'm going to hang up now.
      Dean: Right.
  • Episode 5X16 has a bit.
    • First, there's the fact that, several episodes prior, Dean jokingly called Cas Huggy Bear. In this episode, one scene features Dean wearing a T-shirt that reads, "I wuv hugs"... and features a picture of a bear! More of a Ship Tease than anything Dean consciously or unconsciously meant to communicate, though, because it was of course based on a shirt Dean owned decades prior to ever meeting Cas. However:
    • In more of a Tear Jerker move near the end, after Dean has spent the episode facing abandonment issues from his parents, Sammy, and God Himself, Cas gives back the amulet he borrowed near the beginning of the season. Of course, it was never a gift and the understanding was always that Castiel would return it when he was done. However, given the timing and how down both were feeling, the scene plays out more like a girlfriend returning a ring or a necklace after a painful breakup. No wonder Dean throws it in the trash after Cas is gone.
  • Episode 5x18, "Point of No Return", has a lot of fun with this:
    • Dean responds to one of Castiel's way-too-intent stares: "Last person who looked at me like that, I got laid," followed by a wink when Castiel starts to leave.
    • The fight (or rather beat-up) scene. While it was surely brutal and nothing to be encouraged, not many fangirls missed how CLOSE their faces were. And just the fact that Cas took it that personally that Dean in particular was giving up... it was all very emotional.
    • It seems very likely that the quite stunning overload of Ho Yay in this particular episode was all quite deliberate Fanservice, since this was a milestone episode (the show's 100th) and what better way to thank your fans than trampling all over that fine line between subtext and text?
  • In episode 6.03, "The Third Man", Castiel states (like it's the most obvious thing in the world) that he and Dean "share a more profound bond" than Cas and Sam. The way he says it and then looks back at Dean makes it look like it's something he'd told Dean before, but "wasn't going to mention it" (his words) to Sam.
    • Amusingly, whenever another character points out the "profound bond" that Dean and Castiel seem to have, the normally snarky Dean goes completely silent and cannot even seem to muster a denial.
  • In episode 6x05, "Live Free or Twi-Hard", Dean and Sam go to a bar during their investigation. While there, we see a taller fair-haired man kissing a shorter man with dark hair. ::cough::parallel::cough::
    • Worth noting, too, that soulless!Sam shows no reaction, but Dean apparently finds it so unpleasant to look at that he turns away, glancing over to see Sam's reaction, and then keeps his eyes deliberately averted for several minutes more.
  • In episode 6x10, "Caged Heat", Castiel and Meg unexpectedly start making out. The Winchesters could've turned around or pretended not to see, but the fact that they ogled the whole thing with those particular expressions on their faces made it hard not to think other things. Dean's shuffling and awkward little dance — like he doesn't know what to do with his hands — made the entire scene all the more Ho Yay-tastic.
  • Most of season 6 has Dean being a big baby about Castiel not being around enough for him. He openly laments Cas not being human-like anymore. He just seems so entitled and used to having Cas by his side, and he's being a big jerk about it. In episode 6x17, "My Heart Will Go On", when Castiel finally opens up enough to say things aren't going so good for him, Dean finally starts cutting him some slack.
    • It's not just that Cas admits things aren't going well for him, it's that he admits he'd rather be with Dean and Sam.
    • Not to mention, later in the same episode Castiel has Balthazar sink the Titanic again to save Dean and Sam from Fate. It's more significant in context.
    • That episode gets better: Balthazar tells the boys, or more specifically Dean, who he's clearly looking at for the last part, "I'm sorry, you have me confused with the other angel. You know, the one in the dirty trenchcoat who's in love with you?"
  • Episode 6x19, "Mommy Dearest."
    Dean: Why's it always gotta be me that makes the call, huh? It's not like Cas lives in my ass, dude's busy!
    Bobby: *Gives a disbelieving look*
    Castiel: *Shows up behind Dean*
    Dean: Cas, get outta my ass!
    Castiel: I was never in... your... *Cue awkward looks*
    • When Sam and Dean are about to leave the police station to escort two children home, Cas emotionally (or at least, emotionally by Cas standards) pleads with Dean to stay and help him. Not Sam, just Dean. The intense eye contact and close proximity did nothing to lessen the sexual tension.
      • The poignant music playing in the background as Cas watched Dean leave with a hurt expression certainly didn't help either.
  • Episode 6x20, "The Man Who Would Be King", is one giant testament to Dean and Cas's relationship, depressing ending included.
    • Dean seems really reluctant to suspect Castiel's working with Crowley, and seems visibly distressed by it. When Castiel is spying on them, he gives Dean a long, mournful look.
    • OHMYGOD this episode is so Dean/Castastic it's not even funny. Dean not wanting to believe the truth about Castiel, Castiel's desire to have his friends [read: Dean] not think poorly of him, topped with the emotional confrontation at the end. Take away all the heaven/hell/angels/demons stuff and this is an episode about cheating. Castiel is a cheating husband who covers his tracks and eventually slips up, Crowley is the other woman and Dean is the wife who won't listen to her girlfriends when they tell him her man is cheating. Take a look at this exchange and replace 'working' with 'sleeping', seriously.
    Dean: You got to look at me, man. You got to level with me and tell me what's going on. Look me in the eye, and tell me you're not working with Crowley.
    [Castiel looks at Dean, but then looks away]
    Dean: ... Son of a bitch.
    Castiel: Let me explain.
    Dean: You're in it with him? You and Crowley have been going after Purgatory together? You have, huh? This whole time!
    • This is further underscored earlier in the episode when Cas goes to talk to Crowley. During this scene, the song Me and Mrs. Jones is playing in the background—a song about a destructive extramarital affair.
    • Everybody and their mother knows Dean projects his issues on other people. We see it again and again, including repeatedly in season 7, particularly 7x03 and 7x05, but there's a brief moment here, too.
    Bobby: (talking about Castiel) That means we're dealing with a Superman who's gone Dark Side.
    Dean: (looking at Sam) That makes you Lois Lane.
    • Note too his face during the line "Superman gone Dark Side"/"Superman going to the Dark Side", and even more look at his expression when he turns back to look at Castiel one final time before leaving the warehouse. He seriously looks like he's about to cry.
    • At the end of episode Cas sneak into the bunker to explain himself to Dean. Not Bobby, not Sam only to Dean.
  • Episode 6x21, "Let It Bleed". Despite it being an episode with Lisa and Ben, it screams of break-up for Dean and Castiel. In Dean's mind, all things having to do with Cas > Lisa and Ben.
  • Castiel cares about humanity only in a very detached way. Him turning against heaven is motivated by a desire to keep Dean's friendship (as confirmed by Misha Collins - and the script). Teaming up with Crowley is motivated by not wanting to cause Dean further anguish.
  • Episode 7x01, "Meet the New Boss".
    • Right at the beginning, Cas says specifically the point of becoming God was to attain Dean's love.
    Godstiel: Stop it. What’s the point if you don’t mean it? You fear me. Not love, not respect, just fear.
    • The first thing he does as Godstiel is to smite a minister in the middle of a sermon about the evils of homosexuality.
    • Dean clenches his jaw and turns off the tv immediately after a woman being interviewed calls Cas sexy.
    • And then, that final scene is so slashy it's not even funny. First, right at the beginning of the ritual, Cas falls and Dean starts forward to help him immediately, is hesitant to let go, and is clearly ready to catch Cas if he starts to fall again.
    • Then, just as the portal is opening, Cas turns to Dean and says "I'm sorry, Dean.". The mix of emotions on both of their faces says so much in just a few seconds. And then, when you learn a few minutes later Cas didn't expect to survive the ritual, you realize that though he had enough time to say goodbye, he chose not to, so that instead the last thing he said would be Dean's name.
    • As soon as the ritual is over, Dean is there with Cas, trying to tell if he's alive. When Bobby says Cas is cold, he asks if there's a pulse. Then, he gets this hopeful look on his face and suggests "Maybe angels don’t need to breathe". When Bobby convinces Dean that Cas is really gone, he looks completely crushed, and like he can't believe this is really happening. As he stands up, he says "dammit", and he sounds like he's had the wind knocked right out of him.
    • And then, all that is completely reversed in a matter of seconds when Cas heals and opens his eyes. He looks like he's just been told the most wonderful thing he's ever heard. He helps Cas up, holding on to him rather longer than necessary, and when he does let go he just kinda trails his hand down Cas's arm slowly...
    • Despite Cas having betrayed him completely - including hurting Sam - when he says he'll find some way to redeem himself to Dean, he says "one thing at a time," indicating that as actually possible. Only Sam's ever gotten that much from Dean.
    • And then, after the Leviathan take over and say Cas is dead, Dean just collapses, looking utterly crushed, and so much more so than any time before, even when he thought Cas was dead just minutes ago.
      • And this isn't nearly everything! There's so much meta out there about this episode.
    • Also a bit of slashy Foe Yay there, considering Leviathan!Cas yanks Dean close, holds their faces about four inches apart, and stares at Dean's lips half the time they're talking.
      • Might be more than just Foe Yay, too... In a later episode, a captured Leviathan tells Dean they knew everything Cas knew. Perhaps a bit of Cas's ... feelings... carried over for those initial few seconds?
  • Episode 7x02 is just as amazing. In particular, when Castiel seemingly explodes underwater and his trench coat (over coat) washes ashore, Dean picks it up, folds it, and takes it with him.
    • Not just folds it - folds it roughly the way the flags on veterans' coffins are folded for their widows/widowers.
    • Bobby points out the thing Dean and Cas had, in a totally un-Bobby move. When Sam chose Ruby over Dean, Bobby's reply was "So sorry your feelings got hurt, princess." When Cas dies?
    Bobby: You just lost one of the best friends you ever had, your brother’s in the bell jar, and purgatory’s most wanted are surfing the sewer lines, but you know, yeah, I get it. You’re fine.
  • Parallel time! Episode 7x03 has a major parallel: from Dean's point of view, Sam/Amy is pretty much the same as Dean/Cas; a relationship between a supernatural being and a Winchester boy who fell in love with them when he was too stupid not to. Dean thinks Cas betrayed him, and that he should have killed Cas when he had the chance, and he projects that guilt onto Sam and Amy. Killing Amy is basically Dean trying to do it right this time.
  • Episode 7x04, we see Dean go for his first one-night-stand in a very long time, and he apparently has to convince himself to do it.
    Dean: You are Dean Winchester. This is what you do.
    • And then there's this:
    Dean: I’ll do another.
    Bartender: Love life or job? [*smiles at Dean’s confused look*] Two quick doubles, it’s something. I’m Mia, by the way.
    Dean: Well, Mia. That is a… complex question.
    • why exactly is it complex? What "love life" are we talking about? Dean hasn't slept with anyone that we know of since Lisa, and before that, Anna. Why would either of those be affecting him like this now?
  • Episode 7x05, "Shut Up, Doctor Phil". Though, as mentioned above, this could be a parallel to the Sam/Dean relationship, there's some notes of Dean/Cas in there, too.
    Dean: Obviously you two are capable of wiping each other out, right? But you haven’t, huh? Which means, that you two, you still value… whatever it is you’ve got. And you want to keep that dance going.
    • Dean and Cas both had the chance to kill each other, multiple times, but didn't. And then, it gets better...
    Dean: Maybe it’s punishment. Maybe it’s sick, messed-up, kinky, erotic, clamps-and-feathers kinda love…
    Sam: Okay, that’s going WAY too deep there, cowboy.
    Dean: *pulls back, looking completely horrified*
    • Since when has Dean been bothered by talking about sex? He and Sam have joked about it before, what difference is there this time? ...except maybe the fact that he's talking about himself and Cas there? Dean himself has used "feathery" to talk about/to Cas before, including in "The Third Man" - moments before Cas's line about their "profound bond"; remember that - and that previous bit set it up as Dean talking about the two of them disguised poorly as talking about the two witches. How does Sam take over from here?
    Sam: What he's trying to say is that you two, whatever it is you have, you're bonded.
    • "More profound bond", anyone? Clearly, considering how Sam cut Dean off, he got what Dean was really saying there, and was basically saying "stop projecting your shit on these two."
  • 7X6, "Slash Fiction": When Sam turns on the radio, and Air Supply's "All out of Love" starts playing. He's about to change it, but Dean stops him, and in fact starts singing along. At first, it looks like it's just another example of something Dean enjoys ironically... except the scene drags on just a little too long for that and it isn't played for laughs. In fact, his expression is almost mournful as the incident unfolds. Opinions vary, however, as to whether he's "so lost" without his angel... or his Impala.
  • Episode 7x07, Dean manages to say more about what's up with him than he has so far in the entire season except through projecting on others.
    Dean: Ever since Cas, I'm having a hard time trusting anybody.
    • In addition, we see Cas's trenchcoat in the car at the end, and that pony from last episode - the one with the wings - is next to it.
  • Episode 7x08 takes that even farther, thanks to the Turducken.
    Dean: Are you kidding? I’m fine! I — I actually feel great. The best I’ve felt in a couple months. Cas? Black goo? I don’t even care anymore. And you know what’s even better? I don’t care that I don’t care. I just want my damn slammer back.
    • So, having been drugged by said slammer, Dean's able to say what's bothering him. It's not the problems he and Sam had been having, it's not losing/giving up Ben and Lisa for good, it's not the Leviathan keeping them on the run, it's not Sam's mental problems, it's not even Cas's betrayal, or time as God, it's about Cas's death.
  • Episode 7x17 is an entire episode of incredible parallels.
    • Even though his wife was just held captive by a demon, it's Dean who holds Emmanuel's attention, and not her, in their conversation.
    • The entire conversation in the car is amazing, and cannot possibly be summed up here. One moment out of many, and one fairly easy to overlook on a casual viewing, is when Emmanuel!Cas asks Dean if the one who betrayed Dean was his friend. Dean doesn't answer verbally, but his face gives it away. He gets this expression on his face, and looks away from Cas, like he wants to say "Yes, he was, but he was more than that, too," but can't, because he still doesn't quite understand how he feels, and he doesn't know how to put it into words.
    • When Cas regained his memory in that same episode, the three memory flashes shown were about Dean. , too, but with that one we didn't get to see what he remembered, only the expression on his face when he did. And look at his eyes: he's looking down and to his right, "a body language cue which generally indicates you are remembering a smell, a feeling, or a taste."
    • Not to mention, Dean kept his coat in the back of their car, and there was the line from the promo, "part of me always believed you'd come back." How is this not canon?
    • This deserves to be repeated. Despite Cas lying to them about a major issue and hurting Sam, which Dean will not tolerate from anyone, and despite the two having to change cars at least seven times over the past few months, Dean never stopped carrying the coat around. He always kept it with him. He never washed it, either, as if he wanted it to still smell like Cas.
  • Episode 7x21, "Reading Is Fundamental" has this little gem:
    Dean: The Angels, they don’t care. I think maybe they just don’t have the equipment to care. Seems like when they try, it just breaks them apart. *forlorn stare into nothingness*
    • It should be noted that while he is talking to Kevin at this moment about the angels in general, that he is talking about Cas in particular is heavily implied by the nature of the other events in the episode. i.e. Deans attempted intervention/talking about feelings with Cas.
  • Those demons and their lampshading. In the season 7 finale, episode 7x23, Meg says to Dean that Castiel "was [his] boyfriend first". Dean says nothing to deny it, as if he's given up on pretending they weren't.
  • That entire episode was Destiel filled, from the apology to Purgatory. The only thing missing is the big kiss.
    Sam: We should call Castiel.
    Dean: Dude, on my car, he showed up naked, covered in bees.
    Sam: Yeah, I am not really sorry I missed that.
    • Their entire conversation by the covered Impala. The best bit:
      Dean: Do I look like good luck to you?
      Cas: *awkward pause*
    • Castiel has been swearing up and down that he doesn't condone or commit violence anymore. When Dick Roman makes a move to attack Dean, Cas lunges between them and shoves Roman across the room and into a wall.
    • He also draws attention to himself when Hester looks like she's about to move against Dean.
    • Even the Downer Ending seems to come right out of a Slash Fic! Dean and Castiel are now trapped together in Purgatory and will probably have to depend on each other for survival.
  • Episode 8x01:
    • Dean escapes from Purgatory and meets up with Sam.
    Sam: What about Cas? Was he there?
    Before speaking, Dean turns away from Sam, something he does when he's trying to hide his emotions.
    Dean: Yeah, Cas didn't make it.
    Sam: What exactly does that mean?
    Dean: Something happened to him down there. Things got pretty hairy towards the end, and he... just let go.
    Sam:So Cas is dead? You saw him die?
    Dean: I saw enough.
    Sam:So, then what, you're not sure?
    Dean: (angrily turning back to Sam) I said I saw enough, Sam.
    • Dean went back to torturing to find Cas.
    • And of course, we have this lovely exchange: In six words, we have Crowley referring to Castiel as Dean's angel, and Dean not trying to deny it in any way; instead, he responds without missing a beat, and in such a way as to imply it's true.
    Crowley: (looking at Dean) Where's your angel?
    Dean: Ask your mother.
    • Let's not forget that in the past, when Dean tried to tear down Cas, he's used sexual lines like "Blow me, Cas," or calling him "junkless". Now to insult Crowley, he's making jokes about Cas and Crowley's mother.
  • And now episode 8x02 has managed to cram enough Dean/Castiel Ho Yay into a few small minutes to give Tumblr a nervous break-down. Just to summarize:
    • The scene begins when they find Castiel. Dean, who avoids emotional moments like they'll give him the Croatoan Virus, walks up to Cas and flat out hugs him with no hesitation at all. Apparently the fact that Cas betrayed him and drove his brother insane has been completely forgotten about, and it just gets better (or worse) from there.
      • Dean leans into the hug, resting his head against Cas's.
      • Meanwhile, instead of hugging back, Cas just stands stiffly and clenches his fist, like he's having to physically prevent himself from hugging back.
      • Right after the hug, Dean steps back just slightly (though still, personal space? what personal space?) and touches Cas's cheek.
    • You have Dean utterly convinced that Cas had a legitimate reason for abandoning him in Purgatory despite his previous betrayals and general craziness, fiercely defending him to Benny when he implies otherwise, and refusing to leave Purgatory without him.
    • Dean prayed to Cas every night.
    Episode 4x01, Castiel: This is your problem, Dean. You have no faith.
    Episode 4x18, Castiel: Prayer is a sign of faith.
    Episode 8x02, Dean: I prayed to you, Cas! Every night.
    • You have Dean telling Cas he needs him, clearly meaning in an emotional sense, seeing as Cas is a walking target at this point and bound to complicate the escape from Purgatory, particularly since Benny seems to dislike the idea of Cas tagging along and also seems unsure if his plan works for an angel as well.
    • On Castiel's side, you have him abandoning Dean, his only support in Purgatory, in order to protect him from the Leviathan still after him, and refusing to leave with him because he'd be a danger to Dean.
    • Cas's line about keeping the Leviathan away from Dean was pretty much a confession of love, and Dean got it, too. He looks practically poleaxed for a minute after Cas finally comes out and says it. That's actually what prompts the line, "Cas, buddy, I need you."
    • And that's ignoring all the long stares and teary eyes- there's even romantic music playing the whole damn time. Let's be honest- the writers just don't care about subtle any more.
    • All this after Dean's spent an unspecified amount of time searching Purgatory for Cas, actually going back to torture to try to find him. And while that length of time is unspecified, it's long enough that both Dean and Cas, or at least Dean's search for Cas, are notorious by the end, with one of the last monsters Dean interrogates calling Cas "Dean's angel".
    • Let's not forget that the flashback started after another angel said he thought Castiel always had "too much heart".
  • For a Cas-free episode, episode 8x03, "Heartache", was fairly screaming Destiel. The ancient, immortal warrior who fell in love with a human, and couldn't bear the idea of living alone again? Just compare Dean's face to Sam's when Betsy tells the story. Sam looks sad and understanding, like you would listening to a really sad story. Dean, though, just looks crushed, in such intense emotional pain; he's not listening to the story, he's remembering it, he's in it. His face isn't how you look when you listen to something sad, it's how you look when you see yourself in that story.
    • Let's also note the difference in Dean's reaction to a case with strippers here as opposed to back in season four:
    Season 4!Dean: Strippers, Sammy, strippers. We are on an actual case involving strippers.
    Season 8!Dean: Really? Our king daddy monster is a stripper?
    • Not just destroyed about the story - Dean is probably remembering the broken Castiel from "The End" and broken Purgatory Castiel as well. This is one of Dean's greatest fears - Castiel dying because of love for Dean.
  • Destiel has been declared canon by Misha Collins - as in, the actor who plays Castiel. This post by lurea has been confirmed as fact by the twitters of two other people who were in the room.
    lurea, quoting one of the main writers for the show: "'There is a relationship that fans like to talk about a lot that will be talked about on screen soon and resolved.'"
    Misha: "A relationship that fans like to speculate about? Well, yeah, that would sound like he’s talking about Dean and Cas to me. That’s really the only love relationship on the show that it could apply to."
    (everyone in the room gapes in shock)
    Misha (impatiently): "C'mon, I think the love there is made pretty clear."
    lurea (trying to get him to elaborate): "Sure, on Cas’s part, it's well established that he loves Dean, but I don’t think it is on Dean’s side."
    Misha: "C’mon, in the first few episodes, Dean’s running around Purgatory, chopping off heads, Where’s the angel, where’s the angel, you know, the guy I’m in love with?"
    Misha: He might as well have. You know, we know what it is, what’s going on. We don’t talk about it. The actors don’t, Jensen and I don’t. But we’re all perfectly aware of how the relationship is, the writers are completely aware of how it’s being written. It may be unspoken but that doesn’t mean it’s not there or not true.
  • And again with the parallels! Episode 8x05, "Blood Brother". If Benny and Andrea aren't parallels for Cas and Dean the same way Brick and Betsy were, then this episode doesn't make sense. The difference is, of course, that here the major parallel is Benny-and-Cas, whereas before the focus was on the Dean-and-Betsy side of things.
    • When Benny asks why Dean actually resurrected him once he made it out of Purgatory, instead of just getting rid of him, Dean gives a non-answer. Then we get a flashback to a Purgatory fight scene that ends with Benny saving Cas from a Leviathan when Dean couldn't.
    • This one deserves more. That fight scene alone has had loads of meta written already; here's a few points.
      • Early in the Purgatory flashbacks, Dean is actually shown not getting along particularly well with Benny, in complete contrast to what we see in the present.
      • Dean says he will do whatever it takes to get Cas out of Purgatory, even if it kills all three of them.
      • When Cas warns of Leviathan coming, Dean tries to get Cas to leave. After all he's done trying to find Cas and stay with him, once the Leviathan are coming, he wants Cas out and safe(r) even if it means he'll have to search Purgatory all over again.
      • While Dean is struggling with one Leviathan, Cas is dealing with another. Just as Dean takes out his, the other gets the advantage over Cas, and is about to kill him, but Benny saves Cas. Cas doesn't look particularly grateful, considering he's now only not dead thanks to Benny; instead, he looks surprised, and somewhat upset, as if he's thinking "Why did you save me? We both know if I die, you will be safer, and so will Dean. You should have let me die."
      • Dean, meanwhile, doesn't look as happy as you'd expect considering he just saw Benny save Cas's life. Instead, he looks haunted, almost scared, like he's having trouble moving past the bit where Cas nearly died, and there was nothing Dean could have done about it.
      • Considering both how we've seen Cas deal with Leviathan before, and how we know Cas kept himself alive for what could have been months without any help, having one get the drop on him there seems rather odd. Taking into account how upset he looks when Benny saves him, what if Cas deliberately didn't fight as hard as he could have? What if he was letting it win, thinking his death would mean more safety for Dean? And if there's any truth in that, Dean, of all people, would know, which comes back to that haunted expression he had; for perhaps the first time, he'd just had it shoved in his face that Cas has lost his will to live, that the only reason he fought this long was for Dean's sake, to be a distraction, and now that Dean has found him and won't let him leave again, the only way to ensure Dean's safety would be for Cas to die...
      • Before Benny saved Cas, Dean and Benny had a fairly antagonistic relationship, Dean clearly not trusting Benny at all, even calling him an "undead blood junkie" - and coming from Dean, that's actually a harsher insult than it sounds to someone who wouldn't likely know about Sam's history with the demon blood. After Benny saved Cas, we know already their relationship improved to the point they call each other brothers.
      • Oh, and did we mention that this flashback came right after Benny asks Dean why Dean didn't just let Benny die once out of Purgatory, and Dean didn't give him an answer?
    • And of course, we get to see six people featured prominently in this episode. Four of those people come in pairs: Benny and his love interest Andrea, Sam and his love interest Amelia, and the odd two out are... Dean and Cas.
    • And there's more! Before we learn that the parallels are stronger the other way around, the initial conversation where Benny tells Dean about Andrea has this lovely scene:
    Benny: I always did what was best for the nest... until I met her. Andrea. Andrea Kormos. Beautiful.
    Benny: I mean, words don't even cut it, you know?
    • If that's not the face of someone who does know exactly what he means, what is it?
  • A minor moment, perhaps, compared the episodes before and after, but episode 8x06, "Southern Comfort", includes Dean being possessed by a ghost that forces people to kill those they feel have wronged them. While he's talking to Sam, we get the line "Cas let me down, you let me down." As he says the first part, he looks much more upset than he had any time before in the episode. Then he's talking about and to Sam, and he's back to looking angry, even furious, again. It's a subtle contrast, and one easy to miss initially, but is very telling when it comes to comparing how he apparently feels about the difference in how Cas let him down vs. how Sam let him down.
    Dean: Cas let me down
    Dean: You let me down
    • There's also the moment when Garth asks if Dean really went to Purgatory-Purgatory, and Dean replies "No, the one in Miami." Said "Purgatory" in Miami is a bar. A gay bar.
  • Welp. Episode 8x07, "A Little Slice of Kevin", was a fangirl's dream come true.
    • The episode starts with Dean seeing a hallucination of Cas by the side of the road. Considering this show's love of parallels (look at this season alone), comparing it to Sam hallucinating Jess by the side of the road back in season one's "Bloody Mary" doesn't seem like much of a stretch. Of course, that was a Winchester imagining he'd seen the love interest he'd lost not long before... hm.
    • Then we have another hallucination not long afterward: Dean sees Cas standing outside the window of the motel. Note that while Sam was sound asleep, Dean was on his bed, fully dressed, on the computer, despite it being the middle of the night. He could easily have passed it off as nothing, just lack of sleep, or to him actually dozing off. Instead, he gets up and actually goes outside, looking around for a couple of minutes before finally coming back inside.
    • When Sam wakes up and notices that Dean is clearly upset, Dean actually tells Sam what happened, including willingly talking about his feelings. When have we ever see Dean volunteer that much information about his emotions?
      • During the entire conversation, he looks on the brink of tears.
    • When Cas makes it out of Purgatory, he goes straight to Dean. As in, about two feet behind him. He doesn't stop to clean himself up, just finds the Winchesters as fast as he can.
    • When Dean finally makes it into the room where Castiel was confronting Crowley, he goes straight to Cas, ignoring the kidnapped and tortured prophet and the Word of God until he's sure Cas is alright.
    • At the very end of the episode, it's revealed that in fact, Cas did quite literally just "let go". He voluntarily stayed behind - never had any intention of leaving Purgatory in the first place. Dean couldn't handle with the idea that Cas would leave him, his massive guilt complex making it be his fault for failing Cas, for not trying harder to get them both out, not managing to show Cas how much he needs him, and so he created a set of false memories so it would be much more directly his fault. So he'd been the one to "let go", really. So he hadn't held on tight enough to Cas, so he'd really been the one to fail him. So all he'd have to deal with would be one more simple reason to feel guilty, because he'd failed someone he cared about yet again.
    • Cas planned to stay all along, but couldn't ever bring himself to tell Dean while they were in Purgatory.
    • When Castiel realizes that Dean didn't remember how things had really happened, he is horrified. Because the one thing he hadn't wanted was for Dean to blame himself.
    • Dean actually says to Cas in so many words that he cares about him.
    • For how many seasons now, demons and monsters have been using Dean's failure to save everyone as a taunt, to hurt him, make him feel like a failure. And then Castiel says the same thing, but to help Dean. And it does.
    Cas: You can't save everyone, my friend. Though you try.
    • And, of course, when Castiel learns how he escaped Purgatory - he was pulled out by other angels, who are now using him as an unwitting spy on the Winchesters, forcing him to tell what they're doing and wiping his memory each time they're done with him - he looks crushed. Look at his face!
    • And let's not forget perhaps the most glorious scene in the episode:
      • Cas comes out of the bathroom, all cleaned up. First, we get a shot of his shoes that pans up like the post-makeover scene in a movie when the suddenly pretty! girlfriend comes out in her dress.
      • Reaction Shot from Dean. Looking Cas up and down, Dean's mouth falls open, and he shifts in his chair, sitting up straight, and moving his hands to cover his crotch.
      • Then back to Cas, who holds out his arms and smiles, asking "Better?"
      • And over to Sam, who's looking away from Cas - notably, watching his eyes you can see they never leave Cas's face, unlike Dean - toward Dean, smiling at Dean's... reaction to cleaned-up Cas.
      • And for the finishing touch, Dean looks at Sam for a moment, and then looks straight back to Cas, his mouth still hanging open all the while.
    • Let's also note that Dean's now been out of Purgatory for seven episodes and has yet to hit on a girl once or even pay attention to an attractive woman in any manner other than strictly business, including the case at the strip club.
  • Of course, anything after that was bound to be a disappointment. How could they possibly improve on that episode? ...Apparently, with this one. 8x08, if anything, was better than the last.
    • Starting off nicely, we see Dean looking at Cas briefly, then looking away, and then looking back again, like he has to keep checking on him.
    • Then Cas tells Dean that he's no longer listening to the other angels. Dean, though obviously wanting to, doesn't say anything.
    • Dean makes a comment about getting a bed & breakfast in Vermont - which was, coincidentally, the first state to legalize gay marriage. Perhaps an innocent statement on its own, but added to the "the Purgatory in Miami" bit from last episode, it makes one wonder...
      • Note that Dean also says not "What's next for you", but simply "What's next?"
    • Dean objects immediately when Cas says he wants to be a hunter, because he doesn't want Cas to leave. Once it's settled that Cas will be staying and working with them, Dean's a-okay with it, no more discussion needed.
      • Note too that Dean doesn't, y'know, ask Sam if it's okay for Cas to join them. We're talking Cas working with them indefinitely, and very specifically travelling with them. Kind of a big change for Dean not to check with Sam about.
    • In the morgue, we meet the detective. The very pretty female detective, who's very much Dean's type (intelligent, assertive, and ethnic or a minoritynote )... and Dean shows zero interest. Huh. Instead, we have Dean and Cas standing very very close to each other.

    So Cas acts and looks like Mulder. Dean, on the other hand, is the voice of reason in this scene, explaining the facts to Cas. So the lady identifies Dean as Scully.
    “I wrote that Agent Scully falls in love, but that’s impossible. Agent Scully is already in love.”
    • All through the episode, Cas fails pretty hard at the detective-work part of being a hunter. Instead of mocking him or getting annoyed, Dean teases him lightly, the way he would Sam, and shows him how to do it right.
      • For a particularly good example, look at right there in the morgue. Cas learns a lot about the man, thanks to his angelic powers. Dean helps show him how to narrow it down to what's relevant. Then, when Sam reveals the man was having an affair, Dean starts talking about it, walking Cas through everything they can figure out. When they walk out, he's still standing right behind Cas. Who's that talking about "personal space" again? ...well, not Dean, since we haven't heard a complaint from him since season six.
    • Cas, as usual, is... less than good at interviewing/interrogating people. Dean makes a joke about Cas being not "bad cop" but "bad everything", but then again, instead of making fun of him or getting frustrated, he tells Cas to watch Sam, so he can learn to do better.
    • And ''still'' no personal space. Really, you two? All that space, that wide-open room, and you're standing at most three inches from each other, probably less.
    • Cas doesn't know about cartoons. Does Dean make fun of him? Tease him at all for thinking that Bugs Bunny is an "insect-rabbit hybrid"? Nope. He calmly, patiently explains Looney Tunes to Cas, then takes him back to the motel room to let him see for himself.
    • Cas starts casually poking through Dean's things, including looking at John Winchester's notebook, and Dean is just fine with that. Cas pulls out Dean's toothbrush, and Dean doesn't even care.
    • When the question comes up of where Cas will sleep, Dean's resistance seems a bit forced, and the joke he makes is more at Sam's expense that Cas. Later, they come back to the motel, but there's no further discussion of what Cas will do or where he'll go.
    Dean: Cas, you gonna book a room or what?
    Cas: (Continues looking through Dean's bag) No, I'll stay here.
    Dean: (Sarcastically) Oh, okay, yeah. We'll have a slumber party, braid Sam's hair - where you gonna sleep?
    Cas: I don't sleep.
    Dean: Okay, well, I need my four hours, so...
    Cas: (Wide-eyed and totally sincere) I'll watch over you.
    Dean: (Pauses, then points a finger at Cas, shaking his head and grinning) That's not gonna happen.
    • Sam, meanwhile, is there in the same room, but Cas is very clearly only addressing Dean when he says "I'll watch over you."
    • Also worth noting - Cas's line about watching over Dean is a clear reference to an earlier episode, in which we witness Mary (in a flashback, of course) telling a young Dean "Angels are watching over you."
    • When Dean mentions that, in cartoons, a "pretty girl can make your heart leap out of your chest", Cas quickly turns to look at Dean and then looks back apprehensively at the dead man, looking like he were afraid it would happen right there.
    • At the bank vault, Cas asks why the black hole isn't working, and Dean replies, seriously and without even a hint of sarcasm, that he has no idea; all through the episode we see him treating Cas this way, like an equal, someone to take seriously and teach.
    • When the three of them arrive at the nursing home, Dean makes a joke about Sam and Cas, but one that implies they'll be working alone or separately. Despite that, Dean and Cas stay within maybe two-three feet of each other nearly the entire time (as per the norm for this episode).
    • In a moment reminiscent of season five's Changing Channels, Sheila, one of the elderly ladies, they interview calls Cas "pretty", and Dean immediately looks away from Cas, as if trying not to think about it. His gaze lands momentarily on an attractive nurse, but he looks uninterested, and shifts his gaze again quickly. When, later, she is revealed to have been stealing from the people at the nursing home, Dean looks like he couldn't care less.
    • Sheila says something about her late husband, and Dean looks at Cas again...
    • When they find the injured man, Dean says simply "Cas?" Cas then heals the man and they begin questioning him, no further/explicit request required.
    • When they get to the bank, Dean (in what seems an OOC move at this point in the episode) sends Cas with Sam to go find Fred Jones. Meanwhile, he goes after the man with the gun inside. The gun that probably wouldn't hurt Cas. At all. And yet, Dean sends away his brother and friend, choosing to confront the armed man inside alone.
    • And, of course, The Scene.
      • So, we start with Dean and Cas alone at the motel. Note the lack of discussion of where Cas will be that night. Cas is poking through Dean's things, including looking at John Winchester's journal. Dean is on the computer. We've seen him repeatedly choosing not to discuss things with Cas as yet - Cas shutting off "angel radio", wanting to become a hunter, not talking about Purgatory - and now he starts to talk about it. Now, he and Cas are alone, Sam's not with them, and they have time before he'll get back, and so Dean Winchester is voluntarily discussing feelings. HELLO, Character Development.
      • Cas deflects the question, saying simply that he's "fine". Dean doesn't let it go. Instead, he turns away from the computer, offering his own experiences to Cas, trying to lead him into conversation.
      • "I'm happy you got out, I'm freakin' thrilled." Thrilled? What happened to "No chick-flick moments"?
      • He suggests Cas go check out Heaven, apparently contradicting his behavior throughout the episode. Unless, of course, he's trying to get Cas to open up, and thinks that will get a reaction from him. Cas refuses, and Dean keeps on at it, until Cas actually raises his voice
    Dean: It's just this whole mysterious-resurrection-thing always has one mother of a downside.
    Cas: So? What do you want me to do?
    Dean: Maybe take a trip upstairs?
    Cas: To Heaven?
    Dean: Yeah. Poke around, see what the God-squad can tell us about how you got out.
    Cas: No.
    Dean: Look, man, I hate those flying ass-monkeys just as much as you do, but-
    Cas: Dean, I said no!
    • Instead of giving up there, Dean closes the computer and walks over to Cas, sitting down on the bed across from him, and tries again. Dean Winchester, Mr. No-chick-flick-moments, asks Cas to talk to him. And Cas does.
    Dean: Talk to me.
    (Cas sighs, puts the journal down, and turns to face Dean)
    Cas: Dean. When I was... bad, I had all those things, the Leviathans, riding inside me, I caused a lot of suffering on Earth, but I devastated Heaven. [...] I can't go back.
    Dean: (trying to understand) Because the angels will kill you.
    Cas: Because if I see what Heaven's become because of me, what I made of it... I'm afraid I might kill myself.
    • And Dean's heart nearly stops. Look at his face! He understands completely what Cas is saying, though he doesn't want to, he's just had some of his worst fears confirmed, and his face shows it. In comparison to his behavior in the rest of the episode, it's particularly striking. Throughout most of the episode, he's been much happier, behaving almost like pre-Hell!Dean in many ways, because Cas is back and sane and hunting with Dean and Sam and there's no apocalypse on the horizon, and from Dean's POV things are pretty much perfect. Sure, he's teased Cas about his lack of experience hunting, but they're light-hearted taunts made all in good fun. And then came this conversation. Now, all the little niggling doubts he's had, all the little tiny things he noticed almost in spite of himself, are being proven true and are very much something to be worried about.

  • Episode 8x10, Torn and Frayed starts off pretty well, considering the title comes from a song about being in love with a man who wears a trenchcoat that's seen better days. Could be written off as a coincidence, but some of the lyrics seem a bit apt...
    "Hey let him follow you down/ Way underground, wind and he's bound/ Bound to follow you down"
    "Well his coat is torn and frayed/ It's seen much better days/
    Just as long as the guitar plays/ Let it steal your heart away"
    • During an investigation that's as yet born no fruits, Dean asks Cas if he wants to head back to the bar a few miles back. As in, he actually shows interest in spending time with Cas just hanging out, completely outside of work.
  • Well, Episode 8x11 certainly didn't disappoint, with the most explicit Dean/Castiel parallel so far in season 8. Let's start, shall we?
    • Charlie and Gilda are an interspecies romance (Charlie is a human and Gilda is a fairy). Gilda is being controlled by her master, who is making her hurt and even kill people against her will. To save her, she needs a hero to release her from the spell (Charlie). AHEM.
  • Episode 8x15 continues with the parallels, making them almost a running theme in this season.
    • The first comparison is, again, an interspecies romance. James, a human and a witch, has been in a relationship with Portia, his familiar who can turn into a dog. At one point in the episode, Dean seems very interested in how such a relationship works.
    • There is an emphasis on the unbreakable bond between a witch and their familiar. The bond between Dean and Castiel has been pointed out and commented on a fair amount of times. With James and Portia this extends to how they would die for each other. Seems familiar?
    • Portia is portrayed as James' guardian, and because of this their relationship is considered wrong.
    • Portia gives Dean a stern talking to, slightly reminiscent of one Castiel gave him in season 5. Afterwards, Dean says "That was incredibly hot."
  • Episode 8x16 continues the parallels even further:
    • Basically, Prometheus is Cas, Artemis and Hayley are both Dean, and Oliver is Sam.
      • Prometheus keeps coming back to life and he doesn't know why (Cas has been resurrected three times, and we still don't really know why)
      • Prometheus's memories have been taken from him (Cas can't remember Naomi)
      • His memories were taken because he tried to help humanity, against the wishes of his superior(, yeah)
      • Artemis, the Hunter, initially follows her father's orders no matter what (Dean and John, for the first couple seasons)
      • There's also Hayley, in love with the man who lost his memories, and with a younger boy she spent her life taking care of (Dean and Sam)
    • Or, looking at it another way, Hayley is Lisa, Prometheus is Dean, and Artemis is Cas:
      • Hayley is "a young woman with long dark hair, whose only crime was saving the life of a man left to die on a mountainside" — much like Lisa helped Dean at the end of 5x22/"Swan Song".
      • And Hayley/Lisa's son, "a young boy who grew up without a father, whose life has been irrevocably altered by brushing up against the supernatural." Ben and Oliver are "both young boys who have never known their true father, boys who grew up without a father-figure; boys who found a temporary fathers in Dean and Shane, only to lose them both to the supernatural."
      • And the last person in the Hayley-Prometheus-Artemis/Lisa/Dean/Castiel parallel triangle: Artemis and Cas. Artemis attempts to save the man she loves, killing her own family to do so; see all of season six and a fair amount of season five. :::coughI did it, all of it, for youcough:::
      • In the end, Prometheus fought to to save his family, and Artemis fought to give him that chance.
    • And, of course, The Prayer Scene.
      • So, earlier in the episode he makes a casual reference to Cas not answering — though that alone calls back to 6x20.
    Cas: I always come when you call.
    Dean: He's, uh, he's not answering.
    • Later on, after the case is over, Sam and Dean head back to the "Batcave". Dean goes into his room; once alone, he prays to Cas, and it's a prayer like we've never heard before.
    Dean: Cas, you got your ears on? Listen, you know I’m not one for praying, ‘cause in my book, it’s the same as begging. But this is about Sam so you need to hear me. We are going into this deal blind. And I don’t know what’s ahead or when it’s gonna break for Sam. Now, he’s covering it pretty good, but I know he’s hurting. And this one was supposed to be on me. So for all we’ve been through, I’m asking you… you keep a lookout for my little brother, okay?
    • After he finishes, he turns to look at the empty room behind him, tears in his eyes, like he's looking to see if Cas will show up. And not just the room in general — but to the chair he put facing the bed.
    Dean: Where the hell are you, man?
    • And then he nods a little, and as saltedpineapple puts it, he looks like he's remembering what Cas said in the hotel room back in 8x08, and thinking, "you really did kill yourself, didn't you?"
  • An episode that marks Cas' return was definitely going to be Destiel-heavy, and 8x17 didn't disappoint.
    • Let's start with the fact that, to condition Castiel back to factory settings, Naomi had him kill hundreds of copies of Dean. No Sam, no Meg, no Balthazar and no Bobby, only Dean. Certainly says something about the high regard Cas holds Dean in.
      • Perhaps more specifically it demonstrated that Naomi was confident that she could easily compel Cas to kill anyone except Dean. Even Sam, whom Cas thinks of as a friend, apparently was not a significant concern.
      • It also takes about a thousand kills for Cas to get to the point where he can do it without hesitation.
    • Not to mention the fact that, when Cas is finally in a position to actually kill Dean on Naomi's orders, what does Dean say to snap him out of it?
    Dean: Cas. I know you're in there. I know you can hear me. Cas, it's me. We're family. We need you. I need you.
    • An important point being that Cas has already broken free of Naomi's control before he touches the tablet and vanishes from her sight altogether.
    • Following this, it's probably quite significant that, when Cas heals Dean, he chooses to caress Dean's cheek with his whole hand, rather than doing the usual two-finger forehead-touch.
      • Dean also grabs onto Cas's wrist, clutches him in what appears to be an attempt to prevent Cas from fluttering off, and then all but caresses his arm.
    • Cas takes the time to explain to Dean everything that has been going with Naomi controlling him.
    • Also worth mentioning is that Dean was originally supposed to say "I love you" to Cas during this scene. Jensen Ackles himself confirmed it at a Toronto-Con. The line was changed at the last minute because it was deemed too out of character for Dean, but that doesn't change the fact that it was originally for the scene.
  • In 8x18, "Freaks and Geeks", Sam asks if Dean needs to talk about his feelings towards being beaten by Castiel. Dean snarks back that they could get some Cowboy Junkies music for the conversation. Two of Cowboy Junkies' most well-known songs, "Misguided Angel" and "Angel Mine", are about being in love with an angel.
    • Actually it's even better: Sam only asks if Dean wants to talk since he was beaten up by Cas, and it's Dean who brings up his feelings. Sam could well have been talking about if Dean was physically ok after being hurt, but Dean immediately assumes the talk would be about his emotions.
      • Realistically, Cas healed Dean and it is obvious that he is in perfect condition. Also, Sam did not witness the actual beating or see Dean injured. So it seems likely that Sam actually was hinting that Dean might need to talk about his feelings rather than his health. It is however interesting that Dean did not just point out that Cas healed him and that he is physically fine, and leave it at that. Instead he got defensive about what he clearly understood to be a question about his emotional state. The two Winchester brothers know each other well enough that misunderstanding is now less of an issue than willful avoidance of certain conversations.
  • In 8x19, "Taxi Driver", Naomi meets with Dean and observes that the reason Dean has not warded Kevin's hiding place against angels is because he is hoping that Cas will come back. Some of the language she uses is... deliberately ambiguous at best.
    Naomi: You're hoping Castiel will return to you. I admire your loyalty. I only wish that he felt the same way.
    • It has been observed by many fans that the fact that Naomi makes a point to have this conversation with Dean when Sam is not around, and the fact that she specifically refers to Cas returning to Dean, is meant to imply a personal relationship between the two of them, not between the Winchester brothers and Cas collectively. This ties into episode 8x17, wherein Naomi forced Cas to kill a thousand clones of Dean, but none whatsoever of Sam.
  • Writer Adam Glass took to answering a question on twitter for the accusations of Dean/Castiel queer-baiting and denied it, saying that the character belonged to the fans so they could interpret it as they wanted.
  • In 8x22, "Clip Show", Dean is unforgiving of Cas's abandonment but obviously still cares. He ignores him, verbally lashes out, and then, orders him to stay in the bat cave and heal while the brothers go out on a case. Instead, Cas goes to a convenience store and tries to buy toilet paper along with beer, beef jerky, and Dean's preferred porn magazine. He wants to buy pie, but they're out. His response to this is to physically assault the teenage cashier, manically declaring he needs pie. The sad thing is that if he'd just been there at the bat cave when the brothers returned, Dean might have finally started to relax and been more willing to start mending their relationship.
    • They also have something far too close to a couple's fight at the beginning of the episode, complete with sad piano music and Sam coughing awkwardly to remind the two that he's still in the room.
  • In 8x23, "Sacrifice", Dean and Cas are in a bar, trying to catch a cupid. There are two human men in the bar, both gruff and conventionally masculine, and in the bartender's case, heroic, as he had previously helped save Cas' life. The bartender is due to be visited by the cupid. A delivery woman comes in, and they assume she and the bartender are meant to hook up. Only, it turns out she's the cupid, and she got these two traditionally masculine men together. Cas is unsurprised at this twist. Dean, on the other hand, has a brief moment of shock. Never mind the positive message this sends about Supernatural's statement on religion and QUILTBAG individuals, this is an important moment for Dean, who has always been insecure in his masculinity.
    • Other potentially important things about this scene: first, there is a hunting bow on the television screen, obviously symbolic of Cupid. The two men at the bar watch the bow being aimed, remark upon it at the same time, and then get caught in a Held Gaze, indicating that Cupid's done her thing. However, this is the second time the bow is shown on the screen; the first time, Dean is watching the show, and the hunter holding the bow directly in front, pointing to the viewer... Dean. And then Cas enters, and the hunter onscreen moves the bow at the same trajectory Cas is entering at, moving to keep in line with him. So first the bow is pointing at Dean... and then it moves to follow Cas.
    • Dean is in a bar with Cas. Dean could've been helping Sam with the Third trial (although Sam didn't really need any help), but because Cas asked for his help he chose to be with him (after checking with Sam, of course). But Cas doesn't seem to need him for anything specific, except to tell him what's going on. Which leads to the question why is Dean sitting in a bar with Cas (apart from resolving Dean's suggestion back in 8x10 that they head to a bar and hang out)? Because Cas wants him to be there, wants to be with him before he tries and closes the gates of Heaven, sealing all the angels including himself away.
    • The camera angles they use for both Cas and Dean are remarkably intimate.
    • This is up for debate, but there is a suggestion that Cas and Dean are talking at cross purposes throughout this scene. Dean asks Cas whether he's sure about what he's doing. Cas acknowledges that the other angels might kill him if he closes the gates of heaven. And then Dean says "So this is it... ET goes home." And then Cas makes a confused expression. Now, this might be Cas simply failing to understand the reference again (which is almost certainly how Dean perceives it), or it could be that Cas was talking about staying on this side off the lock and with Dean while Dean was talking about Cas staying on the other side of the lock with the other angels. In which case, Cas is basically confessing to choosing to stay with Dean forever over eternity in Heaven, and Dean didn't notice. not that it matters, since Cas is stuck with Dean regardless of what choice he was originally going to make, but it might be an important point if/when the choice is brought up again.
    • Also up for debate, the whole "casting Angels from Heaven plot" and the three trials could possibly be a reference to their love. The first trial is The product of past love between and Angel and human, the second being the bow of a Cherubim, gifting humans with love. Both have something to do with love, Angels, and humans. What's the third trial? The grace of an Angel, but not just any Angel, an Angel who fell in love with a human.
  • In 9x01, Sam is dying, and normally, Dean would accept any sliver of a chance, no matter how remote, that he could be helped. Except, when Cas offers, *after* Dean has learned that Castiel is now human, and being hunted by the understandably pissed-off angels, he realizes, for once, that the risk to Cas if he does join them at the hospital is not worth the limited benefit. It might not seem significant, but considering how Dean is usually willing to put anything and anyone on the line to help Sam, the fact that instead, he tells the angel to take cover and stay safe, is in fact huge.
    • There's also the marked difference in Dean's prayer to Cas and his prayer to the other angels. Dean's prayer to Cas has sad, romantic music playing in the background and is shot at very intimate angles, while his voice is more emotional than he usually lets himself be. The prayer itself is to tell Cas that Dean isn't mad at him and even if Cas caused Heaven to fall, they can "work it out" when Cas returns because Dean "needs [Cas] here". Considering that Cas has already stated that Sam's condition is not something he can heal, Dean is basically just asking Cas to be there for moral and emotional support. In comparison, the music is much more dramatic and the shots much more impersonal when Dean broadcasts a prayer to all the angels. Dean's voice is matter-of-fact to the point of being cold as he asks for anyone that can assist in healing Sam. Dean wants a fully-powered angel because an angel could save his brother; he wants Cas to be there because it's Cas.
  • 9x03. Good Chuck, 9x03. While there aren't any shots inside the Impala after Ezekiel detects the Reaper that's been sicced on Castiel, the camera makes it clear that Dean is flooring the accelerator. The Winchesters bust down April Kelly's door just in time to see her stab Cas through the stomach with his own angel blade; after Dean ganks her, he turns to see Cas lying utterly still and shakes his shoulder while calling his name, and when that doesn't do any good, Dean grabs Cas's face in his hands. You can hear his heart break along with his voice when he calls Cas's name one more time, thinking he's lost him for good.
    • And when Ezekiel moves to bring him back, Dean is mouthing silently and desperately "come on, come on." When Cas wakes up and says Dean's name, all Dean can manage is a broken "hey, hey, yeah" while touching Cas's knee and shoulder. He's too emotional to say or do anything else until he pulls together, straightens up, glares at Cas and tells him, "Never do that again!"
    • In an later episode (9x04), when Charlie is resurrected, the first thing she says ("Merry Christmas") is explained as a reference to her Heaven. What's the first thing Cas says?
  • The conversation between the two in the bar in 9x09 (once again set to sad/romantic music) about why Dean can't see Cas any more just reeks of a break-up, culminating with this from Dean: "It's been great having your help, Cas. But dammit, we just can't work together." Both men look utterly heartbroken by this state of affairs.
    • Really, this whole season has followed an on-again, off-again pattern of breakups and reconciliations, starting, actually, with the end of last season:
      • 8X23—Breakup; Cas awkwardly explains to Dean that he feels it's his duty to seal up heaven and "go home." Dean reluctantly accepts it.
      • 9X1—Reconciliation; Dean prays desperately to Cas, emphasizing how badly he needs him.
      • 9X3—Breakup; anyone who's ever initiated a breakup to someone who never saw it coming will feel Cas' puppy eyes as he says, "I always enjoy our talks, and our time together!"
      • 9X6—Reconciliation; Misha Collins was even told to play the first couple scenes like a jilted ex-lover, but by the end of the episode, Dean clearly means both his apology and his expression of pride in how Cas is managing.
      • 9X9—Breakup, as mentioned above. But if we follow the pattern, next episode will fix that.
      • 9X10—Reconciliation, but followed by what was functionally a breakup at the end, when Dean decides he's "poison" and abandons Sam and Cass for what he perceives to be their own good. They remain apart for the next couple episodes in which Cass even appears, and then when they reunite in 9X18, their joy is cut short by a) the looming burden Metatron has placed on Castiel's shoulders, and b) Castiel's discovery that Dean has taken on the Mark of Cain. What follows is a montage set to a sad, romantic, "lost-without-you" kind of song, in which Dean is apparently numb and Cass is angry/panicked, much like you might expect of a couple who have just split yet again. At this point, this tropette would say the on-again-off-again pattern has been broken in favor of an angstier, more permanent split that nevertheless carries some very romantic feels.
  • Gabriel refers to Castiel as Dean's "boy toy" in 9X18, and shortly thereafter makes a snarky pun about how the angels' fall resulted in "raining winged men." It's hard to tell, since the camera was obviously focused on Gabriel, but it appeared that Cass was in fact smiling in the background at the description.
    • Earlier in the episode Castiel smiles fondly when he hears Dean's voice on the phone.
    "How are you, Dean?"
  • In 9x22, Cas is forced to choose between Dean and his angel flock. He chooses Dean. Cut to Metatron saying that Castiel's biggest weakness is that, "He's in love," (beat) "...with humanity!" Metatron fashions himself an author, but he's proven (particularly in 9x18) to be an unreliable narrator, as it were. He's not very good with details, with subtleties. He got the first part right—Castiel is in love—but the second part is all Metatron not quite getting it right. (And that pause is very deliberate writing. If the audience was meant to take this line at face value, the beat wouldn't be there.) This dialogue of Metatron's is also sandwiched between two other characters specifying that Castiel's choice was between his army and "one man/guy," not humanity as a whole. When you take it all together, this episode came as close as it possibly could to saying that, "Castiel is in love with Dean," without literally saying those words in that order.
    • The expression on Dean's face when Cas says he cannot kill him. The notoriously self-loathing Dean just looks like he can't even comprehend why Cas is choosing him over an army of angels. He knows Cas has made such decisions for his benefit in the past. But this time he witnessed it as it happened rather than finding out after the fact. This is also a callback to 8x17, which was another time Cas stood with an angel blade in-hand, being pushed to kill Dean by another angel. Dean has now seen that either mind controlled or of his own free will, Cas cannot kill him, even for the sake of Heaven.
    • According to Misha Collins, the original script had Cas’ version of heaven with photos of naked men with Dean's face on it. This is Misha, who's something of a troll, but still.
  • In 9x23, the season finale, Metatron essentially amends his previous statement and declares that everything Cas has done thus far has been, not for heaven, or even humanity in general, but for ONE HUMAN, Dean Winchester. Cas, to whom this comment is addressed, doesn't even try to deny it. At least from the angels' perspective, it's Everyone Can See It by this point.
  • In 10x01 Cas's words while talking with Sam about Demon!Dean were: "I miss him". Well, he was emotional in this conversation and the fact that he was practically naked in his bed doesn't help
  • In the 200th episode (the musical) Sam and Dean end up talking about Destiel and Sassy (Sam/Castiel) and Dean responds to Destiel with expected awkwardness and responds to Sassy with basically "OMG, STFU, never talk about that, ever!!!!". Implying the Destiel is fine, cuz it's Dean/Cas, but Sam/Cas is a huge no no.
    • Also pretty much confirmed that God approves of their relationship. He says he really enjoyed everything about the play, which likely had much Destiel in it.
    • Additionally, the differences between Dean's reaction to Wincest versus his reaction to Destiel. When he sees the actresses playing Dean and Sam standing very close together, he gruffly tells them to take a step back. When he sees the girls portraying Dean and Cas embracing, he stares in shock and gets nervous and flustered.
    • Sam wasn't present when Dean learned about Destiel, yet they are later seen talking about it. That means that Dean deliberately told Sam about it, instead of simply dismissing it as something those crazy fangirls came up with.
    • The two girls who play Dean and Cas for the musical (Siobhan and Kristen, respectively) are in a relationship outside of the production. When Dean sees them together, he looks genuinely confused and conflicted, with no trace of disgust.
    • The very fact that the girls were dating in the first place. They could have made a reference to Destiel in whatever way they wanted, and they chose to do it through a canonical lesbian relationship. Not to mention, the relationship itself is likely a nod to Cockles, the ship of Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins. Love letter to the fans, indeed.
    • When Marie first tells Dean about the ship Destiel, she defends it by claiming that there's "subtext" to back it up. Later, when Dean is trying to inspire the cast to put on the show, he instructs them to "put as much "sub" into that text as you possibly can." He looks at the girl who plays Cas when he says this.
    • Speaking of 10x05 there is this one parallel that involves Cassie. Speaking of Cassie/Cas parallels.
  • In 10x07 After his fight with Cole, Dean gave him an emotional speech practically paralleling his own story about being demon and being cured."The people who love me. They pulled me back from that edge. " It was confirmed he was talking about Sam AND Cas. It was the first time Dean admitted out loud that he is aware of the fact there are people who love him.
  • 10x09 – Dean and Cas were on, as fandom called it, "Burger Date".
    • And then there's this. And their faces. Just. Wow:
    Dean: I ain't exactly a role model
    Castiel: That's not true.
    • Some people add that their conversation was actually a goodbye because 1st: Dean told Cas he has to forget about the people he can't save and 2nd: Dean asked Cas to kill him if he ever goes dark side. This shows how much he trusts Cas with his life.
      • Let's not forget that this was the most popular episode in the whole season only because in the sneek peak they showed scene with Cas & Dean.
  • A somewhat meta example. During the season 10 episode No Place Like Home, Sam and Dean utilize FBI aliases. Dean's is Collins.
    • Sam and Dean's respective aliases of Gabriel and Collins do refer to Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins of the band Genesis, so they're in keeping with the boys' habit of using the names of rockstars, but it's still possibly a sly wink to fans, as Sam/Gabriel is a surprisingly popular 'ship in fandom, too. It could be coincidence, though.
  • Whole 10x14 was screaming about parallels. When Dean gave Cas the first blade it looked like he was picking Cas over Crowley like Cain did with choosing Colette over Abbadon. This shows how much he trusts Cas too. He gave him the only one thing that could kill him.
    • There was this one scene where Cain said to Cas that he will murder practically 10% of the population and Cas didn't even flinch. But when Cain threatened Dean he pulled out his angel blade in seconds even though he knew he hasn't got a chance against Cain with his fading grace. Threatening Dean? No.
    • And this:
    Cain: And then you kill the angel, Castiel. Now that one – That I suspect would hurt something awful.
    • We can't forget about the fact that Cain considered killing Cas before because he wanted to strike at Dean's biggest weakness – his family. It was somehow a mirror to the scene in 9x22 where Metatron assumed what was Cas's biggest weakness (He's in love...with humanity) and episode later he realized that. Cain said: Your biggest weakness... your courage, your reckless bravado. Even though we were constantly told that Dean's weak point is his family.
  • In 10x16, Dean gives a surprisingly heartfelt speech in a confessional in which he admits that there are 'things... people, feelings... that I want to experience differently than I have before, or maybe even for the first time.' As the very large amount of meta written about it has explored, it sounds very much as though he's talking about romance (at least, the priest himself assumes this), and would make a lot of sense if he were talking about being bi. And if he is talking about a specific person, somebody who he wants to experience 'differently' in a romantic way, nobody really makes sense except for one: Cas.
  • In season 10, Dean takes on the Mark of Cain. Cain first killed Abel, his brother, then Colette, his wife and the woman he loved, and then Abaddon's army of demons. Cain tells Dean he's living his life in reverse- that first he will kill Crowley, then Cas, and then Sam. Crowley represents the army of demons, Sam represents Abel, and Cas? He represents Colette.
    • Speaking of parallels... Jared told that, in his opinion, Cas/Colette parallels were intentional.
  • In 10x17 we have this whole scene with Dean flirting with a barman (Seriously. Do they even care about making him look straight anymore?). We can consider this as bi!Dean. Moreover we were reminded that angels don't have a gender when Hannah came back in a male vessel. You can do with this information whatever you want.
    • And there was this little gem with Cas who was all happy while talking with Hannah but when she told him she can't help him with Dean his expression changed so much that he was practically on the verge of tears and fury. In this episode Cas was so desperate to find the cure for the Mark of Cain that he didn't care about possibility of being completely banished from heaven and took Metatron out of the jail.

     Dean/Castiel (Destiel) (Season 10 onward) 
  • In 10x18 when asked by Metatron, Cas said his problem with Metatron doesn't lie with casting the angels out of Heaven or taking his grace but with killing Dean
    Metatron: Can't we be besties?
    Castiel: No. Because you killed my friend.
    Metatron: Dean is fine, mostly! Can't you get past that?
    Castiel: Never.
  • In 10x19 even Dean's subconsciousness was aware that Dean's biggest fear wasn't killing only his brother but Cas too.
    Benny: Maybe kill some human? Kill Cas?! Kill your brother?!
  • 10x20 – Cas was acting like a dad to Claire. Welp, I assume Dean wanted too.
    • We have one parallel. In 10x09 Claire called Dean a monster and Cas was trying to justify Dean's actions. In this episode we have Dean trying to justify Cas's actions and choices.
    • And again there is this fanfiction gap where Dean and Cas went to the Hot Topic and bought present for Claire's birthday
    • Well, there is this.
    • This whole entrance is a freaking disaster.
    • And this gem with Claire. While talking with Dean she asked him to look after Cas because "he has been through much." Well, Thisshot is very interesting. And Claire didn't ask Sam for this but only Dean. More "profound bond" maybe?
  • In 10x21 Sam and Cas were sneaking behind Dean's back. It looked ridiculous 'cuz Dean was acting like a ditched boyfriend. This phone call was hilarious.
    • When Dean found out that Sam didn't burn the Book of the Damned he was furious that his brother pulled not only Charlie into it but Cas too.
    Dean: And you pulled Cas into it?! And Charlie?!
    • Let's not forget that his angel had his grace back and could perfectly look after himself not like Charlie
    • Sam: Charlie loves you, Dean! We all love you!
      • This is the second time when we got a talk about love and again Cas was included
    • We have another parallel with babysitter (Cas babysitting Charlie and Rowena) and pizza man (Dean is again the one who brings pizza)
  • 10x22 was very heartbreaking.
    Castiel: And when you turn. And you'll turn. Sam... and everyone you know, everyone you love.... they'd be long dead. Everyone except me. I'm the one who'll have to watch you murder the world. So if there's even a small chance that we can save you, I won't let you walk out of that room.
    • We got a confirmation that Cas is aware of the fact Dean loves him and is willing to stick with him forever and won't kill him.
      • The most interesting is that this episode was directed by Thomas J. Wright. He also directed one of the episodes of Dark Angel where Alec (who was also portrayed by Jensen) was supposed to kill his possible love interest and couldn't bring himself to do it. These scenes are practically the same.
      • He killed young mirror for Sam but couldn't kill his best friend.
      • We often underestimate the power touch. Or shoulder pat. They definitely told us that these things matters.
      • Even though Dean was so gone, the only words Cas needed to stop him were "Dean, please."

  • In 10x23 in deleted scene, we can see Dean's dream. The bartender tells him that he has an "admirer" and it turned out it was beaten Cas. Also, Dean referred to that dream as a "wet dream".
    • In all fairness, the wet dream comment was referring to the bartender and the admirer was a way of introducing a nightmarish element to Dean's dream as a result of what the Mark's corruption drove him to do. Still there's always the possibility Dean wanted Cas to appear as a real admirer.
    • Aside from deleted scene, we have another moment where Dean is haunted by his guilt. He saw two persons in the mirror. A hunter who was killed bc of him and again bloodied Cas. It made him furious to the point he destroyed his hotel room, left another note for Sam with keys to the Impala and wanted to kill himself. One of the MAIN reasons why Dean decided to end his life was the very fact he hurt Cas really badly in the previous episode.

  • In 11x03, we have Dean wrapping a blanket on Cas and left his hands lingering on Cas's shoulder for awhile.

  • In 12x01 Mary and Cas meeting gives off this whole "significant other meeting the mom" vibe.
    • Dean holds his arms out for a hug when he sees Castiel. He rolls his eyes when Cas hugs him, but he smiles while hugging him back.
    • Dean looks so proud and happy introducing Castiel and Mary to each other, like two of the people who make him happiest in the world are meeting.
  • 12x02 has Mary giving Cas a searching look after she realizes he spoke up to help Dean keep her out of danger. Probably wondering how he ended up with an angel of the Lord wrapped around his little finger.
    • The episode also features Dean and Cas talking on the phone. That's a little unusual in itself, but even more so when Dean, without prompting, voluntarily starts talking about his feelings about the situation with Mary. During the call, Cas also promises twice to call Dean back the next day.
    • Dean and Cas have silent communication perfected enough that with nothing more than a glance from Dean, Cas gathers that he's supposed to keep Mary from following Dean.
  • In 12x03, When Cas walks into the kitchen, Dean greets him with "Morning, Sunshine. Want some coffee?"
  • 12x10 has some parallels, revolving around an angel falling in love with a human and all.
    • Dean brings up Benjamin's vessel being a woman. Cas then reminds him that angels are not exactly male or female. ("Benjamin is an angel. His vessel is a woman.") Later, we learn that Past!Cas also occupied a female vessel. This opens up the possibility of Destiel without challenging Dean's orientation.
    • Even though Cas and Dean are bickering up until they meet Ishim, Dean does not tolerate someone else talking bad about Cas.
    • Ishim announces that he will cure Cas of his "human weakness". He then tries to kill Dean.
  • In 12x12, a dying Cas utters the words "I love you", followed by a close-up of Dean. The subsequent no-homo, "I love all of you", directed at the remaning Winchesters in the room ironically only serves to confirm that the first "I love you" was directed at Dean and only Dean.
    • In the diner, Dean refers to Cas his "shy but devastatingly handsome friend".
  • In 12x19, we learn that sometime off-screen Dean has given Cas a mixtape of his favorite Led Zeppelin songs.
    • When Mary came back, Dean told her about how she got together with John to prove his identity. Apparently, she initially fancied him because he knew all the words to Led Zeppelin songs.
    • Gifting someone a mixtape is a classic wooing gesture. With cassette tapes, the songs have to be recorded in real time, making the process more time-consuming and personal than simply dragging some data files onto a CD or flash drive.
    • Given how the show's habit of referencing pop culture, "It's a gift. You keep those." is arguably a nod to The Lord of the Rings – when Aragorn tries to give Arwen back the Evenstar before leaving, she tells him that it was a gift and he should keep it. Dean has referenced the movies before in 5x02 and 8x17.
    • The tape is labelled "Dean's 13 Top Zepp Tra xx" rather than "tracks". The "xx" can be read as two kisses.
  • In 12x23, Dean just keeps kneeling next to Cas's dead body, unable to react to anything else that is happening, leaving Sam to deal with the birth of the literal Anti-Christ by himself.
  • In 13x01, Dean states out loud that Mary is dead but when it comes to Cas, can't even bring himself to finish the sentence.
    • Dean, prays to God to "bring him back, bring all of them back", mirrorring Cas's "I love you, I love all of you" from 12x12. Neither are lumping the other together together with everybody else.
    • When the angel tells Dean that Jack is capable of anything and Dean asks "Anything?" to clarify, the angel just knows that what Dean is really asking is if he is capable of bringing Cas back.
  • 13x03 has Dean lashing out on Sam, admitting that every time he looks at Jack, he is reminded of Cas. The scene makes it clear that while both Dean and Sam consider Cas to be their family, Dean's relationship with Cas is different from Sam's.
  • In 13x04, Sam calls Dean out for starting to act like John. John acted the way he did because he could not recover from losing Mary.
    • After rummaging through his mind, the cosmic entity tells Cas that he knows what Cas hates, what Cas fears, and who Cas loves. Really makes you wonder.
  • 13x05 starts out focusing on the brothers' relationship. But as soon as Cas is back in the picture, the camera pans back and forth between close-ups of Cas and Dean like Sam isn't even there anymore. The entire way the scene plays out from the camera work to the soundtrack is palpably romantic.
  • Up until 13x06, Dean was hopeless and defeated, if not actively suicidal. In 13x04, he admitted to not believing in anything anymore. In 13x05, all his usual coping mechanism – alcohol, greasy food, and sleeping with random women – failed him. When Billie accused him of wanting to die, he did nothing to contradict it. Now he's happily geeking out. What changed? He reunited with Cas.
    • In 12x19, Cas told Dean he needed to come back with a win for him. In 13x05, Dean told Sam that he needed a win. 13x06 spells out that Cas is that win.
    • Dean makes Cas watch his favorite movies off-screen.
    • Cas knows from experiece that Dean is an angry sleeper and there is a wrong way to wake him up. This ties in with 12x19, when Sam didn't seem surprised that Cas pulled the colt from under Dean's pillow.
    • With Billie Breckinridge, the [[Film/Tombstone eponymous]] Western has at least one gay-coded character.
    • When Cas quotes the movie, Dean looks away, visibly swallows, and licks his lips.
    • Misha jokingly referred to the episode as ''#brokebacknatural'' on Twitter.
    • Back in August, Jensen had joked that he'd love to do a "Western... slash, romcom" with Misha.
  • 13x23 Cas is clearly shown to be broken up by Dean's decision to allow Michael into his body.

    Sam/Dean (Wincest) 
  • With the Supernatural writers thinking that the real love story is between Sam and Dean, and Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki admitting they've read "Wincest", can you blame the fans for noting every bit of subtext between the boys?
    • Eric Kripe called Supernatural "The epic love story of Sam and Dean". The actual, original showrunner's words. Doesn't get much more ho yay than that.
  • 1.01, “Pilot.” Right from the get-go these brothers had a lot of homoerotic energy going. Dean breaks into Sam’s dorm and tackles him to the ground with a lazy smile and an “Easy, tiger.” After recovering from the shock Sam flips them over so that he’s on top and Dean is on bottom, with Dean still grinning all the while.
  • 1.02, “Wendigo.” Dean is so happy to have Sam back that he offers to let Sam drive the Impala. Sam, shocked, comments that he’s never done that before.
  • The third episode in the entire series marks the beginning of Dean Winchester having no concept of personal space around his brother.
  • 1.04, "Phantom Traveler." Dean's fear of flying has him virtually clinging to Sam for most of the episode.
  • 1.07, "Hook Man." While Sam is explaining to Dean what he's found out about their case, a male party-goer openly sizes us Sam in the background. Dean watches him until he's out of the shot, then puts a hand on Sam's back to lead him away. After which we see the guy come back in the shot, take a look at Sam and Dean, then roll his eyes and leave. The implications are hilarious.
  • Sam tells Dean in 1.16 "Shadow" that he would do anything for him while they share lingering eye contact.
  • In the first season they would sometimes have the tendency to shove the other against something while getting really close when pissed.
  • In season 2 episode "Playthings" Sam ends up drunk and clings to Dean to the extent he looks like he's about to kiss him until Dean slaps him away. There's a similar thing in "Sam, Interrupted" a drugged Sam gets his face quite close to Dean's then touches Dean's nose and chirps "Boop!" And Dean just watches him do this staying there.
    • The whole atmosphere of "Playthings" is sensual, tense to the point where audiences were expecting something sexual to happen.
  • In 2.05, "Simon Said", when Dean and Sam are sitting in the Metallicar, Dean mumbles something that sounds suspiciously like he is calling Sam "babe".
    Dean: Babe, you look like you're sucking on a lemon.
  • In 2.09, "Croatoan" a virus that turns people rabid and murderous is infecting people. While trying to get people to safety Sam is infected with the virus. When an officer tries to kill Sam before he can fully turn Dean tells him he'll be "dead before you hit the ground." Dean offers to let the remaining survivors leave in the Impala while he locks himself in a room with Sam and waits for him to turn so they can die together.
    • 2.21, “All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One” In this show the heroes are more concerned with their Heterosexual Life-Partner than with any Love Interests. Especially the moment in "All Hell Breaks Loose" where the hellgate opens: Sam, Ellen and Bobby try and shut it; Dean gets pinned to a grave by the Yellow-Eyed Demon, and Sam immediately goes to save his brother, leaving Ellen (who is a woman, but not a Love Interest) to try and shut one door by herself.
  • 2.22, In "All Hell Breaks Loose: Part Two", after Sam dies in his arms, Dean goes almost catatonic with grief and denial. He refuses to bury Sam’s body, choosing instead to stare at it silently. Bobby gently reminds Dean that they still have to save the world or it will end, to which Dean angrily shouts to just let it (this would be the first of many times Dean chooses Sam over the world).
    • Crazy with grief and desperation Dean sells his soul to a crossroads demon so that he can bring Sam back to life.
  • 4.01 “Lazarus Rising.” The reunion between the brothers when Dean comes back from Hell is so emotional. The brothers hug tightly and Dean’s face is fierce with determined emotion.
    • In season 3 we saw Dean being tortured in Hell while wearing Sam's amulet. Back on earth Sam was wearing Dean’s Samulet since he left. That means that Dean's soul was wearing the amulet. This gives support to the theory that Sam and Dean are soulmates, tied to one another.
    • This is also the introduction of Ruby who, after witnessing the above display, asks “So, are you two like… together?”
  • 4.03, “In the Beginning” Dean learns that he and Sam are named after their (married) maternal grandparents, Samuel and Deanna Winchester.
  • 4.04 “Metamorphosis.” Travis asks Sam if he’s still a mathlete, to which Sam bashfully says no. Dean preens for the attention Sam is getting and pats him affectionately on the back and proudly tells Travis that Sam “sure is.”
  • 4.05, “Monster Movie.” The look of exasperated affection and joy on Sam’s face when Dean takes simple pleasures in food really can’t be beat.
    • Actually, Sam and Dean spend most of “Monster Movie” smiling and staring at one another, which is a helpful reprieve from the star-crossed angst of the previous season.
  • 4.06 “Yellow Fever.” Despite being cursed by a buruburu and thinking Sam (and himself) are crazy for hunting things that kill other things, Dean desperately clings to his brother as a lifeline as he descends further and further into mindless fear.
  • 4.08, “Wishful Thinking,” and that oh so delightfully reliant brother-staring.
  • 4.17 "It's A Terrible Life," Dean's white-collar alter ego Dean Smith immediately assumes he's being checked out and hit on by Sam Wesson.
    Dean: Save it for the health club, pal.
  • They tend to bring the ridiculously stupid crazy sometimes when it comes to each other. When Sam died, Dean making a year-long deal to bring him back was possibly the stupidest thing that he could possibly do. Ever! And in "Time Is On My Side", Sam is willing to make himself and his previously-suicidal brother immortal monsters just so that Dean wouldn't leave him, which is messed up in so many ways.
    • And isn't it just a bit odd that they keep getting compared to self-destructive, clingy, passionate couples? In "Nightshifter", Hendricksen called them "Bonnie and Clyde" and in "Time Is On My Side", Dean compared them to "Sid and Nancy". Veritas even tells Sam that he and Dean are Mallory and Mickey, the killer romantic couple of Natural Born Killers
  • In "Sam, Interrupted", Dr. Fuller separates the brother because, quote, "To be frank, the relationship you have with your brother seems dangerously codependent", to which Dean immediately looks upset.
    • Sam and Dean really are so codependent, it's a wonder they even know how to function, really
      Dean: "You almost died there. I mean, what would I have—"
    • More so, when Sam asked Dean to kill him so he wouldn't kill anyone else, Dean tells him that he'd rather die than do that.
  • In the early seasons, the brothers are very touchy-feely, especially Dean, almost to the point of a Relationship Writing Fumble. Of course Dean touches Sam to save him from various bad guys, and also supports him when he's injured or having a vision. He also "checks" on Sam by touching him after fights, touches him to comfort him, and often claps him in the shoulder or chest as a greeting or parting gesture. Sam, in the earlier seasons, tended to touch Dean less often, but never shook Dean away from him. By Seasons 3 and 4, however, he's pretty well constantly terrified of Dean dying, and starts grabbing at and touching Dean almost as often as Dean goes for him. They even touch each other's faces and legs, which isn't really common physical affection for any siblings, let alone emotionally repressed ones that (at that point) would never be caught dead just hugging each other.
  • 4.14, “Sex and Violence,” one of the Wincestier episode of a very Wincesty series. The brothers hunting a Siren, which seduces men by reading their minds and turning into the perfect woman for them (plus a little bit of love saliva). It inevitably gets to the Winchester brothers by becoming a male, if not particularly hot, FBI agent who offers to be Dean's new little brother if he kills Sam. (For the record, it's Hand Waved in the episode by saying that the siren gives its victims whatever they desire most. For most men, it is a beautiful woman. For Dean, it was "a little brother who looks up to him.")
    • This bears repeating; in an episode in which the Monster of the Week was reading the innermost thoughts of various men and morphing into whatever their deepest desire indicated (and, for every previous male victim, manifesting as a hot stripper), Dean's ideal, the person by whom he is most easily seduced, is revealed to be... wait for it... an idealized version of Sam. This from the same Dean Winchester who does all in his power to be viewed as a womanizing neanderthal. And ignoring the fact that the Siren later draws Sam into his thrall as well, and forces the Winchesters to fight to the death over his love. Yeah.
    • As well as the fact that in every previous incident, the stripper/Siren seduced the male victim and proceeded to convince him to murder the other woman in his life; in Dean's case, the Siren manifests as Dean's ideal male companion and then sics him on Sam.
    • The siren was being an idealized version of Sam. Sam himself isn't perfect, no one in the victim's life is, so you can say he took the "blueprint" of Sam and turned it up to 100. You could sort of say the siren was younger!Sam and adult!Sam in the same body: the mindless big brother hero worship Sam held for Dean when he was younger, combined with the proud man who can match Dean step for step in the present.
  • 4.18, "The Monster at the End of This Book." It finally gets to the point where the brothers actually comment on this after reading fan comments on the internet (of a book series inexplicably written about their adventures).
    Dean: There are Samgirls and Deangirls, and... what's a slash fan?
    Sam: As in... Sam-slash-Dean. Together.
    Dean: Like, together-together?
    Sam: Yeah.
    Dean: They do know we're brothers, right? ...That's just sick.
  • In "Dark Side of the Moon", the look on Dean's face when Sam is shot right before his eyes (and the subsequent anger and request for death with a bone-chilling threat afterward), are one of the many scenes that silently showcase how co-dependent they are on each other.
    • Later in "Dark Side of the Moon", Dean tells Sam him leaving for Stanford was one of the worst nights of his life
  • Also in "Dark Side of the Moon", they share a heaven because they are "soulmates". Ash explains the concept of Heaven to them, saying that they have "Winchesterland" and he has "Ashland", and "Most people can't leave their own private Idahos", except for him, because he came up with a series of equations which allowed him to traverse other people's heavens. He says that "A few people share, special cases, whatnot." Dean asks what he means, and Ash says "Oh, you know, like soulmates." There is then a five second awkward pause in which Ash stares at Sam and Dean, and they determinedly don't look at each other.
    Dean: Wait. If I’m in heaven, then where’s Sam? ("Dark Side of the Moon")
    Dean: [waking up after being strangled by Azazel and sees Sam] So I'm dead? This is heaven? ("Exile on Mainstreet")
  • In 5.18, "Point of No Return", Zachariah lamented that Sam and Dean would "rather save each other's sweet bacon than save the planet"
  • In 5.22, "Swan Song", the brothers’ love for each other is so strong, it breaks the hold Lucifer has over Sam. That makes it the love that literally saved the world. This is even more powerful when you realize this was actually intended to be the finale of the show before CW asked for it to be renewed and replaced showrunner Eric Kripke with current executive producer Sera Gamble.
    Dean: [while being beaten to near-death by Lucifer possessing Sam's body] Sam, it's okay. It's okay. I'm here. I'm here. I'm not gonna leave you.
    • Also in "Swan Song", after Castiel warns Dean the only thing he'll see if he goes to Sam is Michael killing him, he firmly replies he won't let Sam die alone.
    • Even after being given a sneak peek of exactly what Lucifer is capable of when he makes Castiel explode and snaps Bobby’s neck with only a flick of his wrist, Dean still stays and calls out to Sam to reassure him he won’t leave him.
  • In "The Real Ghost Busters", a gay couple admires Sam and Dean's relationship so much they model their own after it.
  • Again with parallels, in "Goodbye Stranger", Castiel wants Sam to protect Meg who he reveals he has feelings for and doesn't want to get hurt, and Dean wants Sam to stay outside to "guard" Meg because he doesn't want him to get hurt either.
  • Lest we forget Sam referred to Dean as "a male model type" in "The Man Who Knew Too Much".
  • Dean seems all too comfortable to read porn with Sam around.
    • In the episode "Goodbye Stranger", Dean finds vintage porn and proudly shows it to Sam before sitting down right across from him and reading it.
      • Sam helpfully offers to leave the room while Dean has his, ahem, personal time with "Miss October", to which Dean says he could use 10 minutes. Then raises his eyebrows and smiles suggestively at Sam as he gets up and leaves. It's even funnier when you remember Dean's stern words to Castiel about it being "unacceptable" to talk about porn with dudes in the room. Sam is always the exception.
  • While Dean Winchester had many rules he lives by, Sam always seems to be the exception.
    • In "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things", Dean says "What's dead should stay dead!" but sells his soul to bring Sam back from the dead.
    • Dean regularly chastises Castiel for watching him sleep, but begrudgingly let Sam do it while he was soulless.
    • Dean always firmly stated he didn't pray or beg, but did just that in order to keep Sam safe.
    • Dean once said that men shouldn't watch porn with other men in the room, but has read porn as well as watched hentai anime while Sam was in the room.
      • In the latter, he poured Sam a cup and beckoned him to come over. While he was watching it.
  • Can we count all the times Sam has chosen Dean over everything else? The Man Who Knew Too Much, The French Mistake, The Girl Next Door, etc.
  • Pam asked Sam and Dean if they wanted to have a threesome with her. Pam is psychic.
  • In "Changing Channels", Sam is transformed into the Impala and Dean goes to search the car for holy oil. After a moment, Sam tells Dean he's really uncomfortable. Dean has his hand in the trunk of the Impala.
  • Who could forget the line in "Mystery Spot": "Sammy, I get all tingly when you take control like that." So blatantly Ho Yay-tastic that it's a wonder it got through the censors.
    • And that line becomes a lot more poignant in light of "The Song Remains The Same", where their father tells their mother "I love when you get bossy".
  • In "Bugs" where they have been Mistaken for Gay customers looking for a new house for the second time; rather than explain that they're brothers again, Dean runs with it, calling Sam honey and smacking him on the ass.
  • Pointing out how weirdly close the brothers are to each other is basically a competitive sport among the minor characters on the show.
    Michael: First…we talk. Then I fix your darling little Sammy.
    • When Sam is knocked out by Castiel breaking the Hell-wall, Balthazar calls him "Sleeping Beauty" and asks if Dean stole any kisses.
    • Two guys filming a documentary in "Bitten" wonder if Sam and Dean have an office romance going on, of which the latter confirms he sees it too.
  • In "Coyote's Kiss" of the Supernatural book, Dean jokingly asks Sam if he'd miss him too much to go on without him. Sam immediately looks away.
  • In "Appointment in Samarra", Dean tells Death he wants to bring Sam's soul back instead of Adam's, even though he acknowledges that it's "damaged" (try "flayed to the raw nerve").
  • In "Bloodlust", after Gordon refers to Sam as "Sammy", Sam coolly tells him that Dean is the only one that gets to call him that, after which we get a reaction shot of Dean smiling smugly to himself.
  • In "Clap Your Hands if You Believe", Lisa tells Dean she knew it was over between them the moment Sam walked through the door.
    • A funny scene from "Clap Your Hands If You Believe", Dean is freaking out about being abducted by aliens, and a Soulless!Sam tries to fake-empathize with him by resting his hand on Dean's thigh and looking into his eyes. Dean's rattled by this, but more because he knows Sam's soulless than because, like, his brother looks like he's coming onto him.
    • Dean only went to Lisa because Sam begged him too. Later we find out that Dean was deeply depressed, developed an alcohol addiction, and became suicidal without him.
  • The angel Zachariah described Sam and Dean as "erotically co-dependent." The only other way to interpret that is as a way of turning Adam against Sam and Dean.
  • In "Shut Up, Dr. Phil", after an episode of marital hijinks between two pissed-off witches, Sam attempts to wind up the case by turning Maggie and Don's tempestuous eight-hundred-year marriage into a metaphor for his and Dean's relationship. Dean attempts to shrug it off by saying that he and Sam have nothing to work through, but Sam and the viewers know better.
  • During the final moments of Season Four, Sam and Dean react to Lucifer's imminent appearance by blindly clinging on to one another.
  • Even soulless!Sam felt the innate love that Sam had for Dean. When Dean hugged him, he smiled, not out of any raw feeling, but because he knew that was the instinctive feeling that went along with it. Like "Yes, this is how this goes".
  • Then there's this gem in "The End":
    Dean: We're not stronger when we're together — I think we're weaker. Because what we have — love, family, whatever it is — they are always gonna use it against us. We're better off apart.
  • In "When the Levee Breaks", Dean angrily tells Bobby he would die for Sam in a second, but won't let him turn into a monster
  • And then you've got Shifter!Dean tying Sam up and laying his hands on his thighs.
  • The whole jealous!Dean things goes so deep, it's become a parody of itself. In "Metamorphosis", Dean finds out Sam has been spending his time with Ruby and acts in a stereotypical jealous wife from a 50s novel.
    Sam: What, are you, are you leaving?
    Dean: You don't need me. You and Ruby go fight demons.
    Sam: Hold on. Dean, come on, man.
    Dean: [punches him in the face.]
    Sam: "You satisfied?"
    Dean: [punches him again]
  • In 6.06, "You Can't Handle the Truth," Veritas, the Goddess of Truth, asks Dean what he REALLY feels about his brother. A very pregnant pause follows
  • Willingly going to hell for one another. Twice.
    • And while there, Dean desperately shouted out Sam's name while being tortured, signifying their "psychotic" codependency.
  • In the season 7 premiere, aptly titled “Season 7, Time for A Wedding!” Dean’s displeasure at Sam marrying Becky goes into comically jealous territory.
    • He only starts to play ball when Sam threatens to cut Dean out of his life if he doesn’t accept that Becky is in his life. Dean shows up at their doorstep with a waffle iron wedding gift.
    • In 7.04, "Defending Your Life" Dean is so messed up about killing Sam's friend Amy, a kitsune that he can't even stay interested in his one-night stand.
    • When the bartender asks him if it's his love life or job that has him down, Dean wryly replies it's a "complex question."
  • In 7.07 "The Mentalists", Sam and Dean are told the Campbells, a brother performing duo, were actually lovers that called themselves brothers to avoid the prejudice of the time. Sam and Dean both nod understandingly until they realize the full implications of that (their own mother's maiden name was Campbell).
    • During this time Sam and Dean are going through another one of their lovers quarrels. Melanie, a "psychic" who admits she just reads body language and makes accurate guesses, correctly reads Sam and Dean and their current unspoken drama.
      Melanie: Well, I honestly read people. It's just less whoo-whoo, more body language. Like you two – long-time partners, but, um... a lot of tension. [Gestures to SAM.] You're pissed. [Gestures to DEAN.] And you're stressed. It's not brain surgery.
  • 7.12, “Time After Time,” the brothers have such intimate knowledge of one another that Dean knows the exact position in which Sam sleeps… from 68 years in the past.
  • In 8.14, "Trial and Error", Dean tells Sam he will do the trial because he wants Sam to go on, have a family, get old and be happy. This is almost reminiscent to the door scene in "Titanic" where Jack tells Rose he wants her to go on and have a happy life.
    • Not only that, but Sam is adamantly against the idea. He tells Dean he's not a grunt and praises how smart he is. Sam the takes on the trials so Dean won't have to, making it another sacrifice for his brother.
  • In "Taxi Driver", with Sam trapped in purgatory, Dean kills one of his closest friends, Benny, in an effort to save him.
    • Dean also loses his sense of cool when Sam stumbles out of purgatory, and Dean clings on to him blindly. It takes Dean a second to compose himself to look nonchalant before he pulls back to actually talk to Sam.
  • The fights Dean and Sam had over Dean being friends with Benny were ridiculously similar to a couple fighting over infidelity (and mirrored the Sam/Dean/Ruby confrontation from earlier seasons, where Dean was the jealous and angry one).
  • In "The Great Escapist", with Sam suffering the effects of the demon trials, Dean obsessively worries about Sam and begs to let him take care of Sam.
  • Jensen Ackles acknowledged that Wincest was a "hot fantasy" for fans in his interview for "Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships".
  • "Pac Man Fever" marks the first time Dean hugs (adult) Sam just because he loves and cares about him. Usually, it's when one of them comes back from the dead.
  • In "Sacrfice", the season 8 finale, Dean was willing to let everyone who died and was affected to make the trials happen (Kevin Tran, Kevin's mom, Castiel) die in vain to keep Sam alive.
    • Sam confessed his greatest sin was letting Dean down and forcing him to rely on Benny and Castiel because of his incompetence, to which Dean told him he would never put anyone in front of him, and begged him to understand that
      Dean: “Sammy… come on. I killed Benny to save you. I’m willing to let this bastard, and all the sons of bitches that killed mom walk because of you. Don’t you dare think that there is anything, past or present, that I would put in front of you! It has never been like that, ever! I need you to see that. I’m begging you.”
    • Also, think of what Sam did in this exchange. With the King of Hell literally inside him, moments away from closing the gates of hell, after months of illness and misery and close to collapsing, saying himself that others would die if he didn't- Dean asked him to stop and gave him the above speech, and he really did drop the entire trial business for Dean. They just decided that evil can exist in the world as long as they can stay together, and fell into each other's arms.
      • Dean has always been dedicated to stopping demons and avenging his mother's death. He's made many sacrifices for this throughout the years, but the only person Dean wasn't willing to sacrifice to reach his goal was Sam.
  • Robbie Thompson jokingly pitched an idea for Season 9 where Sam and Dean go to couples counseling and "feels ensue".
  • In Torn and Frayed, Sam and Dean have an argument over Benny that sounds strangely like that a married couple dealing with infidelity (though married couple comparisons have been made in canon for years)
    Dean: Okay, well, then what the hell do we do now?
    Sam: It depends. It depends, on you. On whether or not you're done with him.
    Dean: Well, honestly, I don't know.
    • Sam's look of grief at the end really seals the deal
  • At Dallas Con 2013, actor Jensen Ackles said that the only place Dean truly belongs is with Sam in the impala, a sentiment he's repeated many times over the years.
  • In season 9, Dean was so desperate to keep Sam with him that he allowed an angel to possess his body to keep Sam alive.
    • Ezekiel points out to Dean that he does what he does because he loves Sam. Dean becomes uncomfortable with having his love for his brother presented right in front of his face.
  • The part of Sam that wanted to live took the form of Dean.
  • In early Season 7, Sam (who's now Hell-lucinating) falls on glass and hurts his hand, which Dean patches up. When Dean takes Sam's hand again to check the wound, Sam's Lucifer-Hallucination (remember, just in Sam's head) teases Sam about Dean wanting to hold his hand. Later on, Dean holds and squeezes Sam's hand to bring him back to reality when Sam's basically about to shoot up a warehouse and has no idea what's real.
  • In Season 8, Sam's girlfriend Amelia is mourning her husband, who is a soldier missing in action and presumed dead. She and Don are clearly meant to be a parallel to Sam and Dean. Eventually it transpires that Don hadn't died, and is less than thrilled that his wife had taken up with someone else. However, he is magnanimous, and asks Amelia to choose the one that will make her happy. Dean, likewise, was not dead after all, is decidedly not happy that Sam got into a relationship (though that's also because he believes Sam took up with a girl instead of looking for him, which doesn't seem to have been the case), but is also ultimately magnanimous and asks Sam to choose the life he wants.
  • As of Season 8, the brothers definitely come across as a "little bit married." Dean's resentment of Amelia, and Sam's jealousy of Benny, make it clear that neither brother tolerates others being close or getting between them. This is confirmed in "Sacrifice," where they both pretty well confirm that they need to be first place in each other's lives.
  • Season 9 wouldn't strike many fans on the surface as very Ho Yay-tastic, as the brothers have been fighting for several episodes, but they're still behaving for all the world like a married couple going through a trial separation or exes that sleep together. They're still spending huge amounts of time together, sighing and glancing at each other like a couple of teenage girls, still being physically close (standing very close together, hunched over the same tables while researching, etc) and despite the fact that Sam's the "pissed off party," he's racing to Dean like a bat out of hell every time he thinks Dean's in danger. It's even implied in one scene that Sam, at least, pictured himself growing old with Dean, and seemed very, very depressed at the idea that this would no longer be the case (Dean has a similar reaction in this scene, but since he's always been resigned to dying a hunter's death, it's hard to tell if he ever sincerely saw himself as "old" at all, let alone with Sam). It doesn't help that the nub of their fight is basically both of them doubting the other's love for them.
  • In episode 9.17 "Mother's Little Helper", when Dean lies to Sam over the phone about what he's doing and who he's with, Crowley quips that he "lies to Sam like he's your wife."
  • Everyone Sam Winchester sleeps with dies. Dean has died more than anyone else on the show.
  • In "About a Boy", when Sam says, "Dean, I'm way too big to fit in that," about a barely-open window, Dean jokes, "First time you've ever had to say that, huh?"
  • In season 10 episode "Soul Survivor", Dean makes a quip about Sam wanting a "divorce" after trying to murder Sam by bashing his skull in with a hammer. Naturally, Sam didn't.
    Dean: What'd Sam say? Does he want a divorce?
    Castiel: I'm sure Sam knows that whatever you said - what you did - wasn't really you. Certainly wasn't all you.
    Dean: I tried to kill him, Cas.
    Castiel: Dean, you two have been through so much. Look, you're brothers. It'll take a lot more than trying to kill Sam with a hammer to make him want to walk away.
    Dean: You realize how screwed up our lives are that that even makes sense?
  • In season 9 episode 8 "Rock and a Hard Place", Jody Mills tells Sam (about his and Dean's relationship), "Come on. You and Dean? That's something special, don't you think?" And instead of smiling fondly (like most people would about siblings they love platonically) or even shaking his head (like people do when they disagree), Sam seems flustered and sort of unwilling to comment and he does his eyes-all-over-the-place thing before looking down. That's what you usually do when people mention a crush you're trying to hide.
  • Keeping the tradition of people mistaking Sam and Dean for lovers, a worker walks in on Dean talking to Sam and tells him to "quit flirting with the trainer and get back to work."
  • Sam and Dean constantly shared sleeping quarters until season 8, when they moved into the Bunker. Even then, it seems they still share anytime they stay in motels- i.e. whenever they hunt, i.e. pretty frequently. And even in the Bunker, they seem to wander in and out of each other's rooms pretty casually. Sam seemed to just hang out in Dean's room on a regular basis when Dean was missing.
    • The brothers have pretty well never had a sense of personal space or privacy around each other, justified in that they grew up in a car and an endless series of cramped motel rooms. But throughout the series, they've always stood superclose together, have never been hesitant about touching each other, wear each other's clothes on occasion (and Sam at least has had to change a dead!Dean into fresh clothing at least twice throughout the series), and when Dean tried to make a feeble protest for privacy in Season 10 in response to Sam grabbing his cell phone, Sam just looked at him and proceeded to read Dean's messages.
  • In the season 10 meta episode "Fan Fiction" the director shows herself to be both a shipper of Destiel and Wincest. When Dean observes the "play Dean" and "play Sam" standing a little too close to each other and asks her about it, she passionately explains that they're rehearsing the BM (Boy Melodrama) scene.
    Marie: You know, the scene where the boys get together, and they're-they're driving, or leaning against Baby. Drinking a beer, sharing their feelings. The two of them. Alone. But together. Bonded. United. The power of the brotherly—
    Dean: Why are they standing so close together?
    Marie: Hmm... reasons.
    Dean: You know they're brothers, right?
    Marie: Well, duh! But... subtext.
    • Dean responds by quickly telling the actors to to "take a sub-step back there, ladies." Later in the episode, during Dean's impassioned meta speech on how fans of Supernatural are allowed to interpret things the way they see fit, he tells the Dean and Sam actors to stand as close to each other as Marie wants them to.
      • This is a callback to Dean's disgust at Wincest in the season 4 episode "The Monster at the End of This Book." In that episode Dean also questions whether the fangirls know he and Sam are brothers. "Fan Fiction" was meant to be a "love letter" to fans showing that the creators are now fine with any slash-y interpretation of the show.
[1] Fan: What type of fanfiction do you read? Like Wincest, or...?
Jensen: I think "none" would be the answer.
Jared: We don't, but feel free to. Peace and love.
Jensen: Yeah, whatever floats your boat.
  • In the season 10 episode "Ask Jeeves," the pair of wealthy sisters that have been hitting on Sam and Dean all night come to the conclusion that they're gay.
    Heddy: I knew those boys were trailer trash the moment they rolled up in that American-mad
    Beverly: Not to mention homosexuals.
    Heddy: Ugh. Homosexual murderers. Like Leopold and Loeb.
  • 10.14 "The Executioner's Song," Cain taunts Dean by rattling off the deaths he'll amass as the Mark slowly turns him into a monster. First he'll kill Crowley (with mixed feelings), then Castiel (that will hurt something awful). He then calls Sam's death "the murder you'd never survive, the one that would finally turn you into as much of a savage as it did me." Dean, who's been mostly determinedly silent during Cain's monologue, finally breaks at the mention of killing Sam. He begs Cain to tell he doesn't have to do it.
    • After killing Cain, Dean walks back to Cas, Crowley, and Sam in a daze. He collapses in Sam's arms and looks haunted.
  • In the season 10 finale, just when Dean is about to kill Sam under orders of Death, he changes last minute and kills Death instead.
    • Dean decided that killing Death Himself was preferable to killing Sam. Now that's love.
  • 11.04: After finding out Sam had sex with a woman in the backseat of the Impala the night before, Dean is practically giddy despite (or maybe because?) it happened in his most prized possession.
    Dean: Even put a blanket down. Buddy, classy and thoughtful as always.
  • 11.16 "Safe House": A Soul Eater puts victims into a coma and shows them "things they love, parts of their soul in distress" to weaken them. The civilian victim sees her husband and children dead, Bobby sees Sam and Dean, and Dean sees Sam. Even knowing that would be the Soul Eater's trick doesn't stop Dean from looking like his entire world has been blown to pieces before he wills the image away.
    • This also calls back to Dark Side of the Moon. The part of Dean's soul that's in distress in Sam, his soulmate.
    • How did this episode get mentioned without the final scenes? When Dean regains consciousness and is struggling to get up, Sam basically spoons Dean, wrapping one arm around him and pulling him into his chest to prop Dean up, while frantically muttering reassurances that he's "got" Dean, before finally heaving a sigh of relief and resting his free hand on Dean's head. The scene cuts and it's implied that Sam and Dean stay in that position on the floor for at least a few minutes. Rufus and Bobby's parallel scene after Bobby regains consciousness serves to highlight just how ridiculously grabby the brothers are compared to normal people - Rufus is solicitous and concerned for Bobby, and does help him sit up. But they don't, like, sit there cuddling.
    • On top of that, in the car afterwards when Dean tells Sam he saw him dead in his vision, Sam says it's comforting that Dean saw that. Dean has had a strange connection to Amara all season, and Sam frequently expresses insecurity that Dean will become more attached to her than to him.
  • Directly after the events of Safe House sees Dean's greatest fear realized in 11.17, "Red Meat." While saving a couple from werewolves Sam is shot and mortally wounded. The boyfriend of the woman who has been harmed complains that Sam is slowing them down and that it would be quicker to leave him so that his girlfriend can get medically attention, telling him it's three lives against one. Dean shoves him angrily and tells him they will carry Sam. The episode parallels Corbin's dedication to saving his girlfriend to Dean's dedication to saving Sam. Dean is so shaken by the idea of losing Sam that he almost gets into a fight with a tree and has to bite back panicked tears.
    • When Dean leaves to grab sticks Corbin strangles Sam, sending his body into shock. Dean returns to see Sam dead just as the werewolves descend on their hiding place. When Corbin and Michelle announce in terror that the werewolves are coming back. Dean, grief-stricken, hovers over Sam's dead body and promises him he'll come back for him.
    • After getting Corbin and Michelle to safely to a sheriff, while bleeding and wounded, tries to run back into the woods to get back to Sam's body. The sheriff demands Dean to stay for questioning and tries to prevent him from running. Dean, wild with grief, shoves him and tries to run back to Sam only to be tasered.
    • The most intensely romantic aspect of this episode comes after Dean wakes up in the hospital. Remembering that Sam is dead, he hobbles to the hospital's dispensary and takes a handful of pills so he can barter with a reaper to get Sam's soul back.
      Billie: It's cute, though. You pretending you're trying to save Sam for the greater good, when we both know you're doing it for you. You can't lose him.
    • Sam, meanwhile, has woken up and is trying frantically to get to Dean while still badly wounded. At one point he and Dean manage to reach each other by phone, and they both literally stagger in relief at hearing the other's voice.
    • Later after Dean kills Corbin, who has turned into a werewolf, Michelle is heartbroken. Dean tells her she'll be okay, but she disagrees. She tells him "I watched the man I love die. There's no normal after that." Dean looks stricken, remembering how he felt and how drastically he acted after he saw Sam's dead body.
    • When Sam has finally gotten his gunshot wound treated and is released from the hospital, Dean keeps a hand on Sam the entire way to the car.
  • 11.20 "Don't Call Me Shurley" is basically Croatoan Part II: Electric Boogaloo. A dense fog created by Amara overtakes towns and turns the people infected into rabid murderers before they fully succumb and suffocate. While saving a group of people Sam becomes infected by the fog. The citizens beckon Dean to safety but he refuses. Sam, under the fog's influence, accuses Dean of choosing Amara over him, to which Dean flatly denies. When it becomes apparent that Sam will die under the fog's influence, Dean intentionally inhales it so that they can die together. However becomes Amara has imprinted on him, he is immune to it.
    • "I'm not leaving you ever!
    • This is also the episode where the viewers find out that Sam had indeed kept the amulet that Dean had thrown out back in Season 5, and has carried it with him this whole time.
  • In the season 11 finale Dean agrees to strap a bomb the force of hundreds of thousands of suns to himself so that he can eliminate Amaara, The Darkness. During his tearful goodbyes to Castiel, Rowena, Chuck, and even Crowley, but when he gets to Sam they can hardly look at one another because they're so overcome with emotion.
    Dean: Come on. You know the drill. No chick-flick moments. Come on.
    Sam: Yeah, you love chick flicks.
    Dean: Yeah, you're right. I do. Come here
    • Dean also leaves Sam with the keys to the Impala.
    • Dean tells Amara that she never really wanted him, she only wanted Chuck, her brother. Dean compares her need for her brother with his own need for Sam.
      Dean: Me and Sam, we have had our fair share of fights. More than our share. But no matter how bad it got, we always made it right because we're family. I need him. He needs me. And when everything goes to crap, that's all you've got—family. Now you might be a—an all-powerful being...but I think you're human where it counts. You simply need your brother.
      • This has interesting implications as Dean has shown a strange, unwanted desire for Amara throughout the season. At one point she even kisses him. Somehow through that Dean comes to the conclusion that what she truly desires is her brother.
  • The entirety of season 13 is Sam and Dean playing parents to the nephilim responsibility Jack. Many outlets, including the official Netflix twitter, have called them Jack’s parents.
  • When Sam first sees Dean again in 12x01 after believing him to be dead, he smiles at the sight of Dean and looks like he's about to cry in relief - even though they're both bound up in a cell and Sam had been tortured. It's incredibly emotional considering the circumstances.
  • In 12.22, as Sam is about to leave to lead the BMOL raid (Dean has to stay back due to an injury), they tearfully hug, with Dean imploring Sam to come back after, and Sam promising that he will.
  • The look of relief on Dean’s face when he finds Sam passed out but still alive in 13.15, “A Most Holy Man” is shockingly intimate.
    • When the woman Sam is interviewing starts flirting with Sam and touching his hand, Dean GLARES at her for a moment before schooling his features into an obviously-fake smile. Dean doesn't really like people touching Sam.
  • 13.16: In the Supernatural/Scooby-Doo crossover episode aptly titled "Scoobynatural," Dean proudly shows Sam his "Dean Cave" (or "Fortress of Deanitude") that includes a foosball table and two recliners right next to each other for him and Sam.
    • Dean collectively refers to everything in his room as "we" to signify it all belongs to Sam, too.
  • 13.20., “Unfinished Business ,” has a back-to-back dying devotion monologue by both brothers.
    Dean: You remember what happened the last time we had front row tickets to the Lucifer/Michael show? 'Cause I do. You died... and went to Hell. But see, this time, the apocalypse isn't looking for us. We're actually looking for it. I don't care what happens to me. I never really have. But I do care about what happens to my brother.
    Sam: Dean, we're going to that place, and we're gonna save Jack and Mom. Together. And if something happens, we will deal with it together. And if we die? We'll do that together, too.
    • This sentiments are par for the course for Dean, but when they come from Sam you know it’s serious.
  • In 13.22 "Beat the Devil" Dean was forced to leave Sam behind [[spoiler:in the Apocalypse World). Sam dies (for the sixth time) and comes back, Dean hugs him and tearfully comments that he thought he really lost him.
    • Jensen Ackles has stated he has not been quiet about how out of character he believed Dean leaving Sam behind was, calling the characterization a “disservice.”
  • In the season 13 finale "Let the Good Times Roll, Dean says yes to being Michael's vessel. This is after being vehemently against the idea since season four. It's only when Sam is in trouble and he has no other option to save him that Dean finally says. yes.
  • In episode 14.01, Sam is so distraught and obsessed with tracking Dean down that he has a Depression Beard and is implied to be barely eating or sleeping. At one point he tells Cas he'd "do anything" to find Dean.
  • Episode 14.04 is basically the newly-reunited brothers flirting non-stop. At one point, Dean likens a young girl's appearance to Sam's, referring to her "soft features and luxurious hair", and later on suggests that he and Sam wear couple's costumes for next Halloween.
  • In 14.05, Dean is absolutely beaming with pride and support every time Sam interacts with the AU hunters, and is defensive of him when Bobby criticizes him. Moreover, he comments at one point that Sam is only sleeping three hours a night - which is an interesting thing for Dean to know, considering they have separate rooms in different parts of the bunker.
  • Episodes 14.10 to 14.13, inclusively, are basically wall-to-wall Wincest.
    • In 14.10, when Michael has taken over Dean once more, Sam and Cas enter Dean's brain to try to communicate with him only to discover Dean's consciousness is being distracted by a false memory. Sam, who has spent about 97% of his life in Dean's presence, is able to almost instantly identify which of a stream of memories is the "fake" one. Then, when Dean still doesn't realize he's living in a fake scenario, Sam's finally able to snap him back to reality with one word.
    • In 14.11... well, there's a cringey hug, to start with, but the real moment comes at the end of the episode, when Dean finally tells Sam his plans with the M'alak Box. Apart from being upset, Sam is also angry that Dean was going to basically sneak off to kill himself without even telling Sam or saying goodbye, even repeating "me" - reminding Dean and the viewers that he's closer to Dean than anyone else and deserved to know. Dean tearfully responds that Sam was the "last" person he could tell, because he knew he'd never be able to maintain his resolve if Sam tried to talk him out of it.
    • In 14.12, this essentially comes to pass. Sam, after spending the episode trying to hold it together but visibly upset, has an angry and tearful outburst, going so far as to start punching Dean. When Dean stops Sam's punch, Sam suddenly grabs Dean into a hug, looking for all the world like a lost child, asking why Dean "doesn't believe in them" (as in, in his and Sam's ability to find a better, less drastic way to deal with Michael that won't leave Dean in an eternal living death). It's rare to see Sam so unravelled, and one of the only times in the whole series that he lashed out physically at Dean, just because he was so desperate to get through to Dean.
    • In 14.13, also the series' 300th episode, a misaimed spell brings John back from the dead, leading to a joyous family reunion with the boys and Mary. Throughout the episode, Sam and Dean are paralleled against their parents' relationship, and the domestic aspects of their lives are emphasized. At one point, Dean tells Sam that he wouldn't change their lives, given the chance, because he likes who they both are. The scene then abruptly cuts away to John and Mary holding hands, in an edit that seems almost designed to confuse the viewer.
      • Throughout 14.13, it's clear that John's resurrection is altering how certain events in the show have unfolded - and had John never died, Sam and Dean would have been living separate (and rather depressing) lives. It's strongly implied that Dean agreed to reversing the spell, knowing their father would die again, in part because he didn't want to live in an alternate timeline where he and Sam were apart.
  • In 14.14, Dean gets knocked out during a fight, and Sam devolves into helpless panic when he can't rouse him, frantically calling for Rowena and Cas. Even back at the bunker, Sam doesn't leave Dean's side, but is so anxious and lost that he doesn't even start cleaning Dean's wounds until Rowena tells him to.
  • In 14x15, Sam gets affected by the mind control at Charming Acres, and the only way Cas can snap him out of it is to remind him of Dean.
    • Later at the bunker, it comes out that Cas already told Dean that Sam had had a "wife" while he was brainwashed, and Sam's reaction makes it clear he hadn't wanted Dean to know that. After Cas leaves the room, Dean reiterates that Sam had apparently been "really happy" at Charming Acres, clearly feeling a little hurt and insecure. Sam has to remind Dean that none of it was actually real.
  • In 14.17, Sam gets upset when Dean and Mary go to Donatello without him, saying he should be there and that it's not okay.
    • Later that same episode, Sam gets murdered by Nick, continually calling to Dean while fighting Nick. When Dean finally gets to Sam, Sam is near death, and his last words are about how Dean always put him first. Once Jack arrives and resurrects Sam, Dean has to turn away to control his emotions.
  • In 14x18, after discovering that Jack killed Mary, Dean is enraged at both Jack and at Cas, who he perceives as having withheld important information about Jack that might have prevented Mary's death. The only person Dean will allow near him is Sam (who also took some responsibility for what happened, which Dean summarily dismissed as "Not Sam's Fault").
  • In 14x20, there's an emotional scene where Dean is telling Sam he intends to kill Jack with the Equalizer Gun, which will also lead to his own death. Sam angrily says he can't handle losing Jack and Dean at the same time.
  • In 15x03, Sam has to kill Rowena in order to close the rupture into Hell - a pre-ordained fate they'd both tried extremely hard to avoid. When it seems like Sam won't be able to bring himself to do it, Rowena asks him, "Would you let the world die, would you let your brother die, to save me?" Sam tearfully says "No" and stabs her - it's implied that it was mentioning that Dean would die if he didn't kill her that pushed him to do it.
    • There's also an interesting moment near the end of that episode, where Dean talks to Sam in his room. Sam's bed is made up differently than usual, with two pillows and lamps lit on both sides of his bed - and a shirt that looks much like one of Dean's hanging on a hook in the background.
  • In 15x04, continuing off the "Did Sam's bed look a little different there?" theme, Sam wakes up abrubtly from a nightmare, and it appears he was sleeping on one side of his bed - with a second pillow on the other side of the bed.
  • 15x09 is a bit of a strange example, as it teases a relationship between Sam and Eileen - but in Chuck's future projection, Sam still seems far more emotionally wrapped up in Dean. Eileen dies offscreen in this projection, and while Dean says Sam "has had a death wish ever since", Sam seems mostly devastated when Dean refuses to hunt anymore, tearfully responding they were supposed to go out together. At the end of the projection, Sam and Dean have turned into vampires (which in itself is ship fuel, as vampires in Supernatural mate for life, and it also invites the idea that Sam or Dean either fed from or turned their brother) and are being hunted by their former friends - but reiterate that they'll go out together "like Butch and Sundance." Even more significantly, present-day Sam **prefers** the idea of the two of them dying together as monsters over Chuck's planned ending of them killing each other.
  • In 15x13, an AU version of the brothers arrive in the bunker, having escaped their universe before Chuck destroyed it. The AU!brothers come across as prissy and effete, and in response to their universe being destroyed and their father possibly being killed, they... drink beer and **watch porn together** in the bunker while the regular!brothers are gone on a mission (complete with AU!Sam shifting suggestively in his chair). AU!Dean's request to keep the flannels they'd borrowed, and AU!Sam's smarmy comment about how they "drove in" the Impala, are both rife with implication after that.

    Sam/Lucifer (Samifer) 
  • Sam and Lucifer. "It had to be you", after some rather intimate moments in bed with the supposed ghost of Jessica.
    • The whole Lucifer-is-destined-to-possess-Sam thing had shades of an arranged marriage, with Lucifer doing his best to "court" Sam and trying to convince him that it was his destiny. Brought to its fullest subtext in the finale of Season 5 when Lucifer finally possesses Sam and spends most of the episode trying to make him happy with the arrangement from sparing Dean (which came back to bite him the ass) to giving him revenge against Azazel's cronies who'd been manipulating him his entire life. Really he came off as an older dutiful husband trying to please his young, unhappy bride!
  • Season 7 gets off to a good start Ho Yay wise, what with Hallucination!Lucifer calling Sam things like "bunkmate" and "his little bitch in every sense of the word". It's far beyond subtext now.
    • Balthazar more than implied this way back in the middle of Season 6; Michael and Lucifer "hate-banging" Sam, anyone? And even earlier on, Castiel was making some extremely suggestive comments about how traumatized Sam would be as a result of the two pissed-off angels "taking out their frustrations" on him.
    • Actually, what Mark Pellegrino has unleashed upon the seventh season is probably the most blatant Ho Yay in the history of the show.
      • At this point, Lucifer isn't actually there. Which means that yeah, it's Sam's mind that generates all of Lucifer's yay-tastic comments. "Aww, he wants to hold your little hand... How sweet."
    • And in Season 7, Episode 15 Sam's hallucination of Lucifer returns, this time acting pouty whenever Sam ignored him and squealing like a schoolgirl when Sam finally interacted with him again! Not helped by the Monster of Week's relationship to his former host almost explicitly paralleling Lucifer's relationship to Sam, and they were anything but subtle!
      • Not to mention the line about how Hallucination!Lucifer had missed interacting with Sam: "The rapier wit, the wittier rape..."
  • Also, season 11 has Sam having a vision where Lucifer tenderly touches his cheek, and episode 9 ends with a horrible cliff-hanger where Sam ends up in a cage with the real Lucifer, and Lucifer's words? "Hey, roomie... Upper bunk? Lower bunk? Or do you wanna share?". Sam's terrified expression says it all.
    • Episode 9 is filled to the brim with Samifer I can see it even though I don't ship it.
      • Sam's conversation with Dean "Lucifer touches me and I feel calm"
      • Lucifer looks so pleased to see Sam when he entered the scene after Crowley and said "My old roomie. Hug it out?"
      • Lucifer's "I need a ride out of here" with suggestive gestures like touching his own lips during the encounter and winking to Sam.

  • All the way back in the pilot, you've got this lovely line:
    Deputy: Fake US Marshall, fake credit cards... you got anything that is real?
    Dean: My boobs.
    (The deputy pushes Dean against the car and starts to pat him down, and Dean smiles, for all the world enjoying it.)
  • There's also a bit of Gordon/Dean going around. After all, Dean did get manipulated pretty badly by him in Bloodlust and wanted him as a Daddy figure. When Gordon becomes a vampire in Fresh Blood, he can sense Dean's scent all over the phone shop and before Sam beheads him with barbed wire, he slams Dean up against a wall and bites him, prompting an honest-to-god orgasm face.
  • To be fair, though, nobody seems to have any concept of personal space when it comes to Dean. Can someone say Azazel? He just loves to pin Dean to walls/graves, lean in far too close and tell him how worthless he is. It's especially disturbing/sexy/twisted when he's possessing Dean's Daddy in "Devil's Trap".
    • Continued when Azazel possesses Dean's grandfather and moves into his personal space, showing once again that the Big Bad apparently loves Wincest even more than the fans do.
  • And then there was also Alastair and Dean. With all the implications of "poking and prodding", Alastair acting like an stalker ex-boyfriend and even calling Dean "Daddy's little girl", it was all quite yummy to say the least.
    • Let's be realistic. There is no way in Hell that Alastair did not get around to tormenting Dean that way at some point.
      • There's only so many ways you can try to break somebody. Has to be taken into account.
  • 4x06, "Yellow Fever", Dean gets drunk and starts flirting with a policeman.
    • Made even more blatant in the french dub, where "You're awesome" is translated to "You're very seductive". Yes really.
  • There are not enough words in the world to describe the Dean/Nick (the Siren) in 4x14, "Sex and Violence".
    • First off, for the previous victims of the siren, said siren had appeared as a woman and caused the victims to kill the most important woman in their life. In one case it was the man's wife; in another, it was his mother, but in both cases the siren was disguised as a woman the men found sexually desirable. For Dean, the siren is a man, and tries to make him kill the most important man in his life- in his case, it was his brother. Presumably, the guy who killed his mom wasn't actually in love with her, he simply loved her more than any other woman in his life, but the siren still appeared as an attractive woman. It's well-established that Dean cares about Sam more than anyone else note , but in only his case does the siren appear as a man rather than a woman.
    • Dean ignores the girls at the strip club, instead paying attention to Nick. Note that this is before Nick has poisoned him, and so any effects Nick has on Dean are entirely free of the supernatural.
    • When Dean thinks Sam has been infected by the siren, he calls Nick - the (supposed) Federal Agent - for help.
    • Most of the episode goes back and forth between Sam and Cara (who Dean thinks is the siren) working together, and Dean and Nick (the actual siren) working together. The two relationships run more-or-less parallel; we see each pair growing closer in roughly similar time. Sam and Cara's relationship leads eventually to sex...
    • Dean is finally infected by the siren. Nick proceeds to tell him this in a very seductive voice.
    • Sam sees that for Dean, the siren appears as a man. He is totally unsurprised by this.
    • Bobby sees that for Dean, the siren appears as a man. He is totally unsurprised by this.
    • And do let's note that this episode was written by Kripke himself, shall we?
  • In "The Curious Case of Dean Winchester", 5x07, Sam has just quite definitely confirmed the ID of a man. Dean proceeds to lift up the blanket and look at said completely naked man, with a most interesting look on his face, before putting the blanket back and saying that yes, it's definitely him, he has the right birthmark.
  • And of course, in season five's Changing Channels, Dean very obviously has a crush on the very male "Doctor Sexy". Just look at that body language. Could he look any more like a pre-teen girl meeting her celebrity crush?
    Dean: Oh boy. It's him. It's him, it's Doctor Sexy.
    • And, of course, he knows the show well enough to spot the Trickster in disguise as Dr. Sexy, because...
    Dean: I swore part of what makes Dr. Sexy sexy is the fact that he wears cowboy boots. Not tennis shoes.
    • Dean gets a bit with Gabriel, too:
      Dean: Bite me.
      Gabriel: Maybe later, big boy.
  • Demon!John leans in real close to Dean and emotionally tortures him.
  • Blink-and-you-miss-it example, but Dean calls Crowley "hot stuff" in "The Devil You Know" when they're driving away with a captive Brady. Yes, really.
    • Then there's both calling the other "bitch" and "jerk" season 10 episode 1 and a girl tells them to "get a room".
  • Episode 6x06, "You Can't Handle the Truth", we've got this little snippet:
  • 7x12, "Time After Time After Time", Dean very clearly checks out a man in uniform, immediately after ignoring two girls walking past. Later, when Dean is dressed in perion-appropriate clothing, Elliot Ness looks up at him and whistles, indicating that He Cleans Up Nicely is in effect.
  • Episode 7x20, "The Girl With The Dungeons & Dragons Tattoo": Charlie has to flirt her way past a guard to get to Roman's computer, but has no idea how to flirt with someone who isn't a girl. Dean has to coach her through picking up a guy.
    Dean: "It shows, you look amazing." (to Sam) This never happened.
  • In fact, by the end of season seven, Dean has been fairly firmly established as bisexual.
  • A new ship joined the fleet right in the very first episode of season 8: Dean/Benny, also known as Denny. They embrace each other right in the first five minutes of the episode, and obviously share a strong bond they formed in Purgatory.
    • Then, 8x05 introduced us to the OT3 that is Dean/Cas/Benny also known as "Destiny". Benny saves Castiel's life in Purgatory despite their mutual dislike, and the entire episode is basically Dean and Benny bonding further, outside of Purgatory.
  • Early in season seven, Sam makes a joke about the current Big Bad being named "Dick" note .
    Sam: So, you gonna look at more anime, or are you strictly into Dick now?
    (and, as bakasara points out, he looks oh-so-proud of/amused by his own joke/pun)
    (but for some reason, instead of responding in kind or shrugging it off, as he usually would with Sam teasing him, Dean just glances at him and looks away quickly)
    (and then looks down at the computer apparently concentrating intensely on typing [because a google search requires one's full and complete attention])
    (and, to quote bakasara again, "and Sammy held this priceless face for 2+ seconds straight as he decided he would never try to be funny again)
    But why is it this joke, out of all the many he's laughed off or returned in kind, that Dean's apparently too hurt/upset by to respond or even acknowledge?
  • In 8x13, Dean is flirted with by a man involved in the current case. It later turns out the man, Aaron, was pretending to be interested as a cover for finding out what the brothers knew. During the rest of the episode, Dean gives the impression of wanting to make a good impression on Aaron.
  • In episode 12 of season 4, Criss Angel Is A Douche Bag, a guy dressed in bondage wear called the Chief approaches Dean and says "You are really gonna get it tonight, big boy. You aint been had, till you've been had by the Chief." He also asks him what's his "safe word".

  • Sam and the Trickster/Gabriel in Mystery Spot. Whether Sam has Gabriel pinned against the wall, or is begging him to bring Dean back, it just smacks of slashiness. Then Gabriel admits who he is to Sam, despite Dean being there as well. And then very, very clearly holds eye contact with Sam for a beat longer than is entirely necessary.
    • It doesn't help that in their first meeting, back in Tall Tales, we get Sam paying way too much attention to (what he believes is) a simple janitor, especially considering the story was told from his point of view.
    • There's also Gabriel's odd obsession with Sam's genitals in Changing Channels, from the Japanese game show 'Nutcracker' to the genital Herpes commercial.
    • Gabriel's final speech in the episode "Changing Channels" about why he left Heaven is addressed for the most part towards Sam, as he frequently makes eye contact with him.
    • Towards the end of The Thing is riddled with subtext between them. When the brothers first see Gabriel the camera focuses first on Sam's shocked/concerned reaction to his alive but less than stellar appearance. Later, it's Sam who removes the wire sewn onto Gabriel's mouth, gently asking "Gabriel... man, what happened to you?". Many fans note in this moment that despite skirting away from all touch, it seems like Sam is the only person Gabriel would consensually allow near him, with a sharp object at that, and that Gabriel seems to look rather thankfully at Sam (although the latter is speculation). The episode ends with Sam being left alone in the bunker with Gabriel. Again, many fans note this scenario to be eerily similar to popular Sabriel fanfics where Sam takes care of a traumatised Gabriel.
    • The episode Bring Em Back Alive follows through on the scenario suggested by The Thing in spades. We not only see Sam gently caring for the archangel, but he also has a monologue about the similarities between himself and Gabriel, culminating in Sam declaring, "we need you. Gabriel, I need you". The general subtext of this moment is only enhanced by its direct parallel to the famously slashy "Crypt Scene" between Dean and Castiel in season 8.
      • Gabriel also finally returns in his full glory and kills Asmodeus once he sees the Prince of Hell start strangling Sam and Castiel to death.
    • Unfinished Business follows through on it even more, starting with Sam tending to Gabriel's wounds from his fight with Fenrir and being more sympathetic to his quest for revenge against Loki and his kin for selling him out.
    Gabriel: *To Sam* Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you’re just a pretty face.
  • Sam's history of Foe Yay with demons doesn't just apply to the female ones. Azazel makes his liking of Sam, out of all the special children, quite plain, calling Sam his "favorite," getting up in his personal space, protecting him from other demons and trying to help him, and basically acting as the male forerunner of Ruby. Then there's the crossroads demon in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" taking the form of a handsome, dark-haired young man for Sam when crossroads demons are supposed to take the form that their summoners would be most attracted to—and Sam seemed perfectly willing to seal the deal, which would require a kiss. Then in "Two Minutes to Midnight", Crowley calls Brady (from "The Devil You Know") Sam's "demon lover." (Well, it was college.) Then there's Crowley himself, who flirt-taunts with Sam very, very often.
    • Again, Dean is surprised when a male crossroads demon appears to him and Sam in "Taxi Driver" and demands to know where the "hot chicks" that crossroads demons came to him (and Bobby) as are. Neither Sam nor the demon say anything. What's notable is that Sam was the one who actually summoned the demon (since he was the one who buried the box); that's two out of three times now that male crossroads demons responded to Sam's summons, which Dean clearly wasn't expecting. Hmmm...
  • In 5x17, Castiel whispers into Sam's ear, for no apparent reason other than fanservice.
  • After Sam asked Balthazar for "angel advice" in 6.11, Balthazar immediately makes a quip about his "boyfriend" and Sam simply responded with "Cas can't help me."
  • Cas standing in front of a tied-up Sam, then removing his belt and putting it in Sam's mouth, effectively gagging him, comes across as just a little bit hot (minus the excruciating pain for Sam that followed).
  • In "Fan Fiction", Sam actively wonders what his and Cas's ship name would be.
    Sam: What about...Sastiel? Samstiel?
  • In the ninth season episode, "First Born", Sam is ready to kill himself for a chance to find the angel that killed Kevin, but Cas refuses to let Sam keep trying to sacrifice himself, leading to this exchange:
    Cas: Sam, I want Gadreel to pay as much as you do. But nothing is worth losing you. You know, being human, it didn't just change my view of food. It changed my view of you. I mean, I can relate now to how you feel.
    Sam: What are you talking about?
    Cas: The only person who has screwed things up more consistently than me. And now I know what that guilt feels like. And I know what it...I know what it means to feel sorry, Sam. I'm sorry.
    Sam: I know.
  • Not even for shipping reasons, but the fact that the writers have been developing Sam and Cas's friendship, and having them spend more time together outside of Dean's presence in the recent seasons is certainly refreshing for a lot of fans. It's like they're remembering that Cas and Sam, do in fact, care about each other as much as they care about Dean.
  • During a couple episodes in the first half of season 11, Cas is shown to be spending a lot of time in Sam's room while recovering from Rowena's attack dog-spell.
  • Oh, Mooseley. In "Road Trip", Crowley has to possess Sam to help him eject Gadreel — the angel who's hijacked Sam's. Crowley refers to this as "sloppy seconds," and says he has no intention of sticking around by Sam's side when Gadreel. "I'm not dying for you lot," he says, but when Gadreel shows up, Crowley attempts to protect Sam by picking a painfully one-sided fight (oddly enough, Sam eventually jumps in and saves Crowley). In "First Born," Crowley references the possession, saying to Dean, "I've been inside your brother, we're practically family!" Later, in "Blade Runners," Crowley watches Sam with a look of longing, and when Sam asks what's up, Crowley starts talking about how humanity makes him sentimental, and how he and Sam are bonded. he spends the rest of the episode following Sam around, trying to get Sam to throw him a bone in this regard.
  • In "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox", Sam strikes up a couple friendly chats with, and gets defended from intrusive questions from another hunter by, attractive Brother–Sister Team, the Banes hunters. Early on, there was an exchange with the brother Max where he told Sam their witch mother "mostly" taught him "how to seduce men," with Max first looking off in the distance as he thinks about what he's going to say and then looking Sam dead-on for the "seduce men" part. His sister Alicia adds that she also taught them magic, but Max immediately says, "Eh, mostly the men thing," and smiles and looks over at Sam when he laughs. Fans took this as flirting and it appears to have already spawned a modest new ship.

  • Castiel and Balthazar. The cheesy (in-universe) music that plays during their first scene together doesn't help.
    • It helps that the two of them already have a history. Balthazar tells Castiel he admires him for rebelling (though his type of rebelliousness is the more shiftless, hedonistic Gabriel-type) and wastes no time trying to get Cas to indulge.
      Balthazar: The footsteps I've been following—they're might as well blow coke and jump on the bed.
    • He then takes on the archangel Raphael to save Castiel, despite telling Castiel that he won't help him with the Civil War in Heaven.
      • And then in "The French Mistake" he does help—despite all his previous declarations about staying out of the war—and shares a long look with Cas while he was at it.
    • And Balthazar's last word when Cas stabbed him in the back (literally)... and his eyes sparkled! Probably from leaking Grace or something, but it looked like he was so heartbroken he was crying! Ow!
  • The Castiel/Crowley relationship has developed enough for it to gather a sizable following. It even has its own cute ship name: Crowstiel. It helps that the two of them tend to act like husband-and-wife/husband-and-mistress in their interactions, and the other characters notice it (see below).
    • In 6.20-6.22, the Castiel/Crowley Ho Yay is off the charts. Crowley calls him 'kitten' and 'sweetie', there's angry slamming up against walls, Dean and Balthazar make bitchy comments about them being a couple ("THAT marriage is going swimmingly"), Balthazar quite seriously asks if they're "in flagrante"...oh, and Crowley reminds Cas "you're the bottom in this relationship".
      • In "The Man Who Would Be King," we're shown Castiel and Crowley having a secret meeting before the backstory of their partnership is explained. The song playing on Crowley's stereo "Me and Mrs. Jones," is an anthem to adultery and a (deliberate?) nod the their symbolic affair. In the next episode, when Sam and Dean reveal to Balthazar that Castiel is trying to find purgatory, Dean calls him Crowley's "butt-buddy".
    • In season seven, we've got more:
      Crowley: You fancy a drink before you smite me?
      Castiel: No.
      Crowley: You like to bend 'em right over, do you?
    • In another scene with Castiel and Crowley in the same episode, when they have a fight about Crowley sending his demons to kill Sam, Dean, and Bobby, Crowley says "Well, I got news for you, kitten: a whore's a whore's a whore," regarding Castiel's conflicting loyalty. Castiel proceeds to slam him up against the wall and gets right in his face.
    • Castiel's archangel brother once calls him a "pretty boy angel", and the male demon Crowley very discreetly checks him out while acknowledging the following:
      Crowley: There's a lot of angels swooning over've got what they call "sex appeal".
    • Even if you didn't take into account all the blatant flirty comments Crowley tends to send Castiel's way (because homoerotic double entendres do seem to be his specialty), the fact that Castiel seems to be the only character in the series who consistently and profoundly affects Crowley—cool, always-in-control Crowley—is very difficult to miss.
    • When Castiel and Crowley meet again to clash over the Word of God, Castiel threatens the King of Hell in his weakened state, Crowley can't help but turn even that into a double entendre:
      Crowley: Maybe you can get it up, but you can't keep it up!
  • Sam/Cas "Nothing is worth losing you," and the whole speech afterwards where Cas talks about how he and Sam are possibly the only people who can truly understand each others' troubled pasts.
    • Sam also teaches Castiel how to hug in Season 9.
    • He was the first person Cas ever tried to hug, back in Season 6.

     Other/Other, General 
  • Let's face it: the demon Crowley and every other male character. He has a naturally-sexual air about him.
    • Let's not forget Crowley and Bobby sealing the deal they made.
      Bobby: Why'd you have to take a picture?
      Crowley: Why'd you have to use tongue?
      • And was it just me, or did Sam seem way too interested in whether or not that had happened?
    • Crowley is quite possibly the most obvious example of Foe Yay you can find in this show. Both Winchesters (though mainly Sam) as well as Kevin have been on the receiving end of his rather suggestive remarks, the most recent example I believe had to do with Sam with a Corset and a whip.
    • Not blatantly sexual, but 10x02 has Crowley looking at a picture of him and Dean together, before one of his assistants tells him "It's time to move on." The music and the acting makes the whole scene read as Crowley missing his ex-boyfriend.
    • He also calls Cas a 'flirt' for threatening to carve out his heart, and gives both Winchesters cute nicknames.
  • Gabriel has many seemingly Camp Gay mannerisms, although he seems to be more of a Depraved Bisexual.
    Gabriel: Face it. Lucifer's going to ride your ass one way or another.
    • Also with Dean:
      Dean: Bite me.
      Gabriel: Maybe later, big boy.
    • He has some shades of this with Lucifer in "Hammer of the Gods" as well, with Lucifer cradling Gabriel's head in his arms and getting quite up close and personal. Unfortunately, this is right before killing him. Then, of course, there's this line, said quietly while very close to Gabriel's face.
      Lucifer: I know where your heart truly lies. Here.
    • Consider that Gabriel's alter-ego was Loki. In the original myths, Loki was pretty famous for getting it on with anyone, anything, and in any form. The most famous example would be the time he got knocked up while in the shape of a horse, and depending on the version he might have gotten pregnant with triplets or the entire race of trolls after eating the heart of a witch.
  • In 5.14, there's a Cupid. He's naked. And he hugs Dean, Sam, and Castiel quite enthusiastically.
    • Dean, of course, gets taken from behind.
  • It should be noted that this has bled over into the behind-the-scenes stuff, especially Jared. Somehow, he tends to be the one that tries to get all the other actors to Corpse, and tends to resort to things like just-off-camera ass pinching and kissy faces to do it. One time, he was laying in a hospital bed for a scene and tried to get Misha to break by planting his foot in Misha's crotch (Misha: "There's a foot in my balls, just FYI.")
  • The title of Episode 6.15—"The French Mistake"—is an example. It is a reference to the ending of the movie Blazing Saddles, where the camera zooms out to show the movie being filmed on a soundstage. Another movie is being filmed adjacent—which happens to be the homoerotic "French Mistake"—and the words "French Mistake" are extremely obviously meant as a euphemism for gay anal sex.
  • The bloopers. Oh god, the bloopers. They have loads of stuff (mostly Played for Laughs) like Jensen putting his head in Jared's lap, randomly jumping into his arms or stroking his face, Jared slapping Jensen's ass, J2 hugging and saying "I love you," all the time, Jake Abel groping Jared, Jensen fussing with Jared's hair, Jared fussing with Jensen's eyelashes of all things, Jared checking out Jensen's ass, and surely everyone's heard of the "I miss your musk" incident. And then Misha shows up and the foot-in-Misha's-crotch thing happens, he makes some insane come-hither face (twice), Jensen does this him-me-wink thing, Jared trying to make out with him and playing footsie with him, Jensen smelling his jacket and whipping him on the ass with a prop, etc... Not to mention Jared calling Sebastian a "sexy bastard" and making eyes at him. Jared does a lot of alone stuff too, like constantly showing off his ass and, at one point, licking his knife very suggestively.
    • According to Misha's CW Connect session he regularly ruins scenes by laughing—for instance, in the finale of Season 7 when Jared tried to pull his pants off.
  • 5x09, "The Real Ghostbusters", hangs a massive lampshade on all this.
    Announcer: And at 4:30, there's the "Homoerotic Subtext of Supernatural".
  • On the female side of things, there's Anna and Ruby hiding out alone in a cabin before Sam and Dean find them, which leads to Anna smiling at Ruby and saying she's "not like other demons." Then Pamela comes in and gets all touchy-feely with Anna. Sadly, after they find out she's an angel, neither of Anna's girlfriends ask her on a second date. Boo.
    • When Anna and Pamela walk into the panic room together with their arms around each other, Ruby stands off to the side, her arms crossed, and watches them go, looking upset for some reason. Jealous much, Ruby?
    • When Alastair arrives and Sam's powers aren't powerful enough to kick his ass, Ruby immediately goes to save Anna and whisk her off to safety without staying behind to make sure the boys made it out okay—the same boys who were the ones actually vital to her plan, unlike Anna, an angel—one of the things Ruby feared most—who wouldn't even be useful to Ruby in the grand scheme of things. Ruby thought that being anywhere near Alastair was a death sentence, yet she chose to make Anna her first priority over Sam or Dean. Not to mention her bringing Sam and Dean the lead on Anna anyway. It's the only case she ever gives them, notable for being even more dangerous than the cases she tried to shoo them away from in the third season, and Ruby's actions in the episodes actually work counterproductive to the demons' goals. Why is Ruby trying so hard to save Anna?
    • Blink and you miss it, but near the beginning of "Heaven and Hell", Ruby (of all people) is the one patching up the wounds Anna has in her arms from cutting herself to draw the angel-banishing sigil. It looks like they're sitting on a bed together.
    • Dean's remark about Anna and Ruby being in the backseat reminding him of a Penthouse Forum letter. After he says that, Ruby looks over at Anna as if to check her reaction.
  • Ruby also had some extremely blatant Foe Yay with her Evil Mentor (who was possessing a woman) in "Malleus Maleficarum". Dean noticed.
    Ruby: Let me serve you again. I've wanted it—I've wanted you for so long...
  • "Fancy lady" Victoria seemed to have a particular...interest in Annie in "Of Grave Importance".
  • Retroactively comes into play between John and Azazel in "In My Time of Dying" when one realizes that John's soul was the thing Azazel wanted even more than the Colt (it's the way he says it—staring intently at John while getting closer to him) and that they had to have kissed off-screen to seal their deal, since Azazel was seen kissing Mary to seal theirs. (Yikes. Imagine how disgusted John must've been to kiss him, and how tickled Azazel must've been at John's having to do it.)
  • Also retroactively comes into play between Meg and Jo in "Born Under a Bad Sign", when one realizes that Meg was the one controlling Sam's body when "he" was trying to alternately break and seduce Jo in that scene, which was followed up by Meg grabbing Jo from behind and pulling her up real close against "her" (Sam's) body in that scene. After knocking her out, Meg laments that it "didn't have to be this way...or maybe it did," while tenderly brushing Jo's hair out of her face, as if she really did care about Jo the way that she had claimed to.
  • Jim Beaver himself saw fit to say hello to people who shipped Rufus/Bobby at a convention, implying that at least he sees them as a potential couple.
  • Andy and Ansom in "Simon Said." Ansom goes all Crazy Jealous Guy over Andy and states he doesn't want anyone to come between them.

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