Supernatural Essays

A meta essay, or meta (short for meta-analysis) refers to an essay that explores the text of a show in more detail than an episode review or recap. Broader themes, or deeper analysis are investigated, often with supporting evidence in the form of screencaps, pictures or charts.

See Picspams for links to graphics based meta, which use images from the Show, alongside, or instead of text.

Meta Communities

In the first two seasons of Supernatural, the Supernatural community spn_heavymeta on Livejournal followed a set regime, where members would submit essays for each episode on Dean, Sam and John. After Season Two this structure was abandoned, and the community simply provided a central place for people to link to their metas.

The forums on Television Without Pity (now closed) and as well as blogs like The Winchester Family Business often contain meta discussion, as do the comments sections on many media sites.

Meta Essays



John Winchester

The Winchesters

  • Vivisecting Supernatural- This Essay Is Not About Selfcest by Wren Collins
  • It's all about the Sam, the Dean, the Dad, the Demon by dodger-winslow
  • Hugging & brotherly love: a comparison of the way brothers relate in Supernatural, Heroes & Prison Break by silver_spotted
  • Alpha, beta & omega: Pack order in the Winchesters by technosage
  • You're not my brother: Insights into the boys' relationship through Skin and Asylum by angstslashhope
  • The blunt instrument and the sharp: Sam and Dean in Mystery Spot by spiderine
  • Sam vs. Daddy by ahania
  • Redemption narratives and kissing by missyjack
  • Vessels, and shared responsibility by destina
  • Sam and Dean's transformative love story by Catherine Tosenberger
  • Tension, Conflict, Motivation, and Plot: Why the Story is About Dean & We Do Know Sam by bowtrunckle
  • Dean's capability and Sam's morality by eilonwy
  • Of Alphas, Betas, and omegas: of Winchesters and Alphabet soup by technosage
  • Sam and Dean and Me: codependence in Supernatural by vichan
  • The tragedy of Sam and Dean by affectingly
  • Sam/Dean Ship manifesto by slytherinblack
  • Why I write Sam/Dean even though I've never liked incestfic setissma
  • Analysis of Sam's love/devotion for Dean by laurificus
  • On Incest and wincest: the right and wrong way to write Sam/Dean] by hidingincanada
  • A Wincest Manifesto
  • Psychotically, irrationally, erotically co-dependent…the obsessive bromance of Supernatural by pinkwood
  • To Keep Each Other Human: The Restoration of Balance (and other color interactions) in SPN 5.18 by zimshan
  • Playing with perception: Sam and dean in Season 8 by metamorphic rocks


Other Characters

  • Then and Now by blackcat333_99
  • Hunter and hunted: Jo in Born Under a Bad Sign by missyjack
  • Long arm of the law: FBI Agent Hendrickson in Night Shifter by marinarusalka
  • You can't choose your family: Bobby and Ellen as mentors by mahoni
  • Why Gordon is more than just a killer: Gordon in Bloodlust by phantomas
  • Sam and the Trickster in Mystery Spot by makishef
  • Ruby & Castiel as avatars for aspects of Sam and Dean by missyjack
  • Better the devil you know: illustrated meta on Ruby through seasons 3 & 4 by missyjack
  • Illustrated meta on Anna by tirra-lyrra
  • Anna Milton Meta: The Lioness, the Leader, the Sacrificial Lamb by arcadianambivalence
  • An Anna Milton Meta by susurrantpetrichor - A multi-part analysis of Anna's character, including feminist and theological readings.
  • "Long Live the King" - How Crowley Has Changed Over the Seasons and Where His Character Can Be Expected To Go Next by by neven-ebrez
  • Crowley as a Shakespearean Antagonist by bookdal

Mytharc Meta

  • Vivisecting Supernatural- The End's 2014 Vs. Season Nine's 2014 by Wren Collins
  • Good and Evil in Supernatural (Supernatural panel held at Escapade 2006, a fan-run convention)
  • Sam, John and the Demon by destina
  • The possibilities of Sam Winchester by fuoror_scribiend
  • The Winchester Guide to Demonology by hoovooloo_too
  • Angels, spirits, spirits and planetary talismans by reasearchgrrl
  • A Cowboy, a Hero, and a Chevy Impala: American Mythology in Supernatural by aislinamara
  • Season 3 Episodes 15 & 16 - An analysis of Sam and Dean's contract by stare-at-walls
  • Meta analysis on Season 3 by albydarned
  • On the Head of a Pin: there's no going back by bardicvoice
  • Questions on the angel hierarchy by schmevil
  • Zeke 9000 - A 2014 Supernatural Odyssey: parallels between Sam/Zeke and Dave/Hall from 2001 by larinah
  • Angels, Demons, Dean and Posession in Supernatural by dontturnitoff
  • Demons, Devils, and Dicks: Supernatural and Post 9/11 Angst by bookdal
  • 9x11 Parallels - Dean/Cain, Sam/Abel & Castiel/Colette by queernatural

The Impala

Supernatural & Its Visuals

Gender and Sexuality

  • Manly man in TVLand: Gender in Supernatural by astri13
  • Less Campy: comparisons of gender depictions in Buffy and Supernatural by monkeycrackmary
  • A feminist take on Supernatural by fanishliss
  • Masculinity in Supernatural by lefefuge
  • Macho vs masculinity by sasha-davidovna
  • Some Considerations (in defense) of Supernatural's Malleus Maleficarum from a Feminist by crossroads_lore
  • Something about Mary by spg
  • Hell hath no fury like a woman born by deadbeat_nymph
  • Daddy, would you like some sausage ?: Oedipal narrative in Supernatural by angstslashhope
  • Latchkey Hero: Masculinity, Class and the Gothic in Eric Kripke's Supernatural by Julia M. Wright
  • The Story of My (non) Existence: Bisexuals and Genre Television by chasingtides
  • The Women of Supernatural by Mike Elrod'
  • Incest in my canon by chasingtides
  • "Well, you are kind of butch": the bisexuality of Dean Winchester by waterofthemoon
  • Commentary on the "Women's Work" Fanvid by fan-eunice
  • Women's Art and "Women's Work" (Essay on the gendered nature of vidding and, in particular, examining "Women's Work", a fanvid by Luminosity and Sisabet & how it examines the portrayal of women in Supernatural)
  • Tosenberger, Catherine: "The Epic Love Story of Sam and Dean".Supernatural, queer readings, and the romance of incestuous fan fiction, in "Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures", Volume I, 2008
  • HOYAY! "Supernatural": Coded gays, slashfic bait and Wincest, oh my! on After Elton
  • Supernatural recap on Facebook by Michael Jensen on After Elton
  • Has Slash made the world better for gay men? on After Elton
  • Looking at Dean Winchester: The Gaze In Supernatural by missyjack
  • Demisexual and queer Sam by kimchesters
  • Gender bias in Supernatural: the cold hard stats by ash48 and bythedamned
  • Male Sexual assault in Supernatural by hells-half-acre
  • Torture and rape in Season 6 by amonitrate
  • Possession and sex in Supernatural by chasingtides
  • Swapping Spit and Satin Panties: Sexual Objectification of the Male Characters in Supernatural by blubird-pie
  • Supernatural’s Dean Winchester Dismantled His Own Machismo—and That’s Why We Love Him at by Emily Asher-Perrin
  • Pink and Satiny: An Exploration of Dean Winchester’s Bisexuality by sobrans
  • Dean Winchester as a greyromantic by swagstiel
  • Masculinity and the killing of Destiel by supernatural-meta
  • Breaking Down the Schtick: Jensen Ackles, Physical Comedy, Objectification, Consent, and Other Supernatural Topics Inspired By Three Seconds of Footage by Sheila O'Malley
  • Fan art meta on cake/pie and Dean's sexuality by consulting-cannibal
  • An example of fannish cake/pie meta by oh-so-pleasant
  • Do I look like Paris Hilton? Dean as SPN's Cinematic Female Other by Frozen-delight
  • Media interpretation of the hunter husbands in The Chitters by messier51
  • The Chitters and compulsory heterosexuality by deathbycoldopen
  • Rachel Miner and Nicki Aycox discuss ‘Supernatural’ as a positive environment for women with Hypable.
  • Incest shi[pping in fandom by kokatu






Fandom & Fan Works

Essay on Supernatural Forces in "Macbeth"

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The Play “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare is shaped by supernatural forces with the use of the weird witches, the apparition of the ghost, and the floating dagger. These forces lead Macbeth to act in the way he did and add suspense to the play. The play opens with the three witches, and later on Macbeth and Banquo encounter them. They prophesized that Macbeth will be promoted to Thane of Cawdor, and then become King of Scotland. In addition to that, Banquo was told that his sons shall be kings, but never himself. Macbeth was skeptical about the prophesies, but until some of King Duncan’s men came to inform Macbeth that that he was to be named Thane of Cawdor due to the betrayal of the previous and condemned to death. Then Lady Macbeth…show more content…

If Macbeth didn’t know about this prophecy he would have happily took his position as Thane of Cawdor, but knowing he will be King drove him to commit murder. Macbeth was rapidly changed from an honorable general to an evil tyrant. “The witches did not tell him to commit murder; all that was necessary was for them to suggest the fact of the crown, and they could trust Macbeth to overcome the obstacles in his way just as they would have him” (Wiley, 45). This emphasizes the fact that the play is shaped by the supernatural. This lead to the murder of Duncan, then to get rid of his obstacles he kills the guards. The Witches also reveal “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.67) to Banquo. This knowledge leads Macbeth to send Murderers to kill Banquo and his son. This is more evidence to show that the words of the witches construct the plays events. The witches play an important role they have the ability to predict the future and affect it too. Without their warnings and predictions Macbeth wouldn’t have chosen to act in the way he did. In their second appearance they prophesize that that he cannot be harmed by no one born of woman, a child with a crown represents Malcolm, and he’s warned about the moving Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill. “But yet I’ll make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate” (4.1.83-84).

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