5 Top Variations of Supernatural’s Dean Winchester


Supernatural has seen many variations of Dean Winchester, and it is worth looking at the top five. This season has certainly seen a couple of variations, with fans looking at “clean Dean,” as actor Jensen Ackles recently referred to him as. With the show being picked up for an 11th season, there is still time for more variations, which makes looking back over them fun.

One of the variations that most Supernatural fans still love is the overprotective, big brother. It is a version that is still there even to this day, but has had to take on different forms depending on the situation. From the beginning, when it was just about two brothers “hunting things, saving people” and trying to find their dad, Dean Winchester was the big, overprotective brother. He was the man of the house, and had to make tough decisions so they could survive.

During the first season, there was the chance to see Shifter Dean. While this was technically not the real Dean Winchester, it was a fun chance to see Ackles take on a darker and different role. There was still some element of protectiveness, but it was for himself rather than others. There was still an element of loneliness that Dean has always had.

One of the top five variations of Dean Winchester on Supernatural is Daddy Dean. Season six saw Dean turn his back on hunting after losing Sam to Hell. He moved in with Lisa and started helping with raising Ben. It seemed like the next step for his character, and there were clearly signs that he could make a great dad. Even though Ben was not his son, he was caring, compassionate and strict all at the same time. However, Sam came back and hunting caused Dean to make a difficult decision; wiping Lisa and Ben’s memories of him.

Post-Purgatory Dean is up there when it comes to variations of the character. There were really only flashbacks of the year that he spent in Purgatory, but it was clearly a cleansing time for him. There was something primal and basic about living there. He also clearly accepted that it is not all black and white. That relationship with Benny was one of the best things that came out of this variation of the character on Supernatural.

Of course, Demon Dean has to make an appearance. Despite only being around for three episodes, there were many interesting and exciting aspects to the character. One of those was that Dean was finally able to sit back and relax. The weight of the world was no longer on his shoulders, and he could have fun. Will he return? There are signs that it is possible. There is no confirmation that he was full cured, and Ackles certainly hints that Demon Dean could make a reappearance in some form.

With 10 seasons, the characters have grown up. There are a few things about personalities that have remained the same, but there have been some interesting and fun variations. The five above are some of the top variations of Dean Winchester on Supernatural.

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham


The Hollywood Reporter

2 Responses to "5 Top Variations of Supernatural’s Dean Winchester"

  1. Laverne McGee (@firstcoyote)   February 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    At least this writer did mention Shifter!Dean. That Hollywood Reporter article didn’t. Another Dean worth mentioning was Vamp!Dean. Wasn’t his fault he lasted only one episode. He was BAMF.

    • Alexandria Ingham   February 7, 2015 at 4:37 am

      Vampire Dean was great, too, but just not in my top 5. It would have been interesting to see him last longer than the one episode, but it’s understandable why he didn’t.


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