Maybe I die in a skydiving explosion. And then you go and marry Buffy. And it makes me sad. But if she’s gonna be with someone, I’d want it to be you. Only, I didn’t really die. I was faking it. And I come back. I spy on you from my red Corvette. And I’m planning to kick your ass. But I see how happy you make her, and I have to walk away. I have to. And I do. Slowly. In a rainstorm. But as time goes by, it eats away at me. You’re out living it up with my girlfriend. And I’m alone. In a cave. Training. I thought you were my friend. I thought you were my friend!
“Always be who you are, never change, and don’t let go of yourself. Surround yourself with people that love and care about you, even if they’re miles away from you, hold on to them. It’s a scary place out there to be alone.”
What Supernatural characters parallel BtVS characters?
There was actually a graphic going around with some parallels but I’ll go into a little more depth.
The obvious parallel to Sam would be Willow. Both are nerdy, highly intelligent, and have a dorkier side. Sam goes through a dark/evil arc the same as Willow - both with underlying addiction subtext - and both redemption arcs go through finding themselves and being happy. Both lose loved ones (Jessica Moore and Tara Maclay) to brutal deaths and ultimately change their paths. Sam’s current arc is him finally coming into his own as a leader and coming out from under his big brother’s shadow - similar to how Willow comes into her own as a force separate from Buffy. Sam also dabbles in magics even after he loses his powers and is definitely the intellectual of the group. I would also compare him to later AtS Wesley as well, particularly in AtS S4-5.
Dean isn’t quite as straightforward. I would put him as a mix of Buffy and Xander. Like Buffy, he’s the “chosen one” (vessel of the archangel Michael), the one who is the protector, the one forced to take on the role of parent to a younger sibling, the one to make the difficult calls. Like Buffy (and Xander), Dean starts off the series as seeing everything in black and white - non-humans are evil and must be killed - and later starts to change his viewpoint as it becomes apparent that there are shades of grey. He’s a physical fighter and doesn’t trust magics. Like Buffy, he just wanted to have a normal childhood but was forced to grow up early and fight for his life. Like Xander, Dean’s sensitive, nerdy, and quick witted. He’s often portrayed as unintelligent, particularly compared to little brother Sam, but Dean’s intellect is merely different - how to survive and street smart rather than book smart. Like Buffy and Xander, he has a thing for “Angels” and a penchant for self sacrifice. Which brings us to:
Cas’ parallels I would put as Angel with a dash of Anya. Like Anya, Cas is an ancient supernatural creature (angel) with a penchant for bloodshed and taking things too literally. Where Anya is chaotic, Cas is lawful, but both tend toward neutrality. The Anya/Xander relationship at times reminds me of the Cas/Dean one - particularly when it comes to comic relief and Xander/Dean teaching Anya/Cas how to human. Like Angel, Cas is prone to brooding and has a stoic personality with a bit of a dorkier side coming out when he’s comfortable. Castiel attempts to straddle both the supernatural and the human worlds and really fits into neither, much like both Angel and Anya. He wouldn’t call himself a champion or a hero: he’s simply trying to protect those he loves, even unto his own demise (which occurs several times). As with Angel, Cas can be a brutal fighter and a gentle friend, but definitely don’t get on his bad side. Cas’ endgame is often thought to become human and spend the rest of his days with Dean, closely paralleling Angel’s quest for Shanshu and redemption.
The bad guy who’s not really a bad guy, Crowley’s parallel would be closest to Spike with a hint of Cordelia. Like both, Crowley is the member of the group who lies on the fringes, who doesn’t QUITE work with the Scoobies/Team Free Will, but usually manages to begrudgingly come through. He’s sassy, snarky, and tells it like it is without sugar coating or really caring about anyone’s feelings. Crowley’s main concern is Crowley. Like Spike, he originally started working with Team Free Will to save his own skin against a common enemy and never quite fully left the team. He went through a period of time where he was a danger, but was “leashed” when injected with human blood (similar effects to Spike getting a soul). Crowley’s the one you just can’t help but love.
Bobby’s parallel is absolutely Giles. He’s the father-figure of the group, highly intelligent and well-versed on demon and monster lore, decent magic user, and wants to just see his boys grow up and be happy. He challenges Sam and calls him out during his dark/addiction arc (very similar to Giles and Willow) and frequently is exasperated with Dean’s antics. Bobby has his own dark past that pops up from time to time throughout the series, but unlike Giles, he largely plays a support role.
Both shows have similar points as well throughout the show; Mary Winchester’s arc in Season 12 was VERY similar to Buffy’s in S6 - readjusting to a normal life after being dragged out of heaven and trying to balance hunting with family. The Men of Letters in Supernatural is also pretty clearly based off the Watcher’s Council and just as corrupt and brutal. Currently we’re looking at Dean’s arc of dropping his outer performance and just being happy being himself (Buffy’s Cookie Dough speech comes to mind, and Xander’s dealing with his anger management), Sam’s coming into his own as a leader (Willow), and Cas’ likely dealing with his own redemption, self-hatred, and hopefully ending up with Dean (Spike’s redemption arc comes to mind).
It’s really interesting to see where SPN takes the characters as many have drawn other parallels between the two shows. If anyone else has stuff to add, by all means, add onto this! I love finding similarities between them and finding little nods to BtVS.
Bob and Betty are retired. Bob spend most of his time at fishing, or at sleeping under the porch (I miss lounge chairs!!!). Betty enjoys gardening, but the joy of her life is when her grand-children, who live in Oasis Spring, visit her.