↳Dean, your brain is showing (or nine times Dean Winchester showed us he is more than just brawn)
I WANNA MARRY THE PERSON WHO MADE THIS
YES TO THIS GIFSET.
I really fucking wish more people would realize how fucking intelligent Dean really is. Like I hate how he constantly gets brushed off as a grunt by so many. Dean is most definitely NOT a grunt. Don’t forget that Dean more than often probably either skipped class most days or just didn’t bother attending school at all because he was too busy learning how to be a warrior and protector, not to mention he’s a high school drop out with a GED. He was raised as a soldier who wasn’t allowed to be a nerd or just have fun.
Yet, Dean is very noticeably an intelligent man with a goddamn encyclopedia of pop culture references in his head to boot. Think about it! How the fuck do you think he has all that knowledge stacked in his head? He wasn’t just born with that type of knowledge. Obviously we can then infer that Dean is an avid reader and enjoys learning too. We see evidence of that right here, when Dean makes references to Kurt Vonnegut, making it clear that he had read at least two, if not all of his novels. He is constantly making references to movies, books, tv shows, music, anything and everything pop culture related. He clearly has an interest in all these things but tries to keep it a secret. Why? Because he is uncomfortable with himself. He has this austere definition of what it means to be a man, what makes a man weak or vulnerable. Dean Winchester is afraid of being himself, afraid of being a geek, of showing that he is actually quite smart and very into pop culture and books, tv shows, and films… because he’s had it drilled into him since childhood that being who he is would somehow make him less of a man. And if Dean is this self conscious just about showing that he’s actually interested in and enjoys reading books, following tv shows, technology, and keeping up with film culture…something many people are into and find normal, then what in the hell makes you think he’s going to be honest and up front about his sexuality?
I don’t think we have to take everything about Dean’s character and make it about his sexuality. I mean, yes. Dean hides his intelligence because he’s uncomfortable… but to simplify it to say it’s the same way he’s uncomfortable with his sexuality is untrue. It’s not just Dean is uncomfortable with his intelligence… it’s that most of the time he doesn’t believe it’s there.
Can we talk about something no one talks about? Let’s talk about the fact that Dean GOT his GED. Do you think John was like “Hey Dean, after you drop of of school, take this test because you need at least a high school diploma equivalent to hunt full time.” I can bet you he didn’t. I bet Dean kept the GED secret form John. Late nights studying in the bathroom of the motel he was sharing with his father or even the cliche of by flashlight under the covers… whenever they were on separate jobs, Dean would study openly… working to not just pass the test (which was a given at that point), but to do well. No one else would know how he did. But he would. And even it was just the stupid GED, he would feel smart for a second… He looked at Sam and how smart he was and he was envious. ”Sam’s so smart, he’s going to college. At least I can take the GED and do well.” I bet he takes pride in that thing… because it means that for a moment, he was good enough.
But I mean think about it though… It’s highly unlikely he treated the GED like a “i don’t even care” thing studying as little as he possibly could to pass and just skating by with it… because I mean why would he even sign up in the first place if that were the case? He actually cared about getting a high school equivalent and that’s really just… Dean wanted to feel smart. And even if this was the test for dumb people, he was going to do it.
But let’s go deeper with this whole insecurity thing… I mean really Dean’s not like “oh god if I’m smart I’m unmanly” like the bisexual thing. It’s 1. Sam’s the smart one and 2. Whenever he does something smart, he has to justify it to Sam. Because 1. Sam’s the smart one. Imagine, if you will, every time you do something that shows off your intelligence and your sibling, who is labeled ‘the smart one’ looks at you all confused like “… um… what are you doing” and you have to make a joke to cover up or justify or both the fact that your intelligence exists. He is taught by Sam to believe his intelligence doesn’t exist. I mean imagine if you will that you are with this person who is very close to you… the most important person in the world to you… and this person has always been known between the two of you to be “the smart one.” This sets up a dichotomy between you two. He’s “the smart one” and you’re “the dumb one.” You both have just accepted this dichotomy… but it’s not true. He is smart, but so are you. You are not dumb. Because this dichotomy favors him and he is smart… his label of “smart” does fit him… he doesn’t notice anything wrong with this dichotomy. So he treats you as if this dichotomy is true. And every once in a while, you say or do something that proves your intelligence… and he just looks at you with this look… it’s part confusion, part annoyance, part disbelief, and a little bit of disgust. And depending on the combinations of these emotions in that specific look, every time you say or do something intelligent you have to either make a joke about it to cover it up or brush it off, justify it in some way (“I read”), or both.
The thing is… Sam said Dean was a genius in Trial and Error… but he doesn’t seem to act like Dean’s genuisness is valid. I just don’t understand how he can acknowledge it’s there and still give Dean that look whenever he says or does something intelligent. I mean… I know it’s not all Sam’s fault. It’s John’s too. And even Dean’s. John taught Sam and Dean that this false dichotomy between the two of them existed and was true. And Dean, despite not fitting into it, has not actually had the strength and self confidence to stand up and say “fucking stop ok. I am smart and you need to go fuck yourself. Stop being surprised and annoyed when I’m smart.” I feel Dean though… when your biggest ally in the world actually is what keeps you down… it’s hard to stand up to them and say stop. This is why Dean needs other people like Cas and Benny. To give him the room and strength to grow and be himself as he really is… not the false idea of him John planted into Sam and Dean’s heads. Everyone likes to talk about how Dean was the little carbon copy of John… but that was all superficial… music, voice, alcohol, cars, style… But Sam is a carbon copy of John. And he acts on that. Just without acknowledging it. I’ll never not be annoyed of any of this.
Alot of this is valid? And I’m probably going to reblog this post twice because I disagree with the this section too much and am not well spoken enough to effectively argue. But yeah alot of it makes sense and I’m not going to disagree with the Dean interpretation.
I dont think SAm is looking at Dean with disgust, and surprise and i dont think he acts in the way he does because of belief in the dichotomy
ive never used that word before i trust youre using it correctly
I think he acts the way he does not out of surprise (unless that is surprise at his actions that are inconsitant with his presented charecter) or sudden reinforcement of beliefs he already has in Dean’s intelligence that hits him suddenly), but hes trying to get Dean to realize what Dean has just done. Like “Dean look! You are smart and you’re geeking and this is out of the character you present yourself as and I know you are so much more than that. Look the evidence is right there”
However I do think taylorswiftisawinchester is correct though in the way that Dean interprets it, like he’s intruding on Sam’s role.
Which omg I’m really sad and I was just watching Season two and it hit me that Dean is so lonely adn he has to deal with everything (or atleast thinks he does) as a big brother who has no weaknesses and is a solid wall for Sam, and even now that he’s getting healthier and making friends in Season 8 he still had to do that all by himself and i just really like Dean and :(
In conclusion :(
also Dean is a smart cookie