Erik Kripe’s CW show, “Supernatural”, has been one of my favorite television shows for many years. I have been a Dean-fan (I am too old to be a Dean-girl) since the first episode I watched. All that means is that I ALWAYS side with Dean Winchester rather than his brother, Sam (played by Jared Padalecki). Jensen Ackles has played the character of Dean perfectly with range from touching to tough and everything in between.
One day not too long ago, I found “Dexter” (created by Jeff Lindsay) on Netflix. I had heard good things about the show, but I wondered, like many people, how you could get behind a serial killer. But I did. I was hooked on the show and binge watched all eight season in a relatively short time.
As I was watching I noticed that I was watching Michael C. Hall’s character with Dean Winchester-tinted glasses. There were a few similarities between the two characters. To begin with, both Dean and Dexter’s mothers died when they were very young. Dean did not actually witness his mother’s demise as Dexter did, but he was close to it.
Dexter was then adopted by a strong man who was determined to help Dexter overcome the tragedy he lived through. Dexter’s adopted father, Harry, was a strong and ever-present part of his life, even after death. Dean grew up with his real father, John. John raised Dean from the time of his wife’s death to be a warrior. It is common knowledge that Dean did not have much of a childhood. He was tasked with taking care of his younger brother immediately. John was obsessed with finding the evil that killed his wife. You could say that everything Dean knows he learned from his father. The same could be said for Dexter, all he knows about the “Dark Passenger” and dealing with it he learned from Harry.
Dean does not hold a regular job, his job is a hunter. He hunts demons, werewolves, vampires and any other evil monster you can think of. Dean kills frequently. He tries to not kill innocent people, but sometimes it happens because of a possession situation. He has come up against evil people (remember the Benders) and has dealt with them. Dean does not try to pretend he has a normal life. He has tried it a couple of times, but not with good results.
Dexter, on the other hand, works very hard to have a normal-looking existence. He has a regular job that helps him with his extracurricular activities. It gives him the information he needs, motive to search out the people he does and is a great cover story for him. Dexter hunts evil, but it is always people who are bad and may have, for some reason, skirted true punishment for their nasty deeds. There is no supernatural component to Dexter’s killings. But it could be said that both Dean and Dexter do hunt evil.
Dexter grew up with his half-sister, Deb. There was such a strong bond between the two that carried through into their adult life. They kept secrets from each other but they were still able to maintain a strong relationship through the end of the series. The bond between the two sometimes overshadowed all other relationships they had.
The same is true with Dean. Dean’s life revolves around his brother, Sam. He has fought for, died for, and protected his brother at whatever cost. To be fair, Sam has taken a few for Team Winchester. But Dean’s whole existence revolves around his family which little by little goes away. Family for Dean includes his friends and some fellow hunters. He is fiercely loyal. It can be said that if you get too close to Dean, you will probably die…but that is not really his fault.
One last similarity is in their eating habits. Both characters are not ashamed of the fact that they eat meat. Dean loves a bacon cheeseburger over almost anything else and I have seen Dexter eat more steaks than I can count (not really). I am sure if Dean’s cash flow was a little better, he too would eat steaks. But neither character is ashamed of this fact.
I am sure there are other similarities, but this was just a fun look at both characters.