Dean Winchester loves his movies and TV, that’s pretty much a given, and he has expressed his love for this by referring to them whenever possible. Sadly we can’t talk about them all so here are our Supernatural | 10 Best Dean Winchester Movie References.
‘What’s In The Box?!’
If you don’t know what movie Dean is referring to then we are shaking our head at you in shame. Dean quoted this line in Season 3, Episode 1, ‘The Magnificent Seven’, and it, of course, refers to the movie Se7en.
While dealing with the ramifications of opening the Gate to Hell and all that came out of it, in this scene Bobby reveals that they are dealing with the actual Demon incarnations of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ themselves. In this moment Dean finds it appropriate to quote Se7en by saying ‘What’s in the box’.
What makes this scene great is not only the poor joke, never mind the timing, but, the look on both Sam and Bobby’s face. They both stare at him in complete silence as it’s clearly not that funny to them, top it off Dean then makes it worse by saying where the line came from.
Dean Winchester: What’s In The Box
Dean Winchester: Brad Pitt, Se7en, no?
‘You Go, Dumbledork’
Featured in Season 7, Episode 20, ‘The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo’ this one was a moment where Dean learned something new about Sam.
While trying to retrieve the hard drive containing all the information regarding leviathans, Dean and Sam request the help of Charlie to break into Dick’s company to retrieve the information. Charlie has a mild second thoughts moment and Sam manages to rally her by referencing the Harry Potter stories.
This was a great moment as this is clearly new to Dean that Sam has not only read the Harry Potter stories but is clearly a bit of a dork when it comes to them. Eventually, Sam manages to motivate Charlie at which point Dean says, off-hand, ‘You go, Dumbledork’
‘Eat It, Twilight!’
In the opening of Season 5, Episode 3, ‘Free to Be You and Me’ Sam and Dean are apart as Sam has given up hunting as he no longer trusts himself over his lust for both blood and power.
The episode begins by comparing how the brother’s life compare with each other as Dean hunts and Sam slices lemons in a bar. As we watch Dean hunt down some Vampires he can help himself but say ‘Eat it, Twilight’ just before killing the vampire.
What’s great about this is, well, who didn’t want to kill all the characters in Twilight? We’re sorry if you’re a fan of it but that franchise was dumb and, in our opinion, Dean was just voicing what we were all thinking really.
Vampire: *Roaring Noise*
Dean Winchester: Eat It, Twilight.
‘Dude, I Full On Swayz’ed That Mother’
Season 2, Episode 1, ‘In My Time of Dying’ was a roller coaster episode as we watched the aftermath from the car crash as Dean was being hunted by a reaper while Sam and John were none the wiser.
While this was ongoing and we were held to the edge of our seats, it had its breaks of humour one being where Dean managed to smash a glass beaker while being corporeal. In his timely fashion he then quoted ‘Dude, I full on Swayz’ed that mother’.
Clearly referencing to the movie ‘Ghost,’ starring Patrick Swayze as a character who dies but returns as a ghost who is only able to move objects through sheer determination. Dean finds himself in a much similar predicament hence the ‘Dude, I full on Swayz’ed that mother’
‘He Full-On Obi-Wanned Me’
An awesome tribute to the Star Wars saga in Season 2, Episode 5, ‘Simon Said’ Dean feels the power of a Jedi mind trick being used on him.
Sam’s visions lead the brothers to a small town where during their investigation come to encounter another psychic like Sam. Dean tries to track the psychic to only have him convince Dean to give up his beloved Impala.
This scene is brilliant for a number of reasons, but the best thing is the tribute to the Star Wars scene where Obi-Wan uses his mind trick, as it’s almost a direct mirror image of the Jedi mind trick power. Also, Dean’s face when he realises he just gave away ‘Baby’ is awesome too, never mind him trying to explain it to Sam.
Sam Winchester: Dean! Andy’s got the Impala!
Dean Winchester: I know! He just sort of asked me for it, and I, I let him take it!
Sam Winchester: You what?
Dean Winchester: He full-on Obi-Wanned me!
‘Bad Day at Black Rock’, Season 3, Episode 3, by far is our most favourite episode of the Supernatural franchise with excellent scenes such as Sam’s ‘I lost my shoe’ moment and when Dean quoted his awesome ‘I’m Batman’ line.
When the brothers find out that their dad’s secret storage unit filled with demonic artefacts has been broken into, they track down the whereabouts of the robbers to discover that what is stolen a magical lucky rabbit’s foot.
The foot gives the holder ‘cheat death’ style luck but if you lose it then their luck turns deadly. Obviously, both brothers end up holding the foot and gaining the power.
This infamous ‘I’m Batman’ scene is when Dean currently has the foot and the luck and confronts hunters Kubrick and Creedy who have Sam hostage.
Why is this scene and movie reference awesome? Well, Dean disarms two armed hunters with nothing but a pen and a TV remote. Enough said. If you haven’t seen the scene go watch it we don’t really want to spoil that moment.
Dean Winchester: I’m Batman.
Sam Winchester: [sarcastically] Yeah, you’re Batman.
‘We’ll Star Trek IV This Bitch’
This episode was awesome for a number of reasons besides this line. Season 6, Episode 18, ‘Frontierland’ was the time when the brothers were sent back to the year 1861 by Castiel to collect the ashes of a phoenix.
Without getting too sidetracked this episode was filled with movie reference after movie reference, which is not surprising when you think about it as they are sent back in time to the Wild Wild West and Dean loves Clint Eastwood.
However, keeping track, the Star Trek reference is perfect as it refers to the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home movie. The crew of ‘The Enterprise’ go back to the year 1986.
What makes it awesome is Bobby’s response:
Dean Winchester: We’ll Star Trek IV This Bitch.
Bobby Singer: I only watched Deep Space Nine.
Dean Winchester: It’s like I don’t even know you guys anymore. Star Trek IV, save the whales.
[Sam and Bobby stare blankly]
To compare, it was a sort of Star Wars v Star Trek, battle of the Geek kinda moment but with the different Star Trek sequels.
‘So Why Not Zero Dark Thirty His Ass’ & ‘Cause Your A Crappy Shot, Katniss’
Both of these references occurred in the same episode and at the start Season 9, Episode 2, ‘Devil May Care’.
Out of the two, we personally prefer the second one but felt compelled to include the two.
The first is when Dean reveals to Sam that he has Crowley hostage:
Sam Winchester: What about Crowley? You, uh…[mimes throat slicing]
Dean Winchester: I would’ve loved nothing better than to ice that limey bitch. But then I thought to myself, what would Sam Winchester do?
Sam Winchester: I’d’ve stabbed him in the brain.
Dean Winchester: Oh. Well, I figured the King of Hell might know a few things, so why not Zero Dark Thirty his ass?
Sam Winchester: Wait, so Crowley is…..alive?
[Dean opens the Impala’s trunk to reveal CROWLEY]
Dean Winchester: Oh yeah. He’s the junk in my trunk.
However, The Hunger Games reference is the one we preferred as how the incident occurs and ends.
Dean Winchester: [Enters ‘The Bunker’ to be surprised by an arrow hitting the stairwell next to him] What the Hell?!?!?
Kevin Tran: Dean? You’re Alive?
Dean Winchester: Yeah, cuz you’re a crappy shot, Katniss!
Kevin Tran: Sorry. It’s been a bad couple of days. I- I haven’t slept… or eaten… I’m pretty backed up.
Dean Winchester: Okay. Over-share.
‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
So our last two entries you may not agree with as technically Dean didn’t say them, but, it affected Dean directly so we thought they were worth a mention.
Our Mary Poppins incident occurred during Season 3, Episode 8, ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’ and the follow occurred.
Dean Winchester: So, was I right? Is it the serial-killing chimney sweep?
Sam Winchester: Yep. It’s, uh, it’s actually Dick Van Dyke.
Dean Winchester: Who?
Sam Winchester: Mary Poppins.
Dean Winchester: Who’s that?
Our second entry happened six seasons later during Season 9, Episode 3, ‘I’m No Angel’.
Dean Winchester: He’s getting cagey – he’s using a fake name. Clarence.
Sam Winchester: That’s what Meg used to call him. Of course, he doesn’t get that he’s using the name of a pretty famous angel.
Dean Winchester: What?
Sam Winchester: Dude! “It’s a Wonderful Life”! Seriously!
So as you can guess Dean has no clue what Sam is going on about. Our favourite movie nerd has no idea about either of these two classics.
These are the only times we are aware of Dean not understanding a movie reference over its 13 Seasons, but still, the shame.
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