Dragon Ball: All 12 Canon Super Saiyan Transformations

There are more Super Saiyan transformations in the Dragon Ball canon than just the basic forms. Akira Toriyama’s iconic anime and manga series had been in progress for years before the Super Saiyan concept was introduced, but the transformations fast become an integral part of the story and have cast huge influence on other properties too, with dramatic power-ups and “final forms” now standard practice in most Shonen-style stories.

The basic concept of Super Saiyan is a member of the Saiyan race breaking through the limits of their strength to achieve a completely new level of power, usually in response to extreme anger or dire need. When Goku first debuted as a golden-haired warrior during his classic battle against Frieza, he was the first Saiyan in years to attain the form, but as Super Saiyan became old news, more and more transformations were added, each one trying to replicate the drama and impact of the first.

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With so many Super Saiyan forms in the Dragon Ball universe, some often get swept under the carpet and replaced by newer, shinier transformations. This rundown will stay strictly to canon appearances, ruling out all movies prior to 2013’s Battle of Gods and any Super Saiyan states that only appeared in filler episodes. Dragon Ball GT is also excluded, because although the sequel series isn’t explicitly confirmed as non-canon, it directly contradicts events in Dragon Ball Super, which was made with Toriyama’s involvement. And it was terrible. Here are all of Dragon Ball‘s canon Super Saiyan forms:

The original and the best, Dragon Ball has often tried to recapture the magic of Goku’s first ever Super Saiyan transformation, but has never quite succeeded, with the moment going down in anime history and converting a generation of young, impressionable western minds onto Japanese culture forever. After Krillin’s death sparked Goku’s initial power-up, everyone else got in on the act, including Gohan, Trunks, Goten, Vegeta and the Universe 6 lot. In terms of strength, the basic Super Saiyan form can no longer cut it, but the iconic golden-hair design will always have a special place in fans’ hearts.

The first inkling fans got that there might be another form beyond the standard Super Saiyan came thanks to Vegeta and Trunks after their father-son bonding time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. After training desperately to defeat Cell, the two Saiyans emerge full of confidence, and Vegeta might’ve beaten Cell’s second form if his pride hadn’t got in the way. Rather than a whole new transformation, Ascended Super Saiyan is merely an upgrade of the original state, but it still represents a massive leap in power, increasing the standard Super Saiyan by up to 3 times.

A seldom seen transformation, Trunks thought he had finally surpassed his father during their training session in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber by not only exceeding the original Super Saiyan form, but unlocking yet another upgrade beyond that. But while Vegeta was let down by pride, Trunks faltered due to inexperience, and failed to realize that the Super Saiyan Ultra form greatly sacrificed speed for raw strength, whereas the Ascended state offered far better balance, making it the optimum form. After proving useless against Cell due to being slow and bulky, this form was dropped.

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Not to be outdone by Vegeta and his son, Goku and Gohan entered the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with a markedly different strategy. Instead of trying to break into new transformations, Goku & son worked towards perfecting the original Super Saiyan form to its maximum potential, and both finally reach a point where they can remain golden-haired constantly, thus rendering the Second and Third grades redundant. Although the Full Power Super Saiyan state is the strongest variation of the original transformation, it’s also a sign that the user is close to unlocking something even better…

If any transformation scene came close to matching the epic intensity of the Goku and Frieza climax, it was Gohan transforming into Super Saiyan 2 in order to defeat a fully-juiced Cell. Enraged by Cell beating his friends to a pulp and the destruction of Android 16, Gohan transcends all of the sub-stages derived from the original Super Saiyan and taps into a whole new level of power. Rather than merely bulking up like the previous grades, Super Saiyan 2 features sharper hair, a more pronounced aura and electric sparks and remains the go-to Super Saiyan form for the rest of the series.

Super Saiyan 3 might not have featured heavily in the Dragon Ball franchise, but it remains one of the coolest designs in the entire selection box of Saiyan styles, with long hair, missing eyebrows and some angry eyes Mr. Potato Head would be proud of. Goku attains this coveted form while in the afterlife, but the extreme strain of expending so much energy makes its usage extremely limited. Nevertheless, Super Saiyan 3 remains the toughest Saiyan transformation from the Majin Buu saga right up until the Battle of Gods movie. Unfortunately, only Goku and Gotenks ever use this particular trick, and it was swiftly rendered obsolete when Beerus appeared.

Dragon Ball‘s Battle of Gods movie in 2013 introduced a distinctly different transformation available to Saiyans of great strength. Interestingly, this form wasn’t achievable via training, anger or ki level, but by the spirit of cooperation. A Saiyan achieves God ki via a ritual, with 5 other Saiyans channeling their energy into a sixth, triggering a metamorphosis beyond that of even a Super Saiyan 3, and turning their hair and energy field into a rich red hue. In this serene state, Goku is able to fight more evenly with, but still can’t overcome, Universe 7’s God of Destruction, Beerus.

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While most fans were excited by the introduction of Super Saiyan God, the red form unfortunately didn’t stay en vogue for long, and was swiftly replaced by Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, or simply Super Saiyan Blue after the bright turquoise color Goku and Vegeta’s hair become while using the form. This transformation combines the God ki of its predecessor with the regular golden Super Saiyan energy, creating a mostly superior form, but it would later transpire that the original red-haired level was both greater in speed and expended less energy. By virtue of being an actual Kai, Goku Black’s version of this state results in a pink coloring, rather than blue, which he calls Super Saiyan Rosé.

Undoubtedly the most tenuous transformation in Dragon Ball canon, Super Saiyan Rage was a one-time deal showcased by Future Trunks during the battle against Zamasu and Goku Black. The ins-and-outs of the form are left frustratingly vague (indicative of the Zamasu arc’s problems as a whole), but it’s suggested that Trunks acquired some degree of God ki while training with Vegeta and combined this with both his Super Saiyan 2 form and sheer, unbridled anger to unlock this hybrid form that mixed together gold and blue auras.

Just as the original Super Saiyan transformation had its own upgrades and sub-divisions, Dragon Ball has also introduced a perfected form of the Super Saiyan Blue power-up. Currently only appearing in the Dragon Ball Super manga, Goku realizes the huge energy cost of the Super Saiyan Blue form and trains to perfect and control the power, similar to how he and Gohan mastered the original Super Saiyan state in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. In this mode, Goku and Vegeta utilize the power of Super Saiyan Blue to its full capacity, without needing to worry too much about draining energy.

Vegeta was none too pleased with Goku attaining the over-powered Ultra Instinct ability, and quickly realized that his fighting style wouldn’t mesh with the calmness required to achieve that form. To compensate, Vegeta decided to go all-in on Super Saiyan Blue, and just as Goku broke through his limits to find Ultra Instinct, Vegeta broke his own ceiling to evolve the existing Super Saiyan Blue form. Conceptually similar to the Ascended Super Saiyan, this upgrade gives Vegeta darker, spikier hair and brings him up to the power level Goku attained by using Super Saiyan Blue and Kaio Ken simultaneously.

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The Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly, was introduced way back in 1993, but the popular character wasn’t enshrined into Dragon Ball canon until 2018’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly. One of the major advantages of being Legendary is unlocking an exclusive level of Super Saiyan that emits an emerald green aura, rather than the regular golden one, and Universe 6’s Kale exhibits the same ability during the Tournament of Power. In this state, the Legendary Saiyans more than keep up with Vegeta and Goku’s God forms, and their constant growth makes them arguably the most formidable beings in Dragon Ball canon.

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2020-02-07 01:02:34

Craig Elvy

Harry Potter Facts J.K. Rowling Later Made Canon (That Weren’t In The Books)

J.K. Rowling may have finished the Harry Potter books a long time ago, but this doesn’t mean she’s let go of them. The author has taken to Twitter and various other outlets (such as writing a play, developing Pottermore, etc.) to expand on the canon of her series and provide more information for a fanbase who just don’t want this to die.

Well, most of them.

Her expansion of canon has actually been a source of controversy for many fans, since not everyone loves her covering every detail of the universe and leaving nothing to the imagination. But all fans can agree on one thing — some of the revelations have been downright shocking.

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Updated 27th January, 2020 by Staci Miller: With the Harry Potter content still coming as the years go by, fans are continuously being given new information about the series and the characters. As such, it was only right to include some of these key facts in a list of information about the original series that was retroactively made canon.

15 Harry Didn’t Name A Son Remus Out Of Respect For Teddy’s Future Child

When the names of Harry’s children were revealed, fans revolted at the very idea that after everything Remus Lupin had done, he didn’t even get a child named after him — and yet the likes of Snape did. But according to Rowling, the reason Remus Lupin lost out on having a child named after him was because Harry felt it prudent to leave the name for his son, Teddy.

Is this a quick throwaway tweet to calm down the fans incensed at the idea of Remus Lupin being disrespected, or was this her intention when writing the books and carefully crafting the names?

14 Muggle-Borns Come Through Recessive Genes

Apparently, Muggle-borns are not entirely random and there is an element of biology at play. Although Rowling never went into detail in the books about what exactly makes a Muggle-born randomly appear in a family (or a Squib, if we were to go the opposite way), she stated afterwards that it involves recessive genes.

There are a lot more questions fans could have about this — for example, for how long can a recessive gene lie dormant before a witch or wizard pops up again? — but she hasn’t gone into too much detail, only offering the explanation that it’s simply not just random.

13 Hagrid Could Not Produce A Patronus

Hagrid might have been capable of some small spells, but we’ll never know what his patronus was, because he’s not capable of producing one. Rowling commented that it’s a “difficult spell”, so when fans have asked her what creature his guardian might be, they’ve received a disappointing answer.

Because Harry produced a corporeal patronus at the age of thirteen, fans often forget that Prisoner of Azkaban made sure to stress that it’s very advanced magic and that it was very impressive he could do this.

12 Fluffy Loves In Greece

Nevermind Hagrid — many fans were worried about the fate of his dog, Fluffy, after the events of Sorcerer’s Stone. Fear not! Fluffy now apparently lives in the lovely hot country of Greece.

Why Greece? We can only speculate, since Rowling didn’t offer much more information than that. Perhaps Dumbledore had connections there to take care of them, or there’s a remote island Fluffy can spend their time on where they can’t harm anyone. Or perhaps it was just far away enough that it seemed unlikely Hagrid would be able to smuggle the three-headed dog back to the UK.

11 The Only Religion Not Represented At Hogwarts Is Wiccan

Rowling has often been asked about (and criticized for) the lack of diversity in Harry Potter. In response to a question about religion never being touched on, we were told that Hogwarts had people of multiple religious beliefs, but Rowling says she never pictured Wiccan to be one of them.

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She gave the reasoning that it’s a different system of magic that wouldn’t mesh well with the magical world. What’s interesting about this fact is that it sounds as if Pure-blood families practice the same religions as Muggles, and it might actually be a common theme throughout both the wizarding world and the Muggle one.

10 Dumbledore Was In Love With Grindelwald

Dumbledore was never married in the series and never showed even hints at being in a relationship, but he was apparently in love with Grindelwald. J.K. Rowling came under some fire for never announcing this in the books (or the subsequent films) since it would have been GREAT representation, but she said the sexuality was never relevant to his story and didn’t matter any more than it would have if he was straight.

We see her point, but after many people pointing out that it would have been progressive to mention it, she probably should have made have a bigger deal out of this in the subsequent Fantastic Beasts movies. Alas. Maybe she still will.

9 And Also, May Have Been Death?

J.K. Rowling claimed on Twitter very recently that her favorite fan theory was that Dumbledore was death — and also called it very fitting. Hmmm.

Okay, so this one isn’t so much her announcing something as canon rather than accepting a fan theory, but it really would have been an interesting thought, considering Dumbledore always was very accepting and even supportive of death. He claimed it was the “next greatest adventure”, which is an acceptance of death most of us will probably never achieve. 

Regardless of this being a fan theory, J.K. Rowling seemed very cool with accepting it into the greater canon of her world. We’ll take it.

8 There Is An American Wizarding School… And Many Others

Probably her biggest expansion of canon after the books was the expansion of magical education all over the world (and then the governments, and the culture, etc.). The one that most of her fanbase was excited to hear about was Ilvermorny, the American wizarding school with its own houses. Of course, some aspects of this culture, people didn’t like – like the Muggle world over there being ‘No-Maj’, which seems very simplistic — but the expansion of canon was popular enough that people wanted to know their North American house, where they would have fit in, etc.

And since J.K. Rowling said it, it’s canon in the books, even if we didn’t see it then.  

7 Hatstalls Are Possible – Minerva McGonagall Was One!

The Sorting Hat was one of the biggest mysteries in the books, and remains one to this day — how it could see inside someone’s head, read minds, etc. But what we never saw in the books (mainly because the books were only from Harry’s point of view), was that hatstalls were completely possible.

‘Hatstall’ is a word which means the Sorting Hat couldn’t decide what house to place someone in and took a probably agonizingly long time to decide because they could have fit perfectly in both. One great example J.K. Rowling provided was McGonagall — she was a hatstall between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw.

Interestingly, she then went on to become head of Gryffindor house, so it looks like the hat eventually chose well. 

6 The ‘T’ In Voldemort Is Silent

The logic is obvious, of course—the word comes from French origins and therefore the ‘t’ would be silent. What’s weird is that J.K. Rowling randomly said this on Twitter after never correcting fans, after letting the movies even pronounce it wrong, after pronouncing it wrong herself. She said she was the only one who pronounced it with the silent ‘t’, but she’s said it in interviews with the ‘t’ pronounced.

Seems like this was something she gave up on pretty quickly but then retroactively decided was still canon. So much she should have made clear long before now…

5 Voldemort And Harry Were Most Definitely Related

This is kind of one that could be surmised if you read the books closely enough but wasn’t confirmed until after. The pure-blood families of Harry Potter are all inter-related to the point of it being pretty weird. Harry and Voldemort are both half-bloods, but both had a pure-blood parent — Voldemort had Merope Gaunt, his mother, and Harry had James Potter, his father. Trace those lines back far enough and sure enough, they go back to the Peverells — so yes, J.K. Rowling has confirmed that Harry and Voldemort were indeed distant relatives.  

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Kind of weird to think about, regardless of the distance.

4 Albus Severus Was, Indeed, Sorted Into Slytherin

Among the revelations that came out thanks to Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was the information that Albus’ worst fears were fulfilled and he was indeed sorted into Slytherin. In the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, we saw him confess this fear to Harry and Harry reassure him that he knew some brave people in Slytherin and it wasn’t the end of the world.

This one isn’t too controversial of a retcon. Rowling was really mean to the Slytherins in the books, often implying they were all evil in the early stages before she started to humanize some of them a little, so sorting the hero’s son there was pretty necessary to change people’s perceptions.

3 Bellatrix And Voldemort Were In A Relationship… Of Sorts

Bellatrix Lestrange was always pretty in love with Voldemort. That much was obvious. Despite being married to Rodolphus Lestrange, her dedication was to the Dark Lord. But since it was always said that Voldemort was incapable of love and didn’t need or want human affection, we always assumed this was unrequited. 

But no. Another revelation that came from Rowling’s play was that Bellatrix and Voldemort had definitely slept together, because they had a daughter named Delphi. Many fans would have rathered this was not canon.

2 Sybil Trelawney Drank Heavily

Trelawney had a pretty hard life. She was a seer, but rarely made accurate predictions, so she wasn’t taken seriously even when she did. She was eccentric, seemed borderline insane — and Rowling later confirmed that she was an alcoholic, saying that she always smelled of sherry because, well… because of that reason.

It’s a pretty adult thing to include an alcoholic teacher in the magical, whimsical wizarding world she created, but she did always hint at this in the books — she just completely confirmed it later. For those of us who read them as children and are now adults though, this makes a lot of sense.

1 Hogwarts Was A Safe Space For LGBTQ+ Students

Someone on Twitter once tweeted at Rowling saying they liked to imagine that Hogwarts was a safe space for LGBTQ+ witches and wizards, and she replied to say that it absolutely is, meaning the discrimination present in the Muggle world at that time (and, tragically, present to this day) wasn’t present in the wizarding world.

A really nice sentiment (and why Rowling definitely needs to include Dumbledore’s sexuality in the movies, c’mon, Rowling), especially for Potter fans who may have struggled with this in their real life. Witches and wizards may have discriminated based on blood, but at least this prejudice wasn’t a thing in that world.

NEXT: Harry Potter: The 10 Most Shameless Things Hogwarts Professors Did

2020-02-04 01:02:24

Staci Miller

DC Confirms DOOMSDAY CLOCK is Not Official Canon… Yet

Warning: SPOILERS for Justice League #39

The original plan for DC’s Doomsday Clock was incredibly ambitious: provide not only a sequel to Watchmen, but a glimpse of the future of the entire DC Universe. But after delays made those connections impossible, fans wondered if Doomsday Clock had quietly been removed from current continuity altogether. Now, they have their answer.

It will be hard for comic fans to remember the early days of Doomsday Clock, promised to answer the one great mystery of the DC Rebirth: the role played by Doctor Manhattan in the New 52 reboot. But as the months passed, and Doomsday Clock issues were delayed, the ‘one year ahead’ timeline was quickly overtaken by the ongoing Justice League books. Thankfully Scott Snyder, James Tynion, and Joshua Williamson’s larger Lex Luthor/Batman Who Laughs plots were allowed to chart their own course… but what would it mean for Doomsday Clock‘s conclusion? The latest Justice League issue has given an answer — but it’s not as simple as you might think.

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It may be one of the few times where competing visions of continuity was based on publishing schedule, and not dueling creative visions, but Scott Snyder admitted making Doomsday Clock canon was part of his job (no matter the challenge). And in the latest Justice League #39, fans finally get a glimpse of the solution. After Perpetua claims victory, and erases the Justice League from reality, the Quintessence — a collection of cosmic DC beings –steps in. According to them, there is more transpiring than the heroes have witnessed. More realities than their own.

While the League fought valiantly against Perpetua, the Quintessence explains that the growing darkness was bigger than they realized. That “the lack of faith Perpetua thrived on and used to win… crept in on many fronts.” That includes events “disconnected” from the main DC reality, demonstrated through a recreation of a key Doomsday Clock finale moment. The conclusion is simple: the events of Doomsday Clock were, according to DC canon, disconnected from the main continuity. But in keeping with Snyder’s unwavering refrain, “still deeply felt and impactful” regardless.

In hindsight the solution arrived at is a simple one. As fans slowly realized there was no way to make Doomsday Clock‘s finale ‘matter’ to the main DC continuity, Snyder promised it would. Saying Doomsday Clock‘s finale matters despite being removed from DC continuity is either brilliant or a sidestep, depending on your own expectations. But the mission to make all events, storylines, and variations of continuity equally important is exactly how Justice League #39 concludes — and seems to lie at the heart of Snyder and Greg Capullo’s next Wonder Woman-led event. Which means this may not be the last time fans see the events of Doomsday Clock acknowledged as part of DC history.

Justice League #39 is available now from your local comic book shop.

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2020-01-31 02:01:48

Andrew Dyce

10 Things From The Star Wars Holiday Special We Wish Were Canon

The Star Wars universe is huge. The Star Wars Holiday Special, however, is in a league of its own. Broadcast on November 17, 1978, this made-for-TV movie focused on Chewbacca’s family waiting for him to get home on the Wookiee holiday of Life Day. Chewie and Han Solo ran into an Imperial blockade on their way back to Kashyyyk.

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Many aspects of the special are already canon or have become so in recent years. Chewie’s family is canon, along with Gormaanda the chef, and Ackmena the bartender. And then there’s the creation of Boba Fett! But some aspects of the movie have yet to make it out of Legends lore. Here’s what we’d love to see canonized next.

10 Amorphiia System

Chewie’s son Lumpy is putting together his new mini transmitter. There’s an instructional video that features an Amorphiian from the system Amorphiia. The Amorphiians have bodies that lose function at random intervals. In fact, the Amorphiian shuts down after finishing the instructions.

Bringing the Amorphiia System into canon would open up a whole new avenue of space for the Galaxy Far Far Away to explore. They export products like the transmitter to the galaxy as a whole which makes them an important economic player. The humanoid species, with its unique malfunction, would be interesting to learn more about.

9 Saun Dann

Saun Dann is a human living on Kashyyyk. He runs the trading post that provides goods to the local Wookiees. He is also a friend of the Rebel Alliance and a friend to Chewie’s family. He acts as a liaison when the Empire comes knocking at the door and works to protect the family.

Dann could be a jackpot of new Rebel stories. Maybe he went on to play a larger role in the Alliance. Maybe he remained close with Chewbacca’s family and served as their protector while Chewie’s off-planet. Or maybe he faded away. Now we’ll never know.

8 The Groomer

Have you ever wondered how Wookiees get their glorious locks so smooth and luscious? Thanks to the Holiday Special, now we know! Saun Dann sells a groomer to an Imperial trooper in his trading shop. The groomer has many functions. In addition to being sort of an electric comb, it can also store information!

Imagine the world of minutiae the groomer would open up. How do the Talz give their fur such volume? How do Mon Calamari keep their skin so moist? Now you could have the answers to these questions and more!

7 Mermeia

Despite being one of the more uncomfortable moments of the Holiday Special, Mermeia’s song brings up a lot of questions. She’s a holograph used for erotic entertainment in virtual reality. Itchy, Chewie’s father, watches Mermeia sing a song on his mind evaporator.

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There’s a whole digital world in the Star Wars universe that remains largely unexplored. We see hints of it here and there, in holographs and news vids, but what about social media? Does the Star Wars world have television? Is there a comments section in the galaxy far far away?

6 Panna System

We meet the Panna System in the animated portion of the Holiday Special. It’s here that Luke Skywalker, C3-PO, and R2-D2 meet the bounty hunter Boba Fett for the first time. It’s a system located in the Outer Rim and contains the planet Panna and its moon.

Much like Amorphiia System, canonizing the Panna System would bring more planets into the galaxy. More planets mean more peoples and more stories. It never hurts to have a new place to explore. It might also bring the first meeting of Boba Fett into canon!

5 The Unnamed Circus Troupe

Early on in the Holiday Special, Lumpy watches a circus performance on his hologram table. Almost nothing is known about this particular circus troupe, but their talent is without equal. There are gymnasts and jugglers and one very talented ringmaster.

The motivation for bringing this circus troupe into canon is less about learning more about them and more about the raw need to see this level of talent in the galaxy. The whole sequence is bizarre but entrancing. The circus is so good, you just can’t drag your eyes away.

4 Life On Tatooine

While the Imperials are searching Chewie’s house, a television segment comes on the view screen in the living room. The segment is a documentary featuring a live stream from a cantina on Tatooine. It introduces the viewers to Ackmena the bartender played by Bea Arthur. While Ackmena is canon, the segment itself is not.

Much like Mermeia, “Life on Tatooine” opens up a whole world of opportunity. Are there other holodocumentaries? Are there live streams of other planets? Have any of our Rebel friends ever appeared on the segment? If only we knew.

3 Krelman

A part of “Life on Tatooine,” Krelman is a lonely humanoid who comes into Ackmena’s cantina on Tatooine featured in a viewscreen segment in Chewie’s home. He’s in love with her and needs to be noticed. He harasses her endlessly, demanding her attention. She rebuffs him with ease but ultimately makes peace with his presence after they close for the night.

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What’s of interest about Krelman is that he drinks through the top of his head. He asks for a drink and when Ackmena brings it, he pours it straight into the top of his skull. How? Why? We need to know more!

2 Jefferson Starship

To distract the Imperials, Saun Dann turns on the gift he brought for Chewie’s wife, Malla: a music box. A band appears and plays the song “Light the Sky on Fire” by Jefferson Starship. Neither the band nor the song is canon, but can you imagine the mess if they were?

Imagine Lucasfilm and Disney trying to explain why an Earth band is canon “a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Maybe a transmission was sent through time. Maybe an Earth probe carrying to song accidentally traveled back in time. There are a million humorous possibilities.

1 A Day To Celebrate

The Holiday Special ends with the celebration of Life Day. The Wookiees and their friends gather around the Tree of Life to celebrate family, joy, and harmony. They lite glowing Life Day Orbs to hold and to place on the tree. Princess Leia sings a special Life Day hymn.

Life Day and its accouterments are canon. The song, however, and by default Princess Leia’s singing talent are tragically not. If they were, perhaps we would’ve gotten a very special musical episode that goes even beyond the oddities of the Holiday Special. 

NEXT: 12 Worst Holiday Specials Of All Time

2019-12-31 01:12:42

Katarina Schultz

The Mandalorian Makes A Force Unleashed Stormtrooper Star Wars Canon

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for The Mandalorian.

The Mandalorian officially added a special stormtrooper from 2008’s The Force Unleashed to Star Wars canon. The Incinerator Stormtrooper was featured in the final episode of the Disney+ series’ debut season. This type of stormtrooper was initially seen in Legends as a character in the Star Wars video game released over a decade ago on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

The Mandalorian season 1’s eighth and final episode was directed by Taika Waititi, who also voiced IG-11 in the series created by Jon Favreau. It was a major episode for the newly programmed IG unit, as the droid rescued the Child before killing many of Moff Gideon’s troopers stationed in the town. IG-11 reunited Baby Yoda with Mando (now known as Din Djarin), Cara Dune, and Greef Karga. The group successfully eliminated many of Gideon’s forces, but he called in special assistance from an Incinerator Stormtrooper as a last resort.

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After Moff Gideon severely injured Din Djarin during the assault, Cara managed to get him inside the building so they could regroup. As IG-11 tried to open a sewer grate to use an escape hatch, Gideon ordered the Incinerator Stormtrooper to burn the building. The trooper with distinct red markings on his mask aimed a flamethrower at the group, but Baby Yoda used the Force to throw back the flames. The stormtrooper was killed and every member of the group eventually escaped into the sewers. Considering Incinerator Stormtroopers were never made canon prior to this scene, some viewers might confuse them with Flametroopers.

Flametroopers were commonly used by the First Order and were seen fighting against the Resistance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The troopers wore specially designed white helmets and flame-proof armor. Their use of D-93 Incinerators gave them the nicknames of “roasters” and “hotheads.” Due to their slow movement, they often worked in tandem with other classes of stormtroopers. Incinerator Stormtroopers, on the other hand, used a different variation of flamethrowers and were classified differently due to their armor markings.

The Incinerator Stormtrooper armor was an unlockable costume pack in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. They were an elite class of stormtrooper who carried an Oppressor flamethrower, plasma rifle, and mortar launchers. Their main goal was to burn and destroy the enemies of the Galactic Empire and to unleash chaos on unsuspecting villages. They similarily had flame-proof armor equipped with a pauldron. The Incinerator Stormtroopers’ inclusion in The Mandalorian proved that members of this specialized class survived the fall of the Empire and joined Moff Gideon’s Remnant forces. They may have had protection against flames, but their power couldn’t withstand being engulfed at the hands of Baby Yoda. Perhaps other Incinerator Stormtroopers will appear in future seasons of the series or in upcoming projects now that they’ve reached canon status.

Next: What To Expect From The Mandalorian Season 2

2019-12-29 02:12:36

Kara Hedash

Crisis On Infinite Earths Made TWO Tom Welling Characters Arrowverse Canon

Crisis On Infinite Earths not only brought Smallville into the Arrowverse, but it made TWO characters played by Tom Welling official canon when Lucifer, the other comic book-based series Welling starred in, joined The CW’s shared superhero universe. At the end of the mega-crossover’s third part, an evil cosmic being called the Anti-Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) ended the Multiverse with an antimatter wave. This leaves only seven surviving heroes, known as the Paragons, as the Arrowverse’s last hope, along with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who is turning into the Spectre.

However, in Crisis On Infinite Earths Part 2, the chapter that took place on Batwoman, Smallville fans’ dreams came true when the world of Tom Welling’s Clark Kent and Erica Durance’s Lois Lane joined the Arrowverse as Earth-167. Welling’s Man of Steel briefly met his Earth-38 counterpart Clark (Tyler Hoechlin), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton), who were impressed by Smallville‘s Kal-El. And although Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) was hopping across parallel Earths killing Supermen, he more than met his match when he ran into Smallville‘s Clark. The diabolical villain discovered that the Kansas farm boy gave up his superpowers to live like a normal man on the Kent farm and raise a family with Lois. Even though Earth-167 was destroyed in the Crisis, the Smallville scene reaffirmed Welling’s Clark was as noble as ever and Durance’s Lois is still his irrepressible better half.

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While Smallville‘s final moment in the sun got its deserved attention, a second Tom Welling character also sneakily joined the Arrowverse when Lucifer became canon. In The Flash‘s Crisis On Infinite Earths Part 3, John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Mia Smoak (Kat McNamara), and John Diggle (David Ramsey) jumped to Earth-666, the world where Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) abandoned the throne of Hell to become the philandering owner of Los Angeles’ hottest nightclub, Lux. This means that Lucifer‘s world and everyone in it, from his partner Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) to his angelic brother Amenadiel (DB Woodside), also officially became Arrowverse canon – and that includes Lt. Marcus Pierce, the character Tom Welling portrayed in Lucifer season 3.

The curious part of Lucifer’s cameo in Crisis is that, because the Devil was still running Lux – which contradicts the events of Lucifer season 4 – this means that the scene took place before the events of the Lucifer TV series, which is also a few years before Cain entered the picture as Marcus Pierce. However, keep in mind that it was John Constantine, a member of the time-traveling Legends of Tomorrow, who brought Mia and Diggle to Earth-666. Therefore, it makes sense that Constantine would jump back in time to speak to Lucifer in Earth-666’s LA as opposed to trying to find the Devil at his more current whereabouts, which would mean taking the new Green Arrow and Spartan to the pits of Hell.

While it’s impossible to get more heroic than Clark Kent, AKA Superman, Welling broke that mold on Lucifer when he took on the role of Marcus Pierce, who had a secret Biblical alter ego: Pierce was actually Cain, the world’s first murderer who was marked by God and cursed with immortality. Even though Pierce had a day job as a cop (and Decker and Lucifer’s LAPD boss), Cain was also known as the criminal mastermind called the Sinnerman. So, fans instantly got two Tom Welling DC Comics characters made into Arrowverse canon in an understated fashion. Now, thanks to Crisis On Infinite Earths, Tom Welling is his own doppelgänger in the Multiverse and they also happen to be two beings who are on polar opposite ends of good and evil.

Next: Crisis On Infinite Earths: Every New World Made Arrowverse Canon

Crisis On Infinite Earths Parts 4 & 5 air on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Tuesday, January 14 @ 8pm on The CW.

2019-12-28 03:12:33

John Orquiola

Star Wars: What Happened To Boba Fett After Return Of The Jedi In New Canon

What happened to Boba Fett after Return of the Jedi is something fans have wondered for years, and Disney’s new Star Wars canon has an answer. When viewers last saw the fierce bounty hunter on-screen, he was gobbled up by the dreaded Sarlacc during the scuffle on Jabba’s sail barge. However, due to his incredible popularity, and the unfitting nature of his supposed demise, many fans weren’t ready to accept that Boba Fett’s story had ended. Also, with the way the Lucasfilm Story Group has handled the question of his survival, the jury is still out.

First introduced in the maligned 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, Boba Fett was a near instantaneous hit with fans. His unique look and no-nonsense attitude was intriguing, to say the least. Though his character was never truly fleshed out in the films, he gained a mythology with fans that grew exponentially with time. So much so that he was even briefly featured in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as a young boy, and later in a handful of episodes of the The Clone Wars TV series.

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With the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, fans have begun to speculate if the Boba Fett character could possibly appear, given his adoption of Mandalorian armor. Though not a Mandalorian himself, as he’s a clone of Jango Fett, the association is there, so fans have brought the character back to the forefront of public consciousness once more. But of course, since the series is set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, Fett’s true fate would need to be decided upon first.

After the events of Return of the Jedi, Fett was revived in the now-defunct expanded universe, rebranded as Star Wars Legends once Lucasfilm was bought by Disney. In that continuity, Boba Fett managed to escape the Sarlacc Pit, although near fatally injured. Thanks to the aid of a fellow bounty hunter, Dengar, who found him while scavenging, Boba Fett was nursed back to health. Soon enough he was able to resume his work, this time teaming up with Dengar as the two had become close friends.

While he gained an ally in Dengar, it would still be some time before he mended any more bridges with old rivals. The bitter rivalry between he and Han Solo continued for years after, as they clashed on many occasions. During their final fight, the two ageing combatants decided to put their feud to rest and go their separate ways. Soon after, Boba Fett began going by the name of Mandalore and bravely led the Mandalorians. It was with them that he continued his work as a bounty hunter and mercenary.

Not long after, the Yuuzhan Vong, a warlike race not unlike the canon Grysk race that nearly destroyed the New Republic, arrived. At first he was willing to work alongside them, but with time, Boba Fett realized it would be in his and the Mandalorians’ best interest to fight with the New Republic to defeat the Vong once and for all. After the Vong were defeated, an elderly Boba Fett would resume his bounty hunting activities. One of his final notable acts was training Jaina Solo, daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa, to fight her brother, Jacen, who had fallen to the dark side and taken up the mantle of Darth Caedus.

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Here is where the situation gets a bit hazy. Unlike the Expanded Universe, which gave Boba Fett plenty to do beyond his misstep in Return of the Jedi, the new Disney canon has left the fabled bounty hunter on the shelf, for the most part. He did get a bit of expansion in his developmental years in The Clone Wars, but his story post-Return of the Jedi is far less certain, with Lucasfilm having canceled their once-planned Boba Fett spinoff movie. Though it is implied that he is dead, given he was last seen being eaten by the Sarlacc, there is a bit more ambiguity to it all when discussing the matter with those associated with Lucasfilm.

Boba Fett’s is believed to be dead, but he can always return should Disney’s Lucasfilm want him back at the forefront. After all, George Lucas and Star Wars fans considered Emperor Palpatine to be dead until the studio decided to bring him back in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Where Boba Fett may go in the new Star Wars canon is a question only time can answer. For now, the character is effectively dead. There haven’t been any stories set after the events of Return of the Jedi that have confirmed Boba Fett’s fate – one way or another – but that could be because there’s simply no reason to revisit the character.

With The Mandalorian surging in popularity at the moment, there doesn’t seem a need for another armored bounty hunter in the spotlight. Boba Fett was only ever a bounty hunter and not a Mandalorian, which is why he had hit in perfectly in the original trilogy but could be out of place with the new stories. But then again, with the criminal underworld after Return of the Jedi being the focus of the series, The Mandalorian could act as the perfect place for Boba Fett to make his long awaited return to the Star Wars franchise and simply confirm what happened to him. Is there a need? Some argue there is, while some feel there isn’t, but at this juncture, fans may never know until the perfect opportunity arises.

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2019-12-25 01:12:21

Shane O'Neill

Star Wars: 10 Expanded Universe Characters Who Could Join the New Canon

It’s been an entire lifetime ago (or at least it’s felt like it) since it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilm, and shelved the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now rebranded as “Legends”) in favor of making a more cohesive continuity for the series.

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While a more concise continuity is certainly favorable (nothing like the whiplash of reading a book with references to the Clone Wars before the prequel trilogy was a twinkle in our eyes), it meant we had to part with a lot of great characters. However, there is a glimpse of hope: Lucasfilm has revived former “Legends” characters for new stories — and we have ten we would like to see again.

10 Darra Thel-Tanis

Arguably the lesser-known of this entire list, Darra was a recurring character in the series Jedi Quest and was created by author Jude Watson. Darra was a padawan who went on a few missions with Anakin and a group of their friends.

Tragically, in the final novel of the series, Darra was killed due to a faulty lightsaber and an unfortunate blaster bolt. Her death leads to their friend group splitting apart, marking a tragic end for the series. In the still expanding lore of the Jedi, it would be intriguing to see Darra back in canon — preferably without the fridging.

9 Lowbacca

Introduced in the Young Jedi Knights series, Lowbacca was Chewie’s Force-Sensitive nephew who moved to Yavin 4 to train under Luke Skywalker and befriended Jaina and Jacen Solo.

It would be easy for Lucasfilm to re-canonize Lowbacca when Solo: A Star Wars Story already gave us a glimpse at Chewie’s background. Thanks to Wookiees’ long lifespans, it wouldn’t take much to even include Lowbacca training during the prequels.

8 Siri Tachi

The padawan to Adi Gallia, Siri Tachi was a headstrong young woman who befriended and eventually fell in love with Obi-Wan Kenobi (who, apparently, has a thing for blondes).

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Like Darra, Siri was unfortunately killed by a bounty hunter. In her final moments, Siri confessed her love for Obi-Wan and vice versa. We would love to Siri make a comeback to canon if only to flesh out more of Obi-Wan’s backstory, but this time we’re content they remain friends.

7 Mission Vao

A fourteen-year-old slicer (in non-Star Wars slang, that means hacking), Mission is one of the characters in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. 

Mission had a positive and cheery attitude and was close friends with a Wookie named Zaalbar, and stood by and believed in Revan. Considering canon currently doesn’t have a lot for the days of the Old Republic (for now, anyway), there’s plenty of room to bring Mission and her friends back into canon.

6 Talon Karrde

Introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy, Talon was one of the more honorable scoundrels in the galaxy and often lent his helping hand to others (including rescuing Luke Skywalker).

Talon valued information and organized the Smuggler’s Alliance to help the Republic against Thrawn’s brutal attacks. Talon is an interesting breed of smuggler, one we haven’t seen enough of in canon, and it would be a wonder to see him brought to life again.

5 Tenel Ka Djo

Like Lowbacca, Tenel Ka initially appeared in the Young Jedi Knights series. In them, she favored her own natural talents and physical prowess over-relying overtly on the Force out of pride. Tenel Ka eventually learned to trust more in the Force after an accident with her first built Lightsaber that ended with Tenel Ka losing one of her arms, due to a faulty lightsaber she quickly and incorrectly built.

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Tenel Ka was the heir of the Hapes Consortium, making her royalty. However, Tenel preferred the Dathomiri culture of her mother over her father’s but eventually found pride in both. Tenel Ka followed the path of the Jedi until she became Queen Mother of the Hapes Consortium. We would love to see Tenel return to canon (bringing Hapes with her) because of how complex and interesting her character is, as well as the importance of having more disabled characters in the franchise.

4 Mara Jade

Once the Emperor’s Hand, Mara Jade became a smuggler that struggled with connecting to the Force, to a well-trained Jedi Knight. Mara was one of the most complex characters in the Legends continuity but was unfortunately eventually killed off aide cement her nephew Jacen Solo’s descent into darkness.

It wouldn’t be hard to integrate Mara into the new canon. The role of the Emperor’s Hand could easily be exchanged for an Inquisitor, and it would be interesting to see a former Dark Side user adjusting to life as a smuggler and healing from their past (preferably without dying).

3 Bastila Shan

Voiced by Jennifer Hale, Bastila was a Jedi Sentinel in the Knights of the Old Republic video games. She wielded a golden double-bladed lightsaber and had the ability to use the Force power battle meditation — a power that, apparently, boosted people’s morale in battles.

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Bastila’s a self-assured Jedi Knight with an interesting relationship with Revan — like Rey and Ben Solo, they shared a Force Bond. It would be a treasure to one day see Bastila back in canon, and to see her relationship with Revan explored (again).

2 Galen Marek

Galen Marek is probably better known as his Dark Side persona, Starkiller (yes, like the one that destroyed the New Republic in The Force Awakens). Galen was the lead protagonist of the 2008 video game, The Force Unleashed.

Galen was Vader’s secret apprentice who eventually turned to the side of the Light, and played an important role in the creation of the Rebel Alliance — enough so that after his death, Leia and Bail decided to make the emblem of the Rebellion the Marek family crest.

1 Jaina Solo

With the end of the Skywalker Saga already in theaters, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever seen Jaina Solo in the new canon — at least, in her current form. Part of Jaina’s draw is certainly her connection with the Skywalker-Solo Family, as it’s a huge part of her character, but the archetype that Jaina stands for would be interesting to see played out on screen.

Jaina was a pilot in Rogue Squadron, a leader, and a cunning warrior. She had her father’s mouth and her mother’s stubbornness and was given the title of being the Sword of the Jedi — which is such a cool title and role that we would love to see it on screen.

NEXT: Star Wars: 10 Reasons Finn And Poe Should Have Been Canon

2019-12-24 03:12:47

Tegan Hall

Rise Of Skywalker Officially Makes Darth Revan Star Wars Canon

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker officially made Darth Revan, along with a group of other ancient Sith Lords, part of Star Wars canon. Revan was the main character in BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic video game, which itself is part of Star Wars Legends but has been a story that fans have wanted to see acknowledged in some way in the overarching Star Wars franchise. And now, it seems it’s finally happened.

Over the years, various parts of the Knights of the Old Republic series have found their way into the Star Wars animated shows, movies, and canon video games. For instance, the Hammerhead corvettes that are seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story originated in Knights of the Old Republic. But more recently, it looked like a statue of Darth Nihulus, from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, was seen on the planet Exegol in The Rise of Skywalker. While that hasn’t specifically been confirmed yet, another part of KOTOR has been now.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker introduces legions of Sith troopers, who are all part of Emperor Palpatine’s Final Order. While the Sith troopers get limited screentime in the movie, the official Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary confirms they were separated into legions of 5,000 troopers. And each legion was named after an ancient Sith Lord – one of them being “The 3rd: Revan Legion”. This officially confirms Darth Revan as canon in Star Wars.

While this isn’t the first time that Star Wars has flirted with the idea of making Darth Revan canon, it is the first time that it has been explicitly confirmed. Furthermore, what’s interesting about the classification is that the Visual Dictionary suggests “only the Sith Eternal cultists know the significance of these names.” So while Darth Revan is canon, no one really knows who he is. Perhaps only Palpatine does. But beyond just naming Darth Revan, the Visual Dictionary also confirms other Sith Lords as canon as well.

The Sith Lords Andeddu, Tanis, Tenebrous, Phobos, and Desolous also had Sith trooper legions named after them. Darth Phobos and Desolous first appeared in The Force Unleashed video game, which had its story written by George Lucas himself, who wanted to use this game as a means of bridging the gap between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. So Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker not only brought a Sith Lord from one video game into canon but two more as well from another video game. Now it remains to be seen if Lucasfilm plans to expand their stories in any way beyond the film.

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2019-12-23 02:12:08

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Supernatural: 5 Reasons Destiel Should Be Canon (& 5 Reasons We Don’t Want It)

From the moment Castiel gripped Dean tight and raised him from perdition, the angel made his mark on both the older Winchester and Supernatural fans. Throughout 15 seasons the bond between Dean and Cass has grown, shattered, and been reborn again. Many want Destiel to be the endgame for the show.

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But not all fans are behind the coupling of the hunter and the angel. Some believe the Destiel romance part of the fan base has created and argued for detracts from the show as a whole. Here are five reasons Destiel should be canon and five why it shouldn’t.

10 CANON: They Make a Hilarious Duo

Especially early on, the mix of Dean’s cheeky humor with Castiel’s clueless deadpan made the perfect comedic combination. Dean’s exasperation every time Cass didn’t understand a reference started as an annoyance but soon turned to fondness.

As Castiel gained a greater sense of humanity, he developed his own sense of humor that complimented Dean’s, offering his own brand of sarcasm. This funny dynamic between the two characters made them the perfect pair. The inside jokes they shared from their shenanigans is what relationships are made of.

9 DON’T WANT: Divisive Force in Fandom

Anyone deep in the Reddit threads and Tumblr tags know that Destiel is not accepted across the board. Several fans oppose the pairing as a romantic one. Some claim that both Castiel’s and Dean’s past relationships on-screen don’t warrant the storyline.

Furthermore, with the way the show has progressed through its final season thus far, it doesn’t feel like Destiel can happen anymore. To make the pair go from friends to romantic partners now would feel forced. Many fans who wanted Destiel canon before don’t want it anymore.

8 CANON: Give Them a Happy Ending

After everything the Winchesters and their friends have been through, many fans want to see them get a happy ending. What’s a better happily ever after than the hero getting the guy? Castiel and Dean have made their fair of mistakes, but through it all, they always manage to find their way back to one another.

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They’ve battled monsters, angels, and God Himself together. These two warriors deserve the chance to settle down and make a new life for themselves on Earth. Then again, maybe Heaven wouldn’t be so bad for them together.

7 DON’T WANT: Too Many Betrayals

While Cass and Dean always forgive one another for their mistakes, after so many years of battling evil, including each other at times, there have been too many betrayals. From keeping Sam’s return from the pit secret to working with Crowley to open the gates of Purgatory to collect souls, Castiel’s decisions have made Dean wary of his intentions.

Not all the betrayals between the two are Castiel or Dean’s fault, like when Naomi brainwashed the rebellious angel, but that doesn’t mean the traitorous acts don’t hurt their relationship.

6 CANON: They’ve Literally Been Through Hell and Back Together

Castiel and Dean first went through Hell when the angel rescued the hunter from his fate of an afterlife of being tortured and turning to torture. Together, they traversed Heaven as they battled Castiel’s brothers and sisters in the fight against the apocalypse. They even survived the brutality of Purgatory together.

There isn’t a battlefield Cass and Dean haven’t conquered side by side. A bond like that, forged in the fires of war, can’t be ignored. If Dean and Cass fight for free will and love of family, that includes them.

5 DON’T WANT: Toxic Relationship

While some argue that their constant return to each other indicates a romantic relationship, there are those who argue it isn’t a healthy one. With all the lies that have accumulated through the years and the betrayals, Destiel is a poignant example of a toxic relationship.

There are times their partnership has been mentally and emotionally abusive. Even physical abuse occurs when the hunter and angel go head to head to fight for what they believe in. The continuous return to a bad relationship out of a sense of familiarity is unhealthy.

4 CANON: They Have a Profound Bond

There’s a moment in season six when Sam asks Castiel why he doesn’t answer when he calls but always comes running when Dean calls. The angel admits he has a more profound bond with Dean, something that no one in the Supernatural universe has missed.

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Cass and Dean have stood side by side in battle, but more than that, they have bonded over their similar family problems. Dean is the reason Cass rebelled against Heaven, and Cass fulfilled Dean’s desire for a best friend in a way that Sam couldn’t.

3 DON’T WANT: Gone Through the Ringer Too Many Times

In a sense, it’s commendable that Dean and Cass have stuck it out through the bad times and the worse. But there comes a point where a couple has to question if the good and better times are worth going through hell.

With the number of bruises and cuts they’ve dealt one another or sustained together, seeing Destiel come to fruition would feel tired. It makes the fans wonder if their relationship has become more a habit than a friendship. If that’s the case, then Destiel shouldn’t happen.

2 CANON: Need LGBTQ+ Representation On TV

Supernatural hasn’t had the greatest reputation with LGBTQ+ characters and media needs more representation in that aspect. Many fans have accused the show’s writers of queerbaiting, in which they write the characters in a way that insinuates they are a romantic pair, but never explicitly stating or showing it.

Throughout the series, lines like, “The one in the filthy trenchcoat who’s in love with you,” tease the Destiel relationship, treating it like it’s a joke. Fans, especially those from queer communities, deserve better than that.

1 DON’T WANT: It Can’t End Well

The series has a poor record of keeping romantic partners in the picture. Lisa’s memory was wiped. Sam left Amelia. Dean’s paramour Cassie from season one was never heard from again. The worst of all, Jessica was killed to spur Sam’s story and return him to the hunting life.

If Cass and Dean finally ended up together, the story would probably find a way to kill off one or both of them. Considering the backlash that happened with Charlie’s death, Supernatural should stay away from the “bury your gays” trope.

NEXT: Supernatural: 5 Reasons The Winchesters Don’t Deserve Castiel (& 5 He Doesn’t Deserve Them)

2019-12-23 01:12:55

Meagan Cahuasqui