(I started typing a simple reply to this ask and it somehow became a rant. I’m terribly sorry to the person who sent it - I scribbled you out so you won’t feel targeted.)
I’ve been in the fandom 3 years, on tumblr for 2, and I follow almost 700 spn-related blogs. I found most of these blogs through similar posts to the one I made earlier. ‘Like if you’re a Cas!fan’, ‘Reblog if you ship destiel/cockles’ etc… I specifically hunt down Cas!fans, fans who are not Dean!girls or Sam!girls, but Cas!girls/boys in the sense that Castiel is their favorite character. I am probably already following the most extreme Castiel fans on tumblr.
And even with all of that I have never seen Sam-hate. And by hate I mean character-bashing, people who want him off the show, etc.
Though it’s not always the case, I commonly see Cas!fans who like and enjoy Sam, but prefer Dean and Castiel. I have seen several Cas!fans who don’t connect with Sam’s character at all, and are therefore completely indifferent to Sam. They neither like nor dislike him, they simply don’t care that much. But I have never once see a Cas!fan who hates Sam. The only Sam/Jared hate I have ever seen is people who are trolling the tags because they are addicted to fandom wank/attention.
The same is true of Jared. The only Jared hate I have ever seen is trolls trolling purely for the sake of trolling. People who don’t have an account for any reason other than saying “Jared sucks” “Baby padalecki should die!!” and their comments often have really bad grammar and sound unintelligent, they tag their hate and try really hard to get people to notice them on top of being really hateful. These are people who either just like the attention that taking such a hateful stance gets them, or are purposefully trying to give destiel shippers a bad name. (yes there are people who oppose destiel so strongly they do shit like this - I have proof if you want it) These blogs are fake. A true Sam!hater would have a seemingly normal spn blog, with asks and replies from other blogs, comments on things they’ve reblogged, maybe some posts showing their tumblr crushes, etc… my point is, it’s easy to spot the fake-troll-blogs.
There are plenty of fans who watch the show for Misha/Cas, it was why they started watching, it was why they stayed. Castiel was a regular/recurring character for quite some time, and a lot of people were shocked when he was reduced to 8 episodes a season… (I’m still in shock) for a lot of us who thought Castiel was an integral part of the show, it’s as though spn announced next season there would be no Dean, or that Dean would only appear in 8 episodes.
There are people who think Castiel needs his own spin-off. There are people who read/write fanfic that is solely about Castiel and his past/future as an angel before or after Sam and Dean existed with little or no mention of Sam or Dean at all. They love Castiel just for Castiel, not as a little pet for the Winchesters, or just a love interest for Dean. And even with all that, I have never seen anyone say Cas should dominate the show, or get more screen time than the bros.
I myself think Castiel should be returned to a series regular, and get equal screen time. I believe both Castiel and his actor earned the right to be considered the third main character, the third Winchester… more like he was in seasons 4, 5, and even 6. I think that the the show has grown past it’s original premises. Not just with Castiel, but Sam and Dean have become much more complex than they were ever intended to be, the show was never meant to be about their ‘bond’, that stuff was all added in later… as well as the concept that this is a show about family and that family don’t end with blood. And I think all this evolution and growth… is a good thing and natural/normal development for a tv show.
Extremist means more than the norm. Cas!extremists are not just normal fans who ‘like Cas’, Castiel is their favorite character, they watch the show primarily for Castiel… etc. But loving Castiel to this extreme and hating Sam or Jared or not connected or related in any way. If a person doesn’t care much for Sam, it has nothing to do with whether or not they like Castiel. If Castiel didn’t exist- they still probably wouldn’t care much for Sam.
The fact that loving Castiel to an extreme is automatically associated with hating Sam is ridiculous actually. If I said I were a Dean!extremist would you assume I hate Sam? Nope only Castiel fans get this association… even though nothing about liking Castiel automatically makes you more or less prone to liking Sam less than any other character. It’s like if I said ‘FuckYEAH blue is the best color ever, I am all about blue!!!’ And people were like ‘Oh so you hate red?’ That would be weird. The two things are completely unrelated. Maybe some blue!extremists like red and hate yellow. Or are just completed unopinionated on red. But for some reason there is this negative association that all blue!fans hate red. Loving blue to an extreme doesn’t magically make you hate red, or mean that you want to see red taken off the color wheel. Loving Cas to an extreme doesn’t mean you hate Sam or want him off the show.
Basically my point is, I am about as extreme as a Cas fan can be.
I’m a self-proclaimed Cas!extremist. It’s harmless, like my addiction to coffee. I don’t hate tea. I keep it in my cabinet. I don’t hate Sam. I want him on the show. But I am obsessed with Castiel. I want to meet other fans who are obsessed with Castiel, and I want to be proud of my obsession and enjoy it. Isn’t that what tumblr is for? (
unless you are a hipster in which case get out)