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Supernatural is eating my brain. *nods*

A meta type thingy on the Supernatural episode: Skin. The Shapeshifter.
(Definite spoilers for Skin. Minor spoilers for: Nightmare, Salvation)

"Evolution is about mutation, right? So, maybe this thing was born human but was different. Hideous and hated. Until he learned to become someone else."
not!Dean

There isn't a lot to know about this character, the shapeshifter. So below you're going to find my many guesses at it's background info. I'll agree with the general consensus that it's more of a vehicle to provide information about Dean that he would not willingly tell us himself.

But, I think it did it's job well.

This thing as not!Dean calls himself, how old is it? It's a hermaphrodite of sorts, seeing as it can change gender just as easily as it can change identities. But other than that little tidbit of info (quoted above) that not!Dean tells Becky, we really don't know much else.

Age doesn't seem to affect it, as it jumped from a 30-something husband down to a late twenties Dean and an early twenties Becky. So, for all we know it could have been born during the Dark Ages, constantly changing it's looks to mingle with the general population as it saw fit. And not knowing who he/she was for that length of time, no wonder it was just a tad psychotic.

What's kinda interesting is that it didn't want to make it's own identity, it wanted someone else's. That may suggest that what it wanted most was stability, and since it couldn't have it, those who did in it's eyes couldn't have it either.

Psychic Capabilities - I can completely buy that this shapeshifter could have the capabilities to reading a person's mind.

It's possible that it was born with a certain job to do. Bred by humans, but unknowingly a demon in disguise. Or maybe it wasn't fully human. Possibily human/demon, or entirely demon not knowing where he/she originated from.

I think we're being led to believe that there will be a demon/human war in the near future and people like Sam, Max and the 6 month year old girl who's mother swears she can see right through people (ie, read people's minds?) are born with these extra talents.

For whatever reason, their "gifts" haven't kicked in until roughly six months ago as of Nightmare. But perhaps they're only the latest version of some Demon's plans. Given the capability of stealth, what if this shapeshifter was a prototype for what Sam et al are now?

If that's the case, being born hideous only pushed it into learning what talents it was given at birth to become an extremely effective spy. It had to have wished really hard enough to be someone else, and next thing it knew, it had become that someone else.

If Sam and Dean weren't hunting it already, knowing that the danger and possibilities were already there, would Sam have figured out that not!Dean wasn't his brother?

*shrugs* Just a thought. ;)

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On June 29th, 2006, 08:27 pm, karendreamer commented:
I actually wondered what would have happened if Sam hadn't found out that the thing wasn't the real Dean. There is definitely some fic in that concept.

Also, what if the thing was bred/created to help people and something went wrong? What if something happened to its creator causing it to be abandoned before it could be raised with values or information on its purpose?

This is an interesting meta thingy. I'm glad you shared your thoughts.

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On June 29th, 2006, 08:41 pm, artifuss replied:
Also, what if the thing was bred/created to help people and something went wrong? What if something happened to its creator causing it to be abandoned before it could be raised with values or information on its purpose?
Exactly! This character had so much potential for a really interesting background.

What I've been picturing was that the same demon that's been stalking Sam et al, would have eventually met up with this creature and use him/her for his purposes... except Dean killed it, whoops. lol

This is an interesting meta thingy. I'm glad you shared your thoughts.
Heh, thanks. ;) I couldn't finish my work without getting this down on paper LJ first, lol.

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On July 1st, 2006, 05:47 am, aizjanika commented:
Supernatural is eating my brain. *nods*

Hee!

If Sam and Dean weren't hunting it already, knowing that the danger and possibilities were already there, would Sam have figured out that not!Dean wasn't his brother?

Hmm.. I don't know. It may have taken him a bit longer.

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