|Alternative name(s):||Sabriel, Gabriel/Sam, Sambriel (Mostly due to Tracked tag confusion on Tumblr)|
|Gender category:||M/M, Slash|
|Archives:||Sabriel Stories Fic Rec Blog|
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Sabriel has become one of the most common ships (slash or not) involving Sam in the whole fandom. In 2015, it was the 21st most common pairing on Ao3 and the third most common ship in the Supernatural fandom.
Development of the Ship
Gabriel first appeared in the second season as Trickster posing as a Janitor, he was hunted by Sam, Dean, and Bobby. Most shippers site the semi-flirtatious behavior between Sam and the Janitor as the beginning of the ship.
Gabriel appears in several Supernatural episodes, but it's Gabriel's third appearance (Changing Channels), where Gabriel is revealed as an archangel, that caused the Sam/Gabriel pairing to really take off and gain a lot of fans. After Gabriel's speech in Changing Channels fans started to point out the similarieties between Sam and Gabriel and how they both tried to escape their somewhat troublesome families but got dragged back in anyway.
It's in Hammer of the Gods in season five, where Gabriel sacrificed himself to let the boys escape and was decidedly declared to be a good guy after all, that really gained him a lot of fans and shippers.
The pairing attracted many slash writers interested in the canon who were uncomfortable writing Sam into the juggernaut pairing in the fandom, the incestuous Wincest pairing. With Castiel's addition to the cast in season five, and his subsequent paring with Dean, writers started pairing Sam with other characters and Sabriel really took off.
There are some common themes in fic that are specific to this particular pairing:
- Gabriel falling for Sam during the apocalypse and deciding to help Team Free Will end it a different way.
- Sam and Gabriel acting as matchmakers for Dean and Castiel and falling for each other in the process.
Canon Universe Fanfic
- Black Swans by Wolfling and omphalos
- Summary: A post-apocalyptic road trip with a still recovering archangel wasn't how Sam had envisioned the aftermath of their big plan, but it sure beat a lot of the alternatives.
- Your Bottle Is Empty (But Your Glass Has Been Filled) by jjtaylor
- Summary: "Becky wants me to tell you that she's read everything so far and that she...thinks the romance plot is very compelling."
- Highway of Love (Or: How Sam Winchester Learned to Stop Worrying and Relax Already) by Jassy
- Summary: Sam noticed a few things weren't quite right after they killed the Trickster. After going back to check things out, his life will never be the same.
- Be Careful What You Think Of by thirtyspells
- Summary: In which Sam is inadvertently a cocktease and the "The Most Sexually Frustrated Angel in the Garrison" award goes to Gabriel.
- Important Angel Business by Entanglednow
- Summary: Sam has no idea how Gabriel got his number.
- omni gladio ancipiti by lifevolutionary
- Summary: The archangel Gabriel had never chosen a Bearer for his sword. Until now.
- Back to December by VioletHyena
- Summary: Sam starts a tentative relationship of casual sex with the trickster after Loki tells him he's alive. It continues longer than Sam ever thought it would and it develops in an unexpected way. But when it develops past casual and into the emotional Sam tries to stop. But love isn't exactly something you can just quit.
Alternate Universe Fanfic
- Eat Me 'Verse by LadyDrace
- A verse where Gabriel is the most super sweet Dom in the world and Sam is significantly more of a sub than he ever imagined. In which there are sexual epiphanies by the buckets, slow burn of growing affection and lingering darkness of past mistakes.
- Borrowed Heaven by Miya_Morana
- Summary: In a world where angels are running the show, the Winchester brothers investigate paranormal cases for the Hunters Department. But Dean is ill and Sam has to take a job at Club Rouge as a "host" to pay the new bills. He certainly wasn't expecting to catch the eye of an archangel. As he and Gabriel get closer, Sam also takes on a case that will prove far more complicated than anything he would have imagined.
- Sabriel-Blank Space is a fanmade video that used the song Blank Space by Taylor Swift as sung by a man.
- Sabriel Stories, a review blog for Sam/Gabriel fics
- Fuck Yeah Sabriel, A blog dedicated to all things Sam, Gabriel and Sabriel
- SabrielFanfiction is feed that links to new Sabriel fanfiction on Archive of Our Own
- Sabriel Big Bang is a yearly fanart and fanfic challenge also found on LJ
- Sabriel Big Bang is a yearly fanart and fanfic challenge also found on Tumblr
- Sabriel Mini Bang is another smaller yearly fanart and fanfic challenge
- Unsure Destiny is a Gabriel/Sam (& Richard/Jared RPF) Fan Community
- Sweet Reads is a Fanfiction Rec Community for Sam/Gabriel
Other Fannish Resources
- Ship Manifesto, Archived version by songsofthestars (January 26, 2011)
- Why I ship Gabriel, Archived version by aringofsalt (May 16, 2011)
- Explanation of shipping Sabriel by BMVagabond