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SuperWhoLock is a crossover between the three mega-fandoms Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock (with The Avengers also sometimes cropping up), which formed a fandom of its own on Tumblr.

A "SuperWhoLockian" is an individual who is an avid fan of all three shows. These fans are notorious for their SuperWhoLock-themed Tumblr URLs, which are sometimes very long. (See the Superwholock url generator.)

There has been some backlash against the popularity of the crossover from other fans who feel that it took over the fandom tags for the individual shows.

Some fans believe that there are connections between the shows. [1]


The first Tumblr post available in the "superwholock" tag is from 10 August 2011.[2] It is probable that other posts had been floating around before this time and either had not used the accepted tag, or have since been deleted (the August 10th post references an earlier post which has since been deleted by the original poster).[3] The earliest work with the "Superwholock - Fandom" tag on AO3 was posted 22 August 2012[4], but the first work tagged with the three fandoms separately was posted 16 January 2012.[5] The trend is harder to track on, which only allows crossover tags of two fandoms, but the first story with "superwholock" in the summary was posted on 3 January 2012.[6]

SuperWhoLock was most popular between early 2013-mid 2014.[7] Various reasons for the decline in the fandom's popularity have been proposed, as chronicled in the post I would pay top dollar for a comprehensive, source-supported explanation of how Superwholock vanished.


The most popular form of fanwork are gif-sets made to look like scenes where characters from the different shows are interacting, but it has also inspired fanfic, fanart, and vids.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.




Fannish Resources

Meta/Further Reading


  1. Tumblr post Castiel in DW and Sherlock
  2. What would the portmanteau be for Supernatural/Doctor Who/Sherlock crossovers? by michaelandthegodsquad archived
  3. As of 31 August 2016 -- plenty of time for evidence to be removed
  4. The Detective, The Angel, The Alien & The Birthday Cake by HoneyYouShouldSeeMeInACrown
  5. Time Has Come Today by morelenmir
  6. The Consulting Chosen One by Teddicus Lupini
  7. SuperWhoLock on KnowYourMeme, including a Google trends graph
  8. archived, 17 notes as of 31 August 2016