The Dudemeter

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The Dudemeter is a fan project that started in an attempt to count just how many times Sam and Dean said 'Dude' throughout the show. This evolved beyond a documentation of vocab quirks into a documentation of a number of recurring key character behaviours that fans love, including not just vocab, but behaviour as well.

The collating of material for the Dudemeter occurs mainly on the LiveJournal community, here.


Season 1

Dude.

The Dudemeter
Total usage of "Dude"

1. Pilot: Dean 3, Sam 0

2. Wendigo: Dean 2, Sam 0

3. Dead in the Water: Dean 0, Sam 0

4. Phantom Traveller: Dean 3, Sam 0

5. Bloody Mary: Dean 1, Sam 0

6. Skin: Dean 4, Sam 0

7. Hook Man: Dean 3, Sam 0

8. Bugs: Dean 2, Sam 0

9. Home: Dean 0, Sam 0

10. Asylum: Dean 1, Sam 1

11. Scarecrow: Dean 1, Sam 1

12. Faith: Dean 2, Sam 0

13. Route 666: Dean 0, Sam 0

14. Nightmare: Dean 2, Sam 0

15. The Benders: Dean 0, Sam 1 (!!!!!!!!)

16. Shadow: Dean 2, Sam 2 (maybe 3)

17. Hell House: Dean 2, Sam 0

18. Something Wicked: Dean 0, Sam 3

19. Provenance: Dean 0, Sam 1

20. Dead Man's Blood: Dean 1, Sam 0

21. Salvation: Dean 0, Sam 0

22. Devil's Trap: Dean 1, Sam 0


Sam's cherry was popped with "Dude, enough!" in Asylum, just after Dean says "Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel."

Dean averages 1.4 dudes an episode. Starting with Asylum, Sam averages 0.7 (Dean averages 0.9 over this same period, compared to 2.0 pre-Asylum) but he'd never had more than one per ep before Shadow.


"I've been everywhere, man," or, man is to Sam as dude is to Dean? Not really.

"Man"
Total usage of "Man"

1. Pilot: Dean 2, Sam 1

2. Wendigo: Dean 4, Sam 2

3. Dead in the Water: Dean 0, Sam 0

4. Phantom Traveller: Dean 5, Sam 4

5. Bloody Mary: Dean 2, Sam 0

6. Skin: Dean 5, Sam 1

7. Hookman: Dean 1, Sam 1

8. Bugs: Dean 1, Sam 0

9. Home: Dean 3, Sam 2

10. Asylum: Dean 3, Sam 2

11. Scarecrow: Dean 0, Sam 1

12. Faith: Dean 3, Sam 1

13. Route 666: Dean 0, Sam 3

14. Nightmare: Dean 7, Sam 9

15. The Benders: Dean 0, Sam 0

16. Shadow: Dean 3, Sam 3

17. Hell House: Dean 2, Sam 2

18. Something Wicked: Dean 3, Sam 2

19. Provenance: Dean 1, Sam 1

20. Dead Man's Blood: Dean 2, Sam 0

21. Salvation: Dean 2, Sam 0

22. Devil's Trap: Dean 0, Sam 1


Sam averages 1.6 "man"s an ep, and Dean 2.2. Overall, the "man"s outnumber the "dude"s by a pretty wide margin: more than 2 to 1.


"Jinx," or, unison-speak.

"Jinx", or Sam and Dean unison-speak

1. Pilot: Girl - "It's just... with all these guys going missing, people talk." Both - "What do they talk about?"

2. Wendigo: none

3. Dead in the Water: none

4. Phantom Traveller: none

5. Bloody Mary: none

6. Skin: none

7. Hookman: Sam - "So if we find the hook ... " Both - "... we stop the Hookman."

8. Bugs: none

9. Home: none

10. Asylum: Kat - "137." Both - "Room number."

11. Scarecrow: none

12. Faith: none

13. Route 666: none

14. Nightmare: none

15. The Benders: none

16. Shadow: Both - "Dude, I gotta talk to you." AND! Both - "Yes, sir."

17. Hell House: none

18. Something Wicked: none

19. Provenance: (walking into the disco motel) Both - "Huh." AND! Both - "The mausoleum!"

20. Dead Man's Blood: Both: "Yes, sir."

21. Salvation: none

22. Devil's Trap: none


Lock-pickin', door-kickin', and gun-shootin'.

Lock pickin'
Lock pickin' total
Door kickin'
Door kickin' total
Gun shootin'
Gun shootin' total

1. Pilot: lock-pickin' 2 (Dean x 1, handcuffs; Sam x 1, hotel room), door-kickin' 1 (Dean), gun-shootin' ~12 (Dean, all at once)

2. Wendigo: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 2 (Dean x 1, Sam x 1)

3. Dead in the Water: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 1 (Dean, bathroom), gun shootin' 0

4. Phantom Traveller: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

5. Bloody Mary: lock-pickin' 1 (Sam, antique shop), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

6. Skin: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 4 (Dean x 2, Sam x 2)

7. Hookman: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 4 (Dean x 1, Sam x 3)

8. Bugs: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

9. Home: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 2 (Dean x 2, once successfully), gun shootin' 0

10. Asylum: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 6 (Dean x 1, Sam x 5)

11. Scarecrow: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 3 (Dean x 3, in the orchard)

12. Faith: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

13. Route 666: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

14. Nightmare: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 1 (Dean), gun shootin' 0

15. The Benders: lock-pickin' 1 (Dean x 1, handcuffs), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

16. Shadow: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

17. Hell House: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' ~21 (Dean ~10, Sam ~11)

18. Something Wicked: lock-pickin' 0, door-kickin' 1 (Dean, Michael's bedroom), gun shootin' ~15 (Dean ~9, Sam ~6)

19. Provenance: lock-pickin' 6 (Dean 3 1/2, Sam 2 1/2), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' (Dean, at the crypt)

20. Dead Man's Blood: lock-pickin' 1 (Sam, Elkins' door), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 0

21. Salvation: lock-pickin' 1 (Dean, Rosie's family's house), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 1 (Sam, at the demon)

22. Devil's Trap: lock-pickin' 1 (Sam, the fire truck), door-kickin' 0, gun shootin' 2 (Sam and Dean each fire the Colt once)


We should've added window-climbin'. :) And man, for all those guns the boys handle, they sure ain't shoot 'em much.


When is "Sam" a "Sammy?" and other pressing name questions.

Usage of names (what Sam and Dean say)

There was some question about what to count, here; this only includes instances where Sam, Dean, and Papa are addressing Sam or Dean directly. (Links go to the comments by the awesome contributors, so you can see the lines themselves.)

1. Pilot: Dean says "Sam" 9 times and "Sammy" 9 times (!!!!!); Sam says "Dean" 10 times; Papa says "Dean" 4 times, "Sam" once and "Sammy" twice

2. Wendigo: Dean says "Sam" 5 times; Sam says "Dean" 8 times

3. Dead in the Water: Dean says "Sam" 3 times; Sam says "Dean" twice

4. Phantom Traveller: Dean says "Sam" 5 times; Sam says "Dean" 4 times

5. Bloody Mary: Dean says "Sam" 4 times and "Sammy" twice; Sam says "Dean" twice

6. Skin: Dean says "Sam" 5 times; Sam says "Dean" twice

7. Hookman: Dean says "Sam" 3 times; Sam doesn't address Dean as "Dean" at all

8. Bugs: Dean says "Sam" twice, Sam says "Dean" 5 times

9. Home: Dean says "Sam" 8 times, Sam says "Dean" 7 times

Dean's usage of names
Dean's usage of names
John's usage of names
John's usage of names
John's usage of names

10. Asylum: Dean says "Sam" 13 times and "Sammy" twice; Sam says "Dean" 13 times

11. Scarecrow: Dean says "Sam" 5 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" 4 times; Papa says "Sam" twice and "Sammy" 3 times

12. Faith: Dean says "Sam" 10 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" 18 times

13. Route 666: Dean doesn't address Sam as "Sam" at all; Sam says "Dean" 13 times (!!!!!!!!)

14. Nightmare: Dean says "Sam" 8 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" 12 times

15. The Benders: Dean says "Sam" 3 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" twice

16. Shadow: Dean says "Sam" 8 times; Sam says "Dean" 8 times; Papa says "Sam" twice and "Sammy" twice


17. Hell House: Dean says "Sam" 6 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" 4 times

18. Something Wicked: Dean says "Sam" 3 times and "Sammy" 4 times; Sam says "Dean" 12 times; Papa says "Dean" once and "Sammy" 3 times

19. Provenance: Dean says "Sam" 8 times and "Sammy" twice; Sam says "Dean" 17 times

20. Dead Man's Blood: Dean says "Sam" 5 times and "Sammy" 4 times; Sam says "Dean" 4 times; Papa says "Dean" 3 times, "Sam" 3 times, and "Sammy" twice

21. Salvation: Dean says "Sam" 7 times; Sam says "Dean" 4 times; Papa says "Sam" once

22. Devil's Trap: Dean says "Sam" 17 times and "Sammy" once; Sam says "Dean" 23 times; Papa says "Dean" 3 times, "Sam" 7 times, and "Sammy" 5 times


What's so interesting to note here is the mostly balanced distribution: they may call each other by name a little or a lot, but they tend to do it the same amount. Dean averages one "Sammy" and six "Sam"s per ep, and Sam says "Dean" an average of eight times per ep.

And Papa calls Sam "Sammy" as much as he doesn't. N'awww.


More Visual Aids

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Credits

  • Orchestrated by monkiedude
  • Visual aids by magickly
  • Special thanks to all the contributors: mcee, hammerhead22, simplybeing, gigantic, deirdre_c, ezgal, strippedhalo, onelittlesleep, innie_darling, elishavah, estrella30, paranoidgrl, quietdiscerning, lost_witness, marinarusalka, ignipes, liz_w, and lyra_wing.

Season 2-4

Episode entries for the Dudemeter for Season 2-4 can be found at the community dudemeter on Livejournal.

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