J2 is a fandom term used to refer to Jared and Jensen. Alternatives include J-squared or, less commonly, Padackles. By both fans and those who work with them, they are often referred to simply as "the boys". Can be used in combination with other actors: e.g. J2M refers in shorthand to Jared, Jensen and Misha; J2M2 refers to Jared, Jensen, Misha and Mark Sheppard.
J2 is commonly used as a shorthand term for the actors and their long-time friendship, but it also is used in real person slash to indicate the sexual and romantic pairing or Ship of Jensen Ackles/Jared Padalecki. J2 is considered an OTP pairing within the Supernatural fandom, and along with the character ships of Wincest and Destiel, is one of the most popular ships in the Supernatural fandom.
There is also an active fandom community engaging in Tin Hat speculation, who believe that Jensen and Jared are secretly in a relationship, and their wives and children are a cover for their love.
The first Jensen/Jared RPS by stone_princess: “postbarfightalleysnoggingfic” as well as storydivagirl’s “Enduring the Quiet” posted on November 10th, 2005.
RPS in the fandom really kicked off in early 2006, fueled by public appearances of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki together - particularly at the William S. Paley Television Festival appearance in March 2006 in which they appeared quite close. The ship is still going strong ten years out, due in large part to the continued camaraderie of the show's two leads.
The announcement that as of mid-2008, and the beginning of Season Four, Jensen had moved in to share Jared's house in Vancouver lead to the frantic shining of fandom's Tin hats and an avalanche of Curtain Fic.
Poking fun at the popularity of RPS, co-star Misha Collins tweeted in 2012 at the renewal of season eight: “...Fun fact: If Jensen got Jared pregnant when they first met, they would have a 7 year-old.”
- See also Nicknames
- See also Rec Communities
- Speak The Truth - A collection of news items about Jared and Jensen with Tin Hat commentary
- Padackles RPS- a J2 fanfic community on LJ
- Jsquared RPS- a J2 fanfic community on LJ
- J2 OTPathon - a J2 fanfic community on LJ
- CW RPS - an RPS fanfic community on LJ for actors on the CW
- Super Real - an RPS fanfic community on LJ for actors on Supernatural
- WB RPS - an RPS fanfic community on LJ for actors who were on the WB
- J2 Mint tea - a J2 community for fanfic without porn
- Big Damn SPN RPS AU List by janissa11
- Themed J2 AU recs by lexzilla
- Themed J2 AU & non-AU recs by simplybeing