Author has written 22 stories for Greek Mythology, Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts, and Pokémon.
Quote of the Moment: "Enough expository banter. Now, we fight like men. And ladies. And ladies who dress like men. For Gilgamesh...IT IS MORPHING TIME!" -Gilgamesh, FFV
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YE BE WARNED: I am probably one of the most long-winded people you will EVER meet. No. Really. And this profile...is an excellent representation of said long-windedness. If you have aspirations to actually tackle and read this profile in its entirety...well, say goodbye to your afternoon as if you'd just logged onto TV Tropes (that site is like a blackhole, man). You get me onto a topic that I have an opinion on (which is everything), then I guarantee you that I will not shut up about it, and this is the place where I've pretty much let myself go all out. Enter at your own risk, all who venture here. ;)
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"When you take the first step into the blackness of the unknown, two things can happen. One: there will be something solid to step on. Two: You will learn how to fly."
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LIFE UPDATE, 11/6/15: An avalanche of dental problems has thrown me completely off track, but I'm trying to get back on the ball. :/
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Username: 'Kiryn' is the name of a character from Dragonlance's War of Souls trilogy. It's the name of an elf, Silvaneshi's (at least, I think that's his name) cousin. That Kiryn is a boy, whereas I'm a girl...but I don't know. When the time came years ago and I was signing up on Mugglenet and I needed a name, this one popped into my head and stuck. So there you go. Kiryn I be named, and Kiryn I shall probably remain ever after.
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Avatar: As you can clearly see, that is a picture of the ever lovely Namine from Kingdom Hearts. Why? Firstly, because that is the name of my dearest albino rat, whom I miss very much (along with my rat baby Magnet :( ). Also, because of the phrase that accompanies it: "I don't think life is that simple". This very accurately illustrates how I look at the world and view my life; nothing with me is ever that simple, and if it is, I inevitably end up digging deeper than that, because I rarely let a window just be a window. This behavior, I believe, is greatly exhibited by the beast that I've let my profile turn into. Sally-forth at your own peril from here.
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Places that I May Roam: Most often you'll find me here on ffnet, but if you wish to seek me out elsewhere, I'm Kiryn over on Mugglenet and Serebii, and now I've gotten both a Livejournal and AO3 accounts, and I'm AshKiryn over on those. You'd have to add me as a friend, but just say you're from ffnet! I'm also on DeviantArt as AshleyKiryn, and on Pottermore as FeatherQueen8086. My most recent account is now on Tumblr, and I'm known as "asiryn" there (it was the closest approximation to my usual username that I could get XD). And here on ffnet, I stalk the League of Xion Lovers forum. :)
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I just wanted to give a shout-out, thank you type thing to the people on here. So thank you to everyone who has reviewed my stories. Thank you very much to the people who typed up chapters and sent them to me. And special thanks to the friends I've made here on fanfiction.net: Renesmee-worththefight, RandomReader90, random-fruitcake04, Mademoiselle Anime Amour, Alacquiene, ballpoints and balloons, Realms of Destiny, Cherished Tenshi, Fruity-Fruit-Cups, Infamousplot, Raberba-girl, and owlpostagain in particular, seeing as we talk and message all the time. You're all cool beans, and totally awesome. ;) And I give my love to Ghost Writer no. 3, because we make amazing crack babies together. :D
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THE OFFICIAL POLICIY REGARDING KIRYN'S STORIES/CONTACTING KIRYN:
1. I would prefer to be kept informed if you decide to add any of my stories to your communties, since ffnet does not send me a notification on such things. And I don't mean you need to ask my permission--just give me a heads up! Most probably, I'll want to check your community out!
2. Any OC of mine is free to use, just be sure to give me a heads up on that!
3. The "An Enchanted Moment" AU universe, more commonly cited as AEM, is the brainchild of myself and Ghost Writer no. 3, and owlpostagain (aka Lauren) also claims a share as the official beta, etc. As such, no one else is permitted to write a derivative of AEM without all of our consent.
4. I tend to get incredibly busy, but please feel free to PM me (or possibly contact me some other way, if you are one of the few who know how). I love meeting people on this site, and I swear I don't mind at all! If you feel like starting a debate with me, then I'm always up for that! If you're new to liking a certain pairing or whatever and you need a guide to direct you to some good stories featuring them, I will be happy to assist you! If you need a friendly ear, I'll listen! If you're lonely on this site and in want of a friend, then I'll be happy to accept you! Really, if you guys need me, I do my best to help in any way that I can!
5. I'm opinionated, but I swear I don't bite unless if you bite me first. :) I am who I am, and I'm not afraid to let you know who that person is, but I would never, ever, ever bash you or your opinions.
6. I've been doing a lot of theme challenges lately, and if for whatever reason you want me to do yours, or if you want more participants in your challenge, feel free to drop me a line about it! However, I refuse to take part in any challenge that marginalizes homosexuality--in other words, if you explicitly ban any and all yaoi/yuri/slash pairings, then I WILL NOT take part in your challenge on principle. Because that's a fucking shitty thing to do, and my respect for you will decline, and I think that is pretty discriminatory. Now, I've only seen challenges banning slash so far, but if I saw one banning het pairings, I would refuse to participate in that one too. So, just so we're in the clear, that means that I have blacklisted all challenges by TerraForceXIII, PrismRain13's Two Is Better Than One Challenge, Riku Uzumaki's Xion: Rebirth Challenge, and BeyondTheClouds's Animal Challenge is teetering on the line, and I probably still won't do that one. And I will add to the blacklist if I find more. Now, I am not putting this here to tell you that you should participate in my blacklist or anything like that. I'm just telling you what I'm doing. We clear? Okay, onwards you go.
7. Re: Shipping in my stories: Generally, I'll end up writing a variety of ships, whatever suits my fancy at the time. However, you should be aware that there ARE some recurrent ones. As in, there are about...4, I think?...that I will ALWAYS write, and that I will pretty much write with no one else, and if there IS someone else, then there will be an undercurrent/past/some sort of connection of these certain pairings. In the Harry Potter fandom, the pairing of this caliber is Remus/Sirius (which I think is fairly obvious). The other three are in the Kingdom Hearts fandom, and they are Axel/Roxas, Aqua/Vanitas, and Terra/Cinderella. Yep. Just so you are all aware. :)
In short, let's try to keep open channels of communication, shall we?
Otherwise known as the priority list. Here's what I'm intending to focus on:
- On the Edge of Paradise (Femslash February collection)
- Met with a Darker Day (KH1 daemon AU)
- Some Think It's Noise
- How Much Strength Love Can Give
In the Current Works, The Chaptered Corner:
1. Reading Artemis Fowl
Current Chapter: (6) Missing in Action/Rewrite
Category: Artemis Fowl
Characters: Artemis Fowl II, Holly Short
Summary: In which we are shown the typical operating procedure on what happens when Root has a very bad day.
Status: In case anyone's wondering, the mods of the site have taken down the story. I'll probably have to upload it to my LJ, so I'll post back when I get around to doing that. Sorry, y'all.
2. I'm Still Here
Current Chapter: (3) Porcelain Heart
Theme Song: "I'm Still Here", by John Reznik
Category: Harry Potter/Kingdom Hearts crossover
Characters: Zexion, Draco Malfoy
Summary: Zexion was really starting to wonder why he was going through all of this trouble when the prize at the end seemed hardly worth it. Maybe he really was as crazy as Saix.
Status: This is going to be the bottom priority, because I want to get RAF the fuck out of my life, and get the balls rolling with AEM and DGCiFT, and I have fucking class and shit to deal with, sooo...I'll get to this when I can. Hopefully. Obviously I also don't have much inspiration for this story, but I swear I will hunt it down and beat it into submission or something...there are just no promises on any of this, d'accord? (And yes, I am using french at every available opportunity)
3. Beats in Time
Current Chapter: (12) Impatient
Completion Rate: 11/100
Theme Song: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", by Elton John
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Characters: Each chapter will focus on different pairings and characters from the An Enchanted Moment universe. Current character(s)/pairing is Basch/Ashe.
Summary: There's a time for everyone, if they only learned, that the twisting kaleidoscope moves us all in turn. There's a rhyme and reason to the wild outdoors, when the heart of the star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours. Reku14's 100 Theme Challenge. Companion piece to An Enchanted Moment, Wrecked on Pop-Tarts and Sex, and Mangoes and Limes.
Status: One. I managed to find time to write one measly 100-word drabble. *headdesk*
4. Don't Get Caught in Foreign Towers
Current Chapter: (2) When Your Life Gets Fucked
Theme Song: "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", by R.E.M.
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Characters: Axel and Roxas, along with various other KH and FF ones
Summary: Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn. Locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood letting. Every motive escalate. Light a candle, light a votive. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline. It's the apocalypse, run for your life.
Status: I'm working on a new outlining method for it, but it's slow going, since everything has to be plotted out chronologically, and BDwtR happens before this story. And this story's problem has always been issues with compressing itself. So I suppose we'll just see how it turns out. I'd rather take forever in writing it and having the end result be as close to perfection as I can hammer out of it, than just post a half-hearted attempt.
5. Some Think It's Noise
Current Chapter: Ventus, "I Need You"
Completion Rate: 8/10
Theme Song: "I Am What I Am", by Gloria Gaynor
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Summary: There's one life and there's no return and no deposit. One life so it's time to open up your closet. Life's not worth a damn, till you can say, hey world, I am what I am. I bang my own drum. You may think it's noise, but I think it's pretty. Inmate XIV's Song Challenge, set in the AEM verse.
Status: Woot, and I'm caught up! Well, on this story, anyway. XD And wow, the Aqua chapter ended up being quite angsty, but oh well. I guess readers of the eventual complete work will just have to suffer the mood whiplash. XD (The first few ones are some of the sappiest things I've ever written, good lord.) AND I've heard back from Ghostwriter, so 3 of the chapters have now been betaed! And I have just two more chapters left to write, and then the rest of the betaing process, and then I'll actually be able to start posting. :)
6. Met with a Darker Day
Current Chapter: Destiny Islands
Completion Rate: 1/16
Theme Song: "Now or Never", by Josh Groban
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Summary: A KH1 retelling, but with daemons.
Status: Being chipped away at and written little by little.
7. On the Edge of Paradise
Current Chapter: I Can't Live a Lie
Completion Rate: 0/3
Theme Songs: "Love Me Like You Do", Ellie Goulding & "Wrecking Ball", Miley Cyrus
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Summary: When a dream of tomorrow becomes a reality and is staring you in the face...what then? The pieces of three girls who never existed anywhere lie where they fell, scattered and not to be picked up again. Three girls who have existed everywhere disagree. Post-canon three-shot for Femslash February; Namette, AquLarx, KaiXi.
Status: Well, I wanted to contribute something for Femslash February, and upon realizing that my favorite femslash ships for the six original KH girls all dovetailed together quite nicely...I've figured, why not try? And considering my track record, I think a three-shot is not too ambitious, and at least I'll probably finish some of it on time. I'll start writing this later today, after I eat. XD (1/25/16)
The Project Board:
8. An Enchanted Moment
Chapter 1: Kiss it All Goodbye--It is done and out of the beta stuff. But I'm going to have it sit with me for a little while. Possibly until I've got five chapters done or something.
Chapter 2: Burning in Your Throat (current chapter being written)
-The Terra: Me. I am the co-creator, and core author of this story.
-The Aqua: Ghost Writer no. 3; she is the co-creator, Final Fantasy authority, and an endless source of inspiration.
-The Ven: owlpostagain; Newest member on board, Beta-reader, and will help untangle plot snarles, not to mention grant us fresh insight.
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Characters: Everyone. KH, Disney, Final Fantasy (BC, CC, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII mostly, with a few others from assorted games. It's hard to keep track).
Summary: Sometimes it’s about the dad that never speaks, and sometimes it’s about the crazy lady that kidnapped you. Other times it’s about the girl on the skateboard. It’s about the guitar chords strummed on the rim of a fountain, and about calling your sister-in-law to say that her husband got them banned from the mall for brawling with your stalker ex. Sometimes it’s about learning to stay, and sometimes it’s about learning to leave. Sometimes it’s about acceptance, and other times it’s about the window that’s always open for you. There’s love, there’s friendship, but mostly it’s about learning to be a family.
Posted Companion/Drabble Pieces: Wrecked on Pop-Tarts and Sex, Mangoes and Limes, Beats in Time, Even if Romance Ran Out of Rhyme, Destiny is the Rising Sun
Planned Companion/Drabble Pieces: Softly Tread the Sand, The Hook or the Ovation, A Dream is Gone, Some Think It's Noise, They said it's Satan's Tongue
Current Playlist Song(s): "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John), "There Goes My Life" (Kenny Chesney), "Goodbye" (SR-71)
Updates: I promise that I write this story whenever I feel inspired to do so, but lately that's being eaten by Don't Get Caught in Foreign Towers. But anyway, I really, really want to get serious business on MaL and BiT and shove them into the 'done' pile, so it will be after that when I shall begin posting/writing in earnest. (9/9/11)
One-shot Stop; What's Brewing:
9. To Gates of White
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Summary: And I will follow you, through the dark, as the heavens rain down, and all the way up to the gates of white. But would you enter with me? Companion piece to Racing Yellow Lights.
Updates: Now regulated to the last of the oneshots on this list to be completed. (1/4/12)
Category: Harry Potter
Characters: Remus and Harry
Summary: "Remus? What was your sixteenth birthday like?" And Remus closes his eyes and dreams of bygone days that seem to reach for him across an eternity..."Wet," he said, opening his eyes again.
Updates: Now scheduled for completion after BiT is finished. (1/4/12)
11. Into the Rose Garden
Category: Harry Potter
Characters: Gellert Grindelwald and the Golden Trio
Summary: AU Deathly Hallows moment. What if the Trio had gone to Nurmengard to seek the answer to the riddle of the strange rune symbol?
Updates: After The World at Our Command. (1/4/12)
12. The World at Our Command
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Characters: Riku and Sora
Theme Song: "Some Things Are Meant To Be", from Little Women the Musical
Summary: "Someday, Riku, we're going to live in the stars."
Status: On the schedule for after Perchance. (1/4/12)
13. Goodnight, My Darling Said
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Characters: Sora and Namine
Theme Song: "Hello Fascination", by Breathe Carolina
Summary: "I can't...seem to remember your name." A long silence stretches between them. "It's Namine."
Status: I was going to finish writing this one after I finished MaL and ch 2 of DGCiFT. But then the Axel-plunny below gate-crashed into my mind. So now, I'm putting this off until after I'm done with Watercolor and ch 3 of DGCiFT. (1/4/12)
14. Rewrite the Constitution
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Theme Song: "Revolution", by the Beatles
Summary: He knew Lea. Lea was an open, well-loved book with dog-eared page corners and a few scribbles in the margins. Whole. But Lea was gone, and now he had to figure out who Axel is.
Status: 7373 words and counting. XD A meh writing session, but I remembered to do my research this time, and apparently Isa's eyes are described as being a sea green color. Huh. I always thought they were more of a blue color. Oh well. (3/3/15)
15. Fervid as a Flame
Theme Song: "What Is This Feeling", from Wicked.
Status: A down swing in my depression is making it take longer than I had wanted to finish this damn thing, though hopefully it still won't be much longer now. Anyway, so I found out that there was such a thing as a Palletshipping Day, on April 3rd, and the Day itself was...the next day, April 4th. So, I figured, hey, why not, give it a shot to try to pump something out quick. Obviously I failed at making the deadline, but I still want to finish this sucker anyway. So I've been trying to get the motivation to do just that, though my depression is rearing its ugly head and making it hard for me to do so. But it is the thing that I was last writing on, and what I intend to try to focus on for the moment, so I figure I might as well announce it here, so y'all can know what I've been doing with my time recently. XD *headdesk*
16. Only Innocent Lives
Category: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Sirius Black (Wolfstar, Jily)
Summary: "Happy fucking birthday, Sirius. I hope you're satisfied, and that the day has been sad enough for your tastes." Or: the true war story of Sirius Black.
Status: And I was so close to finishing this one on time. Well, recent medical problems have prevented me from accomplishing my original goal with this story. I'm almost done with it, and just have about 4 and a half sections left to write, and then I'll just go ahead and post it anyway once I'm done. *sighs* (11/6/15)
17. Look Beyond the Glory
Category: Kingdom Hearts
Theme Song: "Go the Distance", by Michael Bolton
Summary: Like a shooting star, I will go the distance. I will search the world, I will face its harms; I don't care how far. I'll go until I find my hero's welcome, waiting in your arms.
Status: I've been playing a lot of BBS lately, and I'm feeling inspired by all of their in-game cuteness, and so I've decided that I want to write a fic for them! (11/6/15)
18. How Much Strength Love Can Give
Theme Song: "Tsunaida Te", by Lil'B
Summary: In this city of lonely gazes, let's keep lighting up the starless nights. I can go on forever when I'm with you, down paths I couldn't walk alone, going someplace where no fear can reach us. As long as you're here, I'm happy. AppealShipping drabble dare.
Status: This is a drabble dare from Serebii that I still need to do, for the prompt of "chocolate" and that I decided to do with Appeal. With my secret santa fic complete, this is now my highest priority oneshot. (12/14/15)
Greek Mythology (1)
De Inferno Praegnani (Hades/Persephone)
Kingdom Hearts (10)
Like Breath (Axel-centric, bits of AkuRoku)
Faith (Days introspection)
Racing Yellow Lights (Lea-centric, a mother's love)
And My Darling Said, Farewell (Roxas-centric, explores his relationship with Namine)
Meant to Forge (Kairi-centric, multiple pairings)
Wrecked on Pop-Tarts and Sex (Sora-centric drabble challenge, AEM universe)
Mangoes and Limes (Xion-centric drabble challenge, AEM universe)
Watercolor in the Rain (Namine-centric, Olette/Namine drabble challenge)
Even if Romance Ran Out of Rhyme (Roxas-centric, platonic RokuNami for Valentine's Day, AEM universe)
Destiny is the Rising Sun (Vanitas-centric, platonic Zack/Vanitas, AEM universe)
Harry Potter (6)
As Long as You Hold Me (Remus-centric, past slash)
Fumbles Up Those Stairs (Sirius-centric, when Harry is first born)
Not This Time (Sirius-centric, fears)
Killing Me Softly (Remus/Sirius)
Too High a Cost (Sirius-centric, revolving around his 'mistakes')
Two Plus Two Equals Five (Peter-centric, the betrayal)
We Could Fly on Golden Wings (Misty/May drabble dare, AU)
Reaching For the Sky (Ash/Dawn, epistolary gift!fic)
aka, here's your quick guide as to what fics go together, take place in the same universe, etc.
- An Enchanted Moment (not yet posted)
- Wrecked on Pop-Tarts and Sex
- Mangoes and Limes
- Beats in Time
- Even if Romance Ran Out of Rhyme
- Destiny is the Rising Sun
- Some Think It's Noise (not yet posted)
Foreign Towers/FT verse
- Don't Get Caught in Foreign Towers
- Bleed Dummy with the Rapture (not yet posted)
- Furies Breathing Down Your Neck (not yet posted)
In Search of a Crumple-Horned Snorkack:
Listed here are the current types of stories that I'm trying to find to read. If you know of any, please PM me with suggestions! I'm always happy to hear from people.
1. Grindelwald reads the Harry Potter series (Come on, there has to be one, somewhere. I refuse to believe that I'm the only one who wants to see this happen.)
2. Slash Sirius/Remus raise Harry stories
3. Sirius/Remus slash in reading the Harry Potter series, one in which the relationship is depicted seriously, and not ridiculous.
4. I'm always on the lookout for nice AkuRoku stories, but someday I hope to find one that has AkuRoku, Zemyx, and Namora in it. My wish may soon be coming true, courtesy of LifesLover.
5. X-Men stories, predominately featuring Erik Le(h)nsherr/Magneto. Preferred 'verse would be X-Men: The Movie, and specifically within that, First Class. Preferred pairing is Erik/Charles, and secondary pairing is Erik/Raven.
6. I kind of doubt that anyone will take me up on this challenge, but I'll put it here anyway. You will find that there are a lot of reasons why I am anti-Roxas/Namine, but one of them has to do with the fact that I can't find a fic on this site that, in addition to the pairing, also has a thoroughly kick-ass AWESOME AkuRoku friendship. So...if you can find a RokuNami fic that also has an emphasis on an AWESOME friendship between Roxas and Axel, then I'll read it. Note the capitals in 'AWESOME', by the way, because that's important. They can't just be friends, they have to be BEST friends. Most of what I love about AkuRoku is their canon relationship, and that beauty tends to be translated the best into AkuRoku romance stories. Show me that beauty exists even with other pairings. This is the gauntlet that I have thrown to you.
7. Why is it, that when I want to read a nice story about the rather sweet relationship/mentorship going on between Xaldin and Roxas in Days, all the fuck I can find are predominately Xaldin/Luxord and Xigbar/Xaldin fics? Seriously, people? Where the fuck is the gen love? I may have to resort to writing this at some point. But if you can find (or want to write, whatever) a fic that's preferably from Xaldin's POV about his desire to mentor and help out Roxas in Days, because the poor boy needs a father figure or something, please feel free to go ahead.
8. WELL-WRITTEN Ash/Gary fics, from the Pokémon fandom (also known as Palletshipping). For the love of god, there are far too few good ones out there right now. Also, less of the angst if you can, and some bottom/more submissive Gary please and thank you, because Ash always being on the bottom/the uke gets old REALLY DAMN FAST. :/
The people to whom I have dedicated one of my stories.
Killing Me Softly: Phoenix, codename for one of my best friends that I met in my sophomore year of high school. He's been going through some tough times, but I'll always be there to support him. Give me names, honey, and I'll beat them over the head with my Harry Potter books.
Racing Yellow Lights: My mom, for always being the steady foundation of my world.
Too High a Cost: Christmas gift!fic for Contron on MNI.
Wrecked on Pop-Tarts and Sex: Ghostwriter and Lauren/owlpostagain, for being awesome human beings, and the other members of the AEM project.
Mangoes and Limes: Ghostwriter and Lauren/owlpostagain. Chapter 5 is also dedicated to Realms of Destiny. The slight AkuShi tease in ch 9 is dedicated to Bond/Cherished Tenshi. The Power Rangers reference in ch 18 is for The League of Xion Lovers.
Beats in Time: Ghostwriter and Lauren (I think you get by now that her penname is owlpostagain, yes?). Chapter 5 is also dedicated to ballpoints and balloons.
Don't Get Caught in Foreign Towers: To my sister, for infecting me with the idea, and to her (now ex) girlfriend for being afflicted with me.
Watercolor in the Rain: To Ghostwriter, for putting me onto the track towards discovering my liking for Namette, and to Fruity-Fruit-Cups, for being a fellow sympathizer and for not needing me to hit you over the head with a Clue Bat of Logic. ;)
Even if Romance Ran Out of Rhyme: To R-girl, for Valentine's Day.
Destiny is the Rising Sun: To R-girl.
Reaching For the Sky: To xEryChan, this is her Secret Santa gift from the Serebii Shippers SS exchange.
Whenever I write the pairing of Olette/Namine, it is always inspired by, and therefore dedicated, to my sister, Lys.
And, to my bemusement, here's a few things that other people are dedicating to me. I just...thank you so much, everyone! It's an immense honor.
Ghostwriter's story Pain. I'm glad to have given you the knowledge for this! :)
The Character Roles of Axel and Roxas in Alacquiene's story Lesson Learned. It was adopted by Scribbles I. And now discontinued again.
Special Thanks for Realms of Destiny's A Dream is a Wish.
Amnesia, by PlayInTheWaves, a wonderful Sora/Namine oneshot, with a dash of awesomesauce Kairi. With angst dressing. But still, it's a great addition to the dismal selection of Namora currently populating ffnet. :)
Shadowless Princesses: A Curious Warmth, by Raberba girl; this is the story that's directly dedicated to me, but I've inspired a variety of other plunnies for her as well, and am the impetus for her to start shipping Terra/Cinderella and Saix/Jasmine. :P
It Had To Be You, by owlpostagain; OMG LAUREN THIS IS AMAZING, and I love it and you forever, and I'm so humbled by the fact that I'm the one who inspired this for you. :D EVERYONE READ THIS FIC (if you like/don't mind SoRiku, that is).
I'm putting this right here, so that everyone can see it. We've all seen those RIP things, but not once have I seen Regulus's name mentioned. This is really ticking me off, as he never seems to get acknowledged. RIP, REGULUS BLACK! Your contribution shall not be forgotten!
RIP Gellert Grindelwald--because Peter Pettigrew wasn't the only one who repented, and at least Gellert could do what Peter never did: stand up to Voldemort and die laughing in his face. He had class in his final moments.
A few things for you to know about me. I am now 24 years old, and was a creative writing major in college. I'm currently taking a break for mental health reasons, but will probably go back at some point. But I look much younger than my actual age. Like, much, much younger. According to a friend of mine, if I sit on a curb and rest my elbows on my knees, I look like a little lost child. And a lady at the ticket counter at a movie theater refused to believe that I was 18 when I went to see Public Enemies, even with my ID, and my mom had to buy the tickets. So I'm totally a midget. Like, just a shade under 5' in height.
I am addicted to many things, including soda (but not Dr. Pepper), the Internet, the Harry Potter series, Mat Cauthon, Kingdom Hearts, reading, sugary things, jackets, earmuffs, hugs, California, acting crushes, Dean Winchester, soup, theatre, beanie babies, the color blue, lists, warmth, writing about Sirius Black, petting my dog Gizmo (she's fluffy), sandbagging and the Pumpkin Patch on an Aggravation board, sleeping in and not being woken up by an alarm clock, my bed, Maleficent and Prince Phillip, pins, and the stuffed dog that I sleep with, whose name is Yodeler (I seriously can't sleep without him). I am, and always will be, a reader first and a writer second. I can’t seem to shake my bad procrastination habits, and inevitably my updates are infrequent, with long pauses. I write in short, somewhat sporadic spurts. Bear with me. Everything will be completed (eventually).
The reason why my profile is so long is because I like reading long profiles. And I have written down my thoughts on characters, pairings, etc, because I like reading stuff like that on other people's profiles, and so that you all know exactly where I stand and what to expect from me. Also, I'm something of a masochist in that I visit the profiles of people who support all the things that I dislike, even if I won't read their stories. I think it's because the writer in me is trying to understand the attraction to what I personally don't like. Basically what this translates to is that I'll read another author's ramblings on why Remus/Sirius or AkuRoku is the most grotesque thing ever, for curiosity's sake. Does that even make sense?
Also, it's recently come to my attention that, in compared to other people's profiles that I've seen, I really don't talk a lot on here about who I am, what kind of personality I have, things like that. Which might seem slightly strange, considering I tend to rhapsodize endlessly about everything else, and analyze any fictional characters that step in my path to death. But I don't really tell you straight out all that much about me, though I'm sure if you actually read through everything, you'll pick up pieces of who I am. But why is this? Well, it's because I live in eternal fear that I come across as either arrogant or narcissistic to people. Yes, I do recognize that I do kind of possess those traits to some degree (it seems to be the fate of any Leo that I've ever heard about), but I try extremely hard not to be, and people thinking this about me really, truly frightens me. And this causes my brain to nearly break in anxiety when I come across questions in quizzes that ask me what other people think about me. So...yeah. Don't ever expect a list of personality traits that I think describes me. This next little bit is the closest you are ever going to get. Make of it what you will:
HP Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw on Mugglenet Interactive, and Hufflepuff on the MNFF Beta Boards and Pottermore
HP Character I Am Most Like, on MNI: Arthur Weasley
Other Characters I Identify Deeply With/Soul Twins: Ienzo/Zexion and Terra, and to a slightly lesser extent, Namine, Xion, and Roxas (Kingdom Hearts); Bobby Singer (Supernatural); Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance); Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, and Princess Luna (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
Top Most Favorite Awesome Characters Ever: Mat Cauthon, Sirius Black, Dean Winchester, Maleficent, Prince Phillip, Rarity, Holly Short, Namine, Larxene, Izumi Curtis, Helga Sinclair, Oree Shoth, Death (from Supernatural), Winry Rockbell, Luna Lovegood, Rapunzel, Aerith Gainsborough, Harry Potter, Bobby Singer, Cloud Strife, Roxas, Terra, Vanitas, Ienzo/Zexion, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, Raistlin Majere, Duck/Ahiru, Hades, Erik Lensherr, Balthier, Fran, Aragorn, Elrond, Samwise Gamgee, Edmund Pevensie, Kate Beckett, Kilik, Raphael Sorel, Tseng, Sephiroth, Asuna Yuuki, Asami Sato, Korra.
Current Main Fandoms: Harry Potter and Kingdom Hearts; Supernatual and Pokémon are also big with me right now.
Other Fandoms In Which I Can Be Found On Occasion: Phantom of the Opera, Artemis Fowl, Greek Mythology, Wheel of Time, Ouran High School Host Club, The Mediator, The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Universe, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy VII, Tangled, X-Men (First Class), Brokeback Mountain, Eastern Promises, King Arthur, Breakfast Club, Castle, The Host, Inception, Disney, 3:10 to Yuma, Soul Calibur, Merlin, My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), Supernatural, Pokémon, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Assorted Others
Fandom That I’ll Probably Never Leave: Harry Potter. It’s been my favorite book series for the past 13 years. At this point, I doubt it’ll lose its grip on me.
Fandoms I Write For (Or Plan To): Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts, Artemis Fowl, Greek Mythology, Pokémon, Wheel of Time, Final Fantasy VII, Soul Calibur
Current Books I Am Reading (Into Whose Fandoms I May Venture): House Lights, by Leah Hager Cohen.
Current TV Shows I Am Watching: Pokemon Best Wishes. Sense8
Current Video Games I Am Playing (Into Whose Fandoms I May Venture): Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix (2.5 Remix). Chrono Trigger.
Video Games That I Am Contemplating Buying: Final Fantasy I/II/III/IV/V/VI/IX/Type-0/012 Dissidia/Theatrhythm/Tactics A2, Soul Calibur IV, The Sims 3 (I want to create one for AEM. Holy God, that'd be awesome), Pokémon HeartGold/Black 2/Go.
Pets: Gizmo (chihuahua/rat terrier mix dog)
(Israfel and Angelique have now passed away. Rest in peace, darlings.)
I was born on the day of Xigbar-Axel
In the month of Saix
In the year of Xemnas, Demyx, Demyx, Xemnas
And I'm Luxord Xion years old
My favorite number is Zexion
If you get it, put your own on your profile
FAVORITE BOOKS: Harry Potter, The Wheel of Time, The Mediator series, Dragonlance, Blue is for Nightmares series, His Dark Materials, Artemis Fowl, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Tortall series, The Lord of the Rings, Firebringer, Avalon High, Abhorsen trilogy, The Looking Glass Wars, Inkheart, The Prydain Chronicles, Seventh Tower, Call of the Wild, White Fang, Anne of Green Gables, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Catch-22, Watership Down, Night, Kite Runner, Zeitoun, Ella Enchanted, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, American Gods, The Princess Bride, The Laramie Project, The Claidi Journals, The Ordinary Princess, The Edge on the Sword, The Un-Magician, The Island of the Blue Dolphins, Princess Academy, The Book Thief, The Inheritance trilogy (especially The Broken Kingdoms), Every Day, Two Boys Kissing, Speak, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
FAVORITE MOVIES: The Fox and the Hound, MALEFICENT, Enchanted, Hidalgo, Legally Blonde, V for Vendetta, Phantom of the Opera, I Love You Phillip Morris, Inception, The Time Traveler's Wife, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, Juno, The Other Boleyn Girl, 27 Dresses, Harry Potter, The DaVinci Code, National Treasure, The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, Van Helsing, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Pirates of the Carribean, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Princess Bride, Mean Girls, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Anastasia, Quest for Camelot, Night at the Museum, Stardust, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Tremors, Ice Age 1 & 3, Shrek 1 & 2, King Arthur, The Illusionist, The Kite Runner, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Burlesque, Tangled, X-Men: First Class, Eastern Promises, 3:10 to Yuma, The Sound of Music, Stand by Me, 101 Dalmatians, Lilo & Stitch, Hercules, Annie (2014), RENT, Into the Woods
FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES: Kingdom Hearts II [Final Mix] (PS2/3), Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS), Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep [Final Mix] (PSP/3), Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (DS), Kingdom Hearts [Final Mix] (PS2/3), Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (PS2/3), Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (3DS), Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP), Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP), Final Fantasy I (PSP), Final Fantasy XII (PS2), Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (PSP), Pokémon Y (3DS), Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS), Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs (DS), Soul Calibur II (PS2), Soul Calibur III (PS2), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (GC), Harry Potter games (GC & Computer), Super Smash Brothers Melee (GC), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (GC), Mario Kart (Wii), Rollercoaster Tycoon (Computer), Age of Empires I & II (Computer), and Oregon Trail (Computer).
FAVORITE GAMES IN GENERAL: Aggravation is my favorite board game ever. Long live the Pumpkin Patch! (As I refer to my chosen color...) People say that they don't like to play with me, because I'm 'ruthless', but I know that they really do like it, because I make the game more fun. Other than that, I love trivia games, dominoes, certain card games (i.e, Mafia, 31, Egyptian War, and sometimes Texas Hold 'Em), Life, and Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition Monopoly. I'm also a freak about the Solitaire on my computer.
FAVORITE ANIME: Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Princess Tutu, Free!, Pokémon.
FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Castle, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Jeopardy!, Wife Swap, Supernanny, Wipeout, Meerkat Manor, Clean House, Animal Planet's The Most Extreme, various shows on the Food Network and HGTV, Merlin, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Lost Girl, Sense8.
FAVORITE MUSIC GENRES: Country, Showtunes/Musicals, Disney, Classical, Instrumental, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Punk Rock, Jazz…Basically, I love a little bit of everything, except for rap, heavy death metal stuff, and screamo. But I’m not very popular-music savvy.
SONGS OF THE MOMENT: "Let it Go", by Idina Menzel, from Frozen. “It Had To Be You”, by Motion City Soundtrack. “How Does It Feel”, by Sugarcult. “Downtime”, by Jo Dee Messina. “No End in Sight”, by Katrina Elam. “I’ll Think of a Reason Later”, by Lee Ann Womack. "My World", by SR-71. "Every Day" and "These Days" by Rascal Flatts. "How Do You Like Me Now", by Toby Keith. "I Think She Likes Me" and "I Wanna Get to Ya" by Billy Gilman. "Two Worlds" by Phil Collins. "Human Again" from Beauty and the Beast. "Teenage Dream", by Katy Perry.
TOP FAVORITE DISNEY SONGS: “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Out There”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “Belle Reprise”, “Goodbye May Seem Forever”, “Strangers Like Me”, “Mother Knows Best/Reprise”, “If I Never Knew You”, "Let it Go", "For the First Time in Forever", "When Will My Life Begin".
TOP FAVORITE OTHER ANIMATED MOVIE SONGS: “I Stand Alone”, “At the Beginning”, “Let Me Be Your Wings”.
TOP FAVORITE SHOWTUNES: “The Wizard and I” (Wicked), “The Music of the Night”, “The Point of No Return”, “Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer” (Phantom of the Opera), “Le Tango De Roxanne” (Moulin Rouge), “Run and Tell That” (Hairspray), “Climbing Uphill” (The Last Five Years)
FAVORITE SONGS FROM THE "LOTR" SOUNDTRACK: "Samwise the Brave", "Minas Tirith", "Minas Morgul", "The Last March of the Ents", "Helm's Deep", "The Bridge of Khazad-dum", "A Knife in the Dark", "The Steward of Gondor"
FAVORITE ACTORS: James Marsden, Viggo Mortensen, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Roxburough, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Ewan McGregor, John Cudia, Nathan Fillion, Andy Serkis, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Julian Richings, Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Ty Olsson, Osric Chau, Matt Cohen, Anthony Head, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
FAVORITE ACTRESSES: Natalie Portman, Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Amy Adams, Kristen Chenowith, Idina Menzel, Miranda Richardson, Nicole Kidman, Sherie Renee Scott, Stana Katic, Julie Andrews, Rachel McAdams, Angelina Jolie, Kim Rhodes, Lauren Tom, Felicia Day, Nicki Aycox, Katie Cassidy.
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME VOICE ACTORS: Shanelle Gray (Larxene in Kingdom Hearts), Oliver Quinn (Genesis Rhapsodos in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII), Haley Joel Osment (Vanitas in Kingdom Hearts; he's also Sora, but I LOVED this performance of his), Quinton Flynn (Axel in Kingdom Hearts and Reno in Final Fantasy VII/Crisis Core/Advent Children), Jesse McCartney (Roxas in Kingdom Hearts; he's also Ventus), Meaghan Jette Martin (Namine in the Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories/Days/Birth by Sleep/Re:coded), Mandy Moore (Aerith in Kingdom Hearts 1), Billy Zane ("Ansem, Seeker of Darkness" in Kingdom Hearts 1), Steve Burton (Cloud Strife in Final Fantasy VII/Crisis Core/Advent Children/Dirge of Cerberus/Dissidia/Kingdom Hearts), George Newbern (Sephiroth in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII/Advent Children/Dissidia/Kingdom Hearts II), Gideon Emery (Balthier in Final Fantasy XII), Nicole Fantl (Fran in Final Fantasy XII)
FAVORITE AUTHORS: J. K. Rowling, David Levithan, Tamora Pierce, Meg Cabot, Robert Jordan, Eoin Colfer, Gail Carson Levine
The pairings I have been known to sail and/or sink. These come from a variety of fandoms, so hold onto your seats!
Note: Still under revision.
Harry Potter pairings I sail: Remus/Sirius (OTP), Grindelwald/Dumbledore, Harry/Luna, Harry/Draco, Lily/James, Lily/James/Sirius/Remus (OT4), Lily/Regulus, Harry/Ron/Hermione (OT3), Neville/Hannah, Harry/Cedric, Cho/Harry/Cedric, Bill/Fleur, Percy/Oliver, Albus Severus/Scorpius, Tonks/Remus, Tonks/Remus/Sirius, Fleur/Hermione, Teddy/Victoire, Ron/Hermione, Ron/Harry, Helga/Rowena, Ginny/Luna, Luna/Hermione, Gabrielle/Ginny, Harry/Myrtle, Hermione/Draco, Lily Luna/Scorpius, Dean/Seamus, Hermione/Viktor, Rose/Scorpius, Astoria/Draco, Luna/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Quirrell/Voldemort (AVPM), Lily/Dorcas Meadows, Ted/Andromeda, Alice/Frank, Luna/Rolf, Bloody Baron/Gray Lady, Rita Skeeter/Evan Rosier, Abraxas Malfoy/Druella Black, Hermione/Tom Riddle, Hermione/Regulus, Tom Riddle/Ginny (dark ship)
Harry Potter pairings that I sink (hate): Harry/Severus (NOTP), requited Severus/Lily, Draco/Ginny, Severus/Marauders, Regulus/Severus, Dumbledore/anyone but Grindelwald…
Remus/Sirius, in a way, is my OTP of OTPs. Of all pairings I talk about on this profile, this one is probably the most special to me. You see, Remus/Sirius was a door that opened for me, it paved the way for me to become the person that I am today, and it helped me to become a better person. This was the first slash pairing that I ever liked. In my early fandom days, I went from being a slash-hater, to passively reading Remus/Sirius, to discovering that I actually liked reading about them together in a romantic relationship, and it took a while longer for me to be able to admit it. This pairing helped me to open my mind and heart and that started me down the road to accepting love regardless of the genders of those involved. And I figure that this pairing’s got to be pretty special, if it could get a slash-hater like I was to like reading about it. Remus and Sirius…they just click. They belong together, as they’re so fond of reminding me whenever I try to write either of them myself. There’s no one in all of the HP verse who can take care of Remus like Sirius can. Sirius can be there for all of Remus, and not just be reduced into holding his hand. Not only that, but at first Sirius wasn’t any better equipped to help Remus with his transformations, and yet along with James and Peter, Sirius risked his life at the very least, and by becoming an Animagus, he made it so that Remus wouldn’t have to suffer alone. In exchange for Sirius soothing the wolf, Remus soothes Sirius as well, and reins him in from his more thoughtless and destructive tendencies (or at least, he tries to).
The evidence is littered throughout the books, if you can read between the lines. They’re subtle, sure, but they’re there. Sirius and Remus give Harry a joint Christmas gift. In OOTP, Remus is, specifically, “staying in the house with Sirius”, as opposed to him just staying “at Headquarters”, or just staying “in Grimmauld Place” or “in the house”. They’re far more comfortable in each other’s physical space than Harry and Ron are with each other’s. Remus and Sirius move in sync with each other, seem to understand each other better than they understand themselves, and then, most damningly of all, we have Sirius’s own words on how he viewed the group dynamics. At the end of POA, when talking about how Peter seeks the protection of those stronger than him, Sirius says, “It used to be us. Me and Remus…and James.” He pairs himself and Remus together, and then tacks on James as an afterthought. And yet, we all know how important James is to Sirius, and so his doing so clearly isn’t meant to diminish James’s importance to the group. Rather, I think Sirius here establishes the structure of the group. Even Peter contributes, by asking Remus, wouldn’t Sirius have told him the change in the Secret-Keeper plan? Peter says that Sirius, in specific, would have told Remus about the change. Not “wouldn’t they have told you”, not “wouldn’t James or Lily or Sirius have told you”, no, Peter names Sirius, and only Sirius, as the one who would have been the one to tell him. The question, then, becomes…why Sirius in the specific? I think you all know my answer to that one. ;)
These paragraphs don’t even come close to encompassing all of the reasons why I love Remus/Sirius, or think they’re perfect for each other (although, back up in the ‘Cool Links’ section, there is a lovely compilation of all the ‘canon’ Remus/Sirius evidence). I’ll have to trust my fics to convey all the rest for me. Just know that there is no other pairing, in any fandom, that comes anywhere close to commanding the amount of love from me that Remus/Sirius does. It is, truly, the OTP of my soul, and I would defend it with my dying breath. Just so you are all aware. ;)
The pairing that tends to walk hand-in-hand with Remus/Sirius is, unsurprisingly, James/Lily. In the HP fandom, this is pretty much the ultimate canon pairing of all ultimate canon pairings, because without them, you have no Harry, and without Harry, you have no series. So much of what happens in the books is dependent on these two characters and the relationship that we ended up knowing relatively little about. We were only ever given pieces that can’t possibly even come close to encompassing the full scope of their relationship and lives together, however short of time they may have had. I think that’s part of the allure of this pairing; in a way, despite being canon, in fanfiction it functions like a crack pairing. Sure, you know that they get together in canon, but you don’t know why, or how they really fit and work together, forcing you to dig to find the answers. As for myself, I think they work well together like this: On the one hand, you have James, who is fiercely loyal and protective of those he loves, and is willing to go long out of his way to help said loved ones, he comes to develop a noble streak a mile wide, is pretty much brave to the point of being stupid, the words ‘no’ and ‘failure’ have no place in his vocabulary, has a mischievous streak that is miles wider than even his noble streak, and he has a tendency to get carried away. He can be rash and reckless, and think nothing of the consequences of his actions, is too proud and arrogant at times, and that fierce protectiveness of his loved ones ends up allowing him to go overboard in viciously punishing those who dare to hurt said loved ones, though overall, I think he’s a good person that’s honest and loyal to a fault, a man who, in Remus’s words, regards it as the height of dishonor to distrust his friends.
On the other hand, we have Lily, who is invariably described as being “vivacious” and charming, cheeky and witty, with compassionate and attitude streaks miles wide. She’s got an incredibly strong sense of justice, sticks up for the underdogs, and has the ability to see the good in other people, even when no one else can, or even when that person couldn’t see it for themselves. Lily is proud in her own way, and she doesn’t stand on airs or let anyone’s bullshit fly with her, and she’s one of the most courageous characters in the series.
I think Lily and James suit each other. James needs someone to do what Remus mostly couldn’t bring himself to do, and tell him flat out to his face that he’s being an arrogant toerag and to knock him down a few pegs, who makes him really work to achieve something for once in his life instead of it being handed to him on a silver platter. He needs someone to tell him that he’s being out of line, who keeps him off-balance and on his toes. Lily needs someone who can knock her down a few pegs and tell her to cut her own brand of self-righteousness, because contrary to what she thinks, she doesn’t know everything about the world and its suffering (while James has a bit more up close experience of seeing prejudice and such, via Remus and Sirius). Lily needs someone who could make her lighten up, and laugh and smile, who’s open and honest with her…simple, in a way. James wouldn’t feel the need to make unnecessary complications, is generous with everything, whether its love or affection or anything else, and with no strings attached. They’re good for each other; healthy, even. And I figure…we know for a fact that Lily loves her son Harry enough to where she basically reached from beyond death itself to punch Voldemort in the face and kill him. If she loves her kid that much, to have done the impossible...how could she not love his father?
In a sense, I suppose you could say that I OT4 James/Lily/Sirius/Remus, because in my head-canon of them all managing to live happily ever after, I like to think of Remus/Sirius being alongside James/Lily in raising Harry and pretty much being like his other parents. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll actually write this little slice of head-canon-heaven of mine out, but for now…here it is.
Harry/Luna is pretty much my very favorite pairing for Harry himself. Like, just…these two are just so incredibly sweet together. In a way, they’re kind of like my HP version of the KH pairing of Sora/Naminé. Minus the tragedy. Luna just seems to get Harry in a way that no one else does; it’s like she has this ability to see right into his soul. And that’s what they have…this bond that’s more soulful than anything else—they’re each other’s soul mates. Luna is able to get through to him when absolutely no one else can, not even Ron and Hermione; for instance, when Sirius died, and Harry was grieving, Luna was the only one to make him feel better at all, and then in DH, she’s the one who inspires him and gives him the hope to produce that Patronus in the Battle of Hogwarts when he was ready to give up. As for Harry, he’s pretty much the only person who has never made fun of Luna or laughed at her behind her back, or anything. There’s just this…vibe that Harry has, in the way he talks about and treats Luna and her oddities that pretty much no one else in the series uses; he’s able to just roll with it, but he doesn’t just dismiss her as a weirdo or a joke. Like Harry, Luna’s also lost her mother, but in a way, Luna has far more hope and optimism. After all of the trauma Harry’s been through, he honestly just needs to be with someone who…soothes his soul, I guess, who doesn’t cause any unnecessary drama, someone he could settle down and live a quiet life with, and I think Luna is the best one for that job. In a way, Harry/Luna is the water to Harry/Ginny’s fire. In Harry’s case, I prefer to take the tranquility of the water option.
One of my other top favorite pairings of the series is, unquestionably, painfully, Grindelwald/Dumbledore. Jesus, say hello to the kings of tragic coupledom in HP. I mean, these two are pretty much soul mates who were never meant to be together. They were each other’s equals, and the only ones they ever found, in all of their fairly long lives (both were over 100 years old when they died). And despite everything that they’d done to hurt each other, intentionally or unintentionally, I think that they still loved each other. Whether Albus forgives Gellert for creating the circumstances that led to Ariana’s death, I don’t know, but I do think that, in a way, Albus never stopped loving him. We aren’t told for certain if Gellert was also gay and in love with Albus sexually or romantically, but even if he isn’t, I think Gellert did love Albus, with his soul. Nothing else explains why Gellert died refusing to tell Voldemort anything of the Elder Wand, and why he tried to protect Albus as best he could by trying to stop Voldemort from desecrating his tomb. Nothing else explains why, in that duel that he had with Albus, Gellert didn’t just kill him outright with the Elder Wand. The facets that this pairing presents are also just so fascinating, because…their love wasn’t enough. For them, love wasn’t powerful enough to conquer all that stood in the way of them being together. Love wasn’t strong enough to stop Gellert from hurting Albus’s siblings, wasn’t strong enough to keep Gellert from running away after Ariana’s death instead of staying to see if they could work it out. Love didn’t stop Gellert from becoming a ‘Dark Lord’, even though he knew that Albus would have to come after him to stop him eventually, and it didn’t stop Albus from imprisoning Gellert for over fifty years. And yet…inversely…their love was strong enough to persist through the decades of their lives, strong enough that Gellert chose to sacrifice his life for Albus’s sake. And then, of course, this pairing is submersed in ambiguity, and has questions attached to it that went unanswered: Was their love strong enough to warrant Albus’s forgiveness? Was love strong enough for Gellert to truly repent the atrocities he committed? We’ll never know, but I think that’s part of the attraction of this pairing. In any case, they both fill me with all the sad, and I can’t help but hope that they’ve managed to make peace with each other in their afterlives.
The pairing that I harbor a massive soft spot for is that of Regulus/Lily. Like, just…damn it, this couple breaks my heart into itty bitty pieces, and I blame a story called “Here I Stand” for the fact that I ship this pairing at all. In that story, written as it was before the last books came out, it basically replaced Regulus as the Slytherin that Lily befriended, and Jesus Almighty God in Heaven, they are just too precious together. I adore the idea of Regulus getting paired up with someone like Lily, a Muggleborn Gryffindor, who forces his perspectives and world views to grow solely because of what she is…ah, such a thing is quite beautiful to witness. The reason this couple breaks my heart, though, is that I really can’t see it happening much beyond Crush Status, because unlike his brother Sirius, Regulus isn’t bold enough to stand up and buck the system and would never actively pursue an open relationship with Lily. And while Lily might be able to tolerate their friendship being a little cloak-and-dagger, I don’t think she would be content or happy to have herself just become a skeleton in Regulus’s closet. And like with Severus, I don’t think Lily could have the healthiest possible relationship with Regulus; Lily needs someone who’s open and honest with her (like…James). And then, you know, there’s the fact that Regulus dies in canon before he even really hits 18 years old. So yeah, I mostly ship this one-sided, coming from Regulus. But if I do happen to come across something along these lines, I will love it more than most things.
Speaking of Regulus, let’s talk about Blackcest, shall we? Now, let me just say: I normally do not ship incestuous pairings, except technically in places like Greek Mythology, where it really doesn’t count for anything. But mostly, I will avoid it. There are really only 3 true exceptions to my “no incest rule”, the first obviously being Blackcest (and I’m sure if you perused far enough down my profile, you would find the other 2 exceptions). In the HP universe, I wouldn’t touch, say, Weasleycest with a fifty-foot stick, but with the Blacks…? I don’t know what it is about them, if it’s because they already prance around in muggy moral grounds, but I don’t mind them hooking up with each other; I’ll even enjoy reading Blackcest on the occasion. My favorite Blackcest permutation is that of Sirius/Regulus. In my own head-canon…I can imagine Sirius as the being the only person in Regulus’s life to have ever given a damn and cared about Regulus as a person; thus, how could Regulus not love his brother? Mostly, Sirius/Regulus for me turns out to be one-sided love coming from Regulus, but hey. If done properly, it can be quite sweet. Bellatrix/Sirius is nice to read on the occasion, if I feel in the mood to read something more sadistic, twisted, dark, and fucked up, because really, when Bellatrix is involved, how could it be anything else? Bellatrix/Narcissa follows along the same line as Bellatrix/Sirius…but again, this is Bellatrix we’re dealing with; same with Bellatrix/Andromeda and Bellatrix/Regulus. To contrast with some sweetness, there’s Regulus/Narcissa, as if there’s anyone Reg would be close to after Sirius’s departure, my money’s on Narcissa. And, as always, tragedy would intervene, due to Narcissa being married to Lucius and Regulus dying, and such. So…yeah. Blackcest. The only collective group of incestuous pairings that I could see working on any level, though I can’t really see any of it being on the grounds of requited love.
And on the subject of unrequited love, if there is one thing from canon that I absolutely will not touch or change in any way, because it was perfect the way it was, is one-sided Severus/Lily. Like, just…really, I think that you can’t be human if Severus’s devotion and unrequited love for Lily didn’t end up breaking your heart in DH. “Always”, anyone? I’m not even Snape’s biggest fan, and I’m a James/Lily fan, but fucking damn, man. I can’t help but feel terrible for Snape, and yet it was just written so fucking perfectly, and I just—I can’t bear to change anything about it. It sucks, but I refuse to read Severus as loving anyone except for Lily, and I refuse to read/ship a requited Sev/Lily pairing, so…that leaves me here. And let me just say, that the reason why I don’t support Lily ending up with Snape is because…ultimately, I don’t think it’d be healthy for her, and I think she has too much self-respect (and as she rightfully should). The thing is, Severus never came to appreciate Lily and realize how much he loved her, until she died and it was too late. It’s horrible, but he needed to lose her in order appreciate her. As it was, despite how genuine his feelings for her were, in practice she became to be like his dirty little secret. He believed in Voldemort, and his feelings for Lily were the exception, not the rule when it came to Muggleborns. And even if Lily loved him, which I believe she did, at least as a friend—how could she have lived with herself for allowing such terrible double standards to take place? Ultimately, Severus would have brought her down, and thus, I can’t support them being together. Unrequitedly, though…tears forever, man.
Newest addition to my HP head-canon: Percy/Oliver. I’d listed this pairing previously as more of a vague interest, but now my mind has decided to divulge to me an idea of exactly how this pairing could work. Note that this is really more of a plot bunny than anything else, and probably won’t resemble the majority of ideas that surround this pairing. Now, to business. To me, it just strikes as intriguing if, maybe, following canon…what if Percy, strict, uptight, rule-loving and rule-abiding Percy, was the Weasley who ended up having an affair, either with or without his wife’s knowledge? (And I don’t know if it’s just me, but come on—all of the Weasleys having absolutely perfect marriages and happily-ever-afters? I think not. That’d be too boring.) And taking the idea further, but what if he had that affair, not only with a man, but with Oliver Wood, a person who seems to be so much Percy’s opposite? Even just beyond this affair scenario, but the reason that the Percy/Oliver pairing caught my attention in the first place was precisely because Oliver was so very different from Percy. Oliver gives Percy the chance to be daring and adventurous for once in his life, and trying to get Percy to loosen up would give Oliver something to do apart from obsessing over Quidditch all of the time. Back in the affair scenario, it’s my opinion that Oliver’s one true love ends up being Quidditch, and that no one would really want to be in a committed relationship where they ended up being second fiddle to a sport. But a man’s got needs, and in this case, I don’t think Oliver would object to a one-night stand, or a string of them on the down-low. That way, Oliver’s Quidditch career would still come first, as would Percy’s, and Percy’s family. And I’m not even voting for Percy to divorce his wife for Oliver or anything like that—Percy’s too much of a Weasley and isn’t stone-coldly ambitious enough for there to be no love whatsoever in his relationship with Audrey. I think Percy loves his wife and kids very much, and would never leave them for Oliver. But I also think Percy needs to live a little, and since he’s been denying himself of this his whole life, he’s got a lot of catching up to do. That’s all. Now, I’m not advocating for spouses to cheat on each other or anything, as I am very much a supporter of having open and honest communication in any relationship. It’s just that, every so often, an ‘unconventional’ sort of pairing captures my interest, and in this case, the fact that it’s ‘wrong’ is exactly what I like about it. Because as much as we wish otherwise…people aren’t perfect. They don’t always do the things that are right for them, or else, inversely, the things that are right for them are wrong by the standards of society or someone else. This image that I have in my head of Percy/Oliver resonates with me because the scenario feels real to me, and it rounds out Percy’s character from just being the more one-dimensional goody-two-shoes Prefect by having him not be ‘Perfect Percy’ for once.
And now, let us take a stroll through the pairings that I really don't like, hmm?
We’ll start with Harry/Severus. Now, very large age gaps and student/teacher romances make me uncomfortable most of the time, but this one just takes the cake for being the most disturbing one of all. I’m sure that Severus has a lot of pent up Feelings and the like that pertain to Harry; I’m equally sure that romantic or sexual attraction sure as hell isn’t one of them. People. May we please examine the facts here? Firstly of all, and most importantly: Severus clearly puts part of the blame for Lily’s death onto Harry, for without him, Lily wouldn’t have been so relentlessly targeted in the first place, and she wouldn’t have had to sacrifice herself (keep in mind that this is what I’m thinking Severus’s train of thought is, because of course she still was a member of the Order, and that she could have sacrificed her life for someone else. That’s not the point. The point is that, without Harry, that night in Godric’s Hollow wouldn’t have happened). I don’t think Severus could ever forgive Harry for his part in the death of the only person Severus ever loved, because we’re clearly shown that he just doesn’t have it in his nature to be forgiving and to move on. Severus couldn’t let go of his hatred and grudges against the Marauders, and he never got over and moved on from Lily’s death.
Secondly, Harry looks so very much like James, the man who Severus probably despises above all others, barring people like Voldemort. And we’re shown that Severus is determined to see James in Harry; the man he hates, and not Lily, the woman he loves. And there’s the other thing that Severus can’t forgive Harry for: he can’t forgive who his father wasn’t. Harry is the physical personification of almost every misery that Severus has ever had in his life—where’s the romance in that?
Remus/Lily, apart from the fact that I think they’re both perfect with Sirius and James respectively, I really don’t know what it is that bothers me so much about these two. I just am bothered. As a couple though, I think they’re too similar to each other, when what they need are compliments. They’re great friends, but lovers…? No. Strangely, I can tolerate her being with the others, or at least having one of the parties suffering from unrequited love…except with Remus. It’s a line I refuse to cross.
Draco/Ginny: You would think that I would like them, especially seeing as I adore Draco/Hermione. But no. I don’t. Something about this pairing just rubs me the wrong way, and I like it not at all.
Severus/Marauders: No. Absolutely not. Don’t even go there. I’m sorry, but Severus must love Lily. I pretty much refuse to see it another way.
Regulus/Severus: This is too close to Sev/Marauders, and one thing or another about this pairing just really bugs me.
Dumbledore/minors: Because it’s just wrong to the max, dude. Just no.
Wheel of Time pairings I sail: Mat/Tuon (OTP), Siuan/Moiraine, Rand/Asmodean, Lan/Moiraine, Rand/Min, Perrin/Gaul, Egwene/Leilwin, Elayne/Mat/Birgitte, Min/Mat/Tuon, Min/Elayne/Aviendha, Rand/Min/Elayne/Aviendha, Elayne/Aviendha, Egwene/Aviendha, Nynaeve/Lan, Gaul/Perrin/Faile/Bain/Chiad, Rand/Aviendha, Siuan/Leane, Tam/Abell, Moiraine/Asmodean, Gareth/Morgase, Nynaeve/Lan/Moiraine, Faile/Bain/Chiad, Min/Egwene, Min/Elayne/Egwene, Gareth/Siuan, Mat/Elayne, Mat/Galad, Leane/Mat, Perrin/Faile, Lian/Amys/Rhuarc, Rand/Mat, Mat/Egwene, Mat/Aludra, Dorindha/Melaine/Bael, Lews Therin/Ilyena, Mat/Gawyn, Thom/Morgase, Leilwin/Domon, Morgase/Tallanvor, Min/Logain
Wheel of Time platonic ships I sail: Mat/Birgitte, Elayne/Birgitte, Mat/Talmanes, Mat/Teslyn, Mat/Olver, Rand/Loial, Loial/everyone, Mat/Aviendha, Rhuarc/Berelain, Rand/Bashere, Egwene/Gareth, Lan/Rand, Tam/everyone, Egwene/Silviana
Wheel of Time pairings I sink: Egwene/Gawyn, Tylin/Mat
(I've deleted all of the old ship explanations for this section, as it was vastly outdated, both in terms of the scope of the series, and in how I've grown as a person, and my views and opinions have been changed quite a bit. So, new slate! )
Kingdom Hearts pairings I sail: Terra/Cinderella (OTP), Roxas/Axel (OTP), Sora/Namine, Axel/Roxas/Xion (OT3), Olette/Namine, Sora/Riku, Aqua/Vanitas, Axel/Saix, Kairi/Xion, Zexion/Demyx, Ven/Hercules, Kairi/Ven/Xion, Kairi/Ven, Xigbar/Luxord, Aqua/Larxene, Sora/Tron, Lea/Isa, Aqua/Axel, Sora/Joshua, Shiki/Riku, Marluxia/Larxene, Aerith/Marluxia, Lexaeus/Larxene, Axel/Marluxia, Axel/Zexion, Aeleus/Even, Kairi/Demyx, Kairi/Vanitas, Sora/Riku/Kairi, Xion/Riku, Cloud/Leon, Hayner/Roxas, Kairi/Selphie, Roxas/Seifer, Kairi/Olette, Ienzo/Kairi, Repliku/Sora/Namine, Sora/Ariel, Aqua/Zack, Sora/Riku/Xion, Ven/Xion, Luxord/Yuffie, Lexaeus/Tifa, Ven/Namine, Hades/Maleficent, Riku/Namine, Hayner/Seifer, Pence/Olette, Xemnas/Aqua, Maleficent/Sephiroth
Favorite KH platonic ships: Axel/Saix/Roxas/Xion(/Jasmine), Sora/Donald/Goofy, Mickey/Riku, Terra/Aqua/Ven(/Vanitas), Zack/Vanitas, Sora/Alice, Axel / all blue-eyed children ever, Zexion/Namine, Aurora/Roxas, Sora/Leon, Sora/Cloud, Sora/Beast, Sora/Pooh, Maleficent/Terra, Maleficent/Riku, Maleficent/Namine, Phil/Roxas, Xaldin/Roxas(/Axel), Aqua/Phillip, Aqua/Cinderella, Sora/Kairi
Final Fantasy VII pairings I sail: Angeal/Sephiroth/Genesis/Zack/Cloud (OT5), Angeal/Sephiroth/Genesis, Angeal/Genesis, Genesis/Sephiroth, Genesis/Cloud/Sephiroth, Cloud/Genesis, Cloud/Sephiroth, Tseng/Aerith (OTP), Cid/Vincent (OTP), Yuffie/Shelke, Cloud/Vincent, Zack/Aerith, Kunsel/Zack, Tseng/Rufus, Aerith/Tifa, Cloud/Aerith/Tifa, Cloud/Aerith, Cid/Cloud/Vincent, Cissnei/Zack, Lazard/Cloud, Tseng/Tifa, Reno/Scarlet, Rude/Elena, Tifa/Cloud, Weiss/Nero, Rude/Tifa, Yuffie/Loz
Final Fantasy XII pairings I sail: Balthier/Fran (OTP), Ashe/Penelo, Penelo/Larsa/Vaan, Fran/Balthier/Ashe, Fran/Balthier/Basch, Balthier/Ashe, Larsa/Penelo, Vaan/Larsa, Vaan/Mjrn, Basch/Ashe, Vayne/Jote
Dissidia Final Fantasy pairings I sail: Warrior of Light/Garland (OTP), Bartz/Squall, Bartz/Terra
Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy pairings I sink: Vexen/Marluxia (NOTP), Xemnas/Saix, Cid/Shera, Tseng/Elena, romantic versions of Larxene/Axel, Roxas/Namine, Roxas/Xion, Terra/Aqua, Ven/Fuu, Aqua/Ven
My OTP (One True Pairing) for this fandom is easily Axel/Roxas (aka AkuRoku). By themselves, the two easily rank amongst my top favorite characters in the series. Their relationship is also easily one of my favorite things in KH, period. And I don’t care how you interpret this relationship—whether you see them as friends or as romantic interests or anything else—no matter what, it’s still fucking beautiful. Their canon relationship easily ranks into my top 3 favorite things about KH, and so thus it’s one of the things that I most want to read about.
I have nothing against Naminé. Nor do I have that great of an issue with the existence of Roxas/Naminé (though it does peeve me that people insist that this is canon when it isn’t). Really, whoever you want to ship Roxas with, go ahead, though a few will make my brain itch. But I won’t read it. Why? Because I have zero interest in reading about a Roxas that is without an Axel that plays some significant role in his life. And see, the thing about most non-AkuRoku Roxas pairings is that they, somewhat understandably, focus on those characters in the pairing only, and completely ignore Axel’s existence (and vice versa). And I get that, I really do, but that’s not what I want to read. I wouldn’t want to hear about Roxas and Naminé—I don’t have any interest in her in that kind of setting. I want to read about Roxas and whatever relationship he may have with Axel, and the only stories that do an awesome job of that are, wouldn’t you know it, AkuRoku stories. For the record, I do choose to interpret their canon relationship to be of the more romantic persuasion, but, once again, what I love most about them is just their relationship, period. And, you know, there are so many different levels of ‘love’. And there is no denying that Axel and Roxas, but especially Axel, loved each other. Roxas made Axel feel like he had a heart, and Nomura himself has stated that their friendship is the closest thing that the Nobodies could get to love.
My favorite pairing for both Sora and Naminé is Sora/Naminé. A pattern you may notice about me is that I am the hugest sucker for tragic pairings, the ones that hardly seem to have any hope of working out, in which one or both of the characters involved wring my heart out like a sponge and make me ache in absolute sympathy for them, and even though I know it won’t work out, I still hope that it does. The pattern is absolutely everywhere: Remus/Sirius. Grindelwald/Dumbledore. Axel/Roxas. And on it continues with Sora/Naminé.
Dear Jesus God, my heart hurts so much for Naminé in CoM. She and Sora are so sweet and goddamned perfect together, and their relationship is actually reciprocal and despite all the lies their relationship really only grows stronger. And FOR ONCE, someone sticks up and protects Sora for a change, and they make each other grow as people. Seriously, Sora teaches Naminé how to take the right path versus the easy one, and he gives her hope and helps her learn her own self-worth. And then Naminé is instrumental in the amazing character growth Sora undergoes in CoM, and how he learns to truly value the friendship and loyalty of Donald and Goofy, and she’s the one that makes this spectacular line of Sora’s possible: “Who cares if someone created you? You have your own heart inside you. Those memories and feelings, they’re yours, and no one else’s. They’re special.” (said to the Riku Replica). (And incidentally, god damn it, but why couldn’t Sora have held on to this attitude in KH2??!!) The Namora pairing is just so goddamned amazing, and it rivals the AkuRoku relationship in terms of beauty.
Dear Square Enix: Sora had better fucking remember Naminé in a future game, or I will be VERY, VERY DISPLEASED. I’m sorry Kairi, honey, but kindly give Sora and Naminé your blessing kthxbai.
And I mean the real Sora, by the way, and not have you guys cop out with just having Data Sora do it (I did greatly adore the scenes between Data Sora and Data Naminé, but I need to see this come out between their ‘real’ selves, damn it).
Sora/Naminé is my favorite Sora pairing. But my favorite Riku pairing is Riku/Sora. This contradiction of loyalties occasionally makes my brain itch, I assure you. Now, generally, I’m fairly open to almost any pairing. Really, the only characters that I refuse to read with anyone else on a daily basis are Roxas and Axel, because I maintain quite firmly that they must be the most important thing in each other’s world (again: INTERPRETATION DOESN’T MATTER). But with generally everyone else, whoever you want to ship them with, I’m okay with that. I still have my favorites though, and in the event of imagining a universe that contains all of my favorite pairings, my favorite Riku and Sora ships come into conflict with each other. Because there totally isn’t enough Namora in the world, and this is an ultimate tragedy, and yet, there is no one that I’d rather read Riku with than Sora. Gah. Perhaps I will have to work on evolving this into a threesome pairing.
But anyway. Riku and Sora. Holy fuck, but this is one of those things that, um…you kind of have to be blind to miss it. Seriously, people. There is just no way that you can deny that Sora and Riku love each other. I don’t care if you refuse to interpret any boy/boy relationship as romantic, THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LOVE, FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Sure, there’s romantic love, but there is also love for your friends and family and such THAT IS JUST AS STRONG AS THE MORE COMMONLY CITED TYPE, AND IT IS JUST AS DESERVING TO BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH. Once you distill everything down to the essentials, this is what you’re left with: Sora and Riku love each other. Plain and simple. I mean, with all the shit they go through, and with how their relationship is stretched to the breaking point, and yet how Sora refuses to give up on Riku and never lets himself be pushed away, and always forgives Riku…and then how Riku is willing to sacrifice everything for Sora, and to do whatever it takes to wake him up, even if it means losing his own body and being possessed by the darkness, and doomed to be forever alone in the shadows and forgotten. Goddamn, but there has to be something special here. They were each other’s constants throughout the entire series, and I think it’s an amazing moment for Sora’s character, when he falls to his knees and cries when he finally found Riku. Really, after everything…how could he not? And I think it speaks volumes about how much Riku really matters to Sora. He is always so strong and optimistic, never letting anything beat him down…and this is one of the only times in the entire series that Sora has ever cried. (And all Kairi gets is an awkward hug that Sora didn’t even initiate.) It’s love, guys, plain and simple. Of course, you can choose to see that ‘love’ however you want, but it’s still love, and I will address it as such.
Sora/Kairi is a cliché at its finest, which is saying something in a game that’s half Disney. At least as far as its canon portrayal goes, it is perhaps one of the most shallow pairings in the entire series. Let me explain. To me, Sora/Kairi is very…childish. And I kind of mean that in a good way, actually, because really it’d be out of character for it to be any other way. They are children, for Christ’s sake…it’s puppy love. And really, that kind of thing is sort of adorable. But the thing about puppy love is that it’s never meant to last. You grow up, and you discover that the world isn’t a magical land of puppies and rainbows and cuteness…it can be a terrible, dark, and ugly place, and yet for all of that, the true beauty of everything is enhanced. The brightest light is in the deepest darkness, you know? And you discover who you really are, and who matters the most to you when the chips are down. I think Sora and Kairi are both more in love with the idea of each other: they each represent to the other the idyllic past that they both miss. They were in puppy love with each other once, but not really anymore…they grew up, and became different people.
And I don’t think a mature Kairi and Sora are right for each other. And really, I especially think that Sora isn’t right for Kairi. The thing about Kairi, which I hope I managed to convey in my story Meant to Forge, is that I think she’s very strong spiritually, and certainly far more grounded and level-headed than Sora or Riku. She is the Believer in the group, their Heart. I think she’s a lot more mature and strong than a lot of people would give her credit for (admittedly, part of this is very much the fault of Square Enix). Therefore, I much prefer pairing her with decidedly more dark people than Sora, because he doesn’t need her the way other people might. He doesn’t challenge her, doesn’t make her grow as a person. Sora and Kairi aren’t compliments: Kairi is pure light, and Sora is one of the closest things to. And Kairi doesn’t need Sora the way that Naminé and Riku do either.
This isn’t to say that I absolutely refuse to read SoKai or anything like that. If something’s well-written, then I’m game for almost anything. I just think romantic SoKai is more puppy love than anything else. I will say however that I absolutely adore Sora/Kairi friendship. I will very freely admit that they are awesome friends. In a perfect world, if there’s Namora or SoRiku in a fic, there’ll be a spectacular SoKai friendship to go along with it. (“Boys” by Casey V is probably the best example that comes immediately to mind. And if you’ve never read this fic, then shame on you. Read it now.)
So, you might be asking, who, exactly, are the “decidedly more dark people than Sora” that I like to ship Kairi with? Well, let’s start with Kairi/Kadaj. Obviously, this is the one that I see around the least, and it was brought to my attention courtesy of Lady Karai’s “Come Home”. In that particular AU universe, this couple had epic amounts of adorableness, but the thing that I loved most about Kadaj in “Come Home” is that, in a way, he was just as insane and yet terrifyingly rational as he was in Advent Children. The only thing that changed were his reasons for being that way. But Kairi, I feel, isn’t the kind of person who would put up with his bullshit, and who would relentlessly tear down all of his walls and defenses, and make him show his more vulnerable side to her, and she’d show him that it’s okay to trust, and to be scared, to let someone else be strong for you. And I think Kadaj, like most beings of darkness, would be attracted to that light. It’s a human masochism thing…we’re always doing things that we know has the potential to hurt us in some way, and yet we can’t stop ourselves from doing it. Anyway, Kadaj would test her, try to break her at first, I think, and then as she refuses to yield or back down, he keeps getting more and more caught up in her. To state for the record, my definition of a good romantic relationship is one in which the couple in question force each other outside of themselves, out of their ruts and comfort zones, that challenge you, that make you grow as a person (and hopefully into a better one). And this works best if the people in question are compliments.
Ienzo/Kairi really follows along in a similar theme to Kairi/Kadaj, but I mostly ship them because in canon you get ‘tragedy’ tacked on to this. And I am ridiculously fond of tragedy in canon, most of the time. But this one is definitely not a pairing in which I would say that they were meant to be, or that it was meant to be a true love forever kind of thing. I think for Ienzo, Kairi would be a somewhat important memory, a person to remember fondly who left her mark on him in some way, but one that he would eventually move on from. A piece of the past, rather than the future.
Another pairing of this caliber that is sneaking ever higher in my esteem is Demyx/Kairi. This pairing is my second favorite for both Demyx and Kairi, and Demyx will always be my first choice if Kairi had to be paired with a member of the Organization. Again, I hope Meant to Forge can pass muster on being a good demonstration of this pairing for me. Out of our main trio, Kairi, Sora, and Riku, I think Kairi would be in the best position, forced into spending a large quantity of time with them as she is, to really see the Nobodies for what they are: lost creatures forced into finding their own answers. I think she would (or should) feel sympathy for them. And logically, being a person of pure heart, I think she should want to help them in some way, even if she doesn’t know the right way to go about it. Demyx, then, is a person who is always searching for hope, or the validation of the hope he so tenuously holds on to. And I think he could find what he’s looking for in Kairi. These two challenge each other, and even without the romance, they’re forced into shifting their pre-conceived notions of each other. They grow. And I think Kairi needs someone like Demyx, who, when he looks at her, wouldn’t see a young girl who needed Sora and Riku to save her, wouldn’t see her as a symbol of the rosy, now out-of-reach past. Instead, Demyx could look at her with hardly any biases and see her for who she is now, who she has grown to be.
If Demyx/Kairi is only my second favorite Demyx pairing, then what’s my first? That would be Zemyx, aka Zexion/Demyx. Granted, Kairi has climbed up much higher than I ever anticipated her getting in regard to winning Demyx’s heart, but my first love and loyalty still belongs to Zemyx. It’s that whole compliments thing all over again. When I first started reading this pairing, in fics like Surgeon General’s Warning and in the background of various others, I was a bit indifferent toward them. But they steadily gravitated towards each other and into becoming a fixed feature, and now it’s hard to imagine them not being together. Zexion, I think, is among those in the Organization who desire cooperation, and wish for more…team spirit and unity, I guess you could say. He’s a bit cold and stern, but I don’t think he’s condescending toward any member of the Organization, even the ones far below him like Roxas, and Zexion and Axel are shown as being on a somewhat comfortable speaking basis. I just get this vibe from him, and I feel that Zexion is genuinely interested in trying to understand the heart, and kind of doesn’t really care what the Organization is doing, so long as they’re doing it together. Since there’s so much room to build, you could possibly assume that Zexion and Demyx’s Somebodies knew each other, might even have been friends. I think Demyx, and the hope and optimism he has that refuses to be fully extinguished, would fascinate Zexion. Demyx would almost be like the Axel to Zexion’s Roxas, in terms of drawing the latter out of their shells. They’re just…compliments. And it’s beautiful, I think.
As for another thing that you probably never needed to know about me, but I tend to be horribly guilty of trying to pair up every single person in whatever venue I happen to be participating in. It’s almost like an OCD compulsive habit. I like things neat and orderly, and everything matched up into nice pairs is more appealing to my aesthetic soul than odd clusters of single characters. Therefore, since I don’t like seeing Xion by herself, odds are that I’ll pair her with Riku. I’m not quite sure if I would go so far as to say that Riku/Xion is my favorite Xion pairing, but I think it’d be a safe bet to label it as my second favorite Riku pairing. Part of the reason for that is because this pairing, at least in canon, inevitably leaks over into the Riku/Sora pairing, as Xion is slowly taking on Sora’s identity. A friend of mine has even hypothesized that it was the Xion part of Sora that made him fall to his knees and cry over Riku. Anyway, the point is that Xion is very much a part of Sora, and is kind of like his reflection, in a way. Even if he wouldn’t quite understand it, I think Riku would be able to feel that in her, feel some sense of connection. And then you have the fact that Xion also looks like Kairi, which could play a factor if you believe in the Riku/Kairi or Sora/Riku/Kairi pairings (I’m not sure if I do). That’s kind of unfair, I know, to believe that Riku in canon would only want to be with Xion because she reminded him of Sora and/or Kairi, but...well, Riku is only human, and he’s hurting and during the time of his life that he knew Xion, he’s settling himself into the “I don’t want Sora to find me” state of mind that he’s in for most of KH2. As for Xion’s side of the matter, I think she really leaned on Riku during Days and depended on his opinion and his answers to her questions. And I think, the closer Xion comes to fully absorbing Sora, the more Sora’s feelings towards Riku, whatever they happen to be, would influence and mingle with hers. As might be obvious, this pairing resonates with me because it features yet another couple who were never meant to be. Riku, despite whatever love there may have been, still loved Sora more than Xion, still chose his best friend above everything else.
Another sort-of pairing that I guess you could say I’m fond of would be the one-sided Naminé/Axel pairing. I know, I know. This kind of contradicts what I said above—that I only like Axel with Roxas. And that’s about 98% accurate. Very specific requirements have to be met for my liking of this unrequited pairing, which is pretty much illustrated in a story called “Scribble of Red”. I like this pairing to be one-sided feelings coming from Naminé, the story to be told from her perspective, and it’d be even better if it took place in the time in Castle Oblivion before Sora arrived. To be perfectly honest, you could say that I support this pairing simply because I think it’d be realistic, and something that I could definitely see the canon Naminé as feeling. As lonely, isolated, and devoid of affection of any kind as she is, I think she would latch on to Axel, or maybe even perhaps Zexion if he ever came out of the basement, because they’re the ones out of her captors that I see treating her with the most kindness, Axel especially. And as desperate as she was in that situation, I think it’d be easy to fool herself into thinking that it was love.
Ven/Naminé is a very interesting pairing, and one that I think has a surprising amount of canon potential. We get confirmation in Re:coded that while fixing Sora’s memories, Naminé came into contact with Ven’s heart (which, as a side note, I think disproves the theory that Ven’s heart ended up inside Roxas, seeing as Naminé says it was in Sora while Roxas was still separate). In the year or more that it took for her to fix Sora, I think that Naminé would have continually been breaking her heart (at least figuratively speaking) over and over again, and I think Ven (or Riku, but we’ll get to that later) could have been a source of comfort. I imagine Ven in that state to be soothing and gentle, but if they ever got to meet for real, I think Naminé would discover that Ven could give Sora a run for his money in terms of energy, determination to be friends with everything that moves, and hope. I guess…if you wanted an easier way to think about it, Ven for Naminé would be like a perfect combination of Sora and Roxas, because he has Roxas’s seriousness at times.
Ven/Xion follows along a similar theme as Ven/Naminé, except that instead of bonding through memories, Ven and Xion both essentially reside in the forgotten depths of Sora’s heart. Xion has a tendency to brood, and with her problems (being forced to either kill Roxas or herself, and then having everyone forget her existence, not to mention the stress of having to figure out what the right thing to do would be on her own) I think she also suffers from depression. I think she would benefit from Ven’s company, his light chasing away the darkness in her mind. For Ven, even if they were just friends, Xion is someone who would understand him, for she would know what it’s like, endangering her friends just by living, knowing that doing the right thing meant ending her own life. They could give each other their shoulders to cry on. Together, they wouldn’t have to be alone in the darkness, waiting for Sora to ‘save them’.
Ven/Kairi is also very interesting. Admittedly, I’ve mostly started shipping them because of AEM, but I think they have some canon potential as well. Ven is like Sora, yes, but also darker, I think, because he’s been through so much more violence and such than Sora. And I think, coming out of his coma, Ven will need someone that would support him for a change, someone that wouldn’t need him to be their constantly shining light. And Kairi could give that to him.
You can thank Fruity-Fruit-Cups for the fact that I now ship Kairi/Xion. Seriously, these two are just so cute together. What I think is epecially brilliant is how they both would clearly benefit from a relationship. Like I said during the Ven/Xion explanation, I think Xion suffers from genuine depression in canon; as in, there is like a chemical imbalance in her brain, and the fact that she has so many other issues on top of everything certainly doesn't help. Therefore, if I want her to be in a healthy relationship, then she needs to be paired with people like Ven or, in this case, Kairi. Like Ven, Kairi's heart is pure light (except hers is that way naturally). Like with Demyx, if Kairi ever met Xion, I think she should feel compassion for her, being a Princess of Heart. I feel that Kairi would accept her, and really be able to take in Xion's status as a Replica in stride. She'd be bright, cheerful, and optimistic, the perfect counterpoint to Xion, who suffers from the tendency to brood. Also, Kairi wouldn't let Xion keep all of her problems and everything bottled inside her; instead Kairi would insist on talking through things with Xion, and gently and consistently reminding her that you don't have to face everything alone. Kairi would be the emotional support, basically, and Xion could be the physical support. Xion may not be the best fighter around, but if we're being honest, she's still better than Kairi. And like how Kairi would be willing to explain the world around her to Xion, I think Xion wouldn't mind teaching Kairi in how to fight better. In canon, of course, and like with Riku, I think Kairi would be able to feel Sora in Xion, and Xion's emotions would be influenced by Sora's, especially seeing as she is made prominently from Sora's memories of Kairi. But unlike with Riku and Xion, I could see KaiXi forming and sustaining itself independently of that, and I support it more on its own merits than Riku/Xion in-universe because again, KaiXi would actually be a healthy relationship. Riku/Xion is plausible and many other things, but I don't think 'healthy' is one of them.
Terra/Cinderella easily ranks right into my top list of favorite KH pairings. My heart may burst from the epic amount of love I nurture for these two. Ever since this pairing made its glorious way into my life, I haven’t been able to pair them with anyone else again. Like, screw both Terra/Aqua and Terra/Ven or any other pairing with these two characters that isn’t Terra/Cinderella. This is the only Terra pairing that has my allegiance. And it’s funny, because before I played BBS, I never really thought much about the Disney pairings, in terms of asking myself whether I thought they worked as a couple. Sure, I’ve always thought that Cinderella’s Prince Charming was like a useless dishrag, but they’re Disney couples. In my mind, that made them like an ultimate canon law. Not To Be Questioned. They Just Are. But then I played BBS, and I saw the amazing scenes in the Castle of Dreams between Terra and Cinderella that gushed with epic amounts of adorableness, and my Shipping Sensors came screeching into life. Literally. And apparently I’m not the only one. But anyway, they’re just so…cute. Terra meets Cinderella at one of the lowest points in her life, when she thought that all her hopes and dreams were going to come true, only to watch her stepfamily crush them into dust. He comes along and gives her strength, and protects her and through his help she’s able to attend her dream ball. Cinderella also meets Terra at a dark time in his life, when he’s doubting his ability to sustain any light amidst the darkness in his heart, and she gives him hope. She teaches him about strength of heart, and it doesn’t always have to mean the physical kind. Cinderella teaches him through example that sometimes, there’s nothing else you can do but to simply believe. That to believe like that takes a special kind of strength that he’d never thought of before, thus broadening his horizons. That some things in life are just as simple as wishing. Cinderella is his hope, and Terra is her strength. They balance each other, Cinderella keeping Terra from sinking too far into the darkness, and Terra keeping her grounded and not letting her get out of touch with reality. I also find it interesting that Cinderella's world, the Castle of Dreams, is the only world Terra goes to where he doesn't end up allying with the villains. SUSPECT, I SAY.
And seriously, I hardly know what to say to that conversation between Terra and the Fairy Godmother. The whole thing where she advises him to go to the ball and see Cinderella dancing, and see how she believes, and that will help him believe too? Like, really Fairy Godmother, why don't you just come out and say what you really mean, which is go fall in love with Cinderella, you clueless fuck. And then when he sees Aqua, his supposed love interest, what does he do? He gushes about Cinderella. Just...I don't even know what to say. You horrible, horrible tease, Square.
And the last of my absolute, all-time favorite KH pairings is Aqua/Vanitas, or AquVan, as I call it for short. This is another pairing that I have so much love for, to the point where I almost refuse to read them with anyone else, and there is hardly an exception to that rule. There’s only one Vanitas/Ven story (that may be on my favorites list, but I can’t recall) that I’ve read, and I have enjoyed it mostly for the story idea itself. But other than that, AquVan will always be my first love, and it’s the only pairing with those two characters that I support. I guess it’s become somewhat popular, to pair Vanitas with Xion, especially, but also with Kairi and Naminé. I don’t follow that trend. Simply because I think there’s pretty much only one person in canon that Vanitas genuinely respects in any way, and that’s Aqua. The canon Vanitas is arrogant and, I think, believes everyone around him to be inferior, but especially Ven and Terra. Aqua is the only person who challenges him consistently, and is the only one to really beat him completely on her own. In Aqua, I think Vanitas sees an equal. There are many times he could have killed her (after the battle in Neverland, for instance, seeing as he left before Aqua was conscious, and he could have done much worse when he jumped her from the cliff in the Keyblade Graveyard), but he never did. I think the only time he could have wanted to kill her would be after he possessed Ven, and she was, in his mind, threatening the only way he had to save himself and become whole. Also, it’s really only when Aqua is nearby that Vanitas seems to express emotion. Most of the time, and to everyone else, he talks in a deadpan monotone. Around Aqua, he has fits of mad laughter, and he expresses his excitement over the X-blade, amongst other things. As for Aqua herself, if Vanitas wasn’t hurting her friends, I think she would be the one most willing to help him. Her light would balance against his darkness. Aqua is always so mature and responsible, and spends most of her time around Terra and Ven, who are both honest, straight-forward people, with the former being very down-to-earth (no pun intended) and the latter being slightly flighty. Vanitas has a mysterious glitter to him, is someone who’s traveled farther and wider than she has, who is cynical and doesn’t care for authority, and would, I think, be the kind of person to bluntly tell Aqua that sometimes she’s too much of a doormat and needs to stand up for herself, with Aqua firing back that kindness gets you farther in life than death threats and completely shunning all authority. They challenge each other, you see? Or maybe you don’t. Anyway, in my head, I like to imagine them bonding and becoming friends in the Realm of Darkness during the 11 yrs that Aqua’s been trapped there, and that when Sora busts Aqua out, Vanitas will join the Light side in the ensuing battle against Master Xehanort…I don’t think that will really happen in a future game, but shush and let me have my hope.
Xemnas/Aqua and (apprentice) Xehanort/Aqua are two pairings that I see definite grounding for in canon. Yes, they both have roots in Terra/Aqua, and I don’t necessarily support any return feelings from Aqua (remember, AquVan and Terella supporter here). But think about it. ‘Xehanort’ just wakes up in Radiant Garden one day, knowing nothing but the name Xehanort. Only a few possible residue memories. And then you have Xemnas, referring to Aqua’s armor as ‘friend’. He can’t really remember her. If something like that was just so tantalizingly beyond my grasp, I would probably obsess over it, knowing that the reason I must still partially remember her is because she was someone important, someone I’d loved, but in what capacity, I didn’t know.
Luxord/Yuffie is one of the many crack pairings that I’ve come across in one story or another, and was odd enough and just…had a kind of spark to it to endear it to my heart. The fic that inspired my love for this pairing was called “Lord of Luck” by the author Axel’s Ashes. I just liked the concept of Yuffie meeting a random stranger (Luxord, in this case) and being her usual friendly, fearless, and tenacious self. Luxord, I think, would be fascinated by her, and he isn’t above to having fun or making gambles in the game he views life to be. Of course, they really wouldn’t work romantically in canon, but AUs are always filled with possibilities.
Xigbar/Luxord is one of my newer additions to my head-canon (And thanks to Fruity-Fruit-Cups for helping me to iron this out). The thing is, I don't really see Luxord as being all that concerned with settling down into a monogamous relationship with really anybody. He's the type of person who's more about just living and getting the most out of it. Xigbar, on the other hand, is just flat out hard for me to ship. I love Xigbar to death, but he's just not a person that I would consider for a healthy relationship. He's too manipulative and enjoys fucking with people's heads just for the hell of it, and I can't help but think that he would encourage more destructive tendencies in people. Luxord is the kind of person that wouldn't be fazed by Xigbar's mindfuckery at all, and he has too much class, elegance, and shrewdness to be talked into doing something supremely stupid. However, and let me finally state this: I do not really romantically ship them. I see XigLux as being more best friends--platonic life partners. They're drinking and gambling buddies. And if they have the occassional drunk sex, they would both be perfectly fine and not bothered by it in the morning, and just continue on as they always have.
Oh, fuck it all. So, Cid/Vincent has newly become my favorite pairing for both Vincent and Cid. I'd seen the Valenwind pairing, as it's called, around before, and I thought it was kind of weird, but my consensus until recently was, "Eh, whatever floats your boat." But then...this stupid pairing creeped up on me, and wormed it's way into my heart, and now it's stuck there. Because I just HAD to read a fic called "Bandages", which is a VII/VIII crossover, and apart from having a wonderfully mentally fucked up Cloud, it also had the most ridiculously amazing Valenwind ever. It just...it reminded me of what I think the HP pairing of Remus/Sirius had the potential to be, with Vincent being the Remus to Cid's Sirius. There was just this undeniable level of comfortableness and...and intimacy in this relationship, but not even necessarily in a sexual way. With Sirius and Cid, Remus and Vincent could be completely at peace with all of themselves, because Sirius and Cid can deal with the 'monsters' that lurk inside them. Sirius and Cid are both fiercely protective of Remus and Vincent, and really don't appreciate it when somebody sets them off into brooding. And Remus and Vincent, and their respective monsters, DO NOT take kindly to seeing Sirius and Cid get hurt. And I'll stop with the Remus/Sirius comparisons now, but that's seriously what they reminded me of. But anyway, Cid can boot Vincent out of his perpetual angst cycle, and he's strong enough to go toe to toe with his demons and stand his ground. Yuffie's a strong girl too, but somehow, the idea of gruff, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed Cid with Vincent is more endearing to my heart. Which is odd, because who'd have thought? Not me, that's for certain. So Yuffie's a good second choice for Vincent, but overall, I think I'm mostly going to be sailing on the Valenwind from now on. Fuck everything.
Marluxia/Larxene, as Ghostwriter once put it to me when we were talking about how their characterization would be in AEM, are kind of like the KH version of Jessie and James of Team Rocket in Pokemon. Let that image forever be burned into your mind. And now that I think about it, James always did have a rose on him when making the Team Rocket speech. Ha, totally Marluxia. And parts of that speech fit Larxene and Marluxia, if they said it instead of Jessie and James, respectively. Jessie’s “To denounce the evils of truth and love” is totally Larxene, and James’s “To extend our reach to the stars above” is totally Marluxia. I’m having too much fun with this. Anyway. This can especially be true of an AU, but I think it’s even true in canon. They just fit to me as partners in every aspect of their lives. So…yeah. Just think of Jessie and James from Team Rocket, and you’ve got my feelings on Larxene and Marluxia. Except with more sadism, and much less comedy. Who else are they going to trust to totally have their back? They also, romantic or not, make really awesome BFFs.
Luxord/Xion is a pairing that, for one reason or another, has just gone and captured my attention. I have absolutely no idea why. It just popped into my head a few months ago and it will not go away or leave me alone. I really don’t have much to say about this pairing. I’ve found practically no stories with this pairing in it. Their canon encounters give no indication of this that I can recall. The only way I can think to explain, the only comparison that comes to my mind is that of Erik/Raven (aka Magneto/Mystique) from the movie X-Men First Class. The first time I saw the movie, when they kissed, to me it swung in from nowhere. But when I watched the movie again, I realized that it actually didn’t. Erik, from the beginning was…the guy standing in the corner. The one who seems to be there for no particular reason, other than to tell you that you’re perfect just the way you are, that you don’t need to change, who doles out wisdom and advice when you least expect it. And then one day, when you’re feeling like shit and the love interest you’ve had up until this point has hurt you too deeply this time, you remember that guy in the corner, the one who has, now that you think about it, kind of always been there for you. And has said the things you’ve always needed to hear. That’s what Erik is for Raven, and somehow, for some reason, I can see Luxord being that person for Xion. And that’s all I’ve got so far, by way of explanation.
There is only one way for me to describe Larxene/Lexaeus, or why it could possibly ever work. It’s because the earth is strong enough to absorb the impact of the lightning. It’s just so poetic, isn’t it? But make of it what you will.
Okay, let me attempt to articulate my train of thought, regarding Lexaeus/Tifa. Tifa, for me, is proving to be a hard person to ship, because she's just so motherly. She takes care of people. But I have a hard time seeing a romantic relationship with, say, Tifa and Cloud, because she's so...motherly. And Cloud needs her in his life, yeah, but she just...I can't picture it romantically. Just can't. And so, I would prefer to pair her with someone that she DIDN'T need to take care of all the time. I thought about Rude/Tifa, but I just...I don't know. I just didn't like that pairing. And then I thought of Lexaeus. He's kind of like Rude, in a way, a steady, sane, stalwart presence, and he wouldn't need to be mothered, and he could give her a rock to lean on. I just...I could picture them as like an old married couple, I guess. He wouldn't be constantly running away from her, like Cloud does, and he could give her a sense of security. And Tifa's the kind of person who could get Lexaeus to lighten up, who could coax him to talk more often. Plus, I figure that Tifa's really a generous enough person to be willing to share her light around, you know? And they both value physical strength a great deal, but Tifa ends up gaining a lot of emotional strength, which I think would fascinate Lexaeus, slowly losing more touch with his humanity.
The pairing of Axel/Saix, or Lea/Isa, is one that I don’t really care how it’s interpreted. It’s still one of the most fascinating and heartbreaking relationships in the game, and I love it with all of my heart. Even as my heart breaks for both of them and their broken friendship, but perhaps especially I feel for Saix. Axel seems to be the only friend he’s ever had, and to lose that, and not be able to really understand why…how brutal is that? And I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch of the imagination to imagine that Saix resented Roxas for taking Axel away from him.
Cloud/Leon is a pairing that I never anticipated myself liking, and yet it has become another steady presence in the stories that I read. A lot of this, of course, has to do with the fact that slash pairings tend to flock together in the stories they feature in, but beyond that, I also tend to look for this pairing now, and enjoy it when I find it. I don’t really know how to explain this pairing, or even why it fits. They’re like two things that look like they shouldn’t go together, and you would think taste disgusting, and yet it doesn’t, and it actually, weirdly fits. Like peanut butter and jelly. They just…are. Sorry, but I’m sure there are people better than me out there who could explain this pairing. Or better yet, do what I did/do, and read “Come Home” and Dualism’s “Surgeon General’s Warning”. Those stories should illustrate it well enough. And now that I’m playing Dissidia, I’m still shipping them in that game as well.
Hayner/Seifer/Olette is listed like this because I like to mix and match the aforementioned characters into pretty much any kind of situation. I like it no matter how it’s sliced. Hayner/Seifer is an interesting couple, filled with plenty of metaphorical pigtail pulling. And in some ways, Hayner may as well have ‘Property of Seifer’ stamped on his forehead, because I do kind of believe that Seifer would think that messing with Hayner is a privilege that belongs to him and no one else. Hayner/Olette and Seifer/Olette are both nice pairings that balance each other out, Hayner’s immaturity to Olette’s sense of responsibility, and Seifer’s mean streak to Olette’s open-hearted and accepting nature. And then, of course, you have a beautiful love triangle that I always like, whichever way the coveted character ends up swinging.
And then there’s Pence/Olette. Despite how much Pence tends to irritate me, in theory it’s nice to hear about the nerdy boy who manages to win the heart of his best friend, over potentially cooler boys (in this case, Hayner and Seifer).
Then there is Olette/Naminé, aka the pairing that would not get the fuck out of my head. It’s going to be in AEM, in honor of my sister and her girlfriend. I’m now making a point to keep in mind possible lesbian couples when I think about pairing in my various fandoms. Of course, this is hard to do in KH, because there are so few girls. Anyway, I think Naminé and Olette are quite adorable together. In canon, Naminé would at least know something about Olette, watching Roxas as she does, living in the real Twilight Town, possibly seeing the real Olette running around with Hayner and Pence. I think if they met, Olette would provide Naminé with a blessed sense of normalcy. She has to deal with so many complicated issues and feelings, that I think hanging around Olette would be a relief. Someone Naminé could simply enjoy being with, no strings attached. Basically, I just want the poor girl to be happy.
There are about three Sora/Disney pairings that pique my interest. Sora/Alice is the first of these. You know, ignoring the fact that she’s 7 and he’s 14 when they first meet. Anyway, these two just kind of…clicked together, you know? At the very least, they’d make cool friends. And I found it kind of sweet that, at least in Re:coded, she was unwilling to just abandon Sora while he was in danger. Then there’s the ever-tragic Sora/Tron. Despite everything (you know, the fact that Tron’s a computer program), they are just so cute. It’s all here in this pairing—the tragedy of never working out, growth and the expanding of horizons, heartwarming scenes of at least friendship…I can’t help but love it. And finally there’s Sora/Ariel. She’s a girl who wants to go out and see the world, and here Sora comes waltzing into her life, a boy who had shared dreams similar to hers, and there he is, out and about. Sora…gives her hope, I suppose. Look, I don’t know. They’re just something I notice while playing the game that’s kind of cute.
Since I’ve been playing Crisis Core, I’ve noticed that Zack/Aerith is one of the most adorable things in that entire game. And I’ve very appreciative of the build-up that they’ve done for this couple. It’s amazing. What a way to meet someone—by falling through their roof. And I loved the dynamic that was introduced between the characters—that they’re both from very different walks of life and worlds. Zack is immediately thrown into Aerith’s world, and I loved his genuine interest in it, and then Aerith has to deal with Zack’s reality, and they let each other challenge their pre-conceived notions, and change their perspectives. And then you have that gorgeous scene when Aerith is comforting a grieving Zack, and the bond of understanding between them is such that she doesn’t have to do anything but hold him while he cries…it’s beautiful. Again, they feature the things I love the most in couples. They challenge each other, and make each other grow as people, and their personalities are such that they balance each other. Zack’s impetuousness to Aerith’s caution, his brashness at times to her shyness, and later his seriousness and almost depression to her ability to see the good and the sunlight through the clouds. This couple is just awesome.
And then the end of Crisis Core absolutely breaks my heart when it comes to these two, as it does for all the characters around them seemingly caught up in a gigantic tangle of unrequited love. But seriously, my heart broke so fucking much for poor Zack. I mean, I give Aerith the hugest props in the world for moving on from Zack, but the fact that she believes that Zack had just run off and ditched her for some random girl, when in truth Zack had been captured by Hojo and experimented on for FOUR YEARS, and that he died right outside of Midgar because HE WAS TRYING TO GET BACK TO HER??!! I mean, I totally don't really blame Aerith for thinking what she does, but I can't help but be upset at the fact that Zack pretty much got completely fucked over--even his memory has to be dishonored. He died a hero, and no one even knew this for such a long time. And I feel even worse still, because while Aerith had time to get over Zack, he didn't get the same. And so he ends up on the losing end of the Zack/Aerith/Cloud triangle. Poor guy never catches a break.
The character that breaks my heart the most in Crisis Core though is Kunsel, aka the fucking amazing guy that you will never hear of again. Seriously, Kunsel is like the best friend in all of the world, and he gets absolutely zero appreciation from Zack. For all that Zack is toted as being able to befriend all living things, at least in fandom, he is truly a terrible friend to Kunsel from what you see of their interactions in CC. And my heart breaks the most at that, because it seems to be fairly obvious that Kunsel is packing some serious unrequited love for Zack. Not only does he know absolutely everything about Zack ever, but all he ever wants and tries to do is to help him as much as possible, and then Zack just blows him off, and I'm sorry, but no matter how much my heart breaks for him at the end of the game, fuck you for that Zack. You should have been damn grateful that you had such an outstanding friend like Kunsel, and you could have had another ally at the end if you would ever pick up your fucking PHS and answer Kunsel's messages, damn you. Seriously, Kunsel's "Tell me they're lying" message made me burst into tears, and I wanted to reply back so fucking bad. The point of this paragraph is to explain to you that Kunsel deserves all the happiness in the world, and thus I ship Kunsel/Zack. I mean seriously, Zack will never, ever find a person more dedicated to him than Kunsel. I can only hope that Zack realized what a dick he was in the Lifestream, and that he apologizes to Kunsel (who, to my horror, was probably one of the random Shinra mooks you gunned down in the original game).
Oh wait, this game doesn't have enough tragic pairings yet? Well, here's a serving of Tseng/Aerith. I know that some people don't like him, but I'm actually quite taken with Tseng in CC, and I want him to be my best friend. And therefore his unrequited love for Aerith makes me want to cry into my pillow forever and ever. Seriously, this poor guy, having to watch Aerith fall in love with two guys, one of which that he was actually also friends with himself (Zack). And then having the said friend ask him to take of Aerith for him, and saying that Tseng was the only one he could trust (UM ZACK WHAT THE FUCK ABOUT KUNSEL, HUH?!). And even though you know Aerith being in love with Zack had to be tearing Tseng apart, he still tried so hard to save him and to give him Aerith's 88 other letters, and then he failed...only to watch Aerith then fall in love with Cloud. UGH, TSENG, MY HEART BLEEDS FOR YOU SO MUCH. And yeah, in the original game, Tseng comes across as a major dick to Aerith, but I do believe that he was honestly trying his hardest to keep her safe, just like he's done for most of her life. I mean, Aerith says herself that they were childhood friends, and he kept her out of the Shinra Building and out of Hojo's clutches for as long as he could, albeit under surveillance. And Aerith was actually crying when the group thought that Sephiroth had killed Tseng. I mean, we didn't even see her cry about Zack's death, or at any other time, but she cried when she thought Tseng was going to die? Very interesting, I say. Plus, in CC, he is the only one to respect Aerith's privacy, when he refused to tell Zack anything about Aerith that she herself didn't, and wasn't ready to, tell him.
My newest pairing of the moment is Tseng/Rufus. *headdesk* *headdesk* *headdesk* *repeated headdesking* Damn both of them and this pairing. This another one that I really didn't understand the appeal for, but then once I'd read the right story, I can't get it out of my head. And apart from the obvious Tseng/Aerith love that I will always and forever bear, no other pairing apart from this one stands out to me in the fic, "Death is Part of the Process". It just works so fucking well in the context of that story, and I'm sorry, but damn if it isn't just plain hot elsewhere. *headdesk* Stupid Tseng, making me love him so much that I just want him to be happy. And stupid freaking Rufus--he's too damn attractive for his own good. Like, I'm usually partial to dark hair, but out of all of the FFVII characters, especially in their Advent Children CG appearances, I think Rufus is the best looking of the lot. (What are you doing to my brain, Rufus, I hardly ever see blond guys as being so attractive.) I'm still unsure at this point as to whether I'm fully on board with them outside of "Death is Part of the Process", emotionally speaking, but if there's anyone who can handle Rufus's mindfuckery, and not be afraid to put him in his place, then I suppose that person would be Tseng. And plus, Rufus is always in control, so it's nice to see him not be in total control of something for once in his life. Tough luck, Rufus, but I suppose that's what happens with someone who's known you all your life, ever since you were a child, and who has some authority over you as essentially your chief bodyguard. And I don't think I can read Rufus with really anyone else. Gah. *headdesk*
Riku/Naminé isn’t necessarily a pairing I support all that much, considering that my heart aligns itself more with Sora/Naminé and Riku/Sora, but I list it here because I see definite possibility for it in canon, and because I certainly won’t knock it if I come across it in a story. I suppose my feelings about this pairing are similar to the ones I harbor for Riku/Xion: this relationship/pairing is harbored only by the circumstances canon gives us. And what I mean by that is that if Riku and Naminé had not met under the very specific circumstances that they did, I don’t think they would have been paired together. To explain this further, I imagine that Naminé, while fixing Sora’s memory, is desperately lonely again, especially because she’s continuously breaking her heart while she works. Riku has also been alone for a long time, and despite Mickey’s (seemingly brief) company, he hasn’t seen the two people that he misses the most in that length of time, and now he has Sora, but he’s pretty much in a coma. I would think that Riku would like to get to know Naminé better, this mysterious person who helped him suppress his darkness and who is currently his only hope to get his best friend back to normal. And to Riku, I think that Naminé would…feel like a combination of Sora and Kairi, because she was born from them both. I think Riku would be drawn to her out of homesickness, and because I think he could easily see himself in her: lost in the darkness, and then how he, like her, later pretty much breaks his own heart to help Sora recover. As for Naminé, she’s surrounded by three people most of the time: the source of her heartbreak (Sora), the guy who hates her and wants to eliminate her and hers (DiZ), and then Riku. If I was her, I’d choose to hang around Riku, when I could. Also, if you’re a believer in the Riku/Kairi pairing, it certainly doesn’t hurt this pairing.
Maleficent/Riku is something that I like in terms of pure relationship, and most definitely I do not see it as a romantic pairing. But it’s certainly quite fascinating, and gives you so many different ways to interpret Riku’s character. He and Maleficent have this twisted yet awesome mother/son, mentor/pupil relationship going on, and I adore it greatly.
Sephiroth/Maleficent. Just…come on. How can this be described as anything other than genius of epic proportions? Maleficent, as much as I love her, is too used to getting her way all of the time. She needs someone who’ll give back as good as they get, and who won’t let her intimidate them and let her bowl them over. Sephiroth, at least in AEM, is going to do just that. But in the actual canon KH verse, the one that actually does just this is Hades/Maleficent. And the thought of that pairing is actually kind of awesome, so long as Persephone isn’t around. Maleficent, I love you more than most things in this universe, but you stay away from my Hades/Persephone pairing. Thanks love, I’m sure you understand, OTP and all.
Crisis Core did not just introduce me to Zack/Aerith. It also opened the door to Genesis/Sephiroth. Like, OMG, these two guys. What’s fascinating about this pairing is that, before the Nibelheim incident in the latter part of the game, it’s Sephiroth that would be the stable half of this pair. Genesis is so much more volatile than Sephiroth (at least at first; it’s arguable which one then becomes more deranged); he’s hot-tempered and competitive and sharp-tongued and ready to trounce the ass of anyone who thinks he’s a pansy because of his poetry reading/gayness (and he is so very gay. I’m sorry, but he is. Just try to deny it). And then you flip his bi-polar coin, and I bet Genesis would make a friendly, lively acquaintance. Sephiroth, by contrast, is very aloof and seemingly cold, and carries himself with a dignified grace. He’s serious and focused about his missions and his eventual job as General. Seph’s only two friends are pretty much Angeal and Genesis, and Angeal shares a lot of Sephiroth’s work ethic, offset by a congeniality that Seph doesn’t have/show very often. Sephiroth needs someone who would get him to lighten up, and regardless of whether there is romance or not, I think this role fell to Genesis. Sephiroth would return this favor by reining Genesis in from his more destructive tendencies. And I found it interesting that Genesis was pretty much the only person who could provoke a rise out of Sephiroth, causing the stolid Angeal to step in between. This suggests to me sparks, and possibly romantic spice at best, and a destructive inferno burning everything around them, including themselves, at worst. (And during that sparring scene between Gen and Seph, I think that was our first clue of them both and their relationship would veer towards the worst.) And as a quick light-hearted moment that yet is also underlined by ironic tragedy, AWWW Seph wanted to be the donor to cure Genesis. Adorable. Anyway, and then you get towards the Nibelheim incident, which was basically caused by Genesis insisting that Seph know the truth (or what they thought was the truth, anyway). I felt there was an interesting subtext to that scene, ala X-Men First Class, Erik/Charles’s ‘Divorce’/Beach Scene: the whole ‘I want you on my side’ and pretty much saying ‘Don’t be an idiot and let them use you’, with a dash of ‘You’ve been lied to, I can tell you the truth.’
And then Seph takes a running leap off into the deep end and goes batshit. I’m not quite sure how it all ends yet, BECAUSE SQUARE IS SUCH A FUCKING TEASE. I don’t know if it’s just me, but at that point I get the feeling that Seph and Gen switched roles in their relationship: Sephiroth is now the volatile, unstable one, and Genesis is now the grounding, sane force.
In other news, Dissidia is starting to open my eyes as to why Sephiroth/Cloud is so popular. Like, if you’re not adverse to such things, is there some sort of spell on FFVII and any game where these two face off and are the main protagonist/antagonist, that makes this pairing strangely compelling? Like, that’s where I am right now—I can almost feel a literal pull towards these two. And I don’t get that feeling in KH or Crisis Core—probably in CC because Cloud doesn’t have that huge of a role. But in a game when these two are in prominence, then BAM! Anyway, I’m starting to explore this pairing more thoroughly, but as far as canon goes, I just can’t see this pairing as being anything other than a destructive romance, what with Seph insisting on calling Cloud his ‘puppet’. And the example my brain jumps to is Tanis/Kitiara in Dragonlance. Basically, Cloud and Seph are enemies, obviously, yet Cloud can’t help but being drawn in by Seph’s seductiveness, and even though he knows that this kind of lust/love/hatred is burning him to ashes from the inside out, he still wants more and can’t get enough of it.
... And then, if you want the best of everything, there's the threesome pairing of Genesis/Cloud/Sephiroth. Shut up, it's not my fault that it's addictingly awesome. But really, if there's to be any sort of a healthy relationship between Genesis and Sephiroth, there has got to be a mediator of some sort. In all honesty, Gen and Seph are too much of alpha males to survive for very long on their own. They probably have some great sex, but more often than not, they'd probably end up killing each other. Before Seph fucks him up in canon, Cloud is far more stable and balanced than either Gen or Seph (especially as this is before he gets Jenova cells), and Cloud can be a stubborn force of nature if you push him to be. Plus, this just seems to be the way with Square Enix pairings. Can't decide between shipping Sephiroth with Genesis or Cloud? That's okay, JUST PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER. And this is what is threatening to be my solution in those situations. Trust Square to be ridiculously easy to do so in. Angeal/Genesis/Sephiroth also works and achieves this purpose, but I still kind of like shipping Cloud better than Angeal.
And just as a note, but I see Cloud and Zack's relationship as being like James and Sirius from Harry Potter. They are the absolute best friends in the world, and completely comfortable with sharing anything with each other, and they know each other better than anyone else, but they are not in a sexual or romantic relationship. But that's just me.
Okay, then we've got Angeal/Genesis. For some reason, for a while there I had this block about shipping Angeal with someone. Who the hell knows why. I'm sure I'll take the time to psychoanalyze my own behavior, but that'll be at a later date. Anyway, you can pin the blame for my shipping of this pairing (and the start of my shipping ASGZC in general) on a story called "The Mission" (it's in my favorites list; this story also has the most fantastic in-character Genesis I've yet read). Anyway, this story helped me realize that while Genesis and Angeal were both Sephiroth's best friends, ultimately, Angeal was Genesis's best friend, and vice versa. They've known each other the longest, were raised together. Genesis is the reason why Angeal ends up abandoning ShinRa. And Genesis makes a comment in that story, about how Angeal's the one who's supposed to know him better than anyone. And I think that he's right--and that Genesis would then be the one to know Angeal better than anyone else (when Angeal says at one point that he hasn't said or accused Genesis of anything, Genesis replies, "You didn't have to."). Genesis is a prickly person to deal with, extremely passionate, and prone to getting carried anyway. Angeal is a steady (and sane) presence in his life, and if you remove all of the degradation shit that happens to them in canon, then Angeal and Genesis are the only members of the ASGZC that can really have a truly healthy relationship by themselves (as they probably did before the others came into the picture). Following canon, of course, just makes everything turn into a tragedy all across the board. And even if/when I pair these two off with other people, I still think that they're the most important person in each other's world.
And after saying that, I suppose my guilty pairing would be Angeal/Sephiroth/Genesis/Zack/Cloud. If you see all the initials in some fashion like this 'ASGZC', then it's this fivesome pairing, just to forewarn you. I just...this just amuses me more than it has a right to. And in the hands of a talented author, this...fivesome...can actually be quite beautifully done, even seriously so. It's only when you put them all together that you can actually kind of see that really, without all of them mixed in, the relationship is kind of off-kilter, in a way. The maximum balance is achieved when you've got all of the components together, and you're not missing anything. And, you know, it's kind of nice, not having to choose, when you can just glomp them all together. Just...yeah. Guilty pairing status that has transcended my wildest imaginings. Let me indulge.
One of my most recent pairing additions is Lazard/Cloud. *headdesk* Damn Tobirion for being such a good writer. But in all seriousness, Lazard is a character that manages to make it onto my top 5 list of the most tragic characters in Crisis Core. My heart just hurts for this guy. I mean, I can't imagine that being anyone's bastard kid is pleasant, but when your dad is the President of Shinra himself, and he steadfastly refuses to acknowledge your existence, even though you're standing right fucking there in front of him? Not to mention having a half-brother like Rufus, who's lived in the lap of luxury all of his life, and gets named VP with hardly any effort involved, while you, on the other hand, grew up in the Slums with your mother and worked your fucking ass off to get where you are? And said position that you worked your ass off to get is being the Director of SOLDIER, which basically means that your job is to send people off to die, and you know that only too well? And then you get turned into an Angeal Copy and die? Dude, Lazard's life sucks. And you just know that he suffers from some serious fucking depression, and damn it all, I want this dude to be happy. I want something to go right for him for once in his life. So why Cloud? Well, first thing to keep in mind is that if you're making this in-universe, then this is before Cloud has all of that Traumatic Shit happen to him that turns him into the moody and angsty bastard that most people know him as. And Cloud in the beginning of Crisis Core is such a fucking sweetheart, and I can see him as being just the right person to take care of Lazard's mental health. Cloud at that point isn't completely jaded, but he still understands what it's like to have a shitty life and basically zero friends and people that you can be open with and talk to about your problems (which is another thing about Lazard that adds to his SAD factor--he basically has no friends). Cloud isn't the kind of person who would be looking to take advantage of Lazard in some way, who would understand Lazard's passion and caring for the people of the Slums. Lazard is also equal to Cloud physically, as neither when they knew each other were SOLDIERs (and then at the end, Lazard was an Angeal Copy to Cloud's being doped up on mako). And technically, Lazard was mortally wounded and then died from protecting Cloud. ;) They're just sweet together. Not that there is apparently much of a fanbase for this pairing, or seemingly for Lazard in general. *grumbles*
Alright, let's see if I can pull my head out of the...yaoi (*cringes at the term* I don't know why I hate the way that word's pronunciation sounds, but I do. YAOI. ugh. *headdesk* I don't have nearly the problem with how 'yuri' sounds...and it's quicker to type than 'femmeslash' at any rate.)...hole that I've fallen into so that I can (finally, sheesh Kiryn) talk about my decision to officially throw my weight into the support of shipping Cloud/Aerith. Now, I haven't exactly gotten around to reading a lot of Clerith stories yet, but mostly that's because the 'Tifa vs. Aerith' debacle that apparently still flares up in the fandom from time to time scares the shit out of me, and subsequently I burrow deeper into my ASGZC, Seph/Cloud, and Gen/Cloud fics. It's safe there, damn it. But anyway, I still support Cloud/Aerith. I had to come around to the idea of shipping it, as when I first saw them together was a scene in KH2, and it struck me as a weird pairing mostly because Aerith's KH2 VA is appallingly bad. Really, the first Cloud pairing I came to like at all was Leon/Cloud, and otherwise I was pretty indifferent with who Cloud ended up with. Tifa, Aerith, Sephiroth, it was all the same to me, and I didn't feel any particular inclination towards any of them. Dissidia ruined me on the Seph/Cloud front, and that one story "The Mission" ruined me even further, and firmly descended me into shipping that pairing. For her part, Tifa still hasn't brought anything to the table to incline me towards CloTi, or even really anything to pull her out of Neutral Character Status. Clerith, on the other hand, has definitely managed to cement itself onto my 'sailing' list. Realms of Destiny was the first person to actually push me into really thinking about the pairing at all, and then, with this questioning mindset, I read "Bandages". And yes, you've heard of this fic before from me. It's what got me into Valenwind. The funny thing is that it isn't even a Clerith fic at all (it eventually becomes something like Cloud/Seph), but it still managed to deliver a fatal blow that cemented me into shipping the pairing. What did it do? It equated Clerith in my mind to being highly reminiscent of the Sora/Namine pairing in KH. A lot of people say that Cloud only 'loved' Aerith because of Zack's memories, but the thing is, and that "Bandages" spelled out in heartbreaking clarity, that just because Cloud was channeling Zack's memories, it didn't mean that Cloud felt them any less. Like Sora with his fake memories in CoM, Cloud came to know that it was all a 'lie', but he still felt them as if they were his own. And besides...in order for Zack to influence Cloud, there needs to be something there to influence in the first place. And yeah, Aerith dies, but..."Lost love is still love. It just takes a different form, is all...Life has to end. Love doesn't." (From The Five People You Meet in Heaven; full quote farther down my profile) And as always, the tragedy factor only ends up helping its cause. ;) Plus, I just flat out like Aerith as a character better than Tifa (sorry Tifa), and think she's better for Cloud. Really, in FFVII canon, Tifa is far more insecure and shy than Aerith, who in contrast is plucky, optimistic, fierce, and she seems to have the best success on getting through to Cloud and make him put away his emo-angst ball when no one else can. Clerith probably bops around in second place with Zack/Aerith for my favorite Aerith pairings. First place however, no contest, belongs to Tseng/Aerith. I'm quite happy to let the two of them pair up and leave Cloud to play with the boys. ;)
Reno and Rude in general are kind of like "Those Two Guys" for me in FFVII: they're just there in the background, and I'm fine with them just being in the background, as I honestly don't really have a particular attachment to them, and we are all good so long as they stay in the background. That being said, here are the two pairings I've decided to ship them in. First up is Reno/Scarlet. Because despite myself, I kind of like Scarlet--now that I think about it, she's sort of like Larxene, huh?--and because, for some reason, I just can't picture Reno in a healthy relationship with someone. And these two would totally needle and backstab each other and have extremely loose morals, and yet would keep coming together for great sex or something. They just aren't healthy relationship people, you know? I can see them sleeping together to get dirt on each other's agendas, and totally knowing exactly what the other's doing, and yet they both enjoy this weird, fucked up battle of wits that they've got going on. Rude, on the other hand, I can see having a semi-healthy relationship, at the least. And thus, for him I ship Rude/Elena. Anyway, for some reason, even though I'm usually a sucker for unrequited love--see Tseng/Aerith--I just don't like Tifa with Rude or Tseng with Elena. And so...they go together, initially to potentially comfort each other, but then they realize how much they work well together. Rude is a steadying influence on Elena's excitability, and Elena can get Rude to lighten up some, although she's not as insane as Reno is. Also, both being Turks, they would be able to understand why they would ultimately put their job ahead of most everything else.
Dirge of Cerberus in general was just kind of a "meh" game for me, but it did give me a couple new ships to talk about, and a place to finally stick a certain character that I've grown to dislike a lot.
First up is Weiss/Nero. Yes, really. You can note that this pairing has the distinction of being the third incest pairing that I ship (the first two being Blackcest in HP and Hikaru/Kaoru in OHSHC). So, yes, I know that they're brothers. But I will back this ship up because it...well, in canon and their specific world context, it just makes sense. These two guys are both severely fucked in the head, and have lived most of their entire lives in almost complete isolation in Deepground, where they were chosen to be part of Hojo's experiments. I mean, apart from the scientists who keep pumping them full of mako, the only other people they have had any contact with for decades were Shelke, Azul, and Rosso. Shelke's pretty much an autobot, Azul clearly has no particular inclination towards loyalty for people (as he's quite willing to kill Shelke, even when she was still clearly on his side), and all Rosso cares about is killing people and bathing in their blood (literally). For Weiss and Nero, each other is all that they've got left. Of course they would turn to each other for comfort. And besides...NO ONE is more dedicated to protecting Weiss (who is possessed by Hojo and is becoming Omega) than Nero is. And dude. Come on. The Ho Yay in their scenes almost blinded me. Never before have I ever seen it so...blatant. I mean, for heaven's sake.
Now, my only other pairing in this game is Yuffie/Shelke. I actually really like this pairing a lot, and I'm probably going to start shipping it as one of my main Yuffie pairings, for several reasons. Firstly, it's a yuri pairing. AND THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE YURI IN THIS WORLD, DAMN IT. Thus, a plausible yuri pairing crossing my path? I'm snatching it. Secondly, Shelke was really one of the very few characters that I actually liked and felt much of anything for in DoC. I liked her character development, how she starts out as a complete autobot, and how she learns to start feeling emotions again, and I felt sorry for her, because she just clearly was so lost and couldn't really comprehend such things (the trigger of all this, of course, being her sister's fierce love for Shelke, and her subsequent sacrifice to save Shelke's life). Shelke is a person who is finally free to really live for the first time...but it's in a world that she hardly understands. Yuffie would be good for her, I think, because she's very much the opposite of Shelke--ruled by emotions, flighty, impulsive. Yuffie's fierce and strong, and she'd be able to take care of Shelke, whose body is stunted in growth forever. Yuffie is also used to seeing weird things, and so Shelke being all doped up on mako wouldn't faze her, and despite Shelke being stunted, she and Yuffie are actually the same age (19 in DoC), so that works out for those that don't like age gaps. I can see Yuffie dragging a bewildered Shelke along, giving her adventure, helping her to discover what it's like to live. And once Shelke really comes into her own, she'd be able to rein in Yuffie's...less than stellar personality traits, and be a calming sort of influence on her. I just think that the two would get more out of this relationship than they would with anyone else.
My favorite character in all of Final Fantasy is undisputedly Balthier. (And oh, why aren’t you in a Dissidia game? Your inclusion would have completed my soul.) As such, you could kind of say that I sort of ship one-sided Everyone/Balthier. So long as someone is thinking/reflecting on/acknowledging his utter awesomeness, I don’t care. I can’t ever get enough of Balthier. But my favorite pairing for him is Balthier/Fran. Again, THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS FUCKING GORGEOUS, romance or not. I’m seriously convinced that Fran owns Balthier’s soul. They are two sides of the same coin, two halves that make the whole, and the bond they share comes to them as easily as breathing. I can’t imagine that they would ever need anyone else, so long as they have each other. So much love for these two.
My second favorite pairing for him is Balthier/Ashe. These two have undeniable chemistry between them, and I adore the way that Balthier challenges the prickly Ashe and any pre-conceived notions that she has, and makes her grow and see a clearer picture of the world around her. For Ashe, Balthier has an allure to him, he has something that, deep down, maybe she wants: freedom. He cut all his chains, all his responsibilities, and while she could probably never really imagine doing that, I think it would fascinate her. And obviously he grows to mean something to her, if the way she reacted when he was on the Bahamut and she thought he died was any indication. And yet, in the ending scene, when Ashe gets her ring back from him, I feel like there’s a kind of peace that she finds. Closure, I suppose would be the word. To me, that ring symbolizes the end of their chapter together, that he’s relinquishing his hold on any part of her that he may have had, so then they can both move on with their lives.
And this leads into Basch/Ashe. I quite adore this pairing, you see, because I can just see the way this would develop. Basch is kept a prisoner for so long, that when he finally gets out, I think he would be disoriented, thinking he had no purpose. And so he latches onto protecting Ashe, and by extension through her Dalmasca, and I think he would admire her indomitable willpower and strength, possibly fall in love with her for that. As for Ashe, Basch is another person that challenges her perceptions of the world, who forces her to see that things aren’t black and white, and makes her grow as a person. And once she let go of her hatred of him, I could see her wanting to find out who the real Basch is. While Balthier is more like a fantasy, Basch is a steady, grounding presence, and a rock to support her.
If I had to choose a favorite Penelo pairing, it'd probably be Larsa/Penelo (though, I am very proud of the AEM pairing Zell/Penelo that we came up with). I just...I just can't help but like this pairing, because it features all of the particular selling points that I look for in couples: they come from very different walks of life, and are thus forced into shifting their pre-conceived notions of each other and things, they make each other grow into better people. Once Penelo gets to know Larsa better in the game, she doesn't let him stand on airs or anything--she treats him like a normal person, and Larsa in return treats her with an interesting, balanced courtesy. Larsa acknowledges her feminity, which Vaan doesn't really do, as she grew up as pretty much one of the boys, but Larsa doesn't make this recognition a bad thing, and doesn't disrespect her ability to take care of herself in battles. Vaan is Penelo's best friend and all, but Penelo doesn't strike me as someone who wants to spend the rest of her life going off on adventures; Larsa is a person she could settle down with. And they are just so, so, so cute in the game.
While Penelo is the type to want to settle down, Vaan isn't. And so, for his pairing I have decided upon Vaan/Mjrn. Because both of them look up to Balthier and Fran, respectively, I can see Vaan (in a more AU situation, obviously) coming across Mjrn, who's decided that she's tired of taking both of her sisters' bullshit, and so has thus left Eruyt, but not gone to seek Fran, because she wants to prove to herself that she'd be able to make it well enough on her own just like her sister did. Vaan would be able to offer her the adventure that she's been looking for all of her life, and they both have a fierce sense of justice that would probably have the pair of them trying to right wrongs in their own way. Plus, Mjrn seems to be pretty young by Viera standards, and Vaan's young as well. They can both be adorably awkward through the final stages of puberty and teenager-hood together.
Hahahahaha, and fuck you Dissidia, for now making me ship Warrior of Light/Garland. Seriously, you can't have WoL say shit to Garland like, "I'm going to save you" in front of me, because it just won't end well. Like Garland was trying to demoralize him but WoL was just all, "I pity you and feel sad for you, because you feel trapped in this conflict, but I'm going to SAVE YOU FROM THIS," and I just...fucking goddamn it, but it was so sweet, and then Garland's all honorable and tells him the truth and just THE FUCKING WAY HE TALKS TO WOL, I JUST FUCKING CAN'T HELP IT WITH THESE TWO. They've got some fucking Grindelwald/Dumbledore and Charles/Erik relationship going on here, and this CHEMISTRY and UNDERSTANDING of each other, and I...fuck Dissidia. What do you want from me? My shipping allegiance? Well here it is!
Purely for Teh Lulz, I ship the following two pairings. Dr. Cid/Lucrecia, because, really, Lucrecia, if you have to hook up with a mad scientist, at least pick the one that's actually hot and awesome, and, well...not the completely sick fuck that Hojo is. You know what I'm saying, girl? And oh God, the stepfamily union would just be too much...because then Balthier and Sephiroth would be step-brothers. That image is going to make me laugh forever. Second, we have Vayne/Jote, because...can you even imagine how much the two of them would butt heads if they ever actually met? Vayne is all revolutionary and right along with Dr. Cid up there in "putting history back in the reins of man" and is all DOWN WITH THE GODS/OCCURIA and eventually turns himself into some sort of mechanical entity. Jote would then be outraged at such blatant blasphemy and be all, "BITCH, THE GREEN WORD IS THE WAY OF LIFE." Annnnd it's clear that my brain needs sleep at this point. ;)
And now I'm going to spend some time to talk about a few pairings that make me want to bash my head against the wall and scream at the world for its sheer stupidity and hypocrisy.
First up is Roxas/Namine. Ho, Namixas. How the claims of your fans make me hate thee. No, it's not the idea of shipping the pairing in and of itself that bothers me. I mean, really, I have no right to talk, considering a few of the ridiculous things that I ship. So if people want to ship it, then fine, sail away. But I suppose what irritates me the most about the pairing is the...shallowness of it. And one of my pet peeves is the insistence that this pairing is canon.
Because NO. NO, IT IS NOT CANON. I don't deny people's right to ship the pairing, but I can and do argue the claim that this pairing is canon. And if at such time it is confirmed to be canon, then I will say that this pairing has the shittiest development of all time.
First of all, there's this whole game, it's called "Chain of Memories". You know, the game in which Namine was in love with SORA. Roxas is captured by Riku, and then Namine essentially bleached his brain and erased all his memories and his identity. The key thing to keep in mind during the Prologue of KH2 is the fact that EVERYTHING Namine is doing is TO WAKE SORA UP. And she knows that you just can't suddenly take Roxas and plunk him down in front of Sora and expect him to know what to do, or to go through with it. So she eases him into it. Yeah, maybe she did feel bad about what she was doing, but she was still planning his death the entire time (As a sidenote, I very firmly maintain that Roxas committed suicide at the end of the Prologue. He gave up his body and his right to sustain his own life independently, and he is now essentially a parasite that 'lives through Sora'. It's suicide, damn it). And if Namine had really wanted to save Roxas, then she would have. I mean, she stood up to Marluxia and Larxene to save Sora. But that's just it. Namine doesn't want to save Roxas. Her goal is to save Sora. Not only that, but Roxas and Namine barely knew each other for a week, and saw each other less than ten times. All Roxas sees in Namine is the fact that she's the only person around here who is giving him any answers at all. And people say that they fell in love with each other? No, they didn't. They didn't have the TIME to do so, and Roxas's brain was so severely traumatized by that point that I'm sure that was the last thing on his mind.
The fact that they're both Nobodies and therefore can 'understand each other'? Well, so's the rest of the Organization, so I don't count that as a valid argument. And as far as them being Sora and Kairi's Nobodies, so course they have to be together? Let's just ignore the fact that the entire point of them is that they are separate people, who can think independently of their Somebodies, never mind what THEY might want. Oh no, their entire lives and actions are planned out by other people, and they have no say whatsoever. And then there's the fact that they were pretty much both 'born' from Sora AT THE SAME TIME. If anything, they're like Nobody twins/siblings. And even Sora/Kairi is a shaky pairing on canon grounds, in my opinion.
Okay, deep breath. This brings us to the next on my 'JESUS GOD WHHHYYY' list, Roxas/Xion. Yes, they do actually get to know each other and are friends, which is far more than I can say about Roxas/Namine, so that's a plus. But you'd be ignoring the gigantic problem of the fact that in canon, Xion was solely created to ABSORB ROXAS AND ESSENTIALLY KILL HIM. I think Days demonstrated quite well that they simply can't both exist at the same time, what with Xion being designed to drain Roxas. And to all the people who hate Sora/Roxas, but approve of Roxas/Xion? THERE IS THE SAME EXACT PROBLEM WITH BOTH OF THOSE PAIRINGS. XION IS TAKING ON SORA'S IDENTITY, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. I mean seriously, is Sora/Roxas only gross because they're both guys, and thus Roxas/Xion is okay? Because fuck that hypocrisy and double standards right in the ear. Also, it amuses me how many people forget that Xion is basically a transgender character.
And then, slightly mystifying me with its popularity, there is Axel/Larxene. See, one of the things that just doesn't sit well with me about this pairing, is that to me it feels like people are just 'pairing the spares' with these two. It's like they need a place for Axel to go, but of course he can only be with girls, so who's left? Just Larxene? ... Well, that'll have to work, even though most people seem to hate her because 'she's so mean'. I think I need to put a muzzle on my sarcasm. But seriously, it's sad, but people actually do this. Granted, I think Axel and Larxene as besties/friend-enemies is awesome, but as a couple? They'd kill each other within a month. They are just too similar to make it work in the long run. Lightning fire just equals to a lot of chaos and destruction and shit getting burned to the ground. And that's not a healthy relationship. As for their interactions in CoM? Larxene just seems to be the kind of person that's playful and flirts with and needles everyone around her, Axel certainly isn't special in that regard. Also, Axel does not look like he's at all comfortable with her touching him. And then there's the little fact that Axel is plotting her murder the entire game. Yeah. Important little detail there. Not to mention the fact that Axel is also spending quite a bit of his time in that game protecting Sora for Roxas's sake. You know, Roxas, that kid who is the, quote, only one that Axel liked, the only one who made him feel like he had a heart.
The last pairing that finds its dubious way onto my 'sink' list is Marluxia/Vexen. Just...why. Why anyone would ever think this is a good idea is beyond me. Again, it stinks just like Axel/Larxene of 'pairing the spares', except that it's the slash version. Firstly, Vexen ranks right up as the #3 character that I despise the most in the KH series (just under Ansem/DiZ and Master Xehanort), and so I simply can't imagine ever wanting to read about him in a sexual relationship with anybody. Yuck. But with Marluxia of all people? Apart from the fact Vexen doesn't deserve someone as awesome as Marluxia, he also does not respect any of the neophytes in any capacity, and thinks them to be far inferior to himself. Marluxia seems to quite enjoy humiliating Vexen and goading him into fights that he can be further defeated in and knocked down several pegs. Marluxia also doesn't bat even an eyelash when he orders Vexen's execution, and had he succeeded in his plot to take over the Organization, he probably would have ended up killing Vexen anyway. They just...wouldn't really work, in any way that could be considered healthy. And for me, nothing could ever make up for the fact that this is a Vexen pairing. So just...no thank you.
As for any other pairings that aren't listed up there, you can mostly assume at the least that I would tolerate them if I came across them in a fic. These are just now the ones I felt I had something to say about them.
Soul Calibur pairings I sail: Ivy/Taki, Yun-seong/Xianghua, Yoshimitsu/Seong Mi-na, Cassandra/Lizardman, Mitsurugi/Setsuka, Talim/Amy, Maxi/Kilik, Siegfried/Kilik, Maxi/Talim, Voldo/Tira, Astaroth/Necrid, Raphael/Siegfried, Rock/Raphael, dark one-sided Tira/Sophitia (or with Pyrrha, Siegfried, Kilik, etc)
Soul Calibur pairings I sink: Kilik/Xianghua, Seong Mi-na/Yun-seong, Mitsurugi/Taki, Raphael/Talim, requited Siegfried/Tira, Yun-seong/Talim
Now that I'm embarking ever deeper into this series of games, I figure it's about time that I gave it its own proper section on this profile, complete with pairings. So, I'm going to start this section out by talking about my feelings on what seems to be the most popular pairing in this fandom: Kilik/Xianghua.
If one glances back up, one will notice that I "sink" this pairing. One can therefore note that I am seemingly in the minority when it comes to disliking this pairing. Firstly, it is precisely because of it being stupidly popular that ultimately turns me off of it. I mean, yes, I do in fact ship some popular pairings (case in point: Axel/Roxas in KH). But my problem with Kilik/Xianghua--fuck it, my problem with the Soul Calibur fandom at large is that there is little to no variety when it comes to pairings. You see just the same basic couples over and over and over again. And Kilik/Xianghua is at the head of this pack. Thus, its immense popularity does this pairing no favors in my book, and quite frankly, its status as being practically the only canon pairing doesn't help it either. In case you haven't gotten this about me yet (and if you haven't, I question your comprehension skills), the "canon-ness" of a pairings does not ultimately hold much sway for me. I will either like pairing and think it works or I will not, canon be damned. And in this case, I am damning canon.
And to go more in depth about Kilik and Xianghua, the biggest thing that doesn't sit right with me about them is the fact that Xianghua is blood sister of Kilik's adopted sister. Yes, it's technically not incest, but it's pretty much emotional incest, which isn't much better in my book. I don't care that they are unaware of this fact--I'm aware of it, damn it. And Xianghua reminds Kilik of his 'sister' (that he ended up killing, no less) anyway--how does this not make more people uncomfortable? I don't mind them being close or anything, but fuck any romantic relationship. Plus, Xianghua has a daughter, and apparently Kilik is not the father. So there. ;) And lastly, I just plain don't care all that much for Xianghua, and certainly not enough to approve of her being with my Kilik, who is my favorite SC character. As my favorite character, I want Kilik to be happy, and I just can't imagine that he would be happy with Xianghua, because whenever he looks at her he is riddled with torment and guilt because she looks exactly like the sister he was forced to kill. That does not make for a happy Kilik, and is thus fail in my book.
So, enough of that. Let's move on to the pairings that are making moves on becoming my OTPs for this fandom.
The first of these is Siegfried/Kilik. I honestly want to smack myself for not thinking of this sooner. Seriously, how did I not think of this, and had to have my sister point it out for me?! I mean, they're my two favorite characters! But anyway, in all seriousness, I think they work astonishingly well together. After Siegfried is freed from Nightmare/Soul Edge, he wants to atone for all of the atrocities he committed as Nightmare, and so he purposefully shuns people because he feels that the only thing left for him is to destroy the Sword(s), and he doesn't want to be distracted from this goal, and this compounds with the fact that everyone shuns him anyway, because they don't see him as any different from Nightmare and they refuse to forgive him. Kilik is one of the only characters that doesn't have any beef with Siegfried or Nightmare in particular--just with Soul Edge, and Kilik really doesn't have any room to talk when it comes to committing atrocites while brainwashed and crazy, seeing as he killed a whole bunch of people in his temple and ended up killing his adopted sister. Kilik is one of the few characters that really understands even a small part of the horror that Siegfried is experiencing. And like Siegfried, Kilik believes that he basically should live alone or die or some such noble, self-sacrificial thing. On a personality level, Kilik is gentle, quiet, and shy, with a strong will, and Siegfried, who used to be selfish and arrogant, is now trying to atone for his sins. I think Kilik is the sort of person who would soothe Siegfried, and show him that with enough dedication and practice, it is possible to control and balance whatever energies are in your body. By the end of SCIV, Kilik either a) dies (!!!) or b) is determined to seal himself away from the world and feels that he can't ask anyone to give up living their lives to stay with him (i.e. Xianghua). This wouldn't be a problem for Siegfried, because it's really not like he has anything to live for beyond destroying Soul Edge, the world at large hates him...I think he would like being a hermit with Kilik, and to have a chance to search for his inner peace, and he wouldn't turn Kilik into an even bigger angst-bucket than he already is, and we are all good.
My other main OTP of this series is Cassandra/Lizardman. Yes, really. Honestly, without a hint of humor at all. The thing is, I feel absolutely terrible for Lizardman, or Aeon, which is his proper name. Like, I just really feel so fucking sorry for him and his fate, because his life is pretty much just 100% suckfest. I mean, this guy set out on a Holy Quest for Hephaestus, and then he gets cursed into this Lizard/monster form and is brainwashed into committing more atrocities, and when he finally gets into his right mind again, he realizes--where the fuck was his god when he really, really needed him? Dude, that brutal kind of loss of faith hurts, and causes my heart to feel a lot of sympathy pain on his behalf. And then he goes after Soul Edge/Calibur, first to get revenge on Hephaestus, and then to simply regain the human soul that he is progressively losing, as he becomes more and more like the monster that he didn't want to be? Good Lord, but how can you not feel sorry for him? Cassandra, for her part, also has issues with Hephaestus and his treatment of her sister, and so I think she would totally understand Lizardman's plight, and yet unlike him and his crisis with his humanity, Cassandra has a ton of self-confidence, and in the end doesn't need to put so much faith into otherworldly deities. Cassandra, I feel, would infinitely help Lizardman, because she can remind him of what humanity is, since she is a very human character: she's ruled by emotions and motivated by love for her sister, she's brash and loud and confident, free-spirited and full of determination. I want Lizardman to find some peace and be happy, damn it, and I think Cassandra could give it to him, and she could possibly grow to become just as protective of him as she is of Sophitia. Hell, this whole pairing is highly reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, if you will.
X-Men (First Class) pairings I sail: Erik/Charles (OTP), Erik/Raven, and Raven/Azazel (Yes, it's a shockingly short list, I know)
If you glance back up into the Harry Potter section, notice how one of my favorite pairings is Grindelwald/Dumbledore? In fact, you could even go so far as to say that Grindeldore is my second favorite HP pairing after Remus/Sirius. So, if one takes Grindeldore and translates it over into the X-Men universe, do you know what you end up with? You get, my dears, my OTP of X-Men, Erik/Charles. Seriously, if Albus was in X-Men, he would be Charles with a beard, and Gellert would totally be Erik. I love couples like this more than most things, in case you haven’t been able to tell. But Erik/Charles is so much like Grindeldore, because in both cases, they were BEST friends and had the potential to be more than that once, until ultimate tragedy intervened, in Erik’s case, by a) killing Shaw and while Charles was in his mind and holding him in place, forcing Charles to experience the man’s death, b) sending the missiles back at the humans, forcing Charles to realize that their differences in opinion re: said humans was too great, and c) accidentally deflecting a bullet into Charles’s spine and causing him to be paralyzed. And yet, despite all of that, it’s painfully obvious that they both still love each other (this still holds true, even if you consider them to be just friends), even when they’re both old men. Seriously, that scene when they’re playing chess in Erik’s cell is adorable, and I could totally see Albus and Gellert doing something similar. And if you go back to X-Men First Class, you see even further that they exhibit all of the hallmarks I look for in couples. Erik and Charles are equals—they’re the most powerful (offensive) mutants on their team, and they (apart from Raven) have the most experience with their mutations, and therefore they both challenge each other. They both come from extremely different walks of life, and they make each other shift pre-conceived notions and help each other grow (how heartbreaking is it that Charles is pretty much the first and kind of only friend that Erik has ever had?! And Charles, for his part, has had a fairly sheltered life; he hasn’t had to deal with pain and trauma like Erik has). And last but not least, they’re also compliments: Erik is the level-headed, practical one, and has a ruthless streak a mile wide; Charles, by contrast, is the idealist, the one who can see and believe in the best of people. Charles tempers Erik’s more violent tendencies, and Erik grounds Charles from letting his head get too far into the clouds. Charles is the light to Erik’s darkness, if you will. And they already share a deep and intense emotional and intimate bond in First Class; I don’t think love is that great of a step from that.
I ended up going quite in-depth during my blurb of Luxord/Xion about my feelings as they pertain to the pairing of Erik/Raven. And let me start with a disclaimer. When I walked into the theater to see X-Men First Class after being (gently) forced by my friends into going, I literally knew nothing about X-Men. The only thing I knew was that Hugh Jackman played some guy named Wolverine. And that’s it. So, in my first viewing of the movie, I just kind of sat there, staring wide-eyed at the story being played out on the screen, and the only definite opinion I had about anything went something along the lines of, “OMG, Erik is one of the most amazing things ever *hearts*". Ahem. So, my brain was busy that first time around trying not to overload with absorbing this brand new world. And thus, when Erik and Raven’s kiss scene came up, I did a bit of a double-take, and wondered where on earth that had come from. But I didn’t dwell on that and I moved on, because I figured it was something that would have made sense to me if I wasn’t such a complete noob and obviously missing something. The time then came for my second viewing of the movie. And this time, I was able to register something I hadn’t the first time around: that Erik/Raven did not, in fact, come out of complete nowhere. And this is the part that I described in my Luxord/Xion explanation: Erik is the one who, though unobtrusively, provides relentless encouragement for Raven, who tells her that she’s perfect just the way she is, and that she has to learn how to accept herself before she can expect anyone else to. And now having seen the movie series as a whole, the purpose of First Class for Raven is showing how she became the bold, fearless, and confident Mystique, and how Erik is intrinsic to that transformation. And seriously, I love Erik so fucking hard for giving Raven exactly what she needed in that kiss scene. (Also, I know he was having some issues of his own, but seriously, fuck Hank in that scene, man.) I may be an Erik/Charles shipper, but that was truly perfection. Also, I love them being bad ass and awesome in X1 and X2. (And now I know why some people prefer to believe that X3 doesn’t exist. I’m one of them.) In conclusion, what I really loved in First Class for Raven was her character arc, and I loved the role that Erik played in it.
The last, and really only other pairing I ship in the X-Men fandom is Raven/Azazel. This couple is apparently just one of many ‘canon’ interpretations of Nightcrawler’s origins, with the aforementioned two being his parents. And you can see the resemblance, what with him having the blueness of Raven and the tail and teleportation of Azazel. Anyway, on to actually discussing the couple at hand, I really adore Azazel and his ultimate badassery, and I can see how, now being forced to work together in the Brotherhood, how he and Raven would curious about each other. I also imagine that if Raven was going to try to get along with anyone in the Brotherhood, how Azazel would probably be the most friendly and receptive. And I can see them working in a relationship together because, like Erik, Azazel wouldn’t treat her like a kid sister, and neither would he have a problem with her natural appearance, especially as he himself has no room to talk. Raven may even feel a bit of kinship with him on that front, because the two of them are the most obvious mutants (Hank had to be enhanced to get to that level; he wasn’t that way naturally). But unlike Erik, Azazel isn’t a walking ball of unleaded trauma, and I think Raven would appreciate a break from dealing with Erik’s numerous Issues, especially as I don’t think Erik would share his problems with her like he ended up doing with Charles. And as for Azazel, I think Raven would be able to share with him perspectives that he’s never had the chance to experience for himself, as unlike Raven, I don’t think he’s ever been able to blend in with society at all. I can see her fascinating him, and just…yeah. Even if I couldn’t have thought up all of the above as a reason to ship them, the Rule of Cool would still apply here for me.
Ouran High School Host Club pairings that I sail: Tamaki/Kyouya (OTP), Hikaru/Kaoru, Mori/Haruhi, Kyouya/Tamaki/Haruhi, Kaoru/Hikaru/Haruhi, Kasanoda/Haruhi, Honey/Mori/Haruhi/Tamaki/Kyouya/Kaoru/Hikaru, Haruhi/Hikaru
The first time around in watching this show, I didn't really pay any attention to pairings, or spend time picking out favorite characters. In watching through the season again, my Shipping Sensors decided to kick into gear, and place little glowing neon signs over certain couples.
The first, and now my OTP, of this fandom is Tamaki/Kyouya. Obviously, and as Tamaki himself lampshaded in, like, episode 3, Tamaki and Haruhi are destined to get together, and in the manga I know they've fully ascended into Official Coupledom. I know that the show, therefore, is centered around them and Tamaki's cluelessness in his feelings towards Haruhi, and how Haruhi gets acquainted with Tamaki's many layers, and how apart from being a dumbass he's actually quite insightful, and it's all very cute, otherwise I wouldn't watch the show, etc, etc. However. I am also fairly convinced that Kyouya is gay and is, at the very least, suffering from unrequited love for Tamaki. I just...the writer in me has decided that, in my opinion, it's thematically appropriate for Kyouya's character, and the episode that flashes back to how Kyouya and Tamaki first met, it reads to be as being like a "coming out" story for Kyouya, when he learns how to paint outside that portrait of his (and to paint a rainbow rose at that). No one has ever gotten under Kyouya's skin like Tamaki has, and no one else has ever full on embraced Kyouya for who he is, and to show him that it's okay. As for Tamaki...Kyouya is his rock, and truly is the 'Mommy' to his 'Daddy'. Kyouya is the one who Tamaki always comes back to for comfort, is the steady ground for him to stand on. Tamaki is also the only one who ever really touches Kyouya on frequent basis; there seems to be a boundary that no one but Tamaki can cross. Kyouya is the one who executes Tamaki's protection from the shadows, is the calming force that Tamaki needs, while Tamaki is the light and color in Kyouya's life. Tamaki/Haruhi is canon, yes, and they certainly care for each other, and I like Haruhi, don't get me wrong, but...what Tamaki has with Haruhi just doesn't strike me as the forever, soulful kind of love that Tamaki would/could have with Kyouya. Ultimately, though, I don't think Kyouya would initiate any kind of overtures of that nature with Tamaki, and would be selfless and trust Haruhi enough to where he would just want Tamaki to be happy. And I think that no matter where Tamaki goes, he'll always have his Shadow King at his back, because really, what would Tamaki ever do without Kyouya?
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic pairings that I sail: Twilight Sparkle/Luna (OTP), Pinkie Pie/Twilight Sparkle (OTP), Rarity/Applejack, Twilight Sparkle/Sunset Shimmer, Pinkie Pie/Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle/Cheerilee, Rarity/Fluttershy, Twilight Sparkle/Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie/Rainbow Dash, Applebloom/Zecora, Luna/Fluttershy, Rarity/Twilight Sparkle, Twilight Sparkle/Applejack, Applejack/Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle/Cadance, Spike/Rarity, Big Macintosh/Twilight Sparkle, Cadance/Shining Armor, Filthy Rich/Fancypants, Rarity/Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy/Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle/Trixie, Zecora/Luna, Twilight Sparkle/Fluttershy, Big Macintosh/Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle/Zecora, Sweetie Belle/Scootaloo, Applebloom/Sweetie Belle, Applebloom/Scootaloo, Zecora/Fluttershy, Applejack/Pinkie Pie, Applejack/Fluttershy, Rarity/Rainbow Dash
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic pairings that I sink: Big Macintosh/Fluttershy, Applecest, Twilight Sparkle/Spike, Fancypants/Fleur-de-lis
Other things that I believe about MLP: FiM: 1) Braeburn is totally gay, and I'm convinced that if anypony's a total lesbian, it's Fleur-de-lis. 2) Discord and Celestia totally act like they're exes. So I'll believe that much about them, if nothing else. 3) Apparently Little Strongheart is a girl (I think?), but I keep thinking that she's a boy. 4) I see Fancypants and Fleur-de-lis being more along the lines of BFFs. (see: #1)
Merlin pairings that I sail: Merlin/Arthur, Morgana/Gwen, Morgause/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot, Merlin/Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Freya, Tristan/Isolde, Arthur/Mithian, Lancelot/Merlin, Gwaine/Merlin (OTP), Uther/Ygraine/Nimueh
Supernatural pairings that I sail, the Dean armada edition: Dean/Castiel (OTP), Castiel/Dean/Benny (OT3), Castiel/Dean/Gabriel, Dean/Benny, Dean/Gabriel, Dean/Victor, Castiel/Dean/Jimmy, Lisa/Dean/Castiel, Castiel/Dean/Crowley, Dean/Lisa, Dean/Aaron, Dean/Crowley, Dean/Jamie, Dean/Ash, Donna/Dean, Dean/Jimmy, Anna/Dean, Dean/Ezekiel, Dean/Eliot Ness, Dean/Cain, Dean/Gadreel, Rhonda/Dean, Dean/Impala, Dean/Cassie, Castiel/Dean/Bela
SPN ships I sail that DON'T involve Dean (;P): Jody/Linda, Layla/Bela, Gwen/Rachel, Adam/Samandriel, Charlie/Bela, Anna/Ruby, Charlie/Hael, Jo/Kat, Donna/Jody, Anna/Mary, Charlie/Dorothy, Ruby/Ava, Claire/Krissy, Emma/Alex, Charlie/Hael/Dorothy, Sam/Jess, Sam/Sarah, Sam/Daphne, Sam/Risa, Sam/Lucifer, Abaddon/Naomi, Layla/Tessa, Impala/Death's Cadillac, Mary/Naomi, Anna/Jo, Ellen/Hester, Eve/Lilith, Bela/Risa, Bobby/Karen, Ben/Jesse, Corbett/Ed, Kate/Michael (8x4), Krissy/Josephine, Claire/Alex, Krissy/Alex, Ben/Claire/Jesse/Emma/Krissy/Alex, Bobby/Jody, Charlie/Gilda, Demian/Barnes, Annie Hawkins/Victoria Dodd (7x19), Don/Maggie (7x5), Carmen/Bela, Sam/Ezekiel, Sam/Gadreel, Sam/Ruby, Sam/Jody, Sam/Gabriel, Tamara/Anna, Charlie/Hannah, Tamara/Raphael (femslash preferred), Nick/Sarah (5x1), Lilith/Ruby/Meg/Abaddon, Ash/Naomi, Mary/John(/Kate Milligan), Jo/Gwen, Maggie Zeddmore/Becky, Jesse/Alex, Artemis/Prometheus/Hayley (8x16), Dwight/Rod (8x23), Tracy/Gail, Becky/Chuck
semi-ship: Sam/Dean, Sam/Dean/Castiel, Kevin/Dean, Kevin/Sam, Krissy/Dean
dark ship: Alastair/Dean, Abaddon/Dean, Crowley/Dean, Ruby/Sam, Lucifer/Sam, Azazel/the Winchester family
Supernatural pairings I sink: Meg/Castiel (NOTP), Michael/Adam, Sam/Madison, Aiden/Krissy, Charlie / any male character
Once Upon a Time pairings that I sail: Emma/Regina (OTP), Aurora/Phillip/Mulan, Ella/Thomas (Ashley/Sean)
Princess Tutu pairings I sail: Duck/Fakir (OTP), Mytho/Fakir/Duck/Rue (OT4), Duck/Rue, Fakir/Mytho, Femio/Mytho, Mytho/Rue
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood pairings that I sail: Ling/Greed (OTP), Ling/Ed/Greed (OT3), Ling/Ed, Roy/Riza, Mrs. Bradley/Wrath, Winry/Lan Fan, Gracia/Riza/Roy/Maes (OT4), Gracia/Riza, Maes/Roy, Miles/Buccaneer, Winry/Ed/Ling/Lan Fan, Ed/Greed, Izumi/Sig, Maria/Catherine, Olivier/Izumi/Sig/Alex, Izumi/Olivier, Sig/Alex, Scar/Olivier, Trisha/Hohenheim, May/Lan Fan, Ed/Winry, Lan Fan/Ling/Greed, Ling/Lan Fan, Winry/Paninya, Winry/Rose, Maria/Rebecca, Al/May, Maes/Gracia, Riza/Olivier, Roy/Havoc, Rose/Sheska, Riza/Roy/Havoc, Elysia/Nina, Rose/Scar, Scar/Roy, Fuery/Sheska, Ed/Envy
Favorite FMA:B platonic ships: May/Scar (BROTP), Wrath/Mrs. Bradley/Pride, Ed/Darius/Heinkel(/Greed; BROT3/4), Al/Zampano/Jerso, Ed/Al/Winry, Pinako/Hohenheim, Olivier/Buccaneer, Olivier/Miles
FMA:B pairings I sink: Roy/Ed, Kimblee/Scar
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms/The Broken Kingdoms/The Kingdom of Gods pairings that I sail: Oree/Madding, Oree/Shiny, Yeine/Nahadoth, Nahadoth/Itempas, Yeine/Nahadoth/Itempas, Yeine/Sieh (platonic), Morad/Remath, Hado/T'vril, Deka/Sieh
Free!: Makoto/Haruka (OTP), Nagisa/Rei, Kou/Mikoshiba, Rei/Rin, Makoto/Haruka/Rin (OT3), Makoto/Rin
Lost Girl pairings that I sail: Kenzi/Bo, Bo/Lauren, Bo/Ryan, Bo/Lachlan
Every Day pairings I support: A/Rhiannon/Alexander, Dawn/Vic, Holly/Natasha, Amelia/Zara, Sam/Mark, Rhiannon/Kelsea
Avatar: The Last Airbender pairings that I sail: Sokka/Zuko (OTP), Suki/Sokka/Zuko (OT3), Sokka/Suki, Mai/Zuko, Sozin/Roku, Azula/Ty Lee/Mai, Ty Lee/Azula, Mai/Ty Lee, Jet/Zuko, Toph/Katara, Aang/Katara, Katara/Zuko, Appa/Momo
The Legend of Korra pairings I sail: Korra/Asami (OTP), Bolin/Iroh II, Mako/Wu, Lin/Kya II, Korra/Asami/Iroh II, Eska/Bolin, Zhu Li/Varrick, Jinora/Kai, Bolin/Opal, Lin/Tenzin/Pema, Naga/Pabu, Su/Baatar
The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit pairings I sail: Gimli/Legolas (OTP), Bilbo/Thorin (OTP), Eowyn/Merry, Eomer/Boromir, Tauriel/Arwen, Frodo/Sam, Aragorn/Faramir, Aragorn/Boromir, Aragorn/Arwen, Eowyn/Faramir, Eowyn/Arwen, Tauriel/Eowyn, Pippin/Faramir
Pokémon (anime) pairings I sail: Ash/Clemont (OTP), Ash/Gary (OTP), Dawn/Zoey, Jessie/James, Brock/N, Misty/Serena, Ash/Paul, Dawn/Serena, May/(AM!)Bianca, May/Iris, Dawn/Serena/Ash, Iris/Ash/Cilan, Ash/Iris, Ash/Dawn, Ash/N, Ash/Barry, Tracey/Misty/Sakura, Misty/Tracey, Misty/May, Delia/Grace, Meyer/Sycamore, Drew/Serena, Dawn/Iris, Ash/Morrison, May/Drew, May/Dawn, Iris/Serena, Ash/Serena, Ash/Cilan, Misty/Sakura, Ash/Angie, Dawn/Lyra, Misty/Ash (queerplatonic preferred), Zoey/Candice, Dawn/Conway, Cynthia/Caitlin, Ash/Drew, Tracey/Gary, Ash/Todd, Bonnie/Iris, Lysandre/Sycamore/Meyer, Bianca/Stephan, Fantina/Juan, Bianca/Virgil, Ash/Trip, Joy/Jenny, Georgia/Bianca, Brock/Lucy, Misty/Dawn, Ash/Lyra, May/Tyson, Ash/Salvia, May/Forrest Franklin, Misty/Iris, Jackie/Lance, Angie/Barry, Volkner/Flint, Ritchie/Salvia, Jackie/Brodie, Barry/Salvia, Solana/Anabel, Ash/Salvia, Lyra/Barry, Solidad/Nando, Tucker/Victor, Volkner/Flint/Jasmine, Cilan/Tyson, Nicky/Max, Delia/Silver, Ash/May
Semi-ship: Annie/Oakley, Latias/Ash, Brock/James
Actual Pokemon ships: Pikachu/Umbreon (Ash's and Gary's), Meowth/Pikachu (Team Rocket's and Ash's), Charizard/Dragonite (Ash's and Iris's), Bulbasaur/Squirtle (both Ash's), Snivy/Emolga, Charizard/Torterra (Ash's and Paul's), Mew/Pikachu
Pokemon (anime) ships I sink: Kenny/Dawn, Paul/Dawn
Pokemon (game) pairings I sail: Steven/Wallace (OTP), May/Lisia/Zinnia (OT3), Lisia/Zinnia, May/Lisia, May/Zinnia, Lysandre/Sycamore, Brendan/Wally, Hilda/Rosa, Hilda/Bianca, Hilda/Zinnia, Hilda/Rosa/Bianca, Hilda/N, Shelly/Courtney, Archie/Maxie, May/Brendan, Summer/Blue Eyes, Leaf/Daisy Oak, Ben/Red Eyes, Emma/Serena, Serena/Korrina, May/Zinnia/Brendan, Lisia/N, Archie/Matt/Shelly, Juniper/Fennel, Skyla/Elesa, Brendan/Courtney, May/Flannery, Zinnia/Brendan, Tabitha/Matt, Archie/Matt, Alexa/Malva, Cassius/Wikstrom, Lisia/Serena, Emma/Clemont, Wally/Emma, Lisia/Shauna, Korrina/Winona, Valerie/Winona, Siebold/Wikstrom, Lysandre/Siebold, Brawly/Sidney
Pokemon (both/combined continuities) pairings I sail: Shauna/Serena, Red/Green Oak, Misty/Brock (game 'verse slightly preferred), Leaf/Misty, Tory/Wally, Diantha/Grace, Tierno/Trevor, May/Serena, Ash/Rosa, Gold/Silver, Ash/Hilda, Shauna/Serena/Drew/Brendan, Shelly/Domino, Hilda/Serena, Rosa/Serena, Dawn/Rosa, Brodie/Shelly, Brendan/Rosa, Brendan/Hilda, Drew/Brendan, Noland/Korrina, Ruby/Sapphire, Phoebe/James
Platonic Pokemon ships: Ash/Misty/Brock, Jessie/James/Meowth, Ash/Pikachu, Ash/Infernape, Team Rocket trio/Infernape, May/Manaphy, Gary/Umbreon, Mewtwo/Ash, Arceus/Ash, Mewtwo/N, Lucario/Ash, Giratina/Ash, Giovanni/Persian, Wallace/Lisia(/Steven), Sir Aaron/Lucario, Diantha/Sycamore/Lysandre, Elesa/Bianca, (AM!)Bianca/Latias/Latios, Ruby/N
Okay, some quick little blurbs for these ones, because they're on my goddamn brain.
Ash/Gary: Oh god. Basically, it's all the fault of Kingdom Hearts. Before I got back into Pokémon, I'd heard plenty about the comparisons between KH's Axel/Roxas and Pokémon's Flint/Volkner (and I don't think I've even met them yet). But no one fucking warned me about all of the Sora/Riku and Ash/Gary parallels that would be all up in this house. And so I was blindsided, and then it was too late, my shipping had already kicked into gear. Like, especially if you're open to queer subtext like me, HOLY FLYING SHIT BATMAN, the same basic scenario plays out, with Ash being the Sora to Gary's Riku. They start off as childhood best friends, turned bitter rivals, but even at the worst times in their friendship, there's always a great amount of concern and level of care towards each other that you wouldn't see if they had just outright started hating each other. Riku and Gary are both Cool and handsome and popular and "better" and win most of the battles against Sora and Ash, who are impetuous and more rash and get more easily worked up, who win the battles when it really counts, and seem to never stop chasing after Riku and Gary. And eventually, they become friends again, and Sora and Ash base tons of important life decisions on what Riku and Gary are doing.
So, that great big whopping parallel was too much for me already, especially as I ship Sora/Riku pretty damn hard. But then that thing about that fucking pokeball came out, the one where Ash and Gary each kept half, and carry them as good luck charms. WHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY GOD. IF THAT ISN'T ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC FUCKING THINGS EVER. (And to keep with the KH parallels, Sora/Kairi shippers, I dare you to look me in the eye and tell me if that isn't pretty much the thalassa shell charm that became Oathkeeper's keychain, that Kairi gave Sora to carry as a good luck charm. I fucking dare you.) I think Ash has other keepsakes from friends, like Misty, but I don't think he describes any of those things as good luck charms. And the fact that THEY BOTH KEPT HALF, without even consulting each other, even during the height of their bitter rivalry, says a hell of a lot to me about how much they care about each other. And COME ON. Ash cradling Gary in his arms when he finds Gary hurt in the Viridian City Gym? The way Ash behaved the same way as Brock, who was brokenhearted over Ivy, when Misty mentioned Gary's name? The way Ash pretty much drops everything and runs when he hears Gary's name, to do whatever Gary is doing, or go wherever Gary is going (the reason he wanted to go to Johto, for instance, in the first place was because that's where Gary was going)? And even within the show itself, in the Hoenn arc, they're paralleling the Ash/Gary relationship and rivalry with May/Drew (but without the childhood friend beginning aspect), and that ship definitely has no lack of supporters. So, yeah. It seems screamingly obvious to me that Ash and Gary are into each other, and the fact that they are so much like Sora and Riku, who I already ship together and have great nostalgia love for, only sealed the deal. Fuck me.
Delia/Grace: BECAUSE I FUCKING CAN, MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Ahem. Anyway, for those who might be confused, this is Ash's mom and the player's/Serena's mom, in the games and anime respectively (at least, from what I've gleaned. I'm a long way away from Kalos in the anime, after all). This is mostly because I need more femslash than what I'm getting so far, and because in my limited experience with this fandom, they're the moms/parents with the most personality/character. Also, because since Ash and Serena in the anime met when they were kids, in my opinion it is TOTALLY FEASIBLE for their moms to have met, and to get together, and the mental image that I get from this is adorable. I guess it could get awkward, since I think Serena has a crush on Ash in the anime, but GUESS WHO DOESN'T CARE--SURPRISE, IT'S ME, and I won't let puppy love get in the way of some femslash mom love action. Sorry guys, nothing against them (yet, anyway), but I think this ship pwns, and I'm gonna ride this femslash off into the sunset, thanks kindly. Idk, Delia and Grace (at least, from the little you get of Grace in the games) just seem like they'd hit it off really well.
Misty/Tracey: They just seem really cute to me, and I always get this feeling of great fondness when I think about them. (Plus, I like clinging to Tracey because, apart from Misty and Brock, he's the companion that I am the most familiar with, and is therefore like my safe port in the storm of everyone that I haven't gotten to yet. XD) In any case, I prefer Tracey to be with Misty above most other options because he's nice and respectful, and I feel that he has a soothing, calming effect on Misty, which is something I can't help but feel that she lacks in a lot of her other relationships (and I mean, not just romantic ones, but with her sisters as well). And I always feel bad that Misty feels that she has to be angry all of the time (or so it seems to me), and I'd think that would get tiring very quickly. She's not like that with Tracey, and she doesn't need to police his behavior like she does with Brock. So I just see them as having a nice, quiet, and calm relationship, and I think Tracey offers her companionship in this unassumingly supportive way; like, he recognizes that she's even sadder and lonelier since she let Togepi/Togetic go, and so when his Marill has a baby, he thinks of her and gives her a new baby Pokemon to look after in Azurill, and he knows it's just what she needs, despite that I doubt she would have communicated such a thirst for companionship to him. Tracey's also dependable, because he at least visits her regularly, and I just feel that he would put Misty's needs first, for once in her life, as especially in the wake of being forced back to the Gym by her sisters, Misty's probably feeling like her needs never come first. But Tracey would give that to her. And to start to shift more towards the side of what Tracey would get out of this relationship, I feel that both Tracey and Misty like to feel needed and wanted. Misty wants to feel desirable, since she's often been over-looked by so many people in her life, and I think Tracey wants to feel like his efforts and hard work are noticed and appreciated. So I think that Misty would be able to recognize that similar need in him, and thus she could be empathetic to his desire for validation, and would know to make sure to give that to him. Maybe Tracey feels a bit ashamed about it, and that's why he's never actually up-front about those feelings, and why he could fade into the background so easily. But Misty wouldn't look down on him for it, and could be the driving force and determination and encouragement to help him pursue his dreams (like how all through the Orange Islands, she constantly praises his artwork and validates the idea that OF COURSE Professor Oak would be impressed, and that Tracey's idol would like to meet him). When Tracey feels insecure, Misty wouldn't let him quit and undersell his work and achievements. Misty and Tracey could be each other's rocks--she would be stubborn and unwavering in her support, and he would be able to weather her rage and just let it roll off of him, and wouldn't blow up in return and escalate and exacerbate the problem. ...Basically, I just miss Tracey and the dynamic he brought to the group. XD
Ash/Todd: This was really the first thing I shipped in the anime, and I remember just cooing at the pair of them during those couple of episodes that Todd appears in. They're cute, the end. :) (I hesitate to use Todd risking his beloved camera to save Ash as shipping evidence, because...idk, maybe it's just me, but I feel that's something any decent person would do for anybody, regardless of how you feel for them, and that I'd probably tear myself up with guilt if I let someone die instead of using a material possession to try to save them. *shrugs*) At any rate, I'm glad Todd's shown up again in Johto, and again, he and Ash are super cute together.
Jessie/James: *grumps* I figured these two would be my OTP for this fandom, and they would have been if not for fucking palletshipping...but at any rate, I still love them, and they're still awesome. At this point, I really don't care how this relationship is interpreted--romantic, queerplatonic, whatever. However you slice it, these two have a special bond, have been together forever and through everything and will be 'til the end and beyond. Essentially, they're Life Partners, two halves of the whole, like Balthier and Fran, and Roy and Riza. I just love me my Life Partners. :D
Annie/Oakley: Speaking of Life Partners, HELLO LADIES, I AM SO GLAD YOU BOTH EXIST. Like really, my dreams are made of SUPER AWESOME BADASS COMPETENT LADY SPIES WITH GREAT TEAMWORK, and awwwww they really do care about each other and they are just adorable together, and this is basically the best premise in the world, okay??!! I love me some good villainesses, and these two are EVERYTHING WONDERFUL, good job Pokémon, MORE OF THIS PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
*Edit: fuck, I am so disappointed, I just found out that Annie and Oakley are actually supposed to be sisters. *pouts* To be fair to myself, I'm pretty damn sure that ZERO MENTION of this was made in the movie, so forgive me the faux pas. And...I'll kind of be ignoring that fact? Not that sister duos are bad, but damn, Annie and Oakley are SO MUCH BETTER as a couple, so I'll be taking my cake and eating it too. So there. :P I never would have realized they were intended to be sisters if not for fanfiction and then fact checking, so if the creators really had wanted me to know they were sisters, they should have made it more obvious.
Latias/Ash: This is not me diving into the Pokémon furry fandom or anything like that (I'm so not at that point, sorry, but I'm sure you're a lovely bunch). But Jesus Christ, this relationship is just SO CUTE, and I want Latias to hang out with Ash forever. I don't quite know what label to put on this, though, so I'm kind of not going to? I mean, it'd be nice to just neatly label this as platonic, but...lordy. Some of their interactions kind of push that boundary. Like, that was DEFINITELY Latias at the end, kissing Ash on the cheek, and I'm not quite sure why else she would express affection that way when she could have just hugged him (not to mention everyone else's reactions pushed the envelope even more). Idk, a lot of their interactions, especially when Latias was taking a human guise, had a lot of romantic coding to them, and this is saying something, considering Ash is notorious for being oblivious to this kind of thing. So yeah. I don't know where that leaves me standing, but I do think their interactions are adorable, at the very least, and the movie doesn't take this to squick levels, so...I'll just be over in the shallow end of this ship, splashing my feet in the water. :)
Joy/Jenny: You know, at first I was just toying with the idea of this ship, but then some...interesting interactions between the various Joys and Jennys have started cropping up in anime, and I just...Johto, what is up with you? First you have the Joy and Jenny in the Articuno episode acting like a married couple, and then there's the pair in "An Egg-sighting Adventure", with Jenny flirting with Joy and calling her beautiful...what do you want from me? How am I supposed to ignore the femslash when it's being waved in front of me like this? Answer: I'M NOT GOING TO, MWAHAHAHA, MORE FEMSLASH ALWAYS YES, pokemon you are being so good to me in this regard, please keep it coming and never stop.
Misty/Sakura: So, yes, Orangeshipping, that's cool, BUT ADORABLE FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS, HELLS TO THE YES. Obviously the anime is not shy about the shared experiences they both have, and yes I get Sakura wanting to travel and explore her own self-empowerment, yes good, but DAMN, I would have loved for Sakura to have gone with the group. Misty and Sakura just support each other so well, and have great communication and really understand each other, which I think Misty is kind of lacking in Ash and Brock. I think they just fit together really well, and are super cute while doing it. Also this means more femslash for me, mmm. This show is so good to me. :D
Bulbasaur/Squirtle: They and their relationship are not in focus a lot, but when they are, it's just super touching and emotional to me? Best Pokémon bromance, I swear. Like, the way they were together when Squirtle was leaving, I seriously cried. They're just adorbs, okay?! *headdesk* But they really do complement each other well. Bulbasaur's the more calm and level-headed one, to Squirtle's rashness, but when Bulbasaur's pride gets in the way, Squirtle's got a laid-back easygoingness to smooth everything over, and it all turns out okay. Plus they've both found a calling outside of battling, and also with both helping others. I think it's sweet, anyway. And awwww, their reunion at the Silver Conference, the sweetness just keeps going and going.
Phanpy/Cleffa: Okay, you go watch the episode "Wish Upon a Star Shape". Now look me in the eye and tell me if that isn't one of the most adorable and heartbreaking relationships ever. ... That's what I thought.
Pikachu/Umbreon: *shrugs* Blame a fanfiction, which seems to be going this way. I think it's cute, anyway, to think of them cuddling up together, especially if their trainers' are going to be doing some cuddling of their own. ;) I also like the idea of some friendly competitiveness between them, the way they could potentially riff off of each other, and their shared eye-rolling and commiseration at the hopelessness of their trainers and their silly human romantic notions. XD
May/Forrest Franklin: You've guessed it; they're cute together. Her being all blushy, and him being super nice and respectful and admiring...what more could you ask for? And aww Forrest wanted to go with her; damn it, first Sakura, and now Forrest? Why can't we have nice things?
Misty/Ash: Yeah, can't deny it. Misty holds a place of great fondness in my heart, granted to her by nostalgia, and so she'll always be one of my favorites of Ash's travelling companions. But damn, when Misty had to leave? I admit it, I cried. I totally bawled my eyes out. They all made me cry when they all split up at the end of Johto, and while I love Brock and his place in their trio, I think Ash and Misty had a special relationship. And I don't really, necessarily, ship them romantically. It's just that, apart from Gary (and Pikachu, if you want to include Pokémon), Misty was Ash's first friend, and in some ways I think she's his best friend. As Misty herself put it, they've been through so damn much together, how could their relationship mean nothing? And Ash's mention of Misty in that Jirachi movie, and how much it hurt him to say goodbye to her, just stabbed me in the heart. I guess the word to describe the way I see their relationship would be 'queerplatonic'. It's a deep, intense emotional attachment, but it's not romantic. In any case, they're cute, their interactions are coded to be romantic on quite a few occasions, especially on Misty's part, and I miss Misty about as much as Ash does.
Lysandre/Sycamore: And suddenly, the game will make so much more sense. Why in the hell they're always going on about each other, why Sycamore is always trying to see the best in Lysandre, why Sycamore seemed to think that he in particular should have seen Lysandre's true plans coming...seriously, IT JUST MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. Plus, I like it because it serves to humanize Lysandre in a way that the game didn't manage to do otherwise, and actually makes me care about him a little bit. (A bit of backstory on this: the two Pokémon games I like to compare in terms of execution are White and Y (I haven't thought to compare ORAS yet), and despite on how much I complained about them at the time, I liked the execution of N and Team Plasma in White way more than I liked the execution of Lysandre and Team Flare. Especially towards the end of the game, they really went into N's backstory, humanized him, showed us HOW he came to be who he is, and they actually made me CARE about him as a character. I feel that Lysandre doesn't get that treatment in Y, and so in comparison he just...falls flat. As a result, the emotional stakes of the climax suffer. And it always sucks to see a character receive unsatisfactory development.)
Misty/May: I'm going to wait for Battle Frontier or whatever for more potential interaction to say more about this couple, but even from the little we got of them together so far in Advanced Challenge (in the two-part episode about the Mirage Kingdom), fuuuck me, but May especially seems to be in awe of Misty, and it's not hard to translate that as to being that May has a crush on her. Also, it was SUPER NICE to have two girl characters' interaction, whose only previous connection was through a boy, not be full of petty jealousy or anything like that. I mean, I don't think May has been coded as having romantic feelings for Ash at all (at least not yet), but Misty definitely was a few times, and so it's...kind of a miracle that the writers didn't have either girl going down the road of hating or being jealous of each other. Not even for just an episode, or as a lesson about friendship, or anything. Nope, they were just totally, genuinely into each other and admired each other and wanted to be friends on their own terms, and not just because of their common friend in Ash. And lemme tell you, I am so down and so here for this, far more so than I would ever be for Ash/Misty or Ash/May. MOAR OF MISTY AND MAY HANGING OUT TOGETHER, YES PLEASE. :D
Steven/Wallace: God save me from myself. I just...Christ. This ship has rapidly become basically my favorite from all of ORAS, and I enjoy the HELL out of reading fics for them. Lord. It's funny, because they're both kinda super serious in the game (which I guess is understandable, what with trying to prevent the end of the world and all), but they're also the biggest dorks and dweebs in the world, and they're so fucking cute together that I can barely stand it. And do you wanna know what the ABSOLUTE BEST thing about these two, especially when they're together, is? I'll tell you, it's the fact that it's SO FUCKING EASY to make the pair of them super-duper queer. Like, sure, gay is cool--but asexual or demisexual Steven? Trans or genderfluid Wallace? True, you can technically slap a trans or whatever headcanon onto any character that you want, but these kinds of interpretations actually fit REALLY REALLY WELL with these two specific characters, and I think that's wonderful. Also, Steven being the awkward uber-nerd that he is, is super fucking adorable and precious and I may yet spontaneously combust from the cute overload. This pairing just never fails to make me smile, and by God, I'm going down with this ship now. XD God bless you, ORAS (because Jesus almighty, but this game is so very full of gay), but also sincerely fuck you. *headdesk*
Brendan/Wally: Wally is all things that are cute and precious and must be protected at all costs. Obviously, I'm gonna project all over and identify with characters who are sickly and struggle with their health and are physically weak and may be timid, but who also prove to have backbones of steel who overcome their disabilities and exercise their agency to live their life as they've never been able to do before. I own both ORAS games, and started AS first as May, and then later played through OR as Brendan (because why the hell not, I always say ;P). So, since my first introduction to Wally was when I was playing as May, she's the one who became the vessel for all of my "YOU SWEET PRECIOUS SUMMER CHILD, YOU ARE NOW MY BBY, LET ME HOLD YOU AND TAKE CARE OF YOU FOREVER" feels. Therefore, in my headcanon, May's feelings towards Wally have become more motherly/protective in nature (to jump fandoms, it's kinda like how Aqua is pretty much Ven's mom in KH), even if some of the scenes are pretty damn romantic, like that setting where you battle Wally on Victory Road, with that field full of those pretty red flowers...it's especially breathtaking if you play that segment when the sun is setting. But then there's Brendan. The thing about Brendan is that, in a lot of ways, at least in the beginning he's kind of a stereotypical and traditional dude. Like when he was trying desperately to pretend that he hadn't come to a mall to buy some cute dolls. So to me, Brendan seems like he'd be very outgoing and physical, and have a kind of casual disregard for his privilege in being able to do so; when he meets Wally, I think it'd almost be like having a slap in the face, being confronted with how lucky he is, that he gets to be a normal boy and run around and play outside and go on Pokémon journeys, when the reality of Wally's life is vastly different. Wally's pretty self-conscious and insecure, at least at first, and I think it'd be even more humiliating for him to be so weak in front of a boy rather than a girl. But I think Brendan, as he sees Wally around, would be awed and humbled and admiring of Wally's determination, willpower, and how he never gives up, despite everything that life does to try to break him. And so, to sum it up, I basically like pairing up Wally with Brendan more, because it seems to me like Brendan could learn more and benefit more from Wally, and I think that Brendan's respect and admiration would mean even more to Wally than similar sentiments from May could. Plus, again, they're super fucking cute, and I love shipping queer pairings, and especially in ORAS as those games seem to me make it all so easy to do so.
Tory/Wally: I stared out into the abyss, and crack shipping looked back at me. Tory was one of the only good things that came out of that "Destiny Deoxys" movie, and he's cute and I want to cuddle him in a similar vein as Wally. And I think it's an interesting concept in differing disabilities, as Tory's PTSD is all a mental problem, versus Wally and his physical health. Seeing the way this could be explored, and how they handle their disabilities together would be quite nice, in my opinion. Basically, this ship is two awesome things added together: a queer ship, AND a ship with canonically disabled characters, so hells to the yes! :3
(Though, in actual reality, what's gazing back at me out of the abyss is a bunch of Ash slash pairings, just waiting for me to catch up to them in the anime. ._.)
Hilda/Rosa: Because Rosa is the cutest fucking thing on the planet ever, I swear, I can barely stand how adorable she is, and she is solely the reason why I want to get the game Black 2. *headdesk* Since I love Rosa (even though I don't really know her much yet XD), and I love femslash like burning, this seems to be the logical route to take. Plus, the mental image is too cute for this world (though again, maybe that's just Rosa in general, LORD SAVE ME FROM THIS FRICKIN' CUTIE).
Ruby/Sapphire: I have never read the manga, and will never read any manga ever in my life, because my brain malfunctions like that or something. But lord help me, I HAVE read some fanfic, and these two are absolutely hilarious and amazing together. So, uh, I can't deny that I've got a few fanfics for this pairing saved in my favorites list, at least on AO3. Also, in those fanfics, they subvert gender roles together, and it is awe-inspiring and incredible and funny and endearing, and so I can't help but admit that I do look forward to coming across cute little oneshots with them. XD
Hilda/N: If I'm being fully honest, while Ash/Todd was the first thing I really shipped in the anime (excluding Rocketshipping, but they kinda don't count XD), I do have to admit that, with White being the first Pokémon game I ever truly played, Hilda/N was therefore my first game shipping, however much I complained about it at the time. XD That goddamn Ferris wheel scene, I swear. *headdesk* I mean, there was truly no other reason for N to take the player character there, other than because he likes you and doesn't know what to do with that. :P I can probably ship Hilbert/N too, especially if the Ferris wheel scene is the exact same even if you're a boy, but since I played as Hilda, she's the ship with N that my heart's got a soft spot for. XD Also, I really, really loved how N actually has an in-character reason for seeking out the player character so much, and that he tells it to you: because you were the first person to show him something different, the first person he saw having a good relationship with their Pokémon, and who first shook the foundations of what he thought he knew about the world. In a way, I guess it's kinda like Sora/Namine in KH; what I love so much about what Sora does for Namine, is that he shows her something different, and he shows her possibility, that she has agency, and she can break out of this pre-determined role that's been set for her, and that she can choose her own path. He tells her that it doesn't have to be this way. This, I feel, is what Hilda does for N, and I think it's a beautiful thing.
Ash/Drew: *stares back at you* What? Okay, okay, so I still have two seasons left of Hoenn to get to, and I haven't actually seen much of Ash and Drew interacting (or indeed, much of Drew at all), and by the end of Battle Frontier I'll probably be on board with shipping May/Drew, especially because they're basically Ash/Gary 2.0, yes, yes, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, mwahahahaha, fear me as I ride this ship off into the sunset. :3 I figured I should stop hiding my interest in this ship, even though I don't know much about them. XD (And, yes, I am a Red Ranger of Crack, and crack shippings are my lifeblood, so I don't necessarily NEED canon interaction or anything, but my feeling is that if there IS canon interaction, then I like to see it, and see everything, before I give a final judgment, so it's why I've been holding off until now in mentioning that I probably ship these two. :P) But, uh, yeah, there's really no point in denying that I'm super interested in this ship, and cannot wait to see how it all unfolds. XD I know there probably won't be as much chemistry by the end between Ash and Drew as there will be for May and Drew, but still. I think there's a decent amount of chemistry anyway, and it reallyyyyyyyyy doesn't hurt this ship that, again, Drew is basically Gary 2.0. :P Also, Ash is super fun to slash ship, why are his ships with the boys so damn cute. ;;;;; (The abyss is staring at me again...seriously, once I get there in the anime, man oh man, Paul/Ash, Ash/Cilan, Ash/N, Ash/Clemont...I just fucking know that I'm gonna be hopping on board of those fuckers, I can feel it. XD)
Meowth/Pikachu: lol wut. XD I see this as more one-sided from Meowth's side (though who knows, I've heard of some interactions in Best Wishes that may change my mind about Pikachu's feelings), and especially in the episodes when they have to team up and work together, and ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY in those episodes where Pikachu had amnesia and thought he was on Team Rocket...damn, Meowth. All he can talk about is how great and awesome and nice and amazing Pikachu is, and Pikachu touches him emotionally and makes him feel guilty and Pikachu is there for Meowth and supportive in ways that no one else was with him, and...it's really hard for me to interpret this as anything other than a crush on Pikachu. In some ways, and despite being jaded and cynical, I think Meowth is a hopeless romantic, and falls in love pretty easily, much to his chagrin. Sure, there's Meowzie, but there's also his...very...rather...homoerotic daydreams of Giovanni sometimes (there's this one with coconut milk, and I just...that...the image that immediately springs to mind is NOT coconut milk, there...*headdesk*), and I guess you could argue there's also Snubbull/Meowth and Meowth/Skitty, but Skitty just strikes me as young, and so it's more parental to me. And then there's Jigglypuff/Meowth that one time, but that was almost more like gay best buddies to me. XD But anyway, back to Meowth/Pikachu...I think it also helps that they're the two longest running Pokémon on the show, and I doubt that either of them will ever get replaced or written off, because Pikachu's the mascot, and Meowth is nearly as iconic, and is certainly the Pokémon we think of when we think of Team Rocket. So therefore, other interests may come and go, but these two are the ones who are always going to be there. :)
May/Lisia: One of my top favorite May ships of ORAS, and also my first. Just gotta say, I love ORAS so fucking much, and how so very easy it is to ship queer pairings in this game. XD So, I started up playing as May in AS first, and then right before I got to the Elite 4, I switched and started playing OR as Brendan, and so I actually played the Delta Episode as Brendan first. So, I knew I was going to want to ship Zinnia with May, but I hadn't met her as May yet, and so the first girl I really interacted with as May was Lisia, as I'd done some of the Contests already. And oh my fucking GOD, but they are sooooooo cute together! Lisia is, like, REALLY REALLY into May, and believes in May, and blushes around her and wants to open up to her and get to know her better, and it all sits in direct contrast to how she really doesn't want anything to do with Chaz. Plus, I really love me my femslash. :3 I also like how Lisia is into Contests as a way to show that there's more you can do with Pokémon than just battling with them, and I think she could be an important influence for May.
May/Zinnia: But, uh, now that I've mentioned how I was definitely going to ship them once I got to the Delta Episode with May...well, yeahhhhh, that definitely ended up happening! XD So yeah, here's my other favorite May ORAS ship! And yes, I know that Zinnia has the same interactions with both May and Brendan, and I like shipping her with Brendan too (more on this later), but I love femslash the best, so there. :P But seriously..."You never disappoint me"? "You know I adore you"? "I really hope you'll come chasing after me"? "You look so adorable when you sleep"?! I mean, Jesus Christ, she's flirting with you all over the place. XD But anyway, I like the idea of May being able to help Zinnia to move on from her painful past and to find a new future and all of that good stuff. 'Cause, uh, it's kinda implied that Zinnia had a death wish of sorts, and I'd like for her to get help and be healed at least a little bit from that, you know? So, yeah, I think they're pretty cute.
May/Lisia/Zinnia: Because I'd like to have my cake and eat it too. :P I like all of the subsets, so why the hell not just ship them altogether? XD
Lisia/Zinnia: You know, I only saw this one recently, as I was too busy fawning over their ships with May, but I think they'd actually make a really good couple even on their own. Again, Lisia is all about showing a different side of Pokémon and of bonding with them through her Contests, and with Zinnia looking for a fresh start and a new purpose in life and to figure out what actually makes her happy, now that her destiny isn't crushing her and that she's finding a way out from under her grief...I think that Lisia would be the breath of fresh air that Zinnia needs, and would be really good for her. So yeah, now I'm actually shipping them pretty hardcore. Plus, femslash again.
Zinnia/Brendan: All of Zinnia's chemistry with May holds true with Brendan as well, so I think they'd be cute together too. Again, I like Zinnia with the gals better, but Brendan's still a fun alternative. :)
May/Zinnia/Brendan: You know it. ;)
Serena/Korrina: Obviously this is still only in-game for now, as I haven't seen any of the XY anime, but I think their game interactions are really cute. :) I think the idea of that Lucario she gives you being a match-maker for the pair to be really adorable, and just in general, but she must have really trusted Serena to let Lucario go with her. Plus, I've read a few cute fanfics for them, and it's femslash, so that's always a bonus. :3
Brock/N: Hey, I finally have a Brock ship! XD But in all seriousness, I'm becoming rather attached to this ship dangerously fast, especially as it has just literally crossed my mind, and now I'm all, "OOH!!!!!" So anyway, I can actually see them working surprisingly well together?! I mean, I think N would appreciate all of the care and devotion and time that Brock puts into taking care of Pokémon, and developing special food for them, and that Brock is now training to become a Pokémon doctor. And N DESPERATELY needs someone to take care of him and mother him a bit, and, well...who better for the job than Brock? :P And yeah, I know Brock's all about the ladies, but N is basically a Magical Girl Princess anyway, so close enough, right? XD Though, more seriously, I rather like N being trans or genderfluid/genderqueer of some sort, so hey. I think Brock would be pretty damn supportive of N regardless, and could be a safe harbor of sorts for N, and help N to start to integrate more with the rest of society. Damn, though, I'm actually starting to ship this one rather hard...*headdesk*
Bonnie/Iris: So, there was this quick, cute little meme, for endgame pairing up all of the main characters from the Pokémon anime (this is where I thought up the above Brock/N shipping, btw XD), and you HAD to pair up all of Ash, his companions, and the TRio, but only with anime characters. And because I haven't finished Hoenn, or seen any of DP, BW, or XY anime, I don't really have ship opinions for those yet. But even if I didn't know the ships, I didn't want to be boring and predictable and go with things like Iris/Cilan, and I still hate Max, and so even though I only know Bonnie from the games, I still think she deserves better than to be Spare Paired with Max. :P So, of course, I turned to crack shipping in my time of need, and I thought of this ship of Bonnie/Iris, and was all, "Well heeeeeey there, this could be interesting". XD I don't think there's really that much of an age difference between Bonnie and Iris, even if you age the characters through the regions, and once they get older, well, then there's not much stopping them. I think they sync pretty well together; they're both mature and smart for their ages, both really enthusiastic about Pokémon, both closely involved with their Gym Leader family members (I don't remember if Iris is actually the Gym Leader in BW; I thought she was, but apparently some think that's wrong...in any case, she becomes the Champion in BW2, I believe, and I can see Bonnie possibly taking over the Gym from Clemont in later years, or at least sharing the Leadership with him), they're both energetic and confident and take no shit from anyone...So yeah. I can see them working out rather nicely together.
May/Bianca: Also spawned from the meme mentioned above. (This would be the Bianca from Alto Mare, fyi, and not BW!Bianca.) XD They do have some proximity with each other, given that Alto Mare's guardian legendaries are, after all, registered in Hoenn. I think the best thing about this ship is that Bianca is very no-nonsense, and not much seems like it would intimidate her, and she's got a lot of protective instincts and could take on everyone and everything, and so when May is feeling insecure and vulnerable, Bianca would be protective of her and glare down and tell off anyone who dared to mess with her. And alternatively, when May gets over-confident, Bianca would tell her so in no uncertain terms, and is sensible and would be able to bring May back down to earth. May, in turn, is bubbly and enthusiastic and romantic and would probably be very appreciative and supportive of Bianca's artistic endeavors, and would totally be up for slowing down and taking the time to admire the beauty of the world, and May would probably be a great muse for Bianca, with as much joy and energy that May has towards living and life. May could get Bianca to remember to lighten up and re-inspire her about why she likes painting and capturing moments and beauty on the canvas in the first place. (Plus, I think it would be hysterical if Bianca hauled off on Drew and Harley for the way they treated May, and intimidated the shit out of them. :P)
Wobbuffet/Lombre: Oh my god, bad comedy routine team up, FUCK YEAH. XD You don't even hear the joke, but shit, that was HILARIOUS, omgggggg. Check out "Once in a Mawile", it's utterly amazing. XP
Nicky/Max: From the episode "Absol-ute Disaster". Awww, I really like Nicky, and Max was all blushy and cute around him, and he wasn't annoying the crap out of me for once. Lol, I've finally got a Max pairing! XD
Ash/Morrison: Because oh my GOD, but Morrison is the cutest, sweetest, and most precious soul on the entire planet ever, I swear. When I first met him, I wasn't sure if I was going to like him or not (it didn't help that I've literally NEVER heard ANYONE ever talk about him, before), but those misgivings were completely dissipated within like five seconds of seeing him in "Less is Morrison", because LORD ALMIGHTY, but he and Ash are absolutely fucking HILARIOUS AND ADORABLE together. They're so ridiculously competitive that I nearly died from laughter, because good god, not even Gary has ever fired Ash up like this before. But what sold me on the pair of them were two things. The first was that, despite his explosive personality, Morrison still shared some quiet, intimate moments with Ash that I found to be super sweet, and I think it's a sign of how much Morrison trusts Ash, because I don't think he shows that quiet and tender side often to many people. The second thing, and that completely shattered my heart and made me love Morrison forever, was how Morrison was shown as not wanting to fight Ash because he couldn't bring himself to ever hurt him, and UGH MORRISON YOU PRECIOUS SOUL, YOU ARE TOO SWEET AND GOOD FOR THIS WORLD. D: Awwwww, Morrison just cares so much about Ash, but he's never had a friend or liked someone like this before, and so he doesn't know how to deal with it and reconcile battling with him in the League, because for all of his bluster, I think that Morrison is a very gentle, kind, and loving soul who doesn't like to cause pain to the people he loves. And Ash, in turn, cares about Morrison, and refuses to let him give up and sacrifice everything that he's worked so hard and come so far for, and ughhhhh these two are so cute together, I swear. And again, as funny as I find their uber-competitiveness with each other, their relationship is also filled with so much more than that--they're also quiet and tender and supportive of each other, and Morrison's utter faith and conviction in Ash? JUST KILL ME NOW. So, in the end, I don't care how they're shipped together. I just love their relationship in whatever form it happens to take, and it utterly baffles me that I've literally never heard anyone talk about how great Ash's relationships were with both of his Hoenn rivals (it's not just Morrison, though he's my fave, because Tyson was pretty awesome too), and I think it's a damn shame that there isn't any kind of fanfic for them at all, or indeed, that MORRISON DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A CHARACTER TAG HERE ON FFNET, WTF IS THIS BULLSHIT AND TRAVESTY. :/ My only regret with Morrison is that I wished he had shown up earlier in the anime, and that we'd gotten a better send-off for him than just a brief flashback. >.> I will remember you and how amazing you are, Morrison, even if no one else does.
May/Tyson: I thought her crush on him was pretty cute, and lol, but the pair of them being total foodies together and squeeing over restaurants and eateries while Ash and Morrison were constantly running off with their competitions over everything was pretty adorable as well. XD Again, I don't see anything long-term coming out of it, but I just loved Morrison and Tyson and the dynamic they brought to the group, as despite being Ash's rivals, they were still nice and were good fun for the group to hang out with, and I really appreciated that, especially when compared to May's rivals and more antagonistic relationships with Drew and Harley (though thankfully Drew is mellowing out more with each meeting). Tyson (and Morrison for Ash) is a breath of fresh air, and even if May's crush on him ends up going nowhere, I can still see them as being food buddies for a long time, and geeking out over the best noodle shops even years down the line. Plus, hey, there are worse people to have a crush on, and worse reasons to like them than for their great taste in food. And, again, Tyson's pretty awesome, so I totally don't blame May at all for liking him; I mean, better him than someone who picks on her and shames her most of the time. For all that May DOES need people to give her reality checks and keep her grounded, she also needs good buddies who are content to just let her be and that she can have fun with and indulge in one of her greatest joys, and Tyson is an excellent choice for that role.
Tracey/Gary: ...I will own up to the fact that I kinda ship Tracey with Professor Oak--just a little bit! Only as far as Tracey having a crush on him, because Professor Oak being interested in return is a bit too much for even me to handle. So, in the end, for the sake of my sanity and for the best of all involved, I like to shift that crush of Tracey's over onto Gary. XD I just...Gary seems like he's got a lot of insecurities bottled up and hidden behind his veneer of arrogance and confidence, and he really doesn't seem like he has any real friends and is therefore a bit of a loner, and I just really want Gary to have friends and someone to take an interest in him and be there for him, and as much as I love Ash and Gary as a couple, canonically Ash is...well, not there, and mostly focused on his own traveling right now. So, for the time being, someone has to pick up the slack. And Tracey, as I've talked about above, is supportive in this quiet, unobtrusive and unassuming way, and is the kind of laid-back and easygoing that wouldn't be off-put by Gary being standoffish or wary and prickly at first. I can see Gary being leery and a little distrustful of Tracey in the beginning, given how starstruck Tracey is over his grandfather; but as time goes on, and Tracey proves to be dependable and hardworking, and how genuinely concerned Tracey is with Professor Oak's well-being and such, Gary comes to accept him, and sees him as more than just another of Ash's friends. I just like the idea that, along with Misty and Tracey getting close with Ash's family in Delia and Professor Oak, Gary gets to be a piece of it too, and I like the idea of him becoming friends with at least Tracey on his own terms.
Crossover pairings that I sail: Meg/Ariel (OTP; Disney's Hercules/Disney's Little Mermaid), Yzma/Cruella (Disney's Emperor's New Groove/Disney's 101 Dalmatians), Lilo/Melody (Disney's Lilo and Stitch/Disney's Little Mermaid II), Marluxia/Rarity (Kingdom Hearts/My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Maximus/Samson (Disney's Tangled/Disney's Sleeping Beauty), Jim/Melody (Disney's Treasure Planet/Disney's Little Mermaid II), Belle/Aurora (Disney's Beauty and the Beast/Disney's Sleeping Beauty), Helga/Gaston (Disney's Atlantis/Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Giselle/Aurora, Mulan/Cinderella, John Silver/Gothel, Gothel/Frollo, Milo/Tarzan, Meg/Hercules/Rapunzel/Flynn, Snow White/Cinderella, Shere Khan/Scar, Dean Winchester/Eliot Spencer (Supernatural/Leverage), Leah Clearwater/Castiel (Twilight/Supernatural), Hans/Charming (Frozen/Shrek), Kristoff/Anna/Rapunzel/Eugene (Frozen/Tangled), Olivier/Eowyn (FMA/LOTR)
Artemis Fowl: meh. I support nothing. To me, it's a complicated book to have ships in. I have a hard time seeing Artemis in a romantic relationship with someone under 3 feet in height. Sorry, love Holly and all, but it's weird to think about!
For the most part, I like to think that I'm open-minded, and I'll read almost anything, with the sole proviso that it's well-written. Really, if you're good enough, you can make me believe almost anything. That's the key, though. Almost. There are a few glaring exceptions, those mostly being on my sink list. I don't blacklist every pairing on the sink list, but the ones that I do, that's where you will find them.
For an additional note, I would like to say that I hate saying that I support yaoi/yuri/slash or het. I support neither. What I support is the people if I think they work in a romantic relationship, regardless of gender. I will never ship solely for the sake of gender.
OTP (One True Pairing) Through the Fandoms
Harry Potter: Remus/Sirius (OT3: Harry/Ron/Hermione; OT4: Lily/James/Sirius/Remus)
Wheel of Time: Mat/Tuon
Greek Myth: Hades/Persephone
Phantom of the Opera: Erik/Christine (OT3: Christine/Erik/Raoul (mwahaha, fear me))
Castle: Kate Beckett/Rick Castle
Kingdom Hearts: Roxas/Axel and Terra/Cinderella (OT3: Kairi/Ven/Xion)
Final Fantasy VII: Cid/Vincent and Tseng/Aerith (OT5: Angeal/Genesis/Sephiroth/Zack/Cloud)
Final Fantasy XII: Balthier/Fran
Dissidia Final Fantasy: Warrior of Light/Garland
X-Men: Charles/Erik (aka Professor X/Magneto)
Soul Calibur: Cassandra/Lizardman(Aeon)
Ouran High School Host Club: Tamaki/Kyouya
Lord of the Rings: Gimli/Legolas
The Hobbit: Bilbo/Thorin
Avatar The Last Airbender: Sokka/Zuko (OT3: Suki/Sokka/Zuko)
The Legend of Korra: Korra/Asami
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight/Luna and Pinkie Pie/Twilight
Merlin: Gwaine/Merlin (OT3: Merlin/Arthur/Gwen)
American Gods: Ibis/Jacquel
Disney: Mulan/Shang (OT3: Maleficent/Aurora/Phillip; OT4: Nancy/Giselle/Robert/Edward)
Disney Crossover: Meg/Ariel and Helga/Gaston
Supernatural: Dean/Castiel (OT3: Castiel/Dean/Benny)
Stand by Me: Chris/Gordie
Princess Academy: Miri/Britta
Good Omens: Aziraphale/Crowley
The Princess Bride: Buttercup's parents
Princess Tutu: Duck/Fakir (OT4: Mytho/Fakir/Duck/Rue)
Once Upon a Time: Emma/Regina (OT3: Aurora/Phillip/Mulan)
Crossover OTP: Marluxia/Rarity
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Ling/Greed (OT3: Ling/Ed/Greed; OT4: Gracia/Riza/Roy/Maes)
Inheritance Trilogy: Oree/Shiny(Itempas)
Free!: Makoto/Haruka (OT3: Makoto/Haruka/Rin)
Lost Girl: Kenzi/Bo
Pokémon: Ash/Gary [Palletshipping]
Sirius Black: Most definitely my favorite HP character of all time, and the only person whose death I cried more for was Dobby. It's just...Sirius, in my humble opinion, is one of the strongest characters in the series, you know? And he's such a human character, and there is so much depth to be achieved if you know how to bring it out. I hate it when authors misuse his character, and there's a good chance I'll stop reading a fic if it abuses his character. He isn't stupid, nor is he really that immature. In some ways he is, yes, but not in the way he's often depicted. I'm a sucker for a well-written Sirius that embodies all that his character is to me: brave, yet damaged, trusting, yet cynical, loyal, fiercely independent and protective of those he loves, living his life at full-tilt, and absolutely willing to do anything for his friends. The boy who had a big heart when it shouldn't have been possible. I love especially explorations into the Harry/Sirius father/son/brother relationship.
Draco Malfoy: I maintain that he is my second favorite character, and he is NOT evil and nothing you can say will convince me otherwise. Bad? Yes. Pathetic, annoying, cowardly? Sure. But he isn't evil. I was one of those people who always held out the hope that he would do what was right at the end, and though I kind of wish he did more, he did, didn't he?
Regulus Black: The second Sirius mentioned him in book five, I knew he was important, and I knew I would like his character. It was just a feeling, intuition or whatever. But his story, his life, is really so tragic that sometimes I almost cry to think about. Because at least Severus, the other main Slytherin on the side of the Light, got recognition and such. Regulus never really got that. He died sacrificing his life for a cause, for the greater good, and no one for the longest time had ever known he had done it. His chance to be brave, which he was, and his chance to be a good person, was almost overlooked, and he somewhat gives the impression that he was kind of selfish, or at least invested in his own life like any normal person. And he gave it all up when he really didn't have to. He tried for redemption, not for glory, but for himself and maybe his loved ones, his family. And his family loyalty is very admirable. He really doesn't get enough recognition, and I tip my hat off to him.
Gellert Grindelwald: Ooh. I kind of have a thing for the baddies, for the anti-heroes, and Gellert really is such a fascinating character. And I adored him in DH, adored his redemption, and that he's proof that no one is really pure evil, not even the Second Most Dark Wizard of the Century. I find his relationship with Albus Dumbledore intriguing as well, as it shows very realistically that sometimes love isn't strong enough, can't always hold two things together.
Luna Lovegood: I liked her from the first, because she was just so damn refreshing, you know? She was so different from all of the other characters running around, and she was never ashamed to spout out about all of her supposed ‘nonsense’. That’s what caught my eye initially. I totally love how unfazed she is, in any situation, and how she never truly departs from her dreamy self. She doesn’t panic, she doesn’t really get all that mad or cause unnecessary drama…she’s like the willow tree that’s described in the Wheel of Time. She bends with all the winds, but she remains firmly rooted in the ground. I love the fact that she’s so honest and blunt, but never rude or mean about it. She just tells you like it is, in her own dreamy, serene way. Luna’s got the most style out of any HP character apart from Dumbledore, or, in my opinion, Phineas Nigellus. Out of all of the friendships Harry has, the one he shares with Luna is my favorite. They are just so totally sweet together. She’s the favorite of many, but she deserves it. Luna is one of the best characters that JKR created.
Percy Weasley: A lot of people seem to wish that he had died instead of Fred. Well, I for one am glad that he didn’t! For quite a long time, Percy has been my favorite Weasley, as odd as it might sound. I identify rather a lot with him. First off, we both wear glasses, and we’re both somewhat sticklers for the rules, we work extremely hard in our schoolwork and we have a goal to achieve, and are ambitious enough, though I’m not quite as driven as he is, and I would like to think I’m not that uptight. We both prefer solitude in our rooms sometimes as opposed to spending time out with the family. We’re the quiet ones in a noisy family (my family really isn’t that noisy, but you get the idea). We seem to be rather stiff with people we don’t know that well, but I think when we’re both relaxed and with friends we can let our hair down. We both kind of like to blind ourselves to ugly truths, but we’ll do the right thing when it comes down to it, and although it’s hard for us to admit we’re wrong, we can do it. I was so happy that Percy and the rest of his family made up and the way that scene was written that I would have been devastated if Percy had been the Weasley to die. And the way he reacted when Fred died would, I think, have been the same as what I would have done if my little sister died…and, you know, if it happened in the middle of a battle.
Harry Potter: He is, out of all the fandoms I’m a part of, my favorite main character and hero. Far too often, the main characters get rather boring, and I get annoyed with them for one reason or another, or I think that every secondary character is far more interesting than them. And while several Harry Potter characters rank higher on my favorites list than Harry does, he has never really annoyed me. I never get bored by him, and I’ve always liked him and pretty much have stood on his side. As far as the main heroes go, Harry is very well-balanced. He has his pitfalls and moments where he makes terrible mistakes and shows how human he is—but he is so, so masterfully crafted by JKR. For once, the main character is really worth reading about, and all readers get an invested interest in him. I applaud JKR once more for the creation of Harry.
Remus Lupin: Well, really. How could you dislike Remus? He’s the coolest werewolf to have ever graced the fiction world! And I love how he’s so different from the way other werewolves are portrayed. He’s not at all the type you would think to be inhumanly strong and fast or whatever, depending on your idea of werewolves. He doesn’t seem like he turns into a huge, and very dangerous, wolf once a month. But he is. And he’s been doing it since he was a little kid, so he’s pretty much known no other way of life. I love that Remus is so calm and gentle, timid in some ways even, at least when he first met the Marauders. He seems so unassuming and reserved, and yet if with the right company, there’s an inner passion and fire, and he’s got a mischievous streak and is more inclined to get amused than angry. He’s probably one of the adults they listen to and obey the most, because even though he seems lenient, he still has a way of making you do what he wants. Maybe he was dealt a bad hand at life, but he never stopped trying and struggling to himself anyway. He’s one of the strongest characters, obviously, because he faces so much intolerance and oppression and pain and misery, and yet, even in those twelve years when he was all alone, he still kept going, living life one day at a time.
Aberforth Dumbledore: First of all, I must say that I absolutely love the way that JKR introduces all these characters, and that while at first they’re seemingly insignificant, only there to fill in the background, you come to find that each one has a special part to play. That everything that happens in her world is interconnected, and that every person’s choice is important. So, you see, I absolutely loved it when JKR brought in that old Hog’s Head bartender at such a crucial juncture. And I am quite fond of Aberforth. I lovelovelove how different he is from Albus. Too often siblings are portrayed as being exactly alike, having the same interests, and always liking each other. Maybe siblings aren’t meant to fight, and maybe we would prefer them to get along, but the fact remains is that siblings do fight, and that each one is their own person. I like Aberforth’s blunt honesty in contrast to Albus’s aloof, all-knowing secretiveness. I like how Aberforth is so much rougher and not nearly as eloquent as Albus. And I love how he doesn’t completely change his tune and do a 180 in his feelings for his brother, just because he’s dead. I don’t know, I just love the dynamic between the Dumbledore brothers, and I just adore Aberforth. He’s so funny, and his devotion to his sick sister was touching.
Alastor ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody: He’s another character that’s got his own distinct style. He’s another character that catches the eye, because again he’s so very different from those around him. I admire the little regard he seems to have for public opinion, as people constantly say that he’s delusional and he doesn’t bat an eyelash nor care. He just…goes on his way and is himself, no matter what. I love how tough he is, and yet how he’s still so honorable. Plus, I find his paranoia and mania for “Constant vigilance” very amusing.
Minerva McGonagall: I love her so much, because she is pretty much the one person who never changes. I love watching the growth of character dynamics, especially in a story like Harry Potter, but I also end up having a deep appreciation for stalwart presences like Minerva’s. And she’s kind of the pinnacle of the ideals of feminism, but in a good, non-extreme way: she has got power, and everyone knows it. She’s a person that you just don’t cross. When riled up, she’s ‘as ready to breathe fire as Norbert’, and yet unlike most Gryffindors, she makes herself stop and think. She has a great deal of patience and self-restraint. She seems so cold and stern and strict, and yet she’s such a big softie. But she could still totally kick your ass into the ground.
Amelia Bones: I hardly know why I like her so much. I think a part of the reason is that she represents that there is still justice and people trying to do what’s right, even amidst a sea of corruption. The Harry Potter books are so anti-government, and yet JKR creates a character like Amelia to show that you shouldn’t judge people based on actions beyond their control. Just because Fudge isn’t doing his job well doesn’t mean that she does any less at hers.
Phineas Nigellus Black: He’s so snarky, and such a Slytherin. And yet, he’s kind of the true, purest form of essence of Black, and is highly reminiscent of Sirius to me. And he’s one of those characters that I feel has the most style in the way he goes about things, the way he talks in particular, because he doesn’t do much moving around in that portrait.
The Blacks: I think I've already said, but I love those characters that filter around in the gray, and my favorite family are the Blacks. Would I actually want to live with them? Hell no! But they're all so incredibly rich and complex, they're a writer's dream. You can go at them with so many angles...But if there's one thing I hate, almost more than when it happens with any other character, I hate OOC Blacks. Any of them. As weird as it might sound, they should not be sullied like that, not when the characters are that deep.
Dudley Dursley: When I was a kid and had started reading the series, I didn't want him around anymore than anyone else did. But as I grew older and understood it more, I started keeping on the lookout for my new and improved Dudley, because I was absolutely convinced he would eventually change for the better. I couldn't help but smirk when it turned out I was right.
Hedwig: I was totally, absolutely unprepared for that death. But all throughout the series I loved Hedwig, and had kind of wanted to get my own snowy owl, knowing that I couldn't.
The most despised character in the series for me was Umbridge. The fact that she didn't die is the only thing that I disliked about DH. The bitch should so have kicked it.
Wheel of Time
Mat Cauthon: As mentioned several times before, Mat is my all-time, hands down favorite literary/fictional character. Which is actually saying something, seeing as I usually have a hard time picking favorites. But I don't think it's possible to read the books and not adore Mat. Mat has got pretty much everything I like in a character: he's funny and charismatic, an honorable person you can count on to do the right thing and always come through for you. He doesn't play by the rules, is stubborn and independent, and has a good sense of humor that keeps him from getting too involved in self-pity and angst. He helps other people (Aes Sedai, etc) even though he doesn't like them. He's got that roguish, mischievous side to him, and he's a hero without ever wanting to be one, and rather modest in that he doesn't want recognition in history or anything, and the only thing he wanted was to be thanked for the effort. A simple "thank you". He has to grow up a lot in the series, and he gets a lot of shit from almost all the other characters, but he perserveres and never stops being himself. That's one thing I admired about Mat, and was something that set him apart from all the other characters: he's never really lost himself. He's still Mat: ruffian one minute, and then doing the impossible and saving your life the next. And as seems almost a requirement for me, he's been touched deeply by darkness, but he overcame it.
Other top favorites: Asmodean, Birgitte, Tuon, Moiraine, Siuan, Leane, Gareth Bryne, Aviendha, Elayne, Karede, Thom, Talmanes, Bashere, Dobraine, Rhuarc, Rand, Min, Sulin, Lews Therin, Loial, Berelain
Raistlin Majere: I told my mom once, that if ever there was a character in a book that I identified with, it would be him. We are, after all, quite similar (except I would like to think that I am not borderline evil, and I don't nearly have the ambition he does). We're both sickly, and endure a constant, second-by-second struggle with our disabilities. Both of us are heavily dependent on a sibling, who is much more fit and well-liked than us. Both of us are intellectuals, turning to knowledge when left with no other options. Another thing I loved about Raistlin was his ambiguity. You never (and by the end of the series, you still really didn't) know which side he is on. You know he is a dark character, but you come to the realization that Raistlin serves no one except himself (for which I, again, admire him for). You think Snape was bad in Harry Potter? He has absolutely nothing on Raistlin when it comes to playing for both sides. And yet...you can't help but fear and be wary of him, for Raistlin knows exactly what depths he would sink to, if he must, even murdering his own twin brother. But then he shows that human streak of his, being scared of the dark and needing his brother to stay up all night to keep nightmares at bay, and then you have to wonder again. Simply put, he's a beautiful character. Marvellously complex.
Tasslehoff Burrfoot: When you start the book, you simply believe that he is a comedic relief character, and that's his sole purpose. And while Tas is hilarious, he soons proves to actually be deeply insightful, and able to see things in ways the others don't. He's the character that is the least swayed by evil or by people who simply want to take the easy way out. He has the courage to do the right thing, even if it meant breaking the rules to do so, and I thought he understood better than anyone else what they were fighting for, and how to keep that hope from failing. He's also a very realistic, human character, making mistakes, but always moving forward and trying to make up for them.
Fizban: Funniest character and best contradiction ever. Oh my God, he's introduced arguing to a tree, telling it to move because it's blocking his sun and shading him on purpose, he accuses other trees of trying to sneak up on him, produces a puffball flame for light that's afraid of the dark, attacks the companions at one point and completely blows their cover to their enemies...and he's one of the three greatest gods in the pantheon, the Great God of Light. Oh, I about busted a rib.
Tanis Half-Elven: For me, I guess you could say Raistlin is a vision of what I could be; he has this bitterness that is an intrinsic part of his being, and this is a bitterness I see inside myself, and if I succumbed to it, I could easily see myself as being a lot like Raistlin. But so far, in practice, I'm more like Tanis. In a world of varying levels of piety, throughout most of the original trilogy, and even beyond that, Tanis is like me: the practical one, the one who balances the group's quirks because my approach is sensible and logical. I particularly saw myself in Tanis when at one point, he talks about how they've searched for years for the true gods, but now that he's found them, he can't believe in them. His inner turmoil and divided nature also draws me to him. And due to him being so level-headed, Tanis is also pretty much one of the most accepting people in the series when it comes to people being different to him, which I adore about him.
Kitiara Uth Matar: Holy shit, you just seriously can't not admire the sheer amount of nerve and balls that this woman has. What else is there to say about her? I love how utterly unflinching she is 98% of the time, I love the way she loves her brothers and how when Raistlin was a baby she refused to give up on him like everyone else did, I love her destructive romance with Tanis, I love the respect and love that she pretty much won from all of her troops, her dragon Skie, and Lord Soth.
Lord Soth: Oh God, he's pretty much the chief badass of the entire story. I love how detached and removed he is, and how he's so wise. I love his tragic past, and basically his entire persona of "I'm doing whatever the fuck I want; if your interests happen to serve mine, then so be it, but if you get into my way, I will end you".
George Cooper: Apart from the gray anti-heroes, I have a soft spot for rogues like George. The mischievous ones that stray outside the lines. I’ve loved George in every book and stage of life Tamora Pierce has wrote him in. From the first book, when he’s willing to wait in line for Alanna and still manages to keep his friendship with Jonathan, who turns into Alanna’s first love interest, to the last books (Trickster’s Choice), when he continuously searches for his daughter for around a year and doesn’t give up until he finds her. He’s my very favorite character, from any of her Tortall books.
Gary: I have to include him up here, because he’s made of epic win. His reaction when Alanna tells him her real gender is the Best. Ever. I mean, his best friend drags him out to the woods, tells him that she’s been lying to him for the past eight years and that she’s really a girl, not a boy, and now I expect you to help me continue to keep this secret for a while, and fool and lie to the king and your father…and he laughs and says, “I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces”. Epic. Epic. Win.
Dom: Aw, I can’t help it, I just really, really love him. Really, who didn’t love him? He won me over in the very beginning, when he was one of the first to demonstrate his willingness to accept Kel, and how he was unfailingly loyal to her throughout the rest of the books.
Rosto: I suppose you could say that he was technically the first George Cooper. Really, most of what I love about George’s character can be found in Rosto, except instead of Alanna, there’s Beka. And although some of that is non-applicable. But anyway. I’m very much in Rosto’s corner.
Other top favorites: Alanna, Myles, Eleni Cooper, Faithful, Raoul, Daine, Numair, Sarge, Kaddar, Lindhall Reed, Bonedancer, Duke Gareth the Elder, Cloud, Kitten, Brokefang, Coram, Kel, Neal, Duke Baird, Owen, Wyldon, Thayet, Ilane, Beka, Aly, Taybur, Ulasim, Nawat, Winnamine, Dove, Junai, Chenaol, Sarai, all darkings ever, Onua, Fesgao, Ysul, Ochobu, Boulaj, Buri, Saefas, Fanche, Tobe, Peachblossom, Crown, Nari, Jump, Jonathan, Yuki, Shinko, Rispah, Zaimid
Qwan: He's, for some reason, my very favorite character of the series. Even I'm not really sure why. I must commend his extraordinary good humor, for he's spent ten thousand years as a statue, and he doesn't jump Abbot, the demon responsible, the first chance he gets. I know I would have. But yeah, Qwan's my favorite, which was cemented when he said, "What? I'm flesh and bone after ten thousand years and now you're telling me a bomb is going to blow me to a million pieces?"
Mulch: I've discovered through my "Reading Artemis Fowl" fic that Mulch is my favorite character to write. There's just something about his character that I find his 'voice' very easy to write in. I can tune in to it easier than the others. And in reading the books myself, I find him right up my alley: crooked, but with a heart of gold underneath. I loved him especially in "The Opal Deception".
Other top favorites: Holly, Artemis, Butler, Root, Foaly
Phantom of the Opera
Erik: The Phantom makes my list of very favorite characters for many reasons and traits that I've mentioned the characters above possessing, although he falls with Raistlin definitely on the darker area of the spectrum. He's so wonderfully deep, his many interpretations rich and complex...but what I love most about him is his humanity. His flaws. So much bad has happened to him, and he himself has such darkness in him, and he is a cold-blooded murderer...but even then, at his darkest, he can still show compassion to lost and lonely little girl. It proves to us that even at our most wretched we're capable of hope, and that we can love. The tragedy is then the betrayal of that hope, by the hope itself. I cry for Erik every single time.
Nadir: I rather admire him very much. He's a person tasked and trusted to right wrongs in the world, and he manages to keep his loyalty and friendship with Erik intact. And being friends with Erik in general is no easy feat, and I have to give him credit for weathering through everything with Erik.
The Lord of the Rings
Aragorn: What can I say? He's a leader and a hero even when he doesn't want to be, shouldering a task, duty, and destiny that he doesn't want at all, but does it anyway because the world needs him to, needs him to step up. He puts aside his own wants and desires for the greater good, and he can resist direct temptation, the first time, that hardly any other man could. He still maintains a healthy dose of fear, which contributes to him being less seduced by power. He's a very even, well-rounded person, able to slip into any role and function with ease, from warrior to healer to diplomat. He's very humble and has the patience to deal with the hobbits, earning their trust and with children. Plus, really, he is one BAMF.
Legolas: In my younger years, he used to be my very favorite character, especially after seeing the movies and the total bad-assery that is Legolas. Now my very favorite is Aragorn, but I've never quite lost the starry-eyed love of Legolas.
Faramir: Aw man. I always felt so very sorry for him, always being expected to fill in the shoes of his dead older brother, Boromir, especially when his douche of a father tells him he wished that Faramir had died instead of Boromir. He has to be such a conflicted person, because it's obvious he cared about his brother, and he wants to make his father proud, and he wants to do his duty to his country and his people, AND do the right thing. All of these at times are all pulling him in opposite directions and are expecting him to choose only one of them. I mean, really. How is one person supposed to deal with all of that, wanting to do all of it, make everyone happy, and in the process he's tearing himself apart. Let's just say that I have deep respect for Faramir in dealing with all that bullshit.
Eomer: He's another, like Faramir, that I feel sorry for, torn in so many different directions and forced into action, to choose. I just love the conflicted characters that all struggle to be good people and do what's right, even though they don't know what that 'right thing' is. That they try is what I admire.
Haldir: I have to mention him, because even though I don't really have a concrete reason, I just really, really like him. And if in real life you ask me who my favorite LOTR characters are, I will say that Haldir is. I don't know why; all I do know is that he just belongs on that list.
The Chronicles of Narnia
Edmund Pevensie: Holy jeez. One of my favorite characters of all time. And what's not to love about him? Most people who read the series love him, me included, because he's the most developed, with a darker edge and experiences that he learned from. Isn't that something we would all love to do? When we first meet him, he's put under a lot of pressure from his siblings, and he cracks and is seduced and taken in by the dark side. All because he trusted a kind-seeming stranger. Really, when you think about it, it could have happened to Lucy, if she had met the White Witch first, not knowing anything about Narnia. But even though he cracked, Edmund came out of it all the stronger. I adore him so, and I literally pump my fist in the air when I see the movie or come across his name while reading. I've got a ridiculous smile on my face as I'm typing this. It doesn't hurt that he's also pretty much bad-ass to the max.
The Looking Glass Wars
Hatter Madigan: My love of this character is such that I have contemplated middle-naming my potential son after him (James Madigan, what do you think?). Oh my God, he just...totally rocks my socks. I mean, he spent how many years searching the planet for Alyss, and you know that he would have searched for the rest of his life, if necessary, because that's his duty, and god-fucking-dammit, that's exactly what he's going to do. He's so inflappable, so in control, and then the one and only time he deserts Alyss and disobeys her orders is so that he could go rescue his daughter, the daughter that he doesn't even know. Plus, he's just...so totally kick-ass to the extreme that every single other character, ever, pales. I love him so very dearly.
Dustfinger: Especially in the first book, I think Dustfinger is the kind of character that represents most people. Because really, all he wants is go home to his family--just like anyone else would want. So how far would we go, what wouldn't we do, if it was our one and only chance to do so? He's human, so he gets drawn in by the promise of the fulfillment of desperate hopes and deepest desires. And then, when Capricorn betrays him, he does something about it. His goals never change, and he truly, genuinely feels sorry for what he's done, but he gets up and moves past it, keeps going. He never gives up, although that proves to be something of his downfall. He also shows that he's a really caring person, as is evident at the end of book two. And he's got a dash of the roguishness that I love in characters.
Kilik: My chosen character to fight with. I'm a staff/sword/long-range weapon kind of girl. I dislike fighting in close quarters. As a person, Kilik has elements of Mat Cauthon in him, which never hurts a character in my esteem. And he wields a quarterstaff, which used to be Mat's weapon of choice.
Siegfried (Nightmare in SCII): My second strongest fighting character. This is how I think of him: Terra (KH), who looks like a blond Sephiroth, wielding a soul-corrupting Buster sword.
Raphael: Currently ranks as my third fighter of choice, which somewhat surprises me. He looks like a total fop, ala Lockhart of Harry Potter, and yet...I've only played Soul Calibur II, and I'm just getting started in this fandom. But I found myself liking the way he bows before every fight, his lines, how he is very slightly reminiscent of Balthier (and therefore, Mat), the surprising ease with which I adapted to his fighting style. But it was finding out about Amy that clinched it for me. I am a huge, huge sucker for characters who are like single dads, and it makes him even more like Mat, who has found himself practically becoming Olver's surrogate father. Olver and Amy are even alike in that, really, they're just random street kids that find themselves taken in by Mat and Raphael, respectively, which is a bit out of character for both men. Long story short, single dad status has promoted Raphael to favorite character status. Also, I'm kind of shocked at how dark he is. I find it sad and bitterly sweet that his goal is to shape the world so that the tainted Amy doesn't feel like an outcast. And I admire the loyalty he and Amy have towards each other.
Xianghua: She's currently one of my least favorites. God...I just find everything about her so annoying, but especially her voice. Ugh, shut the fuck up, please.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Top Favorite: Rarity
Other Favs: Fancypants, Princess Luna, Applebloom, Applejack, Big Macintosh, Sweetie Belle, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Fluttershy, Zecora, Filthy Rich, Tank, Princess Celestia
Top Favorite: Dean Winchester (Hey, hon, do you think that you could quit smashing my heart already so that I can continue living? Thanks.)
Other favorites: DEATH, Castiel, Bobby Singer, Mary Winchester, blonde!Ruby, Victor Henrickson, Meg Masters, Jamie, Sarah Blake, Sam Winchester, Jimmy Novak, Nick, Jessica Moore, Tessa, Bela Talbot, Chuck Shurley, Ellen Harvelle, Lucifer/Hallucifer, Gabriel, Crowley, SAMUEL COLT, Lisa Braedan, Garth, Charlie Bradbury, Jo Harvelle, KEVIN TRAN, LINDA TRAN, werewolf!Kate, werewolf!Michael, Joshua, Pastor Jim Murphy, Sheriff Jody Mills, Jesse Turner, Detective Diana Ballard, Bobby John, Ben Braedan, Ronald Reznick, Tiny, the Ghostfacers, Samandriel, Rufus Turner, Nancy Fitzgerald, Ganesh, Impala, Kat, Kathleen Hudak, Layla Rourke, Melanie Golden, Demian, Barnes, Cassie Robinson, Chet!Leviathan, George!Leviathan, Ava Wilson, Ash, Alpha Vampire, Adam Milligan, Benny Lafitte, Abaddon, Zachariah, Aaron Bass, Golem, Naomi, Daphne Allen, Krissy Chambers, Emma, Claire Novak, Hael, Gail, Tracy Bell, Anna Milton, Sergeant Miranda Bates, Risa, Amanda Walker, Molly McNamara, Mara Daniels, Azazel, Casey, Dorothy Baum, Andrea Barr, Emily, Roy le Grange, Missy Bender, Monica Holt, Sarge, Carmen Porter
Characters I'm Neutral On: John Winchester, Meg, Missouri Moseley, Max Miller, Gordon Walker, Lenore, Andy Gallagher, Madison, Deacon, Jake Talley, Tamara, Father Gil, Tammi, Lilith, Pamela Barnes
Top Favorites: Gwaine, Uther Pendragon, Merlin
Other favorites: Mithian, Lancelot, Queen Annis, the Fisher-King, Kilgharrah, Aithusa, Hunith, Alator, Morgana, Gwen, Arthur
Top Favorite: Duck
Other Favorites: Fakir, Rue, Mr. Cat, Pike, Uzura
Hated Characters: Drosselmeyer
Top Favorite: Oree Shoth
Other Favorites: Yeine, Itempas/Shiny, Madding, Sieh, Nahadoth, Zhakkarn, T'vril, Nemmer, Nsana, Lil, Morad
Top Favorite: Makoto
Other Favorites: Mikoshiba, Haruka, Kou, Rei
Irritating Characters: NAGISA, Rin, Rei
Top Favorite: Kenzi
Other Favorites: Lauren, Bo, Ryan, Lachlan, Trick, Hale
Irritating Characters: Vex, Dyson, Lachlan at first
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Top Favorites: Izumi Curtis, Winry Rockbell
Other Favorites: Greed, Ling Yao, Roy Mustang, Riza Hawkeye, Olivier Mira Armstrong, Alphonse Elric, Wrath, Lan Fan, May Chang, Xiao-Mei, Scar, Dr. Knox, Pinako Rockbell, Mrs. Bradley, Trisha Elric, Sig Curtis, Alex Louis Armstrong, Maria Ross, Jean Havoc, Miles, Buccaneer, Heinkel, Darius, Jerso, Zampano, Envy, Van Hohenheim, Maes Hughes, Slicer Brothers, Barry the Chopper, Sheska, Edward Elric
Hated Characters: PRIDE, Kimblee, Raven, Father, Shou Tucker
In order, my preference for the Homunculi goes like this: Greed (love this fucker to death, the feels are too much), Wrath (he scares the shit out of me too, but he's just such a badass, I can't even, and his story just makes me really fucking sad and I can't help but feel sorry for him), Envy (little shit that he is, I love the voice acting, and he's a really interesting character), Pride (he absolutely terrifies me, and I want to KILL IT WITH FIRE, but it's a brilliantly written character, so there you go), Lust (I like the subversions with her), Sloth (he cracks me up, and is a ~true poet~ with words), Gluttony (eh)
Ouran High School Host Club
Top Favorite: Kyouya
Other Favorites: Tamaki, Haruhi, Kasanoda, Kaoru, Hikaru, Mori, Fuyumi, Renge, Ranka
Favorites (Characters): N (I...never thought I'd say that. well.), Jessie, James, Gary Oak, Tracey, Charizard, Pikachu, Lake Lucid Nurse Joy, Chikorita/Bayleef, Mew, Mewtwo, Professor Oak, Ash, Misty, Brock, Togepi, Totodile
Favorite Pokémon (to catch and stuff in the games): Mew, Spheal, Deerling/Sawsbuck, Phanpy, Sandshrew, Swampert, Fennekin, Oshawott/Dewott/Samurott, Azumarill, Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard, Mightyena, Houndour/Houndoom, Flygon, Treecko/Grovyle, Torchic/Blaziken, Skitty/Delcatty, Jumpluff, Whimiscott, Scoliopede, Floette, Pikachu/Raichu, Rayquaza, Persian, Eevee/Vaporeon/Jolteon/Flareon/Umbreon/Espeon/Leafeon/Glaceon/Sylveon, Kingdra, Cubone, Lapras, Gallade, Skarmory, Chespin/Chesnaught, Greninja, Quagsire, Wobbuffet, Lucario, Ponyta/Rapidash, Growlithe/Arcanine, Axew/Fraxure/Haxorus, Dragonair, Altaria, Lickitung, Latias, Latios, Mewtwo, Shaymin, Moltres, Articuno, Froslass, Gyarados, Gastly/Haunter/Gengar, Litwick/Lampent/Chandelure, Shuppet, Miltank, Goldeen/Seaking, Dewgong, Furret, Fletchling/Fletchinder/Talonflame, Cubchoo, Glameow, Buneary/Lopunny, Audino, Blitzle/Zebstrika, Sandile, Kabutops, Tirtouga
Maleficent: My all-time favorite villain. I cheer without fail every time, and have a corner of her memorabilia in my room. I am a die-hard fan. She ties with Prince Phillip also as my favorite Disney character, period. I just think she's absolute perfection in villain form.
Prince Phillip: Ironically enough, my all-time favorite Disney prince. One great wish of mine is to meet him at Disneyland. My teacher got to, I was so jealous. He ties with Maleficent as my favorite Disney character, and I consider it an endless tragedy that there are people who don't know who he is, and that it is so hard to find any merchandise featuring him. He is such an amazing character, and is a surprisingly progressive thinker, given that he lives in the fourteenth century.
Aurora: I have recently become apathetic towards her. I mean, I hadn't seen the movie in so long, so I remembered Aurora as being so spineless, and has having no personality whatsoever. I was surprised to discover that the latter actually wasn't true at first. In the forest before she leaves, she's actually quite spirited, and I think she had some potential as a character. But all of that seems to get washed out of her, at the end, and it almost seems like she's not even the same person as she was when she was still Briar Rose. Which leads to some interesting trains of thought. And also, I would like to think that Phillip would have good enough taste to not fall in love with a complete bimbo.
King Stefan: He's actually a surprisingly good daddy. Phillip's dad, King Hubert, is all for Aurora marrying Phillip right as soon as she walks in the door for the first time in over a decade, but Stefan protests this immediately, saying that, uh, he would like to spend some time with her, and that she should be allowed to adjust and not be overwhelmed, and that it's not fair to make all of these decisions completely without her input, and it's just...awwww. Good dads FTW!
Samson: Ballpoints, a PM friend of mine, has almost convinced me to crack-ship Maximus/Samson. Yes, I know this is quite insane. But Samson, I've got to say, is quite dedicated to Phillip, which I'll always appreciate.
Favorite Song(s) of this Movie: "Once Upon a Dream" (Phillip, please feel free to come up and sing to me in a forest whenever you want to.)
Rapunzel: The funny thing is that I didn't even like this movie all that much on my first viewing. Sure, it was cute, but I wasn't seeing where everyone was coming from on calling it the greatest movie ever. I still don't think it's the greatest movie ever made, but my liking for it has actually increased on each viewing. Anyway, Rapunzel herself has now jumped onto my top list of favorite Disney Princesses, and she's a big reason why I keep liking Tangled more and more. Dude, this gal is fierce. I love how...naive she is, and her thrist to discover new things and experience life, and yet she has this innate badassery that is just a beauty to behold. Seriously, the majority of the time, it's Rapunzel who bails out her male companion Flynn and saves his ass most of the time. I mean, Flynn can't exactly be a slouch, considering how successful of a thief he is and how many people are out to kill him, and yet it's Rapunzel who PWNs him, and who pretty much wears the pants in their relationship, and it is so goddamn refreshing. Basically, while the movie itself is great, in my opinion it is Rapunzel that makes the movie, full stop, 100%. I would definitely rate her amongst Disney's finest heroines.
Pascal: He is just the cutest thing ever. He probably makes me laugh the most out of anyone in the movie, and I was actually more horrified by Gothel kicking Pascal into the wall than her killing Flynn. In my defense, I knew that there was no way Flynn was going to die for real, and a kick like that could have easily killed such a small animal! Anyway. Pascal is awesome. He and Rapunzel make a badass duo of awesomeness.
Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert: So. This guy. Yes, I like him well enough. He's tailor-made for at least American audience approval. He's sarcastic, witty, and funny. He's cute. But honestly, the thing I end up enjoying the most out of him is the way he tries to talk his way out of every situation. He tries to use some fancy wordplay to trick people into going along with what he wants, and he does it by fully exploiting his voice and tone and inflection, and really, it gets more awesome on each viewing. But other than that, while he's nice, and I will always adore his and Rapunzel's sort of gender role reversal, I don't think he's as supermegafoxyawesomehot as many people make him out to be. Obviously, I am biased, but I don't think he's nearly in the same league as Phillip is for the title of 'Best Disney Prince'.
Mother Gothel: Well, she's certainly more on the 'subtle and sneaky' side of the spectrum as a villain. I mean, yeah, its fairly obvious from the beginning that she's the villain, but her sneakiness really comes out in her interactions with Rapunzel. She's definitely much more insidious than the evil fabulous-ness of Maleficent, or even Ursula, who I think is closer to Gothel's level. I also appreciate and enjoy Gothel's almost vicious intelligence. She definitely isn't a villain like, say, Jafar, who in the end was defeated by his own arrogance. No, Gothel's too smart for that. She advocates for patience, and subtleness over going in all guns blazing ("All good things to those who wait.") Ironically, Gothel ends up getting defeated by her own trust and love for Rapunzel. Yes. Really. Obviously she trusts Rapunzel to keep her word, because she allows her to try to heal Flynn. And I think she does love Rapunzel, in her own (twisted) way. So, puzzling her out little by little is also a treat for rewatching this movie.
Favorite Songs of this Movie: "When Will My Life Begin/Reprise", "Mother Knows Best/Reprise", and "I See the Light"
Aladdin: Okay, yeah, gotta say, totally one of my favorite Disney princes. Not my top favorite like Phillip; Aladdin just doesn't have his class and elegance and, for me, swoon factor. In comparison to Phillip, I love Aladdin because he's so adorkable. I love his compassion, and how despite the fact that he has nothing himself, he's still willing to give up what little he does get to others. I love how he fails and fucks up pretty badly at times, and yet he's still an innately good-hearted person that has thing go right for him when he's nice to the people around him. Also, the way he ultimately relies on his intelligence to outsmart his opponents, rather than beating them through superior physical strength? That's probably the most awesome thing about him. At the end, he couldn't beat Jafar in a physical fight--so instead he used the man's own arrogance against him and outwitted him instead. That's what makes Aladdin special, to me. And my favorite moment of all for him was when he ultimately kept his promise to free the Genie. That scene always makes me tear up, because damn. If that doesn't prove Aladdin's inner awesomeness, then I don't know what does.
Jasmine: So hey, here's another of my favorite Disney Princesses. Probably because Jasmine here is among the fiercest of the fierce. I mean...just damn. I adore how she refuses to let anyone take the ultimate control of her life from her, and how she refuses to let anyone diminish her own self-worth ("How dare you! How dare all of you! Standing around discussing my future! I am not some prize to be won!"), and how she doesn't just sit back and be a damsel-in-distress, and instead she actually goes pretty damn far in trying to aid Aladdin as best as she can. (Kissing Jafar = gross, but awesome) I'm just saying, but this girl's got a backbone of steel. Plus, she's no slouch in the intellectual department herself, which is always win.
Rajah: I think he's the best pet/animal companion ever. And I think he boosts Jasmine's badassery levels, because dude: she has a pet tiger. Tigers are perfectly capable of eating people, you know.
The Genie: Cracks my shit up. Robin Williams FTW, man. Also, I love how he actually gives really good advice to Aladdin when the latter is doing that stupid-teenager-in-love bullshit. It's especially awesome when you realize that the Genie totally didn't need to do that at all.
The Flying Carpet: Is the cutest, most loyal thing (literally) ever.
Iago and Jafar: Their odd-couple villain-ness cracks me up as well. And their deadpan snarkery (particularly Iago's) is also FTW as well.
Favorite Songs of this Movie: "Street Rat", "Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali" (Robin Williams rocks in this movie, okay?)
Okay. I’m overhauling this character list once again, because I just finished playing Re:Coded, and so there’s new stuff to talk about. This is going to be formatted differently, and KH has a lot of characters, so hold on.
My two soul twins in the games are Zexion and Terra. Terra, because every decision that he made in the game is exactly the same as what I would have done, if put into his situation. And I love him so very much because he’s like the Kingdom Hearts’ version of Edmund Pevensie. However, my personality and attitude would be more like Zexion’s—I can also be somewhat emotionally detached, and I would certainly let others do the fighting and dirty work for me. We can also be polite and helpful without being condescending, and we both feel loyalty towards groups we affiliate ourselves with. I can also be very quiet, and I share a great attachment to the number 6, and being a huge bookworm, a book as a weapon is just bad-ass. Not to mention we’re both midgets, and I would also keep my head down and focus on the task at hand, instead of gossiping with Xigbar.
My one true love is Luxord. Because he is eloquent, witty, intelligent, has elegant fighting ability, and is unbelievably cool. The only thing that could make him even better is if he had dark hair. But then, he wouldn’t be Luxord without blond hair, so there are no new heights he can ascend to.
The character that comes in as my second one true love is Leon, and he also doubles as one of the characters who can make me smile without fail. The smart ass makes my day by just coming onto the screen. And he’s a brunet. Never change, Leon.
The other characters that can make me smile with just their presence are Xigbar, Demyx, Vanitas, Auron, Braig, and Data Sora.
Xigbar always makes me laugh, and he just rocks so much awesome, Braig makes me smile because he’s Xigbar’s original self, and almost as awesome, Demyx because he can almost out-dork Sora and holds the title of ‘Crouching Moron Hidden Bad Ass’, Auron because he inspires bad-assery with every breath he takes, Vanitas because he wins all things at life and manages to make my love for him grow every time I see him, and Data Sora because he actually acknowledges all of the nonsensical and bullshit things around him, but can still just shrug it off and go with the flow. As strange as it sounds…I rather think I like Data Sora more than the real Sora?
Axel and Roxas both inspire me to smile when I see them too, but I’ve put them separately because of the crushing devastation they grant me the second they open their mouths. Roxas inspires so much gut-wrenching pain in my heart, and then Axel had him topped for a while due to 358/2 Days, but now the crown of ‘who can make her shed the most tears’ goes back to Roxas after Re:coded, and dear God, KH3 needs to come out already so that Roxas and Axel can stop being sad. My heart can’t take much more of this. It should be illegal to make either of you two sad, but that’s never going to happen, because so much of this series revolves around your pain.
Data Roxas is also pretty cool, even if when he shows up in Re:coded I could practically feel his pain radiating out of my DS. And even though he seemed to be channeling Marluxia there for a while. Not to mention that his boss battle is as scary as all fuck. Roxas, while I appreciate your dual-wielding very much and am happy to acknowledge the levels of bad-ass this ability grants you, I really don’t like to be on the receiving end of two keyblades. Data Namine also made me smile while inspiring unbelievable amounts of sadness in me. I agree with Sora. You are not allowed to cry, ever.
As far as the rest of the Organization goes, I am ridiculously fond of Marluxia and Larxene. Marluxia proved to me that yes, you can be completely bad-ass and intimidating with pink hair and flower power, and his banter with Axel during their fight in CoM makes me smile. Larxene is a complete and total bitch with one of the most effective and perfect voice actors in the games, and again, I never want her to change. And I whole-heartedly support the ‘friend-enemy’ relationship the two have with Axel. Lexaeus I am mostly indifferent about, but if I see him written well, I can be very appreciative of him. I think Xaldin is one of the world’s biggest douchebags in KH2, his sideburns are so hideously ugly they make my eyes burn, I cheered when Belle kicked his ass, and I screamed in joy when I managed to kill him after a very grueling boss battle. But Days changed my tune, and now, while I still admit that he’s a douche, he was actually, in his own Xaldin way, very sweet to Roxas and gave good, practical advice, despite the manner in which he may have delivered it, so I have a new appreciation of him. For the most part, I detest Saix, and think he is definitely amongst the top assholes in the Organization, but seeing the Lea/Isa friendship in BBS, and realizing how it subsequently fell apart with Axel because of Roxas, completely broke my heart. And I think, especially after seeing the Final Mix videos, that no matter how much Saix doesn’t want to admit it, he still does care about Axel and is upset and felt betrayed. My heart suffers so much abuse from this series. While I suppose I can tolerate him, I still think Vexen is unbearably creepy, and I still think his eyebrows make him look like a pedophile, and I wasn’t that sorry when he died. Xemnas is an oily bastard, which as you might know, I hate villains who are like this. His lowest was when he created Xion to absorb Roxas. And yet…I can’t help but not hate him, as I wonder how much of Terra he had in him, even though I know that they’re two different people.
I place myself with the faction of people who like Xion. I can see and understand why people don’t like her, but I do. She was very honest, and kind of insecure, and sincere about that insecurity. The only thing she could do to make me dislike her is if she completely took over Roxas and Axel’s friendship, and booted Axel out of picture. I’m sorry, but Days cemented my belief in AkuRoku, and Xion’s interactions with Roxas strike me as very sisterly.
Aqua, unsurprisingly, is my favorite female character in the series (though, there are not a lot of them running around, to be honest). She kicks ass, keeps her femininity well balanced, and she is the one to save her boys, not the other way around. Ven is pretty cool, though I don’t like him as well as the others, because, as dear Ghostwriter once put it to me, he is the Princess of Heart in the group. I like my characters with some darkness in them. Master Xehanort wins at being the creepiest motherfucker ever, and also at telling lies by using half-truths. He needs to really learn to keep his hands to himself though. Wanting to be young again is no excuse for possessing Terra’s body! And neither is starting a war for the sake of your own curiosity a good thing. Selfish asshole. Eraqus also greatly irritates me in BBS, because his worldview is so narrow and limited, and he is so prejudiced against the darkness that he only sees in blacks and whites, no gray areas. And by the way dude? I think the reason you couldn’t reach Terra was because you were trying to sacrifice and kill his best friend for the greater good. Honestly, what did you expect?
Ienzo is the most fucking adorable thing to have ever existed on the planet (with little Sora coming in second), although his awesomeness in my eyes was guaranteed by Zexion being his Nobody. Dilan was also seriously hot, and it made me come to the startling realization that, if Xaldin shaved off his sideburns and cleaned up a bit, he too would be very attractive. I think it’s hard to notice with the sideburns, though. The scene between Ven and Lea, when Lea declares that he thinks they’ll be friends someday, makes me coo like the AkuRoku fangirl that I am. Lea and Isa in general also make me want to cry. And I wonder who it was that shoved the stick up Isa’s ass to turn him into Saix.
It is impossible for me to play through the games and not bond with Sora (the real one this time). It’s like we’ve experienced all this shit together, and…I just can’t bring myself to hate him. Even if I did wish he had stopped to think about the Nobodies, just once. I definitely thought that Riku was an asshole on Destiny Islands in the first game, but…I could never stay angry with the poor guy. Getting possessed by Xehanort was punishment enough. And what he sacrificed for his best friend…God. Not to mention he’s one of my favorite world partners in KH2. Kairi is definitely not my favorite character, and often times in the game I think she looked lame, swinging that keyblade of hers (though it could possibly help her get better?), and her skirt in KH2 especially was far too short for my comfort. But I don’t hate her, and I think she has a lot of potential as a character, should the author choose to bring it out.
Namine (the real one) is perhaps my second favorite female character, a unique combination of helpless damsel-in-distress and the girl that you need to save your ass. Her powers are ultra-creepy, but…she’s Namine. She discovered how to do the right thing on her own, and has undergone amazing character development, not to mention that I love her voice actors. My feelings for Olette used to flip-flop quite a bit between like and dislike, especially as she’s just a filler character, but now that I’ve associated her with my sister, I’ve definitely fallen on the ‘like’ side of the spectrum. Out of all the Twilight Town characters, I am very fond of Hayner, and of Seifer when he decides to show that he can be something other than an asshole. I like Fuu’s unique personality, and the consistency with that personality. Setzer amuses me because he prances, and from the research I’ve conducted it seems that I would like his original FF self. Pence seriously annoys the fuck out of me in the game, especially during the KH2 Prologue, and every “Ya know?” from Rai makes me want to strangle him. Vivi is creepy and Tim Burton-like. Which I detest.
Riku Replica inspires yet more sadness in me, and I liked his inclusion in CoM, because it lead to some very poignant moments between Sora and what he thought was the real Riku. I love the voice actor of Xehanort’s Heartless in the very first game to pieces, because there was a simplicity in the way he delivered his lines which was very powerful and chilling. I love Sephiroth to absolute death, but he also scares the ever-living shit out of me.
For the time being, I have decided to reserve judgment on Wakka, Tidus, and Selphie, and, to a lesser extent, the Gullwings (Yuna, Rikku, and Paine). I have acquired FF X and X-2, so we shall see. Surprisingly, I found myself not minding the Selphie in Re:coded (though I suppose she wasn’t the real Selphie, but whatever), although this could be because she didn’t talk. I could see myself warming up to her original self.
Mandy Moore as Aerith is now one of the most awesome things about KH1. Seriously, Mandy Moore, you are one of my favorites. Otherwise, Aerith is so far only okay in fanfic, though, since I also have Crisis Core, this could change. Cloud inspires a certain fondness, though my sister adores him far more than I do (I think it’s the wolf thing), and I also think my sister has something of a crush on Tifa, who is admittedly awesome. First totally kick-ass girl I met in the series. Cid amuses me greatly, though I wish that Leon had shown up in Re:coded instead of Cid. Yuffie is definitely not my favorite, but I can like certain incarnations of her, and her KH self is FAR more tolerable than her FF self. Zack was fairly awesome in his appearance, and I’ll be getting to know him quite well soon.
DiZ is the one character I despise beyond all meaning. I find that I kind of think of DiZ and Ansem as two separate people, so we’re just going to talk about DiZ here. To quote my rant because I don’t feel like getting myself worked up over him: “I’m sorry, I don’t care that he’s technically a good guy. In fact, it makes me hate him even more. His whole “out for revenge” thing disgusts me, because it translates to his attitude towards the Nobodies. Who the fuck died and made you God, huh, DiZ? Who the hell do you think you are, what gives you the damn right to determine whether someone exists, or whether they have a right to exist? His whole, “A Nobody doesn’t have a right to know. Nor does it even have the right to be,” pissed me the fuck off, while at the same time it made me cry for Roxas. He didn’t deserve that. He and the neophyte Nobodies did not deserve to be held to blame for what Xehanort and his cronies did. Saix down to Roxas, they didn’t create the Heartless! It wasn’t their damn fault they were attacked and, just because they so happened to be strong-willed, they lived on. Hell, it wasn't even the founding Organization members' fault, because the Nobodies are separate and different people from their Somebodies. Roxas especially had no choice or say at all in any matter, and as far as I’m concerned, DiZ had no fucking right to talk to or about the Nobodies the way he did.”
As far as the Disney aspect of the game goes, I will always love Maleficent like no other in the universe, and my joy at having Prince Phillip as a fighting partner makes everything else pale in comparison. The seemingly impossible was achieved, and King Mickey is one of the biggest bad-asses in the series. Re:coded has inspired a great deal of affection in me for Donald and Goofy. Stitch can never not be adorable, and Cinderella is awesome and fuels my crack pairing Terra/Cinderella, and she is quite possibly my favorite Princess of Heart, despite her ditz moment when she thought a shrunken Ven was a mouse. Phil launched himself to the top of my favorites in Days by being so kind and such a sweetheart to Roxas. The Beast is adorably shy and uncertain, and also bad ass enough to force his way through dimensions using sheer willpower, and Belle had a crowning moment when she PWNed Xaldin’s ass. Tron is definitely one of my all-time favorite partners, and the idea of the Tron/Sora pairing intrigues me like no other Sora/Disney pairing. Alice was also kind of cute with Sora in Wonderland, unwilling to run off and just leave him, and I think I see why people ship the Sora/Alice pairing. Past Pete in Timeless River is almost too adorable for words, and Aladdin has a soft spot in my heart.
Top Favorite: Edgar Figaro
Other Favorites: Kefka, Leo, Tina-Terra, Sabin
(Compilation of FFVII)
Top Favorite Characters: Aerith Gainsborough, Tseng, Cloud Strife, Sephiroth, Genesis Rhapsodos, Kunsel, Lazard, Cissnei
Other Liked Characters: Cid Highwind, Vincent Valentine, Zack Fair, Angeal Hewley, Scarlet, Kadaj, Shelke, Rufus Shinra, Red XIII/Nanaki
Neutral Characters: Barret Wallace, Tifa Lockhart, Reeve Tuesti, Rude, Nero, Yazoo, Loz, Lucrecia Crescent, Weiss, Marlene, Denzel
Annoying Characters: Yuffie, Cait Sith
Characters I'm Disinterested In: Reno (I don't mind him, but I don't think he's supermegafoxyawesomehot either, as most seem to)
Hated Characters: Hojo, Hollander, and Jenova (on par for the course, right?)
Disliked Characters: Heidegger, Palmer, Don Corneo, Rosso, Azul, Shalua, Luxiere
Top Favorite: Balthier
Other Favorites: Fran, Ashe, Dr. Cid, Gabranth, Basch, Vayne, Larsa, Penelo, Nono, Migelo, Vaan, Drace
Disliked Characters: Reddas, Al-Cid, Bergan (titanic asshole), Ghis (titanic dumbass), Jules
(IT KEEPS DELETING THIS!! WHY.)
Top Favorite: Sazh
Others of Interest: Lightning, Snow, Serah, Fang, Vanille
Favorite Characters in Terms of Gameplay,in No Particular Order:
1. Sephiroth (Fuck yeah, the Masamune rocks)
2. Terra (Projectiles and ridiculously powerful, distant magic attacks, I'm in love)
3. Cloud (No wonder Angeal's family passes down the Buster sword, it's awesome. Also, Cloud seems to level the easiest)
4. Squall (I want to hug this guy so bad)
5. The Emperor (Because I'm a dick too in that I infinitely prefer to set a trap and wait the other players out. When this gets settled, it will be on my terms, damn it)
6. Kuja (I can summon the DEATHSTAR!)
7. Onion Knight (He just moves so freaking fast! And his alternate costume is such a pretty shade of blue)
8. Warrior of Light ("BATHE IN THE LIGHT!" xD I tell you, I spam that move like no other.)
Least Favorite Characters in Terms of Gameplay:
1. EXDEATH (Why the fuck can't you move at a normal pace?! I suppose that's what you get when one was originally a tree or something, but still, come on!)
2. Golbez (I don't know why I have such a problem with this dude, but I do)
3. Tidus (I pretty much universally hate you. Also, he stumbles if he misses hitting someone in one of his attacks, and unfortunately, those seconds are the difference between life or death, because Jecht will use that time to PWN you)
"I'm not retreating. I'm advancing in a different direction."
"The human heart has no gender." -"Through the Shadow", by kurosora1984
"Life with men is like a deck of cards... You need a Heart to love them, a Diamond to marry them, a Club to beat them, and a Spade to bury the bastards."
"Asking which is the woman and which is the guy in a gay relationship is like going into a Chinese restaurant and asking which chopstick is the fork."
"How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said." -Victor Hugo
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Confucius
"Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life . . ." -Rose Walker
"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible– it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment." -Barbara De Angelis
"Life isn't measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away."
"Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. Woman came out of a man's rib. Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior. But from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected. And next to the heart to be loved..."
Crescent Unit Captain: One day, I shall have your head.
Zack Fair: Fine. I'll be waiting.
"Life can be only understood backwards, but must be lived forwards."
"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through intellect." -Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you I had no control over."
Zack Fair: (referring to being a Turk) Must be rough.
Tseng: Don't worry. We're paid much better than you are.
Zack Fair: No way!!
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty--they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." -Martin Buxbaum
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it." -Soren Kierkegaard
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road...unless you fail to make the turn."
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." -Mother Teresa
"You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far."
"Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take. You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack."
"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are." -Arthur Golden
"Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
"Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive." -Josephine Hart
"Despair is anger with no place to go." -Mignon McLaughlin
"Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us." -Rainer Maria Rilke
"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become." -Charles Debois
"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within." -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"The heart is the only broken instrument that works."
"Love isn't a decision. It's a feeling. If we could decide who we loved, it would be much simpler, but less magical."
"A fool can change the world, but it takes a genius to fix it."
"Don't let your accomplishments get to your head, but don't let your failures get to your heart."
"When you take the first step into the blackness of the unknown, two things can happen. One: There will be something solid to step on. Two: You will learn how to fly."
"What's better? A lie that draws a smile, or a truth that draws a tear?"
"Never explain; your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe you anyways." -Elbert Hubbard
"Don't you dare tell me the sky's the limit when there are footsteps on the moon."
"Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person."
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
"Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go."
"I don't know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every other part of my body is broken too."
"Every day they shout and scold and go about their lives, heedless of the gift it is to be them." -Quasimodo, Out There
"Past the point of no return/ The final threshold/ The bridge is crossed, so stand and watch it burn/ We've past the point of no return." -The Point of No Return, The Phantom of the Opera
"We never said our love was evergreen, or as unchanging as the sea. But if you can still remember, stop and think of me." -Think of Me, POTO
"If only it were true, if only for a while. If only you would notice how I ache behind my smile. I guess you never will, I guess it doesn't show." -If Only, The Little Mermaid
"I will not be the girl who gets asked how it feels to be trotting along at the genius's heels. I will not be the girl who requires a man to get by." -Climbing Uphill, The Last Five Years
"Let's go on dreaming, for we know we are. So close...so close, and still so far." -So Close, Enchanted
"Even when they leave you and vanish, they somehow can still remain. They're there." -Pretty Women, Sweeney Todd
"There's more to love than only bitterness and lies. I close my eyes..." -Broken Vow, Josh Groban
"Bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong." -Beauty and the Beast
"Don't wish, don't start. Wishing only wounds the heart." -I'm Not That Girl, Wicked
"Say there's no future for us as a pair. I know, I may know. I don't care." -As Long As You're Mine, Wicked
"This world keeps on spinning, only she stills my heart. She's my inspiration, she's my northern star. I don't count my possessions. All I call mine I would give her completely, til the end of all time." -In Her Eyes, Josh Groban
"I am not a hero. I am not an angel. I am just a man, a man who's trying to love her unlike any other. In her eyes, I am." -In Her Eyes, Josh Groban
"'Son just where in this picture would you like to be?' I said if there's any way you can, could you paint me back into her arms again? Could you paint me a Birmingham? Make it look just the way I planned. A little house on the edge of town, porch goin' all the way around. Put her there in the front yard swing. Cotton dress, make it early spring. For a while she'll be mine again, if you could paint me a Birmingham." -Paint Me a Birmingham, Tracy Lawrence
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." -Benjamin Franklin
"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." Ralph W. Sockman
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?" -Frank Scully
"Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at."
Lilo: He was an orphan and we adopted him! What about ohana?
Nani: He hasn't even been here that long!
Lilo: Neither have I! Dad said ohana means family! Ohana means family. Family means--
Nani: Nobody gets left behind.
Nani: Or forgotten. I know, I know. I hate it when you use ohana against me.
Teacher: Lilo, why are you all wet?
Lilo: It's sandwich day!
Lilo: *sighing* Every Thursday I give Pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich.
Teacher: Pudge is a fish?
Lilo: But today we were out of peanut butter! I asked my sister what to give him and she said a tuna sandwich! I can't give Pudge tuna! Do you know what tuna is?
Lilo: IT'S FISH! If I gave Pudge tuna, I'd be an abomination! I'm late because I had to go to the store, and get peanut butter, because all we have, is STINKING TUNA!
Teacher: Lilo, Lilo, why is this so important?
Lilo: Pudge controls the weather.
Jumbaa: ...We're fired. Now, we do it MY WAY!
Pleakley: Your way? ... Oh! Wait!
"A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are for." -John A. Shedd
"My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin." Karl Kraus
"The problem with people is that they're only human." -Bill Watterson
"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own." -Robert A. Heinlein
"Always keep one foot in the past, your head in the present, and your eyes to the future." -John Smith
"I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch from her hand, than eternity without it."
"You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing." -Henry Louis Mencken
"Temper gets you in trouble. Pride keeps you there."
"Chararacter is that sum total of moments we can't explain." -George Saunders
"Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." -Elie Wiesel
"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain." -Kahlil Gibran
"Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it." -Lewis Carroll
"I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I'd just been myself." -Brittany Renee
"We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly." -Sam Keen
"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind." -Albert Schweitzer
"I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant." -Henry Louis Mencken
"Talent hits a target nobody else can hit. Genius hits a target nobody else can see."
"You can't possibly hit the ball if you are thinking about all the ways to miss."
"Anyone can face adversity. If you want to test someone, give them power."
"People build walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down."
"You can close your eyes to what you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to what you don't want to feel."
"Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'"
"It doesn't work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot leaps."
"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within."
"WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!" You're such an idiot! How can you see through me? -Kyouya, about Tamaki; OHSHC
"He's an idiot. I knew that. But I honestly had no idea that he was such--such a total DUMBASS!!" -Kyouya, about Tamaki (again); OHSHC
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."
"I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite."
"Stupid people are like roaches: they're everywhere."
"People are like Slinkies: totally useless, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs."
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"A lie is a lie, even if everyone believes it. The truth is the truth, even if no one believes it."
"Chaos and Order are not enemies, only opposites."
"A strangled chicken is different from a chicken with its head cut off, but does it matter to the chicken?" -Tasslehoff Burrfoot
"When you look at all the big things in the world, you'll see that they're just a bunch of little things pieced together. It's the small things that make a difference." -Tasslehoff Burrfoot
"In my day, girls jumped when a Wise One said jump, and continued jumping until they were told to stop. As I am still alive, it is still my day. Need I make myself clearer?" -Sorilea, The Fires of Heaven
"I'm no lord. I've got more respect for myself than that." -Mat Cauthon
"I may be a fool, but I intend to be a live fool." -Mat Cauthon
"I'm a gambler, a farmboy, and I'm here to take command of your bloody army!" -Mat Cauthon
"Almost dead yesterday, may be dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today." -Mat Cauthon
"No wine for me. Strange enough things happen when my head is clear. I want to know the difference." -Mat Cauthon
"In wars, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes." -Thom Merrilin
Aiel: Here, southlander. You can't quit when you're winning.
Mat: Better than when I'm losing.
"I don't know. They could have put a warning sign or something. Hello. Welcome to Hindstrap. We will murder you in the night and eat your bloody face if you stay past sunset. Try the pies. Martna Maily makes them fresh daily." -Mat Cauthon
Mat: A bloody hero. Thom, if I ever look like acting the hero again, you kick me.
Thom: And what would you have done differently?
Mat: Just kick me!
"Life isn't fair, Bill. We tell our children that it is, but it's a terrible thing to do. It's not only a lie, it's a cruel lie. Life is not fair, and it never has been, and it's never going to be."
Xion: It's for the good of everyone.
Axel: But how do you know that? Everybody thinks they're right...
"What's your problem!? You both...think you can do whatever you want. Well, I'm sick of it. Go on, you just keep running! But I'll always be there to bring you back!" -Axel
Roxas: Yeah, I get it.
Zexion: Well, I just hope we can count on you to "get it" done.
"Think I'll pass. My heart just wouldn't be in it, you know? Haven't got one." -Axel
Saix: This time, we expect you to try out magic for once, instead of just relying on the keyblade.
Roxas: Magic? I know magic?
"He...was the only one I liked. He made me feel...like I had a heart." -Axel
Roxas: No one would miss me.
Axel: That's not true! ... I would...
"Let's see, here...'If the subject fails to respond, use aggression to liberate his true disposition.'...Right. Did they ever pick the wrong guy for this one..." -Demyx
Xion: Tell me first. Why you are dressed as one of us.
Riku: To make sure that my best friend...sleeps in peace.
"Oh, does it hurt because it's the truth?" -Larxene
Zexion: Roxas, you and I and all of the Organization's members are what we call Nobodies.
Roxas: Well that's not very nice.
"Fair enough. I guess you could say that I'm the biggest nobody of them all." -Riku
Goofy: He's gotta be the thief!
Demyx: Now that's just plain rude!
"I'd rather we just skip the formalities." -Luxord
Demyx: Run! Run away! (runs past Sora and disappears into a dark portal)
Sora: ... Okay...?
"Of all the faces... Why do I look at her and see yours? Do you always have to stare at me like I just drowned your goldfish?" -Xigbar
Roxas: Good, then can we go home?
Xigbar: Why, Roxas? Did you leave the toaster plugged in?
"See, that would work... if I were just any old dude. 'Cept I'm not. I'm with the Organization. Nothing 'any old' about me." -Xigbar
Roxas: Organization XIII. They're a bad group.
Namine: Bad...or good. I don't know.
"Rambling? As if!" -Xigbar
Roxas: I hate you so much.
DiZ: You should share some of that hatred with Sora. He's far too nice for his own good.
Roxas: No! My heart belongs to me!
"I guess that must be why the Keyblade chose you. But MAN, did it pick a dud this time." -Xigbar
DiZ: At last...the Keyblade's chosen one.
Roxas: Who are you talking to? Me? Or Sora?
DiZ: To half of Sora, of course.
"Wouldn't you like to know..." -Xigbar
DiZ: There is no knowledge that has the power to change your fate.
Roxas: Even if it doesn't, I wanna know. I have the right to know.
DiZ: A Nobody doesn't have a right to know. Nor does it even have the right to be.
"Kiddo, the only thing you'll ever save me from is boredom." -Xigbar
Riku: What will happen to Roxas?
DiZ: He holds half of Sora's power within him. In the end, he'll have to give it back.
"Sora...you're lucky. Looks like my summer vacation is...over." -Roxas
Sora: What are--what are you people?!
Axel: Huh. Don't know. I wonder about that myself.
"Warrington's aim's so pathetic I'd be more worried if he was aiming at the person next to me." -Harry Potter
"Rose: You're crazy!
Jack: That's what everybody says, but with all due respect Miss, I'm not the one hanging off the back of a ship here."
"You have the intellectual depth of a potato." -Me
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." -Robert Frost
"Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a man in a mask." -V
V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?
Evey: My father was a writer…He used to say that artists used lies to tell the truth, while politicians used lies to cover the truth up.
I know there is no way I can convince you that this is not one of their tricks. But I don't care. I am me. My name is Valerie. I don't think I will live much longer and I wanted to tell someone about my life. This is the only autobiography that I will ever write and, oh God, I am writing it on toilet paper.
I was born in Nottingham in 1985, I don't remember much of those early years but I do remember the rain. My grandmother owned a farm in Tottlebrook and she used to tell me that God was in the rain. The sound of rain tapping on a window has always felt like home. I passed my II plus and went to girl's grammar. It was at school that I met my first girlfriend. Her name was Sarah. It was her wrists. They were beautiful. I thought we would love each other forever. I remember our first teacher telling us that it was an adolescent phase that people outgrew.
Sarah did. I didn't.
In 2002 I fell in love with a girl named Christina. That year I came out to my parents. I couldn't have done it without Chris holding my hand. My father wouldn't look at me. He told me to go and never come back. My mother said nothing. But I had only told them the truth. Was that so selfish? Our integrity sells for so little but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us... but within that inch, we are free.
London. I had never been so happy. I'd always known what I wanted to do with my life. In 2015 I starred in my first film, The Salt Flats. It was the most important role in my life, not because of my career - but because that was how I met Ruth. The first time we kissed I knew that I never wanted to kiss any other lips but hers again. We moved into a small flat in London together. She grew Scarlet Carsons for me in a window box and our kitchen always smelled of roses. Those were the best years of my life.
But America's war grew worse and worse and eventually came to London.
After that there were no roses anymore. Not for anyone.
I remember how the meaning of words began to change. How unfamiliar words like "collateral" and "rendition" became frightening while things like "Norsefire" and the "Articles of Allegiance" became powerful. And I remember how "different" became "dangerous." I still don't understand it. Why they hate us so much.
They took Ruth while she was out buying food. I've never cried so hard in my life. It wasn't long until they came for me. It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses and apologized to no one. I shall die here. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.
I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you.
With all my heart. I love you.
"You have enemies? Good. That means that at one point in your life you've stood up for something." -Winston Churchill
"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken, another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it. Life has to end. Love doesn't." -Marguerite, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"
"I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen--I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledly lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of casual chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it." -Sam Black Crow, "American Gods"
"I've been at the mercy of 'men just following orders'. Never again." -Erik Lensherr
Erik: What an adorable lab rat you make, Charles.
Charles: Don't spoil this for me, Erik.
Erik: I've been a lab rat before. I know one when I see one.
"There's so much more to you than you know. Not just pain and anger. There's good too, I felt it." -Charles Xavier, to Erik
'Pig farmer' Nazi: Who...what are you?
Erik: Let's just say I'm Frankenstein's monster. And I'm looking for my creator.
Erik to Charles, after Erik pushed Sean off the satellite: What? You know you were thinking the same.
"Kevin: What the hell is that?
Jane: Theme wedding.
Kevin: What was the theme, humiliation?"
"Kevin: What about you, don't you have any needs?
Jane: No. I'm Jesus."
"Giselle: Why are you staring at me?
Robert: I don't know. It's like you escaped from a Hallmark card or something.
Giselle: Is that a bad thing?"
"It's a little golden man." -Riley
Yousef: MEN GO MAD!!
Frank Hopkins: I can see that.
Frank: "Remove my what?"
Sheik: (referring to Frank's pistol) Will you wager the magnificent weapon?
Frank: For ten thousand dollars? I'll gamble on that.
Aziz: What shall I tell his excellency?
Frank: You can tell him to pound sand, for all I care.
Sheik: If one tossed a horseshoe into the pot, do you think it would it stand erect?
Katib: At your age Uncle, it is the only thing that might.
Jazira: I will free you. And then you will run, like the Prince.
Frank: Damn coward. No wonder you don't want to be his fifth wife.
"Nobody hurts my horse." -Frank Hopkins
Frank: You know horses?
Frank: That'll help.
"If we get anymore white people in here it's going to be a subway." -Motormouth Maybell
"There's a whole lot of ugly coming at you from a never-ending parade of stupid." -Motormouth Maybell
"Lovett: You're barking mad!
Sweeney: He recognized me from the old days and tried to blackmail me. Half me earnings.
Lovett: Oh. Well, that's a different matter then. For a moment there I thought you lost your marbles."
"Vanessa: Have you ever felt that you were just born to do something?
Dad: Yes. Heating and air conditioning."
"Why'd you drive out to East Jesus nowhere?"
"Lockhart: Hello. Who are you?
Ron: I'm...Ron Weasley.
Lockhart: Really? And who...who am I?
Ron (to Harry): Lockhart's memory charm backfired. He hasn't got a clue who he is!
Lockhart: This is an odd sort of place, isn't it? (to Ron) Do you live here?
"It's lucky it's dark. I haven't blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs." -Albus Dumbledore
"Harry: (referring to crystal ball) See anything yet?
Ron: Yeah, there's a burn mark on this table.
Trelawney: Does anyone need help interpreting the shadowy portents within their Orb?
Ron: I don't need help. It's obvious what this means. There's going to be loads of fog tonight."
"Ah, when two Neptunes appear in the sky, it is a sure sign that a midget in glasses is being born...Harry." -Ron Weasley
"Harry: (referring to Divination planet charts) On Monday, I will be in danger of...er...burns.
Ron: Yeah you will, we're seeing the skrewts again on Monday."
"You need your Inner Eye checked if you ask me." -Ron Weasley
"We tried to shut him (Percy) in a pyramid, but Mum spotted us." -George Weasley
"We'll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat!" -George Weasley, to Ginny
"We're identical!" -Weasley Twins
"Well, none of us really fancy it, Harry. Imagine if something went wrong and we were stuck as scrawny, specky gits forever." -Fred Weasley
"And from now on, I don't care if my tea leaves spell die Ron die, I'm just chucking them in the bin where they belong." -Ron Weasley
"Who do you know who's lost a buttock?" -Tonks, to Mad-Eye
"Mad-Eye, you do know that's disgusting, don't you?" -Tonks
"Stop being so cheerful Mad-Eye, he'll think we're not taking this seriously." -Tonks
"What are Fred and I? Next door neighbors?" -George Weasley
"Are you actually as stupid as you look?" -Harry Potter
Uncle Vernon: Listening to the news? Again?
Harry: Well, it changes every day, you see.
Uncle Vernon: We're not stupid, you know.
Harry: Well that's news to me.
"Albus Severus, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew." -Harry Potter
"I won't blast people out of my way just because they're there. That's Voldemort's job." -Harry Potter
"Look what he (Dumbledore) asked of me, Hermione! Risk your life, Harry! And again! And again! And don't expect me to explain everything, just trust me blindly, trust that I know what I'm doing, trust me even though I don't trust you! Never the whole truth! Never!" -Harry Potter
"Kill me, then! You will not win, you cannot win! That wand will never, ever be yours!" -Gellert Grindelwald
"He (Dumbledore) changed, Harry, he changed! It's as simple as that! Maybe he did believe these things when he was seventeen, but the whole rest of his life was devoted to fighting the Dark Arts! Dumbledore was the one who stopped Grindelwald, the one who always voted for Muggle protection and Muggle-born rights, who fought You-Know-Who from the start, and who died trying to bring him down!" -Hermione Granger
"But that's okay, is it? It's okay for Snape to hate my dad, but it's not okay for Sirius to hate Kreacher?" -Harry Potter
"Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty, and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped." -Albus Dumbledore
Griphook: You have no chance. No chance at all. If you seek beneath our floors, a treasure that was never yours—
Harry: Thief, you have been warned, beware—yeah, I know, I remember. But I’m not trying to get myself any treasure, I’m not trying to take anything for personal gain. Can you believe that?
Griphook: If there was a wizard of whom I would believe that they did not seek personal gain, it would be you, Harry Potter. Goblins and elves are not used to the protection or the respect that you have shown this night.
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living. And above all, pity those who live without love. By going back you may ensure that fewer souls are maimed, fewer families are ripped apart. If that seems to you a worthy cause, then we say goodbye for the present." -Albus Dumbledore
Hermione: Harry, are you saying what I think you’re saying? Are you saying there’s a Horcrux in the Lestranges’ vault?
Harry: No, I’m saying that I want to rob the bitch because she tortured you. (jlmill9's Reading DH fic)
"Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean it's not real?" -Albus Dumbledore
"I want to remember this moment forever...Draco Malfoy, the amazing bouncing ferret." -Ron Weasley
"It is clear that nearly six years worth of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent." -Severus Snape
"There's no need to call me sir, Professor." -Harry Potter
"Why should I sail with any of you? Four of you have tried to kill me in the past, one of you succeeded." -Jack Sparrow
"I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by." -Jack Sparrow
"Did no one come to save me just because they missed me?" -Jack Sparrow
"Great. Now we're being followed by rocks. Never had that one before." -Jack Sparrow
"Ladies, would you please SHUT IT! Listen to me! Yes, I lied to you. No, I don't love you. Of course it makes you look fat. I've never been to Brussels. It is pronounced egregious. By the way, no. I've never actually met Pizarro, but I love his pies. And all of this pales to utter insignificance in the light of the fact that my ship is once again gone. Savvy?" -Jack Sparrow
"Cuttlefish." -Jack Sparrow
"I suggest we fight...to run away." -Jack Sparrow
"I've got a jar of dirt! I've got a jar of dirt! And guess what's inside it?" -Jack Sparrow (My sister: Gee, I don't know, maybe dirt?!)
Sao Feng: You paid me great insult, Jack Sparrow.
Jack: Really? That doesn't sound like me at all.
Pintel: You know you can't read.
Ragetti: It's the Bible. You get credit for trying.
Pintel: Pretending to read the Bible is a lie! And that's a mark against Him."
Cutler Beckett: You're mad!
Jack: Thank goodness for that, because otherwise this would never work.
"Gentlemen, I take my leave of this weirdness." -Jack Sparrow
"If we were any sort of decent people, we would remove temptation from their paths." -Pintel
Norrington: You are without doubt the worst pirate I have ever heard of.
Jack: Ah, but you have heard of me.
"Elizabeth! (to Gibbs) Hide the rum." -Jack Sparrow
(reading the special map) "'Up is down'. Well that's just maddeningly unhelpful." -Jack Sparrow
"Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?" -Legolas
"That still only counts as one!" -Gimli
"Gimli: Legolas! Two already!"
Legolas: I'm on seventeen."
"They have a cave troll." -Boromir
"Don't tell the elf." -Gimli
"Do us a favor and throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity!" -Gandalf
Sam: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. They meant something, even if you were too young to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had a lot of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto Sam?
Sam: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for.
"Certainty of death. Small chance of success. What are we waiting for?" -Gimli
"Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: We've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?"
Peasant: Are you from Rome?
Bors: From hell.
Marius: They're all pagans!
Galahad: So are we.
Gawain: Argh! I can't wait to get off this island. When it's not raining, it's snowing. When's it's not snowing, it's foggy.
Lancelot: And that's the summer.
Bors: (referring to his children) We got tired of naming them, so we gave the rest numbers.
Lancelot: That's interesting. I thought you couldn't count.
Bors: Especially Number 3! He's a good fighter.
Lancelot: That's because he's mine.
Bors: I'm going for a piss.
Lancelot: (to Guinevere, referring to the oncoming Saxons) You look frightened. There's an awful lot of lonely men out there.
Guinevere: Don't worry, I won't let them rape you.
Dagonet: Bors, are you coming?
Bors: Of course I'm coming! I can't let you go alone, you'll all get killed!
Arthur: (to Marius) My men can't be freed until this mission is complete, so you are coming if I have to tie you to my horse and drag you all the way to Hadrian's Wall myself.
"It's the truth, even if it didn't happen." -Ken Kesey
Earl: Stupid son of a bitch. Knocked itself cold.
Val: Cold my ass. He's dead. We killed it. (pointing at the worm) FUCK YOU!!
Earl: (referring to Melvin) Damn it, I am going to kick his ass.
Val: I'll help you.
Rhonda: Couldn't we make a diversion?
Val: Yeah...like a decoy. Something to keep it busy.
Earl: Hey Melvin! You wanna make a buck?
Val: Well, shit.
Earl: Damn prairie dog burrow.
Val: What the hell's going on?! I mean WHAT THE HELL'S GOING ON?!
Val: So what if we make it to the rocks? We'll be dead in three days anyway.
Earl: Yeah, but I want to live for those three days!
Val: (talking to himself) This bitch ain't smarter than us.
Earl: For Christ’s sake, Val!
Val: (still talking to himself) I’m going to go for it.
Earl: Go for what?
(Val takes off running. Earl runs after him.)
Earl: What the hell are you doing?
Val: I’ve got a goddamned plan!
Val: Hey Rhonda! What do you think it’s doing?
Rhonda: Why do you keep asking me?
Daughter: It doesn't matter. I knew it was going to happen.
Mother: Then why didn't you stop it?
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."
Secret: Is this lovemaking?
Trick: No, it's kissing. Lovemaking comes after kissing.
"There are probably dragons that don't distress Aly." -Dove
Taybur: Fear not, gentle maiden. I have no intentions on your virtue.
Aly: You're no fun.
(Aly whistles a little tune) "Suddenly I am very worried. I have visions of islands sinking under the sea beacause of your 'something'." -Ulasim
Genore Tomang: I find it hard to have faith in intelligence garnered by a young woman, and a foreigner at that.
Aly: I could make myself up as a raka man, if that will appease you, my lady. I think it would be a waste of my time, but I live to serve in any small way I can.
"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."
Aly: Is she still throwing things?
Trick: She has nothing to throw unless she picks up chair...Uh-oh.
Secret: She picked up chair.
Root: I don't know why it is, Captain Short, but whenever you start agreeing with me, I get decidedly nervous.
Foaly: Anybody see you come in here?
Holly: The FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, MI6. Oh, and the EIB.
Foaly: The EIB?
Holly: Everyone in the building.
Artemis: Well done, old friend. Although I'm certain your martial arts sensei is turning in his grave. A spinning kick? How could you?
Foaly: Commander. What's your status?
Root: My status, Foaly, is extremely annoyed.
Foaly: That's the thing about politics, you get one shot. I know if it was me, and I had one chance, just one chance, to book my behind a seat on the Council, I certainly wouldn't entrust my future to a troll. See you tomorrow. You'll be taking out my trash.
Mulch: If it was me, I'd bury me alive.
Chips: Bury you alive! That's terrible. You'd be screaming and clawing at the dirt. I could get nightmares.
Mulch: I promise to lie still. Anyway, I deserve it. I did call you a pair of overdeveloped, single-cell Cro-Magnons.
Chips: Did you?
Mulch: Well, I have now.
Pex: Okay, Mr. Digence. You know what we're gonna do? We're going to bury you alive.
Mulch: (clapping his hands to his cheeks) Oh, the horror!
Pex: You asked for it, buddy.
Mulch: I did, didn't I?
Pex: Nobody calls me an overdeveloped, signal-bell crow magnet.
Mulch: No. I bet nobody does.
Chips: That's like in that horror movie. Y'know--the one with all the horror.
Pex: I think I saw that one. With all the words going up on the screen at the end?
Chips: Yeah, that was it. Tell you the truth, those words kinda ruined it for me.
Pex: Don't worry, buddy. There are no words in this movie.
Chips: Sushi? That's raw fish. You ever have that, buddy?
Pex: Yeah. I bought some in the supermarket once.
Chips: Was it good?
Pex: Yeah. I threw it in the deep-fat fryer for ten minutes. Not bad.
People who say anything's possible haven't tried to slam a revolving door.
Fischer: I know. You're disappointed that I could never be you.
Maurice: No. No. Disappointed that you even tried. (-Inception)
It's always the last place you look...of course it is, why the hell would I keep looking after I found it?
They say, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." Well I think the guns help. If you stood there and yelled BANG, I don't think you'd kill too many people.
The death penalty does not make sense. We kill people who kill other people to teach them that killing is wrong?
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to get you.
Parents spend the first part of our lives teaching us to walk and talk, and the rest of it telling us to sit down and shut up.
I'd rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I'm not.
"I know water doesn't bite! What a stupid thing to say! Water doesn't have to bite you! You drown in it you moron!"
You say I'm not cool. But cool is another word for cold. If I'm not cold, I'm hot. I know I'm hot. Thanks for embracing it.
I don't obsess! I think intensely.
Are children who act in rated 'R' movies allowed to see them?
"The good news is that you may have screwed up my past and created my present but you have no control over my future."
Let's play truth or dare! Or maybe just dare, because nobody seems to tell the truth anymore.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who's left.
If the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher.
Those who fail history class are doomed to repeat it.
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
"The last person in the history of creation you want as your enemy is me. And I'll tell you why. Lucifer might be strong; but I'm...petty." -Zachariah, from "Supernatural; 5.16: Dark Side of the Moon"
Lucifer: They are broken! Flawed! Abortions!
Gabriel: Damn right they're flawed. But a lot of them try. To do better. To forgive. And you should see the Spearmint rhino.
-"Hammer of the Gods", about humanity
"I hope your apple pie is freakin' worth it!" -Dean Winchester, "Supernatural; 1.11: Scarecrow", when a town's people are going to sacrifice him to preserve their town's prosperity
"This isn't funny, Dean. The voice says I'm almost out of minutes." -Castiel, "Supernatural; 5.4: The End", when he's learning how to use a cell phone
Castiel: I'm going to find God.
Dean Winchester: God?
Castiel: Yes. He's not in Heaven; he has to be somewhere.
Dean: Try New Mexico, I hear he's on a tortilla.
Castiel: No, he's not on any flatbread.
"There are two things that I know for certain. One: Bert and Ernie are gay. Two: You are not gonna die a virgin. Not on my watch. Let's go." -Dean Winchester, to Castiel
"You have an inflated sense of your importance. To a thing like me, a thing like you, well...Think how you'd feel if a bacterium sat at your table and started to get snarky. This is one little planet in one tiny solar system in a galaxy that's barely out of its diapers. I'm old, Dean. Very old. So I invite you to contemplate how insignificant I find you." -Death, to Dean, in 5.21, "Two Minutes to Midnight"
Sam: When I told Dad that I was afraid of the thing in my closet, he gave me a .45.
Dean: Well, what was he supposed to do?
Sam: Dean, I was nine years old.
"That's one deep, dark nothing you've got there, Dean. You can't fill it, can you? Not with food, nor drink; not even with sex. Oh, you can smirk and joke and lie to your brother, lie to yourself, but not to me. I can see inside you, Dean. I can see how broken you are, how defeated; you can't win and you know it, but you just keep trying, just keep going through the motions. You're not hungry, Dean, because, inside...you're already dead." -Famine, to Dean, "My Bloody Valentine"
People who say it can't be done should not interrupt those of us who are doing it.
You can't wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.
You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.
The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.
Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it thinks about dogs.
The buddy system is essential to survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at.
SARCASM is just another free service I offer.
You're not yourself today. I noticed the improvement immediately.
A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
Always forgive your enemies - Nothing annoys them more
Everybody wants to go to heaven; but nobody wants to die.
Forgiveness is the scent a rose leaves on the heel that crushes it.
If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill themselves, is it considered a hostage situation?
"The dinosaurs extinction wasn't an accident. Barney came and they all committed suicide."
I didn’t say that it was your fault…I said I was going to blame you.
If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door.
When I was younger, I hated going to weddings cause all the grandmothers would say, "You're next!" That quickly ended when I started saying that to them at funerals.
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils ...
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.
When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car.
"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the world together."
If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the Up button.
May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life. (Apache blessing)
"People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world,"
"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
"Everything in this room is eatable, even I'm eatable. But that is called 'cannibalism' my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies." -Willy Wonka
"Nothing is created good nor evil. But it is our way of thinking that makes it so." -William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"Every fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying." -Harry Anderson
"Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow's shadow." -William Shakespeare
"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them."
"Be careful, lest in banishing your demons, you banish the best thing within you." -Nietzsche
"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just have to decide who is worth the pain..."
I understand that Scissors can beat Paper, and I get how Rock can beat Scissors, but there's no way Paper can beat Rock. Is Paper supposed to magically wrap around Rock leaving it immobile? If so, why can't paper do this to scissors? Screw scissors, why can't paper do this to people? Why aren't sheets of college ruled notebook paper constantly suffocating students as they attempt to take notes in class? I'll tell you why, because paper can't beat anybody, a rock would tear that crap up in two seconds. When I play Rock/Paper/Scissors, I always choose Rock. Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their Paper I can punch them in the face with my ready made fist and say, "Oh, I'm sorry, I thought paper would protect you, asshole!"
Alexis Castle: If I'm gonna have to keep bailing you out, you're going to have to raise my allowance... a lot.
Kate Beckett: No signs of struggle. He knew her.
Esposito: (about Castle) The man's got the Mayor on speed dial. The rich really are different.
Kate Beckett: (when Castle is going to sign the papers that hold the law irresponsible if he gets killed) So I have to wait for him to sign or can I shoot him now?
Castle: Maybe the killer was fancy and strangled him with his pinky finger sticking out. (Beckett and Lanie stare at him) You know, like tea?
"The world's still the same. There's just...less in it." -Jack Sparrow
Axel: Don't even get me started. The Great Maw—I know, wonderful name, isn't it?—is getting greater every day, I mean, there's got to be at least a billion Heartless there constantly. The local Restoration Committee is getting nowhere. Saïx is as freaking batshit as ever. Oh, and the drama? That world is like a soap opera! We've got Cloud, this emo-tastic little weirdo who is forever chasing after this crazy half-angel guy called Sephiroth who has a crazy-long sword, by the way. And Cloud is continually ignoring the fact that not one but two girls are hot for him—one of whom is quite the firecracker, I gotta say. And then we've got Leon, who for some reason is hiding the fact that his real name is Squall, and acts like all the responsibility of Hollow Bastion falls on him, and also ignores the fact that he is almost constantly surrounded by women. And there's Cid, who seems to pop up everywhere, and spends all his time tinkering or working with the computer mainframe, also ignoring the fact that he is also constantly surrounded by women. What is wrong with all these Hollow Bastioners?!
Roxas: I think you just need to get laid.
Axel: You're telling me! Maybe that's why the Organization's so messed up--everyone's way too sexually repressed for it to be healthy.
-"Not That I Care", by Flying Dhole
"Gimli: I never thought I'd die fighting side by side with an elf.
Legolas: How about fighting side by side with a friend?
Gimli: Aye. I could do that." (Isn't this a great quote? I love it!)
Pence: Hayner! Hayner! Don't go in the water!
Hayner: I'm the Little fuckin' Mermaid, Pence!
Pence: You're a drunken ass, is what you are.
-"Hearts That Pump Dust", by the.israel.project107 (Sorry, I couldn't resist, it was just too funny!)
Roxas: (to Riku on speaker phone, while in a car chase) Call your damn porcupine off!
Axel: Did the cleaning fairy just call me a porcupine?
Roxas: …Did he just call me the fucking cleaning fairy?
Axel: Well, you did work wonders in Riku’s kitchen, honey. You put Martha Stewart to shame.
Roxas: Oh, I hope to God you catch us. I can’t wait to castrate you.
Axel: And you’ll use Pampered Chef to do it.
Roxas: Listen, you son of a—
Axel: My mother was an amazing woman with a great vocal range!
Roxas: --if you don’t get off of our asses right now--
Axel: And what a fine ass it is, going by the pictures I’ve got here.
-Binary, by Lost Forevermore
"Wait, is this supposed to represent my dark side? It's fucking huge! Was I Hitler in a past life or something?" -Sora, about Shadow-monster-thing
Kairi: Sora, wake up. We need to finish the raft.
Sora: You mean the piece of wood with a sail?
Riku: We can finally leave this island, Sora. I'm not afraid of the darkness!
Sora: AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SEES THE MASSIVE ORB OF PURE EVIL ABOVE US RIGHT NOW? AND HOW THE HELL DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? I'M THE ONE WHOSE BEEN HAVING PROPHETIC, MATRIX-LIKE DREAMS!
Riku: Join me in the doucheness! ... Er, darkness!
Sora reaches out to grab Riku's hand, but just barely misses him. Of course, Riku could have just leaned forward an inch or two, but that would compromise his DOUCHINESS.
Sora: (to Donald and Goofy) STOP DYING, GODDAMMIT.
Queen of Hearts: Fools! My bitchiness trumps any of your concepts of "fairness" and "logic"!
Goofy: Garwsh, how can we put up with such an obnoxious, self-absorbed, arrogant, douche?
Sora: All of those years of hanging out with Riku are about to pay off. I'll take you on!
Phil: Two words: You guys ain't heroes.
Donald: Holy crap, we've found someone dumber than Goofy.
Sora: Is there one designated douchebag for every planet?
Sora: Wow, the first two characters I've met on a new planet aren't complete ass hats. Maybe the third char--
Clayton walks in along with Donald, Goofy, and a lifetime's worth of total douchebaggery.
Clayton: As you can tell by my British accent, tiny moustache, boomstick, desire to hunt gorillas, and my grostesque chin, I'm an enormous asshole. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to punt some puppies off the edge of a cliff.
Donald: A gunshot!
Sora: Maybe Clayton shot himself! Let's check it out!
Maleficent: Alright, I'm the only one here with any self-respect, so I'll do most of the talking.
Sora: ... What? How is that supposed to work?
Donald: Maybe it's mag--
Sora: DON'T. SAY. "MAGIC". YOU. FUCKING. DUCK. I can accept that I have to shout the spell I'm about to use, even though that gives my enemies a fucking huge advantage. I can accept that I actually had to LEARN how to roll. I can even TOLERATE your existence, but some shit just needs an explanation. I really don't think it can get more retarded than this.
They then have to cross a river made up of stones that keep moving whenever you try to jump on them.
Sora: Stones have become self-aware, and they've become assholes ... God is dead.
Sora: What's in it? Rituals for summoning demons? Forbidden spells? Guitar chords? Asian pornography? A walkthrough we can use to end this shit a little bit faster? Asian porn?
Merlin: A cuddly little bear named Pooh!
Sora: ... No.
Sora: So if you're a good person, and your world is consumed by darkness, you get turned into a rock instead of just dying? And then, if by pure chance somebody finds them, they're forced to fight?
Fairy Godmother: Yup!
Sora: That's ... horrible. Jesus Christ, that's like, the cruelest thing you can do to somebody.
Sora: (referring to Jafar) OSAMA BIN LADEN! I MUST AVENGE AMERICA!
Jafar: We meet again, street ra--
Sora: ARABIAN LORD VOLDEMORT!
Aladdin: A rock is blocking our way! ONOZ!
Sora: Oh come on! Nobody notices the shitload of gold? With all this gold, I could pay Riku to stop being a douche!
Sora: A MAN CAN DREAM, CAN'T HE?
Sora: GODDAMNIT PEOPLE, IF SOMEBODY DROPS A MAGICAL LAMP THAT CAN GRANT ANY FUCKING WISH, PICK IT UP.
Sora: (to Monstro, that's about to swallow them) YIPPIE-KAI-YAY MOTHERFU--
Donald: (in Atlantica, when he's "disguised" them, to Sora, who's been turned into a merman) Calm do--
Sora: WHERE IS MY PENIS? WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?
Sora: A walking bathtub?
Jack: Let's move along!
Donald: Let's go, Sora!
Sora: A walking bathtub.
Jack: Stand your ground!
Sora: ... A walking bathtub.
Jack: Is something wrong, Sora?
Sora: Yes, actually.
Jack: Well, wha--
Sora: DID YOU NOT SEE THE WALKING BATHTUB? Why do we have a walking bathtub in this game?
Jack: I don't know if you've noticed, but this planet is shaped like a--actually, it is a goddamn pumpkin.
Sora: Yes, but that's just retarded. A bathtub that walks around is just fucking terrifying.
Goofy: Who are you?
Peter Pan: I'm the answer to your prayers!
Sora: Goofy's prayers? Oh God, we're all going to die.
The Keyblade warps from Riku to Sora.
Riku: WHAT THE HEY?
Sora: KARMA IS A BITCH, MOTHERF--
Riku: (to Ansem, while holding him back) I refuse to let another douche play a bigger role in this story than me! Everybody run!
Ansem: Kingdom Hearts! Fill me with the power of darkness! Or failing that, ultimate douchebaggery! ... SUPREME DARKNESS, BITCHES.
Donald: We need to close the door!
Goofy: Because it's filled with heartless!
Sora: But I just said it was light ... Screw it, this whole thing is retarded. I can just fight off the heartless anyway--
Riku: (appearing on the other side of the door) Hey guys, what's going on?
Sora: PUSH, GODDAMNIT.
Sora: Time for our happy ending!
Kairi: Yay! I'm so happ--
CUE DRAMA AS THE GROUND SEPARATES.
Kairi: ... Motherfucker.
-"Kingdom Hearts: The Short and Honest Version", by NCHammer326
THE CAUSES/SURVEYS/KINDA SORTA COPY PASTA
1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, liposuction and air conditioning.
2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that
3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy
4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed
5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were
6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay
7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight
8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like
9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model
10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could
Copy this to your profile if you believe in legalizing gay marriage!
Taken from ConverseG1rl's profile:
"I support abortion. You have NO right to tell a woman she cannot remove a child she can't care for. You have NO right to stand before the abortion clinic and give women shit for a decision that probably put them through hell to make. You have NO right to tell a woman she is wrong for deciding. I'm sure you wouldn't want to carry the spawn of your rapist, now would you? Why bring a child that you did not have the ability to care for into the world? Don't give me your bullshit about not using a condom. What if the condom was broken? You still say they shouldn't have been having sex in the first place? What right have you to say that she cannot, that she's not ALLOWED to. Stop copying and pasting your guilt trips. A female that was raped is much more tragic than the completely ill-informed tale of a child's development when abortion isn't allowed after 5 months. Scientists need stem cells to research cures. Stop spreading the bullshit and lies. I'm tired of hearing shit about religion. Who gives a fuck? I don't, and you can emotionally scar a woman."
Agreed. In most issues, I, Kiryn, am pro-choice. It's your life, not mine, so do whatever you want with it: condemn yourself to hell or ensure your salvation in heaven, I don't really care. Have an abortion, or don't; do whatever. I don't think I have the right to tell anyone how to live their life. All I ask is that you give me the same respect, and don't tell me how to live my own life. Don't take MY right to choose away from me.
You're a 90's kid if:
You can finish this 'ice ice _'
You got excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class (Seriously, the best game ever right there.)
THE KH SURVEY (Just something I felt like doing.)
(Please copy and paste this onto your profile and answer the questions! Spread the KH fever!)
SECTION ONE: The "Favorite" Questions
1. Your favorite KH guy?
Zexion, my soul twin. But closely followed by Roxas, Axel, and many others. Seriously, we'll be here all day if I go any farther. But out of the non-Organization guys, my favorite is Vanitas, hands down.
2. Your favorite KH girl?
Namine for the win. Honestly, someone who's power and awesomeness isn't dependent on her physical prowess, and who through the discovery of her own self-worth and inner strength TAKES BACK the agency she's been deprived of, and who uses said agency to do the right thing and be selfless, no matter the personal cost or sacrifice? Fuck, why wouldn't I love this girl forever and for all time?
Larxene gets second place. Because yes, and she's a goddess.
3. Your least favorite KH guy? Why?
Ansem/DiZ, especially in the KH2 prologue. Words can hardly begin to describe how much I despise his God-complex bullshit. I was so disappointed to learn that he didn't actually die. Booooo...
Although, as of KH3D, Trollanort is giving him a run for his money. >.> It also doesn't help that I just love all data versions of the characters forever.
4. Your least favorite KH girl? Why?
My official answer is going to be Yuffie. Mind you, she's infinitely less annoying in KH than she is in FFVII, but...she's still pretty damn annoying.
5. Favorite World? (Includes both KH1 and KH2)
KH1: End of the World
KH2: The World That Never Was, Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden
BBS: Castle of Dreams, Radiant Garden
KH3D: Symphony of Sorcery (This world. Is so. Freaking cool. )
6. Least Favorite World?
HALLOWEEN TOWN. Seriously, while I may dislike other worlds, like Atlantica or Monstro or Deep Jungle, nothing can ever beat my great dislike of the Nightmare Before Christmas. I will go ANYWHERE before I go here. :/
7. Favorite Weapon? (Includes both KH1 and KH2)
Overall: Oblivion & Oathkeeper
KH1: Divine Rose, Fairy Harp, Crabclaw, Spellbinder, Olympia, Three Wishes, Jungle King
KH2: Sleeping Lion, Guardian Soul, Ultima Weapon, Bond of Flame, Circle of Life, Rumbling Rose, and Monochrome
BBS: Stroke of Midnight, Destiny's Embrace (Aqua), Hyperdrive, Pixie Petal (for Ven XP), Ends of the Earth (Terra), Chaos Ripper (Terra), Lost Memory (Ven), Stormfall (Aqua), Brightcrest (Aqua), Void Gear (Vanitas)
8. Least Favorite Weapon?
I bitterly resent Decisive Pumpkin, and any powerful keyblade that comes from Halloween Town.
9. Fav. Summon? (includes both KH1 and KH2)
Overall: Tinker Bell in KH1. I owe her so much.
KH1: Dumbo and Bambi (too adorable, I swear)
Re:CoM: Cloud XD Simba's pretty cool too.
KH2: the Genie
BBS D-links: Cinderella's Miracle Dance and Mickey's Faithcharge
KH3D Dream Eaters: Meow Wow (it makes my heart hurt with its cuteness)
10. Fav. Form? (aka. Sora's Forms)
Master Form, if I'm honest, though I do love Final Form as well. :)
11. Favorite Pairing? (includes yaoi coupling) Why?
God help me, but it's AkuRoku now.
12. Least Fav. Pairing? (includes yaoi couples) Why?
Marluxia/Vexen, and romantic Roxas/Xion and Roxas/Namine.
13. Any cool crack pairings you've heard of? List 'em.
Luxord/Yuffie, Aqua/Vanitas, Ven/Namine, Terra/Cinderella, Kairi/Kadaj, Olette/Namine, Kairi/Ven/Xion, Marluxia/Rarity, Sora/Joshua, Shiki/Riku...
14. Weirdest Pairing(s) You've Ever Heard Of?
I would say Marluxia/Vexen. I don't see it, at all.
15. Any "Kh-pet-peeves" you have?
Mary Sues and the stereotyping of the characters. And Roxas/Xion. The insistence that Roxas/Namine is canon. Changing the gender of the characters. I mean, people change Roxas's gender, and then pair him up with Axel! I'm sorry, but I think that's fucked up. People shouldn't have to change their gender just to be with a person. If you like their personalities together, then let them be together for heaven's sake! What does it matter if they're both boys?
16. Fav. Partner in KH? (includes both KH1 and KH2)
Overall: PRINCE PHILLIP (BBS) --holy shit, ultimate fangirl dream come true
KH1: Beast (let's face it, you're sunk in Hollow Bastion without him)
KH2: Tron, Riku, and Aladdin
SECTION TWO: Do you believe it, or not believe it?
17. Do you believe in the Xemnas/Saix theory!
Heh, in light of KH3D, yes. But not willingly on Saix's part. D: At the very least, there was mindrape involved. *hugs Saix*
18. Do you believe that Zexion is emo?
Not particularly. Hair isn’t necessarily an identifying factor.
19. Do you believe that Marluxia is gay?
No…perhaps bisexual at the most. But really, he does give me a straight vibe.
20. Do you believe that Kairi is the most annoying character in KH?
No, but her short skirt in KH2 did cause my eye to twitch every time I saw it. And she has her facepalm moments. But there are plenty of other characters I find to be more annoying than her.
SECTION THREE: Answer Yourself!
21. If Roxas had to choose either Namine or Olette, who would you root for? Why?
Olette. KH Days changed my tune, and now R/O makes more sense. Meaning that my dislike for R/N is rapidly increasing.
22. What's your theory on KH: Birth by Sleep?
VANITAS IS ALIVE AND HE'S COMING BACK IN KH3. SO IS XIGBAR. [Score on Xigbar! :/]
23. Was Chain of Memories a waste of time?
NEVER. I lovelovelovelovelove the story, it's my favorite of all the KH games, and I've found myself actually really digging the gameplay (except against fights like Iago, but eh).
24. If you had the choice of meeting ONE (and ONLY ONE!) KH character, who would it be?
Ah man…Roxas. Or my dearly beloved Zexion.
25. Which KH character do you relate to the most? Why?
Zexion is my kindred soul twin, but my true literal counterpart is Terra. Really. Everything that he ever does is the EXACT SAME THING THAT I WOULD DO, PUT INTO THE SAME SITUATION. Which, you know, is slightly frightening. But I would totally be that person to fall into darkness, though not because I myself am a bad person. Jesus god, wwwwwhhhhyyyy ...
...And you know what I just realized? Now with my depression, I really AM just like Terra. Think about it. Depression is kind of like falling into the darkness, especially as it's hard to see the way out, and I suppose I could have prevented it, if I had tried hard enough, or I could have not fallen as deeply as I have if I had just noticed the warning signs...and when it comes down to it, I think Terra and I are both weak people, easily corrupted, and yet deep down in our darkness, there's the light of our indomitable wills that will never go out. We can be pushed over the edge, but we'll hang on to the cliff by our fingernails. And maybe, hopefully, someday we'll be able to pull ourselves back up.
*glances up* Sheesh Kiryn, talk about being incredibly poetic and relating far too much to fictional characters...anyway, the above might be a little morbid, but for me really it just deeply amuses me, how much Terra and I can be alike.
26. What's the most embarrassing moment that ever happened to you that had something to do with KH?
Just playing it in general, I guess, because I’m very vocal when I play and end up swearing a lot when I’m fighting (which is practically all the time), and so then my friends all start laughing at me. I’m used to it, but it’s still a little embarrassing at times, because I don’t really realize that I’m doing it.
27. Have you ever cosplayed as a KH character? If so, who? If not, who would you like to cosplay as?
28. The Funniest Moment in all of KH would be...?
My favorite was:
Auron: "I suppose I should thank you."
Sora: "Aw, don't mention it."
Auron: "Fine.” (starts to walk away)
Sora: "Um, well you could thank us a little bit."
Auron: "You should say what you mean. I guess I could spare a few words."
Auron: "Thanks for meddling." (Auron, I freaking love you.)
Sora: But I need to talk to Hades!
Hades: (with his fingers in his ears) What was that?
29. The Hardest Enemy/Boss was...?
I'd say Xigbar, then Xaldin, the fuckers. Saix's battle gets easier every time I do it, but Xig's just seems to get harder, and I always need Mickey's help with Xaldin. Don't even talk to me about Sephiroth, the Queen Bitch of them all. In Days, the hardest were that Dustflier thing, the Infernal Engine, and the Leechgrave. I think I hated the Leechgrave the most, because that was in Halloween Town. The hardest battle for me in BBS (so far) was Terra's first boss fight in Enchanted Dominion against that Spinmaster thing, or whatever it was. I totally forgot about the Shotlock command at first, you see, and I was still adjusting to the PSP's controls. But even so, it took me over twenty tries to beat it. And Iron Prisoner IV. It means serious fucking business. And to add in stuff about Re:coded, the last time you fight Data Riku is a nightmare, Sora's Heartless clones itself, I detested the Dangerous Bugs (I'm never going near yellow again), and Data Roxas is SCARY SHIT guys. It is not pleasant to be on the receiving end of two keyblades of Bad Ass. Fighting a back-to-back Cerberus/Hades battle was a bitch too, because you can't save after Cerberus, so if Hades kills you, you have to do Cerberus all over again.
30. What was a good edition in KH2 that made it oh-so-addictive?
The new plot with Org XIII. Because you’re just going…what do you all want? Because by that point Axel’s pretty much gone AWOL, and they all seem to be doing their own little thing, with a few exceptions. And the gameplay, the menu, and the Journal was so much better than in KH1.
SECTION FOUR: Decisions, Decisions...
Note: You MUST only choose one! "Both" or "Neither" in unacceptable!!
31. Hayner or Pence?
Hayner. I've probably already said it somewhere on this beast of a profile, but in case you just skipped to the survey, Pence annoys the fuck out of me when he appears in the game, but especially in the KH2 Prologue. In that situation, this could be because he's a simulation being controlled by DiZ that's basically trying to make Roxas think he's losing his goddamn mind...but I digress.
32. Zexion or Marluxia?
Zexion. I love Marluxia too, but Zex is my soul twin. So there.
33. Riku or Roxas?
Roxas. I don't hate Riku by any means, but he can't compete with my poor, victimized Roxas.
34. Roxas or Sora?
Roxas. Recently I've been growing ever fonder of Sora, but again, Roxas always wins.
35. Axel or Demyx?
Axel. Demyx makes me smile, but Axel is one of the deepest characters in the game, and I love him for it.
36. Kairi or Larxene?
Larxene. Sorry Kairi, but no competition. Larxene is just so badass and awesome, and her VA is a goddess, and the list goes on. I love her to death.
37. AkuRoku or SoRiku?
Sigh. AkuRoku. I just can't live without my AkuRoku.
38. Namixas or Namiku?
Namiku; I find this pairing to be far more plausible than fucking Namixas.
39. Zemyx or AkuRoku?
40. SoKai or SoRiku?
SoRiku. It's so much deeper.
41. Sea Salt Ice Cream or Paopu Fruit?
42. Cloud or Leon?
Leon. Don't get me wrong, Cloud is probably one of my very favorite FF protagonists, but in KH he has none of the amazing character development that he got in his original game(s). KH!Cloud is like a flanderization of his well-justified in-game angst, and is much more...Vincent-like, complete in KH1 with the red cape. So therefore, I much prefer Leon.
43. CloTi of Clerith?
Clerith. You can thank Realms of Destiny for the change in my answer. :) But CloTi's fine too.
44. Simple and Clean or Passion?
Simple and Clean.
45. Namine or Xion?
Namine. Sorry Xion, but I've named my pet rat Namine. Who do you think I like better?
46. Ven or Terra?
TERRA, MY DARLING! :)
47. Ven/Aqua or Terra/Aqua? Why?
I suppose Terra/Aqua, because I do admit that they can work together, and Ven/Aqua are too much like family. That being said, I still ship AquVan and Terra/Cinderella over Terra/Aqua. :)
SECTION FIVE: The Last Section!!
48. List all the KH character you've fallen for. (This includes Final Fantasy character as well)
I think my one true love here would be Luxord. Seriously. Otherwise, the KH characters I love to the point of ridiculousness are many, but they include Zexion (soul twins for life, man), Axel (character depth like whoa), Xigbar (because he trolls with style), Roxas (who breaks my heart a million times over), Vanitas (because it's just so fun making him a daddy in AEM, which he seems to handle surprisingly well), Data Sora (his attitude is pure win), Terra (other soul twin, man), Larxene (how many times do I have to say that her VA is a goddess? Seriously, she could read me the dictionary, and I'd be entralled), and Namine (who also breaks my heart a million times over). Leon also warms my heart (I count him as a KH character, seeing as I consider him and Squall to be practically different people).
As for FF characters, we'll start with Edgar (seriously, dude, marry me, you'd almost be as good as Luxord), Cloud (upon whom I wish to bestow the world's biggest hug), Aerith (pink-clad badass ftw), Tseng, Genesis, Kunsel, Sephiroth, Rufus (whhhhhhy do I find you just so damn attractive), Lazard (is the attractiveness a family trait?), Auron, BALTHIER, Fran, Dr. Cid (I see where Balthier gets it from, even if he'd hate for me to say that), Gabranth (holy Lord, sir, but you are also ridiculously attractive, sheesh), Basch (...especially when he shortens his hair to look like Gabranth, but he's not bad with longer hair either), and Sazh (I adore his attitude, because I would be him in FFXIII).
49. What crossovers would you like to see with KH?
MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC. Can we say epic? XD
50. Does anyone in KH look like another character? List 'em all!
I don’t feel like answering this.
51. Which new KH game can you absolutely NOT wait for?
Now that Dream Drop Distance is done breaking my brain, KINGDOM HEARTS 3, DAMN IT.
52. Do you like KH1 or KH2 better? Why?
KH2. I like the gameplay, and it has Organization XIII. But KH1 did have better incorporation of the Disney characters.
53. Are you a Kingdom Hearts yaoi or hentai fan?
54. List your collection of Kingdom Hearts junk and merchandise, if any.
55. Have you ever felt that you were destined to be with a Kingdom Hearts character? If so who?
Luxord, why aren’t you a real person? But I wouldn’t really say that I feel ‘destined’ to be with anyone…
56. AxelxKairi or AxelxRoxas?
57. Which path is your favorite? Light, Darkness, Dawn, or Twilight?
58. Do you support the 'Axel is gay for Roxas' theory?
59. Your favorite Organization Xlll member(s)?
60. Are you pro-Kairi or anti-Kairi?
61. Have you played all the Kingdom Hearts games?
62. Have you read the manga?
63. Do you believe Sora has ADD?
64. Japanese or English?
65. Pro-Naminé or Anti-Naminé?
66. Demyx = Annoying or funny?
67. Do you believe Demyx's Somebody was from Atlantica (Splash Island)?
68. Zexion = Sexy beast or Emo?
69. Which character would be the best crossdresser?
Xion, Disney’s first transgender character. Lol. Otherwise, I’ve seen awesome fics with Marluxia, Roxas, and Sora being crossdressers.
70. Axel = Gay or straight?
71. Which character would be best OOC? Who and how?
72. Do you like Kingdom Hearts fanfics?
73. Do you write Kingdom Hearts fanfics?
74. Do you like lemons?
75. Do your parents know any Kingdom Hearts characters?
76. Have you watched the Kingdom Hearts Crazy Files?
Never even heard of it.
77. Have you seen the 'Axel Falls For Kairi' series?
78. Have you ever got someone else hooked on Kingdom Hearts?
79. Have you ever been drawing the characters in school and have someone randomly say "WOAH! you like Kingdom Hearts too!?"
80. Have you ever been in class drawing any of the characters and the teacher comes up to you and says "WTF is this?! O.o;"
81. Has Kingdom Hearts affected your school life and grades?
82. Are you broke thanks to Kingdom Hearts?
83. Do you want to eat sea-salt ice cream?
84. Would you ever join Organization XIII?
85. Do you draw Kingdom Hearts fanart? If so, count how many there is in your gallery.
86. Is Riku still sexy even possessed by Ansem the Heartless?
Um…no, not really.
87. Do you have a Kingdom Hearts OC?
88. Do your friends like Kingdom Hearts?
Some of them do. More than I thought at first, haha.
89. Who first introduced you to Kingdom Hearts?
A glorious person named Sam.
90. Do you think DiZ is evil, nice, both, or neither?
Neither, but it doesn’t really matter to me either way, I STILL HATE YOU, YOU ASSHOLE.
91. What's your favorite Kingdom Hearts game?
Birth by Sleep, in terms of gameplay. Holy fuck, do I love the Command System. In terms of story, Chain of Memories is my absolute favorite, but Birth by Sleep is the only game that's rock solid for me in every area.
92. Looking back at some of your answers do you think Kingdom Hearts has taken over your life?
… Yes. My obsession with it has become alarmingly close to being like my Harry Potter obsession.
93. LAST QUESTION! What makes Kingdom Hearts one of the best games in the world!?
There’s so much potential, the characters have so many facets to them, and it’s just EPIC!
The Disney Survey
1. Favorite Disney movie?
Fox and the Hound, always forever and ever and ever. And ever. Forever.
2. Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
DISNEYLAND. ALWYAYS. WAY BETTER THAN WDW. CALIFORNIA PRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P
3. Favorite Disney character?
MALEFICENT. AND PRINCE PHILLIP. BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE, THEN MALEFICENT. SHE'S MY FOREVER GIRL. :D
4. The first Disney movie you remember seeing in theaters?
Eesh. The first one I REMEMBER seeing is, like Atlantis or 102 Dalmatians. Something like that. But it could also be The Emperor's New Groove, or Finding Nemo. I'm being a lazy butt and not actually looking up when those movies came out, so that I could tell you the right answer. So have some movies that I did see in theaters instead! XD
5. Your favorite Disney song?
A tie between "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and "Out There". ;;;;;;;
6. What is your dream job at Disney?
Well, being a character actor, obviously. Or maybe as one of the writers. *shrugs*
7. What's your most treasured Disney item?
My stuffed Rolly. I've had him since I was a baby. :)
8. Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet?
If I could have, Eleanor Audley, who was the original voice of Maleficent. Or Pat Carroll, or James Earl Jones, etc...
9. Favorite Disney movie that's not a classic/famous?
*sighs* The Fox and the Hound counts here. ._.
10. If you could say anything to Walt Disney right now, what would it be?
Thank you. And congratulations on basically ruling the world.
11. Your favorite Disney memory?
I'm hoping that it'll be when I go to Disneyland for my sister's birthday in October, and finally get to meet Maleficent. *crosses fingers* Otherwise, getting my Prince Phillip pin. :D
12. If you could, what "forgotten princess" would you add to the official lineup?
13. How did you first discover the "magic" of Disney?
Watching the Disney movies starting from when I was a young child. :) I think the first was 101 Dalmatians.
14. What's the saddest moment for you in any Disney film?
Mufasa's death. Never over it.
15. Best Disney kiss?
Buh. I'm gonna go with Jane and Tarzan. ;)
16. If you could live in any world from a Disney movie, which would you choose?
...The Little Mermaid. 'Cause I wanna be a mermaid. :P
17. Favorite Disney musical sequence based on spectacle/animation?
"Friend Like Me". Annnnnd I'll shut up before I list so many more, like everything from the Lion King, or something like that. XD
18. Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks?
HMM. Jasmine, because she has Rajah. Second choice would be Rapunzel, for Pascal and Maximus.
19. If you could choose the plot/adaptation for the next Disney movie, what would it be?
The Persephone movie. With an awesome, not evil Hades. *sighs* A woman can dream, anyway. :/
20. The Aladdin show or the Little Mermaid show?
I think I remember liking the Little Mermaid one better, but Idk about now, I haven't seen them in so long.
21. Do you plan to have your honeymoon at a Disney park?
*snorts* If I or my partner was rich, maybe.
22. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Mickey. Sorry Donald. (But Pluto's the best of all, just fyi. :P)
The Harry Potter Survey
Question 1:What is your favorite Harry Potter book and why? Least favorite?
Question 2:What is your favorite Harry Potter movie and why? Least favorite?
… This is a horribly tough question. I have several answers. I say Goblet of Fire as one, because I love Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort, and that one scene made the movie worth it for me. As for canon accuracy to the book…Chamber of Secrets, which is kind of a must for me. As for which one I watch the most, it’d be Prisoner of Azkaban, though several things tick me off about that movie, namely that stupid damn bird and the way Sirius’s character was portrayed. It did have the best dementors so far though. My least favorite is, hands down, Order of the Phoenix, because with a single line they completely managed to ruin Sirius’s character for me (The “Nice one, James!” line). It pisses me the fuck off every time I hear it, so much so that I couldn’t even be upset when Sirius died.
Then, the atrocity that is the HBP movie hit the screen, and I am astounded that they let such plot manglements fly--they fucked up the Room of Requirement scenes in particular (seriously? Ginny hiding the book, and not letting Harry know where it is, thus defeating the whole point, which was to set up for Harry knowing the location of the diadem??), not to mention them not even explaining the Horcruxes properly, or even letting Harry find out what they all are? Oh yeah, and a random attack on the Burrow that never happened in the book at all, hurrah.
And just when I thought that it couldn't possibly get any worse, we got served with both parts of Deathly Hallows. Ugh. And yes, I am seemingly one of the few who disliked the movies, if not downright despised them. As for DH1, THAT IS NOT FUCKING GRINDELWALD. WHAT THE HELL. GRINDELWALD DIED LAUGHING IN VOLDEMORT'S FACE DEFENDING DUMBLEDORE, AND REFUSED TO TELL HIM ANYTHING OF THE ELDER WAND. HE WAS NOT THAT PATHETIC WRETCH THAT THEY PORTRAY HIM AS IN THE MOVIE, WHO JUST COULDN'T WAIT TO TELL VOLDEMORT ALL ABOUT THE WAND. NO, NO, AND NO!!!! And then they gutted the Dumbledore subplot out of that one altogehter! But you know, I'd expected that to happen, so while I am far from happy about it, I came to terms with it. I was okay. Until they threw in Aberforth randomly mentioning Ariana in DH2. Seriously, if they were going to cut it out of DH1, they should have cut it altogether. Without all of that emotional buildup and Harry's doubts and loss of faith in Albus and EVERYTHING THEY CUT OUT, mentioning Ariana when I don't think the movie-going audience even knew that he had a sister, had none of the emotional impact that it was supposed to, and it was just a random passing mention that at that stage was wholly unnecessary.
DH2 was definitely infinitely worse than part 1. Holy God. In the beginning scene with Harry and Griphook talking in Shell Cottage, the passages in the book were perfect. What was up with adding totally inappropriate passive-aggressive snarking at each other?? In the Gringotts break-in, why in the name of fuck did they have HERMIONE be the one to think of escaping on the dragon?! Harry is supposed to be the impulsive one like that, not Hermione! AND THAT WAS NOT, REPEAT, NOT THE BATTLE OF HOGWARTS. BLECH. I SUPPOSE THEY HAD NO CHOICE AFTER FUCKING THEMSELVES SO BAD WITH THE PREVIOUS MOVIES, PARTICULARLY HBP, BUT STILL. BLECH.
In short: the HP movies just got worse as the series went on, sacrificing character development and the finer plot along the way, and the only reason I paid money to see them in theaters and watch them at all is because, God help me, I'm still a loyal fan of the books, and for some reason this extends to me supporting their media representations.
Question 3:Who is your favorite character?
Question 4:What is your favorite spell?
Question 5:Who is your favorite teacher at Hogwarts?
Question 6:Who is your favorite Death Eater (Voldemort included)?
Question 7:Who is your favorite Hogwarts Student?
Question 8:What house would you want to be in? Which house do you think you would be sorted into?
Question 9:Would you join the Order or the Death Eaters?
Question 10:If you could choose any character to be your boyfriend/girlfriend, who would it be?
Question 11:Who would be your best friend?
Question 12:Warner Brothers postponed the release date of the Half-Blood Prince movie from Nov '08 to July '09. What were your thoughts on this?
Question 13:What is your favorite magical creature?
Question 15:Would you like to throw Dolores Umbridge into a boiling vat of acid?
Question 16:What character would you dress up as for Halloween?
Question 17:How did you get your copy of The Deathly Hallows?
Question 18:How did you get into Harry Potter?
Question 19:What is one memorable experience you have had involving the series?
Question 20:Have you ever seen a movie you were not particularly interested in, simply because it had a Harry Potter actor in it?
Question 21:Would you go to Hogwarts, Durmstrang, or Beauxbatons?
Question 22:What was your favorite Triwizard task?
Question 23:Before you read The Deathly Hallows, what was your opinion of Snape?
Question 24:Do you read or write fanfiction?
Question 25:Which spell do you wish you could use in real life?
Question 26:What position would you play in Quidditch?
Question 27:What was your favorite moment in any of the books?
Question 28:What event in the series did you wish had happened differently?
Question 29:Would you join the DA?
Question 30:Do you think Voldemort has EVER had a girlfriend?
Question 31:What name from the series would you be willing to change your own name to?
Question 32:What type of wand would you have?
It would be holly, and I tend to think with a unicorn hair.
Question 33:What would your pet be?
Question 34:If you could belong to any family in the series, which would it be?
Question 35:Which Hallow would you most like to have?
Question 36:What is your favorite horcrux?
Question 37:Ever seen Potter Puppet Pals?
Question 38:What would your patronus be?
Question 39:What would be your animagus form?
Question 40:Who is your favorite Marauder?
Question 41:If you went to Diagon Alley, where would you go first?
Question 42:Favorite member of the Black family?
Question 43:Favorite member of the Weasley family?
Question 44:Who should have won the Triwizard Cup?
Question 45:Who is your favorite actor in the films?
Question 46:(insert actor here) should totally play (insert HP character here).
Question 47:What would you wear to the Yule Ball?
Question 48:How many times have you read the series?
Far beyond counting. And now I've got a French copy of Prisoner of Azkaban!
Question 49:Who is your favorite couple?
Question 50:Did you like this survey?
Yes, it was quite enjoyable. I finally found a Harry Potter survey to post along with my Kingdom Hearts one!
Feel free to PM me. I’m always happy to talk, and I love debating/discussing characters, pairings, whatever. So yeah, I would love to hear from you guys, and I find other opinions fascinating. Even if it’s a mindless flame telling me that I’m an idiot or whatever.
I think I'll end it here for now. Ta ta!