Author has written 357 stories for Life is Strange, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Green Arrow, Deadpool, Avengers, Flash, Batman, Justice League, Defenders, Marvel, Birds Of Prey, Daredevil, X-Men, Smallville, Supergirl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Gotham, Doctor Strange, Lucifer, Teen Titans, X-Men: The Movie, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel, DC Superheroes, Star Wars, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Captain America, Batman Beyond, Charmed, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, John Wick, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batwoman, Punisher, Supernatural, Mandalorian, and Halloween.
I am a male of Vietnamese origin and I was born on 28th February 1994 and have been living in Prague, Czech Republic my whole life with my parents and a year older brother. Occasionally, I travel to Vietnam to visit my extended family and relatives or other countries during the vacations. Never been to the U.S.A. but I'd like to visit it sometime.
Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Business Finance and Accounting in 2019. An ever-trying geek who often screws up stuff, has strange imagination. Sometimes I'm laid-back and calm, sometimes I'm short-tempered and can easily get very angry. Been reading fanfiction since 2015, started to write in 2016. I don't consider myself a great writer in comparison to others but I see myself as good and experienced enough. However, it might happen that over the time I delete some of my stories, if I consider them not compelling enough, which has happened to me before. Also, sometimes I suffer from insomnia, i.e. I wake up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, so I try to kill some time by going on the Internet and read fanfiction, among other things.
I am a big fan of playing video games, watching TV series and films and reading comic books, mainly Marvel and DC Comics, novels, such as Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Inheritance Cycle, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings etc.
I especially love Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are a lot of things I enjoy about the films, TV series, tie-in comic books etc. in this universe.
I think that DC Extended Universe has been mishandled and it's a mixed bag IMO, not saying that it's bad but it's not as enjoyable to me as MCU, the only films I have really enjoyed from DCEU so far were Wonder Woman and Aquaman, although while the latter had a bit messy plot, it is good watching.
Man of Steel was an OK film but it was a complete misinterpretation of origin of Superman.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice - the action aspect, special effects and Ben Affleck and Batman were great but the plot didn't make that much sense overall, with the constant public distrust of Superman and while Batman's disillusionment and distrust of Superman is understandable, he automatically decides to kill Superman, because he just slightly can be considered a threat, I call that stupid paranoia. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was amazing but the film overall was a complete mess.
Suicide Squad was nothing but a bad DC Comics attempt at MCU's Avengers and don't get me started on Justice League film because that was such a mess.
Shazam and Birds of Prey weren't all that bad but more like average.
So, you can expect my stories to happen a lot in DC Comics and Marvel Comics universes.
Also, a fan of Fast and Furious and Star Wars franchises and fantasy/supernatural franchises, like Charmed, Buffyverse or Supernatural.
As a hobby, I also sing, play on guitar and piano and play video games or do mathematics, since math is my favorite subject.
Sometimes I add in my own version of endings in case I don't like how does the storyline originally go, while inserting my OCs. Or, I add other comic book characters into my stories from comic book adaptations to try to give the story a better spin rather than how it went down in the canon. And, if you think that my inserted versions of characters are acting differently than in comic books, remember that this is fanfiction and even then, a lot of showrunners and other fanfiction writers like me use their own spin on characters from comic books in their stories, so think about it before criticizing that my characters are acting OOC than in comic books.
Sometimes, just for fun, I create AUs.
I can be an empathic and understanding person, so I'd like to think I can get into the heads the characters, when writing and I can understand and respect other people's thoughts and opinions, if they disagree with me and give compelling and reasonable arguments but I'm not gonna tolerate insults, swearing, vulgarisms, profanities or any other dirty words of any kind or pushing other people's opinions and requests onto others.
I also have an account on AO3, if you want to take a look at my stories elsewhere if FF does not work for some reason.
My updating schedule:
As for the updates on my stories, it depends on my schedule, my other plans, personal life or current ideas and inspiration for my stories, since writing a fanfiction is more my hobby and leisure, rather than a job but I try to update each story at least once per week, with at least one chapter per week with each story. If possible, I update all stories currently in progress at once at least one time each week, save for those that I have not fully planned through and need more time to think through how the storyline of a new chapter goes.
If I leave a story not updated for a while and there is a significant gap between the last and current update of my stories (if I leave a story NOT updated for more than a week), it's either because I'm busy with work, my own private life, looking for inspiration for writing the next chapter and come up with some creative ideas or changes or I'm focused on other stories currently or I simply need a break but that does not mean I have stopped writing the one I have left neglected, so, please be patient.
My opinion on story requests and challenges:
If someone would like to issue me a story challenge or a story request, I might consider it at the very least BUT if I decide NOT to write the story, it is most likely gonna be because of having no idea where would I even go with it to even start writing or I might not like the idea at all. Before anyone thinks about it, don't bother asking me to write stories with non-canon slash (gay or lesbian) or incest pairings in any comic book fandom (Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, Arrowverse etc.), since I hate when people write such pairings in these fandoms. I am a comic book fan and I find non-canon slash and non-canon incest in comic book fandoms disgusting, disrespectful and offending, both to fans and readers and the comic book characters. I might write female slash in other fandoms outside comic books but it is not very likely. Male slash or incest - never, anywhere.
My writing stand - Stories I am going to write:
I take my writing very seriously, sometimes with light humor and I also write some occasional crack fic comedy one-shots written out of humor, so it may happen sometimes that somewhere down the line, I decide to rewrite some things in my already finished stories, so don't be surprised if that happens when you are re-reading my stories, since I have perfectionist tendencies and minor OCD sometimes and it happens that I don't like some parts in my stories that I had written and I do a rewrite later. I also write one-shots, which serve as a filler or that are meant to call someone out on their bullshit behavior that annoys me or that are purely for humor and laugh. If I decide to delete a story, either in progress or complete, there is something I do not like in my story and don't want that there and I think it is too late to change that or I have lost my willpower, inspiration and motivation to write the story.
I tried writing stories in 1st person viewpoint of the main characters before but re-reading my stories of this type after finishing them, it did not sit for me, so my stories are gonna be written from the narrator's viewpoint.
I try to be empathic, introspective and understanding and get into the minds of the characters, when writing, to make my stories realistic to the standards of the fandom. Honestly, in some cases I have doubts about succeeding that.
I try to keep romance and action and relationship drama in my stories balanced to make my written stories likeable enough. My preferred writing are stories with balanced and leveled romance, drama and action and where a lot of emotions that are needed to the plot, are expressed as appropriate, even though I may not succeed in this sometimes, with some occasional comedic and humorous aspects. I especially enjoy writing touching emotional scenes. I try to make my stories mainly plot-driven with balanced level of romance, emotions, sexual content, comedy, humor and drama and focused more on intriguing and compelling storyline.
Frankly, I don't see myself as a good writer of romances (not that I don't like writing them but sometimes, when I read my romances over, I just don't feel like they have been well-written) or fight scenes but, no better opinion than the one of the reader's. If my stories are romance-focused, I take great care in writing them to make them realistic, even though sometimes I fail in that area, or at least I think I fail, the same with trying to write good fight scenes but I take great effort in writing well romances, dramas, emotional scenes and fight scenes.
As for relationships, I will write in my stories pairings that I approve of in the fandoms, as listed below. I will not write pairings that I disapprove of or dislike in the fandoms, unless it is a breakup, or to show why they would not work or if a partner in the pairings that I do not approve of, needs to be called out on something or if it's going to be a humorous situation I want to write with them. If I have a mixed opinion on the pairing, I might consider writing a better handled version of the pairing. Don't bother trying to argue with me and bring up reasons why should I like the pairing or that the character in the pairing that I dislike is not as horrible as I might believe he/she is, since I am not going to engage in pointless debates that are going to attempt to convince me of reconsidering my opinion.
But I will NEVER write stories with male slash or incest pairings that are not canon, since such fics in my opinion are nonsense and insulting and disrespectful and a load of crap. As for female slash, there are some rare exceptions I might write but just to be clear, I am not going to write non-canon male or female slash (gay or lesbian) pairings or non-canon incest pairings in any comic book fandom, such as Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, DC Extended Universe, Arrowverse, Smallville etc. and I think that anyone who writes such pairings in any comic book fandom, is legitimately out of their mind and has no respect towards the comic book characters, since I find non-canon slash pairings and non-canon incest pairings in any comic book fandom disgusting, insulting and disrespectful towards the characters.
My writing style about stories with adult content and suggestive themes and how am I going to or not going to write them:
Just rarely will I write stories rated MATURE (M) with adult and suggestive themes and darker atmosphere, such as gore, graphic and intensive violence and brutality, graphic torture, graphic nudity and detailed heavy explicit sexual content (smut) etc. since these kinds of stories are not my preferred kind of writing and I honestly don't see myself writing such stories very often. It would make me feel uncomfortable writing such stories since I do not want to give an impression of a pervert or a sadist when writing such stories or being disrespectful towards either males or females, even though I would lie if I said that I would not be tempted to write stories with graphic female nudity. But, I do not want to come off as a pervert or a sadist and give a wrong impression, therefore, you are not going to see me writing such stories very often and there will most likely be only few of such stories that I will post and if so, the content will be to fit to the plot, either for romance aspect or other but I will try to keep it leveled and focus more on the plot, because I do not want the readers to get wrong impression about me, when I write my stories and it is not my main intention to force into stories too much sexual content or to disrespect or violate the characters. I usually write stories available and appropriate for everyone and only rarely will I ever write M-rated stories with adult content, such as graphic nudity, detailed heavy and explicit sexual content, gore, detailed graphic torture etc.
If there will be sexual content in my story, it will be as it can fit the plot that I want to write to be more intriguing and interesting with balanced amount of action, romance and drama and while it will be to fit the plot, it is not my main intention to dehumanize and/or humiliate the characters in my stories but it may happen to them to fit the plot. You will not see me often write stories containing explicit content, such as smut with graphic nudity or heavy, explicit sexual content and if I write a story with such content (explicit love scenes with graphic nudity and detailed sexual content, steamy scenes, BDSM, explicit and/or sexual torture etc.), it will be as it appropriately fits the plot of my stories, not stories purely full of lust and sexual scenes with no actual compelling intriguing plot, containing swear words or vulgarities, such as rape, sexual torture etc. purely for the sake of these themes themselves instead of putting them into the plot of the stories as they fit to make the stories more intriguing. I certainly will not write the sex scenes too much to the detail to make them "lemons" or pornographic sex scenes.
My stories may contain themes as those mentioned above but I will not write purely sexual stories with no compelling plot whatsoever or slash non-canon homosexual pairings, save for the exceptions listed later below. I definitely am not going to write incest or male slash, ever. Female slash - just some very rare exceptions.
If I write sexual content or content with graphic nudity in my stories, it will be as it fits the plot, although I cannot promise that the content will not be too disrespecting, humiliating or dehumanizing to the main characters, if the plot will demand it but it is not my intention to disrespect, violate, humiliate or otherwise dehumanize the characters that are subjects of the sexual content with graphic nudity written in my stories, such as main characters being stripped naked in an uncomfortable, humiliating situation for them or graphic nudity supplemented with torture.
And I am never going to write or read stories with non-canon male slash (gay) pairings or non-canon incest pairings, since I find these disrespectful, disgusting and insulting towards the readers and characters. Stories with non-canon female slash (lesbian) pairings - There are only some very rare exceptions that I might write or read but I will never write non-canon slash (gay or lesbian or bisexual or incest) pairings in comic book fandoms (Marvel, DC Comics etc.), when the characters in canon are not in gay, lesbian or incest relationship, since I find these pairings offending and disgusting. I think anyone who writes such pairings, is out of their mind and has no respect towards the comic books.
My writing stand - Stories I am never going to write:
To be absolutely clear, I have NO INTENTION AT ALL of writing incest stories, when in the canon the family members are not in romantic or sexual relationship with each other, nor do I intend to turn the main characters into homosexual (gay/lesbian) when in canon they are not and I have very little to no interest of reading such stories either and I am not going to write stories in which the characters are in a homosexual relationship with each other, when in canon they are not homosexuals, which means I am not going to write any slash fiction or incest stories, such as PWP or harem stories, when the pairings are not canon in the fandom because frankly, these kinds of stories disgust and offend me and I am most likely going to consider most of them complete nonsense and insult to the actual relationships between the characters paired in the fanfiction stories of such type and it cheapens their friendly relationships. I consider these stories insults and complete disrespect to friendships, bromances, womances and family bonds and other platonic relationships or other kinds, when people in fanfiction write incest pairings or homosexual slash pairings that are not canon in the fandom. I might see some sexual subtext in the interaction between the characters, mainly pairing female characters, when the pairings are not canon but that does not mean I will write these pairings myself.
As for the sexual content in my stories, it will be as descriptive and objective as fitting and detailed as appropriate due to the rating I will put on the story, there will be minimum vulgarities or swearing and these scenes will not be exaggerated (too descriptive and exaggerated with vulgarisms or swear words), like how some writers might write sex scenes.
I've seen various stories in fanfiction, where people have done pairings (slash fictions, incest, gay/lesbian), which are not canon in fandoms. Honestly, I'm not a fan of writing such pairings, in which the characters are made homosexuals or bisexuals and I have very little to no interest in reading such stories. In most cases, I find stories with such pairings insulting, disrespectful and offensive towards me and other writers that may be disgusted by such stories and towards the characters paired in such fanfiction stories. Will I read them? Unlikely, save for some VERY RARE exceptions that I shall mention later below in my bio in the part regarding the fandoms.
I will NEVER write stories with non-canon incest pairings or non-canon homosexual pairings (slash pairings) in my stories, since, save for some very rare exceptions, I find most of them offending, disrespectful towards characters and insulting load of crap. As for the exceptions that I shall mention later, it is very unlikely I will write them, it will depend on whether I see the sexual subtext between the characters.
Non-canon female slash F/F (lesbian) fics - Maybe, if I see the sexual subtext but it is not very likely that I will write these. Will I read them? Unlikely, save for some exceptions in fandoms regarding pairings that I shall mention below, such as Dragon Age or Buffyverse. Writing female slash - My thoughts about it shall be explained below later but it is unlikely that I will write these, since there are only very few cases, where I can think of some female slash pairings that I am intrigued in and would like to see. But I am not interested in them in any comic book fandom, such as Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics or Arrowverse. I will not write or read such fics with these pairings, ever, in any comic book fandom. And I think that anyone who writes or reads these kinds of stories, is a disgusting individual with no respect towards the comic books or characters. As for other fandoms than the comic book ones, that depends. Maybe I will read them or write them but the chances of that are very unlikely and it will depend on whether I can see the sexual subtext between the paired female characters. And I will never read or write anywhere any stories with non-canon incest pairings or non-canon male slash M/M (gay) pairings because I find these pairings completely insulting towards the characters and they disgust me.
Non-canon incest or male slash M/M (gay) fics - NEVER, zero chance on me writing them or reading them anywhere, since these are in my opinion total bullshit and disgusting. I am not homophobic but I hate non-canon incest and non-canon male slash in all fandoms and like I said, I find them disgusting and stupid. I will not write or read them, ever, anywhere.
I will NEVER write any AU orgy, harem fics or anything of this sort, because the thought of writing such fics honestly disgusts me but I am not going to judge anyone who does write such fics but I have very little interest in reading and no interest at all in writing non-canon incest fics or slash of any kind (male slash, female slash, incest, harem, orgy etc.) in Marvel Comics, Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Comics, Arrowverse or any other comic book fandoms. In most cases, save for some very rare exceptions, I find it completely insulting and offending to write non-canon slash and non-canon incest pairings in comic book fandoms, since I find non-canon slash (gay, lesbian or bisexual) and non-canon incest pairings in fanfiction stories in comic book fandoms with pairings that are not canon, very disgusting, offending and insulting. I have no interest in writing such fics, since it would make me feel uncomfortable, when writing and a bit disgusted, to be honest.
Female slash in other TV shows or films or video games that are not adaptations of comic books or novels - very unlikely chance that I will write them, depending on if I see some sexual subtext. Again, VERY unlikely.
I do not write AU stories where characters are completely OOC, such as High School AUs or Medieval Times etc. or AU teenager fics unless they are one-shots purely for fun and amusement. Mostly, I will most likely be as realistic as it can get in regards to the fandom's standards of its universe fandom reality. I will stick to the present timeline of the fandom, if I write AUs. The characters may act OOC a bit but will more or less remain to their nature, unless I intend to write a comedy AU.
The pairings that I do not approve of in fandoms, as mentioned later below, I will not write these in my stories, unless it is a breakup, showing why they would not work, or if a partner in the pairing that I do not approve of, needs to be called out on something. And don't expect me to write fan service pairings either, unless I can see how they can work. Some of the pairings that fans would like, I find too stupid to actually care about them and will never write them, such as in Arrowverse, the examples being Oliver Queen / Tatsu Yamashiro, or Sara Lance / Alex Danvers or in Star Wars Kylo Ren / Rey. I think you would have to be out of your minds to actually support such pairings. I will not write any fan service pairings, unless I can see how it could work, such as Oliver Queen / Nyssa al Ghul in Arrowverse or Bucky Barnes / Natasha Romanoff in MCU. If I have a mixed opinion on the pairing, I might try writing a better handled version of the pairing.
And I don't like writing self-insert stories, since I think it would be ridiculous if writers would try to involve themselves directly into the storylines. I find those stories amusing but sometimes there are Gary Stu, Mary Sue or canon divergence moments that I do not like. I may write my own OCs into some stories but they will most likely will be as realistic to the plot as they can be and I will try NOT to write any Gary Stus or Mary Sues, even though it may not seem that way or characters that belong to the universe but have not been included in the fandom yet, with my own spin on them.
Also, I will not write OCs that are siblings or relatives to the main characters in a way to make them overpowered and more capable than they in reality could be, because I find this concept utterly ridiculous, unless it is done in a way that does not make them overpowered Mary Sues or Gary Stus. Nor will I write stories, where main characters become of opposite gender, since I find this concept stupid.
My review stand:
As for reviews, while I appreciate immediate feedback in reviews in each update I do on every chapter, constructive criticism, tactfulness and honesty is appreciated but I don't like harsh criticism or insulting at all, not only against me but also against other writers, since I can be a sensitive person and I can get easily discouraged from continuing writing my stories or really pissed off. It may be needed if you want to call us out on some inconsistencies in the stories, if the characters are acting OOC, if there are plot holes, if we are too harsh or mean towards the characters etc. but to be honest, it makes me, personally, feel like a bad writer and makes me want to reconsider writing my stories.
So, while I will understand if you need to call me out on some things that you may not like in my stories, I would appreciate constructive criticism, tactfulness, consideration and trying to put it gently without strong language and insulting too much and if you need to call me out on some inconsistencies or something you don't like, don't be too mean, please. You are welcome to be either objective or subjective or both to my stories but I will appreciate tactfulness, when reviewing, since I get easily discouraged from very harsh feedback, so please, no flames. If you need to be harsh, OK but please, restrain yourselves from using very vulgar language and swearing, when reviewing my stories, since I do not like reading those in reviews, especially if such nasty language is aimed directly at me as an author and I'd appreciate if you didn't write such harsh reviews to other writers either, such as Phillipe363, who happens to be a friend of mine, since harsh language, profanities, dirty words, swearing, vulgarisms and insults really piss me off.
I can be an understanding person, if someone disagrees with me and gives compelling and reasonable arguments to what I write and what I think and my own opinions but I would appreciate no swearing and if they were not harsh or trying to start an argument with me or being pushy with their arguments. If the review is mainly trying to roast me, if it is full of vulgarisms or have nothing to do with my stories, if I do not like the review or are full of ridiculous accusations or an attempt at harassment, I'm not going to give a crap about what you think.
I've seen various users or guest users swear in reviews at other writers before and I find that very disrespectful, tactless and insulting. I think that guest reviewers especially swearing at authors for their writing and spreading their negative thoughts to other users' stories in review pages, are cowards for not wanting to be replied to and hiding behind guest reviews. And I will not tolerate any ranting or bashing or swearing or vulgarities in reviews.
If the guest expects me to reply to their question, I would like to ask them to please use a registered account on FF, since I do not reply to guest reviews directly in my stories on FF, if they ask a question, so that I can reply to them on PM. I will reply to guest reviews on AO3, however. All guest reviews asking a question in my story, will be automatically ignored and deleted, since I do not reply to guests directly in my stories. To the guest users, who need to ask questions in my stories, I suggest asking on AO3 or use a registered account on FF, so that I can reply to your questions via PM.
! As for the guest reviews, to be blunt - If there is a guest review I do not like in regards to my story, if I find it inappropriate, redundant or offensive, if it is straight-up whining, insulting or complaining or tearing down because you disagree with something in my stories or have some flames to spout about with harsh, vulgar language and swearing or it is something I consider a very stupid question to ask, if it is something you cannot agree with me on and have arguments I find stupid or that I do not want to hear or if I find the comment unnecessary or if it has nothing to do with the story at all and I consider it irrelevant, it gets deleted and ignored, since I'm not going to waste my time arguing with trolls, who criticize me, try to roast me or come up with arguments I find stupid, illogical, nonsensical or otherwise ridiculous. No exceptions. If you decide to persist in this behavior regardless of my warning, it says a lot more about you than about me, if you have nothing better to do than harassing me and all you'll be accomplishing will be only wasting time and proving to me how pathetic and empty your lives must be.
To paraphrase quote from Mass Effect 2:
"I will inflict upon these cowardly miscreants the greatest insult an enemy can suffer: To be ignored."
If you disagree with me, it better be supported with compelling, fair and reasonable arguments and your reviews better not be harsh comments or swearing or it gets deleted. If the guest review is about asking me a question, I advise them to create an account on FF, so that I can reply in PM because I do not reply to guest reviews directly in my stories on FF but I will reply to them on AO3. !
Stories Currently In Progress:
Planned future stories:
Crossover story with Buffyverse/Arrowverse
Sequel to The Hood and the Widow (after I see Black Widow film and get the film on BluRay)
My story collections
The Dar(h)k War saga
Story series I started since watching Arrow Season 5 finale in May 2017. I had originally planned the series until League of Shadows but the series has gotten so popular and so, on insistence of people, who have enjoyed this saga, I decided to continue multiple installments beyond League of Shadows, depending on inspirations and creative ideas, crossovers included. I honestly didn't expect this series to get so much popularity but I am very flattered that people follow this saga.
Phase 1 - Damien Darhk, Ninth Circle and the League of Shadows
1. The Dar(h)k War
Oliver's been living a peaceful life in retirement until the unexpected visit of his ex-girlfriend and his sister forces him to take up the mantle of the Emerald Archer once again, going into battle with an enemy, who has nefarious forces at his disposal while another sinister foe vows to destroy Oliver himself utterly and making him suffer. How far he needs to go to win this time?
2. Birds of Prey
After the fall of the Green Arrow and the disappearance of her lover and husband, Laurel has been trying to live a normal life but an unexpected encounter with an old friend forces her to take on the Black Canary's mantle once again as she'll have to wrestle with new responsibilities such as being in a team of extraordinary individuals as well as her own personal issues.
3. The Archer and the Legends
After Oliver Queen has been exposed as the Green Arrow, he decided to join his friend Sara on the adventures with the Legends following Rip's departure. But it will come as a new challenge to lead this rag-tag team of outcasts and misfits as he will struggle to earn the trust and respect in order to defeat the Reverse-Flash and his Legion of Doom and save the reality.
4. Merlyn's Redemption
Following the fall of the Green Arrow and his best friend, Tommy has been trying to make up for his past sins as Prometheus, taking on his role as the new guardian of Star City, even though it is not easy for him to forgive himself and his clashing interests with Team Arrow does not make things any easier. Though, they'll need to trust each other when new dangerous foes show up.
5. League of Shadows
When mysterious dark forces arrive to Star City, Team Arrow, Tommy Merlyn, Birds of Prey and other groups with powerful resources and allies must come together to defeat them. However, it'll force some of them to question their journey so far and possibly face the darkest corners of their souls and make them question who they are, this might turn them into their own worst enemies.
6. Dearden Chronicles (prequel to Birds of Prey, Merlyn's Redemption and League of Shadows)
What happened to Earth-2 Malcolm Merlyn and Earth-2 Thea Queen before coming to Earth-1? What was their relationship with the Queens and Laurel Lance before Robert and Oliver disappeared and before Laurel became Black Siren? And what sent both Mia and Malcolm into the darkness and changed them both forever?
7. Years Passing By (conclusion of The Dar(h)k War saga)
How did the years go by for everyone after the defeat of League of Shadows?
Phase 2 - Threats beyond one Earth and villains united out for revenge
8. Strongest Together (Crisis on Earth-X story in The Dar(h)k War saga)
The wedding of Barry Allen and Iris West has brought everyone together. However, things get messy, when evil visitors from Earth-X crash the wedding, forcing Team Arrow, Birds of Prey and Justice League band together against an entire world of their evil counterparts as the mightiest heroes of Earth-1 clash against the deadliest villains of Earth-X.
9. The Hardships We Face
While frustrated with Iris' latest decisions, Barry and his friends decide to help Kara on Earth-38 in her war against the Worldkillers as Barry questions his path so far.
10. Watcher in the Wings
Team Arrow, the Birds of Prey and the members of Batman family must solve a series of mysterious murders after a friend is being suspected of the crime and the search for truth shall lead them to dark places.
11. Beyond the Horizon
A simple rescue mission for the Justice League turns into an unusual adventure in space as they find out that sinister evil is coming.
12. Sweet Silver Lining (follow-up to Strongest Together and Watcher in the Wings)
After a not-so-happy wedding of Barry and Iris, Bruce and Selina try to find their own happiness.
13. The Outsiders
Still recovering from his last fight that had cost him dearly, Roy decides to go on another adventure with his new friends, while struggling with new responsibilities and a recent disadvantage, trying to figure out if he still is the hero he used to be.
14. Crossing Paths
A reunion with an old flame turns for Barry into a wild chase with a dangerous enemy, which has no limits on how much damage he does and Barry needs to both make peace with his old friend and focus on a new threat coming.
15. Wild Wild West
"What-if" one-shot. How would Barry's reunion with Iris turn out after their unpleasant breakup?
16. Here's to the Future
Barry and Kara find their happy ending after many adventures together, with no catastrophe incoming, unlike Barry's last wedding.
17. Bad Blood in Hell
Loosely based on Elseworlds crossover. When an old enemy comes to terrorize Gotham, Batman and his allies come to Arkham Asylum to investigate but they find out soon enough that a dangerous enemy plans to play a deadly game with them.
18. Raven's Flight (sequel to The Outsiders and Bad Blood in Hell)
When Rachel Roth gets attacked by a mysterious assailant, who gives her a mysterious clue about her past, she recruits some friends to help her find the truth about her family.
19. Honor thy Father
Dick's past comes back to haunt him as he has to face his own sins.
20. The Siren's Call
Black Siren finds herself on a path to redemption.
21. Return of Shiva
When an old enemy returns, the Birds of Prey must stop her before her scheme hurts innocent people.
22. The Boy of Steel
A Kryptonian lab creation breaks out and confused out in the world, Barry and Kara needs to help him find his way, while protecting him from evil forced that want to use his powers.
23. Child's play
What happens, when Raven (Rachel Roth) tries to hang out with other children?
24. Being human
For Rachel, some days being a half-demon is fun. Sometimes, she misses being human.
25. The Dragon's Revenge
After the battle with the League of Shadows, Tommy struggles to find his own path, while making peace with his inner demons and he and Oliver and their friends will have to prepare to fight very dangerous enemies that threaten everyone they love.
26. What goes around, comes around
Rip again sends Sara on a suicide mission and she has enough of it.
27. Undercover work
Felicity does an undercover work for A.R.G.U.S. which does not go down as she planned.
28. Fallen Angel
With Azrael returning, Batman discovers a dangerous conspiracy as he and his allies investigate deep secrets of Gotham City.
29. The Demon's onslaught
Finding out that Talia is alive, Bruce and Selina come onto a journey to stop her before she engages in a dangerous scheme.
30. The Tomb of the First Emperor
Sara rejoins Rip on an adventure where they have to stop a madman from getting his hands on ancient power with which he could dominate the whole world as they join on a wild adventure across China.
31. In family we trust
When someone from family becomes chased by darkness, how far would the rest of the family go to protect them?
32. Dead of the night
A classic Halloween routine turns into a chase after a mysterious myth.
Phase 3 - The Injustice League
33. Age of Injustice
With old enemies and dangerous villains coming together, the Justice League faces greater threat than they have ever faced so far.
34. Teenage wasteland
Mia feels like she's alone with her problems but Oliver and his friends show her that she is not alone.
35. Magical Christmas
An attempt to look for a present to buy turns into a crazy magical Christmas adventure in a mall.
36. The Arts of an Unsuccessful Chase
Chasing a villain doesn't everytime go down as planned for the heroes. Sometimes it ends up with quite an awkward result.
Phase 4 - Darkseid
37. Apocalypse Incoming - final installment of the series
With the God of Evil setting his gaze on the universe, the Justice League faces their greatest challenge ever.
38. A new dawn - missing scene from Apocalypse Incoming
Everyone mourns for Barry and Kara and tries to deal with their loss in their own ways after defeating Darkseid and saving the universe.
I'd originally planned to write my version of Crisis on Infinite Earths in this series but the more I kept hearing about the actual crossover and considering what I saw in the actual crossover, plus my lesson with Crisis on Earth-X and attempting to write my own spin and ending up messing it up a bit, made me lose any desire to involve the event into the series, so I instead decided to write a different series linked to Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Oliver and Sara: Road to Redemption
CanArrow (Oliver / Sara) rewrites of Arrow Seasons 1-3. I considered doing Season 4 rewrite too but my ideas about the Season 4 didn't feel right to me, didn't have any creative changes in mind.
1. Eternal Flames
After five years in Hell, Oliver Queen has come home to bring down those who are poisoning his city. What he does not know that an old friend of his has returned from a hell of her own and they both start to clash over their aligned interests. But when it all comes crashing down, what happens with the bonds that they have? Can they return to what once they were to each other?
2. The Sins from the Past
Five months after the Undertaking, Sara seeks out Oliver to bring him back from his self-imposed exile to aid her save their city from the evil forces trying to take it over, as well as struggling with the sins and ghosts from their pasts that have come back to haunt them and threaten to destroy their lives and of everyone they care about.
3. At the Demon's Sight
Malcolm Merlyn returns with a sinister and cunning plan to put Oliver and Sara into the sight of Ra's al Ghul and the mystery behind Talia and Sara comes to surface.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
Stories preceding and preparing for my version of Crisis on Infinite Earths, since the actual crossover was a terrible clusterfuck of epic proportions and massive disrespect to icons of DC Universe, such as how they disrespected Oliver or treated Kevin Conroy or ruined Smallville.
1. Forging own destinies
After learning some life-changing secrets, Kara and Lena find themselves struggling with destinies awaiting them both.
2. One last race
With the loss of Nora, Barry and Team Flash are trying to keep going in protecting Central City, but when Mar Novu arrives with a message that Barry is destined to perish soon enough in the upcoming Crisis, the whole team has to find a way to deal and possibly fight against this inevitable destiny, while facing off with a new dangerous enemy.
3. The Green Arrow's final journey
While serving his time in prison and trying to protect his loved ones, Oliver must once again face the threat of his old enemy before he is then forced to embark on a journey to save an entire multiverse.
4. The end is nigh
With the Crisis threatening the entire multiverse, the heroes from multiple Earths have to unite to combat the threat unlike any they have ever seen.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Defenders Return
Trilogy I started since all Netflix MCU TV series were cancelled, covering Iron Fist Season 2, Daredevil Season 3 and Avengers: Endgame
1. The Devil and the Black Sky: Road to Redemption
After the fall of the Hand, enemies remaining set out to a more dangerous plot, prompting some old allies to band together again but the trust becomes more shattered than before and they need to regain the trust and faith in each other to win the upcoming fight.
2. The Devil and the Black Sky: Reckoning
Wilson Fisk is freed from prison and hellbent on taking revenge on the man, who put him behind bars, uniting dangerous foes in order to destroy his nemesis and everyone he cares about.
3. All for one
With the entire universe plunged into chaos, the Avengers and all remaining heroes surviving the Decimation must assemble to undo Thanos's actions and restore balance to the universe, whatever it takes.
I'm going to list down TV series that I am currently watching or have watched in the past, even though there may be more that I have enjoyed but probably have forgotten to think of.
Current Favorite TV shows that I am watching:
Dark but interesting series, focused on bizarre perspective on technologies.
Based on a same-titled comic book and uses quite creepy concept of human vigilantes combating superpowered group of individuals, who pose as heroes but they abuse their powers at the expense of the innocents. Good watch, but too much graphic with mature content, gore and cursing at some moments IMO but it is still good.
Good TV series adaptation of book series of same title (Haven't read the books as a whole though). It's stupid that SyFy cancelled it in 2018 but glad that a month later, Amazon decided to take over.
I think it's one of the best crime TV shows with a very different but interesting take on the Devil himself but it plays too much with the Christian lore since Season 3, which makes me a little uneasy about the show but I still enjoy watching it.
One of the best British TV crime shows I have ever seen. It has its good and bad seasons. Honestly, the only good episodes IMO are those, where Alice Morgan, played by Ruth Wilson, shows up.
Despite my anger towards Disney for Netflix's MCU TV shows being cancelled, I have enjoyed the series so far. Well done Star Wars TV series but Disney sure ruined the sequel film trilogy. The Mandalorian at least respects Star Wars lore, with good references to iconic characters and events from the Original Trilogy and Clone Wars, plus, it treated Luke with respect, unlike the Sequel Trilogy.
MCU TV shows - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, The Defenders, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Sad that Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and The Punisher were cancelled by Netflix because of Disney's new streaming service. Part of me hopes that the shows will continue and be renewed by Disney but I highly doubt that, besides, the contract with Netflix bans these character from appearing in anything from Marvel Cinematic Universe two years after the cancellation of their shows, therefore until 2020-2021 it is highly unlikely that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage or The Punisher will return.
The Defenders was nice limited series but according to the reviews, the miniseries was average at best.
I haven't found time to watch Runaways, or Cloak and Dagger but I will watch them eventually.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were amazing series right from the start and was very well linked to the films in MCU, with logical explanations and it gave us a very satisfying series finale and all main characters got a satisfying ending, unlike how Arrow screwed it up with the massive disrespect to the main characters.
Agent Carter was good the first season, then it got boring. Had a potential but it was cancelled. Pity but I won't shed a tear over this one either. I had no interest in watching Inhumans, mainly because I knew it wouldn't be good and I read that it had low ratings and unfavorable reviews, being cancelled after airing one season, so thank God I didn't watch it.
As much as I dislike the pairing Wanda / Vision, the sitcom-like situations with them in WandaVision are amusing, plus, considering the interesting twists we later got in the show, the show became very intriguing, much to my surprise and even though I don't like Wanda and Vision together there, the storyline there is compelling and makes up for my dislike of the pairing, but how the show ended, with Wanda done dirty again for what she had put the whole town through, is annoying.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier was amazingly done, while I had hopes for it, I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, since Steve's legacy, Sam's and Bucky's struggles and them trying to honor Steve was well done, however, one thing that infuriates me is how Sharon Carter was done dirty here. Counting out what they did to Sharon here, the series was great.
Rick and Morty
Very crazy parodic but amusing animated TV series.
I don't even know why do I have to defend this series.
I don't even know why do I have to defend this series.
I don't even know why do I have to defend this series.
Great TV series from Netflix focused on the sci-fi mysteries with good dark tone in the 1980s and each of the kid main characters is great in their own right.
I'll admit I had my reservations at first but it is very dark and brutal, like on Netflix's Daredevil level kind of dark and not like Arrowverse shows that are more lighted up. It is very well done TV series with a darker take on Dick Grayson and the members of Teen Titans. Although Season 2 felt very underwhelming, since Trigon was defeated in a rather anticlimactic way and while Deathstroke was a great villain, he got a terrible arc in the show, which was gradually losing steam.
Interesting HBO TV series, with humans and robots.
I have not read the books yet but I plan to someday and I have played the games. I have enjoyed the series so far and Henry Cavill does well done portraying Geralt in this series.
It is surprisingly a well done spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and the idea of seeing Sheldon grow up is interesting. And while, even as a child, Sheldon was a pain in the ass, one also needs to put into consideration that he was still a child and even though he was smart, he didn't have an easy childhood and the scenarios, while sometimes hilarious and ridiculous, are well done and helps one understand Sheldon a bit more.
It might happen that some seasons of the TV series suck in my honest opinion, so I decide to throw "the season of the show into trash bin", so to speak but I don't want to give up on the TV series overall and I might watch them, if the reviews are good regarding the new seasons and episodes or on recommendation from a friend.
Favorite TV shows that I have watched in the past and might rewatch again in the future, for old times' sakes: (FYI, there may be more TV shows that I have liked and enjoyed but I will not list them all below, there's quite a lot of TV series that I have watched and liked, until they lasted and were either cancelled, ended or in my opinion were boring and not interesting anymore or some plots have made me dislike and give up on the series or there are some that I liked but have forgotten about them and could not think of to list down)
2 Broke Girls
The first two seasons it was OK, then it was boring and cliché and the scenarios kept getting more and more stupid and stereotypical. Good that it got cancelled.
I liked the spy drama TV series.
A nicely done show by Netflix. Sci-fi futuristic crime TV series with an interesting concept. It's a pity it got cancelled, I think the series had a potential.
I was interested in Arrow mainly because of the Green Arrow appearing in Smallville that I watched with my brother, when I was a kid. Frankly, at this point, the Arrowverse franchise is a mixed bag, to be completely honest. It has its ups and downs but I'm not giving up on it fully, when a new season starts, I watch the first half until Christmas, then it depends later on reviews and recommendations of others, since the shows can be worth watching sometimes, if the storylines are compelling enough but the shows, mainly Arrow and Supergirl, often push political agenda and all the shows can often turn into boring soap opera drama about relationships (and in these cases, these relationships are the negatives of the show), when it should be more about action, mainly The Flash due to WestAllen, a pairing of which I do not approve and sometimes Arrow due to Olicity, I may have given it a pass in Season 6-7 but that doesn't mean I support it or Supergirl sometimes with many relationship dramas. While the drama in The Flash was toned down in Season 6 and Iris became more tolerable, I'm sour about her saying that she doesn't care about the fact that her and Barry's daughter worked with Thawne, despite knowing what he had done, not caring that Thawne killed Barry's mother, plus Barry destroying the Speed Force because of using the Specter's energy in Crisis on Infinite Earths was obviously more hate for Oliver and Barry.
Legends of Tomorrow is amusing in its own way but kind of ridiculous and one thing I am annoyed by that it often reminds of Sara's attraction to girls, which is annoying and pushing more LGBT agenda. And her having a clone as a girlfriend since Season 3 is just so freaking weird and the writers keep shoving Sara / Ava down our throats, which is annoying beyond measure. It's not the Sara Lance I used to love in Arrowverse anymore. LoT was fun the first two seasons, now it's average at best and Season 4 of Legends of Tomorrow was gradually losing steam until it became too boring for me to care about it, since the plot was becoming more and more stupid and ridiculous and Sara in LoT is not as how she was initially introduced into Arrow and the show ruined one of my favorite female characters on the entire Arrowverse, since Sara cares more about screwing her clone girlfriend, rather than her friends and family, which I see as assassination of Sara's character. Arrowverse often does fan service pandering to a small but very vocal group of fans and some storylines are repetitive and boring and they push political agenda into the shows. Plus, the comedic aspect is since Season 4 too much over the top that it often ruins the main characters by making them look like idiots or puts them and the villains into too ridiculous situations that it is stupid and pathetic, at least from my point of view.
I was willing to give at least Season 1 of Batwoman a chance but it is trying to push a bit of feministic/lesbian political agenda with hate against men, but it hasn't been too bad. Kate ticked me off however by saying that she was not trying to provide hope unlike Batman and how she keeps letting Alice go to murder more innocent is stupid. While she did manage to get Alice locked up later post-Crisis due to both Alice and Kate's sister Beth around, who later died, it's stupid how she keeps giving pass to Alice for murdering innocents or how Kate lets Alice get away because Alice outsmarts Kate at every turn, making her look like an incapable idiot. Plus, casting Warren Christie, the guy, who played jackass surgeon Carter Bowen in Arrow 1x06, him of all people as Bruce? One of the times, when CW "recycling and re-casting" actors into different roles from their previous shows is stupid beyond words and considering that Ruby Rose left the show after Season 1, I think it's pointless to watch the show beyond that. Batwoman, in my opinion, is definitely the weakest of all Arrowverse shows.
Frankly, Arrowverse is dead after COIE and the end of Arrow. Leviathan is a worldwide threat, yet Kara doesn't call the JL to take it down. Freeland was invaded by a foreign country for a while, yet the JL didn't show up to help Black Lightning out. Also, Barry and Kara are best friends, yet they don't see each other that often, despite that they could very easily due to their powers, considering they live on the same Earth now.
In MCU, they always at least give a reason as to why the other heroes aren't helping out during the solo film of a hero, so it is shared universe, and stuff happening in one film has consequences in others, unlike Arrowverse shows and the franchise has definitely gone to crap after COIE, since frankly, the Earths merging into one seems pointless, even more, considering that in the post-Crisis timeline we got more bad than good.
That is evidently shown in The Flash, where Hartley had stayed a villain because of the Crisis changes, even though he was redeemed in 6x18. Plus, all the Wellses dead, except for Nash is stupid, since they and Jesse could have been brought back to life but no. Harry, Sherloque and other Wellses deserve better than ending up in the head of an inferior Wells. Pre-Crisis Nash wasn't that bad but him starting the Crisis by letting Anti-Monitor out left me sour on him but Post-Crisis Nash after learning his backstory felt more compelling and Thawne briefly possessing Nash felt amusing, but it's stupid that Thawne didn't show up in the Crisis, considering all that buildup in the past seasons and what's even more annoying that due to coronavirus, Season 6 ended up without the planned Thawne cliffhanger. The only reason I'm gonna watch Season 7 of The Flash is because of Thawne and Season 6 of Supergirl because of Lex, since quite frankly, the Arrowverse died with Arrow and Oliver.
The Big Bang Theory
The show was good at first but I think it got dragged out for far too long. Since Season 8, it was getting stereotypical and cliché but in late Season 10, it was getting better but I can't believe it actually got 12 seasons, since, like I said, it felt to me like it got dragged out for far too long. It's similar to what happened with Two and a Half Men, a comedy sitcom that starts great but then becomes dragged out for far too long and becomes too much about relationship dramas, in Two and a Half Men's case it's too much about more rather dumb and ridiculous rather than funny and hilarious scenarios regarding the main protagonists of the show but its crossovers with Young Sheldon are good.
Good action crime drama TV series, plus, Jaimie Alexander was great in the role of the main character. It had good action scenes and interesting storylines but the final season felt a bit underwhelming with a little depressing ending of the series for me.
Buffyverse (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel)
I used to watch Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel, when I was a young kid and both shows grew on me and I still watch both shows, when I get the chance, since Buffyverse is cult classic, with compelling characters and storylines and it's among the best supernatural/vampire franchises ever. The follow-up comic books are decently done, more or less and were off to a good start, but to me personally, it stirred up more unnecessary drama between the characters that just later gave the relationships between them a sour taste. BTVS Season 8 was good the first half, then it was just getting messy, After the Fall and Angel & Faith are amazing but other than that, can't say that the comic books are as compelling as their respective shows.
Sad that it lasted just one season. But I am glad to see Constantine, played by Matt Ryan, in Arrowverse after his show was cancelled. Outside of Constantine TV series, Matt Ryan played Edward Kenway, the main character of my favorite of one of my favorite game series, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, as well, so that's a bonus for me.
Personally, I think it's amazing but underrated sci-fi time travel TV series, played by one of my favorite actresses, Rachel Nichols.
Season 8 wasn't that much interesting anymore but it was one of the best crime TV shows I've ever watched.
Fear the Walking Dead
Interesting prequel to Walking Dead but a bit stereotype and cliché. I watched only Season 1 and lost interest in watching further the following seasons, when Walking Dead was going to hell in Season 6.
Excellent classic sitcom.
Full Metal Panic and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid and Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu
Interesting and sometimes funny anime.
I don't even know why do I have to defend this series.
Game of Thrones
I admit I never had the willpower to read the books as a whole, I looked up the overview of the storyline but the TV series are good too, although it gets often very dark and scary and gory and with a lot of unexpected and sometimes outraging and sometimes amazing twists but some things in it are quite messed up and they diverge from the books too. But, from Season 5 onward it kept losing steam and the final two seasons were a mess that just ruined the show and I wonder whether Martin was mortified by what was done in the TV series adaptation of his books.
Laugh at me and judge me all you want but I liked the series and it was amusing teen music show and I am a musician and singer myself, since it is my hobby. I enjoyed the show in my teens, back when I was in high school. Plus, it is amusing that Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, who played previously in Glee, were later cast as main characters, Barry Allen, in The Flash and Kara Danvers (Kara Zor-El) in Supergirl.
Different interpretation of origin of Batman characters and it wasn't bad the first two seasons but frankly, not a fan of Jim / Lee, since that was mainly because of Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin being married and it ruined Bruce / Selina, mishandling Bruce's journey as Batman.
Don't judge me or laugh at me, please. I watched it for a long time and I have nothing against soap operas but some TV series are overselling it but Grey's Anatomy has good balance of soap opera, romances, dramas, tragedies and comedies but at the point Season 16, most of the original cast and good characters in the show had left and the show is dragged out for far too long, IMO. I just lost the mood to watch after Alex, played by Justin Chambers, left. Plus, it gave me a weird feeling that the actor left around the same time that Camilla Luddington, the actress playing Alex's wife Jo, was pregnant with her second child. I just hope that they don't do some stupid storyline with Jo pregnant with Alex's child, since that would just ruin it more for me.
The first two seasons it was OK but then it wasn't much interesting. And the renewal Heroes Reborn that aired in 2015-2016 was a complete disaster.
One of the best shows ever.
How I Met Your Mother
One of the best sitcoms ever but in Seasons 6-9, it got a bit boring and cliché, and mainly the relationships Ted / Robin and Barney / Robin kept going on in circle with breaking up and making up and getting back together.
Charmed (1998-2005 TV series aired by the WB channel)
One of the best supernatural TV shows ever. I did not even bother watching the CW reboot of the series from 2018, since most TV series reboots/remakes turn out to be utter piece of crap.
The show in hindsight was very, maybe too ridiculous to watch but it is an amusing comedy spy show with an ordinary average geek guy, who is forced to become a super spy and he and a badass CIA female agent fall in love over the course of the show. It may have been stupid TV series but if you're not taking it seriously and are watching it just for amusement, it is OK.
Good teen TV series for relax. Average but can be good for distraction and with a cliché ending. Not the best series but good for relaxing, if you've got nothing to do.
In Season 6 it got boring and the series finale was complete downer.
One of the best detective TV series that I've ever watched.
I think it's one of the best shows ever but underrated but I can understand to an extent why. My only problem with the show was that it contradicted the lore and legends about Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table quite a lot but if you try not to look at it as origin story of Merlin and King Arthur and Knights of the Round Table but as any other TV series, you'll enjoy it.
My Name Is Earl
Jason Lee nailed it as Earl. The concept was ridiculous but interesting and each scenario in every episode was in its way funny. Pity it got cancelled.
I think it's one of the best anime TV series ever but I honestly don't have the energy to watch so many episodes it has and while I enjoyed the anime show, it is too long for my taste, I stopped watching after Sasuke got Itachi's eyes but I read what happened later. I watched all Naruto films though. Never read the manga comic books since I'm not a fan of manga in general.
The show started off poorly but then it got better and better. Plus, Zooey Deschanel is great in any comedy, although it lost steam in its last two seasons but it still has its funny moments.
Pity it got cancelled, since I like mathematics and the application of advanced mathematics into solving crimes was an interesting concept.
One of my favorite shows that I watched in my teens.
Season 4 was bit boring but Season 5 that aired in 2017 was good ending of the series, even though it was a bit complicated.
One of the best Netflix shows ever. Pity it got cancelled after two seasons due to the high budget but the series finale they gave us few months after announcing cancellation to finish the series made up for it.
I liked the 2007 film on which the series is based on but Season 3 was turned into a bit of a family drama and the storyline wasn't that much compelling and intriguing anymore and the main characters were ruined later, so maybe it's good that the show got cancelled.
I used to like the show, when I was a kid, it was a good origin story of Clark Kent (Superman) but over time, since Season 8, after the show lost Lex, it became boring soap opera drama that was gradually losing steam but Seasons 9-10 did improve despite the lack of Lex, who did return in the series finale but at least in the final two seasons we got Zod, portrayed by Callum Blue and with a compelling storyline and Season 10 ended up on a great note with Darkseid being the final villain and the show concluding Clark's journey to Superman. Tom Welling was great as Clark Kent and how they explored and introduced various characters and elements from DC Comics, such as the Green Arrow and Bart Allen version of the Flash.
In my opinion, for ten seasons, one of the best sci-fi TV shows based on a film that I've ever seen.
The spin-off of Stargate: SG-1 was just as good. Stargate: Universe, I didn't like at all, on the other hand, it didn't seem so enticing to me, unlike Atlantis, I didn't make it past the first three episodes.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Asides from well portraying the three-year gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, it shows how Anakin became gradually disillusioned with the Jedi Order after being used by them, leading to him becoming Darth Vader. Anakin's disillusionment with the order was well done, after his apprentice Ahsoka had left the Order, also being disillusioned with them. I have no interest in watching Rebels at all.
It is one of the most popular TV series ever and I do enjoy it but on one hand, I think it got dragged out for far too long and some seasons are just not interesting but on the other hand, some have very compelling storylines with great villains but I lost energy sometimes after watching Season 13. Sometimes I wish it had ended with the cliffhanger in Season 5 but the fans wanted the show to continue until it got 15 seasons, plus, the showrunners had more ideas they wanted to explore in more storylines in more seasons until it got dragged out for too long, IMO. Honestly, as much as I liked the show, some seasons had quite weak and not so compelling storylines and some seasons had intriguing storylines and compelling and interesting characters but the show got dragged out for far too long and the characters on more than one occasion did some rather morally ambiguous decisions that put a wedge between the rest of the group and that trope had gotten cliché and boring, plus, some more interesting characters had rather weaker arcs at some points of the show that almost, if not completely, ruined them but the series finale gave a mostly satisfying ending.
Two and a Half Men
One of the best sitcoms ever. Pity Charlie Sheen got fired by 2011 but Ashton Kutcher was a good replacement. It was OK but in Season 10, it got boring and stereotypical. The addition of Amber Tamblyn in Season 11 was a saving grace but again, later it got boring and stereotypical and the series was dragged out for far too long. Pity Charlie declined returning back for the series finale.
Good teen detective TV series.
The Walking Dead
In Season 6 it went to hell and wasn't interesting to me anymore, so I stopped watching it after that.
Yu Yu Hakusho
Amusing anime with an interesting concept and storyline, even though it is underrated.
Cold Cases, Missing a Trace, CSI (NY, Las Vegas, Miami) and Bones
These shows are among the best crime TV series I have ever seen.
There are also other TV shows that I haven't watched but would like to see because I have heard and read that they are interesting, such as Legion, Halt and Catch Fire, True Detective etc. but I have not found time to watch those and there may be other TV shows that I have liked but right now to me there are too many to think of.
I don't have any problem with the classic pairings in the comic books that are canon pairing or OTP, such as Peter Parker (Spider-Man) / Mary Jane, Bruce Wayne (Batman) / Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Remy LeBeau (Gambit) / Anna Marie (Rogue), Clark Kent (Superman) / Lois Lane, Scott Summers (Cyclops) / Jean Grey, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) / Susan Storm (Invisible Woman) etc. but there are some pairings in TV show or film adaptations of comic books that I do not like due to how they are executed.
The pairings that I approve of in fandoms, either canon or those I would like to see, are the ones that I am most likely going to write in my stories. As for the pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why do I think why would these not work or a humorous situation with them, I am not going to write those, ever.
And if I have mixed opinion on pairing, that means I would approve if it was handled differently but currently I don't like the execution, concept or portrayal of the pairing. My opinions on pairings depend on the characters' dynamic, chemistry and how well they interact with each other and can relate to each other. So, I am most likely never going to write stories with pairings that I dislike and don't approve of (which are listed below), unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work out between the paired characters.
And I am NOT going to write incest or slash pairings that are not canon in any comic book fandoms (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Arrowverse, Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe, Smallville etc.), ever. Save for some rare exceptions that I shall mention below later, most of these pairings are in my opinion total and complete bullshit and insult to the actual relationships in fandoms. I might write female slash outside comic book fandoms but male slash or incest, NEVER ANYWHERE, nor am I going to read those.
Favorite Characters in Buffyverse
Buffy Summers, Dawn Summers, Angel, Spike, Willow Rosenberg, Xander Harris, Cordelia Chase, Tara Maclay, Faith Lehane, Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, Winifred "Fred" Burkle, Daniel "Oz" Osborne
Disliked Characters in Buffyverse
Really, just from Day 1 and her first appearance in BTVS, she was nothing but an arrogant, spoiled, whiny, self-entitled and annoying brat that thought she knew better than Buffy and Faith and tore Buffy down every chance she got. Plus, she relentlessly pursued Willow and the way she flirted with her was just creepy and on border with restraining order and it's stupid that few episodes later, Willow started to respond to her advances. This character only existed because the writers caved in under the accusations of homophobia after killing off Tara. In the follow-up comic books, they tried to make her better but towards the end of Season 8, she regressed back to the brat she was in the show, when she threw a tantrum at Buffy for ending magic on Earth, causing for all wiccas and warlocks, Willow included, to lose their powers and Willow to break up with Kennedy.
I didn't have much of a problem with the guy at first, since he was fine as a principal and a sympathetic and more relatable than Flutie or Snyder, but the reveal of his mother being a Slayer just ruined him and his fascination with Buffy and later Faith and his attempt to kill Spike was only a creepy projection of his mommy issues.
He was nothing but a little cowardly spineless weasel trying to save his own ass and had little to no conscience, as shown in Season 6 of BTVS, when he joined the Trio and helped Warren cover up Katrina's murder and had no problem with trying to frame Buffy for it and was more than happy to get away with it. Plus, his redemption felt unrealistic, since the only real reason he joined the Scoobies was his conscience eventually getting the better of him and trying to save his own ass, but while he had his amusing moments, he was still an annoying prick. Also, in BTVS 7x13, that little bastard was actually happy to see Warren, when Willow was turned into him, which shows that he hadn't really changed much and I'm pretty sure that in Angel 5x11, he was just putting words into Buffy's mouth and trying to drive a wedge between the Scoobies and Team Angel, when he told Angel that no one from the Scooby Gang trusted him anymore after joining Wolfram & Hart, since at least Buffy and Willow would have given Angel the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn't surprise me, if Andrew had been working with the Senior Partners the whole time and was trying to put a wedge between the Scooby Gang and Angel. Frankly, Andrew is Peter Pettigrew of Buffyverse.
Rupert Giles (post-BTVS Season 5)
Look, I loved Giles the first few seasons, asides from when he drugged Buffy in 3x12 but later, he was just sort of hanging around and didn't contribute much to help the Scoobies but there are various instances, where he just pissed me off after BTVS Season 5. Giles never helped Willow with her magical abilities, in spite of his experience with magic as the Ripper, and it culminated to the mess we got in Season 6 where he left and Willow had to deal with her addiction to magic on her own and look where that led and after Season 3, he didn't help Buffy as much as he did the first few seasons and was just the guy that was hanging around there. In Season 7, he also pissed me off, when he conspired with Robin and tried to kill Spike, despite that he had a soul, and his worst sin came in Angel 5x16, where he placed his black-and-white views and ego over saving a life and he left Angel on his own with Illyria, deliberately ignoring the threat of the Old One and letting Fred die.
I can get to an extent where he was coming from with his upbringing and Holtz's brainwashing but in Angel Season 4, he didn't really change at all with his prejudice towards Angel and demons in general, despite being a half-demon himself and one would've thought that it would've been better if he had died in childbirth. But at least Connor got better and redeemed himself in Angel Season 5 and After the Fall.
Didn't have that much of a problem with him at first in BTVS Season 4, since he was just supposed to be a boring normal boyfriend for Buffy after Angel, but the guy had no hidden depths and his personality didn't really change much throughout the course of the show but in Season 5, he was just insufferable, since he was getting more and more insecure regarding Buffy's relationships with supernatural beings and felt inferior in comparison to Buffy due to her Slayer abilities and relationships with Angel and Spike and after going to the vampire prostitutes for a thrill and then giving Buffy an unreasonable ultimatum to either forgive him for an unforgivable breach of trust or he leaves, I was done with him. At least he got better and redeemed himself to an extent in Season 6.
Favorite Pairings in Buffyverse
Buffy Summers / Spike
In Season 6, it was dysfunctional and complete mess, since Buffy was being self-destructive and it later became a relationship based on lust and violent hate sex and it's obvious these kinds of relationships don't last for long and half the time, Buffy was disgusted by his inhumanity, especially when he tried to rape her. Disgusted by his own actions and seeking to become the man she deserved and could love and be a better person, Spike fought to earn back his soul and in Season 7, their interactions made me more open to them, since they became much kinder to each other and their relationship was more mature and healthier until she finally confessed her feelings to him at the series finale of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, when he was sacrificing his life to save her and her friends. You wouldn't have expected to actually root for them, considering that they were mortal enemies at first but then they start to grow on you, after Spike "softens", so to speak, mainly because of the chip that stops him from hurting humans until his attempted rape forces him to become a man Buffy could love and they both understand each other better than most people.
However, in the follow-up comic books, things got a bit messy due to the Angel / Buffy / Spike love triangle and Angel cockfighting with Spike over Buffy, who was conflicted between them, even though she ultimately chose Spike and Angel, begrudgingly, accepted that Buffy ended up with Spike and promised to kill him, if he broke her heart but the constant fighting with one crisis after another and the pauses between them made them both realize that when there's no crisis, it just doesn't work between them, mainly because of Buffy's hero complex but her and Spike still remained on relatively good and friendly terms.
Buffy Summers / Satsu
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to think about it at first, but I don't think Goddard and Whedon were trying to do some experimental pandering or pushing an LGBT agenda and I didn't get much of a fan-service vibe from this one but it seemed to work and it didn't explicitly turn Buffy into a bisexual, but instead, she was going through "a phase she was supposed to have", as Buffy herself said and it seemed to be an OK relationship, however short it was. I didn't really have much of a problem with it, since it was just Buffy going through a phase of experimenting and expanding her sexual horizons, without becoming a full-fledged lesbian, unlike Willow. Satsu was a member of Buffy's Slayer squad in Season 8 comic books and was deeply in love with Buffy, but Buffy didn't reciprocate the feelings but kept a close friendship with Satsu and their relationship later became mostly sexual, rather than romantic and they got over each other anyway, with a mostly reasonable breakup and goodbye sex, when Satsu decided to stay in Japan to lead the local Slayers. The only thing that ticks me off about this is that sometime later after their breakup Satsu saw Buffy making out with Angel, while both Buffy and Angel were whammied and under the influence of a magical being, which left Satsu hurt but it didn't add too much unnecessary drama, luckily.
I understand why the critics and other people feel like it was forced and felt like publicity stunt with Buffy being out of character but others felt like it was more of character and sexuality exploration for Buffy and she got over Satsu later anyway and it felt to me like the latter.
Buffy Summers / Faith Lehane
I've seen this pairing in fanfiction stories and as I have mentioned before, I do not support non-canon homosexual slash pairings but this one is an exception. Honestly, I see some sexual subtext in their interactions and they give that kind of vibe, considering that Eliza Dushku wanted to portray Faith as bisexual, without explicitly stating it. The concept of "opposites attract" does sound intriguing but there are very rare cases where I would support this and I wouldn't really mind Buffy / Faith, if it was well written, since they had good onscreen chemistry and there was sexual tension in their interactions.
Frankly, while Buffy / Ensouled Spike is my preferred pairing for Buffy, Buffy / Faith comes in as the second, with Buffy / Satsu right behind it. Buffy and Faith are mirror reflections of each other. Buffy is more serious and responsible, whereas Faith is care-free, laid-back, impulsive and promiscuous and their lives are polar opposites, Buffy has always had loving parents and friends, whereas Faith has been always alone, with abusive parents, which made Faith quite jealous of Buffy at first before she started to treat her and respect her as an equal.
Although, later Faith matured and was willing to atone for her past sins and mistakes, looking for redemption, with her and Buffy moving past their differences and having a bit of a rocky friendship at best. With good writing, I might get behind this. Buffy could be a good influence on Faith and keep her in line with her heroic personality, while Faith could help Buffy let loose from time to time with her carefree attitude. Frankly, a lot of things that happened between them would make a lot of sense, if there was a hidden deeper relationship between Buffy and Faith.
Willow Rosenberg / Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
These two were cute together, despite the drama they were going through, Oz cared about Willow, but the relationship had to end suddenly, due to Seth Green leaving for a movie offer he had gotten and in the show being a werewolf being too much for Oz, who decided to leave Willow and Sunnydale, however, considering that we got later Willow / Tara, and Willow and Oz had a reasonable, healthy breakup, no complaints here about how the relationship between Willow and Oz ended.
Willow Rosenberg / Tara Maclay
One of the best relationships in the show and the entire franchise, probably my favorite one in Buffyverse and their chemistry was great. Tara encouraged Willow to come out and she was able to keep Willow in check and they were a good influence on each other, like when Willow was succumbing deeper into temptation of abuse of her magical powers and Tara was able to keep her in check.
However, what ticks me off is the tragic ending of the relationship, when Tara was killed and I'm never gonna forgive Marti for that, since Willow deserves better than Kennedy. Even the scene, where Dawn finds Tara's corpse and cries breaks my heart.
Willow Rosenberg / Faith Lehane
This one is an intriguing concept, I admit. After BTVS Season 6, I think Willow and Faith can relate to each other, considering that they both had gone dark at one point and then were on a path to redemption and struggling with forgiving themselves. Faith could be a good influence on Willow and help her let loose. Definitely would've been much better than Willow / Kennedy or Faith / Robin.
Angel / Cordelia Chase
Best friends and confidants to each other and despite their differences of opinions or disapprovals of each other's decisions, when it comes down to it, they are there for each other, when one of them needs help or is in pain. Cordy is Angel's friend-in-need and helps him pull back from the edge and Angel is willing to go to extreme lengths to save her life, if he has to and they have good chemistry onscreen but whenever it feels like Angel and Cordy have a shot with each other, Whedon has to put an obstacle between them, not giving them a chance for a proper romantic relationship up until Cordy's death.
This relationship is one of the most natural and relatable relationships in the franchise, mainly due to the slow burn romance between them, since in the beginning of BTVS and then Angel, from the first time they met, you never would have thought they would end up together, even though Cordy had a crush on him in high school before she became aware of his vampiric nature and the gypsy curse, until they became partners in L.A., where the slow burn romance began, from friends to lovers until the ultimate tragic ending for Cordelia. Buffy and Angel had passionate but unhealthy romance together, and while Buffy will always be important to Angel, Cordelia is the love of his (un)life.
Angel / Darla
Despite their vampiric nature, it was a genuine love with a complicated history and relationship that lasted for centuries.
It's one of those toxic relationships that creep you out and you are a bit wary about it but at the same time, considering what had they been through, you still want to see more of it explored, despite how creepy it is. Darla had an unhealthy influence on Angel, even when he had a soul and she made him become self-destructive but when she became human and was pregnant with Connor, she had redeeming qualities and the relationship started to be intriguing, until Darla died while giving birth to Connor. While her character arc made sense and redeemed her, even though she got a sad and tragic ending, one has to wonder whether Whedon should've tried something different, since Connor later became an insufferable ass, but at least Angel Season 5 redeemed him.
Angel / Nina Ash
Short but wasn't bad and they had good chemistry and there certainly was some attraction and unexploited potential but it was too short to find out and I was intrigued by it due to the Florence Nightingale effect in it. Angel initially looked after her, when she struggled with the fact that she had become a werewolf and was finding a way to live with it and the attraction slowly grew between them. While reluctant at first, he eventually asked her out and the positive sex thing with an acceptable, not perfect happiness, was good and they were good for each other. It was cut short though, when Angel asked her to leave with her family, in order to protect her from the upcoming apocalypse.
Angel / Gwen Raiden
Their onscreen chemistry was great and considering their interactions and the sexual subtext and innuendos hidden there in Angel 4x02, this would've been an intriguing pairing.
Xander Harris / Cordelia Chase
I wouldn't say that I'm the biggest fan of this one but it was enjoyable to see them together, since it was classic cute high school drama but luckily not too much drama with a lot of craziness to go around as they were there for each other to get through all the insane crap and they were cute and hilarious together, with the classic trope "High school loser gets the hot, popular high school girl.", which is always amusing to see onscreen.
It was nice and cute, while it lasted but putting asides Xander cheating on her with Willow, I think that Xander and Cordelia wouldn't have lasted until high school and they would probably end their relationship with a mutual breakup before Cordy would end up with Angel in L.A..
Xander Harris / Anya Jenkins (Mixed opinion)
A bit unrealistic, considering how bigoted Xander is towards demons and vampires in general but it was cute at first but then it later turned into drama that I just couldn't take in Season 6, like when Xander chickened out of marrying Anya and then how he later caught her and Spike making out, prompting Xander to furiously beat Spike up and almost kill him but at least they reconciled later and got back together in Season 7, though the drama and baggage they had been through at that point made me feel more mixed about them, but if not for Xander leaving Anya at the altar and Anya having sex with Spike after needing comfort, I wouldn't be mixed about it but it seemed to work after the mess in Season 6.
Rupert Giles / Jenny Calendar
Cute slow burn and their onscreen chemistry was great and in the early seasons of BTVS I liked this pairing the most, since every time you see them together, you want to root for them. But, well, poor Giles later because of Jenny's death and poor Angel, since it was actually Angelus who murdered her.
Rupert Giles / Joyce Summers
Quite cliché, considering that Giles is a father figure to Buffy and Dawn and Joyce is their mother by blood and raised them both, but considering BTVS 3x06 'Band Candy', I can see it work. Plus, it would've been interesting to see how Giles's deeper involvement into the Summers family would affect them.
Charles Gunn / Fred Burkle
There certainly was attraction but I didn't buy it for some reason, nor did I see much chemistry between them. I didn't really support them as a couple but they seemed to work, until it lasted, since they probably wouldn't have worked in the long shot, so no real judgement or complaints from me and their breakup luckily didn't have too much drama.
Charles Gunn / Gwen Raiden
Short one-night stand but their chemistry was good and she seemed to be a good influence on Gunn after his breakup with Fred. Pity we didn't get more of it.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce / Fred Burkle
At first, I was a bit at odds with Wesley's constant attraction to Fred, but at least it wasn't like with Wesley / Cordelia. I softened around later, after Fred broke up with Gunn, since she and Wesley were just cute together and frankly, I liked this one more than Gunn / Fred and it was more healthier than Wesley / Lilah but the Illyria mess ruined them, really, Whedon always has to give a tragic ending to what I consider great relationships and Fred's death is among the biggest gut punches in the entire Buffyverse, alongside Tara's and Cordelia's.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce / Lilah Morgan
Didn't think I was going to like it but it was surprisingly well done and compelling pairing, more compelling than Wesley / Fred. At first, it was a love/hate relationship based on lust and sexual desires and loneliness and I'm not much of a fan of such relationships, since they are dysfunctional most of the time and they had hate sex most of the time, but still, Wesley and Lilah occasionally showed genuine feelings towards each other, despite their differences of opinions or methods, plus, the dark subtext was intriguing, but as usual, Whedon had to give them a tragic and sad ending.
Disliked Pairings in Buffyverse
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it cannot work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try to write a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
Buffy Summers / Xander Harris (Disapprove)
They are better off as friends rather than lovers, plus, in the beginning, Xander was most of the time acting like an immature teenager falling for his crush, but at least Buffy handled his advances like an adult and rejected him gently, instead of burning him like a bitch and adding more unnecessary drama by hurting his feelings and leaving him devastated.
Buffy Summers / Angel (Mixed opinion)
The chemistry between Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz is great, in addition to the music theme to their relationship called "Close Your Eyes" from Christopher Beck. As for the relationship itself, one could see where were the writers trying to go with this and the concept could've been good but the execution of the pairing was mishandled and rushed, since just the fact that a vampire who was over 200 years old had fallen in love with a 16-year-old teenager was creepy, alongside the fact Angel had been stalking Buffy from a distance at first before getting close with her. Angel eventually decided to end their relationship for good and he kept keeping his distance from Buffy and pushing her away, while Angel became a creepy stalker and Buffy a lovesick teenager and whenever they reunited or someone as much as mentioned Buffy to Angel after he had left Sunnydale and they had broken up, Angel regressed back to the broody lovesick puppy he was in Buffy Season 3 before he left Sunnydale.
Plus, while Angel was trying to help reform Buffy's old enemy Faith and Buffy wanted to get some payback on her for how Faith had almost ruined Buffy's life, Buffy became jealous of Angel's fondness of Faith and the argument escalated to the point of Buffy boasting that she had moved on and was in a relationship with Riley in order to hurt Angel and that was the last straw for me, regarding Buffy / Angel, since it was clear that the relationship was going into an unhealthy direction and they were better off as close friends at best, rather than lovers, at that point. Also, in Angel Season 5, Angel's later cockfighting with Spike over Buffy, when Spike earned back his soul to be the man he thought Buffy deserved, was just as annoying and while Angel did accept eventually that Buffy ended up with Spike and gave them his blessing, somewhat grudgingly, he didn't even bother trying to deny being jealous, since Angel believed it was not going to work in long-term.
The concept was intriguing but the execution of the relationship was rushed and mishandled and the only real draw to it was the forbidden love aspect and the chemistry between Sarah and David and "Close Your Eyes". BTVS Season 2, 3x10 and Angel 1x08 managed to portray it as a tragic, tear-jerking and heartbreaking love story, which you can enjoy and it makes you feel bad for both of them, but outside of those, both Buffy's and Angel's characters were just ruined, with Buffy and Angel becoming lovesick puppies that can't stay away from each other and Angel, once leaving Sunnydale and staying in L.A., also becomes a creepy stalker, who shows up and helps Buffy out and gives some advice and walks away and that is it and he also broods over Buffy, whenever someone mentions her and again turns into a lovesick puppy he was before leaving Sunnydale. Also, on more than one occasion, Angel decides to do what is best for them both without discussing it with Buffy first, even if it hurts her feelings, which should show that the relationship can't work.
I'd like to see them together as friends, if nothing else, but lovers, definitely no, considering the baggage they carry with each other. You can't say that Buffy and Angel never loved each other, it's more than obvious that they did and parts of them always will but they would just never be good for each other. At the end of the day, while Buffy and Angel will always be important in each other's lives, Cordelia is the love of Angel's life and Spike with a soul is the love of Buffy's life.
Buffy Summers / Riley Finn (Disapprove)
There wasn't much of a buildup to this relationship and Riley as a character wasn't interesting to begin with, plus, they may have been after the same goal, protecting people from monsters but they both used different methods and Buffy didn't trust the Initiative's (Riley's superiors) questionable methods and Riley didn't approve of Buffy's relationships and friendships with supernatural beings. I didn't have much of a problem with it in Season 4, since Riley, while boring, wasn't annoying but in Season 5, he was hitting my nerves with how he was making every problem about himself and was a jackass to Buffy, regarding supernatural things and the last straw was Riley going to the vampire prostitutes to let them feed off him because of his insecurities and inferior complex due to Buffy being a Slayer and him being barely, if at all, as good as her, due to his military training and man, he was an unreasonable jackass and him giving her an ultimatum that either she forgives him immediately for his unforgivable betrayal of her trust or he leaves, was the last straw, alongside the fact that the show portrayed him in the right and the Scoobies sided with him, ignoring his crap in the process and I was glad that he was gone.
They did come around each other later, when he returned in Season 6 but Riley had gotten married by then, ruining any chances at rekindling their romance, which made me glad they didn't get back together but at least they were on more friendly terms this time, which made me soften around him.
Xander Harris / Faith Lehane (Disapprove)
It was more about sex, rather than actual romance and Xander started to care for her only after they slept together, whereas Faith didn't care for Xander at all. Her resentment towards Buffy got the better of her and she tried to rape and kill Xander and despite her trying to redeem herself later, she still didn't treat Xander well.
Xander Harris / Willow Rosenberg (Disapprove)
Didn't root for it at all due to how it was executed, that storyline is just one of the worst in BTVS. They had never seen each other as anything more than close friends prior to that point and I could have seen them get together under the right circumstances in Seasons 1-2 but after that, just, no. The way it was handled in the show in Season 3 and the reasoning for their first kiss and them expressing feelings for each other was idiotic, out of the sudden and forced, considering that Cordelia and Oz caught them making out. I get that it was in the heat of the moment, when they thought that they were going to die, but they were cheating on Oz and Cordelia and it was mainly to break Xander and Cordelia up and later send her off to Angel and they could've handled it in a better way, the way it was done was just stupid.
Xander Harris / Dawn Summers (Disapprove)
I just feel odd about this one in the follow-up comic books. Considering that Dawn had a crush on him, but Xander had treated her more like a little sister, being fond of her and kind towards her and their relationship was more sibling-like in the show, rather than romantic, makes me rather uneasy about this. I get the argument that they both had matured, so it isn't illogical that their feelings towards each other and attraction started to grow and while it was well portrayed, well, considering the sibling relationship they had in the show, I can't really support this. Just remembering how Xander tickled Dawn in the stomach like a big brother in Season 5 makes me weirded out by the idea of Xander and Dawn being together romantically.
Willow Rosenberg / Kennedy (Disapprove)
It was forced and rushed and there was no chemistry between these two and Kennedy was unlikeable since the moment she appeared on the show. First of all, Kennedy wasn't really interesting and second of all, she didn't seem like Willow's type at all, since unlike Oz or Tara, who were both kind and caring, Kennedy was an arrogant, whiny, self-entitled brat and she pursued Willow like a prize and it was creepy how Kennedy kept hitting on Willow and it's mind-boggling how Willow later fell for her. I kept thinking, "Sexual predator alert! Warning, stalker!" anytime Kennedy attempted to make a move on Willow.
Angel / Fred Burkle (Disapprove)
Nothing more than a young girl's crush. Luckily, Angel didn't take advantage of it and kept his relationship with Fred mainly friendly and professional and Fred later got over her crush on Angel, with them both becoming good friends.
Angel / Faith Lehane (Disapprove)
They have more like sibling relationship, since Angel understands Faith better than most people, considering that he helped her pull back from the edge and convinced her to seek redemption and turn herself in for her crimes and he doesn't want to use her for an ulterior motive or as a sex toy, unlike most people and he would never take advantage of her, no matter how vulnerable she might be. Them getting involved together romantically would just ruin the dynamic they already have. Faith deserves someone, who understands her and tries to save her soul and help her with the guilt over her sins but that doesn't mean that it has to be Angel, since these two are good together as close friends but lovers, just no. That would just be creepy and it would ruin the friendship they have established.
Spike / Drusilla (Disapprove)
Creepy but also a passionate romance in a twisted way but I couldn't really get behind it, since Drusilla was just a bad influence on Spike and also, she was crazy. Drusilla was just bringing out the worst in him, whereas Buffy was forcing him to try to be a better person, but that would never be truly possible, until Spike got a soul. Plus, in the comic books, Spike tried to ensoul her and it only drove her crazier than she already was. At least in the comic books Spike realized how bad she was for him and kept his distance and as far as I know, they hadn't crossed paths since the failed ensoulment.
Spike / Harmony Kendall (Disapprove)
Do I really need to explain that one? It was more of a rebound for Spike after breaking up with Drusilla, plus, Spike treated Harmony like crap and used her as a sex toy due to his obsession with Buffy and Harmony was an annoying self-centered bitch even before she became a vampire and her becoming a vampire just gave her an ego boost, although in Angel Season 5, she was better and a good comic relief of the show.
Rupert Giles / Anyone from the Scooby Gang (Disapprove)
Giles is a father figure to most of the Scoobies and it baffles me how some people would pair him with Buffy or Willow for example.
Faith Lehane / Robin Wood (Disapprove)
While their attraction and interactions were fine, it felt rushed and also, it was obvious that Robin's fascination with Buffy and then Faith stemmed from the fact that his mother was also a Slayer. Plus, Robin didn't have really good character development unlike others and considering what Faith had suffered and been through with her inner struggle, she deserves better than a guy like Robin.
Cordelia Chase / Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Disapprove)
Their mutual attraction felt forced and they had almost no chemistry as a couple, plus, the age difference between them made it just creepy. It was one thing that a high school student had a crush on a middle-aged man but him returning the attraction was just disgusting but at least they both realized in time that it wouldn't work out between them, when they kissed and then Angel made it clear that Wesley and Cordy were better off as friends.
Cordelia Chase / Groo (Disapprove)
Now, Groo was fine as a character, but as much as I could see the attraction, he and Cordelia lacked the emotional connection she had with Angel and him walking in on Angel and Cordelia, when Angel was about to confess his feelings to her in Angel 3x13 "Waiting in the Wings", was just Whedon putting another obstacle between them, which just annoyed me but at least Groo realized that Cordy had stronger feelings for Angel than him and had the chivalry and decency to not stand in their way.
Cordelia Chase / Connor (Disapprove)
Cordelia was like a surrogate mother to Connor and it was disturbing and almost incestual, considering that she used to change Connor's diapers, when he was still an infant baby. Plus, Connor wasn't much of a likeable character in Angel Season 4, despite how understandable some of his actions were, considering the circumstances but still, he was an annoying jackass but at least he was much better in Angel Season 5 and Angel: After the Fall comics.
The concept of the pairing itself was stupid right from the start and they also had to come up with a very rushed storyline for Cordelia, due to Charisma Carpenter's pregnancy and it also ruined her in Angel Season 4 but at least they fixed Cordy in Angel 5x12 and gave her a bittersweet send-off, which never stops breaking my heart.
Favorite Characters in Charmed
Piper Halliwell, Paige Halliwell, Chris Perry, Leo Wyatt, Cole Turner, Darryl Morris
Disliked Characters in Charmed
Look, I like Kaley Cuoco because of The Big Bang Theory, but her acting in Charmed was just terrible, plus, Billie was a Mary Sue in the show with not so compelling arc. Asides from the fact that half the time the sisters had to clean up Billie's mess, that she had made by accident, she was just awful, naïve and gullible that she was easily manipulated by her brainwashed evil sister into turning against the Charmed Ones, until it ended up with the Halliwell sisters being shunned by the good magical beings and when Billie came to her senses and helped them and turned against Christy, the sisters shrugged off Billie's mistake like nothing, especially, when she literally killed two of the sisters but it was luck that they were able to turn back time and undo the mess Billie and Christy had made before Billie came to her senses and redeemed herself. As much as it was fine that she got better at the end and realized what she had done, she deserved more than a calling out and a reality check from the sisters, though I guess that killing her own blood and family was punishment enough for her.
Favorite Pairings in Charmed
Over the course of the show, the sisters were constantly struggling with their romantic lives. Of all sisters, Piper had the most stable romantic relationship with Leo, while the remaining sisters (save for Prue, who had been written off and killed off in Season 3, because of the actress Shannen Doherty's issues with alcoholism and fallout with a fellow actress, Alyssa Milano), eventually found their match and had short-lived romances until then. I will not mention all relationships because over the course of the show, they had various romantic interests, I will list only those that I think really mattered in the show. But I soured on Phoebe due to her being emotional and her constant need to get a baby.
Prue Halliwell / Andy Trudeau
Childhood friendship turned into deep love. Sad that Andy ultimately sacrificed himself to save her life and Prue blamed herself for it before Phoebe and Piper talked her out of it and cheered her up.
Piper Halliwell / Leo Wyatt
Forbidden love that became the heart of Charmed, with a lot of emotions and adventures, tragedies, losses and victories they've been through, it was the best pairing the show.
Paige Matthews / Henry Mitchell
A bit rushed for Paige's final love interest but it worked. They did hit each other's nerves at first but they found themselves attracted to each other and while it surprised him a bit that magic was real, he accepted Paige for who she was and their relationship later became true love. Paige helps innocents as Whitelighter and Henry is a parole officer, isn't it a good match, due to their need to help others?
Phoebe Halliwell / Drake dé Mon
That one wasn't all that bad, for how short time was Drake around. Short-lived and a bit rushed due to Drake destined to die soon but passionate romance. Previously, Drake was a demon, turned into a human by a sorcerer, but condemned to die after a year living as a human. Despite the fact that it was all an elaborate plan set up by Cole to help Phoebe believe in love again, it was passionate as they fell in love with each other within two weeks before Drake died, as he was destined to.
Disliked Pairings in Charmed
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it cannot work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try to write a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
Phoebe Halliwell / Cole Turner (Mixed opinion)
This one is complicated but it's one of the shining examples, why forbidden loves don't work in most cases, unlike with Piper / Leo. Frankly, Cole was better in the show as a villain, rather than antihero, since Cole's later obsession with Phoebe, no matter how many times she rejected him after what he had done to her and her sisters, was his downfall. Phoebe managed to bring out the human part of half-demon Belthazor, Cole Turner and his passion and love for Phoebe made him renounce his evil ways. After Cole became the Source of All Evil, Phoebe was corrupted to be Queen of the Underworld and became pregnant with their child by the time she realized that Cole had succumbed to the power of the Source. When she realized what Cole had become, Phoebe ultimately chose her sisters and vanquished Cole as the Source and the child disappeared.
Cole later returned back from the Demonic Wasteland, possessing numerous demonic powers, while not being a demon anymore. Cole sought to make amends with Phoebe but she treated him quite badly and mistrusted him, since even when he wasn't explicitly evil, he still did morally ambiguous things as a misguided attempt to help or plotted with other demons against the Halliwell sisters, as an elaborate plan to win Phoebe back and earn the Halliwells' trust again, but they saw through him and eventually turned their backs on him. This, plus the toll of the powers he had collected and his addiction to them, in addition to his obsession with Phoebe, while it was obvious that she would never take him back after what he had done to her and her sisters, caused for him to go insane and that became his downfall once again as they vanquished him for good. But even when condemned to the cosmic void between life and death as punishment for his sins, he loved Phoebe enough to convince Drake, a demon turned human and destined to die, to help Phoebe believe in love again.
Also, in the follow-up comic books, Cole later sought redemption and helped Piper find reincarnated Prue and after seeing that he was sincere in making amends, Phoebe and Cole did reconcile, despite that they moved on from each other, on a certain level, they never stopped loving each other.
Phoebe Halliwell / Coop (Disapprove)
For her final love interest, the buildup for the romance, there was too little time for buildup and the relationship felt rushed and sudden for them to fall in love with each other within just a few episodes, when the show was nearing an end. Plus, he was sent by Elders to help Phoebe find love, which kind of cheapens the pairing itself. No. Not OK. I didn't like it.
Favorite Characters in Supernatural
Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Mary Winchester, John Winchester, Castiel, Chuck Shurley/God (before Season 14-15), Bela Talbot, Ellen Harvelle, Jo Harvelle, Ash, Amara/The Darkness, Bobby Singer, Rufus Turner, Jody Mills, Claire Novak, Alex Jones, Crowley, Meg Masters, Kevin Tran, Charlie Bradbury, Death, Lucifer, Gabriel, Jack Kline, Garth Fitzgerald IV
Pairings in Supernatural that I approve of
Over the course of the show there were a lot of love interests Dean and Sam had but none of them lasted for long, so I will list only those I liked and think that mattered or had potential to be more or those that I disliked to the core or made no sense at all. The other love interests were always going to be a short-time deal for the Winchester brothers.
Dean Winchester / Bela Talbot
I don't know but there's something attracting about Dean being with the bad girl and his interactions with Bela were fun to watch, despite how often she almost or actually did screw Dean and Sam over and she even showed genuine remorse over her actions. Honestly, I wish the writers had somehow brought Bela back to life to give her a redemption arc and so that she and Dean could somehow get together and he could set her straight.
Dean Winchester / Lisa Braeden
Out of all the women Dean slept with, it's safe to say that if Dean ever loved anyone of them, it was Lisa for sure. These two hooked up together for a week in their youth and when Dean returned to Lisa's hometown, they had sweet interactions together, alongside Dean's interactions with Lisa's son Ben, who he had assumed was his at first, due to similarities between them, even though Lisa assured that Dean was not Ben's father, Dean later became his father figure. Pity they later almost got killed by demons, forcing Dean to have Castiel erase Lisa's and Ben's memories of him.
Dean Winchester / Anna Milton
Concept could have been interesting due to Anna's understanding of Dean's time in Hell due to her being an angel but Season 5, where she tried to kill Dean's and Sam's parents in the past before they would even be born, just ruined her.
Dean Winchester / Amara (The Darkness)
The concept was intriguing due to Dean being partially responsible for releasing her and her infatuation with him, since he was the first being she had ever seen upon her arrival to Earth. Plus, it was obvious that they had some attraction to each other and deep down on a certain level they cared about each other, each in their own way, with Dean wanting to help her find her peace and Amara showing some level of affection to him due to the fact he was the one who had freed her, from her point of view, that is.
Sam Winchester / Jessica Moore
Even though Jess was a plot device to push Sam back to the hunter life at the pilot of the series, they had sweet interactions and Jess's death is never going to stop haunting him. Poor Sam though.
Sam Winchester / Eileen Leahy
These two obviously cared for each other and are protective of each other and Sam even resurrected her, when her ghost escaped Hell, so there was a lot of potential there.
Disliked Pairings in Supernatural
Dean Winchester / Castiel
Honestly, that one felt completely fan-serviced, since there is one fanbase that wanted to ship these two for years and I've said before I'm not much of a fan of non-canon slash, especially male and while Misha did a great acting job at Cass confessing being in love with Dean before his death and considering the mixed opinions that came out in the wake of that one, well… I personally find this killjoy to a great bromance.
Dean Winchester / Jo Harvelle
Honestly, these two had more of a brother/sister dynamic and considering the age difference, it would feel a bit weird to start something between them.
Sam Winchester / Ruby
Put aside the subtext between Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese in Season 4 due to their real-life marriage and that Jared's interactions with Katie Cassidy in Season 3 were also fun to watch, just Ruby's demeanor and how sassy and snarky she could be and how she proved to be more and more increasingly bad influence Sam him until it was obvious she was using him to free Lucifer made it clear it was going to go to hell eventually.
Sam Winchester / Becky Rosen
Becky was nothing but an obsessed fangirl and she put Sam under a love spell to get him to marry her. Just, hell, no!
Pairings in Star Wars
Anakin Skywalker / Padmé Amidala
In the films, it seemed like a childhood crush slowly turning into love and eventually dangerous obsession. And this obsession was one of the things that threw Anakin towards the Dark Side but in Clone Wars, it was more portrayed how much did they care about each other and how much was Anakin disillusioned with the Jedi Order, he was desperate and eventually became Darth Vader.
Luke Skywalker / Mara Jade
These two helped each other through a lot. Not bad. I'll admit that I don't know much about Star Wars Expanded Universe but I looked up and read some things about this pairing that made me understand it.
Han Solo / Leia Organa
At first, Leia wasn't impressed by this outlaw but eventually, they softened around each other.
Galen Marek (Starkiller) / Juno Eclipse
Mutual respect eventually turning into deep love.
Disliked Pairings in Star Wars
Kylo Ren / Rey
Fan service ship and neither of these characters are enough interesting for me to actually care about them.
I won't lie, at first the idea of the pairing did cross my mind but the concept of the pairing is too stupid for me to actually care about it and support it. Kylo Ren seems like a big baby with daddy, or rather granddaddy issues and Rey seems like a Mary-Sue, with her being able to control the Force and master lightsaber skills within a short time, when to a normal Jedi or Sith it would take years of training and she was able to defeat Kylo Ren in their first lightsaber fight, despite her having no formal training whatsoever, which already screams "Mary Sue". Plus, it is very unlikely that Rey could redeem Kylo Ren and I think Rey is more of a feminism propaganda tool from Disney.
The idea of the pairing itself is freaking stupid and I think anyone, who ships them, is a complete idiot and Rise of Skywalker was nothing but stupid fan-service pandering to Reylo fanbase of people shipping Kylo Ren and Rey, when the concept itself is stupid and it made little to no sense in the Sequel Trilogy and only sends a wrong message. Just because "bad boy redeems himself for a girl" works sometimes, it doesn't mean that this trope works all the time. This pairing is a shining example of that and anyone supporting this ship is, to be blunt, a completely retarded idiot.
Favorite Characters in Marvel Comics
Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange), Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Thanos, Elektra Natchios, Luke Cage, Danny Rand (Iron Fist), Frank Castle (Punisher), Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Thor, Tony Stark (Iron Man), Logan (Wolverine), Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Remy LeBeau (Gambit), Wade Wilson (Deadpool) Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Rogue, Ant-Man (Hank Pym and Scott Lang), Flash Thompson (Agent Venom, until he died in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #800)
In Marvel Comics, there is no pairing about which I have any complaints, I like all the classic pairings in Marvel, except for Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) / Vision, since I find it weird that someone as powerful as Wanda is romantically involved with an android like Vision and she also used her magic to give birth to twin boys. This is a messed up pairing, in my opinion.
Steve Rogers (Captain America) / Sharon Carter
When Steve woke up, Sharon, as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was supposed to help him adapt to the new world after being frozen for decades and eventually, the relationship grew into love as they worked together.
Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) / Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)
Both were forced to become killers on behalf of an organization with dark intentions and are now on path to redemption and can relate to each other better than anyone else.
Clint Barton (Hawkeye) / Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird)
They fell in love with each other, while on hero business and later got married. But, then they divorced, when Bobbi tried to kill a villain called Phantom Rider, because she thought he had it coming, although it may not have been necessary, while in Clint's eyes, Avengers do not kill. This event led to a fallout and eventual divorce between them. Even though they are divorced, they still find their way to each other but their different perspectives on the world ruins any chances at rekindling their romantic relationship.
Matt Murdock (Daredevil) / Elektra Natchios
Tragic relationship. Friendship that eventually turned into love, until Matt as Daredevil was framed for the murder of her father, causing for her to temporarily turn on him. Eventually, they reconciled but she was corrupted by an evil organization, the Hand, and became Matt's enemy until her death and resurrection and she and Matt have been in an on-and-off relationship since then but are mostly on good terms currently.
Matt Murdock (Daredevil) / Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow)
At first, they dated together as civilians but eventually developed feelings for each other and became partners in the hero business. However, this relationship fell apart, when her memory was shattered by a villain before it was restored and by the time she recovered her memory, Matt had begun a relationship with another woman, making her realize that Matt will eventually think of her only in platonic terms.
Matt Murdock (Daredevil) / Karen Page
I will admit that I am as mixed on this one as on the pairing in the show. I think the concept was fine but it was handled badly because, in my opinion, Karen could have been an OK character but she was mishandled in comic books. Karen did have some of a crush on Matt and he later reciprocated his own feelings towards her as well but after finding out he was Daredevil and him retaking his mask to fight crime, instead of spending time with her, it sent her on a downward spiral as a porn actress and heroin addiction and leaking Daredevil's secret identity to a criminal. But Matt fought back and later helped Karen clean up her act and get herself straight and she helped Matt to build himself back up and they later eventually reconciled until she was killed by Bullseye. I liked this pairing at first until it went to hell, then I was more mixed about this. I wondered whether they would have gotten back together, had she not died, which makes me sad.
Peter Parker (Spider-Man) / Gwen Stacy
Good pairing until her death.
Peter Parker (Spider-Man) / Mary Jane Watson
OTP of Spider-Man. They have been through so many tragic things, yet still stay together, side by side. However, currently, they are more on friendly terms, due to the mess they've been through together as Mary Jane has had enough of it.
Peter Parker (Spider-Man) / Felicia Hardy (Black Cat)
Pretty much Bruce Wayne (Batman) / Selina Kyle (Catwoman) of Marvel Comics. Felicia is a thief and engages in criminal activities, often prompting Peter to chase her. However, her "bad luck jinx" does not make it easy for Peter. However, after a while they grow feelings for each other that eventually grow into love, as it becomes an "on-and-off" relationship. But, ultimately, Peter chooses Mary Jane over Felicia, yet they are still on more or less good terms.
Luke Cage / Jessica Jones
They have been through a lot and stand by each other's side and care about their daughter and they try to have positive influence on each other. Can you say anything bad about them?
Scott Summers (Cyclops) / Jean Grey
Classic pairing of X-Men. But it often gets ruined because one of them cannot control their powers, mostly Jean, who succumbs to her Dark Phoenix persona.
Logan (Wolverine) / Jean Grey
There certainly is a lot of attraction between them but it was ruined, when Jean was taken over by Dark Phoenix and her heart always struggles between choosing between Logan and Scott, plus there's the fact that Logan had to watch her die and come back from the dead multiple times due to her Phoenix powers.
Remy LeBeau (Gambit) / Anne Marie (Rogue)
Gambit's constant flirting with Rogue is always amusing. He and Rogue have evenly matched sarcastic sense of humor and he's not afraid of her power-absorbing abilities, lots of history between them with a lot of emotional baggage they carry for each other.
There are more pairings in Marvel Comics that I like but I am not gonna list them all down, since there are too many to think of.
Favorite Characters in X-Men film series
James "Logan" Howlett (Wolverine), Wade Wilson (Deadpool), Jean Grey (Phoenix), Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver), Raven Darkholme (Mystique)
Pairings in X-Men film series
I haven't minded any of the pairings in the film series that were canon so far.
Logan / Jean Grey
There was a lot of attraction between them but it ended tragically, when Logan was forced to kill her, plus she struggled with choosing between Logan and Scott.
Logan / Kayla Silverfox
Despite the fact that it was all a ruse at first, Kayla did fall in love with Logan and all she did, was to protect her own sister. She even felt deep shame, guilt and remorse over using and seducing Logan and her last moments of life were spent protecting Logan from being hurt. It's sad and tragic that Logan then lost his memories of her and there was no hint that he ever recovered them in later installments of the film series, save for maybe a brief, faint flashback in The Wolverine. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a complete disaster as a film, this relationship, despite its tragic ending, was in my opinion one of the very few good things in the film.
Logan / Mariko Yashida
Mariko was just a one-time deal in The Wolverine but she found herself greatly attracted to him in the film, helping him struggle with his inner demons and make peace with him being haunted with guilt over killing Jean. This pairing had a potential and their chemistry was fine but Logan decided to keep his distance from her, due to his dangerous life.
Scott Summers / Jean Grey
Lot of history between them, turning into deep love with a tragic ending, due to Jean's Dark Phoenix persona. However, there wasn't much of a reason to root for Scott / Jean in the first three films and the only draw to the pairing was Scott and Jean already being in a pre-established relationship, with no reason to root for them throughout X-Men, X-2 or X-Men: The Last Stand, but at least X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, despite how terrible those two films were, did a better job with the pairing.
Charles Xavier / Moira MacTaggert
Good dynamic and chemistry between them and they developed a lot of trust between each other. And despite the fact that Xavier later erased her memories about him, to protect everyone, her attraction to him didn't diminish and he gave her her memories back as they rekindled their relationship.
Raven Darkholme / Hank McCoy
Both of them struggled with their mutant side and wanted to blend in with normal people. There was a lot of attraction and I think there was good chemistry between them and despite the fact that they were later on the opposite sides, they still respected each other and later made amends in X-Men: Apocalypse. I liked them in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Raven Darkholme / Erik Lehnsherr
This creeped me out in the first three films. But, in X-Men: First Class, he helped her with her struggle with how to blend in with society. And Erik did admit that their relationship was later intimate at one point in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Not a fan of the pairing but I am not complaining either, since I can see the attraction, despite how creepy it is a bit.
Bobby Drake / Rogue
There was some attraction between them and he's one of the few people, who was not afraid of her powers that might harm him. And he would do anything to protect her. But I rooted for Bobby / Kitty more than Bobby / Rogue, since I just didn't feel the romantic vibe between Bobby and Rogue and their chemistry was weak. I have nothing against Bobby / Rogue but the chemistry and attraction between Bobby and Kitty seemed stronger.
Bobby Drake / Kitty Pryde
Their chemistry was stronger than Bobby / Rogue and I honestly rooted for this one more. I certainly liked the chemistry they had in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Wade Wilson / Vanessa
Crazy but hilarious and sexy. That's all I'm gonna say about this pairing.
Favorite Characters in Marvel Cinematic Universe (films and TV shows)
Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Bruce Banner (The Hulk), T'Challa (Black Panther), Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Peter Parker (Spider-Man), James "Rhodey" Rhodes (War Machine), Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch), Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange), Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Elektra Natchios, Luke Cage, Danny Rand (Iron Fist), Colleen Wing, Frank Castle (The Punisher), Peter Quill (Star-Lord), Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Groot, Gamora, Nebula, Thanos, Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Hope Van Dyne (Wasp), John McIver (Bushmaster), Hank Pym, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird), Lance Hunter, Daisy "Skye" Johnson (Quake), Lincoln Campbell, Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider), Tony Stark (Iron Man) - I used to like him until Captain America: Civil War but after Avengers: Endgame, he's back to being among my favorite characters. I just wish he had been called out on his mistakes and actually faced the consequences or at least taken responsibility for them.
Disliked Characters in Marvel Cinematic Universe (films and TV shows)
I don't hate any characters by the literal meaning, I more like hate what the writers did to them. I like most of the characters in MCU and while some characters, such as Tony Stark regarding the Avengers and Sokovian Accords and Foggy Nelson and Karen Page regarding Matt being Daredevil can tick me off, I honestly can understand their attitude. I don't dislike them to the core but I have mixed feelings about them.
I more or less like Carol as Ms. Marvel in comic books but as Captain Marvel, both on paper and on screen, she's just awful and Brie Larson spouting some SJW bullshit at the time when Captain Marvel was released, did not do the character any favor. In Captain Marvel, there was a lot of feminism crap and trying to show women empowerment and hate towards men to an irrational degree even with the subtlest stuff, plus what they did with Fury in the film, was a total insult to his character, no matter how amusing it might have been and Carol was such a Mary Sue, since her mastering her powers within few moments, was stupid and the way she had been introduced, cheapened the concept of the Avengers Initiative.
Plus, in Avengers: Endgame, she was stuffed in in last moments and if she had been around for twenty years, where the hell was she, when the Kree attacked, Thanos started his campaign or when Ronan attacked Xandar? Her excuse about helping other planets was a lame excuse, plus she was an overpowered Mary Sue in Endgame.
Daisy "Skye" Johnson
I liked her as Skye in Season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but as Daisy, once she got powers, she got a bit of an ego and became a mini-version of Melinda May and her plot after Seasons 2-3 didn't become really compelling.
I used to like Trish actually but after that mess that happened in Jessica Jones Season 2, she became quite intolerable due to her drug addict superhero quest and when she killed Jessica's mother Alisa, that strained their friendship quite a lot and in Season 3, despite that Trish and Jessica tried really hard to reconcile, it all went to hell. All I can say is that Trish made in Season 2-3 of Jessica Jones a huge mess.
Preferred Pairings (canon pairings I approve of and potential pairings I would like to see) in Marvel Cinematic Universe (films and TV shows)
Tony Stark / Pepper Potts
Well, they do look cute together and they have this classic "romantic comedy couple" kind of vibe. Honestly, I'm surprised she is able to be as patient with Tony and his shenanigans as she is in the films and Tony seems to be trying to be a better man but his self-destructive behavior and focus on Avengers business, like for example in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3, often pushes her away.
There are some things that I don't like about Tony. Tony in Captain America: Civil War and in Spider-Man: Homecoming was a total jerk and I'm not sure if Pepper would still be at Tony's side despite all that crap he has done and she has repeatedly shown that she cannot be anywhere near Tony, either due to his self-destructive behavior or because of anything that somehow involves the Avengers business. However, Pepper does bring out the better part of Tony and he tries to mature and be better because of her. This pairing has its good days and bad days and while I like it, I wonder if Pepper ever called Tony out on his shenanigans. I might write stories with this pairing handled better but also, I will write stories in which Pepper calls Tony out on his crap. However, while I had mixed opinion on it throughout the course of Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Endgame won me over.
Tony Stark / Maya Hansen
Despite being a one-night stand and her making a deal with the devil, Aldrich Killian, Tony was good influence on her as she had a change of heart and tried to save Tony, which cost her her life.
I could see them make it work, if she had not died.
Steve Rogers / Sharon Carter
They are a pairing in comic books and the onscreen chemistry between Chris Evans and Emily VanCamp in MCU makes you want to see them get together, plus, Steve / Sharon is also a good pairing in comics. However, the fact that they decided to start a relationship at Peggy's wake in Captain America: Civil War was quite inappropriate and if they had handled the pairing better and Steve and Sharon had tried to give each other a shot under different circumstances, I'd root for it more. What is also disappointing, is that the writers decided to put Sharon aside, so that they could focus on Steve / Peggy.
Steve Rogers / Natasha Romanoff
Platonic relationship between them and they interact with each other more like very close friends. Under any other circumstances, I can see them make it work.
Plus, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson have been long-time friends in real life since they were teenagers, so in every movie, where they play together, they have good dynamic and chemistry.
Bucky Barnes / Natasha Romanoff
Well, in comic books, they were in a relationship and I would be genuinely curious to see that happen in MCU. As mentioned by Stand with Ward and Queen, they are basically Oliver Queen / Sara Lance of MCU. Both were forced to become killers on behalf of an organization that had evil intentions and both are on path on redemption.
Bucky Barnes / Wanda Maximoff
Not exactly a supporter of this ship but I can see why people would want to pair them and I can see it work, depending on the writing and if Wanda was a little older. Both were used by Hydra as weapon and are now on a path to redemption. Concept could be interesting, depending on the writing.
Clint Barton / Natasha Romanoff
They also seem to be close friends and it was mentioned that at one point, Clint was assigned to kill her but instead, he spared her and recruited her into S.H.I.E.L.D. There was an implication in The Avengers that there may have been something more between them but then, Clint is married and has children in MCU.
I would be curious to see how could this pairing become more and they have good dynamic together.
Clint Barton / Laura Barton
I honestly wasn't sure about this at first, with Clint having suddenly a family, wife and kids, original characters created exclusively for MCU but Avengers: Endgame won me over, as it showed how much Clint's family is a part of him as a character.
Thor Odinson / Sif
The concept could be interesting, since even in the comic books, they showed romantic interest in each other but Thor's fondness of Earth and mortals is a bit of a hindrance to their romance, but Sif could get over the time past this issue and grow fond of them too.
Thor Odinson / Valkyrie
Considering their dynamic in Thor: Ragnarok, the idea is intriguing. Pity that Avengers: Endgame ruined Thor though.
Scott Lang / Hope van Dyne
Good dynamic and chemistry between these two, especially in Ant-Man and the Wasp, despite the fact that Scott sometimes gets on her nerves, since he can be a reckless idiot and has some very dumb ideas in mind that tick Hope and Hank off.
This has a bit of a romantic comedy vibe.
Stephen Strange / Christine Palmer
OK, at first Stephen treated Christine like crap but after his hands were injured, he found humility and tried to make amends with her and their chemistry was fine. I would like to see this reformed Stephen Strange to get together with Christine.
Bruce Banner / Betty Ross
Lot of history between the two of them and clearly, they still care about each other, yet they did bring her father back in Captain America: Civil War but Betty hasn't shown up since The Incredible Hulk and they tried to force Bruce / Natasha, which was just out of the sudden and forced.
Leo Fitz / Jemma Simmons
Two lab geeks, who have known each other for a long time and this pairing has become the heart of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Their chemistry and dynamic is among the best in comic book TV shows. They're like geeky versions of Oliver / Sara of Arrow in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without the emotional baggage and suffering and probably the best relationship in the whole MCU.
Matt Murdock / Elektra Natchios
Elektra was an assassin trained since childhood and she grew fond of Matt. BUT, she kidnapped the man responsible for the death of Matt's father and tried to coerce Matt into killing him and Matt did manage to beat him up. Yet, even after many years later, when Matt had already turned his back on her due to her unstable nature, he still had feelings for her, even when she became a deadly weapon in the hands of an evil group of ninja assassins. To me, the whole relationship had Oliver / Helena and Oliver / Sara vibe from Arrow that goes to extreme.
They have different viewpoints on the world but still care about each other, despite their disagreements, they have good dynamic BUT Elektra goes to much greater and more extreme lengths than Matt. She is more ruthless and takes more drastic and extreme measures, while Matt shows restraint and has sense of morality and limits he would never cross, not until under extreme pressure. And Elektra is a woman, who would push Matt to extreme measures. This pairing frankly creeps me out a bit due to how extreme and tragic this pairing is but I think Elektra is a viable romantic option for Matt.
Jessica Jones / Luke Cage
In comics, they were married but here it seemed a little rushed and also there's the problem with the fact that Jessica, while under influence of mind-controlling psychopath, killed Luke's wife.
I like them in comic books but in MCU it just doesn't sit with me for some reason, mainly due to the circumstances of the relationship in MCU, although there is good dynamic and chemistry between them. If it had been handled differently in the show, I'd be OK with it but can't say I'm complaining about it either.
Jessica Jones / Oscar Arocho
This one certainly had some potential but we never got to see enough of it. At first Oscar was quite an ass to Jessica due to his mistrust of super-powered people but after she saved his son Vido, they were building a certain level of respect towards each other and were willing to help each other, when they needed it.
Luke Cage / Misty Knight
An ex-con on path for redemption and a hard-ass detective with strong sense of justice. As much as she was distrustful of Luke due to his powers, she gradually came to respect him on some level and showed that she was willing to work with him and trust him. They have good dynamic and chemistry and are close friends and were a one-night stand. Although, given Luke's disillusionment and change in Luke Cage Season 2, who knows if they ever get back together, with Luke becoming a crime lord of Harlem.
Well, the only thing I don't like about this pairing is how much she disliked him at first due to his powers.
Luke Cage / Claire Temple
Claire saved his life and she was willing to help him in his quest to make his neighborhood Harlem a better place. During that time, they got to know each other much better and she saved his life and there was good chemistry between them.
Unfortunately, she was later unable to put up with Luke so focused on vigilante business and Luke being angry at his father and her failed attempts at making Luke make amends with him ended up in break up. In this case, I didn't blame her.
Danny Rand / Colleen Wing
Danny grew up training in K'un-L'un, mystical lost city that exists in different dimension and became the Iron Fist, sworn enemy of the Hand, a criminal ninja organization in pursuit of immortality responsible for countless calamities throughout millenniums and Colleen grew up among the Hand. Not knowing who the other really was, they grew to trust and respect each other and when Danny found out her allegiance to the Hand, she naively tried to convince him that they were not the enemy, while Danny turned his back on her. However, the Hand then betrayed her and Danny saved her life and they grew to respect each other once more.
This was a good pairing and their chemistry was great but Danny's unresolved issues with his best friend from K'un-L'un and inner struggle with the duty of the Iron Fist sadly lead into breakup, even though they still treat each other as equal partners.
Clint Barton / Bobbi Morse
Well, I would like to see this happen, since they are pairing in comic books but Bobbi was in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of the films, with her being Hunter's love interest AND in MCU Clint is married and has children. I have no problem with Hunter either as a character or being Bobbi's ex and rekindling their relationship or Clint already having a family (wife and three children) but Clint / Bobbi would have been a good foundation for Hawkeye solo film in MCU, since Hawkeye / Mockingbird is among the classic pairings in Marvel Comics.
Lance Hunter / Bobbi Morse
OK, despite the fact that Hunter can often be an ass and gets on everyone's nerves with his antics and shenanigans, especially Bobbi, he is a loyal friend and Bobbi isn't completely honest with him sometimes because of her undercover work, they are attracted a lot to each other, plus, he and Bobbi have good dynamic in the show and despite the fact that they hit each other’s nerves sometimes, they care about each other too and there is a lot of passion and good chemistry there.
Daisy Johnson (Skye) / Robbie Reyes
I liked their interactions in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and there was a certain level of attraction and some romantic or friendship subtext was there, well, it depends on the point of view. As the Ghost Rider, Robbie was on a path for revenge for how the gangsters, as a revenge on his father, had left him and his younger brother Gabe for dead and crippled the latter and the Ghost Rider gave him his powers to avenge what was done to his family. Daisy attempted to set Robbie straight because he had been consumed and blinded by revenge and anger and Robbie had enough restraint and a certain code to hold back, when fighting her and regard innocent lives on his quest for revenge and Daisy later helped him see past his desire for revenge to care more for Gabe.
The concept did intrigue me and I think it had potential, had either of them shown greater level of affection for the other but they were more on friendly terms. I don't know if I'd ever write stories with this pairing but I think it had potential if it was developed well. I might consider writing stories with this pairing but it is very unlikely, unless I try to write a better handled version of the pairing.
Disliked Pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe (films and TV shows)
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I'm not gonna write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try to write a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
And a note to add, I think that doing non-canon slash homosexual pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Steve / Bucky or Steve / Tony is complete and total bullshit and I wonder what are people, who are writing these pairings, smoking, since I find these gay/lesbian/slash/incest pairings that are not canon completely insulting and disgusting, so don't expect me to write these or read them, ever. I certainly am not going to read these in Marvel Cinematic Universe and I wonder whether people that write these fics with slash or incest pairings, stop to think about how disgusting do these pairings look. People that write or read such pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe in fanfiction are frankly in my opinion disrespectful and insulting towards the characters and the fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe and I have to wonder at whether they are mentally ill, since I find any non-canon slash (gay and lesbian) or incest pairings in any comic book fandom disgusting, offending and disrespectful, both towards the fans and characters.
Remember: I am never going to read or write any story with non-canon slash or incest pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe section of fanfiction websites, since I find these stories offending, disgusting and disrespectful towards the characters and I think that anyone who writes stories with such pairings, is a sick, disgusting person that has no respect towards the characters and is out of their mind and needs professional help and has no respect towards the comic books. I hate non-canon slash and non-canon incest pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe part or any comic book section of fanfiction.
Steve Rogers / Peggy Carter (Disapprove)
I was mostly indifferent to it at first in Captain America: The First Avenger, since it felt like one of those clichéd doomed romances, but the fact that he stayed with her in the past to marry her and live a happy life in Avengers: Endgame, ruined it for me. What Steve did, does not seem like something he would really do, since he would be creating an alternate timeline, in which he may have done nothing but sit around, living a normal life, while other threats were popping up and Peggy had to work in the meantime in SSR and later S.H.I.E.L.D. to combat various threats and he also may have possibly erased any children and grandchildren Peggy could have had and abandoning the family he had with the Avengers, Tony, Natasha, Sam, Clint, Wanda, Bucky and so on and it effectively destroyed Steve's character arc in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Plus, after seeing Endgame and being largely dissatisfied with the end of Steve's arc, I realized that in Captain America: The First Avenger were moments when Peggy didn't treat Steve well and was leading him on and playing with him, never making it clear to him, whether she just wanted to be just a friend with him or if she was romantically interested in Steve. Plus, her shooting at Steve, when she caught him making out with a private, who had been flirting with him, should've gotten her kicked out of military, since first of all, she was in no position to be jealous or angry, since she and Steve were not in an established relationship at that point and second of all, she was clearly taking her anger out on Steve by shooting at the shield, having no idea if it would protect him, which was out of line from her and should've gotten her fired.
The writers tried to make this a doomed romance but the relationship was badly written, plus, Hayley Atwell badmouthing Steve's other love interests in interviews, don't do her any favors, despite that Agent Carter TV series did fine with Peggy's struggle and made her at least a bit more relatable character.
Bruce Banner / Natasha Romanoff (Disapprove)
If there's something in MCU that I hate to the core, it's this pairing; it happened suddenly and out of nowhere, it was rushed and forced, and there was no chemistry between them at all. Instead of bringing Betty back, they decided to randomly pair Bruce with Nat, when they have very little to nothing in common. I wish they'd stop shoving this relationship down our throats, since this pairing makes no sense at all and they have no chemistry as a couple and it was one of the negatives of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Peter Quill / Gamora (Disapprove)
OK, Quill would like to be with Gamora and it seems forced, since Gamora would NEVER get together with such a whacko like Quill. I like them both as characters in general but it's unlikely that such a ladies man like him and a badass assassin, who grew up as adopted daughter of one of the most ruthless and powerful beings in the galaxy would ever get together. His constant vain flirting was funny at first but then it became more and more annoying and pathetic to me, rather than amusing, when it's obvious Gamora would never fall for his antics.
They have good dynamic and are close friends but I don't see this becoming anything more than that, mainly because Quill often hits Gamora's nerves with his childish personality, while Gamora is very hardened and serious and there is no romantic chemistry between them. They're better off as friends rather than lovers. The constant banter and Quill's vain flirting with Gamora is amusing in comic books but in the films it's more like pathetic.
Wanda Maximoff / Vision (Disapprove)
I wonder what the hell were the comic book writers thinking about this pairing in the first place. I don't approve of this pairing either in the comic books or in the films, since I think this pairing is messed up. Vision completely lacks understanding of human feelings and the way he treats Wanda is creepy. Like "stalker creepy". In comic books there may be feelings between them but it just creeps me out that someone as powerful as Wanda and a robot like Vision would actually fall in love and they have no chemistry in the films at all. Plus, Vision in MCU was a control freak that had no respect towards Wanda's privacy and had the urge to have at least some control over Wanda's life and decisions. Though, as much as I disapprove of the pairing, seeing them together in WandaVision is very amusing.
Peter Parker / Michelle "MJ" Jones (Disapprove)
Now, in Spider-Man: Far From Home, this pairing felt forced, even though they tried to make them look good and cute together, but the buildup to it and the execution was just idiotic. Peter at first chased MJ like a lovestruck teenager to a bit creepy level (luckily it was nowhere as bad as Barry chasing Iris in CW's The Flash from Arrowverse, thank God) and if I put into consideration that MJ was a bit of a bitch to him and kept giving Peter the cold shoulder in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's hard for me to root for them. If it had been handled differently, maybe I'd like it but the way it was executed in MCU, not a fan.
Frank Castle / Karen Page (Disapprove)
I don't support this ship, since it's pure fan service but I can see why some people would want that to happen. There is something about Karen being attracted to dangerous men and she attracts dangerous trouble like honey bees, often putting herself at risk. She feels the need to help Frank after his family had been killed in crossfire, despite Frank's actions as Punisher and slaughtering criminals.
Karen gets often sucked into Frank's orbit and it's up to him to save her from danger and when he needs help, he turns to her and asks her for help but also warns her to keep her distance and be careful and she is still willing to help him and does what she can to aid him, despite the trouble she had already gotten into just by being near him, causing for Frank to protect her from danger as much as he can and I like the protective bond they have between each other.
Unlikely pairing to happen but I can see why some people would like that as I see the faint attraction between them and the romantic subtext. It certainly has that kind of potential but I don't see it happening and I think it would fan service to pair them both and I don't see it working out in long-term, since Frank would rather keep his distance and be only as close to Karen as he believes is appropriate, in order to protect her from the danger he faces.
Daisy Johnson (Skye) / Grant Ward (Disapprove)
They had good dynamic in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Season 1 but not so good chemistry, plus Ward later turned out to be a psychopath, effectively ruining the relationship he and Skye had and Daisy, well, let's just say it's not Daisy from AoS Season 1 anymore and it's weird that Ward was still in some way attracted to her, despite how much she hated him after he showed his true colors.
Just what exactly he saw in her? She didn't seem like his type either and I didn't like the pairing from the start, mainly because Skye was half Ward's age and it was a bit creepy, like "teacher/young student in romantic relationship" creepy and I wonder how was Ward still attracted to her after revealing himself to be a psychopath and Skye hating him to the core. Frankly, this pairing was pointless right from the start. Plus, Daisy became a bit unlikable later and what's also creepy is that Ward used to sleep with May and the show had on more than one occasion portrayed Coulson and May as Daisy's parental figures, making the pairing Daisy / Ward even creepier.
Daisy Johnson (Skye) / Lincoln Campbell (Mixed opinion)
Not opposed to the concept but the execution of the pairing and the circumstances. I honestly have no problem with this pairing but I can see why some people would. Lincoln helped Daisy through the transition of from human to Inhuman and taught her to make peace with it. Despite how it went down with her being responsible for the fallout with Lincoln and his fellow Inhumans, they still cared about each other and Lincoln even willingly sacrificed himself to spare Daisy's life. My only complaint is that, while it seemed passionate, it was very rushed and there are moments when they were better off as friends, rather than lovers and it has been pointed out that it seemed like one of those rebound couples and looking back, I can't say I disagree.
Daisy Johnson (Skye) / Daniel Sousa (Disapprove)
It felt unnecessary and forced into the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daisy and Sousa had too little chemistry onscreen and while their interactions were nice, I couldn't really bring myself to root for it.
Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie / Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez (Mixed opinion)
It felt a little forced and it was quite rushed with too little buildup. They did seem to care about each other on some level but the way their relationship developed to the point it did in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed rushed. While they like teasing each other and Yo-Yo helped him through his grief about losing his daughter and Mack helped Yo-Yo when her arms were cut off, the way they developed their feelings towards each other at that point seemed too fast.
They have good dynamic as a team and their bond of friendship is strong but I see little to no chemistry between them. I can see the friendship bond and maybe the subtext but not the romantic attraction as it is supposed to. Maybe it's just how I myself see it.
Thor Odinson / Jane Foster (Mixed opinion)
In comic books, it's a great pairing but in MCU it was quite mishandled, since it was just clichéd "pretty girl/sexy alien" and it didn't get explored any deeper for me to actually root for it, the basis for this relationship was weak. Jane proved to be a good influence on Thor as spending time with her taught him compassion and humility and I liked the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the first film, Thor. However, she didn't treat him too well in Thor: The Dark World, mainly because she believed that he had ditched her and in the second film their chemistry had diminished a lot since Thor and she did not treat Thor well, which soured my opinion on the pairing.
Matt Murdock / Claire Temple (Mixed opinion)
Their interactions make me feel mixed about them. Even though they have good dynamic and are good friends, with Claire helping Matt when he needs it, given how she would rather stay away from Matt's crap and sometimes treats him badly for it, they are better off as friends rather than lovers.
Matt Murdock / Karen Page (Mixed opinion)
I can see the appeal to it, considering their relationship in comic books and their interactions in Daredevil but even if you put aside the mess with Elektra and the Hand that strained their relationship, it was never gonna last in the long run. In Daredevil TV series, it seemed more like they were to each other like brother and sister and if we add Matt's best friend Foggy, perfect BFF relationship confirmed and as much as I could see the appeal to the romance, felt a bit forced and rushed and mishandled and as much as annoying was how Karen was a bitch to Matt because he had missed Frank Castle's trial and then she found Elektra in Matt's bed and reacted badly to it, her reactions were understandable, since Matt just had bad luck and was unable to be honest with her at the time and Season 3 confirmed that they are better off as friends, considering their emotional baggage and history.
Trish Walker / Will Simpson (Disapprove)
Simpson tried to kill Trish while under the influence of a mind-controlling psychopath and when he tried to make amends, they started a relationship. It was OK until it turned out that Simpson was addicted to strength-enhancing drugs to which Trish was addicted later and then it all went to hell.
At first, I wasn't sure about it but didn't complain too much until the revelation with the drugs that Simpson had been taking, then it was obvious that it was gonna be a doomed romance.
Trish Walker / Malcolm DuCasse (Disapprove)
Unnecessary subplot of Season 2 of Jessica Jones, which was one of the main negatives of the second season and it ruined both characters, plus, they have no chemistry as a couple. Trish's junkie superhero quest in Season 2 was so stupid and she let Malcolm follow her like a lapdog. As friends, they were OK but as soon as Trish tried to follow Jessica in her footsteps as a vigilante, this became a romance based primarily on lust and addiction and those almost never end well. Malcolm was able to clean up his act and tried to set Trish straight but it didn't end well and the pairing was stupid right from the very beginning.
Phil Coulson / Melinda May (Disapprove)
It felt sudden and forced at the end of Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Yes, there's a long history between both of them but overall, sometimes May does not have good opinion of Coulson but is respectful enough to keep her thoughts to herself and focuses on the mission and there had been no buildup to it and the actors have no chemistry as a couple at all and the pairing happened out of the sudden.
While she truly cares about Coulson and wants to help him, no matter what, sometimes she treats him like crap. Her LMD (Life Model Decoy) itself confirmed that May had some feelings towards Coulson but there is no chemistry there.
Tony Stark: Hero or villain?
When I was a kid, I admired Tony right from the first Iron Man film. However, really looking at Tony's character throughout the MCU, I have to wonder if Tony can be considered a hero or a villain, since the word "villain" seems to fit him more right from the second Iron Man film, Iron Man 2. But after Avengers: Endgame, I think Tony has redeemed himself, however, there are still issues with him that need to be addressed.
Iron Man 2: What made the first film so great was Tony's character arc of a weapons dealer and irresponsible CEO who realized he did more harm than good turning his company around and deciding to undo all the harm he had done. But the second film pretty much undoes all the character he has in the first film. Tony is just portrayed as an arrogant jackass all throughout the film. He's constantly bragging about his achievements and his decision to keep the Iron Man suit to himself, rather than being because he wants to keep it out of the wrong hands, just comes off as Tony having too big an ego to let them have it. Tony's arrogance even creates a villain, as the only reason Justin Hammer becomes an antagonist in the film is because Tony publicly humiliates him. We are repeatedly shown scenes where Hammer and Whiplash watch television and getting pissed off every time they see Tony on screen, so Tony's ego technically creates two villains. And Tony's downward spiral is poor writing. He alienates everyone around him because of his decision to keep his poor health to himself and I'm not even gonna touch on how he endangers people by fighting Rhodey in a house full of innocent bystanders.
Iron Man 3: This is more Tony being a poor protagonist than an actual villain, but still, I have to cover this one. Following Avengers, where Tony was at his most heroic, there was no place for Tony's character to go but down. The moral of this movie is that Tony is a dick to everyone. The movie's villain only became a villain because Tony was dick to him years earlier. Tony is even a dick to Harley, who is the only person trying to help him at his lowest point. Tony's ego continues to put people in danger, as he gives a known terrorist his address, which nearly gets himself and Pepper killed. Tony is obviously suffering from PTSD, but because of his ego, he won't talk about it with Pepper or Rhodey or get help, even after this nearly causes one of his suits to nearly strangle Pepper.
Avengers - Age of Ultron: And here we return to Tony being a villain. After being shown a vision of the Avengers defeat, Tony decides it would be a great idea to plug Ultron, a program he realized was flawed but didn't do anything about, into unknown alien tech without telling any of his teammates but Bruce Banner. Predictably, this goes horribly wrong. Because Ultron had Tony as a template, it decides the best way to save the Earth is to destroy the human race. You think Tony would learn his lesson from this, but no, he does the exact same thing with Vision, all but forcing Bruce to help him. It's a miracle that Vision didn't end up becoming a second Ultron. And let's not forget the only reason any of this happened was because of Tony's years of irresponsibility as CEO of Stark Industries.
Captain America - Civil War: Tony, wracked with guilt over Ultron, is looking for absolution and decides The Accords will give him that. And his need for absolution makes him increasingly irrational over the course of the movie. He dismisses Steve's concerns about The Accords, makes Wanda a glorified prisoner at the compound, and tries to manipulate Steve into signing The Accords. He refuses to listen to Steve's warning about The Winter Soldiers, which leads to the fight at the airport and several of his teammates' incarceration on The Raft. Yet Tony does nothing to help them, even after he himself breaks The Accords twice. And let's not forget that Tony tries to murder an innocent man for something he had no control over.
Spider-Man - Homecoming: Once again, Tony causes the threat by putting Adrian Toomes out of work, all but forcing Toomes to turn to a life of crime to support his family, despite the fact that it would have been quite easy for Tony to set up Toomes with a job. And Tony is just an overall terrible mentor to Peter. Basically kidnapping him in Captain America: Civil War, giving him faulty intel, then abandoning him after he's done with Peter. He doesn't tell Peter he called the FBI on Peter's intel, which causes Peter to mess up their operation. Then, Tony turns it around and makes it Peter's fault when Tony is the one who didn't keep Peter in the loop. And can we just talk about how messed up it is that Tony gave a teenager military grade weapons? Seriously, what was Tony thinking?
In conclusion, is Tony a hero or a villain? While his intentions may be good, Tony ends up creating almost every threat he and his Avenger teammates go up against. He's a lot like Batman when you think about it. Like Batman, Tony creates his fair share of villains and threats. Up until Avengers: Endgame, it seemed that rather than Tony trying to learn from his mistakes, he either kept repeating them or making more but in Avengers: Endgame, Tony did his best to make things right.
Favorite Characters in DC Comics
Batman (Bruce Wayne), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Red Hood (Jason Todd), Batgirl/Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Lady Shiva, Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El), Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), The Flash (Barry Allen), Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) - not the version of Dinah in DC Rebirth, Speedy (Mia Dearden), Arsenal (Roy Harper), Starfire (Koriand'r), John Constantine, Zatanna Zatara, Doctor Fate, Slade Wilson (Deathstroke)
Preferred Pairings in DC Comics
Bruce Wayne (Batman) / Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Dick Grayson (Nightwing) / Barbara Gordon (Batgirl)
In my opinion, they are OTP of Batman. Selina can often be selfish and out for herself but when it really matters, she is able to recognize the right choice from wrong and stands by Bruce, showing that she truly loves him. However, I hate what happened with the pairing in DC Rebirth.
Dick and Barbara have been together through so many adventures and emotional challenges that they have a strong bond that lasts even when they are not in relationship with each other. Though currently, Dick can rarely keep a girlfriend for long and as far as I know, Barbara is single but eventually they are always there for each other, either romantically or as the closest friends.
Dick Grayson (Nightwing) / Helena Bertinelli (Huntress)
Well, despite the fact that Helena is more brutal and with less restraint than most of Bat-Family, Dick seems to be a good influence on her.
Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing) / Koriand'r (Starfire)
I prefer more Dick / Barbara and am indifferent towards Dick / Kory but I can see it work. Dick and Kory developed feelings for each other, when in Teen Titans team and he helped her with her family issues, like with Kory's sister, who had become Kory's enemy. They both developed strong bond based on trust and understanding of each other and they related to each other a lot, although there were moments, where Dick's and Kory's relationship was more about lust and sex, rather than love, unlike with Barbara.
Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) / Dinah Lance (Black Canary)
Very close friendship that eventually developed into love/hate, turning into deep love. However, in DC Rebirth, it became toxic, unhealthy relationship, in which Dinah treats Oliver like crap, such as when she belittled Oliver for whatever minor issue and it also came down to hitting him because of whatever minor issue Dinah had with him. Another pairing that was butchered by DC Rebirth and what's astonishing is that there is a group of people, who don't consider this pairing toxic, nor Dinah's treatment towards Oliver abusive. I might write a better handled version of this relationship or calling Dinah out on her abusive treatment towards Oliver.
Carter Hall (Hawkman) / Kendra Saunders or Shiera Saunders (Hawkgirl)
Tragic relationship. Destined to be together and die, and reborn, every lifetime.
Barry Allen (The Flash) / Iris West
Good classic love story in comic books, so no problem with it.
Barry Allen (The Flash) / Patty Spivot
I liked them together in The New 52, especially since Patty was able to stay by Barry's side after finding out he was the Flash, more when he was severely injured at that moment. But later, she couldn't stand to be near Barry after an evil, future version of him tried to kill her, which sadly led into a breakup.
Terry McGinnis (Batman) / Melanie Walker (Ten)
Basically Batman / Catwoman of Batman Beyond, only Melanie is a member of Royal Flush Gang, known as Ten and unlike the other members of her gang, she actually has redeeming qualities and is more humane than her the rest of them. She is gentle, empathetic, smart, honorable, trustworthy and reliable and she and Terry can relate to each other a lot, despite that Terry later finds out she is Ten and she is oblivious of Terry being Batman and they are constantly forced to fight each other as their respective alter-egos. Even though Melanie obviously loves Terry and he obviously loves her, ultimately, he chooses Dana over her, despite that Melanie turns over a new leaf and lives an honest life without committing crime and turns her back on her family for good.
Disliked Pairings in DC Comics
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it cannot work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try to write a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
Bruce Wayne (Batman) / Talia al Ghul (Disapprove)
Despite their feelings towards each other, they often seem be at odds, mainly because at the end of the day, she is more loyal to her father, Ra's al Ghul, one of the most dangerous men that have ever walked the face of the Earth, than Bruce. When it comes down to it, her loyalty to Ra's wins over her love towards Bruce and she chooses her father over Bruce. Also, there's the problem that Talia drugged and raped Bruce in order to conceive Damian and this was the last straw for me. Tragic love story that cannot end well.
Even though Talia hates Ra's for who he is and what he has done to her, she still loves Ra's as her father and she is torn between her love for Bruce and loyalty towards Ra's. Even though she became disillusioned by the League of Assassins and her father's mission, eventually, she became also disillusioned of everything and went on her own path, which is not inherently good or bad and there's a lot of grey area but still, Bruce disapproves of her methods, due to her egomaniacal agenda, obsessive loyalty to Ra's and there are differences of opinions between them.
I wonder why Bruce hasn't given up on her and I'm not a supporter of on-and-off relationships that cannot be resolved and often end up with one party betraying the other and Bruce / Talia pairing is pure toxic due to Talia being a psychopath, plus, frankly, how can some people prefer Bruce / Talia over Bruce / Selina is beyond me, it's one thing to prefer other pairings but the Bruce / Talia fanatics have to spout crap and harass people supporting Bruce / Selina and are just as delusional bunch of pathetic jerks as the ones, who like to roast people, who in Arrowverse pair Oliver with ANYONE BUT Laurel and have to harass them and the same with people who pair Barry with ANYONE BUT Iris.
Clark Kent (Superman) / Lois Lane (Mixed opinion)
Classic couple and OTP of Superman but I am mixed about it. She is a good, humanizing influence on Clark but on more than one occasion Lois treats Clark like crap and Clark sometimes badly handles it.
In Smallville and DCEU the pairing works great but in the comic books, it has become toxic and dysfunctional and it's hard to get invested in them as a couple on paper.
Clark Kent (Superman) / Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) (Disapprove)
These two have almost nothing in common, asides from near-immortality and godlike strength.
Bruce Wayne (Batman) / Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) (Disapprove)
Unlikely to last long. Also, like Clark / Diana, Bruce and Diana have barely anything in common. The most likely scenario would be a one-night stand that quickly fizzles out.
Tim Drake (Red Robin) / Stephanie Brown (Spoiler) (Disapprove)
They were at first cute younger versions of Bruce / Selina but the relationship later turned into toxic crap that obviously can't work and I think one can only take so much before it leads to a breakup at best. Stephanie is a daughter of a criminal, however, she hates her father and wants to take him down and Stephanie and Tim become vigilante partners and eventually fall in love.
However, the fact that Stephanie more than once does morally ambiguous things that puts the whole Bat-Family in danger and gets off scot-free makes the relationship unhealthy, especially since everyone, Tim included, shrugs Steph's mistakes off and sweeps them under the rug like nothing had happened and Tim is portrayed to be in the wrong, even when he is actually right.
Terry McGinnis (Batman) / Dana Tan (Mixed opinion)
No offense to Dana as a character, but this relationship is pretty much clichéd and basically Peter Parker / Mary Jane Watson of Batman Beyond. Dana is Terry's longtime girlfriend and it's obvious that she cares about him, but frankly, I never really had a reason to care about the relationship itself, it was like if Dana was Terry's girlfriend for the sake of Terry having a love interest at all. They had known each other for a long time but once Terry became Batman, more than once she got tired of Terry's new responsibilities taking up his time and his unavailability and inability to spend time with her.
Frankly, that one was cliché and never got explored further or deeper for me to actually root for it, since unlike Melanie, who had hidden depths and redeeming qualities, like I said, Dana was Terry's love interest just for the sake of him having a love interest at all and frankly, I had no reason to be invested in them as a couple, unlike with Terry / Melanie. Can't say that I have a reason to dislike this pairing but I also don't really have a reason to root for it either.
Why The Dark Knight is the most overrated Superhero film of all time:
I used to enjoy the film, when I was younger. The plot regarding the Joker was excellent, however, as I grew older and kept on re-watching the film, it became more and more clear to me that some things just don't work out here.
Boring arguments: Batman, Gordon, and Dent repeatedly meet on rooftops to argue about the corruption in the system and how much they don't trust each other. And these scenes aren't interesting or compelling, they're boring. The more times you've seen the film, the more boring they get. I personally almost fall asleep during these scenes by this point.
Rachel is an unlikable female lead: She strings along both Harvey and Bruce, cheating on Harvey by kissing Bruce and giving Bruce hope only to yank the rug out from under him by telling him "Sorry, but I'm gonna be with Harvey instead" in a letter of all things. And she's a bitch to both of them about their respective attempts to save Gotham. Honestly, what either of them see in her is beyond me. And then she's turned into a plot device to turn Harvey into Two-Face, which brings me to my next point.
Harvey's transformation into Two-Face: In the comics, Two-Face is this ruthless crime lord who will cut down anyone who stands in his way. But in the film, he's reduced to this big baby whining about how his girlfriend died. And ultimately, it doesn't work because you just want to pour Harvey a drink and say, "Dude, she's not worth it."
Smallville (If you have not watched Smallville or are not familiar with the TV series, you are welcome to skip this part)
I used to watch Smallville back, when I was a kid but when I started to attend high school, I had already grown up from the comic book like action on the TV but I still think it is good TV series regarding Superman's origin. However, when it was re-airing on TV and I got the chance to re-watch some episodes, I realized that some pairings are quite messy in the show and I shall explain below my opinions on pairings in the show.
Preferred Pairings in Smallville
Clark Kent / Lois Lane
OK, at first Lois could be bitchy sometimes to Clark but these two could relate to each other a lot and had a good chemistry and Clark later became more open to her than to anyone else, which helped their chemistry develop further. However, this pairing happened quite late, in my honest opinion, since Clark was for too long obsessed with Lana, who later became quite an annoying bitch to Clark.
Clark Kent / Alicia Baker
These two were greatly attracted to each other and their chemistry was very good, mainly because of their powers that both of them were keeping secret but trusted each other with revealing themselves as neither of them felt the need to hide anything from each other. However, her feelings for Clark turned into an obsession as she even tried to attack Lana, forcing Clark to have her committed into an asylum.
After she was released, she seemed remorseful of her past actions and wanting to redeem herself, even willing to take a bullet to protect Clark's secret. Convinced that she had changed, Clark gave Alicia another chance as she was helping him with his inner struggle that no one would have accepted him if they had known about his powers. But this relationship ended tragically, when she was killed.
Plus, what's infuriating is that in 5x02, when Clark was getting into a serious relationship with Lana, he said that he never really loved Alicia, which was infuriating and Clark only said that because the showrunners wanted to again treat Alicia like crap in order to support Clark / Lana, which was such toxic and unhealthy relationship in Smallville.
Clark Kent / Tess Mercer
They have good dynamic, despite Clark's occasional cautious attitude and distrust of her, since she can have a hidden agenda but ultimately, she wants to help Clark, yet uses questionable methods to do so. If she had stronger moral values like Clark, I could see it work, since their chemistry onscreen looks good.
Oliver Queen / Tess Mercer
Very good chemistry between these two and despite all the crap they pulled at each other and the fact that Oliver had abandoned her in the past, when they were in a relationship, they still trust each other on some basis at least.
They have aligned interests, yet each of them uses different methods. Eventually, Oliver gave her another chance and they were working things out between each other. While he ultimately chose Chloe over her, he and Tess remained on friendly terms.
Oliver Queen / Chloe Sullivan
First, close friendship, that eventually turned into deep love and their chemistry was fine and they is a clear level of trust between them with neither of them afraid to call the other out on their crap and are always there for each other. I think this pairing was well done and it's basically what Olicity in Arrow should have been.
Oliver Queen / Dinah Lance
I liked their interactions and they had good dynamic, plus, Dinah is close to her comic book portrayal and I think this one had some unexplored potential.
Disliked Pairings in Smallville
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently, I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I'm not gonna write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
Clark Kent / Lana Lang (Disapprove)
I liked it at first since this pairing was cute in the beginning, with a "high school crush drama" kind of vibe but it was dragged out for far too long as Lana was later such a bitch towards Clark and often treating him like crap, mainly because he was keeping secret from her his abilities and origin. And even after she had found out his secret and they both had eventually reconciled, she turned into a manipulative, secretive, selfish bitch with double standards and hidden agenda that constantly put Clark, Chloe and everyone else in danger.
The first time I watched Smallville, I was sad that they broke up and then reconciled and then were forced to break up later but re-watching the show again later, I realized what kind of a bitch Lana had become by the time they broke up, with her later selfishness and hidden agenda constantly putting Clark and his friends and people that he cared about, in danger. This pairing should have ended at Season 3 of Smallville, since the pairing later became dragged out for too long and Lana kept treating Clark badly, even though they reconciled later in Season 6 but in Season 7-8, Lana constantly kept putting Clark, Oliver, Lois and Chloe in danger with her hidden agenda and lies and secrets. They should've been done with this pairing at the end of Season 3, so that the show would focus in Clark / Lois starting from Season 4, or at least focus more on Clark / Alicia, when she returned, since they treated Alicia like crap and then she faded into the background in the favor of the toxic Clark / Lana. Also, one thing that should greatly hint that the pairing was unhealthy, when Clark was on red kryptonite, he was far more open with Chloe, Lois and Alicia, but not with Lana, which shows that on a certain level, he never really trusted her, considering that red kryptonite strips Clark of his inhibitions.
Oliver Queen / Lois Lane (Disapprove)
These two were good together at first, but Lois's manhunt on the Green Arrow and her judging Oliver for his alter-ego later, once she found out, ruined it for me.
Clark Kent / Chloe Sullivan (Disapprove)
Now, the concept is interesting and as much as I would have liked to see it at some certain moments, I'm glad it eventually didn't happen, since they wouldn't be able to support each other the way they did in the show. Chloe is Clark's best friend and is by his side, no matter what, despite how much knowing his secret might drag her into danger and she helps him through anything she can, when Clark is in pain. Equal partners with good dynamic and chemistry and there are moments, when it could become more between them but if they had gotten together romantically, they couldn't support each other the way they did in the show and there would always be a level of awkwardness in their interactions between each other, so in the end, it's safe to say that they're better off as friends, rather than lovers. In the earlier seasons, I might have supported it, but only as a short-time thing, most likely.
Lex Luthor / Lana Lang (Disapprove)
The concept could have been good but it was terribly executed, plus the fact that they turned it into Clark / Lana / Lex love triangle and that it was used to further the rivalry between Clark and Lex was just infuriating and annoying and as much as I dislike Lana, no one deserves what Lex did to her.
Chloe Sullivan / Davis Bloome (Disapprove)
Nothing more but another love triangle, if you add Jimmy into the mix, which was just annoying at that point, plus it ruined Chloe as a character, with the lengths she was going to do protect everyone from Davis and Davis killing Jimmy and then trying to kill Chloe was the final nail in the coffin.
Jimmy Olsen / Chloe Sullivan (Mixed opinion)
Close friends with deep and close connection. Geeky, curious, like to solve mysteries, a lot of dynamic and chemistry between these two. However, it's annoying that at some times Jimmy was jealous of how close Chloe and Clark were, plus Jimmy annoyed by Chloe's secrets became irritating. Also, the relationship was sabotaged because of the idiotic love triangle Jimmy / Chloe / Davis that ultimately resulted into Jimmy's death. While Jimmy often came off as male version of Lana due to his jealousy of Clark and annoyance with Chloe's secrets, he still had some redeeming qualities and despite his flaws, he was a good friend to Clark and Chloe and for all their differences, he was there for them, when they needed help, but as a boyfriend, he left a lot to be desired but he didn't deserve what happened to him in the end.
I used to watch Smallville, ever since I was a kid and when I saw the Green Arrow appear on the show, I started to read the Green Arrow comic books as well and when the character got so much popularity he got his own show, I just had to watch but the show went to crap, mainly due to the fact that Oliver died in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Star City became a wasteland in the future and neither of his children, William or Mia, use "Queen" as a last name, making the whole show worth nothing.
Plus, I was never fond of the idea of Oliver having children, at least not in the way it was done in the show. William was nothing more than a product of Oliver cheating on Laurel and as much as he later became a crucial part of Oliver's life, in the flashforwards, he basically became less smart male version of Felicity and making him a gay, another example of pushing LGBT propaganda, plus one of the interviews with Ben Lewis, where he, with vulgar language, urges MCU to promote more LGBT, sours my opinion on it. Also, as much as I like Katherine McNamara, not a fan of how Mia was introduced in the show as daughter of Oliver and Felicity, since first of all, personality-wise she is more like Oliver and Sara, and second of all, up until the Crisis, she is cocky and arrogant and sometimes disrespects Oliver and argues with him, which is something Felicity would sometime do and quite frankly, not a fan of the theory of making Mia Oliver's and Sara's daughter, though I can see why others are drawn towards it. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like the idea of Oliver having children with either Laurel or Sara, but Mia, of all characters, just doesn't sit with me as Oliver's biological child for some reason, I'd actually prefer if she was Mia Dearden, Oliver's adopted ward, like in the comic books, rather than biological daughter, but the harassment and whining of the Laurel (Katie Cassidy) fanatics that Mia should be Oliver's and Laurel's daughter and the fact that in Season 8, Mia lashed out at Oliver for abandoning her and was cocky and arrogant and disrespected him and the Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off, which is nothing more than pushing more feminism propaganda, soured my opinion on the idea of writing Mia being Oliver's daughter at all, no matter who the mother and Oliver's love interest would be and I'm glad that they decided to not go forward with the spin-off. Outside of writing one-shots or crack fics, I'm not going to use Mia as Oliver's daughter in Arrowverse at all and she doesn't exist to me, since she's nothing more but feminism tool and I'm tired of wasting my time arguing with trolls, who whine that Mia should be Felicity's or Laurel's daughter instead of Sara's.
From Season 3, Arrow became an Olicity centered soap opera, with Oliver constantly being treated like crap by the others, as they all became egoistic idiots towards him, main examples being Diggle and Felicity. Laurel's journey as the Black Canary was mishandled, since few weeks with Ted Grant and Nyssa make her nowhere as good as Sara and in comparison to Earth-2 Laurel, Dinah Drake and Sara, Earth-1 Laurel was the weakest of all Canaries.
And Oliver often got nerfed for the writer's convenience, such as him unable to beat Lonnie Machin, an ordinary thug in 4x02 or Ricardo Diaz in Seasons 6-7, despite that Oliver had been trained by Slade, Shado, A.R.G.U.S., Bratva, Talia, Malcolm and Ra's al Ghul and there is no indication of Diaz having any advanced combat training.
In Season 5, Oliver was portrayed as serial killer, who enjoys killing, which is utter crap and Felicity once again, disrespected Oliver, by disobeying his orders and ordering his team to attack Black Siren, when she had no right to and Anatoly, who was one of the best supporting characters, was ruined into a greedy thug but at least he redeemed himself later in late Season 6. Black Siren's flip-flopping sides however in Season 6 with her loyalties divided between Oliver, Quentin and Team Arrow and Cayden James and Diaz, was annoying and turned her into a cartoonish, one-dimensional cliché villain.
In Season 7, the Longbow Hunters, who were supposed to be assassins feared by the League of Assassins, were ridiculously nerfed and pathetic and the twist with Emiko, who was Oliver's half-sister and Robert's daughter, is more hate for Oliver and the Queens, due to Robert again cheating on Moira and the Queens turned into villains by Robert abandoning Emiko and her mother, which later turns Emiko into a villain trying to destroy the Queen's legacy and Mia being Olicity's daughter was complete bullcrap, considering how stupid the pairing Oliver / Felicity is in the first place. And Felicity abandoning her own children to get her happily ever after with Oliver in the afterlife, despite that William and Mia needed her to combat later threats, was selfish and stupid from Felicity's part and Black Siren's (Earth-2 Laurel's) redemption, while good, was in the end rushed and lazily written.
In Season 8, Oliver got blamed by Earth-2 Laurel for the destruction of her own Earth and Oliver's first death in Crisis on Infinite Earths was stupid, with him running towards an army of Shadow Demons with no weapons. And it's annoying that Slade did not show up in the series finale, which is partly understandable because of the character being used in Titans TV series and DCEU but Manu Bennett could have at least made a cameo, considering that DCEU Flash made a cameo in COIE. Plus, in the flashbacks, Diggle claimed to be Oliver's brother, when after Season 6 he had proven that was not and in flashbacks referring to Season 1, Diggle accused Oliver of killing every single person on the List, which was stupid retcon and another prove that Diggle is unworthy of being Oliver's brother. Plus, on Earth Prime, Earth-1 Laurel staying dead was stupid and it was fan-serviced that she and Tommy were married, which was a stupid reminder of the love triangle between Oliver, Laurel and Tommy in Season 1, which was annoying.
Despite the show's missteps and mistakes, such as Olicity being the endgame pairing and killing off Earth-1 Laurel, when Green Arrow / Black Canary should have been the pairing of the show, Arrow will always have a place in my heart.
OK, I like the Flash (Barry Allen) as a comic book character and I loved the first two seasons but currently, since Season 3 up to now, in my honest opinion it is the same like with Arrow since it's all Smallville drama and soap opera, focused on WestAllen, which is just a stupid pairing in the show and I shall explain why later below. I don't like Barry / Iris pairing in the show at all. If they were gonna pair Barry / Iris in the show since they are a pairing in the comic books, they should not have done like making Barry and Iris growing up together under the same roof like brother and sister and Joe is a father figure to both of them. This screams "incest" to the skies and Iris is barely able to understand Barry, if at all. Iris is also so focused on Barry, she once sabotaged Barry's relationship with Linda Park, while she was dating Eddie. Accidentally or on purpose, not cool. And the WestAllen family drama with Nora in Season 5 was so boring and annoying.
I don't like Barry / Iris pairing nor WestAllen drama in the show and with each season it's getting worse and worse. Season 5 attempted to fix it but it was a poor attempt.
It improved a bit in Season 3 but I think that since the beginning it reminded me too much of Smallville theatricality and absurdity (no offense to the show, not that it's bad but I'm not a teenager anymore so it doesn't attract me that much), plus Clark is ridiculously nerfed to prop up Kara, which is annoying. The show often shows SJW propaganda though, like with gun control and there is some senseless opera drama, such as Alex coming out as a lesbian, which annoys me and main male characters like James and Mon-El were turned at one point into self-entitled arrogant jerks.
I liked the action and plot of Worldkillers in Season 3 and I liked that Mon-El greatly matured in that season. However, Kara's ego grew to a level of a God complex and she was greatly upset by Lena having found out how to make Kryptonite, which she had in possession JUST IN CASE Supergirl went rogue and Kara used James' relationship with Lena to spy on her and this strained the friendship between Supergirl and Lena. Kara was so self-righteous that she was willing to prefer her own principles over whatever it was necessary to save lives, including taking a life of a villain, if necessary. In Season 4, Kara did not show any signs of ego or self-righteousness unlike in Season 3 but there was a lot of political agenda in the two thirds of the season, such as racism, equality among humans and aliens, xenophobia and fear etc., which was annoying a bit but it wasn't too pushy. Then, the final third, with Lex Luthor's and the Red Daughter's storyline, it greatly improved.
My complaints about Season 5 are asides from Kara perhaps hanging out too much with Kate in Crisis on Infinite Earths, plus even though she didn't show any signs of self-righteousness, it's stupid that while the Justice League was formed, they don't help Kara with an international terrorist group like Leviathan. Plus, Barry and Kara are close friends, yet they don't see each other often, despite that they live on the same Earth now. Good that the show finally ends with Season 6.
Legends of Tomorrow
I enjoyed the show at first but what annoys me currently (Season 3-onward) in the show is Sara's current arrogant bossy attitude as the captain and that the show keeps reminding us of Sara's attraction to women and how she's so close to making out with a woman but I still watch the show but not as regularly as I used to, mainly because Sara is nothing more but piece of propaganda and the plot of the show is so cringeworthy. Also, giving Damien Darhk redemption in the final two episodes of Season 3 is just so freaking stupid after everything he has done, so, the Season 3 wasn't done that well. I guess Seasons 3-4 of Arrowverse shows are cursed and the only reason I watched Season 4 of LoT was John Constantine, whose show I used to watch on NBC before it got cancelled and I like the character. But honestly, the storyline with the magical creatures wasn't very interesting and compelling to me and I've read that the show has gotten lower ratings, not that it surprises me at all and the plot was getting more and more cheesy, average at best, and ridiculous.
In the show, they like to shove down our throats Sara's attraction to girls, such as when she was making out with Guinevere or Queen of France, which is annoying and stupid, plus the Sara in the show is a pale reflection of the character that had been initially introduced to Arrow. She doesn't seem to care about her family at all, since she did not visit Quentin when he almost died in Arrow 5x23 and she instead slept with Alex before Barry's and Iris's wedding, plus she's developed bossy, reckless, womanizing attitude and the comedic aspect of the show had gone too much over the top in Season 4, which ruined the show to me and not even Constantine can save the show anymore at this point.
Considering how much dumb the show has become and how much it ruined Sara, I'm not going to write stories from this fandom in particular very often.
Quite frankly, I've never really been interested in the character in comic books, but I was curious about Kate Kane in Arrowverse but the show is pushing some propaganda again with LGBT and feminism, basically trying to show more female empowerment and tear down males and make them look terrible, which annoys me and Kate is a really terrible hero, since because she lets her own sister walk free to kill more innocent people and when she tries to stop her, the only reason she fails, is stupid writing, making Kate look like an idiot.
Favorite Characters in Arrowverse
Oliver Queen, Laurel Lance (Earth-1), Black Siren (Earth-2 Laurel Lance), Sara Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, Slade Wilson, Roy Harper, Quentin Lance, John Constantine (I enjoyed his show on NBC before it was cancelled), Ben Turner, Adrian Chase (Prometheus), Barry Allen, Cisco Ramon, Caitlin Snow, Joe West, Eobard Thawne (from Season 1 of The Flash), Earth-2 Harrison "Harry" Wells, Leonard Snart, Mick Rory, Ralph Dibny, Patty Spivot, Zari Tomaz, Winn Schott, J'onn J'onzz, Brainy
Disliked Characters in Arrowverse
No offense to Emily Bett Rickards, I have nothing against the actress herself but in comparison to acting of other actors, her acting sometimes isn't good, it's more like trying to act rather than actual acting that people can buy as realistic. I used to like Felicity in the first two seasons of Arrow but in the following seasons, she became this controlling, emotional bitch, disrespecting Oliver, wanting everything to be her way and there are countless cases in Arrowverse, where Felicity comes up with stupid, suicidal ideas that eventually blow up in her face and backfire and put everyone around her in danger, however, she gets away with her disrespect towards Oliver and most of her stupid ideas scot-free with no realistic consequences because she is Guggenheim's pet and has a thick plot armor. However, in Seasons 6-7, despite some missteps, she was more or less tolerable right up until Season 7's ending and Arrow finale.
However, she matured and became more tolerable in Season 6, so I might go easy on her and treat her better despite that there still are some missteps with her and she is lightly insulting and disrespectful at the very least and at worst, she gets her feelings get the better of her, she takes matters into her own hands and her ideas make things worse. But, she regained a lot of my respect she used to have in Seasons 1-2, considering that she defended Earth-2 Laurel and was on her side, giving her a benefit of the doubt, no matter what, so right now I'm more or less fine with her.
Examples of what I did not like about Felicity were her protesting at every single turn about Oliver working with Malcolm Merlyn in Season 3, despite that she should understand that he had no other choice left.
In Season 4, she picked up a sucky timing about going into minor and petty arguments with Oliver, when he invited Donna, Felicity's mother, into town, when they argued during a mission in 4x06, when they were supposed to find a component to a device that would resize Ray. Another example is Felicity arguing with Oliver regarding William, when Felicity points out that she should have been consulted regarding Oliver sending William away, when she was in no position to be consulted and she broke up with him and Oliver did not fight back at all, at which I was done with her in Season 4.
In Season 5, I was willing to give her another chance and she was OK until she ordered the recruits to attack Black Siren in 5x10, when it was not her call to make and she knocked Black Siren out, which was completely ridiculous and made Felicity a Mary Sue again. And later, in 5x19, she helped Helix, a group of hacktivists, break out cybercriminal Cayden James, from A.R.G.U.S. black site and they killed a governmental agent. She compromised national security and Cayden James in the first half of Season 6 almost destroyed the city and in 5x23, despite that she apologized to Oliver regarding William, earlier, she whined about not being consulted again.
In Seasons 6-7, she was more or less fixed and became more tolerable and she regained a lot of my respect, when she defended Black Siren in 7x18, when Black Siren had a relapse and was on a path to villainy briefly again.
Plus, the final nail in the coffin was Felicity leaving with the Monitor into the afterlife, so that she could have her "Happily ever after" with Oliver, which is stupid on so many levels, not only because it's fan-service again but Felicity abandons her children and friends just for her own happiness, when they clearly need to face more threats, like Grant Wilson and the Deathstrokes.
In the first two seasons, Diggle was Oliver's moral compass and best friend. But the showrunners often make Diggle very inconsistent, but then he became Olicity counselor and in Season 4, he was a total jerk about Oliver kidnapping Lyla and leaving their daughter alone and considering that Diggle knew what the League of Assassins was capable of, he should not have to blame Oliver for so long.
Then, Season 5, he judged Lyla for locking up Cayden James with no due trial. How about looking back at Slade Wilson and Digger Harkness on Lian Yu?
Then, Season 6, Diggle became a self-righteous, selfish jerk about wanting the role of Green Arrow and secretly buying drugs for his nerve damage. Over the Season 6, Diggle became the complete opposite of who he was when he was initially introduced in Arrow, even though in Season 7, he more or less came around, but then, in 7x10 he decided to recruit Diaz into Ghost Initiative, a revamped version of Suicide Squad, when Diggle himself has had issues with the Suicide Squad in the past and his past lecturing of Lyla, Waller and Oliver and when it was not his decision to make and he basically forced Lyla to reinstate it. But he later took responsibility for the blowback, when it did not go well with it in 7x14, so at least he faced the consequences for his crap here.
In Season 8 and series finale, Diggle accused Oliver of being a murderer in the flashbacks, which was stupid retcon and Oliver hate again and his eulogy at Oliver's funeral fell flat, since he again proved himself to be unworthy of calling himself Oliver's brother unlike Barry, Slade or Roy for example.
In summary, Diggle can often be a hypocrite and inconsistent with his character, with criticizing Lyla for locking up Cayden James without trial, when he pretty much did the same thing with Slade and Harkness and criticizing Oliver for having blind spots regarding family, when Diggle himself had a blind spot regarding his former commanding officer, Ted Gaynor, who later became a criminal and Diggle defended him, despite the fact that all the facts were practically in front of him.
Another blind spot is his brother Andy. It was obvious he was helping H.I.V.E. and was inserted as a mole in Team Arrow, yet Diggle defended him, even if everyone else was suspicious of Andy and were forced to give Andy on Diggle's insistence a benefit of the doubt, and that is what ultimately got Laurel killed. Elaborated opinion is later below. At this point, I'm done with Diggle. Most of my stories are gonna keep Diggle more to making him likeable like he was in Seasons 1-2 but after how his character development was flip-flopping throughout Seasons 3-8, I'm more than tempted to write stories where Diggle gets called out on his crap or killed off. I put him in the same category as Tony Stark in MCU in Avengers: Infinity War. Tolerable but still sour about the crap he had done in the past.
He's more to promote LGBT agenda and while he was a good comic relief, when he was initially introduced in Season 4, he later turned out to be quite a moron and as Diggle said once, Curtis is a dude-like version of Felicity and asides from poor combat skills at best, he wasn't able of anything Felicity couldn't do on her own, so he seemed redundant. Plus, he's not very interesting and he acted a lot like an idiot for condemning Oliver as a killer in Season 5.
In Season 6, it got a lot worse though. Curtis turned his back on Oliver and left Team Arrow after Felicity had put him, Dinah and Rene under surveillance, when it was revealed that Rene was testifying against Oliver. This was understandable but the last straw was him siding with Dinah Drake to take out Black Siren, which almost resulted in Quentin, Thea and Felicity getting hurt or worse in process and he also hacked Diggle's chip implant in his hand, in order to take him out of the fight, when fighting against him and Oliver. And the fact, that he condemned Oliver for beating up Rene, causing for his injuries from the beginning of Season 6 to open, despite Oliver holding back and Curtis crossing the line first by hacking Diggle's chip implant, makes him a hypocrite. Good that he left in Season 7.
I think Dinah was a promising character but naming her "Dinah", while there was deceased Dinah Laurel Lance, seemed to be disrespect towards the character. But, she turned out to be a vengeful, bloodthirsty bitch with little to no redeeming qualities, willing to beat up a 40-year-old man with heart condition to take out Black Siren for killing her lover, a ruthless vigilante, who indiscriminately killed criminals, regardless of collateral damage, while Black Siren showed true remorse over what she did and was forced to do it. I think Dinah Drake had a lot of potential but the showrunners wasted it.
I don't hate the character, I hate what the showrunners did with her and I was willing to give her a benefit of the doubt until Season 6 and I gave her another chance in Season 7 but the second half of Season 7 has really soured my opinion on her, considering how she treated Earth-2 Laurel, when she was working her ass off trying to make amends, despite that eventually, Dinah apologized to Laurel and made amends with her but still, her fooling herself that Vince was an innocent, is annoying.
Mia Smoak (Mia Queen)
Now, I don't need to go into how stupid it was to make Mia Olicity's daughter, considering how stupid Olicity is. Asides from that, her arrogant and bratty attitude towards Oliver, when they first met and being such a know-it-all and disrespecting Oliver and flipping out on him for abandoning her, when he was preparing himself for the Crisis and protecting the multiverse, while understandable, was annoying, plus the planned Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off, which is nothing more that feminism propaganda ruined her for me, so even though it probably would've been better to make Mia Sara's daughter instead of Felicity's, her bratty attitude and the spin-off makes me wish the character didn't exist at all as Oliver's biological daughter? Why not make her Mia Dearden, Oliver's ward? This character in particular is nothing more but feminism propaganda tool. Good that they decided to scrap the spin-off.
OK, let me just say, the villainous version of Richard Dragon, also known as Ricardo Diaz Jr., is among my favorite villains in The New 52 Green Arrow comic books but in the show, Diaz is an uninteresting villain and ridiculously overpowered Gary Stu. I mean, the only background that has been given, is Diaz having a rough childhood, bullied in an orphanage and he grew up to be a crime lord. And what baffles me is how is he able to hold his own against Oliver and being able to beat him, while there's no background on his combat skills, although given his association with terrorist Dante, who held his own against Oliver, it might make sense but so far, Diaz has been the lamest main villain of Arrow, with Damien Darhk right behind him.
Honestly, Iris has been completely mishandled by the showrunners of The Flash and I think she is even worse than Felicity in most cases. I have nothing against Candice Patton but she plays quite an awful version of Iris in the show. She has even stupider suicidal ideas than Felicity and her plot armor is even thicker than Felicity's and she rarely, if ever, gets called out. She is a selfish, bossy, arrogant bitch that treats Barry and everyone around her like crap and her lackeys and walks away with it, being jealous of Barry with any other girl than her and she sabotaged Barry's relationship with Linda Park when Barry was dating Linda. In this case, either she wasn't thinking what was she doing at the time and it was all by accident or she just couldn't stand Barry being with someone else. Sometimes I think that they should have casted someone else than Candice Patton as Iris West in The Flash. Honestly, Danielle Panabaker would've fit better as Iris, rather than Candice Patton, since Danielle and Grant Gustin have much better chemistry onscreen than Iris but, then, the whole WestAllen thing should've been handled differently, rather than Barry being obsessed with Iris to the point of stalking and he and Iris growing up under the same roof, with Joe being father figure to both of them.
In Season 3, she called off the engagement with Barry and broke up with him after Savitar had beaten Barry almost to death, which, while understandable, since Barry had purposed to her mainly to save her life, was cruel, tactless and inconsiderate from her towards Barry. And making her leader of Team Flash in Season 4 is freaking stupid. Plus, in 5x19, after they found out that Nora, Barry's and Iris's daughter, had been working with Thawne the whole time and lying to them, Iris showed that she didn't seem to be bothered by Nora working with Thawne and lying to them, despite what Thawne had done to them, showing how little she cares about Barry. Right now, I honestly hate her far more than Felicity at the moment. Elaborated opinion is later below.
To me, despite that I was willing to give her a benefit of the doubt at the beginning of Season 5, when she was just starting, she was more annoying than interesting to me, even though I had some sympathy for her. She grew up without Barry as her father around and Iris put a power-dampening chip on her to suppress her powers. But she had Iris' recklessness and immaturity and acts a bit like a fangirl, putting herself and everyone at unnecessary risk and who knows what did she mess up in the timeline by coming back from the future and she is emotional, whenever Iris approaches her or someone brings her up, since in the future Iris put a power-dampening chip on her for her own protection and she grew up without Barry as her father, which makes her quite short-tempered and bitchy towards Iris, which is more pointless WestAllen family drama and it was stupid that at some moments Season 5 treated her like if she was more important than other characters, who had been in the show for four seasons.
Plus, she lied about her being associated with Thawne and time travelled back and forth to talk with Thawne behind Team Flash's back repeatedly, despite knowing what he had done, when it was more than likely that Thawne had been manipulating her and Team Flash the whole time again. And frankly, throughout the whole Season 5, she had almost no character development at all, since when she seemed that she had learned from her mistakes, her behavior did not change at all and the show stupidly tried to justify her actions and the constant drama around her made Season 5 boring and annoying. And Iris, while I understand why she wanted to take Nora's side after Team Flash found out that she had been working with Thawne, her claiming that Thawne was right, really lowered my opinion on Iris even more and it seriously pissed me off.
While I get that she wanted him to train her when she was learning about speedster powers, how could she still work with Thawne despite knowing that he killed Barry's mother is beyond me and I don't blame Barry for sending her back to the future where she belongs. I gave her a benefit of the doubt at first but I soured on her since 5x18. I can understand her working with Thawne at first but her continuing to work with him, despite learning what Thawne had done to her family, I don't think it is forgivable. Although, I think she redeemed herself after defeating Cicada and therefore erasing herself from existence but I'm not gonna lose any sleep over her death.
When she was introduced in The Flash, she seemed like a promising character but most of the crossover with Arrow and in LoT she was whining, "I'm a barista, not a warrior." The showrunners did such a crappy job with this character.
Self-serving jackass, who uses his own teammates like pawns for his own means. After what he did with the Time Bureau agents and how he had hidden from the Legends and from Ava herself that she is actually a clone, he became a jackass in my book. But how he sacrificed himself to stop Mallus did earn him some redemption but I can't stop hating him and I think he went off too easily.
Now, I don't fully dislike Alex as a character, unlike other characters, but her coming out as a lesbian in Season 2 of Supergirl seemed pointless and it consumed most of the season and she sometimes shows short temper and arrogant behavior, always having to have the final word, which ticks me off. Plus, she likes to involve herself in problems of others and is very nosy. I don't mind Alex that much but she can get very annoying in Supergirl sometimes, though not as much as other characters in Arrowverse.
Nothing against the character itself or the actor himself and I know that film and TV adaptations like to make their own spins on characters from comic books but sometimes I don't like James in Supergirl because he is nothing like the comic book version of the character or previous live action portrayals of Jimmy Olsen. The classic Jimmy is awkward geek and nerd. The version in the show is self-righteous bad-ass "vigilante" and can sometimes be arrogant "know-it-all".
In comic books, to me, she is more like "Meh." and I don't really care about her as a character. In Arrowverse, her version is just terrible. One can partly understand she's trying to prove herself as a woman and a vigilante but she's nothing but a feminism and LGBT tool in Arrowverse, plus, at one point she admitted she was not trying to bring hope as Batwoman, unlike Bruce as Batman and her constantly letting Alice go at first because she was Kate's sister, allowing her to kill more innocent, later because she gets outsmarted by Alice at every single turn despite that she had given up on her, make her an awful hero.
It might often happen that I will insert Batman and Justice League characters into my Arrowverse stories or my own original characters. So, to add faces to the characters
Bruce Wayne - Christian Bale (nothing against Affleck but I think Bale was more realistic, Affleck was more of the comic book portrayal)
Alfred Pennyworth - Michael Caine
Selina Kyle - Anne Hathaway or Stana Katic (depends on which actress you think is more appropriate)
Dick Grayson - Matt Long
Jason Todd - James Franco or Garrett Hedlund or Michael Angarano (depends on which actor you think is more appropriate)
Tim Drake - Dylan O'Brien or Logan Lerman (depends on which actor you think is more appropriate)
Barbara Gordon - Ashley Greene
Commissioner James Gordon - Gary Oldman (I like J.K. Simmons but to me he will always be J.J. Jameson from the old Spider-Man films)
Justice League or other DC Comics characters, heroes and villains alike or supporting characters:
Clark Kent (Superman) - Tyler Hoechlin or Tom Welling, depending on who does sit with you better. (Nothing against Henry Cavill, he is a good actor but the interpretation of Superman in DCEU does not sit well with me, Hoechlin and Welling both portray the more classical Superman and while Hoechlin is good, Welling has the powerful presence you expect Superman to have but I don't have any preference)
Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) - Gal Gadot
Arthur Curry (Aquaman) - Alan Ritchson, who also played the character in Smallville TV series (Nothing against Jason Momoa, he actually is one of my favorite actors but he doesn't look like Aquaman in comic books at all, even though I liked the solo film with him in DCEU)
Victor Stone (Cyborg) - Ray Fisher
Lex Luthor - Michael Rosenbaum (He's the one true Lex Luthor for me, Jesse Eisenberg was lame and Gene Hackman too old school and Jon Cryer did a good job in Supergirl but he doesn't sit well with me and not a fan of his beard and Kevin Spacey wasn't all that bad but Superman Returns was a disastrous film overall)
Mercy Graves - Elena Satine (Rhona Mitra wasn't that bad in Supergirl but I didn't like the version of the character in the show at all)
Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) - Matthew McConaughey (Ryan Reynolds is a great actor but the film with him was catastrophic)
John Stewart (Green Lantern) - David Oyelowo
Kyle Rayner (Green Lantern) - Dave Franco
Zatanna Zatara - Serinda Swan, who also played the character in Smallville TV series
Steve Trevor - Chris Pine
As for my OCs or other DC Comics characters inserted into the stories:
Henry Fyff - Chad Michael Murray
Nicole Fyff - Kristen Bell
Takeo Yamashiro - Rick Yune (considering that his brother, Karl Yune, plays Maseo Yamashiro in Arrowverse and in comic books, Takeo is his brother)
Jade Nguyen - Jamie Chung
Jack Wheeler - Sebastian Stan
Rachel Gibson - Rachel Nichols
Richard Dragon (heroic version) - Matthew Fox
Richard Dragon (evil version) - Scott Adkins (This is nothing against Kirk Acevedo, he is a great actor but I don't like Arrowverse version of Richard Dragon, Ricardo Diaz, I will be sticking with comic book portrayals, both hero and villain versions of Richard Dragon)
Rose Wilson - Yvonne Strahovski
Artemis of Bana-Mighdall (do not mistake with Evelyn Sharpe of Arrow, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall is a DC Comics Amazon like Wonder Woman or Donna Troy) - Jessica Biel
This is written in regards to my Arrowverse stories which are part of THE DAR(H)K WAR saga and writing a sequel covering "Crisis on Earth-X". Re-watching the crossover, it seemed like pure fan service and frankly, I don't like Barry/Iris pairing in Arrowverse at all. Even if I would get aside Barry/Iris and Oliver/Felicity subplot, numerous things bugged me in the crossover that I didn't like at all and annoyed me a lot.
The crossover had potential but they spent more time focusing on the relationship drama instead of the crossover reaching its potential. You would have to be a complete idiot or a lover of pointless soap opera/drama crap to like the actual crossover, frankly, I hated the crossover overall and there was almost nothing I liked about it.
WARNING: The following issues I have with the crossover that I listed below, also contains huge spoilers for the crossover, so read at your own discretion.
Oliver of Earth-X and Kara of Earth-X are married.
Fans often ship Oliver / Kara and the couple was among the villains in the crossover. Frankly, it really annoyed me. I had to roll my eyes on the revelation that Dark Arrow and Overgirl were married to each other, it seemed like nothing but stupid fan service to me and Earth-38 Kara's reaction to the idea of her being married to Oliver seemed like a shoutout of people, who make it clear that Oliver / Kara can't happen. The pairing Dark Arrow / Overgirl and the fact that he had been trying to save her throughout the crossover was one of many things I hated about the crossover, since it was nothing but a twisted idea of the showrunners of Arrowverse trying to appeal to the fans shipping Oliver / Kara. I do not support Oliver / Kara but I am not opposed to the idea either, since I can see why people would want to pair them, however, Crisis on Earth-X really ticked me off with this pairing, since this was nothing but a fan-serviced move.
Sara Lance and Alex Danvers hooking up and sleeping together.
Honestly, I wasn't even surprised that would happen, it more like annoyed me that they needed to fill Sara's bisexual/gay quota. Even though I was curious, I did not need to see it happen. Sara and Alex hooking up in a one-night stand was again nothing but pure stupid fan service, which hit my nerves.
Leo Snart of Earth-X, a.k.a. Citizen Cold is gay.
Again, Arrowverse pushing political agenda and possibly fan service too, which was very annoying.
Prometheus of Earth-X is Tommy Merlyn.
Again, fan service that hit my nerves. Now, in Season 5 of Arrow, there were a lot of fans, who wanted Tommy to be Prometheus. But, the problem was that it would be cliché and predictable and fan-serviced also, Colin Donnell, the actor playing Tommy, was unavailable, due to being cast in NBC show Chicago Med at the time. And, even so, Tommy's face was onscreen for like 5-10 minutes before he committed suicide, so what the hell was the point anyway, asides from stupid fan service?
Felicity Smoak and Iris West saving Team Arrow and Team Flash.
I call "bullshit" on that one right now. Felicity and Iris saving the day, oh, please, don't make me laugh. This was only to make Felicity and Iris seem more capable than they actually are. There are countless moments, when their plan was stupid and should have gotten them killed. Mary-Sue alert and fan service and pandering of Felicity and Iris. If anyone actually liked that part, they're idiots with blinders towards Felicity and Iris, no way either of them would have been able to save Team Arrow and Team Flash in S.T.A.R. Labs full of Nazis without getting into trouble.
At the end, Felicity and Oliver get married, despite Felicity shouting out loud at the rehearsal dinner to Oliver in front of dozens of people that she doesn't want to marry him in the first part AND while Iris and Barry are getting wed at the end of the crossover, Felicity rudely and unsurprisingly interrupts them.
Another example of Felicity being hypocrite, rude and annoying and no one ever, or rarely, calls her out for her disrespectful crap.
Martin Stein dying.
I'll be honest, this did not annoy me that much but it did not make any sense at all. While Stein dying was one of the most emotional scenes in Arrowverse, as much as Moira Queen's death or Barry going back in time to see his mother Nora before she dies, this was illogical, since Waverider can heal a lot worse than a bullet wound. It healed Diggle in Invasion after he had been shot. And it also healed Sara after she had been shot by evil Rip Hunter later that season and he snapped her neck. And her injuries were far worse than Diggle's. Plot over logic.
Eobard Thawne of Earth-1, the Reverse-Flash being alive again, even though he should have been erased from existence.
Time remnant from Speed Force? Maybe. Still, it doesn't make that much sense, aside from fan service again. I think Thawne should have died permanently in Legends of Tomorrow 2x17. His return could have been interesting if they had given it proper explanation. I admit that I myself couldn't think of a fitting substitute for Eobard Thawne as Earth-X Flash though, nor give more proper explanation why Thawne had returned.
There are so many things I disliked with the crossover that I tried to fix but it has been pointed out to me that I did put there a pointless Henry / Sara drama subplot just like in the crossover was unnecessary Sara / Alex subplot. So, I guess this is my bad and lesson learned, do not insert drama subplots around the main characters.
Sorry, if some of you disliked my story due to this and all I can say is, "My bad, I'm sorry and I will try not to make my stories pointlessly melodramatic and turn them into soap operas next time but I can only hope you have liked the story and will follow and read my other stories as well."
Preferred Pairings (canon pairings and pairings I would like to see) in Arrowverse
Oliver Queen / Sara Lance
This is a logical pairing, since Sara has been through similar hell as Oliver has been, surviving in harsh environment, forced to kill to survive, basically, she and him have a certain level of understanding to each other, since they both spent their time in the darkness and they also have excellent chemistry and dynamic in the show.
And fans of Laurel are probably going to hate me for it and what I'm writing here is NOTHING AGAINST Laurel's character but I'm just stating the facts here. I love both Sara and Laurel as characters and as their Canary alter-egos. Sara had an embarrassing crush on Oliver before the Gambit and Laurel knew it. Out of jealousy, she called the cops on Sara at Tommy's party and Sara was grounded for month and next thing she knew, Laurel was dating with Oliver. So, Sara going on Queen's Gambit is not completely on Oliver convincing her but because Laurel screwed Sara over, so Sara decided to get back at her.
If it hadn't been for Laurel's jealousy and Sara's inner struggle with her darkness, I could see them make it work. I love Oliver being with either of the Lance sisters. Oliver / Laurel used to be my preference and OTP of Arrow but the recent obsession of some fanatics with this pairing and my realization regarding the pairing made me reconsider a lot of things regarding it. I love Oliver / Sara too, that is, when it is possible that they and Laurel are able to resolve their issues in the past regarding what happened before Season 1 and when Sara came back in Season 2.
What I didn't like was how their breakup in 2x20 was written, since the whole "It's not you, it's me, I'm dark and twisted and you deserve better." from Sara was honestly only because they could prop up Olicity and we all know how that turned out.
Oliver Queen / Earth-1 Laurel Lance (Mixed opinion)
The concept is great but the execution of the pairing was done poorly in the show, to be honest. I enjoy writing and reading stories with this pairing but certain events made me reconsider many things about the pairing, mainly the mania around Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel for the past few years and anyone trying to pair Oliver with anyone BUT Earth-1 Laurel, gets crucified by the fanatics obsessed with Oliver / Laurel, mainly when they dare to pair Oliver / Sara instead.
Earth-1 Laurel used to be my preferred love interest for Oliver and it used to be OTP for me. If you are at least familiar with Green Arrow comic books, you know that Oliver and Dinah Laurel Lance are OTP, as much as understandable her anger towards Oliver in Season 1 and their strained relationship in Season 2 because of Tommy's death were, they should have found their way to each other but Guggenheim decided to pull that stupid Olicity card, which I didn't mind at first, but considering where did it lead… well, if you watch the show, I don't think I need to explain myself any further. This pairing should have been the heart and main love story of Arrow, since both of them were through crucibles of epic proportions and can relate to each other the most, asides from Sara and their chemistry is great. I wish Laurel had not died and that Oliver ended up with either Laurel or Sara instead of Felicity, who until Season 6 had little to no respect towards Oliver or any of his former or current girlfriends and Felicity treated Sara and Laurel like crap due to being jealous.
However, the mania from fanatics that are obsessed with this pairing and crucify anyone, who pairs Oliver with anyone but Earth-1 Laurel makes it harder for me to write this pairing, despite that I enjoy reading and writing it. Plus, I do not like how the pairing was handled from the beginning. I love the pairing as a concept but I dislike the circumstances surrounding it, considering how it was handled in canon in the show, since just the basis makes it difficult to root for it. Laurel knew that Sara had a crush on Oliver and she became jealous of Sara and called the cops on her sister at Tommy's party, resulting in Sara being grounded by Quentin and later Oliver and Laurel dating, which was the cause of Sara going with Oliver on Gambit and cheating on Laurel and also, before Sara, Oliver cheated on Laurel again with Samantha by getting drunk at a party and later sleeping with Samantha, resulting in Samantha giving birth to William, which ruined this pairing from the start and it apparently was the result of the showrunners' disrespect towards the pairing.
In Season 3, Laurel, from an emotional side, turned her back on him and had a stick up her ass, developing a sense of self-righteousness and arrogance, disrespecting Oliver, which continued to the beginning of Season 4, where she justified Oliver saving Thea with Lazarus pit to resurrect Sara, without fully understanding the consequences. Though later, they again became friends, the showrunners killed Laurel off and her last words on deathbed were that Oliver would always be the love of her life and she supported Oliver / Felicity, which was a low blow and spit in the face of comic book fans and reasonable fans of Arrow.
Plus, it is astonishing that Laurel keeps staying around Oliver, despite the fact that he had cheated on her at least twice, with Samantha and later with Sara and what is even more strange is Laurel showing no conflicting feelings towards Oliver in the beginning of the show in the first episodes and having little to no self-respect, which makes it hard to root for the pairing in the early seasons. I still love the pairing though and I enjoy writing and reading stories with Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel but I get why some other people are mixed about it and honestly, the harassment from people who are Laurel fanatics makes it hard for some writers to write for this pairing in particular and I don't blame them. Also, whenever Laurel makes a terrible mistake that later affects the people she cares about and has significant consequences, Oliver ends up protecting her from the consequences and sometimes even takes the blame for them, with Laurel getting off scot-free and it ends up with most people, Laurel included, blaming Oliver for things going to crap, which makes it hard for me to get behind Laurel as a character.
The basis of Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel itself was screwed right from the start, since they didn't really have a healthy relationship before the Gambit, considering that Oliver had cheated on her with Sara and Samantha at the very least and it is likely that he had slept with more than these two women. Frankly, asides from being childhood friends, Oliver and Laurel never really had anything in common, since Laurel was more mature and responsible, while Oliver was a playboy and a party-goer. Plus, in the flashbacks, it seemed that Laurel was more interested in her long-term plan about having a happy life with Oliver, rather than bothering to know who Oliver really was back then, considering that she didn't see he was not ready to move in with her and she showed no conflicting feelings, considering that Oliver had cheated on her with her own sister and no matter how much he had changed into a better person, when he returned, no woman with at least some self-respect would take her boyfriend back after that.
Honestly, just the fact that Laurel called Quentin on Sara at Tommy's party, which resulted in Sara being grounded for month and Laurel and Oliver later dating, when Laurel had known about Sara having a crush on Oliver and wanted to get Sara out of the way to get to Oliver, made my opinion on the pairing Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel lower, alongside the fact that Laurel had set herself up in a fantasy world with Oliver, oblivious of how much she was hurting Sara or that Oliver was not ready to move in with her and showing no self-respect after knowing that Oliver had cheated on her and wanting to take him back and resume their relationship in 1x22, makes it hard for me to root for the pairing and bring myself to write stories with this pairing, despite that I enjoy writing and reading stories with Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel, as long as they are not written by fanatics, who are trying to treat Sara like crap in their stories or try to make Laurel superior to Oliver and let her get away with treating Oliver like crap, like how some fanatics write the pairing. I want to keep writing stories with this pairing but the recent obsession and harassment regarding this pairing and my epiphany regarding the circumstances of this pairing, has made me feel uneasy writing it and I most likely am not going to write stories with this pairing as often as I used to.
I'll keep the pairing Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel in my The Dar(h)k War saga but outside of it, I most likely am not going to write it as often as I used to, despite that I enjoy writing it, due to the facts I mentioned above, which are Laurel getting Sara grounded so that Laurel could date Oliver and the Laurel fanatics, which actually are not Laurel fanatics but Katie Cassidy fanatics, since she is a good actress and I do not disagree, alongside with her showing little to no conflicting feelings and no self-respect, while wanting to resume a relationship with Oliver in Season 1. Any other woman would not do that, after her boyfriend had slept with her sister and cheated on her. I do not mean any offense to Katie Cassidy and I think she does well in emotional scenes but as for action in Arrow, she honestly leaves a lot to be desired, since she does not seem to me like action badass woman material, unlike Caity Lotz, Juliana Harkavy or Scarlett Johansson among the examples. Plus, the fact that Laurel likes to blame Oliver for her own mistakes that eventually impact everyone or bad things that happen to her and that Oliver ends up taking the blame for Laurel's mistakes to protect her from the consequences. This I can move past rather with no problem, but the obsession of the Laurel fanatics and them harassing anyone pairing Oliver with anyone but Laurel and the Arrow finale, which was Oliver hate and Olicity puke fest makes it hard for me to bring myself to write stories with Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel.
The Laurel fanatics, or should I say, Katie Cassidy fanatics have already forced my friends Stand with Ward and Queen and Phillipe363 to delete their Oliver / Laurel stories, which I myself have enjoyed reading and Aragorn II Elessar has rewritten his stories containing Oliver / Laurel, so that it would not be there, with these authors making it clear they are not going to write stories with this pairing anymore, which should say something about how they have been pushed by the fanatics. These fanatics need to get a reality check.
The issues with Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel pairing, also known as Lauriver, as described by my friend Phillipe363
To put it simply, the Laurel Lance fanbase for the most part is as bad as the WestAllen fanbase. Because of constant attacks on everybody from cast and crew to a simple person of either interviewer, who does not share the Oliver / Laurel love, or somebody on Twitter who is just a casual watcher of Arrowverse shows and even a fanfiction writer who dares to write something other than Oliver / Laurel or point out issues with Laurel or Lauriver relationship. This is especially obvious on sites like ArrowReddit or Twitter.
For fanfiction alone like ArlyssTolero or whatever name he has gone by over the years, to Stand with Ward and Queen, Aragorn II Elessar and Phillipe363 among a few others writers have suffered from the non-stop hate from the Laurel Lance wackos. It's not enough for Laurel to be a badass, every other character, especially Oliver Queen and Sara Lance, must all be nerfed almost to a level of being pathetic losers, so Laurel can get propped up.
For example, they come up with saying that Thea or Laurel can beat Oliver and Sara despite Thea only having about six months of League training from Malcolm, and Laurel having few weeks of boxing training from Ted Grant and Nyssa al Ghul, which is ridiculous comparison with Oliver, who had been trained by Yao Fei, Shado, Slade Wilson, A.R.G.U.S., Bratva, Talia al Ghul and Ra's al Ghul, and their statement about Thea or Laurel being able to beat Oliver and Sara is utter crap, yet some writers are writing Oliver so incapable that he needs Laurel to help him. While I respect the writer's decision to write stories, I find stories of such nature completely ridiculous and total bullshit, that Oliver is incapable of doing anything without Laurel's help.
Plus, Oliver and Laurel before the Gambit did not have a stable committed relationship, when Oliver had cheated on Laurel at least twice, with her own sister Sara and Samantha Clayton, with Laurel oblivious of that happening, yet she is sure to act like a total shrew to Sara, who points this out to her, that's not the sign of somebody who is not aware. That's the sign of somebody who knows but does not want to admit it.
Like the old saying says, "They didn't cut his tongue out because he was speaking lies, they were afraid of the truth that he would say."
And Laurel wants to move in with Oliver with being engaged for a year, get married following that, have this white picket fence with kids while she's a successful DA and Oliver works at the family company. Really, Laurel was more interested in her long-term plan at times than she even bothered to know Oliver who is. Or the Laurel taking Oliver back after cheating on her with Sara, only shows how little self-respect she has for herself, when she shows almost no conflicting feelings regarding Oliver in Season 1, considering he had cheated on her with her own sister and instead we get this non-sense love triangle Oliver / Laurel / Tommy. Also, pre-island relationship Oliver / Laurel, despite being hailed as this great thing really, is certainly anything but. Asides from being childhood friends, they never really seemed to have that much in common for Oliver grew into being a party-goer while Laurel was more responsible, studying to become a lawyer and the relationship seems more opposites attract than anything else.
Well, from some information in Season 1, one has to wonder if Oliver and Tommy were not in her life, would Laurel have even been all that interested in going to parties and such? Probably not. Because Laurel never seemed to have any interest in going to parties, even pre-island. Despite Oliver being changed post-island, it was clear he decided to move on from Laurel and to put it simply, this relationship was never this great thing the Laurel fans want it to be. Quite frankly, in some cases, they and the Olicity shippers have things in common for neither one of their OTP's being all that great. When you get right down to the Oliver Queen / Dinah Laurel Lance relationship in the comic books is filled with toxic bullcrap and has been for decades. I'm not all that impressed with the relationship from the comic books either and the pairing in DC Rebirth had become a toxic mess, with Dinah treating Oliver like crap and being abusive towards him.
Oliver Queen / Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Black Siren) (Mixed opinion)
Put aside the fact that Black Siren was a villain and is now a reformed criminal on a path to redemption, she is everything Black Canary from comic books is. She has good chemistry with Oliver, just like Earth-1 Laurel, as seen in Arrow 5x10 and she had rough life, just like Oliver.
On the other hand, after how Earth-1 Laurel died in Season 4, this pairing feels a lot like rebound, since at the end of the day, Oliver and Earth-2 Laurel would only be trying to replace the people they had lost and Oliver would probably be seeing his Laurel in her and Laurel her Oliver in him, which makes it a little hard for me to root for it and as much I would like to see this pairing happen, if it was well written, there's also the issue of power imbalance between Oliver and Earth-2 Laurel, although that issue isn't that bad IMO, unlike the fact that Oliver cheated on Earth-1 Laurel or that she had Sara grounded, so that she could date Oliver.
Plus, in Season 5, they ruined her by making her a villain and Felicity knocking her out, which was stupid and ridiculous and nothing but pandering of Felicity at the expense of the showrunners treating Laurel like crap again.
In Season 6, she was ruined even further by becoming a one-dimensional villain and joining a cabal of villains to make Oliver's life living hell. However, later she showed remorse and regret over her past actions and despite her trying to show that she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, she has her own moral values and sense of honor, as seen for example, when she showed reluctance and later remorse over killing Vincent Sobel (Vigilante), when Cayden James ordered her to and her gratitude towards Oliver and Diggle defending her, when Dinah was going to kill her to avenge Vince. Or another example is when Diaz burned alive his childhood bully over a grudge that had been going on for years, she expressed disgust at Diaz's actions but the flip-flopping of Laurel's allegiances between Team Arrow and Diaz was just as annoying as with Malcolm flip-flopping between good guy and bad guy. Laurel turning good I could buy though, unlike with Malcolm.
Later she was clearly ashamed and remorseful over her past actions and was set on a path of redemption in Season 7 after how her actions had hurt Oliver and Quentin. I think that Oliver and Black Siren could be a good match in Season 7, if he were not in relationship with Felicity and Oliver was more open to giving Laurel a benefit of the doubt after how she had stabbed him in the back in Seasons 5-6.
However, there is the same issue with the pairing Oliver / Earth-2 Laurel as with Earth-1 Laurel, regarding the Laurel (Katie Cassidy) fanatics, so I don't see myself write stories with this pairing often nowadays.
Just like with Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel, I am going to write stories with Oliver / Earth-2 Laurel but not as often as stories with other pairings but I will read stories with this pairing.
Oliver Queen / Helena Bertinelli
If it hadn't been for the fact that Helena turned out to be a psychopath, I could see them make it work, since they both have a lot in common and their chemistry was fine in 1x07-08. Fathers who have done bad things, that impacts their personal lives, loss of a loved one… they would have been a good couple.
I wish that Helena had returned to the show more often but in Arrow 7x12, they implied that Helena was dead and that is because they want to use the Huntress in DCEU's Birds of Prey film.
Oliver Queen / Nyssa al Ghul
I do not want to hear any arguments that Nyssa is a lesbian, there are a lot of fanfiction stories out there, where the fanfiction writers make main characters either bisexual or gay, so criticizing me for supporting Oliver / Nyssa would be very hypocritical of you. Besides, it has not been explicitly confirmed in Arrowverse that Nyssa is a lesbian; for all we know, she could be bisexual.
This pairing may be fan-serviced but it's actually one of those I actually am OK with. There seems to be some unexplored chemistry and a lot of good dynamic between her and Oliver, since both of them are fellow warriors, who are willing to go to extreme to protect their loved ones. They have a lot of respect towards each other and there certainly seems to be an attraction between them and moments when one of them would make a move on the other, so criticizing me for pairing them both would be very hypocritical of you, I think this pairing has a lot of unexplored potential.
Oliver Queen / Talia al Ghul
I've read some stories with this pairing and I can see why would the people pair them and the concept, given how it has been written in the stories I have read and considering Oliver's and Talia's interactions in Season 5 flashbacks and 7x05, is intriguing. In the show, Talia seemed to be ruined by bad writing. I did like their interactions and dynamic in Season 5 and 7x05 and from those things, it seemed like there easily could have been something between them, since Talia seemed to be more reasonable in 7x05 and Season 8 than in Season 5 in the present.
But, they ruined Talia in Season 5, by making her just as obsessively loyal to Ra's as in comic books and turned her into a hypocrite, since she was the one, who had convinced Oliver to target the List on which Claybourne was, yet she helped Chase and trained him, since both of them wanted revenge on Oliver due to Oliver killing their fathers, which is hypocritical of Talia, considering that she is just as much to blame for Claybourne's death as Oliver. In Seasons 7-8, she seemed to come around though and made amends with Oliver and considering their interactions there, there probably was potential to be more between them.
This relationship could work, if Talia's obsessive loyalty to her father or her megalomania and delusions of grandeur don't become the destructive factor, like with Bruce / Talia in Batman franchise.
Oliver Queen / Kara Zor-El (Kara Danvers)
Under the right circumstances and with good writing of the pairing, I can get behind it. However, the pairing of the evil doppelgangers in Crisis on Earth-X was nothing but pure fan service nonsense and it was one of many things that I hated about the crossover. I don't support pairings that are purely fan-serviced if they are not written properly in fanfiction stories and so far, I have seen very few of such stories that were in my opinion well written on FF and AO3, as far as Oliver / Kara pairing is concerned.
These two have different personalities and perspectives on life but both of them are in their own ways, pariahs in their society, they both have suffered their share of losses, they both suffer from survivor's guilt and they both carry a great burden, while carrying on their mission as heroes, plus, they have good chemistry in the show with a lot of potential and can relate to a significant extent. I can understand why some people are opposed to the idea of Oliver / Kara because of her self-righteousness in Supergirl Season 3, but an easy solution would be to just remove Kara's ego and self-righteousness, and make Kara more open to killing, if it meant saving innocents, rather than preferring her own moral values so that she could feel better over doing whatever is necessary to save a life, even if it meant killing to make the pairing work.
Oliver Queen / Lena Luthor
An intriguing possibility due to their similarities and also due to Smallville. Both of them come from families that had done terrible things and both of them are trying to redeem their family names. Besides, Lena could use a stronger moral compass which Oliver does have, since she herself has made questionable and morally grey decisions and needs proper guidance, like with Oliver / Tess in Smallville.
Oliver Queen / Lyla Michaels
I‘ve seen one story with this pairing, called "An unexpected relationship", written by Phillipe363 and come to think about it, these two would be better fit for each other than for their current partners, those being Felicity and Diggle, who each treats Oliver and Lyla like crap on more than one occasion. Both Oliver and Lyla work in shades of grey and aren't afraid to get their hands dirty to do what is necessary, but they both get judged and condemned by Felicity and Diggle, who each of them looks down upon their respective partners from their moral high horse with a judgmental attitude and in Felicity's case, she's a whining annoying bitch as usual, since she thinks that what Oliver is doing is wrong, period. Diggle is a hypocrite, in his case, when he condemned Lyla and lectured her on locking Cayden James up in a black site with no trial, when he did the same thing, when he helped Oliver lock Slade and Harkness up in prison on Lian Yu and Diggle went behind Lyla's back and basically forced her to form Suicide Squad 2.0, when he himself judged her for working in such team.
Oliver Queen / Dinah Drake
I've read some stories with this pairing and I think the concept could have been interesting, since Dinah was a lot like Helena Bertinelli, with Oliver helping her get her life straight and clean up her act. However, considering that she seemed more like a rebound after what happened with Laurel, both Earth-1 and Black Siren, it cheapens the concept of the pairing, plus Dinah didn't show a lot of redeeming qualities and she was ruined in Season 6, mainly because they revealed Vincent Sobel as Vigilante.
Concept could be interesting if the circumstances were different, though and I'd like to see that explored.
Sara Lance / Nyssa al Ghul (Mixed opinion)
I honestly do not mind Sara being bisexual but I am annoyed by the fact that currently in Legends of Tomorrow, the showrunners keep reminding us of the fact that Sara is attracted to women, as if we are idiots. It often happens in the show that Sara is interested in another woman or is making out with another girl, or someone in the show makes a crack that Sara is into girls, which has become irritating and annoying at this point and it is no longer cute or funny.
As for Sara's relationship with Nyssa, I can understand their attraction to each other, even though they fell into each other due to the development of Florence Nightingale syndrome, when Nyssa fell in love Sara, while nursing her to health after she saved her after the sinking of Amazo. But, the fact that in Season 2, Nyssa acted like a possessive stalker, rather than a person and even had Laurel poisoned and Dinah kidnapped to get Sara to come with her, makes it difficult for me to support the pairing, as much as I understand Nyssa's actions due to her League upbringing but Sara being fine with Nyssa's actions was just OOC and stupid, it just makes no sense how would Sara want to have anything to do with Nyssa at all after how she poisoned Laurel and kidnapped Dinah to leverage Sara into returning with her to the League. In Season 4, both of their characters did grow, with Sara no longer letting her inner darkness control her and Nyssa no longer letting her League upbringing and Ra's have as much of a hold on her and both of them eventually became better persons. In Season 2, I hated them together, since it was stupid how Sara was fine with what Nyssa did to Sara's family and it was toxic and Nyssa tried to emotionally manipulate Sara, then target her family, to get her to come back with Nyssa. Post-Season 3, who knows whether they could work as a couple, though I don't see this pairing working out outside the League.
Sara Lance / Ray Palmer
I think Ray and Sara care about each other like a brother and sister and I think they have good chemistry. I think there's a potential for this relationship to develop further than that but currently, they don't care about the other more than close friends and neither of them have expressed that they want more for the other one.
Roy Harper / Thea Queen
Their chemistry was one of the best in the show and I just loved their story in Arrow but Roy's character was completely wasted and had a lot of potential. That was because of Colton Haynes' contract and then his health issues. I wish they had given Roy / Thea relationship far more development but Willa Holland's contract expired in Season 6 of Arrow.
Felicity Smoak / Ray Palmer
They had good dynamic and chemistry and both of them are tech geeks, so they could relate a lot. My complaints with this pairing though are that first of all, that Felicity in 3x01 (unintentionally by giving Ray a tech advice) helped Ray hack into Queen Consolidated servers to find out about QC's raw data about the company's performance, which later led to Oliver losing Queen Consolidated to Ray, although Oliver probably wasn't in the right set to be the CEO and the Arrow at the same time, plus, this was done so that they could create another stupid love triangle.
Barry Allen / Patty Spivot
Both Barry and Patty have a lot in common, as for their personality and interests and their chemistry is just great, both even have a little darkness in them because of, go figure, the loss of a parent. What's not to like about these two? Definitely a fitting couple, in my opinion, if the writers hadn't written her character off the show in Season 2, a bit more honesty from Barry about him being the Flash and I could see the relationship develop further. Honestly, Harry's reasoning that the only way Barry can keep Patty safe by keeping his identity as the Flash a secret from her was stupid, since Patty was getting herself into danger anyway, with or without knowing Barry's secret, so it's more likely that some good could've come out of Patty knowing Barry's secret. Plus, in 2x10, even Iris supported Barry / Patty and she encouraged Barry to be more honest and open with Patty and tell her his secret, which says something.
Pity that the showrunners wrote Patty off because Shantel VanSanten was cast into Shooter TV series during that time, but the main reason was that one of the showrunners was upset with Shantel and wrote a rushed sendoff for her and I really hated what they did with Patty, but it could've been worse for her. I liked Shooter the first season before it turned a little too much into a family drama. But maybe Patty not staying in The Flash was for the best, since they would most likely treat Patty badly, probably kill her off, so that she would give blessing to WestAllen with her dying breath, and I would find that just as insulting as Laurel giving Olicity blessing on her deathbed or Alicia dying in Smallville to prop up Clark / Lana.
Barry Allen / Kara Zor-El (Kara Danvers)
They have excellent chemistry and very good dynamic, both have superpowers, both have similar personalities, both have been raised by people who were not biologically related to them after their biological families were taken from them. However, there is the same issue with this pairing like with Oliver / Kara, that being considering Supergirl Season 3, with Kara so self-righteous to the point of her own values over what is necessary to do, even if it means taking a life to save innocents, just like Batman and while Barry may be self-righteous and averse to killing, it's not like he hasn't at least considered getting his hands dirty.
If circumstances allowed it, these two would be the ultimate power couple, if you remove the self-righteousness aspect with Kara and make her more open to killing, if it meant saving a life.
Barry Allen / Caitlin Snow
There seems to be a lot of potential unexplored chemistry between these two, despite not being a pairing in comic books.
If it hadn't been for Barry's unhealthy obsession with Iris, I can see them make it work somehow, since I think that Grant Gustin and Danielle Panabaker have much better chemistry together onscreen, rather than he has with Candice Patton, although I have nothing against the latter, I just think that Grant and Candice have no chemistry onscreen at all. Honestly, Danielle would've fit more as Iris, rather than Candice but that would need for the basis of WestAllen in the show to change, since it's incest, considering the father/son bond between Joe and Barry and that Barry and Iris had grown up together, with Joe being a father figure to both of them.
Barry Allen / Felicity Smoak
In Arrow 2x08-09 and in The Flash 1x04 there was a lot of chemistry between these two. They both have a lot in common and can relate, due to their geeky and dorky personality, but as much as I like their interactions, it's hard for me to get behind the pairing, due to the fact that Arrow 2x08-09 was trying to portray Oliver as jealous of Barry and Felicity together, considering their interactions, when Oliver has valid reasons to mistrust Barry, considering Oliver's trust issues and the fact that he had been betrayed before by Yao Fei, Sara, Waller, Gregor, Viktor and Moira.
Also, the showrunners decided to pair Barry with Iris, who is quite annoying in my opinion, even more than Felicity and while Felicity changed for the better in Seasons 6-7, she is now married to Oliver. I used to hate Olicity pairing but since Season 6, the pairing was more tolerable.
Barry Allen / Sara Lance
I've noticed that there are a lot of stories pairing them on AO3. Not really a supporter of this pairing but given the right circumstances and good writing, I can see it work. Now, Sara we got in Legends of Tomorrow is not the real Sara at all, but if it was resurrected Sara after leaving the League, well, Barry could help her pull back from the edge, when she gives into the darkness, while Sara could help him learn that the world operates in shades of grey. Honestly, I wish we had gotten more interactions of Lance sisters with Team Flash, instead of the writers constantly trying to prop up Original Team Arrow, when Oliver, Diggle and Felicity help Team Flash and later Diggle and Felicity became less worthy of being his teammates.
Cisco Ramon / Lisa Snart
Call me crazy but despite the fact that Lisa helped her brother Leonard Snart, a.k.a. Captain Cold, kidnap Cisco and torture his brother Dante, there is very good chemistry between her and Cisco and it has this Batman / Catwoman kind of vibe.
Cisco Ramon / Kendra Saunders
I think they had good chemistry and there certainly was attraction, unlike with Kendra and Carter. After that, I wanted to put a gag on Kendra for constantly whining, "I'm not a warrior, I'm a barista."
Mick Rory / Amaya Jiwe
I think there's a lot of dynamic between these two and while I do not ship them, they are a good team and Amaya seems to have positive influence on Mick and their chemistry was better than Nate / Amaya. It would've made a lot more sense than how they handled Nate / Amaya. I will not write stories with this pairing but I think this would've made sense.
Ray Palmer / Nora Darhk
Honestly, I don't know how should I feel about this pairing. The interactions between Ray and Nora in the show are funny, considering that the actors, Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford, are actually married to each other and have a son together but that's probably the only reason they were paired together in the show. I actually try not to laugh anytime I see them interact with each other in Legends of Tomorrow because it is so hilarious to see a hero and a villain to interact with each other and anyone who knows that the actors are married to each other, can see the attraction and chemistry between them, which makes their interactions funny, if you know what are you looking at.
In Legends of Tomorrow Season 3, Ray found himself attracted to Nora somehow and there were moments, when Nora returned the affection too and he tried to set Nora straight and give her a better life. At first, she turned him down at every turn but when Damien Darhk sacrificed his life to save her, Nora showed some remorse and Ray helped her escape, when she was arrested and she showed him some appreciation by getting her life straight and later, turning herself in, as a penance for her crimes and they are good together, although it feels a bit fan-serviced, considering that the actors are married in real life, which makes me feel a little mixed about it, since the pairing feels fan-serviced, though I can't say I'm complaining.
Ray Palmer / Zari Tomaz
Two tech geeks, like video games, they could really relate and both have a sense of humor and they have good chemistry onscreen. I can see that happening but I currently don't have a clear idea about how could they get together but I might write stories with this pairing.
Querl Dox (Brainy) / Nia Nal
Rushed maybe but this works well because there is good dynamic between Brainy and Nia and they understand each other well due to being socially awkward geeks and sort of outcasts in the eyes of society. Brainy helped Nia master her powers and when she struggled with being alienated from her family and I think their chemistry is fine and this pairing has potential. So far, this relationship has been the only one that I have really rooted for in Supergirl.
Alex Danvers / Kelly Olsen
Honestly, I think this is another fan-serviced pairing and I partly get why the showrunners did this but it felt predictable and fan-serviced that Alex and Kelly got together, but surprisingly, these two have good chemistry. Kelly seems to relate to Alex a lot and she is very understanding because Kelly is a therapist. Their interactions were nice and the slow burn in Season 4 was well done but it seemed predictable they got together, although in Season 5, the pairing later won me over.
Disliked Pairings in Arrowverse
There are pairings in Arrowverse that have really annoyed me, due to females becoming arrogant, annoying, emotional and unlikable. And don't get me started on slash homosexual or incest pairings that I have seen on FF and AO3 in sections Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. I respect writer's decisions to write them but these are in my opinion total bullshit and disgust me, such as Laurel / Sara, Laurel / Thea, Laurel / Nyssa, Sara / Felicity, Laurel / Felicity, Sara / Thea, Oliver / Tommy, Oliver / Thea, Oliver / Slade, Iris / Linda, Barry / Snart, Barry / Hartley, Iris / Caitlin, Snart / Mick, Kara / Alex, Kara / Lena etc. and I have no desire at all of writing them or reading them. Don't expect me to write or read these kinds of stories in Arrowverse section since I find non-canon homosexual and non-canon incest pairings, such as those I mentioned, a disgusting and insulting load of crap. I know this is fanfiction and the pairings are unrealistic but honestly, do the people that write these slash and incest pairings stop to think about how disgusting it might look? Why would they even consider such pairings? To me, all Arrowverse non-canon slash and incest pairings are really disgusting, insulting and disrespectful towards the characters and fans of Arrowverse and no way in hell I am ever going to write them or read them and I think anyone who writes or reads non-canon slash (gay or lesbian) or incest pairings in Arrowverse has serious mental issues and has no respect towards the comic books.
Remember: I am never going to read or write any story with non-canon slash or incest pairings in Arrowverse section of fanfiction websites, since I find these stories offending, disgusting and disrespectful towards the characters and I think that anyone who writes stories with such pairings or asks me to write such pairings, is a sick, disgusting person that has no respect towards the characters and is out of their mind and needs professional help. I hate non-canon slash and non-canon incest pairings in Arrowverse part or any comic book section of fanfiction.
If I "disapprove" of the pairing, the verb says it all. If I "have a mixed opinion", that means that I would approve of it, if it had been handled differently than in the canon but currently, I do not approve of it but would like to see a better handled, refined version of the relationship in fanfiction stories. I'm not gonna write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
I will not write stories with pairings I disapprove of, unless it is a breakup or to show why it would not work. If I have a mixed opinion about it, I would try to write a more improved and refined spin on the relationship in my stories.
Oliver Queen / Felicity Smoak (Mixed opinion)
I hated Olicity in the early seasons, Season 3-5, but I softened around it and was more mixed about it later in Seasons 6-7. In summary, it was nothing but a very mishandled Arrowverse rip-off of Oliver / Chloe of Smallville. Felicity almost always disrespected Oliver and treated him like crap, which was a big mistake from the showrunners and no one ever called her out for her crap and Oliver, who had lost all of his self-respect, didn't even fight back on her constant verbal abuse and yelling. Their chemistry was OK at first in Season 1 but later in Season 2 and from that point onward, Felicity had become more and more intolerable. I'll be honest, I never supported it but I could've seen that happening but I had hoped for it to be a short relationship, with either Oliver / Earth-1 Laurel or Oliver / Sara being the main pairing of Arrow.
Also, Felicity is also a big hypocrite, when Oliver keeps secrets from her and lies to her, she throws a big temper tantrum but she has no problem lying to him and keeping secrets from him. The example could be made about Oliver being forced to keep William a secret from her, or Felicity keeping secret from Oliver that Ray had been building ATOM suit to fight crime and she didn't come clean about it until Ray was intending to arrest him and expose him as the Arrow or Felicity helping Team Arrow while Oliver was away with her behind his back.
The pairing got a bit better in Seasons 6-7, since Felicity changed for the better more or less and she wasn't as abusive towards Oliver as before, there are still some moments when I need to face palm at her behavior. Despite that, Olicity relationship did more or less improve since Season 3-5 and she wasn't that much annoying anymore and she treated Oliver more fairly and equally and the drama and arguments were kept more to minimum and the relationship was in Seasons 6-7 with much less drama and Felicity acted more mature and reasonable. But that doesn't mean I am gonna write stories with this pairing, since I still don't support this pairing at all but in Seasons 6-7 mostly drama-free and tolerable and Felicity treated Oliver more fairly and equally. However, I soured on the relationship even more because of the twist in 7x13 with Mia (Blackstar) being Olicity's daughter and Mia lashing out at Oliver in Season 8 for abandoning her, plus the planned Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off (which I'm glad got cancelled before it would even make the screens, good riddance, I say) and the harassment of the Laurel fanatics that Mia should be Oliver / Laurel's daughter sours my opinion on the concept of Mia being Oliver's daughter at all.
Olicity got a bit better in Season 6-7 but I will not write stories with this pairing, unless it will be a breakup, calling Felicity out or something like that or showing why it would not work or a comedic situation with Oliver / Felicity. If they were going to do Oliver / Felicity, it should've been short-time deal, like with Oliver / Helena or Oliver / McKenna for example, or, if they had handled the pairing like that in the earlier seasons like they did in Seasons 6-7, where the pairing was better to bear and actually likeable, save for some exceptions, maybe I would've gotten behind it, but considering the way it was handled in the show, I don't support it.
Dinah Drake / Vincent Sobel (Disapprove)
While the relationship intrigued me in Season 5, the revelation of Vigilante as Vincent Sobel in Season 6 was so stupid and its ruined Dinah as a character and made her unlikeable and there were other possibilities, they could have done with the Vigilante reveal, like him being the real Adrian Chase for example, with Prometheus stealing his identity. What the hell were Guggenheim and Wendy thinking? Oh, wait, don't answer that, the answer is that they're both idiots.
Tommy Merlyn / Laurel Lance (Earth-1) (Mixed opinion)
This one wasn't too bad but it was mainly a result of Oliver cheating on Laurel with Sara and it became a source of the "love triangle" crap in Season 1, which annoyed me, since love triangles in general are almost always annoying, plus, there's the issue that Laurel still had feelings for Oliver, making Tommy bitter and jealous towards Oliver and it ultimately drove a wedge between both men until Oliver and Tommy reconciled, when Tommy died. Plus, I'm not much of a fan of two people getting together mainly out of grief after losing and mourning someone they both cared about.
John Diggle / Lyla Michaels (Mixed opinion)
I liked the pairing at first until Season 5, where Diggle became a judgmental self-righteous hypocrite, who judged Oliver and Lyla for their morally grey decisions, such as when he lectured Lyla on locking up Cayden James with no trial, when he helped Oliver lock Slade and Harkness up with no trial as well, or Diggle basically forcing Lyla to reinstate the Ghost Initiative (Suicide Squad 2.0), when he himself judged Lyla for working in it, when the Suicide Squad was introduced the first time around, plus, considering that he had pushed JJ in the future down onto the path of becoming Deathstroke, you have to wonder if their marriage can work. I was done with this pairing in Season 5 and frankly, I'm sure that the only reason Lyla stays with him is because of their children, otherwise she would have divorced his hypocritical ass long ago and considering how Diggle at a lot of occasions treated Lyla like crap, she deserves better than a jackass like him.
Malcolm Merlyn / Anyone from Arrowverse (Disapprove)
I've seen some stories, mainly on AO3, pairing Malcolm with Moira or for example Laurel or Sara, which is stupid, insulting and infuriating. Malcolm is an irredeemable psychopath through and through and any person with at least a sliver of decency and goodness deserves better than him. Anyone, who pairs Malcolm with some good female character in Arrowverse and thinks Malcolm is redeemable, is an idiot who is kidding themselves. The only thing Malcolm deserves is painful, merciless death and no redemption for him. Him killing Sara, despite that he later brought her back with the Lazarus pit, is an unforgivable sin to me and he deserves to burn in the deepest pits of Hell for it, plus, his flip-flopping sides in Arrow Season 4 was just stupid.
Wally West / Jesse Quick (Disapprove)
It was forced and rushed. They seemed like a cute couple BUT Jesse didn't care that much about Wally and she ditched him with a holo-message and their chemistry was forced. Plus, she has inherited her father's Harry's ego, alongside with intellect. She is as smart as Harry, which is OK but her being a speedster gave her a huge ego boost and Wally deserves better than that.
Caitlin Snow / Hunter Zolomon (Disapprove)
Frankly, even before the reveal that the fake Jay Garrick was actually Hunter Zolomon (Zoom), I did not care that much about the pairing. There certainly was attraction between these two, when Hunter was initially introduced as fake Jay Garrick. But, it seemed forced, there had been no chemistry between them at all and it felt like the showrunners needed to pick someone as a consolation prize for Caitlin after losing Ronnie and Hunter wasn't that much interesting as fake Jay Garrick even before the revelation. While she could bring some humanity in him, it felt stupid to try a romantic relationship between Caitlin and a psychopath like Hunter. And it really seems like the showrunners would want to pair Caitlin with random characters that are not enough interesting.
Caitlin Snow / Harry Wells (Disapprove)
I think that the concept of this pairing is stupid and ridiculous and I wonder what people trying to ship them, are thinking and why fanfiction writers want to pair these two together is beyond me. There were some moments, when some people would have thought there might be an attraction between them in Season 4. This pairing makes no sense to me though, since Harry is like a father figure to most of Team Flash and he often annoys Cisco and Caitlin with his arrogance and ego.
Caitlin Snow / Julian Albert (Mixed opinion)
This one wasn't bad, in my opinion but honestly, it was out of the sudden and it seemed forced and in hindsight, I think happened mainly because the writers had no clue what to do with Julian, once his Alchemy part was resolved. And it also seems that they keep pairing Caitlin with random characters, first Hunter Zolomon (fake Jay Garrick), then Julian.
Personally, I did not mind the pairing too much but honestly, some people think it may have been forced and rushed and looking back, I don't disagree, plus, there's the fact that Julian is responsible for Caitlin turning into Killer Frost and in hindsight, their chemistry wasn't very strong. Honestly, I did think about writing a story with a more refined version of this pairing but my opinion about this pairing is too mixed to try to make Caitlin / Julian work out.
I might consider writing stories with this pairing but it is very unlikely, unless I try to write a better handled version of the pairing.
Cisco Ramon / Caitlin Snow (Disapprove)
Honestly, why would fanfiction writers want to make these two lovers? I've read some stories where people would want to pair these two but I find the concept stupid. Caitlin and Cisco have been best friends for years and are almost like brother and sister and I see no subtext or romantic chemistry between them.
Cisco Ramon / Gypsy (Disapprove)
Just because they have the same powers, it makes them a couple? Really?
They don't have really good chemistry and it felt forced and rushed, in my opinion, even though they looked cute and hilarious at some times. And their breakup in 4x20, while well done, was to add more senseless soap opera drama bullshit into the show and it turned Cisco into a whiner in the beginning of Season 5 to add more pointless soap opera drama crap.
Cisco Ramon / Kamilla Hwang (Mixed opinion)
I'm more mixed about this. It isn't all that bad but there's the same issue with this pairing as with James / Lena, the fact that there had been almost none to too little buildup for me to actually root for it. While it works well onscreen, the fact that I didn't see much development in the relationship, makes it hard for me to root for it.
Barry Allen / Iris West (Disapprove)
The relationship Barry Allen / Iris West shall be elaborated later below. While I support the pairing in the comic books, I don't like the execution of the pairing in the show and I wish they'd stop forcing this relationship down our throats, since it's incest, considering they grew up under the same roof and the father/son bond between Joe and Barry and Iris treats Barry and everyone around badly and she gets away with it almost every time. And I see no chemistry between Grant Gustin and Candice Patton onscreen at all, only a complete idiot would support the pairing in the show, considering how has it been going down so far and I think that anyone who loves and supports WestAllen in The Flash, is a total idiot that needs to drop their blinders. If they were going to do Barry / Iris as the main pairing of The Flash, it should not have been executed the way I shall explain below.
In summary, considering they grew up together under the same roof and Joe is a father figure to both of them and on more than one occasion they have treated each other more like siblings rather than lovers, it is almost incest and it's disgusting. Iris does not understand Barry at all and treats him badly, they are more like brother/sister rather than romantic couple and Iris is a bad influence on him and there is no chemistry between Barry and Iris. Besides, Iris didn't even consider Barry a love interest at all until she found about the news article about the Flash disappearing she had written in the future as "Iris West-Allen" and that they were both married on Earth-2 and she showed no romantic feelings towards Barry prior to that point.
Plus, considering that Joe is a father figure to both of them, since both of them grew up under the same roof, it is so freaking weird, and their romance can be considered incest, considering Joe is a father figure to both of them and I wonder why Joe of all people would support WestAllen, since Barry and Iris are more like brother and sister, rather than a romantic couple and Barry is obsessed with Iris to the point of stalking. The relationship with Iris causes for Barry to neglect everything else important to him in his life and Iris sometimes treats people around her like crap and she even treated Cisco and Caitlin like her lapdogs.
In Season 3 of The Flash, Barry is so focused on Iris that almost everything becomes a distant second and keeps Cisco and Caitlin at arms' length, when the friendship Barry / Cisco / Caitlin is the heart of The Flash. She also often treats Barry and everyone else like crap and her lackeys and gets away with it and she often is made as the one in the right, when she is anything but. While she has right to be upset, her actions are not vindicated or fair towards the people she lashes out on, at all. Also, whenever Oliver is in one room with Barry and Iris, Iris says how hot Oliver is, in front of Barry, when it obviously makes Barry feel very uncomfortable and there are more occasions, where she has treated Barry badly.
For example, Iris sabotaged Barry's relationship with Linda, while Iris was with Eddie. Accidentally or not, it wasn't cool. After Iris found out Barry's secret about being the Flash, she treated him so badly and then blamed him for Eddie being kidnapped by the Reverse-Flash and Joe by Grodd. Iris called off the engagement with Barry in Season 3, when she found out Barry had purposed to her, just to save her life. While I understood why she called it off, she did it right after Barry had been beaten up almost to the point of death by Savitar and Wally had been trapped in the Speed Force, which was a cruel low blow, tactless and inconsiderate towards Barry's feelings. Another example is her forcing Barry to go for couples counseling, when she knows Barry hates shrinks, which is so freaking stupid in Season 4, when she took out on him the fact that he had left her and entered the Speed Force without discussing the matter with her when each second he had stayed in the real world could have risked destroying the world and Barry couldn't defend himself without exposing his secret to the counselor, which shows how terrible and selfish she is, if she thinks that her own feelings are more important than the date of the whole world.
In Season 5, Iris showed she didn't care about Barry at all, when it was revealed that Nora, their daughter from the future, had been working with Thawne the whole time and lying to them and continued to visit him, even after knowing that Thawne had murdered Barry's mother and she didn't seem to be bothered by the fact that their daughter had been lying to them and working with Thawne, despite knowing what he had done and she was naive to believe that Thawne had changed and wanted to redeem himself, showing she is even stupider than Felicity. This confirmed that Iris West is the worst female character in Arrowverse, even worse than Felicity. Felicity at least cared, when Oliver was in pain, Iris showed that she doesn't care about Barry's feelings at all and anyone who still supports WestAllen and likes Iris after that, is a special kind of stupid.
Sometimes I think the way Iris treats Barry is even worse than how Felicity treats Oliver and neither of the mentioned male characters have enough self-respect to stand up for themselves and call Felicity or Iris out on their crap. And frankly, just the fact that Barry is so obsessed with Iris to the point of stalking or that they were both raised by Joe, should make it obvious that this pairing cannot work.
The problems with WestAllen
I don't mind the relationship of Barry and Iris in the comic books but the way they execute it in Arrowverse and in The Flash overall is just perverse and I shall explain why. Overall, if the showrunners Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns were gonna do pairing Barry / Iris like in comic books, they shouldn't have done it in a way that Barry and Iris had grown up together under the same roof and making Barry obsessed with Iris to the point of sabotaging any other relationships he's had with other girls and alienating himself from his best friends, Cisco and Caitlin. Sometimes I think that WestAllen in The Flash is much worse than Olicity in Arrow.
It reeks of incest:
Barry and Iris were raised in the same house as brother and sister. In the Pilot, Iris even says they are basically siblings. Numerous people have referred to Joe and Barry, including Joe and Barry themselves, as father and son. When Iris and Barry first got together, Barry was uncomfortable kissing Iris in front of Joe because, as he put it, "He's your…our…he's Joe."
It makes Barry look like a stalker:
Barry seems obsessed with the idea of being with Iris, to the point he is so fixated on her that he sabotages all other possible relationships. He himself said, "Sometimes great possibilities are right in front of us and we don't see them because we choose not to." And there is nothing to really justify Barry's obsession because this isn't like someone who can't get over a failed relationship, it's an obsession. Frankly, Barry's behavior could even be grounds for a restraining order.
Iris does not understand Barry:
The show certainly tries to make it seem like Iris knows Barry better than anyone else, considering they grew up under the same roof, but it's all just a trick. If she did, she'd have realized long before Barry told her that he had feelings for her. If she knew Barry at all, she would've suspected long before finding our he was The Flash that there was something going on with him.
It's clear from her actions from when Barry lost his memories and her anger at him over going into the Speed Force that she does not truly understand the burden Barry bears as the city's protector. She can walk away anytime she wants, Barry can't, not because of his powers, but it's because of who he is as Barry Allen. Since she does not understand that, she does not understand who Barry really is.
Iris treats Barry badly:
Throughout Season 1, we see multiple occasions where Iris all but throws herself at Barry despite being with Eddie, then she uses being with Eddie as an excuse not to be with Barry, crushing poor Barry's heart. When Iris first finds out about Barry being the Flash, she raves at him and then blames him for Eddie being gone and then for Joe getting kidnapped by Grodd.
Also, one of the things I hate about Iris is that she admires how hot and handsome and sexy Oliver is, in front of Barry, when it obviously makes the latter uncomfortable.
When Iris finds out Barry only asked her to marry him to save her life, she calls off the engagement. This is understandable but she chooses to do this after Wally is trapped in the Speed Force and Savitar had beaten the crap out of Barry, which was undeserved, cruel and inconsiderate towards Barry from her.
Barry is already in immense physical and emotional pain when this happens, he didn't need this on top of everything else, especially considering she tells him by showing off her ringless finger. After Barry comes back from the Speed Force, she brings him to counseling, when she knows Barry hates shrinks, and blames him for leaving her when she knows he had no choice and Barry can't defend himself, because he would expose his secret.
Plus, her taking Nora's side and saying that Thawne was right and that she was OK with it, after it was revealed that Nora had been working with Thawne, despite knowing what Thawne had done to all of them, it made it obvious that she cares about no one but herself and that she treats Barry like crap. If anyone did not see Iris' selfishness in 5x19, they're total morons with blinders towards Iris and can go to hell.
Iris is not good for Barry:
The moment Iris and Barry got together, Barry became this selfish jackass who only cared about Iris, everything else was a distant second. Then, he becomes someone who for the most part, bows to Iris' whims. Whichever way you look at it, Barry becomes the worst version of himself when he is with Iris.
Barry cares about people, Iris doesn't:
One of the fundamental aspects of being the Flash and Barry as a character is that he cares about people a lot. However, from Iris' actions, such as flirting with Barry in front of Linda and Eddie, kissing Barry while dating Eddie, dating Eddie and trying to keep it from Joe, blaming Joe and Barry for Eddie being taken by Thawne, keeping Wally a secret from Joe, making Barry go to couples therapy when she know he hates shrinks, just to name a few, it is clear Iris has little consideration for other people. If she can't connect with Barry in that way, it makes you wonder what he even sees in her. Frankly, Thawne messing with the timeline the way he did must have really changed Iris' personality, because I don't think Barry would have any desire to be around Iris at all if he hadn't grown up with her.
Sara Lance / Leonard Snart (Disapprove)
I think that the whole Captain Canary thing around these two is plain stupid fan service. I can see why the fans would want to ship these two BUT throughout the entire Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow there had been no chemistry between these two, save for some faint romantic tension, occasional banter, teasing and flirting but it didn't go anywhere beyond that. If there was any chemistry between them, it was faint at best. They may have grown to trust each other throughout the season and had some dynamic going on BUT neither of them had expressed any interest in each other or made a move onto each other until 1x15, where Snart sacrificed himself and Sara kissed him, which was rushed and fan service.
So, no, I honestly don't see how this would happen, given how it went down in the show. If it had been handled more realistically and not forced and rushed, I'd be OK with it but I don't like the whole Captain Canary thing or how it was handled in the show due to the fact that it was rushed and sudden and nothing but fan service but if either of them had shown feelings for the other, I could see them make it work but they had little to no chemistry whatsoever in the show, neither one of them had expressed any romantic feelings towards each other and it never went beyond more than friendly banter between them. If it had been handled properly, I would not have any problem with that and them together was pure rushed fan service and neither of the characters had expressed their feelings until Snart sacrificed himself in 1x15, where he and Sara kissed each other.
I will never write stories with Sara / Snart pairing, since it's too fan-serviced in my opinion and Crisis on Earth-X and Olicity have taught me a lesson: "Never write pairings purely fan-serviced, if you can't properly develop them." I don't see how could Sara / Snart be properly developed.
Sara Lance / Ava Sharpe (Disapprove)
Frankly, this was nothing more than fan service pairing with an original character created for the purposes of Legends of Tomorrow. I have nothing against original characters, if they are not Mary Sues or Gary Stus or are not ridiculously overpowered, making other main characters seem insignificant in comparison, or anything against pairing canon characters with original characters, if it is executed in proper pace and handled properly and realistically but I honestly think this pairing was rushed and forced by fans, who were shipping these two. Plus, once again, "Opposites attract." and I don't support those. * rolls eyes *.
I think the way it happened was too fast and I just don't like how it happened. Yes, there is some chemistry but it shouldn't have been rushed but I didn't have too big problems with it until later. I didn't like this pairing, although I didn't complain about it too much either. I got a serious issue with this pairing, when it turned out that Ava was actually a clone, so I think it's just weird from that point onward. It was rushed but cute at first, now it's just weird that Sara is in relationship with a clone, although I'm glad that they broke up in Season 4. I find it stupid that Sara continues the relationship with Ava when the latter is a clone. It was rushed but cute at first, now it's just weird, although their chemistry is good but they keep shoving this pairing down our throats and I'm honestly tired of it. It wasn't bad until the reveal that Ava was a clone.
I will not write stories with such pairing though, ever because I am sick and tired of Legends of Tomorrow constantly reminding us that Sara is attracted to females more than males and shoving Sara / Ava down our throats.
Sara Lance / Alex Danvers (Disapprove)
Nothing but fan-serviced pairing and I don't like most fan-serviced pairings, unless they are handled well and properly and not rushed. The hookup between these two in Crisis on Earth-X frankly annoyed me, I face-palmed when that happened, since the instant they started to talk with each other, it was so obvious that they'd hook up and it almost made me gag and I wanted to punch the screen. OK, both of them are badass women with badass sisters they care about deeply but asides from that, I don't see it working out romance wise, asides from wanting to be a fan-serviced pairing and frankly, them sleeping together just infuriated me and ruined Sara further. By that point, it was like Sara stopped caring about her friends and family altogether and was more concerned about hookups, since she didn't even check in on Oliver or her father after Chase blew up Lian Yu but was more interested in sleeping with Alex, which just hit my nerves.
I don't see this working out, since first of all, they were two universes apart from each other pre-Crisis and Sara often time travels, so the concept itself seems stupid to me and second of all, it's nothing more than stupid fan service ship and I hate most fan service ships, save for some rare exceptions. So, don't ever expect me to write stories with this pairing, since it's nothing but stupid fan service. I get why some people might want to ship them but the concept is too stupid for me personally to actually care about it, plus, the hookup between them in Crisis on Earth-X makes me dislike it even more, since it was nothing but fan-service.
Carter Hall / Kendra Saunders (Disapprove)
They say that they are meant to be BUT, there was no chemistry at all between them in the show, so it seemed pointless.
And since I'm talking about Kendra, she seemed to be a promising character, when she was initially introduced in The Flash but, she kept on whining, "Such a long time ago, I was a barista, not some reincarnated Egyptian warrior demi-goddess." * rolls eyes * Want to put a gag on her for that or cut her tongue out. And Carter, he wasn't a very interesting character either.
Ray Palmer / Kendra Saunders (Disapprove)
Seemed forced, stupid and also fan-serviced ship and the only reason this pairing happened was to add pointless relationship drama in Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow and I think their chemistry was weak at best. This pairing was pointless, in my opinion, plus Kendra as a character in general was annoying, I couldn't stand her saying "I'm a barista." every five minutes, plus, the fact that the writers were trying to create another love triangle with Ray / Kendra / Carter, makes the basis of the pairing Ray / Kendra lose its value.
Nate Heywood / Amaya Jiwe (Disapprove)
Same as Ray / Kendra, sudden, forced and rushed and I see almost no chemistry between them as a couple. They have nothing in common, asides from the respect they hold towards Nate's grandfather, who was a member of Justice Society of America, as much as Amaya, plus, a historian and a war hero from World War II? Really? The way I see it, Nate might as well be banging his own grandmother.
This may be a literal "screwing with history", plus it was pointless because it was obvious at some point, Amaya would've had to return to her time, so she couldn't stick around with the Legends for long.
Nate Heywood / Zari Tomaz (Disapprove)
Their interactions are good, considering they're geeks too and I liked their interactions in 3x11 but the way they got together was nothing but sudden and rushed fan-serviced pairing. If it was more realistically handled, I'd be OK with it but Legends of Tomorrow apparently likes to do rushed stupid fan service ships out of the sudden, which annoys me.
Kara Danvers / James Olsen (Disapprove)
The concept wasn't bad but this was a bit rushed and there was no chemistry between them. If it was a different version of Jimmy, I think there might be a chance between them but the version of Jimmy Olsen in the show is NOWHERE near the version we know and I don't like Supergirl version of Jimmy. The classic Jimmy is awkward geek and nerd. The version in the show is self-righteous bad-ass "vigilante" and can sometimes be arrogant "know-it-all" and he had a condescending attitude towards Lena Luthor, who is also Kara's best friend, at first. No. Freaking. Way.
I know that the TV adaptations of comic books like to take their own spin on the characters but I don't like the Supergirl version of Jimmy at all. I don't see how Kara could be with him romantically, even though they have good dynamic as a team but no chemistry overall. But, James is able to admit he was wrong and has a sense of morality.
Kara Danvers / Winn Schott (Disapprove)
While I like Winn and he's among my Favorite Characters in the show, sometimes he seems like Supergirl's Felicity and whiner. He's been Kara's best friend for years and out of nowhere, he tells her that he's had feelings for her that he had bottled up for years and that strains their friendship for a while before they reconcile, plus, Kara later whines about Winn's feelings about her, as if he had done something wrong. No. Not OK at all.
They're more like brother and sister and there's no chemistry between them as a couple. I think the reason Winn said that he was in love with Kara, was because showrunners wanted more pointless soap opera drama in the show.
Kara Danvers / Mon-El (Mixed opinion)
Their chemistry was OK, in my opinion, considering that the actors Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood started to date later after Melissa had filed for divorce from her back-then husband Blake Jenner and later got married but what I didn't like about Mon-El was his arrogance due to being a Daxamite and Kara being Kryptonian and it hit Kara's nerves sometimes and Mon-El pursued Kara like some kind of a prize at first. And despite the fact that both of them were working it out in Season 3 and his personality became more mature and humbler and he learned to be more respectful to others, it just doesn't sit well with me, due to Mon-El already being married to Imra and it stopped any possible reestablished relationship but they did reconcile and were on good terms but it was obvious by that point that they were better off as friends.
I don't dislike this pairing as a concept but I dislike how the relationship was handled in the show, I think it could have gone better, since it had potential. I don't see myself writing stories with this pairing, since there's too much baggage between them to work things out, in my opinion.
Kara Danvers / Lena Luthor (Disapprove)
This pairing I've seen a lot in Supergirl section on AO3 and FF and while I don't support it, I do see the appeal. Lena and Kara are best friends and they have good chemistry and I must admit, I see a sexual subtext in their interactions. But I find this concept stupid and as I mentioned before, writing homosexual pairings in fanfiction stories, when in canon in fandom, the paired characters are not actually in romantic relationship with each other, nor is it likely that they will be, is in my opinion stupid and insulting, save for some rare exceptions, but in comic book fandoms, it is insulting BS. Plus, even if they would get together, I find it unlikely that they could work, considering that Lena had kept many secrets from Kara and Kara had kept only one secret from her, eventually putting them at odds with each other before they eventually reconciled. I think the idea of female slash in most cases is stupid and it wouldn't work between these two anyway.
Alex Danvers / Maggie Sawyer (Disapprove)
Frankly, this pairing was pointless and their chemistry was forced and rushed. Basically, the only reason they were together was to make Alex realize she is a lesbian (which is one of the most stupid storylines in the show ever and only pushing LGBT propaganda and a lame rip-off of Willow coming out in BTVS) and even then, Maggie didn't last in the show for long as they broke off their engagement after that mess that happened with her father at the beginning of Season 3.
James Olsen / Lena Luthor (Disapprove)
Well, honestly, I think this pairing wasn't that bad, their chemistry was fine actually. However, it could have been handled better, due to James' initial attitude towards Lena due to her being a Luthor and I'm glad that they broke up, eventually. There had been little to no buildup in the relationship and it seemed like a forced pairing, mainly because the showrunners apparently didn't know how to develop either character further and make them more interesting.
Why the Arrowverse has been an epic fail:
Have you ever felt a deep emotional pain that wouldn't go away? Like you were watching someone you cared about be tortured until they were left begging for death? Well, that's what watching the Arrowverse has been like the last few years. What happened to it? It had so much potential, how could it go so wrong? Well, here I attempt to explain the mistakes that have led to a franchise that quiet simply cannot be saved.
The best examples of this are Candice Patton as Iris West and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. I don't have anything against either actress but the producers should have gone with different people. She cannot bring the Iris West from the comics to life. And she has no chemistry with Grant Gustin and consider the show is built around a love story between Iris and Barry, it's clear she was the wrong choice.
On the other hand, Emily Bett Rickards is just not a good actress, especially when it comes to emotional scenes. Every time she's on screen, it just feels like Felicity is acting, not like Felicity is a character. And she cannot do emotional scenes at all, so every scene that has to have Felicity become emotional is therefore ruined. When you compare her acting to the acting of Katie Cassidy and Willa Holland, there is simply no comparison. That's how good acting should look like.
Bad treatment of male and female characters:
This is most clear on Arrow and Supergirl. However, I am an open-minded person and I am willing to give people second chances.
On Arrow, Laurel, Felicity, Diggle and Oliver are good examples of the showrunners treating the characters badly.
Dinah Laurel Lance
I like Katie Cassidy, but honestly, I wonder why would she agree to play Laurel during her less likeable moments, as I shall mention below. Laurel was a good character in Season 1, despite how badly she treated Oliver, as much as it was understandable and parts of Season 3 and a great character in Season 4, despite having no actual storyline for that season. But in Season 2, she was a waste of a character. Her whole drug addiction arc where she was a raving bitch to everyone, especially Oliver and Sara, made her very unlikable. And Season 3 really did nothing to fix this until the last quarter of it.
In mid-Season 3-beginning of Season 4, Laurel became arrogant and self-righteous due to her taking the role of Black Canary and Sara's mantle mainly due to grief. She used Oliver saving Thea with Lazarus pit as an excuse to justify her bringing back Sara from the dead without knowing the consequences.
Plus, (and I'm sorry about this, I love Laurel but I'm stating the facts here) a few weeks of boxing lessons with Ted Grant and a few weeks of training with Nyssa doesn't make her good enough to beat members of League of Assassins or H.I.V.E. and the Ghosts and she's gotten so high of a level of an ego and arrogance and self-righteousness, that she believed that just because she calls herself the Black Canary, she's automatically as good as Sara. * Laughs * , no, she's not. I'm sorry for saying this, I love Laurel but she's a plain example of how were the characters in Arrow mistreated.
Felicity Megan Smoak
Felicity, despite the bad acting of Emily Bett Rickards, was a very likeable character the first two seasons. Then Seasons 3-5 completely rewrote her character until she was a selfish, hypocritical, disrespectful person who whined and, in the long run, only seemed to care about herself and what she wanted and had no time for what anyone else wanted. Oliver throughout the first two seasons was a strong character who did what he thought was right regardless of what anyone else told him. He didn't take anyone's crap and went to do what he had to in order to protect his city.
But in Season 3, in moments where he would previously call someone out, he would just take criticism from Felicity that was entirely unjustified. When Diggle was being a hypocrite, he would not say anything. It got a lot worse in Season 4 though. The entire team would disrespect him multiple times Felicity would undermine his authority as leader and be emotionally abusive to him. He was shown to be smart in Seasons 1-2, but Seasons 3-4 attempt to convince you that he is stupid. He just sits there and takes it when Felicity is just a bitch to him, showing that Oliver has no self-respect. Also, Felicity was a big hypocrite regarding keeping secrets from others. She was being a bitch to Oliver, when he was forced to keep a secret from her about having a son, when it was the only way Oliver could have a relationship with him, while she kept a secret from him that she was helping Team Arrow behind his back for five months between Seasons 3-4 and also about creating a super-virus that almost destroyed the entire city.
Diggle can be an OK character but he is often very inconsistent, like Felicity is. Throughout the series, Diggle was Oliver's right hand, best friend, moral compass and confidante. When it mattered, Diggle was able to set Oliver straight, when he didn't have his priorities straight or when he had a crisis of identity or needed some guidance. But in Seasons 3-4, he became an Olicity counselor, which is on the showrunners. However, his character started to bug me a lot, when Oliver had to kidnap Lyla in order to gain trust of Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins, Diggle straight-up told Oliver in his face to go to hell and criticized him for trusting Malcolm Merlyn more than his own team.
Considering that Diggle knew exactly what the League of Assassins was capable of, he shouldn't have to take it out on Oliver. Though I could understand that Diggle was enraged and felt that Oliver crossed a line, when he kidnapped Lyla and left their daughter alone in their home, he wasn't able to get over it for 5-6 months and still treated Oliver like crap even the first three episodes of Season 4 until he came around, he kept a secret the connection between H.I.V.E. and Andy, when Oliver brought up that Damien Darhk leads the mentioned organization. Keeping this secret could have easily compromised the entire team. Also, Diggle can be a hypocrite, when he criticized Oliver about having a blind spot regarding his mother in Season 1, when the same issue was with Diggle and Andy in Season 4, which ultimately was what got Laurel killed.
Another issue came up in Season 5, when he criticized his wife Lyla for keeping in lockup in black site Cayden James, a leader of hacktivist terrorist group with no due trial. Seriously?! An army veteran, whose wife is a director of a black ops government agency has a problem with that? There's no logic to this, especially, when Diggle helped Oliver lock up Digger Harkness and Slade Wilson in A.R.G.U.S. prison on Lian Yu, so him judging Lyla just makes him look like hypocrite.
Then, in Season 6, another issue came with Oliver and Diggle in 6x17, when Diggle was upset that Oliver took away the Green Arrow mantle from him and he criticized Oliver for stretching himself so thin and into so many directions (being a mayor, a father and the Green Arrow, a husband etc.) that the people around him suffer and that Oliver's way of leadership causes him to alienate everyone close to him, when Oliver did the best he could in a bad situation. And Diggle crossed one hell of a line, when he accused Oliver of leaving a trail of bodies everywhere he goes and that Oliver is to blame for Samantha's death because of a bad decision Oliver made. And in Season 7, Diggle became a hypocrite, when he offered Diaz a deal behind Lyla's back and without her permission and basically forced her to reinstate Task Force X, the Ghost Initiative, a revamped Suicide Squad. And Diggle getting a Green Lantern ring in the series finale is just an insulting joke, since he is unworthy of even wearing one after all that crap he had pulled out and even more in the series finale, where in the flashbacks, he called Oliver a cold-blooded ruthless murderer and he was unworthy of saying the eulogy at Oliver's funeral.
In Season 1, he was portrayed as classic textbook, delusional, megalomaniacal psychopath. Then, in Season 2, he seemed to show some level of remorse and love, when he saved Thea. But, in Season 3, his psychopathy and insanity is proven again, when he drugged Thea and manipulates her into killing Sara and leverage Oliver into fighting Ra's al Ghul. It was understandable that Oliver needed Malcolm's help to beat Ra's, since Malcolm knew the League of Assassins better than anyone BUT what bugs me was the way he was showing his "love", when a maniac like Malcolm is incapable of true love.
And, what completely pisses me off is that after everything that Malcolm had put Oliver through, Oliver lets him become the next Ra's al Ghul and leader of the League of Assassins. Malcolm put a bomb on Queen's Gambit, he had Oliver's father killed and he manipulated Thea into killing Sara. That's just stupid on so many levels, Oliver should have killed him, when the thing with the League was over. Also, Malcolm being the new leader of the LoA seemed promising but nothing interesting in regards to the League happened in Season 4, asides from the League Civil War with Nyssa and Malcolm letting Laurel and Thea resurrect Sara. The plot with Malcolm being the leader of LoA was so promising and the showrunners wasted it.
And in 5x22-23, Malcolm returned to help Oliver save Thea, mainly because he still loves his own daughter. But his exit in 5x23 was stupid. After everything he has done, he goes out as a hero, sacrificing himself to save Thea? That seemed so stupid to me and he deserved worse.
On one hand, I think that Malcolm's a complex character and in his own way he means well but on the other hand, he was responsible for death of hundreds of people, including his own son and forced Thea into the darkness by having her kill Sara. Malcolm should have died at the end of Season 3, Oliver giving him the ring of the Demon makes no sense at all and his redemption arc was a load of crap, since Malcolm is in my opinion an irredeemable psychopath.
Roy William Harper Jr.
In comic books, Roy is Oliver's sidekick and they have mentor-protégé relationship, just like with Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. In the show, Roy was introduced as Thea's boyfriend on whom Oliver had to keep a close eye on and eventually he grew fond of him. Roy at first initially disliked Oliver, since he considered Thea another trust fund brat and by extension Oliver too but after Oliver saved his life as the Hood and put him under his wings, when Roy was dosed with Mirakuru, Roy looked up to Oliver and eventually, by the end of Season 2, Roy became Oliver's sidekick, just like in canon and he and Thea clearly fell in love with each other.
However, what bugs me is that they wasted a lot of potential on the character, since his role as Arsenal lasted just one season as Colton Haynes had to leave the show due to health issues and end of his contract, which is pity and they never properly explained the character's backstory, all we know is that he grew up on the streets. Although I appreciate him returning in Season 7, a lot of potential seemed to be wasted on the character.
Oliver Jonas Queen
What bothers me is that Oliver lost his self-respect in Season 3-4 around his teammates, letting them be arrogant and act superior towards Oliver and mainly around Felicity, who treated him like crap and emotionally abused him throughout Season 3-4. The biggest examples are her lashing out on him over the comms at 4x06, where everyone from Team Arrow hears the argument and 4x15, when she broke up with him because he didn't tell her about William, when Oliver was put in a difficult situation from which he tried to make out the best. In Season 6, though, he grew more of a backbone and didn't take anyone's shit and called everyone out on their actions.
In Season 5 there was a "confession" that he likes killing. Well, if it's true, then that means that Oliver is a psychopath and it is completely out of his character. In 1x03, Oliver told Floyd Lawton (Deadshot) that he kills for a good of others and in 1x08, he told Helena Bertinelli (Huntress) that he kills only when it is absolutely necessary. None of this makes any sense. If Oliver liked killing, he would have killed everyone he has faced and his body count would have been to hundreds at this point. Oliver killed only when he had no other option left, so this confession is in my opinion total bullshit.
Marginalizing Oliver's fighting skills as they see fit to the plot:
Also, Seasons 1-2 showed that Oliver was basically one-man army and in Season 4 he is overpowered by an ordinary thug like Lonnie Machin? That's just stupid. Also, the same issue is in Season 5 with Tobias Church, although I'll give the show a benefit of doubt, since Church was bigger and more muscular than most people Oliver has faced. The same issue is in Season 6 with Oliver Queen fighting Ricardo Diaz. I'll again give the show benefit of the doubt in this case. Diaz had a rough childhood and had to survive in harsh terms, so I can see him holding his own against Oliver for a few moments but Diaz almost wiped the floor with him in one-on-one fight and when Oliver almost defeated Diaz, he cheated by using a knife and Oliver was beaten but not before Oliver did a number on him too. But come on, Oliver is able to withstand a lot more than that and there is no background on Diaz's fighting skills and before anyone brings up the Longbow Hunters, they hadn't met with Diaz until 6x23.
The same thing about marginalizing the fighting skills could be said about Nyssa al Ghul, who effortlessly beat Malcolm in Season 3, yet she was unable to come to as close as a killing blow, when sparring with Malcolm in Season 4 and she needed Oliver's help in defeating him and depose him of the title of Ra's al Ghul. Malcolm himself saw Nyssa train when she was a child and she's the daughter of Ra's, yet she is unable to beat him in Season 4? This is so illogical and insulting towards Nyssa.
Portraying Oliver Queen as the ultimate villain of Arrow:
Also, what I don't like is how the showrunners seem to constantly portray Oliver as the main villain of his own show. Slade blaming Oliver for Shado's death and tormenting him for it, I can understand that due to the Mirakuru driving Slade mad.
In Season 3, however, Felicity was totally disrespectful towards Oliver because of his allegiance with Malcolm. Oliver needed Malcolm's help, since Malcolm knew the League of Assassins better than anyone else, yet Felicity kept protesting at every single turn. Diggle basically told Oliver to go screw himself because Oliver kidnapped Lyla and left their daughter alone in order to gain Ra's trust and was still a jerk about it even at the beginning of Season 4. Between Season 3-4, Diggle had more than enough time to understand and forgive Oliver, since Oliver was undercover and Diggle knew exactly what was the League of Assassins capable of, so what Oliver did was in my opinion a necessary evil.
Felicity broke up with Oliver in Season 4 because Oliver did not consult with her sending William away, when Felicity has no right at all to decide about William's life.
In Season 5, Adrian Chase (Prometheus) forced Oliver to "confess" that he enjoys killing and as I mentioned before, this contradicts with everything that has happened in the show.
In Season 6, per Oliver's orders, Felicity was spying on Curtis, Rene and Dinah, since one of them was about to testify against Oliver as the Green Arrow and they all left the team, feeling betrayed, blaming Oliver, when Oliver had valid reasons.
Oliver had a choice between saving Vigilante (Vincent Sobel) and stopping Cayden James' plan. Oliver chose the latter, since saving Vince would mean walking into a trap, resulting in Vince's death at the hands of Black Siren and Dinah Drake blamed Oliver for it, when it was a choice between the entire city and one man, who also had a healing factor. What would anyone else have done at Oliver's place? I get that she was mad at Oliver because he was in his way responsible for her lover's death but come on, Curtis and Rene siding with her on that?
Then there's the whole "making Black Siren return the money she stole". Oliver might have had a chance to get through to her but Dinah, Curtis and Rene almost killed Black Siren and beat the living crap out of Quentin, a 40-year old man with a heart condition, and Oliver was forced to beat up Rene, causing for his injuries from 6x01 to reopen. Curtis and Dinah were mad at Oliver, when Oliver was holding back the whole time and he gave EVERY CHANCE for Rene to stand down.
Then there's argument between Oliver and Diggle and being the Green Arrow in 6x17. Like I mentioned earlier, Diggle accused Oliver of causing people around him to suffer and complaining that he took away from Diggle the mantle of the G.A.
In Season 7, Oliver's past apparently comes back to haunt him again, with Sam Hackett, son of David Hackett, the captain that Robert had killed on the lifeboat, out on revenge and Emiko trying to destroy everything the Queen's stand for. At this point, the whole "past coming back to haunt" and "sins of the father" is cliché and repetitive and boring.
Supergirl is also a good example of this, all their male characters get treated horribly.
James was not very likable in Season 1, but in Season 2 he becomes a jerk whose storyline can be summed up as "I don't feel important, so I'm gonna become a superhero for…reasons." and is condescending towards Lena Luthor, who is trying to redeem her family name and both of them are Kara's best friends. In Season 1, Winn reveals he has feelings for Kara, which puts a strain on their friendship. The following episode, Kara rants to Alex about it, as though it is Winn's fault he has these feelings. Martian Manhunter and Superman are constantly made to look inferior to Kara. Mon-El was an interesting character the first few episodes until the writers turned him into a sexist douche when he had not shown any signs of that prior.
Also, there's Alex Danvers, Kara's adoptive sister. I liked her at first but in Seasons 2-3, there was Alex discovering her sexuality and coming out as lesbian and then starting her relationship with Maggie, which consumed most of the Seasons 2-3. Plus, sometimes she's got a bossy attitude and quite a temper, as shown in Season 3.
Using the shows to push a political agenda:
Read Supergirl. The entire show is basically to push a feminist agenda on the viewers. Cat Grant, in Season 2, even gives a speech about how much better than men women are. In Season 2, the Cadmus plot was very interesting. Then it becomes a platform to basically tell impressionable young minds that illegal immigration is okay and if anyone says otherwise, they are evil. Then there's Alex, who throughout Season 2 began developing feelings for Maggie and eventually realize that she is lesbian and decided to come out, which was an unnecessary sublot of the entire Season 2 of Supergirl. Or 3x21, the whole episode was also basically an anti-gun propaganda.
But Arrow has done this too, as 5x13 was basically an episode done to simply push a pro-gun control agenda. In Season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow, we are constantly reminded of the fact that Sara is attracted to women, if not by her expressing an interest in one, then by one of the other characters saying something about it. It's like they think we're stupid and forgot but, more likely, the writers just want to talk about how great it is that she's bisexual because they did the same thing with Curtis being gay in Season 5 of Arrow. I am not a homophobic person but it annoys me that they keep reminding us of same-sex attractions.
Turning the shows into a soap opera:
Arrow is the best example of this. After episode 3x12, the writer's simply started focusing less on plot and more on romantic relationships, the relationship between Oliver and Felicity in particular. This continued in Season 4, where Olicity, their ship name, is the storyline that got the most focus. The same thing happened in Season 3 of The Flash, Iris and Barry's relationship is the main storyline.
Again in Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, the relationship between Ray and Kendra, as well as the triangle with Carter, started getting too much focus. Supergirl Season 2, the relationships between Kara and Mon-El and Alex and Maggie basically took over the show. If viewers wanted to watch a show about romance, they would watch a soap opera but they aren't, they're watching a show that is supposed to be about superheroes being heroes, not about the trials of their romantic lives.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
COIE has been a bestselling comic book due to the large scale of the event and crossover of multiple DC Comics comic books and while it was obvious that the Arrowverse version would be very different from the actual novel, it basically was one giant middle finger to the fans. How Oliver died in the first part was stupid, with him rushing towards the Shadow Demons without his weapons and when he was dying, he said few words to Barry but acted as if Sara was not there at all, which was insulting, considering their relationship. Part 2 treated Kevin Conroy's Batman like crap by making him an evil murderer and it was an insult to Conroy and stupid feminism pandering that Kate and Kara killed him with one kick towards a machine and electrocuting him to death. And the crossover also ruined Smallville's Clark, since Clark retiring and giving up his powers, when Lex was still out there, makes no sense at all and makes Clark's journey as a hero pointless.
The only saving grace was Brandon Routh's Superman in Part 4, where Oliver was treated with some respect and in Part 5, Anti-Monitor's return made no sense and it made Oliver's sacrifice pointless and Beebo showing up was stupid beyond measure, plus, it was stupid that they had all that buildup in The Flash with Thawne showing up in the Crisis, which he promised to Barry in Season 5 finale of The Flash, but he did not appear at all in Crisis and Anti-Monitor was basically a cheap MCU Thanos in the entire crossover.
Basically, the COIE was nothing but a giant FU to the fans. However, the back half of it actually treated Oliver with respect and giving him proper tribute and send-off but the final fight was quite cheesy and underwhelming, in my opinion, which could be because of the limited budget, which is a good point but I still was quite dissatisfied with the crossover.
Crossover pairings I approve of and would like to see:
Matt Murdock (MCU) / Earth-1 Laurel Lance (Arrowverse)
Aragorn II Elessar's story with this pairing won me over. Both are lawyers as well as vigilantes in secret and Matt can help Laurel get over her black and white views. Personally, I think it's good as a short-term pairing, since to me, not that Laurel is a bad love interest for him, but I think Matt could do better.
Barry Allen (Arrowverse) / Wanda Maximoff (MCU)
I wasn't sure about this pairing at first but Stand with Ward and Queen and Raptor2216 have won me over with their stories with this pairing. Both can relate to each other due to their guilt over their past mistakes and being manipulated by someone they thought they could trust and they have also been in toxic relationships before, though Vision is nowhere as bad as Iris.
Steve Rogers (MCU) / Caitlin Snow (Arrowverse)
Once again, I've become a supporter of this because of Stand with Ward and Queen and when you think about it, Steve and Caitlin are good for each other. Both are kind, selfless, goodhearted people, who put the needs of others above their own, plus, Caitlin could give Steve a sense of normalcy he hadn't felt since waking up in the present and Steve could love Caitlin the way she deserves.
Thor Odinson (MCU) / Diana Prince (DCEU)
Asides from their godly origins and the fact that they are very different power-wise from their teammates, there are other similarities between them, since both of them, despite being from completely different worlds, come to grow fond of humanity and have a sense of duty to protect them.
Thor Odinson (MCU) / Kara Danvers (Supergirl)
After reading Aragorn II Elessar's stories with this pairing, I think these two are good for each other as well. There are similarities between them and Thor can help Kara to become more realistic, while Kara can relate to Thor to an extent.
Oliver Queen (Arrowverse) / Bobbi Morse (MCU)
Both have worked for espionage organizations and done things they are not proud of, so they could relate to each other without judging each other and as Stand said, Oliver is more broody and less quippy and jaded Clint, while Bobbi is the best of Laurel, Sara and Felicity without any of the baggage.
Oliver Queen (Arrowverse) / Natasha Romanoff (MCU)
I myself have written a story with those two per request of marcus97L. Frankly, I wasn't sure about my story, The Hood and the Widow, at first, but it surprisingly got very positive feedback and I think these two are good for each other. Both of them have worked for espionage organizations and see the worlds in shades of grey and are willing to do morally grey decisions to save lives and they even sacrificed themselves to save their respective universes.
Bucky Barnes (MCU) / Sara Lance (Arrowverse)
I’m talking about Sara from Arrow, the Sara from Legends of Tomorrow doesn't exist to me. Both Sara and Bucky were forced to survive in terrible conditions and become assassins and murder on behalf of evil organizations, Sara out of survival, with Bucky being brainwashed. They could relate to each other a lot and they are both on a path to redemption, so I can see it work.
Bucky Barnes (MCU) / Caitlin Snow (Arrowverse)
I can see the appeal for this one and as Stand said, if it were post-Civil War and post-Season 3 of The Flash, they could be good for each other, since they can both relate to each other over their separate mind control issues and what had they done, when they were being manipulated and Caitlin could be a good influence on Bucky with her kind nature and compassion and help him make peace with his past.
Clark Kent (Smallville) / Dawn Summers (Buffyverse)
Wasn't sure about this one at first but after reading Chunk127's story United We Stand, I started to like it a lot. Chunk did an amazing job with this one.
Clark Kent (Smallville) / Prue Halliwell (Charmed)
Again, I like this one because of Chunk127.
Clark Kent (Smallville) / Laurel Lance (Arrowverse)
Like Stand said, both of them tend to see the best in people and they both grow from naïve to jaded people trying to find their way back to themselves. They could be good for each other.
Paige Matthews (Charmed) / Angel (Buffyverse)
Marcus S. Lazarus did a good job with this one in his Charmed/Angel crossovers. At first, it felt like Buffy / Angel, only with Paige, but considering that Marcus merged two universes, there were many things to get around and there isn't the creepiness of the obvious age difference, unlike with Buffy / Angel, plus, the only real draw to Buffy / Angel was the forbidden love aspect, Paige, on the other hand, is basically the best of Buffy, Willow and Cordelia in one package, due to her kind-hearted nature, stubbornness, occasional snarky attitude and the need to do good with her magical powers, plus, unlike with Buffy, Angel didn't regress into a lovesick puppy/creepy stalker and actually stayed and progressively earned back Paige's and her sisters' trust.
Clark Kent (Smallville) / Faith Lehane (Buffyverse)
Again, Chunk127 is the reason why I like this one. Clark tends to see the best in people and try to save them from themselves and I think he could help Faith pull back from the edge, while Faith could help Clark loosen up a bit.
Barry Allen (Arrowverse) / Faith Lehane (Buffyverse)
Just like Smallville Clark, Barry always tries to see the best in people and I think he could be a good influence on Faith, since unlike other people, he doesn't have an ulterior motive or use Faith as a sex toy and it's in his nature to help people who are lost and need some guidance on their path. Barry could help Faith let her guard down and try to reach her and Faith could help Barry loosen up a bit, while helping him embrace his inner darkness, instead of Barry trying to be the good guy following the dark path and straying from rather morally grey area.
Oliver Queen (Arrowverse) / Faith Lehane (Buffyverse)
This one is a bit similar to Oliver / Helena in canon but the hints of instability are more noticeable in Faith's case and Oliver could be able to pull her back from the edge much sooner.
Buffy Summers (Buffyverse) / Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
When you think about it, they can relate to each other a lot and their personalities are quite similar. Both of them take their jobs seriously and care for their families and friends deeply and they can be quite biased and bigoted towards supernatural beings in general sometime, though they are able to get past their prejudices. They both often use sarcasm and quips but Dean doesn't often share the same restraint Buffy does and he can get more apprehensive towards other, in general evil, supernatural beings than her, but Buffy could help him pull back from that edge and soften a bit.
Buffy Summers (Buffyverse) / Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
Sam could work maybe a bit better for Buffy than Dean, since they share more similarities than Buffy does with Dean. There are times, when both of them want to escape their respective destinies and live a normal life and Sam is less jaded than Dean and shows his softer side more often than Dean does. Plus, both Sam and Buffy would move Heaven and Hell, if they had to, in order to save their own siblings. Just as Buffy would do anything to save her little sister, Sam would do anything to save his big brother.
Faith Lehane (Buffyverse) / Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
Faith could work better for Dean than Buffy, since they share a lot more similarities and they both had gone down dark paths and were on a road to finding themselves again and their personalities are more similar than Dean's and Buffy's, with their sometimes loose attitude and inner struggle.
Faith Lehane (Buffyverse) / Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
Now, while I think that Faith would work better for Dean, Sam is kind and empathic and he also understands guilt, grief and loss, so I think that either Winchester brother could help her pull back from the edge. But personality-wise, Faith could relate more to Dean than to Sam.
Favorite Video Games:
- Assassin's Creed Series (Ezio Trilogy, AC3, Black Flag, Syndicate and Odyssey are those I have enjoyed the most so far. Origins was great too but the storyline there did not intrigue me as much. Unity wasn't that good and it was more love story focused.)
- Batman: Arkham Series
- Dragon Age Series (Preferred romances in DA: Male Warden / Leliana or Female Warden / Leliana; Female Warden / Alistair; Female Warden Cousland / Nathaniel Howe; Male Hawke / Leliana or Female Hawke / Leliana; Male Hawke / Isabela or Female Hawke / Isabela; Female Hawke / Fenris, preferably Female Mage Hawke / Fenris; Female Mage Hawke / Cullen; Female Inquisitor / Blackwall; Male Inquisitor / Cassandra; Female Inquisitor / Cullen, preferably Female Mage Inquisitor / Cullen)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2
- Mass Effect Trilogy with Commander Shepard (Preferred romances in ME: Male Shepard / Ashley Williams; Male Shepard / Miranda Lawson; Male or Female Shepard / Liara T'Soni; Female Shepard / Thane Krios)
- Life is Strange
- Prince of Persia (Sands of Time series)
- Tomb Raider (rebooted series, Survivor Timeline, since 2013, with actress Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft)
- Uncharted Series
- Until Dawn
- Witcher Series
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