me: a relationship that is based on mutual love and trust and features both parties wanting to improve not just themselves but each other through their love, is good and interesting no matter if it’s a straight relationship or a relationship between two men or two women, and is infinitely more satisfying to watch develop in fiction compared to two characters who hate each other and continue to do so into their romantic relationship
The Straights™: not me 😄 I love relationships 👬👫 where both 2️⃣ parties ✌️ DESPISE 💔 EACH 👻 OTHER 😾 and cant STAND ⚡️ interacting 🙅 with one🌜another 🌛!!!! it’s even better 👌👌 when they are so toxic for each other 😷 that they hurt one another 💅
tagged by @kerowyn-ankh
Rules: list five otps from different fandoms and tag 10 people
1. Lina/Xelloss (Slayers)
2. Marinette/Adrien (Miraculous Ladybug)
3. Pearl / Mystery Girl (Steven Universe)
4. Marceline / Bubblegum (Adventure Time)
5. Korra/Asami (Avatar: the Legend of Korra)
(i won’t be tracking who does and doesn’t do this, it’s just an open invitation!)
Not to be an old man but what happened to ship names that were just the characters’ names with a / or x between them? Like I shouldn’t need to solve some kind of Dungeon Riddle to know what characters are in the ship, you don’t need to say “I ship Candy In The Wind,” no one knows what that is, just say Charlie Bucket/Avatar Aang
tagged content searching happened and there was also some ancient discourse about how A/B meant A topped and that… was Homophobia™
You may not have noticed it, but any dash or slash in a tumblr tag makes it unsearchable, across tumblr and in your own blog, making said tag functionally useless for archiving. Still doesn’t explain the drop in AxB ship naming, but it’s one major reason why I’ve mostly used pun naming on this site since I always preffed / to x anyway. Also Dungeon Riddle Puns are just Gr8 and Wonderful so why NOT spend your day thinking up obscure, referential names?
But, this is the sort of question that practically DEMANDS thinly sourced grand anterior theorizing. I’d blame the Harry Potter fandom, and the fact that most folks on the internet right now spent at least some time in it at somepoint in their lives. The HP fandom certainly had / and x shipping names, but it particularly liked compound names(Drarry, ect) AND, more importantly, Nautical ship names(H.M.S. Pumpkin Pie, S.S. Loonie Lions, ect). I suspect that the popularity of Riddle Pun naming came from this pun-driven fad for nautical ship names in the HP fandom, mutated and accelerated by the Homestuck fandom which dropped the ship designation bit(”H.M.S.” and the like) and just used puns, since wordplay and reference were such big parts of HS itself.
i mean pun ship names are incredibly fucking adorable and can sell me on a ship that i would never have liked in a thousand years just by naming it in a way that draws attention to its most interesting features
they’re just Neat
also if you’re in multiple fandoms names tend to repeat. like i guess a combination of two names is generally more or less unique but honestly the pun names are just easier to identify
hopefully not unpopular opinion: as polyamory is still a thing that is real, Alyanette and Adrinette are not actually in conflict
Really? Huh. I can’t say I agree. Sure, it’s fun to see them interact because Karkat’s goat is easily got and Vriska likes to mess with people, but I can’t imagine a healthy relationship forming through the teasing. Especially on Vriska’s side. And yeah, I like Quartz Town! Remember these are kinda like troll colonies, so not very big civilizations.
VRISKA’S GOAT IS GOT EVEN EASIER THAN KARKAT’S THO
AND KARKAT KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE IT IS
also, shipping is not always about healthy relationships. Sometimes, what people mean by ‘ship’ is ‘enjoy stories about them interacting’ even if the interaction is actually the characters, like, trying to kill each other. Not healthy, but fun!
THANK YOU GREAT PERSON
THIS IS THE PAIRING I WAS THINKING OF WHEN I REBLOGGED IT TBH
These ended up less ‘sentence’ and more ‘super micro drabble’ but hey I’m not the only one doing it like this anyway…
Under cut for length!
Darcy stood, clutching the corner of the wall like she was about to fall, and watched the small figure vanishing into the distance. She always knew it was like that – she always knew job came first, before her, before their love, before Natasha’s own life.
It didn’t make it hurt less.
At first, Darcy didn’t like her new neighbour. The redheaded girl was about her own age, but she was always grim, dressed formally, and in a hurry somewhere – to martial arts training, to ballet lessons, to piano lessons. She was no fun, Darcy thought at first.
(This impression did not last long)
Darcy sighed and adjusted the aim of her blaster. Who KNEW falling in love with a disgraced alien spy could possibly lead to problems?
“No, for the last time, I am NOT buying you a real gun”, – Darcy scooped up the small frizzy haired girl up, nearly running to pass the shop with assault rifles in the window as soon as possible. – “No, mommy having had one when she was your age is not a good enough reason!”
“Hi, Darcy”, – the very familiar by now voice says from behind her back, and the girl freezes up. It’s not that she doesn’t want to interact with the Black Widow, but – she has no idea how, how to even begin, how to approach-
The problem seems to have been taken out of her hands, as the redhead drags her to the corner of the room and smiles in a way that seems to Darcy to be predatory.
“I wanted to talk, hope this is fine with you?”
(YES, THIS IS THE SHORTEST I MANAGED, OKAY? THIS IS LIKE MY TENTH TRY)
“Yes, Darcy, you should absolutely wear this dress”, – Natasha’s voice is as uncompromising as ever, and Darcy shoots her a doubtful glance. – “If anyone says something about it being ‘unflattering’ or your body type, tell them to brin their complaints to me”.
Darcy smiles and twirls, the skirts rustling and fluttering around her. There are advantages to having the world’s deadliest assassin as a girlfriend.
Natasha carefully scrubs the cream from her eyes and licks the fingers. Strawberry, her favorite. How thoughtful of Darcy.
Well, she certainly didn’t seem to have noticed the glue attaching trinkets in her bag together yet. Natasha’s got a bet going on how long it will take her to pry them back apart, too. Tony underestimates Darcy’s creativeness real bad.
This prank-off might be escalating beyond the boundaries of reasonable, but who cares when it’s so fun?
(I AM VERY BAD AT NOT ENTIRELY CONTEXTUAL HUMOR OKAY. MAYBE LOOK AT OTHER ONES I THINK SOME OF THEM ARE FUNNY)
“It’s fine,” – Natasha tells her, and Darcy wants to scream and yell at her, but instead nods and cups her head in her hands and kisses her. This is not the time for fights.
Natasha smiles and rises her hand to trace the contours of Darcy’s face. With her, even being stuck in a small room with fire everywhere outside and slowly bleeding out – even that turns out to not be so awful after all.
(maybe not classic hurt/comfort, but tbh this trope seems so predatory and grosses me out so bad…)
Darcy licks Natasha’s collarbone and slowly teases her fingers through the frizz of the red hair, as Nat’s nails gently scratch along her back. She’s not entirely sure where their legs are relative to one another, and she doesn’t really want to know. It’s warm, it’s close, and it’s the best sensation she’s ever known.
(this is the first smut in my life fyi)
UST (Unresolved Sexual Tension)
It’s very hard for Darcy to not be staring. It’s not polite, and it’s definitely not polite with someone you can’t even bring yourself to talk to without your tongue freezing in your mouth, but-
But, that back. That hair. Those collarbones.
It’s really, really hard for Darcy to not be staring, okay?
Tier 1: Just not my thing.
Tier 2: I was indifferent about this ship at first but then it got popular and no one shuts up about it and now I’m sick of seeing it, and it’s probably more popular than what I do ship, which irritates me.
Tier 3: I dislike this ship because no one seems to be able to ship it without throwing one of my favorite characters under the bus or leaving them as a third wheel, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Tier 4: The dynamic between the two characters involved makes me uncomfortable for one reason or another and I sometimes don’t perceive it as a healthy relationship and I feel even more uncomfortable when people think they’d be a good couple.
Tier 5: A grand mixture of all of the above that results in a white-hot, seething hatred that makes me want to keep them as far away from each other as humanely possible.