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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Twenty-Four Favorite Ships

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.


Day Twenty-Four: Love Stories/Relationships


There are no rules here; tell me you despise one or more of these ships and everyone who ships it and all I'm gonna do is fist bump you while also telling you why you're wrong and my ships are all written in the stars and I win forever. I'm invincible. Let's party. (Some items contain spoilers by their nature but I tried to avoid big ones.)


Cassandra "Roast Beef" Kazenzakis and Molly Sanders (Achewood)

Not gonna lie, there was a time I thought this was how a good girlfriend should act and by God I wanted to be a good girlfriend. I was crushed when a later strip suggested that she would leave him someday, but taking that into account, it ended up being more instructive than I realized. They’re still pretty cute together in their early arcs, though.



Seeley Booth and Angela Montenegro (Bones)

It’s just a thought I had a long time ago. I’m convinced it would have saved the show. Bring in a new character as Brennan’s love interest and use this as a way to keep both Booth and Angela relevant to the plot. Plus, they’re like the two most attractive people on television, so where’s the bad here?


Tom McNair and Allison Larkin (Being Human UK)

Tom was one of this show’s redeeming qualities. As soon as you meet him, you just want him to find a nice werewolf girl who’s a little bit too nerdy and weird for most guys, but full of energy and confidence and slightly annoying habits, who is perfect for him in every way and makes him want to dress smartly and take her to restaurants that bring you bread in a basket. Uh, is it a spoiler that this happens?


Finnick Odair and Annie Cresta (The Hunger Games
book trilogy)

For a “mad girl”, Annie never got that much development, but Finnick’s devotion to her, and vice versa, was touching in every mention that the story gave them. Every dystopia should have at least one couple free of any angst or doubt over their love.


Laura Roslin and William Adama (Battlestar Galactica)

Because old people can fall in love too, that’s why. It felt very true to the characters that their feelings for each other always took a backseat to their duties, especially since there was such a sense of peace and fulfillment when they finally got to rest in each other’s arms.


Col. Roy Mustang and Lt. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)

There’s this beautiful thing that happens when a really cool supporting character is introduced, and around the same time, another really cool supporting character is introduced, and whether or not you realize on your own that they’d be perfect together, gradually they start showing romantic interest in each other and you know there’s more of it happening offscreen and it’s just so understated and great for the show and that is definitely the story of Mustang and Hawkeye.


Amelia and Rory Williams (Doctor Who)

Points for totally blindsiding me, I mean I was sure that Rory was just Mickey all over again, but, but, but, two Companions for the price of one, and the Last Centurion, and wait a second they’re the Doctor’s in-laws?! I felt emotionally manipulated the entire time and I loved every minute of it.


Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones Jr. and Marion Ravenwood (Indiana Jones movie series)

You can say what you want about the fourth movie but aw man when they brought back his only good love interest and revealed they already had a son together and then they finally reconciled and got married at the end, everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.


Charlie Pace and Claire Littleton (Lost)

“So. First plane crash?” I’m a sucker for a guy falling in love with a single mother and her child at the same time. I loved the organic way this developed, and the unusual conflicts that came between them but never diminished the hope that they would be happy together (yes, until. Give me back my goggles please).


Éowyn of Rohan and Faramir of Gondor (The Lord of the Rings)

I’m just so happy for them, you guys. All the disappointments they had to endure, what better possible ending could they have than to find each other and unite in a mutually satisfying and also politically advantageous marriage?


Danielle Moonstar/Mirage and Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane (The New Mutants/Marvel 616)

This was my first-ever slash ship, still my only femmeslash ship, and I’ll be honest, it wouldn’t have even occurred to me if I hadn’t heard somewhere that the writers had eventually intended them to be together in canon (if that’s true I have no idea why it hasn’t happened by now, but 616 hasn’t really gone in a direction I’ve liked since the 80s, so who cares).

I feel pretty low-key about it, but the way they always looked out for each other and had a special telepathic link that just happened to come with the combination of their mutant powers as a lucky coincidence made me feel like they were more than good friends.



Spike Spiegel/Julia (Cowboy Bebop)

Everything is inevitable in retrospect, but the way Julia is kept offscreen for most of the show, combined with Spike’s longing memories of her and misdirection with other women, packs a serious impact when his past resurfaces. The conclusion is a breathtaking justification for everything that came before it.



Goliath/Elisa Maza (Gargoyles)

Monster boyfriends, amirite? There’s this moment when they’re stuck in a frozen wasteland and he picks her up and wraps his wings around her and says it’s his duty to protect her and I was like this is everything I have ever wanted.


Marko/Alana (Saga)

Their origin is a classic forbidden love story, but when we meet them they’re completely recognizable as a pair of frazzled but proud young parents. More than that, they’re recognizable as a couple who are well into the bickering stage but have never left the newlywed stage. Their trust in each other is boundless and their love is passionate even at the worst of times.



April Roberta Ludgate-Dwyer/Sir Andrew Maxwell "Andy" Dwyer (Parks and Recreation)

I wish there was a way for Parks and Rec to have changed genres for just one episode so that there could be a scene where someone hurts or threatens April and Andy completely loses his shit and terrifies everyone as he protects her. Yeah I know it’s kind of sick, but the characters had me completely convinced that they had that kind of wildfire love beneath the playful sweetness. That’s what makes the sauce so awesome.



Sookie Stackhouse/William Compton (True Blood)

Not going to make any excuses for the inherent disaster that this couple is, and definitely not going anywhere near the fandom’s triangle wars, but the earliest seasons were best and a big part of that was Sookie being courted by an old-fashioned Southern gentleman who craves her blood and gets mentally pinged when she’s in danger (or when she’s lusting after him!).



Prince Zuko/Katara (Avatar: the Last Airbender)

Of every relationship on this list, this is probably the one I feel the most bitter about, because it could have been worked into canon so easily, and it felt so right. The only explanation for the endgame going in a different direction is executive meddling: main character had to get the girl.


Victor/Anthony Ceccoli and Sierra/Priya Tsetsang (Dollhouse)

I could call the ship Tony/Priya but the way it developed between two mind-wiped people who had no names of their own is everything. If you think you don’t like the concept of destined lovers, I defy you to watch through this story without the temptation to make an exception.


Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Okay so I think the theory from the books turned out to be true in the show and it means nobody wants to ship them in the show but I haven’t seen the latest season so please don’t tell me? I’m talking about the books, in which the theory hasn’t been confirmed yet and I don’t think it will be. Jon isn’t Ice and Fire, he’s Ice. Dany is Fire. Also yeah they haven’t yet met in the books so that sort of means I have no basis at all, but COME ON, ICE/FIRE, WOLF/DRAGON, THIS IS THE YIN AND THE YANG RIGHT HERE!


William the Bloody and Faith Lehane (Buffy: the Vampire Slayer)

I still kind of have two ships for Spike, because Drusilla is his soullessmate and they’re one of my favorite villain couples of all time, but Faith has just enough in common with Drusilla to cover all the bases, and anyway not-evil Spike needs a not-evil partner. Not-evil doesn’t mean good, of course, but with each other to lean on, I believe both of them would get there.

P.S. This should have been canon, fite me.


Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (The Defenders)

A love story could hardly be more painful than the one between these two, not because of their own tragedies or the world keeping them apart, but because they hurt each other so badly that it’s hard to see how they can ever get past it. It’s not hard to see that they need each other anyway.

Their chemistry is off the charts, their superpowers are complementary, and they have the comic-counterpart-established-history bonus -- please, please, more Luke/Jessica.


Psyche and Cupid/Eros/Amor (Greek mythology)

It’s not her fault she was as beautiful as a goddess. He didn’t mean to prick himself on his own arrow. She shouldn’t have listened to her jealous family. His mother had it in for her. The tasks in front of her were impossible. She was only human.

They made it. She ascended to Mount Olympus on butterfly wings.



Peter Quill/Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon/Subject 89P13 (Guardians of the Galaxy movies)

Well, it happened. I have a pairing I’m actively writing slash fiction for. Go big or go home: it’s a guy and a cybernetically engineered raccoon. I hope nobody’s going to ask me to explain. I can’t.



Buffy Anne Summers and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel)

Everyone please sign up for this year’s IWRY Marathon. It means more to me than I can possibly express, even though my own ability to write B/A has dried up to the point that there’s no way I can make this request without being a total hypocrite.

When I talk about BtVS or fandom changing my life, what I really mean is this ship. Without it I would have enjoyed the show and moved on. I never would have gone seeking fanfiction or like-minded fans. I might not even have had the courage to end a relationship that needed to end - sudden encouragement to believe in love can affect you in ways you wouldn’t expect.

Forever works for me.

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