The lovely and effulgent liz_marcs asks
: Who are your Top 5 OTPs? And that got me to thinking, and I shall reproduce my reply to that post here.
My number-one, cast-iron OTP is Spike/Fred
, and I will never forgive the writers for having Spike go to Harmony after he got solid again instead of running to the lab and giving Fred a big ol' bearhug. However, when he knocked Pavayne into the circle that was supposed to make him corporeal in "Hellbound," in order to save Fred--that was the moment for me. She thought he was worth saving, and he sacrificed what he thought was his only chance to be a "real boy" for her...yeah. *dreamy sigh* Spike and Fred don't have the baggage that Spike and Buffy do--she wasn't even around for the Ring of Amarra incident. So she sees him as he is
rather than as what he was
, which is everyone else's handicap.
I'm not sure I have any other OTP's, by the strict definition. I have pairings I enjoy, and pairings I write to the exclusion of others. But at the same time, I don't see any contradiction in shipping Spike with both Fred and Illyria--because my Spike/Fred ship is an AR, and the Spike/Illyria
ship is dependent on canon. Had the Spike/Fred ship happened on the show, I couldn't ship Spike/Illyria. If that makes any sense.
Then there's Firefly. Wash/Zoe
is the obvious OTP there, for all the reasons that everyone else has ever mentioned. However, Jayne is the Little Black Dress in that fandom, and in a post-BDM world, I could see him and Zoe coming to an ... understanding. And I can't really see her with anyone else on the crew. Had Wash lived, then I never would have conceived of Jayne/Zoe
as a pairing, but it works for me in an odd way after what happened. They've bantered back and forth ("I can hurt you." "Zoe could get nekkid."), so Jayne's attraction to her has always been there, and I think the argument could be made that she rather likes him too. If he made an effort, who knows what could happen?
And then there is my favorite crossover pairing: Jayne/Illyria
. *facepalm* Jayne sees the world very simply
, and I think that would appeal to a God-King who's had a drooling fanboy and a broken genius as her Qwa-ha Zahns. And I'm fair certain that Jayne would be attracted to her--I mean, look
*ponders some more* You know...this whole thing may be a function of just sticking my favorite characters together. Shallow? Moi?