June 21st, 2009

Hotaru flies

Mixed gender friendship meme

From umadoshi:

So, we hear a lot about how most male/female relationships in fiction are romantic, and most memes that involve relationships focus on shipping. So here’s something a bit different: list 10 (or more) platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy.


1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and over their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid character/canon overlap.
7. They don’t have to be friends.

Many of these are popular fanon ships, so I might get some flack for declaring them non-romantic. I'll at least admit that there are some things between some of these pairs that can be interpreted as romantic, but I don't feel there's anything in canon that says any of these must be seen as having a romantic element.

1. Harry and Hermione (Harry Potter)
2. Rukia and Ichigo (Bleach)
3. Katara and Zuko (Avatar) (Runners up: Toph and Aang, Zuko and Ty Lee)
4. Kyo and Hana (Fruits Basket)
5. Obi-Wan and Padme (Star Wars)
6. Kaoru and Yahiko (Kenshin)
7. Laurie and Beth (Little Women)
8. Veronica and Wallace (Veronica Mars) (Runner up: Veronica and Weevil)
9. Shuurei and Eigetsu (Story of Saiunkoku)
10. Hotaru and Prez (Gakuen Alice)

Side note: This almost feels like a corollary to the Bechdel Test (aka The Rule), since it's hard to find good, multifaceted, totally non-romantic relationships between a girl who's "the girl" and anybody—male or female. If she's "the girl", then she tends to become a romantic object in a variety of situations, not just the main romance. Cases in point: Leia in Star Wars, who has at least some kind of romantic element with Luke, Han, and Lando; Elizabeth in PotC, who has some kind of romantic element with Will, Jack, and Barbossa.

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