thegethhaveacrushonme said: 26 again for the in-depth analysis? :)
Hah. Well. THere’s a couple commonalities that I can detect:
(now that I’m looking through this again, these are more Tropes than relationship dynamics. Will try to add more at the end.)
Battle Couple is a big one. Two people who face danger together, as a team. I am a big, big sucker for that.
Cynicism/world-weariness vs. Optimism-innocence. This usually works for me too. The world-weary person who has been let down a lot meets someone fierce and passionate in their idealism and it gives them hope. The naive person learns the world is a lot more complicated than they thought, and that there are many kinds of strength in the world. This works even better in the Battle Couple context, but I’m thinking a lot of Anthy/Utena there too.
People who’ve kind of given up on life meeting someone willing to fight for them who inspires them to keep fighting for themselves.
In general, probably the biggest one, people who’ve been hurt really really badly and kind of retreated behind a shell of some kind to protect themselves until they finally meet someone who can see past that and will be patient with them long enough to let their shields down and let their real selves come out of hiding. That’s pretty personal to me and I think most of my ships have this on at least one side, sometimes even both…
I feel like my ships are pretty varied aside from this but there’s probably a glaring common denominator that I’m missing.
edited to add: as far as the dynamic, once the couple has gotten together I don’t like a whole lot of internal conflicts. I don’t go for love/hate relationships at all. I don’t like couples who are mean to each other. I like banter, I like playfulness and sweetness and fierce loyalty for one another. I go more for external circumstances making things difficult, conflict-wise. Ending up on different sides of a conflict, for instance, despite loving each other dearly. Other people conspiring to keep them apart. I know that can get contrived quickly, but I don’t care. :p
Did I mention banter? Lots of banter. Piles of banter, and snark, and sarcastic remarks trying to cover over how much they actually really care. That’s pretty much my thing.