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20 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Potterverse Couples

A story that started out as one book — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — has grown larger than anyone could ever imagine. From a book series of seven installments, to eight movies adapting those books, a theme park, a play, and now the Fantastic Beasts films, it has become its own unique world, known to many as the Potterverse.

The Potterverse consists of all the aforementioned books, movies, theme parks, plays, and more. Part of what makes it all so compelling is knowing that it’s part of a single continuity in the same universe. Even though the Fantastic Beasts films take place long before Harry’s story begins, fans know that the movies have significant connections to the original series.

Within a fandom as enthusiastic and active as this one is, many talented fans have created stunning pieces of fan art. DeviantArt in particular has allowed more and more of such impressive art to be made and shared online, where it can be appreciated by individuals all over the world. Some of the art celebrates fan-favorite characters, depicted very closely to their stories in the books and movies.

Another side of fan art is how it dares to show characters in a different light than the books and movies. Many talented artists have created redesigns that illustrate familiar Potterverse characters as part of unexpected romantic couples. Some of these pairings theoretically make sense based on the character’s personalities and stories. Others are rather implausible, but that doesn’t diminish the impressive creative work rendered by the fans. The couples featured in these redesigns are from both the original Harry Potter series and from the Fantastic  Beasts movies.

Take a swig of the powerful love potion Amortentia as we explore these 20 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Potterverse Couples.

20 Newt Scamander And Credence Barebone

Credence Barebone and Newt Scamander might seem like a strange couple, but it could actually work based on what audiences saw in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Muggle family that raised Credence abused him. Gellert Grindelwald tried to exploit Credence and the Obscurus that developed within him. MACUSA sought to destroy Credence as he lost control and reigned havoc on the magical and non-magical world.

Newt was one of the few who tried to reach out to Credence and help him. Newt’s study an Obscurial helped him understand Credence’s condition. Credence would greatly benefit from a partner who is as compassionate and understanding as Newt. BladeDeeHunter’s fan art captures that with Newt extending a flower to Credence.

19 Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy

Draco’s face is probably still throbbing from Hermione’s punch in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Despite their differences, though, Linndsey’s redesign makes a compelling case for them as a couple. They’re both confident, yet struggling with their own ongoing insecurities. They are proud and ambitious, with others constantly looking to them.

Even with these connections, it would still be difficult to make “Dramione” work, especially in their Hogwarts days. Draco quite simply was too prejudiced and arrogant. Post-Deathly Hallows, when Draco was far more mature and striving to be a better person, his maturity would’ve caught up to Hermione’s and them as a couple seems more plausible.

18 Dobby And Winky

The life of a house-elf is a difficult one in the Potterverse. Winky had particularly challenging circumstances since she had to keep the secrets of the Crouch family. Later, when Winky joined the Hogwarts kitchens, Dobby did his best to help Winky assimilate to her new life. Whether it’s as a romantic couple or just fellow house-elves helping each other out, Dobby and Winky are definitely an underrated pairing. It certainly didn’t help that Dobby only ended up being in the Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 movies, while Winky was cut out from the movies entirely.

ShovelDuct does their best to rectify this with Dobby and Winky at the forefront of this peaceful, loving redesign. It’s also refreshing in that it focuses on pairing non-human characters.

17 Luna Lovegood And Ginny Weasley

In the books, Ginny Weasley was a popular and charismatic individual, well liked among a variety of Hogwarts social circles. Luna Lovegood’s eccentricities led many of her peers to think she was strange. As such, their peers weren’t exactly going out of their way to become friends with Luna, while many wanted to be connected to Ginny.

Regardless of these social differences, Ginny was generally friendly with Luna and enjoyed spending time with her. Ginny seemed to appreciate Luna’s quirkiness, which likely was grounded in the fact that she knew Luna was a more authentic person than many of their peers. Luna seemed to appreciate Ginny just as much for accepting her and choosing to spend time with her when Ginny easily could’ve chosen a different crowd. This kind of past relationship and appreciation for one another allows a Ginny-Luna dynamic to make sense as shown in tasiams’ redesign.

16 Sirius Black And Remus Lupin

As close as James Potter and Sirius Black were, Sirius and Remus Lupin were very close as well. In order to help his friend every month when he’d transform into a werewolf during the full moon, Sirius learned to be an Animagus so he could somewhat safely interact with Lupin and be there for his. Considering the elitist and prejudiced background of the Black family, Sirius easily could’ve shunned Lupin for being a werewolf. Instead, though, Sirius defied his own family and supported Lupin every step of the way.

It was beautiful in Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix to see Sirius and Lupin reconnecting as adults, finally aware of the truth concerning the demises of James and Lily Potter. This redesign by irishgirl982 goes back to the character’s younger days at Hogwarts, their close friendship growing into something deeper as they return from a Hogsmeade trip and visit to Zonko’s Joke Shop.

15 Severus Snape And Narcissa Malfoy

While there was never much hint of a love connection between Severus Snape and Narcissa Malfoy, they have somewhat similar arcs. Both were Slytherins and grew up believing in a pure-blood ideology. They served Voldemort loyally for a while until they changed sides in order to protect those they loved.

Snape became Albus Dumbledore’s man once he learned Voldemort was going to target Lily Potter. Narcissa Malfoy lied to Voldemort’s face in order to save her son Draco. Both Narcissa and Snape were protective of Draco, caring more about saving his soul and shielding him from taking a life than fulfilling the wishes of Voldemort.  Lily was the only woman Snape loved and no one could ever replace her. That being said, there is undeniable connection between Narcissa and Snape, a kind of solace despite difficult circumstances and understanding between them that is embodied in madcarrot’s redesign.

14 Newt Scamander And Gellert Grindelwald/Percival Graves

The Fantastic Beasts movies have pitted Newt Scamander and Gellert Grindelwald against one another. Even in his disguise as Percival Graves, Grindelwald never really connected with Newt. In fact, he tried to use his position in MACUSA to eliminate Newt as soon as possible.

All of these factors make it refreshing to see thegreencarousel’s redesign of the primary protagonist and antagonist of the Fantastic Beasts movies as a romantic couple. Newt has a dragon tattoo here, making him seem a little less of magizoologist nerd and a little more edgy — but still an admirer of magical creatures — and probably more to Grindelwald’s liking. In his younger days, Grindelwald could’ve been this tender with Albus Dumbledore, but he’s too far gone into the depths of evil by the time he met Newt.

13 Nymphadora Tonks And Kingsley Shacklebolt

Some fans felt the Remus Lupin-Nymphadora Tonks relationship came out of nowhere. They argued that there wasn’t enough shared scenes and chemistry beforehand to make their romantic status suddenly seem plausible. PastelNinja’s redesign fixes this by having Tonks in a relationship with a different Order of the Phoenix member, Kingsley Shacklebolt.

As Aurors working at the Ministry while secretly being heavily involved with the Order, Tonks and Kingsley arguably have a lot more in common than she and Lupin did. Tonks and Kingsley could also balance each other out nicely in terms of personality. Tonks is more quirky and outgoing, while Kingsley is more calm and reserved. They’re nice people but they aren’t afraid to fight for what they believe in and will do everything in their power to stand up for others. There’s a perfect amount of connection mixed with distinct differences that would make them work well as a couple.

12 Harry Potter And Hermione Granger

Yamatoking’s fan art shows a familiar moment between Harry and Hermione in The Half-Blood Prince. Harry comforted Hermione after she saw Ron with Lavender Brown. It also captures how Harry and Hermione look natural together as a couple. Many romantic relationships begin as close friendships, eventually going to the next level. This would make a lot of sense with Harry and Hermione, especially since they have a lot more in common than Ron and Hermione.

There’s a deep sense of understanding and compassion between them. Even J.K. Rowling admitted that Harry and Hermione would’ve made a good couple and that it was ultimately a mistake to put her and Ron together.

11 Helga Hufflepuff And Salazar Slytherin

Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin had entirely different philosophies about which young wizards and witches should be able to attend Hogwarts. Slytherin believed that those of pure-blood ancestry should be accepted into Hogwarts. He asserted that under no circumstances could Muggle-born students be accepted. On the other hand, Helga Hufflepuff was open to a wide variety of young witches and wizards entering Hogwarts and she treated them all equally.

Slytherin’s philosophy was based on superiority and Hufflepuff’s philosophy was based on compassion. One was incredibly narrow-minded and elitist, while the other was open-minded and accepting of diversity. They are the most unlikely pairing out of all the Hogwarts founders, yet nami64 shows attraction brewing between them. Not surprisingly, Helga is more open in her affection here than Salazar, but the connection is definitely forming between both of them, unexpected as it may be.

10 Hermione Granger And Fred Weasley

It’s weird to see Hermione romantically involved with a Weasley who isn’t Ron. Fred generally seemed to respect Hermione and she respected him, even if it was with a mix of exasperation and amusement towards his antics. There was never any hint of attraction between the two characters, though.

Yet, there’s something undeniably appealing about Natello’s depiction of Hermione and Fred as a couple. It’s not so much that they’d be good for one another. Instead, it’s more that the artist creates such a warm, homey feel. Sitting by the fire, with Crookshanks curled up in Hermione’s lap, and the ease of the two being in one another’s company feels right. It’s more to do with the scene created by the artist than how they would actually operate as a couple.

9 Harry Potter And Draco Malfoy

Noodlerface’s fan art of Harry and Draco as a couple is soft and sweet. It’s cute seeing Draco resting his head in Harry’s lap as Harry strokes his hair. Given their relationship during their years at Hogwarts, it’s pretty much impossible to think about Harry and Draco as a couple.

By the time they’re adults and have kids of their own in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it could be a different story. The play demonstrates how far Draco’s maturity and worldview has come. As fathers struggling to protect their children from being negatively affected and overshadowed by family legacy and rumors, Harry and Draco experience a shared challenge. This, plus the quest to save their sons, puts them together like never before, even if it’s not quite couple status. It’s still fun to imagine them as a couple in their younger days, though.

8 Neville Longbottom And Luna Lovegood

It came as a surprise to many fans that Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood didn’t end up together. Both characters were loyal, compassionate, brave, yet they often struggled to fit in. Dumbledore’s Army was so meaningful to them not just because it gave them a way to stand up to Dolores Umbridge and make them feel more in control of their lives, but also because it gave Neville and Luna a sense of belonging. This is why a year after Dumbledore’s Army last met, Neville and Luna were the only ones who still held onto their Dumbledore’s Army coins and checked them regularly.

The way they’re looking at one another in AniPokie’s redesign is adorable, as is the fact they exchanged scarfs. As much as we support Neville’s marriage to Hannah Abbot and Luna’s marriage to Rolf Scamander, we can’t help but wish in moments like this that Neville and Luna ended up together.

7 Newt Scamander And Leta Lestrange

Prior to the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, little is known for sure about the past relationship between Newt Scamander and Leta Lestrange. Instead of a dramatic falling out, Inimeitiel takes a more innocent and sweet approach in depicting them as a couple. Still rather young Hogwarts students at this point, Newt and Leta hold hands while they both smile adorably.

With very different beliefs and attitudes, Slytherins and Hufflepuffs often don’t fraternize. That certainly isn’t the case here, though, as Leta and Newt break barriers and are proudly together. Though we discover that Leta did have feelings for Newt in Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s still a bit heartbreaking to see this redesign knowing that Leta will later be engaged to Newt’s brother Theseus Scamander.

6 Sirius Black And James Potter

Sirius Black and James Potter were immediately the best of friends from the moment they met. Their bond continued even after they graduated from Hogwarts. As fellow Order of the Phoenix members, they dared to stand against Voldemort and his Death Eaters when most other shied away from the fight. James even named Sirius as the godfather of his son Harry.

Everyone knew Sirius and James were best friends. Because of this assumption, everyone figured that Sirius had been the Potters’ Secret Keeper and had been the one to betray them to Voldemort. It turned out the Potters had been counting on this assumption, though, and instead made their Secret Keeper Peter Pettigrew. Viria’s fan art shows them still in their Hogwarts days, connecting over their shared mischievous, somewhat arrogant natures. Their enthusiastic friendship beginning to transform into a passionate romantic relationship.

5 Lavender Brown And Parvati Patil

It’s not really shown in the movies, but book readers know Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown are the best of friends. They were largely inseparable and spent much of their time together. They shared a room during all of their years at Hogwarts. Together, they reveled in the glory of Divination and greatly admired Professor Trelawney.

With all of these factors in mind, it’s not unreasonable to think of Parvati and Lavender’s friendship turning romantic. Their close bond over the years created a foundation for them as a couple, as opposed to the Lavender-Ron Weasley couple, which had very little buildup in previous books. Meabhdeloughry’s fan art depicts Lavender and Parvati curled up next to one another, reading tea leaves, and basking in the warmth of candlelight and each other.

4 Harry Potter And Pansy Parkinson

Daekazu’s redesign is so much fun largely because Harry and Pansy are such an unexpected couple. Neither character really has anything in common with the other. Pansy looks a lot sweeter here. She looks nothing like the girl who bullied Hermione and immediately pointed out Harry in the Great Hall so he could be handed over to Voldemort. Pansy’s personality would have to change a lot for her to connect on any level with Harry. She would also have a difficult time connecting with Harry since they have such different beliefs and backgrounds.

That being said, the colors in the background offer a wonderful visual representation of a dedicated Gryffindor and dedicated Slytherin forgoing the usual boundaries and becoming a romantic couple. They are a highly unlikely Gryffindor-Slytherin match, though.

3 Dean Thomas And Seamus Finnegan

Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas were best friends throughout their time at Hogwarts. Dean even traveled to the Quidditch World Cup with Seamus and his mother in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Dean was unable to return to Hogwarts for his seventh year, as his Muggle-born status would’ve put him in serious danger with the school under Voldemort’s control. When Dean did return at the end of the year for the Battle of Hogwarts, Seamus was overjoyed to see his best friend and ran to hug him.

AliWildgoose turned their longtime friendship into romance in honor of Valentine’s Day. It seems like the making of a first kiss, both of them eager, yet nervous as their close friendship begins to turn into something much bigger. Perhaps it could come about as a rebound move for Dean after he and Ginny Weasley broke up. It could also happen after Dean and Seamus were separated during their seventh year, finally coming to terms with their feelings for one another.

2 Luna Lovegood And Cho Chang

Even though each Hogwarts house is defined by specific characteristics, the individuals within each house can be vastly different from one another. A great example is Cho Chang and Luna Lovegood, two Ravenclaws who offer a stark contrast in personality. Cho is a more traditional popular girl. She was very outgoing and athletic, she was the star of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team, and she dated well-known young wizards like Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter at Hogwarts.

Luna, on the other hand, was the farthest thing from a traditional girl. She was eccentric, seen as strange by many, and was more introverted as her social circle generally only consisted of a few close friends. It might seem like a stretch imagining them together, but GEITENKAAS makes it possible with this redesign of the two setting aside their differences and finding a connection.

1 Queenie Goldstein And Credence Barebone

The toxic environment Credence grew up in made him the tortured soul fans met in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. CaptBexx’s detailed fan art illustrates Credence getting the kind of love and support he needs from Queenie Goldstein. Credence and Queenie have some characteristics in common, as both are a bit eccentric and have rare magical abilities.

Queenie is a gifted Legilimens, while Credence, against all odds, survived with a powerful Obscurus forming within him. The major difference between them is that Queenie generally uses her ability to help others. By understanding their pain and thoughts, she’s able to comfort and provide others with assistance. Years of repressing the magic within him allowed the Obscurus within Credence to fester, eventually exploding into destructive chaos that harmed many individuals. Since we recently saw Queenie turn to the dark side in The Crimes of Grindelwald, this couple seems more likely than ever before.

What’s your favorite redesign of an unexpected Potterverse couple? Let us know in the comments!



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20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore

The horror anthology hit TV show American Horror Story just might be the magnum opus of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. Scarier and more riveting than any of the duo’s other projects, the spine-tingling series features a new theme and characters every season that are all still linked to each other’s universe. From the casting announcements to the series hints, theme reveals, and each season’s unique introductory visuals, it’s riveting entertainment all around. Even so, some seasons fall further off the mark than others, with many episodes barely even registering on the “horror” radar while others left us scratching our heads wondering what the heck just happened.

The thing is, we tend to give glaring errors, plot flops, and other things wrong with the show a pass because we love it so much. From intriguing horror to irresistible characters, from unexpected plot twists to some of the best storytelling on TV, American Horror Story keeps us coming back, not because it’s flawless but because it’s still addictive despite, and sometimes because of, its many flaws.

We might love a character and conveniently forget that he or she is a monster. We’ll keep tuning in even after an entire sequence left us feeling disgusted, embarrassed for the actress who had to play out the scene, or even angry at the creators themselves. It’s just that addictive.

We love it and we’ll keep coming back for me, even with these 20 Things Wrong With American Horror Story We All Choose To Ignore.

20 Some Seasons Aren’t Scary

With a name like American Horror Story, you might expect every episode to be a scream-fest. That’s just not the case, especially in seasons four and five. While there’s no shortage of horror-inducing characters in these seasons, they didn’t really give us nightmares like previous and subsequent seasons were able to do.

Were we jaded from all the mutants, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures in previous seasons?

Both Freak Show and Hotel fell short on promises of terror, often vying for more intense drama (a calling card of Falchuck and Murphy) instead. While we still received interesting stories, Gaga’s vampire and Twisty the Clown just weren’t all that scary.

19 There’s No Reason Given For All The Hotel Vampire Kids

In season five, Hotel, Lady Gaga’s character, The Countess Elizabeth, is a little less fabulous than we expected her to be. Perhaps she couldn’t live up to the Gaga we all know and love already. One of the things that just made zero sense about the character was her propensity to collect children and turn them into little vampires. Does Elizabeth have an old woman in the shoe complex? Is she just that bored? What is the point?

Here’s the thing about kids in horror movies: they add instant scare-factor. Take a look at most scary film kids, from Village of the Damned to The Others and you’ll see the scariest moments. The fact that the vampire kid collection wasn’t even scary was a pretty big letdown.

18 Teeth Fall From The Sky For No Reason

Season six of AHS, Roanoke, was able to recover some of the lost ground from the previous two less-scary seasons but still suffered from the lack of the one and only Jessica Lang. The season saw a return to the haunted house theme, always popular in AHS history, and wove in some new elements, like the whole “based on a true story” theme.  Between Deliverance-like hillbillies and more incredible Kathy Bates, Roanake was much better-received than Hotel, but it had some weird unexplained moments, like teeth randomly falling from the sky.

Not only do the teeth inexplicably fall while Matt is at work, but they also disappear.

The reason why is never given, prompting us to chalk this one up to “random scare tactic.”

17 Queenie Tried To Hook Up With A Minotaur

While we definitely applaud Murphy and Falchuck’s use of mythology throughout American Horror Story, it often makes no sense. Gabourey Sidibe was fantastic as Queenie, the young and lonely witch who gave as well as she got, used LaLaurie as her own personal racist slave, and really deserved main credits billing. But there was that one time she tried to hook up with a grotesque Minotaur…

While the inclusion of adult content is pretty standard in AHS, getting involved with a man who has bull’s head sewed over his own is pretty far out there. It didn’t make any sense, nor did Queenie’s own survival following the incident (or anything else including the Minotaur, really), so we just move along and say that there’s nothing to see here.

16 Zoe’s Hell Is Just Life Without Kyle

Zoe Benson, portrayed by Taissa Farmiga, starts out as a compelling character in the third season of American Horror Story, Coven. She has unique powers that pay homage to classic horror and a long journey ahead.

Tossing in a love interest is a great way to derail a personal growth story.

That’s what happened to Zoe with Kyle, her resurrected boyfriend played by Evan Peters. While we’re glad that Murphy and Falchuck used Kyle to illustrate that mothers can be abusive to their sons just as much as fathers can, “life without Kyle” as Zoe’s own personal hell is really stupid and overly angst-ridden.

15 Aliens In Asylum Makes No Sense

When it comes to American Horror Story, many fans reacted to the inclusion of aliens in season two, Asylum, in the same way that fans of Indiana Jones reacted to the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For many horror fans, aliens don’t enter the territory without very specific rules, and you certainly don’t add aliens into an already-existing story for a scare factor.

The aliens of AHS also just weren’t scary. Sure, they made Pepper more interesting and gave convenient explanations for a few weird happenings, but at the end of the day mixing aliens in with mutants, a mean nun, demons, and war criminals just doesn’t work. It’s a hodgepodge of plot devices tossed together like a salad with too many kinds of dressing. Sometimes simpler is just better.

14 The Musical Sequences

We get that Sister Jude is losing her mind in this tenth episode of season two, Asylum, but must we lose ours as well? The episode itself was gripping, but watching Jessica Lange sashay through “The Name Game” wasn’t nearly as eerie as it should have been. It played off as more of an homage to the creators’ Glee in a way that didn’t work.

While some critics enjoyed the mind-boggling number, many of us like to pretend it never happened.

It’s not the last time the showrunners implemented a bit of music and dance, either. Season four, Freak Show, featured several ditties, including a rendition of “Come As You Are” by Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Lange singing David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”.

13 What Happens To Dr. Arden’s Experiments?

The mutants created in Dr. Arden’s horrific experiments are the stuff of nightmares, and they definitely present an interesting side story among the rest of the godawful happenings at Briarwood Manor in season two of American Horror Story, Asylum. Their issue, of course, is that they disappear off the radar without much of a peep.

Once turned into a mutant and taken to a hospital, Shelley, played by Chloë Sevigny as a homage to the many women unjustly committed to asylums throughout history, seems as if she may be able to lead the authorities toward Arden, but alas, Joseph Fiennes’ conflicted yet greedy Monsignor Timothy Howard takes her out instead. We don’t hear much about them afterward. What happened to the mutants?

12 The Messed-Up Historical Figures

Anne Frank was lobotomized by the evil Dr. Arden from Briarcliff Manor in season two, Asylum. Not only does this make zero sense, but it also really does a disservice to Anne Frank’s memory. There is a lot of artistic license taken with historical figures throughout American Horror Story, from Delphine Lalaurie to James March. Even characters used as backgrounds for new characters, like Nellie Bly’s inspiration for Lana Winters, often seems a bit much, especially when the representation is so loose.

The misrepresentation or grand re-representation of historical figures is nothing new.

Our own history books present complete falsehoods about everyone from Christopher Columbus to Paul Revere. Perhaps it’s just so glaring because we acknowledge that now, particularly during an age of “fake news” awareness.

11 The Opening Sequence And Spoilers Promise More Than We Get

One of the most exciting elements of a new season of American Horror Story is always the opening sequence and the slowly-revealed spoilers. Cast announcements and cool visuals trickle in until we finally get to see that first episode with its incredible casting graphics. The creepy opening sequence does much more than announce the cast: it revs us up like the announcer for a really scary joust about to take place.

The only problem is that it often goes downhill from there. While season 1 typically delivered, the casting graphics in seasons like Freak Show were actually scarier than the episodes themselves. That’s a real problem if we are supposed to be watching a horror program.

10 We Have No Idea What Happened To The Pig Boys

They were a successful execution of “the scary children” in a way that the little vampire entourage of the previous season just couldn’t seem to manage, so maybe that’s why Murphy and Falchuck decided to never let the “pig boys” of season six be seen again.

Aside from the fact that the boys could have made for some truly scary storytelling, the problem here isn’t just that they had no deeper involvement in the story than “check out these creepy kids” but that they don’t even have a resolution. Why the kids say, “Croatoan!” and why they drink pig milk remains unknown, and we may never know what happened to the charming little tykes.

9 No Consequences for the bad things the “good guys” do

As fans of American Horror Story, we sure do forgive a lot of murderers, don’t we? When someone bad finally goes good, all of their wicked deeds don’t seem to be as problematic. Even sweet Nan takes out Joan. Misty Day, otherwise a kind hippie, offs a couple of guys with alligators.

Were these warranted attacks? Maybe, but that doesn’t erase the fact that many characters end the lives of others and we pretty much turn a blind eye toward it like we wouldn’t if they occurred in real life. Of course, from people returning from the grave to mutant attacks near an asylum, there’s really not a lot in the show that applies to real life.

8 There’s Really No War Between The Coven And The Voodoo Witches

During season three, Coven, there’s a big build up about an oncoming war between the coven and the voodoo witches of the area. Both are led by powerful women, and who wasn’t excited to see Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, and Marie Laveau, played by Angela Bassett, go up against one another?

While there was plenty of tension and a zombie attack, it pretty much stopped there, especially after the witch hunters came to town.

AHS often builds up to something we’re expecting and completely abandon it for another plot instead. While we get that they want to keep us on our toes, broken promises do leave us unsatisfied and underwhelmed.

7 Zoe And Madison Gave Their Souls To Azaezel And It Never Came Up Again

When the bus full of frat boys who assaulted Madison wrecks, taking out all of the monsters on board on Madison’s whim, it’s satisfying. Even seeing Kyle taken out doesn’t bother some of us, given that we’ve already seen Evan Peters return from the grave before and wouldn’t be surprised if he returned. He may have stopped his “brothers” but he certainly tried to help them not get caught, making him complicit in the attack.

When Zoe and Madison decide to put “boy parts” together to resurrect Kyle as the perfect Frankenstein boyfriend, they sell their souls to Azaezel in order to do so, and yet it never comes up again. Given that both girls bite the dust during the show, shouldn’t that at least be an issue?

6 Roanoke’s Reality Show Inception

It was one of the most pointless plot points to ever be inserted into a season of American Horror Story. During season six, Roanoke, we’re treated to a reality show type of setting where re-enactors help us understand what happened to the Millers in “My Roanoke Nightmare”, an obvious play on so many other popular reality-based ghost hunting and experience shows. That’s an intriguing concept that works well for much of the season, but then we’re hit with reality-ception.

Getting all of the actors and people involved in actual events together for the blood moon event is one thing, but what about the disclaimer that nobody even survived the ordeal? If that’s true (which makes sense, since this is Roanoke), how did we get the footage in the first place?

5 There’s No Point To Scathach

Scathach, the mythical warrior from the Isle of Skye in Irish folklore, is an incredible character. It’s too bad we didn’t really get to know her in season six, Roanoke.

Lady Gaga’s Scathnach has a plethora of powers, is said to be the first Supreme and yet has no real point in the series.

The witch does a few nefarious things here and there, from purchasing souls to rendering people evil and insane, but in the grand scheme of things she has no real point except to serve as one of those random elements of horror woven in to just be spooky. Given the history of the traditional character, it would be amazing to see Murphy and Falchuck to use this as a tie-in for a more myth-heavy season.

4 People Are Constantly Offed Only To Be Brought Back

Character losses in the American Horror Story realm are pretty much like those in any comic book series: you don’t ever count them as permanent. Even when an entire series ends and you believe a character to be truly gone, they may return in another season! It’s definitely not a new tactic to have characters return from the grave; it’s a strategy used in everything from Dallas to Supernatural.

It makes us feel a little more jaded and a little less invested when tragedy does strike.

Oh, Fiona is sick? Oh, Ethel’s not going to make it? It’s too often meaningless. We want to feel affected, and we can’t help but worry a bit because we do love these characters, but deep down we’re always still wondering when they’ll return.

3 Twisty’s “Resolution” Is Basically A Deus Ex Machina

Season four’s big villain, Twisty the Clown, turned out to be much more Bozo than Pennywise. Sure, he was scary-looking, and he had the tragic backstory to boot, but Twisty’s crimes felt more garden variety scary movie than the monstrous panache we’d expect from AHS.

Twisty, played by John Carroll Lynch, even had a disappointing resolution as a character. Not only was he never really sorted out by a main character or a victim bent on revenge, but he was literally yanked out of the show to join Edward Mordrake’s nightmarish troupe, collecting the clown’s soul after hearing his tale of woe.

2 Misty Day Was Unjustly Lost

One of the characters fans most resonated with in season three, Coven, was Misty Day, played by the talented Lily Rabe. Misty’s character screamed Supreme, from her unique abilities to her lack of really caring about the position.

Misty was all about fairness, being kind to animals, and protecting the vulnerable, making her a fantastic character to root for.

Unfortunately she was also a red herring. Falchuck and Murphy offed her in such a terrible way in a Hell made up of her own personal vivisection nightmare, which made zero sense given her ability to bring things back to life so easily. Misty didn’t deserve her ending, but neither did Nan and many other characters.

1 Tate Is A School Shooter

Tate Langdon is one of the most romanticized characters in the history of AHS. The season 1 character is a doting friend, devoted boyfriend who would do anything for Violet, and speaks volumes of teen angst to many a smitten heart. It doesn’t hurt that Evan Peters, who plays Tate, is easy on the eyes as well. Is that why it’s so hard to remember that Langdon is such a deplorable character?

Tate is a school shooter. He took the lives of several classmates and should represent what we most despise and do not condone in this nation right now. He also assaulted Violet’s mother, Vivian, causing her to become pregnant with his Antichrist baby. How can anyone still crush on this guy knowing what harm he’s done?

What other problems with American Horror Story do fans overlook? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 08:10:37 – Sara Schmidt

All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

Venom is the first Sony-Marvel film in a planned Spider-Man villain universe – and there’s a lot more on the way. If all goes well for Sony then Venom, in theaters this weekend, will set the ball rolling for a darker version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Once The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is complete, the world of Peter Parker and friends will be the only major segment of the Marvel canon not exclusively under their control. And, although Spider-Man is already part of the MCU, Sony has high hopes for creating their own franchise that can both stand on its own two feet (albeit with the possibility of tying it into the MCU down the line). Spider-Man remains one of the most iconic characters in comic book lore, and his most infamous foes are equally as popular with audiences thanks to the cartoon series and Sam Raimi trilogy.

Related: Is Venom In The MCU? Marvel/Spider-Man Movie Rights & Shared Universes Explained

Their current plans, which are reportedly being referred to internally as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC for short, involve expanding the world of the Spidey villains into their own saga. Venom, the human-symbiote who has become one of the series’ most beloved anti-heroes, is only the starting point in these plans. Sony has a whole host of other Spider-villain movies planned. Here are the titles that are either in pre-production or are currently part of the studio’s Spider-verse strategy.

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  • Page 2: Spider-Man Villain Films Sony Has In Early Development

Morbius, the Living Vampire Is The Next Spider-Man Villain Movie

In an unexpected step, Sony has confirmed that the first film to follow Venom would be one centered on Morbius, the Living Vampire, and that the lead role would be played by Jared Leto. The character was created in the 1970s when the Comics Code Authority, the industry’s censorship board, lifted its ban on depictions of vampires and the supernatural. His true identity is that of Michael Morbius, a biochemist whose experiment to cure his rare blood disorder goes awry and gifts him with vampiric abilities.

The Morbius film will be directed by Life‘s Daniel Espinosa, based on a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (writers of Gods of Egypt). on screenwriting duties. Morbius is also one of the favorite comic book characters of Avi Arad, who told Screen Rant at a Venom press junket:

We are excited about Morbius. Morbius was always one of my favorite characters. I love the story about the healer that becomes a killer, and how do you deal with it.

Audiences may get Morbius sooner than expected; Sony was last said to be eyeing a November start to production, making a 2019 release possible.

Read More: Morbius the Living Vampire: Who Is He, and What Are His Powers?

Venom 2 Is Likely Going To Happen

WARNING: Spoilers for Venom in this entry.

While we still have to wait for news of Venom’s success before sequel talk begins at Sony for real, it’s clear from the film itself that the studio is eager to establish follow-up films. In one of the two end-credit scenes, Eddie goes to San Quentin prison to interview a prisoner and comes face to face with serial killer Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage. The part is played by Woody Harrelson, who had previously worked with director Ruben Fleischer on Zombieland.

Like Eddie and Venom, Kasady becomes a host for the Carnage symbiote and proves to be far more powerful and deadly than Venom; in the comics, Carnage leads to Venom teaming up with Spider-Man to take on his uncontrollable rage. Introducing Carnage to their Spider-Man universe would be a strong way for Sony to bring Peter Parker together with Eddie Brock, or otherwise make him more of a hero in his own right.

Silver Sable & Black Cat Are Getting Individual Movies

Originally, Sony had announced plans for a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up movie, to be titled Silver and Black and released in February 2019. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Love and Basketball as well as the pilot for Cloak and Dagger, was attached to helm the project. Now, the two characters will be given their own films and Prince-Bythewood is no longer directing, although she will still receive a producer credit.

Silver Sable (real name Silver Sablinova) is a mercenary and leader of the Wild Pack, a title she inherited from her father, who ran a Nazi-hunting team. Given the character’s roots as a Nazi hunter, it would be difficult for Sony to overlook this crucial part of her backstory. However, it could also open up many storytelling possibilities. Sony are hoping to bring on another female director for the project, but other than that, little else is known about production.

Felicia Hardy, the infamous cat burglar with the ability to produce bad luck in her enemies, is one of Spider-Man’s most popular adversaries as well as a collaborator and on-again, off-again romantic interest. Felicia was previously played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she served as Harry Osborn’s assistant, but none of her extra-curricular activities fit into the stuffed movie. Black Cat will reportedly be a re-worked version of the Silver & Black script and Prince-Bythewood will remain a producer.

Page 2: Spider-Man Villain Films Sony Has In Early Development

Spike Lee Was Reportedly In Talks For Nightwatch

While no other films have gone as far in development, Sony has several other Spider-Man villain films in the works. Earlier this year, it was reported that Spike Lee had been in talks to direct a Nightwatch film, with a potential script from Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, although both Sony and Lee declined to comment.

Doctor Kevin Trench watched a costumed man die while battling terrorists armed with invisibility devices. When he unmasked the dead men, he was shocked to realize that it was an older version of himself. Afraid for what this meant for his future, he stole the costume and fled to a deserted island in the hopes that, if he just never wore the suit, he could avoid his own death. In more recent comics, including She-Hulk, Trench is portrayed as a wealthy philanthropist who secretly spent most of his career as a supervillain and retconned everyone’s memories of his nefarious past.

Kraven The Hunter Has A Script From The Equalizer’s Writer

One character who’s long been eyed for a solo movie is Kraven the Hunter. A Spider-Man villain who’s been rumored for inclusion in movies for years – including the MCU side – it now looks like he could be getting a solo movie at Sony. In August, it was reported that a Kraven script was being written by The Equalizer‘s Richard Wenk, although there’s been no talk of the project since then.

Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s well-known villains, remembered best for the Kraven’s Last Hunt arc which saw him travel to New York in a bid to hunt down and kill Spider-Man, then taking over as a more brutalized version. An involving story, it’s one that would definitely lend itself well to a big screen adaptation.

Read More: Who Kraven Can Hunt In His Movie Instead Of Spider-Man

Jackpot & Silk Have Movies In Development

A couple of other movies have been reported recently. First there’s Jackpot, a more recent addition to the Spider-verse, created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez, who only got her own mini-series in 2010. The character also has two aliases: Sara Ehret, a scientist who accidentally gives herself superhuman strength; and Alana Jacobson, who uses performance-enhancing drugs like Mutant Growth Hormone to mimic Jackpot’s powers. A Jackpot movie could open new ground for Sony and the superhero genre: Sara is a 40-something woman with a daughter while Alana is a lesbian, which could bring some much-needed diversity to the field.

There’s also Korean-American superhero Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk. Cindy first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April 2014. Her own powers, similar to Spider-Man’s, manifested when the same radioactive spider bit her after biting Peter Parker. Unlike Peter, Silk has the ability to create organic webbing, something she has trouble controlling. She is later approached by businessman Ezekiel Sims, who offers to guide her in her newfound abilities. Cindy briefly appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a classmate of Peters and is portrayed by Tiffany Espensen, although the in-development Silk movie is more likely to recast.

Next: Sony’s Marvel Universe May Already Have A Spider-Man Replacement



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2018-10-08 03:10:27 – Kayleigh Donaldson

6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It)

There are sitcoms that everyone loves, and then there’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — a series which has managed to turn off many with its despicable characters and depraved sense of humor. From faking cancer to trying to eat a homeless person, there are no depths that are too low for the owners of Paddy’s Pub. But you don’t get to thirteen seasons without making a few fans in the process.

While It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia might not pull in the biggest numbers, the show has maintained such a rabid following over the years that one has to wonder if they’ve accidentally gotten there hands on some raccoon meat. But the more likely scenario is that many people have just as twisted of a sense of humor as the makers of this FX series.

The sitcom was created by Rob McElhenney with the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, who would go on to portray Mac, Dennis, and Charlie on the series. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito fill out the rest of the main cast as Dee and Frank Reynolds, and for over the last decade, fans have been happily following the bizarre misadventures of the Gang. Of course, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else in these leading roles. With over 130 episodes, there has been no shortage of supporting characters and celebrity cameo, some of which have been a lot better than others.

Here are 6 Casting Decisions That Hurt It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (And 14 That Saved It).

20 Saved: Glenn Howerton as Dennis Reynolds

In a sea of despicable characters, Dennis Reynolds has slowly revealed himself to be the most reprehensible of them all. Dennis may have begun the series as one of the more sensible members of the Gang — albeit one with an extremely short fuse, but he’s slowly revealed himself to be a cool and calculated sociopath. One who also happens to have a heavy side of narcissistic personality disorder.

While Glenn Howerton didn’t want to name the character after himself for fear of people drawing an unwelcome comparison, that hasn’t stopped Howerton from taking the character to some extremely dark places. He’s more than a little convincing when he lays out one of his manipulative plans. While his temper tantrums may be over-the-top, you never doubt the authenticity of the rage and frustration Howerton has embedded into his performance.

19 Saved: Mary Elizabeth Ellis as The Waitress

One of the most prominent recurring characters on It’s Always Sunny, the Waitress has been a part of the series since the very beginning. She is the unrequited love interest of Charlie throughout the majority of the show — though it seems like the tables have turned in recent episodes.

The Waitress is portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, who had previously worked with Charlie Day on an episode of Reno 911! The two were married shortly after It’s Always Sunny began, adding another layer of hilarity to the dysfunctional relationship between the two characters on screen.

Ellis fully commits to her performance as the down-on-her-luck waitress.

She’s an example of the tight-knit community working behind-the-scenes that has made the series such a success.

18 Hurt: Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty

While sitcoms usually lend themselves well to celebrity cameos, It’s Always Sunny has created such a distinct world that more often than not these cameos end up feeling out of place. There have been a few instances where they’ve managed to pull them off. Josh Groban popping up in one of Dee’s fantasies seemed fitting, and Dax Shepard manages to blend in fairly well into the episodes where Mac and Charlie join a cult.

In the case of Jason Sudeikis and a number of other celebrities, the cameos just end up coming across as distracting. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Jason Sudeikis playing Schmitty — an ex-member of the Gang who makes an unexpected return. The whole time, you never forget that you’re watching Sudeikis, which just doesn’t work for the tone of the series.

17 Saved: Mary Lynn Rajskub as Gail the Snail

Though she’s only appeared in three episodes of the series to date, Gail the Snail is definitely one of those side characters that we’d like to see more of. She first appeared back in the season five episode “The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention”, where she is the clingy cousin of Dennis and Dee who talks with a lisp and has the disgusting habit of slurping her saliva. Dennis and Dee have found that the only way to get rid of her is to dust her with salt, hence her nickname of Gail the Snail.

The character is portrayed by the talented Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24.

This is undeniably a very different character, and it’s impressive just how committed Rajskub is to playing someone so hilariously obnoxious.

16 Saved: David Hornsby as Cricket

The Gang has dragged their fair share of individuals down into the dirt with them, but none are more apparent than Rickety Cricket. Portrayed by David Hornsby, Cricket is a former classmate of the Gang who was once infatuated with Dee. He debuted in season two as a clean-cut priest who has slowly transformed into the addicted hobo that we have today.

Hornsby has been such a prominent member of the show that last season he was given his own episode with “A Cricket’s Tale”, which cleverly intertwined the character’s other brief appearances throughout the season into the story. Hornsby has also been a big part of the show behind-the-scenes as well, serving as an executive producer and a writer of nearly 30 episodes.

15 Hurt: Brian Unger as The Attorney

It’s Always Sunny has a number of supporting characters who re-emerge every few seasons, only to be dragged down by the shenanigans of the Gang once again. Brian Unger plays one such character with the Attorney, who the Gang often visits for legal advice only to contradict everything the lawyer has to say.

As a former correspondent of The Daily Show, Unger is really good at playing the straight man.

In fact, he’s too good, which makes it hard to believe that he would put up with these self-centered, narcissistic characters for more than a few episodes. Often, these supporting characters are revealed to be a little bit off in their own right, but Unger is just too normal to make his character mesh with the series.

14 Saved: Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds

Danny DeVito first popped up in season two of It’s Always Sunny, and his casting as Frank Reynolds quite literally saved the series. While the higher-ups at FX reportedly loved the first season, not enough people were watching to warrant a second outing. McElhenney, Howerton, and Day were given the ultimatum to add a bigger name or face cancellation. While they worried how DeVito would fit into the series, the veteran actor has more than proven himself as a worthy member of the Gang.

The insane things that DeVito will do for the character are a testament to the actor’s commitment. Even more impressive is how you never feel like you’re watching a performance. DeVito becomes Frank Reynolds. Even when he’s not delivering lines, just watching him futz about in the background is already hilarious enough.

13 Saved: Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly

It’s Always Sunny has turned all of its leading actors into stars, but Charlie Day is the biggest breakout of them all. Since appearing on the show, Day has worked on a number of hit films, including Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie.

His star power has no doubt helped the show remain on the air for so long.

Thanks to Day’s performance and musical talents, the character of Charlie has no shortage of memorable moments. Bird law aside, Charlie may be the least intelligent member of the Gang. In a lot of ways, he’s the heart of the show. Charlie certainly has his share of questionable moments, but they often stem from ignorance rather than malice, which set him apart from the other employees of Paddy’s Pub.

12 Hurt: Sean “Diddy” Combs as Dr. Jinx

Whenever Sean “Diddy” Combs pops up in a movie or TV show, he often plays a fictionalized version of himself. In It’s Always Sunny, he plays the unorthodox Dr. Jinx who utilizes alternative methods to treat his patients.

Not only is the cameo distracting, but Combs’ performance is pretty flat. It almost seems like the actor is reading off cue cards, and when Dr. Jinx is seen playing the bass guitar during a musical performance at Paddy’s Pub, it’s pretty obvious that Combs isn’t actually playing. The rapper may have stolen the show as Sergio in Get Him to the Greek, but whatever worked for him on that movie isn’t back on display in the sitcom.

11 Saved: Artemis Pebdani as Artemis

Artemis is one of the few supporting characters who can actually hang with the Gang without her life coming apart at the seams. She first appeared up in season one, where she befriends Dee after the two meet in an acting class. She’s also had a relationship without Frank throughout her time in the series.

The character is portrayed by Artemis Pebdani, who landed the role right at the start of her professional acting career.

While she’s continued to reprise her part as the fun-loving and wild Artemis, the actress has enjoyed success in a number of other shows, including Scandal and Masters of Sex. Though a number of supporting characters seem to have fallen off in recent years, Artemis has already popped up this season with “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot”.

10 Saved: Lynne Marie Stewart and Sandy Martin as Charlie and Mac’s Moms

Every since Danny DeVito debuted as Frank Reynolds, it was abundantly clear why Dennis and Dee are they way that they are. After all, Frank is just as self-absorbed and conniving as the twins. In that respect, we’ve also gotten to see how Mac and Charlie are a result of their childhoods by getting to know their moms over the course of the series.

Lynne Marie Stewart does a perfect job of playing Charlie’s mom, a kind-hearted woman who was far too overprotective of her son — which explains Charlie’s numerous irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sandy Martin is the total opposite, as Mac’s mom doesn’t seem emotionally invested in her son at all — which explains Mac’s constant desire for approval. Together, the two are a perfect comedy duo, which is on full display in “Old Lady House: A Comedy Situation”.

9 Hurt: Seann William Scott as Country Mac

In season nine, Seann William Scott made a one episode appearance as Mac’s cousin — who the Gang deems far cooler than Mac. Just like Jason Sudeikis as Schmitty, this is another star cameo that can’t help but feel distracting. Scott has made a career playing characters who are too cool for school thanks to movies like American Pie and Role Models. That might seem like he’s the ideal fit for Country Mac.

Wouldn’t it have been even funnier if the Gang idolized a character for no other reason than to get under Mac’s skin?

With the success of It’s Always Sunny, we’re sure that they could have a star cameo every few episodes. Since they’re kept to a bare minimum, it seems that even they know these roles can be a bit ostentatious.

8 Saved: Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney as Liam and Ryan McPoyle

The McPoyles are the perfect example of just how dark and twisted the humor on It’s Always Sunny can actually get. They are a large inbred family with the two most prominent members, Liam and Ryan, being former classmates of the Gang. They popped up in a number of episodes between seasons one and nine, where they’re often at odds with the owners of Paddy’s Pub.

Liam and Ryan are played by Jimmi Simpson and Nate Mooney throughout their time on the show. Both fully commit to the unsettling nature of these characters. They might be creepy, but that doesn’t stop them from being a hilarious comedy duo. Our only complaint is that they’ve been absent from the series for the last few seasons.

7 Saved: Catherine Reitman as Maureen Ponderosa

One of the weirdest characters in all of It’s Always Sunny, Maureen Ponderosa is the ex-wife of Dennis Reynolds who slowly makes her transition into becoming a cat in the later episodes of the show. Much like Rickety Cricket, her transition from seemingly normal to totally unhinged takes place over the course of a few seasons — better-allowing audiences to buy into the ridiculousness of it all.

Catherine Reitman seems totally devoted to this outlandish and often unsettling performance.

Since appearing on the show, Reitman’s notoriety has only continued to grow. She currently plays the lead on Workin’ Moms — a show which she also created — along with popping up as another recurring character in Black-ish.

6 Hurt: Guillermo del Toro as Pappy McPoyle

Writer/ director Guillermo del Toro was apparently such a big fan of It’s Always Sunny, that it was one of the reasons he cast Charlie Day in Pacific Rim. In return, del Toro was given this cameo appearance as Pappy McPoyle — who is most likely the grandfather of Liam and Ryan.

One problem right off the bat is that del Toro was cast to play someone who is most likely from Ireland— a fact which the director himself made fun of in a behind-the-scenes interview. This may have been the reason that Pappy McPoyle was given such an over-the-top appearance, which is really the worst part of the character. The McPoyle’s are indeed odd and unsettling, but they’re still somewhat believable.Pappy McPoyle, on the other hand, looks like some deranged wizard who has no place in the series.

5 Saved: Wade Boggs as Himself

The best episodes of It’s Always Sunny usually finds the Gang confined to a single area, where their personalities can do nothing but bounce off the walls and wreak havoc on themselves and anyone in their vicinity. This is what makes “The Gang Beats Boggs” one of the best episodes in the series.

The episode finds the five Philadelphia natives trying to beat Wade Boggs’ record of consuming 70 drinks during a cross-country flight.

While the Gang’s antics are usually based on nothing but nonsense, this true story only adds another level of hilarity to the episodes. The cherry on top is a brief appearance by Wade Boggs himself. In an interview, Charlie Day said that not only was Boggs happy to participate in the episode, but that his real-life record was a lot more impressive than previously thought.

4 Saved: Michael Naughton as the Waiter

Michael Naughton first appeared up in “The Gang Dines Out,” where he is a server at one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia. He’s crossed paths with the Gang a number of times since, and every time the Waiter emerges worse for wear.

Just this season, Naughton appeared in “The Gang Beats Boggs: Ladies Reboot,” where he is now working as a flight attendant. Once again, the Waiter tries to get the Gang to acknowledge how they’ve sabotaged him in the past. But once again, the Gang can’t remember who he is.

Naughton plays the Waiter with a kind of obsessive desperation beneath his everyman facade; he seems like someone who really would let the Gang get the better of him. He’s also the kind of supporting character that rewards loyal fans every time he pops back up.

3 Hurt: Stephen Collins as Bruce Mathis

Stephen Collins popped up in season two and three of It’s Always Sunny, where he played Bruce Mathis, the biological father of Dennis and Dee. Bruce invests most of his time and money helping out various charities around the world, making him a polar opposite of his children. This also made Collins — who was best known for playing Reverend Eric Camden on 7th Heaven — seem like an ideal fit for the part.

In the years since, Collins has both been accused and admitted to being an abuser. The actor has obviously not appeared on the show since, but going back and watching these episodes with Collins can be more than a little discomfiting.

2 Saved: Kaitlin Olson as Dee Reynolds

With Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton working on the show right from the very beginning, the actors were afforded the opportunity to mold their characters as they saw fit. However, the character of Dee Reynolds was developed before an actress was cast, and she was originally meant to be the Gang’s voice of reason.

Thankfully, Kaitlin Olson nabbed the role, and over time Dee became just as hilariously pathetic as the other members of the Gang.

Being a former member of The Groundlings, Olson clearly had talent as a comedic performer — which might also explain why Dee fancies herself as a bit of an improv comic. The actress isn’t afraid to make Dee as embarrassing as possible, which adds an element of cringe-comedy to the show that’s not found in the other characters.

1 Saved: Rob McElhenney as Mac

Without Rob McElhenney, there would be no It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The struggling actor/writer decided to put plans for the series into motion after a number of other projects fell through. With the help of Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, McElhenney made a short episode of the series, which he used to pitch the sitcom. Over a decade later, McElhenney still serves as an executive produces while continuing to write a number of episodes.

As far as his role of Mac is concerned, McElhenney isn’t afraid to take the character in different directions.

He put on a whopping 50 pounds for season seven and Mac finally came out of the closet for good last year — just a few of the many ways McElhenney has kept the show feeling fresh after thirteen seasons.

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2018-10-07 02:10:26 – Dylan Dembrow

20 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Video Game Couples

The history of the video game couples goes back to the dawn of gaming.

In the beginning, most people had no way to play video games at home, so they had to pack a pocket full of quarters and strut over to the arcade. Addicted gamers would pony up their quarters on the dash of the game to indicate their turn was next.

However, even those early games had hints of couples — Pac-Man had Mrs. Pac-Man and Mario from Donkey Kong had Pauline.

By contrast, kids growing up today are playing the most sophisticated games ever created, with profits bringing in more money than movies worldwide.

It’s truly a treasure trove of riches, with complex character relationships and rich storylines paired with shockingly good technology. Back in the arcade days, we could never dream that games would become so realistic.

We spend weeks and years with these games, and as a result, become hugely attached to the characters that we play and encounter. To fans, just like in the world of comics and movies, it’s a joy to speculate what might happen to them.

How might they interact behind the scenes? How might they fall in love with each other, even if it’s not in the game script? Also, why limit imaginations to just the characters in-game? Why can’t Kratos fall in love with Princess Peach? Or Mega Man with Lara Croft?

Every fan loves to imagine what could be.

With that said, here are the 20 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Video Game Couples.

20 Cloud and Sephiroth – Final Fantasy

Cloud first shows up in Final Fantasy VII, which was released in 1997. In this version of the game, Cloud struggles with antagonist Sephiroth, who cruelly manipulates Cloud’s mind throughout the story.

To call this an unlikely couple would be a huge understatement.

In the world of the game, the most likely scenario would be if Sephiroth were to manipulate Cloud’s mind into believing that he loves him. Sephiroth, whose genetic line is part alien, gaslights Cloud throughout the game and poor Cloud struggles to determine his identity.

The artist depicts this improbable couple in a realistic anime style and in a setting that is about as far away from the fantastical world of Final Fantasy as you can get.

19 Kratos and Bayonetta – God of War and Bayonetta

They’re from two totally different game universes, but should they ever meet, we can totally see Kratos from The God of War and Bayonetta from Bayonetta getting it on.

They are both intimidating warriors from dark mythological backgrounds. Cursed with a tragic past, Kratos was bestowed with ancient powers and magical weapons given to him by the Greek gods of Mount Olympus.

Bayonetta is a witch, whose talents include shapeshifting, summoning demons, and blowing opponents away with small mystical firearms.

For both champions, intense fights with divine beings inside ancient mythological settings are commonplace.

This artist extends Kratos’ scar much further down his face, but the rest of his look isn’t changed.

Together, they make an incredible pair.

18 Luigi and Peach – Super Mario Bros.

Luigi first appeared in the game Mario Bros., in which he and Mario defended New York from evil creatures rising from the sewer pipes.

However, it wasn’t until Super Mario Bros. that Luigi gained massive fame. In the game, Mario and Luigi try to rescue Princess Peach, who has been imprisoned in a castle by the evil King Koopa.

In the game, Mario must find the castle in which the princess is imprisoned. At the end of each level, Mario is unfortunately told: “Sorry, the Princess is in another castle.”

This artist depicts a scenario where it is Luigi who rescues Princess peach, while Mario is probably at the wrong address. 

The artist’s attention to detail is incredible.

17 Sora and Rapunzel – Kingdom Hearts

Disney created an incredible franchise with Kingdom of Hearts, which features almost all of their animated characters in the same universe.

However, the games don’t just include characters from their properties —  depending on the game, they also have characters from Final Fantasy, Pixar, and The World Ends With You.

The story begins when Sora and others quest across different lands to preserve their “hearts” from the evil beings that are referred to as the “Heartless.”

Sora and Rapunzel look like they’re doing a bit of swashbuckling here, with Rapunzel wielding her trademark pan from Tangled.

This artist gives Sora a bit more of a realistic feel than the video game, but Rapunzel is pretty close to how she appeared in her own movie.

16 Link and Prince Sidon – The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild brought many new characters to the world of Zelda, including Prince Sidon.

Here, Prince Sidon is seen enjoying an intimate meal with Link.

While Sidon looks similar to his video game counterpart, Link appears a bit more feminine here than he does in the game.

The style used by this artist is a bit different from the one we see in the game.

While the two do not end up as romantic interests in Breath of the Wild, it’s interesting to see what the couple would look like if they did get together.

Prince Sidon is known for being cheerful and upbeat, which is something that would definitely mesh well with Link’s personality and positive attitude.

15 Samus Aran and Mega Man – Metroid and Mega Man

How can Mega Man not fall in love with Samus Aran? They both wear armored suits, they both have weaponized arms, and they both have adventures fighting futuristic enemies.

The depictions of Samus Aran vary from game to game, but this artist portrays her here in more of a manga style here.

Mega Man’s face is definitely influenced by manga too, as his two eyes are scrunched up arrows and he’s frowning, with beads of sweat shoot off of his brow. He looks more like Mega Boy than Mega Man here, but it’s still adorable.

Though Samus looks a bit too old for Mega Man, the pairing is still extremely cute.

14 Yennefer and Triss – The Witcher

The Witcher franchise has received much critical acclaim, and one of its defining characteristics is how often the main character, Geralt, gets together with many of the women he encounters in the game.

Yennefer, the brunette, and Triss, the red-head, are both love interests that Geralt can get with depending on the choices that the player makes in the game.

We’re not sure what Geralt would think about two of his former girlfriends deciding to get together.

They are also both sorceresses, which makes them well suited for each other.

This artist draws them with pale complexions, which makes them look almost looking like vampires.

While they’re formidable fighters in the game, here they look like they’re dressed for a fancy night.

They’re definitely a cute couple, though.

13 Tracer and Lúcio – Overwatch

While these two look great together, they don’t really make sense as a couple. One of the biggest reasons behind this is the fact that Tracer is gay.

Blizzard Entertainment confirmed her orientation both in-game and in marketing for Overwatch in late 2016.

However, this probably won’t stop fans from imagining her in a straight relationship.

This artist does an incredible job of drawing Tracer and Lúcio almost exactly how they look in the game.

We can also see other Overwatch characters in the background, such as Widowmaker and Reaper, who appear to be dancing together, as well as Mercy and Symmetra.

While fans will probably never see this pairing happen in the game, both Tracer and Lúcio do work well together, so at least they’ll always be friends.

12 Arno and Napoléon – Assassin’s Creed

One of the most interesting aspects of the Assassin’s Creed games is the mesh of historical and fictional storytelling throughout the series.

Would Napoléon ever ditch Josephine for Arno the Assassin?

Perhaps he would if the dashing Arno had free-climbed up to his window to visit him late at night.

Instead of going with Assassin’s Creed‘s typical style, this artist chooses to portray the two characters a bit differently.

Arno has his hood down in this piece, which might be a reference to the first time the two meet. When they are first introduced, Napoléon remarks that it looks sinister, so perhaps Arno is broadcasting is friendly intentions.

Napoléon, for his part, looks happier than in the game, so maybe there is an attraction here.

11 Lilith and Mordecai – Borderlands

The Borderlands franchise is known for its shoot ’em up mayhem and sense of humor.

Lilith is a siren, a character class that has certain magical abilities, while Mordecai specializes in ranged weapons and has a pet named Bloodwing that acts as his literal wingman.

It makes sense for the two to end up together. Mordecai and Lilith are both vault hunters — they’re well-armed adventurers seeking treasure.

In the games, Lilith ends up with Roland, the commando, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t also share a connection with Mordecai.

This artist provides us with a vision of what it would look like if Lilith and Mordecai got together with this intimate moment.

Mordecai never removes his mask and goggles in the game, but he does it here for Lilith.

10 Michael and Trevor – Grand Theft Auto

Michael De Santa and Trevor Phillips were criminal cohorts in Grand Theft Auto V. They met during a heist that went wrong.

After realizing that they worked well together, they decided to become partners in crime — or perhaps just partners, as we can see here.

They are an unlikely pairing. Michael De Santa is married with two children, but he resents his family and is going through a mid-life crisis.

Meanwhile, Trevor has anger issues and has lived a life of crime ever since he was young.

Since the two spend a lot of time together, a romance might be possible.

This artist depicts Michael and Trevor in a tender setting, with Trevor leaning over to make the first move. Though he’s preoccupied and worried in the game, Michael looks twice as worried in this piece.

9 Gordon and Alyx – Half-Life

Gordon doesn’t say much of anything in Half-Life 2, but that doesn’t stop Alyx from taking a shining to him, as we can see in this artist’s reimagining.

The romance doesn’t occur in the game, but it’s hard to imagine the two never getting together.

Both Gordon, the hero, and Alyx are a key part of the resistance fighting off the alien occupation of Earth by The Combine.

It looks like Alyx is making all the moves here, by both giving Gordon a gift as well as sporting some mistletoe behind her ear. A smooch is definitely forthcoming.

This artist depicts both characters in a much softer and heartwarming illustrative style, as opposed to the harsh kitchen-sink reality of the game. They also look remarkably upbeat despite the total conquest of Earth.

8 Ico and Yorda – Ico

Fans praised Ico for its breathtaking landscapes and minimalist game mechanics.

Young boy Ico is the hero of the story, though he is an outcast because he was born with two horns. He meets Yorda, the daughter of the Queen, while he is in exile.

After he discovers that the Queen is intending to use Yorda for nefarious ends, he sets out to help her escape.

Most fans would probably want these two to end up together, as Ico risks everything for Yorda, who saves him in return.

In this piece, this artist makes gorgeous use of light. This work looks very similar to what we see in the game.

It’s obvious that the two trust and care about each other deeply.

7 Adam Jensen and Frank Pritchard – Deus Ex

The Deus Ex games play like a conspiratorial spy thriller. Adam Jensen is the bio-augmented super-soldier.

In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Frank Pritchard is a systems engineer who acts as Adam’s remote hacker and IT guy.

They don’t like each other at first, but over time time, Frank helps Adam save the world.

Adam has no romantic options at all in-game, but this doesn’t mean that something can’t happen behind the scenes.

This artist decided to draw the two Frank’s computer lab. The setting is perfect, as it is isolated and can be locked from the inside, providing both Frank andAdam with a private moment.

Frank is missing his trademark black and orange leather jacket that he is always wearing in the game. He probably took it off before embracing Adam.

6 Shepard and Thane – Mass Effect

Commander Shepard is the main character of the critically acclaimed Mass Effect series. In this piece, this artist imagines Shepard and Thane getting together.

As a former assassin, Thane has a rough time dealing with the lives that he claimed. He decides to join Shepard’s mission as a way of settling his conscience, as he hopes that he will also perish during the journey.

Though players can romance Thane in Mass Effect 2, the Drell is in the final stages of Kepral’s syndrome, and thus doesn’t have much time left.

Because of this, many players were scared to get too close to the warrior.

However, it’s obvious that both Thane and his siha make a great couple.

5 Lara Croft and Nathan Drake – Tomb Raider and Uncharted

Is there any video game crossover couple that should belong together more than Lara Croft from Tomb Raider and v from Uncharted?

These two are absolutely perfect together.

Both come from adventure games with settings and plots similar to Indiana Jones movies. The two are also more than capable in a fight, a puzzle, or an emergency.

In addition, Lara and Nathan are both are prone to getting into deep trouble.

This artist depicts these lovebirds in a jungle. It seems like they were both fighting for their lives, as the two are bruised and beaten.

Together, they look ready for a crossover.

4 A Protoss Couple – Starcraft

Starcraft is a military strategy game that features four different races, including the humans, that battle for control.

The Protoss are a psionic race that feeds on light. The hair-like tentacles on the back of their heads are actually nerve cords that are essential to their psionic abilities, which include mind reading, telepathy, as well as charging weapons and shielding.

This artist decided what it would be like to see two Protoss together.

Since the gameplay is focused on battle, romance often gets ignored in the story.

Also, most gameplay involves controlling groups from a bird’s eye view, so it’s unusual to see an intimate pair up this close. We’re grateful for it.

3 Lucca and Magus – Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger was a popukar role-playing game in the ’90s that focused on a team of time travelers trying to save the world.

There are six playable characters, including Lucca, the spectacled mechanical genius, and Magus, the mysterious sorcerer with long hair.

Magus and Lucca never get together in the game, but there are lots of fans who have imagined them together.

This artist imagines what it would look like if Magus and Lucca got together, and it’s hard to ignore how adorable they are. Lucca is looking up lovingly at Magus as he embraces her.

This piece definitely brings out the more expressive and tender side of these characters.

2 Master Chief and Samus Aron – Halo and Metroid

Here are two characters that seem extremely well suited for each other should their universes ever overlap.

Both Samus Aron from Metroid and Master Chief from Halo specialize in the exact same thing: blowing away aliens in their armored suits.

Metroid and Halo have vastly different artistic styles in gameplay. This artist uses a photo-realistic painted style to show what Samus and Master Chief would look like together.

Here, we can see Samus and Master Chief fighting an unseen enemy together.

Since they’re both trained soldiers, trusting one another to have the other’s back would be of the utmost importance in their relationship. 

If ever in a spot of trouble, we’re sure that these two would make a great team that could blast their opponents away.

1 Ryu and Chun-Li – Street Fighter

The Street Fighter games were button-smashing hits at the arcade in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Street Fighter is one of the most simple and iconic fighting games, though there’s not much backstory that plays out in the first few games.

There’s certainly no reason why Ryu and Chun-Li couldn’t be together. While she is a law enforcement officer for Interpol, Ryu was an orphan who decided to dedicate his life to the martial arts.

This artist uses a finely drawn manga-like style to depict the two characters together, putting them in rarely seen civilian clothes, as opposed to their fighting costumes that are seen in the game.

From what we can see here, it seems like the two have been in a relationship for a long time.

What do you think of these unexpected video game couples? Are there any other unlikely couples you hope could get together? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-09-10 08:09:44 – Gary Gunter

25 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Glee Couples

Glee proved to be a smash hit when it first graced the small screen in 2009, sweeping teens off their feet and collecting awards left and right. Its marriage of comedy and drama and mix of show tunes and pop hits captivated audiences for six seasons, until it ended in 2015.

The show’s popularity spawned cast albums with musical covers from the show and concert tours, one of which is captured in a documentary. There’s even an app for the iPad and karaoke games on the Wii console. Although Glee features many industry veterans, it also helped launch lesser-known talents like Amber Riley and Chris Colfer into the stratosphere.

As with many a teen show, there are break ups and make ups through the series as the characters navigate high school. It’s no surprise then that Gleeks everywhere have support almost every pairing imaginable, from the main characters and recurring ones to even the most minor background characters. With such a large cast, there’s no shortage of characters for fans to ship, resulting in countless creative portmanteau couple names.

We’ve scoured the Internet for some truly imaginative pieces of fan art, and compiled them into a list below. In order for a couple to qualify, they must not have had a canonical romantic relationship on the show. A date or an occasional amorous encounter wouldn’t rule them out, as long as it’s not a sustained romantic endeavor.

In no particular order, here are 25 Wild Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Glee Couples.

25 Tina And Quinn

At first glance, Tina and Quinn couldn’t be any more different. Tina’s an introverted outsider dressed in goth-inspired clothing, whereas Quinn can be seen strutting down the halls of William McKinley High School in her cheerleader uniform. However, fans like ileliberte love the idea of the two girls getting together.

They’ve both have their ups and downs, but thanks to their time together in the New Directions, they’ve become pretty good friends.

Who’s to say that they don’t get together now that they’re in college?

After all, Yale isn’t that far away from Brown.

24 Finn And Sam

Sam and Finn are both canonically straight in the show, but that doesn’t stop fans like phennin from pairing the two former jocks. The guys have actually share a few ex-girlfriends, having both dated Rachel and Quinn, so why not take the girls out of the equation?

They might have had a bit of a rivalry going on, vying for places on the football team as well as parts in the glee club. But at the end of the day, Sam and Finn share a close relationship, and Sam clearly deeply feels the loss of Finn.

23 Puck And Kurt

When Puck first appears in season one, he’s already established himself as a major bully at William McKinley. He throws slushies in people’s faces and throws them into dumpsters. As the series progresses, however, he begins soften up and become more compassionate.

Puck’s growth has prompted fans to pair him with Kurt.

Kurt and Puck both end the series in loving relationships with Blaine and Quinn respectively, but there could’ve been some sweet moments off-screen during their time in high school, like in this piece by n4ut with Kurt showing Puck how to tie a bowtie.

22 Quinn And Rachel

If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s a good take on the classic enemies-to-lovers trope. Since Quinn and Rachel go from rivals to besties, it seems only natural that fans like purtmaker01 would imagine the two divas as a romantic couple.

Known by the couple name “Faberry,” the two girls have a tense relationship at the beginning of the series, vying for Finn’s affections.

Instead of having them fighting over a boy, some Gleeks prefer the idea of them ditching him entirely and becoming a power couple in their own right.

21 Kurt And Elliott

Kurt and Blaine have won over innumerable hearts over the seasons. They’ve overcome obstacles, culminating in a joint wedding with Brittany and Santana. Still, some fans like suitfer don’t mind the idea of of Kurt and Elliott getting together, either.

Sure, Elliott doesn’t leave the best first impression on Kurt when he auditions for the latter’s cover band. Elliott in turn has had his reservations about Blaine and Kurt’s engagement, but ends up befriending both of them. Sadly for some fans, Elliot assures Blaine that he has no intention of pursuing Kurt, but hey, feelings are always prone to change.

20 Kitty And Marley

Kitty and Marley may not be part of the original gang that kicked off the series, but fans have still shown them as much love. We love this piece by konako, but we can’t seem to find the original post on the artist’s site.

The two newcomers also have a rocky start, with Kitty and her friends making fun of Marley and her mother. They both compete for the same role in Grease as well as for Jake’s attention, which fuels their rivalry. However, they eventually become close friends, prompting fans to pair the duo up as a classic friends-to-lovers couple.

19 Kurt And David

If you’d brought up the concept of Kurt and David Karofsky as an item back in season one, you probably would’ve been met with stares and glares. However, David begins his redemption and attempts at self-acceptance in season two, and fans including BanditBlythe have warmed up to the former bully ever since.

It’s unlikely they would become a canonical couple, especially since Dave himself encourages Blaine to get Kurt back.

However, the two do become good friends after Dave opens up about his struggles and Kurt forgives him for his past bullying.

18 Mercedes And Quinn

Yet another beautiful drawing by ileliberte depicts Mercedes as a nerd and Quinn as a punk. Like most of the characters on Glee, the two have hit their rough patches, but they seem to have worked through the worst of them in this reimagining.

Of course, neither of them are nerds or punks in the show, so this alternate universe opens up so many possibilities for the couple’s relationship dynamics.

In any case, it’s sweet to see Mercedes being taken care of in this picture, instead of having to be strong all the time.

17 Nick And Jeff

Like many other major fandoms, Gleeks have latched onto even the most minor characters in Glee and brought them to life with their fanworks. Nick and Jeff may not have spent a lot of time in the spotlight, but Gleeks like marzo20 adore them nonetheless.

The duo’s most prominent appearance is the scene where Kurt auditions for the Warblers.

Kurt asks them how many times they’ve auditioned, to which they reply “three” and “six”. They share a hug once Blaine declares that they’ve moved onto the next round, and low and behold, a new couple is born.

16 Santana And Rachel

Rachel and Santana also started the series at odds with each other, given their vastly different places in the high school food chain. However, like Faberry, “Pezberry” has garnered a strong gathering thanks to the way Rachel and Santana have become close friends.

The pairing even won a People’s Choice Award in 2014 for Favorite TV Gal Pals.

Rachel and Santana become roommates in season four when they both live in New York, but perhapsidontcare already created this piece depicting the two living together before the season was even.

15 Blaine And Sam

When Sam makes his first appearance, Kurt mistakenly thinks he’s gay because of his hair. However, Sam only dates girls throughout the show. Thanks to his strong friendship with Blaine, fans like deanrykerstrom think he might have a romantic soft spot for the former Warbler.

The duo’s friendship really starts to take off after Kurt and Mercedes leave McKinley High, supporting each other as they navigate their lives without their partners.

Blaine does develop a one-sided crush on Sam, so perhaps in an alternate universe, Sam would reciprocate his affections.

14 Tina And Santana

Tina is shy, going so far as to fake a stutter to avoid social contact. Santana, on the other hand, is anything but timid, boldly voicing her opinions everywhere she goes.

Evidently opposites do attract, as shown in another stunning piece by ileliberte which even features a kitty.

Santana ends up marrying Brittany, but fans are still intrigued with the potential dynamic between Tina and Santana.

Maybe Santana can help Tina break through her shell a little more, and Tina can show Santana that it’s okay to be quiet and vulnerable.

13 Sam And Kurt

Sam vehemently denies being gay when Kurt makes the assumption based on his hair, but fans like ajjizom haven’t ruled out that Sam could be bi.

The two go on to become good friends despite their awkward meeting.

Sam steps in along with other members of the glee club when Karofsky’s bullying escalates. Kurt is one of the first to find out about Sam’s financial hardship, and helps him out by donating his clothes.

With such a sincere and warm friendship, it’s not hard to see why Gleeks would ship the two as boyfriends.

12 Rachel And Brittany

Rachel and Brittany don’t have a ton of screen time together when compared to the other characters on Glee, but plenty of Gleeks still love their dynamic and all the potential it holds. We couldn’t find the original post of this piece on the artist’s website, but we think the forehead smooch is adorable!

The two have been on opposite sides of the Cheerios vs Gleeks feud, but got closer as the series progressed.

Of course, Rachel would have to face Santana’s wrath in order for “Brittberry” to happen, but it’ll be worth it if it’s true love.

11 Kurt And Sebastian

Kurt and Sebastian don’t like each other. They literally say that to each other’s faces, flinging insults and fighting over Blaine as he’s off getting more coffee. Regardless, fans like minj500 have taken the pair’s mutual dislike as an opportunity to develop an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers kind of relationship.

The two would probably need to sit down and have a long talk about the animosity between them, especially since Blaine gets injured because of their feud.

Sebastian does help Blaine propose to Kurt, though, so in order for him and Kurt to get together, he’d have to redouble his efforts to sabotage “Klaine.”

10 Finn And Puck

Finn and Puck start the series off as pretty tight bros, but their friendship becomes strained and even turns into animosity as the show progresses. They’ve fought over Quinn and Rachel, and Puck is initially against Finn joining the glee club.

However, they’ve managed to remain close until the very end, showing a bond that has prompted fans like Kumagorochan to pair them as a romantic couple.

The duo ends up at the University of Lima together, even becoming roomies, and Puck joins the Air Force to honor his friend after he passes.

9 Rachel And Quinn (Captain America/Winter Soldier)

Okay, Rachel and Quinn, aka Faberry, have already been listed, but this piece by sheep-in-clouds is too good to pass up.

The painting depicts Rachel as the Winter Soldier and Quinn as Captain America, which really ups the stakes for the couple.

Maybe in this crossover AU, the girls don’t start out besties, as Bucky and Steve do. Quinn and Rachel could retain their original Glee dynamic, but gradually become friends until one day, Rachel disappears and shows up as the Winter Soldier. There are so many angst-ridden possibilities.

8 Blaine And Sebastian

Oh boy, to say Kurt would be unhappy would be the understatement of the century. In this piece by Afterlaughs, Sebastian and Blaine are hugging at the Lima Bean, in broad daylight.

Maybe this occurs before Blaine ever meets Kurt, but they do seem to be drawn to look a little older. So maybe Kurt and Blaine don’t get the happiest of endings in this timeline.

Sebastian, on the other hand, would probably be delighted not only because he gets the boy, but also because he gets to show his nemesis Kurt what’s what.

7 Kurt And Sam (Fairy tale)

Kurt and Sam are another couple that we’ve already included, but this medieval AU—another piece by ajjizom—is truly stunning. There are so many possibilities for this alternate universe, including adding fantastical elements!

Sam looks a bit like Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty, especially with the sword and red cape.

Kurt could be a prince thought to be abducted, and Sam’s the only one brave enough to fight the dragon guarding the tower. In reality, Kurt’s just run off to escape the palace and has become BFFs with the dragon, and Sam decides to stay and live happily ever after.

6 Sam And Blaine

In yet another piece by ajjizom, Sam and Blaine are reimagined as an angel and a demon, respectively. If you’ve ever been in fandom, you’ll know the endless possibilities of an angel AU.

Maybe Blaine has been sent to persuade Kurt to join his side, and Sam has been appointed Kurt’s guardian angel. The two battle it out, fighting over Kurt’s humanity, only to realize one day that they’ve fallen in love with each other. And given the fundamental differences between their divine statuses, a whole ton of angst is sure to ensue.

5 Quinn And Santana (Pacific Rim)

Quinn and Santana have also had their arguments and tensions, but at the end of the day, they’re part of the original Cheerios and have forged a strong bond. They’ve been cheerleaders together and joined the glee club together as well, and both have been supportive of the other’s romantic relationships.

It’s no surprise then that fans like momocriptine think it’s about time the two get together romantically themselves.

Sure, you don’t have to be a romantic couple to be drift compatible, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

With their undeniable chemistry and connection, kaiju don’t stand a chance against the pair in this Pacific Rim reality.

4 Kurt And Sebastian (Arrowverse)

Kurt and Sebastian would have to overcome their mutual dislike of each other for this couple to happen, but perhaps things would go a little more smoothly in this Flash AU by soseinen.

If you didn’t know already, Grant Gustin plays both Sebastian on Glee and Barry Allen on The Flash.

Barry ends up marrying Iris West on the CW show, and based on their history in the comics, their relationship is going strong.

Maybe Kurt comes across a mysterious injured stranger, coming to his aid and then parting ways, wondering what could have been.

3 Emma And Sue

Emma and Sue might seem a little out there in terms of ships, but the more you think about it, the more it could work, like in this drawing by ileliberte.

Emma and Will are obviously going strong, while Sue and Will are almost always at odds with each other.

Just because Will and Sue have a tense relationship doesn’t mean that Emma has to automatically hate Sue’s guts.

In fact, Sue could totally start a scheme by trying to get Emma to dish on Will. Then over the course of Sue’s plans, the two women might fall in love with each other.

2 Finn And Kurt

Finn and Kurt are another duo that get off to a shaky start. While Finn never actively participates in bullying Kurt and even tries to help him in small ways, he does ultimately stand by and let it happen. However, the two eventually become close friends, thanks in part to their parents’ marriage to each other, making them step-brothers.

Their being stepbrothers hasn’t stopped fans like apeathesizeofthesun from pairing the two romantically. Maybe Finn eventually reciprocates Kurt’s initial crush somewhere during season one, leading to a short but sweet relationship off-screen.

1 Quinn, Brittany, And Santana

While this isn’t a couple per se, the Unholy Trinity—as depicted by con2020tran—is perhaps one of the most recognizable relationships from Glee. The trio includes Brittany, Quinn, and Santana, the original Cheerio antagonists from season one who gradually become integral parts of the New Directions.

Brittany and Santana are canonically married, but since so many Gleeks already pair the three characters in various combinations, why not put the three of them together?

Sure, they’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but the Cheerios have ultimately been there for one another.

What are your favorite Glee couples? Share them in the comments below!



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2018-09-09 01:09:05 – Rebecca Wei Hsieh

25 Wild Fan Redesigns of Unexpected YA Movie Couples



Even before the rise of the modern young adult story, coming-of-age stories have been highly influential on pop culture. After all, almost everyone probably has fond memories of children’s or teens’ books that heavily influenced their childhood and adolescents.

Nowadays, YA books and movies have gotten a bad rap, drawing groans from audience and readers alike. However, they occupy an important spot in modern culture, helping to shape minds– young and old alike.

Hogwarts Houses have gained traction as an indicator of personalities, The Hunger Games series holds a mirror to the real-life inequalities of our world, and Love, Simon marked a milestone for LGBTQ representation in Hollywood.

A staple of YA is the classic love triangle. Of course, rooting for couples in fiction is neither a new phenomenon nor one that’s exclusive to YA fandoms. But Twilight­—one of the best known YA franchises— has helped to propel fan investment in couples into the limelight thanks to the great Team Edward vs. Team Jacob debate.

Other fans have taken to supporting less obvious pairings, regardless of their status in canon– that’s what we’ve compiled below.

In order to qualify for the list, the pairing must be non-canonical, and not a canonical option. For example, Jacob and Bella wouldn’t count towards the list, since it’s part of a love triangle where Bella could’ve swung either way. Plus, it’s not exactly an “unexpected” couple either. Keep in mind that there are spoilers for both books and movies.

Here are 25 Wild Fan Redesigns of Unexpected YA Movie Couples.

25 Harry Potter: Ginny And Luna

In the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ginny marries Harry after navigating their tumultuous relationship and fighting Voldemort’s evil forces at the same time. There have even been some hints that Luna and Neville could have been an item.

That said, fans like uppuN are enamored with the idea of Luna and Ginny ditching the boys and getting together instead. Since Rowling has previously voiced some regrets about Ron and Hermione’s relationship, what’s to say that the famed author won’t release another statement saying Ginny actually should’ve been with Luna?

24 The Hunger Games: Gale And Peeta

Step aside, Katniss! While the Mockingjay was trying to make sense of her feelings for these two, Gale and Peeta have decided to run off with each other in this piece by xskiesrbluex.

The piece isn’t particularly romantic—it’s based on a photoshoot for Vanity Fair—but there’s plenty of support for the couple all throughout the Internet.

Gale and Peeta have differing views on how to approach the rebellion against the Capitol, but maybe spending more time together would help them reach an agreement. Maybe Katniss would feel relieved that she’s no longer at the center of a love triangle, especially with the pressure of the war.

23 Love, Simon: Leah And Abby

Okay, if you’ve read Leah on the Offbeat, the sequel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you already know that Leah and Abby are a canonical couple and are canonically bi. But since there’s no movie sequel for Love, Simon (yet), we’re including this adorable couple (drawn here by marshcookie) to the list.

Abby and Leah’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, since Leah thinks Abby’s disrupted the friend group ever since she moved from Washington. The teens continue to grow, overcoming the trials and tribulations of high school, and Leah comes to find that maybe Abby isn’t as bad as she thought.

22 Harry Potter: Harry And Draco

Harry and Draco have been at odds ever since they met on the Hogwarts Express way back in Year One, which for some fans is the basis of the classic enemies-to-lovers trope.

Even as a kid, Draco did seem pretty fixated on the Boy Who Lived.

Upthehillart has created a piece depicting the couple as adults, with Harry sporting a truly magnificent beard. Draco’s ties to Voldemort could be a potential deal breaker, of course. Perhaps Draco’s gone through some serious soul-searching after the Battle of Hogwarts, and Harry decides that there is good in him, after all.

21 Twilight: Bella And Alice

One of the things that made Twilight so well-known is the Team Edward and Team Jacob divide. As it turns out, some fans have decided that Bella would be better off with neither of them, especially not with how possessive they can get.

Enter Alice Cullen, who’s been one of the most welcoming and understanding vampires ever since Bella joined their world.

Given how obsessive Edward can be, literally following Bella around and watching her sleep, Alice could potentially be a healthier match for Bella. Itanatsu-chan certainly thinks the girls would be good as a pair.

20 The Mortal Instruments: Jace And Alec

Both Alec and Jace have found the loves of their lives—Magnus Bane and Clary Fray, respectively. But fans like inma like the idea of the two parabatai becoming a romantic couple.

On top of Jace and Alec having a strong basis for a relationship, Clary and Jace’s relationship has had its ups and downs, to say the least. They fall in love, only to learn that they’re siblings, leading to some quality angst. Later on, they find out the sibling story is a complete lie.

Maybe being with Alec would’ve helped to cut down on Jace’s emotional turmoil.

19 Divergent: Tris And Uriah

Tris and Four steal the limelight as they fight their way to a better world, especially in the movies, but Uriah has stolen many hearts. We can’t find the original image on Soniki360’s page, but the picture depicting Uriah and Tris together is sure to resonate with many fans of the couple.

Uriah is a Dauntless-born initiate, which causes a bit of resentment from transfer initiates from other factions.

He’s quick to invite Tris into his friend group.

Since he’s so much more open than Four is, it’s not hard to see how Uriah could win Tris’s heart.

18 The Maze Runner: Thomas And Minho

Even when Thomas was just a newcomer to the Glade—also known as a “Greenie,” in Glader slang—he had no trouble winning Minho’s trust and respect.

In the movie version of The Maze Runner, Minho suggests that Thomas should become a Runner after their encounter with a Griever. In the book, Minho goes even farther, saying that Thomas should replace him as the Keeper of Runners.

Their bond has only strengthened since they got out of the Glade.

Numerous fans like Doku-Aya have expressed their love for this pairing.

17 The Hunger Games: Gale And Johanna

Admittedly, Gale and Johanna don’t share a whole ton of screen time through the Hunger Games movies, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pairing them together.

The couple would’ve had the most time together during the events of Mockingjay, as depicted by C-H-I-Z-U. Gale is part of the team that rescues Johanna, Peeta and Annie from the Capitol.

Gale does spend a lot of time preoccupied with Katniss and the rebellion, but maybe years down the road, he and Johanna have a reunion and bond as they try to move on from the horrors of the past.

16 The Chronicles Of Narnia: Peter And Caspian

Prince Caspian and Susan share a fleeting romantic subplot in the Prince Caspian movie, and Caspian ends up marrying Lilliandil, with whom he has a son named Rilian. But that hasn’t stopped fans like KudohMiyuki from pairing Caspian with Peter, the oldest of the Pevensie siblings.

Peter is known as High King Peter the Magnificent, and shows the traits of a good leader even before he enters Narnia. He’s protective of his younger siblings yet willing to apologize for his mistakes.

Caspian tends to be quiet around him, probably because of his insecurity, but maybe there’s a crush hidden in there as well.

15 Harry Potter: Lily And Snape

Snape is cruel and abusive towards many of his students, especially Harry, since he was bullied by James Potter and Sirius Black. However, he still tries to keep Harry alive because of his love for Lily Potter.

While his immense love for the Muggle-born Lily doesn’t erase his association with pure-blood supremacists, fans like kyla79 still adore the dynamic between Lily and Snape.

If Lily and Snape were to become an item, Snape would definitely have to redeem himself after hanging out with pure-blood supremacists. As kind as she is, maybe Lily would forgive him after all.

14 The Hunger Games: Finnick And Johanna

Winning the Hunger Games may ensure one’s safety and bring some much-needed relief to one’s district, but the Victors are forced to relive the terrors of the arena by becoming mentors. It’s no surprise then that Victors like Finnick and Johanna would become friends, since they both understand the trauma of surviving the Games.

Finnick and Johanna already have a history together when they first appear in Catching Fire.

This has prompted fans to picture them as a romantic couple, like in this piece by finnodair. Finnick is canonically married to Annie, but he’s a sweet man with a big heart, so surely there’s enough space for Johanna as well.

13 Harry Potter: Harry And Luna

Harry marries Ginny in canon and Luna winds up with a minor side character, but fans like AndytheLemon think Harry and Luna would make a good pair.

Luna may be socially shunned for her eccentricities, but she doesn’t care what other people think. Harry carries a lot of responsibility and expectations on his shoulders, so maybe he could learn a thing or two about being comfortable in one’s skin from her.

They’re already good friends.

After surviving the Battle of Hogwarts, they’ve got a solid foundation on which to build a romantic relationship.

12 The Mortal Instruments: Simon And Raphael

Simon is initially a mundane, but is later turned into a vampire by ingesting Raphael’s blood after getting bitten by an unspecified vampire. Raphael isn’t exactly Simon’s biggest fan, but that hasn’t stopped fans from pairing the two up, like in this piece by reat13.

Simon does end up proposing to Isabelle, and she says yes, but maybe Simon and Raphael could’ve had a better relationship if Raphael had helped Simon accept his new vampirism. That, and Raphael would have to stop trying to end Simon’s life.

11 The Maze Runner: Thomas And Newt

Thomas and Teresa may be the central couple of the Maze Runner franchise, with Thomas and Brenda presented as a potential contender in the books, but fans certainly don’t mind the idea of Thomas being with Newt.

They’re a couple that must end in bittersweet heartbreak.

After Newt’s passing, Thomas finds a note from Newt in which he thanks Thomas for his friendship. However, perhaps in this another universe, the two could live happily as a couple, free from the Flare. Plus, the way Newt looks at Thomas in this piece by DafnaWinchester is pretty sweet.

10 The Hunger Games: Katniss And Johanna

Katniss’s heart might be broken after Gale and Peeta prance off together as a couple, but with Johanna by her side, she’s sure to find love again, like in this picture by svenskalovenska.

Katniss and Johanna do start off on the wrong foot, but that makes sense, since they’re thrown into the Hunger Games once again. Even though Johanna is part of a secret plan to help Katniss escape, she still has to maintain the façade of competition.

As their relationship progresses, the two begin to understand each other better.

They support each other through their traumas, so Katniss and Johanna would make a pretty good couple.

9 Divergent: Tris And Christina

Tris and Christina have been friends ever since they left their original factions and joined Dauntless. Christina later starts dating Will, and the three continue to be friends, having their meals together. However, things got really shaky when Tris has no choice but to end Will’s life when he’s stuck in a simulation and attacks her.

Christina is understandably shaken, but eventually forgives Tris and the two reconcile, emerging from the ordeal even stronger than before.

It’s no surprise then than fans would pair Christina and Tris together, like in this piece by chrysalisgrey.

8 The Maze Runner: Brenda And Thomas

Yes, in the original The Death Cure book, they kiss in the end when they arrive in paradise. However, in the movie, they carve the names of the loved ones they’ve lost, and Thomas and Brenda aren’t really implied to be a thing.

They’re yet another pair that get off to a rocky start, especially since Brenda admits that she was only supposed to pretend to be friends with Thomas. Plus, Thomas rejects her kiss because she isn’t’ Teresa.

Since they survive the entire ordeal, it’s not hard to imagine that a romance would spring as they rebuild the world.

Fans like RiTTa1310 do love the pair’s chemistry.

7 Vampire Academy: Lissa And Rose

The movie adaptation of Vampire Academy may have been a flop, but seeing Lissa and Rose on the silver screen has only fuelled the flames of the popular ship, depicted here by LadyAquanine73551.

Since Lissa and Rose are best friends, the girls already have a strong foundation if their relationship were to take a romantic turn.

They have a psychic bond as a result of Lissa healing Rose from some fatal injuries when they were younger. Rose has a strong desire to protect Lissa, and the feeling is clearly mutual.

6 Harry Potter: Sirius And Lupin (and baby Harry)

Sirius and Lupin have been friends for a long time, along with James and Peter, so it’s no surprise that fans love the idea of the pair getting together. In this piece by Maria Euphemia, they’re even taking care of baby Harry!

If they had survived, Lupin and Sirius would 100% be Harry’s fun uncles.

Though there might be a bad-cop/good-cop dynamic, Lupin and Sirius would be able to take care of Harry, providing him with the loving family he deserves.

5 The Hunger Games: Johanna And Haymitch

At first glance, Johanna and Haymitch might not make the healthiest couple on the planet since they’re both super cynical and less than friendly. We can’t track down the original post but this piece by AndytheLemon imagines a more idyllic outcome.

They do have a history with each other, and clearly trust each other enough to be part of the same secret plan to rescue Katniss from her second Hunger Games.

Maybe after the war against the Capitol, they can begin to confront and heal from their respective traumas, building better relationships with themselves and with each other in the process.

4 Jumper: David And Griffin

Jumper has had several book sequels, including one focusing on the character Griffin, but the movie adaptation had a lukewarm reception at beast. Still, fans like tattiOsala have remained steadfast in their love for the franchise, especially when it comes to Griffin and David.

Griffin is a new character added to the movie and doesn’t appear in the original books, but his dynamic with David has captured fans’ aattention.

The two end on a slightly unhappy note, with David trapping Griffin in Chechnya, but their slight antagonism could be the basis for a fantastic reluctant allies-to-lovers arc.

3 The Hunger Games: Madge And Gale

Madge Undersee doesn’t appear in the Hunger Games movies, which is a shame. As the daughter of the mayor of District 12, she would’ve illuminated the wealth gap even within the impoverished district. However, fans like elalendi haven’t forgotten her, and even pair her with Gale.

Gale might resent Madge a bit for not having to work to feed her family like he does, but Madge has proven herself to be an immensely kind person.

The movie has Katniss receive the Mockingjay pin from Greasy Sae, but in the books it’s Madge who gifts her the family heirloom. She also gives Gale some of her mother’s medicine after he’s beaten by Peacekeepers.

2 Harry Potter: Hermione And Draco

If Draco were to attempt a romantic relationship with Hermione like in this piece by Mariyand-R, he’s got some serious amends to make. Not only does he call her a Muggle-born slur during their time at Hogwarts, his siding with Voldemort doesn’t exactly appeal to Hermione, either.

Perhaps after the Battle of Hogwarts, Draco undergoes some deep soul-searching and genuinely tries to make amends.

Plus, we know now from The Cursed Child that alternate timelines do exist.There’s definitely the potential for Draco to realize the error of his ways during his time at Hogwarts in a parallel world.

1 Twilight/Harry Potter: Edward And Harry

Since Robert Pattinson is in both the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises, there have been many memes comparing the two. Plus, Harry and Cedric make up a pretty popular pairing, despite the latter’s tragic ending. Other fans like Flayu have decided to create a crossover, shipping Harry and Edward.

Since vampires and werewolves don’t get along in Twilight, it does make you wonder whether or not Edward would be chill with Lupin, and if Harry’s friendship with Lupin would be a deal breaker for the vampire.

In any case, this is certainly one way to end the Harry and Hermione vs. Ron and Hermione debate.

What’s your favorite unexpected YA couple? Share them in the comments below!



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20 Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Final Fantasy Couples



Since fan artists have been putting pen to paper, paint to brush, or stylus to tablet, there’s been one area of fan art that has dominated over the rest: shipping.

No franchise is safe from the clutches of hungry fans who are desperate to make their one true pairings come to life.

The Final Fantasy series of Japanese RPGs is no exception. In fact, the series generates some of the most adorable, provocative and downright strange shipping art.

Since the first game launched all the way back in 1987, Hironobu Sakaguchi’s award-winning series has generated a huge global fanbase.

Most recently, Final Fantasy XV introduced us to Noctis, the Crown Prince of Lucis, who must defend his kingdom from an impending invasion from the empire of Niflheim.

By 2018, the game had sold more than seven million copies, proving the fandom is just as strong as ever.

With fifteen games in the main series, and several spin-offs, each introducing us to new and exciting playable characters and NPCs, there are plenty of romantic options for talented artists to explore.

A few of these pieces are sweet renditions of what could or should have been. Many of them are a little stranger, pairing platonic friends or even fierce rivals together.

Anything goes in the world of online shipping wars.

Here are our picks for the 20 Fan Redesigns of Unexpected Final Fantasy Couples.

20 Tifa and Lightning

Ask a Final Fantasy player what their favorite game in the series is, and there’s a strong chance they’ll immediately respond with Final Fantasy VII.

Award-winning and best-selling, it was a seminal game for many who grew up with the original Playstation.

The game introduced Tifa Lockhart, often regarded as a Japanese counterpart to Lara Croft.

Although the two characters have never met within the games canon, it was only a matter of time before Tifa was paired up with another popular female character, Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII).

This artist imagines them more as allies than lovers, but we can’t deny that there seems to be some chemistry there.

Lightning, with her iconic pink hair and hardened attitude hiding a heart of gold, gets a lot of attention in the shipping community. This is just the first of several examples.

19 Kain and Rydia

Final Fantasy IV proved a landmark entry for the blossoming franchise upon its release in 1991. It introduced revolutionary game mechanics, such as the Active Time Battle, that would set the standard for the series to come.

It also set a record for playable characters in the series, with 12 controllable allies with their own character class.

Two of these heroes include the Dragoon knight Kain Highwind, and dragon Summoner Rydia. The two enter a tumultuous friendship after Kain is sent to defeat the Dragon of Mist, and, subsequently, Rydia’s mother.

Although the two start off with a significant age gap at the star of the game, the story speeds things up for us.

Beginning as a seven year old girl, she is then forced to spend time in the Feymarch, a realm in which time goes faster, reducing the creepy factor for this art just a little.

18 Hope and Vanille

If Lightning’s tough demeanor and cold independence hide a soft interior, Oerba Dia Vanille is the exact opposite. A bubbly, optimistic young woman, her sunny personality masks her inner guilt and conflict.

She teams up with Hope Estheim in Final Fantasy XIII when they become victims of the Purge, and fight together to prevent the destruction of their home, Cocoon.

Due to Vanille’s additional four years of maturity, their friendship remains strictly professional and platonic. And the whole saving the world thing sort of gets in the way of any chance at romance.

This hasn’t stopped fan artists from shipping two of the most wholesome characters in the franchise’s history, though. It makes a little too much sense not to.

17 Ashe and Balthier

The swashbuckling era of Final Fantasy XII allowed players to take control of sky pirates, airship bandits and freefolk who roam the skies of Ivalice searching for adventure.

The playable character Balthier is a self-serving yet charming buccaneer who finds himself unwittingly drawn into a political conflict after an attempted robbery.

His devotion to his partner Fran, a viera warrior and fellow pirate aboard the Strahl, means that his story has little room for romance.

That hasn’t stopped this fan from pairing him up with former princess Ashe, despite, admittedly, only sharing a handful of scenes together.

16 Cloud and Zack

Although Japan is making concerted efforts to change their attitudes in recent years, the country as a whole is still behind on a number of LGBTQ issues.

This has meant that representation in their media, including video games, has been either slim or stereotypical.

This hasn’t stopped passionate Final Fantasy fans from embracing the full potential of shipping, and pairing same gendre couples together in a variety of glorious fan art pieces.

Final Fantasy VII follows the adventure of Cloud Strife, an arrogant yet heroic swordsman with a hidden past. Tragic flashbacks throughout the game elaborate on his close friendship with fellow soldier, Zack Fair.

This artist has reunited the pair, depicting them in a loving embrace that would make any aficionados of the series misty eyed.

15 Caius and Lightning

Pairing up the heroic lead with their evil nemesis is an absolute staple of the shipping community – especially in Japanese RPGs, which frequently depict the villains having a steamy subtext underlining their relationship to the hero.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 has possibly the most confusing title in video game history.

It also pits Lightning against a new antagonist, Caius Ballad, an immortal warrior engaged in an endless battle in Valhalla.

Five hundred years after his first defeat, he comes back for more in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Despite his insurmountable evil, his form-fitting armor, icy good looks and long, purple hair makes him some fan’s dream.

We don’t blame Lightning for being tempted over to the dark side in this case.

14 Noel and Paddra

Paddra Nsu-Yeul is one of the most mysterious characters in Final Fantasy history.

As a seeress from the ruined world of Yaschas Massif, she shares her name with another ancient seeress, who foresaw the War of Transgression.

She travels with Caius Ballad for unknown reasons, despite never acting antagonistic towards the heroes, and has a deep connection with the paradoxes throughout the timeline.

However, given her almost ethereal beauty, it’s no surprise that both fans of the game, and its writers, were keen to pair her up in a romance.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 includes a hastily put together relationship with protagonist Noel that barely gets a look in amongst the game’s other elements. At least they look happy in this piece of fan art.

13 Ignis and Noctis

Final Fantasy XV, the most recent game in the main series, takes the most grounded approach to the franchise yet.

Following the crown prince and heir to the throne, Noctis, it depicts the planet Eos as the closest we’ve seen Final Fantasy get to contemporary Earth (give or take a magic Crystal, some divine beings and a handful of magical creatures).

Noctis is engaged to Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, an Oracle who used to be the princess of Tenebrae, one of the four nations that make up Eos.

This hasn’t stopped artists from pairing him up with one of his three companions that accompany him throughout the game.

Ignis Scientia, a military tactician and Noctis’ advisor, clearly has a more intimate relationship with him thanks to the game’s ‘Active Cross Battle’ system, which incorporates cooperative attacks.

12 Zack and Aerith

The romance of Zack Fair and Aerith Gainsborough is riddled with tragedy, not least because both of their lives were prematurely cut short before they had time to realise their full potential.

It’s one of the series’ most popular couplings thanks to their early beginnings as childhood sweethearts, and passionate devotion to each other.

But did you know that this is only the case for English translations of Final Fantasy VII? That’s right, due to a mis-translation, their relationship has been blown way out of proportion from the original intention.

It still doesn’t make this fan art of the couple finally tying the knot any less cuter.

11 Hope and Lightning

Lightning is significantly older than Hope by the time they meet in Final Fantasy XIII. Significantly more experienced, mature, and essentially cooler in every conceivable way.

Her relationship to the plucky young hero is much more maternal than fan artists would have it, although, we admit, the pair might have more of a chance once Hope grows out of his naivety and into a strong-willed leading in XIII-2.

To the uninitiated, this artistic rendition of the couple appears to be mere wish fulfilment at first glance.

However, this is actually recreating the scene in Lightning Returns, in which the evil god Bhunivelze takes the form of Lightning to play with Hope’s feelings. No judgements here if omnipotent puppetry is your thing.

10 Cid and Vincent

Despite seemingly taking place throughout multiple different timelines and settings, the Final Fantasy franchise, in fact, has a number of recurring characters and elements, such as various different races as well as the comical double act Biggs and Wedge.

One of the most frequent appearances throughout the series is a character named Cid.

Usually an ally most often depicted as an engineer, he has appeared in almost all Final Fantasy media in different forms since his debut in Final Fantasy II.

He even gets his own romantic sub-plot in Final Fantasy VII, but this artist thinks he’s much better suited for mysterious Turk (spy), Vincent Valentine.

9 Aerith and Tifa

This particular pairing may be blasphemy to some who are particularly committed to Aerith’s tragic romance with Zack Fair.

However, as we’ve already explained, that romance is only the result of some shoddy translation errors, so, as far as we’re concerned, anything goes.

This art depicts a sensual scene between Aerith and Tifa.

The two have already demonstrated a strong bond during Final Fantasy VII, and, in the metaseries fan-film Advent Children, she even wears a pink ribbon to commemorate Aerith’s memory.

We wouldn’t be surprised if this took place off-screen at some point. Perhaps Tifa even taught the mourning Aerith how to love again, following the untimely passing of her first romance, Zack.

8 Sephiroth and Cloud

A return to the old favorite, ramping up the tension between sworn enemies until the temptation gives in and their rivalry transforms into romance.

An ex-SOLDIER for the Shinra Electric Power Company, Sephiroth was driven mad when he discovered his true, twisted origins. Once idolized by Cloud, he fell from grace, and attempted to conquer the Planet.

He represents the darker side of Cloud’s history and, if given a push, could tempt the hero into evil temptations.

We don’t know why Final Fantasy villains are so drawn to long, silky hair, but it’s a look that works for us, and is definitely working for Cloud in this piece of fan art.

7 Lightning and Vanille

Well, this ship is a no-brainer.

If opposites attract, the sunny disposition of Vanille couldn’t be further from the hardened outer shell of Final Fantasy XIII‘s protagonist Lightning.

That said, they both use their external personalities to mask their deeper conflicts within, so it’s only natural that the two would be naturally drawn together.

That is, if the series was a little braver on the same gendre coupling front.

This beautiful sketch art creates a tender scene between the two, a brief moment of peace between the chaos that could make way for a passionate kiss.

6 Balthier and Vaan

How could the buccaneering Captain of an airship not be tempted by Vaan’s roguish good looks, tousled hair and distinctly piratical, and revealing vest?

Vaan doesn’t play a huge part in Final Fantasy XII, but when he appears, it’s largely in service of a boring will-they-won’t-they relationship with his childhood friend, Penelo.

An orphaned street thief who, like Luke Skywalker, dreams of destroying the Empire and eventually owning an airship of his own, Vaan would be much better suited in the arms of a bona fide sky pirate like Balthier.

This art makes that dream a reality, because, let’s face it, there’s not much in the way of romance going on between Balthier and his ‘life partner’ Fran, anyway.

5 Prompto and Noctis

With its sports cars, American-style diners, and slick fashion choices, if any Final Fantasy world has invented the selfie, it would definitely be Final Fantasy XV‘s Eos – especially with Prompto around, a playful and flirty photographer who is constantly taking pictures of their travels.

As one of the game’s few royal protagonists, the prince Noctis seems a little reluctant to take part in the practise of commoners, but if anyone can convince him, it’s Prompto.

Their paparazzo companion is a little jealous of his friend’s nobility, but, as this fan art proves, class can’t stand in the way of friendship, or even romance.

4 Noctis and Lightning

Another awesome piece in the genre of characters who have never met but would still be perfect for each other.

If Noctis thinks being a prince comes with responsibilities, wait until he realises the full weight of Lightning’s burden.

As a knight anointed with the near-impossible task of protecting a literal god from Caius Ballad in XIII-2, she not only succeeds, but is then chosen by another god as the saviour of souls before the impending Apocalypse.

Talk about pressure.

If anyone deserves to settle down with a good-looking and heroic prince, it’s Lightning.

3 Rydia and Edge

Many fans will insist on both sides that this pairing is or isn’t canon.

Once Rydia leaves the Feymarch, she has grown into a young woman and, therefore, at the mercy of Edge’s persistent flirting.

Thanks to Edge’s huge crush on the young Summoner, it’s one of the most drawn couples we’ve seen for Final Fantasy, but due to his constant rejection, not all of the pieces are exactly… well, consensual.

Maybe if Edge hadn’t tried to leave Rydia and her friend Rosa behind during their adventure, which he describes as “grown-up work,” he would have stood more of a chance.

This piece thankfully puts the pair on equal footing, and depicts a tender kiss rather than Rydia giving in to his relentless pursuing.

2 Cloud and Aerith

We promised you redesigns, and this is one piece that finally takes the idea to the next level!

Cloud and Aerith wouldn’t look too out of place in Final Fantasy XV in this artwork.

They’ve decided to ditch the gloomy fantasy aesthetic and grab a milkshake with two straws in a classic American diner, complete with a juke box and a leather jacket.

Aerith is looking adorable in a pink dress, and, if anything, her Rosy Riveter style hair ribbon is even more fashionable in the 1950s.

It almost makes you forget about her romance with Zack.

1 Lightning and Fang

These two characters develop a strong bond over the course of Final Fantasy XIII and its two sequels. Fang even sacrifices herself to protect Lightning’s home world Cocoon.

Hundreds of years later, she and Vanille emerge from their crystallised shell, and Fang teams up with Lightning to try and prevent the Apocalypse.

Lightning’s saga has some of the highest stakes we’ve seen in a Final Fantasy game, with Fang experiencing the adventure right by her side.

Other than its black and white style, this piece could have been lifted straight from the game, the two characters sharing an intimate moment after almost witnessing the end of the world.

Can you think of any other unexpected Final Fantasy characters who belong together? Sound off in the comments!



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