If you had to pick one otp from any fandom, what would it be and why?
Honestly, this is a tough question, and even though the answer is pretty obvious to me, I’m still slightly hesitant, because all my OTPs have impacted me differently. But yeah, I have to say Westallen. Barry and Iris are everything I could have asked for in an OTP; they epitomize everything pure and good about the childhood best friends to lovers trope, which also happens to be my favorite trope.
Right from the get-go, their relationship has been grounded in mutual love, support, and respect. In the pilot episode, Iris makes her first appearance when she enters Barry’s lab, and the whole screen lights up when she smiles at him, and he reciprocates that smile instantaneously, and it’s at that moment that I knew that these two mean the world to each another. But it’s honestly the scene where Barry and Iris see each other in Jitters for the first time after Barry wakes up from his coma, in which I knew that I was gone. (I mean, she’s the first person he goes to see after waking up, and the way he reacts when Thawne mentions her is almost instinctive (“Iris? I have to go.”)— he absolutely has to go see her right away. And thus, that’s the second time in the pilot episode, alone, in which the symbolism of home comes up.) They look at each other so intensely from opposite ends of Jitters, before she races into his arms, and they are both finally home, safe and sound, after what has likely felt like ages. I mean that is the stuff of great love stories.
And Iris, of course, eventually confirms this, “Barry, you’ve always had someone to come home to. Me.” In hindsight, it’s even more powerful, because they fell in love when they were eleven years old, and they did not consciously realize it then, because loving each other is so ingrained in both of them; it’s just an integral part of who they are. Interestingly, there’s a quote from one of my favorite OTPs from a Hindi television serial that reminds me so much of Westallen: “Tu meri life partner nahi, tu meri zindagi,” the English translation of which is, “You are not [just] my life partner, you are my life.” Because it’s true: Barry and Iris have loved each other for most of their lives; they have unequivocally been there for each other, supported each other, and fiercely protected one another, every step of the way. And, I honestly think it’s that symbolism of home that grounds Barry and Iris’ relationship; Barry is Central City’s hero, but Iris is his hero. She is his lightning rod, both literally and figuratively, and no matter where he goes, he will always run back home to her.
Jake took a deep breath, looking over at Sam and Rick, before shrugging slightly. “Alright, then. But you guys gotta promise not to laugh or anything, alright?” Jake was always, somehow, self-conscious about his childhood pictures… and memories.
1. Holmes/Watson, and all iterations/variations thereof — everybody from the originals in the ACD canon to interpretations as loose as Shawn & Gus in Psych. “Every conceivable flavor of Holmes + Every conceivable flavor of Watson!!!!” is what I would carve, in a heart, on a tree, if I was the type of person to carve things on trees. And, of course, if carving that wouldn’t take so fucking long.
2. Alanna/George, Song of the Lioness. My first OTP. The OTP of my childhood. My OTP from before I knew what an OTP even was. I WILL FIGHT YOU, ALANNA/JON PEOPLE. I. WILL. FIGHT. YOU.
3. Sirius/Remus, Harry Potter. There’s something about this pairing that suggests — or at least inspires in me, I guess — this sense of contentment and warmth. I can’t even really explain what I mean, and it’s probably because I started reading them when I was still, you know, A Teen, but ugh. Right in the emotions, every time.
4. Troy/Abed, Community. To the degree that I couldn’t actually watch Season 5 — after slogging through Season 4!!! — once I found out Donald Glover was leaving the show. 2GETHER 4EVER.
5. Crowley/Aziraphale, Good Omens. Bickering and biblical allegory and Queen and bookshops and Crowley being just a little bit good and Aziraphale being just enough of a bastard to be worth liking DON’T LOOK AT ME they’re too much.