I can’t get over how much I love the three current canon couples of Teen Wolf. I mean in their own way they’re each pretty extraordinary and out of the norm for this genre of tv.
1. Scira: An interracial main couple is great enough but the fact that neither of the two is white just makes it rarer. Each of them is also two distinct people and aren’t walking stereotypes of their cultures. Yes, Kira’s Japanese heritage is mentioned a good bit but only in regards to the fact that she is a kitsune and when they were dealing with Japanese monsters last season. Scott the poc main guy is super into his awesome badass girlfriend and is not at all intimidated by a strong girl (also that is so his type - look at Allison), in fact look at his face when he sees her kicking ass, he looks super turned on! That Kira is also a super nerdy, awkward girl who can still be a badass wielding kitsune is also super important because way too often tv tends to places characters in certain “molds” and its practically impossible to escape them. The badass characters are tough as nails with cold hearts while the nerdy characters are super shy with magicky magic computer skills who can’t so much as open a jar without help. Both Kira and Scott (an alpha who is a complete people person and is unfathomably kind) are actual characters and defy these molds.
2. Stalia: A couple that completely bends gender norms and stereotypes of the genre and society in general. We have a supernatural girl dating a human boy, the exact opposite of pretty much every supernatural show atm. The girl is blatantly and obviously stronger than him but does he feel inferior? Nope! He helps her through with any supernatural issues she has by being super supportive (look at their scene in “The Benefactor” - his whole “I know you won’t hurt me” speech was so typical of the human girlfriend dating the dangerous supernatural guy in this genre). Malia is so great in that she hasn’t been tainted by societies double standards for gender (because of spending so long as a coyote), she asks Kira what it is SHE wants from her relationship with Scott, goes everywhere with disheveled hair and clothes she looks like she just threw on (i mean she’s still gorgeous - this IS television - but she’s the tv version of looking like she doesn’t gaf), and has ZERO interest in pretending to be anything she’s not. Then there is the adorable fact that she’s the big spoon and as evidenced by “Time of Death” Stiles is not only completely comfortable with that, he loves it! That they gave us a scene showing Stiles unable to sleep without Malia is just another scene that would be typically given to the female in this type of relationship. IT’S SO GREAT.
3. Draeden: Then we have the newest addition, yet another interracial couple, this time with a black woman and a white man - a depressingly unusual thing to see on tv. Far too often, black women don’t get to “get the guy” but are simply caricatures of “strong independent women who don’t need no man!” This is a load of shit because why the hell does being in love or having a boyfriend diminish your badassery? Answer: it doesn’t, a relationship is a completely separate thing from your personality and unfortunately tv seems to forget that a lot. So having this amazing woman who we’ve seen kick a lot of ass and save our heroes get some action is super satisfying. ALSO the fact that she has a large, visible scar across her face! I mean, Meagan Tandy is STUNNING even with the scar but its so rare to see women with noticeable defects on tv, let alone be in a relationship. But on Teen Wolf, it was mentioned once when she first appeared with it and never again, and clearly Derek doesn’t care about it at all. This is too great seriously. Then the fact that in “Time of Death” we had Braeden teaching Derek how to shoot, another complete gender reversal. I mean seriously, there are so many amazing things about this couple I could be here ranting all day.
Seriously! They’re all so great! Teen Wolf, you’re doing it right!