Greetings, everyone! With this year’s exchange complete with 155 glorious fics (go read some of them, if you haven’t already), it’s time for a look at the most popular relationships and characters. These will be Top 5 lists, unless there’s a tie that necessitates going past 5.
Most Popular Overall
Tiran Kandros/Female Ryder – 10 stories
Female Shepard/James Vega – 7 stories
Harry Carlyle/Female Ryder – 7 stories
Kaetus/Sloane Kelly – 6 stories
Evfra de Tershaav/Female Ryder – 5 stories
The Andromeda ships dominated the most popular list, with the exception of FShega (on its last year of eligibility). They were also all heterosexual ‘ships, so the “overall” list also serves as the “het” list.
Most Popular - F/F
Female Shepard/Ashley Williams – 4 stories
Female Shepard/Samantha Traynor – 4 stories
Female Shepard/Jack – 4 stories
Cora Harper/Female Ryder – 3 stories
Female Shepard/Aria T’Loak – 3 stories
The ladies of the trilogy took the lead here. FemShep/Aria made this a top 5 with two last-minute treats, because there were an absolute ton of two story f/f ‘ships.
Most Popular - M/M
Garrus Vakarian/Zaeed Massani – 3 stories
Bain Massani/Reyes Vidal – 2 stories
Gil Brodie/Kallo Jath – 2 stories
Saren Arterius/Nihlus Kryik – 2 stories
Steve Cortez/James Vega – 2 stories
Steven Hackett/Zaeed Massani – 2 stories
The Massanis had a very strong showing here. Vaksani is one of the big winners of this exchange, since only one person requested it (and got 3 stories!). Notably absent is MShep and MRyder.
The rest of the lists serve as both the “most popular” and “what got written”, because there weren’t nearly as many in these categories.
Kaidan Alenko/Female Shepard/Ashley Williams – 2 stories
Two categories where only trilogy ships showed up. Kaidan dominated the multi stories, with Vega hot on his heels.
Female Ryder/SAM – 2 stories
Peebee/Tentacle Monster – 1 story
Andromeda, meanwhile, got it’s “other” game on.
Shepards and Ryders
Female Shepard – 46 stories
Female Ryder – 38 stories
Male Shepard – 7 stories
Male Ryder – 5 stories
Nothing too surprising here. The gap between female and male protagonists existed right from the beginning, and Trilogy stories edged out Andromeda ones overall as well.
James Vega – 18 stories
Ashley Williams – 14 stories
Zaeed Massani – 12 stories
Kaidan Alenko – 12 stories
Garrus Vakarian – 11 stories
Vega takes the top spot easily, his popularity spread out among several different ships. It’ll be interesting to see how he does next year with FShega disqualified as being too popular. For this year, if you remove FShega, Vega drops to a tie for 4th with Garrus.
Zaeed is another character whose popularity was spread out over a bunch of different ships. Despite being in the top 5, Garrus ultimately comes out as an underperformer, with about half of the requests for him going unfilled.
Sloane Kelly – 11 stories
Tiran Kandros – 10 stories
Harry Carlyle – 8 stories
Kaetus – 6 stories
Evfra de Tershaav – 5 stories
In contrast to the trilogy, Sloane is the only character whose popularity really comes from multiple ships. Harry had one story with MRyder instead of FRyder, while all of Kandros and Evfra’s stories come from being paired with FRyder. Kaetus also had a single source (Sloane/Kaetus).
Garrus, Tali, Joker, Liam, Vetra, and Avitus Rix all had among the highest offers and requests for the Trilogy and Andromeda (respectively) but had serious underperformance when it came to stories written.
Characters with at least one offer/request and no fic were: Benezia, Legion, EDI, Kelly, Grunt, and Morinth.
Liam/Jaal was the highest requested ship (4 requests) that got no fic. Ships that had 3 requests and zero fic: Turian Vortex Poet/Girl He Left Behind and Female Ryder/Liam/Jaal.
Macen/Avitus had 7 requests and 7 offers but only one fic.
Since this post is already long enough, the list of ships that had no fic is underneath the cut.