Les Mis fandom things where “I don’t know where that idea came from but it’s everywhere and I love it”
-Jehan being nonbinary -Grantaire and Éponine being BFFs -Enjolras and Cosette being siblings -Grantaire being an artist -Combeferre and moths -Combeferre and glasses -Courfeyrac and glitter
-Jehan and flower print everything -Courfeyrac/Combeferre -Bahorel/Feuilly -Jehan/Montparnasse -Montparnasse’s expanded character in general -Everyone’s nicknames -Fake dating AUs
Okay, hear me out. I always see headcanons for him being an artist, or photographer, and careers along those lines, but what if he was a set designer? And strictly for stage plays and musicals.
He’ll paint the backdrops himself, and enlists “starving artist” college kids to help him make the sets and, to a certain extent, design some props, instead of bringing in sixty year old know it alls.
He’s really good at graphic design so he works closely with lighting directors to make incredible digital art and shade the sets to the mood of the scene.
He loves to create sets for revivals because he can take what has already been done and put a modern twist on it. Stays true to what the original designer wanted, while putting his own personality in.
The best sets are the simplest sets. He’s minimalistic regarding the amount of pieces in the show, but puts in an incredible amount of detail and work into every single one.
He’s probably gotten fired once or twice for sneaking in a bottle of wine on set. Probably also quit because companies wouldn’t let him pay the college kids who’s help he wants to enlist.
Ah maybe he meets Jehan while working on a revival of Romeo and Juliet on the west end. Jehan’s playing Benvolio and suggests R “uses red carnation’s on Juliet’s balcony because they’re flowers of love.”
Bahorel works as a crew member for the company. The two convince him to join their group of merry men at a local cafe.
Maybe Enj is one of the actors and just so happens to have angelic vocals but that could just be slander
The triumvirate didn’t realize they were basically dating until they all began relationships
Grantaire laughing himself to tears when Enjolras tells him date nights will have to be scheduled around the second of every month
“It’s Courfeyrac and my Yell at Sexist Movies night it’s improtant, R.. Grantaire get off the floor it’s not that funny”
Once Combeferre and Courfeyrac start dating, for real this time, there are times they go on dates and end up texting Enjolras for his opinion on the discussion
“Wait this is our date we are not fact checking Enjolras’ speech, we have so many other, sexier options”
Enjolras and Combeferre are the same size and essentially share a wardrobe, divided into t-shirts with revolutionary slogans, and button downs.
Grantaire assumed that if a hoodie smells like his boyfriend it would belong to his boyfriend. After Combeferre walked home in only a t-shirt five meetings in a row, he was proven wrong.
The amis are occasionally inducted as a fourth partner if they happen to be having a bad day
Feuilly didn’t get the promotion that would have doubled his salary? The three pull him aside after a meeting for dinner, a movie he and been wanting to see, then home for a giant ‘sleepover’ with him in the middle.
Bahorel calls it the real gay agenda
Courfeyrac is a firm believer that you absorb more knowledge if you are warm and in bed with someone. (don’t question it)
When he gets a new bed he brings E and Ferre to the store to ensure they can all comfortably lay on it together.
Jehan sends photos of all three of them wrapped together that night, caption, ‘my roommate with his 5th and 6th appendages.’
(I don’t even remember how the subject came up but @beatlemaniacinthetardis and I were taking about the Amis getting together at someone’s house and telling each other stories from when they came out of the closet. We stayed up way too late last night coming up with these so we felt the need to share)
Bahorel comes out to his family when he goes downstairs in the rainbowest of rainbow shirts, announces that he’s going to Pride, and just sort of stares at each of them until they understand.
Courfeyrac realizes he’s gay in his preteen years and it takes him like a year to work up the courage to come out to his friends (Enjolras and Combeferre) and family (mom and dad). When he tells them they all just go “sweetie, we know”. Enjolras and Combeferre bake him a confetti cake that says CONGRATS in edible glitter. Courfeyrac cries.
Feuilly doesn’t really have anyone to come out to, since he has no living relations and he went straight into a job at a young age. He kind of…forgets to, to be honest, so he’s not out to his co-workers. They only find out when Bahorel comes to get him from work one day and he kisses Feuilly hello.
Like in canon, Cosette grows up into a pretty girl who loves attention. She’s very meticulous about the way she looks and is like nice when she notices guys checking her out. One day, though, a pretty girl smiles at her and does the checking-out thing and Cosette is like oh no when she feels her heart do the THING. She tells papa later that evening, and he’s amazing and supportive because, well, he’s Jean Valjean. He joins her marching in the Pride parade the following summer.
Enjolras’ coming out doesn’t go so well. He’s pretty much known he likes boys since forever ago, but only tells his parents at the end of high school. His parents are cold and arrange a Nice Girl for him to marry at the age of 25 or whatever. Enjolras fights with them on it, but when they continue to stand firm he decides they don’t deserve to be in his life anyway. He moves in with Combeferre, who he came out to years ago.
Joly and Bossuet, who have basically known each other since birth, come out to each other before anyone else. They then make a pact to come out to their friends and family on the same day. Bossuet’s parents don’t take it so well–his dad is pissed, and his mom tries to push him to go back to church. His friends, too, say “yeah that’s cool” but he can tell every time he says something that even approaches the subject of his sexuality that they’re weird about it. Joly’s, on the other hand, went well. His friends start teasing him like “yeah man I bet you thought you had appendicitis the first time you saw a guy you liked” and stuff, but they’re cool with it. Joly’s family ends up pretty much adopting Bossuet, too. Bossuet’s parents come knocking for him one day and Joly’s four younger siblings work together to slam the door in their face. (Bonus: since those two have a hivemind, they tell each other about being poly the same day.)
The subject of their combined affections, Musichetta, was a total badass about her coming out. She told her parents straight up that she was poly/pan. They were not sold on the idea, but she told them to accept her as she was or she’d leave without a second thought. It takes them a while to get used to the idea, but Chetta answers whatever questions they have. They grow to understand her, and come to love Joly and Bossuet once the three of them start dating.
Jehan has a hard time with it all. They WANT to come out, to family and friends alike, but they want to understand themselves before they try and explain it to anyone else. They tell this to the Amis who are all just like…you don’t have to ever figure it out. It’s alright. No matter who you are or what you do or who you love, we’ll be here to support you. Jehan cries really hard because they’ve been so confused for so long and their found family is saying that it’s okay to be unsure forever because who needs a title anyway? The greatest of group hugs happens that day, Jehan smiling in the centre of it. (Bonus: shortly after that, Jehan asks the Amis to start saying “they/them”. Grantaire buys a ton of neutral-looking clothes with gross flower print that he knows Jehan will LOVE. Enjolras falls in love with R a lil bit more since he knows he doesn’t have all that much money but he spent a bunch of it for Jehan to be happy and comfortable anyway).
Combeferre comes out to all his friends shortly after he meets them, but he never comes out to his family at all. He knows they’re homophobic, and a) he doesn’t like to start fights, and b) he decides that they don’t deserve to know. In an act of silent rebellion, he secretly gets a part-time job as a sales guy at a boot shop for drag queens. Courfeyrac’s the shop’s #1 customer. (Kinky Boots AU someone back me up here)
While Marius is almost entirely on the straight side, but every so often he’ll meet a man who sets his little Pontmercy heart aflutter. Courf is one of those guys and when they end up roommates Marius kind of…”aksdjasgkdhdh Lord save my poor bisexual soul”. But then he meets Cosette. He doesn’t tell her for ages because he’s terrified of what she’ll think, but eventually he works up the courage. She laughs because hey she’s bi too!! From that point on, they point out attractive people of various genders to each other while they’re on dates. (Bonus: one day, Marius and his grandfather get into an argument about politics over dinner. In a moment of passion, Marius stands and yells “LONG LIVE NAPOLEON! ALSO, I SOMETIMES LIKE BOYS!” His grandfather faints into his chair.)
Eponine never really had friends, so she has no frame of reference for what romantic attraction feels like. When she meets Marius, she figures instantly that what she’s feeling is romantic love. Shortly after, she meets Cosette and feels the same way. Now she’s confused. And then she meets the rest of the Amis and feels the same way about ALL of them. It’s very strange to have a crush on everyone, she thinks. With Grantaire and Jehan’s help, she comes to understand that what she’s feeling is, in fact, platonic love. And god, is she relieved to know. The only family members she tells about being aro/ace are Gavroche and Azelma. Azelma is like “I think that might be me too” and Gav is like “sweet, more lovely ladies for me”.
FINALLY, Grantaire. He’s never really given a shit about what gender his lovers were, and never given a shit about who knows about it. He doesn’t know or care whether or not his parents know. But oh, god, then he meets Enjolras, and can no longer imagine loving anyone else of any gender. When the Amis share their coming out stories, he just snorts and says ‘does it count if you’re only attracted to one person?’ and he accidentally stares at Enj as he says it and the Amis collectively suck in a breath because if they didn’t know who he was talking about before, they certainly do now. (Bonus: Everyone braces themselves when Enj stands up and goes to R, thinking Enj is going to try and start shit, but they start applauding when instead Enjolras grabs Grantaire’s face and kisses the life out of him).
‘cause shipping’s my jam, but friendship is as valuable as romanic love, yall
Bossuet crawling into Grantaire’s bed at night when he’s crying from a bad mental health day or having a nightmare, hugging him tight and making him feel like the world is okay. Bossuet comforting his friends in general, because he always has the right words
Joly sending individual morning texts to all of les Amis, because every day is full of promises and laughter, and it ought to start right
Jehan knitting all year round for their friends, providing warmth and comfort in the winter, with special patterns and colours associated to each ami
Courfeyrac throwing surprise parties for everything and anything to make his friends feel better. Failed a test? Had a bad day? He’ll throw a party to get his friend’s mind off it and show his support
Grantaire makes them laugh. Sure, he has his moment when he rant, but he can be hilarious. He’s a walking meme. He’ll go out of his way to get a laugh out of you, cause that’s about all the good he thinks he can bring around him
Combeferre going out of his way to help his friends, doing his own research and showing that he really cares deeply about all the conversations they have, ranging from poop shapes to Plato’s Republic
Enjolras constantly going: “that reminded me of you!” because he knows his friends and their interests and there all fascinating people in their own way, which he adores
Feuilly shows so much physical affection. He’ll hug. He’ll give pas in the back. Thumbs up. High fives. Good all bear hugs. He loves his friends so fiercely it’s like he needs them to know. Thankfully no ribs have been broken from hugging. Yet.
Bahorel will compliment the fuck out of his friends. Whatever it is, he’ll find something to say. He also buys a lot of random trinkets at the flea market. Everytime something reminds him of an Amis he’s like !!
there are some pretty hilarious name translations out there but us germans were deprived of that so for no reason other than i’m bored: les amis with typically german names (ignoring that it’s not their first names pshh)
Enjolras: Engelhart - determined angel (c'mon this is what Hugo would’ve wanted)
Combeferre: Konrad - courageous adviser
Courfeyrac: Caspar/Kaspar - treasure (a kasper is also someone who is cheerful/jokes a lot)
Grantaire: Giesbert - shining hostage (aka a captive of love?)
Jehan: Jan(nick) - kind/benevolent (basically the German Jean)
Bossuet: Balduin - brave friend (ok tbh I just chose it because it has the word bald in it)