literally don't think they could be more different but they're similar too

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You know, that’s a really weird murderer. Anyway, THIS IS FUN! Honestly, i’d be dead already, because i don’t really care about convincing anyone when it comes to shipping. Before i start, i’m gonna state that ANYTHING I’LL SAY HERE IS BECAUSE I’M FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE, DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONAL, GUYS. These will be pretty much the reasons why i ship them. The first part is a bunch of “objective” reasons (well as objective as it can get, because shipping can’t be a totally objective thing) and the other one is personal, so is up to you when to stop reading this. I apologize in advance for my English.

1)      Levi and Hanji are both really interesting and complex characters. He isn’t just a typical shonen badass guy and she’s not a typical crazy scientist. Levi is actually , from my pov, the most caring and selfless character of all SnK, he literally sacrifices himself over and over for the sake of others. Hanji isn’t just this sweet cheerful character, she has a mesmerizing willpower, nothing can stop her.

2)      They complement each other amazingly. They are both strong and smart, but in different ways. Any virtue that Levi doesn’t have, Hanji has it. Every flaw that Hanji has, Levi doesn’t. And they share two really important virtues, which are the foundation of any healthy relationship: they are both so loyal and passionate. They are literally willing to give up their lives for the people they love.

3)      THEIR INTERACTIONS ARE SO FUN TO READ/WATCH. You just know that, whenever they are together, something great is going to happen. There’s something refreshing about them, about their bickering, about the way they work together, about the way they care about each other so deeply.

4)      I think nobody can understand them more than each other. They have experienced similar things as soldiers, they have lost people they love countless times. I bet they could be sharing each other stories all night long, reminiscing all of those good times with Moblit, Erwin and their old squads.

5)      Okay, i won’t force my ship to anyone, but since i’m fighting for my life here, i’ll say i think there are actual canon hints for Levihan. Like the “Levi bathes Hanji” thing, the “we tell each other everything” thing (don’t u dare telling me Hanji clearly said they’re just friends, cuz isn’t that what every Levihan shipper has as a headcanon? The idea of them not admitting their true feelings and say “we’re just friends” ‘cause they’re both awkward dorks), their interaction in ACWNR, their interaction in Shingeki! Chuugakkou, and the “Levihan is similar to Eremika” thing. It’s up to you, random killer, to decide if that means romance or not.

6)      I hate to fangirl here, but HAVE U SEEN THEM? They are both beautiful and would have babies as beautiful and brilliant as them. What a blessing. I love drawing them so much because their character design is gorgeous. Levi with his cold colors and Hanji with the warm colors, they even complement each other in that aspect.

7)      The Levihan fandom is amazing. Besides the fact that there’s no drama and everyone is so kind, I’m pretty sure this is the ship with the funniest fan art. Even the most serious person would smirk even a little bit while scrolling through the Levihan tag. I mean, we’re all about the laughs. All of the other ships usually focus on the classic romantic stuff (i say “classic” , because from my pov there’s nothing more romantic than the OTP having fun ❤). With Levihan, you’ll get from the most intense fan art to the most ridiculous headcanon, it’s so much fun. Some Levihan artists are pretty well known among non Levihan shippers because of that same reason, like @alemanriq, @trash-god or @drinkyourfuckingmilk . I mean, really, if you’re feeling down and need to cheer up a bit, they’re the way to go.

One of the main arguments people have against Levihan is that they’re too different, so it wouldn’t work. They even go as far as saying that Levi doesn’t really care that much about Hanji. My first response is that both Hanji and Levi are highly misunderstood characters. We don’t have to let our personal experience makes us decide what is love and what isn’t. We all show our love in very different ways.

Now heres my second argument to that idea and this is gonna get personal. If you don’t wanna read about my life, skip this.

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Power, Honour, Love.

So I’ve been thinking about foil characters a lot recently (who am I kidding when am I ever not thinking about foil characters) and y'know I think my favourite pair might be? 

Cersei and Brienne. 

I see these two “compared” a lot because of the whole Jaime thing but y'know what who even cares about Jaime? (I do, I care a lot about Jaime, but not right now okay) Cersei and Brienne are so interesting as a pair of characters entirely independent of who they’re shipped with and I really think we all need to stop this reductive characterisation of both of them to qualify one ship or another.

I think this pair of quotations really sums up the brilliance of these two as characters who are simultaneously foils and mirrors: 

She had a warrior’s heart, but the gods in their blind malice had given her the feeble body of a woman. [Cersei, AFFC] 

You have a man’s strength in your arm, but your heart is as soft as any maid’s. [Brienne, AFFC] 

Both women feel as though their hearts are at odds with their bodies. Cersei feels like she ought to be a warrior, but finds herself armed only with her beauty and her wits. Brienne, personality wise, has many more traits traditionally associated with femininity (her romantic view of the world, her maternal instinct (which Cersei has, but specifically for her own children), her love of songs and beauty) but has a large, mannish body which is a cause of great insecurity. Both have to adapt their given temperament to suit the body they have, and the way their bodies are viewed by the society they inhabit: Cersei learns to use her sexuality to her advantage, and Brienne steels herself for the battle that she has realised is less painful than attempting to be “womanly”.

This is why I adored the scene the show gave us between the two of them; I’ve already written meta on that but the crux of the matter is that when Cersei says ’You’re Lord Selwyn Tarth’s daughter, that makes you a lady whether you want to be or not' those are Tywin’s words, words spoken to Cersei when she would swap clothes with Jaime to train with the boys. Brienne has the freedom that Cersei has always wanted, the ability to fight her own corner and refuse to marry. Of course, what Cersei cannot know is how difficult it is for Brienne to move in the male-dominated circles she inhabits; constant mockery and threat of rape are the cost of such freedom. At the same time, the beauty and grace that Cersei possesses is everything Brienne has ever wanted. After years of being humiliated and reviled for her ugliness Brienne looks at Cersei and sees the daughter she wishes she could have been, rather than ‘the freakish one, fit to be neither son nor daughter’. Just as Cersei cannot comprehend the hardships of Brienne’s life, Brienne cannot fully appreciate what Cersei suffers both as Robert’s wife and Tywin’s daughter. Each woman therefore encapsulates what the other wishes they had, even if neither can fully appreciate the difficulties of having it. 

 Perhaps it is this aspect of their personalities which shapes their respective approaches to love. One of Cersei’s most famous lines from the show is ’the more people you love, the weaker you are' and Brienne serves both to illustrate the truth of those words, and to dispute them. The way that Cersei and Brienne view love is actually more similar than one might initially imagine: Cersei says outright that love is weakness, and thus she guards herself against this. Brienne does this as well, though her motivations are different: Cersei fears love because it has the potential to make her act rashly or without regard for her own preservation, where Brienne fears the emotional pain that loving is liable to cause her. Almost as soon as they meet, Catelyn notes that ’there are walls as high as Winterfell around that one’, and this is hardly surprising considering what we later learn about Brienne’s past, both romantic and familial. Of course, due to her soft heart and her youth, Brienne is less adept at guarding against love than Cersei is. It is Brienne’s love that both puts her in terrible situations, and gives her the power to overcome them. It is her love for Jaime that gets her hanged by Lady Stoneheart, and her love for Pod that causes her to agree to kill Jaime, however we also know that it is Brienne’s desire to do right by those she loves that is her driving force, keeping her going through all the hardship she endures as she searches for Sansa. For all that Cersei despises the idea of weakness, and sees love as a weakness, she herself also proves that love can be a strength; during her walk of shame it is the thought of Tommen that helps her to keep going, since ’every step brought her closer to her son and her salvation’. Once again these two women both contrast and compliment each other; the way they love is both vastly different and very similar. 

Speaking of love, I lied: I’m going to talk about Jaime. Because actually I think their relationships with him represent a really important aspect of both their personalities. For Cersei, Jaime is quite literally the only person in the world ever who, since Joanna’s death, has seen her as a human being. Okay, he has a warped view of who she is, and she him, but to him she is not just another asset (as she is to Tywin) or a baby-making-machine (as she is to Robert). Jaime was willing to give up Casterly Rock to be with her, would abandon civilisation to marry her openly, and while she dismisses this as stupid, it’s also part of why she loves him; she is his priority, she in herself is important. 

Similarly, Brienne loves Jaime (and you can interpret that love as platonic or romantic as it suits you) because he sees her as the knight she aspires to be. In giving her Oathkeeper and trusting her with his “last chance for honour” he places her among the gallant knights of the tales she so adores, even if she herself doesn’t believe she belongs there. He doesn’t treat her like a freak or a novelty, but like an equal, a brother-in-arms. And we’ve seen with Renly and Catelyn how easily Brienne gives her heart away to people who treat her with respect. 

This need for respect that Brienne and Cersei have is, for both of them, also reflected in their ambition. Tyrion says of Cersei that she is ’greedy for power, for honour, for love,' and while he doesn’t always get Cersei right, he really hits the nail on the head here. The thing is, this quote might just as easily be applied to Brienne. Once again she doesn’t want these things in the say way that Cersei does, but they are probably three things she most values; while Cersei seeks political power, what Brienne wants is the power to make her own decisions, to rule herself; Cersei wants the honour of others, to be honoured, where Brienne seeks to be honourable; Cersei wants to have the love of others because of the power it gives her over them, where Brienne wants someone who can love her as wholly and completely as she herself loves. I think it’s this point that really sums up why Cersei and Brienne are such a brilliant pair of characters, because they desperately want similar things, apparently for different reasons. However, though these reasons appear to be opposite, they share a root in the way Cersei and Brienne react to the treatment of their gender. What both of them desperately want is recognition that the gender role they have each been assigned is too narrow; Cersei does this by lashing out and adopting a very male aggression in her feminine role, and Brienne by using her femininity to be a better knight than any man. 

So while on the surface these two women absolutely could not be more different, many of the struggles they face are similar, as are the things they strive for. Oh, they go about it in different ways and in terms of personality they are polar opposites, but there’s more to this pair than meets the eye. They aren’t the Madonna and Whore (looking at u Kingslayer), they are both multifaceted, ambitious, intelligent, strong women who, in their own ways, subvert gender expectations and assert their own identity in doing so.