So I just wanted to talk a little bit about Ryou and Bakura’s relationship to each other. The anime portrays it as a terribly abusive relationship in which Bakura forcibly takes control of Ryou’s body and does a flawless impersonation of him. But in the manga:
theres evidence to suggest that Bakura did not use force. Instead, he earned Ryou’s trust so that Ryou would put the Ring on willingly. Fast forward to Battle City:
Ryou isn’t afraid of wearing the Ring, which means he trusts Bakura and thinks of him as a friend. How else would you explain how he’s acting?
And also there’s this:
Just look at Ryou’s reaction after regaining control of his body! He isn’t scared or confused, which means that he must have willingly allowed Bakura to take control.
And we all know that Bakura is sickeningly good at deceiving people:
If it worked on Yugi, then it would most likely work on Ryou too. They are both horrendously gullible.
So can we all start writing more fanfictions in which Bakura deceives Ryou instead of using force? There are multiple reasons why deception is better:
`1. Ryou doesn’t haven’t to go through trauma.
2. Ryou isn’t weak, and trying to control him by force would be really hard. Deception makes more sense in Bakura’s point of view because it requires less effort.
3. Depending on how dark you want to write Bakura’s character, it’s possible to portray tendershipping as non-abusive. You could have Bakura accidentally start to care about Ryou while pretending to be his friend. I doubt it happened in canon, but fanfics can be written that way.
As a side note, Bakura is utterly terrible at impersonating Ryou. Look:
Whenever the Spirit takes control, he always acts like himself and doesn’t even bother to try to impersonate Ryou, and there’s always someone who questions his identity.