- Porn Without Plot
- bdsm or d/s
- character studies
- mental/fridge horror
- mysteries/action stories
- backstories/future fic
- a plausible but dark interpretation of canon
- characters/settings turning out to be much darker than they appear
- awkward relationships and misunderstandings
- women kicking ass/being competent
- hijinks. Literally, if you make something that can be summarizes as "hijinks ensue," I will lap it up with a spoon.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Manga: This show is a combination of a lot of my favorite elements: interesting worldbuilding, badass powers, and the characters being somewhat scarily competent and not afraid to show it.
Alex Louis Armstrong & Olivier Mira Armstrong
- Olivier protecting Alex when they were younger
- Why their relationship is so awkward
- One time Alex had to be the tough one
- When it comes to stereotypes not based on looks, Alex is definitely the more feminine one, and Olivier the more masculine. When they were children, a lot of crossdressing occurred.
- Hijinks at Ft. Briggs
- fix-it for the incident at the end of canon
Olivier Mira Armstrong & Izumi Curtis
- Izumi is being a menace around Briggs, and it's Private Armstrong's job to stop her.
- Although they're similar in attitude and fighting capability, they're on opposite sides of pretty much everything else. How does that affect their relationship
- Hijinks in Dublith, Briggs, or anywhere else in canon
Alphonse Elric & Edward Elric & Winry Rockbell
- Ed and Al have always been too good at getting hurt. It's Winry's job to fix them up again.
- Before their parents died, they were normal kids in Resembool. What did they do?
- Winry and Ed swapped textbooks one day because Ed needed to know stuff about human anatomy for the human transmutation. By the time main canon rolls around, there are three alchemists from Resembool on the loose, and one of them knows exactly how to rearrange your guts so that your death is slow and painful.
- Potentially in tandem with the prompt above, Ed and Al dragged Winry along to help with the transmutation. (Maybe they thought that they needed more help with the medical end or more power overall.) This could lead to Pinako finding out before the incident happened and stopping it/calling Izumi to yell at them/yelling at them herself, or there could be three alchemists from Resembool who didn't need transmutation circles.
Alphonse Elric & Edward Elric
- Ed and Al go on a mission. Things go wrong. Hijinks ensue.
- Ed is very, very protective of the massive suit of armor that follows him around.
- Small, fluffy animals find their way into the armor as a matter of course. Ed reacts the way he does in canon.
Izumi Curtis & Alphonse Elric & Edward Elric
- Izumi really, really needs to stop finding lost children, especially ones with as little common sense as Ed and Al.
- Ed and Al weren't the first nor the last children Izumi took in. Ed and Al deal with the others as best they can, otherwise known (for Ed) as poorly.
- Izumi figures out their plan before they attempt human transmutation, and Ed and Al lose their hearing instead of an arm, a leg, and a body.
- A day in the life of training with Izumi.
Garfiel & Winry Rockbell
- A day in Rush Valley.
- Automail was not the only thing Garfiel taught Winry.
- Garfiel somehow knew Winry's parents and talks to her about them.
Winry Rockbell & Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)
- A very awkward conversation as they head south
- People (patients, colleagues, whatever) bring flowers to the Rockbells' graves all the time, so the only thing that surprises her about this one is the scar across his face.
- Scar has an arm that can destroy anything it touches. Winry has some medical knowledge and a wrench. Their quest for revenge is not very well thought out but effective nonetheless.
- The coolheaded thief, the easily angered mechanic, and the love story that made Garfiel weep
- Paninya's leg guns jam, and Winry gets to do the saving.
- For some reason, the Amestrian military tries to take Rush Valley. They do not get very far.
- Some very awkward dates
Pinako Rockbell & Winry Rockbell
- Of all the things Pinako expected to attend, her granddaughter's funeral was not one of them.
- Winry is young, and Pinako is raising her alone.
- It's (Grand)mother's day!
- Pinako teaches Winry about automail
Mei Chan | May Chang & Ling Yao
- They are supposed to be enemies. The closest they get to that is aggravated allies.
- May has been alone for a long time, and Ling is in need of some company.
- Ling's heir presumptive is the girl who had his back and almost brought home a homunculus.
Mei Chan | May Chang & Scar
- They're both lonely, albeit for different reasons.
- Revenge quests go a bit differently when there's a pint-sized assassin by your side.
- hijinks on the way to/from Briggs
- After the time he's spent with May, Scar has decided to never have kids. Ever. His hair is white enough already, thank you very much.
Greed (Ling) & Ling Yao
- Greed liked the foreign prince because they were similar.
- Having a second voice inside your head is incredibly weird. Getting used to and then losing it is even weirder.
Maes Hughes & Roy Mustang
- In Ishval, they were barely keeping each other sane. Now, Maes is the one driving Roy up the wall.
- Maes teaches his daughter to call his colleagues "Aunt" and "Uncle", and "Uncle Roy" is her favorite.
- Hijinks that do not quite go according to plan.
Harry Potter: I love the Harry Potter universe's fundamental weirdness and the way the characters grow up over the series.
Crookshanks & Minerva McGonagall
- Two cats take a stroll though the grounds.
- Crookshanks has found the second best napping spot in all of Hogwarts: McGonagall's classroom/office/room.
Hermione Granger & Minerva McGonagall
- A time turner is a serious responsibility, but Minerva knows Hermione can handle it.
- McGonagall tells eleven-year-old Hermione about magic.
- There is a reason the greenhouses don't contain catnip.
- When the war ends, they are left to rebuild Hogwarts.
Minerva McGonagall & Poppy Pomfrey
- McGonagall would really like to stop spending quite so much time in the infirmary because her lions keep getting hurt.
- McGonagall gets magical flu/chickenpox/shingles/etc. Madam Pomfrey learns just when the Gryffindors get their stubbornness from.
- Minerva fights. Poppy heals. They survive a war.
Minerva McGonagall & Rubeus Hagrid
- Hagrid decides that the use of animals in Transfiguration classes is inhumane and protests against it.
- McGonagall taught him once, and she still thinks he wouldn't have opened the Chamber of Secrets. Unless there was some suitably "misunderstood" creature inside.
- The Basilisk incident was not the only time Hagrid was caught with an inappropriate pet.
Neville Longbottom & Luna Lovegood & Ginny Weasley
- They survive a year of enemy occupation and rebellion together.
- Keeping secrets was a skill they had learned in the DA and honed to perfection while hiding from Death Eaters.
Luna Lovegood & Charlie Weasley, Luna Lovegood & Newt Scamander, and Charlie Weasley & Newt Scamander
- bonding over cool creatures and limited (human) friends
- There is a second (dismissed) volume of Fantastic Beasts, and all of Luna's creatures are in it.
- Newt has always like Thestrals, and the girl who visits them isn't half bad.
- Someone keeps stealing/depositing dragons on the preserve. Charlie has to figure out who is doing it and why.
- The odd girl who live just over the hill is the only one who shares Charlie's fascination with creatures.
- Creature hijinks
Bellatrix Black Lestrange & Narcissa Black Malfoy & Andromeda Black Tonks
- Andromeda knows her sisters are trying to kill her, but they're still her sisters.
- Andromeda leaves. Bellatrix and Narcissa (try to) follow.
- Their (doubtlessly fucked-up) childhood
Percy Weasley/Oliver Wood
- Percy only pays attention to Quidditch when Puddlemere United is playing.
- Dorm room fights and make-ups
- "Why on Earth did we get married?"/"We were blinding drunk from the victory party."
Hermione Granger & Remus Lupin
- Hermione figures out Lupin is a werewolf over the course of third year and how that alters their relationship.
- Hermione is Lupin's favorite member of the Golden Trio because he sees himself in her the same way he sees James in Harry and Sirius in Ron.
Avatar: the Last Airbender: I appreciate this show's balance of fluff, humor, and pretty dark moments and its handling of allegiances and motivations.
Zuko & Ursa, Azula & Ursa
- The world's most fucked up sibling rivalry
- Azula is a bit of a sociopath, and Ursa doesn't want to accept it.
- Very awkward/dangerous family vacations
- Some time when the Fire Nation's Royal Family was not a hot mess.
- After the war, they have a long talk about not being quite so emotionally stunted.
- Raising the Crown Princess is a challenge when neither you nor your husband knows how to actually raise a child.
- Zuko says goodbye to Mai in person before the eclipse. I could see this going one of three ways: down in flames, an awkward but heartfelt goodbye, or Mai going with him on his quest.
- "I love/hate you."/"I know"
Mai & Ty Lee
- Azula is insane, and they have nowhere to run.
- Ty Lee keeps one of Mai's knives with her for good luck.
- A conversation set after the Boiling Rock
Azula/Ty Lee - Their relationship is so gloriously fucked up in canon. Anything (up to and including heavily dubious if not nonexistent consent) goes with these two, especially power games and manipulation. Ty Lee struggling to come to terms with what Azula's done/is doing would be amazing as well.
Fantastic Beasts: Hello, cute creatures and more Potterverse! This was a really interesting movie and I'm excited to see where the next one takes us.
Frank The Thunderbird & Newt Scamander, Newt Scamander & Newt Scamander's Magical Beasts, Newt Scamander & Newt Scamander's Niffler, Newt Scamander & Pickett, Jacob Kowalski & Newt Scamander's Niffler - Mostly just looking for adorableness here, though hijinks would not go unappreciated. Especially with the Niffler getting into everything known to man.
Credence Barebone & Modesty Barebone
- They don't talk about Mary Lou. They really need to talk about Mary Lou.
- There's more than one obscurial running around New York during the movie.
- After the movie, (magically alive) Credence takes Modesty and runs.
Queenie Goldstein & Tina Goldstein & Jacob Kowalski & Newt Scamander
- hijinks in New York
- Jacob gets back his memory and goes out in search of his friends.
- When Newt returns to New York, he brings with him three copies of his book as well as three appendices: one about the animals' diets, one about the threats they pose, and one about their minds/illustrated guide.
Queenie Goldstein & Tina Goldstein
- Queenie knows her sister's mind better than anyone else's.
- Queenie getting roped into one of her sister's cases because of Legilimency.
- Tina practically raised Queenie, and is very protective of her sister.
Original Work: Unless implied otherwise, this is an equal-opportunity glurge of tropes. This section is divided into a couple of subsections by genre, but feel free to take relationships in a different direction as you see fit; it was mostly me trying to organize my requests in a way that lumped similar ones together.
Emperor In Civilian Disguise/Oblivious Male Revolutionary - pretty much what's on the tin. Bonus if the Revolutionary's obliviousness extends to telling Emperor his plans to assassinate the emperor, the emperor is a failboat at civilian disguises, all of Revolutionary's compatriots figure out Emperor is the emperor relatively quickly, Emperor takes Revolutionary's ideas into account, or this is not a one-time situation.
- Handmaiden knew that the royal advisor would tell her to bed the Princess eventually. She did not expect to enjoy it.
- Formal clothing, especially for princesses, is a pain in the ass to get on and off. Handmaiden helps.
- People looking for the princess' consort never check the spot a step behind and to the left.
- "What happens when your father dies?"/"I become queen, you become the Queen's Lady, and we kill everyone in our path."
- Many black magic rituals demand the sacrifice's virginity, so ensuring that the Princess lacks that quality is Wizard's most responsible course of action.
- Princess and Wizard are a triple threat: adorable, powerful, and deadly both apart and together.
Queen & Female Knight
- No one ever expects the "handmaiden" to pull a sword out of her petticoat.
- "I swore to protect you."/"And I swore to protect the people of my realm, including you."
- all the loyalty kink
Reserved Queen Mother & Estranged Princess Daughter
- "One day, you will be queen and have daughters of your own, and I hope that they are just like you."
- They can't afford to be emotional deal with their problems; there's a war on.
- Estranged Princess Daughter does increasingly impressive and/or dangerous things in an attempt to get Reserved Queen Mother's attention.
- They can't get through a date without some crisis happening. (One of them strikes a deal with the local villain to run interference at certain times so she can actually get some.)
- Their first kiss/confession of feelings happens during/directly after a fight and is caught on a TV camera.
- Superheroine 1's secret identity has been discovered, but the villain doesn't realize that her girlfriend (Superheroine 2) is also superpowered. A subversion of the damsel in distress trope ensues, potentially with angry ranting from 2 and 1 laughing at the villain's pain.
Lesbian Superhero & Lesbian Supervillain
- I really like the idea someone had during ToT of Lesbian Superhero and Lesbian Supervillain knowing each other through mundane means.
- They're drinking buddies and gripe to each other about all the small (and large) problems. Incidentally, that's one reason Superhero is good and foiling Supervillain's plans.
- They're awkward semi-ex friends in all that entails.
- Their constant battle is over who gets to date Cute Lesbian Bystander.
- They're roommates/dormmates and take far too long to realize that they're mortal enemies. The suspension of ignorance can go as hilariously far as the author likes (bandaging each other's wounds, hiding costumes in the back of the same closet, Supervillain bringing superweapon plans home, etc.).
Lesbian Superhero/Lesbian Supervillain
- Asking your ex for relationship advice is far more awkward when your ex has a superweapon and is trying to kill you.
- They don't realize the other's secret identity until after they start dating.
- On the darker side, Lesbian Supervillain is really into Lesbian Superhero, but Lesbian Superhero is in a happy relationship elsewhere. Creepy stalking ensues.
- "Honey, if you want to call yourself a superhero, you need to do better than that?"/"Sweetheart, if you want to be a proper evil overlady, you should maybe not leave your plans out for me to tinker with. Or actually take a course in [relevant field of study]."
- The head of another villain as a Valentine's Day gift.
- interesting rewards for saving the world
- They both fight evil but in different ways.
- When Madam President was still Eager Law Student/Idealistic Lawyer, she may or may not have helped Superheroine get out of trouble with the law for vigilantism.
Female Secret Agent & Male Secret Agent
- The Mission Drinking Game ("once the mission is over and you're medically cleared to imbibe alcohol, take one shot for…")
- "You know, you should technically be the damsel in situations like this."/"I'll be the damsel when the bad guys stop thinking you're the softer target."
- spy hijinks!
- They really need to stop meeting like this.
- Spy gets sent on a honeypot mission with their mark being Rival Spy
- "Can you just give me [MacGuffin]? Pretty please?"/"No."
- When things go downhill ad they need to get out of the situation fast, they end up pretending to be a newlywed couple.
- A love story that's out of order
- "We have all the time in the world"
- Immortal is getting sick of Time Traveler coming in and ruining their plans.
- romantic dates in other eras
- Romantic dates gone horribly wrong due to poor planning or bad luck ("We're on a date. In Pompeii. Four hours before Vesuvius erupts. And our time machine's missing."/"Pretty much.")
- Time Traveler A is dying, and Time Traveler B tries to circumvent this by traveling to the future for a cure.
Magic Practitioner/Non-Magic Practitioner
- How do their powers/lack thereof affect their relationship?
- Occasions where Non-Magic Practitioner is far more useful than their SO
- Non-Magic Practitioner is a bit obsessed with trying to figure out magic, and Magic Practitioner thinks it's cute when they're asked how spells defy physics/where the extra matter goes/if truth serum is a barbiturate/where the eldritch horror in the basement came from/etc.
- (Potentially in conjunction with the prompt above) Magic Practitioner is not familiar with modern society and causes chaos. Non-Magic Practitioner tries to minimize the damage.
- "Why is there a smoking cauldron/runic circle/dragon/glowing artifact/eldritch horror/etc. in the basement?"
Steven Universe: I like the way this show goes from a happy kid's show about fighting monsters to really dark really fast and how the characters are far from perfect. There's also the music. I'm a sucker for music.
- Pearl has issues, and Rose doesn't know how to deal with it.
- Rose hates watching Pearl sacrifice herself.
- Loving Rose is an exercise in letting go, especially when someone else wins.
- Rose Quartz may have lead the rebellion, but Pearl masterminded it behind closed doors.
- They do not function at all apart.
- Being Garnet is an exercise of opening up and deliberately ignoring all of Homeworld's teachings.
- They both have a lot of teachings to unlearn and baggage to deal with.
- The first time Sapphire and Ruby unfused after Garnet became a Crystal Gem was a nightmare. They're not letting it happen again.
Bismuth & Lapis Lazuli
- Bismuth is the reason Lapis got trapped in the mirror. Lapis can forgive, but she can't quite forget.
- They've both done things they aren't proud of and bond over that.
- Lapis goes to face Jasper and finds a bubble and Bismuth playing with two corrupted gems.
Pearl & Steven Universe
- Pearl sees Rose in Steven's eyes.
- Steven knows he and Pearl need to talk about Rose; he just doesn't know how.
Garnet & Steven Universe
- Rose doesn't need to tell Garnet what she's planned; Garnet already knows.
- Garnet can see Steven's future, and it's eventually a happy one.
- Garnet and baby Steven
Rose Quartz & Steven Universe
- Steven wonders if Rose is proud. She answers.
- Rose knows that she's going away for a while, but they're at peace and the things her baby will do will make it worth it.
Amethyst & Garnet & Pearl & Steven Universe
- Everything's going to hell in a handbasket, but they have each other, and that's enough.
- Everyone loved Rose. Everyone was affected by Rose and her disappearance. Everyone is still having issues surrounding Rose.
- Crystal Gem missions/adventures
- Steven doesn't have one mom - he has three! Well, he has two moms and a cool but irresponsible aunt, which is kind of the same thing.
Connie Maheswaran & Pearl
- Swordfighting is about balance, strength, and determination.
- Getting her happy ending by proxy may or may not have been one of Pearl's motivations for training Connie.
Connie Maheswaran & Steven Universe
- hijinks and adventures
- Since both can play musical instruments and sing, they have a duet
- Steven helps people and tries to save the unsaveable; Connie keeps him from dying in the process.
Connie Maheswaran/Steven Universe
- When people compare Steven to Rose and Connie to Pearl, they're not exactly making large leaps of thought.
- He's the protector, she's the attacker, and Stevonnie is a feared combatant.
- "Let me do this for you."/"We do this together, Connie, or not at all."