Simple question, which pairings do you like?
Feel free to add an explanation as to why you like a pairing.
You'll have to excuse me, but I'm just gonna do a lazy copy & paste again. xD
Here are mine;
Ones I like and make sense:
^ A recent discussion has kinda changed my mind on this one (see [url=http:]this topic[/url]).
I still like how they are portrayed as a couple in the flashbacks, but that's about all that's left for me to like about the pairing. =/
Virgil x Febronia => This doesn't need an explanation. The pairing is there and you either like it or you don't. I thought it worked well.
* Ziggy x Juli => This is a nice pairing too. The reason I didn't mention it in my original post is because the pairing seems kinda awkward on a physical level, given that Ziggy's body consists of several mechanical parts...
Ones I (somewhat) like and still make semi-sense:
Albedo x Jr. => This works easily. You don't need much creative fanfiction ideas to pair those two up. The only thing is that their physical age differs quite a bit, so when I think of this pairing, I think of them as teenagers in the Yuriev Institute.
Wilhelm x chaos => This one doesn't require too much creativity either. Pairing them up is quite easy. It's an interesting pairing in some ways, it's just that Wilhelm tends to annoy me. xP But it's still good enough to add to the list (Wilhelm will just have to behave).
* I don't like this pairing very much anymore either. My dislike for Wilhelm has grown over the years. They look good together, but storywise I don't like the pairing all that much.
My favorite (i.e. OTP), which seems to be very uncommon:
chaos x Jr. => I know it seems less likely than Albedo x Jr./Wilhelm x chaos, but I think you can make it work (*). And I'd say it's worth making it work; going by appearance alone this pairing is already hotness. xD
(*) For a more detailed explanation of my fanfic-imagination on how to pair these two up, you can check below. It's quite long, so I'll put it in a spoiler box (and it does include spoilers!);
- Jr. x chaos is a pairing which I actually didn't even think of until XSII's ending. v
Yes, chaos happily takes the place of a mental Sakura image to steal a hug from Jr., but that's not quite what triggered my yaoi senses (well, maybe a little, aha). It's the fact that chaos went into the space-time anomaly to help Jr. get out of there safely again. At first, I actually thought it was kinda random for chaos to show up there.
But that's because there's one thing I've always felt was rather vague, this being that Jr. and chaos already seem to be fairly good buddies at the start of the story. I don't think they showed this properly, but you can tell by some scenes; when the party is first introduced to Jr. in XSI, he says something about there being some kind of problem, then chaos walks over to him and pats him on the back (I, like, totally didn't pay attention to that). In XSII, when Jr. is carrying all those books in Jin's bookstore, chaos also seems to respond in a buddy-buddy way. But he's so timid that I can't really tell if they're supposed to be close or regular friends.
Now, with that said, back to the XSII ending:
When they return to the Durandal, Jr. thanks chaos for helping him. In response, chaos waves and gives him kind of a shy smile as he descens on the elevator. Why so shy, chaos? Awkward moment is awkward, and it makes me wonder how long they were hugging before Jr. realised he wasn't holding Sakura in his arms (perhaps he didn't mind?). ;P
With this, I had a decent basis to make the pairing work. Then it quickly grew on me, to the point where it's now my favorite one.
There's also something funny about XSIII which works in favor for the above (but it's not really a serious point):
chaos went into the space-time anomaly to save Jr., but whenever T-elos is beating up his beloved KOS-MOS, he apparently goes sightseeing. See, he likes Jr. more! xP
Btw, one thing I remember someone saying before is that Jr. x chaos is the pairing of the two "cute guys". However, I don't consider either of them cutesie-cute guys. chaos was only like that in XSI, but then he turned into the rather serious "mystery guy" of the series. And a hot-tempered, gun-wielding, cursing kid is by my definition not cutesie-cute either, lol. But it's true that they're often drawn like that, and it's also easy to pull off. Still, that's not how I normally picture them (unless it's for comical purposes).
PS: It's also important to note here that I go with Jr.'s XSII&III semi-retconned 15-16 years teenager appearance and not his younger appearance from XSI.
Oh, and it also helps that chaos and Jr. are both older than they appear to be. Iirc Jr. is 26-27 and chaos... uh, a couple of thousands of years older? xD