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A Miraculous Ladybug shipping essay.

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I came to the series in a slightly roundabout way as compared to a large number of other fans; not only did I jump on only well after the first season finished, I started watching with the Origins special rather than the first episode released chronologically. I also dove into fanfiction almost immediately, without finishing all the episodes at my disposal.

I was slightly dismayed by the number of fics I saw pairing Nino and Alya. I didn't dislike the pairing, exactly; I just didn't see any evidence for it in canon (which I need more for m/f ships than I need for non-m/f ships), and it generally didn't appeal to me. Part of it was that it felt so "Pair the Spares", since it was the main characters' best friends getting together; part of it is that, as much as I want to, I don't actually find Nino all that interesting. I can absolutely fake it, and am willing to put my all into writing him, he just. Doesn't quite click with me?

Who did I want Alya to end up with, though? Well, that was a bit trickier. I held that she had a massive crush on Ladybug; she also thought that Marinette was cute, but knew Marinette had a crush on Adrien, and Alya is not that kind of masochist. So who was left?

Suddenly it hit me: Chloe Bourgeois. I didn't like Chloe, but even more than that, I hated the fact that the show was trying so hard to make us dislike Chloe. So right away, I knew I was on team Chloe Redemption. And while Current!Chloe and Alya butt heads constantly, a Reformed!Chloe is exactly the kind of character I could see Alya falling for, in a deeply complex romantic arc. It would never be canon, but I've had different standards for non-m/f pairings than m/f pairings for ages.

Then I made it to Animan, and I finally saw when Alya/Nino became canon, and where a lot of the fans were getting the basis for the ship.

I still didn't get it, though. I accepted it and was moving forward with it regardless, but I just didn't see chemistry between Alya and Nino.

Meanwhile, a small part of my brain had bunkered up and was resolutely waving Chloe/Alya flags.

I drifted through fandom for another year or so before finally giving into the temptation to actually look for Chloe/Alya fics. I found more than I expected (including deathless aphrodite, throned in splendor by [archiveofourown.org profile] paris-mystere, which was basically everything I could have asked for in a Chlolya fic and which I wholeheartedly recommend).

Still, little though I shipped them, I felt bad even thinking about breaking up Nino and Alya. Part of this was definitely due to the not-entirely-recent Supergirl shipping wars that got into deeply unfunny territory, and wanting to avoid that headache completely (see also: Rose/Juleka and Rose/Ali, hence why they were the ones to set the polyamory train in motion). Part of it was also that, little though they were doing to reinforce it, the show was definitely leaning into Nino/Alya as endgame canon (see: Glaciator).

And then I was finally struck with what I like to think of as Banana/Kiwi logic: Since strawberry/banana is a hugely popular combo, and strawberry/kiwi is a hugely popular combo, that means that banana/kiwi at least has potential to be an awesome combo. In other words: What if Nino/Chloe? Following that, what if Nino/Alya/Chloe? (See also, Banana/Chocolate/Peanut Butter logic: If each two-item combo of a three item set goes well together, then all three items must also go well together.)

Long story short, I now have a triad ship for this fandom.

Date: 2018-09-07 04:34 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
...hmmmmm

I mean first you'd have to get Chloe to stop shipping herself with Adrien

but hmmmmmmm

Date: 2018-09-07 04:13 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
...oooh

x2

Date: 2018-12-18 03:37 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Kagami

Good points

(Thoughts on the outline very welcome)

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