What are your favorite ships, and why do you like them so much? During the meme, people could only really answer this question in broad strokes, so here's the chance to really advertise your favorite pairings!
So, list your favorites and explain what is appealing to you about them. Have fun!
Extra Credit: If you can, is there a great clip (for visual mediums) or snippet (for books and the like) from the work that you can quote or link to that represents your chosen pairing?
1. Jeff Winger and Annie Edison, Community.
Since most of you are from Milady_Milord (a shipping community for these two), I'm sure that you'll agree with me in liking this pairing. I wish that I was a good enough writer to properly explain what appeals to me about the Winger/Edison dynamic, but I'll try:
I guess what I like is that they're such total opposites (It's been used so often that it's become a cliche, the goody-good girl and the "bad" boy who's not really so bad) while also being so similar, particularly when it comes to ambition (The difference being, of course, that Annie is willing to work for her goals while Jeff wants to get by with the minimum amount of effort). Also, they're interactions with each other often bring out sides that are rarely seen. The sarcastic, smirking Jeff is surprisingly softer and nicer when around Annie. Likewise, Annie first started to loosen up around Jeff in season one, and, since then, has become a mature voice of reason that belies her young age.
If I have to choose a scene that perfectly represents why I support Jeff/Annie, it's the scene in "Urban Matrimony" where Annie convinces Jeff to look in his heart, where he sees Annie. Annie being a mature, supportive friend? Jeff revealing to the audience that he's a good, caring guy at heart? What more could I ask for?
A point of interest: I noticed the chemistry early on it season one, but I didn't start shipping them until the schmoopy "Look" in the episode "Romantic Expressionism".
2. Commander Shepard and Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Mass Effect.
I have a confession to make: I've never shipped anyone before I started shipping Jeff and Annie. The only thing that comes close is that I rooted for Jim and Pam on The Office, but only as a fan of the show and of the characters. I didn't ship them, per se. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I may have caught the shipping bug from all my time at Milady Milord.
I recently played the entire Mass Effect trilogy over a couple weeks and loved it. Mostly, I loved its epic sci-fi storyline, its richly detailed setting and likable characters. However, I quickly found myself sensing chemistry between the main character, Commander Shepard (who I played as a male*), and a supporting character, Tali.
The dynamic in the first game is clearly supposed to be big brother/little sister, but it didn't really work. Clearly, the creators must have gotten the memo, because Tali becomes a romantic possibility in the second game**, and in the third game as well.
What I really like about Shepard/Tali is the development of the relationship. In the first game, it's strictly platonic with a hint of something more, mostly in the fact that Tali clearly has a crush on Shepard. In the second game, the romance begins, and it's really sweet and awkward. By the third game, it's more, for lack of a better word, mature, with a bit of added drama to shake things up. They actually sort of remind me of Jeff (if he was a space marine) and Annie (if she was an alien), but I don't know why, since, other than the age difference, they really don't have that much in common.
*You can customize Shepard's appearance, even choosing the gender.
**What is really nice about the series is that almost every pairing is possible when it comes to the main character, so the player can pair him/her with whoever they want, affecting the story, and almost every shipper has the chance to be placated. Wouldn't it be great if you could do that with TV?
That's it, but I won't be surprised if another pairing catches my eye someday. Here's two videos that I like for each pairing:
1. I love this video. It's probably my current favorite Jeff/Annie fanvid. (A Delicate Thing - atsp88)
2. Clip from the final game: Tali is seriously wounded and needs to be taken off the battlefield. The last time Shepard saw her in the game that I played (but he survived the end, so, in my head!canon, he makes it to Rannoch and they reunite. I need a happy ending, dang it!) (Goodbye To Tali - genericHenle)