Sometimes, we get Jossed in a spectacular way - anyone remember the reams of fanfic speculating that Spike was a poor orphan who grew up on the harsh London streets? Yeah, Joss blew *that* one out of the water.
Sometimes it's little incidentals - everyone *knew* that Buffy's name was really Elizabeth, and Vanilla was her favourite scent - that really help to flesh out the characters, and make them more real. I'm fascinated when I see some tidbit about a character have a big enough fannish consensus that it becomes generally recognized fanon. It's even better when the shows creators are kind enough to give fandom a little shout out by recognizing it on screen, but we all know how rare that is.
I was reflecting that I have seen many similar things regarding character fanon in SGA fic, but there seems to be a bit more diversity of opinion. I think I'm going to write up a "My Rodney McKay" and "My John Sheppard" the way I wrote up a "My Spike" when that meme was going around - it gave me a much clearer insight into who Spike was when I was trying to write him. And while I think that I have a pretty good grip on McKay, I find that Sheppard is a slippery sucker to get a handle on. He's all smooth lazy smiles, relaxed slouching in chairs, but the brain of his is every bit as quick, cunning and calculating and Rodney's. He relatively quiet, especially next to McKay, and it's easy to miss the things he's saying. They always say that it's the quiet ones you gotta watch out for, right?
So. Tell me what you think. What are your opinions about some of those little things about John and Rodney?
How does John like his coffee?
Cream only, thanks.
Sugar only, thanks.
Double cream and sugar. It's all Rodney's fault.
*IF* he gets some after McKay is finished hogging the pot, he'll take it any way he can get it,
Actually, he's developed a taste for that Athosian tea.
Like a bird. Have you seen how skinny his ass is?
With a healthy appetite.
Whatever he can filch off Rodney's tray.
is clearly the result of too much hair product.
is clearly the result of unfair genetics.
is simply the by product of bad beadhead.
defies all attempts at a rational explination, so don't even try.
John's feelings about paperwork:
It's a necessary evil for a commander. He can suck it up and write the reports
It is one of the top reasons he hates the Wraith. Oh, Major Lorne!
Regarding John's education, he
Has the BA required to become an officer; was too bored by classes to earn a higher degree.
Has a Masters Degree in math.
Has a Masters in Math and Mechanical Engineering
Has a Ph.D. in Math
..is something else again
Okay, you tell me what John's education really is.
John can finess Atlantis like no one else. This is because
he just naturally has the most intuitive grasp of Ancient tech due to his amazing ATA gene.
he is actually interfacing with the city on a level that no one else can,
Atlantis has an amazing IA that actually anticipates his commands, and the longer he spends in the city, the more both he and Atlantis adapt to each other.
Atlantis is actually self aware, and she speaks to John; he just doesn't mention it because he realized within weeks arriving that he was the only one it was happening to.
When it comes to romantic relationships, John's preference is for:
Women - he's straight.
Men - come on, the hair is a dead give-away!
Intelligence, wit and honesty; he's clearly bi.
A warm body with a heart beat that is still breathing.
Speaking of relationships, John is
so torn up about Elizabeth because they were lovers.
secretly pining for Teyla
totally doing it with Teyla.
secretly pining for Rodney
totally doing it with Rodney.
secretly pining for Ronon
totally doing it with Ronon.
involved with someone else altogether.
unable to *ever* see these things coming.
John's family life
His parents were happily married, and he grew up feeling loved.
His parents were happily married, but communication was tough and he always felt like a loner.
His parents were unhappily married, and he grew up feeling unloved and disconnected.
His parents were unhappily married; his father was controlling/authoritarian/abusive.
His mother died when he was young, but he grew up with a dad who loved him.
His mother died when he was young, he grew up with a dad who was was controlling/authoritarian/abusive.
was entirely different than any of these.
Different, huh? So what is your theory about John's family life growing up?
John's dad is
a military man.
John got married because
he was young and they were in love.
he was scared and she proved he wasn't gay.
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
How does Rodney like his coffee?
Black, you heathens!
A double double, naturally.
Any. Way. he can get it.
Is really a product of his imagination. He eats when he's nervous, said so himself.
Is real, but relatively mild. He totally milks it for sympathy.
Is a serious medical condition for him that most of his co-workers don't take seriously.
Is a serious medical condition for him and everyone knows it; he still totally milks it for sympathy
When it comes to sports, McKay roots for...
Any Canadian team that happens to be winning the series
No one. However, hockey is better than football and Sheppard needs to realize this.
The Blue Jays. Football and hockey are both stupid.
Another city, eh? Which one?
The man can burn water.
Rodney can make Kraft Dinner but not much else.
By necessity due to allergies, he as learned to do fair amount oc cooking
He is a gourmet cook; made himself beef medallions with cognac sauce the night before heading off to Pegasus.
Has the same crappy, narrow mattress as eveyone else on Atlantis.
has a prescription mattress from Earth, and he deserves it.
When it comes to romantic relationships, Rodney's preference is for:
Women - he's straight, duh.
Men - so obviously gay.
Intelligence, wit and honesty; he's clearly bi.
Speaking of relationships, Rodney is
dating Katie. Seriously. I'm with the canon on this one.
dating Katie because he lost Beckett forever.
dating Katie, but secretly pining after John.
dating Katie, but *so* doing it with John.
dating Katie, but secretly pining after Ronon.
dating Katie, but secretly pining after Teyla.
Were happily married and provided a stable loving home for the kids.
Were a poor match, yet tried to provide a stable loving home for the kids.
Hated each other/ were neglectful or abusive/used the kids against each other
Divorced when the kids were young.
BTW, if there is something I didn't make a question for, an opinion you hold about either of the boys that you think should be generally recognized fanon, leave a comment! I love this stuff. Sometimes I like someone's theory about a quirk a character has so much, I adopt it as character fanon for myself.
I always find it interesting that it doesn't take fandom long to retcon fanon and fill in the missing bits not covered by series canon. I wonder if perhaps, that is one of the primary functions that fanfiction serves?