5 Fandom Friday - Womances

5 Womances I Ship [5 Fandom Friday]

Womances is a new one on me; it means as you can probably work out a woman and woman romance. [EDIT – Turns out I had that one wrong; womance is the equivalent of bromance, so it doesn’t need to be romantic at all. In the future I might do my favourite womances, which will take much much longer to narrow down to five. For now though enjoy!]  As a libra I’m a hopeless romantic and I believe love is love. So here are my favourite womances!

 

botamsinBo/Tamsin from Lost Girl

Tamsin: Your heart is both strong and gentle. You’re virtuous. Yet you’re a Succubus. You shouldn’t be.

Bo: Be what?

Tamsin: Be real. Be here.

Lost girl is the treasure chest of female/female relationships, but it is Bo and Tamsin that is my favourite of all. Despite being a Valkyrie, a deadly ancient warrior fey, she is so vulnerable. The exchange I quoted above was so raw, so real and their relationship is as healing as it is passionate.

[Spoilers – I’ve yet to watch season 5 so no spoilers please!]

 

 

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Sara/Nyssa from DC Universe

Laurel Lance: Can you remember the sound of Sara’s laugh?

Nyssa al Ghul: When Sara was first brought to my father, the moment he weighed her apprenticeship or her execution, she bore witness to a demonstration of his power, one that inspired her and all that come before, but Sara… laughed. It was so innocent, so genuine. That was the moment I fell in love with her, I think. All I knew, all I craved was to her laugh once more.

I love this relationship but only know it from Arrow, and would love to learn more about it from the comics. There is something just so special and tender about this couple.

Arrow Spoiler

When Sara dies, Nyssa’s pain was absolutely heartbreaking. Sara showed Nyssa a part of life that she had never ever experienced. Was she Nyssa’s salvation? I honestly don’t know because Nyssa’s still an assassin, but life isn’t that black and white and I don’t think being saved necessarily means becoming a good girl. Emotionally, I think Sara and Nyssa helped each other.

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[Spoilers – I’ve yet to watch season 4 of Arrow or Season 1 of Legends of Tomorrow so no spoilers please!]

 

 

tara-and-willowWillow/Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Willow Those guys are checking you out.
Tara
:  What?  W-what are they looking at?
Willow
:  The hotness that is you, doofus.
Tara: 
Those boys really thought I was hot?
Willow:
Entirely.
Tara
:  Oh my god.  I’m cured!  I want the boys!
*She starts to go after the guys, but Willow pulls her back*.

WIllow
Do I have to fight to keep you.  ‘Cause I’m not large with the butch.
Tara
:  I’m just not used to that.  They – they were really looking at me?
Willow
:  And you can’t imagine what they see in you?
Tara
:  I know exactly what they see in me.  You.

These guys were probably my first introduction to same-sex relationships when I was growing up. Their relationship was beautiful and pure, with both girls growing because of the other. When Tara was murdered (no spoiler tag because this is very old news) Willow literally tore the world apart because the pain was too much to bear. Tara was her one true love, and even though she had other relationships Tara was never forgotten.

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Myka/H.G Wells from Warehouse 13

Helena: “How do you say goodbye to the one person who knows you better than anyone else?”

Myka: “I wish I knew.”

This relationship isn’t canon but it kinda is and the actresses that play Myka and HG have played it up and supported it on numerous occasions (see here for more info). From the first moment these two got together it was clear there was chemistry. They’re two very intelligent sassy women who kick ass, together they’re even more dangerous. Myka is the only one who is able to talk Helena down from doing something really really bad. She understands her pain and never gives up believing that Helena is a good person underneath some bad decisions.

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Phèdre and Melisande Shahrizai from the Kushiel Legacy series

by Jacqueline Carey

“The Night Court taught me to serve, and Delaunay taught me to think; but from Melisande Shahrizai, I learned how to hate.”

This is most definitely the most complicated and non-conservative relationship on the list. Melisande contracts the time of the lovely courtesan Phèdre several times, most notable at a ball for the Longest Night celebration. As the quote above shows, the relationship between these two women was one that highlights the small line between love and hate. It is one of passion, of desire, secrecy and betrayal. There is so much more to their relationship, and I seriously cannot recommend this series highly enough. Even just writing this little commentary I find myself wanting to re-read the series for the umpteenth time.

 

 

Honourable mentions

Mulan/Aurora from Once Upon a Time – This didn’t quite make the cut because they didn’t get much screen time (I’m half way through season 4), but every time Mulan looked at Aurora my heart broke.

Magnus/Nichola from Sanctuary – These two only got together in one episode but it was so amazing and made such a big impact on me. I’d have loved to have seen more of these two, sadly we didn’t as Sanctuary came to an end.

Willow/Kennedy – I know a lot of people hate this ‘ship, but I liked Kennedy and she helped heal Willow’s heart. She helped her become who she needed to be, to become comfortable with her magic and find the purity in it. That isn’t a simple thing and I find Kennedy gets a lot of hate simply because she’s just not Tara.

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10 Comments

    1. Author

      Haha, that comment says it all 😀 <3

  1. You took this way more seriously than indid, and I love it!

    1. Author

      I only just put womance and bromance together and realised that I didn’t need to necessarily go for romantic pairings. Oh well, done now and I still love these relationships and the chance to highlight that valentines day is about love, not one sort of relationship.

  2. So much yes to Willow/Tara AND Willow/Kennedy. I’m not familiar with the other fandoms though.

    1. Author

      That’s the thing I love about fandom friday, it gives you a look at other fandoms and can introduce you to new ones 🙂 Thank you for sharing the Willow/Kennedy love <3

  3. I really struggled with this one and discovred I have very few femslash pairings. and that I really dislike the term ‘womance’

    Bo/Tamsin? Huh, not really seeing that one, to be honest. Bo/Kenzi on the other hand I am all over. Likewise Willow/Tara ♥

    1. Author

      Well, each to their own, personally I was just happy to have the chance to celebrate gay relationships in fandom. I noticed from other people’s answers that some people included ships that are friendships between women, which they consider to have romantic overtones. So while I ship Bo/Kenzi as friends I don’t really consider them romantically involved. Where as Bo/Tamsin have been intimate with each other and that is why I included them in my favourite womances.

      Edit: It also just occurred to me that womance is the equivalent of bromance, and thus I didn’t necessarily need to stick to romantic pairings. However, that doesn’t change how I feel about these pairings and honestly, I’d probably have had an even harder time deciding on just 5 if I included any type of relationship. I ship way too many friendships.

  4. I don’t really do shipping but I’m guessing ‘womance’ is the equivalent of ‘bromance’ and so mine would be:

    Buffy & Willow – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Bones & Angela – Bones
    Garcia & JJ – Criminal Minds
    Skye & Melinda – Agents Of SHIELD
    Maura & Jane – Rizzoli & Isles

    At least, those are the first ones that come to mind

  5. Awww Sara & Nyssa. It was cool! (Too bad that… you know what happens… sigh) Nice list btw!

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