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I came up with this last week, inspired by the fanfic popularity formula by [personal profile] mithrigil. This one's a lot simpler. It only has four factors. I plugged all the popular slash pairings fro the top of my head into it, and the results seem to align pretty well with my intuitive sense of popularity. The bottom rows have, for point of comparison, an unpopular slash pairing. I was wondering why Loras/Renly got so much less fic than Robb/Jon (not that GoT is a fic-heavy fandom anyway) but my checklist explains exactly why.

A lot of these shows I haven't seen (e.g. Supernatural, Merlin, Glee) but I'm judging by fannish osmosis and people on comms like [community profile] fanficrants posting about them.

Pairing Fandom White? Fit Asshole / Woobie Dynamic? Brothers? Canon Pair?
Jack/Ianto Torchwood
Sam/Dean Supernatural
McKay/Sheppard SGA

Xavier/Magneto X-Men First Class

Thor/Loki Thor
Kurt/Blaine Glee

Arthur/Eames Inception

Doctor/Master Doctor Who
Jack/Doctor Doctor Who
Arthur/Merlin Merlin

Brian/Justin Queer As Folk
Robb/Jon Game of Thrones

Loras/Renly Game of Thrones

I'd like to note that I'm not making judgements as to which pairings are actually, objectively, asshole/woobie formula-fitters. I'm just checking them off if a lot of people write fanfic based on that pairing and a lot of the fanfic uses the asshole/woobie dynamic.  I tried to think of any powerhouse slash pairing without white guys, but I couldn't come up with any. There's Troy/Abed from Community and Gus/Shawn from Psych, but I'm not aware of any large amount of fic that actually concentrates on them having a sexual relationship.

The Doctor and the Master aren't really brothers, but being raised together and having the amount of backstory together that they do, I figured they were as close to brothers as Timelords get.

I count at least ONE sincere on-screen kiss or other PDA as evidence of canon pairing. So Jack/Doctor just barely squeaks in under those qualifications.

I could be wrong about a lot of the checkmarks; please don't take this for any sort of science!  It's just some geeky fun.  Although it is a bit weird and disturbing to lay it all out so plainly like this.

Scored Version

Pairing Fandom White? Fit Asshole / Woobie Dynamic? Brothers?
Canon Pair?
Jack/Ianto Torchwood 4 3
1 8
Sam/Dean Supernatural 4 3 2

McKay/Sheppard SGA 4 3
Xavier/Magneto X-Men First Class 4 3
Thor/Loki Thor 4 3 2

Kurt/Blaine Glee 4

1 5
Arthur/Eames Inception 4 3

Doctor/Master Doctor Who 4 3 2
Jack/Doctor Doctor Who 4 3
Arthur/Merlin Merlin 4 3

Brian/Justin Queer As Folk 4 3
1 8
Robb/Jon Game of Thrones
4 3 2
Loras/Renly Game of Thrones 4

1 5


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