Alyssa. Or Al if you will. Age 18. Demiseuxal. You clicked on this link for who knows what reason. Now you have to pay the price. You may be bombarded by Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, Disney/Nondisney, Doctor Who (But only seasons 1-4), Torchwood, Firefly, Avengers/SHEILD, Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, Vikings, Hannibal, American Horror Story, Dollhouse, BBC Sherlock, Night Vale, RPDR, and other beautiful fandoms. I don't really consider myself a shipper. However, I do casually ship lots of things like Janto, Spawn, Ianto/Owen, Spangelus, Fresley, RumBelle, E/R, platonic Destiel, and many more. I enjoy moonlit walks on the beach and strawberry milkshakes.
First of all, they’re essentially the same person. They’re backstories, as much as has been given or can be inferred, are incredibly similar: crappy low-income childhood with an abusive parent (though Owen is an only child as far as we know and Ianto has his sister), which they both left at a young age (Owen at 16, Ianto sometime between 16 and 20) and ended up in a high-paid job with a good life and girlfriend. Then something happens and they lose the girlfriend and end up working for Torchwood. That’s a super-summary, but good enough.
The thing is, though, that they are opposite sides of the personality spectrum. Ianto could have been Owen if he’d decided that lashing out and being defensive worked better to hide vulnerability, and Owen could have been Ianto if he’d found that it’s easier to hide behind stoicism. They’re two sides of the same coin. They’re both absolutely driven by emotion rather than logic, despite their extreme intelligence. Basically, they understand each other and understand the choices the other person made. They understand exactly how to treat each other that makes them feel normal and real and useful and comfortable (and subsequently exactly how to push each other’s buttons and push one another to the limit). For example, all the antagonizing that Owen does to Ianto, but also how Ianto knows exactly what to say to Owen to make him stop moping about being dead.
They’re both caretakers. Ianto likes to take care of people, and Owen is a healer. They both have the team’s well-being in their best interests. Owen is a doctor, and Ianto is the guy who goes around making sure that the workplace is in order, that the team is comfortable and happy, that they have all the information they need, etc etc. They’re similar in that way. And I think that despite both of them being controlled by their emotions, Ianto is very strong and reliable emotionally where Owen is vulnerable and unstable. And Owen will only let his walls down when the other person is just as vulnerable as he is. Ianto is willing to let his own walls down for people he cares about. (See Owen being vulnerable around Diane but not Tosh or Jack. See Ianto being vulnerable around Jack or Tosh or Owen at one point etc etc).
Essentially, they’re very similar in past and personality. They both live behind masks but are controlled by their emotions. They are two sides of the same coin, and because of that, they understand each other and are able to help each other when no one else can.
There’s more posts that you can find in my Owen Appreciation Post at the top of my blog, too.
other country: wow we solved drug crimes by doing this and the problem is practically completely resolved
america: there is just no stopping the war on drugs........
other country: we have the most successful schools because we implement these rules to encourage real learning
america: no hope....... kids just cant cut it anymore........
other country: gun related crime is all but non existent thanks to our restrictions
america: wow..... if only there was some way to stop these shootings before they happened..............
other country: nothing bad has happened as a result of our equal marriage/bathroom laws for lgbt
america: if only there was a way.............................
oh i wish I knew how to make gifs!
But I don’t. I’ve stumbled across a few over the years. if you go to tumblr.com/tagged/cheese-man there’s a few there I think
- ♂ = I am a boy who has a crush on you
- ♀ = I am a girl who has a crush on you
- ○ = I’m a nonbinary person who has a crush on you
- æ = Post a picture of yourself
- $ = You’re awesome
- # = I love your blog
- @ = You’re beautiful
- & = I wish we were close
- ~ = I wish we were friends in real life
- ? = I relate to a lot of the same things you go through
- ! = You inspire me