Main Opposites Attract Discussion

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07:40:01 AM Oct 18th 2012
  • My Little Pony Friendshipis Magic has an interesting case with Spike and Rarity.
    • One: Spike is a dragon (which are greedy by nature) with a crush on Rarity (the bearer of the Element of Generosity).
    • Can come as Not So Different as well: greed is a major vice of Rarity's while Spike's willing to put her happiness above his own.
    • Played with, really. On the surface, Rarity is a vain and greedy girl while Spike seems endlessly giving and humble. But Rarity will put someone's happiness above her own without a second thought while Spike has an ego and (literally) monstrous greed that he usually suppresses. Similar qualities but different presentations.

This sounds downright schizophrenic, as it doesn't know what it wants to be. Bullet points are not there to argue or present different opinions, they are there for Example Indentation. Leaving it here so someone can fix it.
09:02:45 AM Mar 1st 2011
The page image is Just a Face and a Caption. I don't know who these characters are. I don't know how they are opposites. I don't know how they apparently on different sides of the intelligence spectrum.
05:51:24 PM Aug 10th 2010
edited by TripleElation
Who's the insane person who opened a can of ships on the example section? We should be collecting actual examples, not Shipping Goggles induced hallucinations. Gosh, look at the Naruto entry. "OUR ship is opposites attracting, because the characters once had their different skill-sets pointed out in an analogy that doesn't even apply anymore. It's even in the official fanclub name." "No, OUR ship is opposites attracting, neener neener."

I can't believe I have to point this out, but we should stick to relationships that have been actually portrayed in the source material as this. Consequently, we should stick to relationships that have been actually portrayed in the source material at all.

I've gone through the page and removed the more blatant infractions, but a few are bound to have gone under the radar ("X and Y, he's A, she's B" gives no hint as to where the characters acutally stand in the work proper; The header of this page was "ships that give off this vibe" instead of "examples" for rather a long while, so a lot of those are bound to be fan wishful thinking). If you recognize anything left as not actually portrayed in the work, please remove it.
03:43:38 PM Apr 12th 2010
I took a Psychology class once and they told us that in general the phrase opposites attract is completely false. Has anyone else heard this? If this is right (which I think it is), should it be mentioned somewhere in the article?
11:17:56 AM Dec 15th 2010
That is correct. The notion that "opposites attract" stems from the romantic belief that love is some magical force which lets people overcome their differences. In real life, the majority of people are attracted to those who are extremely similar to themselves.
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