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For example, whenever I see one trying to say why their favourite character is awesome, they will always say that they are better than the other character.
They will not mention characters like Marceline (or LSP or Susan). They compete directly for "better character" (but really "best romantic interest for Finn").
This annoys me. Why does it always have to be about shipping?
**WARNING: Following content may upset some fans who can't take a direct approach or generalisation. It is simply my little analysis.**
The main culprits are certainly the Flame Princess fans, as the core Princess Bubblegum fans are mostly Bubbline shippers and don't care for the shipping competition (actually being on the Righteous Flame side in this case), however the Fubblegum fans are certainly major culprits also.
FP/Finname fans hate on PB rather than granting a convincing argument why their character is good. When questioned on why FP is such a "brilliant character" or "great girlfriend" they will more often refer to why PB is "bad", and will be stuck on real answers.
What are FP's character traits?:
Think about these traits, FP fans. How do they work to make her a good character? Well, I think the biggest advantages to Righteous Flame are the closed age gap and the fact that FP is clearly in love with Finn. And if anyone can change FP, it's Finn. But what does FP bring to Finn? Think about THAT.
Well, as Finn's first real romance, we get to see new sides to his character that we haven't been able to explore with the Unrequited Fubblegum. FP is also pretty powerful but she's yet to use these powers for good reasons, so far destroying the Goblin Kingdom, and then nearly the world. She's extremely vulnerable, too.
I think that unfortunately the only thing FP has brought to the table which we'll ALL miss her for is Finn character development. Hopefully that will change.
Fubblegum fans don't properly work to justify PB's actions (which are easily justifiable) and instead hate back on the FP fans even more childishly. These will say "love is not bound by age" and a load of other bullshit which they think can change the real-life law. Fact of the matter is, if Fubblegum is illegal or socially unacceptable in real life it's not a good idea to promote it on the show.
(No, that's not an excuse to say "Oh, Bubbline isn't socially acceptable so it shouldn't be on the show" because Fubblegum is unacceptable for reasons.)
I've spoken before twice [link] [link] possible reasons for why Fubblegum could be good for both characters (in the future) and how Finn is emotionally good for PB rather than Finn just having what he wants and PB being shipped despite not requiting anything. I've yet to see said arguments in a Fubblegum side of a debate however. And I'm not even a Fubblegum shipper - I'm a Bubbline shipper (for at least as long as the ship is alive) who will accept ship Kid Finn x PB because it's
not right. The ages. Wait til Finn is an adult, people!
The core PB fans and Bubbline fans sometimes intervene logically, particularly if they are an older PB fan, but sometimes these commit little crimes too, occasionally dismissing FP altogether as a character to hate.
TheFinnceline fansare dying off, even more quickly than the Fubblegum fans because they had a headstart after "Go With Me".
And the Marceline fans are completely quiet on the comparison front.
Why aren't people comparing Flame Princess to Marceline? They're pretty damn similar.
Is it because she isn't "shipping competition"?