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Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Alternative name(s): Eames/Arthur
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: Inception
Canonical?: No; some lines which can be interpreted as flirtation/innuendo - "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling," said by Eames while pulling out a grenade launcher.
Prevalence: Most popular pairing in the fandom - approx 80% of slash and 60% of fic produced
Archives: Eames/Arthur LJ Community
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Movie fandoms rarely become major fandoms; pairings of minor or secondary characters rarely become major slash couples.

Arthur/Eames beat the odds twice over. Secondary characters in the 2010 film Inception, their oddly personal conversation (considered by fans to be a sign of unseen backstory) and personal charisma somehow birthed a sudden, major fandom.

Meta and Discussion


Lounging with eames by red rahl.jpg
Crack chibi art by [1] red-rahl

Because of the dominance of Arthur/Eames, some fans feel like they don't belong in Inception fandom if they don't ship it.[1] Others feel those fans should "get over themselves"[2] since if Arthur/Eames hadn't appeared, Inception fandom probably wouldn't be any bigger than your average movie/Yuletide fandom.

With a man of color (Saito) and two women (Ariadne and Mal) as some of the major characters in the movie who interact with the protagonist (Cobb) a heavy amount, Arthur/Eames can easily be seen as just another whitecock ship.[3] [4]

Popular Tropes and Themes


Example Fanworks






  1. ^ "Anti-Arthur/Eames Fandom Secret". 
  2. ^ sherrold. "Fanlore comment". 
  3. ^ "thread". 
  4. ^ "A theory about fans self-selecting". 
  5. ^ cf. jenna_marianne's delicious tag "projections". Accessed 7 November 2010.
  6. ^ cf. inceptionkinmeme's delicious combined tags "Arthur/Eames and .hurt/comfort" (Accessed 19 November 2010)
  7. ^ inceptionkinkmeme's delicious counts 173 fanworks under the combined tags "clothing" and "Arthur/Eames" on 19 November 2010. A good number of prompts centers around suits. (Accessed 19 November 2010)
  8. ^ cf. jibrailis' collection in a livejournal entry. A stirring saga of collective artistry (or ARTHUR IS A CATBOY and we likes it), 13 October 2010 (Accessed 12 November 2010)
  9. ^ eg swing_set13's Epic Inception Arthur/Eames AU Master List