Aziraphale/Crowley

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Pairing: Aziraphale/Crowley
Alternative name(s): Ineffable Husbands, Consenting Bicycle Repairmen, A/C, Air Conditioning, azicrow, crowzira, Ineffable Wives (when female)
Gender category: M/M, nebulous
Fandom: Good Omens
Canonical?: quasi-canon
Prevalence: Popular
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Aziraphale/Crowley is the pairing of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley in Good Omens.

In the early days of the fandom, based solely on the book, ship named included A/C or "Air Conditioning" (more common on Livejournal), and "Consenting Bicycle Repairmen" (a description of the two, taken from the novel). Later, on Tumblr, fans took to calling the ship "ineffable husbands," in reference to God's ineffable plan. This name was partially chosen because "Air conditioning" caused problems with unrelated posts turning up in Tumblr searches. Ineffable husbands became the most commonly accepted ship name as the fandom grew post-show.

Canon

Aziraphale is an angel of Heaven and Crowley is a demon of Hell. They met after Adam and Eve left the garden of Eden and have met up throughout human history. The fact that they are supposed to be enemies is a source of tension throughout their relationship. Good Omens follows them as they attempt to thwart the coming of the Anti-Christ and the apocalypse.

Fandom

Aziraphale/Crowley is the main ship in GO fandom. Many stories take advantage of the fact that the two have been around throughout the entirety of human history

Book

Common Tropes & Storylines

  • Many works take place in historical settings as these two have been in existence forever. Crossovers with Historical RPF and Literary RPF are somewhat common; with characters like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde sometimes appearing in fics.
  • Post Apocalypse many works depict the two sharing a cottage on the South Downs.[1]

TV Series

Since airing, the series and the original novel, have been referred to as a "6000 year slow burn", and this tag has also begun appearing on works pairing Aziraphale/Crowley.

In response to the fandom's boom, The Rec Center newsletter #180 on June 14, 2019, contained "fanfiction + explainer: good omens", a primer/fandom overview by guest editor Kira. On Aziraphale/Crowley, the primer said:

Good Omens has a long history as a slash fandom; while perhaps not a grandparent of slash, it’s at least a favourite aunt. Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship in the book is that of an old married couple, an interpretation that was only bolstered by the authors’ revelation that post-canon they were sharing a cottage in the South Downs. There are multiple fandom introductions/starter packs, and a great place to dig into the history of the fandom is Lower Tadfield Air Base, a Livejournal community that’s been running since 2003. This was the centre of the fandom for many years, and is meticulously tagged for easy browsing. The recs tag is an excellent place to start if you want to see what people were recommending back in the day.

Author Response

And this has less to do with prudery than with my own comfort levels. I can just about get my head around the concept of Crowley-Aziraphale slash, and would rather not read it thanks. Out beyond that, I don't actually want to know...-- Neil Gaiman [2] 2003
Twitter SS 2019
Twitter SS 2019

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fandom response to author

However, Gaiman's responses seemed to change after the TV series. He commented a number of times on Twitter that he was open to or supported interpretations of the relationship as romantic, but maintained that they are not human males and do not fit into the human conception of a gay male relationship.

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Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

References

  1. Where the South Downs thing comes from a Tumblr post by irisbleufic, 2013, accessed 14 June 2019.
  2. 3.9.2003, In which it is decided there are Some Things That Man Was Not Meant To Know by Neil Gaiman, accessed 13.10.2011