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Pairing: Erik/Christine Daaé
Alternative name(s): Erik Destler/Christine Daaé, Phantom/Christine Daaé, ファントム×クリスティーヌ
Gender category: F/M, Het
Fandom: Phantom of the Opera
Canonical?: Yes
Prevalence: Popular
Archives: Down Once More
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Erik/Christine Daaé (commonly abbreviated: CE) is a popular canon het pairing in Phantom of the Opera fandom.

Canon Relationship

The relationship is central to the plots of all adaptions and variations of The Phantom of the Opera.

Erik meets Christine when a girl and he becomes his teacher giving singing lessons for her and he will gradually fall in love with her until to fall a strange obsession but Christine looks at him as her teacher, as an angel of music that was sent by her father to accompany her.


Since beginning Fanfics on The Internet about Phantom of the Opera there have been stories about this couple, but since the movie 2004 and the participation of Gerard Butler as the principal character (Erik), this ship managed to have more fangirls. [1]

Differences versions of story's end.

  • In the book original Erik let go to Christine with viscount, he gives her his gold ring with the proviso that she always charged as a symbol of their friendship. And that when he dies, she'll return to bury him and she'll go to a newspaper to place an obituary where says "Erik is dead" (And she complies).
  • In the end of Kay's book; Christine also has Erik's son called: Charles.


  • Also, the name of the Phantom is discussed. Erik isn't his birth name, however, Erik is universally known like his name real. [2]
  • His last name "Destler" in one of the versions of "The Phantom of the Opera", and isn't universally accepted as the Phantom's name. Nevertheless, it attributed this last name when appointing the Phantom of the horror movie 1989 starring Robert Englund[3]

Common Tropes in Fanworks

Modern AU - In where their story is contemporary, Erik may or may not be the villain.

Reincarnation - As the name says, the couple reincarnated and they may or may not to know about their past.

Forced Marriage - Mainly it is an alternate timeline of the end of the work, where Christine is being forced to marry Erik. It may or may not have a happy ending.

Hookerfic - Christine is a prostitute, and Erik is her customer.

Slavefic - Erik never left Persia, he still remains Sultan's murderer, and his gift is Christine.

Darkfic (or sometimes called as Morbid) [2]

Other Fanwork Examples




Archives and Communities


Other Fannish Resources


  1. Love Never Dies (musical) at Wikipedia.
  2. Erik (The Phantom of the Opera) at Wikipedia.
  3. See Erik Destler at Urban Dictionary.