Karolina Dean/Xavin

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Pairing: Karolina Dean/Xavin
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Gender category: Non-Binary/Femslash
Fandom: Runaways
Canonical?: yes
Prevalence: popular
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Karolina/Xavin is the pairing of Karolina Dean and Xavin from the comic series Runaways.


Karolina met Xavin after suffering rejection from Nico, her crush for many months. She initially rejected Xavin when he told her that Karolina was promised to be his bride, but after hearing that the marriage would be part of a peace treaty between her world and Xavin's, Karolina felt more inclined to accept the proposal. She accepted fully when Xavin expressed no concern of changing physical appearance from male to female to please her. Xavin once took the form of Nico in order to please Karolina, but Karolina rejected her as Nico and reassured Xavin that she loves her as she is. Later on, during an argument, Xavin subconsciously reverted to female human form, which both surprised and pleased Karolina, who had earlier expressed some lingering doubts about Xavin's true gender.[1]


Karolina/Xavin was one of the more popular pairings within the Runways comic fandom, alongside Chase/Gert. While considered a femslash couple by most at the time, Xavin's appearance as a male skrull in some comics thanks to their shape shifting ability has lead to discussions over how best to label them. When Karolina and Xavin's relationship was first introduced many viewed Xavin's shape-shifting as simply a way to bring a same-sex couple into a relatively mainstream comic without catching much flack. More recently some fans have went on to label Xavin as non-binary or gender fluid.




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  1. ^ Karolina Dean - Relationships with other Runaways Wikipedia.