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|Director:||Guillermo del Toro|
|Production companies:||Legendary, Warner Bros|
|Release date:||12 July 2013 (United States)|
|External links:||Pacific Rim: Uprising Official Movie Site|
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Pacific Rim is a film directed by Guillermo del Toro which is about giant fighting mechanical creations, known as jaegers, piloted by pairs of Rangers, to fight off the impending apocalypse by kaiju, giant sea monsters from another dimension. Jaeger pilots are linked by neural bridge, a connection between their brains that is dependent on compatibility.
Canon material also includes the novelization of the film and the graphic novels Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero (2013), Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift (2016), Pacific Rim: Aftermath (2018), Pacific Rim: Amara (2019), and Pacific Rim: Blackout (2022). An art book entitled Pacific Rim: Man, Machines, & Monsters was also released in 2013.
A sequel called Pacific Rim: Uprising, directed by Steven S. DeKnight, was released on March 23, 2018 in the United States. The movie involved new characters, with only three of the original actors reprising their roles. Guillermo del Toro, the director of the original film, was named as one of the producers of the project.
On November 8, 2018, Netflix announced an original anime series. This series, Pacific Rim: The Black, was released on March 4, 2021.
History of the Fandom
The fandom appears to have begun at least in part because the film is a summer blockbuster featuring a Woman of Color in a leading role, where she is not sexualized and has a strong character of her own, and there were calls to ensure its success to show Hollywood that this kind of film can have commercial success. Shortly after the first screenings, word passed that in addition to having a strong female character, it was a story with a lot of heart and was not just an America-centric story but an international one. The concept of neural bridges and drift-compatibility added to the appeal as it made for excellent shipping opportunities and became a common fusion AU. Additional appeal comes from the two scientists, who are portrayed as geeky nerds with socialization issues.
Most of the fannish interaction occurs on Tumblr, with some interaction on Facebook, Twitter, and to a lesser extent, Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.
An online Tumblr convention, JaegerCon was held on August 9th-11th 2013, to coincide with K-Day, the date of the first kaiju attack. As of August 11, 2013, and the end of JaegerCon 2013, there are 1000 works in the Pacific Rim AO3 tag.
Other conventions were organized, with ranging degrees of success, all using the trope of naming the convention after the base of operations for jaegers, known as a 'Shatterdome.' Shatterdome Atlanta  was first in June 2014 and was funded through an Indiegogo campaign  It will be held again June 13 and 14, 2015 and is partially sponsored by the auction house that sold the props, clothes, and related items from the first movie. Shatterdome Atlanta drew an unexpected appearance by actor Rob Kazinsky, who played Chuck Hansen. Shatterdome Seattle was held May 3, 2015, and was funded through both an Indiegogo campaign and ticket sales, drawing a preregistered attendee count of 96. Shatterdome UK is a less-formal organization of Pacific Rim fans based in the UK. Shatterdome ATX was also announced for July 11, 2015 and planned for Austin, Texas, but as of May 2, 2015, their funding  campaign closed with only US$253 raised.
Characters and Pairings
 Original movie:
- Raleigh Becket - younger brother of Yancy Becket, co-pilot of Gipsy Danger, American.
- Yancy Becket - brother of Raleigh Becket, co-pilot of Gipsy Danger, American.
- Mako Mori - Japanese woman who leads the Mark-3 Restoration Program, considered one of the best engineers in the PPDC. She is also the adopted daughter of Stacker Pentecost.
- Stacker Pentecost - leader of the PPDC (Pan-Pacific Defense Corps), particularly the Jaeger Program
- Tendo Choi - chief LOCCENT officer for the Jaeger program
- Newton Geiszler & Herman Gottlieb - research team for the PPDC
- Herc Hansen & Chuck Hansen - An Australian father and son team, co-pilots of Striker Eureka
- Aleksis Kaidanovsky & Sasha Kaidanovsky - Russian co-pilots of Cherno Alpha
- Jin, Cheung & Hu Wei Tang - Chinese triplets and co-pilots of Crimson Typhoon
- Hannibal Chau - black market dealer in kaiju parts
Pacific Rim: Uprising:
- Jake Pentecost - younger brother of Mako and son of Stacker Pentecost
- Nate Lambert - former friend of Jake's
- Naomi Sokolov - a journalist, assigned to write a fluff piece on the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, who became the source of the Beckets nearly not making it through the Jaeger Academy.
- Tamsin Sevier - A friend of Luna and Stacker Pentecost, she was a a Royal Air Force pilot. During the beginning of the Jaeger Program, she and Stacker were the pilots of the Mark-1 Jaeger, Coyote Tango.
- Sergio D'Onofrio Lieutenant Sergio D'Onofrio was the second test pilot for the jaeger, Brawler Yukon. Sergio is among the first Rangers trained to pilot a jaeger and kill a kaiju.
- Caitlin Lightcap - Dr. Caitlin Lightcap is the creator of the Drift and one of the individuals responsible for the Jaeger Program. Caitlin is among the first Rangers trained to pilot a Jaeger and kill a Kaiju; she piloted Brawer Yukon with Sergio.
- Adam Casey Adam Casey was a United States Air Force captain and the first pilot to test pilot the jaeger, Brawler Yukon.
As with any female character, there has been some dispute as to whether Mako Mori should be considered a strong female character. Proponents say that she is not sexualized or judged based on her appearance or gender. She is able to physically defend herself, and has a character arc independent of male characters. Further, detailed observation shows that in many ways she is doing most of the fighting through both the Hong Kong fight sequence, and the fight sequence at the Breach. Opponents point to several moments of weakness, including when she bows to Stacker Pentecost's pressure that she not be a pilot, and when Raleigh evacuates her from the jaeger before he evacuates himself. On the whole, however, she is generally regarded as a strong character.
Some point out that given how the film manages to include a female character of such authenticity, it ought to be able to pass the Bechdel Test, as that is a much lower standard for good treatment of women. However, Mako Mori is the only prominent female character, and thus it does not. In response, there have been calls for an alternate test for analyzing the feminist nature of film to be known as the Mako Mori Test. This test would be considered "passed" if there was a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. 
Use of 'Gipsy Danger' as one of the jaeger's names has attracted some controversy as it is an ethnic slur. Some fans have chosen to refer to the jaeger only as 'Danger' to deal with this.. Alternately, "Lady Danger" is used.
Controversy also comes from characters and character history mentioned in secondary canon sources such as the deleted scenes, promotional interviews, the art book, the novelization, the alleged leaked first draft of the script, and/or the graphic novel, Tales from Year Zero, as well as headcanons posted by Travis Beacham, writer of the script and the novelization, by Guillermo del Toro, and by the actors. These include depictions of Hermann Gottleib as married to a model named Vanessa, what Scott Hansen did to be kicked out of the Jaeger Corps, whether Striker Eureka had escape pods, and whether there were other female/diverse characters in the Pacific Rim universe besides those shown in the final first film.
The world of drift-compatibility makes for excellent shipping fodder and, as a result and in addition to canon-based works, Pacific Rim AUs, fusions, and crossovers are very popular. Other trends include sentient jaegers.
- Canon characters
- Anthology, by irisbleufic (Newt/Hermann, Ensemble Cast)
- Become What We've Always Been, by irisbleufic (Newt/Hermann)
- Parallax / Perihelion, by irisbleufic (Newt/Hermann)
- Our Breath Will Still / A Short Distance Ahead, by irisbleufic (Newt/Hermann, Ensemble Cast)
- Zegepraal, by Ezlebe (Newt/Hermann)
- Give Me a Breath From the Breathing, by patster223 (Chuck Hansen & Hannibal Chau)
- To See the Stars, by patster223 (Newt/Hermann; fusion with Snowpiercer)
- Take Up Your Spade and Break Ground, by patster223 (Tendo Choi)
- It's All In the Hands of a Lazy Projector, by patster223 (Newt/Hermann)
- How to Train Your Kaiju, by psikeval (Newt/Hermann)
- ich hasse dich, by que_sera (Newt/Hermann, Ensemble Cast)
- Stammering Elocution by Faye Dartmouth (Chuck Hansen and Hercules Hansen) 2013
- As an AU setting
- the moments that keep us moving by alwaysenduphere, a Uhura-centric Star Trek AOS fic (2013)
- scars from tomorrow I wish you could see by meinterrupted, a Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes focused Marvel fic (2013)
- In Fire by The Librarina, an Enjolras/Grantaire Les Miserables fic (2013)
- Ashore, Archived version by Arkada. Fusion: a Loki/Tony Stark-fic with several characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe showing up (2013)
- We're Caffeinating the Apocalypse by Illyria_Lives (a coffee shop AU) (2013)
- Dilation, words by fahye, art by theopteryx, a Damen/Laurent Captive Prince story (2016)
- Pacific Rim Vid: Sound the Bells by chaila
- PACIFIC RIM | Radioactive. by VilyaXxX0llwyna
- Pacific rim | Centuries by Vameliak
- Post-Sparring by bechedor79
- Mako and Raleigh reenacting their triumph at a slumber party by raptorific
- Pacific Rim by Linkz1002
- Drift Compatible by J Ballier read by Podfixx - A Sherlock crossover fic
- mako mori meta; the only unsubtitled japanese phrase in the film
- On Pacific Rim and Millenials
- Drift Science and Compatibility by confabulatrix on Tumblr
- Dinosaurs, Kaiju, and Secondary Brains by geiszlerian on Tumblr
- Why Pacific Rim is a Good Movie for Geeks
- What Creators Owe to Their Audience (French video, with English subtitles)
- Anthology (playlist to accompany irisbleufic's series)
- Don't Fall in Love With a Jaeger Pilot
- girls just wanna (operate heavy machinery)
- You Can Find Me in the Drift
- Kaiju Meat by Crime and the Forces of Evil for JaegerCon 2013
- Beyond The Breach (2017)
- Rise Up (2018)
Archives and Communities
- Pacific Rim Kink, a kink meme
- Pacific Rim Fic Tumblr
- Pacific Rim Meta Archive
- Pacific Rim (Movies) on AO3
- Pacific Rim (Movies) at FF.net
- Pacific Rim Fic, a LJ community that also allows other fanworks and RPF
Links and Resources
- Pacific Rim (2013) at IMDb
- Pacific Rim 2: Uprising (2018) at IMBd
- Pacific Rim (film) at Wikipedia
- Pacific Rim: Uprising at Wikipedia
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