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Pairing: Kevin Ryan/Javier Esposito
Alternative name(s): Rysposito
Gender category: slash
Fandom: Castle
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: major
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Ryan/Esposito is a major slash pairing in the Castle fandom. His smushname Rysposito, was taken from the show itself, having been the creation of the characters Ryan and Esposito who called their double professional and personal partnership.


Ryan and Esposito are professional partners and close friends to a point where Kevin wanted to name his possible baby "Javier" when they both thought they weren't going to make it alive out of a burning building.


(history of fannish interest in the pairing - fan activities, meta discussions, first appearance of pairing in fanworks, etc.)

Every season I get happier that they get more screen time. They are amazingpants.[1]

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • speaking spanish!Javier, due to his Latin ancestry, Esposito speaks Spanish, which Ryan loves and hates, especially being called princesa (princess in English)
  • Irish!Ryan, stories focused on Kevin's Irish traditions and Catholic upbringing influencing his life and relationship with Esposito.
  • Didn't Know They Were Dating, Kevin and Javier may not notice, but everyone around them has already noticed the sparks in their relationship.
  • Broccoli test, for what words if one look answers everything?

Example Fanworks


  • Observe and Detect by shrift, In which there is an early morning call-out, breakfast food betrayals, the pulling of pigtails, and a groove that gets lost and found.
  • Domesticity by joyfulfeather, When Esposito loses his apartment, Ryan takes him in.
  • Kevin Ryan is a Better Detective than His Personal Life Implies by celli, “Okay, listen up, Sparky. Esposito has been trying to woo you.”
  • That Star Fall Down by fiercynn, Ryan opened his mouth to give a sharp retort, but a sudden look at the expression on Esposito's face made him close it again. He looked not only pissed, but a little too invested; and there was that strange feeling in Ryan's stomach again, except this time it wasn't heavy so much as tight and clenched, threatening to choke all the air out of him.



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Other Fannish Resources


  1. ^ partners are always better - My Castle Esposito/Ryan Fic Recs by swing_set13