The Untamed RPF

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RPF Fandom
Name(s): The Untamed RPF, 陈情令 (Chén Qíng Lìng) RPF
Scope/Focus: The Untamed Cast
Date(s): 2019 - present
See also: Wang Yibo/Xiao Zhan
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The Untamed RPF is the Real Person Fiction fandom based around the actors of The Untamed. The fandom is primarily real-person slash and focused on Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo, the show's two co-leading actors whose characters form the popular WangXian pairing.

The majority of RPF on AO3 is in Chinese as of 29 February 2020.[1]


Wang Yibo/Xiao Zhan is the fandom's most popular relationship tag on Archive of Our Own (AO3). On the Chinese side, it is actually three different ships, depending on who tops, and on AO3 the ship name is often entered as the fandom tag. The most popular Wang Yibo/Xiao Zhan ship is 博君一肖 Bó Jūn Yī Xiāo (top!WYB/bottom!XZ). On weibo Bó Jūn Yī Xiāo may also be the most popular ship overall.

Fans have written some fic about other actors on the show as well. Top Untamed RPF ships on AO3 as of July 21, 2020:

  • Wang Yibo/Xiao Zhan (3422)[2]
  • Song Jiyang/Wang Haoxuan (74)[3]
  • Liu Haikuan/Zhu Zanjin (57)[4]
  • Liu Haikuan/Wang Zhuocheng (23)[5]
  • Wang Yibo/Everyone (16)[6]
  • Ji Li/Wang Yizhou (8)[7]
  • Yu Bin/Zheng Fanxing (8)[8]

Out of 5567 works in the Untamed RPF tag, 4818 are M/M, 107 are Multi, 90 are F/M, 71 are Other, 67 are F/F, and 62 are gen.[9]

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Example Fanworks

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



Main page: Blocking of AO3 in China

On 24 February 2020, an RPF fanfic and its related fanart, reposted on weibo by the RPF fans, garnered attention from some radical Xiao Zhan fans. This led to the radical fans reporting the fan creations and the websites where they were hosted, including AO3, to the Chinese government on the 25th and the 26th.[10] The story in question contains the characterization of Xiao Zhan as a prostitute with gender dysphoria[11], and its related fanart depicts a female presenting Xiao Zhan doing makeup.[12]

This abuse of internet censorship via reporting has angered the Media fandom, Anime fandom, and gaming fandom in China, and many fans participated in the 227 online protest to condemn the radical Xiao Zhan fans.[citation needed]

On 29 February 2020, AO3 became inaccessible in mainland China, and the OTW confirmed on its Twitter and Weibo accounts that the fault was not on their end.[13][14] The debate spilled over from weibo onto twitter as various fans made counter accusations about whether it was really xfx who had done the reporting, whether the xfx had reported AO3 to the government or just the weibo accounts propagating info about the AO3 fic, whether it mattered because China was about to institute an Internet rule change on March 1 anyway. A lot of fans also blamed Xiao Zhan himself and campaigned to tank his popularity, leading to various countermeasures by other fans such as the trending twitter hashtag #WeLoveYouXiaoZhan. See Blocking of AO3 in China for more details.

Links & Resources


  1. ^ 3732 out of 4347 works (logged in).[1][2]
  2. ^ WYB/XZ tag
  3. ^ SJY/WHX tag
  4. ^ LHK/ZZJ tag
  5. ^ LHK/WZC tag
  6. ^ WYB/everyone tag
  7. ^ JL/WYZ tag
  8. ^ YB/ZFX tag
  9. ^ Sort/filter sidebar results in the Untamed RPF works tag (accessed 21 July 2020)
  10. ^ Pictures of the event timeline
  11. ^ Summary of the fanfiction Xia Zhui
  12. ^ Text summary of the event timeline
  13. ^ THREAD: Sad day for Chinese internet users: Ao3, archive of our own, was reportedly blocked on Feb 29, 2020. I can’t begin to describe its importance to its Chinese users. It’s not mainstream like douban, but in China it‘s a refuge for literature created by and for women., Archived version
  14. ^ AO3 Status op Twitter: "Unfortunately, the Archive of Our Own is currently inaccessible in China. We've investigated, and it is not due to anything on our end. We're keeping Chinese users updated on our Weibo:", Archived version