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Shipper Manifesto: DG/Cain

Fandom: Tin Man
Pairing: DG/Wyatt Cain



Blurb:

Tin Man is a 2007 miniseries, fairly loosely based on The Wizard of Oz. A waitress, DG, is pulled from small-town America to the vaguely steampunk world of the O.Z., where an evil sorceress has taken control.

Wyatt Cain is a former "tin man" from Central City - the Outer Zone term for a police officer. Previously married with a child, he had joined the rebellion against the sorceress Azkadellia. As punishment, he was imprisoned for years in an iron maiden, forced to repeatedly watch a holographic recording of his family being taken away by Zero. When DG arrives, she sees the hologram, and rushes in to try and help - bearing only a stick to use as a weapon. Upon finding the scene isn't real, she discovers the iron maiden and releases Cain.

DG resembles the original Dorothy in one key way: she can see the good in everybody. Cain is hard as a result of his years of torture, unwilling to care about anything except getting revenge on Zero - but DG gradually helps him to find his heart by showing him how much she cares about him and other complete strangers. When he finally finds his son again (his wife having died during his imprisonment), Jeb is similarly hard, and Cain tells him, "If you haven't got heart, you haven't got anything", passing on the wisdom he's gained from DG.

It isn't only DG who helps Cain, though. They need each other. After talking to the Mystic Man, Cain realises that DG is in fact the second daughter of the former queen of the O.Z., believed to be dead, and their only hope to defeat the witch. At the urging of the Mystic Man, he swears himself to her aid and protection, abandoning his quest for vengeance. He becomes to some extent DG's confidant, for example comforting her when she regains her memories of how, as a child, she was accidentally responsible for releasing the witch. My personal favourite exchange between them comes right before the final battle at Azkadellia's tower, after DG has been encouraging Raw and Glitch:

Cain: I know what you're doing, kid... I've led men through battle myself.
DG: And, um... How am I doing?
Cain: Well, there's less hugging when I do it. But not so bad.

While there is no mention of romance during the miniseries (appropriately, as Cain is still mourning his deceased wife), the chemistry between them is obvious to me. They have made a major impact on each other's lives, and despite knowing each other for a matter of days, they evidently care deeply about each other.

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Now, the matter of why I love Tin Man fanfiction so much. There is simply masses of potential. The miniseries ends moments after the witch's defeat. We never get to see the final overthrow of the Longcoats who weren't at the Tower, or the rebuilding of the O.Z; we don't see Glitch get his brain back, or what happens to Azkadellia. We also only see the very beginnings of Cain resuming his relationship with his son, and DG learning to use her magic. Fanfiction can give us all of these things. And, of course, DG and Cain can get together.

There have already been some DG/Cain recs made here. Of those, I particularly recommend The Consort by Maddy Cain, which is a brilliant story in which DG becomes the queen of the O.Z. and enters into an arranged marriage with Cain. I also rather love When in Rome by Sporkie, which was the short AU story that made me first decide to watch the miniseries.





Fic Rec #1: Coronation
Author: Alexandra3
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4303329/1/Coronation
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13

Why This Must Be Read:

This is a series of 14 short stories chronicling DG's reign as queen of the O.Z. Together they make up over 101,000 words. While it can sometimes feel a bit disjointed going from the end of one story to the beginning of the next, each individual part is gripping, the romance is great, and there's also a really interesting original character.





Fic Rec #2 Something to Guide You
Author: Meyerlemon
Link: http://meyerlemon.livejournal.com/1157381.html
Rating/Warning(s): G

Why This Must Be Read:

This is a short story described by the author as "totally Victorian". It's a lovely depiction of how a relationship between DG and Cain might go if she were to become queen.





Fic Rec #3: Drifting
Author: Lizzay
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/tinman_fic/429435.html
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

This fairly short story deals with the issue of DG's robot adoptive parents, and how she feels about it. I love it when Cain is supportive and caring.





Fic Rec #4: Of Light
Author: Rissy James
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4665121/1/Of_Light
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

I love long, plotty stories and "Of Light" definitely fits that description, being 170,000 words long all by itself, with the sequel "Until the Fall" currently being written. A new enemy is threatening the O.Z., and DG must take the emerald back to its guardian.





Fic Rec #5: Aftermath
Author: dawndouglas2002
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4265542/1/Aftermath
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

This is a work in progress, but a very enjoyable one, picking up immediately after the miniseries ended.





Fic Rec #6: Tin Armor
Author: FeistyFox
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4225693/1/Tin_Armor
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

This is another very long story, over 114,000 words, with the sequel "Emerald Shield" currently in the process of being written. It's plot-focused and gripping.





Fic Rec #7: About Time
Author: Carnadine
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2009/works/34223
Rating/Warning(s): G

Why This Must Be Read:

This is a short story where a ball is held in DG's honour.





Fic Rec #8: Catalyst
Author: FeistyFox
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5528844/1/Catalyst
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

This is my favourite current work in progress, because the relationship dynamics are just wonderful. There's also a good plot, and it looks like it's going to end up as another pretty long story. It begins with DG getting drunk after using her magic in self-defence and killing people, and Cain comforting her.





Fic Rec #9: Another Life
Author: wildsky
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4791224/1/Another_Life
Rating/Warning(s): R

Why This Must Be Read:

This is an angsty but gripping story where Cain gets pulled through a magical gate, and when he returns, four years have passed and he has been declared dead. Jeb is married, Glitch has become Ambrose, and DG is in a political betrothal. It does, fortunately, all have a happy ending.





Fic Rec #10: Loophole
Author: animegus farmus
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5785460/1/Loophole
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read:

This story is the author's reaction to the common fandom cliché of DG being in an arranged marriage. It's very short and not very serious, but it has some good ideas and I completely agree with the author that a queen who married some random guy floating in from the Other Side in a balloon would not want to condemn her daughter to a loveless marriage. Just a quick, fun read.
Tags: fandom: tin man, ship: dg/wyatt cain, special: manifesto
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