Character: Sam Axe
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Sam Axe/Fiona Glenanne; Sam Axe/Madeline Westen; Sam Axe/OFC
Blurb: Sam Axe is everybody's best friend. Within the context of the show, he's the 'guy who knows a guy'; he has friends in all sorts of fields who help the team out.
He is, without a doubt, my favorite character on the show, due to his happy-go-lucky nature, sense of humor, and general gentlemanliness. He's the proverbial good-time Charlie, and his easy-going nature combines well with his steely determination to do the right thing. He's had quite a past (check out USA's Burn Notice website and the minisite for the fall of Sam Axe for more details.) but he's never let it embitter him.
Sam was married twice; once to a woman in the 70's he never bothered divorcing, and again to a woman named Amanda, who cheated on him with one of his friends and left him with a strong distaste for adultery. He's a bit of a womanizer, but has had two relationships of segnificance during the course of BN thus far - Veronica, who dumped him after discovering the truth about 70's wife and Ms. Reynolds, who gave Sam a Buick and broke up with him when he destroyed it to help Michael.
"Sammy's about to get hammy."
"Smooth is smooth, baby."
"You know spies...bunch of bitchy little girls."
Fic Rec #1 - Best Drama Story: If I Wanted You To Know I Would Have Told You
Pairing: Sam Axe/OFC; Michael/Fiona
Why This Must Be Read: Dramatic fics focusing on Sam - specifically Sam and Romance - aren't very plentiful in the fandom. This little dramady, in which one of Sam's ladies gets pregnant and Sam tries to figure out what to do while Mike and Fi try to figure out what he's hiding. It's currently unfinished, which is truly a sad turn of events.
Fic Rec #2 - Best Action/Adventure Story: I'm Not Going To Call You Dad
Pairing: Sam Axe/Madeline Westen
Why This Must Be Read: Sam/Maddie fics tend toward being adorable; this one's adorable and it's also action-packed, as Michael, Fi and Maddie race against the clock to rescue Sam just after Mike's learned that Sam and Maddie are dating.
Fic Rec #3 - Best Alternate Reality/Universe Story: Affirmation
Why This Must Be Read: In a world where Michael never returned after being picked up by that tractor trailer truck in season 1, Sam and Fi strike up a brand-new partnership.
Fic Rec #4 - Best Angst Story: Epilogue
Pairing: Sam/Fi with past Mike/Fi
Why This Must Be Read: After Mike leaves, Sam and Fi move on with their lives. And this is how they do it.
Fic Rec #5 - Best Fluff Story: My Valentine
Rating/Warning(s): Pure G-Rated fluff
Why This Must Be Read: An incredibly sweet and cute Sam and Maddie piece, in which Sam takes her out for a Valentine's Day dinner.
Fic Rec #6 - Best Hurt/Comfort Story: Relocation
Why This Must Be Read: Finding Hurt/Comfort Burn Notice fic that isn't Michael whumpage (And thus Michael/Fiona or Michael/Sam) takes a a lot of doing. This is as close as I could get to Sam-centric H/C, with a Sam/Mike/Fi pairing that's in the background to the action of the here and now
Fic Rec #7 - Best PWP/Kink Story: Without a Spark
Pairing: Sam Axe/Fiona Glenanne
Why This Must Be Read: Scorching hot flat-out smutfic. This is pure sex and nothing but sex, with the promise of something more.
Fic Rec #8 - Best Long Story: Whine and Stakeout Uncensored
Pairing: Sam Axe/Fiona Glenanne
Why This Must Be Read: This fic is surprisingly not very well-known in the fandom; a shame, because it's terribly cute. Sam and Fiona fall in love just when they least expect it to.
Fic Rec #9 - Best Short Story: Cheaters and Thieves
Why This Must Be Read: Simply one of the best Sam/Fi fics I've ever read, Sam and Fi take on a case while Michael's MIA. The banter is absolutely rock-solid.
Fic Rec #10 - Best Overall Romantic Story: Mistletoe Mayhem
Why This Must Be Read: Madeline and Sam have this wonderful, friendly chemistry on the show; this fic extends it into the marvelous world of 'what ifs' under a bundle of mistletoe.