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Why do people ship Jean and Lisa?

Jean and Lisa are two popular characters from the anime series Attack on Titan. While they have limited interactions in the show itself, many fans have started “shipping” them together – that is, wanting them to be in a romantic relationship.

Who are Jean and Lisa?

Jean Kirstein is one of the main characters in Attack on Titan. He joins the military with dreams of living an easy life in the Interior Police. However, after experiencing the horrors of Titan attacks, he decides to dedicate himself to the Survey Corps. Jean is smart, skilled, and pragmatic, though he often comes off as arrogant or selfish.

Lisa Ackerman is a more minor character who is introduced later in the series. She is a member of the Garrison Regiment tasked with defending the walls from Titans. Compared to Jean, Lisa has a more selfless and idealistic personality. She is brave, determined, and devoted to protecting others.

Why do fans ship them?

Here are some of the key reasons fans enjoy the idea of Jean and Lisa as a couple:

Opposites Attract Appeal

Jean and Lisa have contrasting personalities that complement each other well. Jean’s flaws are balanced by Lisa’s virtues, and vice versa. This classic “opposites attract” dynamic makes them an appealing ship.

Shared Trauma and Bonds

Both Jean and Lisa have suffered immense trauma and loss from Titans. This shared pain gives them a strong unspoken bond and understanding of each other. Fans enjoy the idea that they can find comfort and healing through romance.

Cute/Funny Interactions

Although limited, Jean and Lisa’s few interactions in the manga/anime are often humorous or sweet. Fans read romantic potential into these moments and want to imagine more.

Cooler Than Main Love Triangle

Some fans prefer Jean/Lisa over the cliched love triangle between Eren, Mikasa, and Jean. Jean ending up with the more idealistic Lisa can be seen as great character growth.

Talented Wife For Jean

As a skilled and brave soldier, Lisa would make a perfect badass wife that compliments Jean’s own abilities – a power couple. This appeals to fans.

Needed Happiness

The AoT world is dark and cruel. Fans want to imagine Jean and Lisa finding some light and happiness through an unlikely romance.

Examples of Jean/Lisa Shipping Moments

Here are some key manga/anime scenes that fans interpret as hints of Jean/Lisa chemistry:

Cooking Scene

When Lisa cooks for Jean and praises his honesty, fans see it as a sweet domestic moment showing her interest.

Jean Saving Lisa

During battle, Jean risks his life to save Lisa from a Titan. Fans read this as a sign of his care for her.

Lisa Bandaging Jean

After Jean is injured, Lisa is the one to gently bandage him up. The intimacy of this moment fuels the ship.

Lisa’s Reaction to Jean “Dying”

When Armin fakes Jean’s death, Lisa reacts with tears and despair. This implies she deeply cares about Jean.

Scene Why Fans Ship It
Cooking Scene Shows Lisa’s interest in Jean through domestic sweetness
Jean Saving Lisa Reveals Jean’s care and sacrifice for Lisa
Lisa Bandaging Jean Intimate, tender moment between the two
Lisa’s Reaction to Jean “Dying” Suggests Lisa’s immense care for Jean

Counterarguments Against Jean/Lisa

However, Jean/Lisa is not a universal ship. Here are some counterarguments:

Few Meaningful Interactions

Jean and Lisa barely interact in the manga/anime. Some say there’s insufficient foundation for a romance.

Other More Popular Ships

Other ships like Jean/Mikasa or Lisa/Armin are arguably more supported in canon and overall more popular.

Oversimplifies Characters

Focusing just on the “opposites attract” angle overlooks the complexities of the characters.

Forced by Fans

Rather than developing organically, some may argue Jean/Lisa is a ship forced by fans projecting onto minor moments.

Distracts from Main Story

Shipping debates can distract from discussing the core AoT story, themes and mysteries.

Conclusion

While not universally loved, Jean/Lisa stands out as a fairly popular ship due to the contrast between Jean’s pragmatism and Lisa’s idealism, their shared trauma bonding them, and the cute flair their interactions provide. Moments like Lisa caring for Jean help fuel fan interest in the ship. However, critics argue Jean and Lisa lack meaningful canon interactions to support a romance. The debate continues within the passionate Attack on Titan fandom. Ultimately, shipping should be fun rather than something to start fights over.