Reasons Why Ianto Jones is Better Than You (and also Me, and any possibly any person since the birth of Creation - resignedly including James Wilson):

1) Captain Jack Harkness, the most charismatic man in existance, who could have anyone that he even vaguely flirts with - 51st century pheremones, kids - and who initially wants nothing to do with Ianto, was attracted to him instantly, against his will. This applies to others, also, such as me. This guy is not disfigured, but he's not stunningly pretty. Yet he is incredibly appealing.

2) He's the kind of character that in most situations would be the flustered, blustered, shy one - you know, the conservative dresser, walking library, cleans up after the others, the one that goes 'tut'- the kind that is usually quiet and reserved, and he is that a little at the start, but it's only cause he's hiding massive secrets. So yes - he is the character you'd expect to stutter and not be able to face a field situation, yet no - he is totally badass. Which brings us to:

3) His voice. Oh my god, this man's VOICE. It is Welsh, and low, and it can be smooth and alternately growly. To me, voices are just voices, unless they really stand out and are then amazing. Much like:

4) Guns and violence. Usually violence don't really affect how I see people, but it makes Ianto fucking hot. This ties into the aforementioned bad-assery. I actually yelped in the episode 'Meat' where he bursts into a room and side-swipe kicks this guy to the floor. He is somewhat ruthless - grinning like mad counting down John Hart's explosive 10 minutes, anyone, and he does it in extremely impractical clothes.

5) Bringing us to his clothes. Now, I like casual dressers but some people can just wear suits. It looks natural on them. He is obviously one of them. The dark, bright coloured shirts and waistcoats are so damn flattering. Obviously Torchwood does not have an office dress code, so he dresses like that because he likes it. Probably cause his dad was a tailor. There is one word for his dress - sharp.

6) He looks pretty fucking good out of clothes too, thanks Jack.

7) There is something about him that reminds me completely and directly of Shoebox Remus, and I think he's the closest incarceration I'm ever going to get of that character being 'real'. Note: he lured the pterodactyl with chocolate. DARK chocolate. Oh, Remus.

This all sounds quite shallow so let's go on to the actual important stuff.

8) His humor is freaking amazing. His deadpan is one of the best I've ever seen. "We could release a single." Yay, snark. Often, also, they are jokes at Jack's expense, because he wants to brag about the fact that the sexy enigmatic leader fancies him the mostest. He is very smug and quietly confidant, which I adore, and he's not shy. I can't stand simpering and as I've said before he's the one you'd EXPECT to have that trait, the whole flustered 'oh no im sorry omg omg love me please omg no we can't kill people omg omg son't talk about SEX shhhh.' - Obviously we already have that, to an extent, with Tosh. Ianto? No. 'He cheats. *grin* He always cheats.'

9) I like that Jack is so PLEASED with himself when we see him get what he wants with Ianto. Like, I am referring to the excited, pleased faces he makes when he considers the fact that Ianto really actually likes him - obviously the bit with the stopwatch and when he eye-rollingly says yes to a date. He is very satisfied with the fact that he has Ianto, and this guy could have ANYONE.

10) And apart from his slightly braggy quips, Ianto isn't all inflated by this or following him like a puppy or agreeing with everything he does. He can go against Jack's wishes, and does, and he can also compartmentalize, which is a great quality in people in my opinion.

11) He has the crazy. He stalked Jack and begged for any job, even though he clearly has a better skill set than 'Butler' - so he could try fix Lisa. His is also visibly upset with himself when he realises he is attracted to Jack.. unless I am remebering this wrong, when they catch the pterodactyl and Jack hires him, just after they've both been all 'OH HAI' - he walks away looking visibly upset. Like he's mad at himself for being attracted to someone while he still has a vague chance with Lisa. He went to extreme, crazy lengths to try and save her and couldn't make himself believe that she had changed. After he gets over her a little and is with Jack - while he knows that he will never have Jack all to himself, he is clearly extremely possessive. He's smart enough not to stamp his foot and say so, but they make it obvious, they always cut to his facial expressions in reference to things about Jack.


So yes. I'm completely starry-eyed.



Reasons Why Ianto Jones Sucks:

1. He's fucking fictional, okay?
I love when little things work out - for example, my new job is not full time. I need more work, as I am poor, and I probably won't get more work as it's not a busy place. But I got called last night for an interview at a CINEMA. Now you may or may not know I have been working at cinemas on/off since I was 16. It is quite boring, a lot of standing and no internet, but they have the most flexible shifts, nights obviously, and you get free movies and I adore going to the movies. So hopefully I will get that job and do a few nights a week at the cinema.

So I've been meaning to 'do' Torchwood for like, over a year, but the box set just of season 1 is SO expensive that I haven't been able to afford it. However, I borrowed an open copy from work last night and am 5 episodes in and I think it is great. Ridiculous, but great. Good old under-funded BBC sci-fi, you look so crappy. But naturally - apparently just like the rest of the fandom - I am already in love with Ianto. How can you NOT be? He's like Remus! and Wilson! That well-kept, sweet, organized person who people take for granted til they realise that underneath he can be snarky and bad-ass and shocks people by actually having Urges! Mmmmmm. Anyway.

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