Can I just ask many Swan Queen shippers a question? And before I say this please don’t think i’m generalising amongst all of you, because I’m not only a few posts I’ve seen that has unfortunately been growing. Robin Hood hate.
What I don’t understand is that we all love Regina, and we all want…
I don’t talk a lot about this, mostly because I’m indifferent to Robin Hood as a character. I don’t enjoy the twisted villain that’s been showing up in fic (I think he’s OOC) and I don’t really buy the Evil McEvil theories floating around, either. But I will say this: no, I don’t ‘ship Regina with happiness’, regardless of whether that ‘happiness’ is Robin Hood or Daniel or Leroy. I, unfortunately, am unable to multiship on this show which is a pity because Lana’s chemistry with everyone and so all said and done, I ship Regina with Emma. It’s the only ship I’m interested in. I try and approach canon het ships with an open mind and so far OUAT hasn’t produced any to hold my interest, but regardless of all that, I don’t ‘ship’ Regina with some abstract idea of happiness. I ship her with Emma.
'Shipping Regina with happiness' (and forgive me for going off on a tangent, OP, because not only am I not answering your question about Robin but also dredging up something that you have not spoken of, at all) also leaves a bad taste in my mouth because of the implications of it: that if you are a True Fan, you must accept the show's shoddily-written heteronormative vision of 'happiness' for Regina, or that if the show produces some storyline that does not sit right with you for whatever reason, you go along with it because otherwise you are failing to be a True Fan. It's the same reason I don't call myself an 'Evil Regal' - maybe I just came into the fandom too late to appreciate the tag, but it seems to me there are too many riders attached to it, such as: <i>thou must ship the canon het ship</i>. My fannishness doesn't really work like that. Being Regina fans doesn't mean we all have the same understanding of her character or the same envisioned future for her character, and that's okay.