Other than Pyro, I’ve always had issues with Scout, for pairing off shenanigans that is. And I think I’ve realized why.
The Scout is one of the strongest personalities on the team; definitely not one of the strongest combatants, but when it comes to attitude he’s basically number one. And I’ve been having a hard time reconciling this with any sort of romantic or non pairings. I thought it was just stereotypes setting in: gay guys can’t be tough assholes, that sort of thing. And maybe it is partially that. But I think it’s something else, too.
Even though Scout claims he’s tough, when it comes to respect I can’t really see anyone on the team backing him up, or paling around with him. Whereas the other have almost natural pairings or at least someone they could have a rivalry with (and non-conners love that) Scout’s pretty much always on his own. Kind of sad really, since it seems he’s been that way since he was a kid. He isolates himself behind a bloated ego and speed. Everyone else seems like they could at least be buddies, be it the drinking or the butt kind. Plus, it often seems more like everyone else is peers, while Scout is still sitting at the kids’ table. Hell, some of the stuff I’ve seen with him almost borders on pedophilia if the artist gets any of the “canon” porportions off.
I feel a little bad saying it, but as good as some of this art is, I mentally can’t stand a lot of Scout slash since it almost inevitably forces him into some (headcanon-speaking) OoC position. Often he ends up going from the smack-talking punk to the timid, inexperienced teen. Which I’m sure he could very well be, deep down inside, but even then, I don’t see anyone luring it out of him. Even when he’s in pain he can’t shut up about how bad it hurts; how exactly did a teammate get him to? This goes back to that whole respect thing; the other members may not like each other, but they’re all either smart enough, strong enough, or skilled enough to be able to cow each other into submission if need be. I really just can’t see Scout doing that to pretty much anyone, without their consent of course, and only then. So even when he’s on top it’s only ‘cuz they say so.
I haven’t looked into it much, but this is why I tend to really like the stuff Humon did with Scout. Relatively in-character while maintaining the porny status quo. I know a bunch of people have their little TF2 OCs and they can do whatever they want with them, but I tend to read the characters as a unit, like “all Medics are like X,” can’t really help it until I’m proven wrong by impressive creativity.
So, I don’t know. There’s my mini-essay on why Scout porn is always just a little more difficult for me to swallow.