Submitted by Anoynmous
Jep, it IS a shame that there is hardly a V/B FF out there that doesn´t jump on that bandwagon… I don´t know, I guess part of the problem is lazy writing, cause if others did it like that and people like it, why not do the same shit all over again in every Fanfic ever written?
Probably another part of it is that Yamchu was on the sidelines right from the beginning of DBZ, Vegeta on the other hand was fast promoted as a main character. Still, this whole ‘this one guy can only get the girl if the other guy is humiliated as much as possible’ trope is awful. Let´s not talk about all the Bulma as a victim of domestic violence thing, especially when that is never really discussed, cause, y´know, a bit of make-up sex with Vegeta and everything is good again!
I personally tend to think that Bulma was portrayed as a promiscuous character, as someone who is comfortable with her own sexuality and likes to explore. So why should, from all people, social anxiety ridden Yamchu be the one to cheat, if cheating is the thing you want as a reason that Bulma and Yamchu split? It could also have been that Bulma had been bored by the relationship or that they simply grow apart, cause their worldviews were SO different. What I prefer to think is that both Yamchu and Bulma had an open relationship (especially Bulma) meaning they had Sex with whomever they wanted without affecting their friendship and respect towards each other. And I don´t see why this should´ve been different once Vegeta was involved. I might say that Yamchu was even more of a friend for Bulma, since he obviously wanted to make sure Vegeta didn´t harm her (which, obviously, isn´t far from possible).
But I noticed, US writers tend to make everything circle around marrying, and that neither Bulma nor anyone else can ever be happy without a ring and a contract, that complicates things a bit. But not much. Although the most riddiculous thing I ever read was when Bulma, the richest person on the planet, insisted on having a husband that would earn more money than she herself, cause ‘that´s how it´s supposed to be!’ Under those circumstances, I guess it was unavoidable that she ended up with an Alien Monkey Prince. Let´s not forget that Yamchu wasn´t that good in bed as well, in that FF…