UPDATE 20TH APRIL 2015: I'm going to try and expand this to bring in other characters as well. I have edited and added to this below. Once it is complete-complete, I'll post it as a proper essay.
I was browsing through the Sailor Moon tag on Tumblr and I just happened to come across this confession:
I thought Kaitou Ace was awful and creepy, a borderline villain. Why do so many people want him together with Minako?! [Link]
Ace Kaitou was very sinister, creepy and disturbing... and that’s what makes him interesting. Unlike the Shitennou in Sailor Moon, who had their duty and memories warped and removed, Danburite was fully aware of his actions from beginning to end and seemed to genuinely