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Post  Cena on Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:40 pm

You knew it was coming.

First, consider this article on "Shipping", as spoken by our lords at TV Tropes:

The TV Tropes Wiki article on Shipping wrote:"Shipping" (ostensibly derives from "Relationship", though it might as well be "Worship") means rooting for fictional romance. Of all the obsessions that universally afflict fandom, this is by far the most persistent, widespread and prone to be Serious Business. This is probably because humans are wired to seek a romantic partner in such a powerful, fundamental way that they even get a considerable kick out of doing it by proxy. Of course, if the characters actually do get together you just might get a vague feeling of being cheated out of something, given that you don't get to bask in their fictional happily ever after; which is why you might want to go for the more difficult, yet ultimately more satisfying strategy of going outside and talking to other people. And also why once the much-anticipated Relationship Upgrade happens, shippers are wont to lose interest very quickly.

What factors into a fan's shipping preference varies and is definitely not limited to the Canon at hand. Several considerations that you would expect to apply do not. Characters may be shipped despite being still in grade school, of the wrong sexuality, siblings or twins, mortal enemies or just generally the bane of each other's existence, separated by an age gap of decades or centuries, not of the same narrative continuum, part of a story where romance just isn't an issue, inanimate objects, nigh total strangers, considered as a possible couple at all only because they're both left single after you're done pairing everybody else, extremely implausible as a couple by design or even outright denied to ever possibly get together by Word Of God. Even when the source material goes as far as to have an Official Couple, sometimes fumbling execution or otherwise Values Dissonance will drive fans towards emotional investments diametric to those the author intended.

Shippers will take no prisoners in their quest to make their OTP come to life, and will have no qualms about interpreting the tiniest, most ambiguous details as evidence and even actively rooting for sympathetic characters to die just to get them out of the way. At times this can become so ridiculous that fans would deliberately challenge each other to rationalize pairings made at random, or chosen to be as wrong as possible, as a form of self-deprecation. Worse, it may cross the line into being indistinguishable from its own parody, so that pairings that were conceived in this way may as well gain a following just like the rest of them. But in the end, all but the most die-hard shippers are reasonable people, will be friendly at least towards their natural allies and have some limit of how severely they can be starved for validation before they Abandon Ship. That is, if they ever expected to be validated in the first place.
Frequently the writers know full well how loaded the subject is and play with the audience, sometimes to the extreme of letting the characters themselves get in on the fun. It goes without saying that not all ongoing tease storylines endure and graduate to Relationship Upgrade; and then a majority of the ones that do don't until near the very end. This is usually not done to frustrate fans (or at least, not for this sole purpose), but rather because the writers are also aware of romance being a very powerful device that should be handled with great caution, lest it swallow the storyline whole. For the audience, being thus denied leads to frustration, and frustration leads to the dark side, that is, writing wish-fulfillment fan fiction as a form of emotional venting. The classic UR-example of this would be Spock/Kirk from Star Trek.

Though it's possible to pretty much stick a "/" between the names of two characters to refer to a ship, it's become an unspoken rule of cyberspace to resort to Idiosyncratic Ship Naming, partly as to make labeling Fan Fics easier. Common form includes Cutesy Portmanteau Couple Names (which was imported from Japanese Anime fandom), "Fooshipping" where foo is something or other descriptive of the relationship (bonus points if it's something like Rocket Ship or Pirate Ship), and taking Theme Naming to its obvious conclusion- for instance, if characters have numbers associated with them, relationships may be denoted by arithmetic (3/4 may appear to merely denote a fraction, but lends itself to an entirely different meaning when appearing in the context of Codename Kids Next Door.)

As far as omnipresent forces of nature go, shipping is up there with Death and Taxes. An "example section" would just be a list of pieces of fiction popular enough to have 1. any online discussion going on for them and 2. at least one fan come across this page. Suffice to say that on any show, "Joe/Mary is popular and so is Don/Daniel, though there is lots of vitriol between supporters of Gum/Popsicle and Twix/Popsicle", up to minor variations.

For the purpose of this fandom, I think it's best to go with the Idiosyncratic Ship Name (subtype "Fooshipping"). Example: In Golden Sun Fandom, Isaac/Mia is called Mudshipping (for the combination of their elements (Water and Earth), while Isaac/Jenna is called Valeshipping (for their hometown).

And, so, here I go, officially naming canon and non-canon couples! Feel free to add your own, to suggest other names for established ships, or to discuss the merit of couples.

Cena's Official There Will Be Brawl Couple Ship List


Canon
Mario/Peach - Castleshipping
- Named for the classic "your princess is in another caslte" line in Super Mario Bros. Mario is constantly searching for her.

Luigi/Peach - Playertwoshipping
- Named for Mario's line in episode 3 - "You will always be her Player 2!".

Luigi/Daisy - Peaceshipping
- Named for the time before TWBB - peace reigned and Luigi was (supposedly) happy with Daisy

Marth/Roy - Partnershipping
- Named for Luigi's name for Ike - Marth's Partner. Also a play on the same-sex term for significant other.

C. Falcon/Pit - Hushangelshipping
- Named for Falcon's repeated line to Pit - "Hush, angel".

Link/Zelda - Hyruleshipping
- Named for the land they wished they could save - Hyrule.

Mario/Pauline - Jumpmanshipping
- Named for Mario's old name and Pauline's name for him.

Pauline/Donkey Kong - Kongshipping
- Named for Donkey Kong himself - also an allusion to the classic film King Kong.

Red/Leaf - Trainershipping
- Named for their occupations - Pokemon trainers. Moved to canon post-episode 9.

Speculative (Semi-canon)
Samus/Luigi - Goldheartshipping
- Named for their subcharacter types - Luigi (the druggie with a heart of gold) and Samus (the stripper with a heart of gold).

Samus/Barbara the Bat - Flirtforinfoshipping
- Named for Samus's flirtatious behavior towards Barbara the Bat, while acquiring information, in episode 3.

Non-Canon/Wishful Thinking

Peach/Zelda - Royaltyshipping
- Named for Peach's (and Zelda's former) position of royalty.

Samus/Peach - Sexualityshipping
- Named for their shared interest in subjects of sexuality.

Marth/Red/Ike - Clubshipping
- Named for Marth/Ike's interest in Red during his visit to Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland in episode 3..

Rosalina/Saria/Lyn/Malon/Syrup/Toadette - Haremshipping (:3)
- Named for the fact that the ladies are all members of Dedede's harem.

Peach/Rosalina - Blondieshipping
- Named for the stereotypical behavior of blonde-haired women (factors that appear in their personality).

Luigi/Malon - Coatshipping
- Named for Malon's query in episode 5 - "Take your coat, Mister?"*

Luigi/Saria - Greensmileshipping
- Named for both the shared color theme between Luigi and Saria, and the sheepish smile she gave him in episode 5.

Matt Mercer/Zack Grafton - Therewillbeshipping
- Named for a play on the show they created's title. :3

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Re: TWBB Shipping

Post  xXkawai_baka_420Xx on Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:43 pm

Kirby and Everbody.

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Post  SurgePox on Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:49 pm

I'm not gonna lie, shipping in general creeps me out.

With the exception palletshipping, that one is fantastic.

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Post  Doctor Shulk on Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:06 pm

SurgePox wrote:I'm not gonna lie, shipping in general creeps me out.

With the exception palletshipping, that one is fantastic.

It's okay, we know Ash was in a coma for that so it was his subconscious creating attraction to Gary because he wanted to be him.
(Though I like RocketShipping.)

Also, I honestly was not expecting this thread. Interesting.

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Post  Blue Madness on Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:25 pm

I can't believe I'm actually reading this...

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Post  JGH27 on Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:37 pm

I'm scared....too scared to wet myself

Ummm so yeah confused

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Post  Cena on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:00 pm

Oh, come on! Some of you must have ships your believe in!

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Post  JGH27 on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:05 pm

Cena wrote:Oh, come on! Some of you must have ships your believe in!

Honestly I don't really understand this "shipping" thing *shrugs*

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Post  Blue Madness on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:41 pm

Hell no, I hate this stuff.

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Post  Smashy B on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:44 pm

Cena wrote:Oh, come on! Some of you must have ships your believe in!
The Flying Dutchman. Cool

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Post  Eiron on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:49 pm

I lol'd. However, this is one series where romance hasn't seemed to be that important of a factor to me. Maybe if I wasn't so convinced that Samus wasn't killing the bejesus out of people.

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Post  Enny on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:55 pm

I'm a fan of canon. Buuuut...

Lakitu x cloud. They belong together. In a totally not-romance adorable way. <3

And in the blooper reel from Anime Expo, there was almost Ganon x Luigi action.

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Post  JGH27 on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:58 pm

smashbro wrote:
Cena wrote:Oh, come on! Some of you must have ships your believe in!
The Flying Dutchman. Cool

So much for not wetting myself lmao

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Post  Doctor Shulk on Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:39 am

Also Dedede/anyaforementionedattractivewoman. Or his harem, either or.

And Meta Knight/Kirby.
Someone had to say it.

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Post  Raya on Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:05 am

Cena wrote:
Canon

Marth/Roy - Partnershipping
- Named for Luigi's name for Ike - Marth's Partner. Also a play on the same-sex term for significant other.

Wait, what? When the hell was this canon?!

Personally I ship Ike/Marth so damn hard. They weren't dating (just really good friends), but it was obvious that Marth at least had stronger feelings for his partner. Perhaps he was too scared of Ike's answer, perhaps he was worried what effect it would have on their work, but for some reason Marth never plucked up the courage to tell Ike his feelings. And then it was too late, Ike was murdered. Now Marth's world is crumbling; the one person he loved never knew his feelings and he has to face the mocking of his fellow officers. He's consumed with both grief, guilt and rage. Somebody will soon pay the price. And if the Kingdom burns alongside them...then so be it.

This is the main reason I cannot wait until the next episode. The grief-stricken Marth out for vengence Very Happy

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Post  Spontaneous Combustion on Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:06 am

We...have shipping now. Shipping.

I'm horrified.

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Post  Pikpik Love on Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:33 pm

Ganondorf x Olimar FTW.

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Post  Dobs on Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:39 pm

Eiron wrote:I lol'd. However, this is one series where romance hasn't seemed to be that important of a factor to me. Maybe if I wasn't so convinced that Samus wasn't killing the bejesus out of people.
She totally is...

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Post  DRTJR on Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:39 am

i honestly don't care for charicter speculation

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Post  Serras-Kai on Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:29 am

DRTJR wrote:i honestly don't care for charicter speculation
NO U.

Spontaneous Combustion wrote:We...have shipping now. Shipping.

I'm horrified.
Does that mean there is now a full spectrum of fan base for this series?
I mean, I think we have everything now.

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Post  JGH27 on Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:02 pm

Serras-Kai wrote:
Spontaneous Combustion wrote:We...have shipping now. Shipping.

I'm horrified.
Does that mean there is now a full spectrum of fan base for this series?
I mean, I think we have everything now.

Not yet, it needs just one more thing......

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