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23rd Jun '17 8:52:39 AM mack
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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a few. It can't really be argued which Clark pairing was the most dominant overall, as the base was ''highly'' fractured over the issue of who to pair Clark with (Lana vs. Chloe vs. Lois vs. Lex vs. Alicia, and even some Clark/Tess supporters). At best, it can be argued which ships may have dominant at different times in the show's history: In the very ''earliest'' handful of episodes, Clana may have started out with a majority of support back when it was seen as "cute," but as Lana became increasingly unpopular, Chlark (Clark and Chloe) overtook it, and may have been the main fan-preferred ship before Lois's arrival, as Chloe was seen as a foil against the widely-reviled Lana (many fans freely admitted that they were only shipping Chlark as an alternative to the now-unpopular Clana, until Clark met his destined future with ComicBook/{{Lois|Lane}}, knowing full well that both Clana and Chlark were equally DoomedByCanon). Then once Lois arrived, many fans rallied around her, welcoming her as a harbinger of Clark's destined future as {{Superman}} and enjoying her witty lines and Erica Durance's acting (though many ardent Chloe-supporters still stayed with the Chlark ship). It can be argued that Clois had become the majority pairing by the end, partially helped by Lois's continued character development and increasing importance in the story, as well as the fact that Chloe got involved in another hugely popular pairing: Chlollie.
** Chlollie--the pairing of Chloe with Oliver Queen (aka ComicBook/GreenArrow) was hugely popular (in the DVD commentary for "Lazarus", producer Holly Henderson makes special note of the fan campaigns in favor of it, particularly when fans sent in thousands of sporks to the SV offices, in reference to a particular Chlollie moment). When they first met, Chloe was clearly wowed by Ollie, and fans immediately jumped aboard the idea of shipping them in fanfic and fanart, especially once they started working together in the Justice League. In Season 9, the showrunners warmed up to the idea, and put them together due to fan demand. At first, they are just FriendsWithBenefits, but the relationship evolves into a full-blown romantic relationship, while the witty banter and chemistry between Allison Mack and Justin Hartley arguably helped increase the pairing's popularity more and more, till the point where in the GrandFinale [[spoiler: the writers, despite DC Comics's pairing of Ollie with ComicBook/BlackCanary, couldn't bring themselves to break Chlollie up, and left a vague ending where Chlollie may or may not still be together seven years later...but implying that, either way, there is now a child who is probably theirs]].
*** Lana was rather unpopular, as was the Clana ship, so the pairing of Lexana (Lex Luthor and Lana Lang) did seem more popular than her with Clark as it managed to imbue Lana with some measure of depth while keeping her as far away from Clark as possible (by S6, almost all fans viewed Clana as a toxic relationship). When Lex and Lana were married, some who previously hated Lana [[LoveToHate even began to like her]] as they thought (since Clark and Lana was DoomedByCanon) that Lana may be corrupted by Lex, which would have finally given her a measure of coolness as a DarkActionGirl and FemmeFatale. Eventually this was not the case, sadly. Lana left Lex for Clark (who she didn't end up with either) and Lexana was finished--along with the fandom's patience with her.
* Olivia and Peter on ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. And while [[RomanticFalseLead Altlivia]] gets a lot of DieForOurShip attitude from fans, [[ShipMates most of us prefer her with Lincoln anyway]].

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' has a few. It can't really be argued which Clark pairing was few that don't involve the most dominant overall, main character, as the base was ''highly'' fractured over the issue of who to pair main character Clark was shipped with a half-dozen regular characters (Lana vs. Chloe vs. Lois vs. Lex vs. Alicia, Alicia vs. Tess) and even some Clark/Tess supporters). At best, it can be argued which ships may have dominant at different times in the show's history: In the very ''earliest'' handful of episodes, Clana may have started out with a majority of support back when it was seen as "cute," but as Lana became increasingly unpopular, Chlark (Clark and Chloe) overtook it, and may have been the main fan-preferred ship before Lois's arrival, as Chloe was seen as a foil against the widely-reviled Lana (many fans freely admitted that they were only shipping Chlark as an alternative to the now-unpopular Clana, until Clark met his destined future with ComicBook/{{Lois|Lane}}, knowing full well that both Clana and Chlark were equally DoomedByCanon). Then once Lois arrived, many fans rallied around her, welcoming her as a harbinger of Clark's destined future as {{Superman}} and enjoying her witty lines and Erica Durance's acting (though many ardent Chloe-supporters still stayed with the Chlark ship). It can be argued that Clois had become the majority one fan pairing by the end, partially helped by Lois's continued character development and increasing importance in the story, as well as the fact that Chloe got involved in another hugely popular pairing: Chlollie.
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** Chlollie--the pairing of Chloe with Oliver Queen (aka ComicBook/GreenArrow) was hugely popular (in popular, to the point that in the DVD commentary for "Lazarus", producer Holly Henderson makes special note of the fan campaigns in favor of it, particularly when fans sent in thousands of sporks to the SV offices, in reference to a particular Chlollie moment).moment. When they first met, Chloe was clearly wowed by Ollie, and fans immediately jumped aboard the idea of shipping them in fanfic and fanart, especially once they started working together in the Justice League. In Season 9, the showrunners warmed up to the idea, and put them together due to fan demand. At first, they are just FriendsWithBenefits, but the relationship evolves into a full-blown romantic relationship, while the witty banter and chemistry between Allison Mack and Justin Hartley arguably helped increase the pairing's popularity more and more, till the point where in the GrandFinale [[spoiler: the writers, despite DC Comics's pairing of Ollie with ComicBook/BlackCanary, couldn't bring themselves to break Chlollie up, and left a vague ending where Chlollie may or may not still be together seven years later...but implying that, either way, there is now a child who is probably theirs]].
*** Lana was rather unpopular, as was the Clana ship, so the pairing of Lexana (Lex Luthor and Lana Lang) did seem more popular than her with Clark as it managed to imbue Lana with some measure of depth while keeping her as far away from Clark as possible (by S6, almost all fans viewed Clana as a toxic relationship). When Lex and Lana were married, some who previously hated Lana [[LoveToHate even began to like her]] as they thought (since Clark and Lana was DoomedByCanon) that Lana may be corrupted by Lex, which would have finally given her a measure of coolness as a DarkActionGirl and FemmeFatale. Eventually this was not the case, sadly. Lana left Lex for Clark (who she didn't end up with either) and Lexana was finished--along with the fandom's patience with her.
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* Olivia and Peter on ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. And while [[RomanticFalseLead Altlivia]] gets a lot of DieForOurShip attitude from fans, [[ShipMates most of us fans prefer her with Lincoln anyway]].Lincoln]].



* [[Series/{{Merlin}} Merlin/Arthur]]. No, really. The couple was popular from the very first episode and it grew more and more until hundreds of fans began to watch the show for the main reason that Merlin and Arthur looked really good together. On every youtube that the two appear together in, most comments are about the homoerotic subtext in their relationship, about how they are secretly lovers/married, etc. Not to mention there's another fanbase, almost as big as the Arthur/Merlin one, that is completely dedicated to [[ActorShipping shipping their actors]], Colin Morgan and Bradley James.
** Despite the writers appearing to legitimately foster almost any pairing they can, just to keep the ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' fandom harmonious, there are still certain factions of contention between the canon pairing of Arthur/Gwen and the buckets of HoYay between Arthur and Merlin. A quick check on fanfiction.net will show you that there are roughly ''five times as many'' Merlin/Arthur stories than Arthur/Gwen ones. Although in fairness, you can't really blame the fans for this one. Since the show began, the writers have invested a great deal of time and effort into the development of Arthur and Merlin's relationship, and a minimal amount into Arthur and Gwen's, to the point where the latter feels like a SatelliteLoveInterest by comparison.

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** Eventually the "canon" true pairing of Veronica & Logan took over the show and the fandom, to the point where the crowd funded movie was built around Logan & Veronica getting back together.
* [[Series/{{Merlin}} Merlin/Arthur]]. No, really. The couple was popular from the very first episode and it grew more and more until hundreds of fans began to watch the show for the main reason that Merlin and Arthur looked really good together. On every youtube that the two appear together in, most comments are about the homoerotic subtext in their relationship, about how they are secretly lovers/married, etc. Not to mention there's another fanbase, almost as big as the Arthur/Merlin one, that is completely dedicated etc.
** This extended
to [[ActorShipping shipping their actors]], Colin Morgan and Bradley James.
** Despite the writers appearing to legitimately foster almost any pairing they can, just to keep the ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' fandom harmonious, there are still certain factions of contention between the canon pairing of Arthur/Gwen and the buckets of HoYay between Arthur and Merlin. A quick check on fanfiction.net will show you that there are roughly ''five times as many'' Merlin/Arthur stories than Arthur/Gwen ones. Although in fairness, you can't really blame the fans for this one. Since the show began, the writers have invested a great deal of time and effort into the development of Arthur and Merlin's relationship, and a minimal amount into Arthur and Gwen's, to the point where the latter feels like a SatelliteLoveInterest by comparison.
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** Merlin/Morgana are quite popular too.



* Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. Or, considering the fact that, for [[PlatonicLifePartners all intents and purposes]], Elliot and Olivia are the OfficialCouple, Alex Cabot and [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Olivia Benson]].

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* Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''. Or, considering the fact that, for [[PlatonicLifePartners all intents and purposes]], Elliot and Olivia are the OfficialCouple, ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' as a hetrosexual pairing, with Alex Cabot and [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Olivia Benson]].Benson]] for slash fans.



* Just watch the first ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' movie and you will see that even the producers have become [[BrotherSisterIncest Jalex]] fans (along with almost every fan of the show). Seriously, Justin and Alex act more like a couple than siblings. This is either due to the creators' inability to portray a "[[InnocentInnuendo clean]]" brother-sister relationship or [[RelationshipWritingFumble they just did it on purpose]]. Perhaps they realized that they made a great mistake when they made Justin and Alex brother and sister instead of best friends [[WhatCouldHaveBeen as originally intended]].

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* Just watch the first ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' movie and you will see that even the producers have become 'Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has [[BrotherSisterIncest Jalex]] fans (along with almost every Jalex]], yes this is an incest fan of the show). Seriously, preferred couple on a Disney show. Justin and Alex act more like a couple than siblings. This is either due They were originally intended to the creators' inability to portray a "[[InnocentInnuendo clean]]" brother-sister relationship or [[RelationshipWritingFumble they just did it on purpose]]. Perhaps they realized that they made a great mistake when they made Justin and Alex brother and sister instead of be best friends [[WhatCouldHaveBeen as originally intended]].instead of related. Once the post-series movie comes around, the sexual tension is so heavy that casual observers could have mistaken their campfire scene for the start of a romantic kissing scene.



** Also [[LesYay Sam and Brooke]] have [[UnresolvedSexualTension quite the following]], even after all these years. [[FoeYay Wonder why?]]

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** Also [[LesYay Sam and Brooke]] have [[UnresolvedSexualTension quite the following]], even after all these years. [[FoeYay Wonder why?]]



** The writers were surprised with the acceptance Puck and Rachel got from the fans, when they first appeared as a one-episode pairing in Season 1. And even though the show is completely driven by her relationship with goody goody Finn Hudson, the "Puckleberry" fanbase is still strong after two seasons. But the Quinn/Rachel (Faberry) pairing could easily make a run for Puckleberry's money as most popular FanPreferredCouple. Really though, it's hard to pick just ''one'' in the huge ''and'' [[BrokenBase divisive]] Glee fanbase.
** Before they became canon, Brittany/Santana were definitely way more popular than Brittany/Artie. It was a joke in the fandom for a while about how Brittana fans were getting so fuming-at-the-ears mad over some plotting mass of Bartie fans who [[WindmillCrusader didn't actually exist]].
** The pairing of Rachel Berry and Quinn Fabray (Faberry) won the [[http://www.eonline.com/news/294212/tv-s-top-couple-tournament-and-the-winner-is 2012 E!Online poll]] for favorite couple. There were so many votes, the site crashed. Also notable is the fact that they defeated Brittana and Klaine, two of the most popular ships on the show, in the final rounds.
*** They also won the [[http://www.zimbio.com/2012+TV+Couples+March+Madness+Challenge/articles/HoP1g2Wq7N0/Rachel+Quinn+Win+Zimbio+2012+TV+Couples+March 2012 Zimbio Couples March Madness poll]] notably beating out Sam/Mercedes (Samcedes), Emma/Will (Wemma) Finchel, Brittana, and Klaine, all of which have been canon at one point or another.

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** The writers were surprised with the acceptance Puck and Rachel got from the fans, when they first appeared as a one-episode pairing in Season 1. And even though 1 despite the show is completely driven by revolving around her relationship with goody goody Finn Hudson, the "Puckleberry" fanbase is still strong after two seasons. But the Hudson.
** The
Quinn/Rachel (Faberry) LesYay pairing could easily make a run for Puckleberry's money against Puckleberry as most popular FanPreferredCouple. Really though, it's hard to pick just ''one'' in the huge ''and'' [[BrokenBase divisive]] Glee fanbase.
** Before they became canon, Brittany/Santana were definitely way more popular than Brittany/Artie. It was a joke in
biggest FanPreferredCouple on the fandom for a while about how Brittana fans were getting so fuming-at-the-ears mad over some plotting mass of Bartie fans who [[WindmillCrusader didn't actually exist]].
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The pairing of Rachel Berry and Quinn Fabray (Faberry) pairing won the [[http://www.eonline.com/news/294212/tv-s-top-couple-tournament-and-the-winner-is 2012 E!Online poll]] for favorite couple. There were so many votes, the site crashed. Also notable is the fact that they defeated Brittana and Klaine, two of the most popular ships on the show, in the final rounds.
*** They also won the The pairing [[http://www.zimbio.com/2012+TV+Couples+March+Madness+Challenge/articles/HoP1g2Wq7N0/Rachel+Quinn+Win+Zimbio+2012+TV+Couples+March 2012 Zimbio Couples March Madness poll]] notably beating out Sam/Mercedes (Samcedes), Emma/Will (Wemma) Finchel, Brittana, and Klaine, all of which have been canon at one point or another.



*** It's also worth noting that Faberry also has more fanfiction (over 8000) than the {{canon}} Finchel (over 5000).

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*** It's also worth noting that Faberry also has ** Brittany/Santana were definitely way more fanfiction (over 8000) popular than Brittany/Artie. It was a joke in the {{canon}} Finchel (over 5000).fandom for a while about how Brittana fans were getting so fuming-at-the-ears mad over some plotting mass of Bartie fans who [[WindmillCrusader didn't actually exist]]. The eventually became a canon couple.



** Before they became an official couple in Season 4, The Troy and Britta pairing fit this trope as well.

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** Before they became an official couple in Season 4, The Troy and Britta pairing fit this trope as well.well mostly as a result of being ShipMates with Jeff & Annie.



* Josh and Donna in the first season of ''Series/TheWestWing'', so much that they eventually became the OfficialCouple.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Peter and Claire had a lot of chemistry, leading to a lot of shipping, even after they [[spoiler:were revealed to be related]]. It turned out to just be the actors though, as they [[strike:[[RomanceOnTheSet are currently]]]] were dating.
** Nowadays, the most popular pairings seem to be Peter/Sylar, Sylar/Claire, and Claire/Elle none of which were ever canon. There's also a small fandom for Mohinder/Matt after the two of them acted as Molly's completely straight fathers.
* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' the two most popular pairings were John/Elizabeth and John/Rodney. Neither of them were concluded by the writers.
** Originally the writers had plans for John/Teyla, but the stronger chemistry John had with Elizabeth and Rodney (and unclear shipping agenda) changed the relationship dynamics. Both couples were [[{{ShipSinking}} sunk]] after Rodney got together with Jennifer Keller and [[spoiler: Elizabeth was captured by replicators,]]. However, Keller's unpopularity, and the fact that John become much darker and guilt-ridden after Elizabeth's [[spoiler:disappearance]] and that he was the only main character to remain single at the end of the series meant both pairings retained a lot of fans.
** Keller/Ronon is also a lot more popular than the canon Keller/Rodney.
** Teyla/Literally Any Main Character got a pretty strong fanbase after an unfortunate case of RealLifeWritesThePlot: when Teyla's actress became pregnant, Teyla needed to be paired off with ''someone'' retroactively, and the writers felt that pairing her off with one of her fellow main characters would've been weak, because fans would've wanted to know ''how'' they got together. Also, pairing her off with a character who'd never even been mentioned before, rather than someone with an actual preexisting plot role, meant that there was someone to take care of the baby once the writers wanted her to return to action. Unfortunately, pairing Teyla with Kanaan ''off-screen'', and giving him very little screen time once he existed, didn't make for a very satisfying resolution either.

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* Josh and Donna in the first season of ''Series/TheWestWing'', so much that ''Series/TheWestWing'' to the point they eventually became the OfficialCouple.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' Peter and Claire had a lot of chemistry, leading to a lot of shipping, even after they [[spoiler:were revealed to be related]]. It turned out to just be the actors though, as they [[strike:[[RomanceOnTheSet are currently]]]] were dating.
** Nowadays, the most popular pairings seem to be Peter/Sylar, Sylar/Claire, and Claire/Elle none of which were ever canon. There's also a small fandom for Mohinder/Matt after the two of them acted as Molly's completely straight fathers.
* On ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' the two most popular pairings were John/Elizabeth and John/Rodney. Neither of them were concluded by the writers.
** Originally
writers. The originally intended John/Teyla pairing fell by the writers had plans for John/Teyla, but wayside as the John, Elizabeth & Rodney triangle shared stronger chemistry John had with Elizabeth and Rodney (and unclear shipping agenda) the writers losing interest in relationships changed the relationship intended dynamics. Both couples were The triangle was [[{{ShipSinking}} sunk]] after Rodney got together with Jennifer Keller and Elizabeth [[spoiler: Elizabeth was captured by replicators,]]. However, Keller's unpopularity, replicators]]. Keller was a heavily disliked character upon her introduction and the fact that John become much became darker and guilt-ridden after Elizabeth's [[spoiler:disappearance]] and that he was never ended up in any official couple, leading the only main character Rodney, John, Elizabeth ships to remain single at retain popularity throughout the end run of the series meant both pairings retained a lot of fans.show.
** Keller/Ronon is also was a lot more popular than the canon Keller/Rodney.
** Teyla/Literally Any Main Character got a pretty strong fanbase after an unfortunate case of RealLifeWritesThePlot: when Teyla's actress became pregnant, Teyla needed to be paired off with ''someone'' retroactively, and the writers felt that pairing her off with one of her fellow main characters would've been weak, because fans would've wanted to know ''how'' they got together. Also, pairing her off with a character who'd never even been mentioned before, rather than someone with an actual preexisting plot role, meant that there was someone to take care of the baby once the writers wanted her to return to action. Unfortunately, pairing Teyla with Kanaan ''off-screen'', and giving him very little screen time once he existed, didn't make for a very satisfying resolution either.
Keller/Rodney.
4th Jun '17 8:33:19 AM Phillibe
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* Clarke and Bellamy (a.k.a. Bellarke) from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' have always been the show's most popular pairing, even though after two seasons the closest they've come to an onscreen coupling is a kiss on the cheek; it helps that, in the book series, they're an actual couple. However, the Clarke and Lexa (a.k.a. Clexa) ship is just about as popular now.

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* Clarke and Bellamy (a.k.a. Bellarke) from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' have always been the show's most popular pairing, even though after two seasons the closest they've come to an onscreen coupling is a kiss on the cheek; it helps that, in the book series, they're an actual couple. However, the Clarke and Lexa (a.k.a. Clexa) ship is just about as popular now.now (As of 04/06/2017 they have almost equal devotees on Archive of our Own, with Bellarke winning out by a tiny margin- like, 10 out of 8000+ tiny)
** A side note on this one, due to the spilling over of the 100 fandom into the Fear the Walking Dead fandom, the most popular ship in that fandom at time of writing is between Alicia Clark and Elyza Lex- who, for the information of non-fans, is a fan made character to allow for this ship in the aftermath of Lexa's death in the 100 (Elyza Lex is a play on the character's names with the actresses- Lexa is Alycia Debnam Carey, while Clarke Griffin is Eliza Taylor, therefore Alicia Clark is Alycia Debnam Carey and Elyza Lex is Eliza Taylor)
30th May '17 6:42:04 PM nombretomado
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* Josh and Donna in the first season of ''TheWestWing'', so much that they eventually became the OfficialCouple.

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* Josh and Donna in the first season of ''TheWestWing'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', so much that they eventually became the OfficialCouple.
29th May '17 9:34:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheBorgias'' has Cesare/Lucrezia in a similar vein to [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Justin/Alex]] above. Although there's probably nothing accidental about it - the historical Borgia siblings were rumored to be lovers.

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* ''Series/TheBorgias'' has Cesare/Lucrezia in a similar vein to [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Justin/Alex]] above. Although there's probably nothing accidental about it - the historical Borgia siblings were rumored to be lovers.
19th May '17 10:38:33 PM nombretomado
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*** In fact, ship is popular enough to the point that a different phrase containing the word "Faberry" trended each day worldwide ''for an entire week'' on {{Twitter}}.

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*** In fact, ship is popular enough to the point that a different phrase containing the word "Faberry" trended each day worldwide ''for an entire week'' on {{Twitter}}.Website/{{Twitter}}.
19th May '17 10:37:53 PM nombretomado
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*** By the end of Season 2, the FanPreferredCouple shifted to Tori/Jade aka ''Jori''.. to the point where phrases including the name have ''trended worldwide'' on {{Twitter}}. [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=9060396&l=91c33b5239&id=134265793307 The creator has started teasing the pairing as well]].

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*** By the end of Season 2, the FanPreferredCouple shifted to Tori/Jade aka ''Jori''.. to the point where phrases including the name have ''trended worldwide'' on {{Twitter}}.Website/{{Twitter}}. [[http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=9060396&l=91c33b5239&id=134265793307 The creator has started teasing the pairing as well]].
11th May '17 5:35:35 AM arctichigh
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* While there have been quite a number of ships going on since the series started, in Series/TheFlash2014 one of the earliest ships was Barry/Caitlin. While on the surface it seems unusual due to the latter character's known role as a villain in the comics, the television series' [[AdaptationalHeroism alternate]] approach to her has made the pairing pretty popular. It doesn't help that the fans have noticed the two characters tend to be [[ShipTease wearing the same colors in scenes together, react the same way, and make the same gestures and body movements at the same time]]. Though considering the comic's canonical relationship with Iris, it remains to be seen if this will truly lead anywhere, though the pairing still remains quite strong.
5th May '17 6:54:06 AM MagBas
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** Fans of the US version seemed to prefer Tea and Tony together - at least, those who weren't offended by the UnfortunateImplications of having a "confident lesbian" character sleeping with a boy. But even fans who wanted Tea with a girl had trouble rooting for her with one-dimensional canon girlfriend Betty, and tended to ship her with her friends Michelle and Daisy instead.

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** Fans of the US version seemed to prefer Tea and Tony together - at least, those who weren't offended by the UnfortunateImplications of having a "confident lesbian" character sleeping with a boy. But even fans who wanted Tea with a girl had trouble rooting for her with one-dimensional canon girlfriend Betty, and tended to ship her with her friends Michelle and Daisy instead.together.
29th Apr '17 11:41:12 AM nombretomado
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* Oh, ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and the long, convoluted history of Jack/Liz. TinaFey has been saying NoHuggingNoKissing since the first season, but the ship remains as popular as ever. The show is just so determined not to put them together, giving both a series of love interests which never last. ''30 Rock'' long ago started outright spoofing the idea of Jack/Liz, but this just came off as extra quirky {{Ship Tease}}s, at least to the shippers. Eventually, they just went out and gave them an AccidentalMarriage, although [[StatusQuoIsGod it only lasted one episode]]. The whole episode was basically just a big LampshadeHanging, saying that "we know you want Jack and Liz together, but we're not doing it." In the last season, Liz gets married (for real, this time) to someone else. And a few episodes later in "Florida", the final nail in the coffin of Jack/Liz occurs when Jack and Liz discuss why they never had a romantic relationship and agree they were always BetterAsFriends.

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* Oh, ''Series/ThirtyRock'' and the long, convoluted history of Jack/Liz. TinaFey Creator/TinaFey has been saying NoHuggingNoKissing since the first season, but the ship remains as popular as ever. The show is just so determined not to put them together, giving both a series of love interests which never last. ''30 Rock'' long ago started outright spoofing the idea of Jack/Liz, but this just came off as extra quirky {{Ship Tease}}s, at least to the shippers. Eventually, they just went out and gave them an AccidentalMarriage, although [[StatusQuoIsGod it only lasted one episode]]. The whole episode was basically just a big LampshadeHanging, saying that "we know you want Jack and Liz together, but we're not doing it." In the last season, Liz gets married (for real, this time) to someone else. And a few episodes later in "Florida", the final nail in the coffin of Jack/Liz occurs when Jack and Liz discuss why they never had a romantic relationship and agree they were always BetterAsFriends.
15th Apr '17 12:40:10 AM BB8ForPresident
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** Originally the writers had plans for John/Teyla, but the stronger chemistry John had with Elizabeth and Rodney (and unclear shipping agenda) changed the relationship dynamics. Both couples were [[{{ShipSinking}} sunk]] after Rodney got together with Jennifer Keller and [[spoiler: Elizabeth was captured by replicators,]]. However, Keller's unpopularity, the fact that John's character become much darker and guilt-ridden after Elizabeth's [[spoiler:disappearance]] and that he was the only main character to remain single at the end of the series meant both pairings retained a lot of fans.
** Keller/Ronon is also a lot more popular than Keller/Rodney.

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** Originally the writers had plans for John/Teyla, but the stronger chemistry John had with Elizabeth and Rodney (and unclear shipping agenda) changed the relationship dynamics. Both couples were [[{{ShipSinking}} sunk]] after Rodney got together with Jennifer Keller and [[spoiler: Elizabeth was captured by replicators,]]. However, Keller's unpopularity, and the fact that John's character John become much darker and guilt-ridden after Elizabeth's [[spoiler:disappearance]] and that he was the only main character to remain single at the end of the series meant both pairings retained a lot of fans.
** Keller/Ronon is also a lot more popular than the canon Keller/Rodney.
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