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21st Aug '16 8:48:09 AM skidoo23
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* ''Film/StarWars'' did this to a certain extent with Luke and Leia (partly because George Lucas had yet to make several crucial writing decisions when he created A New Hope). The first film left the possibility that Leia would end up with either Luke or Han open. In the second movie, it became obvious that Leia and Han were the central romance, despite the ever-infamous and literal [[KissingCousins Kissing Siblings]] scene. In the third movie Lucas sprung the family relation card on Luke and Leia, revealing them to be secret twins! It's safe to say this sunk Luke/Leia permanently.

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* ''Film/StarWars'' did this to a certain extent with Luke and Leia (partly because George Lucas had yet to make several crucial writing decisions when he created A New Hope). The first film left the possibility that Leia would end up with either Luke or Han open. In the second movie, it became obvious that Leia and Han were the central romance, despite the ever-infamous and literal [[KissingCousins Kissing Siblings]] scene. (In-between the two films, Lucas plotted out a possible second film that also included shipping between Luke and Leia; it was later adapted as the novel ''Splinter of the Mind's Eye''). In the third movie Lucas sprung the family relation card on Luke and Leia, revealing them to be secret twins! It's safe to say this sunk Luke/Leia permanently.permanently (while adding {{Squick}} elements to the first two films as a result).



** Finn/Rey developed a small but devoted fanbase after the release of ''The Force Awakens'', with fans interested in seeing an interracial couple depicted in a franchise as big as Star Wars. Despite the actors stating more than once that Finn and Rey were only friends, the fans persisted; it wasn't until John Boyega's [[http://variety.com/2016/film/news/star-wars-episode-viii-darker-bigger-john-boyega-1201774027/ Cannes 2016 interview]] that the ship was finally sunk. Boyega clarified once more that Finn and Rey are just friends who did not share romantic interests and ended with a statement that the romance in the next installment would not go in the direction some fans might suspect, prefacing with ''another'' reminder that Rey and Finn are ''only friends''.

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** Finn/Rey developed a small but devoted fanbase after the release of ''The Force Awakens'', with fans interested in seeing an interracial couple depicted in a franchise as big as Star Wars. Despite the actors stating more than once that Finn and Rey were only friends, the fans persisted; it wasn't until John Boyega's [[http://variety.com/2016/film/news/star-wars-episode-viii-darker-bigger-john-boyega-1201774027/ Cannes 2016 interview]] that the ship was finally sunk. Boyega clarified once more that Finn and Rey are just friends who did not share romantic interests and ended with a statement that the romance in the next installment would not go in the direction some fans might suspect, prefacing with ''another'' reminder that Rey and Finn are ''only friends''. (That said, it should be noted that what an actor says in interviews does not necessarily correspond with what actually is decided by the producers and happens on screen, so whether Boyega's statements actually reflect what will occur in ''Episode VIII'' and beyond and aren't either wishful thinking on his part or outright obfuscation to protect spoilers, remains to be seen.)



** Doctor/Sarah Jane was {{Ship Tease}}d heavily throughout the Fourth Doctor/Sarah Jane years, but shot through both of its hearts when she gets unceremoniously PutOnABus. After the departure of Leela, the producer at the time had wanted Sarah Jane to return as companion and to develop the relationship in a more blatantly romantic direction, but Elisabeth Sladen declined to return and so Romana was created as a (very loose) SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.

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** Doctor/Sarah Jane was {{Ship Tease}}d heavily throughout the Fourth Doctor/Sarah Jane years, but shot through both of its hearts when she gets unceremoniously PutOnABus. After the departure of Leela, the producer at the time had wanted Sarah Jane to return as companion and to develop the relationship in a more blatantly romantic direction, but Elisabeth Sladen declined to return and so Romana was created as a (very loose) SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. It wasn't until Sarah Jane returned in the 2006 episode "School Reunion" that it was finally confirmed on screen that she'd been in love with the Doctor, but the series did not pursue this further.



** Doctor/Romana, one of the most popular pairings of the original series, was thoroughly sunk when the new series made the Doctor the LastOfHisKind. Some fans still hold out hope, though. After the saving of Gallifrey in the 50th anniversary special, it's up in the air whether Romana is alive or not and whether the Doctor might meet her again one day.

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** Doctor/Romana, one of the most popular pairings of the original series, was thoroughly sunk when the new series made the Doctor the LastOfHisKind. Some fans still hold out hope, though. After the saving of Gallifrey in the 50th anniversary special, it's up in the air whether Romana is alive or not and whether the Doctor might meet her again one day. (The hope became greater than ever at the end of Series 9 when it was confirmed that Gallifrey is still very much a going concern in the universe.)



*** WordOfGod was contradictory on whether the ship was sunk, with Peter Capaldi both saying [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3234940/Peter-Capaldi-says-won-t-Doctor-romance-Jenna-Coleman.html the relationship was platonic]], and ''in the same week'' saying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7i62ERas2s it was romantic]]! The trope was ultimately subverted. Clara's boyfriend Danny was [[spoiler: Killed Off For Real]] in the finale of Series 8, and Series 9 made her the Doctor's loving DistaffCounterpart. ''That'' season finale saw the Doctor risking ''the safety of the universe'' when she [[spoiler: was Killed Off For Real]], whereupon they became an AnchoredShip: [[spoiler: She's now Only Mostly Dead, but he has been wiped of memories of her appearance, voice, etc.; he knows they were friends, but not lovers]]. It would take a miracle to get them back together now -- but it could happen, someday.
** The ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' sunk Doctor/Leela by heavily implying that Leela was the half-human Doctor's mother. The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''Fourth Doctor Adventures'', which take place in a separate continuity, ignore this and ramp up the {{UST}} further than what they got on the show, to ImpliedLoveInterest levels.

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*** WordOfGod was contradictory on whether the ship was ever sunk, with Peter Capaldi both saying [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3234940/Peter-Capaldi-says-won-t-Doctor-romance-Jenna-Coleman.html the relationship was platonic]], and ''in the same week'' saying [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7i62ERas2s it was romantic]]! Capaldi was also quoted as calling the relationship romantic as early as August 2014 during a world tour to promote his first season. Coleman, for her part, has stated repeatedly that the Doctor and Clara had a loving relationship, being quoted in a cover story for ''Doctor Who Magazine'' as saying "her heart belongs to the Doctor." The trope was ultimately subverted. Clara's boyfriend Danny was [[spoiler: Killed Off For Real]] in the finale of Series 8, and Series 9 made her the Doctor's loving DistaffCounterpart. ''That'' season finale saw the Doctor risking ''the safety of the universe'' when she [[spoiler: was Killed Off For Real]], whereupon they became an AnchoredShip: [[spoiler: She's now Only Mostly Dead, but he has been wiped of memories of her appearance, voice, etc.; he knows they were friends, but not lovers]]. It would take a miracle to get them back together now -- but it could happen, someday.
** The ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novels sunk Doctor/Leela by heavily implying that Leela was the half-human Doctor's mother. The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''Fourth Doctor Adventures'', Adventures'' audio dramas, which take place in a separate continuity, ignore this and ramp up the {{UST}} further than what they got on the show, to ImpliedLoveInterest levels.levels. (Thanks to the 2013 mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor", the Big Finish audio dramas are now considered canon.)


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*** In the above scene, Missy also attempts to sink Clara/Twelve by reminding Clara how transient his relationships with humans are, comparing Clara to a new puppy. Events later in the episode undercut Missy's efforts


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** The revelation in Season 5 that Ruby [[spoiler: is lesbian and in love with Dorothy Gale]] sunk any and all male-female shipping relationships either implied on screen or developed by fans.
20th Aug '16 7:48:33 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** The final chapter sinks [[spoiler:Ichigo x Rukia]] while making [[spoiler:Ichigo x Orihime and Renji x Rukia]] canon.

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** [[spoiler: Ichigo/Rukia]] had been sunk as early as 2008, with Creator/KuboTite [[http://tumblrhalix.tumblr.com/post/65221770745/ichinoue eexplaining in an interview]] that their relationship was more akin to PlatonicLifePartners. The final chapter sinks [[spoiler:Ichigo x Rukia]] it further, while at the same time making [[spoiler:Ichigo x Orihime and Renji x Rukia]] canon.
18th Aug '16 6:37:24 PM Lord-Jaric
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**The final chapter sinks [[spoiler:Ichigo x Rukia]] while making [[spoiler:Ichigo x Orihime and Renji x Rukia]] canon.
10th Aug '16 12:53:09 PM mizorefan
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* The creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Jim Jinkins, sunk the oldest shipping in the cartoon in 2016 when he revealed his drafts for a revival, 10 years after the ending. He said Doug and Patti wonít become a couple, saying most of people donít end up with their first love. Although, Jinkins said a [[ReplacementLoveInterest new female friend could be Dougís new love]].
6th Aug '16 10:23:44 AM CerotechOmega
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': WordOfGod says that Amy will keep chasing Sonic, and Sonic will keep running from Amy, but they'll never get together with each other or anyone else. Bits of dialogue like "Eggman said he'd trade us Amy for the emerald... hmm, I'll have to think about that one" and "That's Amy's card. I totally forgot about her", don't help either.

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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''
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WordOfGod says that Amy will keep chasing Sonic, and Sonic will keep running from Amy, but they'll never get together with each other or anyone else. Bits of dialogue like "Eggman said he'd trade us Amy for the emerald... hmm, I'll have to think about that one" and "That's Amy's card. I totally forgot about her", don't help either. This only applies to the Modern series, as Sonic and Amy do have (concealed) feelings for each other in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' continuity.
29th Jul '16 1:27:34 PM Ninja857142
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** After he [[spoiler: temporarily sided with Tirek, only returning to the side of the ponies when he himself was betrayed]] Discord becomes a lot harder to ship with anyone. However, his jealousy in a later episode when Fluttershy introduces her new friend has given that pairing a jump-start.
23rd Jul '16 10:18:16 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. Despite ShipTease comments from cyborg Triela on [[LoveEpiphany how she feels]] for her handler Hilshire, the latter hooking up with prosecutor Roberta Guellfi appears to have killed off even a strictly platonic romance, with them instead reverting to their surrogate father/daughter dynamic. It doesn't help that Triela is GenreSavvy enough to realize that a good part of her feelings might be instilled by her training/brainwashing, hence deciding to not pursue him.

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* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Despite ShipTease comments from cyborg Triela on [[LoveEpiphany how she feels]] for her handler Hilshire, the latter hooking up with prosecutor Roberta Guellfi appears to have killed off even a strictly platonic romance, with them instead reverting to their surrogate father/daughter dynamic. It doesn't help that Triela is GenreSavvy enough to realize that a good part of her feelings might be instilled by her training/brainwashing, hence deciding to not pursue him.



** One particular and prominent ship, [[spoiler:Naruto/Sakura]], was sunk in a spectacular fashion in the finale. First when it was revealed [[spoiler:that they ended up hooking up with Hinata and Sasuke respectively]]. Secondly it was later revealed in a [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie canon movie]] that [[spoiler:Naruto's [[LovingAShadow crush on Sakura]] was just another facet of his rivalry with Sasuke, the guy that Sakura had a crush on, and it ultimately never went beyond {{Platonic|LifePartners}} [[LikeBrotherAndSister Friendship]]]]. Thirdly, with the revelation by the anime voice actors of Team 7 that [[spoiler: they knew that Sakura would end up together with Sasuke since the first airings of the anime because [[WordOfGod the author told them about it]]]]. The final nail in the coffin comes with [[WordOfGod an interview with the author]] stating that[[spoiler: Naruto marrying Hinata]] was planned from some time ago and that all hints pointing otherwise were a [[FauxShadow deliberate mislead]] [[TrollingCreator made to pull the legs of the shippers]].

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** One particular and prominent ship, [[spoiler:Naruto/Sakura]], was sunk in a spectacular fashion in the finale. First when it was revealed [[spoiler:that they ended up hooking up with Hinata and Sasuke respectively]]. Secondly it was later revealed in a [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie canon movie]] that [[spoiler:Naruto's [[LovingAShadow crush on Sakura]] was just another facet of his rivalry with Sasuke, the guy that Sakura had a crush on, and it ultimately never went beyond {{Platonic|LifePartners}} [[LikeBrotherAndSister Friendship]]]]. Thirdly, with the revelation by the anime voice actors of Team 7 that [[spoiler: they knew that Sakura would end up together with Sasuke since the first airings of the anime because [[WordOfGod the author told them about it]]]]. The final nail in the coffin comes with [[WordOfGod an interview with the author]] stating that[[spoiler: that [[spoiler: Naruto marrying Hinata]] was planned from some time ago and that all hints pointing otherwise were a [[FauxShadow deliberate mislead]] [[TrollingCreator made to pull the legs of the shippers]].






* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', WordOfGod confirming the split timeline sinks every single Link pairing. At the end of ''Ocarina of Time'' Zelda sends Link back in time to when he was a child. This creates two timelines, the "Adult Timeline" where Link defeats Ganon and where most of the game took place, and the "Child Timeline", the timeline only briefly seen during the ending where Link is a child again (certainly he ends up with ''someone'', as the Link of ''Twilight Princess'' is his descendant, but no indication is given as to whether it's ''any'' of the characters from ''Ocarina of Time''). In the "Adult Timeline", Link ceases to exist and it eventually leads into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' while the "Child Timeline" eventually leads into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. While technically Link can still be paired in the "Child Timeline", the versions of the characters you meet during the game are the "Adult Timeline" versions. Not only do none of the shipping options happen, none of Link's friends ever see him again after the ending. Furthermore, in ''Wind Waker'', Tetra is supposed to be a direct descendant of ''OOT'' Zelda, which implies that in the ''Wind Waker'' timeline, ''OOT'' Zelda did eventually marry someone who wasn't Link. And [[TheBadGuyWins what]] [[BadFuture leads to]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' naturally makes any romantic relationship involving ''OOT'' Link impossible there as well.
** Of course, the Link from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess is supposed to be a descendant of The Hero of Time from the "Child Timeline". And the ''TP'' Link happens to have a lot in common with EnsembleDarkhorse [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]] Malon. He is a Rancher who owns a horse with the same name as hers and can play a song that was passed down to Malon from her mother.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', WordOfGod confirming the split timeline sinks every single Link pairing. At the end of ''Ocarina of Time'' Zelda sends Link back in time to when he was a child. This creates two timelines, the "Adult Timeline" where Link defeats Ganon and where most of the game took place, and the "Child Timeline", the timeline only briefly seen during the ending where Link is a child again (certainly he ends up with ''someone'', as the Link of ''Twilight Princess'' is his descendant, but no indication is given as to whether it's ''any'' of the characters from ''Ocarina of Time''). In the "Adult Timeline", Link ceases to exist and it eventually leads into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' while the "Child Timeline" eventually leads into ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. While technically Link can still be paired in the "Child Timeline", the versions of the characters you meet during the game are the "Adult Timeline" versions. Not only do none of the shipping options happen, none of Link's friends ever see him again after the ending. Furthermore, in ''Wind Waker'', Tetra is supposed to be a direct descendant of ''OOT'' Zelda, which implies that in the ''Wind Waker'' timeline, ''OOT'' Zelda did eventually marry someone who wasn't Link. And [[TheBadGuyWins what]] [[BadFuture leads to]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' naturally makes any romantic relationship involving ''OOT'' Link impossible there as well.
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well. Of course, the Link from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess' is supposed to be a descendant of The Hero of Time from the "Child Timeline". And the ''TP'' Link happens to have a lot in common with EnsembleDarkhorse [[FarmBoy Farm Girl]] Malon. He is a Rancher who owns a horse with the same name as hers and can play a song that was passed down to Malon from her mother.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' likely killed the idea of Link and Zelda from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' having more than a LadyAndKnight relationship. Unless they had a SecretRelationship, there's nothing to suggest that the two ended up married.
21st Jul '16 7:19:55 PM CelPrevXXVI
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* ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'' finally got to this point as of Chapters 225-227: [[spoiler:Kosaki reveals to Raku that she was the girl whom he made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise back when they were 5; but she admits that right now he has someone else he loves more than her, thus finally letting him go. Then Raku finally confesses to Chitoge, to which she reciprocates.]]
18th Jul '16 12:39:13 PM Cameron178
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** [[spoiler: Caleb and Spencer was hit hard with this after he kissed Hanna behind her back. When she found out, she spiraled out of control to the point where she nearly had a one-night stand.]]


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* ''Series/DarkMatter'': One and Two end in a spectacular fashion: [[spoiler: he was killed off by the real Jace Corso.]]
* ''Series/{{Killjoys}}: Not only did Dutch and D'avin break up after he was brainwashed into nearly killing her and Johnny, but [[spoiler: she seems to have moved on with the monk Alvis]].
18th Jul '16 7:37:33 AM matruz
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** In the the Book 2 finale, Mako/Korra ("Makorra"), made an OfficialCouple in the Book 1 finale, was unexpectedly sunk when [[spoiler:Mako and Korra agreed that they weren't right for one another, and broke up "for real this time".]] However, Makorra began sinking as soon as the first few episodes of Book 2, when Korra and Mako struggled with fighting, Korra's Avatar duties, and the gradual souring of their romance.

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** In the the Book 2 finale, Mako/Korra ("Makorra"), were made an OfficialCouple in the Book 1 finale, however in the the Book 2 finale, it was unexpectedly sunk when [[spoiler:Mako and Korra agreed that they weren't right for one another, and broke up "for real this time".]] However, Makorra began sinking making water as soon early as the first few episodes of Book 2, when Korra and Mako struggled with fighting, Korra's Avatar duties, and the gradual souring of their romance.
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