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[[caption-width-right:330: Yeah, Misty was annoyed at her. But if you said that Melody deserved to die, she'd beat YOU up instead!]]

The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} FanDumb manages to get its own page for the shipping wars that go on here. In a series about owning monsters with super powers, people are obsessed with [[VagueAge pre-teens]] kissing for some reason.

[[folder: Anime ]]

* May/Haruka was brutally hated by Pokéshippers and Misty/Kasumi fans in general, to the point where some of them stopped watching after Misty [[PutOnABus left the series]]. This emigration meant that things pretty much cooled down within the online fandom after a couple of years, and the return of negativity for Dawn/Hikari's introduction was much more short-lived, only persisting with the rabid May/Haruka fans. To put it in a bigger perspective, every female lead that came after Misty was subject to the ReplacementScrappy treatment.
* Misty has been bashed for "being in the way" of the (apparent) HoYay between Ash and Gary or Brock or of any other pairings involving Ash. Others love to use her to bash Melody from the second movie, too: as seen above, Misty wasn't happy to see her hog Ash's attention at the beginning, but to the FanDumb that meant "MELODY IS A WHORE!". That Misty and Melody become good friends by the end of the film seems to be forgotten.
* The remaining Misty fans have an alarming tendency to kill her sisters off via house fire in fanfiction -- literal DieForOurShip, as this [[PutOnABus takes Misty off the bus]] and puts her back into position to be a (romantic) factor. It's confusing in that, despite their relative incompetence at head-to-head fights (which are SeriousBusiness), we're talking about people who can summon living fire extinguishers basically at will. (Besides, their presence was the whole reason that Misty could even ''go'' on the journey instead of stay in the gym!) The better uses of this device turn into HurtComfortFic (to which SturgeonsLaw still applies) while the others make token references at best.
* Another startling fanfiction trend relates to [=ContestShipping=] (May/Drew) fics. As of late, some writers seem to have developed a fixation with plucking Brendan (the male playable character from the R/S/E games) out of nowhere to act as a generic villain who [[StalkerWithACrush underhandedly plots to steal May away from Drew]]. This is a particularly strident example, in that Brendan hasn't even ''shown up in anime continuity'' aside from some very fleeting cameos that had little, if anything, to do with May and Drew. Worse yet, he has no established personality in any fiction, and people that ship him with May are relatively few (nowadays, anyway).
** On a similar note, while the core [=AdvanceShipping=] (Ash/May) community is known for being rather tolerant with other ships, all tolerance tends to go right out the window when dealing with [=ContestShippers=] (May/[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Drew]]). They tend to portray Drew as a [[HandsomeLech lecherous]] young man who only wants one thing from May at best, while portraying him as a rapist/abuser at worst. Aside from the sheer absurdity of portraying [[WorthyOpponent a friendly rival]] that way, does anyone think a television show like Pokémon would explore issues like this?
*** Interestingly enough Gary tends to get the same treatment in a lot of Pokeshipping fics. The irony in all of it is Gary and Misty have had about [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight one conversation in the whole series]] so he's just used as a DesignatedVillain.
** Not a case of killing characters off exactly, but nearly all of the above shipping categories are guilty of basically forgetting altogether the existence of characters like Pikachu, Max, and Meowth (Brock as well, though when he shows up he's usually a ButtMonkey) who would by all common sense be ever-present. Skewered [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4769642/7/Canon_Rape here]].
*** Not always true, but a decent yardstick of what you can expect from a shipping fic with Ash is to hit Ctrl-F and type "Pikachu". The ones that actually bother to include him at some point are usually the ones proficient enough with characterization to not feel too cookie cutter.
** Some [=GymShippers=] treat Ash like an annoying little kid and make it seem like Brock and Misty couldn't care less about him.
* [=RocketShippers=] do have valid reasons for disliking Jessiebelle (her being an abusive sadist and all), but some of the more extreme ones will portray her as trying to outright sabotage Jessie and James's True Love. One particular 'shipper also deemed one-episode character Doctor Proctor from "A Chansey Operation" a "horse's ass" for flirting with Jessie.
** [=Anti-RocketShippers=], on the other hand, will portray Jessie as an abusive harpy who doesn't care a whit about James in order to justify his running away from her to hook up with Butch or a MarySue. After he gives her a giant TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, of course.
* Due to the fact that she actually has feelings for Ash, most shippers have declared open season on Serena. The fact that these feelings completely fly in the face of the series being known for NoHuggingNoKissing has resulted in Serena getting bashed on two fronts: from people who would rather for Ash to be with someone else and being accused of [[CharacterShilling favoritism from the writers.]]
** Blown up to even larger proportions as her ship grew with her characterisation. It very quickly became perhaps the most heated rival to Pokeshipping, especially among newer fans who didn't grow up with the original series vs those who did. ([[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Serena season! Misty season! Serena season! Misty Season!]])
*** Even [=PearlShippers=], who are known for being flexible with other ships with Ash, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness have been hating]] [[http://pearlshipping-datacore.webnode.com/in-depth-study/ on]] [[http://pearlshipping-vault.boards.net/thread/84/bulbapedia-amourshipping Serena]].
*** Most of the attacks against Serena devolve around to "She doesn't have a goal (false, though her goal wasn't developed until late in the first season)", she's a shallow character/badly developed (opinions), and is just in the show for {{Fanservice}} (ignoring the fact their own female end of their OTP has been subject to fanservice)
** In [=anti-AmourShipping=] fanfics, Serena is often given AlternateCharacterInterpretation to the point where she's [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a ClingyJealousGirl bordering on {{Yandere}}. [[spoiler:Ash's loss to Alain in the Kalos League and Serena's departure also depicts her as dumping him for another guy.]]
** [[spoiler: As of the last episode of the XY anime, Serena actually acted on her feelings for Ash and kissed him, resulting in a ''huge'' meltdown from Ash/other girl shippers who forget the unwritten rule of the anime that Ash will always be a CelibateHero.]]
*** Pokeshippers got some measure of revenge in the Sun and Moon series when [[spoiler: Ash returned to Kanto and reunited with Misty, even battling her in a gym battle and winning, leading to some playful banter between him and her. Serena wasn't seen or referenced once]].
* As the most divisive of Ash's female travelling companions, Iris is always treated as the ButtMonkey by fans of the other girls. At best she's ignored, though attacks are not uncommon. The fact that [=NegaiShipping=] is easily the least-supported Ash x Female Lead ship does not help matters.
* Though not a death example, one Ash/Iris story had Ash beat up Georgia and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech rant about her negative qualities]] so that he and Iris can make out. It's deleted now, but if you wish to see it, a review of it is on YouTube [[http://youtu.be/D-9GAKvlns4 here.]]
* There are way too many Pikashippers (Ash/Pikachu) who have it out for any of Ash's female traveling companions, though Misty is the prime target. Her being an obnoxious lovestruck fangirl getting in the way of Ash's and Pikachu's love isn't unknown, with some fics even having Pikachu secretly hate her.
* Lillie, Mallow, and Lana, Ash's new female friends in ''Sun and Moon'' have been starting to get this as of the beginning of the series by those who see them as potential obstacles for their OTP, particularly from [=AmourShippers=], but ''especially'' Lillie in no small part thanks to the immense popularity of her game counterpart.
* Meowth/Pikachu fans often don't take well to Buneary and make her into a creepy ClingyJealousGirl.
* Snivy/Oshawott fans have shown a dislike towards Emolga, and see her as competition to the ship for both of the involved. It's common to see her JerkAss personality get a dose of [[{{Flanderization}} exagge]][[RonTheDeathEater ration]] in order to create cheap tension.
* Pikachu/Snivy fanfics have done this to Buneary. In one instance, Buneary is turned {{Yandere}} towards Pikachu, with her attempting to strangle Snivy to death.
* Some Pikachu/Ash fans have been known to exaggerate Chikorita's ClingyJealousGirl qualities.


[[folder: Manga ]]

* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** The series has had a particularly brutal war surrounding the Kanto characters. The main ships were Red/Blue, Red/Yellow, Red/Misty, Blue/Green, Blue/Silver, Green/Yellow and Lance/Yellow. The opposing characters typically get [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]]; for example Blue's, Green's, and Silver's [[RonTheDeathEater get made into abusive]] [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] and Red goes back into an IdiotHero or his ObliviousToLove trait is amplified. Most communities have however pretty much settled on Red/Yellow and Blue/Green.
*** However, the debates have resurfaced when Red and Blue appeared together in ORAS and even had ShipTease with each other, while Green and Yellow were nowhere to be found in said chapter (technically speaking, Green was in the simultaneously-running XY chapter, albeit it takes place much later in the timeline).
** A similar flanderization applies to Ruby and Sapphire for those who think their antagonistic levels of incompatibility contradicts their supposedly couple status. Sapphire is portrayed as a sharp-teethed abusive jerkass who constantly bites the hell out of Ruby for [[NiceJobBreakingItHero causing that tragic past]] while Ruby is frequently portrayed as the [[AdaptationalWimp wimpy]] ExtremeDoormat who believes that he deserves all the shit that come to him.
** To say nothing of the ship war between the Sinnoh trio. You have four options surrounding this one: ship [[BodyguardCrush Diamond/Platinum]] and paint Pearl as an annoying brat who does nothing but abuse Dia, ship [[BelligerentSexualTension Pearl/Platinum]] and have Dia be a wimpy glutton who thinks about nothing except food, ship [[HeterosexualLifePartners Diamond/Pearl]] and characterize Platinum as a spoiled {{Rich Bitch}} who just gets in the way of their friendship, or just [[OneTrueThreesome ship all of them together at the same time.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Not even the ''Pokémon'' games are excluded from this, though the game shipping fandom was quite passive until [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Generation IV]]. Now, though, it's arguably the most fertile breeding ground for [[ShipToShipCombat shipping warfare]], where characterization is thrown out the window.
** In [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Barry/Dawn fics, Lucas plays the role]]. In Lucas/Dawn fics, Barry gets an immaturity boost.
** [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Unova is even WORSE in this regard]]. To wit: [[FoeYay N/Hilda]] fics depict Hilbert and/or Cheren as a clingy, jealous JerkAss, while [[HoYay N/Hilbert]] fics depict Hilda as either incredibly abusive or too masculine for either. [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Cheren/Hilda]] and [[DistaffCounterpart Hilbert/Hilda]] fics outright ignore all of N's redeemable qualities and portray him as a psychotic, sociopathic [[StalkerWithACrush creeper]]. Even when N is taken out of the picture, there's still plenty of nastiness: [[LesYay Bianca/Hilda fans]] often depict Cheren or Hilbert into a self-centered JerkAss who wants Bianca all for himself, and Bianca is portrayed as too much of a ditz to even care if [[HoYay Cheren and Hilbert]] are an item. And when Cheren/Bianca is the focus rather than a BetaCouple expect to see Hilbert/Hilda portrayed as a hyper-controlling, vicious {{Yandere}}. ''And that's just between the player and rival characters''.
* Anime characters (or the ones that got adapted and become part of Ash's companions) get thrown into the game fanfiction for no reason other then counterpart shipping fuel, and the game characters ignored or derailed, especially when they are AdaptedOut from the anime.
* For [[BigBad Galactic]] related pairings other then Cyrus/Dawn, most Galactic admins are seen as incompetent.
* Silver/Kris and Ethan/Kris fics often portray Lyra as either ditzy or a ClingyJealousGirl. Expect a line or two about Lyra "replacing" Kris and being a bragging brat about it. Ethan/Silver fics also do the same to Lyra sometimes (minus the replacing). Occasionally, Kris gets the same treatment in Silver/Lyra and Ethan/Lyra fics, only instead of her "replacing" Lyra, Lyra is constantly overshadowed by her.
** A few Silver/Lyra and Gold/Silver fics paint Lance as a callous jerk. Granted, the man can be intimidating and he ''did'' get his Dragonite to attack a Rocket grunt, but come on.
** Lyra's also gotten a lot of shit thrown at her by rabid Ethan/Silver or Lance/Silver shippers for the fact that ''other fans'' ship her with either guy at all. Talk about ridiculous.
** Some Brendan/May fans do this to Wally. He's often written as a CrazyJealousGuy despite him being more quite meek in the actual game.
* The worst part is that there are barely any true canon pairings in the games, let alone ones involving the protagonists. N/Hilda is just as canon as N/Hilbert, which is just as canon as Hilbert/Hilda, and so forth. The Die For Our Ship in game fics is solely there to either create a cheap conflict or to take a jab at rival ships, especially if said rival ship is [[ItsPopularNowItSucks popular]].
* Calem/Serena ([=KalosShipping=]) fics [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderize]] Shauna's TheDitz trait, while Calem/Shauna and Serena/Shauna ([=BrightTomorrowShipping=]/[=BoutiqueShipping=]) fics make the rival Calem or Serena arrogant and their FriendlyRivalry with their counterpart a lot less friendly.
* Anyone who ''doesn't'' ship [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Kukui]] with [[HappilyMarried his wife Burnet]] will likely have it out for her.