* On ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'', Deacon was dumped by his wife Kelly (the real life reason being that Kelly's actress accepted a role on'' Series/{{Alias}}''), and during this time, the writers very briefly {{Ship Tease}}d him with Holly. This consisted entirely of one scene, and was never mentioned again, but evidently a lot of fans liked the idea, as Holly/Deacon seems to be a popular pairing in the fandom. However, Deacon and Kelly eventually reconciled (once the actress returned from ABC).
* ''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]].
* Since the pilot episode of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has aired, the pairing of Leonard Snart and Sara Lance (aka Captain Canary) has gained a huge amount of shippers. So far, nothing romantic has happened in canon, yet a romantic side to their relationship has been subtly teased.
* Fans of ''Series/TwentyFour'' were rooting for Jack/Renee almost the moment she showed up. [[spoiler: Which led to the fanbase [[BrokenBase nearly rioting]] after she was [[DroppedABridgeOnHer bridge dropped]] in Season 8.]]
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' and whomever she wasn't with at the time. She's with Duncan? The fans wanted Veronica/Logan. She's with Logan? The fans wanted Duncan back. Not to mention those who wanted her to get together with Weevil or Wallace. Mac and Cassidy were quite popular too, before and after the Season 2 finale.
* [[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.
** Lancelot/Gwen are another fan favourite, often appearing as ShipMates with Arthur/Merlin.
** Merlin/Morgana are quite popular too.
* Nathan Wournos and Audrey Parker of ''Series/{{Haven}}'' are pretty much the fandom's {{OTP}}, despite the fact she practically pushed him into another girl's arms, they don't know much about each other's personal life and at least on one occasion she flirted with a man he despises right in front of him. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Nathan's curse of not being able to feel anything seems to be negated by Audrey, which led to a bit of ShipTease when he kissed her doppelganger to reveal her nature.]]
* 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]].
** In the later seasons, shipping Benson with ADA Barba seems to be more popular than shipping her with her canon love interest Cassidy.
* 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]].
** Fans also like to pair Harper with Max even though she has a canon boyfriend in Zeke.
* Sam and Harrison in ''{{Popular}}''.
** Also [[LesYay Sam and Brooke]] have [[UnresolvedSexualTension quite the following]], even after all these years. [[FoeYay Wonder why?]]
* Several examples from ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** 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.
*** 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}}.
*** It's also worth noting that Faberry also has more fanfiction (over 8000) than the {{canon}} Finchel (over 5000).
* Tommy and Kimberly from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', who were a fan favorite and the OfficialCouple. Later on when Kimberly retired from the Rangers, she picked [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Katherine/Kat]] as her replacement. Tommy and Kimberly later ended ([[OffscreenBreakup by letter]], much to the irritation of the fans). Then Kat and Tommy got together and were even [[FlashForward shown to be married in the future]]. A lot of fans [[DieForOurShip HATED this]], and loudly sounded their preference for Tommy/Kimberly.
** Billy and Trini is another popular couple.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', Kira/Conner is as popular as Kira/Trent. There are plenty of Kira/Tommy shippers too.
* Payson and Sasha from ''Series/{{Make It or Break It}}'' have over four times the fanfiction written about them than canon couple, Summer/Sasha
* ''DawsonsCreek'': Had Dawson and Joey in the first season, but they were quickly overtaken by Joey/Pacey who retained fandom support for the duration of the show. It's ultimately settled when [[spoiler: Joey/Pacey]] become the official couple in the series finale.
* Jeff and Annie from ''Series/{{Community}}'' evoked this reaction. The various Season 1 DVD commentaries indicate that the pairing was a natural evolution of the characters and actors chemistry and also a reaction to the growing popularity of the pairing among the shippers. In the [[http://www.eonline.com/news/229149/tv-s-top-couples-2011-and-the-winner-is 2011 E!Online poll]] they were named the 2011 TV's Top Couple narrowly beating out the more well known TV pair of House and Cuddy from the Fox series "House".
** Before they became an official couple in Season 4, The Troy and Britta pairing fit this trope as well.
** Abed and Annie have a small but vocal fandom. It helps that the character's actors Alison Brie and Danny Pudi are real life best friends and have a good rapport. However, Brie has gone on record as [[http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a445429/community-alison-brie-i-dont-see-annie-abed-together-romantically.html not fully supporting the ship herself]].
* Josh and Donna in the first season of ''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. Eventually Rodney hooked up with Keller causing a ShipSinking and [[spoiler:Elizabeth was captured by replicators]].
** Even then, fans latched onto the fact that it was ''after'' Elizabeth's [[spoiler:disappearance]] that John's character became much darker and guilt-ridden ''and'' that he was the only main character to remain single at the end of the series. This led to even more intense John/Elizabeth shipping.
** Keller/Ronon is generally preferred over Keller/Rodney.
** Teyla/Anyone 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.
* In ''Series/TheMiddleman'', the Middleman and Wendy, despite the fact that the WordofGod has stated this pairing would never be allowed as long as the original creator remained in control of the show.
* Most viewers wanted to see Kara and Lee together, but in the GrandFinale of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' we find out they don't get together after all.
** Speaking of...Billy. Many viewers found the Dee/Lee pairing came out of the blue, and could never like Dee after what she did to Billy.
* Most ''Series/BetterOffTed'' viewers ship Ted with Veronica over DesignatedLoveInterest Linda, despite the fact that Veronica is TheStoic who has no interest in a romantic relationship with Ted. It helps that they have already had sex without it getting weird, plus they get along well even though Veronica is Ted's boss and Veronica gets along well with Ted's daughter Rose.
* Kirk/Spock from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is so much preferred to Kirk[=/=]GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe GirlOfTheWeek that it's the TropeCodifier for the SlashFic.
** And it's hardly surprising why. Although Kirk did occasionally show genuine affection for a girl (for example, in "The City On The Edge Of Forever"), none of his female love interests were [[GirlOfTheWeek ever brought up again once the episode was over]]. By the movies the writers just seemed to give up altogether and focus entirely on Kirk's relationship with [[TheNotLoveInterest Spock]], and even people who deny that Kirk and Spock ever had a [[HoYay thing]] have to admit that Spock was by far the closest relationship Kirk ever had, the only person even coming close being his best friend/keeper/mother hen/counsellor Dr [=McCoy=].
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had one in The Doctor and Seven of Nine. The hell of it was that this ship was actually teased at in the show, developed, then out of nowhere was derailed for the universally reviled Chakotay/Seven pairing that capped off the series in its final season. (Speculation is that the producers got so annoyed with Robert Beltran's complaints about his character's lack of character development and sub-par writing that they decided to shut his mouth by slipping Jeri Ryan's tongue in it, which as consolation prizes go is not exactly terrible but which derailed not one but ''two'' highly popular {{Fan Preferred Couple}}s -- Doctor/Seven, and Janeway/Chakotay.)
** ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' had a large following for Garak/Bashir. However, once the studio realized that, they forced the writers to phase the HoYay out of their relationship and Bashir ended up with Ezri (in the re-launch novels, they break up).
** Also, O'Brien/Bashir, which seemed to gain the HoYay Garak/Bashir was losing.
** Odo/Kira started as this. Rene Auberjonois, almost from the very start, played his character as having deep but unrequited feelings for Kira, which was noticed by the showrunners and given more and more importance in the storyline, and the fans took the ball and ran with it. Though Nana Visitor fought the decision to make them canon in Season 6, fearing it would have negative repercussions for both characters if his feelings were requited, she was ultimately satisfied with how they were handled, and so Odo/Kira has remained a Star Trek fan mainstay ever since.
** Trip and T'Pol being teased as an odd mutation of the OfficialCouple during the 3rd and 4th seasons of Enterprise became a fan favorite. Both times the writers seemed to settle their relationship it was too late in the season and got overshadowed by other plots, and had seen an abrupt ending soon after, the first teased a possible future, the second did as well [[spoiler: despite Trip's death]]. [[spoiler:A death which the Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch novels couldn't {{retcon}} away fast enough; the literally did it on the ''first page''.]] [[http://triptpolers.houseoftucker.com/ This website is dedicated to fan fiction based on the pairing.]]
* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has a vocal majority that want Ricky and Amy together. This popularity largely stems from 1. They have a son together from a one night stand that took place [[WholeEpisodeFlashback before the show started]]. 2. Ricky is considered a {{Draco in Leather Pants}} or JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Despite the show running almost entirely on DatingDoSiDo, this is one pairing the writers keep [[ShipTease dancing around]].
** In Season 3, [[spoiler: they upgraded to OfficialCouple.]]
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': JD/Cox is the most popular ship in the fandom, despite the fact that JD [[spoiler:and Elliot end up together]] and Dr. Cox has been in a stable relationship with his ex-wife since Season 2. It's also kind of ironic because canon-wise, JD and Turk are the ones who have a lot of HoYay.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam/Dean (or "[[IncestYayShipping Wincest]]") used to be the most popular ship in the fandom. Sam/Dean fan shipping has become so popular that it even was acknowledged on the show. The Winchester Brothers' reactions--especially Dean's--to discovering [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs Wincest slash fiction]] was priceless.
-->'''Dean:''' That's ''sick''.
** As of Season 8, "Destiel" (Dean/Castiel) seems to be the most popular pairing. Just take a look at their section on the Ho Yay [[HoYay/{{Supernatural}} page]].
** While not nearly as vocal as the HoYay shippers, the fan-preferred heterosexual couples are Dean/Jo (although it wasn't until Season 5, when she [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap matures]] and [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] that the pairing gained more popularity, and any chance of them getting together was effectively [[ShipSinking squashed]] when [[spoiler:[[KilledOffForReal Jo got killed off]]]]), while Sam is generally either shipped with his first canon girlfriend, Jessica (often nicknamed "Jess"), despite the fact that [[spoiler:she was killed off in ''the very first episode'']], or his other Season 1 LoveInterest [[GirlOfTheWeek Sarah Blake]], for being a [[NiceGirl sweet and normal girl]] who kept up with the boys pretty well on a case and one of Sam's few love interests that didn't turn out to be a [[CuteMonsterGirl monster]] (like Madison or Amy) or demon (like Ruby) or [[TheScrappy despised by the fandom in general]].
* Max and Alec on ''Series/DarkAngel''. Many fans see their bickering as BelligerentSexualTension. Others see it just as bickering, and find the idea of them together squicky even if they are NotBloodSiblings.
* There's a fairly large and devoted fanbase for Stella/Mac from ''Series/CSINewYork'' despite the show steadfastly portraying them as PlatonicLifePartners.
** Ditto for Horatio/Calleigh in ''Series/CSIMiami''.
* Despite being infamous for its DatingDoSiDo, Jimmy/Ellie was one of the more popular ships that never became official in ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''. While writers {{ship tease}}d it for a season, they [[ShipSinking ultimately decided to keep Ellie in a love triangle with Craig and Manny]]. As of late, Sean/Emma are probably the most obvious example of this.
* Jackie and Hyde on ''Series/That70sShow''. An interesting case, since the writers actually made the two a couple in later seasons...only for them to break up and cause them to slip right back into preferred territory with even more fans then before.
* In the US version of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'', nigh everything involving Jim and Pam up until Season 4 had been pretty obviously a shameless, cackling gambit to get this reaction out of the audience.
* All the ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' fans wanted to see Jeff and Jane hook up. They were supposed to in the 4th series, but then Richard Coyle (Jeff) quit the show, and was replaced by the man who would "Mount Jane...I'm not giving you instructions."
* Jack Carter and Nathan Stark are ''the'' FanPreferredCouple in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' and keep being it even after [[spoiler:Stark dies]].
** Many also prefer Jo/Taggart over Jo/Zane.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', as a Nickelodeon teen comedy, is unlikely to end with canon lesbian or gay pairings. This has lead to a handful of FanPreferredCouple variations due to the Segregation rule:
** When the show aired the first season, the overall FanPreferredCouple was the LesYay pairing of Cat Valentine, a perky GenkiGirl CloudCuckooLander with {{Goth}} looking, [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] Jade. When Tori is added to the Cat/Jade pairing, it becomes the Fan Preferred {{OT3}} Cat/Jade/Tori, aka Catorade.
*** 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]].
** The preferred heterosexual pairing is the main character Tori with Andre in a JustFriends romance.
** The preferred heterosexual BetaCouple is Cat with JerkassWoobie Robbie. These two pairings keep the OfficialCouple Jade and Beck together, form a fleet of ShipMates, and only leaves Tori's older sister Trina who is more like a guest character than a main character unpaired.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': There are a ''lot'' of Eliot/Parker fics on fanfiction.net, despite Parker/Hardison being the OfficialCouple now and having had the [=UST=] massively pushed from at least Season 2.
** Also popular is Eliot/Hardison, for how much they bicker and yet genuinely like one another. For obvious reasons, Parker/Hardison/Eliot is very popular.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' had Lisbon/Bosco as a canonical one-sided romance, which, while having the small issue of ''Bosco being married'', also has the much bigger problem of being universally hated because most fans are Jane/Lisbon.
** However, season 5 supports the idea that Jane/Lisbon are the OfficialCouple, despite previous WordofGod.
* The idea of a Vanessa/Rufus pairing has gained a lot of fans in the ''Series/GossipGirl'' fandom (going so far as many people speculating that she is currently dating Dan only to be close to Rufus). WordOfGod has sunk the ship but since when has that stopped shippers?
** For those not in the loop, Dan is not Rufus's brother, as one might guess from that entry; Dan is Rufus's son. Vanessa and Dan are both eighteen or nineteen; Rufus is...well, actually, it's hard to tell, because the [[WritersCannotDoMath timelines are all messed up]], but he's the father of a nineteen year old boy, who was conceived in wedlock, so...yeah.
** Subverted with Chuck/Blair. They were preferred to [[OfficialCouple Nate/Blair]] until they mysteriously ended up as the OfficialCouple. Justified as Nate is generally considered to be TooDumbToLive and didn't treat Blair very well, whereas in contrast Blair and Chuck had some pretty intense BelligerentSexualTension.
** Dan and Blair has also gained quite a strong following that started after heir arc in season 4.
** Nate and Jenny were quite popular towards the beginning of the show. They even became canon in Season 2. However ExecutiveMeddling ended it because apparently the fact that Jenny was played by an actual teenager, [[DawsonCasting unlike the rest of the cast]], made Chace Crawford uncomfortable.
** As of the Season 3 premiere, a ''lot'' of people prefer Carter/Serena over any other Serena pairings, including the original alpha couple.
* The Guy/Marian ship on ''Series/RobinHood'' ended with one half of it murdering the other. Doesn't stop the shippers.
* In ''Series/{{Psych}}'', [[FoeYay Shawn/Lassiter]] used to be the biggest pairing a few seasons back. But now that Shawn/Juliet is the OfficialCouple, it's lost some of it's popularity. Though sites such as LiveJournal still continue to have devoted [[PortmanteauCoupleName Shassie]] followings.
** Shawn/Gus is also a popular pairing, mainly for their copius HoYay moments.
* Sheldon/Penny on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is the OneTruePairing, as far as the shippers are concerned. The breakup of the OfficialCouple, Leonard/Penny, [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing invited some celebration]] on the part of more than a few fans. WordOfGod states it will never happen, however.
** This one is subject to VocalMinority, though - most polls of the fanbase at large indicate that they prefer Leonard/Penny. Despite cries of war from the shippers, it also seems the fanbase at large is happy with Sheldon/Amy.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' ended with Rory single, but Jess/Rory remains the most popular Rory coupling in the fandom.
* Barney/Robin of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. They actually became canon after more than a season of build-up... and then broke up after a few episodes, with Robin getting a new love interest [[TheScrappy universally hated by the fandom]]. [[spoiler:Although they are soon to be canon again, as they will get married in the future.]]
** Victoria, Ted's Season 1 girlfriend who according to the writers was going to be revealed as the mother if the show wasn't renewed for a second season, was a ridiculously popular love interest, even more popular than Ted/Robin. She and Ted broke up when he (sort of) cheated on her with Robin. She suddenly turned up in an early episode of Season 7 for the first time in six years. The fans were happy, but that rejoicing turned into anger (at the writers, not her) when in the next episode she revealed that she got a new boyfriend almost as soon as she and Ted split up, had been with this new boyfriend ever since, and was now all but engaged to him. Although Ted and Victoria do run off together in the Season 7 finale, it still sinks due to Ted's unresolved feelings with Robin. And with the FinaleSeason, [[spoiler:it seems many fans are accepting Christina Milloti's character as the titular Mother, particularly with sharing the similar quirks as Ted and their interaction together in the future.]] Nevertheless, the pairing is still fairly popular with many preferring that [[spoiler: Ted should have ended up with Victoria over of Robin when The Mother died in the finale, or that it would have been a less bitter pill to swallow had he done so.]]
** ''How I Met Your Mother'' must have the by far strangest example of this trope to date. [[spoiler:The very premise of the show is built around shipping Ted and Tracy (the mother) and it's what they spend nine seasons building towards. They also spend the last three seasons building Barney and Robin as a couple, focusing the entire last season on their wedding and the second to last episode featuring the wedding itself. Barney and Robin has been a very popular ship ever since Season 1, so a lot of fans were happy that they ended up together. As for Ted and Tracy, most fans were saying that once she actually appears they will probably dislike her because she can't live up to the image Ted has created over the years, but when she eventually did show up she became a fan favorite and people got even more invested in Ted/Mother. In the finale [[ShipSinking Barney and Robin divorce, Tracy dies]] and [[AssPull Ted's kids encourage him to go get his ''true'' love - Robin]]. Needless to say, [[FanDisillusionment many fans were shocked and]] '''furious'''. Unsurprisingly, the alternate finale was '''much''' more positively received.]]
* Damon and Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' have always been a fan-favorite. The producers pretty much switched the endgame to Damon/Elena instead of Stefan/Elena because their love was so much more well-liked. They will almost certainly get the happy ending that the majority of fans want from them.
** Even though after Season 4, Klaus moved to another show and both he and Caroline are getting an incredible amount of ShipTease with other characters, the majority of the fans still want to see these two together.
* Joshua and Lisa on ''Series/{{V 2009}}''. Mainly because the two have a nice chemistry and are very protective of one another and - oh yeah! Lisa's canon LoveInterest is [[TheScrappy Tyler]].
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': Most series feature ShipTease between the Red and Pink Rangers (or Red and White, if there is no Pink) so in any Sentai where they do not get together, they are likely to be the FanPreferredCouple instead. The most prominent example is probably ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', which has a large fanbase in Indonesia and the Philippines because official dubs of the show were aired there. These fans often state on fansites and blogs that they would have preferred Momoko to be Takeru's love interest, rather than the canon Takeru/Iyal (which later broke up due to Iyal's duties as the new Tube leader). Which is kinda weird since Takeru and Momoko [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight hardly speak to each other or share any screen time.]]
** ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' has Ryu and Kaori, though many fans prefer her with Gai.
** On the American adaption of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', the fan preferred couples seemed to be Yellow/Pink and Green/Blue. Both were mostly disrailed towards the end of series, but remain popular in fandom.
** Back in Japanese fandom, in ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'', while Ban eventually got a girlfriend from TheMovie and Umeko gets on with Sen-chan, the [[PairTheSpares spare-pairing]] between Hoji and Jasmine is slightly a bit more popular than their other options. It helps that Hoji and Jasmine were perceived as the most 'pro' and 'senior' of the team, respectively, and that they had some history; never mind that Hoji nearly embarked on a relationship with another woman (though they were rather tragically torn apart due to Hoji killing her younger brother who was the criminal of the week).
** Masumi/Natsuki is universally popular among fans of ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', and despite never quite reaching OfficialCouple status, it gets as much praise and fanworks as the canon Akashi/Sakura.
*** The ship was later [[ShipSinking sunk]] when both actors stated [[WordOfGod in an interview]] that the characters had a family-like relationship.
** There's no OfficialCouple on ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', but some fans thought that Hyde and [[spoiler: Magis]] would have [[HoYay gone well together]] and were disappointed his appearance on the show was brief.
*** Alata/Eri is a extremely popular pair as well.
** Nanami/Isshu was hugely popular with fans of ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' and became an OfficialCouple on the show, but was [[ShipSinking sunk]] by the reunion movie ''10 Years Later'' (released in 2013, ten years after the show's end), in which they have split off-screen and Isshu is now a playboy with many girlfriends. It's done nothing to kill off the ship's fanbase, thus, they're now a FanPreferredCouple instead.
** The pairings of Daigo/Yayoi and Utsusemimaru/Amy are quite popular with fans of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', thanks to some discernable ShipTease for both pairings, but both were sunk by the [[AssPull sudden romance]] [[TokenRomance between Daigo and Amy]] [[LastMinuteHookUp during the last three episodes of the series]].
** Also in ''Kyoryuger'', Nossan/Candelira became incredibly popular with fans after Brave 41 revealed that they had begun to develop feelings for each other (this was also the [[LoveRedeems impetus]] for Candelira's HeelFaceTurn.) However, they became this trope at the end of the series when the ship was left unresolved.
*** ''Kyoryuger'' seemed to have an unusual abundance of [[FanPreferredCouple fan-preferred couples]]; additional pairings that got traction over the season, but were sunk or otherwise unresolved, include Souji/Amy, Daigo/Meeko, and Souji/Rin (the manager of the kendo club at Souji's school), though Souji/Rin was eventually acknowledged as canon in the ''100 Years Later'' feature.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' had an overwhelming amount of fan support among both Japanese and overseas fans for the pairings of Takeru/Mako, Takeru/Kotoha, and Chiaki/Kotoha (and later in the show, Genta/Kaoru), although nothing came of any of these.
* The majority of ''Series/NewGirl'' fans wish that Jess would drop her GuyOfTheWeek and get together with Nick, mostly due to all the [[BelligerentSexualTension arguing]] and {{UST}} between them. [[spoiler: And as of Season 3, they are now an OfficialCouple!]]
* Bobby Goren and Alex Eames of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' blur the lines between this and OfficialCouple. While nothing romantic was implied to have happened between them, it is made explicitly clear that there is nothing they would not do for each other. [[spoiler:That line, however, was most likely crossed when Alex quit her job after having to fire Goren, leaving certain "possibilities" wide open.]]
* Many fans of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' wanted to see Ned hook up with Olive. After all, Ned had a DarkAndTroubledPast and might have been happier if he had a woman that he actually ''could'' touch.
* Jake/Heather in ''Series/{{Jericho}}'', despite the [[WordofGod Word of God's]] preference for Jake/Emily. (Considering that Jake and Emily were exes at the start of the series, you would think this was the last direction you expected the writers to go.)
* On ''Series/StargateUniverse'', the Eli/Chloe shippers seem to be far more numerous than the Chloe/Scott shippers, despite the latter being canon. The single most common complaint about the episode "Light" is that Chloe and Scott's sex scene in that episode came out of nowhere. It doesn't help that Eli is the audience surrogate for the first few episodes, or that Scott had another potential love interest (Lt. James), or that before they had sex, Chloe and Scott had had just one scene with just the two of them, while Eli and Chloe spent much of "Darkness", the episode prior to "Light" together.
** Most of them have given up by now, due to a combination of three factors: 1) Eli and Chloe's friendship gets just as much screentime as Scott and Chloe's relationship, 2) Any realistic chance of the ship happening vanished sometime between "Incursion" and "Cloverdale", and 3) the rise of [[GeekyTurnOn Eli/Ginn]] caused many Eli/Chloe shippers to jump ship.
* Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne in ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Not only fans, but also writers wanted to develop their relationship further in the second season (Mark Frost, the producer, said that it was gonna be the next big thing in the show after the exposure of Laura's murderer). According to Robert Engels, the producer-writer, the script was changed because of Lara Flynn Boyle, who was dating Kyle [=MacLachlan=] at the time. Later Kyle [=MacLachlan=] tried to justify the decision, that Cooper would not date a high-school girl. However he hooked up with Annie Blackburn, who was only one year older than Audrey (Heather Graham, who portrayed Annie is in fact five years younger than Sherilyn Fenn). Sherilyn Fenn was disappointed with the changes. In 2007 documentary "Secrets from Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks" she stated: "I was not interested in Kyle as a man, but Audrey loved him. I was really into being in those scenes and i thought we had fun chemistry, so... I don't know, I guess chalk it up to unrequited love".
* Inspector Thomas Lynley and Sergeant Barbara Havers of ''[[InspectorLynley The Inspector Lynley Mysteries]]'' are shipped far and wide in the (admittedly small) fandom (including by the [[Creator/NathanielParker star of the show himself]], who once declared that he'd have liked to see the series end with [[ShipperOnDeck Lynley and Havers]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen holding hands and walking into the sunset]]). Although Lynley himself spent much of the series involved with [[spoiler:and even married to]] his university BFF Helen Clyde, when [[spoiler:she dies in series 5]], all sorts of possibilities are left ''wide'' open. Couple that with a not-insignificant amount of subtext - including the fact that Lynley's relationship with Barbara, despite its difficulties, is far healthier[[note]]for a given value of healthier, given [[LivingEmotionalCrutch how screwed up]] [[BrokenBird they]] [[DefectiveDetective are]][[/note]] than his relationship with Helen ever was, the fact that Lynley will leave Helen behind to go running off with Barbara without a second thought, that they call each other their reason to get up in the morning, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07pN5KHK268 the hug]] - and there's a good reason [=Lynley/Havers=] is, quite simply, the ''only'' pairing in the fandom.
* Despite a 27-year age difference between the characters, 73 percent of ''Series/FoylesWar''-related fanfics found on FanFiction.net as of the beginning of 2012 romantically pair Christopher Foyle and his driver Samantha Stewart. Many fans argue that their relationship on the show is more father/daughter, but Foyle on occasion gently lets the audience know he finds Sam very attractive, and although he initially thinks her somewhat intrusive (and over time is often amused by her youthful exuberance), he quickly begins to admire her ingenuity and allows her to be involved with the solving of cases, treating her for the most part in an egalitarian manner unusual for a man of his generation and time. Add to that a lot of chemistry among the two actors, and fans want RST.
* Annie and Auggie on ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}'', despite so far them being JustFriends without any hint of {{UST}}, Annie unable to get over her ex and being tentatively interested in Jai, and Auggie having his own [[LoveInterest love interests]].
** The writers are [[ShipTease clearly playing it up for the fans]], however, considering the [[SexyMentor flirtatious]] [[BelligerentSexualTension sparring]], Auggie giving Annie his phone number and her kissing him on the cheek, and [[spoiler: pretending to be have an affair to cover an op]] in Season 2.
* Virtually ''every'' fan of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'' ships Bo/Shirley, and those who don't, well, they don't really mind the pairing either. The duo's relationship was never romantic in the series (save for some harmless ShipTease); in fact, they both had [[OfficialCouple other relationships]]. Thankfully, since the fandom was fairly small and the respective {{Love Interest}}s were very likable, the DieForOurShip was pretty much nonexistent.
* A decade before the term "shipper" was coined, many viewers of the 90s sitcom ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' felt that Gordon Brittas would have been better off with his HyperCompetentSidekick Laura than his nervous alcholic wife Helen.
* Fans of ''Series/TheElephantPrincess'' prefer Kuru and Alex over Marcus and Alex or [[OfficialCouple Caleb and Alex]] by far.
* Within ''Series/DoctorWho'' - as it's 50 years old and all - there's been a few of these. Though early Doctors made no reference to sex or sexuality, since the show's return the fanbase has been more active in supporting relationships between the Doctor and his companions. It began with Rose and Nine/Ten, and continues through to the most recent pairing of Clara and Twelve. Sometimes the series has supported it (though due to TheILoveYouStigma it maintains, nearly always in subtle ways), while sometimes it has introduced alternate pairings. And on a few occasions, pairings have actually ''overlapped'' (for example River/Doctor, with River actually being the Doctor's ''wife'', overlapped both Clara/Eleven and Clara/Twelve). And then there are alternate pairings such as Clara/Danny or cases where the series has intentionally featured a companion who is in love with the Doctor (Martha and Jack are two examples) yet the Doctor has shown no interest in pursuing such a relationship on screen. All this has led to ShipToShipCombat in fandom. But one of the most popular pairings is [[FoeYay the Doctor/the Master]], with Three, Four, and Five with their respective Masters are most common, and the age of both characters goes a long way to explaining their popularity. The introduction of the female version of the Master, now known as Missy, who openly refers to the Doctor as her boyfriend in one episode and snogs Twelve in another (something not even Clara ever did) has created another fan-preferred pairing, though ShipToShipCombat is also occurring with those who prefer [[LesYay Clara/Missy]].
** And let's not forget Eleven/Amy.
* ''Series/{{Passions}}'': At one point, many fans of Ethan and Theresa got so disgusted with Ethan's behavior, they began actively clamoring that Theresa be paired with his brother Fox.
** Fans also preferred Hank/Gwen.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' features [[GenkiGirl Akiko]] and [[TroubledButCute Terui]] as the Official Couple. Akiko [[BrokenBase divides the fanbase]] between those who like her and those who find her too loud and annoying, and a common opinion expressed on fanboards is that Terui should have got together with guest character Lily, played by fanboy favourite Nao Nagasawa (also known as [[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger HurricaneBlue]].)
** Haruto and Koyomi in ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' had a lot of "moments" together, with Haruto explicitly stating that Koyomi is his own "last hope." As of the end of the show, it can't happen because [[spoiler:Koyomi is DeadAllAlong and finally destroyed, leaving the Hope Ring for Haruto and asking that she be left to rest in peace.]] It still enjoys huge fan following and is even supported by Haruto's actor, who referred to their shopping trip in episode 14 as a "date."
** In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', Yuri Aso first falls in love with Jirou before Otoya wins her heart. [[spoiler:Otoya later abandons her for Maya]], and most fans want Jirou to have won out, [[spoiler:despite the fact he attempted to rape Yuri]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' had a lot of fan support for the pairing of Takatora Kureshima with Kouta's sister Akira - even more so after the show's BittersweetEnding, since it would finally give the characters a bit of happiness. Even some yaoi shippers like it, due to the idea that Takatora would be attracted to Akira's [[SettleForSibling similarities to her brother]]. In canon, [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight they don't interact on-screen until the final episode]]; but with the show continuing via ''Gaim Gaiden'' straight-to-DVD specials, fans of the ship are still holding out hope.
* 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.
* Sherlock/John in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', but this is hardly surprising considering it's a modern revival of one of the oldest bromances in literature, and both actors are quite good-looking. The number of fanfics that ''don't'' have John/Sherlock as the main couple is really very low compared to those featuring the [[spoiler: now canon]] John/Mary Morstan and the liberally ship-teased Sherlock/Irene or the less-teased-but-more-plausible Sherlock/Molly; and most of ''those'' are Mycroft/Lestrade fics that include John/Sherlock as the BetaCouple. Think Merlin/Arthur, only UpToEleven.
** And on the villainous side, Moriarty is nearly always paired with his right-hand man Sebastian Moran from the original SherlockHolmes story, ''The Empty House'', although Moran barely appears much in the TV series. And keeping with the FoeYay, there is a fairly decent amount of Sherlock/Moriarty in the mix as well.
* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Niles/Daphne was always infinitely preferred to Niles/Maris, even though Niles and Maris were married. This preference was largely due to the reason Maris remained TheGhost throughout the show's run: her actions were so horrible and psychotic, and her appearance so bizarrely described that the writers deemed it impossible to ever write dialogue for or cast a character of her level of monstrosity. (Niles and Daphne eventually became the OfficialCouple). To give you an idea how much the fans preferred this couple,[[spoiler: Niles leaving his second wife days after they eloped and Daphne abandoning her fiance at the altar]] were viewed as positive things because it meant Niles and Daphne were finally getting together.
* In the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' fandom, Steve×Danny is the most popular pairing by far.
* Despite the fact they constantly date other people, Booth/Bones in the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' is the fan preferred couple. Which is rather ''duh'' and just a matter of "''when'' will they?", but they have thrown in very likable characters as rival couplings.
* This was much the story for Mason and [[TomboyishName George]] from ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', even though Mason acted [[BigBrotherInstinct like a big brother to George]] and was interested in [[AlphaBitch Daisy]]. They ended up, with the end of the series, just being [[BetterAsFriends better as friends]].'
* In ''Series/HannahMontana'' fanfiction Miley is rarely paired with Jake or Jesse, the guys she dated. Instead in canonical fiction (as opposed to falsely categorized stories about Miley Cyrus) she more often paired with Oliver, Lilly, or Mikayla.
* Andy and Nancy, from ''Series/{{Weeds}}'', although their case is a complicated one. It's been made canon that Andy is in love with her and that she may or may not reciprocate his feelings and they have a tendency to act like a couple regardless of whether or not they're in other relationships at the time, but the two haven't gone past a FakeOutMakeOut and most fans believe they'll never happen on the show. Still, that doesn't stop them from being countless times more popular than any of their canon relationships.
* It did not take long for fans of ''TwoBrokeGirls'' to latch onto the pairing of Caroline/Max.
* On ''Series/{{Skins}}'':
** Effy/Cook was way more popular than Effy/Freddie ever was, though there was enough of both to lead to ShipToShipCombat.
** Mini/Franky aka Minky was easily the most popular ship of the third generation (with the possible exception of BetaCouple Rich/Grace), though, like the example above, it's not so universal that there isn't ''some'' ShipToShipCombat.... with Mini/Alo. But pretty much nobody liked Franky with ''her'' canon love interest, [[TheScrappy Matty]]. As a result, there was a huge fan outcry when WordOfGod said not to expect anything Minky in Series 6.
** 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.
* One of the most popular non-canon pairings within the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fandom is River/Jayne, spurred on by the series' overall theme of OppositesAttract in the three canon romances/relationships and held aloft by more than a little FoeYay and BelligerentSexualTension. The fact that as of the end of ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', River and Jayne are the only two characters [[spoiler: who are still alive]] who aren't already paired up ([[spoiler: save Zoe, who is still grieving over Wash]]) further fuels this reaction.
* While [[TheChosenOne Nick]] is all but engaged to his live-in girlfriend Juliette in ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', the fandom loves to pair him off with [[WolfMan Monroe]] instead.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'''s fan preferred couple is without question Myka/HG, though there are Pete/Myka shippers as well.
* Go to FanFictionDotNet, and you will see that almost every ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' story is Jane/Maura. It's not hard to see why these two are constantly being shipped, with all the heavy-duty LesYay and whatnot.
* For most of the fifth season of ''Series/{{House}}'', fans preferred Thriteen and Kutner to the OfficialCouple, Thirteen and [[spoiler:Foreman]]. This probably resulted from [[ShippingGoggles many fans' interpretations]] that Thirteen and Kutner were previously being set up as a potential couple, the common sentiment that the Thirteen/Foreman get-together [[AssPull came out of nowhere]], and just the fact that [[spoiler:Foreman]] was easily the least popular character at the time. The pairing did eventually gain some popularity, especially once [[spoiler:Kutner died.]]
** There is a circulating theory that the writers' originally intended for Thirteen and Kutner to get together, but when they became aware that Kal Penn was planning on leaving the show, they [[RealLifeWritesThePlot stopped setting up Thirteen/Kutner]] and started setting up Thirteen/Foreman instead. This is supported by the fact that Thirteen and Kutner abruptly stopped having scenes together right around the time Thirteen and Foreman were starting to be set up.
** House/Wilson has always been popular, and House/Cuddy was more popular than official couples House/Stacy and Lucas/Cuddy in Seasons 2 and 6, respectively.
* ''Series/UglyBetty'' has Daniel/Betty. They never [[MaybeEverAfter officially got together]], much to the frustration of shippers.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' fandom sometimes seems to ship one thing and only one thing. Stiles and Derek, the dorky EnsembleDarkhorse sidekick and the TallDarkAndHandsome older werewolf mentor. The cast and crew are vastly amused by this and greatly enjoy [[ShipTease fan-baiting]]. In person and online.
** Scott/Issac is well preferred to Scott/Kira or Scott/Allison.
** While Malia/Kira is far more popular than Malia/Stiles.
* Brock/Reba are this in ''Series/{{Reba}}''.
* ''Series/{{Necessary Roughness}}'' fan writers prefer the shipping of Nico and Dani over Matt and Dani.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** PlatonicLifePartners Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes, who according to WordOfGod have no romantic interest in each other but who are shipped voraciously by a significant segment of the fandom anyway. [[spoiler:God lied; Carson proposed in the 2014 Christmas special. She said yes.]]
** Isobel Crawley/Dr Clarkson was this for quite a long time. It was eventually revealed to be one-sided [[spoiler:but still proves more popular than the on-and-off ship of Isobel/Lord Merton]].
** Despite [[spoiler:Matthew dying]] at the end of the 2012 Christmas special, [[spoiler:Mary/Matthew remains much more popular than the other possible Mary ships that the writers have tried to introduce.]]
** Atticus Aldridge and Rose [=MacClare=] is by far the most well recieved and popular ship involving Rose. [[spoiler: Bonus points that it occured at the time where many consider Rose was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap and that they actually got married.]]
** Joseph Molesley/Phyllis Baxter, given the fact that they are ''always'' together, are both EnsembleDarkhorses almost universally loved by the fanbase, and the fact that they are sensible, incredibly kind people, to the point where nobody really ships them with anyone but each other.
* [[FlirtyStepsiblings Derek/Casey]] and [[PlatonicLifePartners Edwin/Lizzie]] are this in ''LifeWithDerek''.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' has the pairing of Bo/Lauren. Kenzi/Dyson is also a popular pairing. Even the showrunners have acknowledged Bo/Lauren as the superior couple to Bo/Dyson.
** To really drive the point home, in 2013 E! Weekly had a contest to see who the best couple on television was. Bo/Lauren won.
* Most fanfiction you see about the show ''Series/ShakeItUp'' will be Cece/Rocky.
* Harry/Nina from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. One episode demonstrated their potential, but they broke up before they ever got together due to a OneDialogueTwoConversations misunderstanding.
* Lilly and Scotty from ''Series/ColdCase'', who had a clear UnresolvedSexualTension in the early seasons (even lampshaded by John Smith, who bluntly asks Scotty, "You get a piece of that? Bet you think about it from time to time.") [[MayDecemberRomance Lilly and Stillman]] also have their fans.
* While Ally from ''Series/AustinAndAlly'' has a huge crush on [[SatelliteLoveInterest Dallas]], fans overwhelmingly prefer her with Austin, even though they're JustFriends. Trish and Dez are rather popular as well.
* In ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'', Helen/Druitt is canon; however, Helen/Tesla is more favored both in and out of universe, especially by Tesla.
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'': Despite the fact that a) Howard and Mrs. Gideon were never a couple, and b) it was obvious that she was never meant to be a serious contender for Howard's affections, it doesn't stop fans from hating her, probably because she distracted from the {{UST}} between Howard and Vince. Many breathed a sigh of relief when she did not appear in the other two seasons. The writers themselves, who play the characters, actively encouraged the pairing, and intentionally wrote vast mounts of HoYay into their interactions, to the point they even fell in love and kissed in the next to final episode. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt claimed they were originally going to write in a sex scene, but decided to save that for if they ever decided to make a movie.
* Many ''Series/ThreesCompany'' fans over the years have expressed disappointment that Jack and Janet didn't get together in the end.
%%* Ben and Series/{{Felicity}}, apparently, even if he was a slimy git.
* On ''Series/{{Nikita}}'':
** [[MentorShip Michael×Nikita]], also Thom×Alex which is [[spoiler: quite impossible due to Thom's death in the 11th episode.]]
** Although after the reveal that [[spoiler: Michael's daughter would be close to Alex's age]] the former lost a lot of appeal for many viewers.
** And now Michael/Nikita has graduated to OfficialCouple.
* In ''TheSecretCircle'', Cassie and Jake or Faye seem to be more popular than the OfficialCouple of Cassie/Adam where the show seems to be leading us. Not to mention Faye and Diana to a ridiculous extent based on all the FoeYay. Wetpaint recently ran a "who should Faye be with" poll. Only Lee and Jake were mentioned in the title and the article itself, but the poll also included Diana. [[http://www.wetpaint.com/the-secret-circle/articles/who-should-faye-be-with-on-the-secret-circle-jake-armstrong-or-lee-labeque?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Diana won with over 87% of the vote.]]
** And when the official Secret Circle website ran a "Couples March Madness" competition, not only did Faye and Diana win, but they absolutely destroyed every single couple they went up against, including [[http://secretcircle.alloyentertainment.com/the-secret-circle-march-madness-final-round/ beating the aforementioned Jake/Cassie in the final with 92% of the vote]].
* Zack and Bailey is very popular among older fans of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''. The fact that Cody and Bailey alternate between SickeninglySweethearts and fighting all of the time helps.
** In the original series, fans wish Zack would drop the GirlOfTheWeek in favor of Maddie (Although it's Maddie who is resistant to it) or [[{{Tomboy}} Max]], who actually does like him.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'' had Luke and Laura, right from the beginning.
* ''{{Roswell}}'' has Max/Tess and Isobel/Michael.
* Following the events of the eighth season of ''TwoPintsOfLagerAndAPacketOfCrisps'', a fair few fans want [[spoiler:Janet and Wesley]] to get together.
** When it looked as if Gaz and Janet were going to become an OfficialCouple, the fans clamoured for Gaz and Donna to make a return. [[spoiler:It worked.]]
* ''Series/HartOfDixie'' has Zoe/Wade.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** The vast majority of fans prefer [[HoYay Mulan and Aurora]] over Phillip and Aurora. As of ''Quite a Common Fairy'' so does Mulan as she has an AbortedDeclarationOfLove to Aurora. Some fans also ship Mulan with merida
** Despite [[WordOfGod multiple writers, including the creators,]] [[ShipSinking constantly stating that its not the direction they're taking the show and never was]], the CrackShip[=/=]FoeYay pairing of Swan Queen (Regina/Emma), is a popular fan couple. Unfortunately, and possibly because of above WordOfGod, there's a good number of DieForOurShip folks amongst the shippers.
*** Swan Queen is actually a {{Downplayed}} version of this. [[OfficialCouple Captain Swan's]] fanbase is almost as large as Swan Queen's, and the only reason why Snow Queen's is larger is because it's been around longer (Regina was introduced in the first episode and Hook wasn't introduced until Season 2).
** Another FoeYay pairing, Captain Hook/Emma (Captain Swan), is one of the most popular fan couples to arise from the show. Tumblr alone has a ''huge'' Captain Swan fanbase, and more recently, the pair were a nominated for the 2013 People's Choice Awards "Hottest TV Couple" contest, against popular canon couples. [[spoiler: As of the Season 3 finale, they're upgraded to OfficialCouple.]].
* Bridget/Andrew is this for ''Series/{{Ringer}}'' fans. They technically ''are'' a couple, but fans are rooting for them to be a completely honest couple where Andrew knows that Bridget is Bridget.
* David/Colby. It seems like half of the ''Series/NUMB3RS'' fandom ships these two. The other half ships Charlie/Colby.
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' has Zack and Lisa.
* The only {{Official Couple}} in the entire ''Series/{{Red Dwarf}}'' series was Lister/Kochanski, yet they are almost universally despised by the fandom - mainly due to Kochanski's role as {{Replacement Scrappy}} . The most popular ship in the show is Rimmer and Lister. On [[http://www.fanfiction.net/tv/Red-Dwarf/ Fanfiction.net]], they have 243 fanfictions to Lister/Kochanski's 12. Funnily enough, Rimmer was the character Kochanski replaced.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Some fans wanted Phoebe to end up with David the Scientist Guy instead of Mike. The odds were definitely in his favor, what with being Phoebe's FirstLove, and almost refusing to move to Minsk for his research, showing just how much he loved her. It didn't help that throughout the storyline where Phoebe was torn between the two, David acted like a gentleman towards his rival, while Mike was a complete douche to him in return. Mike comes across even worse when we later find out that he was ''already'' in a relationship at the time as well! And he proposed to Phoebe on the other woman's ''birthday'', no less! (He probably didn't know, but still, dick move.)
** Many fans (and even the actors themselves!) would have liked to see Joey and Phoebe get together in the end. Sadly the writers thought it would be [[{{PairTheSpares}} too cliche]] (not to mention the fact that they had to free Joey up for the spin-off that Matt [=LeBlanc=] signed on for that Lisa Kudrow didn't.)
** Also Chandler/Monica who were originally meant to be a quick fling but were so popular with the audience that the writers developed the relationship and eventually married them.
* Some ''Series/{{LOST}}'' fans prefer Jack/Sawyer (also known as Jawyer) to pairing either of them with TheScrappy Kate.
* Both Jay/Ebony and Jay/Trudy were more popular than the designated endgame couple Jay/Amber. Most of the ''Series/TheTribe'' Fandom seems to actually quite dislike that pairing for various reasons.
* Carly/Sam are this in ''Series/{{iCarly}}'' due to all the LesYay.
** Although there are a large amount of Carly/Freddie shippers, Sam/Freddie is still by far the most popular ship among fandom. This is despite Freddie harboring a strong crush on Carly for most of the seasons. It doesn't help that producer Dan Schneider is rampant with the constant {{Ship Tease}}, even throwing in a four episode arc dedicated to Sam/Freddie (which, although played as a {{Deconstruction}} of their relationship, ended with them saying "I love you" to each other and making out in an elevator). However, all the actors (or at least Jennette and Nathan) have said to prefer, and it's been strongly hinted, that the series will most probably end with the protagonists remaining as platonic friends.
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'' has Kendall/Logan. James gets shipped with [[LauncherOfAThousandShips everybody]].
* Jane and Billy are this in ''Series/JaneByDesign''.
* There are too many to list in ''Series/{{ER}}'', but the most popular are Carter/Abby and Luka/Sam.
* Annie and Liam have become this in the SequelSeries to ''BeverlyHills90210''. It's weird because they experienced FoeYay in Season 1, became friends in Season 2, started dating in Season 3 with a few breakups in between and broke up in Season 4 and fans want them back together.
** As of the series finale, [[spoiler:''[[TheyDo they're]]'' ''[[LastMinuteHookup engaged]]'']].
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' had Mike and Susan to the point where in the opening of Season 6, [[spoiler: the writers changed the story so that Mike marries Susan solely because of fan backlash.]]
* ''TheEvent'' has [[FoeYayShipping Vicky and Sean]]. Perhaps helped by the fact that Sean's fiancee is [[DamselScrappy Leila]], who gets herself captured at every concievable opportunity and gets more competent characters killed off by [[DoomMagnet being around her!]] The series itself implies that Vicky is attracted to Sean, so there is some basis for it.
* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', despite [[spoiler: the fact that they barely even get to ''speak'' between their affair in the first season and their hookup at the end of the third]], the pairing of Sam and Tara generates much more squee than either does with their other LoveInterests.
** Ever since "Escape from the Dragon House", fans have been ''dying'' to see Sookie/Eric) happen. Recently though the fanbase seems to be divided on whether [[FirstGirlWins Bookie]] should be reintroduced, or if it's Sooric all the way.
*** To make matters worse, there's also Alcide who a large section of the fandom (And {{TVGuide}}) ships Sookie with.
** The pairing of [[FoeYay Pam]]/[[LesYay Tara]] has progressively become very popular since the beginning of Season 4. Humungous amounts of squee erupted after the Season 5 finale.
* Fans of ''Series/LabRats'' like to pair [[GenkiGirl Bree]] with [[BadassBookworm Chase]]. They're technically siblings, but the show isn't clear about whether they're NotBloodSiblings.
* ''PrivatePractice'' has Pete and Violet as of now, Cooper and Violet in Season 1, later Cooper and Charlotte until recently.
** Addison and Sam, until recently when he started getting indecisive. Addison and Jake, on the grounds he actually likes kids and her.
** Also, Naomi and Gabriel.
* While OfficialCouple(s) Ryan and Marissa and (especially) Seth and Summer are very popular in ''Series/TheOC'' fandom, many fans continued to ship Marissa with her short lived bisexual love interest Alex, long after [[PutOnABus she had dropped off the face of the Earth.]] It is also never made clear whether or not Taylor and Ryan ended up together, but the fans are nearly unanimous that they did.
* Fletcher has a crush on Chyna on ''ANTFarm'', but most fanfiction you'll find will ship him with Olive instead. Oddly enough, they were together in the last 3 episodes of the final season but [[spoiler: broke up because Fletcher stays in New York to pursue his dream.]]
* Darren and Nancy are very much this in ''Series/{{HollyOaks}}''. Callum and George also have their fans.
* As of right now, Alek is generally greatly preferred over the canon love interest Brian when it comes to pairing Chloe in ''TheNineLivesOfChloeKing''. [[spoiler: May be becoming AscendedFanon.]] It wasn't.
* The show ''Series/FakingIt'' seems to be trying to sell Karma/Liam as much as Karma/Amy. Pretty much no one is rooting for the first ship. So far every single fanfic is Karmy and Katie Stevens and Rita Volk seem to ship it themselves. Those that do sometimes [[PairTheSpares pair Liam with Shane]].
* In the short-lived ''Series/RubyAndTheRockits'', the favorite couple is Ruby and Jordan despite them being cousins. The fact that it's canon from Jordan's side doesn't help.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' had an extreme example when fans almost universally panned Oliver's official relationship with ex-girlfriend [[{{TheScrappy}} Laurel]] and instead paired him with his partner-in-crime/computer geek Felicity, who started as a [[{{EnsembleDarkHorse}} one-episode guest character.]] The writers seem to be aware of Oliver and Felicity's huge popularity and have invested their time to develop their relationship since season 2 ([[spoiler: they've been canon since the third]]).
** Oliver/Sara are another popular pairing especially in season 2 when they became something of a BattleCouple together with many hoping that they would stay that way and have the famous Green Arrow/Black Canary following of the comics.
** Tommy/Laurel are a very well regarded romance in the Arrow community with many fans regarding them as having far more convincing chemistry and moments together then [[StrangledByTheRedString any of her scenes with Oliver]] thought season 1. It's pretty noteworthy that the two still have a very strong fan following to this day [[spoiler: despite the fact that Tommy's been dead since the end of season 1]].
** On the LesYay side of things Nyssa is often shipped with one of the two Lance sisters. On Sara's end the two were together during her time in the league and Nyssa still has feelings for her although the show has yet to clarify if the two got back together again [[spoiler: when Sara re-joined the league at the end of season 2]]. Meanwhile shipping Nyssa and Laurel together has also become quite popular since season 3 [[spoiler: due to their shared bonding over Sara's death]] with them having many cute interactions together and Laurel becoming a major MoralityPet for Nyssa during the next two seasons.
* In ''SouthOfNowhere'' fanfiction, Kyla/Carmen is just as possible... or probably more than Kyla/Aiden.
* The show ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' did plan on having Cameron and Bianca eventually getting together, but was cancelled before they could. Still you will find very little Bianca/Joey fanfiction. The fact that [[spoiler: they actually ''did'' get together]] in the [[TenThingsIhateAboutYou original 1999 movie]] doesn't hurt either.
* The title character in ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' is with Tony, but fans like to pair her with [[PrecociousCrush Luke]] or [[BirdsOfAFeather Officer Petey]], or for LesYay, Emma.
* Evan is engaged to Paige on ''Series/RoyalPains'', but most fanfiction you'll find will pair him up with Divya.
* Many ''Series/HappyEndings'' fans like the idea of Dave and Penny together, even though Dave is back together with Alex.
* Freddie and Bel are this on ''Series/TheHour''.
* ''Series/BeingHumanUS'' has Aidan and Sally, unsurprising considering the popularity of Mitchell and Annie, the UK equivalents, on [[Series/BeingHumanUK the original show]].
* In ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', [[MagnificentBitch Emily]] is in a LoveTriangle with Daniel and Jack. However, many fans like the idea of her with [[BiTheWay Nolan]], even though WordOfGod says they're supposed to be LikeBrotherAndSister.
* Most ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' fans like the idea of [[TheSnarkKnight Gabe]] and [[LittleMissBadass Jo]] getting together eventually. They weren't exactly thrilled with the introduction of a new LoveInterest (and what later turned out to be a [[GirlOfTheWeek revolving door of love interests]]) for Gabe in Season 3.
* ''Series/HowToBeIndie'' has Indie/Carlos due to all the FoeYay, and to a lesser extent, Abi/Marlon.
* ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' had a minor one with Nico and Portlyn which continued into Season 2 even though Portlyn was written out of existence.
* Despite some ShipTease with Danni, fans of ''Series/{{Endgame}}'' prefer to ship Arkady with either [[WideEyedIdealist Sam]] or [[NinjaMaid Alcina]].
* A lot of people ship Kiera with Kellogg in ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' due to FoeYay and BelligerentSexualTension; however, it's largely one-way as Kiera is keeping faithful to her husband from 2077. [[spoiler: As of season three, Kellogg is dead and Kiera is with a new time-traveling character. ]]
* Riley/Danny seems to be this for the ''BabyDaddy'' fandom so far. Part of it seems to be that unlike most characters similar to Danny (tall, handsome, super successful), he's actually a really down to earth character who clearly loves and prioritizes his friends and family over the visages of wealth. For reference, the lowest salary of a pro-hockey player is about half a million dollars so Danny doesn't need to live with his brother because of money issues. The back story reveals he liked Riley even when she was 'Fat Pants'.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kevin]] and [[CuteBruiser Macy]] were very popular in the first season of ''{{Jonas}}'' due to the both of them being able to accept and understand each others' quirks, not to mention the fact that Kevin was the first of the brothers to tolerate her LoonyFan tendencies. Many fans didn't like it when Macy's personality was changed to make it more compatible with Nick's in the second season.
* Crews and Reese are this in ''{{Life}}'' despite the fact that Reese is dating Tidwell.
* A bizarre number of ''Series/HarpersIsland'' fans ship [[spoiler: Henry/Abby]].
* Lewis and Hobson in ''Series/{{Lewis}}'', until series 7 when they finally become an OfficialCouple.
* Joan and Sherlock in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Repeated ShipSinking by WordOfGod doesn't deter the shippers much. Keep in mind this takes the preferred couple from Sherlock Holmes and makes Watson female.
** Joan/[[spoiler: Moriarty ]] is gaining reasonable amounts of fans after the season one finale.
* Fans of ''Series/SleepyHollow'' have been shipping Ichabod and Abbie since the pilot. After "[[ShipTease The Sin Eater]]", the {{squee}} could be heard from space.
** After "Necromancer" a lot of fans have started shipping Jenny and Irving.
* Danny and Lacey in ''Series/{{Twisted}}'' was this before the show even started airing.
** Tess/Karen is quickly starting to become this as well.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Alex and Izzie, one of the {{Beta Couple}}s until Izzie was PutOnABus and they divorced. Every time Alex gets a new LoveInterest, the fans just [[ReplacementScrappy complain about wanting Izzie back]], which [[RealLifeWritesThePlot will probably never happen.]]
* Rayna and Deacon on ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' became this more or less from the pilot, helped by their emotional history [[spoiler: (e.g. his being the father of her firstborn)]].
* Despite Will awkwardly flirting with and kissing Alana Bloom and the deliberate UST between Hannibal and Bedelia Du Maurier, a majority of the ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' fandom ships Hannibal with Will.
** At the conclusion of the series' third season, [[spoiler: [[OfficialCouple Alana and Margot]] are married with a son while [[TheyDo Hannibal and Will consummate their love by sharing a kill and running off together]]. Season four would have been them on the run.]]
* The ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' fandom fell for the UST filled Nina and Fabian early on, and shipped them ravenously in the following seasons, even after Nina had left the show. Helps that they also became an OfficialCouple at the end of Season 1, and then again at the end of Season 2.
** At the end of the first season, many fans seemed to like the idea of the pairings being Nina/Fabian, [[BetaCouple Amber/Alfie]], [[OppositesAttract Mara/Mick]] and [[PairTheSpares Patricia/Jerome]], which paired everyone except Joy (who, as a result, would be paired with future character Eddie), and was basically how things ended at the end of that season, anyways. By the second season however, things became much more complicated in the shipping world...
* Long before MTV's ''FakingIt'' even premiered, people were shipping the main characters Karma and Amy together. Being a fictional couple InUniverse helps.
* The two leading ships in the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' fandom are [=FitzSimmons=] and [=SkyeWard=]. The Skyewarders are a pretty persistent bunch; not even [[spoiler: Ward being revealed as a HYDRA plant and a villain]] could [[ShipSinking sink that ship]].
** There's also some heavy [=Philinda=] shipping going on. How the last few episodes of Season 2 affect things remains to be seen.
** While Fitzsimmons and Skyeward were the show's intended pairings from the start, they hardly maintain the adoration and loyalty of the fans the way Skimmons, Tripskye, Fitzmack, and even Ward/Simmons (Biospecialist) do. Skye's outright rejection of Ward on every level helps sink the ship even further.
* Logan and Jasmine in ''Series/IDidntDoIt''.
* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'': Wes/Laurel is gaining a following too due to their BirdsOfAFeather personalities and that their canon love interests are [[BaseBreakingCharacter Rebecca]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Frank]].
* Jim Gordon and Leslie Thompkins in ''Series/{{Gotham}}''.
* Henry and Charlotte from ''Series/HenryDanger'' are already this due to Charlotte being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Henry's only female friend]] and being his SecretKeeper.
* Peggy and Jarvis in ''Series/AgentCarter''. Not only do they have natural chemistry together, it helps Jarvis treats Peggy with '''a lot''' more respect than her coworkers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjEaJc6RNVQ A Valentine's Day promo even outright billed them as a couple]]. Despite this, though, it ain't happening because Jarvis has been stated by the writers to be utterly faithful to his wife.
** Peggy and Angie is just as popular as, if not more than, Peggy/Jarvis. It helps that Angie fulfills a lot of the roles that a love interest would typically take in superhero/spy movies, such as [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies finding some resistance from Peggy when she tries to bond with her]], [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife being irritated when the hero's double life interferes with her being able to spend time with Peggy]], and trusting Peggy so much that when [[spoiler:Peggy is being pursued by the SSR]], she helps her without asking for any kind of explanation.
* 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.
* Matt/Claire in ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', due to Karen being a BaseBreakingCharacter and a strong chemistry between the actors despite being [[ShipSinking sunk]] by Matt himself. Some fans even said they won't mind if the ship is the show's main couple over some of Matt's more popular girlfriends from comic book such as ComicBook/{{Elektra}}, or ship them anyway despite knowing that it won't last.
** Karen/[[ComicBook/ThePunisher Frank]] ships started popping up almost immediately after Season 2 dropped, quickly becoming the most popular Karen pairing. A major reason for this is their complete unfiltered honesty with one another, which was a breath of fresh air in a show full of people keeping secrets from one another (and especially from Karen).
* The ''Series/TheAstronautWivesClub'' fandom seems to have really latched on to the pairing of Max and Louise, particularly given Alan's characterization early in the series.
* Jax and Emma in ''Series/EveryWitchWay'', to the point where fandom literally voted in their preference to make them the show's official couple.
* Many fans of ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[ToyShip like the idea]] of Elmo and Zoe together. There's no romance in canon due to their young ages, however the series pushes Elmo and Abby as friends more than Elmo and Zoe. Most of the fans likely outgrew ''Sesame Street'' before Abby appeared or early into her run.
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