->''"Several times throughout the existing episodes they hint that [[UptightLovesWild a romantic subplot]] is going to occur between [[Series/FreeSpirit Thomas and Winnie]], and...I just can't support it. Sticking the best character in the series and the worst character in the series together is a terrible idea."''
-->--'''[[Website/PlatypusComix Peter Paltridge]]''', "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/darkvault/freespirit.html Dark TV Vault: Free Spirit]]"

The opposite of ShippingGoggles, where no matter ''how'' powerful the evidence or prevalent the ShipTease is, someone insists that there is no way a particular couple could ever be canon. It might be because they have laser-focused shipping goggles for a [[OneTruePairing particular ship]] that [[ShipToShipCombat conflicts with the indicated one]]. It might be because the relationship is {{slash| fic}}/{{yaoi| guys}}/[[SchoolgirlLesbians yuri]] and they refuse to accept even the possibility that there's intentional HoYay there. Maybe the relationship is heterosexual, and they think HetIsEw. Maybe the plot, canon, and even [[WordOfGod the author]] endorse one pairing, but they ''totally'' realize that the characters are Meant To Be with someone else, characterization and previous behavior be damned. Point is, they're not seeing something others do in the shipping arena.

Compare NoHuggingNoKissing.



[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist''
** By the end of the series, Ed and Winry are 100% official, and Roy and Riza are as close to an official couple as you can get without official declaration. The {{Yaoi Fan|girl}}s refuse to see this, as it interferes with Ed/Roy. They claim that Ed has a "{{tsundere}}" reaction to Roy (after all, the [[BelligerentSexualTension more passionate he appears to hate him]], [[TheMasochismTango the more passionate his underlying love must be]]!), when in fact his true tsundere behavior is [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend towards Winry]]. Other people refusing to see this are: Elricest shippers, Olivier/Roy shippers, Roy/Winry shippers, Hawkeye/Havoc shippers, Havoc/Roy shippers and some people who insist that one or both of the two couples are PlatonicLifePartners.
** In general, the ShipToShipCombat in the manga fandom is between people who believe that Roy/Riza and Al/Mei are all {{Official Couple}}s and people who believe that there's not enough evidence that they're anything more than friends. Given the heavy implications that was presented for each of these couples (Roy/Riza in particular), one is inclined to wonder just how much ''more'' evidence these couples need to get out of "friends" territory.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', [[SugarAndIcePersonality Heero]] and [[{{Ojou}} Relena]] are a borderline OfficialCouple- both of their {{character development}}s center almost entirely around interactions with the other, and most of the sidestory manga (penned by the anime's writing staff) lean this way as well, with one having an [[DidTheyOrDidntThey ambiguous kiss]]. In response many {{Yaoi Fan|girl}}s turn [[RonTheDeathEater Relena into]] [[DieForOurShip a shrieking harpy]], and putting Heero squarely in [[TheLancer Duo]]'s pants. Duo, meanwhile, not only [[ShipperOnDeck tries to set Heero and Relena up together]], but has a girlfriend named [[WrenchWench Hilde]] [[AffirmativeActionGirl Schbeiker]], who he has chemistry and a good bit of ShipTease with - also blocked out by the Anti Goggles, though Hilde is mostly liked, and only ''very'' rarely subjected to DieForOurShip treatment.
* Oh, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fandom, how this trope fits you. Certain Ichigo/Rukia fans don't see any possibility of Ichigo/Orihime happening to the point that they flat out reject the proposal that ''maybe'' [[spoiler: Ichigo turning into a monster to protect Orihime and attacking even ''Ishida'' when he tries to reason with him]] could imply he does feel something towards her. Likewise, some Ichigo/Orihime fans reject any scenes that hint towards Ichigo/Rukia (like 'Rukia stopped the rain'). The anime producers apparently have Anti Goggles on too, doing their best to downplay/ignore Orihime's feelings for Ichigo while giving Rukia several ShipTease scenes with Ichigo that weren't present in the original manga. Overall, it's a mixed bag, with most fans simply wanting an open-ended/couple-less ending.
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''
** Some fans refused to believe Tomoyo was actually in love with Sakura, insisting her gestures and affection and even her declaration of "liking" Sakura that way were just friendly and nothing else.
** [[YaoiGuys Touya and Yukito]] sometimes get this treatment; despite numerous hints about something going on between them and Yukito telling Sakura that he loves Touya the most, some fans still insist that they're just ''really close '''best''' friends'' and only {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s would think there was anything romantic in their relationship.
* In-story example: Sonoko/Serena from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' ''really'' thinks that Shinichi/Jimmy isn't good enough for her best friend Ran/Rachel and leaves it ''very'' clear.
* Very frequent among ''Manga/OnePiece'' anti-shippers. WordOfGod clearly says if you want that sort of thing you should read a shojou manga, and many shippers have ShippingGoggles glued to their face, but how adamant and defensive many fans are about using this trope goes well beyond guarding the integrity of Oda's work. When people start claiming one of the main male characters is asexual despite evidence to the contrary, and that there isn't any sex in the ''OP'' universe period, you start to wonder...
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''
** Ironically history-based shipping, the very thing that makes the setting fertile ground for ShippingGoggles, can lead to Anti Goggles if taken too far. The most militantly "historical" fans insist that a ship with a strong historical background in real life is automatically more canon than other, "less historical" ships involving the same characters, even if said "less historical" ships have more evidence and shown interactions in canon. Doesn't matter that ''APH'' was never meant to be a 100% strict interpretation of real-life international relations, or that personalities clearly play ''some'' role too in how well the characters get along, or that ''any'' history-based pairing is only possible through a very selective reading of history (canon couples included) -- real-life historical basis (or one's own selective reading of history) is ''all'' that matters! Most extreme are the fans who insist that ships like Greece/Japan, England/Japan or even Spain/Romano have no history together. Apparently, they didn't bother to do anything like a simple Google search for Nation A + Nation B + relations.
** Romano being his usual {{Tsundere}} self with Spain? He ''obviously'' hates Spain and takes delight in abusing him. It's not like he ever did anything like frantically search for a cure for Spain when he fell sick in canon, after all.
** Austria chiding Hungary for something? ''Obviously'' he is a control freak who gets off on punishing her. And Hungary is a SatelliteLoveInterest who doesn't deserve kindness from him. They are ''obviously'' just friends because they're no longer "married" and hence can never ''ever'' get romantically involved again, their Christmas outing was just them hanging out as friends and in ''no way'' resembled a date, and Austria shows no romantic interest in Hungary whatsoever and certainly doesn't do anything explicitly romantic for her like, say, sending her gifts for Valentine's Day.
** Greece's feelings for Japan are ''obviously'' 100% friendship. His night with Japan was either AllJustADream or the natural result of [[HatesBeingTouched someone like Japan]] sleeping with someone he considers 100% a friend, his fights with Turkey over which one of them Japan prefers prove how much he wants to be JustFriends with Japan, and the UmbrellaOfTogetherness scene where he thinks about how he'd much rather have Japan erotically humiliating him than thinking his hair's messy means nothing important and certainly doesn't hint at any attraction to Japan at all.
** There are some people who insist that there is absolutely no canon male/male love in the series and that any claims to the contrary are just the {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s blowing {{subtext}} out of proportion. While the series isn't as laden with HoYay as some of its {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s would have you believe, it still has some moments that are nigh impossible to write off as anything ''but'' romantic love, such as Sweden calling Finland his "wife" and Italy ''outright saying'' to Germany that his first love was a boy.
* ''DGrayman'': Allen has absolutely ''no'' attraction to Lenalee. If he's a confirmed CelibateHero, that must mean that he has never felt any sort of romantic feelings toward her, and never will. So what if the official [[WordOfGod relationship chart]] and an early manga scene say he thinks "she's so cute..." or that he got nervous and disappointed when he heard that Lavi was interested in Lenalee? That must mean that he's [[HoYay interested in Lavi]].
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
** Alucard obviously has only platonic feelings for Integra Hellsing and otherwise if he doesn't ''secretly'' hate her. Really secretly. He never said he was turned on by her or flirted with her or had romantic implications with anyone (his reason to travel to England wasn't a woman in the first place, damned be the text). She would marry and [[HeirClubForMen have babies to continue Hellsing]], instead of [[IWillWaitForYou anxiously waiting for his return for 30 years single and chaste]] and are finally reunited in a chapter called Romancia where their relationship isn't presented as master/servant.
** Alucard is ''never'' kind to Seras, and never even thinks of her as anything more than a perfect object of his abuse. Saving her life (by turning her into a vampire, but anyway) in the very first chapter when he didn't really need to? Patting her on the head and feeling proud of her? Calling her "my beloved servant"? Nah, such things never happened.
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
** Militant Sesshomaru/Rin and Sesshomaru/Kagura fans locked in ShipToShipCombat fall victim to this mentality, with the former camp insisting that there's absolutely ''no'' evidence that Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura were anything more than respect for a fallen comrade, and the latter camp insisting that there's absolutely ''no'' ambiguity that Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura were romantic, unlike his feelings for Rin which are fatherly. Sesshomaru/Rin fans clash with every Sesshomaru/Female ship that exists, including Sesshomaru/Kagome and Sesshomaru/Kikyo.
** Ditto with Inuyasha/Kagome vs. Inuyasha/Kikyo. Proponents of the former like to think that the latter was based on some sort of escape fantasy with no real love behind it (Inuyasha not wanting to be a [[HalfHumanHybrid hanyou]], Kikyo wanting to be a "[[IJustWantToBeNormal normal girl]]"), while Inuyasha/Kikyo fans like to think of Kagome as a ReplacementGoldfish in spite of Inuyasha explicitly stating in canon that he does ''not'' think of Kagome as just Kikyo's replacement. And it was painfully obvious from the start that Inuyasha was in love with them ''both''.
* ''SoulEater'': There is no way Maka and Soul are even a bit attracted, or even attached, to each other. So what if they practically need each other's support and are willing to put themselves through mental or physical pain just so that the other could be happy or survive? It's clear they have just as strong a relationship with other characters. And that dance they shared in Soul's soul room? Normal. And that chapter in the manga where it is revealed that Maka envies others, particularly girls, who can relate to Soul more than her? It's just a sign that she cares about him as a brother.
* Some non-yaoi loving fans of ''NabariNoOu'' insist that Miharu and Yoite are "just a bromance and nothing more". That being said, the nature of their relationship ''is'' [[HoYay rather]] [[AmbiguouslyGay ambiguous]], so technically it could be interpreted either way.
* There are fans of ''LightNovel/{{No6}}'' who can be pretty scary in regards to this trope. Nevermind the fact that Shion and Nezumi share a bed. A lot. Nevermind that Shion goes [[{{Yandere}} yandere]] for Nezumi several times. Nevermind that Nezumi flirts with Shion constantly and even slow danced with him once. Nevermind that the two of them kissed ''on the lips'' twice, and Shion [[AmbiguouslyGay barely has any reaction when a girl kisses him but knows exactly how to react when a guy kisses him]]. Nope, they're ''totally'' just best friends. Nothing further than that.
* ''{{Slayers}}'': Some fans insist that Amelia's feelings for Zelgadis are unrequited. Admittedly, Zelgadis keeps his feelings close to his chest, but there are a few scenes that make it clear that he at least has some feelings for her. The most blatant of these being when he almost drowns, then feigns unconsciousness after Amelia mentions mouth-to-mouth (this doesn't work out the way he expected it to).
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the two most canon-ish pairings that people still bother to ship each hinge on something like half a dozen panels of honest-to-god development - which means that successfully casting doubt on a "moment" equals rhetorical devastation. This, and the fact that these two are ''rival'' pairings, leads to the ShipToShipCombat being largely composed of "nuh-uh, that doesn't count"s of various magnitudes of absurdity:
** Guy said he's in love with a girl? Not relevant any more, because he hasn't acted like it in a long time (never mind the tendency of things in the manga to disappear for 700 chapters and then pop back up like nothing happened).
** Guy and girl repeatedly interact and appear to grow closer each time? It's one-sided and every one of those interactions has obviously had the sole purpose of resolving her character arc and making way for more important things (yes, all five times).
** Old generation / New generation couple parallelism? It's not there, and further, it being there has no meaning whatsoever, and further, if you think about it, the other girl is the better fit for this parallel, even if all logic dictates she isn't, because etc.
** Guy and girl [[spoiler:holding hands for 2 chapters and he's thanking her for being by his side all this time]]? Well technically this also served [[StatusBuff another functional purpose]] so ''that'' is probably why it had to happen. Further, this is just resolving her character arc. Again. Move along, nothing to see here.
** "Main Guy / Main Girl syndrome"? "Shonen hero gets what he wants"? Abonimable, cliche'd oversimplifications that ought to have zero bearing on the discussion despite their annoying tendency to, in actuality, happen.
** Girl has openly, tearfully and ''repeatedly'' confessed her love for a guy in very clear terms, with her undying love further confirmed in both [[AllThereinTheManual databooks]] and [[WordofGod interviews]]? It doesn't matter. She's just confused, she doesn't know how she feels, and she ought to get over it and love someone else.
* At the end of ''Anime/KillLaKill'' Ryoko and Mako kiss and go on a date together, which according to some Mako/Gamagoori shippers doesn't mean anything, claiming that girls platonically kiss each other and go on platonic dates all the time, and that anyone who sees anything else just have Yuri Goggles strapped to their head.
* There are people who watched ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' and don't think Homura is in love with Madoka. All she endured, all she suffered, all [[spoiler:the endless time loops]] in which she fought, ''all'' to save Madoka, and explicitly stating in the end of ''Rebellion'' that "love" is her motivation? That could mean anything!
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', like with most things, keeps Shinji's relationship with both Rei and Asuka deliberately ambiguous. There are numerous scenes that imply a budding romance, and just as many scenes implying such a relationship either doesn't exist or is outright creepy, so someone on any side of the argument has evidence. For Shinji's relationship with ''Kaworu'' however, it's made blatantly apparent they have feelings for each other and the anime and manga both explicitly use love to describe their relationship. The amount of energy some people have put into denying this is impressive to say the least.

* There are at least a few fans of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie who insist that Spock and Uhura are just friends, despite the fact that they ''kiss'' onscreen. This reasoning seems to be split about equally between people who [[FanPreferredCouple ship a competing couple]], and people who [[NoHuggingNoKissing dislike the romance in general]].

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Possibly the most notorious example of this is how a small but vocal (sadly, [[VocalMinority VERY vocal]]) faction of Harry/Hermione shippers adamantly refused to believe that JK Rowling was intending for Ron and Hermione to become a canon couple and dropping, in her own words, "''anvil''-sized hints" about it. Even after the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince sixth book]], in which Ron and Hermione are very clearly shown to [[GreenEyedEpiphany get jealous whenever they see the other person going out with someone else]] and Harry himself notes this (who enters a relationship with Ginny in the same book), the FanDumb ''still'' persisted. They have even mocked J.K. Rowling's "anvil-sized hints" phrase, and some insist that she accidentally wrote Harry/Hermione when meaning to write Harry/Ginny, and that every part of the romance subplots from Book 5 on was just her scrambling to correct her mistakes.
-->"Fans might think that's even more reason why Hermione should end up with Harry but Rowling said she always knew that Ron and Hermione were meant to be together, just as she thought Harry and Ginny were meant to be together. "I thought it was obvious, but apparently there are Internet wars about this," she said. "And they get very vicious."
* In a ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book, Bumblestripe seemed to crush on Dovewing. Many Ivy/Bumble fans wholeheartedly deny any kind of romance between them, though they have a right to be annoyed-- Vicky, one of the authors, and the leader of the "Erins", said on facebook that Bumblestripe had a huge crush on Ivypool, and Ivy/Bumble fans "may like the way this is played out!". Then, after the whole Dove/Bumble thing, Vicky denied that she had ever said anything!

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Before and after more overt affections of romance have been declared by him, a very loud contingent of ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans have insisted that the Doctor was asexual and stubbornly resisted all hints to the contrary. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that is all we shall say on the matter]].
* During the first few seasons of ''Series/TheXFiles'', the fandom was split (more or less amicably) between "shippers" and "noromos". "Shippers" were in favour of a romantic relationship between Mulder and Scully, while "noromos" were against it. (This may be the earliest use of the word "shipping" in fandom. Back then, it wasn't thought necessary to modify "shipping" with the character names, since there were only two characters in ''The X-Files'' who ''could'' plausibly undergo a RelationshipUpgrade.) What makes it epic is that WordOfGod supported the noromos, until it turned out there was some LyingCreator going on.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Until the Danny Messer/Lindsay Monroe pairing became canon towards the end of Season Three, a very vocal segment of the fandom, motivated by their disbelief that native Staten Islander Danny could ever be interested in country girl Lindsay or their shipping of Danny with fellow New Yorker Don Flack, grasped at straws for any sign that TPTB acknowledged their distaste for Danny/Lindsay, or at least the mere presence of the anti-shippers. The greatest vitriol from the anti-shippers [[MisBlamed seemed to be reserved for Anna Belknap, the actress who played Lindsay]]; they searched desperately for not just any sign that Danny might lose interest in Lindsay, but for any indication that the cast, especially Carmine Giovinazzo, Danny's actor, actually hated Ms. Belknap in real life and did not like or want to work with her. When Danny [[ComfortingTheWidow slept with single mother Rikki after the death of her son]] in Season Four (which Danny felt responsible for), the anti-shippers cheered the possibility that Danny/Lindsay might be finished. Unfortunately for them, Danny and Lindsay married the following season and became parents to little Lucy Messer. As of the end of Season Eight, Mr. and Mrs. Messer are still happily married parents, but the anti-shippers march on to this day.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Many people, even if they don't ship the opposite Carly/Freddie pairing, refuse to even acknowledge the idea of a Sam/Freddie ship after they watched the episode ''iMeet Fred'' ([[KickTheDog That's if they kept watching the show after that]]). There are also fans who want no shipping at all, and the WordOfGod has espoused that viewpoint occasionally, usually after he starts a ship war and gets the heck flamed out of him.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** While this doesn't happen so often with pairings on the show, much of the fandom refuses to acknowledge the cast members' relationships with people outside of the cast, such as Lea Michele's relationship with Cory Monteith and Darren Criss' relationship with his girlfriend Mia Swier.
** There are very loud (and very vocal) sections of the fandom that will spend a scary amount of time hating on certain ships. The anti-Klaine crowd makes a LOT of noise, twisting canon events to make one of the characters evil. Anti-Finchel shippers also make a lot of noise.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Is Dean/Cas canon? No, it's not, and whether or not it has a chance is up for [[RuleofCautiousEditingJudgement endless debate]]. But there are those who insist Dean doesn't love Castiel in ''any'' way, including in a familial way. Because the first thing one thinks about when learning that somebody spent a year in a hellish dimension of eternal predation, staying even when they had a way out in order to continue desperately searching for someone else and literally praying for them to come back every night, is "Gee, he must not really care about that guy."
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': You wouldn't know it from the online community surrounding the show, but not 100% of the fans see the John/Sherlock subtext, or if they do see it, they ignore it, feeling that Sherlock is too socially disconnected to feel romantic attraction, or that the relationship is getting forced by having too many [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]] (Mrs. Hudson, Moriarty, Irene Adler, Mycroft, etc.).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The obviously intentional [[WordOfGod and acknowledged]] LesYay vibe between Fang and Vanille in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. If you squint really hard, you can say they're just friends, and many people do.
* Good God, Sora[=/=]Kairi. While they aren't an actual item in the series, it's obvious in each ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game (to the point where Sora imagines himself and Kairi in the place of OfficialCouple Jack Skellington and Sally ''in a slow dance''), yet the number of fans who insist that the pairing doesn't exist and that Sora will end up with Riku in the end is staggering. Keep in mind that Riku himself is heavily implied to have a (albeit one-sided) crush on ''Kairi'' in canon, something that these fans also refuse to see. Kazushige Nojima can be blamed for this; he's the one who wrote the scene of [[TearsOfJoy Sora crying]] at Riku's feet in The World That Never Was. Square might want to ''not'' hire him next time.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is a ''very'' dangerous place for this. A lot of the disagreements stem from TheAnimeOfTheGame, which essentially canonized a ship that wasn't explicitly canon in the game. Here's the breakdown; the anime makes Lloyd and Colette the OfficialCouple, but the game has a system of RelationshipValues and it's entirely possible, even easy, to attain explicitly romantic scenes with Lloyd and any one of the other female party members. Probably the best way to think of it without starting a flame war is that the anime is one possible interpretation of the way the game can happen - so while Lloyd/Colette might be the preferred pairing of the developers, this doesn't invalidate those who say, for example, that Sheena/Lloyd is also potentially canon in the same way a romance in a Bioware game might be (although, you know, rated Teen.)
** In [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld the sequel]] there are those with Anti Goggles on so tight that Emil and Marta are totally "just friends", despite ''her entire character being based on her obsession with him''.
* Many ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' fans take this attitude towards the relatively canon pairings of Ellis/Zoey and Rochelle/Francis.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' is a rather staggering example, considering that among other things, Leon takes a bullet for Ada, she caresses his face and kisses him before passing out, the ending of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' six years later shows Leon explaining that he can't let Ada go, and the entirety of Separate Ways basically consists of Ada protecting Leon from behind the scenes, even disobeying Wesker and killing Krauser to do so. Despite this, roughly 70% of the fandom is convinced that the kiss didn't count, the pairing has zero backing, Ada is a bitch, and Leon and Claire are obviously in true love despite little to no on-screen development between them.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'': Snake is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday straight.]] Otacon is just his friend. There's nothing going on between them at all. WordOfGod? Kojima's trolling. Copious [[ShipTease ship teasing?]] I don't know what you're talking about.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Two of the most glaring examples come from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]] sector. Fans decry the possibility of Ike and Soren being YaoiGuys by claiming "[[UnfortunateImplications Ike's too cool to be gay!]]", claiming that it's all in the heads of yaoi fangirls and some even trying to use [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Priam]] to disprove the pairing. And Heather totally isn't a lesbian! Sure, she doesn't like men and flirts with women (especially Nephenee), but [[UnfortunateImplications that just means she hasn't met the right man yet]] (despite [[WordOfGay NoJ stating]] that it's in her born nature to like girls)!
** Lyn/Florina and Raven/Lucius from the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Elibe]] games may very well be the Ike/Soren and Heather predecessors. Fans continually denied that there could be anything other than 100% platonic friendship between those pairs, ignoring Florina's incessant fangirling of Lyn or the pretty obvious romantic undertones of Raven and Lucius's A support and ending. The anti-slash goggles have come back in full swing for ''Awakening'', denying and bashing popular ships such as Gerome/Inigo and Severa/Lucina, whining that it "ruins friendship".
** Even some het pairs aren't immune to this. Erk/Serra used to get a lot of bad press from fans who cried "ew, no, those two hate each other!", for example. Levin/anyone else but Fury? [[DieForOurShip Forget it, he never loved that clingy jealous bitch Sylvia and Tiltyu was never even a possibility!]] Some anti-Ephraim/Tana fans hated the pairing so much they'd accuse people who ''did'' ship it of "missing the point" and even flat-out tell them how wrong they were. And some rabid Robin/Lucina fans deny that Lucina has any chemistry whatsoever with Gerome.
* Some ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fans resolutely denied any sexual tension between a male [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] and Kaidan. All the HoYay was born from the fevered imaginations of YaoiFangirls. Even Kaidan's line about losing Shepard being like losing a limb was just an expression of an extremely close friendship. When ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' made a RelationshipUpgrade a legitimate option, those same detractors immediately turned around and started complaining about SuddenlySexuality.

* A portion of the ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' fandom doesn't seem to consider Sollux and Feferi anything but close friends. This is split about evenly between preferring Sollux with Aradia and just not paying attention.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': More extreme Katara/Zuko shippers have this when it comes to Mai/Zuko and Aang/Katara, to the point of DieForOurShip. Some manage to claim the legend of Oma and Shu is meant to represent Zuko and Katara... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint when the symbolism is clearly pointing to Aang and Katara]]. Parodied in "[[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs Ember Island Players]]" where a Fire Nation play [[FandomNod depicts]] Katara as LikeBrotherAndSister with Aang and drooling all over Zuko, all of which disgusts the real Katara and Zuko (who ''scoot away'' from each other after one such scene) and depresses Aang mightily. And when ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' was announced, the shippers picked up exactly where they left off, even after WordOfGod said that everyone who was in the original series (except for Katara, as it turns out) has been dead for a while. Militant Zutarans in particular desperately clutched at straws after WordOfGod said that Tenzin was Aang and Katara's son, trying to argue that Zutara could still ''somehow'' happen even after that beyond-a-shadow-of-doubt confirmation of Aang/Katara.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Occasionally cropped up in the Robin/Raven sect of the fandom where, despite full ShipTease ''episodes'' for the canon Robin/Starfire ("Sisters", "Betrothed", and "Stranded" just to name a few), Rob/Rae-ers continued to insist that Robin "never loved" Starfire, thought of her "like a [[LikeBrotherAndSister little sister]]", and "only felt sorry for her". They even cried this after Robin and Starfire's RelationshipUpgrade in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', where they shared their FirstKiss (well, first if you don't count "GO!").
** In some sort of weird inversion, the creator has expressed bewilderment at the popularity of the FanPreferredCouple Beast Boy/Raven (see the page quote at ShippingGoggles), despite several episodes that fans have a hard time interpreting as LikeBrotherAndSister ("Spellbound" and "The Beast Within," for example). Raven and BB were a couple in the comics... [[HilariousInHindsight right around the time the TV series ended]], apparently by total coincidence.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'': Some Kitty/Lance fans refuse to see any Kurt/Kitty subtext/ShipTease, which goes hand-in-hand with Kurt/Kitty shippers' ShippingGoggles. Fans of the former will shout "It's never going to happen!" while the latter fans do the opposite and shout "Lance was a jerk!" and ignore any scene of shipping.
* When the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Fairly OddParents]]'' movie ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' made Timmy/Tootie the OfficialCouple, many Timmy/another girl shippers quickly decried it as just an AlternateContinuity that wasn't truly canon, even though [[WordOfGod Butch Hartman himself]] wrote the script and said that it was a look into the characters' future lives.