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[[caption-width-right:276:Katara is paired with everyone. [[CrackPairing Yes, even]] [[TeamPet Appa and Momo.]]]]

-->''I'm beginning to think he ''doesn't'' want me to ship him with everypony.''
-->--'''[[http://www.youtube.com/user/tgcsilver Silver Quill]]''' referring to [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Big MacIntosh]]

When {{shipping}}, some fans have {{OTP}}s that they cannot bear to break (or several of those), but some have just a Launcher Of A Thousand Ships character. It's the character that goes with ''everything'', or, in this case, everyone. Come to think of it, [[CargoShip everything]].
For example, if someone in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fandom says his Launcher is Snape, he will happily read {{Fanfic}}s featuring the Snape/Harry ship as well as the Snape/Hermione ship, or Snape/Lupin ship, or the Snape/Lily ship, or even [[CrackPairing exotic pairings]] such as Snape[=/=][[LordOfTheRings Legolas]] or Snape[=/=][[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]]. Anything goes as long as the Launcher character is included.

There is also a tendency for the entire fandom to consider a character a Launcher Of A Thousand Ships; notably, the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fandom almost always refers to Peter Petrelli this way, given that he's paired up with damn near everybody in the show, including Nathan (his own brother), Claire (his own niece[[note]]not helped by the fact that Milo Ventimiglia (Peter) and Hayden Panettiere (Claire) dated for a while, spurring a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSf2sOPtzOs Terrance/Philip tribute video]][[/note]]) and even [[ScrewYourself his own future self]].

Also known as the "ship launcher", the "fandom bicycle" (everyone gets a ride), the "cargo container" (gets shipped to everyone), or the "little black dress" (looks good on anyone). The last shouldn't be confused with the LittleBlackDress trope which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

This usually has to do with WishFulfillment: either the character is a lusted-after character and everyone likes to pair them with whoever reminds them of themselves, or the character is relatable and the fans see them as some sort of AudienceSurrogate, and they are paired with different characters that the fans lust after so they can project themselves onto this character.

Compare: MemeticSexGod, wherein the fandom believes that the character could score with not just everyone in the series, but everyone ''ever''.

The TropeNamer is [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Christopher Marlowe's version]] of the legend of {{Faust}}. In reference to [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle Helen of Troy]], Faust asks, "Is this the face that launched a thousand ships / And burnt the topless towers of Illium?"

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips/{{Film}}
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/{{Literature}}
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/LiveActionTV
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/{{Music}}
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/ProfessionalWrestling
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/{{Theatre}}
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/VideoGames
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/WebOriginal
* LauncherOfAThousandShips/WesternAnimation