Alice is canonically Bob's girlfriend but some fans believe that Bob should be with Claire. These fans will [[{{Shipping}} ship]] Alice with Derek in order to leave Bob free to be with Claire. This creates alliances between Bob/Claire and Alice/Derek shippers. Likewise, Alice/Bob shippers may put Claire and Derek together, canon or not.

When shippers have to contend with romantic rivals to their main ship, they will often put those rivals together in order to leave their main ship free to be with each other. This is PairTheSpares in the fandom. Often the much more benign cousin of DieForOurShip.

Also known as, often more derogatorily, sideshipping.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: In the "baby" Manga/CaptainTsubasa fandom of the early-to-mid 90's in Latin-America and Europe, it was relatively common to pair off [[TheCutie Kumi]] with [[BoisterousBruiser Ishizaki]] to get her out of the way of the Sanae/Tsubasa OfficialCouple without inflicting DieForOurShip. [[spoiler: It was [[ShipSinking sunk]] in World Youth Cup, however, with Ishizaki showing romantic interest in Sanae's best friend [[CoolBigSis Yukari]] instead.]] On the other hand, the heavily {{ship tease}}d Hyuuga/Maki and Yayoi/Misugi also make for cute {{Beta Couple}}s, with the bonus of getting Yayoi out of the UnluckyChildhoodFriend row safely.
** Now that yaoi fans have openly joined the fray, while the majority tend to leave Sanae/Tsubasa untouched some like to pair Tsubasa [[LauncherOfAThousandShips with several other dudes instead]]. i.e., Tsubasa/Misaki shippers tend to like Hyuuga/Wakashimazu (they're teammates, good-looking, and fairly close friends) and Wakabayashi/Schneider (who give massive FoeYay vibes), while Tsubasa/Wakabayashi shippers might tend to pair Misaki with Pierre instead due to being each other's temporary rivals in ''Shin''. And others TakeAThirdOption via shipping Tsubasa/Sanae and Wakabayashi/either Misaki (who got a whole episode for themselves in the old series) or Schneider.
* Manga/{{Naruto}}/Hinata makes it very, ''very'' easy to have Sakura make a beeline for Sasuke. And that's only one possible configuration (albeit one of the more likely ones). The less Sakura-hating [[HoYay Sasuke/Naruto]] fans prefer Rock Lee/Sakura and [[KissingCousins Neji/Hinata]]. Naruto/Sakura fans have a variety of options. For example, they can be friendly with [[PairTheSpares Sasuke/Hinata]] shippers, or, more frequently, pair Hinata up with Neji or Kiba.
** Some Naruto/Hinata shippers, who dislike Sasuke, prefer Sakura to be shipped with Sai, Rock Lee, Kakashi, Gaara, or other people.
** Shikamaru/Temari fans often also like Chouji/Ino or Sai/Ino.
** When one of the males of Team Guy gets paired with someone else (most often Lee with Sakura or Neji with Hinata), [[SatelliteCharacter Tenten]] often goes with the other member.
** Sasuke/Karin is also popular with Naruto/Sakura shippers. Also, Suigetsu/Karin is popular with Sasuke/Sakura fans.
* This is definitely present in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' -- both of the guys Tohru might end up with has an alternate ship waiting on the sidelines. If she goes with Yuki, Kyo's probably gonna end up with Kagura, whether he likes it or not. If Tohru goes with Kyo, then Motoko (the Prince Yuki Fanclub President) or Machi (the council treasurer, if the fans have knowledge of the manga) might actually end up with Yuki after all. (As of Volume 23, the pairing set of [[spoiler:Kyo/Tohru and Yuki/Machi]] has become canon.)
** This goes not just for the main LoveTriangle but for the entire cast, with everyone but Momiji and Kagura being in a relationship by the end. Which, of course, makes it easy to pair up ''these'' two together for a perfect NoLovesIntersect scenario.
** Uo is also a convenient way to take Kyo out of the picture.
* Eriol/Tomoyo in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is frequently paired with Syaoran/Sakura (equally, Sakura/Tomoyo can go with Eriol/Syaoran). Once or twice, [[BadassAdorable Meiling]] replaces Eriol [[LesYay and ends up with Tomoyo]].
* ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', in multiple configurations. Nozomi and Rin are HeterosexualLifePartners, as are Komachi and Karen; stepping either pair up to SchoolgirlLesbians is made impossible by the {{Official Couple}}s being Coco/Nozomi and Nuts/Komachi. If you go for the HoYay and put Coco and Nuts together, then Nozomi/Rin and Komachi/Karen become so easy that it's difficult to support any alternate {{yuri}} pairings for any of the characters (well, there is some support for Nozomi/Urara).
** The official couples, on the other hand, have the opposite effect: by making Nozomi and Komachi unavailable, Rin/Karen becomes not just possible but practically automatic. It works even better with Kurumi/Karen, as Kurumi has hopelessly been chasing after both now-taken boys.
** And the official couples are themselves Ship Mates, [[IncrediblyLamePun Coco/Nuts]] being the biggest threat to either of them. Essentially, any possible pairing among the main cast makes at least two other pairings fall neatly into place.
** In ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', the popular pairing of [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Hibiki and Kanade]] is impaired somewhat by Kanade's obvious crush on [[{{Bishonen}} Ouji]]. This is easily taken care of, however - pairing Ouji with [[DarkMagicalGirl Siren/Ellen]], who canonically has a crush on him, leaves Hibiki and Kanade free for each other.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': If you're into [[TroubledButCute Ryoma]] / [[ShrinkingViolet Sakuno]], you're expected to ship [[BigEater Momoshiro]] / [[GenkiGirl An]] (and maybe, [[{{Dojikko}} Horio]] / [[{{Tsundere}} Tomoka]]). Heaven forbid you like yaoi with your het.
** And if you go to the Yaoi side, Seigaku fangirls are practically expected to ship Momoshiro/Echizen, [[AloofBigBrother Tezuka]] / [[EyesAlwaysShut Fuji]], [[BunnyEarsLawyer Eiji]] / [[NonActionGuy Oishi]] ''and'' [[BadassBookworm Inui]] / [[{{Tsundere}} Kaidoh]]. And [[BadassNormal Kawamura]]? He'll either be with Akutsu from Yamabuki or will just disappear, because he's NOT hot enough according to some.
*** On the alternate shipping side, Momoshiro/Kaidoh often comes with a side of Tezuka/Ryoma and Kawamura/Fuji. Atobe/Tezuka is fairly common to be seen with Fuji/Ryoma as well.
*** In turn, yaoi fans who like Rikkai are practically expected to ship Yukimura/Sanada, Renji/Kirihara, Marui/Jackal and Niou/Yagyuu. Unless Sanada and Yukimura have Renji as the third edge of their OT3, that is.
*** Most teams have similar combinations. As an example, Hyoutei fans often ship Shishido/Ohtori, Oshitari/Mukahi ''and'' Hiyoshi/Taki (though Mukahi/Hiyoshi or a Shishido/Ohtori/Hiyoshi [[OneTrueThreesome OT3]] can also pop out once in a while). Atobe is left aside since he's the LauncherOfAThousandShips (often shipped with Tezuka from Seigaku or Sanada from Rikkai) and Kabaji, well... let's just say he suffers the same fate as Kawamura, if not worse. Jiroh is more liable to either disappear or be paired up with Marui from Rikkai.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': One would be hard-pressed to find an Ash/Misty supporter who doesn't also support May/Drew (which is practically canon anyway; by the time May left Ash's group the writers weren't even being subtle about the ShipTease anymore) and Cilan/Iris (and maybe pair Dawn with Paul, Kenny or Zoey for good measure). Fans who pair Ash/May or Ash/Dawn can also pair Misty/Gary, Misty/Tracy, or Misty/Brock. Or just ship May/Brock to keep main characters together.
** For ''PokemonSpecial'', Red/Yellow shippers tend to ship Blue with Green.
** On top of all that, a good proportion of any shippers will also be Jessie/James, as it doesn't get in the way of any of their pairings.
** Due to early comparisons in their behavior, quite a few May/Drew shippers ship Dawn and Zoey.
** Shipping Cilan with Iris is usually the way people go when they're shipping Burgundy and Georgia, and vice versa.
** Shipping Serena and Clemont (Geekchic Shipping) is a great way for Poke shippers, Advance Shippers, and Pearl Shippers to get Serena out of the picture (she gets more heat than the others because of her Canon Crush on Ash). Ironically, Amourshippers (Ash/Serena) have been accused of not just supporting, but STARTING Penguin Shipping (Dawn and Kenny) and Orange Shipping (Tracey and Misty), and Contest Shipping (May and Drew), despite the fact all three of those ships were around long before Serena was in the picture
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has several different possible configurations, depending on whether you'd rather see Ichigo with Rukia or Orihime. Ichigo/Rukia shippers often also go for Ishida/Orihime, Ulquiorra/Orihime, [[CrackPairing Renji/Tatsuki]], [[HoYay Renji/Ishida]] or Renji/Jackie. Ichigo/Orihime and Ulquiorra/Orihime shippers frequently support Renji/Rukia and Ishida/Nemu. Yoruichi/Soifon shippers will pair Urahara with Shinji, Hiyori or Isshin. These usually lead to happy endings... Fans try.
* If a ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' fan wants to pair Usagi with anyone but Mamoru, but doesn't dislike Mamoru on his own, they might pair him with Ami (to whom he's a bit of a BigBrotherMentor), Rei (who ''did'' date him briefly in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]), or Setsuna (who is believed to have feelings for his King Endymion self, especially in [[Theatre/SeraMyu the musicals]]) to peacefully get him out of the way for Usagi/Demand, Usagi/Haruka, or Usagi/Seiya. In a similar vein, Helios is often paired with Diana or Hotaru so that Chibi-Usa can be put with Perl [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship or Hotaru herself.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has two different configurations of these, depending on whether you toe the (arguably) official line or not. The former is particularly noticeable in the manga fandom, where many fans seem to expect shippers to enjoy the complete set of [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise Ed/Winry]], [[BodyguardCrush Roy/Riza, Ling/Lan Fan]], and Al/Mei. Of course, if you're not into that version of things, you can't just like [[UnequalPairing Roy/Ed]] and be done with it; you also have to have [[PairTheSpares Havoc take Hawkeye off Roy's hands and]] [[TyingUpRomanticLooseEnds Alphonse remove Winry from the picture]]. The latter take on things is much more common with fans of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the original anime]], where none of the romantic loose ends were tied up (as opposed to the manga/''Brotherhood'', where [[spoiler: Ed/Winry]] is canon), though still far from universal.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The fandom is ''filled'' with {{yaoi}} pairings, since most of the fandom's beloved males are considered {{Bishonen}} (even L, the blatant subversion of this trope), and HetIsEw. The most common match is Light/L and Mello/Matt or Mello/Near -- it could be either with Mello as the fandom's more common LauncherOfAThousandShips.
** Matsuda/Sayu, Misa/Sayu, and/or Rem/Misa are also frequent shipmates to the Light/L pairing.
* Even though ''TokyoMewMew'' {{canon}} gives equal support to Ryou/Retasu and Pai/Retasu, strictly canon shippers tend to gravitate towards the former, because Ryou/Ichigo is the biggest fandom threat to Masaya/Ichigo in existence besides DieForOurShip. [[{{Expy}} It helps if they're]] ''YesPrecure5'' [[{{Expy}} fans.]]
** There's a small subset of fans who ship, of all things, Mint/Quiche on the grounds that the other four Mews have canon or near-canon pairings. May qualify as a CrackPairing in addition to FoeYay. Tends to undergo heavy assault from canon or FanPreferredCouple sections.
* ''ANime/CodeGeass'': Fans who don't ship Kallen with Lelouch will pair her up with Gino so that they can ship Lelouch with Shirley, CC, [[HoYay Suzaku]], or [[LauncherOfAThousandShips whomever]]. Suzaku will also be paired up with a girl (usually his canon love interest Euphemia [[spoiler:as long as the fic is set before her death]]) in the background of a Lelouch/girl fic in order to minimize the HoYay. Of course, [[spoiler: Lelouch is dead at the end of the series]], so it's all a moot point unless you are writing an AU.
* ''{{Gravitation}}'' fandom: [[TroubledButCute Yuki]] / [[{{Keet}} Shuichi]] often goes hand in hand with [[BunnyEarsLawyer Ryuichi]] / [[StalkerWithACrush Tatsuha]], and Hiro is usually paired off with fellow bandmate Suguru or band manager K (or even his canonical love interest Ayaka, for the few fangirls who don't think HetIsEw). For those who don't want Yuki and Shuichi together, Yuki is usually paired off with the ever-devoted Tohma while Shuichi moves on to his idol Ryuichi or [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hiro]].
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''. When you have anywhere from three to twelve characters to work with at any given time, this is very, very common. Some popular configurations:
** Back when ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' was new, Taichi/Sora fans tended to ship Mimi/Yamato and vice-versa; less often Mimi/Jou or Mimi/Koushirou. Taichi/Mimi shippers usually ship Sora/Yamato as well. Taichi/Yamato fans also shipped Mimi/Sora and Jou/Koushirou. The ToyShip, Takeru/Hikari, went with ''everything'' back in those days.
*** "[[PortmanteauCoupleName Mimato]]" is an especially odd case -- in canon, the two characters [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight almost never interact in any way]], something frequently noted by non-shippers. Every other popular pairing in the series has at least ''one'' scene that its fans lean on, but being the [[PairTheSpares next-most-prominent]] male and female in the cast seems to be the only reason behind pairing them.
*** Well, except for [[HoYay Yamato]] / [[BrotherSisterIncest Takeru]], which was surprisingly popular.
** Takeru/Hikari, Miyako/Ken was popular in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' fics for a time. The [[FusionDance Jogress]] evolution partnerships made this very easy for [[YaoiFangirl yaoi fangirls]]: Daisuke/Ken was already very popular, and the biggest "threats" to that pairing, Hikari (Daisuke's crush) and Miyako (Ken's fangirl, then friend [[spoiler: and finally wife in the epilogue]]), were neatly paired off together, which wasn't that off the record either as the girls's relationship had strong RomanticTwoGirlFriendship vibes ''and'' they had their own Jogress evolution and Takeru/Iori is also nice, though prepar to handle [[{{Shotacon}} this]].
*** For those who ship both Het and {{Yaoi}}, there is also the option of Iori/Miyako and the ever popular Takeru/Hikari.
*** Daisuke/Takeru pairs Ken/Miyako and Hikari/Iori... or just Ken/Miyako ps. 3P existed!!
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Takato has a crush on Juri, and while she's amused but not really interested in one early episode, by the end, they seem to be about as much of an OfficialCouple as you can be [[ToyShip when you're ten years old]] -- which is fine, if you ship Ryo/Ruki or Jenrya/Ruki. Takato/Ruki fans tend to ship Jenrya/Juri instead.
** In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', Takuya/Kouji shippers like to have Izumi equivocate Junpei's canonically unrequited crush, while [[{{Twincest}} Kouji/Kouichi]] shippers are more likely to ship her with Takuya.
*** There are those of us who 'ship Kouji/Kouichi and Junpei/Izumi. We're rare, but we exist!
**** And of course, Tomoki/Takuya.
* In ''GundamWing'' fandom, putting [[{{Ojou}} Relena]] in a [[LesYay lesbian relationship]] (usually with [[RichBitch Dorothy]], less frequently [[GenkiGirl Hilde]], ''maybe'' [[ActionGirl Noin]]) is seen as the kinder alternative to what the fans [[DieForOurShip usually do]] to get her out of the way of [[HoYay Heero/Duo]].
** There's also the occasional Quatre/Relena, though as it splits up Trowa/Quatre, it really only shows up in Heero/Trowa fanworks where Quatre/Relena gets rid of the "competition" by making them a het BetaCouple instead.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Inuyasha/Sango and Miroku/Kagome fandoms are natural allies as both require splitting up the canon ships of Inuyasha/Kagome and Miroku/Sango to create them.
** The Sesshoumaru/Kagome fandom often supports Inuyasha/Kikyou to allow Kagome to be with Sesshoumaru while the rival Sesshoumaru/Kikyou fandom often supports Inuyasha/Kagome, leaving Kikyou free for Sesshoumaru. Both fandoms will support [[ToyShip Kohaku/Rin]] to counter the rival Sesshoumaru/Rin fandom.
** The Sesshoumaru/Kagura fandom allies heavily with the canon pairings, but also with the Kohaku/Rin fandom to counter the rival Sesshoumaru/Rin fandom.
** Kouga/Inuyasha, Inuyasha/Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha/Kikyou fandoms often support the Kagome/Houjou ship to give her a modern 'happily ever after'.
* Happens a lot in the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fandom, thanks to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and potential relationships (the already-long entry below just ''barely'' scratches the surface of all the pairing juxtapositions and rotations going on in fanfic):
** America/England shippers tend to support France/Canada, and vice versa. France/England shippers simply rotate these pairings around to form the "[[PortmanteauCoupleName FrUK]] family" or "FACE family", with America and Canada being in a very close brotherly relationship (or [[{{Twincest}} even closer than that]]) and France and England treating them as strictly family. Meanwhile, shippers who pair America with someone other than England (usually Russia or Japan) and don't simply treat England as America's father figure or HopelessSuitor pair him off with France.
*** [[GenkiGirl Seychelles]] is often seen as a good ''het'' option for either Canada or France, leaving England free for America. Much more the latter than the first, though, as it has roots in the [[DatingSim Gakuen]] [[HighSchoolAU Hetalia]] game.
*** Unless of course, you ship England/Seychelles, in which case France/Canada and America/Anyone else is the way to go to keep everyone happy.
*** Don't forget how Canada's "suitors" outside FACE include also The Netherlands, Cuba, and Ukraine, all of them based on history.
** Prussia/Canada shippers often support France/England (and Russia/America so that America has someone too) to remove any possibility of France/Canada, although a fair number of them do go the conventional America/England + France[=/=]AnythingThatMoves route. Austria/Hungary also tends to pop up in their fanworks too.
** If Austria is paired up with someone other than his canon girlfriend/ex-wife Hungary, her UnluckyChildhoodFriend Prussia [[SecondLove serves as a nice option for her]]. Unless it's Austria/Prussia, but even then, Hungary is usually portrayed as [[YaoiFangirl not objecting all that much]]. And sometimes even [[OneTrueThreesome joining in]].
*** Now that Hungary's ''other'' old rival Romania has appeared, he's shaping up to be a possible shipmate as well. Hungary/Romania would go nicely with Prussia/Austria, to start...
**** Alternatively, some Romania/Bulgaria fans like to have Prussia/Hungary and/or Austria/Hungary as a BetaCouple.
*** And taking into advantage Switzerland's [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend den]][[UnluckyChildhoodFriend ial]] regarding Austria, Prussia/Hungary and Romania/Hungary shippers have happily embraced this option. Liechtenstein's usually taken care of by pairing her up with [[PuppyLove Latvia or Sealand]].
** Almost all Spain/Romano shippers include or at least reference Germany/Italy in their fics too, for obvious reasons. It helps that Germany/Italy is an OfficialCouple and Spain/Romano is considered to be at least pretty damn close to one in the fandom.
*** One or two Spamano shippers pair up CoolBigSis Belgium (Romano's PrecociousCrush) with [[BrotherSisterIncest her older brother Netherlands]] too. In return, Romano/Belgium fans tend to like [[FoeYay Spain/Netherlands.]]
** Russia's most canonical (if one-sided) love interest is Lithuania. Given that Russia is a major [[LauncherOfAThousandShips LOATS]] in the fandom, it's probably a good thing that Lithuania can be very easily paired off with his former alliance partner Poland instead.
*** When fans want to get Russia's StalkerWithACrush Belarus out of the picture too, they take advantage of Lithuania's canon crush on her and make her jealousy and hatred of Lithuania diminish enough for them to become a [[MindGameShip Mind Game]] BetaCouple. Other times, they refer to a sidenote in the manga about America having taken care of Belarus for a while to pair her up with America instead.
*** In regards to Russia's ''other'' sister, Ukraine, if the fanworker wants to pair her with someone else than Russia the first candidates are the aforementioned Canada or Estonia (per Gakuen Hetalia notes that say they're in the World academy Choir Club ''and'' recent Gakuen strips/episodes in which they show up together). Poland might have joined in due to their {{Hetaween 2011}} interaction, and after a strip shows Ukraine's close friendship with Hungary [[LesYay she has also become a possible option.]] (There's a rather polemic fanartistswho invokes historical reasons to pair Ukraine with Turkey, but few seem to have followed suit.)
** Denmark/Norway goes well with semi-OfficialCouple Sweden/Finland in Nordic-centric fics. As for Iceland, he used to be almost always relegated to the role of fifth wheel or TagalongKid, but it's now somewhat popular for him to be paired up with someone outside of the Nordic family, the most common choices being Hong Kong (for the BirdsOfAFeather factor, as he sometimes also ends up as TagalongKid) and [[MayDecemberRomance Turkey]] (for the HetaliaBloodbath2010 interaction factor).
*** Denmark/Sweden shippers, however, often play on Norway's BigBrotherInstinct towards Iceland to pair them off, with Finland usually left in the lurch. Although some are merciful enough to at least pair him off with Estonia.
** Greece/Japan not only makes for an easy-to-set-up BetaCouple, but goes well with almost every major ship out there (especially when America/England or Russia/China is the main couple), and Turkey/Egypt can occasionally be spotted alongside of them from shippers who don't want to leave Turkey in the role of HopelessSuitor to the couple. [[PortmanteauCoupleName Giripan]] is often included as a sidenote to get Japan out of the way in America/England stories, as England/Japan is the Japanese fandom's FanPreferredCouple.
*** There's also Japan/Taiwan for those who want to keep the Asians together, don't know/care about Japan's scenes with Greece, or ship Greece with Turkey instead. And of course, Turkey/Greece by itself is a convenient way to deal with Greece when Japan goes off with someone else. (Unless they ship Greece/Hungary instead.)
** Regarding the other Asian nations, China is usually paired up with Russia but can also be paired with South Korea if Russia is unavailable; Hong Kong goes with either [[HoYay Korea]] or [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Taiwan]] (if not with Iceland or even England), and Vietnam is paired up either with America or Thailand (or more infrequently, France and/or [[LesYay Taiwan]]). Macau tends to go with Hong Kong, sometimes with Taiwan... or, if with somebody out of the Asian Group, Monaco. (They haven't interacted yet, but fans have noted [[BirdsOfAFeather on their similar interests]] like [[TheGambler gambling]].)
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' features an insane, sprawling LoveDodecahedron with a GenderBender at its epicenter. Fanfic writers have also had a tremendous amount of fun rearranging the Akane/Ranma and implied-official couples into ShipMates that weren't remotely hinted at in canon, ranging from the semi-plausible (Mousse/Ukyō) to the outright CrackPairing (Genma/Cologne).
** This, in fact, is half of the reason for Ryōga/Ukyō and Kunō/Nabiki being so popular in the fandom, as each ship helps with the [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds cleaning up of romantic loose ends]] for Ranma and Akane in fanfic a ''lot''. The other half of the reason being some {{Ship Teas|e}}ing present in canon for these couples.
** The same can be said for shippers of Ranma with his other fiances, Shampoo, Ukyo, and even Kodachi.
* ''{{Planetes}}'': Hachimaki/Tanabe and Lucy/Cheng Shin. Each pair are also literal "Ship mates" because Hachimaki and Tanabe work together on ''[[CoolShip Toybox]]'', and Cheng Shin and Lucy are pilot/cabin crew on passenger ships.
* With three [[OfficialCouple official couples]] and various storyline overlap in ''JunjouRomantica'', the fandom is very prone to this, usually with Romantica/Egoist or Egoist/Terrorist, although all three pairings being shipmates is also very common.
* Happens a lot in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': The most official ''and'' popular ship mates are Pip/Seras and Alucard/Integra fans (and let's [[http://i44.tinypic.com/35d7ty0.jpg include Kouta Hirano among them]]) who are also usually in comradeship with [[LesYay Heinkel/Yumie]] and [[MentorShip Maxwell/Anderson]] fans (the latter is specially true in the Japanese fandom) but other variations exist. Alucard/Seras fans who [[DieForOurShip like]] Integra pair her off with anyone as long she's out of the way, including [[PairTheSpares Pip]] (more popular in the Japanese fandom), [[BattleButler Walter]], [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Major or Maxwell]] or some random OC to [[HeirClubForMen continue the bloodline]], so they get along with any other shipper as long as their pair is intact.
** People who ship [[LesYay Integra/Seras]] get along with Alucard slashers. [[FoeYay Alucard/Anderson and Alucard/Walter fans]] usually get [[BattleCouple Seras/Pip]], [[LesYay Integra/Seras]] or/and [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty Integra/Maxwell]], and sometimes in the case of Alucard/Anderson shippers, they include Integra in there [[OneTrueThreesome "too"]], same with Anderson/Integra fans. Major/Integra fans who tolerate Alucard pair him off with a man or Seras (when they aren't fans of Pip/Seras).
* In the ''GundamSEED'' fandom, Athrun/Lacus makes Kira/Flay a lot easier to justify. They ''were'' engaged at one point, after all.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has plenty of this. You have the core ships of Natsu/Lucy, Gray/Juvia, Erza/Jellal, and Gajeel/Levy. However, if for whatever reason those ships don't strike your fancy, there are alternatives.
** Natsu has his childhood friend Lisanna.
** Lucy has Loke, who's already declared his love for her.
** Gray has Erza if you like to keep romance within a team.
** Juvia has Lyon if you prefer Gray with Lucy or Erza.
** Erza has Natsu or Gray to help her move on from Jellal (though Laxus isn't unheard of).\
** Crazy as it sounds, there are those who ship Jellal/Ultear, which, if you can get past his brainwashing being her fault, works out rather nicely. Since the series is so jam-packed with ShipTease in every which way and direction, just about every main character has several perfectly plausible alternative pairings that keep things neat and civil.
** [[MoodSwinger Edo Natsu]]/[[ActionGirl Edo Lucy]], [[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo Edo Juvia]]/[[DoggedNiceGuy Edo Gray]], and [[BloodKnight Edo Erza]]/[[spoiler: [[DefectorFromDecadence Mystogan]]]] are a good combination for their Edolas counterparts.
** Other ships like Gajeel/Levy, Mirajane/Fried, and Elfman/Evergreen are also quite popular.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' fans who ship [[TheHero Luffy]] with [[FieryRedhead Nami]] often pair [[BloodKnight Zoro]] with [[AdventurerArchaeologist Robin]] or [[CuteClumsyGirl Tashigi]] as well as [[PairTheSpares Sanji with Vivi]]. [[SlapSlapKiss Zoro/Nami]] fans usually go with [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Luffy/Hancock]] and [[TeamDad Franky]]/[[TeamMom Robin]] (and in some cases, [[MoeCouplet Luffy/Vivi]]), while [[FoeYay Zoro/Sanji]] supporters sometimes pair Nami up with Luffy or Usopp... [[DieForOurShip when she's not in the way]]. Or in the [[HoYay yaoi variety]], they sometimes include [[HeterosexualLifePartners Luffy/Usopp]], [[LesYay Nami/Vivi]] and Franky/Iceburg.
** And then there's [[ConsummateLiar Usopp]]/[[IllGirl Kaya]], which pretty much goes with everything since it doesn't "get in the way" of other pairings...
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'': Koyomi/Hanekawa shippers often get Senjogahara out of the way by shipping her with [[SchoolGirlLesbians Kanbaru]].
* In the ''{{Slayers}}'' fandom, it's uncommon for a Lina/Gourry shipper to '''not''' ship Amelia/Zelgadis as well, and vice versa. It's gotten to the point were a lot of fans will refer to these two pairings collectively as "trad" pairings (short for traditional; a reference to the fact they're the most popular pairings, and are almost, but not quite, canon). Quite a few (but not all) trad shippers will include Xellos/Filia under this label.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' Kyon/Yuki and Kyon/Mikuru shippers often get Haruhi out of the way by shipping her with Itsuki. Conversely, Kyon/Haruhi shippers will occasionally attempt to kill two birds with one stone by shipping Yuki/Mikuru. Or Yuki/Itsuki.
** Haruhi/Mikuru is popular with Kyon/Itsuki shippers.
* ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]'' shippers who support Asuka/Shinji pair Rei with Kaworu. This is for Het, [[HoYay however]][[LesYay ....]]
** That's only ''one'' [[JustForPun Het set]], too - those who ship Shinji/Rei sometimes ship ''Asuka'' with Kaworu (if they [[DieForOurShip don't hate her guts]]), with the (mostly) canon Toji/Hikari by the side... unless the shipper in question is one of the less-common-but-existant Shinji/Hikari shippers, in which case Asuka/Kaworu or Asuka/Toji can work (at least one fanfic explored ''both''), with Rei & Kensuke occasionally paired together as well. And this is only the ''kids'' - of course, given the [[DysfunctionJunction mental state of nearly the entire cast]], this is a series where almost any pairing could conceivably work given enough imagination
* If you are a ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' fan and you ship Yugi and Yami, you will (usually) also ship Ryou Bakura and Dark Bakura, Seto Kaiba and either Anzu Mazaki (in the rare instances where she isn't [[CharacterDerailment the team's whiny]], {{Alpha Bitch}} [[DieForOurShip ex-friend]] and/or totally {{Yandere}} for Yami) or [[FoeYay Katsuya Jonouchi]], Hiroto Honda and Ryuji Otogi, and, if you're feeling crazy, Marik and Dark Marik. Also, probably Mokuba and Shizuka.
* In ''[[Manga/DGrayMan D.Gray-man]]'' fandom, people who consider Allen/Lenalee their [[OneTruePairing OTP]] and also ship Lavi/Kanda (and vice versa) are pretty common. Another common ship combination is Allen/Kanda and Lavi/Lenalee or Allen/Lavi and Kanda/Lenalee.
* Within ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' het fandom, Esther/Abel shippers often lack ShipMates, but fans of Esther/Ion or Esther/Alessandro tend to also ship Abel with one of the older female characters, such as Noélle or Astharoshe.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'' fandom was a sort-of pioneer in this. If you shipped Sakuragi/Rukawa, you were expected to also ship Mitsui/Kogure (and viceversa), and to get Sendoh out of the way without bashing him you'd likely ship him with his snarky teammate Koshino. As bonus, Miyagi would go with Ayako (whom he canonly crushes on), and if you didn't [[DieForOurShip bash the shit out of Haruko]] then you'd put her with Sakuragi's best friend Youhei, whom she got along pretty well with in canon.
* ''{{Loveless}}'': Ritsuka/Soubi makes it easy to pair Yayoi and Yuiko. On the other side of the fandom, Ritsuka/Yuiko leads quite well to Kio/Soubi. Both pairings also go quite well with [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Kio/Yayoi]] as a result of PairTheSpares.
* An in-universe version occurs in ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan''. [[PsychoLesbian Cuuko]] actively tries to set up [[IncompatibleOrientation Mahiro with Hasta]] so that she can have Nyarko, who is only interested in Mahiro, for herself.
* ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'': Those who ship Shizuma/Nagisa would often ship their respective best friends Miyuki and Tamao. Meanwhile, some Amane/Hikari shippers would also ship Yaya/Tsubomi.
* In ''Anime/{{Free}}'', as soon as [[SugarAndIceGuy Seijuuro Mikoshiba]] appeared and [[LoveAtFirstSight started crushing]] on [[CuteSportsClubManager Gou Matsuoka]], a rather big part of the fandom rushed to ship them. Partially because they look adorable together, partially to keep Gou safely away from [[HoYay the very slashable main guys]] [[DieforourShip without bashing her.]] Other fans will also resort to pairing up Gou with [[LesYay her lady friend Chigusa]].
** In addition, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance MakoHaru]] shippers tend to like pairing up Rin with [[SempaiKouhai Nitori]], and Makoto/Haruka and Rin/Haruka shippers alike generally ship Rei/Nagisa as well.
** In the second season, Mikoshiba's younger brother Momotarou showed up... and he started crushing on Gou, too. Guess what the fandom has done... Also, some Makoto/Haruka fans see Sousuke as a prospect Rin "suitor" that may keep him safely "away".
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Mytho/Duck shippers tend to pair Rue up with Autor (Fakir/Rue is surprisingly uncommon), while Fakir/Duck shippers pair her up with Mytho.
* In the Brazilian/Latin-American Spanish ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' fandoms, a common ensemble of Gold Saint pairings is [[FanPreferredCouple Camus/Milo]], [[BirdsOfAFeather Mu/Shaka]], [[PlatonicLifePartners Aiolia/Marin]] and [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Deathmask/Aphrodite]]. [[UndyingLoyalty Shura]] tends to fall into PairTheSpares territory (being paired with people such as [[DefrostingIceQueen Shaina]], Aiolia if the writer feels that HetIsEw and even [[WomanInBlack Pandora]]), while [[MasterOfIllusion Saga]] tends to go with [[PosthumousCharacter Aiolos]] or [[spoiler: his brother [[IncestYayShipping Kanon]]]]. [[GentleGiant Aldebaran]], not being a {{Bishounen}}, tends not to be paired with anyone.
** When it comes to the Bronze Saints, fan-favorite [[FanPreferredCouple Hyoga/Shun]] goes well with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Shiryu/Seiya]]. If the writer doesn't go the HetIsEw way, there are the options of [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Shiryu/Shunrei]], Seiya with either [[PhysicalGod Saori]], [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Miho]] or [[WomanScorned Shaina]] and [[AloofBigBrother Ikki]] with either [[TheLostLenore Esmeralda]] or [[WomanInBlack Pandora]]. Writers that don't go for yaoi will shy away from Hyoga/Shun and might go for Hyoga/[[DefectorFromDecadence Freya]] and Shun/June instead.
* In the ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]]'' fandom, there are five main characters. Of those five, four of them have [[LesYay heavily-implied relationships.]] The fifth, Mami, doesn't interact with that many other characters, and is consequently [[http://www.donmai.us/posts/1064021?pool_id=4220 left out in the cold.]] Consequently, she often winds up in a semi-CrackPairing with [[KillerRabbit Charlotte]], the MonsterOfTheWeek who [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian devoured her.]]]] The fact that Charlotte [[spoiler: [[FromNobodyToNightmare was once human]]]] usually helps this along. This one even gets [[http://images.puella-magi.net/9/99/Madoplus_16.jpg?20110516035425 play]] from Creator/UmeAoki, the show's character designer.
** The creators seemed to have picked up on this. As of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion the third film]], [[spoiler:Charlotte's human form, Nagisa Momoe, has been introduced as a new character having a close relationship with Mami. Homura even keeps the two together after she rewrites reality in the end.]]
** A less-cracky example are the fans who ship [[MentorShip Mami and Kyouko]], who prefer to make [[SlapSlapKiss Kyouko's more common shipping partner Sayaka]] totally straight and [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest still in love with her canonically]] [[spoiler:[[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest unrequited]]]] [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest crush, Kyousuke]] (who may or may not return the affection, depending on the fanwork).
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has no shortage of ShipTease, making this a common occurrence; fans of [[AntiHero Eren]]/[[DefrostingIceQueen Annie]] like to pair off [[ClingyJealousGirl Mikasa]] with [[HopelessSuitor Jean]] or, [[CrackPairing oddly]], [[TheAce Levi]], whereas those who prefer Eren/Mikasa were quite happy to discover that [[TheQuietOne Bertholdt]] had a crush on Annie. For those who like HoYay and LesYay, Annie/Mikasa nicely complements Eren/Levi, Eren/Jean, or Eren/[[TheChessmaster Armin]]; pairing up [[NiceGuy Reiner]] with his HeterosexualLifePartner Bertholdt also leaves [[MartyrWithoutACause Christa]] free for [[ButchLesbian Ymir]]. And this isn't even going into the plethora of [[CrackPairing Crack Pairings]]...
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Ryuko/Mako fans often also pair Satsuki/Nonon (or, less commonly, Satsuki/Gamagoori or Satsuki/Sanageyama), while Ryuko/Satsuki fans are the natural ally of Mako/Gamagoori shippers. Inumuta/Jakuzure is also common for fans of pairing Satsuki with anyone other than Nonon. For fans of the popular ship of Inumuta/Iori (especially outside of the Western fanbase), the relatively rare Sanageyama/Jakuzure can be considered an alternative to Inumuta/Jakuzure.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A rather complicated one: Batman/Catwoman and Superman/Lois Lane often seem to go together. This doesn't really have a logical progression of thinking from an outsider's point of view, seeing as Batman/Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman are probably the two most popular nonslash pairings involving Bats and Supes after the aforementioned {{Official Couple}}s, so someone unfamiliar with comics might expect that Supes/Lois would clear the way for Bats/Wondy and vice versa. However, a JLA fan would probably be aware of the tendency for one group of fans to ship pairings between members of the Justice League and ignore the supporting casts of the individual members, and the tendency of another group of fans to ship JLA members with outsiders and keep all JLA relationships distant and/or platonic. Batman/Catwoman and Supes/Lois shippers would both fall into the latter category.
* A lot of CaptainAmerica[=/=]IronMan shippers also ship Hank Pym/Janet Van Dyne, probably because they're mostly classic Avengers fans who want to keep their romances inside the team.
** {{Hawkeye}}[=/=]ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} and ComicBook/BlackWidow[=/=][[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] is also teaming up lately, largely due to a common enemy. Thanks to ''Film/TheAvengers'' being so damn popular and popularizing [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Black]][[{{Hawkeye}} Hawk]], its brought a lot of new fans who attack Mockingbird and, to a lesser extent, Bucky, due to not being familiar with their characters (and their relationship with Clint or Natasha) and thus holding no respect for them. As Widow is well liked by Hawkinbgird shippers and Clint is liked by Bucktasha shippers, doing the reverse isn't quite as accepted, so in order to combat this ship without resorting to these tactics, sticking together has became a reasonable solution. That, or just have a [[{{OT3}} foursome]].
*** This is also greatly helped by the ''Black Widow: Deadly Origin'' miniseries, which showcased Bucktasha, while also depicting Hawkingbird as something of a minor BetaCouple.
* [[ShipToShipCombat When they aren't arguing with each other about it]], the [[SpiderMan Spider-Man]] shipping community tends to go with a more civil direction: Pair the other girl with Harry Osborn. Either, MJ and Peter get to live happily while Harry and Gwen go out, or Peter gets to go with Gwen while MJ and Harry hook up. Especially common in the many Ultimate style AU fics that have been popping up for the last decade, and helped by the fact that both girls did at one point in the mythos date Harry, and that MJ [[ShipperOnDeck was very supportive of Gwen/Peter]] before she hooked up with him. It makes a well recieved alternative to the constant mud slinging.
** There is also of course the Peter/Felicia Hardy (AKA: Black Cat) shippers who send Gwen and MJ off in other directions so Peter can pursue a relationship with Felicia (assuming she can appreciate who he is without the mask).
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[[folder:Crossovers]]
* The [[SugarWiki/RiseOfTheBraveTangledDragons Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons]] fandom is built on this. Fans who enjoy Hiccup/Merida are likely to also ship Jack with Rapunzel, and vice versa. Those who like Hiccup with Rapunzel are likely to ship Jerida (Merida/Jack) as are those who prefer Hiccup and Punzie with their canon love interests. And those who prefer slash pairings are perfectly happy with Hijack and Meripunzel, respectively. And then there are those who [[{{Polyamory}} see no reason to pick and choose.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Some of the Victor/Victoria shippers from ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' fandom also ship Emily/Bonejangles. Conversely, there's a few fics of Victoria/Bonejangles from the Victor/Emily crowd. It's a neat little shipping square.
* Bo/Woody and Buzz/Jessie shippers in the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' fandom.
* The fandom for Shane Acker's ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' has always had quite a bit of ''fun'' with shipping since its period of going strong rather than squabbling for the most part, but the shipping bases for two of the three FanPreferredCouples of [[CanonShip 9/7]], [[HoYay 9/5]], and [[MentorShip 2/5]] coexist especially nicely.
* Fans of Disney's ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' tend to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Hans paired up in various combinations. [[HoYay Yes]], [[OfficialCouple that's]] [[FoeYay ALL]] [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight combi]][[IncestYayShipping nations]]. For those less willing to forgive [[spoiler:Hans']] actions in the film, [[CrossoverShip Jack]] [[WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians Frost]] is substituted, though this almost always results in Jack/Elsa with Anna/Kristoff (though Jack/Anna isn't unknown).
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' fandom tends to do this with various combinations of Elizabeth, Will, Jack and Norrington.
** Only one female? [[HoYay Oh my.]]
*** Those who have similar reactions tend to throw AnaMaria into the mix, but a lot of the fandom turn to slash because there just aren't enough girls to even the whole thing out. [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls That isn't to say that slash isn't always the first preference...]]
*** [[LesYay AnaMaria/Elizabeth]] is actually pretty popular amongst [[HoYay Jack/Will]] when they don't hate Elizabeth and don't like Norrington.
* In the new ''Film/StarTrek'' [[Franchise/StarTrek movie]], also sideshipping happens.
** The thank to Sybok's coercive powers Scotty/Uhura pair barely hinted in [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier the movie every star trek fans wants to pretend it never happened, including Roddenberry]] is quite popular amongst Abramsverse Kirk/Spock shippers who use it as a pretext to break up the canon Spock/Uhura from the new movies or pair her up with someone, after in their fanfictions Spock breaks up with her in favor of Kirk. [=McCoy=]/Uhura also likes to tag along as well.
** Kirk/Spock fans also sideship [=McCoy=]/Chapel and, after the sequel, [=McCoy=]/Carol (that gets rid of the considered a given future Kirk/Carol)
** a huge fanbase for Kirk/[=McCoy=] who gleefully add Spock/Uhura to their fic whenever they get the chance -- and the reverse is true as well. It works out rather neatly.
** In fact, there's an entire grouping of ships (Kirk/[=McCoy=], Spock/Uhura, Chekov/Sulu, Scotty/Gaila, and sometimes Pike/Chapel) that tend to appear as side pairings in stories about each other.
** And don't forget Chekov/Sulu, which often tags along happily.
** Straight-up het shippers tend to go with Kirk/Rand or Kirk/Carol, [=McCoy=]/Chapel, and Spock/Uhura. (And Chekov/Sulu, which goes with anything.)
** Straight-up slash shippers tend to go with Kirk/Spock, Chekov/Sulu and Scotty/Bones, with some Chapel/Uhura, Carol/Uhura, Uhura/Gaila being thrown in sometimes.
* The ''{{Inception}}'' fandom has a few popular combinations:
** If you ship Arthur/Eames, the accompanying pairing is Mal/Dom and/or Ariadne/Yusuf, or simply Ariadne/Dom.
** Ariadne/Arthur and Mal/Dom are the popular het pairings, and can often be found in the same fic.
* Camp Rock fans are notorious for this. Main characters Caitlyn and Tess are constantly paired with minor characters Nate and Jason despite practically zero interaction in the first movie.
* The MarvelCinematicUniverse has spawned a few combinations:
** For those who ship the two primary het pairings (the [[OfficialCouple canon]] Tony/Pepper and the [[ShipTease teased]] Clint/Natasha), it's popular to capitalize on the HoYay between Steve and Bucky, thus keeping Steve away from Tony and Bucky from Natasha.
** The logical reverse, therefore, is for Steve/Tony shippers to pair off Bucky and Natasha, usually throwing Coulson/Clint into the mix as well (Pepper tends to get left out in the cold in this combination, unless the author is familiar with the comics and pairs her with Happy).
** [[SiblingIncest Thor/Loki]] shippers often go the LesYay route when disposing of Thor's canon girlfriend Jane and pair her with Darcy.
*** Pairing Darcy with Loki is a popular option for people who prefer to leave Thor/Jane as is.
* The 2012 remake of ''Film/{{Les Miserables| 2012}}'' has spurred the evolution of the following ship combination, which is steadily gathering steam: Enjolras/Grantaire, Cosette/Marius, Jean Prouvaire/Courfeyrac, Eponine/Combeferre or Eponine/Montparnasse, and Joly/Bossuet or Joly/Musichetta or Joly/Bossuet/Musichetta.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fandom, shippers of both Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione call themselves OBHWF -- One Big Happy Weasley Family. Considering that these pairings ended up being canon, this may be by design. In fact, FanFic writers trying to ship these characters differently often have to make someone DieForOurShip just to make the dynamic work.
** Neville and Luna was usually added to the OBHWF to have all the kids who went to the ministry at the end of the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]] paired with each other. WordOfGod has it that they were just friends and [[ShipSinking reveals who they ended up with]] but there's nothing in the actual books that denies the possibility of them ending up together. The movies included a nod to Neville/Luna, though [[WordOfSaintPaul Neville's actor also stated]] that they broke up afterward.
*** Until the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows seventh book]], some of the more hardcore OBHWF fans would extend the Big Happy Family by pairing off Bill with Fleur, Charlie with Tonks, the twins with their Quidditch teammates, and Percy with Penelope Clearwater. Bill ''did'' marry Fleur in the books, and [[WordOfGod Jo has said]] George ended up with Angelina (one of the female players on the Gryffindor Quidditch team), but the rest didn't happen.
** For people who ship R/Hr but not H/G, Ron/Hermione, Harry/Luna, and Neville/Ginny work well together, especially during the fifth or seventh books.
** The Harry/Hermione shippers have a few shipmates. The largest is probably the Ron/Luna shippers, though Ron/Lavender was also popular before HBP. Ginny is usually shipped with Neville or Draco Malfoy. Unlike those who ship Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry, there isn't really a name for a collection of ships, especially since the number of ships one Harry/Hermione fan can have is quite vast and it's rare to find a group that likes the exact same ships.
** Marauder fics set during their high school or pre-war days very commonly pair Sirius and Remus with each other and James with Lily. Peter gets to be alone and unloved because nobody likes him anyway.
*** The other popular pairing from that time frame is Snape/Lily, which often features James/Sirius or James/Remus to [[PairTheSpares get him out of the way]]... or sometimes the shippers just go with RonTheDeathEater. And probably pair Sirius/Remus too.
*** It's also fairly common to give Lily some sort of female friend--either an OC or an OCStandIn (Marlene [=McKinnon=] and Mary [=MacDonald=] are particularly common)--and pair her with one of the other Marauders (usually Sirius).
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', proponents of Harry/Murphy often get rid of the competition by shipping Susan/Thomas (the so-called "Pink Court"), Elaine/Ramirez, and Luccio/Morgan (having Luccio [[DieForOurShip die in inventive ways]] also seems to be popular). Proponents of Harry/anyone-else usually get Murphy out of the way by handing her off to Kincaid.
** The most recent book, ''Changes'', alters the situation a bit.
* ''MaximumRide'' features the [[RomanticPlotTumor official pairing]] of Fang/Max. What's to be done but pair up the remaining teenager with a preteen girl? God forbid he stay single or date outside his family.
* ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' fanfics in which the main couple is [[BrotherSisterIncest Peter/Susan]] (yes, it's a Christian book, but that doesn't seem to matter anyway), also pair [[IncestIsRelative Edmund and Lucy]]. The same for vice-versa. And they are ''[[{{Squick}} common]]''.
* In the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fandom, people like to pair up Adam with Pepper and Brian with Wensleydale. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to throw in the canon pairings of Newt/Anathema and Shadwell/Madame Tracy in at least some of the tonnes of Crowley/Aziraphale fics there.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fans who want Ivypool to be with Bumblestripe tend to ship Bumblestripe's mate Dovewing with Tigerheart so that Bumblestripe is left open.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' fandom, Katniss/Peeta shippers often pair Gale with Johanna, though the latter is kind of a case of ShipsThatPassInTheNight. (Interestingly, [[SlashFic Peeta/Gale]] shippers sometimes pair ''Katniss'' with Johanna. Chalk it up to BelligerentSexualTension.) Gale/Madge has also been popular, even before Haymitch noticed its potential [[spoiler:but since Madge dies in a BusCrash near the end of ''Catching Fire'' (along with most of District 12), you have to alter the events prior to ''Mockingjay'' to make it work.]]
* In the ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Piper/Leo fans often ship Jason/Reyna. (Or vice versa). This has the added bonus that Reyna is actually Jason's other canon love interest (they would have got together if Hera hadn't interfered), so fans aren't stretching too far.
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': Sansa/Sandor shippers tend to also ship Arya/Gendry, as well as Jaime/Brienne.
* ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' fans tend to support the canon Alec/Magnus and Clary/Jace ships, seeing as that takes care of Alec's crush on Jace from early on in the series and leaves Jace wide open for a romance with Clary.
* Mark/Courtney and Bobby/Loor, or Bobby/Loor and Courtney/Spader were often ShipMates against the Bobby/Courtney pairing in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''. Some supporters went with Bobby/Loor, Courtney/Spader, and Mark/Nevva, though the latter ship was torpedoed by the beginning of book 9.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Doctor/Rose shippers often ship Martha/Tom (the pediatrician from "Last of The Time Lords").
** The series following Martha's departure has her [[spoiler:engaged to Tom]] -- until the 2009 Christmas special, which reveals that [[spoiler:she married Mickey Smith.]]
** And if they're fans of the old series they might ship Sarah Jane with Harry Sullivan, claiming that he and not the Doctor was the man "nobody could live up to" for her.
** Since the Eleventh Doctor's appearance, the combination [[spoiler:Doctor/River and Amy/Rory]] is becoming popular. [[spoiler: Both became effectively canon in the series finale.]] However, [[spoiler:Doctor/Amy]] fans seem to prefer the DieForOurShip route instead, and let's face it, with Rory being [[SingleTargetSexuality Amy-sexual]] and [[spoiler:River being his and Amy's daughter]], we don't have much choice.
*** Though OT3 ships of Doctor/Amy/Rory are fairly common, too.
** Mickey/Jackie was a fairly common Ship Mate for Doctor/Rose too, despite being a MayDecemberRomance. After all, it's not like that alone would've stopped Jackie....
** Zoe/Isobel for Doctor/Jamie shippers. That's when they don't go the OT3 route.
** Fans who liked Jack on the TARDIS occasionally have the Doctor (either 9 or 10) with Rose and Jack.
* Fans of the 2006 BBC ''Series/RobinHood'' series often ship Robin with faithful companion Much instead of fair lady Marian. Many of them like to palm her off with brooding DracoInLeatherPants Guy of Gisborne, or else Robin/Much is accompanied by Sheriff/Guy and Marian can [[DieForOurShip die in a fire.]]
** [[spoiler: Robin/Isabella and Kate/Much]] seem to have become popular in series three, or [[spoiler: Robin/Kate and Guy/Meg.]]
* In ''Series/LostGirl'', main character Bo is in a bisexual love triangle with both Dyson and Lauren. Most fans ship her with Lauren, not Dyson. Occasionally this causes a ShipWar. Most of the time though, it's not a problem because shippers far prefer Dyson with Bo's sidekick Kenzi.
* In ''{{Firefly}}'', [[UnresolvedSexualTension Mal/Inara]], [[RelationshipUpgrade Simon/Kaylee]], [[HappilyMarried Wash/Zoe]], and [[FoeYay Jayne/River]] could all be considered ShipMates. Supporters of [[BrotherSisterIncest Simon/River]] often take Kaylee out of the picture by pairing her with Jayne, and vice versa. Additionally, many [[UnequalPairing Mal/River]] shippers like to break up Simon/Kaylee, pairing Kaylee up with Jayne and freeing up Simon to take Inara off Mal's hands. Some Jayne/Kaylee shippers who are into slash will often pair off Mal and Simon with each other. And in terms of pairing the spares in fandom, many fans like to pair Jayne off with River [[strike:despite]] ''because of'' their [[FoeYay rather antagonistic canon relationship]] and the age gap between them, or with Zoe following [[spoiler:Wash's death in the Big Damn Movie]].
** And of course, there's always [[HoYay Simon/Jayne]] ([[WordOfGod which was apparently]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned to be canon]]) and [[LesYay River/Kaylee]] (who had a rather close friendship thanks to Kaylee's relationship with Simon and her general friendliness).
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Sawyer/Kate is often shipped alongside Jack/Juliet. Conversely, many Jack/Kate fans now ship Sawyer/Juliet.
** And Sawyer/Juliet going canon recently has created a new crop of Jack/Kate shippers, strictly to keep Kate from spoiling Sawyer/Juliet.
** Also, those who shipped Sayid/Shannon in earlier seasons often had her step-brother Boone (who's in love with her) paired with [[HoYay Jack]] (or [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight with anyone else he ever interacted with]] if the shipper isn't into slash).
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has several possible combinations. Merlin/Arthur is the most popular {{yaoi}} pairing and often accompanied by Morgana/Gwen or Lancelot/Gwen. If you're a het fan you're likely to ship Arthur/Morgana and Merlin/Gwen.
** Alternatively, Arthur/Gwen and Merlin/Morgana -- which seems to be the combination that the show is heading towards.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' has a few:
** ''[[Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger Carranger]]'': Kyousuke/Zonnette, Naoki/Youko and Minoru/Natsumi.
** ''[[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskman]]'': [[FanPreferredCouple Takeru/Momoko]] and Kenta/Haruka, or Takeru/Haruka and Akira/Momoko. No one seems to like the OfficialCouple, Takeru/Iyal.
** ''[[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]]'': Ryuu/Kaori and Gai/Ako (thanks to their fake wedding in episode 20) or Gai/Kaori and Ryuu/Maria.
** ''[[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]]'': Kouichiro/Chisato and Shun/Miku.
** ''[[Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger Gaoranger]]'': Blue/White and Silver/Tetomu, or [[HeterosexualLifePartners Blue/Black]] and Silver/White.
** ''[[Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger Hurricaneger]]'': Isshu/Nanami and Ikkou/Yousuke.
** ''[[Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger Dekaranger]]'': Sen/Umeko and Ban/Mari (canon) are usually accompanied by Doggie/Swan, and either Hoji/Jasmine and Tetsu/Lisa, or Tetsu/Jasmine and Hoji/Teresa.
** ''[[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]]'': Satoru/Sakura (or Eiji/Sakura), Masumi/Natsuki and possibly [[DatingCatwoman Souta/Kaze no Shizuka]] as well.
** ''[[Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger Gekiranger]]'': Ran/Retsu and Rio/Mele. Some shippers will also throw Gou/Miki and even [[{{Squick}} Jan/Natsume]] into the mix, thus making four of the Gekirangers plus Miki and Natsume all related to each other.
** ''[[Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger Go-onger]]'': Sosuke/Miu and [[HoYay Gunpei/Hanto]], with a possible side of [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Hiroto/Saki]].
** ''[[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkenger]]'': Takeru/Mako and Chiaki/Kotoha, or Takeru/Kotoha and Ryuunosuke/Mako. [[ManChild Genta]] is usually shipped either with [[spoiler:Kaoru]] or the woman he rescued in episode 31.
** ''[[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]]'': [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Alata/Eri]] and [[BelligerentSexualTension Hyde/Moune]].
** ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]'': Marvelous/Ahim and Joe/Luka, or Marvelous/Luka and Joe/Ahim, or Marvelous/Ahim and Don/Luka, or Marvelous/Luka and Don/Ahim.
** ''[[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]]'': Ian/Yayoi is a common ship mate to the canon ships in order to pair up two of the left-over team members.
** ''[[Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger ToQger]]'': Tokatti/Mio and Hikari/Kagura
** In general, unless the team members are all [[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman related]] [[Series/RescueSentaiGoGoFive to]] [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger each other]] or an OfficialCouple is hinted at early on, most series end up with the fans shipping Red Ranger/Pink Ranger and Yellow Ranger/Green or Black Ranger (if Yellow is female.)
* In ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', shippers of Barney/Robin often ship Ted with either Victoria, Stella or the Mother... even though the latter is yet to be revealed.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', those Sheldon/Penny shippers who don't hate Leonard or want him to [[DieForOurShip die for their ship]] ship him with Stephanie.
** Or, as of season 5, Amy.
** On the other side of the fandom "Shamy" as the gang calls Sheldon and Amy makes a good BetaCouple for Leonard/Penny fics and Leonard/Penny makes a good Beta Couple for Shamy fics (which is basically the canon, if a storyline's focusing on Shamy Leonard and Penny will play the more experienced advice givers or if it's focused on Leonard/Penny Shamy becomes the stable, if hardly moving, beta). Pretty much everyone includes Howard/Bernadette...except the slashers. They just tend to ignore her existence.
* In the ''HannahMontana'' fandom, people who like [[PortmanteauCoupleName Moliver]] (Miley/Oliver) more often than not pair Lilly with Miley's brother, Jackson.
** Alternatively, fans of Loliver (Lilly/Oliver) keep Miley with her her on-again-off-again boyfriend Jake. Lilly and Oliver are also commonly paired in the Mikiley (Miley/Mikayla) fandom.
* In ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', At least for season one, the most often ship mates were [[FanPreferredCouple Nina/Fabian]], [[OfficialCouple Mick/Mara]], [[OddCouple Amber/Alfie]], and then Patricia/Jerome thanks to the fans wanting to [[PairTheSpares Pair The Spares]]. It got a little more complicated once other pairings began to emerge.
* In ''Series/ICarly'', Spencer/Sam and Carly/Freddie are often ShipMates for each other, especially in stories set in the future. Gibby/Sam is second most regular pairing that supports Carly/Freddie. Brad, a character who showed up on a couple of the last episodes of Season 4 has started to be used instead of Gibby.
** Fans of Sam/Freddie generally want Carly to end up with Gibby to get her out of the way on the show. In fandom, Carly has a wider array of potential parters, such as Griffin or one of her more recent love interests like Adam.
*** Seddie fans have one other big pairing that are ShipMates. The Spencer/Mrs Benson pairing. Spencer being Carly's sister, and Mrs. Benson being Freddie's mother. It would make Carly become Freddie's aunt, and from there the author can torpedo Carly/Freddie using LikeBrotherAndSister by having the Carly/Freddie friendship grow further into loving brother/sister type relationship, or {{Squick}} because of the idea of being romantically involved with their nephew or aunt despite it being non-blood relation.
** The Carly/Sam (Cam) pairing often outright [[DieForOurShip ignores Freddie]] with him not showing up at all. Freddie as a character in Cam fic is often lucky ''just'' to get a bare original character to make out with whilst the girls sort through their love for each other. About the only regular [[ShipMates Ship Mate]] for Cam is Freddie/Melanie.
* ''{{Victorious}}'': A common triple straight ShipMates fleet includes FanPreferredCouple Tori/Andre, the canon pairing of Jade/Beck and the [[FanPreferredCouple Fan Preferred]] BetaCouple Cat/Robbie. It avoids anyone having to DieForOurShip or even having to break the only canon pairing up.
** Tori/Beck can be this for the LesYay FanPreferredCouple [[HideYourLesbians Jade/Cat]]. Either for drama by having Tori steal Beck, or so that they don't feel bad for Beck when Jade realises she likes Cat.
** Beck/Jade to Tori/Cat, as Beck/Jade staying together kills off the the FanPreferredCouple of Jade/Cat, and the also popular Tori/Jade and Tori/Beck pairings.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' are pretty much the poster fandoms for this when it comes to shipping:
** Spike/Buffy shippers will almost always ship Angel/Cordelia and vice-versa. Although there are Spuffy'ers who prefer Angel/Faith or even Angel/Willow. [[ShipTease Ours is a forbidden love.]]
** Angel/Buffy shippers will probably ship Spike with Drusilla.
*** Spike/Willow is not ''completely'' unheard of (she's practically the only character who is repeatedly shown treating him decently, aside from Tara and Joyce who rarely appear onscreen with him anyway).
** You pretty much can't ship Wesley/Lilah and Gunn/Fred separately, because you either wanna keep Fred away from Wes or you want to keep Wes away from Fred. Or, you know, both.
** Xander/Cordelia shippers will very likely ship Oz/Willow and vice-versa.
** Buffy/Willow and Dawn/Faith tend to overlap due to stuff in canon or fanon supporting almost every one of the combinations you can make with those four and the rest having some other reason. Same happens with Buffy/Faith and Dawn/Willow shippers. Oddly, it doesn't happen with Buffy/Dawn and Willow/Faith shippers. Most likely because there are very few Buffy/Dawn fics and most of those are PornWithoutPlot. Then you have the rare Buffy/Dawn/Faith/Willow shippers...
** How about crossover pairings? Plenty of fans ''love'' Dawn/Connor (it works quite well, too, since the two are so similar it's not funny), and it co-exists with Buffy/Spike and Buffy/Angel (and their respective ShipMates) quite peacefully.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' it seems that Sam/Gabriel shippers tend to have Dean/Castiel showing up in their fics as well. The reverse, however, is not true as often, possibly because there are a lot more Dean/Cas fics than Sam/Gabe ones. At least on fanfiction.net and Archive of Our Own, anyway.
** Most Sam-centric fics (that aren't Sam/Dean or Sam/Cas. Or Sam/Dean/Cas) have Destiel as the side pairing.
* On ''TheVampireDiaries'' the Damon/Elena shippers frequently ship Stefan/Caroline, Stefan/Rebekah, Stefan/Katherine or Stefan/Klaus to keep Stefan as far away from Elena as possible.
** Stefan/Elena fans usually ship Bonnie/Damon.
** Fans who ship Klaus and Caroline often will ship Tyler/Hayley or Elijah/Hayley.
*** Matt/Rebekah as well as Stefan/Rebekah may be found in Klaroline fanfics as well, presumably to make Klaus' [[IncestSubtext obsession]] with Rebekah disappear.
*** Actually, most Klaus/Caroline fans hate Hayley too much, so they'll often ship her and Death.
* If you ship NotBloodSiblings Derek and Casey from ''LifeWithDerek'', then it is likely that you also ship Edwin (Derek's younger brother) and Lizzie (Casey's younger sister).
* In ''{{Glee}}'' fandom, fans who ship Finchel (Rachel/Finn) usually have a little Quick (Quinn/Puck) on the side. Thus, the growing amount of Puckleberry (Rachel/Puck) shippers usually have Fuinn (Quinn/Finn) goin' on.
** On the plus side, they all have really awesome [[PortmanteauCoupleName shipping names.]]
** Those who ship the canon Klaine sometimes also pair their respective pursuers, Dave Karofsky and Sebastian Smythe. It helps that Dave is the only person in canon Sebastian has been shown to express any sort of genuine concern for.
* Most ''GossipGirl'' viewers ship [[SuperCouple Chuck/Blair]]. Some also ship Nate/Serena, in order to keep the Non-Judging Breakfast Club a unit.
** Dan/Blair generally averts Shipmates. Nate/Serena is a match, but hardly anyone cares about the idea of them since the show torpedoed it years ago. Chuck is more likely to suffer from DieForOurShip than getting any PairTheSpares action. Since Serena and Chuck are semi-related most people don't ship that either, it leaves pretty much no real ships to pair ''Dair'' with.
*** Although some claim to ship Chuck/Ivy. Who have barely been on screen together.
** Those who follow Canon go with Chuck/Blair Serena/Dan Nate/Jenny
* Series/{{Fringe}} fans- particularly in later seasons- tend to ship Peter/Olivia and Alt-Lincoln/Altlivia. And by the end of Season 4, the Peter/Olivia shippers joined camp with [[spoiler:blue-verse Lincoln and Altlivia]]
* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'': Ricky/Amy and Ben/Adrian shippers tend to go together.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' varies by series:
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': Nago/Megumi and Wataru/Mio. On the 1986 side, the canon Otoya/Maya is popular, but some prefer [[ShipSinking Otoya/Yuri]] and King/Maya or Bishop/Maya.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Tsukasa/Natsumi and Daiki/Yuusuke or Daiki/Haruka (the alternate Larc from the [=DiEnd's=] World episodes.)
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': [[HoYay Shotaro/Philip]] and [[OfficialCouple Akiko/Ryu]], or [[BelligerentSexualTension Shotaro/Akiko]] and [[BrotherSisterIncest Philip/Wakana]]. There's also Isaka/Saeko and Kirihiko/Wakana, even though [[spoiler: Saeko and Isaka don't meet until after she killed Kirihiko. Oh dear.]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' had Ryotaro/Hana as a ship mate to Airi/Yuto, until Hana's actress left the show and the character was de-aged into a little girl, Kohana. If that didn't kill off the shippers, [[spoiler:it's revealed at the end of the series that Hana is the daughter of Airi and Sakurai (Yuto), making her [[IncestIsRelative Ryotaro's niece.]]]]
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': Eiji/Hina, Mezool/Gamel, and Date/Gotou or Gotou/Satonaka.
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': Gentaro/Nadeshiko, Kengo/Yuki, Ryusei/Tomoko ''and'' Shun/Miu, thus pairing off all the Kamen Rider Club except [=JK=].
** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'': Nito/Mayu and sometimes Rinko/Shunpei or Rinko/Kizaki appear as ship mates to Haruto/Koyomi, the most popular ship.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' had for Season 9 in canon Holly J/Declan and Jane/Spinner. Fandom would switch this around making Jane/Declan the shipmate to the popular non-canon Holly J/Spinner. Eventually, Holly J revealed her feelings for Spinner, who rejected her as he was with Jane. Jane cheated on Spinner with Declan in the last special, which caused them to break and Spinner to marry [[LastMinuteHookup Emma of all people]].
* In the world of ''LawAndOrder'', if your main pairing is lesbian, every female character in the whole intricate net of spinoffs tends to suddenly become gay. With mixed results. A popular foil to Alex/Olivia (from Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit is Serena/Abbie (from [[LawAndOrder The Mother Ship]]), but there's no discounting Casey/Abbie, Serena/Alex, Abbie/Olivia (almost believable. And it would be ''seriously'' hot), Casey/Olivia (often in a weird ReplacementScrappy-appeal way), Melinda/Olivia (did I mention Olivia is a LauncherOfAThousandShips?) or Abbie/Alex. All a bit bizarre.
** In the het end of the world, a popular pairing to go with Olivia/Elliot are George/Alex (recently {{Jossed}}, as George Huang is ''canonically'' gay), Fin/Melinda (ShipsThatPassInTheNight, much?) and Casey/Alex.
** The most popular partner to Alex/Olivia is Elliot/Kathy. Which is useful, because they're married with five children.
** [[HoYay Elliot/Huang]] is more common than you'd think.
* In het parts of ''LegendOfTheSeeker'' fandom, the OfficialCouple Kahlan/Richard and Cara/Leo.
* For ''Series/TheXFiles'', those who watched the whole series and ship Mulder/Scully, also tend to ship Doggett/Reyes.
* More openminded ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' fans who ship [[BelligerentSexualTension Tucker/Reed]] also ship [[UnresolvedSexualTension Archer/T'Pol]]. Meanwhile, [[HoYay Archer/Reed]] fans go the other way 'round, shipping [[SlapSlapKiss Trip/T'Pol]].
* In the ''Series/{{Community}}'' fandom, fans of [[FanPreferredCouple Jeff/Annie]] will often ship Troy/Britta, who are romantically linked to Annie and Jeff respectively in canon (although not so much during the second season). On the flip-side, Jeff/Britta shippers will often ship Troy/Annie (and increasingly commonly, Annie/Abed), in order to keep Annie away from Jeff.
* ''{{Smallville}}'':
** Due to Chloe/Clark's firm status as the FanPreferredCouple, Lex/Lana pairings are fairly common and they are actually the OfficialCouple for a while. Many Chloe fans just want Lana to be corrupted by Lex so she won't bother Clark ever again.
** Many fans hated Chimmy (the Chloe/Jimmy pairing)...but a large number of Clois (Clark/Lois) fans shipped them to an incredible degree. The Season 8 episode "Committed" seemed geared toward this end.
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' Zack and Maddie fans would pair Cody with London, their friendship in the third season further fueled this. In the Zack/Max fandom Cody and Maddie would sometimes end up together and vice versa. In The Suite on Deck Cody and Bailey fans put Zack with London after an episode aired where they were married for a class assignment, despite their relationship being more business based than romance based. This eased up a little after Zack got a girlfriend but some still exist. Zack and Bailey fans once again put Cody with London.
* ''SouthOfNowhere'' fanfiction almost exclusively sticks with the OfficialCouple of Spencer and Ashley. However some fans choose to reject the BetaCouple of Ashley's sister Kyla and ex-boyfriend Aiden and often put Kyla with Spencer's ex Carmen, who Kyla showed a degree of interest (albeit not romantically) in towards the end of the series
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', fans of [[FanPreferredCouple Derek/Stiles]] will often have Lydia paired up with her ex-boyfriend Jackson to keep her away from Stiles, and pretty much everyone adds Scott/Allison in the mix with these two.
** Jennifer, Derek's love interest for the first half of season 3, is sometimes shipped with [[LesYay Kali]] to PairTheSpares. Same applies to Boyd/Erica.
** Isaac/Cora (which was [[ShipTease teased]] in a one-liner by Isaac himself) or Isaac/Erica may be chosen over the even-more teased Isaac/Allison by those who prefer Scott/Allison.
** Then there's Derek/Stiles, Lydia/Allison, and Scott/Isaac which is gaining popularity in the fandom (this troper herself is guilty of preferring this combination above others)
** Sheriff Stilinski/Melissa [=McCall=] is fairly popular and goes with most other pairings.
* A quite monumental amount of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' Naomi/Emily fic also pairs up Katie and Effy (two parts FoeYay, one part LesYay, one part PairTheSpares, no parts canon).
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fanfic, authors typically ship Sherlock/John along with Moriarty/Sebastian Moran, and/or [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Lestrade/Mycroft]]. Moriarty/Molly is just one of the [[LauncherOfAThousandShips many other options]] for pairing Moriarty off.
** From the het fans we get: Sherlock/Molly, John/Mary Morstan (or John/Sarah Sawyer), Mycroft/Anthea and Lestrade/Sally (everyone hates [[TheScrappy Anderson]], so...); conversely: Sherlock/Irene, John/Mary (or John/Sarah), Mycroft/Anthea, Lestrade/Molly. It is, however, rare to see all four pairings in the same fic.
** Sherlock/John coupled with Lestrade/Molly and/or Mycroft/Anthea is also a viable combination.
** HetIsEw has given rise to: Sherlock/John, Mycroft/Lestrade and Irene/Molly, with Anderson/Sally being around only because it's canon, and because there has to be ''someone'' for people to hate.
** And then there are the people who break up the two most common slash couples to make... Mycroft/John and Sherlock/Lestrade.
** An amusing scenario is when the Sherlock/Irene & John/Mary combination ends up evolving into Sherlock/John & Irene/Mary.
** There are also fics featuring John/Lestrade (or John/Molly) and Sherlock/Victor Trevor (Sherlock's friend from university who's mentioned in the ACD story ''The Gloria Scott'').
** When John is paired with Mary, Sarah or Molly, Sherlock/Lestrade might happen as well; sometimes accompanied by Molly/Mycroft or Irene/Mycroft. Really, this fandom just goes very ''very'' wild with its ships. And that's not even taking into account all the [[SiblingIncest Mycroft/Sherlock]] and [[FoeYay Sherlock/Moriarty & John/Sebastian Moran]] fics.
* ''MyBabysittersAVampire'' Most Rory/Erica shippers also ship Sarah/Ethan and Benny/Della. Most Benny/Erica shippers also ship Sarah/Ethan.
* In the ''Series/{{House}}'' fandom, House/Cuddy shippers tend to also ship Chase and Cameron and [[LauncherOFAThousandShips Thirteen]] and either Foreman or Kutner. In contrast, House/Cameron shippers often ship Wilson and Cuddy and Thirteen and Chase. The Wilson/Cuddy pairing also tends to be popular amongst fans of House and Thirteen.
* {{Eureka}} has Allison/Stark and Tess/Jack shippers joining together, because those parings being intact prevents Allison/Jack.
* Those who ship Hook/Aurora in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' tend to also ship Phillip/Mulan. This also resolves the Phillip/Aurora/Mulan LoveTriangle.
** With the Hook/Emma/Neal love triangle, the most common solution is to pair one with Emma and the other with Regina.
** Regina/Robin and to a lesser extent Regina/Tinkerbell are very common couple among both Captain Swan and Swanfire shippers. [[LesYay This is most likely done to]] [[FoeYay remove any possibility of]] [[CrackShip Emma/Regina.]]
** Most Swanfire shippers are also shippers of Rumbelle, [[spoiler: probably because they want for Rumple's son to be happy as well]]
** For a time, Sleeping Warrior (Aurora/Mulan) shippers also shipped Neal/Philip.
** For those who have seen the sister show, Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland, Scarlet Queen (Anastasia/Will) is commonly shipped among Swanfire shippers and Knalice (Alice/Will) is common among Captain Swan shippers
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' fans who ship [[FanPreferredCouple Carson/Hughes]] are ''very'' prone to shipping Isobel Crawley/Dr Clarkson as well. It helps quite a bit that Mrs Hughes fans are usually Isobel fans too.
** Evelyn Napier/Edith has had a steady fanbase since the first series, despite their [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight limited interaction]]. As of season four, it's become a common ship mate to the pairing of Mary with her other suitors Blake or Gillingham.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'' fandom, quite a few Jack/Daniel shippers also ship Sam/Janet, and vice versa. Meanwhile, Jack/Sam shippers often like to ship Daniel/Janet or Daniel/Vala.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Sheppard/[=McKay=] shippers like to pair Sheppard's other partner-in-UST, Elizabeth Weir, with Radek Zelenka. It helps that Zelenka can easily be read as having feelings for Elizabeth in canon -- and that Elizabeth is quite beloved among the fandom, making writers reluctant to [[DieForOurShip kill her off]]. The other popular option is ''Daedalus'' commander Steven Caldwell, with whom Weir has a bit of BelligerentSexualTension going on.
* In the ''Series/BigTimeRush'' fandom for anyone who ships any two of [[BoyBand the four male leads]] together, the other two guys will get shipped together and Jo and Camille (Kendall and Logan's love interests) will usually get shipped together also. Those who ship Camille/Logan/James will usually ship [[OfficialCouple Kendall/Jo]] or Kendall/Carlos.
* In "Series/Arrow" the Olicity ship is often seen paired with Nysara and Merlance.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In the Music/{{Vocaloid}} fandom, [[LesYay Miku/Luka]] is often used in conjunction with [[FanPreferredCouple Haku/Neru]] and [[SlapSlapKiss Meiko/Kaito]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Many Marius/Cosette fans in the ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' fandom also ship Eponine with Enjolras or with Montparnasse (the latter perhaps inspired by the novel, where it's more-or-less canon in a depressing sort of way).
** A lot of Amis-based slash fic (its own subgenre in the fandom) is this way. Generally, if one set of gay French revolutionaries shows up in a fic, you're likely to hear about another at some point as well (odds exponentially increase here, too, if the first ship isn't Enjolras/Grantaire, which tends to be a bit of a fandom OTP and therefore often does have fic of them on their own). Bossuet/Joly, Courfeyrac/Prouvaire ...
*** Really, Ship Mates here often depends on whom you're pairing Enjolras with. If Grantaire, you generally need a way to get Courfeyrac and Combeferre out of the way (with Combeferre/Feuilly being a moderately popular option for this purpose). If Feuilly, Courfeyrac/Combeferre is a somewhat common recourse. If Combeferre, Courfeyrac/Prouvaire is useful. Though Grantaire does generally tend to hang around as a ''Stalker with a Crush'' if not shipped with Enjolras, as opposed to going to someone else...
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'''s fandom has an ongoing ship war between Phantom/Christine and Raoul/Christine. Fans often get around this by shipping Meg Giry with whichever one doesn't get Christine. When they don't just straight up make the other suitor [[DieForOurShip die for their ship]], anyway.
** And those who ship Phantom/Raoul often also ship Meg/Christine.
* Fans of ''TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' ship the barely {{Canon}} Barfee/Olive with {{Fanon}} Logainne/Leaf and Chip/Marcy.
* Many fans of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' ship Elphaba with Fiyero ([[PortmanteauCoupleName Fiyeraba]]) and Glinda with Boq ([[PortmanteauCoupleName Gloq]]) and while Fiyeraba is canon, as is Boq's crush on Glinda, there is no way that Glinda would ever love Boq in canon. No one cares about Nessa becuase she got squashed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' features a LoveTriangle between Lloyd,Colette, and Sheena. [[HandsomeLech Zelos]] hits on both girls throughout the game, so fans of one ship tend to ship the remaining girl with Zelos.
** And Zelloyd is occasionally complemented by Sheena/Colette, although that's a bit rarer. Really, those four can go any way.
** [[PairTheSpares Zelos/Regal]] could neatly pair off with Lloyd/Sheena, Colette/Raine, Presea/Genis and Kratos/[[spoiler:Anna]]... just sayin', despite the {{Squick}} (if Regal's backstory wasn't squicky enough in hindsight...).
** In the [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOFTheNewWorld sequel]], it is not uncommon for Emil/Marta shippers to also ship Richter/Aster. On the other hand, many other Richter/Aster shippers also ship Richter and Emil, or [[OT3 Emil/Ratatosk/Aster]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': [[HoYay Fluri]] and [[LesYay Ristelle]] are both [[FanPreferredCouple immensely popular]], and so often seen together. It's really a double match made in heaven -- there's a ''lot'' of subtext to fuel both couples, most of the main characters get to be involved, and since Estelle and Yuri ''and'' Estelle and Flynn are close friends, it's really easy to put them together in fanworks.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'': Since Hubert and Pascal aren't a part of the [[ShipToShipCombat utter shipping mess]] that is Sophie-Cheria-Asbel-and-Richard, they tend to make a pretty safe BetaCouple complement for just about any other pairing.
* For the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'': Luneth often gets paired with Refia with Ignus taken out of the equation by pairing him with Princess Sarah.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears its sequel]], if we go by the route of OfficialCouple, we have Cecil/Rosa, Edge/Rydia, Edward/Harley, Palom with Luca or Leonora and Porom/Tsukinowa.
*** For those who want [[RomanticRunnerUp Kain]] to get someone, there are two possibilities; one is to let his feelings for Rosa be recognized, which usually means Cecil goes with Rydia or [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse dies]] (or, more commonly, [[OneTrueThreesome joins in]]); the other is to pair him with either Rydia or Barbariccia.
** Averted with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' by having [[OneTrueThreesome Bartz paired with all three girls]].
** Especially in recent years with the release of the Compilation, this has become common in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' with [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Cloud/Tifa]] and [[TogetherInDeath Zack/Aerith]].
** This trope get used the most in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' with Vaan/Penelo, Balthier/Fran. As for Ashe/Basch, fans will often {{Handwave}} it with SecondLove. Fandom will also throw in Gabranth/Larsa as well.
*** On the yaoi side of things, fans who want to pair Balthier with Vaan or Basch will get Fran out of the way by putting her with [[CrackPairing Penelo]]. Oddly, Fran/Ashe doesn't seem to be as common. Balthier/Vaan also goes well with Basch/Vossler and Gabranth/Larsa.
*** Balthier/Ashe is also very popular, in which case Fran sometimes gets paired with Basch, even though that's a bit of a stretch.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Lightning/Hope]] fics sometimes tend to be accompanied by [[LesYay Fang/Vanille]] and [[OfficialCouple Snow/Serah]]. Switching it up results in Hope/Vanille being shipmates with Lightning/Fang and, again, Snow/Serah.
*** As of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', Serah/Snow usually sees Noel with either Yeul or Hope.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]'', the uncommon and non-predestined pairing of Claude/Fury has a small following... consisting of Levin/Sylvia and Levin/Tiltyu fans. It ''does'' help that, technically speaking, it gives Sety and Fee ''really'' good stats (and that sweet, sweet [[BackFromTheDead Valkyrie Staff]]...)
** Similarly, some Levin/Fury fans who ain't squicked by the possible BrotherSisterIncest[=/=]KissingCousins vibes tend to pair off Sylvia with Claude. (Again, nice stats and Valkyrie staff, which Corpul can use well). If not, they'll lean more towards Alec/Sylvia (average but still useful stats, the ''VERY'' sought-after Pursuit skill, and quite easy to get).
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'', Eliwood/Ninian fans often pair Hector with Lyn, while Florina/Hector fans ship Lyn/Rath instead. Kent/Lyn and Sain/Fiora also tend to go hand in hand, and fans who ship all the popular slash couples (Rath/Wil, Raven/Lucius, Heath/Legault, Kent/Sain, Matthew/Guy and Hector/Eliwood) ship Lyn/Florina as well.
** Fans who like both het and femslash might pair up Eliwood with Ninian, then ship Lyn and Florina.
** Raven/Lucius fans who don't hate Priscilla for her BigBrotherWorship towards Raven will almost surely invoke the presence of her suitors to whisk her away safely, whether [[LoveHurts her love matters]] [[StarcrossedLovers are doomed]] [[HappilyMarried or not]].
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' Innes/Eirika or Seth/Eirika often goes with Ephraim/Tana.
** It's not that uncommon for Gerik/Marisa fans to pair Tethys off with Rennac (who ''does'' get a crush on her in their Supports, though they have no shared ending), or for Seth/Natasha and Tethys/Gerik fans to put Joshua and Marisa together.
** The GBA ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' games in general has this built right into the game itself: you can almost always find someone else for a character to A Support with. And as a bonus, since characters can, in addition to their one A Support, also have a B Support with another character, if you can link your Ship Mates together with B Supports, you will have created a small group of near-invincibility with all the stat boosts. (Also applies to other ''Fire Emblem'' games with the Support system, though the mechanics may differ.)
* In the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius]] games, Ike/Soren tends to go hand in hand with whichever is relevant out of Boyd/Mist and Elincia/Geoffrey, if not both, while Lethe/Jill fics will feature the Kyza/Ranulf/Lyre triangle as the Beta Threesome.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', it's pretty common for Gerome/Inigo shippers to ship Owain/Brady. If they go for {{yuri}} too, they may toss [[LesYay Kjelle/Severa]] in the mix. [[spoiler:It helps that one of the Scramble DLC stages strongly implies that Kjelle ''does'' have a crush on Severa in canon. That alcohol dose was a ''Truth Serum'', people!]]
** If the fans don't want to pair Sumia with Chrom but aren't willing to go the DieForOurShip way either, they'll ship her with Frederick or Gaius instead. Bad thing, sometimes they [[NeverLiveItDown reduce]] the pairings in themselves ''solely'' to how Fred or Gaius "take Sumia away from Chrom"; Chrom/Female Avatar are specially associated to this behavior. ([[VocalMinority And rather unfairly, one may add]]) .
** [[BodyguardCrush Lissa/Lon'qu]] fans sometimes tend to ship Lissa's best friend Maribelle with either Gaius or Ricken.
** As "the het ship(s) that almost everyone like(s)", either Henry/Olivia or Stahl/Sully tend to be common {{Beta Couple}}s in fanwork.
*** Donnel/Nowi and Ricken/Nowi tend to be relatively easy to spot as well, likely to hook up the ''very'' OlderThanTheyLook [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Nowi]] with a guy whose age matches her physical looks.
* Due to insane amounts of ShipTease and HoYay in a single game, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' makes any pairing looks believable. Despite the conflicts most people agree to PairTheSpares; so, if you ship MC/Yukiko, you probably ship Kanji/Naoto, and some combination of Yosuke,Rise,Chie and Teddie too. Fans who prefer [[LesYay Chie/Yukiko]] (whether they think "HetIsEw" or not) usually ship MC/Yosuke together and leave Yukiko for Chie, while Kanji and Naoto make a safe BetaCouple or ''maybe'' a safe Beta [[OneTrueThreesome OT3]] if they add Rise to the mix. It works.
** When ''Videogame/Persona4Arena'' was released, Yosuke's ShipTease with OriginalGeneration character Labrys frees other characters up, so it's commonly supported by [[{{Slash}} Chie/Yukiko]] shippers.
* Given the nature of the game, ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' fanfics tend to have pairings between secondary party members in addition to the primary Ship.
* Even though it's a [[NoHuggingNoKissing Two Hugs, No Kissing]] game, ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has whole ''trees'' of these spring up. Let's see here...
** Sora/Kairi shippers probably ship Roxas/Namine, too. Riku is taken out of the picture via Xion or Yuffie and Axel via Larxene.
*** That or Larxene gets paired with Marluxia. Or better yet, Axel, Larxene, AND Marluxia ''[[OneTrueThreesome all at once.]]''
** Sora/Riku shippers will typically go the Kairi/Namine route, if not... [[DieForOurShip the other way]]... with Axel/Roxas. Since Axel may as well be Riku's Nobody to the fandom.
*** AU fics will sometimes ship Kairi with ''Final Fantasy'' characters that haven't yet been/won't be in the series to keep Riku with Sora, Axel with Roxas, and Cloud with Leon.
**** And speaking of the ''Final Fantasy'' side of ''Kingdom Hearts'', many of the fics that ship Cloud and Aerith will have Leon shipped with either Tifa or Yuffie. Conversely, fics with Aerith/Leon may also feature Cloud/Tifa. Where slash is concerned, Leon/Cloud is sometimes accompanied by Zack/Aerith (more so in AU fics) or Aerith/Tifa.
** Sora/Roxas and/or Namine/Kairi shippers may pair Riku up with... [[{{Squick}} Mickey]]. But if he doesn't work, Xion's a good second.
** Not to mention Sora with Kairi, Roxas with Xion, and Riku with [[CrackPairing Namine]].
** Demyx/Zexion seems to be a popular ship mate in slash fics, particularly if those fics already involved Sora/Riku, Axel/Roxas, and/or Leon/Cloud.
** Some decide to pair up the whole Organization XIII by going with [[MayDecemberRomance Xigbar/Demyx]], [[FoeYay Marluxia/Vexen]], [[IntergenerationalFriendship Lexaeus/Zexion]], [[MinionShipping Xemnas/Saix]], [[Squick Xaldin/Luxord]], [[HeterosexualLifePartners Axel/Roxas]], and sometimes [[LesYay Larxene/Namine]].
** Some of the Terra/Aqua shippers who don't want to leave Ventus out of the fun will pair him up with Lea, Vanitas, or (occasionally) Snow White.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'': The first wave of fandom had Isaac/Mia, Garet/Jenna and Ivan/Sheba. With the second game came along the pairings Isaac/Jenna, Felix/Sheba, Garet/Mia and Alex/Mia. Interestingly enough, you almost always find them in this order. It's almost impossible to find Garet/Mia that didn't contain Isaac/Jenna, and Garet/Jenna that didn't contain Isaac/Mia.
** And of course there is the [[TakeAThirdOption Third Option]] of HoYay. Isaac/Ivan and Felix/Piers often appear together. Alex/Felix and Felix/Piers may come as a LoveTriangle or turn Alex into a StalkerWithACrush. To be fair, Alex's reaction to Piers makes him sound like a [[HoYay jilted lover.]]
** The fact that the characters travel in groups of four for the longest time makes it very easy to PairTheSpares (well, ignore [[{{Squick}} Kraden]] in the second game...). In fics set in-game, Jenna/Sheba will probably have Felix/Piers on the side (the few in existence, anyway) and Isaac/Ivan tends to have Garet/Mia. Strangely, though, there has yet to be a Saturos/Menardi + Felix/Sheba + Alex/Jenna fic.
** Now that Isaac/Jenna has been confirmed to be canon, the fandom is keeping a close watch for the same to be done with its shipmates. Since Mia has been confirmed to have had two children with no known relationship to Garet's son, things do not look good so far.
* For ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' fans, Daniel/Ayara and Erin/Jasper seem to work well with each other.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' fandom, you won't find many [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Etna/Mid-Boss]] fans who don't also ship Laharl/Flonne. And for ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'', Almaz/Sapphire and Mao/Raspberyl tend to go hand in hand, as do the HoYay variants: Mao/Almaz and Sapphire/Raspberyl.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]'': For Yuyuko/Youmu shippers, Reimu/Yukari is often beneficial as it keeps Yukari from being paired with Yuyuko. The benefit is similar for Marisa/Alice shippers (by keeping Reimu from being paired with Marisa).
** Of course, given the sheer amount of Shipping in the Touhou fandom, if taken to extreme levels, this trope results in a ridiculous amount of cascading. For example, to support the above Yuyuko/Youmu, Reimu/Yukari, and Marisa/Alice pairs, you would ship:
*** Koakuma/Patchouli, to keep Patchouli away from Marisa (or Alice); Remilia/Sakuya, to keep Remilia from Patchouli (and Reimu) and Sakuya from Marisa; and Meiling/Flandre, to keep Meiling from Sakuya and Flandre from Remilia (and Marisa) (or do Remilia/Flandre and then Meiling/Sakuya, for similar effect)
*** Reisen/Tewi, to keep Reisen away from Youmu; Kaguya/Eirin, to keep Eirin from Reisen; Mokou/Keine, to keep Mokou from Kaguya; and Rinnosuke/unnamed-book-reading-youkai to keep Rinnosuke from Keine (and Yukari and Marisa)
*** [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters And so on, and so forth.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has Canderous/Bastila, which started out as a CrackPairing in an influential fanfic (the author was a professional romance author and wanted to see if she could pull it off), because MostFanficWritersAreGirls and play with a female PC. In case you're curious, the link to this fic is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1652394/1/After_the_Fall here]].
* [[OfficialCouple Mario and Peach]] with [[BetaCouple Luigi and Daisy]], of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fame.
* In the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' fandom, those who actually ''like'' Johnny/Meryl sometimes also appreciate the fact that he took Meryl off of Snake's hands. Snake is thus free to keep his hands on Otacon. The same can be said for those who are content to leave Jack/Rose as they are, though they realize that Raiden/Snake shippers would obviously disagree.
* Typically in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' fandom, whoever of the official romance options that isn't being shipped with Shepard is sometimes paired up with someone else.
** Some well-known examples from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' would be Garrus/Tali, Jacob/Miranda (which ''was'' canon), Jacob/Kasumi, Thane/Samara, Thane/Jack, Tali'Zorah/Kal'Reegar and Liara/Feron.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' made [[spoiler:Garrus/Tali]] canon if neither are romanced by Shepard. Javik is another popular choice for Liara now, and Shepard/Kaidan shippers also have a tendency to ship Steve/James.
* If you ship [[Franchise/MortalKombat Liu Kang and Princess Kitana]] (a couple that was ''[[ShipTease this]]'' close to being {{official|Couple}}), chances are that you also pair up their respective [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friends]], Kung Lao and Jade.
** The same is true of shipping [[PairTheSpares Smoke and Jade]] if you're a fan of [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight (Younger) Sub-Zero/Kitana]].
* [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Altair/Malik]] shippers and Ezio/Leonardo shippers tend to flock together.
** Modern Assassins generally get treated to Desmond/Lucy and Shaun/Rebecca or Desmond/Shaun and Lucy/Rebecca. Throw in the latter two with the above two, and you get a lovely case of EveryoneIsGay.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fans who ship [[FoeYay Spy/]][[BelligerentSexualTension Sniper]] tend to throw some Heavy/Medic in there as well. [[FanPreferredCouple Of course, everyone tends to throw some Heavy/Medic in there.]]
** Fans who ship Scout/Miss Pauling often enjoy [[IBangedYourMom Spy/Scout's mother]] as well.
** Many [[FanPreferredCouple Heavy/Medic]] fans also ship Scout/Miss Pauling as a [[PairtheSpares PairTheSpares]]. Given that it prevents several of the more prevalent rival pairings of the ship such as Medauling and Scout/Medic, it's not too surprising.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games tend to get this, just like the anime. For the Johto games, there's Ethan/Kris and Silver/Lyra or Silver/Kris and Ethan/Lyra. The Unova games are more complicated: Cheren/Bianca is commonly a BetaCouple to N/Hilda, N/Hilbert, and Hilbert/Hilda. Some N/Hilda shippers support Hilbert/Bianca instead. Some N/Hilbert shippers also opt for Cheren/Hilda or Bianca/Hilda. Some Cheren/Hilda shippers also ship Hilbert/Bianca; pretty much, whatever pairing you like for the Unova protagonists, forming ShipMates is very easy.
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia]]'', there are two major pairs of ships: Kellyn/Kate and Keith/Rhythmi versus Keith/Kate and Kellyn/Rhythmi.
* Though the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series doesn't have a major shipping fandom, there is still instances of this. For ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'', Ninten/Ana is sometimes complimented by Lloyd/Pippi. For ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', there's Ness/Paula and Jeff/Tony, as well as sometimes Jeff/Ness and Poo/Paula. For ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', there's Duster/Kumatora with Lucas/Claus, Lucas/Ness, and occasionally Lucas/Nana (an [=N=][=P=][=C=]). Some fans - especially those who got into the series around ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' - support Lucas/Ness, Claus/Ninten, and Kumatora/Paula.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Supporters of [[OfficialCouple Yuna/Tidus]] tend to also support Wakka/Lulu, which became canon in the sequel, and Auron/Rikku, which... [[CrackPairing didn't]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', Rikku/Gippal and Paine/Baralai are popular shipmates.
* Within the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fandom, people who ship Sonic/Blaze tend to also ship Silver/Amy.
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', Terry/Blue Mary shippers tend to make allusions to Andy/Mai.
** Similarly, in ''The King of Fighters'' fandom... if you ship Athena/Kensou you may want to keep Kyo Kusanagi, the guy Athena shows some degree of romantic interest in (depending on the medium), with his canon girlfriend Yuki. Kyo/Yuki fans who don't ship Kensou/Athena tend to put Iori and Athena together instead, invoking prospect AllGirlsWantBadBoys and BroodingBoyGentleGirl dynamics to justify it.
** Don't forget the support that Ryo/King fans tend to give to Robert/Yuri. Both were heavily {{ship tease}}d in ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'', but the latter has been downplayed in ''KOF''.
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'''s most common ShipMates seem to be [[HoYay Phoenix/]][[ChildhoodFriendRomance Edgeworth,]] [[WhipItGood Franziska/]][[LesYay Adrian,]] [[ButtMonkey Gumshoe/]][[{{Dojikko}} Maggey,]] and probably a dash of Klavier/Apollo.
** Alternatively, if one goes for the het option, then the combination of [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Phoenix/Maya]], [[NotBloodSiblings Edgeworth/Franziska]], [[TragicVillain Diego]]/[[TheLostLenore Mia]], and the aforementioned Gumshoe/Maggey can take care of all your shipping problems in one go.
** When ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' was released, two popular Ship Mates emerged: [[MayDecemberRomance Athena Cykes/Simon Blackquill]] and [[RescueRomance Apollo Justice/Juniper Woods]].
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Saber/Shirou and Rin/Archer, which is very amusing because [[spoiler:Archer ''is'' Shirou from the future. Man knows how to stack the deck.]]
** Archer seems to most likely be from a future that didn't follow the most likely canon "Fate" path, since he did not seem to show any strong affection for Saber. Though it could be that those feelings simply faded with time.
** Along the same lines (but arguably even ''more'' so), we have Sakura/Shirou and Rin/Archer, which allows Sakura to get her (well-deserved) happy ending whilst ''also'' giving her sister [[spoiler:her own version of Shirou]] to be with (Saber, of course, is [[spoiler:[[ShipSinking dead]] in almost every ending]], so she doesn't count). It's also not unheard of for Saber/Shirou shippers to attempt to pair up Sakura and ''Rider'', either. (This is not without justification, given Rider's extremely protective attitude towards Sakura in the original game and certain scenes in Hollow Ataraxia ...)
*** It's also quite common for Sakura/Shirou shippers to add Rider in and make it an OT3.]
* Withing ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', there are two main options: the slash route with Riki/Kyousuke and Rin/Komari (and, far less likely, possibly a Haruka/Kurugaya or Haruka/Mio in the background), or the straight route with Rin/Riki, Komari/Kyousuke, and Kud/Masato.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' shippers usually support Blake/Yang alongside [[FanPreferredCouple Ruby/Weiss]], likely because the main plot centers on the friendship these four share.
** Similarly, JNPR shippers usually pair Ren/Nora with Jaune/Pyrrha. The former are ChildhoodFriend[=s=] ''[[HeterosexualLifePartners juuust]]'' this side of canon, the latter has [[RescueRomance really]], [[UndyingLoyalty really]] heavy hinting that Pyrrha wants to make it official.
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* In the ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' fandom, many Piro/Kimiko shippers get [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Ping]] out of the way by shipping her first with Miho, and after that was [[ShipSinking sunk]] by WordOfGod confirming that Miho isn't gay, with Junko. Conversely, Piro/Ping fans suggest that Kimiko and Miho should hook up.
* ''RedString'' readers have been trying to pair everyone off for ages. When Kazuo/Miharu was the canon ship, Karen/Makoto, Eiji/Reika, and Fuuko/Maya were popular. Then Kazuo and Miharu broke up, Fuuko moved, and Karen learned she couldn't love Makoto like that. Throw a bunch of new characters in, and now you've got Makoto/Miharu, Kikuko/Kazuo, Fuuko/Hanae, Karen/Jun, Maya/Yuuki, and Eiji/Reika. If you still believe in Kazuo/Miharu, you can ship Makoto/Tomi with them, and Kikuko gets to be awesome by herself. Luckily for the ''Red String'' fandom, most of the readers are pretty civil in matters of shipping.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' example: Dave/Jade makes a good complement to Karkat/Terezi, as does Karkat/Jade to Dave/Terezi; similar configurations can also be found for John, Rose, Kanaya and Vriska.
** Another common setup involving all four human kids is John/Karkat, Dave/Terezi, Rose/Kanaya, and Jade with some other troll. Karkat<>Kanaya and more rarely John<>Vriska are sometimes added as well.
** Sollux/Feferi and Equius/Aradia are also commonly shipped in tandem.
** Sollux/Terezi goes well with Karkat/Nepeta and Equius/Aradia.
** While Jade/Rose was never really popular enough to be a good complement to John/Dave, the Alpha pairings of Dirk/Jake and Roxy/Jane (or, at the lease, [[StarBoarding Dirk and Roxy crushing on Jake and Jane respectively]], who may or may not actually be together) definitely are.
** Also, in Homestuck, basically every teenage character at this point has an 'ancestor' who they looked up to (or has some connection to them, anyway) who has a similarly-aged counterpart. If someone ships something, they often ship the ancestor version as well. For example, a Karkat/Terezi shipper might also ship Kankri/Latula. This is complicated a bit by the fact that two of the kids' ancestors are genderswapped, so while Jade/Dave and Dirk/Jake would seem to go together, as shippers tend to favour either slash or het, you will more often find John/Dave and Dirk/Jake together.
** Roxy and Jane also tend to be shipped with each other to complement Dirk/Jake, and [[spoiler:Calliope]] is sometimes shipped with one or both of the girls. There's also the mildly popular Jane/Gamzee ship.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Most Katara/Aang shippers also ship Sokka/Toph and/or Mai/Zuko, whereas most Zuko/Katara shippers also ship Toph/Aang.
** Zutara and Taang shippers also have a tendency to ship Sokka/Suki (Sukka).
*** Which isn't to say canon shippers don't ship Sukka/Sokki/[[FanNickname George]]. That completes the Canon Circle, after all. Toph [[PairTheSpares has been paired off with]] [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Physical Manifestation of BAMFness]], Ohev, the Duke, an OC, ''Iroh''... Kataang and Maiko definitely overlap the most.
** Sokka is an interesting case because he's one of the few main characters in the show immune to DieForOurShip. This is because he has the most onscreen romantic interests (Yue, Suki, Toph, Ty Lee) so he essentially gets paired off with whoever fits the story.
** Another interesting case is Ty Lee, and while most people tend to ship her with [[LesYay Azula and/or Mai]], other times she's shipped with Haru or Teo.
*** Speaking of Mai, she's the character who [[DieForOurShip usually gets a pretty raw deal from Zutara shippers,]] unlike Aang, who has a couple of different alternatives if an author doesn't want him with Katara. The few Zutarians who are charitable towards Mai will often pair her with Jet (even though he's dead), or Ty Lee.
** Shippers who like Taang for the OppositesAttract aspect of it but still mainly ship Kataang will often pair Toph with Teo, because he's very much like an Airbender. Ty Lee/Haru is also very popular, along with Jetzula.
* SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Before Asami's debut, [[UptightLovesWild Makorra]] and [[UptownGirl Bosami]] (Mako/Korra and Bolin/Asami) developed, soley on Bolin's establishment as a [[FictionalSport pro-bender]] ChickMagnet with a {{Fangirl}} legion, and released information that Asami was also a pro-bending {{Fangirl}} aspect of things.
** Post debut, Asami's characterization allows for Borra/Masami (Bolin/Korra and Mako/Asami) shippers. And, y'know, there's the fact that Mako and Asami actually started dating in said debut. Cue the [[ShipToShipCombat Ship-to-Ship Combat]].
** Despite the initial accusations of Zutara 2.0, Kataang/Makorra has become surprisingly popular, with lots of fanart, videos, and parallel's drawn for "The Avatar's love."
** Now that Mako and Asami have broken up and Mako and Korra are a canon couple, it's become popular to pair Asami not just with Bolin but also with General Iroh (Zuko's grandson, not Zuko's uncle). [[spoiler: But at the end of Season 2, Mako and Korra have broken up for good this time, realising that they're BetterAsFriends.]] This has become extremely confusing.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' fandom, Chip/Gadget shippers usually ship Dale with Foxglove, as it frees Gadget for Chip, and Dale/Foxglove shippers often ship Gadget with Chip, to free Dale for Foxglove. (Not all Dale/Foxglove shippers necessarily ship Chip/Gadget, though.) Which one is the OneTruePairing and which one is the BetaCouple, however, depends on the author...)
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' fandom, Robin/Starfire shippers, also ship Raven/Beast Boy. If they shipped Robin/Raven, they would pair Beast Boy and Starfire together (or make one a victim of DieForOurShip).
** In the early days of the show, fan fiction pairing Robin/Starfire, Beast Boy/Terra and Raven/Cyborg was not uncommon.
** Also common amoung Robin/Raven shippers are Starfire/Aqualad or Star/Speedy, Beast Boy/Terra, and some authors like to throw in Cyborg/Bumblebee.
** Pretty much everyone also ships Flinx, which might be why its the only couple with its own PortmanteauCoupleName.
** Though some corners of fandom use portmanteaus fairly frequently, such as RobStar, CyBee, Sqaqua, and the like.
** And for those into that kind of thing, [[LesYay Jinx/Raven]] shippers usually pair Beast Boy with Terra. Either that, or they keep the poor fool out of luck with romance entirely while he just [[GirlOnGirlIsHot watches how well pink and purple go together.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' shippers who shipped Numbuh 3 with Numbuh 4 would also ship Numbuh 5 with either Numbuh 2 ([[spoiler:whom she ended up with anyway]]) or Numbuh 1 (prior to the aforementioned reveal). Those who shipped the latter would often pair Numbuh 2 with [[AlphaBitch Numbuh 86]]. 2/5 goes fairly well with 1/362, The Kid/3 if you want to see 4/86. Lizzie doesn't get much love anymore, but she went well with the aforementioned couples of 3/4 and 2/5. If you ship 2/5, you might get along with Cree/Maurice shippers, who might get along with Heinrich/5 shippers. It's a veritible minefield.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': [[OfficialCouple Danny/Sam]] is often accompanied with Tucker/Valerie or Tucker/Jazz. Danny/Valerie and Tucker/Sam also could work out, though Sam's mostly [[DieForOurShip killed off or portrayed as a mega-bitch]] in any Danny/Valerie fics (though the same could be said for Valerie in most Danny/Sam fics).
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron/[[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] or Ron/[[YamatoNadeshiko Yori]] (for het) and Ron/Drakken (for slash) are the most used pairings by [[LesYay KiGo]] writers who want to "free" Kim from Ron.
** Kim/Ron and [[RelationshipUpgrade Drakken]] / [[MinionShipping Shego]] are often shipped by the same fans.
* It's very common in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fandom to ship Stan/Kyle opposite Cartman/Wendy. Stop looking at me like that.
** Recently, Stan/Kyle and Cartman/Butters from the HetIsEw crowd.
** More shippers have been switching to Cartman/Butters after Wendy and Cartman's fight in "Breast Cancer Show Ever".
** Kenny/Butters is even more popular than Cartman/Butters. Strangely, only a handful of people ship Kenny/Cartman.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' shippers appear to adhere to the doctrine of "The enemy of an enemy is my friend"; [[HoYay Ben/Kevin]] and [[KissingCousins Ben/Gwen]] shippers don't tend to be rivals as much as allies against [[DieForOurShip Ben/Julie]]. Ben/Kevin and Gwen/Charmcaster are even stauncher allies.
* For ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', some Timmy/Tootie shippers like the idea of Trixie Tang (Timmy's unrequited crush) ending up with Remy Buxaplenty (his rival). Some of them also support Veronica (who also likes Timmy) with Chester.
* In ''JimmyNeutron'', Nick/Betty and occasionally even Timmy/Betty is popular for no real reason except this, considering that Timmy and Betty [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight never even met in the show]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' Zim/Gaz often goes along with Dib/Tak and vice versa, in order to pair all four of them up without having to resort to BrotherSisterIncest (or use of a more minor character). If Zim and Tak get together, Gaz and Dib are usually just not paired with anyone.
** GIR/[=MiMi=] often goes along with either Zim/Tak or Dib/Tak, though not always.
** [[HetIsEw Most Gaz/Tak shippers also ship Zim/Dib,]] though usually Zim/Dib stories simply don't pair Tak or Gaz with anyone.
** If Dib isn't in the main couple and his romance isn't very important to the story, he may be shipped with [[FlatCharacter Gretchen]] (who has a crush on him in the Valentine's Day episode). Fics that have Dib/Gretchen as the main pairing are rare and tend to lack Ship Mates, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has a great deal of this. Thanks to its substantial fanbase of {{Crack Ship}}pers and numerous {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s, any random pairing could be thrown in beside any other ship. Some of the more notable cases:
** Before [[OfficialCouple Gwen/Trent]] broke up, Gwen/Cody fans sometimes put Trent together with [[DumbBlonde Lindsay]]. The pairing developed its own independent fandom that's probably as large or larger than Gwen/Cody, partly because fans seem to have little interest in Lindsay's canonical pairing with [[LovableJock Tyler]].
** When some fans [[FanPreferredCouple started to prefer Duncan/Gwen]] to [[OfficialCouple Duncan/Courtney]], [[PairTheSpares Courtney/Trent]] became a popular pairing, despite the two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight barely interacting in canon]]. When [[RelationshipUpgrade Gwen/Duncan became canonical]], fans increasingly paired up Gwen's other potential love interest, [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]], with his StalkerWithACrush Sierra. There's also a small but devoted fan base for Cody/Courtney (who had little more canonical interaction than Courtney/Trent) usually based on [[HurtComfortFic them consoling each other]].
* Part of what drives the Brainy/Superman ship in ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' is the fact that everyone else in the main cast (at least in season one) ships nicely with someone else. Phantom Girl/Timberwolf, Saturn Girl/Lightning Lad, and Bouncing Boy/Triplicate Girl are all various levels of official (even in [[Franchise/TheDCU main DCU]] continuity), so that leaves Brainiac 5 and Superman to be paired off.
* For ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', some fans go with canon, shipping [[ToyShip Phineas/Isabella]] and [[PrecociousCrush Ferb/Vanessa]]. Alternatively, some fans ship Ferb with Gretchen (the [[{{Meganekko}} glasses-wearing Fireside Girl]]), which frees Vanessa up with ''her'' [[OfficialCouple current boyfriend]] Johnny, and also leaves Isabella all to Phineas, whom she has the hots for anyway ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation and maybe him with her too]]). And of course, either of these scenarios can include non-related ships, usually [[OfficialCouple Candace/Jeremy]] or [[TokenMinorityCouple Baljeet/Ginger]]. Pairings like [[NotBloodSiblings Phineas/Ferb]] or [[ShipTease Ferb/Isabella]] usually lack any Ship Mates.
** Usually, those who ship both [[PortmanteauCoupleName Phinbella and Feretchen]] also ship the Fireside Girls with the boys' other friends, most common being Baljeet/Ginger and Buford/Adyson or Buford/Milly.
* ''CodeLyoko'' fanfic usually has a triple whammy -- Ulrich/Yumi, Jérémie/Aelita, and Odd[=/=]MarySue. Earlier fics will usually pair Odd with Sam. Latter ones will mostly pair Odd with Sissi.
* In ''KickButtowski,'' [[FanPreferredCouple Kick/Kendall]] shippers goes well with [[BetaCouple Gunther/Jackie]], especially since the latter ship would've put an end to Jackie's AbhorrentAdmirer status to Kick. Fanfics that ship Kick/Kendall either ships Gunther/Jackie, or Jackie becomes a victim of DieForOurShip. That same thing also happens a lot to Ronaldo (the DieForOurShip part, that is, not the [[HoYay dating Gunther]] part). Alternatively, the currently canon Ronaldo/Kendall is very convenient for [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Kick/Scarlet]] shippers.
* Early ''{{Daria}}'' shippers would pair Jane and Jesse alongside Trent and Daria, referred to as [[http://dariawiki.org/wiki/index.php?title=GOF&oldid=34079 Gang of Four]]. It's less common now, as canon effectively sank both ships.
* Almost all ''HeyArnold'' fans who ship [[OfficialCouple Arnold/Helga]] (which is pretty much all of them) also ship the BetaCouple [[BlackBestFriend Gerald]] / [[AsianAndNerdy Phoebe]], as per canon.
** There are a few fans who ship Helga's StalkerWithACrush Brainy with Arnold's crush [[ParodySue Lila]]. This [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight actually makes some sense]] if you consider that Lila liked [[CreepyChild Arnie]]; maybe she has a thing for stoic weirdoes?
* In WordGirl, the shippers of Becky/Tobey seem to also favor Scoops/Violet. Inversely, supporters of Becky with anyone else tend to stick Tobey and Violet together.
* ''[[XMenEvolution X-Men Evolution]]''. Two words: Lancitty. Kurmanda. Goes hand in hand, and many who support them refer to it as 'supporting the canon couples of the show'.
* Among the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fandom, any ships among the 6 main characters that doesn't lead to conflicting pairings tend to get along decently. For example, a lot of fan works that center on the [[OddCouple Rainbow Dash/Pinkie Pie]] ship also feature [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Rarity and Applejack]] as the BetaCouple.
** A couple of Rarity/Applejack shippers like to go all the way and pair the entire Mane Six with their foil within the group, resulting in [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Fluttershy/Rainbow Dash]] and [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Pinkie Pie/Twilight Sparkle]] as ship mates.
* It's exceedingly rare, but WildKratts fans that secretly ship Martin/Koki are also allies of Chris/Aviva.
* Some excitement has emerged with the coming of Flame Princess in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is based on this, because Finn/Flame Princess could help open the door wider for [[LesYay Bubbline.]]
* Among the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' fandom, T.J./Spinelli often ship Vince/Gretchen, Gus/Cornchip Girl, and Mikey/Kurst the Worst.
* In the ''AllGrownUp'' fandom, there was a spirited shipping war between Tommy/Kimi and Tommy/Lil. The T/K side tended to take on Chuckie/Lil, while the T/L side favoured Chuckie/Angelica and Phil/Kimi. Chuckie/Angelica was also a fairly popular ship in its own right, less so Phil/Kimi.
* For WesternAnimation/YoungJustice, Spitfire (Wally/Artemis) shippers will pair [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Dick]] with anyone (usually Zatanna or Batgirl) just as long as he stays away from Artemis.
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