* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** If you suggest that Angel is Buffy's true love and their relationship is tragic and believable compared to the MasochismTango of Spike and Buffy, the Spuffy shippers will hit you. If you suggest that Spike is Buffy's true love and their relationship was gritty and realistic compared to the hopeless and boring idealism of Buffy/Angel, the Bangel shippers will hit you. This was entertainingly summarised on fandom_wank as: Buffy spent nearly a hundred hours slaying vampires and around 30 minutes shagging two of them. Guess which caused more wank?
** If you suggest that Angel and Spike had no interest in Buffy at all except for fighting over her because they're really in love with each other, the het shippers will hit you. If you suggest that neither Spike nor Angel had interest in each other and they both love Buffy more than anything else in the universe, the slashers will hit you.
** If you admit to shipping anyone with Riley Finn, everyone will hit you... with the obvious exception of Riley/Xander, which is just common sense -- in the comics Xander even admits to being a Team Riley shipper, which makes sense for his character.
** Funnily enough, averted with Willow/Tara vs Willow/Oz shippers who generally tend to get along just fine. In their mutual hate of the Willow/Kennedy shippers, that is (yes, all 14 of them). There's also the fact that Oz and Tara are possibly the two characters in the fandom who are the least hated. Granted, both received their fair share of vitriol in the early days ([[ReplacementGoldfish especially]] [[SuddenlySexuality Tara]]), but ''nowadays'' they are almost universally-adored by all fans.
** It's probably not wise to bring up Buffy's name when there are Angel/Cordelia shippers about. [[ReplacementLoveInterest Nina]] doesn't fare much better -- not since Cordelia was effectively PutOnABus.
** Then there's all the fun that goes on between [[NerdsAreSexy Wesley/Fred]] vs. [[SaltAndPepper Gunn/Fred]] vs. [[HoYay Wesley/Gunn]] vs. [[DatingCatwoman Wesley/Lilah]] shippers. And then when Fred was [[spoiler:permanently possessed by Illyria]], and you had Fred/Wes fans versus Illyria/Wes fans arguing over which was better. Which is kind of... weird, when you think about it, what with Illyria being a millenia-old demon-god-thingy.
* ''{{Friends}}'' final seasons had Ross/Rachel versus Joey/Rachel with Ross and Rachel fans citing the nine years of history between them, and Joey and Rachel fans arguing their personalities were more compatiable. Most fans just rolled their eyes, tired of Rachel's [[{{RomanticPlotTumour}} romantic entaglements]]. There are still arguments today but they're pretty mild considering Ross/Rachel were end game (as most fans expected) and the Joey/Rachel relationship faded into non-existence. There's also (pretty civil) debate about whether Phoebe should have choson Mike, David or Joey.
** One of the oddest ship wars took place between Ross/Rachel and Monica/Chandler. From Season 5 onwards fans argued over not who belonged together (both pairings worked seperately) but which couple was "better". Ross/Rachel fans again armed themselves with history, their super couple status, WillTheyOrWontThey plotlines, their illegitimate baby, marriage (...and divorce) and endless pining. Monica/Chandler fans pointed out their couple actually made each other happy and stayed together.
* The fans of Jake/Heather (''Series/{{Jericho}}'') would argue pretty frequently with the also ship teased Jake/Emily fans. Jake/Emily is canon, Emily is a regular to Heather's guest star, and got far more screentime in Season One. Jake/Heather is more popular, Heather is rather well-liked in the fandom as a whole compared to Emily being at least a moderate case of TheScrappy, and Heather got far more screentime in Season Two. Jake/Emily fans say that they have a history together and have fittingly similar personalities, while Jake and Heather are nothing alike and she's naive and annoyingly perky. Jake/Heather fans say that Jake needs someone who's less trigger-happy, impulsive and angsty than he is, while Jake and Emily have a ''bad'' history together, and she's useless, self-entitled and a bit of a FauxActionGirl. Oh, there was even conflict amongst The Powers That Be; John Turteltaub supported Jake/Heather while Carol Barbee supported Jake/Emily. Barbee won.
* Rose vs. Martha and Rose vs. River bitchfights in ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom get ''epic'', complete with racism, classism, occasionally ageism and sometimes, hilariously, speciesism - some fans are actually capable of arguing that other than the Doctor's true love, all other companions are goldfish to him. Or hamsters. And then some fans follow up on this argument and elevate Doctor/Master to somewhat distressing levels. At large, whenever finding any post at all that discusses the Doctor's love life, the only right response is "in before [[http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Doctor_Who Fandom Wank]]".
** Of course, there are all of the people who think that the Doctor is {{asexual}}, never mind that there was an one shot LoveInterest as early as in the episode "The Aztecs" in first season ever back in 1963. There have also been a few arguments between fans of Nine/Rose and Ten/Rose (and yes, even Eleven/Rose). Daleks? Aim for the eyestalk. Sontarans? Back of the neck. Shippers? Run. Just run.
*** Many fans ship Doctor/Companion no matter what, and god forbid anyone who dares to disrupt this. Mickey Smith, Joan Redfern (to a small degree), River Song, and Rory Williams are often victims of this, along with any companion who is not Rose.
*** The Rose vs. Martha vitriol has some hilarious examples [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1111557.html here]], but they were [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/935985.html#cutid1 wanking even pre-Martha]], which can pretty much be summarized by [[http://i.imgur.com/I17zn.jpg this bingo scorecard]] a user named nostalgia drew up.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': Hannigram vs. Hannibal/Clarice. A one-sided battle as of early season 2, since most of the Hannibal/Will faction has never even heard of the earlier ship much less feels any need to fight with it, while the NMSL crowd is, um, zealous.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has this for [[{{Canon}} Jack/Ianto]] fans who can get quite vicious toward the [[DieForOurShip Gwen/Jack]] fans. The Owen/Tosh contingent is much saner and calmer.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' fandom, the two major ship factions were the Sam/Jack faction, and the Daniel/Jack slash faction with Sam/Daniel and Janet/Daniel shippers getting railroaded by both sides.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' tended to split between John/Elizabeth and John/Teyla in Season 1. Come Season 2 John/Teyla supporters also faced Ronon/Teyla. (Either ShipMates of John/Elizabeth or AbandonShipping John/Teyla fans). Come Season 4 when the wrirers ruined the show it became more like [[WriterOnBoard McKeller]] ([=McKay=]/Keller) vs The Internet.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' manages an aversion in Scott/Chloe vs. [[GiveGeeksAChance Eli/Chloe]]. The rivalry is there, but the two groups are more often united against the [[{{Hatedom}} Chloe/Airlock]] group.
** And these all united against the [[{{hatedom}} Stargate Universe/Seventh Layer of Hell]] group.
** Also, a lot of Eli/Chloe fans jumped ship for [[GeekyTurnOn Eli/Ginn]] when it appeared.
* While not as severe as many examples, there is tension in the ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' {{Fandom}} between Mohinder/Sylar shippers and Mohinder/Matt shippers.
** Peter/Claire versus Sylar/Claire versus the fandom.
** Sylar/Claire versus Sylar/Elle.
* ''VeronicaMars'' is the centre of some refreshingly vitriolic [[FlameWar flame wars]]. The two dominant camps are the Logan/Veronica and Duncan/Veronica ones -- in spite of [[spoiler:Duncan absconding to Australia at the end of season 2]] -- followed up by the progressively-smaller Piz/Veronica, Wallace/Veronica,[[CrackPairing Lamb/Veronica]], [[CrackPairing Mac/Veronica]] and [[{{Squick}} Keith/Veronica]]. You'd think the latter two didn't exist, but they're out there. Oh yes, they're out there...
* ''Series/ICarly'' has "Creddie" [[JustFriends Carly/Freddie]] vs. "Seddie" [[SlapSlapKiss Sam/Freddie]]. A huge war began in Season 2 when the Sam/Freddie pairing shared their FirstKiss, after Freddie had openly pined for Carly prior to that point. The war grew as big [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Kataang vs. Zutara]] did, while lasting longer. Both sides declared that WordOfGod secretly shipped their OTP, that WordOfGod was [[PanderingToTheBase pandering]] to one side before making the other canon, what colour each ship 'owns', timing to the second how long various kisses lasted, thinking too much into freeze-frames and interpretations so involved the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fandom would be proud. The height of the conflict extended over a dozen websites and was notable for the ''entire'' fandom shifting from Website/LiveJournal over to Website/{{tumblr}} and restarting the war there. [[LesYay Carly/Sam also has a significant following]] that is hated on because they're both girls. It was such an integral part of the fandom that it was turned into an actual war, by the writers, in the episode ''iStart A Fan War'', featuring groups of supporters for the named ships fighting each other InUniverse.
** ''[[WhamEpisode iOMG]]'' saw the war continue into 2011 and after the Seddie storyline was indecisive with neither a ShipSinking or them becoming an OfficialCouple it has continued into 2012. For a show which started airing in 2007. Not even the finale of the series could stop the war. Sure, Carly goes out of her way to plant a big romantic kiss on Freddie, which he celebrates. But just prior to that event, Freddie had made a joke about 'wanting to get back together' with Sam. Then the [[DanSchneider creator]] put in a FlipFlopofGod onto his blog about the ending, leaving Creddie fans trying to explain why you wouldn't just romantically kiss someone on the lips to say goodbye, while the Seddie fans cling to the creators explanation about it being a 'goodbye kiss' and hope that Freddie wasn't joking about wanting Sam back.
*** The war will continue '''onto another show'''. After the cancellation of ''{{Victorious}}'' and the end of iCarly, Nickelodeon greenlit a new series, named ''SamAndCat''. A crossover between Sam, and Cat from Victorious. Which has left the Seddie fandom pushing for a reunion to sink Creddie then give Sam & Freddie a RelationshipUpgrade even though Freddie isn't a cast member. It's not inconceivable that with a typical 4 season & DanSchneider's [[TrollingCreator trolling]], the war could last into 2016 or even ''2017''. A full decade since the original iCarly pilot was filmed.
** Not to mention the Carly/Sam shippers vs the Sam/Cat shippers.
* The ''Series/{{House}}'' fanbase is a fairly even split between Huddy (House/Cuddy), Hameron (House/Cameron) and Hilson (House/Wilson) all of whom spend a lot of time at each other's throats. All insist their ship is canon, based on purely circumstantial evidance.
** Hameron shippers were rabid over [[spoiler:Chase and Cameron's engagement, and continue to insist that they will DieForOurShip.]] See UnpleasableFanbase.
** It doesn't help that Hugh Laurie himself thinks the show will go through Huddy, Hameron, and Hilson if the show lasts long enough. Or that Robert Sean Leonard (who plays Wilson) has called the House/Cuddy storyline "boring" a number of times.
** When Cuddy started dating Lucas the Huddy fans and the Luddy fans got into some serious fights.
** And now that Cuddy and House have finally hooked up, shipping wars are usually between Huddy fans ("YES! This is SO overdue!), [[HoYay Hilson fans]] ("Ugh, not Cuddy! She sucks! HOUSE/WILSON FOREVER, BITCHES!") and the non-shippers ("I knew this show was going downhill! That's it, season 8 is NOT happening!"), with everyone accusing the other of being losers ("Huddies are brainless fangirls!" "Hilsons are delusional yaoi fanfic writers!" "Non-shippers are romanceless and blind!") And yes, you can expect every group to claim to be the majority.
** What about us Hirteeners? Is that even the right term? House and Thirteen seem too have waaaaay too much chemistry for it to be just a coincidence. Then again, even Chase and Thirteen do. Maybe she is just that way with everyone. She is this troper's favorite female on the show, but all other tropers seem to hate her here, so maybe I'm delusional.
** It appears that [[spoiler:House/Wilson]] may have emerged as the unlikely victor in this shipping war after all, since [[spoiler:House faked his own death and literally rode off with Wilson into the sunset at the end of the series finale]].
** Chase and Foreman receive lots of hate from Cameron/Thirteen shippers for their respective involvement in Chameron and Foreteen. Surprisingly, it goes both ways, with Cameron and Thirteen receiving hate from Chase/Foreman shippers, for their involvement in Chameron and Foreteen.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Jate and Skate shippers continue to be locked in battle.
** And in Season Five, the writters decided to add Suliet into the mix.
*** Everyone always forgets poor Jacket!
** Not to mention the Desmond/Claire vs. Charlie/Claire shipwars that happened in the earlier seasons, and the Michael/Sun vs. Jin/Sun shipwars...in fact, why don't you just go look at the season 1 Lost promo for the UK on Website/YouTube; it's a minute and a half of beautiful ship war dancing.
* ''{{Firefly}}'' shippers of [[MentorShip River/Mal]] and [[FoeYay River/Jayne]] are locked solidly at each others' throats, if only because both of them have about the exact same amount of canon support for their respective ships, and it's probably a good idea to keep both sides isolated from the [[BrotherSisterIncest River/Simon]] shippers.
** For that matter, the Simon/Kaylee and Jayne/Kaylee shippers don't really see eye-to-eye on a lot of things. Can't imagine why.
** Suggesting that Nandi might have been better for Mal than Inara tends to really annoy the Mal/Inara shippers.
** And once you add ShipMates into the mix, the whole thing escalates into a full scale war between the Mal/Inara-Simon/Kaylee-Jayne/River alliance and the Mal/River-Jayne/Kaylee-Simon/Inara faction. And that's without even getting into the rivalries between popular slash pairings like Mal/Simon and Jayne/Simon or River/Kaylee and Inara/Kaylee.
*** And god forbid shipping the crazy underaged broken girl with anyone {{Squick}} you out.
*** If you ship Simon/Inara, Jayne/Kaylee and Mal/Zoe, the Jayne and Wash fangirls will hunt you down.
*** Strangely enough, if you ship Wash/Zoe you're safe from all sides. Probably because they're the only canon ship, and Joss gave them very lovely scenes together which left a lot of viewers pleased with that ship.
* {{One Tree Hill}} fandom has an ongoing Brooke/Lucas versus Peyton/Lucas ship war, despite the fact that Brooke/Lucas ended their official relationship in S4 and Lucas/Peyton ended the show together.
* {{Gossip Girl}} fandom has become somewhat of a {{Broken Base}} between fans of Chuck and Blair versus Dan and Blair. Chuck and Blair had been declared endgame by {{Word of God}} but when Dan and Blair was introduced in S4 (romance in S5), many fans immediately loved the pairing.
** This ship war largely centers over perception of Chuck and whether he is a {{Jerkass}} or a {{Woobie}} after he (among other things) traded Blair for a hotel (yes this was a plot) and had a few {{Crazy Jealous Guy}} moments but also a possible redemption arc, depending who you ask.
** Another key issue is that Chuck and Blair are considered by fans {{Birds of A Feather}} and {{Highschool Sweethearts}} in a {{DuelofSeduction}}. Dan and Blair, by contrast, are considered by fans as a {{Slap Slap Kiss}} and {{Uptown Girl}} storyline with {{Witty Banter}}.
** Lastly there's the issue of perception of Blair and where she stands between {{Alpha Bitch}} and {{Lovable Alpha Bitch}}. Is it OOC for the {{Uptown Girl}} to choose the {{Unlucky Everydude}}.
** Less vocal are other smaller shipwars like Nate & Serena versus Dan & Serena (both couples are {{Highschool Sweethearts}} ). The Blair pairings however seem to be the most popular in the fandom.
** Don't forget the Nate and Serena vs. Nate and Jenny.
** As of the finale, Blair and Chuck and Dan and Serena each got married with Nate and Jenny single (leading writers to PairTheSpares)
* Back in the early ages of fandoms and fighting, there was the {{JAG}} Shipping wars. All pairings were argued but beware and prepare if you favoured anyone currently going out with either Harmon Rabb or Sarah Macenzie.
** [[Manga/{{Naruto}} [=NejiHina=]/[=NaruHina=]/[=NaruSaku=]/[=SasuSaku=]]] fandoms seem sane by comparison.
* ''{{Smallville}}''. The Clanaphiles, the Cloisers, and the Chlarkers have all been at each others' throats. More recently, since Clois and Chlollie gradually became the more dominant ships in and out of universe, many of the remaining Chlarkers have been at the Chlolliers' throats as well. The Clexers, on the other hand, are split between enjoying their HoYay while engaging in PassThePopcorn on the other shippers' FlameWar, and rabidly dedicated to the mission to depict all females and non-supervillains within ten miles of Clark Kent as vicious shrieking {{Yandere}}s or total morons. The Cloisers have also largely engaged in PassThePopcorn with one another while the non-canonical ships duke it out.
** The various shipper groups in the {{Smallville}} fandom have also been known to fight in proxy wars on behalf of ships that serve as ShipMates to their own OneTruePairing. For instance, Clois shippers were often allies with the Chimmy shippers from Seasons 6 through 8 because it kept Chloe away from Clark, so it felt right to support Chimmy (the Chimmy shippers didn't always reciprocate the good will though. Some Chloe supporters shipped Chimmy merely because they felt that Clark--the future ''{{Superman}}''--didn't "deserve" the supposedly-saintly Chloe). Similarly, some Chlark shippers supported Lollie because it got Lois away from Clark.
** The ShipToShipCombat in the Smallville fandom even extended to arguments over the amount of screentime each potential love interest received. If Lois was getting a lot of screentime, the Chloe/Clark shippers would scream that the writers were somehow destroying Chloe to make way for Lois. If Chloe was getting a lot of screentime, the Lois/Clark shippers would complain that Chloe was a "waste of time" because she wasn't in the Superman comics [[CanonImmigrant (she is now though)]]. And if Lana was getting a lot of screentime, EVERYONE outside of Lana's small-but-devoted fandom would complain. Ironically, a lot of these shippers didn't seem to even care that much about Clark; they simply viewed him as some kind of trophy to be awarded to the "best" girl.
* ''DarkAngel'' fans are split between [[NotBloodSiblings Max/Alec]] and Max/Logan, the latter being canon in the ExpandedUniverse books.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' fans argue whether Penny should be dating Leonard or Sheldon. A third faction insists that both pairings detract from the quality of the show. However, since the (majority of) the fans try to maintain a level of civility, it's more of a Cold War than an all-out firefight.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fandom, the Sam/Dean and Dean/Castiel shippers have been butting heads since Cas first showed up at the beginning of Season 4 and introduced possibly the first significant [[HoYay competition]] for Sam/Dean's popularly-held FanPreferredCouple status.
** And then there's the rise of [[PortmanteauCoupleName Sassy]] (Sam/Castiel) as a non-crack ship circa Season 6.
*** Which has only gotten stronger in Season 7, becoming even less of a crack pairing. However, most Sassy shippers have the sense to stay on the fringes of the fandom and avoid the firefight between Wincest and Destiel.
* In ''TheVampireDiaries'' fandom, there is an intense rivalry between Stefan/Elena (Stelena) shippers and Damon/Elena (Delena) shippers. Some Stefan/Elena shippers have made their animosity and dislike towards Damon/Elena shippers so evident within fandom that they have come up with names for both the opposing ship (Delena) as well as its fans. Some of the terms and names some Stefan/Elena shippers use or have used against the ship Damon/Elena and its shippers include DE-lusional, DE-nial, DE-ath, DE-struction, DE-speration, DE-vil, etc. Some Stelena shippers often use negative words to describe Delena or their feelings about Delena, with the words beginning with the letters DE. DE is the abbreviated name for Damon/Elena. The shipper wars that take place between Stelena and Delena shippers within fandom mostly have to do with who Elena should choose, who Elena has better chemistry with, or who Elena should end up with at the end of the series. Between the two fan groups, it appears as though Stefan/Elena shippers are much more quiet, calm and less vocal (but still a large, solid fan base), while Damon/Elena shippers are much more loud, vocal and even "rabid" about their ship, believing that their loudness and vocality might have an influence on Damon/Elena possibly becoming a couple on the show. Sometimes the shipper wars between Stelena and Delena often turn into Salvatore brother wars, with Stefan fans sparring with Damon fans.
** Another shipper war taking place in the TVD fandom are Tyler/Caroline (Forwood) shippers and Klaus/Caroline (Klaroline) shippers.
* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has Ben/Amy vs. Amy/Ricky vs. Ricky/Adrian and even Adrian/Ricky vs. Ricky/Grace vs. Grace/Jack before Ricky and Grace broke up in Season 2 and Grace got back together with Jack.
** And yes, the writers play with all of these shippings and more. In fact, it's essentially the premise of the entire series. However, the biggest factions seem to be [[FanPreferredCouple Amy/Ricky]] vs. Amy/Anyone else and Ricky/Anyone else.
* The re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' had some serious Anders/Starbuck vs. Lee/Starbuck wars. Apparently there were a lot of fanfics that depicted Anders being unfaithful to Starbuck whereas in the show, it was the other way. Thankfully most people abandoned it after the obnoxious love square of Season 3 in favor of the more solid and certainly more pleasant Roslin/Adama relationship.
** The finale may be considered a TakeThat to those who kept hanging on to Lee/Starbuck pairing after Season 3. To summarise: [[spoiler: Starbuck and Anders both AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence to be TogetherInDeath. Lee Adama will live out the rest of his life on [[CrapsackWorld pre-historic Earth]]]].
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'' fans have a bizarre war going on between two completely canon and perfectly compatible ships; Freddie/Effy and Naomi/Emily. The war turns out to be rooted in the amount of screen time and importance the show gives to each (Naomily were the BetaCouple in S3, but Freffy became more Beta-like in S4). [[spoiler:Freddie being murdered by Effy's psychiatrist with a baseball bat]] in Effy's S4 episode has resulted in somewhat of a cease fire, though, as the two camps united against [[WriterOnBoard the common enemy]].
** Effy/Freddie vs. Effy/Cook counts as well.
** Similarly, {{Glee}} has a war between Finchel and Klaine despite the fact that both work together. It's not a fair fight considering thst B outnumbers A at least 3 to 1 and isn't even Rachel's biggest fanbase
* Try to have any discussion about any character in ''Series/RobinHood'' and you'll probably end up in a Shipping War about whether Marian should have married Guy or Robin. Guy fans argue that Guy/Marian had more chemistry, [[RonTheDeathEater highlight Robin's faults]] (arrogance, impatience, immaturity) and [[DracoInLeatherPants downplay Guy's]] ''indiscretions'' (burning Marian's house down, threatening her with execution, dumping his infant son in the woods, killing innocent peasants, among ''many'' more). Robin fans cite hundreds of years worth of legend, the fact that Marian chose Robin of her own free will, that Guy [[spoiler:'''stabbed her to death with a giant sword''']], that Robin and Marian get a [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]] scene, and that Guy himself eventually admits to Robin that "she was always yours." And the debate still rages...
* The ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' fandom tends to be divided in [[HoYay slash]] and het camps-- those who think [[HeterosexualLifePartners Merlin and Arthur]] are [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fated to be]], and those who don't. The het camp was mainly comprised (in the beginning) by [[SlapSlapKiss Arthur/Morgana]], [[FoeYay Merlin/Morgana]], and a smaller faction of [[KnightInShiningArmor Lancelot/Gwen]] shippers, and all these factions were relatively civil to each other. However, [[ThePowersThatBe the writers]] did not help matters any by giving the characters' relationships a drastic turn-around in series two and declaring most of these ships DoomedByCanon via the inclusion of the (mostly non-existent in series 1) Arthur/Gwen ship, complete with TrueLovesKiss and everything. This resulted in most of the other shipping camps putting down not only this ship but ''[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks the show as a whole]]'' for reasons varying from "bad writing," to "feels forced," to TPTB [[ItIsTheSameNowItSucks not being bold enough to deviate from the original Arthurian myth]]. Arthur/Gwen shippers, not to be deterred, [[ArmedWithCanon arm themselves with canon]] to defend their ship, making the ship debates hark back to times OlderThanPrint. Nowadays a lot of the fans involved have left the fandom in disillusionment at the reasons above-mentioned, so it hasn't been quite as bloody as it ''could've'' been, but the potential remains as those still loyal wait for the start of series 3 in 2010.
** With the conclusion of series 3, the shipping war finds itself in a bizarre stalemate. [[BrotherSisterIncest Arthur/Morgana]] was well and truly [[ShipSinking sunk]] with the revelation that the two of them are half-siblings, and Merlin/Morgana took a bit of a battering due to the fact that Morgana is now trying to [[AxeCrazy kill everyone]] (though the two make up for it thanks to the insane amounts of FoeYay between them - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPTZLIetuGU this scene]] is widely known as "the eye-fucking in the woods"). After what was initally a case of StrangledByTheRedString, the writing of [[OfficialCouple Arthur/Gwen]] significantly improved, leading to a wider acceptance of these two as a couple (as well as a FlashForward to Guinevere's coronation that more or less cemented them as end game). However, the reappearance of [[LoveTriangle Lancelot]] at the end of the season has led to many [[HetIsEw Arthur/Merlin]] shippers hoping that the legendary LoveTriangle will take place so that Arthur turns to Merlin for comfort. However, since this is Saturday night family programming, the odds of that happening are practically nil.
*** End of season four update: Sure enough, the Lancelot/Guinevere liason was the result of an enchantment and Arthur and Guinevere got married at the end of the season. [[http://merlin-network.livejournal.com/281606.html#cutid1 Latest reports from the set of season five]] have indicated that Guinevere will have a more prominent role in the show now that she's Queen of Camelot, and that she'll be Arthur's main confidant. Merthur fans have ''not'' taken this particularly well, and some are complaining that her presence is going to ruin the bromance dynamic.
* Things got a bit hairy within the fandom of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' once the John / Cameron ship's popularity became more prevailant. Some fans found the idea of John Connor, the man who smashed Skynet being a {{Robosexual}} to be inherently [[{{Squick}} squicky]]. Detractors would latch on to whatever alternatives they could find, as long as they weren't [[FantasticSlurs metal]]. First it was John/[[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Cheri]], then it was John/[[TheMole Riley]], finally John/[[MySiblingWillLiveThroughMe Allison]] before the series was [[CliffHanger abruptly canceled]]. You even had some who clung to the idea that [[CanonForeigner Kate Brewster]] would eventually show up and re-establish [[{{Terminator}} Terminator 3's]] OfficialCouple, despite the fact that in TSCC's contnuity John would be a bit young for her (due to TimeTravel).
* Not quite Ship to Ship, but ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fandom has been arguing for ''decades'' about whether Kirk and Spock are lovers or just very close friends. Shippers accuse non shippers of ignoring the "glaring" [[HoYay subtext]], non shippers accuse the shippers of "ruining" a great platonic friendship. You'd think people on both sides would've agreed to live and let live by now.
** On the other hand, Kirk/Spock versus Spock/[=McCoy=] tends to be a pretty laid-back argument (which, it must be said, frequently culminates in the agreeable solution of [[OneTrueThreesome having a threesome]]).
* Despite the majority of the [[FanPreferredCouple fandom preferring Jess/Rory]], the fandom still bickers over who is the right boyfriend for [[GilmoreGirls Rory Gilmore]].
** And when Buzzfeed weighed in with their support for Rory/Logan, the comments predictably started fighting over which of the three boyfriends were the best for Rory.
* The problem with ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' in ''any'' of its incarnations is that no-one ever gets together, ever, so the fans have to run with the subtext. And how. Arguably the best example is the approximate 50/50 split in the SVU fandom between Alex/Olivia and Elliot/Olivia, which, fuelled by the fact that ''both'' ships have had a ''lot'' of ShipTease over the years, can get fairly heated.
** But while the producers have [[ShipSinking sunk]] the Elliot/Olivia ship ''repeatedly'', Stephanie March has made the Alex/Olivia fans very happy. In an interview with After Ellen, not only is she ''not'' freaked the hell out by the LesYay implications, but admitted that she thinks it's possibile that Alex and Olivia are in love, and that they may have been having a [[Series/{{CSI}} Grissom/Sara]]-eque quiet, offscreen relationship. [[LGBTFanbase We now have yet another reason to love you, Stephanie March]].
* ''{{Xena}}'' had some incredibly intense shipping wars between Xena/Gabrielle and Xena/Ares due to its spillover into real-world issues of LGBT rights and representation. In a time when there was virtually no positive LGBT representation on television, the implied relationship between Xena and Gabrielle was all that viewers had. Picking up on this, the writers and actors played up the subtext. Xena/Ares and other shippers denounced this as PanderingToTheBase. Xena/Gabrielle shippers, or "Subbers" often interpreted this as homophobia.
* ''{{Passions}}'': Do NOT mention Sheridan and Luis to a Fancy and Luis fan and [[SeriousBusiness DEFINITELY DO NOT mention Fancy and Luis]] to a Sheridan and Luis fan.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'''s Season 9 movie seemed to spark this, as the canon pairing became Spinner/Emma which annoyed all Sean/Emma and Spinner/Jane fans. Before that, there was Sean/Emma vs. Sean/Ellie, Sean/Ellie vs. Craig/Ellie, Craig/'female character' vs. Craig/'female character' vs. ''[[HoYay Craig/'Male character']]'', Declan/Holly J vs. Spinner/Holly J, Declan/Holly J vs. Declan/Clare, Eli/Clare vs. K.C./Clare vs. Declan/Clare vs. [[LesYay Jenna/Clare]]... I could go onm but I would break the page.
** The anger at Spinner/Emma had less to do with Sean/Emma and Spinner/Jane as it had to do with [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight the fact that Spinner and Emma have had about five minutes total screen time together in nine seasons.]]
** And let's not forget how much ship-to-ship combat Sean/Emma went through before that. ChickMagnet boyfriend + CreatorsPet girlfriend = lots of people shipping Sean/anyone but Emma. To wit, Sean has been paired with [[CreatorsPet Emma]], [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ashley]], [[FanPreferredCouple Ellie]], and Amy in canon; in fanfic, this includes [[CrackPairing Paige]], [[{{Tsundere}} Manny]], [[HoYay Craig]], [[IncestSubtext Tracker]], and [[HoYay Jay]].
** Now part 3 of season 10 has Fiona/Adam vs. Fiona/Holly J. Full. Freaking. Stop.
** And now that Holly J has [[ShipSinking pretty much stated]] that [[IncompatibleOrientation she's straight]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension and probably still in love with Declan]] it's [[SiblingTriangle Declan/Holly J vs. Fiona/Holly J.]]
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' has had 14 Ship Wars as of November 2011, and each take place as a virtual convention in Fan Fiction format on the fandom's main list, http://forkni-l.psu.edu. There are several "factions", grouped by favorite character or ships of said characters, and each factions name refers to those groups. "Knighties", for example, are fans of Nick Knight, the main character, "Cousins" are fans of "Uncle" Lucien La Croix, the Nick&Nat Pack are those that ship Nick and Natalie, and so on. The authors [[SelfInsertFic write for themselves]] and each faction writes for its character of focus. Each of these wars are meant to be fun, there is very little serious DieForOurShip.
* BigWolfOnCampus has [[HoYay Tommy/Merton]] VS Tommy/Lori VS Tommy/Stacy VS Merton/Lori VS Tommy/Becky among others.
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' has [[ShipMates Takeru/Mako and Chiaki/Kotoha]] vs Takeru/Kotoha vs [[HoYay Takeru/Ryuunosuke]], and Juzo/Dayu vs Doukoku/Dayu. Takeru being a major LauncherOfAThousandShips does not help.
** The first signs of Ship-To-Ship Combat for Franchise/SuperSentai appear to have begun with ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'', where more than twenty years on debates are still raging over whether Red Mask (also named Takeru!) should end up with [[OfficialCouple Iyal]], Momoko or Haruka.
** Ran/Jan vs Ran/Retsu for ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger''
** And now, ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has begun to heat up with the ShipMates of Marvelous/Ahim and Joe/Luka vs Marvelous/Luka and Joe/Ahim. [[ButtMonkey Don]] doesn't seem to get a look-in (and if he does, [[PairTheSpares he's usually paired off with]] [[SixthRanger Gai]] instead.)
** ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' has an ongoing debate over Hoji/Jasmine vs Tetsu/Jasmine; the former group of shippers trying to push Hoji and Jasmine's positions as the most "pro" and "senior" of the team, the latter group arguing that Hoji is still hung up on his ex, [[StarCrossedLovers Teresa]].
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' has Daigo/Amy vs Souji/Amy vs Utsusemimaru/Amy, and Daigo/Amy vs Daigo/Yayoi (the latter of which debate is [[LoveTriangle encouraged in the series itself.]])
*** And in Brave 39, Daigo/Mikoto joined the fray, turning the combat into a LoveDodecahedron.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' has Mike/Emily vs Jayden/Emily.
** In [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger the source material]], the ShipToShipCombat between the Chiaki/Kotoha shippers and the Takeru/Kotoha shippers was understandable because there was what could reasonably be interpreted as ShipTease for both pairings in the series. However, Emily has shown no discernable romantic interest in Jayden, nor he in her, so the fact that there are even Jayden/Emily shippers is puzzling to begin with.
*** Many Jayden/Emily shippers insist that, unlike Mike/Emily (who are obviously shown to be attracted to one another and [[spoiler:are holding hands when they leave the Shiba House for Emily's home at series' end]]), Jayden and Emily's "love" [[SubText is supposedly so deep that it isn't immediately obvious]], but ''[[SubText it is there]]''.
*** Some Jayden/Emily shippers admit to being general Red/Yellow shippers (whether or not the SubText even exists) out of their general dislike of the frequent Red/Pink ship (whether or not the SubText even exists). Some of these shippers also cop to being Takeru/Kotoha shippers who hoped that a Jayden/Emily ship would have been a sort of second chance for WordOfGod to give their chosen ship validation. Given that WordOfGod has all but declared Mike/Emily official, it would seem that the Chiaki/Kotoha shippers were the ones who got the second chance.
** For ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', there is the ever-infamous war between those shipping Tommy/Kimberly and those shipping Tommy/Katherine, mostly driven by fans of the former who hated having their ship sunk. This has, in turn, caused angry retaliation from the latter faction. Then oddly enough, you occasionally get Jason/Kimberly shippers that consider Tommy to have been a MartyStu that "stole" Kimberly from Jason. Tommy's reappearance for ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' introduced Tommy/Kira shippers as a third faction in the combat.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'': Takumi/Mari vs Kusaka/Mari
** ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'': Otoya/Yuri vs Otoya/Maya and Wataru/Mio vs Taiga/Mio. The show encouraged this, since both [[LoveTriangle Love Triangles]] had a heavy influence on the plot.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'': [[BelligerentSexualTension Shotaro/Akiko]] vs [[HoYay Shotaro/Philip]], Shotaro/Philip vs [[IncestSubtext Philip/Wakana]], Shotaro/Akiko vs [[OfficialCouple Terui/Akiko]], Terui/Akiko vs [[EnsembleDarkhorse Terui/Lily]]. The debate never ends.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': Eiji/Hina vs [[FoeYay Ankh/Hina]] vs [[VitriolicBestBuds Ankh/Eiji]]. There's also some conflict between those who think [[CreepyChild Mezool]] / [[PsychopathicManchild Gamel]] would be adorable, and those who find it creepy since Mezool is a pre-teen girl in her human form.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', Ryusei's most constant love interest is Tomoko ([[spoiler:who is ostensibly his girlfriend by the time of ''Movie Wars Ultimatum'', set five years after the events of the show]]) but two other women (Inga Blink and Shirakawa) had romantic interest in him, leading to arguments over which one he should have ended up with.
** Early in the run of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', conflict threatened over whether Kouta or Kaito should get together with Mai, leaving the other to be paired with her mysterious white-haired doppelgänger. When canon events hinted that the girl might be Mai from the future, the ship debates seemed to go on ice, with the possibility of returning with a vengeance depending on the outcome.
* In the ''{{NCIS}}'' fandom, Gibbs/Tony slashers and Tony/Ziva shippers ''hate'' each other. Violently. G/T fans also like to make Ziva [[DieForOurShip Die For Their Ship]]. Kate doesn't get ''nearly'' as much flak.
* ''{{Glee}}''. Good Lord, where to begin? Thanks to the LoveDodecahedron nature of the show, any given character will have a fair number of onscreen relationships (both actual romances and [[HoYay subtext]]). ALL of which have their diehard supporters who will raise hell if their favorite pairing is broken up (or never started at all in the case of subtext). A particularly nasty ship war that comes to mind was in the second season between [[SchoolgirlLesbians Brittany/Santana]] and [[GiveGeeksAChance Brittany/Artie]], complete with accusations of ButNotTooGay for making Brittany date a boy, ButNotTooBi for making her stay with Santana in the end, and UnfortunateImplications for how Santana convinced Brittany to cheat on Artie with her, and whether or not Artie was justified in lashing out at Brittany which caused her to break up with him. This is but ''one'' example of the bitchfights between shippers. The forum battles get epic.
* ''{{Tinsel}}'': Team Kwame vs. Team Soji over Telema Duke. The fandom can get quite vicious at times with Team Soji fans labelling Team Kwame fans liars and Team Kwame fans calling their rivals wimps.
* Usually averted in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' fandom, largely due to the fact that since Haley Hotchner was killed there are precisely no canon ships to get invested in. The conflict is, instead, between those who ''want'' ships in canon and those who don't. However, a scene or two that appeared to hint about something shippy possibly developing between Reid and [[TheScrappy Ashley Seaver]] at some point in the future galvanised a certain Anti-Ship Combat from those who specifically didn't want ''that'' ship happening.
* In-universe example occurs in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E25PascalsTriangleRevisited Pascal's Triangle Revisited]] between "Team Britta" and "Team Slater".
* {{Soap Opera}}s in general are the source of some of the most heated shipping wars in existence, and the extremes that some shippers go to can get pretty damned creepy.
* ''TheXFiles''. Oh, sweet Jesus. The early years of the show's run coincided with the [[UrExample Ur days]] of wider-spread internet use, and whole message boards and mailing lists could be devoted to ship wars. Pick any conceivable pairing and ''somebody'' shipped it, so the battles could get entertaining and really, really [[MindScrew confusing]]. Disparate ships would sometimes unite against a pairing they considered a common foe, and even message boards supporting the ''same'' ship could wind up at war over some minor disagreement. Shipping could be some SeriousBusiness in the fandom.
** Then there were the noromos (short for 'no romance') who objected to shipping in general, especially as the series went on and it became more blatant between Mulder and Scully. Their chief complaint was that they felt it got to the point where it detracted from the plot. They went to war with absolutely ''everybody''.
* A fanwar was attempted on Fanfiction.net for SuiteLifeOnDeck between Cody/Bailey (Cailey) and Zailey (Zack/Bailey). It managed to be avoided when initiator was revealed to be a Cailey shipper posing as a Zailey shipper.
* This broke out in ''{{CSI NY}}'' fandom, though it was more of a case of "many ships against one ship" in the case of the Danny/Lindsay ship ([[HoYay Danny/Flack]], Danny/Angell, Danny/Rikki, and Danny/anyone-but-Lindsay vs. Danny/Lindsay). Claims of no chemistry, lack of believability, excessive screentime, were among the arguments flung against Danny/Lindsay by the anti-D/L faction, compounded by their general dislike for Lindsay as a character.
** Mac is also in the middle of this, with Mac/Jo vs. Mac/Stella vs. Mac/Christine vs. Mac remaining single, eternally mourning Claire. Mac/Peyton is the exception because Peyton is generally regarded as TheScrappy. There is a Mac/Lindsay faction, plus the inevitable slash ships, but the four previously mentioned groups are the primary combatants.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had conflict over Grissom/Sara, mainly from Grissom/Catherine, Sara/Nick and Sara/Greg at the beginning, but Grissom/Catherine sort of tapered off afterwards, following this, it never narrowed down into one ship against another, it was more another 'many ships against one' thing.
* Series/{{Bones}} Do not try to argue in favor of Brennan/Sully to a Booth/Brennan shipper.
* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' has the Luke/Noah shippers vs. Luke Reid shippers. Mention the Nuke's borderline DestructiveRomance or Reid's DrJerk persona and you'll be brutally attacked. [[DieForOurShip It doesn't end well for Reid.]]
* ''Series/TheATeam'' has had near-constant conflict between two primary ships - Hannibal/Face and Murdock/Face. While all out ship wars aren’t the norm for this fandom, fans are still extremely defensive about their {{OTP}}s, with a simmering Cold War of sorts stretching back to the mid-80s. The argument, however, usually seems to be mostly concerned with who Face happens to be sleeping with on the team. Both camps tend to cite a plethora of examples from episodes as to which ship [[{{Fanon}} is better supported by canon]], despite the fact that the show contains roughly equal amounts of [[HoYay unintentional innuendo from Hannibal, and inappropriate touching by Murdock]]. [[FanPreferredCouple Murdock/Face]], however, typically wins out as most popular.
** This problem has been further compounded by the [[Film/TheATeam 2010 movie]], which most new fans claim more heavily supports Hannibal/Face, or even B.A./Face or Sosa/Face ([[HetisEw gasp]]!), over Murdock/Face, leading to tensions with the old fans of the show.
** Some fans choose to bypass this conversation altogether, and go for a [[{{Polyamory}} Hannibal/B.A./Murdock/Face]] ship instead, although this, again, is more common in the [[Film/TheATeam movie]] fandom.
* Even a relatively obscure fandom like Series/TheAddamsFamily isn't safe. A ship war that began with the advent of the Broadway musical pits Wednesday's adolescent crush Joel (from the second movie) against her fiance Lucas (from the musical). The factions might as well be re-named "Those Who Haven't Seen The Musical" and "Those Who Have" respectively.
* In the ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' fandom, there is the Stendan VS Stug war which raged on to disturbing levels, where even side ships that didn't take place (Bruglas shippers) got attacked. Now that Stendan won, but Brendan has gone off to prison for the foreseeable and Stug has been pronounced dead (regardless of being married still), the Stendan shippers have turned their hate to anything Doug related, which is his new pairing with John Paul, which sees the end of McDean and who knows when this will end.
* PrettyLittleLiars has two. Aria/Ezra vs Aria/Jason and Emily/Paige vs Emily/Alison (there used to be a third faction of Emily/Maya, but that died off when Maya did). The latter can get really heated.
* In the ''Gilligan's Island'' fandom, as mentioned in the main page's quote, there's ''severe'' rivalry over who Mary Ann belongs with--Gilligan or the Professor. With Ginger, there isn't as much--Mary Ann/Gilligan shippers often favor Professor/Ginger, while Mary Ann/Professor ones may opt for Ginger/Skipper or Ginger/Gilligan.
* After the introduction of Mary Morstan, the ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fandom has largely splintered into John/Mary shippers, Johnlock shippers who like Mary and try to calm the more rabid shippers down, and [[OneTrueThreesome Sherlock/John/Mary]] shippers vs. rabid Johnlock shippers who insist that Mary has come between their precious OTP and ruined their friendship and [[DieForOurShip loudly declare their hope that she is killed off, preferably painfully]]. ([[Literature/HarryPotter Does this sound familiar?]])
* The ''Series/OnceUponATime'' fandom rocks this trope with the love life of poor Emma Swan. Though Emma herself is most concerned with her son, the fandom battles bloodily over whether she'll end up with [[BelligerentSexualTension Hook]], [[FirstGuyWins Neal]], or [[FoeYay Regina]] [[LesYay Mills]], particularly for the first two. Shippers will go as far as to try and ''boycott'' an episode heavily featuring a rival ship or harassing the writer's twitter if the show doesn't go in the direction they'd like, which has gotten even worse now that the Hook/Emma romance has gotten more media attention than the Neal/Emma romance ever did. Its gotten to the point that practically every third post on any given ship's tag on Tumblr is just telling everyone to calm the fuck down.
* Similar conflicts currently plague ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' mainly between shippers of Daryl/Carol and Daryl/Beth (neither of which has gotten beyond ShipTease canon-wise) with a small handful of Daryl/Michonne and Daryl/Rick into the mix.
* If you are a fan of ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' who believed that, in the second season, Joy and Fabian were a better pairing than Nina and Fabian were, you would not last long before getting flamed. This ship-war started at the end of the first season, when Joy wasn't even a main character and had not even done anything yet, which Nina/Fabian shippers would often ignore and paint her as a bad guy anyways. The Nina/Fabian shippers had Canon on their side, and argued that Nina and Fabian had always liked each other, that the pairing was too popular to be sunk (season 3 events non withstanding) and pointed that everything Joy was doing ruined her chances. On the other side, Joy/Fabian shippers claimed that Nina was abusive and Joy would have been nicer to Fabian in the long run, that Joy and Fabian were best friends before the events of Season One, and that they had better chemistry. Things seemed to have calmed down in the third season, however, just to make way for a new (but less vicious) war between the Patricia/Eddie shippers and the KT/Eddie shippers, which lost some steam on the KT/Eddie side when it became obvious that Eddie still liked Patricia and KT was not going to try and do anything that would hurt Patricia.