Die For Our Ship: Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem as a whole has this in spades. Thanks to the Support system, which gives characters both nifty Character Development and stat bonuses, Fire Emblem tends to be a breeding ground for Ship-to-Ship Combat with the unique difference that shipping in Fire Emblem — and thus arguments thereof — is often concerned with gameplay viability as much as it is with the romantic dynamic between the characters. It also doesn't help that the series sports Final Death, meaning you're free in most cases to actually kill someone off if they're in the way of your preferred pairing.
Examples of Die for Our Ship in the Archanea games:
- Some fans who don’t like the canon Marth/Caeda ship bash Caeda. This even included fans who want to ship Marth in Super Smash Bros pairings. Oddly enough, Catria/Marth shippers don't seem to have a problem with Caeda, simply opting to pair her with Oguma instead.
- Many Palla/Abel shippers bash Est, Palla's little sister and Abel's canon wife. According to them, Palla "deserved" Abel more even though she never came forward with her feelings and stepped aside for the sake of her sister's happiness.
- Marth's older sister Elice gets bashed by Merric/Linde fans, since she is Merric's Victorious Childhood Friend. People have claimed the relationship is "gross" due to Elice bringing up how she remembered him as a sick little boy (it was meant to be a He Is All Grown Up moment).
Examples of Die for Our Ship in the Jugdral games:
- Fire Emblem 4 suffers from a bit of this as well. As Perma Death and Relationship Values are both important parts of the game, the player can literally invoke Die for Our Ship:
- Beowulf suffers a lot of hate in the fandom as it is, but Finn/Raquesis gives the haters even more fuel for their fire. In turn, Beowulf fans scorn the Finn/Raquesis pairing and Raquesis herself. Meanwhile, they forget her other prospect "canon" husbands Deu and Noish exist.
- Lewyn/Ferry fans turn up their noses at Sylvia. Lewyn/Sylvia fans turn up their noses at Ferry. Lewyn/Tailto fans turn up their noses at both. Sylvia gets the most hate from shippers of either, though.
- Mitsuki Oosawa's manga portrays Eldigan's canon wife Grahnye (here named Iria) negatively and ships Eldigan/Raquesis instead. Mitsuki also excluded Holyn and Beowulf from the manga in favor of pairing Ayra up with Lex and Raquesis up with Finn.
Examples of Die for Our Ship in the Elibe games:
- Quit a lot of fighting goes on over which pairings create the children of certain characters in Fuuin no Tsurugi aka Fire Emblem 6.
- There are 6 different endings involving marriage for Roy; shippers tend to have a lot of hate for Roy's teacher Cecilia.
- In Fire Emblem 7, Ninian the Dancer was at one time the biggest victim of this from Lyn/Eliwood, Eliwood/Hector, and Eliwood/Fiora fans who bash her for standing in between their pairing of choice. This has calmed down a bit in recent years, but when it does happen it can be pretty nasty.
- Similarly, Priscilla is bashed because all her Supports are boys who happen to be part of the fandom's most popular slash pairings (and in some cases, one reasonably popular het pairing).
- Leila, and Matthew's canon love for her, are often disregarded for the sake of the popular Matthew/Guy. Conversely, some Matthew/Leila dislike the Matthew/Guy ship.
- Kent/Lyn shippers can be very protective of their pairing, hating Rath for being standoffish to Lyn despite caring about her and claiming Kent/Fiora's supports ruin the characters. Conversely, some Lyn/Tactician shippers loathe Kent.
- At one point it was common for Erk/Nino shippers to bash Jaffar and the Jaffar/Nino pairing, complaining about the age difference and claiming the relationship was emotionally abusive while touting Erk/Nino as "much healthier" (ignoring the fact that Erk has his own issues).
Examples of Die for Our Ship in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones:
- In Fire Emblem 8, Natasha gets bashed by some Joshua/Artur, Joshua/Marisa and Seth/Eirika fans. She's even accused of being a Gold Digger just because Seth and Joshua happen to be rather affluent even though that never comes up in their supports.
- Colm is bashed as well by people who dislike his treatment of Neimi and prefer to pair her up with someone else. While he can be a bit harsh towards her, that doesn't excuse the way his worst haters exaggerate his jackassery to outright Domestic Abuser extremes.
- The Seth/Eirika vs. Innes/Eirika vs. Eirika/Lyon shipping wars can get quite heated, with people on all sides bashing the suitor they do not favor.
Examples of Die for Our Ship in the Tellius games:
- Fire Emblem 9 had Ike/Soren shippers who bash Elincia. It's mostly stopped now that the sequel implies that she ends up with Geoffrey. Unfortunately, it's turned the tables to Ike/Elincia fans bashing Geoffrey and the Ike/Soren pairing. One particular Ike/Elincia shipper painted Geoffrey as a bitter, angry drunk who tried to hurt innocents and caused property damage when Elincia left Crimea to marry Ike.
- And while this technically should go below: the Ike/Soren shippers aren't happy that a recruitable character in Awakening claims to be Ike's descendant. They don't know who Ike could have paired up with to start his lineage. They just want her dead.
- Not to mention the war between Tibarn/Reyson shippers and Naesala/Reyson shippers. This died down sometime after Radiant Dawn came out, though. (It probably helped that Naesala/Leanne was more or less canonized and a lot of people jumped on board that ship.)
- In Fire Emblem 10, main character Micaiah occasionally gets bashed for her romance with Sothe and standing in the way of Ho Yay.
Examples of Die for Our Ship in Awakening:
- Awakening marked the return of the Lover/Inheritance System from Genealogy... and the cannons immediately started firing.
- Out of Chrom's potential wives, Sumia gets a lot of hate from the fandom. Part of it comes from the way the game pushes her as Chrom’s default love interest (restriction of her selection of other suitors, cutscenes featuring the two, including one titled “Lovebirds” in the North American edition) that can make some players feel it is being forced on them. Others see Unfortunate Implications in the emphasis on her clumsiness and poor self-image and in how much of their support chain revolves around Sumia cooking for Chrom and doing his laundrynote .
- Some male Avatar/Lucina fans aren't fond of her with other available male characters, and will bash any character who might get in the way. Gerome and Inigo are the biggest victims of this, and some shippers also attack Severa due to her status as a popular pairing for Lucina in the fandom, in spite of the fact that the two of them cannot actually support in the game.
- Some male Avatar/Lucina fans also attack other girls who are commonly shipped with the male Avatar. Tharja and Cordelia are the two biggest victims.
- The female Avatar and Sumia sometimes come under fire from fans of Chrom/Male Avatar.
- Inigo/Gerome is an interesting case in which Inigo's female love interests are bashed for being mean to him, but fans also insist he can only be paired with Gerome because him being in a straight relationship is "gross".