Die For Our Ship / 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
- 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 Ogma 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).
- It's said that many Japanese fans favor Catria as a better girlfriend for Marth than Caeda and go batshit at the mere sight of the second. Outside of Japan there is less outcry since Catria's crush on Marth is a minor facet of her character and is restricted to Japan-only 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. Hilariously, Thracia 776 very strongly implies that Raquesis first was with Beowulf and then with Finn: Diarmuid is all but stated to be Beo's son (same to Fergus) while Nanna is for all effects Finn's daughter.
- 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.
- 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 fans loathe Matthew/Guy.
- 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).
- Sain could get this in a weird roundabout way: Fans treated him like a lech who should never be with any woman "because all the girls hate him", then turn around and pair him with Kent while demonizing any of their prospect wives.
- 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 Abuse 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.
- Ephraim/Eirika and Ephraim yaoi shippers used to hate Tana for having a crush on Ephraim, as well as the pairing itself. While the pairing's still heavily disliked, thankfully the hatred for Tana has died down. And then there are double standard cases where whoever is the least liked between Ephraim and Innes are bashed for their overprotectiveness towards their respective sisters and are even perceived as attempting to hog both Eirika and Tana for themselves even though the more liked of the two can get away with doing such things.
- 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.
- 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.
- Awakening marked the return of the Lover/Inheritance System from Genealogy, popularizing it... and the cannons immediately started firing.
- Out of Chrom's potential wives, Sumia gets a lot of hate from the fandom, especially fans of any other Chrom ship. 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. Chrom himself occasionally comes under fire from fans of Sumia/Male Avatar.
- Frederick is often used as an all-purpose bashing magnet for a variety of ships, due to him showing signs of Entitled to Have You in his S Support with Cordelia. In Chrom/Male Avatar fics that don't go the OT3 route, he'll often be the token jealous villain who wants Chrom all to himself. He can also be a victim of this in Cordelia/Anyone or Emmeryn/Anyone (despite Frederick/Emmeryn not being a possible pairing in the game).
- 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".
- Charlotte gets some guff from shippers of Xander/Female Avatar due to her Gold Digger facade, despite the fact that her supports have her marrying Xander out of love and explaining she wants money to care for her ailing parents.
- Oboro may be in danger of this from Leo/Takumi (and Female Avatar/Takumi) shippers due to her strong canon crush on him. So far in the former case it's mostly Played for Laughs with jokes about her sulking or fighting with Leo, and she's usually fobbed off onto Niles (one of her two Nohrian marriage options in the Revelation Path). But in the latter case, fans of the ship have said they would fight Oboro for Takumi.
- Camilla has gotten this from Hinoka fans who ship her with the male Avatar, due to Camilla's obsession with an Avatar of either gender.
- Xander doesn't get off too easily either if a fic chooses to ship Hinoka with anyone other than him.
- Hinoka also has her share of naysayers from people who ship Camilla with the male Avatar for being a relentless obsessive "harpy" who wants Corrin for herself and is willing to destroy Nohr to get him, deforming Hinoka's Chronic Hero Syndrome into simple Clingy Jealous Girl behavior. On the other hand, some Male Avatar/Hinoka fans reply by trying to frame Camilla as a whore (due to her obsession with an Avatar of either gender) and Hinoka as "purer, thus better", ignoring Camilla's Broken Bird side and genuinely good Freudian Excuse. Both sides miss how Camilla and Hinoka are supposed to contrast one another and how they can get along quite well in Revelation.
- Soleil gets this a lot due to her constant skirt-chasing and lack of boundaries, with her detractors glad she's not the female Gay Option because she "needs to be kept away from all women". It's especially prominent with Ophelia, though, as she comes on way too strong and makes Ophelia nervous in 2/3 of their support chain. The fact that both girls admit they made a mess of things (Soleil by being pushy and Ophelia by running away because Soleil didn't meet her high expectations as a partner) and patch it up in the A support isn't enough for the detractors, and some of the shippers can get defensive as a result. Those who are on the fence regarding the controversy behind her sexuality tends to cite this scene and her overall aggressiveness as the reason to dislike her.
- Ryoma/Oboro is proof that even rare pairs can fall under this. A few of its shippers deride Takumi or the Oboro/Takumi pairing, painting Oboro's feelings for Takumi as "just a silly crush" that she should get over so she can enjoy Ryoma, who is So Much Better for her. The majority of fic about this pairing paints Takumi as dense at best or callous at worst when it comes to Oboro's feelings, and overall the shippers give off an air of insecurity and feeling threatened by Oboro's feelings for Takumi despite canon itself not treating them as an obstacle for her to get over; they can be requited if the player chooses, but only one of her other romantic support sets mentions her crush (and it makes sense that Hinata would say something, the two being as close as they are).
- Fans of Niles/Male Avatar sometimes bash the various girls that both of them can marry instead. Camilla seems to be the biggest target.
- Some yaoi fans that wish Silas was the Male Avatar's Bi Option instead of Niles bash the later for being a kinky sadist and keep spreading the ultimately jossed "Silas was supposed to be the original Bi Option" rumor. This goes both ways as some Niles/Male Avatar fans bash Silas for being "too loyal and boring" compared with Niles.
- Switching "yaoi" with "yuri", "Silas" with "Azura" and sometimes "Soleil", "Niles" with "Rhajat" and "Male Avatar" with "Female Avatar" will often bring similar results.
- In both games, Clive and Mathilda are an Official Couple as long as both of them live (If not, either Clive dies young while fighting pirates, or Mathilda replaces him as commander but never marries). After the second came out, some parts of the fandom (namely, the Het Is Ew part of Tumblr) have started to bash or ignore Clive to favor pairing up Mathilda with other women.
- Gray and Boey sometimes get a similar treatment from the Het Is Ew fans, since canon places them as the closest to love interests for Clair and Mae respectively and that means they can't easily be shipped with other girls either.
- Fans of Celica and Faye have been spotted fighting it out both regarding their characters and whether one or another girl is the best Love Interest for Alm. And it's best to leave it at that.
- Tatiana isn't exactly well-liked by Camus/Nyna shippers. While the original merely heavily implied Ezekiel/Zeke chose her over Princess Nyna, it still left it somewhat ambiguous. The remake outright confirms he marries her, and if Tatiana literally dies in-game, the game just states that Zeke still didn't return to Nyna, just vanishing forever this time (probably right after saving her from Gharnef and Medeus).
- Saber/Celica is a somewhat common pairing especially among fans who are newer to the franchise. Alm/Celica fans have not taken kindly to that. Again, it's best to leave it at that.