* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Zuko/Katara (aka "Zutara") fanbase is legendary. The "Ember Island Players" episode [[FandomNod lampshaded this tendency heavily]] with a play that put Zuko and Katara together and having her refer to Aang, repeatedly, as [[LikeBrotherAndSister "like a little brother"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** The series launched with a strong following from Korra, the main character, and Mako, as opposed to the starting couple of Mako/Asami. Various beta couples existed with other potential love interests, and when Korra/Mako was made canon, some more shifts made in terms of preference. However, by the end of the series, the fandom was overwhelmingly in favor of Korra/Asami, with the last season playing up their relationship more than ever. [[spoiler:It finally was canonized in the {{Grand Finale}}.]]
** Within hours of their debut episode, Avatar Wan and Raava started getting shipped by a surprising number of fans. Helped along when one fan drew a humanized version of Raava that the newly christened ship's shippers immediately latched onto.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Duncan]]/[[PerkyGoth Gwen]] was this to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Duncan]]/[[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]]. But that dynamic has switched due to canon changes.
** Because ''Total Drama'' has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters so many major characters]] and an active {{Crack Ship}}ping community, this trope happens a lot for the less popular couples--for example, [[CloudCuckooLander Izzy]] is paired more with [[DeadpanSnarker Noah]] or [[HomeschooledKids Ezekiel]] than her canon boyfriend [[BigEater Owen]], while [[IronButtmonkey Tyler]] gets ignored so [[DumbBlonde Lindsay]] can wind up with Trent instead.
* Reef/Fin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'' is ''easily'' more popular than any other pairing on the show, [[spoiler:even though Reef/Lo is the OfficialCouple as of season two]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** Much of the fandom dislikes [[OfficialCouple Daria/Tom]] and would have preferred that Daria's one-sided crush on Trent eventually been [[ObliviousToLove noticed]] and requited.
** For some bizarre reason Jane also gets paired up with Mr. D of all people fairly often.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Beast Boy/Raven shippers. The creators of the show repeatedly stated that Beast Boy/Raven would never happen, yet it was an increasingly popular and a [[ShipMates preferred complementary ship for Starfire/Robin shippers]]. At the very least a substantially large amount of people preferred it to the official canon couple of Beast Boy and Terra (the difference on FF.net is about ''twelvefold'' in the romance category), and popular enough to occasionally get a bone thrown at them in the mainstream comics. The animated comedy TeenTitansGo! has completly embraced the pairing, dedicating several moments and whole episodes to their relationship
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' fandom, the majority of the fans go for Terry with his best friend Max or one-time girlfriend [[DatingCatwoman Melanie]]. Few actually pair him with his canon girlfriend Dana Tan, as she's [[OutOfFocus the least developed character of the three]]. In the Season One DVD Behind the Scenes featurette, it is discovered that Alan Burnett wanted to write an episode where Terry and Max ended up together, but Bruce Timm refused, as he'd originally intended the episode to have Terry and Dana stay together, and Terry ends up getting hitched to Dana in the future as shown in the JLU episode "Epilogue."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has fans that are not as shipping-oriented as some other shows, but there are several of these. For example, Lisa/Nelson is vastly preferred to the edging-towards canon Lisa/Milhouse, presumably due to Milhouse being an annoying StalkerWithACrush. There are a few fanfics that also go the unlikely route of pairing Lisa with Ralph Wiggum
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has a weird case of this. Hints dropped in the series originally seemed to show Otto/Nova as canon, but it seemed like almost everybody in the fandom shipped Sprx/Nova. Then hints of that started to show and eventually it became the canon. A comment from one of the voice actors mixed with that the creator does pay attention to the fandom seems to hint that the coupling was changed because of this, making the FPC the OfficialCouple.
* [[WordOfGod Rob Renzetti]] confirmed that, had ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' continued, Jenny would have ended up with Sheldon... no doubt upsetting a majority of the fandom, who are Jenny/Brad supporters.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', Professor Utonium and Ms. Keane has a strong fan following. They were the subject of one episode late into the series, and it was thoroughly deconstructed [[spoiler:and eventually annulled by Ms. Keane's cat, with the Professor having an aversion to cats due to one being the BigBad of [[ContinuityNod an earlier episode]].]]
** [[ToyShip Pairing the girls with]] [[DistaffCounterpart their Rowdyruff Boys counterparts]] is ''the'' most popular shipping target of the fandom. This was lampshaded in season six's "City Of Clipsville", which was intended as a TakeThat to the shippers. [[MisaimedFandom It was actually embraced by the shippers]].
* An overwhelming majority of the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' fandom ships Jesse with Jonny. In the lead in movie to the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Jonny and Jessie had mutual crushes on each other.
* There are no pairings in ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', but fandom loves Zeta and Ro together as a pairing. It's actually a challenge to find fanfics that ''aren't'' Zeta/Ro.
* Although ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' was created as a NoHuggingNoKissing series, Fillmore/Ingrid have a fanbase of a rather impressive size. The shippers have a lot to base off of, since their buddy-cop conversations can often be taken as a subtle DoubleEntendre, sounding somewhat flirtatiously on more than one occasion.
* Even though ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' was mostly NoHuggingNoKissing, there's a large following for Twister/Reggie. It's the most commonly encountered pairing in Rocket power fanfiction.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'': The pairing of Ilana and Lance (dubbed Ilanca by the shippers) has been favored since the very first episode, despite how in the show they're posing as siblings and have other potential love interests, and the show's creator Genndy Tartakovsky, has stated in interviews that he wants their relationship to be a platonic one.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''
** Ahsoka/Rex ([[PortmanteauCoupleName Rexsoka]]) remains the most popular Ahsoka pairing, even though she has a canon love interest in Lux Bonteri. This is probably because Lux is comparatively new on the scene, and Rexsoka was already well-established in the fandom before his episode premiered in Season 3. Karen Traviss and Karen Miller's [[ShipTease teases towards Rexsoka]] in the novels did ''not'' help things.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** A lot of het ships. Also Derpy Hooves and Dr. Hooves are very popular together, to the point of the Doctor being considered the father of Derpy's fanon daughter Dinky.
** Special mention to [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] and [[MadGod Discord]] and their significant FoeYay and, for similar reasons , [[DarkIsNotEvil Princess Luna]] and [[DarkIsEvil King Sombra]].
** While the vast majority of the cast is shipped with everyone else, [[FanNickname Lyra and Bon Bon]] tend to be paired almost exclusively which each other. Case in point, do a search for either character and you'll get almost nothing but Lyra/Bon Bon pictures, whereas if you try a similar search with any other characters you'll probably get five or six different pairings before you get past the first page. There are outliers that pair them up with other characters, of course, but the pairing is so widespread in the fandom that in most fanworks its assumed to be the case unless it's explicitly stated otherwise.
*** When the two met up at a Ponyville market in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown Putting Your Hoof Down]], their saddle bags had each other's cutie mark on them.
*** And ''then'' [[GoesToEleven sent over the top]] by their human versions' "love duet" performance in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''.
** Vinyl Scratch(DJ-Pon3)/Octavia shipping is also extremely popular, with both of them being fan favorite musicians.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** T.J./Spinelli is incredibly popular, ever since their PracticeKiss in "The Experiment" and the confirmation on Spinelli's side in "Parents' Night".
** Also Gus/Cornchip Girl, the MoeCouplet of the series. The Japanese title for their episode, "The Army-Navy Game", is "Gus's Girlfriend".
** Vince/Gretchen also has a pretty big following, thanks to all the ShipTease.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': While neither couple is official, Becky/Tobey is easily more popular than Becky/Scoops.
* Plenty of ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' fans ship Dudley/Kitty. This is actually supported by WordOfGod.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' has Ikura/Kani and Tako/Maguro.
%% * Tommy/Kimi and Chuckie/Angelica are both fairly popular in the ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp''.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fandom has Artemis/Robin (due to him having more interaction with her than any of [[ReallyGetsAround his four actual love interests]]); plus, while Artemis gets a RelationshipUpgrade with Wally, a number of fans disliked it due to the cliched BelligerentSexualTension and [[StrangledByTheRedString a perceived lack of chemistry]], though of course this opinion isn't universal. Slash fandom also shows a strong preference for [[HeterosexualLifePartners Dick/Wally]], which isn't hurt by the fact that [[spoiler:Wally's death leads to Nightwing taking a leave of absence from the Team due to grief.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', while Scott/Rogue was a favorite of many of the shows creators (and had a large fanbase to speak of), fan support for Gambit/Rogue was so popular that eventually the writers gave an entire episode devoting time to the possibility, and the last image of the series suggested they were together.
** Interesting fact is that the writers, in the first scene Rogue and Gambit shared, had apparently intended to insinuate a ''past'' relationship between them (or so it is claimed); fandom was strong enough that if this plan was ever in the cards, it was ''dis''carded in favour of actually developing their chemistry onscreen, even if just for one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' has El Tigre and Black Cuervo. It was so popular 'Tigre + Cuervo Forever', a catch phrase for the ET/BC following, became the title of an episode. Meanwhile, Frida gets paired with either Dr. Chipotle Jr or Sergio a lot. Frida/Django is quite popular, too.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'', Eric has a crush on Vana, but fans like him better with [[DatingCatwoman Mandy]] or Kitty instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' has Jay and Alice, which is one of the reasons why the web series wasn't well received. Considering how much trouble Jay went through in season 2 to be with Alice (especially the next to last ep), you can't blame their reaction at seeing Jay trying to woo another girl.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', and Zim/Gaz and Dib/Tak on the het side.
* Besides the apparent OfficialCouple of Mister Smarty Smarts and Octocat on ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'', there seems to be a preference for Peri/Patricia, for [[OppositesAttract one]] [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan reason]] [[BirdsOfAFeather or]] [[ThemePairing another]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Ferb and Gretchen has become popular with those who have a hard time overlooking the age gap between Ferb and Vanessa (but have an easy time overlooking the fact that [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Ferb and Gretchen have hardly interacted at all in the show itself]]). Yet the very second Monty is introduced as a love interest for Vanessa, Ferbnessa becomes more popular.
** There is also a sizable set of Doofenshmirtz/Linda shippers, to the point that it's a YMMV/WMG that he is Phineas' father. Doesn't help that it's canon that they used to date.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'': While the original '70s cartoon was NoHuggingNoKissing, most of the people at large assumed that Fred/Daphne were at least implied. Meanwhile remnants of Shaggy and Velma being siblings during the show's creation could have been interpreted as pairing of the two.
** In the 80s the subtle hints shifted over to Shaggy/Daphne with the two even sharing a long hug in one episode.
** Since then starting with Zombie Island, Fred/Daphne started being played with more directly to a split base.
** In the more BaseBreaker Mystery Incorporated, Fred/Daphne and Shaggy/Velma are actual pairings at the start of the show and even offers a moment of Shaggy/Daphne as a MythologyGag.
* [[BadassAdorable Lucky]]/[[TimeTravelRomance Rebecca]] and [[LittleMissSnarker Cadpig]]/[[HandicappedBadass Tripod]] are two notable examples in the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' animated series fanbase.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'', Since the beginning, many fans have embraced the idea of Warden/Mistress (Misden or Wardess) getting together, most of the time [[FoeYayShipping being aware that they are foes]]. As of Season 3, this does not appear possible.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', [[OneTrueThreesome Sam/Alex/Clover]] ship. It doesn't help that most of the boys the three are interested in tend to be [[GirlOfTheWeek one-shots]], bar [[RecurringCharacter their fellow spy Blaine]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', There's a sizable fan community for Nick/Mina, who ship them because Nick is one of the nicest characters in the show and Mina is a long-suffering woobie.
** That said, everyone ships Laney and Corey, with the vast majority of fan art featuring them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', altough Thomas and CJ never met, [[PairTheSpares fans like pairing them together]], especially from the Mordecai/Margaret fans. Some are the reasons are [[ButtMonkey Thomas]] deserves a nice girl and it beats having the Mor/Mar fans [[DieForOurShip bashing poor CJ]]. But since it was revealed [[spoiler: Thomas' a Russian spy and went on the run,]] it's not known the current status if this ship.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', According to FF.net, four of five most favourited romance stories are Ben/Kevin.
** ''Ben10Omniverse'' introduced several possible love interests for Ben before settling with Kai. Unfortunately for Kai, she had two things going against her: 1) the shipping was heavily focused in the final arc, and the writers introduced [[KidFromTheFuture Spanner]] to actively ''force'' the pairing, and 2) Looma Redwind and Esther were very popular since their debut. Esther/Ben itself is the more popular het ship for Ben.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'',
** [[TheEveryman Stan]] has a canon girlfriend, but the fandom seems to like his HoYay and HeterosexualLifePartners status with [[HotBlooded Kyle]] as a better romantic alternative.
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Craig]] and [[NervousWreck Tweek]]; they are the second most popular pairing (after [[HeterosexualLifePartners Stan and Kyle]]) which is especially surprising considering that they [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight only openly interacted in in one episode]]. (Where they were manipulated into beating the crap out of each other. Tweek was shown in a nonspeaking cameo as a member of Craig's gang in a later episode, but most use the fight as the primary basis.)
* [[HoYay Brian/Stewie]] from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' gets a lot of love, given how blatant Stewie's affection for Brian is and the amount of episodes centered around the two and their interactions. The episode ''Brian and Stewie'' is especially well-received by fans of [[PortmanteauCoupleName Brewie]].
* ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'':
** [[ManipulativeBastard Prowl]] and [[JiveTurkey Jazz]] might well embody this. In canon, regardless of cartoon or comic, they barely interact, and the few times they do, they generally dislike each other, and yet they have hundreds of fics on FFN. There are [[TransformersAnimated reboots]] where the two are on good terms, but most of the fanfics pairing them are about the G1 characters. There doesn't seem to be any base to the pairing other than "they're both white cars from the 1984 line" and "they could have chemistry, [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight theoretically.]]" It gets to the point where Prowl/Jazz fans can get [[DieForOurShip downright rude]] towards characters who ''do'' show affection toward Prowl (most famously [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Chromedome]] and the [[ComicBook/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Constructicons]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''
** By far the most popular pairing is Knock Out/Breakdown, despite Breakdown having shown interest in Airachnid.
** [[RoboShip Jack/Arcee]] is quite popular as well, even though WordOfGod denies any romantic feelings between them. But due to the RelationshipWritingFumble, it gets hinted alot that there may be some deeper feelings between them, which only gives the fans more fuel.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': The episode "What Was Missing" caused an ''explosion'' in the popularity of Bubblegum/Marceline, and from there it grew until it almost dominated the whole fandom, with the largest chunk of fanart and fanfiction devoted to them.
** Another fan preferred couple would be the genderbent versions of Marceline and Bubblegum. Marshall Lee/Gumball.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''
** Despite the ShipSinking, the age difference, and Rex himself being a ShipperOnDeck for 6/Holiday, you'll still find [[MayDecemberRomance Rex and Holiday]] to be one of the most popular pairings in the fandom.
** There seems to be a good amount towards Rex/Breach.
* Given the rampant amount of HoYay between them on ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'', Randall/Mark is pretty popular in fan-art.
* While many ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' fans ship what seems to be the intended endgame of Randy/Theresa ("Fowlham"), even more ship Randy and Howard ("Weinerham"), probably due to the show having all of the usual questionable bro closeness without so much of the "no homo" that usually comes with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' has Beck/Paige due to the less than subtle FoeYay.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'', Alice/Mistress shippers, even though the relationship would in likelihood be as one-sided as Warden's affections for Alice (as Alice seemed unimpressed at Mistress' change and remarked on forgetting how "needy" women can be).
* So far there is no Love Interest for anyone in ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', but Wander/Lord Hater is already being hardcore shipped.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Just about ''any'' non-canonical pairing involving Nigel Uno is more popular than his canon relationship with Lizzie -- though the most popular seems to be Nigel/Rachel (1/362).
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is a NoHuggingNoKissing show, but still has several common pairings. The most popular ([[BrokenBase but also most reviled]]) is the perceived FoeYay between [[TheNapoleon Zim]] and his rival, [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Dib]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' gives [[{{Adorkable}} Dipper]] and [[GenkiGirl Mabel]], who fit pretty nicely into the SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl archetypes perfectly and are extremely close to each other. There's just one detail in that, [[IncestYayShipping they're brother and sister]], twins at that. [[ToyShip And they're both 12.]] No, this doesn't deter the fanbase one bit in case you were wondering. It even has its own PortmanteauCoupleName, Pinecest.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the OfficalCouple of Danny and [[GranolaGirl Sam Manson]] was not received very well. Almost all of the vitriol is directed as Sam, for her [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical morals]], all of the CharacterShilling she gets, and a major problem with the [[SeasonalRot massively panned third season]] was because the writers kept teasing it their attraction to each other. As such, Danny is often shipped with other characters. Significant among the fanbase ships him with [[BigBeautifulWoman Valerie Gray]], which had the added appeal of a DatingCatwoman vibe.
* ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero'' let's face it, most of the fandom ships Penn/Sashi. They're practical canon, minus the canon part
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