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"Several times throughout the existing episodes they hint that a romantic subplot is going to occur between Thomas and Winnie, and...I just can't support it. Sticking the best character in the series and the worst character in the series together is a terrible idea."
The opposite of Shipping Goggles where no matter how powerful the evidence or prevalent the Ship Tease is, you insist that there is no way a couple could ever be canon. It might be because you have laser-focused shipping goggles for a particular ship that conflicts with the indicated one. It might be because the relationship is slash/yaoi/yuri and you refuse to accept even the possibility that there's intentional Ho Yay there. Maybe the relationship is heterosexual, and you think Het is Ew. Maybe the plot, canon, and even the author endorse one pairing, but you totally realize that the characters are Meant To Be with someone else, characterization and previous behavior be damned. Or maybe you are the only sane one, and everyone else is crazy. Point is, you're not seeing something others do in the shipping arena.
Compare No Hugging, No Kissing.
In general, the Ship-to-Ship Combat in the manga fandom is between people who believe that Roy/Riza and Al/Mei are all Official Couples and people who believe that there's not enough evidence that they're anything more than friends. Given the sheer amount of evidence or at least the heavy, heavy implications that was presented for each of these couples (Roy/Riza in particular), one is inclined to wonder just how much more evidence these couples need to get out of "friends" territory.
If the sequel novel Frozen Teardrop had come out during the height of the show's popularity, we would have gotten to see the fangirls try to reconcile their ships against Duo marrying Hilde and their having a son togethernote The fact that they subsequently divorce and she dies off-screen don't matter; not to mention Heero and Relena being teenagers while all their friends are middle-aged thanks to cryogenic stasis, ensuring that they can only hook up with each other or nobody at all.]] And you know they would have tried, despite the fact that the novel is by the show's head writer.
Oh, Bleach fandom, how this trope fits you. Certain Ichigo/Rukia fans don't see any possibility of Ichigo/Orihime happening to the point that they flat out reject the proposal that maybe Ichigo turning into a monster to protect Orihime and attacking even Ishida when he tries to reason with him could imply he does feel something towards her. Likewise, some Ichigo/Orihime fans reject any scenes that hint towards Ichigo/Rukia (like 'Rukia stopped the rain.') Overall, it's a mixed bag, with most fans simply wanting an open-ended/couple-less ending.
It doesn't help that the anime producers apparently have Anti Goggles on too, doing their best to downplay/ignore Orihime's feelings for Ichigo while giving Rukia several Ship Tease scenes with Ichigo that weren't present in the original manga.
Some Card Captor Sakura fans refused to believe Tomoyo was actually in love with Sakura, insisting her gestures and affection and even her declaration of "liking" Sakura that way were just friendly and nothing else.
Touya and Yukito sometimes get this treatment, too; despite numerous hints about something going on between them and even Yukito telling Sakura that he loves Touya the most, some fans still insist that they're just really close best friends and only Yaoi Fangirls would think there was anything romantic in their relationship.
In-story example: Sonoko/Serena from Detective Conanreally thinks that Shinichi/Jimmy isn't good enough for her best friend Ran/Rachel and leaves it very clear.
Ironically, history-based shipping, the very thing that makes Axis Powers Hetalia fertile ground for Shipping Goggles, can lead to Anti Goggles if taken too far. The most militantly "historical" fans insist that a ship with a strong historical background in real life is automatically more canon than other, "less historical" ships involving the same characters, even if said "less historical" ships actually have more evidence and shown interactions in APH canon. Doesn't matter that APH was never meant to be a 100% strict interpretation of real-life international relations or that personalities clearly play some role too in how well the characters get along or that any history-based pairing is only possible through a very selective reading of history (canon couples included) — real-life historical basis (or one's own selective reading of history) is all that matters!
Of course, there's nothing inherently wrong with preferring pairings based on real-life history, but when fans justify their preferences by discrediting all evidence for the opposing pairing on the sole basis of it "not being historical enough" while not seeming to realize that they're just as guilty of wearing Shipping Goggles as their competition, if not more, that's when you get into Fan Dumb territory.
Romano being his usual Tsundere self with Spain? He obviously hates Spain and takes delight in abusing him. It's not like he ever did anything like frantically search for a cure for Spain when he fell sick in canon, after all.
Austria chiding Hungary for something? Obviously he is a control freak who gets off on punishing her. And Hungary is a Satellite Love Interest who doesn't deserve kindness from him.
Oh, oh! Don't forget about how Austria and Hungary are obviously just friends because they're no longer "married" and hence can never ever get romantically involved again, their Christmas outing was just them hanging out as friends and in no way resembled a date, and Austria shows no romantic interest in Hungary whatsoever and certainly doesn't do anything explicitly romantic for her like, say, sending her gifts for Valentine's Day.
Or, you know, the guy who doesn't like to have his ex-wife seeing him all disheveled... being willing to strip to get her a Nice Hat she wanted? Nooooo, he just does it because of pressure from France. And never ever because he cares for her enough to do something he dislikes just to make her happy.
Greece's feelings for Japan are obviously 100% friendship. His night with Japan was either All Just a Dream or the natural result of someone like Japan sleeping with someone he considers 100% a friend, his fights with Turkey over which one of them Japan prefers prove how much he wants to be Just Friends with Japan, and the Umbrella of Togetherness scene where he thinks about how he'd much rather have Japan erotically humiliating him than thinking his hair's messy means nothing important and certainly doesn't hint at any attraction to Japan at all.
Even more ridiculous is when fans insist that ships like Greece/Japan, England/Japan or even Spain/Romano have no history together. No, they're not just saying that these ships have little history compared to other ships - they're saying that these ships have absolutely no real-life history behind them, period. Apparently, they didn't bother to do anything like a simple Google search for Nation A + Nation B + relations. Or, you know, read the freaking strips (Anglo-Japanese alliance? South Italy being under Spain's control for a while? Heck, even Greece and Japan's historical relations are explained in the very first webcomic strip they received together!). There's denying what canon shows, and then there's practically refusing to even look at what canon shows.
There are also some people who insist that there is absolutely no canon male/male love in the series and that any claims to the contrary are just the Yaoi Fangirls blowing subtext out of proportion. While the series isn't as laden with Ho Yay as some of its Yaoi Fangirls would have you believe, it still has some moments that are nigh impossible to write off as anything but romantic love, such as Sweden calling Finland his "wife" and Italy outright saying to Germany that his first love was a boy.
D Grayman: Allen has absolutely no attraction to Lenalee. If he's a confirmed Celibate Hero, that must mean that he has never felt any sort of romantic feelings toward her, and never will. So what if the official relationship chart and an early manga scene say he thinks "she's so cute..." or that he got nervous and disappointed when he heard that Lavi was interested in Lenalee? That must mean that he's interested in Lavi.
Hellsing obviously has no romance. Never mind the development of Seras Victoria's and Captain Bernadotte's character arc was about their feelings and how the creator called them a perfect couple or how they kissed and one of their chapters were titled The Man I Love. Duh. Okay, maybe not, but anyway Pip is out of the picture as the manga shows. To a lesser extent, Alucard obviously has only platonic feelings for Integra Hellsing and otherwise if he doesn't secretly hate her. Really secretly. He never said he was turned on by her or flirted with her or had romantic implications with anyone (his reason to travel to England wasn't a woman in the first place, damned be the text). She would marry and have babies to continue Hellsing, instead of anxiously waiting for his return for 30 years single and chaste and are finally reunited in a chapter called Romancia where their relationship isn't presented as master/servant.
On the other end of the spectrum, Alucard is never kind to Seras, and never even thinks of her as anything more than a perfect object of his abuse. Saving her life (by turning her into a vampire, but anyway) in the very first chapter when he didn't really need to? Patting her on the head and feeling proud of her? Calling her "my beloved servant"? Nah, such things never happened.
Let's not forget how they deny Dracula's feelings for Mina which are stated pretty much canon for a while by Word of God and the text.
In the Inuyasha fandom, militant Sesshomaru/Rin and Sesshomaru/Kagura fans locked in Ship-to-Ship Combat fall victim to this mentality, with the former camp insisting that there's absolutely no evidence that Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura were anything more than respect for a fallen comrade, and the latter camp insisting that there's absolutely no ambiguity that Sesshomaru's feelings for Kagura were romantic, unlike his feelings for Rin which are fatherly. In fact, militant Sesshomaru/Rin fans clash with every Sesshomaru/Female ship that exists, including Sesshomaru/Kagome and Sesshomaru/Kikyo.
Ditto with Inuyasha/Kagome vs. Inuyasha/Kikyo. Proponents of the former like to think that the latter was based on some sort of escape fantasy with no real love behind it (Inuyasha not wanting to be a hanyou, Kikyo wanting to be a "normal girl"), while Inuyasha/Kikyo fans like to think of Kagome as a Replacement Goldfish in spite of Inuyasha explicitly stating in canon that he does not think of Kagome as just Kikyo's replacement.
It was painfully obvious from the start that Inuyasha was in love with them both, which happens in real life all the time. It isn't that far-fetched, if you think about it; surely tropers have been conflicted between two (or more...) people in their life? Or have been on the receiving end, or even at the very least seen it happen. He even makes a comment about having them both!
Soul Eater: There is no way Maka and Soul are even a bit attracted, or even attached, to each other. So what if they practically need each other's support and are willing to put themselves through mental or physical pain just so that the other could be happy or survive? It's clear they have just as strong a relationship with other characters. And that dance they shared in Soul's soul room? Normal. And that chapter in the manga where it is revealed that Maka envies others, particularly girls, who can relate to Soul more than her? It's just a sign that she cares about him as a brother.
Some non-yaoi loving fans of Nabari No Ou insist that Miharu and Yoite are "just a bromance and nothing more". That being said, the nature of their relationship isratherambiguous, so technically it could be interpreted either way.
Slayers: Some fans insist that Amelia's feelings for Zelgadis are unrequited. Admittedly, Zelgadis keeps his feelings close to his chest, but there are a few scenes that make it clear that he at least has some feelings for her. The most blatant of these being when he almost drowns, then feigns unconsciousness after Amelia mentions mouth-to-mouth (this doesn't work out the way he expected it to).
In Naruto the two most canon-ish pairings that people still bother to ship each hinge on something like half a dozen panels of honest-to-god development - which means that successfully casting doubt on a "moment" equals rhetorical devastation. This, and the fact that these two are rival pairings, leads to the Ship-to-Ship Combat being largely composed of "nuh-uh, that doesn't count"s of various magnitudes of absurdity:
Guy said he's in love with a girl? Not relevant any more, because he hasn't acted like it in a long time (never mind the tendency of things in the manga to disappear for 700 chapters and then pop back up like nothing happened).
Guy and girl repeatedly interact and appear to grow closer each time? It's one-sided and every one of those interactions has obviously had the sole purpose of resolving her character arc and making way for more important things (yes, all five times).
Old generation / New generation couple parallelism? It's not there, and further, it being there has no meaning whatsoever, and further, if you think about it, the other girl is the better fit for this parallel, even if all logic dictates she isn't, because etc.
Guy and girl holding hands for 2 chapters and he's thanking her for being by his side all this time? Well technically this also served another functional purpose so that is probably why it had to happen. Further, this is just resolving her character arc. Again. Move along, nothing to see here.
"Main Guy / Main Girl syndrome"? "Shonen hero gets what he wants"? Abonimable, cliche'd oversimplifications that ought to have zero bearing on the discussion despite their annoying tendency to, in actuality, happen.
Girl has openly, tearfully and repeatedly confessed her love for a guy in very clear terms, with her undying love further confirmed in both databooks and interviews? It doesn't matter. She's just confused, she doesn't know how she feels, and she ought to get over it and love someone else.
Possibly the most notorious example of this is how a small but vocal (sadly, VERY vocal) faction of Harry Potter/Hermione shippers adamantly refused to believe that JK Rowling was intending for Ron and Hermione to become a canon couple and dropping, in her own words, "anvil-sized hints" about it. Even after the sixth book, in which Ron and Hermione are very clearly shown to get jealous whenever they see the other person going out with someone else and Harry himself notes this (not to mention that he enters a relationship with Ginny in the same book), the Fan Dumbstill persisted; as of 2011, it's still going strong. They have even mocked J.K. Rowling's "anvil-sized hints" phrase, and some insist that she accidentally wrote Harry/Hermione when meaning to write Harry/Ginny, and that every part of the romance subplots from Book 5 on was just her scrambling to correct her mistakes.
There are also some Harry/Hermione fans who point out that J.K. Rowling admitted once that Hermione had shared some experiences with Harry that she never could with Ron, and say that this rebukes the other fans who insist that there was absolutely no Harry/Hermione subtext in the books. Which does have a degree of validation, but some of these Harry/Hermione fans cling so stubbornly to it that they insist this statement completely discredits all of J.K. Rowling's other statements that made it clear that she had decided long ago on Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione as the official couples and thought that the hints dropped for the latter had been pretty obvious. These same fans will go to ridiculous lengths to twist any Ron/Hermione statement of hers that is not 100% positive or Harry/Hermione statement of hers that is not 100% negative into "J.K. Rowling has finally realized and admitted that Harry/Hermione is superior to/is what she has been supporting all along instead of Ron/Hermione!!", such as taking her statement that she used to date Rons before marrying a Harry as proof that Hermione (the one Rowling has admitted is closest to her in personality) should have ended up with Harry instead, even though a thorough look at the same interview shows that she then goes on to explicitly debunk this assumption:
Fans might think that's even more reason why Hermione should end up with Harry — but Rowling said she always knew that Ron and Hermione were meant to be together, just as she thought Harry and Ginny were meant to be together. "I thought it was obvious, but apparently there are Internet wars about this," she said. "And they get very vicious."
Now, there're some indications of Flip Flop of God with Rowling's later statements about Harry and Hermione, but she always confirms at the end that Ron and Hermione are canon and are capable of working out their issues. It's like how Rowling said that Neville and Luna married other people but later admitted that she could see Neville and Luna together; even if she acknowledges that the possibility was there, it still didn't become canon and she never at any point said that Ron/Hermione wasn't canon. Many Harry/Hermione fans actually realize and accept this as probably just an indicator that their ship isn't completely unfounded, but unfortunately, enough fans don't with such an intensity that gives major headaches to those who don't give a toss about the ship's canonicity and just want to ship in peace.
That the films tended to play up Harry/Hermione due to the apparent chemistry of Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson probably doesn't help either.
On memorable bit of Fan Dumb is the (likely apocryphal) story where Rowling got some hate-mail from readers because Lupin ended up marrying Tonks instead of Sirius.
In a recent Warrior Cats book, Bumblestripe seemed to crush on Dovewing. Many Ivy/Bumble fans wholeheartedly deny any kind of romance between them. Actually, they have a right to be annoyed— Vicky, one of the authors, and the leader of the "Erins", said on facebook that Bumblestripe had a huge crush on Ivypool, and Ivy/Bumble fans "may like the way this is played out!". Then, after the whole Dove/Bumble thing, Vicky denied that she had ever said anything!
During the first few seasons of The X-Files, the fandom was split (more or less amicably) between "shippers" and "noromos". "Shippers" were in favour of a romantic relationship between Mulder and Scully, while "noromos" were against it. (This may be the earliest use of the word "shipping" in fandom. Back then, it wasn't thought necessary to modify "shipping" with the character names, since there were only two characters in The X-Files who could plausibly undergo a Relationship Upgrade.)
CSI: NY: Until the Danny Messer/Lindsay Monroe pairing became canon towards the end of Season Three, a very vocal segment of the fandom, motivated by their disbelief that native Staten Islander Danny could ever be interested in country girl Lindsay or their rabid shipping of Danny with fellow New Yorker Don Flack, grasped at straws for any sign that TPTB acknowledged their distaste for Danny/Lindsay, or at least the mere presence of the anti-shippers. The greatest vitriol from the anti-shippers seemed to be reserved for Anna Belknap, the actress who played Lindsay; they searched desperately for not just any sign that Danny might lose interest in Lindsay, but for any indication that the cast, especially Carmine Giovinazzo, Danny's actor, actually hated Ms. Belknap in real life and did not like or want to work with her. When Danny slept with single mother Rikki after the death of her son in Season Four (which Danny felt responsible for), the anti-shippers cheered the possibility that Danny/Lindsay might be finished. Unfortunately for them, Danny and Lindsay married the following season and became parents to little Lucy Messer. As of the end of Season Eight, Mr. and Mrs. Messer are still happily married parents, but the anti-shippers march on to this day.
iCarly: Many people, even if they don't ship the opposite Carly/Freddie pairing, refuse to even acknowledge the idea of a Sam/Freddie ship after they watched the episode iMeet Fred (That's if they kept watching the show after that). There are also fans who want no shipping at all, and the Word of God has espoused that viewpoint occasionally, usually after he starts a ship war and gets the heck flamed out of him.
Glee: While this doesn't happen so often with pairings on the show, much of the fandom refuses to acknowledge the cast members' relationships with people outside of the cast, such as Lea Michele's relationship with Cory Monteith and Darren Criss' relationship with his girlfriend Mia Swier.
There are very loud (and very vocal) sections of the fandom that will spend a scary amount of time hating on certain ships. The anti-Klaine crowd makes a LOT of noise, twisting canon events to make one of the characters evil. Anti-Finchel shippers also make a lot of noise.
Good God, Sora/Kairi. While they aren't an actual item in the series, it's obvious in each Kingdom Hearts game (to the point where Sora imagines himself and Kairi in the place of Official Couple Jack Skellington and Sally in a slow dance), yet the number of fangirls who insist that the pairing doesn't exist and that Sora will end up with Riku in the end is staggering. Keep in mind that Riku himself is heavily implied to have a (albeit one-sided) crush on Kairi in canon, something that these fangirls also refuse to see.
They ignore even more obvious information. At the beginning of Kingdom Hearts, Sora draws a chalk picture of himself handing Kairi the Papou fruit (urban legend states whoever shares the fruit will live happily ever after together) and at the end of the game, Kairi finds the picture and draws herself handing Sora another piece. This is basically the equivalent of Kairi finding Sora's diary and seeing he wrote "I want to marry Kairi" and writing him a note saying "I want to marry you too."
Blame Kazushige Nojima for this. He's the one who wrote the scene of Sora crying at Riku's feet in The World That Never Was. Square might want to not hire him next time...
Tales of Symphonia is a very dangerous place for this. A lot of the disagreements stem from The Anime of the Game, which essentially canonized a ship that wasn't explicitly canon in the game. Here's the breakdown; the anime makes Lloyd and Colette the Official Couple, but the game has a system of Relationship Values and it's entirely possible, even easy, to attain explicitly romantic scenes with Lloyd and any one of the other female party members. Probably the best way to think of it without starting a flame war is that the anime is one possible interpretation of the way the game can happen - so while Lloyd/Colette might be the preferred pairing of the developers, this doesn't invalidate those who say, for example, that Sheena/Lloyd is also potentially canon in the same way a romance in a Bioware game might be (although, you know, rated Teen.)
And for more absurdities, there are those with these on so tight that in the sequel Emil and Marta are totally "just friends", despite her entire character being based on her obsession with him.
Many Left 4 Dead fan girls take this attitude towards the relatively canon pairings of Ellis/Zoey and Rochelle/Francis.
Resident Evil 2 is a rather staggering example, considering that among other things, Leon takes a bullet for Ada, she caresses his face and kisses him before passing out, the ending of RE4 six years later shows Leon explaining that he can't let Ada go, and the entirety of Separate Ways basically consists of Ada protecting Leon from behind the scenes, even disobeying Wesker and killing Krauser to do so. Despite this, roughly 70% of the fandom is convinced that the kiss didn't count, the pairing has zero backing, Ada is a bitch, and Leon and Claire are obviously in true love despite little to no on-screen development between them. To be fair, it may have something to do with these people instinctively pairing the lead male and lead female characters when playing the game as small children, but still. The denial is ridiculous.
Lyn/Florina and Raven/Lucius from the Elibe games may very well be the Ike/Soren and Heather predecessors. Fans continually denied that there could be anything other than 100% platonic friendship between those pairs, ignoring Florina's incessant fangirling of Lyn or the pretty obvious romantic undertones of Raven and Lucius's A support and ending. The anti-slash goggles have come back in full swing for Awakening, denying and bashing popular ships such as Gerome/Inigo and Severa/Lucina, whining that it "ruins friendship".
Even some het pairs aren't immune to this. Erk/Serra used to get a lot of bad press from fans who cried "ew, no, those two hate each other!", for example. Levin/anyone else but Fury? Forget it, he never loved that clingy jealous bitch Sylvia and Tiltyu was never even a possibility! Some anti-Ephraim/Tana fans hated the pairing so much they'd accuse people who did ship it of "missing the point" and even flat-out tell them how wrong they were. And some rabid Robin/Lucina fans deny that Lucina has any chemistry whatsoever with Gerome.
Parodied in "Ember Island Players" where a Fire Nation play depicts Katara as Like Brother and Sister with Aang and drooling all over Zuko. All of which disgusts the real Katara and Zuko (who actually scoot away from each other after one such scene) and depresses Aang mightily.
When The Legend of Korra was announced, the shippers picked up exactly where they left off, even after Word of God said that everyone who was in the original series (except for Katara, as it turns out) has been dead for a while. Militant Zutarans in particular desperately clutched at straws after Word of God said that Tenzin was Aang and Katara's son, trying to argue that Zutara could still somehow happen even after that beyond-a-shadow-of-doubt confirmation of Aang/Katara.
Occasionally cropped up in the Robin/Raven sect of the Teen Titans fandom where, despite full Ship Teaseepisodes for the canon Robin/Starfire ("Sisters", "Betrothed", and "Stranded" just to name a few), Rob/Rae-ers continued to insist that Robin "never loved" Starfire, thought of her "like a little sister", and "only felt sorry for her". They even cried this after Robin and Starfire's Relationship Upgrade in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, where they shared their First Kiss (well, first if you don't count "GO!").
Also, the fact that they were a couple in the comics first is totally ignored.
Some Lancitty fans refuse to see any Kurt/Kitty subtext/Ship Tease which goes hand-in-hand with Kurtty shippers' Shipping Goggles. Lancitty fans will shout "It's never going to happen!" while the Kurtty fans do the opposite and shout "Lance was a jerk!" and ignore any scene of shipping.