There have been a series of Swiffer ads that involve an "ex" mop or broom being rejected by the woman and her new Swiffer product, complete with sad love songs. Later ones show "him" getting together with another household object on the rebound — a rake with a leaf in one of the tines, for instance — making a doubleCargo Ship.
Prize for weirdest cargo ship ever has to go to the Glad Odor Guard "Trashy Affair" commercial. It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin: one episode has a man take a sensual bath with a bag of garbage, complete with rose petals, champagne, and his wife walking in on him while he's in a love shrine to the trash.
Inverted and subverted by Spike Jonze in an ad for Ikea. It focuses on a lamp being swapped for an Ikea lamp, and while the old one is left out in the rain, the new one is being used in the comfort of the house. The ad uses lighting to make you feel sympathy for the ejected lamp as though it were sentient... and then a man comes in and calls you "crazy" for feeling sorry for something that "has no feelings."
Attack on Titan: Sasha Blouse x Food in general and steamed potatoes in particular (she even risked disciplinary action just to eat a freshly steamed potato during the introduction though this Gunnery Sergeant HartmanExpy Keith Shadis!).
Levi, a canon neat freak, is often paired up with cleaning supplies, most often Tide
Read or Die: Yomiko x Books (It's canon, Joker once said in the manga, that the experience gained by Yomiko from "immersing herself into the book" is "quite similar to sexual ecstasy".)
Mazinger Z: A mind-screwing example, overlapping with Robo Ship. Minerva-X was a Fem Bot programmed to be the other half of Mazinger-Z's Battle Couple. So she was in love with it. However, she ALSO was a Humongous Mecha, only unlike Mazinger she was sentient, had her own mind and could feel, think and act on her own. Action Girl Sayaka declaring only HER Fem Bot Aphrodite-A was Mazinger-Z's true battle partner did not help matters...
In the case of Shinji and Asuka, being shipped with their EVAs is actually incest. In case it wasn't wrong enough.
Would that include Gendo×Unit-01? Because that's sort of canon...
There is actually a fanfic about Gendo being caught masturbating in Unit-01's entry plug - by Shinji noticing the droplets of semen floating in the LCL during a synch test, nonetheless. Absolutely everyone in the cast knows immediately it was him and are squicked out by it.
A couple of third and fourth options have been suggested in regards to Macross Frontier'sLove Triangle, Alto×VF-25 and Alto×the sky respectively, though these were mainly suggested for laughs (we hope) it does kinda make sense in a very eerie way.
And in the first Macross Frontier movie we now have Ranka cosplaying a VF-25. It even transforms between Battroid and Gerwalk modes (and the Gerwalk mode looks like Ranka doing the VF-25)...
Notable is the fact that the main mechas in the series all have AIs with female personalities, and all three of them become really close to their (male) pilots. The one exception being The 2nd Runner, where the pilot constantly teases the AI about her friendship with the pilot of the first game.
There is a particularly pervasive pairing circulating in the Bee Train fan community: Madlax/curtain. It was spawned by a single scene near the beginning of the series where the titular Action Girl sneaks into the apartment of her target and wraps herself in a curtain for no apparent reason, looking both adorably cute and damn hawt at the same time.
The folks at 4chan gave us a Schneizel×Kannon's hat fanfic. And no, see for yourself.
C.C.×Cheese-kun. Doesn't help any that C.C. is one of the resident Ms Fanservices.
You could also make a strong case for Lloyd x Lancelot.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Bardiche/Raising Heart. It's only fair; everyone else on that show gets shipped with someone. Plus, given that they happen to be intelligent empathic weapons whose owners are more or less canon, it is more probable than most of the choices here.
Dominion Tank Police. Leona×Bonaparte (her tank) is almost canon, what with how much she obsesses over it. We also see her nearly humping a motorcycle in New Dominion Tank Police during a flashback showing her as a motorcycle cop prior to joining the tank police. Her partner even lampshades it, and Leona isn't afraid to admit it.
Leona: I can't help it. It's the feeling of cold metal. It makes me all tingly.
Her coworkers certainly seem to think that this is canon, after an incident where after spending the night as Buaku's prisoner, she ignores her partner/would-be boyfriend to embrace Bonaparte.
Chaplain: Let us not lead to judgement, Dear Lord, but if it appeareth that my fellow policeperson haveth an unnatural affair with her tank, forgive her. Amen.
Pat Labor: Noah×Alphonse. (Same voice actress as Dominion.)
In Burn Up! Excess (and W), Maya Jingu loves her firearms. In one episode of Excess in particular, she is shown laying down and holding a rifle at a firing range, stripped to her underwear and getting a lot of...satisfaction from pulling the trigger.
There's a running gag in the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! fandom involving Hibari/Namimori. And no, we don't mean the student body, we mean the school itself. Talk about taking school pride a step too far...
Zig zags all over the place in Ghost in the Shell, especially since it's almost impossible to tell an android from a fully flesh and blood human at times.
Akikan! mostly avoids this by applying Moe Anthropomorphism to its soda can girls, but Kakeru fully embodies this trope when he decides to flirt with a vending machine that has a female voice programmed in. Twice. And in episode 7 he makes out with a chair.
For a change, an entirely canon (Yes, in that way) cargo ship: Nice and explosives.
And Rachel really loves trains, in a Freudian way. Due to her daddy issues. It makes sense in context.
Ojamajo Doremi: There's Doremi×Steak; Pop×Dolly (when she still thought that Majorika was a doll) and Majorika×Hot Spring. The latter two would pretty much make a love triangle, since Dolly is Majorika.
There's actually a canon example, too. Seto is definitely very attached to his Blue Eyes White Dragon. It turns out that the original Blue Eyes was created from the spirit of his past life's murdered girlfriend.
In The Abridged Series Kaiba states that he has a hard-on for technology. He also has a fetish for the God Cards and has "looked into" marrying the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. (As shown above, the last one is sort of canon in the series proper.)
Then there's one crossover between Tenchi Muyo! and Star Wars, about someone Ryoko and Ryo-ohki met in their early travels. The Millennium Falcon. Although at least it was Ryo-Ohki's love interest.
Actually implicitly done in-universe with Sentou Yousei Yukikaze. The main character, Fukai Rei, only displays emotion with regard to his CO, Jack Bukhar, and his aircraft's AI, the eponymous Yukikaze. All the episodes basically tells us that the AI depended on Rei as much as Rei depended on her. This includes Rei distrusting the aircraft enough to have a breakdown in mid-battle (which only words of encouragement from Rei finally make Yukikaze recover), the aircraft forcibly pulling Rei out of a soon-to-be-blown Airborne Aircraft Carrier, to Rei trusting his aircraft even when she is about to commit suicide (which she finally didn't, simply because Rei is onboard). Even a psychologist actually concludes, in-universe, that Yukikaze has a measurable emotion much like a human, despite the AI looking nothing remotely like human, and the only sound we hear from her is when she executes a command, or when her camera (pointing to Rei, no less) focuses and refocuses, as if someone nodding/shaking her head.
The next best thing to Word of God, the designer himself said Yukikaze was a series where the eponymous jet was the heroine.
Golden Boy gives us the lovely canonical relationship between a Rich Bitch and her motorbike, one that she straddles naked over and masturbates with until Kintaro beats her in a downhill bike race.
His Super Mode makes him a red sports car. This is best not thought about.
Eureka Seven has the canonical Renton, Eureka, Nirvasch love triangle.
Debatable, as the Nirvasch, while mecha like in nature, DOES turn out to be a sentient, living being born by the Coral. Note also the many references to LFOs dying in the mine sequence.
Sometimes it seems that Vice-principal Uchiyamada in Great Teacher Onizuka loves his car more than he loves his family. The way he gushes over it — complete with kissy faces, caressing, and blushing — makes one wonder whether he'd have preferred to marry it rather than his emotionally cold wife.
Idolmaster: Xenoglossia completely runs with it: the only way to pilot the giant robots is to treat them like a boyfriend. Of course, the robots themselves are sentient, so there was one case of a giant robot recording a video of Haruka telling the robot that she wants to "show him everything", and then taking her shirt off.
The series also has something of a canonCargo Ship in that Anri's Empathic Weapon, Saika, has a bizarre romantic attachment to Shizuo. Anri has trouble focusing around him simply because the sword gets terribly...excited whenever she so much as looks at him.
I believe Celty/Celty's Bike deserves some special mention as well.
The author, Narita, has proven to be thoroughly amused by the concept of shipping inanimate objects, given some of the things Erika and Walker say. They once argued over who'd top in a Fans/Trolls ship.
Erika: Speaking of which, there had been a shitstorm just recently about which one is the OTP between CD x DVD or DVD x CD...
There's also Kida×Hoodie.
Kino from Kino's Journey is often shipped with her talking motorcycle Hermes; not surprising since he is Kino's only companion, and the only sentient being she feels a real bond to.
Speed Grapher. I mean, seriously. It’s not only canon but a major plot point that Saiga has a fetish for his camera. And Ginza has a fetish for her gun. That’s not to mention all of the villains. There’s a woman with a fetish for diamonds, a dentist who just loves teeth, a guy who simply adores tattoos, a guy who loves music, and one who likes food. This is all completely canon.
In one episode of Sonic X, while aboard a cruise ship and going insane, Sonic gets Tails worked up about the X-Torando being lonely.
Mushishi. In one case a girl gets rather attached to a particular swamp (or more accurately the mushi or spirit of the swamp). Possibly an Invoked Trope in-universe, since she was actually sacrificed to abate a flood and was told she was becoming a "Bride of the Water God" and when the mushi saved her life and gave her the ability to breathe underwater she seemed to take it a bit too literally. In another episode, a woman begins to visit a white bamboo tree when she and her husband are unable to conceive. She even gets pregnant from said relationship with bamboo tree. The circumstances surrounding both of them are odd, but I believe that it qualifies for this trope.
She was still human enough to mother Maron, though.
...After being wished human.
That wish didn't take. Shenron said he couldn't do that to 17 and 18. So instead they just removed the failsafe explosives.
Must've found a way around it. By GT, it's clear that 18 aged and 17 didn't.
GT doesn't count as canon for a lot of people and even if it did, it's clear that 18 is still a cyborg in GT, otherwise she wouldn't have been able to hold her own in a fight against 17. It's more likely that 18 just dresses in business woman clothes and cut her hair so that she would look older, as it's been established that Shenron can't turn cyborgs into regular humans.
In Tiger & Bunny, the superheroes collectively decided to give Barnaby "Bunny" Brooks Jr. a stuffed rabbit for his birthday. The fandom has since shipped said rabbit with both Barnaby and Kotetsu, usually as a surrogate for the other half of the duo.
Jun of Rozen Maiden is often shipped with any dolls in the series, especially Shinku. Although, as these dolls are alchemically animated and thus have souls, albeit artificial ones, it may also be viewed as Robo Ship.
Considering that most of the girls in Cube×Cursed×Curious are inanimate cursed objects, you do the math...
Haruka, the lead character in the anime Free!!, has a habit of removing his clothes at the mention of swimming pools. This has led to a large amount of Haruka x Water.
He once had a fateful encounter with an intensely beautiful waterfall.
The beginning of the first FrFr extra from the DVD features Nagisa and Makoto participating in an experiment to determine how much water is needed to get Haru to take off his clothes.
Gatchaman Crowds gives us the very nearly canon Hajime x Hajime's Planners. No, she hasn't slept with any of them (that we know of), but the delighted noises she makes while rubbing her cheek against them are pretty suspect. Her classmates are certainly weirded out.
Kill la Kill has Ryuko, delinquent swordfighter, and Senketsu, her Stripperificsentient combat uniform. On the serious side of things, one character notes that the close companionship of the two is largely where they get their strength from, and their odd relationship is repeatedly underlined as bizarre or even abhorrent by the setting's standards. On the not-so-serious side, she considers him to be "cheating" when someone steals him and puts him on.
Max and his broom from Fairy Tail. The subtle example is that whenever he goes into a fight, he often brings the broom along. Since he is a pretty strong sand mage, he hasn't got much use for a regular broom in a fight, so some fans assume he may be bringing it along for more sentimental reasons. The less subtle example: Every time he's knocked out, he's seen with his pants pulled down and the broom lodged up his ass. And he's usually smiling happily while it happens.
Priss and her motorbike from Bubblegum Crisis. The cover of the OST for "Revenge Road" actually shows her leaning her cheek against it with a beatific smile on her face.
There is probably a decent chunk of fanfic dedicated to shipping Sara Pezzini (or another wielder) with the Witchblade. Then again, the Witchblade being a pseudo living/sentient object, it might not count.
Tony Stark/his sentient Iron Man armor. Note that this was canon, complete with the jealous armor demanding that Tony "get inside me". The armor even gained the fan nickname "Tony's abusive boyfriend".
While not nearly as popular as the above, there is also Tony/Cheeseburger based on a scene from The Movie.
Part of the Canon and played for creepy in the V for Vendetta comic, between the Head, Adam Susan, and the computer Fate. It's strongly implied that Susan is a heavily-closeted, self-loathing homosexual and this is his coping mechanism. Discovering that V has been manipulating Fate since the beginning sends him into a Villainous Breakdown which eventually leads to his assassination.
Tank Girl and her tank. Not only are they stated to have had sex (just that one time, and she was drunk) but she got pregnant and bore its half-human, half-armoured fighting vehicle offspring.
Superman: "Where is she? My lady the sun. She makes me strong. She gives me her light and her life and I am forever grateful. But where is she now?"
Lois has also teased Clark by comparing the city of Metropolis to his mistress.
Batman and Gotham. At one point, it's mentioned that he's already married - to the city.
There is many a fan art of Jason Todd being shipped with bread due to a panel of him robbing a bakery after his resurrection.
Cain and The House of Mystery. Sometimes it seems like he loves that old house more than he does his friends or family.
Canonical in Hellboy spin-off B.P.R.D.: Roger the homunculus falls in love with (a statue of) the Roman goddess Cloacina after a mission in Venice, and goes to have a picnic lunch and wine "with" her. When he is destroyed and trapped in a fantasy realm in his own mind, he imagines the statue of Cloacina there with him.
The Doom comic has the marine come across the BFG and literally weep tears of happiness because it's so powerful it moves him.
As if the relationships in Krazy Kat weren't konfusing enough already, there are plenty of hints of Ignatz × Bricks.
Most Vocaloid pairings that aren't with each other involves their Trademark Favorite Food - Kaito×Ice Cream, Len×Banana, Miku×Leek, and Gakupo×Eggplant are the most common. And there are some examples of Rin×Steam Roller. Kaito also gets some Kaito×Scarf among his fans.
Draco×goblet, which comes from a line in the first book after the Slytherins supposedly won the House Cup, "A storm of cheering and stamping broke out from the Slytherin table. Harry could see Draco Malfoy banging his goblet on the table. It was a sickening sight." Obvious intentional misinterpretation of "banging" produced the pairing.
Also the Weasleys' Ford Anglia×Crowley's old Bentley from Good Omens. And the Ford Anglia×The Whomping Willow. That car gets around...
Ford Anglia×Sirius's flying motorbike.
The Wizard Rock band The Whomping Willows have a few songs about the one-sided love between the Willow and Hermione.
That came from one of them mis-reading a Willow/Hermione fic.
Harry Potter x Snitch.
Lucius Malfoy×The Cane. Yeah, Sneaky is the dominant one. And their love child is Sephiroth.
Which was then followed with Chickron (Ron×Chicken) and Ludding (Luna×Pudding).
Dobby×Sorting Hat. "Dobby had always loved clothes, but never like this..."
Invader Zim: One fanfic depicted GIR's total and complete love for... a toaster.
And there's one where, while Zim and Dib are busy fighting, Zim's computer and Tak's ship (which now belongs to Dib, remember) start flirting with each other. By the time Zim and Dib reenter the room, the computer and the ship are having what could best be described as robot sex.
In episode 6, it turns out that there are more than one 'Hat-san'... To be precise, a wall full of Hat-sans. Looks like she keeps them as a replacement, though.
'Hat-san' is probably the identity rather than the physical object itself; as long as it is wearable on her head, whether the said object is the same hat she usually wears, or even an actual hat, doesn't seem to matter. She manages to replace the hat with her shoe, call it 'Hat-san' and have a conversation with it in usual manner after losing the original Hat-san in episode 5.
The Legacy of Kain fandom is peppered with Kain and Raziel slash after Raziel becomes the Soul Reaver.
The Hunter x his BFS Blackfire in With Strings Attached. The four are disgusted when he constantly fondles the hilt and croons to the blade, which they quite rightly dub “masturbation.” Later, when he has made a Heel-Face Turn and is trying to behave better but still unthinkingly fondles the hilt, John tells him to quit wanking off in public.
Blackfire is actually a female demon bound in the shape of a sword; the Hunter is horrified to discover this.
Pixar's short, The Blue Umbrella ships two sentient umbrellas together.
"Baby" Brent×Ceremonial Scissors in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He keeps them tucked in the back of his pants, plays them like an air guitar, clutches them when worried, and they have to be forcibly ripped from his arms for someone else to use them. Clearly it's love.
The "saber-toothed squirrel" Scrat and his acorn in the Ice Age movies. Only subtly implied in the first two movies, but anviliciouslylampshaded throughout the third, to the point where after Scrat falls in love with another squirrel, there is an entire Sad Times Montagefrom the acorn's perspective. Don't feel too bad for it, though — Scrat leaves the girl squirrel for the acorn in the end.
Tank and his trophies from Surf's Up. He's named them all and during the scene his mother calls out: "are you polishing your trophies again?" To the camera he mutters: "I'll polish later."
Gnomeo and Juliet is just what it sounds like: two garden gnomes who are Star-Crossed Lovers. Another gnome, Gnomeo's pal Benny, later gets romantically involved with a doll and sets their plastic flamingo friend back up with his ex-flame, another plastic flamingo.
Jack and the Black Pearl. He shows more devotion to that ship than any human character. Pursuing it for ten years, willing to do anything to obtain it, lovingly caressing it when he reunites with it, sadly stroking it goodbye when he has to abandon it to the Kraken, being stuck in the Locker with it and refusing to leave it there, obsessively asserting his captaincy of it at every opportunity he gets...
Jack's relationship with his hat could also be considered this.
The entire 1979 film Demon Seed is about the computer AI named Prometheus that forces a woman to have sex with it/him, so it can breed a human/machine hybrid to take over the world and stop mankind from polluting the environment.
Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?
The drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket tells each of the new recruits to give their rifle a girl's name "because this is the only pussy you will ever get!" Private Pyle, after he goes insane, seems more than a little doting over his rifle (Charlene, if you were wondering).
But it is way easier to ship them with the White Castle hamburgers from their first movie.
The second chapter of the Hongkong movie Red Cliff depicts the historical straw boat ruse, where a fake invasion of battleships covered in straw, with straw effigies representing soldiers to boot, serves to collect incoming arrows. Tactician Zhuge Liang says nothing of these details, or much of anything for that matter, to his assistant as they sail into enemy lines on one of the straw boats - which leads the assistant to start talking to one of the effigies.
My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit.
The Maiden Heist is about three museum security guards so obsessed with their respective favourite artpieces, they attempt the titular heist to save them from being relocated to a Copenhagen museum.
In The Red Green ShowMovie, Duct Tape Forever, Ranger Gord has spent years living alone in his fire watchtower in the woods and has gone more than a little crazy from loneliness. He owns a tree trunk that looks suspiciously like the torso of a naked woman, and when he and Red joke lightheartedly about all the paperwork down at the county records office Gord suddenly breaks into sobs, lamenting "When I think of all the trees that gave their lives for that paperwork! I dated some of those trees, you know!"
In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Captain Nemo refers to the Nautilus as his "lady." It's meant metaphorically — the ship is his only true love — but could be taken in this context as well.
Sleeper - Woody Allen's character gets caught by the authorities after he hides in the Orgasmatron, and emerges a shredded, grinning wreck. When he's assimilated and taken to his new home he sees the machine and starts treating it very...affectionately.
In The Smurfs, Grouchy falls in love with a green M&M plushie in a toy store and even has a romantic get-together with one in the end credits.
Montgomery Scott in the '09 Star Trek comes close:
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Another canon example is Marvin×Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter (an elevator). The reason said elevator took Zaphod up instead of its desired direction? "I'm only doing this because I like your robot."
There's also the radio show-based song "Marvin I Love You".
Hitchhikers and their towels.
The Warrior Cats fandom loves Jayfeather×stick (Woodenshipping). Yes, one of the main characters and a stick. But it's a stick that he's virtually obsessed with...
This got so bad that even the authors admitted that the shippers had a point there... so they "killed off" the stick by having Jayfeather break it.
100% canon in Thomas Pynchon's Vineland: one minor character screws his car.
One of the Bolo books has Commander Paul Merril fall in love with Nike, a smarter-than-usual prototype Bolo (a gigantic, self-aware supertank). Nike also falls for him and the develop a sweet little relationship as they patrol their forgotten backwater outpost. At least until they both diedefending the planet from mercenaries.
A later story, Old Soldiers, gets weird with this. Captain Maneka Trevor develops a very close partnership with her Bolo Lazarus, to the point where her husband eventually describes it as a three person relationship, but since by that point Maneka is an uploaded personality occupying Lazarus' backup processor (and has been since before they were married), is the cargo ship side of the triangle Maneka×Lazarus or Hawthorne×Maneka?
The Reapers has an in-universe example, when Angel speculates on Willie Brew and Arno's relationships with the cars they repair, saying that he would be unsurprised to enter their auto-shop and find one or both of them engaged in "sexual acts of an auto-motive nature".
Foundation's Edge and Foundation and Earth, two late additions to Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, feature the protagonist Golan Trevize forming an oddly emotional bond with the computer of his ship, the Far Star. Nothing comes of it, though.
Vlad×Teldra could qualify in the Dragaera novels after Issola.
In Brokedown Palace, Miklos rubs the leg of the statue of Verra to check its texture, then realizes this might be considered perverted, so he does it again just to be contrary.
Mariel of Redwall: Gabool's behaviour towards the stolen bell is decidedly creepy, prior to his devolving into No Rest for the Wicked mode. "Speak to me, pretty, we must get to know each other ..." He was actually a lot closer to the I Have You Now, My Pretty routine with the bell than he or any of the other rats ever got with Mariel. (Probably because Mariel was about twelve and the target audience are even younger.)
Several Fringe fans have a habit of shipping the main characters with food, including Peter/bacon, Olivia/toast, and of course Walter/red vines.
The Muppets Valentine Show reveals that grumpy, unapproachable George the janitor does have something he loves; his mop. Even George is amazed when he realizes this.
In BBC's Sherlock John is paired with both jam and sweaters. Mycroft/Cake is popular too.
Less popular is Umbrellacroft or Mybrella, Mycroft and that black umbrella that he's never parted from. There are several YouTube videos of Mycroft swinging his Umbrella as Rihanna croons in the background.
Also minor, but not unappreciated, is Sherlock/Deerstalker
Also minor, Sherlock/Skull
The Winchesters' Impala from Supernatural gets paired with a number of other automobiles, including KITT, various Transformers, Crowley's Bentley, and John Winchester's truck, and sometimes is written as a cursed object, or cursed person, who occasionally becomes human. With predictable results.
Dean/Impala is practically officially canon. He calls her baby. He gets mad when people touch her. He's all narked when he can't drive her. He hyperventilates when she goes missing. He almost kills Sam when he thinks he's the one who slashed his tires. I could go on.
Let's see, there's the one where the Impala gets pregnant by a car with a fertility symbols and has loads of cute carbies. There's also the one where Sam winds up possessing the Impala and really gets off on how Dean takes care of them...
Heck, Ronny×drills is canon. In general, the way Ronny gets around anything technological is a goldmine for such things.
To a certain extent there's a certain level between every Ranger and their Zord (think back to Kimberly's Big "NO!" when the Thunder Zords were destroyed.) The most obvious was Tommy×Dragonzord.
Kirk and the Enterprise, in Star Trek: The Original Series. This is as canon as canon gets: he talks about her in a dreamy, romantic way, expressly compares her to a woman, and the women in his life all know that they can't compete with her. In one episode, of course, a "programming error" has the ship's computer calling him "dear" and "darling".
In another episode, an alien woman comes on board whose tears cause all men (of any race) to fall in love with her on contact. They have no effect on Kirk, because he just loves the ship more.
In "The Naked Time", he even starts going on about how she won't let him date anyone else.
For that matter, the novel The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane (involving a new experimental FTL drive that turns out to break down the boundaries of reality itself as an unintended side effect) features a short scene/hallucination(?) in which Kirk appears to directly experience what being a starship is like from the Enterprise's perspective... and that suggests that his feelings may not be unrequited.
Fargo has a tendency to create these. Not only was S.A.R.A.H. his creation, he also created an AI (Tabitha) for his car, which also turned into a Clingy Jealous Girl when he sold her (the car was an ancient Chrysler); she kidnapped him after making him fall into her trunk. As part of some very blatant but still well-done Product Placement, he settles the dispute by transferring Tabitha to his new Subaru.
Life On Mars has Sam×Mobile Phone and Gene×Cortina. There's one fic in which the Cortina is paired with everybody — including the mobile phone.
Along with the above quote, The Daily Show last year featured a visual representation mocking Rudy Giuliani's seeming obsession with cramming as many "9/11" references as possible in his political speeches, by having a number 9 and number 11 having sex on a bed, complete with erotic music.
It also ships Washington Monument×Pentagon.
Stephen Colbert doesn't own a gun, he shares his life with one. On the overturning of Washington DC's ban on handguns: "Sweetness and I can finally be together!" The Couple has since announced their engagement after a hike on the Appalachian Trail, and Sweetness is now pregnant.
Battlestar Galactica: "You probably love her more than you love me." Roslin to Adama, referring to the battlestar Galactica.
In "Flight of the Phoenix" Chief Tyrol runs his hands along the skin of a Viper during a maintenance inspection, while at the same time having flashbacks of caressing his ex-girlfriend Boomer (who turned out to be a "machine"). It's unknown whether this mental association is the reason the Chief labeled the Viper as "damaged beyond repair".
Boomer herself is seen stroking a Cylon raider in front of Tyrol in an earlier episode. Which he finds somewhat disturbing, though more because he's worried she's a Cylon too.
Merlin: fans have taken to shipping Arthur×Merlin×hat.
CSI: Miami: Horatio×Sunglasses; if only they'd make it canon...
Top Gear is the embodiment of this trope. Richard Hammond×Oliver the Opel Kadett is pretty much canon, and Jeremy Clarkson has fallen in love with way too many cool cars to list here, his Ford GT and a Bugatti Veyron being the most obvious examples.
If you can drive and know the first thing about driving and cars, you will be car-sexual for the Bugatti Veyron.
Jeremy Clarkson waxing lyrical about the Lockheed SR-71 in his 2001 series, Speed. See this video from about fifteen minutes in. His expression. And the way he STROKES it.
Stargate Atlantis fandom has shipped Atlantis, usually with John (or John with her), and a few threesomes. (Sometimes the city's sentient [or sapient] but never animate, except the one time.)
There is also a community for Carson×Chair fics.
Farscape: Crichton with his gun, Winona. He will often comment that other identical pulse pistols "just don't feel the same", and claim "Winona would never have let me down" when other guns fail to work.
According to Being Human, ghosts can teleport objects, but cannot teleport a baby ghost unless they were biological relations in life. When Annie tries to teleport a baby she gets a toaster instead. Cue jokes about her relationship with it.
There's an episode of The Mighty Boosh involving men dating cocoanuts. And then there's Rudi and his guitar. One of the live shows also presents Vinces enormous blow dryer, so big "you can bum it," but Vince hasn't used that setting yet.
Ryan Stiles on Whose Line Is It Anyway? has been known to be... quite close to one mobile boom cam on stage left (the audience's right). He's kissed it, tried to ride it, gotten into a bullfight with it (the camera won, by the way) and according to the deleted outtakes reel, they've... consummated. Yeah.
James Franco on 30 Rock was shipped with a body pillow named Kimiko-tan. It's strongly implied that he and Liz Lemon had a threesome with it.
Buster Bluth on Arrested Development briefly had an affair with his mother's maid Lupe, who was fired. He moved on to Lupe's replacement: a robotic vacuum.
Crazy Steve: She's a WOODCHIPPER! And her name is SALLY!
The Tudors has Catherine Howard/Ring. And it's CANON too.
Grant Imahara from Mythbusters does an absolutely adorable imitation of a teen being flustered by the object of his crush when he meets a bomb disposal robot. Colleague Tory Belleci lampshades this by saying things like "well, go on and talk to her".
In the Glee fandom, Wes/Gavel is incredibly popular.
Stixtana (Santana x Breadstix), Shrubtana (Santana x Person-shaped Shrub), Fair (Finn x Chair), Totcedes (Mercedes x Tatertots), Baquinn (Quinn x Bacon), (Emma x Grapes), West (Will x Vests), Willboard (Will x Whiteboard), Peggo (Puck x Eggo)... It could go on forever.
Also the incredibly canon Blicrophone (Blaine x Microphone)!
In Pushing Daisies one of their cases involves a man who believes he's in a relationship with a life size doll. After a friend told him that she wasn't alive the doll strangled her, with him working the hands.
On The Goodies, Graeme/Computer was very much canon. In one early episode, they went through a Meadow Run, romantic dinners, and near-marriage.
The Big Bang Theory has Howard x Robot hand (literally no one in or out of universe belives he "fell" when it got stuck in a rather *ahem* sensitive area), Raj x Siri software (he literally goes on a date with his phone, has a fantasy where a human version of it asks him to make love to her, and has "her" refer to him as Sexy), Amy x Gerard The Electric Tooth Brush (yes she named it, and yes uses it to deal with *ahem* sexual fustration-and unlike Howard's robot hand she references using it again after the first episode she brings it up in), Amy x her tiara (well at least she doesn't have it "inflame her loins" like Gerard does) and of course, Sheldon x his spot (he doesn't love his spot, he loves his mother; his feelings for his spot are far greater).
In Primeval there's Becker/Guns. Danny stresses the need to get him a girlfriend. And how happy he looks when he gets to use a real gun after suffering through the EMDs.
House of Anubis- A couple, but the most popular is Victor/Corbierre- Corbierre being his dead, stuffed raven. Who he talks to as if it is alive and even panicked when Fabian 'kidnapped' it. It's no wonder many people like shipping it.
An amusing subsection of the Criminal Minds fandom ships Dr. Spencer Reid with the maps he uses to make geographic profiles. It's common enough that "Map" is now a character option in the CM section of Fan Fiction.Net.
There is also a section of fans who ship Derek/his camero. Frankly, that would be a step up for his love life.
In Once Upon a Time its quite common for people to ship Hook/The Floor, this is mostly because he fell down a lot in season 2.
There's also Regina/The Poison Apple.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has Coulson/Lola (Lola being Coulson's Flying Car and most prized possession, to the point that this ship is occasionally acknowledged in-universe).
Following the early Season 1 episode "The Hub" there's also Fitz/Sandwich, due to Fitz spending much of the episode anticipating and then lamenting the sandwich Simmons makes for him.
In the video for Marianas Trench's "Beside You", someone had the bright idea for Josh Ramsay to play the piano standing up. In the directors cut he comments on the fact that in some of the shots it looks like he is "forcing himself on the piano"
The song "Mi Amigo en el Baño" ("My Friend in the Bathroom"), currently a hit in the Latinoamerican market, is about a woman gloating to her ex-lover that she doesn't need him anymore because, ah, she's got a "friend in the bathroom".
"Coin-Operated Boy" by the Dresden Dolls. Then again, the song (or at least the bridge) is about how unfulfilling it is to try to replace a human being with a machine.
Queen's "I'm in Love with My Car". Yes, with, not in.
To be fair, Roger Taylor wrote that as a jab at one of their roadies who was obsessed with his car. Not to cargo ship-levels, but pretty obsessed.
To be fair to the roadie in question, the '62 Triumph TR4 roadster is one heckuva car. The grip that those rear wheels have from the improved rear suspension, over the 3A, the sound of the dual Webers cross-mounted on the straight-four engine block... Ahem *wipes drool*
There's a string of these in the They Might Be Giants song, "Withered Hope." The Sad Sack loves Withered Hope, who has a soul mate that "thinks about" a picture of a crook in a book, who loves a brand new motorbike that is obsessed with Sad Sack.
Josh Ritter's song "Another New World" describes a man and his ship, the Annabel Lee, on an ill-fated journey to the North Pole. The ship is personified as a lover throughout the song.
In the music video for "Lovertits" by Peaches, Feist and another girl have sex with their bikes.
The Police have the song "Be My Girl/Sally" on their debut album, the second half of which is Andy Summers' loving ode to a blow-up doll.
She came all wrapped in cardboard, all pink and shrivelled down
A breath of air was all she needed to make her lose that frown
I took her to the bedroom and pumped her with some life
And later in a moment that girl became my wife
Prince's song "Guitar" features the immortal line 'I love you baby, but not as much as I love my guitar'
Lyle Lovett's song "Don't Touch My Hat" - 'You can have my girl, but don't touch my hat'. "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" (but Texas loves you anyway) may count too. And "I Go For Penguins" - 'Penguins are so sensitive to my needs'.
Side three of Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage, has cult leader L. Ron Hoover tell Joe that he (Joe) is an "latent appliance fethishist" and needs to go into The Closest to find an appliance to love him. Eventually, Joe hooks up with a piggy bank/vacuum cleaner hybrid named Sy Borg.
Yelle's "Best Friend" in the song "Mon Meilleur Ami" It's about her vibrator.
In the Richard Hawley's music video for "So serious" the hero goes to the carnival with his female mannequin and sleeps with it. One particularly disturbing scene had her in a skimpy negligee and him in his underwear.
Invoked in Ninja Sex Partys song Objects of Desire, where Danny has sex with everything in his girlfriends house.
Eddie Van Halen's girlfriend supposedly got angry with him once, and told him "You know what, sometimes I think you love your guitar more than you love me". His reply? "Yeah, in a way I do. But I can't fuck my guitar".
A MAD article commented that Emeril got so excited these days "You think he's about to hump that roast"... and the art shows it, though this being MAD, nothing explicit. Complete with "BAM! BAM! BAM!" dialogue.
Used in one episode of Hello Cheeky, when Barry explains his deep attraction to string.
I once had a dirty weekend in Hampstead with a ball of twine...it wanted to marry me, but I refused to be tied down!
John sneers in contempt at this, before explaining that a bar of soap is...different.
Alice: Do you realize how lucky you are having a beautiful home, two wonderful children...
Phil: And you, you beautiful dove you. You lovely thing. I'd never thought I'd live to see the day when anything so gorgeous as you would belong to me.
Alice: Well, thank you Phil...
Phil: Alice, please, I'm talking to the car.
In FATAL, can happen accidentally as a consequence of the rules for magic. When a magical item is used to cast a spell, the item is considered the "caster" for game-mechanical purposes. Consider what happens when you use your Wand of Fireballs to attack the Dread Gazebo, and it rolls a miscast spell result such as #0999: "Caster and target begin copulating instantly for 2d10 rounds. Target enjoys it thoroughly."
In Exalted, in a April Fools Day supplement called "The Scroll of Swallowed Darkness" that contains a story about a Solar who created an artifact so that she would be able to make love to a mountain. It erupted.
Twilight Sparkles Secret Shipfic Folder has Smarty Pants the plush doll as one of the potential characters. There apparently used to be a Tom the Boulder and Bloomberg the Tree card as well, but they were put away for a later expansion.
RENT has Smarf, or Mark×Scarf. Primarily used in humor. There's also probably a handful of Roger×Guitar out there...
There is a fanfic in existence in the Rent fandom with the pairing Mark's Camera/Roger's Guitar. (Or maybe it was Mark's Scarf. But I'm almost 100% sure that Mark's Scarf only appears when someone needs to tie up Mark for bondage!kink purposes.)
On the subject of Rent, Puccini's La Bohème has "Vecchia Zimarra, Senti," sung by Colline, saying a heartbreaking goodbye... to his coat. Also has the dubious distinction of being one of the only bass arias Puccini wrote that anyone cares about.
It's got to be better than the current Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's Tosca, which was supposed to be Darker and Edgier and actually got booed on opening night. Among many, many other things, producer Luc Bondy has the villainous Scarpia illustrate exactly what he's going to do with Tosca, using a statue of the Virgin Mary. In church. In front of a huge crowd gathered for an important religious celebration.
In The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage it seems contention over the romantic affections of a sofa and a wing chair are among the possible motives for the murder of the victim, who when first discovered face down on the floor, is first is presumed to be adding the area rug to his conquests.
In the Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street fandom, there's Sweeney×Razors. I don't know how that would work, either. One parody (The Vengeful Vengeance of Schmenjamin Schmarker, on fanfiction.net), has Sweeney utter the line, "If I weren't afraid of castrating myself, my friends, I would have sex with you."
This is not helped in the slightest by the fact that Sondheim, while teaching an actor how to sing My Friends, gives him the following helpful instruction:
Sondheim: Sing to the razor. Make love to the razor...
In many adaptations of Othello, Iago rewards Emilia for stealing Desdemona's handkerchief (or belt, or scarf, depending on the update) with sex, usually incorporating the stolen handkerchief into said reward-sex.
Pee Wee Herman and Chairy have a...special relationship. The less said about it, the better.
Both Klavier×massage chair and Office Plant×Edgeworth (with the plant topping, but still being an ordinary office plant) exist in short fics in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney fandom among a host of others. If it exists and it is in the Gyakuten universe, it will be shipped.
There's an alarming amount of Metal Gear fanfic and art for Snake×the Cardboard Box. It's actually arguably generally better than the stuff for the serious ships.
Big Boss×Cardboard Box is practically canon if one listens to the right radio broadcasts, which may explain why Eva had to resort to cloning and genetic engineering to bear his children. Hard to convince a man to impregnate you when he's sexually attracted to packaging. And not that kind of packaging. (The more obvious solution would be bubble wrap lingerie.)
Which was made canon for the sake of a joke in The Anime of the Game, in one scene Adachi can be seen leaving the mall with a cart full of cabbage and nothing else.
There's a character in Knights of the Old Republic where this trope is taken to its logical conclusion. Enjoy the discussions you, Carth, Bastila and Canderous have over it.
The second game has an Echani love poem... written to an energy shield.
It's probably easier to find Devil May Cry fanfic shipping Dante×Nevan than Dante×Lady. Nevan is one of his weapons. This, or shipping anyone×any other Devil Arm, is a borderline example though (they're demons transformed into weapons).
In one of the Devil May Cry manga, Dante says that he once got drunk and proposed to a mop.
Sonic the Hedgehog: Knuckles and the Master Emerald. What's even more squicky about it is that when you go across continuities, Knuckles seems to go back and forth between this and thinking the damn thing is his mother...
Fan art has a habit of pairing up Sonic with Caliburn from Sonic and the Black Knight, which is exacerbated by Caliburn being something of a Tsundere towards Sonic as time progresses.
Anything paired with Lamia Loveless will be this. Suuuure, she's Just a Machine, but she's slowly learning many human emotions, love might be one of them. That, and the recent events provides some Ship Tease with her human ,now half-Einst, commander Axel Almer... (Axel-Lamia is in fact one of the more recent Fan-Preferred Couple)
To the point that I-No mean-spiritedly cracks jokes about A.B.A. using Paracelsus to masturbate with. Although she has no room to talk, given a bevy of official artwork found in the in-game galleries that show I-No being a wee bit too comfortable with her killer guitar.
Among the many fans clamoring for more and more varied Romance Sidequests there is a small but enthusiastic faction in favor of being able to romance Mira, one of the Virtual Intelligence programs that appears in the first game. This in spite of the fact that VIs are essentially glorified Clippits.
The reason Zaeed isn't a romance option is because Jessie is the only rifle for him.
People ship Joker×Normandy. The Robo Ship with EDI was inevitable. It has the potential to become canon in Mass Effect 3 when EDI gets, as Joker puts it, a "sexy new robot body". Naturally, Joker has a field day and if Shepard decides to play matchmaker, they eventually do end up dating.
The Geth Legion repeatedly avoids the question when Shepard asks why they used a piece of his/her armour to repair themself.
Halo: Master Chief×Cortana, though which one is the person and which is the mindless inanimate object is up for debate.
There's a whole mess of Cargo Ships for The World Ends with You. Most of them involve Sho Minamimoto, and are inspired by the line "This mic is zetta sexy!", said after having stolen it from a rock band. Oh, and the giant heaps of garbage he makes and insists on having called art. Not to mention intangibles like the number Pi, which he knows to a million digits, and math in general. This isn't even mentioning the popular crack pairing of Mr. Hanekoma and coffee. On the other hand, Mr. Mew is debatable. Plus Neku×Headphones, Neku×CAT's graffiti, Kariya×Lollipop, Beat×Hat×Skateboard, Joshua×Cellphone, Joshua×Frilly Parasol, Not to mention him and the gun Shuto or Yammer×Pins, On that note, AD!Neku×Pins. Also, so long as we're listing everything spoilery, Prince×Ramen, Megumi or Joshua×Shibuya. Finally, Beat×Curry, a large chunk of fandom's OTP.
And from Valkyria Chronicles II, there's Marion Siegbahn, a shocktrooper with an extreme weapon fetish, as in she gets orgasmic with them. She mentions that one of her motivations for entering Lanseal was to get access to its armory.
Borderlands gives us Patricia Tannis and her recorder. Please note that this is completely canon. Until they broke up, of course. Tannis thinks the recorder was cheating on her. They remained friends, however.
Borderlands 2 gives us Axton, the commando playable character, who gives various pet names to his deployable turret of all things.
Axton:(after deploying his turret) Let's get to killing, Sweetheart!
There's also TinyTina. She seems to rather admire the "Badonkadonks" of her "Female companions". Which happen to be high explosives, made to look like stuffed bunnies.
The sequel also has Tannis mention she was in an open relationship with two chairs. The fact that one of them was destroyed when Hyperion tortured her is why she wants vengeance against Handsome Jack.
Letz Shake: Oh, tha'ts good undulation. I think I'm going to lose the BOWEL CONTROL!!
Star Ocean: The Second Story's Ashton is obsessed with barrels and is always hanging around them in towns, even talking to one at one point. In the anime, he seems practically infatuated with a barrel he comes across, which his dragons find rather disturbing. This understandably has become a subject of shipping.
Jack×Radio has been thrown around the livejournal anon meme, as well as El Ammo Bandito×Circus of Values Clown machines.
StarCraft II: Tychus and the Odin. Files have shown that when an Odin is built, Tychus will say "Love at first sight."
Louis×Peelz. Not to mention I'm sure Coach×Chocolate is also equally as popular.
The Dark Carnival campaign in the sequel also gives us Gnome Chompski, a large garden gnome found early in the second level who can be carried all the way to the helicopter at the end of the campaign. An achievement is given for loving him enough to do just that; this of course results in some players developing an attachment to him.
Rochelle×Magnum. Considering what she says when she finds one in-game, this is actually canon.
Ellis: You are the most beautiful thing I have ever sat between... I love you...
I. M. Meen's book is made to order, but it isn't to be read.
His appearance in the ending of the sequel, Chill Manor, has him briefly kneeling on a chair turned to the back. Youtube Poop often reinterprets this scene as him humping the chair.
For Super Smash Bros.., there has been a preponderance of Sheik/Teacup fanart ever since the adventure mode in Brawl had Sheik stop a battle to join Peach for a Spot of Tea.
Among others, Touhou fandom has Alice×her dolls (probably canon, as she spends all her time with them and is attempting to make them sentient), Suika×her gourd (also probably canon, as she also spends all her time with it and as a result is never, ever sober), Suwako×her hat (with the hat topping), as well as various pairings involving either Kanako's onabashiri or Yukari's gaps (sometimes both!).
World of Warcraft: Drull and Tog'thar, two orcs who have been held prisoner for six years, have developed unusual attachments to their ball-and-chain shackles. They're in therapy for it, although they insist they are happy with Teddy and Laverne and just want to be left alone.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn gave us Gatrie×Tree-in-a-Skirt, which has become very popular with the fans ever since it was mentioned by Shinon.
Dragon Age II has Varric x Bianca, his custom crossbow. This is basically canon - Bioware specifically made her level up with him so the player would never want to separate them. He gets very protective when Isabela suggests Bianca "deserves to feel a woman's touch on her trigger".
Examining the computer screens in Ninth Rock reveals an ode to the humble moon brick from a man who is "more than just bicurious".
In-universe in Assault on Dark Athena. Towards Riddick's escape from the Athena, one of the mercs can be heard describing the ship as a beautiful dame who lit up his life, and that she's serenading him. His partner laments being saddled with a weirdo on his last shift.
"Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors": In the laboratory puzzle there is a mannequin that can be examined, if examined enough times Junpie will name it "Science Boy". Examining it again after it catches fire results in Junpie screaming "Science Boy! Noooooooooo! Oh, the humanity!", though only if he named it.
Golden Sun: The fandom is known to ship anyone and anything. They have ship names for Isaac/his roof and Kraken/Tolbi-bound ship. Yes, the fandom even ships literal ships.
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn had a new weapon system, where characters would develop proficiency with and master weapons that they used. "Karis has mastered Wooden Stick note her starting weapon" spawned a new shipping name.
Sexy Losers featured a Prince Charming×Cinderella's shoe scene.
There has been at least one fic shipping Linkara with Comicron One, and at least one more that pairs him with his magic gun. On one hand, the gun contains the soul of a girl. On the other hand, the girl was only thirteen when she was killed, and judging by her one appearance on the show, hasn't gotten any older.
From Demo Reel, Donnie x Pocky due to him fellating a stick of it in an episode dedicated to how bisexual he was.
Salad Fingers loves rusty spoons. And rusty kettles. And hooks. And taps.
At one point, Strong Bad fell in love with a wagon full of pancakes.
Homestar inadvertently addresses this trope while running a recruiting booth.
"Say, you got a girlfriend? Well, what if your girlfriend was a wooden spoon and an orange plastic bowl? That'd be really weird, man. What kind of screwed-up kid are you? We don't recruit your kind! Get out of here!"
Is It A Good Idea To Microwave This does this with Jory and his microwaves, but Played for Laughs. Some fans have actually written up full biographies for the "microwave girls" as they're known on the show. It's amazing that there hasn't been any Rule 34 of Jory and a popular microwave such as Jackie.
Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse fans sometimes like to ship Ken with Barbie's car muffler, aka the Schlond Poofa. A canon example has Closet, the Master Computer of the Dreamhouse, flirt unsuccessfully with the Fashion Vending Machine.
A literal example was canon in Futurama: Bender×Planet Express Ship. Fry even lampshades it: "Wow, Bender, are you and the ship an item? I mean, I know you're both items..."
Also, Fry once made out with a radiator.
Hey, you gotta admit she was hot.
Scruffy and the wash bucket.
"I'm a man, and you're janitorial equipment."
The American Dragon Jake Long episode "Ski Trip" had Spud x Ski Lift chair, complete with a fantasy montage in which Spud marries the device and they have half-human, half-ski lift cheerleader. The relationship ends by the end of the episode, with Spud claiming "I broke up with you!")
Family Guy has a cutaway gag where Peter tried to marry a blueberry pie. ("Loooove you"). In the amount of time it took for the lawyer to get over his disbelief and retrieve the necessary papers to fill out, Peter had managed to eat the pie.
Peter and a bag of fat that was sucked out of Lois's body. It was exactly what it looked like.
Peter and a cardboard cutout of Kathy Ireland from the Drunken Clam. Which ended tragically after he broke her upon finding out she was with his son Chris.
Peter and his Surfing Bird record, who he sleeps with his arms around and states, "I took it to bed, had sex with it..."
Moe and his bar rag are a canon example. The thing is actually his best friend. At one point he also reveals he has a collection of photos of himself with his pickle jar, including one depicting them lying together on a beach, and he mourns when it gets shot.
Canon example: Sponge Bob Square Pants and the Krabby Patty in "To Love a Patty" — one kept unrefrigerated long enough to have mold. And in what is the funniest and/or most disgusting part of the episode, at the end, he eats it, mold, fungus and all. Now that's true love.
The early episode "Just One Bite" included a montage where Squidward falls in love with, marries, and grows old with a Krabby Patty. It's a Dream Sequence, but still.
One episode of The Venture Bros. has The Monarch having sex with the broken down remains of Guard-O, the Venture Brothers' non-sentient security robot. This is even weirder in context: its monitor was displaying Dr. Venture's face, and he said he was trying to give it chlamydia.
After building his own "Butter-Glider", he becomes obsessed with it to the point of sleeping with it and having rooftop picnics with it. His wife is unamused.
Herr Trigger and his guns.
Phantom Limb and Lady Nightshade (a.k.a. a woman's shoe)
In the pilot they had a ninja trying to get hold of Dr. Ventures new invention. Not to steal it, but to do... other things with it.
A whole episode of 6teen was dedicated to this trope with Jude and Betty the Massage Chair.
Lurking amidst the murky sea of Invader Zimcrack pairings, pairings exist involving Zim's computer, Tak's ship, Zim's PAK (the backpack thing that's attached to his spine, filled with useful tools) and GIR. The last one is a borderline example, however, and is often done in complete seriousness.
Actually, there are some scenes in (at least) the episodes "Bloaty's Pizza Hog" and "Tak, the Hideous New Girl" which imply that GIR has a (obviously one-sided) little crush on Gaz.
There's also Beast Wars Megatron x Beast Wars Megatron's Beast Mode Head. He's actually seen petting it like a Right-Hand Cat sometimes, and there's scenes like the time it looks around while Megs is 'asleep,' or Megatron turning away from the screen and his head-hand quickly turns to look at it, as if sneaking a peak when Megatron isn't paying attention. However, it has little in the way of support compared to the true OTP of Beast Wars: Megs x rubber ducky.
Code Lyoko: Some of the fans accuse Jérémie of caring about the Supercomputer more than his girlfriend, Aelita. Some jokingly... some not so much. Sissi actually makes a comment in-story to Aelita that Jérémie is "already married to a computer chip."
Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Valentine's Day episode has Tiny Love Imps forcing the entire cast (and a hoagie) to randomly fall in love. As there are more boys than girls, they have Ed falling in love with the sandwich, and Eddy falling in love with Plank.
Wolverine and the X-Men's Bad Future version of Lorna Dane reconstructs and reanimates a Sentinel, which bad future Marrow dubs "Rover", fixates upon, repairs, talks to, spends all her time with, and ultimately betrays Professor Xavier to Master Mold in rage and grief over Bishop sacrificing Rover as a decoy..
At the end of Madagascar 2, Skipper of the Penguins marries a Hawaiian doll.
Then there is the spin-off series The Penguins of Madagascar that shows both Rico and Julien showing interest in a large barbie doll. Even Skipper makes a subtle pass at her. Miss the wife already, Mr. Married-man?
One episode has Kowalski falling in love with the animal control van.
Julien had a vaguely disturbing semi-Ho Yay semi-Narcissistic obsession with "Lemmy", the robot version of himself, and Mort was jealous of it. Then, at the end of the episode, it gets dragged offscreen by a space squid and is never seen again.
"Quiet, Maurice! I am wooing the smoothie!"
In Courage the Cowardly Dog, a goose god falls in love with Eustace's truck because of the sound of its horn, and eventually ascends with the truck to heaven (they get a new truck). In a later episode there's a quick cameo of the goose god cuddling it on a fluffy cloud.
Never explicitly shown in the series, but Ro and Zeta from The Zeta Project are a very justifiable example of this trope.
Hank Hill from King of the Hill is a prime example in canon. He ignored his wife over his guitar for a while in an earlier episode. He cried over his car breaking down like a dying family member, and of course "Sweet Lady Propane."
"Sir, we go back fifteen years, and in all that time I have only had one mistress, and her name is propane."
His lawn. "I think you owe me, and my lawn, an apology! ....We're waiting!"
In Adventures in Care-a-Lot, Grizzle×Mr. Beaks, in that Mr. Beaks is a bird made out of scrap parts, who Grizzle treats as animate (and more than just a friend), but everyone else sees as inanimate (most of the time).
Then there is Cosmo/Phillip, i.e. the note Female nickel that Cosmo found and keeps in the goldfish castle, in one episode he is seen sleeping with it in his arms, while Wanda was right next to him.
Well, a nickel doesn't go very far these days. Wanda's probably aware of that.
In another episode, Mr. Turner whilst under a spell by Cupid's arrow comes very close to marrying a dead rose bush.
During Jorgen's Polka in "School's Out: The Musical - Part 2", there was a scene of Jorgen marrying Da Rules book. note Jorgen was the bride.
In an episode of Spliced Peri, Entrèe and Two-legs Joe all fall in love with "Helen", a pancake.
Gorillaz biography Rise of the Ogre actually describes Murdoc's pelvic thrusts in the end of the "Feel Good Inc" video as "bass-shagging action". There is fanfic.
The Bugs Bunny cartoon "Rabbit Every Monday" starts with Bugs cooking carrots over a rotisserie spit singing "It's Magic" (Oh carrots are divine, you get a dozen for a dime, it's magic...). At the end of his tune he takes a carrot from the spit and lovingly caresses it.
"The Grey Hounded Hare" has Bugs fall for an electric rabbit from a dog race. He called her "Dreamboat" and was determined to save her from the dogs that were chasing her. Bugs was electrocuted when he tried to kiss her, but didn't mind.
"Hair-Raising Hare" has Bugs build a robot that looked like a female rabbit in a slinky evening gown to confuse his enemies. At the end of the episode, the robot walked by and Bugs pointed and said "Eh, mechanical." Then she kissed him on the cheek. "So she's mechanical!" Bugs says before following her.
Similarly, Daffy Duck fell for a mechanical duck in "A Coy Decoy". They even had little clockwork ducklings together.
King George and the Ducky features a king who really loves his duck.
In The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Peppermint Larry's wife is a candy sculpture... and in a truly Flapjackian twist, it turns out to be a Love Triangle with Captain K'nuckles secretly in love with her. At one point he even runs off with her, leaving Peppermint Larry heartbroken.
In Recess, TJ and his red baseball hat. God help anyone who tries to get between those two.
In American Dad!, Stan has had some strange interactions with a gun and a lighter.
There was also one episode where Stan ran outside to console his SUV, saying he was going to 'tongue [its] gas-hole'.
The episode "Maud Pie" gave us Pinkie Pie's rock-obsessed sister Maud and her pet rock, Boulder (which is pebble-sized.) It didn't take a full hour for the Maud/Tom and Boulder/Tom fanart to start piling up on Derpibooru.
Klüver-Bucy syndrome can lead patients to seek sexual stimulation with "unusual or inappropriate objects". Once a man suffering from this was arrested for having sex with the sidewalk (this case of a man jailed for trying to do the same with a bicycle must be similar).
To an extent, a lot of people have this with their cars.
Sebastion Vettel, a Formula One Champion, names all of his cars. It's a popular joke for him to have some form of relationship with said car. His car in 2012 is called Abbey. He likes to love them and leave them.
Most band geeks love their instruments far more than their significant others.
Most geeks love their computers as much as or more than their significant others, especially if they've put a lot of time and/or money into them.
Skyler Tyler took her life when she was 17 years old. Unfortunately for her, her family misread her suicide letter; The last line of her note, "I'M FINISHED WITH YOUR SHIT" was put down so sloppily that her family read it as, "I'M FAMISHED FOR MORE SHIT." In the darkest kind of narm-humor, Skyler was forever remembered as a lover of poop.