Shipping leads people to be very mean at totally awesome characters.
Sometimes, a character is hated simply for their own characteristics — because he's annoying
, because he came in
after the show Jumped the Shark
, because she's a raging Mary Sue
and gets too much attention
, or because he's the replacement of a fan favorite
. The list goes on. But sometimes, a character — even one who was tolerated or even loved before — can become hated for a plot-related reason completely outside of their character: Shipping
comes into play, a character can wind up as viciously hated as any Scrappy
— sometimes to the point that even people who have never even heard of the work or even the genre
he or she appears in knows how much of the fandom hates
this character — simply because he or she dared to get in the way of somebody's One True Pairing
. As far as these fans are concerned, this character, and anyone else who gets in the way of their OTP, should Die For Our Ship.
This shipping-based Hatedom
takes a variety of forms. Hate shrines. Death Fics
. Revenge Fics
of varying degrees of cruelty and sadism. Fics where the formerly sweet and loyal character cheats on the heroine with her two best friends and proceeds to murder her teammates
, just so she can be with the Jerk with a Heart of Gold
, or the Stalker with a Crush
, the actual villain
, her cousin
, or even her brother
, or whomever else the fan prefers. The list goes on, and they're all over the place. The fans (and the fanfic
writers) in question often claim some other justification for treating the character this way, but really, let's not fool ourselves here: shipping and jealousy on behalf of a ship is the cause and the core of all this hatred.
Can we get a little MST3K Mantra
This is especially virulent when the 'ship the fans want is on the wrong side of Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends
. Paradoxically, this character is as likely to actually be
part of an Official Couple
as not. Beware if you're a girl and people ship your male best friends
as Yaoi Guys
, or conversely, if you're a boy and you hang around
girls who Yuri Fans
ship together. Not all
yaoi/yuri fans do this, but it's quite common; fans of heterosexual pairings, for whatever reason, only seem to strike when characters actually fall in love. It does not have to be mutual however.
All of the main characters in Harem Series
run the risk of suffering this to varying degrees depending on their popularity in order to rationalize a fanfic author's 'ship, though the most likely haremette to suffer this is the lead female since she's most often the girl who wins
. After all why should there be any hatred for the other characters if the author's OTP has been made canon? The Unlucky Everydude
male lead rarely takes take the brunt of hatred since he'll usually compose one-half of an author's OTP. It generally only happens if fans have a preference to a Yuri Genre
pairing with another member of the harem or if there's another more interesting male character around
. In series with a prominent Betty and Veronica Love Triangle
, the introduction of a Third-Option Love Interest
will often result in the new love interest getting hit with this hard
, as shippers on both sides of the triangle put aside their differences
and unite against the newcomer.
The Clingy Jealous Girl
is an odd example, as she usually loses
but is given the same amount of hate from the fandom. Yamato Nadeshiko
aren't free of bashing either, which increases a thousandfold if her love rival is deemed "cooler" or "less girly and therefore stronger"
by female fans. Tsundere
are vulnerable either way: if she's too tsuntsun she'll be called "Jerkass
, man hater
, wife/husband beater", and if she's too deredere she'll be seen as a victim of Chickification
regardless of it truly
happening or not.
One of the most unusual victim magnets
is the Chaste Hero
, whose simple non-information makes figuring things out mostly guesswork. Any Bishōnen
, especially tough guys
and the Ensemble Darkhorse
, will also incite Ship-to-Ship Combat
over whom he should be with, whether it be a Betty and Veronica
in-series or a Mary Sue
in a Self-Insert Fic
It isn't even restricted to fictional characters either: real-life celebrities' love interests have become targets of hate too!
Ron the Death Eater
is often a result of this. This isn't limited to the fanbase either; when the writer wants to get rid of a threat to the Official Couple
in a similar way, they're Derailing Love Interests
This type of character bashing is usually associated with militant fans of the Fan-Preferred Couple
, and indeed some of the most infamous examples do come from them. However, this does not mean that canon shippers are always all oppressed martyrs. Unless the series is totally finished, certain
canon shippers have a tendency to be rather territorial. It's common for the fans of the "victim" pairing to commit Die For Our Ship in return, and it can get just as nasty even if it did start out for the sake of potshotting
A subtrope of both Shipping
and Alternative Character Interpretation
. Note: although many fans actually believe these types of theories, other fanfic writers may simply use this trope dispassionately as a plot device
to enable an alternate pairing in a story.
Beware before you proceed, as the examples are sure to contain spoilers for whoever wins
, or be particularly infuriating. But please, remember that like all Fan Dumb
, most of these examples are strongly Vocal Minorities
and not all shippers of the discussed pairing are "militant" or "rabid".