That is, un-Shipping
When fans are absolutely opposed to any canonical hookups by a certain character, because they harbor so much Perverse Sexual Lust
that they insist on that character being "available" in their fantasies.
May lead to Die for Our Ship
attitudes if there's a perceived chance that the character might hook up.
There is also a trend of pretend killing the Love Interest
regardless of whether it's a canon
character or Original Character
. Here is a good example (look in the reviews of the artwork, not the artwork itself or its summary)
Probably lies behind at least some instances of Self-Insert Fic
. May lead to Fanon Discontinuity
. Not really related to Dry Docked Ship
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- At least one Love Hina fan was very happy that Keitaro ended up with Naru instead of Motoko.
- More than one Axis Powers Hetalia fan has admitted to shipping England with other characters so that they can have America all to themselves. Or wanting to be the one to make Russia feel better. Or pretending that Greece and/or Turkey aren't interested in Japan. And since virtually every APH character is the target of Perverse Sexual Lust for a number of fans, these cases are almost certainly not the only ones out there in the fandom.
- Some Team Rocket fangirls have developed crushes on James to the point where they'd sic their Mary Sues on Jessie in fanfic, either killing her or driving her into the arms of another man to get her out of the way so they could have James.
- Happens a lot in Soul Eater fanfic, usually with Kid and Dr. Stein fangirls.
- Wonder Woman is poster child for this trope. Every attempt by writers to introduce a Love Interest for her - from traditional love interest Steve Trevor all the way up to Superman himself - results in backlash from the fanbase.
- Lora Innes, the creator of The Dreamer, probably left Nathan Hale single precisely because of this.
- This is somewhat inevitable in Bioware fandoms, considering the huge role Romance Sidequests play in their games, and players' often deep attachments to their created characters. Any suggestion that one of the canonical love interests hooks up with someone other than their own PC tends to drive certain people insane. Dragon Age fandom is especially rife with this. Just a mere throwaway mention in a non-canonical Alternate Universe DLC that suggested Alistair and Leliana were rumored to be lovers in that timeline caused an Internet Backdraft from the rabid portion of Alistair fangirls.
- While it's only prevalent within the hardcore shippers of these Mass Effect pairings, there are people out there who are vehemently opposed to pairing Garrus, Tali, Thane and Liara with anyone else besides Shepard (fitting the trope, as Shepard -male and female- is a vehicle for the player). Garrus and Tali actually do pair up in the third game if both are still available.
- Similarly in Dragon Age II, Fenris and Isabela can develop a friends-with-benefits relationship in Act 3, provided that Hawke has shut down both their romances by that point (either by picking the broken heart option or by romancing Merrill/Anders instead). Needless to say, this led to a lot of hate for Isabela from certain crazed Fenris fans.
- The author of My Inner Life strongly opposed Link's hookups with any other girl in the series, relegating the girls to her personal servants and cheerleaders instead.
- It cannot be happenstance that Lara Croft has never had a notable love interest. The creators are probably well aware of Dry Docking.
- Given that the game allows players to pair their own Avatar with any one character (thus effectively making Dry Docking canon), the Fire Emblem Awakening fandom is full of this. Chrom gets it the most out of any character, resulting in his various love interests (especially Sumia) being the biggest Die for Our Ship magnets in the fandom.
- The Furry Fandom normally assumes that Fox McCloud is not taken and Krystal is definitely available.
- Can happen in the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom. Generally, Zutara shippers have the reputation (whether or not it's deserved is an argument that can light a forum ablaze almost instantly) of projecting romance onto the character they identify with and the character they want to tap. However, it's also common for people to go one step beyond and declare that "ZUKO/ME IS THE ONLY THING I SHIP!!!"
- With An American Tail, those who can't stand the Tanya/Waul ship tend to rather keep Tanya single; possibly because she is never given a real love interest in any of the movies.