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->''"I won't marry Jo to Laurie to please anyone."''
-->-- From the journal of '''Creator/LouisaMayAlcott''', author of ''Literature/LittleWomen'', who has had it with the fan letters asking of her to do that.

A lot of fans are [[{{Shipping}} rooting for this couple to get together]]. A ''lot''. Way more than they are for any conceivable alternative. And it is ''not happening''.

Unrelated discussions degenerate into ShipToShipCombat involving them. FanArt of them embracing passionately is everywhere. Threads dedicated to [[{{WAFF}} gushing over their sweet, fluffy, legendary love]] and [[DieForOurShip scorching hatred of anyone in the way]] dominate forums. [[ShippingGoggles Bits of trivia]] are cited and WordOfGod is creatively interpreted to show that they ''are'' going to happen. The OfficialCouple they're breaking up gets only three votes in fan support polls, possibly including one vote cast by a very alarmed author. They are a phenomenon shrouded in infamy.

And still yet, in spite of it all, they are ''not happening''. Certainly not now, and probably not ever.

A subreaction of BetterThanCanon. Most often the result of a RelationshipWritingFumble, or a RomanticFalseLead whom the audience [[EmotionalTorque latched onto]], but sometimes happens [[IntendedAudienceReaction by design]] or [[CrackPairing because fandoms just make no sense]]. Often, but not always, involves disregarding a competing OfficialCouple with extreme prejudice. Can eventually lead to an AuthorsSavingThrow or a WriterRevolt.

The highest aspiration of a Fan-Preferred Couple is to beat the odds and evolve into an OfficialCouple. This is about the only way the same couple can end up being ''both'' of these things.

[[folder:Read before adding an example]]

When left alone, this page very quickly decays into its natural state of equilibrium: Everyone listing huge [[WallOfText Walls of Text]] about their favorite [[{{Shipping}} ships]]. We don't want that. Here are some guidelines for what examples you put on this page and how.

# ''No listing pairings that are less popular than rival pairings. Yes, this means it's not a Fan-Preferred Couple if the OfficialCouple is more fan-preferred than it.''
# ''No listing two different pairings with the same character in them, unless you have a very good explanation of how they can both be the most popular at the same time.''
# ''Give us specifics. Saying "some fans think it should happen" gives us zero information. Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_(words_to_watch)#Unsupported_attributions has a lot to say about that.]]''
# ''Keep it short and to the point. Lapsing into speculation of what in {{canon}} set this reaction off is all right, but don't give us a plot summary.''

* FanPreferredCouple/AnimatedFilm
* FanPreferredCouple/AnimeAndManga
* FanPreferredCouple/ComicBooks
* FanPreferredCouple/{{Film}}
* FanPreferredCouple/{{Literature}}
* FanPreferredCouple/LiveActionTV
* FanPreferredCouple/{{Music}}
* FanPreferredCouple/ProfessionalWrestling
* FanPreferredCouple/TabletopGames
* FanPreferredCouple/{{Theatre}}
* FanPreferredCouple/VideoGames
** FanPreferredCouple/FinalFantasy
** FanPreferredCouple/FireEmblem
** FanPreferredCouple/LeagueOfLegends
** FanPreferredCouple/TalesSeries
* FanPreferredCouple/WebComics
* FanPreferredCouple/WebOriginal
* FanPreferredCouple/WesternAnimation

!!Other examples:

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Quite a few reviewers in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'' prefer Itapan over Gerita. [[spoiler:There are plenty who also like [[OneTrueThreesome Geritapan]].]]
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' story "To Build A Home", reviewers preferred [[GenderFlip Stephanie]] with Klaus rather than her canon love interest Jeremy. The fact that they dated in the past (despite her not remembering it) factors in.
* Similarly, in ''FanFic/TheJillGilbertSaga'', reviewers preferred [[GenderFlip Jill]] with Stefan over Tyler, whom she has long been in love with. It only recently became canon.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
** While neither of these pairings has come about, fans have vocally called for Harry Potter/Carol Danvers, on the grounds of the ''considerable'' [[ShipTease chemistry]] the two share despite their mutual insistence that they are JustFriends, over the WordOfGod stated original plan of Harry/Ginny. While the author has been enigmatic about the former (though his attitude has shifted from "never gonna happen" to, "All right, the PortmanteauCoupleName is cute"), the latter has been confirmed to have been removed, as part of a raft of grand scale changes to the future of the story.
** The story also manifests an example of this trope, with a strong Bucky/Natasha dynamic woven in, despite the fact that the fic as a whole is heavily based on the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', with not even a tiny bit of Bruce/Natasha chemistry (despite it being MCU canon).
** Relatively early on, [[Creator/NimbusLlewelyn the author]] created a poll out of curiosity to see who fans would prefer Harry to be with. ComicBook/JeanGrey won by a clear margin, with ComicBook/EmmaFrost and Hermione Granger not far behind, tied in second place. Based on WordOfGod, Harry's not going to be paired with any of them - Jean Grey [[spoiler: is his cousin and CoolBigSis, though a letter written by a version of Harry from the future notes that she's 'disconcertingly attractive']] and pretty definitely shipped with [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]], Emma Frost and Harry are stated not to get on at all and the narration has on more than one occasion noted that Harry very rarely notices that Hermione is female and is 'about as attracted to her as he is to mould'.
** A more recently released poll confirmed that Harry/Carol is the most popular possible choice, but also showed that Harry/[[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] was a very close second.
* Despite being a killer, burned dream-demon, many readers of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8475832/1/Tainted-Dreams Tainted Dreams]]'' would rather see Helyse being with Freddy Krueger than with Jonathan. [=AnaShadowWolf=] (the author) went so far as make a poll during the fic to know with whom the readers wanted to see Helyse with. Freddy won. By a large margin.
* In ''Fanfic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoSeitenkan'', the [[GenderFlip gender-swapped]] [[RuleSixtyThree version]] of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', will pair the canon's Kyon with his DistaffCounterpart, Kyonko. While the ship passes under the radar of fans of the regular series, it stands out that at least half the fan fics of the genderswap features Kyonko with Kyon.
* A ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' and ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' {{crossover}} called ''Angels and Ninjas'' has many reviewers wanting a Naruto/Stocking pairing rather than Naruto/Panty and Sasuke/Stocking [[labelnote:note]]the premade pairings [[/labelnote]] due to the fact that Naruto and Stocking obviously have better chemistry, spend a considerable amount of time together, get along better than Naruto does with Panty and Stocking does with Sasuke and that's not even mentioning the fact they share a bed.
* Happens InUniverse in the ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' story ''Romance on the Set''. Spencer was originally cast as the main character Mandy's love interest, but fans of the show preferred Mandy with the PerkyGoth Rachel instead.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Fans wanted Ruby and Weiss to get together in Volume 1, knowing that the author was also a fan of the couple, which [[spoiler: they end up doing, upgrading it to the OfficialCouple]].
** In Volume 2, [[ChickMagnet Jaune]] and [[ObliviousToLove Winter]] are favoured by fans to get together in place of the aforementioned Weiss, [[DoggedNiceGuy Pyrrha]] or [[{{Troll}} Minako]].
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'' has a large and vocal fan contingent that actually quite likes the idea of Asuka and Shinji giving Rei the [[UnusualEuphemism "Israfel Special"]]. ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'' and ''Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion'' were both written as a result of wanting to see said pairing come to fruition. (The author of ''Advice & Trust'' took this really rather well, by the way, and has in fact commented favourably on both.)
* Some readers of ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'' were in favor of Naruto and Ino hooking up, due to Ino displaying the traditional {{Tsundere}} behavior in response to Naruto's [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass put-on stupidity]], but many more were in favor of the more expected Naruto/Hinata pairing. Although in-story Ino is presented as TheMatchmaker and ShipperOnDeck for Naruto and Hinata, the author ''twice'' saw it necessary to conductu a poll to determine which of the two pairings should win out; both times, Hinata won out over Ino. [[spoiler:The DistantFinale has Naruto and Hinata being married, while Ino is married to Sai; however, the ShipTease continues with Ino's daughter being hinted to like Naruto's son]].
* Despite initially being presented as a BitchInSheepsClothing, Lelouch's wife Abigail in ''Fanfic/{{Dauntless}} received enough CharacterDevelopment that fans started wanting her and Lelouch to be the OfficialCouple rather than Lelouch/C.C. [[WordOfGod Aurora Gale found this hilarious]].
* Out of the many ships on ''Blog/ThePredespairKids'', one of the most beloved is between Peko and OriginalCharacter Rina Kirishima, Class 79's Ultimate Taxidermist. The latter started off as a [[ShrinkingViolet shy, insecure]] girl who hated being weak, and who asked Peko to give her sword fighting lessons. Over the course of the story, both of them undergo quite a bit of CharacterDevelopment, with Rina becoming much more confident in herself and Peko growing out of her own shell. It's also very clear that [[BiTheWay Rina]] has a crush on Peko, and EveryoneCanSeeIt aside from [[ObliviousToLove Peko herself.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', most of readers would rather see Kara Zor-El hooking up again with her traditional LoveInterest [[ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} Brainiac 5]] than with Dev-Em, a character who made few appearances prior to the ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and is rather impopular among Legion of Super-Heroes fans.
* ''FanFic/ToHellAndBackArrowverse'': In the earlier chapters, a number of readers suggested the possibility of Oliver/Kara or Tommy/Kara, despite Oliver already being slated to be either with Laurel or Nyssa, while Kara remained single. The author permanently sunk former by reiterating that none of the three leads (Oliver, Barry, and Kara) would be paired with each other, and sunk the latter by informing readers that, like Kara, Tommy wasn't getting paired with ''anyone'' for plot reasons.