Idiosyncratic Ship Naming
Identifying a ship
with both characters' names is functional but not catchy, and even Portmanteau Couple Names
aren't always colorful enough for the purposes of shipping communities. Therefore, a lot of ships are named in ways that aren't obvious except to those familiar with all the intricacies of the show's fandom.
Usually, a word vaguely related to the two characters is combined with the suffix "-shipping" to create a name for the couple. The suffix "-cest" is commonly used for incestuous pairings.
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- In Pokémon fandom, if you even think about it, good luck on trying to find a pairing that doesn't have a "____Shipping" name attached to it, the blank space filled by a word or phrase that applies to both characters, or combines different aspects of them. For example, the first ship that started the show's naming phenomenon was "RocketShipping", which pairs Jessie and James of Team Rocket. Others include Pokeshipping (Ash/Misty), Advanceshipping (Ash/May), Pearlshipping (Ash/Dawn), Palletshipping (Gary/Ash), Orangeshipping (Tracy/Misty), Contestshipping (Drew/May), Ikarishipping (Paul/Dawn), Egoshipping (Misty/Gary), Wishfulshipping (Iris/Cilan), Imaginationshipping (Ash/Bianca), and many more. Most recently updated list here.
- The Pokémon fandom actually claims to have invented this form of ship naming in western fandoms. Given their records showing this form of ship naming in use as early as 1997 or 1998, even if they weren't the first to use it, they're certainly one of the first.
- Also, especially at the beginning of the fandom, some people called the Ash/Misty relationship "AAML" (acronym for "Ash and Misty Love"), a blend of this and Portmanteau Couple Name. Similar versions were used for some other ships, such as JAJL for James/Jessie, and they lasted a while, but they eventually failed for two reasons:
- The major shipping groups of the era, like OPS and PI, adopted the Idiosyncratic names, and successfully managed to associate the AAML style names with the so-called "Gakishippers" (gaki meaning something akin to "immature" in Japanese, a name that was applied to shippers who insisted on using dub-added hints).
- By the time the prominence of these groups had passed, the main characters had been rotated. Did M stand for Misty or for May (or Max)?note Triple-A-L for Ash & Anabel? (or for the later Ash & Angie?) Essentially, idiosyncratic names just became easier to use than these initializations.
- Pokémon Special also uses this type of naming. Franticshipping (Ruby/Sapphire), Oldrivalshipping (Green/Blue), and specialshipping (Red/Yellow) come to mind.
- There are even ____ Shipping for OT3s, like Scarfshipping (Diamond/Pearl/Platina)
- Same for Yu-Gi-Oh!: Mobiumshipping, Mischiefshipping, Puzzleshipping, Azureshipping, etc. Here is a gigantic list. It's not even complete; Thief King Bakura x Shizuka (yes, there are fics) doesn't have a name (yet).
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series mentions Thiefshipping explicitly, and then starts beautifully indulging in it.
- The above voiced a comic that mentioned Psychoshipping which is... less beautiful to indulge. It's aptly named. note Marik does try to steal rare cards. And Bakura was a thief in the past. All shipnames make sense, but sometimes, you have to dig even a bit deeper. A good example is Danceshipping (Mai/Anzu). Anzu likes dancing, Mai's name means "dance". Another example is Silentshipping (Shizuka/Kaiba). Shizuka seems to mean "quiet" or something similar, and Kaiba never says a single word to her, even when she directly addresses him. Contrast Screamshipping (Shizuka/Yami Marik).
- Fullmetal Alchemist has "Elricest" for Edward/Alphonse.
- Also, the Edward/Winry relationship, beside their usual portmanteau "EdWin", are also known as "503." This is a rather obscure reference to a Japanese brand of jeans of the same number that are produced by a company called Edwin. This name got so popular that it was even featured in the manga/anime at one point.
- Naruto has Hyuugacest for Neji/Hinata pairings... may involve other Hyuuga members too, though.
- Plus Uchihacest for Itachi/Sasuke and Sandcest for any combination of the Sand Siblings.
- Likewise, Inuzukacest is the term of choice for those who ship Kiba and his sister Hana, or any other Inuzuka for that matter.
- It was recently revealed that Karin is an Uzumaki, though we don't know how closely she is related to Naruto. The possibility that she is his first cousin (or even his aunt, considering that the Uzumaki's long lifespans could also conceivably extend their reproductive years dramatically) has not been ruled out.
- Naruto/Sakura or NaruSaku is also called Heaven and Earth due to a chapter of Naruto when Naruto is compared to Earth and Sakura was compared to Heaven and how both were needed to be whole.
- The Prince of Tennis fandom typically uses "____ Pair" for ship names. For example: Golden Pair (the canon nickname), Silver Pair (Ohtori/Shishido), Dirty Pair (Mukahi/Oshitari), Data Pair (Inui/Renji), Ah-Un Pair (Momoshiro/Ryouma), etc.
- Ouran High School Host Club has "Hitachiincest" for Hikaru/Kaoru.
- The Japanese fandom of Axis Powers Hetalia call Germany / N. Italy "Gnocchi".
- There's also 'the chick pair' for Prussia / Italy.
- 'Itacest' is used to refer to the fairly rare incest pairing of N.Italy and S.Italy. Some circles also refer to America and Canada as 'Americest'.
- And let's not forget "the communist pair"/"The Red Couple for Russia / China.
- The 'Germancest' pairing.
- The Cold War pairing.
- The Special Relationship.
- Austria/Prussia/Hungary is often called The Frying Pangle.
- There's also Dover in the Japanese fandom for England/France (which in the Western fandom is usually called FrUK). The name refers to the strait of Dover, the narrowest place to cross the Channel.
- A bigger list here (although it does lack several names commonly seen at Pixiv).
- Here's an extremely comprehensive list for pairing names used at Pixiv. There's a lot of idiosycratic ship naming going on over there, to put it lightly (that site tends to go down at least once monthly when bandwidth is exceeded; if you happened to check it in this state, try the LiveJournal archive instead). Fun fact: some of the pairing names are based on Japanese language puns; for example, Turkey/Japan is called the "Weekend Couple" because their Japanese country names put side-by-side together can be literally translated as "weekend".
- "Kimchiburger" for America / Korea and "the bunny pair" for Russia / Prussia.
- Digimon Savers has Tomato for the Masaru / Tohma pairing.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! characters' Goroawase Numbers often get used as ship names, leading to such things as 5927 (Goku/Tsuna). Even if you do know the fandom it's sometimes a bit tricky to work out.
- Junjou Romantica uses this a lot, with the eponymous "Romantica" pairing being Misaki/Usagi. Note that these ship names are canon.
- Doumeki/Watanuki is usually rendered as "Donuts", presumably as a portmanteau of Doumeki, Watanuki, and "go nuts" (alternatively, it's because the rampant Ho Yay of the series makes them seem about as straight as donuts).
- "Inucest" usually refers to Inuyasha/Sesshoumaru, but can also apply to any relationship in the series wherein both members are at least part dog youkai.
- School Rumble — a giant Love Dodecahedron — naturally has a number of factions, mostly named after key scenes the characters shared. Eri/Harima is the "Flag Faction", because their interactions so often resemble "flag" events from Dating Sims. Yakumo/Harima is the "Onigiri Faction", because of the onigiri Yakumo offered to Harima. Other factions include the Kids Meal Faction (Eri/Yakumo/Harima), Oudou/"Correct Path" Faction (Tenma/Harima), True Oudou (Tenma/Karasuma), Flute Faction (Mikoto/Hanai), and Basketball Faction (Mikoto/Asou)
- Code Geass has the catchy name "Homolust" for Lelouch/Suzaku.
- Gundam Wing combines Theme Naming with this trope, resulting in ship labels that look like they belong on an algebra test. Since most of the male cast uses Numerical Theme Naming, pairings will be written in the formula of YXZ, where Y and Z are the "number" or the first letter of the character's name — hence 1X2 for Heero/Duo and 1XR for Heero/Relena.
- The order of the "name" is important too, sometimes determining how the characters act (1X2 is Heero/Duo acting as normal, 2X1 is mopey Duo and cheerful Heero) and sometimes denoting the more active party or the one who makes the first move (1XR means Heero instigates the relationship, RX1 means Relena does, 1XRX1 means they both go for each other).
- Saiyuki takes a page from Gundam Wing on the number front, the four main characters having their pairings broken down into numbers determined by their names (san = 3; go = 5; hachi = 8; kyu = 9), making two of the more prevalent couples 9x3 (Sanzo x Goku) and 5x8 (Gojyo x Hakkai).
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica has "Red x Blue" for Kyoko/Sayaka and "Tea Cake" for Mami/Charlotte.
- Eyeshield21: Agon and Unsui are called A-Un when shipped together. Interestingly, the actual meaning behind A-Un is a religious and architectural one, so that just adds another weird layer to the term.
- In SHUFFLE!, three of the heroines have in-story fan clubs with patterned acronyms: KKKnote for Kaede, SSSnote for Sia, and RRRnote for Nerine. By extension, real-life fans who favour one of these heroines consider themselves members of her club. Other fans have created the AAAnote , the PPPnote , and even, God help us, the IIInote . Since someone who likes one heroine the best will usually think she deserves to get Rin, these double as names for the 'ships.
- Attack on Titan fandom, in a sort-of blend with Portmanteau Couple Name* , has taken to calling the pairing of Connie and Sasha "Springles."
- Death Note has "the Handcuff Duo" for L x Light.
Film - Animated
- Wreck-It Ralph fans have taken to calling the pairing of Fix-It Felix, Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun "Hero's Cuties" as a play on words on Calhoun's video game of origin, "Hero's Duty."
- The Wreck-it-Ralph/Vanellope Von Schweetz pairing is usually called "Jawbreakers", possibly as a reference to the scene where Ralph manages to crack open one of these giant, seemingly unbreakable candies.
- Rancis/Gloyd is called "Peanut Butter Pumpkin", due to Rancis' theme being based around peanut butter cups and Gloyd's around mellowcreme pumpkins. For slightly more obvious reasons, Rancis/Vanellope is "Vanilla Butter". Other less commonly used ones are "Pumpkin Cherry Tart" (Gloyd/Jubileena), "Peanut Taffy" (Rancis/Taffyta), "Vanilla Taffy" (Taffyta/Vanellope), "Vanilla Pumpkin" (Vanellope/Gloyd)...you get the idea.
- The Candlehead/Jubileena pairing is often called Cherry Bomb, named for the power-up in Sugar Rush that Candlehead activates by lighting the stems of cherries, which are Jubileena's theme.
- The Rise of the Guardians fandom is practically famous for this, and are astoundingly creative with their shipping names (most of them involving Jack Frost). The only usual shipping name of the bunch is Bennefrost (Jack/Jamie). The others include Frost Bite/Rainbow Snow Cone (Jack/Tooth), Sweet Tooth (Bunnymund/Tooth), Jack Rabbit/Snow Bunny (Jack/Bunnymund), Black Ice (Pitch/Jack), Cavity (Tooth/Pitch), White Christmas (North/Jack), Black Christmas (Pitch/North), Dark Chocolate/Rotten Eggs (Pitch/Bunnymund), Eggnog (Bunnymund/North), Dust Bunnies (Bunnymund/Sandman)...
- Frozen's fandom mostly uses Portmanteau Couple Names, but there are a couple exceptions. The Elsa/Anna ship is often referred to as simply Elsanna, but it is also known as Icest, or (less frequently) Wincest or Arencest.
- Pairing Hans and Elsa has been called "Iceburns", since she has ice powers and he has sideburns. (If you want to get meta about it, the fandom sometimes likes depicting him as having fire powers in contrast to Elsa's ice powers so that could also represent "burns". Plus he's a bad guy and he hurts people, and burns hurt.)
Film - Live Action
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a number of pairings have cropped up according to various Kink Memes. These include:
- FrostIron: Tony Stark/Loki
- TaserTricks: Darcy Lewis/Loki
- Pepperony: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
- Angry Birds: Clint Barton/Bruce Banner
- StarkSpangledBanner: Tony Stark/Steve Rogers/Bruce Banner
- The Cold War: Steve/Natasha
- Science Boyfriends: Tony Stark/Bruce Banner
- Clint/Sam is "Birds of a Feather".
- Many of the main ships of the Harry Potter series are named with the HMS title, most notably the HMS Harmony (Harry/Hermione), which doubles as a Portmanteau and Idiosyncratic Ship name. For those of you unfamiliar with the British navy, each British ship has the letters "HMS" (for "Her (His) Majesty's Ship") before the actual ship name.
- Harry/Hermione, or H/Hr, also goes by Pumpkin Pie and occasionally "Buckbeak" (after the hippogriff they rode together, once). "Harmonians" is still the accepted term for the shippers, though.
- Remus/Sirius is often called WolfStar as a play on "Sirius," the dog star, and Remus, the wolf. Puppyshipping is also a common name for the pairing before Sirius was sent to Azkaban.
- Albus Severus/Scorpius is generally known as The ASS Ship, or ASS shipping. Scorpius/Rose is sometimes known as Scorrow.
- See the more comprehensive list of pairing names here. There's still the disturbing question of what to call Ron/Snape...
- Harry/Ginny is generally HMS Orange Crush (as Ginny is a redhead with a crush, or because one famous fic had her put a love potion into Harry's Fanta) or associated with Chocolate, after a scene where they shared chocolate in Order Of The Phoenix.
- Ron/Hermione eschews the convention entirely when it goes by The Good Ship. As Ship Mates with Harry/Ginny, it's often called OBHWF(one big happy Weasley family).
- The HMS convention is parodied by the name of the community The HMS STFU, which had the stated mission of mocking shipping Fan Dumb but in practice was an outlet for the Fan Haters of the infamously zealous Harmony shippers (Harmonians).
- The Ginny/Tom Riddle ship is called the SS Gin-and-Tonic, or at least it used to be.
- Neville/Luna — better known as "HMS The Government Stole My Toad."
- Fans of the Lupin/Tonks ship took a name from (supposedly) somebody jokingly saying that Sirius and Lupin couldn't get together because Lupin had to marry Tonks and have little color changing puppies. Thus, "Pink Puppies" was born.
- One weird ship name in the Harry Potter universe is "Scottish Fire", which means Oliver/Ginny.
- In addition to all of the above variations, an old (and apparently out-dated) form would be to simply squish the two characters being focused on's initials together. Ex: HPDM (Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy), HPRW (Harry Potter, Ron Weasley), etc.
- In addition to using Portmanteau Couple Names, Warrior Cats has a lot of these. Here's a list.
- Animorphs has "Closet Fan" for Visser 1/Visser 3. Anyone know why?
- Just a guess, but it could be because they are both closet fans of an alien species that their people would look down on them for liking? The only thing they have in common is this closet fannishness. Esplin (Visser Three/ New Visser One) likes Andalites and Edriss (original Visser One) likes humans.
- In The Hunger Games, all the likely combinations of Katniss/Peeta are unfortunate to some degree or another. Some fans reverted back to Idiosyncratic naming by combining "The Girl Who Was On Fire" with the baker's son and getting "Toast". In addition to the "girl on fire"/"boy with bread" connection it also connects to the District Twelve ritual of a bride and groom toasting a piece of bread as part of the wedding.
- Not a very widespread name, but "Arrows and Snares" has been used for Gale/Katniss.
- A non-Squicky name for Katniss/Peeta was "Everlark", after their last names.
- Following suit, "Everthorne" has since been used for Katniss/Gale.
- Based on a comment in the Game of Thrones tv series that compared his personality with that of a lobster, the A Song of Ice and Fire ship between Stannis and his Lady in Red Hot Witch (literally) Melisandre has been labeled "Red Lobster" or "Lobster Flambé"
- Good Omens has many, many idiosyncratic ship names, most of which are in regular use (though this depends where you go in the fandom).
- Crowley/Aziraphale is "Air Conditioning" or "Ineffable Husbands."
- Hastur/Ligur is "Lurking Homos" or "Satanic Jehovah's Witnesses."
- Famine/Pollution is "Food Poisoning."
- Aziraphale/Ligur is "Fire & Water."
- Crowley/Hastur is "Central Heating."
- Aziraphale/Famine is "Angel Food Cake."
- Aziraphale/Lucifer is "The Devil Wears Tartan."
Live Action TV
- Although generally pairing names are just portmanteaus (e.g. KaiMei for Kaito/Meiko, LukaGaku for Luka/Gakupo, etc), slash pairings in Vocaloid are more likely to get odd.
- Some refer to Kaito/Len as 'Banana Split', due to their respective character items of ice cream and bananas (although it does make one wonder if the former is a Shotacon, Len being 14 with Kaito at an estimated 21, and is somewhat parodied in the aptly named Shotarella). In addition Kaito/Gakupo is referred to as "naisu", a clever merging of "nasu" (eggplant) and "aisu" (ice cream), and Kaito/Gakupo/Len as OT 3 often has "bananaisu".
- The pairing of Miku/Luka is sometimes dubbed "negitoro", referring to their respective food items of "negi" (leek) and "toro" (tuna).
- The only het pairing with a common idiosyncratic name would be Rin/Len in "Kagaminecest", occassionally referred to as Mirrorcest.
- My Chemical Romance has Waycest, AKA Gerard and Mikey Way.
- Some Wicked fans refer to Galinda/Elphaba (also known as Gelphie) as "Pink Goes Good With Green".
- The Golden Sun fandom is known for fierce protectiveness of one's own favorite ships, all of which are named according to characteristics of the shipped characters (or fanfiction in-jokes) rather than their names. Notable examples include Valeshipping (Isaac/Jenna), Mudshipping (Isaac/Mia), Spikeydomeshipping (Garet / Sheba), Laundryshipping (Garet/Dora), Flameshipping (Garet/Jenna), Hotplasmashipping or Burnshipping (Ivan/Jenna), Windshipping (Ivan/Sheba), Lighthouseshipping (Felix/Sheba), Oopsiesshipping (Felix/Jenna), Duskshipping (Felix/Karst), Aquashipping (Piers/Mia), Blazeshipping (Alex/Jenna), and Spiritshipping (Matthew/Sveta). See here for a partial list, as well as a good guide as to how to name a new pairing.
- Even though the Tales of Symphonia fandom tends to much more often use Portmanteau Couple Names, (very) rarely there are times when "____Shipping" has been used. There is "Airshipping", now known as "Sylvashipping", or more commonly, Colloyd. Other non-Portmanteau Couple Names for pairings are "Sagecest" (Genis x Raine), and "Chosenshipping" (Zelos x Colette). Of note, while it would fall under Portmanteau Couple Name, Kratos x Raine is sometimes referred to as "The [=UKraine."
- The most obvious example to come out of Tales of the Abyss is also the most spoilertastic: Luke/Asch is usually called Replicacest. The term is also less frequently applied to Ion and Sync.
- Team Fortress 2, when it doesn't portmanteau, uses some strange names: "Helmet Party" (Soldier/Engineer) and "Wincest" (RED Spy/BLU Scout).
- "Wincest" is a Memetic Mutation presumably originating on 4chan, unsurprisingly adopted by the TF2 community. Usually delivered in the form of "Incest? More like WINCEST, amiright?"
- Additionally, it's only "Wincest" if RED Spy is BLU Scout's father. You can have a non-incest RED Spy/BLU Scout pairing, because RED Spy fathering BLU Scout has neither been confirmed or denied by Valve.
- There's also "Classcest", which is one class paired with another of the same class. Ex. RED Spy x BLU Spy, or BLU Sniper x BLU Female!Sniper.
- As previously mentioned, Pokémon has an absurd number of these-pretty much every couple, canon or not, game, anime this manga, that manga, or a combination of all of the above, has one.
- The Touhou fandom came up with a number of appropriate titles or description for different pairings. An interesting subversion is made on this case; rather than just using the title itself, the fans actually tag it behind the respective Portmanteau Couple Names to form a phrase. For example, "MariAli is my justice" for Marisa/Alice, "YukaRei is my way" for Yukari/Reimu, "MokoKene is the reign of god" for Mokou/Keine, and so on. These are popular among Japanese Touhou fans and are recognized as creative ways to say a certain pairing is their OTP.
- And here's this video.
- Mokou/Keine is also coined as "Mocha Cake" by some fans because "Mokou Keine" sounds a lot like it.
- Final Fantasy XIII: The Fang/Vanille/Lightning One True Threesome is "Neapolitan." The brunette Fang — chocolate, pink-haired Lightning = strawberry, and Vanille... well, duh.
- Dissidia has given rise to Voidshipping (Exdeath/Cloud of Darkness). If you've ever heard them speak, the reasons behind this should be very, very clear.
- There's also 589, which refers to the original games of Bartz, Squall and Zidane respectively. It's more frequently used on fanworks about their awesome Dissidia-canon friendship, but using it to describe a One True Threesome situation is not unheard of.
- The Legend of Zelda series has a small yet growing group of Linkcest shippers, people who ship all variants of Link together. This especially made popular with the Four Swords manga, where Red/Blue was hinted. Other common ships is Time/Twilight, Time/Sky, Twilight/Sky, or simply Time/Twilight/Sky. It even has a group on DeviantArt.
- In Mass Effect, "Talibrations" is the name given to the relationship between Tali/Garrus, who hook up near the end of 3 if neither were previously romanced by Shepard. The name is a reference to Garrus' infamous "Can it wait? I'm in the middle of some calibrations" line in Mass Effect 2, which turned into a Running Gag in Mass Effect 3.
- Though the majority of fans refer to the Shepard/Liara relationship as "Shiara," a minority prefers "Little Blue Children" instead.
- In the reboot of Tomb Raider (2013), Lara x Sam's ship is dubbed S.S. Endurance (Same-Sex Endurance). The name of the ship is a play on their research vessel Endurance that shipwrecked on Yamatai island.
- The Ace Attorney series has a few like this — Gavincest, Feycest, Marshallcest.
- While the Dangan Ronpa/Super Dangan Ronpa 2 fandom usually uses Portmanteau Couple Names, some ships have these.
- "Bubblegum Rock" for Souda/Kuwata (Souda has pink hair, Kuwata wants to be a rock star).
- "Soapies" for Saionji/Koizumi (Orenronen translates Saionji's suggestion to shower with Koizumi as "Let's give each other soapies!")
- "Despaircest" for Mukuro Ikusaba/Junko Enoshima, the "Despair Sisters"
- "Heir Guitar" or "K-Ton" for Mioda/Fat Togami (Mioda is a guitarist and a walking homage to K-On!, and Twogami is fat and a SHSL Heir).
- Since the four main characters of RWBY were introduced by their color themes, the fandom has taken to using these colors in the ship names:
- Pink, Candy Cane, or White Rose for Ruby/Weiss (red/white)
- Bumblebee or Bumbleby (with the 'by' at the end referencing the fact that they're the B and Y of RWBY) for Yang/Blake (yellow/black)
- Maroon or Ladybug for Ruby/Blake
- Orange or Strawberry Sunrise for Ruby/Yang. They are also called Enabler, referring to the fact that the two are an incestuous pairing and that many have to encourage others to ship it, making them enablers.
- Grey, Monochrome, and Checkmating for Weiss/Blake
- Freezerburn or White Gold for Weiss/Yang
- Rainbow for everyone/everyone. Or Pollination, for White Rose + Bumblebee.
- For other pairings, refer to the fanmade chart.
- And just to show how much the creators of the show love the fans and appreciate the shipping, they used these names for Team RWBY's combo attacks.
- Templar Arizona fans who ship E.J. and Biggs are committing an act of Elliot-cest
- Standard practice in the Megatokyo fandom is to refer to a ship by the first initials of the characters, separated an "x" (e.g. Piro/Miho > PxM=, Piro/Kimiko > PxK, Largo/Erika > LxM, etc).
- Hedone High fans affectionatly dubbed A.E.D and Izm "A.A.I.R". (A.E.D And Izm Romance.) Their catchphrase is "How can you breathe/live without your A.A.I.R?"
- Homestuck's incredibly convoluted approach to romance requires fans to use this in spades. It uses ♥ (<3) to represent a ship where the two love each other (e.g. "Rose♥Kanaya"), a ♠ (<3<) for when they want to bonk each other out of hate (e.g. "John♠Karkat"), a ♦ (<>) for a kind of friendship where they keep each other in line (e.g. "Nepeta♦Equius") and a ♣ (c3<) for an unstable relationship being mediated by the person written in the middle (e.g. "Past Karkat♣Jade♣Current Karkat"). Since the trolls are all represented by astrological symbols, people sometimes use those as a kind of classy shorthand for troll ships - so ♑♥♉ would mean Gamzee♥Tavros, and 69♥II would mean Karkat (♋)♥Sollux (♊).
- Homestuck also has an insane number of more...creative ship names, ranging from widely-used to off-hand jokes and the serious to the completely ridiculous. If you can think of a pairing, no matter how cracky, it probably has a pairing name. There's even a whole tumblr dedicated to coming up with new, funny pairing names. Homestuck Resources has a good list of some of them here. Below are some of the most common:
- "Peanut Butter and Jelly" for Gamzee/Tavros, based on their blood colors
- "Strawberry Jam" for Dave/Gamzee, after Gamzee referred to Dave's blood as this
- "Communism" for John/Karkat (based on their Weapons of Choice - a hammer and a sickle, respectively)
- "Stridercest" for Bro/Dave, Dirk/Dave or Dirk/Bro
- "Dersecest" for Dave/Rose and "Prospitcest" for John/Jade (based on their shared dream planets); Dave/Rose is also known as Knightlight, based on their class and aspect respectively
- "Grimdorks" for Rose/John (John is a dork, and Rose once went grimdark)
- "Con Heir" and "Spider8reath" for John/Vriska
- "Rosemary" for Rose/Kanaya (a portmanteau using part of Kanaya's surname)
- "Spaceshipping" for Kanaya/Jade and "Timeshipping" for Aradia/Dave (based on their shared Sburb aspects)
- "Spacetime" for Jade/Dave
- "Hammertime" for John/Dave. Also "Pepsicola" for their associated colors.
- "Guns n' Roses" for Rose/Jade, since Jade likes guns and Rose... yeah.
- "Meowrails" for Nepeta♦Equius (members of a ♦ relationship are known as moirails)
- "Scourgecest" for Terezi/Vriska, who are not related but were known as Team Scourge/the Scourge Sisters when they played Flarp together.
- "Cotton Candy" for Jane/Roxy (based on their chat colors: light blue and pink, respectively). The name got a couple of Fandom Nods in the comic.
- "Cotton Condy" for Roxy/Meenah (the pre-Scratch Condesce)
- "Pumpkin Patch" for Dirk/Jake (based on uu's comment on their orange and green chat colors), though the significantly more ridiculous "Pistol Pony Rodeo" is arguably even more common.
- "Les8ifins" for Aranea/Meenah, combining their typing quirks, or "Gillfronds".
- "Windicuffs" for John/Jake, as breath is John's aspect and Jake is fond of Good Old Fisticuffs
- "Whip My Heir" for Aradia/John, combining John's class and Aradia's pre-death preferred weapon.
- "Subglub" for Grand Highblood/Condesce; GH is the leader of the Subjugglators, and the Condesce is an aquatic troll.
- "Kanned Tuna" for Kankri/Mituna
- "2% Milk" for Sollux/Equius (2 is Sollux's number motif and Equius likes milk and uses "%" as his typing quirk.)
- "I Just Had A Social Justice Aneurysm" for Dirk/Kanaya.
- "[surname]cest" for pairings with the trolls and their Pre-Scratch incarnations or the kids and their guardians (e.g. "Vantascest" for Karkat/Kankri)
- This has been evolved to an art form in the fandom, with creative names like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" being a ship name for Dirk (who was born in what amounts to Texas) and Caliborn - the Big Bad who has no qualms about murder in massive numbers, going as far as to annihilate the afterlife, being auspiced by Kanaya - whose main weapon is a chainsaw.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- For the Brother-Sister Incest ships, "Zucest" or "Fireshipping" for Zuko/Azula and "Kacest" or "Watercest" for Katara/Sokka shipping.
- On tv.com, The fandom couldn't decide between Sokki and Sukka for Sokka/Suki because they both sounded too much like either character's name, so a compromise was made. They call it George.
- Ben 10: Ben/Gwen is referred to as "Bwen", "Bencest" or "Cousinshipping". Kevin/Gwen has also been named "Forceshipping" (after Ben 10: Alien Force, the sequel series where it inexplicably became canon).
- Despite not being all that popular, even the A.T.O.M. fandom has a term for at least the Hawk/Shark pairing — Seabird. Yet the only hinted pairing, Axel/Lioness, remains blank.
- Invader ZIM fandom seems to prefer four-letter acronyms of the form XAYR — (Character X) And (Character Y) Romance. For example, ZAGR stands for "ZIM and Gaz romance," ZADR for "Zim and Dib romance," etc. Generally the more important character's initial is put first.
- Although this generally works, it becomes an issue when more obscure pairings are brought into the picture, since a lot of the Invader Zim characters tend to have the same first letters in their names. Does "DAGR" stand for Dib/Gretchen, Dib/Gaz or Dib/GIR?
- Invader ZIM also uses a similar system for friendships by replacing the "R" with an "F." This is almost exclusively done with Zim and Dib friendship, aka ZADF, but rarely you'll see it used for another term.
- Same with E at the end, standing for Enmity, when two characters are enemies. This is not commonly seen, though.
- Danny Phantom is rifled with this. Danny/Sam is Ameythst Ocean (referring to their eye colors), Danny/Valerie is Gray Ghost, Danny/Paulina is Shallow Sapphire, Johnny/Kitty is Black Cat, Jack/Maddie is Moronic Genius, Danny/Vlad is Pompous Pep or Endangered Species, Tucker/Sam is Veggie Burger and so forth. This includes pairings with characters that barely interact with or share little to no romantic interests such as: Jazz/Clockwork is Timely Intelligence, Danny/Star is Phantom Satellite and so on and on. There's even one for the Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom pairing (Pitch Pearl). And this is just the icing on the cake. Here's a more detailed list.
- If it helps, the ones that are most commonly used are Pompous Pep, Pitch Pearl, and on occasion Swagger Bishie (Dannyx Dash). Most of the other ones are rarely seen in the fandom (and if they are, they're called by the character's names - Dannyx Sam is more common than Amethyst Ocean).
- The more popular Ninjago ships among the pairings between the ninjas (or at least the ones with obvious word connections between the partners) have names combining their respective elements. It's slightly ironic that the only canon ninja-concerned pairing in the show, Jay and Nya, despite being quite popular, doesn't have anything past the typical characterXcharacter notation, although that might be justified considering how short and similar their names are.
- Cole and Kai = Lava Shipping
- Cole and Zane = Glacier Shipping
- Jay and Zane = Techno Shipping (Technically, not an element-related name. Rather, it's Inventor + Robot)
- Kai and Lloyd = Greenfire Shipping
- In Codename: Kids Next Door, we have these for shippers of the following couplings:
- Cherry Luvers: Numbuh 1 and Numbuh 5.
- Courting Commanders: Numbuh 1 and Numbuh 362.
- Closet Keepers: Numbuh 2 and Numbuh 86.
- Panda Warriors: Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 4.
- Soda Junkies: Numbuh 23 and Numbuh 35.
- Desk Jockeys: Numbuh 60 and Numbuh 362.
- For The Powerpuff Girls, shippers of the Powerpuffs and the Rowdyruffs name them by their colour sceme (with the occasional Powerpunk Girl thrown in).
- Reds for Blossom and Brick (and/or Berserk)
- Blues for Bubbles and Boomer (and/or Brat)
- Greens for Buttercup and Butch (and/or Brute)
- Code Lyoko's naming theme is much simpler, using the first initials of the characters involved: UxY (Ulrich and Yumi), JxA (Jeremie and Aelita) and the like.
- Two schools of thought in Young Justice fandom: either squish two words related to their superhero personas, or use a single word that somehow relates to the ship. So M'gann and Conner is SuperMartian, after their superhero codenames, "Superboy" and "Miss Martian."
- There is an episode where Kent Nelson tells Wally he needs to find a "spitfire" girlfriend to keep him in line, and starts to suggest Artemis before being cut off. When they're not Wall/Art, the Wally and Artemis ship is known as "Spitfire."
- In "Humanity," after Robin spends most of the episode politely hitting on Zatanna, he starts to say "I'm trying to be all nonchalant here," and she responds with "be as chalant as you like." Hence, they are often called Chalant. Alternatively, some use BirdMagic.
- Given the way Zatanna's powers work, other ships with her are often a particular word backwards: like "Snaibsel" with Artemis and "Mazahs" with Billy.
- Robin and Kid Flash were mostly known as BirdFlash up until a scene in the tie-in comic where Wally complains about having to change costumes even though he's not "fresh." While Miss Martian's response was arguably funnier ("Oh, Wally, you're always fresh"), fangirls latched on Robin's "Whatever you say, freshness," and rechristened their ship.
- Robin/Artemis is often referred to as "Traught" after the infamous scene where Robin snapped at Artemis "Well, get traught or get dead!"
- The most idiosyncratic of the show's ship names is the one for the Robin/Wally/Artemis One True Threesome: "Museum Heist." It makes absolutely no sense within the context of the show, but if you shorten their names, what do you do during a museum heist? You Rob the Wall Art.
- Sometimes, it gets expanded to "Museum Heist on Fire", to include the red-headed Batgirl.
- M'Gann and Lagoon Boy is usually "Angelfish", because that's L'gann's pet name for her, and it fits with M'gann being a beautiful flier and LB being rather fish-like in appearance.
- Superboy/Wendy is often called "Neverland" because... well, Peter Pan reference.
- Impulse/Blue Beetle has become fairly popular, gaining the name Speed Buggy, since Bart's a speedster and Jamie's alter ego is based on a scarab.
- Wonder Girl/Robin has been referred to as "Left Field," as in "this ship came out of left field" given that it suddenly appears with no buildup at the end of the final episode.
- The Adventure Time ship Bubbline (Princess Bubblegum/Marceline) also goes by "Sugarless Gum", thanks to lyrics in one of Marceline's song about her not being sugary and the fact that Princess Bubblegum is made of gum.
- There's also Finn/Flame Princess, which is known as Righteous Flame.
- Lemongrab + Princess Bubblegum = Pink Lemonade.
- While most My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic shippers follow the Portmanteau rubric, some Twilight Sparkle/Rainbow Dash shippers like to call it Reading Rainbow.
- Shipping Derpy Hooves with Doctor Whooves is often called Time Bubbles
- There's the highly-amusing "Marshmallow Coco" for Rarity/Coco Pommel.
- Celestia/Luna shipping is often referred to as "Princest" (in that they're both Princesses as well as sisters)
- In Gravity Falls, Dipper and Mabel shippers call it Pinecest.
- Detentionaire has a lot of punny ship names, like Synchro N' Kitty for Biffy/Lee, Heart of Glam for Biffy/Kimmie and Silver Martini for Cam/Brandy. There's even a list.
- The Wander over Yonder fandom is full of these:
- Wander/Hater: Skeleton Dance
- Sylvia/Hater: Zboneak
- Hater/Peepers: Death Glare
- Sylvia/Peepers: Black Eye
- Wander/Peepers: Wandering Eye
- Hater/Awesome: Conquering Boyfriends
- Awesome/Sylvia: Seahorse
- Cashmere/Sylvia: Zbaaanak
- And the pairing name for our two main protagonists is... Sylander.
- The Dude, That's My Ghost! has come up with "ectofeature" and "bromighost" to refer to Billy/Spencer, although the latter might refer more to their bromance.