Incest Yay Shipping

One of the most infamous examples of incestuous Ship Mates in the history of literature.

When a pair (or more) of characters who are given the Shipping treatment are related to each other.

Incest is a serious taboo among human beings—most cultures have an incest taboonote . Despite this, or perhaps because of it, there is a significant amount of people interested in it, and this being the Internet, they can't wait to share their shipping theories with you.

Even with the taboo, they might have an easier job than the Ho Yay shippers, since normal family members are often so close to each other, both physically and emotionally, that with any other partner it can easily be interpreted as romantic and/or sexual. Just pick up any dialogue between relatives, ignore the intended meaning, and Ta-da! you have subtext. There's also a good chance that you have repelled, or otherwise alienated a good part of the fandom—but if the fandom is big enough, there's a chance you'll find like-minded company anyway.

This is a subpage for fandom theories. When the same effect is featured in the work in question that is actual Incest Subtext. See also Ho Yay Shipping and Foe Yay Shipping for other shipping tropes that are based on fan-speculation, and Incest Is Relative page for a collection of other incest-related tropes.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The anime for .hack//Legend of the Twilight was notorious for this to the point that it's what a lot of non-fans of the series in general tend to know it for. The manga it was based on, on the other hand, was vague about it at best.
  • Angel Sanctuary could not be more blatant about Setsuna and Sara, but some see this between Rociel and Alexiel as well.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • The very ship-happy fandom naturally has much of this. Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Russia and Belarus (though that one's canon on Belarus' side), China and Korea, etc.
    • Germancest (Germany/Prussia) is a really popular pair, even more popular than canon or plausible couples like Prussia/Hungary, Austria/Hungary or Finland/Sweden. Prussia's behavior around Germany is borderline on flirting, but this is quite normal anyway, because it's Prussia.
    • The Not Blood Siblings cases, like England and America, or China and Japan. Though England and America look so much alike it seems to some of the fandom like a case of Screw Yourself.
    • Norway and Iceland shipping increased somewhat after the revelation of their relation came out because it attracted shippers who liked the "forbidden" appeal.
    • Many fanfics featuring England's brothers (namely Scotland, Ireland, Wales and sometimes Northern Ireland) really love to play up the sibling rivalry setup for all the Foe Yay it is worth.
    • Veneziano Italy and Romano Italy are, in fact, half-brothers, similar to the situation with Norway and Iceland. Naturally, following along the Germancest lines (or perhaps predating it), together they're called Itacest.
  • Ichigo / Uryuu is a relatively common Bleach Yaoi pairing. Later chapters of the manga revealed that Uryuu's father and Ichigo's mother were first cousins, making the boys second cousins, so this is also a case of Surprise Incest. The revelations have not much dampened enthusiasm for the ship. Ryuuken and Masaki had a failed Arranged Marriage in canon, so clearly the cousin thing isn't an insurmountable barrier. While very much a minority pairing as it contradicts canon 'ships, there's also some fandom for Ryuuken/Masaki as well.
  • Code Geass. It's just all over the place in that show, it even has its own Brother-Sister Incest page.
  • D.Gray-Man has Komui and Lenalee Lee. Komui's rather intense sister complex does nothing to disprove this.
  • From Dragon Ball Z there are some people who ship opposite-sex twins Androids 17 and 18 together. Also, there's the pairings of "Son-cest" (various incestuous pairings within Goku's family) and Vegeta/Trunks or Vegeta/Future Trunks. There's not a lot of it but Vegeta/Bra exists too.
  • Agon and Unsui of Eyeshield 21 is THE incest pairing of the fandom. It's not all that hard to see why, Agon is (without a doubt) the most important person in Unsui's life and Agon's a sociopathic playboy and memetic molester whose feelings for his brother are left ambiguous.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Brothers Edward and Alphonse are one of the most popular shipping targets in the fandom, with the 2003 anime infamous for showing how close the brothers really are. Acommon saying amongst fans of the relationship is that 'they broke so many taboos already, what's one more?'
    • A case of Surprise Incest happened in the 2003 anime. Edward and Envy are a popular pair due to the Foe Yay between them however near the tail end of the series there's a twist: Envy is Ed's half-brother. Instead of abandoning ship a lot of fans only saw this as making the pairing more interesting.
  • The Nishizumi sisters, Miho and Maho from Girls und Panzer are a surprisingly popular pairing among the fandom, since there are no male characters who are the girls' ages, and relatively little Les Yay. This is only reinforced by the revelation in Little Army that Maho in contrast to her initial impression as an Aloof Big Sister, loves Miho enough to live up to being Nishizumi heiress so that Miho will not have to.
  • The three most popular pairings for Gou from Free! are apparently her and Rei, her and Haru, and her with her brother Rin. It doesn't help that Gou does admire his muscles in one scene similarly to how she gawks at other boys.
  • Kill la Kill has Ryuko/Satsuki. They were already a pretty popular ship because of the Foe Yay, but then they were revealed to be sisters and then it skyrocketed. To add even more fuel to the fire, the ending has the two embracing while naked.
  • Kido, Seto, and Kano from Mekakucity Actors are Not Blood Siblings but make it clear that they're siblings. It doesn't stop fans from shipping them.
  • Naruto:
    • The number of Itachi/Sasuke fans would surprise newbies, and the size of the fandom only seemed to increase when Itachi died and Sasuke learned that Itachi had done everything—including killing the rest of his family—for Sasuke's sake.
    • NejiHina is the second most popular incest pairing, though it bears mention that Japan has less of a taboo regarding relationships between cousins than Western nations do.
    • Naruto and Kushina boomed in popularity due to the blushing and compliments, along with Kushina being comparable to Naruto's crush, Sakura.
  • The brothers Ace and Luffy are a fairly popular pairing in the One Piece fandom. And since the flashbacks to their childhood there is also now Sabo/Luffy, Ace/Sabo, and Sabo/Luffy/Ace OT3 shipping. In a looser definition, Ace is also often shipped with his crew mate Marco, who is as much of a brother to him as Luffy is.
  • Oreimo is built on this, with a fanbase largely formed of people who want to see Kousuke and Kirino together. They do in the end.
  • Hikaru and Kaoru Hitatchiin from Ouran High School Host Club make this easy, deliberately playing up the Twincest angle for the benefit of their fans. Their actual relationship is left ambiguous, but real life fans love it as much as the fictional ones.
  • Pandora Hearts: Gil's younger brother, Vincent, is extremely possessive of him.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt has plenty of fans that ship the title sisters together. Their evil counterparts, Scanty and Kneesocks, also have this going, though in their case it's also canon.
  • In Peacemaker Kurogane, Tatsunosuke's overprotectiveness over his younger brother Tetsunosuke sometimes causes this.
  • Saki and Teru Miyanaga sometimes get paired despite canonically not being on good terms, as Teru is unwilling to speak with Saki. Some shippers take Teru's denying having a sister to mean that Teru is in love with Saki.
  • Sgt. Frog has Giroro and his elder brother Garuru which is the most popular Giroro-oriented ship aside from Gironatsu and Girokuru for the Japanese fandom especially. This is most likely due to the lengths Garuru goes to ensure Giroro remains on his mission as well as Giroro's admiration for him/frantic, embarrassed reactions when he's near. The Hinata family is shipped together sometimes as well.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann fandom has not insignificant sect of Simon/Kamina shippers, who call each other their brother.
  • In Touch, Yuka Nitta is, at least at first, very protective of her older brother and a bit too concerned at the prospect of him having a love life.
  • In To Love-Ru many fans love pairing Mikan and Rito. Even Momo In-Universe would include Mikan in The Harem Plan.
  • Vampire Knight had Zero and Ichiru. And the Kuran family has a history of incest, as seen in the current generation between Kaname and Yuuki. Many people do ship them.
  • Admittedly the cast is small but the most popular Watamote ship is Tomoko and her brother Tomoki. Tomoki used to adore his sisters years ago but is now embarrassed by the fact he wanted to marry her as a little kid.

    Comic Books 

  • Frozen fans love shipping the sisters Elsa and Anna. Even though she has a male love interest, Anna spends the entire movie wanting to see Elsa, wanting to spend time with Elsa, worrying about Elsa more than anyone else, and risking her life to save Elsa, fulfilling the "prince rescuing the princess" role. For her part, Elsa's fear of showing off her ice powers to anyone and hurting her sister has an "in the closet" subtext thing going on. And in the end, the movie subverts the trope of True Love's Kiss by having the love that saves Anna be her sisterly love of Elsa.
  • Periwinkle and Tinkerbell from Disney Fairies have a relationship quite comparable to Elsa's and Anna's; in fact some consider them the proto-Elsanna. They're played up in a way that resembles starcrossed lovers, are very affectionate, amd are literally compared to a pair of Starcrossed Lovers. Understandbly they're shipped quite a sum.
  • Meet the Robinsons has some fans who ship Wilbur and Lewis, his father. The 'ship is aptly referred to as "Timecest".
  • Big Hero 6 is getting a lot of Tadashi/Hiro slash.
  • Arrow and Rudolph is a pretty popular pairing for fans of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Movie due to their rivalry making for good Foe Yay. Most fans do not notice they're cousins.
  • Happened accidentally with When Marnie Was There. Prior to release many were clamouring that it was Ghibli's first movie about a same gender romance, or at least an implied one. However it turns out Marnie is the protagonist's grandmother. A lot of complaining and Abandon Shipping occured but many either ignored that or went with it.

  • In Repo! The Genetic Opera, Luigi and Amber. Particularly the bit where she knees him in the groin and licks his ear at the same time. According to their brother Pavi's myspace page, he and Amber are also rather unhealthily close. And a surprising number of fans ship Luigi and Pavi (or "Pavigi").
  • In a director's-cut scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, a lot of what we'll call Stewardcest fangirls point for evidence to this moment that's very subtle, but oddly difficult-to-explain-otherwise when you notice it: Denethor dismissively comments about his younger son, Faramir, "I know his uses. They are few." Now think about the implications of the word "use." And rewind and look at Boromir's expression again: It's not "oh, dad, you're so mean", it's embarrassed.
  • The Halloween fandom really likes the Michael/Laurie pairing even though he wants to kill her.
  • Thor and Loki may be the most popular ship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is saying a lot.
    • From Avengers: Age of Ultron we have Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, following in their comic counterparts' footsteps.
  • The most popular pairing in the fandom for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters by far is Hansel/Gretel.
  • In Pacific Rim, two (or in one case three) member teams pilot giant robots using the techno-telepathic Drift. Between the very intimate memory sharing and emotional connections, special "drift compatibility" needed between pilots (and the one successful Drift compatibility trial seen on screen being described as akin to a sex scene by the director) and the fact that a pretty large number of teams seem to be related, incest is a pretty common in the PR fandom. The most prominent example is the lone parent/child team of Herc and Chuck Hansen, which also happen to be one of the most shipped pairings in the fandom. Probably helped that other characters comment on Chuck's "daddy issues", that supplemental material and Word of God states that Herc never remarried after Chuck's mum died and that Chuck never dated at all, and that the age gap between their actors is only a bit more than a decade.
  • Not only did a lot of Star Wars fans ship Luke and Leia back in the day, but so did a lot of merchandise, advertising and spin-off material (most infamously Splinter of the Mind's Eye, published before The Empire Strikes Back). Nowadays, you have to look to find it, but it's still around.

  • Harry Potter:
    • Many fans think that Bellatrix and Narcissa fit the bill for this and write extensive fanfics about it. Word of God confirmed that Bellatrix loves Voldemort above all else; some fanfics manage to get around this fact.
    • Fred and George have a veritable library of slash work dedicated to them, even though their actors are disgusted by it all.
    • Ron/Ginny. Ron is quite annoyed by the fact that Ginny dates Dean and he silently interferes between her and Harry at first, but he relents later and becomes more accepting of their relationship.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia:
    • Sibling protagonists Peter/Susan and Edmund/Lucy get a considerable amount of fanfics. One of the reasons may be that the first book (and movie) implies they're the only humans that live there, without mentioning the fact that there are other lands around Narnia in which reside other people. (Although the first book does state that the kings of countries beyond the sea have sent ambassadors asking for Susan's hand in marriage. No word on whether or not they were human.)
    • Peter and Susan get some, although it's mostly the movie versions, due to the actors' chemistry and close friendship that has been interpreted in the wrong way. And there's a whole lot of Peter/Edmund, too.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Merry and Pippin are first cousins and are often shipped together by fans. Sometimes Frodo, more distantly related to both of them, is thrown into the mix as well. See Bag Enders's "Random Slashy Interludes" for a prime example.
    • Perhaps one of the most popular pairing in The Silmarillion is Maedhros/Fingon; these two share a grandfather, Finwë. As do Celegorm and Aredhel, also paired rather often. And then the house of Finwë as a whole is very popular and more generally Everyone Is Related.
    • Most fanfic treats the canon Túrin/Niënor pairing as tragic, like the book in which they're the title characters—but there's fanfic.
    • As soon as the first The Hobbit movie came out, there was an explosion of Fíli/Kíli slashfic. Many (but not all) of them operate from the canonical statement that dwarves love only once, and assume that the brothers have bonded to each other. Reactions of those around them vary from complete acceptance to revulsion.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Hawkfrost/Brambleclaw, which has its own ship name: Brothershipping. They're half-brothers, which is probably the only reason it isn't banned from discussion on Warrior's Wish.
    • The reveal that Firestar and Scourge are half-brothers means Altershipping also falls under this trope.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
    • Percy and Annabeth. Despite being closely related via their respective parents, Poseidon and Athena, they like each other romantically and get together by the end of the series.
    • Some fans pair Percy and/or Annabeth with their demigod cousins, including Thalia (Zeus's daughter) with Percy and Annabeth with Luke (Hermes's son). Annabeth also has a crush on Luke early in the series.
    • Since shipping any demigods together is both incest and notnote , technically any ship between campers both falls under this trope and doesn't.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events had a small Violet/Klaus fandom that got quite a bit larger after the release of the movie adaptation.
  • A strict No Hugging, No Kissing policy during the original run of The Hardy Boys (alongside the stressful adventures giving the boys a very powerful brotherly bond) led a lot of people to acknowledge that Frank and Joe seemed very indifferent to their respective girlfriends Callie and Iola and way more interested in each other.
  • Despite them being mortal enemies and having strong canon pairings with people of no blood-relation to them, Sam and Caine have been shipped together in the GONE fandom, and it's actually pretty popular. The ship is known as "Saine"...or "twincest".
  • The Dresden Files fanbase commonly ships Harry with his half-brother, Thomas (usually ignoring the fact that both of them have serious female love interests). This is probably because Thomas is an incubus, who naturally arouse sexual feelings in those around them, and because it was several books before said relation was revealed. The fact that Thomas masquerades as a gay hair dresser and they were Mistaken for Gay as a couple at least once in series (which they would later use to their benefit) doesn't help matters.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is referred to by the Firefly fandom as "CSI" or "Crazy Space Incest", seeing this between River and Simon Tam. Summer Glau's opinion on the matter at 0:35. Sean Maher seemed to approve, though.
  • Justin and Alex in Wizards of Waverly Place, to the point where the pairing used to have a separate Incest Yay page until it was sent here.
  • Quite common in Kamen Rider series. Especially Kamen Rider Kiva and its many bathing scenes. However, "Kivacest" typically refers not to Wataru and Otoya, despite their epic Time Travel-enabled bath scene (with back scrubbing!), but to Wataru and Taiga, who turns out to be his brother.
  • Supernatural:
    • The Wincest shippers see this between brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. During the early seasons, it was unquestionably the most popular pairing in the fandomnote . It's died down some since Castiel showed upnote , but the Wincest fanbase is still significant.
    • Since all of the angels are canonically siblings, shipping any of them together falls under this. It's sometimes called "angelcest" or "wingcest" within the fandom. The most popular of these pairings is probably Michael/Lucifer.
  • Heroes:
    • Maya and Alejandro Herrera are twins who seem to be a little too close to each other; even their powers require physical connection. You didn't need to ask the fans twice.
    • Peter and Nathan Petrelli are brothers who are extremely close, despite an age difference of at least 13 years. There is a reason they're the most popular slash pairing in the show. Not helping is how friendly Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia are in real life.
    • Peter and Claire seem to be closer than one would expect of uncle and niece, and their shipping fandom only slowed down slightly after that little revelation. Then there's Milo and Hayden's off-screen relationship.
  • Dexter:
    • Dex naturally gets much shipping with his brother Rudy/Brian, what with all the sexual symbolism the show blends with his murdering.
    • The show runners tried to keep the Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter marriage quiet for a while specifically to avoid this trope. It didn't work. They clearly changed their minds, though—as of Season 6, Deb lusting after her brother is canon.
  • Chuck was originally intended to have an extra character in the main cast, a love interest for the titular hero. After it was decided she overcomplicated things, she was cut, and all her important lines given to Chuck's sister. The slightly flirty dialogue, coupled with the siblings' chemistry, made this stand out to more than one fan.
  • When Home and Away revealed that sisters Charlie and Ruby Buckton were actually mother and daughter, one website brilliantly proclaimed that it made shipping them feel even more wrong. They even seem to have acquired their own couple portmanteau, even if it is mostly used in a familial context.
  • Revolution has a small, but devoted sector of Charlie/Miles shippers. They are niece and uncle, and possibly father and daughter considering Miles affair with Rachel, but share a lot of tropes usually reserved for romantic interests. A Relationship Writing Fumble may have also happened since they have a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension that turns into UST later. They also have their fair share of heartwarming moments.
  • Glee:
    • Hummelcest between Burt and Kurt Hummel, a rare example of a father/son incest. Considering that they cannot have a scene without declaring their love for each other, it shouldn't be a surprise.
    • After Blaine got brother who is even more handsome than he is, we have Andercest. Not at all helped (or immensely helped, for those who like this sort of thing) by the line "We're not just brothers, right?" said while standing with their faces mere inches apart.
  • Angel: There are fans who have written Darla/Connor and Angelus/Connor stories.
  • The Borgias: Rodrigo/Lucrezia and Cesare/Juan shippers exist in abundance.
  • The Frasier fandom has some Frasier/Niles shipping, otherwise known as "Cranecest".
  • The Life With Derek fandom give us Derek and Casey aka Dasey.
  • There's a huge and passionate faction of Klaus/Rebekah shippers in The Vampire Diaries and later The Originals fandoms. Joseph Morgan and Claire Holt's chemistry and dialogs straight out of dark romance novel? Check. Eye sex and tension? Check. Jealousy, obsessiveness, highs and lows? Check. Makes Klebekah the royal couple of the show and one of the most popular ships.
  • The Waltons, a much-loved Depression-era drama from the 1970s, contains several examples, mostly because it features seven siblings of similar ages. John-Boy and Mary Ellen, the eldest siblings, were infamous in the early seasons for being a little too close. John-Boy tells Mary Ellen that her breasts will grow, gives her flowers because he wanted to be her 'first', and frequently dances with and consoles her. Basically, there's plenty of sexual tension to go around. Jason and Erin, younger siblings, also seemed very fond of each other, though this was most likely because of actor chemistry.
  • Arrow:
    • Right from the pilot, fans already commented that Oliver has more chemistry with his sister that with his ex-girlfriend. Doesn't help that by giving her the nickname "Speedy" the writers seem to have destined her to be his sidekick, and that despite a slight name change the character is clearly based on comics character Mia Dearden (their first names sound similar, she was shown having a trophy for archery in her room in the pilot, and her middle name was eventually revealed to be "Dearden") whom comics Oliver has shown romantic interest towards in the past. And then after Thea came back from Corto Maltese she asked him to move in with her.
    • In hindsight, turns out anyone who shipped Tommy/Thea inadvertently fell into this trope.
  • Skins has a lot of subtext between Tony and Effy Stonem and between Emily and Katie Fitch (or, at least, one-sided from Katie to Emily). In the case of the former, it's made "Stonemcest" a surprisingly popular ship in the fandom.
  • Deliberately invoked in-story by Richard III in the BBC/Starz series The White Queen, as per his explanation to his wife Queen Anne that he is not actually having an affair with his niece Elizabeth, but that he just wants everyone to think he is, since she is betrothed to his political rival Henry Tudor, and that by cuckolding Henry, he will cost him political support. Turns out he actually is having an affair with his niece, and his explanation was rather a lie.
  • More than a few people have mistaken Zelda and Hilda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch for a couple. The issue comes mostly from mistaking Sabrina calling them "aunts" as referring to one of them being her bio-aunt and the other her lover.


    Video Games 
  • Alfred and Alexia Ashford in Resident Evil: Code: Veronica.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • The king and queen of this trope would be Eltoshan and Lachesis, while the prince and princess would be Eirika and Ephraim.
    • The romance system in Genealogy of the Holy War allows for Kissing Cousins, of which two pairings are actually half-sibling incestnote .
    • The romance system in Fire Emblem Awakening allows for cousin marriages as well, although the NA/PAL releases Bowdlerized this slightly by referring to such pairings as "companions" rather than husband and wife. However, they failed to do this for the aunt/nephew or uncle/niece pairings that are possible by pairing Chrom with either Maribelle or Olivia and then pairing one of the resulting children with the Avatar and the other with Morgan.
  • Fraternal twins Anna and Mihael in Dragon Valor.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Metal Gear: Solid Snake and Liquid Snake. It only gets worse once Liquid possesses Ocelot, who had a big gay crush on their father.
  • Golden Sun:
    • The most obvious is Felix and Jenna, who are siblings (and appropriately dubbed "Oopsie-shipping" by the fans). Then The Lost Age introduces Karst, who is absolutely obsessed, easily to a Clingy Jealous Yandere degree, with her (late, by that point) older sister Menardi. Fans also like to pair up Alex and Mia, who were confirmed to be cousins by Dark Dawn.
    • A 4koma doujinshi, Golden Sun Gag Battle, has Ivan trying out his new Reveal power on Hama and Feizhi's clothes. To be fair, Gag Battle was published before The Lost Age outed Hama as Ivan's sister, making this a rather meta case of Surprise Incest.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn brought several new sets of relatives to the table, with the (in)appropriate reaction from the Shipping fans. Nowell and Rief are treated as a joke couple in most cases, but shipping either of them with Amiti is fair game...and, technically speaking, a distant enough relationship to be legal even by American standards.
  • In the Touhou fandom every pair (or trio, in the case of the Prismrivers) of sisters is paired with each other to some degree. The Scarlet sisters are by far the most popular target, with the Komeiji sisters being second and working down from there, though shipping the Aki sisters with each other may simply be because they have such a small fandom shipping them with anyone else is rare.
  • Hawke/Bethany has a surprisingly strong following in Dragon Age II. Isabela and Merrill weren't everyone's cup of tea, and Aveline wasn't a love interest. Cue a large amount of people shipping Hawke with his/her younger sister. There's also a considerably smaller, but still noticeable amount of shipping for Carver/Hawke.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, Kratos and Lloyd seemed awful subtexty to a lot of people. Some of them didn't Abandon Ship after it was revealed that Kratos is actually Lloyd's real father.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Toad and Toadette though it's possible that the fandom doesn't know they're brother and sister. Nintendo themselves can't make up their minds about whether they're siblings, friends, or what.
    • This was bound to happen with Mario and Luigi themselves since they're the main characters and considering that they live together, do practically everything together and share a pretty strong brotherly love from the fact they have a tendency to hug each other in the Mario & Luigi games and Luigi, in particular, is more obvious in his admiration for Mario.
  • Likewise, Rock and Roll (or Mega Man and Roll in the West), whose actual connection varies in their various incarnations. The same applies to Rock and Blues (Mega Man and Proto Man in the west).
  • Shadow The Hedgehog and Maria Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog have a strong shipping base. Admittedly many of the works at least age Maria into an adult and transform her into a hedgehog.
  • BioShock Infinite:
    • It's near impossible to find a Lutece fan who doesn't ship them together. In fairness they're not really siblings, but Screw Yourself isn't much better.
    • Booker and Elizabeth have an enormous fandom despite the whole father and daughter thing that was kind of an important revelation.
  • Considering that they're half-sisters, there's a surprisingly large amount of Dead or Alive porn that features Kasumi/Ayane.
  • Blazblue:
    • Brothers Ragna the Bloodedge and Jin Kisaragi are possibly the most popular yaoi pairing, and doubly supported by the two's fierce rivalry. What really sells it is Jin's rather unhealthy obsession with killing Ragna, and the creators seem to love to play with it in the various Gag Reels.
    • Ragna and Noel Vermillion, whose fandom weren't impeded at all by the revelation Noel is a clone of Ragna and Jin's sister Saya.
    • Ragna/Nu (who is also a clone, like Noel). Nu is a full blown Yandere for Ragna, and all of her interactions with him have very overt overtones.
  • In Devil Survivor, the second most popular pairing for the protagonist his cousin Naoya. Most of this comes from Naoya's strange obsession with him, but, interestingly, the revelation that Naoya and the protagonist are also brothers, and in fact the reincarnations of the original Cain and Abel, respectively only seems to have made the pairing more appealing to the fangirls.
  • The "Squid Sisters", Callie and Marie, from Splatoon get shipped a lot. It helps that they are cousins, which makes it more acceptable to varying degrees.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney caters to this trope, but, when you think about it, it's not that surprising: there's shippers for Mia×Maya, Lana×Ema, Jake×Neil, Edgeworth×Franziska, and even Apollo×Trucy, all of which have a fair bit of subtext to them. The two incestuous pairings that are by far the most popular in the fandom are Dahlia/Iris, from Trials and Tribulations and Kristoph/Klavier, from Apollo Justice.
  • Rika and Hanyuu from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni are one of the most shipped Rika pairings. It helps that they're very distant relatives as Hanyuu died centuries ago.
  • In the visual novel Morenatsu, it's not uncommon for fans to ship Tatsuki with his father Tappei.

    Web Comics 
  • Since Jay Naylor's webcomic Better Days contained actual Twincest, readers have been joking about something similar happening on its sequel Original Life ever since it got started. And early in the series there were definite undertones of BST between Janie and a cousin.
  • Homestuck:
    • John/Jade and Dave/Rose—confirmed ecto-siblings with a rather large shipping base. More on the latter, though.
    • The amount of Bro/Dave shipping is unsettling when you find out that Bro is not only Dave's brother, but he was also Dave's ecto-father. According to Google Trends, "Stridercest" (Dave/Bro, or sometimes Dave/Dirk) got much more popular after Act 6 began, which was when the post-Scratch versions of the Guardians were introduced.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Azula/Zuko shipper fandom was always significant, but the creators surely aren't making it too difficult with certain scenes. They have even (jokingly?) shipped Zuko's alter ego with Azula at a convention. On the flip side, Azula acts that way toward just about everyone.
    • A lot of people give Zuko an Oedipus Complex, especially after The Search, often with the idea that their familial affection doesn't overpower any sexual attraction due to years of separation.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • There's a Mako/Bolin fandom. Korra is usually in the tangle, but not always.
    • Tarrlok and Amon/Noatak became very popular after the season 1 finale, thanks to the buckets and buckets of angst. Who cares if they both died? That's what Fix Fics are for.
    • Desna and Eska are a pair of Creepy Twins, so this comes into play naturally (again, Bolin is usually in the tangle, but not always). There's even an in-series joke about how There Is Only One Bed in their hotel suite, though Desna apparently sleeps in the bathtub.
  • Lemongrab and his clone, Lemongrab 2, from Adventure Time are one of the most popular ships in the fandom, even after the two actually referred to each other as "brother" in the episode "Another Five Short Graybles". Alternatively, some shippers see this simply as clones and relationship companions, but not necessarily siblings.
  • Yin and Yang from Yin Yang Yo have a lot of this going on, especially since they're, you know, opposites.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In the early days, the title characters seemed to be the most popular ship, though that's mostly died down. Pairing one of them with their older sister Candace (biological for Phineas) is rarer but still done. "Gitchee Gitchee Goo means 'I love you'". Riiiiiiiiiiight...
    • Suzy's attitude towards her brother is absolutely creepy even for fans of this trope.
  • Occurs in some segments of the Animaniacs fandom, though probably more because there aren't very many other shipping options.
  • In Rugrats and All Grown Up!, some people ship Chuckie and Kimi together. On the other hand, Phil and Lil probably have more shippers and they're twins.
  • Papa Smurf and Smurfette in The Smurfs, while not biologically related, get constantly shipped together in this fashion. It doesn't really help that Papa Smurf even has that type of interest in Smurfette. This is fortunately averted in Sony Pictures' The Smurfs film series, as Papa Smurf treats Smurfette like a daughter.
  • Cousins Ben and Gwen from Ben 10, thanks to many Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments and meeting many of the requirements for Belligerent Sexual Tension. Indeed, the pairing is so popular that it's widely speculated the two getting Strangled by the Red String in the first Sequel Series was an attempt at Ship Sinking.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get this treatment quite a lot, which is known as "turtlecest" in the fandom. The second animated series and the 2007 CGI movie are probably to blame, since they introduced a more complicated dynamic between the mighty foursome and, by the rules of shipping, any tension can be interpreted in a sexual way.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle and her brother Shining Armor were very close when Twilight was a filly. In addition, Shining Armor is introduced in the episode where he is getting married. Twilight takes the news...poorly.
    • One Wild Mass Guess is that Applebloom is the daughter of Applejack and Big Macintosh instead of their sister. This is not helped by the packaging of one toy declaring that Applejack lives on Sweet Apple Acres with her husband, Big Macintosh (and her daughters, Apple Bloom and Granny Smith).
    • Celestia/Luna, a.k.a. "Princest", is the third most popular ship involving the princessesnote . Granted, they're goddesses—incest is pretty common no matter what pantheon you're looking at.
    • The fans wasted no time pairing up Marble Pie with Big Macintosh as soon as she'd had her first speaking (sort of) appearance, despite the fact that they may or may not be cousins, albeit distant ones.note 
  • Gravity Falls has a following for the Dipper/Mabel pairing, due to Dipper constantly being worried and protective of his sister, particularly when it comes to her romantic endeavors. That the twins share a bedroom and in general are very comfortable with touching, hugging, and holding hands with each other gives more basis for fans of this pairing. It has earned the nickname "Pinecest" due to the last name of the two being Pines. So much so that series creator Alex Hirsch has poked fun at it on the official Gravi-Team Falls Tumblr:
    "For ages now I have lurked in anonymity, hiding in the shadows of the internet, watching as you've GIF'ed our jokes and shipped our characters and done unspeakable things to my dear Pines Twins.'ve got some issues, Tumblr. We're all worried about you."
  • The Twins from Superjail have somewhat of a fanbase that interpret them as incestuous, based off their narcissism and closeness to each other. Certain lines (such as their "date" joke from an early episode) fueled the shipping, although the vague porn incident that traumatized them has been used by supporters and detractors of the ship to prove or disprove the dynamic being canon.
  • It's been a common joke that the Wonder Twins are incestuous. This was referenced to in one of the The New Adventures of the Wonder Twins shorts by [adult swim], where Marvin mistakes them for watching porn together.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has Gumball mostly being shipped with his family especially Darwin and Nicole.
  • A lot of Sofia the First shipping involves pairing Sofia with either of her step-siblings, Amber or James.

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