Launcher of a Thousand Ships
I'm beginning to think he
doesn't want me to ship him with everypony.
, some fans have One True Pairing
that they cannot bear to break (or several of those), but some have just a Launcher Of A Thousand Ships character. It's the character that goes with everything
, or, in this case, everyone. Actually, come to think of it, everything
For example, if someone in the Harry Potter
fandom says his Launcher is Snape, he will happily read Fanfics
featuring the Snape/Harry ship as well as fanfics with Snape/Hermione, Snape/Lupin, Snape/Lily, or even exotic pairings
such as Snape/Legolas
. Anything goes as long as the Launcher is included.
There is also a tendency for the entire fandom to consider a character a Launcher Of A Thousand Ships; notably, the Heroes
fandom almost always refers to Peter Petrelli this way, given that he's paired up with damn near everybody in the show, including Nathan (his brother), Claire (his niecenote
) and even his own future self
Also known as the "ship launcher", the "fandom bicycle" (everyone gets a ride), the "cargo container" (gets shipped to everyone), or the "little black dress" (looks good on anyone). The last shouldn't be confused with the Little Black Dress
trope, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
This usually has to do with Wish Fulfillment
: either the character is a lusted-after character and everyone likes to pair them with whoever reminds them of themselves, or the character is relatable and the fans see them as some sort of Audience Surrogate
and they are paired up with different characters that the fans lust after so they can project themselves onto this character.
Compare Memetic Sex God
, wherein the fandom believes that the character could score with not just everyone in the series, but everyone ever
The Trope Namer
is Christopher Marlowe's version
of the legend of Faust
. In reference to Helen of Troy
, Faust asks, "Is this the face that launched a thousand ships/And burnt the topless towers of Illium?"