Slash Fic

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Sokka discovers slash fic.

Dean: There's Sam Girls and Dean Girls and... What's a slash fan?
Sam: As in Sam slash Dean. Together.
Dean: Like together, together?
Sam: Yeah.
Dean: They do know we're brothers, right?
Sam: Doesn't seem to matter.
Dean: Oh, come on, that... that's just sick!

The most common definition of Slash is a Fan Fic that pairs two (or more) characters of the same sex. Often, "slash" is used for male/male pairings only, with "femslash" or "femmeslash" are used to define a female/female pairing (sing an "x" symbol between the names works too). In most cases, one or both halves of the pairing is heterosexual in the original work, and part of the allure is the normally-straight character(s) realizing their same-sex attraction. Or the story skips the "why" altogether and is just them getting it on.

The more lopsided the male-to-female ratio in the original work, the more common it is to have slash pairings rather than straight pairings in the fandom.

Slash is often also used to pair up Heterosexual Life-Partners. Of course, some canonical works, especially Boys Love and those with a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, invite such reading by playing the ambiguity for all its worth. It's also common to (sexually) pair characters who are nemeses in the source material, in Fan Fic's own version of Slap-Slap-Kiss, Foe Yay and The Masochism Tango. Some Slash Fics are so low in erotic and romantic content that although they focus on the relationship between two same-sex characters, it's not obvious if they're slash or not; they're closer to Ho Yay themselves. Such fics are often called PreSlash or slash-if-you-squint.

The origin of the term predates the World Wide Web, going back to 1960s fanfic writers, specifically those interested in Star Trek, who wrote "Kirk/Spock" fiction, pronounced "Kirk Slash Spock". In many communities, the ordering of the names is used to indicate a power relationship, and who exactly is the dominant member.

See also Lemon, Porn Without Plot, Everyone Is Gay, Het Is Ew, Yaoi Guys, Yaoi Fangirl and Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls. Not to be confused with fics about the guitarist from Guns 'n' Roses (they can overlap if you look, however). Also, Slash Fic has absolutely nothing to do with Slasher Movies; if you are looking for that kind of Fanfic then you should probably check out Dark Fic.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Captain America/Iron Man. Which has a community on lj and an archive called Tales of Suspense.
  • Hawkeye/Phil Coulson (based mostly on the movieverse) is not quite as popular, but they do have their own Tumblr.
  • The Batman/Gotham City universe is a virtual hotbed of slashy relationships. Batman and Joker finally consummate their true feelings for one another. Dick Grayson/Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson/random male villain. Jason Todd/Bruce Wayne before he died and resurrection. Dick Grayson/ An aged up Damian Wayne. Colin Wilkes/Damian Wayne. Joker often has his way with Harvey Dent. Dr Crane and Bruce Wayne make a startlingly hot pairing, but Crane is also often paired with blink-and-you'll-miss-him Dark Knight character Thomas Schiff. And Bruce Wayne/Commissioner Gordon already has its own lj community.
  • In-universe example: the main character of Empowered is a slash writer and reader, and there's a thriving Yaoi doujinshi scene slashing her male teammates.
  • Speaking of Loki. They're canonically the one, who committed the "most terrible slash upon the internet", in the Marvel universe! They were always a troll, and lately also got an internet connection.

    Films — Animation 

    Literature 
  • In the Discworld fanfic Expanded Universe: The Expanded Discworld of A.A. Pessimal takes borderline or undeveloped one-line characters and fleshes them out as fully rounded story leads. Actual slash is vanishingly rare in the Pessimal world - Word of God is that the author has tried, but can't write sex without bursting into laughter at how ridiculous it is. However, Assassin, Miss Alice Band, is written as uncompromisingly gay in her tastes. An under-developed sub-theme in The Graduation Class is Alice's frustrated yearning for her attractive but (then) woefully naive room-mate Johanna Smith-Rhodes. This is left unresolved, but with a strong hint that something happened, fuelled by champagne and elation, on the night of their Graduation Ball as Licenced Assassins. Pessimal is waiting to see what fans make of this and whether any Continuation Fic appears. Elsewhere, Straight Gay André Loudweather of the Cable Street Particulars has an unresolved yearning for his new subordinate Victor Tugelbend
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Even though it has a smaller following then most pairings, Arthur/Ford is surprisingly popular within the fandom (and some of it's not that bad).
  • Havemercy:
    • The series lends itself particularly well to slash fiction, considering that the number of female characters with names and personalities can be counted on one hand. Royston/Hal is canon, of course, and Rook/Thom may be the most popular, but there are plenty of others. A good picture of what I mean can be found on the LJ fan comm.
    • It doesn't help that the series had a built-in slash base... One of the authors is Lady Jaida, well known for the Harry Potter Sirius/Remus epic The Shoebox Project.
  • As the title indicates, the main character in Rainbow Rowell's YA novel Fangirl is a popular slash fic author known in-universe for her Harry Potter expy fan fic. The characters in her stories, Simon and Baz, go on to get their own spin-off novel Carry On.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The "classic" – some might say definitive – Slash pairing is Kirk/Spock (from Star Trek: The Original Series). It has been suggested that the term "slash" came from the slash (the "/") between Kirk and Spock. According to The Other Wiki, there was a time in the 70's when the terms "slash" and "K/S" were used interchangeably.
    • Star Trek was the first fandom to share stories detailing an explicitly romantic relationship between two same-sex characters.note . (As The Ship's Closet points out, the fact that slash emerged during such a homophobic era is quite telling and points to a tremendous amount of subtext. Of course, when you consider that Gene Roddenberry himself later invented the Vulcan word t'hy'la, meaning "friend/brother/lover", it might be less about Subtext and more about Getting Crap Past the Radar) — until you discover that the Great Bird may have had his wing twisted on that subject by fans. Or did he? There are many points of view on what happened and some background information might be helpful.
      • TV Guide's September 15, 1967 summarization of the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" reads "Mr. Spock succumbs to a powerful mating urge and nearly kills Captain Kirk." Most fans at the time took this as a gag, but some speculate it could have inspired the idea.
      • The very, very first Trek slash story, Jennifer Guttridge's The Ring of Soshern, has been dated to at least early 1968 and possibly late 1967 (it cannot be any earlier than September 1967 because it mentions pon farr). Ms. Guttridge was British, and Star Trek didn't air in Great Britain until 1969 and "Amok Time" wasn't shown until November of 1970. But she may have attended Worldcon, where the episode was aired two weeks prior to its television debut. Or she had this episode, and/or the TV Guide summary, described to her by a fellow fan. Or she simply bought the script from Lincoln Enterprises.
    • Another highly popular Slash pairing is Garak/Bashir, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This could be because the the actors and writers played up the Ho Yay possibilities, and at least one of the actors is on record as having asked that the relationship be shown in canon, in 1995.
      • One fic, entitled Usually Filed Under Cultural Practices, ships Dax and Kira. Dax is sort of bisexual and Kira's orientation is unknown but in canon she's only been "interested" in men.
    • Star Trek: Voyager was fertile ground for this given Captain Janeway's touch-feely body language. - It was said that Janeway only had to give her famous Gooey Look in the vague direction of a bulkhead and there'd be a dozen Janeway/Bulkhead fanfics the next day. Coupled with the failure of the Powers That Be to join her up with anybody (despite them all being trapped alone in the Delta Quadrant for six years) when they finally did hook up the captain ... it wasn't with a crewmember, but with a hologram. ... Very unsatisfying. Then a blatant Ms. Fanservice joins the crew in the shapely shape of Seven of Nine, whose ongoing mother/daughter relationship was open to interpretation by lesbian fans...
  • Heroes is full of slash. Here's a game to try at home. Print out the names of all of the male characters, no matter how obscure, from Heroes put them all on the wall and throw two darts at it. Using this method, try to find a pair somebody doesn't ship.
  • Jon/Stephen on The Daily Show. The amount of deliberate Ho Yay in the source material has not lessened the number of fics on this pairing, but it has encouraged fics on just about every other pairing possible.
    • British comedian and substitute host John Oliver talks about discovering TDS slash when he sent a link to from a friend in his stand-up:
    "These were beautifully written stories, I don't want to give you the wrong impression! It was not just base pornography! There was a lot of time and lyrical language spent in describing the romanticism of each situation. A story might begin: 'Softed fall, the snow outside a ski lodge in Vermont, mounting up inch upon snowy inch on the wooden window sill. Lit from within by the glow of the roaring fire. Around the fire did sit Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, flushed from a long day skiing, toasting the marshmallows on the dancing flames, that surely they would enjoy as s'mores later that night. In walked the butler...' (sarcastically) Oh, who could that be I wonder? That is basically racist! This is just ignorance, is what it is. It's just ignorance! (mockingly)"Can I 'elp you two with anything?" Said the butler exactly how they all speak. "Anything I can do for you? Pish-posh, hufflepuffle, flip-flop!" "No thank you Mr.butler," said Stephen Colbert "But you can help me with this":(makes unzipping fly motion) Zip! Thud! and I'm going to stop there, bcause you don't need to carry around in my head, what I carry around in mine! The point is who would have thought that technology had evolved to the point where I would find myself alone in my office at work, shouting out loud at my own computer screen screaming 'WHEN DO I AT LEAST HAVE A GO?!!' Wait, what?'"
  • Sam/Gene on Life on Mars. The amount of slash fiction on this pairing is unbelievable with there being more than 1000 slash fics on this pairing alone on the "lifein1973" livejournal page, no doubt stemming up from the close physical contact Sam and Gene constantly display on the show. Chris/Ray is also a popular pairing.
  • Jeeves and Wooster has the obvious but indomitable Bertie/Jeeves, an extremely rare breed of pairing because of the actors who play them. Let's just say that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are very okay with shipping themselves...
  • One of the executive producers of Leverage, when asked if it bothered him that more people wrote Eliot/Parker than Hardison/Parker (one of the show's canon pairings), started his response by saying something along the lines of: "Let's be honest, more people are writing Nate/Eliot."
  • As seen in the quote at the top of the page, Supernatural has so much slash, apparently, that it has even managed to creep into the universe in which the story takes place (thanks to a Prophet who wrote books about Sam and Dean without knowing they actually existed). The opener for season five even involved a slash fangirl as a minor character in the form of Becky, webmistress of morethanbrothers.com. Misha Collins once said in a Q&A that apparently, there's also Dean/Castiel/pie... But Misha sometimes says the darndest things.

    Music 
  • There is an entire website dedicated to Radiohead slash.
  • Proving that the internet does indeed have everything, there exists slash... involving Slash.
    • Guns N' Roses fandom is absolutely full of it, most of it being Izzy Stradlin/Axl Rose, Duff McKagan/Slash, or Slash/Axl.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Surface Tension is a Zelda/Ruto one-shot fanfic. It's also a rare example of a Sheik fic where Sheik is Zelda in disguise, not a separate (male) character. The fic also makes reference to Zelda having a crush on Malon, which later appeared in a separate (most likely AU) fic by the author.
  • Half-Life has parodies with Gordon/G-Man, but then you get into the serious stuff. Fanfiction.net gladly offers up Barney/Gordon and Magnusson/Gordon, among... other things.
  • Lampshaded in Disgaea 4 - creating an Android will reveal that there are Valvatorez/Fenrich slashfic writers in the Netherworld.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Homestar Runner Strong Bad Email #188, fan club, has both Strong Sad writing Strong Bad Fan Fic and Strong Bad writing Strong Sad Fan Fiction (because he has plenty of time to say both syllables). Both of them include a hastily interrupted scene where they get slashed with Homestar Runner, Strong Sad having Strong Bad put on a bonnet and give Homestar a deep tissue massage, Strong Bad just having Homestar walk in "naked as a jaybird" and suggestively ask Strong Sad for Twizzlers. Naturally, you can't type in "Homestar Runner fanfic" on Google without some slash showing up. Just don't try it on deviantART, unless you enjoy your eyes melting out of your skull.
  • In-universe fans of Survival of the Fittest are apparently fond of these types of fanfic (heck, this kind of fanfic in general. then again... In fact, it was the reading of a particularly disturbing Uriel Hunter/Jacob Starr fic (accidentally broadcast on the PA system to the students on the island) that got three of Danya's terrorists thrown into the game themselves.
  • That Guy with the Glasses. According to the archives, seven out of the ten most popular pairings are slash and there's almost twice as much slash stories than het.
    • In Demo Reel, Donnie DuPre admits that he always wanted people to make a slash fic of him. Needless to say, this is Tempting Fate. Especially given that his actor is notorious for starring in slashfics.
  • One of Night Vale radio station interns sounds off about Cecil making her "copy edit his Jaws slash fic even though that wasn’t in the job description".
  • In Whateley Universe, it's occasionally brought up as an Old Shame for several of the Lit Chix, including Loophole:
    “This isn’t another of those terrible romance novels you experimented with last year, is it?” the computer’s somewhat motherly voice complained. “I have to tell you that one scene was anatomically impossible…”

    Western Animation 
  • Kim Possible:
    • Practically any two characters in Kim Possible, even key villain Shego with Ron's naked mole rat Rufus, but most of all Kim/Shego, which has generated enough writing to develop its own cliches, parodied in this fic. Kim Possible also has more Femslash (most notably Kim/Shego or 'Kigo') than Straight fics on fanfiction.net (There are over a hundred more Kim/Shego fics than there are Kim/Ron fics at present time)
    • Kim Possible slash still generates enough activity to support its own forum, even for a series that ended in 2007.
    • A Small Possibility is a fic where Kim becomes pregnant with Shego's daughters due to a scheme unknowingly done by Drakken. It has a lot of Recursive-Works and caused a lot of similar fics (such as Maternal Instinct).
    • In The Touch Of Green Fire Shego falls ill with a potentially terminal illness. While trying to save her, Kim comes to terms with her feelings for Shego.
    • Alone, Together is a romance fic where Kim and Shego get stuck in a universe where they're the only people around.
    • Best Enemies is a really long Kim/Shego story that blends slice-of-life chapters together with action chapters.
  • South Park: One episode had Tweek and Craig realizing that girls were drawing slash art of them together. This ends in them Mistaken for Gay. Or not, as they begin dating afterwards.
  • Just look around Daria fandom, and you'll find some... interesting slashfic ('Ragged Denim') and saffic ('Night of the Storm', The Winters Of Those Gone Before'). Take brain bleach along for the ride. You have been warned.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • The fandom is made out of yaoi. The most popular pairings being Eddy/Edd, Rolf/Kevin, Ed/Edd, Kevin/Edd and Kevin/Eddy. It goes further than the fans. A.k.a Cartoon has a history of hiring animators and storyboarders from fandom. At least a few of their storyboarders were slash fans (you can still see some of the shippy fanart on their DeviantArt pages)note  who intentionally slipped homoerotic overtones and in-between frames into the animation.
    • Three of the most EEnE popular fan-artists in the 2000s (Yami-Shin, chidoriashi, and sweeteggyroll) drew Edd/Eddy fanart and comics. Alas, Yami-Shin has removed pretty much everything from their Deviantart. Much still exists in circulation elsewhere, however.
    • The fandom was revived circa 2011 when an artist on Tumblr began drawing Edd/Kevin fanart. This boosted the ship incredibly, to the point where it's most likely now more popular than Edd/Eddy.
  • In the Young Justice yj anon meme (found here) contains a lot of Kid Flash/Robin and Kid Flash/Red Arrow fics. Dueling for popularity is Robin/Superboy and Superboy/Aqualad. Artemis and M'gann get shipped, too, though more often with Kid Flash and Superboy than with one another. Conversation threads have revealed that a disproportionate number of active Anons are gay, which may or may not be significant contributing factor. There's also Impulse and Blue Beetle in season two, since nearly all their screen time was of them together.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • In Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum and Marceline are one of the most popular pairings in the fandom (so much so that the writers followed suit), and it doesn't stop there it extends to their gender flip counter parts Prince Gumball and Marshall Lee.

Alternative Title(s): Slash, Femme Slash, Slash Fics

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