Playing With / Crack Pairing

Basic Trope: A pairing that doesn't make much, if any, sense.
  • Straight: Alice is paired up with Bob even though they're only casual acquaintances in canon.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Ships That Pass in the Night
  • Justified: Alice secretly has a crush on Bob (and possibly vice versa), but neither one had the guts to do something about it in canon.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob are an Official Couple. Many fans refuse to recognize them as such.
    • Alice and Bob are portrayed by fans as Arch Enemies to each other when they have no relations to each other.
  • Subverted: Alice has a crush on Bob, but it's one-sided.
  • Double Subverted: But it turns out Bob just Cannot Spit It Out until he finds out about Alice's feelings. Then they get together.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob are inanimate objects, and they're not even logically connected inanimate objects (i.e. not a case of "And the dish ran away with the spoon", but more like "And the dish ran away with the radio".)
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice and Bob are head-over-heels for each other, sometimes they are nothing more than Platonic Life-Partners, sometimes they are treated as casual acquaintances (as they are in Canon), sometimes they don't appear together at all, sometimes they can't stand one another.
  • Averted: Alice and Bob don't get together.
  • Enforced: Fanfiction about Alice and Bob, generally by a fan who just wants an excuse to put them together.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, are you reading those stupid fanfics again? I told you, it's not gonna happen".
  • Invoked:
    • Someone wonders about this pairing on a forum, and soon enough, everyone puts on their Shipping Goggles, looking for any excuse to put Alice and Bob together.
    • The author puts in some Ship Tease between the two every once in a while because he thinks it hilarious.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "Alicia, are you sure that Robert is the one for you? After all, you're a 16-year old human girl and he's a Martian vampire. I understand that "true love conquers all", as the saying goes, but maybe you still want to consider going out with a normal guy?"
  • Conversed: "Whoa, never saw that pairing coming".
  • Deconstructed: Alice and Bob may not even know each other, or even like each other. Just being in the same room or the same series/movie is not enough for a healthy relationship.
  • Reconstructed: But, somehow, it works. Alice and Bob learn that they have a lot in common, and that they really do like each other. Before long, they too are exclusive.

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