BK: I remember until mid-way through first season I never even knew what shipping was, and then suddenly on the internet...
MDD: Suddenly on the internet you had writing about shipping and I was like, "What is this?" What is this phenomenon about?
BK: Yeah. I was all like "they're shipping love to each other"?
"There is NO character who can be written in a way to avoid fan shipping. Case in point, the God of the Jews. A bunch of Jews in the early days tried to pair him up with Asherah, a female deity from one of the cultures in the area. If that kind of individual can't be saved from shipping, no one can."
— Legendary, EvaGeeks.org forums
Dick: [reading The Bridges of Madison County] Go to him, Francesca! Get in his truck - get in his truck and run away with him! [glances at the end] Oh, damn! These stupid books never end the way I want them to! Lieutenant.
Dick: Rewrite this book so that Francesca runs off with Robert.
Sally: What? That's not in my job description.
Dick: But they should be together!
Wanda: Awww. Maybe [Tootie will] be your first Valentine's Day kiss!
Timmy: I want it to be Trixie!!
Cupid: Hey! I wear the diaper here, Mr. Pickypants! I've got an arrow with your name on it, and come tomorrow, I'm using it any way I want!
— The Fairly OddParents Valentine's Day special.
Fanboy #1: Robin and Starfire forever!
Fanboy #2: Starfire should be with BB.
Fangirl: No way!
Mr. Woodhouse: Ah! my dear, I wish you would not make matches and foretell things, for whatever you say always comes to pass. Pray do not make any more matches.
Emma: I promise you to make none for myself, papa; but I must, indeed, for other people. It is the greatest amusement in the world!
— Emma, Chapter 1
"It was foolish, it was wrong, to take so active a part in bringing any two people together. It was adventuring too far, assuming too much, making light of what ought to be serious, a trick of what ought to be simple."
— Emma, Chapter 16
"With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of every body's feelings; with unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange every body's destiny. She was proved to have been universally mistaken; and she had not quite done nothing — for she had done mischief."
— Emma, Chapter 47
Courtney: My name is Courtney, and I want to know if the Black Magician Girl and the Black Magician are a couple.
Yami: They are trading cards!
Courtney: Yeah, but like, I totally ship that!
Yami: Are all these kids on drugs? I demand an explanation!
Yugi: Oh, shipping is when you take two characters from a T.V. show, who aren't romantically involved in any shape or form, and then you force them to become a lesbian couple by drawing vivid and pituitous fan art of them for at least six months, before you go on to some other show. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Yami: Ha! Imagine pretending that two fictional characters are in love with each other!
"The character of the fair Jewess found so much favour in the eyes of some fair readers, that the writer was censured, because, when arranging the fates of the characters of the drama, he had not assigned the hand of Wilfred to Rebecca, rather than the less interesting Rowena. But, not to mention that the prejudices of the age rendered such an union almost impossible, the author may, in passing, observe, that he thinks a character of a highly virtuous and lofty stamp, is degraded rather than exalted by an attempt to reward virtue with temporal prosperity. Such is not the recompense which Providence has deemed worthy of suffering merit, and it is a dangerous and fatal doctrine to teach young persons, the most common readers of romance, that rectitude of conduct and of principle are either naturally allied with, or adequately rewarded by, the gratification of our passions, or attainment of our wishes. In a word, if a virtuous and self-denied character is dismissed with temporal wealth, greatness, rank, or the indulgence of such a rashly formed or ill assorted passion as that of Rebecca for Ivanhoe, the reader will be apt to say, verily Virtue has had its reward. But a glance on the great picture of life will show, that the duties of self-denial, and the sacrifice of passion to principle, are seldom thus remunerated; and that the internal consciousness of their high-minded discharge of duty, produces on their own reflections a more adequate recompense, in the form of that peace which the world cannot give or take away."
— Sir Walter Scott's reply to his shipping fandom, from the "Introduction" to the 1830 edition of Ivanhoe
"...Yall are denizens of the internets, so I'm not going to insult your intelligence by explaining the term at any great length. What I will say is that in film fandoms, shipping either simply does not exist, or exists to so much smaller an extent as to be ignorable. The reason for this is pretty simple — when you watch a film, you see the whole thing from beginning to end, and then you stop. With television, you have a whole week between instalments. You have time to talk to other fans about what you thought of the lesbian subtext in this week's Rizzoli & Isles (TOO SUBTLE), or commiserate with the rest of the fandom when Bones and Booth still didní't kiss at the end of last night's episode. With films, there isnt a whole lot of point in arguing with who the hero ends up with, because you already know the answer, because you already saw the ending. TV fans do not have that advantage. They are basically guessing about where the producers and writers are going to take the show, and that is what gives rise to shipping."
— Min Fitzgerald, Min Talks Television
"I guess if you slap a serial plot onto ANYTHING, people will get hooked and start debating over which drawing is going to date which other drawing."
"Main topic of discussion at Shounen Jump Headquarters this morning: Will Naruto and Hinata get married? If so, who's best man? Maid of honor, etc."
"Hey there. So today I'd like to talk about shipping. If you don't know what shipping is, RUN. RUN, AND NEVER GET INVOLVED. Right, okay. If you've been living under a rock or literally just got an internet connection for the first time, "Shipping", in the world of fanfiction, is basically when you like the idea of two characters being in a relationship. It doesn't necessarily have to be sexual, but come on, who are we kidding?"
Matchmaker, matchmaker, plan me no plans!
I'm in no rush! Maybe I've learned
Playing with matches, a girl can get burned!
—Tevye's daughters, "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," Fiddler on the Roof