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* ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'' doesn't end in good prospects [[KillEmAll for any of its pairings]], and the romantic stuff that is there tends to lean on AllLoveIsUnrequited. Nonetheless, most of the fandom [[ShipMates seems to rally behind]] shipping Ryo/Akira with a side of LoveRedeems to resolve the aforementioned ending troubles, and Miki/Miko to tie up the major romantic loose end this creates and [[DyingDeclarationOfLove validate their final interaction]].


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned]] but sexist treatment of his Servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn as many supporters as the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou[[note]]Despite the fact that, once again, it's because she has absolutely ''no'' interest in Gilgamesh and despises him for seeing her like a prize to be won. In fact, at least one [[VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes side material]] shows that if he actually did force her to submit, he would grow bored of her and be willing to cast her aside[[/note]].

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned]] but sexist treatment of his Servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn as many supporters as the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou[[note]]Despite the fact that, once again, it's because she has absolutely ''no'' interest in Gilgamesh and despises him for seeing her like a prize to be won. In fact, at least one [[VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes side material]] shows that if he actually did force her to submit, he would grow bored of her and be willing to cast her aside[[/note]].Shirou.


* Aside from the age and incest hurdle, Sasami from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is big with fans for being the most subdued and overtly normal -- or at least sane -- girl in the show (in ''very'' general terms). In fact, before TheGreatCrash, this page was called "Sasami Syndrome". WordOfGod has it that Sasami ''will'' marry Tenchi eventually. Because ''[[MarryThemAll everyone else]]'' will, too. Even then, however, many fans feel that Sasami alone - or ''any'' of the girls - would be preferable to StatusQuoIsGod.

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* Aside from the age and incest hurdle, Sasami from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is big with fans for being the most subdued and overtly normal -- or at least sane -- girl in the show (in ''very'' general terms). In fact, before TheGreatCrash, Archive/TheGreatCrash, this page was called "Sasami Syndrome". WordOfGod has it that Sasami ''will'' marry Tenchi eventually. Because ''[[MarryThemAll everyone else]]'' will, too. Even then, however, many fans feel that Sasami alone - or ''any'' of the girls - would be preferable to StatusQuoIsGod.


* ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' has Marcile/Falin. Marcille is very close with Falin, and she does spend an awful lot of time blushing around her. Also, they share a bed and bathe together. Though this one may end up becoming an OfficialCouple, so who knows.

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* ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' has Marcile/Falin. Marcille is very close with Falin, is the most torn-up about losing her, and she does spend an awful lot of time blushing around her. Also, they share a bed and bathe together. A WhatIf even suggested that if they weren't in the party, they'd be living together. Though this one may end up becoming an OfficialCouple, so who knows.knows.
** Laios/Kabru seems to be the second most popular ship, owing to their contrasts, good looks, and Kabru's [[FoeYayShipping obsessiveness]] towards Laios.


** Though it doesn't compare to the juggernaut of Kyouko/Sayaka, Hitomi's most popular pairing is not with her canon paramour, Kyousuke, but instead with Sayaka. Technically, Kyousuke/Hitomi is more common, but that's only because [[PairTheSpares it gets Kyousuke out of the way]] in Kyouko/Sayaka; the pairing itself has few actual fans. If Hitomi is a main character, most of the time, she'll be paired up with Sayaka. This is only helped along by the PSP game directly suggesting that Hitomi [[BiTheWay is interested in other girls]], despite [[TransparentCloset her protestations to the contrary]].

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** Though it doesn't compare to the juggernaut of Kyouko/Sayaka, Hitomi's most popular pairing is not with her canon paramour, Kyousuke, but instead with Sayaka. Technically, Kyousuke/Hitomi is more common, but that's only because [[PairTheSpares [[ShipMates it gets Kyousuke out of the way]] in Kyouko/Sayaka; the pairing itself has few actual fans. If Hitomi is a main character, most of the time, she'll be paired up with Sayaka. This is only helped along by the PSP game directly suggesting that Hitomi [[BiTheWay is interested in other girls]], despite [[TransparentCloset her protestations to the contrary]].



** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is one of the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).

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** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is one of the biggest pairing pairings in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).



* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where [[{{Hermaphrodite}} they]] had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West. That said, Juudai/Yubel has picked up a fair bit of steam lately, owing to just how unusual it is as an OfficialCouple.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where [[{{Hermaphrodite}} they]] had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West. That said, Juudai/Yubel has picked up a fair bit of steam lately, owing to just how unusual it is as an OfficialCouple. A few go with the route that, given [[SharingABody the circumstances of their relationship]], Yubel's [[OneTrueThreesome willing to share.]]


* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support, there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be due to the nature of how Kirito and Asuna's relationship developed over the course of the first arc, which many felt was rushed and lacked proper development, and how both Kirito and Asuna managed to form friendly relationships with others both then and later that felt better paced.
** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Many supporters claim the two have far more [[NotSoDifferent similarities]] than Kirito has with Asuna, being TheStoic burdened with SurvivorsGuilt, and thus they have a more natural feel of development going from [[VitriolicBestBuds antagonistic with each other to more playful rivalry and teasing]].
** For Asuna, there are plenty of fans who ship her with [[GenkiGirl Yuuki]], mostly due to their chemistry (which again, felt more natural than Kirito/Asuna) and the fact they have a very obvious RomanticTwoGirlFriendship going on, which gets lampshaded at several points. [[spoiler:Yuuki dying and passing on her personal Sword Skill while Asuna stays by her side just poured more fuel on the fire]].


*** Really Vegeta and Bulma only got together for the sake of plot and getting another Saiyan into the picture aka Trunks. Lampshaded in ''Reborn as Yamcha'' where the kid whose is reincarnated as Yamcha loves Bulma but realises that being her boyfriend and [[TrainingFromHell not training]] got Yamcha killed and secondly he has to let Vegeta get her for the sake of billions of people in the [[BadFuture future]].
** A good chunk of the fanbase actually like Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''.
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Launch (particularly her Mischievious Blonde side) who have more of fan support than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.

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*** Really Vegeta and Bulma only got together for the sake of plot and getting another Saiyan into the picture aka Trunks. Lampshaded in ''Reborn as Yamcha'' where the kid whose who is reincarnated as Yamcha loves Bulma but realises that being her boyfriend and [[TrainingFromHell not training]] got Yamcha killed and secondly he has to let Vegeta get her for the sake of billions of people in the [[BadFuture future]].
** A good chunk of the fanbase actually like Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, Chi-Chi; lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''.
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Launch (particularly her Mischievious Blonde side) who have more of fan support than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end up together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.



** A lot of fans in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] thought Goten and Bra, as well as Trunks and Pan should eventually hook as way of uniting Goku and Vegeta’s famlies and ensuring the survival of the Saiyan-line on Earth.

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** A lot of fans in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] thought Goten and Bra, as well as Trunks and Pan should eventually hook as way of uniting Goku and Vegeta’s famlies families and ensuring the survival of the Saiyan-line on Earth.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. As such, the anime sets the groundwork for an outright MindGameShip for shippers to build off of.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] original[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. As such, the anime sets the groundwork for an outright MindGameShip for shippers to build off of.


** However, there's also some other websites that seem to be in favor of Konata and Tsukasa.

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** However, there's also some other websites that seem to be in favor of Konata and Tsukasa.Tsukasa, though just as many go for the obvious BetaCouple of Tsukasa and Miyuki.


** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mio/Ritsu]] is easily the most popular ship in the series. This is because [[OddCouple their role as foils to each other make for a very compatible ship]], and the way that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ritsu]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Mio]] act towards each other just screams BelligerentSexualTension. Not to mention the episodes devoted to their relationship, including the ''Romeo and Juliet'' two-parter (and yes, [[LesYay they play the titular couple]]).

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** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mio/Ritsu]] is easily the most popular ship in the series. This is because [[OddCouple their role as foils to each other make for a very compatible ship]], and the way that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ritsu]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Mio]] act towards each other just screams BelligerentSexualTension. Not to mention the episodes devoted to their relationship, including the ''Romeo and Juliet'' two-parter (and yes, [[LesYay they play the titular couple]]).couple]] since the series takes place in an all-girls school).


* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'':
** Due to Yuuichirou being [[ShipTease teased]] with both Shinoa and [[HoYay Mikaela]], two of the more strongly preferred couples are these, and the ShipToShipCombat between these two can get rather... [[{{Understatement}} nasty]] at times.
** However, this series is also known as "Seraph of The Gay" for a reason: there is just so much HoYay lying around that the more obviously teased and preferred pairings are homosexual ones. Notable ones include [[SuperCouple Yuu/Mika]], Guren/Shinya, Yoichi/Kimizuki, Shinoa/Mitsuba, Ferid/Crowley, Lacus/Rene... They also tend to be ShipMates with each other.



* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where they had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West. That said, Juudai/Yubel has picked up a fair bit of steam lately, owing to just how unusual it is as an OfficialCouple.
** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juuman".) But the most amazing case has to be Judai/'''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]]''', an extremely popular couple. We have the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]] to thanks for introducing such a possibility to us - even moreso because for [[FirstInstallmentWins more nostalgic fans]], this was the first time many of them had met either character. Even being separated by decades of time couldn't stop the pairing.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where they [[{{Hermaphrodite}} they]] had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West. That said, Juudai/Yubel has picked up a fair bit of steam lately, owing to just how unusual it is as an OfficialCouple.
** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juuman".) But These fans are more prevalent in the manga because Asuka has her crush on Judai removed, Yubel is flatly AdaptedOut, Johan appears but [[DemotedToExtra doesn't do much]] and there is no HoYay between him and Judai at all. In contrast, not only is Manjoume an AscendedExtra, he is also [[AdaptationalBadass a lot more skilled]], is formidable enough as a rival for Judai and therefore has much more shipping fuel.
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the most amazing case has to be Judai/'''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]]''', an extremely popular couple. We have the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]] to thanks for introducing such a possibility to us - even moreso because for [[FirstInstallmentWins more nostalgic fans]], this was the first time many of them had met either character. Even being separated by decades of time couldn't stop the pairing.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned]] but sexist treatment of his servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more supporters than the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned]] but sexist treatment of his servant), Servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more as many supporters than as the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou.Shirou[[note]]Despite the fact that, once again, it's because she has absolutely ''no'' interest in Gilgamesh and despises him for seeing her like a prize to be won. In fact, at least one [[VideoGame/FateUnlimitedCodes side material]] shows that if he actually did force her to submit, he would grow bored of her and be willing to cast her aside[[/note]].

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** Going by amount of fan fics and communities, it looks like Haruhi/Kyouya counts as this. Maybe it's Kyouya's more [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys ominous and even humorously evil personality]] in contrast to the sweet but dumb and clingy Tamaki or maybe it's fans just plain not wanting the independent Haruhi to end up with a ManChild like its a sitcom. Kyouya respects her intelligence and independent nature while Haruhi can match wits with Kyouya- seeing through his lies and cool facade to the good-natured man afraid of being seen as soft underneath.
** Haruhi/Hikaru also counts across more avenues of fandom. While both the twins care for Haruhi, it is the more-clueless Hikaru that must be pushed into recognizing his feelings by his brother that gets the most time with Haruhi. The two get entire episodes together, showcasing their quirky dynamic of the unflappable, OnlySaneMan Haruhi with the rich but savvy Hikaru. Helping matters is that Haruhi is the only person ever able to tell the twins apart, allowing the two to feel like their own persons for the first time in their lives; something that they have always wanted but dreaded at the same time.

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** The sequel season finally managed to turn the tides by introducing a new character for fans to ship Rin with. Sosuke's incredibly homoerotic bromance with Rin was powerful enough that it either changed Rin/Haru shippers' minds or it pushed those torn between Rin or Mako for Haru to choose to [[PairTheSpares pair Rin off with Sosuke to free Haru for Mako.]] As such, leaving Mako/Haru, Rin/Sosuke, and Rei/Nagisa as the (general) fan-preferred couples of Free.


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** Interestingly enough, there was a pretty respectable contingent of Haru/Akito shippers... but only when Akito [[spoiler: was thought to be a boy]].


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. As such, the anime makes sets the pairing into a potentially plausible but still groundwork for an outright MindGameShip.MindGameShip for shippers to build off of.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned but sexist treatment of his servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more supporters than the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his [[MartyrWithoutACause well-intentioned well-intentioned]] but sexist treatment of his servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more supporters than the route's actual romance. While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. On her part, Saber refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and fights him at every turn as an equal as kings and combatants, retaining her dignity in a way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his unintentional sexist treatment of Saber due to his [[MartyrWithoutACause complicated feelings of self-worth]] in the beginning), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn nearly as many as the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his unintentional sexist treatment of Saber due to his [[MartyrWithoutACause complicated feelings well-intentioned but sexist treatment of self-worth]] in the beginning), his servant), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn nearly as many as more supporters than the route's actual romance. Ironically, While Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, sexist with his [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, attitude]] (among other things[[note]]in the light novel he outright declares that he will rape Saber, clearly understanding that she fights does not want any part of it[[/note]]) he also regards Saber as a WorthyOpponent and even respects and loves that she won't submit to him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does On her part, Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed refuses to tolerate Gilgamesh's attitude and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her fights him at every turn as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), as kings and considering his ego, this is saying combatants, retaining her dignity in a lot.way that some fans found lacking in her relationship with Shirou.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons.Iskander. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip, especially given that he still admits her opinions of his desire for her don't matter [[spoiler:and he considered a fight between her and Berserker after learning his true identity as one of her closest friends gone mad to be amusing]].

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip, especially given that he still admits her opinions of his desire for her don't matter [[spoiler:and he considered a fight between her and Berserker after learning his true identity as one of her closest friends gone mad to be amusing]]. MindGameShip.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker (if only because he was fighting Berserker and angered at the Servant) and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip, especially given that he still admits her opinions of his desire for her don't matter [[spoiler:and he considered a fight between her and Berserker after learning his true identity as one of her closest friends gone mad to be amusing]].

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker (if only because he was fighting Berserker and angered at the Servant) and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip, especially given that he still admits her opinions of his desire for her don't matter [[spoiler:and he considered a fight between her and Berserker after learning his true identity as one of her closest friends gone mad to be amusing]].


** That said, with the complicated nature of the plot and Shirou's [[BaseBreaker basebreaking]] status, some fans insist on making the distinction of shipping Rin/Archer, which can stand on its own in all the routes. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]]. Funnily enough, support for this ship can be included with Shirou/Rin, bolstering UBW even more.

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** That said, with the complicated nature of the plot and Shirou's [[BaseBreaker basebreaking]] BaseBreakingCharacter status, some fans insist on making the distinction of shipping Rin/Archer, which can stand on its own in all the routes. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]]. Funnily enough, support for this ship can be included with Shirou/Rin, bolstering UBW even more.



** Shuuichi, Kumiko's official love interest, is largely treated as a non-entity by fans. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members. The original light novel is more direct about Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple, while the anime emphasizes Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy HoYay between them, treating Shuuichi like a platonic childhood friend. WordOfGod in the between-seasons period was somewhat rudely dismissive of Kumiko/Reina (despite the obvious [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians baiting]] in the anime), and the issue became a BaseBreaker. Just to make things even more confusing, [[spoiler:Kumiko seemingly confesses to a ''different'' female band member at the end of the second season]], but this may also turn out to be [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship misleading]].

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** Shuuichi, Kumiko's official love interest, is largely treated as a non-entity by fans. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members. The original light novel is more direct about Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple, while the anime emphasizes Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy HoYay between them, treating Shuuichi like a platonic childhood friend. WordOfGod in the between-seasons period was somewhat rudely dismissive of Kumiko/Reina (despite the obvious [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians baiting]] in the anime), and the issue became a BaseBreaker.anime). Just to make things even more confusing, [[spoiler:Kumiko seemingly confesses to a ''different'' female band member at the end of the second season]], but this may also turn out to be [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship misleading]].


** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's ArchEnemy. It was mainly due to their brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her well-being because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.

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** Pairing Uryuu up him with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's his ArchEnemy. It was mainly due to their brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her Nemu's well-being because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.


** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's ArchEnemy. It was mainly due to their brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her welfare because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.

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** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's ArchEnemy. It was mainly due to their brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her welfare well-being because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=view&id=2618159 php?page=post&s=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.


** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's ArchEnemy. It was mainly due totheir brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her welfare because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.

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** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, despite her father being Uryuu's ArchEnemy. It was mainly due totheir to their brief interaction, in which Uryuu showed concerned for her welfare because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.


** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, especially as her father is Uryuu's ArchEnemy and yet Nemu still treats Uryuu kindly and Uryuu himself seems concerned for her welfare and is horrified by Mayuri's treatment of her.

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** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, especially as despite her father is being Uryuu's ArchEnemy and yet Nemu still treats ArchEnemy. It was mainly due totheir brief interaction, in which Uryuu kindly and Uryuu himself seems showed concerned for her welfare and is horrified by Mayuri's treatment because of [[AbusiveParent how Mayuri treated her.]] The fans have continued to [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=2337862 ship]] [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=view&id=2618159 them]] years after the manga's conclusion.


*** Really Vegeta only Bulma got together for the sake of plot and getting another Saiyan into the picture aka Trunks. Lampshaded in ''Reborn as Yamcha'' where the kid whose is reincarnated as Yamcha loves Bulma but realises that being her boyfriend and [[TrainingFromHell not training]] got Yamcha killed and secondly he has to let Vegeta get her for the sake of billions of people in the [[BadFuture future]].
** A good chunk of the fanbase actually like Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Blonde Launch who have more of fan support than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.
** A lot of fans in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] thought Goten and Bra/ Trunks and Pan should eventually hook as way of uniting Goku and Vegeta’s famlies and ensuring the survival of the Saiyan-line on Earth.

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*** Really Vegeta only and Bulma only got together for the sake of plot and getting another Saiyan into the picture aka Trunks. Lampshaded in ''Reborn as Yamcha'' where the kid whose is reincarnated as Yamcha loves Bulma but realises that being her boyfriend and [[TrainingFromHell not training]] got Yamcha killed and secondly he has to let Vegeta get her for the sake of billions of people in the [[BadFuture future]].
** A good chunk of the fanbase actually like Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''
one]]''.
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Launch (particularly her Mischievious Blonde Launch side) who have more of fan support than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.
** Some people also hate Videl Satan to the point where they ship Gohan with someone else, usually someone like filler character Lime or sideline nice-girl Erasa.
** A lot of fans in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] thought Goten and Bra/ Bra, as well as Trunks and Pan should eventually hook as way of uniting Goku and Vegeta’s famlies and ensuring the survival of the Saiyan-line on Earth.



** Overall, the whole issue of shipping is one of the big divides between fans of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist original anime]] and those of the manga/''Brotherhood''; fans of the latter overwhelmingly prefer the various {{Official Couple}}s, whereas the former focused less on romance and had a more ambiguous ending, leaving fans to draw their own conclusions. (For example, part of the reason that Roy/Ed was so fan-preferred is that the first anime's {{Het}} shippers were [[ShipToShipCombat fiercely divided]] over whether Ed belonged with Winry or Rose, who was a much more important character in the 2003 anime continuity.) However, overall, Roy/Ed remains the most popular ship when one crunches the numbers on fanfiction and fanart sites, especially in the Japanese fanbase.

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** Overall, the whole issue of shipping is one of the big divides between fans of the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist original 2003 anime]] and those of the manga/''Brotherhood''; fans of the latter overwhelmingly prefer the various {{Official Couple}}s, whereas the former focused less on romance and had a more ambiguous ending, leaving fans to draw their own conclusions. (For example, part of the reason that Roy/Ed was so fan-preferred is that the first anime's {{Het}} shippers were [[ShipToShipCombat fiercely divided]] over whether Ed belonged with Winry or Rose, who was a much more important character in the 2003 anime continuity.) However, overall, Roy/Ed remains the most popular ship when one crunches the numbers on fanfiction and fanart sites, especially in the Japanese fanbase.



** Though shipping Edward with Winry was exceedingly popular for 2003 fans, it's also very common to pair her with ''Sheska''. The same reasons above only made people ship it more, even some [=EdWin=] fans.

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** Though shipping Edward with Winry was exceedingly popular for 2003 fans, it's also very common to pair her Winry with ''Sheska''. The same reasons above only made people ship it more, even some [=EdWin=] fans.


*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriter, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together with Sora being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub which puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result (it also enjoys a much warmer reception in other countries with dubs more faithful to the original Japanese such as in South Korea). Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.
*** Takeru and Hikari (Taichi and Yamato's younger siblings) were the show's most popular ToyShip, period, which unfortunately led to some vicious ShipToShipCombat when ''02'' fashioned a LoveTriangle with them and newcomer Daisuke, though Takeru remains the more popular suitor, if only because he's the incumbent.

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*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriter, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show Sora. Show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together together, with Sora and Taichi simply being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest.JustFriends. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with Even the production staff appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid).avoid) and some of the voice actors expressed a preference for Taichi/Sora (including Mayumi Yamaguchi, the VA for Yamato's Digimon partner Gabumon). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development relationship development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub dub, which puts put in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling changing up the script so badly. much. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora Yamato/Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result (it also enjoys a much warmer reception in other countries with dubs more faithful to the original Japanese version, such as in South Korea). Newer Later sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' and the PSP video game attempt attempted to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.
*** Takeru and Hikari (Taichi (Yamato and Yamato's Taichi's younger siblings) siblings, respectively) were the show's most popular ToyShip, period, which unfortunately led to some vicious ShipToShipCombat when ''02'' fashioned a LoveTriangle with them and newcomer Daisuke, though Takeru remains the more popular suitor, if only because he's the incumbent.



*** While Ken and Miyako wound up married in the finale (a DevelopmentGag based on the fact that their Voice Actresses got along so well), it's not uncommon to find them shipped with other people rather than each other, since they have very little in-show support.

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*** While Ken and Miyako wound up married in the finale (a DevelopmentGag based on the fact that their Voice Actresses got along so well), it's not uncommon to find them shipped with other people rather than each other, since they have very little in-show support.support other than her having a massive crush on him that he generally didn't notice much.



*** Ruki Makino is Tamers' LauncherOfAThousandShips, and is more commonly shipped with costars Takato (in the west) or Jianliang (in Japan) than she is with Ryo, who's the closest thing she has to a canonical LoveInterest. The Ruki-Takato pairing even supersedes the [[OfficialCouple canonical]] [[PuppyLove Takato-Juri]], and has a large number of interpretations ranging from MasculineGirlFeminineBoy (Ruki's Tsundere and Takato's Adorkable) to SlapSlapKiss to TwiceShy. Ruki and Jian are commonly portrayed as RedOniBlueOni (in that order) with a few shades of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.

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*** Ruki Makino is Tamers' LauncherOfAThousandShips, and is more commonly shipped with costars Takato (in the west) or Jianliang (in Japan) than she is with Ryo, who's the closest thing she has to a canonical LoveInterest. The Ruki-Takato Ruki/Takato pairing even supersedes the [[OfficialCouple canonical]] [[PuppyLove Takato-Juri]], Takato/Juri]], and has a large number of interpretations ranging from MasculineGirlFeminineBoy (Ruki's Tsundere and Takato's Adorkable) to SlapSlapKiss to TwiceShy. Meanwhile, Ruki and Jian are commonly portrayed as RedOniBlueOni (in that order) with a few shades of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.


** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Many supporters claim the two have far more [[NotSoDifferent similarities]] than Kirito has with Asuna, being TheStoic burdened with SurvivorsGuilt, and thus they have a more natural feel of development going from [[VirtolicBestBuds antagonistic with each other to more playful rivalry and teasing]].

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** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Many supporters claim the two have far more [[NotSoDifferent similarities]] than Kirito has with Asuna, being TheStoic burdened with SurvivorsGuilt, and thus they have a more natural feel of development going from [[VirtolicBestBuds [[VitriolicBestBuds antagonistic with each other to more playful rivalry and teasing]].

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* ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' has Marcile/Falin. Marcille is very close with Falin, and she does spend an awful lot of time blushing around her. Also, they share a bed and bathe together. Though this one may end up becoming an OfficialCouple, so who knows.


** In the manga, Sumire states that she likes Boruto outright.
** ChoCho/Mitsuki has become popular thanks to a ADayInTheLimelight arc in the anime featuring ChoCho where she and Mitsuki bond.

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** In the manga, Sumire states that she likes Boruto outright.
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** ChoCho/Mitsuki {{ChoCho}}/Mitsuki has become popular thanks to a ADayInTheLimelight arc in the anime featuring ChoCho {{ChoCho}} where she and Mitsuki bond.


** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that [[ClassRepresentative Sumire]] might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
** In the manga, Sumire [[spoiler: states that she likes Boruto outright.]]

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** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that [[ClassRepresentative Sumire]] might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
** In the manga, Sumire [[spoiler: states that she likes Boruto outright.]]outright.
** ChoCho/Mitsuki has become popular thanks to a ADayInTheLimelight arc in the anime featuring ChoCho where she and Mitsuki bond.


** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to them]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends with Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.

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** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, Shikadai/Yodo, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two last one [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to them]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends with Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.


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** Shikadai and Yodo were getting paired as soon as fans learned they fought each other in the chunin exams due to LikeParentLikeSpouse with their similarities to Shikamaru and Temari.

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support, there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be due to the nature of how Kirito and Asuna's relationship developed over the course of the first arc, which many felt was rushed and lacked proper development, and how both Kirito and Asuna managed to form friendly relationships with others both then and later that felt better paced.
** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Many supporters claim the two have far more [[NotSoDifferent similarities]] than Kirito has with Asuna, being TheStoic burdened with SurvivorsGuilt, and thus they have a more natural feel of development going from [[VirtolicBestBuds antagonistic with each other to more playful rivalry and teasing]].
** For Asuna, there are plenty of fans who ship her with [[GenkiGirl Yuuki]], mostly due to their chemistry (which again, felt more natural than Kirito/Asuna) and the fact they have a very obvious RomanticTwoGirlFriendship going on, which gets lampshaded at several points. [[spoiler:Yuuki dying and passing on her personal Sword Skill while Asuna stays by her side just poured more fuel on the fire]].


* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'' was ''[[FirstGirlWins extremely]]'' obvious about pairing Tomoya and Nagisa. Didn't stop many, many people from wanting to pair Tomoya with [[CloudCuckooLander Kotomi]], [[{{Tsundere}} Kyou]] or [[ActionGirl Tomoyo]]. The latter two got their own {{OVA}}s.


* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support, there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be.
** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Kirito/Klein crops up some too, due to the HoYay.
** For Asuna, there are plenty of fans who ship her with [[GenkiGirl Yuuki]], mostly due to their chemistry and the fact they have a very obvious RomanticTwoGirlFriendship going on, which gets lampshaded at several points.


* ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'': People were already pairing Izetta with Princess Finé even before the series began airing due to the HoYay promotional artwork. Those feelings intensified after the series began airing.

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* ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'': People were already pairing Izetta with Princess Finé even before the series began airing due to the HoYay promotional artwork. Those feelings intensified after the series began airing. It's [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship technically]] not a YuriGenre series, though, so it never makes this official despite ludicrous amounts of subtext.



* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Despite some hinting towards Akko/Andrew, fans (and even some of the crew) would much rather have Akko/Diana as the end game, given the large amount of development their relationship had over Akko's relationship with Andrew. Enough so that Andrew's original intent as a canonical love interest was vetoed early in development; aforementioned hintings being a compromise/reference to his initial purpose.

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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Despite some hinting towards Akko/Andrew, fans (and even some of the crew) would much rather have Akko/Diana as the end game, given the large amount of development their relationship had over Akko's relationship with Andrew. Enough so that Andrew's original intent as a canonical love interest was vetoed early in development; aforementioned hintings being a compromise/reference to his initial purpose. Not enough, however, to make the preferred pairing canonical, as they've gone on record saying it will never leave the realm of fanworks.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Although Shinji is quite a LauncherOfAThousandShips, three people remain most commonly shipped with him: [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]], [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] and [[HoYay Kaworu]].
** Shinji/Kaworu in particular is very well-loved for being the token GayOption in the various ships, and the fact that it is built on how Shinji muses to himself that [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] is the first person to be [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe unconditionally and openly nice]] to him and to tell him that [[HomoeroticSubtext he loves him]]. Too bad the ship [[ShipSinking always meets a]] [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragic end]] no matter which part of the franchise it appears in.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Although Shinji is quite a LauncherOfAThousandShips, three people remain most commonly shipped with him: [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]], [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] and [[HoYay Kaworu]]. \n** Shinji/Kaworu in particular is very well-loved for being the token GayOption in the various ships, and the fact that it is built on how Shinji muses to himself that [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] is the first person to be [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe unconditionally and openly nice]] to him and to tell him that [[HomoeroticSubtext he loves him]]. Too bad the ship [[ShipSinking always meets a]] [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragic end]] no matter which part of the franchise it appears in.


** A good chunk of the fanbase actually likes Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Blonde Launch who have more of fan supporting than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.

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** A good chunk of the fanbase actually likes like Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Blonde Launch who have more of fan supporting support than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.


** An example from the voice actors surprisingly. As Bulma and Yamcha’s seiyu reportedly didn’t like the fact Bulma hooked with Vegeta, seeing as it threw away the growth the couple had thoughout the [[Anime/DragonBall early series]] and felt out of character for Yamcha to play the field.

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** An example comes from the voice actors surprisingly. As Bulma and Yamcha’s Yamcha's seiyu reportedly didn’t like the fact Bulma hooked with Vegeta, seeing as it threw away the growth the couple had thoughout the [[Anime/DragonBall early series]] and felt out of character for Yamcha to play the field.


* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Despite a strong Guts/Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts/Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Despite a strong Guts/Farnese Guts/Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts/Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].



* ''Franchise/DragonBall'', quite a few.
** An example from the voice actors surprisingly. As Bulma and Yamcha’s seiyu reportedly didn’t like the fact Bulma hooked with Vegeta, seeing as it threw away the growth the couple had thoughout the [[Anime/DragonBall early series]] and felt out of character for Yamcha to play the field.
*** Really Vegeta only Bulma got together for the sake of plot and getting another Saiyan into the picture aka Trunks. Lampshaded in ''Reborn as Yamcha'' where the kid whose is reincarnated as Yamcha loves Bulma but realises that being her boyfriend and [[TrainingFromHell not training]] got Yamcha killed and secondly he has to let Vegeta get her for the sake of billions of people in the [[BadFuture future]].
** A good chunk of the fanbase actually likes Goku and Bulma together, since they’ve had such strong connection from the start and Bulma becomes attracted to Goku seeing him as a grown man. But ultimately he ends up with Chi-Chi, lampshaded by Bulma herself where she reflects how lucky she could’ve been to be his wife but understands ''[[ShipSinking she really missed the boat on that one]]''
** One particularly painful example is Tien and Blonde Launch who have more of fan supporting than most of ships in the franchise but as Launch was PutOnABus (forever) despite all the ship teasing in Dragon Ball. One of the databooks throws the fandom a bone and claims Tien and Launch end together... somehow. It got especially annoying in Anime/DragonBallSuper when some chick called Yurin was introduced as some weird FoeYay for Tien all while Launch’s existence was continuously ignored.
** A lot of fans in [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] thought Goten and Bra/ Trunks and Pan should eventually hook as way of uniting Goku and Vegeta’s famlies and ensuring the survival of the Saiyan-line on Earth.



* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a few, despite NoHuggingNoKissing being heavily hinted at as the author's intent. The fandom heavily prefers pairing Luffy with Nami, citing a unique relationship between the two as evidence, as well as the fact that author Oda's wife apparently cosplays as her. On the Yaoi side, Luffy is often paired with Zoro, or Zoro with Sanji. Other fan-favored pairings include the sorta-obvious Usopp and Kaya, as well as Zoro and Robin.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a few, many despite Oda firmly stating there will be NoHuggingNoKissing being heavily hinted at as among the author's intent. crew of the Strawhat Pirates. The fans ignore this, so a characters like Nami and Robin can be the FandomBicycle. Take any ShipTease in canon with a grain of salt.
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fandom heavily prefers pairing Luffy with Nami, citing a unique relationship between the two as evidence, as well as the fact that author Oda's wife apparently cosplays as her. But that argument is flawed seeing as it equates Luffy (a ChasteHero) to Oda a [[SmokingIsCool chain smoking]] [[MostWritersAreMale pervert]] while another [[ChefOfIron character]] fits that bill. But again take it with a grain of salt.
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On the Yaoi side, Luffy is often paired with Zoro, or Zoro with Sanji. See the One Piece HoYay page for more.
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Other fan-favored pairings include the sorta-obvious Usopp and Kaya, as well as Zoro and Robin.Robin, though the latter can be considered ShipSinking as Franky has more [[ShipTease moments]] with Robin than she does with Zoro. Plus Oda states Franky and Robin are the [[TeamMom mom]] and [[TeamDad dad]] of the crew, so that really puts an end to Robin other potential relationships.


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. On the Het side, Midoriya/Uraraka (or IzuOcha in short) is quite the popular pairing for the main characters, reinforced in canon both by Izuku's inital attraction to Ochako and by the growing feelings of Uraraka for Midoriya and her sparse moments of jealousy when he interacts with [[DitzyGenius Mei Hatsume]], another less popular one is Momo/Todoroki, stemming from their interactions in their test with Aizawa.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. On the Het side, Midoriya/Uraraka (or IzuOcha [=IzuOcha=] in short) is quite the popular pairing for the main characters, reinforced in canon both by Izuku's inital attraction to Ochako and by the growing feelings of Uraraka for Midoriya and her sparse moments of jealousy when he interacts with [[DitzyGenius Mei Hatsume]], another less popular one is Momo/Todoroki, stemming from their interactions in their test with Aizawa.Aizawa.
** All Might/Inko became a popular pairing after Chapter 97 after the former admitted he admired her, not only for her resemblance to his deceased mentor, but her personality too. Despite Inko being canonically still married to Izuku's father, several fans prefer to simply ignore this fact either by portraying All Might as Midoriya's father or Inko as being divorced (helped by said father being TheGhost).


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his unintentional sexist treatment of Saber due to his [[MartyrComplex complicated feelings of self-worth]] in the beginning), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn nearly as many as the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his unintentional sexist treatment of Saber due to his [[MartyrComplex [[MartyrWithoutACause complicated feelings of self-worth]] in the beginning), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn nearly as many as the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.


** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]]. It also helps that Rin acts as the {{Deuteragonist}} throughout the novel- even outside of her own route as she and Shirou will cooperate with each other during the war- giving her almost as much screentime and development as the main character himself and certainly more screentime than the other girls outside of their own routes.

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** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow (if magically-superior) Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on roughly equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]]. It also helps that Rin acts as the {{Deuteragonist}} throughout the novel- even outside of her own route as she and Shirou will cooperate with each other during the war- giving her almost as much screentime and development as the main character himself and certainly more screentime than the other girls outside of their own routes.anyone else save Saber.



** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.
** In an inversion, the least popular pairing (at least, in the West) is that of Shirou and Sakura. This is not only due to Sakura being the least active of the heroines (only existing above a minor speaking part in her own route) but also due to the choices Shirou takes in said route; namely, abandoning his ideals to act as her champion even if it means endangering other people. The previous route explores Shirou's personality and shows how broken he is, a relationship between them can come across as toxic due to their burgeoning dependency on one another. In addition, Saber and Rin's routes show the process of Shirou falling in love with each girl and vice versa[[note]]its LoveAtFirstSight with Saber but it takes him a while to realize it and their relationship still grows afterwards[[/note]] whereas Sakura's route states that Shirou is already in love with Sakura and realizes it during the story while Sakura has been in love with Shirou for years by the time the story starts; depriving the ship the depth of its rivals or the chance to really draw the audience in.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather unintentional sexist treatment of Saber), Saber due to his [[MartyrComplex complicated feelings of self-worth]] in the beginning), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than nearly as many as the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.
** In an inversion, the least popular pairing (at least, in the West) is that of Shirou and Sakura. This is not only due to Sakura being the least active of the heroines (only existing above a minor speaking part in her own route) but also due to the choices Shirou takes in said route; namely, abandoning his ideals to act as her champion even if it means endangering other people. The As the previous route explores routes explore Shirou's personality and shows how broken he is, a relationship between them can come across as toxic due to their burgeoning dependency on one another. In addition, Saber and Rin's routes show the process of Shirou falling in love with each girl and vice versa[[note]]its LoveAtFirstSight with Saber but it takes him a while to realize it and their relationship still grows afterwards[[/note]] whereas Sakura's route states that Shirou is already in love with Sakura and realizes it during the story while Sakura has been in love with Shirou for years by the time the story starts; depriving the ship the depth of its rivals or the chance to really draw the audience in.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog PetTheDog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker (if only because he was fighting Berserker and angered at the Servant) and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander. Iskander if only for his own selfish reasons. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip.MindGameShip, especially given that he still admits her opinions of his desire for her don't matter [[spoiler:and he considered a fight between her and Berserker after learning his true identity as one of her closest friends gone mad to be amusing]].

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** However, there's also some other websites that seem to be in favor of Konata and Tsukasa.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. Ironically, Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist: [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.


** Serpico/Farnese is an incredibly popular pairing within the fandom, thanks to their Lady and Knight dynamic; with Farnese starting as a Dark Lady and then becoming a Bright Lady and Serpico remaining a mostly White Knight to her through. The devotion to the ship is so strong that not even Farnese being engaged to the popular Roderick or even [[spoiler:Farnese and Serpico being half-siblings]] can sway fans.

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** Serpico/Farnese is an incredibly popular pairing within the fandom, thanks to their Lady and Knight dynamic; with Farnese starting as a Dark Lady and then becoming a Bright Lady and Serpico remaining a mostly White Knight to her through.throughout. The devotion to the ship is so strong that not even Farnese being engaged to the popular Roderick or even [[spoiler:Farnese and Serpico being half-siblings]] can sway fans.


** In an inversion, the least popular pairing (at least, in the West) is that of Shirou and Sakura, this is not only due to Sakura being the least active of the heroines but also due to the choices Shirou takes in her route, namely, abandoning his ideals to act as her champion even if it means endangering other people; in addition, since the previous route explores Shirou's personality and shows how broken he is, a relationship between them can come across as toxic.

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** In an inversion, the least popular pairing (at least, in the West) is that of Shirou and Sakura, this Sakura. This is not only due to Sakura being the least active of the heroines (only existing above a minor speaking part in her own route) but also due to the choices Shirou takes in her route, said route; namely, abandoning his ideals to act as her champion even if it means endangering other people; in addition, since the people. The previous route explores Shirou's personality and shows how broken he is, a relationship between them can come across as toxic.toxic due to their burgeoning dependency on one another. In addition, Saber and Rin's routes show the process of Shirou falling in love with each girl and vice versa[[note]]its LoveAtFirstSight with Saber but it takes him a while to realize it and their relationship still grows afterwards[[/note]] whereas Sakura's route states that Shirou is already in love with Sakura and realizes it during the story while Sakura has been in love with Shirou for years by the time the story starts; depriving the ship the depth of its rivals or the chance to really draw the audience in.


** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]], it also helps that Rin acts as the {{Deuteragonist}} through out the novel, giving her as much focus as her partner.

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** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]], it thing]]. It also helps that Rin acts as the {{Deuteragonist}} through out throughout the novel, novel- even outside of her own route as she and Shirou will cooperate with each other during the war- giving her almost as much focus screentime and development as her partner.the main character himself and certainly more screentime than the other girls outside of their own routes.


** Shinji/Kaworu in particular is very well-loved for being the token GayOption in the various ships, and the fact that it is built on how Shinji muses to himself that [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] is the first person to be [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe unconditionally and openly nice]] to him and to tell him that [[HomoeroticSubtext he loves him]]. Too bad the ship [[ShipSinking always meets a]] [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragic end]] no matter which part of the franchise it appears.

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** Shinji/Kaworu in particular is very well-loved for being the token GayOption in the various ships, and the fact that it is built on how Shinji muses to himself that [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] is the first person to be [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe unconditionally and openly nice]] to him and to tell him that [[HomoeroticSubtext he loves him]]. Too bad the ship [[ShipSinking always meets a]] [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragic end]] no matter which part of the franchise it appears.appears in.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Although Shinji is quite a LauncherOfAThousandShips, three people remain most commonly shipped with him: [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]], [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Rei]] and [[HoYay Kaworu]].
** Shinji/Kaworu in particular is very well-loved for being the token GayOption in the various ships, and the fact that it is built on how Shinji muses to himself that [[NiceGuy Kaworu]] is the first person to be [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe unconditionally and openly nice]] to him and to tell him that [[HomoeroticSubtext he loves him]]. Too bad the ship [[ShipSinking always meets a]] [[TearJerker/NeonGenesisEvangelion tragic end]] no matter which part of the franchise it appears.


* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'': [[spoiler: Ryoken x Yusaku seems to be heading this way, producing an astounding amount of fan art in a short time after episodes 43 and 44.]] If anything else, all the other pairings get far less attention.

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** [[VitriolicBestBuds Nuriko/Tasuki]] also has their share of fans. It helps that their English voice actors actually got married.

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** And when it comes to the most famous slash ship, [[FoeYay Lelouch/Suzaku]]... let's just say that at times, they are ''even more popular'' than Lelouch and C.C. On LiveJournal, the Lelouch/Suzaku community has '''twice''' as many fans as the Lelouch/C.C, Lelouch/Kallen and Lelouch/Shirley ''combined''. It helps that the creators seem to catch on on this and release quite a lot of homoerotic official arts for them.


*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriter, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together with Sora being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub which puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result. Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.

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*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriter, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together with Sora being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub which puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result.result (it also enjoys a much warmer reception in other countries with dubs more faithful to the original Japanese such as in South Korea). Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.


*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriting, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together with Sora being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub which puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result. Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.

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*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriting, DependingOnTheWriter, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou had always planned for Sora and Yamato to end up together with Sora being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead as they admitted they were used to the main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. This is much worse in the English dub which puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result. Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.


*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou claims to have explicitly set up clues foreshadowing that Yamato and Sora would eventually be married, but almost ''everyone else'' involved appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead[[note]]Including the Voice Actors -- Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi to end up together -- and secondary director Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game''.[[/note]]. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. Especially notable in the American dub, which latched onto the Taichi-Sora pairing early. Given discontent fans, [[DieForOurShip divorce fics ensue]].

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*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble, RelationshipWritingFumble and DependingOnTheWriting, Taichi and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou claims to have explicitly set up clues foreshadowing that had always planned for Sora and Yamato and to end up together with Sora would eventually be married, being Taichi's TheNotLoveInterest. Sora and Yamato being married with kids was even a part of the original finale to ''Adventure'' but almost ''everyone else'' he scrapped this as he thought the characters were too young. Many others involved with the production appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead[[note]]Including instead as they admitted they were used to the Voice Actors -- Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi main boy ending up with main girl (which was a cliche that Kakudou himself was specifically trying to end up together -- and secondary director avoid). Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game''.[[/note]].Game'' seemed to imply that Sora had a crush on Taichi, although this "crush" was never a thing in the original ''Adventure'' and ''02''. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. Especially notable This is much worse in the American dub, English dub which latched onto puts in a lot of ShipTease for Tai and Sora which was never there in the Taichi-Sora pairing early. Given discontent fans, [[DieForOurShip divorce fics ensue]].Japanese versions and Jeff Nimoy (the man in charge of the dub) has even apologized for bungling the script so badly. The lack of romance in ''Adventure'' meant it was possible for Sora to have ended up with anyone and the Yamato-Sora relationship went over with Japanese audiences much easier than it did with Western ones as a result. Newer sequels and video games such as ''tri.'' and the PSP video game attempt to spin the Yamato-Sora-Taichi relationship off as a LoveTriangle because of how inconsistent the writing has become.


** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]].

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** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscience and do the right thing]].thing]], it also helps that Rin acts as the {{Deuteragonist}} through out the novel, giving her as much focus as her partner.


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** In an inversion, the least popular pairing (at least, in the West) is that of Shirou and Sakura, this is not only due to Sakura being the least active of the heroines but also due to the choices Shirou takes in her route, namely, abandoning his ideals to act as her champion even if it means endangering other people; in addition, since the previous route explores Shirou's personality and shows how broken he is, a relationship between them can come across as toxic.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance (which is ironic, considering Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist). [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance (which is ironic, considering Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist).romance. [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.


*** For As a bonus to this ship, in the visual novel- if the right conditions are met- Saber gets to remain in the modern age with [[OneTrueThreesome Shirou and Rin]].


* A ''lot'' of people who have read the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels are of the opinion that Kyon/Yuki is the perfect couple. This can be attributed to the 4th novel, ''Disappearance'', which [[ShipTease focuses majorly on Yuki and Kyon]], as well as the fact that Haruhi tends to go OutOfFocus, while Yuki becomes more focused on, all combined with an utter lack of any major Haruhi/Kyon hints. The fact that the author himself has said Yuki is his favourite character may also help. It may also help that Yuki is beloved by an enormous portion of the fandom, individuals at worst not expressing any interest in her, while Haruhi, though popular as well, has acquired a significant force of haters due to the more abrasive and violent portions of her personality.
** It also doesn't hurt that there's [[Manga/TheDisappearanceOfNagatoYukiChan an entire AU spinoff devoted to this ship]].

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* A ''lot'' of people who have read the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels are of the opinion that Kyon/Yuki is the perfect couple. This can be attributed to the 4th novel, ''Disappearance'', which [[ShipTease focuses majorly on Yuki and Kyon]], as well as the fact that Haruhi tends to go OutOfFocus, while Yuki becomes more focused on, all combined with an utter lack of any major Haruhi/Kyon hints. The fact that the author himself has said Yuki is his favourite character may also help. It may also help that Yuki is beloved by an enormous portion of the fandom, individuals at worst not expressing any interest in her, while Haruhi, though popular as well, has acquired a significant force of haters due to the more abrasive and violent portions of her personality.
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personality. It also doesn't hurt that there's [[Manga/TheDisappearanceOfNagatoYukiChan an entire AU spinoff devoted to this ship]].


** It also doesn't hurt that there's [[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan an entire AU spinoff devoted to this ship]].

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** It also doesn't hurt that there's [[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan [[Manga/TheDisappearanceOfNagatoYukiChan an entire AU spinoff devoted to this ship]].


** [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]] has been going strong ever since their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular pairing on [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that the anime showcases a lot of rather... romantic moments between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details, where they have an entire ''folder''.



** [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]] has been going strong ever since their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular pairing on [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that the anime showcases a lot of rather... romantic moments between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details, where they have an entire ''folder''.


** None of these examples above match up to [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]], which has been going strong ever since their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular pairing according to [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that the anime showcases a lot of rather...romantic moments between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details, where they have an entire ''folder''.

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** None of these examples above match up to [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]], which Naruto/Sasuke]] has been going strong ever since their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular pairing according to on [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that the anime showcases a lot of rather... romantic moments between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details, where they have an entire ''folder''.

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** In the manga, Sumire [[spoiler: states that she likes Boruto outright.]]


*** Koushiro/Mimi is one of the most popular ships in Japan, often going toe-to-toe with [[ToyShip Takeru/Hikari]] (In the West, it's not as popular as [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Yamato/Mimi]] or [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jyou/Mimi]]). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.

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*** Koushiro/Mimi is one of the most popular ships in Japan, often going toe-to-toe with [[ToyShip Takeru/Hikari]] (In the West, it's not as popular as [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Yamato/Mimi]] or [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jyou/Mimi]]). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.


* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Despite canon hints towards Akko/Andrew, fans (and even some of the crew) would much rather have Akko/Diana as the end game, given the large amount of development their relationship had over Akko's relationship with Andrew. Enough so that the original ending where the former couple is made canon was scrapped over a more open ending.

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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Despite canon hints some hinting towards Akko/Andrew, fans (and even some of the crew) would much rather have Akko/Diana as the end game, given the large amount of development their relationship had over Akko's relationship with Andrew. Enough so that the Andrew's original ending where the former couple is made canon intent as a canonical love interest was scrapped over vetoed early in development; aforementioned hintings being a more open ending.compromise/reference to his initial purpose.


** ''Anime/Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' fans often ship Ginga and his rival Kyoya.

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** ''Anime/Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' fans often ship Ginga and his rival Kyoya.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'': [[spoiler: Ryoken x Yusaku seems to be heading this way, producing an astounding amount of fan art in a short time after episodes 43 and 44.]] If anything else, all the other pairings get far less attention.


** Shuuichi, Kumiko's official love interest, is largely treated as a non-entity by fans. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members. The original light novel is more direct about Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple, while the anime emphasizes Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy HoYay between them, treating Shuuichi like a platonic childhood friend. WordOfGod in the between-seasons period was somewhat rudely dismissive of this ship (despite the obvious [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians baiting]] in the anime), and the issue became a BaseBreaker. Just to make things even more confusing, [[spoiler:Kumiko seemingly confesses to a ''different'' female band member at the end of the second season]], but this may also turn out to be [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship misleading]].

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** Shuuichi, Kumiko's official love interest, is largely treated as a non-entity by fans. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members. The original light novel is more direct about Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple, while the anime emphasizes Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy HoYay between them, treating Shuuichi like a platonic childhood friend. WordOfGod in the between-seasons period was somewhat rudely dismissive of this ship Kumiko/Reina (despite the obvious [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians baiting]] in the anime), and the issue became a BaseBreaker. Just to make things even more confusing, [[spoiler:Kumiko seemingly confesses to a ''different'' female band member at the end of the second season]], but this may also turn out to be [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship misleading]].


** To fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.

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** To fans Shuuichi Shuuichi, Kumiko's official love interest, is barely even largely treated as a character. non-entity by fans. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the members. The original light novel has is more direct about Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The OfficialCouple, while the anime puts heavy emphasis of emphasizes Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay HoYay between them, while on the other hand treating Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend friend. WordOfGod in the between-seasons period was somewhat rudely dismissive of Kumiko's.this ship (despite the obvious [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians baiting]] in the anime), and the issue became a BaseBreaker. Just to make things even more confusing, [[spoiler:Kumiko seemingly confesses to a ''different'' female band member at the end of the second season]], but this may also turn out to be [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship misleading]].


** Yusei is a LauncherOfAThousandShips, and he ends the story without any canon couple. Do the math. Particularly big offenders include Yusei/Aki, which is probably the closest thing to an OfficialCouple for him, and Yusei/Jack, for the old-fashioned rival/protagonist pairing. Yusei/Bruno is a pretty fervent one, as well, owing to the heavy HoYay surrounding the two; it wouldn't be exaggerating much to say Bruno is Yusei's closest companion in the last half.

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** Yusei is a LauncherOfAThousandShips, and he ends the story without any canon couple. Do the math. Particularly big offenders include Yusei/Aki, which is probably the closest thing to an OfficialCouple for him, and Yusei/Jack, for the old-fashioned rival/protagonist pairing. Yusei/Bruno is a and Yusei/Kiryu are pretty fervent one, ones, as well, owing to the heavy HoYay surrounding the two; it wouldn't be exaggerating much to say Bruno is Yusei's closest companion in the last half.their relationships with Yusei.



** Talking of Yuma/Astral, it's essentially the reincarnation of Puzzleshipping, and is similarly often regarded as one WordOfGay away from canonicity. Of the top 25 most-favorited ''ZEXAL'' fics, fourteen are some stripe of Yuma/Astral as of this writing.

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** Talking of Yuma/Astral, it's essentially the reincarnation of Puzzleshipping, and is similarly often regarded as one WordOfGay away from canonicity. Of the top 25 most-favorited ''ZEXAL'' fics, fics on FFN, fourteen are some stripe of Yuma/Astral as of this writing.


** Puzzleshipping is probably the most well-known pairing the YuGiOh franchise ever had. In the Japanese version, they even have AffectionateNickname for the other ("Mou Hitori no Boku/The other me" for Yami and "Aibou/Partner" for Yugi.) And the two can't seem to stop thinking about the other, and there are just so many subtexts in both the manga and anime, which only makes the fans more excited. Puzzleshipping is pretty much considered canon by most fans.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where they had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.
** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juuman".) But the most amazing case has to be Judai/'''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]]''', an extremely popular couple. We have the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]] to thanks for introducing such a possibility to us.

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** Puzzleshipping (Yugi/Atem) is probably the most well-known pairing the YuGiOh franchise ever had. In the Japanese version, they even have AffectionateNickname for the other ("Mou Hitori no Boku/The other me" for Yami Yami/Atem and "Aibou/Partner" for Yugi.) And the two can't seem to stop thinking about the other, and there are just so many subtexts in both the manga and anime, which only makes the fans more excited. Puzzleshipping is pretty much considered canon by most fans.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where they had their HeelFaceTurn), causing them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.
West. That said, Juudai/Yubel has picked up a fair bit of steam lately, owing to just how unusual it is as an OfficialCouple.
** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juuman".) But the most amazing case has to be Judai/'''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]]''', an extremely popular couple. We have the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]] to thanks for introducing such a possibility to us.us - even moreso because for [[FirstInstallmentWins more nostalgic fans]], this was the first time many of them had met either character. Even being separated by decades of time couldn't stop the pairing.



** Yusei is a LauncherOfAThousandShips, so picking a definite Preferred Couple is tricky, but the three biggest ones are Yusei/Aki (probably the closest to an OfficialCouple, but as of the DistantFinale it doesn't seem to have gone anywhere), Yusei/Jack (the obligatory hero/rival ship), and... Yusei/Bruno. The shippers picked up hard on the fact that [[HoYay Yusei seems to prefer him to Aki]], and he regularly ends up BackFromTheDead and redeemed in fics to pick up where he left off.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' is also a hotbed of these.
** It's canon that Droite has feelings for Kaito. But the fact that she spends all her time with Gauche, is always in sync with him, and are inseparable have made Droite/Gauche ''the'' ''Zexal'' shipping.
** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him -- Yuma/Anna is the go-to Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral, Yuma/Shark, Yuma/Kaito, or Yuma/III (in point of fact, all the most-favorited fanfics on FFN are all Yuma/Astral).

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** Yusei is a LauncherOfAThousandShips, so picking a definite Preferred Couple is tricky, but and he ends the three biggest ones are Yusei/Aki (probably story without any canon couple. Do the math. Particularly big offenders include Yusei/Aki, which is probably the closest thing to an OfficialCouple, but as of OfficialCouple for him, and Yusei/Jack, for the DistantFinale it doesn't seem old-fashioned rival/protagonist pairing. Yusei/Bruno is a pretty fervent one, as well, owing to have gone anywhere), Yusei/Jack (the obligatory hero/rival ship), and... Yusei/Bruno. The shippers picked up hard on the fact that [[HoYay Yusei seems heavy HoYay surrounding the two; it wouldn't be exaggerating much to prefer him to Aki]], and he regularly ends up BackFromTheDead and redeemed say Bruno is Yusei's closest companion in fics to pick up where he left off.
the last half.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' is also a hotbed of these.
** It's canon that Droite has feelings for Kaito. But the fact that she spends all her time with Gauche, is always in sync with him, and are inseparable have made Droite/Gauche ''the'' ''Zexal'' shipping.
pairing for both characters.
** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him -- Yuma/Anna is the go-to het Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral, Yuma/Shark, Yuma/Kaito, or Yuma/III (in point Yuma/III.
** Talking
of fact, all Yuma/Astral, it's essentially the reincarnation of Puzzleshipping, and is similarly often regarded as one WordOfGay away from canonicity. Of the top 25 most-favorited fanfics on FFN ''ZEXAL'' fics, fourteen are all Yuma/Astral).some stripe of Yuma/Astral as of this writing.

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** Fans frequently pair Konohamaru with Hanabi, due to them being of a similar age despite never having interacted before... until the ''Boruto'' anime episode 50, in which they both get drunk and share their affection for Boruto as a thing in common.


** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance.romance (which is ironic, considering Gil's treatment of Saber is even more sexist). [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.


*** As a bonus to this ship, in the visual novel- if the right conditions are met- Saber gets to remain in the modern age with [[OneTrueThreesome Shirou and Rin]].

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*** For As a bonus to this ship, in the visual novel- if the right conditions are met- Saber gets to remain in the modern age with [[OneTrueThreesome Shirou and Rin]].



** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] the dynamic has enough wish-fulfillment elements for it to win over the negative aspects. [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] the dynamic has enough wish-fulfillment elements for it to win over the negative aspects. [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In Saber]]; in return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.


** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].

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** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious conscience and do the right thing]].


** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].

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** The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something.something for everyone. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].


** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juman".)

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** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juman"."Juuman".) But the most amazing case has to be Judai/'''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei]]''', an extremely popular couple. We have the [[Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime BBT movie]] to thanks for introducing such a possibility to us.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the Naruto/Hinata/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, children; [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, love; a two-page manga short written by [[Creator/MasashiKishimoto the author himself himself]] dedicated to their first date, date; [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, wedding; [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, son; and [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. son. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the Naruto/Hinata/Sakura Hinata/Naruto/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get together and get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Much like the aforementioned Naruto and Hinata, Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married HappilyMarried with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.



** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.

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** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] them]] in the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing]] and ends on with Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious "obvious" candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned Naruto/Hinata/Sakura LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) known that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though date, although Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) TimeSkip, and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it and he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].
** Tsunade and Jiraiya before the latter died. The latter's love for the former is canonical but {{unrequited|LoveLastsForever}}, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.
** The GrandFinale revealed the final {{Official Couple}}s among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.
** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower"; until they actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' in which they share their passion for drawing and ending on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that ClassRepresentative Sumi might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing has been around ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. It helps that both the anime and the manga have a '''lot''' of rather... romantic moments for them. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - they get an entire ''folder''.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided crush. shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, the narrative, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] interaction in the manga, Naruto/Hinata had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] Naruto/Hinata as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". happening." While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was There is the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed shows Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a two-page manga short written by the author himself dedicated to their first date, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a sequel manga]] starring their son, and so on]]. on. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated dates back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and as stated in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], [[OldShame he now regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it and because he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga.
manga and he decided that Naruto/Hinata were always going to get married anyways, ever since "pretty early on" and "from an early stage."
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].
Shikamaru asking Temari out on a date.
** Tsunade and Jiraiya Jiraiya, before the latter died. The latter's love for the former is canonical but {{unrequited|LoveLastsForever}}, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.
** The GrandFinale revealed the final {{Official Couple}}s among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.
** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower"; until they "sunflower." Inojin/Himawari actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' the ''Boruto'' anime, in which [[CommonalityConnection they share their passion for drawing drawing]] and ending ends on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
** It's implied in the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that ClassRepresentative Sumi [[ClassRepresentative Sumire]] might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.
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** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing Naruto/Sasuke]], which has been around going strong ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, their AccidentalKiss in Chapter 3. Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. pairing according to [=FanFiction.net=] and [=ArchiveOfOurOwn.org=]. It helps that both the anime and the manga have showcases a '''lot''' lot of rather... rather...romantic moments for them. between them, either in {{Filler}} or the openings and endings. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - details, where they get have an entire ''folder''.


* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where she had her HeelFaceTurn), causing her to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where she they had her their HeelFaceTurn), causing her them to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.


** None of these examples above would match up to [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruSasu]] (short for [[HoYay Naruto/Sasuke]]), however. The pairing has been around ever since the Land of Waves arc and only get more and more popular as time goes on. In fact, Naruto/Sasuke is the most popular couple in the Japanese fandom, followed up closely by Kakashi/Iruka, way more popular than Naru/Hina or Sasu/Saku. It helps that both the anime and the manga have a '''lot''' of rather... romantic moments for them. You can see the [[{{HoYay/Naruto}} Naruto Ho Yay page]] for more details - they get an entire ''folder''.



** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).

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** [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably one of the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).


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** Puzzleshipping is probably the most well-known pairing the YuGiOh franchise ever had. In the Japanese version, they even have AffectionateNickname for the other ("Mou Hitori no Boku/The other me" for Yami and "Aibou/Partner" for Yugi.) And the two can't seem to stop thinking about the other, and there are just so many subtexts in both the manga and anime, which only makes the fans more excited. Puzzleshipping is pretty much considered canon by most fans.


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** There are also fans who prefer shipping Judai with Manjoume (the Japanese fandom even refer to them as "Juman".)

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* ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'': Later in the plot, the protagonist Ryuuichi is in the middle of a love triangle in which the {{Tsundere}} Inomata and the ShrinkingViolet Ushimaru try to get with him. Most fans however tend to ship [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Ryuuichi with Kamitani]]. It's somewhat HilariousInHindsight as it's implied that Ushimaru envies how close the two men are, if not outright recognizing Kamitani as another love rival.
** Connected to it, as the two girls befriend, a lot of fans started to ship them with each other rather than Ryuuichi.


* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment. [[spoiler: ''Manga/UQHolder'' reveals that the girl in question was Chisame, and they marry some time later. Whether or not this was a good choice is subject for heavy debate]].


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. On the Het side, Midoriya/Uraraka (or IzuOcha in short) is quite the popular pairing for the main characters, reinforced in canon both by Izuku's inital attraction to Ochako and by the growing feelings of Uraraka for Midoriya and her sparse moments of jealousy when he interacts with [[DitzyGenius Mei Hatsume]], another less popular one is Momo/Todoroki, stemming from their interactions in their test with Aizawa.


* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, and also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among the background characters is Akane/Eri.

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* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, ''Manga/KOn'':
** [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Mio/Ritsu]] is easily the most popular ship in the series. This is because [[OddCouple their role as foils to each other make for a very compatible ship]],
and the way that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ritsu]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Mio]] act towards each other just screams BelligerentSexualTension. Not to mention the episodes devoted to their relationship, including the ''Romeo and Juliet'' two-parter (and yes, [[LesYay they play the titular couple]]).
** [[SempaiKouhai Yui/Azusa]] is
also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of very popular, due to Yui [[CuddleBug showering Azusa with affection very often]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Azusa often trying to reject her, but always letting up in the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among end]]. Season 2 sees the background characters two of them forming a music duo named [=YuiAzu=], which is Akane/Eri.basically WordOfGod giving the two an official PortmanteauCoupleName.


** THE couple might just be Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded.

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** THE couple might just be Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version versions of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded.


** THE couple might just be [[spoiler:Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded. The ship only got more popular as the show continued.]]

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** THE couple might just be [[spoiler:Zarc/Ray Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded. The ship only got more popular as the show continued.]]

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** THE couple might just be [[spoiler:Zarc/Ray due to the how much ship tease three of the four counterpart ships get in the anime(Yuya/Yuzu, Yugo/Rin and Yuto/Ruri). These three with the Yuri/Serena are all very popular and seeing how these four couples are just different version of Zarc/Ray, the moment Zarc and Ray was revealed the fanart exploded. The ship only got more popular as the show continued.]]


** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.

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** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower"."sunflower"; until they actually got an episode [[ADayInTheLimelight dedicated to both]] in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' in which they share their passion for drawing and ending on Inojin calling Himawari "sensei". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.


* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the dating simulator aspect of the visual novel, the ships are mostly limited to the three girls at the center of each route. But each route is a completely different story and the leading man's character is altered according to the route's theme, which makes separating one’s opinion of the story, the romance, and even personal liking towards the central girl difficult.
** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the dating simulator aspect The series allows each of the visual novel, the ships are mostly limited to the three girls love interests an equal shot to star in the spotlight and to hook up with the main character. But because the story is so intertwined with the girl at the center of each route. But each route route’s center, judging her relationship’s own merits with Shirou is a completely different story and the leading man's character is altered according to the route's theme, which makes separating one’s opinion of the story, the romance, and even tricky because fans can let their personal liking towards for the central girl difficult.or her route influence their opinion of the ship. On top of this, all the routes are dictated to be just as canon as the others, leaving which ship counts as the fan-preferred one down to which of the main character’s ships is the most popular.
** But the The general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the heroic optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. something. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined defined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].


* While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be.

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', support, there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be.


** There are a lot of fans who give in to the [[LesYay lesbian-oriented subtext]] supposedly in the show, the manga, and the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action version]]. The most popular non-canon couples are Minako/Rei, Makoto/Ami and Hotaru/Chibiusa. Of course there are many, many more variations of this, especially when one includes the het possibilities.

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** There are a lot of fans who give in to Given the overwhelming amount [[LesYay lesbian-oriented subtext]] supposedly in the show, the manga, and the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action version]]. The version]], the most popular non-canon secondary couples are Minako/Rei, Makoto/Ami and Hotaru/Chibiusa. Of course there are many, many more variations of this, especially when one includes the het possibilities.Hotaru/Chibiusa.


** Serpico/Farnese is an incredibly popular pairing within the fandom, thanks to their Lady and Knight dynamic; with Farnese starting as a Dark Lady and then becoming a Bright Lady and Serpico remaining a mostly White Knight to her through. The devotion to the ship is so strong that not even Farnese being engaged to the popular [[Hunk Roderick]] or even [[spoiler:Farnese and Serpico being half-siblings]] can sway fans.

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** Serpico/Farnese is an incredibly popular pairing within the fandom, thanks to their Lady and Knight dynamic; with Farnese starting as a Dark Lady and then becoming a Bright Lady and Serpico remaining a mostly White Knight to her through. The devotion to the ship is so strong that not even Farnese being engaged to the popular [[Hunk Roderick]] Roderick or even [[spoiler:Farnese and Serpico being half-siblings]] can sway fans.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'': post-series, the creators did their best to [[ShipSinking dismiss]] the Lelouch/C.C. ship. Fans of Lulu/CC persist because the pair, a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] ByronicHero and a MysteriousWaif BrokenBird, complemented each other very well - so well that a vast majority of the show's art, both fan- and official, puts Lelouch with C.C. rather than [[ActionGirl Kallen]] or [[DisposableWoman Shirley]].

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'': post-series, Post-series, the creators did their best to [[ShipSinking dismiss]] the Lelouch/C.C. ship. Fans of Lulu/CC persist because the pair, a [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] ByronicHero and a MysteriousWaif BrokenBird, complemented each other very well - so well that a vast majority of the show's art, both fan- and official, puts Lelouch with C.C. rather than [[ActionGirl Kallen]] or [[DisposableWoman Shirley]].



* Although by far one of the most popular couples in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', the mind-numbingly obvious pairing of Allen and Lenalee has accumulated a fair amount of haters. Most of the remaining in the fandom are proud [[PortmanteauCoupleName Yullen]] (Kanda/Allen) fans because of a "hate/love" appeal.

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* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Although by far one of the most popular couples in ''Manga/DGrayMan'', couples, the mind-numbingly obvious pairing of Allen and Lenalee has accumulated a fair amount of haters. Most of the remaining in the fandom are proud [[PortmanteauCoupleName Yullen]] (Kanda/Allen) fans because of a "hate/love" appeal.



*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble, Taichi & Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato & Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou claims to have explicitly set up clues foreshadowing that Yamato and Sora would eventually be married, but almost ''everyone else'' involved appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead[[note]]Including the Voice Actors -- Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi to end up together -- and secondary director Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game''.[[/note]]. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. Especially notable in the American dub, which latched onto the Taichi-Sora pairing early. Given discontent fans, [[DieForOurShip divorce fics ensue]].
*** Takeru & Hikari (Taichi and Yamato's younger siblings) were the show's most popular ToyShip, period, which unfortunately led to some vicious ShipToShipCombat when ''02'' fashioned a LoveTriangle with them and newcomer Daisuke, though Takeru remains the more popular suitor, if only because he's the incumbent.

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*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble, Taichi & and Sora became a vastly more popular couple than the canonically-intended couple of Yamato & and Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou claims to have explicitly set up clues foreshadowing that Yamato and Sora would eventually be married, but almost ''everyone else'' involved appeared to ship Sora with Taichi instead[[note]]Including the Voice Actors -- Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi to end up together -- and secondary director Mamoru Hosoda, who directed ''Our War Game''.[[/note]]. Naturally, the fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the issue]] by having Sora and Yamato become a couple during the ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. Especially notable in the American dub, which latched onto the Taichi-Sora pairing early. Given discontent fans, [[DieForOurShip divorce fics ensue]].
*** Takeru & and Hikari (Taichi and Yamato's younger siblings) were the show's most popular ToyShip, period, which unfortunately led to some vicious ShipToShipCombat when ''02'' fashioned a LoveTriangle with them and newcomer Daisuke, though Takeru remains the more popular suitor, if only because he's the incumbent.


* Despite the [[spoiler: fact that they're half-siblings]], Serpico/Farnese is still a popular pairing within the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fandom. Even though she's arranged to marry Roderick, there's not much approval for that pairing in the Berserk fandom. Despite a strong Guts / Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts / Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].

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* Despite the [[spoiler: fact that they're half-siblings]], Serpico/Farnese is still a popular pairing within the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fandom. Even though she's arranged to marry Roderick, there's not much approval for that pairing in the Berserk fandom. ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Despite a strong Guts / Schierke Guts/Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts / Casca Guts/Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].all]].
** Serpico/Farnese is an incredibly popular pairing within the fandom, thanks to their Lady and Knight dynamic; with Farnese starting as a Dark Lady and then becoming a Bright Lady and Serpico remaining a mostly White Knight to her through. The devotion to the ship is so strong that not even Farnese being engaged to the popular [[Hunk Roderick]] or even [[spoiler:Farnese and Serpico being half-siblings]] can sway fans.


* Kagura/Yomi has gained prominence amongst fans of ''Manga/GaRei'', especially those who had watched the [[Anime/GaReiZero prequel]].

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* Kagura/Yomi has gained prominence amongst fans of ''Manga/GaRei'', especially those who had watched Ostensibly, the [[Anime/GaReiZero prequel]].main pairing of ''Manga/GaRei'' is Kensuke/Kagura. However, the prequel, ''Anime/GaReiZero'', focuses on Kagura's relationship with the otherwise minor character Yomi - and as it turns out, said relationship turned out to be a ''lot'' more compelling, in spite of ([[StarCrossedLovers or even helped by]]) being DoomedByCanon. That ''Zero'' is the more popular of the two overall doesn't hurt, nor does [[BestKnownForTheFanservice the most famous scene in the franchise]] being [[SpaghettiKiss the two of them playing pocky game.]]

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* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'': Despite canon hints towards Akko/Andrew, fans (and even some of the crew) would much rather have Akko/Diana as the end game, given the large amount of development their relationship had over Akko's relationship with Andrew. Enough so that the original ending where the former couple is made canon was scrapped over a more open ending.


** That said, with the complicated nature of the plot, some fans insist on making the distinction of shipping Rin/Archer, which can stand on its own in all the routes. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]]. Funnily enough, support for this ship can be included with Shirou/Rin, bolstering UBW even more.

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** That said, with the complicated nature of the plot, plot and Shirou's [[BaseBreaker basebreaking]] status, some fans insist on making the distinction of shipping Rin/Archer, which can stand on its own in all the routes. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]]. Funnily enough, support for this ship can be included with Shirou/Rin, bolstering UBW even more.



* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending a shaken Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. Iskander. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.MindGameShip.


* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the dating simulator aspect of the visual novel, the ships are mostly limited to the three girls at the center of each route. But each route is a completely different story and the leading man is different according to the route's theme, which makes separating one’s opinion of the story, the romance, and even personal liking towards the central girl difficult.

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the dating simulator aspect of the visual novel, the ships are mostly limited to the three girls at the center of each route. But each route is a completely different story and the leading man man's character is different altered according to the route's theme, which makes separating one’s opinion of the story, the romance, and even personal liking towards the central girl difficult.


** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].

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** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself himself, thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern {{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing]].



** Thanks to the moral simplicity of Saber's route and Shirou's subsequent VanillaProtagonist portrayal (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] the dynamic has enough wish-fulfillment elements for it to win over the negative aspects. Gilgamesh- as the most powerful servant and hero in the setting- believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.

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** Thanks to the moral simplicity of Saber's route and Shirou's subsequent Fate route's VanillaProtagonist portrayal of Shirou (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] the dynamic has enough wish-fulfillment elements for it to win over the negative aspects. Gilgamesh- as the most powerful servant and hero in the setting- [[TheAce Gilgamesh]] believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.



** Lancer/Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield to the point where they come to each other's aid. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers.

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** Lancer/Saber is a decent close-second.close-second, especially for those who prefer a more healthy and balanced ship. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield to the point where they come to each other's aid. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they [[MeadowRun frolic in a field of flowers.flowers]].


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel.prequel showing them interacting as relative equals. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.


** Especially if going by the Studio Deen adaptation, Gilgamesh/Saber is another top couple. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] it has fans for other, wish-fulfillment elements. Gilgamesh, as the most powerful servant and hero in the setting, believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. As a bonus, at no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a person, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him).
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.

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** Especially if going by Thanks to the Studio Deen adaptation, Gilgamesh/Saber is another top couple. moral simplicity of Saber's route and Shirou's subsequent VanillaProtagonist portrayal (as well as his rather sexist treatment of Saber), Gilgamesh's cut-throat courtship of Saber has drawn more fans to it than the route's actual romance. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] it the dynamic has fans for other, enough wish-fulfillment elements. Gilgamesh, elements for it to win over the negative aspects. Gilgamesh- as the most powerful servant and hero in the setting, setting- believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. As a bonus, at At no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a person, woman, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him).
him), and considering his ego, this is saying a lot.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While popular before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the prequel. Though he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is much more humane and sane in this version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh Gilgamesh, which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few Pet the Dog moments. Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.


** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern Tsundere. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the normally passive Shirou to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to follow her conscious and do the right thing.

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** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern Tsundere.{{Tsundere}}. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the [[ExtremeDoormat normally passive Shirou Shirou]] to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to [[DefrostingIceQueen follow her conscious and do the right thing.thing]].


* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first.
** Shirou/Saber/Rin is usually considered the most preferred pairing in general, if only because it neatly [[OneTrueThreesome combines the relationships most fans liked]], and is featured in the closest-to-best ending[[note]] for starters, in all other routes, Saber departs back to her time once the Grail is destroyed but in this one, she gets to stay and enjoy a normal life[[/note]]. But as it is only available in the visual novel, this pairing is not as well-known as the ones in the anime.
** Rin/Archer is a pretty consistent favorite. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]].

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the dating simulator aspect of the visual novel, the ships are mostly limited to the three girls at the center of each route. But each route is a completely different story and the leading man is different according to the route's theme, which makes separating one’s opinion of the story, the romance, and even personal liking towards the central girl difficult.
** But the general trend seems to favor Shirou/Rin of Unlimited Blade Works. Storywise, the middle route blends the optimism and cynical deconstruction of the two other routes, providing a little something for everyone without going overboard. Rin is generally considered the “best girl” of the three- for fans and for the leading man himself thanks to her iconic portrayal which redefined the modern Tsundere. Unlike the other girls, Rin is a fellow Master who works with Shirou as partners, allowing their romance to bloom on equal terms. Her take-charge attitude guides the two through the war and pushes the normally passive Shirou to stand up for himself while his compassionate nature pushes Rin to follow her conscious and do the right thing.
*** As a bonus to this ship, in the visual novel- if the right conditions are met- Saber gets to remain in the modern age with [[OneTrueThreesome Shirou and Rin]].
** That said, with the
complicated nature of the franchise, pegging plot, some fans insist on making the distinction of shipping Rin/Archer, which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based can stand on which version people experience first.
** Shirou/Saber/Rin is usually considered the most preferred pairing in general, if only because it neatly [[OneTrueThreesome combines the relationships most fans liked]], and is featured in the closest-to-best ending[[note]] for starters,
its own in all other routes, Saber departs back to her time once the Grail is destroyed but in this one, she gets to stay and enjoy a normal life[[/note]]. But as it is only available in the visual novel, this pairing is not as well-known as the ones in the anime.
** Rin/Archer is a pretty consistent favorite.
routes. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]]. Funnily enough, support for this ship can be included with Shirou/Rin, bolstering UBW even more.


*** Koushiro/Mimi is one of the most popular ships in Japan, often going toe-to-toe with [[ToyShip Takeru/Hikari]] (In the West, it's not as popular as [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Yamato/Mimi]] or [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jyou/Mimi]]. Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.

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*** Koushiro/Mimi is one of the most popular ships in Japan, often going toe-to-toe with [[ToyShip Takeru/Hikari]] (In the West, it's not as popular as [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Yamato/Mimi]] or [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jyou/Mimi]].Jyou/Mimi]]). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.


*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.

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*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] Koushiro/Mimi is quite one of the most popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular ships in Japan, often going toe-to-toe with [[ToyShip Takeru/Hikari]] (In the West, too, but it's not as preferred popular as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi).[[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Yamato/Mimi]] or [[LikeBrotherAndSister Jyou/Mimi]]. Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.


*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[tri DigimonAdventureTri]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.

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*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[tri DigimonAdventureTri]]'' ''[[DigimonAdventureTri tri.]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.


*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}.

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*** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}. It seems the writers have caught on as well, since in ''[[tri DigimonAdventureTri]]'' Koushiro now develops an explicit crush on Mimi, and they share plenty of ShipTease with each other.


* Most ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fans prefer to ship Konata and Kagami, and there have been some ''slight'' {{Ship Tease}}s, mainly on Kagami's part.

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* Most Many ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fans prefer like to ship Konata and Kagami, Kagami together, and there have been some ''slight'' {{Ship Tease}}s, mainly on Kagami's part.


** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him -- Yuma/Anna is the go-to Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral or Yuma/III.

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** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him -- Yuma/Anna is the go-to Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral Yuma/Astral, Yuma/Shark, Yuma/Kaito, or Yuma/III.Yuma/III (in point of fact, all the most-favorited fanfics on FFN are all Yuma/Astral).


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** Eclipsing it in popularity in many circles though, are the variations of "Yucest" (any combination of Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri, and possibly Zarc). And for at [[YuriFan least a chunk of the fandom]], Yuzu's early ShipTease moments with Masumi were not forgotten easily.


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated that their relationship is [[PlatonicLifePartners "close, but not romantic"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that [[spoiler: Ichigo and Rukia respectively married Orihime and Renji, much to many a fan's confusion.]]

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated that their relationship is [[PlatonicLifePartners "close, but not romantic"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that [[spoiler: Ichigo and Rukia respectively married Orihime and Renji, much to many a fan's confusion.consternation.]]


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated that their relationship is [[PlatonicLifePartners "close, but not romantic"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler:married Orihime]].

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated that their relationship is [[PlatonicLifePartners "close, but not romantic"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that [[spoiler: Ichigo [[spoiler:married Orihime]].and Rukia respectively married Orihime and Renji, much to many a fan's confusion.]]


* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has its fair share. A good majority of the fandom ships Natsu/Lucy. Jellal/Erza and Gray/Juvia is also abundantly supported, helped in fact by the continuous {{Ship Tease}} for the former and the [[StalkerWithACrush adorable]] [[DoggedNiceGuy interactions]] for the latter. {{Beta Couple}} Gajeel/Levy is also unanimously supported by the fandom. Cobra and Cubelious[[spoiler:Kinana]] are also very popular. Evergreen and Elfman are basically canon now, to everyone's amusement [[SlapSlapKiss but their own]].
** Another example would be [[spoiler: [[BigGood Mavis]] and [[BigBad Zeref]]. People started shipping them when it was revealed that they somehow knew each other, as evidenced by their conversation after the Grand Magic Games. ''[[OriginStory Fairy Tail Zero]]'' only caused this to increase when it was revealed that as gratitude for being the first person in centuries to show him kindness he helped teach her the magic she would use to found the titular guild. Later chapters reveal that they ''did'' become a couple... for all of five seconds before his curse killed her. Many still ship them despite the fact she's [[OnlyMostlyDead technically dead]], and that there is an entire ''war'' going on with these two at the heads of the opposing sides, due to the incredibly tragic nature of their romance, and the fact that even after everything they [[BreakTheCutie both went through]] they still obviously care deeply about one another.]]


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler: married Orihime.]]

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're that their relationship is [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, "close, but less than lovers"]].not romantic"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler: married Orihime.]][[spoiler:married Orihime]].


** The creator really like to troll the shippers here. As of recent episodes, [[spoiler:Yuto died, probably-but-not-really-merged with Yuya (ItMakesSenseInContext) and became his SuperpoweredEvilSide, which would make the Yuto/Yuzu pairing awkward]]. Fortunately, Yuya/Yuzu received ''a lot'' of ShipTease on Yuya side in episode 50-51 when Yuya break down [[spoiler:when he thought Yuzu was carded by the Fusion Dimension]] and his feelings were exploited Reiji by telling Yuya to join him to rescue her.

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** The creator really like to troll the shippers here. As of recent episodes, episode 37, [[spoiler:Yuto died, probably-but-not-really-merged with Yuya (ItMakesSenseInContext) and became his SuperpoweredEvilSide, which would make the Yuto/Yuzu pairing awkward]]. Fortunately, Yuya/Yuzu received ''a lot'' of ShipTease on Yuya side in episode 50-51 when Yuya break down [[spoiler:when he thought Yuzu was carded by the Fusion Dimension]] and his feelings were exploited Reiji by telling Yuya to join him to rescue her. As the show continues Yuya and Yuzu get continuous ship tease with each other to the point of being one of the most popular ships in the show.


** Uryuu/Orihime took off in the Soul Society arc once they teamed up for their journey through the Seireitei, liberally aided by InnocentFanserviceGirl jokes to embarrass TheStoic Uryuu. That the pair characterise well together and balance out the other's quirks helped cement the ship. This continues into the Arrancar Arc, especially after Ichigo leaves Orihime in Uryuu's care while he fights Ulquiorra. Orihime's canonical LoveConfession to an unconscious Ichigo was not popular with these shippers.
** The Arrancar Arc kicked off an extremely controversial but popular [[TheStoic Ulquiorra]]/[[MessianicArchetype Orihime]] ship. As her kidnapper and captor, Ulquiorra's scenes with her are interpreted by shippers as MindGameShip due to the canon plot line being based on using Orihime's gentleness to teach EvilCannotComprehendGood Ulquiorra the value of human emotion and compassion. Due to how popular the Orihime pairings with Uryuu and Ulquiorra are, it's hard to know which is the dominant one, but the Uryuu pairing is viewed as the more acceptable, less squick-inducing, pairing.
** The major slash pairings are Ikkaku/Yumichika, Kyouraku/Ukitake and Yoruichi/Soifon. Canonically, the first two are both HeterosexualLifePartner examples and the third is a mentor/student UndyingLoyalty relationship. However, both the fandom and the animators love shipping them together and find any excuse to do so.

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** Uryuu/Orihime took off in the Soul Society arc once they teamed up for their journey through the Seireitei, liberally aided by InnocentFanserviceGirl jokes to embarrass TheStoic Uryuu. That the pair characterise well together and balance out the other's quirks helped cement the ship. This continues into the Arrancar Arc, especially after Ichigo leaves Orihime in Uryuu's care while he fights Ulquiorra. Orihime's canonical LoveConfession to an unconscious Ichigo was not popular with these shippers.
shippers, although Orihime never expressed any romantic interested in Uryuu before that either.
** Pairing Uryuu up with [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Nemu]] was also quite popular, especially as her father is Uryuu's ArchEnemy and yet Nemu still treats Uryuu kindly and Uryuu himself seems concerned for her welfare and is horrified by Mayuri's treatment of her.
** The Arrancar Arc kicked off an extremely controversial but popular [[TheStoic Ulquiorra]]/[[MessianicArchetype Orihime]] ship. As her kidnapper and captor, Ulquiorra's scenes with her are interpreted by shippers as MindGameShip due to the canon plot line being based on using Orihime's gentleness to teach EvilCannotComprehendGood Ulquiorra the value of human emotion and compassion. Due to how popular the Orihime pairings with Uryuu and Ulquiorra are, it's hard to know which is the dominant one, but the Uryuu pairing is viewed as the more acceptable, less squick-inducing, pairing.\n
** The major slash pairings are Ikkaku/Yumichika, Kyouraku/Ukitake and Yoruichi/Soifon. Canonically, the first two are both HeterosexualLifePartner examples and the third is a mentor/student UndyingLoyalty relationship. However, both the fandom and the animators love shipping them together and find any excuse to do so.
** Zaraki/Unohana was a fairly popular crackship, until it actually became somewhat ''canon''. [[spoiler: Then Unohana died.]]


** Kiyone and Tenchi is extremely popular with fans too, for same "overtly normal or at least sane" reason as Sasami without the incest and pedophilia problems. Unfortunately Kiyone appeared only in spinoff media, ''Tenchi Universe'' hinted heavily towards Tenchi liking Ryoko, ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' ended ambiguously without a WordOfGod, and, most importantly, Kiyone was the only girl, perhaps in the entire franchise, who showed no romantic interest in Tenchi, which just made fans want it more.

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** Kiyone and Tenchi is extremely popular with fans too, for the same "overtly normal or at least sane" reason as Sasami without the incest and pedophilia problems. Unfortunately Kiyone appeared only in spinoff media, ''Tenchi Universe'' hinted heavily towards Tenchi liking Ryoko, ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' ended ambiguously without a WordOfGod, and, most importantly, Kiyone was the only girl, perhaps in the entire franchise, who showed no romantic interest in Tenchi, which just made fans want it more.


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not father (not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.


** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver[[note]] due to the Throne of Heroes existing outside of time, this stranger could actually be Waver himself[[/note]].

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** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver[[note]] due to the Throne of Heroes existing outside of time, this stranger could actually be Waver himself[[/note]]. There was even an April Fool's Day manga about an otaku Rider and a female Waver falling in love.


* Daikichi and Yukari from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' are this. They have their ShipTease and fans find the idea of two single parents up together adorable, however come the manga {{timeskip}} and [[spoiler:and it turns out it didn't work between them due to the fact Rin and Kouki end up dating.]] The manga's OfficialCouple is Daikichi and [[spoiler:''Rin'', the kid he's been raising since she was six.]] Both the anime adaptation and LiveActionAdaptation [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] the manga and leave open endings with plenty of implications that Daikichi and Rin will end up together.

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* Daikichi and Yukari from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' are this. They have their ShipTease and fans find the idea of two single parents up together adorable, however come the manga {{timeskip}} and [[spoiler:and it turns out it didn't work between them due to the fact Rin and Kouki end up dating.]] The manga's OfficialCouple is Daikichi and [[spoiler:''Rin'', the kid he's been raising since she was six.]] Both the anime adaptation and LiveActionAdaptation [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] the manga and leave open endings with plenty of implications that Daikichi and Rin Yukari will end up together.


** There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura.

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** There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', ''Azumanga Daioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura.


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* Despite the NoHuggingNoKissing tone of ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'', and slight ShipTease between Reki and a childhood friend of hers, Rakka/Reki is the most popular ship.


* In the ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' fandom, there are those who would ship Shido with either Yayoi or Cain.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' fandom, there are those who would ship the main character, Shido, has a FriendsWithBenefits relationship with his colleague Yayoi, and his evil vampire dad [[StalkerWithACrush really wants to get back together with him.]] Plenty of fans prefer either one, but the show goes for a surprise LastMinuteHookup and pairs Shido with either Yayoi or Cain.his adoring, high school-aged vampire daughter.


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fans often pair [[TheHero Midoriya]] with EnsembleDarkhorse Tsuyu Asui rather than his canon crush, Uraraka. They started being paired after Tsuyu pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment when a group of villains attacked Yuuei Academy's training course, and it was further helped when Miroriya started honoring her request [[FirstNameBasis to refer to her by her first name]].
** Uraraka herself also has a good amount of shippers that pair her with [[AntiHero Bakugou]], mostly due to their battle in the sports festival arc, where he was shown to respect her, protesting when their classmates called her "delicate". After the battle, she even became one of the few people he actually reffered to by [[TheNicknamer name.]]
** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. Bakugou/Kirishima is also extremely dominant, due to being the only relationship involving Bakugou that can be considered friendly.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fans often pair [[TheHero Midoriya]] with EnsembleDarkhorse Tsuyu Asui rather than his canon crush, Uraraka. They started being paired after Tsuyu pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment when a group of villains attacked Yuuei Academy's training course, and it was further helped when Miroriya started honoring her request [[FirstNameBasis to refer to her by her first name]].
** Uraraka herself also has a good amount of shippers that pair her with [[AntiHero Bakugou]], mostly due to their battle in the sports festival arc, where he was shown to respect her, protesting when their classmates called her "delicate". After the battle, she even became one of the few people he actually reffered to by [[TheNicknamer name.]]
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On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. Bakugou/Kirishima is also extremely dominant, due to being the only relationship involving Bakugou that can be considered friendly.


* Surprisingly, even with all those ship tease between Ako and Shou, the most popular ship of ''Anime/ThrillerRestaurant'' is [[{{Lolicon}} Anko]]/[[{{Squick}} the Garçon]]. It must has something to do with the ED and [[spoiler:the implication that they really have met before]].

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* Surprisingly, even with all those ship tease between Ako and Shou, the most popular ship of ''Anime/ThrillerRestaurant'' is [[{{Lolicon}} [[{{Squick}} Anko]]/[[{{Squick}} the Garçon]]. It must has something to do with the ED and [[spoiler:the implication that they really have met before]].


* Many ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' fans consider Yuuhi to be a better match for Aya than Tooya, [[spoiler:though she actually ''does'' sort of end up with him. Not on-screen, but considering [[YourDaysAreNumbered Tooya is dying already]]...]]


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* Many ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' fans consider Yuuhi to be a better match for Aya than Tooya, [[spoiler:though she actually ''does'' sort of end up with him. Not on-screen, but considering [[YourDaysAreNumbered Tooya is dying already]]...]]


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.it and he chose to focus more on the actual genre of the manga.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom rejoiced: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it's worth mentioning that [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom rejoiced: got what they wanted: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it should be worth mentioning that the video game seres is [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom rejoiced: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom preferred for Naruto to turn his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]--and it should be it's worth mentioning that the video game seres is [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation the video game series is preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', most of the fandom rejoiced: [[spoiler:there was the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] which showed Naruto and Hinata being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted preferred for Naruto to turn around and notice his romantic attention towards Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. series]]--and it should be worth mentioning that the video game seres is [[CreatorPreferredAdaptation preferred by the author himself]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it [=NaruHina=] as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it most of the fandom rejoiced: [[spoiler:there was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:the the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] where which showed Naruto and Hinata are being HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] {{trolling|Creator}} that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a canon movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:a DistantFinale [[spoiler:the manga's [[DistantFinale epilogue]] where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a canon post-manga movie]] dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel]] dedicated to their wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga]] starring their son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie]] starring their son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West West, and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date]].


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a canon movie]] dedicated to the tale of how [[TheyDo they fell in love]], [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel dedicated to their wedding]], [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga starring their son]], [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie starring their son]], and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it was many a shipper's dream come true: [[spoiler:a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a canon movie]] dedicated to the tale of how [[TheyDo they fell in love]], love, [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a post-manga light novel novel]] dedicated to their wedding]], wedding, [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga manga]] starring their son]], son, [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie movie]] starring their son]], son, and so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with the "messy love triangle" in the first place, since his heart was never in it.


** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical romantic attention. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice his semi-secret admirer [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". It's worth mentioning that while the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it delivered an excessive shipper's pipe dream: a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried, a full feature movie dedicated to the tale of how they fell in love, a bonus side-story about their wedding, a spin-off starring their first-born son, and on and on. It's also worth mentioning that in post-series interviews, the author has repeatedly deprecated the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early days of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with "that messy love triangle" in the first place -- since his heart was never in it, not even enough for the hypotenuse to become a proper RomanticFalseLead.

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** For most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical romantic attention. one-sided crush. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice his semi-secret admirer [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]].Hinata Hyuga, the resident NiceGirl and ShrinkingViolet who was in love with him. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening", and from there to "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". It's worth mentioning that while While the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it delivered an excessive was many a shipper's pipe dream: a dream come true: [[spoiler:a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata are HappilyMarried, HappilyMarried with two children, [[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie a full feature movie canon movie]] dedicated to the tale of how [[TheyDo they fell in love, love]], [[LightNovel/KonohaHidenThePerfectDayForAWedding a bonus side-story about post-manga light novel dedicated to their wedding, wedding]], [[Manga/{{Boruto}} a spin-off manga starring their first-born son, son]], [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie a sequel movie starring their son]], and on and on. It's also worth mentioning that in so on]]. In post-series interviews, [[WordOfGod the author has repeatedly deprecated related]] the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of the above transpired according to his design]] that dated back to the early days stages of the manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" "obvious" candidate was a deliberate RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] burdening the story with "that messy the "messy love triangle" in the first place -- place, since his heart was never in it, not even enough for the hypotenuse to become a proper RomanticFalseLead.it.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight for the teenaged cast until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,900 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 964 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 419.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight for the teenaged cast until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
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** For many, many years, most of the manga's run, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. romantic attention. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice his semi-secret admirer [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), possibility, and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes happening", and from there to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals "''huh'', this ''is'' happening". It's worth mentioning that while the manga certainly took long enough to get there, when it ''did'', it delivered an excessive shipper's pipe dream: a DistantFinale where Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have are HappilyMarried, a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after full feature movie dedicated to the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated love, a bonus side-story about their wedding, a spin-off starring their first-born son, and on and on. It's also worth mentioning that in several post-series interviews]] interviews, the author has repeatedly deprecated the startling amount of [[TrollingCreator trolling]] that had gone into the above-mentioned LoveTriangle. According to him, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this the above transpired according to his design]], design]] that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since dated back to the early stages days of the manga, and that manga; Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in RedHerring; and [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that to sum it up]], [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the burdening the story with "that messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there love triangle" in the first place -- since his heart was ''nothing'' set never in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going it, not even enough for the hypotenuse to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,900 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 964 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 419.become a proper RomanticFalseLead.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,800 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 959 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 418.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,800 25,900 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 959 964 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 418.419.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,800 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 959 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 418.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net, [=NaruHina=] has 25,800 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has 17,300, and judging by ArchiveOfOurOwn, Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 959 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 418.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date.]]

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, as of June 2017, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, net, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, 25,800 stories while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.
17,300, and judging by ArchiveOfOurOwn, [=NaruHina=] has 959 stories while [=NaruSaku=] has 418.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel]] also includes their first date.]]date]].


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making them a couple; couple, because they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, teammates]]; conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]] Hinata]]]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because there was ''nothing'' set in his mind '''at all''' about Naruto and Sakura being a couple, and he later reiterated that he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura them a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent this interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 17,100.



** Tsunade and Jiraiya [[spoiler:before the latter died]]. The latter's love for the former is canonical but unrequited, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.

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** Tsunade and Jiraiya [[spoiler:before before the latter died]]. died. The latter's love for the former is canonical but unrequited, {{unrequited|LoveLastsForever}}, both before she met Dan, her canonical boyfriend, and after Dan died.



** It's implied that the ClassRepresentative Sumi from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.

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** It's implied that in the ClassRepresentative Sumi from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime that ClassRepresentative Sumi might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.


** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. Bakugou/Kirishima is also extremely dominant, due to the latter being the closest thing the former has for a friend.

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** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. Bakugou/Kirishima is also extremely dominant, due to the latter being the closest thing the former has for a friend.only relationship involving Bakugou that can be considered friendly.


** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.

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** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards. Bakugou/Kirishima is also extremely dominant, due to the latter being the closest thing the former has for a friend.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 15,600 25,700 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.17,100.

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** It also doesn't hurt that there's [[Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan an entire AU spinoff devoted to this ship]].


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' '''never''' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, [=NaruHina=] has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, NaruHina has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage." Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, NaruHina [=NaruHina=] has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, Then, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."" Finally, judging by fanfiction.net as of May 2017, NaruHina has roughly 15,600 stories, while [[ShipSinking NaruSaku]] has roughly 11,200.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' '''had''' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight for the teenaged cast until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight for the teenaged cast until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' ''never'' thought about making Naruto and Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] candidate" was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] Sakura was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto Naruto and Sakura]] Sakura a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple. They were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight for the teenaged cast until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself:
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple. They couple; they were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. In this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple. They were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was. In Finally, in this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple. They were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] Naruto's main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.was. In this [[http://otakukart.com/animeblog/2017/01/31/jump-festa-2017-interview-masashi-kishimoto-future-boruto-naruto-next-generations/ recent interview]], Kishimoto has admitted that [[OldShame he regrets]] adding "the messy LoveTriangle" between Hinata/Naruto/Sakura because he never ''thought'' about making [[spoiler:Naruto and Sakura]] a couple. They were going to be [[LikeBrotherAndSister just friends]] and [[TrueCompanions teammates]], while, conversely, "it was all about [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata]] getting married from an early stage."



** It's implied that the ClassRepresentative Sumi from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with ''Boruto'' due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.

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** It's implied that the ClassRepresentative Sumi from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with ''Boruto'' Boruto due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.


** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairs were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or theDistantFinale however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.

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** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairs pairings were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or theDistantFinale the DistantFinale; however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and the Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.


* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}:

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* 'Literature/SoundEuphonium'':

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*** Ruki Makino is Tamers' LauncherOfAThousandShips, and is more commonly shipped with costars Takato (in the west) or Jianliang (in Japan) than she is with Ryo, who's the closest thing she has to a canonical LoveInterest. The Ruki-Takato pairing even supersedes the canonical ToyShip Takato-Juri, and has a large number of interpretations ranging from MasculineGirlFeminineBoy (Ruki's Tsundere and Takato's Adorkable) to SlapSlapKiss to TwiceShy. Ruki and Jian are commonly portrayed as RedOniBlueOni (in that order) with a few shades of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.

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*** Ruki Makino is Tamers' LauncherOfAThousandShips, and is more commonly shipped with costars Takato (in the west) or Jianliang (in Japan) than she is with Ryo, who's the closest thing she has to a canonical LoveInterest. The Ruki-Takato pairing even supersedes the canonical ToyShip Takato-Juri, [[OfficialCouple canonical]] [[PuppyLove Takato-Juri]], and has a large number of interpretations ranging from MasculineGirlFeminineBoy (Ruki's Tsundere and Takato's Adorkable) to SlapSlapKiss to TwiceShy. Ruki and Jian are commonly portrayed as RedOniBlueOni (in that order) with a few shades of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.


** Eren/Levi without a doubt, to the point that it ranked 5th in Tumblr's 2014 most reblogged ships of '''all''' fandoms [[http://yearinreview.tumblr.com/post/104214981882/most-reblogged-ships]].

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** Eren/Levi without a doubt, to the point that it ranked 5th in Tumblr's 2014 most reblogged ships of '''all''' fandoms [[http://yearinreview.tumblr.com/post/104214981882/most-reblogged-ships]].com/post/104214981882/most-reblogged-ships as seen here]].



** ''Anime/ ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' fans often ship Ginga and his rival Kyoya.

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** ''Anime/ ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' ''Anime/Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' fans often ship Ginga and his rival Kyoya.


* There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura. Chiyo/Osaka seems to be another favored pairing in the fandom. The Tomo/Yomi pairing is outright considered {{Fanon}}. As is Yukari/Nyamo, with many assuming the once mentioned "[[NoodleIncident Love Letter]]" was to Yukari from Nyamo.

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* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'':
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There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura. Kagura.
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Chiyo/Osaka seems to be another favored pairing in the fandom. fandom.
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The Tomo/Yomi pairing is outright considered {{Fanon}}. As is Yukari/Nyamo, with many assuming the once mentioned "[[NoodleIncident Love Letter]]" was to Yukari from Nyamo.


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* ''Franchise/{{Beyblade}}'':
** The most popular ship for the original ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' anime bar none is Takao/Kai.
** ''Anime/ ''Anime/MetalFightBeyblade'' fans often ship Ginga and his rival Kyoya.
** Shipping Valt and his best friend Shu has caught on with ''Anime/BeybladeBurst'' fans, especially in Japan.


* Daikichi and Yukari from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' are this. They have their ShipTease and fans find the idea of two single parents up together adorable, however come the manga {{timeskip}} and [[spoiler:and it turns out it didn't work between them due to the fact Rin and Kouki end up dating.]] The manga's OfficialCouple is Daikichi and [[spoiler:''Rin'', the kid he's been raising since she was six.]] Both the anime adaptation and LiveActionAdaptation [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] the manga and leave open endings with plenty of implications the two will end up together.

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* Daikichi and Yukari from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' are this. They have their ShipTease and fans find the idea of two single parents up together adorable, however come the manga {{timeskip}} and [[spoiler:and it turns out it didn't work between them due to the fact Rin and Kouki end up dating.]] The manga's OfficialCouple is Daikichi and [[spoiler:''Rin'', the kid he's been raising since she was six.]] Both the anime adaptation and LiveActionAdaptation [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] the manga and leave open endings with plenty of implications the two that Daikichi and Rin will end up together.



* Roy/Riza ("[[FanNickname Royai]]") of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seems to be of the "set it up as fan-preferred for extra credit when it becomes official" variety; many [[ShipperOnDeck other characters]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt acknowledging it]], and the mangaka herself needing to address why they don't happen. But the true Fan Preferred Couple of the series is Roy/Ed, which is unsurprisingly popular with slash fans (especially among fans of the first anime, where there was far less Royai build-up), even with Ed being in an OfficialCouple with Winry by the end of the manga/''Brotherhood''.

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* ''Franchise/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Roy/Riza ("[[FanNickname Royai]]") of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seems to be of the "set it up as fan-preferred for extra credit when it becomes official" variety; many [[ShipperOnDeck other characters]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt acknowledging it]], and the mangaka herself needing to address why they don't happen. But the true Fan Preferred Couple of the series is Roy/Ed, which is unsurprisingly popular with slash fans (especially among fans of the first anime, where there was far less Royai build-up), even with Ed being in an OfficialCouple with Winry by the end of the manga/''Brotherhood''.



* Many ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' fans prefer to pair Miaka with Tasuki instead of Tamahome.

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** For those few fans who include Noah in their fanworks, she's usually shipped off with Alphonse. This leaves Ed open to date [[spoiler:alter!Roy]], [[spoiler:alter!Winry]], or [[HesJustHiding Alfons]].
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'':
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Many ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' fans prefer to pair Miaka with Tasuki instead of Tamahome.



* The ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' fandom is split on who Keiichi should be with, with ''all'' of the girls claiming a share of fans (Rena and Mion being the most popular). Rika/Satoko is far more popular than Rika/Hanyuu or Satoko/Hanyuu.

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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
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The ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' fandom is split on who Keiichi should be with, with ''all'' of the girls claiming a share of fans (Rena fans. Rena and Mion being the most popular). Rika/Satoko popular, with Mion having more fanworks than Rena in the end (early on it was the other way around).
** The most popular ship for Rika is her and Satoko together. It
is far more popular than Rika/Hanyuu Rika/Hanyuu, Satoko/Hanyuu, or Satoko/Hanyuu.Rika/Keiichi.



* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself.
** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'' [[LongRunners ran for 15 years]] with no {{Official Couple}}s in sight until the very, very end. Do the [[{{Shipping}} Shipper]] frustration math yourself.
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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 [[VideoGame/NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from "possibly" to "huh, this might actually be happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got HappilyMarried and have a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.



** Prior to the release of the ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' anime, people began shipping the Konoha 11's kids together. The most popular pairs were Boruto/Sarada, Inojin/Sarada, and Inojin/Himawari. The latter two [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight didn't even interact]] in ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', or theDistantFinale however fans began shipping them anyway. This is due to Inojin's and Sarada's mothers being best friends, and Yamanaka's being florists while "Himawari" means "sunflower". Mitsuki/Sarada also began picking up speed after the ''Boruto'' film.
** It's implied that the ClassRepresentative Sumi from ''Manga/{{Boruto}}'' might like Inojin. Despite this, the fandom instead began shipping her with ''Boruto'' due to LikeParentLikeSpouse.



** Tracey and Misty's sister Daisy are often shipped together, often as a {{Ship Mate|s}} to Ash/Misty and Oak/Delia. The ship comes from a few episodes where they interact together.



* To ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.

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* 'Literature/SoundEuphonium'':
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To ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.Kumiko's.
** Shipping Kumiko and Asuka caught on in the second season due to their interactions together combined with the increasing emphasis on depicting Reina's [[TeacherStudentRomance unrequited crush on Taki-sensei]]. The fact that [[spoiler:the anime ends on NoRomanticResolution for Kumiko and instead has her deliver an emotional (probably) PlatonicLoveConfession to Asuka]] only helped.



* Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes just into ShipTease over time once they become best friends again]]. Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans.

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* ''Manga/WanderingSon'':
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Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', pairing, what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes just into ShipTease over time once they become best friends again]]. In the end however [[spoiler:Chiba dated Fumiya while Takatsuki ends up with an unrequited crush on Nitori]].
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Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, popular, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Nitori liked Takatsuki early on but it was unrequited. [[spoiler:This is reversed in the end as Nitori has a long-time girlfriend while Takatsuki realizes her feelings for Nitori, which are now unrequited after so many years]].
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Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans but not manga fans.



* There is little to no romance in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' but Koiwai/Fuuka is easily the fan favorite. RuleThirtyFour is generally frown upon when it comes to this series but they obviously exist, and probably 90% of them are on these two. It helps that any {{ship tease}} that exist in the manga at all are between these two.

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* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}:
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There is little to no romance in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' but Koiwai/Fuuka is easily the fan favorite. RuleThirtyFour is generally frown upon when it comes to this series but they obviously exist, and probably 90% of them are on these two. It helps that any {{ship tease}} that exist in the manga at all are between these two.


* ''TokyoMewMew'' combines this with AmericansHateTingle. In Japan, [[OfficialCouple Ichigo/Masaya]] is the most popular pairing. However, it's a different case in America, where a rather vocal amount of fans wanted Ichigo to get together with either the JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryou or the StalkerWithACrush [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kisshu/Quiche]] in the end.

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* ''TokyoMewMew'' ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' combines this with AmericansHateTingle. In Japan, [[OfficialCouple Ichigo/Masaya]] is the most popular pairing. However, it's a different case in America, where a rather vocal amount of fans wanted Ichigo to get together with either the JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryou or the StalkerWithACrush [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kisshu/Quiche]] in the end.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time running-time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' "possibly" to 'huh, "huh, this might actually be happening'. happening" (another WhamEpisode comes to mind). [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married HappilyMarried and have two children a son and a daughter together, and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of the fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years a decade of running time did the manga start to treat it as a serious possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half a decade half-decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], and that [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there- they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]- and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a child. Shikamaru's post-manga light novel also includes their first date.]]

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time did the manga started treating start to treat it as a serious possibility, possibility (a certain WhamEpisode comes to mind), and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical {{canon}}ical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]], and that because [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.
** Shikamaru is so frequently paired up with Temari (by fans in Japan, the West and pretty much anywhere the manga is known) that many assume it is already canon, even though they haven't ''technically'' gone on a date (though Naruto incorrectly [[ShipperOnDeck assumed they had]] when he saw them walking together just after the TimeSkip) and another girl named [[OpaqueNerdGlasses Shiho]] has shown romantic interest in Shikamaru. The series does hint heavily at something being there- they there--they keep getting ShipTease [[ShippingGoggles half-invisible to the naked eye]]- and eye]]--and WordOfGod agrees there is something between them, but seems to suggest it's just not important enough for us to get to see it happen on-panel [[spoiler: until the DistantFinale which came with a RelationshipUpgrade for many couples. Shikamaru and Temari are shown to be married with a child. son. [[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru's post-manga light novel novel]] also includes their first date.]]



** The GrandFinale revealed the final [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.

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** The GrandFinale revealed the final [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] {{Official Couple}}s among the Konoha 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata]] ''had'' been planned since the early on in stages of the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].shippers]], and that [[spoiler:Sakura]] was ''never'' intended to be [[spoiler:Naruto's]] main love interest to begin with, while [[spoiler:Hinata]] ''always'' was.


** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver[[note]] due to the unique timeline of the series, this stranger could actually be Waver[[/note]].

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** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver[[note]] due to the unique timeline Throne of the series, Heroes existing outside of time, this stranger could actually be Waver[[/note]].Waver himself[[/note]].


** Shirou/Saber/Rin is usually considered the most preferred pairing in general, as not only does it [[OneTrueThreesome combine the relationships most fans liked]], but it’s only available in the closest-to-good ending[[note]] in all other routes, Saber departs back to her time once the Grail is destroyed but in this one, she gets to stay and enjoy a normal life[[/note]]. But as it is only available in the Light Novel, it’s not as well-known or exposed as the ones in the anime.

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** Shirou/Saber/Rin is usually considered the most preferred pairing in general, as not if only does because it neatly [[OneTrueThreesome combine combines the relationships most fans liked]], but it’s only available and is featured in the closest-to-good closest-to-best ending[[note]] for starters, in all other routes, Saber departs back to her time once the Grail is destroyed but in this one, she gets to stay and enjoy a normal life[[/note]]. But as it is only available in the Light Novel, it’s visual novel, this pairing is not as well-known or exposed as the ones in the anime.


** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield to the point where they come to each other's aid. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers.

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** Lancer x Saber Lancer/Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield to the point where they come to each other's aid. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers.


* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first. But if going by the anime, where most people first encountered the series…

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first. But if going by the anime, where most people first encountered the series…


* ''LightNovel/Fate/Stay Night'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first. But if going by the anime, where most people first encountered the series…

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* ''LightNovel/Fate/Stay Night'': ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first. But if going by the anime, where most people first encountered the series…


** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.

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** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.Waver[[note]] due to the unique timeline of the series, this stranger could actually be Waver[[/note]].


** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished prana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.

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** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield.battlefield to the point where they come to each other's aid. It’s even referenced in one of the OVAs- Lancer imagines holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely [[IntimateHealing replenished prana ''that'' way way]] and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain]] [[EntitledToHaveYou reasons]].
** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It actually gets referenced in one of the OVAS, Lancer imagines frolicking in a field of flowers with Saber.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished prana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.

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* ''LightNovel/Fate/Stay Night'': Given the complicated nature of the franchise, pegging which pairing is the most preferred by fans is tricky, particularly based on which version people experience first. But if going by the anime, where most people first encountered the series…
** Shirou/Saber/Rin is usually considered the most preferred pairing in general, as not only does it [[OneTrueThreesome combine the relationships most fans liked]], but it’s only available in the closest-to-good ending[[note]] in all other routes, Saber departs back to her time once the Grail is destroyed but in this one, she gets to stay and enjoy a normal life[[/note]]. But as it is only available in the Light Novel, it’s not as well-known or exposed as the ones in the anime.
** Rin/Archer is a pretty consistent favorite. A unique Lady and Knight pairing- with Rin being the [[{{Tsundere}} snarky but mostly moral Bright Lady]] to Archer’s [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold pragmatic and well-meaning but harsh Dark Knight]]- with [[BelligerentSexualTension mutually snarky banter and tender moments]].
** Especially if going by the Studio Deen adaptation, Gilgamesh/Saber is another top couple. While this ship is absolutely meant to be [[AttemptedRape unhealthy]] it has fans for other, wish-fulfillment elements. Gilgamesh, as the most powerful servant and hero in the setting, believes all treasures in the world are his, [[EntitledToHaveYou including Saber]]. In return, she fights him and spurns him at every turn, [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou which only makes Gilgamesh want her all the more]]. As a bonus, at no point does Saber develop feelings for Gilgamesh as is so common with this trope; remaining the strong-willed and proud knight Gilgamesh came to love (in his own way) in all routes. And while Gilgamesh may not respect Saber as a person, he does acknowledge her as an equal (just not one whose opinions will stop him).
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh before, Gilgamesh/Saber rose to definite top status with the top. prequel. Though he he, and by proxy the ship, is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' much more humane and sane in this version version[[note]]as it turns out, the Grail '''did''' in fact corrupt Gilgamesh which is the reason he is so unhinged in the sequel[[/note]] and even gets a few PetTheDog Pet the Dog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, Gilgamesh tortures others for his own amusement but also saves Saber from Berserker and spares [[spoiler:Waver for his loyalty to Rider]]. In general, Gilgamesh shows respect and affability to his fellow kings- especially through defending Saber’s ideals from the disapproving Iskander, whose own words pushed Saber over the DespairEventHorizon. As such, the anime makes the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain]] [[EntitledToHaveYou reasons]].into a potentially plausible but still outright MindGameShip where Gilgamesh spends equal amounts of time mocking and loving Saber.
** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It actually gets It’s even referenced in one of the OVAS, OVAs- Lancer imagines frolicking holding hands with Saber as they frolic in a field of flowers with Saber.flowers.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished prana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares bears a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.


* ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'': the series has a rather unfortunate plot involving a girl, Kae Serinuma, who starts being romantically pursued by four boys the moment she loses weight. Three of these boys did not care much or at all for her when she was fat; but the fourth boy, Mutsumi, was very kind to her, already seemed to have feelings for her before the weight loss, was the only one to recognize her after it, and does not care that she has socially unacceptable hobbies. So, a lot of readers immediately latched onto Serinuma/Mutsumi as the ideal ship of the series.

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* ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'': the The series has a rather unfortunate plot involving a girl, Kae Serinuma, who starts being romantically pursued by four boys the moment she loses weight. Three of these boys did not care much or at all for her when she was fat; but the fourth boy, Mutsumi, was very kind to her, already seemed to have feelings for her before the weight loss, was the only one to recognize her after it, and does not care that she has socially unacceptable hobbies. So, a lot of readers immediately latched onto Serinuma/Mutsumi as the ideal ship of the series.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]] has stated in several post-series interviews that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature feature, and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]] Kishimoto has stated in several post-series interviews interviews]] that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].


** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples among the Konoha 11 include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.

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** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] among the Konoha 11 11, and two of those pairs include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided affections. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]] has stated in several post-series interviews that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the titular character's final love interest was Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical [[LovingAShadow one-sided affections.shallow crush]]. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and have two children together, and ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, [[WordOfGod Kishimoto]] has stated in several post-series interviews that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].


* In the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' series:
** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have more fan support. Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since they already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first season.
** Not to mention the massive fandom that surrounded Taichi/Sora (Tai/Sora) that did a major WTF when Yamato (Matt) -- [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight with almost no prior development]] -- ended up [[StrangledByTheRedString marrying the latter]] and relegating Taichi to [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend his original relationship role]]. With that said, the dub pushed the pairing more than the original, but many are still convinced that Taichi/Sora was [[RelationshipWritingFumble actually meant to happen]]. [[DieForOurShip Divorce fics ensue]].
*** Not that the writers handled the [=Tai/Matt/Sora=] relationship all that well ''after'' they got together in the series; discussions often point out how, while Matt and Sora are clearly the parents of one another's children, the epilogue deliberately refrains from saying they got married (leaving the explicit statement of their marriage to AllThereInTheManual) and keeps them from interacting much at all -- in ''clear contrast'' to Ken and Yolei. The nitpicky may also bring up how Sora both addresses Tai first and dodges behind him in Diaboromon Strikes Back, when Matt was ''right there''.
*** Even the Japanese fans were surprised by Sora and Yamato becoming a couple; Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi to end up together, as had Mamoru Hosoda, who directed Our War Game (the second movie). Complicated further by interviews with Hiroyuki Kakudo, who directed the first two entries in the franchise, wherein he states that Sora and Yamato becoming an item had been planned since the start, plus that he didn't want Taiora because it was clichéd.
** ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is good about those. [[Anime/DigimonTamers Rukato (Ruki/Rika and Takato)]] fans are a large part of the fanbase who think Ruki is a better match for Takato then Canon Love Interest Juri/Jeri. They mostly say that that is because Ruki and Takato have a "Hot-headed girl x cool-headed guy" chemistry, or even SlapSlapKiss.
*** Not that Takato and Ruki (or Ruki and Jian)[[note]]Okay, ''this'' guy has more SpellMyNameWithAnS going than simply having a different name in the US. His Japanese name, Jenrya Lee, is the Japanese way of writing the Chinese name Jianliang Lee. This wasn't a widely known fact when the series was new, so Jenrya and Jen are names that frequently appear in fandom. His dub name is Henry Wong. And of course, there's FirstNameBasis being more intimate in Japan than in the west - "Lee-kun or -san is his most common ''onscreen'' Japanese name. So Henry, Jenrya, Jen, Jianliang, Jian, and Lee all refer to the same guy.[[/note]] ever got along too badly. And the {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo was mostly him hitting on her as part of their rivalry, and stunted by his few sporadic appearances in the latter third of series making it hard for most viewers to get attached to him.
** "Hot-headed girl x cool-headed guy" probably best fits Ruki and Jian, as that pairing was wildly popular in the Japanese fan community. In canon, Ruki got a lot of {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo, but you'll find more fanwork to Ruki and Jian ([[PortmanteauCoupleName "Leeruki"]] as the Japanese fans called it) than for Ruki and Ryo.
** [[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': With its dozens and dozens of characters over the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' series:
** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound
years, there's been all sorts of contention. Digimon fans grew up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have the rise of the internet, so these are some of the earliest Fan Preferred Couples ''online''.
** ''Adventure'' and ''02'':
*** In a rather infamous example of RelationshipWritingFumble, Taichi & Sora became a vastly
more fan support. Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since they already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first season.
** Not to mention the massive fandom that surrounded Taichi/Sora (Tai/Sora) that did a major WTF when Yamato (Matt) -- [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight with almost no prior development]] -- ended up [[StrangledByTheRedString marrying the latter]] and relegating Taichi to [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend his original relationship role]]. With that said, the dub pushed the pairing more
couple than the original, but many are still convinced canonically-intended couple of Yamato & Sora; show director Hiroyuki Kakudou claims to have explicitly set up clues foreshadowing that Taichi/Sora was [[RelationshipWritingFumble actually meant to happen]]. [[DieForOurShip Divorce fics ensue]].
*** Not that the writers handled the [=Tai/Matt/Sora=] relationship all that well ''after'' they got together in the series; discussions often point out how, while Matt
Yamato and Sora are clearly the parents of one another's children, the epilogue deliberately refrains from saying they got married (leaving the explicit statement of their marriage would eventually be married, but almost ''everyone else'' involved appeared to AllThereInTheManual) and keeps them from interacting much at all -- in ''clear contrast'' to Ken and Yolei. The nitpicky may also bring up how ship Sora both addresses Tai first and dodges behind him in Diaboromon Strikes Back, when Matt was ''right there''.
*** Even
with Taichi instead[[note]]Including the Japanese fans were surprised by Sora and Yamato becoming a couple; Voice Actors -- Creator/YuutoKazama and Creator/MayumiYamaguchi, respectively the voices for Yamato and Gabumon, had expected Sora and Taichi to end up together, as had together -- and secondary director Mamoru Hosoda, who directed Our ''Our War Game (the second movie). Complicated further by interviews with Hiroyuki Kakudo, who directed Game''.[[/note]]. Naturally, the first two entries in fans were all thrown for a loop when Kakudou [[StrangledByTheRedString forced the franchise, wherein he states that issue]] by having Sora and Yamato becoming an item had been planned since become a couple during the start, plus that he didn't want Taiora ''02'' ChristmasEpisode despite [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight their relative lack of relationship-development prior]]. Especially notable in the American dub, which latched onto the Taichi-Sora pairing early. Given discontent fans, [[DieForOurShip divorce fics ensue]].
*** Takeru & Hikari (Taichi and Yamato's younger siblings) were the show's most popular ToyShip, period, which unfortunately led to some vicious ShipToShipCombat when ''02'' fashioned a LoveTriangle with them and newcomer Daisuke, though Takeru remains the more popular suitor, if only
because it was clichéd.
** ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is good about those. [[Anime/DigimonTamers Rukato (Ruki/Rika and Takato)]] fans are a large part of
he's the fanbase who think Ruki is a better match for Takato then Canon Love Interest Juri/Jeri. They mostly say that that is because Ruki and Takato have a "Hot-headed girl x cool-headed guy" chemistry, or even SlapSlapKiss.
incumbent.
*** Not that Takato and Ruki (or Ruki and Jian)[[note]]Okay, ''this'' guy has more SpellMyNameWithAnS going than simply having a different name in the US. His Japanese name, Jenrya Lee, is the Japanese way of writing the Chinese name Jianliang Lee. This wasn't a widely known fact when the series was new, so Jenrya and Jen are names that frequently appear in fandom. His dub name is Henry Wong. And of course, there's FirstNameBasis being more intimate in Japan than in the west - "Lee-kun or -san is his most common ''onscreen'' Japanese name. So Henry, Jenrya, Jen, Jianliang, Jian, and Lee all refer to the same guy.[[/note]] ever got along too badly. And the {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo was mostly him hitting on her as part of their rivalry, and stunted by his few sporadic appearances in the latter third of series making it hard for most viewers to get attached to him.
** "Hot-headed girl x cool-headed guy" probably best fits Ruki and Jian, as that pairing was wildly popular in the Japanese fan community. In canon, Ruki got a lot of {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo, but you'll find more fanwork to Ruki and Jian ([[PortmanteauCoupleName "Leeruki"]] as the Japanese fans called it) than for Ruki and Ryo.
**
[[TVGenius Koushiro/Izzy]] and [[SpoiledSweet Mimi]] is quite popular among the Japanese fandom (it's somewhat popular in the West, too, but not as preferred as [[TheLancer Yamato]]/Mimi). Must have something to do with {{Opposites Attract}}.



** Furthermore, in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', [[BelligerentSexualTension Takuya and Izumi]] were {{Implied Love Interest}}s to each other and Junpei had [[AllLoveIsUnrequited quite an obvious crush on the latter]], but the fan community (especially the Japanese) lean more towards [[HoYay Takuya/Kouji]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Kouji/Izumi]], or [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Kouichi/Izumi]].
** In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Zenjirou has a [[DoggedNiceGuy crush]] on Nene, and despite [[ShipTease teasings]] for Taiki/Akari and Kiriha/Nene in ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime Hunters]]'', Kiriha/Taiki and Taiki/Nene are much more popular.

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*** While Ken and Miyako wound up married in the finale (a DevelopmentGag based on the fact that their Voice Actresses got along so well), it's not uncommon to find them shipped with other people rather than each other, since they have very little in-show support.
**''Tamers:''
*** Ruki Makino is Tamers' LauncherOfAThousandShips, and is more commonly shipped with costars Takato (in the west) or Jianliang (in Japan) than she is with Ryo, who's the closest thing she has to a canonical LoveInterest. The Ruki-Takato pairing even supersedes the canonical ToyShip Takato-Juri, and has a large number of interpretations ranging from MasculineGirlFeminineBoy (Ruki's Tsundere and Takato's Adorkable) to SlapSlapKiss to TwiceShy. Ruki and Jian are commonly portrayed as RedOniBlueOni (in that order) with a few shades of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.
** Furthermore, in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'':
***
[[BelligerentSexualTension Takuya and Izumi]] were {{Implied Love Interest}}s to each other and Junpei had [[AllLoveIsUnrequited quite an obvious crush on the latter]], but the fan community (especially the Japanese) lean more towards [[HoYay Takuya/Kouji]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Kouji/Izumi]], or [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Kouichi/Izumi]].
** In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'':
***
Zenjirou has a [[DoggedNiceGuy crush]] on Nene, and despite [[ShipTease teasings]] for Taiki/Akari and Kiriha/Nene in ''[[Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime Hunters]]'', Kiriha/Taiki and Taiki/Nene are much more popular.


** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the title character's final love interest was Sakura, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided affections. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the epilogue reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and had two children together, and the final movie, which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, if [[WordOfGod Kishimoto's testimony]] is anything to go by, [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this has transpired according to his design]], and [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the 'obvious candidate']] was a deliberate RedHerring.

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** For many, many years, anyone familiar with the conventions of {{Shonen}} would have told you that the obvious candidate for the title titular character's final love interest was Sakura, Sakura Haruno, the {{Tsundere}} object of his comical one-sided affections. Yet throughout those years, most of fandom rooted for Naruto to turn around and notice UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata.[[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]]. Despite the relative lack of actual interaction, [[PortmanteauCoupleName NaruHina]] had been popular enough to get plenty of ShipTease in {{Filler}}, a date in a HighSchoolAU bonus feature and a canon-defying RelationshipUpgrade in [[NarutoShippudenUltimateNinjaStorm2 a video game adaptation series]]. Only after nearly 10 years of running time the manga started treating it as a serious possibility, and it took about another half a decade to go from 'possibility' to 'huh, this might actually be happening'. [[spoiler: It holds; the epilogue [[DistantFinale epilogue]] reveals that Naruto and Hinata eventually got married and had have two children together, and the final movie, ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', which is set two years after the end of Naruto and Sasuke's final fight, is the canonical tale of how they fell in love]]. To top it off, if [[WordOfGod Kishimoto's testimony]] is anything to go by, Kishimoto]] has stated in several post-series interviews that [[IntendedAudienceReaction all of this has transpired according to his design]], that [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=]]] ''had'' been planned since early on in the manga, and that [[spoiler:Sakura's apparent position as the 'obvious candidate']] "obvious candidate"]] was a deliberate RedHerring.RedHerring meant to [[TrollingCreator mess with the shippers]].


** The most popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. It doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom. [[spoiler: The fact that [=NaruHina=] and [=SasuSaku=] became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.]]


** The most popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. It doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom. The fact that Naru Hina and Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.

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** The most popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. It doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom. [[spoiler: The fact that Naru Hina [=NaruHina=] and Sasu Saku [=SasuSaku=] became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.]]


** The most popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DiedInYourArmsTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that Naru Hina and Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.

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** The most popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DiedInYourArmsTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it It doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other.fandom. The fact that Naru Hina and Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.


** However, the most popular couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DiedInYourArmsTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that Naru Hina and Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.

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** However, the The most popular popular yaoi couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DiedInYourArmsTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that Naru Hina and Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.


** However, the most popular couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay/Naruto NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DieInYourArmTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that NaruHina and SasuSaku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.

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** However, the most popular couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay/Naruto [[HoYay NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DieInYourArmTonight DiedInYourArmsTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that NaruHina Naru Hina and SasuSaku Sasu Saku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.

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** However, the most popular couple in the fandom has to be [[HoYay/Naruto NaruSasu]]. Naruto and Sasuke have the famous DieInYourArmTonight moment pre-timeskip, both acknowledge the other as the closest one they have for a best friend, and the plot of Shippuuden is literally Naruto chasing after Sasuke, and it doesn't help that they have a whole entry in the HoYay page. The couple is well-known in both the het and slash fandom, with Naruto and Sasuke being the most famous love interest for the other. The fact that NaruHina and SasuSaku became canon seems to only popularize the couple more.


* It seems that a lot of ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' fans, at least in the U.S., preferred [[spoiler: Amata to be with Zessica and Mikono to be with Kagura.]]

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* It seems that a A lot of ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' fans, at least in the U.S., preferred [[spoiler: Amata to be with Zessica and Mikono to be with Kagura.]]



* Many ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' fans consider Yuuhi to be a better match for Aya than Tooya, [[spoiler:though she actually ''does'' sort of end up with him. Not on-screen, but considering [[YourDaysAreNumbered Tooya is dying already]]...]]

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* Many ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'' fans consider Yuuhi to be a better match for Aya than Tooya, [[spoiler:though she actually ''does'' sort of end up with him. Not on-screen, but considering [[YourDaysAreNumbered Tooya is dying already]]...]]


* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' gets a lot of this as well. While no OfficialCouple is present, most fans want Touma and Mikoto to hook up. [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun Mikoto/Kuroko]] is also quite popular among the {{Yuri Fan}}s.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' gets a lot of this as well.this. While no OfficialCouple is present, most fans want Touma and Mikoto to hook up. [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun Mikoto/Kuroko]] is also quite popular among the {{Yuri Fan}}s.



* Tsukushi was originally supposed to end up with Rui in ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' but Tsukasa/Tsukushi became so popular with fans it became the OfficialCouple, which is ironic because after the manga finished, Rui/Tsukushi became the FanPreferredCouple because a lot of people thought Tsukasa became an incredible jerkass at times who kept upsetting Tsukushi while Rui gradually became a much more friendly and warm young man who was always there for Tsukushi.

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* Tsukushi was originally supposed to end up with Rui in ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' ''Manga/BoysOverFlowers'' but Tsukasa/Tsukushi became so popular with fans it became the OfficialCouple, which is ironic because after the manga finished, Rui/Tsukushi became the FanPreferredCouple because a lot of people thought Tsukasa became an incredible jerkass at times who kept upsetting Tsukushi while Rui gradually became a much more friendly and warm young man who was always there for Tsukushi.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain]] [[EntitledToHaveYou reasons]].

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain]] [[EntitledToHaveYou reasons]].


* In a series like ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'' with {{loads and loads of characters}} and many possible pairings, guess which pairing is the most popular? That's right, it's [[FoeYay Shizuo/Izaya]]. Despite Narita [[WordofGod claiming that the two will never end up together]], he deliberately ships the two together. Check the ShipTease page for all the examples.

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* In a series like ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' with {{loads and loads of characters}} LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, and many possible pairings, guess which pairing is the most popular? That's right, it's [[FoeYay Shizuo/Izaya]]. Despite Narita [[WordofGod claiming that the two will never end up together]], he deliberately ships the two together. Check the ShipTease page for all the examples.

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** Uraraka herself also has a good amount of shippers that pair her with [[AntiHero Bakugou]], mostly due to their battle in the sports festival arc, where he was shown to respect her, protesting when their classmates called her "delicate". After the battle, she even became one of the few people he actually reffered to by [[TheNicknamer name.]]


* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'':

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* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with Rias Gremory for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with.

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* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with Rias Gremory for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with. Something worth noting is the near-total lack of any ShipToShipCombat for this one - according to both WordOfGod and the text, Issei/Akeno is [[MarryThemAll just as canon as Issei/Rias]], and Akeno gets a kick out of being the "mistress".


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The ship is still going strong [[spoiler: despite ShipSinking that occured in the last chapter.]]

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The ship is still going strong DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler: despite ShipSinking that occured in the last chapter.married Orihime.]]


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler: married Orihime.]]

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo ship is still going strong [[spoiler: married Orihime.despite ShipSinking that occured in the last chapter.]]


** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?". Black/White exploded even further in popularity thanks to the [[TrainStationGoodbye train scene]] and the [[DownerEnding infamous ending]] of the BW arc, leaving both N/Black and N/White in the dust.
** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriends X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.

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** Contrary to the games, Black/White [[HotBlooded Black]]/[[ReasonableAuthorityFigure White]] is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?". Black/White exploded even further in popularity thanks to the [[TrainStationGoodbye train scene]] and the [[DownerEnding infamous ending]] of the BW arc, leaving both N/Black and N/White in the dust.
** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriends X/Y]] X]]/[[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.


* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Kiyo/Suzy.
* ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' has Chika/Michiru.

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* %%* ''Manga/ZombieLoan'' has Chika/Michiru.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain reasons]].

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain certain]] [[EntitledToHaveYou reasons]].


** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have more fan support. Daikari (Daisuke/Hikari) and Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since they already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first and second seasons.

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** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have more fan support. Daikari (Daisuke/Hikari) and Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since they already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first and second seasons.season.



** On the actual Digimon (as in, the creatures) side of things, lots of people tend to ship in the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure/02]]'' canon either [[OppositesAttract Veemon/Gatomon]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Patamon/Gatomon]] or [[IOweYouMyLife Wizardmon/Gatomon]], based on either the opposites or similarities the formers have (and their connections to fan-favorites Daisuke/Hikari and Takeru/Hikari) or the deep friendship the latter [[spoiler:had]]. Meanwhile, in the ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'' section of the fandom, people seem overly fond of the [[LadyOfWar Renamon]]/[[TheImp Impmon]] ship, based on their chemistry and {{Ship Tease}} moments. Some people have even come to ship [[AngelDevilShipping their]] [[{{Miko}} Mega]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils forms]].

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** On the actual Digimon (as in, the creatures) side of things, lots of people tend to ship in the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure/02]]'' canon either [[OppositesAttract Veemon/Gatomon]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Patamon/Gatomon]] or [[IOweYouMyLife Wizardmon/Gatomon]], based on either the opposites or similarities the formers have (and their connections to fan-favorites the Daisuke/Hikari and Takeru/Hikari) Takeru/Hikari pairings) or the deep friendship the latter [[spoiler:had]]. Meanwhile, in the ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'' section of the fandom, people seem overly fond of the [[LadyOfWar Renamon]]/[[TheImp Impmon]] ship, based on their chemistry and {{Ship Tease}} moments. Some people have even come to ship [[AngelDevilShipping their]] [[{{Miko}} Mega]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils forms]].


** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have more fan support. Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since it already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first season.

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** While Ken/Miyako (Ken/Yolei) wound up canon in the finale, there was very little actual development between the two other than Yolei mentioning her having a crush on him. Unsurprisingly, couplings of either with someone else usually have more fan support. Daikari (Daisuke/Hikari) and Takari (Takeru/Hikari) also ended up as this since it they already had a large fandom from when it was a popular ToyShip in the first season.and second seasons.



*** Not that Takato and Ruki (or Ruki and Jian)[[note]]Okay, ''this'' guy has more SpellMyNameWithAnS going than simply having a different name in the US. His Japanese name, Jenrya Lee, is the Japanese way of writing the Chinese name Jianliang Lee. This wasn't a widely known fact when the series was new, so Jenrya and Jen are names that frequently appear in fandom. His dub name is Henry Wong. And of course, there's FirstNameBasis being more intimate in Japan than in the west - "Lee-kun or -san is his most common ''onscreen'' Japanese name. So Henry, Jenrya, Jen, Jianliang, Jian, and Lee all refer to the same guy.[[/note]] ever got along too badly. And the {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo was mostly him hitting on her as part of their rivalry, and stunted by his few sporadic appearences in the latter third of series making it hard for most viewers to get attached to him.

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*** Not that Takato and Ruki (or Ruki and Jian)[[note]]Okay, ''this'' guy has more SpellMyNameWithAnS going than simply having a different name in the US. His Japanese name, Jenrya Lee, is the Japanese way of writing the Chinese name Jianliang Lee. This wasn't a widely known fact when the series was new, so Jenrya and Jen are names that frequently appear in fandom. His dub name is Henry Wong. And of course, there's FirstNameBasis being more intimate in Japan than in the west - "Lee-kun or -san is his most common ''onscreen'' Japanese name. So Henry, Jenrya, Jen, Jianliang, Jian, and Lee all refer to the same guy.[[/note]] ever got along too badly. And the {{Ship Tease}} with Ryo was mostly him hitting on her as part of their rivalry, and stunted by his few sporadic appearences appearances in the latter third of series making it hard for most viewers to get attached to him.



** On the actual Digimon (as in, the creatures) side of things, lots of people tend to ship in the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure/02]]'' canon either [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Patamon/Gatomon]] or [[IOweYouMyLife Wizardmon/Gatomon]], based on either the similarities the former have (and their connection to fan-favorite Takeru/Hikari) or the deep friendship the latter [[spoiler:had]]. Meanwhile, in the ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'' section of the fandom, people seem overly fond of the [[LadyOfWar Renamon]]/[[TheImp Impmon]] ship, based on their chemistry and {{Ship Tease}} moments. Some people have even come to ship [[AngelDevilShipping their]] [[{{Miko}} Mega]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils forms]].

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** On the actual Digimon (as in, the creatures) side of things, lots of people tend to ship in the ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure/02]]'' canon either [[OppositesAttract Veemon/Gatomon]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Patamon/Gatomon]] or [[IOweYouMyLife Wizardmon/Gatomon]], based on either the opposites or similarities the former formers have (and their connection connections to fan-favorite fan-favorites Daisuke/Hikari and Takeru/Hikari) or the deep friendship the latter [[spoiler:had]]. Meanwhile, in the ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]'' section of the fandom, people seem overly fond of the [[LadyOfWar Renamon]]/[[TheImp Impmon]] ship, based on their chemistry and {{Ship Tease}} moments. Some people have even come to ship [[AngelDevilShipping their]] [[{{Miko}} Mega]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils forms]].


** Manga shippers tend to go for Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this.

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** Manga shippers tend to go for Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gold]]/[[OnlySaneWoman Crystal]], and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this.



** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?" Black/White exploded even further in popularity thanks to the [[TrainStationGoodbye train scene]] and the [[DownerEnding infamous ending]] of the BW arc, leaving both N/Black and N/White in the dust.
** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.

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** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?" Wheel]]?". Black/White exploded even further in popularity thanks to the [[TrainStationGoodbye train scene]] and the [[DownerEnding infamous ending]] of the BW arc, leaving both N/Black and N/White in the dust.
** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance [[ChildhoodFriends X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.


** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriendsRomance X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.

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** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriendsRomance [[ChildhoodFriendRomance X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.


** Manga shippers tend to go for Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this
** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?"

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** Manga shippers tend to go for Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this
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** If fans don't accept the [[PowerTrio trio]] of Diamond/Pearl/Platinum as [[OneTrueThreesome a given]], they usually tend to prefer Diamond/Platinum, mostly because of Dia's [[BodyGuardCrush obvious crush]] on the latter.
** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?"Wheel]]?" Black/White exploded even further in popularity thanks to the [[TrainStationGoodbye train scene]] and the [[DownerEnding infamous ending]] of the BW arc, leaving both N/Black and N/White in the dust.
** Aside from the faction that chooses to see them as LikeBrotherAndSister, [[ChildhoodFriendsRomance X/Y]] is also more-or-less unanimously supported by the fandom.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh to the top. Though he is still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments. Interestingly, none of these softer moments are directed at her, and the pairing is hated by other fans for [[AttemptedRape certain reasons]].

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*** Giselle, a CharacterOfTheDay from the first season, is still a somewhat popular option due her being the first (and, so far, ''only'') girl Ash showed clear attraction towards.


** There's also a significant faction of Kid/Maka, Kid/Soul, Maka/Crona, and Stein/Spirit supporters that should not be over-looked.

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* While the OfficialCouple of Kirito/Asuna does have quite a bit of support in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', there are plenty of fans who have their own opinions on who the couples should be.
** For Kirito, the biggest contender seems to be [[DeadpanSnarker Sinon]], due to their interactions during the ''Phantom Bullet'' arc and [[EnsembleDarkhorse her being one of the most popular side-characters in general]]. Kirito/Klein crops up some too, due to the HoYay.
** For Asuna, there are plenty of fans who ship her with [[GenkiGirl Yuuki]], mostly due to their chemistry and the fact they have a very obvious RomanticTwoGirlFriendship going on, which gets lampshaded at several points.


* ''Manga/VampireKnight'' has Zero/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.

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* ''Manga/VampireKnight'' has Zero/Yuuki.Zero/Yuuki and Kaname/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.


*** Ash/Serena became absurdly popular in a very low time period, there is so much ShipTease it's not even funny. Just to get an idea, in less than two months [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?615753-Amourshipping-(Ash-x-Serena)-General-Discussion-(SPOILER-WARNING) the pairing thread on Serebii got over 20,000 replies]] (no other shipping thread even reached 10,000)! Not to mention the huge amount of Japanese fanart. Of course this is helped along by blatant ship teasing (at least from Serena's side of the equation) that makes Pokeshipping subtle in comparison.

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*** Ash/Serena became absurdly popular in a very low time period, there is so much ShipTease it's not even funny. Just to get an idea, in less than two months [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?615753-Amourshipping-(Ash-x-Serena)-General-Discussion-(SPOILER-WARNING) the pairing thread on Serebii got over 20,000 replies]] (no other shipping thread even reached 10,000)! Not to mention the huge amount of Japanese fanart. Of course this is helped along by blatant ship teasing (at least from Serena's side of the equation) that makes Pokeshipping subtle in comparison. At the end of the XYZ season, the fans exploded with excitement when the impossible happened; [[spoiler: Serena kisses Ash before she leaves]].


* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. Hayate is a special case, with Hayate/Vita, Hayate/Reinforce and [[MarryThemAll Hayate/Harem]] being about equally popular, often with the same people.

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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Nanoha/Fate (which later got promoted to [[WordOfGay official status]]), Suzuka/Arisa, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. Hayate is a special case, with Hayate/Vita, Hayate/Reinforce and [[MarryThemAll Hayate/Harem]] being about equally popular, often with the same people.


* ''Manga/Haikyuu'', like a lot of sports series, has a large shipping community that predominantly supports male/male ships, with almost every major character being in at least one super popular one. Among the largest are Kageyama/Hinata, Daichi/Sugawara, Oikawa/Iwaizumi, Bokuto/Akaashi, Tsukishima/Yamaguchi, Asahi/Nishinoya, and Kuroo/Kenma.

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* ''Manga/Haikyuu'', ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}'', like a lot of sports series, has a large shipping community that predominantly supports male/male ships, with almost every major character being in at least one super popular one. Among the largest are Kageyama/Hinata, Daichi/Sugawara, Oikawa/Iwaizumi, Bokuto/Akaashi, Tsukishima/Yamaguchi, Asahi/Nishinoya, and Kuroo/Kenma.

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* ''Manga/Haikyuu'', like a lot of sports series, has a large shipping community that predominantly supports male/male ships, with almost every major character being in at least one super popular one. Among the largest are Kageyama/Hinata, Daichi/Sugawara, Oikawa/Iwaizumi, Bokuto/Akaashi, Tsukishima/Yamaguchi, Asahi/Nishinoya, and Kuroo/Kenma.

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* ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'': the series has a rather unfortunate plot involving a girl, Kae Serinuma, who starts being romantically pursued by four boys the moment she loses weight. Three of these boys did not care much or at all for her when she was fat; but the fourth boy, Mutsumi, was very kind to her, already seemed to have feelings for her before the weight loss, was the only one to recognize her after it, and does not care that she has socially unacceptable hobbies. So, a lot of readers immediately latched onto Serinuma/Mutsumi as the ideal ship of the series.
** For those who like yuri, Serinuma/Nishina is probably the preferred ship, helped by the fact that Nishina is legitimately [[GayOption part]] of Serinuma's harem and she shares a lot of good points with Mutsumi.


** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It actually gets referenced in one of the OVAS Lancer imagines frolicking in a field of flowers with Saber.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished mana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.

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** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It actually gets referenced in one of the OVAS OVAS, Lancer imagines frolicking in a field of flowers with Saber.
** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished mana prana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.


** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many [[ShipTease]] moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished mana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.

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** Rider/Waver is so popular that it is virtually canon given how many [[ShipTease]] ShipTease moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished mana ''that'' way and one of Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to an adult Waver.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': If Pixiv is any indication who's preferred with Saber, Saber x Gilgamesh is the most popular, followed by Lancer x Saber. The anime has created a veritable Love Boat in its wake, to the point where nearly every character is shipped with at least one non-canon love-interest. As a corollary to the Saber x Lancer ship, Lancer x Kayneth is widespread on Pixiv, often drawn by the same people drawing the Saber x Lancer and complete with doujinshi. Kirei Kotomine holds the top two records of the most number of shipping fanarts, paired with Gilgamesh and Kiritsugu respectively. Other popular non-canon couples are Caster x Ryuunosuke, Kotomine x Kariya, Kotomine x Tokiomi, Gilgamesh x Tokiomi, Tokiomi x Kariya, Berserker x Kariya, Rider x Waver, Waver x Lancer, and Saber x Irisviel. You may have noticed a trend. Given the ratio of male characters to female, it was probably inevitable.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': If Pixiv is any indication who's preferred with Saber, While quite popular in FateStayNight, its prequel bolstered Saber x Gilgamesh is the most popular, followed by Lancer x Saber. The anime has created a veritable Love Boat in its wake, to the point where nearly every character top. Though he is shipped with at least one non-canon love-interest. As a corollary to the Saber x Lancer ship, Lancer x Kayneth is widespread on Pixiv, often drawn by the same people drawing the Saber x Lancer and complete with doujinshi. Kirei Kotomine holds the top two records of the most number of shipping fanarts, paired with still twisted, Gilgamesh is ''much'' more humane and Kiritsugu respectively. Other sane in this version and even gets a few PetTheDog moments.
** Lancer x Saber is a decent close-second. Both are chivalrous knights who respect each others ideals and immediately bond on the battlefield. It actually gets referenced in one of the OVAS Lancer imagines frolicking in a field of flowers with Saber.
** Rider/Waver is so
popular non-canon couples are Caster x Ryuunosuke, Kotomine x Kariya, Kotomine x Tokiomi, Gilgamesh x Tokiomi, Tokiomi x Kariya, Berserker x Kariya, Rider x Waver, Waver x Lancer, that it is virtually canon given how many [[ShipTease]] moments it gets. WordofGod states they most likely replenished mana ''that'' way and Saber x Irisviel. You may have noticed a trend. Given the ratio one of male characters Rider's followers seen in his Reality Marble bares a striking resemblance to female, it was probably inevitable. an adult Waver.


** Continuing from the [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa first]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 two]] games, Makoto/Kyoko and Hajime/Chiaki were widely rooted for by the fandom, thanks to the piles of ShipTease and ImpliedLoveInterest vibes the anime added on. The fandom outright ''rioted'' when [[spoiler:both girls were apparently killed off (Kyoko got better; Chiaki didn't)]]. Izuru/Chiaki also started becoming popular in its own right, although that's a weird case as [[spoiler:Izuru ''is'' Hajime, just [[DeathOfPersonality without his memories and personality]].]]

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** Continuing from the [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa first]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 two]] games, Makoto/Kyoko and Hajime/Chiaki were widely rooted for by the fandom, thanks to the piles of ShipTease and ImpliedLoveInterest vibes the anime added on. The fandom outright ''rioted'' when [[spoiler:both girls were apparently killed off (Kyoko got better; Chiaki didn't)]]. Izuru/Chiaki also started becoming popular in its own right, although that's a weird case as [[spoiler:Izuru ''is'' Hajime, just has Hajime's body, [[DeathOfPersonality without his memories and but a different personality]].]]


* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' had a ship war between the 74th Class trio. Munakata/Juzo vs Munakata/Chisa vs Juzo/Chisa, being that there were heavy implications that Munakat and Chisa were an OfficialCouple, ultimately, with TheReveal that [[spoiler: Chisa was a Remnant of Despair who had been actively pushing Munakata into despair and took part in killing Chiaki]] and Episode 10 of Side:Despair revealing that [[spoiler:Juzo was in love with Munakata, ultimately, doing a HeroicSacrifice and saving the last participants of the Final Killing Game in exchange of bleeding to death]], becoming a fan favorite, Juzo/Munakata won by a landslide.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' had a ship war between the 74th Class trio. Munakata/Juzo vs Munakata/Chisa vs Juzo/Chisa, being that there were heavy implications that Munakat Munakata and Chisa were an OfficialCouple, ultimately, OfficialCouple. Ultimately, with TheReveal that [[spoiler: Chisa was a Remnant of Despair who had been actively pushing Munakata into despair and took part in killing Chiaki]] and Episode 10 of Side:Despair revealing that [[spoiler:Juzo was in love with Munakata, ultimately, doing a HeroicSacrifice and saving the last participants of the Final Killing Game in exchange of bleeding to death]], becoming a fan favorite, Juzo/Munakata won quickly toppled the other two ships.
** Continuing from the [[VisualNovel/DanganRonpa first]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 two]] games, Makoto/Kyoko and Hajime/Chiaki were widely rooted for
by the fandom, thanks to the piles of ShipTease and ImpliedLoveInterest vibes the anime added on. The fandom outright ''rioted'' when [[spoiler:both girls were apparently killed off (Kyoko got better; Chiaki didn't)]]. Izuru/Chiaki also started becoming popular in its own right, although that's a landslide.weird case as [[spoiler:Izuru ''is'' Hajime, just [[DeathOfPersonality without his memories and personality]].]]

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* ''Anime/IzettaTheLastWitch'': People were already pairing Izetta with Princess Finé even before the series began airing due to the HoYay promotional artwork. Those feelings intensified after the series began airing.


* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has quite a number of them, thanks to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and large amounts of ShipTease in the series. Of these, America/England, Germany/Italy, Spain/Romano, Sweden/Finland, Russia/China, and France/England are some of the most popular.

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* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has quite a number of them, thanks to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and large amounts of ShipTease in the series. Of these, America/England, France/England, Germany/Italy, Spain/Romano, Sweden/Finland, Russia/China, and France/England America/England are some of the most popular.


* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. Hayate is a special case, with Hayate/Vita and [[MarryThemAll Hayate/Harem]] being about equally popular, often with the same people.

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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. Hayate is a special case, with Hayate/Vita Hayate/Vita, Hayate/Reinforce and [[MarryThemAll Hayate/Harem]] being about equally popular, often with the same people.

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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' had a ship war between the 74th Class trio. Munakata/Juzo vs Munakata/Chisa vs Juzo/Chisa, being that there were heavy implications that Munakat and Chisa were an OfficialCouple, ultimately, with TheReveal that [[spoiler: Chisa was a Remnant of Despair who had been actively pushing Munakata into despair and took part in killing Chiaki]] and Episode 10 of Side:Despair revealing that [[spoiler:Juzo was in love with Munakata, ultimately, doing a HeroicSacrifice and saving the last participants of the Final Killing Game in exchange of bleeding to death]], becoming a fan favorite, Juzo/Munakata won by a landslide.


** A more extensive list includes:
*** Franky/Robin (due to them having been described as the "dad" and "mom" of the Straw Hat crew, numerous scenes of CharacterDevelopment they share; especially their recent Punk Hazard moments, and both being strongly connected to the MythArc).
*** Sanji/Nami or Sanji/Robin (his constant canonical swooning over both of them plays a role)
*** Zoro/Nami (due to their VitriolicBestBuds nature; fan artwork has even been dedicated to this one)
*** Zoro/Sanji (The whole rivalry between the two strongest and the fact that {{Filler}} has the two almost kissing...twice)
*** Chopper/Robin (largely because of a filler episode post-Alabasta that centered on his initial interaction with her)
*** [[LesYay Nami/Kalifa]] (because of how the anime portrayed their fight at Enies Lobby)
*** [[IncestIsRelative Luffy/Ace]] (due to their canonical closeness)
*** Crocodile/Robin (assuming the fanfics where this happens take place before her HeelFaceTurn)
*** [[HoYay Ace/Smoker]] (despite their very ''brief'' clash in Alabasta)
*** Zoro/Tashigi (because of her resemblance to Kuina, Zoro's childhood friend)
*** Luffy/Hancock (HopelessSuitor going after the ChasteHero)
*** Usopp/Perona (For those two being way too alike, and the fact Usopp has been the only man to tame her bossy personality)
*** Usopp/Kaya (Childhood Friends)
*** [[MayDecemberRomance Smoker/Tashigi]] or, to a lesser extent, Smoker/Hina (canonically he has a good working relationship with both of them, and Hina has a good understanding of Smoker's personality from their days at the Marine academy)
** ...yeah, the possibilities are endless.


** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material.

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** As the two primary main cast characters, Ichigo/Rukia is extremely popular among fans even though WordOfGod has stated they're [[PlatonicLifePartners "more than friends, but less than lovers"]]. The anime also supports this ship and inserts a lot of filler material to give them ShipTease that doesn't exist in the canon material. The DistantFinale revealed that Ichigo [[spoiler: married Orihime.]]


* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Hayate/Vita, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. (That is, not counting the [[OneTrueThreesome harem theory]].)

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* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Hayate/Vita, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. (That is, not counting Hayate is a special case, with Hayate/Vita and [[MarryThemAll Hayate/Harem]] being about equally popular, often with the [[OneTrueThreesome harem theory]].)same people.


* Amongst the ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fandom by far the most popular ship is [[FoeYay Ryuko/Satsuki]] that tends to have at least twice as many fanfics written about the two then any other pairing. TheReveal [[spoiler: that the two of them [[SurpriseIncest are actually long lost sisters]] doesn't seem to have petered most of the fandom at all, if anything [[IncestYayShipping it's actually made the pairing stronger]]]]. The popular Shipmates for the two seem to be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Mako/Gamagoori]] (it helps that Gamagoori seems to have feelings for Mako InUniverse anyway). A lot of this was changed by the ending, however, when [[spoiler: Mako asks Ryuko on a date]].

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* Amongst the ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fandom by far the most popular ship is [[FoeYay Ryuko/Satsuki]] that tends to have at least twice as many fanfics written about the two then any other pairing. TheReveal [[spoiler: that the two of them [[SurpriseIncest are actually long lost sisters]] doesn't seem to have petered most of the fandom at all, if anything [[IncestYayShipping it's actually made the pairing stronger]]]]. The popular Shipmates for the two seem to be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Mako/Gamagoori]] (it helps that Gamagoori seems to have feelings for Mako InUniverse anyway). A lot of this was changed by the ending, however, when [[spoiler: Mako asks Ryuko on a date]]. Preferences after that went in the direction of a Ryuko-Mako-Satsuki {{OT3}}.


* A ''lot'' of people who have read the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels are of the opinion that Kyon/Yuki is the perfect couple. This can be attributed to the 4th novel, ''Disappearance'', which [[ShipTease focuses majorly on Yuki and Kyon]], as well as the fact that Haruhi tends to go OutOfFocus, while Yuki becomes more focused on, all combined with an utter lack of any major Haruhi/Kyon hints. The fact that the author himself has said Yuki is his favourite character may also help. It may also help that Yuki is beloved by an enormous portion of the fandom, individuals at worst not expressing any interest in her, while Haruhi, though popular as well, has [[BaseBreaker acquired a significant force of haters]] due to the more abrasive and violent portions of her personality.

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* A ''lot'' of people who have read the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels are of the opinion that Kyon/Yuki is the perfect couple. This can be attributed to the 4th novel, ''Disappearance'', which [[ShipTease focuses majorly on Yuki and Kyon]], as well as the fact that Haruhi tends to go OutOfFocus, while Yuki becomes more focused on, all combined with an utter lack of any major Haruhi/Kyon hints. The fact that the author himself has said Yuki is his favourite character may also help. It may also help that Yuki is beloved by an enormous portion of the fandom, individuals at worst not expressing any interest in her, while Haruhi, though popular as well, has [[BaseBreaker acquired a significant force of haters]] haters due to the more abrasive and violent portions of her personality.


* Although by far one of the most popular couples in ''DGrayMan'', the mind-numbingly obvious pairing of Allen and Lenalee has accumulated a fair amount of haters. Most of the remaining in the fandom are proud [[PortmanteauCoupleName Yullen]] (Kanda/Allen) fans because of a "hate/love" appeal.

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* Although by far one of the most popular couples in ''DGrayMan'', ''Manga/DGrayMan'', the mind-numbingly obvious pairing of Allen and Lenalee has accumulated a fair amount of haters. Most of the remaining in the fandom are proud [[PortmanteauCoupleName Yullen]] (Kanda/Allen) fans because of a "hate/love" appeal.


* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with [[RedHeadedHeroine Rias Gremory]] for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with.

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* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with [[RedHeadedHeroine Rias Gremory]] Gremory for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with.


* ''{{Fruits Basket}}'' is a shipping goldmine! While many support the canical Kyo/Tohru, Yuki/Tohru and Kyo/Kagura complete the love triangle with a large fan base. On the yaoi side, Yuki/Kyo and Yuki/Hatsuharu are pretty popular too.

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* ''{{Fruits Basket}}'' ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is a shipping goldmine! While many support the canical Kyo/Tohru, Yuki/Tohru and Kyo/Kagura complete the love triangle with a large fan base. On the yaoi side, Yuki/Kyo and Yuki/Hatsuharu are pretty popular too.


* Just a little over the first year of its serialization, fans of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' have already been pairing off [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Akira Hayama/Jun Shiomi]]; the fact it can spark a TeacherStudentRomance fuels the preference further. Meanwhile, there's also [[VitriolicBestBuds Koujirou Shinomiya/Hinako Inui]], with many readers claiming the VolleyingInsults between as a sign of BelligerentSexualTension.
** In the case of [[TheHero Soma Yukihira]], ShipToShipCombat ensues as fans are split between pairing him with [[AlphaBitch Erina]] [[{{Tsundere}} Nakiri]] and [[CharacterDevelopment Megumi]] [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tadokoro]].

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* Just a little over the first year of its serialization, fans of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' have already been pairing off [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Akira Hayama/Jun Shiomi]]; the fact it can spark a TeacherStudentRomance fuels the preference further. Similarly, the majority of the fandom likes to imagine there's a SubordinateExcuse for Ryou Kurokiba's loyalty to Alice Nakiri. Meanwhile, there's also [[VitriolicBestBuds Koujirou Shinomiya/Hinako Inui]], with many readers claiming the VolleyingInsults between as a sign of BelligerentSexualTension.
** In the case of [[TheHero Soma Yukihira]], ShipToShipCombat ensues as fans are split between pairing him with [[AlphaBitch Erina]] [[{{Tsundere}} Nakiri]] and [[CharacterDevelopment Megumi]] [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tadokoro]]. However, Erina tends to win out in the amount of fan works and forum discussions.

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** On the HoYay side, the most popular pairing would be Midoriya/Todoroki, after the Sports Festival Arc due to [[spoiler: Midoriya becoming a WarriorTherapist to help Todoroki deal with his DarkAndTroubledPast.]] After that, Todoroki's life does a 180º change, becoming able to [[spoiler: visit his mom in the hospital and working with his father(not forgiving him yet)]], after that and during the Stain Arc, it's show that they become friends and both hold each other in high regards.


** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples among the Konoha 11 include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way. [[spoiler: SasuSaku and SaiIno]] also became canon but both ships are far more divisive.

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** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples among the Konoha 11 include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way. [[spoiler: SasuSaku and SaiIno]] also became canon but both ships are far more divisive.


** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples among the Konoha 11: [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=], [=SasuSaku=], [=ShikaTema=], [=SaiIno=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way.

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** The GrandFinale revealed the final couples among the Konoha 11: [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=], [=SasuSaku=], [=ShikaTema=], [=SaiIno=]]].11 include [[spoiler:[=NaruHina=] and [=ShikaTema=]]]. By the looks of it, the majority of the fans got their way. [[spoiler: SasuSaku and SaiIno]] also became canon but both ships are far more divisive.


** Each of Ash's female companions[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg not counting]] [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Bonnie]][[/note]] have had their share of ShipTease moments, and, thus, their share of supporters for his hand, mainly correlating to either when the fan first entered or which season was a fan's favorite. As of the end of ''[[Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best Wishes]]'', however, [[Videogame/PokemonRedAndBlue Misty]] [[FirstGirlWins had stood the test of time]]; though she was aided by external support during her tenure[[note]]specifically, a minor WriterRevolt in Japan sneaking in the ShipTease compounded by DubText in the translations, plus an added Love Song in the 2 B A Master CD,[[/note]], and despite other pairings[[note]]some being [=FPCs=] in their own right, see below[[/note]].
*** Ash/Serena became absurdly popular in a very low time period, there is so much ShipTease it's not even funny. Just to get an idea, in less than two months [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?615753-Amourshipping-(Ash-x-Serena)-General-Discussion-(SPOILER-WARNING) the pairing thread on Serebii got over 20,000 replies]] (No other shipping thread even reached 10,000)! Not to mention the huge amount of Japanese fanart. Of course this is helped along by blatant ship teasing (at least from Serena's side of the equation) that makes Pokeshipping subtle in comparison.

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** Each of Ash's female companions[[note]][[MyFriendsAndZoidberg not counting]] [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Bonnie]][[/note]] have had their share of ShipTease moments, and, thus, their share of supporters for his hand, mainly correlating to either when the fan first entered or which season was a fan's favorite. As of the end of ''[[Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Best Wishes]]'', however, [[Videogame/PokemonRedAndBlue [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Misty]] [[FirstGirlWins had stood the test of time]]; though she was aided by external support during her tenure[[note]]specifically, a minor WriterRevolt in Japan sneaking in the ShipTease compounded by DubText in the translations, plus an added Love Song in the 2 B A Master ''2.B.A. Master'' CD,[[/note]], and despite other pairings[[note]]some being [=FPCs=] in their own right, see below[[/note]].
*** Ash/Serena became absurdly popular in a very low time period, there is so much ShipTease it's not even funny. Just to get an idea, in less than two months [[http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?615753-Amourshipping-(Ash-x-Serena)-General-Discussion-(SPOILER-WARNING) the pairing thread on Serebii got over 20,000 replies]] (No (no other shipping thread even reached 10,000)! Not to mention the huge amount of Japanese fanart. Of course this is helped along by blatant ship teasing (at least from Serena's side of the equation) that makes Pokeshipping subtle in comparison.



*** [[MinionShipping Jessie]] and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther James]] is quite popular: It also works as a [[ShipMates side ship]] to just about any other couple because it doesn't "get in the way of anything". Neary two decades of no romantic progression has put a dent in the ship, compared to the late 90s and early 2000s, however it still has a steady fanbase.

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*** [[MinionShipping Jessie]] and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther James]] is quite popular: It also works as a [[ShipMates side ship]] to just about any other couple because it doesn't "get in the way of anything". anything." Neary two decades of no romantic progression has put a dent in the ship, compared to the late 90s and early 2000s, however 2000s; however, it still has a steady fanbase.



*** Dawn and Zoey were notable for several LesYay moments early on in Sinnoh.

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*** Dawn and Zoey were notable for several LesYay [[HoYay Les Yay]] moments early on in Sinnoh.



** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans then N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, [[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?

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** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst ''Pokémon Special'' fans then than N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, [[FerrisWheelDateMoment "[[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?Wheel]]?"



* ''Manga/{{Vampire Knight}}'' has Zero/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.

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* ''Manga/{{Vampire Knight}}'' ''Manga/VampireKnight'' has Zero/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.



** Puppyshipping (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).
** It should be mentioned that Jounouchi/Mai was so liked as a couple that people just assume they were together after the series ended or at least has a mutual crush (''especially'' after the epic ShipTease and HeroicSacrifice '''from both side''' in the Filler Waking The Dragon arc) until WordOfGod came out and clarify them as "JustFriends". [[RelationshipWritingFumble Right]] [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou]][[/note]]. They weren't called "the only het pairing anyone likes" by fans for no reason despite the large amount of HoYay in the series, and the fact that Mai is a frequent target for DieForOurShip in any Jounouchi-related ship should attest to that. Despite the fact that it would actually be illegal for them to hook up during the timeframe of the series (he's 16, she's 24), they're widely regarded as the closest thing ''YuGiOh'' has to a healthy romance.

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** Puppyshipping [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Puppyshipping]] (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).
** It should be mentioned that Jounouchi/Mai was so liked as a couple that people just assume they were together after the series ended or at least has have a mutual crush (''especially'' after the epic ShipTease and HeroicSacrifice '''from both side''' sides''' in the Filler [[{{Filler}} Waking The Dragon arc) the Dragons/Doma arc]]) until WordOfGod came out and clarify clarified them as "JustFriends". "JustFriends." [[RelationshipWritingFumble Right]] Right.]] [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou]][[/note]]. idon'tbelieveyou!]][[/note]] They weren't called "the only het pairing anyone likes" by fans for no reason despite the large amount of HoYay in the series, and the fact that Mai is a frequent target for DieForOurShip in any Jounouchi-related ship should attest to that. Despite the fact that it would actually be illegal for them to hook up during the timeframe of the series (he's 16, she's 24), they're widely regarded as the closest thing ''YuGiOh'' ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has to a healthy romance.



** It's canon that Droite has feelings for Kaito. But the fact that she spends all her time with Gauche, is always in sync with him, and are inseparable have made Droite/Gauche ''the'' Zexal shipping.
** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him - Yuma/Anna is the go-to Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral or Yuma/III.

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** It's canon that Droite has feelings for Kaito. But the fact that she spends all her time with Gauche, is always in sync with him, and are inseparable have made Droite/Gauche ''the'' Zexal ''Zexal'' shipping.
** Yuma/Kotori is also rather unpopular, due to Kotori providing little to the plot and not doing much about her crush on Yuma until the finale. Cat and Anna, however, provided more for the plot and put a lot more effort into getting closer to Yuma. Naturally, they are often the ones paired off with him - -- Yuma/Anna is the go-to Yuma ship, largely because of Anna's EnsembleDarkhorse status and the fact that she helped him in the WDC. And this isn't even getting into the slash fandom, who overwhelmingly prefer Yuma/Astral or Yuma/III.



** The creator really like to troll the shippers here. As of recent episodes, [[spoiler:Yuto died, probably-but-not-really-merged with Yuya (ItMakesSenseInContext) and became his SuperpoweredEvilSide, which would make the Yuto/Yuzu pairing awkward.]] Fortunately, Yuya/Yuzu received ''a lot'' of ShipTease on Yuya side in episode 50-51 when Yuya break down [[spoiler:when he thought Yuzu was carded by the Fusion Dimension]] and his feelings were exploited Reiji by telling Yuya to join him to rescue her.

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** The creator really like to troll the shippers here. As of recent episodes, [[spoiler:Yuto died, probably-but-not-really-merged with Yuya (ItMakesSenseInContext) and became his SuperpoweredEvilSide, which would make the Yuto/Yuzu pairing awkward.]] awkward]]. Fortunately, Yuya/Yuzu received ''a lot'' of ShipTease on Yuya side in episode 50-51 when Yuya break down [[spoiler:when he thought Yuzu was carded by the Fusion Dimension]] and his feelings were exploited Reiji by telling Yuya to join him to rescue her.

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* Fans of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' had been rather subtle with choosing their favorite pairing since the plot kinda resets the status quo every after conquest arc, though Keima/[[{{Tsundere}} Haqua]] and Keima/[[CuteBookworm Shiori]] fans have started to emerge. By the time the ''Goddesses'' Arc went to full gear, the list grew to include 5 more former conquest targets, and a [[SealedInAPersonShapedCan Goddess]] into the mix. Then came the [[ShipSinking bunker-buster]] that was [[WhamLine FLAG 267]], and everything about this trope were thrown out of the window, but [[DieForOurShip not without violent reactions to the emerging pairing.]]


* Tohru/Natsuno and Tatsumi/Ozaki are shipped the most in ''{{Shiki}}'', especially [[HoYay Tohru/Natsuno]].

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* Tohru/Natsuno and Tatsumi/Ozaki are shipped the most in ''{{Shiki}}'', ''Manga/{{Shiki}}'', especially [[HoYay Tohru/Natsuno]].


** It should be mentioned that Jounouchi/Mai was so liked as a couple that people just assume they were together after the series ended or at least has a mutual crush (''especially'' after the epic ShipTease and HeroicSacrifice '''from both side''' in the Filler Waking The Dragon arc) until WordOfGod came out and clarify them as "JustFriends". [[RelationshipWritingFumble Right]] [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou]][[/note]]. They weren't called "the only het pairing anyone likes" by fans for no reason despite the large amount of HoYay in the series, and the fact that Mai is a frequent target for DieForOurShip in any Jounouchi-related ship should attest to that.

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** It should be mentioned that Jounouchi/Mai was so liked as a couple that people just assume they were together after the series ended or at least has a mutual crush (''especially'' after the epic ShipTease and HeroicSacrifice '''from both side''' in the Filler Waking The Dragon arc) until WordOfGod came out and clarify them as "JustFriends". [[RelationshipWritingFumble Right]] [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou]][[/note]]. They weren't called "the only het pairing anyone likes" by fans for no reason despite the large amount of HoYay in the series, and the fact that Mai is a frequent target for DieForOurShip in any Jounouchi-related ship should attest to that. Despite the fact that it would actually be illegal for them to hook up during the timeframe of the series (he's 16, she's 24), they're widely regarded as the closest thing ''YuGiOh'' has to a healthy romance.


*** [[FriendlyRivalry May and Drew]], which qualifies due to their resolution being [[{{Pun}} an apt]] MaybeEverAfter.

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*** [[FriendlyRivalry May and Drew]], which qualifies due to their resolution being [[{{Pun}} an apt]] MaybeEverAfter. For the duration of May's time in the main cast, every single time Drew showed up the writers seemed to be challenging themselves to make the ShipTease even more obvious than last time without actually outright stating their feelings.



** [[LesYay Mizore/Kurumu]] ever since their on screen kiss. Tsukune/''Inner'' Moka is also the most popular pairing of the Harem.

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** [[LesYay Mizore/Kurumu]] ever since their on screen kiss. Tsukune/''Inner'' Moka is also the most popular pairing of the Harem. [[spoiler:Even moreso after the finale, [[SplitPersonalityMerge in which Outer Moka gets absorbed into her]] and most of the Tsukune/Outer Moka shippers get absorbed into the Tsukune/Inner Moka ship too.]]


* A lot of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' fans still scoff at the official pairings and think Kira/Flay, Athrun/Cagalli and Shinn/Stellar are a lot better.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': The show's writers intended [[HitmanWithAHeart Heero]][=/=][[RebelliousPrincess Relena]] (especially in the sidestories like ''Blind Target'' and ''Battlefield of Pacifists''), but the YaoiFangirls completely and utterly despise her and pair him with [[TheLancer Duo]] 99 times out of 100. Making this especially odd is the fact that Duo [[ShipperOnDeck does his best to get Heero and Relena to admit their feelings for one another]].

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* A lot of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' fans still scoff at the official pairings and think Kira/Flay, Athrun/Cagalli and Shinn/Stellar are a lot better.
better. The fact that Athrun/Cagalli were broken up in canon seemingly because of ''a real-life feud between the head writer and Cagalli's seiyuu'' has, if anything, made fans ship it even harder out of defiance.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': The show's writers intended [[HitmanWithAHeart Heero]][=/=][[RebelliousPrincess Relena]] (especially in the sidestories like ''Blind Target'' and ''Battlefield of Pacifists''), but the YaoiFangirls [[DieForOurShip completely and utterly despise her precisely because of that]] and pair him with [[TheLancer Duo]] 99 times out of 100. Making this especially odd is the fact that Duo [[ShipperOnDeck does his best to get Heero and Relena to admit their feelings for one another]].


** Not including Negi, the most popular ship is [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. The only way that people don't ship the two of them together is when they're shipping them together [[OT3 with Negi]].

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** Not including Negi, the most popular ship is [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. The epilogue implied with all the subtlety of a brick to the face that they got married. The only way that people don't ship the two of them together is when they're shipping them together [[OT3 with Negi]].

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** Another example would be [[spoiler: [[BigGood Mavis]] and [[BigBad Zeref]]. People started shipping them when it was revealed that they somehow knew each other, as evidenced by their conversation after the Grand Magic Games. ''[[OriginStory Fairy Tail Zero]]'' only caused this to increase when it was revealed that as gratitude for being the first person in centuries to show him kindness he helped teach her the magic she would use to found the titular guild. Later chapters reveal that they ''did'' become a couple... for all of five seconds before his curse killed her. Many still ship them despite the fact she's [[OnlyMostlyDead technically dead]], and that there is an entire ''war'' going on with these two at the heads of the opposing sides, due to the incredibly tragic nature of their romance, and the fact that even after everything they [[BreakTheCutie both went through]] they still obviously care deeply about one another.]]


** Many fans think that Saeko would be a better match for Takashi than Rei. Likely because of her unbridled AxCrazy [[LadyOfWar badassery]] and because she's pretty hot. Though a fair amount of the pairing's popularity stems from shippers simply [[TheScrappy not liking Rei]] [[DieForOurShip for being Saeko's competition.]]

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** Many Most fans think that Saeko would be a better match for ship Takashi than Rei. Likely with Saeko, because of her unbridled AxCrazy [[LadyOfWar badassery]] and because [[MsFanservice she's pretty hot. hot.]] Though a fair amount of the pairing's popularity stems from shippers simply [[TheScrappy not liking Rei]] Rei [[DieForOurShip for being Saeko's competition.competition]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpUmjfJfTEY because Takashi reciprocates.]]


** Many fans think that Saeko would be a better match for Takashi than Rei. Likely because of her unbridled AxCrazy [[LadyOfWar badassery]] and because she's pretty hot. Though a fair amount of the pairing's popularity is also due to shippers simply not liking Rei.

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** Many fans think that Saeko would be a better match for Takashi than Rei. Likely because of her unbridled AxCrazy [[LadyOfWar badassery]] and because she's pretty hot. Though a fair amount of the pairing's popularity is also due to stems from shippers simply [[TheScrappy not liking Rei.Rei]] [[DieForOurShip for being Saeko's competition.]]


** Although the canon pairing (in the manga, at least) is Tamaki/Haruhi (which is still fairly popular), many fans pair Haruhi with Kyouya. The anime kept all possible pairings open by ending with Haruhi not romantically involved with anyone, which was probably a smart move on their part, though still heavily implying Haruhi/Tamaki and Haruhi/Kyouya.



** Tamaki/Kyouya is also a popular ship, particularly among those who pair Haruhi with someone else.


** Hikaru/Kaoru is the third most popular pairing on fanfiction.net, despite it being the least likely of all the pairings to become canon.

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** Hikaru/Kaoru [[{{Twincest}} Hikaru/Kaoru]] is the third most popular pairing on fanfiction.net, despite it being the least likely of all the pairings to become canon.


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** Though Honey gets a female love interest in the manga, most of the fans still prefer him with [[KissingCousins Mori]].


* Amongst the ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fandom by far the most popular ship is [[FoeYay Ryuko/Satsuki]] that tends to have at least twice as many fanfics written about the two then any other pairing. TheReveal [[spoiler: that the two of them [[SurpriseIncest are actually long lost sisters]] doesn't seem to have petered most of the fandom at all, if anything [[IncestYayShipping it's actually made the pairing stronger]]]]. The popular Shipmates for the two seem to be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Mako/Gamagoori]] (it helps that Gamagoori seems to have feelings for Mako InUniverse anyway).
** Likewise [[spoiler:for those [[{{Squick}} squicked out]] by the incest angle above]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians Ryuko/Mako]] is the second most popular LesYay pairing in the fandom and either the second or third most popular pairing overall when compared to Mako/Gamagoori.

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* Amongst the ''Anime/KillLaKill'' fandom by far the most popular ship is [[FoeYay Ryuko/Satsuki]] that tends to have at least twice as many fanfics written about the two then any other pairing. TheReveal [[spoiler: that the two of them [[SurpriseIncest are actually long lost sisters]] doesn't seem to have petered most of the fandom at all, if anything [[IncestYayShipping it's actually made the pairing stronger]]]]. The popular Shipmates for the two seem to be [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Mako/Gamagoori]] (it helps that Gamagoori seems to have feelings for Mako InUniverse anyway).
** Likewise [[spoiler:for those [[{{Squick}} squicked out]]
anyway). A lot of this was changed by the incest angle above]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians Ryuko/Mako]] is the second most popular LesYay pairing in the fandom and either the second or third most popular pairing overall ending, however, when compared to Mako/Gamagoori.[[spoiler: Mako asks Ryuko on a date]].


** There is also a relatively small but determined faction which prefers to pair Winry with Alphonse.

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** There is also a relatively small but determined faction which prefers to pair Winry with Alphonse. It's also a popular [[ShipMates Ship Mate]] for Ed/Roy or Ed/Rose.


* Roy/Riza ("[[FanNickname Royai]]") of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seems to be of the "set it up as fan-preferred for extra credit when it becomes official" variety; many [[ShipperOnDeck other characters]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt acknowledging it]], and the mangaka herself has effectively confirmed it. But the true Fan Preferred Couple of the series is Roy/Ed, which is unsurprisingly popular with slash fans (especially among fans of the first anime, where there was far less Royai build-up), even with Ed being in an OfficialCouple with Winry by the end of the manga/''Brotherhood''.

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* Roy/Riza ("[[FanNickname Royai]]") of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seems to be of the "set it up as fan-preferred for extra credit when it becomes official" variety; many [[ShipperOnDeck other characters]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt acknowledging it]], and the mangaka herself has effectively confirmed it.needing to address why they don't happen. But the true Fan Preferred Couple of the series is Roy/Ed, which is unsurprisingly popular with slash fans (especially among fans of the first anime, where there was far less Royai build-up), even with Ed being in an OfficialCouple with Winry by the end of the manga/''Brotherhood''.


** Krista and Ymir managed to transcend into OfficialCouple status, thanks to WordOfDante.


* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', fans originally liked to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]]. As the manga progressed more preference has slowly shifted toward Shu though. Anime-only fans are still heavy on Kuranosuke/Tsukimi. Only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.

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* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', ''Manga/PrincessJellyfish'', fans originally liked to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]]. As the manga progressed more preference has slowly shifted toward Shu though. Anime-only fans are still heavy on Kuranosuke/Tsukimi. Only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.


* To ''Literature/HibikeEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.


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* To ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.


* The amount of Domon/Allenby shipping in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is rather amazing considering that this show came before [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the series]] that allegedly attracted all the [[EstrogenBrigade stereotypical shippers]] to the franchise. Proof that {{Love Triangle}}s can survive and thrive even in a fairly straightforward {{shounen}} kung-fu-with-giant-robots show. The fact that Allenby herself is a ShipperOnDeck for Domon/Rain, and the one who convinces Domon to tell Rain how he feels, doesn't seem to have gotten in the way.

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* The amount of Domon/Allenby shipping in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is rather amazing considering that this show came before [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the series]] that allegedly attracted all the [[EstrogenBrigade stereotypical shippers]] to the franchise. Proof that {{Love Triangle}}s can survive and thrive even in a fairly straightforward {{shounen}} kung-fu-with-giant-robots show. The fact that Allenby herself is a ShipperOnDeck for Domon/Rain, and the one who convinces Domon to tell Rain how he feels, doesn't seem to have gotten in the way.



* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'': The show's writers intended [[HitmanWithAHeart Heero]][=/=][[RebelliousPrincess Relena]] (especially in the sidestories like ''Blind Target'' and ''Battlefield of Pacifists''), but the YaoiFangirls completely and utterly despise her and pair him with [[TheLancer Duo]] 99 times out of 100. Making this especially odd is the fact that Duo [[ShipperOnDeck does his best to get Heero and Relena to admit their feelings for one another]].

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* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'': ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': The show's writers intended [[HitmanWithAHeart Heero]][=/=][[RebelliousPrincess Relena]] (especially in the sidestories like ''Blind Target'' and ''Battlefield of Pacifists''), but the YaoiFangirls completely and utterly despise her and pair him with [[TheLancer Duo]] 99 times out of 100. Making this especially odd is the fact that Duo [[ShipperOnDeck does his best to get Heero and Relena to admit their feelings for one another]].



* The only [[OfficialCouple official couples]] in ''NabariNoOu'' are Thobari/Hanabusa and Kouichi/Raimei. However, thanks to the [[SerialEscalation sheer amount of]] ShipTease Yoite/Miharu and Raikou/Gau get, fans overwhelmingly prefer to {{Squee}} over those pairings instead.

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* The only [[OfficialCouple official couples]] in ''NabariNoOu'' ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' are Thobari/Hanabusa and Kouichi/Raimei. However, thanks to the [[SerialEscalation sheer amount of]] ShipTease Yoite/Miharu and Raikou/Gau get, fans overwhelmingly prefer to {{Squee}} over those pairings instead.


* Many fans ''Manga/IchigoOneHundredPercent'' wish that Junpei picked [[spoiler: either Aya or Satsuki]] over [[spoiler: the actual winner, Tsukasa]].


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* Many fans ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent'' wish that Junpei picked [[spoiler: either Aya or Satsuki]] over [[spoiler: the actual winner, Tsukasa]].


** Though shipping Edward with Winry was exceedingly popular for 2003 fans, it's also very common to pair her with ''Sheska''. The same reasons above only made people ship it more, even some EdWin fans.

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** Though shipping Edward with Winry was exceedingly popular for 2003 fans, it's also very common to pair her with ''Sheska''. The same reasons above only made people ship it more, even some EdWin [=EdWin=] fans.



* To ''LightNovel/HibikeEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.

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* To ''LightNovel/HibikeEuphonium'' ''Literature/HibikeEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.


* There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura. Chiyo/Osaka seems to be another favored pairing in the fandom.
** The Tomo/Yomi pairing is outright considered {{Fanon}}.
*** As is Yukari/Nyamo, with many assuming the once mentioned "[[NoodleIncident Love Letter]]" was to Yukari from Nyamo.

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* There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura. Chiyo/Osaka seems to be another favored pairing in the fandom.
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fandom. The Tomo/Yomi pairing is outright considered {{Fanon}}.
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{{Fanon}}. As is Yukari/Nyamo, with many assuming the once mentioned "[[NoodleIncident Love Letter]]" was to Yukari from Nyamo.



* Daikichi and Yukari from ''Manga/BunnyDrop'' are this. They have their ShipTease and fans find the idea of two single parents up together adorable, however come the manga {{timeskip}} and [[spoiler:and it turns out it didn't work between them due to the fact Rin and Kouki end up dating.]] The manga's OfficialCouple is Daikichi and [[spoiler:''Rin'', the kid he's been raising since she was six.]] Both the anime adaptation and LiveActionAdaptation [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore]] the manga and leave open endings with plenty of implications the two will end up together.



* To ''LightNovel/HibikeEuphonium'' fans Shuuichi is barely even a character. Until proven otherwise the anime is unofficially a YuriGenre series themed around high school band club members, despite the fact the original light novel has Shuuichi and Kumiko as the OfficialCouple. The anime puts heavy emphasis of Kumiko's budding friendship with Reina and has incredibly heavy LesYay between them, while on the other hand Shuuichi is treated like a platonic childhood friend of Kumiko's.



* Within the ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' fandom it's extremely rare to see someone who ships Hazumu and Yasuna. This is despite, or maybe because, she was the girl Hazumu was going after for most of the series. The shipping was so noticeable that [[spoiler:an anime {{OVA}} came out that [[ShipSinking killed the Hazumu/Yasuna]] ship with a flimsy excuse, to get Hazumu and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tomari]] [[RelationshipUpgrade together]]]]. It has a mild excuse in the anime, where the ending before the {{OVA}} does have aspects of AssPull.
** It's also worth noting that the manga ''did'' have Hazumu end up with Tomari at the end. The anime came out before the manga ended, though, so it's possible that the manga's ending was influenced to some extent by the popularity of Hazumu/Tomari.

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* Within the ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' fandom it's extremely rare to see someone who ships Hazumu and Yasuna. This is despite, or maybe because, she was the girl Hazumu was going after for most of the series. The shipping was so noticeable that [[spoiler:an anime {{OVA}} came out that [[ShipSinking killed the Hazumu/Yasuna]] ship with a flimsy excuse, to get Hazumu and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tomari]] [[RelationshipUpgrade together]]]]. It has a mild excuse in the anime, where the ending before the {{OVA}} does have aspects of AssPull.
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AssPull. It's also worth noting that the manga ''did'' have Hazumu end up with Tomari at the end. The anime came out before the manga ended, though, so it's possible that the manga's ending was influenced to some extent by the popularity of Hazumu/Tomari.



* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', fans like to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]].
** More preference has slowly shifted toward Shu now, though. At least for fans who read the manga. Since only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.

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* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', fans like originally liked to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]].
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person]]. As the manga progressed more preference has slowly shifted toward Shu now, though. At least for Anime-only fans who read the manga. Since only are still heavy on Kuranosuke/Tsukimi. Only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.



*** With Pokémon/Human fans it's either Latias, Pikachu, Mew, or Bayleef. Which usually involves Ash [[{{Animorphism}} turning into a Pokémon]].

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*** With Pokémon/Human fans it's either Latias, Pikachu, Mew, or Bayleef. Which usually involves Ash [[{{Animorphism}} turning into a Pokémon]].Pokémon]] or the Pokemon turning human.



*** [[MinionShipping Jessie]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther and James]].

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*** [[MinionShipping Jessie]] and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther James]] is quite popular: It also works as a [[ShipMates side ship]] to just about any other couple because it doesn't "get in the way of anything". Neary two decades of no romantic progression has put a dent in the ship, compared to the late 90s and James]].early 2000s, however it still has a steady fanbase.



* In the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga it tends to be Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this. With any other manga? Most fans don't know of any other manga. A slight example is ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', where Jun and Mitsumi seems popular. Cynthia and Mitsumi have a small following as well.
** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst Pokémon Special fans then N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had Special fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, [[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?

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* In the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga it tends ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Manga shippers tend
to be go for Red and Yellow. Some go for Red and [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]. [[GuileHero Blue]][[note]]Green in America[[/note]]/[[NotBloodSiblings Silver]], Gold/Crystal, and [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Ruby]]/[[ForgottenFirstMeeting Sapphire]] teeter on the edge of canon, but can still be called this. With any other manga? Most fans don't know of any other manga. A slight example is ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'', where Jun and Mitsumi seems popular. Cynthia and Mitsumi have a small following as well.
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** Contrary to the games, Black/White is a much more popular ship amongst Pokémon Special ''Pokémon Special'' fans then N/White, whose game counterparts are the components of one of the most popular game ships in existence. Ironically, the one thing that had Special ''Special'' fans dropping the N/White like hot potatoes was the one thing that made their game counterparts so popular. Can you say, [[FerrisWheelDateMoment Ferris]] [[TraumaCongaLine Wheel]]?Wheel]]?
* Mitsumi and Cynthia from ''Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure'' have a small following due to mild LesYay and Cynthia's persistence to battle Mitsumi. The manga itself [[ShipTease vaguely implies]] Mitsumi and Jun.



* ''Manga/SchoolLive'' has almost no romance due to it being about a bunch of girls getting through a ZombieApocalypse together. There is enough LesYay to get shippers worked up though, however manga fans and anime fans tend to split into two groups: People who began with the anime often enjoy Kei/Miki and Kurumi/Rii due to the anime borderline making Kei PromotedToLoveInterest and because Kurumi and Rii mix well. People who started with the manga are prone to either Yuki/Miki or Kurumi/Miki due to the amount of close moments they have in the manga.



* Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes over time causing them to become best friends again]]. Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans.

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* Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes just into ShipTease over time causing them to once they become best friends again]]. Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans.


* Many ''Anime/MaiHime'' fans are convinced that the [[TallDarkAndSnarky dark and suave]] student-council vice-president Reito Kanzaki makes a much better match for Mai than male main character Yuuichi Tate, since Reito openly acknowledges his crush on her early on while Yuuichi [[CannotSpitItOut tends to skirt the issue]]. [[YuriFan Others]] believe that Mikoto Minagi would be a better pairing option for her (hard not to see, since [[LesYay the two of them are attached at the hip throughout most of the series]]). Keep in mind that Reito and Mikoto [[spoiler:are brother and sister]], but that's needlessly complicating things.
** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Natsuki/Shizuru]] is also overwhelmingly popular. There are more Natsuki/Shizuru fanfics in the Mai-Hime section of fanfiction.net than there are ''all other stories combined.'' They ''are'' a couple in ''{{Anime/Mai-Otome}}'', but that's a different continuity.

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* ''Anime/MaiHime'':
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Many ''Anime/MaiHime'' fans are convinced that the [[TallDarkAndSnarky dark and suave]] student-council vice-president Reito Kanzaki makes a much better match for Mai than male main character Yuuichi Tate, since Reito openly acknowledges his crush on her early on while Yuuichi [[CannotSpitItOut tends to skirt the issue]]. [[YuriFan Others]] believe that Mikoto Minagi would be a better pairing option for her (hard not to see, since [[LesYay the two of them are attached at the hip throughout most of the series]]). Keep in mind that Reito and Mikoto [[spoiler:are brother and sister]], but that's needlessly complicating things.
** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Natsuki/Shizuru]] is also overwhelmingly popular. There are more Natsuki/Shizuru fanfics in the Mai-Hime ''Mai-[=HiME=]'' section of fanfiction.net than there are ''all other stories combined.'' They ''are'' a couple in ''{{Anime/Mai-Otome}}'', ''Anime/MaiOtome'', but that's a different continuity.


* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is very famous for its numerous yaoi/slash pairings such as [[FoeYay Vegeta/Goku]], [[MentorShip Mirai Gohan/Mirai Trunks]], [[MentorShip Piccolo/Gohan]], etc.

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*** Mimi is also frequently paired up with [[TeamDad Joe]] by the western fanbase, not at all hurt by the fact that some of the dub writers shipped it too and added some cute little {{Ship Tease}}s between them.


** Many fans find the more subdued [[NiceGuy Jun]] [[NerdsAreSexy Kudou]] to be much better to the depressive Nozomu than the cheerful [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Kafuka]] because Nozomu and Kudou's personalities mesh well together, despite rarely interacting in-series. It looks like the author picked up on it too, with Kudou starting to appear much more, coincidentally ramping up the HoYay between him and Nozomu. He even started appearing more than some of the girls. Played for laughs, of course, until the author decided to ThrowTheDogABone to the fans, by revealing that Kudou [[spoiler:has feelings for Nozomu because of the blood transfusion he received from Kafuka, thus becoming part of Nozomu's harem in the end.]]

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** Many fans find the more subdued [[NiceGuy Jun]] [[NerdsAreSexy Kudou]] to be much better to the depressive Nozomu than the cheerful [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Kafuka]] because Nozomu and Kudou's personalities mesh well together, despite rarely interacting in-series. It looks like the author picked up on it too, with Kudou starting to appear much more, coincidentally ramping up the HoYay between him and Nozomu. He even started appearing more than some of the girls. Played for laughs, of course, until the author decided to ThrowTheDogABone to the fans, by revealing that Kudou [[spoiler:has feelings for Nozomu because of the blood transfusion he received from Kafuka, thus becoming part of Nozomu's harem in the end. More specifically, it's implied Kafuka was possessing ''him'' when she married/consummated the relationship with Nozomu.]]


* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' fans like Aoki with either [[BirdsOfAFeather Takagi]] or especially [[spoiler:[[OppositesAttract Shinda]] [[RescueRomance Fukuda]].]] In the end, [[spoiler:Takagi ends up married to Miyoshi, while Aoki is in a relationship with Hiramaru, and is ultimately engaged to him]].
* Despite the [[spoiler: fact that they're half-siblings]], Serpico/Farnese is still a popular pairing within the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fandom. Even though she's arranged to marry Roderick, there's not much approval for that pairing in the Berserk fandom. Despite a strong Guts / Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts / Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].



* To be a ''Manga/{{Black Butler}}'' fan and not ship Sebastian/Ciel is to be insane or be slowly driven there by the raving YaoiFanGirls, even though WordOfGod has [[ShipSinking sunk it many times already]].



* If the forums of various sites are to be believed, then Akira/Rion is by far the most popular pairing in ''Manga/CageOfEden'', and for good reason, due to their willingness to protect and take care of each other, no matter what happens. Akira/Mami seems to be gaining popularity quickly, though.



* In ''Anime/TheCatReturns'', Haru/Baron is one of the most impossible couples to actually get together (except through very powerful magic, more so than the Cat Kingdom's cat turning abilities), with Baron being a foot-high, half cat living statue and Haru being a fully human, normal height school girl. Doesn't stop the fans from shipping them.



* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': A large portion of the fanbase, particularly on Pixiv, seem to be supportive of [[LesYay Yasako and Isako]], leaving Haraken to [[DieForOurShip die for their favorite couple.]]



* Episode 13 of ''Anime/DogDays'' gives Cinque/Millhi as the OfficialCouple, but there's a ''lot'' of fanart out there for Cinque/Eclair.



* As Fleur got more CharacterDevelopment, and Naru became TheScrappy, fans of ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' started migrating more toward a Fleur/Ao pairing.
* Though they're only hinted in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Sena/Suzuna and Hiruma/Mamori do have their own followings.



* ''{{Fruits Basket}}'' is a shipping goldmine! While many support the canical Kyo/Tohru, Yuki/Tohru and Kyo/Kagura complete the love triangle with a large fan base. On the yaoi side, Yuki/Kyo and Yuki/Hatsuharu are pretty popular too.



* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' has Naru/Mai and Monk/Ayako. Some fans also seem to like Masako and John together; an odd pairing given that the former only has eyes for Naru in canon and the latter is a [[CelibateHero Catholic Priest]].
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has so far no {{Official Couple}}s, and the chances of there being any are slim, but this has not daunted the shippers in any way. Okita/Kagura, due to the FoeYay and BelligerentSexualTension between them, are ardently shipped together. A close second would be Gintoki/Tsukuyo, especially after the {{Ship Teas|e}}y Red Spider arc. {{Yaoi}} couples such as Gintoki/Hijikata and Hijikata/Okita are also hugely popular due to a large part of the fanbase consisting of YaoiFangirls.
* While the official pairing in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' is quite obviously Shu and Inori, many fans actually consider [[{{Tsundere}} Ayase]] or [[NiceGirl Hare]] as better romantic partners.



* Tsukushi was originally supposed to end up with Rui in ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' but Tsukasa/Tsukushi became so popular with fans it became the OfficialCouple, which is ironic because after the manga finished, Rui/Tsukushi became the FanPreferredCouple because a lot of people thought Tsukasa became an incredible jerkass at times who kept upsetting Tsukushi while Rui gradually became a much more friendly and warm young man who was always there for Tsukushi.



* Due to the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys nature of]] ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', fans tend to prefer the [=JoJos=] with their {{Heterosexual Life Partner}}s or {{Rival}}s instead of their canon love interests (if they even have one). The top picks seem to be Joseph/Caesar, Jotaro/Kakyoin, Josuke/Rohan, Giorno/Mista, and Johnny/Gyro.



* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, and also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among the background characters is Akane/Eri.
* [[ForTheLulz Shizuku]] and [[CluelessChickMagnet Natsuru]] in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' are essentially this in the eyes of the fans, who love seeing Shizuku trolling the hell out of Natsuru. The official according to the LightNovel is Natsuru and Akane, while the anime opted for the "everyone wins" route.



* Meiko and Satoshi are this in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy''. Many fans were [[spoiler: visibly irked by Namura's re-entry into Meiko's life, and the abrupt abortion of what seemed a slow-but-steady romantic buildup between her and Satoshi. Many post-series fics have been written [[DieForOurShip with Namura either]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dying in a fire]] or turning out to be an [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]], leaving the door open for Satoshi to play KnightInShiningArmor.]]



* ''Manga/MedakaBox'' has Zenkichi/Emukae. Medaka/Kumagawa definitely seem to be fairly popular as well, compared to the canonical affection Zenkichi has for Medaka [[spoiler: which seems to be reciprocated as of Chapter 140.]]



* The only [[OfficialCouple official couples]] in ''NabariNoOu'' are Thobari/Hanabusa and Kouichi/Raimei. However, thanks to the [[SerialEscalation sheer amount of]] ShipTease Yoite/Miharu and Raikou/Gau get, fans overwhelmingly prefer to {{Squee}} over those pairings instead.
* If fan art is anything to go by, the ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' fanbase seems to prefer Tsurumaru with Norio and Shiina with Akira.



* In the ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' fandom, there are those who would ship Shido with either Yayoi or Cain.



* ''Anime/ProjectK'' has Kuroh/Shiro, and Mikoto/Munakata to the point where it's rare to see them shipped with anyone else. Though the best example in the series is probably the Fushimi/Yata ship that has both very overwhelming and enthusiastic support from both the Japanese and western fandoms. The creators are very aware of the fan preferred couples and often [[ShippingFuel pander to them.]]



* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'':
** [[LesYay Mizore/Kurumu]] ever since their on screen kiss. Tsukune/''Inner'' Moka is also the most popular pairing of the Harem.



* A strong portion of the (Japanese) ''Manga/SeiyuuKa'' fanbase ships Haruka/Hime while lesser portions ship Senri/Hime and Mizuki/Hime.
* Some ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'' fans would prefer Chiaki with Yanase than Hatori. [[spoiler: This has to do with Hatori brutally raping Chiaki and episode 16 that pulled everyone's heartstrings.]]



* Tohru/Natsuno and Tatsumi/Ozaki are shipped the most in ''{{Shiki}}'', especially [[HoYay Tohru/Natsuno]].



* Sugata/Takuto in ''Anime/StarDriver''. Even amongst the actual characters. Takuto/Mizuno is also liked in some circles.



* Surprisingly, even with all those ship tease between Ako and Shou, the most popular ship of ''Anime/ThrillerRestaurant'' is [[{{Lolicon}} Anko]]/[[{{Squick}} the Garçon]]. It must has something to do with the ED and [[spoiler:the implication that they really have met before]].



* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Even most Kaaya fans preferred Jil and Fatina as a couple. [[StrangledByTheRedString Could have something to do with how poorly written Jil X Kaaya is.]]



* While the canon Keith/Allura pairing has a LOT of fans, an almost equal number of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' fans like to pair Allura with Lotor, in part because of Lotor's DracoInLeatherPants vibes, and in part of scrub off some of the PuritySue aspects of Allura. It should also be noted that a small but vocal minority would prefer Lance be with Allura.



* There is little to no romance in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' but Koiwai/Fuuka is easily the fan favorite. RuleThirtyFour is generally frown upon when it comes to this series but they obviously exist, and probably 90% of them are on these two. It helps that any {{ship tease}} that exist in the manga at all are between these two.
** For [[YuriFan some fans]], Asagi and Torako.



* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Kiyo/Suzy.



* The only [[OfficialCouple official couples]] in ''NabariNoOu'' are Thobari/Hanabusa and Kouichi/Raimei. However, thanks to the [[SerialEscalation sheer amount of]] ShipTease Yoite/Miharu and Raikou/Gau get, fans overwhelmingly prefer to {{Squee}} over those pairings instead.
* [[ForTheLulz Shizuku]] and [[CluelessChickMagnet Natsuru]] in ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'' are essentially this in the eyes of the fans, who love seeing Shizuku trolling the hell out of Natsuru. The official according to the LightNovel is Natsuru and Akane, while the anime opted for the "everyone wins" route.
* Tohru/Natsuno and Tatsumi/Ozaki are shipped the most in ''{{Shiki}}'', especially [[HoYay Tohru/Natsuno]].
* ''{{Fruits Basket}}'' is a shipping goldmine! While many support the canical Kyo/Tohru, Yuki/Tohru and Kyo/Kagura complete the love triangle with a large fan base. On the yaoi side, Yuki/Kyo and Yuki/Hatsuharu are pretty popular too.
* To be a ''Manga/{{Black Butler}}'' fan and not ship Sebastian/Ciel is to be insane or be slowly driven there by the raving YaoiFanGirls, even though WordOfGod has [[ShipSinking sunk it many times already]].
* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Even most Kaaya fans preferred Jil and Fatina as a couple. [[StrangledByTheRedString Could have something to do with how poorly written Jil X Kaaya is.]]
* ''Manga/KOn'' has Ritsu/Mio, and also Yui/Azusa, even though recent chapters of the manga seem to be [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Yui/Akira and Ui/Azusa. And then there's [[TeacherStudentRomance Sawako/Mugi]]. The Fan Preferred Couple among the background characters is Akane/Eri.
* Tsukushi was originally supposed to end up with Rui in ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' but Tsukasa/Tsukushi became so popular with fans it became the OfficialCouple, which is ironic because after the manga finished, Rui/Tsukushi became the FanPreferredCouple because a lot of people thought Tsukasa became an incredible jerkass at times who kept upsetting Tsukushi while Rui gradually became a much more friendly and warm young man who was always there for Tsukushi.
* Sugata/Takuto in ''Anime/StarDriver''. Even amongst the actual characters. Takuto/Mizuno is also liked in some circles.
* If fan art is anything to go by, the ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}'' fanbase seems to prefer Tsurumaru with Norio and Shiina with Akira.
* Meiko and Satoshi are this in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy''. Many fans were [[spoiler: visibly irked by Namura's re-entry into Meiko's life, and the abrupt abortion of what seemed a slow-but-steady romantic buildup between her and Satoshi. Many post-series fics have been written [[DieForOurShip with Namura either]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dying in a fire]] or turning out to be an [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]], leaving the door open for Satoshi to play KnightInShiningArmor.]]
* Though they're only hinted in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Sena/Suzuna and Hiruma/Mamori do have their own followings.
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': A large portion of the fanbase, particularly on Pixiv, seem to be supportive of [[LesYay Yasako and Isako]], leaving Haraken to [[DieForOurShip die for their favorite couple.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' fans like Aoki with either [[BirdsOfAFeather Takagi]] or especially [[spoiler:[[OppositesAttract Shinda]] [[RescueRomance Fukuda]].]] In the end, [[spoiler:Takagi ends up married to Miyoshi, while Aoki is in a relationship with Hiramaru, and is ultimately engaged to him]].
* ''Manga/GhostHunt'' has Naru/Mai and Monk/Ayako. Some fans also seem to like Masako and John together; an odd pairing given that the former only has eyes for Naru in canon and the latter is a [[CelibateHero Catholic Priest]].
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'' has Kiyo/Suzy.
* Due to the [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys nature of]] ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', fans tend to prefer the [=JoJos=] with their {{Heterosexual Life Partner}}s or {{Rival}}s instead of their canon love interests (if they even have one). The top picks seem to be Joseph/Caesar, Jotaro/Kakyoin, Josuke/Rohan, Giorno/Mista, and Johnny/Gyro.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'':
** [[LesYay Mizore/Kurumu]] ever since their on screen kiss. Tsukune/''Inner'' Moka is also the most popular pairing of the Harem.
* Some ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'' fans would prefer Chiaki with Yanase than Hatori. [[spoiler: This has to do with Hatori brutally raping Chiaki and episode 16 that pulled everyone's heartstrings.]]
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'' has Zenkichi/Emukae. Medaka/Kumagawa definitely seem to be fairly popular as well, compared to the canonical affection Zenkichi has for Medaka [[spoiler: which seems to be reciprocated as of Chapter 140.]]
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has so far no {{Official Couple}}s, and the chances of there being any are slim, but this has not daunted the shippers in any way. Okita/Kagura, due to the FoeYay and BelligerentSexualTension between them, are ardently shipped together. A close second would be Gintoki/Tsukuyo, especially after the {{Ship Teas|e}}y Red Spider arc. {{Yaoi}} couples such as Gintoki/Hijikata and Hijikata/Okita are also hugely popular due to a large part of the fanbase consisting of YaoiFangirls.
* Despite the [[spoiler: fact that they're half-siblings]], Serpico/Farnese is still a popular pairing within the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fandom. Even though she's arranged to marry Roderick, there's not much approval for that pairing in the Berserk fandom. Despite a strong Guts / Schierke contingent and Guts' status as the FandomBicycle, the OfficialCouple of Guts / Casca is still Fan Preferred due to their mutual {{Woobie}}hood and the [[StarCrossedLovers tragic, doomed nature of it all]].
* While the official pairing in ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' is quite obviously Shu and Inori, many fans actually consider [[{{Tsundere}} Ayase]] or [[NiceGirl Hare]] as better romantic partners.
* In the ''Anime/{{Nightwalker}}'' fandom, there are those who would ship Shido with either Yayoi or Cain.
* Episode 13 of ''Anime/DogDays'' gives Cinque/Millhi as the OfficialCouple, but there's a ''lot'' of fanart out there for Cinque/Eclair.
* There is little to no romance in ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'' but Koiwai/Fuuka is easily the fan favorite. RuleThirtyFour is generally frown upon when it comes to this series but they obviously exist, and probably 90% of them are on these two. It helps that any {{ship tease}} that exist in the manga at all are between these two.
** For [[YuriFan some fans]], Asagi and Torako.
* While the canon Keith/Allura pairing has a LOT of fans, an almost equal number of ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' fans like to pair Allura with Lotor, in part because of Lotor's DracoInLeatherPants vibes, and in part of scrub off some of the PuritySue aspects of Allura. It should also be noted that a small but vocal minority would prefer Lance be with Allura.
* A strong portion of the (Japanese) ''Manga/SeiyuuKa'' fanbase ships Haruka/Hime while lesser portions ship Senri/Hime and Mizuki/Hime.
* If the forums of various sites are to be believed, then Akira/Rion is by far the most popular pairing in ''Manga/CageOfEden'', and for good reason, due to their willingness to protect and take care of each other, no matter what happens. Akira/Mami seems to be gaining popularity quickly, though.
* In ''Anime/TheCatReturns'', Haru/Baron is one of the most impossible couples to actually get together (except through very powerful magic, more so than the Cat Kingdom's cat turning abilities), with Baron being a foot-high, half cat living statue and Haru being a fully human, normal height school girl. Doesn't stop the fans from shipping them.
* As Fleur got more CharacterDevelopment, and Naru became TheScrappy, fans of ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' started migrating more toward a Fleur/Ao pairing.
* Surprisingly, even with all those ship tease between Ako and Shou, the most popular ship of ''Anime/ThrillerRestaurant'' is [[{{Lolicon}} Anko]]/[[{{Squick}} the Garçon]]. It must has something to do with the ED and [[spoiler:the implication that they really have met before]].
* ''Anime/ProjectK'' has Kuroh/Shiro, and Mikoto/Munakata to the point where it's rare to see them shipped with anyone else. Though the best example in the series is probably the Fushimi/Yata ship that has both very overwhelming and enthusiastic support from both the Japanese and western fandoms. The creators are very aware of the fan preferred couples and often [[ShippingFuel pander to them.]]


* It's obvious from the first episode of ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' that [[OfficialCouple Kaoru and Aoi]] will [[RedStringOfFate wind up together]]. (Some would say [[RuleOfDrama painfully obvious, in that it kills]] a lot of [[ShipTease potential tension]].) Even so, [[{{Tearjerker}} how can one help]] but [[SandInMyEyes feel bad for]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance T]][[GenkiGirl i]][[LoveableSexManiac n]][[EnsembleDarkhorse a]]?
* It seems that a lot of ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' fans, at least in the U.S., preferred [[spoiler: Amata to be with Zessica and Mikono to be with Kagura.]]



* Among all of Aki's possible love interests in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi]] is the only one that has yet to physically assault him. And as of the later light novels, [[HoYay the feeling is apparently mutual]].



* In the ''Manga/BinbogamiGa'' fandom, the Pixiv fanartists are ''very'' much in favor of Ichiko and Momiji.



* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' has Eriol/Tomoyo, even though Eriol/Kaho is canon, and [[spoiler: Tomoyo is in love with Sakura]]. But many fans will pair them because of their similar personality traits and that they find Eriol dating Kaho to be "creepy" because of their apparent age-difference (WordOfGod has stated though that [[spoiler: Eriol is Fujitaka's age, technically making him older than Kaho and ''way'' older than Tomoyo]]).



* [[FoeYay L/Light]] and [[HoYay Mello/Matt]] are the [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Death_Note most popular ships]] in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fandom.
** While the slash fans dominate the fandom, L/Misa fans contribute their share of fan art as well.



* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is very famous for its numerous yaoi/slash pairings such as [[FoeYay Vegeta/Goku]], [[MentorShip Mirai Gohan/Mirai Trunks]], [[MentorShip Piccolo/Gohan]], etc.
* In a series like ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'' with {{loads and loads of characters}} and many possible pairings, guess which pairing is the most popular? That's right, it's [[FoeYay Shizuo/Izaya]]. Despite Narita [[WordofGod claiming that the two will never end up together]], he deliberately ships the two together. Check the ShipTease page for all the examples.



* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': If Pixiv is any indication who's preferred with Saber, Saber x Gilgamesh is the most popular, followed by Lancer x Saber. The anime has created a veritable Love Boat in its wake, to the point where nearly every character is shipped with at least one non-canon love-interest. As a corollary to the Saber x Lancer ship, Lancer x Kayneth is widespread on Pixiv, often drawn by the same people drawing the Saber x Lancer and complete with doujinshi. Kirei Kotomine holds the top two records of the most number of shipping fanarts, paired with Gilgamesh and Kiritsugu respectively. Other popular non-canon couples are Caster x Ryuunosuke, Kotomine x Kariya, Kotomine x Tokiomi, Gilgamesh x Tokiomi, Tokiomi x Kariya, Berserker x Kariya, Rider x Waver, Waver x Lancer, and Saber x Irisviel. You may have noticed a trend. Given the ratio of male characters to female, it was probably inevitable.



* Rein and Eclipse from ''Anime/FushigiboshinoFutagoHime'' were more popular (in fact, the most popular pairing) in Japan than the OfficialCouple Fine and Eclipse, at least, before the second installment began. Even Mayuki Anan, the artist of the manga adaptation, seemed to prefer them, as Rein and Eclipse got more {{Ship Tease}} than any other pairing.
* Kagura/Yomi has gained prominence amongst fans of ''Manga/GaRei'', especially those who had watched the [[Anime/GaReiZero prequel]].



* ''Manga/HanaNoKishi'' has [[OppositesAttract Ibara/Ran]] and [[BodyguardCrush Rei/Sei]]. [[spoiler:They both end up becoming the {{Official Couple}}s.]]



* In the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' fandom the majority of fans seem to be divided between Hayate/Hinagiku and Hayate/Athena. While Hinagiku continues to [[EnsembleDarkHorse completely overshadow the entire cast in terms of popularity]], Athena is a firm second and discussions on the forums can be split pretty evenly. Notably neither of the girls is one of the main heroines, those being Nagi and Maria who have more supporters than the other 'auxiliary' pairings but not nearly enough to compete for fan-favor.
** Wataru/Saki is also incredibly popular among the fandom despite Wataru being interested in Isumi and Sonia having an obvious interest in him. Recently in the manga it seems [[spoiler: that the Wataru/Saki shippers might have won after all, as Wataru confessed to Isumi that he ''loved'' her and has since dropped out of Hakuou to focus on his business with Saki]].



* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with [[RedHeadedHeroine Rias Gremory]] for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with.



* Many fans ''Manga/IchigoOneHundredPercent'' wish that Junpei picked [[spoiler: either Aya or Satsuki]] over [[spoiler: the actual winner, Tsukasa]].



* If the sheer amount of fan arts on likes of Pixiv are anything to go by, Shibuya Rin and the Producer pairing is the most popular pairing in ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''. This is probably helped by the fact that those two are often shown onscreen together, more frequently than any other characters in the anime.



* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' Has [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Shintarou/Ayano]], [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Haruka/Takane]], [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Seto/Mary]], And [[BelligerentSexualTension Kano/Kido.]] It helps that the author often writes these as duos with gracious amounts of [[ShipTease ship tease]].
* Within the ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' fandom it's extremely rare to see someone who ships Hazumu and Yasuna. This is despite, or maybe because, she was the girl Hazumu was going after for most of the series. The shipping was so noticeable that [[spoiler:an anime {{OVA}} came out that [[ShipSinking killed the Hazumu/Yasuna]] ship with a flimsy excuse, to get Hazumu and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tomari]] [[RelationshipUpgrade together]]]]. It has a mild excuse in the anime, where the ending before the {{OVA}} does have aspects of AssPull.
** It's also worth noting that the manga ''did'' have Hazumu end up with Tomari at the end. The anime came out before the manga ended, though, so it's possible that the manga's ending was influenced to some extent by the popularity of Hazumu/Tomari.



* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', fans like to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]].
** More preference has slowly shifted toward Shu now, though. At least for fans who read the manga. Since only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.
* While Ken and Jun officially got together at the end of the third series of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' -Gatchaman Fighter-, there is part of the fanbase that prefers that Jun be with Joe instead, feeling that Joe is more interesting of a love interest and pointing to various moments in Gatchaman II where the two seemed closer than Ken and Jun had. This extends to the only (at time) [[Anime/EagleRiders English adaptation]] of the same sequel, where the dub writers seemed to be pushing Joe and "Kelly" more as a possible couple.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment.
** Not including Negi, the most popular ship is [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. The only way that people don't ship the two of them together is when they're shipping them together [[OT3 with Negi]].



* Many fans of ''Manga/MidoriDays'' seem to prefer Ayase/Seiji more than the official couple.



* For ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' fans as of late, it's been [[TheOjou Perrine]] and [[GenkiGirl Lucchini]]. Many of their interactions are rather amusing in terms that they're complete polar opposites,with Lucchini almost always teasing her, especially episode 10 of the second season, where they share tons of Ship Tease moments, including Lucchini hugging Perrine as she's scared, then later throwing a sword to Perrine to defeat a golem, which got fans curious on how well they work together.



* Some fans of ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' like to pair Arthur and Octavia together, since they're both noble warriors and swordsmen [[spoiler:with Sad Pasts that involve their dead loved ones. And of course the fans were excited when they saw [[ShipTease episode 10]]]].



* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Viral/Adiane seems to be popular.
* Most ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' fanart and fanfiction you'll find will be about Kotetsu and [[BrokenAce Barnaby]].
** Now to the point where WordOfGod has made it semi-canon; apparently, if the viewer interprets their relationship as a romantic one, then that's what it is and they're free to ship it.



* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' Kurogane and Fai are the biggest non canon pairing due to the massive amounts of HoYay between them, and the fact that neither of them have any love interests. Some fans are ''desperately'' looking for Kurogane/Tomoyo hints though, which makes everyone else laugh sardonically because...well, everyone who is familiar with the Tomoyo of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' knows [[SingleTargetSexuality why]]. WordOfGod has (admittedly rather begrudgingly) moved them up to a more official status.
** Tsubasa's Sister series ''Manga/XxxHolic'' has the similar [[VitriolicBestBuds dynamic duo]] of Doumeki and Watanuki as the, without a doubt, most popular pairing in the fandom. It is very rare to find anyone who ships Watanuki with anyone other than Doumeki, despite the fact Watanuki 1) never fully gets over his unreasonable distaste for Doumeki, 2) has a massive crush on his classmate Himawari and 3) by the end, has at ''least'' three other potential love interests.



* ''Manga/{{Vampire Knight}}'' has Zero/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.
* Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes over time causing them to become best friends again]]. Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans.
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'' has Souta/Poplar, as they seem to actually treat each other nicely, as opposed to Souta's almost-OfficialCouple Inami, whom he has what can only be called BelligerentSexualTension [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale gone wrong]].



* With the exception of the rare Sakurako/Akari ship, the ''Manga/YuruYuri'' fandom does not ship [[MiddleChildSyndrome Sakurako]] or [[DCupDistress Himawari]] with anyone but each other.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' began with the daunting task of giving the male lead an entire classroom of love interests, a whopping thirty-one girls, with more added as time went on. Eventually six women emerged as having the best chances of hooking up with Negi, and fandom was pretty evenly split among them. Then the series ended. Badly. [[TorchTheFranchiseAndRun Very, very badly.]] And ambiguously, with a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that covered everyone's lives except on this one issue; it did rule out six characters, but none of them were the main six. In the final chapters, Negi did say he might like ''someone'', but he's ten-years-old, it's not really a sign of a final commitment.
** Not including Negi, the most popular ship is [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. The only way that people don't ship the two of them together is when they're shipping them together [[OT3 with Negi]].
* In a series like ''Literature/{{Durarara}}'' with {{loads and loads of characters}} and many possible pairings, guess which pairing is the most popular? That's right, it's [[FoeYay Shizuo/Izaya]]. Despite Narita [[WordofGod claiming that the two will never end up together]], he deliberately ships the two together. Check the ShipTease page for all the examples.



* Some fans of ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' like to pair Arthur and Octavia together, since they're both noble warriors and swordsmen [[spoiler:with Sad Pasts that involve their dead loved ones. And of course the fans were excited when they saw [[ShipTease episode 10]]]].
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is very famous for its numerous yaoi/slash pairings such as [[FoeYay Vegeta/Goku]], [[MentorShip Mirai Gohan/Mirai Trunks]], [[MentorShip Piccolo/Gohan]], etc.
* Rein and Eclipse from ''Anime/FushigiboshinoFutagoHime'' were more popular (in fact, the most popular pairing) in Japan than the OfficialCouple Fine and Eclipse, at least, before the second installment began. Even Mayuki Anan, the artist of the manga adaptation, seemed to prefer them, as Rein and Eclipse got more {{Ship Tease}} than any other pairing.
* [[FoeYay L/Light]] and [[HoYay Mello/Matt]] are the [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Death_Note most popular ships]] in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fandom.
** While the slash fans dominate the fandom, L/Misa fans contribute their share of fan art as well.



* Within the ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' fandom it's extremely rare to see someone who ships Hazumu and Yasuna. This is despite, or maybe because, she was the girl Hazumu was going after for most of the series. The shipping was so noticeable that [[spoiler:an anime {{OVA}} came out that [[ShipSinking killed the Hazumu/Yasuna]] ship with a flimsy excuse, to get Hazumu and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tomari]] [[RelationshipUpgrade together]]]]. It has a mild excuse in the anime, where the ending before the {{OVA}} does have aspects of AssPull.
** It's also worth noting that the manga ''did'' have Hazumu end up with Tomari at the end. The anime came out before the manga ended, though, so it's possible that the manga's ending was influenced to some extent by the popularity of Hazumu/Tomari.



* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' Kurogane and Fai are the biggest non canon pairing due to the massive amounts of HoYay between them, and the fact that neither of them have any love interests. Some fans are ''desperately'' looking for Kurogane/Tomoyo hints though, which makes everyone else laugh sardonically because...well, everyone who is familiar with the Tomoyo of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' knows [[SingleTargetSexuality why]]. WordOfGod has (admittedly rather begrudgingly) moved them up to a more official status.
** Tsubasa's Sister series ''Manga/XxxHolic'' has the similar [[VitriolicBestBuds dynamic duo]] of Doumeki and Watanuki as the, without a doubt, most popular pairing in the fandom. It is very rare to find anyone who ships Watanuki with anyone other than Doumeki, despite the fact Watanuki 1) never fully gets over his unreasonable distaste for Doumeki, 2) has a massive crush on his classmate Himawari and 3) by the end, has at ''least'' three other potential love interests.
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'' has Souta/Poplar, as they seem to actually treat each other nicely, as opposed to Souta's almost-OfficialCouple Inami, whom he has what can only be called BelligerentSexualTension [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale gone wrong]].



* ''Manga/{{Vampire Knight}}'' has Zero/Yuuki. Many fans also support the relationship between minor characters Senri and Rima.



* In the ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' fandom the majority of fans seem to be divided between Hayate/Hinagiku and Hayate/Athena. While Hinagiku continues to [[EnsembleDarkHorse completely overshadow the entire cast in terms of popularity]], Athena is a firm second and discussions on the forums can be split pretty evenly. Notably neither of the girls is one of the main heroines, those being Nagi and Maria who have more supporters than the other 'auxiliary' pairings but not nearly enough to compete for fan-favor.
** Wataru/Saki is also incredibly popular among the fandom despite Wataru being interested in Isumi and Sonia having an obvious interest in him. Recently in the manga it seems [[spoiler: that the Wataru/Saki shippers might have won after all, as Wataru confessed to Isumi that he ''loved'' her and has since dropped out of Hakuou to focus on his business with Saki]].



* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' has Eriol/Tomoyo, even though Eriol/Kaho is canon, and [[spoiler: Tomoyo is in love with Sakura]]. But many fans will pair them because of their similar personality traits and that they find Eriol dating Kaho to be "creepy" because of their apparent age-difference (WordOfGod has stated though that [[spoiler: Eriol is Fujitaka's age, technically making him older than Kaho and ''way'' older than Tomoyo]]).
* Many fans of ''Manga/MidoriDays'' seem to prefer Ayase/Seiji more than the official couple.



* In the ''Manga/BinbogamiGa'' fandom, the Pixiv fanartists are ''very'' much in favor of Ichiko and Momiji.
* ''Manga/HanaNoKishi'' has [[OppositesAttract Ibara/Ran]] and [[BodyguardCrush Rei/Sei]]. [[spoiler:They both end up becoming the {{Official Couple}}s.]]
* It's obvious from the first episode of ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' that [[OfficialCouple Kaoru and Aoi]] will [[RedStringOfFate wind up together]]. (Some would say [[RuleOfDrama painfully obvious, in that it kills]] a lot of [[ShipTease potential tension]].) Even so, [[{{Tearjerker}} how can one help]] but [[SandInMyEyes feel bad for]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance T]][[GenkiGirl i]][[LoveableSexManiac n]][[EnsembleDarkhorse a]]?



* Kagura/Yomi has gained prominence amongst fans of ''Manga/GaRei'', especially those who had watched the [[Anime/GaReiZero prequel]].



* Many fans ''Manga/IchigoOneHundredPercent'' wish that Junpei picked [[spoiler: either Aya or Satsuki]] over [[spoiler: the actual winner, Tsukasa]].



* Takatsuki/Chiba is the most popular pairing in ''Manga/WanderingSon'', what with their large amounts of FoeYay [[spoiler:which diminishes over time causing them to become best friends again]]. Takatsuki/Nitori is quite popular too, which is expected from opposite gender major characters. Doi/Nitori is pretty popular amongst anime fans.



* Among all of Aki's possible love interests in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi]] is the only one that has yet to physically assault him. And as of the later light novels, [[HoYay the feeling is apparently mutual]].
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', Viral/Adiane seems to be popular.



* It seems that a lot of ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' fans, at least in the U.S., preferred [[spoiler: Amata to be with Zessica and Mikono to be with Kagura.]]



* Most ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' fanart and fanfiction you'll find will be about Kotetsu and [[BrokenAce Barnaby]].
** Now to the point where WordOfGod has made it semi-canon; apparently, if the viewer interprets their relationship as a romantic one, then that's what it is and they're free to ship it.
* In terms of the SiblingTriangle in ''Manga/{{Kuragehime}}'', fans like to ship Tsukimi with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Kuran]][[AgentPeacock osuke]] [[AlmostKiss for]] [[MeetCute various]] [[LadykillerInLove reasons]]; the main one being that he likes her for the [[LovableNerd jellyfish otaku she is]] as opposed to [[LovesMyAlterEgo Shu]], who can't even tell that [[ClarkKenting "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person]].
** More preference has slowly shifted toward Shu now, though. At least for fans who read the manga. Since only in the manga did Shu discover that "Before" and "After" Tsukimi are the same person. His conclusion? He doesn't care, still loves her, and is willing to even go along with her Jellyfish obsession.
* While Ken and Jun officially got together at the end of the third series of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' -Gatchaman Fighter-, there is part of the fanbase that prefers that Jun be with Joe instead, feeling that Joe is more interesting of a love interest and pointing to various moments in Gatchaman II where the two seemed closer than Ken and Jun had. This extends to the only (at time) [[Anime/EagleRiders English adaptation]] of the same sequel, where the dub writers seemed to be pushing Joe and "Kelly" more as a possible couple.
* ''Franchise/KagerouProject'' Has [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Shintarou/Ayano]], [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Haruka/Takane]], [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Seto/Mary]], And [[BelligerentSexualTension Kano/Kido.]] It helps that the author often writes these as duos with gracious amounts of [[ShipTease ship tease]].
* With the exception of the rare Sakurako/Akari ship, the ''Manga/YuruYuri'' fandom does not ship [[MiddleChildSyndrome Sakurako]] or [[DCupDistress Himawari]] with anyone but each other.
* For ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' fans as of late, it's been [[TheOjou Perrine]] and [[GenkiGirl Lucchini]]. Many of their interactions are rather amusing in terms that they're complete polar opposites,with Lucchini almost always teasing her, especially episode 10 of the second season, where they share tons of Ship Tease moments, including Lucchini hugging Perrine as she's scared, then later throwing a sword to Perrine to defeat a golem, which got fans curious on how well they work together.



* If the sheer amount of fan arts on likes of Pixiv are anything to go by, Shibuya Rin and the Producer pairing is the most popular pairing in ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''. This is probably helped by the fact that those two are often shown onscreen together, more frequently than any other characters in the anime.
* Despite him being an OfficialCouple with [[RedHeadedHeroine Rias Gremory]] for around 10 volumes, the protagonist of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei Hyodo, gets shipped more often with Akeno Himejima than with Rias. This is partly due to their personalities being more or less in harmony: Issei is a LovableSexManiac with an eternal fixation for the female breasts, while Akeno is a [[TheTease tease-happy]] [[CasualKink sadomasochist]] - as well as a YamatoNadeshiko, and also has the largest recorded rack among all the girls in the series with an astounding 40". This is further helped by Akeno being the first girl in the harem that Issei goes out on a date with.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': If Pixiv is any indication who's preferred with Saber, Saber x Gilgamesh is the most popular, followed by Lancer x Saber. The anime has created a veritable Love Boat in its wake, to the point where nearly every character is shipped with at least one non-canon love-interest. As a corollary to the Saber x Lancer ship, Lancer x Kayneth is widespread on Pixiv, often drawn by the same people drawing the Saber x Lancer and complete with doujinshi. Kirei Kotomine holds the top two records of the most number of shipping fanarts, paired with Gilgamesh and Kiritsugu respectively. Other popular non-canon couples are Caster x Ryuunosuke, Kotomine x Kariya, Kotomine x Tokiomi, Gilgamesh x Tokiomi, Tokiomi x Kariya, Berserker x Kariya, Rider x Waver, Waver x Lancer, and Saber x Irisviel. You may have noticed a trend. Given the ratio of male characters to female, it was probably inevitable.


* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' gets a lot of this as well. While no OfficialCouple is present, most fans want Touma and Mikoto to hook up. [[Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun Mikoto/Kuroko]] is also quite popular among the {{Yuri Fan}}s.
** [[ActionGirl Kanzaki Kaori]] is also a more popular pairing with the main character (Touma) than the titular character.
* From ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', at least half of the fanbase will tell you that [[KidSamurai Kennosuke]] is that much of a more fitting match for Nadja. It helps that Nadja's [[LoveTriangle Love Triangle-y]] canon interest on Francis/[[spoiler:Keith]] (Black Rose) is mostly based on a "he saved me, therefore I love him" reaction, while her friendship with Kennosuke was actually developed and detailed.



* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has quite a number of them, thanks to the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and large amounts of ShipTease in the series. Of these, America/England, Germany/Italy, Spain/Romano, Sweden/Finland, Russia/China, and France/England are some of the most popular.



* There have been some similar LesYay debates over ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', mainly involving ShrinkingViolet Sakaki. The most popular Fanfic pairings for her seems to be with Kagura. Chiyo/Osaka seems to be another favored pairing in the fandom.
** The Tomo/Yomi pairing is outright considered {{Fanon}}.
*** As is Yukari/Nyamo, with many assuming the once mentioned "[[NoodleIncident Love Letter]]" was to Yukari from Nyamo.
* Many fans of ''Anime/TheBigO'' prefer lead character Roger Smith to be with [[RobotGirl Dorothy Waynewright]] over [[FemmeFatale Angel]].



* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike has a canon love interest in Julia, but the majority of fans prefer him with Faye. It helps that WordOfGod has confirmed Spike and Faye had a thing for each other, but Spike's obsession with his past prevented him from doing anything about it.
* Although by far one of the most popular couples in ''DGrayMan'', the mind-numbingly obvious pairing of Allen and Lenalee has accumulated a fair amount of haters. Most of the remaining in the fandom are proud [[PortmanteauCoupleName Yullen]] (Kanda/Allen) fans because of a "hate/love" appeal.



* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', while Tohka is the lead girl, fans would prefer shipping Shido with [[CuteAndPsycho Kurumi]] since they snark so well with each other.



* In ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor'', main characters Kazuki, Soushi, and Maya are supposed to be in a LoveTriangle, with Soushi liking Maya who in turn is in love with an oblivious Kazuki. The thing is, Kazuki and Soushi have some great chemistry together, share a lot of very intimate moments, and ''Maya'' thinks that Kazuki would rather be with Soushi than with her. All of this has turned Kazuki/Soushi into an overwhelmingly popular pairing, to the point that shippy fanart about the two makes up about a third of all ''Fafner'' fanworks hosted on pixiv (for a reference, that's ten times as much fanart as Maya has, and she managed to avoid DieForOurShip rather well). Before the sequel ''Exodus'' came out, ''Fafner's'' official website hosted a poll asking fans to choose their favorite moments in the franchise. Out of the five winners, four were scenes of Kazuki and Soushi bonding and showing affection for each other.



* Quite a few ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' fans would love to see Madarame and Saki at least try to get together. Sure, Madarame seems to have a disadvantage compared to Kousaka in the looks department, but he and Saki seem to be a much better match when it comes to temperament. They also like to tease each other a bit too much for comfort.
* A ''lot'' of people who have read the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novels are of the opinion that Kyon/Yuki is the perfect couple. This can be attributed to the 4th novel, ''Disappearance'', which [[ShipTease focuses majorly on Yuki and Kyon]], as well as the fact that Haruhi tends to go OutOfFocus, while Yuki becomes more focused on, all combined with an utter lack of any major Haruhi/Kyon hints. The fact that the author himself has said Yuki is his favourite character may also help. It may also help that Yuki is beloved by an enormous portion of the fandom, individuals at worst not expressing any interest in her, while Haruhi, though popular as well, has [[BaseBreaker acquired a significant force of haters]] due to the more abrasive and violent portions of her personality.



* ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'':
** Many fans think that Saeko would be a better match for Takashi than Rei. Likely because of her unbridled AxCrazy [[LadyOfWar badassery]] and because she's pretty hot. Though a fair amount of the pairing's popularity is also due to shippers simply not liking Rei.
** Saya and Hirano have a respectable fanbase as well, thanks to the manga giving them ample amounts of ShipTease. By chapter 29, they're [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple all but married]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/32 with a kid.]]
* The ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' fandom is split on who Keiichi should be with, with ''all'' of the girls claiming a share of fans (Rena and Mion being the most popular). Rika/Satoko is far more popular than Rika/Hanyuu or Satoko/Hanyuu.



* Any talk of shipping with fans of ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' will more or less revolve around pairing [[UnluckyEverydude Ichika]] with [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench Charlotte]], due to her being the least likely to go angry at him among the other girls pining for him. The end result: she achieves BreakoutCharacter status, by becoming the first to have her own spin-off manga. And that is not even counting the fact that the ending for the said spin-off has been declared BetterThanCanon.
** Due to how incredibly {{Adorkable}} Laura is after her [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]], many fans add her into the Ichika/Char pairing as an OT3.



* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', it's safe to say that the majority of [[YaoiFangirl fans]] ship Tsuna with pretty much any male in the series, and tend to [[HetIsEw dislike him being paired with any of the more canon female love interests]]. And even when there are shippers that put him in a hetero relationship, it never seems to be with his most official love interest, Kyoko, who's viewed by many as a SatelliteLoveInterest.
** Sidekicks Yamamoto and Gokudera are arguably the most popular ship among American fans. Dino/Hibari and Mukuro/Hibari fans are also abundant.



* Most ''Manga/LuckyStar'' fans prefer to ship Konata and Kagami, and there have been some ''slight'' {{Ship Tease}}s, mainly on Kagami's part.
* ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is infamous for its ShipTease -- sometimes ''metric tons'' of it -- for couples that are not official at all. And that means basically all potential pairings, since there's exactly one OfficialCouple in canon to date... an off-screen hookup between a member of the supporting cast and a glorified extra. The fans have responded with {{Fan Preferred Pairing}}s for most of the main cast, particularly Nanoha/Fate, Suzuka/Arisa, Hayate/Vita, Subaru/Teana, Caro/Erio/Lutecia, and Vivio/Einheart. (That is, not counting the [[OneTrueThreesome harem theory]].)



* Nanashi/Dorothy is largely supported in the ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' fandom due to their BelligerentSexualTension that they have.
** Jack/Snow is surprisingly more popular than Jack/Pano (if only because of the Ghost Chess arc) on forum discussions.
** On the {{Ho Yay}}/{{Foe Yay}} side, you have Ginta/Alviss, Phantom/Alviss and Rolan/Alviss with the first two being nearly tied.
*** Basically, disregarding OCs and self-inserts, the most popular ships seem to be Ginta X Alviss, Ginta X Phantom, Alviss X Phantom, or some combination thereof, though some might argue the Yaoi fans are an extremely vocal minority. As far as heterosexual pairings go, Ginta is almost exclusively shipped with Snow, and Dorothy is near-universally paired with Nanashi. Jack is either left alone or paired with Pano, or rare cases with Snow. Alviss is... Unsurprisingly almost never paired heterosexually, but in the rare instance he is, it's usually Belle.



* The amount of Domon/Allenby shipping in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' is rather amazing considering that this show came before [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing the series]] that allegedly attracted all the [[EstrogenBrigade stereotypical shippers]] to the franchise. Proof that {{Love Triangle}}s can survive and thrive even in a fairly straightforward {{shounen}} kung-fu-with-giant-robots show. The fact that Allenby herself is a ShipperOnDeck for Domon/Rain, and the one who convinces Domon to tell Rain how he feels, doesn't seem to have gotten in the way.
** The manga adaptation played up Allenby and Domon's [[BelligerentSexualTension teasing]]; the artist made it clear in an interview that he preferred Allenby to Rain.
* A lot of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'' fans still scoff at the official pairings and think Kira/Flay, Athrun/Cagalli and Shinn/Stellar are a lot better.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'': The show's writers intended [[HitmanWithAHeart Heero]][=/=][[RebelliousPrincess Relena]] (especially in the sidestories like ''Blind Target'' and ''Battlefield of Pacifists''), but the YaoiFangirls completely and utterly despise her and pair him with [[TheLancer Duo]] 99 times out of 100. Making this especially odd is the fact that Duo [[ShipperOnDeck does his best to get Heero and Relena to admit their feelings for one another]].
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' fans often pair [[TheHero Midoriya]] with EnsembleDarkhorse Tsuyu Asui rather than his canon crush, Uraraka. They started being paired after Tsuyu pulled a BigDamnHeroes moment when a group of villains attacked Yuuei Academy's training course, and it was further helped when Miroriya started honoring her request [[FirstNameBasis to refer to her by her first name]].



* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', being a ReverseHarem series, has a lot of this:
** Although the canon pairing (in the manga, at least) is Tamaki/Haruhi (which is still fairly popular), many fans pair Haruhi with Kyouya. The anime kept all possible pairings open by ending with Haruhi not romantically involved with anyone, which was probably a smart move on their part, though still heavily implying Haruhi/Tamaki and Haruhi/Kyouya.
** Hikaru/Kaoru is the third most popular pairing on fanfiction.net, despite it being the least likely of all the pairings to become canon.
** Tamaki/Kyouya is also a popular ship, particularly among those who pair Haruhi with someone else.
* Some fans of ''{{Literature/Paprika}}'' have lots of trouble accepting [[spoiler: that Chiba loves Tokita]], and would rather have had her [[spoiler: [[RescueRomance end up with Konakawa.]]]] This ignores how the [[spoiler: [[MisaimedFandom fake ending with Konakawa and Chiba]]]] kissing in the sunset is supposed to be making fun of trite, cliché movie endings, which implies that pairing them together would have made for a really, really bland and predictable ship.
** The aforementioned viewers would argue that Chiba ending up with [[spoiler: Tokita]] is equally trite and cliché for [[spoiler: its [[UglyGuyHotWife wish fulfillment]] for [[DoubleStandard male audiences.]]]]



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fans almost universally support the ShipMates Madoka/Homura and Kyouko/Sayaka. For most of them, it's not even a question; HetIsEw is in full effect (not that it matters, since the only plausible male option is Kyousuke, who is officially paired with Hitomi, [[TheScrappy making both of them unpopular for fueling Sayaka's depression]]), and official merchandise and material does nothing to slow the train. For comparison, fanfics pairing Sayaka with Kyousuke, who she canonically had feelings for: 8. Fanfics pairing Sayaka with Kyouko: 148. TheMovie did a lot to help these ships along, directly confirming that Homura loves Madoka, and Sayaka has thoroughly gotten over Kyousuke while being willing to [[BackFromTheDead return from the dead]] to meet Kyouko again. It's at the point where most consider them to be a dual OfficialCouple, with fans of smaller ships like Kyouko/Mami or Homura/Sayaka naming their own ships the fan-preferred couples. WordOfSaintPaul has been very kind to this interpretation.
** Though it doesn't compare to the juggernaut of Kyouko/Sayaka, Hitomi's most popular pairing is not with her canon paramour, Kyousuke, but instead with Sayaka. Technically, Kyousuke/Hitomi is more common, but that's only because [[PairTheSpares it gets Kyousuke out of the way]] in Kyouko/Sayaka; the pairing itself has few actual fans. If Hitomi is a main character, most of the time, she'll be paired up with Sayaka. This is only helped along by the PSP game directly suggesting that Hitomi [[BiTheWay is interested in other girls]], despite [[TransparentCloset her protestations to the contrary]].



* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Seiya/Shaina has quite more fans than Seiya/Saori. Also, Aioria/Marin.
** On the Yaoi side of things, there is Hyoga/Shun (who have ShipTease with each other ''and'', in the case of Hyoga, at least two girls) and Camus/Milo as two of the most popular couples.



* Just a little over the first year of its serialization, fans of ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'' have already been pairing off [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Akira Hayama/Jun Shiomi]]; the fact it can spark a TeacherStudentRomance fuels the preference further. Meanwhile, there's also [[VitriolicBestBuds Koujirou Shinomiya/Hinako Inui]], with many readers claiming the VolleyingInsults between as a sign of BelligerentSexualTension.
** In the case of [[TheHero Soma Yukihira]], ShipToShipCombat ensues as fans are split between pairing him with [[AlphaBitch Erina]] [[{{Tsundere}} Nakiri]] and [[CharacterDevelopment Megumi]] [[{{Deuteragonist}} Tadokoro]].



* ''TokyoMewMew'' combines this with AmericansHateTingle. In Japan, [[OfficialCouple Ichigo/Masaya]] is the most popular pairing. However, it's a different case in America, where a rather vocal amount of fans wanted Ichigo to get together with either the JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ryou or the StalkerWithACrush [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Kisshu/Quiche]] in the end.



* From ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', Yugi/Yami Yugi, Jounouchi/Kaiba, and just about every combination of Bakura, Marik, Dark Bakura and/or Dark Marik. On the hetero side, Yami Yugi/Dark Magician Girl (or Atem/Mana), Shizuka/Kaiba, Isis/Kaiba, Mai/Yugi, and among others.
** Puppyshipping (Jounouchi/Kaiba) is probably the biggest pairing in the whole fandom, despite the fact that the two are neither even remotely friendly nor actual rivals, treating each other with a fairly dismissive hatred. It mostly comes from that one time with the dog suit ([[DubText which wasn't even in the manga]]).
** It should be mentioned that Jounouchi/Mai was so liked as a couple that people just assume they were together after the series ended or at least has a mutual crush (''especially'' after the epic ShipTease and HeroicSacrifice '''from both side''' in the Filler Waking The Dragon arc) until WordOfGod came out and clarify them as "JustFriends". [[RelationshipWritingFumble Right]] [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou]][[/note]]. They weren't called "the only het pairing anyone likes" by fans for no reason despite the large amount of HoYay in the series, and the fact that Mai is a frequent target for DieForOurShip in any Jounouchi-related ship should attest to that.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has a somewhat unusual case. The Western fandom is neatly split between Juudai/Asuka and Juudai/Johan, but the Japanese fandom seems perfectly happy to ship the OfficialCouple, Juudai/Yubel. This could possibly be attributed to the dub changing Yubel from a scary-but-somewhat-sympathetic StalkerWithACrush into an absolutely terrifying [[ManChild child-like psychopath]] and [[NoExportForYou cutting out Season 4]] (where she had her HeelFaceTurn), causing her to be [[AmericansHateTingle much less liked]] in the West.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has another unusual case with Jack and Carly, where the pairing ''was'' an OfficialCouple... until they both got LaserGuidedAmnesia, causing Carly to more or less be demoted to a member of Jack's harem (which he decides to dismiss at the end of the series), and causing Jack to ignore her nearly all the time. The number of fics of the two quickly hooking back up is staggering.
** Ushio/Mikage is another one. For a brief while, it seemed like Ushio had an unreciprocated crush on Mikage, but [[AbortedArc this fizzled out]] when Mikage also became part of the Jack harem. The two of them have become an incredibly popular BetaCouple in Jack/Carly fics.
** Yusei is a LauncherOfAThousandShips, so picking a definite Preferred Couple is tricky, but the three biggest ones are Yusei/Aki (probably the closest to an OfficialCouple, but as of the DistantFinale it doesn't seem to have gone anywhere), Yusei/Jack (the obligatory hero/rival ship), and... Yusei/Bruno. The shippers picked up hard on the fact that [[HoYay Yusei seems to prefer him to Aki]], and he regularly ends up BackFromTheDead and redeemed in fics to pick up where he left off.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' is also a hotbed o