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* Terra and Celes of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' seem to be the second or third most popular ship in the fandom, and likely the most popular one to not be an OfficialCouple. Fans of the couple often cite their heavy similarities (former Imperials with an implied shared history, MagicKnight abilities, strong claims for protagonist status, the main female characters in the party) and contrasts ([[FireIceDuo fire versus ice]], [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl inexperienced amnesiac versus hardened general]], [[OppositesAttract meek and self-doubting versus brave and prideful]]). It would honestly be a pretty concrete pairing, if Terra and Celes had more than one or two brief scripted interactions in the entire game and Celes wasn't half of the aforementioned OfficialCouple. Indeed, part of the reason their protagonist status is a topic of debate is that Terra is usually out of commission in the parts that focus on Celes, and vice versa - meaning times they could have interacted at all are pretty rare, and neither one is there at all in the most pivotal moments for the other.

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* Terra and Celes of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' seem to be the second or third most popular ship in the fandom, and likely the most popular one to not be an OfficialCouple. Fans of the couple often cite their heavy similarities (former Imperials with an implied shared history, MagicKnight abilities, strong claims for protagonist status, the main female characters in the party) and contrasts ([[FireIceDuo fire versus ice]], [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl inexperienced amnesiac versus hardened general]], [[OppositesAttract meek and self-doubting versus brave and prideful]]). It would honestly be a pretty concrete pairing, pairing - if Terra and Celes had more than one or two brief scripted interactions in the entire game and Celes wasn't half of the aforementioned OfficialCouple. Indeed, part of the reason their protagonist status is a topic of debate is that Terra is usually out of commission in the parts that focus on Celes, and vice versa - meaning times they could have interacted at all are pretty rare, and neither one is there at all in the most pivotal moments for the other.


Compare LauncherOfAThousandShips and GottaShipEmAll, which can be a cause of many of these kinds of pairings. If taken to extremes and expanded across ''totally unrelated franchises'', this trope can result in a non-canon CrossoverShip.

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Compare LauncherOfAThousandShips and GottaShipEmAll, which can be a cause of many of these kinds of pairings. Frequently overlaps with ShipMates, as taking one member out of their OfficialCouple can result in them having few obvious choices. If taken to extremes and expanded across ''totally unrelated franchises'', this trope can result in a non-canon CrossoverShip.

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* Terra and Celes of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' seem to be the second or third most popular ship in the fandom, and likely the most popular one to not be an OfficialCouple. Fans of the couple often cite their heavy similarities (former Imperials with an implied shared history, MagicKnight abilities, strong claims for protagonist status, the main female characters in the party) and contrasts ([[FireIceDuo fire versus ice]], [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl inexperienced amnesiac versus hardened general]], [[OppositesAttract meek and self-doubting versus brave and prideful]]). It would honestly be a pretty concrete pairing, if Terra and Celes had more than one or two brief scripted interactions in the entire game and Celes wasn't half of the aforementioned OfficialCouple. Indeed, part of the reason their protagonist status is a topic of debate is that Terra is usually out of commission in the parts that focus on Celes, and vice versa - meaning times they could have interacted at all are pretty rare, and neither one is there at all in the most pivotal moments for the other.

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* Despite not meeting until her New 52 introduction; ComicBook/BatmanAndRobinEternal, Cassandra Cain/Jason Todd is a fairly popular ship.


* You can count on one hand the number of times that Prowl and Jazz, in any version of ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'', interacted in any significant way - and according to FFN, they're the biggest pairing in the whole franchise. It's at the point where, if one of them exists in a universe and the other doesn't, people will write fics that [[CanonImmigrant add a functionally-identical counterpart of the other one to that universe]] to facilitate maintaining the ship. It seems to arise from the idea that Jazz's personality (party animal) and Prowl's (TheSpock) might have some interesting interactions, and from the fact that they're both white cars from the same year. For a decent period, the pairing had one of the most fervent listings on the HoYay page for ''Transformers''... despite having literally no actual examples.

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* You can count on one hand the number of times that Prowl and Jazz, in any version of ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'', interacted in any significant way - and according to FFN, they're the biggest pairing in the whole franchise. It's at the point where, if one of them exists in a universe and the other doesn't, people will write fics that [[CanonImmigrant add a functionally-identical counterpart of the other one to that universe]] to facilitate maintaining the ship. It seems to arise from a mixture of 90s fandom drama, the idea that Jazz's personality (party animal) and Prowl's (TheSpock) might have some interesting interactions, and from the fact that they're both white cars from the same year.year. It's even seen as something of an "easy" ship, as it lacks the messier implications of, say, [[BastardBoyfriend Megatron and Starscream]], [[{{Twincest}} Sunstreaker and Sideswipe,]] or any of Prowl's actual canon pairings. For a decent period, the pairing had one of the most fervent listings on the HoYay page for ''Transformers''... despite having literally no actual examples.


This is when Ships Pass in the Night. Most of these types of ships are {{Crack Pairing}}s, but as usual TropesAreTools -- sometimes [[ShippingGoggles fans can dig deep]] and find decent proof for their beloved ship, or at least persuade the readers that the couple would give each other the time of day. Even without this a pairing can work if written well enough, but if no transition period is shown the couple is suddenly StrangledByTheRedString.

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This is when Ships Pass in the Night. Most of these types of ships are {{Crack Pairing}}s, but as usual TropesAreTools -- sometimes [[ShippingGoggles fans can dig deep]] and find decent proof for their beloved ship, or at least persuade the readers that the couple would give each other the time of day. Even without this a pairing can work if written well enough, but if no transition period is shown the couple is suddenly StrangledByTheRedString.
StrangledByTheRedString. One difference between this and a CrackPairing is that these types of pairings tend to be treated somewhat seriously, and shippers of them often argue for their potential chemistry... then again, not always.


** Fans who prefer Peridot with someone else tend to ship Lapis with Pearl; you'd be hard-pressed to find a point where the two have interacted. The noticeable parallels between the two and their similar builds seem to have driven this one. Their voice actors once [[https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/070/024/c28.jpg jokingly reenacted]] a piece of Pearlapis fanart.

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** Fans who prefer Peridot with someone else tend to ship Lapis with Pearl; you'd be hard-pressed to find a point where the two have interacted.interacted, and they're implied to be not fond of each other. The noticeable parallels between the two and their similar builds seem to have driven this one. Their voice actors once [[https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/070/024/c28.jpg jokingly reenacted]] a piece of Pearlapis fanart.


** Lapis/Peridot used to be seen as this before the third season, the closest they got to interacting was just being being in the same scene. This is largely due to them being the only known [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems]] for a while until Jasper showed up. And even when they do begin interacting, [[spoiler:Lapis showcases every negative emotion short of murderous intent towards Peridot. The two are happily cohabitating by season's end, though]].

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** Lapis/Peridot used to be seen as this before the third season, the closest they got to interacting was just being being in the same scene. This is largely due to them being the only known [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems]] for a while until Jasper showed up. And even when they do begin interacting, [[spoiler:Lapis showcases every negative emotion short of murderous intent towards Peridot. The two are happily cohabitating by season's end, though]]. Currently it's no longer this, as the two are fairly close and a good chunk of fans even regard it as either canon or leaning in that direction.
** Fans who prefer Peridot with someone else tend to ship Lapis with Pearl; you'd be hard-pressed to find a point where the two have interacted. The noticeable parallels between the two and their similar builds seem to have driven this one. Their voice actors once [[https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/001/070/024/c28.jpg jokingly reenacted]] a piece of Pearlapis fanart.


*** There are shippers that pair the ''P3'' hero with Akihiko. This pairing is extremely out of place considering the protagonist can date any girl while he and Akihiko are TheFriendsWhoNeverHang.
** From ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', there is a surprisingly fair amount of Rise and [[spoiler:Naoto]] material on the internet. Not only does Rise love the protagonist, but since they are the last to join the group they barely talk with other, and one of the few times they do [[ShipperOnDeck Rise just teases]] [[spoiler:Naoto with Kanji]]. This pairing is also commonly used to PairTheSpares on the [[spoiler:EveryoneIsGay]] fanworks.
* In the Japanese fanbase, this ship is particularly popular due to 'friendly' the two's voice actors tend to be with each other.

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*** ** There are shippers that pair the ''P3'' hero with Akihiko. This pairing is extremely out of place considering the protagonist can date any girl while he and Akihiko are TheFriendsWhoNeverHang.
** From ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', there is a surprisingly fair amount of Rise and [[spoiler:Naoto]] material on the internet. Not only does Rise love the protagonist, but since they are the last to join the group they barely talk with other, and one of the few times they do [[ShipperOnDeck Rise just teases]] [[spoiler:Naoto with Kanji]]. This pairing is also commonly used to PairTheSpares on the [[spoiler:EveryoneIsGay]] fanworks.
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* In the Japanese fanbase, this ship is particularly popular due to 'friendly' the two's voice actors tend to be with each other.


** Cynthia/Steven Stone is mildly popular among the fanbase. They both are/were Champions of their respective regions ([[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]]), both belong to affluent milieus (Cynthia's a {{Socialite}}, Steven's the son of the CEO of the [[MegaCorp Devon Corporation]]), both have a background/interest in [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeology]] (she studies ruins and other sites associated with Pokémon mythology, he collects rocks and fossils), their signature Mons are pseudo-legendaries (Garchomp and Metagross), and that's it. [[note]]Steven ''is'' implied to be the previous owner of the [[BigFancyHouse Villa]] in ''Platinum'' (and is outright stated as such in the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonAdventures Adventures]]'' continuity), as the estate formerly belonged to a rich man from Hoenn who came to Sinnoh in search of rare stones, but he and Cynthia never directly interact in any of the games they both appear in; they have separate cameos in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'' and are participants in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Pokémon World Tournament]] along with the other Champions up to that point.[[/note]]

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** Cynthia/Steven Stone is mildly popular among the fanbase. They both are/were Champions of their respective regions ([[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Sinnoh]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Hoenn]]), both belong to affluent milieus (Cynthia's a {{Socialite}}, Steven's the son of the CEO of the [[MegaCorp Devon Corporation]]), both have a background/interest in [[AdventurerArchaeologist archaeology]] (she studies ruins and other sites associated with Pokémon mythology, he collects rocks and fossils), their signature Mons are pseudo-legendaries (Garchomp and Metagross), and that's it. [[note]]Steven ''is'' implied to be the previous owner of the [[BigFancyHouse Villa]] in ''Platinum'' (and is outright stated as such in the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonAdventures ''[[Manga/PokemonAdventures Adventures]]'' continuity), as the estate formerly belonged to a rich man from Hoenn who came to Sinnoh in search of rare stones, but he and Cynthia never directly interact in any of the games they both appear in; they have separate cameos in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'' and are participants in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Pokémon World Tournament]] along with the other Champions up to that point.[[/note]]


** Bolin and Lin is a semi-popular ship too, in a PairTheSpares kind of way, despite the age difference. They are in a lot of crowd scenes together, but their only interaction with each other is the time Lin busts Bolin and Mako out of jail. However, in that scene Lin zips up Bolin's fly for him, which caused all manner of reactions from the internet.

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** Bolin and Lin is was a semi-popular ship too, after Book One, in a PairTheSpares kind of way, despite the age difference. They are in a lot of crowd scenes together, but their only interaction with each other is was the time Lin busts Bolin and Mako out of jail. However, in that scene Lin zips up Bolin's fly for him, which caused all manner of reactions from the internet. This died down once Bolin got a LoveInterest in Lin's neice Opal. Bolin and Lin also get more interaction in the fourth season, so they don't count even for those who still ship them.

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* In the Japanese fanbase, this ship is particularly popular due to 'friendly' the two's voice actors tend to be with each other.

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** Among the Rescuers fandom, Penny/Cody is a very popular pairing, even though they are from [[Disney/TheRescuers different]] [[Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder movies]] and never actually meet in canon.


** Though more of a joke pairing than a serious one, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' saw the rise of Ann/[[spoiler:Akechi]], who don't have much in the way of direct interaction throughout the game, after [[DummiedOut unused voice files]] depicting a scenario in [[spoiler:Sae]]'s Palace [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAUgiwd0po began circulating the web.]] In the aforementioned scene, some clever thinking and sleight of hand on the part of [[spoiler:Crow]] leads to the Phantom Theives securing victory in a rigged poker game, prompting an admiring Panther to ecstatically proclaim "You go, cheating hottie!"--to which [[spoiler:Crow]] replies "I'll gladly accept those words of praise later." Even if [[spoiler:Ann was likely acting (given that the entire group knew about [[SixthRangerTraitor Akechi's true allegiances]]), never mind the fact that [[UncertainDoom Akechi may or may not have died not too long after this event]]]], some fans couldn't resist humoring the idea of these two as a couple.

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** Though more of a joke pairing than a serious one, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' saw the rise of Ann/[[spoiler:Akechi]], who don't have much in the way of direct interaction throughout the game, after [[DummiedOut unused voice files]] depicting a scenario in [[spoiler:Sae]]'s Palace [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAUgiwd0po began circulating the web.]] In the aforementioned scene, some clever thinking and sleight of hand on the part of [[spoiler:Crow]] leads to the Phantom Theives Thieves securing victory in a rigged poker game, prompting an admiring Panther to ecstatically proclaim "You go, cheating hottie!"--to which [[spoiler:Crow]] replies "I'll gladly accept those words of praise later." Even if [[spoiler:Ann was likely acting (given that the entire group knew about [[SixthRangerTraitor Akechi's true allegiances]]), never mind the fact that [[UncertainDoom Akechi may or may not have died not too long after this event]]]], some fans couldn't resist humoring the idea of these two as a couple.


** Though more of a joke pairing than a serious one, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' saw the rise of Ann/[[spoiler:Akechi]], who don't have much in the way of direct interaction throughout the game, after [[DummiedOut unused voice files]] depicting a scenario in [[spoiler:Sae]]'s Palace [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAUgiwd0po began circulating the web.]] In the aforementioned scene, some clever thinking and sleight of hand on the part of [[spoiler:Crow]] leads to the Phantom Theives securing victory in a rigged poker game, prompting an admiring Panther to ecstatically proclaim "You go, cheating hottie!"--to which [[spoiler:Crow]] replies "I'll gladly accept those lines of praise later." Even if [[spoiler:Ann was likely acting (given that the entire group knew about [[SixthRangerTraitor Akechi's true allegiances]]), never mind the fact that [[UncertainDoom Akechi may or may not have died not too long after this event]]]], some fans couldn't resist humoring the idea of these two as a couple.

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** Though more of a joke pairing than a serious one, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' saw the rise of Ann/[[spoiler:Akechi]], who don't have much in the way of direct interaction throughout the game, after [[DummiedOut unused voice files]] depicting a scenario in [[spoiler:Sae]]'s Palace [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAUgiwd0po began circulating the web.]] In the aforementioned scene, some clever thinking and sleight of hand on the part of [[spoiler:Crow]] leads to the Phantom Theives securing victory in a rigged poker game, prompting an admiring Panther to ecstatically proclaim "You go, cheating hottie!"--to which [[spoiler:Crow]] replies "I'll gladly accept those lines words of praise later." Even if [[spoiler:Ann was likely acting (given that the entire group knew about [[SixthRangerTraitor Akechi's true allegiances]]), never mind the fact that [[UncertainDoom Akechi may or may not have died not too long after this event]]]], some fans couldn't resist humoring the idea of these two as a couple.

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