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Portmanteau Couple Name

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"Mockingman" was also promptly rejected.
"Can someone tell me why 'I think Annie and Mort would make a nice couple' isn't as good as 'Anmorttimomerny'?"
Tom Siddell, author of Gunnerkrigg Court

When Shipping a pair of characters, fans often combine the characters' names into a portmanteau word. They then use this word to refer to the couple as a unit. CamelCase is optional.

Although common in Anime fandoms, where the syllable-based nature of the Japanese language means names are modular and can be snapped together with ease, there are still numerous examples of Real Life celebrity couples where this happens.note 


Slash Fic pairings can also adopt this naming convention. When such pairings are involved, the order of the names also becomes significant, as the name appearing in the first half of the portmanteau is usually the dominant member.

For less obvious variations, see Idiosyncratic Ship Naming. Portmanteau Couple Names may also come in handy if the couple performs a Fusion Dance and literally becomes a single being.


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  • Older Than They Think — this Burma-Shave rhyme from the sixties teeters on the edge of this trope:
    Ben met Anna
    Made a hit
    Neglected beard
    Ben-Anna split
  • Virgin Mobile did a series of ads where they create a fake celebrity couple with people named Spencer and Sarah and call them Sparah.

    Asian Animation 
  • Flower Fairy: The ship between Xia An'an (夏安安) and Kukuru (库库鲁) is known as "库安", or "Kuan".


    Comic Strips 
  • In-comic example from Luann: When Tiffany's ploy to get hunky Quill's attention by feigning interest in Gunther backfires, her friend Crystal teasingly refers to Gunther and Tiffany as "Gunthany."
  • Richandamy from Zits originates from Rich and Amy being on panel together all the time - as in holding each other tight at all times "together" - so much so that they're practically one person. Hence, "Richandamy."

  • Disney Channel pop-stars from the 2000s have a few of these. The most popular being "Demena" (Demi Lovato / Selena Gomez), "Siley" (Selena Gomez / Miley Cyrus), "Diley" (Demi Lovato/Miley Cyrus), "Nelena" (Nick Jonas / Selena Gomez), "Niley" (Nick Jonas/Miley Cyrus), "Nemi" (Nick Jonas/Demi Lovato), and "Jemi" (Joe Jonas / Demi Lovato). There's also "Semiley" for Selena/Demi/Miley together.
  • Fifth Harmony fans often refer to Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui as "Camren".
  • Gorillaz:
    • On at least one occasion, the 2D/Murdoc pairing has been referred to as "Tuds" (Murdoc's name is often shortened to "Muds").
    • 2Dle (2D/Noodle). Scarcely used, but possible to stumble upon.
  • One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles form the incredibly popular (and slightly infamous) Larry Stylinson.
  • Tears for Fears fans who ship Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith together have dubbed their pairing as "Rolcurt."
  • Vocaloid's got Mikaitonote , Kaimeinote , Lukaponote , Gakumeinote , Kaiterunote , Kiyukinote , and Gakaitonote , Lenkanote , among others. The pairing of Rin and Len is also universally referred to as "Kagaminecest".

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Possibly the oldest example of this trope, dating back to Older Than Feudalism: Hermaphroditus, son of Hermes and Aphrodite, from Classical Mythology. A female naiad, Salmacis, fell in love with him and prayed to be merged with him forever. The gods granted her wish, and his name therefore became a byword for beings that are both male and female.

    Puppet Shows 

  • Canadian figure skaters Roman Sadovsky and Nam Nguyen, whose bromance was even discussed on Canadian television, have coined "RoNam" as their couple/ship name.
  • Speaking of bromances, the pairing of tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is known as "Fedal", which is also used in a non-shipping context by tennis pundits to refer to their matches and Friendly Rivalry. Add Novak Djokovic — or "Nole", as many fans call him — into the mix, and you also get "Fedole", "Rafole", and "Fedalovic". In addition, when Andy Murray was at the top of the game alongside these three, "Novandy" (or "Murrovic"), "Rafandy", and "Murderer" were popular too.

  • Les Misérables: Fans of the pairing Valjean/Javert refer to it as Valvert. Likewise, those who ship Enjolras and Grantaire call it Enjoltaire.
  • Wicked:
    • Fans of the Glinda/Elphaba pairing use "Gelphie". Fiyero/Elphaba is "Fiyeraba" or "Elphieyero" or "Faeyero". There's also "Bessa" for Boq/Nessarose and "Gloq" for Glinda/Boq. These names also apply to the books.
    • Although much less popular, there's also Fiyeressa for Fiyero/Nessarosa, Foq for Fiyero/Boq, and Flinda for Fiyero/Glinda. Wicked fans can and will ship pretty much any pairing.

  • Some Barbie fans call Barbie and Ken "Karbie."
  • The Ever After High fandom uses these. Daring/Apple is "Dapple", Daring/Lizzie is "Dizzie", Dexter/Raven is "Dexven" (or "Rexter"), Raven/Apple is "Rapple", Dexter/Cupid is "Dexpid", Hunter/Ashlynn is "Huntlynn", etc. At least "Rapple" has been used by official social media, albeit platonically. This trope created an issue when Apple and Darling received a popularity boost. It's sometimes called "Dapple" but is more commonly dubbed "Appling" or "Dappling".

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Feenris — Phoenix (or "Feenie" as Dahlia/Iris likes to call him) and Iris.
    • Phoenix/Maya is usually referred to by its Japanese name, Narumayo (Naruhodou/Mayoi), but is also known as Phaya. Another het portmanteau is Miego (Mia/Diego).
    • The fandom's favorite slash pairing of Phoenix/Edgeworth is usually turned into Japanese to help the portmanteau — Narumitsu. If English is used, it will be Edgewright, which is used even when Phoenix tops. WrightWorth is also used. The same thing happens with the Klavier/Apollo rival pairing, Kyodoroki (or Klapollo/Klapolly).
    • The first three games also have the Godot ship names of Godonaru (Godot/Phoenix), Godomitsu (Godot/Edgeworth), and Diegodot (Diego is Godot's real first name in English).
    • Spark/Lotta! Is! SPARTA!
    • Franziska/Adrian is shortened as Fradrian.
    • Edgeziska or Fredgeworth for Edgeworth/Franziska.
    • Phranziska or Phizka for the Fran/Nick ship.
    • Since Dual Destinies, Apollo gained a few: Junipollo (Juniper Woods/Apollo), Justicykes (Athena Cykes/Apollo), and Claypollo (Clay Terran/Apollo).
    • Blackbright for Blackquill/Fullbright. This is also sometimes used specifically to refer to Blackquill and the real Fullbright, whereas Phantomquill is used for Blackquill/The Phantom.
    • Phoenix/Mia is known as Minix.
  • CLANNAD has KoTomoya for Kotomi/Tomoya.
  • Hadaka Shitsuji: TomoAki for Tomoaki Maeda/Aki Toudou.
  • Danganronpa: (Because of the sheer number of ships, only a few per game will be mentioned.)
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      • Naegiri for Makoto Naegi/Kyoko Kirigiri.
      • Leosaya for Leon Kuwata/Sayaka Maizono.
      • Ishimondo for Kiyotaka Ishimaru/Mondo Owada.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair:
      • Komahinanami is used for the One True Threesome of Nagito Komaeda, Hajime Hinata and Chiaki Nanami and is a combination of the names used for shipping them individually (Komahina, Hinanami and Komanami).
      • Kuzupeko for Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu/Peko Pekoyama.
      • Sondam for Sonia Nevermind/Gundham Tanaka.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony:
      • Saimatsu for Shuichi Saihara/Kaede Akamatsu.
      • Saiouma or Oumasai for Shuichi Saihara/Kokichi Oma.
      • Kiiruma for Keebo/Miu Iruma.
      • Harukaito or Kaimaki for Kaito Momota/Maki Harukawa.
      • Tenmiko for Tenko Chabashira/Himiko Yumeno.
  • Little Busters! has Kyouriki for Kyousuke/Riki and Komarin for Komari/Rin.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner and Marzipan have two (both used in canon): Homezipan and Marzistar.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School:
    • Shaykenzie (Shay/Mackenzie) (Fun Fact: Even the creators themselves had picked up on this very particular ship name at some point!)
    • Brittkenzie (Brittnay/Mackenzie)
    • Brachel (Brittnay/Rachel)
    • Tristanner (Tristan/Tanner)
    • Thanner (Than/Tanner)
    • Trishas/Trisha Squared/Trisha^2, or just Trisha (Trisha C./Trisha 2)
    • This was mocked by a drunken Shay in Episode 65, calling her teamup with Brittnay "Shittnay".
  • Red vs. Blue: Some popular ones are Yorkalina (York/Carolina), Grimmons (Grif/Simmons), Chex (Church/Tex), and Tuckington (Tucker/Washington).
  • Most ships in RWBY use Idiosyncratic Ship Naming, but there are a few exceptions:
    • The biggest exception is Arkos (Jaune Arc and Pyrrha Nikos). It became Ascended Fanon in Season 3 when Jaune uses it as the name of their Combination Attack.
    • Renora (Lie Ren and Nora Valkyrie) is another fairly popular ship name.
    • The Crack Pairing between Taiyang Xiao Long and Cinder Fall is sometimes called Tinder, after a gag in RWBY Chibi.


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Carlos gives his girlfriend Jane a "Jarlos" necklace for her birthday.

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