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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 Romantic Fusion 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 Angel: The ship between Xia An'an (夏安安) and Kukuru (库库鲁) is known as "库安", or "Kuan".
  • Happy Heroes: Careful S. x Kalo, the most popular ship to emerge from the series, is abbreviated in Chinese as "伽小" ("Jiaxiao", a combination of "Jialuo" and "Xiaoxin Chaoren", Kalo's and Careful S.'s Chinese names respectively). "小罗" ("Xiaoluo") is also used, but isn't as popular.


    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."

  • ABBA: Many fans who ship Frida and Agnetha together refer to them as Fridnetha.
  • Ohno Satoshi and Ninomiya Kazunari from the Japanese band Arashi invented their own Portmanteau couple name of Ohmiya SK.
  • Avenged Sevenfold has Synacky (Synyster Gates/Zacky Vengeance).
  • The Beatles: The two most common pairings, John/Paul and Ringo/George, are often called McLennon and Starrison. The ships involving Paul are the easiest to make portmanteaus of since all one has to do is attach Mc to the other name (McStarr, McHarrison).
  • 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". There is also "Norminah" (Dinah Jane/Normani), "Normally" (Normani/Ally Brooke), "Alren" (Lauren/Ally), and "Laurmani" (Lauren/Normani).
  • Gorillaz:
    • There's a name for every combination of the four central band members: 2Doc (2D/Murdoc), 2nu or 2Dle (2D/Noodle), Nudoc (Noodle/Murdoc), Russnu (Russel/Noodle), Russdoc (Russel/Murdoc), 2Russ (2D/Russel)...
    • A handful of named ships involving characters who were members for only one phase also exist, including Russdel (Russel/Del tha Ghost Rapper), Acedoc (Ace/Murdoc), and Poodle (Noodle/Paula Cracker). In a variant involving last names, there's the once-Official Crackerpot (Paula/2D).
    • On at least one occasion, the 2D/Murdoc pairing has been referred to as "Tuds" (Murdoc's name is often shortened to "Muds").
    • For the real-world side of the project, there exists "Jamion" for co-creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.
  • Although they're only occasionally used, probably for this reason, Green Day shipping portmanteaus always sound hilarious. Two possibilities are Bike and Trike (the third, sadly, is Trillie — which kind of breaks up the set).
  • Happens in the Hello! Project fandom. Sumomo (Sudou Maasa/Tsugunaga Momoko), Renai (Tanaka Reina/Takahashi Ai), Gakikame (Niigaki Risa/Kamei Eri), Yajiume (Yajima Maimi/Umeda Erika)...
  • In Korean Entertainment fandom, this is standard protocol, especially in slash circles. And because there are only so many names in Korea, to the point where people can confuse couples with actual people, it extends to nicknames. For example, in the Super Junior fandom, the pairing of Heechul/Donghae is known almost universally as Cinhae, as one of Heechul's nicknames is Cinderella. In the SHINee fandom, the Jonghyun/Onyu pairing (usually known as Jongyu or Onhyun) has its own nickname of Blingdubu, stemming from each of the member's nicknames: Jonghyun is Bling Bling; Onyu is known as Dubu or Sundubu (Korean for tofu). And over in the 2PM fandom, the Taekhun pairing (Taecyeon/Nichkhun) is also known as Cocoich among fans, due to Taec's affectionate nickname of 100% Cocoa.
    • In the DBSK/TVQX fandom, sometimes the portmanteau itself has more than one variation; i.e. Jaejoong/Yunho is know both as Jaeho and Yunjae to its shippers, who usually prefer one usage over the other.
      • Girls' Generation has "TaeNy" (Taeyeon/Tiffany Young), "YulSic" (Yuri/Jessica), "SooNa" (Sooyoung/Yoona), "HyoSun" (Sunny/Hyoyeon) and "YoonHyun" (Yoona/Seohyun).
      • The BTS fandom also has quite a few of these, with some of the most popular being "YoonMin" (Suga/Jimin) and "VKook" (Jungkook/V).
  • My Chemical Romance has Frerard (Frank Iero/Gerard Way).
  • For those in the Nick Cave/Blixa Bargeld "Nixa ::heart::" is the common way to express your shipping position. Coilhouse refers to Nixa as the new Kirk
  • Used for members of *NSYNC, when slashed with each other: Timberlake/Fatone = Timbertone. There's also JoeC, Choey, etc...
  • One Direction members Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles form the incredibly popular (and slightly infamous) Larry Stylinson.
  • Various pairings of Panic! at the Disco: Ryden, Joncer, Brencer, Rycer, etc.
  • The common portmanteau for super-famous singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowler Travis Kelce, is usually "Tayvis", but sometimes seen as "Traylor". For those who ship Taylor with Karlie Kloss, they are referred to as "Kaylor".
  • 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".
  • Russian pop-punk band Kis-Kis has Solina (Sonya Somuseva/Alina Olesheva).

    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.
    • Achilles and Patroclus are known as Patrochilles.

    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.
  • Starry Flowers: The creator herself uses "Peristille" for any content featuring Pastille and Periwinkle.

    Web Animation 
  • hololive:
    • Takamori (Mori Calliope/Takanashi Kiara)
    • Kronmei (Ouro Kronii/Nanashi Mumei)
    • BaeRyS (Hakos Baelz/IRyS)
    • OkaKoro (Nekomata Okayu and Inugami Korone)
  • 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.
    • Shipping Adam Taurus and Blake Belladonna used be referred to with Tauradonna. Used to because, after the revelation of just how nasty Adam was to Blake, the ship was renamed "Animal Abuse".
    • The Crack Pairing between Taiyang Xiao Long and Cinder Fall is sometimes called Tinder, after a gag in RWBY Chibi.
  • Murder Drones: There are quite a few that exist, such as Nuzi (N and Uzi), Vizzy (V and Lizzy), Dizzy (Doll and Lizzy), Thuzi (Thad and Uzi), etc. There's also Envy (N and V), which is more of a portmanteau of pronunciations since both N and V simply have letters for names.
  • The Amazing Digital Circus: While most ships in the series are Idiosyncratic Ship Naming, there are also some portmanteaus.
    • Jax and Ragatha are called Jagatha or Ragathax.
    • Pomni and Ragatha are RagaPom.


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Alternative Title(s): Shipmanteau, Portmanteau Ship Name



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