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"I know [D.W. and James] are just children, but I tend to imagine them being in a relationship when they grow up haha."
Reddit user iamsojellyofu in response to this post.

Fans love Shipping. Fans love cute kids. And sometimes the most popular couple in the show will end up being composed of two of the cute kids. This results in the occasionally squicky practice of Shipping two characters who are barely old enough to be in a relationship (but in fairness this isn't as squicky as pairing them off with adults).

A Toy Ship does not automatically qualify as squick since usually people only support innocent childhood crushes or affection between the two; most writers and fanfic authors will never go beyond the point of hugging and declarations of love, or they will wait for the characters to be depicted as adults in canon before anything.

For In-Universe examples of kid couples, see Puppy Love. Not to be confused with Cargo Ship, which is about shipping people with things like toys.

This is a Fan Speak page. No examples, please. This only defines the term.


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