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Basic Trope: Fans ship someone with an inanimate object.

  • Straight: Alice is in love with a gaming console.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice has dated said gaming console for seven years now.
    • They're happily married and have three kids.
  • Downplayed: They have UST but aren't in a real relationship. (Don't think too hard about this.)
  • Justified:
    • They were meant to be, they just didn't know it yet.
    • The gaming console developed feelings beforehand.
    • Alice fails to get along with real people, thus compensates by transferring her libido onto inanimate objects.
    • The console is an AI advanced enough to be considered a person and has a very nice personality.
  • Inverted: A gaming console is in love with Alice.
  • Subverted: Alice has UST with the gaming console, but then gets together with Bob.
  • Double Subverted: ...only for Alice to realize that she only liked Bob because he liked to play video games with her... and it was the console she was really attracted to, not Bob.
  • Parodied:
    • The portable gaming system ends up jealous whenever Alice so much as talks with other inanimate objects.
    • Turns out Alice is really a Pac-Man machine.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice is torn between the Girl Next Door Bob and the gaming console.
    • Whenever Alice and the gaming console break up, Alice and Bob start dating, and vice versa.
    • Alice's gaming console reveals to be Bob, then Alice reveals to be a Pac-Man machine. Bob, in turn, reveals to really be a gaming console, and they live a happy life together.
    • Alice, the gaming console, and Bob in a OT3.
  • Averted: People only date other people, animals, plants, or sentient robots, but never inanimate objects.
  • Enforced: "Some people can relate to this. No, really."
  • Lampshaded: "That thing is an inanimate object, but hey, whatever turns you on..."
  • Invoked: In Alice's country, it's not just a good idea, it's the law.
  • Exploited: A villain captures the gaming console because he knows Alice will try to rescue her true love.
  • Defied: Alice builds a robot boyfriend.
  • Discussed: "You fell in love with your game console!?"
  • Conversed: "Ah love, it can be found anywhere."
  • Deconstructed:
    • People around Alice decide she's crazy.
    • Alice's social life is ruined.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob x TV Tropes.
  • Played For Drama: Bob had a crush on Alice since their childhood, but she doesn't notice because she's happily in love with the gaming console. Heartbroken that he's being passed over by an inanimate object, Bob attempts suicide.


The link to Cargo Ship is an inanimate object, but hey, whatever turns you on...

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