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I've been thinking, it seems alot of entries in Fan-Preferred Couple are not disproportionately popular or are outright an Official Couple.
Also in a game series where basically anyone can be paired by the player with no set canon, how does one determine a Canon Couple? Like say Fire Emblem Fates, what determines a Fan-Preferred Couple there?
edited 2nd Feb '17 9:31:42 PM by Monsund
In a work that has no canon couple, I personally think it might be best not to use Fan-Preferred Couple at all. That's because we run the risk of people just gushing about couples they like while trying to make it seem like way more people share their opinion than might actually exist. Such gushing is not something we want on the wiki.
That being said, I think it might be better to get some other thoughts here as well, in case I don't have a full understanding on what is allowed for the trope.
We do have an on-going TRS discussion for this trope.
I'm reviving a 2 year old thread but the TRS thread has been locked for a while. Does anyone know how crossover ships are to be handled? Do they count seperately from their canon series or do ships from crossovers not count unless they're more popular than one/both characters canon ships? I recently removed an example from the Video Game page because it amounted to "Samus is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships and gets paired with everyone", but even with that Samus has pairings listed in Metroid and Super Smash Bros (which makes sense since two ships listed are popular in their own right).
The main criteria for Fan-Preferred couple is that it should be more popular than the Official Couple involving one of the people in it, even if it is a popular couple on its own right. I am a little fuzzy about whether crossover ships would be allowed or not, even if they are more popular than the Official Couple.
I happen to have (possibly overzealously) tried to re-open the discussion about Fan-Preferred Couple about a month ago, so the most recent topics made on the subject are those below.
Here is a summary of the issues surrounding Fan-Preferred Couple from my point of view.
Here is my idea for a rewrite of the trope.
I didn't go any further due to a lack of responses, which I took as an indication that my approach wasn't working out.
Edited by Nazetrime on Apr 17th 2019 at 12:11:03 PM
So I'd assume the Robin/Shulk entry on the Video Game page counts as this trope in that case? It's more popular than Shulk/Fiora, which is Shulk's canon pairing from his home series, but there's the problem of Robin not having a canon pairing with anyone and Robin/Shulk is less popular than pairings with Robin and other characters from their home series, unless anyone that they can marry in Awakening are technically counted as their canon pairings.
I agree with Fan-Preferred Couple needing a rewrite, especially since there doesn't seem to be any sort of rules in regards to crossover pairings or games with dating sim elements that don't have a canon pairing per se. I've always assumed in the case of the latter that any character the player character can hook up with counts as an official pairing regardless of it being truly canon or not, and that any pairing involving the player character can only be "fan-preferred" if the player character cannot hook up with the other half of the pairing at any point, as well as it fufilling the popularity requirement.
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