|Synonyms:||shipwar, shipping war|
|See also:||shipping, OTP|
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(n.) A heated disagreement between two or more groups of shippers. Unlike your garden variety of wank, ship wars span a long time (often years) and involve many people in their fandom. Symptoms of a ship war include:
- rants, both of the "we're obviously right" and "why can't we all write our porn and get along" kinds
- long-winded essays trying to prove canonicity or superiority of the preferred ship (sometimes going overboard and claiming every scene with one or both of the characters as proof, in a very convoluted, Dan Brown fashion) or pointing the flaws in similar essays by rival shippers
- a refusal to quiet down till well after the canon is closed
- anti-ship/per posts appearing in that ship's Tumblr tag
In the 2010s, there has been fannish discussion about how the arguments in ship wars have changed, from whether or not a ship has canon support to whether or not a ship is morally good. See also The Three Laws of Fandom.
- the Harmonians incident in Harry Potter
- the Ray Wars in due South
- Clana/Lana Lang war in Smallville?
- Caryl vs Bethyl conflict in The Walking Dead fandom
- For a time, at the beginning of The Originals, Klaroline shippers were involved in quite a vocal conflict with other fans of the show (and the character of Klaus) due to potential love interests being introduced. This resulted in severe hate being directed at the characters of Hayley Marshall and Camille O'Connell and the actresses portraying them.
- Westallen vs. Snowbarry in CW's The Flash fandom
- Spuffy vs Bangel vs. Spangel in Buffy fandom
- The long-standing Love Triangle Debate in Final Fantasy VII fandom - mostly Cloud/Aerith fans vs. Cloud/Tifa fans.
- Aang/Katara vs. Zuko/Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom.
- Lucas/Maya vs Lucas/Riley in the Girl Meets World fandom.
- See What's the difference fandom wise between today and ten years ago? ask answered by glamaphonic (31 December 2015), Anti-Shippers entry at the Fail_Fandomanon wiki.