Crack Ship

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Synonyms: crack pairing
See also: rarepair, unconventional ship, crossover pairing, crack
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A crack ship is a ship that is highly ridiculous, bizarre, disturbing, and/or unlikely to ever become canon. The characters don't have any chemistry, never interact, are in different canons or timelines, are different species, one is an inanimate object, etc. Fans can and do sincerely ship a crack ship, but generally they don't take its chances too seriously and may like it precisely for its implausibility. On the other hand, one fan's crack ship can be another's OTP. Often a fan will create a one-off fanwork for a crack ship as a joke.

Crack ships can appear in crackfic, but angsty or otherwise serious fanfic can also be devoted to crack ships.


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.



  1. ^ Harry/Obama gifset created by everythingbutlarry (defunct account), accessed on rubdown's Tumblr page, with 155k notes as of August 2015
  2. ^ Hobama Tumblr tag
  3. ^ Stjepan Sejic fanart