List of Popslash Pairing Names

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Most agree that popslash is the fandom that both invented and popularized the portmanteau or "pairing smoosh name". The effects of this can still be seen today; the majority of contemporary fandoms assign portmanteaus to their preferred ships. This practice has entered the mainstream in recent years (see: "Brangelina" and other celebrity portmanteaus that are routinely used by the media), transcending fandom culture to some degree.

List of pairs/pairing names:

Backstreet Boys

A.J. McLean/Kevin Richardson

A.J. McLean/Brian Littrell

A.J. McLean/Nick Carter

Brian Littrell/Nick Carter

Howie Dorough/Brian Littrell

Howie Dorough/Nick Carter

'N Sync

Chris Kirkpatrick/JC Chasez

Chris Kirkpatrick/JC Chasez/Justin Timberlake

  • Threemanbus (At a certain point in their career, 'N Sync had two tour buses for the five group members. Joey, Lance--and Lance's ferret, and occasionally Joey's brother Steve--were on one bus. Chris, JC and Justin shared the other, and thus, the threemanbus fic was born.)
  • TimberTrickC

Chris Kirkpatrick/Joey Fatone

Chris Kirkpatrick/Justin Timberlake

Chris Kirkpatrick/Lance Bass

JC Chasez/Joey Fatone

JC Chasez/Justin Timberlake

  • Joshtin (note: sometimes used to refer to a specific type of Justin/JC story; namely, badfic.)
  • JuC
  • Teerlove

JC Chasez/Lance Bass

Joey Fatone/Justin Timberlake

Joey Fatone/Lance Bass

Justin Timberlake/Lance Bass


A.J. McLean of Backstreet Boys/JC Chasez of 'N Sync

  • Letterboys (so called because both men have first names that consist of initials.)

Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync/Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys

Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync/Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys

Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync/Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys

Joey Fatone of 'N Sync/Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys


Group Slut Fic, or GSF, was a term that was coined in popslash. It generally referred to stories where every member of a group was involved in the sexual scenes of the story, or the ongoing sexual/emotional relationship that the story portrayed.

Lynncest or Lynnecest, refers to the crack pairing of Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync and his mother, Lynne. The joke stems from Justin being a self-confessed "momma's boy".

Cartercest, refers to the pairing of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and his younger brother, Aaron Carter. Fic about these two tends to be dark and often contains an underage element.

Cramp, another crack pairing, this one between Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync and a lava lamp he once mentioned owning.

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See also Pairing Name, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync