a person who discusses, portrays, or advocates a romantic pairing of two characters who appear in a work of (serial) fiction, esp. when such a pairing is not depicted in the original work
1996 DD on Frasier in alt.tv.x-files (Usenet newsgroup) 8 May
David Duchovny was guest-voice ‘Tom’ on Last night’s Frasier. (Courtesy of the ’shippers list.)
1998 Time 22 June 70/3
I have also flamed ‘shippers’ (‘relationshippers’, those who want Mulder and Scully to get it on in the film) with now embarrassing vituperations.
In the long tradition of ‘shipper’ fan-fiction…this tale concerns itself with the complicated and often painful romantic tension between Hermione and Harry.
in Salon.com 6 July
2007 Sectus (Programme of Unofficial Harry Potter Conf., 19–22 July) 35
For Snape and Harry shippers, the odds are high indeed!
2014 San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News (Electronic ed.) 14 Mar. e1
The film awkwardly addresses lingering feelings between Veronica and Logan, a plot line the so-called ‘shippers’ were always hung up on.
Research HistoryOriginally suggested by Faith Lawrence in 2002. Comments: "In some fandoms (for example Stargate where there can be a certain amount of shipper/slasher tension) it implies a heterosexual pairing while in other fandoms it covers any romantic relationship. The term is believed to come from relationSHIP(per)."
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