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Since the dawn of the Internet, people have carved out active niches where they can express theories, create and share dedicated derivative material, and revel in their shared passion for a particular show, film, work of literature, universe, video game, individual, or hobby. In time, these avid groups of people have become known as fandoms. There is truly a fandom for everything. Just search your favorite TV show online and you are sure to discover a wealth of fan-generated material of all sorts. Often, this contagious intensity is directed towards the (fictional or otherwise) characters that exist in each universe. The direct and indirect connections between these characters is where “shipping” blossoms. To ship is to desire a relationship (romantic or platonic) between characters. Sometimes these ships are true to the source material as is the case of Mulder and Scully from X-Files, but often these ships are not explicitly written into the source. Nonetheless, fans devote enthusiasm and creativity into bringing their ships to life in different ways. Fan art, fan fiction, podcasts, videos, blogs, forums – shipping thrives through these mediums. This infographic presents the most popular ships of all time, gathered from data provided by websites such as Tumblr, Fanfiction.net, Archive of Our Own, Wattpad, Deviantart, and more.
Posted By Ava Rose