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Shipping:List of game shippings

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As hints and evidence for ships are mostly speculation, this page may contain personal points of view.

Game Shippings are probably the trickiest Ships to play on, overall. In-game players are silent protagonists; other characters are used to divulge what the player is talking about through implication. Given that, supporters of Ships involving protagonists generally find ways of still connecting the player character to others, despite the player character in reality being the real player's in-game avatar. Regardless, Ships including the protagonists are popular, whether with the opposite-sex protagonists or the designated rival characters.

Any hint of romantic attachment involving the protagonists usually comes through the side of the non-player character (NPC) directly (up to interpretation) or word of mouth from other NPCs. In the case of a protagonist who does not appear in the game when a player does not choose that gender, it is supported on a principle similar to a nevermet shipping, with the addition of the player-character connection. It is typically assumed by supporters that all protagonist characters exist in-universe, despite canon clearly depicting otherwise. The same justification fans use to put together two characters who have not met on-scene is the same justification used for protagonist Ships.

Many game Ships also apply to their direct anime counterparts. What is known as TwinleafShipping for the games is also the same name used to denote the anime couple, due to them being directly based off each other, including their names. This does not apply to any game character who does not share a name with an anime character. Kris and Marina are not considered the same, but Lyra and Lyra are, as they are meant to be direct references instead of simply being inspirations of those characters. This is usually applied to characters originating from Generation III and upwards. The only exception is currently Silver, who had a brief cameo in The Legend of Thunder!; he counts as both anime and game, until a time where he makes more of an appearance and/or is given a civilian name.

List of protagonist ships

BurningLeafShipping

RedLeaf
(赤葉 RedLeaf)

Facts
Red, Blue, and Yellow

  • Leaf is not an available player.

FireRed and LeafGreen

  • They do not appear in the game simultaneously.

Storyline

The two characters seemingly do not appear to be individual characters independent of each other. If a player chooses to be the girl, the boy does not appear within the main storyline. It's true in reverse. Regardless of which one is picked as the player character, however, the storyline is still the same.

Name origins

  • BurningLeaf is derived from the set of games they appear in as counterparts: FireRed and LeafGreen.

See also

Main article: LuckyShipping


NewBarkShipping

EthanKris

Facts
Gold and Silver

  • Kris is not an available character.

Crystal

  • They do not appear in the game simultaneously.

Storyline

The two characters seemingly do not appear to be individual characters independent of each other. If a player chooses to be the girl, the boy does not appear within the main storyline. It's true in reverse. Regardless of which one is picked as the player character, however, the storyline is still the same.

Name origins

  • NewBark is derived from the player's hometown being New Bark Town.

See also

Main article: QuestShipping
Main article: MangaQuestShipping


HeartSoulShipping

EthanLyra
(ヒビコト HibiKoto)

Facts
HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • They are childhood friends.

Storyline

The player is destined to go out into the world while the non-player character is content in not following. The NPC is responsible for teaching the player various things about being a Trainer, likely because the NPC already owns a Pokémon. He or she will also occasionally call the player about nothing in particular, or little hints to Easter eggs in the game. The NPC makes little impact on the storyline.

Evidence
Other

The NPC gives the player items, as well as kindly giving tips.
When the player goes to the Day Care, the Lady asks the NPC if the player is his or her girl/boyfriend, making the NPC cry, "WHAAAAAAAAAT?" then denies it.

Name origins

  • HeartSoul is derived from the set of games they appear in as counterparts: HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Trivia

  • The name of the anime counterpart with Jimmy and Lyra is NeoQuestShipping.


HoennShipping

BrendanMay
(ユウハル YuuHaru)

Facts
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

  • The player character not chosen is the player's new neighbor and secondary rival throughout the game.

Anime series

  • Neither character have met on-screen.

Storyline

The player begins in their new home in Littleroot Town, and shortly meet the child of their new neighbor. Depending on which gender was not chosen, the remaining gender is shortly revealed to be the first rival the player encounters in battle. The last battle is during the first time the player reaches Lilycove City, after the player has obtained six badges.

Evidence
May

May appears nervous and embarrassed when talking to the player for the first time, but seems to get over it with time.

Brendan

Brendan expresses slight distaste for the female player, because he had previously believed she would be a boy (he assumes the Gym Leader's kid would be male). If the player defeats Brendan, Brendan usually expresses forced indifference, but hints that the player is getting better at battling. For example, in the last battle against Brendan in front of the Lilycove Department Store, he says, "... So, you beat me. That bites, considering how I had a bit of a head start on you as a Trainer..."
However, though he fakes distaste for the player throughout much of the games, implying that she is weaker than her father in battling, he often helps her along, usually after the player defeats him or after a major accomplishment (after defeating Brendan a third time, he says, "You're not so bad," and gives the player an Itemfinder).
A considerable HoennShipping hint is in Pokémon Emerald. Brendan activates the Match Call feature, most oftentimes when the player is surfing in the surfable area between Mossdeep, Sootopolis, Pacifidlog, and Ever Grande and says, "I just saw a huge green Pokémon flying across the sky!... I wish you were there, <player>."

Name origins

  • Hoenn is derived from the player's region of Hoenn.

See also

Main article: FranticShipping


FortuneShipping

LucasDawn
(コウヒカ KouHika)

Facts
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Anime series

  • Neither character have met on-screen.

Storyline

As Rowan's assistant, the non-player character is not a rival, and is thus not battled. However, they are met along the journey at different times, usually with key items of interest to the player or as an ally in a storyline-oriented double battle. The NPC is usually located outside the lab in Sandgem Town when they can't be found elsewhere.

Evidence
Dawn

If Dawn finds her way to the player's Villa in Platinum, she will comment on how being with that special someone in a place like the Villa is nice dream to have. Also, if the player orders a small sofa, then Dawn will appear and remark on how she is jealous of Lucas, as well as how they have similar tastes.
Upon discovering the day of your birthday, Dawn will say:
"Is today maybe... Your birthday, <player>?"
Yes: "Giggle... Congratulations, <player>! And many more happy returns!"

Lucas

Upon discovering the day of your birthday, Lucas will say:
"Hey, <player>? Is it maybe your birthday today?"
Yes: "I thought so! Congratulations, <player>! You know, I'm glad we're friends!"

Other

Before battling Mars of Team Galactic for the second time as Lake Verity, she will rudely comment on how the player and NPC are some sort of couple sent to stop her. In the English version, she says:
"So, what of it? Are you some lovey-dovey couple to the rescue?"

Alternate names

  • ShinouShipping (unofficial; unofficial name for Ash/Dawn)

Name origins

  • Fortune is derived from diamonds and pearls being valuable commodities.

See also

Main article: CommonerShipping


ChessShipping

HilbertHilda
(トウトウ TouTou)

Facts
Black and White

  • The player character not chosen is a partner in the Battle Subway.

Storyline

Hitting the Multi-Train of the Battle Subway for the first time without a real-life friend introduces the non-player character to the player, eager to help the player partake in the challenge. Dictated on which kind of strategy to use by the player, both partners enter the subway ready to fight their way to the Subway Bosses.

Name origins

  • Chess is derived from the strategy game that commonly uses black and white pieces.


VisorShipping

NateRosa
(キョウメイ KyouMei)

Facts
Black 2 and White 2

  • The player character not chosen is a partner in the Battle Subway.

Storyline

The partner is initially met once the player arrives in Nimbasa City and the player is asked to join in a Double Battle against the Subway Bosses.

Name origins


List of rival ships

NamelessShipping / ConflictingShipping

Red/LeafBlue

Facts
Red, Green, and Blue

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.
  • Leaf is not an available character.

Gold, Silver, and Crystal

  • Leaf is not a character.

FireRed and LeafGreen

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • Leaf is not acknowledged as a character.

Storyline

Blue is always a step ahead of the player in terms of the story mode, advanced enough that by the time the player reaches the Elite Four, he is already Champion. He occasionally battles the player at unexpected times in the story, but much to his avail, he almost always loses. His Champion title is no different, as the player takes that from him too. By the time of GSC/HGSS, three years later, Blue seems to have reconciled with the original player character, though to what extent is unknown.

Evidence


Alternate names
Nameless

MasaraShipping (defunct; Pallet's Japanese name)

Name origins

  • Nameless (Red/Blue) is derived from the Ship surprisingly being nameless when Ash and Gary and Red and Blue from Adventures were.

See also

Main article: PalletShipping
Main article: OldrivalShipping


HunterShipping / RedemptionShipping / SoulSilverShipping

Ethan/Kris/LyraSilver

Facts
Gold and Silver

  • They are rivals.
  • Kris and Lyra are not available characters.

Crystal

  • They are rivals.
  • Lyra is not an available character.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

  • They are rivals.
  • Kris is not an available character.

Storyline

Met on the road by chance, the player runs into Silver time and time again as he hunts down Team Rocket for reasons not readily divulged. Silver doesn't treat his Pokémon with the same care that the player does, but over time, he begins to learn there's more to being a Trainer than just owning Pokémon, all due to his interactions with the player (Lance might have helped, too. Just a little).

Evidence

Name origins

  • Hunter (Ethan/Silver) is derived from the idea that Silver pursues the player.
  • Redemption (Silver/Kris) is derived from the idea that Silver is further redeemed every time he and the player cross paths.
  • SoulSilver (Silver/Lyra) is derived from the related game name: SoulSilver, due to Soul being Lyra's pre-canon fan-made name.

See also

Main article: PreciousMetalShipping
Main article: SpecialJewelShipping


LoverivalShipping / NewRivalShipping

Brendan/MayWally

Facts
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Storyline

In Petalburg City, the player meets and is made to teach Wally how to capture Pokémon, helping him acquire his first partner: Ralts. Now able to go on a journey, Wally is not frequently encountered, but makes it all the way to Victory Road, just on willpower alone.

Evidence

Name origins

  • Loverival (Brendan/Wally) is derived from the idea both are "after" May.
  • NewRival (Wally/May) is derived from being an updated version of a Rival Ship.

See also

Main article: RaltsShipping


ClingyShipping / TwinleafShipping

Lucas/DawnBarry

Facts
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.

Anime series

  • Dawn and Barry live in the same town. Dawn remembers him; Barry doesn't remember her.

Storyline

Following after Barry's frantically-set pace, the player is left only to catch up (or go as slow as possible), ultimately running into him over and over again with a literal 'THUD'. But even Barry cannot ignore Team Galactic's schemes, and he is there to occasionally help thwart their plans alongside the player.

Evidence

Alternate names
Twinleaf

FutabaShipping (valid; Twinleaf's Japanese name)

Name origins

  • Clingy (Lucas/Barry) is derived from the idea that Barry is a clingy sort of character.
  • Twinleaf (Barry/Dawn) is derived from the player's hometown being Twinleaf Town.

See also

Main article: TwinleafShipping
Main article: HaughtyShipping


RebelShipping / ShiroShipping

Hilbert/HildaBianca

Facts
Black and White

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.

Storyline

Evidence

Name origins

  • Rebel (Hilbert/Bianca) is derived from Bianca's will to rebel against her father.
  • Shiro (Bianca/Hilda) is derived from their relation to the color white.


KuroShipping / CheckmateShipping

Hilbert/HildaCheren

Facts
Black and White

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.

Storyline

Evidence

Name origins

  • Kuro (Hilbert/Cheren) is derived from their relationship to the color black.
  • Checkmate (Cheren/Hilda) is derived from the semi-theme of Chess (a game Cheren might excel at), but also the use of a queen in chess strategy.


IsshuShipping / FerrisWheelShipping

Hilbert/HildaN

Facts
Black and White

  • They are on opposing sides.

Storyline

Encountered first in Accumula Town and many times afterward, the player is told early on that N is Team Plasma's leader, but as leaders go, N is non-deterred by his defeats at the player's hand and he keeps moving forward with his plans to separate humans and Pokémon, though he does take a historical interest in the player. The player is thus both pushed to be the Unova League's proponent as well as fated to be the one best suited to take Team Plasma—and N—down.

Evidence

N shows genuine disappointment when the player does not agree with his ideals.
N begins seeing the player as his metaphorical other-half and wants the player to be the one he has a final show down with, by obtaining the other legendary dragon.

Name origins

  • Isshu (Hilbert/N) is derived from the Japanese name of the player's region: Isshu.
  • FerrisWheel (N/Hilda) is derived from an in-game event in Nimbasa City.


DualRivalShipping

CherenBianca

Facts
Black and White

  • They are both childhood friends/rivals to the player and to each other.

Storyline

  • Setting out on the same day as their friend, Cheren and Bianca begin their adventure for different reasons.

Evidence

Name origins

  • DualRival is derived from the unique circumstance that both characters are the equal rivals to the player.


GreySkyShipping / SequelShipping

Nate/RosaHugh

Facts
Black 2 and White 2

  • They are childhood friends/rivals.

Storyline

Evidence

Name origins

  • GreySky (Hugh/Nate) is derived from the idea of Kyouhei being the metaphorical sun in Hugh's cloudy sky.
  • Sequel (Hugh/Rosa) is derived from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 being a direct sequel to Pokémon Black and White.


See also


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