What does anti-ship mean?

Against problematic fictional relationships

Those who are anti-ship believe fans should not ship problematic fictional relationships. This abbreviation is often used in contrast to pro-ship.

In anti-ship fans' minds, shipping a problematic fictional relationship can cause real harm, because it tacitly endorses IRL abuse or other bad behavior. Also, anti-shippers believe that shipping a problematic couple reflects poorly on the shipper's morals. (In contrast, pro-shippers believe fiction is fiction, and endorsing a problematic ship doesn't necessarily mean anything.)

Some examples of problematic relationships anti-ship fans may dislike, and pro-ship fans are likely fine with, include:

  • Rey and Kylo Ren (Reylo) from Star Wars
  • Elsa and Hans from Frozen
  • Jon Snow and Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones


I'm anti-ship because do we really need to be promoting fictional relationships that we know would be bad IRL? No, we don't
Some fans prefer to stay out of the pro- vs. anti-ship debate
Some fans prefer to stay out of the pro- vs. anti-ship debate

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Updated May 18, 2023

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