What does pro-ship mean?

Accepting of any fictional relationship

Those who are pro-ship believe fans should be able to ship any fictional relationship - even problematic ones. This abbreviation is often used in contrast to anti-ship.

Pro-ship fans do not necessarily ship problematic relationships themselves. Rather, they believe all fans should be allowed to ship whatever relationships they want, and that a fan's chosen ships don't reflect their IRL morals. In pro-ship fans' minds, fiction is fiction, and shipping problematic relationships doesn't hurt anyone.

Some examples of problematic relationships pro-ship fans are fine with, and anti-ship fans may not be, include:

  • Shiro and Keith from Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Faith and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Chrollo and Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter


I'm a Bruce x Talia shipper, so I'd be a hypocrite not to be pro-ship
Some fans have strong feelings about being pro-ship vs. anti-ship
Some fans have strong feelings about being pro-ship vs. anti-ship

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Updated May 18, 2023

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