Some thoughts on ship naming conventions across fandoms, bc that's what I was thinking about in the shower this morning:
I just think it's super interesting how it changes from fandom to fandom? Like okay. You have the SPN style of just smushing names together, Destiel (Dean Winchester + Castiel) Sabriel (Sam Winchester + Gabriel)
But then you look at like, the My little pony fandom and while they do the sorta the same thing it reads different bc the world of equestria has it's own naming conventions that lend to this, so rather than getting smashed together the ship names are compounded and ended up taking the first word or syllable from one characters name, and the last syllable or word from the second and you get stuff like FlutterCord (Fluttershy + Discord) or AppleDash (Apple Jack + Rainbow Dash)
AND THEN, if you look at at Doctor who, this is a show that had been a thing for 50+ years right, and the cast of characters is just so fuckin massive that the fandom has resorted to the very simple yet effect method of the characters names combined by slashes and X's. EXCEPT. there are a shit ton of variations of the same character so that's differentiated by nickname, numbers or the actors name like. Okay. You have Rose x ten. Which is. Rose Tyler and the doctor but the tenth incarnation if the character SPECIFICALLY. but you also have Rose x TenToo which is Rose Tyler and the godamn clone of the tenth incarnation if the doctor. And shipping is pretty straight forward with the doctor bc all their incarnations are numbered, but then you look at the Master, and since we have no idea how many incarnations there are of the bastard the surname if the actor portraying them is use instead of a number, so we get shit like. Simm! Master or Delgado! master.
OH AND THEN? if you look at one if the most popular ships, Doctor/Master there are literally so many different names for them? I mean it makes sense these are the characters with the most variations but it varies from shit like Three x Delgado! to names that were made specifically for different incarnation pairings. Timecock having been used commonly for Ten x Simm! and Twissy being used specifically for Twelve x Missy. Whom would probably be referred to as Gomez! We're it not for the differentiating factor that they are the only female incarnation of the master thus far. Oh and then, can't forget about Thoschei, because that is yet another name for them, which uses the smushing technique with the names the characters had before the were called the doctor and the master (Theta and Koschei )
And then you have fandoms like Wander over yonder where it's not the names of the characters that's taken into consideration, but rather, their physical attributes and personality. Black eye? Sylvia has a penchant for punching people out and commander peepers is a little fucking eyeball man with legs Skeleton dance. Wander is this peppy little fuck running around with a banjo and h
Hater is. A fucking. Skeleton.
I don't even know what is going on in the Invader Zim fandom with the letter thing? Is it an acronym or a combination of different characters initials? Idk! All I know is it fucking works all across the board and the entire fandom adopted the system so kudos to whoever came up with it!
And then look at the Danny phantom fandom. Some of them make sense, using character attributes or parts of their names. Amethyst Ocean, (Sam and Danny, uses their eye colors as a defining feature) Grey Ghost
(utilizes Valerie's last name and Danny being half ghost)
Some of them just try to work of off perceived personality traits and sorta fail miserably but we've been using them for so long there's no point in changing them? Like. Savant par, (Tucker x Danny) and swagger bushie (Danny x dash)
But this master list someone made is so old and we've been using it for so long that it's ingrained in the fandom. I have noticed that newer ships are following the names and traits combo more consistently tho, like Dark Ages (Pariah dark x Clockwork, utilizes prior surname and references clockworks powers)
Idk. Its just. Very interesting how these things develop. I'm sure someone who actually knows jack shit about linguistics would have more fun breaking this shit down but. Yeah.
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