Slash Fic

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

Dean: There's Sam Girls and Dean Girls and... What's a slash fan?
Sam: As in Sam slash Dean. Together.
Dean: Like together, together? They do know we're brothers, right?
Sam: Doesn't seem to matter.
Dean: Oh, come on, that... that's just sick!

The other reason you should use protection when reading Fanfic (see Fan Wank).

The most common definition has Slash as a Fanfic that pairs two (or more) characters of the same sex (a manifestation of Fan Yay).

There are a few other definitions around:

  • Originally, the term "Slash" was more specific, referring only to sexually explicit homoerotic Fanfic (even more specifically, to male homosexual experiences). For some, to qualify as "Slash", a work must still be sexually explicit.
  • Some people think that fanfics about characters who are gay (or bi) and already paired with each others in the Canon do not count as Slash, that only uncanonical homosexual pairings qualify.
  • More rarely, it is used to mean fics about any pairing that is not found in canon, be they heterosexual or homosexual.
  • Sometimes fans use the word slash when they write fanfics with romantic or sexual content about two characters that are related.

Bottom line: Slash fic is about romantic entanglements among the characters.

The term "Femslash", "Femmeslash" or "Saffic" are often used for lesbian pairings specifically.

Traditionally, the more lopsided the male-to-female ratio, the easier it is to have slash pairings rather than straight pairings. One example is the game Team Fortress 2 with eighteen male characters (Maybe sixteen. Jury's still out on the Pyro) and one female voice who's about sixty years old and is also a chainsmoker. It's basically slash, or gender-bending. Another is Transformers, which consists almost entirely of 200+ male robots and about 3 female ones.

Slash is generally also used to pair up Heterosexual Life Partners. Of course, some canonical works, especially Boys Love and those with a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, invite such reading by playing the ambiguity for all its worth. It's also common to (sexually) pair characters who are nemeses in the source material, in Fanfic's own version of Slap Slap Kiss, Foe Yay and The Masochism Tango. Some Slash Fics are so low in erotic and romantic content that although they focuses on the relationship between two same-sex characters, it's not obvious if they're slash or not; they're closer to Ho Yay themselves. Such fics are often called PreSlash or slash if-you-squint.

If the author has much exposure to the Japanese Boys Love at all, expect characters to be noticeably shoehorned into dominant Seme and submissive Uke roles.

Most Slash Fic authors have historically been women. This could stem from the fact that the traditional Slash subjects are overwhelmingly male-dominated: if you want to write Fanfic in the style of a romance novel, and you don't want to use a ditzy Green-Skinned Space Babe, you're pretty much going to have to pair two men, or invent a Mary Sue Original Character. Then again, some slashers say that they just find two men together to be hot, just like how men like watching lesbian porn.

The origin of the term predates the World Wide Web, going back to 1960s fanfic writers, specifically those interested in Star Trek, who wrote "Kirk/Spock" fiction, pronounced "Kirk Slash Spock". In some communities, the ordering of the names is used to indicate a power relationship.

See also Lemon and its tamer relative Lime, Porn Without Plot, Everyone Is Gay, Yaoi Guys, Yaoi Fangirl and Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls. See IKEA Erotica for what tends to happen when the girls in question are unfamiliar with having sex. Not to be confused with fics about the guitarist from Guns 'n' Roses (Although there could be some overlap. Axl/Slash probably has a fandom). Also, Slash Fic has absolutely nothing to do with Slasher Movies; if you are looking for that kind of Fanfic then you should probably check out Dark Fic.

Incidentally, in Great Britain, "taking a slash" is a slightly coarse way of describing urination, so the innocent Brit who's never heard of the concept is likely to be even more squicked at the term...

Examples of Slash Fic include:

Anime and Manga

  • Ranma ½ is unique in that since the title character has two forms - one of each gender - poor Ranma has been cast in Slash Fics with almost every single cast member. Including his official heterosexual love interest. And him/herself.
  • D.Gray-man: Allen has been paired with just about every other guy in the series. Especially with Lavi and Kanda.
  • Simon/Viral. Both pre- and post-Time Skip. Oh God no.
    • There's plenty of Simon/Kamina too.
    • Also Simon/Boota, which is either this or bestiality depending on if he's in his human form or not.
  • Naruto and Sasuke share a Canon kiss on screen, however, it wasn't voluntary (which fangirls refuse to believe) and they were both gagging in disgust afterwards. Kishimoto has came on the record it was a joke scene, saying 'never have rivals kissed before'. Sasu/Naru is practically the Official Couple for a few people, mostly fangirls. Not to mention all of the other various slash pairings.
    • Which is, by the way, incorrect in a way. While this was in a dream sequence (it's a long story), rivals Kuwabara and Yuusuke from Yu Yu Hakusho kissed in an early episode.
    • Don't forget that Itachi/Sasuke and Neji/Hinata are really popular, in spite of the fact that Itachi and Sasuke are brothers and Neji and Hinata are half-siblings...
    • Believe it or not, Gaara/Lee is a pretty popular pairing. It's been made famous by Maldoror_gw's Diplomatic Relations. [1]
    • Another is Kakashi/Iruka, despite the fact that the two have barely met.
    • During Naruto's Spiral Shuriken training, Kakashi makes a joke about how he admires Naruto, and Naruto interprets it as a come on. Kakashi/Naruto fanfic tripled overnight.
  • Practically the entire realm of Death Note fanfic/art centres around this trope. With the whole L and Light being chained to each other for months, they were practically begging for it.
    • Not to mention that L's heavy surveillance of Light can also be interpreted as a case of Stalker With a Crush.
    • This comic by CantateDomino24 sums up DN fandom quite nicely...
    • But remember when L and Misa first met? He was looking at her.
      • The fact that Misa, Light's girlfriend, does not have much of a personality outside of her love for Light also contributes. Light also makes it pretty clear to Ryuk that he has absolutely no romantic interest in her.
  • Durarara!! slash fics are almost always any form of Shizuo/Izaya and their alternate fanmade personas.
    • It doesn't help either that Narita wrote slash of the two even though it was meant to be an April Fool's joke.
  • Pick any CLAMP series. Pick two characters. They have been Slashed. Current popular flavours are Kurogane and Fai of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Doumeki and Watanuki of Xxx HO Li C, and the never-ending shipping of Yukito and Touya of Cardcaptor Sakura fame.
    • To say nothing of the number of Suzaku/Lelouch Slash Fic's out there. And Lelouch/Rolo is not uncommon.
  • At the rate Bishonen characters in Katekyo Hitman Reborn is increasing, fanfic writers will soon run out of numbers and alphabet to denote the number of possible pairings availiable.
    • And most of them will involve Tsuna. Typically as the Uke.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion is almost plagued with Kaworu/Shinji fics, though the shower room scene definitely has slashy overtones and the dating sim tie-in game had this option.
    • The Kaoru/Shinji Ho Yay gets even more intense with each iteration: In the manga, there are two Does This Remind You of Anything? moments, one of which is in the shower. To give you an idea, in both moments, their penises are just inches away from each other, thus averting the Seme/Uke roles.
      • Doesn't help that even in the original Canon, the fallout from the broken relationship of those two was one of the last nails in the Coffin to Shinji's Psyche and the subsequent End of the World. Of course, the one that dealt the actual killing blow was Asuka...
    • Gendo Ikari/Kozo Fuyutsuki fic, which is a "What subtext? Where?" pairing, since both guys were involved with Yui on some level (Gendo was married to her and destroyed the world to get her back; Fuyutsuki was her mentor and carried a torch for her for over fifteen years).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist fandom is full of this. Mostly Roy/Ed. And Envy/Ed.
  • Sailor Moon is known for its fandom putting together any two female characters, even though the series has two canon lesbians already.
    • And by Stars, four, if you count Lead Crow and Aluminum Siren.
  • Pick any combination of characters to have ever appeared in Pokémon. There is slash of them. Ash/Gary seems to be especially popular.
    • As far as Foe Yay goes, Ash/Paul is pretty popular. Things like Roark asking who Ash was thinking about when they battled didn't help.
    • Not to mention all the slash written between trainers and their Pokemon.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!. There's Kaiba/Joey, Yami Yugi/Yugi, Yugi/Bakura, Yami Bakura/Bakura, Tristan/Duke, Yami Marik/Marik, Yami Bakura/Marik, Yugi/Kaiba and many, many, many more. Really, name just about any two characters on the show, no matter how minor, and you can find them together somewhere in the dark void that is the internet.
  • In Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei, there is a Slash Machine. Like so.
  • Hellsing. Fangirls and fanboys alike love pairing anyone from that show. From Integra/Seras to Alucard/Walter. Alucard/Anderson is pretty common, as well. And don't get me started on Millenium, which is dominated by Captain/Schroedinger and Zorin/Rip.
    • Especially Alucard/Young!Walter, since in Hellsing The Dawn, Walter is a teen Bishounen and Alucard takes the form of a young, cute girl.
  • Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, a Dating Sim-originated Cast Full of Pretty Boys where this was completely unavoidable. That is, it involves eight guys who are already paired up with each other due to the way their powers work. The Genbu pair (Eisen/Yasuaki) seems to be one of the most popular choices;[1] the Byakko pair (Takamichi/Tomomasa) also pops up often in fanfics.[2] And you can always make an original pairing if you want to (speaking of which, Tomomasa/Yasuaki fanfics definitely do exist out there...). Or, if you don't think that Het Is Ew, just pair the main girl with you favourite guy.
    • The same, of course, applies to the sequels, which have different characters but with the same... eh, bonds.[3]
  • Gundam Wing fanfics is generally this. Heero/Duo and Trowa/Quatre seem to be the most popular,[4] but there are also a lot of works where the whole crew was having sex one after the other. Poor, poor Relena... in most of these fics she's either abandoned or dead.
    • Wufei/Duo, Treiz/Wufei, Zechs/Wufei, and Treiz/Zechs/Wufei are all really popular too. In fact, the fandom seems to assume that being gay for one another is a prerequisite for being a Gundam Pilot.
    • For the girls you get Relena/Dorothy, Relena/Hilde, Relena/Noine, and Sally/Une. That last one is mostly set in Endless Waltz/Preventers.
  • I'm relatively certain that every male character in Prince of Tennis has been slashed with every other male character in Prince of Tennis and half of the girls. It is, in fact, nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find a Prince of Tennis fanfic that involves romance and isn't either slash or very blatant Relationship Sue. Or both. The fact that there are a minimum of three Launchers of a Thousand Ships in the series and the vast majority of the cast is Bishonen doesn't help.
  • Ouran High School Host Club, the show that practically has the characters pre-paired for your convenience [5] naturally has quite a bit of this, and most of it is of the couple nearly every female in the show ships already (the twins). However, other pairings are out there (Kyouya/Kaoru seems to be popular for whatever reason).
    • It's not just the guys. There is some oh-wait-you're-a-girl yuri between Haruhi and Renge. And some where Renge never finds out, for that matter.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia. You can pair up just about any two characters in this series and have it make sense historically.
  • Poor Death the Kid. If you were to look through a majority of the lists of the Yaoi Fangirls of Soul Eater, you would find that Kid has been paired up with almost every male in the series (This includes his father).
  • VERY common in the Lucky Star fandom. Just ask the Konata/Kagami and Yutaka/Minami fans. Maybe it's the inevitable Les Yay.
  • Bleach is a well known target for Slash Fic as around 80% of all fanfics listed on the internet is about either two members of the male cast, or about two members of the female cast. The main character Ichigo Kurosaki is easily paired with more or less all of the male cast, although there are favorites. In addition to many other pairings that are quite typical.
    • Ichigo/Grimmjow seems to be a typical pairing of the fanon, given the duo's similiar personalities and of course the fact that Grimmjow is pretty much Ichigo's Evil Counterpart. Which only seems to intensify this pairings popularity. There is also a good deal of innuendo in the actual Bleach storyline which serves to only add fire to the fuel.
    • Ichigo/Renji orignated shortly after the infamous "take it off" scene shortly before the Bount Arc and has only intensified over the course of the anime, as fillers, sentences and even official artwork which did nothing to stop the fangirls or fanboys.
    • Other pairings include Renji/Byakuya, Grimmjow/Ulquiorra, etc.

Comic Books

  • X-Men. Ohsoverymuch. Wolverine, Gambit, and Iceman are far and away the three biggest sluts on the team, if the fics are to be believed. But you could probably play the Heroes dartboard game with any of guys on the team. Even the villains get to ride quite a bit, namely the "sexier" ones like Sabretooth and Magneto, though I'm sure Apocalypse joined the party at least once.
    • Nightcrawler also has his share of fangirls, and as such does end up in a lot of pairing fanfiction. The most common slash fics he ends up in tend to be with Wolverine, since they are often portrayed as best friends.
  • Captain America (comics)/Iron Man. Which has a community on lj and an archive called Tales of Suspense.
  • Batman/Superman has its fandom. Possibly influenced by the DC title Superman/Batman, which "explores the camaraderie, antagonism, and friendship between its eponymous characters," to quote The Other Wiki. Preceded by The Batman/Superman Hour in 1968, which merely aired episodes of either show back-to-back.
    • There are also their "sons" Tim Drake/ Kon-El.
  • Birds of Prey produces a lot of femslash - mostly of the Canary/Oracle variety, though the TV show had a huge Huntress/Oracle following due to the very different relationship dynamics that spills over into the comics fandom as well.
  • The Batman/Gotham City universe is a virtual hotbed of slashy relationships. Batman and Joker finally consummate their true feelings for one another. Dick Grayson/Bruce Wayne or Dick Grayson/random male villain. Jason Todd/Bruce Wayne before he died and resurrection. Dick Grayson/ An aged up Damian Wayne. Colin Wilkes/Damian Wayne. Joker often has his way with Harvey Dent. Dr Crane and Bruce Wayne make a startlingly hot pairing, but Crane is also often paired with blink-and-you'll-miss-him Dark Knight character Thomas Schiff. And Bruce Wayne/Commissioner Gordon already has its own lj community.
  • Booster Gold/Blue Beetle has a quiet, friendly, prolific, extremely committed fanbase, with the obligatory LJ community, sprawling AUs, and widely-known handle of Boostle.
  • Cable/Deadpool. They do have the LJ community.
  • Nite Owl/Rorschach is the most popular pairing in Watchmen fandom, despite one being overweight and suffering from ED, and the other being ugly and sexually repressed. Oh, fandom.
  • In-universe example: the main character of Empowered is a slash writer and reader, and there's a thriving Yaoi doujinshi scene slashing her male teammates.
  • Doctor Doom and Reed Richards have a lot of fandom speculation, although pretty much all their slashfic is either tragic stuff that posits that Reed and Doom were more than just classmates in college before the accident that turned them into arch enemies, or disturbing rapefics revolving around Doom', really, really obsessive hatred of Reed. Or both.
  • spider-man/human torch have their own LiveJournal community.


  • Obi-Wan Kenobi/Darth Maul was inexplicably popular right after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released, because chopping in half the guy who's just killed your friend and mentor is a perfectly healthy basis for a relationship.
    • The main slash pairings for the prequels are still Obi-Wan Kenobi/Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker. Anakin/Palpatine has its fans too.
    • It continues into the OT with Luke/Han and Luke/Wedge. In the Expanded Universe: Corran and Wedge. Corran and Luke. Corran and Kyp Luke and Kyp. Any combination of the guys Jaina has dated. Expect their wives to be Yaoi Fangirls in any Star Wars slash, a clear example of Author Appeal. On the yuri side of things, Mara/Mirax is surprisingly popular, as is Exile/Traya.
  • Surprisingly enough, Madagascar has its own fair share of slash fans. The pair? Alex, the lion/Marty, the zebra. Note that Alex actually bites Marty's butt, but that's a natural instinct. Lions eat zebras, after all.
  • Post-Casino Royale, there is a lot of James Bond/Le Chiffre out there, and about as much Bond/Villiers (say it with me now... Mannypenny.) Not as much as, say, Harry Potter or something, but probably more than your average Bond film. Maybe it's the knotted rope scene. Wince.
  • As the Ice Age series continues to grow, so does the fandom around Diego/Sid.
    • Also people like to pair up the two Deadpan Snarkers of the series, Manny and Diego.
    • With the third movie, apparently Diego/Buck (?) has been winning itself some fans. Diego's apparently the LOATS for this series.
    • On the subject of Buck, Buck/Rudy is a paring that has been slowly but surely appearing.
  • Since the new Sherlock Holmes movie, there's been movie version Holmes/Watson slash. That existed due to the literature already, but adding Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law to the mix couldn't have hurt.
  • Inglourious Basterds fic mainly consists of Slash Fic and Mary Sue fic with a bit of het thrown in occasionally. The Basterds get slashed in every combination possible (for instance, Aldo/Donny, Aldo/Utivich, Donny/Utivich, Utivich/Wicki, Utivich/Omar, Donny/Omar, Donny/Stiglitz, Aldo/Stiglitz, Stiglitz/Wicki, Stiglitz/Hicox, and the list goes on and on and on...).
    • One of the more disconcerting examples involves Landa raping Utivich and Aldo.
      • On the other hand, there's a fic where Utivich and Aldo have sex in the forest after the end while Landa is tied to a tree and Forced to Watch.
    • In an amusing twist, the actors and Tarantino found out about the slash fic. Rather than getting mad, however, they took it in stride. Eli Roth's only objection was that "there's no fuckin' way Donny's a catcher!" And he has a point.
  • Hot Fuzz. Considering that the writers and actors acknowledged the Ho Yay themselves (including fake makeouts in the bloopers!), and that some of Danny's lines in the movie were originally written for a love interest for Nicholas, who was then cut - but the lines stayed the same - it's not surprising that the fandom, though small, pretty much universally ships Nicholas/Danny. And then there was that time the writers gave it their Word of God approval, and actually called the movie itself "Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction."
  • Arthur/Eames is one of the more popular pairings in the Inception fandom. Then again, Arthur gets paired with everyone. There's also Arthur/Cobb and even some Mal/Ariadne.
  • The Social Network has Mark/Eduardo.
    • Chris/Dustin and Tyler/Cameron are also pretty popular.
  • Ryan/Chad is pretty popular in the High School Musical fandom, mostly due to the sexy musical baseball scene in the second movie, which included lyrics such as, "I'll show you how I swing" from Chad. After the game we see them eating hotdogs with each other. To top it all off, they have switched clothes.
  • After X-Men First Class got released, the entire internet exploded with Magneto/Professor X fics. It doesn't help that the actors, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, got on board as well and teased about it in interviews.


  • Being possibly one of the most slashed and most talked about duo of all time, Sherlock Holmes and dear Dr. Watson.
    • Fuel is added to this fire by Watson referring to Sherlock Holmes as a 'confirmed bachelor', which became shortly, was it not already, a euphemism. Odds are Watson - I mean, Conan Doyle - wasn't aware of the connotations the phrase had.
    • Especially baffling because any true student of Conan Doyle knows the real Unresolved Sexual Tension is between Watson and Lestrade.
      • Can you say "love triangle"?
  • The most popular Harry Potter slash pairings are Harry/Draco Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Sirius Black (puppy love, slashers often call themselves puppyshippers, thus confusing members of an entirely different fandom), Snape/Harry (talk about Slap Slap Kiss) and Snape/Remus Lupin. The Squickiest ones are such as Harry/Voldemort, James/Harry, Draco/Lucius Malfoy, the infamous Fred/George "twincest", Dumbledore/Harry...
    • There is a Harry/Sirius/James Potter's Rotten Corpse pairing.
    • The most infamous is "Rubber Duck", a Snape/Giant Squid fic.
      • You think that's bad? "Whomped" is a Draco/Whomping Willow fic! That tree wasn't having seizures...
      • And I'd certainly avoid googling the term "Dobby stretches, sir" if you are easily sickened - the Dobby/Hagrid pairing is worse than it sounds.
    • Luna/Ginny is—or was—probably the most popular Les Yay ship (it was only popular for a short time, as book six made it clear that Ginny would end up with Harry).
    • Nowadays Ginny/Hermione is very popular, particularly with both Ginny and Hermione realizing that their boyfriends at the end of book 7 are not adequate and choosing to leave Harry and Ron for each other.
    • Also ever popular is Bellatrix/Narcissa or either or both of the two with Andromeda, sometimes even "punishing her" for becoming a blood traitor.
      • Lily seems to be shipped with some female characters such as Alice, Bellatrix, Narcissa, and even Ginny.
    • It should be noted that several fic writers slash Harry with Tom Riddle Jr., separating him as a character from Voldemort.
  • About 90% of Vetinari fics involve him getting with Drumknott or Vimes.
  • Frodo/Sam in The Lord of the Rings. Some will argue the overtones were there in the novels, though the movies certainly didn't help.
    • Even the Nostalgia Critic ships FrodoxSam! Or at least agrees with it. Somewhat. Probably for the sake of comedy. (Watch his Harry Potter Book Seven Release video. He asks "Gandalf" about it.)
      • From the point of view of a person that lived in the 50s, Frodo and Sam were just really, really good friends (and even in those times, there were probably people who found their relationship slightly ambiguous).
    • Same goes for Aragorn/Legolas, or Gimli/Legolas. And to a lesser degree, every combination of male characters.
      • Same goes for The Silmarillion, with its overwhelmingly male cast of characters.
    • Oh, there are definite overtones for Gimli/Legolas in the novel. Such as when Gimli insisted on taking Legolas on a date to the most gorgeous crystal-filled caverns he'd ever seen once the war was over.I can't believe im doing this but, don't forget that Gimli decides to spend the rest of his life in the Deathless Lands, being the first dwarf to do so because he became real "friendly" with Legolas, and now gets to spend the rest of his existence with him.
  • Lord of the Flies: Honestly, it was bound to happen. Jack/Ralph is the most popular pair among fans.
  • Aziraphale/Crowley of Good Omens. Hardly surprising, considering the canon Ho Yay and the "forbidden love" appeal of an angel and demon loving each other. More surprisingly, fandom portrayal seems to be evenly split between subtle UST that toes the gen/slash line and full-blown slash.
    • The early stage of GO fandom (before 2005) apparently contained less smut than new Yaoi Fangirls expected, to the point that some complained (though it may have been because they anticipated Harry Potter-esque amounts of slash in a fandom that's just a blip on the radar compared to that one). It wasn't until the GO Exchange and Switchythings LiveJournal communities were created that the porn reached "acceptable" levels.
  • Narnia, for want of 'human' companions for its main characters, tends to have a decent bit of this in the fanfic sections. Tends to be incest as well, which doesn't really seem a whole lot better than bestiality with perfectly decent, talking animals, but there we go.
    • Contributors to this include even Neal freaking Gaiman. Don't believe me? Check out The Problem with Susan, from the Fragile Things anthology, if you dare - but be warned, as it goes there. As in the there mentioned above. And I'm not talking about the incest.
    • While on the Chronicles of Narnia subject, some common, popular ships are Peter/Susan, Edmund/Lucy and Peter/Edmund. Yeah, and the book is Christian.
    • No love for Peter/Caspian?
    • Edmund/Caspian: for the thinking slash fan.
    • This troper notes surprised that Edmund/Lucy is probably one of the most popular pairs, apart from the official Susan/Caspian, especially since the third movie appeared. Most fans blame it on the actors, that look really good together, after they hit their growth spurts. You can see some pictures here.
  • Even though it has a smaller following then most pairings, Arthur/Ford is surprisingly popular within the fandom(And some of it's not that bad).
  • Twilight has the infamous Edward/Jacob, the incestous(or not) Edward/Jasper and the almost canon Edward/Carlisle (Carlisle chose Edward as his first companion). It doesn't matter the fact that Edward is a vampire, Jacob is a werewolf and that they cannot even stand each other's smell. And that they hate each other's guts, because they are both obsessed with Mary Sue Bella.
    • Don't forget Bella/Alice on the femslash side. There is also the moment in Eclipse when Leah tells Jacob she dreams about kissing Bella, which has sparked quite a bit of femslash.
  • British boarding school stories, from the late 19th to the mid 20th Centuries. Multiple authors, boys' and girls' schools, but noticeably Horace Vachell ("The Hill"), E.F. Benson ("David Blaize"), and Angela Brazil, featured relationships which either bordered on, or crossed over into, physical affection between (or unrequited physical longing for) same-sex friends. Put whatever interpretation you want on them, but at least one of Benson's characters thought himself a monster who ought to be shot for his feelings towards a younger boy (the book was written at the time of the First World War, so this attitude is unremarkable for the time).
    • And then there's all the femmeslash based around Enid Blyton's universe (particularly Malory Towers, however the Famous Five have George/Anne but mostly seem to be Julian/Anne het) (although you are advised to avoid the George/Timmy and Chinky/Wishing Chair).
  • Wicked Lovely fandom has a bit of it, most commonly of Niall and Irial. Otherwise known as Nirial. Mind you, that technically at least used to be Canon.
    • Other ships, such as Niall/Seth, Keenan/Seth, Keenan/Niall, Donia/Seth, and Donia/Aislinn definitely aren't however.
  • Havemercy lends itself particularly well to slash fiction, considering that the number of female characters with names and personalities can be counted on one hand. Royston/Hal is canon, of course, and Rook/Thom may be the most popular, but there are plenty of others. A good picture of what I mean can be found on the LJ fan comm.
  • Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe books have quite a few of these, especially for those who frequent the forum Goldenlake. A particularly popular one which has evolved into something of a fandom joke is The Contes And Their Squires. Due to their fanfiction drives - most notably their multi-month SMACKDOWN competition - many slash pairings have become more and more popular in the wider fandom.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has a few popular slash pairings, like the canonical Renly/Loras or more subtextual pairings like Theon/Robb, Robb/Jon, or Stannis/Davos. A Dance With Dragons has also opened the floodgates for Jon Connington/Rhaegar Targaryen. Margaery/Sansa is fairly popular on the lady front.

Live-Action TV

  • The "classic" - some might say definitive—Slash pairing is Kirk/Spock (from Star Trek: The Original Series). It has been suggested that the term "slash" came from the slash (the "/") between Kirk and Spock. According to The Other Wiki, there was a time in the '70s when the terms "slash" and "K/S" were used interchangeably.
    • So would their Portmanteau Couple Name be "Spirk" or...
      • There are some that call it "Spork".
      • Shouldn't it be Jock? None of the real-life portmanteaus use one person's surname.
    • Star Trek was the first fandom to write stories detailing an explicitly romantic relationship between two same-sex characters. (As The Ship's Closet points out, the fact that slash emerged during such a homophobic era is quite telling and points to a tremendous amount of subtext. Of course, when you consider that Gene Roddenberry himself invented the Vulcan word t'hy'la, meaning "friend/brother/lover", it becomes less about Subtext and more about Getting Crap Past the Radar.)
      • TV Guide's September 15, 1967 summarization of the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" with the double-entendre "Mr. Spock succumbs to a powerful mating urge and nearly kills Captain Kirk." may very well have been the original inspiration for this entire, particular, fanfic genre.
    • There's also McCoy/Spock, probably the second most popular slash pairing in the Star Trek: The Original Series fandom.
    • Another highly popular Slash pairing is Garak/Bashir, from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This could be because the the actors and writers played up the Ho Yay possibilities, and at least one of the actors is on record as having asked that the relationship be shown in canon, in 1995.
    • Star Trek: Voyager was fertile ground for this given Captain Janeway's touch-feely body language. - It was said that Janeway only had to give her famous Gooey Look in the vague direction of a bulkhead and there'd be a dozen Janeway/Bulkhead fanfics the next day.
      • Coupled with the failure of the Powers That Be to join her up with anybody (despite them all being trapped alone in the Delta Quadrant for six years) when they finally did hook up the captain ... it wasn't with a crewmember, but with a hologram. ... Very unsatisfying.
      • Then a blatant Ms. Fanservice joins the crew in the shapely shape of Seven of Nine, whose ongoing mother/daughter relationship was open to interpretation by lesbian fans...
      • Some of them, such as this J/7 shipper (which is also a crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer) make the idea work.
      • C'mon, if you can't see the love in Admiral Janeway's eyes at "Endgame" when she sees Seven, you must be blind. Also, it only takes Seven's name mention to crack the 'self-righteousnes' of the Captain. To the hell with the Temporal Prime Directive!
  • Babylon 5 has one, too. Since the show had Subtext between Ivanova and Talia, they would be the most obvious pairing.
  • Farscape also has a sizable slash fandom. One of the biggest pairings was John/D'argo, which actually got a Shout-Out during a body-switching episode (I think D'Argo's body was inhabited by Chiana at the time, I don't know who was in John's body). Other pairings included: Zhaan/Chiana, Aeryn/Other Female; even John/Crais for the Foe Yay fan. Also, stories where D'Argo actually went off with Staanz (The Zenetan Pirate, not the Ghostbusters guy).
  • Stargate SG-1 fanfic has lots: Sam/Janet, Jack/Daniel, Sam/Vala, Jack/Teal'c, Teal'c/Daniel, Hammond/Jack, Hammond/Daniel, Hammond/Teal'c, even Hammond/Thor, Daniel/Entire-Village-Full-Of-Funny-Looking-Mute-Mushroom-Men, Big-Ugly-Alien-Bug/Jack, and many more - some even too ludicrous to mention - believe it or not.
    • Stargate Atlantis has a lot too: McKay/Sheppard is predominant, but there's plenty of Ronon/Sheppard, McKay/Zelenka, Teyla/Weir, and the list goes on. The show has not been shy about providing plenty of slashfic fodder.
  • Disney Channel's shows have slash fans. Surprisingly(or not), on, the most popular Hannah Montana pairing is Miley Stewart/ Lily Truscott (not count the falsely categorizing Nick/Miley stories). Same for Wizards of Waverly Place, whose most popular couple is Justin Russo/Alex Russo.
  • Blake/Avon, from Blakes Seven.
    • Also Avon/Blake, Avon/Vila, Avon/Tarrant—always Avon. (And B7 has some darn good slash writers.)
  • Clark Kent/Lex Luthor, in the teenage Superman series Smallville.
  • The Doctor/The Master. This is almost explicit with the newest version. See also: The Doctor / Any Male Companion (especially Adric, trust me), with Captain Jack and Jamie being the favourites. The fact that the Doctor has had more female than male companions, however, means that the slashers have to take what they can get here
    • At this point, if you judge by fanfic, Jack's done with the Doctor and is now banging anyone in any crossover that he can.
    • Romana / Leela has also become popular due to the Gallifrey audio dramas.
  • House/Wilson slash is easily one of the most popular pairings for House MD fanfic. While the subtext in the show is often for humourous effect and frequently Lampshaded, it might be intentional, too: Katie Jacobs, executive producer, once stated that there are equal chances of House ending up with Cuddy, Cameron, or Wilson.
  • Here's a game to try at home. Print out the names of all of the male characters, no matter how obscure, from Heroes, put them all on the wall and throw two darts at it. Using this method, try to find a pair somebody doesn't ship.
  • Mal/Jayne of Firefly seem to catch an inordinate amount of attention; probably has something to do with all that power struggle going on for control of the ship.
  • Jon/Stephen on The Daily Show. The amount of deliberate Ho Yay in the source material has not lessened the number of fics on this pairing, but it has encouraged fics on just about every other pairing possible.
  • Sam/Gene on Life on Mars. The amount of slash fiction on this pairing is unbelievable with there being more than 1000 slash fics on this pairing alone on the "lifein1973" livejournal page, no doubt stemming up from the close physical contact Sam and Gene constantly display on the show. Chris/Ray is also a popular pairing.
  • Just to further prove that there's porn of EVERYTHING somewhere on the net, there is apparently Slash Fiction of British improvisation Panel Show Mock the Week involving Frankie Boyle and Hugh Dennis. Boyle brings it up on the show as well as giving a quick description of Slash Fiction in general.

Frankie: Hugh has to be careful because this week I've discovered - I don't know if you know what slash fiction is? But it's basically gay fiction on the internet where they have people like, you know, Captain Kirk and Spock shagging each other. And there's one of me and Hugh.
Hugh: * Celebrates*
Frankie: I don't know why you're doing that, Hugh, because you're the receiver.
Hugh: I'm just trying to make it easier for you.
Frankie: And the most offensive part of it is when they describe my pubes as being ginger.

    • Must say it begs the question of how he managed to find out about this...
  • Speaking of improv shows, there is Ryan/Colin slashfic from the American Whose Line Is It Anyway. Might I mention that they are both married, and not to each other? Though, the Ho Yay certainly doesn't help...
  • Slash writers of The X-Files fan fiction like various combos of Mulder, Skinner, and Krycek (including throwing all three together, with Doggett occasionally getting shuffled into the mix somewhere). There's also a not-insignificant amount of Scully/Reyes, and even some slashing of the Lone Gunmen in various combinations.
  • Gilmore Girls: Rory/Paris.
  • Merlin. The Arthur/Merlin slashers here make up something like 85% of the show's overall fanbase, and in fairness, it's not as if they haven't been provided with fertile soil on which to build. Unconvinced? Start out at the "sleeptalking" scene in The Poisoned Chalice, add the touchy-feely Serious Emotional Business bit when they sleep next to each other in Moment of Truth, plus the armor-fastening scene from the same episode, take a right at the almost-hug in Beauty and the Beast - Part 2, a left at the random noogie in The Lady of the Lake, drive straight down the middle of every scene they have together in The Last Dragonlord and you're there...
    • The episode Lancelot is so slashy that even the TV Guide summaries pointed it out. Lancelot/Merlin and /Lancelot/Arthur are fairly popular pairings. There's also Gaius/Uther, Merlin/Will, Merlin/Edwin, and, on the female side of things, Gwen/Morgana and Morgana/Morgause.
      • This troper first saw an ad for it in Sugar magazine and their summary of the show was a bromance between Merlin and Arthur.
    • And more recently, Merlin/Gwaine.
  • The eponymous Captain Scarlet was paired up so often (and so badly) with his partner Blue that the webmaster of the leading CS website put a ban on slashfics.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic has plenty of slash, but has the added complication of a canonical lesbian couple (Willow/Tara). Other popular pairings include Willow/Buffy (based on the characters being extremely close), Buffy/Faith (based on the Slayer bond and significant subtext in season 3), and Spike/Angel (based on both actors being extremely hot).
    • Spike/Angel happened at least once. As Whedon put it, they were horny vampires who happened to be around each other a lot. These things happen. ("They're open-minded guys!")
    • Over on Angel we continue with the Spike/Angel subtext, add a dash of Wes/Gunn, and a whole heap of Angel/Lindsey. Why is Christian Kane always slashed?
    • Spike/Xander is very popular. There is also a small following for Angel/Xander, Oz/Xander, and Lance/Xander. The writers deliberately put in Ho Yay for Spike and Xander, though, and Joss originally wasn't sure if he would make Xander or Willow gay.
    • Really, Spike/anyone male, or Angelus/anyone male.
  • There is Scrubs slashfic out there too. JD/Cox is the most common pairing. And the most mentally scarring.
    • I guess JD/Turk would be too easy. It seems like the show wants fans to make slash fic about them. They take their bromance very seriously.
      • There's surprisingly few slash fics for those two, actually. Turk and Carla rarely get split up.
    • The show has also given enough material for JD/Janitor and JD/Keith. Both Slap Slap Kiss.
    • Cox/Ben, anyone?
    • The Todd is in several as well, ranging from with JD to even Doug.
  • Jeeves and Wooster has the obvious but indomitable Bertie/Jeeves, an extremely rare breed of pairing because of the actors who play them. Let's just say that Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are very okay with shipping themselves...
    • For some odd reason, in the result-of-quarreling absence of Jeeves, Bertie is often slashed (and threesomed with Jeeves in some fics) with his Long Island poet friend Rocky Todd, who only makes two appearances, instead of his much-recurring friend Bingo Little.
  • Bodie and Doyle from The Professionals—two handsome, athletic men running around in tight jeans, with a Girl of the Week attitude towards women as opposed to their intimate friendship forged in's been a slash favourite for years.
  • One of the executive producers of Leverage, when asked if it bothered him that more people wrote Eliot/Parker than Hardison/Parker (one of the show's canon pairings) he started his response by saying something along the lines of: "Lets be honest, more people are writing Nate/Eliot."
  • As seen in the quote at the top of the page, Supernatural has so much slash, apparently, that it has even managed to creep into the universe in which the story takes place (thanks to a Prophet who wrote books about Sam and Dean without knowing they actually existed). The opener for season five even involved a slash fangirl as a minor character in the form of Becky, webmistress of
    • Examples are: Sam/Dean, Dean/Castiel, Sam/Gabriel, Castiel/Gabriel, Lucifer/Michael, Lucifer/Sam, Lucifer/Castiel, John/Bobby, Crowley/Bobby... Pick two random characters of the same sex and, chances are there's fic for it.
  • Tony Dinozzo seems to get this alot- he gets paired up with Gibbs or McGee or Palmer almost as much as his canon (and fanon) Het pairings.
    • There are also fics pairing Ziva with Abby and, in alternate universe fics, Kaitlin Todd, someone Ziva never even met.
    • Gibbs/Ducky is also a popular pairing.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation has several popular slash fic pairings.
    • Peter/Riley became popular after Riley kissed Peter. Many fans insist that Peter is bisexual and truly wants to be with Riley.
    • Spinner/Marco, Spinner/Jay, and Sean/Jay has always been popular.
    • Ashley/Ellie, Alex/Ellie, Manny/Darcy, Manny/Paige, and to a lesser extent Ellie/Paige have been popular for a long time especially since Ellie's Fan Service kiss with Paige.
    • Holly J/Jane has had a following for quite some time.
    • Fiona/Holly J started to get some fans during season 9 and exploded in popularity with the beginning of season 10.
  • Criminal Minds has Morgan/Reid.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo, aka the other K/S.
    • Star Trek fanficcers sometimes pair up Shatner's and Nimoy's characters from The Project Strigas Affair, the episode they were both in, even though the characters barely meet.
  • Starsky and Hutch has reams pairing up the title characters. Not surprising, especially with all the touching, hugging, and gazing into each other's eyes on the show.
  • Perplexingly popular in Power Rangers. Less perplexing when you remember that it's pretty much tradition to have varying amounts of Ho Yay between the Red Ranger and the Sixth Ranger, particularly in Power Rangers in Space and Power Rangers Time Force.
    • A lot of the slash is split between two couples: Jason and Tommy and Bridge and Sky. David Yost, who played Billy, coming out of the closet has added to the slash fuel.
    • For girls, one of the most popular pairings is Ashley/Karone. This can be fueled by the fact that Ashley seems to be very touchy around Karone.
  • The Sentinel overwhelmingly pairs Jim/Blair with daubs of Jim/Simon and Blair/Simon and cases of Jim/Blair/Simon. Richard Burgi (Jim) and Garett Maggart (Blair) sometimes played up the Jim/Blair in out takes, notably in the campfire kiss tape.
  • Due South has Fraser/Ray V and Fraser/Ray K; sometimes Fraser/Ray/Ray or Ray/Ray. Fem Slash sometimes veers into Maggie MacKenzie/Margaret Thatcher.
  • If you skim quickly over a selection of SVU fic, two things will become clear. First, that the vast majority of the fans ship either Elliot/Olivia or Alex/Olivia. Second, that Alex/Olivia is huge.
  • Being as its four main characters are all women, Women's Murder Club tends to generate a fair bit of femslash. Lindsay / Cindy and Jill / Cindy seem to be popular pairings.
  • You will lose any bet to find a Rizzoli and Isles fic that does not consist of solely those women together romantically; once again Angie Harmon makes it very easy to slash her characters despite being a real-life Republican.
    • A real-life Republican who supports gay rights.
  • Within minutes of its first broadcast Sherlock generated a load of Sherlock/John Slash fics. Most Slashed characters of all time indeed.
    • Not to mention the exceedingly slash-friendly Granada TV series.
  • Glee: Kurt and Puck are paired with literally everyone, male and female. In the first season, Mike/Matt was popular, although it's faded into the background a bit since Matt was Put on a Bus. Slash pairings involving Sam have recently become pretty popular, something that can be attributed to early speculation that he would be gay, and his frequent Shirtless Scenes (usually with Finn). On the yuri front, Rachel/Quinn is enormously popular for some inexplicable reason, while, likely in response to popular demand, Brittany/Santana has become canon.
  • The West Wing, usually involving Josh, either with Sam or Toby. Any reluctance to include President Bartlet in this sort of thing, out of respect for the office, is probably a lot less likely following the real-life exploits of Bill Clinton.
  • The A-Team: The most popular slash pairing appears to be Face and Murdock, followed by Hannibal and Face, and then very rarely is BA slashed with Murdock.
  • In The Sarah Connor Chronicles fandom, there's a surprising amount of shipping between Cameron and any female character on the show, particularly Sarah.
  • Heroes has a dominant slash pairing for each gender. Sylar (whose actor is gay in real life)/Peter and Elle/Claire. Both pairings rely heavily on Foe Yay but do have legitimate moments that can be used
  • In Warehouse 13 fanfic the most shipped couple hands down is Myka/HG this is due to the very deliberate subtext by the actors and writters.
    • Subtext? are you kidding they look like they want to jump each other whenever their in the same room.
  • Lost Girls most dominant pairing is Bo/Lauren thought there is quite a bit of Kenzi/Dyson slashing.
  • Once Upon a Time is full of Emma/Regina which is awkward considering Regina is Emma's step-grandmother. Oh, and they hate each others' guts.
  • Apollo/Starbuck is the most popular pairing in the original Battlestar Galactica.


  • Expect this to be the case when it comes to fic written about just about any band consisting of more than one male member (or, if you're into yuri...). The fangirl writers of the My Chemical Romance fanbase, for example, seem to really love this trope. A sizable portion of what's out there requires Brain Bleach. Course, when you consider how the live shows tend to get, it's kind of hard to blame them. Except you can, because most of it's So Bad It's Horrible.
    • Almost every single fic written for the Bandom Big Bang (a yearly fanfiction challenge on Livejournal) is slash or femmeslash, entirely despite the fact that many of the subjects are already in heterosexual relationships of various commitment levels. The main bands slashed are My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! at the Disco. A surprising amount of it is shockingly decent.
  • Proving that the internet does indeed have everything, there exists slash... involving Slash.
    • Guns N' Roses fandom is absolutely full of it, most of it being Izzy Stradlin/Axl Rose, Duff McKagan/Slash, or Slash/Axl.
  • X Japan attracted a lot of this for a while. The situation has changed somewhat now in that while the band is still high in regard to Ho Yay and Heterosexual Life Partners and more, the slash writers abandoned the fandom, so slash for the band for a while was pretty much abandoned fic and old fic.
  • Adam Lambert. Oh, Adam Lambert. He is a fandom unto himself. Lets see, we've got him with Kris Allen, Brad Bell, Tommy Joe Ratliff, Drake Labry, Sauli Kosikinen, and those are just the common ones.
    • Ironically there is quite a fandom for a straight involving Adam and Allison Iraheta.
  • There's quite a lot of Emilie Autumn/Veronica Varlow fics out there.(for the record, their stage characters are pretty much a couple, but while Emilie is actually a panromantic asexual, Veronica is straight and married, only playing up the Les Yay when she's performing) There's also Emilie/Courtney Love and Captain Maggots/Contessa.
  • The Beatles have a disturbingly large slash community with Lennon/McCartney being the most popular for certain reasons.[6]


  • That many fans of Wicked are also "Gelphie" supporters shouldn't surprise you, seeing as the musical (and the novel to a lesser extent) invests so much in Glinda and Elphaba's friendship and closeness. What may surprise you is that there's also a subgroup of fans who are huge "Chenzel" supporters - that is, fans who like to romantically pair Kristen Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the actresses who originally portrayed those characters on Broadway. Despite the fact that both women are heterosexual and Idina Menzel has been happily married to actor Taye Diggs since they met on Rent.
  • Cats. It's usually Rum Tum Tugger/Mr Mistofelees, but Munkustrap usually falls in there somewhere. Never mind the fact that Tugger is shown flirting with half the girls in the show. Ah, what the heck, it's enjoyable anyway.
  • Mark/Roger from Rent. Collins/Benny and Angel/Mark as well, strangely enough. But the Mark/Roger practically dominates the fanfiction.

Video Games

  • Tetris pieces. I guess there are multiple interpretations of blocks "landing on each other" and "filling the holes."
  • The writers of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and sequels left themselves wide open for this one. Phoenix/Edgeworth is considered virtually canon by many fans, but there's also random dart-throwing going on here too.
    • Franziska/Adrian seems also to be considered virtually canon.
    • We're not even going to get into Mia/Lana...
    • Now Apollo Justice brings us Klavier/Apollo.
    • Well, considering that the creator has said that Edgeworth doesn't like girls, it sort of is canon—at least, from one half of the equation.
    • From the other half too. Phoenix has been confirmed by Word of God to find Edgeworth 'pretty hot'.
      • Really? :3 Can someone please tell me where this has been confirmed? Really curious about this!
  • Falco x Fox or Wolf x Fox. Take your pick.
  • Thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog having a heaping helping of cute male characters and a shortage of females, there's quite a lot of it with Sonadow being probably the most popular slash pairing. Sonurge is now on the rise with Archie's creation of a badass Evil Sonic in a nifty leather jacket. Sontails and Knuxails are pretty prevalent, too.
  • Too many in Metal Gear Solid to count, Snake/Otacon and Big Boss/Ocelot being the most popular, but since MGS4 Vamp/Raiden has gained a disturbing amount of popularity...
    • The Bara on MGS has left many possibilities. We could have a whole section about MGS bara.
  • X/Zero from Mega Man X. And there's still plenty more where that came from, from X/Zero/Axl to Red/Axl, along with a plethora of Rule 34 pairings. Sigma/Zero and Sigma/X are inescapable.
    • X/Zero is practically canon as of X6, after that scene in X6 where X asks Zero to "hold hands...and never let anyone sever [them] again".
    • There's even the traumatizing (spoiler cut for brain salvage) Dr. Wily/Dr. Light, and the slightly less brainbreaking Bass/Megaman and Protoman/Megaman. Not to mention all the Robot Masters, which are all male, save one. But what's unforgiveable is that all the Bass/Protoman around is sickeningly sweet or a collection of old boring rape cliches.
      • Try to find a pairing between Robot Masters that isn't shipped. I dare you. More random dart-throwing! It gets even worse when you add in the Stardroids.
      • Metalman/Protoman seems to be quite common. Hell, Any Robot Master/Protoman is quite common. He's quite the Launcher of a Thousand Ships.
  • Team Fortress 2 has 18 primary male characters, numerous male secondary characters, and a single female announcer. There are no unique pairings left.
    • Technically there's her assistant. And Scout's Mom.
  • Go to the Kingdom Hearts section of Fanfiction.Net. It is INFAMOUS for its slash levels...
    • If you search the term "yaoi" then it comes up with 3,800 fics with the word just in the summary.
  • Mass Effect has Female Shepard/Liara and Female Shepard/Kelly. Kaiden, Ashley, Thane and Tali were originally romance options for both genders, but this was Dummied Out. And those are just the ones that are actually in game: pretty much everyone has been shipped with everyone else by this point. The fanfiction page has Shepard/Mordin, Shepard/Joker, and Miranda/Jack, just as an example.
  • Final Fantasy VII has a lot of slash pairings, mainly anything that moves with Cloud. Sephiroth/Cloud, Zack/Cloud, Vincent/Cloud, Barett/Cloud, Reed/Cloud, Reno/Cloud, Rufus/Cloud, Reno/Rude, Reno/Rufus, Reno/Tseng, Tseng/Rufus, Vincent/Cid, Zack/Sephiroth.
    • This doesn't have to stop at twos. Sephiroth/Zack/Cloud is very popular, too. I've also seen Rufus/Tseng/Reno.
    • For femmeslash you Tifa/Aeris,
    • With the new movie you have Cloud/Kadaj, Kadaj/Rufus, Yazoo/Loz, and Kadaj/Yazoo/Loz.
    • Tossing Crisis Core in the mix gives us Zack/Angeal, Angeal/Genesis, Zack/Genesis, and Genesis and/or Angeal with Sephiroth.
  • The most popular slash pairing for Final Fantasy VIII is arguably Seifer/Squall. You also find Seifer/Zell, Squall/Zell, Squall/Irvine, Seifer/Raijin.
    • Femmeslash gives you Quistis/Selphie, Quistis/Rinoa, and Selphie/Rinoa.
  • Final Fantasy X had especially homo-erotic imagery, and thus created pairings of pretty much any combination of main male characters. Most common were Tidus/Wakka, Tidus/Auron, Tidus/Kimahri, Kimahri/Wakka, Kimahri/Auron, Tidus/Kihmari/Auron. Non-main characters also got drawn into this, specifically with Auron/Jecht/Braska (Which is canon as Heterosexual Life Partners), Tidus/Jecht, and Wakka/Letty (One of the Besaid Aurochs Blitzball players, which Wakka was originally the captain of). On the girls side we have Rikku/Yuna.
  • The Legend of Zelda offers up Link/Ganon, Link/Shad, Link/Dark Link and...well, Link/whatever the hell character of any (-coughdementedcough-) author's choosing.
  • Half Life has parodies with Gordon/G-Man, but then you get into the serious stuff. gladly offers up Barney/Gordon and Magnusson/Gordon, among... other things.
  • Lampshaded in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten - creating an Android will reveal that there are Valvatorez/Fenrich slashfic writers in the Netherworld.
  • From Assassin's Creed I, Ezio Auditore and Leonardo da Vinci are frequently shipped. It is implied that Leo is gay anyway, so it only needs some Alternate Character Interpretation to make Ezio bisexual.
  • Jak and Daxter fans like to ship Jak with Torn, Jinx, Razer (who is implied to be gay anyway), and Erol (who some fans speculate actually did rape Jak while he was in prison). Jak and Daxter are also shipped, but some people find that squicky.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • Homestar Runner Strong Bad Email #188, fan club, has both Strong Sad writing Strong Bad Fanfic and Strong Bad writing Strong Sad Fan Fiction (because he has plenty of time to say both syllables). Both of them include a hastily interrupted scene where they get slashed with Homestar Runner, Strong Sad having Strong Bad put on a bonnet and give Homestar a deep tissue massage, Strong Bad just having Homestar walk in "naked as a jaybird" and suggestively ask Strong Sad for Twizzlers. Naturally, you can't type in "Homestar Runner fanfic" on Google without some slash showing up. Just don't try it on deviantART, unless you enjoy your eyes melting out of your skull.
  • In-universe fans of Survival of the Fittest are apparently fond of these types of Fanfic (heck, this kind of fanfic in general. then again... In fact, it was the reading of a particularly disturbing Uriel Hunter/Jacob Starr fic (accidentally broadcast on the PA system to the students on the island) that got three of Danya's terrorists thrown into the game themselves.
  • Red Vs. Blue has a pretty large slash fandom, with Grif/Simmons being the most popular pairing by far, and Church being the LOATS. But essentially everyone has been paired with everyone else.
    • Word of God has indicated that Grif/Simmons may actually be canon.
  • That Guy With The Glasses. According to the archives, seven out of the ten most popular pairings are slash and there's almost twice as much slash stories than het.

Western Animation

  • Batman Beyond Since the only male that the star Batman Terry McGinnis is seen with is Bruce Wayne, Original Batman, no surprise they are favourite amoungst fans. They were the top pairing, due to the romance of seeing as they're BOTH Batman - or at least until it was revealed that Bruce is actual Terry's dad. Doesn't stop fans of course, even when it's not an AU where they're nonrelated. And surprisingly, Terry/Damian has become a recent fave in the Fandom, despite being a crossover and having the above problem at the same time!
  • Disney's Gargoyles has a sizable slash fanbase. For those pairings that normally wouldn't happen because the characters involved are heterosexuals. a common trick is to cast a spell on one or both(Since magic is very clearly a part of this 'verse). Since the show also has a lesbian police captain, and Lexington has been hinted outside the show as possibly gay, this has only fueled the fire. Some paring include: Elisa/Demona, Elisa/Angela, Brooklyn/Other Male, etc.
  • Happy Tree Friends. Oh God. Flippy/Splendid is probably the most popular pairing after Flippy/Flaky. Note that Flippy and Splendid have never met.
  • Transformers fandom has been rife with Megatron/Starscream (often portrayed as abusive or repressed) pretty much since the beginning. The Enemy Mine nature of Megatron and Optimus Prime's relationship also lends itself to slash.
    • Then Transformers Animated came along and now you'll be hard pressed to find a fic featuring both Prowl and Lockdown in the same scene that isn't slash.
    • And G1 Jazz/Prowl is practically fanon.
      • And it's carried over into Prowl and Jazz in Transformers Animated. What is it about ninja robot samurai motorbikes?
    • Starscream is definitely the Launcher of a Thousand Ships, though. You'd be hard pressed to find one mech, Autobot or Decepticon he hasn't been paired with at least once.
  • Practically any two characters in Kim Possible, even key villain Shego with Ron's naked mole rat Rufus, but most of all Kim/Shego, which has generated enough writing to develop its own cliches, parodied in this fic.
  • South Park - there is some Gen Fic, but most of the time...The most popular couples are Stan/Kyle, Cartman/Kyle, Kenny/Butters, and Craig/Tweek.
    • And the infamous angel/devil fics, represented by Pip/Damien.
    • Note that Craig and Tweek interact only in one episode and they are forced to by their classmates.
      • And that's not even the most Egregious example! The characters The Mole and Gregory are frequently paired in the fandom, even though each of them only appears in The Movie, they don't get all that much screen time, and they never even meet. Yet the amount of Mole/Gregory fanfic and fan art is staggering compared to gen fic, het fic, or even something plausibly gay like Cartman/Butters.
      • Actually, Tweek is shown hanging out with Craig's gang in some later episodes, implying that they eventually became friends, so it sorta kinda makes sense. However, in the only episode where Damian actually has lines (talk about an Ensemble Darkhorse!), he gains the other boys' respect by setting Pip on fire.
  • Ben 10 has the popular Ben/Gwen and Ben/Kevin. Too much fumble, folks.
  • Gorillaz has 2D / Murdoc, which is implied even in Canon in some sort of twisted way, since Murdoc is quite obsessed lately with imprisoning 2D.
  • Surprising thing number 1 about the shipping in Invader Zim is the fact that there IS shipping at all. Surprising thing number 2 is just how truly horrible some of the pairings are. The most prominent slash-pairing is ZADR (ZIM/Dib), but it's another one of those shows where people write character names on dartboards and pick their ships that way. (There's ZIM/Dib, ZIM/GIR hell, GIR gets paired with practically everyone, TAK/Gaz... The list goes on. And on. And on. And on.
    • Dib/Gaz.
      • Actually, it is implied at one point that Membrane created Dib, so it is highly possible that he created Gaz, too. That makes them a not-so-edgy pair.
  • Just look around Daria fandom, and you'll find some... interesting slashfic ('Ragged Denim') and saffic ('Night of the Storm', The Winters Of Those Gone Before'). Take brain bleach along for the ride. You have been warned.
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy's fandom is made out of yaoi. The most popular pairings being Eddy/Edd, Rolf/Kevin, Ed/Edd, Kevin/Edd and Kevin/Eddy.
  • The Teen Titans fandom has a huge amount of slash - the most controversial probably being Slade/Robin (and with Ron Perlman's voice purring Slade's lines it's not too hard to twist "Oh no Robin, it's about you. It's always been about you." and "From now on I'd like you to call me Master." ), whose fanbase is is both extremely loyal and enjoys watching the other characters squirm. Slade is obvious the dominant in this relationship. Other pairings are Raven/Starfire, Raven/Terra, Red X/Robin, Red X/Robin/Slade, Slade/Red X, Speedy/Red X, Speedy/Robin, the occasional Beast Boy/Robin, Starfire/Blackfire, Starfire/Terra, Raven/Jinx, and so on.
  • Because Danny Phantom is one of those franchise where almost everyone is paired up to whoever, slash inevitably found its way in. Vlad/Danny may be the most prominent one.
  • Biker Mice From Mars Gets a bit of this. Given the series premise and its Fans It's rather a foregone conclusion.
  • Swat Kats Is Similar to Biker Mice From Mars, Two macho, presumably Heterosexual Life Partners, explosions, and buckets of Fan Yay.
  • Static Shock has lots of options for the slash, though Hotgear tends to be the most explicit, with Virgil/Richie being mostly fluff, and Frieda/Daisy being a vaguely-mentioned "tie up the loose ends" pairing.
    • Helps that we have Word of Gay about Richie, and even before that his counterpart in the original comics, Rick, was canonically gay.
  • Good luck finding a romance fic of Bender that doesn't involve Fry for the Futurama fandom. It's quite surprising, considering the Casanova that Bender is in the series. Bender/Calculon and Bender/Beelzebot are also quite popular, but in the minority compared to the Fender fics.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Chances are, if Zuko and Jet are listed as the main characters of a story, it's a slash fic. Sokka/Zuko and Zuko/Aang are also pretty popular. Zuko being the fandom's male Launcher of a Thousand Ships (with Katara as the female), he naturally gets paired up with every character with whom he has any screen time, male or female.
  • In the Young Justice yj anon meme (found here) contains a lot of Kid Flash/Robin and Kid Flash/Red Arrow fics. Dueling for popularity is Robin/Superboy and Superboy/Aqualad. Artemis and M'gann get shipped, too, though more often with Kid Flash and Superboy than with one another. Conversation threads have revealed that a disproportionate number of active Anons are gay, which may or may not be significant contributing factor.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Way too much, Phineas/Ferb and Perry/Doof among the most popular shippings. C'mon, people, this is a Disney show!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is practically made of this but since the vast majority of the cast made up of females it was unavoidable. To quote Cereal Velocity: "Straight Dash shipping? Is that even allowed?" This doesn't stop fic writers from pairing up the guys, just ask Big Mac/Caramel.
  • Regular Show: Mordecai/Rigby. Nuff' said.[context?]
  • Loonatics Unleashed: Tech E. Coyote and Rev Runner get a fair amount of this in several fan-fictions, considering the amount of Ho Yay they received in the show. Quite ironic, if you think about it.
  1. mainly because of the possibility of exploring the plot about The Stoic Artificial Human Yasuaki developing emotions (out of love for Eisen, naturally)
  2. as if they didn't have enough Ho Yay moments in canon already
  3. If that still isn't enough, you can try crossover fics with all four games -- that's 32+ guys and a few girls.
  4. the latter being almost canon, but the former being despite Duo himself shipping Heero/Relena
  5. (Kyouya/Tamaki, Hikaru/Kaoru, Honey/Mori if you're feeling adventurous)
  6. Hey, you've got to hide your love away.