6 infamous ship wars that almost broke their video game fandoms

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For those of you who don't know, "shipping," occurring within fandoms, describes the act of desiring two (or more) characters together in a romantic and/or sexual fashion, rooting for the progress of their relationship. Don't make the mistake of not taking this seriously. Some shippers don't mess around. When two popular pairings conflict, the results can be catastrophic. Think Alien vs. Predator. Godzilla vs. Mothra. Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda.

These Ship Wars have ravaged several video game franchises. Here's a closer look at 6 of the most infamous examples.

Beware of potential spoilers.

Published Jun. 11th 2015
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  • Stray Arrows
    Look up a novel called Case of Lifestream, in that book Nojima says Cloud is Aerith's lover, not Tifa's. Square Enix officially said Cloud and Aerith were lovers, there is no more debate to be had. Keep in mind, this book takes place RIGHT before the start of Advent Children.
  • Jackson Ingram
    Ayooo, I'm not lookin' to take sides, but that is some interesting support for Clerith! Still, I think a case can be made for both ships. Cloud could have had a thing with Aerith. And then later a thing with Tifa. But thanks for weighing in with some Cloud/Aerith love! They're both really engaging pairings.
  • Stray Arrows
    Thank you for the response. I should also add that, while Cloti fans believe the Highwind scene shows love, none of the creators have ever said that they are lovers, nor have they said which version of the Highwind scene is canon. Square Enix could very well make Cloud get with somebody else in the future, but currently speaking, there is nothing definitive for Cloud/Tifa like there is for Cloud/Aerith.

    Square Enix said Cloud/Aerith were lovers in Japanese, French, and German translations of Case of Lifestream, by the way. :)
  • Jay Ricciardi
    But, but, but Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda *is* a love story.

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