Listening to: Eye's of Etro
Playing: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Eating: Ketchup Chips
Hello, haven't wrote a journal in a while, but then again, I mostly use the journal to write about something, despite me having much followers. But I digress. I would've wrote this journal earlier, but unfortunately during Easter, me and my cousin were unfortunately kidnapped again and hung over a bonfire with chocolate bunnies chanting around us. Yes, we were outsmarted by chocolate bunnies, EVIL chocolate bunnies. Unfortunately, we did not survive. But! We got better.
Anyways, the real reason why I am writing this journal is like the title says above. *points to title*
If you don't know, Ship Sinking is a fan term from Tv Tropes meaning that any hope of shipping any particular characters are gone. Like for example, say Bob has a huge crush on Aerith (Aerith and Bob is another Tv Trope, but none of that now) who is oblivious to his advancements. Even so, fans will often ship them together in fan made stories or drawings. That would be the birth of a shipping called BobxAerith. I am sure you know what "Y" x "Z" is, so I won't bother to go into that. Continuing, through the story, Bob will try his hardest to win her affection. But wait, after the end of the story, he learns something troubling. She's a ninja pirate zombie from the future that came from the past! So after all his hard attempts, he may learn that they can never be together because there is something she must do and travels to the future to change the past. Bob may then fall into a Heroic BSOD (Another TV Trope) and may even die later on. That! is an example of Ship Sinking. So now that you know it in a coconutshell, let us go the main points of the journal.
Now let us start with a major one from the Zelda Universe.
Now I know many people around this world prefer the original LinkxZelda pairings even after 25 or so years. But let's take a closer look into the history of the timeline. In Ocarina of Time, Link goes through two phases starting with his child and adult. It is said that after he defeated Ganondorf, Zelda sent him back through time to relive his childhood. But! Doing so cause a split in the timeline, his child timeline and his adult timeline. Kind of confused? So am I! Anyways, Word of God (Another Trope) says that Twilight Princess originates from Ocarina of Time's Child Timeline, while the Windwaker originates from the Adult Timeline. Here's where the sinking comes in.
In both games, it is said that the two Zelda's are direct descendants of the Ocarina of Time Zelda. In Windwaker, it is said that once Ganondorf was defeated, Link disappeared and never returned, even after Ganondorf broke free of the Sacred Realm, he did not return. Then came the last resort to call upon the gods to flood all of Hyrule, which was granted and gave us the start of the Windwaker. In Twilight Princess, although it may not have been said, but hardcore Zelda players may know that even after returning to relive his childhood, Link left on a journey to find a "very special friend" who was never revealed in Majora's Mask; many claimed he was looking for Saria, but it was then confirmed that the "very special friend" was Navi. Who knows where the hell the annoying blob of light went and how it was apparently special enough for Link to leave Hyrule. See where I'm going with this?
With WW Zelda and TP Zelda being direct descendants of OoT Zelda, with both OoT Link's gone from Hyrule, it means...wait for it, that whoever Zelda married in BOTH timelines, it wasn't Link. Make of that of what you will.
There's also a minor one for LinkxMidna. Everyone can see that Midna sunk the ship when she shattered the Twilight Mirror now preventing both her and Link from seeing each other. Also on a funny note, Link barely knew the Zelda in Twilight Princess, just that she was the Princess of Hyrule who had to make a Sadistic Choice (Trope) of fighting and possibly be killed with Hyrule next, or surrendering where even her people doesn't know of what the hell is going on. There's a funny joke going around about that.
Ganondorf while possessing Zelda: Well Link! Your descendants may have defeated me in the past, but can you fight the woman you love?
Link: Um...actually. I barely know Zelda.
Link: I was already given a love interest, two if you count Midna. Zelda? I don't even know her.
Here's another major ship sinking from the Soul Calibur Universe.
Ever since the game started, many have shipped SophitiaxSeigfried (Or SophitiaxTaki if your into yuri) so how did the producers decideded to sink the ship? They married her off to some blacksmith named Rothion (Which was also a love at first sight) and having two children with him. Many fans were not pleased.
They done this again in Soul Calibur V.
Ever since Kilik and Xianghua appeared in the games; which I am to believe at the second game of the series, many have started to ship them. Throughout the rest of the series, the shipping continued until Soul Calibur V was announced and Lexia came in. Many quickly assumed that Kilik was the father, with her having his necklace. So how did the ship sink? If you guessed she got onto a cannon and was quickly fired into another ship causing it to sink, your wrong! They pulled off another Rothion and she was married to some Chinese General and having two children with him. Again fans were not pleased.
Despite these, people still try to make up many interesting ways for them to die so they can continue the shipping. This is another Trope called "Die for our Shipping" which is exactly as it says on the Tin.
But here's some hope for KilikxXianghua with the inclusion of Xiba. His profile says that Xiba is the estranged son of Kilik and Xianghua so it may be confirmed that the two had that one night and when Xianghua gave birth to him, she apparently ditched him in the mountains for unknown reasons.
While that is hope for KilkxXianghua shippers, it also brings another deal to the XibaxLexia shippers. Meaning if Xiba truly is the estrange son of the two, then that would make him and Lexia half-brother and half-sister. While I know there is some people who have the strange fetish of half-sibling romance, it may not have sinked the ship but fueled the flames.
Also with Soul Calibur IV, many began to ship SeigfriedxHilde and there may be any or none hopes for the shipping to continue with Hilde becoming a mother of two children. (Wow, the producers of Soul Calibur must like their twos) It was never revealed who the father is, due to time restraints for them to finish Soul Calibur V. (That's right, it was confirmed that the story was supposed to be at least Four Times as long with Viola being a major part of it and Ezio actually having a story within there. However, they did not want to delay the game any longer and ended up sending it like it was.) This may either sink the ship or fuel the flames as rumours are saying that whoever is the father of her children, it is not Seigfried. But with her traveling and living with him in his brigade of mercenaries, the rumor may be false. There may be hope for the shipping yet.
Away from video games, let's go to TV Shows...
This is also going to contain spoilers for said shows.
In Stargate Atlantis (It's a great show, so I recommend watching it if your into Sci-Fi) there has been many shippers for the main characters John Sheppard and Elizabeth Weir. But that ship sank when Elizabeth was greatly injured and can only be revived by doing a risky chance of healing her by reviving the nanites within her body (It's complicated on how said tiny machines got into her so watch it) and it healed her, but also turned her into part of the enemy. They were also in danger of being washed out into space, so they were desperate. Now that ship sunk when Elizabeth did another risky gamble of getting her team out by staying behind and Hoist her captives by their own Petard. It literally is a Mind Rape of what the Replicators actual potential is. I'll list a small example of their potential. Being created by tiny machines, they can heal their wounds, and are practically Immune to Bullets. They can also stick their hand into your forehead and play a scenario for you, which makes it litterally a Mind Rape.
Anyways, another shipping was John Sheppard (Again) and Teyla Emmanigan, along with Ronon Dex and Teyla again. John and Teyla even kissed, but it was more of a Take That Kiss then an emotional one because John was being controlled. It sunk later on when Teyla revealed that she was pregnant. Both men were suprised with John suspiciously looking at Ronon, who defended saying that it wasn't him. The father of her child is a side character who suprisingly played a major role before being Demoted to Extra during the events.
Now let's move on to another minor example in the Tv Show Heroes. (I also recommend this show if your into people having powers, but be warned that it is a Anyone Can Die Show. Many fans are not pleased that their favorites Heroes were killed in it.)
Claire Bennet and Peter Petrelli was suprisingly good shipping bait for shippers. But it sunk deeply when it was revealed that Claire is the daughter of Nathan Petrelli, Peter's brother. Making them Uncle and Niece. Shippers were displeased.
Now enough major examples, let's move on to a few minor ones.
In Super Smash Brothers Brawl, there is one Mission Event called Unwanted Suitors which had Samus and Zelda face off against Captain Falcon and Luigi. As it says on The Tin, It appears that the two girls don't want the two men. FalconxSamus was suprisingly popular when Samus was revealed to be a girl. LuigixZelda? Not sure if there are any shippers for this one.
Kingdom Hearts was another game which had a lot of sinking ships, but I will only reveal one, even though I am against yaoi. SaixxXehanort (Isn't that a lovely play of X's?) was popular in II because Saix was buttering up to Xehanort and became his Second in Command. Saix also thinks highly of Xehanort and many yaoi fangirls were overjoyed.
How did the Ship Sank? In the Midquel; 356/2 Days, it was revealed that Saix was planning on overthrowing Xehanort and just got close to him so he can give a suprise attack. Fangirls were displeased.
In fact, there are many shippings within the Organization XIII, but the ship sank deeply once you think that the Organization are Nobodies, having no hearts, meaning they can't actually love.
There's also a minor one in Final Fantasy XIII. When it was announced and characters were revealed, many shippers immediately shipped SnowxLightning, but when it was released, it sunk badly because it was revealed that Snow is engaged to her sister; Serah and that Lightning really hates him. So the ship sunk before it even left the dock.
I think that is enough for now and I will continue those Writing Tips eventually. I suffer from procasination, laziness, and no inspiration, so...ha!