Fandom Term Primer
There has been a little confusion over fandom terms recently, so I thought I’d make a little primer. Feel free to add more.
Something shown in the show, in tie-in material, or stated by the singular author. In material where there are multiple authors, things said by one of the authors is not canon.
Example: In canon, Shiro’s last name is Shirogane. Shiro’s full name was shown as Takashi Shirogane in the show.
Fan theories built to explain gaps in canon, interpret canon, or to change parts of canon that the fan does not like.
Example: In fanon, Keith’s last name is Kogane. Keith’s last name has not been revealed in the show yet. Kogane is just a fan theory based upon 80′s Voltron.
Two characters you would like to see together in either a fanfic and/or canon. It does not have to be both. You can ship characters in fanfics without actually wanting to see them together in canon.
Example: Shiro/Ulaz is a ship of mine. As Ulaz is dead in canon, obviously I want to see this ship in fanfics not canon.
Originally stood for One True Pairing. Now days means any two characters that you ship together strongly.
Example: Shiro/Keith is a OTP of mine. 90% of my blog is dedicated to them.
Three characters that you ship together strongly. Add more numbers to make a bigger polyship.
Example: A common fanfic OT3 is Shiro/Keith/Lance together.
Two characters that you do not ship together. This can range from simply not shipping them, all the way to feeling extremely uncomfortable by merely seeing the ship due to personal reasons.
Example: Allura/Shiro is a NOTP of mine, I scroll faster whenever I see it on my dashboard.
Something that grosses you out without being wrong.
Example: Golden Showers are a squick of mine. I find them gross, but other people aren’t wrong for liking them.
Someone who ships multiple ships. Sometimes they ship the same character in different ships without it being an OT3.
Example: Someone who ships Shiro/Keith, Shiro/Ulaz, and Hunk/Lance is a multishipper.
Someone who not only has a NOTP but also believes that nobody else should be able to ship those characters together. Creators of toxic fandoms everywhere.
Example: InsertRandomTumblrUsername is an Anti. They are harassing others to try and stop them from shipping their NOTP.