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:iconmexicantimberwolf:
mexicantimberwolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In the case of weird ships, what about the fic where Rainbow Dash is shipped with a kitchen sink?
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:icontwilunaforthewin:
twilunaforthewin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
yes twiluna won
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:iconsabimado:
SabiMado Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
You sure? Looks like AppleDash did to me, with Twidash in second.
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:icondcarrier:
DCarrier Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
You should probably add a list of the gayest males. None of them got Rainbow Pride awards.
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:iconkawaiixcheezit:
kawaiixcheezit Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Derpy/Doctor Whooves FTW! <3
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:iconcoldgoldlazarus:
ColdGoldLazarus Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tsk, tsk. The PinkieDash shippers are getting lazy.
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:iconconcavius:
Concavius Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Wow, that's a lot more Twilight X Rainbow Dash than I expected.
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:iconphelpysan:
phelpysan Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
Why are these never called 'Shipping forecasts'?
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Why would they be? A forecast is something that predicts the future, while this shows data from the past. If anything, the name might be "shipping archives" but that would still be misleading.
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:iconphelpysan:
phelpysan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Because a shipping forecast is a thing and besides, the best way to predict something's future is often to look at its past.
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:iconmrmelodycold:
MrMelodyCold Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
where is derpy?
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:iconkawaiixcheezit:
kawaiixcheezit Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look near Rainbow Dash and Applejack. :3
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:iconraptor1701:
Raptor1701 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Snowflake gets fluttershy AND Iron will? @_@

I would have thought cloudchaser.
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:iconblazinmeow:
blazinmeow Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sheesh at least make the line for Pinkie to Dash dark, it almost looks like is Applejack to Dash is ridiculously thick.
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:iconcrakia:
Crakia Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
不明觉厉
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:iconys-cordelan:
Ys-Cordelan Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
How did Twist X Gummy not make your Weirdness Awards list?!
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I read it and it's just normal-weird, not extra-weird. Have you seen the Elizabeak/Owlowiscious one? It contains anatomically accurate bird sex.
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:iconnielsolofbouvin:
nielsolofbouvin Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Thank you for this comprehensive work! Apart from the graph above, the tables and spreadsheet linked, would you happen to have a published list of the fics, you have based your study on? Some of them sound really amusing, and going though a compiled list would be considerably simpler than flexing Google at FimFiction :)
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Well this is the list I was using: [link]. That is, all of them.

If you are searching for a specific ship, use the character tags. If the character has no tags, search for their name and you will probably find it.
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:iconjohnnyhawk1997:
JohnnyHawk1997 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yush! Twidash is the best mane 6 ship!
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:iconfotland42:
fotland42 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Surely there must be a story out there by now shipping Sombra and stairs? I know there's fanart of it.
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:iconfotland42:
fotland42 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
[link]

I rest my case.
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:iconzaiali:
zaiali Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
RD is biggest lesbo.
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:icondcarrier:
DCarrier Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Actually, Bon-bon is biggest lesbo at 98.1% lesbian ships. Rainbow dash is sixths, at a mere 88.2%.
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:iconzaiali:
zaiali Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
. . . do you see all of those lines pointing at all those mares?
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:icondcarrier:
DCarrier Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
So the measure of lesbianism is how many mares you've been in a relationship with? Somepony that's dated a hundred stallions but experiment with mares twice is a bigger lesbian than somepony that's in a life-long monogamous relationship with one mare?
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:iconzaiali:
zaiali Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
That's exactly what I'm saying. After all, this is fan fiction we're talking. She's never actually dated in the show; After all, it's a kids show.
If we pool in all the shipping of same sex RD, then she'd have been married to many different mares for many different life times.
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:iconmrhitmanwiecki:
MrHitmanWiecki Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I would be shocked if this wasn't brought up yet, but it's worth noting that the extremely skewed ratio of female characters to male characters (Screen time, number of characters, etc) in the Equestrian society is very likely to be influencing the ratios for gender in these ships. Couldn't help but notice that the 'rainbow pride' (same sex ship percentage) awards on the text version of this listed all female characters, but the 'as a rule' (opposite gender ship percentage) list was predominately male in a world dominated by females. More options for potential opposite sex pairings for males and fewer opposite sex options for females would influence the shipping rates for same/opposite sex pairings. Also, often the females on the 'as a rule' list would typically have a 'obvious' opposite sex pairing (i.e. they are married or the show supports a pairing with an opposite sex partner in some other manner.) The population demographic in the world of Equestira is likely influencing these results heavily.

Overall, awesome work. I'd like to see a measure of Effect Size for this fandom compared to another that has a more typical diversity of characters with respect to gender and screen time to put the results into perspective. Not well versed in other fandoms myself, but if a good example comes up and you'd like to see this done, let me know. I would relish the opportunity to practice my statistics haha. Great work on this, keep it up!
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
This is definitely true, the large numbers of female characters skew the numbers. Especially when you consider that the main cast and big secondary characters are all female, most ships are automatically going to be lesbian and those who wish for straight shipping have a limited male selection. Maybe I should have written about that in an "analysis" section or something.

You mean you want to analyse how the gender composition and size of a cast influences orientation and diversity of shipping in fanfiction? That does sound interesting, I admit. I would have to find other sites that catalogue stories for that fandom the same way fimfiction does for mlp, though. It's hard to get an overview of a story on fanfiction.net.
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:iconpaxmano33:
PaxMano33 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what would the proper name be for the combo of rainbow dash and fluttershy? flutterdash, or rainbowshy?
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:iconadasdad:
adasdad Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
they are interchangeable.
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:iconpaxmano33:
PaxMano33 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thx!
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:iconpaxmano33:
PaxMano33 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man, that little filly diamond tiara sure gets around! how the hell did she end up with queen chrysalis?
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:icondarksniperknight:
DarkSniperKnight Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
A rock and a tree ship... 6 stories... I must read them...
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:iconjollygreengi:
JollyGreenGI Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Pound Cake and... CUP CAKE?!
WHAT IS GOING ON
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:iconsome-donkus:
Some-Donkus Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Let's be glad there's no such thing as pony AIDS.
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:iconcottoncloudyfilly:
cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
why theres no ScootaBelle?its pretty popular,and no SpikeBloom :( I almost cried. also weird ships goes with Lily and Gilda,its so weird.no any Gilda ships?or I cant just see them.you would also made a one with ocs.popular oc ships.xd
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:iconpaxmano33:
PaxMano33 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
enlarge it. if you look close, you can see really fine lines connecting to many more ponies than you could have seen otherwise. scootabelle is there, as is spikebloom. gilda, too, has quite a few ships.
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:iconcottoncloudyfilly:
cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ok.anyway.hard to see,cant make it so big.
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:iconpaxmano33:
PaxMano33 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i barely noticed them at all, but then i wondered why there were some dots that didnt appear to be connected to anything. if there were no ships for a character, why would they get a dot on the chart? i then proceeded to get ocd over it.
so...yeah. if you look hard enough, as they say, you will eventually find what youre looking for. if it helped you at all, or if it even mattered, glad it did!
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:iconcottoncloudyfilly:
cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ok
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:iconuncommented:
Uncommented Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Did you retain data on which stories correspond to each data point?
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Sorry, no. That would have taken me about ten times longer, and I already spent several weeks collecting data as it is. Would be a good thing to have, though. If you're looking for a specific ship I recommend browsing fimfiction and filtering "romance" and your two characters, or searching for the names if the characters don't have tags.
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:iconnorm-de-plume:
Norm-De-Plume Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I can add another one in for you that's not on the Docs spreadsheet. Lyra/Soarin/Bon-Bon, from FimFiction.
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:icontheblindarcher1:
theblindarcher1 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You know I think this is why this fandom is so vast and diverse. Its because the bronies out there have free rein ( excuse the pun ) to make whatever they want. to play with whatever idea comes to mind whether its in art; music; or shipping. And if they do give twilight a boyfriend in season four he better be fucking perfect. Only the very best for Princess Sparkle.
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:iconryn456:
ryN456 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
The top 5 ships don't surprise me at all its these tiny little ships I find hilarious. Who the hay is Colton Vines and why is he so madly in love with Daisy? Not to mention the budding romance of Lickety split and who ever Rumble is. And then there is always Shoe Shine and Thunderlane. Hoops and Score? Hoity Toity and Photo Finish is just logic though, that's clearly canon.
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:icontxteclipse:
txteclipse Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to the internet everyone!
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:iconnetaroblackmage:
NetaroBlackMage Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
How was the data collected? Did you write some site-scraping scripts? Or how?
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:icongrolloman:
grolloman Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Manually. As in, I browsed fimfiction sorting by the "romance" tag, and looked at every story, trying to determine what characters were being shipped. I can't think of any script that could do better than me, since often the ship is only shown in the picture or written in the description.
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:iconadalbertus:
Adalbertus Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, that's... interestig =P
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