A sympathetic shipper, in the world of fandom
, is one whose shipping
behaviour comes from joining in with their friends and peers. As a result, they generally have a wide range of ships, but are less obsessive over them. It is unusual for them to have an OTP
as they can switch quickly between ships for different conversations.
Sympathetic shippers should not be thought of as copycats or people just trying to fit in/be cool. They are able to enjoy a wider variety of ships than most traditional fans, but this enjoyment is still genuine.