OTP is an abbreviation used among fans, usually of a work of fiction such as a TV series or book series, to describe the couple that they want to be together the most. OTP is usually used as a slang term and stands for One True Pairing.
Among different fandoms, the OTPS differ.
They can be a real couple in the story canon, such as Ross and Rachel from the TV show Friends.
They can also refer to a couple that seems to have a lot of chemistry but is not officially together. Sometimes, these unofficial couples are homosexual, so the OTP becomes a sub fandom – a fandom within a fandom. Contrary to the literal meaning of one true pairing, most fans have multiple OTPs.
The verb ship, as in relationship, is used to describe the action of believing a couple is their OTP. Someone who ships is a shipper.
When said aloud, each letter of OTP is said separately: oh-tee-pee.
- I really love Ron and Hermione together – they are my OTP.
- I have an OTP for every TV, book, and movie series that I like!
- My OTPs for Friends are Ross and Rachel and Joey and Rachel.
As with many slang terms, there are often other slang terms that are derived from the main abbreviation.
BrOTP: pronounced bro-tee-pee
Used to refer to a strong friendship that you really like; the friends are bros but can be female or male
- In the Harry Potter fandom, Harry and Ron Weasley are my brOTP.
- In the TV show The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon and Leonard are my brOTP.
NOTP: pronounced no-tee-pee
- Refers to a couple or pairing that you really don’t like
- I hate that new character in the Dexter TV show. She and Dexter are my NOTP.
- If you are going to reblog pictures of my NOTP on Tumblr, please tag them so I can avoid it!