"Shipping" is the concept of two characters within any series being paired together, typically romantically. Kim Possible is no exception, having a wide number of ships supported by its fans.
Among the most well know ships within the Kim Possible fandom includes the canon Kim/Ron (K/R) and Drakken/Shego (D/S). There are also several popular non-canon ones such as Kim/Shego (KiGo), Ron/Bonnie (RonBon), and Joss/Wade (Jade). Shipping is often a topic of Fan Fiction, Fan Art, and Fan Videos within the Kim Possible fandom, most of its boards having a thread denoted for either general shipping or specific ships, as a way to limit shipping as a topic to avoid debates due to often high intensity conflicts and ship warring.
Ship Warring:[edit | edit source]
Ship warring is when fans of one ship begin to bash that of another ship, usually one that is opposed to it or conflicts. Shipping Wars have occured in the Kim Possible fandom, notable ones happening within boards such as RS.net in the past before it was settled and forced to stop by moderator action.
There is a fine difference between ship warring and simply disagreeing. Ship warring is typically in the form of a direct attack on a ship, such as stating that "ship X is stupid". Simply disagreeing or honest debate would be along the lines of "I disagree with ship X due to Y shown in episode Z". The later of which is typically permitted on boards because it is usually in context of a serious debate, while the former is often simply flagged as direct flaming due to the provocative nature of such comments.
Popular Ship Overviews:[edit | edit source]
This is a brief overview of popular ships, including both canon and fanon ships.
Kim/Ron (Canon)[edit | edit source]
Kim and Ron, for the first three seasons of the show,Kim and Ron remain close friends with some hints of mutual interest. The ship was toyed with in some moments and feelings implied, on the first episodes the ship was considered in canon secondary in light of Kim's early crush on Josh Mankey. This did not mean that hints of their future relationship were not dropped however, such as Kim's reaction to Ron implying that they'd look like they were on a date in Grudge Match or Ron's reactions to Josh Mankey in Blush.
There were more implied feelings from Kim's side, when she would get briefly jealous of Ron's getting attention from other girls, one of the most prominent examples being Yori, Kim went as far as to think Yori migh have been a threat to Ron, with some characters like Wade or Monique pointing out she might just have been jealous, at the end of this episode a confused Ron couldn't believe Yori might have liked him romantically, and he wonders why girls just can't be more straighfoward about their feelings, the episode ends with Kim exclaiming endearingly to him "well, you've got me" and the two of them walk home side by side. Kim also commented on the chapter "Steel wheels" that friday's night were to her "her Oficial Ron's nights" while getting a bit discouraged when she finds out Ron and Felix had already done plans for the night, also on the chapter "bad boy" Kim gives hints and encourages Ron to bring her as a date to a family wedding.
In the Season 3 episode Emotion Sickness, the ship was explored via the affects of a device called the 'moodulator' which had Kim aggressively pursuing Ron romantically. With the end of the episode having Kim state that the moodulator may not be the only cause for Kim's feelings, with her stating "there are still fireworks" it seemed like the ship would eventually was going to be happen in-canon.
At the end of the original series finale, So the Drama, the ship became canon,and remained so into Season 4 when the series was renewed. When the series was renewed, Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle (the creators of the show) admitted there was risk in exploring their blossoming relationship, but felt that it was a chance to try something new with the characters. Regardless, however, they felt that the relationship had to be handled delicately due to the younger audience members of the show.
Drakken/Shego (Debatable)[edit | edit source]
The relationship between Drakken and Shego is one that had changed rapidly over the course of the show. At first it remained a typical employer-employee relationship but steadily blossomed into something further, though overt shippiness has for the most part been minimal on the show.
The first clue, albeit likely unintentional, that gave this ship credence was in the Season 2 episode Blush, where Drakken commented about a personality quiz asking how they'd show their love to someone being put some form of mind control on them. Drakken had done this to Shego, and Kim, in the Season 1 episode The Twin Factor. The next major clue was, like for Kim and Ron, the Season 3 episode Emotion Sickness, during which Shego was also affected by the Moodulator and acted romantically toward Drakken, though it was not brought up later. Still, note should be made that emotions and statements made under the effects of the Moodulator are highly suspect as they were not the True and Natural expressions of the person's feelings.
The ship was teased in Season 4, particularly in the actual finale Graduation, with Drakken and Shego rushing toward each other when they meet up with each other on the alien ship before awkwardly breaking away. At the end of Graduation, the ship became debatable –Shego's expression was not one of full acceptance and her missing from Drakken's side during the credit end-scene is notable– and non-explicitly canon. It was confirmed as such by Steve Loter afterward[citation needed ].
The ship is known as D/S in forums and the fandom in general.
Kim/Shego (Non-Canon)[edit | edit source]
KiGo is considered to be one of if not the most popular ship amongst the Kim Possible fanbase, second only to the canon Kim/Ron. The pairing is non-canon, and typically runs on what is referred to as 'subtext', or reading between the lines of different scenes to find deeper/hidden meanings. The primary source of subtext for this ship is the interaction between Kim and Shego during their frequent battles. Shego's nicknames for Kim such as 'princess' or 'cupcake' as well as Shego stating in Season 4 that she was to be the only one to defeat Kim (Mad Dogs and Aliens, Cap'n Drakken) are popular sources of fuel for this pairing. The Season 4 episode Stop Team Go also served as fuel, with Kim stating that, when not evil, Shego was like a big sister to her.
Although non-canon, the KiGo ship has sparked considerable debate and has attracted attack due to the age difference of the two characters and of being a lesbian pairing, particularly from extremely supportive K/R shippers, and some particularly supportive KiGo shippers had felt free to fire back. These tensions have simmered out of the majority of the fandom, but regardless of this, KiGo remains one of the most controversial and popular ships of the Kim Possible series.
Other Ships:[edit | edit source]
Joss/Wade (Non-Canon)[edit | edit source]
This ship is a somewhat fringe one which pairs Kim's cousin Joss Possible with Wade, Kim's mission control. It is non-canon in nature and often referred to as "Jade" for a ship portmanteau.
Felix/Zita (Canon)[edit | edit source]
Felix and Zita were originally characters introduced in different episodes, and did not interact until "Graduation", where they were paired together, though Zita did not have any speaking lines during that episode and the two had never been in the same episode before that point, leaving the dynamic of their relationship unspecified other than that they were together.
Ron/Bonnie (Non-Canon):[edit | edit source]
Although shown in the show to be regularly antagonistic, some fans have chosen to pair these two together. The nickname for this ship is typically Ron/Bon.
Kim/Anne[edit | edit source]
This ship is seen in the show. Kim and Anne have a great mother and daughter relationship. Some fans ship them romantically or sexually. It depends on the person or group.