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OTP

What does OTP mean?

OTP, which stands for One True Pairing, is a term that signifies a person’s favorite fictional romantic relationship.

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Examples of OTP
“OTPing Mulder and Scully is the fandom equivalent of instagramming your pumpkin spice latte.”
@rachelkiley Twitter (November 29, 2016)
“i’m pretty sure telemain and morwen from ‘the enchanted forest chronicles’ were my very first OTP”
aheartofwood Tumblr (July 15, 2012)
“We're my OTP /Baby you and me”
Troye Sivan, We’re My OTP (2012)
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OTP can also be employed in a humorous way to describe the relationship between a character and something they love, such as a particular food.

OTP is a very flexible term with many variants. For instance, if you particularly hate a relationship, you might describe it as your NOTP, a play on the word no. A BrOTP is used for when you really love the relationship between two friends, but don’t think it should be romantic. If you want a more polyamorous option, you can choose an OT3, OT4, or more.

Any of these can be used as a verb as well. For example, you can say you’re OTPing Batman and Superman (making the two your OTP), that you’re BrOTPing them instead, or that you’re OT3ing Wonder Woman with the two of them.

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