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OTP stands for One True Pairing. Initially the acronym was self-referential for Fans rather than an invocation to Fandoms. OTP fans had no desire to write out of their preferred pairing. The term has become more contentious in recent years, with subtle and not so subtle inference that there may only be a single OTP in any given fandom, which seems ridiculous if only by the law of averages. Further devaluation of the term has come from a lack of tolerance for other other pairings and open derision of anyone who writes them.


Historical Definitions

The following definition dates to December 2005 in the Harry Potter fandom:

OTP - One True Pairing. In the Harry Potter fandom, it is generally used to mean a pairing that the fanfic writer, fanartist, vidder or essayist adores. In other fandoms, it is used to mean the belief that a show supports only one pairing of characters that works within canon (such as Elizabeth/Darcy or Han/Leia). [1]


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For most of the fans of the series 24 are Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler a OTP. Except for the slash fans, who consider Tony Almeida and Jack Bauer the OTP.

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