I’ve gone through Nickelodeon’s best and worst couples. Now I think it’s about time I get to the pairings that never were canon but should have been. From fan-favorite ships to lesser-known shows, these Nickelodeon relationships would have either made the show better or satisfied the fans. And don’t worry, I’ve got Avatar: The Last Airbender on my list for those that still ship some of the characters.
Without further ado, here are my favorite ships that never made it to the screen. Did I miss your favorite would-be couple?
Zander and Stevie from ‘How to Rock’
First up, we have a show that far too many people forget about. How to Rock followed Gravity 5 in their battle against rival band The Perfs. And while that itself is a great premise, the chemistry between all of the characters got me hooked on this show.
From the get-go, Zander and Stevie two were close friends and bandmates with chemistry off the charts. And while I prefer the next ship from that show more, I honestly think if the characters had been allowed to act on their feelings, How to Rock would have gotten more fans.
Zander and Kacey from ‘How to Rock’
Next up from How to Rock are Zander and Kacey. Yep, you read that right, another Zander pairing. And this one is my favorite from the show because these characters actually date in the book series this show is based on.
I’m still mad the show never quite followed the storyline from the books, but I guess I’ll just have to live with the thought of what might have been. Kacey and Zander were rivals turned friends, and I absolutely love that trope. Nickelodeon should have given this show a chance!
CJ and Crispo from ‘100 Things to Do Before High School’
On the opposite side of the spectrum from How to Rock’s Zander and Kacey, we’ve got CJ and Crispo from 100 Things to Do Before High School. These two have been friends since kindergarten. This relationship was almost canon but ended before anything could genuinely happen for these almost-teenagers.
Just like Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, 100 Things to Do Before High School took place entirely in a middle school and followed three close friends. However, unlike its predecessor, this show only got one season.
If this show had continued to follow CJ, Crispo, and Fenwick to high school, CJ and Crispo would’ve had a similar arc to Ned and Moze. What a missed opportunity!
Jen and Jude from ‘6teen’
I know this show was on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network at different points in time, but Nickelodeon had it first. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Jen and Jude’s relationship from 6teen.
Their feelings for each other were hinted at in nearly every episode of the show. They did things couples do, like be each other’s dates for work events, and were also always there for each other. I still don’t get why Jonesy and Nikki were canon on this show, but Jen and Jude were pushed aside.
Amber and Fabian from ‘House of Anubis’
Any House of Anubis fan might understand where I’m coming from, but if you didn’t watch the show, I’ll explain why these two would have been a better couple than Fabian’s endgame. Though they were complete opposites, that’s why they would have been so good together.
Amber and Fabian were just housemates and friends when the show started. And I get “girl code” meant she couldn’t date her best friend’s ex, but Nina broke up with Fabian! In season three, Amber and Fabian grew closer, and I genuinely thought they would work out; sadly, I was wrong.
KT and Eddie from ‘House of Anubis’
Speaking of another season three pairing I wish had happened in House of Anubis, I want to talk about KT and Eddie. KT was essentially Nina’s replacement for the final season, and she and Eddie had a ton of chemistry.
Part of it was because Eddie was meant to protect KT from evil forces, but they also just had compatible personalities. They were both goofballs who would do anything for their friends–even risking their lives in the face of Egyptian curses. Honestly, you should just watch this show. It’s totally underrated.
Bella and Troy from ‘Bella and the Bulldogs’
Bella from Bella and the Bulldogs had quite a few love interests throughout the show, and yet she never had a crush on Troy (or vice versa). It always felt like it would build up to that eventually, but I think the show ended before it had a chance to explore this ship.
For the first half of season one, Troy and Bella were at odds over football, specifically the quarterback position, but eventually, they became friends. The blueprint for a rivals-to-friends-to-lovers storyline was there; why did the show have to get canceled so quickly?
Sam and Cat from ‘Sam & Cat’
I know I’ve talked about disliking Sam and Freddie from iCarly, but I found myself shipping her with a different character. Sam and Cat would’ve been the ultimate sunshine-grumpy trope pairing for Nickelodeon.
Both characters were beloved by fans of each show, so giving them a show together was a smart move. What would have made it better was having them date, even for just a little while. But Nickelodeon chickened out of that.
Korra and Tahno from ‘Avatar: Legend of Korra’
For all Avatar fans everywhere, I’m sorry, but Tahno deserved better. Yeah, he was a bad guy, but after losing his bending, he had to have turned over a new leaf. And since they made such a big deal about him in season one, why didn’t he make more appearances later on?
While I loved Korra and Asami together, I would have liked a break between their relationships with Mako. I honestly think Tahno would have been the right person for Korra at that point in her life. He needed a moral compass, and he would have challenged her in a way Mako couldn’t.
Henry and Charlotte from ‘Henry Danger’
I could’ve sworn these two did date, but I guess I was mistaken. There was a point where both liked each other, but being just friends for so long made it weird for both of them. But imagine the cuteness overload if they’d gotten together!
Charlotte was the first person who found out Henry was Kid Danger, and Henry was always there for Charlotte when she was in trouble. Even just writing this makes me sad Nickelodeon never went for this pairing.
Cat and Andre from ‘Victorious’
I have four different ships from Victorious because I really couldn’t decide which I liked more. They either had strong onscreen chemistry or were just so cute as friends that it’s easy to imagine them actually together.
First up, we have Cat and Andre. If I had to order the four Victorious ships based on which I think would’ve worked out the best, this is definitely on the bottom of the list. While they were cute and supportive of each other, they do work exceptionally well as just friends. But still, how adorable are they?
Tori and Beck from ‘Victorious’
Up next on the Victorious ships list, we have Tori and Beck. And while these would have been the boring but good-looking couple, they were a very popular ship. Even I wanted it to happen when the show was airing.
That said, I don’t think they would’ve lasted. Beck got back together with Jade because she challenged him; Tori just wouldn’t be that kind of girl, and Beck would’ve gotten tired of her. They would’ve been the Zoey and James (Zoey 101) of Victorious.
Tori and Jade from ‘Victorious’
I can’t tell if I love this pairing or hate it, so it’s on the list. Tori and Jade had chemistry. Whether that would translate well to a romantic relationship is a question I don’t have the answer to. But after the “Take a Hint” episode, I couldn’t deny shipping them.
Tori and Jade got off on the wrong foot, but eventually, Jade was less hostile to Tori. And as much as I would’ve loved seeing their dynamic play out as a couple, I don’t think them being together would’ve been endgame.
Tori and Andre from ‘Victorious’
Speaking of endgame, let’s talk about a Victorious pairing I thought was going to become canon by the end of the show. With the success of Zoey 101 and the hype around Zoey and Chase getting together in the finale, I thought Nickelodeon would do the same with Victorious.
Tori and Andre were friends and always supported the other in whatever they did. Tori even dressed up as Jade to help Andre get over a crush, then helped him rewrite his song and performed it with him. I just don’t know why this never happened.
Zuko and Katara from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’
I had to make you wait, and I’m not sorry about it. It’s finally time to talk about Zuko and Katara, AKA Zutara, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. And I will admit I never shipped them until my rewatch when they were put on Netflix.
I absolutely adore Aang and Katara together, but Zuko and Katara’s dynamic was so much better. Zuko pushed Katara to be a better bender, even when he was an antagonist. But once they became friends, they always had each other’s backs. I just don’t know which to choose: Kaang or Zutara?