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By Tariq Kyle (@TRQhz) at 12:00 pm, October 9, 2012

Do you ship two characters so hard and so much that you just hate the idea of some other character interfering with your OTP? Well, voice your opinion as we begin our tournament to see which relationship on which show has the biggest fan base on the internet! Confused? Read more!

First off, let’s give you a lesson on shipping.

For those of you who aren’t in the fandom know-how, the term “ship” is short for relationship. It’s become a verb, as well as a noun. “I ship Blaine & Kurt!”, says one Glee fan, while another may say “My favorite ship is Rachel & Finn.” Within all of the fandoms we cover there are countless ships that go as basic as Harry & Hermione, and go as outlandish as Draco & his apple.

We’ve grown accustomed to naming our ships with the combination of the characters’ names. A few classic examples would be Harmione, for Harry & Hermione, and Drapple for Draco and his apple. This is how we identify our ships, and how you’ll be able to find your favorite pieces of fan-fiction and art on sites like Tumblr or DeviantArt. We suggest looking through the pages of http://www.fanfiction.net for some fun discoveries on popular ships.

Still confused about what OTP means? Some people have one ship in their fandoms that they stand by regardless of likelihood or ridicule, and that’s called your One True Pairing. Here at Hypable, it’s safe to say that our Harry Potter OTP will forever be Drapple, and that will likely never change. Ever.

Now let’s tell you about our tournament.

We were surprised when we held a poll for your favorite OUAT ship and received thousands of votes for one pairing alone. So we thought to ourselves, “This can’t be the only fandom with such intense love for their OTP.” And BattleShips was born!

We want to see which ship has the biggest presence on Hypable. Which couple is the fandom couple, the one with the loudest voice and the biggest fans? It’s up to you to voice your opinion and make sure your favorite ship wins!

How it’s going to work.

Over the course of the next month, we will hold various polls asking for each fandom’s top 5 or 10 ships. Once each fandom has selected their OTP, it will continue in a fandom vs fandom bracket style tournament. It’s up to you to make sure your fandom wins! This will continue until we have one reigning ship, which we will anoint as the BattleShips Victor.

This tournament only applies to shows we currently cover on Hypable, and only TV shows. Let us know if you’d want a movie ship tournament.

The Fandom Elimination Round

We cover so many fandoms here at Hypable, we need to start this tournament off right by picking the top 10 favorite fandoms, as voted by you! Below is a poll with all of the fandoms we cover, you can vote for your top 10.

Round Duration: 48 Hours from time of post.

Which fandoms would you like to see in BattleShip?

- Castle (37%, 1,211 Votes)
- Doctor Who (32%, 1,040 Votes)
- Sherlock (30%, 977 Votes)
- Once Upon A Time (29%, 957 Votes)
- Glee (29%, 950 Votes)
- Teen Wolf (23%, 743 Votes)
- Big Bang Theory (21%, 679 Votes)
- How I Met Your Mother (20%, 649 Votes)
- Game of Thrones (19%, 610 Votes)
- Merlin (18%, 585 Votes)
- Supernatural (18%, 584 Votes)
- The Vampire Diaries (18%, 581 Votes)
- New Girl (17%, 546 Votes)
- Downton Abbey (14%, 463 Votes)
- Avatar (13%, 420 Votes)
- Bones (12%, 379 Votes)
- True Blood (11%, 373 Votes)
- Pretty LIttle Liars (11%, 354 Votes)
- Modern Family (10%, 343 Votes)
- Community (10%, 329 Votes)
- Grey's Anatomy (9%, 308 Votes)
- Gossip Girl (8%, 263 Votes)
- The Office (8%, 262 Votes)
- Revenge (8%, 246 Votes)
- Psych (7%, 237 Votes)
- The Walking Dead (7%, 234 Votes)
- Parks & Recreation (6%, 207 Votes)
- Misfits (6%, 180 Votes)
- Fringe (5%, 178 Votes)
- Smash (5%, 174 Votes)
- New Normal (5%, 162 Votes)
- Revolution (5%, 161 Votes)
- Grimm (4%, 133 Votes)
- 30 Rock (4%, 125 Votes)
- American Horror Story (3%, 111 Votes)
- The Newsroom (3%, 106 Votes)
- Mad Men (3%, 97 Votes)
- Breaking Bad (3%, 85 Votes)
- Nikita (3%, 83 Votes)
- Mindy Project (2%, 60 Votes)
- Girls (1%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,271

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  • Eliza

    Has to be Johnlock from Sherlock. THEY WOULD BE PERFECT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alysia.dugan Alysia Dugan

    I have to say, my big 4 ships are Remus/Sirius, Johnlock, Kurtofsky, and Jack/Ianto. But I guess I would be ok with just representing two…

    • Mooncat

      I love you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alysia.dugan Alysia Dugan

        Aww, yay! I love finding fellow shippers!

  • Gary65

    Shouldn’t Korra and TLA be combined into one fandom? I mean, we don’t have serparate fandoms for each regeneration of Dr. Who. So why are we having 2 separate ones for each regeneration of the Avatar?

    Also, why do you have TLA and not Torchwood?

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Combined. Thanks! Torchwood is most likely not coming back, and we’ve removed it from our covered fandoms. :/

      • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

        I should add though that since Jack started on Doctor Who he is certainly a character possibility

      • siani marsh

        But Janto. The only slash ship that ever actually came true.

        • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

          I loved Jack/Ianto, but there is a pretty active fanon River/Jack ship. Not really wildly partial to it myself, but it’s there.

  • Rida

    You guys don’t have Castle, that’s a big shame!

  • AliceHermione

    Umm Where is Chuck? You are missing Charah!

    • Elphaba Thropp

      I miss Chuck :(

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Chuck was cancelled! These are all shows currently running on tv that we cover.

      • http://twitter.com/TwelfthPrecinct Twelfth Precinct

        You don’t really cover Castle either, but I’m happy we can vote for Caskett!

        • Musician

          Caskett! Bwahahahaha!

      • http://twitter.com/TwelfthPrecinct Twelfth Precinct

        Would there be any interest from Hypable to cover Castle? You can see we are pretty hardcore fans/shippers, as we managed to get Castle in the lead, even if it isn’t covered on Hypable.

  • jkredwine

    This is ADORABLE. I love it! One of the best ideas to come out of Hypable yet.

  • mithranda

    Johnlock all the way!

  • Marie

    Totally Arwen or Mergana from Merlin! OMG YES!

    • snuffles44


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=39800745 Jana Bowling

    Using Harry/Hermione as a shipping example… I thought that was declared “delusional” – just saying. lol Ron and Hermione forever! Now that’s an OTP!

    • http://twitter.com/Hogwartsherms Felicia Grogan

      Glad I wasn’t the only one who thought that! Jo knows what’s up!

    • TheBestGuest

      It was declared “delusional” by fans of R/Hr, notebly Emerson and Melissa from
      Mugglenet and The Leaky Cauldron (or Snitch Seeker?), respectively, not by Jo. In an interview with
      Emerson and Melissa on Mugglenet, Jo said, “I want to make it clear, delusional
      is your word not mine!” Also in an interview on Snitch Seeker she said that, “It could
      have gone that way.” Meaning H/Hr could have happened but obviously she did not go down that path.
      Check yo-self before you wreck yo-self! Harmony fo-eva! :D

  • Angel of Thursday


  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.stiles Jenny Stiles

    Wheres torchwood?

    • lego5ker

      Owen and Tosh!!! Ianto and Jack!!!!

      • WillowBlood

        How about me and Jack? xD

        • lego5ker

          well for that matter you could put Jack and “hi my name is _____!” also then be asked to take a number and if you comfortable going in pairs?

      • Gary65

        Since all those characters have appeared in Dr. Who, you can include them there.

  • ao

    Where is Harry Potter on the list or are you just doing TV shows?

    • T

      If you read the article, it says only TV shows in bold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maddison.coates.7 Maddison Coates

    Castle! Why is there no Caskett?!

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Adding now!

  • Genny

    Am I blind or is Harry Potter not on there…or Twilight…or Hunger Games….or Percy Jackson. it certainly cuts down on the competition!

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      If you read carefully you’ll see this is just for tv shows. ;)

  • Alex


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    TVD!! <3 Delena. I'm so excited for this!

    • Gary65

      Well people need to vote for it more. VD is only on 26%, putting it in 9th place Another 10 votes for Downton Abbey & Merlin will knock it out of the running.

      • Kristin

        I didn’t vote for TVD because I assumed it would be one of the top ones anyway and I didn’t have to worry so I voted for ones I was worried about making it! I hope they have more than just 10 shows (10 pairings wouldn’t really work out for a bracket competition anyway) because TVD is still struggling for 10th place.

        It’s crazy to think there might be a fandom OTP battle without the Stelenas and Delenas duking it out!

        • Gary65

          And VD is out of the running. WIth mere hours to go before the polls close, Merlin has it beat by 1 vote.

          As I understand it, they are gonna take the top 10 shows, run a few polls to find the OTP in each show and then have each one face off to see who wins.

  • bookshipper

    YES PLEASE to a movie ship tournament, because I love watching Inception’s insanely popular exceptionally stalwart OTP of Arthur/Eames lose to about 18 more insanely popular ships from The Avengers. :D

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    well, so far it seems like most of my preferred fandoms might not make the cut. =( i’ll still participate gladly =)

  • Zeppelin

    This could turn out great or it could all end up in one massive shipping war. Sign me up. Oh and go Destiel!

  • BlueBronze

    They’re probably not going to win on Hypable, but Booth and Bones are the best TV couple ever. Keep that in mind.

  • Bech7Raven

    You sure you wanna do this, Hypable? ;) Gleeks are a force to be reckoned with.

    • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

      You should check out the poll that inspired this tournament. THAT was scary.

  • Hill

    I don’t see any Digimon. Guess everyone is afraid that Takari would walk. You know it’s true, we were all shipping that before we even knew what the hell shipping was.

    • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

      Ken/Kari = OTP

  • http://twitter.com/TwelfthPrecinct Twelfth Precinct

    Castle & Caskett is SO gonna win this!

  • http://twitter.com/TwelfthPrecinct Twelfth Precinct

    Hmm…If I can count, and I think I can, it seems like that all the percentages combines are together way more than 100%…

  • Andy

    Oh Hypable, I don’t think you know what you’ve gotten yourself into! My deepest condolences to what the moderators are going to have to put up with to handle this! These never seen to end well….

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      It’s all in good fun, so I look forward to moderating the competition. They key is to not take it too seriously! And to those that do, joke’s on them right? :P

      • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

        I’m in love with this comment

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      We know exactly what we’re getting into. Bring it on.

      • andy

        lol best of luck then!!

  • Vaca

    Casketteer all the way, but I still thing The X Files holds the greatest fandom of all times…I mean, even after all this time, us Philes are still out there

    • GirlWhoCriedWhenSiriusDied

      Thank you! I hate when I see X Files bashed – I still love the show :D

    • Musician

      I really do want to believe.
      Mulder & Scully forever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001368411440 Anna Shadid

    Come on PB&J are adorable and together! I love them so much.

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    Hypable knows not what they’ve done.

    Fandoms will roar.Canons will thunder.Ships will sink.

    Polls are coming…

    • HobbitHaley321

      This comment wins the internet.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      I still maintain that whatever shipper movements are going on right now, no fandom will ever, EVER experience anything like the madness that was the Lost shipping community! The Jate vs Skate wars were massive, mental, and hugely embarrassing for everyone involved… and they arguably were a big part of the show’s downfall because the writers got so consumed with trying not to anger anyone too much, they forgot about the story they’d set out to tell.

      That said, I think shipping is awesome. It’s a natural part of any fandom, and anyone who disregards relationships on a show or in a book series is missing out on such an important aspect of character development and foreshadowing.

      So I’m very excited to see people get involved with this tournament! :)

      • Emmybm15

        That reminds me of the shipping war that is Seddie VS Creddie over at the ICarly fandom yeah it can get quite heated over there and there is a reason why some ICarly fans can’t wait for the show to end so we can find out who gets with Freddie xD

      • Brandi Delhagen

        Oh Lost…how I miss thee!

      • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

        I don’t know. I’ve heard the Harry Potter ship wars were pretty bloody. The worst I’ve ever seen are Glee ships wars, and to be honest, that’s a part of the reason I quit that fandom.

        • http://hypable.com Selina

          That’s true. You may be right about the Harry Potter wars, although they (mostly) died down once canon was established in the series. But that did get super nasty, I remember!

          • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

            I remember the lost stuff I was always torn between Skate and Sawyer/Juliet. I couldn’t really have care less who Jack ended up with he got on my nerves. :) But I would say the most insane shipping where people totally lost their minds was Potter. Perfectly rational people went batshit insane over shipping

          • http://twitter.com/JaneRokuva Bailey Jane Riebold

            Were you guys around last month for the bloodbath that was Sterek vs Destiel in the AfterElton poll? Browsing Tumblr was like navigating WWIII.

          • http://twitter.com/DaniFreya Dani

            “Browsing Tumblr was like navigating WWIII.” This is probably the most accurate description of that I’ve read as to date.

        • Denim

          Gleeks are mad. And I love them, but Klainers are mental. Possibly the nastiest fandom EVER

      • Estella


  • WillaOakes22


  • SnatcherGirl

    I need Malec from TMI! That is my one and only OTP <3

  • Jessica

    I think that you should do this by category. Like, maybe one for comedies, one for sci-fi shows, one for dramas. I’m a huge fan of the NBC comedies, but I know that there’s not a chance in hell any of them will win. There’s kind of no point narrowing it down from all of these shows when we can basically predict which 10 are going to be picked.

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      This is based by fandom loving! All of these shows have pretty big fandoms, you just gotta get the word out to the rest of ‘em!

  • Maddie Hatter

    First off, Hypable, I applaud you for undertaking this.
    And secondly, I think that a movie shipping battle would be glorious as well. Harry Potter… Avengers, dear lord… it would be amazing. So that’s my vote, and I can’t wait for this!

    • Elessar

      Yes please! Movie shipping, though that would be a pretty big hassle. There are so many options. Black Widow/Hawkeye though. Just sayin.

  • this will be insane

    the Swan Queen shippers have unleashed monster. O.O ;P

  • :)

    Where’s White Collar?

  • http://twitter.com/Tran_Nagwaian Tran Nguyen

    For Game of Thrones, which I hope pulls through… Gendry and Arya definitely. And I do feel sorry for Jorah so heck, Jorah/Dany.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      What about Jaime/Brienne? XD Jon/Ygritte gotta make it too, and Renly/Loras, and maybe Ned/Catelyn…whoa once you start thinking about ships in this series it never stops o.o

      • http://twitter.com/Tran_Nagwaian Tran Nguyen

        Oh my gosh, yes! How could I forget those! Joffrey/a spike could work too. And SanSan (Sansa/Sandor)

  • Elleminnowpee

    So many ships! Doctor Who and Glee are musts.
    But seriously if you guys do a movie version things are going to get ugly fast.
    Like the Harry/Hermione ship isn’t Harmione it is Harmony or HHr or HMS Pumpkin Pie.
    (Can you tell I ship it?)

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    I think it’s safe to say Johnlock will most probably win this.

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    What about Pokemon?

    • crystalline

      yes yES omG!! the pokemon fandom is so big and filled with so many ships and if my pokemon otp won i’d be like crying gosh

  • http://twitter.com/TempeBeckett__ WillWorkForVanilla

    SOMEONE forgot to put in Rizzoli & Isles..

  • Christine


  • SpellNiffler16307


  • Accio

    Sterek will rise to the top.

  • Gary65

    The Hypable website is gonna crash over this. I guaruntee it.

  • Kate

    VOTE CASTLE !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    The fact that Castle is one of the top voted for fandoms on here is a really good indicator of why Hypable should cover this show. Again, I would totally be one of the writers for it if you guys ever decided to cover it. :)

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    For those of you interested, this is the current rundown of the top 10, not in order:

    DW, OUAT, Castle, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, GoT, Downton Abbey, Merlin, Supernatural, Avatar

    It could still change! 24 hours left. :)

  • Kayy

    I wish Misfits was more popular on this website. I absolutely love Simon and Alisha!!!! Well, I guess you could say loveD . . . terrible fate . . .

  • Jenn


  • rebecca

    Why only tv shows?

  • http://twitter.com/JenBlaze78 Jen

    Thank you SO much for adding Castle!!! We Caskett fans are hardcore and please take this as a plea from us to cover the show? It is THE best show & romance on television right now! Thank you. :-)

  • morgen71

    I’m just going to sit here and wait for the explosion. It’s going to be like Harmony all over again… brace yourselves, people!

  • WhatTheGrace

    TVD – Elena/Damon
    GOT – Arya/Gendry | Sansa/Sandor
    NG – Schmidt/Kanye
    TB – Sookie/Eric | Sookie/Alcide

    Wish you had included the popular shipping films (HP/Twilight/THG/ ..I’m going to do it any way.. HP – Harry/Hermione | Luna/Harry
    Twilight – Jacob/Bella (my ultimate OTP) | Jacob/Leah
    THG – Katniss/Finnick

  • http://twitter.com/Mreadingcrazii Megan Buchner

    :( no Harry Potter.

  • Teri

    Castle is the greatest show ever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000073700398 Daisy RocketShip Potter-Philli

    Where’s Harry Potter?

  • Jason

    Because Zuko and Katara NEEDS to happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=37517412 Nikki Arrington

    You have invoked the wrath of the Castle fandom! All other ships are going down. Its Caskett to the end!

  • BLAH


  • Kath

    Yes, to a tournament for movies! .. and perhaps in the future, books?

  • kate

    Pretty little liars – Toby/Spencer and Caleb/Hanna :)
    Merlin- Morgana/Merlin
    Glee- Sam/Quinn

    and Drapple!

  • kate

    can we please, please, please do more than 10? pretty little liars!

  • hello

    Quick shippers, this is our chance.

  • http://flavors.me/joy_twinz joy_twinz

    sterek all the way :D

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    Top 10 as of now: Castle, DW, Sherlock, OUAT, Glee, Teen Wolf, Big Bang Theory, HIMYM, Game of Thrones, and Merlin. (My three favorite shows are the top three) :)

  • siani marsh

    Doctor and Rose, The Oncoming Storm and his big Bad Wolf. My OTP

  • PotionWillow207

    Um, this is not all the fandoms you cover. Where is TMI? Where is Hunger Games? Harry Potter? The Hobbit/LOTR? Some major fandoms missing here…

    • PotionWillow207

      Just so everyone knows, I saw that this is only TV shows and that a movie ship was suggested. But what about the books?

    • Kristen Kranz

      The article states that this is only a TV shipping tourney. A movie tournament will be done at another time. Just way too many to try and fit into one… (Plus, how would I choose!?!)

  • Emmybm15

    Come on Caskett and Johnlock! :D <3 and also The Doctor/TARDIS and The Doctor/Any of his companions from 2005 up to now (except for River Song who I do not like but don't mind people liking her)

  • Gary65


  • Brandi Delhagen


  • Battle

    Teen Wolf’s Sterek is totally ready for battle!!!

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    this is going to be epic

  • Shoo

    What about the Delena Vs Stelena wars. Getting out of hand!

  • charlton

    When the new season of Game of Thrones begins,it will be good.

  • charlton


  • Ceci

    I would be REALLY curious to see which ship would win among the Community pairings. Every ship is perfectly valid on Community. XD

  • Guest

    stfu and vote for klaine biatch

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    Did Grey’s make it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.anderson.507464 Sam Anderson

    This is going to end up Dean/Castiel versus Derek/Stiles again, and I will cry.

    Because it was so hard last time, I don’t want to have to click that button again.

  • giorgia


  • http://twitter.com/LukhyKaur _FourLeafClover_

    What about Bade, That has so many faithful shippers :D Victorious

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