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By Tariq Kyle (@TRQhz) at 12:00 pm, October 14, 2012

Our second round of BattleShips begins with Downton Abbey! Which ship will make it off to the fandom vs. fandom showdown?

Hypable has decided to take the monumental task of hosting a fandom shipping tournament, where we pit ship against ship and fandom against fandom to see which relationship will emerge the victor. In our qualifying round we asked you to pick your top 10 favorite fandoms, and we decided that the race was so close we actually made it the top 16.

And now Downton Abbey gets its turn in our preliminary rounds to see which ship will represent each fandom in the final showdown.

And your ‘Downton Abbey’ OTP is: Matthew Crawley & Lady Mary Crawley

Shipping Recap

Let’s get you a little lesson on Downton Abbey ships. Who’s canon and who’s fanon (fandom created)?

What we consider canon

Cora/Robert, Mary/Matthew, Sybil/Branson, Edith/Anthony, Mary/Richard, Bates/Anna, William/Daisy, Thomas/Duke, Matthew/Lavinia, Bates/Vera, Robert/Jane, Jimmy/Thomas

As per our opinion, a canon relationship is one where the two characters have actually been involved in some sort of emotional or physical relations on the show. Flirting, kissing, sleeping together, that’s all something that would make a pair a canon ship. At least, that’s how we see it on Hypable. We’ve seen the characters above do everything from a small kiss to steamy sex scenes.

What we consider fanon

Thomas/William, Mr. Carson/Mrs. Hughes, Sybil/Matthew, Matthew/Thomas, Daisy/Thomas, O’Brien/Thomas, Mrs. Patmore/Daisy, Anna/Mr. Mosely, Alfred/Daisy

A fanon ship is something that the fans would love to see on the show, but hasn’t actually happened (yet). Inside this realm of ships are also all the ships that have been hinted to in the show, but nothing has actually occurred.

There are also the ships that are inspired by two characters just interacting and having great chemistry. While these aren’t romantic relationships on the show, they’ve definitely turned out their fair share of romance fics and images on the Internet.

Vote for your OTP!

Only one ship will move on and represent Downton Abbey in the final rounds of BattleShips. So which will you pick? Are you going to vote for something that has happened on the show because you can’t wait to see more, or will you vote for a fanon couple and try to show the producers that they need to give it more attention?

Pick your couple and tell us in the comments with what you chose!

Confused about what shipping is?

If you’ve missed out first article, take a look at our first BattleShips post to figure out what all this shipping nonsense means. And if you still don’t understand, sound off in the comments below and we’ll help you out!

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

    realistically, matthew/mary are the strongest contenders to go up against any other ship, but let’s be honest with ourselves ya’ll, anna/bates are the real OTP inside downton’s walls. “the only ruin i recognize is to be without you” – this gives me *ALL THE FEELINGS*

    • antonia31

      Yes, but mary matthew in the christmas special? That was so magical!

  • Raychole

    I have no doubt that M/M will win. But tht won’t stop me from declaring my undying love for the Bransons.

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

    I had to go with Bates & Anna. Off to tumblr to find my fellow Banna fans! Or is it Ates? Janna? I don’t know. Ship name are confusing!

  • Alice

    Why can’t I seem to vote? :O I can only see the results.

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

      Hmm, try clearing your cache and/or cookies!

    • Phantomfluteplayer

      I had to sign in on my Hypable account to be allowed to vote.

  • Lucy

    I’m torn between Bates/Anna and Matthew/Mary.. I love both couples! However, a couple of these are from season 3 which isn’t in the US yet :-/ (Thomas and Jimmy for example)

    • Cynthia

      They aren’t really a couple in season 3. I guess this poll is shipping everything. HAha

      • Lucy

        Well I haven’t seen it yet.. So as far as I know they are :-P

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

        Ahah, well Jimmy was brought on to be a supposed love interest for Thomas so we just wanted to make sure that people had their choices! Better have too many ships than not enough!

        Plus Thomas would get with anyone with male genitalia, that boy is LONELY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessa-Peake-Bay/100001174122356 Jessa Peake-Bay

    eww why would y’all vote for incest

    s/b all da way

  • Elphaba Thropp


  • luna97831

    Sybil/branson definitely should Win because theyre perfection but mary/matthew will :’(
    Sybil/Branson all the way!!! <3<3<3

  • wizardheart

    anna/ bates!

  • goldensnidget92

    Mrs Patmore and Daisy?!? Never heard of that before..!

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

      I saw a fic…it was disturbing.

      • goldensnidget92

        Ohhhh wow. I’m all for imagination, but that’s a little…. let’s just say ‘out there’!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    Jimmy and Thomas haven’t technically done anything… Yet. ;)

  • Karen

    the only reason that Sybil/Branson isn’t winning is because all the shippers are still trying to deal with the feels this episode brought.

  • goldensnidget92

    Ok, I will NOT post spoilers, but for those other UK viewers who have just watched Downton….. ………………….. You know what I mean….

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

      You’re making us Americans go CRAZY.

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

        Oh you have NO IDEA…evil cackle

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

          I’m excited to get on my VPN and watch it tonight. Hehehe.

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

            Just watched. ….I’m glad I voted for who I voted for.

      • Lauren

        This is how the rest of the world feels with the delays for American shows :P

      • goldensnidget92

        Mwahaha! It was so hard not to spoil in that post, but I’m not that mean :)

    • Gary65

      Are you saying that something that is listed above as fanon is no longer fanon? Or has one of the couples come to an end?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

        To the second question, yes and no. Does that help?

    • Elphaba Thropp


    • Lauren

      I would have voted differently had I known!

  • Kailey-wa

    I’m sorry, but half these non-cannon ships had me saying “NOOOO, who would ship that?” Just saying :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    OMG!!! NOoooooo! I just watched the episode online, cause there’s no way im waiting till January. *Cry and I had such high hopes!

    • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

      I think the episode in which he and Sybil helped that soldier proved that he does, in fact, have a heart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

    UGH no Mary and Matthew are so annoying Anna and Bates FTW

  • Elphaba Thropp

    *has just seen the latest episode*

    My life means nothing.

  • http://twitter.com/inkasrain Michal

    After this latest episode, this post is a machete to my heart.

    And that’s all I’ll say.

  • http://twitter.com/ValeKementari Valeria Kementari ♫

    Where is Violet/Isobel???

  • http://twitter.com/notenoughpuff Sarah

    Question: Because you took the time to differentiate between canon and fanon, will the end poll be for best fanon AND canon ship, or will there be a separate poll for fanon and one for canon?

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

      That’s a great question, but no. We just wanted to help the people who are new to shipping understand why two characters are together in the poll when they’ve never been together in the show, which is why we explain the difference. :)

  • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

    came here to vote, saw sybil/branson, cried and left. DAMMIT!

  • Chris

    Mary and Pamuk!

  • Raychole

    I feel like Sybil/Gwen is more fanon than Sybil/Matthew

    Not that it matters now.

    I feel traumatized.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646371872 Elizabeth Lee Hammons

    Bad timing Hypable, bad timing.

  • G

    Mary and Matthew for sure

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722496967 Ana Selene Rodriguez Garcia

    this just seems like a cruel joke now

  • Heather. C


  • Nitzan

    Is the voting closed? Or has it not started yet?

  • Rain

    Sybil and Branson. Though, Thomas and Daisy? Never thought of that. xD Could be fun.

  • Luce

    Sybil and Tom will forever be my otp, even after 3×05

  • emi

    Tom & Sybil forever

  • Jess


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