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By Tariq Kyle (@TRQhz) at 12:15 pm, October 19, 2012

Our seventh round of BattleShips begins with Castle! 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.

Round 1: Damon & Elena from Vampire Diaries
Round 2: Matthew & Mary from Downton Abbey
Round 3: Nick and Jess from New Girl
Round 4: Stiles and Derek from Teen Wolf
Round 5: Leonard and Penny from The Big Bang Theory
Round 6: Merlin and Arthur from Merlin

And your ‘Castle’ OTP is: Castle and Kate

Shipping Recap

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

What we consider canon

Castle/Beckett, Ashley/Alexis, Esposito/Lanie,

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

Esposito/Ryan, Castle/Esposito, Castle/Ryan,

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 Castle 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!

  • jghike

    I can’t believe this one is even a category, lol. I don’t think there will even be a contest.

    • Alan Volquez

      Esposito/Ryan ftw, jackwagon.

    • Jen_Lamoureux

      We all know that Caskett is going to take it but we had to keep it fair and run the bracket! I seriously think Caskett could take it ALL.

      • jghike

        I kind of hope they don’t. Not that I don’t like them, they’re just too predictable. I want some unknown to come out of nowhere to win. Actually, I was hoping Sheldon/Penny could win it all, but that obviously won’t happen. :P

  • Emily

    Everyone should just accept that Caskett are gonna win this whole thing! :DD

  • http://twitter.com/AsiaAAhmed Asia A Ahmed

    Why do people even bother to vote for other than Caskett??

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