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By Tariq Kyle (@TRQhz) at 4:45 pm, October 22, 2012

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

Hypable has decided to take on 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 and Elena from Vampire Diaries
Round 2: Matthew and 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
Round 7: Castle and Kate from Castle
Round 8: Bones and Booth from Bones

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

And your ‘Avatar’ OTP is: Aang & Katara

Shipping Recap

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

What we consider canon

Aang/Katara, Zuko/Mai, Sokka/Yue, Sokka/Suki, Katara/Jet, Zuko/Jin, Korra/Mako, Korra/Bolin, Asami/Mako, Tahno/Korra, Tenzin/Lin, Tenzin/Pema

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

Asami/Korra, Asami/Bolin, Zuko/Katara, Zuko/Toph, Aang/Toph, Azula/Ty Lee, Sokka/Ty Lee, Mai/Ty Lee, Zuko/Aang, Sokka/Toph

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 Avatar 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 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!

  • Alatariel

    Oh so difficult to choose! I LOVE Zuko/Katara and that was supposed to originally be canon, but Bryke changed it. I also LOVE Tahno/Korra :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567353755 Erica Jane Ostergar

    Sokka/Suki is my OTP, but I’ve got to support Zutara in this. They had way more chemistry than Kataang ever did.

  • Kyndall

    Omg, how can you make me choose.

  • Grace


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

    poor azula, she’s only got one fanon ship. it’s unfortunate how bat s*** crazy she is. :-p

  • Gary65

    Holy crap, this is gonna be tight.

  • Gary65

    Can someone please explain this fascination with Tahno? He was in 4 scenes over 2 eps and hasn’t been seen since. Why do we care about him? Shiro’s been in more scenes(and delievered some of the best lines of the season IMO) and I don’t see anyone shipping him with anybody.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t Shiro already spoken for ?(happily married ;P). Fans will ship anybody with anyone these days. No matter how illogical it is :/.

  • Patty

    Tyzula tbh

  • Kathryn

    Zuko and Katara!!!!!!!

  • jghike

    No Katara/Toph?

  • Miks

    Asami and Korra! Korrasami is my otp!

  • http://www.facebook.com/erikd1 Erik Davison

    Hardest choice ever…. I know Zuko/Katara will win…
    Sokka and Suki are my favorite couple so I voted for them

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567353755 Erica Jane Ostergar

      Sokka and Suki are the only good canon ship in my opinion. They are so cute together.

  • Genny


    • Louise


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

      OMG i love that picture! LOLOLOLOL

    • Samma

      DYING this is perfection.

    • ???

      you just made my day

  • emma


  • Zombunnies

    As much as I love Tahnorra, Zutara is my forever OTP, and has a better chance of winning so I’m going with that.

  • Destiny


  • Maria


  • sammylovegood

    How can I only choose one??!!

  • Anonymous

    Why do they have Tahno/Korra placed as canon when it clearly isn’t? It should be placed correctly in the fanon section where it belongs.

  • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Sarah Sutherland

    Zutara is literally my OTP for ALL fandoms. It is the one I will literally will go down for. hehe, it also was the one who introduced me to shipping all those years ago :) This was the real war lol :D My Favorite cartoon ever

  • Jacob

    This brought me back to my childhood where I was obsessed with buying each Avatar DVD that came out…each on only had four episodes on it. Anyway, Katara and Aang FTW.

  • Terri


  • http://twitter.com/Senshi4alltime Ash T


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

    this one was really hard to vote on, I couldn’t decide!

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

    how about the cabbage vendor and his cabbages? one of the greatest unrequited love stories of all time IMO.

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

    toph/the boulder
    i would say appa/uggi but it’s unclear whether appa is the father of all subsequent flying bison so that could potentially be very weird.

  • http://twitter.com/Miadodi Anon

    Voting for Zutara!

  • Kait


  • Rhea

    People, vote for Zuko/Katara! Has anyone notcied the lack of interaction between Katara and Aang between the Ember Island Players and the finale? The last private conversation they did together was “I’m confused”–*assault*–(end). Then Katara and Aang kiss. WTF?

  • Karri

    Zuko & Katara pls!

  • Confused

    Where is the vote button?

  • Fridell


  • Keila

    omg I’ve loved Zutara forever. My heart will always believe they’re canon <3

  • Spiderchicken

    Only a little irrelevant, but I was wondering if the fandoms are going in any particular order?

  • http://twitter.com/sobabycarpediem Me

    Does someone want to TRY to explain to me HOW Zutara isn’t canon?

    • Schmitty

      Because despite what the fandom wants to believe, there was absolutely no romantic interactions between the two. Not to mention that they never showed any signs of romantic feelings for each other.

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK


  • http://twitter.com/sobabycarpediem Me

    I just noticed the lack or representation of Tokka shippers in this poll.

    I will be torn if Zutara wins this and Johnlock wins the Sherlock poll (and what other ship would win Sherlock?)

  • Delena

    Suki and Sokka all the way! They are such an under appreciated ship.

  • Johanna

    ZUTARA <3

  • Delena

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like Zutara?

  • Bre

    Zuko and Katara!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Factuality Factuality

    It’s gotta be Kataang! Huzzah for functional relationships and well-matched pairs! Let’s be real, Katara and Zuko sort of bring out the worst in one another.

    • Hasthedeaf

      Let’s be real, Katara is more like Aangs mother than literally anything else at all.

      • Dee

        Let’s be real, mothers don’t have sex, let alone children with their sons…unless they’re dysfunctional and evil. So that says alot about how you view Katara, but that’s not my problem since I love the Katara Bryke created and not the one you have in your head.

  • Samma

    These polls are officially inaccurate. No way Kataang has more of a rabid following than Zutara.

    • Dee

      And yet, we do, lol. It seems that Kataangers are equally passionate about our ship.
      After an epic friendship/romance, a marraige that lasted for decades, and three beautiful cloudbabies, we should be!
      I love my ship and my fellow shippers!

    • Melody

      Well, there’s also a couple factors here- 1. It’s on Hypeable. Not only does the ATLA not have too big of a representation on this site, but they’ve mostly picked canon pairings (the only exceptions I can think of are Sterek and Merthur, and well, I know as a member of the Teen Wolf fandom Sterek is no surprise since 90% of the fandom ships it xD). I know I was surprised when Leonard/Penny won for Big Bang since I’ve seen much louder and more represented ships elsewhere for that show (and I’m saying this as a Leonard/Penny fan). So I think a lot of people on Hypeable just prefer the canon pairing. 2. It’s been years since ATLA (not including Korra) has aired, so a lot of the feelings and ship wars have died down. If this had happened during ATLA’s prime days, there is no doubt in my mind Zutara would have won. But a lot of people have moved on or don’t feeling as strongly anymore.

  • Dee

    Aang and Katara have always been the OTP of ATLA for me and they always will be, but I gotta admit…winning is nice.
    Go, Kataangers!

  • Toph13139

    Where… Is Lieumon (The Lieutenant and Amon). Because THAT one is my OTP and the OTP of several LOK fans.

  • Zetta


  • isenhobbitz

    Why isn’t the poll showing up for me? I’m signed in…..:’(

  • Whoop

    Can you guys please use another picture for Aang/Katara? Mercy, out of all of the awesome Aang/Katara pics out there, you use the worse moment between them to display.

  • Makoen


  • Bruised

    Kataang, as the creators said, is the DNA of ATLA.

  • kataanger3

    GO KATAANG! GO KATAANG! Kataang your my forever ship!

  • Deets

    TyZula (Ty Lee/Azula)

  • Donkey

    No matter how much butthurt Zuko/Katara fangirls whine and whine and whine, Aang/Katara will always WIN.

  • Emily


  • thatscraaaazy

    Zukka (Zuko/Sokka). Judge not lest ye be judged….
    Oh and also Kataang.

  • Tim

    Korra/Bolin because Bolin is sooo perfect for her… Makos just a meany. And also how is Tahno/korra a canon???

  • http://twitter.com/chibimimitchi Vanisha ;)


  • Kainaku

    Zuko & Katara!

  • KM


  • Heather


  • Tinzz


  • Bumblebee

    Kaatang may always be endgame but Zutara is beautiful. Their chemistry and friendship is what I believe made the Third Season the best Season. The way Zuko risks his life for Katara was what made the Season Finale so beautiful. What Kataang kiss? I also started to watch Avatar the Last Airbender because of the Pirate episode. They have the best artwork, fanfiction (anyone should read the Black Games, Love Thy Enemy, or Stormbenders.) And I only have one question: Where were Zuko and Katara in the flashbacks in Legend of Korra? Obviously together:)

    • sally

      1) Third season was the weakest in terms of writing and narrative. No arguments there.
      3) You’re just seeing what you wanna see.2) You disgust me.

    • zz-rider

      You Zutarians take delusion to a whole new level

  • Rose

    Zutara <3

  • Mitchel Clow

    Zuko/Aang. hehe

  • http://www.facebook.com/krazyratlady Krista Osteen

    Katara and Zuko! ZUTARA beetches!

  • thelildeter

    Katara/Aang Kataang!!!!

  • dnangelx16

    Zutara FTW

  • Kalani


  • ZUKO_Lover

    Z U T A R A <3

  • Jen

    Gotta be Zutara!

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    Ah, I didn’t get to vote but I’m happy Kataang won! Zuko and Katara would make an awful couple. They are just too similar, both stubborn and hotheaded. This is one of those times where I think fans are confusing passion/anger with love. Katara and Zuko have a lot of passion(not towards each other, just in general), but they need a common enemy to direct all that energy, which is why they made an awesome team fighting Azula. They learned to trust each other as allies and friends, compared to azula who was a paranoid pychopath and pushed everyone away. Together as a couple, Zuko and Katara would spend most of their time fighting.

  • Rain

    Zutara is my OTP!

  • ashley

    Zuko/Katara was a legit ship!

  • http://twitter.com/DaniM0nster Dani Sparkle Popcorn


  • Tennis4Life

    My friend and I always, ALWAYS cosplay Zutara for conventions. ZUTARA FTW! :)

  • zutaralove4ever


  • Avatard

    IrohxTea is already cannon!!!!

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