• Like Us On Facebook
    • Like us on Facebook

  • +1 Us on Google
  • Follow Us On Facebook
  • Follow Us On Facebook
    • Follow us on tumblr.

  • Search

Our final preliminary round of BattleShips begins with How I Met Your Mother! 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
Round 9: Aang and Katara from Avatar
Round 10: Rose and The Tenth Doctor from Doctor Who
Round 11: Arya and Gendry from Game of Thrones
Round 12: Sherlock and Watson from Sherlock
Round 13: Emma and Regina from Once Upon A Time
Round 14: Kurt & Blaine from Glee
Round 15: Dean & Castiel from Supernatural

And now How I Met Your Mother gets its turn in our preliminary rounds to see which ship will represent each fandom in the final showdown.

And your ‘HIMYM’ OTP is: Barney & Robin

Shipping Recap

New to shipping? Let us help you understand some of these ships!

Where did some of those ships come from?

If you’re new to shipping then you may not understand why we have some of the pairs up there. In the fandom world, there are two types of pairs. There’s canon, and then there’s fanon. A canon ship is something that we’ve seen happen or been hinted at on the show, whilst a fanon ship is created by the fandom (hence the name fanon) and hasn’t been seen on screen.

The shipping world is filled with shippers who both do fanon and canon shippings, and in some cases a fanon shipping is much stronger than your typical canon pairing. If you’d like to know what really defines a canon or fanon relationship, at least according to us at Hypable, then read below!


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.


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 How I Met Your Mother 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 our 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/TheLeft_Lane Miss Lane

    NO contest, Barney and Robin 4EVA!!

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    BRObin for me!

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

    This is the only one so far that has been difficult for me. I voted for Marshall and Lily, but I’m completely cool with Barney and Robin winning <3

    • http://twitter.com/FailGloriously Katherine Treeman

      Yeah, I think that this is the first one that there hasn’t been a clear winner from the get go! Both couples have been really strong on the show, so it’s hard to decide, but I chose Lily and Marshall because they’ve been there since the beginning.

  • Nitzan

    What about Ted/The Mother? It’s totally canon even though we don’t know who she is yet.

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

      That’s why she’s not up there, it’d be weird to have someone we haven’t met in the poll.

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

        No it wouldn’t be weird. You guys should have added Ted/The Mother.

        • http://hypable.com Selina

          I think that was Tariq’s call as he’s doing the entire BattleShip tournament, and he has valid reasons for not including the ship.

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

            So apparently, only what the mods think matters on this site. I see!

          • http://hypable.com Selina

            No, it’s a valid argument that we COULD have added the ship. But it doesn’t mean that we unequivocally should. That’s up to whoever made the poll, isn’t it?

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

            That’s not true at all, don’t jump to conclusions based on one instance, yeh?

            However I have added the ship so feel free to vote for it. :)

          • Guest

            So apparently, only what the mods think matters on this site. I see!

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

      right?! it might the source of major frustration sometimes but what on-screen OTP isn’t amirite?

  • Shelby Walker

    While I would vote for Lily and Marshall, I feel like that’s voting for the easy option. I wanna vote for the pairing that I’ve been waiting for… so, Barney and Robin. It needs to work out this time around.

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

    I hate Barney and Robin as a couple (though I know they are getting married), so I voted for Lily/Marshall.

    There are other ships that I have enjoyed(decreasing order of likeness):
    Ted/Victoria (the first time)

  • charlton

    I voted Lily/Robin,who really keeps this crew together?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Romero/565902218 Jordan Romero

    Why isn’t there Lily/Marshall/Ted? Thats my vote!

  • pygmypuff22

    Lily/Marshall is my OTP :)

  • justsomegirl

    Totally Barney/Robin deserves my OTP vote. I can’t wait to see them get married!!! :D

  • Samantha

    Waaah, choosing between Barney/Robin and Lily/Marshall is so difficult. Apparently the world agrees since they’re tied!

  • Blue

    Let’s make something clear. I adore Barney and Robin. I STALK Marshall and Lily! I don’t think there has ever been a more perfect couple in the history of television. Seriously, how many couples work on so many levels? Marshmallow & Lilypad forever! <3

  • Inga

    Lily/Marshall forever.

  • http://twitter.com/Sapphonest Samantha Lord

    Definitely Barney/Robin

Hypable encourages the community to use our Comments feature to hold thoughtful, polite, and critical discussions. We do NOT tolerate inappropriate, rude, or downright mean discussion towards the news story's subject matter or towards other Hypable users. We reserve the right to delete or ban comments and users who violate these guidelines.