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Top 10 Ships Setting Sail on The Internet

Updated on September 7, 2013

Stop Blowing Holes in My Ship

Tumblr can be a terrifying place if you're not prepared. It's full of rage, hunger, happiness, and a lot of man tears. Also cats. They seem pretty in love with cats. (And by them I me we, as I myself am an obsessive user).

But what is the most dedicated, intense side of Tumblr?

That would be the shippers.

Shippers are people who can find love anywhere, no literally anywhere, even if the two people actually hate each other.

There are literally ships where one of the two in a pair is Lucifer.


So Really, what is all this shipping about?

Let's start with some simple definitions!

Tumblr: A discrete website for interesting yet random people, where you can express yourself without being judged. You can post whatever you like, whenever you like. Not everyone understands tumblr, so don't worry about idiots from school/work/anywhere to be joining.

Shipping: A term used to describe fan fictions that take previously created characters and put them as a pair. It usually refers to romantic relationships, but it can refer platonic ones as well. (Just think of "shipping" as short for "relationSHIP".)

OTP: Stands for One True Pair. The one couple you ship so hard it hurts.

Cannon: meaning that it is 'of the story' or something that could/did ACTUALLY happen in a story, used by fans and fanfictioners

RPF: Stands for Real Person Fiction. Fictional stories relating to the lives of the famous from movies, bands, etc.

So with all this insane and beautiful shipping going on, who are the top 10 ships to sail the ocean that is tumblr?


Left: Troye Sivan  Right: Tyler Oakley
Left: Troye Sivan Right: Tyler Oakley


Ship: Troyler

Type: RPF

Persons Involved: Tyler Oakley/ Troye Sivan

Media: YouTube

Subgroup: Vloggers

Fandom: They seem to be pretty tame, but honestly only time will be able to tell. No word of a fandom name quite yet.

Info: Troyler is RPF of the YouTube sensations Tyler Oakley and Troye Sivan. (You can find them here and here) This ship is pretty new to the tumblr world, but boy is it strong.

As Troye and Tyler are both tumblr users themselves, they tend to feed into the shipping, and they seem to find it rather hilarious.

It's not hilarious. It hurts. We just want you to be together okay?

Cannon: No


Left: Darren Criss Right: Chris Colfer
Left: Darren Criss Right: Chris Colfer

Criss Colfer

Ship: CrissColfer

Type: RPF

Persons Involved: Darren Criss/ Chris Colfer

Media: Television

Subgroup: Actors

Fandom: Passionate Crisscolferers (we need to work on a name don’t you think?) will take none of your crap.

Info: Darren Criss and Chris Colfer are two very attractive dudes. And what's more attractive than one dude?

That's right; two dudes making out.

At least that's what the CrissColfer fandom believes.

These two were thrust together in the hit TV show glee (which is featured later in the article) and have been a couple in everyone's mind since.

Chris Colfer is openly gay, but Darren Criss identifies as straight.

We think.

Chris Colfer is a published author, the star of a hit TV series, as well as an actor in feature films.

His counterpart Darren is a musician, an actor, and so disgustingly nice that even if you want to hate him you really just can't.

Cannon: No



Ship: Larry

Type: RPF

Persons Involved: Harry Styles/ Louis Tomlinson

Media: Singers/ Boyband

Subgroup: One Direction

Fandom: Directioners. (I’m pretty sure everyone who likes one direction ships them, it’s in their contract.) There seems to be a lot of glitter and crying involved

Info: Boy bands have made a dramatic come back, and with them, a new set of ships. The Larry ship is the strongest boy band ship that tumblr has ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are both members of the seemingly overnight sensation that is One Direction.

The two met on the talent seeking show X Factor and were brought together, along with the other three members of their group, by none other than Mr. Simon Cowell.

The boys have openly stated that they have, or have had girlfriends, and that there is nothing romantic fueling their playfulness on stage and in interviews, but really has that every stopped us before?

Cannon: No



Ship: Klaine

Type: Fictional

Persons Involved: Kurt Hummel/ Blaine Anderson

Media: Television

Subgroup: Glee

Fandom: Klainers. They will mess you up. They’re unstable right now because Ryan Murphy is a backstabbing liar.

Info: Not to be mistaken for the earlier mentioned CrissColfer, the Klaine ship is as cannon as they come.

Blaine Anderson (played by Darren Criss) and Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) met one day on a staircase, and the rest is history.

They’ve had their ups and downs, and downs, and downs, including but not limited to Kurt’s father being diagnosed with cancer and Blaine cheating on Kurt, but true love is true love.

If any ship can make it out of this mess, it’s these crazy kids.

Cannon: We certainly hope so


Ten x Rose

Ship: TenxRose

Type: Fictional

Persons Involved: Tenth Doctor/ Rose Tyler

Media: Television

Subgroup: Doctor Who

Fandom: Whovians. Never try to apply logic to Who.

Info: This ship is very special, not only because it’s in the top 10, but because it’s one of the only heterosexual ships that tumblr actively enjoys.

And by enjoys I obviously mean that they cry disgusting alligator tears over the heart break of it daily.

Ten and Rose were in love, though the Doctor never really got to say it, and were torn apart by the forces of nature. Or the universe. Or maybe a wall. I don’t really know, Doctor who is confusing.

Cannon: Pretty much



Ship: Merther

Type: Fictional, also dead

Persons Involved: King Arthur/ Merlin (I swear to God)

Media: Television

Subgroup: Merlin

Fandom: Merlins? They don’t so much have a fandom name because they show is no longer on, but the ship itself is still running strong.

Info: Merlin and King Arthur is a tale as old as time (song as old as rhyme?). But BBC took this beautiful tale a gave it a new homoerotic twist.

Okay BBC didn’t do it, tumblr did. And you know what? That’s okay.

Merlin is there for Authur whenever and wherever, and though they may have not been in a romantic relationship in the show, they were however, very best friends.

And you know what they say about love right?

It’s just friendship set on fire.

Cannon: No



Ship: Spirk

Type: Fictional

Persons Involved: Captain Kirk/ Spock

Media: Movie and Television

Subgroup: Star Trek

Fandom: Trekkies. They’re as vast and deep as space. Hahah puns.

Info: This is literally the ship that began all shipping. This is probably the ship your parents shipped before the internet even existed. Captain Kirk and Spock are as important to history as JFK and Jackie O.

The show is set in deep space, (as is the newer movies) and somehow the logicall Vulcan is set deep in the Captain’s heart.

Spock would do anything for his Captain.

And Kirk would do anything for Spock.

Except be logical, cause where is the fun in that?

Cannon: Yeah, it really really is.



Ship: Sterek

Type: Fictional

Persons Involved: Derek Hale/ Stiles Stilinski

Media: Television

Subgroup: Teen Wolf

Fandom: Teen Wolfs/ Sterekers

Info: Sterek is a newer ship that has taken the ocean that is tumblr by storm. The pair were thrown together when Stiles’s best friend, Scott, was bitten by Derek’s crazy ass Uncle and turned into a werewolf.

Yeah, nothing says romance like homicide.

And that’s basically what Sterek and the fandom run on. Derek Hale literally hates Stiles, and the feeling is seemingly mutual, but as time progresses, and the seasons go on, we can see Derek go through the beautiful metamorphosis of character development and become a little less “I’m going to rip your throat out with my teeth” and a little more “you’re an idiot and I kinda sorta like you”.

Not to mention all that sexual tension.

Cannon: We can only dream.



Ship: JohnLock

Type: Fictional

Persons Involved: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson

Media: Television

Subgroup: Sherlock (BBC)

Fandom: High functioning sociopaths, do your research.

Info: I know what you’re thinking.

Sherlock Holmes has been around for, like, ever. Why am I just hearing of this ship now?

BBC, that’s why.

Sherlock is modern twist on the original books, taking the term fanfiction to a whole new level.

BBC openly goads the idea that Sherlock and John are a couple, but apparently they’re not.

It’s difficult to explain, just understand that it hurts.

Cannon: We don’t wanna talk about it.



Ship: Destiel

Type: Fictional and Heartbreaking

Persons Involved: Dean Winchester/ Castiel (Angel of the Lord)

Media: Television

Subgroup: Supernatural

Fandom: Hunters

Info: Destiel is about as heart breaking and romantic as you can get. Dean Winchester, the self-sacrificing, hardened by the world fighter, who sold his soul to save his brother’s life, and spent 40 years in Hell. Enter one Castiel, who gripped Dean tight and raised him from perdition.

Castiel probably though this was just a run of the mill errand for dear old dad (and by dad I mean God) but from the moment he laid his hand on Dean Winchester in hell, he was lost.

Dean and Castiel have literally fight through Hell, Heaven, Purgatory, and Earth to be together, and the writers just keep ripping them apart.

One thing is for sure though,

Mary Winchester was right, angels are watching over him.

She just didn’t warn him how hot they would be.

Cannon: Absolutely.

Feel those Feels

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      19 months ago

      where is phan?!?!?

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      4 years ago

      Seriously no Phan? Im not even in the Phandom but i see them literally everywhere!

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      4 years ago

      I find it hilarious that all of the ships on this list except for 10xRose are gay ships.

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      4 years ago

      i'm actually offended Drarry and Phan aren't on here. honestly. especially Phan, the phandom will hunt you down and kill you.

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      4 years ago

      Hannigram is officially canon and it must rank #1 here,

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      4 years ago

      Where is phan??? Pretty much the most popular ship on tumblr???

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      Fall Out Girl 

      4 years ago

      Phan is the most powerful ship. Why was it not included?!

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      4 years ago

      What about Phan?!?!

      And maybe zalfie!!! But I'm super happy that Troyler was there!! :)

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      Kristen Howe 

      4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Interesting hub on Tumblr relationships. I never been to that website yet. Voted up!

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      5 years ago

      Phan?!? Where are youuuu? I shop them so hard it hurts

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      5 years ago


      Also, there should be a multiple choice thing going on here because


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      5 years ago

      phan? Phan? PHan? PHAn? PHAN? PPPHHHHAAAAANNNNN?!?!?!?

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      5 years ago

      where's dramione though?

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      5 years ago

      ummm hello? hatbig, shisa.....

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      5 years ago

      ZALFIE AND TROYLER also here

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      5 years ago

      You forgot of Swan Queen :3

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      5 years ago

      "is destiel canon?" ABSOLUTELY

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      5 years ago

      I thought Phan and Zalfie would be here but other than that great list. IT had some of my OTPs on it

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      5 years ago

      I expected Zalfie..

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      5 years ago

      How is Phan not on here?

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      5 years ago from Atlanta

      I'm an avid tumblr user myself. I thought this was great. Thank you for sharing!

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      5 years ago

      Had to be the top 10, I suppose, but I feel like they're other pairings that're a lot bigger than some of these... Like Drarry, Tony/Steve, Wincest and Magneto/Professer X, just to name a few... I mean, look at these charts over pairings on ao3:

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      5 years ago

      Some of these hit me in the feels

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      6 years ago

      Why isn't Drarry on here?

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      6 years ago

      Ten x Rose.... Oh man the feels. My otp personally is two of my female teachers together, and it really sucks when there's no fandom to cry and writhe with.


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