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Top 10 Ships Setting Sail on The Internet
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?
Persons Involved: Tyler Oakley/ Troye Sivan
Fandom: They seem to be pretty tame, but honestly only time will be able to tell. No word of a fandom name quite yet.
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?
Persons Involved: Darren Criss/ Chris Colfer
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.
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.
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?
Persons Involved: Kurt Hummel/ Blaine Anderson
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
Persons Involved: Tenth Doctor/ Rose Tyler
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
Type: Fictional, also dead
Persons Involved: King Arthur/ Merlin (I swear to God)
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.
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.
Persons Involved: Derek Hale/ Stiles Stilinski
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.
Persons Involved: Sherlock Holmes / John Watson
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.
Type: Fictional and Heartbreaking
Persons Involved: Dean Winchester/ Castiel (Angel of the Lord)
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.