If you head on over to dictionary.com, you’ll find that the word ‘ship’ can mean two distinctly different things. The first definition is of a vessel, especially a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines (i.e. The Titanic, the Lusitania, the Mayflower, ect. ect.). The second meaning of ‘ship’ is as follows: a romantic relationship between fictional characters, especially one that people discuss, write about, or take interest in, whether or not the romance actually exists in the original book, show, etc.
Now, before you start to vehemently deny that you’ve never thought about two characters that the author/creator unfairly spurned living happily ever after in a cozy cottage on a beach away from everyone else’s drama where all they do is lounge about and have sexy times, I’m going to take this moment to say don’t. You’re lying to us and to yourself. Literally EVERYONE has a ship.
And here’s the key thing about a ship that every nerd knows: it doesn’t take much. One moment your favorite characters will be locking eyes over battle plans and the next you’ll find yourself trolling the sordid depths of tumblr until two in the morning looking for that one piece of fanfiction or photo manipulation you’ve been waiting for your whole life.
I know. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.
Recently Gaby and I had a heart-to-heart about some of our favorite ships, so I’ve decided to enlist her help today. Here are 11 of our favorite ships and why they make us squee.
1. Sansa x Jon
G: Okay, so we understand this is weird. Personally, I was opposed to this (and still kind of am?) at first. But if you think about the world of Game of Thrones, the truth is it makes more sense for Jon to marry his first cousin–which was a thing back then–than marrying his aunt (Daenerys). Additionally, Sansa Stark is done with dudes. She’s going to stay with the dude who looks at her the way Jon does. A.k.a., Jon.
R: We all know that Sansa don’t need no man. But I guess if there has to be one (who isn’t the Hound, because I would happily settle for the two of them riding off into a gorgeous, totally platonic sunset together), then let it be Jon. And if they do hook up this season, that means I can rub Jonsa in the face of everyone who scoffed at me when I said they were going to hook up.
2. Angela x Elliot
G: This ship is perfect; it’s tragic, it’s long overdue, it’s genuine. This is the kind of ship all other ships are made of. People look at #Angelliot and they feel the love of 100 different OTPs.
3. Karen x Frank
G: To put it in perspective, even though I know I will literally have to go down with this ship, I am still 100% here for it. Fuck me up; it’s fine. Karen Page and Frank Castle protecting each other in their dark and twisted way is all I’ve ever needed to see me through life.
R: If there’s one kind of trope in the world of otps that absolutely wrecks me, it’s the tough-as-nails dude who will murder ten thousand men with his bare hands for the woman he cares for. Case en pointe: Frank Castle and Karen Page. And if The Punisher isn’t just Frank being constantly blown away by Karen and doing reckless shit to get her attention while they drink coffee, pet dogs, have shitty REM cycles, and solve crimes like a rated R Nancy Drew dream team, then Marvel and I are going to have some words.
4. Jaime x Brienne
R: I’m sorry, but have you seen the way Jaime looks at Brienne? They’re gonna do it and it’s gonna be great. Sure, they’ll probably both die horribly post-coitus, but we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.
5. Harry x Ginny
G: I have a thought for those who are mad about HarryxHermione not being a thing. Harry and Hermione never had chemistry? And I’m glad J.K. Rowling didn’t force them together just because “that’s what you do” with protagonists. That being said, I’ll admit HarryxGinny aren’t a thing in the movies. But that’s because the build-up from any book other than Chamber of Secrets, Order of the Phoenix, and like Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows was completely cut out. First there was Ginny pining over Harry for years while he was too old for her as a young child. And then there was Harry Potter losing his cool like he never did with Voldemort when he found out Dean Thomas was dating Ginny. That was some good shit.
6. Bruce Wayne x Selina Kyle
R: Opposites attract, right? So it’s only natural that we ship The Bat and The Cat. And don’t tell me you didn’t squee a little bit at the end of The Dark Knight Rises.
7. Steve Rogers x Bucky Barnes
R: You can’t have a character who has just been beaten to a bloody pulp by his best friend look into said best friend’s eyes and say “I’m with you till the end of the line” and not expect me to ship it like Fedex.
8. Rey x Finn
R: “You looked at me like no one ever had.” That’s all.
9. Chandler x Monica
G: You don’t even have to be an avid Friends fan to appreciate the mere functionality of Chandler and Monica. Mondler is amazing because their strength is how realistic their relationship is. If you are the kind of person who has a Monica personality, then you need to find yourself a Chandler, and vice versa. It’s not a fairytale, it’s a life goal.
10. InuYasha x Kagome
G: This ship transcends time, space, cultures, species, etc. A half-demon living in feudal Japan makes it work with a Modern-day Tokyo girl that happens to be the reincarnation of InuYasha’s psycho and dead ex girlfriend? Man, anything’s possible. Also they’re both amazing and there’s none of that patronizing crap. It probably helps that Kagome can plant InuYasha on the ground just by saying “sit boy” thanks to charmed necklace he’s forced to wear. Bless.
11. Prairie x Homer
G: There is so much sadness, so much torture. And yet, it is all so beautiful. And his face is so soft…