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If you’re a nerd, a fan girl, a reader, or a blogger—well, the chances are pretty high that you’re also a shipper. Actually, you probably ship even if you’re not 100% familiar with the term. Let’s say you hear someone say, “Oh my GOODNESS, I’m reading this book right now and I ship Timmy and Susan so much.” This person is not some psychopath who’s shoving Timmy and Susan into UPS boxes and shipping them across the country for the heck of it. What they’re really saying is: “Oh my GOODNESS, I’m reading this book right now and Timmy and Susan are so perfect for each other—practically soulmates! —and I really want them to end up together!”

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See? We’ve all done that. If you think about it, the word “shipping” just offers readers/movie-watchers/fangirls a more concise way of expressing something. Brevity is the soul of wit, you know.

Now that we’re all the same page, we’ve got to warn you—not all ships are equal. Like everything else, shipping can be analyzed and broken up into categories, which is exactly what we’re going to do here.

{Side note of a rather important nature: Who are we, exactly? Hermione Montrose and Clara Oswald, at your service!

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We have a lovely little blog of our own (The Proud & Prejudiced Book Thieves), but Alex graciously gave us the opportunity to guest blog on Lord of the Trekkies, and so here we are!}

Anyway, the title of this post is sort of a misnomer. (Ha, ha, we tricked you). Yeah, there probably is a thousand ways to ship, but we’re just focusing on five specific types of ships. OBVIOUSLY examples and gifs and lots of spastic commentary are included. You need this in your life, trust us. Just keep reading.

1-more-than-friends

It’s pretty ubiquitous—a girl and a boy grow up together, have this fantastic but totally platonic relationship—and then BAM, the hormones kick in. And the romance kicks in. Or maybe they’ve just been friends for a couple of years, and then suddenly their chemistry goes berserk…whatever the case, we’ve all seen it. Besties to Soulmates. Care for some examples?

  • Jacinter {Winter and Jason of the Lunar Chronicles}

Hermione: I shipped this one pretty hard, man. Especially because you get the whole cynical taciturn one with the cheerful one thing going on, man. What do you think, man?

Clara: Shut up DALLAS WINSTON. I have no patience for your insidious jokes. ANYWAY, I think Jacin and Winter is great because its SLYTHERIN LUV!!!!!!!!

  • Fitz-Simmons {of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.}

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Clara: MY OTP OH MY GAWSH THEY ARE SO PERFECT IN EVERY WAY AND IF YOU DON’T AGREE JUST LOOK AT HOW READY THEY ARE TO DIE FOR EACH OTHER I SPEND MY FREE TIME WATCHING BEST FITZSIMMONS MOMENTS ON YOUTUBE I JUST LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!!!! *pants*

Hermione: CLARA. Deep breath, you obsessive FREAK. Um—I guess I like Fitz-simmons. Yayyy science…?

  • Percabeth {of the Percy Jackson books, obviously}

Clara: Everyone ships Percabeth. But the fact that they are a popular ship did not deter me from shipping them to the ends of the earth. Unlike Hermione, I don’t have some complex where if the general populous in ‘into’ something it must be scorned. Some of my favorite Percabeth moments: Battle of the Labyrinth (first kiss!!!), and in The Last Olympian when Luke stabs Annabeth and Percy growls, “No one touches her!” BANNANAS!!!!

Hermione: WELL. How rude. JUMP OFF A BRIDGE CLARA. Yeah, sorry peasants, I liked Rachel better than Annabeth, and LUKE CASTELLEAN was my favorite character and SHOULD NOT HAVE DIED.

2-always

When you say that they’re soulmates, well, they’re soulmates. It’s never really been a question of if they’ll get together, but of when. Sure, they have their petty disagreements, but you always know they’ll have made up by the end of the chapter/episode.

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  • Snowing {of Once Upon A Time}

Hermione: This is the obvious example. But to be perfectly honest, Snowing can be rather annoying. Especially DAVID NOLAN who is THE WORST.

Clara: Amen sista! David Nolan was a sniveling, cowardly wretch. But then again, Mary Margaret was an adulterous loser soooo, this confirms my theory SCREWED UP PEOPLE ATTARCT OTHER SCREWED UP PEOPLE. Let’s just say I ship Snow and Charming, not Mary Margaret and David. Hence the name Snowing.

  • Hazel Grace and Augustus Walters {of The Fault in Our Stars}

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Hermione: SO this one might fit better if dear old AUGGIE didn’t DIE at the end, which kind of ruins the whole-be-together-no-matter-what vibe we got going here. BUT if Hazel and Gus HADN’T both had cancer/sort of had cancer, well, there’d be NO book, but they’d also be happily married and living in Amsterdam. Boom CHICKA boom

Clara: Don’t call my darling Augustus AUGGIE. It demoralizes his wonderful character. I personally think that Augustus should have lived, and Hazel kicked the bucket. I’m just sayin’.

  • Jack and Katharine {of Newsies}

Hermione: Sooo…Broadway musical couples are usually destined to be together from Act 1, Scene 1 and EVERYBODY knows it. Jack and Katharine are extra snazzy because…they are of BROOKLYN NEW YORK THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD GREATEST…ahh whoops, that’s from Hamilton. You know what I mean.

Clara: HERE’S THE HEADLINE, NEWSIES ON A MISSION, KILL THE COMPITION, SELL THE NEXT EDITION.

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3-headcannon

It exists…but only in your wildest dreams. It’s the ship that’s 110% not cannon, but shh—the fans don’t care. They’ve got their fanfics, their fan arts, their desperate headcannons, and a penchant for screaming at anyone who says, “But that’s not how it was in the book/move/TV show…”

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  • Winterwidow {of Marvel} 

Clara: Ahhh, Winterwidow. It’s one of those ships that SHOULD be used in the MARVEL universe, but ISN’T because stupid directors can’t think outside the box. I mean, honestly, if you got to pick between Bucky and a BIG GREEN BUGER aka The Hulk, who would you pick?

Hermione: Quite, my dear chap. We do NOT speak of Hulktasha. I really don’t ship Winterwidow that terribly much, but it would be interesting. SOVIET LOVE, people. Ummm, what about Agent 13 and Bucky? That’d be better than Agent 13 and Cap.

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  • Captain Hook & Tinkerbell {of OUAT} 

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Hermione: Errr…don’t ship this one much either. AND yet, I kind of do. Tinkerbell (as portrayed in OUAT) was much MUCH less annoying than Emma could be. Did Tink spend every five seconds whining about her sad, loveless past and her “armor”? I THINK NOT.

Clara: CAPTAIN SWAN PRECIOUS. So, no, I don’t ship it because they are just not soulmates like Emma and Hook. I’m not denying that they have chemistry, and if Emma Swan didn’t exist, yes, I would ship Tink and Hook.

  • Fredomine {of Harry Potter} 

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Clara: I ship this more than I ship Hermione and Ron or Hermione and Harry OR Hermione and Draco. Why is it people only ever ship Hermione with people? It’s not like she was supposed to be attractive. Anyway, Hermione and Fred are great mental matches for each other, and if JK Rowling had allowed them to interact in ways that weren’t negative, I feel like they would have had a lot of chemistry.

Hermione: Yeahhh J.K. Rowling—eat THAT. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t overly concerned about who Hermione ended up with in the Harry Potter Books. She could have ended up with Snape for all I cared. As for me Hermione, I do care a GREAT DEAL about who I end up with.

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4-the-shipOne word: chemistry. You talk about things sparking in a relationship, about love-at-first-sight and you’re talking about one of these ships. These are the sort of ships that turn your average reader into a frenzied basket-case. It’s your one true pairing, your OTP, your ship-for-life.

  • Sherlolly {of Sherlock} 

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Hermione: Okay, fine, I did ship this, quite adamantly. I have no idea what to say. I did ship it, but this post is starting to sound a little repetitive. Just SHIPSHIPSHIPSHIPSHIP and I’m not even that much of the fangirl type.

Clara: SHERLOCK AND MOLLY SQUEEEEEEE! Okay, okay, I will try to form a coherent thought. They are perfect for each other and an antisocial INTJ like Sherlock in a relationship is the funniest thing in the world.

  • Captain Swan {of OUAT}

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Hermione: I feel like I’m sort of being a killjoy here, not to mention that I’m killing the vibe of the post, but, uh, I never really shipped Captain Swann that much either……..sorry Clara….

Clara: Why Hermonniny and don’t you DARE spellcheck that because I meant to misspell it because I am MAD!!!! Killian and Emma are my precious babies! Fact #1: Once Emma learns to trust Killian, she turns to him whenever she’s struggling with something. Fact#2: In Season 4 Emma chooses to save Killian and sacrifice her magic to save his life, even though doing so endangers her parents and baby brother. Fact3#: They are ready to die for each other. Fact#4: THEY PASS THE TRUE LOVE TEST. These are only four reasons you should ship Captainswan, and I can think of like 10 more off the top of my head so HA Hermione!!!

5-hate-to-love

It all started with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Both are pretty snobby, one quite proud, the other prejudiced; you’d never expect those two, who hated each other so much, to fall in love, would you? Well, yeah, actually you probably would. It might have been fresh stuff back in 1813, but today, this sort of literary device/romantic subplot is just plain cliché. So… why isn’t is obsolete? Because when done right, these sort of romances are the ones that stick with us, the ones we root for…and the ones we ship.

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  • Gwen and Gideon {of The Ruby Red Trilogy} 

Hermione: So, most of all y’all are probably wondering who in the world Gwen and Gideon are. Ahem, allow me to introduce Gwyneth Montrose and Gideon De Villers—the twenty-first century’s most fantastic time-traveling duo ever. (Yes, Clara, even better than Eleven and what’s-her-face, so HA.HA.HA.) Anyway, if you have not read Ruby Red, or Sapphire Blue, or Emerald Green, then you must go and do so AT ONCE. And yes, Gideon and Gwen do have the hate-to-love thing happen…. sort of. Just READ IT!!!!

Clara: Okay, okay, you win. The words are hard for me to force out but… GwenandGideonarecoolerthanDoctorWho. *cough, cough* And no, you will not get me to repeat it.

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  • Zutara {of Avatar: The Last Airbender}

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Hermione: OKAY CAPS LOCK TIME. THIS IS MY SHIP AND IT HAS BEEN MY SHIP FROM THE BEGINNING (because despite whatever Clara may claim, she did use to ship Kataang…which is an UNMENTIONABLE EVIL.) KATARA AND ZUKO ARE SOULMATES AND THEY WORK TOGETHER FOR SO MANY REASONS AND I COULD EXPLAIN THIS LOGICALLY BUT WHY BOTHER WHEN I CAN FLAIL.

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Clara: Yes, yes, when I was but a child who knew little of the world, I shipped Kataang. But never fear! I saw the light and realized that Zuko and Katara are….. Ying and Yang, Light and Dark, Fire and Ice, and TOTALLY PERFECT!!!

  • Scorose {of Harry Potter}

Hermione: Ugh, what category does scorrse go in anyway? It’s kind of cannon…Clara read The Cursed Child (though I haven’t—and I probably never will, for various reasons), and Scorpius and Rose do sort of end up “together” at the end of that, right? But I personally prefer all the scorose headcannons to J.K. Rowling’s take on the ship—because a little Malfoy just needs to fall for a Weasly. (NOT A GRANGER-WEASLY. How stupid is that?) Anyway, we stuck scorose here, because it’s like draomine (which is DEFINETLY hate-to-love), only purer, more innocent, and much more shippable.

Clara: Just imagine Ron’s face if he ever walked in on Scorpious and Rose snogging. PRICELESS!

And—voilà! We need your thoughts, peasants! What did you think of our ships? What are your OTPs? What ships do you just plain hate? Let’s chat in the comments!

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