Opinion: Top 10 Ships of the Arrowverse

By Prutha S. Patel (@PSPatel)

"Who's your favorite ship?" - A question that fans of any TV show know all too well. It's a question that normally at the very least initiates long drawn out conversations about why the pairing is one worthy of being agreed upon and/or perhaps even judgment by the other party minutes within the main conversation. As a member of the Arrowverse fandom, (and although this list is likely to change or shift around as we see more of the episodes unfold) here's just one opinion as to the “Top 10 Ships” over the years.

(Note: This is by no means a full summarization of the respective ships and is merely touching on some arguably key details making it a ship that stood out.)

10. Nysara – Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law)

Numerous episodes in seasons one and two of Arrow were spent filling in the blanks of Ollie’s “five years on a hellish island” called Lian Yu. Although originally presumed dead after the Queen’s Bandit went down, we eventually see that not only did Sara survive, but she was on the island with Ollie for some of those years too. As a further introduction to the League of Assassins, it is revealed that Nyssa al Ghul took her in and away from the venue of all the misery that most of its (involuntary) inhabitants had suffered. Alongside Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable), Nyssa had helped to train Sara at the League’s headquarters in Nanda Parbat. With this pairing, it became clear that despite all the dark things to have occurred on the island, there was at least one potentially good thing to have come out of the ordeal. 

9. Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) and James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks)

Supergirl’s first season spent a lot of time setting up these two but by the end of the season and the beginning of season two, it was clear that the two had shifted to being just friends again. With that in mind, some may question why this ship is even on the list, especially now that it seems like the show is heading towards the Mon-El (Christopher Wood)/Kara pairing. Valid question. Is there an answer to pin down? Maybe not. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that watching season one, it was easy to root for the two (apologies in advance out to Lucy Lane fans) and that has had a lasting impression for sure.

8. Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten)

Besides the (adored) excuse to recreate an iconic comic book cover for the live action TV medium, this ship was arguably at its peak when that scene unfolds onscreen. The excitement was high and it was truly a privilege to witness that geeky bit of fun (not to go into detail how it’s still got us all wishing we had a poster version of it). Being among the select few to have figured out that Barry was The Flash on their own (instead of him revealing it himself), Patty’s decision to go back to school to become a CSI, (despite already being a detective) is intriguing and admirable. Since Patty rode off on a train and isn’t exactly like Kara/Supergirl (in that Barry must travel to another earth to see her), maybe we’ll be seeing her return to the show in the future? One can hope, right?

7. Raylicity - Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)

There’s something incredibly adorable about an adorkable couple like this one. It could very well be the fact that they’re a lot alike personality and interests wise, but it could also be the fact that at the time, they both offered the other exactly what they needed to get beyond their own inner struggles. With Ray going on to become a time-travelling member of the Legends (of Tomorrow), Raylicity fans have yet to see if this ship will rise again.

6. Lauliver - Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy)

Ahhh, the canon pairing that could’ve been on Arrow. This pairing, although “meant to be” from the very first introduction of the characters, unfortunately didn’t seem to reach its comic potential on the show. Despite that, it was still an amazing duo to see as the years went on! From Laurel blaming Oliver for the death of her sister, Sara (Caity Lotz), all the way to him feeling as though not a single person is good enough to take on the Black Canary mantle after she passed away, this duo’s growth, together, is one for the ages. It’s a pairing that we’ll always (warmly) be thinking about.

5. Theroy - Thea Queen (Willah Holland) and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes)

Back when Roy Harper was the Glades’ purse stealing Aladdin, he meets his own Princess Jasmine in Thea Queen. Thea Queen despite her own struggles those days, decides to let it go and attempts to help him out. In true Roy Harper fashion, he initially rebuffs the help, but as fate would have it, he ends up saving her from being jumped and takes not a bullet, but a knife for her. And with that, began a wonderful story of two people who move beyond their decisions in the past, to both then go on to don a certain red leather hooded suit and kick ass fighting crime. As one generally should on the road to a great character arc (only jokkkkingggg).

4. Sanvers - Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima)

A more recent entry to the “ships of the Arrowverse” category and yet already one of the sweetest stories to have ever graced our television screens. Side note, the term “grace/graceful” is undoubtedly one that can also easily be used for both actresses portraying the characters as well! Sparking support and wonderful stories from all over the world, this pairing ranks high because in an age of bullying, bashing and mean tweets in general, perhaps, we should just kiss the people we want to kiss and support the idea that hate may be trumped by love.

3. Dyla/The Diggles - John and Lyla Diggle (David Ramsey and Audrey Marie Anderson

Through thick and thin, the Diggles have been through quite a lot. In our recent interview with John Diggle himself, David Ramsey went into detail about just how important the duo is to the Arrowverse. Of note, his mention of the fact that Diggle is an ex-soldier-turned-vigilante fighting alongside the Green Arrow (and the full Team Arrow roster) as well as being married to, “the woman who has her finger on the Suicide Squad,” just touches the tip of the iceberg on how amazing this power couple is.

2. WestAllen - Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton)

A canon pairing that’s written in stone (or shall we say “pages”), but still manages to surprise viewers of The Flash with the many twists – all starting with the early revelation (maybe better described as a “tricky” situation) of Barry having grown up with Iris and Iris’ father Joe having been a surrogate father to Barry. Early on, Iris had never even thought of Barry in a romantic capacity, and further because she was very much in love with Eddie Thawne (Rick Costnett), may he RIP, these two had quite a mountain to climb back in season 1. Although unfortunate events are eventually what lined up to create this pairing on the show, it is nice to see both characters happy after the many tragedies to have taken place in their past. With the current storyline on the show being a race against the future (headlines) to save Iris, it’ll be interesting to see what other hurdles the couple will be facing (in the near future) too.

1. (Early) Olicity - Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)

Arrow's very own version of “Beauty and the Geek,” but if we're being real, both belong in that "Beauty" category too. Maybe a Venn diagram might be better for this power couple, one's the leader of Star City's best crime-fighting team, the other is watching over said team to make sure the ones who're protecting their city, don't need protecting themselves. Over the years, this ship has drawn what may be considered the most support of any of the ships and it's not hard to see why! 


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