OUAT is all about love and so as not to leave any sort of love out they made sure to include basically ever sort of love out there. Weather or not you like one ship or another you are sure to find one you can really sink your teeth into. Here is my personal opinion on all the ships that inhabit the great marina that in OUAT.
Mulora / Sleeping Warrior (Aurora & Mulan)
This is my #1 OTP no competition. I've written much more extensive articles explaining my love for them. In summery I've loved them since the start but never imagined they would become cannon. Now that they have I will go down with this Ship!
Gremma (Graham & Emma)
Oh Gremma I miss you so much. I was and still am a die hard Gremma shipper and believe me he died hard. I'm still getting over the fact that it is NEVER gonna happen. Since then I have been trying to move on. I've found a new #1 OTP's so that I am not living in the past, I've even begun to ship Emma with other people, but Gremma will always be Emma's OTP in my heart.
Frankenwolf (Whale & Ruby)
I'm a sucker for tragedy and both Ruby and Whale are the definition of tragedy. No one else can understand the way they feel. To have unwittingly killed someone they loved and struggling to come to terms with that fact but unable to do so. To be thought of as a monster by everyone including yourself. It tugs at the heartstrings. No one on this show deserves love as much as Red does and no one can understand her the way Victor does.
Regal Arrow / Outlaw Queen (Robin Hood & Regina)
I just find the "love that could have been" so beautifully tragic. I know they have yet to have a scene together but I love them already. Robin is prefect for Regina. They are nothing alike yet he understands her. He can make her the person she wants to be. I just can't put in to words how beautiful and sad I find this ship but as they say a picture says a thousand words and this picture comes as close as you can get to summing up how I feel perfectly.
Golden Hearts (Rumple & Cora)
A great example of my flightiness when it comes to ships. FTL Rumple has alway sent a shiver down my spine particularly the creepy-ass laugh. So when I saw the scaly impish Rumple and young Cora kissing in the Promo for "The Millers Daughter" along with the bias that came with being a Rumbelle shipper I was naturally disgusted and regretfully quite vocal about my disgust.
However their dark gothic romance won me over in a heartbeat. Something about the idea of something as beautiful as love coming from something as evil as shared hate and a thirst for power fascinated me and the scene where Rumple teaches Cora to spin while she tells him all about her darkest thoughts and desires is so twisted and dark but at the same time incredibly seductive.
They were kindred spirits ready to rule the world together and to seal the deal (for me at least) they were also incredibly tragic. To love someone so much that you had to rip your own heart out in order to put them behind you is a tale born more from the original Grimm stories then the Disney versions the others are inspired by.
Red Hunters (Ruby & Graham)
**SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT READ "SHADOW OF THE QUEEN"**
At first I was actually annoyed with the romance between Graham and Red. What exactly is the point, he's dead? Why would you finally give Ruby an actual cannon love interest that is already dead? But the idea of my two favorite characters in a connon ship was to good for me to ignore and once again it was a terrible tragedy. I do hope that they bring up this tidbit eventually on the actually show although the chances of that are slim to none as they haven't even brought up Graham once in conversation since he died.
Red Snow (Ruby & Snow)
Snow White & Rose Red was my favorite fairy tale of a child. The fact that OUAT acknowledged that little know tale by making Snow and Red best friends is what hooked me on OUAT in the first place. I can not be objective about this couple because of this fact so I'm just gonna say I love them.
Fairy Queen (Tinkerbell & Regina)
Fairy Queen was such a breath of fresh air. After all that had happened to Regina after all the people that had betrayed her finally having someone on the show that cared about her and wished her to find happiness they way we do was remarkable. Of course Regina screwed it up, but only because she wasn't ready to move on not out of hatred and spite the way she screwed up all her other chances.
Red Beauty (Ruby & Belle)
Just because it's good to see Belle interact with anyone besides Rumple. Why is it that someone as good natured as Belle seems to be completely ostracized by the rest of the town?
Captain Charming (Charming & Hook)
I'm so glad that Charming is no longer the only source of testosterone on the heros side. Being the only "man" was really going to his head. It'll be good for him to have a true mate.
Swan Queen (Regina & Emma)
Although I've never been able to see anything romantic about this couple I do want them to be Henry's "moms" so much it hurts. This doesn't mean they have to be a couple. Show of hands. How many people out there have a mom and a dad that are actually still a couple? Not unheard of then. The point is you're parents don't necessarily have to love each other in order to love you. At least that's what Mrs. Doubtfire taught me. However the more friendly their relationship the better it will be for Henry, which is why I so delighted to see them finally getting along.
Those I Ship
Captain Swan (Killian & Emma)
Captain Swan is perhaps the single best example of my flighty nature when it comes to ships. I hated Hook when he was introduced. He has rude, crude and everything I did NOT look for in a man. However as the layers began peeling away and his character was slowly reveled to be much more then then what we saw on the cover I began to grow more attached to him. Since the season three premiere his courtship of Emma (an old fashion word, yes. but incredibly accurate for the situation) has completely won me over.
Swan Thief / Swan Fire (Emma & Neal / Bae)
I've been a starch defender and hardcore shipper of Swanfire (formally known as "Swan Thief") from the moment they were introduced. I love how ordinary they are. The everyday average love that the normal real world person experiences lost among all these extraordinary fairy tale romances. I don't think Swanfire is "true love" or "endgame" like many people do, but that is why I love it. It's not a sure thing. It's messy and complicated and wonderful and beautiful and everything that "real love" is. Real Love
, not true love. The type of love that doesn't come easy. The type you have to fight for, work for and prove yourself worthy of.
Hook Queen (Hook & Regina)
As soon as Hook was introduced in "The Crocodile" I said to myself "He would look really good with Regina." and I waited patiently for them to finally have a scene together. My patience payed off they were amazing together. Hook Queen remained my one and only ship for both Hook and Regina right up until Hook said "As You Wish" after the CS kiss. In that instant I dropped Hook Queen and Swanfire and officially moved over the Team Captain Swan.
Millian (Milah & Killian)
The reason I love this ship is very simple; because they loved each other so much that they were willing to die for each other and that that love lived on long past death. Milah was his life and without her he was a shell. To love someone that much.. I cant even image it. The pain he must have gone though everyday for hundreds of years. You can see it in his eyes. My poor poor baby.
Darling Fire (Wendy & Baelfire)
Just because puppy love is adorable and the young actors did a fantastic job. If I can't have Swanfire I would gladly settle for Darling Fire.
Philora (Aurora & Philip)
The issue I have with this ship is that it gets in the way of my #1 OTP. The second issue I have with this ship is that it's impossible to hate them for it. They are so damn adorable Philip is the sweetest guy in the world and Aurora glows when she is around him. No literally she glows. I don't know how Sarah does it, but look back at the scenes they are together in. She is emitting light!
Heartless Hunter (Regina & Graham)
This ship is my guilty pleasure. I realize it is all kinds of unhealthy, verging on sex crime, but I cant help it. Both characters are extremely attractive, have serious baggage and are desperate for any sort of interaction that allows them to feel anything at all. The combination of all these ingredients is a sure recipe for steamy, sexy, beautiful, dangerous Ship Porn. When Graham and Regina kiss I just want to rewind and play it over and over and over again.
Grappetto (Granny & Geppetto)
I know what you're all saying "Of course you have to put the only two old people in town together." Well old people romance is adorable and I want some of it on this show!
Evil Jack (James & Jack)
I love Evil Jack for the same reason I love Golden Heart. They are so deliciously evil. Their minds think as one. I wish we could have gotten more of them.
Regal Cricket (Regina & Archie)
I like Archie a lot. I love that he was the only person that could forget the past and see that Regina was trying and actually help her. He is such a good person. The only person good enough to counter Regina's evil. The only reason Regal Cricket isn't my OTP for Regina is because of Outlaw Queen.
Those that are on the fence... I'm not sure... IT'S COMPLICATED!
Rumbelle (Belle & Rumplestiltskin)
Now if any ship deserves the definition "It's complicated" this one does. Like the majority of the fandom Rumbelle sucked me in in "Skin Deep". Emilie and Roberts charisma completely blinded me to the clearly unhealthy nature of this relationship. A one point he grabs her by the shoulders and shakes her until it looks like her head is going to fall off while yelling and spitting "no one can ever love me!" and still by the end of the episode I'm hoping that they will find each other "because they have true love".
It took an embarrassingly long time for my head to clear and for me to see Rumbelle for what it truly is. In fact I didn't she it until I heard other Rumbelle fans defending his actions and realized "this isn't right". I still love them but darn it I can't condone this kind of relationship. I can't pretend it's heathy so I don't feel guilty about shipping them. It's messed up and anyone that doesn't see that is delirious. Still I don't blame them because Rumbelle is like a drug. It's intoxicating and you can't help shipping it even if you know all to well it's unhealthy.
Snowing (Charming & Snow)
It's no secret that I wish Charming had died in the pilot as originally planned. I find him terminally boring and on top of that he brings out the worst in Snows character. He makes her stupid, needy and judgmental. Traits she shows no sign of in the scenes we see her in before she met him. Personally I would of found a story line in which Snow struggles with the lose of the true love much more interesting then this never ending "I will always find you" storyline. At the same time I just can't see either Charming or Snow with anyone else. Ginny and Josh's love for each other seep though in every scene they are in together.
Red Cricket (Ruby & Archie)
Since we've never really seen these two interact I cant say I ship them, but I like the idea of the two sweetest people in Storybrook getting together.
Mad Queen (Jefferson & Regina)
I would say no to this ship if it weren't for both Lana and Stan's natural chemistry with anything they come in contact with. In theory I'm not a fan of Mad Queen but when I see them on screen together I just can't help it.
Those I'm neutral about/Don't really care if they get together or not:
I might also just be ambivalent towards a ship for other reasons. This could be because I'm still not sure how I feel, still need more interaction or because they don't interest me.
Other ships still in deliberation:
- Red Hook (Ruby & Hook)
- Hookriel (Hook & Ariel)
- Fairy Hook (Tinkerbell & Hook)
You may have noticed that these are all Hook ships. This may be because I only recently started liking his character. I do think he deserves someone but before this point his sleazy comments made me unwilling to pair him with anyone I actually liked. Now that he is becoming more of a gentleman I've began to reconsider him for basically all the available characters.
Those that just don't interest me:
Stable Queen (Daniel & Regina)
I know Stable Queen is very popular and I don't really have anything against them. They just bore me. I know it's young love yata.. yata but there really isn't much else to it. The focus was much more on Regina relationship with Cora then her relationship with Dan.
Ariel & Eric
Once again zero interest. Eric is about as deep as a mirror and their entire love story goes something like this:
Ariel: "I rescued this guy. I never really got to talk to him because he was unconscious, but I love him and will give anything to be with him.
Eric: "hello stranger. I saw you in a dream. Would you like to spend the rest of our lives together.
Dreamy Nova (Leroy & Astrid)
I like these two and I really do hope they get together. I wouldn't even object to another episode focused on them I just don't care enough to get too worked up about it.
Other ships in this category include:
- Gramara (Greg & Tamara)
- Abigail & Frederick
- Ashley & Tomas
I don't have anything against these ships. No reason they shouldn't be together. I just have zero interest in the characters involved.
Those I don't Ship
because I actually don't like them...
White Queen (Regina & Snow) & Hook Fire (Hook & Baelfire / Neal)
I put these two together because I dislike them for the exact same reason. Both relationships involve a child that trusted someone and loved them and was betrayed by them. This is something I can never get behind. It is just sick to use a child as a scapegoat for your troubled life.
Golden Queen (Regina & Rumple)
This is similar to White Queen & Hook Fire but I hate it on a deeper level. Rumple had been intentionally making Gina's life miserable since the day she was born. How anyone could pair them romantically is beyond me. If I had an anti-ship this would be it.
Glass Queen (Regina & Sydney)
I just can't get behind a ship were one person is only using the other and doesn't actually return their affection or even care about them in anyway. I feel sorry for Sydney but he should never be with Regina.
Wooden Swan (August & Emma)
Can't ship this. Not just because I hate August but because of why I hate August. He is a self-serving bastard that never did anything in his life if there wasn't something in it for him. If he hadn't have forgotten his promise and run off then Emma would have grown up with at least one person in her life that knew how special she was. And the one time he remembered and came back to fulfill his duty it wasn't to tell her that there were people that loved her out there and they needed her help. No, instead he simply rips away the one fragment of happiness in her life and runs away again to travel the world on her dime.
because I just don't see anything there...
Mad Swan (Jefferson & Emma)
I'll admit there is chemistry there but I don't see it going on between the characters. All I see is JMo and S. Stan personal feelings. Jefferson is just not the type of person I see Emma the character having feelings for.
Evil Charming (Regina & Charming)
I just don't understand where this came from. There are two big reasons why I could never ship this. (1) Charming hates Regina unconditionally. They have never had a scene together that I actually enjoyed watching. (2) I will never be able to see Charming with anyone but Snow.
Rumpilah (Milah & Rumple)
I don't see myself getting in to a debate with anyone on this one. The writers never intended for this ship to be likable and very few fans disagree with them. Although it was nice to she Rumple happy and I do believe there was love there once it just isn't there anymore. It's a nice addition to OUAT's portfolio of all the different faces of love but I don't think there are many out there that actually ship them.
Philan (Mulan & Philip)
I know that this was suppose to be cannon at one point but I just don't see any chemistry. To me they seem more like "brothers in arms", Mulan just happens to be a girl. Although I have to admit I might be a tad blinded my my love for Mulora.
Warrior Fire (Mulan & Baelfire) & Evil Fire (Regina & Neal / Baelfire)
This two come across as an attempt by Captain Swan shippers to match Neal up with some one other then Emma. As a Captain Swan shipper myself as well as a big fan of Neal I'd like to see him with someone, but I don't personally see anything between these particular couples. My big hope is that Wendy will come back as an adult as I really liked her with young Bea. If they can't make that happen then I'm content to wait for a partner that fits him better.
Along with these two ships there are a few others I have absolutely no idea how they came to exist. The only explanation I can come up with is that they are desperate attempts to pair up the remaining singles on the show despite the fact that they make to sense. These ships include:
Mad Beauty (The Single Jefferson & Belle)
Golden Swan (The Single Emma & Rumple)
Sleeping Hook (The At-That-Time Single Aurora & The Single Hook)
Captain Beauty (The Single Hook & Belle)
Red Queen (The Single Ruby & The Single Regina)