Love is in the air! What are the best ships in Overwatch 2? Here are the top 10 ships among fans.
Love never dies! It's time for some Overwatch 2 ships! If the returning Cupid Hanzo and new Heartbreaker Reaper Valentine's Day skins aren't enough, then there's even more love to go around. This is the case for writers within the Overwatch 2 fandom as they unleash their creativity with different pairings. So just what are the best Overwatch ships? Let's go over them!
What are the most popular Overwatch ships?
As of now, there are 40,960 works about Overwatch on a website called Archive of Our Own (AO3). This is an online repository for fanfiction and other types of fanart. Fanfiction refers to fictional works written by folks who love a series or franchise. These stories are also based on pre-existing works. Imagine an entire online library full of stories about your favorite Overwatch 2 characters!
#10 Self-insert (Cole Cassidy/Reader)
There are currently 937 works about Overwatch 2's beloved cowboy and... the reader? That's right. When a story on AO3 includes the reader, it means that whoever is reading it can imagine themselves in that fictional scenario. It looks like Cole Cassidy's charm isn't limited to the Overwatch 2 universe.
#9 Gency (Genji Shimada/Angela "Mercy" Ziegler)
Taking the ninth spot is the love story between Genji and Mercy! Also known as "Gency," this ship of 990 stories involves a cyborg ninja from the Shimada clan and a healer who is also a great scientist. If Genji ever needs healing, then there's a pocket Mercy by his side.
#8 Reyssidy and Reapsidy (Cole Cassidy/Reaper | Gabriel Reyes)
Cole Cassidy strikes again! This time, it's with Reaper or Gabriel Reyes alongside 1,259 works in total. Before he became Reaper, Gabriel worked with Cole in the Blackwatch division of Overwatch. Gabriel recruited Cole into Blackwatch after a sting operation since he was impressed by Cole's abilities as a sharpshooter.
#7 Genyatta (Genji Shimada/Tekhartha Zenyatta)
Next, there's Genji and Zenyatta with 1,308 stories written about them. After Hanzo defeated Genji, the latter was rescued by Overwatch and had to adapt to his cybernetic form. When Overwatch fell, Genji had trouble finding a purpose. It was Zenyatta who helped him find inner peace.
#6 Widowtracer (Lena "Tracer" Oxton/Widowmaker | Amélie Lacroix)
Earning the forth spot is the Overwatch 2 ship between Tracer and Widowmaker at 1,375 stories. Remember the original Overwatch trailer from about nine years ago? Tracer and Widowmaker were in it, and this pairing is still considered one of the fandom's original ships!
#5 Spuriken (Cole Cassidy/Genji Shimada)
This pairing boasts 1,410 works on AO3 and features Overwatch 2's handsome cowboy with the game's skilled ninja! Both Cole and Genji joined Blackwatch for different reasons, but they did work together to complete missions.
#4 Roadrat (Junkrat | Jamison Fawkes/Roadhog | Mako Rutledge)
It's time for some Junkertown shenanigans with 1,590 stories! When Junkrat sought out a bodyguard to help him find some treasure, Roadhog answered the call. The original deal was giving Roadhog 10% of the treasure before it increased to 25%. Then, the deal jumped to 50%. Perhaps finding each other was the real treasure all along.
#3 Pharmercy (Fareeha "Pharah" Amari/Angela "Mercy" Ziegler)
Also known by players as "Pharmercy" thanks to their history of in-game synergy, this pairing between Pharah and Mercy has 2,739 stories on AO3! Both of these characters were a part of Overwatch as well, taking to the skies as they both are able to fly.
#2 Reaper76 (Reaper | Gabriel Reyes/Soldier: 76 | Jack Morrison)
This Reaper76 pairing boasts 5,803 stories about them on AO3! Gabriel and Jack met amid the Omnic Crisis before they both joined Overwatch. A rift started to form between them as they differed in methods when it came down to missions. This led to their supposed deaths before they rose as Reaper and Soldier: 76.
#1 YeeHan (Cole Cassidy/Hanzo Shimada)
Taking first place is Cole and Hanzo. Known as "YeeHan" and totally not "Hole," this ship combines skilled marksmanship with a character who only wishes to redeem himself. This pairing has 7,321 stories written about them on AO3.
Overwatch 2 ships galore
These are the top 10 Overwatch ships of 2024! Does this list surprise you? Or do you have a bunch of new ships now? What are some of your favorite ships that didn't make it to AO3's top 10? Regardless of your shipping preferences, we hope you'll continue to have fun in Overwatch 2!
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