5 Reasons Why Olicity Should Be Crowned ‘Ship of the Year’

When it comes to ships there is none that has made more waves in the past few years than Arrow’s Oliver and Felicity. The ship dubbed Olicity steamrolled its competition last year en route to the first ever ‘Ship of the Year’ at the MTV Fandom Awards with over 15 million votes.

And there’s a reason — more than one, actually — why Olicity has captivated so many fans and garnered such a passionate, dedicated response. To the organic chemistry that leaps off the screen every Wednesday to the strong foundation on which their relationship was built, it’s no surprise that Olicity is once again nominated for MTV’s ‘Ship of the Year.’

Here are five reasons why Oliver and Felicity should win ‘Ship of the Year’ for a second straight year:

1. The Way They Look At Each Other

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A look can say a thousand words. And if there was a ship that embodies that motto it’s Olicity. Oliver and Felicity have full conversations without uttering a single word. It’s a trait that the fandom has picked up on and something that they relish in its organic quality. When they’re not having conversations with their eyes the way they feel about each other is spelled out clearly on their faces. Those longing looks are enough to make our hearts stop.

2. Their Chemistry Is Sizzling

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Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards have an undeniable chemistry that was evident from the very first scene they shared together. It’s that organic chemistry that has helped launch Olicity into one of television’s most talked-about ships. Whether it’s their sizzling kisses or their emotional heart-to-hearts you can feel every single thing that they’re feeling. You can’t buy that kind of natural chemistry. It was one of — if not the best — things to happen to Arrow.

3. Their Relationship Is Built on a Strong Friendship

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Perhaps the greatest thing to happen with Oliver and Felicity was the gradual build with their relationship as they grew as friends and eventually lovers. It’s that solid foundation that made not only their relationship stronger but made it clear as day that these two were destined to be together. When you think about relationships and what makes them work it’s that strong foundation that helps sustain a relationship over time. Oliver and Felicity’s relationship wasn’t created on romance, it was based on friendship that soon grew into romance. It’s why it has captured the hearts of fans everywhere, as well as why it’s been as strong as it has over the past four seasons.

4. They’re Stronger Together Than Apart

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When it comes down to it, Oliver and Felicity are a team. Whether it’s on Team Arrow or in their personal relationship they’ve always relied on each other for that support. One of the many beautiful aspects of Oliver and Felicity’s relationship over the years has been each character’s individual evolution and how they’ve each changed the other for the better. While both are great as individuals they’re even stronger together. While they’ve had their struggles one of the beauties is knowing that they’ll find their way back to each other because at the end of the day they’re at their best when they’re together.

5. The Cast and Crew Ship It, Too

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Olicity hasn’t just captured the hearts of its passionate fans, but it’s also captivated the Arrow cast and crew! As Arrow fans well know there is no bigger Olicity than Captain Stephen Amell. And it’s a close second for David Ramsey, who has made his love for Oliver and Felicity no secret taking every moment to rave about the characters and their connection. It’s a real treat to watch the cast or the producers talk about Oliver and Felicity’s relationship with such admiration and pride. And it speaks volumes about how important this Olicity relationship is to the show when everyone from producers to writers to cast to crew rave about the relationship every chance they get.

BONUS: The Fandom is Beyond Passionate

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When it comes to a veteran show like Arrow that has been on the air going on five seasons now, promotion isn’t exactly at its highest. But who needs network promotion when you have the incredibly dedicated and passionate Olicity fanbase, who work tirelessly to promote their favorite couple. This fanbase got the couple MTV’s first “Ship of the Year” award, and they’re once again working tirelessly to repeat this year.

You can vote for Olicity as ‘Ship of the Year’ by reblogging this Tumblr post.

The MTV Fandom Awards films Thursday, July 21 and airs Sunday, July 24.

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  1. Olicity all the way. I’m constantly reblogging

  2. I’d crown them for half of the season because they were amazing together until they split. Is that possible? lol

    1. “They were amazing TOGETHER”. Your issue isn’t Olicity the couple, it’s the break-up. And I don’t know of a single fan who enjoyed that break-up. It was contrived and unnecessary. Writing Olicity as a couple comes naturally to these writers and they accidentally gave us the most beautiful, organic, perfect (yet realistic) relationship… but they gave it to us in season 4 of a show that will run many more seasons. They stupidly thought giving us our endgame now would make us lose interest when really, breaking up Olicity has caused such a divide and so much drama. But THAT is why they are ship of the year. Because the show is at its best when they are together, and the world literally ends when they aren’t (their fictional world basically did end in 4×08 after their time-travel reversed break-up!). A ship that can bring about so much love when they are together and so much chaos when they are apart, is an epic kind of ship. <3

      1. I think you’ve mistaken my comment. I really love Olicity together. I have no issues with them as a couple and think they have amazing chemistry. But they were tainted the minute Oliver lied and I was just waiting for the break-up. Then the break-up happened and it tainted both of the characters for me because Oliver never really apologised and Felicity walked away and said some harsh OOC things. I still want them together and believe they are better together, but there’s no denying that some of the episodes suffered as a result of the drama over the contrived lie. I blame bad writing, not the couple.

      2. I think we’re both on the same page actually lol! I was just trying to explain why, despite the split and the second half of the season, Olicity is still deserving of ship of the year. The episodes following the break-up absolutely did suffer, and my point was that Olicity as a team/couple make the show SO MUCH better. They are ship of the year material because despite awful writing, the reactions they elicit and the difference they make to the structure of the show are enormous.

      3. Unfortunately, we’re still at the point where certain shows are afraid to let their main couple be together and it’s because they know they have a passionate fandom but it still doesn’t give them a pass for 4B. The thing is, as much as I love them, I would have been fine with their break up if it didn’t originate from the most contrived storyline and if it it helped the character evolve. That’s a writing issue. I’m glad that Oliver’s development was visible but can you call that development if they had to regress his character first? Felicity had half-assed storylines ever since she’s been shot and especially after their break up.

        I think it all comes down to who has the most resilient fandom. This past year, this particular fandom became even more resilient because of the mistakes in writing, the hateful environment within the fandom and the generally depressing tone of the season. If I could copy and paste 4A into 4B by twitching a few storylines, it would have been an almost perfect season for olicity. But it wasn’t and YET I’m still voting.

      4. Unfortunately, we’re still at the point where certain shows are afraid to let their main couple be together and it’s because they know they have a passionate fandom but it still doesn’t give them a pass for 4B. The thing is, as much as I love them, I would have been fine with their break up if it didn’t originate from the most contrived storyline and if it it helped the character evolve. That’s a writing issue. I’m glad that Oliver’s development was visible but can you call that development if they had to regress his character first? Felicity had half-assed storylines ever since she’s been shot and especially after their break up.

        I think it all comes down to who has the most resilient fandom. This past year, this particular fandom became even more resilient because of the mistakes in writing, the hateful environment within the fandom and the generally depressing tone of the season. If I could copy and paste 4A into 4B by twitching a few storylines, it would have been an almost perfect season for olicity. But it wasn’t and YET I’m still voting.

  3. Yes! Olicity is our ALWAYS! My fingers and eyes and neck and back hurt from all this voting but it’s WORTH IT. Thank you for the great article!

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