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Shiplist Part One (Described Below)
Shiplist Part Two (Described Below)
Shiplist Part Three (Described Below)
Shiplist Part Four (Described Below)

Welcome to a special Year In Review edition of the AO3 Ship Stats!

This list shows the 100 pairing tags which had the greatest gain in total fanworks posted on Archive Of Our Own during the period 3 Jan 2020 - 2 Jan 2021. There are 69 M/M pairings, 15 F/M, 3 F/F, 11 Gen and 2 Other. (Please note that on AO3, ‘Name & Name’ with an ampersand indicates platonic or familial ‘Gen’ relationships, while ‘Name/Name’ with a slash is used for romantic and sexual pairings.)

Of the 200 names on the list, 22 belong to women and 2 to characters of indeterminate gender, down from 23 and 3 in the last comparable list. There are 16 Characters of Colour from Western media and 88 from Asian media, as well as 7 characters of ambiguous race. In total, 54 of the pairings are from Western media, putting the rate of POC representation for Western media fandom at 14.8%, up from 12.9% on the main 2020 list.

For more information on this project, please see this year's FAQ post. Happy New Year!

ETA: Updated to fix mistaken calculation for Loki/Thor (pairing no longer in top 100).

ETA 2: Updated to fix mistaken calculation for Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan (pairing no longer in top 100).

A text-only version of the list is as follows:

Rank   Pairing   Fandom   New Works   Total   Type   Race
1   Lán Zhàn | Lán Wàngjī/Wèi Yīng | Wèi Wúxiàn   魔道祖师 - 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù   12878   18301   M/M   POC
2   Aziraphale/Crowley (Good Omens)   Good Omens (TV)   12005   32438   M/M   White
3   Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia/Jaskier | Dandelion   Wiedźmin | The Witcher - All Media Types   11029   11029   M/M   White
4   Rey/Ben Solo | Kylo Ren   Star Wars Sequel Trilogy   8606   23958   F/M   White
5   Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   8487   44405   M/M   White
6   Bakugou Katsuki/Midoriya Izuku   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   7793   20262   M/M   POC
7   Bakugou Katsuki/Kirishima Eijirou   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   6714   18274   M/M   POC
8   Castiel/Dean Winchester   Supernatural   6621   90778   M/M   White
9   Peter Parker & Tony Stark   Marvel Cinematic Universe   5729   19696   Gen   White
10   Jeon Jungkook/Kim Taehyung | V   Bangtan Boys | BTS   5675   25597   M/M   POC
11   Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug   Miraculous Ladybug   5119   21727   F/M   Whi/POC
12   Midoriya Izuku/Todoroki Shouto   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   5041   16002   M/M   POC
13   James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers   Captain America (Movies)   5031   51751   M/M   White
14   Jeon Jungkook/Park Jimin   Bangtan Boys | BTS   4952   20103   M/M   POC
15   Steve Rogers/Tony Stark   The Avengers (Marvel Movies)   4717   38048   M/M   White
16   Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou   Haikyuu!!   4689   10263   M/M   POC
17   Adora/Catra (She-Ra)   She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018)   4618   6673   F/F   Whi/POC
18   Eddie Kaspbrak/Richie Tozier   IT (Movies – Muschietti)   4608   13325   M/M   White
19   Aizawa Shouta | Eraserhead/Yamada Hizashi | Present Mic   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   4530   9447   M/M   POC
20   Hinata Shouyou/Kageyama Tobio   Haikyuu!!   4498   12775   M/M   POC
21   Sirius Black/Remus Lupin   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   4356   20053   M/M   White
22   Iwaizumi Hajime/Oikawa Tooru   Haikyuu!!   4328   13654   M/M   POC
23   Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)   Merlin (TV)   4139   20710   M/M   White
24   Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani/Nicky | Nicolo di Genova   The Old Guard (Movie 2020)   3764   3764   M/M   Whi/POC
25   Dazai Osamu/Nakahara Chuuya (Bungou Stray Dogs)   文豪ストレイドッグス | Bungou Stray Dogs   3725   10476   M/M   POC
26   Martin Blackwood/Jonathan "Jon" Sims | The Archivist   The Magnus Archives (Podcast)   3595   4831   M/M   Ambig
27   Bakugou Katsuki & Midoriya Izuku   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   3566   6714   Gen   POC
28   Evan "Buck" Buckley/Eddie Diaz (9-1-1 TV)   9-1-1 (TV)   3563   4894   M/M   Whi/POC
29   Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski   Teen Wolf (TV)   3477   60816   M/M   White
30   Magnus Bane/Alec Lightwood   Shadowhunters (TV)   3361   26563   M/M   Whi/POC
31   Kara Danvers/Lena Luthor   Supergirl (TV 2015)   3352   14455   F/F   White
32   Aziraphale & Crowley (Good Omens)   Good Omens (TV)   3308   9162   Gen   White
33   Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter   Hannibal (TV)   3286   19371   M/M   White
34   Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   3214   11757   F/M   Whi/Amb
35   Sokka/Zuko (Avatar)   Avatar: The Last Airbender   3137   3650   M/M   POC
36   Kim Namjoon | RM/Kim Seokjin | Jin   Bangtan Boys | BTS   3124   17906   M/M   POC
37   Dabi/Takami Keigo | Hawks   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   3015   4277   M/M   POC
38   Kozume Kenma/Kuroo Tetsurou   Haikyuu!!   3011   6704   M/M   POC
39   Clay | Dream/GeorgeNotFound (Video Blogging RPF)   Video Blogging RPF   2943   2943   M/M   White
40   Wang Yi Bo/Xiao Zhan | Sean   陈情令 | The Untamed (TV) RPF   2917   4366   M/M   POC
41   Min Yoongi | Suga/Park Jimin   Bangtan Boys | BTS   2893   20912   M/M   POC
42   James Potter/Lily Evans Potter   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   2861   11550   F/M   White
43   Kim Taehyung | V/Park Jimin   Bangtan Boys | BTS   2844   11079   M/M   POC
44   Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   2831   13115   F/M   Whi/Amb
45   Pepper Potts/Tony Stark   Marvel Cinematic Universe   2688   18357   F/M   White
46   Patrick Brewer/David Rose   Schitt's Creek   2591   4467   M/M   White
47   Miya Atsumu/Sakusa Kiyoomi   Haikyuu!!   2589   2589   M/M   POC
48   Bakugou Katsuki/Todoroki Shouto   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   2520   6051   M/M   POC
49   Kaminari Denki/Shinsou Hitoshi   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   2478   3926   M/M   POC
50   Tsukishima Kei/Yamaguchi Tadashi   Haikyuu!!   2473   6529   M/M   POC
51=   Jiāng Chéng | Jiāng Wǎnyín/Lán Huàn | Lán Xīchén   魔道祖师 - 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù   2421   3437   M/M   POC
51=   Jung Hoseok | J-Hope/Min Yoongi | Suga   Bangtan Boys | BTS   2421   13814   M/M   POC
53   Sherlock Holmes/John Watson   Sherlock (TV)   2312   62775   M/M   White
54   Lee Donghyuck | Haechan/Mark Lee   NCT (Band)   2311   6711   M/M   POC
55   Sawamura Daichi/Sugawara Koushi   Haikyuu!!   2276   7536   M/M   POC
56   Aizawa Shouta | Eraserhead & Midoriya Izuku   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   2266   3379   Gen   POC
57   Amity Blight/Luz Noceda   The Owl House (Cartoon)   2233   2233   F/F   Whi/POC
58   Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   2228   10320   F/M   White
59   Jeon Jungkook/Min Yoongi | Suga   Bangtan Boys | BTS   2219   10527   M/M   POC
60   Katara/Zuko (Avatar)   Avatar: The Last Airbender   2190   4204   F/M   POC
61   Midoriya Izuku/Uraraka Ochako   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   2176   4819   F/M   POC
62   Annabeth Chase/Percy Jackson   Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan   2170   7008   F/M   White
63   Akechi Goro/Persona 5 Protagonist   Persona 5   2164   4460   M/M   POC
64   Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier | Dandelion   Wiedźmin | The Witcher - All Media Types   2130   2130   Gen   White
65   Keith/Lance (Voltron)   Voltron: Legendary Defender   2100   31096   M/M   Amb/POC
66   Dean Winchester & Sam Winchester   Supernatural   2067   9983   Gen   White
67   Peter Parker/Tony Stark   Marvel Cinematic Universe   2051   6891   M/M   White
68   Kakyoin Noriaki/Kujo Jotaro   JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken | JoJo's Bizarre Adventure   2037   4218   M/M   POC
69   Billy Hargrove/Steve Harrington   Stranger Things (TV 2016)   1967   6067   M/M   White
70   Toby Smith | Tubbo & TommyInnit   Video Blogging RPF   1963   1963   Gen   White
71   Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader   Star Wars - All Media Types   1926   3717   Gen   White
72   Kim Taehyung | V/Min Yoongi | Suga   Bangtan Boys | BTS   1923   8135   M/M   POC
73   Jaime Lannister/Brienne of Tarth   Game of Thrones (TV)   1908   7922   F/M   White
74   Rey & Ben Solo | Kylo Ren   Star Wars Sequel Trilogy   1897   6845   Gen   White
75   Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader   Star Wars - All Media Types   1886   4937   F/M   White
76   Neil Josten/Andrew Minyard   All For The Game - Nora Sakavic   1856   5677   M/M   White
77   Byun Baekhyun/Park Chanyeol   EXO (Band)   1852   7570   M/M   POC
78   Bakugou Katsuki/Uraraka Ochako   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   1822   4440   F/M   POC
79   Uchiha Sasuke/Uzumaki Naruto   Naruto   1804   8504   M/M   POC
80   Felix Hugo Fraldarius/Sylvain Jose Gautier   Fire Emblem: Fuukasetsugetsu | Fire Emblem: Three Houses   1786   2905   M/M   White
81   Tyrannus Basilton "Baz" Pitch/Simon Snow   Carry On Series - Rainbow Rowell   1784   5772   M/M   Whi/POC
82   Ayanga/Zhèng Yúnlóng   声入人心 | Super-Vocal (TV)   1779   5677   M/M   POC
83   Anxiety | Virgil Sanders/Creativity | Roman "Princey" Sanders   Sanders Sides (Web Series)   1728   4633   M/M   White
84   Harry Potter/Tom Riddle | Voldemort   Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling   1718   7074   M/M   White
85   Midoriya Izuku & Todoroki Shouto   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   1716   3621   Gen   POC
86   Poe Dameron/Finn   Star Wars Sequel Trilogy   1699   7663   M/M   POC
87   Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov   Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)   1673   25065   M/M   Whi/POC
88   Aang/Katara (Avatar)   Avatar: The Last Airbender   1658   2654   F/M   POC
89   Nico di Angelo/Will Solace   Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan   1651   6937   M/M   White
90   Bakugou Katsuki/Reader   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   1633   3022   Other   Amb/POC
91   Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar   Lucifer (TV)   1631   4958   F/M   White
92   Upgraded Connor | RK900/Gavin Reed   Detroit: Become Human (Video Game)   1621   4486   M/M   White
93=   Jeon Jungkook/Kim Namjoon | RM   Bangtan Boys | BTS   1618   4666   M/M   POC
93=   Oma Kokichi/Saihara Shuichi   New Dangan Ronpa V3: Everyone's New Semester of Killing   1618   3865   M/M   POC
95   Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester   Supernatural   1612   28416   M/M   White
96   Khun Aguero Agnis/Twenty-Fifth Baam | Jyu Viole Grace   Tower of God   1577   1577   M/M   POC
97   Midoriya Izuku & Yagi Toshinori | All Might   Boku no Hero Academia | My Hero Academia   1576   3313   Gen   POC
98   Han Jisung | Han/Lee Minho | Lee Know   Stray Kids (Band)   1566   3839   M/M   POC
99   James "Bucky" Barnes/Reader   Marvel Cinematic Universe   1523   8564   Other   Whi/Amb
100   Kambe Daisuke/Katou Haru   Balance:UNLIMITED | Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited (Anime)   1521   1521   M/M   POC