Arrowverse ‘ships: A look at Raylicity (Ray / Felicity), Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow

RaylicityMrs. Carter: If there is one extended universe that is stuffed full of various ‘ships, it’s the Arrowverse over on The CW.

With that in mind, what we’re going to do over the coming days / weeks of the month is spotlight some of the various ‘ships that are out there with this show, the origins of them, and whether or not they could actually happen. These are more fun when they’re of the crossover capacity, mostly because jumping across various shows is something that the franchise has done for the most part well, other than that rare moment here or there where Oliver Queen ends up having to deal with tons of people with powers who just aren’t a natural fit in his world.

This now brings us to Raylicity, the couple at the center of this article. Ray Palmer and Felicity Smoak actually tried a relationship before, back in season 3 of the show, and it had a reasonable amount of success before things went south. While the dominant Felicity ‘ship out there is Olicity, and understandably so, were there some lessons learned from this ‘ship that both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow can now take into the future? That’s something that we do want to investigate a little bit further.

What worked for the two – Out of all of the various ‘ships we’ve seen Felicity involved with since the start of Arrow, this is probably the one that worked the most on paper. They have similar intellects, similar passions, and even similar outlooks on life. Maybe you can argue that they were too similar, but they were able to do some work together and it was clear that there was a level of affection there.

What went wrong? – Well, it really just stemmed from the fact that Felicity was still in love with Oliver, and being second fiddle romantically is something that Ray should be rather used to at this point after what happened with Kendra Saunders on Legends of Tomorrow. We do think that he was also still somewhat in mourning, and the two were never able to open up to each other as much as they could.

Chances of a reunion – Unlikely. While they may care about each other — and we’d love to see them have some more scenes in the future — their biggest issue remains that Felicity and Oliver have such a history, and they do continue to work together. It doesn’t help that feasibly, they don’t have any way to actually spend some time together.

Lessons to be learned – Through Raylicity, we saw that a pairing of two fun, lighthearted people can make for good entertainment for a while, but it’s hard to introduce conflict between people so similar. They both probably learned to be true to their feelings through this, and also that it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone to pursue something different.

Did you ‘ship Raylicity, do you still, and what do you take away from their relationship? Be sure to share in the comments! (Photo: The CW.)

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