- “You are one of the strongest people I have ever met, Sara”
- — Rip
From the moment she's recruited by Rip to join the Legends, Sara has no issue confronting Rip when she thinks he's way off base and does not necessarily parry orders from the Captain. Rip, in turn, admires Sara's abilities and tenacity, often conceding his misgivings to Sara, and is essential to convincing her that she isn't without humanity, keeping Sara's doubts in check and her focused on their shared missions. Not too long into the Legends' journeys, Rip begins training Sara to take over for him as Captain of the Waverider, should anything ever befall him.
In 2016, Rip finds Sara in Tibet, where she's trying to deal with having been an assassin, killed, resurrected and re-ensouled. He memory-flashes Sara and gathers everyone in Star City where he presents to them Vandal Savage's future destruction of the world. Sara, feeling lost and scattered, talks to Laurel about Rip's offer and Laurel encourages her to join up — to be the White Canary. Sara shows up and boards the Waverider along with the rest of the team 3 days later, as instructed. They travel to 1975 to meet the only source who can find them Vandal Savage, but Rip benches Sara, along with the Rogues. They all meet up again when the group returns to the Waverider to find Kronos attacking it and Sara, Leonard and Mick show up in the nick of time to momentarily take out Kronos and save the others.
After Boardman has been injured, Rip reveals that he's a former time master and Sara, following Kendra, punches Rip and tells him to start telling the truth. He reveals that Savage killed his family and that their effect on the timeline is minimal. Sara decides that if they can change the timeline by taking down Savage, they can re-write their fates in Rip's future as well and the team is unified. Defying Rip after his lies, the team decides to go on a quest without him. When Ray's tech falls into Savage's hands and alters the future, Sara manages to retrieve it for which Rip commends her. Sadly, Savage kills Carter and severely injures Kendra, which is hard on all of them, but they vow to avenge him.
Rip is downcast and retreats but Sara tries to help him continue the mission. Inspired by Sara, Rip decides to go after Savage's money in order to halt Savage's rise to power. Wounded by losing Carter and Kendra's life hanging in the balance, Rip wants to go it alone, unwilling to risk anyone else. Sara says she understands, but that it would be best that he go in with back-up and that she's coming along regardless. The two attempt to con their way into a private bank's records, but are made and fight off the mercenaries. Sara unnecessarily kills some of the men after she and Rip have won. Back on the ship, Rip asks her what is going on and Sara talks about the blood lust left from the Lazarus Pit and that she views herself as a monster.
- Rip – “Well, for a monster, you dance quite gracefully, Ms. Lance”
- Sara – “Don't make fun”
- Rip – “I know, I'm not. Nor do I consider you a monster”
- — Support
They interrogate Blake who reveals to Sara that Rip tried to kill Savage in B.C. Egypt. Rip storms out and Sara follows, trying to get him to talk, but he balks, before revealing that he hesitated and blames himself for the death of his family. Sara and Rip find out that Savage has Carter's body and go to fight him. To sneak in unnoticed, they pretend to be a couple and share a dance, where Rip assuages Sara's fears about herself. They then pretend to be a drunken couple having fun and take out the guards at the room where Carter lies. They are captured there by Savage, but the team comes to the rescue and Sara finds a way to deal with her blood lust while in combat.
After a botched mission at the Pentagon, Sara turns Rip's attention to the issue of Kendra. Rip asks Sara, to her dismay, to help Kendra better understand her nature and powers and Sara reluctantly agrees. Sara is later angry with Rip as Rip let Stein, Ray and Mick be captured, which he did to avoid the entire team's capture. Rip promises Sara that they will get them back safe and Sara suggests that they get help entering the gulag from the Bratva. Rip and Snart steam with a Bratva leader, while Sara takes out his guards and her prowess scares the guy into helping them with their plan.
Rip asks Sara and Snart to carry out the mission but takes Sara aside to show her the future that awaits the world should they fail. Rip does this to make it easier on Sara, and himself, to ask of her, should Professor Stein break under torture, to kill him before he can reveal the Firestorm secrets. Sara's horrified, but agrees 'for the greater good', although when in the position she can't reach Rip on coms and doesn't take the shot. After Kendra and Jax help save everyone and Rip cedes that his team could create a better plan than he himself. He and Sara talk, and Rip says he believes she didn't take the shot because of who she is.
- Sara – “Stein doesn't know, does he? That I almost killed him?”
- Rip – “That I advised you to kill him”
- Sara – “It's funny. When I was in the League of Assassins, failure to follow through on a hit was unforgivable, a thousand times worse than death. Maybe I'm losing my edge”
- Rip – “Or gaining a new one. The fact that you didn't pull the trigger speaks volumes. You know, the safe move was to kill Martin with the Cold War hanging in the balance. I would like to think it was your humanity that stayed your hand”
- Sara – “I'd like to think that too”
- — Change
- “You saved my life. I was lost”
- — Sara to "Phil"
After everyone was time-displaced the Legends were unable to locate Rip – even Gideon could not tell them what had happened and so they carry on Rip's mission, while hoping to find him again. When the Legion of Doom seeks out Rip and locates him in the '60s, they find his identity altered and him leading a new life as American film director Phil. The Legends manage to save Phil briefly and bring him aboard the Waverider where Gideon confirms his identity alteration. Sadly, they lose him to the Legion again, and Eobard Thawne reverses his identity: Rip returns, but evil and without any conscience or feelings regarding his erstwhile team.
Rip shoots Sara in cold blood and while she is dying, with Jax pleading with him not to harm her, snaps her neck. Fortunately, Sara is saved by Gideon and she refuses to give up on getting Rip back to his true self. After battling the Legion of Doom, Darhk leaves Rip to die when Rip is injured and Sara brings him back to the Waverider, where he uses an override command to wreak havoc on board. Rip is detained and Mick mentions that they could try Cognitive Intrusion, an abhorrent method used by the Time Masters. Sara volunteers, along with Jax, to enter Rip's subconscious to rescue him and remind him of his true nature.
- Rip – “I really am very sorry, Sara”
- Sara – “It wasn't you. This, is you”
- — Reunited
RETURN OF THE TIMEMASTER
They are successful, with the help of Gideon, and Rip rejoins the Legends, with him and Sara sharing captaincy for a while. Rip tells Sara that she far outdoes him as Captain of the team and cedes his position to her. Rip helps Sara as part of the team in their mission to get the spear but they are thwarted by the Legion of Doom and are sent into Doomsworld, where Rip is separated from his team in a shrunken Waverider. Swiftly, the team is revived and after the destruction of the spear, Sara faces the difficult decision whether to risk time by re-visiting the past they have already been to. Rip supports Sara in her decisions and helps her execute the plan. After they have beat the Legion, Sara catches Rip leaving unannounced and he tells her he needs to figure out where he's supposed to be, now that she's the new Captain. Sara tells him she understands and expresses hope and faith that they'll see each other again.
THE TIME BUREAU
- Sara – “Admit it, Rip: you need us”
- Rip – “No, Sara. You need this”
- — Dismissal
Mere moments after Rip departs he reappears having assembled a new timeline control institution to rectify the broken timeline, in what he deems the most efficient manner. He shows the team the Time Bureau's headquarters, then unceremoniously disbands the team for having broken time, although they saved the world. He admits to Sara that he misses being part of their rogue team, but is adamant that he's right. Sara and the rest of the team return to the normal workforce, but six months later Mick finds an anachronism the Bureau hasn't and events lead Sara to repossess the Waverider. Although Rip doesn't feel that the team is efficient enough to run rogue, he also understands why they want to continue as legends. This is further infused by an enemy Rip secretly feels he will need the Legends to destroy, although he doesn't share this with Sara, instead telling her that she needs the Legends, time doesn't need them.
He later confesses to this when the Legends happen upon Rip in Victorian England, where they suspect vampires are running rampant. Rip admits to Sara that he's missed the team and needs their help with a mission that his own Time Bureau has dismissed. They happen upon Darkh and his grown daughter, Nora, where Sara learns why Rip is actually in London: to allow Damien Darkh to be resurrected so that Rip may have a chance at luring Mallus, an evil being, into revealing himself. Rip's gambit fails miserably, leaving scores of Time Bureau agents dead at the hands of Darkh and his daughter.
- “You've gone rogue from every organisation that you've ever been a part of! Because you don't trust anyone. I don't know how I could've ever trusted you”
- — Sara to Rip
Rip relays that he's moved apart from the Bureau as they fail to recognize what a threat Mallus is to the world. Sara is furious and hurt that Rip lied to her and, scorned, Sara has contacted the Bureau, and they arrive to bring Rip with them. He warns Sara that she should ready the Legends to fight Mallus. Although angry and feeling betrayed, Sara still seems to believe Rip's word and keeps in mind he may have told the truth. This is proven when later Sara is transported to a nether realm and introduced to Mallus' disembodied voice. When Ava later tells Sara that Rip's been imprisoned by his own bureau, Sara's shocked and seems remorseful and unsure of how to handle the news.
Ava relays that Rip has escaped his imprisonment and is at large, but the bureau doesn't know where he is until Rip recruits Wally West to retrieve Rip's coat and a time courier. Once Rip and Wally show up on the Waverider, Sara isn't thrilled to see Rip but doesn't make much of his presence and, after saving Ray, they make amends as Rip starts working for the Time Bureau again. Sara, along with Ray and Gary, discovers that Ava is a clone from a future lab of law-enforcers and that Rip knew, but never told Ava. This renews Sara's ire with Rip keeping secrets and hurts her, although Rip doesn't get to explain the extent of Ava's history.
Sara and Rip work together again to save a young Barack Obama from Grodd in the '70s, following Grodd's murder of Director Bennett. This would appear to be their final mission together as Rip, following the Legends' failed attempt to defeat Mallus, sacrifices himself by blasting Mallus with the unstable time core of the Waverider, which would presumably kill Rip and only delay Mallus. Rip takes this action unilaterally and talks to Sara before it happens, telling her that it would be the right decision after everything that has happened.
- “It's alright, Sara. I should very much like to see my wife and son again”
- — Rip
This is a common pairing in the fandom, also referred to as Time Parents as Rip and Sara are the ones usually in control and leading the group on their quests. Generally people feel the ship has been treated unjustly via the Season 3 altering of Rip Hunter's character from a smart and capable captain, trusted advisor to Sara and family member of the Legends to a renegade outcast, who's increasingly positioned as a scapegoat, damaging the close bond and connection between Rip and Sara. This inconclusive, some might say character assassination is only exacerbated by Rip's death.
On AO3 it is the most written ship for Rip and the 6th most written ship for Sara. It is also the ninth most written ship in the Legends of Tomorrow tag.
- time canary tag on Tumblr
- Rip x Sara tag on Tumblr
- “I believe in you. You're stronger than you know”
- — Rip
- Rip – “I had the chance to kill Savage once before. I had him dead to rights and I hesitated”
- Sara – “Killing is never easy, especially for a good man”
- Rip – “But the man killed my wife and son and God knows how many other wives and sons, and yet I couldn't. Your killing people doesn't make you a monster, Sara, but having the chance to avenge your family and not taking it, that does”
- — Guilt
Notes and references
|SHIPS||slash||Atomwave • ColdAtom • ColdRay • Coldwave • Constandes|
Constangreen • Hellstar • Hellwave • Naterad • SteelAtom • Steelwave • TimeHex
|het||Atomic Hawk • Canarrow • Captain Canary • Darhkblazer • Hawkmates|
Hellcanary • Hexari • Namaya • Snowatom • Superatom • Time Canary • Timeship • Vixenwave • Zaray
|poly||DarhkSteelAtom • DarhkWuSharpe • Snowtotems|
|femslash||Agent Canary • Avalance • Nyssara • Zamaya • Zelen|
|non-binary||Marlie • Zarlie|
|CHARACTERS||female||Sara Lance • Zari Tomaz|
|male||Ray Palmer • Mick Rory • John Constantine • Nate Heywood|