The Ten Greatest Moments in Star Trek Slash Fiction TV Characters

The Ten Greatest Moments in Star Trek Slash Fiction

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Out of everything Star Trek has spawned in its 45 year span (six television series, ten films and an avalanche of merchandise), almost nothing has been more of a game changer than slash fiction. Star Trek introduced the world to Slash fiction, which is essentially fan fiction with a sexual (usually same sex) bent.

The original "slash fic" was K/S, all about the forbidden love of Kirk and Spock. Eventually slash fic expanded out of Trek (I even found a slash fic for short lived 90's TV series "Due South". Who knew anyone cared about that show, much less wanted to see the main characters have sex with each other??) But Star Trek is where it all began and it is with those characters that slash fiction continues to thrive.

So in honor of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's birthday, let's celebrate the Top Ten Trek slash fic pairings, and their tenderest moments. 
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    Captain Janeway & The Entire Crew of Voyager

    Captain Kathryn Janeway holds a special place in the Trek Captain pantheon, as she is the first and only woman to command a ship on a series.

    As a woman in charge of an entire crew, this leads to a special form of slash fic, one where Janeway is paired with the essentially the whole ship, like a leather clad dominatrix, and the entire crew are her submissive sex slaves.

    The most well known of these S/M romps is a series called "The Secret Logs of Mistress Janeway".

    These are most famous mostly for being mentioned in the documentary movie Trekkies, and also for the sheer number of stories in the "secret log" (64, at last count). Here’s a typical exchange from one of these stories:

    "Janeway to Kim," I said much more stridently, than I should have.
    "This is Kim," I could hear the confusion in his tone.
    "Where are you?"
    "My quarters with Tom."
    I squeezed my eyes shut trying to blot out the images of their young, naked bodies entangled together. "Understood. I’m on my way."
    "Yes, Captain!" he said brightly.


    For years, stories of Mistress Janeway forcing her crew into submission ruled the slashfic world, until Voyager went off the air, at which point they started to slow down. Still, those Secret Logs are out there for those who bother to look...and I'll bet some of you reading this will. Good luck.

  2. 7

    Sulu and Chekov

    Let's face it....there were only three real characters on the original Star Trek series (four if you count Scotty) but Sulu, Chekov and Uhura pretty much sat around the bridge for 79 episodes and just made expository comments or bad jokes about Russia. They rarely got a lot to do.

    Not in the slash world though. Nope, in this world these two yellow shirted characters are gettin' it on left and right. And considering how often Captain Kirk beams down to a planet on an away mission, it is easy for the boys to play "when Daddy's away". The Sulu/Chekov pairings usually go something like this:

    "'Good morning!" Lt. Sulu's voice was obscenely cheerful as he entered his cabin. "Boy, the bridge is sure quiet today." His captive had no choice but to remain quiet himself. "Pretty boring stuff," the helmsman reported brightly, making unidentifiable noises around the room. "You know how it is -maintaining standard orbit around a planet with a skeleton crew while everyone else is down there having a good time... Well, almost everyone." "Mmmm," the lieutenant said, cupping the ensign's rump in his hands. "Nothing better for a coffee break than sweet buns..."

    Somehow, this all ends in some S&M type scenario, but then...doesn't everything?

  3. 8

    Odo & Quark

    Odo is Deep Space Nine's shapeshifter security chief whose natural shape is a bucket of goo.

    Quark is basically Ferengi with giant ears that wrap around his head, and bulbous cranium, and fangs for teeth.

    Somewhere in the world, there is someone who wanted these two characters to have sex SO much they needed to write about it, and then share it with the world.

    I guess the contempt these two characters shared for each other on the show ultimately had to result in some kind of sex, no matter how frickin' weird it was.

    Odo also had relations with the former Cardassion head of Deep Space Nine, Gul Dukat. In one story, Dukat makes Odo use his shape changing ability to his advantage -

    "I heard you know some more tricks," the Cardassian said. "Maybe, but I won't perform them for you." "You are nothing, Odo. That's your name. Whatever you do here, you do so because we allow you to." Odo's head sank, his gaze coming to rest on the man's boots. "And tonight, you will do as I say."

    I gotta say, shapeshifting for your evil master makes more sense than Odo ever having sex with Quark.And it is probably a hell of a lot sexier.

  4. 9

    Ensign Kim & Tom Paris

    Poor Ensign Harry Kim. Not only did he never get promoted in the entire seven year run of Star Trek: Voyager, but he was also the most useless and lame character on what was the most useless and lame Star Trek show of all time. (That is, until Enterprise debuted.)

    One of the few things he got to do on the show was pal around with Lt. Tom Paris, and the two had a friendship that would rival Data and Geordi LaForge on The Next Generation (item #3).

    As with all male friendships on Trek shows, this would provide lots of sexual fodder for the writers of slash fic, as it seems aside from "Mistress Janeway" Ensign Kim and Tom Paris were the biggest Voyager centric subject of slash fic I could find.

    Something about these two characters must have really made people wanna see them have sex, because they were quite the popular fantasy.

  5. 10

    Charles Trip Tucker & Malcolm Reed

    The least popular version of Star Trek has to be Star Trek: Enterprise, the show that helped drive Trek into the ground until their 2009 reboot on the big screen. Only lasting four seasons, it was the first modern Trek show to get cancelled without lasting seven seasons since the original in 1969. Pretty much except for the final season, this show sucked balls.

    Speaking of sucking balls, Enterprise did have enough fans to spawn some slash fic, mostly centered on the sexual relationship of Chief Engineer Charles "Trip" Tucker and British weapons officer Malcolm Reed.

    This relationship is interesting, because originally Malcolm Reed was supposed to be the first gay officer on a Star Trek series.

    Despite decades of claiming to be about diversity, no main Trek character was ever officially gay or lesbian. It is rumored that then Star Trek head honcho Rick Berman put the kibosh on any gay characters on Trek.

    Which just made the writers of slash even more empowered, as Reed was supposed to have been gay anyway. Why not pair him with the most attractive guy on the ship, Trip Tucker?

    And that is just what they did, in droves.

    There is possibly more Malcolm Reed/Trip Tucker slash fic than for any other characters on the show. Even poor Scott Bakula doen't get half the online slashfic as these two do.

    And I think we're all okay with that.

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