In honor of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, I thought I’d compile my list of favorite Star Trek characters. It turned out this list was harder to make than I thought. I will say that Deep Space 9 is easily my favorite series and Wrath of Khan is my favorite movie. As far as the character list, though, it can easily fluctuate depending on my mood. There are so many ties that it was hard to put a number on each one. Anyway, here it goes:
Captain Kirk (William Shatner), original series. I know, he was a cool captain and all and the face of the franchise, but there were just too many other interesting characters for him to make the list. He is still near and dear to my heart, though.
Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter), original pilot. I always liked him and in some ways wish they’d kept him as captain. I did like that they brought his character back in the movie reboot (played by Bruce Greenwood), but Jeffrey Hunter is still my favorite version.
Lieutenant Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schultz), Next Generation. Who couldn’t help but love the bumbling Lt. Barclay? In many ways, I could relate to him because I’ve often felt the same way.
Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo), Deep Space 9. I never really liked him, per se, but I felt he was by far the best Star Trek villain ever. You could sometimes understand where he was coming from and Alaimo did an excellent job of portraying the sincerity of his character’s convictions.
Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill), Voyager. The charismatic bad boy image was a breath of fresh air after all those stodgy Star Fleet types. Plus, his character growth into a respectable officer was great to see.
Charles “Trip” Tucker (Connor Trinneer), Enterprise. It was hard leaving him off the list. His southern drawl, complete with expressions (“Keep your shirt on, Lieutenant”) made him a great character for a little comic relief.
Sean Hawk (Neal McDonough), First Contact. I liked that they had a new face in the command crew for that movie. I wished they had kept him in the other movies but, alas, he got borged.
Now, for the list:
10: Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery), Enterprise. I loved his positivity and innocence. I really wished they had given his character more spotlight episodes.
9: Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), original series. Mr. Spock is probably the most iconic character of Star Trek. His logical, almost spiritual perspectives on the situations has always been intriguing to me. But sorry, there are just too many other characters for me to relate with for him to be higher on my list.
8: Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley), original series. He was the yang to Mr. Spock’s yin. The two really go together. Where Spock would look at things from the rational side, McCoy was the emotional half. He was often also great for comic relief.
7: Data (Brent Spiner), Next Generation. I enjoyed watching Data explore humanity and slowly incorporate it into himself. Those episodes became great food for thought about our own humanity.
6: Worf (Michael Dorn), Next Generation, Deep Space 9. Worf was just a bad-donkey, but at the same time had a deep spirituality. I think he’s someone who’d I’d love to have as a friend because of his honor and loyalty.
5: Miles O’Brien (Colm Meany), Next Generation, Deep Space 9. What I liked the most about Miles was that he was a family man struggling to live in the world of Star Fleet. I was starting my family the same time as he was, too, so I could definitely relate to him. Plus, Colm Meany is a fantastic actor.
4: Harry Kim (Garrett Wang), Voyager. I think it was Ensign Kim’s wide-eyed innocence that drew him to me. Plus he played clarinet. That’s cool.
3: The Doctor (Robert Picardo), Voyager. Again, kind of like Data in his explorations on what it is to be human. It was his humor that catapulted him up toward the top for me.
2: Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), Deep Space 9. He was by far my favorite Star Trek captain. He just seemed so much more human and down-to-earth. He could be tough when needed, and compassionate as well. Plus he was a great father figure in his dealings with Jake. In spite of all his pressures, he always tried to make his son a part of his life.
And, drum roll please:
1: Vic Fontaine! (James Darren) Deep Space 9. When I tell people he’s my favorite, many Star Trek fans don’t even know who I’m talking about. He was the holo-deck character who was a Las Vegas lounge singer. Often, the characters would go to him for advice. Plus he sang jazz and said ‘Pally’ all the time. What’s not to love?
So, there you have it. I just finished rewatching Next Generation and have started Enterprise and Deep Space 9 again, so my list can easily change at any time. Except Vic. Vic is forever.