Spock is a half-human, half-Vulcan character from the Star Trek franchise. He was played by Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek: The Original Series and by openly gay actor Zachary Quinto in the reboot series. The character has had canonical relationships with women, but most fans consider his deepest and most significant relationship to be with Captain James T. Kirk and the character has been seen as something of a queer icon for decades.
The Advocate explains:
The parallels between Spock and a queer person are many. As the only alien in the crew of the original starship U.S.S. Enterprise, he was physically and emotionally different from his peers. Due to his biology (Vulcans only become aroused every seven years in a phenomenon known as "pon farr"), his sexuality was also repressed, and thus the heterosexual relationships he observed also came off as alien.
"He’s the original outsider," confirmed Dan Deevy, an entertainment journalist and Star Trek expert. Considering how it was the aim of creator Gene Roddenbery to create an inclusive universe "where everyone is accepted and everyone is equal and everyone gets along," Deevy could easily imagine how LGBT viewers of the original series were "seeing ourselves reflected in him." For decades, the absence of LGBT characters has made these projections inevitable.
The non-canon slash ship Kirk/Spock is not only one of the first slash ships known to have inspired fanfiction and fanart, the very term "slash" itself originated among Kirk/Spock shippers seeking a way to differentiate between fanfiction stories that involved the two men in a romantic/sexual relationship rather than a platonic friendship. Kirk/Spock remains the most popular Star Trek ship on the fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own. Other popular Spock ships include the canon (in the reboot series) het ship Spock/Uhura and the non-canon slash pairing Spock/McCoy.
- Spock (TOS) on Memory Alpha
- Spock (AOS) on Memory Alpha
- Spock (TOS) on Fanlore
- Spock (AOS) on Fanlore
- Spock on AO3
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