The venerable UK sci-fi magazine SFX is celebrating their 200th issue with a countdown of the top 200 sci-fi and fantasy characters based on polling from the magazine readers. They have released Top 20 polls in a number of categories, with Star Trek’s Mr. Spock coming out on top in the Favorite Alien list, but Captain Kirk is only 12th in the favorite hero list? More details below.
Spock the alien winner but Kirk not even in top 10 hero?
The poll of 6,000 readers from SFX breaks the top 200 sci-fi and fantasy characters into 10 categories, each with a top 20. Trek is applicable to six of the categories and comes out on top in one. Here is a breakdown of the categories applicable to Trek with the winners and highest ranked Trek character.
- Favorite Robot: R2-D2 (Star Wars) – the top Trek entry: Cmdr Data (TNG) at #2
- Favorite Monster: Daleks (Dr Who) – top Trek entry: The Borg (TNG) at #11
- Favorite Alien: Mr. Spock (Star Trek) – 2nd top Trek entry: Elim Garak (DS9) at #8
- Favorite Sage: Rupert Giles (Buffy) – Top Trek entry: Guinnan (TNG) at #17
- Favorite Villain: The Master (Dr Who) – Top Trek entry: Khan (Wrath of Khan) at #9
- Favorite Hero: The Doctor (Dr Who) – Top Trek entry: Capt. Kirk (Star Trek) at #12
The results are interesting and it is nice to see Mr. Spock, Garak and others on the list get the votes (click the links to see even more Trek characters on the lists). It is true that you can certainly see a bit of UK bias in the results, but then again SFX is a UK mag. However, the Favorite Hero poll is most curious, here are the full results with Trek entries bolded:
1 The Doctor (Doctor Who)
2 Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Firefly)
3 Dean Winchester (Supernatural)
4 Miles Vorkosigan (Miles Vorkosigan books)
5 Ianto Jones (Torchwood)
6 John Crichton (Farscape)
7 Han Solo (Star Wars)
8 Samuel Vimes (Discworld)
9 Indiana Jones (The Indiana Jones movies)
10 Wesley Wyndham-Pryce (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel)
11 Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who, Torchwood)
12 James T Kirk (Star Trek)
13 Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
14 Fox Mulder (The X-Files)
15 Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
16 Bill Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
17 Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap)
18 Sam Tyler (Life On Mars)
19 Number Six (The Prisoner)
20 Leonard McCoy (Star Trek)
Han Solo beating Kirk, I can see that happen sure. And with Kirk and Picard splitting the Trek vote, it is hard to compete against ‘The Doctor’ (who is one character with many actor incarnations). But who the hell is Miles Vorkosigan? I demand a recount. Go to www.sfx.co.uk for the full results.
Vote Spock 2010
SFX is now holding voting online for the ultimate Sci-Fi and Fantasy character, choosing from the winners of each category. So that means Spock is going up against The Doctor, R2 D2 and the rest of them. Show your Trek love by voting for Mr. Spock at sfx.co.uk.