Aeryn Sun

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Name: Aeryn Sun
Occupation: former Peacekeeper
Title/Rank: Peacekeeper Commando, retired
Location: Uncharted Territories, various planets, Tormented Space
Status: alive
Relationships: involved with deceased John Crichton, married to John Crichton
Fandom: Farscape
Other: Played by actor Claudia Black
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In Canon

Aeryn Sun is introduced in the first episode of Farscape as a loyal Peacekeeper Commando hoping for promotion to the special forces.

Unfortunately, meeting lost Earth astronaut John Crichton puts a permanent end to those ambitions, as she is deemed irreversibly contaminated by contact with an alien, just for having spoken with him (and beaten him up a little) and is therefore slated for execution.

Crichton does not approve. She and Crichton end up on the living ship Moya, a former Peacekeeper prison transport, which, with several escaped prisoners on board, has slipped its Peacekeeper leash.

Over the course of the series, Aeryn evolves from dutiful soldier to caring crewmate who often saves the lives of the others aboard the ship (especially the guys).

"[...]because of her own need to contribute, to be useful in the everyday, concrete way she values, she adapts, takes on tech work she once scorned as beneath her, and gains real pleasure and pride in an aptitude she'd never otherwise have known she had, a new way to play a part. And eventually, Aeryn becomes the invisible glue that holds the crew together, keeps the sharp edges of the other personalities from clashing."[1]

Relationship with Crichton

The canon romance between John and Aeryn can be said to be one of the greatest TV romances of the last few decades.

"There's the rub. How do I put into words just how special this relationship is? Because, no matter what words fly to my fingertips, they won't be the right ones. They'll ultimately be lacking something, that epiphany one only gets when one watches the show."[2]

In Fandom

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Aeryn is popular among Farscape fans. Not only is she one half of the fandom's dominant pairing, she is also a fierce BAMF. Some fans disliked season four, as they felt that Aeryn's characterization suffered.

In Fanfiction

  • Framed Betty tries to get Aeryn Sun, an alien visitor to Earth, to model for a feature on Christmas party dresses. Aeryn, trained since birth to be a combat pilot in her people's military, doesn't really understand dresses or non-practical shoes. (Farscape/Ugly Betty crossover)

In Fanvids

In Fanart

External Resources


  1. Pinup Girl for Frontal Assault essay on Aeryn at Idol Reflections, 16 May 2006. (Accessed 7 April 2011)
  2. Formulaic Love? Not in My Frelling 'Ship! essay on John/Aeryn at Ship Manifesto, 30 September 2004. (Accessed 7 April 2011)