Inara Serra

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Name: Inara Serra
Occupation: Companion
Relationships: Mal Reynolds (love interest)
Fandom: Firefly, Serenity, Jossverse
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Inara Serra is a character in Joss Whedon's Firefly and related works.


She is a licensed Companion, a profession which is somewhat of a mish-mash between a courtesan and a geisha.[1] Companions are highly respected within the Firefly verse, despite engaging in a form of state-sanctioned prostitution. As are all Companions, Inara is well-educated and well-mannered. Her prestigious position is occasionally used to help the crew of the Serenity out of difficult situations, as Companions are viewed as respectable, upper-class citizens, with privileges above those of most citizens outside of the Core planets.

Inara is portrayed by actress Morena Baccarin.

In Fanworks

Inara is commonly paired with her canonical love interest, ship's captain Malcolm Reynolds. She is also frequently paired with Kaylee Frye, the ship's mechanic and Inara's closest friend on board. Many works are pre-canon works focused on Inara's decision to train as a Companion.


Person Ship
Malcolm Reynolds Inara/Mal
Kaylee Frye Inara/Kaylee
River Tam Inara/River
Zoë Washburne Inara/Zoë
Simon Tam Inara/Simon
Jayne Cobb Inara/Jayne


Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.


  • What might be by honorh, What would a glamorous Companion possibly regret?
  • Character Study by Ana, He has no appreciation of the skill it takes to fully assume a role.


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