James Holden

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Name: James 'Jim' Holden
Occupation: Captain of the Rocinante
Title/Rank: Former Lieutenant, UNN
Location: Earth
Canterbury, Rocinante
Status: Alive
Relationships: Naomi Nagata (Shipmate & Love Interest)
Fandom: The Expanse
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James Holden is a character in the TV series The Expanse, which is based on the novel of the same novel by James S.A. Corey.


Holden was the Executive Officer on the Canterbury. When the Cant responds to a distress beacon, Holden is one of a handful of crew members who survives an unprovoked attack from an unknown enemy.


James Holden is character who always tries to do the right thing, but his actions often have disastrous consequences for the solar system. This has led to humorous gifs focused on his tendency to publicly broadcast everything, but also in-depth discussions of his character flaws.

Holden's tendency to publicly broadcast information is a trope often used in Expanse fanworks, for humorous or dramatic effect. His love of coffee, and seemingly unending search for a good cup of coffee is also a recognizable trait of fanon Holden.


  • Nolden is the canon het pairing of Holden and Naomi Nagata. Due to the popularity of the fanon ship Drummer/Naomi Nagata, poly works pairing all three character have become more common.
  • Amos Burton/James Holden is the non-canon pairing of Holden and the Roci's mechanic Amos Burton.

Example Fanworks

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




Meta & Discussion

  • Why all the Holden hate? discussion on Reddit, posted by TROGDORR. I keep seeing people on this sub saying that Holdens character was poorly cast. My question is, do people not like him simply because he does not match his book personality? Or is it the plot that you are really angry with ie/Holdens dumb decisions. Imo, Holdens failures as a leader are exactly what make him Interesting. A leader who is always right, morally superior, and never makes mistakes, is a boring one.
  • Jim Holden Appreciation Week: Day 3 | Favorite Relationship, Holden & Naomi by Tumblr user JamesHolden, compared Book Nolden with TV Nolden.

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