Jayne Cobb

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Name: Jayne Cobb
Occupation: mercenary
Title/Rank: The Hero Of Canton
Location: sometimes in his bunk
Status: bottom of the pecking order, alive
Fandom: Serenity & Firefly
Other: Picture of Jayne on still-flying
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Jayne Cobb is the mercenary on Serenity. He's good at tracking, shooting, fighting, pool, and cracking one-liners. He's bad at dinner party conversation. He has his own song[1] and a very fine hat; many Browncoats have learnt to knit for the sake of the hat.

Jayne Cobb is the originator of the phrase I'll be in my bunk.

Our Love For Him Now Ain't Hard To Explain

In some kind of marvellous, unlooked for gift from the gods of sexual fantasy, Jayne is played by fannish BSO Adam Baldwin (previously on X-Files, SG-1, and Angel, subsequently on Chuck). He carries a great big gun and wears tight cargo pants. He spends a lot of time working out.

Although Jayne is canonically a violent, disloyal "man-ape," in ficdom it is generally agreed that we're allowed to like him because his best friend is a preacher (Shepherd Book) and he sends a cut of his pay home to his mum.

"You can tell a lot about a guy from how he treats his mother"[2]

Jayne also has blue eyes so what are you gonna do? Some fic goes further into Jayne Sue territory, while others move towards crack!fic[3]. Also, sometimes, Jayne is a zombie[4].

Jayne is most often shipped with a Tam: Jayne/Simon for slash and Rayne (River/Jayne) for het, but there are sizable Mal/Jayne and Jaylee (Jayne/Kaylee) communities as well. As with all Jossverse, there's at least one fic for every conceivable other pairing.


  1. Adam Baldwin sings The Hero of Canton Accessed November 22nd 2008
  2. Hero of Canton by Inlovewithnight at Idol Reflection, 2005-01-10, (Accessed 23rd November 2008)
  3. Jayne Eyre by Meltha (2006)
  4. Big Damn Zombies, Sir by Shrift