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Pairing: John Sheppard/Elizabeth Weir
Alternative name(s): John/Elizabeth, Sheppard/Weir, Sparky
Gender category: Het
Fandom: SGA
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: The most common het pairing in the fandom.
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Sheppard/Weir is a het pairing between John Sheppard and Elizabeth Weir in the Stargate Atlantis fandom.

Canon Basis

When John Sheppard unexpectedly becomes the military leader of the Atlantis expedition he assumes a position nearly equal to Elizabeth Weir's as head of the expedition. They form an alliance, work well together and, while the potential for conflict is there, they often, but not always, manage to overcome their differences.


Many fans of the pairing see a lot of UST in the characters' interactions on screen, and while Elizabeth has left behind a relationship on Earth, it is eventually formally ended when the expedition restores contact with Earth. There is no canon relationship impediment to the pairing after that point.

There are several different aspects to the relationship that attract fans. One is the "forbidden nature" aspect, given that Elizabeth is in charge of the expedition and John is her de facto second in command (though he is the chief military officer). Others latch on to the oppositions of their personalities; Elizabeth is a diplomat and has a history of being against the military, while John is a trained soldier who takes lives when necessary. Some people find a lot of subtext in the editing of the show, the way the two of them tend to lean on each other because nobody else quite understands the burden of being in charge. And others are in it merely for the chemistry. As one of the ship manifestos put it:

"Mostly, they clash over who should be in charge, with him apparently assuming she'll just let him away with anything and her getting pissed off at the way he tries to walk all over her [...] And, yeah, my inner feminist digs that the chick has all the power (in theory) and frequently bitches him out for his transgressions. If you want angsty and messed up, the potential is right there. You want to write hatesex? Then canon is pretty much with you. You want sekrit longings? The lack of canon is pretty much with you."[1]

Pairing Name

One of the most popular names for the pairing is "Sparky," coined as a joke by Nos in the sheppard_n_weir yahoo group.[2] It caught on and is used unironically in many places. It is sometimes mistakenly attributed to a Joe Flanigan episode of Cupid, where he refers to Paula Marshall's character as "Sparky" after she admits to playing with batteries as a child.



One of the early fanfic writers for the pairing, who had a significant influence on many later writers, is mylittleredgirl.

Ascent was written in 2005. John and Elizabeth go through an unstable wormhole and get stranded on an alien planet alone. Injured and lacking supplies, the unresolved sexual tension simmers underneath the stressful situation. The ending isn't wholly happy, just quietly hopeful. Also from John's POV.



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

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  1. ^ Sparky, or Behind Every Great Woman essay at Ship Manifesto by nostalgia_lj, 28 November 2004. (Accessed 27 April 2011)
  2. ^ Re: 'Ship name, again on the sheppard_n_weir Yahoo!Groups page, 3 August 2004. (Accessed 30 July 2010.)