List of Stargate Atlantis Pairing Names

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As in many other fandoms, romantic pairings may be denoted by the characters' names, separated by a slash, e.g., a story labeled as "McKay/Sheppard" refers to a romantic (or simply sexual) story whose primary couple is Rodney McKay and John Sheppard. Parts of SGA fandom also use portmanteaus, combining the two names, as in "McShep" for McKay/Sheppard. Name order has little or no significance.

While using only first names or only last names in pairings may be more logical, in practice SGA fandom often uses a mix, e.g. the John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan pairing may be referred to as Sheppard/Teyla. As the trend is sometimes male last name/female first name, some fans consider this to be evidence of misogyny in fandom. However, in SGA it tends to be determined by what name is most commonly heard in canon. Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex are never addressed by only their last names at any point in canon and usually are called "Teyla" and "Ronon" in pairings, while as the Earth-born characters are referred to by either their first name or their last in canon and in pairings. This trend is most obvious with the character of Jennifer Keller, who is called "Keller" as much or more than "Jennifer" in pairing names, e.g. Rodney/Keller or Ronon/Keller.

The following is a list of some of the common pairing names in Stargate Atlantis fandom.

John Sheppard / Elizabeth Weir

  • Sparky
  • ShWeir
  • John/Elizabeth, Elizabeth/John
  • Sheppard/Weir, Weir/Sheppard

John Sheppard / Rodney McKay

  • McShep (sometimes referred to as "McSheep" for parody purposes)
  • John/Rodney, Rodney/John
  • McKay/Sheppard, Sheppard/McKay

John Sheppard/Ronon Dex

  • John/Ronon, Ronon/John
  • Sheppard/Dex, Dex/Sheppard
  • Shex

John Sheppard / Teyla Emmagan

  • John/Teyla, Teyla/John
  • Sheppard/Emmagan, Emmagan/Sheppard
  • Sheppard/Teyla
  • Sheyla

Rodney McKay/Elizabeth Weir

  • McWeir
  • Rodney/Elizabeth, Elizabeth/Rodney
  • McKay/Weir, Weir/McKay

Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller

  • McKeller
  • Rodney/Jennifer, Jennifer/Rodney
  • McKay/Keller, Keller/McKay
  • Rodney/Keller

Rodney McKay/Radek Zelenka

  • Rodney/Radek, Radek/Rodney
  • McKay/Zelenka, Zelenka/McKay

Ronon Dex/Rodney McKay

  • McDex
  • Ronon/Rodney, Rodney/Ronon
  • McKay/Dex, Dex/McKay

Rodney McKay/Sam Carter

  • Rodney/Sam, Sam/Rodney
  • McKay/Carter, Carter/McKay

Rodney McKay / Teyla Emmagan

  • Rodney/Teyla, Teyla/Rodney
  • McKay/Emmagan, Emmagan/McKay

Ronon Dex / Jennifer Keller

  • Ronon/Jennifer, Jennifer/Ronon
  • Dex/Keller, Keller/Dex
  • Ronon/Keller

Ronon Dex/Radek Zelenka

  • Ronon/Radek, Radek/Ronon
  • Dex/Zelenka, Zelenka/Dex

Teyla Emmagan/Elizabeth Weir

  • Teyla/Elizabeth, Elizabeth/Teyla
  • Emmagan/Weir, Weir/Emmagan
  • Weir/Teyla

Teyla Emmagan/Jennifer Keller

  • Teyla/Jennifer, Jennifer/Teyla
  • Emmagan/Keller, Keller/Emmagan

Teyla Emmagan/Ronon Dex

  • Teyla/Ronon, Ronon/Teyla
  • Dex/Emmagan, Emmagan/Dex
  • Tex
  • Spanky (primarily among those who also ship Sheppard/Weir)[1]

Jennifer Keller/Sam Carter

  • Jennifer/Sam, Sam/Jennifer
  • Keller/Carter, Carter/Keller

Carson Beckett/Rodney McKay

  • McBeckett, McBeck
  • Carson/Rodney, Rodney/Carson
  • Beckett/McKay, McKay/Beckett

Radek Zelenka/Elizabeth Weir

  • Radek/Elizabeth, Elizabeth/Radek
  • Zelenka/Weir, Weir/Zelenka

Evan Lorne/Radek Zelenka

  • Evan/Radek, Radek/Evan
  • Lorne/Zelenka, Zelenka/Lorne

Evan Lorne/David Parrish (Note: Dr. Parrish's first name isn't known, but fanon is that it's David)

  • Porne
  • Lorne/Parrish, Parrish/Lorne
  • Evan/Parrish

Teamfic, OT3 and OT4

Trios and quartets of characters are common in SGA fanfic, particularly in reference to romantic entanglements among three or more teammates. (The primary SGA team consists of John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex.[2]) Trios are referred to by linking the three names with slashes (i.e., Ronon/Rodney/Teyla), and stories which refer to polyamory among all four teammates can also be described in this way (John/Rodney/Teyla/Ronon, for example). However, stories involving all four team members are also often referred to as OT4 (see OTP) or Teamfic.

Hewligan Pairings

Hewligan is a mash-up pairing name combination of "Hewlett" and "Flanigan" - David Hewlett and Joe Flanigan, to be exact, who play Dr. Rodney McKay and LTC John Sheppard. However it is not usually meant as straightforward RPS Name Smoosh (though SGA RPS fic is written about Hewlett and Flanigan as well), but uses the actors' names as stand-in for a group of characters from either of the two actors' past repertoires, who are paired up in crossovers. See Hewligan for more detail on which characters and sources are used.


  1. ^ John/Elizabeth comm on Livejournal.
  2. ^ Dex replaced Marine Lieutenant Aiden Ford on the team after season one of the television show, and Ford stars in his fair share of team fics as well.