Travis (Blake's 7 character)
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Space Commander Travis is one of the antagonists in Blake's 7 series. He appears in the first two seasons and is portrayed by two different actors.
Travis is the Federation officer in charge of capturing Blake, although his enthusiasm for doing so leads him to lose his commission a couple of times. This Time It’s Personal, because Travis lost an eye and an arm (the latter being replaced by a laser beam weapon--i.e., he can’t tell his arsenal from his elbow) to Blake during a battle with the Freedom Party. Travis 1 was played by Stephen Greif, who, however, was replaced by…
Travis Two…Brian Croucher, who really doesn’t look, sound, or act very similar to Travis 1. Just another link in the B7 Suspension Bridge of Disbelief. Most B7 fen have a strong preference for one Travis or the other. I’m a T1 supporter myself. Classicists in the fandom assure us that the plural of “Travis” is not “Travii” but “Traves.” But then, the plural of “Elvis” is not “Elves.” 
I became a much bigger fan of Travis 2 after realizing his S2 character arc was pretty masterful craftsmanship - a lot of the rich ethical gray areas that make B7 so interesting, like whether there's really such a difference between the bad guys and good guys, and whether everyone doesn't truly think of themselves as the good guys despite the means they use to reach their ends. It's more unusual to see a "bad guy" who was unable to let go of his idealism and loyalties, even when they were inconvenient, rather than a "bad guy" who could when it suited his needs, and the theme of that narrow line a true fanatic walks between good and evil is better-served by showing Travis as another version of the ideological fanatic and a counterpoint to Blake; there's a real irony to how the Travis 2 and Blake character arcs mirror each other, and it makes the picture of political fanaticism much richer. 
The versions of Travis portrayed by Stephen Greif and Brian Croucher are often referred to in the fandom as Travis I/Travis 1 and Travis II/Travis 2, respectively. Many fans of the character strongly prefer one version of Travis over the other, but some are fans of both.
Fanworks that focus on Travis often explore the theme of the Federation's repressiveness. Some authors come up with in-universe explanations for the change in Travis' appearance and personality that occurred because the actor playing him was replaced.
In fanfiction, Travis had been paired with many characters. No pairing with him is significally prevalent, though the most popular are Blake/Travis, Avon/Travis, Servalan/Travis and Travis/Kiera. Some rarepairs like Cally/Travis have quite a lot of fanfiction written about them because of few dedicated fans. Many (but not most) fics that feature pairings with Travis are non-con or dub-con.
Blake/Travis fics usually add sexual dimension to Travis' obsession with Blake. Some of them portray the attraction as one-sided, others suggest that they used to be lovers, usually pre-canon. The essay Recurring Themes in Blake's 7 Fan Fiction describes stories with this pairing as "one answer to the ever-popular question "why didn't Blake kill Travis."
- Amber Ambiguities by Bryn Lantry ("Travis, Blake, shackles and flowers. Dear me."). Rewritten version of a gen story, was published in Homosapien #1
- Reprisal by Marie Celeste in The Other Side #8
- 144 (published in Sopron #3) and 22 Cats by executrix (two PWB fics about Travis being used as a honey trap)
- Collaboration, Wayback link by executrix ("Inspired by "Good Omens" and Shirley Jackson's "One Ordinary Day, With Peanuts.")
- Love in an Identity Crisis by emmaliza (Written for the kinkmeme prompt: "Blake keeps sparing Travis's life because he is secretly in love with him. Yes.")
Though Avon and Travis spoke to each other in only one episode, the number of fics with this pairing for a long time was similar to that of Blake/Travis fics.
- Ask-Tell-Pursue by executrix ("Military officers shouldn't go to low dens of vice. And if they do, they should leave immediately.")
- Over the Styx by Bryn Lantry in The Other Side #9 ("On the London, Avon is spoilt for choice between the devil and the deep blue sea: Travis and Blake.")
- Assault by Emma Scot in Paean to Priapus III
Servalan/Travis fics usually show her having upper hand in the relationship, reflecting their dynamic in canon.
- Bellona's Bride by executrix in Sopron #3
- Manger du Sucre by Cally from the Alley in The Other Side #1
- The Slave Pits of Ursa Major by Bryn Lantry in The Other Side #2
Kiera (the spelling of the name may vary), mutoid from the episode Duel, is one of the most popular one-shot characters in the Blake's 7 fandom. The imaginings of her backstory often include her relationship with Travis, romantic or platonic.
- Deathwish by Teresa Ward in Probability Square
- Relations by Penny Dreadful in I, Mutoid
- Very Beautiful, Very Much Admired, Wayback link by darkartsncrafts
Travis & Kiera
- Cannon Fodder by Red Star Robot
- The Wrecks of Matter and the Crush of Worlds by Mithen (Servalan/Kiera)
- Firebrand by babel
- The Nothing That Is by Lexa Reiss
- Embarkation and Flight Path by Tessa Nolan and Cami O'Tool, both stories were published in Southern Comfort #11.5
- The Wit and Wisdom of the Dead by Neil Faulkner ("Travis is a man with a mission, to reach Star One before Blake and betray the entire human race. Straightforward enough, except for two minor problems. He doesn't know where Star One is, and Lurgen's brainchip doesn't want to tell him."). Published in Star #3
- Preparations for the ball, archived link by moredamnlies (author's comment: "I wanted to write a fic that uses his disabilities as they are, not as a means of making him a monster.")
- Face of the Enemy by Clocketpatch in Pride and Prejudice (Travis-Avon bodyswap)
- Breaking Eggs by executrix ("A vignette about a moral dilemma facing the Freedom Party. AU, but it would explain a lot.")
- Toy Soldiers by babel (PWB, Travis' backstory)
- Divide by babel (Travis/Carnell. Author's note: "Written for the lgbtfest@LJ prompt 107: A Federation crackdown on "moral deviancy.")
- The Travis Affair by Vanessa Mullen in Southern Comfort #9.5 (Travis I/Travis II, Avon/Servalan)
- Forgotten Seven zine had a lot of Travis-centric stories
- The Other Side had an unusual amount of Travis fic and art
- Working the Graveyard Shift, Avon/Travis novel by Dormouse
Front cover of Time Distort #1, artist Nancy Kolar
Travis I and Kiera the mutoid on the art by Maryann Jorgensen from Probability Square
Inside art from Plain Man's Guide to Alien Invasions #2
Cover art of Horizon #14
Back cover of Gambit #3, artist Adrian Morgan
Back cover of Chronicles #70 by Andrew Williams
Travis II on the cover of The Other Side #3
Cover of Input #2 by Kathryn Andersen
Interview with Stephen Greif, illustrated by the portraits of Travis and Servalan, in Input #2
Portrait of Croucher's Travis in Input #1
- In Servalan's Office by dilificus (Travis I and Servalan)
- Travis II from Blake's 7 (Trial) by DukeDexter
- Blake's 7 Toonz: Four by stratosmacca (a comic strip about Travis and the mutoid from Duel)
- Follow Me (Blake/Travis)
- The Lumberjack Song by Monty Python (Travis as the lumberjack and Servalan as his mother) by Jill
- Poisoning Pigeons in the Park - Tom Lehrer by Mary Van Deusen (Travis & Servalan)
- The Ballad of Travis II by foreignobjecticus