Zoë Alleyne Washburne

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Character
Name: Zoë Alleyne Washburne; Zoe
Occupation: Second in command of the space-ship Serenity
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Location: Mostly in space
Status: Alive
Relationships: Married to Hoban "Wash" Washburne - Serenity’s pilot
Fandom: Firefly, Serenity
Other: played by Gina Torres
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Zoë is a character in Joss Whedon’s television series Firefly and the movie sequel Serenity. Zoë fought in the Unification War together with Malcolm Reynolds. She stays calm in high pressure situations and has a rather dry sense of humour. She is married to Wash, the pilot.

Fan reaction to Zoë

Despite being the ship's second-in-command, Zoë turns up relatively rarely in fanworks compared with Mal, Simon, Jayne and sometimes River.

Among some fans, Zoë/Wash is not a particularly popular pairing, and few stories break up her marriage to pair her with anyone else. It is possible she is a casualty of fannish racial discrimination or of discrimination against female characters, or other factors might be at work.

Other fans find the pairing of Zoe/Wash very compelling and this pairing is the most popular pairing on Ao3. Some works examine their pre-canon relationship and there is a lot of fluff works in this pairing. Post Serenity many works examined Zoe's grief following Wash's death, while other works were Everybody Lives AUs.

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