Zoë Alleyne Washburne

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Name: Zoë Alleyne Washburne; Zoe
Occupation: Second in command of the space-ship Serenity
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. 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.