Jadzia Dax/Kira Nerys
Jadzia Dax is a major character in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, played by Terry Farrell. A joined Trill, she is simultaneously a beautiful young humanoid woman “Jadzia”, with a strange leopard-effect spot pattern, and a 300-hundred-and-change-year-old slug “Dax”, with the memories of seven dead people. The Science Officer on Deep Space Nine, she’s qualifed in astrophysics, exoarchaeology, exobiology & zoology, is a mean tongo player and has wicked fighting skills with a batleth. Shades of canonical Mary-Sue, methinks.
Her closest friend in canon is station commander Benjamin Sisko, who calls her “old man”, a reference to his friendship with the slug’s previous host, a lecherous heavy drinking old man by the name of Curzon Dax — the source of Jadzia’s love for all things Ferengi & Klingon. She is also particularly close to Kira Nerys, Quark and Julian Bashir. Both the two men harbour an unrequited pash for her, which she tramples on when she falls for and marries the Klingon security officer, Worf, much to the dismay of the many fans of Julian/Jadzia. Oh, and she also has a brief fling with another joined Trill woman, leading to the first f/f kiss in Trek history. Aside from technobabble, her interests include sex, gossip, rowdy parties and tongo.
Just as she starts getting broody, she is murdered by Gul Dukat, saving fans from the horror of a Klingon with Trill spots. Dax returns to the series as Ezri Dax, who later hooks up with Julian, which a lot of fans thought was just plain icky.
Wendy A.F.G. Stengel writes: Jadzia is an intensely sexual character, and we learn from her recollections that in many, if not all, of Dax’s past lives, Dax has been just as sexually charged.
Stengel again: gender becomes a very murky subject when discussing Trills.
Jadzia is a fairly popular character with fanwriters. Many fans felt her death was untimely and objected to her replacement with Ezri. Not surprisingly, resurrecting the character is a trope in some fanfiction, particularly in het stories. She’s most commonly paired with Bashir, known as Julian/Jadzia. This used to be amongst the most common het pairings in the DS9 fandom, though its popularity seems to be on the wane. The canonical Jadzia/Worf – one of the most interesting, complex relationships in Star Trek history, according to Wendy Stengel — is also very common. Jadzia also features prominently in Julian/Ezri stories, even though she’s dead. Often Julian hooks up with Ezri only because of his love for Jadzia, causing the relationship to fail, or he at least has to work through his feelings for Jadzia for the relationship with Ezri to succeed.
Her canonical flirt with bisexuality & general air of being up for anything means that Jadzia also turns up a fair amount in femslash. This often riffs on the idea that her gender identity is fluid because of all those memories of being a man in previous lives. The predominant pairing is probably Jadzia/Kira, though she’s also paired with Lenara Kahn (the other half of that same-sex kiss), as well as pretty much anyone with girl parts. Gen fanfiction frequently explores the otherness of the joined Trill experience.
We’re Focusing on Jadzia/Kira Slash in This Post
Title: So It Is
Genres/Plot summary: Femmeslash/Fluff/PWP. A series of loosely connected drabbles detailing Jadzia’s pursuit of Nerys.
Off Duty: The Humorous Adventures of Kira and Dax
Summary: Jadzia has a new holosuite program. Kira is out of excuses.
List of media portrayals of bisexuality
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys in alternate universe, Ezri Dax and Elim Garak.||Dax’s relationships with females portrayed as related to previous existence as a male, alternate-universe Kira portrayed as a hedonistic tyrant. Garak was originally intended as omnisexual by the actor, and many fans still consider him as such, although he never engages in an ‘official’ relationship throughout the seasons.|