A-Z Challenge: W is for Wash

I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar!

Hoban “Wash” Washburne (played by Alan Tudyk) is the pilot of Serenity. There isn’t a ship in the ‘Verse he can’t fly – he is a leaf on the wind, watch how he soars! Whenever the crew are in a jam, it’s usually Wash’s elite abilities as a pilot that get them out of it as he swoops to the rescue.

He’s a sweet character whose only love (other than being in the sky) is his beautiful, strong wife (who we’ll visit later in this A-Z challenge), to whom he is completely faithful. Still, he can appreciate beauty in other women, even if he would never act on it, and thinks nothing of reassuring Kaylee that “Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion,” which reassures her that she’s pretty without compromising either one of them or their friendship.

Wash is a little jealous of the relationship between his wife and Captain Reynolds, as they’ve known each other and worked together for many years – longer than he has known either of them, but it’s not usually the cause of much tension.

Oh, and he likes playing with toy dinosaurs, but then, who doesn’t?


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