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Encyclopedia > Jayne Cobb
Firefly character
Jayne Cobb
Gender Male
Born late 25th century
Homeworld Unknown
Occupation Mercenary
"Public Relations" (Mal's joke)
Notable relatives Unnamed mother (alive)
Portrayed by Adam Baldwin

Jayne Cobb is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Firefly. He is played by Adam Baldwin. Image File history File links Merge-arrows. ... Derrial Book is a fictional character played by Ron Glass in the science-fiction/Western television series Firefly and its sequel movie, Serenity. ... Zoe Washburne (née Alleyne) is a character in the television series Firefly, played by Gina Torres. ... Hoban Wash Washburne is a fictional character who originated in the science fiction television series Firefly. ... Inara Serra is a character from the science-fiction television series Firefly, created by Joss Whedon. ... Kaywinnit Lee Kaylee Frye[1] is a fictional character from the short-lived television series Firefly and the movie Serenity, portrayed by Jewel Staite. ... Simon Tam is a fictional doctor, played by Sean Maher, who originally appeared in Joss Whedon’s short-lived cult-hit television series Firefly. ... Firefly is an American science fiction television series created by writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, under his Mutant Enemy Productions. ... Image File history File links JayneCobb. ... The 25th century of the anno Domini (common) era will span the years 2401–2500 of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Mercenary (disambiguation). ... // The term Public Relations was first used by the US President Thomas Jefferson during his address to Congress in 1807. ... Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Firefly is an American science fiction television series created by writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, under his Mutant Enemy Productions. ... Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962) is an American actor. ...

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Character history

Jayne is a tall (6'4"), physically imposing mercenary who did not fight on either side of the Unification War. He met up with former Independent fighters Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe when his gang tried to rob them. Mal offered him a larger share of heists and his own bunk. Jayne then shot one of his companions and joined up with Mal. For other uses, see Mercenary (disambiguation). ... For the European war sometimes referred to as the Unification War, see Austro-Prussian War. ... Malcolm Mal Reynolds is a fictional character leading the ensemble in the science fiction television series Firefly, played by actor Nathan Fillion. ... Zoe Washburne (née Alleyne) is a character in the television series Firefly, played by Gina Torres. ...


Jayne keeps a large arsenal in his bunk on Serenity. He has named his favorite and most powerful gun (a "Callahan full-bore auto lock with customized trigger double cartridge thorough gauge") Vera. He acquired it after killing the previous owner, one of six assassins who were trying to kill him. Jayne frequently carries a handgun based on a LeMat Percussion Revolver, and in the movie Serenity, carries a machine gun named Lux, which is a reference to the internet handle of one of the show's dedicated fans, LuxLucre. For other uses, see Serenity Serenity is a fictional spaceship originally featured in the science fiction television series Firefly. ... The LeMat revolver was a . ...


Jayne is regarded as something of a Robin Hood-like folk hero by the people of Canton on Higgins' Moon ("Jaynestown"). They have erected a statue of him in the center of the town and sing a song dedicated to "the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne" ("The Ballad of Jayne Cobb") in which they tell how "he robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor". The true story is, however, less heroic. Jayne and his then-partner Stitch Hessian did indeed steal from Magistrate Higgins and dropped the money on the town, but this was only because during his escape, Jayne's ship was attacked and damaged. Needing to lose a great deal of weight to remain flying, Jayne dropped the money in desperation, but only after having already thrown out his unfortunate partner. In this episode he lets his emotional walls down the most, becoming deeply disturbed when the townspeople continued to idolize him after learning the truth, and being particularly affected when a man took a shot intended for him when Stitch tried to kill him. For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... Jaynestown is the seventh episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... This article is about minor characters in the television series Firefly. ...


He also states that he has been to the edge of space, but doesn't understand what about it could have made Reavers go insane, stating that it "...just looked like more space." Reavers are a group of humans from the Joss Whedon televison series Firefly and Serenity, the movie based on that series. ...


Personality

Despite his unsophisticated manner, and contempt for more intellectual characters, Jayne occasionally displays cunning and common sense. Adam Baldwin calls Jayne a "practical guy", explaining his character's use of gallows humor by explaining that when in peril, the choice is to "panic and cry and crap your pants, or you make a joke and you try to survive."[1]


He has played numerous successful jokes on Simon (for instance, tricking Simon, who harbors an excessive fear of the vacuum of space, into putting on a space suit to board a pressurized ship in "Bushwhacked"). He's also credited for the witty, fan-favorite line, "I'll be in my bunk," after witnessing Inara bringing a woman aboard who has paid for her services as a Companion. Jayne also has a keen sense of danger and is often the first to raise an accurate warning about impending peril (also in "Bushwhacked"). Apollo 15 space suit A spacesuit is a complex system of garments, equipment, and environmental systems designed to keep a person alive and comfortable in the harsh environment of outer space. ... Bushwhacked is the third episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Inara Serra is a character from the science-fiction television series Firefly, created by Joss Whedon. ... Inara Serra, a Registered Companion from Firefly In the television series Firefly and its feature film sequel Serenity, a Companion is a skilled, well-educated and well-respected member of a guild of professional courtesans/entertainers, somewhat similar to oiran. ...


From the outset, Jayne is portrayed as a self-centered pragmatist; when offered a position on Serenity that had more perks than his status as a lowly mercenary, he shot his partner in the leg without a second thought. When put in a situation that involves great personal risk, Jayne will nearly always lean towards a ploy that is to his own immediate advantage and ensures his survival. On occasions where Mal and Zöe have been absent and/or in danger, he often claims that he is next in chain of command in order to motivate the crew to do as he says. However, during the pilot, when given a clean shot at killing and usurping Mal's position during a showdown, Jayne instead chose to remain loyal, though he claims it's only because the money wasn't enough.


Though he engages in a few one-night stands, Jayne has no long-term love interest, beyond a lingering crush on Kaylee that Joss Whedon pointed out in the Serenity commentary. His feelings for her can be seen in his concern during the pilot episode, when he watched her surgery, as well as in his hostility towards Simon (Kaylee's obvious love-interest). Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ...


Jayne demonstrates sentimentality in "The Message", sending money earned by his mercenary activities home to his mother. In the same episode, he proudly sports a ridiculous orange knit cap with earflaps, simply because his mother made it for him (Wash: "A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything."). The same "cunning hat" has become a favorite among fans. There are several knitting patterns of it online, and several filk songs have been written about it, such as "Jayne's Hat" by Stan Peale. In "Ariel", when he thinks he's about to die, he requests Mal to not tell the other crewmembers that he betrayed Simon and River. In Serenity he agrees with Mal's plan to expose the Alliance's creation of the Reavers, quoting Book : "if you can't do something smart, do something right". Jayne was shown in the film Serenity to be able to play a guitar. (He played a variation on the Firefly theme tune The Ballad of Serenity.) The Message is the twelfth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... For the record label, see Knitting Factory. ... “Pegasus Award” redirects here. ... Ariel is the ninth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... Alliance Flag Alternate Alliance Flag In the Firefly television series, the Alliance is a powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized core planets. ... Derrial Book is a fictional character played by Ron Glass in the science-fiction/Western television series Firefly and its sequel movie, Serenity. ...


Jayne has shown fear at upsetting Malcolm Reynolds and anything to do with Reavers, a subpopulation of feral humans. He is convinced that fugitives Simon and his sister River Tam will bring the Alliance down on them, and this concern fuels his dislike of the Tams. This led to him nearly handing them over to the Alliance in "Ariel", but even before the Alliance forces double-crossed him to keep the money for themselves he was showing doubt about his decision after Simon helped save a patient from an incompetent doctor, and after they learned precisely what had happened to River. Jayne has also demonstrated fear of dying in what he considers an unmanly manner, notably being "spaced". Malcolm Mal Reynolds is a fictional character leading the ensemble in the science fiction television series Firefly, played by actor Nathan Fillion. ... Glimpse of a Reaver during their raid on Lilac in Serenity Reavers are a fictional group of humans in the television series Firefly and the movie Serenity who live on the fringes of civilized space and have become animalistic. ... Alliance Flag Alternate Alliance Flag In the Firefly television series, the Alliance is a powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized core planets. ... Ariel is the ninth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Look up space#Verb in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Reception

Baldwin won the SyFy Genre Awards in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor/Television.[2] The SyFy Genre Awards, considered one of the first major virtual entertainment awards, is a product of the science fiction and fantasy Web site SyFy Portal. ...


Quotes

  • Upon seeing that Inara's latest client is a woman: "I'll be in my bunk."
  • To Simon: "That's what space trash does. Floats around and clings to the first thing stops long enough. Say, that'd be a bit like you and your sister, wouldn't it?"
  • "I'll kill a man in a fair fight, or if I think he's gonna start a fair fight… If he bothers me, or if there's a woman… Or if I'm gettin' paid. Mostly only when I'm gettin' paid." (from Serenity)
  • "You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command here." (from "The Train Job")
  • Malcom Reynolds: [On interrogating the lawman] "You only gotta scare him" Jayne: "Pain is scary" (from "Serenity" - the pilot)

Inara Serra is a character from the science-fiction television series Firefly, created by Joss Whedon. ... Simon Tam is a fictional doctor, played by Sean Maher, who originally appeared in Joss Whedon’s short-lived cult-hit television series Firefly. ... Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... The Train Job is the second episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon, although it was actually the first to be shown. ...

References

  1. ^ Lee, Michael J. (September 15, 2005). Interviews with Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau. Radio Free Entertainment. Retrieved on 2007-07-13.
  2. ^ SyfyPortal Awards. Retrieved on 2006-10-08.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Jayne Cobb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (833 words)
Jayne Cobb is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Firefly.
Jayne is a mercenary who did not fight on either side of the Unification War.
Jayne and his then-partner Stitch Hessian did indeed steal from Magistrate Higgins and drop the money on the town, but this was only because during his escape, Jayne's ship was attacked and damaged.
BrownCoats.com (447 words)
Jayne is little more than a thug who would sell himself and anyone else to the highest bidder.
Jayne has never told anyone what exact dollar amount they are worth, but it is obvious that some residents of Serenity are worth more than others.
Jayne and Zoe have their share of conflicts, but Jayne is no leader, neither does he feel the desire to lead.
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