Chekov's Gun

"I varn you, if you don't lie on the floor... I vill have to stun you."
Commander Pavel Chekov, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The phaser carried by Ensign Pavel Chekov in Star Trek: The Original Series. Completely unremarkable, and of no significance whatsoever, unlike Chekhov's Gun.

See also Gray's Anatomy.


Anime and Manga

  • In the second chapter of Pavel Chekov (to be found here), the gun is described. It is then almost used, but Chekov is told to hold his fire by the captain.



Live-Action TV
  • Subverted in Babylon 5, where it is actually Alfred Bester's Gun, and was a PPG (Phased Plasma Gun) rather than a phaser.
  • Averted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Implied in Stargate SG-1 where Colonel Chekov obviously used a gun in the backstory, but did not actually use one in the actual series.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series has one noteworthy example of Chekov's Gun, carried by Ensign Pavel Chekov for the majority of episodes in which he appeared. It rarely had any effect on the surrounding plot.
    • His gun reappears in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "Trials and Tribble-ations", which used archive footage of a TOS episode.
    • Subverted in Star Trek: The Animated Series; since the rest of the regular cast from the original series appears in animated form, one might expect Chekov and his phaser to appear as well, but they do not.
    • Averted in Star Trek: The Next Generation, where there are phaser guns, but none of them are owned by Chekov.
    • Played with in "Spectre Of The Gun," wherein Chekov carries a revolver, rather than a phaser.

Tabletop Games

TV Tropes

Video Games

  • Referenced in this strip of Planet of Hats - and completely ignored by the other characters.

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Inverted (albeit with incorrect spelling on both halves) by Swedish Actress Gunn WŚllgren. Gunn's Chekhov character interpretations are considered to be unbeaten.

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