Jean-Luc Picard

Jean-Luc Picard

    Star Trek: The Next Generation
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living... on the USS Enterprise, one hundred years after Captain James Kirk’s original five-year mission to explore the unknown. Born in France, Picard now commands his ship as they explore the final frontier, “boldly going where no one has gone before.”

Profession... Starfleet Captain and Commanding Officer of the USS Enterprise. Picard carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. And he takes that responsibility very seriously. Picard puts his job above all else. When it comes to making tough choices, he combines Starfleet’s code of conduct (including that ever-present Prime Directive) with his own personal sense of right and wrong to ensure that issues of first contact, diplomacy, and even warfare are always handled in the best way possible.

Interests… archaeology, Shakespeare, and classical music. Picard is a bit of a renaissance man who leads a full life of learning and exploration – both on and off the Enterprise. 

Relationship Status... single, though he’s had many relationships throughout the years. None have been serious enough to take him away from his Captain’s duties, but he does certainly have a flirtatious friendship with the ship’s medical officer, Beverly Crusher.

Challenge... facing all of the vast (and often dangerous) unknowns of the universe. Like all Starfleet Captains, Picard is forced time and time again to deal with violent external threats. During his tenure, he repeatedly battles the Romulans and the cybernetic drones known as the Borg. Perhaps the biggest threat to the ship’s peaceful exploration of the cosmos is Q, an omnipotent being who is hell-bent on destroying humans because he considers them savages. Picard is determined to show Q just how evolved humans can be.

Personality... intelligent, inquisitive, and incredibly serious. Part archaeologist, part philosopher, part politician, Picard is an unashamed intellectual who runs a tight ship. But he’s also smart enough to realize that two heads (or a whole crew) are better than one. He respects and trusts his team and often asks for their opinions and advice on tricky problems. It’s that mix of confidence and humility that makes Picard one of the best leaders the Federation has ever seen — and someone we should all aspire to be like.


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