Chekov's Gun

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"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.

Examples of Chekov's Gun include:

Live Action TV

  • 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' "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.
  • Averted in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Subverted in Babylon 5, where it is actually Alfred Bester's Gun, and was a PPG (Phased Plasma Gun) rather than a phaser.
  • 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.


Anime and Manga

Western Animation


  • Parodied and subverted in the Discworld series. We think. In fact, it's so subverted that one would think it wasn't there at all. But we know better, don't we?
  • Subverted in the Star Trek novel "Traitor Winds," as Chekov's gun is revealed to be a non-functioning phaser used for practice. However, it also serves as a Chekhov's Gun for the climax of the story.
  • Done first by Shakespeare.

Real Life

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

Tabletop Games


Video Games

  • Chekov's gun makes a cameo appearance in a Star Trek: Starfleet Academy FMV.