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The American Cowboy was a figure in Human history and culture, particularly as part of the Ancient West. The cowboy was often reflected in films and literature as a "hero" character (ENT episode: "North Star"), and associated with a "shoot from the hip and hope for the best" mentality and cowboy diplomacy.

By 2276, the cowboy had achieved an almost mythological status in most people's minds (TOS novel: The Romulan Way).

In personalityEdit

Doctor Judith Klass considered Leonard McCoy to be a cowboy when she knew him at St. George's University (TOS novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire).

James T. Kirk often considered himself a cowboy, riding in to save the day (TOS novel: The Rift).

In fictionEdit

Beginning in the mid-22nd century, the Orions experienced a craze for 20th century Earth culture that included Westerns, after the UNSS Marco Polo sold them a number of Clint Eastwood movies and other cultural artifacts in reference stardate 0/7907.27 (c. 2150). They bought Western-style clothing, and imagined that 23rd century Earth was still inhabited by cowboys murdering Indians (FASA RPG module: The Orions: Book of Common Knowledge).

Benjamin Sisko read about cowboys when he was a boy. (DS9 novel: The Long Night)

Ian Troi read the cowboy novels of Larry McMurtry, Zane Grey and Ernest Pratt to Deanna Troi. Her favorite were the tales of Cowboy Ralph. (TLE novel: The Art of the Impossible)

In 2369, Lieutenant Worf fancied himself a cowboy sheriff, after his holodeck experience with "the mysterious cowgirl" Durango, and his deputy (TNG episode: "A Fistful of Datas").

Worf reprise his cowboy sheriff role with Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys. (DS9 comic: "Unhappy Trails")

In realityEdit

In 2268, James T. Kirk and a landing party took on the roles of "cowboys" due to Melkotian influence. The Melkot said Kirk's heritage should set the "pattern" for their death sentence (TOS episode: "Spectre of the Gun", TOS novelization: The Last Gunfight).

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