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).

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").

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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