50 years ago, CBS decided to take a chance on a little science fiction show that would transform pop culture as we know it. It’s easy to forget that Star Trek was considered a failure, canceled at the end of its second season with a massive fan campaign bringing it back for a third but then axed again. But in the aftermath, it attained a following of devoted fans hailing its brilliant storytelling and groundbreaking FX. It soon led to a total of four spin-off series and thirteen movies not to mention countless books and comics. It changed the game majorly, bringing fantastic science fiction drama and action along with terrific character growth and helping create the modern geek culture as we know it.
There are a lot of things about Star Trek to admire like the FX, the characters and storylines and such. However, one of the more underestimated bits have been the ladies. It was rather groundbreaking for the original series to have a black woman among the cast and since then, the various shows have ensured we have a variety of very attractive women around. Having them in tight uniforms helps but we also get women of strength, power, intelligence and their own drive to impress you. It’s amazing how many sexy ladies have been on this show, from regular cast members to notable guest stars, almost too many to count. But here are 20 of the best and hottest ladies of this classic franchise and a reason it remains so fantastic and watchable 50 years later.
20. Tasha Yar
A standout when Next Generation began, Denise Crosby played Tasha as a tough as nails security chief, strong and independent and not backing down from a fight at all. She had a sexy side at times when possessed but still was able to handle herself, tricky in those early episodes where the show was still finding its way. Her short blonde hair and form-fitting suit made her a good presence and thus fans were shocked when she was killed off with no warning. She returned in a whacky time travel episode that led to her character taken from an alternate timeline and eventually having a half-Roumlan daughter, also played by Crosby (even by Trek standards, it’s pretty damn wild) who made this a cold but alluring presence. Tasha returned again in the time-traveling series finale and even with all the ladies that followed, many TNG fans remember her fondly as a groundbreaker for the kick-ass characters the series is known well for.
Before becoming a star with Cheers, Kristie Alley took on the role of this Vulcan commander for Star Trek II and won fans over with her mix of alluring looks and strength to stand out in what many consider the best Trek movie. She looked great even with hair pinned up but letting it down looked even better and Alley made the character a favorite. Sadly, various factors prevented her from returning in the sequel so the role was filled by Robin Curtis who had her own beauty but not the same inner strength so her Saavik came off a bit weaker. Alley was offered the chance to reprise the role for the sixth movie but backed away over plans to make Saavik a traitor so they created a new character played by Kim Cattrall. Still, the character highlighted this “mini-trilogy” within the movie saga and how Vulcans can be as sexy as any other species.
Among the most notable of Voyager’s recurring characters, Seska began as a Bajoran member of the Maquis who was in a relationship with Chakotay. She was shown not liking putting up with Starfleet rules and trying side deals to get them home faster, a sinister side that would soon play majorly in trying to sell the ship out for her own gain. It was eventually revealed she was actually a Cardassian spy using Chakotay. Teaming up with the evil Kazon, Seska would launch various attacks that didn’t slow down, even after having a child. Martha Hackett was terrific in the role, showing off wicked sides, playing everyone she could, seducing a Kazon leader for her own ends and so big that after she was killed off, a fun episode had her returning in holographic form for a further scheme. While she met a harsh end, Seska made for one of the show’s best villainess and how the evil gals can be even sexier.
17. Ro Laren
Michelle Forbes had had a brief role in a previous TNG episode that impressed producers so much that they chose her for the part of Ro. A Bajoran Starfleet officer who got into trouble on a mission that got crewmembers killed, she’s freed to help the Enterprise crew in conflicts with the Cardassians. Hot-tempered, Ro could get some alluring stuff like clashing with officers and a hot bit when she and rival Riker are mind-wiped and find themselves falling into bed. She was also part of one of the wilder episodes when Ro is part of a group turned into children and having to handle being a kid as she never felt that way before. Originally, she was to star on Deep Space Nine but Forbes declined on that with Ro eventually written out by joining the terrorist Maquis. Still, Forbes’ dark hair and cool style made the recurring character a highlight of her TNG episodes and Ro a fan favorite.
16. Kathryn Janeway
It was a huge deal when Voyager announced that their lead would be a female captain with Genevieve Bujold as Janeway. However, the producers realized she wasn’t working and replaced her with Kate Mulgrew, a very wise choice. The redhead was fantastic in command, handling a ship half made up of former terrorists and a long voyage home, kicking ass easily in battle and taking on a variety of strange foes. Janeway also held true to Federation conduct, refusing to compromise her ethics and that strength served as inspiration. She also showed some sexiness in some encounters, including the hysterical episode where she has to dress up like an evil villainess from a 1930’s movie. Even the elder Janeway from an alternate future retained this sexy side and Mulgrew made the role a woman who handled command as easy as breathing while still being hotter than most of her crew and still a fantastic looker today. Redheads really do have a lot more fun.
15. Hoshi Sato
A brilliant linguist, Hoshi was actually kicked out of Starfleet but brought back because of her skills. Linda Park was terrific in the role, cool and calm but showing some very sexy sides to herself over the run of Enterprise. Some wished she got more time on screen thanks to her hot drive, a pro at her job but still able to handle the occasional hot undercover work and filling out that otherwise drab uniform very well. A major storyline was a look at the “Mirror Universe” where Hoshi is a conniving vixen seducing her way to become Empress. While she didn’t get as much screen time as some fans preferred, when she was on TV, Park made Hoshi a very appealing presence to rank as a lady of many skillful tongues…some of which she could use on her fellow crewmates and the occasional alien to make herself even sexier.
14. Borg Queen
The Borg are among the most feared of Trek foes. A techno-organic race, they are obsessed with assimilating other races into their Collective, a nightmarish force of cyborgs who are nearly unstoppable. You don’t usually equate them with “sexiness” but in First Contact, Alice Krige is able to do that. As the Borg Queen, she looks amazing even with her balding head and metal implants as she works to seduce android Data to their side, including an erotic bit where she gives him human skin then blows on it. Cold and domineering, Krige made the role a standout villainess and actually looking amazingly hot despite the tight leather and the metal implants so viewers could enjoy watching her. It was an amazing role that Krige would reprise onVoyager and showed how the Borg can get you in various ways.
13. Beverly Crusher
The widow of Captain Picard’s best friend, Beverly and Picard had a long-distant romantic feeling but never felt right acting on it. Gates McFadden looked gorgeous in the part with her lush red hair and top-notch bedside manner, the type of woman to run right into a burning building to help people and hold her own in the various conflicts. She could be the overprotective mother to son Wesley but also care for those in charge and not afraid to stand up to Picard or put her entire career on the line in order to do what she felt was right for her patients. She does a good job with the sexy side too, fantastic in revealing outfits and carrying on a few romances and when McFadden “dressed down” it was a sight to behold and shows that even in the future, a sexy doctor is a sight to revel in.
12. Carol Marcus
The original version was a long-time love of Kirk who bore him a son over their relationship. More famous is the version played by Alice Eve in the Into Darkness movie, the daughter of a noted Starfleet admiral who joins the crew on a secret mission. The scene of her in her underwear was slammed as gratuitous but still amazingly sexy and she backed it up with her cool accent and fun drive to spark the movie up more and Eve’s charm in the role helped win over doubters to how good she could be. . This includes learning her father’s dark side and putting up with the battle against Khan while boosting Kirk’s courage up and not afraid to get dirty if she needs to. While she sadly won’t be coming back for the upcoming sequel, Eve at least made this version of Carol a lot hotter than in the past for an otherwise dark movie.
11. B’Elanna Torres
This half human/half Klingon always wrestled with her dual heritage, which gave her a very feisty temper. Originally a member of the terrorist Maquis, she was forced to join with the Voyager crew to survive in a distant galaxy and the top engineer. Roxanna Dawson handled the role nicely with her character moving from smart technobabble stuff to brawling with enemies but still some sexy stuff too. B’Elanna had to fight for acceptance, both as a Starfleet officer and as a former terrorist and her temper could lead to plenty of clashes but proved herself with her fighting skills and smarts. She and Tom Paris had a good relationship going that ended up in marriage and a child but it didn’t slow B’Elanna down at all, still doing her job as she handled her dual nature. Dawson was actually much older than her character but didn’t look it, incredibly hot to help this spin-off shine from the start and one of the more popular characters in Trek.
10. Kira Nerys
As Deep Space Nine begins, Kira is a Bajoran who spent her life fighting off the Cardassians occupying her world. At first suspicious of the Federation, Kira became a good ally and Nana Visitor looked terrific in the role, sexy but with a great strength, kicking ass easily and taking no crap from anyone no matter what. She had romances and even a unique bit of carrying the child of another couple (a move needed by Visitor’s real-life pregnancy) and when she got sexy, she was a standout. Bonus points for showing the Kira of the “Mirror Universe” who was the Intendant, a wicked lady bedding men and women alike and ruthless in her drive for power and sex alike. However, the soldier was the part that made her hotter no matter who she could romance and Visitor spent seven seasons showing why a woman who can take any man down is among the sexier of any species.
9. Edith Keeler
Any role played by a young Joan Collins is automatically going to be hot. But Edith was unique in what many consider one of the greatest Trek episodes ever, “The City On the Edge of Forever.” Traveling back in time to the 1930s to hunt a mad McCoy, Kirk and Spock meet with Edith, a bright woman who is leading a push for world peace. The woman-hunting Kirk soon realizes he’s falling in love with her and it’s no surprise given Edith’s gorgeous appearance, humor and strength and how she works well with him, dreaming of a better world that matches the future of the Federation and Kirk realizes how much they have in common. However, Kirk soon realizes that if Edith lives, she’ll end up setting off events that allow the Nazis to win World War II. Thus, in a heartbreaking moment, Kirk has to let her die in a car accident, returning to the future rocked and you can’t blame him for losing out on a woman so amazing in any time period.
8. Orion Girl
From the beginning, there’s something about them, these utterly gorgeous women in green skin and almost nothing in clothing that have become some of the most popular ladies in the Trek universe and they utilize that very well for their own plans. Yvonne Craig was one of the most notable in the episode “Whom Gods Destroy,” doing a slinky dance number to entice and rock viewers wildly. An episode of Enterprise had them used as distractions for the crew to take over the ship and you can understand totally why these officers would fall for the sexy side to give up their own ship. They’ve popped up numerous other times, including Rachel Nichols as a classmate of Kirk’s in the 2009 reboot movie (who he seduces for study help but then forgets her name afterward) but most remember that hot dancer as the best and how Trek helped push aliens as sexy creatures.
Enterprise gets a rough rap from Star Trek fans for its mixed mood, retconning various bits of Trek history and so-so stories. However, it got attention from the start for one of the hottest ladies around and in a tight uniform that was soon part of the show’s promotional campaign. Played by Jolene Blalock, T’Pol was a Vulcan assigned to the very first Federation starship but far hotter than most of her species. The show would often have her in revealing clothing and next to nothing, more prone to emotional bursts than others of her species and yet even when cool, she was smoldering. The “Mirror Universe” version was even hotter as a ruthless killer and not caring who she slept with and/or killed to get into power which got her into major fan favorite stuff. Blalock showed off quite a bit in magazines and such so whatever else about this show, it proved Vulcans aren’t always as cold as they seem.
Before she played Jean Grey in the X-Men movies, Famke Janssen worked with Patrick Stewart in a popular 1990 episode of TNG. She played “The Perfect Mate,” an empathic metamorph who was intended to be a “gift” for a wedding between two warring clans in order to bring peace through marriage. Designed to read emotions and adapt to them, she and Picard grew closer as he found himself falling in love with her. It’s easy to see why as she was not only gorgeous with her dark hair and marked body but also warm and humorous, truly a woman worthy of Picard with her strength and a desire to have more out of her life but willing to do the job she was destined for. Sadly, Picard’s duty came first so he had to give her away at her wedding and they bid a sad farewell but this was the role that boosted Janssen to attention and truly lived up to the episode’s title of perfection.
At first a minor character, this DS9 lady began to pop up more and more thanks to Chase Masterson’s fun performance. A “dabo girl,” she handled the games at the station’s casino with a great sense of humor and often dressed in revealing outfits to show off tattoos on her arms and mid-section. The Bajoran got more attention as the show went on with her brown hair framing a beautiful face and was soon the object of various male characters. While appearing to be a ditz, Leeta turned out far smarter than that, once organizing a union against her boss and, to the surprise of most everyone, fell in love with goofy Rom and married him. A classic case of a guy landing a gal totally out of his league as Masterson made this side character among the hottest in the history of the show and a true winner.
4. Jadzia Dax
Trills are a unique species, even for Star Trek. A symbiotic creature who carries centuries of experience and memories, they are transplanted into human hosts, often bouncing between male and female as they live for centuries at a time. On Deep Space Nine, Dax was the Trill inhabiting the body of the gorgeous Jadzia, played by Terry Farrell and wonderful showing all that experience on hand. Something about this young woman speaking with such experience made her compelling and the way she filled out a uniform didn’t hurt either (a classic episode her her time travelling to don the min-skirt outfits of the original series). With her long dark hair and unique spotted marks going down her body (a few times she showed off in bikinis that showed they went all the way down), Dax was a great character with lovely humor and drive. She was a first class warrior too, winning the heart of Klingon Worf and her death in the sixth season finale rocked the show. While the symbiont found a new host, Jadzia’s lovely sex appeal was what made the character so lively and a key reason behind DS9’s success.
3. Deanna Troi
The “counselor” for the Next Generation Enterprise, Deanna was half Betazoid, an empath able to read feelings and psychic flashes. Played by Marina Sirtis, the alluring Deanna was always a sight in dresses that enhanced her cleavage, her lush dark hair at first in a tight ponytail but smartly changed to loose with a headband and a caring manner that won you over. She got very sexy stuff over the show’s run, often possessed with a wicked side, that would have her going after other men, kidnapped, a hologram of her as a goddess, posing as a Romulan and more to pull you in. She got a promotion later in the show’s run to wear a regular uniform more often but still looked gorgeous and a highlight in the later movies as she and Riker were married and Sirtis once hysterically hot falling down-drunk. Some complained her role was more glamour than real depth but you could never not enjoy how sexy she came off as to help boost TNG to major success.
Two actresses have taken on this iconic role with Nichelle Nichols portraying the role in the original series. Gorgeous and rocking that red mini-skirt nicely, Uhura was a top communications officer and showed some backbone on missions as well. She made history with an interracial kiss with Kirk and brought much needed sex appeal to the mostly male cast of the series and very hot. Indeed, the otherwise wretched Star Trek V has Uhura using her body in a nude dance scene as a distraction for soldiers and proving her heat no matter her age but the way Nichols imbued the role with pride and work made it really stand out.
For the 2009 reboot movie, Zoe Saldana took on the role of an even tougher Uhura, much better at combat, kicking ass nicely and even carrying on a relationship with Spock. While not as much time as the TV show, Saldana was gorgeous in that uniform to put her own stamp on the role. No matter the actress, Uhura was always one of the biggest parts of the franchise and standing tall among groundbreaking sexy women in science fiction.
1. Seven of Nine
That jumpsuit is a key reason, to be sure. Slapping a skintight outfit over the incredibly shapely body of Jeri Ryan is a great way to get attention and it’s no wonder ratings for Voyager jumped when she became a regular. A former Borg, Seven was freed and spent her time trying to rediscover her humanity in various adventures, many putting her in very hot uniforms. Singing as a WWII cabaret performer, taking on the personas of those she’s assimilated and even engaging in a pit battle against the Rock, Seven was a standout with her clipped voice making her all the hotter the colder she acted. This included various bits like Ryan captured the great sex appeal of the character but also her inner strength trying to be human again and battling for acceptance. But that fantastic body was what got attention and the way Ryan moved in it made Seven number one for many fans in terms of the sexiest Trek lady ever.