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Elaan was the Dohlman of Elas, and a member of the Elasian royal family in the 2260s.

Elaan possessed a formidable combination of qualities: considerable physical beauty, a position of high privilege and prerogative, and influence over the will of men (via Elasian tears). Her personality matched her gifts in their power – predominately expressed in her arrogance, sense of entitlement, disrespect for her perceived inferiors, and an underlying loneliness.

Arranged marriage[]

In 2268, in an effort to bring peace between Elasians and Troyians, Elaan was arranged to marry the ruler of Troyius. The Federation, eager to facilitate peace in a region where Klingons claimed jurisdiction, assigned the USS Enterprise to transport Elaan to Troyius. Being necessary for Troyians to accept the marriage, Petri, a Troyian ambassador, was assigned to serve as Elaan's tutor in the polite manners of Troyian society.

As a proud Elasian warrior, Elaan was revolted by the prospect of marriage to a soft "Troyian pig." Kryton, leader of the Dohlman's guards, also hated the arrangement, as he loved Elaan and wished to marry her. Infuriated and insulted, Elaan raged about her circumstances and injured Petri by stabbing him in the back. The assault imperiled the success of the mission, after Petri refused to deal with Elaan any further.

Under Kirk's tutelage[]

Captain James T. Kirk assumed the role of the Dohlman's etiquette coach, but with little time in a diplomatic crisis, he refused to coddle her. When she behaved badly, he called her "an uncivilized savage, a vicious child in a woman's body. An arrogant monster!" Elaan answered by striking Kirk. He responded in kind, and later threatened to administer an ancient Earth punishment, a spanking, if she continued to behave like a "spoiled brat."

Elaan and Kirk kissing

Kirk becomes infatuated with Elaan

Elaan was unused to defiance of her wishes, but impressed by Kirk's strength of will. With a growing attraction to the Captain, and in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a dreaded marriage, Elaan cried before Kirk, infecting him when he wiped a tear from her cheek. Immediately, Kirk became infatuated with Elaan. She told Kirk, "I chose you, and you chose me," and begged him to destroy the Troyians – offering him rule of the Tellun system in gratitude.

The power of Elasian tears was compelling, but events forced Kirk to deal with immediate concerns. The high stakes of his diplomatic mission, sabotage of the Enterprise dilithium crystals by Kryton, and a running battle with a Klingon battle cruiser served to bolster Kirk's resistance to Elaan's request, in spite of his continued feelings of love.

A useful bauble[]

After learning that Elaan's lucky necklace consisted of crude dilithium gems, or as Elasians called them, "radans", she freely offered the gems to Kirk in order to allow Enterprise to work. Her gift allowed Kirk to fend off the Klingon attack, after which Enterprise arrived at Troyius.


Elaan was finally resigned to her obligations and agreed to perform her duty. Emotionally wounded by the encounter, Kirk refused to witness the royal wedding ceremony. As a memento, Elaan gave Kirk her dagger, which Troyian custom would deny her. After she asked him to "remember me", Kirk answered, "I have no choice." (TOS: "Elaan of Troyius")


In 2369, Elaan's dissatisfaction with her accommodations on the Enterprise was recalled by Montgomery Scott when he saw the size of the spacious guest quarters he had been assigned on USS Enterprise-D. As he recalled, "You never heard anyone whine and complain so much about quarters as she did." (TNG: "Relics")

Elaan was played by France Nuyen.

The novel Firestorm relates what became of Elaan after her marriage on Troyius.

Her mirror universe counterpart (β) appears in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe novel The Sorrows of Empire.

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