Top 50 Star Trek Characters – #21 Chekov
Ensign Pavel Chekov was the navigator on the Enterprise.
He would also often fill in for Mr. Spock at the science station when the first officer was otherwise indisposed. Not a part of the show until the second season, Chekov was created to further broaden the international presence on the bridge, as well as possibly cash in on the popularity of The Monkees, a popular pop-rock band of the time. (C’mon, just look at the haircuts.)
Chekov would be closest with Mr. Sulu, and was known to bust out a pretty good line from time to time. Fiercely proud of his Russian heritage, he made an outstanding addition to the crew.