- "What are you? Jim Kirk?!"
- —Lena Oxton
John Sheppard, also known as "Guide" among the Wraith society, was an officer in the Alliance Air Force and, since it started, a member of the Atlantis expedition, commanding the expedition's military contingent for much of that time. He is also the current leader of the Expedition's main flagship team, the First Universal Reconnaissance Team or UR-1 for short.
Personality and traits
Sheppard is one of the most skilled fighters in Atlantis. He is able to use a wide a variety of weapons. He was taught many Pegasus fighting styles by both Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex, although he regularly loses to the more experienced fighters. When the Genii temporarily seized control of the city he was able to drive them out almost single-handedly. He is also an outstanding snap-shooter, able to draw, fire, and hit his target with unaimed fire from the hip and one-handed.