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Aiden Ford

 

General background info

A lieutenant attached to the Stargate program, who was assigned to the Ancient outpost in Antarctica. He made a good enough impression on someone to be tapped as part of the Atlantis expedition.   (Rising)

As of Hot Zone, he hadn't tried the ATA gene therapy.

He became addicted to the enzyme the Wraith use to strengthen their victims (so as to be able to feed on them longer) after being attacked by a Wraith who almost immediately died while still attached to Ford, pumping his entire supply of enzyme into Ford's system. It kept Ford alive when the two of them plunged into the icy ocean around Atlantis, but left him dependent on it. It acted as a drug in his system, making him paranoid and violent -- he refused to believe they wanted to help him, and instead stole as much enzyme as he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

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Life

Born

1978 or 1979

In early-to-mid 2004, he was 25 ('Ford, how old are you?' '25, sir') (Childhood's End)

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Raised

unknown

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Marital status

Single

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Children

none known

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Other family

Parents

Both alive -- possibly. In the hallucination generated by the energy beings of M5S-224, Ford was talking to his parents when he got his new orders that he was being transferred to Antarctica. (Home)

NB: There's no guarantee that the hallucination was correct -- the energy being was trying to create the lives people remembered, but they didn't get everything right, and Ford had never otherwise mentioned his parents.

Grandparents

They saw him off in a cab when he went to join the Atlantis expedition  (Rising pt 1)

His grandmother believed he'd gone off to an active military theater such as Afghanistan. (Home)

Siblings

None. (The Intruder)

Cousins

Lara.   (The Intruder)

nb: Her name was never mentioned in the episode. I got it off other sites.

She was the one Sheppard visited back on Earth to explain that Ford was MIA, but that he didn't believe he was dead and wasn't giving up hope. She specifically didn't want him talking to Ford's grandparents, who were in no condition to be hearing such things. She told him that Aiden had talked about Sheppard on his taped message, saying he was a good man and that Aiden trusted him with his life -- she wanted to know if that trust had been misplaced. (The Intruder)

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Friends

unknown

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Romantic interests

unknown

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Education

At least a Bachelor's, major unknown.

Officers are required to have a college degree.

The odds are high that he went through the Academy, possibly even under General Kerrigan, and was picked for the Stargate program as a cadet. But that's a guess, not a fact.

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Housing/quarters

unknown

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Profession

Pre-Atlantis career

Apparently an SGC officer.

He was assigned at least briefly to the Ancient outpost in the Antarctic. (Rising pt 1)

When Weir picked her team to travel to Atlantis, Ford was one of the military personnel to go. (Rising pt 1)

He apparently read a lot of SGC mission reports -- he was familiar enough with them to know offhand that SG teams have used lightning to power the stargate before (which happened in first-season SG1, seven years before he mentioned it). (The Eye)

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Atlantis career

He was one of the three members of the offworld security detail (along with Sumner and Sheppard) to start discussions with Teyla of the Athosians on the first offworld trip, hoping to negotiate for a place to live and possibly supplies.(Rising pt 1)

On the rescue mission to recover Sumner and the others from the Wraith stronghold, he made the correct call when he tried to stop Sheppard from being the one to go in alone to get Sumner out, leaving Ford behind to blow the cell open and head out with the other prisoners if Sheppard didn't return. (Rising pt 2)

Sheppard was the only person who could fly the puddlejumper -- if he didn't return, everyone else was stranded on a Wraith world with no way out, because the stargate was floating in space, completely out of reach. (Rising pt 2)

He's prepared to make unpopular decisions: when they were discussing options to protect Atlantis, he pointed out that there was a ZPM on M7G-677 (the kids's planet, aka M76-677), and if they took it, it might power the city's shields for a while. He didn't expect anyone to go for it, but he thought it should be mentioned as a possibility. (Letters from Pegasus)

He was assigned to videotape people's personal messages for the folks back home -- he was very happy to do it. (Letters from Pegasus)

Manned a rail gun in defense of Atlantis when its crew was culled by the Wraith during the first wave of dart attacks when the Wraith armada was approaching Atlantis. (The Siege part 2)

During the second wave of dart attacks, Ford was with a team in the city, hunting for Wraith who were beaming in. They were caught on an outdoor corridor between two groups of Wraith. (The Siege part 2)

After becoming addicted to the Wraith enzyme, Ford became paranoid and suspicious. He stole all the enzyme he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

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Enzyme-addicted career

After becoming addicted to the Wraith enzyme, Ford became paranoid and suspicious. He stole all the enzyme he could and fled Atlantis through the stargate. (The Siege part 3)

Took to wearing his knife attached to his shoulder in its scabbard, instead of in the small of his back, apparently for faster/easier access for cutting out Wraith enzyme sacks. (Runner)

He (probably inadvertantly) saved Ronon Dex's life on P3M-736. Ronon was dropped by a Wraith stunner while he and Ford were facing each other down, and Ford shot and killed the Wraith so he could get the enzyme sack. Ronon took off while Ford was distracted. (Runner)

When Atlantis sent a search party through to look for him (and Sheppard and Teyla, who'd gone missing), Ford found McKay and Lorne. He shot Lorne with a Wraith stunner, knocking him out, so he could talk to McKay. (Runner)

He was sincerely trying to convince McKay he was fine, and that the enzyme had turned him into a superman of sorts, but at the same time was clearly... a nutjob. After he stunned two more Atlantis personnel, McKay had had enough and shot him in the arm, then fled. Chasing him, Ford wound up being attacked by Ronon Dex (who was trying to live up to his side of a bargain with Sheppard by catching Ford). Ford got away and was chased by Sheppard, who also shot him, in the leg. Ford barely seemed to feel it, and fled straight into a Wraith culling beam, shouting 'you'll see' at Sheppard, still trying to prove he could be trusted and that his 'super' powers were worth keeping. (Runner)

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Languages

unknown

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Pain & Death

Severe injuries / illness

Severely electrocuted, as though he'd been hit by lightning, after an encounter with the shadow entity on Atlantis. (Hide and Seek)

Injured in a Wraith attack during a mission where he and Teyla got separated from the main group and were left behind temporarily -- he dived out of the way of the stunner blast aimed at him, but hit his head on the way down. It kept him unconscious for a while. (Suspicion)

Caught by a Wraith who began feeding on him. (The Siege part 3)

He was directly in the blast of a grenade set off by a comrade trying to kill the Wraith who was feeding on Ford. (The Siege part 3)

Fell several stories into cold ocean water as a result of the grenade blast, still connected to the Wraith. (The Siege part 3)

He wound up lying face-down in freezing water for more than an hour, still connected to the Wraith. He survived because of the enzyme the Wraith injected into him at the start of the feeding process, which strengthened him enough to keep him alive. Instead of the enzyme being released slowly, it was released all at once when the Wraith died, flooding his system with it. He was rescued when Sheppard insisted that the life-signs detector be extended outside the walls of the city, instantly locating him. The Daedalus beamed him up and then down to the infirmary, where the dead Wraith was removed from him. (The Siege part 3)

His body became dependent on the enzyme. As it started breaking down in his system after he was rescued, he was facing probable death. To wean him off it, Beckett harvested the enzyme from the Wraith bodies in the morgue. (The Siege part 3)

His left eye turned completely black (no white part, no colored iris -- it didn't appear to be all pupil, though, just... black) after the massive enzyme dose, and showed no sign of returning to normal. (The Siege part 3)

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Near-deaths

unknown

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Confirmed deaths

Original timeline

In the original timeline, he drowned (along with Beckett) while trying to get people into ships to escape the flooding city. (Before I Sleep)

Current timeline

unknown

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Confirmed kills

Note: Wraith are very, very hard to kill, and humans may have access to medical help. A kill actually has to be confirmed by someone on the screen, or has to be incredibly obvious, for me to count it.

unknown

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Personal enemies

unknown

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Miscellaneous

Medical/health

As of Hot Zone, he hadn't tried the ATA gene therapy.

A Wraith began feeding on him then died, flooding Ford's system with all its 'feeding' enzyme. Ford became dependent on it -- addicted. As it started breaking down in his system after he was rescued, he was facing probable death. To wean him off it, Beckett harvested the enzyme from the Wraith bodies in the morgue. The enzyme affected Ford's thinking, making him paranoid and suspicious -- he attacked Beckett when Beckett wanted him back under medical supervision, and later attacked a guard and threatened a patient in the infirmary to get Beckett to hand over all the enzyme he'd harvested. Once he had it he fled offworld, still thoroughly addicted. (The Siege part 3)

His left eye turned completely black (no white part, no colored iris -- it didn't appear to be all pupil, though, just... black) after the massive enzyme dose, and showed no sign of returning to normal. (The Siege part 3)

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Likes/dislikes

Likes football. (Hide and Seek)

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Musical tastes

unknown

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Food preferences

Likes

Microwave popcorn (Hide and Seek)

Doesn't like/eat:

Veal. (Childhood's End)

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Personal habits

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Random misc

When Sheppard asked him (a bit nervously) what it felt like to step through the stargate, Ford was secure/comfortable enough to straight-facedly tell him 'Hurts like hell, sir', wait just long enough for Sheppard to start to worry, then laugh and jump through the wormhole backwards.

He really likes to name new things.

He came up with the name 'gateship' for the puddlejumpers, but didn't seem to take offense when Sheppard didn't like the idea and went with 'puddlejumper' instead. (Rising pt 2)

When Sheppard determined that a small handheld device provided by the puddlejumper (when he'd been thinking about how they were going to find Sumner and the others in the Wraith stronghold) did indeed provide a way of tracking people/beings, Ford said 'so now we have a life-sign detector!' -- he seemed pretty happy about it. (Rising pt 2)

Sheppard didn't like that name, either. (Rising pt 2)

He came up with 'Atlantica' for the planet -- Sheppard's reaction was 'I thought we agreed you weren't going to name anything anymore.'   (Suspicion)

Regardless, that's the only name for the planet given in canon, so that's what it's called on this site.

When he heard that Sheppard was going to take a jumper out for a spin around the planet after the 'skylight' was discovered in the jumper bay, he brought along a turkey sandwich to help bribe his way into the shotgun seat. It worked.  (Suspicion)

When everyone got the chance to send a personal message (videotaped) back home, Ford sent his to his grandparents, telling them 'I'm good' and that life where he was stationed was routine, but also was allowing him to see and do things he'd never dreamed of. (Letters from Pegasus)

In the message he taped to send home, Ford also said that Sheppard was a good man and that he trusted him with his life. (The Intruder)

He wanted to call M1K-4339 'Planet Waterfall' because of all the waterfalls there. (The Siege part 1)

When Bates was badly beaten less than a day after having gotten into an altercation with Teyla, Ford was uncomfortably suspicious of her -- he didn't mistrust Teyla herself, but her connection to the Wraith, and her dreams of them. He wasn't sure what she might have been doing without her conscious knowledge. (The Siege part 1)

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