|First appearance||(1.13 "The Flax")|
|Affiliation||Independent, Formerly Zenetan Pirates|
|Romantic Associations||Attracted to Ka D'Argo|
|Vehicle of Choice||Zenetan Tracer ship|
|Portrayed by||Rhys Muldoon|
At one point, Staanz was a pirate working for Kcrackic, running afoul of several organizations including the Peacekeepers. Staanz was eventually captured and sent to prison where nine cycles in a Malsonic labor stockade were spent. Staanz eventually managed to secure release by spilling some of Kcrackic's secrets, though the actions put Staanz on Kcrackic's hate list and from that point Staanz had to avoid running into him again.
After winning freedom, Staanz became a "garbologist", a scavenger of the numerous ships that had gotten caught and looted in the Zenetan's Flax netting. Hoping to get back at the former "brothers" who did nothing to help while Staanz was in prison, Staanz also warned ships away from the flax. It was this that eventually led to making contact with Moya.
Staanz arrived in time to prevent Moya's ensnarement, but a transport pod carrying Aeryn Sun and John Crichton had already been trapped. Ka D'Argo also noticed that Staanz was wearing Luxan boots and demanded to know where they were from. After Staanz explained that they were scavenged from a derelict Luxan vessel, D'Argo demanded to be taken there, hoping that it might have maps aboard that would help him find his son as well as giving them the opportunity to recover Crichton and Aeryn. Staanz agreed and the two departed on Staanz's ship.
After some difficulties, including operational problems with the ship and getting temporarily stuck in the flax, they discovered the ship, which turned out to be a Luxan assault piercer. By this point, however, D'Argo and Staanz had discovered the transport pod was venting atmosphere. Knowing he could not live with himself if it meant the sacrifice of his friends, D'Argo passed on his chance to board the Assault Piercer in favor of rescuing Crichton and Aeryn. Though Staanz was disappointed that they would not be salvaging the ship and protested to the point of needing to be tied down, Staanz still hoped to continue salvaging with D'Argo alongside. Staanz explained, "I am the female of the species, you know that don't you?", and declared love for D'Argo, to which D'Argo awkwardly declined. After rendezvousing with Moya, the Leviathan and Staanz went their separate ways.
Personality and traits
Staanz was a charismatic, friendly, and excitable scavenger, always on the lookout for valuable junk, but seemingly content with a less than glamorous lifestyle. Staanz seemed to truly enjoy operating a breakdown-prone ship. Staanz was also known to enjoy the game of Tadek. Staanz did admit that scavenging the cosmos solo was lonely and hoped to find a kindred spirit and companion in D'Argo. The offer was rejected.
- Luxan? Never heard of it. Doesn't mean you don't exist.
- Go on, have a chew! It's delicious! No, not that bit, it's got to rot a bit more.
- I'm a Yenen by birth; we're not really cut from the standard mold.
- It's about time! Hey, your friends are okay! I told you they would be. D'you think you could untie me, please? This is not fun. Hey, welcome aboard, people! I'd offer you something to chew, but hey, my hands are kinda tied.
- (1.13 "The Flax")