I'm currently on Season 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation (thanks Netflix!), and I have been wondering since almost the first episode if Picard is asexual/aromantic rather than just awkward.

I am well aware that in future episodes/seasons he meets someone and engages in a romantic relationship, but there is a spectrum for asexuality which permits things of that sort as well as having sex and children.

Not every guy has to be as promiscuous as the infamous space-lover, Riker, but Picard seems to have an aversion to all things intimate (whether romantic or platonic, but that's another thing..).

So is he, or isn't he?

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    sigh Can't really tell if this is a decent question, or just another attempt to slap a label on a character (we get plenty). What makes you think he's asexual rather than, say, highly responsible and focused on his duties and his ship, which is something the show portrays quite regularly? Other than, he's not Riker?
    – Radhil
    May 7, 2017 at 1:35
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    Over the course of 7 years we see him in (evidently sexual) relationships with Vash, Dr Crusher, Eline, Marta, Nella and several others.
    – Valorum
    May 7, 2017 at 1:36

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TL;dr; No, absolutely not.

Over the course of the show we see Picard in heterosexual relationships with no less than seven women;

This seems a pretty respectable number for a chap in his 50s and represents about one lady bedded per season (albeit some are in flashback, under the influence of mind-bending drugs or temporal anomalies). Apparently he even had something of a reputation as a lady's man in his younger days, dating multiple women at the same time.

PICARD: That woman's name [the one who slapped him] was... Corlina. I was supposed to take her to dinner... on this night... (beat) But then she found out that... (embarrassed) I'd made a second date with another woman... named Penny. Corlina was... somewhat upset.

Q: I'm impressed. I had no idea you could be such a cad.

TNG: Tapestry

We also see his deepest, fondest desire in Generations when he's inside the Nexus, described by Guinas as like being

"inside joy"

His bliss evidently includes having a wife.

And in Insurrection he begins a relationship with Anij, highlighting that he's

"always been attracted to older women"

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    This is right. Picard is definitely heterosexual. What Picard is not, however, is a playboy or casual sex fanatic, at least not to the extent as Kirk or Riker. Generations shows that Picard is longing for a long term relationship leading to a large family, something that he never actually found. May 7, 2017 at 12:28
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    @RobertColumbia - Of course it's right. I wrote it :-)
    – Valorum
    May 7, 2017 at 12:43
  • Asexuality deals with sexual activity rather than orientation. The fact that he dated women and engaged in relationships does not mean he isn't Asexual. But thanks for your input.
    – user83209
    May 18, 2017 at 3:39

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