Dax And Worf's Romance Didn't Have To Be Forced For Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Still from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

One of the best things about "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" is the show's dedication to complex interpersonal relationships on board the space station. Throughout the series, there were a number of great pairings as different crew members realized that their friendships or work partnerships had turned into something else. Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) fell in love with the fiery transport captain Kasidy Yates (Penny Johnson Jerald), Security Chief Odo (Rene Auberjonois) found a perfect partner in former terrorist and current second-in-command Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor), and Cardassian spy/tailor Garak (Andrew Robinson) and suave doctor Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) have a will they/won't they for the ages, even if it is a little queer-baity . But the most wonderful of all the " Deep Space Nine " romances is the one between joined Trill science officer Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) and Klingon strategic operations officer Worf (Michael Dorn). The two are a beautiful example of an odd couple that make their differences work and push one another to be better people. They're an inspiration, proving that a pansexual  goofball who can beat Ferengi at Tongo and a stoic warrior raised by Russians can somehow be a perfect pair. 

It turns out that making Worf and Dax such a great couple wasn't difficult at all for Farrell and Dorn, who were good friends and relished the chance to get to spend more time together. They just didn't quite anticipate how close their characters would get.

Perfect Par'Mach'kai

In an interview with StarTrek.com, Farrell revealed that she and Dorn would often flirt with one another in-character because they thought it might encourage the writers to give them more scenes together. The writers definitely gave them more scenes, though it took a direction neither actor completely expected:

"Oh, we'd thought we were so clever flirting with each so we'd have more stuff to do together, just because we were friends. Ha! You'd think they had that planned the whole time because it all just went so easily. And I loved it because Michael and I were such good friends. We could just hit heads and really talk things out. At the time it could be really irritating because we were so tired all the time. But taking that out of the equation, I learned so much from working with Michael, as a person and as a performer. He's a very good friend. My husband reminds me of him in that they don't say that 'Enough is enough.' They're just constantly picking at stuff. It's like, "Enough already!" But it's that need to make it perfect."

It sounds like Dorn shares a bit of perfectionism with his character, which only makes the relationship between Jadzia and the stubborn Klingon feel more real. The performers being comfortable with one another helped them really embrace the couple's rough-and-tumble courtship starting in the season 5 episode "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places." Worf always pictured himself with a Klingon woman, while Jadzia clearly didn't have intentions on settling down. Their chemistry is undeniable , though, and their fierce flirtations turned into one of the franchise's most compelling love stories. 

The sparks flew, and it wasn't just from clashing bat'leths

Worf was originally a character on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but when that series ended, the creators decided to move the fan-favorite over to "Deep Space Nine." In an interview with TrekZone Network , Dorn explained that the ideas for Worf on "Deep Space Nine" weren't all that concrete, though once they saw him and Farrell onscreen, the Jadzia/Worf story-line was sealed: 

"I think that they had a number of scripts. They had a number of things that they were thinking about. Also the Jadzia Dax/Worf thing may have been something that they were playing with. But they didn't really realize that it was going to be a big thing until she and I did our first scenes together. They went: oh my god, we've got to put these people together! I think they had it mapped out a little bit but when you get involved in it and see things happening you see the relationships going on. Then they take it from there."

Once the writers saw the undeniable chemistry between Dorn and Farrell, who turned the heat up with their flirting, they knew they had to put these two together. "Star Trek" has plenty of romances and lots of sex, but it's rarely felt this authentic or natural. The friendship between the actors allowed them to really go all-in on their onscreen romance, whether their characters were flirting or fighting (though for Klingon courtship , those are pretty much the same). The perfection of their relationship just makes Jadzia's death at the end of season 6 all the more painful, because a love this pure shouldn't have such a tragic ending. The symbiont Dax was able to find love again in new host Ezri (Nicole de Boer), but it still doesn't quite stack up to the Jadzia/Worf dynamic. Sorry, Han and Leia, but these two are my One True Pairing , now and forever, and Dorn and Farrell's friendship helped that happen. 

Star Trek: Deep Space 9's Most Heart Wrenching Moment

The love story that shattered the hearts of fans for years to come.

Over the years, Star Trek has brought a staggering amount of stories to the eyes and ears of audiences, from tense action sequences to light comic relief, intergalactic espionage to strange mind games played by Q . There has been such an array of different situations over the various different additions to the franchise, that it makes sense that sometimes they produce a moment so dramatically sad and sudden that it leaves audiences in a dazed, teary state . For many, this moment can be summarized wholeheartedly by the love story between the beloved Klingon Worf, and his symbiotic wife Jadzia Dax.

Jadzia Dax is considered by many fans to be one of the best characters within the franchise, and a main character within one of the best shows: Deep Space 9 . While easy to be swept under the rug by other series such as The Next Generation and even the Original Series, Deep Space 9 was by far the grittiest and emotionally mature Star Trek program, often showing the grim underbelly of the Federation, and exploring the moral gray areas of democracy and war. Among its characters, Jadzia was a Trill, a race of humanoid aliens who are paired biologically and emotionally with a symbiont lifeform. They would merge and become one entity , sharing the multitude of lifetime memories lived by the symbiont, with the new fresh perspective and characteristics of the young Trill host. This made for a wonderful dichotomy between inherited memories and youthful exuberance. Jadzia Dax was both a young Starfleet science officer aboard the space station, and her symbiont carried the memories of the old mentor for the station's commander, accidental war criminal Captain Benjamin Sisko.

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Jadzia was a great addition to the Star Trek family, carrying eight lifetimes worth of memories and experiences, all while constantly trying to explore new and different things. She truly enjoyed life, searching out adventure and mischief wherever she went, carrying with her an air of defiance yet respect. She would call her commanding officer by his first name, but got away with it. In one memorable episode she risked it all, bending every regulation there is about time travel tampering and butterfly effects just to get a good look at Spock, during the episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Despite all this, her antics gave the crew constant motivation and a zest for life, even when the situation looked bleak — for example, during the Dominion war, where millions were being killed around them.

During her time aboard the station, Jadzia broke hearts left right and center. Three of the main characters fell in love with her over the course of the series, including the wonderfully spineless yet strangely enigmatic bartender Quark. Of all those around her however, she had her heart set on just one: the stoic, forehead ridged man of little words, Worf. Audiences showed their relationship develop from the very beginning, watching them grow closer and closer, with Jadzia even making Wolf laugh! They slowly started to develop feelings for one another, but when things were moving too slow, Jadzia took things into her own hands and made sure he was aware of how she felt, by smashing him across the face with a Bat’leth. Romance at its purest.

Things just got better from then on. Audiences were being delighted to watch them fall in love, and fight hand in hand against everything that came their way. They were strong, and although they were great characters by themselves, they never shined as brightly before they were together. Audiences watch them get married, and are shown the very moment that the space station's Doctor Bashir tells them they are physiologically compatible, and are able to have children together. Their faces light up with the excitement that they are able to start a family together.

And then, while turning away from the alter to the Prophets where she was praying for a child, and while filled with more excitement and joy than she had ever experienced in her last eight lives, Jadzia gets murdered in a matter of seconds. If this wasn't bad enough, audiences are then shown her final goodbyes with Worf, a teary moment where they share in a farewell, and Jadzia tells him, "Our baby would’ve been so beautiful." It is absolutely heartbreaking to watch, considering that these two make one of the best romantic pairs to ever appear within the franchise. What made things harder and more emotionally charged was that while Jadzia had died, the Dax symbiont lived on, and was placed within a new host called Ezri.

Ezri got a lot of resentment from fans, but it was unfortunately unavoidable. She was a replacement for a much loved character, and the resentment that fans felt for her, for not being the Jadzia they all knew and loved, was exactly the point. Ezri could never live up to the expectations set for her, especially considering she never went through any of the same training the Jadzia Trill host did. She was a last minute host, as the only Trill aboard the space station, needed to ensure the Dax symbiont would survive. She was thrown into the mix, and then over 300 years worth of memories and experiences flooded her brain. Everything about her character development was about never feeling like she was good enough, and that she could never live up to the lives of previous hosts that lived before her, constantly succumbing to the heavy expectations and weight of responsibility.

Deep Space 9 was truly a surprising masterpiece in Star Trek history, constantly pushing the envelope when it came to new ways to explore the human condition, and really questioning what it means to be good. It was excellent at making audiences feel things, be it love, laughter, anger, and of course, sadness. It made people care about its characters, not only making audiences grieve them when they were lost, but showing the implications and fallout that results from their loss. Worf and Ezri Dax have a strained relationship throughout the remainder of the show. She maintains her memories of their love, but no longer feels it herself as a new person; meanwhile, Worf is constantly confused and in pain, having lost his wife yet constantly being reminded of her through Ezri. It is truly one of the saddest and long lastingly bitter moments within Star Trek .

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Change of Heart

  • Episode aired Mar 4, 1998

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Worf and Jadzia travel to the badlands to procure some information on the Dominion from a traitorous Cardassian. Bashir wants to engage in a holo-suite spy simulation, but O'Brien prefers to... Read all Worf and Jadzia travel to the badlands to procure some information on the Dominion from a traitorous Cardassian. Bashir wants to engage in a holo-suite spy simulation, but O'Brien prefers to brush up on his tongo game after watching Jadzia lose to Quark. Worf and Jadzia travel to the badlands to procure some information on the Dominion from a traitorous Cardassian. Bashir wants to engage in a holo-suite spy simulation, but O'Brien prefers to brush up on his tongo game after watching Jadzia lose to Quark.

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  • Goofs As Major Kira said that Worf and Jadzia are the only two left to do the mission, she shouldn't send them away because she knows the Federation rules, not to send family! At the end Worf is reprimanded by Sisko over this although Major Kira should be reprimanded that she allowed them to go on this mission together. Instead of Jadzia she should send another officer or send an message to the Federation for assistance.

Lt. Commander Worf : You were at my wedding. You heard the story of the first two Klingon hearts, and how nothing could stand against them, and how they even destroyed the gods that had created them. I've heard that story since I was a boy; but I never understood it - I mean really understood it. Until I was standing in the jungle, with my heart pounding in my chest. And I found that even I could not stand against my own heart. I had to go back. And it did not matter what Starfleet thought or what the consequences were. She was my wife, and I could not leave her.

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Early life [ ]


Sunrise over Khitomer

Worf was born in 2340 on the Klingon homeworld , Qo'noS , as the son of Mogh, patriarch of one of the Klingon Empire 's Great Houses . ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ")

When Worf was five years old , his father took him and his mother to live on the Khitomer colony , along with Worf's ghojmoK , Kahlest . ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ") There, Mogh took Worf on a ritual hunt along with a garrison warrior, L'Kor . Worf had not yet reached the Age of Inclusion and was barely able to hold a bat'leth . During the hunt, Worf was mauled on the arm by a beast, leaving behind a scar and memory he kept throughout his life. ( TNG : " Birthright, Part I ")

At some point when Worf was a child, he had a pet targ . ( TNG : " Where No One Has Gone Before ")

In 2346 , the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire were officially allied but a conspiracy between the Romulans and the House of Duras left the Klingon Empire open to betrayal. Romulan forces attacked the Khitomer colony , killing nearly all of the four thousand Klingon colonists, including Worf's parents. ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ", " The Neutral Zone ")

Worf's favorite non Klingon opera song is Wonderwall by the Earth band Oasis.

The Rozhenkos [ ]

Helena and Sergey Rozhenko

Foster parents Sergey and Helena Rozhenko

The colony's distress call was answered by the Federation starship USS Intrepid . An Intrepid chief petty officer , Sergey Rozhenko , found Worf buried in the rubble, with Kahlest being the only other survivor found. After the Klingon Empire stated that the young boy apparently had no living relatives, Sergey took Worf to his homestead on the farming colony of Gault . He and his wife, Helena , raised the Klingon child alongside their own son, Nikolai . The two boys regarded each other as siblings. ( TNG : " The Neutral Zone ", " Heart of Glory ", " Family ", " Homeward "; DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

As the sole Klingon in a small farm culture, Worf had some difficulty adapting to his new circumstances, though; years later, Helena described her son as bright and highly spirited as a boy. Soon after his arrival on Gault, the seven year-old bloodied the noses of five teenage boys , whom Worf deemed "disrespectful". He refused to partake in Human food, preferring the Klingon cuisine he'd been raised on; Helena would learn how to make Rokeg blood pie for Worf, which he loved and greatly appreciated. In 2353 , at thirteen years of age, Worf led his school's soccer team to the championships, where, in an attempt to score, he collided with another player, Mikel , when they both went to head the ball. The impact of Klingon ridges against a Human skull snapped Mikel's neck, and the boy died the next day. This lesson in Human frailties made a huge impact on Worf's nascent character. This incident made Worf realize that Humans were a fragile species and he had to learn to restrain himself around them. His self-control, interpreted by some as part of his Klingon heritage, was a large factor in his serious demeanor. ( TNG : " Family ", " New Ground "; DS9 : " Let He Who Is Without Sin... ")

The Rozhenko family eventually moved to Earth , where Sergey frequently took Nikolai and Worf camping in the Ural Mountains . At night, Worf often listened raptly to the sound of wolves howling in the distance. ( DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

Coming of age [ ]

At fifteen years of age, in 2355 , Worf voyaged to Qo'noS, where he stayed with cousins of the House of Mogh. There, he made the formal declaration of his intent to become a warrior and performed the Rite of Ascension . During the ceremony, Worf was presented with a well-forged knife, a gift from a Klingon who had known Mogh. Seeing the Great Domes of Qo'noS made him feel at home, but his kin rejected his marked Human taint. ( TNG : " The Icarus Factor ", " Rightful Heir "; DS9 : " The Sword of Kahless ")

Worf fasted for three days before undertaking the Rite of MajQa . After six days of meditation in the volcanic Caves of No'Mat , the legendary Klingon warrior Kahless the Unforgettable appeared to Worf in a vision and prophesied that Worf would do something that no other Klingon had ever done before. ( TNG : " Birthright, Part I "; DS9 : " The Sword of Kahless ")

Starfleet career [ ]

After Worf returned to Earth, he pondered the meaning of his words and wondered what lay ahead. When he grew old enough, he joined Starfleet , the first Klingon to ever do so. For a time, Worf believed he had fulfilled his destiny this way, though he later wondered if there was not something else yet after recovering the Sword of Kahless in 2372 . ( DS9 : " The Sword of Kahless ")

Service aboard the USS Enterprise -D [ ]

Worf at conn

Lt. jg Worf at conn in 2364

In 2364 , Lieutenant junior grade Worf was assigned as a command division bridge officer on the USS Enterprise -D , under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (see Friendships : Jean-Luc Picard ). Worf spent most of his first year on the Enterprise -D as a relief officer for the conn and other bridge stations. ( TNG : " Encounter at Farpoint ", " The Naked Now ", " Angel One ", " Too Short A Season ")

Mark Jameson and Worf

Worf assisting Admiral Mark Jameson in 2364

Worf was permitted a variation from the Starfleet uniform dress code, and wore a Klingon warrior's sash, sometimes called a baldric by Humans, over his regular duty uniform. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation ; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ; Star Trek: Insurrection ) Worf's quarters were on Deck 7, in Section 25 Baker until 2370 , when he moved to Deck 2, Room 2713. ( TNG : " Rightful Heir ", " Phantasms ")

Worf, 2366

Lieutenant Worf in 2366

Following the death of Natasha Yar at the hands of the Armus entity, Worf became acting security chief . In 2365 , Worf transferred to the operations division and officially became the Enterprise -D's chief tactical officer and security chief. He was promoted to the rank of full lieutenant in 2366 . After seven years of service aboard the starship, Worf rose in rank to lieutenant commander in 2371 . ( TNG : " Skin Of Evil ", " The Child ", " Evolution "; Star Trek Generations )

During these years of service, Worf's record was marred by a single reprimand, earned when he killed Duras in an honor duel after the latter killed Worf's mate, K'Ehleyr . Killing Duras directly affected the ascension of a new Klingon Chancellor after the death of K'mpec . ( TNG : " Reunion ")

Borg encounters [ ]

Worf and his security team were the first Starfleet officers in over two centuries to engage Borg drones in combat when two boarded his ship. Worf, along with Commander William T. Riker and Lieutenant Commander Data were the first officers to infiltrate a Borg cube , gathering the first real clues about the true nature of the new threat. ( TNG : " Q Who ")

Worf phasers Borg on bridge

Fighting a Borg invasion

Worf played a significant role in repelling the Borg invasion of the Federation in 2366 . When the Enterprise -D engaged the Borg cube, he was unable to prevent the abduction of Picard when drones appeared on the bridge. On Riker's orders, Worf and Data boarded the cube, and were able to retrieve Picard, allowing Dr. Crusher to restore their captain's Humanity. It was one of the most dangerous missions of Worf's career, but six years later, he likened the exploits of his companions to the sagas of ancient warriors. ( TNG : " The Best of Both Worlds ", " The Best of Both Worlds, Part II "; DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

Regardless of his optimism, in 2368 , Worf was wary enough of a wounded and isolated Borg drone that he recommended killing it on sight, but his words went unheeded. The decision to rehabilitate the drone and return him to the collective nearly proved disastrous. ( TNG : " I Borg ", " Descent ")

Q encounters [ ]

Like so many who encountered the trickster, Worf immediately developed a strong antipathy towards Q .

Worf smashes Geordi's mandolin

" I am not a merry man! "

In his visits, Q frequently took pleasure in teasing Worf, to whom Q referred as "micro brain." When Q forced the Enterprise -D crew to play out a detailed Robin Hood fantasy scenario, Worf found himself portraying the character Will Scarlet .

When stripped of his powers from the Q Continuum , Q desperately asked how he could prove to the Enterprise -D crew that he was, indeed, mortal. Worf helpfully suggested, " Die, " much to the amusement of others present on the bridge. ( TNG : " Hide And Q ", " Qpid ", " Deja Q ")

Klingon affairs [ ]

Gowron attempts to recruit Worf

Worf and Gowron in 2372

Worf's exposure to Klingon society began in earnest, in his time aboard the Enterprise -D. In a few short years, the forgotten orphan from the House of Mogh was a player in the highest levels of the Empire's politics.

In 2364 , the Enterprise -D rescued three Klingons from a disabled cargo ship , and for the first time in nearly ten years, Worf spent time in the company of (renegade) Klingon warriors. One of the rescued warriors was mortally wounded, and Worf joined in the Klingon death ritual for Kunivas , exposing non-Klingons to the event for the first time. The charismatic Korris tried to enlist Worf in taking the starship, but could not budge the officer's loyalty. In addition, Commander K'Nera also offered Worf a place in the Klingon Defense Forces , but was politely declined. ( TNG : " Heart of Glory ")

More than twenty years after the Khitomer Massacre , the honor of the House of Mogh was called into question in 2366 . Worf's brother, Kurn , brought the news that Duras, of the rival House of Duras , had accused Mogh of betraying the Empire by facilitating the Romulan attack on the Khitomer colony. Worf appeared before the Klingon High Council to protest their judgment of guilt, and provided evidence that would have exonerated his father. Chancellor K'mpec dismissed Worf's defense, knowing the true traitor of Khitomer was Duras' father, Ja'rod . Considering the cost of his appeal and revelation of the truth – Duras' powerful clan inciting a civil war , and his intention to kill Kurn – Worf kept his silence and accepted a discommendation that ruined his name throughout the Empire. ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ")

A year later, Chancellor K'mpec was dying, and he asked Picard to serve as the Arbiter of Succession . The event coincided with Worf's reunion with K'Ehleyr, an iconoclastic ambassador and Worf's former lover. K'Ehleyr took this opportunity to introduce their child, Alexander, to Worf.

The Sonchi ceremony over the body of K'mpec was interrupted by an attempt to assassinate Gowron. The contenders were offended by the dishonored Worf presenting the result of the Enterprise -D's investigation, but Worf revealed evidence that implicated Duras. Concurrently, K'Ehleyr discovered the truth of Worf's discommendation as well as the scope of the House of Duras' treachery, but Duras confronted and murdered her. The question of succession was ultimately decided by Worf. Exercising his Right of Vengeance , he challenged Duras to a duel, defeating and killing him. The death of Duras allowed Gowron to become the new chancellor. ( TNG : " Reunion ")

Worf Klingon uniform

Worf accepted a commission as a Klingon imperial officer

The civil war K'mpec had feared broke out in late 2367 , when the House of Duras and allies rebelled against Chancellor Gowron's leadership by attacking Gowron's ship, the IKS Bortas . Worf felt it was his place to help his people, and resigned from Starfleet to side with Gowron. His influence proved instrumental in the war when he ordered Kurn to back Gowron. Worf served on Kurn's ship during the civil war, and fought at the Battle of Mempa , but soon found himself dissatisfied with the impulsive manner of Klingon society when off-duty, such as Kurn's association with officers who served the Duras family, despite the hostilities currently occurring between them. With help from Starfleet, the Romulan involvement was discovered, effectively ending it, enabling Gowron's forces to quickly end the war, and solidifying his position as chancellor. In appreciation for Worf's help, Chancellor Gowron restored honor to the House of Mogh, allocated Worf's brother, Kurn, a seat on the Klingon High Council, and gave Worf the life of Duras' illegitimate son, Toral . Worf, unwilling to kill an innocent boy, and recognizing that Toral was mainly a pawn of his aunts rather than a villain in himself, let Toral go and returned to Starfleet without incident. ( TNG : " Redemption ", " Redemption II ")

In 2369 , while the Enterprise was docked at Deep Space 9 , Worf was met by a Yridian named Jaglom Shrek . Shrek told Worf that Mogh may not have died at Khitomer after all and that he might have still been alive, living with Romulans in a remote prison camp. Although initially uncomfortable about the possible dishonor that his family would face if Mogh had really been alive all this time, a conversation with Data about a recent "vision" he had had about his creator forced Worf to recognize that his own father was an important part of who he was, prompting him to meet Shrek and make the Yridian take him to the Carraya sector , where the prison camp was located.

On the surface of Carraya IV , Worf found L'Kor, now an old man. L'Kor informed Worf that his father had died at Khitomer, though a number of prisoners had been taken to this camp. Worf attempted to free the prisoners, but instead was taken captive. Inside the main prison camp, Worf found Klingons and Romulans living together in harmony – in their isolation, the Klingons had abandoned Klingon concepts of honor and had forgotten their warrior ways. The Klingon elders laughed in disbelief at Worf's assertion that Klingons were allies with the Federation, but the younger people were fascinated by his ways and his stories of Kahless. Despite attempts by Gi'ral to stop her daughter Ba'el 's advances, the girl agreed to escape with Worf. However, when Worf found that Tokath , the Romulan leader of the camp, was Ba'el's father, he confronted Gi'ral about why she married a Romulan. Worf continued his influence on the camp's youth, and taught hunting to Toq . After catching an animal, they delivered it to the main hall as a feast. Tokath was horrified at the sight. Realizing that Worf would eventually sway the opinion of the other youths in the camp as he had Toq, Tokath sentenced Worf to death. However, Worf had exerted enough influence on the camp, and several members of the camp stood by Worf, willing to face execution rather than continue to live the way they had. Tokath was forced to let Worf return to the Enterprise . Worf though recognized the rare peace that had been established at the camp, and explained to the young people that wanted to leave that they must keep the camp and their parents a secret in order to honor them. ( TNG : " Birthright, Part I ", " Birthright, Part II ")

Although a profound influence on the settlers of Carraya IV, Worf's visit also forced him to challenge his beliefs, feeling that his own faith in the legends he told the children was lacking compared to their own. To renew his faith, Worf decided to visit Boreth , and re-summon Kahless the Unforgettable. Kahless appeared before him for real – seemingly returned to lead the Empire once more. However, Worf was skeptical of the Klingon's authenticity, even as he admitted that he wanted to believe in Kahless' divinity. Gowron claimed that Kahless could not recall any of his legendary stories and challenged him in combat, which Kahless lost. The loss forced the clerics to reveal that this Kahless was a clone, leaving Worf strongly affected by the questions and doubts raised by the issue, before a conversation with Data prompted him to consider that it was possible to believe that something was more than its origins. Despite the discovery, Worf was instrumental in arranging for the clone to be installed as emperor to the Klingon people. The ceremonial position had not been held for centuries but Worf felt that the Klingon Empire had lost its way since Kahless' original teachings, and that the new emperor could bring further stability. Before the clone departed, Kahless consoled Worf's doubts by reflecting that the important thing was that all Klingons remember the teachings and message of the original Kahless, and as long as they remained true to those, it did not truly matter whether or not the original Kahless returned. ( TNG : " Rightful Heir ")

Other notable missions [ ]

Worf's first major task was to take command of the Enterprise -D saucer module and lead it to safety, when the ship separated prior to engaging Q for the first time. The order ran contrary to his nature (i.e. fleeing while his commanding officer was in danger) and Worf briefly objected until Picard reminded him of his duty. ( TNG : " Encounter at Farpoint ", " All Good Things... ")

Worf was present for the first Federation contact with the Romulans since the Tomed Incident . A mysterious third party 's devastating attacks on Romulan Neutral Zone outposts alarmed the powers on either side of the border. Worf was enraged by the prospect of dealing with the race responsible for the Khitomer Massacre , and was rebuked by both Picard and the Romulan Commander Tebok , who urged, " Silence your dog, Captain. " ( TNG : " The Neutral Zone ")

That same year, Worf was a member of the away team sent to investigate an Iconian gateway located in the Romulan Neutral Zone. The experience with Iconian technology served him well, many years later, in the Gamma Quadrant . On another away mission, to Theta VIII , he participated in a recreation of the pulp novel Hotel Royale . Worf also revealed his technical knowledge of energy vortices when the Enterprise was threatened with destruction by one. ( TNG : " Contagion ", " The Royale ", " Time Squared "; DS9 : " To the Death ")

Both Picard and Riker independently had Worf in mind as their top choice for the ops position when Data was presumed dead. Worf noted to Deanna Troi that he had served in this capacity before. ( TNG : " The Most Toys ")

Worf helped expose Ardra as an impostor trying to take control of Ventax II , despite her attempts to take the form of Fek'lhr . ( TNG : " Devil's Due ")

At one point, the Enterprise was caught in an energy field which propelled the ship away from an M-class planet inhabited by the xenophobic Paxans . The energy field was designed to erase the memories of the crew. However, Worf's surgically-mended arm proved that something had happened at the Paxan homeworld, and that someone had deliberately erased their memories of the event. To appease the Paxans, the crew agreed to have their memories erased again, only this time, no clues were to be left. ( TNG : " Clues ")

A month later, the Enterprise became trapped in the Tyken's Rift , while trying to find the USS Brattain . The insanity and fear brought out by the Tyken's Rift caused Worf to nearly kill himself with a ceremonial knife . ( TNG : " Night Terrors ")

When Kieran MacDuff altered the memories of the crew and the computer (including Data's) with a plasma energy beam, Worf temporarily took command of the Enterprise , because his sash gave the crew the mistaken impression that he was the highest-ranking officer. After he learned his true rank, he apologized to Picard for his assumption of authority, but Picard assured him that no blame was necessary, as they were all making the best they could of a difficult situation. ( TNG : " Conundrum ")

In 2368 , when the Enterprise was disabled by quantum filaments , Worf was entrusted with a makeshift infirmary in Ten Forward . During the incident, Keiko O'Brien went into labor, and Worf had to assist with her giving birth to Molly . He remembered the incident for years, and bristled when he found out she was pregnant again, while they both were on Deep Space 9 , determining to make sure he was on leave when she gave birth so he wouldn't be in a position to have to assist again. ( TNG : " Disaster "; DS9 : " Accession ")

In 2369 , Worf was assigned by Admiral Alynna Nechayev to infiltrate Celtris III . Starfleet Intelligence had discovered bursts of theta-band subspace emissions from the planet, indicating an illegal metagenic weapon in operation. Worf, Dr. Crusher, and Captain Picard were part of the intelligence team sent to investigate. After Picard was captured by Gul Madred , Worf and Crusher escaped back to the rendezvous point, where they informed Captain Jellico of the situation. ( TNG : " Chain Of Command, Part I ", " Chain Of Command, Part II ")

Later that year, Worf, along with the rest of the Enterprise crew, conducted a mission to aid a stranded Romulan Warbird . Creatures existing outside of the normal space-time continuum had assumed Romulan form and had used the Warbird's warp chamber as a gestation chamber for their offspring. Commander Riker ordered a power transfer beam engaged, to recharge the Romulan ship disturbing the creatures. This caused time on both ships to stop, locking each crew in temporal stasis. Worf had been in the transporter room , to lead the rescue effort bringing injured Romulans to the Enterprise . Captain Picard as well as Lieutenant Commanders Data, La Forge, and Counselor Troi were on their way back to the ship. When Picard went to the transporter room to examine the control panel, he found Worf at the controls and politely said, " Excuse me, Mr. Worf, " even though the Klingon could not respond. ( TNG : " Timescape ")

Multiple Worfs

" We were like warriors from the ancient sagas. There was nothing we could not do. " - Worf

Worf, through the use of his Klingon calisthenics program , helped Byleth , an Iyaaran ambassador, understand the emotions of antagonism, something the Iyaaran culture had no natural understanding of. ( TNG : " Liaisons ")

Worf, 2371

Worf in 2371

On stardate 47391.2, Worf began moving between many different alternative realities after flying through a quantum fissure in the shuttlecraft Curie . He experienced several unexplained discontinuities in events against his memory (particularly regarding his attendance and victory at a bat'leth tournament on Forcas III ), and it was eventually discovered that Worf was not native to the universe he was currently in – a universe where the Federation was at war with the Bajorans , where he was a commander and first officer of the Enterprise -D and married to Deanna Troi, with whom he had two children. He was eventually returned to his original reality, apparently the only person to retain any memory of his journey. ( TNG : " Parallels ")

Worf lies on ruined Enterprise bridge

Worf surviving the destruction of the Enterprise

Following Worf's promotion to lieutenant commander in 2371 , he was instrumental in a battle that ensued after the Duras sisters attacked the Enterprise . He first remembered their class of Bird-of-Prey had been retired from service due to defective plasma coils ; Data then made use of this flaw to remotely cause the vessel to cloak using a low-level ionic pulse , and Worf destroyed the Bird-of-Prey with a single torpedo hit. Unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the battle, the Enterprise stardrive section was destroyed, with the separated saucer section crashing on Veridian III , damaged beyond repair. ( Star Trek Generations )

Service on Deep Space 9 [ ]

Worf aboard DS9

Worf in 2372

While awaiting reassignment following the destruction of the Enterprise , Worf took an extended leave of absence from Starfleet to evaluate his future. He returned his son to Earth to live with the Rozhenkos while he himself took refuge on Boreth . ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Federation, Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of Deep Space 9 were having trouble keeping order with the Klingons present at the station. When the treaty with the Klingon Empire was threatened during the Klingons' invasion of Cardassia in 2372 , Sisko stated, " Curzon told me once that in the long run, the only people who can really handle Klingons are Klingons. " It was at this time he requested Worf's help.

Worf again became a player in galactic politics as the Federation tried to avert war between the Klingon Empire and the Cardassian Union . Worf was the Federation's best link to Chancellor Gowron and a meeting between them was arranged. He was asked to resign from Starfleet and join Gowron on the Klingon campaign to invade Cardassia. Worf felt the war was wrong and that it was incompatible with his loyalties to the Federation. As a result, Gowron threatened to strip Worf and his family of their honor, confiscate their lands, and treat them as traitors to the Klingon Empire. When Worf again refused, Gowron made good on his threat.

Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, and Worf, 2372

Worf, with Jadzia Dax and Kira Nerys

The Klingons failed to bring down the Cardassian government with the Federation protecting them and an enraged Gowron withdrew from the Khitomer Accords , making the Klingons an enemy of the Federation. Following the mission, Worf considered resigning from Starfleet to take a berth on a Nyberrite Alliance cruiser. After learning this, Sisko, reflecting to Worf that he had also considered leaving Starfleet after his wife 's death, suggested that Worf was just trying to escape the memory of the Enterprise 's loss rather than Starfleet itself. Sisko then offered Worf a position as the strategic operations officer , which Worf humbly accepted, making his primary duty to co-ordinate all Starfleet activity within the Bajoran sector, not to handle security matters on Deep Space 9 , which was Odo 's responsibility. This new assignment had Worf once again wearing command division red. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ", " Hippocratic Oath ")

Worf and Odo, 2372

Worf clashes with Odo over the security on DS9

When the USS Orinoco was sabotaged by the True Way in 2372 , Worf, along with Major Kira Nerys , Sisko, Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax , and Chief Miles O'Brien were lost in the shuttlecraft's transporter . However, Odo and Michael Eddington managed to save their transporter signatures on the station's computers. The character data was saved in the holosuite (where Julian Bashir and Elim Garak were running a holosuite simulation). Worf's character data was superimposed onto Duchamps , a holosuite character who played the henchman to Dr. Noah . ( DS9 : " Our Man Bashir ")

Worf's quarters on DS9 were on Level 3, Section 27, Room 19. ( DS9 : " Inquisition ") He also lived on the Defiant for a period of time after his quarters got robbed by a Dopterian . Worf took the Dopterian into custody and complained about the robbery, after which Odo read him some of the security breaches that occurred during his service aboard the Enterprise -D. ( DS9 : " Bar Association "; TNG : " A Matter Of Time ", " Rascals ") When Worf married Jadzia Dax, he moved into her quarters, which were located in the habitat ring , Section 25 Alpha. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ", " Resurrection ")

USS Defiant missions [ ]

In addition to his role aboard Deep Space 9, Worf, as the most senior Starfleet officer under Sisko, also served as Executive Officer of the USS Defiant . Therefore, whenever Sisko was not commanding the Defiant , Worf got a chance to demonstrate his command expertise. One of the first missions he commanded was a science mission headed by Lenara Kahn . A Trill science team was attempting to create Starfleet's first artificially-created stable wormhole . Worf found it hard to be excited about a science mission, claiming that his dreams were more exciting. ( DS9 : " Rejoined ")

While beside a gas giant in the Gamma Quadrant , where the Defiant was escorting Quark to continue negotiations with the Karemma , the Jem'Hadar opened fire on the Karemma ship and the Defiant as punishment for their treason . Captain Sisko was severely injured in the incident, leaving Worf in command. Taking command in engineering (the bridge had been damaged by Jem'Hadar fire), Worf found many engineers (especially Muniz and Stevens ) unaccustomed to his authoritarian style of command. After receiving advice from Chief O'Brien, Worf undertook a more interactive approach. Better able to work under this style of command, Muniz and Stevens were able to devise a way to destroy the Jem'Hadar attack ship . By modifying the main deflector , the Defiant successfully defeated the Jem'Hadar. ( DS9 : " Starship Down ")

On a subsequent occasion, Worf commanded the Defiant on a mission to escort Cardassian freighters across a volatile sector of Klingon space. After being fired upon by Klingon warships using a tactic of continually decloaking to fire and then recloaking, a Klingon ship decloaked directly ahead of the Defiant and Worf ordered it destroyed. However, this ship was a Klingon civilian transport ship . The Klingon Advocate Ch'Pok demanded that Worf be extradited to the Klingon Empire for punishment.

The Federation decided to stage an extradition hearing with Admiral T'Lara as chair, Sisko as defense, and Ch'Pok as prosecution. Had it not been for Odo's discovery that there were no civilians on the destroyed ship, Worf would have been extradited to the Klingon Empire to face execution. After the court martial , which the defense won, Worf remarked about the difficulty of command. Sisko replied, " Wait until you get four pips on your collar. You'll wish you had gone into botany. " ( DS9 : " Rules of Engagement ")

Following a year of hostilities and border skirmishes between the Federation and Klingons (see Federation-Klingon War ), Odo discovered that Gowron might have been replaced by a Changeling . In order to establish whether Gowron was a shapeshifter , Starfleet Command ordered Sisko to lead a team (which included Worf) to expose Gowron as a shapeshifter. The team posed as Klingon warriors being inducted into the Order of the Bat'leth . Each team member was to plant polaron emitters that, when activated, would force a shapeshifter to lose its shape. Worf initially found it difficult to turn the team into convincing Klingons. However, Sisko helped him refocus, and with practice, the team pulled through. The plan worked out relatively well at first, but just when Sisko was ready to activate the polaron emitters, Martok , chief military adviser and overseer of the Cardassian invasion, recognized Sisko through his Klingon disguise, and the entire team was thrown into prison. While incarcerated, the team managed to explain their mission to Martok. It turned out that Martok had always suspected that Gowron may have been a Changeling, but he was waiting for the right time to expose him. With the polaron emitters destroyed, Worf decided that the only way to expose Gowron as a shapeshifter was to get him to spill blood. Once released by Martok, Worf fought Gowron in a duel. Gowron's Klingon honor and behavior led Odo to find it was not Gowron, but Martok who was the Dominion Changeling agent. After he was destroyed by the Klingon warriors, it was discovered that his mission was to destabilize relations between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Worf's assistance in uncovering the Dominion presence as the common enemy incidentally helped to restore peace between the Federation and Klingon Empire. ( DS9 : " Broken Link ", " Apocalypse Rising ")

Some months later, the Defiant was tasked with a mission of sending the Bajoran Orb of Time back to the station. However, Defiant passenger Arne Darvin had other ideas; he used the Orb to travel back to 2268 , to the time of Captain Kirk and the first USS Enterprise , and to the year that the tribbles had invaded Klingon space. Darvin's plot was to kill Captain Kirk and eliminate the tribbles before they had a chance to invade Klingon space. While searching for Darvin, Worf (along with Odo, Bashir, and O'Brien) encountered Klingons scarred by the augment virus of the 22nd century . When Bashir and O'Brien asked how the augmented people could be Klingons, Worf merely responded, " We do not discuss it with outsiders. " The crew apprehended Darvin on Deep Space Station K-7 , and returned to the present. ( TOS : " The Trouble with Tribbles "; DS9 : " Trials and Tribble-ations ")

The Dominion War [ ]

In 2373 , Elim Garak received an encoded transmission from his mentor, Enabran Tain . It stated that he had survived the Battle of the Omarion Nebula and was being held by the Dominion in the Gamma Quadrant. Garak convinced Sisko that he could enter Dominion space but only under supervision from Worf. In order to avoid detection while in Dominion space, Worf decided to hide in a nearby nebula . The diversion proved to be a bad idea, as that nebula housed the first Dominion invasion fleet, on its way to invading the Alpha Quadrant. Worf knew that they were planning to enter the wormhole , and that the Dominion War was about to begin. Before they were captured by the fleet, Worf managed to transmit a message to the wormhole relay station about the impending invasion. ( DS9 : " In Purgatory's Shadow ")

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Worf and Martok in the Dominion internment camp

Worf and Garak were taken to Internment Camp 371 , where they discovered Enabran Tain, the real General Martok , and surprisingly, the real Julian Bashir. Bashir had been captured for a month and had been replaced by a Changeling infiltrator. All the prisoners knew they had to escape, to warn DS9 about the Changeling. Although Tain died at the camp shortly thereafter, Garak devised a plan to modify Tain's transmitter to contact the runabout in orbit and escape from the internment camp. The transmitter was tucked away in a cramped compartment, and Garak had to overcome his acute claustrophobia to complete the modifications. Worf and Martok commended Garak's courage, stating, " There is no greater enemy than one's own fears. " During this time, to distract the Jem'Hadar guards, Worf entered into combat with each of the Jem'Hadar guards in turn, earning the respect and admiration of General Martok in the process, even winning the respect of Jem'Hadar First Ikat'ika , who yielded their final fate when he recognized that Worf's refusal to surrender meant that killing Worf would not be a victory. Once the prisoners escaped, they managed to warn DS9 that Bashir had been replaced by a Changeling. Kira managed to destroy the Bashir Changeling before he could blow up the Bajoran sun. ( DS9 : " By Inferno's Light ")

From then on to the end of the year, the Dominion sent weekly fleets through the wormhole to fortify the Cardassian sectors. Starfleet, needing to find a way to halt the buildup, decided to block the entrance to the wormhole with a minefield . Sisko assigned the Defiant under the command of Jadzia Dax to deploy a field of self-replicating mines , all of which needed to be deployed before any could be activated. Starfleet forces were unable to assist in the deployment, so the Defiant and the IKS Rotarran had to do it alone, and they only had one day to finish. Weyoun approached the station with three hundred Dominion and Cardassian ships, and when Sisko refused their ultimatum, Gul Dukat opened fire, starting the Second Battle of Deep Space 9 and the Dominion War . While the Dominion's firepower proved ineffective against the station's shields , Worf, in command of the station's weapons array, managed to destroy fifty ships, and the Rotarran helped protect the Defiant , so it could complete the minefield. With the minefield deployed and the station vastly outnumbered, Sisko ordered all Starfleet crew members to evacuate the station. Due to the conquest of DS9 by the Dominion, Worf had been assigned to the Rotarran as first officer . ( DS9 : " Call to Arms ")

Unlike the rest of Starfleet, First Officer Worf, ever the warrior, relished the opportunity to engage in combat with the Dominion. A joint operation where the Defiant played a decoy to three Jem'Hadar attack ships allowed the Rotarran to decloak and help destroy those ships in the front line. However, both ships had been called back to Starbase 375 for retreat. By now, even Worf was beginning to lose morale due to the retreats from the Dominion. What the alliance needed was a victory, something that Sisko had been planning all along – Operation Return , the plan to retake Deep Space 9.

The original plan of taking three Federation fleets and a Klingon contingent were scuttled when Sisko received word that the minefield was about to come down. The Second and Fifth Fleets had to take Deep Space 9 themselves. Even so, Martok and Worf tried to convince Chancellor Gowron to send some ships to the battle. Although it took a long time, Gowron eventually realized that both an ally and enemy were telling him the same thing, so agreed to send the ships. Outside the Bajoran system, the Federation was on the verge of losing the battle (Sisko had fallen for a trap set by the Cardassians), but then Worf and Martok's Klingon forces entered at an opportune moment. They inflicted enough damage on the Dominion for the Defiant to break through the lines. The Defiant went on to retake the station and win the battle. When the Jem'Hadar took command of the Defiant , and the crew pretended to make repairs to the warp core for their captors, Worf made it appear he was repairing the plasma display console but was actually sending signals to the bridge to give command operations to Sisko from main engineering . ( DS9 : " Favor the Bold ", " Sacrifice of Angels ", " One Little Ship ")

Some time thereafter, Worf earned a second serious blemish on his service record when he abandoned an important mission for Starfleet Intelligence to rescue Jadzia Dax, who he had married shortly after the retaking of the station. Though no formal charges were leveled, due to the secrecy of the mission, Sisko said, " This will go in your service record… and to be completely honest, you should know that they'll probably never give you a command of your own after this. " ( DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

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Gowron fights Worf to the death in 2375

In 2375 , Worf became disillusioned with Gowron's leadership. Gowron feared Martok's growing popularity and devised a plan to discredit Martok and end any potential threat to his authority. Gowron began ordering Martok on near- suicidal missions against Dominion forces, hoping that a string of defeats would weaken Martok's popularity and discredit him as a military leader. Recognizing that Gowron was jeopardizing the entire war effort, Worf tried to convince Martok that he should challenge Gowron for the leadership. After Martok refused, Worf decided to challenge Gowron himself, citing his faulty battle planning, his dishonorable conduct in trying to discredit Martok, and poor strategies at the later stages of the Dominion War. After a brief battle, Worf killed Gowron; by right, he was proclaimed the new chancellor of the Klingon High Council. However, Worf immediately gave his position to Martok. After the war, Martok asked that Worf be appointed Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire. Thereafter, Worf left Deep Space 9 to take his new post on Qo'noS. ( DS9 : " Tacking Into the Wind ", " What You Leave Behind ")

Service aboard the USS Enterprise -E [ ]

Stopping the borg [ ].

Worf, 2373

Worf aboard the Enterprise -E

In 2373, Worf was ordered to take the USS Defiant and join the fleet of ships set to intercept a Borg cube in the Typhon sector on a course for Earth. Along with the USS Bozeman and USS Lexington , the Defiant was heavily damaged by the cube and Worf was considering ramming the Borg, when the USS Enterprise -E came to Worf's rescue. The Enterprise -E took on board the survivors of the Defiant , including Worf. Reunited with his old crewmates, Worf assisted in destroying the cube with the tactical information divulged by Picard. After it was destroyed, Worf discovered that a sphere was traveling back in time to 2063 , in an attempt to prevent First Contact between Humans and Vulcans . After destroying the Borg sphere , Worf successfully helped destroy the Enterprise 's deflector dish , which the Borg were turning into an interplexing beacon and prevent them from changing history. ( Star Trek: First Contact )

Protecting the Ba'ku [ ]

Worf on ba'ku planet

Lieutenant Commander Worf protecting the Ba'ku people in 2375

In 2375, Worf visited the Federation colony on Manzar to establish a new defense perimeter against the Dominion. At this opportunity, however, he visited his old friends on the Enterprise -E, which was on a diplomatic mission nearby. For a brief period, Worf rejoined his old crew to reveal Admiral Dougherty 's conspiracy concerning the Ba'ku relocation. ( Star Trek: Insurrection )

Attending the Rikers' wedding [ ]

Worf, 2379

Lieutenant Commander Worf on the Enterprise -E in 2379

In 2379, Worf rejoined his old crewmates from the Enterprise -E on Earth when he attended William Riker and Deanna Troi's wedding ceremony. Following the Earth wedding and while en route to a second ceremony on Betazed , the second wedding was postponed as the Enterprise -E detected positronic signals from the Kolarin system .

Stopping Shinzon [ ]

Following the discovery that the source of the positronic signals was a Soong-type android , B-4 , Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway of Starfleet Command assigned the Enterprise -E to Romulus to begin new peace talks with the new Praetor of the Romulan Star Empire , Shinzon , who was a Human clone of Picard. The peace offer turned out to be a trap and, in the end, Worf, along with the Enterprise crew, had to face Shinzon and the Remans together with the Romulans, after which Worf finally admitted that the Romulans had fought with honor, possibly overcoming his lifelong grudge towards them. ( Star Trek Nemesis )

Other adventures [ ]

At some point, something happened to the Enterprise -E that made it unusable by 2401 . Although La Forge apparently blamed Worf for the fate of the ship, Worf would insist that what happened was not his fault. ( PIC : " Võx ")

Later career [ ]

He was promoted to captain, following Picard's promotion to Admiral. ( PIC : " Surrender ", " The Last Generation ")

Subsequently, Worf was transferred back to the Operations division. ( PIC : " Disengage ")

In 2399 , a photo of Worf was shown on an FNN media broadcast prior to a holo - interview with Admiral Picard. Soon after this, retired Admiral Picard still considered Worf a loyal colleague who would not hesitate to join him on a mission if asked. ( PIC : " Remembrance ", " Maps and Legends ")

Changeling infiltration investigation [ ]

Worf, 2401

Worf working with Raffi

By 2401, Captain Worf was working as a " subcontractor " for Starfleet Intelligence with Commander Ro Laren and was the anonymous handler of undercover Commander Raffaela Musiker as she investigated on M'talas Prime about the theft of a dangerous device from Daystrom Institute . After terrorists used the device on a Starfleet recruitment building, Worf ordered his agent to stand down after their failure. However, after Musiker disobeyed and continued her investigation, Worf had to rescue his agent from Sneed , a Ferengi information broker . After killing Sneed and his guards to save her life, Worf picked up Musiker and carried her out. ( PIC : " Disengage ", " Imposters ")

Worf informed Musiker that he was her handler and that he was working with Starfleet. Worf allowed Musiker to continue working with him in figuring out who carried the attack on the Recruitment building. Worf and Musiker were able to discover that Titus Rikka was the bomber. During his and Musiker's interrogation aboard SS La Sirena , Worf discovered that Rikka was a changeling due to his regeneration cycle. After killing Rikka, Worf told Musiker what Odo told him about a group of rogue changelings that broke off from the Great Link following the Dominion War. Worf believed they were the ones who stole the Quantum tunneling technology from Daystrom Station . ( PIC : " Seventeen Seconds ")

Worf and Musiker confronted Sneed's "brother", Krinn of the V'Lashi crime syndicate . At first, Krinn forced Worf and Musiker to fight each other. ( PIC : " Imposters ")

Worf later rescued William T. Riker and Deanna Troi from the Shrike and helped Musiker take down the Changelings on the USS Titan -A . ( PIC : " Surrender ")

When the Borg compromised Starfleet, Worf and the rest of the Enterprise 's old command crew managed to escape from the Titan -A as it was taken over. Commodore Geordi La Forge led them to the Fleet Museum where he had spent twenty years rebuilding the USS Enterprise -D which would be unaffected by the Borg takeover. La Forge made a pointed reference to Worf being responsible for them being unable to use the USS Enterprise -E instead, but Worf insisted that he was not responsible for the fate of that ship, although he admitted a preference for the E's weapons over the D's . Worf resumed his old post on the Enterprise bridge, noting that although the weapons systems were online, they were limited. ( PIC : " Võx ")

He would ultimately join Jean-Luc Picard and William Riker in boarding the Borg Queen's cube over Jupiter in order to both rescue Jack Crusher and find the location of the Borg beam emitter . While fighting a few surviving Borg drones, Worf gave Riker his kur'leth which Riker dropped due to how heavy it was. Worf revealed to his old friend that he secretly kept a phaser in the handle, but Worf preferred the blade as "swords are fun." After the destruction of the cube, Worf fell asleep on the Enterprise almost immediately due to how exhausted he was. ( PIC : " The Last Generation ")

Following the destruction of the Borg, Worf secretly leaked Musiker's heroics to her family in order to help her reconcile with them. Worf urged his friend to be happy with her family and Musiker told Worf to continue to be a warrior for peace. ( PIC : " The Last Generation ")

A year later , Worf joined the rest of the Enterprise command crew in celebrating at 10 Forward Avenue and playing poker together. ( PIC : " The Last Generation ")

Personality [ ]

Worf's intense desire to become a part of his lost culture was matched by enduring loyalty to the world that adopted him in his darkest hour. Those impulses forged a character of indomitable courage and integrity, uncompromising idealism, and a more-Klingon-than-Klingon facade that was occasionally lifted to reveal romanticism, gentleness, and humor. With his limited contact with his own people, Worf subscribed to an idealized version of Klingon culture, which the real thing sometimes failed to live up to, particularly in the area of politics.

While coming from a species frequently regarded as aggressive and enthusiastically boisterous, Worf often gave the first impression of being a rather dour and reserved, though surly and even vaguely threatening, individual. Beverly Crusher described Worf as a tall Klingon who rarely smiled. Likewise, Jadzia Dax referred to Worf as a man difficult to get along with, but she did see him as a good person. Jadzia admitted that whenever it came to Klingon culture, Worf would always get misty-eyed with sentiment. ( TNG : " Remember Me "; DS9 : " Children of Time ", " You Are Cordially Invited ")

Worf's conservative nature and respect for tradition occasionally brought him down on the side of issues that conflicted with the views of his friends. Antipathy for his species' historical enemy made him refuse to donate tissue from his body that may have saved a dying Romulan officer in 2366 . He helped Rear Admiral Norah Satie uncover treason among the crew of the Enterprise -D in 2367 , leading to unfounded accusations against Captain Picard and crewman Simon Tarses . After the witch-hunt was stopped, Worf apologized for the trouble he helped cause, but Picard commended his vigilance, reminding him of the difficulty of spotting a villain who operates with such subtlety. During what should have been a romantic vacation on the pleasure world of Risa , Worf temporarily joined Pascal Fullerton 's New Essentialists Movement , helping them to sabotage Risa's weather control system . ( TNG : " The Enemy ", " The Drumhead "; DS9 : " Let He Who Is Without Sin... ")

Worf's reputation for a lack of humor inspired regular teasing from those close enough to get away with it, like Riker, or too powerful to care, like Q. It pleased Martok and Jadzia Dax to no end whenever they could squeeze a joke from the tight-lipped Klingon. Worf denied his lack of humor to Jadzia once, claiming that he was quite amusing on the Enterprise -D, causing her to theorize that " it must have been one dull ship. " ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ", " Change of Heart ") Lwaxana Troi occasionally called Worf "Mister Woof", initially by mistake. Worf did not appreciate the misnomer. ( TNG : " Half a Life ", " Cost Of Living ", " Dark Page ")

Although shy about it, Worf enjoyed singing Klingon operas. While at a bar on Qualor II in 2368 , Worf requested that Amarie play Aktuh and Maylota and briefly graced the patrons with his baritone voice. He was stranded for some time in an escape pod in 2375, and passed the time taking advantage of the favorable acoustics. Though he initially denied the private performance, Ezri Dax guessed that he had been singing Shevok'tah gish . Chagrined, he admitted to actually singing Gav'ot toH'va , a piece with rather ambitious solos. ( TNG : " Unification II "; DS9 : " Penumbra ")

The combination of his Human upbringing and Klingon taste buds made for an unusual palate. Among traditional Klingon foods like live gagh for breakfast, he loved his adoptive mother's rokeg blood pie that she learned how to prepare just for him. ( TNG : " Family ") Guinan introduced Worf to prune juice , a treat that he relied on with regularity for satisfaction, which he referred to as a "warrior's drink". ( TNG : " Yesterday's Enterprise ") Riker once prepared scrambled 'Owon eggs for friends in his quarters, and while the Humans (including Riker) regarded the result as tasting terrible, Worf (after a careful sniff) ate his with gusto, simply remarking "delicious". ( TNG : " Time Squared ") He also held this opinion of a pasta al fiorella from DS9's replimat , which Geordi La Forge considered to taste like liquid polymer . ( TNG : " Birthright, Part I ") He did not react well to Romulan ale , and agreed with its prohibition. ( DS9 : " Inquisition "; TNG : " Parallels "; Star Trek Nemesis )

Physicality [ ]

Worf was an admirer of Natasha Yar and her martial arts skills, and joined her on the ship's parrises squares team. Three days before she died, Worf placed a wager that Yar would be victorious in an upcoming martial arts competition. ( TNG : " 11001001 ", " Skin Of Evil ")

Worf ran regular Mok'bara classes during his time on the Enterprise -D, of which Deanna Troi and Dr. Crusher became regular students. Worf ran several classes of varying difficulties, such as the beginning and advanced levels. ( TNG : " Clues ", " Birthright, Part I ", " Birthright, Part II ")

Worf's scent was described as earthy and peaty, with a touch of lilac (although the tone of this comment implied that it was more of a joke). ( DS9 : " Trials and Tribble-ations ")

As a warrior [ ]

Worf was a proven expert with both the bat'leth and his favored weapon, the mek'leth . He won a bat'leth tournament on Forcas III just before his birthday in 2370 . Worf also defeated and killed both Duras and later Gowron in honorable combat. Both men were at one time considered to be the most prominent warriors in the Empire, capable of defending the position of chancellor in a duel. Worf's skills as a warrior ushered in two successive Klingon rulers – Gowron, in 2367 , and Martok, in 2375 . ( Star Trek: First Contact ; TNG : " Reunion "; DS9 : " To the Death ", " Tacking Into the Wind ") While teaching his moves to his young son, Alexander, he described the bat'leth as an extension of one's body. ( TNG : " Reunion ", " Parallels ")

Worf's weapon skills were not simply restricted to regimented form, and he was able to adapt to unexpected conditions. When one side of the bat'leth he was using was shattered in his last duel with Gowron, he quickly chose the tip sections of the sundered side and used them like knives. Although Gowron was able to slowly force his opponent back, Worf still successfully blocked all the strikes of Gowron's bat'leth with his knives and killed him shortly after. ( DS9 : " Tacking Into the Wind ")

In 2366 , the fugitive Roga Danar escaped the brig of the Enterprise -D to return to Lunar V . Worf led the security staff in an attempt to recapture Roga, who managed to evade phaser explosions, transporter locks, decompressions and force fields to reach the shuttlebay . Worf fought hand-to-hand with the fugitive, but the Angosian 's genetic enhancements proved too powerful for him. ( TNG : " The Hunted ")

Worf's unarmed combat skills progressed to the point that, while being held in a Dominion prison camp, he defeated twelve consecutive Jem'Hadar soldiers in honorable combat, and forced the thirteenth, an Honored Elder , to yield in deference to his courage, the Jem'Hadar recognizing that he could only kill Worf rather than defeat him as Worf refused to give in to his opponent. Martok promised that, when they returned to the Empire, he would seek out Keedera himself, so a song would be written about Worf's accomplishment. ( DS9 : " By Inferno's Light ")

Worf was considered to be a warrior of great renown. Advocate Ch'Pok referred to Worf as "a famed Klingon warrior." ( DS9 : " Rules of Engagement ") Tumek recognized Worf by his Starfleet uniform alone. ( DS9 : " Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places ") General Martok knew of him by name, when Worf introduced himself in Internment Camp 371 . ( DS9 : " In Purgatory's Shadow ") His prowess as a warrior was respected enough that Klingon Chancellor Gowron diverted his entire fleet to Deep Space 9 to offer Worf a post at his right hand during the invasion of Cardassia. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

Ailments and injuries [ ]

Beverly Crusher operates on Worf, 2364

Beverly Crusher operates on Worf in 2364

Worf tended to get sick to his stomach when he was in zero gravity. ( Star Trek: First Contact )

During a diplomatic mission to convey delegates from the Beta Renner system to Parliament , Worf was temporarily possessed by an energy being, displaced from its natural environment by the passing of the Enterprise -D. The being passed on to Beverly Crusher and, eventually, to Captain Picard, before the incident was resolved. ( TNG : " Lonely Among Us ")

Worf's death in Q's reality

Worf getting killed in 2364

Later in 2364, after Q transported the Enterprise crew down to the surface of an unknown planetoid (which was possibly created by Q), Worf and his shipmates were attacked by a group of musket -wielding aliens wearing 18th century French army uniforms. Unarmed, Worf charged the aliens and defeated some of them but was eventually stabbed in the abdomen with a bayonet by one of the aliens and died moments later, only to be revived by Riker, who was temporarily in possession of Q powers. ( TNG : " Hide And Q ")

Two years later , the Enterprise picked up a Zalkonian in the final stages of an evolutionary change. Since he had suffered memory loss, the crew simply referred to him as John Doe . When Worf tried to stop him from stealing a shuttlecraft , John Doe emanated an energy bolt in self-defense. Unfortunately, that bolt proved to be fatal to Worf, who was then declared dead by the medical crew. However, John Doe's strange transformations allowed him to heal Worf's injury and restore his life. ( TNG : " Transfigurations ")

Worf never really liked doctors ("any doctors"); however, there was one doctor that earned Worf's respect more than any other. In 2365 , Dr. Katherine Pulaski discovered Worf suffered from rop'ngor , normally a childhood disease, and protected his dignity by keeping his illness secret. In gratitude, Worf invited Pulaski to participate in a Klingon tea ceremony , where he beguiled her with Klingon love poetry . ( TNG : " Up The Long Ladder "; DS9 : " Doctor Bashir, I Presume ")

Once, while checking cargo containers, a large one fell on Worf, injuring his back and leaving him paralyzed. Unwilling to continue living as a paralyzed Klingon, Worf asked Riker to perform the hegh'bat . However, Riker refused to aid such a ritual, quoting, " That right falls to the eldest son. " Opposition from Riker, Troi, and Dr. Crusher, in addition to Alexander's lack of knowledge of Klingon culture, led Worf to change his mind. He permitted Dr. Toby Russell to perform a dangerous and experimental procedure to replace his spinal column . The surgery was a failure, and Worf was declared dead. Due to the redundancies of Klingon physiology , where every organ in the Klingon body had a backup organ that activated whenever damage occurred to the first, his internal backups were initiated and Worf woke up. It took time, but with the help of his son and Troi, Worf made a full recovery. ( TNG : " Ethics ")

Worf was apparently allergic to cats , as was evidenced in 2370 , when – following Lieutenant Commander Data asking him to temporarily care for his cat, Spot – Worf sneezed loudly while carrying her out of Data's quarters. The incident startled Spot. ( TNG : " Phantasms ")

While the Enterprise was upgrading its sensor array , Worf, along with Riker, Kaminer , Edward Hagler , Sariel Rager , and La Forge, was abducted by mysterious solanogen-based lifeforms for strange experiments. Since they were abducted in their sleep, many began to experience afterimages of the aliens ' tests. Worf experienced one such flashback when he went to get his hair cut by Mot . When he saw the scissors Mot would be using, it reminded him of the blade used to probe him. In order to discover the location of the aliens, Worf suggested planting a homing device on Riker, so that when his next abduction came, they could locate him and the aliens. ( TNG : " Schisms ")

Worf de-evolved

Worf suffering from Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome

Later that year, when the Enterprise became affected by Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome , Worf was one of the first crew members to devolve. He de-evolved into a Klingon prehistoric venomous predator, and after he sprayed Beverly Crusher with venom , he went on a rampage and terrorized the entire ship, killed Ensign Dern , and tried to mate with Deanna Troi, who had devolved into an amphibian creature. ( TNG : " Genesis ")

While the rest of the Enterprise -E crew enjoyed the age-reversing qualities of exposure to metaphasic radiation on the planet of the Ba'ku, Worf suffered the indignity of an affliction normally suffered by Klingons half his age, a gorch . ( Star Trek: Insurrection )

K'Ehleyr [ ]

Klingon foreplay

Worf and K'Ehleyr embrace

Worf dated K'Ehleyr, a Human-Klingon woman, while he attended Starfleet Academy, but the relationship at the time ended acrimoniously. In 2365 , while K'Ehleyr served as a Klingon emissary , she had to board the Enterprise -D to deal with a Klingon sleeper ship from the 23rd century. The two briefly rekindled their relationship when a joint holodeck training exercise led to a Klingon mating ritual. Worf, at the time, insisted that they take the oath of marriage afterward, but K'Ehleyr refused, stating, " Don't give me any of that Klingon nonsense . " K'Ehleyr paid no heed to Klingon tradition, as she felt that she had inherited the worst traits of her respective parents' races (her Human mother's sense of humor, and her Klingon father's temper). They parted afterward, resolving their feelings before her departure from the Enterprise -D. ( TNG : " The Emissary ")

Unbeknownst to Worf, however, the mating ritual led to K'Ehleyr becoming pregnant with their child. K'Ehleyr returned to the Enterprise -D in 2367 to participate in the succession of Chancellor K'mpec, and took the opportunity to introduce their son, Alexander, to Worf for the first time. In the intervening years, she found she needed Worf after all, and wanted to finish the mating ritual. This time, Worf backed off, unwilling to permit his intervening discommendation to discredit either K'Ehleyr or Alexander. Worf's refusal to detail the nature of his discommendation prompted K'Ehleyr to start her own investigation, an action that triggered the attention of Duras and her subsequent murder. Worf and Alexander found K'Ehleyr dying from multiple stab wounds. Her whisper confirmed the identity of her killer, and she brought Alexander's small hand to his father's as she died.

Worf performed the Klingon death ritual and consoled his son in Klingon fashion before he abandoned the symbols of Starfleet and Empire. With only his bat'leth , he boarded Duras' ship, the IKS Vorn , claiming the Right of Vengeance under Klingon law. After the first blows were exchanged, Duras reminded Worf the cost of victory – Duras' death meant Worf's family name may never be cleared. Worf's family name suddenly meant little against the memory of K'Ehleyr, and he answered, " Then that is how it shall be! " and left Duras' corpse on the deck. ( TNG : " Reunion ")

Alexander [ ]

Worf and Alexander image

Father and son in 2372

Worf was unaware of Alexander's existence for the first years of the boy's life, until K'Ehleyr introduced their child in 2367 . Under the Empire's discommendation at the time, Worf hesitated to acknowledge his son and thus perpetuate dishonor into the next generation of the House of Mogh. As K'Ehleyr lay dying from the stabs of Duras, her last act was to bring the pair together. Worf raged the Klingon death ritual, terrifying his son, but he brought Alexander to his mother for the last time, telling him, " You have never seen death… then look – and always remember. " After avenging K'Ehleyr's death, Worf confirmed to Alexander that indeed he was his father (see also: K'Ehleyr ). ( TNG : " Reunion ")

K'Ehleyr held little regard for Klingon traditions, let alone indoctrination, conflicting with Worf's theories of Klingon child-raising. Despite trying to teach Alexander about the Klingon artifacts located in his quarters (including a bat'leth ), Alexander seemed to show no interest. After K'Ehleyr's death, Alexander was sent to live with his grandparents, but the Rozhenkos found that raising a Klingon child was now more than they could handle, in advancing years. Helena returned the boy within a year to be with Worf. Lwaxana Troi's influence added to Worf's headaches, but father and son settled into a home life aboard the Enterprise -D. ( TNG : " New Ground ", " Cost Of Living ")

Worf and Alexander played sheriff and deputy pursuing a dangerous criminal in an Ancient West themed holodeck program . One of Data's experiments accidentally turned all the holodeck characters into manifestations of Data (which also had all his physical capabilities), and disabled the holodeck safety protocols . With Alexander kidnapped, Worf arranged for his return by agreeing to a duel with the villain in the town square. Worf managed to survive by manufacturing a makeshift force field. ( TNG : " A Fistful of Datas ")

When Alexander was approaching his first Age of Ascension, Worf was appalled to discover that Alexander did not want to become a warrior. An encounter with K'mtar (a future Alexander from an alternate timeline) forced Worf to let Alexander follow his destiny. ( TNG : " Firstborn ")

Once the Enterprise -D was destroyed, Alexander was sent back to his grandparents. While he was growing up, Alexander decided he wanted to join the Klingon Defense Forces after all, eventually ending up on the Rotarran , Martok's ship. When reporting for duty, he referred to himself as Alexander Rozhenko instead of the son of Worf. A confused Martok asked what this house of Rozhenko was, to which Worf replied that Alexander was his son. Martok and Worf became concerned when Alexander was not fraternizing well with his Klingon comrades. Worf interrupted a fight between Alexander and Ch'Targh , when Alexander was on the verge of losing. Alexander revealed that he hated feeling like the unwanted son that Worf would rather get rid of. Worf tried to explain that the Jem'Hadar would not go easy on him, and that if he didn't learn how to fight quickly, they would kill him. After Alexander mistook a battle simulation as the real thing, the crew accepted him as the ship's fool. However, in the real battle, he successfully sealed a leaking plasma impulse injector. After this victory, Martok and Worf deemed him worthy of joining the House of Martok. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ", " Sons and Daughters ")

When Alexander revealed that he was transferring to the IKS Ya'Vang , Jadzia Dax decided to push forward her wedding ceremony to before he left, so that he could serve as Worf's Tawi'Yan . With the date moved up, Alexander was allowed to participate in Worf's Kal'Hyah ceremony (a Klingon bachelor party ), along with Sisko, Martok, Bashir, and O'Brien. Despite being a Klingon, Alexander struggled through the ceremony almost as much as Bashir and O'Brien. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ")

Jeremy Aster [ ]

In 2366, Worf performed the R'uustai ceremony with Jeremy Aster , admitting him into the House of Mogh, after Jeremy's mother was killed on an away mission which he led. ( TNG : " The Bonding ")

Jadzia Dax [ ]

Jadzia Dax was Worf's second mate, and the first woman he ceremonially took as his wife. The two became good friends because of Curzon 's understanding and interest in Klingon culture. When they first met at Quark's Bar, he instantly recognized the station's science officer as the new host of Curzon, a name honored amongst Klingons, to which Jadzia responded (in Klingon) that she was more attractive than Curzon had been. Worf, however, was distracted by Drex attempting to stir up trouble in the bar. When Worf managed to stop Drex and take his dagger, Dax said in amazement, " He's good. "

Jadzia gave Worf a copy of her calisthenics program, which Worf mistook for Curzon's program. At this, Jadzia challenged Worf to a bat'leth match, which Jadzia lost. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

When Worf moved his quarters to the Defiant , Jadzia gave him her collection of Klingon operas, and suggested that he play them through the Defiant 's communications systems. Worf accepted them as a thoughtful gift, especially after Nog re-tuned and remastered them. ( DS9 : " Bar Association ", " In the Cards ")

Worf became romantically involved with Jadzia Dax in early 2373. It started when Quark's former wife, Grilka , came aboard the station. When Worf developed an instant crush on Grilka, he couldn't fathom how she could have married a Ferengi. Jadzia's explanation of the full story merely exacerbated Worf's confusion. ( DS9 : " The House of Quark ") In order to win her heart, Worf decided to perform deeds that were overtly Klingon, such as throwing Morn off his stool, demanding bloodwine , and insulting Grilka's bodyguard, Thopok . However, since Mogh's family honor had been disgraced, Grilka could not possibly mate with Worf.

Dejected, Worf chose to help Quark win Grilka's heart, with advice from Jadzia. By controlling Quark's movements using a remote control device, he helped Quark defeat Thopok and win the heart of Grilka. Then Jadzia jumped on Worf and the pair had their own mating ritual. As required by tradition, Worf demanded that Jadzia marry him, but Jadzia understood that Worf was not a traditional man, and they agreed to a more gradual exploration of their relationship. ( DS9 : " Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places ")

The romance had a rocky start. In their first holiday together (on Risa ), Worf grew immediately jealous of Arandis , the chief facilitator at the resort planet and Curzon's former lover. Even though Jadzia explained that she had moved on, long ago, Worf remained suspicious. However, after a heart-to-heart talk with him, Jadzia helped Worf get over his jealousy. ( DS9 : " Let He Who Is Without Sin... ")

When Dax found out from Sisko that Worf was to accompany Elim Garak on a suicide mission to find Enabran Tain , she took back her Klingon operas, which motivated Worf to survive his mission to the Gamma Quadrant with an embrace. ( DS9 : " In Purgatory's Shadow ")

Worf and Dax's wedding

Worf and Jadzia Dax's wedding

When war broke out between the Federation and Dominion in late 2373, Worf and Jadzia were separated when they were reassigned. Dax was given command of the Defiant , while Worf was assigned to a Klingon ship. Jadzia vowed that, when DS9 was retaken and they had returned to their former positions, she would decide to wed Worf. This spurred Worf on, through the early days of the Dominion war. While all of Starfleet was grim from the news that the Seventh Fleet had been defeated at the Tyra system , Worf could only think of one thing: the fact that the ritual targ sacrifice was to take place after the wedding ceremony, whereas tradition dictated that it take place before. He had been bugging Martok about it, ever since they left Deep Space 9. He was, however, concerned for Dax's safety after her symbiont was injured, when she bore the brunt of an explosion near an M-class planet in a dark matter nebula . When she was rescued by the Rotarran , Worf was relieved to see that she recovered from the injuries. ( DS9 : " Call to Arms ", " A Time to Stand ", " Rocks and Shoals ", " Sons and Daughters ")

Following the successful Operation Return in early 2374 , Dax decided to marry Worf within the week. All she had to do was appease Lady Sirella , mistress of the House of Martok, for the two to wed. This proved more difficult than expected, since Sirella, not wanting aliens to pollute her house, opposed the marriage. When Dax refused to stop a party, an enraged Sirella screamed that there would be no Klingon wedding. When Dax asked for a Bajoran-style wedding led by Sisko, a quivering Worf decided to call the whole thing off. After some fence-mending by Sisko, Dax, and Worf eventually resumed the wedding, and the pair married in Quark's Bar. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ") Later on, after Jadzia lost a game of tongo to Quark, Worf – who had also lost a bet on that game to Miles O'Brien – told Jadzia that he would rather lose a bet on her than win one on someone else. Jadzia felt that was one of the most romantic things Worf had ever said to her. ( DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

The marriage proved strong. When Lasaran , a Cardassian defector, contacted Starfleet Intelligence in 2374, Worf and Jadzia were ordered to rendezvous with him and return him safely to Federation space. During the mission, Jadzia was seriously wounded by a Jem'Hadar energy weapon. The anticoagulant properties of the weapon put Jadzia's life in danger and Worf abandoned Lasaran in order to save her. The action caused Worf to receive a reprimand, and Captain Sisko believed it would prevent him from ever receiving his own command, but Worf stated he had no regrets. ( DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

Jadzia Dax dead

Worf mourns Jadzia

By late 2374, Jadzia and Worf had decided to attempt parenthood, despite the extreme difficulties posed by the disparate biologies of Trill and Klingons. Worf had already proven his ability in fatherhood by babysitting the O'Briens' son, Kirayoshi , and with the help of Bashir, Jadzia and Worf could attempt to conceive. In thanks, she visited the Bajoran temple on the Promenade , where she was attacked and killed by Gul Dukat, who was possessed by a Pah-wraith and was attempting to destroy the Orb kept in the temple. ( DS9 : " Time's Orphan ", " Tears of the Prophets ")

In 2375, Worf led a mission to destroy a Dominion shipyard. He dedicated this mission to his late wife, in order to ease her entrance into Sto-vo-kor . ( DS9 : " Shadows and Symbols ")

Sons of Mogh

The sons of Mogh: Kurn and Worf

In the Enterprise 's second Officer Exchange Program , Worf was reunited with his brother Kurn, whom he had not seen since he first left his homeworld as a child. Kurn used the exchange program as pretense to reunite with Worf, and to inform Worf that his honor was put into question because the Klingon Empire announced that their father had betrayed the Klingons at the Khitomer colony by giving the Romulans strategic information. When Worf challenged this ruling, Kurn was also present. When Worf decided to accept the dishonor (to prevent civil war), it was also decided to keep Kurn's bloodline secret to protect his honor. ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ")

When Gowron ascended to Chancellor after the Klingon Civil War and restored the honor of the House of Mogh, Kurn gained a seat in the High Council. For a time, it seemed that the House of Mogh would thrive and could even one day inherit the Chancellorship, but then Worf condemned the Klingon invasion of Cardassia.

An enraged Gowron had the House of Mogh stripped of its honor and had Kurn thrown off the High Council and continued on the course for war without Worf's help. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

Four months after Kurn lost his seat on the Klingon High Council, he arrived at DS9 seeking help from his brother to perform the Mauk-to'Vor ritual. He felt that the ritual, which involved Worf killing him, was the only way to restore his honor. After receiving orders from Sisko not to carry out the honor killing, Worf arranged for his brother to have cosmetic surgery and his memory wiped so he could start a new life with no ties to the House of Mogh. ( DS9 : " Sons of Mogh ")

Nikolai Rozhenko [ ]

Nikolai Rozhenko

Nikolai Rozhenko

Worf had a contentious relationship with his elder foster-brother, Nikolai. Cavalier, inspired, and rebellious, Nikolai's antics – and the pains he caused in their mother – invoked the ire of his dutiful, honor-conscious brother. Nikolai thought of Worf as a perfectionist, and resented him never being wild or disobedient. But the sibling tensions between the two seemed to be of a commonplace, Human variety. Later in life, reflecting on their childhood together, neither man made note of their genetic differences as a source of their friction. When asked if he and Nikolai were close, Worf considered, and merely said, " We are… brothers, " Nikolai later automatically introducing Worf as his brother to a group of Boraalans when he could have just as easily introduced Worf to them as a friend. Reflecting on his brother, Worf also noted that Nikolai had many fine qualities despite their disagreements, acknowledging that his brother was " brilliant, persuasive… a natural leader, " despite his inability to follow the rules. ( TNG : " Homeward ")

When making contact with Nikolai at the Boraalan homeworld , Worf (disguised as a Boraalan) was shocked to discover his foster brother had violated the Prime Directive . Worf, who was a firm believer in the Prime Directive, ( TNG : " Pen Pals ") discovered that Nikolai had become much more involved with the Boraalans than necessary. Nikolai conceived a child with a Boraalan female, Dobara , and became very protective of the Boraalans in her village. Although his actions saved the Boraalan race (whose homeworld had been rendered uninhabitable by atmospheric dissipation ), it took the holodecks of the Enterprise and vast amounts of power to keep them from finding out. While the Enterprise shipped the villagers to their new home on Vacca VI , Worf and Nikolai navigated them through an ever-changing holographic landscape (subtly altered, so it ended up resembling their new home). As the power started running out, the holodeck was beginning to have trouble maintaining cohesion, and parts of the holodeck started manifesting itself. Worf calmed the villagers, claiming the images to be the sign of La Forge . They reached the new home just as the holographic simulations ran out of power and ended. On parting, Worf informed Nikolai that he would tell their mother that Nikolai was happy. ( TNG : " Homeward ")

Worf meets Martok

Worf and the real Martok meet for the first time

Worf always had high respect for Martok, even when he was replaced by a Changeling. In 2373, Worf found the real General Martok in Dominion Internment Camp 371. Martok was forced to face the Jem'Hadar in daily fighting contests (one of which led to the loss of one of his eyes), until Worf replaced him. The way Worf won each battle so impressed Martok that he felt his actions were worthy of song. Having been healed by Bashir, and trained by Martok, who was at ringside for each of his contests, Worf defeated all the Jem'Hadar guards, so the Jem'Hadar First, Ikat'ika, presented himself as Worf's next challenge. Worf, already badly injured by previous fights, was losing and was about to let Ikat'ika kill him, when he experienced a moment of tova'dok with Martok. Worf stood back up one more time, refusing to yield to Ikat'ika. It was then that Ikat'ika realized that he could not defeat his opponent, only kill him, something which "no longer held his interest." Ikat'ika himself yielded the match. Deyos , the leading Vorta officer of the facility, had Ikat'ika executed for refusing to kill Worf. It was at that moment that Garak had finished the transmitter and all the prisoners escaped back to Deep Space 9.

With approval from Worf, Sisko, and Gowron, Martok was honored by being made commander of the detachment of Klingon soldiers assigned to the station. ( DS9 : " In Purgatory's Shadow ", " By Inferno's Light ")

Later, Worf convinced Sisko to release Martok after he threw K'retok off the Promenade, claiming it was a disciplinary measure, and that K'retok was not injured. ( DS9 : " Ferengi Love Songs ")

Worf & martok-solders of the empire

Worf and Martok: Brothers of a Great House

Martok was given command of the IKS Rotarran and requested Worf to be first officer, with Jadzia Dax as the science officer. His first mission was to locate the missing cruiser IKS B'Moth . A string of defeats against the Jem'Hadar had sapped the morale of the Rotarran 's crew, to the point where dishonorable conduct and dereliction of duty were commonplace. When Martok refused to engage the Jem'Hadar, the crew of the Rotarran decided to mutiny , and Worf challenged Martok himself, accusing him of being a coward. Although it was obvious, from the start, that Martok was no match for Worf, Martok's confidence and tenacity intensified during the fight. Realizing this, Worf subtly let his guard down and allowed Martok to win the fight, severely injuring Worf and retaining command of the Rotarran while restoring the crew's loyalty. This lead to the Rotarran 's first victory over the Jem'Hadar, and the rescue of the B'Moth . Rather than punish Worf for mutiny, Martok thanked him for reminding him of his duty as a soldier of the Empire, and offered Worf a place in his House as a "brother". Together, the "brothers" turned a low-morale vessel that was on the brink of mutiny into the Klingon Empire's most distinguished ship. ( DS9 : " Soldiers of the Empire ")

Worf, Alexander Rozhenko, Jadzia (and after her death, Ezri Dax) were all adopted into the House of Martok . Driven to the brink of madness by Worf's single-mindedness and longing for Dax, Martok could not be more pleased that the wedding to Jadzia was going ahead. He participated in Worf's Kal'Hyah ceremony (one of the few participants who had an easy time), and when Worf got cold feet, he convinced Worf to put the wedding back on track. After Jadzia died, Worf became concerned that her death had not been sufficiently honorable for her to enter Sto-vo-kor , needing to win a glorious battle in her name for her to do so. After Chief O'Brien got the truth out of Worf over bloodwine, he passed this on to General Martok, who gave Worf such a mission – destroy the Dominion shipyards of Monac IV. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ", " Image in the Sand ", " Shadows and Symbols ")

In late 2375, Worf was instrumental in bringing Martok to power as chancellor when he challenged the authority of then-chancellor Gowron. Upon killing Gowron in battle, Worf ceded his new position as chancellor to Martok. ( DS9 : " Soldiers of the Empire ", " Sons and Daughters ", " Tacking Into the Wind ")

Worf was still a member of Martok's house in 2401 . ( PIC : " The Last Generation ")

Friendships [ ]

The crew of the enterprise [ ].

In the holographic message Natasha Yar composed before her death, she noted her commonality with Worf, as orphaned warriors, and called him a kindred spirit. When Worf assumed Yar's duties after her death, he promised to uphold her example. Worf also seemed protective of Tasha. As seen when he defended her from a female Klingon that Q summoned. ( TNG : " Skin Of Evil ")

Age of ascension pain sticks

What friends are for

Though Worf was beginning to feel the Enterprise -D was becoming a true home, there came a point in 2365 when the isolation from his native society could not be ignored. Wesley Crusher 's brush with a cranky Klingon inspired him to investigate, and discovered the cause of Worf's discontent. In a holodeck re-creation of a Klingon Rite of Ascension chamber, his loyal friends gathered to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his Age of Ascension and witnessed Worf endure the traditional gauntlet of painstiks . They had never seen him happier. ( TNG : " The Icarus Factor ")

Worf became a fixture at the senior officer's weekly poker games, where he liked to give the impression he took the game as seriously as combat. The "Iceman", as Riker sometimes called him, relished exorbitant bets and insisted that Klingons never bluffed (an assertion later proven false). In one game, he was prepared to wager his goatee against Beverly Crusher's hair color. ( TNG : " The Emissary ", " The Quality of Life ")

Guinan once asked Worf why he always sat alone. Worf looked at her with vague irritation and replied that he required a Klingon woman for companionship, since "Earth females are too fragile." Despite Guinan's claim she knew one or two women on board who might find him a bit tame, an amused Worf refuted this as "impossible". ( TNG : " Yesterday's Enterprise ")

Arctus Baran 's capture of Picard and Riker left Data in temporary command of the Enterprise -D for a period in 2370 . Worf's evident dissatisfaction with Data's command decisions quickly grew into open criticism – improper conduct from an acting first officer. Data was forced to privately chastise Worf for his behavior, and quickly added his regrets if the confrontation ended their friendship. Chagrined, Worf acknowledged his errors and admitted that, if their friendship had been threatened, it was his blame alone. ( TNG : " Gambit, Part II ")

He took the disgraced Ensign Sito under his wing, helped her regain an exemplary service record (after her involvement with the Nova Squadron crash, two years previous), and got her recruited for a dangerous mission to Cardassia Prime , a mission she never returned from. Upon hearing this, Worf joined her friends for a drink at Ten Forward. ( TNG : " The First Duty ", " Lower Decks ")

Jean-Luc Picard [ ]

Worf and Picard reconcile

Worf and Picard aboard the Enterprise -E in 2373

In the 2366 incident of Galorndon Core , the Enterprise rescued a fatally injured Romulan soldier named Patahk . Dr. Crusher discovered that he had cell damage to several vital areas that required a transfusion of compatible ribosomes and only Worf could provide the cells. Due to memories of the Khitomer incident and his distrust in Romulans, Worf refused to donate his blood. Patahk mutually agreed with Worf's decision, saying he would rather die than have his "cells polluted with Klingon filth". Picard tried to make Worf reconsider, asking (and soon begging) him for a favor as a friend, not as his commanding officer. Since it was not an order, Worf stuck with his decision not to donate blood and Picard respected his choice. Patahk died soon afterward. ( TNG : " The Enemy ")

When Picard was taken prisoner and replaced by a duplicate, the crew discovered the impostor from his differing behavior. Worf was one of the officers who mutinied against the impostor to side with Riker. When the real Picard returned to the Enterprise , he only needed one glance to Worf for him to initiate a series of events that culminated in Worf trapping the aliens. ( TNG : " Allegiance ")

When the honor of Mogh was called into question over the Khitomer incident, and Kurn could not serve as cha'DIch , Worf chose Picard to act as his cha'DIch . Picard accepted, and successfully uncovered the truth about the Khitomer massacre. The truth led to Worf and Picard's contempt for the House of Duras, who were the real traitors. ( TNG : " Sins of The Father ")

Picard's successful tenure as Arbiter of Succession to the Klingon Empire gave Worf added respect for Picard. Despite Worf having killed Duras, going against the Federation charter and Prime Directive, Picard forgave Worf for the incident, although he issued his security chief a reprimand. ( TNG : " Reunion ")

When the Enterprise -E was taken over by the Borg and Picard opposed the recommendation to abandon ship, Worf was labeled a coward by Picard, saying " You want to blow up the ship – and run away – you COWARD! " To this, Worf responded, " If you were any other man, I would kill you where you stand! " implying great admiration. Picard later admitted that Worf was the "bravest man" he had ever known and they both shook hands in camaraderie. ( Star Trek: First Contact )

Guinan beats Worf at phaser range

Guinan and Worf compete on the phaser range

Worf met Guinan when she first came aboard the Enterprise . Guinan introduced Worf to what became his favorite drink, prune juice. As Guinan sat down at his table, she asked why Worf always sat alone. Worf looked at her with vague irritation as the conversation was venturing into areas he'd rather avoid. Worf replied he required a Klingon woman for companionship, as Human females were too fragile. Despite Guinan's claim she knew one or two women on board who may have found him a bit tame, a very amused Worf refuted this as "impossible." ( TNG : " Yesterday's Enterprise ")

When Worf's parents visited the Enterprise , Guinan consoled their fears about making Worf uncomfortable with their presence by telling them that, when people came to Ten Forward to look for their home star, Worf always looked for Earth rather than Qo'noS, reflecting their powerful role in his life. ( TNG : " Family ")

Guinan and Worf competed with each other in the phaser range . During the 2367 Klingon civil war, Guinan asked Worf about how his son, Alexander, was doing. Worf replied he was having difficulties adjusting to life on Earth, to which Guinan responded the time would come when Alexander found out what it really meant to be Klingon, just as the time had now come for Worf. ( TNG : " Redemption ")

William Riker [ ]

Worf asks Riker to help him die

Worf asking Riker to assist him in performing ritual suicide

William Riker, a jovial and amiable man in general, got along well with Worf. In some instances, he managed to bring out eruptions of emotion that his stoic lieutenant strove to keep in reserve. When Riker was heady with the powers of the Q, he eagerly tried to share the experience with otherwise impossible gifts for his friends. He noted Worf's isolation from his native culture, and with the best of intentions, he gave Worf an aggressively lustful Klingon female. Enraged and embarrassed, Worf refused the woman, admitting that the world she represented was alien to him and he had no place for such a "gift" in his life at the time. ( TNG : " Hide And Q ")

As a vital, athletic man who participated in dangerous sports like parrises squares and anbo-jytsu , Riker might have liked to think he could keep up with a younger Klingon, and joined Worf in his brutally violent Klingon calisthenics holodeck program. The exercise ended with all opponents defeated, and Worf was looking for more, rather intently, and in the specific direction of his increasingly alarmed partner. Riker hastily called an end to the session. ( TNG : " Where Silence Has Lease ")

Worf considered Riker a fellow warrior, and on at least a few occasions Riker asked Worf to accompany him on particularly dangerous assignments or potential transfers. ( TNG : " The Outcast ", " The Icarus Factor ")

Sometime after those events – where Worf had risked offending (or worse) his superior officer with a sense of impunity – a minor gesture by Worf innocently reached out to reciprocate the proffered friendship. When Riker proudly prepared 'Owon egg omelettes for a meal with his gathered friends, only Worf could stomach the dish, eating with obvious pleasure and declaring the eggs "delicious". ( TNG : " Time Squared ")

Riker's practical experience with other Klingons, begun in the Officer Exchange Program, engendered an understanding of the Klingon culture that the other Enterprise -D officers, save perhaps Picard, lacked. Worf helped bring this about, by briefing Riker with his own knowledge of the rules of the chain-of-command in the Klingon Defense Force . When the time came for them to participate in battle exercises in preparation for the Borg threat, Riker was given command of the USS Hathaway to serve as the Enterprise -D's opponent. As Riker's first officer, Worf brought "Klingon guile" to bear (as the barely spaceworthy Hathaway had little else to offer), giving the Enterprise -D a worthy challenge and even coming to her aid against the Ferengi marauder Kreechta . ( TNG : " A Matter Of Honor ", " Peak Performance ")

When Riker developed a complicated relationship with Soren , a member of the genderless J'naii , Worf overcame his discomfort with the J'naii to offer his aid to Riker in rescuing Soren when she was sentenced to receive "treatment" for her decision to regard herself as female, his loyalty and respect for his commanding officer overriding his issues with Soren and her people. ( TNG : " The Outcast ")

Their friendship was jeopardized for a time, after Worf began a romantic relationship with Deanna Troi in 2370 . Riker's long history with Troi remained evidently unresolved, a fact that Worf was keenly aware of, and Troi refused to discuss. Picard's experience in an alternate future revealed how the existing tension could grow into naked animosity between the rivals for Troi. By that timeline, they had long been estranged and had no desire to mend fences with each other. During a skirmish with the Klingons, they openly blamed each other for putting the rest of their still-mutual friends in danger. By sharing that foresight with his officers, Picard gave Worf and Riker the chance to halt their schism before it could fully form, and they continued to be close friends. ( TNG : " All Good Things... ")

In 2371 , the senior officers gathered in the Enterprise -D holodeck for an age-of-sail themed celebration, marking Worf's promotion to lieutenant commander. As was customary for Enterprise officers on such occasions, Worf was made to "walk the plank" over open water, and forced to leap upward to grab the dangling symbol of his new rank. Worf was the only officer in the ship's history to succeed in maintaining his balance, and dignity, by keeping his footing on the precipice. Unsatisfied with the precedent, Commander Riker ordered the holodeck computer to instantly remove the plank, using the holodeck's ability to disintegrate holographic matter. His order was mildly chastised (though not without amusement) by Picard, who indicated that the correct expression was to retract the plank. Riker shouted an apology to Worf, who was splashing and cursing angrily in the water. ( Star Trek Generations )

Worf and Data's excellent professional relationship and solid, if subtle, friendship was aided by the fact that they had two important things in common. First, both were rescued by the Federation after their homes were destroyed by enemy attacks, instilling in each of them a high regard for the Federation's ideals. Second, both were Starfleet pioneers; Data and Worf were, respectively, the first android and Klingon Starfleet officers. Although most of their time together was in the line of duty (such as bridge duty and away missions), both were frequent participants in the senior staff's poker games, and they often spent time together off-duty in Ten Forward. Also, Worf was one of the only people that Spot, Data's cat, warmed up to, despite Worf's disdain for the animal.

When Data's shuttlecraft exploded while returning to the Enterprise -D in 2366 , all Worf could do was stare in shock at the viewscreen and mutter his friend's name. As it turned out, the explosion was staged in order to kidnap Data, and he was subsequently rescued. ( TNG : " The Most Toys ")

In 2367 , Data sought Worf's help in finding a wedding present for Miles and Keiko O'Brien. ( TNG : " Data's Day ")

When Geordi La Forge and Ensign Ro Laren were presumed dead in a transporter accident in 2368 , Data volunteered to arrange the memorial service, but he was unsure about what kind of ceremony to have and asked Worf for advice. Worf told him that, for Klingons, an honorable death in the line of duty was a cause for celebration, not mourning. Data took his advice and arranged a very upbeat party, giving people the chance to share their pleasant memories of the "deceased". ( TNG : " The Next Phase ")

A year later, Data again sought Worf's guidance, this time in researching the "dreams" he was having. Worf, preoccupied with rumors that his father had survived the attack on Khitomer, gave Data some cryptic answers about the importance of fathers to a person, but Data seemed to understand what he was saying and went on his way. Data later returned this favor when Worf learned that the apparently-returned Kahless the Unforgettable was actually a clone of the legendary Klingon; Data's reflections about how, after learning of his android nature, he chose to consider himself a person who could progress and grow over time rather than a machine who would never be more than he was, convinced Worf to accept Kahless as the symbol that he could be for their people rather than define the clone by the circumstances of his origins. ( TNG : " Birthright, Part I ", " Rightful Heir ")

Their friendship was severely tested in 2370 when Data, acting as commanding officer, admonished Worf for challenging his orders in front of the bridge crew. Afterward, Data apologized to Worf if the dressing-down had ended their friendship, but Worf took the high road, saying that if the friendship was in jeopardy, it was his fault alone. After that exchange, their working and personal relationship quickly returned to normal. ( TNG : " Gambit, Part II ")

Deanna Troi [ ]

Worf was distrustful and uneasy around telepaths, but ship's counselor Deanna Troi became a trusted exception. When he was severely injured in 2368 , he asked her to care for Alexander if he died, reasoning that his own parents were too elderly to cope with the difficulties of raising Alexander and assuring Troi that he could think of no better parent for his son than her. By late 2370, Worf asked her to become a Soh-chIm to Alexander, a role she gladly accepted. ( TNG : " Dark Page ", " Ethics ", " Parallels ")

Worf and Troi, 2370

Worf and Troi during their romance

After an encounter with alternate realities showed him a life with Troi as his wife, Worf's eyes were opened to a new possibility, and he began to pursue her. Though surprised, Troi welcomed the advances, and the two enjoyed a romantic relationship through 2370 . Deanna wasn't thrilled by Worf's concern for Will Riker's interest in the matter, but the triangle's tension was eased on the advice of Captain Picard. ( TNG : " Parallels ", " Eye of the Beholder ", " All Good Things... ")

By the next year, the romance seemed to have dissolved amicably, and eventually, she and Riker resumed their relationship. Worf's only visible unease at their wedding in 2379 was the result of imbibing too much Romulan ale , and the prospect of appearing naked at their Betazed marriage ceremony. ( Star Trek Generations ; Star Trek: Insurrection ; Star Trek Nemesis )

Deep Space 9 companions [ ]

By contrast, Worf found it quite difficult to adjust to life aboard Deep Space 9, right from the day he arrived. When Worf entered Quark's , Quark asked if he wanted bloodwine (since he was Klingon, and every Klingon Quark met ordered only bloodwine). When Worf asked for prune juice, Quark laughed in disbelief. Worf did not share his humor, so Quark was forced to bring him the prune juice. It was the first of many confrontations with Quark, and the Ferengi in general (whom Worf thought unworthy to serve in Starfleet). ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ", " Little Green Men ") During his time on DS9, Worf maintained an immense distrust of Quark, always referring to him as "the Ferengi bartender".

When Worf discovered Quark was dealing with a smuggling operation, he was confounded as to why security officer Odo never arrested Quark. After a disappointing response, Worf decided to take matters into his own hands. When the next smuggled crystal arrived, Worf stepped forward and arrested Quark. It was then that Odo shapeshifted himself and revealed the entire operation as a setup. Odo was going to follow the smuggler and uncover the entire Tarkalean smuggling operation. However, thanks to Worf's interference, Odo had to settle for the middle man. ( DS9 : " Hippocratic Oath ")

Events came to a head one day when Worf's quarters were robbed by a burglar. The response by Odo proved to be disappointing to Worf. This event happened to coincide with a union strike taking place in Quark's Bar. Dr. Julian Bashir and O'Brien were betting who would enter Quark's Bar despite the strike. Both unanimously agreed that Worf would not enter the bar, recalling he rarely entered the bar even before the strike. When they saw that Worf actually entered the bar, O'Brien approached Worf to talk some sense into him. This proved a serious mistake, and led to the three of them being thrown into the brig . At this final incident, Worf decided that the only way to adjust to life aboard the station was to live outside it, on the Defiant . Eventually though, Worf managed to adjust to the activities of the station, even enjoying a Ferengi tooth sharpener in the process. ( DS9 : " Bar Association ", " Little Green Men ")

Benjamin Sisko [ ]

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Worf with Captain Sisko in 2372

When Worf was posted to DS9 and transferred to the command division, Benjamin Sisko took him under his wing and began grooming him to one day be a captain. Their relationship was that of mentor and student.

Worf and Sisko became personal friends thanks to Sisko's experiences with Curzon and Jadzia, as well as being Worf's defense in his extradition proceedings against Ch'Pok and the Klingon Empire. Sisko also risked his own life to keep Worf alive. The Defiant crew had joined the Dominion in an attempt to destroy the Iconian gateway at Vandros IV . Worf was one of the officers who found tolerating the Jem'Hadar difficult. After a brawl erupted between Worf and Toman'torax (who was threatening O'Brien at the time), Omet'iklan decided to have both officers punished. For his disobedience, Toman'torax's punishment was execution by his commanding officer, Omet'iklan. Upon seeing that Sisko's punishment merely was to confine Worf to his quarters, Omet'iklan described the Federation as weak, and vowed to kill Sisko once the Iconian gateway was destroyed. Worf vowed that while the Jem'Hadar commander may succeed in carrying out his threat, he would not live to boast about it, which Sisko wryly found very comforting. ( DS9 : " Rules of Engagement ", " To the Death ")

When it was discovered that there was a Changeling in a high position in the Klingon Empire, Worf took part with Sisko in a daring mission to uncover the identity of the changeling and helped to train the Human officers to better appear as Klingon warriors. ( DS9 : " Apocalypse Rising ")

When Kira was praying for the Emissary during his visions of 2373, Worf surprisingly understood her faith in the Prophets (as opposed to the rest of the crew). He felt that the strength of Sisko's faith would be what pulled him through. ( DS9 : " Rapture ")

Worf helped Sisko capture and apprehend the Maquis leader, Michael Eddington . He helped reorganize the Defiant after its computers were disabled by Eddington's cascade virus . Worf also modified and fired a quantum torpedo so it released a trilithium resin into the atmosphere of Solosos III , the act of which forced Eddington to surrender. Worf had assumed the quantum torpedo was going to be used on Eddington's Maquis fighter. ( DS9 : " For the Uniform ")

When Garak persuaded Sisko that he could enter the Gamma Quadrant to search for Enabran Tain, he only allowed him to do so if Worf could accompany him. Later, Worf asked Sisko if he could join General Martok on the Rotarran ; Sisko needed a good officer like Worf defending the station, but Worf described his moment of tova'dok with Martok and convinced Sisko to allow Worf to join the Rotarran . He did not oppose Martok's request that Worf remain on the Rotarran even after the Operation Return, knowing that he was the only officer he knew that could never get enough work. ( DS9 : " In Purgatory's Shadow ", " Soldiers of the Empire ")

When Sisko was reassigned to Starbase 375 in 2374, leaving Jadzia Dax to command the Defiant to the Argolis Cluster , both he and Worf were concerned for the safety of the ship and her crew. Sisko reassured Worf that Dax wanted to get back for the wedding, while Worf suggested that Sisko get some rest. ( DS9 : " Behind the Lines ")

Sisko took part in Worf's Kal'Hyah ceremony, and tried his best to last the entire four days. He motivated O'Brien, Bashir, and Alexander throughout the entire four day ceremony. After Sirella called off the wedding, Sisko convinced both officers that they were in love and that they could not call off the wedding. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ")

Worf took command of the Defiant , searching for survivors of the USS Honshu , gunned down by Cardassian destroyers . Two of the survivors were Sisko and Dukat, trapped near the Badlands . When Kira relayed Starfleet's orders to call off the search for Sisko, the message came through garbled with interference. Despite Bashir's claims that the message was too unclear to understand, Worf knew what the message ordered, and said it would be dishonorable to disobey them. Fortunately, Dukat relayed a distress signal detailing the location of Sisko. ( DS9 : " Waltz ")

Worf found the captain to be intimidating, but he kept it secret from Sisko. It was Ezri Dax who had to reveal this fact to Sisko, much to Sisko's amusement. ( DS9 : " Afterimage ")

Worf participated in Sisko's grudge game against former Academy classmate, Captain Solok . Although he performed well in training, Worf received three strikes when he faced the Logicians . Both Sisko and Worf were enraged that he did not obtain a single run. ( DS9 : " Take Me Out to the Holosuite ")

Miles O'Brien [ ]

Worf and O'Brien, 2366

Worf with Chief O'Brien aboard the Enterprise -D

Worf knew Chief O'Brien from his early days on the Enterprise -D, although their relationship was that of a noncom and his superior. However, they were both participants in the crew's poker games. O'Brien was also a participant in Wesley Crusher's Age of Ascension recreation for Worf, where he commented on the power of the Klingon painstiks . ( TNG : " The Emissary ", " The Icarus Factor ")

Although Worf had to man the bridge at O'Brien's wedding to Keiko, following Data's observation that the gift should reflect the personality of the giver, he gave O'Brien a Klingon weapon as a wedding gift. In 2368, when the Enterprise was damaged by a quantum filament , Worf was forced to deliver Keiko's baby daughter, Molly. He humorously noted that Molly resembled Miles. ( TNG : " Data's Day ", " Disaster ")

O'Brien greets Worf

O'Brien greets Worf upon his arrival at Deep Space 9

The friendship really took off when Worf transferred to Deep Space 9. O'Brien was the first person to greet Worf when he arrived. Later he introduced Worf to the game of darts , describing it as "poker, but with pointed tips." Once Worf accepted the role of strategic operations officer (with a change of uniform from yellow to red), O'Brien commented how good Worf looked in red. ( DS9 : " The Way of the Warrior ")

O'Brien and Worf fight

Worf gets into a fight with O'Brien

When the Defiant was damaged by the Jem'Hadar during their Karemma negotiations, and Worf found commanding the engineering team difficult, it was O'Brien who helped Worf take a different approach to command. ( DS9 : " Starship Down ")

When Worf discovered that the O'Briens were having another child, he altered his holiday plans to coincide with the birth, just so he wouldn't have to deliver O'Briens' baby like he did with Molly. ( DS9 : " Accession ")

During Worf's trial that demanded his extradition to the Klingon Empire, O'Brien described Worf as "an honorable man". In turn, Worf described O'Brien as an "outstanding officer" and a friend, relaying their mutual respect out loud. ( DS9 : " Rules of Engagement ")

Worf incited a fight with the Jem'Hadar, Toman'torax , in retaliation for threatening O'Brien. ( DS9 : " To the Death ")

In 2373, Worf participated in recovering a Jem'Hadar ship from Torga IV , the last mission of Enrique Muniz who was severely wounded with a Jem'Hadar weapon. Although Worf believed that Muniz would not survive his wounds, O'Brien did not agree and clashed with Worf's pessimism escalating into a near brawl between the two. However, Worf was later proved right and Muniz did succumb to his wounds. Once the mission was over, Worf found the chief at the casket of Muniz, holding somewhat of an improvised wake for him. Worf offered to performed the Klingon tradition of ak'voh with the chief as they would both "keep the predators away." The two men did not speak of their hostility, just held vigil over Muniz. ( DS9 : " The Ship ")

O'Brien politely refused Worf's offer of help when Keiko, possessed by a Pah-wraith, fell down the Promenade crossway. ( DS9 : " The Assignment ")

O'Brien had to undergo a ritual fasting with Julian Bashir and Sisko as part of Worf's Kal'Hyah ceremony, which was different than what he thought it would be. He couldn't last the four days (even joining Bashir in vowing to kill Worf at one point), and when he heard the wedding ceremony was called off, he and Bashir immediately ordered a large feast of Earth and Bajoran food. However, Sisko stopped them and helped put the wedding back on track. ( DS9 : " You Are Cordially Invited ")

At one point, while watching Jadzia and Quark playing a game of tongo against each other and a group of Ferengi waiters, Worf made a bet with O'Brien that Jadzia had the game in hand. He wagered that if she won, O'Brien would owe Worf a bottle of bloodwine. If Jadzia lost, however, Worf would then owe the chief a bottle of Irish whiskey . In the end, however, Worf ended up saying that he would need time to come up with O'Brien's payment. ( DS9 : " Change of Heart ")

Worf was more than happy to babysit Kirayoshi while the O'Briens were busy taking care of Molly, who traveled through an ancient time portal. Once Kirayoshi was returned to his parents, he chose to honor their dinner invitation rather than go in a holosuite. ( DS9 : " Time's Orphan ")

After Jadzia Dax died at the hands of Gul Dukat, O'Brien was one of the first people who attempted to cheer up Worf. While drinking bloodwine and reminiscing about old crewmates (most notably Reginald Barclay ), O'Brien found out what was bothering Worf – the fact that his wife did not die an honorable death, and thus could not enter Sto-vo-kor . O'Brien then directed Martok to help Worf, who assigned him the mission to destroy the Monac IV fleet yards. ( DS9 : " Tears of the Prophets ", " Image in the Sand ", " Shadows and Symbols ")

It was O'Brien who helped Worf ease his hostility to Ezri. Over a bottle of bloodwine, O'Brien asked how Jadzia would feel if she knew how poorly Worf treated Ezri. When Worf claimed that there was no way to know, O'Brien refuted the claim, suggesting he talk to the one person Worf had been avoiding. After keeping her in Starfleet, Worf and O'Brien attended Ezri's promotion party. ( DS9 : " Afterimage ")

When O'Brien's authorization code was used to access sixteen cases of bloodwine sent to Martok by Sirella, Martok and Worf had to quiz O'Brien on where the cases went. O'Brien had to explain to Worf and Martok that Nog must have taken the bloodwine to barter for a graviton stabilizer . Worf and Martok gave O'Brien one day to find the bloodwine. Fortunately, Nog returned with 16 cases of 2309 bloodwine bought from his cousin Gant , an even better vintage than the ones he took. Both Klingons gave O'Brien a bottle of the bloodwine as an "apology". ( DS9 : " Treachery, Faith and the Great River ")

Ezri Dax [ ]

Ezri Dax's relationship with Worf did not go quite as smoothly as Jadzia's, despite many of Jadzia's friends and colleagues quickly accepting the presence of a new Dax in their lives. Initially, Worf wanted nothing to do with her, or even Dr. Bashir, considering Ezri's presence and her relationship with Bashir an affront to his wife's memory. However, he soon realized that his actions were more of an affront, and relations between them began to warm. ( DS9 : " Afterimage ")

During the latter half of the year, Worf commanded the IKS Koraga when it was destroyed by the Dominion; his escape pod was rescued by Ezri, with whom Worf was captured by the Breen shortly after an implied sexual encounter. After undergoing an interrogation (which included killing one of the clones of Weyoun), Worf and Ezri were freed by Legate Damar as part of his resistance to the Dominion, the two subsequently putting aside the last of their issues regarding Worf's relationship with Jadzia as Ezri began to accept her own feelings for Bashir. ( DS9 : " Penumbra ", " Strange Bedfellows ")

It was Ezri who pointed out to Worf how deep corruption ran in the Klingon Empire, asking him who the last chancellor he respected was. She finished by asking what hope there was for the Empire if such an honorable man as him was willing to accept leadership like Gowron's, prompting his decision to challenge Gowron to a duel and kill him. ( DS9 : " Tacking Into the Wind ")

Although Kurn's new life gave him a chance to regain honor, Worf had to continue living with his dishonor. Kor (considered a hero, according to Worf) offered him the perfect opportunity to regain his honor. Kor, who disliked the High Council enough to consider any enemy of it a friend, revealed to Worf that he and Jadzia knew the secret location of the legendary Sword of Kahless, stolen by Hur'q pillagers a millennium ago. If Worf could find the sword and present it to the present emperor it would almost certainly restore his honor among his people. Kor accepted Worf's request to join the expedition, knowing it would annoy Gowron.

Kor and Worf regard the Sword of Kahless

Dax, Kor, and Worf find the Sword of Kahless

Although the antechamber that apparently held the sword had been ransacked, Worf discovered that a holographic projection hid the true chamber. With the help of some Hur'q DNA , Kor, Worf, and Dax gained access to the hidden chamber, where they found the legendary sword. Worf believed that the discovery of the sword was one of the events in his life that his vision of Kahless foretold him accomplishing.

When the team exited the chamber, they came face-to-face with Toral, son of Duras , an individual whose life Worf had spared following the Klingon Civil War. After a brief battle with Toral and his bodyguards, the team made a dash back to the ship, being chased by Toral. However, while heading back to the ship, Kor and Worf had a difference of opinion about the sword. Worf was disgusted when Kor used the sword to eat a vole : " The sword is not something that you use to shovel food down your mouth ." When it came time to sleep, Kor and Worf could not sleep, for fear that if they did sleep, the other would seize the opportunity to steal the sword and reap the glory. After a restless night, the team had to maneuver across a steep chasm. Kor lost his footing and nearly fell down the slope. Worf, barely able to hold onto Kor, told him to let go and drop onto a ledge beneath him. Kor, preferring to die rather than let go of the sword, refused and climbed back up with the help of Dax. Kor took a look at the ledge, and found that it was too small to support his weight. This proved too much for Kor, and he decided to fight Worf in battle. If it wasn't for Toral catching up to the team, they would have killed each other. After dealing with Toral, the team realized how much the sword was dividing the two Klingons. They decided that the Empire was not ready for the return of the sword, so they beamed it into space, to be lost until Klingons were ready for it. ( DS9 : " The Sword of Kahless ")

In 2375, when Kor came to the station looking for command of a ship, Worf discovered that Martok held a personal grudge against Kor. Kor was responsible for striking Martok's name from the officers' list because his family was from the lowlands of Ketha Province , and due to his influence, Martok was barred from even enlisting as a common soldier. In order to mend ties between Martok and Kor, Worf managed to sneak him into the IKS Ch'Tang . The Ch'Tang was part of a small fleet assigned to raid the Dominion base on Trelka V . Kor was experiencing lapses in concentration, one of which nearly led to the destruction of the Ch'Tang . While trying to retreat from enemy space, the crew discovered they were being pursued by ten Jem'Hadar fighters. If the Ch'Tang could not find a way to delay the Jem'Hadar fighters, they would not be able to reach friendly space in time. Worf planned to use the IKS Ning'tao to divert the pursuers, a move that would be suicidal. However, before he could reach the transporter, Kor used a hypospray to take Worf's place. Although Kor did not return from the battle, he bought enough time for the Klingon fleet to escape. ( DS9 : " Once More Unto the Breach ")

Alternate realities and timelines [ ]

Worf, 2395

Worf, governor of H'atoria

  • When the Ambassador -class starship USS Enterprise -C emerged from the temporal rift in 2366, it created an alternate timeline . In this new timeline the Federation had been at war with the Klingons . Natasha Yar wasn't killed by Armus on Vagra II and was still serving at tactical as the security chief of the ship. Worf's whereabouts, or if he was even alive, were unknown. ( TNG : " Skin Of Evil ", " Yesterday's Enterprise ")
  • In 2370 , when he returned from a bat'leth tournament on Forcas III , Worf encountered a quantum fissure , and began switching places with other versions of himself in alternate quantum realities . In two realities he visited, he was married to Counselor Deanna Troi. In one of these realities, they had two children: Shannara and Eric-Christopher , whereas Alexander had never been born. It was in this same reality that Worf had been promoted to full commander and appointed first officer of the Enterprise -D under Captain Riker, Picard having been lost in the Borg encounter of 2367 . An alternate Lieutenant Worf, who served on board the Enterprise -D from a reality where the Federation had been completely wiped out by the Borg, died when his ship exploded after being fired upon by the other Enterprise -D. All of the alternate versions were returned to their own realities when the fissure was sealed. ( TNG : " Parallels ")
  • In an alternate future , Worf had been reluctant to become involved with Troi, and her subsequent death led to a rift between William Riker and himself as a result. He later served as a member of the Klingon High Council, and was the governor of the Klingon colony of H'atoria . ( TNG : " All Good Things... ")
  • In an alternate timeline created by the Defiant 's time travel back two hundred years, Jadzia Dax and Worf had married and fostered a large family whose descendants formed a significant part of a colony numbering eight thousand people, including Yedrin Dax and Brota . ( DS9 : " Children of Time ")
  • In another alternate future, Worf had influence in the Klingon Empire during the early 25th century . ( DS9 : " The Visitor ")
  • In yet another alternate future, Worf was killed on the floor of the High Council in 2410 , while his son, Alexander, helplessly watched. ( TNG : " Firstborn ")

Holograms [ ]

Worf, Picard delta one

A hologram of Worf created by Picard inside Moriarty's Enterprise -D program

Worf was holographically duplicated on a number of occasions.

  • Lt. Reginald Barclay in 2366 recreated the entire crew of the Enterprise -D when he was suffering from holo-addiction . The recreation of Worf was present when Barclay said goodbye to his fantasies and deleted the programs. ( TNG : " Hollow Pursuits ")


Duchamps with Worf's appearance

  • In 2367 , Barash created a holographic future version of the crew of the Enterprise -D on Alpha Onias III to keep Commander Riker there. This holoprogram took place in a fictional 2383 where Worf had been promoted to lieutenant commander and had become the operations officer. He had a scar from an unknown battle, a fact which Riker used to prove he was in a fantasy. ( TNG : " Future Imperfect ")
  • The James Moriarty hologram recreated the entire Enterprise -D in 2369 as part of a ploy to escape the holodeck. Captain Picard was forced to create the program Picard Delta One , another recreation of the Enterprise -D, within Moriarty's own program to foil him. Both of these recreations had a holographic Worf. ( TNG : " Ship In A Bottle ")
  • When Deanna Troi took Riker's version of the Bridge Officer's Test in 2370 , it contained a recreation of Worf. ( TNG : " Thine Own Self ")
  • A transporter accident in 2372 aboard Deep Space 9 resulted in transporter patterns that would normally be stored in the pattern buffer to overwrite some of the characters in the Julian Bashir, Secret Agent 1960s holoprogram. The character of Duchamps was overwritten with the appearance of Worf. ( DS9 : " Our Man Bashir ")
  • Luther Sloan recreated the entire station and staff of Deep Space 9 in 2374 as part of his investigation into Julian Bashir. This program had a recreation of Worf. ( DS9 : " Inquisition ")

Memorable quotes [ ]

" I do not understand. "

" I don't understand their humor, either. "

" Immobilized by the damn Ferengi! "

" Nice planet. "

" That is how the Klingon lures a mate. " " Are you telling me to go yell at Salia? " " No. Men do not roar. Women roar.Then they hurl heavy objects. And claw at you. " " What does the man do? " " He reads love poetry. He ducks a lot. "

" Delicious. "

" With… all due respect – BEGONE! … Sir. "

" Good tea. Nice house. "

" Be quiet!"

" Q, the miserable, Q, the desperate! What must I do to convince you people? " " Die. "

" A warrior's drink! "

" I am KLINGON! If you doubt it, a demonstration can be arranged!"

" You know, I had a bet with the Captain that I could make you laugh before you became lieutenant commander. " " Not a good bet today. " " I've seen you laugh. I like it. " " Klingons do not laugh. " " Oh yes they do. Absolutely they do. You don't. But I've heard some Klingon belly laughs that would curl your hair. "

" Human bonding rituals often involve a great deal of talking... and dancing... and crying. "

" Sir, I protest! I am not a merry man! "

" Nice legs. For a Human. "

" We are in law enforcement. "

" You wrote this holodeck program yourself… " " Well, Mr. Barclay helped a little. " " I must have a little talk with Mr. Barclay. "

" What are his rights in this century? Will there be a trial or shall I execute him? "

" I am not easy to get along with. "

" Nice hat. "

" Our women are considered our partners in battle. Formidable warriors. " " And great fun at parties. " " True. "

" Look at you! You stand so far away from me. You speak so softly. Are you afraid of me, or just disgusted by my presence? "

" I don't know what she sees in that parasite . "

" You are NOT in my shoes. " " Too bad. You'd be amazed at what I can do in a pair of size 18 boots. "

" Perhaps today is a good day to die! Prepare for ramming speed! "

" If you were any other man, I would kill you where you stand! "

" Assimilate this! "

" What about Garak? " " I want him back, too. I suppose I don't have to tell you to keep a close eye on him? " " At the first sign of betrayal, I will kill him. But I promise to return the body intact. " " I assume that's a joke. " " We will see. "

" Victory is life! " " Today is a good day to die! "

" Are you the son of Mogh? " " Yes, I am. " " Is it true you can kill someone just by looking at them? " " Only when I am angry. "

" I'm a married man. I have to make certain adjustments to my lifestyle. " " Adjustments? Worf, you're practically easygoing. What's next, a sense of humor? " " I have a sense of humor. On the Enterprise , I was considered to be quite amusing. " " That must've been one dull ship. " " That is a joke. I get it. It is not funny, but I get it. " " I don't know if I can get used to the new you. It's kind of eerie. "

" Definitely feeling aggressive tendencies, sir! "

" We will destroy them! "

" Death to the opposition! "

" You're a good friend, Worf. " " I know. "

" I do not think it is appropriate for a Starfleet officer to appear… naked. "

" The Romulans fought with honor. " " Yes they did Mr. Worf. "

" I told you, Do Not Engage! "

" I am Worf, Son of Mogh, House of Martok, Son of Sergei, House of Rozhenko, Bane of the Duras Family, Slayer of Gowron, I have made some chamomile tea, do you take sugar? "

" Beheadings are on Wednesdays. "

" I have slaughtered countless enemies over the years and considered sending their heads to all of you. But I was advised that that was... passive-aggressive. "

Chronology [ ]

Appendices [ ], see also [ ].

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Appearances [ ]

  • " Encounter at Farpoint "
  • " The Naked Now "
  • " The Last Outpost "
  • " Where No One Has Gone Before "
  • " Lonely Among Us "
  • " Justice "
  • " The Battle "
  • " Hide And Q "
  • " The Big Goodbye "
  • " Datalore "
  • " Angel One "
  • " 11001001 "
  • " Too Short A Season "
  • " When The Bough Breaks "
  • " Home Soil "
  • " Coming of Age "
  • " Heart of Glory "
  • " The Arsenal of Freedom "
  • " Symbiosis "
  • " Skin Of Evil "
  • " We'll Always Have Paris "
  • " Conspiracy "
  • " The Neutral Zone "
  • " The Child "
  • " Where Silence Has Lease "
  • " Elementary, Dear Data "
  • " The Outrageous Okona "
  • " Loud As A Whisper "
  • " The Schizoid Man "
  • " Unnatural Selection "
  • " A Matter Of Honor "
  • " The Measure Of A Man "
  • " The Dauphin "
  • " Contagion "
  • " The Royale "
  • " Time Squared "
  • " The Icarus Factor "
  • " Pen Pals "
  • " Samaritan Snare "
  • " Up The Long Ladder "
  • " Manhunt "
  • " The Emissary "
  • " Peak Performance "
  • " Shades of Gray "
  • " Evolution "
  • " The Ensigns of Command "
  • " The Survivors "
  • " Who Watches The Watchers "
  • " The Bonding "
  • " Booby Trap "
  • " The Enemy "
  • " The Price "
  • " The Vengeance Factor "
  • " The Defector "
  • " The Hunted "
  • " The High Ground "
  • " A Matter of Perspective "
  • " Yesterday's Enterprise "
  • " The Offspring "
  • " Sins of The Father "
  • " Allegiance "
  • " Captain's Holiday "
  • " Tin Man "
  • " Hollow Pursuits "
  • " The Most Toys "
  • " Ménage à Troi "
  • " Transfigurations "
  • " The Best of Both Worlds "
  • " The Best of Both Worlds, Part II "
  • " Brothers "
  • " Suddenly Human "
  • " Remember Me "
  • " Reunion "
  • " Future Imperfect "
  • " Final Mission "
  • " The Loss "
  • " Data's Day "
  • " The Wounded "
  • " Devil's Due "
  • " First Contact "
  • " Galaxy's Child "
  • " Night Terrors "
  • " Identity Crisis "
  • " The Nth Degree "
  • " The Drumhead "
  • " Half a Life "
  • " The Host "
  • " The Mind's Eye "
  • " In Theory "
  • " Redemption "
  • " Redemption II "
  • " Ensign Ro "
  • " Silicon Avatar "
  • " Disaster "
  • " The Game "
  • " Unification I "
  • " Unification II "
  • " A Matter Of Time "
  • " New Ground "
  • " Hero Worship "
  • " Violations "
  • " The Masterpiece Society "
  • " Conundrum "
  • " Power Play "
  • " The Outcast "
  • " Cause And Effect "
  • " The First Duty "
  • " Cost Of Living "
  • " The Perfect Mate "
  • " Imaginary Friend "
  • " The Next Phase "
  • " The Inner Light "
  • " Time's Arrow "
  • " Time's Arrow, Part II "
  • " Realm Of Fear "
  • " Man Of The People "
  • " Schisms "
  • " Rascals "
  • " A Fistful of Datas "
  • " The Quality of Life "
  • " Chain Of Command, Part I "
  • " Chain Of Command, Part II "
  • " Ship In A Bottle "
  • " Face Of The Enemy "
  • " Tapestry "
  • " Birthright, Part I "
  • " Birthright, Part II "
  • " Starship Mine "
  • " Lessons "
  • " The Chase "
  • " Frame of Mind "
  • " Suspicions "
  • " Rightful Heir "
  • " Second Chances "
  • " Timescape "
  • " Descent "
  • " Descent, Part II "
  • " Liaisons "
  • " Interface "
  • " Gambit, Part I "
  • " Gambit, Part II "
  • " Phantasms "
  • " Dark Page "
  • " Attached "
  • " Force of Nature "
  • " Inheritance "
  • " Parallels "
  • " The Pegasus "
  • " Homeward "
  • " Sub Rosa "
  • " Lower Decks "
  • " Thine Own Self "
  • " Eye of the Beholder "
  • " Genesis "
  • " Journey's End "
  • " Firstborn "
  • " Bloodlines "
  • " Emergence "
  • " Preemptive Strike "
  • " All Good Things... "
  • Star Trek Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek Nemesis
  • " The Way of the Warrior "
  • " The Visitor "
  • " Hippocratic Oath "
  • " Indiscretion "
  • " Rejoined "
  • " Starship Down "
  • " Little Green Men "
  • " The Sword of Kahless "
  • " Our Man Bashir "
  • " Homefront "
  • " Paradise Lost "
  • " Crossfire "
  • " Return to Grace "
  • " Sons of Mogh "
  • " Bar Association "
  • " Accession "
  • " Rules of Engagement "
  • " Hard Time "
  • " Shattered Mirror "
  • " The Muse "
  • " For the Cause "
  • " To the Death "
  • " The Quickening "
  • " Body Parts "
  • " Broken Link "
  • " Apocalypse Rising "
  • " The Ship "
  • " Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places "
  • " Nor the Battle to the Strong "
  • " The Assignment "
  • " Trials and Tribble-ations "
  • " Let He Who Is Without Sin... "
  • " Things Past "
  • " The Ascent "
  • " Rapture "
  • " The Darkness and the Light "
  • " The Begotten "
  • " For the Uniform "
  • " In Purgatory's Shadow "
  • " By Inferno's Light "
  • " Doctor Bashir, I Presume "
  • " A Simple Investigation "
  • " Business as Usual "
  • " Ties of Blood and Water "
  • " Ferengi Love Songs "
  • " Soldiers of the Empire "
  • " Children of Time "
  • " Blaze of Glory "
  • " Empok Nor "
  • " In the Cards "
  • " Call to Arms "
  • " A Time to Stand "
  • " Sons and Daughters "
  • " Behind the Lines "
  • " Favor the Bold "
  • " Sacrifice of Angels "
  • " You Are Cordially Invited "
  • " Resurrection "
  • " Statistical Probabilities "
  • " Who Mourns for Morn? "
  • " Far Beyond the Stars "
  • " One Little Ship "
  • " Honor Among Thieves "
  • " Change of Heart "
  • " Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night "
  • " Inquisition "
  • " In the Pale Moonlight "
  • " His Way "
  • " The Reckoning "
  • " Valiant "
  • " Profit and Lace "
  • " Time's Orphan "
  • " The Sound of Her Voice "
  • " Tears of the Prophets "
  • " Image in the Sand "
  • " Shadows and Symbols "
  • " Afterimage "
  • " Take Me Out to the Holosuite "
  • " Treachery, Faith and the Great River "
  • " Once More Unto the Breach "
  • " The Siege of AR-558 "
  • " Covenant "
  • " It's Only a Paper Moon "
  • " The Emperor's New Cloak "
  • " Field of Fire "
  • " Chimera "
  • " Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang "
  • " Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges "
  • " Penumbra "
  • " 'Til Death Do Us Part "
  • " Strange Bedfellows "
  • " The Changing Face of Evil "
  • " When It Rains... "
  • " Tacking Into the Wind "
  • " Extreme Measures "
  • " The Dogs of War "
  • " What You Leave Behind "
  • " Remembrance " (picture only)
  • " The Next Generation " (text/chat interaction only)
  • " Disengage "
  • " Seventeen Seconds "
  • " Imposters "
  • " The Bounty "
  • " Surrender "
  • " The Last Generation "

Background information [ ]

Significance [ ].

Michael Dorn in Webster

Dorn as Worf in Webster

Worf was played by Michael Dorn throughout his time on TNG and DS9, and in all four TNG movies.

Due to his appearances as a regular in eleven seasons (seven in TNG and four in DS9), and half a season of PIC, the character Worf holds the record of the most appearances in Star Trek .

Worf is notable for being the character with the most revivals in the franchise. He was killed three times in the episodes " Hide And Q ", " Transfigurations ", and " Ethics ", each time recovering. However, Kathryn Janeway has the record for the most "deaths", at nine.

Worf appeared in two series finales, " All Good Things... " and " What You Leave Behind ", and is one of four characters, including Miles O'Brien , William T. Riker and Deanna Troi , to do the same.

In addition to his film and television appearances, Worf appeared prominently in the game Star Trek: Armada . Michael Dorn also portrayed Worf in the series finale of the television series Webster , titled "Webtrek", in 1989 during the second season of The Next Generation . He shared his scenes on the Enterprise -D bridge with Lorine Mendell , James G. Becker , and Dexter Clay .

Origins and early development [ ]

Part of the premise Gene Roddenberry wrote for The Next Generation , was that it was set at a time when Klingons had set aside their differences with the Federation, and had become their allies. Robert H. Justman proposed a "Klingon Marine" serve on the Enterprise as a symbol of this. The character was later made a full Starfleet officer, and was one of the last additions to the permanent cast. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 16))

Michael Dorn recalled his audition as follows: " I did not wear makeup, but I took on the psychological guise of a Klingon. I walked into Paramount in character. No jokes. No laughing with the other actors. I sat by myself waiting for my interview. When my turn came, I walked in, didn't smile, did the reading, thanked them, and walked right out. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 20))

According to Robert H. Justman , Dorn's stage training, as well his lack of a "street accent", were some of the factors which led to Dorn securing the role. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 20))

Rick Berman recalled that Worf was intended to be merely a recurring character in seven of the first thirteen episodes. Worf's role was expanded after filming and editing of "Encounter at Farpoint" began as the producers felt that the character had presence. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 20))

Worf's originally planned backstory, in the "TNG Bible", was that he had been on a Klingon ship in one of the last Earth-Klingon battles; and had been rescued by Starfleet, at the age of 8. The episode " Heart of Glory " established the slightly different backstory involving the sneak Romulan attack on Khitomer.

In his online review of " Hide And Q ", Wil Wheaton made a comment on Worf's early character and giving Dorn respect for playing Worf as he was back then. Wheaton said he couldn't imagine what it must have been like for Dorn in that first season, describing first season Worf as "one-dimensional and so incredibly stupid." Wheaton also noted that Dorn didn't do much more than Denise Crosby did in those early episodes, and in contrast to Crosby, who quit the show out of frustration, Dorn stayed with it, and over time was allowed to develop Worf into a much more complex and beloved character, eventually becoming a regular on DS9, and also being in all the TNG movies. [5]

Costume and makeup [ ]

Worf sketch

A sketch of Worf including his new baldric by Durinda Rice Wood

Worf's first-season baldric was fabric. It was a re-use of the prop used in TOS by Kor in " Errand of Mercy " and Kang in " Day of the Dove ". ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., p. 20)) During the second season, costume designer Durinda Rice Wood created a new metal one for Worf, made out of bicycle chains she bought in a hardware store. Michael Dorn liked the new design, and agreed to its use. ( Departmental Briefing Year Two: Costumes , TNG Season 2 DVD special features)

Worf's ridge patterns evolved due to experimentation by Michael Westmore , mainly for aesthetics, but also to be more comfortable for the actor. While the prosthetics initially took two and a half hours to apply each time, by the end of TNG the process was shortened to about two hours. ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., pp. 21 & 66))

Gene Roddenberry had initially insisted that Worf have a short hairstyle so as to reflect the "no-nonsense" military look of Starfleet. While Westmore accepted this, it grew somewhat longer over the years. In the sixth season of TNG, due to lobbying from Dorn and hairstylist Joy Zapata , Worf debuted a ponytail (beginning from " Face Of The Enemy "). Zapata explained, " [Worf's hair] used to remind me of a Klingon that had gone to the beauty salon; it looked like Donna Reed! Now we tie it back, [Dorn] carries himself differently – he's a whole different person. " ( Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion  (2nd ed., pp. 21 & 234)-235)

The Undiscovered Country [ ]

Between the fourth and fifth seasons of The Next Generation , Michael Dorn played Colonel Worf in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . Although the relationship was not stated on screen , the filmmakers' intention was that the Star Trek VI character was the grandfather of the Next Generation character. ( Star Trek Encyclopedia  (2nd ed., p. 563); [6] )

Deep Space Nine [ ]

As part of several sweeping changes for Deep Space Nine 's fourth season , Worf was added to the regular cast list as the station's strategic operations officer , a position he held until the end. Worf's posting aboard DS9 was commented on in the first draft script of VOY : " Death Wish ", in which Q referred to Worf as having been one candidate who Q believed might have been promoted to command the USS Voyager . Q then added, " Oh that's right, they sent him to try to fix that dreary space station, didn't they… "

When asked why he returned to Star Trek , actor Michael Dorn stated, " What interested me was the idea that my character, and I always loved my character, I really was close with him, the idea that my character would grow even more, and that I would become a larger part of the Star Trek universe than I already was, that's what interested me. And I told the producers, and we had many discussions about that that's what attracted me back ." ( Crew Dossier: Worf , DS9 Season 4 DVD special features)

Ira Behr , Deep Space Nine 's executive producer, said that fitting Worf into the show was one of the biggest challenges he had to face during the show's run. However, he felt he had managed this task well. He remarked, " Obviously, one of the reasons Worf was brought on the show was to increase the ratings. After all, they call it show "business". But if we did not feel that Worf would've brought something to the party, we never would've done it. Sometimes business decisions and artistic decisions can ride the same wave. " ( AOL chat , 1997 )

Similarly, as Behr's writing partner Robert Hewitt Wolfe states, " In the beginning it was difficult, I gotta be honest with you, to integrate this new character, but that was good because it challenged us, and made us sort of re-examine the show in a whole new light. How do we make this guy work? How do we bring him in? How does he change the relationships for all of our characters? He stirred up the whole thing again, gave the whole show sort of a second phase, or a second stage rocket. Suddenly, there's Worf and we've got to deal with him and his issues, and suddenly there's Klingons everywhere and that brought a new favor to play with ." ( Charting New Territory: Deep Space Nine Season Four , DS9 Season 4 DVD special features)

The decision to have Worf transfer from security to command was Ronald D. Moore 's, and was prompted by the fact that the writers didn't simply want to rehash the Next Generation Worf, they wanted to give to the audience a new Worf. As Moore explains, the writers asked themselves, " What is going to make our Worf a little different from the other Worf, and make it worth watching week after week ?" Ira Steven Behr further explains, " We had to give the audience a Deep Space Nine Worf. We had to move the character away from where he was before. All the characters on DS9 grow, and we always try to take them farther than where they began ." ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (p. 260))

Ronald D. Moore has also commented, " I've been happy to see the changes in the character since he was brought onto DS9 – I think we ran the danger of "de-fanging" Worf by the end of TNG and there's been a concerted effort made to roughen him up and give him some sharper edges. He's more likely to err now, more likely to do the wrong thing for the wrong reason… I think that makes him more interesting as a character and more compelling to write for. " ( AOL chat , 1997 )

Michael Dorn summates his portrayal of Worf by saying, " Only time will tell, in a way, you know what I mean, what my contribution is. If anything, I'd like to think that I took a character that was not a major character to start with and brought him into the light. It's sort of like one of those things where it's not so much that 'Oh yeah, the star, I have to be the star' and dadada, but the character was not a major character, he was there, but he wasn't a major character. And I was able to bring whatever it is I brought to the character to put him closer to the forefront. I think it kind of bears up because, you know, out of all the people they got to go on Deep Space , who knows? But the character played well on the show, and helped the show over the years. If I had to be remembered for something, that'd be it ." ( Crew Dossier: Worf , DS9 Season 4 DVD special features)

Apocrypha [ ]

Countdown Worf

Worf in Star Trek: Countdown

Worf's orphaning and subsequent adoption by the Rozhenkos was seen in the The Lost Era novel The Art of the Impossible .

In Peter David 's Star Trek: New Frontier and Starfleet Academy novels, Worf's roommate at Starfleet Academy was Zak Kebron, a Brikar who later became a prominent character in the New Frontier novel series.

Worf's somewhat ill-defined role in the initial stages of the series is explained in The Buried Age as being the "chief bridge watch officer" whose duties were to essentially fill in where needed, which allowed him to gain command experience. According to the novel, Worf had put in for security, but Picard refused, saying that he needed more experience which would give him more opportunities later on. When Worf says he will do his best to learn all he can, Picard tells him he will be expected to learn all he can.

The novel Triangle: Imzadi II established that shortly after the destruction of the Enterprise -D, Worf proposed to Deanna Troi, and she accepted. However, their engagement was short lived and after a harrowing experience involving the Romulan Sela , Troi realized that she still had feelings for her first love, Commander Riker, while Worf concluded that he was emotionally unsuitable as a long-term partner for Troi. The two broke off their relationship but remained friends.

In the novel Diplomatic Implausibility , Worf's first assignment as Federation Ambassador brought him to the planet taD (the Klingon word for "frozen") to settle a dispute between the indigenous population, who had appealed for recognition from the Federation after overthrowing the local Klingon government, and the Empire, who wished to have taD back under their own control. With the assistance of his new attaché, Giancarlo Wu, and the crew of the IKS Gorkon , Worf adapted to the needs of his new post and came up with a solution that pleased all parties and avoided bloodshed and installed a Klingon engineer from the Gorkon crew as a ceremonial emperor while also granting practical autonomy to the populace.

The novel A Time for War, A Time for Peace established that Worf decided after various events had occurred, that he was not of the right temperament to be the Federation ambassador and although the new Federation president disagreed, she accepted his resignation. Worf then nominated his son Alexander, to be his replacement as ambassador. Worf decided that after serving the Klingon Empire and the Federation and always doing what was expected of him that the time had come for him to be selfish and he wanted to go back to Starfleet, where he felt the most fulfilled. Admiral Ross immediately reinstated his rank of lieutenant commander and assigned him to be first officer on the Titan under Captain Riker. Worf was filling in at the tactical station during the events of Star Trek Nemesis as the Enterprise 's chief of security, Christine Vale , had taken shore leave on Earth and the second in command of security had recently resigned. After the events of Nemesis , in the wake of Data's death, Picard asked Worf to remain aboard the Enterprise and Worf agreed. Novels set after Nemesis , such as Resistance , Before Dishonor , Q&A , and Greater than the Sum , showed Worf serving as acting first officer and then initially refusing the position on a permanent basis. Worf felt that he did not deserve it after what happened back on Soukara and how he abandoned the mission to save Jadzia. After rescuing Picard from the Borg and receiving some sage advice from Dr. Crusher, Worf accepted the position on a permanent basis and was promoted to the rank of commander.

In the PlayStation game Star Trek: Invasion , Worf was put in command of the USS Typhon from early to mid- 2376 . After the Valkyrie Squadron was put on active duty, Worf left the Typhon .

A picture of Worf can be found in Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force on the USS Voyager inside the quarters of Alexandria Munro should you choose the female character in the game.

The comic book series Star Trek: Countdown , a tie-in to the 2009 Star Trek film, depicted Worf as a general in the Klingon Defense Force in 2387 . Worf was critically wounded by Nero while on board the Narada and was last seen unconscious on the Enterprise -E and about to be transported to sickbay .

In Star Trek Online , set thirty years after the events of DS9 and Nemesis , Worf has remained ambassador to Qo'noS and remains one of the few pro-Federation voices in the Empire after the breakdown of the Khitomer Accords. He has become gin'tak to the House of Martok and weds Grilka and they have one son. In describing her to reporter Jake Sisko , he echoes his previous comments on her, saying " She is glorious. " He later denounces the Federation when they refuse to help the Klingons fight an Alpha Quadrant infiltration of Species 8472 . Players interact with him early on in the Klingon faction story line, and during the special event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation from July 19 to 24, 2012 could meet a hologram of Worf as he appeared in 2364. The player also fights alongside him in the cross-faction missions "Sphere of Influence" and "Brushfire" and starting with "Brushfire", Michael Dorn provides voice-overs for all the character's lines. In the mission "Home", part of the "Victory is Life" expansion, Worf becomes Martok's Torchbearer , lighting the Beacon of Kahless in order to fully bring the Empire into the battle against the Hur'q .

In the Star Trek: Picard novel The Last Best Hope , Worf is revealed to have replaced Picard as the captain of the Enterprise -E following Picard's becoming an admiral to aid in the Romulan evacuation in advance of the Romulan sun going supernova. Though there is a token objection due to his reprimand for his actions in prioritizing the life of Jadzia Dax over his mission on Soukara , he is accepted for the role, in part because Starfleet believes it will foster good relations with the Klingon Empire.

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The alternate reality version of Worf appears in the third issue of the Star Trek: Ongoing story arc The Q Gambit where he is Chancellor of the Klingon colony of Earth after the Empire defeated the Federation and conquered Earth renaming it "Tera'." Worf is introduced to James T. Kirk , who instantly recognizes him and the Starfleet insignia and asks how he got here. Kirk explains that he and his crew were brought over a hundred years into the future by Q and Worf believes that both the crew of the USS Enterprise and the Klingons can be of mutual benefit to one another. Worf then prepares to meet with the advisory council over Sisko's intelligence reports and the events that brought Kirk and his crew to the future while also having rooms prepared for Kirk and his party when he is suddenly killed by his guards and Kurn, but it is revealed that they're actually Changelings who proclaim Earth is now under Dominion control.

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The Untold Truth Of Star Trek's Worf

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"Star Trek" has a rich tradition of turning enemies into allies. The former Borg drone Seven of Nine becomes a valued crewmember on "Star Trek: Voyager," even as the Borg Collective attempts to conquer Starfleet. The Ferengi  are considered an enemy of Starfleet, until the bartender Quark makes them more than just a caricature of greed on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." 

And then there's Lieutenant Commander Worf, who does more to improve the image of the Klingons, the go-to villains of the original "Star Trek" series, than any other character. Portrayed by Michael Dorn, Worf is the first Klingon to become a Starfleet officer after generations of Klingon-human hostility. While this promotes Starfleet's policy of inclusivity, being a Klingon among humans is not easy, and Worf regularly functions as an outsider. Still, his presence often reveals the beauty and value of Klingon culture. Ultimately, he becomes a key character and a beloved fixture of the "Star Trek" universe. We're here to examine how Worf evolved on screen and off, from his favorite beverage to his surprising origins.

Worf wasn't supposed to be a regular Star Trek cast member

Considering how popular Worf is with fans, it's surprising to learn that the producers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" did not initially want him as a regular cast member. As Larry Nemecek's "Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion" notes , Worf was originally imagined as a recurring character in seven of the first 13 episodes. Supervising producer Robert Justman also originally saw Worf as a "Klingon Marine" serving on the Enterprise as a symbol of better Federation-Klingon relations.

However, Dorn's performance as Worf was so magnetic that the showrunners felt the character had the potential to be part of the main cast. Over the years, Worf grew in importance and popularity, eventually becoming a central character who's done much to make Klingons actual protagonists in the "Star Trek" universe.

Today, Worf holds the record for appearing in more "Star Trek" franchise episodes than any other character, having appeared as a regular character in 11 seasons of both "Next Generation" and "DS9." In the "DS9" Season 5 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," Worf is even digitally inserted into scenes from the classic "Star Trek" Season 2 episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles."

Worf's grandfather once defended Captain James T. Kirk

In "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" (1991), Colonel Worf, Lieutenant Commander Worf's grandfather, is a Klingon attorney and diplomat who takes it upon himself to defend both Captain James T. Kirk and Doctor Leonard McCoy when they're accused of murdering Chancellor Gorkon. Although the trial is basically for show, with the majority of Klingons hoping for a double execution, Worf offers a strong defense and manages to get their sentence commuted to a life term of hard labor on Rura Penthe. This gives our heroes enough time to save both Kirk and McCoy and prove their innocence by unmasking Gorkon's true assassins. Colonel Worf himself helps reveal one of the assassins at a peace conference held at Camp Khitomer, thus vindicating his clients.

Michael Dorn plays Colonel Worf in the movie, and the filmmakers confirm in "Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages" that this Worf is indeed Lieutenant Commander Worf's grandfather. Aside from creating a strong link between the old and new "Star Trek" generations, this appearance reveals that Worf's family has always been full of honorable people willing to fight for justice.

Worf is a child of two worlds

Worf's backstory is eventually revealed in multiple "Next Generation" and "DS9" storylines. In time, we learn that Worf's birth parents were killed by Romulans while he lived on the Khitomer colony. A distress call led the USS Intrepid to Khitomer, where chief petty officer Sergey Rozhenko found a young Worf in the rubble. He took him home to be raised by his wife Helena alongside their son Nikolai on the farming colony of Gault.

Being the only Klingon in a largely human society proved difficult for Worf, but the Rozhenkos made a point of making sure Worf still practiced Klingon culture. He only ate Klingon food (motivating Helena to learn how to make Rokeg blood pie) and immersed himself in Klingon history, art, and philosophy. He also returned to the Klingon homeworld of Qo'noS at 15 and vowed to become a Klingon warrior. Sadly, his remaining kin rejected him due to his human upbringing.

Despite this, Worf maintains great respect for the humans who raised him and makes sure to adapt aspects of their ideals into his personal code. This is what leads him to enlist in Starfleet, making him the first Klingon to serve as an officer aboard a Federation vessel.

Worf considers Earth his home

Worf may have a great love of Klingon culture, but when it comes to what planet he considers home, his heart lies with humanity. In the "Next Generation" Season 4 episode "Family," Worf's adoptive human parents, the Rozhenkos, come to visit him on the Enterprise. In the process, they manage to embarrass Worf multiple times and become worried about their son's recent discommendation from the Klingon Empire.

Shortly after, the ship's bartender, Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) , approaches the Rozhenkos. She tells them that when Worf looks out the ship's windows toward the star he calls home, he doesn't look toward the Klingon Empire — he looks to Earth, and his adoptive parents. Later, in the "DS9" series finale episode "What You Leave Behind," Worf reveals he has a great love for the Rozhenkos' home of Minsk and suggests repeatedly to his crewmate Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) that he settle down there.

Worf killed a childhood playmate by accident

Other Klingons may come across as overly aggressive warriors with plenty of swagger, but Worf always presents himself with a very controlled and reserved demeanor. In the "DS9" Season 5 episode "Let He Who is Without Sin ... " he discloses the tragic reason for this to his lover, Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax.

According to Worf, he was a very forceful child who didn't hesitate to get into fights with kids he deemed disrespectful. He also loved participating in sports, and led his school's soccer team to the championships when he was only 13. Unfortunately, as he attempted to score, he smashed into another player, Mikel, and accidentally broke the boy's neck with his hard Klingon skull.

The experience scarred Worf, who realized he needed to practice greater self-restraint among human beings. As a result, he developed a more serious personality and honed his fighting abilities — not just so he could become a more efficient warrior, but also so he would know how to not accidentally hurt his friends.

Worf killed the Klingon chancellor on purpose

To say Worf's relationship with other Klingons is complicated would be an understatement. As the only Klingon to be raised by humans and serve in Starfleet (at least until  half-Klingon B'elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) becomes the USS Voyager's engineer), Worf is regarded as an outcast among his people. 

The Klingon government treats him with particular harshness. At one point, Worf's father is accused of treason, only for Worf to discover he's been framed by the rival Klingon House of Duras, to cover up their own sins. Realizing exposure of the truth could be devastating for Klingons and lead to in-fighting, Worf offers to take the blame for treason in the "Next Generation" Season 3 episode, "Sins of the Father." This ruins his family name, but lets him secretly spare the Klingon Empire from civil war.

Later, Worf helps Gowron, a new Klingon chancellor, rise to power. Gowron restores Worf's family honor in the "Next Generation" Season 4 episode "Redemption," but in the "DS9" Season 7 episode "Tacking into the Wind," Worf realizes Gowron is a dishonorable ruler who puts Klingons in needless danger during wartime. The two fight, and Worf kills Gowron, then passes on the role of chancellor to the Klingon general Martok. Thus, despite his outsider status, Worf's effect on Klingon politics is considerable.

Worf gets beaten up ... a lot

Even among Klingon warriors, Worf stands out as a formidable fighter. He's taken on Borg drones in hand-to-hand combat — and won. He's earned the title "Champion Standing" at a Klingon bat'leth tournament. He even teaches regular martial arts classes to Starfleet officers, including some advanced courses.

So it might come as a surprise for fans to learn that this  unbelievably tough Klingon tends to get beaten up ... a lot. In multiple "Next Generation" episodes, Worf is thrown around the bridge of the Enterprise or shot at by some new alien threat. At one point, in the Season 4 episode "Clues," he even gets his wrist broken by a possessed Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), who takes him out in under two seconds.

Worf is so frequently beaten up, in fact, that fans coined a phrase to describe the trope: " The Worf Effect ." This term refers to the storytelling practice of indicating how dangerous an unknown character is by having them beat up an established tough guy. Sadly, since the Enterprise regularly encounters unknown forms of life, writers used this trope to excess. Fortunately, by the time Worf transfers to Deep Space Nine, he starts winning most of his battles.

Worf's ideas get shot down ... a lot

"Star Trek" supposedly depicts a society that has moved past outdated prejudice. Here, people no longer discriminate against others based on race, gender, or species, and everyone's ideas are valued.

Well ... unless you happen to be Worf. Then your requests and recommendations keep being denied, no matter how politely and respectfully you ask. One enterprising "Star Trek" fan even combined the many instances of Worf's ideas being shot down, and ended up with a nearly 15-minute-long video . Over and over again, the poor Klingon is invalidated by his captain, first officer, and fellow Klingons.

To be fair, Worf does occasionally offer suggestions that his crewmates accept as sound advice. However, his tendency to be denied suggests that the "Worf Effect" which causes him to get beaten up all the time also sees him function as a constant counterpoint to his superiors.

Amusingly, Michael Dorn viewed the YouTube video in question, and found it hilarious. He even joked that he accepted the chance to reprise the character on "DS9" so he could make Worf more than " just the guy who got his ideas shot down all the time. " Happily, Worf's ideas are better accepted on "DS9," showing the Klingon does get some respect ... eventually.

Worf is unlucky in love

Klingons might be scary, but there's something about Worf that makes him irresistible to women. Both Counselor Deanna Troi and Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) fall for Worf and have relationships with him. 

This is risky, as Worf's girlfriends tend to receive gruesome deaths. In the "Next Generation" Season 2 episode "The Emissary," Worf renews a relationship with the half-Klingon ambassador K'Ehleyr (Suzie Plakson). After she discovers a conspiracy against Worf, however, she gets murdered and dies in Worf's arms in Season 4's "Reunion."

K'Ehleyr's death weighs heavily on Worf, but he gets a chance to move on when he marries Jadzia Dax in Season 6 of "DS9." However, when  Terry Farrell was denied the chance to be a recurring character and decided not to renew her contract for Season 7 , the producers opted to have Jadzia murdered by Gul Dukat in the Season 6 finale "Tears of the Prophets," leaving Worf a widower.

At least Troi is alive, right? Well ... not quite. In the "Next Generation" series finale "All Good Things," we visit an alternate future where Troi is dead — possibly due to a love triangle between Troi, Worf, and Riker. Worf and Troi eventually break up in the mainstream timeline, which may allow Troi to survive. He may be a devoted partner, but relationships with Worf tends to be hazardous to one's health.

Worf's many promotions

While some Starfleet officers have to wait a long time to be promoted ( we're looking at you, Ensign Harry Kim ), Worf is one crew member whose worth is constantly being recognized, resulting in multiple promotions.

Worf starts out as a lieutenant, junior grade in the early seasons of "Next Generation," and serves as a relief officer. He then takes over as acting security chief after the death of Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) in the "Next Generation" Season 1 episode "Skin of Evil," and later becomes both chief tactical officer and security chief, which leads him to be promoted to full lieutenant.

In the movie "Star Trek: Generations" (1994), Worf gets promoted to lieutenant commander. He later accepts reassignment as the strategic operations officer of Deep Space Nine in the "DS9" Season 4 episode "The Way of the Warrior." During his time on Deep Space Nine, he disobeys orders to save his wife Jadzia in the "DS9" Season 6 episode "Change of Heart," marring his service record and making his commanding officer Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) predict he'll never receive a command of his own.

However, in Una McCormack's novel "Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope," it's revealed that Worf does get promoted to captain of the Enterprise-E after Jean-Luc Picard gets his promotion to admiral. He may suffer a lot, but no one can say Worf isn't respected by his peers.

Worf is really bad at being a single dad

As if losing K'Ehleyr wasn't bad enough, Worf also discovers that his lover had a secret child with him — and that he's now responsible for young Alexander Rozhenko (Jon Steuer). To make matters more difficult, K'Ehleyr never taught Alexander about Klingon culture and the boy has no interest in being a warrior. Worf struggles to accept Alexander for who he is, and initially tries to force his son to change.

At one point, Worf sends Alexander to live with his adoptive parents, the Rozhenkos. They send him back, stating they are too old to handle raising another Klingon. Such actions have even prompted Michael Dorn himself to call Worf a "terrible father" in "Captains' Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages," and declare that "he hasn't got a clue."

Like a lot of children on TV shows, Alexander ages at a strange rate, forcing Worf to deal with him as a child, a teenager, and a young adult within a few short years. When he shows up as a young man on "DS9" played by Marc Worden, he finally chooses to become a warrior, but his early lack of training makes him clumsy among other Klingons, much to his father's embarrassment.

Worf loses his brother in a heartbreaking way

If there's one word that should be synonymous with Worf, it's "loss." Not only does this Klingon lose multiple lovers, he also loses family members — even when they don't actually die.

In the "Next Generation" Season 3 episode "Sins of the Father," Worf learns his younger brother Kurn  ("Candyman" acting legend Tony Todd) escaped death at the Khitomer massacre that killed their entire family. Now a Klingon commander, Kurn reunites with Worf, and is convinced to keep his identity a secret after Worf allows himself to be discommended from the Klingon Empire to save Kurn's life. Later, Kurn helps Worf restore their family honor, but when Worf refuses to invade the Cardassian Union with the Klingons, his family's lands and titles are stripped and Kurn is disgraced.

Depressed, Kurn attempts to kill himself. In the "DS9" Season 4 episode "Sons of Mogh," Worf elects to have his brother's memory wiped and his appearance altered so he can start a new life as "Rodek." In the process, Worf loses his brother and is even forced to tell him, "I have no family."

Worf considers prune juice a 'warrior's drink'

Klingons make a big deal about drinking plenty of "bloodwine" during ceremonies and celebrations. Worf himself has been known to partake in bloodwine, liking his to be very young and very sweet. However, bloodwine occupies a distant second place when compared to Worf's drink of choice: prune juice.

Introduced to the beverage by the Enterprise's bartender Guinan in the "Next Generation" Season 3 episode "Yesterday's Enterprise," Worf immediately proclaims prune juice to be "a warrior's drink," and begins consuming it in large quantities. He continues ordering prune juice during his tenure on Deep Space Nine, causing the Ferengi bartender Quark (Armin Shimerman) to break out in hysterical laughter until he realizes Worf is serious. As he learns, prune juice is very popular among Klingons in general.

Indeed, according to Keith R. A. DeCandido's "Next Generation" novel "Q&A," prune juice becomes the largest export from Earth to the Klingon Empire by 2380. As Klingons and humans have different biological systems, it's possible that Klingons experience an intoxicating effect from prune juice that humans can't enjoy — although it's also possible they simply appreciate not needing to worry about irregularity on the battlefield.

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Star Trek: DS9’s Dax Almost Discovered Bashir’s Genetically Engineered Secret Much Earlier

  • Dr. Bashir's genetic enhancements in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine were kept hidden until DS9 season 5's revealing episode, "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?"
  • Lt. Dax's decision not to read Dr. Bashir's diaries in DS9 season 2 may have been due to fear of falling in love with him.
  • Starfleet's fears of genetic augmentation, like those of Khan Noonien Singh, are due to the potential superpowers and dangers they could bring.

Lt. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) had a chance to learn that Dr Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) secretly benefited from genetic engineering years before Star Trek: Deep Space Nine revealed the truth. From its earliest days, Starfleet and the Federation banned any form of genetic augmentation, in fear of somebody creating another Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban). Because of the stringent restrictions on genetic enhancements, prospective Starfleet officers had to lie in their applications to even be considered. Commander Una Chin-Riley (Rebecca Romijn) won a landmark case in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season 2, but this was a notable exception.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's Dr. Bashir received genetic augmentations as a child, because his parents were concerned about his development. Julian's augmentations were kept a secret until they were discovered by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman (Robert Picardo) in DS9 season 5, episode 16, "Doctor Bashir, I Presume?" However, a moment in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2 suggests that Jadzia Dax could have discovered Julian's secret if she'd allowed the lovesick young doctor to open up. Luckily for Julian, she didn't, but it's interesting to ponder why Dax held back from learning this information in DS9 season 2, episode 13, "Armageddon Game".

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Dax could have discovered dr. bashir’s big secret in ds9 season 2.

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2, episode 13, "Armageddon Game", the Kelleruns tell Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) that Bashir and Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) have been killed in a tragic accident. It's a lie told to cover the Kelleruns own attempts to kill Bashir and O'Brien to prevent them sharing their knowledge about a devastating biological weapon. While the crew mourn the deaths of their colleagues, Jadzia confides in Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) that Julian gave her his personal diaries from medical school.

When he gave them to me, he told me that they were about his innermost thoughts, his struggle to graduate top of his class, his dream of a career in Starfleet, his constant fear of failure.

DS9 's writers only decided that Bashir was an Augment while writing season 5 , but that revelation casts this moment from season 2 in a new light. Dax explains to Kira that Julian gave her these personal diaries so that she could better understand him. Given that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 5 revealed that Julian's augmentations made him feel that he wasn't good enough for his parents , it seems likely that he may have mentioned that in his diaries. However, Dax never read the diaries, and so denied herself any knowledge about Julian's innermost thoughts, and his genetic enhancements.

Why Dax Never Read Bashir’s Diaries In Star Trek: DS9

It's interesting to ponder why Jadzia Dax never opened Julian's diaries in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 2. The most obvious reading of the scene is that Jadzia is still rebuffing Julian's romantic advances, and didn't want to give him false hope. Reading Bashir's diaries would be an incredibly intimate act, and clearly Jadzia didn't want to unearth Julian's innermost thoughts and anxieties. However, the introduction of Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax in DS9 season 7 does suggest another possibility.

...rather than rebuffing Julian's advances, Jadzia was reluctant to open the diaries because she was afraid that she may actually fall in love with him.

Ezri and Julian eventually became romantically involved by the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , and the new Dax host even told Bashir that Jadzia did have some feelings for him. This suggests that, rather than rebuffing Julian's advances, Jadzia was reluctant to open the diaries because she was afraid that she may actually fall in love with him. By not reading them, and not learning about Julian's enhancements and anxieties, she was able to suppress her feelings for him. Two years later, however, Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) arrived on the station, and completely changed the trajectory of Jadzia and Julian's romantic lives for the better.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, also known as DS9, is the fourth series in the long-running Sci-Fi franchise, Star Trek. DS9 was created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, and stars Avery Brooks, René Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, and Cirroc Lofton. This particular series follows a group of individuals in a space station near a planet called Bajor.

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How Ezri Dax Reinvented the Replacement Character

Season seven's new cast member won our hearts over

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It happens to all of the best shows -- at some point in year three, four, or five, an actor will inevitably choose to leave. That, or the writers/producers want to make a drastic cast change that they hope will bolster ratings and revitalize the series. Unfortunately, this often comes with audience backlash that can easily fate the character and the show itself to failure and long-lasting vitriol. When Ezri Dax joined Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , I was prepared for what seemed like an inescapable truth: I would hate this new face and struggle to enjoy the last season of the show as much as I had enjoyed all the previous seasons.

After seeing Ezri for the first time in the last moments of season seven’s premiere “Image in the Sand,” I was shocked at how excited I was to see a female Trill that wasn’t the one I had come to know and love. Still reeling from the loss of my beloved Jadzia, I was unsure and a bit wary of Ezri’s presence. Was it too soon? Was she going to be another Jadzia? How would Dax’s closest friends and family come to terms with the new host?

All of these questions were answered in a way that honored Jadzia’s memory while letting Ezri shine as her own person. In the one season we got to spend with her, Ezri worked to better the lives of her friends by first giving them closure over Jadzia’s death, and then becoming a separate being from her former host — one who cared just as much but brought different qualities to the story.

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DS9 premiered seven years before I was born, so as I watched it I knew seven seasons was all I was going to get. However, Jadzia’s death was something I wasn’t prepared for. Jadzia Dax, like every other character on DS9, was an integral cog in a well-oiled machine, and by season six she had charmed her way to becoming an undeniable fan favorite. So, you can imagine the dismay I felt as season six ended and season seven began (which, for me, was in the span of just a couple of hours).

A bright-eyed, bushy tailed Ezri Dax timidly explaining herself to Sisko was a far cry from the confident, seasoned Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax I knew and was still missing dearly. Ezri, while clearly not Jadzia (either in demeanor or stature), still evoked a familiarity that can best be described by Dr. Julian Bashir: “This may be the last thing you want to hear, but, uh, you have Jadzia’s eyes” (“Afterimage”). In that statement Julian unlocked the essence of a joined Trill: the host changes many times over several centuries, but with each new host, the symbiont gains an entirely new perspective and understanding of life itself. Hosts die, but the symbiont carries their memories forever. This idea has been drilled into us from the minute we met Jadzia in “Emissary.” But it isn’t until Ezri comes along that the characters -- and the viewers -- have to deal with what this means firsthand.

Out of all of Ezri’s crewmates, perhaps the person who had the most visceral reaction to her coming on board the station was Worf — Jadzia’s newly widowed husband. At first, I couldn’t believe how outwardly cold and dismissive he was acting (and neither could she). Worf first spots Ezri in Quark’s, and when she smiles and gives him a wave, he quickly recuses himself. Ezri perceives this action as hostile and begins to doubt if she can really make a life for herself here. She tells Sisko, “there are too many memories here” (“Afterimage”).

Tension between the two escalates throughout the episode, and Ezri finds herself questioning whether she even deserves to wear the uniform. It’s a breakthrough with Garak’s anxiety-inducing claustrophobia that reassures her of her ability to be a counselor, and though she planned on resigning her commission earlier in the episode, it’s revealed Sisko never sent her resignation through to Starfleet.

We hardly get to see Worf (much less his feelings) until he knocks on Ezri’s door while she’s packing to leave. He explains that he is unsure of what to feel and is uncomfortable with everything going on: “Part of me is glad to know that she [Jadzia] is not gone forever, but in some ways, it would be easier if she were.” The pair are left with an understanding that she should stay on the station, but that Worf will need some time to adjust fully.

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Grief is often mishandled on television — characters will move on too quickly, they’ll behave unusually, etc. Worf’s behavior was upsetting at first because, as I was getting to know Ezri, I felt she should have been immediately embraced by everyone. But this expectation was unrealistic, and looking back, Worf’s feelings were completely valid. Although he treated Ezri coolly at first, he ultimately realized his mistake and made amends.

Interestingly, the Ezri/Worf dynamic doesn’t end with one episode. Their complex relationship is explored further in “Penumbra.” After Ezri saves Worf from the harsh torrents of the Badlands through a daring, AWOL rescue mission, they end up stranded on a planet with no way to contact the station. From the moment of the rescue to when they found themselves grounded, it was nothing but arguing followed by awkward silence. Each had a chance to show off their temper, but when tensions reached a peak, a passionate kiss led to a fiery night.

Shortly after the rendezvous, several Breen approach from out of nowhere and take Ezri and Worf to the Breen ship. While incarcerated, neither Ezri or Worf seem to regret the night before, but as time passes and Ezri eventually gets taken and tortured, her subconscious feelings for Dr. Bashir are revealed. This turn of events leaves Worf hurt and Ezri confused, but it also leads to a deep conversation about the nature of their relationship and what their next move should be (finally). The conclusion of the discussion sees both Worf and Ezri come out with a mutual respect for one another and leaves both with a bond beyond the bounds of friendship.

Dr. Bashir’s relationship with Dax turned out to be perfectly juxtaposed to Worf’s. During DS9’s first season we saw Julian flirt with Jadzia consistently (and consistently be rejected). Even in the first episode when the two had just arrived at the station, Julian was practically choking on his own tongue trying to ask her out for dinner. This constant barrage of advances was something Jadzia found amusing and endearing, but I suspect she knew her 300+ years of wisdom might have been too much for the green, fresh-out-of-the-academy doctor to handle. The confidence and grace she exuded, while magnetic, ultimately weren’t what Julian needed. He began to see this and by the time Worf joined the crew, he and Dax were close friends and nothing more.

We never see any angry jealousy from Julian but there are times when Quark strikes up conversation about what could have been, such as when Worf and Dax are about to get married). There’s an extant air of regret about his relationship with Jadzia, and in “Afterimage,” Ezri says “If Worf hadn’t come along, it would’ve been you.” This revelation was surely devastating, and even though she is unaware of the impact of that statement, the knowledge that he could have actually had something with the woman he was in love with for six years must burn.

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After Ezri’s experience as a prisoner of the Breen, she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Julian. Meanwhile, Julian begins to feel similar things for Ezri, leading to nervous run-ins and uncomfortable moments as both prepare to confront the other about their feelings. “Dogs of War” shows the disclosure of feelings from both parties, the “rational” decision to restrict the relationship to that of friendship (for fear of losing each other entirely), and finally the moment we were all (even Chief O’Brien) waiting for. “Huh. I guess they worked it out,” O’Brien says, as the turbolift enters ops with Ezri and Julian kissing. This feels very much like a win for everyone: Worf got to marry the love of his life and eventually have a lifelong friend, and Julian got a close friend for several years, and then a romantic relationship with Dax, even if it wasn’t with the host he originally fell for.

The longest, and by far the most meaningful relationship the Dax symbiont has is with Benjamin Sisko. What makes the relationship so unique and important is that there was never any sort of romantic interest from either party at any point, thanks in part to Curzon Dax, who was the first incarnation of Dax to cross paths with Sisko. Curzon was an old man while Sisko was just starting his career. A skilled and revered diplomat throughout the sector, Curzon took on the role of mentor to a young Sisko. Our insight into their relationship is mostly limited to what’s told through Jadzia, but it is abundantly clear Sisko held great respect for Curzon.

This respect is translated to Jadzia Dax, who continues to be a confidant and sounding board for Sisko in times of crisis or otherwise. However, the dynamic has changed -- not because the old man is suddenly a beautiful young woman, but because Jadzia’s rank as Lieutenant Commander is inferior to Sisko’s rank of Commander (and eventually Captain). What this means is that Dax now holds an additional role of (semi) equal to Sisko. Their banter is still intact, but they are able to communicate in a more authentic way than I would imagine Sisko and Curzon ever could.

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Upon Ezri’s arrival, Sisko is one of the only characters to welcome her with open arms and no reservations (along with good old Quark). This is crucial for Ezri’s re-entry into the world she once knew, and she even tells Sisko, “You don’t know how much better I feel just being here with you, Ben,” (“Shadows and Symbols”). Physically, Ezri’s a similarly beautiful young woman, but mentally she was clearly unprepared to be joined. As a result, her self-confidence plummeted and the sureness Jadzia carried herself with vanished. It was Sisko’s tricky handiwork in “Afterimage” that helped to restore Ezri’s faith in herself and her capabilities along with strengthening the bond between her and Sisko. From this episode forward, Ezri held the rank of Lieutenant — just one below Jadzia. The trust and respect that Dax and Sisko had in one another was again translated, and this time, Ezri has become the mentee. She of course still carries the wisdom of her eight previous hosts, but her timid nature and sometimes erratic demeanor means that a steady hand and sound advice from the now seasoned Captain Sisko are always welcome and appreciated.

Jadzia Dax’s departure was mourned by all, but with her sudden death came an unexpected gift — Ezri Dax’s confuddled, eccentric, and charming aura was a welcome bit of levity in the seemingly never-ending Dominion War. Ezri shined in every scene she was in because in previous seasons we’ve been looking at the war through the jaded eyes of the servicemen and women of DS9. Ezri brings a fresh perspective and unique take on precarious situations through her lens as a joined Trill with a brand-new host, and as a counselor — a role never before featured on DS9.

Ezri gave the audience a chance to fully get to know another Dax — one that hasn’t prepared all her life for joining as Jadzia did, but someone more like us. A young woman thrust into a predicament impossible to get out of (without dying in the process) goes on a personal journey to come to terms with herself as a person with eight lifetimes of memories. Along the way, she continues to prove that while she might carry Jadzia’s experiences, Ezri is her own unique character that can endure trauma, be brave, and fight for what she believes in.

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Discovery will have star trek’s first wedding in 22 years.

Star Trek: Discovery's Saru and T'Rina are tying the knot, and season 5's nuptials will be the first franchise wedding since Star Trek: Nemesis.

Warning: SPOILERS for Star Trek: Discovery Season 5

  • Star Trek: Discovery season 5 features the first major wedding of Star Trek characters in 22 years.
  • Captain Saru chooses to become an Ambassador, leading to a surprising proposal from President T'Rina.
  • Weddings for major Star Trek characters are still a rare occurrence.

Star Trek: Discovery season 5 will present the first wedding of major Star Trek characters in 22 years. Written by showrunner Michelle Paradise and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Star Trek: Discovery season 5, episode 1, "Red Directive," centers on Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) hunting for an ancient power belonging to the Progenitors, who were introduced in the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation season 6 episode, "The Chase". Meanwhile, Captain Saru (Doug Jones) and President T'Rina (Tara Rosling) take a major step in their relationship .

Star Trek: Discovery season 5's premiere is a crossroads for Captain Saru. Although the Kelpien loyally serves his dear friend, Captain Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), as First Officer of the USS Discovery, Saru receives an intriguing job offer to become an Ambassador for the United Federation of Planets. This dignified new position means leaving Discovery, but with the benefit of Saru getting to spend more time with his love, T'Rina, the President of Ni'Var. At the end of Star Trek: Discovery 's season 5 premiere , Saru took the Ambassador position, and T'Rina surprisingly proposed marriage . It's safe to say Saru said "yes."

Star Trek: Discovery Season 5 Returning Cast & New Character Guide

Saru & president t’rina will have star trek’s first wedding since riker & troi, the first kelpien-vulcan wedding in star trek.

When Ambassador Saru and President T'Rina tie the knot in Star Trek: Discovery season 5, it'll be the first wedding between two major Star Trek characters in 22 years. The last significant Star Trek wedding was in 2022's Star Trek: Nemesis when Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) married Counselor Deanna Troi. On the TV side, both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager featured marriages between lead characters. Lt. Commanders Worf (Michael Dorn) and Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) got hitched in DS9 season 6, and Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) married Kasidy Yates (Penny Johnson Jerald) in DS9 season 7. Lt. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) wed Lt. B'Elanna Torres (Roxann Dawson) in Voyager season 7.

Will Riker and Deanna Troi had 2 wedding ceremonies; one on Earth and one on Betazed without clothes in the tradition of Troi's culture.

In the case of Riker and Troi and Paris and Torres, their actual wedding ceremonies took place off-screen. Meanwhile, Worf and Dax and Sisko and Yates' weddings were shown on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as was the S tar Trek: The Next Generation wedding of Chief Miles O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and Keiko Ishikawa (Rosalind Chao). If Star Trek: Discovery season 5 shows Saru and T'Rina's wedding ceremony - a historic Star Trek first as a Kelpien and a Vulcan have never married before - it'll be the first time a major Star Trek wedding will be shown since Captain Sisko and Kasidy Yates' in 1999's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 7, episode 18, "'Til Death Do Us Part."

Why Star Trek Weddings Are So Rare

Every star trek wedding is special.

Although a handful of big-name Star Trek characters got married, weddings for major characters are still a rare sight in the franchise. Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) married two USS Enterprise crewmen in Star Trek: The Original Series season 1's "Balance of Terror", but the ceremony was interrupted, and the groom was later killed. This set a precedent so that Star Trek didn't see a wedding until Star Trek: The Next Generation season 4, 25 years later. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and T'Pring (Arlene Martel) voided their betrothal in TOS , and neither he, Captain Kirk, Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), nor Admirals Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) got married as Captain Sisko did.

The life of a Starfleet Officer doesn't preclude being married or raising a family, but many Star Trek Captains seem to follow Kirk and Picard's lead and dedicate their life to the service, and the loneliness that comes with it . This is why it's refreshing to see Saru shed his Captaincy and embrace his loving future with T'Rina. Hopefully, Star Trek: Discovery season 5 will make Ambassador Saru and President T'Rina's nuptials a true celebration, and perhaps Captain Michael Burnham and Cleveland Booker (David Ajala) won't be far behind.

Star Trek: Discovery season 5 is streaming on Paramount+


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  1. Jadzia Dax

    Lenara Kahn. Worf (spouse) Jadzia Dax / dʒædˈziːə ˈdæks /, played by Terry Farrell, is a fictional character from the science-fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . Jadzia Dax is a joined Trill. Though she appears to be a young woman, Jadzia lives in symbiosis with a long-lived creature, known as a symbiont, named Dax ...

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    When Worf and Jadzia decide to bring forward their wedding, the matriarch of the House of Martok challenges Worf and Dax's marriage. "Captain's Personal Log, Stardate 51247.5. It's been a week since our return to Deep Space 9, but the mood of celebration continues. We're still at war, and the station has been designated headquarters for the Ninth Fleet. That, plus our strategic position ...

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    The sparks flew, and it wasn't just from clashing bat'leths. Worf was originally a character on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but when that series ended, the creators decided to move the fan ...

  4. You Are Still Cordially Invited to Worf and Jadzia Dax's Wedding

    Meanwhile, Commanders Worf and Jadzia Dax continued to prepare for their long-awaited wedding. Dax agreed to undergo the traditional evaluation by the mistress of the house she was due to join. ... Mark is a writer for Star Trek: The Official Magazine, is editor-in-Chief of Star Trek: The Neutral Zone and was a stage host at Destination Star ...

  5. Jadzia Dax

    Jadzia was born in 2341, on stardate 23634.1, on Trill, where she grew up with her mother, father and a sister.Although Jadzia was always a shy and quiet child, she was very driven by her ambitions to one day be joined to a symbiont.She spent much of her early life focusing on achieving her goals and would become the only member of her family to be joined.

  6. Star Trek: DS9's Jadzia Dax Changes Made Her Perfect For Worf

    The idealized fantasy version of Lt. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "If Wishes Were Horses" highlighted the changes required to make her the perfect match for Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn). In the episode, a race of aliens bring the fantasies of the DS9 crew to life, which proves embarrassing for Dr. Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) and Jadzia Dax.

  7. Change of Heart (episode)

    The events of this episode are referenced when Worf meets Ezri Dax - Jadzia's "successor" as the Dax host - during the Star Trek: Destiny trilogy; with Ezri now a captain and Worf a first officer, she expresses concern that Worf's lower rank is the result of him saving Jadzia, but Worf assures her that she does great honor to Jadzia's ...

  8. Star Trek: Deep Space 9's Most Heart Wrenching Moment

    Jadzia was a great addition to the Star Trek family, carrying eight lifetimes worth of memories and experiences, all while constantly trying to explore new and different things. She truly enjoyed ...

  9. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Change of Heart (TV Episode 1998)

    Change of Heart: Directed by David Livingston. With Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Dorn, Terry Farrell. Worf and Jadzia travel to the badlands to procure some information on the Dominion from a traitorous Cardassian. Bashir wants to engage in a holo-suite spy simulation, but O'Brien prefers to brush up on his tongo game after watching Jadzia lose to Quark.

  10. "You Are Cordially Invited..." Aired 19 Years Ago Today

    The working title was… "Once Upon a Wedding." Bob Blackman designed Worf and Jadzia's wedding attire. Blackman, in an interview for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, explained, "The wedding garb was my interpretation of the original Klingon clothing that Robert Fletcher designed for Star Treks I-IV.And there was an element that had an Elizabethan doublet look to it.

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    Having survived a skirmish with the Dominion that took place aboard the U.S.S. Defiant, Worf aimed to fulfill his promise to Jadzia Dax and composed a poem to celebrate the occasion.Emphasizing how much the project meant to him, Deep Space 9's strategic operations officer recited the first line about the little ship with a serious tone and a stern glare.

  12. Star Trek: What Happened To Worf After The Next Generation?

    Worf would eventually fall in love with and marry Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax, a Trill science officer stationed on Deep Space Nine.Their wedded bliss was short-lived, however, as the Cardassian Gul Dukat — DS9's resident big bad — killed Jadzia in the season 6 finale. After the Federation won the war against the Dominion, Worf departed Deep Space Nine with an offer to serve as the ...

  13. Worf and Jadzia -- Best Star Trek Couple : r/DeepSpaceNine

    The Sto'Vo'Kor thing though wasn't about Jadzia lacking honor, it was 100% about how she died. Being accidentally stealth murdered by a Pah'Wraith infused Spoonhead isn't exactly dying in glorious battle. It wasn't a slight against Jadzia; NOBODY gets into Sto'Vo'Kor that way. 4.

  14. Worf

    Worf, son of Mogh is a fictional character in the Star Trek franchise, portrayed by actor Michael Dorn.He appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), seasons four through seven of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) and the third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, as well as the feature films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek ...

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    Worf was an alien and that is a big natural barrier to marriage due to so many cultural and physical differences. This is why there are very few human-alien couples in Star Trek. Jadzia Dax was also an alien. Of the six suitors you mention, she was only the same species as one, Dr. Lenara Kahn. And she couldn't have a relationship with another ...

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    Worf assisting Admiral Mark Jameson in 2364. Worf was permitted a variation from the Starfleet uniform dress code, and wore a Klingon warrior's sash, sometimes called a baldric by Humans, over his regular duty uniform. (Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Star Trek: Insurrection) Worf's quarters were on Deck 7, in Section 25 Baker until 2370, when he moved to Deck 2 ...

  17. The Trill of It All: An Interview with Terry Farrell

    Terry Farrell 's turn as Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is near and dear to many fans' hearts. She made Jadzia her own for six years, imbuing the character with a warmth and lightheartedness that the somber and often dark series needed. Farrell departed the space station after the sixth season, beaming directly over to the sitcom Becker.

  18. The Untold Truth Of Star Trek's Worf

    Worf's grandfather once defended Captain James T. Kirk. In "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" (1991), Colonel Worf, Lieutenant Commander Worf's grandfather, is a Klingon attorney and diplomat ...

  19. DS9 Season 7 Did The Impossible With Dax

    Generally, however, Deep Space 9 fans appreciated de Boer's performance as Ezri, and by pairing her with Julian Bashir, DS9 gave viewers the romantic coupling many had anticipated before Worf swept Jadzia off her feet.Even now, Star Trek fans debate which Dax they prefer - Jadzia or Ezri - which is testament to how strong an impression de Boer made in only one season of DS9.

  20. Why Ezri Replaced Jadzia As Dax Explained By Star Trek: DS9 Writer

    DS9's writers killed off the beloved Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax character and introduced Lieutenant Ezri Dax, the new host of the Dax symbiont, at the start of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 7.

  21. How Love Changed Our Favorite Klingon Worf

    In the Star Trek Universe, Klingons are presented as being hyper-masculine, exemplifying all the unhealthy views of "traditional masculinity" in western society. They are highly patriarchal and prideful warriors singularly focused on maintaining a reputation of strength. ... When Worf arrives on DS9, Jadzia welcomes him with advice ...

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    After TNG ended, Worf joined the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in season 4 and began a very popular love affair with Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell); they eventually married but Jadzia died at the end of DS9 season 6. Related: Star Trek VI: How Worf Appeared In The Final TOS Movie.

  24. How Ezri Dax Reinvented the Replacement Character

    When Ezri Dax joined Star Trek: ... perhaps the person who had the most visceral reaction to her coming on board the station was Worf — Jadzia's newly widowed husband. At first, I couldn't believe how outwardly cold and dismissive he was acting (and neither could she). Worf first spots Ezri in Quark's, and when she smiles and gives him ...

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