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Odo

Deep Space 9's shapeshifting chief of security

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Black or White? Your guilty or innocent and you cannot hide your dirty truths from him.

  • Sep 7, 2010
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+5

From the moment you see him in the first episode, you know this isn't a normal Star Trek character.  He's a chief of security who doesn't use weapons and he can get into any place he wants since he's a shape shifter and can turn into a mouse, a wine glass anything.  If that doesn't get him what he needs, theres always hitting the books and learning what he can about the law and how it pretains to justice.  Justice is Odo's game and the only one he plays.

Odo is a character on Deep Space Nine.  He at first doesn't know who his people are and was teased in a good number of early on episode before Odo learns the truth about who he really is.  What was even better is that why Odo ended up where he was is even followed up on in a late series episode even after the mystery is out of the bottle about Odo.

The best part about Odo, and one that he even admits is he knows nothing about pretense.  In a key episode at the begining of DS9's run, Kira admits to Odo that she is torn between her new duties and helping an old freedom fighter who has a hidden agenda for Bajor in helping it gain it's independence.  Odo hearing this makes up her mind for her and it's the right thing to do.

Odo was also the center point of one of my favorite DS9 episodes, "Necessary Evil" where he reopens an old murder case that involved the Cardassians when they still controlled the space station.  Kira is a part of this too and she ends up being a big part of many Odo episodes and they had a great dynamic.  Even better was Odo's antagonistic relationship with Quark the bartender who was always trying to run a scam or smuggle something under Odo's nose with Odo always on top of Quark and taking every delight in rubbing the bartender the wrong way.  Quark even would stick up for Odo from time to time or give him advice.  One time Quark was even questioned why say anything nice about Odo at all since Odo always chased after him and Quark's response was because he was the closest thing Odo had to a friend.

Odo much like Kira didn't approve of the "Starfleet" way but like Kira he softened over time and it showed a nice piece of character growth as the crew worked together more and realized that the conflicting politics could be worked out, especially when the War was on the horizon in later seasons.  Odo was unbendable as they came and considering he was made of shapechanging goo, that says something.

Black or White? Your guilty or innocent and you cannot hide your dirty truths from him.

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