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Nog as Lieutenant
Species Ferengi
Home planet Ferenginar
Affiliation Starfleet
Posting Deep Space Nine Academy field placement, chief of operations
USS Defiant
Rank Cadet
Lieutenant junior grade
Lieutenant Commander (field commission)
Portrayed by Aron Eisenberg

Nog, played by Aron Eisenberg, is a recurring character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He becomes the first Ferengi to join Starfleet. He is Rom's son and Quark's nephew.



The five-foot Eisenberg was cast as Nog because the producers needed an adult actor (for the long makeup process) who would not look too tall next to the young Cirroc Lofton (who was cast before his unexpected growth spurt mid-series put him above the rest of the cast).


Nog was born to Rom and Prinadora on Ferenginar in 2353. Later, he moved with his father to Deep Space Nine and worked at his uncle Quark's bar. During this time, Nog was very mischievous, and a slight delinquent. With new best friend Jake Sisko, he is, though reluctantly, one of the first students in Keiko O'Brien's school. When Rom, under pressure from Quark and Grand Nagus Zek, pulls Nog out of school, Jake tutors him behind Rom's back ("The Nagus").

Recognizing his father's failure to capitalize on his proficiency with mechanics and electronics, and not wanting to follow in those footsteps, Nog resolves to go into a career where he can make something of himself. After going through the Ferengi coming of age rite, he requests an apprenticeship under Captain (Commander at the time) Benjamin Sisko in order to attend Starfleet Academy ("Heart of Stone"). Nog is admitted and becomes the first Ferengi in Starfleet ("Facets").

Starfleet assigns Nog to Deep Space Nine as part of his cadet field training ("The Ascent"). Upon returning to the station, he becomes roommates with Jake although his newfound Academy discipline is initially at odds with Jake's slovenly habits. As a cadet, Nog works mainly under chief of operations Miles O'Brien.

Nog receives a commission as ensign shortly before Starfleet retakes Deep Space Nine during the Dominion War ("Favor the Bold").

In 2374, Nog is sent on a diplomatic mission to Ferenginar with Jake, who is along as a civilian press correspondent. They are rescued by the USS Valiant after their runabout is destroyed by the Dominion. Onboard the Valiant, Jake and Nog discover that the vessel, including all senior officers, is composed entirely of an elite group of Starfleet cadets, called Red Squad. Nog becomes enamored at the thought of working with such a group, and the young Captain soon gives Nog a temporary field promotion and officer position on the ship. An arrogant, overly zealous crew, they embark on a poorly-planned mission to seek out and destroy a very powerful Dominion battleship... based solely on an untested scientific theory which indicates a specific radiation emission could be used to cripple the Dominion ship's hull structure. Jake objects strongly to the recklessness of the endeavor, but is blatantly ignored and ridiculed by everyone, including Nog. Eventually, the Valiant encounters the Dominion ship, and the young crew become visibly shaken when they see how huge this particular enemy ship is, from the viewscreen. They make the first offensive strike on the enemy anyway, but quickly discover to their horror that the theory is flawed. The radiation has no effect, and the Dominion ship retaliates, resulting in the total destruction of the USS Valiant. Finding an escape-pod, Nog, Jake, and a female cadet whom Jake befriended earlier are the only survivors ("Valiant").

On AR-558, during a battle in the height of the Dominion war, a Jem'Hadar soldier shoots Nog's left leg, necessitating its amputation ("The Siege of AR-558"). The leg is replaced with a bionic one by Dr. Bashir, and Nog chooses Vic Fontaine's holosuite club simulation as the place to recuperate from the trauma of war, and to adjust to using an artificial limb ("It's Only a Paper Moon").

One of Sisko's final acts before joining the Prophets is to promote Nog to the rank of lieutenant junior grade (DS9: "What You Leave Behind").

In an alternate timeline, Nog becomes a Starfleet captain ("The Visitor").

In the Mirror Universe, Nog owns the bar on Terok Nor, having inherited it after the deaths of his father and uncle. The mirror Nog helps Intendant Kira Nerys escape from the Terran Rebellion; however, the Intendant subsequently executes Nog, fearing that he might tell the rebels where she is ("Shattered Mirror").

Nog is known to store his money in a locked box under his bed.


Season 1

  • Emissary
  • A Man Alone
  • The Nagus
  • The Storyteller
  • Progress

Season 2

  • The Siege
  • Sanctuary
  • The Jem'Hadar

Season 3

  • Life Support
  • Heart of Stone
  • Facets

Season 4

  • The Visitor (alternate timeline version)
  • Little Green Men
  • Homefront
  • Paradise Lost
  • Shattered Mirror (Mirror Universe counterpart)

Season 5

  • The Ascent
  • The Darkness and the Light
  • For the Uniform
  • Soldiers of the Empire
  • Blaze of Glory
  • Empok Nor
  • In the Cards
  • Call to Arms

Season 6

  • A Time to Stand
  • Rocks and Shoals
  • Behind the Lines
  • Favor the Bold
  • Sacrifice of Angels
  • You Are Cordially Invited...
  • The Magnificent Ferengi
  • Far Beyond the Stars
  • One Little Ship
  • Valiant
  • Profit and Lace
  • Tears of the Prophets

Season 7

  • Image in the Sand
  • Take Me Out to the Holosuite
  • Chrysalis
  • Treachery, Faith, and the Great River
  • The Siege of AR-558
  • It's Only a Paper Moon
  • Badda-bing, Badda-bang
  • 'Til Death Do Us Part
  • The Changing Face of Evil
  • When it Rains...
  • The Dogs of War
  • What You Leave Behind

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