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Worf, Son of Mogh
Species Klingon
Home planet Qo'noS, later
Earth (Belarus)
Affiliation United Federation of Planets
Klingon Empire
House of Martok
House of Mogh
Posting Tactical officer and Chief of security,
USS Enterprise-D
USS Enterprise-E;
Strategic operations officer and USS Defiant First Officer,
Deep Space Nine
Rank Lieutenant J.G. (TNG Seasons 1-2)
Lieutenant (TNG Seasons 3-7)
Lieutenant Commander (Feature films and DS9)
Captain - Klingon Empire (DS9) Ambassador - The Federation to Klingon Empire1
(DS9 & Beyond)

1 Insisted on by now Chancellor Martok, who became chancellor because of Worf's refusal of the position.
Portrayed by Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf, played by Michael Dorn, is a main character in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and also the films based on The Next Generation. Worf is the first Klingon main character to appear in Star Trek, and has appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other character. He is the only character to be a regular in more than one live-action Star Trek series.



Worf was at first not intended to be a regular character, since Roddenberry wanted to avoid "retreads of characters or races featured prominently in the original Star Trek series", and so the June 1, 1987 cast portrait did not include Worf.[1] Several "tall, slim, black actors" auditioned for Worf before Michael Dorn came along, walking into the audition in character and not smiling.[2]

Character story

Star Trek VI: Worf's grandfather, also portrayed by Michael Dorn, appears in a very important role as Captain Kirk's and Bones McCoy's lawyer after they are accused of killing Chancellor Gorkon of the Klingon High Council.


Worf is the son of Mogh. When Worf was a child, his parents and family were killed by the Romulan attack on the Khitomer outpost. Worf and his nanny Kahlest survived the attack. Worf was then adopted by a human couple, Sergey and Helena Rozhenko, who raised him on a small farm colony on the planet Gault, a world of about 20,000 inhabitants, almost all of them humans, although he also spent time in his parent's native Minsk, later recommending it to O'Brien as one of his favourite places on Earth.[3][4][5]

Worf did not take the Rozhenko's last name, preferring to be addressed by the Klingon designation "Worf, son of Mogh". (However, his son Alexander Rozhenko, who was raised for a brief time by the Rozhenkos, does use their surname.)

Worf's brother Kurn, barely a year old at the time of the Khitomer attack, was left behind on the Klingon homeworld Qo'noS. Lorgh, a friend to House of Mogh (appearing only in dialog of "Sins of the Father"), was charged with the care of the younger son, expecting Mogh's stay at the Khitomer outpost to be short-term. Lorgh adopted Kurn after the attack, informing Klingon authorities that he died with the rest of the family. Kurn was not revealed as being alive until both brothers were adults.

It was during his time on Gault that the 13-year-old Worf, captain of his school's soccer team, accidentally killed another boy during a championship game by throwing himself at the boy as the two children went after a ball that flew into the air, something for which Worf would feel guilty for the rest of his life.

In 2357, he went to Starfleet Academy, graduating in 2361 with the rank of Ensign, becoming the first Klingon officer in Starfleet.

The Next Generation

In 2364 Worf was assigned to the USS Enterprise-D as relief flight control and tactical officer with the rank of lieutenant junior grade (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"). The next year he was made Acting Chief of Security following the death of Natasha Yar. (TNG: "Skin of Evil"). The next year he transferred to operations division and was formally made Chief of Security (TNG: "The Child"). He was promoted to lieutenant in 2366 (TNG: "Evolution"). His and K'Ehleyr's son, Alexander, was born in 2366, without his knowledge, the same year he brought the orphaned Jeremy Astor into the House of Mogh through the rite of R'uustai (TNG: "The Bonding") and the same year he learned that he has a brother, Kurn (TNG: "Sins of the Father").

After Worf accepted a ritual loss of honor from the Klingon High Council in order to protect the Empire from a scandal (TNG: "Sins of the Father"), K'Ehleyr informed him of their son's existence. (TNG: "Reunion"). K'Ehleyr was murdered by Duras, whom Worf then killed. (TNG: "Reunion") In appreciation of his support in the Klingon Civil War, Chancellor Gowron restored Worf's honor, though he had to resign from Starfleet to fight on Gowron's behalf (TNG: "Redemption, Part I"). Worf later regained his Starfleet commission (TNG: "Redemption, Part II").

Worf avoided romantic attachments with non-Klingons during his first few years on board the Enterprise-D. As Worf explained to both Riker and Guinan, he felt that non-Klingon females would be too fragile, and that he would have to restrain himself too much. He eventually developed strong feelings for Counsellor Deanna Troi, and explored a relationship with her for a time, which at times strained his relationship with her former lover, Commander Riker. Worf and Troi ended their relationship following the destruction of the Enterprise-D at Veridian III and Worf's reassignment to Deep Space Nine.

In 2371 he was promoted to lieutenant commander (Star Trek Generations). After the destruction of the Enterprise-D, he was on detached leave (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"), where he meets former Enterprise-D crewmember and DS9's Chief of Operations, Miles O'Brien. Eventually, Sisko asked for Worf to join the crew of Deep Space Nine, but Worf continued to appear on TNG films which is explained by various happenstances such as rescue (ST: First Contact), detached duty (ST: Insurrection) and leave (ST: Nemesis).

Side Note: In the book "The Way of the Warrior", Miles O'Brien, a former Enterprise-D crewmember and DS9's Chief of Operations, is the first person to greet Worf when the latter arrives on DS9. O'Brien fills Worf in on the various news, including Benjamin Sisko's promotion to Captain. Miles O'Brien introduces Worf to Julian Bashir (DS9's CMO), Major Kira Neyrs (DS9's first officer) and Jadzia Dax (DS9's Science Officer).

Worf is one of three officers under Captain Picard who have achieved captain's rank (temporary field promotions and Klingon Defense Force only). The other officers to have done so under Picard are William Riker and Data. Beverly Crusher and Geordi LaForge have also reached the rank of Captain, but only through alternate timelines.

Deep Space Nine

Worf soon falls in love with fellow officer Jadzia Dax, and the two marry. In the DS9 episode "Change of Heart", Worf prematurely ends a mission to contact a Cardassian informant inside the Dominion in order to save his nearly mortally injured wife. The informant is subsequently executed by the Dominion, causing Captain Benjamin Sisko, the commander of Deep Space Nine, to caution that Starfleet might not grant Worf his own command after this incident, but adds that had he been forced to choose between his duty and his wife, he would have done the same thing.

Worf and Jadzia are married less than a year when Jadzia is attacked by a Pah-Wraith-possessed Gul Dukat who comes aboard the station to destroy an Orb of the Prophet. Julian Bashir is able to save the Dax symbiont, who is sent back to the Trill homeworld to be rejoined with a new host, but Jadzia dies shortly afterward. The Dax symbiont is eventually implanted into a new host named Ezri Dax. Ezri is soon posted to Deep Space Nine, and this leads to a number of awkward moments between her and Worf. Eventually, the two settle into a comfortable friendship, and Ezri becomes romantically involved with Julian Bashir.

One of the emblems on Worf's baldric is the crest of the House of Mogh, which he continues to wear even after Klingon Chancellor Gowron strips the House of its title and properties in retaliation for Worf's refusal to take part in the Klingon invasion of Cardassia ("The Way of the Warrior").

Following his excommunication from the Klingon Empire by Chancellor Gowron (DS9 episode "The Way of the Warrior"), Worf's brother Kurn's memory is erased by consent, in order to provide Kurn with a new identity as a way to escape the dishonor and prescribed ritual suicide that would have resulted from this event. Kurn now has the identity of Rodek, believing he lost his memory after being hit by a plasma discharge (DS9 episode "Sons of Mogh").

During the buildup to the Dominion War, Worf develops a rapport with then-General Martok ("By Inferno's Light") after escaping together with Dr. Julian Bashir and Garak from a Dominion detention center.

During the Dominion War, Worf is assigned as first officer to the Rotarran ("Soldiers of the Empire"), the Klingon Bird of Prey under the command of General Martok. At first Martok, fearing a trap by the Jem'Hadar, refused to enter Cardassian Space, putting Worf in the unenviable position of having to challenge him. Acting on insistance from Jadzia Dax, Worf reluctantly challenged Martok for command of the Rotarran, which Worf later bows out of, sustaning a knife wound, while getting Martok in a state of battle craze that he needed to take on Jem'Hadar and rescue the survivors of the B'Moth.

Realizing that Worf challenged him for command only to remind him of his duty to the Empire which Worf considered as merely repaying a debt of honor for what happened at the detention center, Martok, now grateful for Worf's actions aboard the Rotarran, invites Worf to be a part of his House, resulting in Worf replacing the old crest with that of the House of Martok. From this point forward, Worf is regarded as Martok's brother. Worf's son, Alexander, is also assigned to the Rotarran after joining the Klingon Defense Force. Though Worf is initially estranged by his now adult son, and skeptical of his son's desire to serve the Empire, he eventually reconciles with him.

Later, during the Dominion War (in the DS9 episode "Tacking Into the Wind"), Worf becomes concerned with the futile and dangerous assignments being given by Chancellor Gowron to General Martok, in an attempt by Gowron to counter Martok's growing prestige. Motivated by a conversation in which Ezri Dax asks Worf to name the last Klingon leader he could truly respect, Worf challenges Gowron to a duel and kills him. With this act, Worf becomes the rightful chancellor, but he declines the honor, and with his encouragement General Martok becomes Chancellor of the High Council.

After the conclusion of the Dominion War, Worf is made the Federation ambassador to Qo'noS (the Klingon homeworld), as depicted in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series finale "What You Leave Behind". By Star Trek Nemesis, he has returned to Starfleet, and once again serves on the Enterprise under Captain Picard.

Star Trek: Countdown

In the official comic book prequel to the 2009 "Star Trek" movie, Worf is a General in the Klingon Empire who is dispatched to deal with Romulan Captain Nero and his significantly altered mining vessel, the Narada. When the Klingon forces suffer a crushing defeat, Worf agrees to Nero's demand to board a shuttle and come onboard the Narada. Worf takes the opportunity to surprise Nero, cutting into the Narada's hull and fighting his way to the main bridge for a confrontation with Nero. Already prepared for such a tactic, Nero succeeds in surprising Worf by impaling him through the back with a large mechanical tentacle. When the Enterprise-E arrives to do battle with the Narada, Nero agrees to beam Worf over if the ship will lower its shields. When Captain Data agrees, Worf is beamed back to the ship, giving the Narada time to fire on the Enterprise. The ship suffers heavy damage, but manages to raise its shields in time to prevent a second attack. However, Nero leaves the battle to continue his assault on the planet Vulcan. Worf is assumed to have survived, but this is never explicitly mentioned in the comic.

Critical and fan reception

Worf is a popular character among fans.[6] The episode "Heart of Glory", which focuses on Worf and his relationship to other Klingons, is credited with planting "many seeds for successive Klingon storylines ... and new insights into Klingon culture".[7]

In 1995, with TNG over, the writers of DS9 came up with the idea of adding Worf to the cast in response to pressure to boost ratings.[8]


  1. ^ Adam Schrager, The Finest Crew in the Fleet: The Next Generation Cast On Screen and Off. New York: Wolf Valley Books (1997): 96 - 97
  2. ^ Schrager (1997): 97
  3. ^ "Heart of Glory"
  4. ^ "Let He Who is without Sin..."
  5. ^ "What you leave behind"
  6. ^ Jeff Greenwald, "Worf Factors" Future Perfect: How Star Trek Conquered Planet Earth. New York: Viking (1998): 79. "Dorn plays the immensely popular Worf ... Worf may be the most complex and sympathetic character in the history of Star Trek.
  7. ^ Lincoln Geraghty, "A Network of Support: Coping with Trauma Through Star Trek Fan Letters" The Journal of Popular Culture Volume 39 Issue 6 Page 1002-1024, December 2006. "Fans of the aggressive but honorable aliens were delighted to see the Worf character given some screen time and that the Klingons were becoming an important part of the Star Trek universe once again."
  8. ^ Source: "Charting New Territory". DVD extra included with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete Fourth Season. Of Worf, writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe said in an interview conducted on October 20, 2002 that the studio felt DS9's ratings were sagging at the end of the third season, and he and the other writers were asked to give viewers a new reason to watch. Their answer was to make Worf a part of the cast.

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Worf is a Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character. He is played by Michael Dorn. He serves on the starship Enterprise as Lieutenant Junior Grade. Worf is the first Klingon main character to appear in star trek, and has appeared in more star trek episodes than any other character.

Character story

Worf is the son of Mogh. When Worf was a child, his parents and family were killed by the Romulan attack on the Khitomer outpost. Worf, his nanny Kahlest, and his brother Kurn survived the attack. Worf was then adopted by a human couple, Sergey and Helena Rozhenko while his brother was raised in the Klingon homeworld and was not revealed until they were both adults. Although Worf never took the Rozhenko's last name, for he preferred to be addressed as "Worf, son of Mogh". It was during his time on gault that the 13-year-old Worf, captain of his school's soccer team accidentally killed another boy during a championship by throwing himself at him as the two children ran after the ball which flew in the air. This was something Worf would never forget.

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