This is the latest installment in a series of "Character Insight" articles regarding the rich history of characters in the Star Trek universe. An audio version will appear on the This Week in Trek podcast, available for direct download here.
Welcome back to Character Insight! This week, our subject is Commander Worf from TNG and DS9. (he of the Aargh noise mating call in The Dauphin, season 2)
Worf is the Chief of Security aboard the Enterprise-D. Worf is the first Klingon to graduate from Starfleet Academy and serve in Starfleet, which fulfilled a prophecy of Klingon legend Kahless during Worf's undertaking of a Klingon coming-of-age ritual.
Following the destruction of the Enterprise-D, Worf took an extended leave of absence and considered leaving Starfleet. When Commander Ben Sisko asked Worf to be a strategic operations officer aboard Deep Space Nine, he accepted to avoid some bad politics in the Klingon regime in power at the time. Worf also commanded the Defiant starship whenever Ben Sisko could not, including in the battle with the Borg that led to Worf joining the crew of the Enterprise-E.
Worf grew up with human foster parents after his Klingon parents were killed in a Romulan raid on his home colony as a young child. He learns quiet discipline and self-control not normally seen in Klingons as a result of growing up with human children. This self-control stems from an incident where Worf accidentally collided his forehead ridges with a human player during a children's soccer game, which led to the death of the human player and a tough lesson about life's fragility to Worf.
Worf enjoys singing Klingon operas whenever he is alone. Worf also enjoys a wide variety of foods thanks to his dual upbringing, but the most notable preference for Worf is prune juice, a "warrior's drink" introduced to him by Guinan.
The baldric or sash worn across Worf's uniform was a cloth one reused from TOS Klingons in a couple of epsidoes of that series. In season two, the baldric was reformed out of metal using bicycle chain and became Worf's signature appearance.
As a result of appearing in eleven total seasons of two different shows as a regular cast member, Worf holds the record for most appearances by characters of Star Trek. Worf also holds the record for revivals from death at three, but not the record for total deaths, which is held by Kathryn Janeway.
The best episodes featuring Worf include Sins of the Father, Redemption, Birthright, and Apocalypse Rising.
Our notable quote this week comes from the episode Qpid:
"Sir I protest! I am not a merry man!"
Actor: Michael Dorn is the actor who played Worf. Dorn continues to act today in television and movies, including recently on the TV series Castle. He recently joined twitter @AKAWorf.
Until next time, live long and prosper...