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Old August 23 2012, 03:00 PM   #1
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Best DS9 characters

Time for another top 5--the best characters from DS9. I've rewatched every episode, and became a real fan of the show this time around (I was a B5 guy back when they aired against each other). Here's my take on the top 5 characters. Let's hear yours, and remember, keep it to 5!
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Old August 23 2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Re: Best DS9 characters

It's hard to choose. It says a lot for the show that they had so many good non human characters.
I liked how they used the Ferengi characters of Quark, Rom and Nog. They were a lot more fleshed ot than many of the Klingon charcters we saw. Even though that was a more popular species.
Quark had some great observations on what was happening and it was fun o watch his scheming.
I like how Nog (Not Jake or Wesley) became the model starfleet officer.
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Old August 23 2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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Yeah, I remember hating Nog initially, but as his character matured, he grew on me (no pun intended). As did Jake, by the way. The episode where he grows up after Benjamin dies, and spends his life learning physics to reunite with his father made me tear up.
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Old August 23 2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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Of course, for most of that episode, his character isn't played by the same actor, so...
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Old August 23 2012, 09:19 PM   #5
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Re: Best DS9 characters

Here's my list:

Ezri Dax is my #1. After a long period of overall dark and intense storylines, culminating in the tragic death of Jadzia and the near-crushing, emotionally, of Sisko...the creators brought in a young and sweetly beautiful ninth host of Dax, who viewed the universe--and life--with a childlike innocence and idealism, and a romantic heart. And the best part--she was thrown into her new life, and has to gather herself together, to discover the heroine within herself. And she does.

Odo is my close second. Of all the characters, he is the one I identify with the most. His firm, uncompromising sense of Justice--his hard-boiled attitude...and his status as an outsider--all are things I admire about him, and sympathize with. And he's a secret romantic, to boot. (Funny note: I took a "What DS9 Character Are You?" survey, some time ago. Guess who it picked for me. )

Third place--Julian Bashir. Other than courting and winning the heart of the beautiful Ezri...he self-conciously models himself after James Bond, and has a great sense of style and charm to that effect. He's a gentlemen, and a genius--and like Odo, he finds himself an outsider--but for a much different reason.

Fourth--Garak. Plain. Simple. Garak.

Fifth--Luther Sloan. Many see him as a villain--understandably, as he does some pretty nasty stuff! Still, there are many fans--myself included--who see him as much more--a tragic hero, and antihero, who proved willing and able to, quite literally, sacrifice his Life, his Fortunes...and his Sacred Honor, to do what he thought was necessary and proper to protect and defend the Federation. William Sadler played him wonderfully, conveying this sense of tragedy in moments like the ending sequence of "Inter Arma Enin Silent Leges," when he seems to have a look of sad understanding towards Bashir. (And for a brief moment...it seems like the feeling is mutual.)


Close sixth--Quark. Arrogant, greedy, ruthless. Gotta love the guy.
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Old August 24 2012, 02:38 AM   #6
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Great list, Rush! Very well-reasoned...
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Old August 24 2012, 04:07 AM   #7
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Thank you, Koontz! Yours was quite good, youself!
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Old August 25 2012, 04:02 PM   #8
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Re: Best DS9 characters

1. Kira Nerys
2. Odo
3. Quark
4. Garak
5. Dukat

honorable mentions: Miles O'Brien (he was created on TNG though), Ben Sisko
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Old August 25 2012, 07:19 PM   #9
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Re: Best DS9 characters

I like O'Brien because he's such a great everyman and played by such a brilliant actor.

Bashir has to get a mention as being one of the best developed characters in all of Trek. He convincingly developed from being an obnoxious know-it-all rookie to a compassionate and humane man.

Sisko for just developing into a great captain and generally being a bad-ass.

Ezri must get a mention for making such an impact in just one season.

Picking a 5th one is very hard. But rather than one of the regulars, I think I have to opt for Garak. Surely this choice speaks for itself (and tells lies, as it does so)?
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Old August 26 2012, 12:29 AM   #10
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Re: Best DS9 characters

1. Sisko
2. Dukat
3. Garak
4. Damar
5. Quark

And I agree with Rush's Ezri assessment. TBH, I wish they would have written her character like this from the start.
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Old August 26 2012, 12:43 AM   #11
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Rush Limborg chose Alli McTrill - er, I mean Ezri Dax - as his #1? Shocking!!!
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Old August 26 2012, 02:33 AM   #12
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^Well, I'd think everyone would've known, ahead of time....

It's the other four that would provide new insights on my part, to some extent.
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Old August 26 2012, 03:47 AM   #13
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Here's my list:

#5. Damar.
Damar is one of the best charachters in DS9. The best thing about his charachter was that it didn't really develop until the last season. His performance in The Dogs of War makes it one of my favorite episodes in the entire series. They never really showed the revolutionary side of Kira in the show, only a few bits of it, and referenced it. And Damar basically plays that role there.

#4. Kira Nerys
I like Kira because of her sharp temper, and her ability to lead. I think one of my favorite events that revolved around her was when she stood against the Romulan commander for supplying weapons to their hospital on the Bajoran Moon. She really took great risk there, risking the loss of the Alliance right in the middle of the Dominion war, and even risking death. Also, her role in the end of the war was very strong. While Sisko and the crew were fighting in space, she was the one who fought on ground. Her final, brief, alliance with Garek and Damar was perfect for the end.

#3. Dax
I am going to count Jadzia and Ezri as one, by just calling the symbiont. I think that Jadzia's charachters evolved the most after Worf came onto the show. They had shown earlier that she was a real klingon at heart, but Worf's appearnce, and their relationship gave more emphasis to that. Also, I wasn't very pleased with her role before season 3. It didn't feel very fitting that she fought amonts Kor, Koloth, and Kang. She just didn't fit well. But she did fit well as a warrior beside Worf.
Ezri, on the other hand, is an okay charcter. The best thing I liked about Ezri was her relationship with Sisko. Jadzia had a stronger relationship with him, but she didn't really help him alot that much. At the start of the last season, her introduction was perfect. Sisko was distraught and gloomy, and she cheared him. I don't know, it just seemed like a great way to introduce a charachter.

#2. Counsellor Martok
He was a real leader. He fought Jem'Heddar ships with victory after victory. His enthusiasm makes him my favorite True Klingon Warrior. Martok was also smart, not just a warrior who fights randomly without thinking and just slaughtering. He carefully came up with plans to fight the ships, and be able to escape them, not just sacrificing himself.
His relationship with Worf was also very strong, one of the best in the entire series. His trust in Worf was amazing, and I think was the real inspiration behind many of his victories. He actually was quite inspiring within the series itself, such as in the prison cell.

#1. Sisko
Sisko is by far my favorite character in DS9. He was a perfect leader. In comparison to the otheer captains, I would rate him 3rd though (after 1. Piccard, and 2. Kirk). Sisko was really bad-ass. He didn't care what it took to acheive his goals, he just did them. And he was really confident. I only started to like him after he after he fought over the role of the Emissary, because his character only evolved after that. Before that, he was just a captain, who had a sacred title. But after that, he came to respect the title, and actually took actions that reflected his visions of the Prophets. He was completely confident that the Prophets had the power, and that they would help him. He was willing to fight the entire Jem'Heddar fleet alone inside the wormhole. I mean, that is true dedicaton (to the values of the Federation...).
He also understood the prophets, he respected them, and he was willing to fight for them (such as when he didn't interfere when Jake's body was possesed).
It was very saddening that he had become a prophet. I mean, It's not bad, but from the perspective of the crew, or Jake, or yates, it was sad. He deserved to stay human, and become an Admiral and go on and take his place among the high ranks of the Federation.
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Old August 26 2012, 04:03 AM   #14
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Re: Best DS9 characters

The best and my favorites might not be the same, but let’s see:

My favorites:

1. Jadzia Dax
2. Odo
3. Worf
4. Sisko
5. Everyone else

The best in terms of originality and significance in the series to me.

1. Sisko
2. Odo
3. Worf
4. Kira
5. Gul Dukat
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Old August 26 2012, 04:05 AM   #15
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Looking at other people's lists really reminds me that this series had some really great characters.
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