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24th Jul '17 9:53:22 AM Hyrin
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* DrivenToSuicide: While dealing with his depression and PTSD in the aftermath of having 20 years worth of prison time [[spoiler: including the murder of his cellmate]], Miles secludes himself to a cargo bay and presses a phaser to his head. It is only the timely intervention of Bashir [[spoiler: and a hallucination of Ee'char forgiving him]] that convinces Miles to put the phaser down.
23rd Jul '17 6:22:23 AM Ciara25
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Actually manages to ''avert'' the old Trek chestnut of casual inter-species conception, at least once: in the season 6 finale, Jadzia and Worf mention to Bashir that they're planning on having a baby. Bashir looks deflated for two reasons: the first is the realization that Jadzia really is out of his reach forever, but the ''second'' is that he realizes that ''he'''s the one they are going to rely on to get Trill and Klingon genetics to play nice together, which he openly says will be really damn unlikely and Jadzia shouldn't get her hopes up.
** Also played straight, in that Dukat, a Cardassian (who are implied to be reptilian in nature), manages to conceive a child with an (entirely mammalian) Bajoran. By accident. Twice.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: ArtisticLicenseBiology:
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Actually manages to ''avert'' the old Trek chestnut of casual inter-species conception, at least once: in the season 6 finale, Jadzia and Worf mention to Bashir that they're planning on having a baby. Bashir looks deflated for two reasons: the first is the realization that Jadzia really is out of his reach forever, but the ''second'' is that he realizes that ''he'''s ''he's'' the one they are going to rely on to get Trill and Klingon genetics to play nice together, which he openly says will be really damn unlikely and Jadzia shouldn't get her hopes up.
** Also played straight, in that Dukat, a Cardassian (who are implied to be reptilian in nature), manages to conceive a child with an (entirely mammalian) Bajoran. By accident. Twice.''Twice.''
16th Jul '17 3:45:13 PM Ciara25
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* BittersweetEnding: The finale was this in almost every way, showing [[spoiler:the end of the war (thankfully) but with billions of casualties and fatalities, and almost all the main characters being separated from one another; whether it's moving on to new jobs/postings, returning to a ravaged home world to help rebuild and having to leave the friends/lovers they've made behind, or [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]]]].

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* BittersweetEnding: The finale was this in almost every way, showing [[spoiler:the end of the war (thankfully) but with billions of casualties and fatalities, and almost all most of the main characters being separated from one another; whether it's moving on to new jobs/postings, returning to a ravaged home world to help rebuild and having to leave the friends/lovers they've made behind, or [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]]]].
12th Jul '17 3:16:15 PM Ciara25
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* BittersweetEnding: The finale was this in almost every way, from [[spoiler:the end of the war (thankfully) but with billions of casualties and fatalities, and almost all the main characters being separated from one another]].

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* BittersweetEnding: The finale was this in almost every way, from showing [[spoiler:the end of the war (thankfully) but with billions of casualties and fatalities, and almost all the main characters being separated from one another]].another; whether it's moving on to new jobs/postings, returning to a ravaged home world to help rebuild and having to leave the friends/lovers they've made behind, or [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]]]].
20th Jun '17 8:00:46 AM LentilSandEater
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* BaseballEpisode / GameOfNerds: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite". Justified, in that Sisko was shown to be a baseball fan right from the start of the series, and although a war was going on at the episode's time, Deep Space Nine was no longer on the front line.

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* BaseballEpisode / GameOfNerds: BaseballEpisode: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite". Justified, in that Sisko was shown to be a baseball fan right from the start of the series, and although a war was going on at the episode's time, Deep Space Nine was no longer on the front line.



* CombatMedic: Dr. Bashir ranks up there with TNG's Beverly Crusher on occasion. He once killed a Jem'Hadar with a stab to the ''neck''.
** He comments on this once, when someone mentions his skill with a phaser. He replies that he wishes it wasn't needed due to him being a medic - but this doesn't stop him from jumping into the fight when the fur really starts to fly.
** Unlike most Starfleet personnel who have inexplicable expertise outside their areas of skill, Bashir is justified as [[spoiler: he is genetically augmented, making him physically and mentally superior to almost any human.]]
** In the pilot episode, Bashir asks Odo if there was a place on the promenade where he could get in some target practice; further justifying this.

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* CombatMedic: Dr. Bashir ranks up there with TNG's Beverly Crusher on occasion. He once killed a Jem'Hadar with a stab to the ''neck''.
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''neck''. He comments on this once, when someone mentions his skill with a phaser. He replies that he wishes it wasn't needed due to him being a medic - but this doesn't stop him from jumping into the fight when the fur really starts to fly.
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fly. Unlike most Starfleet personnel who have inexplicable expertise outside their areas of skill, Bashir is justified as [[spoiler: he is genetically augmented, making him physically and mentally superior to almost any human.]]
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]] In the pilot episode, Bashir asks Odo if there was a place on the promenade where he could get in some target practice; further justifying this.



** In the early seasons before his character had been nailed down, writers were just told to think of him as Creator/ClintEastwood. Odo had his EstablishingCharacterMoment after Sisko used his phaser to help apprehend a violent, fleeing suspect. Instead of thanking his new CO for the assist, Odo chews Sisko out for bringing a weapon onto ''his'' Promenade. There was some justification as Odo was used to working under a Cardassian system, not a Federation one.

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** In the early seasons before his character had been nailed down, writers were just told to think of him as Creator/ClintEastwood. Odo had his EstablishingCharacterMoment after Sisko used his phaser to help apprehend a violent, fleeing suspect. Instead of thanking his new CO for the assist, Odo chews Sisko out for bringing a weapon onto ''his'' Promenade. There was some justification as Odo was used to working under a Cardassian system, not a Federation one.



* CustomUniform: O'Brien's uniform has shorter sleeves. At the rate that [=DS=]9 is falling into disrepair, can you blame him?
** Justified in O'Brien's case - he's not an officer (full rank and name is either Chief Warrant Officer Miles O'Brien or Senior Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien depending on which source you use).
*** The sleeves aren't actually shorter, he just rolls them up.

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* CustomUniform: O'Brien's uniform has shorter sleeves. At the rate that [=DS=]9 is falling into disrepair, can you blame him?
** Justified in O'Brien's case - he's not an officer (full rank and name is either Chief Warrant Officer Miles O'Brien or Senior Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien depending on which source you use).
*** The sleeves aren't actually shorter, he just rolls them up.
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*** In one of the [=DS=]9 episodes, officers from starships are seen wearing the TNG outfit, and in TNG s6e15-16 "Birthright," Bashir is on the Enterprise wearing his [=DS=]9 uniform among the other TNG uniforms. Dax was also wearing a TNG uniform in "Emissary" when she and Bashir disembarked from the starship.
*** Becomes an even greater mess when ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' has both uniforms in use simultaneously on the Enterprise. Finally resolves itself when ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' is out, and the uniforms from that movie are then in use for the rest of [=DS=]9, any alpha-quadrant based characters in Voyager (the characters on Voyager itself use the uniforms they had so they don't have to expend energy to replicate the new ones), and the following two TNG movies.

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*** ** In one of the [=DS=]9 episodes, officers from starships are seen wearing the TNG outfit, and in TNG s6e15-16 "Birthright," Bashir is on the Enterprise wearing his [=DS=]9 uniform among the other TNG uniforms. Dax was also wearing a TNG uniform in "Emissary" when she and Bashir disembarked from the starship.
*** ** Becomes an even greater mess when ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' has both uniforms in use simultaneously on the Enterprise. Finally resolves itself when ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' is out, and the uniforms from that movie are then in use for the rest of [=DS=]9, any alpha-quadrant based characters in Voyager (the characters on Voyager itself use the uniforms they had so they don't have to expend energy to replicate the new ones), and the following two TNG movies.



** Even the Captain is darker, ba-boom. (But seriously folks...) Apparently the on-set dynamic on the [=DS9=] set was ''much'' more serious than TNG, which makes sense given Brooks' acting style. That might explain why so few TNG alums wanted to guest-star.

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** Even the Captain is darker, ba-boom. (But seriously folks...) Apparently the on-set dynamic on the [=DS9=] set was ''much'' more serious than TNG, which makes sense given Brooks' acting style. That might explain why so few TNG alums wanted to guest-star.
20th Jun '17 7:53:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Odo once deduced Quark was lying to him because Rom was not a good engineer ("He couldn't fix a straw if it was bent"), when in later seasons he is proven to be quite the GeniusDitz.
** They throw in a handwave with a line from Odo when they started to change Rom's character, "I've been watching you, Rom, and you aren't as dumb as you look…"
** Rom's first appearance in a speaking role is ''markedly'' different from his subsequent appearances.
*** He acts more like a typical Ferengi, and is rather aggressive, yelling at Nog while dragging him around the room. It is rather jarring to watch for someone used to seeing his portrayal throughout the rest of the series.
*** Also jarring to anyone familiar with only the later seasons was Rom's attempt to murder Quark in the first season episode ''The Nagus''.
** Granted, that Rom's GeniusDitz capacity as a genius engineer is still played continually straight, even after he joins the engineering crew under O'Brien. His ability is continually underestimated to the end, and he uses it to his advantage. Much of the time the reasoning for the character trait is Quark's own unwillingness to pay for the proper maintenance to be maintained.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Odo once deduced Quark was lying to him because Rom was not a good engineer ("He couldn't fix a straw if it was bent"), when in later seasons he is proven to be quite the GeniusDitz.
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GeniusDitz. They throw in a handwave with a line from Odo when they started to change Rom's character, "I've been watching you, Rom, and you aren't as dumb as you look…"
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look…" Rom's first appearance in a speaking role is ''markedly'' different from his subsequent appearances.
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appearances. He acts more like a typical Ferengi, and is rather aggressive, yelling at Nog while dragging him around the room. It is rather jarring to watch for someone used to seeing his portrayal throughout the rest of the series.
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series. Also jarring to anyone familiar with only the later seasons was Rom's attempt to murder Quark in the first season episode ''The Nagus''.
** Granted, that Rom's GeniusDitz capacity as a genius engineer is still played continually straight, even after he joins the engineering crew under O'Brien. His ability is continually underestimated to the end, and he uses it to his advantage. Much of the time the reasoning for the character trait is Quark's own unwillingness to pay for the proper maintenance to be maintained.
Nagus''.
20th Jun '17 7:47:08 AM LentilSandEater
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*** Garak seems to live by this old saying: The more truth you mix with a lie, the stronger the lie becomes. And, when you can use it, the truth is the strongest lie of all.

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*** ** Garak seems to live by this old saying: The more truth you mix with a lie, the stronger the lie becomes. And, when you can use it, the truth is the strongest lie of all.
20th Jun '17 7:42:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Only completely fulfilled from Season 4 onwards, once Avery Brooks shaved his head.
** Or rather, once the [[ExecutiveMeddling producers]] let him shave his head again.
*** At the time, he was reprising his role as Hawk for several "Spenser For Hire" TV movies. He was constantly growing his hair out and cutting it as he switched between projects. Eventually, he asked the producers of [=DS=]9 if he could just keep the Hawk look.
** Sisko is currently the picture for this trope.

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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Only completely fulfilled from Season 4 onwards, once Avery Brooks shaved his head.
** Or rather, once the [[ExecutiveMeddling producers]] let him shave his head again.
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head. At the time, he was reprising his role as Hawk for several "Spenser For Hire" TV movies. He was constantly growing his hair out and cutting it as he switched between projects. Eventually, he asked the producers of [=DS=]9 if he could just keep the Hawk look.
** Sisko is currently the picture for this trope.
look.
20th Jun '17 7:40:51 AM LentilSandEater
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* BackupTwin: After [[spoiler:the ''Defiant'' is destroyed]], four episodes later a near-identical replacement is ready[[note]]It helps that this is a class of ship, so them having similar design schemes makes sense[[/note]], and they even receive a "special dispensation" to rename it as such from ''São Paulo''. Somewhat justified in that by this point the class was being mass-produced for the war effort. The only difference between the two seems to be that the second has no CloakingDevice, presumably because only the first was exempted from the provision of the Treaty of Algeron which forbids the technology for the Federation.

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* BackupTwin: BackupTwin:
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After [[spoiler:the ''Defiant'' is destroyed]], four episodes later a near-identical replacement is ready[[note]]It helps that this is a class of ship, so them having similar design schemes makes sense[[/note]], ready and they even receive a "special dispensation" to rename it as such from ''São Paulo''. Somewhat justified in that by this point the class was being mass-produced for the war effort.Paulo''. The only difference between the two seems to be that the second has no CloakingDevice, presumably because only the first was exempted from the provision of the Treaty of Algeron which forbids the technology for the Federation.
20th Jun '17 7:34:43 AM LentilSandEater
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* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Sword of Kahless.
** WordOfGod states that the Sword doesn't actually possess any supernatural attraction, it's just that the glory associated with possessing it was too much for even the most honorable Klingon to completely resist.

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* ArtifactOfAttraction: The Sword of Kahless.
** WordOfGod states that the Sword
Kahless is a downplayed variant. It doesn't doesn't actually possess any supernatural attraction, it's just that the glory associated with possessing it was too much for even the most honorable Klingon to completely resist.
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