Main Characters Page | Starfleet Crew | Federation And Bajor | Quark's Bar, Family, and Other Ferengi | Cardassian Union | Klingon Empire | The Dominion | Mirror UniverseThe Mirror Universe is a parallel world to the standard Star Trek universe, where instead of the Federation there was the Terran Empire. Following the events of an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the Empire weakened and fell. Since then the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance has enslaved the Terrans. Deep Space Nine's counterpart, Terok Nor, is a seat of power for the Alliance in the formerly-Terran-occupied Bajoran sector and an ore processing facility ruled by Intendant Kira. Characters in the Mirror Universe resemble their standard universe counterparts but have radically different, often opposite character traits. The Mirror Universe is seen or referenced in "Crossover," "Through the Looking Glass," "Shattered Mirror," "Resurrection," and "The Emperor's New Cloak."
Didn't See That Coming: Terok Nor's leaders would have realized that a slave revolt was imminent if they'd actually paid attention to what was going on around them. Several slave escapes combined with the growing frustration among the Terrans should have tipped them off. However, Intendant Kira was too absorbed in power and sensual indulgences, Gul Garak was too absorbed in trying to eliminate Intendant Kira, and Mirror!Odo was too absorbed in indulging his sadism to notice.
Evil Counterpart: Played with. Some of the Mirror Universe counterparts are evil and depraved. Others, while flawed, are not evil per se.
Expy: The mirrorverse characters, particularly in early episodes, have some glaring similarities to the central characters of Blake's 7. In particular, Kira is Servalan, O'Brien is Vila, Sisko is Blake, and Bashir is Avon.
Fantastic Racism: Several Non-Terran characters exhibit this toward the Terran slaves.
Homoerotic Subtext: Which can lead to Unfortunate Implications, given the long-standing and notorious failure of any Star Trek TV series to portray any mainstream-universe characters as gay or bisexual in anything other than fantastic metaphor or extremely deniable innuendo.
Killed Off for Real / Anyone Can Die: Given that this does not affect the main universe's characters, it happens often: the mirror versions of Sisko, Odo, Dax, Quark, Rom, Nog, Garak and Vic Fontaine all die. This becomes a key plot point when the "real" Benjamin Sisko is abducted to stand in for his mirror counterpart.
Notably averted for prime-universe's usual Butt Monkey, O'Brien.
Her comments after Mirror!Odo's death suggest that she cared about him, or at least respected him as a colleague.
Flanderisation: Nana Visitor considered that her shift from a narcissistic and specific interest in Major Kira in the first episode to indiscriminate Depraved Bisexuality later on was an example of this.
Narcissist: What else do you call someone who literally falls in love with herself?
Screw Yourself: She wants to screw regular Kira at least, but it doesn't actually happen.
Shadow Archetype: Intendant Kira is who Kira Nerys might have become had she lived as an oppressor and not one of the oppressed.
One can draw parallels between Intendant Kira and standard universe Gul Dukat, whom standard universe Kira despises. For instance, both take lovers from the groups they oppress (Bajoran "comfort women" for Dukat; Mirror!Sisko for Intendant Kira). Also, both condescendingly see themselves as kinder to those they oppress than their colleagues, and seem incapable of understanding why their "benevolence" is not reciprocated with devotion.
Evil Is Petty: He bullies Bashir and imposes arbitrary rules on the slaves simply because he can.
Informed Ability: Intendant Kira praised his ability to run an efficient ore processing operation and maintain order among the slaves. However, he allowed a thorium containment unit to go unrepaired, despite Mirror!O'Brien's warning, resulting in a catastrophic thorium leak. Furthermore, at least three Terran slaves escaped under his watch. Finally, he assigned Bashir to a task for which Bashir was physically unsuited, as Mirror!Odo lampshaded later in the episode.
Shadow Archetype: Mirror!Odo is who Odo might have become if his deep-seated need for order were not restrained by empathy or morality.
Also, whereas Odo was a fair and reasonable security officer during the Cardassian occupation, Mirror!Odo is a petty bully who clearly enjoys abusing his power. In other words, Mirror!Odo embodies everything that Odo hated about the Cardassian occupation of Bajor.
A Terran favored by Intendant Kira who commands a raiding ship on behalf of the Alliance. He later turns on his oppressors.
The Quisling: A sympathetic version. She's working with the Alliance because she does not trust her husband's motives in starting the rebellion.
Redemption Equals Death: In "Shattered Mirror", after manipulating Jake into coming to the Mirror Universe and blackmailing Benjamin into a making a Defiant for the rebellion, she sacrifices herself to protect Jake from the Intendant.