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The 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.
Fantastic Racism: Several Non-Terran characters exhibit this toward the Terran slaves.
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.
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.
The Bully: He takes perverse delight in taunting and physically abusing Bashir.
Control Freak: He's a sadistic overseer who imposes his "Rules of Obedience" on the slaves, so he's got some serious control issues. One of his "Rules of Obedience" even forbids joking.
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.
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.