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-->'''Dukat:''' Captain, I insist we make a holographic record of the four of you. Consider it payment in full for the use of my vessel.


* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Changeling!Martok's refusal to challenge Gowron to honorable combat, and his confusion over why Worf is fighting him with a bat'leth [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim instead of just shooting him]] (as well as why Gowron accepts Worf's challenge instead of letting his bodyguards deal with him), allow Odo to figure him out.

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Changeling!Martok's refusal to challenge Gowron to honorable combat, and his confusion over why Worf is fighting him with a bat'leth [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim instead of just shooting him]] (as well as why Gowron accepts Worf's challenge instead of letting his bodyguards deal with him), allow Odo to figure him out.out.
** The Founders' plan to dupe the Federation into killing Gowron -- and presumably therefore intensifying the war with the Klingons -- turns out to be suffering from this. The Federation initially comes up with a plan to expose Gowron as a Changeling rather than just killing him, and when that fails, Worf tries killing Gowron via ritual combat. Had Worf succeeded, then at best the Klingons would have just shrugged it off as him claiming revenge on Gowron for discommendating him, and at worst, ''Worf'' would have become the new chancellor (depending on whether or not a discommendated Klingon can claim the chancellorship) and most likely put an immediate end to the war.





* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Gul Dukat isn't known for his sense of humor, but he finds Sisko and company made up to look like Klingons hilarious.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: While not openly stated, Martok!Changeling's final actions are to try and kill Odo as well shows, in the eyes of his people, Odo is no longer a true "Changeling" and thus open for being killed like any solid for the good of the Dominion.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Gul Dukat isn't known for his sense of humor, but he finds Sisko and company made up surgically altered to look like Klingons hilarious.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: While not openly stated, Martok!Changeling's final actions are to try and kill Odo as well shows, in the eyes of his people, Odo is no longer a true "Changeling" Changeling and thus open for being killed like any solid for the good of the Dominion.



--> '''Odo:''' Tell me, ''General'' - did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters, or did ''you''?

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--> '''Odo:''' Tell me, ''General'' - -- did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters, or did ''you''?



* {{Beam Spam}}/{{More Dakka}}: When the Changeling is revealed, every Klingon with a clear line of fire [[MultipleGunshotDeath pulls out their disruptor and doesn't stop shooting until it]] ''[[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]]''. Qualifies as both tropes because, while the disruptor pistols are energy weapons, they fire distinct bolts instead of continuous beams.

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* {{Beam Spam}}/{{More Dakka}}: BeamSpam[=/=]MoreDakka: When the Changeling is revealed, every Klingon with a clear line of fire [[MultipleGunshotDeath pulls out their disruptor and doesn't stop shooting until it]] ''[[DefeatEqualsExplosion explodes]]''. Qualifies as both tropes because, while the disruptor pistols are energy weapons, they fire distinct bolts instead of continuous beams.



** [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E14HeartOfStone Ensign Vilix'pran]] is mentioned to be [[MisterSeahorse having another litter of kids]]. He also apparently got promoted to lieutenant in the span between episodes.

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** [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E14HeartOfStone Ensign Lieutenant Vilix'pran]] is mentioned to be [[MisterSeahorse having another litter of kids]]. He also apparently got promoted from ensign to lieutenant in the span intervening year-and-a-half between episodes.



* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold His Bloodwine]]: By Klingon standards--after Gowron arrives, one overserved warrior is carried out.

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* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold His Bloodwine]]: By Klingon standards--after standards -- after Gowron arrives, one overserved warrior is carried out.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: Or at least WorthyOpponent of another story. This is a ceremony for honoring [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon]] [[UpToEleven war heroes]]. Every Klingon attending the ceremony is by definition a badass except possibly the caterers and service staff. Or, knowing Klingons, possibly not even [[BattleButler that exception.]]

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Or at least WorthyOpponent of another story. This is a ceremony for honoring [[ProudWarriorRace Klingon]] [[UpToEleven war heroes]]. Every Klingon attending the ceremony is by definition a badass badass, except possibly the caterers and service staff. Or, knowing Klingons, possibly not even [[BattleButler that exception.]]exception]].



* JurisdictionFriction: Worf and Kira get into a spat in the beginning over whether or not to take the ''Defiant'' to look for the overdue Sisko and Dax. It never gets resolved as Sisko shows up and renders the argument moot, but both have good points. They're equal in rank [[note]]Per U.S. military protocol, which the Bajoran and Starfleet ranks seem to follow, a major and lieutenant commander are the same[[/note]], and while Kira maybe Sisko's exec on the station, she has no say over the ''Defiant'', which Worf is technically in command of whenever Sisko's not around.

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* JurisdictionFriction: Worf and Kira get into a spat in the beginning over whether or not to take the ''Defiant'' to look for the overdue Sisko and Dax. It never gets resolved as Sisko shows up and renders the argument moot, but both have good points. They're equal in rank [[note]]Per rank[[note]]Per U.S. military protocol, which the Bajoran and Starfleet ranks seem to follow, a major and lieutenant commander are the same[[/note]], equivalent[[/note]], and while Kira maybe may be Sisko's exec executive officer on the station, she has no say over the ''Defiant'', which Worf is technically in command of whenever Sisko's not around.



** Inverted with Gowron, as Odo notes. A changeling would likely have no real competency with fighting using Klingon blades and would use his bodyguards to handle a direct threat. The fact Gowron is taking on Worf challenging him personally and refuses to allow his guards to help shows Odo he is acting well within character.

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** Inverted with Gowron, as Odo notes. A changeling Changeling would likely have no real competency with fighting using Klingon blades and would use his bodyguards to handle a direct threat. The fact Gowron is taking on Worf Worf, challenging him personally and refuses refusing to allow his guards to help help, shows Odo he is acting well within character.



* PragmaticVillainy: When Dukat arrives at Klingon headquarters to drop them off, he tells Sisko he's not sticking around (especially not with his holofilter malfunctioning). He then points out that if Sisko is successful, then the war will be over and they won't need him to return to [=DS9=]. If not, then they'll be executed as spies before Dukat can help them.

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* PragmaticVillainy: When Dukat arrives at Klingon headquarters to drop them off, he tells Sisko he's not sticking around (especially not with his holofilter holographic filter malfunctioning). He then points out that if Sisko is successful, then the war will be over and they won't need him to return to [=DS9=]. If not, then they'll be executed as spies before Dukat can help them.



* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]--they never get a chance to field-test the polaron gizmos before they're destroyed.

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* UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]--they Subverted]] -- they never get a chance to field-test the polaron gizmos provided by Starfleet before they're found and destroyed.



** When smuggling the infiltrators in, Dukat's ship is challenged by a picket ship. The plan was to send over a premade holographic disguise but the mechanism fails. Dukat says effectively,"To heck with that" and fires a photon torpedo destroying the ship.

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** When smuggling the infiltrators in, Dukat's ship is challenged by a picket ship. The plan was to send over a premade holographic disguise in transmission, but the mechanism fails. Dukat says effectively,"To says, effectively, "To heck with that" and fires a photon torpedo couple bursts of disruptors, destroying the ship.



'''Odo:''' I have a better question. Why isn't Gowron letting his bodyguards kill Worf? I'll tell you why: Klingon honor, a concept you should be very familiar with. My people, on the other hand, don't care about honor. How did you put it? "There will be no honorable combat, no formal challenges." Hardly the words of a Klingon. Tell me, ''General'', did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters or did ''you''?

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'''Odo:''' I have a better question. Why isn't Gowron letting his bodyguards kill Worf? I'll tell you why: Klingon honor, a concept you should be very familiar with. My people, on the other hand, don't care about honor. How did you put it? "There will be no honorable combat, no formal challenges." Hardly the words of a Klingon. Tell me, ''General'', did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters emitters, or did ''you''?



* YouLookFamiliar: InUniverse--Changeling!Martok almost recognizes O'Brien under his Klingon makeup, only for O'Brien to bluff his way through it by acting pleased the general recognized him. He then successfully recognizes Sisko.

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* YouLookFamiliar: InUniverse--Changeling!Martok InUniverse -- Changeling!Martok almost recognizes O'Brien under his Klingon makeup, only for O'Brien to bluff his way through it by acting pleased that the general recognized him. He then successfully recognizes Sisko.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Dukat's justification for why he's leaving everyone at the Klingon headquarters. It's dangerous for him to stay, and if they successful, they won't need his help to get back to [=DS9=]. If they fail, he won't be able to save them. Everyone concedes that he is right.

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* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: Apparently Starfleet has none of the espionage or infiltration experts you might expect to investigate Gowron.


** [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E14HeartOfStone Ensign Vilix'pran]] is mentioned to be [[MrSeahorse having another litter of kids]]. He also apparently got promoted to lieutenant in the span between episodes.

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** [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS03E14HeartOfStone Ensign Vilix'pran]] is mentioned to be [[MrSeahorse [[MisterSeahorse having another litter of kids]]. He also apparently got promoted to lieutenant in the span between episodes.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Gul Dukat isn't known for his sense of humor, but he finds Sisko and company made up to look like Klingons hilarious.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Worf suggests that the simplest way to prove Gowron is a changeling is to kill him, as changelings revert to their natural form upon death. Starfleet Command already thought of that and nixed the idea. Possibly because they remember what happened [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry the last time]] Starfleet officers got into the assassination business.

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--> '''O'Brien:''' So let me get this straight. All we have to do is get past an enemy fleet, avoid a tachyon detection grid, beam into the middle of Klingon headquarters and avoid the Brotherhood of the Sword long enough to set these things up and activate them in front of Gowron.\\
'''Worf:''' If we succeed, there will be many songs sung in our honor.\\
'''O'Brien:''' Let's hope we're there to hear them.

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* HaventYouSeenXBefore: When Dukat sees Sisko and his team in disguise.
--> '''Sisko:''' What's wrong, Dukat? Haven't you ever seen a Klingon before?\\
''[Sisko and Dukat share wide grins]''


* FumblingTheGauntlet: Klingon!Sisko has the right attitude for a Klingon (unlike O'Brien and Odo, who struggle to achieve the same level of swagger and confidence), but during the rehearsal Sisko accidentally challenges Worf to a DuelToTheDeath by backhanding him rather than striking him with the fist. Thankfully, Worf realizes this trope is in play and simply corrects Sisko.[[note]]This contradicts a number of occasions in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather "Sins of the Father"]] where Worf and Duras backhand each other and the recipient just has to take it without complaint, so it's possible Worf was just messing with Sisko here.[[/note]]

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* FumblingTheGauntlet: Klingon!Sisko has the right attitude for a Klingon (unlike O'Brien and Odo, who struggle to achieve the same level of swagger and confidence), but during the rehearsal Sisko accidentally challenges Worf to a DuelToTheDeath by backhanding him rather than striking him with the fist. Thankfully, Worf realizes this trope is in play and simply corrects Sisko.[[note]]This contradicts a number of occasions in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather "Sins of the Father"]] where Worf and Duras backhand each other and the recipient just has to take it without complaint, so it's possible Worf was just messing with Sisko here. Alternatively, it may be that that ''specific'' context changes the meaning slightly (it's still a challenge of sorts), and Worf was describing the ''default'' meaning of the backhand.[[/note]]


* FumblingTheGauntlet: Klingon!Sisko has the right attitude for a Klingon (unlike O'Brien and Odo, who struggle to achieve the same level of swagger and confidence), but during the rehearsal Sisko accidentally challenges Worf to a DuelToTheDeath by backhanding him rather than striking him with the fist. Thankfully, Worf realizes this trope is in play and simply corrects Sisko.

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* FumblingTheGauntlet: Klingon!Sisko has the right attitude for a Klingon (unlike O'Brien and Odo, who struggle to achieve the same level of swagger and confidence), but during the rehearsal Sisko accidentally challenges Worf to a DuelToTheDeath by backhanding him rather than striking him with the fist. Thankfully, Worf realizes this trope is in play and simply corrects Sisko.[[note]]This contradicts a number of occasions in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E17SinsOfTheFather "Sins of the Father"]] where Worf and Duras backhand each other and the recipient just has to take it without complaint, so it's possible Worf was just messing with Sisko here.[[/note]]

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* HolographicDisguise: Dukat apparently uses one to disguise himself as a Klingon. Too bad it picks the wrong time to go off-line.

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* JurisdictionFriction: Worf and Kira get into a spat in the beginning over whether or not to take the ''Defiant'' to look for the overdue Sisko and Dax. It never gets resolved as Sisko shows up and renders the argument moot, but both have good points. They're equal in rank [[note]]Per U.S. military protocol, which the Bajoran and Starfleet ranks seem to follow, a major and lieutenant commander are the same[[/note]], and while Kira maybe Sisko's exec on the station, she has no say over the ''Defiant'', which Worf is technically in command of whenever Sisko's not around.


* CurbStompBattle: Worf pretty quickly has Gowron on the ropes during their duel, and is on the verge of killing him (after managing to shatter Gowron's bat'leth) before Odo is able to out Martok as the Changeling. A nice bit of {{Foreshadowing}} to when Worf will ''actually'' duel Gowron to the death during the series finale; when it finally happens, he manages to kill Gowron fairly quickly. Justified because Gowron is a politician, not a warrior (though he puts up a pretty damn good fight).

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* CurbStompBattle: Worf pretty quickly has Gowron on the ropes during their duel, and is on the verge of killing him (after managing to shatter Gowron's bat'leth) before Odo is able to out Martok as the Changeling. A nice bit of {{Foreshadowing}} to when Worf will ''actually'' duel Gowron to the death during the series finale; when it finally happens, he manages to kill Gowron fairly quickly. Justified because Gowron is a politician, not a warrior (though he puts up a pretty damn good fight).



* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Inverted}} and coupled with {{Irony}}--Gowron promises that Worf "won't get another chance" to kill him. [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E22TackingIntoTheWind Yeah, about that...]]

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