I love how almost everyone has a really deep and tragic back story to explain why they’re on DS9

Benjamin Sisko: My wife was killed in the battle Wolf 395. I had to raise our son, Jake, on my own. I questioned whether or not I wanted to leave Starfleet, but I still accepted the position on DS9. 

Kira Nerys: I grew up in Bajor during the Cardassian Occupation. I learned to fire a rifle when I was 13. During the occupation, I lost both my brothers, my father and my mother. I accepted the posting on DS9 because I wanted to help my people rebuild Bajor but I am still traumatised by the war.

Odo: I worked as a security officer on DS9 while it was originally under Cardassian rule. Before that, I was discovered by a Bajoran doctor and subjected to inhuman scientific experiments. I’m a complete outsider and have no idea where I’m from. The only purpose I believe I have, is providing security on the station.

Julian: I was a disappointment to my parents so they genetically altered me, which made me question my own self-worth. I took a position on DS9 in order to prove myself but I live in fear that people will discover my secret.

Garak: I used to hold a position in the Cardassian military. After making a fatal mistake, I was exiled and forced to live on DS9 with Bajorans who hate my species. 

and then you have Quark…

Quark: I had sex with my boss’s sister.

@meettheghost requested i know there are still people out there who are opposed to the “garak has a tail” headcanon, BUT if you’re interested: garak wrapping his tail around julian while they cuddle <3

Ummmm, so I kind of got carried away, and this got less ”cuddly” than, well.  Sorry. /o\

There’s two Julian Bashirs. One is the real one, and the other is a changeling. They’re standing side-by-side, look identical, act identical, and sound identical. The crew has to decipher who’s who.

Sisko and Kira begin with a series of medical questions.

Dax and O’Brien cut in with personal questions.

Odo and Worf watch the facial expressions and responses for each.

And then Garak comes in, shoots them both a low-setting phaser shot, and then promptly gets arrested. But hey, the mystery’s solved, as one Bashir’s unconscious and the other has morphed into changeling goo.

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“On Earth, there is no poverty, no crime, no war. You look out the window of Starfleet Headquarters and you see Paradise. Well, it’s easy to be a saint in Paradise. (…) Out there, there are no saints, just people. Angry, scared, determined people who are going to do whatever it takes to survive, whether it meets with Federation approval or not!” Star Trek Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)