love for garak

“Garak, I gave you this to read, not…annotate!”

“I improved it.”

“Claudius is not the protagonist of the play.”

“Well, Hamlet certainly isn’t.”

“He’s the quintessential tragic hero!”

“There’s nothing heroic about terminal indecisiveness, Doctor. His death wasn’t a tragedy, it was a mercy killing.”


Mostly an excuse for colour experimention, but also because, having seen other artists’ renditions of tailed Cardassians, I am infatuated with the idea of Garak with a tail.

also I was looking at images of Garak’s tailoring tools from the show and they are such utterly ridiculous pieces of plastic  (“okay so just sort of run it over the fabric like you’re vacuuming it” “what is it?” “it’s a…uh…sonic seam ripper. Yeah. It rips seams. Sonically.”)

I realized belatedly that this looks like a Progression of Fucks Given by Elim Garak, from ”ZERO FUCKS GIVEN to “FAR TOO MANY FUCKS FOR THIS LIZARD’S COMFORT” to “SISKO WOULD YOU STOP PUNCHING ME FOR LIKE ONE MINUTE”

…every time I look at it, the watermelon outfit gets a little worse.


Star Trek: Voyager | Virtuoso | Fanmail

“…so by that logic the whole second canto is obviously a veiled critique of Meroc’s appropriation of the Hebitian epic style for State propaganda purposes, and - uh - Garak?”


“Are you playing footsie?”

“What a charming term! I’m not familiar with it. But please do continue, Doctor - I’m eager to see how this fascinatingly wrongheaded analysis of yours will play out.”

“Hang on - I’m winning, aren’t I? I’m winning the argument, and you’re trying to distract me.”

“Whatever do you mean.”


Star Trek: Deep Space 9 | Past Prologue | Garak’s Introduction [2\4]

little dramatic things i love about garak

  • breaks into bashir’s room when he literally could have just knocked
  • thinks appearing as a traitor is a great way to help your friends
  • will have a petty argument in the middle of a countdown to death
  • fashion always on point but still chooses to dress like a watermelon every now and then
  • quotes shakespeare in the middle of a space battle
  • decides in the moment that genocide is a great way to handle difficult situations, and doesn’t care if he dies in the process
  • judges everyone’s fashion sense, no matter the circumstances
  • hits on bashir the very first time he sees him and comes on a little too strong
  • really, he just needs to know that he looks good
  • commits actual murder on more than one occasion and always gets away with it
  • seriously, how does he always get away with it? is it his smile?
  • smiles like he’s going to eat you but is also stuck in Retail Mode™ 50% of the time
  • quotes john keats at customers
  • can make anything an innuendo
  • breaks into bashir’s holosuite when he literally could have just asked
  • wrote an entire novel as a response to a letter from bashir

complete and utter fluff, post-canon Cardassia-style.

I think it was AuroraNova who came up with anshwar, resting foreheads together as a Cardassian gesture of intimacy. At least, I first encountered it in their post-canon fic and I loved it.

Bashir’s scarf is both a concession to the fact that post-Dominion-bombardment Cardassia is a giant dustbowl, and to modesty, since the lack of neckridges makes his outfits somewhat scandalously revealing (fancanon that Julian’s collarbones are the single greatest threat to Cardassian political stability is courtesy of thehoyden’s Letters from the Northern Continent)

The best part about watching DS9′s Civilian Defense is watching Dukat beam into the station, gloat at the crew for triggering the auto-destruct sequence, and then when he tries to leave realizes that his former boss locked him out of the system and trapped him in the station too. 

But my favorite part is Garak slowly getting annoyed and exasperated with Dukat’s slimy attempts to impress Kira.

He’s progression of done-ness is amazing

Garak hates Dukat so much. And he’s right Kira would never fall for Dukat’s slimy charm. 

One of the things I love about this show is that the actors push back at the writers when they feel it’s not something their character would do, it doesn’t always work but I’m so so glad Nana Visitor put her foot down on any Kira and Dukat romance. 

Also, a bit of foreshadowing there with Dukat’s father, that his ambitions got the better of his love for Cardassia. This is something that drove Dukat to form the alliance with the Dominion in the first place.

honestly garak is such an iconic character. in broken link he first appears while aggressively trying to matchmake odo for no discernable reason other than his own enjoyment, then he charms his way aboard the defiant by promising to conjur up enough mostly-bullshit stories of intrigue to keep odo’s mind occupied, complains about limits on accessorizing starfleet uniforms, tries to commit a genocide which would start a war and kill himself and most of ds9′s senior officers in the process but fails, and then returns to his shop and tailors a suit for odo and goes right back to his matchmaking, all in the span of a single episode