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Star Trek: 20 Times Worf Was a Boss

Whose house? Mogh's house! How do we know Worf is loved? For starters, Worf has made more appearances in the Star Trek Universe than any other Trek character. Originally intended to be just a background role, Worf's character on Star Trek: The Next Generation was elevated after Chief Security Officer Tasha Yar's untimely demise at the hands of a creature named Armus. Worf was the audience's connection to Klingon culture, politics and history. After seven seasons on Next Generation, Worf joined the crew of Deep Space Nine in the show's fourth season. There were rumors of a Captain Worf series but that show is still stuck in Development Gre'thor. Worf is a father, a warrior, a Starfleet officer, but most importantly: he's a boss.

The Borg are a behemoth of an enemy to the Federation, able to withstand any energy attack. What does Worf do? Attack the Borg with a sword. The Jem'Hadar troops were bred to be unrelenting soldiers. Worf's decision? Fight eight of them in a row. A Klingon painstik is powerful enough to stop creatures two tons in size. Worf hears this and volunteers to be zapped by eight of them. In an alternate reality, he was the cruel and vicious commander of the Klingons, and on a holodeck simulation fought outlaws in the Wild West. To his enemies, he's an unstoppable warrior, but to Alexander Rozhenko, he's just known as Dad. Yes, Worf was Chief of Security on the Enterprise-D (as well as Enterprise-E) and Strategic Operations Officer on Deep Space Nine, but read our list to see all of the truly great moments that made Worf the big bad boss of the 24th century. Qapla'!

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20 RECOVERED FROM SPINAL INJURY

Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam! Translated into English, it says "Today is a good day to die!" For a Klingon, perishing in battle is a warrior's dream. To fall in battle means you go to Sto'Vo'Kor, the Klingon version of heaven where you spend the afterlife fighting an unending battle. Yeah, sounds like fun.

In the Next Generation episode "Ethics" Worf was badly injured not as the result from combat but from a canister falling in a cargo bay. Although faced with paralysis, Worf's toughness helps him recover. What also helps is the brak'lul, the back-up systems of a Klingon's vital internal functions.

19 DEFEATED GOWRON

Look, Worf needed to be the default punching bag in Next Generation. Were villains going to beat up on Troi every week? Wesley? Worf could take a beating, stand up and yell qamuSHa'! However, when he became a part of the crew of Deep Space Nine, writers decided he should now be the one kicking butt.

The Dominion War was hard enough, and Chancellor Gowron wasn't making things easy. Gowron, due to politics, was sending his rival, Martok, to fight losing battles, depleting Klingon resources. To put a stop to it, Worf challenged Gowron to a fight in which only one man would walk away alive. The one that walked away was Worf.

18 BECAME POPULAR YOUTUBE VIDEO

Everyone loves the Captain Picard Facepalm meme where Picard has his hand covering his face in grief, or the Annoyed Picard meme where he's gesturing to the audience, asking why people can't use common sense. 'Avwl' tlghuHmoH! There's a better one out there, and it's starring Worf!

If you thought Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie was exciting, how about a mashup that's (kind of) directed by Martin Scorsese! A spoof of The Wolf Of Wall Street trailer was made by the YouTube channel doubleg1701. The Worf of Starfleet is better than you deserve! If you liked that, enjoy Worf tortured for 5 hours!

17 FOUGHT THE BORG HAND TO HAND

Besides tribbles, the biggest threat to the galaxy could possibly be The Borg. They are a cybernetic race of beings that turn anyone they encounter into robotic zombies. Because they can adapt quickly, they can counter any weapon you throw at them. That's when Worf said "hold my blood wine" and got medieval on some Borg.

In the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, Picard, Worf and Hawk fight several Borg drones on the hull of the Enterprise. When their phaser rifles fail, Worf pulled out a MeqleH, a short sword used for hacking and chopped the drone into bits. Assimilate that, you Qa'Hom!

16 CLEARED DAD'S NAME

Your momma's so big, she has a little momma in orbit around her. Didn't like that joke? Well, you're not supposed to like a momma joke, because who likes it when someone makes fun of their family? Certainly not the Klingons, who hold honor above almost everything.

In the Next Generation episode "Sins of the Father" Worf learned from his brother that his father was accused of betraying his people to the Romulans. After a long period of accepting discommendation (where Klingons refuse to acknowledge you), Worf fought hard and cleared his father's good name not once but twice! Qapla'!

15 WORF ENTERS MORTAL KOMBAT

The Persians tried to invade Greece and around 490 BC fought the Battle of Marathon. An Athenian named Pheidippides ran to Sparta to get help, a distance that spanned around 26 miles. This is the measurement that we use for official marathons. The first Olympic marathon happened in 1896.

Is Worf into cardio? Possibly, but he engaged in his own marathon in the episode "By Inferno's Light." Worf was forced to fight Jem'Hadar solder after soldier, with the Vorta thinking he would quit after solder number seven. However, due to Worf toughness, the last Jem'Hadar soldier yielded, saying he couldn't defeat Worf, only end his life.

14 WAS A COWBOY

The American Wild West was a time where there was danger around every corner. There were outlaws and bandits galore. Don't believe us? Just play the old school game Oregon Trail to find out! If we could nominate one person to tame the Wild, Wild West, it wouldn't be Will Smith, it would be Worf!

In the episode "A Fistful of Datas," Worf and his son enjoyed a holographic simulation of the West (apparently Westworld was too expensive for the Son of Mogh). Their lives are in peril due to a malfunction, and Worf has to go in with six-shooters ablazin' to save Alexander and Counselor Troi. Yippie yi yo, tlhingan maH!

13 DESTROYED DOMINION SHIPYARD TO HONOR WIFE

What's the Klingon afterlife like? If you were dishonorable, the Barge of the Dead would take you to Gre'thor. This was the equivalent of the Bad Place. Most warriors wanted to wind up in Sto-vo-kor, the Klingon equivalent of the Good Place, where you fought your enemies for eternity. Yes, that was the better choice of the two.

Jadzia saw an untimely end at the hands of Gul Dukat, and Worf wanted her passing to be honorable. To ensure Jadzia's entry into Sto-Vo-Kor, Worf led a team to destroy the Monac Shipyards. The battle was glorious, and although it helped the war effort against the Dominion, it helped even more for Jadzia in the afterlife.

12 FOUGHT LORE

QaStaH nuq? Worf versus Lore, the evil twin version of Data? Worf might win if he was armed with a phaser or a bat'leth on a battlefield that had hiding places he could launch an attack from, but does Worf have any hope winning in hand to hand combat?

In the episode "Datalore" Worf found himself in a turbolift with Lore. Worf had no place to escape and no way to call for help. What did he do? He threw punches at Lore that would normally make holes in a bulkhead. Lore was able to knock out Worf a few seconds later, but could anyone else have survived for that long?

11 WAS A SINGLE DAD

Worf is physically strong enough to stomp almost any enemy. He also has insulted gods, fought countless foes and has saved, by himself, both the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Perhaps his greatest feat is raising his son as a single parent.

Worf and his mate, K'Ehleyr, had a son named Alexander. She was assassinated by Duras and although initially Alexander was sent to live with Worf's human parents on Earth, he returned to live with Worf on the Enterprise-D. Worf taught Alexander to be honorable and to have good hair. MajQa'!

10 TOOK DOWN WEYOUN

Weyoun was a diplomat of the Dominion but was also one of the most devious and cunning beings you'd ever meet. Knowledge is power, and Weyoun seemed to always have the upper hand in every conversation and every engagement, except for one time.

Weyoun, along with a platoon of Jem'Hadar soldiers, had captured Worf and Ezri Dax. Weyoun taunted Ezri, saying that he knew about her feelings toward Doctor Bashir. Worf didn't like that one bit, and although he was surrounded by enemies, reached over and snapped Weyoun's neck. Try and talk your way out of that, Weyoun.

9 WAS REGENT IN ALTERNATE REALITY

In the Original Series episode "Mirror, Mirror" Trekkies got their first taste of the Star Trek Mirror Universe. In this alternate reality, the Federation were the bad guys. Kirk was a tyrant and Spock sported a sweet mustache and goatee. Who was Worf in the Mirror Universe? Oh, just a crazy powerful ruler.

In the Mirror Universe, the Klingons were in an alliance with the Cardassians. Whereas the Mirror Cardassians were commanded by a Supreme Legate, the Klingons were ruled by the Regent, which was Worf! He was a brutal commander that had Elim Garak on a leash next to his chair.

8 COMMANDED DEFIANT ON AN ATTACK ON BORG CUBE

When it comes to the Borg, resistance is futile. The Borg assimilate races into their ranks and adapt to any attacks you might throw at them. In one of the opening scenes to Star Trek: First Contact, a Borg Cube had made its way to Earth. Fortunately, the U.S.S. Defiant was there, commanded by Worf!

The Cube had walked through most of the Federation's defenses, and off-camera had beaten up the Defiant. With shields and weapons off-line, Worf gave what could have been his last order: to have the Defiant go to ramming speed. Fortunately, the Enterprise-E showed up in the nick of time!

7 HUNTED CREWMEMBERS ON THE ENTERPRISE

Worf is already an accomplished fighter with his bare hands, but he's a dang Ha'DlbaH when you give him an edged weapon (or any weapon for that matter). How do you turn Worf into pure nightmare fuel? De-evolve him into a prehistoric Klingon version of himself!

In the Next Generation episode "Genesis" the crew of the Enterprise-D de-evolved, thanks to Barclay's Protomorphosis Syndrome.  Worf de-evolved into a giant, armored creature that busted down doors and hunted down smaller creatures (which is everything). Did we also mention that de-evolved Worf spat out face-dissolving acid?

6 WINNER OF BIG BAT'LETH TOURNAMENT

C'mon, Star Trek, when are you going to launch a Street Fighter-type game in which characters from the different series fight each other? We'd pay lots of gold-pressed latinum to play a game where Spock fights Tuvok or Neelix fights a tribble (the tribble would win).

Until we have that game, we have the Next Generation episode "Parallels" in which Worf is stuck bouncing around alternate realities. Before that happens, we see him holding a trophy to the Forcas III bat'leth tournament. That sucker is no joke, because participants can get severely injured. Worf came in first place!

5 ZAPPED BY PAIN STICKS

In some cultures, transitioning into adulthood involves a celebration. Whether it's a Bar Mitzvah or a Sweet Sixteen party, becoming an adult is something that is often celebrated with loved ones bearing gifts. For Klingon culture, becoming an adult means getting zapped with pain sticks.

Klingons symbolically became a warrior when they went through the Right of Ascension. They would have to walk down a path and "friends" would stab them with sticks that would inflict pain. Worf went through this for the 10th anniversary of his Right of Ascension. O'Brien witnessed a two-ton Rectyne monopod explode once when zapped with a pain stick. So, yeah, Worf had a good time.

4 SAVED HIS WIFE INSTEAD OF A CARDASSIAN DEFECTOR

If you told Worf to go and beat up a Romulan soldier, he'd beat up fifteen just to be proactive. No petaQ is going to stop him from laying the smack down on enemies of the Federation. So what would stop Worf from entering into a battle? Is there something that would make Worf run away from a fight?

In the Deep Space Nine episode "Change of Heart" Worf and Jadzia are tasked with a secret mission to rescue a Cardassian who's actually a Federation informant. Jadzia is seriously wounded and Worf must abandon her to mount the rescue. However, he decides to let the mission fail in order to save his wife.

3 FOUGHT ALONGSIDE RIKER

Worf wore a Klingon baldric over his right shoulder. A baldric can have medals or a symbol representing what House you belong to. Worf takes his heritage very seriously as well as his dedication to Starfleet. What does he hold above that? Friendship.

In the Next Generation episode "The Outcast" Riker found himself in forbidden relationship with Soren. Soren was a member of the J'naii, a race of androgynous, genderless beings. Riker's special friend was being held captive and without pause, Worf offered to wear all black, sneak down to the planet and spring Soren from captivity.

2 FOUND LEGENDARY SWORD OF KAHLESS

Every culture has iconic images that are known globally. The Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramids are just a handful of things that arguably can represent and symbolize a culture. For the Klingons, it would have to be the bat'leth, the weapon of choice for most Klingons.

The 5-foot long curved blade was created by the legendary Klingon Kahless the Unforgettable. Around the 9th century, he created the blade out of his hair, which was placed in a volcano. In the Deep Space Nine episode "The Sword of Kahless" Worf found the original weapon used by Kahless himself!

1 AVENGED HIMSELF AGAINST DURAS

The next time you write an angry letter to your congress representative, leave an angry restaurant review or post a negative comment on YouTube, think about what Worf does when he's upset. You won't get a holographic message from Worf saying Hab Sosli' Quch. Worf will find you and fold you in half.

Worf's mate was assassinated by the traitorous Klingon named Duras. Instead of reporting the incident to Picard, he handled it the Klingon way: he grabbed his bat'leth, went over to Duras's ship, and had a polite conversation. By polite, we mean that he planted the blade squarely in the chest of Duras.

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