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"I see myself standing with Kirk's head in one hand – and a tribble in the other."
– Arne Darvin, 2268 ("Trials and Tribble-ations")

Arne Darvin was an alias assumed by a male Klingon intelligence officer for the Klingon Empire who assumed a Human identity during the mid-23rd century. After he suffered discommendation, he assumed the identity of Barry Waddle, and lived as a Human merchant into the late 24th century.


Darvin served as an agent for Klingon Intelligence where, by the mid-2260s, he was surgically altered to appear Human.

During the 2260s, Darvin posed as an assistant to the Undersecretary in Charge of Agricultural Affairs Nilz Baris, with the intent of sabotaging the Federation's development project on Sherman's Planet.

In 2268, on Deep Space Station K-7 Darvin poisoned a shipment of quadrotriticale grain, which was destined for Sherman's Planet. Shortly after, Darvin's true identity as a Klingon was exposed by Captain James T. Kirk, using a tribble. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

After being disgraced, Darvin suffered discommendation and wandered from place to place as Barry Waddle. During the 2370s, he went to Cardassia Prime and became trapped there during the Klingon-Cardassian War. While on Cardassia, Darvin learned of the Orb of Time, which was on the planet at the time, and plotted to use it to change his past and gain revenge on Kirk. His opportunity came when the USS Defiant was assigned to transport the Orb back to Bajor in 2373.

As Waddle, Darvin gained passage aboard the Defiant and used the Orb of Time to transport the entire ship back to 2268, where he planted a tricobalt bomb inside a tribble in the storage compartments aboard K-7. He fantasized about his statue in the Hall of Warriors in the new timeline, picturing himself holding Kirk's head in one hand and a tribble in the other. The crew of the Defiant successfully captured Darvin and prevented the bomb from killing Kirk, minimizing the changes in the timeline. Darvin was returned to Federation custody while his past self was captured once again. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")



Background information[]

Arne Darvin was played by Charlie Brill.

Brill commented: "How I got this job the first time is that Lenny Nimoy was a friend of mine – we'd hung out together for years. My wife, Mitzi McCall, and I had a comic nightclub act – we were the act that preceded the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show! – but Mitzi was pregnant with our daughter at the time and we couldn't do the act for a while. So Lenny says, 'Come down to Paramount and I'll set up an appointment for you; I'll take you to meet somebody.' Because, you know, I was an actor in addition to being a comedian. I wasn't even quite sure what show Lenny was doing at the time, I just knew that he wasn't coming to Schwab's anymore in the mornings. So he met me at Paramount and I got hysterical with the way he looked, with those ears! And he took me to meet a guy who I later found out was Gene Roddenberry, and Gene looked at me and said to Lenny, 'Arne Darvin,' and I said, 'Oh, and a happy Arne Darvin to you.' I thought it was a Jewish holiday. Then Lenny and I walked to the soundstage and he said, 'You got a job.' And I said, 'Oh, that's nice.' I called Lenny up when I got the new job on Deep Space Nine and I told him about it, and he said, 'Boy, you must have made a great impression; they have you back every twenty-nine years.'" (The Magic of Tribbles: The Making of Trials and Tribble-ations [page number?edit])


The comic "Beneath the Skin" depicted the real Arne Darvin was a Human who was killed by the Klingon Intelligence operative originally named "Gralmek". (The Klingon's orders had been to stab the real Darvin in the back, but Gralmek insisted on facing his counterpart openly – reasoning that a man had the right to know his killer.) Gralmek was a Klingon with ridges, but he was also a mach ghoti', a Klingon of diminutive stature and strength, which made him an ideal candidate for surgical alteration to appear Human. The comic also established that Gralmek was the first, and following his failed mission, last Klingon to undergo such alterations for the purposes of espionage. As well as backstory on Gralmek prior to becoming Darvin, the comic established that after the tribble incident, Gralmek was held in Federation custody for several months before being returned to the Klingons in a prisoner exchange. Following this he was discommendated and expelled from Klingon space, which led to his desire to somehow get revenge on Kirk and redeem himself for the Klingon Empire.

The novella "Honor in the Night" depicts an alternate universe in which Arne Darvin successfully poisoned the quadrotriticale, which was eventually shipped to Sherman's Planet; the resulting ecological disaster cost thousands of lives, which sickened him greatly. Ashamed at what he had done, he dedicated the rest of his life to atoning for his crimes by honorable means. To that end, Darvin escaped from Sherman's Planet, killed Kamuk (his Klingon Intelligence handler), and assumed Kamuk's identity, eventually becoming governor of Bajor (a subject world of the Empire in this universe), preparing Bajor for independence as best he could. In this story, Darvin's real name was "Krek" and he had been born a smooth-headed Klingon before receiving the cure for the Qu'Vat virus later in life. Arne Darvin was a false identity created by database manipulation and there was never a Human with that name.

In Star Trek: Federation - The First 150 Years, the real Arne Darvin was a Human from Proxima Centauri who was traveling to Earth to begin training in the Federation Diplomatic Corps. He was beamed off his ship by a cloaked Bird-of-Prey and replaced by a surgically altered Klingon agent named "Kron". The real Darvin was murdered immediately afterwards.

Star Trek Adventures - The Klingon Empire Core Rulebook gives Darvin's real name as "Krek, son of Gralmek".

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