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"I smell ADVENTURE."
– D'Vana Tendi, 2381 ("The Spy Humongous")

D'Vana Tendi was a female Orion Starfleet sciences division junior officer who lived during the mid-24th century.

Early life[]

Tendi was born on Orion to B'rt and Shona Tendi. Her sister is D'Erika. At the time, the Tendis were the fifth-largest family in the Orion Syndicate and owned their own estate. (LD: "Something Borrowed, Something Green")

During childhood, D'Vana and D'Erika grew up close, and often snuck away from home as children to a ship graveyard of wrecked, stolen spaceships. One of their favored wrecks to play in was a Federation ship, and where D'Vana would make a drawing of herself as a Starfeet officer, and play pretend that she was exploring space – anything other than a pirate.

As she grew up and particularly in her teen years, Tendi was trained to be a prime, a Syndicate assassin. This particular duty of the Mistress of the Winter Constellations was the title 'Tip of the Moonlit Blade'. Owing to her upbringing and training as a member of major Orion criminal syndicate, she has demonstrated considerable skills in leadership. hand to hand combat, use of small weapons, situational analysis, piloting and problem solving

She was once a pirate known as the Mistress of the Winter Constellations, which may even be a noble title given how others kneel in her presence. Her relatives were members of the Orion Syndicate. Her great-grandmother, Astrea Tendi, had held the same title, while serving aboard the science vessel D'Var in the 23rd century. (SNW: "Those Old Scientists")

In leaving that life, she earned the Syndicate's ire. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris") She was highly skilled in the use of the Orion multi-key, and her father, B'Rt, taught her that every ship has a security fail-safe. (LD: "Hear All, Trust Nothing")

Tendi decided to join Starfleet upon visiting a recruitment booth. (LD: "Reflections") Prior to her enlistment, Tendi had always wanted to go to the Adashake Center on Orion, but never made the time for it. (LD: "Second Contact")

Starfleet career[]

Starfleet Academy[]

Tendi attended Starfleet Academy and graduated as a member of the sciences division.

As a non-Federation citizen, Tendi would only have been eligible for the Academy Preparatory Exam after being sponsored by a letter of reference written on her behalf by a command-level officer. (DS9: "Heart of Stone"; VOY: "Imperfection") However, this has only been observed for applicants that seek to join the Academy on their own volition. As Starfleet recruitment booths actively sought out potential recruits from both within and without the Federation, it is unknown if a reference letter was still required for non-citizens, or if this path to the Academy used a different method.

Her admission to the Academy was very difficult for her, as the pre-existing stigmas surrounding Orions resulted in most seeing her as little more than a pirate or thief. This made her very sensitive, and prone to frustration when anyone would associate her with stereotypes surrounding the Orions, but also incredibly eager to prove herself as a valuable crew member. She was so focused on her studies at the Academy that she never left San Francisco to see other parts of Earth. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris", "Grounded")

She strangely never finished the required course unit at the Academy which trains cadets to space walk and was simply given a B grade regardless. Tendi never questioned this until much later, believing it to most likely have been a clerical error. (LD: "Terminal Provocations")

USS Cerritos[]

One of Tendi's early assignments was a stint at Outpost 79 prior to being transferred to the USS Cerritos in 2380, where she was assigned as a medic under Nurse Westlake. On her first day, she met Ensigns Brad Boimler and Beckett Mariner, who gave her a tour of the ship and introduced her to Ensign Sam Rutherford. When the rage virus broke out on the Cerritos, Tendi assisted Dr. T'Ana in treating the infected, and was even ordered to manually pump Lieutenant Commander Stevens' heart with her own hands. (LD: "Second Contact")

Tendi would be assigned Bunk A12004 on Deck 11 in the LD sleeping quarters, on the wall opposite Boimler's bunk and underneath Rutherford's bunk, on beta shift. She had some skills in either engineering or programming, as T'Ana once requested a time estimate for repairing a biobed. (LD: "Temporal Edict")

Tendi showed a significant proficiency in genetics when she created The Dog, an artificially-created dog made from inert carbon, as a personal side project. She hand-edited The Dog's genetic sequences to make it 5% faster and 6% smarter than the average Earth canine and considered the work to be 'fun', even lying about going to the bathroom in order to use the time to edit the sequences. In addition, The Dog possessed augmented abilities lacked by the typical dog, including shapeshifting, hovering, and spitting lightning. These augmentations were at least partially due to the fact that Tendi had never encountered an actual dog. (LD: "Much Ado About Boimler")

When she was mistakenly tapped for a classified covert ops mission to Romulus, Tendi demonstrated her assassin training with advanced skills in unarmed combat. She stealthily incapacitated a two-man patrol with ease and took down multiple opponents face-to-face that were larger than her and armed with Romulan disruptor rifles single-handedly. In 2381, she revealed that this was a result of her pirate past when she was forced into action once again to prevent a Karemma ship from leaving the Alpha Quadrant through the Bajoran wormhole. (LD: "Veritas", "Hear All, Trust Nothing")

By 2381, T'Ana had become impressed and even a little "disturbed" at how Tendi mastered any task that was set before her. Determining that Tendi was being limited from reaching her full potential by remaining a medic, T'Ana had her transferred from Medical to senior science officer training, thus moving from sickbay to working on the bridge, doing a lot more experiments, and going on away missions. (LD: "First First Contact")

Anything but canon[]

Tendi, Arex, Scotty and M'Ress

Tendi with Arex, Scott, and M'Ress

A holo-duplicate of Tendi was in a holoprogram that was malfunctioning. This holo of Tendi watched a holographic program featuring Quark and Elim Garak talking about how to get the Romulan Star Empire into the war. (VST: "Holograms All the Way Down")

In another strange setting, D'Vana Tendi was present on the bridge of the USS Enterprise during their celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the year their cartoon show premiered.

Other people there was Montgomery Scott, Arex, M'Ress, William T. Riker, and Hikaru Sulu. At first things started to turn into a heated argument between Tendi and Scott, Arex, and M'Ress over the misunderstanding that Tendi was trying to make fun of their old cartoon. When Riker and Sulu entered the bridge they quickly settled down, and began playing a song in their unique style.

Tendi even revealed to Scott while he was playing the drums that she thought he was hot. But just then, the ship started to get fired upon by a fleet of D7-class battle cruisers. She quickly told everyone who might have at first thought that the red alert was all part of the song that they were indeed under attack. Still, the others continued playing their music and Sulu was the only person to say anything, which was "Oh my!" After that, an explosion on the bridge occurred. (VST: "Walk, Don't Run")


Tendi was known to be incredibly enthusiastic, and optimistic in almost everything she did. She valued her friends on the Cerritos and took interest in any task she was given. While others paid little heed for her positive nature, it very rarely ever bothered her, and only made her push herself even harder to do a good job at any given task. She was slow to anger, incredibly patient, and very rarely let others affect this attitude. She also valued the happiness of her friends over that of her own, though this indirectly made her hesitant to talk about herself much.

She was good at her duties in sickbay, but Dr. T'Ana noted that more often than not, she was not very assertive, and often let her crewmates walk over her. However, T'Ana was also impressed by Tendi's prowess for the job, and when she showed more confidence, she commended her for it. (LD: "Mugato, Gumato") Tendi considers archival cataloguing and hand-editing DNA to be highly enjoyable, tasks which others might find to be tedious.

While she was better known for her enthusiasm on the job, she was also quite sensitive when it came to stereotypes on Orions, but was also genuinely uncomfortable with the aggressive aspects of her native culture, which clashed with her personality. Her discomfort was a key reason for her eventual entry into Starfleet, and she did her best to distance herself from her connection with Orion culture and her past as a pirate. When it was brought up, she was noticeably uncomfortable with it and hesitant to talk about it. (LD: "Crisis Point", "We'll Always Have Tom Paris", "Hear All, Trust Nothing")

Personal interests[]

Tendi was fond of listening to Klingon acid punk rock music and bands of the genre, such as Gik'Tal, having commented on why anyone would wish to listen to Klingonese unless it was "punky or acidic". She kept a personal collection of music files that included cover art that could be viewed when played back on a PADD. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

Tendi loved archival cataloguing and liked to talk about it all the time. In somewhat of the same vein, she also found hand-editing DNA to be fun. (LD: "Terminal Provocations", "Much Ado About Boimler")

Tendi was skilled in playing the drums, utilizing a portable electric drum kit. (LD: "Temporal Edict")

Personal relationships[]


D'Erika Tendi[]

During childhood, D'Vana and D'Erika grew up close, and often snuck away from home as children to a ship graveyard of wrecked, stolen spaceships. When D'Vana left to join Starfleet, D'Erika became very upset with D'Vana, believing her to have abandoned the family. While this would mean that D'Vana would forsake her title as the family prime assassin, leaving D'Erika to claim the title, D'Erika was intimidated by the legacy of her sister, and believed most would see her as a pale imitation to D'Vana.

When D'Erika was to be married, she temporarily vanished, leading the family to believe she'd been kidnapped by a rival family. They asked D'Vana to find her, and D'Vana was successful in tracking down her sister, who finally hashed out her frustrations with D'Vana in a brief hand-to-hand duel. D'Erika was successful in besting D'Vana in the duel and confessed her nervousness in not living up to the standard set by D'Vana. D'Vana reassured her that she more than deserved the title, and that her win against her proved she was more than capable, leading the two to reconcile their differences. (LD: "Something Borrowed, Something Green")


Samanthan Rutherford[]

D'Vana Tendi was quite fond of fellow ensign Sam Rutherford, with him being one of her first close friends on the Cerritos. When passing by the Trivoli pulsar, Rutherford attempted to switch jobs on the Cerritos so that he could watch the pulsar with her, and not be busy with maintenance in the ship's Jefferies tubes. However, when this didn't work out for him, Tendi offered instead to watch the pulsar with him on a PADD while he worked in the Jefferies tubes. (LD: "Envoys")

After Rutherford was seriously injured in a conflict with the Pakleds, which resulted in the loss of his cybernetic implant, Tendi stayed by his side, and often read engineering manuals to him while he was unconscious. His injury affected his memory, and he did not remember who Tendi was when he woke up. Despite this handicap, Tendi was simply excited, as she believed that they would both be able to become best friends again. (LD: "No Small Parts")

It's implied she may harbor feelings for him. (LD: "Parth Ferengi's Heart Place")

Beckett Mariner[]

Beckett Mariner was also one of Tendi's close friends, whom she met on the Cerritos on her first day, who gave her the tour of the ship, while Tendi helps her with her shore leave contraband. (LD: "Second Contact") During a mission to retrieve an heirloom of T'Ana's, the two learn new things about each other and found out things about each other, like Tendi learning that Mariner served on Deep Space 9 and Mariner learning that Tendi's first name is D'Vana. When the cargo was broken, they try several attempts to fix it, but it did not work. Tendi decides to tell Dr. T'Ana the truth, but Mariner said that her plan sucks. Mariner then declares they are friends before ramming the shuttle into the ship, later blaming the destruction of the cargo on the accident, which Mariner tells Ransom was caused by a bee. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

Bradward Boimler[]

Boimler was Tendi's orientation liason, and becomes one of her close friends, whom she meets on the Cerritos on her first day. When Mariner shows Tendi the holodeck, and tries out different locations, Mariner insists that Boimler "take it for a spin", to which he asks the computer to show them the warp core, which he states is an impressive feat of engineering. (LD: "Second Contact")


While Tendi worked in medical, her relationship with T'Ana could at times be tumultuous. As Tendi was not very assertive when first coming aboard the Cerritos, T'Ana paid little attention to her, and her deeds, and often assigned Tendi tasks that she figured she would just give up on, or even small personal errands. Tendi would also find T'Ana intimidating to work for, and around often got nervous of letting T'Ana down in her work. It wasn't until 2381 when Tendi started to get the attention of T'Ana in better ways, and respect was given. (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris", "Mugato, Gumato")

Eventually, Tendi made such a huge impression in her work and accomplishments, that T'Ana made the decision that Tendi wasn't a right fit for medical, and instead recommended her for senior science officer training. This recommendation shocked Tendi so much, but while this ended their time working together, it cemented their friendship with one another. When her training started, despite being assigned Dr. Migleemo as a mentor, Tendi actually received far better advice from T'Ana when she was scared that she wouldn't be capable of becoming senior science officer, and Tendi looked to her as her true mentor. (LD: "First First Contact", "Mining The Mind's Mines")


Tendi and O'Connor kiss

Tendi and O'Connor kiss

For a short time, Tendi became obsessed with Lieutenant jg O'Connor's spiritual ascension. She eventually deemed themselves "best friends" and kissed just before O'Connor began his ascension process. (LD: "Moist Vessel")

Memorable quotes[]

"Ensign D'Vana Tendi, reporting for duty. I'm a transfer from Outpost 79."
"Deck 4. Follow the yellow line. Take the turbolift all the way down."
"Thank you so much! And can I just say that I'm really honored to be—"
"Keep it moving, lower decks. Next!"

- Tendi and Dirk, after the former boards the Cerritos (LD: "Second Contact")

"Still uh, happy to be here?"
"Are you kidding? I got to hold a heart!"

- Mariner and Tendi, after everyone is cured of the rage virus (LD: "Second Contact")

"Tendi, how long will it take to repair a biobed?"
"Oh, that would take about five... hours."
"Excuse me? That's great!"

- T'Ana and Tendi, lying to the former after learning about buffer time (LD: "Temporal Edict")

"So, hey. Do you want me to call you 'Exocomp', or do you have an alpha-numeric name like 'T-T-3-0-3-1-1'?"
"No, I didn't want to sound robotic, I wanted to be called something normal. So, I analyzed all Federation languages and calculated a mathematically perfect name."
"What is it?"
"Peanut Hamper."
"Peanut Hamper? I LOVE IT!"

-Tendi and Peanut Hamper, on what the latter's name is (LD: "No Small Parts")

[Tendi removes the Karemma's latinum tooth]
"Wait a minute, wait a minute, that thing has a tooth remover?"
"Shh, I'm pirating. Let's go!"

-Rutherford and Tendi, on her pirating (LD: "Hear All, Trust Nothing")

"Guys, I have to come clean about something. I wasn't just a regular Orion teenager. I was trained to be a Syndicate assassin-"
"Tendi, yeah. We know girl. You can't just say you're joking around when you kick-flip a knife out of the air."
"Your upbringing was quite obvious."
"I just hate that you guys had to see the real me."
"Tends, the real you is the one who geeks out about science on the Cerritos."
"But I'm a prime, you know? A... a trained assassin. It's the most piratey someone can be."
"Incorrect. You are who you choose to be. A Starfleet lieutenant, and a loyal friend."
"Don't worry, we know you're a big nerd and not some hot assassin."
"That is the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me!"

- Tendi, Mariner, and T'Lyn, on her true upbringing (LD: "Something Borrowed, Something Green")

"Ahh! This stuff is great! All we have on Orion are like sharp little pebbles."

- Tendi, enjoying sand (LD: "A Few Badgeys More")


D'Vana Tendi signature

Tendi's signature


Background information[]

Tendi is voiced by Noël Wells.

In developing the characters for Lower Decks, Mike McMahan described all four leads in an 10 August 2020 interview as a combination of other Star Trek characters, parts of himself, and people in his life. Tendi developed from a suggestion by Secret Hideout that the first episode feature a character's first day on the ship. From there, McMahan took to Tendi as a character that was "all silver lining," relating how he would act on a starship. Tendi was further described as "that voice of enthusiasm... who just wants to know everything and wants to consume all things about the ship and learn and grow... who we will also watch grow throughout the series." [1]

Tendi appears as a duty officer in Star Trek Online.

Tendi is the first Orion Starfleet officer shown in the Prime Timeline, though the first Orion Starfleet officer shown overall was Gaila in Star Trek.

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