Captain Kargan was a 24th century Klingon Defense Force officer and commander of the Klingon Cruiser IKS Pagh during the 2360s.

In 2365, Kargan agreed to take Federation Commander William T. Riker aboard as his first officer, under the Officer Exchange Program between the two governments.

Kargan was initially suspicious of Riker, and made Riker swear an oath of loyalty to the Captain and his ship. However, after a subatomic bacteria was discovered eating away at the hull of the Pagh, Kargan was convinced it was part of a Federation plot. He decided that his only course of action was to attack the USS Enterprise-D, which he blamed for putting the bacteria on his hull.

Attempting to take advantage of Riker's oath to him, Kargan demanded to know the secrets of the Enterprise-D, but Riker refused to tell him. He respected this, telling Riker that if he had told him the secrets he would have killed him where he stood.

Despite this, Kargan refused to listen to Riker, who tried to tell him that the Enterprise-D was not to blame. Riker then gave Kargan an emergency transponder he had smuggled aboard. Thinking Riker was holding it, the Enterprise-D beamed Kargan over. Kargan then materialized on the bridge and immediately pulled out his disruptor, but was stunned by Worf.

After Riker had made contact with the Enterprise-D and the Pagh was repaired, Kargan was returned to his ship. He struck Riker for his insubordination, and ordered him off the ship. (TNG: "A Matter Of Honor")

Kargan was part of Commander William T. Riker's memories while being infected on the surface of Surata IV and treated in sickbay. (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

Kargan was played by actor Christopher Collins.
In the novel series Star Trek: IKS Gorkon, it is revealed Kargan was killed during the Dominion War. That series also establishes that Kargan and his father, General Talak, belong to the House of K'Tal, but are described as not sharing K'Tal's sense of honor. Kargan's death occurs in the "A Song Well Sung" story of the Tales of the Dominion War anthology, where the Pagh is forced to crash on Marcan V after a battle with the Jem'Hadar.

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