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"…I'm told the changeling that replaced me has caused the death of countless Klingons. It is a grave dishonor."

The Changeling Martok was a Changeling of the Founders in the 24th century. In the 2370s, this changeling was one of a handful of agents tasked with destabilizing relationships between the larger organizations of the Alpha Quadrant.


In mid-2371, this changeling replaced General Martok while hunting saber bear along Kang's Summit on Qo'noS. Following his capture, the real Martok was sent to Internment Camp 371. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow") The changeling's mission was to increase hostilities with the Cardassian Union and the United Federation of Planets in order to weaken each organization. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", "Apocalypse Rising")

In early 2372, the changeling convinced Chancellor Gowron that a recent coup on Cardassia Prime was effected by the Dominion. After leading a fleet to Deep Space 9, the Klingons invaded Cardassian space. The Martok Changeling also attempted to incite conflict between the Federation and the Klingon Empire; to this end, he had Kaybok, one of his commanders, executed for refusing to fire on the USS Defiant.

Martok and Gowron later led the Klingons in an attack on Deep Space 9. He attempted to continue the battle even when the odds turned against the Klingons, but was overruled by Gowron. Nevertheless, the incident led to a year-and-a-half conflict between the Klingon Empire and the Federation in a conflict lasting from 2372 to 2373. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

Worf and Martok meet

Worf and "Martok" meet.

In early 2373, Martok attended the induction of Order of the Bat'leth members on Ty'Gokor. He recognized Benjamin Sisko, Miles O'Brien, Worf and Odo, who were there undercover to expose Gowron as the changeling. Martok imprisoned them and attempted to fool them into killing Gowron instead, thereby gaining power for himself and furthering the war. However, Odo discovered him to be a Founder after the changeling asked why Sisko didn't just shoot the Chancellor during Gowron and Worf's fight -- an act against Klingon honor but something that a Founder would have no problem with -- and drew him into exposing himself in front of the crowd. The changeling was promptly killed by a hail of disruptor fire. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

The real Martok was informed of the Martok Changeling's actions by Julian Bashir, Worf and Elim Garak at the internment camp later that year, remarking that it was "a grave dishonor". (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")

The changeling impersonating Martok once took a blood test, cutting himself with a d'k tahg and allowing blood to drip out of his hand in DS9: "The Way of the Warrior". It was never stated in canon how the changeling managed this, but Joseph Sisko once suggested that a way a changeling could beat the blood test was to kill a random civilian on the street, absorb the man's blood into itself and release it whenever it took part in a test. It is possible the Martok changeling did this. It could also provide an explanation as to why the Dominion kept the real people that changelings impersonated alive in Internment Camp 371.

Memorable quotes[]

"You forget, I am not only a Klingon warrior; I am a Starfleet officer, and Starfleet deserves an explanation!"
"They will get one soon enough. Until then, know this: my mission will determine the fate of the Klingon Empire. Interfere, and you risk destroying us all!"

- Worf and the Martok changeling (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

"Captain, you don't know how much I've looked forward to killing you in battle. And now your foolishness has cheated me of that pleasure."
"Sorry to disappoint you."

- Martok and Sisko (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

"What're they doing? Why doesn't Sisko just shoot him?!"
"I have a better question: Why isn't Gowron letting his bodyguards kill Worf? I'll tell you why: Klingon honor, a concept you should be very familiar with. My people, on the other hand, don't care about honor. How did you put it: 'There will be no honorable combat, no formal challenges?' Hardly the words of a Klingon. Tell me, 'General' – did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters… or did you?"

- "Martok" and Odo, finally aware of who the real Changeling is (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

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Background information[]

Martok was played by recurring Star Trek guest actor J.G. Hertzler.

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