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Characters from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novels from Pocket Books.

Many of the main characters from the aired episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine appear in the novels in this series. Characters from Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation also appear. Other new characters are listed below.

This article lists non-canon information. Additions to the brief character definitions listed here should include only a list of appearances and a short definition of their status as of their last appearance in this series. Other non-canon appearances will not be listed here. If you want to read about their canon information, their names will be hyperlinked to their main article. The specifics of non-canon characters' appearances should be listed in the character section of each audio production, novel, comic book, or game in which they played a role.

Regular characters

Ben Sisko

Benjamin Sisko 
Starfleet CO of Deep Space 9. Sisko was assigned to the station when he was a commander in rank, but later he received a promotion to captain.
Sisko, who first appeared in the novelization Emissary, was in nearly all DS9 publications until the so-called "relaunch", when he was removed from the series due to his fate revealed in DS9: "What You Leave Behind". He returned from that hiatus in Unity and took leave from Starfleet. In Rough Beasts of Empire, Sisko returned to Starfleet to fight the Borg and was later assigned to command the USS Robinson, a Galaxy-class vessel.

Kira Nerys

Kira Nerys 
Bajoran Militia liaison and XO of DS9. Kira was assigned to the station while a major in rank, was eventually promoted to colonel, and later was made station CO. Kira was awarded a commission as a Starfleet captain in 2376 by Admiral Leonard James Akaar.
Kira, who first appeared in the novelization Emissary, has appeared in nearly all DS9 publications to date.


Former Starfleet strategic operations officer of Deep Space 9. Worf had previously served for eight years aboard the USS Enterprise-D, being promoted to lieutenant commander as well as receiving a dual commission as a Klingon Defense Force officer, before accepting Sisko's offer of a position aboard DS9. Worf served as the XO of both the USS Defiant and IKS Rotarran throughout the Dominion War. At the conclusion of the war, Worf was offered the title of Federation ambassador to the Klingon Empire, which he accepted. On occasion, he also served aboard the USS Enterprise-E.
Worf has additional novel appearances listed in Pocket TNG characters. He first appeared in the DS9 novels in The Heart of the Warrior, and left the books in the "What You Leave Behind" novelization, although he was a major player in The Left Hand of Destiny series.
Changeling who formerly served as security chief of Deep Space 9. Odo held this post throughout the Cardassian rule of the station and, as a Bajoran Militia officer, throughout Sisko's command.
Jadzia Dax 
Trill Starfleet officer, assigned to DS9 as a lieutenant in 2369. Dax was promoted to lieutenant commander before she was killed by Dukat in 2374.
Julian Bashir
Genetically-engineered CMO of DS9, assigned in 2369 as a Starfleet lieutenant junior grade. Bashir was promoted to lieutenant and then again, in 2376, to lieutenant commander.
Miles O'Brien 
Starfleet CPO assigned as DS9 chief of operations from 2369 to 2375. O'Brien accepted a teaching assignment at Starfleet Academy following the conclusion of the Dominion War.
Ferengi bartender who resided on DS9.
Ezri Dax 
Command division Starfleet officer serving aboard DS9. Ezri joined the crew as an ensign, as the station's assistant counselor. She was soon promoted to lieutenant junior grade, and, after the conclusion of the Dominion War, she decided to pursue a career as a command officer. Ezri departed Deep Space 9 for the USS Aventine, a ship she later became captain of.
Starfleet lieutenant junior grade assigned as DS9's operations chief. Nog grew up, as a Ferengi errand boy, aboard DS9, before entering Starfleet Academy in 2372. He served as Chief O'Brien's apprentice while a cadet, eventually earning a field promotion to ensign. Nog was promoted to lieutenant per the captain's final orders, before Sisko vanished in late 2375.
Jacob Isaac Sisko 
Federation journalist who resided on DS9.
Jake's full first name was mentioned in the "Emissary" novelization; his middle name was mentioned in Abyss.

Vaughn (…on the cover of Twilight)

Elias Vaughn (β)
Commander Vaughn was a former operative with Starfleet Special Operations. He became Kira Nerys' new first officer on Deep Space 9 (and commanding officer of the USS Defiant).
Vaughn was offered promotions many times over the years, but in keeping with his mission with Special Ops, preferred to remain a commander in order to keep a low profile. Even so, officers all the way to the rank of admiral routinely relied on Vaughn for advice, and generally did not attempt to pull rank on him.
He had a strained relationship with his daughter, Starfleet Ensign Prynn Tenmei, ever since an incident with Prynn's mother Ruriko, who had been assimilated by the Borg seven years prior to the novels under his command. On the Gamma Quadrant missions their relationship was under repair until Ruriko's assimilated corpse was found. Ruriko attacked her daughter and attempted to assimilate her, and Elias was forced to kill Ruriko in defense. Prynn blamed him for months for this incident. Vaughn eventually accepted a promotion to the rank of captain and for a time commanded Deep Space 9 and later a starship before perishing due to injuries sustained during the Borg invasion.
Vaughn was 101 years old when he first appeared, and was in excellent physical health, implying that Humans routinely lived much longer in Trek's future.
Elias Vaughn has never appeared on screen, but has appeared on the cover of some DS9 novels. Appearances include Avatar, Book One (first appearance), Avatar, Book Two, Abyss, and Demons of Air and Darkness. Outside the DS9 series, he has been seen in Cast No Shadow (Pocket TOS and his earliest chronological appearance), Serpents Among the Ruins and The Art of the Impossible (Star Trek: The Lost Era), and The Battle of Betazed (Pocket TNG)
Ro Laren (β)
Taran'atar (β)
The Jem'Hadar Honored Elder chosen by Odo to be his representative to the Alpha Quadrant. In Abyss, Taran'atar helps Bashir during the mission against Jem'Hadar who were created by a member of Section 31.
Thirishar ch'Thane (β)
Starfleet ensign assigned as science officer, and the son of the Andorian representative to the Federation Council.
Prynn Tenmei (β)
Ensign Tenmei is the new Defiant flight control officer, and Cmdr. Vaughn's daughter. She blames her father for the death of her mother, who was believed killed during an away mission he sent her on. She is named for T'Prynn of Vulcan.

Recurring characters

Leonard James Akaar
Asarem Wadeen 
First Minister of Bajor after Shakaar's death
Sam Bowers
Skrain G. Dukat
See below: Zar
Akellan Macet 
Cardassian, captain of Trager
Natima Lang 
Cardassian ambassador
Jean-Luc Picard

Saratoga's captain

Storil/Saros (USS Saratoga personnel
Vulcan captain of Saratoga
Shakaar Edon
Simon Tarses
Kasidy Yates-Sisko
Female Cardassian; Sam Bowers had a crush on her
Yevir Linjaren
Zar/Hranok (USS Saratoga personnel
Bolian tactical officer of Saratoga
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