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Star Trek's Dax Thought Morn Was Cute & 9 Other DS9 Reveals


  • Morn, the beloved barfly in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, appeared in more episodes than Jake Sisko without uttering a single word.
  • Morn’s criminal past was revealed in an episode where he faked his death after being involved in a heist.
  • Morn had various love interests and was even Worf’s sparring partner in the holosuites.

From Lt. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) finding him cute, to his gift for poetry, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine revealed a number of wild details about its resident barfly Morn (Mark Allen Shepherd) across its seven seasons. Named after the beloved Norm (George Wendt) in the classic sitcom Cheers, Morn propped up the bar at Quark’s throughout seven seasons of DS9. Morn never uttered a word on screen, despite actor Mark Allen Shepherd claiming that lines would be written for the character before being cut from the finished script. One notable example was an apparent scene where Morn is dressed in a tuxedo and ordering a drink “shaken not stirred” after playing a James Bond holonovel.

Incredibly, Morn is one Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character who appeared in more episodes than Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton). Mark Allen Shepherd has 93 DS9 credits to his name, while Cirroc Lofton only has 71, without uttering a single word. Morn became such a beloved character that he took center stage in the classic Star Trek: DS9 episode, “Who Mourns for Morn?” However, Morn’s gruff and quiet exterior belies a wild life of criminality, romance, and artistry that would regularly be hinted at throughout DS9.

10 DS9’s Dax Thought Morn Was Cute

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 1, episode 15, “Progress”

Dax and Kira at the controls of a shuttlecraft

Traveling to Bajor’s fifth moon, Jerrada, Dax and Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) discuss the Quark’s Bar regular in the Runabout. Morn has recently asked Jadzia out for dinner, much to Kira’s shock and mild horror. Although Dax says she turned Morn’s offer down, she does note that the “seven or eight little wiry hairs that come out of his forehead” make him look kind of cute. Kira is visibly bewildered by this revelation, but as one of Star Trek: DS9‘s Trill, Dax is clearly a lot more open-minded than the Bajoran Major. Later, in “Who Mourns For Morn?” Dax reveals that she did indeed have a crush on him, but he turned her down.

9 Morn Speaks German

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 2, episode 26, “The Jem’Hadar”

A large alien drinks what looks like whisky out of a square glass

In the whole of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Morn is only ever heard laughing, and even that is rare. However, there is a bizarre exception in the German language edit of the season 2 finale, “The Jem’Hadar.” In a scene at Quark’s Bar, Morn is about to explain to Quark (Armin Shimerman) what was bothering him, but the Ferengi bartender walked away before he could speak. In the original version, Morn stays silent, but in the German edit, Morn says “Dann nicht…” which roughly translates as “So much for that…” It’s possible that this is one of the lines that was written for Morn but cut, but remained in translated scripts for the German dub.

8 DS9’s Morn Appears In 4 Star Trek Shows

DS9, TNG, Voyager, and Lower Decks

As well as appearing in 93 episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Morn made cameo appearances in three other Trek shows in the 1990s and 2020s. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Birthright”, Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) passes Morn while trying to locate the information broker who claims to have the location of his father. Later, in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Voyager, Lt. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) is stood next to Morn at the bar while he intervenes in Quark’s conning of Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang). Years later, in Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ DS9 crossover, Morn was seen in his usual spot at Quark’s Bar.

7 Morn Had A Criminal Past

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 6, episode 12, “Who Mourns for Morn?”

Morn’s criminal past was revealed in the classic Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Who Mourns for Morn”, in which he faked his death. This was because he could no longer be punished for his role in the Lissepian Mother’s Day Heist, meaning that his co-conspirators could come looking for him and the missing latinum. Quark and Odo end up becoming involved in the aftermath of the heist, as Morn’s associates come calling. It was revealed that Morn had stored the latinum in his second stomach, the poisonous effects of which had made him lose his hair. Quark and Morn later shared the proceeds of the heist, after the Ferengi helped dispatch Morn’s former associates.

6 Morn Was An Associate Of Star Trek: Picard’s Sneed

Star Trek: Picard, season 3, episode 2, “Disengage”

Sneed and Quark's Bar in Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard‘s Ferengi villain, Sneed (Aaron Stanford) was connected to several of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s less reputable characters. As well as Quark and Liquidator Brunt (Jeffrey Combs), Sneed was also a known associate of Morn, perhaps from his days pulling heists. One of Sneed’s many crimes was arson aboard Deep Space Nine, though it’s unclear whether it was Morn or Quark who was the target of Sneed’s fire-raising.

5 Morn Inherited Quark’s Bar In An Alternate Timeline

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 4, episode 3, “The Visitor”

Tony Todd and Avery Brooks in The Visitor

In the best-ever Jake and Benjamin Sisko episode, the disappearance of Captain Sisko created an alternate timeline in which an older Jake Sisko (Tony Todd) dedicated his life to finding his missing father. Of the many changes to Star Trek history caused by Sisko’s disappearance, Deep Space Nine was handed over into Klingon hands. Quark left the station and Morn took over the running of operations, later calling the bar Morn’s Bar.

4 Morn Played A Vital Role In The Dominion War

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 6, episode 5, “Favor the Bold”

When the station was retaken by the Cardassians at the end of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 5, it appeared that all hope was lost. Morn was so panicked by the precarious state of the station that he got drunk, attacked Quark, stripped off and nakedly pleaded for the Bajoran prophets to protect him. However, in DS9 season 6, he played a key role in the Dominion War, when he passed a vital message between the resistance movement on the station and Captain Sisko. The information contained in the message allowed Sisko to lead Operation Return, retaking the station from the Dominion and regaining a tactical advantage, all thanks to Morn!

3 Morn Was A Ladies Man

Various Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes

Morn hands a lady a flower and leans in for a kiss

It’s not just Jadzia Dax who found Morn attractive, many other women fell under his spell. Despite the lies of the criminal Larell (Bridget Ann White), Morn never married, but he certainly had more than a few love interests. For example, he goes on a date with a female Starfleet officer in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Let He Who Is Without Sin.” He’s also seen successfully flirting with Bajoran and Kobheerian women in DS9 season 1. Sadly for Jadzia, he never asked her out for dinner again after her first rejection.

2 Morn Was Worf’s Sparring Partner

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 6, episode 12, “Who Mourns for Morn?”

Picard Worf Vs. Raffi Sword fight

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) revealed in “Who Mourns for Morn?” that the Lurian was an excellent sparring partner. Apparently, the two men would have weekly combat sessions in the holosuites at Quark’s Bar. It’s one of many unseen adventures for DS9‘s enigmatic bar patron that are far funnier in the viewer’s imagination than they would ever be when realized on screen.

1 Morn Never Shut Up

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, season 1, episode 12, “Vortex”

Star Trek Lurian

If there’s a point at which the long-running Morn gag is established, it’s possibly in the episode, “Vortex.” Investigating a mysterious criminal visitor, Constable Odo (Rene Auberjonois) gains information from Morn that Quark bought the suspicious character a meal. This inspires Quark to reflect that Morn should “keep his big mouth shut.” This was something that Morn would regularly do when viewers were watching, but when he was off-screen, it was apparently impossible to get a word in edgeways. Morn’s big mouth was first mentioned way back in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 1, and would be one of the longest-running gags in the entire show.

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