|Aufenthaltsort:||Deep Space 9|
|Geburtsort:||Gamma-Quadrant, Planet im Omariannebel|
|Dienstgrad:||Constable (Bajoranische Armee)|
|Tätigkeit:||Sicherheitsoffizier (Constable) auf DS9|
Nicht Mitglied Starfleets. Er wurde vor 50 Jahren auf einem Raumschiff im Denorios-Asteroiden-Gürtel gefunden und war bereits Security Chief auf DS9 während der Besetzung durch die Cardassianer. Auf Bajor wurde er zeitweise in einem Labor untersucht. Der Kriminelle Crodin vom Planeten Rakhar überreichte Odo einen formwandelnden Schlüssel und machte ihm damit Hoffnung, seine Rasse im Gamma-Quadranten zu finden (D12 Vortex). 2371 findet er schließlich seinen Heimatplaneten im Gamma-Quadranten, distanziert sich aber von seinem Volk, als er erkennt, dass sie die Gründer des Dominions sind, einer Macht, die den Alpha-Quadranten unterwerfen will (D47 The Search). Im selben Jahr vereitelt die DS9-Crew mit seiner Hilfe einen Infiltrations-Versuch des Dominions (D72 The Adversary). Dabei bricht er ein heiliges Gesetz der Changelings: Er tötet ein Wesen seiner Rasse. 2372 muss er dafür auf seinen Heimatplaneten zurückkehren, wo ihn eine harte Strafe erwartet: Er wird vermenschlicht und aller seiner Changeling-Eigenschaften beraubt, außer seines Aussehens (D98 Broken Link). Odo ist seitdem ein Mensch. Ca. Stardate 50440 erlangt Odo seine Fähigkeit zum Formwandeln zurück nachdem er einen jungen Changeling gefunden hatte, der sich jedoch vor seinem frühen Tod mit Odo vereinigte (D110 The Begotten).
Found adrift and alone in the Denorious Belt in his natural gelatinous state with no clue to his origin, this unique shapeshifter was returned to Cardassian-occupied Bajor, where he was studied by Dr. Mora Pol at the Bajoran Institute for Science. After a lifetime of wondering, it was not until early 2371 that he discovered he was one of 100 changeling Founders sent out at an unspecified earlier time as an exploratory contact mission from the Dominion, implanted genetically with the need to return home someday. Initially it was only the formative Odo's duplication of his container, a Krokian Petri beaker, that alerted Mora to his sentience. Even after gaining intelligence, communication skills and a refined morphing ability he'd had trouble with "social integration," Mora noted. His name stems from the Cardassian words for "nothing" -- the literal translation of "Odo'ital," which Dr. Mora's Cardassian overseer took as the meaning of his intended specimen label "Unknown Sample" that was affixed to his container. After he was known to be sentient, the native scientists as a joke "Bajorized" it into "Odo Ital," and later just "Odo." The irony of the name "Nothing" was not lost on the homeless, friendless alien then, who turned the self-image around after the coming of Kira and the Starfleet crew. As he grew and matured his humiliation in this role only mounted, thanks to incidents such as those which culminated with his coerced performance in 2363 of a mocking "neck trick" for visiting Cardassian Central Command members, including Gul Dukat, and he walked on Pol and the lab soon after. Even so, he kept his hair style, maintained after much practice, which was copied from Pol's, and the period reinforced his self-reliance. After two years of building a reputation as a neutral arbiter settling simple squabbles among Bajorans, he was coerced by Dukat into solving a murder on DS9 (then Terok Nor), where he met Quark and a mysterious resistance-fighter Kira for the first time. The case went unsolved for five years, but he eventually realized the murderer was indeed Kira, taking vengeance on a turncoat Bajoran collaborator. The incident and good work prompted Dukat to keep him on in a steady and satisfying role there as long as his own sense of justice was allowed; he was less open and decisive, an outsider without status, but had no fear about sounding off on Cardassian injustice on Bajor. Years later, during the accidental activation of Terok Nor's old counter-insurgency system, he realized how much Dukat and the occupying Cardassians distrusted their security chief as an "honorable man": his forcefields were left on a separate supply than those reopened by the program in case he sided with the workers. His old Cardassian access codes were still valid, but the Level 6 clearance level wasn't enough to disable the program when it ran amok in 2371. By 2367 he had been designated an officer of the Cardassian court to testify in criminal cases -- a title never revoked. He knew Cardassian occupation liaison and collaborator Kubus well; he had known Prylar Bek in passing as well and thought him a good man before his public suicide for a role in the Kendra Valley Massacre. Following the Cardassian withdrawal in 2369 he proved invaluable to the new Starfleet commander Sisko and was invited to stay on; he guessed at the time about 500 people would want to frame him for murder. Although he was soon cleared after a temporary resignation when accused of just that crime, Sisko often had to defend him to a skeptical or outright suspicious Starfleet. Odo zealously guarded the independence of his office and methods when the two butted heads, but eventually he and Sisko came to see eye-to-eye. Even so, Odo has threatened his resignation at least three times, each when he felt his job was threatened by Starfleet officers: Lt. George Primmin in 2369, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington in 2371, and Lt. Cmdr. Worf in 2372Most of the senior officers call him "constable" as does even Quark and occasional visitors, but he doesn't like it, preferring "chief of security;" He can fly a Runabout but is not a combat pilot by any means. As tensions mounted upon discovery of the Dominion and its warning to avoid use of the wormhole, in early 2371 he finally met his own people, the changeling Founders, but out of conscience he refused their bid to join their Great Link and leave "Solids" behind. When captured later that year by Enabran Tain and the Romulan-Cardassian strike force attacking the Founders homeworld, he was interrogated by Garak about his people while held by force from regenerating. With no information to divulge he never cracked, only admitting he wanted to go home eventually -- an idea he later refuted. Weeks later, Dax's former host Curzon talked him into remaining joined permanently during Jadzia's zhian'tara, but he apologized later after she persuaded Curzon to give it up. As mere shapeshifting wore thin for him, he disagreed with his onetime female mentor Changeling that what he's lived his life for is not justice but "order." Through several more attempts to woo him over, he later became the first changeling to ever harm another when scuffling with an infiltrator aboard the U.S.S. Defiant. Previously, even as a security officer he had never taken a life or used any kind of weapon other than his own body. Not surprisingly, he hates parties and socializing, although after the attitude change that came with his newfound identity and independence in 2371 he began to practice morphing a draining drink glass merely to do just that -- with Kira at their former weekly security reports review, and for breakfasts with Garak. Seeing no good in humanoids' need for material gain, he has never learned the rules to Dabo -- though he once played Kalevian Montar with Gul Dukat. He's taken to reading Terran police mysteries, including some borrowed from O'Brien; the chief had also talked him into joining him twice for holosuite kayaking by late 2371, ca. SD 48521. As a changeling who chooses to retain solid form most of the time, he must return to his gelatinous natural state every 16 hours of the 26-hour Bajoran day to regenerate, and appears to need no more than an hour's rest; the cycle rarely varies, and he feels no need to stay gelatinous any longer than needed. He originally poured himself into a bucket kept in the back of his office to regenerate until discovering his true roots, and so now uses formal quarters filled with a wide array of forms and textures to explore his shapeshifter nature, opting to mimic anything or regenerate in a puddle anywhere he chooses with his newfound privacy. Except for Dr. Pol, he says no one, until Lwaxana Troi, circa SD 46925, had seen him in his transitional form, but others followed as DS9 missions mounted. In their mutual mistrust he and Quark have a running duel of wits, and he has even been forced to turn to him in a pinch, but they actually respect each other and have betrayed some affection for the other at times. He stops by Quark's three or four times a day usually, but keeps a full-time watch during the Gratitude Festival. Constable Odo has an unexpressed and unrequited love for Kira -- after years of proclaiming humanoid love as among the qualities he can't fathom, and feigned shock at Bolian Lysia Arlin's onetime crush on him, and even Lwaxana Troi's ongoing infatuation which they ended with an affectionate understanding. Kira often turns to him for counsel, is a staunch defender and affectionate friend, but she has never guessed his true feelings toward her. He took off work for the first time ever to see her during the Gratitude Festival of 2371, as his Bajoran deputies do, and left it with Starfleet security -- but he has quietly stepped aside, first for Vedek Bareil and now First Minister Shakaar.
Odo ist der Name des Abt von Cluny, ein Klosterreformer, der 942 gestorben ist.