is a character in the fictional Star Trek
- Deep Space Nine series. At first, he was cast for one episode only, but then
he was asked to do a lot more! Through the 7 seasons,
he got more and more screen time and importance. Of course,
in Star Trek, there are different races. Garak is a Cardassian,
the alien counterpart of the German/Japanese nations, in
my opinion. Very proud people who managed to make lying
into a real art!
a spy for the Obsidian Order.
Obsidian Order is a Cardassian secret police organization.
The show's Security Chief, Odo, once "remarked that it was one of the most
brutally efficient organizations in the galaxy. The Order kept very close tabs on
all Cardassian citizens to ensure loyalty, and was greatly feared. It was said
that the average Cardassian could not sit down to dinner without the contents of
the said meal being noted and logged by the Order. Odo also noted that the Order
caused people to disappear for even less than eating something the order did not
approve of. Enabran Tain is a Cardassian military leader,
and the only leader of the Obsidian Order who lived long enough to retire."
A lot like the Death Eaters if you ask me!! Of course
they were not all bad like them, but you know what happens when
secret services take control of a government!!
in fact Garak's father, but since he was an illegitimate child,
he admitted it only on the day he died! Garak
knew and always strived to get his father's respect and admiration
even though his father was always harsh with him. Cardassian
punishments are far worst than ours I assure you!! Still, Garak
showed his utter and devoted engagement in the Order. He
committed many murders, tortures, interrogations and such as
a spy. Very skilled and dangerous!! Like Snape as a Death Eater
as with any Snape there was an event which changed everything:
one day Garak
children escape interrogation instead of killing them. He said
he was then cold and hungry and didn't want to go on doing this
pointless interrogation since the kids knew nothing. He gave
them all the money he had on him, let them off the hook, and
went home. Garak always regretted letting his feelings rule
over him in that event. He seemed to be angry at him for just
slacking off duty thanks to his stomach, but it was more than
that. Had it not been children, Garak would have continued his
interrogation/torture duties. But they were clueless children,
so along with his need for a hot place and meal, he saved those
innocents. This resulted in his exile by Tain. In such an organisation,
it's like betraying Voldemort's orders to kill someone! You
can't do that! It was a big blow to Garak because
he had betrayed his organisation, but also his father. And family
is everything for his race. Ouch!
started anew on Deep Space Nine station (the name was
Terok Nor then), which was ruled by his people at the time.
This station is next to Bajor, a planet invaded by the Cardassians.
the Cardassians like Hitler's Nazi and the Bajorans
like Jews. Hence, Garak
is a kind of non recognised Shindler to them, so they accept
him even though he doesn't meddle with them.
But they don't like him because he has two-faces. At least,
they tolerate him!) He
was mistreated there because of his past. If I'm not wrong,
he worked for the Underground which tried to free Bajor (the
planet next to Deep Space Nine) from his people. That
made him enemies of course! So when the Federation arrived
and liberated the Bajor nation, he stayed there. What a better
place to be exiled! Bajorans hate Cardassians because
they made them slaves for 40years, so Garak thought this was
indeed the best place where not to meet any more Cardassians.
Still, he was always on the receiving end of other people's
contempt and disgust because he was a Cardassian. Just
like Snape being an ex-Death Eater! So he was always alone.
was a tailor on DS9, but always continued spying in the background.
No one ever caught him! He does know a lot still, and operates
in secret. He always denies his activities though because they
are so well planned and faultless.
Garak always retained a strong attachment to his planet and
people. All his spying actions from then on were always for
the good of his people. He believes in democracy and hates the
military government in place. Hence, even though Garak looks
like he is egoist, he will do anything for his people!
one and only friend on the station is Dr. Julian Bashir (Chief Medical Officer of
Deep Space Nine). He is a lot like Watson to Holmes if you will. Julian
represents the light side Garak is capable of dealing with while
he does not with others. Still, even with Julian, Garak is very
secretive, never invited him over to his private quarters for
example. They have regular meals together in a restaurant. And
they also play together in the Hologram Suits. Thanks
to their conversations, we learn about Garak. Especially how
often he lies to confound people and such. He is distrustful,
but he is funny about it. In a very sarcastic way! : )
quotes, very good and Snappish!
the series evolves, Garak gets more and more important. "When the Dominion War engulfed the Alpha Quadrant
(the universe is divided in 4 quadrants), Garak was essential in
providing intelligence on Cardassia to the Federation. Although this caused
intense guilt, he realized that helping fight his people was the only way to
save them. In 2375, Garak returned home to help out the Cardassian underground
and thus helped in the defeat of the Dominion " So you see, Garak always does what is good, but according
to his own interests. In his case, his people or his person.
A very Slytherin approach. He saved the day on more
than one occasion, sometimes with unethical means which were
not approved by the Federation, but still, he succeeded! Garak
knows the rule of the game!
After the war, Garak was able to remain home on Cardassia. With 800
million dead, and the Cardassian homeworld virtually destroyed by the Dominion,
it proved to be a bitter-sweet moment for Garak
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Quotes: my favourites Snappish ones
Traits of character:
What is there more to say?
-Well, that his
main weapon is lying because he doesn't trust
people. While Snape hold on information, he
lies to protect himself. You never know if what he says
is true. For example, the day he was told "the
boy who called to the wolf story" he
said the moral of the story was not that lying was bad, more
that you should never use the same lie twice!
Also, he once said: ""The truth is just an excuse for a lack of imagination".
So you see, for Garak, lying is an art and a necessaty!
-He has a very sly
personality . Though Snape does not smile as
much, he still does when he has a bad comment to make about
Harry or Neville. With Garak, you can notice
that trait in his smile. He smiles like
he knows a lot more than you, hence you feel
belittled or afraid. It's like saying: "don't meddle
with things you don't understand". His
smile also serves to hide his true feelings. When he is on an
important spying-like mission, believe me, he does not smile
at all! He is even scary so.
Snape he is very secretive and never divulges
his information unless it's necessary. Very
Slytherin indeed. He has this reptilian approach to life really.
His actor said this about him: AndrewRobinson: People are pawns in his
world, to be moved any way he needs them to be moved. He looks for people's
weaknesses to exploit them. He admires strong
people, but only at an arm's length. He has no close relationships. He's a loner. Reference
-He tries to win
back his people's confidence: he was very much
against one regime (of Gul Dukat) and he wants
to save his people from that even though he's
been considered a traitor. In the end
of the series, he goes back to his planet to do just that!
-He is very cunning, witty and
-He's in exile and so the only
one of his kind on Deep Space Nine
-He always helps the
Federation when the cause is just for him or
his people. He will answer to coersion against him. However
as capable as he is of being really helpful, he can
also be a total bastard on certain occasions,
just like when Snape disagrees with Dumbledore
or stops Harry from doing the right thing. He
has other methods and values from the others, just like I imagine
Snape differs from the other teachers.
Snape, he has this sense of seeing the world as it is: often a very harsh,
-Keeps people away by being unfailingly polite
or highly sarcastic. Also, he can make undiplomatic
comments about people he meets or deals with
because he blows the naked truth at them. Very
-Knows how to spot a cute lady, but
will not make a move on her. He's way
too distrustful for engaging in a relationship
love life is the replica of most Hermione/Snape
fanfictions. Really! Ziyal was the
daughter of Gul Dukat, the Cardassian ruler
who was very much against Garak. Garak
was a spy against Dukat in his time but pretends
to be a simple tailor now even though he still
spies a lot from Deep Space Nine. Therefore,
like Slytherin and Gryffindor, Garak and Ziyal
were not supposed to fall for each other at
all! Garak even killed and tortured her grand-father
as a spy! When Ziyal came to Deep Space
Nine for protection, he became very suspicious
of her. He was sure she wanted revenge
for her grandfather. But that was not
it at all. Recognise Snape's untrusting
character yet? When she invited him for
a Cardassian sauna, he brought a weapon with
him. But she just wanted a sauna with another
Cardassian because she felt lonely (she was
half Bajoran so also an illegitimate child). That's when for the first
time he trusted someone from his own kind again.
That was so sweet! Afterwards, their
relationship developed slowly. He was often
cold and reluctant
as if he couldn't understand.
Ziyal: Why don't you just let Garak design a dress on his own? You know
whatever he comes up with will be beautiful.
Garak: My dear, I find
your blind adoration both flattering and disturbing, but she does have a point."
such a kind woman (artist) and you could see
she totally won Garak's confidence even though
he would never have admitted so. When
he had to flee once, it showed she loved him
and he loved her.
"Ziyal: Well, what's going to happen to you?
Garak: Ooh well,
let me tell you a story. I once knew a Cardassian, a dashing, handsome young man
with a promising career, but one day, through no fault of his own, he
found himself exciled and alone with nowhere to turn. But did he give up? No. He
struck upon a brilliant plan: instead of fleeing for the rest of his life he
sought shelter in the one place no one expected him to go: in a stronghold of
his people's most hated enemies. There, surrounded by hostile strangers, he
built a life and there, against all odds, against the merciless logic of the
universe itself, he thrived.
Ziyal: By becoming the greatest tailor in
Garak: And the moral of the story, my dear, is to never
underestimate my gift for survival."
She kissed him
and he was so surprised by that! He was all tensed! When he came back,
she died for the same cause as Garak. She
was dead when he found her. He didn't go crazy
about it, but he sure looked saddened. Someone
who knows Garak noticed how he was affected
by that. Interestingly, when Kira (who
had been against their being together) told
him: "She loved you", he answered
: "I could never figure out why... I guess
I never will". You see how much he
doesn't think himself worthy of love. So
much like Snape I think. In the end, he
went back to his planet to help his people.