Everyone’s favorite Ferengi bartender, Quark, comes out on top with an overwhelming 31% of the votes! Played by Armin Shimerman, Quark is a businessman first, a bartender second, and a third brother, but beyond that, don’t expect too much. He’s a conniving survivor, though over the show’s seven seasons he develops a conscience and new friendships – even if both are against his will. One of the show’s greatest strengths is its commitment to complex characters, and Quark is one of the best. He’s funny, he tells it like it is, and he has the best fashion sense of anyone in the 24th century.
Speaking of fashion sense… the least popular character in our poll was the ship’s tailor, Garak (Andrew J. Robinson). Garak was even more complicated than Quark, as he was a former Cardassian spy and interrogator exiled from his homeland. While many of Quark’s negative traits were simple things like selfishness or greed, Garak’s are infinitely more complex due to his long life of trauma serving a war-loving civilization.
The second most popular character after Quark was his nemesis, Odo (René Auberjonois), the ship’s shapeshifting security officer. One of the show’s best episodes sees Odo and Quark crashing down a mountainside together without technology or fancy rations, and they must work together to survive. Somehow, these two completely disparate characters manage to climb the mountain, although there are quite a few arguments along the way.
First Lieutenant and former freedom fighter/terrorist Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) got 16% of the vote, Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) got 14% of the vote and Starfleet’s Most Important Man, Miles O ‘Brien, got about 12%. If you’re wondering why Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) wasn’t one of the options listed, it’s because no one else would even have had a chance. Who can compete when he has only one life against eight?