Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Meets Gul Dukat.
Begins working as chief of security of Terok Nor.
Begins working for Starfleet when they take over the station and rename it Deep Space Nine.
Discovers that his species are the Founders of the Dominion.
Is forced to kill a Founder when it attempts to provoke a war between he Federation and the Tzenkethi.
Shape shifting powers are removed by the Founders for killing another of his kind.
2373 Crashed on an inhospitable planet with Quark, forced to climb a mountain to call for help
Regains his shape shifting abilities when an infant Changeling joins with him.
2374 Remains on Deep Space Nine during the Dominion occupation. Assists with the recapture of the station.
Becomes romantically involved with Kira Nerys.
2375 Meets Laas, another of the infant Changelings sent out into the galaxy.
Begins to display signs of a terminal illness; is later cured by Doctor Bashir.
Links with the female Founder and convinces her to end the Dominion war.
Returns to the Great Link.

Notes : Variously known as Shape shifters, Changelings or Founders, Odo's people are one of the most intriguing life forms ever encountered by the Federation. Their natural state is that of a viscous liquid which has no apparent internal structure, no organs or other biological systems. Nevertheless it is capable of a massive degree of flexibility; by a simple act of will Odo is able to alter his shape, surface texture, volume, and even his mass. The alterations of shape and texture are perfectly in line with the known laws of biology, and have been observed in several other shape changing species such as the Chameloids.

Alteration of mass is rather more difficult and how this apparently impossible feat is accomplished remains something of a mystery. Some have suggested that the Changelings are multi-dimensional beings who exist mostly outside our own space-time. According to this theory the being we see as a Changeling would comprise only a small portion of the whole; by moving more of less of itself into this universe the Changeling would be able to alter its apparent volume and mass. In theory this would allow them to withdraw themselves from our universe completely, giving them effective invisibility and the ability to pass through walls or other barriers. In fact, Changelings have never demonstrated this ability and so if the theory is true there must be some inherent limitation on the degree of this multidimensional ability.

In 2371 Odo accompanied the USS Defiant on a mission to the Delta Quadrant. Whilst there he found himself irresistibly drawn to the Omarian Nebula, where he discovered the home world of his people. It transpired that the Changelings were the infamous Founders of the Dominion, which they had created in order to insulate themselves from the prejudice they had encountered from those they call "The Solids". Odo refused to join the Founders, although during the Dominions occupation of Deep Space Nine he did waver in his loyalties considerably.

Odo has long held a romantic attraction for Colonel Kira, but for many years he kept this a secret because he feared rejection. In 2373 his feelings were finally revealed during the Defiants encounter with an alternate timeline version of Odo, but he still made no attempt to pursue a relationship until the following year when the hologram Vic Fontaine pushed the pair into confronting their true feelings. Odo and Kira finally became involved, and remained a couple until the end of 2375.

In 2375 Odo began to display signs of a serious illness. Doctor Bashir discovered that he had been deliberately infected with a terminal disease by Section 31; during his time in the Great Link Odo had passed the disease on to the rest of the Founders, infecting the entire species. Bashir was able to develop a cure for the disease, and in the final stages of the war Odo passed the cure onto the female Founder in order to convince her that solids could be trusted. She agreed to stand trial for her crimes, and in return Odo agreed to go back through the wormhole and cure the rest of the Great Link. This marked the end of Odos relationship with Colonel Kira.

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