Canon Facts Backstage Info  Speculation
Born in Valdez, Alaska, on Earth.
Mother dies.
Abandoned by his father.
Joins Starfleet Academy.
Graduates Starfleet Academy. 
Assigned to the starship Pegasus.
Starship Pegasus believed destroyed during tests of the phase cloak system. Riker assists Captain Pressman to cover up the truth about the loss of the ship.
Becomes romantically involved with Deanna Troi. 
Assigned to the planet Betazed.
Assigned to the Starship Potempkin. 
Duplicate of Riker created during a mission to the Nervala IV. 
Breaks up with Deanna Troi.
Transferred from starship Hood to the Enterprise-D.
Commands the Enterprise-D when it defeats the Borg invasion of the Federation.
Notes : Commander William Riker is a slightly unconventional character. He has a somewhat relaxed command style, and often indulges in humour with both senior and subordiate officers. He prefers to lead by example rather than simply sit back and order others forward; off duty he is happy to socialise with subordinates, and has acquired something of a reputation as a "party animal" among the crew of the Enterprise-D. Some have mistaken this style for a lack of seriousness, but when it comes to getting results Riker has been described by Captain Picard as one of the best officers he had ever served with.

Riker turned down Captaincy of the USS Drake in order to serve on the Enterprise. He rapidly began to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with; in 2364 one of his greatest personal tests came when he was offered near-unlimited personal power by Q. Riker initially refused to refuse these abilities, but soon gave into the temptation. Despite this, he quickly saw the error of his ways and relinquished his powers.

In 2365 Riker became the first Federation officer to serve on board a Klingon vessel when he became First Officer of the Pagh under an officer exchange programme. Riker served with distinction during his brief time on the Pagh, managing to simultaneously uphold his Starfleet loyalties and his oath to serve the Pagh even when hostilities threatened to erupt between the two.

In 2365 Riker was again offered his own command, this time the USS Aries. He refused again, prefering to continue aboard the Enterprise. When offered the USS Melbourne in 2366, Riker once more refused to accept his own command. Some took this to be a sign that he was unwilling to take the responsibility of a captaincy, but Riker showed this to be demonstratably false when he was forced to take command of the Enterprise after Captain Picard was captured by the Borg. Riker personally devised the plan which succeeded in recovering the Captain from the Borg vessel, ultimately allowing them to be destroyed in Earth orbit. Once Picard was restored to health Riker refused to consider remaining a ships captain, instead returning to his post as First Officer of the Enterprise-D.

In 2371 Riker was in temporary command of the Enterprise-D when it was attacked by a Klingon Bird of Prey. The warship had found a way to penetrate the shields of the Galaxy class ship; despite this colossal disadvantage Riker was able to defeat the Klingons, although the engineering hull of the Enterprise took fatal damage in doing so.

After Captain Picard was assigned as Captain of the Enterprise-E, Riker accepted the post of First Officer. Perhaps one of his most notable achievements came when that ship went back in time to 2063 to prevent the Borg from stopping the first Warp flight by Humans. Cut off from the Enterprise, Riker commanded the effort to repair and launch the USS phoenix and was actually a member of the crew alongside Zephram Cochrane himself!

Today Riker continues in the position of First Officer on board the Enterprise-E.

Last updated : 31st July 1998.
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