Lieutenant Tasha Yar
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Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Character)
from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Skin of Evil (#1.22)" (1988)
Lieutenant Worf: You are favored in the ship's pool.
Lt. Tasha Yar: You bet on me?
Lieutenant Worf: A sure thing.

[from Tasha's holographic message]
Lt. Tasha Yar: What I want you to know is how much I loved my life, and those of you who shared it with me. You are my family. You all know where I came from, and what my life was like before. But Starfleet took that frightened, angry young girl and tempered her. I have been blessed with your friendship and your love.

Lt. Tasha Yar: My friend Data. You see things with the wonder of a child. And that makes you more human than any of us.

Lt. Tasha Yar: Captain Jean-Luc Picard. I wish I could say you've been like a father to me. But I've never had one, so I don't know what it feels like. But if there was someone in this universe I could choose to be like, someone who I would want to make proud of me - it's you. You who have the heart of an explorer and the soul of a poet.

Lt. Tasha Yar: [her final words] Death is that state in which one exists only in the memory of others. Which is why it is not an end. No goodbyes. Just good memories. Hailing frequencies closed, sir.
Capt. Picard: Au revoir, Natasha.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Yesterday's Enterprise (#3.15)" (1990)
Natasha Yar: [on the ship coming through the anomaly] Definitely Federation starship. Accessing registry...
Commander William T. Riker: Looks like they had a rough ride.
Natasha Yar: "NCC 1701 - C... USS - Enterprise"...

Guinan: Tasha, you're not supposed to be here.
Natasha Yar: Where am I supposed to be?
Guinan: Dead.
Natasha Yar: Do you know how?
Guinan: No. But I do know it was an empty death. A death without purpose.

[Tasha Yar has requested to be transferred to the Enterprise-C]
Capt. Picard: The Enterprise-C will be destroyed.
Natasha Yar: But Captain, at least, with someone at Tactical, they will have a chance to defend themselves well. It may be a matter of seconds or minutes, but those could be the minutes that change history. Guinan says I died a senseless death in the other timeline. I didn't like the sound of that, Captain. I've always known the risks that come with a Starfleet uniform. If I'm to die in one... I'd like my death to count for something.

Natasha Yar: I've been working with one of the officers on the Enterprise-C. He's, he's nice, I, I like him. I'm worried about what's going to happen to him.
Lt. Commander Data: We may never know what happens. If they succeed, we will not even realize that these events occurred.

Lt. Richard Castillo: Most everyone calls me "Castillo"... my mother calls me "Richard".
Natasha Yar: OK, Castillo.
Lt. Richard Castillo: No... I think maybe I'd like it better if you called me "Richard".
Natasha Yar: Richard.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis (#1.21)" (1988)
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: On my home planet, there was so much poverty and violence, that for some the only escape was through drugs.
Wesley Crusher: How can a chemical substance provide an escape?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: It doesn't. But it makes you think it does.

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Before you know it, you're taking the drug, not to feel good, but to keep from feeling bad.
Wesley Crusher: And that's the trap?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: All you care about is getting your next dosage. Nothing else matters.
Wesley Crusher: I guess I just don't understand.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Wesley, I hope you never do.

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Behave yourselves, gentlemen.
[after separating the fighting Sobi and T'Jon with a phaser]

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: [on the Ornaran's and Brekkian's natural defensive powers] A natural electrical charge?
Commander William T. Riker: Formidable.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Yes. And a difficult weapon to confiscate.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lonely Among Us (#1.6)" (1987)
Commander William T. Riker: You're on notice that all of your weapons, no matter what their basic function, are being confiscated. Violence will not be tolerated on the Enterprise.
Badar N'D'D: Of course not. And if any does occur, let me assure you, it will not be we Anticans who start it.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Thank you, sir.
[Riker and Yar leave the Anticans' quarters]
Badar N'D'D: But... we will *finish* it.

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: We can learn something from non-disclosure?
Lt. Commander Data: [smoking pipe] Indubitably, my good woman.
[Yar looks quizzically at Riker]
Commander William T. Riker: It's something the Captain mentioned. Sherlock Holmes. Indubitably, Data has been studying him.

Badar N'D'D: I admit some of my people are impulsive. And we all have reason to hate the Selay.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: They appear to have the same feelings about you, sir.
Badar N'D'D: Ah, the nature of politics.

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: The problem is, is that one of the cooks has just been asked to broil reptile for the Anticans - and it looks like the Selay delegate.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Naked Now (#1.2)" (1987)
Lt. Tasha Yar: What I want now is gentleness. And joy... and love. From you, Data; you are fully functional, aren't you?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Of course, but...
Lt. Tasha Yar: How fully?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: In every way, of course. I am programed in multiple techniques. A broad variety of pleasuring.
Lt. Tasha Yar: Oh! You jewel, that's exactly what I hoped!

Lt. Tasha Yar: Do you know how old I was when I was abandoned?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Chronological age? No. I am afraid I am not familiar with...
Lt. Tasha Yar: Five. Five years old. But I survived. I learned how to stay alive, how to avoid the rape gangs. I was fifteen before I escaped.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I am sorry. I did not know.

Lt. Tasha Yar: Data, I'm only going to tell you this just once: it never happened.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Code of Honor (#1.3)" (1987)
Counselor Deanna Troi: Lutan is such... such a basic male image. And having him say he wants you...
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: [flattered] Yes, of course it made me feel good when he...
[she stops short, realizing what she is about to say]
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Troi, I'm your friend and you tricked me!

Yareena: How could you not love him? Every woman loves him.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: I fight for the vaccine. That's the truth.
Yareena: The truth is I will kill you if I can. And believe me, I can. There's nothing else to say.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: In my world it's a greater honor to refuse...
Yareena: You are on our world!

[after Yareena's "death", she has renounced Lutan as her First One and chosen Hagon in his place]
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: How sad for you. You've lost everything.
Lutan: I have my honor.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: All Good Things... (#7.25)" (1994)
[Picard is reading his orders to take command of the Enterprise, during which he is distracted several times by visions of Q's laughing and jeering minions from "Encounter at Farpoint"]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: "To Captain Jean-Luc Picard, stardate 41148... You are hereby requested and required to take command... to take command of the USS Enterprise as of this date. Signed, Rear Admiral Norah Satie, Starfleet Command."
[the visions get the better of Picard]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Red alert! All crew to battle stations!
Lt. Tasha Yar: You heard him! Move!

Lt. Tasha Yar: Captain, so far we've obeyed every order, no matter how far-fetched it might have seemed. But if we're to risk the safety of the ship and crew, I think we have to ask you for an explanation.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I understand your concerns, Lieutenant; and I know that if I were in your position, I would be doing the same thing - looking for answers. But you're not gonna find any, because I don't have any to give you. I know it is difficult for you to understand, but we have to take the ship into the very center of the phenomenon and create a static warp shell. Now, this will put the ship at risk. Quite frankly, we may not survive. But I want you to believe that I am doing this for a greater purpose, and that what is at stake here is more than any of you can possibly imagine. I know you have your doubts about me, about each other, about this ship. All I can say is that although we have only been together for a short time, I know that you are the finest crew in the fleet. And I would trust each of you with my life. So, I am asking you for a leap of faith - and to trust me.

[Picard has called for Q]
Lieutenant JG Worf: What is a 'Q'?
Lt. Tasha Yar: It's a letter of the alphabet, as far as I know.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Angel One (#1.13)" (1988)
Trent: Mistress Beata invites you to witness this morning's reaffirmation of Angel One's moral imperative.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Is that the civilized word for 'murder' on this world?

Commander William T. Riker: Commander Riker to the Enterprise.
Doctor Beverly Crusher: [over comm] This is the Enterprise, Crusher here.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Must be worse up there than we thought.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Last Outpost (#1.4)" (1987)
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: What have bright, primary colors got to do with it?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Ah, I understand the allusion. Colors representing countries at a time when they competed with each other. Red, white and blue for the United States, whereas the French... more properly used the same colors in the order blue, white and red.
Lt. Commander Data: And the German nation red, black and gold, the Italians green, white and red, the British...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: That's enough, Data!
Lt. Commander Data: It was you who...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We were discussing the Ferengi.

Letek: [of Humans] They shamelessly clothe their females.
Mordoc: Inviting others to unclothe them, the very depth of perversion.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Paws off, Ferengi!

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Heart of Glory (#1.19)" (1988)
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: I thought for a minute we had a problem.
Lieutenant Worf: Oh?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Yes, it looked like Korris was going to hold that little girl as a hostage.
Lieutenant Worf: That is not our way. Cowards take hostages. Klingons do not.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Where No One Has Gone Before (#1.5)" (1987)
[a boar-like creature appears on the bridge]
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: What is it?
Lieutenant Worf: A Klingon targ! My pet... from home! But when I was a child...
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: You're telling me it's a kitty-cat?

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Haven (#1.10)" (1987)
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Jewels! Look at these jewels!
Counselor Troi: They're bonding gifts - what you would call wedding presents.
Commander William T. Riker: Who's getting married?
Counselor Troi: I am.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: 11001001 (#1.14)" (1988)
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Believe it or not, Worf is developing a sense of humor.
Commander William T. Riker: I hope so, for their sake.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Justice (#1.7)" (1987)
Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: [about the Edo] They're wild in some ways, actually puritanical in others. Neat as pins, ultra-lawful; and they make love at the drop of a hat.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Any... hat.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint (#1.1)" (1987)
[Yar's first line]
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Lieutenant Worf is right, sir. As Security Chief, I can't just stand here and let...
[she is interrupted by Picard]

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Arsenal of Freedom (#1.20)" (1988)
[Riker and Yar are faced with the imminent threat of a deadly weapon]
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: We could split up.
Commander William T. Riker: What good would that do?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Confuse it, delay it, something.
Commander William T. Riker: It would still get us; it would just take a little longer.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: It might give one of us time to get out of range.
Commander William T. Riker: Out of *range*?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Forget I said it. These devices wiped out an entire planet. I don't think it has a range.
Commander William T. Riker: Then what does that leave us?
[Yar bites her lip]
Commander William T. Riker: Right. That's what I thought.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Hide and Q (#1.9)" (1987)
[Picard is alone on the bridge, when Yar appears at her station]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Where is everyone else?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Down on some planet.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Some planet? What're *you* doing here?
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Well, I, er... uh... It sounds strange; but I'm in a penalty box.