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Martok (Character)
from "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993)

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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Soldiers of the Empire (#5.21)" (1997)
Martok: Doctor... Thank you.
Doctor Bashir: If you really want to thank me, don't walk in here dripping blood anymore. It takes days to get it out of the carpet!

Lt. Commander Worf: I have accepted the crew's battle records, and on their behalf, I pledge you our lives and ask that you lead us as Commander of this ship.
Martok: I accept your lives into my hands.

Martok: How is it that I have only one eye but I can see more clearly than anyone around me?

Martok: I do not want an artificial eye!

Martok: On the bridge, during the fight, when you dropped your guard - how did you know I would not kill you?
Lt. Commander Worf: I did not know.

Martok: [of the Jem'Hadar] They're soulless creatures, Worf. Fighting for no goal or purpose except to serve the Founders. They take no pleasure in what they do, nothing is glorified, nothing affirmed. To the Jem'Hadar, we are nothing more than, than targets to be destroyed! I must not let them destroy us, Worf...

Martok: Your... actions on the Rotarran - at the time I thought they were disloyal. But I have come to realize that your intention was to remind me of my duty as a soldier of the Empire and as a warrior. For that, I am grateful.
Lt. Commander Worf: You did the same for me once.

[last lines]
Martok: I see you're still wearing the crest of the House of Mogh.
Worf: Yes. Jadzia calls it a... sentimental gesture.
Martok: Ah... Perhaps you would consider replacing sentiment with the symbol of a new beginning? The House of Martok would be honored to welcome the son of Mogh into our family, as a warrior - and as a brother.
[he hands his crest to Worf, who replaces his own with it]
Martok, Worf: [both, clasping hands] Qapla'!

Doctor Bashir: [treating Martok with the assistance of a nurse] Another three centimeters to the right and you would have severed your brachial artery - auto-suture, please - and if that had happened, you would have bled to death right there in the holosuite.
Martok: The human fascination with "what might have been" is tiresome, Doctor. The artery is not severed, and I am not dead!
Doctor Bashir: Oh, well, forgive me for boring you! Let me get straight to the point: you're acting like a fool!
Martok: Your observation is noted. But spending two years in a Dominion prison camp has dulled my reflexes. This only proves that I need further training.
Doctor Bashir: Turning off the holosuite safety protocols during a battle simulation is, at best, dubious. For a man with only one eye, it's positively idiotic. Now, if you would consider ocular...
Martok: I DO NOT WANT AN ARTIFICIAL EYE!
Doctor Bashir: Then you must accept the fact that you have a disability and stop acting...
Martok: There are limits as to how far I will indulge you, Doctor!

Martok: [to the crew of the Rotarran, after sparring with Worf has rekindled his warrior's spirit] Who's with me?


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Once More Unto the Breach (#7.7)" (1998)
General Martok: [after being assigned an incompetent aide] It's a pity Captain Sisko frowns on summary executions.

[Darok hands Martok a bottle of bloodwine]
General Martok: [surprised] On the bridge?
Darok: If they succeed, you can drink to their courage. And if they fail, you can still drink to their courage.

General Martok: One ship - against ten. It doesn't seem possible.
Lt. Commander Worf: He will succeed. He is Kor, the Dahar Master.

Lt. Commander Worf: I must tell you that using my own authority, I appointed Kor an officer in the Ninth Fleet.
General Martok: Made him an officer, just like that? That's the difference between his name and mine. His opens doors; mine closes them.

Darok: Kor! Here! On our ship!
[laughs ecstatically]
General Martok: [growls] Don't you have something to do?
Darok: No.
General Martok: Then find something!

General Martok: You can wound a man without ever seeing his face.

General Martok: [about Kor] I've hated his name for almost thirty years. I've dreamt of the moment when I would finally see him stripped of his rank and title, when he would suddenly find himself without a friend in the world, without the power of his birthright. Well, I've had that moment now... and I took no joy from it.

[last lines]
Kolana: He's done it. The Jem'Hadar are out of time. They can no longer overtake us before we reach the Defiant.
General Martok: How? How did that pompous old man hold off an entire Jem'Hadar fleet with only one ship?
Lt. Commander Worf: Does it matter?
General Martok: Darok, give me that bottle.
[cuts off the stopper and raises the bottle]
General Martok: To Kor, a Dahar Master, and noble warrior to the end!
[the other Klingons fall into a battle song, in honor to Kor]


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: You Are Cordially Invited... (#6.7)" (1997)
Lt. Commander Worf: Anyone can see that we are hopelessly mismatched. She is a Trill, I'm a Klingon. She has had five marriages; this would be my first. When she is laughing, I am somber. When I am happy, she is crying. She plays tongo with the Ferengi bartender; I can barely stand him. She mocks everything, while I take everything seriously. She is nothing like the woman I thought I would marry.
Martok: We are not accorded the luxury of choosing the women we fall in love with. Do you think Sirella is anything like the woman I thought that I'd marry? She is a prideful, arrogant, mercurial woman, who shares my bed far too infrequently for my taste. And yet... I love her, deeply. We Klingons often tout our prowess in battle, our desire for glory and honor above all else. But how hollow is the sound of victory without someone to share it with. Honor gives little comfort to a man alone in his home... and in his heart.

General Martok: My Lady.
Sirella: You've put on weight, and your hair is going gray.
General Martok: My... deterioration is proceeding apace.
Sirella: I thought you would be in your grave by now.
General Martok: [laughing] I shall endeavor to die. This year, if possible.

Martok: We are Klingons, Worf. We don't embrace other cultures, we conquer them!

Martok: You knew about this, didn't you?
Captain Sisko: Oh, I had a pretty good idea.
Martok: And you did nothing to stop it?
Captain Sisko: No. In fact, I recommended you for the position myself. Allow me to offer my congratulations to the new Supreme Commander of the Ninth Fleet.
Martok: Do you have any idea how much paperwork a supreme commander has to do?
Captain Sisko: You're welcome!

Lt. Commander Worf: There are six trials we must face on the path to Kal'Hyah. This is the first - deprivation. We now begin a fast that will continue until the day of the wedding.
Doctor Bashir: That's four days away.
Martok: It is a short time, I know, but we must make the best of it.
Captain Sisko: What are the other five trials?
Lt. Commander Worf: Blood, pain, sacrifice, anguish, and death.
Doctor Bashir: Sounds like marriage alright.
Chief O'Brien: How would you know?

Lt. Commander Worf: Now begins the trial of blood.
Martok: Let rivers flow from our veins.
Lt. Commander Worf: Who will be first?
[O'Brien, Sisko and Alexander clandestinely move one step backwards, while Bashir, somewhat groggy, stays put]
Lt. Commander Worf: I did not expect it to be you, Doctor.
Doctor Bashir: [looks around] Neither did I.

Lt. Commander Worf: [referring to a number of pugil sticks] These... are Ma'Stakas.
Doctor Bashir: What, er... what do we do with them?
General Martok: At the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, you will use them to attack Worf and Dax.
Chief O'Brien: Obviously. Don't you know anything?
Lt. Commander Worf: The tradition dates back to the wedding of Kahless and Lukara, who were nearly killed by Molor's troops, moments after they were married. Until the ceremony, you should keep these with you at all times.
Captain Sisko: I trust this combat is non-lethal?
General Martok: It is a symbolic attack only.

[last lines]
Sirella: Welcome to the House of Martok... my daughter.
[she embraces Jadzia]
Martok: Now, Doctor!
[Bashir and O'Brien raise their Ma'Stakas, bellow war cries and charge the newlyweds]


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Sons and Daughters (#6.3)" (1997)
Martok: We keep falling back. The Dominion keeps pushing forward. I tell you, Worf, war is much more fun when you're WINNING! Defeat makes my wounds ache.

Martok: A vital mission, impossible odds and a ruthless enemy. What more could we ask for? I tell you, Worf, I feel young again!

Captain Sisko: Are you a betting man, General?
Martok: One of my many pleasures.
Captain Sisko: Then a barrel of bloodwine says, I set foot on Deep Space Nine before you do.
Martok: [laughs, clasping forearms with Sisko] Done!

Alexander Rozhenko: [presenting himself to Martok and Worf] Alexander Rozhenko.
Lt. Commander Worf: Alexander.
Martok: Rozhenko? Of what House is Rozhenko?
Alexander Rozhenko: Of no House, sir. My honor will be my own.

Martok: Tell me, Alexander Rozhenko. Why are you on my ship?
Alexander Rozhenko: To serve the Empire, General.
Martok: That is a slogan, not an answer.

Martok: Nothing breaks the tension better than a tankard of warnog - except maybe a good brawl...
Lt. Commander Worf: You heard about the fight in the mess hall.
Martok: Yes, but not from my First Officer. I lost him the moment his son stepped aboard this ship.

Martok: When a father and son do not speak, it means there is trouble between them.

[last lines]
Martok: Welcome to the House of Martok, Alexander, son of Worf.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (#5.15)" (1997)
General Martok: There is no greater enemy than one's own fears.

Lt. Commander Worf: First they demand we come out here, then they make us wait.
General Martok: They're worthy fighters; but they have no sense of honor.

Doctor Bashir: We have to come up with a new escape plan.
Garak: That won't be necessary. The original one will work; I just have to finish what I started. After all, a verse about the Cardassian who panicked in the face of danger would ruin General Martok's song.
General Martok: That would be unfortunate.

General Martok: Five matches, and five victories! You truly have the spirit of Kahless within you.

General Martok: Seven battles, and seven victories! What hero of legend could have done as well?
Lt. Commander Worf: Heroes of legends don't ache so much.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: What You Leave Behind (#7.25)" (1999)
Martok: My friends, songs will be sung about this day.

Martok: Before you waste too many tears, remember: these are Cardassians lying dead at your feet. Bajorans would call this poetic justice.
Captain Sisko: That doesn't mean I have to drink a toast over their bodies.

Admiral Ross: Commander, how would you feel about being named Federation Ambassador to Qo'noS?
Lt. Commander Worf: I am not a diplomat.
Martok: And I am not a politician. But sometimes, fate plays cruel tricks on us, Worf.

[Martok's last line of the series]
Martok: An ambassador who'll go targ hunting with me!
[laughs]
Martok: Well, perhaps being chancellor won't be so bad after all!


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tears of the Prophets (#6.26)" (1998)
Admiral Ross: Good luck, gentlemen - good luck to all of us.
Letant: Romulans don't believe in luck.
Martok: All the better! Leaves more for the rest of us.

Martok: Leave it to a Romulan to run at the first sign of trouble.
Letant: And leave it to a Klingon to leap to the wrong conclusion.

Martok: [to Sisko and Admiral Ross] Mark my words: by this time next year, the three of us will drink blood wine in the halls of Cardassia's Central Command!


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Tacking Into the Wind (#7.22)" (1999)
Martok: You want me to become chancellor - me! Tell me, Worf, how do you think the members of the High Council will react when they're asked to follow a common man from the Ketha lowlands, a man without a drop of noble blood in his veins?
Worf: Kahless himself was not high-born.
Martok: Kahless was divine!

Martok: I am a loyal soldier of the Empire. I would rather die than dishonor my uniform. By raising a hand to my chancellor in a time of war, I would bring shame to everything that I've fought to protect, everything that I believe in.

Lt. Commander Worf: What I have done was for the Empire. A new day must dawn for our people. I am not the man to usher in that day. But there is a man here who can.
Martok: Worf - I do not seek the leadership.
Lt. Commander Worf: Kahless said "Great men do not seek power. They have power thrust upon them."
[Worf hands the Chancellor's robes to Martok]
Lt. Commander Worf: Hail Martok, leader of the Empire - leader of destiny!


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Blaze of Glory (#5.23)" (1997)
[Sisko learns that the Maquis have allegedly launched missiles on Cardassia]
Captain Sisko: I knew the Maquis were desperate, but I didn't believe that they would resort to something like this.
Martok: A sabre bear is most deadly when it is trapped with no hope of escape.

[Nog is attempting to remove a few Klingons from the Promenade]
Nog: Either move, or I'm going to have to place you under arrest.
Martok: You are either very brave, or very stupid, Ferengi!
Nog: Probably a little of both.
Martok: [laughs] Indeed. Courage comes in all sizes. But don't tempt fate.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Changing Face of Evil (#7.20)" (1999)
Martok: We must give the enemy credit. To launch an attack on Starfleet headquarters... Even my people never attempted that.

Martok: [about the Breen] Captain, every species has its weakness. They're no exception.
Captain Sisko: Let's hope you're right. But whatever the weakness is - we better find it soon.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Shadows and Symbols (#7.2)" (1998)
Quark: I loved Jadzia as much as anyone in this room - with maybe one or two exceptions - and I am willing to pledge my life to see that she gets into Sto-vo-kor.
Martok: Perhaps there is some Klingon in you after all.
Quark: I wouldn't go that far.

Quark: So, uh... why all the cutlery?
Martok: We shed our blood to prove we are not frightened of death.
[he cuts his palm with his dagger]
Quark: Can't you just take my word for it?


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Apocalypse Rising (#5.1)" (1996)
Martok: [watching Worf fight Gowron] What are they doing? Why doesn't Sisko just shoot him?
Odo: I have a better question: why isn't Gowron letting his bodyguards kill Worf? I'll tell you why: Klingon honor, a concept you should be very familiar with. My people, on the other hand, don't care about honor. How did you put it? "There will be no honorable combat, no formal challenges"? Hardly the words of a Klingon. Tell me, General, did Gowron destroy the polaron emitters, or did you?
[Martok gives him a look that tells us he knows he's been found out]


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In Purgatory's Shadow (#5.14)" (1997)
Worf: [referring to Tain] What is wrong with him?
Martok: It's his heart.
Elim Garak: Really? There are many people who'd say he doesn't have one.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Emperor's New Cloak (#7.12)" (1999)
Martok: Ferengi! I'll have you hanging by your ears!


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: A Time to Stand (#6.1)" (1997)
Martok: Klingons make great warriors, but terrible doctors.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: When It Rains... (#7.21)" (1999)
Gowron: The son of Mogh...
Lt. Commander Worf: Chancellor.
Gowron: [to Martok] They say you've made him part of your house.
Martok: That's true.
Gowron: [after a long look at Worf] Then what is past is past. If Martok considers you his brother, that's all I need to know. Come, I've brought a barrel of the finest bloodwine, and it must be drunk tonight!
[Klingons leave]
Captain Sisko: [to Admiral Ross] I guess we're not invited.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Way of the Warrior (#4.1)" (1995)
Martok: You robbed my son of his honor just to get my attention?
Lt. Commander Worf: You cannot take away what someone does not have.


"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Strange Bedfellows (#7.19)" (1999)
[Martok tells Sisko about the "war" he wages with his wife at home]
Martok: Don't get me wrong, I would not trade Sirella for all the targs on Qo'noS. And, over the course of our marriage, I've won more than my fair share of battles between us; but in the end, I know - she... will win the war.
Captain Sisko: I'll keep that in mind.