Klyden is a Moclan civilian living aboard the USS Orville with his mate Lieutenant Bortus and their son Topa. Klyden accompanied Bortus through his various postings on Planetary Union vessels for several years, already living aboard the Orville in 2419 when Ed Mercer became Captain.

Klyden is portrayed by Chad L. Coleman.

History Edit

Much of Klyden's background is unknown. He was originally born female, which his parents changed to male shortly after birth.

Klyden and Bortus have been mates for six-and-a-half years. Their gomaska, or first date, was dinner at the Moclan Central Arcade and playing in a combat simulator. Klyden has accompanied his mate on at least two starships: the USS Clemens and the Orville.

Klyden is a father of Topa, whose birth and female sex were the subject of the episode About a Girl.

Command Performance Edit

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Bortus informs Captain Ed Mercer that Klyden and he have laid an egg. After 21 days of incubation, the egg hatches and Klyden and Bortus welcome their child, a female.

About a Girl Edit

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The newborn causes a stir on the Orville. Modern Moclans are an all-male species. According to Isaac, a female is born only once every 75 years. Privately, Klyden and Bortus agree to surgically alter the sex of the child to male, and the couple refrain from naming the child until after the operation.

Eventually Bortus experiences a change of heart and opposes the operation. However, Klyden remains in staunch favor of sex reassignment. During an argument with Bortus over the operation, Klyden discloses that he was born female and underwent the same procedure as a baby. Klyden learned of his sex change after a medical evaluation as part of joining the Clemens. Bortus is upset that he was not told sooner, but Klyden said he was worried Bortus would leave him were Bortus to learn his birth-sex.

To prevent the procedure, Bortus demands Tribunal on Moclus. Klyden is horrified by the prospect of a public trial. The trial lasts a single day. The jury finds in favor of Klyden and the child undergoes the operation. The parents take the child and return to the Orville. In their quarters, Klyden and Bortus reconcile for the good of the child, whom they have named Topa.

If the Stars Should Appear Edit

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The episode opens to Klyden stating that he feels neglected by Bortus, who spends very long hours at his post on the bridge. Unwilling to discuss the matter, Bortus leaves for work early. Saddened by their argument, Klyden tries a bowl of rocky road ice cream and watches The Sound of Music to try and uplift his mood.[1]

Cupid's Dagger Edit

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In the Medical Bay, Klyden complains that Bortus continues to neglect Topa and him. Bortus confides to Doctor Claire Finn that they continue to fight and have not copulated for some time.

Mad Idolatry Edit

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Klyden and Bortus introduce Mercer to apsada, a syrupy beverage that seeds a parasite in the drinker, and latchcomb, a popular Moclan party game. Klyden describes the parasite's growth in the host body as "intensely pleasurable."

Personality Edit

Between Bortus and Klyden, Klyden is more personable and outgoing. Typical of Moclans, Klyden speaks in direct, if terse sentences, free of underlying implications or hidden meanings. He is sensitive about Bortus' time spent away on duty, and the "neglect" he feels.[2] Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to vocalize his complaints only after Topa's birth.[3]

The tribunal over their child's sex created a lasting rift between Bortus and he. Roughly a month after the trial, Bortus begins to spend increasing amounts of time at work, sometimes leaving for his shift an hour early to avoid discussing his absence with Klyden.[2] Klyden becomes a compulsive eater, perhaps stemming from depression, and argues with Bortus whenever they are together.[4] According to Bortus in early 2420, the two had not had sex since the tribunal (around October, 2419). However, by the middle of the year, the couple's relationship seemed much improved. The two amicably host Captain Mercer for an evening of aspada, latchcomb, and conversation.[5]


References Edit

  1. 20th Century Fox. The Sound of Music. 20th Cent. Fox. 1965.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Episode Four: If the Stars Should Appear.
  3. This may simply be because Topa's birth and subsequent trial occur in early episodes, meaning we do not have the chance to observe their married life prior to Topa.
  4. A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger.
  5. Episode 12: Mad Idolatry