William Riker

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Template:This article is about Template:ST Character William Thomas Riker is a fictitious character in the Star Trek universe played by Jonathan Frakes, who appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and all the movies focusing on the TNG characters. Riker is called "Will" by those who know him; "Bill" only by the unfamiliar (such as Dr. Crusher in Encounter at Farpoint, although inexplicably Deanna Troi refers to him in this way in Haven 1).

Will Riker was born to Kyle Riker and an as-of-yet unknown woman in Valdez, Alaska, Earth in 2335. In 2350, the elder Riker abandoned his son; his wife had died some years before. William resented his father for this and the two did not speak again until 2365, fifteen years later.

Riker entered Starfleet Academy c. 2353 and graduated in 2357. Among the earliest assignments of his career were on the Excelsior class U.S.S. Potemkin, on the planet Betazed, where he met Deanna Troi. He then served as a lieutenant and then a lieutenant commander on the U.S.S. Hood, also an Excelsior. Riker had two cruises on Hood, his second (2361–4) as XO. During his time on Potemkin, Riker was involved in a transporter accident while beaming up from a planet; that accident created an exact copy of him which remained on the planet. Seven years after graduation, 2364, he requested and received a transfer to the USS Enterprise-D, the Federation flagship of that time, where he served as XO under Captain Jean-Luc Picard. After his assignment to the Enterprise, the fast-tracking young commander's career came to rest, and he remained on the Enterprise for nearly a decade and a half. (Starfleet has a bizarre habit of indulging officers who wish to stay with ships named Enterprise, even when it would be better for their careers to move on to new ships and postings.) Following the destruction of the Enterprise-D in 2371, Riker was reassigned to the USS Enterprise-E, where he again was Picard's first officer. On the Enterprises, Riker was a popular officer with many close friends among the crew, acting as the visible extension and "softer face" of the somewhat aristocratic Captain Picard's authority.

While on Enterprise, Riker was involved in the rescue of his transporter-duplicate, who continued his own career in Starfleet as Tom Riker.

In 2379, having previously turned down several promotions in order to continue serving with Picard, Riker finally accepted promotion to Captain and assignment to command of the USS Titan. In the same year, he also married Deanna Troi.

Frakes reprised the role of William Riker in the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, aired in May 2005. In it, Riker consults holographic simulations of the final voyage of the NX-01 Enterprise in an attempt to help him deal with the situation concerning the USS Pegasus and its illegal cloaking device. Riker, with the help of Counselor Troi, cast himself in several roles within the holodeck program, such as the ship's chef and a MACO soldier. Eventually Riker, after learning all he can from the holodeck program, decides to come clean and explain to Captain Picard exactly what the situation with the Pegasus is.

Tom Riker

Template:ST Character Tom Riker is a transporter-generated clone of William Riker (See episode #624 Second Chances).

Both Rikers are legally named William Thomas Riker, but the clone uses the name "Tom" while the original uses the name "Will."

Tom shaved his sideburns and wears his beard as a goatee to keep himself visually distinct from his "brother".

He was created some seven years before the Enterprise-D's launch, while Will was the Second Officer of the Starship USS Potemkin.

Tom Riker continued in Starfleet for a short time after being recovered by the Enterprise, briefly serving aboard the U.S.S. Gandhi.

Some time later, he secretly joined the Maquis and helped a group of Maquis steal the Starship Defiant from Deep Space Nine.

Captain Sisko allowed the Cardassians to capture him on the condition that Defiant be returned to Starfleet and Tom Riker not be executed.

Tom Riker's current status is unknown, as Cardassian forces were subsequently defeated in the Dominion War. Although Major Kira Nerys promised to rescue Tom from Cardassian detention, such an adventure if it occurred was never chronicled in the series.

Notes

  • Note 1: According to Diane Carey's novel Ghost Ship, Troi calls Riker "Bill" because the word "Will" means "shaving cream" in the Betazed language. However, this is not established in canon.

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