The Orville Character Guide

The Orville Character Guide
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The Orville Character Guide

Captain Ed Mercer
played by Seth MacFarlane
Captain Ed MercerEd Mercer, the captain of the Orville. Mercer was an up-and-coming officer, believed to be on the fast track to commanding his own heavy cruiser by age 40. However, he caught his wife Kelly in bed with an alien. Over the course of the following year, he is cited for becoming lax in his duties, including six instances of reporting to duty while hung over, but is informed that due to the size of the fleet and the retirement of the former captain, the Orville, a mid-level exploratory ship, was in need of a new commanding officer.
Commander Kelly Grayson
played by Adrianne Palicki
Commander Kelly GraysonCommander Kelly Grayson, the first officer of the Orville and Ed Mercer’s ex-wife. The two divorced when Mercer caught Grayson in bed with an alien. Unbeknownst to Mercer, Grayson personally went to Admiral Halsey to plead her case to give her ex-husband a command, stating that despite some personal setbacks, he deserved his own command. She asked Halsey to keep that from him when assigned the Orville. Mercer and Grayson decide to put their differences aside, to work together as a team and stay as friends.
Lt. Commander John LaMarr
played by J. Lee
Lt. Cmdr. John LamarrOriginally the Orville‘s navigator, who also happens to be a highly skilled pilot. He is promoted to Lieutenant Commander and given the position of Chief Engineer.
Lt. Gordon Malloy
played by Scott Grimes
Lt. Gordon MalloyLieutenant Gordon Malloy, the helmsman of the Orville and Mercer’s best friend. Considered the best helmsman in the fleet, he was relegated to desk duty after an attempt to impress a girl resulted in him shearing the door off a cargo bay during a precarious shuttle docking, losing cargo in the process. He was specifically requested by Mercer despite some hesitation by Admiral Halsey, who harbors concern over Malloy’s history of crude and juvenile pranks.
Isaac
played by Mark Jackson
IsaacA non-biological alien from a race called Kaylon known for science, logic, and legendary racism. Initially sent in as an infiltrator to see if organics were worth co-existing with and to learn all Union protocols so that his people could turn that against them. In the end, Isaac turns on the other Kaylon to protect the surviving crew and stays aboard the Orville as Science Officer.
Lt. Alara Kitan
played by Halston Sage
Lt. Alara KitanLieutenant Alara Kitan, the Orville‘s young Chief of Security. She is a member of the Xelayan race, which inhabits a high-gravity planet, giving her greater-than-human strength, allowing her to knock down doors and walls by charging against them, or crush a handheld cube of solid titanium and reshape it into a sphere with her bare hands.
Lt. Talla Keyali
played by Jessica Szohr
Lt. Talla KeyaliTalla replaces Alara as head of security on the Orville. She is a member of the Xelayan race, which inhabits a high-gravity planet, giving her greater-than-human strength, allowing her to knock down doors and walls by charging against them, or crush a handheld cube of solid titanium and reshape it into a sphere with her bare hands. Talla comes from a military family and has a handle on the scorn other Xeleyans feels about her chosen occupation. Also, Talla is self confident in her own abilities and what she can contribute to the Orville and the Union.
Dr. Claire Finn
played by Penny Johnson
Dr. Claire FinnDoctor Claire Finn, the Chief Medical Officer on the Orville, holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander. A physician of exceptional credentials, she has expertise in molecular surgery, DNA engineering and psychiatry, which could have afforded her the privilege of serving on the heavy cruiser of her choice. She instead chose the mid-level exploratory vessel because,  she prefers to request her transfers based on where she feels she is needed, as she feels more stimulated by such assignments. When she tells Mercer she felt he could use her help on his first command, he interprets this as lack of confidence on her part in his competence, though she denies this. Having never found the ideal opportunity to marry, she chose to become a single mother, and her two sons, Marcus and Ty, travel aboard the Orville with her.
Lt. Commander Bortus
played by Peter Macon
Lt. Cmdr. BortusLt. Commander Bortus, Father and Mate serves aboard the Union Starship Orville as its Second Officer

Born of the Planet Moclan (MOK~Lin), The Union assigned Bortus to the USS Clemens, and his Transgendered husband Klyden decided to live with him on the ship as a civilian spouse. Later, Bortus was transferred to the Orville and Klyden followed. Bortus rose in rank to become Lieutenant Commander, and eventually promoted to the position of Second Officer on the Orville under a previous, unidentified captain.

Klyden
played by Chad L. Coleman
KlydenA surgically altered female of the Moclan species due to the female persona being vilified and despised in their society. Mate to Bortus, and Father to thier son Topa, another surgically altered female of the species. a housewife with culture shock, Klyden supports his should be husband as often as he can without seeming weak.

Klyden’s Interests include Musicals and trying new things… like Ice Cream.

 

 

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