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Natasha Yar
Character image.
Tasha Yar in 2364
Full name: Natasha Yar
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Blonde
Born: 2337
Died: 2364
Affiliation: Federation, Starfleet
Parents: unknown
Sibling(s): Ishara Yar
Marital Status: Single
Children: Sela
Occupation: Starfleet officer
Previous Assignment: security officer,
USS Victory
Final Assignment: security chief,
USS Enterprise-D
Rank: lieutenant
Insignia: Uniform badge image. Uniform insignia image.

Natasha "Tasha" Yar was a Human woman from the failed Turkana IV colony, who became a Starfleet officer and chief of security aboard the USS Enterprise-D in the year 2364. She was killed in the line of duty by a creature known as Armus.


Early life[]

She was of Ukrainian/Lithuanian ancestry. Her name was only assumed to be "Natasha" in later records, but she only ever remembered being called "Tasha". Natasha was born in Turkana City on Turkana IV in 2337, the same year that government and social cohesion broke down in that failed colony.

Sadly, Tasha was born a drug addict due to her mother's joy dust addiction. Her mother continued to feed her own baby the drug to keep her quiet, until she couldn't afford enough for the both of them. Tasha's earliest memories were of withdrawal pains. In 2341, Tasha's mother cut off her knee-length braid of hair in an attempt to disguise her femininity from the rape gangs plaguing Turkana IV; Tasha later kept it short so it could not be easily grabbed by an attacker. Her sister, Ishara, was born in 2342. They were abandoned soon after by their mother when Tasha was aged five.

But aged six, Tasha saw her parents killed after being caught in crossfire between opposing cadre forces. She came to despise the cadres as a result. Some people cared for the two of them for a few months, but they also abandoned them.

An old woman named Yar took Tasha under her wing for company and taught her the skills of a petty thief and how to read signs around the city and make her way around its dangerous ruins, and kept her away from joy dust. Seven years later, around 2349, Tasha found Yar dead one morning, and dutifully took her knife to defend herself as she set out on her own. But only two days later, at only twelve years old, she was caught and gang-raped by one of the gangs plaguing the city. The terrible experience drove Tasha to train to fight and defend herself, learning to throw her knife and kill rats. She survived by stealing food, and twice killed rapists before they could get her again.

Two years later, Tasha rescued a ginger cat from feral children trying to set fire to its tail. Though she never named it, it became her closest companion. It once attacked a man attempting to kill her and steal her food; Tasha killed him. At some point, Ishara joined the Coalition cadre as soon as she was old enough and left Tasha alone.

Finally, in 2352, Tasha decided to join the Hellcats, one of the all-woman gangs, for protection. She planned to offer her combat skills and her cat as a rat-hunter and mascot. But before she could contact them, she was again chased by a rape gang. They killed her cat after it attacked one of them, then captured her, intending to sell her to one of the powerful drug lords now that she was grown.

Fortunately, she was rescued by an away team from the USS Cochrane, led by Darryl Adin. She gave her name as Tasha Yar, adopting the old woman's name as her own, and was taken to the Cochrane and treated for her injuries and deprivation by Doctor Munson.

Meanwhile, Turkana IV's Colony Government had expelled the last of the Federation delegation. Tasha, now aged 15, tried to get Ishara to come with her, but she chose to stay with the Coalition. Tasha left along with the departing diplomats. She spent two months aboard the Cochrane learning new skills and receiving counseling, and came to hero-worship Adin. She was determined to join Starfleet and become a Chief of Security out of gratitude and respect toward Starfleet and Darryl Adin for rescuing her. After reaching Earth, Adin organized care and education for Tasha Yar. However, Federation Immigration remembered that Turkana IV had formally seceded from the Federation and wished to send her back; the effort failed when the most powerful drug-lord representing the planet didn't want her. Yar spent three years in intense catch-up education and study in preparation for entering Starfleet Academy, and maintained only sporadic communication with Adin.

Starfleet Academy[]

Yar entered the Academy circa 2354 on a probationary appointment. She struggled in the first year with her uncivilized ways and failed the Ethics and Moral Principles course, being unable to accept that life wasn't cheap. Around 2358, Yar passed the Priam IV test with an excellent grade, thus gaining admission to the graduating class. At this time, Adin returned to Starfleet Academy for a refresher course in Advanced Security Techniques, a course which Yar also took. The pair began a relationship while studying together, and fell in love. Yar graduated with honors.

Starfleet career[]

Early career[]

Following her graduation from the Academy in 2359, Ensign Yar planned to marry Adin and for the two of them to be mutually assigned to a Galaxy-class starship and raise a family. However, she first had a training voyage on the USS Starbound, under the command of Adin as Chief of Security. Carrying out an inventory, Yar helped discover that a saboteur had damaged the ship's hand phasers. Shortly afterwards, Orion pirates attacked the ship and stole its secret cargo of dilithium. Every officer died in the incident except for Adin and Dr. Trent, so as the ship limped home, Yar served as its de facto first officer under Acting Captain Adin.

But when the Starbound arrived at Starbase 18, Adin was arrested, accused of the sabotage and of conspiring with the Orions. After being found guilty in a court martial, Adin turned his wrath on Yar, believing that she was responsible for framing him, while Yar felt betrayed by Adin. Adin escaped before he could be sent to a Federation Rehabilitation Facility and disappeared.

Afterwards, in 2359, Yar was assigned to the Nebula-class starship USS Bellerophon, as a junior security officer.

From 2361 to 2363, security teams trained by Yar won all the seek-and-protect exercises in The Fleet Championships.

By 2363, Yar was serving aboard the USS Victory as assistant chief of security. She was awarded a citation for bravery following a mission to Kirishia, where she entered a Carnellian minefield in order to rescue several colonists. During the mission, Captain Jean-Luc Picard observed her bravery and vowed to have Yar aboard his next command, the USS Enterprise-D.

USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)[]

Natasha Yar in 2364

Newly promoted, Lieutenant Yar was assigned to the USS Enterprise-D in early 2364, and one of her first assignments was to pilot the shuttlecraft Galileo and transfer Captain Picard to the Enterprise, which was docked at McKinley Station. Shortly after, the Enterprise set out for Farpoint Station to collect further crewmembers and to investigate the station.

On stardate 41187.5, Yar was part of the away team when the Enterprise made first contact with the Theluvians of Syntagus Theluv. She was able to stop the children from hurting the away team with the Tripolian hellblazer.

On stardate 41590.8, Tasha was part of an away team to the planet Tigan. After uncovering a global conspiracy, the team were attacked by Tigan security forces and Yar and Commander Riker were taken into captivity. By reprogramming her combadge to emit a high-pitched whine, the two were able to escape using the noise to confuse and induce pain in the guards, giving the pair sufficient advantage to fight their way out.

On stardate 42120.3, during the Enterprise-D's Christmas celebration, Yar helped Captain Picard and the Creeg chase down an energy being. Five days later, she started to train Wesley Crusher in hiding much to Picard's annoyance. She then went with Commander Riker and a security team to investigate a deserted ship. However, onboard the ship, Yar, Riker and the team were put into shock by tormenting images and brought back to the Enterprise in a traumatized state.

On a mission to the planet Treva, Yar was kidnapped by followers of Darryl Adin, who was now a mercenary and freelance freedom fighter aiding the rebels on that world. He'd ordered her capture to explain the truth of what was going on Treva and attempted to enlist her aid. Though conflicted by her duty to the Prime Directive, Yar participated in planning for the liberation of Treva, and in the defense of the rebel stronghold of Warrior's Rest. However, after working with Adin again, and learning how he'd changed as a result of his court martial, she struggled to decide whether to let him go or turn him in. Eventually she was forced to arrest her former lover, taking him into custody aboard the Enterprise. Fortunately, Lieutenant Commander Data discovered that Orions had framed Adin in 2359. The revelation exonerated Adin, but he declined Starfleet's offer to return to duty. Instead, he invited Yar to join him, but she chose to complete her Starfleet career. He and Yar parted on good terms.

In late 2364, the Enterprise traveled to Vagra II in order to rescue two crewmembers who had crashed there. They encountered an entity known as Armus, which slew Yar when she attempted to assist her crewmates.


After Worf was paralyzed in an accident and contemplated suicide, William T. Riker brought up Yar's name in a list of examples of comrades killed in action who fought for life to the end. In 2370, Miles O'Brien thought to himself that Moru, a member of the Bajoran Militia, looked harder than Kira Nerys and tougher than Tasha Yar.

When Captain Riker and Deanna Troi had a child in 2381 aboard the USS Titan, they named her after their deceased friend Tasha Yar.

Alternate timelines[]

Tasha in an alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline created when the USS Enterprise-C was accidentally sent through a temporal rift from 2344 to 2366, the Federation had been at war with the Klingon Empire for almost 20 years as the Enterprise-C's disappearance resulted in the destruction of the Klingon colony Narendra III. In this timeline, Tasha Yar never encountered Armus and, consequently, did not die in 2364. By 2366, she was an officer in a far more militarized Starfleet than that of the proper timeline.

This Tasha Yar traveled back in time aboard the Enterprise-C and ended up in 2409 after the temporal rift was destabilized. After returning to 2344, Tasha was captured shortly before the ship's destruction. She agreed to become the consort of General Volskiar in order to save the lives of the ship's surviving crewmembers. She gave birth to a half-Romulan daughter, Sela, and died in 2349 while trying to escape back to Federation space

In another alternate timeline in which Starfleet ceased to exist after the late 23rd century, Tasha Yar was in a romantic relationship with Ro Laren in the 2360s.

In another alternate timeline, Yar lived as an anomaly on an Earth circa 2013. This version of Yar was a mutant with telepathic ability. She was used to send the consciousness of the 21st century Kitty Pryde into Pryde's body in the past in a bid to avoid. A Sentinel killed Yar, but not before she accomplished her task.

Tasha Yar in the anti-time past

Another alternate version of Yar was seen by Captain Picard in the anti-time past. This timeline diverged during the shuttle trip to the Enterprise back in 2364. Picard was somewhat disoriented during his initial shifts from the other two time periods, and was distracted seeing Yar again. He also mistakenly gave orders about ship security to Worf. Yar went along with Picard's unusual orders to proceed to Farpoint Station in lieu of investigating a temporal anomaly in the Romulan Neutral Zone, and again when Picard decided to go to the anomaly after all. When Picard made the decision to enter the anomaly and create a static warp shell, Yar, along with the rest of the bridge crew, momentarily hesitated. However, Picard was able to convince the crew of the importance of the task and Tasha struggled to keep the antimatter containment field maintained until the past Enterprise was destroyed.

Tasha Yar in the alternate reality created by Nero

Due to the actions of Nero in the 23rd century, the future spun into an alternate timeline where events happened differently. In this timeline, Tasha Yar was assigned to Deep Space 9 and the USS Defiant in 2371 under Captain Halliwell. During Tasha's first day at Deep Space 9, a small fleet of Xindi warships attacked the station: she served as conn officer under Captain Halliwell when the Defiant left the station to engage the warships. After the battle Tasha was promoted to Senior Security officer of DS9.

Alternate realities[]

In an alternate reality, Yar was the tactical officer of the US Enterprise, which was under the command of Wesley Crusher, in 2380. She held the rank of lieutenant commander.

In an alternate reality, Yar was the tactical officer of the United Earth Space Probe Agency vessel Enterprise before it was captured by the Klingon Empire and became the Qu'. She was killed while trying to escape from the Klingons. By 2380, Captain Picard was the only surviving member of the original crew.

Starfleet service record[]

location assignment dates rank or rate assignment insignia rank insignia
Starfleet Academy student officer 2355-2359 cadet Assignment badge. Uniform collar.
USS Starbound junior security officer 2359 ensign Uniform collar.
USS Bellerophon junior security officer 2359-2363 ensign Uniform collar.
USS Victory assistant chief of security 2363-2364 lieutenant junior grade Uniform collar.
USS Enterprise-D chief of security 2364 lieutenant Uniform collar.