Klyden is portrayed by Chad L. Coleman.
Much of Klyden's background is unknown. He was originally born female, which his parents changed to male shortly after birth. His parents never disclosed the operation to him, but was discovered years later.
Klyden met Bortus around the year 2413, and the two became mates.
When Bortus was assigned to the USS Clemens, Klyden underwent a routine medical evaluation to join him. It was the first time a non-Moclan medical officer examined Klyden, and he learned that he was originally born female.
Aboard the USS Orville Edit
As a civilian aboard the Orville, Klyden was infrequently involved in ship affairs:
- Around December 2420 or January 2421, Locar, Bortus' former kodashik, visited the Orville. Locar was heterosexual, a secret known to a few including Bortus. Bortus disclosed Locar's secret to Klyden, and Klyden confronted Locar in the Environmental Simulator, vowing to reveal his sexuality to Moclan authorities. (Heterosexuality was regarded as a perversion, punishable with life imprisonment.) Despondent, Locar faked his own death and framed Klyden as his murderer.
- Klyden was held in the Brig during this time, but maintained his innocence. Chief of Security Talla Keyali found Locar hiding in a shuttle. A tribunal on Moclus convicted Locar, presumably for acting on his heterosexual desires and for framing Klyden of murder, and Klyden was freed.
- While the Orville was docked at Kaylon 1 a month later, Klyden attended Isaac's farewell party with Bortus and Topa in the Mess Hall. When the Kaylon seized the Orville as part of their war on biological life, the Kaylon found Klyden with Topa in their quarters and took them captive in the ship's Shuttle Bay.
Relationship with Bortus Edit
Klyden and Bortus became mates in 2413. Their gomaska, or first date, was dinner at the Moclan Central Arcade and playing in a combat simulator. Klyden accompanied his mate on at least two starships: the USS Clemens and the Orville.
Dispute over Topa Edit
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, Klyden discloses his female birth. Bortus is upset that he was not told sooner, but Klyden says 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.
Life after the tribunalEdit
The tribunal over their child's sex created a lasting rift between Bortus and him. 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. Klyden states that he feels neglected by Bortus, who spends very long hours at his post on the bridge; he becomes a compulsive eater, perhaps stemming from depression, and argues with Bortus whenever they are together.[n 1] According to Bortus in early 2420, the two had not had sex since the tribunal."Bortus, will you be home for dinner?"🔈ℹ︎— Bortus and Klyden
"I have already told you, we have an important diplomatic assignment - I must work late."
"Very well. We will just spend another night by ourselves.
By June, the now eight month old Topa has matured to the equivalent of a seven year old human. Complaining that he cannot spend his day entertaining Topa, Klyden has Bortus enroll Topa in the Orville school.
Divorce attempt and reconciliation Edit
By August, Klyden has grown despondent. "I feel Bortus does not wish to be with me," he later recalls. "That he does not find me attractive anymore." Klyden attempts to divorce Bortus while he sleeps in their quarters by plunging a dagger into his chest - a traditional Moclan divorce.
Tensions resurface Edit
After Klyden's unsuccessful divorce attempt, the couple return to married life. In the months that followed, Klyden and Bortus maintained a strained peace.
Klyden's persistent and deep disrespect of women grated on Bortus. When Topa shoved his classmate Olivia for a toy, Bortus was upset to hear Topa say Klyden believed females were inferior and therefore "it doesn't matter what they think." Klyden, on the other hand, believed life aboard the Orville had changed Bortus' view of women for the worse.
Soon after, The Sanctuary, a refuge for Moclan females, applied for recognition within the Planetary Union, and Moclus threatened to secede. Klyden was happy to return to Moclus. Bortus said Klyden never felt comfortable aboard the ship and did not like living around so many women and girls on the Orville - though Klyden denied this.
Alternative timelines Edit
In an alternate timeline where Ed Mercer did not become captain of the Orville, Klyden lived with Bortus and Topa aboard the Orville under Captain Griffith. During the Battle of Earth, all hands evacuated the Orville - Klyden and Topa fled to Moclus. The two died when the Kaylon destroyed Moclus several months later.
Compared to his mate, Bortus, Klyden is more personable and outgoing. Typical of Moclans, Klyden speaks in direct, terse sentences, free of underlying implications or hidden meanings. He is sensitive about Bortus' time spent away on duty, and the "neglect" he feels. Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to vocalize his complaints only after Topa's birth.[n 2]
Relationship with the crew Edit
Klyden maintained friendly relations with the crew during his early period aboard the Orville, but things started to sour after successfully changing Topa's sex to male in November 2419.
Chief of Security Talla Keyali bitterly hated Klyden. She had a romantic interest in the Locar, and blamed Klyden for Locar's life imprisonment for heterosexuality. In her final conversation with Klyden, she ordered him never to speak to her again.
- When Topa first begins attending school on the Orville, Klyden is dissatisfied that Cassius does not offer combat training. Bortus states that they intend to find a tutor for their child.
- Episode 1x02: Command Performance
- Episode 1x03: About a Girl
- Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
- Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry
- Episode 1.5x01: New Beginnings, Pt. 1
- Episode 1.5x02: New Beginnings, Pt. 2 (mentioned only)
- Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
- Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
- Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
- Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
- Episode 2x07: Deflectors
- Episode 2x08: Identity
- Episode 2x09: Identity, Pt. 2
- Episode 2x11: Lasting Impressions
- Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
- Episode 2x13: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
- Episode 2x14: The Road Not Taken (mentioned only)
- ↑ A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Episode 1x03: About a Girl
- ↑ Episode 2x07: Deflectors
- ↑ Bortus joined the Orville prior to Ed assuming command. Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Episode 2x07: Deflectors
- ↑ Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
- ↑ Episode 1x02: Command Performance
- ↑ Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Episode Four: If the Stars Should Appear.
- ↑ Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
- ↑ New Beginnings, Pt. 1
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
- ↑ Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Episode 2x12: Sanctuary
- ↑ Episode 1x05: Pria
- ↑ Episode 2x14: The Road Not Taken
- ↑ Episode 1.5x02: New Beginnings, Pt. 2