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.
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 underwent a routine medical evaluation to live on the Clemens. It was the first time a non-Moclan Medical Officer examined Klyden, and he learned that he was originally born female. It is not clear if Klyden holds any particular job aboard ship or he essentially plays the role of a homemaker.
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.
Klyden and Bortus' relationship begins to deteriorate. Klyden states 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."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.
Months later, tensions have risen. Klyden complains to Doctor Claire Finn that Bortus continues to neglect Topa and him. Bortus confides to the Doctor that they continue to fight and have not copulated for some time.
Along with Bortus and Topa, Klyden attended the Union Symphony concert held on Deck E. Just prior to the concert, Klyden voices his disapproval of the mustache that Bortus had grew via a follicle stimulator, claiming that it is foolish-looking and that people were staring at them because of it. He goes on to say that he does not like the way it feels when they kiss, and recalls that there were bits of Bortus' dinner present within it the night before. Ultimately, Bortus yields and has the mustache shaved off, having grown tired of Klyden's protests.
While the Orville is docked at Kaylon 1, Klyden attends Isaac's farewell party with Bortus and Topa in the Mess Hall. Soon after, when the ship is boarded by the Kaylon, Klyden is with Topa when the Kaylon enter their quarters, taking them hostage along with the rest of the Orville's crew and residents.
Compared to his mate, Bortus, 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. Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to vocalize his complaints only after Topa's birth.[n 1]
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. Klyden becomes a compulsive eater, perhaps stemming from depression, and argues with Bortus whenever they are together.[n 2] According to Bortus, in early 2420, the two had not had sex since the tribunal. However, by the middle of the year, the couple's relationship seemed much improved. The two amicably host Captain Mercer for an evening of Oppsada drinking, Latchkum, and conversation.
- 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 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)
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Episode 1x03: About a Girl
- ↑ Episode 1x02: Command Performance
- ↑ Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger
- ↑ 20th Century Fox. The Sound of Music. 20th Cent. Fox. 1965.
- ↑ Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
- ↑ Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
- ↑ Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
- ↑ Episode 2x06: A Happy Refrain
- ↑ Episode 2x08: Identity, Pt. 1
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear.
- ↑ Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry