Topa was the Moclan child of Bortus and Klyden, hatched from an egg laid and incubated by Bortus. Originally female, the Moclan government surgically changed Topa's sex to male shortly after birth.

Topa developed at a rate far faster than human children. By late 2420, he was at the physical and mental age of a human eight-year-old.[1]

Life[edit | edit source]

Topa shortly after hatching.

Topa hatched from an egg to Bortus and Klyden in late October 2419. Topa was born in space aboard the USS Orville, where he has lived his entire life.[2] Topa was born female, extremely rare among Moclans.[3]

After hatching, Bortus and Klyden declined to name their child until a sex-change operation could be performed to make Topa male. However, Bortus changed his mind after watching the film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.[4] Their disagreement led to a formal Tribunal on the planet Moclus. The jury found in favor of Klyden, and the surgery was performed by Moclan doctors the following day. Bortus then named their son Topa.[3]

Around February 2420, Klyden and Bortus took Topa to the Sick Bay for vaccinations. Bortus complained to Doctor Claire Finn that the baby cried incessantly.[5]

Childhood[edit | edit source]

By June, the now eight-month-old Topa had matured to the equivalent of a seven-year-old human. Klyden saw he could no longer spend the entire day entertaining Topa and had Bortus enroll him in the Orville's classroom under Cassius.[6] After Topa's first two days, Bortus reported that his son enjoyed school.[7]

By August, Topa reached the development of an eight-year-old human.[1] That same month, he attended Bortus' ja'loja on Moclus and reception in the ship's mess hall.[8]

In November, Topa and Klyden attended Bortus and First Officer Kelly Grayson's joint birthday party on the bridge of the Orville.[9]

In December, Topa and his parents attended the Union Symphony concert held in the Shuttle Bay. Just prior to the concert, Topa told Bortus that he liked his new mustache.[10]

Around December 2420 or very early January 2421, Locar, Bortus' former kodashik, joined the Orville to upgrade its Deflector Screens. Klyden divulged Bortus' prior relationship to Topa, much to Bortus' dismay. Topa met Locar the next day when Klyden invited him to dinner and asked if Locar and Bortus had made an egg.[11]

The Orville docked at Kaylon 1 in late January. Topa attended Isaac's farewell party with his parents in the Mess Hall. Topa and Klyden were in their quarters when the Kaylon stormed the ship. They were taken captive in the Shuttle Bay until Isaac and Ty Finn freed them. It is not known where Topa stayed during the ensuing Battle of Earth.[12]

Months later, Bortus and Klyden developed an intense addiction to cigarettes. Doctor Claire Finn had Topa stay with her sons, Ty and Marcus, while his parents quit.[13]

Topa following the reassignment procedure.

Klyden began teaching Topa the Moclan belief that females were inferior, which evidently influenced Topa. Topa shoved a fellow classmate named Olivia for her toy, insisting that, because females were inferior, their feelings could be disregarded. Bortus took Topa to the quarters of Toren and Korick to show him their daughter Mersa. Bortus made Topa promise not to tell anyone of Mersa, but the boy eventually told Klyden. Klyden told the Orville's command. Topa apologized to Bortus for breaking his promise. Later, after Bortus fought in the Battle of the Sanctuary, he observed Topa working well with Olivia and other girls.[14]

Alternative timelines[edit | edit source]

In the original timeline where Pria Lavesque did not rescue the Orville from a dark matter storm, Topa was killed along with the rest of the crew.[15]

In an alternate timeline where Ed Mercer did not become captain of the Orville, Topa fled with Klyden during the Battle of Earth to Moclus. He and Klyden died when the Kaylon destroyed the planet.[16]

Production[edit | edit source]

Topa's rapid age progression from Season 1 to Season 2 was frequently discussed by actor Chad L. Coleman leading up to the Season 2 premiere. At the 2018 PaleyFest in March, Coleman revealed Topa would be eight-years-old and attending school on Earth. "I didn't know [before filming Season 2 that] he is going to be eight, so I wanted to see what his world [is], who's he engaging? I think once he goes to school and has to appropriate American culture and stuff, then as a father, I'm going to be able to engage that."[1]

Deleted scene[edit | edit source]

In April or May 2421, Bortus and Klyden agreed to celebrate Topa's upcoming birthday by getting him his first latchkum.[17]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Topa and Klyden in an issue of the comic

References[edit | edit source]

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