Topa newborn

Topa shortly after hatching.


Topa following the reassignment procedure.

Topa is the Moclan son of Bortus and Klyden, hatched from an egg laid and incubated by Bortus.


Bortus lays an egg and incubates it for 21 days around October 2419.[1] The egg hatches and the parents are shocked to see the hatchling is female, extremely rare among Moclans. The parents initially decline to name the child until a sex-change operation can be performed to make her male.[2]

Fearing their female child would be outcast by Moclan society, Bortus and Klyden petition Doctor Claire Finn for sex reassignment surgery. She refuses, so the couple unsuccessfully appeals to Captain Ed Mercer to order Finn to perform the operation. Mercer denies the appeal.[2]

After watching the film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bortus changes his mind and opposes the surgery, but Klyden is adamant the procedure take place.[3] The disagreement leads to a formal Tribunal on the planet Moclus. The jury finds in favor of Klyden, and the surgery is performed by Moclan doctors the following day.[2]

Later, alone in their quarters, Bortus and Klyden name their baby Topa.[2]

In early 2420, Klyden and Bortus take Topa to the Sick Bay for vaccinations. Bortus complains to Claire that the baby cries incessantly.[4]

Along with Klyden, Topa was among Bortus' family and friends who bore witness to his Ja'loja on Moclus. Following this, he attended the celebrations in the Orville mess hall.[5]

Topa and Klyden attended Bortus' joint birthday party, shared with Commander Kelly Grayson, on the bridge of the Orville.[6]


References Edit

  1. Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Episode 1x03: About a Girl
  3. National Broadcasting Company. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. NBC. 1964.
  4. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  5. Episode 2x01: Ja'loja
  6. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake