Oliver Antoninus Lee
Place of Origin: New Amsterdam, Luna
Played by: Roger Kent
Weight 165 lb
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Brown
Oliver has an average build. He is not overtly muscular, but keeps himself fit through regular workouts. He is a handsome man with a disarming smile, although some might find his indefatigable cheerfulness annoying at times. He always keeps himself well groomed. As he puts it, you never know whom you will meet. When off duty, he prefers casual, but tasteful clothing. This is not to say that he is averse to formal wear. In fact, he is quite fond of dress uniforms at formal functions. What is important is to have the right outfit for the right occasion.
Oliver possesses an acute intellect and a penetrating mind, with a particular flair for obscure and mostly dead languages. When left to himself, he is given to deep and even philosophical contemplation. Being one of the few officers with a doctoral degree in history, he is the archetypal warrior-scholar, preferring good strategies to brute force. As such he has easily distinguished himself in the field of strategic operations and in other positions that require more brain than brawn. He is not averse to the use of force, but always frowns on any foolish and unnecessary abuse of it. Prevention is a strategy far more congenial to his temper than reaction. Paradoxically this line of thought sometimes justifies – in his mind – the application of preemptive strikes, provided no other preventative measures remain viable.
Despite his contemplative nature and intellectual prowess, he is far better known for his gregarious disposition. In social interactions he is relaxed and carefree, always ready for some fun. He often appears frivolous and perhaps even superficial. This is in part a reflection of his good-hearted nature, but it is also a desperate effort to be approachable so as not to turn people away. In fact, his sense of insecurity and the need to be liked by those around him motivates many of his behaviors. This can be partially ascribed to his childhood experience.
The relative poverty and instability of his early childhood taught Oliver the hardship of life, a lesson he vehemently resented. Then at age ten he was suddenly thrown into a life of affluence and high society when his grandparents took over his custody following his parents’ death. This was the life he had dreamed of, and he embraced it with all his heart. But he soon found himself stranded between the two worlds, accepted by neither. The boy reacted to his heightened sense of insecurity with a desperate charm offensive targeted at his peers and the adults around him. His frantic endeavor for acceptance was hugely successful, thanks to his wonderful affability and charming disposition. Yet despite all his popularity, the bitter fear of rejection still lurks deep within him.
This fear of rejection also partly results from his experience of losing his parents at a very young age, and it has had conflicting influences on his romantic relationships. On the one hand, he longs for something truly meaningful. On the other hand, he is afraid to commit to anything serious. Consequently he has had no shortage of one-night stands, but serious relationships have been few and far between. As a result he has gained a playboy reputation, a reputation he thinks undeserved.
Oliver’s desire to be liked does not mean an aversion to all conflicts. He is a principled man and believes strongly in the ideals of “truth, justice, and the Federation way.” Whenever these and other high principles are at stake, he is not afraid of directly confronting people, even those in power. In fact, he takes particular pleasure in confronting the powerful who have abused their positions. He considers them bullies, and he does not like bullies, having himself been a victim of bullying while a kid. This determination was suited well his position at the Inspector General’s Office, which prides itself as “the conscience of Starfleet.” While there, he helped uncover several high profile cases of embezzlement and abuse, making more than a few enemies in the process.