Kai Winn Adami, played by the marvelous Louise “Nurse Ratched” Fletcher, is the spiritual leader of the Bajorans. The Kai, which is the equivalent of the Pope, is a very powerful, influential figure. When DS9 begins, Winn is a Vedek (or a cardinal). She is ambitious, devious, and calculating. She is deeply resentful of Captain Sisko, who is the Emissary of the Prophets (Jesus, in other words). Winn has a very strong, very deep faith; she is a true believer, but her true nature keeps her from being the voice of the Prophets.
The first time she stepped foot on DS9, she started causing problems. She disagreed with the teaching of evolution in the Bajoran school and called for a boycott, which led to the school being bombed and Keiko (the teacher) losing her job. In actuality, the protest and bombing was designed to lure her greatest rival to the throne, Vedek Bareil, to the station to be assassinated. She manages to get out of this situation unscathed.
Major Kira openly disliked Vedek Winn. She doesn’t trust her, and she has reasons not to. Shortly after the bombing, Winn secretly backed the leader of a rebel faction called The Circle in order to force the Federation from Bajor. She agreed to bless Jaro (the leader of The Circle) in exchange for being made the next Kai. The coup fails and Winn managed to get out of this situation as well. The woman was made of Teflon.
When it was clear that she was going to lose to Vedek Bareil for the position as Kai, she came upon some information that led to him having to remove his name from the ballot and ensured her election. Kira is forced to accept her as the new Kai.
This opportunistic woman tried every trick in the book (and then some) to make sure she became the spiritual leader of the Bajorans. While Winn’s unswerving faith is commendable, the Prophets never spoke to her or guided her because of her true allegiance, which was to herself and not the Bajorans. As a result, she turned against them and began to worship the Pah-Wraiths (the enemy of the Prophets; or the Devil, as it were). Kai Winn is helped along this path by none other than Gul Dukat, who disguised himself as a Bajoran farmer to gain her trust. But her new faith in her new gods turns out to be a mistake, as she ends up being betrayed by them in favor of Dukat. At the end of her life, Kai Winn tries to redeem herself by destroying the book that called forth the Pah-Wraiths, the Kosst Amojan, but she dies at the hands of Gul Dukat, the physical embodiment of the devil.
Winn Summons the Pah-Wraiths
Winn Adami Dies
You may ask why I think such a horrid woman worthy of Boss Chick status. It’s simple: This woman did whatever she had to do in order to get what she wanted, fair or foul, while maintaining a false façade of goodness and honor. Talk about being boss? As far as I’m concerned, the Kai was one of the baddest chicks in the DS9 series. You gotta respect a woman who lives by the motto of Malcolm X: “By any means necessary.”