It took a few seasons to unlock the secrets of the shape shifting race that Odo belonged to. The founders have proven to be masters of political espionage, war, and enslavement of millions of minds. For the races within the Dominion, they are gods. For the powers of the Alpha and Beta quadrants, they were almost victorious conquers. The Founders were one of the very few species that forced the normally opposing powers in the Star Trek universe to work together. Even with the combined might of the Federation, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Star Empire, the Alpha quadrant powers almost fell to the Founders Dominion forces.