Years and years ago, before I had ever seen Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, my friend was telling me that Odo was a badass — he described a scene where Odo transforms his head into some sort of hammer-like weapon and head-butts someone.

I thought this sounded cool, so eventually I watched all the episodes of DS9, but I never saw this scene or anything even close. Did I miss an episode somewhere? Was it in a deleted scene? Did Odo do anything that could have been misinterpreted as this?

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    In DS9: Emissary, he turns his head into goo to allow a weapon to pass through him (14:05).
    – Valorum
    Feb 6, 2016 at 22:58

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No, Odo has never done such a thing, but Laas (another Changeling) has transformed his arm into a knife while standing beside Odo and then stabbed a Klingon. Odo has also allowed a weapon to pass through his head, and once transformed into a blob monster that attacked various people.

I've watched DS9 completely five times over the years, and have never seen such a scene. I've also worked my way through the bonus material and deleted scenes over the years and have never seen Odo do such a thing with his head.

That being said, in the Season 7 episode "Chimera", Odo discovers and befriends a Changeling by the name of Laas, who fashioned a long knife from his arm and then used it to stab a Klingon, with Odo standing next to him at the time:

Screenshot of Odo and Laas standing next to each other, Laas with the knife

This is perhaps the most violent thing that we see a Changeling do to a solid, and it is certainly the only weapon we have seen a Changeling fashion out of itself.

You friend could have been conflating Odo and Laas, and at the same time conflating this incident with one from the pilot episode "Emissary" (also pointed out by @Richard in a comment) where Odo had de-solidified his head to allow a weapon lobbed at him to pass through:

Screenshot of Odo with a weapon passing through his head

Finally, in the Season 2 episode "The Alternate", Odo had inadvertently transformed into a blob monster and had attacked several people, in particular Dr. Bashir, who gets "head butted" and is knocked to the floor — although it's hard to say which part of its body the Odo monster had used. Below, Dr. Mora is also attacked by Odo in this state:

Screenshot of Odo as a blob monster, Dr. Mora on the ground

We never get a really good look at the Odo monster (the image above is the best), but this concept art gives a good idea:

Drawing of Odo as a blob monster

The Odo monster is as "badass" as it gets.

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    It is also possible that he was invoking something from the books which made use of a greater range of shapechanging due to the lack of special effects budget limitations.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 6, 2016 at 23:45
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    @FuzzyBoots : Definitely possible. It could have been a comic, too...
    – Praxis
    Feb 6, 2016 at 23:48
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    It's possible, but this guy wasn't like a hardcore sci-fi fan who would have read star trek novelizations.
    – Paul
    Feb 7, 2016 at 0:14
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    @Paul : In that case, I stick to the assertion that your friend is probably just mixing together several incidents. I've added one more where Odo was shapeshifting and attacking at the same time --- "head butting" in a sense, but it's hard to say if he had a head or not during this incident!
    – Praxis
    Feb 7, 2016 at 0:17
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    “The Odo monster is as "badass" as it gets” — a grim, humourless, dogged pursuit of the facts is its own form of badassery! Nov 23, 2018 at 10:00

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