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17th Jul '16 3:56:35 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: In "Q Who" it took the ''Enterprise'' crew the entire episode to realize just how hilariously outgunned they were compared to a single Borg Cube.


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* TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe: In "Q Who" it took the ''Enterprise'' crew the entire episode to realize just how hilariously outgunned they were compared to a single Borg Cube.
17th Jul '16 11:54:07 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* PufferFish: When threatened, their heads explode to three times their normal size because why not.
1st Jul '16 6:32:26 PM Ghidra15
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* OrganTheft: Trying to cure the phage has become an obsession with the Vidiians and many of their politicians and scientists have never developed compassion for the people that keep them alive. Scenes of them walking through the ship, gunning redshirts down and cataloguing their organs for later extraction are appalling (with the EMH trying to a pregnant women proving to be particularly tense).

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* OrganTheft: Trying to cure the phage has become an obsession with the Vidiians and many of their politicians and scientists have never developed compassion for the people that keep them alive. Scenes of them walking through the ship, gunning redshirts down and cataloguing their organs for later extraction are appalling (with the EMH trying to help a pregnant women proving to be particularly tense).



* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Their makeup and modus operandi is rather grotesque compared to the rest of the show, even compared to all of the many grotesque RubberForeheadAliens. In the aptly-titled "Faces", one of the Vidiians steals a goldshirt's face and applies it over his own.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Their makeup and modus operandi is rather grotesque compared to the rest of the show, even compared to all of the many grotesque RubberForeheadAliens.[[TheGrotesque visually and]] [[ScaryDogmaticAliens morally unappealing]] RubberForeheadAliens that litter the show. In the aptly-titled "Faces", one of the Vidiians steals a goldshirt's face and applies it over his own.



* TragicVillain / WasOnceAMan: The Vidiians are introduced as a race of Frankenstein's monsters, composed of a grotesque patchwork of body parts taken from other species, which in turn are deteriorating due to the phage. It's fairly jarring when in a later episode they compile a holographic recreation of what a healthy, uninfected Vidiian would look like: they basically look ''like humans'', without even much Rubber Forehead Alien going on. Their hairline is a bit taller (sort of a reverse-widow's peak), and they have a ''slight'' forehead ridge, a single line extending up from the nose to their hairline, but otherwise, like humans. The contrast lets you see just how badly the phage has ravaged their bodies (compared to if a healthy Vidiian looked like a Klingon or a Ferengi). They make the holographic recreation so they can interact with a comatose female Vidiian doctor (linking her brain to the holo-projectors). Even though her brain will die if it stays hooked up to the holo-projectors for more than a few weeks, for a time she seriously considers [[DyingAsYourself that living for a few weeks as a healthy person]] would be preferable to a long life trapped in her decaying, patchwork body. She also apologizes that the Vidiians were driven to their organ-snatching by utter desperation, until after a while many of them just stopped caring where they got the parts from.

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* TragicVillain WasOnceAMan / WasOnceAMan: TragicVillain: The Vidiians are introduced as a race of Frankenstein's monsters, composed of a grotesque patchwork of body parts taken from other species, which in turn are deteriorating due to the phage. It's fairly jarring when in a later episode they compile a holographic recreation of what a healthy, uninfected Vidiian would look like: they basically look ''like humans'', without even much Rubber Forehead Alien going on. Their hairline is a bit taller (sort of a reverse-widow's peak), and they have a ''slight'' forehead ridge, a single line extending up from the nose to their hairline, but otherwise, like humans. The contrast lets you see just how badly the phage has ravaged their bodies (compared to if a healthy Vidiian looked like a Klingon or a Ferengi). They make the holographic recreation so they can interact with a comatose female Vidiian doctor (linking her brain to the holo-projectors). Even though her brain will die if it stays hooked up to the holo-projectors for more than a few weeks, for a time she seriously considers [[DyingAsYourself that living for a few weeks as a healthy person]] would be preferable to a long life trapped in her decaying, patchwork body. She also apologizes that the Vidiians were driven to their organ-snatching by utter desperation, until after a while many of them just stopped caring where they got the parts from.
1st Jul '16 6:27:28 PM Ghidra15
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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Their makeup and modus operandi is rather grotesque compared to the rest of the show, including the toned-down Borgs who appear later. In the aptly-titled "Faces", one of the Vidiians steals a goldshirt's face and applies it over his own.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Their makeup and modus operandi is rather grotesque compared to the rest of the show, including even compared to all of the toned-down Borgs who appear later.many grotesque RubberForeheadAliens. In the aptly-titled "Faces", one of the Vidiians steals a goldshirt's face and applies it over his own.
22nd Jun '16 5:34:51 PM Toadofsteel
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** Several characters have commented on how relatively fast humanity expanded compared to other species and how quickly humans tend to pick up a skill or job. Humanity's hat seems to be taking everything UpToEleven. It's stated to be the reason why Vulcans held back humanity for so long; the fact that the same individual could be at one moment as emotional and bloodthirsty as a Klingon, and the next able to logically reason with a Vulcan, made the Vulcans outright ''scared''. Their adaptability to any given situation is exceeded only by the Borg.
** Society is clearly moving in that direction though; nearly every time Star Trek humans end up in modern or near-modern America the amount of cultural diversity freaks them out.
** This actually comes up subtly in several ExpandedUniverse novels. Scenes taking place during the ''Enterprise'' era tend to explicitly mention different human characters' nationalities in the narration more than scenes set later in the future. This isn't as noticeable in the ''Enterprise'' novels themselves, but the flashbacks to that era in ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' are rather jarring when compared to the 24th century scenes.

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** Several characters have commented on how relatively fast humanity expanded compared to other species and how quickly humans tend to pick up a skill or job. Humanity's hat seems to be taking everything UpToEleven. It's stated to be the reason why is its adapability: The Vulcans held back are scared of how humanity for so long; was able to recover from a total nuclear war in ''one tenth'' the fact that the same individual could be time it took themselves, Quark is ''terrified'' at one moment as emotional and how an average human can become more bloodthirsty as than a Klingon, Klingon if driven to the edge, and individuals such as Eddington ([[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch who is a human himself]], by the next way) draw chilling comparisons of humanity to the Borg. In turn, the Borg have taken quite a special interest in humans, whilst humans are one of only two races (the other being [[EldritchAbomination Species]] [[StarfishAliens 8472]]) to be able to logically reason with a Vulcan, made repel repeated direct attacks from the Vulcans outright ''scared''. Their adaptability to any given situation is exceeded only by the Borg.
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** Society is clearly moving in that direction though; nearly every time Star Trek humans end up in modern or near-modern America the amount of cultural diversity freaks them out.
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out. This actually comes up subtly in several ExpandedUniverse novels. Scenes taking place during the ''Enterprise'' era tend to explicitly mention different human characters' nationalities in the narration more than scenes set later in the future. This isn't as noticeable in the ''Enterprise'' novels themselves, but the flashbacks to that era in ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' are rather jarring when compared to the 24th century scenes.
22nd Jun '16 2:30:35 AM Doug86
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** Quark in DS9 successfully out-logicked a Vulcan.

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** Quark in DS9 [=DS9=] successfully out-logicked a Vulcan.



** Somebody as logic-bound as Tuvok needs a reasonable ''motive'' for Lon Suder’s (a psychopath) crime. It highlights his lack of understanding of emotional behavior in that he does not consider ‘I didn’t like the way he looked at me’ as a good enough reason. He wants to mind meld with Suder because he thinks that it will give the killer some peace in his mind, and Tuvok will gain some valuable insight on how to prevent crimes on the ship. What he fails to realize is it's a trade off: If Suder gains some of Tuvok’s inner peace then of course Tuvok will be infected by Suder’s inner turmoil.
* MySkullRunnethOver: Picard’s decision to perform a mind meld with Sarek to conceal the Vulcan's growing senility. It's probably the riskiest thing we ever see him do. If it goes wrong there is every possibility that he could be afflicted by the same mental illness. He admits to feelings of apprehension about the process but even he couldn’t predict the outpouring of such a forceful regrets and feelings that would nuke his mind. It’s uncomfortable to watch and reveals many of Sarek’s inner demons to the audience. Picard nearly has a stroke from the wild flux of emotions: sinister, giddy, sleazy, and bitter all in the span of a minute or two. He had to endure that for hours. Patick Stewart got a migraine from filming this scene.

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** Somebody as logic-bound as Tuvok needs a reasonable ''motive'' for Lon Suder’s Suder's (a psychopath) crime. It highlights his lack of understanding of emotional behavior in that he does not consider ‘I didn’t 'I didn't like the way he looked at me’ me' as a good enough reason. He wants to mind meld with Suder because he thinks that it will give the killer some peace in his mind, and Tuvok will gain some valuable insight on how to prevent crimes on the ship. What he fails to realize is it's a trade off: If Suder gains some of Tuvok’s Tuvok's inner peace then of course Tuvok will be infected by Suder’s Suder's inner turmoil.
* MySkullRunnethOver: Picard’s Picard's decision to perform a mind meld with Sarek to conceal the Vulcan's growing senility. It's probably the riskiest thing we ever see him do. If it goes wrong there is every possibility that he could be afflicted by the same mental illness. He admits to feelings of apprehension about the process but even he couldn’t couldn't predict the outpouring of such a forceful regrets and feelings that would nuke his mind. It’s It's uncomfortable to watch and reveals many of Sarek’s Sarek's inner demons to the audience. Picard nearly has a stroke from the wild flux of emotions: sinister, giddy, sleazy, and bitter all in the span of a minute or two. He had to endure that for hours. Patick Stewart got a migraine from filming this scene.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn:: The original series had the Klingons as being mostly warlike with few redeeming traits. GeneRoddenberry didn't like them being the "Black Hats" of the saga so in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' he made a Klingon a regular cast member and established the "honor" aspect to their society.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn:: CharacterizationMarchesOn: The original series had the Klingons as being mostly warlike with few redeeming traits. GeneRoddenberry Gene Roddenberry didn't like them being the "Black Hats" of the saga so in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' he made a Klingon a regular cast member and established the "honor" aspect to their society.



** Lampshaded in ''Enterprise'', where 22nd Century Klingon doctors and lawyers comment on being increasingly overruled by the Warrior caste and worry about the flanderisation of their species. Towards the end of the show, in "Affliction", it’s bemoaned that Klingon science suffers from the warrior mentality.

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** Lampshaded in ''Enterprise'', where 22nd Century Klingon doctors and lawyers comment on being increasingly overruled by the Warrior caste and worry about the flanderisation of their species. Towards the end of the show, in "Affliction", it’s it's bemoaned that Klingon science suffers from the warrior mentality.



* TheNapoleon: Andorians are short and irritable. They overcompensate for their stature with loud threats and gunfire. (Jeffrey Combs modeled his performance as Shran on JamesCagney.)

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* TheNapoleon: Andorians are short and irritable. They overcompensate for their stature with loud threats and gunfire. (Jeffrey Combs modeled his performance as Shran on JamesCagney.Creator/JamesCagney.)



* JewsLoveToArgue: Of all the TOS races to be brought back in ''Entersprise'', these guys are painted with the broadest brush. “Sarek said something in a scene once that was meant to demonstrate that he was [[AssInAmbassador stand-offish and kinda rude]], but we like Sarek so it’s now the defining attribute of this species”.

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* JewsLoveToArgue: Of all the TOS races to be brought back in ''Entersprise'', these guys are painted with the broadest brush. “Sarek said something in a scene once that was meant to demonstrate that he was [[AssInAmbassador stand-offish and kinda rude]], but we like Sarek so it’s it's now the defining attribute of this species”.



** Q sent ''Voyager'' to witness the birth of the universe (‘you could be the origin of the humanoid form!’), and when they didn't take him up on his offer, he shrank the ship and hanged it on a Christmas tree.

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** Q sent ''Voyager'' to witness the birth of the universe (‘you ('you could be the origin of the humanoid form!’), form!'), and when they didn't take him up on his offer, he shrank the ship and hanged it on a Christmas tree.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Apparently Tracey Tormé had wanted to include an Andorian in the first season of TNG, but was informed by Rick Berman that, “We don’t do antennae on this show.” As such, the Bolians seem like a compromise: blue, antennae-less aliens.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Apparently Tracey Tormé had wanted to include an Andorian in the first season of TNG, but was informed by Rick Berman that, “We don’t don't do antennae on this show.” As such, the Bolians seem like a compromise: blue, antennae-less aliens.



* CannonFodder: Weyoun barely stifles a yawn as Damar (the Dominion figurehead) protests the sacrifices that Cardassia has made and how not one family hasn’t lost somebody in the war. The Cardassians are meat shields -- the first wave of troops sent into every battle to cushion the blow for the Dominion ships behind.

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* CannonFodder: Weyoun barely stifles a yawn as Damar (the Dominion figurehead) protests the sacrifices that Cardassia has made and how not one family hasn’t hasn't lost somebody in the war. The Cardassians are meat shields -- the first wave of troops sent into every battle to cushion the blow for the Dominion ships behind.



* DealWithTheDevil: The Cardassians reach their breaking point when the Founders stop treating them even as second-class citizens: now they’re ''third''-class citizens behind the Breen. Unbelievably a secret itemized treaty is drafted offering territorial concession from Cardassia to the Breen but it doesn’t list what they are. The Dominion is literally giving chunks of the Empire away. Damar realizes he has to act soon to preserve his peoples' dignity.

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* DealWithTheDevil: The Cardassians reach their breaking point when the Founders stop treating them even as second-class citizens: now they’re they're ''third''-class citizens behind the Breen. Unbelievably a secret itemized treaty is drafted offering territorial concession from Cardassia to the Breen but it doesn’t doesn't list what they are. The Dominion is literally giving chunks of the Empire away. Damar realizes he has to act soon to preserve his peoples' dignity.



* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Dukat’s assessment of the Cardassians is that they were once a race whose very name bred fear and now they are just bit players, too frightened to fight back in case they lose what little is left. Unknowingly Dukat has put his finger on why the Cardassians are so quick to submit to the Dominion. Developments next year would see them regain their once mighty reputation only to watch them fall father than ever before.

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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Dukat’s Dukat's assessment of the Cardassians is that they were once a race whose very name bred fear and now they are just bit players, too frightened to fight back in case they lose what little is left. Unknowingly Dukat has put his finger on why the Cardassians are so quick to submit to the Dominion. Developments next year would see them regain their once mighty reputation only to watch them fall father than ever before.



** They were also finally a believable villain for the later seasons of TNG. The Ferengi were ultimately too comical to be villains and proved to be better as comic relief characters. Meanwhile, the Borg went too far into EldritchAbomination territory for the TNG writers to come up with a believable plot with Collective as the antagonist after ''Best of Both Worlds'', with only a rogue group of drones under Lore's command making any further appearance during the series (Later retcons in ''StarTrekFirstContact'' at least allowed ''Voyager'' writers to feature them). Thus the Cardassians were created to serve the antagonist role.

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** They were also finally a believable villain for the later seasons of TNG. The Ferengi were ultimately too comical to be villains and proved to be better as comic relief characters. Meanwhile, the Borg went too far into EldritchAbomination territory for the TNG writers to come up with a believable plot with Collective as the antagonist after ''Best of Both Worlds'', with only a rogue group of drones under Lore's command making any further appearance during the series (Later retcons in ''StarTrekFirstContact'' ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' at least allowed ''Voyager'' writers to feature them). Thus the Cardassians were created to serve the antagonist role.



* TheSocialDarwinist: In the [[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch relaunch novels]], Cardassia is a world defined by its hunger. It’s a survival-at-any-price mentality and a determination to endure no matter the cost which fuels the Union.

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* TheSocialDarwinist: In the [[Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch relaunch novels]], Cardassia is a world defined by its hunger. It’s It's a survival-at-any-price mentality and a determination to endure no matter the cost which fuels the Union.



The [[TheTroubles IRA]] [[AC:in space!]], the Bajorans suffered under the heel of the Cardassians for fifty years. A resistance movement drove off their oppressors, and now the planet is struggling between freedom, religious dogma, and order. The Federation could not intervene in the Cardassion occupation, due to Prime Directive considerations; as such, the Bajorans are in no hurry to become a Federation member. Similar to the Trills, the Bajorans' makeup was the result of a injunction by Rick Berman against [[RuleOfSexy marring the beauty of Michelle Forbes]]. It also simplified the task of filming an entire crowd of Bajorans at once.

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The [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles IRA]] [[AC:in space!]], the Bajorans suffered under the heel of the Cardassians for fifty years. A resistance movement drove off their oppressors, and now the planet is struggling between freedom, religious dogma, and order. The Federation could not intervene in the Cardassion occupation, due to Prime Directive considerations; as such, the Bajorans are in no hurry to become a Federation member. Similar to the Trills, the Bajorans' makeup was the result of a injunction by Rick Berman against [[RuleOfSexy marring the beauty of Michelle Forbes]]. It also simplified the task of filming an entire crowd of Bajorans at once.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized: The Bajorans have endured decades of empty promises; they aren’t going to duped by more of the same from the Federation. Once the Cardassians finally packed up and left, the survivors began to show every indication of sliding back into superstition, caste lines, and tribal warfare. Starfleet deploys Ben Sisko and a small platoon to keep the peace, but adding ''more'' bureaucracy is hardly what the Bajorans want.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized: The Bajorans have endured decades of empty promises; they aren’t aren't going to duped by more of the same from the Federation. Once the Cardassians finally packed up and left, the survivors began to show every indication of sliding back into superstition, caste lines, and tribal warfare. Starfleet deploys Ben Sisko and a small platoon to keep the peace, but adding ''more'' bureaucracy is hardly what the Bajorans want.



* WrittenByTheWinners: There’s a very effective voiceover where Picard talks about the achievements of the ancient Bajorans which plays over a pan across the ruins of a settlement where they are now barely reaching subsistence level. On Cardassia, they teach that Bajor was a backwards planet that never accomplished anything of note until the Occupation taught them to straighten up and fly right.

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* WrittenByTheWinners: There’s There's a very effective voiceover where Picard talks about the achievements of the ancient Bajorans which plays over a pan across the ruins of a settlement where they are now barely reaching subsistence level. On Cardassia, they teach that Bajor was a backwards planet that never accomplished anything of note until the Occupation taught them to straighten up and fly right.



Trills have evolved to coexist with an ageless alien slug (known as a symbiont) [[BondCreatures in their abdomen.]] Ordinary Trills are weak, standard humanoids; when "joined", however, they gain the knowledge and experience of the symbiont's previous hosts. Left to their own devices, the symbionts are an endangered species, living out a dull existence in underground pools. The Trills sported a [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber forehead]] on TNG, but makeup artist Micheal Westmore unashamedly changed their look when Terry Farrell was cast as one. Westmore then suggested, "meh, just give her spots like we gave [[Creator/FamkeJanssen Famke]]", and the rest is history.

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Trills have evolved to coexist with an ageless alien slug (known as a symbiont) [[BondCreatures in their abdomen.]] Ordinary Trills are weak, standard humanoids; when "joined", however, they gain the knowledge and experience of the symbiont's previous hosts. Left to their own devices, the symbionts are an endangered species, living out a dull existence in underground pools. The Trills sported a [[RubberForeheadAliens [[RubberForeheadAlien rubber forehead]] on TNG, but makeup artist Micheal Westmore unashamedly changed their look when Terry Farrell was cast as one. Westmore then suggested, "meh, just give her spots like we gave [[Creator/FamkeJanssen Famke]]", and the rest is history.



* ProgressivelyPrettier: In addition to the forehead, we never see Dax's enflamed belly bulge out disturbingly as Odan’s does in "The Host", and more importantly he doesn’t sport the distinctive Trill markings. There are [[BeautyEqualsGoodness definite perks]] to being a ''Trek'' regular.

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* ProgressivelyPrettier: In addition to the forehead, we never see Dax's enflamed belly bulge out disturbingly as Odan’s Odan's does in "The Host", and more importantly he doesn’t doesn't sport the distinctive Trill markings. There are [[BeautyEqualsGoodness definite perks]] to being a ''Trek'' regular.



** They don't always follow this law faithfully. After Odo killed a fellow Changeling, the Founders afflicted him with an infection that would have killed him unless he returned to the Great Link for judgment. Also, in "The Die is Cast," [[spoiler: the Changeling posing as Lovok]] did not intervene when Garak tortured Odo. (And he also forgot to tell the Jem'hadar not to attack the shuttle that he ''gave Odo to escape in''.)

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** They don't always follow this law faithfully. After Odo killed a fellow Changeling, the Founders afflicted him with an infection that would have killed him unless he returned to the Great Link for judgment. Also, in "The Die is Cast," [[spoiler: the Changeling posing as Lovok]] did not intervene when Garak tortured Odo. (And he also forgot to tell the Jem'hadar Jem'Hadar not to attack the shuttle that he ''gave Odo to escape in''.)



* EvilerThanThou[=/=]OutGambitted: The downfall of the Obsidian Order and Tal Shiar is beautifully timed as '''150''' Jem H’adar ships make themselves apparent. Suddenly, the big boys of the Alpha Quadrant don’t cut the mustard anymore. The Founders have vacated their planet, an armada is waiting and they have a Changeling spy in their midst who orchestrated the whole "[[HiredToHuntYourself operation]]" to mop up the two biggest intelligence agencies in the Quadrant so the invasion could start in earnest.

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* EvilerThanThou[=/=]OutGambitted: The downfall of the Obsidian Order and Tal Shiar is beautifully timed as '''150''' Jem H’adar H'adar ships make themselves apparent. Suddenly, the big boys of the Alpha Quadrant don’t don't cut the mustard anymore. The Founders have vacated their planet, an armada is waiting and they have a Changeling spy in their midst who orchestrated the whole "[[HiredToHuntYourself operation]]" to mop up the two biggest intelligence agencies in the Quadrant so the invasion could start in earnest.



* EvilutionaryBiologist: They either created or heavily modified the Vorta and Jem'hadar to do the heavy lifting for them.

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* EvilutionaryBiologist: They either created or heavily modified the Vorta and Jem'hadar Jem'Hadar to do the heavy lifting for them.



** When Teplan was still powerful, they thought that nothing was beyond them and they could even defeat the Dominion. It’s the same fate that could so easily happen to Earth if they defy them: the Jem H’adar obliterated this world and left behind the Blight as a parting gift, condemning them all to a painful death.

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** When Teplan was still powerful, they thought that nothing was beyond them and they could even defeat the Dominion. It’s It's the same fate that could so easily happen to Earth if they defy them: the Jem H’adar H'adar obliterated this world and left behind the Blight as a parting gift, condemning them all to a painful death.



** The high breeding rate of Jem'Hadar leaves little room for valuing their lives and they are treated as tools by both Changeling and Vorta alike, to be called upon or sacrificed as needed. In "Rocks and Shoals", Keevan knowingly sends his unit on a suicide run rather than admit to them that he's run out of White. Sisko having to mow down Jem'Hadar from a safe perch leaves a bad taste in the mouth; there is no sense of honour in slaughtering an enemy that cannot fight back.

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** The high breeding rate of Jem'Hadar leaves little room for valuing their lives and they are treated as tools by both Changeling and Vorta alike, to be called upon or sacrificed as needed. In "Rocks and Shoals", Keevan knowingly sends his unit on a suicide run rather than admit to them that he's run out of White. Sisko having to mow down Jem'Hadar from a safe perch leaves a bad taste in the mouth; there is no sense of honour honor in slaughtering an enemy that cannot fight back.



** The Pah Wraith stuff is a much more generic way of handling the show’s religious themes than the first five or so seasons. The idea of the Prophets as existing beyond mortality and corporeality in a way that makes them terrifying and awe-inspiring. Turning them into “the good guys” in some eternal struggle changes them (and the show) into a Judeo-Christian archetype.

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** The Pah Wraith stuff is a much more generic way of handling the show’s show's religious themes than the first five or so seasons. The idea of the Prophets as existing beyond mortality and corporeality in a way that makes them terrifying and awe-inspiring. Turning them into “the good guys” in some eternal struggle changes them (and the show) into a Judeo-Christian archetype.



** "You know Captain, if I'd had just two more vials of White, you never would have had a chance." – [[UngratefulBastard a Vorta’s gratitude.]]

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** "You know Captain, if I'd had just two more vials of White, you never would have had a chance." – [[UngratefulBastard a Vorta’s Vorta's gratitude.]]



* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: It's been observed how the ugly aliens in ''Star Trek'' are always the evil ones, whereas the humanoid aliens are treated more sympathetically. The Xindi-Reptilians are the most aggressive faction on ENT, for example, whereas the Xindi-Primates are more cautious. Now look at what [=DS9=] did so well when presenting its antagonists. When the viewer first meets the Jem’hadar and the Vorta, the audience’s sympathy lies with the Vorta because it looks more humanoid and helpless. As the show goes on, however, the viewer realizes that the Jem’hadar are actually more capable of honor and a degree of empathy than the Vorta are.

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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: It's been observed how the ugly aliens in ''Star Trek'' are always the evil ones, whereas the humanoid aliens are treated more sympathetically. The Xindi-Reptilians are the most aggressive faction on ENT, for example, whereas the Xindi-Primates are more cautious. Now look at what [=DS9=] did so well when presenting its antagonists. When the viewer first meets the Jem’hadar Jem'Hadar and the Vorta, the audience’s audience's sympathy lies with the Vorta because it looks more humanoid and helpless. As the show goes on, however, the viewer realizes that the Jem’hadar Jem'Hadar are actually more capable of honor and a degree of empathy than the Vorta are.



* ShoutOut: Their outfits look very similar to a certain ''[[ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars]]'' disguise. This is lampshaded by Col. Kira, a Bajoran, [[DressingAsTheEnemy swiping a Breen's armor]] and leading her two "prisoners" (two Cardassians, in place of Chewie) at gunpoint -- straight into the Dominion stronghold.

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* ShoutOut: Their outfits look very similar to a certain ''[[ReturnOfTheJedi ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars]]'' disguise. This is lampshaded by Col. Kira, a Bajoran, [[DressingAsTheEnemy swiping a Breen's armor]] and leading her two "prisoners" (two Cardassians, in place of Chewie) at gunpoint -- straight into the Dominion stronghold.



* OurGnomesAreWeirder: Not a direct inspiration for [[StarWarsThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]], but pretty close.

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* OurGnomesAreWeirder: Not a direct inspiration for [[StarWarsThePhantomMenace [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]], but pretty close.



Another spinoff, another replacement Klingon. The Kazon have a checkered devlopment history, originally inspired by the Crips and Bloods. They represent anarchy, in opposition to ''Voyager'''s attempts to carve out a fledgling Federation. However, as the series went on and the actors got older, the "youth gang" theme was thrown out, and they became generic warriors.

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Another spinoff, another replacement Klingon. The Kazon have a checkered devlopment development history, originally inspired by the Crips and Bloods. They represent anarchy, in opposition to ''Voyager'''s attempts to carve out a fledgling Federation. However, as the series went on and the actors got older, the "youth gang" theme was thrown out, and they became generic warriors.



* ARealManIsAKiller: In another VOY episode, a Kazon boy wishes to become a man by killing Chakotay. He then explains that killing a person is the rite of passage for the Kazon; apparently, killing a clansman is also acceptable in some cases. Chakotay tries his damdest to find common ground between him and Kar but the real difference between his uniform and Kar’s name is that one is earned in an air-conditioned building and the other is earned by putting one's life on the line to protect territory. That’s a bridge that can never be built between these two. At the end of the episode, instead of killing Chakotay, he turns the weapon onto his maj, becoming the new maj in the process (similar to the Klingon Promotion).

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* ARealManIsAKiller: In another VOY episode, a Kazon boy wishes to become a man by killing Chakotay. He then explains that killing a person is the rite of passage for the Kazon; apparently, killing a clansman is also acceptable in some cases. Chakotay tries his damdest to find common ground between him and Kar but the real difference between his uniform and Kar’s Kar's name is that one is earned in an air-conditioned building and the other is earned by putting one's life on the line to protect territory. That’s That's a bridge that can never be built between these two. At the end of the episode, instead of killing Chakotay, he turns the weapon onto his maj, becoming the new maj in the process (similar to the Klingon Promotion).



->''"It must be impossible for you to understand how any civilised people could come to this."''

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->''"It must be impossible for you to understand how any civilised civilized people could come to this."''



The only species the Borg truly fear. They hail from another dimension called fluidic space, and are territorial rather than outright hostile. One of the few {{Starfish Alien}}s to have a regular role on Star Trek.

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The only species the Borg truly fear. They hail from another dimension called fluidic space, and are territorial rather than outright hostile. One of the few {{Starfish Alien}}s StarfishAliens to have a regular role on Star Trek.



* EvilIsVisceral Their ships are organic and the (CGI) aliens themselves look "more organic" than the usual Rubber Forehead Alien because they don't wear clothes, have extra limbs and strange eyes with complicated irides. Also, they hail from something called fluidic space.

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* EvilIsVisceral Their ships are organic and the (CGI) aliens themselves look "more organic" than the usual Rubber Forehead Alien because they don't wear clothes, have extra limbs and strange eyes with complicated irides.irises. Also, they hail from something called fluidic space.



* CaptainErsatz: Taking inspiration from a certain DavidLynch film, eh? ...Ah, ''Eraserhead'', of course!

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* CaptainErsatz: Taking inspiration from a certain DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch film, eh? ...Ah, ''Eraserhead'', of course!



* StealthInSpace: Seem to be the only race in the entire Delta Quadrant with Cloaking Technology. Even then, it just takes some Sensor Remodulation to spot them, so obviously their's isn't as advanced as the Klingons or Romulans.

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* StealthInSpace: Seem to be the only race in the entire Delta Quadrant with Cloaking Technology. Even then, it just takes some Sensor Remodulation to spot them, so obviously their's theirs isn't as advanced as the Klingons or Romulans.



* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Using their inter-dimensional abilities, the Builders forsaw that the Federation would repel their eventual invasion, and sought to snuff Earth out preemptively.

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* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Using their inter-dimensional abilities, the Builders forsaw foresaw that the Federation would repel their eventual invasion, and sought to snuff Earth out preemptively.
10th Jun '16 11:28:11 PM Toadofsteel
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* DirtyCoward: One glitch in the Vorta's programming was that their self-preservation instinct outweighed other concerns. While the Jem'Hadar are trained to commit suicide should they fail, the Vorta do not; in fact, Weyoun purposely misled the Jem'Hadar into attacking a Changeling's ship rather than catch heat for an intelligence breach. ("Treachery, Faith, and the Great River") Another Vorta, Keevan, willingly sought protection with Starfleet rather than face his own men, who were stranded on a barren rock due to his ineptitude and would soon figure out he had no White left to supply them.

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* DirtyCoward: One glitch in the Vorta's programming was that their self-preservation instinct outweighed other concerns. While the Jem'Hadar are trained to commit suicide should they fail, the Vorta do not; in fact, Weyoun purposely misled the Jem'Hadar into attacking a Changeling's ship (albeit a Changeling openly cooperating with enemies of the Dominion) rather than catch heat for an intelligence breach. ("Treachery, Faith, and the Great River") Another Vorta, Keevan, willingly sought protection with Starfleet rather than face his own men, who were stranded on a barren rock due to his ineptitude and would soon figure out he had no White left to supply them.
10th Jun '16 11:22:19 PM Toadofsteel
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* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Joined Trill are forbidden to marry someone they were married to in a previous life. This is done in order to prevent "an [[SmugSuper aristocracy of the joined]]", according to René Echevarria.

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* YourNormalIsOurTaboo: Joined Trill are forbidden to marry someone they were married to in a previous life. This is done in order to prevent "an [[SmugSuper aristocracy of the joined]]", according to René Echevarria. WordOfGod is that the episode delving into this particular taboo was written specifically so the two current hosts were [[LesYay both female]], allowing audiences in the 1990s to identify with an otherwise comploetely alien custom.
10th Jun '16 11:00:42 PM Toadofsteel
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** They were also finally a believable villain for the later seasons of TNG. The Ferengi were ultimately too comical to be villains and proved to be better as comic relief characters. Meanwhile, the Borg went too far into EldritchAbomination territory for the TNG writers to come up with a believable plot with Collective as the antagonist after ''Best of Both Worlds'', with only a rogue group of drones under Lore's command making any further appearance during the series (Later retcons in ''StarTrekFirstContact'' at least allowed ''Voyager'' writers to feature them). Thus the Cardassians were created to serve the antagonist role.
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* [[BlondGuysAreEvil Blonds]] / BlondesAreEvil: With the exception of Laas, all the Changelings we see have blond hair in humanoid form. Laas had completely mastered his shape-changing abilities over two centuries, but chose not to alter his face because, unlike Odo, he did not identify with solids and saw no benefit in emulating them.
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