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''Star Trek'' is an iconic, [[LongRunners long-running]] science-fiction franchise with five live-action television series, an animated television series, and twelve live-action movies spanning three generations of characters and four decades of television.

The setting in every series is a collection of broadly similar [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber-foreheaded]] polities spanning roughly a quarter to half the Milky Way galaxy, with the stories centered around [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse an Earth-based interstellar government]] called [[TheFederation the United Federation of Planets]] and the exploits of its fleet of starships, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Starfleet]]. Every series dealt with a particular crew, mostly of various ships named ''[[LegacyCharacter Enterprise]]''. As originally envisioned by its creator, Creator/GeneRoddenberry, the science fiction nature of the series was just a method to address many social issues of the time that could not have been done in a normal drama. As such, it was not above being {{Anvilicious}} or engaging in thinly-veiled social satire, but considering its origin during the 60's, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some anvils needed to be dropped]].

It was, for the most part, ''way'' on the happy end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism, at least partially because of its solid allegiance to the Enlightened side of RomanticismVersusEnlightenment. But it still found some sort of balance between a Dystopia and a CrystalSpiresAndTogas future. In general, it is a future you hope will come true, albeit after humanity [[EarnYourHappyEnding endured terrible troubles]] like the Eugenics Wars led by the [[BewareTheSuperman genetically enhanced conqueror]], Khan Noonien Singh, and [[WorldWarThree a third world war]], and rose above them. All series have sought to show that while you may think the world is falling apart and there is no chance of global unity, all this crap will eventually work itself out.

The series has also had a profound impact on modern culture and media. Everyone with any exposure to Western pop culture has heard of the Starship ''Enterprise'', and the series predicted (and possibly inspired) the PC, tablet, automatic doors, cell phones, natural-language AI and more, decades before their invention. Not so incidentally, the first African-American woman in space was inspired to become an astronaut because of Creator/NichelleNichols' pioneering role. Also not so incidentally, the space shuttle ''Enterprise'' was named after the iconic starship, as is the first commercial spacecraft.

And finally, ''Star Trek'' also gave rise to {{Fandom}} as we know it: when ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' began to pick up steam in syndication, fans organized conventions, wrote [[FanFic fanfiction]], [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cosplay dressed in costume]], and generally made enough noise to keep the franchise going for nearly fifty years and counting. Every fandom since has grown from that original outpouring of fannish activity and devotion.

!!Television Series in the franchise include:

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''Star Trek'' is an iconic, [[LongRunners long-running]] science-fiction franchise with five live-action television series, an animated television series, and twelve live-action movies spanning three generations of characters and four decades of television.

The setting in every series is a collection of broadly similar [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber-foreheaded]] polities spanning roughly a quarter to half

[[folder: New Universe Movies]]
After
the Milky Way galaxy, with the stories centered around [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse an Earth-based interstellar government]] called [[TheFederation the United Federation cancellation of Planets]] and the exploits of its fleet of starships, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Starfleet]]. Every series dealt with a particular crew, mostly of various ships named ''[[LegacyCharacter Enterprise]]''. As originally envisioned by its creator, Creator/GeneRoddenberry, the science fiction nature of the series was just a method to address many social issues of the time that could not have been done in a normal drama. As such, it was not above being {{Anvilicious}} or engaging in thinly-veiled social satire, but considering its origin during the 60's, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some anvils needed to be dropped]].

It was, for the most part, ''way'' on the happy end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism, at least partially because of its solid allegiance to the Enlightened side of RomanticismVersusEnlightenment. But it still found some sort of balance between a Dystopia and a CrystalSpiresAndTogas future. In general, it is a future you hope will come true, albeit after humanity [[EarnYourHappyEnding endured terrible troubles]] like the Eugenics Wars led by the [[BewareTheSuperman genetically enhanced conqueror]], Khan Noonien Singh, and [[WorldWarThree a third world war]], and rose above them. All series have sought to show that while you may think the world is falling apart and there is no chance of global unity, all this crap will eventually work itself out.

The series has also had a profound impact on modern culture and media. Everyone with any exposure to Western pop culture has heard of the Starship
''Enterprise'', and the series predicted (and possibly inspired) the PC, tablet, automatic doors, cell phones, natural-language AI and more, decades before their invention. Not so incidentally, 2006 was the first African-American woman in space was inspired to become an astronaut because of Creator/NichelleNichols' pioneering role. Also not so incidentally, the space shuttle ''Enterprise'' was named after the iconic starship, as is the first commercial spacecraft.

And finally,
year with no new Star Trek stories on film or TV since 1985. Then, when all seemed lost, ''Star Trek'' also gave rise to {{Fandom}} as we know it: when ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' began to pick up steam in syndication, fans organized conventions, wrote [[FanFic fanfiction]], [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cosplay dressed in costume]], and generally made enough noise to keep the franchise going for nearly fifty years and counting. Every fandom since has grown from that original outpouring was revived with a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries Film Of The Series]] directed by Creator/JJAbrams, which kicked off a whole new series of fannish activity and devotion.

!!Television Series in the franchise include:
movies:



* '''''[[Film/StarTrek Star Trek]]''''' (2009) (2233 -- 2258) -- A mixture of ContinuityReboot and BroadStrokes with new actors showing that the ''TheOriginalSeries'' characters [[InSpiteOfANail will always end up together]] on the ''Enterprise'', no matter the universe.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Star Trek Into Darkness]]''''' (2013) (2259) -- The cast from the 2009 film reprise their roles, and Captain Kirk fights against Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, who plays a powerful villain intent on {{Revenge}} against Starfleet.
* '''''Film/StarTrekBeyond''''' (2016) (TBD) -- The upcoming thirteenth film whose release is set to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.
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In total, to watch every minute of {{canon}} Star Trek would require 23 days and 25 minutes of your time. Of Science Fiction franchises, only ''Series/DoctorWho'' and its various canon spinoffs are even within a week, and the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, which started later than Star Trek or Doctor Who, but has been running continuously since 1979.

!!Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse
The Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse consists of the expected novels and videogames; these are somewhat infamous in many circles (compared to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' counterparts) for the casual disregard the producers of the shows often hold for them.

See also the Franchise/TrekVerse - a discussion of internal ''Trek'' history as viewed from a real-world perspective as well as how it affected modern culture.
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!Tropes common across all series:



[[folder:''The Original Series'']]
'''''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''''' ("TOS", 1966-1969) Set from 2265-2269 -- The one everyone has heard of (at the time, of course, it was just called ''Star Trek''). Captain James T. Kirk (WilliamShatner) leads the brave crew of the CoolStarship ''Enterprise'' on a mission "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before."

The format was pitched as a WagonTrainToTheStars, with new planets and aliens encountered every week, though the Klingons and Romulans would become regulars in the ''Star Trek'' galaxy. The original series suffered in the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}}, but gained a devoted fanbase. UnCanceled after the second season, and then {{Cancell|ation}}ed again at the end of the third. It ''really'' picked up steam in syndication, which was about the time demographics came into play - and the RealLife moon landing happened a week after its last episode aired.

The show's writing was good, the cast had great chemistry and the characters themselves were very memorable, to the point of creating three new archetypes: TheKirk, TheSpock, and TheMcCoy. In fact, this series created [[TropeMakers so many new tropes]] that it has left an unmistakable mark on both television and pop culture ever since. Not to mention inspired a ''lot'' of mostly {{affectionate parod|y}}ies.
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[[folder:''The Animated Series'']]
'''''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''''' ("TAS", 1973-1974) Set from 2269-2270 -- Used most of the original cast (and a few additions) to provide voices for the animated versions of their characters. The quality of the show was hit and miss, with some being mediocre cartoon fare while others were excellent, and the series got the franchise's first Emmy award. 22 episodes were produced.

The official canonicity of this series has gone back and forth, but at least some elements have bled over into the rest of the franchise (most notably, identifying the "T" in [[TheKirk James T. Kirk]] to stand for [[EmbarrassingMiddleName "Tiberius"]]) and the addition of the [[CatFolk cat-like]] Caitians to the mythos (see Star Trek 2).
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[[folder:''The Next Generation'']]
'''''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''''' ("TNG", 1987-1994) Set from 2364-2370 -- The ''other'' one everyone has heard of. Takes place in the 24th century on the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]''-[[CoolStarship D]], with the same mission of exploration as the original.

The new captain is Jean-Luc Picard (Creator/PatrickStewart). Introduced the holodeck (although a version of it appeared first in the {{canon}}/noncanon "TAS"), defined the Klingons as being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy society of honor and war]], and really hit it home with creating the cybernetic alien race, the Borg. Also, there was [[TheTrickster Q]].
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[[folder:''Deep Space Nine'']]
'''''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''''' ("[=DS9=]", 1993-1999) Set from 2369-2375 -- Takes place concurrently with the end of ''Next Generation'' and the lion's share of ''Voyager'', and conceived as a SpinOff of TNG. Set on a former Cardassian space station (formerly Terok Nor, renamed Deep Space Nine) in a politically unstable part of space near the planet Bajor, with exclusive access to a rare stable wormhole that leads from the Alpha to the Gamma Quadrant.

From the fourth season onwards, former TNG character Worf joined the cast and the whole series got much darker with a massive interstellar war between the Federation, Cardassians, Klingons, Romulans, and the Dominion. Was also the first ''Trek'' series to use {{Story Arc}}s extensively, rather than persisting with a strictly episodic format. Generally considered the OddballInTheSeries as far as the television shows go, though usually in a positive way; while there is a portion of the fanbase that dislikes it, those who do like it tend to consider it the franchise's high-water mark.
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[[folder:''Voyager'']]
'''''Series/StarTrekVoyager''''' ("VOY", 1995-2001) Set from 2371-2378 -- Another SpinOff of ''Next Generation'', conceived as a more direct successor to it than [=DS9=]. While searching for a group of rogue Starfleet people called the Maquis, both the title ship and a Maquis ship are flung across the galaxy and stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years and seventy-five years' travel from home (''Series/LostInSpace'' a la ''Star Trek'').

Had the first main character female captain in the franchise. In the mainstream, this show is best -- perhaps only -- known for its MsFanservice character, [[TheSpock Seven of Nine]]. Among fans, it's infamous for the VillainDecay of the Borg, the obscene levels of TechnoBabble, and mashing the ResetButton after roughly every other episode, but it is also notable for tackling controversial topics even other ''Trek'' series wouldn't touch.
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[[folder:''Enterprise'']]
'''''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''''' ("ENT", 2001-2005) Set from 2151-2155 -- Prequel to the original series. Set a hundred years or so before Kirk and the Federation, when humans are just getting their space legs (and the AppliedPhlebotinum is not nearly as reliable), aboard Earth's first, experimental Warp 5-capable starship, the Enterprise NX-01. It began with a MythArc involving the Enterprise crew getting caught up in a "Temporal Cold War" being fought by several rival TimeTravel factions, though it gradually fell victim to the TheChrisCarterEffect.

The series was then {{Retool}}ed twice: first with the third season introducing an ambitious season-spanning StoryArc centering around the sudden appearance of [[ScaryDogmaticAliens a mysterious new aggressor]] called the Xindi, and then with the fourth and final season consisting of several two-to-three-episode-long "mini-arcs" that [[CallForward laid the groundwork for the Federation]] in earnest. Sadly, just as it began to pick up steam, it was abruptly cancelled. Infamous for the [[RealSongThemeTune pop song]] in the opening credits, and for being the first Trek series since the original to be canceled before the usual seven seasons.
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[[folder:''Untitled 2017 Series'']]
In November 2015, Creator/{{CBS}} [[http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017 announced]] that a new ''Star Trek'' series would premiere in January 2017. The currently untitled project will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, who contributed to the first two Creator/JJAbrams films, and showran by Creator/BryanFuller, who wrote for ''[=DS9=]'' and ''VOY''. The first episode will be previewed on broadcast TV; afterwards, the series will move primarily to CBS All Access, the network's on demand/streaming service, while also airing in syndication in the same way ''TNG'' did.
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[[folder:''Phase II'']]
In addition to these, '''''Star Trek: Phase II''''' was a series concept designed as the cornerstone of a Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures-based network in 1976. A continuation of the original series and featuring a second five-year mission, it would have introduced a number of new characters in conjunction with the original crew.

When the network project died and the insane success of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' made sci-fi films profitable again, Paramount elaborated the series pilot into TheMovie, which ultimately led to a whole new line of movies.

Many of the concepts from ''Phase II'' (along with some scripts) made their way into ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and the series itself is considered ''[[WordOfDante deuterocanon]]'' - not "true" canon, because it never made it to the screen, but allowed in BroadStrokes to fill a gap in Trek chronology (notice the fictional length of time between ''The Motion Picture'' and ''The Wrath of Khan'').
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[[folder: Original Universe Movies]]
!!Movies in the franchise include:
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* '''''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''''' (1979) (c. 2273) -- Kirk [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether rallies the old crew]] to intercept a technological EldritchAbomination heading towards Earth. Said to be a padded out ''Phase II'' episode script, and bears resemblance to a couple original series episodes.
* '''''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''''' (1982) (2285) -- Khan from the TOS episode "Space Seed" returns intending to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III: The Search For Spock]]''''' (1984) (2285) -- The crew find that for Vulcans, DeathIsCheap. Kirk and crew risk everything to get Spock back.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home]]''''' (1986) (2286/1986) -- To save Earth from a destructive, silent alien probe, Kirk and crew TimeTravel to TheEighties and [[FreeTheFrogs save the whales]]. Also, they need nuclear wessels.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier Star Trek V: The Final Frontier]]''''' (1989) (2287) -- After a botched attempt to rescue hostages, the ''Enterprise'' is commandeered by a radical Vulcan who intends to find God.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]''''' (1991) (2293) -- Klingons sue for peace in a near perfect recreation of the Cold War finale. Quite blatantly a rip on the Cold War and its concurrent real-life end, precipitated by a lunar equivalent to the Chernobyl explosion. (In)Famously establishes Klingon blood to be a lovely lilac colour, but only for this installment.
* '''''Film/StarTrekGenerations''''' (1994) (2293, then 2371) -- A MadScientist seeks to destroy billions to reach a NegativeSpaceWedgie that allows [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Kirk to meet Picard.]] The first movie to feature the TNG cast and was intended as a torch-passing moment rather than a final farewell to the original cast that ''Star Trek VI'' was.
* '''''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''''' (1996) (2373/2063) -- The Borg attempt to assimilate Earth in the past, with Picard slowly becoming [[Literature/MobyDick Captain Ahab]] against them.[[note]]This would later lead to Creator/PatrickStewart playing Ahab himself in a miniseries.[[/note]] It also shows humanity's first contact with another species, the seed from which the Federation would flower.
* '''''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''''' (1998) (2375) -- Finding that TheFederation intends to pillage a [[PlanetOfHats Shangri-La planet]], Picard actively rebels to save them.
* '''''Film/StarTrekNemesis''''' (2002) (2379) -- The perpetually secretive Romulans make a surprising effort for peace, but, of course, their leader has much more devious intentions. The last film of the prime ''Star Trek'' universe which nearly mortally wounded the entire franchise, being the only one to not make its money back at the box office.
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[[folder: New Universe Movies]]
After the cancellation of ''Enterprise'', 2006 was the first year with no new Star Trek stories on film or TV since 1985. Then, when all seemed lost, ''Star Trek'' was revived with a [[TheFilmOfTheSeries Film Of The Series]] directed by Creator/JJAbrams, which kicked off a whole new series of movies:

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* '''''[[Film/StarTrek Star Trek]]''''' (2009) (2233 -- 2258) -- A mixture of ContinuityReboot and BroadStrokes with new actors showing that the ''TheOriginalSeries'' characters [[InSpiteOfANail will always end up together]] on the ''Enterprise'', no matter the universe.
* '''''[[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Star Trek Into Darkness]]''''' (2013) (2259) -- The cast from the 2009 film reprise their roles, and Captain Kirk fights against Creator/BenedictCumberbatch, who plays a powerful villain intent on {{Revenge}} against Starfleet.
* '''''Film/StarTrekBeyond''''' (2016) (TBD) -- The upcoming thirteenth film whose release is set to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.
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In total, to watch every minute of {{canon}} Star Trek would require 23 days and 25 minutes of your time. Of Science Fiction franchises, only ''Series/DoctorWho'' and its various canon spinoffs are even within a week, and the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise, which started later than Star Trek or Doctor Who, but has been running continuously since 1979.

!!Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse
The Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse consists of the expected novels and videogames; these are somewhat infamous in many circles (compared to the ''Franchise/StarWars'' counterparts) for the casual disregard the producers of the shows often hold for them.

See also the Franchise/TrekVerse - a discussion of internal ''Trek'' history as viewed from a real-world perspective as well as how it affected modern culture.
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!Tropes common across all series:
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Self-aware computers are AlwaysChaoticEvil in [=TOS=]. Later series had more nuanced explorations of the concept.
* AlcubierreDrive: Arguable UrExample. The warp drive is described similarly in the technical manuals (though we should note they aren't considered {{canon}}) and was the inspiration for Miguel Alcubierre's theory.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: TropeCodifier via General Order Number 1, the Prime Directive, that generator of so many plot devices.
* AllGenesAreCoDominant: See Spock (human-Vulcan hybrid), Lieutenant Torres (human-Klingon), Ziyal (Cardassian-Bajoran), and others.
* AliensAreBastards: Largely averted. Alien civilizations in Star Trek run the full spectrum, from benevolent to not-so-much. Societies are mostly guided by principles of self-preservation and/or self-improvement; they differ in means. The Federation is all about cooperation and community. Others (Cardassians, Romulans, TOS-era Klingons) are about military conquest. But even those are portrayed realistically, and sometimes sympathetically, as just groups of individuals doing what they believe to be correct. Very few (the Borg, the Pah-Wraiths) are presented as being genuinely AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** Even the Borg aren't entirely evil; they [[WellIntentionedExtremist believe they're bringing other species closer to perfection by assimilating them]].
* AlmightyJanitor: Boothby, the groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy. Played by Ray Walston of ''MyFavoriteMartian'' fame.
* AlternateHistory: In ''Star Trek'', the 90s and late 80s were a genetic renaissance, and superhuman products of genetic manipulation almost threw mankind back into the dark ages. After Humanity's recovery from this, the Vulcans arrived and Humanity's technology advanced extremely quickly. All the shows take place after this.
** In some cases this is retconned or made to be more of a SecretHistory, in order to keep alive the possibility that ''Star Trek'' could hypothetically still be our future (thus retaining the positive outlook on mankind's future).
** And what happens when 2053 rolls around and WorldWarIII (hopefully) doesn't happen?
* AlternativeNumberSystem: [[AllThereInTheManual According to]] ''The Klingon Dictionary'', the Klingons used to count in a ternary (base-three) system, but have since switched over to decimal.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'' the Cardassians apparently have different numbering systems for merchant and military castes, a factor which comes up in attempting to work with their technology.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Borg who are connected to the race's HiveMind (those not connected can be good). The original series portrays Klingons and Romulans this way, although it is downplayed, since while they are always antagonists, some of them are given redeeming qualities (the romulan captain from their first story was very much an Anti-Villain). ''The Next Generation'' plays this mostly traight with the Ferengi and Cardassians.
** Both TNG (particularly the "Reunion" two-parter that featured the return of Spock) and [=DS9=] show Romulans capable of acting reasonably. In the TNG episode "The Neutral Zone" Picard and his Romulan counterpart agree to cooperate in investigating an unknown entity threatening the settlements of both powers [[spoiler: that would later be revealed as--or at least heavily implied to be--the Borg]]. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' the Romulans actually ''save'' the ''Enterprise'' from near-destruction and render aid to the crew. [=DS9=] showed that individual Cardassians were capable of being good and honorable people even if their society doesn't encourage it.
* AlwaysOnDuty: The main characters are always on the bridge whenever something interesting is happening. The only time across the entire franchise that we see evidence of any kind of watch system is in a few TNG episodes where Data is shown on midnight watch (whatever "night" is in space), once in VOY when Harry Kim is on duty, and once when Captain Sulu of the ''Excelsior'' in ''The Undiscovered Country'' gets woken up by Christian Slater.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Bolians, the Benzite and the Andorians are bright blue; Bolians evolved from aquatic mammals, and Andorians hail from an icy moon. Andorians also behave like aristocratic "blue bloods", drink blue alcohol, enjoy listening to "Andorian Blues" music, and so forth.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Bajoran Prophets are the Angels, the Pah-Wraiths and Fek'lhr are the Devils, and the various StarfishAliens (Species 8472, Devidians, etc.) and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are the Squid. Then, there are the Q, who have traits in common with all three, and can choose which one they are, depending on the day and their mood.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: What would the franchise be without this? Really?
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The Klingons love their {{Cool Sword}}s like the bat'leth, but ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' makes a point of mentioning that an old lady with a phaser is worth a dozen Klingons with melee weapons.
* ArcNumber: 47, from the middle of ''Next Generation'' on.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving
* ArtificialGravity: Rarely mentioned, but (almost) always present whenever the action takes place aboard a starship or space station.
* ArtisticLicense: Physics & Science, mostly.
* TheAssimilator: The Borg.
* AuthorAppeal: Rick Berman has admitted that he is the one mostly responsible for so much TimeTravel in the various shows. He just loves the time paradox of "this is the reason this happened [[TimeyWimeyBall but that is the origin of that event and here is where we have to make a choice as to whether this or that occurs]]..."
** Ira Stephen Behr apparently missed the memo about Trekkies generally not being fans of swing music. He admitted responsibility for Vic Fontaine, having spent weeks vetting James Darren (no relation to Bobby) for the role. Behr sympathizes with the fans' displeasure at the Vic episodes... kind of. Vic still sang a total of fourteen songs in Seasons Six and Seven of [=DS9=], including the Series Finale(!).
* AwesomeButImpractical: the Klingon bat'leth.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: James T. Kirk....At some point this became more than just a name. When he spoke it, people listened.
* BadassArmy: The Klingons wish they were these but they are more of a subversion. Starfleet qualifies, at least in space--they tend to be somewhat underprepared for extended ground combat.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: [[TheFederation Starfleet Command]] sometimes give the impression of being between this and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}.
* {{Big Damn Movie}}s: The movies feature far more action than you're likely to find in a typical ''season'' of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] or ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]''. While episodes of the series typically involve stories about exploration and dealing with touchy political issues, the movies are much more likely to involve clashes with full-on {{Card Carrying Villain}}s.
* BizarreAlienBiology: There's quite a lot of this going around amongst the races seen in the setting.
** BizarreAlienReproduction: Some of the bizarreness pops up when it comes to procreation. One of the more infamous is a species seen in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' that reproduces through mind-linking GreenRocks (and where the [[MisterSeahorse MEN]] fall pregnant).
* BoardingParty: Beaming aboard the enemy ship.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The norm, really. For Humans, the Prime Directive was a means of addressing this concept. It boils down thusly: 1) There are alien cultures out there with values and customs potentially very different than ours; 2) Said values and customs are no more or less valid than our own; and 3) we have no right to change or influence these cultures, only try to understand and respect them.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Data, Spock, and most Vulcans.
* BurialInSpace:
** Ship casualties are loaded into hollow photon torpedoes (which are conveniently shaped like tanning beds) and shot into space. This is what happened to Spock in ''Star Trek II'', before his body landed on the Genesis Planet and was mistakenly revitalized.
** GeneRoddenberry, the father of ''Star Trek'' is a real-life example, as is James Doohan, the original Scotty.
* BuryYourGays: The [=24th=] Century is not ready for same sex relationships. The closest we got was Jadzia Dax and her mate in a previous life, Dr. Kahn, both of whom had [[GenderBender switched bodies]] in the intervening years. ''Star Trek'' is considered family entertainment and this was still pretty raunchy material in the later nineties, lots of angry letters, etc.
* BusmansHoliday: For a franchise founded on skimpily-clad babes, the so-called "pleasure planet" of Risa is uncannily like Dante's Hell. Every ''Trek'' character who has flown there for some cheap sex has been met with [[ProfessionalKiller assassination attempts]], [[HoneyTrap robbery and assault]], [[DistressedDude kidnapping]], [[ManchurianAgent brainwashing]] (twice), [[WeatherControlMachine natural disasters]], [[DieHardOnAnX terrorist takeovers]], etc. Male characters in particular are met with swift punishment for trying to get laid.
* ButtMonkey: Ships named USS ''Saratoga''. Both times they've shown up onscreen, they've ended up getting a new one torn by the Threat of the Week. In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' it was the whale probe. In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'': [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E01E02Emissary "Emissary"]] it was the Borg.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Every captain, along with various other officers in temporary command.
* CloningBlues: As a rule, clones tend not to do well in the Trek universe, often meeting bad ends. Examples include the clones of Pulaski and Riker illicitly created by the Mariposans in "TNG: Up the Long Ladder" (along with the [[CloneDegeneration Mariposans themselves]]), [[TeleporterAccident Thomas Riker]], the [[DesignerBabies Jem'Hadar]] and [[ExpendableClone certain Vorta]] from [=DS9=], Shinzon from "Star Trek: Nemesis" and [[ExpendableClone Sim]] from "ENT: Similitude".
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The black and primary color uniform scheme. Only the first six films and ''Enterprise'' (though that did have the TOS colours on the shoulders of their all-blue NASA-style flight-suits) didn't follow this... though the uniforms with ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]'''s emblematic red-vest-division-turtleneck-and-black-pants is also very popular.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** In The Original Series, the Starfleet uniform colors for the different divisions were Command Yellow, Science Blue, and Operations [[RedShirt Red]]. In TNG, though, Command and Operations switched colors. Lampshaded in the TNG Blue-Rays.
--->'''Patrick Stewart''': [at cast mates] I remember when these guys were colourful. [[IAmNotSpock What happened?]]\\
'''Marina Sirtis''': We were wearing spacesuits, Patrick. We were wearing spandex.
** By the time VOY rolled around, the cargo containers were denoted by red/blue/gold lettering depending on which department they're being shipped to. The episode "Shadows and Symbols" ([=DS9=]) debuted the one time only, Starfleet-issue [[DesertPunk Bedouin outfit]]! That is not a joke; everyone gets their colored stripe even if the rest of the robe is white.
** On TNG, Cadets wore a variation on the standard uniform, but with the colors reversed: division-colored shoulderpads on black jumpsuits. This later became the attire of "[[LowerDeckEpisode lower deck]]" drones who labored within space stations and other departments; no glamorous ''Galaxy''-class explorers, they! (Cadet uniforms are usually grey, although they too underwent changes.)
** Also for many of the major races and nations, who are associated with particular colour schemes:
*** The Federation is a rich blue (on star charts, on their seal, in their warp plasma) supplemented by other light pastel shades and grey (for ship bulkheads).
*** The Klingons are red (on star charts, on their banner, their graphic displays and ship controls, their warp plasma, their transporter effect). They also prefer red lighting aboard their ships and in their buildings.
*** Romulans are deep green (on star charts, on banners and display graphics, their warp plasma, their transporter effect). Their ships also have a deep green hull colour. Interestingly Romulans have green blood (copper-based). This means the ships are ''blood colored.''
*** Cardassians are usually yellow-ochre or pink (both colours were used for their weapons - pink in their first few appearances, later yellow, their transporter is yellow-ochre, on star charts they're either yellow or pink). Their ship hulls are ochre. Their graphics and display panels use orange/beige and green, colours that sometimes appear on their cultural emblem.
*** The Dominion is [[PurpleIsPowerful purple]] (their warp plasma, on star charts; their graphics are purple and green).
*** Ferengi warp plasma and ship hulls are orange.
*** Andorians, to no-one's surprise, like white and blue, along with a pale beige.
*** The Borg favours black and a sickly green.
*** Bajorans uses gold-tan and dark red.
* CollectibleCardGame
* CommandRoster: ''Star Trek'' is likely the TropeMaker or at least set the standard of how this trope is used.
* CommunicationsOfficer: Every series has one except ''[=DS9=]'' (though in ''TNG'', Worf gets shuffled out of the position pretty quickly and nobody really replaces him).
* ContinuityLockout: Increases the further along the franchise you go. By the time of ''Enterprise'' you pretty much need a strong working knowledge of Vulcans, Romulans, Borg, Andorians, Ferengi, etc to fully understand the episodes. Often cited as a contributing factor in the demise of both the 1987-2001 TV franchise and the 1979-2002 movie franchise, and a reason why Creator/JJAbrams decided to start over (almost) from scratch in 2009.
* ContinuitySnarl: Several examples in canon. The most notorious:
** The Klingons' forehead ridges, which are not present in the original series, but are in all later ones, including ''Enterprise'', set in an earlier chronological era.
** The Eugenics Wars, which supposedly devastated Earth in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1990s]]. Unfortunately, they can't simply be forgotten as they provide the origin for one of the franchise's most iconic villains, Khan. Various attempts have been made to suggest that they were actually some kind of underground struggle between conspiracies that wasn't known to mainstream society.
* CoolButInefficient
* CoolStarship: ''At least'' one for series and film from both heroes and villains. ''Star Trek'' as a whole has, quite possibly, the largest collection of these.
* CostumeEvolution: Starfleet uniforms have changed a lot in the timespan covered by the franchise. We start with the primary color shirts and black pants of the original series, to the maroon jackets and black pants of the movies, to the jumpsuits with variations of black and primary colors.
* CovertDistressCode: "Condition Green" is a Starfleet standard duress code.
* CreatorProvincialism: From TOS all the way to the reboot movies, ''Star Trek'' is strongly American, in spite of alleged multiculturalism. Even characters explicitly from other countries, such as Picard, speak English with only a mild accent. Interestingly, while Chekov was from Russia, while Worf was raised by Russian parents, only Chekov had a distinct Russian accent.[[note]]And even then, Chekov would say things like "Wessel" rather than "Vessel" despite the Russian alphabet not having the letter 'W' or anything remotely sounding like a 'W' - in fact, Russians learning English for the first time generally have the opposite tendency, saying things like "Vashington" rather than "Washington".[[/note]] Riker had trouble with the issue of Ensign Ro Laren using the Bajoran naming convention of family name preceding given name, even though an enormous chunk of the human population (mainly in Asia) does exactly the same thing. Kirk, Sisko, Janeway and Archer were all Americans, with Picard being the sole non-American captain. It is typically treated as quaint whenever a human character exhibits cultural behavior relating to any country except for the U.S. Virtually all popular cultural references (from the past) are American, with a smattering of English here and there. Even Deanna Troi, raised on Betazed but having a human father, claims a fondness for TheWildWest genre.
* CrossOver: The various series saw many of these, beginning with The Next Generation, although events in one series rarely affected the others. The crossovers became more frequent in later years.
** The only storyline to play a major role in multiple ''Star Trek'' series was that involving the Maquis. The reason behind their existence (the creation of the DMZ) was established in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Season Seven but the Maquis were introduced in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Season Two before turning up in "Preemptive Strike", the penultimate episode of ''The Next Generation'', and forming a major part of the backstory of Chakotay and B'Elanna in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The destruction of the Maquis by the Dominion in ''Deep Space Nine'' Season Five comes back to haunt Chakotay and B'Elanna in ''Voyager'' Season Four when the ship finally makes contact with the Alpha Quadrant.
** Events from one series do occasionally impact on later ones in less direct ways though. For instance, a major part of Sisko's backstory in ''Deep Space Nine'' was the death of his wife Jennifer during the Battle of Wolf 359, which occurred in TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds". The subsequent Borg attack on Section 001, which occurred in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', is mentioned occasionally in ''Deep Space Nine'' while the Dominion War from ''Deep Space Nine'' is mentioned in ''Voyager'''s "Message in a Bottle", ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Deep Space Nine'' is the darkest of the TV shows, with its plots involving petty politics and the terrible aspects of war, as well as its less rosy portrayal of the Federation. Unlike most other examples of this trope, however, the show never fully abandoned the idealism of the rest of the franchise even in its darkest moments.
* DataPad: [=PADDs=].
* DeadlyTrainingArea: The holodecks were intended to be used for training, but they're one of the most hazardous areas on the ship thanks to {{Holodeck Malfunction}}s.
* DeathWail: The standard practice when a Klingon dies is for his/her comrades to hold their eyes open while screaming loudly to the sky to warn those in the afterlife that a great warrior is on his/her way to join them.
* DeflectorShields: A standard ship feature. Battle shields tend to get knocked down 30 - 50 percent in a few hits. Ships also have low-level shielding that keeps them from being punctured by centimeter-wide space debris at warp speed.
* DestructoNookie: Klingons.
* DressUpEpisode: most common in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] ("A Piece of the Action", "Return of the Archons", "Assignment: Earth"), but happens in''Next Generation'' a fair amount too ("The Big Goodbye").
* DrinkOrder:
-->'''Picard:''' Tea, Earl Grey, hot!\\
'''Sisko:''' One raktajino with [[RealMenWearPink a jacarine peel!]]\\
'''Janeway:''' Coffee! '''[[MustHaveCaffeine Black!]]'''\\
'''Troi:''' Hot chocolate!\\
'''O'Brien:''' Coffee, Jamaican blend. ''Double'' sweet, ''double'' strong.\\
'''Rom:''' Snail juice, extra shells!\\
'''Bashir:''' Red leaf tea!\\
'''Worf:''' [[RunningGag PRUNE JUICE! EXTRA LARGE!]]
** Apparently, the unspoken mission of the United Federation of Planets is to distribute root beer throughout the universe.
** The Ferengi specialize in an alcoholic beverage called a black hole. Want to get hammered fast? Try a black hole.
** The alcohol of choice for most Cardassians is kanar, a liquor that comes in several forms, most commonly a syrupy, dark brown liquid in a spiral-shaped bottle.
** Other drinks include Romulan ale, tranya (from TOS' "The Corbomite Maneuver" and later stocked at Quark's on ''Deep Space Nine''), something called a Cardassian Sunrise, and the famous Klingon bloodwine. Actual blood is not among the ingredients, though it is served warm (to ''simulate'' drinking the blood of one's enemies). It's also twice as potent as Earth whiskey.
* DoctorsOrders: The medical personnel can remove the captain from command.
* DueToTheDead: A good number of funeral customs, at that.
* DyingAlone
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* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Earth is both the capital of the Federation and the headquarters of Starfleet. If an alien enemy wants to seriously conquer the Federation, taking Earth is invariably seen as key to doing so.
* EmotionSuppression: The Vulcan culture has EmotionSuppression at its core.
** Roddenberry once decreed that humans ''don't grieve'' in the future. "Death is natural." This was loosened up a bit after Gene got KickedUpstairs.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Romulans vs. Vulcans.
* TheEmpire:
** The Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire and Cardassian Union. The Andorians tried their hand at becoming an imperial power in ENT, but mostly just embarrassed themselves.
** The Terran Empire rules with an iron fist in the Mirror Universe.
** The Klingon Empire in the original series qualified until they allied with the Federation. Prior to the Dominion War however, it temporarily relapsed back to the "old ways", namely with the conquest of Cardassia.
** The Cardassian "[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Union]]" is an imperial military dictatorship, run by military officials in an Orwellian body known as the Central Command, rather then one Emperor. It's more similar to Nazi Germany or the USSR then a traditional empire, controlled by a political body. The occupation of Bajor has shown the jack-booted Cardassians to be particularly ruthless.
* EpicTrackingShot: It's an interesting thing to note as the next generation of shows progressed in special effects.
* EverythingSensor: EVERY scanner is like this.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Of all the species, only the Borg and Cardassians have an excuse for this - the Borg's minimalism, and the latter's sensitivity to light. Incidentally, this is the excuse for ''Deep Space Nine'' being so dimly-lit, since it was built by the Cardassians.
* EvilMeScaresMe: ''Trek'' has a decent history of {{Evil Twin}}s, what with [[PhlebotinumBreakdown transporter accidents]] and the MirrorUniverse. There's the example of Kirk being a LiteralSplitPersonality with an aggressive, hot headed side and a passive, weak-willed but logical side and the passive side is afraid of the aggressive one. Major Kira Nerys of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' gets [[DepravedBisexual HIT ON by Mirror Kira]]. However, since the MirrorUniverse normally involves plots of being swapped with the guy on the other side (presumably to avoid having to deal with one actor being in a single scene) mostly you get the counterparts never meeting and at most Evil You Scares [-(but sexually intrigues)-] Me. Or in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'''s version, their opposite is usually dead on one side of the mirror or the other.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Borg are amazed people aren't lining up to be assimilated. [[HiveQueen The Queen]] touts it as a ''blessing.''
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Star Trek is the TropeCodifier. Consoles tend to explode in a shower of sparks whenever a ship takes damage. A frequent cause of [[RedShirt redshirt]] deaths.
* ExpositionBeam: Vulcan Mind Melds are essentially this, along with a host of other AppliedPhlebotinum uses.
* {{Expositron 9000}}: The ship/station computers. ...And Data, if you think about it.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Many examples. Most notably, the Klingons, Cardassians, and Romulans place great importance on family and honoring their elders. Of course, there are numerous ugly exceptions to those rules.
* FanOfThePast: Too many to name. You're far more likely to find a character enjoying a play, book, or movie that's a classic by ''our'' standards rather than a fictional future contemporary.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem:
** The Klingon distance unit "kellicam" is roughly equal to a kilometer.
** The Bajoran measurement system includes hecapate, kellipate, kerripate, linnipate, tessijen and tessipate.
** Computer capacity is measured in kiloquads, a unit that is very carefully never defined to avoid looking outdated when TechnologyMarchesOn.
** Subspace distortion is measured in cochranes, an SI unit named for warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane.
** Stresses are often given units of 'isodynes'. The Dyne is a legitimate unit of measure (albeit not SI), but is a measure of force (equal to 10 micronewtons). The correct usage would be 'Dynes per some unit of area'. There is no mention of what the prefix 'iso-' might represent. The prefix 'tera-' is also used (e.g. 'Hull stress at over 30 teradynes and rising!') and is more legitimate, but if that example was per square metre, the stress would be of the order of 10 megapascals - 100 times atmospheric pressure. Not a huge quantity in the grand scheme of things if you're a starship.
* FantasticNamingConvention:
** The Bajorans use their family name before their personal name.
** The Klingons have one personal name, their father's name, and then their ''house'' name. The house name is usually omitted in introductions, but the crest is worn on their metal sashes.
*** "Worf, son of Mogh, of the House of Martok" is Worf's official name after he joins Martok's house late in DS9. Worf's son Alexander Rozhenko, who is 3/4 Klingon and 1/4 human due to his mother being half human, decided to use the human naming convention, and took the surname of Worf's adoptive human parents.
** Vulcans have several conventions followed:
*** They seem to only have one name, no family name.
*** Female names usually begin with T and have an apostrophe, followed by a P. Notable exceptions include: Saavik from movies ''II'', ''III'', and ''IV''.
*** Male names usually begin with S and do not have an apostrophe. Notable exceptions include: Tuvok from ''Voyager''.
** Romulans similarly tend to have only one name with no surname.
** Ferengi also tend to have only one name, generally one syllable, with no surname.
** Trill symbionts get their names from the two beings that make them up. The first name is provided by the host, like Jadzia or Curzon, while the symbiote's name is second like a family name. Curzon Dax and Jadzia Dax are completely unrelated except for the fact that both were bonded to the Dax symbiote.
* FantasticRacism: There will always be at least a few members of each species that has issues with humans, other species, or vice versa.
* FantasticNuke:
** The [[AGodAmI Genesis]] Device, a sophisticated torpedo used for rapid terraforming of dead worlds. Ironically, deploying this on an ''inhabited'' planet has the opposite effect, destroying all life to make way for the new matrix.
** In "Chain of Command", Picard's sent to destroy a protoype metagenic weapon. Metagenic bombs wipe out all organic matter on a planet's surface, leaving only the manufactured materials intact (and the world ripe for conquest). The weapons were outlawed, in part because they were equally hazardous to the invading force; however, the Cardassians were rumored to be overcoming that problem. This turned out to be a false flag, though.
** The Vulcans use "Red Matter" to create pocket [[OurWormholesAreDifferent black holes]]. Nero got the bright idea of using it to eat a planet (specifically [[DeathByIrony Vulcan]]).
* FantasticRankSystem: Everyone except the Federation has a different one. See the trope page for more details.
* FantasticShipPrefix:
** While Starfleet ships use an existing prefix, their registry numbers had various original designations which usually began with 'N'.
*** NCC: Starfleet active. Popular misconception is that it stands for "Naval Construction Contract" but the producers never assigned it any actual meaning. Production designer Matt Jeffries said he just combined the American aircraft registry (NC) with the Soviet one (CCCC).
*** NX: Starfleet experimental. Often used for the lead ships of a class, or ships that are the testbed of new technologies. The ''Excelsior'' first appears as NX-2000 while she is running trials and carrying an experimental warp drive. Later she is granted active status and her registry changes to NCC.
*** NAR: Federation non-Starfleet. Typically seen on civilian ships.
** Klingon ships are IKS, Imperial Klingon Ship. Prior to its establishment in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', various non-canon sources, including Michael Okuda's ''Star Trek Encyclopedia'', proposed "IKC" (for "Imperial Klingon Cruiser", a term heard in Klingon radio chatter in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'').
** Romulan ships use IRW (Imperial Romulan Warbird).
** When Kirk and company fell into the Mirror Universe, they found themselves aboard the ISS Enterprise (Imperial Star Ship).
* FantasyAxisOfEvil: ''Star Trek'' tends to map over to fantasy races pretty well. Aside from the FiveRaces, you have the [[ProudWarriorRace Klingons as orcs]], the Borg are pretty close to undead, the Cardassians as xenophobic Humanoids, the Romulans countering the [[OurElvesAreBetter Space Elf Vulcans]] as Dark Elves, and the Ferengi much like goblins.
** [[TheEmpire The Dominion]]:
*** Jem'Hadar: Savage
*** Breen: Eldritch
*** Cardassians: Humanoid
*** The Founders: Fallen
*** Vorta: Crafty
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: While not fantasy, most of the major alien species have some connection to Real World counterparts. It should be considered that there is a difference between culture and politics.
** The Federation - The United States. Although, it's sort of a mixture of the United States & the United Nations. The Federation flag & the Federation Council are reminiscent of the UN Flag & the Security Council. However, unlike the present-day UN, the Federation is a sovereign government with elements common to a federal republic. Persons on Federation worlds are citizens of the Federation. That citizenship is guaranteed rights by way of the Federation Charter & Constitution, and the rights enumerated in the Federation Charter & Constitution have supremacy across all member worlds.
** Starfleet - The United States Navy. Both the Earth & Federation versions of Starfleet have individual ranks & systems of hierarchy that correspond with the USN's. The color of Starfleet personnel's uniforms are based on the specifics of their job, just as its done with the flight crews aboard USN aircraft carriers. Also, during the Dominion War, ''Deep Space Nine'' has Starfleet deployed in the numbered fleet configurations used by the USN, with the 3rd Fleet referenced as protecting Earth & the 7th Fleet all but destroyed in a failed offensive.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Self-aware computers are AlwaysChaoticEvil in [=TOS=]. Later series had more nuanced explorations of the concept.
* AlcubierreDrive: Arguable UrExample. The warp drive is described similarly in the technical manuals (though we should note they aren't considered {{canon}}) and was the inspiration for Miguel Alcubierre's theory.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: TropeCodifier via General Order Number 1, the Prime Directive, that generator of so many plot devices.
* AllGenesAreCoDominant: See Spock (human-Vulcan hybrid), Lieutenant Torres (human-Klingon), Ziyal (Cardassian-Bajoran), and others.
* AliensAreBastards: Largely averted. Alien civilizations in Star Trek run the full spectrum, from benevolent to not-so-much. Societies are mostly guided by principles of self-preservation and/or self-improvement; they differ in means. The Federation is all about cooperation and community. Others (Cardassians, Romulans, TOS-era Klingons) are about military conquest. But even those are portrayed realistically, and sometimes sympathetically, as just groups of individuals doing what they believe to be correct. Very few (the Borg, the Pah-Wraiths) are presented as being genuinely AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** Even the Borg aren't entirely evil; they [[WellIntentionedExtremist believe they're bringing other species closer to perfection by assimilating them]].
* AlmightyJanitor: Boothby, the groundskeeper at Starfleet Academy. Played by Ray Walston of ''MyFavoriteMartian'' fame.
* AlternateHistory: In ''Star Trek'', the 90s and late 80s were a genetic renaissance, and superhuman products of genetic manipulation almost threw mankind back into the dark ages. After Humanity's recovery from this, the Vulcans arrived and Humanity's technology advanced extremely quickly. All the shows take place after this.
** In some cases this is retconned or made to be more of a SecretHistory, in order to keep alive the possibility that ''Star Trek'' could hypothetically still be our future (thus retaining the positive outlook on mankind's future).
** And what happens when 2053 rolls around and WorldWarIII (hopefully) doesn't happen?
* AlternativeNumberSystem: [[AllThereInTheManual According to]] ''The Klingon Dictionary'', the Klingons used to count in a ternary (base-three) system, but have since switched over to decimal.
** In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine [=DS9=]]]'' the Cardassians apparently have different numbering systems for merchant and military castes, a factor which comes up in attempting to work with their technology.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Borg who are connected to the race's HiveMind (those not connected can be good). The original series portrays Klingons and Romulans this way, although it is downplayed, since while they are always antagonists, some of them are given redeeming qualities (the romulan captain from their first story was very much an Anti-Villain). ''The Next Generation'' plays this mostly traight with the Ferengi and Cardassians.
** Both TNG (particularly the "Reunion" two-parter that featured the return of Spock) and [=DS9=] show Romulans capable of acting reasonably. In the TNG episode "The Neutral Zone" Picard and his Romulan counterpart agree to cooperate in investigating an unknown entity threatening the settlements of both powers [[spoiler: that would later be revealed as--or at least heavily implied to be--the Borg]]. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' the Romulans actually ''save'' the ''Enterprise'' from near-destruction and render aid to the crew. [=DS9=] showed that individual Cardassians were capable of being good and honorable people even if their society doesn't encourage it.
* AlwaysOnDuty: The main characters are always on the bridge whenever something interesting is happening. The only time across the entire franchise that we see evidence of any kind of watch system is in a few TNG episodes where Data is shown on midnight watch (whatever "night" is in space), once in VOY when Harry Kim is on duty, and once when Captain Sulu of the ''Excelsior'' in ''The Undiscovered Country'' gets woken up by Christian Slater.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The Bolians, the Benzite and the Andorians are bright blue; Bolians evolved from aquatic mammals, and Andorians hail from an icy moon. Andorians also behave like aristocratic "blue bloods", drink blue alcohol, enjoy listening to "Andorian Blues" music, and so forth.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Bajoran Prophets are the Angels, the Pah-Wraiths and Fek'lhr are the Devils, and the various StarfishAliens (Species 8472, Devidians, etc.) and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are the Squid. Then, there are the Q, who have traits in common with all three, and can choose which one they are, depending on the day and their mood.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: What would the franchise be without this? Really?
* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: {{Subverted|Trope}}. The Klingons love their {{Cool Sword}}s like the bat'leth, but ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' makes a point of mentioning that an old lady with a phaser is worth a dozen Klingons with melee weapons.
* ArcNumber: 47, from the middle of ''Next Generation'' on.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving
* ArtificialGravity: Rarely mentioned, but (almost) always present whenever the action takes place aboard a starship or space station.
* ArtisticLicense: Physics & Science, mostly.
* TheAssimilator: The Borg.
* AuthorAppeal: Rick Berman has admitted that he is the one mostly responsible for so much TimeTravel in the various shows. He just loves the time paradox of "this is the reason this happened [[TimeyWimeyBall but that is the origin of that event and here is where we have to make a choice as to whether this or that occurs]]..."
** Ira Stephen Behr apparently missed the memo about Trekkies generally not being fans of swing music. He admitted responsibility for Vic Fontaine, having spent weeks vetting James Darren (no relation to Bobby) for the role. Behr sympathizes with the fans' displeasure at the Vic episodes... kind of. Vic still sang a total of fourteen songs in Seasons Six and Seven of [=DS9=], including the Series Finale(!).
* AwesomeButImpractical: the Klingon bat'leth.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: James T. Kirk....At some point this became more than just a name. When he spoke it, people listened.
* BadassArmy: The Klingons wish they were these but they are more of a subversion. Starfleet qualifies, at least in space--they tend to be somewhat underprepared for extended ground combat.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: [[TheFederation Starfleet Command]] sometimes give the impression of being between this and {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}.
* {{Big Damn Movie}}s: The movies feature far more action than you're likely to find in a typical ''season'' of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]] or ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]''. While episodes of the series typically involve stories about exploration and dealing with touchy political issues, the movies are much more likely to involve clashes with full-on {{Card Carrying Villain}}s.
* BizarreAlienBiology: There's quite a lot of this going around amongst the races seen in the setting.
** BizarreAlienReproduction: Some of the bizarreness pops up when it comes to procreation. One of the more infamous is a species seen in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' that reproduces through mind-linking GreenRocks (and where the [[MisterSeahorse MEN]] fall pregnant).
* BoardingParty: Beaming aboard the enemy ship.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The norm, really. For Humans, the Prime Directive was a means of addressing this concept. It boils down thusly: 1) There are alien cultures out there with values and customs potentially very different than ours; 2) Said values and customs are no more or less valid than our own; and 3) we have no right to change or influence these cultures, only try to understand and respect them.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Data, Spock, and most Vulcans.
* BurialInSpace:
** Ship casualties are loaded into hollow photon torpedoes (which are conveniently shaped like tanning beds) and shot into space. This is what happened to Spock in ''Star Trek II'', before his body landed on the Genesis Planet and was mistakenly revitalized.
** GeneRoddenberry, the father of ''Star Trek'' is a real-life example, as is James Doohan, the original Scotty.
* BuryYourGays: The [=24th=] Century is not ready for same sex relationships. The closest we got was Jadzia Dax and her mate in a previous life, Dr. Kahn, both of whom had [[GenderBender switched bodies]] in the intervening years. ''Star Trek'' is considered family entertainment and this was still pretty raunchy material in the later nineties, lots of angry letters, etc.
* BusmansHoliday: For a franchise founded on skimpily-clad babes, the so-called "pleasure planet" of Risa is uncannily like Dante's Hell. Every ''Trek'' character who has flown there for some cheap sex has been met with [[ProfessionalKiller assassination attempts]], [[HoneyTrap robbery and assault]], [[DistressedDude kidnapping]], [[ManchurianAgent brainwashing]] (twice), [[WeatherControlMachine natural disasters]], [[DieHardOnAnX terrorist takeovers]], etc. Male characters in particular are met with swift punishment for trying to get laid.
* ButtMonkey: Ships named USS ''Saratoga''. Both times they've shown up onscreen, they've ended up getting a new one torn by the Threat of the Week. In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' it was the whale probe. In ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'': [[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E01E02Emissary "Emissary"]] it was the Borg.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Every captain, along with various other officers in temporary command.
* CloningBlues: As a rule, clones tend not to do well in the Trek universe, often meeting bad ends. Examples include the clones of Pulaski and Riker illicitly created by the Mariposans in "TNG: Up the Long Ladder" (along with the [[CloneDegeneration Mariposans themselves]]), [[TeleporterAccident Thomas Riker]], the [[DesignerBabies Jem'Hadar]] and [[ExpendableClone certain Vorta]] from [=DS9=], Shinzon from "Star Trek: Nemesis" and [[ExpendableClone Sim]] from "ENT: Similitude".
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The black and primary color uniform scheme. Only the first six films and ''Enterprise'' (though that did have the TOS colours on the shoulders of their all-blue NASA-style flight-suits) didn't follow this... though the uniforms with ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]'''s emblematic red-vest-division-turtleneck-and-black-pants is also very popular.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** In The Original Series, the Starfleet uniform colors for the different divisions were Command Yellow, Science Blue, and Operations [[RedShirt Red]]. In TNG, though, Command and Operations switched colors. Lampshaded in the TNG Blue-Rays.
--->'''Patrick Stewart''': [at cast mates] I remember when these guys were colourful. [[IAmNotSpock What happened?]]\\
'''Marina Sirtis''': We were wearing spacesuits, Patrick. We were wearing spandex.
** By the time VOY rolled around, the cargo containers were denoted by red/blue/gold lettering depending on which department they're being shipped to. The episode "Shadows and Symbols" ([=DS9=]) debuted the one time only, Starfleet-issue [[DesertPunk Bedouin outfit]]! That is not a joke; everyone gets their colored stripe even if the rest of the robe is white.
** On TNG, Cadets wore a variation on the standard uniform, but with the colors reversed: division-colored shoulderpads on black jumpsuits. This later became the attire of "[[LowerDeckEpisode lower deck]]" drones who labored within space stations and other departments; no glamorous ''Galaxy''-class explorers, they! (Cadet uniforms are usually grey, although they too underwent changes.)
** Also for many of the major races and nations, who are associated with particular colour schemes:
*** The Federation is a rich blue (on star charts, on their seal, in their warp plasma) supplemented by other light pastel shades and grey (for ship bulkheads).
*** The Klingons are red (on star charts, on their banner, their graphic displays and ship controls, their warp plasma, their transporter effect). They also prefer red lighting aboard their ships and in their buildings.
*** Romulans are deep green (on star charts, on banners and display graphics, their warp plasma, their transporter effect). Their ships also have a deep green hull colour. Interestingly Romulans have green blood (copper-based). This means the ships are ''blood colored.''
*** Cardassians are usually yellow-ochre or pink (both colours were used for their weapons - pink in their first few appearances, later yellow, their transporter is yellow-ochre, on star charts they're either yellow or pink). Their ship hulls are ochre. Their graphics and display panels use orange/beige and green, colours that sometimes appear on their cultural emblem.
*** The Dominion is [[PurpleIsPowerful purple]] (their warp plasma, on star charts; their graphics are purple and green).
*** Ferengi warp plasma and ship hulls are orange.
*** Andorians, to no-one's surprise, like white and blue, along with a pale beige.
*** The Borg favours black and a sickly green.
*** Bajorans uses gold-tan and dark red.
* CollectibleCardGame
* CommandRoster: ''Star Trek'' is likely the TropeMaker or at least set the standard of how this trope is used.
* CommunicationsOfficer: Every series has one except ''[=DS9=]'' (though in ''TNG'', Worf gets shuffled out of the position pretty quickly and nobody really replaces him).
* ContinuityLockout: Increases the further along the franchise you go. By the time of ''Enterprise'' you pretty much need a strong working knowledge of Vulcans, Romulans, Borg, Andorians, Ferengi, etc to fully understand the episodes. Often cited as a contributing factor in the demise of both the 1987-2001 TV franchise and the 1979-2002 movie franchise, and a reason why Creator/JJAbrams decided to start over (almost) from scratch in 2009.
* ContinuitySnarl: Several examples in canon. The most notorious:
** The Klingons' forehead ridges, which are not present in the original series, but are in all later ones, including ''Enterprise'', set in an earlier chronological era.
** The Eugenics Wars, which supposedly devastated Earth in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1990s]]. Unfortunately, they can't simply be forgotten as they provide the origin for one of the franchise's most iconic villains, Khan. Various attempts have been made to suggest that they were actually some kind of underground struggle between conspiracies that wasn't known to mainstream society.
* CoolButInefficient
* CoolStarship: ''At least'' one for series and film from both heroes and villains. ''Star Trek'' as a whole has, quite possibly, the largest collection of these.
* CostumeEvolution: Starfleet uniforms have changed a lot in the timespan covered by the franchise. We start with the primary color shirts and black pants of the original series, to the maroon jackets and black pants of the movies, to the jumpsuits with variations of black and primary colors.
* CovertDistressCode: "Condition Green" is a Starfleet standard duress code.
* CreatorProvincialism: From TOS all the way to the reboot movies, ''Star Trek'' is strongly American, in spite of alleged multiculturalism. Even characters explicitly from other countries, such as Picard, speak English with only a mild accent. Interestingly, while Chekov was from Russia, while Worf was raised by Russian parents, only Chekov had a distinct Russian accent.[[note]]And even then, Chekov would say things like "Wessel" rather than "Vessel" despite the Russian alphabet not having the letter 'W' or anything remotely sounding like a 'W' - in fact, Russians learning English for the first time generally have the opposite tendency, saying things like "Vashington" rather than "Washington".[[/note]] Riker had trouble with the issue of Ensign Ro Laren using the Bajoran naming convention of family name preceding given name, even though an enormous chunk of the human population (mainly in Asia) does exactly the same thing. Kirk, Sisko, Janeway and Archer were all Americans, with Picard being the sole non-American captain. It is typically treated as quaint whenever a human character exhibits cultural behavior relating to any country except for the U.S. Virtually all popular cultural references (from the past) are American, with a smattering of English here and there. Even Deanna Troi, raised on Betazed but having a human father, claims a fondness for TheWildWest genre.
* CrossOver: The various series saw many of these, beginning with The Next Generation, although events in one series rarely affected the others. The crossovers became more frequent in later years.
** The only storyline to play a major role in multiple ''Star Trek'' series was that involving the Maquis. The reason behind their existence (the creation of the DMZ) was established in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Season Seven but the Maquis were introduced in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Season Two before turning up in "Preemptive Strike", the penultimate episode of ''The Next Generation'', and forming a major part of the backstory of Chakotay and B'Elanna in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The destruction of the Maquis by the Dominion in ''Deep Space Nine'' Season Five comes back to haunt Chakotay and B'Elanna in ''Voyager'' Season Four when the ship finally makes contact with the Alpha Quadrant.
** Events from one series do occasionally impact on later ones in less direct ways though. For instance, a major part of Sisko's backstory in ''Deep Space Nine'' was the death of his wife Jennifer during the Battle of Wolf 359, which occurred in TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds". The subsequent Borg attack on Section 001, which occurred in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', is mentioned occasionally in ''Deep Space Nine'' while the Dominion War from ''Deep Space Nine'' is mentioned in ''Voyager'''s "Message in a Bottle", ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Deep Space Nine'' is the darkest of the TV shows, with its plots involving petty politics and the terrible aspects of war, as well as its less rosy portrayal of the Federation. Unlike most other examples of this trope, however, the show never fully abandoned the idealism of the rest of the franchise even in its darkest moments.
* DataPad: [=PADDs=].
* DeadlyTrainingArea: The holodecks were intended to be used for training, but they're one of the most hazardous areas on the ship thanks to {{Holodeck Malfunction}}s.
* DeathWail: The standard practice when a Klingon dies is for his/her comrades to hold their eyes open while screaming loudly to the sky to warn those in the afterlife that a great warrior is on his/her way to join them.
* DeflectorShields: A standard ship feature. Battle shields tend to get knocked down 30 - 50 percent in a few hits. Ships also have low-level shielding that keeps them from being punctured by centimeter-wide space debris at warp speed.
* DestructoNookie: Klingons.
* DressUpEpisode: most common in the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] ("A Piece of the Action", "Return of the Archons", "Assignment: Earth"), but happens in''Next Generation'' a fair amount too ("The Big Goodbye").
* DrinkOrder:
-->'''Picard:''' Tea, Earl Grey, hot!\\
'''Sisko:''' One raktajino with [[RealMenWearPink a jacarine peel!]]\\
'''Janeway:''' Coffee! '''[[MustHaveCaffeine Black!]]'''\\
'''Troi:''' Hot chocolate!\\
'''O'Brien:''' Coffee, Jamaican blend. ''Double'' sweet, ''double'' strong.\\
'''Rom:''' Snail juice, extra shells!\\
'''Bashir:''' Red leaf tea!\\
'''Worf:''' [[RunningGag PRUNE JUICE! EXTRA LARGE!]]
** Apparently, the unspoken mission of the United Federation of Planets is to distribute root beer throughout the universe.
** The Ferengi specialize in an alcoholic beverage called a black hole. Want to get hammered fast? Try a black hole.
** The alcohol of choice for most Cardassians is kanar, a liquor that comes in several forms, most commonly a syrupy, dark brown liquid in a spiral-shaped bottle.
** Other drinks include Romulan ale, tranya (from TOS' "The Corbomite Maneuver" and later stocked at Quark's on ''Deep Space Nine''), something called a Cardassian Sunrise, and the famous Klingon bloodwine. Actual blood is not among the ingredients, though it is served warm (to ''simulate'' drinking the blood of one's enemies). It's also twice as potent as Earth whiskey.
* DoctorsOrders: The medical personnel can remove the captain from command.
* DueToTheDead: A good number of funeral customs, at that.
* DyingAlone
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* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Earth is both the capital of the Federation and the headquarters of Starfleet. If an alien enemy wants to seriously conquer the Federation, taking Earth is invariably seen as key to doing so.
* EmotionSuppression: The Vulcan culture has EmotionSuppression at its core.
** Roddenberry once decreed that humans ''don't grieve'' in the future. "Death is natural." This was loosened up a bit after Gene got KickedUpstairs.
* EmotionsVsStoicism: Romulans vs. Vulcans.
* TheEmpire:
** The Klingon Empire, Romulan Star Empire and Cardassian Union. The Andorians tried their hand at becoming an imperial power in ENT, but mostly just embarrassed themselves.
** The Terran Empire rules with an iron fist in the Mirror Universe.
** The Klingon Empire in the original series qualified until they allied with the Federation. Prior to the Dominion War however, it temporarily relapsed back to the "old ways", namely with the conquest of Cardassia.
** The Cardassian "[[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Union]]" is an imperial military dictatorship, run by military officials in an Orwellian body known as the Central Command, rather then one Emperor. It's more similar to Nazi Germany or the USSR then a traditional empire, controlled by a political body. The occupation of Bajor has shown the jack-booted Cardassians to be particularly ruthless.
* EpicTrackingShot: It's an interesting thing to note as the next generation of shows progressed in special effects.
* EverythingSensor: EVERY scanner is like this.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Of all the species, only the Borg and Cardassians have an excuse for this - the Borg's minimalism, and the latter's sensitivity to light. Incidentally, this is the excuse for ''Deep Space Nine'' being so dimly-lit, since it was built by the Cardassians.
* EvilMeScaresMe: ''Trek'' has a decent history of {{Evil Twin}}s, what with [[PhlebotinumBreakdown transporter accidents]] and the MirrorUniverse. There's the example of Kirk being a LiteralSplitPersonality with an aggressive, hot headed side and a passive, weak-willed but logical side and the passive side is afraid of the aggressive one. Major Kira Nerys of ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' gets [[DepravedBisexual HIT ON by Mirror Kira]]. However, since the MirrorUniverse normally involves plots of being swapped with the guy on the other side (presumably to avoid having to deal with one actor being in a single scene) mostly you get the counterparts never meeting and at most Evil You Scares [-(but sexually intrigues)-] Me. Or in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'''s version, their opposite is usually dead on one side of the mirror or the other.
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: The Borg are amazed people aren't lining up to be assimilated. [[HiveQueen The Queen]] touts it as a ''blessing.''
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Star Trek is the TropeCodifier. Consoles tend to explode in a shower of sparks whenever a ship takes damage. A frequent cause of [[RedShirt redshirt]] deaths.
* ExpositionBeam: Vulcan Mind Melds are essentially this, along with a host of other AppliedPhlebotinum uses.
* {{Expositron 9000}}: The ship/station computers. ...And Data, if you think about it.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Many examples. Most notably, the Klingons, Cardassians, and Romulans place great importance on family and honoring their elders. Of course, there are numerous ugly exceptions to those rules.
* FanOfThePast: Too many to name. You're far more likely to find a character enjoying a play, book, or movie that's a classic by ''our'' standards rather than a fictional future contemporary.
* FantasticMeasurementSystem:
** The Klingon distance unit "kellicam" is roughly equal to a kilometer.
** The Bajoran measurement system includes hecapate, kellipate, kerripate, linnipate, tessijen and tessipate.
** Computer capacity is measured in kiloquads, a unit that is very carefully never defined to avoid looking outdated when TechnologyMarchesOn.
** Subspace distortion is measured in cochranes, an SI unit named for warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane.
** Stresses are often given units of 'isodynes'. The Dyne is a legitimate unit of measure (albeit not SI), but is a measure of force (equal to 10 micronewtons). The correct usage would be 'Dynes per some unit of area'. There is no mention of what the prefix 'iso-' might represent. The prefix 'tera-' is also used (e.g. 'Hull stress at over 30 teradynes and rising!') and is more legitimate, but if that example was per square metre, the stress would be of the order of 10 megapascals - 100 times atmospheric pressure. Not a huge quantity in the grand scheme of things if you're a starship.
* FantasticNamingConvention:
** The Bajorans use their family name before their personal name.
** The Klingons have one personal name, their father's name, and then their ''house'' name. The house name is usually omitted in introductions, but the crest is worn on their metal sashes.
*** "Worf, son of Mogh, of the House of Martok" is Worf's official name after he joins Martok's house late in DS9. Worf's son Alexander Rozhenko, who is 3/4 Klingon and 1/4 human due to his mother being half human, decided to use the human naming convention, and took the surname of Worf's adoptive human parents.
** Vulcans have several conventions followed:
*** They seem to only have one name, no family name.
*** Female names usually begin with T and have an apostrophe, followed by a P. Notable exceptions include: Saavik from movies ''II'', ''III'', and ''IV''.
*** Male names usually begin with S and do not have an apostrophe. Notable exceptions include: Tuvok from ''Voyager''.
** Romulans similarly tend to have only one name with no surname.
** Ferengi also tend to have only one name, generally one syllable, with no surname.
** Trill symbionts get their names from the two beings that make them up. The first name is provided by the host, like Jadzia or Curzon, while the symbiote's name is second like a family name. Curzon Dax and Jadzia Dax are completely unrelated except for the fact that both were bonded to the Dax symbiote.
* FantasticRacism: There will always be at least a few members of each species that has issues with humans, other species, or vice versa.
* FantasticNuke:
** The [[AGodAmI Genesis]] Device, a sophisticated torpedo used for rapid terraforming of dead worlds. Ironically, deploying this on an ''inhabited'' planet has the opposite effect, destroying all life to make way for the new matrix.
** In "Chain of Command", Picard's sent to destroy a protoype metagenic weapon. Metagenic bombs wipe out all organic matter on a planet's surface, leaving only the manufactured materials intact (and the world ripe for conquest). The weapons were outlawed, in part because they were equally hazardous to the invading force; however, the Cardassians were rumored to be overcoming that problem. This turned out to be a false flag, though.
** The Vulcans use "Red Matter" to create pocket [[OurWormholesAreDifferent black holes]]. Nero got the bright idea of using it to eat a planet (specifically [[DeathByIrony Vulcan]]).
* FantasticRankSystem: Everyone except the Federation has a different one. See the trope page for more details.
* FantasticShipPrefix:
** While Starfleet ships use an existing prefix, their registry numbers had various original designations which usually began with 'N'.
*** NCC: Starfleet active. Popular misconception is that it stands for "Naval Construction Contract" but the producers never assigned it any actual meaning. Production designer Matt Jeffries said he just combined the American aircraft registry (NC) with the Soviet one (CCCC).
*** NX: Starfleet experimental. Often used for the lead ships of a class, or ships that are the testbed of new technologies. The ''Excelsior'' first appears as NX-2000 while she is running trials and carrying an experimental warp drive. Later she is granted active status and her registry changes to NCC.
*** NAR: Federation non-Starfleet. Typically seen on civilian ships.
** Klingon ships are IKS, Imperial Klingon Ship. Prior to its establishment in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', various non-canon sources, including Michael Okuda's ''Star Trek Encyclopedia'', proposed "IKC" (for "Imperial Klingon Cruiser", a term heard in Klingon radio chatter in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'').
** Romulan ships use IRW (Imperial Romulan Warbird).
** When Kirk and company fell into the Mirror Universe, they found themselves aboard the ISS Enterprise (Imperial Star Ship).
* FantasyAxisOfEvil: ''Star Trek'' tends to map over to fantasy races pretty well. Aside from the FiveRaces, you have the [[ProudWarriorRace Klingons as orcs]], the Borg are pretty close to undead, the Cardassians as xenophobic Humanoids, the Romulans countering the [[OurElvesAreBetter Space Elf Vulcans]] as Dark Elves, and the Ferengi much like goblins.
** [[TheEmpire The Dominion]]:
*** Jem'Hadar: Savage
*** Breen: Eldritch
*** Cardassians: Humanoid
*** The Founders: Fallen
*** Vorta: Crafty
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: While not fantasy, most of the major alien species have some connection to Real World counterparts. It should be considered that there is a difference between culture and politics.
** The Federation - The United States. Although, it's sort of a mixture of the United States & the United Nations. The Federation flag & the Federation Council are reminiscent of the UN Flag & the Security Council. However, unlike the present-day UN, the Federation is a sovereign government with elements common to a federal republic. Persons on Federation worlds are citizens of the Federation. That citizenship is guaranteed rights by way of the Federation Charter & Constitution, and the rights enumerated in the Federation Charter & Constitution have supremacy across all member worlds.
** Starfleet - The United States Navy. Both the Earth & Federation versions of Starfleet have individual ranks & systems of hierarchy that correspond with the USN's. The color of Starfleet personnel's uniforms are based on the specifics of their job, just as its done with the flight crews aboard USN aircraft carriers. Also, during the Dominion War, ''Deep Space Nine'' has Starfleet deployed in the numbered fleet configurations used by the USN, with the 3rd Fleet referenced as protecting Earth & the 7th Fleet all but destroyed
troyed in a failed offensive.



** ''Generations'' was shot this way mostly to disguise the decade-old sets. However, ''First Contact'' was filmed much the same way, despite taking place on a brand new ship, perhaps to illustrate that the Federation is at war again.

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** ''Generations'' was shot this way mostly to disguise the decade-old sets. However, ''First Contact'' was filmed much the same way, despite taking place on a brand new ship, perhaps to illustrate niggersillustrate that the Federation is at war again.



** The war between the Federation and Romulan Empire, which forms the backstory for the episode "Balance of Terror".

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** The war between the kike nigger Federation and Romulan Empire, which forms the backstory for the episode "Balance of Terror".



* HollywoodTactics: Fairly common in most of the series, particularly in firefights, where humans and aliens alike frequently fail to use cover or take evasive action. Could be partly due to early special effects limitations, as it's hard to draw phaser beams when the actors are moving around. Later shows were better about this, particularly Enterprise, which introduced actual military personnel who fought more convincingly.

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* HollywoodTactics: Fairly common in most of the series, particularly in firefights, where humans and aliens alike frequently fail to use cover or take evasive action. Could be partly due to early special effects limitations, as it's hard to draw phaser phaniggerwithajewishcuntupherassholecuntniggaser beams when the actors are moving around. Later shows were better about this, particularly Enterprise, which introduced actual military personnel who fought more convincingly.



* NoOSHACompliance: Various parts of the ships have handrails a-plenty, but virtually no seat belts (the reboot films being a notable exception.) Across multiple series and movies, time and again in the franchise, you'll see the ship rocked by explosions and characters thrown hurtling all over the bridge while the camera shakes, sometimes being hurled from one end to the other. You'd think that seat belts would become a priority after decades of this. Poor Worf doesn't even have a ''seat.''

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* NoOSHACompliance: Various parts of the ships have handrails a-plenty, a-plenIHATEBLACKNIGGERSty, but virtually no seat belts (the reboot films being a notable exception.) Across multiple series and movies, time and again in the franchise, you'll see the ship rocked by explosions and characters thrown hurtling all over the bridge while the camera shakes, sometimes being hurled from one end to the other. You'd think that seat belts would become a priority after decades of this. Poor Worf doesn't even have a ''seat.''



** The Federation's [[WellIntentionedExtremist "Section 31"]] also created a plague to kill the Changelings and win the war. It was ultimately successful, as the Changelings ended up bartering peace in exchange for a cure.

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** The Federation's [[WellIntentionedExtremist "Section 31"]] also created a plague to kill the Changelings and win the HITLERWASRIGHTthe war. It was ultimately successful, as the Changelings ended up bartering peace in exchange for a cure.



* RayGun: Phasers and disruptors.

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* RayGun: Phasers and FUCKJEWSAND NIGGE RSand disruptors.



** Janeway is described as casually flaunting the timeline so frequently it actually managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero drive Captain Braxton 'insane''.]] He comes up with something called "The Janeway Factor," meaning that you can fully expect her to blunder into any time-sensitive activities going on.

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** Janeway is described as casually flaunting the timeline so frequently it actually managed to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero drive Captain Braxton 'insane''.]] He comes up with something called "The Janeway JaSTAR TREK IS RUN BY JEWISHNIGGERSneway Factor," meaning that you can fully expect her to blunder into any time-sensitive activities going on.



** Marc Alaimo appeared as the first TNG-era Romulan and the first Cardassian on TNG before being cast as Cardassian Gul Dukat on [=DS9=].
* {{Zeerust}}: A given for the original series because of general budget restrictions of the time. Caused no shortage of FanDumb with ''Enterprise'' and the 2009 ''Star Trek'' movie because of an attempt to update. ''Next Generation'' mostly averts this even though it is over 20 years old now, mostly due to having an excellent visual designer in Michael Okuda.
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** Marc Alaimo appeared as the first TNG-era Romulan and the first Cardassian firKIKEst Kardashian on TNG before being cast as Cardassian Gul Dukat on [=DS9=].
* {{Zeerust}}: A given for the original series because of general budget restrictions of the time. Caused no shortage of FanDumb with ''Enterprise'' and the 2009 ''Star Trek'' movie because of an attempt to update. ''Next Generation'' mostly averts this even though it is over 20 years old now, mostly due to having an excellent visual designer in Michael Okuda.
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10th Jun '16 10:30:41 AM dangerdan97
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Many of the concepts from ''Phase II'' (along with some scripts) made their way into ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and the series itself is considered ''[[WordOfDante deuterocanon]]'' - not "true" canon, because it never made it to the screen, but allowed in BroadStrokes to fill a gap in Trek chronology (notice the fictional length of time between ''The Motion Picture'' and ''The Wrath of Khan'').




Many of the concepts from ''Phase II'' (along with some scripts) made their way into ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and the series itself is considered ''[[WordOfDante deuterocanon]]'' - not "true" canon, because it never made it to the screen, but allowed in BroadStrokes to fill a gap in Trek chronology (notice the fictional length of time between ''The Motion Picture'' and ''The Wrath of Khan'').
6th Jun '16 11:17:49 AM Doug86
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* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Bajoran Prophets are the Angels, the Pah-Wraiths and Fek'lhr are the Devils, and the various StarfishAliens (Species 8472, Devidians, etc.) and EldritchAbominations are the Squid. Then, there are the Q, who have traits in common with all three, and can choose which one they are, depending on the day and their mood.

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* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: The Bajoran Prophets are the Angels, the Pah-Wraiths and Fek'lhr are the Devils, and the various StarfishAliens (Species 8472, Devidians, etc.) and EldritchAbominations {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are the Squid. Then, there are the Q, who have traits in common with all three, and can choose which one they are, depending on the day and their mood.
16th May '16 10:45:33 AM Gamingboy1
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* HideYourGays: A common criticism of the franchise as a whole, especially given its tendency to be {{Anvilicious}} on a wide range of social issues such as racism, gender inequality and social class conflicts. Complaints only got louder as the franchise continued to grow throughout the 1990's, a time when many far less activist television shows had begun to include openly-gay regular characters, while ''Star Trek'' studiously avoided the topic. Often producers tried to appease critics by addressing it in very heavily metaphorical ways, typically involving the use of BizarreAlienBiology. To date, no human character has ever been anything other than heterosexual, and while things like InterspeciesRomance are commonplace, any kind of same-sex relationships are still taboo unless they can be explained as a quirk of alien culture.

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* HideYourGays: A common criticism of the franchise as a whole, especially given its tendency to be {{Anvilicious}} on a wide range of social issues such as racism, gender inequality and social class conflicts. Complaints only got louder as the franchise continued to grow throughout the 1990's, a time when many far less activist television shows had begun to include openly-gay regular characters, while ''Star Trek'' studiously avoided the topic. Often producers tried to appease critics by addressing it in very heavily metaphorical ways, typically involving the use of BizarreAlienBiology. To date, By the time that gay rights had become so accepted that only [[TheFundamentalist the most die-hard of religious fanatics]] would complain, the franchise was off the airwaves. As a result, to date no human character has ever been anything other than heterosexual, and while things like InterspeciesRomance are commonplace, any kind of same-sex relationships are still taboo unless they can be explained as a quirk of alien culture.culture.
23rd Mar '16 5:36:37 PM Nentuaby
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'''''Series/StarTrekVoyager''''' ("VOY", 1995-2001) Set from 2371-2378 -- Another SpinOff of ''Next Generation'', conceived as its successor. While searching for a group of rogue Starfleet people called the Maquis, both the title ship and a Maquis ship are flung across the galaxy and stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years and seventy-five years' travel from home (''Series/LostInSpace'' a la ''Star Trek'').

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'''''Series/StarTrekVoyager''''' ("VOY", 1995-2001) Set from 2371-2378 -- Another SpinOff of ''Next Generation'', conceived as its successor.a more direct successor to it than [=DS9=]. While searching for a group of rogue Starfleet people called the Maquis, both the title ship and a Maquis ship are flung across the galaxy and stranded in the Delta Quadrant, 70,000 light years and seventy-five years' travel from home (''Series/LostInSpace'' a la ''Star Trek'').
13th Mar '16 7:02:30 AM bud0011
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* HamAndDeadpanDuo: Kick (definitive Ham) and Spock (contrasting Deadpan)
24th Feb '16 2:08:22 PM kkhohoho
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* FeudalFuture: Earth seems to be the only planet that ever got the hang of democracy. Non-Federation worlds are depicted as imperialist aggressors (the faux-Chinese Klingons and the Greco-Roman Romulans) or peasant societies with well-oiled guillotines.

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* FeudalFuture: Earth seems to be the only planet that ever got the hang of democracy. Non-Federation worlds are depicted as imperialist aggressors (the faux-Chinese Klingons Romulans and the Greco-Roman Romulans) Klingons) or peasant societies with well-oiled guillotines.
23rd Feb '16 10:32:01 AM Darth_Rasputin32898
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And finally, ''Star Trek'' also gave rise to {{Fandom}} as we know it: when ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' began to pick up steam in syndication, fans organized conventions, wrote [[FanFic fanfiction]], dressed in costume, and generally made enough noise to keep the franchise going for nearly fifty years and counting. Every fandom since has grown from that original outpouring of fannish activity and devotion.

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And finally, ''Star Trek'' also gave rise to {{Fandom}} as we know it: when ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' began to pick up steam in syndication, fans organized conventions, wrote [[FanFic fanfiction]], [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cosplay dressed in costume, costume]], and generally made enough noise to keep the franchise going for nearly fifty years and counting. Every fandom since has grown from that original outpouring of fannish activity and devotion.
23rd Feb '16 5:44:05 AM strejda
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Borg who are connected to the race's HiveMind (those not connected can be good). The original series and ''Enterprise'' also portray Klingons and Romulans this way, and ''The Next Generation'' does likewise with the Ferengi and Cardassians.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Borg who are connected to the race's HiveMind (those not connected can be good). The original series and ''Enterprise'' also portray portrays Klingons and Romulans this way, and although it is downplayed, since while they are always antagonists, some of them are given redeeming qualities (the romulan captain from their first story was very much an Anti-Villain). ''The Next Generation'' does likewise plays this mostly traight with the Ferengi and Cardassians.
9th Feb '16 1:41:28 PM Darth_Rasputin32898
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''Star Trek'' is an iconic, [[LongRunners long-running]] science-fiction franchise with five television series and twelve movies spanning three generations of characters and four decades of television.

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''Star Trek'' is an iconic, [[LongRunners long-running]] science-fiction franchise with five live-action television series series, an animated television series, and twelve live-action movies spanning three generations of characters and four decades of television.
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