YMMV: Star Trek Online

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Admiral T'nae: Some interpret her as a Blood Knight. See here
    • Is D'Tan a genuine reformer who is doing what he feels is best for his people and honestly wants friendship with both of the remaining Alpha/Beta Quadrant superpowers (the official interpretation), a traitor to the Romulan way of life, or a particularly shrewd manipulator who is Playing Both Sides to improve the Romulans' situation?
    • Roughly the same debate plays out regarding the Romulan Republic as a whole. Some hate them and call them "space hippies" for wanting to coexist peacefully with their neighbors rather than being the scheming villains we saw in the Star Trek: The Next Generation-era shows. (The Republic military plays more towards the honor-bound soldiers portrayal of Star Trek: The Original Series, and Cryptic used Diane Duane's Rihannsu worldbuilding extensively.) Others point out that among other things, hippies don't arm ships with thalaron generators. And then there's the guys that are just openly Rooting for the Empire and want to join the Tal Shiar. This got worse with the release of "Uneasy Allies" and revealing that there were still Imperial loyalists not even connected to the Tal Shiar still around.
    • Theoretically the main reason for the Federation-Klingon War is that the Federation is heavily infiltrated by the Undine. However, in the KDF storyline the Undine aren't even mentioned until you get to the "Cloaked Intentions" episode (where the Fedside fiasco on P'Jem gets a throwaway mention while you're decoding some Tal Shiar files). Couple that with the war having actually started when the Klingons decided to return to their conquistador days and started attacking Federation colonies, and one starts to wonder if the Undine infiltration isn't really just a convenient Pretext for War.
    • Based on what the Talaxian extras are doing in "Reunion" (sitting around drinking, trading shifts to the point where nobody knows who's supposed to be on duty when, leaving spices lying around all over the place, etc.), jonsills and worffan101 reinterpreted Neelix as the Only Sane Man among a race of slackers (to the extent where he's sincerely trying to be helpful and just isn't very good at it). Worffan even adapted it into a fanfic.
    • The Kobali/Vaadwaur conflict has basically been turned into Designated Hero (the Kobali) versus Designated Villain (the Vaads). See the relevant entry in its own section below.
  • Alt-itis: The game suffers horribly from it - free players get three slots and subscribers/LTS players get 4-5 to start with and can purchase 2 or 4 more up to a maximum of 49. With three factions, three classes and multiple races (especially the catch-all "Alien"), players will want to try to get them all. However, this has caused players to be bitten in the ass as of recently due to the time-gated grinds - players who are in the mind set of Gotta Catch 'Em All wants to have their characters with all of the ships, all of the DOFFs, as much Dilithium as possible and will get really pissy because they can't. The advent of Delta Rising made this harder for many players who had accumulated multiple characters due to a number of reasons, including a lack of usable missions to level up with and the advent of the Specialization trees.
  • Anticlimax Boss: The Iconian Herald ships and troops are really no more difficult to destroy than any other endgame boss. In fact, other endgame boss races like the Undine and Vaadwaur can be more difficult to destroy and cause more damage to the players.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • At least two for canon occurrences:
      • Several missions put you in contact with Non Player Characters interested in the Hobus supernova (the one that destroyed Romulus), all of which say things that boil down to "yeah, this doesn't make one damn bit of sense", which it didn't. An arc reveals the supernova and its FTL blast wave were the result of a weapon deployed by Romulan Admiral (then Praetor) Taris at the behest of alien "dark masters", a.k.a. the Iconians.note  This is a take-off from the new movie's prequel-comic Countdown.
      • The game also acknowledges that Data is alive and commanded the Enterprise-E after Picard finally retired. This is explained in The Path to 2409 and the tie-in novel The Needs of the Many: Data's memories that were transferred to B-4 toward the end of Star Trek: Nemesis were activated, essentially restoring Data within B-4's body. Data was quite pissed about this, disagreeing that his life was worth more than B-4's, and it contributed to his decision to resign from Starfleet after the Enterprise-E's destruction, rather than command the Enterprise-F. In the Star Trek Magazine short story "Unexpected Honor" he's briefly shown trying to make a new body for B-4.
    • Cryptic did it again after they introduced the Voth. While shooting dinosaurs "with freaking laser beams attached to their heads" was fun, it was controversial at best from a story standpoint (actual armored vehicles would make a hell of a lot more sense). In Season 9, the Voth are defeated in the Dyson Sphere by the Undine, bringing back a popular but underused threat.
    • Among the reasons the season 9 Undine lockbox ships were hated was the fanon idea that Undine ships were themselves intelligent beings,note  which led to the theory that forcing them to now obey Feds, Klingons, and Romulans required Mind Rape. Delta Rising's first mission, "Mindscape", included a line from Tuvok that most Undine ships were in fact something like tools (Eric Cooper's command ship in the mission is an exception), no more sentient than a normal starship.
  • Badass Decay:
    • Inverted with Species 8472, aka the Undine. Remember that clichéd episode of Voyager in which the writers try to make them sympathetic by means of an infiltration school? Well, now we see the results of that. The reason the Klingon Empire turned on the Federation is revealed later to be that they're terrified of what the Undine agents will be capable of doing if they gain a full foothold... Interestingly, this started to set in again with the Undine. So Cryptic decided to revamp them and make them more relevant to the story again, recreating the original aversion.
    • Double Subverted with the Borg. Initially they were Demonic Spiders, a refreshing contrast to the Flanderization and Badass Decay they'd received by the time Star Trek: Voyager wrapped, but power creep in player starships turned them back into jokes: Until Delta Rising the average decently built player character would destroy dozens of Borg ships an hour when grinding STFs. This was subverted again with the modifications to the PVE difficulty to the point where some of the player base was demanding that Cryptic put back the Flanderization.
  • Better Than Canon: High-end Foundry missions are often considered to be better than even Cryptic's featured episodes, never mind the average story mission. This despite the Level Editor not having anywhere near the capabilities of Cryptic's development tools.
  • Broken Base:
    • Rifts have formed over whether it's a credible addition to the Star Trek universe, or simply a flash in the pan and not long for this world. Rifts have formed within the game as vocal Klingon players clamour for content, among other issues. Basically it's the same as any other MMO.
      • Interesting, retroactively, STO is gaining legitimacy in this regard. When it launched it was Darker and Edgier than the Star Trek Novel Verse. 4 years later and the STO Timeline is suddenly Lighter and Softer than the novel verse simply because in those 4 years several novels were released that featured the deaths of several popular characters, destroyed a few popular pairings and blew up Deep Space 9. While STO got Denise Crosby as Sela (who was one of the Killed Off for Real Novel-verse characters) and Tasha Yar, made Kira the Kai, kept DS9 and lots of publicity push from CBS, even including STO in official timelines for their comics with IDW. The base is breaking further as a result.
      • There is also the idea that STO is "not Star Trek" because of its heavy combat stance. Many players believe that STO should be about "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations" and that Cryptic is doing it all wrong and should feel bad for not doing it that way. This has lead to accusations that Cryptic has never watched Star Trek before, despite the fact that they've mentioned they've watched the series during their lunch breaks and many of the developers have Star Trek memorabilia. Others believe the question of "What is Star Trek?" to be entirely subjective and the fact that the franchise's many iterations have done many things outside of the classic opening narration is proof that STO is just as valid. It's not uncommon to see people on the forums to throw up the latest fanmade movie/game/Kickstarter/what-have-you and tell you that this is how Star Trek Online should be.
    • The Lockboxes and their related Shop Items, the Master Keys. It's basically a lottery, where you receive random loot whenever you open a box, ranging from awesome rewards (Cardassian Galor or Ferengi Marauder Starships) to near useless Junk. Most people seem to consider it a blatant rip-off, while others scramble for the shops to purchase Master Keys by the crapload. Discussion over that matter can turn very heated in short time.
      • This has somewhat cooled off after the Third Anniversary, as many of the assets made for the Lockboxes were used in the (awesome) anniversary mission "Temporal Ambassador". When the concept that the lockbox stuff could be used as team assets that could also be sold, many people shut up about the lockboxes.
    • The Foundry has its own massive debate regarding story-driven missions versus missions designed solely to raise funds. A little backstory to this one: the Foundry mission creator has a behavior for NPCs called 'timid creature'. An NPC set with this flag can be attacked and killed, but won't fight back. Missions started appearing in (and eventually dominated) the list of top-rated and popular missions simply because they were seven space maps with 25 battleships each that sat there while you destroyed them. A small group of detail-oriented Foundry authors noticed both the overabundance of these missions as well as the number of them dominating the top-rated list and cried 'exploit' at players taking advantage of them. Cryptic patched the game so that Timid Creature NPCs start to fight back when attacked, pissing the 'sit and shoot' mission fans off beyond belief. The threads on the STO forums are slowly leveling out to mostly level-headed discussion with the occasional name-calling and snarky responses thrown in, but Jesus ran three laps around the church it got out of hand for a while.
      • This came back with the release of Season 9.5 and the removal of Exploration Clusters. Cryptic realized that many players can create new areas from whole cloth and told players that they can easily make new worlds of their own to replace the lost Clusters. This infuriated the Cluster players as they felt that the Foundry was unsuited that sort of thing, that all Cryptic had to do was just fix the Genesis Engine that generated the random worlds and that if players were being asked to make these new worlds, then they should be getting paid for doing Cryptic's work (their words). While this has calmed down since then, there are a bunch of players on the forums who will constantly complain about this over and over...
    • Note: None of the above is anything that Cryptic hasn't already dealt with before. Most of the team on this worked on City of Heroes before the split between Cryptic and Paragon Studios. And let me tell you the Broken Base on City of Heroes was much worse.
    • Recently, Cryptic released a modified version of the "Crystalline Catastrophe" PVE match titled "Crystalline Cataclysm". Suddenly, you got another set of base splitting with one side raging because of the chance to be surrounded by the Terran Empire and the other saying they enjoy the challenge and that players should ignore them.
    • The Federation Avenger-class Battle Cruiser is considered horribly ugly or quite cool-looking with little to no middle ground. And then there's the GCS diehards who wish Cryptic had given its boff layout and stats to the Galaxy-X. Surprisingly, the Mogh-class, its KDF Moveset Clone, got a near-uniformly positive reception (though this is at least partly because the KDF has so few goodies to begin with).
    • The Reputation grinding, to the point where players began demanding that Cryptic revert the lower grind numbers on the test servers because they didn't want to grind for what they felt was things too high to obtain.
    • As mentioned below, the Exploration Cruiser Refit line (the Galaxy-class). Either it's an effective tank that's meant to be tough to kill and be able to help heal your teammates or that it should be a monster that murders everything on sight and Cryptic should feel bad for not making it this way. The latter group love to point out that power creep has so thoroughly outpaced the NPCs that tanks and healboats don't have a role anymore: Even the flimsiest tacscort can usually handle what the AI throws at them, so if you aren't contributing to DPS you're just slowing everyone down.
      • This has spilled over into the reworked Galaxy-X-class that was recently released. Opponents of the revisioned ship call it still useless as the Spinal Phaser Lance still misses its shots and that, even with the extra Tactical console, it's worthless DPS wise because it doesn't have a Lt. Commander Bridge Officer slot. Proponents, though, cite that the Antimatter Spread/Saucer Separation console power set grants the ship better turning, giving Dual Cannons a better shake, which increases even more once the Saucer does come offnote , that the Spinal Phaser Lance does work, especially if the targets aren't fast and that there's more to the ships than DPS.
    • PVP is a major Base Breaker for this game. Many of the naysayers have various of reasons for hating it: the imbalance of the fights as most of them end up being PuGs vs Pre-mades, the belief that the only way you win is if you have Fleet/Lobi/Lockbox ships outfitted with Mk XII/Fleet gear, thus selling into the idea that STO is actually Pay-2-Win, that any attempt to sell PVP to others is doomed to failure, etc. This was driven home when a Guest Blog written by a prominent player on PVP was put up and 3/4ths of the replies outright attacked it using those reasons.
      • This has gotten worse with a recent patch that put PVP-related dilithium-granting missions on the same 20-hour cooldown as other missions. Some see it as a needed thing, trying to cut down on rampant bot farming. The others, especially PVP players, see it as a nerf to force them to spend more money on the game than just using dilithium.
    • Whether or not TOS-era ships should get Tier 5 refits, something CBS has vetoed. Proponents essentially point to Rule of Cool. Opponents point to the fact that the game is set in 2409, which makes the Constitution-class over 150 years old, and that just because the also-century-plus-old Excelsior-class is already at T5 doesn't mean it should be. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that the T2 cruiser apparently doesn't get a T5 refit, unlike its escort and science vessel counterparts, because it has a Connie Refit skin. This one got to the point where the forum moderators actually put a moratorium on further threads about it. (Cue Obvious Rule Patch when T6 ships were announced and Rules Lawyers decided there was no rule against asking for a T6 Connie.)
    • Whether or not the Federation should have Cloaking Devices or be allowed to use Cloaking Devices. Proponents point out that the canon reasoning, the Treaty of Algeron, doesn't really work with the Romulan Republic as it was made for the Romulan Star Empire, thus they should be free to use them again. As well, the Defiant, Galaxy-X and Avenger can use it, so all other ships should. Opponents point out that the Federation is supposed to be good guys, thus not sneaking around. As well, the Defiant and Galaxy-X were special cases and the Avenger was designed to use Cloaking as an optional function, not a main one. And then we have the folks who Take a Third Option and just want the cloak on the particular Starfleet ships that already possess it to be a built-in power rather than having to use a console slot. Finally, there's the argument that somebody has to be the side that can't cloak, or PVP matches would devolve to waiting for somebody to get bored and decloak just to get something to happen.

      It doesn't help that the game itself can't seem to make its mind up, given two seemingly contradictory bits of exposition. The Path to 2409, Volume 16 notes that there was a big kerfuffle with the RSE's Remnant in 2395 over another Starfleet cloaking experiment, ending with the President of the Federation banning them by executive order in the interest of peace. Then the flavor text for the Defiant/Galaxy X/Avenger cloaking console goes and states that it's an exception to the treaty. The Tier 6 intel ships with integrated cloak just made things worse, even though the Klingon and Romulan versions got battle cloak and enhanced battle cloak respectively.
    • Season 8's use of the Voth as the Monster of the Week, with their ground mooks including bioengineered dinosaurs with freaking laser beams on their heads. Part of the fanbase thought it was ridiculous, illogical from a story standpoint, and/or non-Star Trek, the other pointed out dozens of other equally ridiculous things from the franchise.
    • The game's Power Creep is easily this. Does it exist or is it just a bunch of whiny n00bs who got pummeled in PVP and want Cryptic to make it easier? If it does exist, does it need to be toned down or left alone? Whatever you do, don't touch the Romulans, even if the devs have admitted that those guys are way too powerful.
      • This has now evolved into a war of finger-pointing concerning the post-Delta Rising queues. Recently, certain high-end players have been posting videos of them beating certain missions with the DPS reaching in the hundreds of thousands. Players in the low-end of the DPS spectrum are angry at these players because they feel it's their fault the queues are now harder. The "wizards", as they like to call themselves, point the finger at Cryptic for being completely out of touch with their player base. This wasn't helped at all by a comment made by Rivera stating that the queues being so low was a display bug.
    • Some feel this way about the Iconians showing up at the end of the "Surface Tension". Some felt it was about time we saw them, others felt that with the Iconians advanced technologies they should have just kicked a bomb through the gate and killed everyone right then and there.
    • The Season 9 changes have prompted a strange discussion between whether the game was better through subscriptions or with Free-2-Play. The subscription supporters believe the game was better under this period due to a complete lack of grind- and time-gated-related items, the lack of Lockbox and Lobi ships, most of which have been ships from antagonistic groups and that this would give the developers more time to "fix bugs" than to develop things that the supporters feel are not worth it. F2P supporters point out that under their model, the game has flourished, that the game was actually bleeding people under the subscription models and that, under the F2P model, Cryptic has been attempting to fix bugs that have been languishing since those early days.
      • Alongside this is the Free-2-Play model itself. Some find the fact that a lot of the things in game being sold is excessive and that other games don't have this level of paying gear. Others find the model to be just fine, that other games, such as Star Wars: The Old Republic actually punish players for playing Free-2-Play to force them into subscriptions. Then, there's a third group who is fine with the F 2 P model, they just wish Cryptic's items weren't so damn expensive. This was exemplified with the T6 ships, coming in at $30 USD a ship, $60 for a three-pack and $120 for a nine-pack. While it is expensive, many have pointed out that while ships are expensive, the content is free and something needs to pay for that content.
    • It's not uncommon that, whenever the Bonus Dilithium Event rolls around or a new Dil sink is created in-game, there is a major call for the Refining cap (8000 for F 2 P players, 8500 for those in a fleet or subscribers/lifers, 9000 for subscribers/lifers in a fleet) to be either raised or removed completely. The players who want it changed point out that they can't actively use their Dil until they have it fully refined and with so many items out there that require it, the cap is majorly cumbersome. The players who don't point out that removing it will cause the Dil/Zen exchange rates to spiral out of control as those with the money and the dilithium would easily control the market, making it hard, if not impossible, for casual players to use it. Those who want the change are either ignorant of the implications or just don't see how that's a bad thing.
    • The swimsuit issue involving the Risa Summer Event for 2014. Cryptic designed a bunch of swimsuits for men and women, but restricted them to only Risa. Players who want the swimsuits everywhere point out that Cryptic allows people to not only run around in other era uniforms, but also formal wear and other odds and ends. Also, Orions and Mirror Universe uniforms. Players who don't point out that this would give incentive to ERPers and many people do not want that. When a bug accidentally allowed players to go elsewhere with swimsuits, supporters called Cryptic "liars" for "going back on their word".
    • Delta Rising as a whole, easily making it a Contested Sequel. A lot of the bile and anger towards Delta Rising is mostly towards the PVE queues as they had been revamped into three difficulty settings. However, thanks to a bug along with overcompensating on HP and shield totals, once easy and (admittedly) boring runs through the former Elite (now Advanced) queues lead to fights taking ages if not outright impossible to beat without high DPS machines and even then... This is also coupled with the fact that they toned down the Dilithium rewards so that just beating the matches only netted you half of the old amounts and beating a match with optionals netted you the old totals. This has greatly divided the player base as one group demands that Cryptic drop everything and reset everything to the way it was right this minute, with their big argument being that they're going to drive away their casual player base (without actually knowing how the casual player base is feeling), while the other group finds the challenge exciting and are telling the other players to "git gud".
    • The "Tau Dewa Patrol" fix has really divided players. When players found out that mobs were not scaling to levels, players took advantage of it to rapidly gain levels and gather all of the Specialization Points. When Cryptic discovered what was going on, they shut down Tau Dewa, fixed the problem and punished the players who were actively gaming the system by taking away their EXP and Points, though, in the process players who have apparently gotten their points fairly were hit in the process. Players affected by this have been insulted and angered over this, calling Cryptic every name in the book, claiming that what they were doing wasn't an exploit and that Cryptic was just butthurt that players found a way to power grind the levels instead of sticking them in the Delta Quadrant. Players who were either not affected or affected but realized they were wrong are more angry at the angry players because they feel they're being entitled for their actions. Things got worse when EP Stephen D'Angelo finally stepped in and explained what was going on. While many were placated by this and just called D'Angelo to look things over to make things better, others called his explanation "bullshit" and still hung on to the idea that they were not in the wrong. The Internet Counterattack was so severe that Cryptic backpedaled and gave everybody's points back.
    • Oddly, the upcoming remastering of the Federation's Romulan Mystery episodes (minus the "Cloaked Intentions" Featured Episodes series) has divided players. To some, the original missions were boring, buggy and a pain to go through, so seeing them go is a good thing. To others, they actually liked these missions as the need for filler between the stories was needed and some feel that this is trying to shove more of the Iconian subplot into things much earlier. As well, they feel that the removal of the mission "Divide et Impera” is nothing more than Cryptic sweeping away the idea that a Federation character performed war crimes and not trying to follow it up. They also feel that the removal of the missions is nothing but Cryptic trying to force players into the grind.
    • The Kobali Cruiser introduced for the fifth anniversary has an odd one that isn't a Tier-Induced Scrappy reason - many people love the look of the ship and can handle the layout of the ship. They just don't like the fact that it was made by the Kobali. For one reason, see Designated Hero above (another reason cited is that it's the anniversary ship — previous anniversaries have had faction-specific ships).
    • The February 26, 2015 patch that, among other things, gave Dil bonuses in missions, increased XP gains and set Tau Dewa's patrols to the same tune as the Delta Quadrant's and the expense of placing a lockout on effectively grinding a certain patrol mission. The point of contention is that some players feel that they shouldn't be Railroaded into doing all of the patrols and if they want to park their keister in Argala and grind there, then they will, gosh darn it! There was also the fact that mission replays gave out less Dil than they did during first play, with many players believing that they should still gain the same number of Dil no matter what
      • This expanded into a later patch that normalized Dil bonuses in Patrols. Some felt that the bonuses they got before was just TOO good and are fine with the changes and others feel that Cryptic was going back on their word in saying that they were giving players the amount of dil according to how long you played there.
    • The revelation of the Jem'Hadar Strike Ship. This infuriated players with its arrival as it made them feel that their T5-U Jem'Hadar Attack Ship was now permanently obsolete by its existence, that it was a slap to the face for the players who paid out of their nose to get the JHAS in the first place and the assumption that this was false advertising because they said the JHAS would be made T6 and they created this instead. When the stats came out, the divide was a little more clearer, between the players who felt gypped by this ship's existence and the players who are just rolling their eyes and mentioning that this what happened when the JHAS came out. Then, there's the people who just want to know if the JHSS unlocks the JHAS pets.
      • The main crux of the rage stems from a post made during the last promotional giveaway involving the JHAS stating that the ship would made to have "T6 Capabilities" during the time before Delta Rising. This lead to many players believing (perhaps erroneously) that they would make the JHAS an actual T6 ship and not turn it into a T5-U, which is what happened. The anger was not subdued by SalamiInferno clarifying that the JHAS was indeed meant to be T5-U only, that the post was written before T5-U was announced and that they would modify the original post. In a repeat of the Fleet Patrol Escort Refit incident, players are still demanding that their JHAS be instantly transformed into JHSS.

        This came back with the arrival of the Elachi Sheshar Dreadnaught. The original ship was given an Intel-based seating, but when the ship promo came back, they had given it a Command-based variant as well. Many players saw this as "bad marketing", stating that Cryptic needs to keep the players in the loop with these things. Other players found it made them dread the return of the Jem'Hadar Strike Ship, as they knew there'd be one coming up that brought in Pilot abilities. And a third group just shrugged their shoulders and went "meh" because Command powers suck.
    • The upcoming Delta Recruitment event is being seen as this. While many players are plotting to create new characters to get Cryptic to notice the other races (and give the KDF and Romulans more neat ships), many other players are brushing it off, proclaiming that the game is still too alt unfriendly, that Cryptic shouldn't make an event that only caters to new characters (though it's obvious this is also meant to draw in new players, plus that the event gives bonuses to other characters you have) and that it's nothing more than Cryptic trying to regain players after the "obvious" failure of Delta Rising. There is also a third group who is only creating these characters just so they can get the special perks and that, once the event is over, they're either going to be deleted or become nothing more than Contraband mules.
    • The usage of voice actors and, even more, the usage of Star Trek alumni. While the usage of voice actors to give many of these characters life, especially returning characters, many players feel that it's a waste and the time and money put into them should just go back into making the game and fixing bugs. This got worse when "Uneasy Allies" was released and the revelation that Cryptic became SAG-certified became known, coming as it did at the cost of at least two preexisting VOs' jobs (Gabriel Wolf, playing Gaius Selan, and Jon St. John, who played Chancellor J'mpok).
    • When it was discovered that Cryptic was modifying a set of DOFF assignments to match their XP rewards better (or so claimed), namely the 12-to-15.9-hour set, players got into an uproar over it, with two major camps forming over this - the working as intended group and the group that says the system is horribly off-balance. The point of contention comes from a set of notes from the DOFF system creator "Heretic" when it was set to go live, stating that this was meant to be another way to level up your character without playing missions. Some say that how it was was always meant to be like this, that there was supposed to be a set that was better than the rest and that's how you leveled up. Others point out that, as it stands, it is incredibly unbalanced and point out that the 20+ hour missions give way less than the rest below them.

      This wasn't helped at all by "Borticus" and "CaptainGeko"'s responses. "Borticus" attempted to explain through simplistic terms how things were (specifically going "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 40, 3, 2, 1") and saying that they were modifying the odd one out. The first camp suggested instead of modifying the odd one out, they instead make all of them odd ones out. "CaptainGeko" did something similar and when players tried to explain, "Geko" blocked them from Tumblr.
    • The Lohlunat Pearl incident. Many players were outraged at the fact that Cryptic was planning on retiring not only the Pearl items used to collect ships, but also the two T5 ships (and most likely the Breen ships in the winter event and the Q Autographs). A few of players felt gypped because either they never got it for a certain toon or they could never get it at all because of Real Life. Another few felt angry because they felt that Cryptic was punishing them for "playing smart" - in this case, using their alts to essentially hoard Pearls so that they could cash it in the very first day, get the ships then and never have to worry about it until next year. Despite "SalamiInferno's" explanation for the changes - essentially because those "smart" players' actions were hurting the event - a number of people are still incensed at this, mostly because now they have to work for their ship instead of "playing smart".
    • The idea of "playing smart". In recent months, Cryptic has gone out of its way to invalidate certain ways to earn bonus currency due to players using certain Loophole Abuse to gain more or, even more, trying to obtain new "shinies" without doing the event. Some of these including holding on to Event Reputation (like Mirror Incursions and Crystalline Cataclysm) or normal Reputation (like Battle Group Omega or New Romulus) to gain extra Dilithium or having Alts run holiday events so that they can just get the next new ship next year and not bothering to play in the event. Many players have taken offense to that, stating that this was how Cryptic set it up and that they're just butthurt that their "precious metrics" are being hurt. Others point out that, yes, this was how Cryptic set things up, but they didn't expect a bunch of freeloaders taking advantage of it.
    • The death of Kahless in "House of Pegh". While everyone agrees that gloating to a wounded yet still alive Iconian wasn't the best idea in the bunch, the fandom is divided on his fate. Was his death fitting for a Klingon, to go out in a blaze of glory in battle, or was it a senseless death capping off an equally senseless mission? This is made even worse by the fact that Kahless is only seen in the KDF story, thus making this a moment of Remember the New Guy should one have not watched the previous series beforehand.
  • Complete Monster: Colonel Hakeev of the Tal Shiar was already a solid candidate before the release of Legacy of Romulus, and that expansion only confirmed that he's the single most evil character in the game. He abducted entire colonies of innocent Romulans for horrific experiments into Borg technology, attempted to massacre most of the 'inferior' Remans and drive the rest back into slavery, arranged sadistic gladiatorial events to determine the combat potential of various species (sentient or otherwise), and was the person truly responsible for triggering the Hobus supernova, with all its apocalyptic consequences. To add icing to the cake of concentrated dickery, he's the only Iconian agent in the story who is Not Brainwashed and not tricked either - he just thought that enslaving and exterminating the 'lesser races' at the behest of his 'Dark Masters' sounded really, really awesome.
  • Contested Sequel: If we count expansions, then Delta Rising is certainly this. There are a number of reasons that lead to this with two of the biggest being the increased amount of XP needed to level up compared to the amount of XP earnedExplanation  and the increased difficulty of the former Elite PVE missions, now Advanced, and the decreased rewards.Explanation , these changes leading players to get on their high horse and declare that the game was "no longer for casuals". It also didn't help that this was released around the same time franchises like Assassin's Creed, Halo and Pokémon came out with new installments. On the other hand, the reception of the writing and art quality for the storyline missions ("Revelations" in particular) has been overall positive, albeit the writing is frequently considered to be out-of-character if you're playing KDF.
  • Crack Is Cheaper:
    • Purple-quality female Orion bridge officers can run in the hundreds of thousands of credits on the exchange because in addition to the Sex Sells issue (Orion women get highly Stripperiffic costume options), their racial ground power is better than that of Orion males. Meanwhile, Romulan boffs with Superior Romulan Operative and Reman boffs with Superior Subterfuge (only available on blue and purple quality boffs) invariably cost millions. This is partially because the traits are just that good, and partly because of supply and demand: the devs never thought to give the Romulan Republic boff recruitment assignments so the only source of high-grade RRF boffs is the freebies you get as you level a character.
    • The Lockbox ships and the giveaway ships such as the Jem'Hadar Attack Ship and the Voth Bulwark Dreadnought Carrier. Trying to buy these ships on the exchange require you to have a bank account higher than Donald Trump (ESPECIALLY the JHAS and the VBDC) and trying to get one from the Lockboxes or the Romulan Survivor packs can cost you upwards of at least $300 USD. Many players who despise these ships constantly claim that the only way to stop them from showing up in the future is to stop purchasing Lockbox keys and the like, but seeing as many people tend to buy the keys just to sell them on the exchange, it doesn't seem like this is going to stop any time soon. The JHAS is especially frustrating because getting one is the only way to unlock JHAS hangar pets for the Jem'Hadar Escort Carrier and Dreadnought Cruiser.
    • The Bundle packs tend to avert this as they usually will cost at least 1/3 less than buying the entire thing. Some good examples of this include the Legacy of Romulus Legacy Pack (which net you virtually everything Romulan outside of the Scimitar-related ships and one other) and the Dyson Science Destroyer complete set.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • A lot of accusation towards the Federation, due to the fact that they have the most expansive collection of ships, better outfit choices, a more complete story, etc. etc.
    • Also the Excelsior-class, which as a DPS cruiser easily outperforms the half-century-newer Galaxy-class (see Tier-Induced Scrappy). This one has more truth to it than most considering Geko openly says the Excelsior is his favorite ship. Finally rectified with the Andromeda-class, which can use the GCS as a skin.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: See page.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Most of the music in the game is merely okay. And then you start fighting Romulans.
    • The main theme starts off with a classic Trek feel, then halfway through kicks off into a rousing orchestra piece that makes you want to jump into your ship and take on the whole galaxy.
    • Legacy of Romulus has a truckload of great music, as befits its status as the game's Growing the Beard expansion pack. Particular highlights:
      • The primary theme for New Romulus. You'll hear this primarily in the Staging Area, but you can hear it anywhere, since it's long.
      • The "Virinat theme", which greets newbie Romulans and is the theme of the colony while it's at peace. Later on, it also serves as cruising/ambient music for when you're doing various heroic things as a Romulan character - since you never forgot Virinat and are carrying on its legacy.
      • And then, of course, "Return to Virinat".
      • The already awesome Romulan battle theme gets new variations that are usually played when fighting the Tal Shiar or Elachi as a Romulan.
  • Demonic Spiders:
    • Klingon Swordmasters almost always make a beeline straight for the player, outright disregarding the rest of the landing party, no matter how well they've been armed. This wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that Swordmasters are dual disruptor pistol wielding, BFS-carrying, seriously pissed off damage sponges capable of killing players in seconds at lower levels. Such as all of the Lieutenant grades. Note that every enemy you encounter has their own Bad Ass Mook equivalent, but for the majority of the early game, the Swordmaster will be the bane of many a PCs existence.
    • Fast forward to the next step in the Sorting Algorithm of Evil and you'll meet the Reman captains, who can spawn telepathic clones of themselves and attack with shield-piercing psionic attacks. Even at low difficulty levels, many players have complained of wiping again and again against these guys.
    • The Borg. At maximum admiral level with the top tier weapons, shields and extras, and all the right skills, you can take out a single Borg cube. But it will drain the hell out of your shields and hold you in a tractor beam while doing it, all while burning through your hull and lobbing extremely devastating torpedoes at you. Expect to be at half hull strength by the time the battle is over. Plus you'd better be far away when it dies or the blast will finish you off. If you end up facing anything more than a single Cube (even a cube and a few probes, or a cube and a sphere), you will barely survive if you choose to run instead of fight. And if you blunder into a Borg fleet of two cubes or more, you'll become a rapidly expanding vapour in less time than it takes to order "Evasive! Emergency power to engines! RUN FOR IT!".

      At least, that's how it used to be. The NPCs haven't kept up with the Power Creep and now it's not unheard-of to have players soloing entire groups in Borg Invasion dailies. And then Cryptic fell back on using the Borg for The Worf Effect when the Vaadwaur were introduced, just like Berman and Braga had done with Species 8472.
    • Speaking of Romulans, Romulan Warbirds (D'deridex-class) have the Viral Matrix ability, which launches a probe that disables your ship's systems (such as weapons or engines) for a few seconds. Along with a Tractor Beam (if you get close enough) and a few Heavy Plasma Torpedoes, they can be very annoying.
    • The Tholians. Go to down to Nukara in the Neutral Zone. You'll see why after being chased across the map by Tholians you happened to be withing 100 feet of 5 minutes earlier.
    • The True Way have the Keldon Class. While on the lower end of the Demonic Spiders scale, they have a number of very cheap moves that can make them hard to beat. For example, they can crap out three "photonic Galors," hit you with a massive torpedo spam attack that will make you wish you could hit the "brace for impact" button faster, and attacks that will drain your shields rather rapidly.
    • Most likely set up intentionally with Voth starships, at least if you're flying a typical Glass Cannon-build tacscort. They build Mighty Glaciers that can put up an indestructible shield that will outlast most escort Alpha Strikes (and with higher-level mobs, actually pays the damage back), and their Beam Overloads and transphasic chroniton torpedoes hurt. You're best off fighting fighting fire with fire from a cruiser.
    • The updated Undine starships are also this. Their Beam Overload attacks will knock you back hard if you're struck by one, their High Yield Torpedoes will grind your ship to a halt and that's not even counting the fact that they're one of the groups who will pull off the nerve wracking Chain Holds on you.
  • Designated Hero/Designated Villain: The Kobali and Vaadwaur in Delta Rising's Kobali Prime Battlezone. The game attempts to portray the former as a peaceful people under attack by a race of genocidal maniacs. However, the Kobali are holding huge numbers of Vaadwaur as Alien Popsicles and using the failed stasis pods for reproductive stock, and tell a series of baldfaced lies as to why the Vaadwaur are after them to the Alpha Quadrant Alliance captains attempting to help them. Later it turns out they've also been using Vaad battlefield casualties. And then there's the fact that their standard response to a resurrectee rejecting the lifestyle is to kidnap them by force and brainwash them (see Jhet'leya and Keten).

    Compared to this the worst thing the Vaads do on Kobali Prime (besides being the aggressors in a war of conquest) is try to infect everyone on the planet, including themselves, with a countermeasure for the Kobali reproductive virus and use chemical weapons against the Kobali (which, a starship is already a Weapon of Mass Destruction through Orbital Bombardment if nothing else, and the Romulans have thalaron weapons on some of their ships). This, coupled with the irritatingly upbeat, Culture Justifies Anything attitude of the Kobali, has led a fairly large segment of the fanbase (particularly KDF players) into Rooting for the Empire. (Gaul goes Jumping Off the Slippery Slope shortly thereafter in "All that Glitters", but the damage is done.) Also worth noting, Gaul was the only senior Vaadwaur commander who was actually doing evil deed of his own will. The rest were bluegill hosts, raising the possibility that they wouldn't have gone along with him if they'd had a choice.
  • Disappointing Last Level: The Federation, KDF and Romulan Republic all have three unique storylines, though the Federation detours into a Featured Episode partway through. After the end of those stories, all three deal with the same things: they go to Nimbus III, they help the Remans and stop the Tal Shiar, they go to the Beta Quadrant and rescue Deep Space 9, deal with the Breen, the Borg and the Undine. While these missions do net you some very valuable, after playing them numerous times, they tend to get tedious, especially the Nimbus missions, which force you to travel great distances just to get to point A to point B. This is why many players tend to just spam the hell out of Borg incursions and Mirror Universe Invasion PVE missions to level up, even if the story missions allow you to level up almost instantaneously.
    • Cryptic is aware of this and has started to work on it a little bit, first by adding new Featured Episodes at the end of the storylines and second, by announcing that they are revamping and retconning the old last level missions (specifically the underwhelming and annoying Borg and Undine arcs).
  • Discredited Meme: At least at the Reddit forums, they are getting really tired of people referencing the memes spawned by the whole Tau Dewa Patrol debacle.
  • Dork Age: There are a few that are universally panned. The two being:
    • Season Four: Crossfire. Season Four took place during the infamous "Great Content Drought", with the only thing being majorly added was a revamp of the ground shooting system and changing up the Borg.
    • Expansion Two: Delta Rising. While many players laud the voicework and the storytelling, players found the sudden EXP jump between levels and the harder ST Fs to be unbearable. This is exacerbated by the fact that, unlike Legacy of Romulus, the Delta Rising logo was quickly replaced with the Iconian War logo once Season Ten dropped.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: While the gameplay gets very repetitive after awhile (shoot some ships, beam down, shoot bad guys, beam up, shoot more ships...), the storyline gives continuity for Trekkies on what happened in the Prime universe after the supernova event depicted in 2009's Star Trek.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: A few of them.
    • Linnea, Admiral Quinn's secretary for being an Ocampan. She has no backstory or even Cryptic written dialogue (she is a foundry contact though), but still very popular.
    • Lt. E'genn, a research on ESD who's claim to fame is over him not understand the concept of what "egghead" means, hence his nickname, Egg. This was used to great effect when Surface Tension released, revealing him as an Undine.
    • Admiral T'Nae, for being an axe crazy Blood Knight Vulcan.
    • Ambassador S'taass, for several reasons - being one of the most fleshed out KDF characters, someone who doesn't like the Empire entirely and yet is their top ambassador, Deadpan Snarker, and willing to rip Jem'Hadar apart with his claws.
    • Hakeev, for being such a great Love to Hate villian.
    • Admiral Tuvok, not only for being a canon character but also for being a Reasonable Authority Figure, and the most Dangerously Genre Savvy person in-game.
    • Captain Akira Sulu, no reason to tell you why.
    • Eldex, the Token Heroic Vaadwaur of Delta Rising, who makes common cause with the Alliance to overthrow Gaul. Given the perception of the Vaads as the storyline's Designated Villain, there are frequent calls by forumites for the Alliance to open peace negotiations with him.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Already suffering from this. Not helping is the fact that Star Wars: The Old Republic has gone Free To Play as well, leading to something of a revival of the Ur-fandom rivalry.
    • Also has an internal one between the players who prefer the Federation, players who prefer the Klingons and the players who prefer the Romulans. Federation players usually want the cloaking ability the Klingons and Romulans have, the Klingon and Romulan players want the expansive set of ships the Federation has and the Federation and Klingon players wish the Romulan players weren't so overpowered.
    • The STO Forums has lead to an interesting schism of sorts because of the highly vitriolic culture that has been cultivated on there. The big one is "STO Forumites vs. everyone else"; the vitriolic culture that exist on the main forums tend to leave more level headed players to head for other message boards, most notably the /r/sto board ran by the Fleet REDdit ALERT. Thus, it is not uncommon for both sides to have negative views of each other - those on the main forums see the /r/sto board to be ran by "dev butt kissers" who would downvote anyone who dares claim that STO isn't perfect while those on the /r/sto boards are just fed up with the main boards that there's a rule stating that only posts from devs and community moderators are allowed to be linked from the board.

      However, even this has spilled over into the /r/sto boards as of recently as a number of readers have been quick to attack recent decisions made by Cryptic. It has gotten to the point where extremely inflammatory changes, such as the DOFF XP alterations and the Lohlunat Pearl and Risa T5 ship removals, have had the admin for the board approach the page and attempt to quell the fighting, only to be downvoted into oblivion and told off by those readers, claiming that they need to be heard. Other readers, who either try to rationalize what's going on or go for a more positive spin on things, are similarly downvoted. It's not uncommon to see replies who insult Cryptic and parade themselves as saying that STO is dying to be upvoted like crazy while more rational posts are downvoted because just because they side with Cryptic.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Split-Beam Rifles have a secondary attack that allows you to split the energy beam and hit up to 3 separate targets at once. The attack itself does considerable damage (just slightly less than the sniper shot from a sniper rifle) and each beam proceeds to do full damage to each target, making it easy to take out multiple enemies faster instead of just focusing on one enemy at a time.
    • The Romulan Hyper-Plasma Torpedo Launcher. It combines the two torpedo skills, firing salvos of three heavy plasma torpedoes at a time. These torpedoes do AoE and DoT (Area of Effect and Damage over Time), and while they can be targeted and destroyed, if their own target is destroyed before they get there, they'll find a new one. If you use the High Yield torpedo skill, each torpedo in your next salvo does double damage. If you use the Torpedo Spread skill, you fire two heavy torpedoes each at three, four, or five targets, depending on your skill level. With the right combination of gear and duty officers, you can increase the chance of reduced cooldown to the point where you are almost constantly firing hyper-plasma torpedoes. The High Yield and Torpedo Spread abilities above do not affect cooldown, either.
      • For added damage, the rest of the Romulan Singularity Harness set - the Zero-Point Energy Conduit and the Experimental Romulan Plasma Beam Array - make it even more dangerous. The ERPBA dishes out continued high damage beam shots without draining your energy. The Zero-Point Energy Conduit gives you more power to use while increasing your chances for a Critical Hit. Two of those pieces increase your attack power and all three turns your Beam Array into a powerful DoT-inflicting weapon.
    • The Plasmonic Leech of the Vandal Destroyer. When you use this, energy from all four substations (weapons, shields, engines and auxiliary) are drained and placed onto your ship. This makes Klingons and KDF-allied Romulans dangerous as they can keep their energy levels sky high and dish out almost constant high-level attacks. Feds and Fed-allied Romulans can get this off of the Exchange, but they're highly expensive.
    • The Valdore's Shield Absorptive Frequency Generator, which gives you a chance to fully heal your shields for 200% of the damage dealt. This makes Romulans even more dangerous than usual as they can pummel you and constantly restore their shields.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Syphon Frigates. They're not especially tough and will die pretty fast to any kind of firepower, but they launch Power Syphons. Power Syphons start sucking out your warp core's power as soon as they get into range. And Syphon Frigates like to appear in squads of three, forcing you to pause, kill all their Power Syphons and then go back to killing them... except they like to stagger their syphon launching, and they can launch more!
    • The Targ Handlers. They're damage sponges, sure, but they also spawn endless rushes of Targs at regular intervals until you finally kill them. They like to appear with Swordmasters, too, so when you're trying to kill the Swordmaster you end up with annoying Targs running sideways at you to chip away your HP even more.
    • Any kind of fighter. They're small, annoying, and easy to kill. And Annoying. They sometimes show up when you're trying to concentrate your fire on a battleship. And they're annoying.
    • The goddamn motherfucking Devidians. Yes, those mind-sucking bastards from the TNG episode Time's Arrow. They managed to trap a ship and feast on the crew, and it falls to you to get in-phase with them and fight 'em. They use health-drain attacks exclusively (that is, they attack you and get health back at the same time) AND even their weakest mooks have an ability that allows them to temporarily become invincible. They don't hit very hard, and so they really aren't very dangerous especially if you have anyone with a health-restoring ability with you, but they take forever to kill even with focus firing.
    • The Tholians. Words really can't describe it.
    • Elachi Saboteurs. Tiny robots that latch themselves to your face and explode. Not only do they inflict plasma damage on everyone nearby, but they're fast and hard to see in the dark.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • During closed and open beta there were numerous bugs which although game breaking, were incredibly funny. The best of them involved Tribbles which in the game are basically a small medkit. Petting a Tribble you carry in your backpack heals you slightly every ten seconds. The ideal time to use the Tribble is during critical moments in ground PVP while making good use of cover. During a Ground PVP mission aboard a Klingon freighter, the opposing teams eventually meet at the central corridor where a bitter firefight ensues. Both sides take cover behind large obstructions and attempt to gain ground on the other. Losses are not heavy since players can simply crouch and heal. Unfortunately a bug forced the client to consider the Tribble to be a viable Medkit. Since players may forget the number of medkits they are carrying, repeatedly pressing 'H' to heal would cause the game to run the Tribble heal animation. This involves the character taking the tribble out of their backpack and gently stroking it while it purrs, giving it a gentle poke and laugh as the fuzzball softly coos before returning it to the backpack. This animation forces the character to stand out of cover for a solid 10 seconds. Many missions were lost due to the majority of either teams suddenly standing up and deciding to poke their Tribbles while taking the entire opposing team's phaser fire to the face.
    • Another Tribble bug would cause any Tribbles used during a heal in Ground PVP to slowly grow in size. For some reason the bug was serverside so every player on the server could see it happening. Over the course of 15 to 20 minutes the Tribble would slowly grow out of the players right pocket, eventually taking up the entire map. Occasionally the gradually inflating Tribble would be anchored to a random body part of the character instead of the right pocket. This would yield several players running haphazardly through the midst of a firefight with a large Tribble consuming the upper half of a player's body, head or leg. The growing Tribble had full collision so given enough time, players would start getting their Tribbles caught on doorways, ship decor and eventually become embedded in the map.
    • Sometimes upon switching from Ground PVP to Starship mode, some players ships would be massive flying Tribbles.
    • More like a Good Bad Typo, but there's a duty officer assignment to investigate rumors that your faction's military intelligence agency has inserted operatives aboard your ship. Its title is "Investigate Rumors of <insert faction> Intelligence". Cue jokes about <faction> being rumored to be intelligent. Cryptic actually fixed this at one point only to backtrack because people liked it so much.
    • One possible version of the "Officer of the Watch" daily in player fleet starbases is to be requested to line a group of cadets up for inspection and inspect them. The KDF version occasionally spawns a targ by mistake.
    • A pre-launch bug that reappeared after season 8 launched caused the game to sometimes forget to change the player's avatar when moving from a space map to a ground map, resulting in indoor starships with rather bizarre collision-detection.
      Eleya@starswordc: I think I've had too much nepeta.
      Baldrick@pickledonion451: now thats some bad parking
    • Another season 8 bug involved the brand-spanking new Origin bridge set up. Thanks to a screw up, the viewscreen shows the stars flying away from the ship, not towards, giving rise to comments that ships were flying backwards.
    • The "D'Deridex Defender", a D'Deridex Warbird whose coding glitched to the point where it was near invincible and had an amazing hull heal rate. This was due to the fact that a patch caused the AI to use its healing skills.
    • The "Borgassian Death Turret", an odd spawn in Foundry stages where, instead of Cardassian-based ships spawning, a turret would spawn, causing one of the many stock Borg clips to play and fire a One-Hit Kill shot at you.
    • Post-Season 9, giant floating Andorians in the Undine Battlezone. You can almost hear the devs laughing when you read the patch notes that fixed it:
    • Another "forgot to change between person to ship" bug: the USS Running Man.
    • A number of bugs due to the bizarre way the Romulan faction was implemented. Among them, despite the Romulans not usually having access to T5 ships of their allied faction, during the 2014 summer giveaway Fed-Roms were able to acquire the T5 Ambassador-class Support Cruiser Retrofit. (The same was not true of KDF-Roms and the Varanus Support Vessel Retrofit.)
    • In the Delta Rising mission "All That Glitters", you can drop a Subspace Party Amplifier on the dead Talaxian whom Gaul kills, making him stand back up and dance. When it finishes and he claps, he'll drop back down dead again.
    • Here we learn about a way to kill NPCs on social maps. After completing "Defend Rhi'ihho Station", go looking for a surviving Elachi skitterer, then beam out right as it attacks, causing it to explode on the next map.
    • When the fifth anniversary episode "Dust to Dust" launched, a glitch in one stage would cause Harry Kim to be electrocuted by the Stock Video Game Puzzle you just completed. Some things never change.
  • Growing the Beard: While STO has been improving step by step over the years, it's generally agreed that, technical gremlins aside, Legacy of Romulus was the "Riker steps onto the bridge with the beard" moment for the game. So many things, large and small, have been improved that in some ways it's hard to recognize as the same game that launched in 2010. The Romulan leveling and play experience, in particular, is light-years ahead of the original launch missions. The difference was so pronounced, in fact, that Cryptic decided to completely overhaul the Klingon and Federation tutorial missions in a similar manner.
    • By Cryptic's own admission, LoR also marks the most successful period for STO to date from a business standpoint, and marks the point at which they're making enough money to really polish the game up and bring in some of the content they've wanted from the start. The general uptick in quality of content since LoR's launch is noticeable.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The sound of a Scimitar powering up it's thalaron weapon right behind your ship while your evasive maneuvers ability is still on cooldown.
  • Internet Counterattack: Attempted, but failed. An interview with Al Rivera on STOked Radio had him mention that he can't just use "It sucks. I don't like it." as feedback towards the recently updated DOFF UI, that "Change it back" really isn't an option as the change was made for a possible future usage of the Gateway webpage and that it's actually quite hard to tell what is ranting and what is actual feedback from the TRIBBLE test forums. This had lead to some of the player base to, instead, believe that Rivera refuses to listen to any feedback and what goes goes, causing a few "high-profile" players to leave in protest. While the official forum goers are counting down the hours until the game's ending because of this, the Reddit forumers essentially blew it off, mostly because no one would name names so they would care and that a few people had pointed out what Rivera really said. It was claimed that Al was forced to cancel his appearance at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention because of this, but he still appeared and it is most likely troll talk.
    • The Tau Dewa Patrol exploit incident is a more successful variation. As described in Broken Base above, Cryptic shut down the entire Tau Dewa sector after it was discovered that players were leveling up at an alarming rate through a mistake on their part. When players lost Specialization Points in an attempt to correct this mistake, players were livid. Stephen D'Angelo tried to explain the situation, but the players got out of it that he just called the entire player base "cheaters" and "exploiters" for using their mistake. At the peak of the rage, it got to the point where even the Reddit subforums, usually a safe haven from the normal STO forums, was in the same state as the forums. The massive rage, the calls to walk out of the game, the demands for the D'Angelo and CaptainGeko's head and the revelation that way too many people who grinded normally got hit with this lead to the decision of everything getting reversed in the end.
    • Recently, players on the forums have taken up the "Delta Rising is the best expansion EVER and the players LOVE IT!" meme as a rallying cry of sorts, putting the phrase beside a picture of something, usually of a Smug Snake villain of some sort, as part of their forum signature as a way to get Cryptic to own up and admit that Delta Rising, as is, blows chunks. Eventually, Art Dev "Tacofangs" approached the players and let them know that these signatures are quite hurtful as he and a few others feel that the players are attacking the devs as a whole. He has also said that he understands and that the players should speak up about the problems. However, the players keep insisting that they have and that Cryptic needs to start reading the hundreds of complaint posts that list their complaints. It has gotten to the point where some are questioning its usefulness and if this has gone from protesting to just out and out insulting the devs without saying anything.
    • During a Dilithium Bonus Event, some players were lead to believe that, as was the case in previous events, Dil earned through Reputations and Event Reputations would be included in the 50% Bonus due to poorly written and hastly written and rewritten blog posts. When the event hit, players learned that wasn't the case, calling Cryptic liars for what they felt was a horrible backstab and the rage grew when a 20% Services Sale hit, making players think they were trying to placate the ragers with a sale. Ultimately, new EP Stephen "SalamiInferno" Ricossa approached the player base and revealed that the blog writings were a mistake, the reasoning for the removal of the Reputations in the bonus Explanation , that they plan to introduce Dilithium bonuses to episodes and patrols by the end of February 2015 and that, for the mistakes made, they were extending the event to be a full week, not a weekend.
  • Love to Hate: Hakeev is the poster child for this in the game. When Legacy of Romulus was announced to have him as the main Romulan villian the joy was palpable.
    • J'mpok is another one. Feddies hate him for starting the KDF-FED war. KDF players hate him for killing Martok. In-universe he has a 0% Approval Rating, but he's never been an actual villian.
    • The FED/KDF Rivalry out of game could be this as well.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Franklin Drake. Especially once you reach the Captain levels. To say more would be spoilers.
    • Obisek, anti-villainous Dark Messiah of the Reman Resistance, is not quite as smooth an operator as Drake, but makes up for it with scads of charisma and balls of steel.
    • The Iconians are rapidly getting here. They've been playing every faction like harps to get their homeworld and empire back, and as of Sphere of Influence they've essentially caused all the major ones to punch themselves out to give them time to set up their Portal Network.
    • Sela, escaping from the Iconians and the Elachi, taking over Gaius' Borg implants to escape Republic custody, leading our heroes to a third Iconian gateway, calling Taris out and kicking her to her doom after she reveals that she wanted the Iconians to fix Hobus and Romulus, then escaping custody again when the Iconians spot everyone!
  • Memetic Molester: If Risa summer event zone chat is anything to go by, Pavyl, the Risian who has you play hide-and-seek with him on four different local nights for a quartet of accolades. The first place he has you go is this dark cave.
  • Memetic Mutation: Now with its own page.
  • Mis-blamed: Oh, brother, players have been very critical of numerous things, as of recently blaming the sudden rise in grind-related missions on new Executive Producer Stephen D'Angelo and blaming Cryptic itself for the arrival of Arc (it's the publisher's fault, not Cryptic's).
  • Most Annoying Sound: Q's Winter Wonderland 2013 - the Gingerbread men with their overly cutesy high-pitched voices, and the heavy-glurge random comments by NPCs in the gazebo. 2014 replaced one of the NPCs (the chef), though some players think would have taken the old guy over his replacement - Neelix.
  • Narm:
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • During one of the Season 2 weekly missions, What Lies Beneath, you are tasked with exploring the extremely dark lower levels of a space station. This is bad enough, but then as you're walking down a hallway a creepy voice suddenly starts singing at you.
      Bonnie-kin, Bonnie-kin, dressed all in red
      Bonnie-kin, Bonnie-kin, soon you'll be dead!
    • Did we mention that this episode was originally released around Halloween? Or that it was one of the first times voice-overs were used in missions? It may still be the first time you encounter one...
    • What Lies Beneath was complete Nightmare Fuel. All throughout the mission, the corridors are so dark you can barely see at all (the optional flashlight doesn't help much), you're assaulted by not-there-before groups of Devidians and these cat-sized spiders, and at the beginning, you and your away team find yourselves not at the level you expected, then next thing you know, the doors close and lock behind you. And that's not mentioning talking to a person through an intercom, suddenly they scream in terror, then silence... and when you force the door open, you find a body with phaser burns so fresh, they're still warm. And your scared tactical officer asks what could have possibly killed her in a locked room...? Sweet dreams!
      • Furthermore, this mission contains a fair amount of graphical bugs. Like blue outlines of humanoids frozen in place only visible from certain angles.
    • The Borg Warzones, especially when your rank is low. Sure, you might be able to blow up all the Borg facilities and the lower end ships defending them with a little help, but don't you dare think you're safe after that. At any moment, if you don't mind your surroundings, a cube or worse, a Tactical Cube can come looming out of the debris clouds, right behind you. This Troper was unlucky enough to have one appear behind and below his ship, and got snagged by all four tractor beams, completely stuck. And that's when the worst part begins: the boarding of the small, helpless vessel by dozens and dozens of Borg drones...
  • Older Than They Think: The original post of this thread accused Cryptic of ripping off Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy in their design for the Vaadwaur uniform. It didn't take very long for folks to point out that the "Gas Mask Mooks with Badass Longcoats" motif is one that dates back to World War I, and that given the trench warfare look of the Kobali battlezone and the general behavior of the Vaads, Cryptic more likely had Nazi Germany in mind.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Shon as of Surface Tension. At first people were kinda ambivalent about him as the Captain of the Enterprise. But the moment he was willing to go on a suicide run to save Qo'noS was the moment people started to think he earned the job.
    • J'mpok [i]may[/i] be starting to fall here now. The advancing storyline has totally vindicated his claims that the Federation was thoroughly infiltrated and compromised by the Undine, to the point Shon told Ambassador Sugihara to shut up and admit the Federation screwed up big time.
    • Tier-wise, the revelation of a number of T5-Us have done this to many ships with the additions of damage bonuses and extra tactical consoles, the long awaited of which is the Galaxy-class, who finally gets a third Tactical console. The biggest one is the Aquarius, who gets a massive buff to its stats, gains the flanking bonuses the Klingon Bird of Prey get and gains the optional ability to cloak.
  • Sacred Cow: Fans considered ships by the Borg and the Undine to be this as they couldn't see captains piloting ships from these races. When the Undine ships became available, a shitstorm kicked up because of it.
  • Scapegoat Creator: While many players have pointed fingers at various entities over the years, the past year and a half have seen players blame Al "CaptainGeko" Rivera for just about everything wrong in the game, from the perceived lack of love towards the Klingons to the poor XP payout by the time a player hits Level 50 to the fact that the game's PVE missions have been suffering from lag of some sort since the 5th Anniversary.
  • The Scrappy:
    • If the forum is anything goes by, Tovan is basically such. You cannot dismiss him, his voice intrudes all the time, and your story is involving more finding his sister. Before the changes, you couldn't even modify his looks! Goodbye, "Shut up, Wesley." Hello, "Shut up, Tovan."
    • Captain Koren has fallen here of late. At first she was far more popular than Shon as a flagship captain. But her attitude since her debut has made it clear she has only two personality settings: Rage and Homicidal Rage. Even when it's justified it didn't endear her to anyone. What really did her in, though, was when in the fourth stage of "Surface Tension" she wouldn't stop harping on how Starfleet initially only sent one ship (two if your PC is a Fed) to defend Qo'noS from the Undine. Never mind the fact that a sizable portion of the Federation's ready forces just got trashed beating the Undine away from Earth Spacedock...
    • The forum also generally agrees that Jiro Sugihara is an awful diplomat. He was even the recipient of a Take That, Scrappy! in "Surface Tension" when he tried to wave off Ambassador S'taass calling the Federation on being hypocritical in its recent responses to the Undine, only to have Captain Shon basically tell him to shut up. (Which largely rescued Shon from the scrappy heap in one fell swoop.)
    • Neelix just can't get away from this to some players.
    • On a smaller scale, Cardassian Ambassador Rugan Skyl, a Smug Snake petty racist. His first appearance in "Second Wave" has him ask the PC to obtain for him a variety of kanar (Cardassian liquor) brewed by Bajoran forced labor during the Occupation. He does this even if the PC is Bajoran him/herself (due in part to Cryptic not having the code to change the dialogue based on the player's species at the time). His only other proper appearance to date in "Surface Tension" has him get into an argument with the Bajoran ambassador, saying Bajor didn't need an ambassador at Tuvok's conference because they're Federation members (despite him seemingly having no problem with the Xindi having done the same thing). If you're playing as a Bajoran yourself, you get the option to tell him to sit down and shut up. It is rather satisfying to find out that for all the other bad things about the alternate timeline in Temporal Ambassador, it also involved Rugan Skyl ending up as forced laborer for the Tholians.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Chain holds. They were annoying when science vessels could use them, but now the new weekly episode mobs all seem to use annoying hold skills. And they can, and often do, fire them over and over again. And they're annoying. And this is Older Than They Think: People have been complaining about Cryptic's seeming obsession with chain holds since City of Heroes was still a thing.
      • A sub-example from season 9: The Undine fluidic space rifts. Not only are they a strong gravity well in and of themselves, but they also spawn these blobs of yellow material that quickly got dubbed "snotballs", which irregularly orbit the rift, slowing and damaging any ship with the misfortune to fly into them. And there's no way to get rid of them unless you use the Undine space set. And the best part? The Undine space PVE queues are considered so annoying that by the time you've gotten the ability, you won't need it anymore because you'll be utterly sick of the content you need it for!
    • For a sizable section of the playerbase, the fact that the Romulan Republic is not implemented as a fully separate faction. After the tenth mission Romulan characters have to choose to make an alliance with either the Federation or the Klingons.
    • The Season 9.5 Crafting system. The original crafting system was already painful, requiring you to have a certain collection of alien samples, a blueprint and/or irreplacable materials and a certain level to reach before you can use it. The new crafting system allowed you to craft any item you wanted, though you needed to have certain items before you can do so. Then, it became a gamble to find out what items you were getting - you'd know you were getting something like a Mk X Antiproton Beam Array, but would it be common, uncommon, rare or very rare? And if it was any of the latter three, what proc were you going to get? Players already infuriated by this were enraged even more when the decision came down to prevent players from maxing out crafting school levels quickly by preventing them from slotting the 20 hour assignment from the same school multiple times.
  • That One Level:
    • Episode "Romulan Mystery", mission "Divide et Impera" is reviled for particularly blatant railroading. It forces you to massacre a Romulan medical facility in order for the Undine impersonating Admiral Zelle to Kill and Replace the facility's commander and infiltrate the Romulans. Two different Foundry authors eventually stepped in to write Fix Fics, one of which, Captain.Hunter's "Divide ut Regnes", even became a Spotlight.
    • The entirety of the "Wasteland" storyarc. It takes place on Nimbus III, which is a wide battlezone-type place. However, most of the missions there require you to hike across the entire zone just to get to your mission objectives and that usually requires fighting off scorpions and worms along the way.
    • "Assimilation", in which you and your crew must work your way through a Borg cube absolutely crawling with huge numbers of drones, searching through hazards and occasional ambushes for a randomly-placed transporter... and then achieve a series of objectives in a room stuffed with a good fifty or sixty Borg. If you fight through it you will probably die. But even if you switch your bridge officers to passive, one ambush in the wrong place can lead to a Zerg Rush. Suffice it to say this mission drew a lot of screaming on the forums from people running it for the first time.
    • "Devil's Choice", the final mission of the Elachi storyline for the Romulans, was this at first; fighting three Sheshar dreadnoughts and dozens of Monbosh battleship escorts, all using crowd-control abilities and Scimitar-esque one-shot kill weapons.
    • "Hive: Onslaught", especially on Elite, and most certainly if you want the optional. First stage: Dozens of Borg cubes, spheres, and tactical cubes. Second stage: Two Borg unimatrixes, boss ships with an extra One-Hit Kill attack in addition to their usual one, and the extra one, a plasma lance, can hit you from 30 kilometers away. Also you're supposed to be able to avoid being targeted by staying next to the shielded Borg Tetrahedron containing the Borg queen, but sometimes they'll lance you there anyway because of a bug. Final stage: The Borg tetrahedron, easily a match for five player-piloted ships. No matter what you're flying, expect to die at least twice before you're done.
    • "Boldly They Rode" is disliked because the EVA portion takes freaking forever. You can't run on the exterior of Deep Space 9, or even walk normally; all you can do is shuffle or use your suit jets. And the suit jets can only fly between beacons, which frequently aren't placed remotely conveniently to where you need to be. And then there's "KURLAND HERE".
    • The Daily Mission "Party Crashers" is disliked because of one of the two possible ways to get tiny Qs. One of those ways is a Shell Game where you have to try to find Q hidden within three presents. However, as this happens in the Academy hubs, it makes it harder as you have to contend with the various cadets running around as well as players who will either run past trying to get a Q or is trying to troll.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: This is essentially the rallying cry for the Official STO Forums since Delta Rising's release, with fans angry at the fact that the road to Level 60 is much longer, the feeling that they absolutely must have the best equipment to do what they want to do and that Mk XII equipment and Tier 5 ships are no longer "the best". It's not uncommon to see posts show up at least once a week talking about Cryptic is just trying to kill the game/has killed the game, that there's no "fun" left, etc. with the usual cries for everyone to go play Elite: Dangerous or Star Citizen because "it is better" or that the only reason they still play is because "it's the only Star Trek game around".
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • The Miranda-class ship in all of Star Trek in general gets no love. The only reason most players would ever use it is because you HAVE to when you start the game. And now you don't: shell out a few real dollars, and spend your Lieutenant levels flying the NX-01 Enterprise or the original Constitution-class.
    • As well, many people consider the Exploration Cruiser Retrofit, its Fleet variant and the Dreadnought Cruiser as such (essentially, anything that has to do with the Enterprise-D), due to the fact that it leans heavily on Engineering skills, poor turning (especially for the Dreadnought, since it can use Dual Heavy Cannons) and poor DPS-building consoles.

      Even after the ship was given a revisioning as well as giving the Dreadnought Cruiser a Fleet variant with all three having Saucer Separation, people still put it here because the BOFF layout was barely changed. To them, it's only useful if the layout gave it a Lt. Commander Tac BOFF setting. Add to it, even with the two-piece bonus the phaser lance's accuracy is still horrible, causes horrendous power drain, and has a three-minute cooldown, and getting the two-piece set requires expending two console slots that could've been devoted to improving your more-often-usable broadside damage. And when min-maxers can match or exceed its damage with a tac boff's beam overload skill, you can see why the more competitive players drop it in the "fail" column. It's the wrong ship to feature a Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon, and just to add insult to injury, the conceptually identical disruptor javelin on the KDF's Guramba Siege Destroyer is far more effective despite its lower base damage.

      The T6 Andromeda-class refit released in spring 2015 rescued it from the scrappy heap somewhat, as it features a much better (read: featuring more tactical officer slots) boff layout, including command boff seating. There's still a Vocal Minority saying that it should have four tactical consoles instead of three (something Cryptic apparently reserves for battlecruisers and the Odyssey Tactical variant), wishing that the T6 came with the consoles for the T4 and T5 C-Store versions (which no other ship with unique consoles on multiple variants get, either), and noting that the fleet version doesn't come with the C-Store version's starship trait. Other players have dubbed the T6 a success (among other things, at least the GCS is finally better at DPS than the seventy-years-older Excelsior-class).
      • Then players on Tribble for Season 9 found that it was actually one of the better ships for fighting Undine in "Undine Incursion". So while it's still here, it at least has a unique niche.
    • The Bortasqu' line got dumped in the "fail" column mostly because it's altogether too different from the rest of the KDF lineup. The Klingons tend to build smaller, faster ships that can use dual cannons well, but despite being called a "battle cruiser" like the Vor'cha and its cousins the Bort is basically a Starfleet engineering/tactical Mighty Glacier with the serial numbers filed off. It can mount DCs but on launch couldn't turn well enough to use them properlynote , so the majority of KDF players used to the faction's many zippier options found they often had to reskill to use it competently. It doesn't help that, since Cryptic calls it a "battle cruiser" even though it's really a cruiser, when cruiser commands debuted the Bort didn't get the "Attract Fire" command that Starfleet cruisers get (although threat generation isn't all that useful anyway).
    • The Odyssey-class could also qualify. While it would make a great cruiser, it's hampered by the fact that it is really reliant on its universal consoles, making it essentially a 7-console ship. However, in a rare case of Tropes Are Not Bad applying to this particular trope, it has made the USS Enterprise-F stand out in the story as most players are not using an Odyssey themselves.
    • If someone is at that point, a player can consider the entire Tier III set of ships this by the reasoning that by the time they reach Level 20, "Temporal Ambassador" is available and you can obtain the ship from those missions there instead.
    • Many players have dumped the Dyson Science Destroyer ships into this category... only if you're a Federation player, though. As Klingon and Romulan players lack dedicated science ships, many have welcomed this ship. For the Federation, however, many call it inferior to the Vesta line of ships due to the fact that its gimmick concerning the extra Proton Dual Heavy Cannons forces players to adapt a weaker attack build or ignore it completely. This also hurts the Klingon and Romulan players, but it's usually ignored for the fact that, again, they don't have dedicated science ships. On the other hand, the Warp Core that completes its four-piece space set makes the space set wonderful and all four pieces are frequently tossed onto other ships. In fact the Romulan version is sometimes outright hated for being too strong, since it has all the abilities of its sisters from the other factions, plus Romulan Battle Cloak.
    • The Romulan and Reman Prototype space set. Nine times out of ten, if you see any piece of this active, it's only the shields and that's because it's an item you earn for completing a certain mission. Most players use either the four sets from the Omega Task Force set or the two that can be earned by missions (Jem'Hadar and Breen). However, the ship weapons are loved by all, especially the Hyper-Plasma Torpedos mentioned above.
    • Thanks to power creep, outside of premade PVP teams healboats and tank builds basically have no role because A) even the flimsiest tacscort can usually pack in enough self-heals to last well enough against NPC attackers, and B) Death Is a Slap on the Wrist. Thus, if you aren't meaningfully contributing to DPS while in a PVE instance, or packing offensive sci, you're basically just slowing down the team. This is at the core of the PR problems of the Galaxy-R, Galaxy-X, and Star Cruiser, all three of which are engi tanks with limited tac powers.
    • Phasers. Save for the retrofit Phasers and the Andorian Phasers, many players tend to ignore Phasers altogether, preferring more powerful yet expensive antiproton weaponry. On the other hand, spec into flow capacitors to boost their subsystem-disabling effect and they can be pretty damn annoying to face. Mitigated somewhat with a season 9 item set that boosts phasers and disruptors.
    • In the same vein as Phasers, there's also cannons. While cannons have a wider arc than the Dual/Dual Heavy Cannons and Dual Beam Banks and can be used by any ship, their damage potential is lower than the DBB and the arc they have make it more worthwhile to just slap on a Beam Array and broadside.
    • The D'deridex-class is often nicknamed "D'deriderp" or some variation thereof due to a similar PR problem to the Galaxy-class. The perception isn't helped at all by the Romulans' incredibly small selection of ships, since the free T4 one is a blatant reskin of the free Galaxy that comes right after the much more escort-like Mogai-class. However, advanced players consider the T5 retrofit, especially the fleet version, Difficult but Awesome due to having lieutenant commander boff slots in all three disciplines, enabling some terrifying combos when combined with its battle cloak and singularity powers. It's not, strictly speaking, the best ship in the Romulan arsenal, but it's perfectly playable.
    • The Undine-based Lockbox/Lobi ships. While incredibly powerful, many players hate it because it was something of a Sacred Cow to them and feel insulted that they are playable. A major reason for this hate is that they believe it destroys established canon by allowing anyone to fly it, despite the fact there's very little canon stating what exactly they can and cannot do and going with the assumption that bio-ships are a part of an Undine.
    • The Aquarius-class Destroyer for having low amount of weapon slots on what should be an Escort-level ship, low health equal to a Bird of Prey but without the Cloaking advantage and so on. The Aquarius was released strictly because players wanted one to go with their Odyssey cruisers and had told the devs "they didn't care what stats it had." Thus the playable Aquarius was born. Its Klingon counterpart got a buff with the Raiding mechanics added but the Aquarius didn't because its a Fed ship and it doesn't make sense for the Federation to have "raiders." It got so bad that when Captain Shon crashed the U.S.S. Aquarius (the Aquarius destroyer assigned the Enterprise) into an Undine planet killer, people joked that Shon found the only way an Aquarius would ever be useful.
    • The new Patrol Escort Refit quickly became this the day it was unveiled with some bizarre reasoning. While many noted that the ship is amazingly overpowered (With a Universal Lt. Commander BOFF slot), some people hated it because it attached a weapon to the rear slot, again forcing a weapon type onto ships that people would rather not have on there. The crazy part is the fact that players who have the original Fleet Patrol Escort do not get an upgrade to the Refit version, thus they get to keep a piece of game history. However, they want the new ship to replace the old one and they're angry that they'd have to shell out money instead of automatically getting it.
    • The Scimitar-class dreadnought warbird manages to hit both ends of the Tier-Induced Scrappy scale. A very small percentage (call it 10% for the sake of argument) of Scimitar jocks can make it a near-indestructible juggernaut. Thus the ship got a reputation for being absurdly overpowered, and is thus attractive to players who think that just owning the ship will make them invincible. Hence the Fan Nickname "Scimitard", for the people who are considered a free kill until proven OP.
    • To many players, Tier 5 ships became this almost the moment Tier 6 was first announced. The main reasoning for this is because they feel that, because they don't have a Starship Trait, can't use Intelligence BOFF skills and have to pay to get an upgrade, they're automatically useless. This goes double for non-upgradable ships like Mirror Ships, Dil-bought ships and Mission-earned ships. They probably worked wonders, but the second Tier 6 showed up, in many players minds, they were useless and no longer worth it. (This has no bearing on reality: despite Cryptic finally launching Fleet Tier 6 ships, the DPS record is still held by top-ranked Scimitar jocks, with the Fleet Patrol Escort Refit a close second.)
    • The Jem'Hadar Strike Ship for a variety of reasons. Like the Patrol Escort Refit, it became the replacement for the old Jem'Hadar Attack Ship, which infuriated players due to the fact that the old post talking about the the JHAS said that it would have "T6 Capabilities" and it only became a T5-U. The other thing that puts this here is its BOFF settings, which give it both Intelligence and Command BOFF slots, with the Command one being a Universal Lt. Comm. seating.
    • The Risian Luxury Cruiser got absolutely savaged on the forums for being a cruise liner built by a race of hedonists that nevertheless somehow outperformed the Galaxy-R as a combatant starship. (This was well before the Andromeda-class was released.)
  • Unfortunate Implications: The relationship between the Kobali and the Delta Alliance, as well as between Kobali "parents" and their "children", have been compared to domestic abuse and parental abuse, and their method of reproduction to rape. [1], [2]
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The Vaadwaur in Delta Rising. Yes, they're basically Space Nazis and their leader Gaul has no qualms about gunning down civilians in cold blood. But neither did the Romulans, Klingons, or Cardassians, and the Federation had a detente with them for decades. The Vaadwaur are also an endangered species who used Human Popsicles to escape extermination by an alliance fighting back against their imperalism and are partially after revenge against the killers of billions. The real problem, though, is that their enemies the Kobali come off as the Designated Hero. While they're the Alpha Quadrant nations' ally against the Vaadwaur, the Kobali come off as Holier Than Thou with a Culture Justifies Anything attitude, and for all practical purposes contribute little of worth to The Alliance (their population is going to be fairly low for various reasons and their only modern warship was built with Alpha Quadrant technology). Plus, their method of reproduction, basically necromancy, has drawn many rape comparisons, especially given that they're holding several thousand Vaadwaur cryo tubes and using the failed ones for more stock, along with making use of Vaadwaur battlefield casualties. Gaul Jumps Off The Slippery Slope in "All that Glitters", but the storyline reveals that the Vaadwaur high command are all infested with Puppeteer Parasites except for Gaul, suggesting they wouldn't have willingly gone along with his plans.
  • The Woobie: Keten, better known as the original Harry Kim. Imagine waking up and finding yourself on another world, no idea how you got there, not knowing that you died and all you want to do is go home. Even more, he fights to get back to the Voyager, despite the fact that 34+ years have passed since that fateful day and not believing anyone who says otherwise. This is pretty much a scared Ensign who just wants to go home and have his life back.
  • Woobie Species:
    • The (extinct) Dewans, who were captured and used as slaves on their own world by the Iconians, who claimed their homeworld as a Risa-esque pleasure planet while worshipping them as gods. Then when the rebellions off-world occurred, the Iconians left the planet and let it get bombarded in orbit by coalition forces, leaving most of the Dewans dead. They got better, and became an advanced civilization. Then, 5 years prior to creating a Warp-capable starship, they found an Iconian Gate and figured the geothermally powered device would be better to travel the stars with. Unfortunately, they didn't know the bombardment had damaged the mantle so when they turned it on, every volcano in the northern hemisphere erupted. Then they slowly died out as their environment collapsed, leaving only a few ruins and some tablets describing their last days, begging for help, wishing for the Iconians to return and save them.
    • The Romulans get hard with this too. And not just because Romulus is an asteroid field now. Many of the Romulan Colonies are trying to break away from the Empire, the Imperial Senate was killed by Nero, and speaking of, no one is willing to help the Romulans now because of Nero's actions before falling into that Black Hole. Now Sela's a puppet ruler for the Tal Shiar who are killing civilians in the name of the Iconians, their dark masters and allied with the Elachi. And while they eventually get their act together as the Romulan Republic, that ends up being the time you learn the Romulan side of the events that led to their exile from Romulus. Turns out that only a handful (and not very well liked but still influential members) were the ones who started the violence on Vulcan. Most of them just wanted to openly express emotions like Love. And even though they fired the first shots, the Surakians sure as hell gave it right back. Eventually they CHOSE to leave because they were tired of fighting their brothers and didn't want to continue living under oppression (the followers of Surak had won by this point). And in fact, the final days before the departure they had very civil and touching goodbyes from their Surakian friends and family. After they left they thought it would only be a few years before they found a new home. It turned out to be decades and along the way they learned that their BIOLOGY (especially the Pon Farr) was a major point of their problem. Their instinctual emotions had been the problem and to force mating or duel to the death was uncivilized. So they chose to genetically alter themselves to remove those issues. But by that point, they had suffered so much during the voyage that their good peaceful emotions were drowned out by the despair of their lives. By the time they had reached Romulus, they had gotten rid of what had been the issue on Vulcan, but ironically they were more hateful now because of the horrible suffering and vowed to never forget that. And hence the Romulan Empire was born. It would take Spock's reunification movement to reexpose their earlier more civilized elements and the destruction of their homeworld for the Romulans to (as a general whole) learn that My Species Doth Protest Too Much. But after all they went through, the Romulans have been victims this whole time. This can all be read here: as its kinda obscure.
      "Father said we left Vulcan so we could be free. He says Surak's philosophy is a prison for the mind, and that one day we'll find a new home where we can do and act as we wish. That didn't make sense to me. How can you imprison a mind? He told me that Surak taught his followers that they had to suppress all of their emotions, not just the ones that cause harm. Father said that we shouldn't let anger or hate control us, but we have the right to feel them, just as we have the right to love or be happy."
      (Ten Years Later, after the above girl's mate is killed in Pon Farr.): "Love is a lie. Emotions are a burden. Why did we come so far only to embrace pain?"
  • Ugly Cute: Several aliens fall into this category.
    • The way the Tholians scuttle around is almost adorable. They even squeak when they melee attack you!
    • Nanovs, the cuddly, harmless, six-eyed squid-things that act as living radiation scrubbers on New Romulus.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The Iconian Resistance ground armors. A number of players have described it as "TRON Fetishwear". Of course, because of this, it easily goes into So Bad, It's Good territory.
  • Win Back the Crowd: In a sense. One of the major complaints players had since Stephen D'Angelo's second reign in the game was a horrible lack of communication. It made players feel that Cryptic was trying its best to kill the game by ignoring players. When Stephen "SalamiInferno" Ricossa took over the reigns, he made players a lot happier with his quick response due to a massive miscommunication mix up and an extension to the event. However, this is still a massive YMMV, as while players on the Reddit forums were more accepting of the apology and the response, those on the forums were quick to put down the new EP, stating that, instead of an extension, they should have put back everything the way it was.
    • Message Board Community Manager "LaughingTrendy" has been doing this since she took over the reigns after "CaptainSmirk's" sudden firing. Trendy's actions have been firm, yet fair, getting things back on topic instead of shutting them down when they went off topic and actually approaching those at Cryptic about players' problems.