So I finished watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
earlier today and figured that it would be a good idea for me to look at the various Star Trek CM entries.
Courtesy link to the Live Action TV CM Page
From Star Trek: The Next Generation
Lore. This is a complicated one. Lore is the Evil Twin
of the android protagonist Data. Unlike Data, Lore was created with the ability to have emotions. Unfortunately, this turned Lore into something of a sociopath. When Lore learned that his creator intended to deal with his sociopathy by deactivating him, Lore lured an Eldritch Abomination
to the planet they were on. Said abomination killed everyone on the planet except Lore and Data, just as he intended. Lore later leads a crusade to wipe out organic life.
Lore is listed as a CM for trying to kill Wesley (who was a kid at the time) and for leading the Borg on the aformentioned crusade to wipe out organic life.
Still, I don't think that Lore qualifies. In "Brothers", he is reunited with his creator, Dr. Soong and seems to be geniunally upset to learn that Soong is dying. This doesn't stop Lore from killing him, but it shows enough humanity to disqualify him. From time to time, Lore also shows that he cares about Data.
Next up, Kivas Favro, the villain of "The Most Toys". Favro is a Collector of the Strange
who wants to add Data, the only known android in the galaxy, to his collection. To do this, he poisons the water supply of an inhabited planet so he can capture Data while selling the supplies needed to save the planet to the heroes.
Favro is listed as being a CM because he kills one of his subordinates with a weapon designed to kill its victims slowly and painfully. IIRC, Favro has a horrified look on his face when he uses it, but this doesn't stop him from threatening to do it to another subordinate if Data does not comply with him. The entry goes on to discuss how the emotionless Data concludes that Favro is so evil that he deserves to die, but that's more You Monster!
I'm inclined to support keeping Favro. As far as bad guys of the week go for Trek, he's among the worst.
Next up is Armus, the villain from "Skin of Evil". Armus is the result of a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens
casting off all their evil. Armus' crimes are as follows:
- Killing main cast member Tasha Yar, an act only differentiated from the various deaths of Red Shirts throughout Trek by the fact that Tasha was a main cast member.
- Trapping a shuttle, but not killing either of its two ocupants.
- Torturing Riker.
Armus should be cut. Aside from his questionable moral agency (he is Made of Evil
, after all), he doesn't really do that much compared to other Trek villains. The entry also has some more You Monster!
Onto Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Female Changing. She's the leader of the Dominion, an empire that seeks to conquer the galaxy and has committed multiple acts of genocide in the process. She is listed because in the series finale, she orders the entire Cardassian species killed for betraying the Dominion. This order results in the deaths of over 800 million Cardassians.
IMO, this is closer to Moral Event Horizon
, than CM-hood. For starters, the Female Changing cares deeply about her species. At one point, she remarks that she would stop her conquest of the Alpha Quadrant if it would bring Odo, a rogue Changeling and one of the main cast members, back to the other Changlings. The biggest nail in the coffin of her CM-hood is that she surrenders to save her people from a deadly plauge. The Female Changling should be cut.
Gul Darhe'el is listed as a CM. As the entry notes, it turns out that he's a Posthumous Character
and the guy the audience thought was Darhe'el as just mad with grief. Everything Darhe'el did was Offscreen Villainy
. Cut him.
Gul Dukat. Dukat was the former leader of the Cardassian occupation of Bajor. During his reign, five million Bajorans were murdered. However, this is all Offscreen Villainy
. While there are plenty of flashbacks to Bajor under Dukat's rule, the only time we seem him have someone executed, another character is to blame. We are shown that he employed slave labor and kept pleasure women though.
Dukat eventually sells Cardassia out to the Dominion so he can rule, though whether it is for the sake of his ego or because he sincerely believes that he can make Cardassia strong is ambiguous. This ambiguity probably prevents this act from qualiying him.
After Dukat has a huge Villainous Breakdown
in which he determines that the Bajorans are responsible for everything bad that has happened to him ever, he joins forces with the evil Pah Wraiths and attempts to release them, an act which Dukat claims will set the universe on fire.
There are two problems with this last act qualifying him. First, Dukat's Villainous Breakdown
was caused by the death of his daughter, who he genuinely loved. Second, part of the reason why Dukat seeks to release the Pah Wraiths is that he is genuinely loyal to them.
tl;dr while Dukat does a lot of horrible things, he has enough Pet the Dog
moments and moral ambiguity to disqualify him.
Alixus, the villain from "Paradise". I actually had to look up who she was on Memory Alpha
. She's kind of a forgettable villain. Alixus is a luddite who secretly sabotaged her ship so it would crash on a habitable planet. She did this so she could turn the crew of her ship into a cult that lives without the evils of technology. Any defiance of her rules is punished through torture. She repeatedly subjects main character Commander Sisko to this torture for no reason other than to break his spirit.
Alixus is a pretty vile character, but I'm not quite sure that she's heinous enough to qualify, especially since she has shades of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist
Star Trek: Voyager
The Borg Queen, who is either the avatar or representative of the Borg Collective. The Borg Queen is hellbent on assimilating every race in the galaxy into the Collective. Assimilation is a brutal and painful process. The entry also notes that the Queen is shown to be aroused at the screams of people being assimilated.
That being said, the Queen genuinely believes that she is helping people by assimilating them. I'd say this disqualifies her.
On Deep Space Nine's YMMV page
, Kai Winn is listed for blowing up a school to lure a political oppponant onto the eponymous station so she could have him assassinated. The school was empty at the time, but IIRC, Winn had no way of knowing that. Although Winn does a lot of nasty things, she ultimately gets a Redemption Equals Death
moment, which should disqualify her.
edited 30th Mar '13 4:12:40 PM by lrrose