For characters who debuted in Star Trek: The Next Generation, see Characters.Star Trek The Next Generation
The Borg Queen
- Played By: Alice Krige
- Bald of Evil: She's bald and evil.
- Bald Woman: She has wires instead of hair.
- Big Bad: From a meta perspective, she was created in order to give the film a traditional main villain.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: All her organic components were burned off, with her screaming the whole time. Her severed robotic head and neck appeared to still be functional afterwards, so Picard snapped the neck to deactivate her.
- Cute Monster Girl: She's pretty, kind of, but a dangerous monster nevertheless.
- Galactic Conqueror: The Queen of a Galactic Assimilator race.
- Hive Queen: Though she never claims to be the Queen.
- I Am the Noun: "I am the Borg", and later, "I am the Collective."
- Prim and Proper Bun: It's not actual hair, but the mass of wires on the back of her head are arranged in a circular pattern and she certainly has the personality to match.
- Remember the New Guy?: Captain Picard remembers her when she's first introduced. Could be justified by the fact he was a Borg for a while, but that doesn't explain why he doesn't mention this vital piece of information about a dangerous enemy onscreen, and Data seemingly knows nothing about her despite the fact that he presumably would have read any report Picard made after the incident. They attempt to Handwave this by implying that Picard had forgotten about her until they're reintroduced in the film.
- The Smurfette Principle: So far, she's the only female Star Trek Big Bad in the films.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this on Data. It fails, though he seriously considered her proposal for 0.68 seconds. It's also implied that this was her aim with Picard when he was Locutus.
- The Woman Behind The Monsters: She is the entity who controls the Borg
Dr. Zefram Cochrane
- Played By: James Cromwell
- All There in the Manual: The novelization of First Contact reveals he actually suffers from Bipolar Disorder, and has a cranial implant designed to treat the disease. However, after the near societal collapse following WW 3, he no longer has the resources to maintain the implant. His alcoholism thus a desperate attempt at self-medication. At the end of the story, Dr. Crusher provides him with a permanent fix, reasoning that there is nothing in the history books saying Cochrane was mentally ill, and that an unmedicated bipolar diplomat dealing with famously stoic visitors could be disastrous.
- The Alcoholic: He pilots the first warp-capable ship while hungover.
- Broken Ace: He's an alcoholic misanthrope, dealing with the trauma of basically seeing his world end, who happens to be one of the best minds on the planet. He's also an Ace Pilot, capable of launching an untested prototype ship that can clear the earth's atmosphere, fly at warp, and then land, all hungover.
- Broken Pedestal: Surprisingly enough, this is mostly averted. While the Enterprise crew does look up to him, they also remember that he was a flawed human living in mankind's darkest period of history. So, while they do get annoyed with his Refused the Call attitude, they don't see him any differently then they did before.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cochrane is one of the brightest minds of his time. He's also a heavy drinker who thinks first contact is best celebrated with whiskey and dancing. He also basically leads humanity out of the post-war Dark Ages.
- Cassandra Truth: Enterprise would reveal that he attempted to tell people about what really happened during First Contact, but he was ignored and later recanted his claims. The crew of the Enterprise-E took great care to make sure he had no hard evidence of his claims.
- Famed In-Story: He was first introduced in the Original Series as the inventor of warp drive. Now we finally get to see him initiate First Contact with the Vulcans.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a minor breakdown after being confronted with time traveling heroes from the future who claim he's destined to lead the human race into a new era of history and enlightenment. It results in him trying to run away. Manages to get over it with the help of Commander Riker.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: A Deconstructed Trope which occurs In-Universe.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of "Metamorphosis". Given his negative feelings about being admired in First Contact, Kirk's line that "there's a whole galaxy out there waiting to honor you" is now Hilarious in Hindsight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He starts off as a morose drunk, but proves he really does have the best intentions, and later becomes a distinguished diplomat. He is later shown to have mellowed out considerably in his later years.
- Ladykiller in Love: If you regard the ending of "Metamorphosis" through the filter of his characterization in First Contact, he's a womanizer finally settling down.
- Oh, Crap!: Several:
- When he realizes that Commander Riker and the others are telling the truth about being from the future.
- When he thinks he lost his music during the launch sequence.
- Only in It for the Money: Claims he only invented warp drive for the money that would come from selling it. Key word being claims. It's implied that he really did pour all his efforts into creating warp drive either For Science! or to someday help mankind.
- Refusal of the Call: "I don't want to be a statue!"
- Screw Destiny: Tries to do so after Geordi describes how famous he is in the future. ("You told him about the statue?")
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from being a misanthropic, alcoholic jerkass barely eking out an existence to one of the foremost leaders of the human race during the reconstruction after World War III and the early space exploration days.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: In "Metamorphosis," he's discovered as a 237-year-old man trapped on a planet where he's become a de-aged immortal. He says that "immortality consists largely of boredom."
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: He gets increasingly annoyed by the crew constantly praising him for being a visionary that changes the world—finally telling Riker that he was Only in It for the Money.Cochrane: This other guy you keep mentioning, this historical figure? I never met him. I can't imagine I ever will.
Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man; just be a man, and let history make its own judgments."
Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?
Riker: [grinning] You did, ten years from now.
- Played By: Alfre Woodard
- The Ace: Downplayed compared to Cochrane, but she is his partner in the Phoenix Project, and was supposed to be the one to copilot the mission.
- Action Survivor: She survives World War III, radiation poisoning, and a Borg invasion.
- Audience Surrogate: For non-Trekkies per Ronald D. Moore in the DVD commentary.
- Black Best Friend: To Zefram Cochrane.
- MacGyvering: She and Cochrane were able to convert a nuclear missile into a fully funcitonal, warp-capable spacecraft, despite living in essentially the post-World War III dark ages. She even mentions having built the cockpit using titanium she scrounged from debris.
- The Not-Love Interest: To Jean-Luc Picard, and to Cochrane apparently.
- Sassy Black Woman: She deals with the stress of being essentially abducted by aliens and thrust into a war by becoming a Deadpan Snarker.
- Unfazed Everywoman
- Played By: Neal McDonough
- All There in the Manual: The Expanded Universe gives him a lot more depth and backstory.
- Ascended Extra: There are several novels and short stories in the Expanded Universe that feature him in a starring role.
- Badass Gay: Is revealed to be one in expanded material with a boyfriend who later enlists and holds resentment towards Picard.
- Disposable Pilot: The designated helmsman of the Enterprise and is killed halfway into the movie.
- Mauve Shirt: He spends the whole film standing around in the background doing things that even an extra could do, and hes the only non-main character present during the attempt to release the mag-locks. As is to be expected, he gets assimilated and killed. That said, supplementary materials give him a lot more depth, and hes a lot tougher than the ordinary Red Shirt.
- Sacrificial Lion: Gets assimilated by the Borg and shot by Worf upon trying to assimilate Picard.
U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
- Played By: Majel Barrett
- Big Damn Heroes / Gunship Rescue: Her appearance is when the battle against the Borg turns in the Federation's favor.
- Legacy Vessel Naming: Lampshaded when her Self-Destruct Mechanism is activated.Crusher: So much for the Enterprise-E.
Picard: We barely knew her.
Crusher: Think they'll build another one?
Picard: There are plenty of letters left in the alphabet.
- Lightning Bruiser: More so than her predecessor. She's clearly more maneuverable, with Deflector Shields that can No-Sell a Borg cube's attacks, and her new quantum torpedoes hit for massive damage.
- Midseason Upgrade: As if she wasn't already badass enough, source material shows that between this movie and Star Trek: Nemesis, she gets even more phaser arrays and torpedo tubes.
- Near-Death Experience: She is left defenseless against the Scimitar in Nemesis. It's only through Data's Heroic Sacrifice that she gets to live to fight another day.
- Ramming Always Works: Subverted. Her tactical collision against the Scimitar in Nemesis only takes out its shielding and cloaking device, but the Scimitar's main weapon remains intact and Shinzon intends to vaporize Earth once he destroys the Enterprise. Data saves her, at the cost of his own life.