For characters who debuted in Star Trek: The Original Series, see Characters.Star Trek The Original Series
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Dr. Tolian Soran
- Played By: Malcolm McDowell
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a black longcoat over a black uniform, which by sheer coincidence makes his outfit look remarkably similar to the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness.
- Big Bad: He is the head villain for this particular film.
- Cool Guns: He's got a unique sidearm that doesn't match any other weapon seen in the series and fires what seem to be miniature photon torpedoes.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He tells Picard he was once as peaceful as can be, but his experience with the Borg taught him that death is the only constant in the universe.
- Mad Scientist: He's developed a weapon capable of blowing up stars, simply for the purpose of returning to the Nexus.
- Manipulative Bastard: Convinces Picard to let him back onto the space station, seemingly by using his El Aurian abilities to sense and exploit Picard's grief over the death of his brother's family.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gets blown up by his own rocket when it tries to launch with the locking clamps engaged.
- Noodle Incident: When Picard says there has to be some other way to enter the Nexus, Soran simply states he spent 80 years trying to no avail.
- Not So Different: Picard points out that Soran will kill millions of people and that that's really no different than what the Borg did. It almost causes Soran to stop what he's doing.
- Shadow Archetype:
- To Guinan. Being the same race, both experiencing the Nexus, they essentially share a backstory. Soran is what happens when those mystical powers are used for evil instead.
- And with Picard. They are both scarred by encounters with the Borg, and have lost their families. Soran is willing to let others die to get what he wants, Picard isn't.
- Straw Nihilist: After his homeworld's destruction, he's haunted by the inevitability of death, to the point that he no longer cares who suffers from his plan to return to the Nexus.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Enterprise crew rescue him after the attack on the Amargosa station, and he repays them by nearly getting them killed. Twice.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If what he said to Picard was true, he claims he wouldn't have hurt a fly before his world was destroyed.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He lost his homeworld and family to the Borg, and then he lost his ideal fantasy in the Nexus when he was beamed aboard the Enterprise-B. He's now willing to destroy entire solar systems as part of The Plan to return to the Nexus.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: His brief time in the Nexus reunited him with his beloved family. After being ripped back out by the Enterprise-B's transporters, he's begging to go back and gets sedated.
Captain John Harriman
- Played By: Alan Ruck
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When it's clear that he's in way over his head, he asks Kirk for advice.
- Ascended Fanboy: He makes it quite clear that he is a huge fan of Kirk.
- Ensign Newbie: How this dweeb got command of the Enterprise-B is anyone's guess.
- Hero of Another Story: He and the Enterprise-B crew would have expanded universe stories of their own, which help improve his reputation.
The third starship to bear the name.
- The Alleged Starship: Most of the ship's critical systems aren't actually installed for the shakedown cruise.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Her first "appearance" was actually centuries after she was removed from service as a wall model adorning the Enterprise-D's observation lounge. This model appeared on TNG years before Generations was made.
- Hero of Another Story: Despite a disastrous test flight, the Enterprise-B would have a distinguished service.
- The Only One: Perhaps the most egregious example in the franchise. The Big E-B departs Earth for a routine shakedown cruise and picks up a distress call. Despite being close to the capital of the Federation and headquarters of Starfleet, the Enterprise is the only one that can respond.
- Running Gag: The system that Kirk needs right now to save the refugees? It won't be installed until Tuesday.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: This is the only past Enterprise we don't know the canonical fate of. Generations is her only appearance and she's last seen limping back to port after being damaged by the Nexus.