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This characters page is for the species that populate the Star Trek 'verse.

Humans

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 "They're a wonderful, friendly people--as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts...deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers...put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time...and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people will become as nasty and violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon."

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  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Boldly Coming: Mentioned but not shown a lot due to budgeting.
  • Humans Advance Swiftly: Something that scared the crap out of the Vulcans.
  • Humans Are Diplomats
  • Humans Are Special: Tuvok deconstructs this. When serving on the Excelsior under Captain Sulu, he was initially cordial but left after their first mission because he felt humans were trying to force the rest of the galaxy to be like them. Even in the episode itself, Sulu and Rand seem to view Tuvok as a Replacement Goldfish for Spock.
  • The Kirk
  • The McCoy
  • Most Writers Are Human: Which is why all Star Trek series to date have had a human as The Protagonist.
  • Planet of Hats: Averted; we're the only planet that doesn't have a hat.
    • Several characters have commented on how relatively fast humanity expanded compared to other species and how quickly humans tend to pick up a skill or job. Humanity's hat seems to be taking everything Up to Eleven.
    • Then again, we're clearly heading this way. Whenever the cast finds themselves stranded in Earth's 20th/21st centuries, they're always dumb struck by the amount of cultural diversity. Janeway even faints they're so much.
  • We All Live in America: Or at least Western European; all other cultures seem to have died out. All the names are surname-last, alien cultures that borrow elements from other Earth cultures are seen as mind-blowing, and the French all sound like grumpy Englishmen.

Vulcans

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 "Live long and prosper."

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Klingons

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 "Today is a good day to die!"

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  • Always Chaotic Evil: Klingons are portrayed this way in the original series and Enterprise, but not in the others.
    • Actually, they are usually portrayed as Worthy Opponents and Noble Demons in both, especially in the latter when in at least one episode Archer gets a Klingon lawyer who serves as a Deconstruction of this (helpfully played by Deep Space Nine's General Martok, Worf's buddy), saying that neither of his parents were warriors and lamenting the way his people are becoming less civilised, as well as less honourable than they claim, but denying that every Klingon is a savage barbarian.
  • Always Someone Better: At the end of the day, they're usually presented as the most powerful fighting force in the Alpha Quadrant. Not the smartest but definitely the strongest.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority
  • Depending on the Writer: Are they space vikings? Space samurai? Petty thugs? Religious zealots? Note that whichever one they are can change mid-episode. The only consistent aspect of their culture is that they respect shows of great strength.
    • All but mocked in Star Trek vs. Transformers where it seems that Megatron and Starscream have no idea how the Klingons think and simply think showing off how strong a Cybertronian is all that they need to win the Klingons' allegiance.
  • The Drunken Sailor: And even the greatest of Klingon heroes are not allowed to receive their honors until they have proven that they can hold extreme amounts of Blood Wine.
  • Flanderization: Originally depicted in The Original Series as calculating Warrior Poets akin to Samurai. Later became Vikings In Space.
    • Lampshaded in-universe in the Enterprise era as a lawyer bemoans their society becoming nothing but barbaric thugs.
  • Glory Seeker
  • Hypocrite: For the whole "Klingons believe in honor" thing, let's not forget how fond they are of using their cloaking devices for underhanded sneak attacks and moving about undetected.
  • Klingon Promotion: Trope Namer.
  • Martyrdom Culture
  • Memetic Badass: So much that some people now have Klingon weddings!
  • Moral Myopia: A Klingon warship destroys a lightly armed science ship based on Insane Troll Logic? An honorable defence of the Klingon people. A human with no association with Starfleet kills a Klingon to protect two friends? ACT OF WAR! Sarek is not shy in calling this out.
  • National Weapon / BFS: The Bat'leth.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Rated "M" for Manly: Their idea of a bachelor party is four days of Macho Masochism. Their idea of a honeymoon is going on a hike through the nastiest terrain in the galaxy. Their idea of a joyous wedding night is for the happy couple to gleefully beat each other to a pulp. And their idea of a wedding ceremony is to tell how two mythical Klingons showed their love for each other by teaming up to sack and destroy the heavens. Isn't that romantic?
  • Rubber Forehead Aliens
  • Too Dumb to Live: No matter how many times they learn you can't trust Romulans, one of them will.

Romulans

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 "We are creatures of duty, Captain. I have lived my life by it. Just one more duty."

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  • Always Second Best: Particularly in TOS and TNG. They'll try to outwit the Federation and the Klingons but never quite make it.
  • Arch Enemy: On TNG. Not as powerful as the Borg, not as ruthless as the Cardassians, but more recurring than either and are behind half the evil schemes in that series. Arguably this again in Enterprise.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Are they shifty bad guys? Dignified and traditionalist aristocrats? Space Romans?
    • How much of their empire died when Hobus blew up?
  • Dying Race: After the Hobus supernova of 2387 destroyed Romulus. Only a minority of the species of the survived.
  • Evil Counterpart Race / Shadow Archetype: To Vulcans.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Their entire civilization disproves Sarek's belief that only total logic could save the Vulcan race.
  • Man Behind the Man: If some villain is implied to have a secret benefactor, the benefactor will probably be the Romulans. Especially if the villain is a Vulcan or a Klingon, just to show how traitorous or gullble they are as both species regard the Romulans as long-standing enemies.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: The more admirable of Romulans tend to be this way.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Secret Police: Known as the Tal Shiar.
  • Space Romans
  • Strawman Emotional: Disagreed with Surak's logic and left to start their own, more amoral, militaristic society.
    • Though overall, they are still very composed and disciplined. Ironically despite their imperialistic empire, they seem to contradict the idea that Vulcans who don't control their emotions are a dangerous menace, since on a personal level they rarely if ever violently lose their temper or hint at uncontrollable emotions. In-universe this is attributed to their lack of suppression; there is no emotional build-up to blow off when they lose their cool.
  • Wild Card: Just as likely to stab you in the back as they are to help you. It's why Starfleet didn't ask them for help against the Borg and was hesitant to do so against the Dominion. There's a 50/50 chance the Romulans would have helped or just propped up their feet and watched their enemies kill each other.
  • Worthy Opponent: Several of the most memorable Romulan characters in the original series, as well as a number of times in the novelizations.

Cardassians

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 "They were cunning warriors...always had a plan within a plan leading to a trap...it was an honor to kill them."

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Borg

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 "Resistance is futile."

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Bajorans

Ferengi

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 "All I ask is a tall ship and a load of contraband to fill her."

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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The more successful examples...
  • Early Installment Weirdness: They were originally shaping up to be the new Big Bad of TNG in its early episodes. Once the audience reacted to their design and personalities, they became a mercantile race.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: The Rules of Acquisition, of which there are over a hundred. Possibly the only code of honor the Ferengi follow.
    • Subverted by the Rules themselves turning out to be another scam -- at least in Quark's dream.
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 "Would you buy a book called Suggestions of Acquisition?!"

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  • Meaningful Name: The name "Ferengi" is a corruption of the word "farhang," which was a derisive word used in some parts of Southeast Asia to describe European colonialists merchants.
    • Variations are used across Asia, ultimately all distortions of the word Frank, i.e. somebody from France, mistakenly interpreted to mean all Europeans.
  • Space Pirate: Their original characterization when they were planed to be serious villains. Implicitly Retconned to be just a few who couldn't make it in "legitimate" business.
  • Straw Capitalists
  • This Loser Is You: Word of God paints the Ferengi as 21st-century humans, particularly Anglo-Saxons.
    • Turned on it's head a little though, if Quark can be trusted, in that while Ferengi are greedy as a virtue and sexist/xenophobic as a culture, they've also never taken it to the same extreme that humans have, citing that the Ferengi never had concentration camps, slavery or massive-scale warfare. In particular, Quark states that the Ferengi would have negotiated a mutually beneficial deal with the Dominion, as opposed to the Federation's "Independence at any cost" stance.

Trill

Vorta

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 "I live to serve you."

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Jem'Hadar

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 "Victory is life."

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