Lieutenant Commander Data is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe portrayed by actor Brent Spiner. Designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the starships USS Enterprise-D and USS ...

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How fast can Data run?

Data is an android, of course, so it stands to reason that he can run faster than the typical humanoids. Is there anything in canon (or otherwise) that speaks to this? The only time I can recall ...
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What was this character thinking in “Brothers”?

In "Brothers", Data takes over the ship, at the direction of Soong's signal. What always confused me about this was what the signal did to Data. On the one hand, it seems unlikely that Soong was ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

After Kivas hits Data with the acid in "The Most Toys," he presents the android with a choice: run around naked, or change into the purple clothes which were refused earlier. Data chooses the latter ...
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Would the stun setting really incapacitate Data?

In "Brothers," after Data has commandeered the bridge, Captain Picard wonders if the computer would supply them with the exact stun setting required to incapacitate Data. It seems unlikely to me ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Throughout Star Trek, Data reminds people that he is, in fact, an android. While he doesn't sweat, his artificial skin and hair should have their own scent -- yet it's never remarked on, as far as I ...
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Does Data smell?

It's pretty clear Data can see, hear, and feel stimuli; in fact his sight is better than the average humanoid's. But what about his olfactory abilities? Can he smell or taste anything?
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Does Data “unlearn” things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...
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What was Data reciting?

I believe this scene occurs at the end of "The Big Goodbye." After leaving the holodeck and taking part in a Dixon Hill mystery (gone wrong, of course), Data and company are still in their holodeck "...
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Has Data ever gotten any software upgrades?

Other than his emotion chip (which was more like adding a hardware peripheral), has Data ever had software upgrades? I realize his programming was designed to learn and different areas of his ...
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Could Data live (at least for a short time) on a Y class planet?

In "Demon," Tom and Kim go to the surface of a Y class planet, despite the huge risk to humanoid life. Even their suits wear away in the atmosphere shortly after landing. Could Data survive without ...
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Could Q make Data human?

I remember an episode of The Next Generation where at the end Q gave Data a gift, which was experiencing laughter. But before Q gave the laughter to him, Data thought Q wanted to make him human. Is it ...
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Does Skoran survive?

At the end of "Thine Own Self," Skoran impales Data with a metal rod. This causes Data to shut down, and Skoran to be electrocuted. The latter screams in pain. Does anything speak to Skoran's fate? ...
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Star Trek TNG episode where the Enterprise accelerates to the end of space in a short time

A long time ago, I watched some Star Trek episode (Mr. Data was in it) when the Enterprise suddenly accelerates to the huge speed, faster than warp 9, and came to the end of space in short time (maybe ...
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Can Data pronounce Spock's true name?

Apparently, Spock's true name cannot be pronounced by humans (humanoids?). The same has been said of the Traveler's name. Since Data is artificial, I wonder if he wouldn't be so limited. Though he ...
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Why doesn't Data go into super speed more often?

Data is capable of moving much faster than anyone else onboard, and he can do complicated math calculations in his head as easily as Picard or Riker can read a children's book. Why, then, doesn't Data ...
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Was Commander Data's potential wasted on the Enterprise?

Commander Data was a terrific character and Star Trek: The Next Generation would not have been the same show without him. I know that. But, in-universe, wasn't Data's potential and overall ...
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Did Data murder Lore?

In TNG "Measure of a Man", it is established that Data is a sentient being who enjoys all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Federation, and this presumably includes the right to a fair trial. ...
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Why is Data so awkward on the Enterprise?

Having seen most episodes in TNG, and being an all around big fan, I am constantly surprised that Data is so awkward. Yeah I know, he's "not a human but is trying to become human". But he already has ...
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Could Data filter the CO2 out of the air?

In Act 1 of Episode 5x04 (Silicon Avatar) Back on the planet, the colonists have taken shelter underground. Data believes that the refractory metals in the rock strata will protect them. Crusher ...
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What happened to Data's eye?

Reading this question, I came across the below image: If you look closely, you can see that Data's eye is blue! Now, out of universe, Brent Spiner's eyes are blue, so that's the out of universe ...
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Why does Data want to be human?

If Data cannot be happy or sad, why does he try to be more human and is wanting an emotion?
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What was the original description and backstory for the character of Data?

I've seen a video about the original wardrobe and makeup for Brent Spiner in the character of Data. One of the pictures I have found is this: You will note how, well, human Data looks in this ...
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Does anyone perform routine maintenance on Data?

On the Enterprise-D, the Engineering department try to make sure that most (if not all) machinery are working efficiently by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Data is also technically a ...
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How can Troi outrank Data?

In the 7th TNG season episode 16 Thine Own Self, Deanna Troi gets promoted to the rank of Commander after passing the "bridge test". When Data hears of this, Troi tells him he can now call her "sir", ...
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Who wrote “Ode to Spot” and Data's other poem?

Who wrote the rather clever poems for the script of "Schisms"? (Title and start unknown) ... Then we sat on the sand for some time and observed How the oceans that cover the world were ...
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How were Doctor Arik Soong and Noonien Soong related?

I see Noonien listed as a descendant of Arik, but I'm not exactly sure how they are related. Is there a Soong family tree of some sort that shows who married who, the name of the offspring, etc. that ...
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Why didn't Data's head give off a detectable positronic signature in Time's Arrow?

As established in Positronic signature in Nemesis, positronic signatures are detectable at a considerable distance by Starfleet equipment, and Starfleet vessels seem to regularly scan for such ...
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When did Data speed time up really fast? [duplicate]

There was a Star Trek episode where the ship was being attacked with a laser directed at the warp core. The ship had no defense against the laser and was going to get destroyed. Data somehow did ...
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How is Data able to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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How does Data know what Bingo is but not what perfume is?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" how is it that Data doesn't know what an aphrodisiac or perfume is, but in the same episode knows of 'Bingo', an obscure ancient human game? ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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How can Data know nothing about the Orient Express?

In the beginning of "Emergence" (Star Trek The Next Generation's season 7) Data is relaying some information about the Orient Express train to captain Picard. Data is clearing reading that information ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

This is the final dialogue of the episode as well as being Shelby's last time on TNG show: RIKER: And Earth Station McKinley has advised they're ready to begin refitting the Enterprise. ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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Did the Selay & Antican delegations ever get to the peace process?

In "TNG : Lonely Among Us" the purpose of the Enterprise's mission was to deliver the Selay and Antican delegations to a peace process. They get side tracked by an energy species from an energy cloud. ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “justice” of Star Trek TNG do we ever learn what the entities that the Edo call god really are?

Is there anything in canon that teaches us what the entities orbiting the planet are, their capabilities, where they come from, etc.? I am happy to accept responses based on the expanded universe (EU)...
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Is it possible for Data to eventually gain emotions without a chip?

It is my personal opinion that the more the Android learns human knowledge, the more human he becomes. The very yearning to be so is human in its own right. If I understand, the emotion chip causes ...
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Positronic signature in Nemesis

In Nemesis, the Enterprise E is lured to Kolarin III by a positronic signature, which ends up being B-4, another Soongian android. Would starships of that time period (circa 2379) normally monitor ...
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Does Data have Bluetooth or similar radio? [duplicate]

Every time I see Data interacting with a computer or network he is using a terminal or communicator just like everyone else. Surely a bluetooth or communicator device could easily be incorporated ...
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Did Data murder B4?

Since Data overrode B4's personality, would it be fair to say that Data murdered B4 to ensure his own survival?
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Is there any information about Data after Nemesis?

In the last movie of TNG's generation, "Nemesis", near the end in the Scimitar (Shinzon's ship)... spoilers ahead... Earlier in the movie the team discovers B-4, a prototype android constructed by ...
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How does Data's computation ability compare to the Enterprise's?

Can the ship perform more calculations per second since it is much larger and is not confined to the size of an average human? Or is the ship actually a distributed network of many computers ...
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Do the Borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

Do the Borg believe that Data is inferior to them somehow? Data's technology is demonstrated to be somewhat compatible with (and perhaps superior than) the Borg in The Best of Both Worlds, and in ...
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Why didn't Data subdue Worf?

Toward the end of Genesis, de-evolved Worf is pounding on a door, trying to get to Deanna Troi. Data and Picard are also behind the door. Picard then decides to take Deanna's pheromones with him in a ...
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Why is Data so surprised that he's mortal?

In "Time's Arrow," the discovery of Data's head in a cave is evidence that Data is to die at some point. During a conversation with Geordi in Ten Forward, Data tells him that such a revelation doesn't ...
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Could Data have floored Khan with a single punch?

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan invites Captain Kirk to punch him. Kirk does, repeatedly, and Khan is totally unaffected. Suppose that Data were on the scene instead of Kirk, and Khan, thinking ...
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What languages is Data fluent in?

Data can speak French, apparently fluently, and surely can speak other ancient languagues equally well. I would imagine that he can also speak Klingon well. I recall that in Nemesis, Data struggles ...