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I'm going through Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I'm wondering whether some of the enemies were "puppets" or agents of Q. Namely:

  • Armus - "Skin of Evil"
  • Nagilum - "Where Silence has Lease"

Both seem interested in humanity (and other races) very much like how Q does.

Could these be "puppets" or agents of Q, or just the way the writing was done?

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    Q isn't really one for subtlety... – DavidS Sep 8 '15 at 11:32
  • I suppose in Q-Who the Borg are agents of Q when Q decides to throw the enterprise in front of a Borg ship... It depends on what one considers an agent. – ewanm89 Sep 8 '15 at 12:25
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    @ewanm89: Or are the Enterprise crew agents of Q against the Borg? – Junuxx Sep 8 '15 at 18:07
  • @Junuxx, yes that is also a possibility. – ewanm89 Sep 8 '15 at 22:18
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    With Q, anything is possible. It's entirely possible that every member of the Enterprise-D except for Chief O'Brien was a Q-created/controlled hologram! – Ham Sandwich Dec 2 '15 at 3:05
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Armus

Certainly not. His genesis is explicitly described in the episode and while it's possible that he had something to do with the Q (heck, anything is possible when Q is involved) it's vanishingly unlikely.

TROI: Abandoned. Who deserted you?

ARMUS [OC]: Creatures whose beauty now dazzles all who see them. They would not exist without me.

TROI: You were together?

ARMUS [OC]: They perfected a means of bringing to the surface all that was evil and negative within. Erupting, spreading, connecting. In time it formed second skin, dank and vile

Frankly, no part of that description matches what we know about the Q.


Nagilum

Almost certainly not. Although he possesses many of the overt powers of the Q (the ability to manifest unreal objects, for example), his actions don't teach the crew anything. There's no "lesson learned", a common feature of all of the Q's interactions with humanity. He also seems rampantly (and needlessly) cruel, rather than possessing any of the vicious charm of Q. Frankly, murdering a junior crewman simply to make a point just isn't Q's style.

Compare

Nagilum: ... Be that as it may -- as species, we have no common ground. You are too aggressive. Too hostile. Too militant. - Where Silence Has Lease

with

Q: The Q became interested in you. Does no one here understand your incredible good fortune? - Hide and Q

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    Only Q is dazzled by how beautiful Q is. – Nerrolken Sep 8 '15 at 15:49
  • I wouldn't say that Nagilum killed the officer simply to make a point. From its point of view the entire encounter was an experiment. To it the death of an officer (or even half of the crew) was no different from a modern day scientist killing a number of mice via various means in order to see the affects on them. – Xantec Sep 8 '15 at 19:38
  • @Xantec - Yes, but if Nagilum was a Q-puppet, then the crewman's death would have been to make a point. That's my point. He wasn't killed to make a point. It was pointless. – Valorum Sep 8 '15 at 20:01
  • @Richard Pointless from our point of view, but I get what you're saying. – Xantec Sep 8 '15 at 20:02

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