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Reference for a story- wondering about certain characteristics. Is there any physical characteristic that would be considered a stigma in Vulcan society also?

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    Being human is considered a stigmatic physical characteristic in Vulcan society.
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 1:09
  • @Valorum I think the inclusion of "also" in the OP's question implies that blue/green eyes are a stigma in human culture, and the OP is wondering about analogous stigmata in Vulcan culture. I don't think humans are a part of Vulcan culture.
    – BMF
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 1:13
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    the physical ability to perform mind-melds was at one point anathema
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 1:17
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    Vulcans can have whatever color eyes the actor cast for the role has. (see, of course, Saavik, as mentioned in LogicDictates' excellent answer). Tech capabilities to fit the plot. Physical characteristics to fit the actors.
    – Basya
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 12:16
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    Do you want to know about stigmas, or about eye colours? This is two questions in one. Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 18:08

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Vulcans can certainly have blue eyes...

Some may also have green eyes, but the only example I can think of is Saavik, when she was portrayed by Kirstie Alley in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Saavik had brown eyes when she was portrayed by Robin Curtis in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and was stated to be "half Vulcan and half Romulan" in one of the scripts for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (though this was never mentioned within canon), so this example seems a bit iffy on more than one count.

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We've seen quite a few Vulcans with blue eyes though, including at least one from Star Trek: The Original Series (if that's what you meant by "original"). The examples below are listed in order of appearance.

Stonn (TOS: "Amok Time")

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Satelk (TNG: "The First Duty")

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T'Pan (TNG: "Suspicions")

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T'Lara (DS9: "Rules of Engagement")

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Sitak (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

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Solok (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")

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V'Lar (ENT: "Fallen Hero")

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V'Las (ENT: "The Forge", "Awakening", "Kir'Shara")

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Regarding the question about stigma, there are obviously various behaviors which would be stigmatised within Vulcan society, subject to specific eras (mind melds were stigmatised during the 22nd century, but not in the 23rd and 24th centuries). I don't recall hearing of any physical characteristics possessed by any Vulcans which would be stigmatised in that way though.

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    As an addendum, we know from TOS that Romulans can have blue eyes -- the centurion in Balance of Terror (played by John Warburton) did. Given that Vulcans and Romulans are effectively the same species... Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 11:09
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    @T.J. Crowder - Good call. Come to think of it, the Vulcan, Stonn, from "Amok Time" had blue eyes too. I'll edit that into my answer. Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 11:34
  • Gah! Of course he did! I remember noting it when I first saw that ep... Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 11:56
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    On the Romulan/Vulcan thing, Robin Curtis's Saavik was Vulcan but Kirstie Alley's Saavik was half-Romulan. (Similarly, Where no man has gone before Spock had a distant human ancestor, but subsequent Spock was half-human)
    – Graham Lee
    Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 12:17
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    @Graham Lee - I don't believe Saavik was ever established as half-Vulcan canonically, but according to her page on Memory Alpha, she was stated to be half-Vulcan, half-Romulan in one or more of the scripts for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and half-Vulcan in a script for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. And yeah, Spock did claim one of his "ancestors married a human female" in the second TOS pilot, but canonically we now know that was true of his parents. Commented Dec 10, 2020 at 12:53

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