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Probably the most well known character in science fiction that wears a helmet would be Darth Vader (Correct me if I'm wrong. I haven't seen any Star Wars movie, but Vader is the one that had me thinking about this question).

The only villain I can think of would be the Hirogen.

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    Breen? memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Breen
    – jo1storm
    Sep 27, 2021 at 13:59
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    aren't the new and improved Pakled's in Lower Decks sometimes seen sporting helmets? TOS era Romulans were seen in helmets. Of course many Borg have some kind of plasticy-outer-covering on their pasty grey skulls. Not sure what you'd define as a villain, but Hunters from the Gamma quadrant wore helmets. - memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Helmet
    – NKCampbell
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:08
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    Helmet or mask? There's a big different between the two. Title says one thing, body says another.
    – Valorum
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:11
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    @NKCampbell - The ones that were hunting Tosk, right?
    – user144649
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:39
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    There was the knight in TOS "Shore Leave", but that's stretching things...
    – user888379
    Sep 27, 2021 at 19:54

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Memory-Alpha has a surprising few examples of helmets listed, but there are a couple of well known antagonists that wore them.

  • First is the Romulan commander Decius from TOS Balance of Terror.
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  • Second is the Breen from Deep Space Nine.
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  • The Breen remind of the Cylons. I wonder if one took inspiration from the other?
    – user144649
    Sep 27, 2021 at 16:47
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    @EmpressSvetlana Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)is with its Cylons is a reboot of Battlestar Galactics (1978-79) and Galactica 1980 with their Cylons. The Breenw ere seen in DS9 in the 1990s. Sep 27, 2021 at 17:25
  • So it's Cylons -> Breen. If anything, DS9 took inspiration from BSG (I'm not officially claiming they did. Just a thought).
    – user144649
    Sep 27, 2021 at 17:35
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    I always thought the Breen helmets had a lot of similarities with Leia's bounty hunter disguise from Return of the Jedi. There are unverified rumors on the web to that effect but nothing concrete. Sep 27, 2021 at 18:48
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    @EmpressSvetlana :D I love it! The Breen always reminded me of Princess Leia when she was undercover during the thermal detonator scene in Jabba's lair.
    – Lexible
    Sep 28, 2021 at 1:41
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For me, the best "mask-wearing villain" in Trek history is Sulan. He literally ripped the face off of a redshirt and wore it because he thought it made him look pretty.

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  • And even worse, a red-shirt played by a recognisable actor who had appeared in two or three episodes [EDIT: actually, only one episode] prior, so we had started to identify and like the character. One of the best and most devious things they did in the whole 7 seasons of Voyager.
    – Darren
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:23
  • Is their any reason why we haven't seen any more iconic villains in Star Trek wear helmets? Is it to avoid comparisons to Star Wars?
    – user144649
    Sep 27, 2021 at 14:54
  • Question is about helmets. Sep 27, 2021 at 17:52
  • @lucasbachmann - Yes, that's certainly what it's about after OP edited out the references to masks.
    – Valorum
    Sep 27, 2021 at 17:54
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Might as well throw in the "Hunters", from DS9's "Captive Pursuit".

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Do the foot-soldiers for the Albino (the villain of the DS9 episode Blood Oath) count? They wore helmets with one-way visors that covered their faces.

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    Are they villains though? At best they're hired goons
    – Valorum
    Sep 28, 2021 at 0:05
  • @Valorum- they're not much different from Imperial Stormtroopers- wouldn't you consider them villains?
    – Nu'Daq
    Sep 28, 2021 at 0:43

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