In the Dark Frontier episode of Star Trek Voyager, the Borg Queen is contacting Seven of Nine and she tells her that her deassimilation and putting her on board Voyager was intentional, and was part of the plan of having an agent among Voyager's crew.

We know very well that this is not true. Seven of Nine was severed from the Collective at the end of the Borg-Species 8472 War, purely by the actions of Voyager's crew. Her link to the Collective was disabled, the closest Borg cube was destroyed and there is absolutely no chance that the Borg Queen could plan this or even predict such a sequence of events.

Does this means that the Borg Queen is lying to Seven of Nine? Could something as perfect as the queen of all Borg lower herself to such a human tactic like lying, just to make their plans come true?

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    “Could something as perfect as the queen of all Borg” — sounds like someone’s hoping to get assimilated themselves. Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 10:39
  • No, it is just an expression (cite) of Borg Queen own description.
    – trejder
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 12:55
  • She probably wouldn't consider it lying, just 'explainin the perfection of my plans'.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 13:41
  • @trejder: does she actually describe herself as perfect? I’ve only done a quick search of her quote page on IMDB, but it seems like she describes the Borg as a whole as perfect (or moving towards perfection), as opposed to herself. Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 13:47
  • @PaulD.Waite "...I am the Borg" - Star Trek: First Contact
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Apr 4, 2014 at 15:35

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The Borg Queen is far from perfect; the pursuit of perfection is what drives the Borg, after all. In that same episode you cite above, the Borg Queen does lie to Seven of Nine at another time; Seven catches her in her lie, as the Borg, never needing to lie, aren't very good at it when they need to. This would indicate that the Queen is capable of lying. The producers also left that claim by the Queen deliberately vague; Seven's ability to catch the Queen in a lie may indicate that her previous statement that Seven was always meant to be an agent is true, or it may indicate that Seven was too emotional at the time to pick up on the subtle cues that the Queen was lying. It's a very good, very clever episode for that reason.

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    What lie did 7 catch her in?
    – JMFB
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 20:08
  • @JMFB The Queen told Seven they had captured the shuttle (Delta Flyer) when in reality they had only detected it and it was evading them. Commented May 14, 2022 at 14:09

S05E16 Dark Frontier Voyager shuttle is trying to hide from the Queen with multiadaptive shielding that Seven of Nine's parents invented.

Queen adapts, Voyager remodulates shields and hides again. Queen lies that they have the shuttle - 3 lifeforms one hologram. Seven says that she would have felt their presence because Borg would have assimilated by now. Queen smiles. : )

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    Ah this is the lie +1 not sure why this wasn't given a correct answer.
    – JMFB
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 20:10

The Borg Queen can lie. In "Unimatrix Zero" the Borg Queen tells a child that "assimilation turns us all into friends". The boy then asks if it is fun, and the Queen looks at him and blatantly says, "Yes, it's fun". This is a blatant lie as the Borg have no need or concept of fun. This is evidenced by Seven of Nine's transition from the collective. She had to develop a "fun side". The Borg also lie in "Scorpion" when they promise Janeway safe passage through their space.

  • IMO that's just a question of how you define "friends" and "fun". Friends are people that you understand, meet frequently, possibly work with, etc. All things you could apply to Borg drones as well. It's not really a lie.
    – Mario
    Commented May 4, 2014 at 7:35
  • I agree with @Mario but in Scorpion that was also a lie so +1
    – JMFB
    Commented Jul 31, 2015 at 20:11

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