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The Borg are a fictional pseudo-race of cybernetic organisms depicted in the Star Trek universe, first encountered when Q brings the Enterprise to meet them in 2365. Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag.

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Is there a link between the Vogon's “Resistance is Useless” and the Borg's “Resistance is Futile”?

In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we read: FORD: Alright, just stop panicking! ARTHUR: Who said anything about panicking?!? This is still just a culture shock. FORD: Arthur! You’re ...
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Was Geordi and Data's “invasive program” to annihilate the Borg ever attempted again?

In the Season 5 episode “I, Borg”, Picard directs his crew to come up with an "invasive program" to implant in their captured Borg drone "Hugh" in the hopes of annihilating the Collective. PICARD: ...
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What was the origin of Star Trek's Borg?

Was there any explanation of the origin of the Borg from Star Trek? I've seen most of the TV shows but not read any books - is it explained there?
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Did the Borg follow a Borgesian philosophy?

(By Borgesian, I mean the philosophy of Jorge Luis Borges.) Context: I've been working on a book for quite a while. One of its main themes is the odd connections between random parts of history. ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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In the Battle of Wolf 359, one ship survives. Which one was it and why did it survive?

In "TNG: The Best of Both Worlds," 40 Starfleet starships under the command of Admiral J.P. Hanson gather near Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube ship traveling to Earth. (The Star Trek Encyclopedia (...
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Why do the Borg refer to Earth as 'Sector 001'?

A note for future readers of this question: this is based on an incorrect memory of the Voyager episode 'Dark Frontier'. The term 'Sector 001' indicates that it is a point of origin. Unless I'm ...
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Why did the Borg never bring waves of ships to the Alpha quadrant to conquer it?

I just finished watching Star Trek: Voyager and it occurred to me that the Borg (especially with the transwarp hub that Voyager destroyed) could have assimilated the Alpha Quadrant with waves of ships....
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How can the Next Generation's unfamiliarity with the Borg be explained after Archer's encounter?

In Regeneration Starfleet learns about a culture that we (as audience) know as The Borg. According to TNG, the Federation doesn't seem to know anything about these beings when they "first" meet them. ...
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Where were the advanced species and civilizations of ST:TOS during the war against the Borg?

Recently, I've decided to make it a personal task to watch through ALL of Star Trek. I grew up on TNG and watched it whenever I could. I mention this because I have a distant recollection of many of ...
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Why did they never point the Borg towards Organia or a Douwd? [duplicate]

In all their dealings with the Borg, why did they never think of directing them to Organia or in the direction of a Douwd? It would have solved the problem quickly.
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The Borg uses many numbers as species designation, who were Species 1?

The Borg has always referred to other species by numbers (i.e. 8472, 3259 for Vulcans, 5618 for Humans ..etc ). It is assumed according to this that the numbers were incremental based on first ...
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What is the grinding sound made by the Borg in Star Trek Voyager?

I've noticed that in Star Trek Voyager, the Borg almost always make a strange wet grinding sound. Is this breathing, joints moving, or something else entirely? There's hardly anything about Star Trek ...
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In the movie Star Trek: First Contact, could the Borg have been beamed off the Enterprise? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: First Contact, once the Enterprise's crew found out that the Borg were on board, could they have beamed the Borg off the Enterprise out into outer space, or do the Borg have the ...
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Why did Captain Janeway decide it would be better to deal with the Borg than Species 8472?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episodes: Scorpion and Scorpion, Part II, why did Captain Janeway decide it was a better decision to deal with the Borg than with the currently unknown alien designated by ...
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Why does Locutus refer to Riker as “Number One?”

When Captain Picard was assimilated by the Borg, he lost his prior identity. He obviously was no longer on the side of the Federation, as he was actively working against it. And yet he still referred ...
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Were the Dominion aware of the Borg?

Are there any canon sources which indicate that the Dominion was aware of the Borg? If so, do those sources indicate what the Dominion planned to do about them? I find it hard to believe that they ...
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Would the Vulcan nerve pinch work on a Borg drone?

If the Borg were to attack the planet Vulcan, could Vulcans incapacitate Borg drones using the Vulcan nerve pinch?
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Were the Borg destroyed at the end of Voyager?

In the series finale of Voyager (and arguably the series finale of all the Star Trek TV series if DS9's date is right in my head) we see However, were the Borg destroyed or did the virus just cripple ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise-E crew just use holodeck machine guns against the Borg? [duplicate]

Picard is pursued by the Borg while they take over the Enterprise-E. He starts a chapter of some crime-drama holo-novel on the holodeck. The crime boss and his henchmen carry tommy guns, which Picard ...
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Why did the Borg ignore these Enterprise crew members when they were assimilating?

During the movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg were assimilating as many crew members as they could as they took over the Enterprise-E. Picard watches a Borg drone lead a crew member away to ...
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Were the Borg inspired by Lord Dread?

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a dystopian science fiction television series that aired in North America for only one season (1987-1988), and which had J. Michael Straczynski as its ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg?

In episode Q2 of Voyager, Q tells his son: Q : If the Continnum's told you once, they've told you a thousand times. DON'T PROVOKE THE BORG!! If Q are omnipotent / immortal / all powerful, why ...
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Why don't Starfleet Officers wear protective gear when going abroad?

So I've watched pretty much all the Star Treks and from what I've seen, Star Trek officers don't wear any protective gear! Why don't they wear any kind of armor like the Klingons? Is it because the ...
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Could a Borg member survive a ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’-type transporter malfunction? [closed]

Given how durable and adaptable the Borg are, could they survive the type of transporter malfunction seen in ‘Star Trek:The Motion Picture’(1979)? If so, could this Borg member reshape itself into ...
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Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?

I remember reading somewhere a theory that V'ger (the being that the Voyager probe had become in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) was somehow responsible for the creation of the Borg. Is this canonical?...
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Why did the Borg use a cutting beam in “Best of Both Worlds” part 1 act III?

In "Best of Both Worlds" part 1 act III, the Borg hail the Enterprise and demand the personal surrender of Picard: "Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the starship Enterprise, registry NCC-1701-D, you ...
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What's the first aired episode where we hear the Borg say “resistance is futile”?

IIRC the first episode we see them in is TNG's Q Who when Q throws the Enterprise into another quadrant to prove to Picard that they aren't ready for what's out there, but I don't recall whether they ...
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Can the Borg suffer from STDs or other diseases present in the blood?

We've seen that when the Borg assimilate a species they use tubes injected into the target to transfer nano probes. If someone is infected with HIV/AIDs, can the Borg become infected through ...
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Can the Borg use alien DNA instead of assimilating?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode Drone, the doctor’s mobile emitter and Seven of Nine's nano probes come together to make an advanced Borg drone. Seven of Nine's dialog: SEVEN: This technology ...
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Why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time?

I re-watched First Contact today, and as sort of a followup to my previous question, why didn't Picard destroy the Borg sphere before it went back in time? When they finally did go back in time, they ...
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Do the Borg selectively assimilate only men, or are drones de-sexed?

In Star Trek, nearly all the adult Borg we see appear to be male. While there might be some reason out of universe for this, in universe this doesn't make much sense. When a culture is assimilated all ...
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Could the Borg have origins from an awry experiment in the Delta Quadrant? [duplicate]

Could the Borg have been a result of a civilization in the Delta Quadrant trying to develop advanced medical nanites and the experiment went awry?
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How come the Federation did not routinely use projectile weapons against the Borg?

In "First Contact" Picard kills a couple of Borg drones in the Holodeck with a holographic Tommy gun. It would appear that while the Borg are able to adapt to become impervious to energy weapons, ...
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Why is there a Borg Queen?

From what I can tell, the Borg are a singular collective consciousness spread across multiple bodies: they're defined by their lack of individuality and central consciousness. So then why is there a ...
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Why is there no Borg threat in the DS9 series?

The Borg are a major threat in Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: Voyager (I haven't watched the latter, but looking at this it seems they are). Those two series happen at roughly the same time as DS9, ...
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“Your culture will adapt to service us” - has it ever?

We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile. ...
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Did Hugh ever accomplish his mission?

At the end of "I Borg", Hugh is tasked with reuniting with the Collective in hopes of introducing the choice of individuality and giving them the opportunity to freely choose a path that didn't ...
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Was ST: First Contact Borg Queen a different one from ST: Voyager Borg Queen?

Were they meant to be the same entity? If they weren't, does this imply that Borg have distinct "hives"? Out-of-Universe, the actresses playing the roles were all mixed up, but sounds like Paramount ...
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Has any race ever “established a relationship” with the Borg, as Guinan implies is possible?

At the end of "Q Who?", Guinan tells Picard that Q's actions led to a premature contact between the Federation and the Borg. The scene is largely in line with everything we know about the Borg and ...
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Why are the Borg not entirely synthetic?

It is regularly stated that the Borg's ultimate goal is achieving perfection. The Borg attempt to accomplish this by assimilating various species "biological and technological distinctiveness" and ...
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Why do all Borg look different?

The main shtick of the Borg is lack of individuality, homogeneity; one borg being functionally no different from the rest. They are assimilated with nanobots and from those nanobots implants are grown....
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Why didn't the Borg try to invade Romulus first?

If I look at starcharts of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants, the Romulan Star Empire is east, somewhat north east of Federation space (as viewed from above the galaxy). Now this corresponds with the ...
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How do Starfleet phasers become useful again after being rendered useless by Borg shielding?

The Borg have shielding and adapt to energy weapons, rendering them useless after a couple of shots. Why can phasers be used at various times immediately well, then again at a later date/episode/...
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Book Identification with Q

I'm interested in the title of the book where the Borg Queen attempts to assimilate Q, but the nanoprobes have zero effect. I think I want to purchase this book online, so please don't include any ...
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Do the Borg have a pre-programmed directive?

I always wonder why the Borg behave the way they do, and exactly how their collective thinks. Do they strive for dominance and perfection because they are programmed to do so, or is the collective ...
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What did the Borg Queen mean when she told Harry “We'll see you soon” in Unimatrix Zero?

In the Voyager episode, "Unimatrix Zero," the Borg Queen contacts Voyager and warns Janeway not to interfere in her attempts to root out and destroy Unimatrix Zero. As the communication was ending, ...
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Why are the Ferengi classed as Species 180, by the Borg?

If we take it that the Borg assign species coding, based on contact, how are the Ferengi so low in the chart? I believe that 7of9 called them Species 180. Were the Borg in the Alpha Quadrant really ...
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Why are there so many human Borg?

Very related to this question, we know why there are so few/almost no non-humanoid Borg out there. That's all well and good. But in nearly every iteration of Borg that we've seen, every last member ...
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Could Harry Mudd be the Progenitor of the Borg? [closed]

I know it sounds strange, but hear me out. Harry Mudd was last seen trapped on a planet of super advanced androids that operated with a shared consciousness. These androids wanted to study humans in ...