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Questions tagged [borg]

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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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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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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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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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 do Borg move so poorly (like 50s movie robots)?

Is there an in-universe explanation for why the Borg always move like 1950s cheap-special-effects sci-fi tin can robots? With the advanced technology they have, you'd think they would have BETTER (...
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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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Do we ever see assimilated Founders?

Are there any works, canon or otherwise, that deal with the concept of the Founders, or other shapeshifters, being assimilated or otherwise encountering the Borg? The idea of an assimilated Founder ...
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Why aren't we all Borg?

The Borg don't really seem like the type to hold back and in the tiny bit we saw of the delta quadrant in Voyager there were a lot of races technologically inferior compared to the Borg. So the fact ...
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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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Why do the Borg have physical computer interfaces?

I was watching Scorpion (VOY) parts 1 and 2 last night and a thought struck me: sure, their computer interface looks pretty cool, but why do they have a physical interface (i.e. they tap the screen ...
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What was the physical effect on Captain Picard of Borg assimilation?

After his Borg assimilation, Captain Picard appeared to be 100% restored to his original human self. But was that the case? (This question is purely about his physical restoration, I'm not interested ...
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Do Borg have sexual reproduction?

In light of the comments discussions for " Data being intimate with Tasha Yar - why was Data built with this capability? " involving Captain Picard and Borg Queen, a question popped into my mind: Do ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

In the Voyager episode 'Q2', Q screams at his son "Don't provoke the Borg!". This to me is an indication that even the Q are afraid of them. Was there ever any canon discussion about the affects of ...
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Why are there no non-humanoid Borg?

You rarely see non-human Borg, let alone non humanoid Borg. Are there any in-universe examples of non humanoid Borg, or do they only assimilate humanoid-type races (which would seem a rather limited ...
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Who are Species 125?

In Star Trek, the Borg Queen is said to be from Species 125. Has this species been identified? Or has it been assimilated before the rest of the galaxy could encounter them?
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If the Federation crew was able to beam aboard Borg cubes, why didn't they destroy it from the inside?

Many times Federation personnel beamed on board Borg Cubes, so if they were unable to destroy the Borg Cube by their torpedoes and other weapons why not simply plant a high energy destruction bomb ...
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Could a ship warp into Borg cube and destroy it?

During the Wolf-359 incident, 39 starships were destroyed, and 11,000 people were killed or assimilated. Why didn’t one of the smaller ships warp into that one Borg cube? Doesn’t warping into it ...
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The Borg became individuals following the reintegration of 'Hugh', how are they a collective again during First Contact?

Unless I missed something key during Descent 1/2, how is it that the Borg are once again a collective?
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Why didn’t Voyager fly to the end of the Bajoran wormhole in the Gamma Quadrant?

When Voyager was stranded in the Delta Quadrant, it would seem they had two options: either fly straight towards Federation space in the Alpha Quadrant, or go to the far end of the Bajorn wormhole in ...
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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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What is the life expectancy of a Borg?

How long does a Borg drone live for, if not endangered and 'nature' is allowed to take it's course? I know that they still mature, case in point Seven of Nine who was assimilated as a child. Do Borg ...
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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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How did Archer conclude that Borg would screw up Earth in 24th century?

In the 22nd century, after the Enterprise NX-01 destroyed a Borg ship, Doctor Phlox told Captain Archer about a subspace message he was receiving when he was infected by the Borg's nanobots. The ...
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What is the purpose of the red laser pointers some Borg have attached to their head?

I never saw a drone fire a weapon or anything where this laser guidance might have helped them. Out-of-universe it makes for a nice menacing effect when several drones step through fog, but I really ...
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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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Would the Borg assimilate a 20 century Earth?

If the Borg found Earth in 20 century or early 21st century, such as 2015, would they assimilate humanity? If they thought Earth is too primitive to their use, would they just leave Earth alone for ...
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How did the Borg come to know about Earth?

When the Enterprise-E destroyed a Borg cube in the 24th century, a small part of it travelled back in time (2063) to stop first contact of Humans with Vulcans. During the fight with Picard, two Borg ...
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Why are the Borg different in Voyager and TNG?

When I look at the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "I, Borg", I notice that that Borg reacts differently than the Borg in Star Trek: Voyager. Is there a specific reason for this?
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Borg Nanoprobes and shapeshifters/changelings [duplicate]

This question is mainly about if there was any canon occasion when the Borg tried to infect a founder/shapeshifter with nanoprobes and if there was, what was the result. If it did not occur, I'm also ...
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If the Borg assimilate a planet of idiots, does the Collective become dumber?

Is Borg intelligence based on the sum of all the parts (people) in the collective, or is there a base personality that is imprinted on newly assimilated persons?
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Why did the Borg name Locutus?

The other Borg get names like 4th of 12, adjunct matrix blah blah. So why did Captain Picard get a name when he was assimilated, instead of a numerical code / designation like all the other drones?
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Is it known to whom Data was referring when he told the Borg Queen of his most recent intimate experience?

In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen comes on to Data and asks him when the last time he was intimate and he states how long it has been for him - is it known to whom he was referring? Based on ...
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Given the multiple defeats at the hands of the Federation, why only one Borg Cube?

Given that the Federation defeats the Borg in every encounter they have, why do the Borg always only send one cube to challenge the Federation? They're pretty smart, you'd think they'd figure it out ...
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Why does the Borg Queen have a gender?

As I just answered, Borg don't have sexual reproduction. The Borg Queen seems to have replaceable bodies. So why does she even have a gender (e.g. Borg Queen vs. Borg Leader)? She does have one - ...
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Why do the Borg announce themselves?

As we all know, the Borg announce themselves with some variation of the classic: We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. The question is - why exactly they are doing this? ...
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Borg naming conventions

I have some chickens named with Borg designations. There were originally 4, so each of them was N of 4. Two of them died though, then I got two new ones, so should the new ones get their own group ...
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Why do the Borg only assimilate at close range?

Ever since the Borg evolved to include the nanoprobe-injecting tubules in First Contact (at least, I assume they had only recently developed them since we never saw that method of assimilation before),...
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Did The Cybermen influence the creation of The Borg?

Did Doctor Who's Cybermen influence Star Trek writers when they created the Borg? Did they even copy the idea? There are many similarities: both are cyborgs, both assimilate other species by force, ...
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What do the Borg eat?

We know Seven of Nine eats after she was severed from the collective. We know the Borg drones recharge/sleep in individual docking stations. Do the Borg drones eat? If so, what do they eat, and how is ...
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How does the Borg hive mind work?

Do I just not understand the concept of the hive mind entirely? My understanding is, its one voice that controls and orders all the drones in all unimatrices. It seems implausible (at least to me) ...
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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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Did the Borg originally have another name (and if so, what was it)?

According to information found, among other places, in this question, the name Borg is an abbreviated version of Cyborg, referring to the nature of the Borg. As can also be found in various sources, ...
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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 didn't Seven of Nine assimilate the Voyager crew when she was separated from the collective?

In the episode Scorpion: Part II Seven of Nine is separated from the collective when Chakotay uses a temporary neural link to sabotage the console she is using, permanently destroying her neural link. ...
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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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Does Picard have his arm removed?

In Best of Both World's Picard is shown to have a prosthetic arm. Was his real arm removed, or was the prosthetic simply ontop of his real arm/hand? If his hand/arm was removed, does he then have a ...
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In Star Trek First Contact, why did the Borg go to Earth, then back in time, couldn't they have time travelled first?

If the Borg possess the ability to time travel as we have seen, why would they travel in space to their target (i.e. Earth) then back in time, could not they do it from the Delta quadrant? That is ...
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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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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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How could the Borg be patrolling the border of fluidic space?

In "Unimatrix Zero", Axom says he's on a scout ship patrolling the border of fluidic space. I thought that fluidic space was in another dimension/ parallel universe and can only be entered through a ...