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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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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 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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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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Do the Borg not wonder why everybody hates them?

The Borg tend to justify their actions by claiming that they are "improving" species, bringing them closer to perfection. They are bringing order to chaos. Basically they reckon they're the good guys. ...
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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 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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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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Why does Seven of Nine pronounce “Futile” differently than Locutus?

Before Seven of Nine was freed from the Borg collective by the Voyager crew, she was designated to speak on behalf of the Collective. Of course, she said the famous Borg phrase "Resistance is Futile". ...
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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 do the Borg care so much about Earth?

So the Borg are introduced to the Federation by Q, but the fact remains the Federation lives on the other side of the Galaxy, and aside from more possible encounters with Q / Caretaker like beings, ...
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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 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 do the Borg have such a hard time understanding individuality?

The Borg assimilate individuals and their entire mind becomes a part of their collective. Every time they to do this, they must gain the exact experiences and legitimate reasonings as to why other ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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Do the Borg have any plans after assimilating all they want?

We know that the Borg's aim is to assimilate all worthy species to attain perfection. But the thought struck me: what then? The Borg seem to preoccupy themselves with assimilation, and this takes up ...
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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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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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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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Are the Borg aware of the Q?

Is the Borg Collective aware of the Q continuum? The Borg cube near System J-25 in the Delta Quadrant, must have seen the Enterprise disappear in front of them and completely off long range sensors. ...
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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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Are the Borg a species?

We see that they assimilate/absorb many different species. With that said, are the Borg themselves considered a species unto themselves?
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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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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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Star Trek Voyager - Species 8472 vs. the Borg

How come the Borg could not adapt to Species 8472? Voyager was able to create nano probes that could destroy Species 8472 and yet the Borg couldn't figure that out? Why?
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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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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 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 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 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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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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Why weren't civilians evacuated before the fleet at Wolf 359 engaged the borg?

In the Star Trek: TNG two-parter Best of Both Worlds, Starfleet assembles a fleet of 40 ships to engage the Borg at Wolf 359. In Deep Space Nine's first episode, Emissary, we learn that civilians ...
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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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Why do the Borg need to assimilate entire species?

In The Raven, its mentioned that the Borg know much of the Talaxians because a small vessel was assimilated and their characteristics were added to the collective. Why do the Borg then need to ...
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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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Why didn't Picard go through with the “geometric pattern” plan against the borg?

In ST:TNG Season 5, episode "I, Borg", the crew comes across a damaged Borg individual that they isolate from the collective, and name him "Hugh". Toward the end of the episode, they decide to give ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 the Borg ever lie?

I know that in the novel "ST The Return" by Shatner, the borg are able to lie. I was wondering if this novel is considered canon, and whether there are any other instances where they lie.
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What does “The Best of Both Worlds” refer to?

Two of the most famous episodes of The Next Generation are "The Best of Both Worlds" Parts 1 and 2, in which Picard is assimilated by the Borg and Riker and the remaining crew are faced with the ...
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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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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 ...