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The Changelings are a species of shapeshifter from the Gamma Quadrant, seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Founders, the creators of the Dominion, are Changelings.

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Are Changelings’ molecules polar or nonpolar?

Would a Changeling be able to mix with other substances? In DS9, it said Odo couldn’t really eat, he described it as “messy”. Did that mean that the food or liquid fell out of him or that it mixed ...
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Why doesn't the Bashir Changeling slay Deep Space Nine's senior staff?

During the Dominion War, after Dr. Bashir is replaced aboard the station with a Changeling, why doesn't the Changeling at least attempt to kill the senior staff? Killing the staff would likely be ...
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Could Geordi detect Changeling infiltrators?

With his handy VISOR, would Geordi be able to detect Changelings masquerading as humans, Klingons, or even fog? Or could the Changelings still fool him?
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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, how is Odo able shapshift his comm badge? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the characters, Odo is able to shape-shift into other forms, including his humanoid form. When he is in his humanoid form, he is able to form clothing. That makes ...
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Has Q ever interacted with the Changelings?

Given Q's personality, the Changelings would seem a prime example of a species he would want to interact with, test and mess with. They have a god complex, like to manipulate and control other species ...
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How big can a Changeling get [duplicate]

In DS9 all Changelings are shown to be human size, however given their body is more like a clay substance than an actual body, have changelings ever been shown to take very large or very small forms?
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Does a Changeling have its own distinct body?

In DS9 the Changelings are shown in two different ways. Initially Odo is shown to have grown from a child to an adult indicating that each Changeling has its own distinct physical body. In later ...
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Who is the most recurring Star Trek character who was always themselves? [closed]

Impersonation, simulation, alternate universes and general xeno- and techno-shenanigans are a mainstay of the Star Trek franchises. It occurred to me that I can't really think of a main character who ...
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Why is Odo afraid of losing his ship?

I was reading this post about whether a changeling could become a spacecraft while watching Vortex, an episode of DS9. In the episode, while Odo is transporting a prisoner and comes under fire, he ...
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Why did this Changeling become suicidal?

In DS9: Apocalypse Rising, the changeling who's tries to kill Odo for identifying him. Between hundreds of angry Klingon fighters hunting for changelings he should have known that he will be killed ...
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Do Changelings within the Great Link have names?

Odo, Laas, and perhaps the other Changelings that were sent out to explore the galaxy have names, but do the Changelings within the Great Link also have names? I realize that the Female Changeling ...
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Can Changelings talk when they aren't in humanoid form?

Odo has certainly shown the ability to sense activity around him when he is morphed into other shapes. He shows the ability to hear a conversation between Worf, Quark, and a smuggler while taking the ...
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How did the Female Changeling know that no Changeling had ever harmed another?

At the end of "The Search," Odo asks the Female Changeling to allow himself, Kira, Sisko, and the rest to leave the Great Link planet. The Female Changeling permits this, stating that no changeling ...
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Can Founders/Changelings thrive (survive) in extremely cold temperatures?

I'm not sure how hardy the Founders are. I was wondering what would happen if the Female Changeling, Odo, or another Changeling/Founder visited the Breen Homeworld. The Changeling in question must not ...
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Why do the Founders look like Odo? [duplicate]

It's mentioned on a number of occasions that Odo's appearance is due to his lack of skill in imitating specific humanoid forms. We also know that other Changelings have no difficulty in assuming ...
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How does Odo copy someone's/something's form?

The EMH from Voyager needed to access personnel files in order to appear as others (see "Renaissance Man"), but I was wondering how Odo does so. Does he merely need to observe the individual, does he ...
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Do the Changelings (Founders) appear outside of Star Trek: Deep Space 9?

Various Star Trek series and movies have shape-shifting species, but do the Changelings appear in canon outside of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine? If not, has there been any reason stated for this? Major ...
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Do Changelings daydream?

In episodes of Voyager, it's shown that both the EMH and Seven of Nine can, and do, daydream. I was wondering if anything in canon suggests that Changelings (or Vulcans for that matter) daydream. It ...
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How can you obtain a sample of changeling?

In the middle of Paradise Lost Captain Sisko is framed into allegedly being a changeling. Plot is achieved by presenting a sample of something, that looks like a Sisko's blood, which then turns out to ...
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How could destroying the entire power relay system render Earth completely defenseless?

Near the end of Homefront episode, we learn that (probably) changeling spies have destroyed entire Earth's power relay system, and that has rendered Earth virtually defenseless. How is this possible? ...
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Would it really matter, if Odo had never contacted The Great Link?

Close to the end of Homefront episode, we hear, that captain Sisko says, that it would be much better, if Odo would never found The Great Link and other changelings. Odo agrees. How could that be ...
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How did changelings learn who killed one of them?

In the middle of Homefront, we hear that the Changelings know that (in the earlier episode The Adversary). How it this possible? How could this information reach The Great Link? From our ...
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How did this Changeling pass the blood test?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Way of the Warrior”, General Martok met with Benjamin Sisko and Kira Nerys aboard Deep Space Nine. Before they began the meeting, General Martok insisted on ...
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Do changelings have their own gods?

Jem'Hadar and Vorta see the Changelings as gods. I'm not sure if Changelings are deluded enough to actually believe this, or if they just appreciate the attention. However, is there anything in the ...
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Do the other changelings need to regenerate?

In the earlier seasons of DS9 it was established that Odo needs to spend at least some time in his liquid form every 16 hours (which he referred to as 'regenerating'). Does this apply to the rest of ...
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Why can't changelings regulate temperature?

In DS9, the changelings can change their forms to all sorts of fantastic things including changing states of matter, such as to a plasma, which would take a marked increase in energy. Why then, can ...
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Why does the female changeling always appear in human form?

The female changeling nearly always appears in a female-Odo-like-version. I understand that she uses that form when negotiating with the Federation or meeting Odo, which is explained in other ...
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What does “female” mean for the Female Changeling?

This question Why do the other changelings look like Dr Mora? deals with why the changelings take on the appearance they do. But why is the Female Changeling female? Is there a biological basis for ...
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Do Shapeshifters, like Odo, shift just shape, or composition as well?

When Odo is shaped as a humanoid, for example, is his eye just the outward shape of an eye? Or does he have a lens, and a retina, and an optic nerve, and a brain made of neurons processing images?
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What are the established ways which can or cannot harm a Changeling?

Obviously Star Trek changelings are quite robust. I know the answers to some of these, but I'll just leave it to someone to provide a complete answer. To harm means to kill or to do damage to a ...
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How could Odo be knocked unconscious?

In the DS9 episode Vortex (season 1, episode 11), Odo is knocked unconscious in the cavern by falling rocks. Being a changeling, how is this possible? Despite his outward appearance, he is not ...
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Can a changeling survive in space?

They don't eat, breathe, etc. Can Changelings survive in space? Could a changeling transform into a ship and fly?
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Does Odo lose consciousness when he goes into his bucket?

Not sure if Odo is totally unconscious or if he retains some sort of awareness while "resting" in his bucket. What do the episodes say?
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Why does the changeling turn to black powder after dying?

In DS9's "The Adversary," Odo kills the Ambassador Krajensky Changeling by slamming it into the Defiant's warp core. Injured, the changeling whispers final words to Odo and then crumbles into black ...