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The Klingons are a major race in the Star Trek universe. The primary antagonists in The Original Series, the Klingon Empire and the Federation form an alliance before the time of The Next Generation. Several Klingon characters appear across the Star Trek franchise and a constructed language for the race is the most popular fictional language by number of speakers, according to Guinness World Records. Use this tag with the [star-trek] tag.

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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

The United Federation of Planets contains 150 planets-worth of civilisations. This includes Humans, Vulcans, and many others. Presumably they would have a massive capacity for producing warships if ...
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Was General Chang's ship ever duplicated?

In Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, we learn that General Chang has a unique Bird of Prey with the ability to fire while cloaked, something that up to that point was considered impossible. But ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

Inspired by Why don't Starfleet ships use cloaking devices? I thought a better question is, why do Klingon ships use cloaking devices? It seems we're always told about Klingon honour and their ...
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After a period of time, would Worf be considered a Dahar Master? [duplicate]

After all that Worf has done, all for the sake of the Empire, would he not deserve the title of Dahar Master?
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Do Klingons Respect Human Warriors from Antiquity?

In general, especially before the Treaty of Alliance, and the earlier neutral zone cease-fires, the Klingons thought very lowly of humanity. However, fast-forward, in time to after the Treaty of ...
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Was the pronunciation of the name Kahless changed deliberately for Discovery?

As far as I can tell, throughout all previous Star Trek installations, the Klingon "national hero" Kahless was always pronounced "kay-less", with a stress on the first syllable. In Discovery, however,...
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Does gagh provide complete nutrition?

Klingons sure love their gagh. It seems like they're eating the creepy-crawlies every time we see Klingon food. Even if there are other Klingon foods, it raises the question: Does gagh have all of ...
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In Star Trek V, why was the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey hanging close to Earth?

The sequence at the beginning of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier shows the Pioneer 10 probe being destroyed by a Klingon Bird-Of-Prey. Given the speed of the probe, even in 2287, the year the movie ...
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How were humans and klingons able to fight (in later episodes) after the Organian Treaty?

The Organian Treaty made it so that if the humans and klingons tried fighting then objects and ship controls became too hot to handle anywhere in the universe and for all time (as I understand it). ...
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In Klingon culture, is there a specific meaning behind crossing your arms and/or turning away (besides discommendation)?

Is this gesture only reserved for the discommendation ceremony (TNG: “Sins of the Father”), and subsequent reminders of the status (TNG: “Reunion”)? Have we seen Klingons use that gesture under any ...
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Why is Kahless spelt/pronounced like that?

Per the Wikipedia Entry, Kahless (pronounced: /keɪ̯.lɛs/ [kay-les] or /keɪ̯.lɪs/ [kay-lis]; Klingon pIqaD letters: "qeylIS") is a messianic figure in Klingon history, who unified the Klingon people ...
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Why is Torg a common example in Klingon examples on Duolingo?

I don't know if this is on-topic or not, but it has to do with Star Trek, so I think it is. Anyway, I use the site Duolingo to learn a few languages. One of the recent additions, after much tinkering, ...
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Klingon war ships to Romulan

The Klingons gave the Romulans some older warships with dilithium warp cores. Why do Romulan Warbirds use quantum singularities instead?
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How/Why did Voq's voice change?

When revealed himself as the Klingon Voq (STD:S01E11:The Wolf Inside) he began speaking with the voice of Voq (which we heard in earlier episodes).
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Is the Klingon War in Discovery the same Klingon war as that in TOS?

In Star Trek TOS S1:E27 Errand of Mercy we see the Organians end the (a?) Klingon/Federation war. In Star Trek Discovery S1:E1 The Vulcan Hello - we see the start of the (a?) Klingon/Federation war. ...
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Do Klingons do surgery without anaesthesia?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E11 The Wolf Inside - we see Tyler's flashbacks of what were thought to be torture - were in fact surgery. Vulture writer Mallory Ortberg comments: The procedure was ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the Klingon Ship of the Dead is a Hur'q vessel from the invasion?

In Star Trek Discovery S1:E2 Battle At The Binary Stars we see The Ship Of The Dead. We know that the Hur'q invaded the Klingon Homeworld in roughly Earth's history 14th Century - and from this the ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the Klingons employ the augment virus as a subterfuge technique in Star Trek Discovery?

In Star Trek Enterprise S4:E16 Divergence - we see the Klingon experiments with genetic engineering. They appear to borrow the human efforts from the Eugenics wars. We see this particularly with the ...
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How did the Ship of the Dead survive being torpedoed in the Battle of the Binary Stars?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E2 The Battle at the Binary Stars - we see a battle between the Klingons and the Federation. We see the Ship of the Dead (named for carrying dead warriors on ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that Arne Darvin is from the House of Mokai?

In the Star Trek:TOS Episode 44 The Trouble with Tribbles, we meet Arne Davin, a Klingon Spy, who has been surgically altered to look human. In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode S01E04 The Butchers ...
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In the first episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' what was the point of the Klingon 'torchbearer' vessel?

Just watched the first Episode of Star Trek: Discovery and one part confused me. First to give some background, I got this from Wikipedia... Investigating a damaged satellite near a binary star ...
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Is the Klingon's view of the Federation supposed to reflect the (future) Federation's view of the Borg?

In the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery, T'Kuvma speaks of the Federation as the enemy. His main argument against the Federation was This struck me as very similar to the Federation's ...
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Why did the show's producers choose to base their Klingons on Americans?

According to the "after-show" of Star Trek: Discovery, the Klingons are based on Americans. Can someone please explain how the producers aimed to make the comparison clear, or what similarities there ...
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What are the Klingon symbols for 11 and 12?

I'm making a clock, and I've run into a stumbling block. There's guides all over the place for how to count in Klingon, but they only seem to go up to 10. I know that 11 and 12 are wa'mah wa' and wa'...
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In DS9, season 4, episode 19 “Shattered Mirror” why do the Klingons have such straight teeth?

Why do all the Klingons in this episode have such nicely straightened teeth? Is this something peculiar to the alternate galaxy? It looks very strange to me...
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Would Worf (and other Klingons) try to fight the Crystalline Entity?

I think this question can be objectively answered, considering the large amount of information we have on Klingon psychology, etc. To run in battle would seem to be completely without honor for any ...
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What really happens when a Klingon dies?

In TNG Ep. 1x20: Heart of Glory, Worf participates in a Klingon death ritual primarily involving a lot of screaming. They're announcing the arrival of a warrior in Sto'vo'kor. The body is then ...
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Why did Worf pass up opportunities to become a key political leader in the Klingon Empire given that honour was so important to him as a Klingon?

While Worf's rank in the Federation was not considered low, it is definitely low compared to becoming a key political leader in the Klingon empire. Yet, he passed up opportunities to be "CEO" in the ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story… What's the story?

I just watched the episode of Star Trek DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations where the Defiant is taken back in time to the events of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode from Star Trek TOS. Those who ...
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Does the Klingon Empire use money?

Last December, I saw A Klingon Christmas Carol, a parody play of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol set in a Klingon culture and performed almost entirely in the Klingon language (aside from a Vulcan ...
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Are there any (canon) differences between Klingon and Romulan cloaking devices?

In Trek lore, the Klingons originally obtained cloaking technology from the Romulans (during their ill-fated alliance, IIRC). My question is, are there any official/canon sources that would ...
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Do Klingons believe that William Shakespeare was Klingon? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia 1 : In a scene from the film Star Trek VI a dinner is held for the Klingon chancellor, Gorkon. He makes a toast to "the undiscovered country...the future". Spock, recognizing ...
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Why were the Klingons no longer members of the Federation?

In this question, we learn that while the Klingons were originally intended to be Federation members, later on this aspect was retconned and they were just good allies. Was an in-universe explanation ...
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Are Starfleet vessels allowed to travel freely in Klingon space?

Inspired by this question... As shown in the map above, the Federation is rather "landlocked" in the 24th Century. Starfleet's general continuing mission is "to explore strange new worlds, to seek ...
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Was Klingon language dialog “accurate”?

In many episodes of both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, characters speak the Klingon language (which is mysteriously untranslated by the ever-puzzling Universal ...
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To what degree does the Federation respect Klingon Tradition [closed]

On MANY episodes of TNG, DS9 and VOY, we are shown that The Federation has great respect for other cultures and their traditions. I could list off dozens of examples but I'll go with one that seems ...
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What is the explanation or justification for this Vulcanesque Klingon name in Star Trek: Discovery?

It has recently come to light that there will be a recurring character in Star Trek: Discovery named T'Kuvma who is A Klingon leader who is looking to unite the Klingon houses. This seems like a ...
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Why does Worf behave more like Klingon than Human given that he was raised by human parents? [duplicate]

If a Chinese kid is raised by white American parents, he will most probably grow up to behave more like the white parents than Chinese. This is even more so for an alien raised by humans. At least ...
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Why were Klingons and Humans enemies in TOS given that Klingons were honourable people?

I asked my children this question,"Given a choice of friend among a Klingon, Ferengi, Vulcan, Romulan and Human, who would you choose?" All of them chose Klingon. Reasons were Klingons are honourable ...
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If Kurn wanted honour why did he not just fight Gowron?

I rewatched the episode "Sons of Mogh" wherein Worf's brother Kurn is driven to ritual suicide by his disgrace amongst the Klingons following Worf's refusal to side with the Klingons in the guerre du ...
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Do Klingon Houses have armies?

In the Deep Space 9 episode The House of Quark, Grilka says this about a political adversary: There is no honour in what he has done. If he wanted to challenge my House, he should've made a ...
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What must a Klingon master do in order to be considered a Dahar Master?

Memory Alpha describes a Dahar Master as: a Klingon warrior who had reached a legendary status among his peers and subordinates. And Memory Beta: Dahar Master is the title given to Klingons, ...
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Was there a Star Trek novel in which Klingons had a short life span?

According to Memory Alpha Klingons were capable of living well over a century in age. Individuals such as Kang, Koloth, Kor, and Arne Darvin lived well over one hundred years. (DS9: "Blood Oath"...
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Can Klingons swim?

The question ‘Do Klingons not bathe or not like to take baths?’ got me thinking about whether a Klingon could swim. It looks like they hate water, but if thrown into a life-threatening situation, are ...
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Why were these Klingons wearing platform shoes in Heart of Glory?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Heart of Glory, the two Klingons can be seen wearing two platform shoes on both feet - is there an in-universe explanation or is it just for the actors to ...
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Why did the Klingons not react to the self-destruct countdown?

In Star Trek 3, the Enterprise is set to self-destruct and abandoned before the Klingons board her. They get to the bridge and hear the self-destruct countdown. None of them think this is a problem, ...
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What does the Klingon say to Odo?

In the beginning of "The Way of the Warrior," Klingons harass Morn, and Odo comes to his aid. One Klingon insults him in his own tongue. Garak tells him that "Odo has no mother." Is it known what the ...
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What exactly *were* the Klingon gods?

In a previous question the following quote occurs: In the Deep Space Nine episode Homefront, Worf says: Our gods are dead. Ancient Klingon warriors slew them a millennia ago. They were more ...
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What is Worf's shrine?

In Deep Space Nine Season 6, Episode 16 "Change of Heart" roughly 3 minutes into the episode, Jadzia and Worf are getting ready for bed and talking business/work. Worf lights candles and opens a small ...
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Has a Klingon ever been head-butted to any effect by a non-Klingon?

Given the tough cranial ridge that nature has selected to incorporate into the Klingon forehead, has any non-Klingon given a Klingon an effective headbutt (on their head) on-screen?