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Questions tagged [races]

In Space Operas and other Sci-Fi that involves large numbers of Aliens, race can refer to different Alien species and/or sub-species. In Fantasy, race usually refers to whether a person is a Human or some other intelligent species like Elf, Hobbit, Goblin, or Dwarf.

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How are Vulcans and Romulans different from each other?

I know that Vulcans and Romulan come from the same parent race. But beyond that, how did they branch off? For how long they have been apart? Are they more different than human and chimps? Can they ...
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Why are Na'vi tetrapods?

I have a question about Avatar universe. Most animals on Pandora are hexapodal. Why then are Na'vi tetrapodal? I think that they should be closely biologically related to another animals, since they ...
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What accounts for the Nox's apparent double ethical standard?

In S1E8, SG-1 meet the Nox, a race of pacifist eco-hippies (a term I use endearingly) who admonish humans for their violent relationship with the Goa'uld. They can resurrect the dead and build ...
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Did any of the Markab survive the plague in Babylon 5?

In episode 18 of season 2 of Babylon 5, "Confessions and Lamentations" a plague hit the Markab population on the station as well as their homeworld and colonies. Dr. Franklin managed to find a cure, ...
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How intelligent are Mini-Cons?

Question applies to the entirety of the Transformers universe. Where conflicts occur, the Aligned continuity is preferred. Laserbeak, a mini-Con, has been described as a pet of Soundwave, a full-...
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Besetting failing of Tolkien races

In Do the dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth one answer suggests that Tolkiens races each have besetting failing that is characteristic for them - fear for men, greed for dwarfs. What about elves and ...
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Is there a reliable way to differentiate between a Vulcan and a Romulan? [duplicate]

In the universe of Star Trek, Vulcans and Romulans were one species as late as the fourth century CE, about two thousand years prior to the TNG era. Is there a reliable or standard way to tell the ...
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Was there ever a black Sith Lord in Star Wars canon or “Legends”?

Was there ever a black Sith Lord in Star Wars canon or "Legends"? To be clear I mean black like: Not like:
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Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel?

Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel? So, do / could half-race individuals exist? I know that Bretons are considered to be Men-Mer hybrids, but this is something that has possibly happened ...
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Is the name “Rohirrim” based on “Houyhnhnm”?

Houyhnhnm - Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift Rohirrim - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien I have been reading Jonathan Swift's excellent Gulliver's Travels, and one of the many strange ...
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Are there differently coloured races of Man in Middle-Earth, and if so how are they explained?

There have been quite some questions about racism and Middle Earth, and whether or not Tolkien or his work were racist. My question abstracts away from the notion of racism, and focuses on race itself....
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Are there any more races in Middle-earth?

Not counting orcs, balrogs, and the like. Are there any more diplomatic races found in the history of Middle-earth? Any singular or group of historical significance? The ones we're obviously aware of:...
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Were there ever any “good” Orcs?

I never made it through Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, but it may have the answer. We know there were good men and bad men in Middle-earth and there were good Wizards and bad Wizards there too... ...
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What is the history of Gungans and their tech?

The Gungans have a dry city underwater, which keeps the water at bay via force fields that block water, but not people entering them. This struck me as odd, as I wouldn't think they'd evolve to be an ...
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Is humanity also a mutation? [closed]

We can refer to mutants but aren't humanity also technically nothing but a mutation according darwinism or evolution? We usually make a distinction between mutants and mankind but according to the ...
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Is there any mechanical race in Lord of The Rings [extended] Universe?

Title itself is very clear. I wonder if there is any mechanical race created by either Valar or races of Middle Earth (probably by dwarfs). What is important to me here is that this race(s) must be ...
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Which of his races did Tolkien draw?

This question isn't as broad as it might appear at first glance. I've seen drawings of dragons, Dwarves, Trolls, and Hobbits by Tolkien, and I'm primarily interested in only a few other races. He ...
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Short story I read years ago and cannot remember the author [duplicate]

About 20 years ago, I read a sci-fi short story that was at least 40-50 years old itself, where an alien race has contacted Earth to let the human race know that the alien race is the creator of all ...
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What happened to the Menk and Valakians?

In the first season Enterprise episode Dear Doctor, the Enterprise encounter the Valakians, who it is discovered are a dying race. The more primitive Menk, who share a homeworld with the Valakians are ...
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Is there a well-established iconic amphibious fantasy race?

In fantasy, there are several well-established races, nations and factions, that spread across multiple universes. They share identical or very similar characteristics in every universe and are ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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What Star Trek species are represented with mostly/all non-white actors?

It is my impression that in most Star Trek episodes after TOS (across all the series), alien species are shown as white people with bumpy heads. On TOS alien species are mostly white people in ...
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Are there any Star Trek characters that are hybrids of non-human species?

Hybrids are fairly common in Star Trek: Spock is half Vulcan, Deanna Troi is half Betazoid, B’Elanna Torres is half Klingon and, just for good measure, Simon Tarses is ¼ Romulan. However, in all of ...
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Are humans the only race in the Mandalorian ranks?

So recently I decided to create a Star Wars D&D campaign. It starts out with the group as Mandalorian bounty hunters. However, before I make this officially start, I need to know if I can use ...
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Why do the dwarves and elves hate each other?

In nearly every single medieval story Elves and Dwarves hate each other, or at least are very unfriendly towards each other. As I have read, watched and played many a lore of the medieval genre it ...
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The First SF or Fantasy Interracial Relationship

I know when William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols (as Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura) kissed in Star Trek, in the episode Plato's Stepchildren, it was the first interracial kiss on American TV. But were ...
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Does Star Wars society differentiate between race?

Individuals in Star Wars society differentiate between species, that is for sure. The Galactic Empire discriminates against non-humans. However, does the concept of race/ethnic relations exist in-...
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Are there truly alien Star Trek species with races?

Certainly there are cases, but I'm excluding cases where the alien's features (mostly skin color) match those of the actor. And of course there are these guys from Cheron in the TOS episode "Let ...
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Why aren't more species' planets named differently from their species name?

Andorians come from Andoria (or Andor) Vulcans come from Vulcan Romulans come from Romulus Breen come from Breen Betazoids from Betazed Cardassians from Cardassia The list goes on and on (with a few ...
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Extinction/resurrection story

Please help me identify this story. A woman wakes up in the wilderness, with no one else around. She has no idea why. That night, the answer comes to her in a dream: Humanity is extinct, but she ...
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What would Sméagol have called his own race?

In the book Unfinished Tales, in the chapter The Hunt for the Ring, we find the following passage (which confirms what is said in the answers to this question): Gollum would not know the term "...
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How did Mendon join Starfleet?

In Coming of Age (STNG S1E19), we meet Mordock, who is then understood to be the first Benzite to be admitted to Starfleet Academy. Later, in A Matter of Honor (STNG S2E8), we meet Mendon. Mendon is ...
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Could the Species 8472 'Imposters' reproduce?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "In the Flesh", Species 8472 built a training facility with a simulation of Starfleet Command & parts of San francisco. There they genetically modified themselves ...
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What characters (race/class) are shown in the original (Vanilla) World Of Warcraft Cinematic Trailer?

In the original (Vanilla) World Of Warcraft Cinematic Trailer, the one that plays every time the game starts up, the one we have all watched many times, there are different characters each doing ...
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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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Need book title - at intersection of 3 empires a planet with a warlike race

At the intersection of 3 galactic empires (one of which is human) There is a planet guarded by all 3 because that race is too warlike
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What novel had forced inter-racial marriages to prevent discrimination?

I think that the protagonist had fallen in love with someone of their own race, which is obviously forbidden love. This book may also have had in it a law that forbade casting a shadow on solar ...
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Why are Dwarves usually shown to like Axes?

Inspired by this question and this question, why do dwarves use (battle)axes so much? They are meant to be miners and smiths traditionally, which explains hammers and picks, but why would they have a ...
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What is the history of the concept of more than 2 genders?

How has this issue addressed? How was reproduction capable between the 3 or more genders? What are the first instances where a race with more than 2 genders occurred? I know of instances when there ...
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Would Luke or other force-users live longer than a normal life span for their race?

When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not, hmm? I'm sure this was mostly a facetious joke. But was Yoda as old as he was because of his race, or because of his bind to the ...
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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The role of Q beings

Where in the Star Trek Series does it explain why the Q beings do the things they do? Did they ever mention their purpose in the universe? How does this relate to our human characters? If they are so ...