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Are the Q affected by timeline changes?

The Q are an all-powerful race: they can shapeshift and create life almost instantly. But when the timeline is altered, what happens to the Q? For example, in the Enterprise episode Shockwave the ...
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Did Guinan accidentally give Q the idea to send the Enterprise to meet the Borg?

In the episode “Q who?” Picard, Riker, Guinan and Q are in 10-forward having the discussion about Starfleet pushing out into space too fast and not being prepared for what awaits them. Q says the ...
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Does Q ever actually lie?

In the episode Deja-Q, Picard openly accuses Q of being dishonest: Q: I have no powers. Q the ordinary. PICARD: Q the liar. Q the misanthrope. And in the DS9 episode Q-Less, Vash claims that Q was ...
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Could the Q destroy the universe?

If a Q or the entire Q Continuum, decided to destroy the Universe, would they be able to?
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Why does Commander Riker assume that the simulation isn't real?

In "True Q," Commander Riker is whisked away to a planet of some kind, created (presumably) by the Q, Amanda Rogers. Amanda wishes to be romantic, but Riker rejects her, saying that "none of this is ...
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Why do the Q have genders?

It seems, at least from "Qpid," that the Qs' humanoid appearance is just for show. The "main" Q is not really a male, for example. After all, Q tells Picard in the episode that given different ...
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Has there ever been any suggestion of any interaction or connection between the Q & the Traveler in Star Trek?

In some ways the Traveler appears to possess almost Q like (or at least proto-Q like) powers, so has there ever been any interaction or suggested connection or relationship between the two in the ...
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How does Q perform his Earth illusion?

In "Death Wish," in an effort to try to convince Captain Janeway to rule in his favor during the trial, Q shows her the Earth outside of her window. Is it stated anywhere how Q accomplishes this? ...
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“They roam the galaxy looking for something, they know not what. ”

In the third season TNG episode "Deja Q", Q has his powers stripped by the Q Continuum and is exiled to the Enterprise in human form. Q has a discussion with Data about humans and comes out with ...
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Does Quark know that the “captain” is a member of the Q?

In "Q-Less," Q arrives on Deep Space Nine to try to persuade Vash to continue exploring the universe with him. Early in the episode, Q makes Quark disappear after the latter had the audacity to ring ...
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How long was Dr. Bashir's nap?

In "Q-Less," Dr. Bashir meets the recently-arrived Vash in her quarters, and arranges to meet her for a meal. While posing as a Bajoran waiter, Q argues with the doctor, imploring him to stay away ...
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Book Identification with Q

I'm interested in the title of the book where the Borg Queen attempts to assimilate Q, but the nanoprobes have zero effect. I think I want to purchase this book online, so please don't include any ...
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What does Q mean when he says “In a manner of speaking”?

In ST:VOY "Death Wish," Q (later Quinn) is unintentionally beamed aboard Voyager. Not long after, in the dining hall, Q gives his appreciation for the crew rescuing him from the comet. Captain Janeway ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest Q has a mechanism of travel similar to the Spore drive?

In the Star Trek: Discovery Episode Context is For Kings, we see the Spore Drive. Their research was based on the insight that at a quantum level, there was no difference between biology or ...
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Were the other Alpha-Beta quadrant powers aware of the Q?

We know that the Federation, at least the high ranking officials and Starfleet, were aware of the Q as a species but also "De-Lancie-Q" in particular. The thing is, while Q was quite fascinated with ...
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Could a Calamarain Cloud house a human?

In "Deja Q," Commander Riker suggests that the human Q be turned over to the Calamarain, presumably for interrogation/torture/killing purposes. I don't suspect that Riker is an expert on the ionized-...
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How does Q know his IQ?

In "Deja Q," the now-human Q talks to Guinan in Ten Forward, when he states that he is "just one of the boys with an IQ of 2005." Where did Q get this information? Did Beverly give him an IQ test? ...
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Do the Q exist in and use Subspace technology?

Early on in TNG, it's easy to see Q as a supremely evolved being of godlike power who can simply will things to happen. However, as the various series progress - particularly Voyager - the "magic" ...
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Are Riker's Q powers brought up in any episodes after the one where he acquired them?

In "Hide and Q", Q grants Riker the powers of a member of the continuum, only to have Riker vow to never use those powers again. Presumably Riker keeps those powers, he just never uses them. Is ...
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Physical Appearance of the Q

What do the Q look like? Do the Q actually have any sort of physical form that humans can perceive, or are they incorporeal?
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Does Q ever appear when an admiral is onboard?

Q generally always appears with a captain's rank. Does he ever appear when an admiral is aboard? The one time I am certain of is in "All Good Things," with Riker as Admiral, but that was another ...
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Why does Amanda Rogers have human physiology?

Amanda Rogers eats (presumably due to being hungry), has a heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs, and even cries. Why? Her parents were both Q. Wouldn't she be fully Q, too? Is it because ...
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When and why did Q's son learn to create spatial flexures?

In Q2, Tom Paris asks Q's son if he'd like to take the helm in the Flyer. Q states that Qs typically wouldn't use humanoid technology, but since he had lost his powers the situation was decidedly ...
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Do the Q know about and take heed of the Prophets? [duplicate]

I just looked online to see if I could find a theory that I just had. I was just watching TNG for the umpteenth time (thanks to Netflix), after watching DS9 through to the end first (as my personal ...
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What are non-Q species actually doing in the Q Continuum?

I'm currently re-watching Voyager and there are two occasions (so far—I don't think there are any more?) when members of Voyager visit the Q Continuum. On both occasions it is said that what they see ...
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Why did Q select an android and a half-betazoid in the trial against humanity at Farpoint?

In episode 1, Encounter at Farpoint, part 1, there are 5 members of the crew present on the battle bridge after saucer separation: Jean-Luc Picard, a human Tasha Yar, a human Miles O'Brien, a human ...
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Why did Data not let Commander Riker make him human when he had Q powers?

In TNG: Hide and Q Commander Riker is given the powers of the Q and is about to make Data human, but Data says, Yes, sir, that is true. But I never wanted to compound one illusion with another. It ...
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Why does Q (nearly always) appear in uniform?

For the most part, when appearing on Starfleet vessels, Q shows up wearing the uniform of whatever crew he visits. I guess he doesn't have the creativity to create his own duds? Presumably the Q don'...
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Does Q perform “magic,” or does he actually know how to do everything?

Bear with me. When Q snaps his fingers and turns Crusher into a dog, does he just "think it," or is there some scientific "explanation" for how he could do such a thing, that he needs to "think" into ...
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What happened to the Calamarain and the shuttle?

At the end of "Deja Q," Q (with his powers reinstated) "blows away" the Calamarain Cloud, which he had shrunk to fit neatly in the palm of his hand. Apparently the Cloud vanished, for it wasn't found ...
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Can Borg identify members of the Q?

In "Q Who" and "Q2," one or more Borg Drones find themselves in the same space as a member of the Q Continuum. On the Enterprise in "Q Who," Q is in Engineering, and on Voyager's bridge, Q's son is ...
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Are Borg Drones humanoid?

In "Q Who," while seeing a Borg Drone for the first time in Engineering, Q tells Picard that the invading Borg is "an enhanced humanoid" ("humanoid" as defined in the "Memory Alpha") Now, Q is Q, and ...
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Do the Q have rules comparable to Starfleet's Prime Directive? [duplicate]

They're obviously not opposed to messing with other races but do they place limits on their interference and/or interactions? We have witnessed Q (John de Lancie) change or alter many things for his ...
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What are the historical antecedents of Q's judge costume?

What are the historical antecedents of Q's judge costume? Specifically, does it come from a specific human time and location?
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Are the Q and the Douwd aware of each other?

Amanda Rogers' parents (who were Q) and the Douwd known as Kevin, were on earth pretending to be humans at the same time. Given their powers, it does seem likely they were aware of each other. So are ...
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Does Q know about the prophets, from DS9?

Does Q know about the prophets, since he was once on DS9 so close to the Bajoran worm hole? Had he ever met them, or commented on them?
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Could Q make Data human?

I remember an episode of The Next Generation where at the end Q gave Data a gift, which was experiencing laughter. But before Q gave the laughter to him, Data thought Q wanted to make him human. Is it ...
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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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Star Trek Original series # of encounters with entities having Q like characteristics

In the Star Trek Original series, what episodes did they encounter entities with Q like characteristics?
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Were there ever plans for a TNG movie with Q as the main antagonist?

Q is arguably the greatest antagonist in TNG; we see him in the first and last episodes of the series and he frequently pops in. If we think about TOS, arguably the greatest antagonist there was ...
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Q Who - Was it a warning or did it cause the Borg threat?

I had always assumed that the encounter with the Borg in "Q Who" had alerted the Borg to the Federation presence and that it was because of this encounter that they sent the cube that attacked Earth ...
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Why didn't Q select a more powerful species?

Q was made human, at his request, in TNG "Deja Q," due to his misbehaving. The only guideline was that Q needed to choose a mortal species. Now I realize that Q chose human because he considered ...
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What was the meaning of Q's cryptic comment?

After Q freezes the crewman/ensign/whatever in "Encounter at Farpoint," Picard insists that he wouldn't have been harmed: the phaser was set to stun. Q then states something along the lines of, "Would ...
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What was Guinan's name?

In "Q Who", we hear the following: Q: Those dealings were two centuries ago. This creature is not what she appears to be. She's an imp, and where she goes, trouble always follows. PICARD: ...
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Can Q's “body” be damaged?

What is the durability of Q's body? I understand that Q's "body" can be injured or killed by Q-weapons, but can it be "injured" by non-Q? Nagilum, for instance? A Douwd? The Crystalline Entity? I'm ...
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What do the Q do with their time?

I know this seems like a bit of confusing question. But imagine the situation when you know everything that is to know in the Universe, and you have already seen all of the places. So, what is the ...
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Are the people created by Q actually real people or are they just illusions and/or fantasy?

An example of Q 'created people' can be found in (TNG: "Deja Q"): With no sign of the Calamarain, or the shuttle, the Enterprise crew assumes they are dead, and Picard suggests that they had seen ...
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Were certain enemies in TNG agents or puppets of Q?

I'm going through Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I'm wondering whether some of the enemies were "puppets" or agents of Q. Namely: Armus - "Skin of Evil" Nagilum - "Where Silence has Lease" Both ...
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Can the Q really time-travel?

Do we really know whether the Q can time-travel as opposed to just having the ability to set up good illusions, and possibly take people out of time? Don't we only have his word for it? Is there ...
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Did Q torment anyone else besides the crew of the Enterprise, Voyager, and DS9?

I was surprised to be reminded that while Q appeared many times on The Next Generation and Voyager, he also appeared in one Deep Space 9 episode "Q-less". Obviously, this is pretty lucky that he ...