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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

IN-Universe - As Worf said, it's something not discussed with non-Klingons. OUT of Universe - To summarize, it's a very meta in-joke. In the original series, they had a limited budget, and makeup ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

Viral Mutation This apparent discrepancy was explained in Star Trek Enterprise. Long story short, Klingons experimented with genetic mutation to make themselves stronger, much like what was ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

Worf actually addresses this in the DS9 episode "The Way of the Warrior" and it is because "In war, nothing is more honorable than victory." Worf: Sir, I strongly recommend ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

One of the main points of the recurring Worf arc throughout TNG and DS9 is that the Klingons are not, in fact, as honorable as they like to claim. Like humans, Klingons have a tendency to say one ...
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Why was the Klingon Chancellor not constantly challenged to duels?

The scene involves Worf, because the other Klingons at the table wouldn't say it, call out Gowron for his bad leadership. Gowron does not take it well. Gowron: If you were a true Klingon, I'd kill ...
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Why was the Klingon Chancellor not constantly challenged to duels?

The Klingon Bird of Prey Owners' Workshop Manual gives a pretty decent overview of how and why a Klingon can reasonably challenge their superior. In short, a challenge can only be offered under ...
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Why were Klingons and Humans enemies in TOS given that Klingons were honourable people?

The reason Humans (technically the whole United Federation of Planets) and Klingons were at odds in the TOS era is not fully explained. According to Memory Alpha, the issues between the two stemmed ...
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What exactly *were* the Klingon gods?

According to the "Klingon Art of War" by Keith R.A. DeCandido, the Klingon gods were surprisingly mortal. They apparently lived in a 'great tree'. One of them made first contact with the Klingons some ...
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Can Klingons swim?

In TNG:Firstborn, K'mtar suggests Alexander Rozhenko (who is in 3/4 a Klingon), that he should try going swimming in the lake near his uncle's (Kurn's) house. From Chakoteya: K'MTAR: Have you ever ...
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Do Klingons have escape pods?

This is addressed in the Klingon Bird of Prey Owners' Workshop Manual. In short, Klingon vessels do have escape pods that can be used when the ship is on the verge of destruction and the escaping crew ...
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Has a Klingon ever been head-butted to any effect by a non-Klingon?

Although technically Data is not giving the headbutt but receiving it, only the Klingon Captain Nu'Daq was hurt in the episode TNG: The Chase.
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Do Klingons have escape pods?

While I'm not sure about 22nd-Century vessels, later Klingon vessels did indeed have escape pods. During The Dominion War (specifically in DS9 S07E17 "Penumbra"), Worf spent several days adrift in an ...
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Is Raktajino Klingon like a bat'leth or Klingon like Shakespeare?

This is answered in Klingon for the Galactic Traveler by Marc Okrand. (Marc invented modern Klingon.) Though not native to the Empire, Klingons have developed a way to make coffee (qa'vIn) (caffiene?...
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Why did the Klingons not react to the self-destruct countdown?

I am quite sure the Klingons didn't know English. Firstly, it is logical to suppose that the proportion of Klingons who knew English was about the same as the proportion of Humans who knew Klingon. ...
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They ARE Klingons, and it's a long story... What's the story?

At the time "Trials and Tribble-ations" was shot, nobody involved with the production of Trek had figured out an in-universe way to explain changes in makeup and costume budgets between 1966 and 1979 (...
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Can Klingons swim?

In Star Trek: Generations during a Holodeck adventure when Worf is promoted, he is given the challenge of retrieving his hat that is suspended high above an outstretched plank. Riker comments: ...
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Does the Klingon Empire use money?

Yes. The best example I know of is that in Deep Space Nine's "The House of Quark", it's a major plot point that one house is scheming to take over another for their material wealth. QUARK: Very ...
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In Star Trek V, why was the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey hanging close to Earth?

According to the film's official novelisation, the probe had (somehow) made its way into Klingon space. No explanation is given as to quite how it managed this feat, although we do know of other pre-...
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Was there a Star Trek novel in which Klingons had a short life span?

You're probably thinking of The Final Reflection by John M. Ford. I bought it in the mid-1980s, when it was a newly released paperback, and I loved it. But I believe a lot of the details about ...
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Why did the Klingons not react to the self-destruct countdown?

The original film script doesn't go into explicit detail, but it would appear that the Klingon warriors simply don't speak English and that they're not using universal translators. TORG: Yes, sir. ...
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Why do Klingons use cloaking devices?

At least one Klingon has indeed said that killing without showing one’s face is dishonorable. It’s just that Klingons (the ones who rise to the top, anyway) go ahead and do it when it’s to their ...
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What is the Klingon Bloodwine made of?

Blood of their enemies and sugar TNG writer Ronald D. Moore (responsible for much of the Klingon arc in TNG) was asked this question today at the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas. ...
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Are Starfleet vessels allowed to travel freely in Klingon space?

Yes or no, depending on the era If your core question is whether or not Starfleet vessels are free to travel through Klingon space, then the answer depends heavily on the time period, as the nature of ...
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Do Klingon women use their father's or mother's name?

Typically a daughter uses the name of her father. There are a few examples. From DS9: Sons And Daughters, WORF: Who offers their life for the Empire? N'GAREN: N'Garen, daughter of Tse'Dek! KATOGH: ...
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Does the Klingon Empire use money?

According to Memory Alpha the Klingon currency is something called a darsek, this was also referred to in TNG: Firstborn ALEXANDER: There's a man over there who's got Molor's head in a box -- the ...
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Why do the Klingons in Star Trek: Discovery look so different?

They are apparently trying to show more diversity within the Klingon people (do all earthlings look exactly the same, have the same clothing choices, etc...) - in other words, moving away from a ...
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In the first episode of 'Star Trek: Discovery' what was the point of the Klingon 'torchbearer' vessel?

The vessel was the Beacon of Kahless: It was not a regular starship/starbase, it had symbolic and religious aspects, and its purpose was not to be a lure to the Federation. The proper lure, as you ...
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Why were the Klingons no longer members of the Federation?

No I don't even think the writers themselves realized this discrepancy. I hadn't even noticed it until the last time I'd watched the episode recently. Rick Berman has stated that Gene Roddenberry was ...
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Why is Torg a common example in Klingon examples on Duolingo?

Star Trek III crystallized the modern portrayal of Klingons in the Star Trek universe and so its characters are important for that reason. Torg may have been unimportant in general, but the film in ...
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How can a single-planet species pose a threat to the Federation?

The Klingons and the Romulans control vast expanses of space. They have colonized many planets and have a population that might be rivalling that of the Federation. There's a reason they're called '...
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