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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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Could the Klingon Second Officer of the Pagh have killed Riker with no Federation reprisals?

Ultimately, yes. Peace was too important. The alliance between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, which began with the Khitomer Accord of 2293 (the result of Star Trek VI: The ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in TNG; however, in Season 3 the writers ret-conned that idea to allow them to be aggressors again. This is a screen ...
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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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How honorably are Klingon scientists viewed by Klingon society?

In Enterprise: Judgement, we learn that the Klingon Empire has been in very serious (intellectual) decline for generations, culminating in the present day where adolescent Klingons view science, ...
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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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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

My answer is isomorphic to that of @Himarm in some parts, but differs in others. My answer also begins with: The Klingon Empire appears to have been intended to be a member of the Federation in ...
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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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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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What long-looking worms are the Klingons always eating?

These are serpent worms, commonly called gagh by the Klingons. There are different types of gagh, such as one kind that jumps, one that wriggles, and one that has feet. Klingons usually eat it alive,...
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"Then our enemies are fortunate" as a response to "today is a good day to die"

Searching Chakoteya (the go-to site for all Star Trek and Doctor Who transcripts) gave only six results in the whole of Star Trek for the phrase "good day to die" (in quotes). In none of its ...
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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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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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Within-universe, is Klingon a constructed language?

In-universe, the Klingon language is one that evolved naturally on the Klingon homeworld; There are various accounts within Enterprise and TNG of "ancient Klingon" and "medieval Klingon", suggesting ...
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Did Christopher Lloyd invent the Klingon warrior?

According to Memory Alpha's article on him, the script already described Kruge as being a "War Lord", implying that Lloyd was cast to fit the description, rather than the other way around (Edward ...
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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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How did first contact with the Klingons lead to war?

Rather than a single incident, it may have been several: Strike 1: The first contact The first contact was depicted in ENT 'Broken Bow' and is described by Memory Alpha as follows: After arriving ...
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What long-looking worms are the Klingons always eating?

To add to the in-universe answers, it seems like the prop gagh is made from Japanese Udon noodles, according to the Star Trek cookbook, page 59: There was another dish, the famous gagh, that always ...
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"Then our enemies are fortunate" as a response to "today is a good day to die"

A variation of the OP's line is actually found twice in the trilogy Star Trek: Destiny. The first time comes in Book 1, Gods of Night (Chapter 15). The Klingon High Council is debating whether or not ...
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