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Do the Q fear the Borg?

Each interaction with the Borg results in them learning more about you. Since they are driven by ultimate evolution through assimilation of worthy beings and cultures, the Q having interactions with ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

My interpretation of Don't provoke the Borg! wasn't so much that the Borg were a threat to the Q, but that they were a threat to other species in the galaxy. A Q is (for the sake of argument) an ...
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Does Q consider Picard a friend?

If we take Q at his word, then the answer is yes. He explicitly states that Picard is his friend in TNG: Deja Q Q: Because in all the universe you're the closest thing I have to a friend, Jean-Luc. ...
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"They roam the galaxy looking for something, they know not what. "

Upon @Xantec's suggestion I looked for the original script. On st-minutiae, we have a script labelled FINAL DRAFT dated 11/14/89 which actually contains this line instead! Q: Humans are such ...
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Does Q consider Picard a friend?

I would argue Yes I have collected several pieces of evidence which, collectively, I think could be construed as an indication that Q considered Picard to be his 'friend' (although the feeling ...
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Why does Commander Riker assume that the simulation isn't real?

Riker is not literally questioning whether the setting is a real place or a simulation. He is speaking about Amanda's infatuation. AMANDA: Don't you like me? Even just a little bit? RIKER: You're a ...
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Are the Borg aware of the Q?

As we know from DS9 there are directives in effect in starfleet since the Enterprise met Q. This means that LATEST when the Borg assimilated even a single starfleet member they gained knowledge that ...
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How does Q know his IQ?

The current convention is that IQ test results are scaled to fit a normal distribution with mean 100 and standard deviation 15. This means that an IQ of 2005 corresponds to a score which is 127 ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

While the episode does not outright say as much, it is highly likely that Q is referring to the events of the episode Q Who, where Q sends Picard and the Enterprise-D into uncharted space where it ...
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

Q1 (De Lancie) is referring to the fact that Q2 (Quinn) saved Riker's relative; Colonel Thaddius "Iron Boots" Riker at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864. Because of this intervention, Cmdr. ...
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Why does Commander Riker assume that the simulation isn't real?

The original screenplay would suggest that Riker recognises that it's too perfect. It's quite literally the romance scene from a (bad) holo-novel with just the right amount of moonlight peeking ...
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Can the Q really time-travel?

Yes. In the episode "Death Wish", the Q known as Quinn (AKA Q2) takes the Voyager back in time to the Big Bang itself. TUVOK: Captain, based on our readings, it appears that we have been ...
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Are the people created by Q actually real people or are they just illusions and/or fantasy?

Whether any given individual manifested by Q is "real" or not is debatable, and probably varies from one instance to another. The Next Generation episode True Q does show that the Q are capable of ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg?

The Q fear the Borg in roughly the same way you fear taking care of your neighbor's miniature poodle for the weekend. The likelihood of his truly injuring you is minimal, to put it mildly. At the same ...
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Are the Q and the Douwd aware of each other?

Full canon The short answer is that we don't know. There is only one mention of the Douwd in the TNG series (in Survivors) and no further mentions of them in any canon property including the other TV ...
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Do the Q fear the Borg?

If memory serves, by nature, the Q do not have corporeal bodies. They create them at will in order to better interact with humans. "The Q evolved over countless centuries into their current form ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

There are just so many ways a Q could avoid being assimilated that this seems an impossible scenario. But, for the sake of argument, suppose they managed it1. We know that the Borg incorporate ...
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Why does Q (nearly always) appear in uniform?

Q wears two distinct types of uniform; Uniforms that he wears to mock humanity (typically Picard) as being an aggressive, violent child-like race ... the same humanoid face and figure as with the ...
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Can the Q really time-travel?

Nature of the Q continuum The Q continuum is an extradimensional realm, and as such exists outside the space-time continuum of the universe as we perceive it. It is highly likely, as extradimensional ...
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What was the meaning of Q's cryptic comment?

Picard says that Q was in no danger because the crewman only had his phaser set on stun. Q tells him that given that they both know how dangerous and savage humans are, that even being stunned is ...
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Does Q consider Picard a friend?

NO On a level of intelligence, consciousness and all-round 'being', Q outranks Picard on a scale of a person to a flea. At best, Picard is considered as the 'most favourite pet', as observed by Data ...
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Why did Q select an android and a half-betazoid in the trial against humanity at Farpoint?

Humanity isn't on trial, just Picard. It's really quite important to note that it wasn't Q's idea to hold a trial in the first place. He was just riffing off what Picard said during their "Captain to ...
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What would be the effect of a Borg assimilating a Q?

Within the main TV canon, there are no visible attempts to assimilate an ascended Q, nor any indication that such an attempt would be anything other than a dismal failure. The human (John de Lancie) ...
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"They roam the galaxy looking for something, they know not what. "

The John DeLancie Q was a loquacious character who was always turning phrases and being melodramatic. One of my favorites was this one, where Q has regained his powers, thanks to the exploits of the ...
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What are the historical antecedents of Q's judge costume?

So far the best answer I can find. JOHN De LANCIE (Q): I actually think the judge’s costume was pulled off another show. They did that kind of thing all the time, especially early on. Studios ...
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What does Q mean when he says "In a manner of speaking"?

There's a few things going on in this scene, notably driven by the fact that Janeway knows what a Q is but that Quinn doesn't realise this yet. Janeway's question is a result of her disbelief that a Q ...
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Where was Amanda Rogers during the Dominion War?

By the time The Dominion War started, Amanda had been living as a Q for several Earth years. Although time & space are nearly meaningless to a Q, it's quite possible that by that time she had ...
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Is "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" canon with Star Trek?

Obviously as already stated by sebsmith in his answer, the two medias cannot be considered canon to each other. We are talking about two different shows, with intellectual property rights owned by two ...
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Where was Amanda Rogers during the Dominion War?

She never existed (see below). Within the main trek canon (TV + Movies) there are no subsequent mentions of Amanda Rogers or her parents. In fact, the events of Voy : Q and the Grey (where Q ...
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Does Q know about the prophets, from DS9?

TV canon We don't know. Certainly Q has visited DS9 (in Q-less) but he never mentioned the prophets nor has made any reference to them in his prior visits to the Enterprise or subsequent visit to ...
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