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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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 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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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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Are Riker's Q powers brought up in any episodes after the one where he acquired them?

Q's wager was that if he failed to tempt a human to join the Q Continuum he would "never trouble humanity again" "Q" (BROTHER) I recall no wager! PICARD: I'm sure your fellow "Q" remember you ...
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Do the Q Exist In the Abrams Star Trek Universe?

The (canon-ish) IDW Star Trek Ongoing comic series The Q Gambit featured Q meeting the crew of the "Alternate Universe" Enterprise.
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Does Q ever appear when an admiral is onboard?

No, he doesn't. Listed below are the episodes where Q is present (and his presence is known to anyone on the ship, as we can assume that Q always watches the Enterprise ;) ) and whether any reference ...
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What are the historical antecedents of Q's judge costume?

The in-universe explanation is that it is from the mid-21st century courts, specifically 2079. Encounter at Farpoint DATA: Historically intriguing, Captain. Very, very accurate. PICARD: Mid twenty ...
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Why do the Q have genders?

It is unknown if the Q have genders at all. They may very well be completely beyond the notion of genders. It would seem, based on the reaction of Q and the Female Q to Janeway's proposal that they ...
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Are Borg Drones humanoid?

This question hinges on the definition of “humanoid.” The Federation has its own definition, so let’s start with that one: United Federation of Planets’ definition According to Memory Alpha, the ...
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Could the Q destroy the universe?

It depends... The universe is - per defintion - all of spacetime and everything within that. However in Star Trek, there seem to be things beyond spacetime itself. So the question is if the ...
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Does Q ever actually lie?

On Q's second visit to the Enterprise, he tells a complete untruth. PICARD: Pay off your wager. Q: I recall no wager! TNG: Hide and Q During his third visit, he lies again since (we later learn) ...
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Physical Appearance of the Q

The Q are(most likely) beyond human perception In the Voyager episode "Death Wish" the crew is actually brought to the continuum. The Continuum is manifested in this ...
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How does Q perform his Earth illusion?

The script is no help whatsoever. Q1: The Continuum is prepared to do you a little favor... if we approve of your ruling. Look out the window. She reacts, goes to the window. ANGLE (...
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Does Q perform "magic," or does he actually know how to do everything?

In the Star Trek universe, thought, space, and time are the same thing, as taught by The Traveler and learned by Wesley Crusher. Furthermore, magic does not exist in the Star Trek universe (canon). ...
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Why does Q (nearly always) appear in uniform?

It's a symbol of authority Q's whole shtick is that he thinks he's superior to everyone else. The best way to look superior to anyone on a starship is to have the highest-ranking uniform around. As ...
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Why did Data not let Commander Riker make him human when he had Q powers?

Opinion: This is just a few episodes after "Encounter at Farpoint" where Riker, upon meeting Data, calls him "Pinocchio" which is about a mechanical boy who becomes real via magic. Naturally, Riker ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest Q has a mechanism of travel similar to the Spore drive?

No. There is not the slightest evidence that Q's powers are somewhat related to the Spore Drive. Some random guy's twits don't really count, I fear. Q, both as a single individual as portrayed by ...
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Why does Amanda Rogers have human physiology?

Q addresses this in the episode. In short, her parents created human bodies to inhabit. These meat-puppets were apparently sufficiently realistic (DNA, naughty bits, etc) as to be able to conceive a ...
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What are non-Q species actually doing in the Q Continuum?

Probably they're actually there (as you say, in the Voy: Q and the Grey they were able to travel independently to the Continuum by means of a supernova and some careful finessing of subspace), but ...
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Can and did the Q ever give their powers to mortal beings (aside from Riker)?

Technically in TNG: Deja Q, Q starts off as a mortal human. He was stripped of his powers and given a choice to be turned into anything, so he chose human. Now, I realize that Q wasn't born human, ...
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Book Identification with Q

This is the Strange New Worlds IV anthology story Iridium-7-Tetrahydroxate Crystals Are a Girl's Best Friend in which Q tries to woo the Borg Queen. She's surprisingly chilled out about it. “Is ...
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Does Quark know that the "captain" is a member of the Q?

Main canon - We don't know. It's not entirely clear what Quark knows about Q, other than that he clearly takes the million bar bid totally at face value, suggesting that he's at least aware that Q is ...
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What are the historical antecedents of Q's judge costume?

This is covered in the show's original script. The decor and clothing are consistent with the year 2049, prior to first contact. [It is an immense courtroom meant to reflect strength and power. ...
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Can Borg identify members of the Q?

With any other race I'd say they probably could, but the Q themselves aren't exactly bound by the normal rules. In both All Good Things and Tapestry we see that Q appears in a way that only those he ...
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