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Encyclopedia > Borg (fictional aliens)
The Unicomplex, a huge Borg complex in the Delta Quadrant.
The Unicomplex, a huge Borg complex in the Delta Quadrant.
Founded: before the 15th century BC
"Leader": Borg Queen
Base of operations: Unicomplex, Delta Quadrant
Official language: unknown, language independent hive mind (see: universal translator)

The Borg or Borg Collective is a race of cyborgs in the Star Trek fictional universe. They are known both within and beyond Star Trek fandom for their relentless pursuit of what they want to assimilate, their rapid adaptability to almost any defense, and their ability to continue functioning after what may seem a devastating or even fatal blow seemingly unaffected. As such, the Borg have become a powerful symbol in popular culture for any seemingly unstoppable force against which "resistance is futile". Image File history File links Unimatrix. ... // Overview Events 1504 BC – 1492 BC -- Egypt conquers Nubia and the Levant. ... Spoiler warning: The Unicomplex is a location in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ... An official language is a language that is given a privileged legal status in a state, or other legally-defined territory. ... A hive mind (sometimes spelled hivemind) is a form of collective consciousness strongly exhibiting traits of conformity and groupthink. ... The universal translator is a fictional device common to many science fiction works. ... Seven of Nine, a Borg in Star Trek: Voyager The term cyborg, a portmanteau of cybernetic organism, is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and mechanical (synthetic) parts. ... Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series and ten feature films (with an eleventh film currently in the early stages of development as of 2006), in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The eye is an adaptation. ... Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in any given society. ... The Car of Juggernaut, as depicted in the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book The term juggernaut is used to describe any literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable that will crush all in its path. ...

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Paramount Pictures, 1986; see also 1986 in film) is the fourth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Paramount Pictures, 1989; see also 1989 in film) is the fifth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Paramount Pictures, 1991; see also 1991 in film) is the sixth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek: Generations (Paramount Pictures, 1994, see also 1994 in film) is the seventh feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount Pictures, 1998) is the ninth Star Trek feature film. ... 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Overview

A Borg cube orbiting Earth
A Borg cube orbiting Earth

The Borg are an amalgam of humanoids of many different races that are enhanced with cybernetic implants, giving them improved mental and physical abilities. The Borg function as automata; the minds of all Borg drones are connected via implants and networks to a hive, a collective mind (the Borg Collective), orchestrated by the Borg Queen and controlled from a central hub, Unimatrix One. According to themselves, the Borg only seek to "improve the quality of life for all species" by integrating organic (biological) and synthetic (artificial) components in their quest for perfection. To this end, they travel the galaxy, increasing their numbers and advancing by "assimilating" other species and their technologies, and subjugating captured individuals by injecting them with nanoprobes and surgically implanting prostheses, quickly changing their biological anatomy and biochemistry to the Borg standard. Borg cube ship over Earth (fair use; copyright held by Paramount Pictures) (taken from Memory Alpha, where it was uploaded by DarkHorizon) This work is copyrighted. ... The term humanoid refers to any being whose body structure resembles that of a human. ... Many fantasy stories and worlds call their main sapient humanoid species races rather than species. ... Again, in a ship, if a man were at liberty to do what he chose, but were devoid of mind and excellence in navigation (αρετης κυβερνητικης), do you perceive what must happen to him and his fellow sailors? (Plato, Alcibiades, 135A). ... A drummer automaton An automaton (plural: automata) is a self-operating machine. ... Drone can refer to many things: // In music A drone is a continuous note or chord. ... HIVE can also mean HIVE the Icelandic ISP HIVE is an abstract game programming library. ... A hive mind (sometimes spelled hivemind) is a form of collective consciousness strongly exhibiting traits of conformity and groupthink. ... The Borg or Borg Collective is a race of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Look up life, living in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Generally, synthetic means pertaining to synthesis, i. ... Artificial life, also known as alife or a-life, is the study of life through the use of human-made analogs of living systems. ... Perfection is a state of flawlessness. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... It has been suggested that Co-production of society and technology be merged into this article or section. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... A United States soldier demonstrates Foosball with two prosthetic limbs In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing part of the body. ... Anatomical drawing of the human muscles from the Encyclopédie. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Despite being perceived as an evil conquering juggernaut by all who know of or have encountered them, the Borg harbor no ill will to anyone; they merely fulfill their imperative to assimilate and achieve perfection. As they say, "Resistance is futile — you will be assimilated." They make good on that threat through their ability to quickly adapt to any attack, rendering it harmless. Thus, any successful defense depends on the ingenuity of the opponent to find a method to stop the Borg completely before they can neutralize it. In religion and ethics, evil refers to the bad aspects of the behaviour and reasoning of human beings —those which are deliberately void of conscience, and show a wanton desire for destruction. ... Conquest may refer to: An invasion Conquest, New York, a town located in Cayuga County, New York Conquest (film) (also called Marie Walewska), a 1937 film starring Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer Conquest (documentary), a documentary series on The History Channel starring Peter Woodward. ... The Car of Juggernaut, as depicted in the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book The term juggernaut is used to describe any literal or metaphorical force regarded as unstoppable that will crush all in its path. ... The eye is an adaptation. ...


Although the cyborg concept has long existed within science-fiction literature, it is probable that the general concept of the Borg — a ruthlessly efficient race of biomechanical beings bent on galactic conquest — was heavily influenced by the Cybermen, which feature in the popular UK television series Doctor Who and who display similar rationales and methods as the Borg, including wanting to assimilate individuals to augment their own race. They also bear significant resemblances to Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series. A very similar race of "positronic-biological" beings, nicknamed "Posbis", also features in the German Perry Rhodan series. Borg starships, in particular, bear a striking resemblance to those of the "Posbis". The Borg's interlink and use of nanotechnology are also similar to that of the Conjoiners from Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space series of novels, while their ability to adapt to any attack resembles a faster version of the Inhibitors' ability in the same series. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... The Cybermen are a fictional race of cyborgs who are amongst the most persistent enemies of the Doctor in the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... In philosophy, the word rationality has been used to describe numerous religious and philosophical theories, especially those concerned with truth, reason, and knowledge. ... Fred Thomas Saberhagen (born 1930) is an American science fiction and fantasy fiction author most famous for his Berserker series of science fiction stories. ... Fred Saberhagens Berserker series is a space opera in which robotic self_replicating machines intend to destroy all organic life. ... A positronic brain is a fictional technological device, originally conceived by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. ... Look up life, living in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Perry Rhodan is the worlds most prolific literary science fiction (SF) series, published since 1961 in Germany. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, various Borg starships are observed, all appearing as simple geometric solids with greebled exteriors and being very generalized and decentralized in design. ... Conjoiners are a faction of Humanity featured in the science fiction Revelation Space series by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds. ... Alastair Reynolds is a Welsh science fiction author. ... Revelation Space cover Revelation Space is a 2000 hard science fiction space opera novel by author Alastair Reynolds. ... The Inhibitors are Alastair Reynoldss answer to the Fermi Paradox in the Revelation Space novels. ...


History

The Starfleet starship Enterprise-D upon its first encounter with an immense Borg cube at System J-25 in 2365
The Starfleet starship Enterprise-D upon its first encounter with an immense Borg cube at System J-25 in 2365

ImageMetadata File history File links EnterpriseDvsBorg. ... ImageMetadata File history File links EnterpriseDvsBorg. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe, the principal setting of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, various Borg starships are observed, all appearing as simple geometric solids with greebled exteriors and being very generalized and decentralized in design. ...

Early contacts with the Federation

Having gradually developed over thousands of centuries (see Origin of the Borg) in the galaxy's distant Delta Quadrant, the Borg's first formal contact with Starfleet occurred in 2365 by interference from Q in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, "Q Who?". Q transported the Enterprise-D to System FGC-J25, in the deep far-flung part of the Alpha Quadrant, just long enough to expose them to the Borg. The Enterprise-D was hopelessly outclassed by the Borg cube encountered, and Q brought them home after their confrontation. Guinan tells Captain Picard, "Now that they know of your existence ..." and Picard realized that they would never stop until they found them. Picard later realized that the Borg cube was already on a course towards Federation space, and in effect Q gave them an advance warning, doing "the right thing for the wrong reason". Before this contact, however, there was evidence that the Borg were already in or near the Alpha Quadrant. The episode "The Neutral Zone" had established that several planets on both sides of the Romulan Neutral Zone had been destroyed in the same manner, and this was later attributed to the Borg. In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ... The most notable member of the Q Continuum is played by John de Lancie, a mischievous Q who, having taken an interest in humans, periodically harasses the crews of starships and space stations. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Q Who? is an episode from the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe, the principal setting of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, various Borg starships are observed, all appearing as simple geometric solids with greebled exteriors and being very generalized and decentralized in design. ... Guinan is a character in the Star Trek universe played by Whoopi Goldberg. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard was the main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the four films which followed. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, the United Federation of Planets (UFP) – widely referred to and known as merely the Federation – is an interstellar federal state of more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies. ... In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ... The Neutral Zone is the finale of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... This article is about the fictional Star Trek neutral zone. ...


Prior to Picard's encounters in the late 24th century, there is evidence that Starfleet and the Federation had prior knowledge of the Borg. In 2153, a group of cyborgs (though unknown as Borg at the time) were discovered in Earth's Arctic. These Borg were later speculated to have likely come from the future, as referenced in a speech Zefram Cochrane had given, stating what "really" had happened during first contact with the Vulcans in April 2063. He said that there were "strange cybernetic creatures from the future who wanted to enslave the human race". Cochrane also revealed that there were people who stopped them who were also from the future. Captain Archer and Subcommander T'Pol of the first Starfleet vessel named Enterprise discussed this, but T'Pol dismissed it by saying, "Dr. Cochrane was known to make outrageous statements." The 24th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2301-2400. ... Earth (often referred to as the Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... The red line indicates the 10°C isotherm in July, commonly used to define the Arctic region border The Arctic is the area around the Earths North Pole. ... Zefram Cochrane is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe who invented warp drive in 2063, bringing faster-than-light travel (FTL) technology to humanity; although technology to travel faster than light was developed independently by other races before and since, it is Cochranes contributions alone which are... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Vulcans are a humanoid species in the fictional Star Trek universe who reside on the planet Vulcan and are noted for their attempt to live by reason and logic, with no interference from emotion. ... Jonathan Archer is a fictional character from the television show Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005). ... Commander TPol is a fictional character played by Jolene Blalock in Star Trek: Enterprise. ... The Enterprise (NX-01) is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe commanded by Captain Jonathan Archer. ...


The Borg incident of 2153 was kept secret, due in part to evidence that the Borg had managed to transmit Earth's location to their home space in the Delta Quadrant. Since, however, the message would not reach Borg space for two centuries, Earth and Starfleet authorities were not overly concerned with the Borg. However, in the prophetic words of Captain Archer: "We've only postponed the invasion until what? The 24th century?" Regeneration is the title of a Star Trek: Enterprise television episode from season two. ... In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ...


In the late 23rd century, the crew of the newly-commissioned Enterprise-B rescued a ship carrying El-Aurian refugees that was fleeing the Borg's decimation of their planet, although it is unknown if Starfleet was aware of the cause of the El-Aurian plight at the time. (The El-Aurian Guinan mentions the Borg attack to Picard during his first encounter with them.) The 23rd century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2201-2300. ... USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) In the Star Trek fictional universe, the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) was a modified Excelsior class starship, commissioned in 2293 and initially captained by John Harriman. ... El Aurians (sometimes known as The Race of Listeners) are a humanoid race of from the science fiction television show Star Trek. ... Guinan is a character in the Star Trek universe played by Whoopi Goldberg. ...

Locutus of Borg, an assimilated Captain Picard
Locutus of Borg, an assimilated Captain Picard

In the mid-2350s, as the 200 year time mark of Captain Archer's prophecy approached, Starfleet began a covert operation to learn about the Borg and hired several civilian scientists to perform "unofficial" research and learn about this potential threat to the Federation. The family of Annika Hansen was one such group of scientists (VOY: "The Raven"). Thus, by the time Captain Picard and the Enterprise-D encountered the Borg at System J-25, some individuals in Starfleet were already aware of the Borg and the threat they posed. Image File history File links LocutusofBorg. ... Image File history File links LocutusofBorg. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard was the main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the four films which followed. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... == The Raven == An episode of star trek: voyager where we are told the story of seven of nines passed. ...


The Enterprise-D and Captain Jean-Luc Picard

The second official, and first major, contact between the Federation and the Borg occurred in the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds", widely considered among Star Trek’s best episodes. In 2366-7, Captain Picard was captured and assimilated by the Borg to become Locutus of Borg. With his knowledge of Federation technology and strategy, a single Borg cube destroyed a flotilla of 39 Starfleet vessels in the Battle of Wolf 359 and proceeded toward Earth, in Sector 001, with the goal of assimilating the entire planet. The Federation regards this battle as one of the worst military defeats in its history. In the process, however, the Enterprise-D used an emergency maneuver to capture Locutus. Data, with the help of Troi and Dr. Crusher, managed to tap into the Borg collective consciousness to which Picard/Locutus was connected. Their last-ditch actions managed to give Picard enough force of will to tell Data to give the command for the Borg to "sleep", that is, to regenerate. This caused the invading cube to go quiescent and created a feedback loop in the cube's power grid, destroying the ship in Earth orbit. The Enterprise crew later managed to remove most of the Borg implants from Picard. Picard was never the same again; in addition to being left traumatised ("Family), he apparently retained a residual link with the collective and could hear its thoughts when they were near (Star Trek: First Contact). The Best of Both Worlds is a two-part episode from the third/fourth seasons of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Spoiler warning: Locutus of Borg Locutus of Borg is, in the Star Trek fictional universe, the designation for a drone within the Borg Collective made using the body of Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D, who was assimilated circa stardate 43989. ... A flotilla (from Spanish, meaning a flota of small ships, and this from French flotte), or naval flotilla, is a formation of small warships that may be part of a larger fleet. ... Combatants The Borg Collective United Federation of Planets Commanders Locutus of Borg J. P. Hanson† Strength 1 Borg Cube (spacecraft) 41 Federation vessels Casualties Unknown, minor (if any) 11,000+ casualties, 38 starships The Battle of Wolf 359 was a fictional battle that took place in the Star Trek: The... Data is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Deanna Troi is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe, played by the actress Marina Sirtis in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise (the latter two only in guest appearances), and in several Star Trek films. ... Beverly Crusher, a character in the Star Trek fictional universe, was the Chief Medical Officer onboard the USS Enterprise-D and held the rank of Commander; upon the destruction of that ship, she has continued in that post and rank on the USS Enterprise-E. This character first appeared in... Earth orbit is an orbit around the planet Earth. ... Family was the second episode of the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...

Third of Five, a Borg drone who was dubbed "Hugh" by his Starfleet captors in 2368
Third of Five, a Borg drone who was dubbed "Hugh" by his Starfleet captors in 2368

In the episode "I, Borg" (the title highlights the contradiction of an "individual Borg" and alluding to I, Robot), the Enterprise-D crew captured a single Borg drone in 2368 who appeared to be detached from the collective with its whereabouts unknown. Seeing an opportunity to study their enemy, it was taken aboard the ship. Eventually, due to separation from the Borg collective consciousness, the Borg drone began to develop an individual identity. It was given the name "Hugh", after a misunderstanding about individual identity involving the sentence "I am... you?" Events eventually led to him returning to the collective. Though he seemed to lose his individuality, the introduction of Hugh's experiences into the collective had far-reaching consequences. Some eventually were severed from the collective and broke away as a renegade group. Initially dysfunctional and without purpose, this group later stumbled across and joined with Lore, Data's prototype brother, who helped them express their newfound freedom through hatred ("Descent"). Image File history File links 3rdof5Hugh. ... Image File history File links 3rdof5Hugh. ... I, Borg was an episode of the television show Star Trek: The Next Generation in which a member of the dangerous cybernetic race known as the Borg is captured by the crew and examined. ... I, Robot is a collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov, first published by Gnome Press in 1950. ... Drone can refer to many things: // In music A drone is a continuous note or chord. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, Lore is the name of a prototype for the android Data, often referred to as his evil brother and was played by the same actor: Brent Spiner. ... Data is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Descent is a two-part episode from the sixth/seventh season of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


Encounters with the Enterprise-E and Voyager

The Borg make frequent appearances in the Star Trek universe afterwards, being the antagonists in the Star Trek: First Contact movie and even having one of their number become a crew member of the starship VoyagerSeven of Nine. During Voyager’s trek through the Delta Quadrant, in 2373 they stumbled upon the "Northwest Passage", a corridor apparently devoid of Borg activity. Through investigation, it was later revealed that this area of space was where "Species 8472" — a Borg designation for a species from another universe with superior abilities — were emerging and inflicting heavy losses on the Borg in an attempt to invade and purify this universe. The Voyager crew successfully devised a defense (through the adaptation of Borg nanoprobes) against Species 8472. To ensure Voyager’s safe passage, Captain Janeway proposed and negotiated an alliance with the Borg in exchange for this technology. To facilitate this arrangement, Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01 was dispatched to Voyager. After Voyager successfully crossed this space, Seven of Nine was severed from the hive mind, became a member of Voyager’s crew (VOY: "Scorpion"), and eventually reasserted her personality. Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... The USS Voyager (NCC-74656) is an Intrepid class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Species 8472 In the fictional universe of Star Trek, Species 8472 is the name (designated by the Borg) of an advanced alien race that lives in the realm of fluidic space. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Scorpion was a two-part episode of Star Trek: Voyager. ...

The Borg suffered their worst setback against the Federation in 2378. Voyager discovered a Borg transwarp hub (one of only six in the entire galaxy), which allowed the Borg to quickly send ships anywhere in the galaxy. A future Admiral Janeway travelled back in time and ordered Voyager to use the hub to return to the Alpha Quadrant, but contemporary Captain Janeway was determined to destroy it. Admiral Janeway entered the Unicomplex and the Borg Queen assimilated her. However, the Admiral had surreptitiously infected herself with a neurolytic pathogen before being assimilated; once assimilated into the collective, the pathogen disabled neural links throughout the hive mind. Consequently, the Borg Queen lost connections with her drones and ships, before being overcome and killed, and the Unicomplex exploded. Simultaneously, an anti-Borg enhanced Voyager (with technology provided by Admiral Janeway) destroyed support beams for the hub while entering a transwarp corridor. The Borg hub then collapsed and Voyager was successfully returned to Earth (VOY: "Endgame"). Seven of Nine of Star Trek Fair use screenshot This work is copyrighted. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the warp drive is a form of faster-than-light (FTL) propulsion. ... Kathryn Janeway (Born: May 20, 2336 in Bloomington, Indiana), a fictional character of the Star Trek universe played by Kate Mulgrew, was the commanding officer (with the rank of Captain) of the USS Voyager NCC-74656 (2371-2378) in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... A pathogen or infectious agent is a biological agent that causes disease or illness to its host. ... Endgame is the title of the final episode in the Star Trek spin off series, Star Trek: Voyager. ...


After these events, the ultimate fate of the Borg is unknown. Given the collective nature of the Borg, it is possible the virus could have infected every drone linked to the hive mind; however, the Borg are also highly decentralized, have relentless adaptability, and have demonstrated the ability to sever dysfunctional units from it.


Borg Queen

Borg Queen
Borg Queen

The purely collective nature of the Borg was modified in Star Trek: First Contact, which introduced the Borg Queen. The Borg Queen is a locus within the Borg collective consciousness and a unique drone within the collective ("the one who is many"), bringing "order to chaos" and referring to herself as "we" and "I" interchangeably. The function of the Borg Queen within the Borg seems to be that of a coordinator, as in an ant colony, and less so of a leader in the traditional sense (see Omnius). The Queen's unique autonomy allowed her to have an intimate encounter with Data in 2063 (as a result of time travel). However, her utterance "I am the beginning [and] the end" (an apparent Christian allusion) implies a possibly crucial function within the collective. It has also been postulated that both the Borg Queen and Locutus functioned merely as spokespeople and tacticians, allowing the Borg to maintain a creative edge while retaining the advantages of a true collective. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (682x1079, 83 KB) Summary Borg Queen, appearing in Star Trek: First Contact et al. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (682x1079, 83 KB) Summary Borg Queen, appearing in Star Trek: First Contact et al. ... Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... Subfamilies Aenictinae Aenictogitoninae Aneuretinae Apomyrminae Cerapachyinae Dolichoderinae Dorylinae Ecitoninae Formicinae Leptanillinae Leptanilloidinae Myrmeciinae Myrmicinae Nothomyrmeciinae Ponerinae Pseudomyrmecinae Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects in the animal kingdom. ... Omnius was the evermind, or controlling intelligence, of the robots in the Legends of Dune series, a trilogy of novels set before Frank Herberts Dune. ... Data is a character in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Visions of John the Evangelist, as depicted in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on Jesus of Nazareth, and on his life and teachings as presented in the New Testament. ... Allusion is a stylistic device in which one implicitly references a related object or circumstance that has occurred or existed in an external context. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard was the main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the four films which followed. ...

Locutus, during Picard's initial assimilation, and the Borg Queen
Locutus, during Picard's initial assimilation, and the Borg Queen

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Given the high technical sophistication of the Borg and her apparent destruction on numerous occasions, the Borg Queen may be some sort of unique multidimensional creature who can be in many places and times at once and/or is multiply-redundant; this is also consistent with the Borg's highly decentralized nature. In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen was apparently present during Picard's assimilation in 2366-7 (though this was lost on Picard initially) and was destroyed on that cube, an apparent retcon. The Queen was also seemingly destroyed in at least two other instances—during Star Trek: First Contact and the finale of Star Trek: Voyager. Upon the conclusion of Star Trek: Voyager, it is unknown whether the Queen survived; however, the Borg were able to function after her apparent destruction, as evidenced by the sphere continuing to chase Voyager. Decentralisation (or decentralization) is any of various means of more widely distributing decision-making to bring it closer to the point of service or action. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of retcons. ... Endgame is the title of the final episode in the Star Trek spin off series, Star Trek: Voyager. ...


Assimilation

Main article: Assimilation (Star Trek)
Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction
Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction

Initially, the Borg were a mysterious group of marauders that snatched entire starships or took over entire planets and societies in order to collect and assimilate their technology, being less interested in individual lifeforms (TNG: "Q Who?"). In their second appearance, "The Best of Both Worlds", they began to rather crudely and frighteningly assimilate individuals – namely, Picard – into the collective by surgically altering them. Thereafter, incorporation of different lifeforms into their collective was heightened and their interest in obtaining alien technology became less prominent. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Image File history File links Picardassimilation. ... Image File history File links Picardassimilation. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard was the main character on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the four films which followed. ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as Locutus, undergoing assimilation after his abduction in Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... A planet is generally considered to be a relatively large mass of accreted matter in orbit around a star. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Q Who? is an episode from the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... The Best of Both Worlds is a two-part episode from the third/fourth seasons of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...

Assimilation may begin when a Borg drone injects tubules, transferring nanoprobes, into a hapless victim
Assimilation may begin when a Borg drone injects tubules, transferring nanoprobes, into a hapless victim

Moreover, the method of assimilating individual lifeforms into the collective has changed over time. Throughout, infant and fetal humanoids have been grown in an accelerated state and surgically receive or develop implants tied directly into the brain, as well as ocular devices, tool-enhanced limbs, armour, and other prosthetics. Image File history File links Assimilationtubule. ... Image File history File links Assimilationtubule. ... A tubule is a very small tube or fistular structure. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Fetus at eight weeks Foetus redirects here. ... A United States soldier demonstrates Foosball with two prosthetic limbs In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing part of the body. ...


Later, in Star Trek: First Contact, the method of assimilation was enhanced with the more efficient injection of nanoprobes into individuals. Borg nanoprobes are injected into the bloodstream of a victim by a number of tubules (usually two) that spring forth from the top of the hand (or some other extremity) of a Borg drone. The nanoprobes, each about the size of a human red blood cell (RBC), travel through the victim's bloodstream to various tissues and locations throughout the body and latch onto individual cells. The nanoprobes rewrite the cellular DNA, altering the victim's biochemistry, and eventually form larger, higher structures and networks within the body such as electrical pathways, processing and data storage nodes, and ultimately prosthetic devices that spring forth from the skin. Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ... Human red blood cells Red blood cells are the most common type of blood cell and are the vertebrate bodys principal means of delivering oxygen from the lungs or gills to body tissues via the blood. ... Look up Tissue on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The word tissue has several meanings: Aerial tissu is an acrobatic art form, and is one of the circus arts. ... Cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green). ... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid —usually in the form of a double helix— that contains the genetic instructions specifying the biological development of all cellular forms of life, and most viruses. ...


Borg species identification

The Borg have encountered and assimilated thousands of species and (reportedly) trillions of lifeforms throughout the Milky Way galaxy. The Borg identify species uniquely with a number assigned to them upon first contact. The numeral trillion refers to one of two number values, depending on the context of where and how it is being used. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ... NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light years in diameter and approximately 60 million light years distant. ... First contact can refer to: an astronomical phenomenon - see first contact (astronomy) the first meeting of members of two different civilisations - see First contact (anthropology) a theme of science fiction literature - see First contact (science fiction) an episode from the fourth season of Star Trek: The Next Generation dealing with...


The following is a list of species and their respective numbers, sorted in ascending order by number. Some species have been identified only by their Borg identification and do not have a "name".

Species # Species name Episode of note
116 Arturis' species "Hope and Fear" (VOY)
125 Unknown: Borg Queen's species "Dark Frontier"
149 Unknown: mentioned by Seven of Nine on VOY: a species with advanced medical knowledge and nanoprobe technology, which the Borg use to reverse cellular necrosis "Mortal Coil"
180 Ferengi
218 Talaxians "The Raven"
259 Unknown: omnichordial, transdimensional lifeforms from Galactic Cluster 3 "The Gift"
262 Unknown: related to the omega molecule; primitive "The Omega Directive"
263 Unknown: related to the omega molecule; primitive "The Omega Directive"
312 Unknown: species with similar shielding technology that hid the Ventu "Natural Law"
329 Kazon: considered unworthy of assimilation "Mortal Coil"
521 Shivolians "Survival Instinct"
571 Unknown (Wysanti?): species of Four of Nine, the younger male drone "Survival Instinct"
689 Norcadians "Ashes to Ashes"
2461 Brunali: Icheb's species "Child's Play"
3259 Vulcans "The Raven"
4228 Hazari "Think Tank"
5174 Unknown: speculated as Hirogen
5618 Humans "Dark Frontier, Part 2"
5973 Unknown: mentioned as being non-corporeal by the Rebi "The Haunting of Deck Twelve"
6291 Yridians "Equinox, Part 1"
6339 Unknown: species invented anti-Borg virus "Infinite Regress"
6961 Ktarians
8472 Species 8472, fluidic space dwellers "Scorpion"
10026 Unnamed; assimilated by the Borg in 2375 "Dark Frontier, Part 1"

The species numbers seem to be assigned according to the order in which the Borg encountered the species in question. In addition, the assigned numbers generally increase proportionately with distance from the center of Borg space in the Delta Quadrant; the numbers can, therefore, be assumed to be a general chronology of first contact between the Borg and particular species. Spoiler Warning: Arturis is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, portrayed by Ray Wise. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... The Borg or Borg Collective is a race of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Mortal Coil is an episode from the fourth season of Star Trek: Voyager. ... Ferengi on Star Trek: The Next Generation The Ferengi are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe. ... The Talaxian is a humanoid civilization in the Star Trek universe native to the planet Talax in the Delta Quadrant. ... == The Raven == An episode of star trek: voyager where we are told the story of seven of nines passed. ... The Omega Directive is a Voyager episode centered around the fictional Omega Directive. ... The Omega Directive is a Voyager episode centered around the fictional Omega Directive. ... Kazon Emblem In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Kazon are a Delta Quadrant race. ... Mortal Coil is an episode from the fourth season of Star Trek: Voyager. ... Ashes to Ashes is episode 18 from season 6 of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... The Brunali are a species from Star Trek: Voyager that suffered recurring assaults from the Borg. ... Icheb is a fictional character in Star Trek: Voyager played by Manu Intiraymi. ... Vulcans are a humanoid species in the fictional Star Trek universe who reside on the planet Vulcan and are noted for their attempt to live by reason and logic, with no interference from emotion. ... == The Raven == An episode of star trek: voyager where we are told the story of seven of nines passed. ... A fictional, aggressive, alien species from the television series Star Trek: Voyager who made themselves available as bounty hunters to capture alien vessels. ... The Hirogen are a fictional race in the Star Trek universe. ... Jean-Luc Picard, Human Starfleet Captain. ... Equinox is an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. ... Redirect page ... The Ktarians are a race of cat-like humanoids in the Star Trek Universe. ... Species 8472 In the fictional universe of Star Trek, Species 8472 is the name (designated by the Borg) of an advanced alien race that lives in the realm of fluidic space. ... Fluidic space (or fluid space) is a fictional concept in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Scorpion was a two-part episode of Star Trek: Voyager. ... In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ...


As well, there are some inconsistencies with these premises. For example, the Ferengi have a lower designation number than the Talaxians, which would suggest that the Borg encountered the Ferengi first (perhaps somehow encountering the two Ferengi stranded in the Delta Quadrant in "The Price" (TNG) or somehow learning of them when Quark and company time travelled to 1947 Earth in "Little Green Men" (DS9)). However, Talax(ia) is far closer to Borg space than Ferenginar, so it is strange that the Borg could have encountered the Ferengi before the Talaxians. Ferengi on Star Trek: The Next Generation The Ferengi are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe. ... The Talaxian is a humanoid civilization in the Star Trek universe native to the planet Talax in the Delta Quadrant. ... The Price is the name of a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, from the third season. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Quark, son of Keldar and Ishka, is a fictional character in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, played by Armin Shimerman. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Earth (often referred to as the Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... In the Star Trek universe, Ferenginar is the homeworld of the Ferengi and the capital of the Ferengi Alliance. ...


Origin of the Borg

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Given this and the Borg species numbering system, it is probable that the species originally giving rise to the Borg would have been designated as Species 1. The Borg Queen is a member of species 125 – meaning she is of an early species assimilated by the Borg. Thus, species 125, or that particular individual, was an ideal choice for Queen or was bioengineered for this purpose. The relatively high index number could mean one of two things: either the Borg did not need a Queen for the early part of its history, or they replaced their previous Queen when a superior one was found or engineered. The Borg or Borg Collective is a race of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... Biological engineering (also biosystems engineering and bioengineering) is a broad-based engineering discipline that deals with bio-molecular and molecular processes, product design, sustainability and analysis of biological systems. ...


"Borg from V'ger" theory

It has also been speculated that there could be a connection between the Borg and V'ger, the vessel encountered in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (TMP); this is indicated in the Star Trek Encyclopedia and is advanced in William Shatner's novel, The Return. The two entities are similar in concept and philosophy: In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Vger (Vejur in the novelization by Gene Roddenberry) is a fictional sentient life form. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future is an encyclopedia of all things related to Star Trek. ... William Shatner (born March 22, 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian actor, who gained fame for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...

  • The Borg are born as wholly organic beings and are melded with hardware to become biomechanical hybrids. They somewhat idolize a totally artificial state, which allows the android Lore to conquer a group of them in "Descent" (TNG).
  • V'ger is originally a machine – an interplanetary probe that was programmed to learn what it could about the universe – is significantly enhanced, and wants to see and touch its creator (a human) in order to fulfill its mission and evolve to a higher level of existence.

V'ger "melds" with two persons (Captain Decker and Ilia) and, in so doing, evolves. With reasonable conjecture, the Borg, a cybernetic organism – i.e., a fusion of person and machine – is born. In biology, hybrid has three meanings. ... Look up artificial in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Probe is a generic term used to refer to a device used to gather information. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin for wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... This article is about biological evolution. ... There is no universally accepted theory of what the word existence means. ... In the Star Trek universe, Willard Decker (played by Stephen Collins) was briefly captain of the USS Enterprise after its refit in 2270. ... Lieutenant Ilia was a proposed character on the cancelled Star Trek: Phase II series. ...


Following Star Trek: First Contact, the "Borg from V'ger" origin theory has a few obstacles: Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...

  • In 2063, the Borg attempt to use the Enterprise-E's deflector dish as a subspace transmitter to contact the Borg existing at that time. As of 2006, Voyagers 3-6 were not launched. Assuming V'ger (Voyager 6) was launched some time in 2006, by 2063 a spacecraft traveling at high sublight speed would be no more than a short trip from Earth at maximum warp, hardly a distance which would require a subspace transmitter to contact anybody.
  • V'ger had not merged with its creator prior to this date, and thus would not yet be part-human.
  • Even before the film was released, Guinan mentioned that the Borg had existed for millennia, so they would already have been around long before V'ger was ever created.
  • In 2376, the Vaadwaur (VOY) reported encountering the Borg 900 years earlier, placing this contact around the 13th century.

One possible solution to these problems arises from the fact mentioned in ST:TMP that Voyager 6 disappeared when it fell into a wormhole. One of the known properties of wormholes is that, due to special relativity, they can be holes through space and time. Therefore, the wormhole that Voyager 6 (V'ger) fell into could very well have taken it across the galaxy and backwards in time thousands of years. The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) is a Sovereign class starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ... The blue navigational deflector is seen here on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C), an Ambassador class starship. ... Screenshot (from SSCX Star Warzone). ... Guinan is a character in the Star Trek universe played by Whoopi Goldberg. ... In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Vaadwaur are a militaristic, expanding alien race originating in the Delta Quadrant. ... (12th century - 13th century - 14th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 13th century was that century which lasted from 1201 to 1300. ... 3D analogy to a wormhole. ... The special theory of relativity was proposed in 1905 by Albert Einstein in his article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. ...


"V'ger from Borg" theory

The V'ger origin story could be reversed into a "V'ger from Borg" origin theory – V'ger could have been aided by Borg. V'ger mentions in a visual presentation of its origin that it was once a smaller machine, one of NASA's Voyager space probes. It was then rescued and augmented by a race of machines. The name or nature of this machine planet, however, is never elaborated upon, and could well belong to the Borg. A piece of supporting evidence can be found in the novelisation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture written by Gene Roddenberry. In the novel, the V'ger entity notes that the Ilia probe is resisting the programming given to it because of the residual memories and feelings for Decker. When V'ger becomes aware of this, it is aware that "the resistance was futile, of course", which is almost identical to the Borg phrase, "Resistance is futile". The Star Trek novels aren't considered canonical, but it can be considered as at least circumstantial evidence, especially as the novel was written by Star Trek's creator. NASA logo Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-09-01, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... The Voyager spacecraft Launch of Voyager 2 Voyager is also the name of a planned series of unmanned probes to Mars, cancelled in 1968. ...


One could go even further and pose the question "Why, if they have been around for thousands of years, have the Borg not succeeded in dominating the galaxy?" There are few examples of effective resistance against the Borg, and the two battles of Sector 001, both of which ended in a Borg defeat (though the second outcome is perhaps not so clear-cut), must surely be the exception. Human beings will not make contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life until 2063, and Species 8472, the other race on the short list of those who have defended territory against the Borg, does not enter space as we know it until about 400 years later. Again, however, the Vaadwaur might provide an answer by stating the species had several encounters with the Borg, and "lived to tell the tale". This would suggest that the Borg were not the overwhelming force of the 24th century for most of their existence. Further, it may also be the case that the Borg simply tried to assimilate species that it found sufficiently interesting and add to their "perfection"; Seven of Nine once stated to Neelix that the Kazon were not worth assimilating because they would not add to the Borg's perfection (this was, also, perhaps an in-joke by the creators of Star Trek: Voyager about the Kazon and generally negative fan reaction to them). Species 8472 In the fictional universe of Star Trek, Species 8472 is the name (designated by the Borg) of an advanced alien race that lives in the realm of fluidic space. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ... Neelix is a fictional character in the fictional universe of Star Trek: Voyager (STV). ... Kazon Emblem In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Kazon are a Delta Quadrant race. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ...


Another explanation may lie in the particulars of the evolution of the Borg. V'ger's mission is "to learn all that is learnable" – perhaps to an intelligent machine all that is learnable is abstraction. Were V'ger to join, perhaps become an emissary for a race (or collective) of computers whose purpose is to collect all of the information in the universe – to dominate the Platonic realm, one could view the Borg as having more machine history than cybernetic and see the mission of the Borg as it is more commonly understood – one of acquisition and integration of all of the life, culture, and technology in the universe – as having been born the day V'ger "joined" with Captain Decker. The purpose of this joining was to enable V'ger to understand "the rest of the picture" – could this terrible menace be machine though sparked by a glimpse of human understanding?


The obstacle to a "V'ger from Borg" theory is the apparently great distance between Earth and the space dominated by Borg. Possible rationalizations to address this include:

  1. Since the Borg obviously were able to travel back into time in the film, it is conceivable that they travelled back at another point to establish a hive in the 21st century.
  2. V'Ger mentions in its visual presentation of its origin that it passed through a kind of disturbance, possibly a wormhole, on its trip to the machine world.

Addendum; Non Canon: William Shatner and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens postulated a different base of operations for the Borg. They had the Borg "homeworld" as a planet totally converted into circuitry over millennia. The Borg Planet itself is the Queen/Hive Mind Center and it is lonely, and looking for another mind similar to itself. They also explain Borg "inconsistencies" as colonies out of direct contact with the Borg Planet, but still answering to the Hive Mind. The Borg home planet is eventually destroyed by Kirk.


Nanobot theory

Though not in the formal continuity, a speculative story in the recent short story anthology Strange New Worlds VI offered a theory of their creation. It stated that the Borg came about on a world suffering from a devastating plague. One of the victims was the granddaughter of the planet's ruler, and she forced the scientists treating the plague to attempt a new treatment upon her. Nanotech was introduced into her body, which eliminated the virus and restored her. However, the nanotech was programmed not to make her as she had been before, but to make her perfect. Since she was naturally imperfect, they changed her body and brain, augmenting them with technology and creating the first Borg Queen. The scientists who changed her were put to death by her grandfather, who tried to kill her with gas. Her body adapted to this, removing the need to breathe and allowing her to introduce her nanobots into the wall of the room holding her, melting it, and allowing her to escape. While fighting her guards, she accidentally put the nanotech into one of them, thereby creating a link and changing him. In this way, the first Borg were born. After assimilating their homeworld, the Borg began to assimilate other planets. As the Borg designation for the race of which the Borg queen is a member is Species 125, this explanation is highly tenuous.


However, in later episodes it is shown that if a Borg queen dies, a new one will take its place. Therefore, species 125 could simply be the species number of the new queen (presumably the old one died because the Borg had not assimilated resurrective techniques)


Famous maxim

The classic Borg hail is as follows:

"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and power down your weapons. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated."

In the movie Star Trek: First Contact, the following hail is heard: Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996; see also 1996 in film), is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...

"We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile." The actor playing the role of "Voice of the Borg" in this film is Jeff Coopwood.

This saying bears a striking resemblance to the Cybermen expression: "Resistance is useless!" which was said on many occasions by them. Also in Doctor Who, the Cybermen's head leader, the Cybercontroller (equivalent to the Borg Queen) once stated to the Doctor, "To struggle is futile!" In the serial The Tomb of the Cybermen, the Cybercontroller says, "You belong to us. You will be like us." Category: ... The Cybermen are a fictional race of cyborgs who are amongst the most persistent enemies of the Doctor in the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. ... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... The Tomb of the Cybermen is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which originally aired in four weekly parts from September 2 to September 23, 1967. ...


A Vogon guard in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also says "Resistance is useless!", but hardly with the same intentions as the Borg or the Cybercontroller. This is a list of races, fauna and flora featured in various incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. ... The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ...


Additionally, Locutus (assimilated Picard) was known to say (at the Battle of Wolf 359): Combatants The Borg Collective United Federation of Planets Commanders Locutus of Borg J. P. Hanson† Strength 1 Borg Cube (spacecraft) 41 Federation vessels Casualties Unknown, minor (if any) 11,000+ casualties, 38 starships The Battle of Wolf 359 was a fictional battle that took place in the Star Trek: The...

"I am Locutus of Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. You will disarm all your weapons and escort us to Sector Zero-Zero-One. If you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you."

And before the battle:

"I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward, you will service us."

Pronunciation variations

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All Borg episodes to date

Star Trek: The Next Generation

# Episode Appearance
126 "The Neutral Zone" No Borg are seen or mentioned, but several destroyed colonies are found which are later identified as the site of Borg attacks
216 "Q Who?" Q introduces the crew of the Enterprise to the Borg.
326
401
"The Best of Both Worlds, Parts 1 and 2" Picard is kidnapped and assimilated by the Borg, who begin their invasion of Federation space.
Locutus/Picard is subsequently recovered from the Borg and used to stop their invasion. The implants are later removed from Picard, restoring him to normal.
523 "I, Borg" The Enterprise rescues a Borg survivor, and Picard plans to use him as a weapon against his nemesis.
626
701
"Descent, Part 1 of 2" A group of Borg attack Federation outposts. The crew pursues them through transwarp conduits and discovers Data's brother – Lore – leading them in a war against the Federation and organic life.
N/A Star Trek: First Contact The Borg attempt to assimilate Earth by time travelling to the 21st century. This includes the first encounter with a Borg Queen.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

# Episode Appearance
101 "Emissary" Commander Benjamin Sisko has flashbacks to the Battle of Wolf 359. (From The Best of Both Worlds)

Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... Emissary was the first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Benjamin Lafayette Sisko is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. ... Combatants The Borg Collective United Federation of Planets Commanders Locutus of Borg J. P. Hanson† Strength 1 Borg Cube (spacecraft) 41 Federation vessels Casualties Unknown, minor (if any) 11,000+ casualties, 38 starships The Battle of Wolf 359 was a fictional battle that took place in the Star Trek: The... The Best of Both Worlds is a two-part episode from the third/fourth seasons of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...

Star Trek: Voyager

The following does not include the "usual" Seven of Nine or the Borg children episodes. The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One, or Seven of Nine (often referred to as simply Seven), is a fictional character from the Star Trek universe, played by Jeri Ryan in the television series Star Trek: Voyager. ...

# Episode Appearance
316 "Blood Fever" A single drone is shown in the last few seconds
317 "Unity" Two groups of Borg are on a planet after being severed from the collective and become mentally independent.
326
401
"Scorpion, Parts 1 and 2" Species 8472 are found to be invading the "Northwest Passage" in an attempt to eliminate the Borg.
To combat 8472 and ensure Voyager’s safe passage, Janeway negotiates an alliance with the Borg: Seven of Nine is dispatched to facilitate this arrangement, is later severed from the hive mind, and is 'adopted' by Janeway.
402 "The Gift" Kes pushes Voyager well out of Borg territory.
406 "The Raven" Seven of Nine experiences Borg flashbacks.
421 "The Omega Directive" Seven of Nine gives a brief history of the Borg's discovery and attempts to study the Omega particle.
423 "Living Witness" After a backup version of the EMH program is reactivated on an alien world almost 900 years in the future, the doctor is put on trial for the "crimes" that were thought to be committed by his crew. A poor holo recreation of Voyager's crew show a group of Borg serving on the ship, led by a fully Borg Seven of Nine.
425 "One"
426 "Hope and Fear"
502 "Drone" A freak accident merges the EMH's 29th-century portable holographic emitter, Seven's nanobots, and Ensign Mulcahy's DNA, creating an advanced Borg drone – named "One" – who later helps Voyager fend off contemporary Borg and sacrifices himself to save Voyager.
507 "Infinite Regress"
515
516
"Dark Frontier" This is where we learn that the Borg call Humanity "Species 5618"
602 "Survival Instinct"
616 "Collective"
619 "Child's Play" A Borg Sphere emerges from a transwarp conduit after sensing a false warp signature designed to lure the Borg Sphere to attack Icheb's vessel.
626
701
"Unimatrix Zero, Part 1 of 2" A glitch within the Borg allows a small number of drones with a specific mutation to retain their individuality. While they regenerate, they are individually conscious within Unimatrix Zero, a paradisiac simulated reality in which they are free of the Borg but can interact with other Borg that possess the mutation. With the collective getting closer to rectifying the glitch, however, the Borg of Unimatrix Zero ask Seven of Nine and the Voyager crew for help.
702 "Imperfection" Captain Janeway boards a damaged Borg Cube to retrieve from a dead drone a cortical node that is needed to help Seven of Nine.
711 "Shattered" With Voyager being "fractured" into different timelines, Chakotay (having been hit by a burst of energy when the ship hit an anomaly, and seemingly immune to the timeline changes) encounters the group of Borg drones that inhabited Cargo Bay 9 during the events of "Scorpion Part 2" and "The Gift".
719 "Q2" Q's son materializes the Borg to attack Voyager
725
726
"Endgame" The big finale – for the Borg and series. Having travelled back in time, a future Admiral Janeway transmits a neural virus when she is assimilated by the Borg Queen. The virus apparently has deleterious effects and makes the Queen fall to pieces. The virus quickly spreads throughout the collective, has similarly disastrous effects, and causes the Unicomplex to explode, killing billions of Borg. At least one sphere, pursuing an enhanced Voyager as it returns home through a Borg transwarp conduit (whose hub was also destroyed), is apparently spared the effects of the virus but later is destroyed by weapons fire.

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Star Trek: Enterprise

# Episode Appearances
223 "Regeneration" A team of researchers find Borg debris, which had landed on Earth after the events of Star Trek: First Contact, and become assimilated by drones who survived the crash. The NX-01 is dispatched to respond to a distress call made by the ship, and must battle the growing Borg threat, which could change the future forever.

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The Borg in computer games

Star Trek: Birth of the Federation is a 4X turn-based computer strategy game, based in the Star Trek fictional universe, that was released in 1999. ... Star Trek: Armada is a computer game published by Activision, based upon the Star Trek universe. ... Star Trek: Armada II is a computer game published by Activision, based upon the Star Trek universe. ... Star Trek: Away Team is an isometric computer strategy game set in the fictional universe of Star Trek and focusing on commando-style combat. ... The most notable member of the Q Continuum is played by John de Lancie, a mischievous Q who, having taken an interest in humans, periodically harasses the crews of starships and space stations. ... Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force is a first-person shooter computer game made by Raven Software and published by Activision in 2000. ... Star Trek Elite Force 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Ritual Entertainment and published by Activision. ... Star Trek: Starfleet Command III is a Star Trek computer game published in 2002. ...

The Borg as a cultural allusion

The Borg were a concept born out of necessity for Star Trek to feature a new antagonist and the regular enemy that was lacking during the first season of The Next Generation, now that the Klingons were allies, and the Romulans mostly absent. Originally intended as the new enemy for the United Federation of Planets, the Ferengi failed to assert themselves as a convincing threat because of their comical, unintimidating appearance and devotion to capitalist accumulation or "free enterprise". They were subsequently reassigned the role of annoying but cute comic relief characters. A new military threat was thus needed to replace the Klingons and Romulans. The Borg, with their frightening appearance, immense power, and most importantly a no-nonsense, totally sinister motive became the signature villains for the TNG era of Star Trek. Its strongest definition is most probably the fearful Luddite prophecy – the vision that technology will eventually transform humanity into monsters. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Romulans are a fictionalized alien species in the Star Trek universe. ... Ferengi on Star Trek: The Next Generation The Ferengi are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe. ... For other uses, see Capitalism (disambiguation). ... Free Enterprise is am economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods; investments that are determined by private decision rather than by state control; and determined in a free market. ... The Luddites were a social movement of English workers in the early 1800s who protested — often by destroying textile machines — against the changes produced by the Industrial Revolution that they felt threatened their jobs. ... Prophecy, in a broad sense, is the prediction of future events. ...


In a literary sense, the Borg are highly similar to depictions of zombies in popular culture. Their pale complexion, slow yet steady advance, avolition, and ability to assimilate their enemies at a touch are all traits they have in common with the Hollywood zombie. Similarly, both show a lack of individuality, or any knowledge of their former lives (albeit with some exceptions). A participant in a Zombie Walk event in Calgary. ... In psychology, avolition is a general lack of desire, motivation, and persistence. ...


Archetypically speaking, the Borg could be seen as a manifestation of the astrological sign of Scorpio. Assimilation (osmosis) is a theme associated astrologically with Pluto, (one of the two planets associated with Scorpio; the other being Mars) as are insects and arachnids, as well as the colours of black and the Borg's particular phosphourescent green, reminiscent of swamp gas or decaying carcasses. Astrology refers to any of several systems, traditions or beliefs in which knowledge of the apparent positions of celestial bodies and related information is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting and organizing knowledge about personality, human affairs and terrestrial events. ...


The Borg are one of the more recognizable and popular Star Trek villains, which has made them icons in American popular culture even outside of Star Trek. Referring to a group of people as "borgs" or "borg" (maintaining the proper plural) means that they are completely given to conformity with one another. A single person who is slavishly conformist can also be called a "drone" or "borg". Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in any given society. ...


Borg is also occasionally used as a slang verb, meaning to take over or absorb something. Example: "Steve borged (with a hard G) [or "assimilated"] my CD collection, making copies of almost every disc I own." In the context of roleplaying games, the verb "borg" is used to mean repeatedly going to the same location in the game world with the express purpose of killing monsters to accumulate experience points and/or money, usually even when the monsters/NPCs in question are of no significant threat to the character being played. Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ...


The website Slashdot, a popular online community which discusses various newsworthy technological stories, uses an icon depicting Bill Gates as a Borg for all stories relating to Microsoft. Slashdot (often abbreviated to /.) is a popular technology-related website/Forum updated many times daily, with articles that are often short summaries of stories on other websites, links to those stories, and provisions for readers to comment on each story. ... William Henry Bill Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is the co-founder, chairman, former chief software architect, and former CEO of Microsoft Corporation. ...


Sometimes, someone is referred to as being 'of Borg', indicating they are aggressive in taking over something, e.g. "Microsoft of Borg." This is in reference to the Borg's famous maxim, "Resistance is futile". The Borg or Borg Collective is a race of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...


Shortly after the introduction of the Pentium microprocessor, a floating-point arithmetic glitch was found which affected the accuracy of calculations, leading to the joke, "We are Pentium of Borg. Division is futile. You will be approximated." Pentium logo, with MMX enhancement The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor by Intel. ... A floating-point number is a digital representation for a number in a certain subset of the rational numbers, and is often used to approximate an arbitrary real number on a computer. ... On October 30, 1994, Professor Thomas Nicely who was then at Lynchburg College reported a bug in the Pentium floating point unit. ...


The term 'bOrg' is satirically employed by ex-Jehovah's Witnesses to refer to the Jehovah's Witnesses organization in a negative way. The usage is derived from "bible Organization", and is used to imply a large degree of control of members by the organization.


The name Borg itself is short for Cyborg, which in turn is an abbreviation for Cybernetic Organism - that is, a combination of a biological organism with computer elements.


See also

  • Aparoids, a race of insect-like creatures that were the central antagonist of Star Fox: Assault that sought evolution through assimilation. This continues the Star Fox series' tradition of referencing other science fiction works.
  • Berserker fiction written by Fred Saberhagen, beginning 1963; some of the protagonists closely resemble the Borg.
  • Cybermen, a robotic race introduced in 1966 in the TV series Doctor Who. Many similarities have been noted between this race and the later Borg, including their incorporation of other species and use of the similar catchphrase "Resistance is useless".
  • Perry Rhodan, a prolific literary fictional series originating from Germany in 1961, whose "Posbis" are similar to the Borg.
  • Reavers, feral, insane humans gone mad at the edge of space from Joss Whedon's TV series Firefly. They are not cyborgs, but are similar juggernauts: ruthless, relentless, and feared.
  • The Conjoiners, a race of cybernetic humans who share thoughts electronically and are dedicated to improving themselves through increasingly advanced technology. From Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space series of novels.
  • The Omar are a race of cyborgs in the computer game Deus Ex: Invisible War. They are very similar to the Borg. They assimilate humans into the Omar (though this is usually voluntary). The Omar are supposed to have a merged collective consciousness, though many Omar will refer to themselves as "I" instead of "We" like the Borg (For example, one Omar says "I am here for protection." This seems to show that the Omar still retain some individuality.).

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Further reading

  • Patrick Thaddeus Jackson and Daniel H. Nexon, "Representation is Futile?: American Anti-Collectivism and the Borg" in Jutta Weldes, ed., To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction and World Politics. 2003. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 031229557X. Pp. 143-167.
  • Thomas A. Georges. Digital Soul: Intelligent Machines and Human Values. Boulder: Westview. ISBN 0813340578. p. 172. (The Borg as Big Business)

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