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NameUp Description First seen
Q1 The Q are undoubtedly one of the most interesting and peculiar species ever encountered.2 Little is known of them for certain but they are known to reside in a place they refer to as 'the Q continuum', which is apparently a higher dimension of some form.3 The Q are thought to have once been a relatively 'normal' species, but at some point they acquired incredible powers to control matter and energy, space and even time itself.4 Some Q maintain that they are omnipotent,5 but at least one individual has claimed that there are in fact limits to their power4 - although what these limits might be has never been ascertained.6

The Federation's first contact with the Q came when one of them intercepted the Enterprise-D on its maiden voyage. Appearing in a variety of costumes, Q placed the ship's senior officers on trial for the 'crimes of Humanity' - although the crew convinced Q to release them,7 years later he claimed that this trial was a never-ending process.8

In subsequent visits Q demonstrated a mixture of astounding power and knowledge combined with an almost childish sense of self-importance and selfishness.9 On his third visit to the Enterprise, Q reacted negatively to an offhand comment by Captain Jean Luc Picard; he threw the ship across thousands of light years to the system J-25, leading to first contact with the Borg and eventually to two devastating attacks by that species.2 He constantly berates and belittles other lifeforms and takes every opportunity to assert his own perfection.6

During her travels in the Delta Quadrant, the USS Voyager encountered a second Q - known as Quinn - who had been imprisoned in the nucleus of a comet for political dissension against the Q. Quinn was dissatisfied with a life in which there was nothing left to explore to accomplish, and had sought to end his existence. Q appeared on Voyager and a hearing was held which resulted in Quinn having his abilities removed so as to allow him to lead life as a Human. Despite this offer, Quinn took his own life shortly afterwards with the help of Q.4

This act apparently triggered a civil war within the Q continuum; Q proposed to end this conflict by mating with Captain Janeway of the USS Voyager in order to produce a new breed of Q - an offer the Captain forcefully declined. Later the crew of Voyager where taken to the Q continuum where, given the abilities and weapons of the Q, they where instrumental in ending the war.10

Q troubled Voyager on relatively few occasions, but he did place his young son in Janeway's care for a time in an effort to teach the boy some sense of responsibility. This was actually somewhat successful,11 though it is hard to believe that a Q could ever really reform completely.

Encounter at Farpoint
Qomar12 Advanced Delta Quadrant species who had no concept of music prior to encountering Voyager.12 Virtuoso
Quantum Singularity Life Form13 Sentient species which incubates its young in a black hole13 Timescape
Quarren14 An advanced and highly industrialised species in the Delta Quadrant, the Quarren planet was undergoing a crippling labour shortage in the 2370s. To overcome this, they took to abducting the crews of passing starships, using false memory implants to convince the crews that they had willingly chosen to work on the planet. As a result, the Quarren home planet is highly cosmopolitan, with workers from many different species present. The bulk of Voyager's crew were so captured in 237714, but the few remaining crew were able to rescue them.15 Workforce, Part 1
Quasi-energy Microbe16 Life forms found within a plasma streamer16 Realm of Fear

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# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 1 Encounter at Farpoint
2 TNG 2 Q Who
3 TNG 1 Hide and Q
4 VOY 2 Death Wish
5 TNG 3 Deja Q
6 Generic canonical information
7 TNG 1 The Naked Now
8 TNG 7 All Good Things
9 Various Next Generation episodes
10 VOY 3 The Q and the Grey
11 VOY 7 Q2
12 VOY 6 Virtuoso
13 TNG 6 Timescape
14 VOY 7 Workforce, Part 1
15 VOY 7 Workforce, Part 2
16 TNG 6 Realm of Fear
Series : TNG Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : Encounter at Farpoint
Series : TNG Season 2 (Disc 4)
Episode : Q Who
Series : TNG Season 1 (Disc 3)
Episode : Hide and Q
Series : VOY Season 2 (Disc 5)
Episode : Death Wish
Series : TNG Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : Deja Q
Source : Generic canonical information
Series : TNG Season 1 (Disc 1)
Episode : The Naked Now
Series : TNG Season 7 (Disc 7)
Episode : All Good Things
Series : TNG Season (Disc )
Episode : Various Next Generation episodes
Series : VOY Season 3 (Disc 3)
Episode : The Q and the Grey
Series : VOY Season 7 (Disc 5)
Episode : Q2
Series : VOY Season 6 (Disc 4)
Episode : Virtuoso
Series : TNG Season 6 (Disc 6)
Episode : Timescape
Series : VOY Season 7 (Disc 4)
Episode : Workforce, Part 1
Series : VOY Season 7 (Disc 5)
Episode : Workforce, Part 2
Series : TNG Season 6 (Disc 1)
Episode : Realm of Fear

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