"What is a Q?"
"It's a letter of the alphabet, as far as I know.
Worf and Tasha Yar, 2364[src]

"Q" the most well-known member of the "Q".

The Q were a mysterious race of virtually omnipotent and omniscient "higher-beings" who made up, and were governed by, the Q Continuum.

The true form of the Q is unknown as their true appearance is regarded as incomprehensible to beings of the three-dimensional universe. (VOY episode: "Death Wish")

To interact with the 3-D realm, the Q presented themselves in the guises of the species they interacted with, and were readily able to change the appearance of their avatars. (TNG episodes: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Hide and Q", TOS - The Q Gambit comic: "Part 3")

The exact origin of the Q is equally unknown. Quinn once implied that the Q had begun their history in a manner similar to the Humans and Vulcans. (VOY episode: "Death Wish")

With Q even fearing that the humans would one day follow a similar path. (TNG episode: "Hide and Q")

Before later claiming his people had always existed as they were. (VOY episode: "The Q and the Grey")

Though Q once claimed to James T. Kirk that he could manipulate space/time as easily as Kirk could "change the water in a fishbowl", (TOS - The Q Gambit comic: "Part 1")

Quinn claimed the Q were not omnipotent, comparing their status to Starfleet to how a primitive society would view the USS Voyager, though he did not elaborate on any of his species' limitations. (VOY episode: "Death Wish")

Nonetheless, the Q were powerful enough to teleport across vast distances, "misplace" asteroid belts, collapse galaxies, and even travel outside of the universe. (TNG episodes: "Q Who", "Deja Q", "True Q")

Such was their power that they regarded private planets as toys for their young. (TOS episode: "The Squire of Gothos")

A single Q was able to completely alter the history of two separate universes. (TOS - Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes comic:)

Sufficiently powerful entities could pose threats to the Q however with the forces of 0, The One, Gorgan, and (*), bringing the Q to their knees. The latter two were even able to evade capture by their foes. (TNG novel: Q-Strike)

Equally, when forced into a war with the Pah-wraiths, the Q were brought to the brink of defeat, with Q even confessing to Kirk that, in their native dimension, the Q were not the gods they were in the 3-D universe but as mortal as humans. Being at the nexus of the Bajoran wormhole, an interdimensional crossroads, stripped Q of his powers. (TOS - The Q Gambit comics: "Part 5", "Part 6")

Death Wish

The Q Continuum.

Likewise, though they regarded themselves as more powerful than the Organians, Metrons, or even Prophets, all three races proved capable of fighting the Q on equal footing with a war between them projected to last centuries. (TNG - The Q Conflict comics: "Issue 4", "Issue 5", "Issue 6")

Though seemingly incapable of death, the Q were capable of being killed by weapons forged by their own kind. (VOY episode: "The Q and the Grey", TNG - The Q Conflict comic: "Issue 6")

The Q were also capable of executing rogue members of the Continuum. (TNG episode: "True Q")

Despite interacting with less evolved species across time and space, the Q culture was so heavily stagnant and sterile that by the 21st century, Quinn felt he had done and seen literally everything in the universe. (VOY episode: "Death Wish")

When he committed suicide, the first Q to do so, his death sparked the Q Civil War, dividing the species into the conservatives, those that sought to end any interactions with other species, and those who sought to revitalize their society. (VOY episode: "The Q and the Grey")

The Q were capable of granting their power to others. (TNG episode: "Hide and Q")

Readily capable of stripping them away from members of their people. (TNG episode: "Deja Q", VOY episode: "Death Wish")

Likewise, a Q could renounce their powers. (TNG episode: "Q Who")

In 2380 Q elected Cwansi as the representative of the Q Continuum in the galaxy. (NF novel: The Returned, Part 3)

Known QEdit

External linkEdit

Q (species) article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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