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The '''Q''' were a mysterious race of virtually omnipotent and omniscient "higher-beings" who made up, and were governed by, the [[Q Continuum]].
 
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. ({{e|VOY|Death Wish}})
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The true form of the Q is unknown as their true appearance is regarded as incomprehensible to beings of the three-dimensional universe. ({{e|VOY|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. ({{e|TNG|Encounter at Farpoint|Hide and Q}}, {{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 3|Part 3}}|||||}})
   
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. ({{e|TNG|Encounter at Farpoint|Hide and Q}}, {{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 3|Part 3}}|||||}})
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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 [[Human]]s and [[Vulcan]]s, ({{e|VOY|Death Wish}}) with [[Q]] even fearing that the humans would one day follow a similar path, ({{e|TNG|Hide and Q}}) before later claiming his people had always existed as they were. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}})
   
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 [[Human]]s and [[Vulcan]]s. ({{e|VOY|Death Wish}})
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Though Q once claimed to {{kt|James T. Kirk}} that he could manipulate space/time as easily as Kirk could "change the water in a fishbowl", ({{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 1|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. ({{e|VOY|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. ({{e|TNG|Q Who|Deja Q|True Q}}) Such was their power that they regarded private planets as toys for their young. ({{e|TOS|The Squire of Gothos}}) A single Q was able to completely alter the history of two separate universes. ({{c|TOS|sub=Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes||}})
   
With [[Q]] even fearing that the humans would one day follow a similar path. ({{e|TNG|Hide and Q}})
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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. ({{n|TNG|Q-Strike}}) Equally, when forced into a war with the [[Pah-wraith]]s, 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. ({{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 5|Part 5}}|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 6|Part 6}}||||}})
 
Before later claiming his people had always existed as they were. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}})
 
 
Though Q once claimed to {{kt|James T. Kirk}} that he could manipulate space/time as easily as Kirk could "change the water in a fishbowl". ({{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 1|Part 1}}|||||}})
 
 
Quinn claimed the Q were not omnipotent, though he did not elaborate on any of his species' limitations. ({{e|VOY|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. ({{e|TNG|Q Who|Deja Q|True Q}})
 
 
Such was their power that they regarded private planets as toys for their young. ({{e|TOS|The Squire of Gothos}})
 
 
A single Q was able to completely alter the history of two separate universes. ({{c|TOS|sub=Star Trek—Legion of Super-Heroes||}})
 
 
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. ({{n|TNG|Q-Strike}})
 
 
Equally, when forced into a war with the [[Pah-wraith]]s, 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. ({{c|TOS|sub=The Q Gambit|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 5|Part 5}}|{{a|The Q Gambit, Part 6|Part 6}}||||}})
 
   
 
Likewise, though they regarded themselves as more powerful than the [[Organian]]s, [[Metron]]s, or even [[Prophets]], all three races proved capable of fighting the Q on equal footing with a war between them projected to last centuries. ({{c|TNG|sub=The Q Conflict|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 4|Issue 4}}|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 5|Issue 5}}|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 6|Issue 6}}}})
 
Likewise, though they regarded themselves as more powerful than the [[Organian]]s, [[Metron]]s, or even [[Prophets]], all three races proved capable of fighting the Q on equal footing with a war between them projected to last centuries. ({{c|TNG|sub=The Q Conflict|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 4|Issue 4}}|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 5|Issue 5}}|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 6|Issue 6}}}})
   
Though seemingly incapable of death, the Q were capable of being killed by weapons forged by their own kind. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}}, {{c|TNG|sub=The Q Conflict|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 6|Issue 6}}||}})
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Though seemingly incapable of death, the Q were capable of being killed by weapons forged by their own kind. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}}, {{c|TNG|sub=The Q Conflict|{{a|The Q Conflict, Issue 6|Issue 6}}||}}) The Q were also capable of executing rogue members of the Continuum. ({{e|TNG|True Q}})
 
Despite interacting with less evolved species across time and space, the Q culture was heavily stagnant and sterile that by the [[21st century]], Quinn felt he had done and seen literally everything in the universe. ({{e|VOY|Death Wish}})
 
 
During the Q Civil War, the more conservative Q sought to end interaction with other species as a way of preserving this culture while the other faction sought to bring change to their race. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}})
 
 
The Q were capable of granting their power to others. ({{e|TNG|Hide and Q}})
 
   
And readily capable of stripping them away. ({{e|TNG|Deja Q}}, {{e|VOY|Death Wish}})
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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. ({{e|VOY|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. ({{e|VOY|The Q and the Grey}})
   
Likewise, a Q could renounce their powers. ({{e|TNG|Q Who}})
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The Q were capable of granting their power to others, ({{e|TNG|Hide and Q}}) and readily capable of stripping them away from members of their people. ({{e|TNG|Deja Q}}, {{e|VOY|Death Wish}}) Likewise, a Q could renounce their powers. ({{e|TNG|Q Who}}) [[Category:Races and cultures]]
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[[Category:Extradimensional races and cultures]]
 
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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")

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") and 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")

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