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(io9)   Put your phasers on stun for this list of Star Trek's top ten LEAST threatening villains   (io9.com) divider line 94
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2014-06-04 12:33:49 PM  
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also, giant space vaginas
 
2014-06-04 12:37:02 PM  
is Pete on the list?
 
2014-06-04 02:14:54 PM  
Knew the Ferengi would be at the top. But don't diss the Clown from Voyager. That was a great episode and Michael McKean did wonderful with the character.
 
2014-06-04 03:07:59 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-04 03:12:37 PM  
No obviously flaming (NTTAWWT) collector who tried to steal Data?
airlockalpha.com
 
2014-06-04 03:29:39 PM  
Harcourt Fenton Mudd demands a recount.
 
2014-06-04 03:46:42 PM  

StrikitRich: Harcourt Fenton Mudd demands a recount.


Harry Mudd was more of a rogue than a villain.
 
2014-06-04 03:47:10 PM  
The scariest thing from star trek is all the pedo trekkies.
 
2014-06-04 03:49:14 PM  
At the outset or at the end?

Because when they first appeared the Borg were pretty freaking scary.

By the end, they were somewhat less threatening than the tribbles.
 
2014-06-04 03:50:28 PM  
www.worshipguitars.org
 
2014-06-04 03:50:30 PM  

ikanreed: The scariest thing from star trek is all the pedo trekkies.


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2014-06-04 03:52:47 PM  
List fails without the space retards.

subspacecomms.com
 
2014-06-04 03:53:06 PM  

NuttierThanEver: No obviously flaming (NTTAWWT) collector who tried to steal Data?
[airlockalpha.com image 300x206]


I don't know why but that episode freaked me out as a kid.
 
2014-06-04 03:54:39 PM  
List fails without that dude Ricardo Montalban played. What a hack.
 
2014-06-04 04:01:17 PM  
No Melvin Belli's friendly angel? Fail
 
2014-06-04 04:13:20 PM  
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2014-06-04 04:15:53 PM  
Worst Villain and Dumbest Security Officer in one go
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Hey Tasha! Maybe try, oh I dunno, stepping backwards?
 
2014-06-04 04:15:53 PM  
Where the heck is Balok?
 
2014-06-04 04:15:58 PM  
ikanreed

The scariest thing from star trek is all the pedo trekkies.

Well, don't leave us all hanging...
 
2014-06-04 04:18:22 PM  

Wellon Dowd: List fails without the space retards.


Your ship is broken?
 
2014-06-04 04:19:39 PM  

Facetious_Speciest: ikanreed

The scariest thing from star trek is all the pedo trekkies.

Well, don't leave us all hanging...


Relates to an unlikely coincidence
 
2014-06-04 04:20:39 PM  
List fails without summer school. I'm sorry, list. You'll play with your friends on the weekends. This your future we're talking about. Don't you want to go to college? Do you want to spend the rest of your life on buzzfeed?

Your father and I are very disappointed.

Anyway
 
2014-06-04 04:22:42 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: NuttierThanEver: No obviously flaming (NTTAWWT) collector who tried to steal Data?
[airlockalpha.com image 300x206]

I don't know why but that episode freaked me out as a kid.


The villain himself was not that scary - his idea was to collect everything. He had no regard for the lady's or Data's sentience or individuality (like THAT's never happened). Imprisonment with no hope for escape is scary in and of itself. The real scary part in the episode was when

SPOILER!!!

Data totally murdered that guy at the end. "The weapon was in the state of discharge".

Agreed with the list for the most part. I also disagree with the Clown being on the list. Absolute insanity and unpredictability is scarier then any Vayron-T disruptor or Borg armada. This same insanity and unpredictability is why Heath Ledger's Joker worked so well.
 
2014-06-04 04:31:10 PM  
ikanreed

Relates to an unlikely coincidence

Oh.

Well, wow. That was weird.
 
2014-06-04 04:32:05 PM  
Move along home.  That is all
 
2014-06-04 04:43:00 PM  
Man ...that was a troll-tastic list.
 
2014-06-04 04:44:10 PM  
Typical Gawker half-assery.  The Breen were first mentioned in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Loss" that first aired in 1990.  Not really a "race that no one had heard of" by the time DS9 came around.

The rest of the list to me qualify as annoying as hell/tiresome vs least threatening.   Agree the list fails without the space retards (Pakleds?).   Working within morals made that tiresome.  The Klingons would have blown them to hell and gone.

Re a comment above I would not classify Trellane as non least threatening.  That kook was almost Q-like.   Some fiction ret-cons him to be a Q; I think I read.  Not having actually read said fiction.   Annoying as hell but certainly dangerous?

That clown guy on Voyager was a pain in the ass to watch.
 
2014-06-04 04:45:52 PM  
Never turn your back on a Breen...


ArkAngel: Knew the Ferengi would be at the top. But don't diss the Clown from Voyager. That was a great episode and Michael McKean did wonderful with the character.


Aezetyr: Agreed with the list for the most part. I also disagree with the Clown being on the list. Absolute insanity and unpredictability is scarier then any Vayron-T disruptor or Borg armada. This same insanity and unpredictability is why Heath Ledger's Joker worked so well.


Thirded. Awesome episode. Loved when the doctor showed up and the Clown realized he couldn't scare him.
 
2014-06-04 04:47:22 PM  
I just got around to watching the last episode of my last Star Trek series last night (not including the TAS) so I have now seen all that are available on Netflix (minus TAS). My conclusion is that they all had really good and really bad episodes including (weirdly) Voyager. I'd say the most threatening villain in any of them was Kate Mulgrew. Never has there been a captain more full of suck (not even that octopus looking thing). She should have stuck to doing movies on the Hallmark channel. I should also note that I have no problem with a female captain...just that one.

Also, I think I could be the most misogynistic fark on the planet, and I'd still think that putting a Borg in a cat suit & stilettos is wrong. I have no problem with Jeri Ryan wearing that outfit (cause WOW), but a Borg? That's when my disbelief stopped being suspended.
 
2014-06-04 04:52:28 PM  
Came for Gorn, leaving disappointed.
 
2014-06-04 04:54:00 PM  

Artemus_Hackwell: That clown guy on Voyager was a pain in the ass to watch.


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Well, that's just knit picking, isn't it?
 
2014-06-04 04:55:13 PM  
I could never get into Enterprise, but did they really include a cameo by Scorpius from Farscape?  Or was it just a character that looked like him and the article writer was being facetious?
 
2014-06-04 04:56:07 PM  
I don't remember the Ferengi ever threatening anything. They connived, schemed, plotted. But there's no profit in attacking starships.
 
2014-06-04 04:59:21 PM  

Cpl.D: Came for Gorn, leaving disappointed.


Came for the Space Irish hottie. Leaving disappointed.
 
2014-06-04 05:00:57 PM  

wildcardjack: I don't remember the Ferengi ever threatening anything. They connived, schemed, plotted. But there's no profit in attacking starships.


Their introduction episode was absolutely terrible.


http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/The_Last_Outpost_%28episode%29
 
2014-06-04 05:04:30 PM  

Aezetyr: To The Escape Zeppelin!: NuttierThanEver: No obviously flaming (NTTAWWT) collector who tried to steal Data?
[airlockalpha.com image 300x206]

I don't know why but that episode freaked me out as a kid.

The villain himself was not that scary - his idea was to collect everything. He had no regard for the lady's or Data's sentience or individuality (like THAT's never happened). Imprisonment with no hope for escape is scary in and of itself. The real scary part in the episode was when

SPOILER!!!

Data totally murdered that guy at the end. "The weapon was in the state of discharge".

Agreed with the list for the most part. I also disagree with the Clown being on the list. Absolute insanity and unpredictability is scarier then any Vayron-T disruptor or Borg armada. This same insanity and unpredictability is why Heath Ledger's Joker worked so well.


Agreed.  That whole episode was just to show that Data was more than the sum of his programming, and a hint that he has humanity by overcoming a seemingly moral paradox.  It was subtle (by TNG standards).  I liked it.
 
2014-06-04 05:07:43 PM  
So they stole Boush from George Lucas, and George stole the Ferngi for Episode One. Assholes, the lot of 'em
 
2014-06-04 05:08:38 PM  
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Beware the Space Irish!!!!

"EEEEEEEEE, you'll be wantin' some of the woosky, aincha?"
 
2014-06-04 05:17:42 PM  
The Space Oirish were a pretty racist bit of tripe. Still not sure whether they were better or worse than the planet of black people who insist on fighting before they'll take the white man's medicine or whatever, or the peaceful Amerindians in spaaace that were a hodgepodge of whatever the writers remembered being vaguely "Indian"...but bad.
 
2014-06-04 05:18:23 PM  

Aezetyr: I also disagree with the Clown being on the list. Absolute insanity and unpredictability is scarier then any Vayron-T disruptor or Borg armada.


This. That episode was pretty freaky.
 
2014-06-04 05:32:44 PM  

Facetious_Speciest: The Space Oirish were a pretty racist bit of tripe. Still not sure whether they were better or worse than the planet of black people who insist on fighting before they'll take the white man's medicine or whatever, or the peaceful Amerindians in spaaace that were a hodgepodge of whatever the writers remembered being vaguely "Indian"...but bad.


From an interview I read, Star Trek TOS was supposed to be a space western of sorts. Some of the bigwigs didn't think that a space show would fly. Westerns were reliable at getting ratings. I tend to think the native American episode was Roddenberry throwing the network a bone. Not real surprising it was racist, as that was pretty typical of all the westerns at the time.
 
2014-06-04 05:38:52 PM  

unlikely: At the outset or at the end?

Because when they first appeared the Borg were pretty freaking scary.

By the end, they were somewhat less threatening than the tribbles.


TNG Borg: Scary.

Voyager Borg: Lame.
 
2014-06-04 05:39:58 PM  

Facetious_Speciest: The Space Oirish were a pretty racist bit of tripe. Still not sure whether they were better or worse than the planet of black people who insist on fighting before they'll take the white man's medicine or whatever, or the peaceful Amerindians in spaaace that were a hodgepodge of whatever the writers remembered being vaguely "Indian"...but bad.


Heyyyyyy -. E- Pleb-nista, baybee. Those are Comm worship words...
 
2014-06-04 05:40:16 PM  
Went to the article.  Scrolled down.  Didn't see the Tribbles.  Closed the article.

Any "least threatening" Star Trek article that doesn't list Tribbles as #1 is obviously flawed.
 
2014-06-04 05:42:25 PM  
... Or do you mean, "Behold the god who bleeds?'
...  Better than the Space Wimmins - all dumb unless artifically inhanced. "Brain and Brain! What is Brain!!?"
 
2014-06-04 05:50:41 PM  

degenerate-afro: Went to the article.  Scrolled down.  Didn't see the Tribbles.  Closed the article.

Any "least threatening" Star Trek article that doesn't list Tribbles as #1 is obviously flawed.


Were Tribbles villains?
 
2014-06-04 05:58:22 PM  

perigee: Facetious_Speciest: The Space Oirish were a pretty racist bit of tripe. Still not sure whether they were better or worse than the planet of black people who insist on fighting before they'll take the white man's medicine or whatever, or the peaceful Amerindians in spaaace that were a hodgepodge of whatever the writers remembered being vaguely "Indian"...but bad.

Heyyyyyy -. E- Pleb-nista, baybee. Those are Comm worship words...


Wait, which Space Amerindians episode are we ragging on, the one where the Chicoms won the Cold War or the one where Kirk gets anmesia and has to figure out how to fire up the Preserver Artifact?
 
2014-06-04 06:02:02 PM  
I still like the Breen.
 
2014-06-04 06:06:29 PM  
I was actually thinking of both the group from TNG that lived along the Cardassian border and wouldn't leave because they were, like, one with the land, man...or Chakotay's people...

They're all the same, pretty much. Not because they're of the same continental descent, but because, you know...Trek writers.
 
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2014-06-04 06:10:03 PM  

phlegmmo: Were Tribbles villains?


did they impede the crew in their duties, threatening the mission, whislt making pleasing sounds?
 
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