When one thinks of Star Trek, one thinks of the noble human and alien characters who populate Starfleet, or the nefarious mortal villains like Khan, Kruge, and Nero. But one of the most enduring elements of Star Trek lore is the recurring theme of how power affects the personality. Trek history is filled with characters who possess immense strength, that are capable of bending time and space itself, and see humanity as mere playthings in the miasma of galactic chaos. Beings like Trelane, Q, the Prophets, and the Traveler consider humanity a fascinating science project or, at worst, an active nuisance. Some beings, like the Organians, try to use their immense power to prevent bloodshed, while others are far more capricious and irresponsible. With all those incredibly powerful characters inhabiting the Trek universe, one must ask: who is the most powerful Star Trek character?
First Appearance: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 1 - "Encounter at Farpoint"
Powers & Abilities: Complete mastery of time and space
Most Omnipotent Act: Where to begin? Q is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful entities in the Star Trek universe (although his membership in the so-called Q Continuum implies that there are others like him). He is, as he so often will remind you, omnipotent. There seems no limit to his power, though he did have his abilities stripped by the Continuum in the TNG episode "Deja Q." Q takes great delight in testing the morality of humanity, specifically the crew of the Enterprise-D. From creating universe-threatening anomalies, trapping the ship in an energy field, and tempting crew members with membership in the Continuum, Q would do anything to prove his point that humanity is a "dangerous, savage child-race." Perhaps his most notable, dangerous act was instantly transporting the Enterprise-D into the Delta Quadrant and introducing them to their most lethal enemy: the Borg. Yet Q isn't all bad, and he takes an almost paternal interest in the moral development of Jean-Luc Picard.977Powerful presence?
First Appearance: The Next Generation, Season 3, Episode 3 - "The Survivors"
Powers & Abilities: Immortality, psychic powers
Most Omnipotent Act: A member of the formidable Douwd species chose to live among humans under the false identity of "Kevin Uxbridge." As Uxbridge, the Douwd creature moved to Earth, married a human woman named Rishon, and finally settled on the Federation colony Rana IV. When Rana IV was ransacked by the belligerent Husnock species, Uxbridge could do nothing, owing to the code of the Douwd that states they cannot take a life under any circumstances. Sadly, Rishon perished, and a vengeful Uxbridge wiped out the entire Husnock species with a simple thought. Overcome with guilt and shame, Uxbridge created a copy of his wife and decided to stay on Rana IV for eternity. When Uxbridge revealed his transgression to the crew of the Enterprise-D, a horrified Picard decided humanity was incapable of judging him for the incaluable losses created by his hand. Picard left Uxbridge on Rana IV, content to allow him to live forever with his shame.4412Powerful presence?
First Appearance: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 6 - "Where No One Has Gone Before"
Powers & Abilities: Altering space, time, and warp fields with his mind
Most Omnipotent Act: Little is known about The Traveler, other than his race's immense power. To learn more about humanity, The Traveler joined up with Starfleet engineer Kosinski to create what Kosinski thought was a new method of warp travel. In truth, it was The Traveler manipulating warp fields to send starships traveling faster than warp nine. The Traveler was crucial to sending the Enterprise-D back to known space after an mishap with Kosinski's warp system. He also revealed that Wesley Crusher, the young son of Dr. Beverly Crusher, was a genius and would one day do amazing things with his abilities.3818Powerful presence?
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First Appearance: Deep Space Nine, Season 1, Episode 1 - "Emissary"
Powers & Abilities: Existing outside of space and time, telepathy
Most Omnipotent Act: The Prophets are the basis for the Bajoran religion — beings of pure energy that live inside the wormhole that connects the Alpha Quadrant with the Gamma Quadrant. They are opposed by the Pah Wraiths — Prophets that have been corrupted by evil. The conflict between these two factions threatens to consume Bajor, with Benjamin Sisko in the middle. He acts as the Emissary of the Prophets because, unbeknownst to him, he is the product of a relationship between a human male and a Prophet. It's his destiny to bring an end to that conflict. After helping to end the engagement between the Federation and the Dominion, then thwarting the Pah Wraiths, Sisko returned to the wormhole to take his place with his people.3414Powerful presence?