Star Trek has never known exactly what Klingons look like, until now (maybe) (2024)

Apart from the benevolent pointy-eared Vulcans, there’s no fictional alien species more iconic than the Klingons — not only in Star Trek, but in pop culture at large. The spacefaring warriors have evolved over half a century from generic Cold War antagonists into a complicated and spiritual culture that evokes both medieval Vikings and feudal samurai. There is a complete, functional Klingon language studied and spoken by fans around the world, who routinely don the familiar armor and forehead ridges at fan conventions. Most people who are even casually familiar with Star Trek would recognize a Klingon should one pass by on the street (perhaps in Las Vegas, this or any August), and even applaud the remarkable accuracy of their makeup and attire.

And yet, there is not, nor has there ever been, one definitive Klingon makeup design. Despite fan uproar practically every time a substantive change is made to the craggy foreheads and wispy beards of the space conquerors, their look has been in flux from the beginning, and will likely continue to evolve along with the production technology behind Star Trek itself. In honor of the return of a more familiar appearance in the season premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, we’ve taken a deep dive into the rocky history of science fiction’s most famous forehead, from 1966 to today.

The brownface era

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The Klingons were introduced during the first season of Star Trek, in the 1967 episode “Errand of Mercy.” Writer/producer Gene L. Coon used the story’s conflict between the United Federation of Planets and the rival Klingon Empire over a non-aligned planet as an allegory for Cold War proxy conflicts, but — according to the exhaustively researched book These Are the Voyages: TOS, Season One by Marc Cushman and Susan Osborn — offered only the barest physical description for the new antagonists. In the terse and insensitive parlance of a 1960s television producer, Coon referred to the Klingons merely as “hard-looking Asian types.”

It fell to makeup artist Fred Phillips and actor John Colicos (who had been cast as the episode’s lead Klingon, Kor) to decide what the character — and species — would look like. Colicos takes credit (or blame) for the Klingons’ original look, asking for a “vaguely Asian” makeup effect patterned after conqueror Genghis Khan. At Colicos’ direction, Phillips applied bushy eyebrows, a Fu Manchu, and a heavy layer of greenish-brown makeup to Colicos’ face to make him appear “not of this world.”

Though this became the accepted canonical 23rd-century “TOS-era” look, the Klingons’ appearance actually fluctuated over the course of the series. In season 2’s Klingon stories, “Friday’s Child” and “The Trouble with Tribbles,” no false eyebrows or dark makeup were used on the (exclusively white) Klingon actors, only short beards, some of them very obviously prosthetic. The brown face paint would return in season 3, and all Klingons who appeared in its short-lived sequel, Star Trek: The Animated Series, would have a brown or orange hue to their skin. This includes individual Klingons who had previously appeared without dark makeup.

There are two major takeaways to any study of the early history of Klingon makeup design. First, that there has never been a point when the look of the Klingons wasn’t changing, and second, that we’re very lucky it did. Ardent Star Trek canonistas rail against any change to Star Trek as a production that cannot be easily explained in-universe, and for almost 40 years, the ever-changing Klingon forehead was exactly that. But maintaining the canon — either through offensive makeup or typecasting — is a dicey proposition.

In short: Change is good.

Enter the latex

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When Star Trek made the leap to the big screen for 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture, advances in makeup effects and a much larger budget allowed for the Klingons to receive a complete visual overhaul. Costume designer Robert Fletcher drew the first sketches of the new Klingons, adding a single knobby ridge that extended from the spine to the bridge of their nose. Fletcher wanted the Klingons to look as alien as possible, like a moloch lizard, but according to Fletcher, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry strongly disagreed with this and wanted the Klingons to appear mostly human. The two came to a compromise, which Fletcher calls “a hairy crustacean.” Fletcher considered the Klingons’ forehead ridges to be the vestigial remains of a species that once had a rigid exoskeleton, a concept that was also incorporated into their costume design.

This concept was translated into a latex makeup design by Original Series makeup artist Fred Phillips and future Oscar-winner Ve Neill, along with a team that included makeup assistant Rick Stratton. By some accounts, it was Stratton who suggested that the Klingons should also have gnarly dental prosthetics, a suggestion that he claims was made mostly to assure himself an extra day’s paid work. Stained, jagged teeth would remain a constant.

Fletcher was called upon to further refine the new forehead design for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. From here on out, rather than having the appearance of a single, thick spine that wrapped all the way up their necks and down to their noses, which obscured most actors’ faces beyond recognition, Klingons would appear to have a bony but less pronounced plate under their foreheads. The Search for Spock also established the idea of Klingon men growing out their hair.

This became the basic blueprint for the iconic Klingon, with makeup effects from this era being reused for years to come. But even during this era of limited revisions, there was a great deal of variation. According to Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens’ book The Art of Star Trek, Star Trek V director William Shatner encouraged makeup supervisor Richard Snell to make every featured Klingon’s forehead “as unique as a fingerprint.” As Star Trek had recently returned to television with The Next Generation and would continue to introduce new Klingons by the dozen, with the new set of forehead prosthetics designed and maintained by the legendary Michael Westmore. Westmore made an effort to create unique forehead ridge designs for every Klingon guest star, a decision he came to regret as more and more of them appeared on the show.

Over the next decade of stories, it became implied that forehead patterns were inherited traits, which reduced that workload somewhat. For instance, Worf, his brother Duras, and his son Alexander all share a similar set of forehead ridges, while the rival Duras family has their own unique “crest” of sorts. Westmore would remain in charge of Star Trek’s makeup effects department throughout the entire run of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, plus the four feature films released during this era, which cemented his version of the Klingon makeup design as the one most accepted by fans.

Head canon

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Star Trek has never known exactly what Klingons look like, until now (maybe) (4) Image: CBS

The Motion Picture’s opening scenes introduced viewers to big-budget Star Trek, beginning with the new-and-improved Klingons. This radical redesign of The Original Series’ most iconic villains was merely a consequence of this production’s superior resources, and was never meant to draw attention to itself. However, the rest of the film’s first act is preoccupied with the unveiling of the “almost entirely new” USS Enterprise, emphasizing that the characters are aware of the ship’s top-to-bottom, inside-out refit. Viewers were told to ignore the first aesthetic upgrade but to make a big deal out of the rest of them. This is arguably the moment that broke Trekkies’ brains forever.

For the next 17 years, Star Trek productions successfully evaded the “Klingon forehead problem,” continuing to treat their change in appearance as a retroactive, behind-the-scenes alteration rather than a canonical event. A 1994 episode of Deep Space Nine even brought back the three most popular Klingons from The Original Series, all portrayed by their original actors but sporting the modern craggy foreheads and long, wavy locks. The message was clear: This is how the Klingons look, and how they have always looked. Don’t worry about it.

In 1996, however, Deep Space Nine celebrated Trek’s 30th birthday with “Trials and Tribble-ations,” a comedic time-travel story in which the DS9 crew revisits the events of the 1967 classic “The Trouble with Tribbles,” splicing the modern crew into scenes Forrest Gump-style. By this point, Klingon Starfleet hero Worf had joined the DS9 cast, and since “The Trouble with Tribbles” employs Klingons as its central antagonists, this meant showing both TOS and TNG-era Klingons on screen at the same time. This would force the writers to acknowledge the discontinuity, which Deep Space Nine’s writers weren’t interested in doing. Rather than make an issue of it, writers Ronald D. Moore and René Echevarria decided to play it for laughs, with Worf reluctantly admitting that yes, those are Klingons, there is a story behind why they look different, and no, he’s not going to talk about it. That’s because in the writers’ eyes, no story could have possibly made sense.

“There’s not a single explanation that is anything less than preposterous,” Moore said in a DS9 DVD featurette.

Eight years later, Star Trek: Enterprise dedicated two full episodes to a preposterous explanation as to why Klingons look different. From the very beginning of the prequel, set a century before The Original Series, Enterprise honored the new Klingon makeup effects, which had been in use for decades and were familiar to a new generation of fans. This was in line with an overall creative decision not to allow the limitations of a 1960s series to dictate how storytellers in the 2000s depicted the distant future. However, during Enterprise’s fourth and final season, the show became more fixated than ever on the franchise’s past, leading to the two-part episode, “Affliction” and “Divergence,” in which a genetic augmentation turned virus mutates most Klingons to more closely resemble humans in both appearance and temperament. Only a handful of old-school, “mutated” Klingons appear in the episode, and though there’s no documentation on how it was applied, the makeup certainly looks faithful to the original (read: not great).

It is implied that the Klingons spend the next century working on a cure, after which they purge all evidence of this shameful event from their history. This two-parter would turn out to be the Klingons’ final appearance on Enterprise, as the series would be canceled shortly thereafter. All future Star Trek productions would employ some variation on the bumpy-headed Klingon design that Trekkies had come to know, though not all attempts proved to be very popular…

Baldly going

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Star Trek has never known exactly what Klingons look like, until now (maybe) (6) Image: Paramount

The cancellation of Enterprise in 2005 brought an end to the continuous 18-year run of Star Trek on television under executive producer Rick Berman, but the franchise was almost immediately revived under new management, with director J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company at the helm. Now rebooted as a blockbuster feature film series, Trek once again received the benefit of a fresh start on the big screen, equipped with the latest production innovations and a new set of creative contributors. Though teased behind helmets that obscured their faces in scenes that were shot for 2009’s Star Trek that were ultimately cut for time, the next iteration of the Klingon makeup design was unveiled in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

This new design, created by makeup effects artists David LeRoy Anderson and Neville Page, had to hold up under the unforgiving eye of IMAX cameras. They were sculpted digitally and then 3D printed as reference for the final latex sculpts. While many of the background Klingons had long manes and beards under their helmets, their leader, portrayed by Sean Blakemore, is totally hairless. This allows him to show off not only a triangular ridged forehead but a central, spine-like ridge that wraps all the way from his brow to his back, harkening back to the original Motion Picture revamp.

Anderson and Page made one major addition to the Klingon aesthetic: scarification and ceremonial piercings, not only through the ears but through the forehead ridges themselves. In a featurette included with the Into Darkness Blu-ray, Page suggests that these piercings are akin to painting icons on the side of a warplane, with each one representing a victory. Apart from this ornamentation, Anderson and Page’s Klingons were not an enormous departure from what had been depicted before, though that hardly dissuaded canonistas — who generally reviled the Abrams films — from harping on the change.

However, criticism of the Into Darkness Klingons paled in comparison to the outrage that surrounded the next iteration of the Klingon makeup design, which debuted in the opening minutes of Star Trek: Discovery in 2017. The series, which would shepherd a prolific new era for the franchise on streaming television, was as bold an aesthetic departure from the TNG era as The Motion Picture had been from TOS. There were a number of canon-fudging new elements on Discovery, but none received quite as much hate as the new Klingons, or as haters on social media dubbed them, “Klingorcs.” Where Into Darkness had been an incremental change in the Klingon aesthetic, Discovery was a total overhaul designed by Neville Page and Glenn Hetrick of Alchemy FX Studios, based on the input of original showrunner Bryan Fuller.

According to a promotional interview with CBS News, Fuller mandated that the Klingons should be hairless, leading Page and Hetrick to consider what might have been hidden underneath the Klingons’ locks. They decided that Klingons’ famous head ridges would house sensory pits that grant them a greater ability to defend themselves from ambush, and that these ridges should continue along the entire circumference of their skulls. The skulls themselves were elongated, evoking the shape of the tall headdresses worn by some pharaohs of Upper Egypt. In a final touch, the new Klingons had a variety of grayscale skin tones not found in humans.

Page credits the influence of H.R. Giger in creating this more alien and unsettling Klingon appearance. The new makeup effects employed the latest in available technology, including 3D sculpting and printing that allowed the makeup team to mass-produce forehead elements and mix and match them so that each character could have a subtly different design. The makeup was accompanied by a dramatically different costume design intended to distort the shape of actors’ bodies and imply additional organs inside their frame.

Honorable retreat

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Star Trek has never known exactly what Klingons look like, until now (maybe) (8) Image: Paramount

After the backlash against the new look (and the early departure of Fuller), the second season of Discovery immediately rolled back some of the show’s more aggressive changes to the Klingon design. To begin with, long hair was back in fashion (explained in-story by the end of their war with the Federation), but there were also more subtle changes, like the softening of some of the more pronounced alien facial features.

This design was better received, but the controversy seemed to make the producers of newer Star Trek shows nervous about including the Klingons in further stories. Animated shows Lower Decks and Prodigy employed the TNG Klingon designs, while the following five seasons of live-action Trek (Discovery seasons 3 and 4, Picard seasons 1 and 2, and Strange New Worlds season 1) would feature no Klingons whatsoever. When the fan-favorite Worf returned for the final season of Star Trek: Picard, he appeared with his familiar “turtlehead” latex appliance, honoring current Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman’s promise back in 2020 that, regardless of Discovery’s Klingon redesign, Worf would always “look like Worf.”

Finally, later that year, the initial trailers for season 2 of Strange New Worlds signaled the return of the Klingons, back in the long-haired, craggy-headed flesh. Gone were the extra-bulky bodies, the implied sensor pits, and the inhuman flesh tones. The makeup itself is clearly new, but the aesthetic is unmistakably retro, reproducing the appearance of TNG-era Klingons with modern techniques and resources.

This likely signals the end of bold experimentation with the Klingon forehead. The fans have spoken, and while conceding to the demands of an audience that invariably demands more of what they already have can often be dangerous, few would argue that the online mob was wrong about this one. Still, it would be a mistake to characterize this design reversion as a return to the “real” Klingon forehead. There is no such thing, and there never will be. Like all ongoing fictional narratives (or even complete ones), Star Trek is always changing, as well it should. Attempts to innovate on established concepts and intellectual property should be applauded, even when they’re not entirely successful. Otherwise, we could end up staring into the mirror 50 years from now, embarrassed, with brown foundation and glued-on eyebrows on our faces.

Star Trek has never known exactly what Klingons look like, until now (maybe) (2024)

FAQs

What did the original Klingons look like? ›

In the original television series (TOS), Klingons were typically portrayed with bronze skin and facial hair suggestive of Asian people and possessed physical abilities similar to humans (in fact, Coon's only physical description of them in his "Errand of Mercy" script is "oriental" and "hard-faced").

How do they explain Klingons look different? ›

The official explanation is that Klingons normally have hair but completely shave it off during a war. Pronounced. The DIS make-up includes cheek prosthetics.

Why do Klingons look different now? ›

The change in their appearance, as well as their behavior, was the result of Klingon scientists attempting to augment their own physiques with enhanced human DNA left over from a Eugenics war on Earth.

How did the Klingons appearance change? ›

The Klingons stayed the same until 1978 when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released. With the much higher budget, their appearance was radically changed, most notably giving them their characteristic ridged foreheads (based on dinosaur vertebrae) and large spiked teeth.

Why did Discovery redesign Klingons? ›

Each Klingon redesign has a simple real-world explanation: better makeup and prosthetics. The 1960s Klingons were essentially humans, but the original feature films and 1990s Star Trek had the budget and expertise to develop a more alien look with ridged foreheads and bushy wigs.

Are Klingons stronger than Vulcans? ›

While Klingons are normally shown to be the strongest of all species within the Star Trek franchise, they are surprisingly weak when compared to the Vulcans.

What did Klingons evolved from? ›

The Klingons (tlhIngan in Klingonese) were a humanoid warrior species that originated from the planet Qo'noS (pronounced Kronos), an M-class planet in the Beta Quadrant. One of the major powers of the galaxy, the Klingons were a proud, tradition-bound people who valued honor and combat.

Why does Worf look different than other Klingons? ›

After season 1 of TNG wrapped production, Worf's facial prosthetics were either lost or stolen. This presented Michael Westmore, TNG's primary makeup designer, with an opportunity to improve the look of the character.

How did Klingons lose their ridges? ›

Based on the virus Dr. Phlox, who has been abducted by the Klingons, develops an antivirus. The antivirus takes away the genetic superiority from the Klingon Augments. Any other Klingon who is given the antivirus as a cure against the mutated virus loses his forehead ridges just like the Augments.

Why did Worf's forehead change? ›

Trek Trivia: Worf's prosthetic forehead changed in Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 because the original was stolen.

Are there female Klingons? ›

Only one Klingon woman appeared in the Original Series, but many more have appeared in the licensed novels and in every Star Trek series since.

Why do the Klingons have no hair in discovery? ›

Actually, Glenn Hetrick who does our prosthetics and Neville Page came up with this idea that in a time of war, the Klingons all shave their body hair. It's a version of saying “We are committing to war” and that was the logic for them not having hair.

What is the average lifespan of a Klingon? ›

From scifi stack exchange. In 2370, Odo observed that Kor "must be a hundred years old" and his "best friend," Koloth, was "probably a hundred and fifty years old." That means they definitely can live 100 years and may live up to 150 years. Compared to a human a long time, over 200 years.

Why Klingons look that way in the 23rd century? ›

That's right: Khan's super-human DNA getting mixed with Klingon DNA is what caused a bunch of Klingons to look more human in the 23rd century.

Were Klingons in the original Star Trek? ›

In Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise face several recurring antagonists, including the Klingon Empire.

When did Klingons become warp capable? ›

According to the reference book Star Trek: Star Charts, the Klingons first achieved warp capability in the Earth year 930 AD, i.e., during the time of Kahless.

What happened to the Klingons in Voyager? ›

After much fighting, the Voyager crew retakes the ship. The Doctor then comes up with a cure by using stem cells from B'Elanna's baby. The Klingons relocate to an M-class planet while Paris and Torres agree to consider "Kuvah'magh" as a possible name for the baby.

What happened to the Klingons after the burn? ›

After the Burn , the Klingon would lost most of their abilities to re-enforce many of their conquered territories. Many of their occupied planet would be free and gain independence ,but would risk retaliation from Klingon who still wants to reclaim the territories or attack from another Alien Species .

What is the most powerful thing in Star Trek? ›

1 The Q Continuum

Q has the power to do anything he wishes, including going back and forward in time, with just the snap of his fingers. With near-limitless power, there's little doubt that Q is the most powerful character in Star Trek.

What is the lifespan of a Vulcan? ›

Vulcans are typically depicted as stronger, faster, and longer-lived than humans, however Vulcans are less cold-tolerant than humans. There are instances of them living over 220 years.

What is the most powerful Klingon starship? ›

The K't'inga battle cruiser becomes the most powerful Klingon ship in the Imperial fleet once it enters the scene in the 2270s, and it remains at the top for nearly a century. It reaches a speed of at least warp 5, has disruptor cannons, phasers, fore and aft torpedo launchers, and concussive charge weaponry.

How long do humans live in Star Trek? ›

The average human lifespan in Star Trek was approximately 100 years during Star Trek: Enterprise's 22nd-century era. By Star Trek: The Next Generation's 24th-century timeframe, the average life expectancy increased to 120 years.

What color is Romulan blood? ›

In the universe of Star Trek, Vulcans and Romulans have green blood, while Andorians' blood is blue.

How old is the Klingon Empire? ›

The Klingon Empire was the official state of the Klingon people. It was founded in the 9th century by Kahless the Unforgettable, who first united the Klingon homeworld of Qo'noS. Since then, the Klingon Empire expanded its sphere of influence by conquering numerous systems and incorporating them.

Did the Klingons respect Kirk? ›

So in short, the Klingons hate Kirk because he was the person who killed one of their most respected citizens, murdered his crew in cold blood, and then stole his ship.

Does Kirk hate Klingons? ›

Kranky Kirk

First, he hates them simply because he's been fighting them his whole life. He doesn't know how to do anything else, and he doesn't know how to see them as anything but enemies. Second—and more importantly—the Klingons killed his son in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Why do Klingons hate Tribbles? ›

According to the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, the mutual dislike between Klingons and tribbles has to do with the fact that both species have keen senses of smell, and apparently, each found the "stench" of the other extremely unpleasant.

What are Klingons afraid of? ›

What did these cute furballs ever do to warrant the wrath of the entire Klingon empire? It turns out they're more dangerous than they appear.

How do Klingons divorce? ›

A Klingon divorce was the ceremony which dissolved a Klingon marriage. The ceremony was much less elaborate than a Klingon wedding, and much shorter than a Human divorce. The spouse seeking divorce backhanded their partner, looked at him or her and said, "N'Gos tlhogh cha!" (Our marriage is done!).

Are Klingons stronger than Federation? ›

Listed by overall military strength, from strongest to weakest. Probably the Klingons because Even though they are allies, they are a warlike race… The Klingons in an alternate timeline nearly defeated the Federation after decades of war.

What happened to Worf's son's mother? ›

Worf has a son named Alexander with a half-human half-Klingon woman named K'Ehleyr, a character introduced in "The Emissary"; however, she is later killed in "Reunion", a "sequel" to that episode and part of the Worf story arc, leaving Worf as a single parent.

What is the name of Worf's second son? ›

K'Dhan, the second son of Worf and first son of Grilka, was born in the year 2388.

Who is Worf's Klingon wife? ›

K'Ehleyr was a female Klingon-human hybrid introduced in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode The Emissary, and the first wife of Worf. She was portrayed by Suzie Plakson, who also portrayed Doctor Selar, a Female Q, and an Andorian named Tarah in other Star Trek related productions.

Who is half Klingon half human? ›

B'Elanna Torres /bɪˈlɑːnə/ is a main character in Star Trek: Voyager played by Roxann Dawson. She is portrayed as a half-human half-Klingon born in 2346 on the Federation colony Kessik IV. She was admitted to Starfleet academy but dropped out before graduating.

How long are Klingons pregnant? ›

Klingons. Klingon pregnancies typically lasted 30 weeks (VOY: "Lineage").

How do you say hello in Klingon? ›

GREETINGS

We don't do greetings in Klingon. If you feel the urge to say hello to someone, say nuqneH.

Did Picard ever have hair? ›

The arguably greatest sci-fi show of all time nearly missed out on their iconic captain over a matter as silly as male-pattern baldness. Bald since before he even hit his 20s, Sir Patrick Stewart has embraced the look to his advantage.

What language do the Klingons speak in Star Trek: Discovery? ›

The Klingon language (Klingon: tlhIngan Hol, pIqaD: , pronounced [ˈt͡ɬɪ. ŋɑn xol]) is the constructed language spoken by a fictional alien race called the Klingons, in the Star Trek universe. This article contains IPA phonetic symbols.

What is the hairy thing in Star Trek? ›

A tribble was a living furry creature on Space Station K-7. They did nothing but eat and multiply. Eventually, tribbles are found aboard the Spaceship Enterprise and created an enormous problem by over-multiplying.

What race lives the longest in Star Trek? ›

El-Aurians appear outwardly identical to humans and have a variety of ethnic types, with both dark- and light-skinned members of the race being shown in various Star Trek movies and television episodes. They can live well over 700 years.

What is the oldest living species in Star Trek? ›

The Vedala (also called the Vedalan) are the oldest species in Star Trek. They live on the Vedala asteroid, a fresh, green, and vegetative planet filled with trees, flowers, and mushroom-like fungi.

How far is the Klingon Empire from Earth? ›

According to the Starfleet Medical Reference Manual, the Klingon homeworld was the planet "Epsilon Sagittarii B". Epsilon Sagittarii is also a real star located 143 light years away from Earth.

What race are Klingons based on? ›

In the original television series (TOS), Klingons were typically portrayed with bronze skin and facial hair suggestive of Asian people and possessed physical abilities similar to humans (in fact, Coon's only physical description of them in his "Errand of Mercy" script is "oriental" and "hard-faced").

Do Klingons age faster than humans? ›

Klingons mature a little faster than humans and yet after puberty, they age significantly slower. At the age of 1 they look similar to a human child of 4 and around the age of 8, they begin the Klingon version of puberty.

Are Klingons related to humans? ›

Being descended from DNA molecules planted by the Ancient Humanoids, Klingons are distantly related to the other humanoid species of the galaxy such as Humans, Romulans and Cardassians, even though each evolved independently on their respective homeworlds.

What is the Klingon motto? ›

Klingon Proverb: "Virtue IS the Reward." | Star trek klingon, Star trek original, Star trek universe.

Did Klingons ever join the Federation? ›

Final peace

A formal Treaty of Alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire was signed around 2352.

Can you actually speak Klingon? ›

The Klingon language ( tlhIngan Hol , IPA: [ˈt͡ɬɪ. ŋɑn xol]) is a language that was made for the Klingons in the Star Trek universe. It is a constructed language, not one that developed naturally. Only a few people can speak the Klingon language well enough to talk in it.

Why are Klingons bald in Discovery? ›

Basically, in Season One the Klingons are in a sort of holy war, rebuilding the empire Kahless made. In tribute to him using his hair to create the first Batleth, they shave their heads. By season 2 most Klingons have regrown their manes.

What is the lifespan of a Klingon? ›

In 2370, Odo observed that Kor "must be a hundred years old" and his "best friend," Koloth, was "probably a hundred and fifty years old." That means they definitely can live 100 years and may live up to 150 years. Compared to a human a long time, over 200 years.

Why does Kirk hate Klingons? ›

First, he hates them simply because he's been fighting them his whole life. He doesn't know how to do anything else, and he doesn't know how to see them as anything but enemies. Second—and more importantly—the Klingons killed his son in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

Why is Worf different from other Klingons? ›

Worf is a famously stern character who takes his Klingon culture very seriously. But despite Klingons taking their culture very seriously they also take drinking and joking very seriously as well. This is much more the day to day aspect of Klingon culture. Especially compared to Worf's constant focus on tradition.

What happened to Worf's son on Star Trek? ›

Worf's son, Alexander, was also assigned to the Rotarran after joining the Klingon Defense Force. Though Worf was initially estranged by his now adult son, and skeptical of his son's desire to serve the Empire, he eventually reconciled with him, and his son joined the House of Martok as well.

Why do tribbles hate Klingons? ›

According to the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, the mutual dislike between Klingons and tribbles has to do with the fact that both species have keen senses of smell, and apparently, each found the "stench" of the other extremely unpleasant. Tribbles also found food using their sense of smell.

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