12/26/2013

Star Trek writers have a certain lack of imagination when it comes to names. One thing they love to do is give alien characters names that sound familiar. Here are five of the most familiar.

1. Worf - The tough Klingon security officer aboard the Starfleet Enterprise; see also "wharf," a structure where ships can load and unload cargo and passengers onto land.
Worf (Michael Dorn), Star Trek: The Next Generation
2. Troi - The empathic half-alien counselor aboard the Starfleet Enterprise; see also "Troy," a legendary city featured in Homer's poem, The Illiad.
Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Star Trek: The Next Generation
3. Data - An android science officer aboard the Starfleet Enterprise; see also "data," values of qualitative or quantitative variables that belong to a set.
Data (Brent Spiner), Star Trek: The Next Generation
4. Lore - The android duplicate of Data; see also "lore," short for folklore, legends and mythology passed down by oral tradition
Lore (Brent Spiner), Star Trek: The Next Generation
5. Quark - The Ferengi bar owner on Deep Space Nine; see also "quark," a subatomic particle
Quark (Armin Shimerman), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Which is your favorite? What other Star Trek characters have overly familiar names?

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6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, they used what worked already - why not?
Met Marina Sirtis at a convention. She is really, really thin!

DAVID WALSTON said...

Does 7 of 9 count?

jeremy [retro] said...

Kobayashi Maru... i thought there was a story behind it, but all I am finding is the meaning of it. "Little wooden ship"

Rusty Carl said...

So, were they actually named for those things, or is it just homophones? I couldn't really think of any other characters that have similar names... well, unless we wanted to count Tash Yar, because Yar sounds like something a pirate would say.

Tony Laplume said...

Spock/Dr. Spock?

Dave said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark_(dairy_product) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kes_(film)

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