Star Trek: The best aliens – in film and series – up to date

The aliens of the Roddenberry Star Trek universe have left their mark on the film and television culture of science fiction and represent one of the strongest aspects of the franchise. But why do the aliens of Star Trek make such a good impression when they are part of one the sci-fi community contemptuously titled "rubber forehead aliens"? We have compiled a list of the most interesting alien species in the Star Trek universe, which we use on all series. We not only examine the quality of the mask (or the creature design) of the species in question, but also its background, its culture and its influence on the Star Trek universe itself.

It is important that there are a few prominent exceptions on our list: Alien peoples that only appear in "The Enterprise" (Orig: "The Animated Series") are not listed in this ranking. Star Trek long-running favorites such as Klingons, Vulcans, Romulans and the "Q" are also excluded from nominations. Let's explain why before our comment column is vaporized! The moment we add the well-known "main species" to the list, they will take all ten places and completely replace more unusual aliens. As a bonus, as Star Trek explains, we reveal that much of galactic life could take a humanoid form.

10th place: Horta







Horta - & nbsp; The Horta have a lot of character and belong to the iconic Star Trek aliens even without a facial expression or a complex culture.



Horta – The Horta have a lot of character and are iconic Star Trek aliens even without a facial expression or complex culture.

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As an introduction, we are devoting ourselves directly to a Star Trek classic: The Horta are silicon-based life forms that, due to the secretion of a strong acid, can move through solid rock as easily as other creatures through water. The broodmother Horta, whose proper name is simply used as a nickname for the species, appears in the spaceship enterprise episode "Horta saves her children" (original: "The Devil in the Dark"). Here Horta dissolves some unfortunate miners with their acid so thoroughly that only teeth and bone fragments remain. The reason for this is that the unsuspecting workers in their ignorance destroy the broodmother's round silicon eggs. After Spock contacted Horta, the situation resolved. Horta are highly intelligent, sensitive and, according to Spock, have an exquisite taste: the appearance of humanoid life forms repels them, but the pointed ears of the Vulcans find them attractive. The Horta visible in the series was constructed from an old costume that was already featured in the television series "Outer Limits". In Star Trek IV: Back to the Present, almost a Horta ambassador would have made a brief appearance, but the limited production time didn't allow that.

9th place: Kobali







Kobali - Ensign Lyndsay Ballard was reborn as the Kobali Jhet'leya after her death. Not all cultures agree that the kobali "steal" their dead.



Kobali – Ensign Lyndsay Ballard was born again after her death as the Kobali Jhet'leya. Not all cultures agree that the kobali "steal" their dead.

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The kobali are the first two-legged life form on our list, but they don't have much in common with other humanoid civilizations beyond their looks. The mask of the kobali is quite complex and well constructed – the entire head has been provided with prostheses instead of just changing the actor's nose and forehead. However, as is typical for Star Trek, it is the culture of the Kobali that gives them a place on this list: the species multiplies through the revival of humanoid bodies. The newly deceased is infected with a bacterium that reawakens the living being and rearranges its internal organs and behavior. Star Trek: Voyager skilfully deals with topics such as identity, soul and memory with the Kobali.







Hirogen - & nbsp; The casting of the actors mainly focused on their height. Almost all Hirogen that can be seen in individual settings are more than two meters tall.



Hirogen – The casting of the actors mainly focused on their height. Almost all Hirogen that can be seen in individual settings are more than two meters tall.

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The entire Hirogen culture is based on hunting. Whoever kills the greatest and most brutal enemy will receive a trophy and thus the attention of the Hirogen females. All sci-fi fans can see at first glance: Hirogen are the Predators of the Star Trek universe. Clerk Joe Menosky admitted that the film was a great source of inspiration for the culture of the aliens. From their armor to their premium mask with oversized contact lenses, the Hirogen is intimidating and well designed. If you see a Hirogen scene, pay attention: Menosky insisted on casting as many actors over two meters tall as possible for the species. The smaller Hirogen are basically in the background of the shot.

7th place: Excalbians







Excalbians - & nbsp; The Excalbians look like walking rocks, but are actually insectoids. In search of a suitable philosophy, the aliens create famous people.



Excalbians – The Excalbians look like walking rocks, but are actually insectoids. In search of a suitable philosophy, the aliens create famous people.

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The exterior of the Excalbians is a species of "living" rock. Instead of silicon life, the Excalbians are insectoids, carbon-based life forms. What is particularly interesting about the Excalbians is their search for a fundamental "superior principle": Bonus: The origin of the humanoid peoples

In the episode "The Missing Fragment" (Orig: "The Chase") Captain Picard has a race with Klingons, Romulans and Cardassians. Each of the games assumes that there is an infinite energy source or super weapon on the planet Indri VIII. The real treasure, however, is knowledge: the planet's humanoid aliens were “the first” to jump to the stars billions of years ago. Completely alone, they sowed their genetic information in the biosphere of countless planets, so that the coming peoples would not only have a similar appearance, but also common ancestors. This explains very elegantly why some aliens differ only in external details and other cultures, such as the Tholians or the Sheliak, are completely alien – because not all aliens are derived from the genetic seeds of the first.
The aliens can form lifelike personalities of other species and give them their own will. Celebrities constructed in this way, such as Abraham Lincoln or Kahless the Unforgettable, are pitted against each other in the episode "Since there are people" (original: "The Savage Curtain") until the principle of "good" or "bad" wins . The Excalbians show us excellently that the more alien the Star Trek aliens become, the stranger the species moves away from the familiar humanoid form.

6th place: Sheliak
Even more strange than the Excalbians are the Sheliak, who come together in a corporate government structure. The dark, non-humanoid Sheliak consider people to be lower, if intelligent, forms of life. Their extremely rational worldview puts even that of the Vulcans in the shade: the Sheliak language avoids misunderstandings by precluding ambiguities through detailed contracts between the two partners. In the episode "The Power of Paragraphs" (Original: "The Ensigns of Command") Captain Picard struggles through the paragraph jungle of the Sheliak Corporation.






Sheliak - Extreme xenophobia and ultra-precise language make Sheliak a nightmare for any negotiator. Captain Picard has to make an effort.



Sheliak – Extreme xenophobia and ultra-precise language make Sheliak a nightmare for any negotiator. Captain Picard has to make an effort.

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5th place: Xindi







Xindi & nbsp;



Xindi

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The Xindi occupy a special position among the humanoid Star Trek aliens because they are composed of five different (plus one extinct) species that developed simultaneously on the same planet. The mask of the aliens pays attention to this detail, because the characteristic forehead ridges of the Xindi are shared by all species. The Xindi unite, especially in the case of the reptilians, a strong mask with not quite successful CGI effects, but thanks to the five species have such a diverse culture that every appearance of the council is a real pleasure. We recommend the episode "Carpenter Street", in which the reptilian scientist Damron appears – played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan alias Negan from the Walking Dead.

4th place: Breen







Breen - & nbsp; The Breen mainly stand for two pictures: impenetrable masks and the destroyed Starfleet Academy. Never mess with a breen!



Breen – The Breen mainly stand for two pictures: impenetrable masks and the destroyed Starfleet Academy. Never mess with a breen!

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The mysterious Breen people are considered one of the most dangerous enemies of the Alpha Quarantine because they pursue a policy of absolute uncompromising. A Romulan saying goes "never turn your back on a breen". Wise words that the Federation did not follow in the Dominion War: to this day, the Breen are the only species that have successfully carried out a devastating surprise attack on Starfleet headquarters on Earth. The Breen have no blood, their minds cannot be read and nobody has ever seen a Breen's face under his mask – the species was conceived as a faceless enemy and fulfills this task with flying colors.

3rd place: 8472







8472 - Star Trek: Voyager season 4 DVD comments hide the ancestral species 8472: The Alien Afro Monster from a play by Dan Curry.



8472 – Star Trek: Voyager season 4 DVD comments hide the ancestral species 8472: The Alien Afro Monster from a play by Dan Curry.

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Species 8472 is the Borg name for a people that easily seizes the throne when it comes to strangeness: 8472 not only has three legs, but also five sexes and an immune system that eats Borg nanoprobes. According to CGI Effects Director Ron Thornton, the goal in conceiving the species was: "(…) to create something that wasn't a guy in a suit or with chewing gum on the nose." All the more amusing is the fact that the three-legged silhouette was based on an old play by visual effects producer Dan Curry – and the three-legged creature stumbling around in it. Other inspirations were the old film "The Triffids" and the sci-fi series Hypernauts.

2nd place: Tamarian







Tamarian - & nbsp; The universal translator translates the words of the Tamarian language, but not the context. The episode "Darmok" created one of the best alien species. (1)



Tamarian – The universal translator translates the words of the Tamarian language, but not the context. The episode "Darmok" created one of the best alien species. (1)

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The Tamarians appear in the episode "Darmok", in which Captain Picard together with the Tamarian captain has to defeat an invisible monster. The biggest obstacle to mutual communication is the language of the aliens, which is based on metaphors and poetic anecdotes – a brilliant idea by writer Joe Menosky. Thanks to the visual imagery worn, the Tamarians seem alien without relying too much on their makeup.

1st place: Tholians







Tholians - & nbsp; On the left you see "Loskene", the Tholian from the original series, on the right the nameless Tholian from "The Dark Side of the Mirror, Part 1". Incidentally, there was almost a tholian appearance in DS9!



Tholians – On the left you see "Loskene", the Tholian from the original series, on the right the nameless Tholian from "The Dark Side of the Mirror, Part 1". Incidentally, there was almost a tholian appearance in DS9!

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They are made of crystal, require ambient temperatures of 207 ° Celsius and communicate through directed rays of concentrated radioactivity: the spider-like Tholians are so strange and interesting that they take our first place. Their empire, the "Tholian Assembly", extends not only across our stellar space, but also across several parallel universes, so that the territorial claims of the aliens often seem senseless or extremely aggressive to the Federation. The people began in the spaceship enterprise episode "The Spider Web". In contrast, a Tholian can be admired in full splendor in the enterprise episode "The Dark Side of the Mirror, Part 1".

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