The 30 Greatest Star Trek Villains

By Chris Cummins in Daily Lists, Movies, TV
Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:02 am
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Awhile back, Topless Robot looked at The 10 Lamest Star Trek Villains. But what of those opponents to the Federation who were the best at being bad? In the interest of keeping things fair, the time has come to look at which adversaries of Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and, God help me, Archer excel at being truly awful. Since a list like this one would cover all of the various Star Trek movies and films, whittling it down to just a handful would be a task larger than Harry Mudd's underpants. So in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible, the decision was made to focus on 30 of the final frontier's biggest bastards. Who would make the cut? Keep reading for a look at everyone from obvious villains (i.e. KHAAAAANNNNNN!) to more obscure peeps who have brought their intergalactic douchebaggery into our hearts.

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30) Luther Sloan

The appearance of this covert Section 31 agent who made life miserable for Julian Bashir on Deep Space Nine blew the lid off of Starfleet's dark side. His outlook -- like that of many characters on DS9 -- eschewed viewing the world in and black and white to instead focus on the shades of gray that keep society functioning.

29) Reman Viceroy
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One of the few bright spots in Star Trek: Nemesis was Ron Perlman's creepy performance as the Reman Viceroy. Part albino and part Space Vampire from that old Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode, the character outshined the movie's primary villain -- the lame Captain Picard clone Shinzon.

28) John Frederick Paxton

Enterprise had many problems, but quality acting was never one of them. The series' most memorable foe (only memorable foe?) was John Frederick Paxton, a bigot who wanted Earth to be free from non-human life forms. Peter Weller's portrayal infused the character with some genuine menace that made for some captivating television.

27) Lursa and B'Etor

What's the greatest legacy of the Duras sisters? How the pair caused endless grief for Worf, or how they introduced an entire generation to Klingon breasts?

26) Brunt
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Jeffrey Combs' Brunt character on Deep Space Nine was an unwelcome reminder that there will always be bureaucrats regardless of how far into the future mankind survives.

25) The Pah-Wraiths
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Let's sum up the crimes of these evil Bajoran entities, shall we? First they possess Gul Dukat (who subsequently kills Jadzia Dax under their influence) and for an encore they decide that they'll destroy the entire Alpha Quadrant. Sisko stopped them of course, but after doing so he was forced to spend an indeterminate amount of time hanging with the good Bajoran prophets and listening to their cosmic jibber-jabbing. That's a pretty shit reward for saving the galaxy.

24) The Vidiians

The old urban legend about kidney thieves got a sci-fi makeover in the form of this race from Star Trek: Voyager who were inflicted with a disease that forced them to harvest the organs of healthy aliens in order to stay alive. Eventually the show revealed that the illness ravaging the Vidiian people was cured, thus shattering viewers hopes of seeing a gnarly Chakotay on the bridge.

23) Armus

Apparently, even in the 24th century BP is fucking shit up.

22) Worf's Zit
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The greatest foe faced by the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew on the big screen wasn't the Borg, but lame comedy. Star Trek: Insurrection -- easily the worst Trek film ever (seriously, watch the HMS Pinafore singing scene again and you'll be longing for the stupidity of Star Trek V) is packed with it. The worst example of how the film shamelessly goes for cheap larfs is by giving Worf a big pimple. Instead of bringing the LOLs, the film made audiences shrug, look at their watches and wonder if it wasn't time for Picard and company to pack it in already.

21) The Devidians

The Devidians were the alien race that were ingesting the life energy of dying San Franciscans in the "Time's Arrow" Star Trek: The Next Generation two-parter (the episodes where Data loses his head in the 19th century and Mark Twain gets into hi-jinks). Their ability to effortlessly travel through time and space to prey on weaker civilizations makes them one of the more interesting races to pop up on the series. Sadly, an exploration the Devidians' motives was glossed over by the writers so that viewers could see more madcap antics by the theater troupe the Enterprise crew was posing as. Come to think of it, maybe all Trek-related comedy should be up higher on this list.

20) Lore

Poor Lore. He just wanted to get the attention from Dr. Soong that Data did, but instead his superior brother who got all the breaks and chicks shot and deactivated him and before stealing his emotion chip. So who really is the bad guy here?

19) Mugatu

A big horned Space Yeti? Fuck and yes.

18) The "Conspiracy" Aliens

The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation was shaky at best. A high point of the year was the "Conspiracy" episode in which Picard and company encountered some delightfully shitty stop-motion aliens who apparently lived in Trapper Keepers. Jump to 5:28 in the above clip and enjoy some special effects that make Belial in Basket Case look like a Lucasfilm creation by comparison. Even though they are extraordinary cheesy, the creatures are so shithouse bonkers that you have to admire them.

17) Moriarty

This is a bit of a cheat because Moriarty wasn't a villain created specifically for Star Trek, but since one of the greatest bastards ever in pop culture turned up on the show it seems fitting that he be featured here as well. And speaking of holograms...

16) The Holodeck

Even though it's not a sentient being, too much bad shit goes on in the Holodeck for the Federation to not see it as a threat. Be it games of Parrises Squares or Wild West whores who look like Data, there's always something crazy going in there. On board the Enterprise you can't get Romulan Ale, but you can fuck simulations of your crewmates and get in all sorts of danger on the Holodeck at any given time. That just doesn't seem right.

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