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Our Favorite "Star Trek" VillainsMany of the villains faced in "Star Trek" aren't really enemies at all; instead, they're simply misunderstood members of alien races that kill in the most horrific ways imaginable simply to protect themselves. However, there are still plenty of evil adversaries out there — human as well as alien — that the brave crews of Federation starships must battle. So, here's our list of the Top 10 Star Trek villains.
Needless to say, this list contains spoilers for "Star Trek" shows up to and including "Star Trek: Discovery."
Tolian SoranSlide 2 of 21
Tolian SoranAppeared in: "Star Trek Generations"
Played by: Malcolm McDowell
Origin: Soran was El-Aurian, the same species as Guinan from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." His entire family was killed when the El-Aurian home world was destroyed by the Borg, though, like Guinan, Soran managed to escape. [15 of the Most Bizarre Alien Species Featured in 'Star Trek']
Craziness: Contact with the Borg usually ends in calamity, whether you're a victim of their destruction or their assimilation. Following the traumatic loss of everything he had, Soran transformed from a person who "wouldn't hurt a fly" to a profoundly cynical and nihilistic man who believed that death was the sole constant in the universe.
Charisma: Soran's methods weren't subtle. His evil had a refreshing simplicity; consequently, charisma wasn't something Soran was particularly bothered about.
Who wouldn't want to enter an eternity that was like being inside joy, as if joy were something tangible and you could wrap yourself in it like a blanket? Soran was obsessed with getting back into the energy ribbon that El-Aurians called the Nexus — so much so that he was prepared to kill 230 million innocent people on Veridian IV to do it.
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Harcourt Fenton "Harry" MuddSlide 4 of 21
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" MuddAppeared in: "Star Trek: The Original Series," "Star Trek: The Animated Series" and "Star Trek: Discovery"
Played by: Roger C. Carmel and Rainn Wilson
Origin: Mudd was a 23rd-century human man, notorious for being a con artist, smuggler and swindler.
Craziness: Mudd was certainly not evil and would rarely endanger anyone's life on purpose, although his actions would invariably lead to this anyway.
Charisma: What Mudd lacked in criminal genius, he more than made up for with his hypnotic personality.
We first met this galactic grifter in a Klingon prison ship during the Federation-Klingon War (2256-57), as told in "Star Trek: Discovery." Then, he again encountered the crew of the USS Discovery and was reunited with the so-called love of his life — after which, as far as we know, he disappeared until he met the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2266. A series of misadventures followed, until he got into trouble on Deneb V. Thankfully, Mudd managed to escape and eventually ran into James T. Kirk once more. The pair's paths would cross one final time in 2269, but after that, Mudd was again captured and imprisoned. Rating: Half Han Solo, half Lex LuthorSlide 5 of 21
Professor James MoriartySlide 6 of 21
Professor James MoriartyAppeared in: "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Played by: Daniel Davis
Origin: When the crew of the USS Enterprise had a bit of leisure time, Geordi La Forge programmed the holodeck to create a Sherlock Holmes mystery for Data to unravel. However, that plan backfired when the Moriarty character accidentally became self-aware.
Craziness: Moriarty, by definition, was a little kooky, or at the very least obsessed with power. However, he was always meant to be Holmes' nemesis — the exact opposite of the Baker Street-based detective, an intellectual equal with the only exception being that he used his mental acuity for evil.
Charisma: This computer-generated criminal mastermind positively oozed charm.
This intriguing character first appeared in the episode "Elementary, Dear Data," and it took five years before his potential was realized, in the episode "Ship in a Bottle." In one of the better holodeck-gone-wrong stories of TNG, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise found a clever way to outsmart the pesky professor, by trapping him in a simulation with "enough experiences to last a lifetime."
Rating: Mostly harmlessSlide 7 of 21
Gen. ChangSlide 8 of 21