Notable & distinctive species list

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  1. B.J.

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    I'm trying to compile a list of 50 of the most notable and distinctive species in all the series and movies for a small project I'm doing. What I mean by distinctive is that they are easily identified in a simplified form. For example: Betazoids and Iotians don't qualify because they don't look much if any different from Humans, but Bajorans and Vulcan do qualify.

    I already have a list of well over 50 species, but what I need help with is if I happened to overlook any important ones. In this list, the first section is what I am definitely using, the second section are strong maybes, and could be switched with the third section. The fourth section lists those that I am not going to use for various reasons.

    Definitely yes:

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    1 Andorian TOS
    2 Bolian TNG
    3 Borg TNG
    4 Cardassian DS9
    5 Cheron (Bele) TOS
    6 Cheron (Lokai) TOS
    7 Ferengi TNG
    8 Gorn TOS
    9 Human ALL
    10 Klingon TOS
    11 Mugato TOS
    12 Orion TOS
    13 Pakled TNG
    14 Q TNG
    15 Romulan TOS
    16 Romulan (Nero) ALT
    17 Soong-type android TNG
    18 Tholian TOS
    19 Tribble TOS
    20 Vulcan TOS
    21 Bajoran DS9
    22 Caitian TAS
    23 Denobulan ENT
    24 Edosian (Arex) TAS
    25 Jem'Hadar DS9
    26 Lurian (Morn) DS9
    27 Planet Forbidden! Movies
    28 Talaxian VOY
    29 Tamarian TNG
    30 Tellarite TOS
    31 Trill DS9
    32 Vorta DS9

    Strong maybe:

    33 Balok puppet TOS
    34 Benzite TNG
    35 Kazon VOY
    36 Keenser ALT
    37 Long-face ALT
    38 Madeline ALT
    39 Nibiran ALT
    40 Salt vampire TOS
    41 Species 8472 VOY
    42 Talosian TOS
    43 Tarchannen III TNG
    44 Voth VOY
    45 Xindi Aquatic ENT
    46 Xindi Arboreal ENT
    47 Xindi Insectoid ENT
    48 Xindi Primate ENT
    49 Xindi Reptilian ENT
    50 Zakdorn TNG

    Possibly switched with previous section:

    51 Bynar TNG
    52 Kelvin doctor ALT
    53 Suliban ENT
    54 Traveler TNG

    Not using:

    55 Aenar ENT
    56 Founder DS9
    57 Horta TOS
    58 Kelvin bridge alien ALT
    59 Moto ALT
    60 Ocampa VOY
     
  2. Ro_Laren

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  3. Shik

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    It's the 3 most important things in business.
    Caitians, Ariolo, Bzzit Khaht, Arcadians, Zaranites, Arkenites, Xelatians, Efrosians, Grazerites, Kasheeta, Rhaandarites, that guy Kirk kicked in the grobjes on Rura Penthe, the "Silent Enemy" invaders, the giant-eyed nurse from AbramsTrek played by Sonita Henry, Axanarri...I mean, you got a LOT of work ahead of you, Bubba.
     
  4. B.J.

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    Thanks! I'd question whether some of the background aliens count as "notable", but you did give me a few to add. I just gotta figure out which other ones I have to knock off the 50! :D
     
  5. T'Girl

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    The Metrons.

    Under "un-named species" there would be Trelane's species. We've seen Q children and they do not need a thing in the wall to help them.

    :)
     
  6. TheGoodStuff

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    The thing that springs to mind when reading your list is the Q.

    You say your rules require the species to be easily distinctive...we frequently see the Q in a human form so that is not distinctive. Unless you are counting them as pure energy?

    I'd be tempted to switch them for the Kazon who are, in my opinion, very distinctive.

    Also interesting that you included tribbles. So Humanoid is not a requirement? In which case you may want to consider targs and beagles. ;)
     
  7. DonIago

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    Deltans? Come on, bald woman! :)
     
  8. B.J.

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    Oh, not to worry, Q will be quite recognizable! ;) Plus, the Kazon are in the "strong maybe" right now, and will likely stay in the top 50.

    Doesn't have to be humanoid (i.e. Tholians), but I'd prefer to keep it to sapient species. Tribbles just happen to be an exception. :D
     
  9. TheGoodStuff

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    The Nausicans spring to mind as absent, unless I have overlooked them. They are distinctive.
     
  10. DrCorby

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    Moving away from obvious humanoids, what about the Sheliak from TNG's "The Ensigns of Command"? The Excalbians from TOS's "The Savage Curtain"? The Cytherians from TNG's "The Nth Degree"? The Voth from Voyager's "Distant Origin"? If you like the Q, how about the Organians from TOS's "Errand of Mercy" (in their non-corporeal form)?
     
  11. Shawnster

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    If you're going to include the tribble, then what about the mugatu?

    Also, the single-celled amoeba from "Immunity Syndrome" and the flying puke from "Operation Annihilate"
     
  12. grendelsbayne

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    I don't have any species to add, but I would suggest you consider not splitting the Cheron and the Romulans into two entries. The whole point of the Cheron episode was that they were exactly the same species with purely superficial differences.

    And I don't even really understand what the original reasoning is for splitting 'Nero-romulans' from original timeline romulans in the first place. They're all still Romulans. Just as Kirk and Co are still the same Humans/Vulcans, and still fighting the same Klingons.

    Now that I think about it, I suppose you might also want to consider the Remans. Also, non-humanoid or not, any list that didn't include the Changelings/Founders would be lacking.
     
  13. CorporalCaptain

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    Dikironium cloud creature
    Medusans
    Excalbians (Yarnek) (DrCorby mentioned them)
    Vendorians
    The Skorr
    The Kzinti

    The Companion*
    Cosmic cloud from "One of Our Planets Is Missing"*
    * - maybe not species per se
     
  14. Warped9

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    The Talosians, or did I miss that already mentioned?
     
  15. T'Girl

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    Mister Homn's species.

    I have wondered if Mister Homn's species is the same one that created Ruk, the android from What Are Little Girls Made of. Based on the similar appearances.

    :)
     
  16. Shawnster

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    Ted Cassidy played both Lurch in the Addams Family TV series and Ruk on Star Trek; and Carel Struycken played both Lurch in the Addams Family movies and Mr. Homm on TNG
     
  17. B.J.

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    Thanks for the suggestions! But perhaps an idea of the style I'm going for here is in order, to help explain. In 2006, I created this image in celebration of TNG's 20th anniversary:
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    I've thought for several years now that I should create something similar for Trek's 50th, but with a different style, but still simplified:

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    Maybe seeing this will help explain why I've made some of the choices I have so far, and why I've ruled out certain ones.
     
  18. DonIago

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    Deltans would still be easy. :)
     
  19. T'Girl

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    So would Bajorians.



    :)