The top 100 most prolific characters in all of Trek

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Ryan8bit, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    I created a program that compiled all dialog from This includes all the series, including TAS, and all of the movies except for Into Darkness. I couldn't seem to find a good source for that with quote attributions, so if anybody has one, I'll try and add it in. I went by word count because lines could range from "Aye, sir" to a speech about gazelles.

    These figures are going to be approximate because there are typos in these transcripts. I was able to get most of the ones that involved the main cast, but that doesn't eliminate typos in dialog. Nevertheless, this is likely to be fairly close to the actual counts.

    There are a few exceptions where I did or didn't count certain characters. When a character had a double and it is counted (Kirk in "The Enemy Within" or Picard in "Time Squared"), but when the actor played a different character, even on the holodeck, it does not count (not just something like Picard playing Dixon Hill). The most notable one of these might be in "Far Beyond the Stars" where none of those characters are counted, even Benny.

    Also, it includes recaps that were written in, and moments from the ever so wonderful "Shades of Gray." So a few characters might have some redundant dialog.

    Lastly, it does not count the songs sung by Vic Fontaine, since the transcriber did not want to enter those in. So it's likely that Vic would be a little higher on this list.

    Without further ado, the list:

    01. Jean Luc Picard: 179,381
    02. Kathryn Janeway: 149,054
    03. James T. Kirk: 148,410
    04. Benjamin Sisko: 110,785
    05. Jonathan Archer: 97,540
    06. Data: 92,827
    07. Spock: 84,090
    08. William Riker: 82,257
    09. EMH: 79,006
    10. Julian Bashir: 67,242
    11. Kira Nerys: 65,103
    12. Miles O'Brien: 64,693
    13. Chakotay: 64,084
    14. Geordi La Forge: 63,326
    15. Worf: 62,610
    16. Quark: 61,161
    17. Odo: 57,840
    18. Charles "Trip" Tucker III: 52,601
    19. Tuvok: 52,774
    20. Tom Paris: 51,524
    21. B'Elanna Torres: 47,238
    22. Beverly Crusher: 46,243
    23. Harry Kim: 46,189
    24. Jadzia Dax: 45,732
    25. Seven of Nine: 44,076
    26. T'Pol: 42,486
    27. Deanna Troi: 42,125
    28. Leonard McCoy: 42,065
    29. Neelix: 41,727
    30. Phlox: 28,696
    31. Malcolm Reed: 27,298
    32. Elim Garak: 24,407
    33. Montgomery Scott: 22,819
    34. Dukat: 21,424
    35. Jake Sisko: 17,659
    36. Hoshi Sato: 15,830
    37. Q: 15,341
    38. Wesley Crusher: 14,990
    39. Nog: 13,755
    40. Rom: 13,469
    41. Kes: 13,644
    42. Computer (various): 13,402
    43. Travis Mayweather: 11,853
    44. Ezri Dax: 11,515
    45. Reginald Barclay: 11,379
    46. Nyota Uhura: 11,180
    47. Hikaru Sulu: 10,751
    48. Weyoun: 9,621
    49. Lwaxana Troi: 9,311
    50. Winn Adami: 8,013
    51. Martok: 7,644
    52. Katherine Pulaski: 6,984
    53. Guinan: 6,629
    54. Keiko O'Brien/Ishikawa: 6,566
    55. Pavel Chekov: 6,487
    56. Tasha Yar: 5,852
    57. Shran: 5,577
    58. Grand Nagus Zek: 5,400
    59. Damar: 5,264
    60. Michael Eddington: 5,240
    61. Vic Fontaine: 5,093
    62. Seska: 4,842
    63. Kor: 4,666
    64. Ro Laren: 4,655
    65. Kasidy Yates: 4,342
    66. Luther Sloan: 4,333
    67. Noonian Soong: 4,315
    68. Christopher Pike: 4,233
    69. Degra: 3,891
    70. Bareil Antos: 3,809
    71. Soval: 3,797
    72. Gowron: 3,627
    73. Female Changeling: 3,596
    74. Joseph Sisko: 3,476
    75. Harry Mudd: 3,196
    76. Borg Queen: 3,133
    77. Alexander Rozhenko: 3,109
    78. Bill Ross: 3,077
    79. Lewis Zimmerman: 3,057
    80. Brunt: 2,991
    81. Icheb: 2,943
    82. Vash: 2,844
    83. Ishka: 2,760
    84. Daniels: 2,694
    85. Mora Pol: 2,666
    86. Naomi Wildman: 2,613
    87. Maxwell Forrest: 2,596
    88. Sarek: 2,551
    89. Thomas Riker: 2,531
    90. Kurn: 2,453
    91. Christine Chapel: 2,438
    92. James Moriarty: 2,316
    93. Quinn: 2,315
    94. Lore: 2,308
    95. Edward Jellico: 2,298
    96. Michael Sullivan: 2,234
    97. Enabran Tain: 2,167
    98. K'Ehleyr: 2,134
    99. Trelane: 2,000
    100. Tora Ziyal: 1,949

    It's no surprise that Picard is #1 given the amount of speeches he gives. Janeway seemed to follow Picard's shoes in more ways than one, while Sisko was somewhat quiet in comparison. Kirk would likely beat Janeway if Into Darkness was counted. And Archer still managed to beat supporting characters of other shows.

    I'm somewhat surprised that Worf wasn't a little higher given how many seasons and movies he appeared in, but he always was a man of few words.

    I also found it funny that Neelix and Phlox were right next to each other (despite a pretty different word count). And Rom and Nog... like father like son, I guess!

    Garak has the distinction of having the most lines for only being a guest star. He even has more than Scotty, although that would likely change with the introduction of STID.

    I might run some more stats with this database I built. There's probably more fun little factoids that can be drawn from it.
  2. Ricky Spanish

    Ricky Spanish Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Pretty impressive for Kirk and Spock to be so high considering they had the fewest amount of episodes.
  3. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 16, 2003
    Alt: 5280
    That's a neat list. I think it's funny that Travis Mayweather was on ENT for four years, and just barely has more than Ezri Dax, who was on DS9 for only one season.
  4. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2012
    Melakon's grave
    BillJ, the tallies are including TAS and movie appearances.

    What's really impressive is Quinn and Trelane, since both only appeared in single episodes.

    Though the thread title initially had me thinking this was going to be about how many children were produced. "Most verbose" characters might have been a better choice.
  5. Supreme Protoplasm

    Supreme Protoplasm Commodore Commodore

    Oct 28, 2011
    Plus, as reflected in opening credits for each show, TOS was less ensemble-oriented. It had eight or nine key officers, like the later shows did, but probably twice as much or more for Kirk and Spock to do.
  6. Cyke101

    Cyke101 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 11, 2007
    Sulu clocks in at 47, which proves that George Takei is the answer to the Trek universe.

    I'm slightly disappointed that Sulu's that low, but numbers are numbers. And what little Hikaru said, he made it count. The speech against Khan in Into Darkness had great conviction. "Don't call me shorty." And who could forget...

    Sulu: Target that explosion and fire.
    *pew pew pew!*
    Sulu: Oh my!
  7. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    I thought about it, but verbose to me implies people who talk too much or use lots of unnecessary words.

    And yeah, I was surprised by Kirk and Spock too, but they just didn't have to share as much time with other cast. This is probably why Sisko isn't as high up considering the amount of recurring characters on that show. Plus, yeah, there's several movies for them and the animated series, which pads it considerably.

    The interesting part about the original gang is that the characters seem to go about 2x less than the next. For instance,

    James T. Kirk: 148,410
    Spock: 84,090
    Leonard McCoy: 42,065
    Montgomery Scott: 22,819
    Nyota Uhura: 11,180
    Hikaru Sulu: 10,751
    Pavel Chekov: 6,487

    Uhura and Sulu are the only ones who seem to share evenly.

    I lol'd.
  8. bbjeg

    bbjeg Admiral Admiral

    May 24, 2013
    Right here buddy.
    Riker's doppelganger beat Data's. Neat list.
  9. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral Admiral

    Sep 4, 2008
    Just around the bend.
    How did the Enterprise series finale get counted, since it's mostly a hologram except for Troy and Riker?
  10. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    Q's placement is also pretty impressive considering he appeared in 13 episodes and he beat some of the series regulars.
  11. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    Holograms of existing people as who they are supposed to be were counted towards the total. So Leah Brahms (not in the top 100) and her hologram (in both episodes) was included as one.
  12. Push The Button

    Push The Button Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 21, 2013
    Smithfield, Rhode Island USA
    Do Pike's lines get counted twice for both The Cage and The Menagerie?

    This is a fascinating analysis, well done!
  13. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    Yep. Anything that was ever repeated got counted in the totals. Pike would likely be higher with STID included as well.
  14. Atticus

    Atticus Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 5, 2011
    I love this list! Great job :techman:
  15. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Commodore Commodore

    Jun 19, 2013
    Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
    Of the series that went seven seasons:

    TNG had 26 characters that appeared in at least two episodes,
    DS9 had 36 characters,
    and VOY had 19.

    I'm sure I am missing some here and there, but I think it's indicative of character development and interaction of each series.
  16. Bad Thoughts

    Bad Thoughts Commodore Commodore

    Jun 19, 2013
    Containment Area for Relocated Yankees
    Out of curiosity, where did Cullah come in?
  17. CaptPapa

    CaptPapa Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 15, 2009
    I really do not know . . .
    Very impressive work, thank you.

    A question or two . . . since you counted the two (ooops, one) new movies' alternate universe dialog, did you count the dialog from Mirror, Mirror? And if so, I guess both our universe's characters and the mirror universe's characters would count towards their respective totals.
    Also, who's dialog counted as Kirk in Turnabout Intruder? Did you follow Kirk's being when it was inside Lester, or count Kirk's physical being throughout that episode?
    Kinda fun subject, actually.
    And proof-positive that one can always find something useful to do with one's time!

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014
  18. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    He was down near 170. I don't have specifics for characters beyond the low 100s.
  19. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    The mirror stuff was a little bit tricky. I think by nature, some of them were included because it was limited by how the transcripts were written. For instance, in DS9's "Crossover," the mirror Garak is simply referred to as GARAK, with no hint of being alternate. However, alternate Kira is listed as INTENDANT, so those lines weren't counted (which I should possibly amend, as it would likely put her above Bashir). I do believe I counted a lot of the KIRK2 and SPOCK2 under the main character's totals.

    I did do a fair amount of scouring to make sure that common names weren't duplicates, but I didn't check every single episode that had the possibility of alternates or body possession, just the ones I could think of off the top of my head for the most popular characters. So I definitely caught both Kirks from "The Enemy Within," but it looks like in "Turnabout intruder" the dialog was just attributed to the body in question. This probably is the case for most other episodes of bodily possession, with the exception of Voyager's "Vis a Vis" where it was noted who Steth was portraying, in which case those were not counted.

    These kinds of variables are why the list isn't any kind of absolute, but just a general picture. I wasn't intending to comb through every episode and possibility, but just to create a program that could quickly sift through it all to help give that picture.
  20. WillsBabe

    WillsBabe Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    What a great thing! This is so interesting Thanks for doing it.