Klingon

Klingons (Klingon: tlhIngan, pronounced ) are a fictional warrior race in the Star Trek universe.

Klingons are recurring villains in the 1960s television show Star Trek: The Original Series, and have appeared in all five spin-off series, along with eight of the feature films. Initially intended to be antagonists for the crew of the USS Enterprise, the Klingons ended up a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. In the 1990s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the United Federation of Planets briefly goes to war with the Klingons. Later in the series, the two join together with the Romulans to fight the Dominion.

As originally developed by screenwriter Gene L. Coon, Klingons were darkly colored humanoids with little honor, intended as an allegory to the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, though Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry did not aspire to any political parallels. With a greatly expanded budget for makeup and effects, the Klingons were completely redesigned in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), gaining ridged foreheads that created a continuity error not explained by Star Trek canon until 2005. In later films and the spin-off series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the militaristic traits of the Klingons were bolstered by an increased sense of honor and strict warrior code.

Among the elements created for the revised Klingons was a complete language, developed by Marc Okrand off gibberish suggested by actor James Doohan. Klingon has entered popular culture; the works of William Shakespeare and even parts of the Bible have been translated into the glottural language. A dictionary, a book of sayings, and a cultural guide to the language have been published. In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Klingon is the most popular fictional language by number of speakers.

Other articles related to "klingon":

Klingon - Attributes - Homeworld
... Qo'noS (Pronounced "Kronos") is the Klingon homeworld, also known as Klin ... Early Star Trek literature referred to Qo'noS as "Klinzhai", but the TNG episode "Heart of Glory" called the planet "Kling" ...
List Of Minor Recurring Characters In Star Trek: The Next Generation - Kurn
... Kurn Species Klingon Home planet Qo'noS Affiliation Klingon Empire Bajoran Militia (temporary) Posting USS Enterprise-D executive officer (temporary) IKS Hegh'ta commanding officer Klingon High Council Deep Space ...
Klingon High Council
... In the fictional Star Trek universe the Klingon High Council (in Klingon tlhIngan yejquv) is the supreme ruling body of the Klingon Empire ... The council meets at the Great Hall of the First City of the Klingon Empire on the planet Qo'noS (also known as Kronos in Federation Standard) ...
List Of Star Trek Regions Of Space - Neutral Zone - Klingon Neutral Zone
... The Klingon Neutral Zone, sometimes known as the Organian Neutral Zone, appeared to be set up during the time of the Star Trek The Original Series ... Unlike the Romulan Neutral Zone, the Klingon Neutral Zone appeared to have some commercial traffic crossing it ... beings from the planet Organia IV, which was strategically situated between the Klingon Empire and the Federation ...
Lawrence M. Schoen
... American author, publisher, psychologist, and expert in the Klingon language ... Schoen is the founder of the Klingon Language Institute and has published Klingon translations of William Shakespeare's plays Hamlet (ISBN 978-0671035785) and Much Ado About Nothing (ISBN 978-1587155017), as ... In the realm of Klingon nonfiction, Schoen edited and published The Grammarian's Desk (978-0964434530), a collection of essays reportedly written by Captain ...