If you're a fan of Greek mythology, then you're well aware of the exploits of Zeus, Hades, Hera and the rest of the Greek Gods. Mythology didn't depict them as immaculate beings that always made perfect choices that benevolently helped mankind. In fact, the stories dealing with the pantheon of Greek Gods depicted them as being imperfect, flawed and often times reckless, but also possessing virtually unlimited strength and abilities. Humans worshipped them, but they often in turn would treat people like they were mere toys that solely existed for their amusement, regardless of the torment inflicted on the masses. Mythology has taught is to beware of those with unlimited power, because those without power will ultimately become victims. In the world of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry gave us an idyllic society where humans were free from war and poverty, but he also gave us the entity known as Q.
Q can do anything. Q can go anywhere, create items and people out of thin air, travel back in time and across the galaxy with a literal snap of his fingers. When Q first met Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Q declared that he was passing judgement on all of humanity and referred to humans as a dangerous, savage child race. Q, played by John de Lancie, tortured the cast of the Next Generation for seven seasons. The things that he did were not only despicable, they harken back to the stories of Zeus and Poseidon. With his God-like powers, Q has altered reality, started wars and even granted Q powers to other people. What other ridiculously powerful things has Q done? Read on to find out!
20 TRAVELED BEFORE THE BIG BANG
In the episode "Death Wish" two members of the Q continuum fought each other and poor USS Voyager was stuck in the middle. One Q was trying to flee from the other, and when someone omnipotent and omniscient is chasing you, you just can't duck behind a couch and wish for the best.
While on Voyager, Q transported the ship and its crew to one of his "hiding places." When Voyager conducted scans, they found no stars but a massive buildup of baryonic particles. The reason? They were about to witness the birth of the universe. Q actually took them to before the occurrence of the Big Bang!
19 MADE DATA LAUGH
In the Next Generation episode "Brothers" Data met his creator, Noonien Soong, who gifted him with an emotion chip. This chip would allow Data to feel the same emotions that any human would experience. Although stolen by his brother, Lore, he was able to retrieve it and install it in his head.
The chip was overloaded in Star Trek Generations and it's unclear if its still in use, but who needs an emotion chip when you have Q around? As payment for defending a powerless Q from a race called the Calamarain, Q gives Data the ability to laugh for a few moments.
18 GRANTED Q POWERS TO RIKER
Wesley Crusher was a prodigy and child genius. He possessed special gifts that made him of interest to the Travelers, a race of beings that traverse space using their mind. Why was Wesley so smart and important? Possibly because Roddenberry modeled the character after himself as a kid (Roddenberry's middle name was Wesley).
What was it about Riker that was so darn interesting to Q? It's never fully explained or revisited, but in the episode "Hide and Q" Q bestowed upon Riker the powers of the Q. Giving someone the powers of omnipotence? Now that's truly the gift that keeps on giving!
17 TRAPPED THE ENTERPRISE
The power of a starship is ridiculous. Romulan Warbirds are more or less powered by man-made black holes. The Federation's Galaxy Class vessels are almost like flying cities. How in the world would you attempt to stop one of these ships? This is where Q comes in.
In the very first episode of the Next Generation, Q created a ginormous force field that surrounded the Enterprise-D and froze it dead in its tracks. Even with the ship's ability to destroy a small planet, the Enterprise-D was forced to flee the scene and eventually surrender to Q's omnipotence.
16 SHRUNK DOWN TO SUB-ATOMIC SIZE
Move over, Ant-Man, because here comes Q. Scott Lang had to use Pym Particles to shrink down to a sub-atomic size. We don't know what method Q used, but he was able to reduce the USS Voyager to an inconceivably small size, making them re-evaluate what the final frontier truly was.
In the Voyager episode "Death Wish," one Q was trying to hide from another. To evade capture, the Q named Quinn, while aboard Voyager, shrunk the ship down to subatomic proportions and it violently collided into protons. Perhaps being in this space will protect them from Thanos's snap? Whoops, wrong cinematic universe!
15 TRAVELED IMMENSE DISTANCES
Besides being all-powerful and all-knowing, is Q also omnipresent? Q seems to know everything and has been in existence for billions of years, so concepts of space and time are old news to them. For humans, travel is done with a warp engine. For Q, it's just a snap of fingers.
There have been multiple times in which Q has transported people amazing distances in very little time. When Q introduced the Borg to the Federation, he transported the Enterprise-D thousands of light years in a moment. He also offered to bring Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant.
14 CREATED SUPERNOVAE
A supernova is what can happen when certain stars expire. It results in an intense explosion that Captain Janeway described as happening once every 100 years in our galaxy. However, in the episode "The Q and the Grey" Voyager and her crew encountered three supernovae. What happened exactly?
The Q were undergoing a Civil War of sorts. Although the Q live within their own separate space time continuum, their actions had repercussions in our own galaxy. Their in-house fighting was causing stars to go supernova in our galaxy, and the timely intervention of Voyager prevented the rest of the galaxy's destruction.
13 CREATED ALTERNATE REALITY BASED ON ROBIN HOOD
There have been lots of reality-warping villains in comics. Doctor Doom, after obtaining the powers of the Beyonders, reshaped all of the Marvel Universe during the 2015 series Secret Wars. Age of Apocalypse and Days of Future Past showed us timelines in which mutants were both running the show and running away from those in power.
In the episode "Qpid" Q created an elaborate fantasy built around the world of Robin Hood. Using his powers, Q recreated Sherwood Forest, turning Picard into Robin Hood trying to save his love interest, Vash.
12 GRANTED WISHES
Was the genie from Aladdin a member of the Q? It certainly seems like it, considering that the genie could create anything that the master of the lamp wanted. However, it's doubtful that Q would do anything nice for anyone else, like grant people wishes. Fortunately, there's Riker.
Riker was given the powers of the Q in the episode "Hide and Q." To show off his abilities, he decided to grant his friends their desires. He gave Worf a mate, Geordi his vision and made Wesley an adult. He attempted to make Data a human being, but Data outright refused.
11 INTRODUCED THE ENTERPRISE TO THE BORG
Ever hear the expression "beware of Greeks bearing gifts?" This is in reference to the Trojan War, specifically the Trojan Horse that was used to infiltrate Troy. Although a gift may be enticing, you sometimes have to be leery of it based on who or where it came from.
Was it a gift that Q gave the Federation when he sent the Enterprise-D to Borg space in the episode "Q Who?" The Federation was woefully unprepared and outmatched when they first met the Borg, and that's exactly why Q brought the Enterprise into Borg territory.
10 REVIVED THE DEAD
When you're omnipotent, you kind of throw rules out the window. When we say rules, we're not referring to such pedantic things as not running with scissors or keeping an umbrella closed while indoors. We're referring to such concepts as the rules of physics.
In the episode "Hide and Q" several members of the Enterprise had to fight weird aliens dressed as 18th century French soldiers. During the fight, Worf and Wesley perished, but Riker, utilizing the powers of the Q, prevented this from happening, resetting events to make sure they were alive and well.
9 STOPPED WARP CORE BREACH
A warp core is a spectacular piece of technology. Not only does it help enable a ship to travel faster than light, but it also has tremendous destructive powers as well. A warp core breach results in a tremendous explosion, causing mass destruction to anything caught in the blast.
In the episode "True Q" the crew of the Enterprise learned there was a Q living among them. It's discovered when she uses her powers to prevent an unexpected warp core breach from occurring. What created the breach in the first place? Another member of the Q Continuum, of course!
8 LIVED IN SEPARATE DIMENSIONAL CONTINUUM
In Star Trek Beyond, fans got to see the Yorktown, one of the most massive space stations ever built. In the Next Generation episode "Relics" the Enterprise-D found a Dyson Sphere, a gigantic structure built around a star (similar to Nidavellir in Avengers: Infinity War). How big do structures get in Star Trek?
What kind of structure houses the Q continuum? They certainly don't live in apartments or even on planets. The Q beings inhabit their own continuum in a pocket of extradimensional space. Imagine living in your own pocket of space/time? Think of all of the space you have to put your shoes!
7 CREATED PEOPLE FROM THIN AIR
What the heck does Q do when he snaps his fingers and conjures up a person? On the holodeck, the ship's computer renders the environment and people to simulate the location the person is at. Is Q actually creating flesh and blood people? If you were to grab a Q creation and dissect them, would they have internal organs?
That last example was kind of gross, but when you stop and think about Q creating someone and giving that person clothing details and personalities, it's kind of impressive. Are these things pre-planned, or does he have a massive collection of Sims in a database that he just fires up at will?
6 TOOK AWAY Q POWERS
When Galactus creates a Herald to do his bidding, he imbues into them the Power Cosmic. These new powers give them the ability to survive in space, fly, project energy blasts and more. The Power Cosmic can also be taken away. However, we never got the sense that Silver Surver had the same power level of Galactus.
Qs have the ability to provide and take away powers of the Q to fellow Q members or even to outsiders. It's unclear how a Q does this or how another Q would allow this, but it seems like they can make someone equally as powerful as they are (which is all-powerful).
5 WITNESSED THE ORIGINS OF LIFE ON EARTH
During the series finale of The Next Generation, Q traveled with Picard three billion years into Earth's past. The planet was still young and covered in volcanic activity. Q either used his powers to allow Picard to survive such conditions or changed the conditions to allow Picard to survive.
Moments before, they were in the Enterprise's briefing room, then after snapping his fingers, Q transported them billions of years into the past and hundreds of light years from where they were previously. For an entity like Q, traversing space and time is like a person walking from one room into another.
4 GAVE A SECOND LIFE TO PICARD
How does Q see Jean-Luc Picard? He certainly doesn't consider him an equal, and it's highly unlikely that Q respects any being that he meets. At times he's treated Picard like a pet, other times like a lab experiment. There was one moment when Q showed Picard compassion in a very unlikely and unusual way.
In the episode "Tapestry" Picard is gravely injured while on an Away Mission. Borrowing a page from It's A Wonderful Life, Q created an alternate reality in which Picard made different choices and wound up not becoming the Captain of the Enterprise.
3 CHANGED GRAVITATIONAL CONSTANT OF THE UNIVERSE
In the Next Generation episode "Deja Q" the Enterprise has the task of trying to move the Bre'el IV moon back into its orbit before it crashes into the planet. At the same time, Q appears on the bridge of the Enterprise with no powers. The Continuum has stripped him of his awesome abilities.
Q offers to help with the plummeting moon, and he casually suggests to fix the situation by changing the gravitational constant of the universe. Clearly the Enterprise-D can't do it, but when Q regains his powers, he does it with a snap of his fingers.
2 STARTED Q CIVIL WAR
It's impossible to list every single power that Q has, because he can virtually do anything. On top of that, he's not the only one; there's an entire Continuum filled with Q that are equally as powerful. So what does Q decide to do? He decides to rattle the hornet's nest and help start a Q Civil War.
After the Q named Quinn decided to end their life, Q decided to use that moment as a catalyst for change and instigated a Q Civil War to make that happen. It takes a lot of guts to start a fight amongst infinitely strong entities that can do anything and live forever!
1 JUDGED HUMANITY
In The Matrix Reloaded, Neo asks what the Merovingian wants. The Oracle says that men with power simply want more power. What if you had enough power to do whatever you wanted? In Q's case, he's omnipotent and omniscient, so what do you get for someone that knows everything and can do anything?
This might explain why Q acts like a spoiled rich child. He can do anything, so when he first meets Picard he boldly states that he's passing judgment on humanity and Picard has to defend the existence of humankind. If Picard failed, Q had enough power to back up his claims that humanity would be eliminated.