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Celebrate new film's release by picking the best characters of the past

Shaun Harrison
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As the premiere of the Star Trek reboot gets closer, we wanted to take a look back at some the franchise's most familiar faces. First, review all of the Captains who served on each of the different television series and then vote for your favorite. Then, do the same for some of Trek's most memorable villains.
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James T. Kirk (William Shatner), Star Trek: The Original Series He had a charming cockiness, an affinity for his fellow officers, a way with women, and perhaps three total hand-to-hand combat moves. Still, many consider the original the one to beat when surveying the Trek universe.
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Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Star Trek: The Next Generation Whereas Kirk was prone to impetuous bravado, Picard was rational and tactical (sometimes to a fault). But if you believe this highly moral commanding officer bests the rest, cast your vote and make it so.
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Benjamin Lafayette Sisko (Avery Brooks), Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Some may argue that Sisko had a smaller row to hoe as the commander of a processing station versus a starship per se. Give the guy props, though, for his mad diplomatic skills out there in the middle of nowhere.
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Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Star Trek: Voyager

The daughter of a Starfleet general, she was literally born with the ability to command in her blood. That said, no one could ever be prepared for a 75-year mission. Yet she tackled it with the resolve of any of her Star Trek pantheon peers.
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Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula), Star Trek: Enterprise

Did the captain of United Earth's very first starship set a stellar example? Archer's interplanetary travels may have paled in comparison, but he would make his mark in more profound ways, saving Earth from the Xindi and helping found the United Federation of Planets. He's George Washington, at warp speed.
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Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban ), Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Twice he was stumbled upon and "awoken" by nosy Starfleeters, and both times with near-disastrous results. Almost as elegant as he was obsessive, Khan's big-screen encore to "Space Seed" was impressive and daunting — very much like Montalban's pecs.
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Chang (Christopher Plummer), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country As a rule, we prefer our Klingons greener and with retro soul patches. But something about Chang's riveted-on eye patch and scenery-chewing endeared us. Oh, how far you have come, Captain von Trapp.
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Borg Queen (Alice Krige), Star Trek: First Contact

Was she the very first Borg, or merely their publicist? Whatever your belief, what mattered is that she could command the Borg hive into action — a frightful prospect when it comes to one of Trekdom's most formidable enemies.
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Klingon Commander Kor (John Colicos), Star Trek: The Original Series Long before he attempted to freeze the world on General Hospital, Colicos gave us the definitive Klingon figurehead, a ruthless leader with a rockin' fu manchu.
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"Evil" Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Star Trek: The Original Series

In a slightly meaner alternate universe where Kirk is a lascivious cad, Spock is a mutinous conniver. Luckily, he's still a logical bastard, and ultimately does right by returning Kirk to his plane of existence.
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Q (John de Lancie), Star Trek: Next Generation

How could someone so powerful, brilliant and godlike be so obnoxious?! Q's demeanor didn't match his magnificence, but perhaps it was that incongruence that made him hard to outthink.
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Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

While this scaly Cardassian leader was truly despicable, he was also charming at times. Perhaps it's that contrast between how good he could be and how evil he was that makes him one of the most complex and fully developed villains of the Trek franchise.