Saturday, 30 September 2017


There appeared to be four distinct phenotypes of Klingons
From the year 2154, Klingons who came in contact with the Federation had external features resembling Humans and wore their hair in a more conservative fashion than seen later (and previously). These appeared to have two skin tones: some who were pale with neatly groomed hair and others much darker (a greenish-brown), with thick, bifurcated eyebrows. The two never appeared together. The differences in the two phenotypes may explain, in part, Dr. McCoy's immediate lack of knowledge of Klingon anatomy when he tried to save Chancellor Gorkon in 2293. These Klingons lacked ridges on their heads. 23rd century Klingons descended from victims of the Augment Virus (discussed later).

The second phenotype was tall and thin in build, with both a single crested ridge extending over their partially bald heads and an occipital bun on the rear of their skulls (some refer to these Klingons as either specially bred "Battle-Class" Klingons, or derisively as "Duck's ass" Klingons, based on their haircuts).

The third Klingon phenotype was represented by General Chang. This Klingon was only slightly ridged in the center of the forehead, lacking the "normal" side ridges. They were largely hairless except for a small wisp at the back of the skull and (in males) a small goatee. These Klingons were seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The fourth, and most common phenotype seen, are the triple-ridged or "Worf"-type. These Klingons have individualized or clan-based ridge patterns, ranging from the slight "webbed" ridge pattern of Colonel Worf to the craggy triple ridges of the Emperor Kahless (clone).

1 comment:

  1. Of course, with Star Trek Discovery, this is all going to change as we now have a fifth phenotype! I wonder how they are going to explain this extra evolutionary step?