11 Facts About Klingon


The swarthy look of Klingon males was created with the application of shoe polish and long, thin moustaches; budget constraints limited creativity.

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The production crew never came to an agreement on the name "Klingon"; Coon was adamant about keeping the name, and it persisted because no one else offered up a better name.

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Certain elements of Klingon culture, resembling Japanese culture with honor at the forefront, were actually first explored with the script for the planned two-part "Kitumba" episode for the unproduced 1978 Star Trek: Phase II series.

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New Klingon weaponry was designed, including an energy weapon and a special knife known as a d'k tahg.

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Makeup artist Michael Westmore needed a consistent reference to base the Klingon look on, as each individual Klingon was to have distinct head ridges.

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Klingon found what he was looking for in a book of dinosaurs: observing dinosaur vertebrae laid out flat, Westmore cut the designs in half and modified them to suit each Klingon.

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In contrast to white actors portraying the warriors, more recent Klingon roles have been predominantly played by black actors.

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Star Trek: Discovery, the Klingon appearance was modified with more extensive facial and teeth prosthetics and elongated craniums.

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Klingon children are fierce and aggressive by nature; from as soon as they can walk, they are instructed into honing their hunting and combat skills, strengthening their physical prowess and agility.

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Many Klingon ships make use of cloaking technology to hide the vessel from view.

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Klingon homeworld has been given several names; according to Marc Okrand, the planet would have been referred to in several ways, just as Earth is referred to variously as "the world" or "Terra".

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