In literature, a climax was the point where the plot culminated in a single dramatic act or image.

In 2286, Spock defined a joke as "a story with a humorous climax". (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

At the climax of the novel Hotel Royale, its narrator Mickey D murdered the hotel's bellboy. (TNG: "The Royale")

In 2376, the playwright Kelis threatened to kill off B'Elanna Torres's character at the climax of his play. (VOY: "Muse")

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