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[[Artificial lifeform]]s can cease functioning through [[induced self-destruction]].
 
[[Artificial lifeform]]s can cease functioning through [[induced self-destruction]].
 
For most lifeforms, death is a permanent state. However, sometimes resuscitation is possible:
 
*In [[2267]], [[Scotty]] was killed by the [[Nomad]] probe. Nomad subsequently resurrected him.
 
*In the same year, [[Leonard McCoy]] was killed by a [[Black Knight|knight]]'s lance, in an environment that created reality from people's thoughts. McCoy's resurrection was brought about by the power which created the knight in the first place, after Kirk realizes what is going on.
 
*In [[2285]], [[Spock]] experienced death, but with his ''[[katra]]'' having been placed into [[Leonard McCoy]] and his body regenerated on the [[Genesis (planet)|Genesis Planet]], he was able to live again. ({{film|3}})
 
* [[Tasha Yar]] killed [[Yareena]] with a poisoned, spiked weapon. Dr. Crusher revived her. The details of how this was achieved weren't described. ({{e|Code of Honor}})
 
 
*[[Neelix]] was also brought back from being dead, but as his death did not match his culture's beliefs regarding an [[afterlife]], he was profoundly disturbed by the experience. ({{VOY|Mortal Coil}})
 
*The [[Kobali]] were capable of reanimating dead lifeforms in order to [[sex|procreate]] their [[species]], however the reanimated corpse would have a limited memory of his or her prior life. ({{VOY|Ashes to Ashes}})
 
*[[Data]] has noted that his off-switch provides for an experience comparable to death, albeit one that permits a simple resurrection. ({{TNG|The Schizoid Man}})
 
*In [[2369]], upon his death, [[Kobliad]] criminal [[Rao Vantika]] [[synaptic pattern displacement|transferred]] his [[consciousness]] to [[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir]] and continued living in Bashir. ({{DS9|The Passenger}})
 
   
 
Death is sometimes perceived as an event that is common to all living things. In [[2366]], [[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard]] used death and his own mortality as a way to show [[Nuria]] and her [[Mintakan|people]] that he was no different than they were, and certainly not a [[god]] they named "the Picard". ({{TNG|Who Watches The Watchers}})
 
Death is sometimes perceived as an event that is common to all living things. In [[2366]], [[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard]] used death and his own mortality as a way to show [[Nuria]] and her [[Mintakan|people]] that he was no different than they were, and certainly not a [[god]] they named "the Picard". ({{TNG|Who Watches The Watchers}})
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:''Actor [[William Sadler]], who played the character of [[Luther Sloan]] in ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'', portrayed Death in ''Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey''; part of which was filmed at [[Vasquez Rocks]], a filming site used in several ''Star Trek'' productions.''
 
:''Actor [[William Sadler]], who played the character of [[Luther Sloan]] in ''[[Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]]'', portrayed Death in ''Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey''; part of which was filmed at [[Vasquez Rocks]], a filming site used in several ''Star Trek'' productions.''
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== Resuscitation ==
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For most lifeforms, death is a permanent state. However, sometimes resuscitation is possible:
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*In [[2267]], [[Scotty]] was killed by the [[Nomad]] probe. Nomad subsequently resurrected him. ({{TOS|The Changeling}})
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*In the same year, [[Leonard McCoy]] was killed by a [[Black Knight|knight]]'s lance, in an environment that created reality from people's thoughts. McCoy's resurrection was brought about by the power which created the knight in the first place, after Kirk realizes what is going on. ({{TOS|Shore Leave}})
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*In [[2285]], [[Spock]] experienced death, but with his ''[[katra]]'' having been placed into [[Leonard McCoy]] and his body regenerated on the [[Genesis (planet)|Genesis Planet]], he was able to live again. ({{film|3}})
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* [[Tasha Yar]] killed [[Yareena]] with a poisoned, spiked weapon. Dr. Crusher revived her. The details of how this was achieved weren't described. ({{TNG|Code of Honor}})
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*[[Neelix]] was also brought back from being dead, but as his death did not match his culture's beliefs regarding an [[afterlife]], he was profoundly disturbed by the experience. ({{VOY|Mortal Coil}})
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*The [[Kobali]] were capable of reanimating dead lifeforms in order to [[sex|procreate]] their [[species]], however the reanimated corpse would have a limited memory of his or her prior life. ({{VOY|Ashes to Ashes}})
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*[[Data]] has noted that his off-switch provides for an experience comparable to death, albeit one that permits a simple resurrection. ({{TNG|The Schizoid Man}})
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*In [[2369]], upon his death, [[Kobliad]] criminal [[Rao Vantika]] [[synaptic pattern displacement|transferred]] his [[consciousness]] to [[Doctor]] [[Julian Bashir]] and continued living in Bashir. ({{DS9|The Passenger}})
   
 
== Appendices ==
 
== Appendices ==

Revision as of 07:34, May 30, 2008

Hiren consumed by thalaron radiation

The death of Praetor Hiren

"Every life comes to an end when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted."
- Spock (TAS: "Yesteryear")

Death is the permanent end of all life functions in a lifeform (or part of a lifeform in the case of tissue damage). It can also mean the absence of life or state of being dead. Many cultures address this process as it applies to sentient beings in spiritual terms, including the holding of wakes, memorials, and funerals following the death of an individual.

The study of death is called thanatology.

Artificial lifeforms can cease functioning through induced self-destruction.

Death is sometimes perceived as an event that is common to all living things. In 2366, Captain Jean-Luc Picard used death and his own mortality as a way to show Nuria and her people that he was no different than they were, and certainly not a god they named "the Picard". (TNG: "Who Watches The Watchers")

Death may also be seen as a personification, attributed to a single entity, figure, or symbol. In thsi form, Death is known by many names, one of the more common being the "Grim Reaper".

In 2267, Lazarus equated his parallel universe counterpart as "Death" and "Anti-Life" (TOS: "The Alternative Factor"). A century later, in 2370, the USS Enterprise D encountered an alien probe which began to transform the Enterprise into an alien city, complete with hieroglyphic symbols, one of which was the symbol for Death (TNG: "Masks").

Actor William Sadler, who played the character of Luther Sloan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, portrayed Death in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey; part of which was filmed at Vasquez Rocks, a filming site used in several Star Trek productions.

Resuscitation

For most lifeforms, death is a permanent state. However, sometimes resuscitation is possible:

Appendices

Quotes on Death

"He's dead, Jim."

- Leonard McCoy (various)


"A good interrogator doesn't allow his subject to die; you lose the advantage."

- Gul Dukat (DS9: "The Maquis, Part I")


"Today is a good day to die."

- Worf (DS9: "By Inferno's Light")


"This man is dead!"

- Nog, 5 minutes after Keevan's death (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")


"How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life..."

- James T. Kirk (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

Related topics

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Additional References

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