Evasive maneuvers, evasive action, or evasive pattern – also occasionally known as an evasive course, defensive pattern, evasion maneuvers, or evasion tactics – were a sequence of defensive movements employed by starship commanders to evade enemy weapons fire, or capture. These movements were specified by predefined or on the spot course changes. Although each race used different terminology for their evasive maneuvers, the tactics remained the same.

In 2254, Una asked Captain Christopher Pike if they should make evasive maneuvers when something came closer to the USS Enterprise on a collision course with the speed of light. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I")

Commander Spock used a spiral evasive course to break free from the constraint of the globular force field surrounding the USS Enterprise. (TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

When the USS Enterprise-D was attacked by a Cardassian starship, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ordered a "delta-sequence" evasive maneuver. (TNG: "The Wounded")

An example of this was the Starfleet maneuver "pattern delta" which was to simply a maneuver of rocking the ship hard from port to starboard. Evasive "pattern delta 5" was used to keep attacking ships off balance. (DS9: "Shattered Mirror", "The Search, Part I")

In contrast to evasive patterns, offensive movements such as attack patterns or tactical patterns are instances where a starship commander intends to engage the enemy in a confrontation, rather than evade. These patterns were known as standard maneuvers.

Then there were other types of maneuvers that were named for the person who executed them the first time such as "The Picard Maneuver" which was named for Jean Luc Picard. (TNG: "The Battle")

In 2369, while confronted with a Miradorn Theta-class raider in the Chamra Vortex, Odo ordered evasive maneuvers for his runabout USS Ganges. (DS9: "Vortex")

Red Squad was killed by the Jem'Hadar battleship before they could implement evasive maneuvers. (DS9: "Valiant")

Evasive maneuver patterns Edit

  • Evasive maneuver one
TOS: "Balance of Terror"
  • Pattern beta two
VOY: "Persistence of Vision"
  • Pattern beta four
VOY: "Workforce"
  • Pattern beta four five
DIS: "Despite Yourself"
  • Pattern beta six
VOY: "Flesh and Blood", "The Void", "Endgame"
  • Pattern beta nine
DIS: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum", "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern beta 140 (dual attack mode)
VOY: "Ex Post Facto"
  • Pattern gamma
TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
  • Pattern gamma four
VOY: "The Swarm"; DIS: "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern gamma six
DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"
  • Pattern delta
TNG: "Darmok", "Conundrum"; DS9: "Emissary", "Shattered Mirror", "What You Leave Behind"; VOY: "Year of Hell, Part II"
  • Pattern delta four
VOY: "Caretaker", "Maneuvers", "Coda"
  • Pattern delta five
DS9: "The Search, Part I", Star Trek
  • Pattern delta-six
VOY: "Flashback"
  • Pattern delta seven
DIS: "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern lambda ten
DIS: "Into the Forest I Go", "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern theta
DS9: "Tears of the Prophets"
  • Pattern theta one
VOY: "Prototype"
  • Pattern theta two
VOY: "Initiations"
  • Pattern pi alpha two
DIS: "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern omega
VOY: "Caretaker"; DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels"
  • Pattern omega one
VOY: "Initiations"; DIS: "Project Daedalus"
  • Pattern omega two
VOY: "Maneuvers"
  • Pattern omega three
VOY: "Maneuvers"
  • Pattern omega six
VOY: "Prototype"
  • Pattern Kirk epsilon
Star Trek Nemesis
TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
  • Pattern Riker beta
TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"
  • The Picard Maneuver
TNG: "The Battle"
  • Seven-Alpha
DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars"

Evasive maneuver sequences Edit

Evasive Maneuver Sequences are simply a series or array of maneuvers which fit a particular circumstance, but then is left to the helmsman to execute the individual maneuvers themselves with discretion.

  • Sequence Beta 93
VOY: "Learning Curve"
  • Sequence Delta / Delta sequence
TNG: "The Wounded", "Darmok", "Conundrum"
  • Lambda Sequence

VOY: "Basics, Part I"

  • Sequence 010
TNG: "The Mind's Eye"
  • Gamma Sequence
TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise"
Community content is available under CC-BY-NC unless otherwise noted.