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The Clown, an embodiment of fear

"Being afraid of everything means that you learn nothing."
"Like all fear, you eventually… vanish."
– Kathryn Janeway, 2372 ("The Thaw")

Fear is an emotion sensed by most lifeforms. It is initiated when an individual perceives a danger, such as a threat of injury or death. The fear of a specific object, situation, person, or group is known as a phobia. Common fear triggers included heights. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II", ENT: "Oasis", ENT: "The Aenar", TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I", TNG: "Attached", DS9: "Meridian")

The Novan Nadet screamed in fear while being treated in the imaging chamber in sickbay aboard Enterprise NX-01 in 2151. (ENT: "Terra Nova")

In 2258 in the alternate reality, Spock described the purpose of his Kobayashi Maru scenario as being to experience fear, specifically fear in the face of certain death, and to accept that fear and maintain control of oneself and one's crew. (Star Trek)

Within Humans, fear leads to the release of adrenaline levels within the body. Pavel Chekov was spared the effects of radiation-induced hyperaccelerated aging when the release of adrenaline from his momentary fear of discovering a dead body on Gamma Hydra IV protected him from the radiation on the planet. (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

In 2268 after the Starnes Exploration Party committed mass suicide, their orphaned children displayed no indications of grief or fear. (TOS: "And the Children Shall Lead")

In 2364, Commander William T. Riker correctly answered the challenge of Portal 63, stating that fear was the enemy, the only true enemy. (TNG: "The Last Outpost")

That same year, Captain Jean-Luc Picard cited fear as the reason he did not keep his appointment with Jenice Manheim at the Café des Artistes, fear that he would lose his resolve or might even lose himself. Manheim, however, correctly intuited that his greatest fear was that life with her would have somehow made him ordinary. (TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")

In conversation with Lieutenant Commander Data, Captain Picard remarked that "fear can be a powerful motivator." In Charles Dickens' story "A Christmas Carol," fear is used to motivate the protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, to reform his character, by showing him that an eternity of torment awaits him if he continues with his current character. By the same token, Picard speculates, the early ancestors of the people of Ventax II used the legend of Ardra, a mythical figure similar to Earth's Devil, to inspire fear in support of planetary-wide reforms. Unfortunately, a con artist posing as Ardra was able to exploit this same fear a thousand years later. (TNG: "Devil's Due")

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Harry Kim discovered that this is literally true when he encountered a psychopathic clown character, an embodiment of the emotion. Captain Kathryn Janeway, meanwhile, sought a way to reach the Clown, wondering whether there was more to fear than just a demand to simply exist. The Doctor noted that fear could provide pleasure by allowing one to seek the boundaries of one's existence and Janeway pondered, "But what does fear seek at the end of the ride?" (VOY: "The Thaw")

In her captain's log in 2373, Captain Janeway stated, regarding the USS Voyager's recent encounters with the Borg and Species 8472, "The Northwest Passage is only one day away and I won't allow fear to undermine this crew's sense of purpose, even if that fear is justified." (VOY: "Scorpion")

Seven of Nine felt that the Omega Directive was the result of Starfleet's ignorance and fear regarding the omega molecule, but Captain Janeway felt that "sometimes fear should be respected." (VOY: "The Omega Directive")

In 2399, chastising Starfleet's decision to ban synths, Jean-Luc Picard stated to Cristóbal Rios that fear was the great destroyer. (PIC: "Broken Pieces")

In an ultimately unused line of dialogue from the first draft script of DS9: "When It Rains...", Kira Nerys, while teaching members of the Cardassian Rebellion how to become resistance fighters, stated, "Fear is our ally," emphasizing the use of unexpected guerrilla attacks on the Dominion.


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