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{{disambiguation|the actor|Francis Guinan}}
'''Guinan''' was the mysterious bartender at [[Ten Forward]], the lounge aboard the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|USS ''Enterprise''-D]]. She was an [[El-Aurian]], a race of "listeners" from somewhere in the [[Delta Quadrant]] who were scattered by the [[Borg]]. [[Q]], however, once suggested that there is far more to her than could be imagined. One can only speculate as to the meaning of this...
 
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{{article quote|My name is Guinan. I tend bar, and I listen.|Guinan|2368|Ensign Ro}}
 
'''Guinan''' was an enigmatic [[bartender]] who ran [[Ten Forward]], the lounge aboard the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}}. She was well known for her wise counsel, which proved invaluable many times. Guinan was an [[El-Aurian]], a race of "listeners" who were scattered by the [[Borg]]. [[Q]], however, once suggested that there was far more to her than could be imagined. ({{TNG|Booby Trap|The Measure Of A Man|Galaxy's Child|Q Who|Deja Q}}; {{film|7}})
   
 
== Early life ==
 
== Early life ==
 
Guinan was born on [[El-Aurian homeworld|her homeworld]] sometime before the late [[19th century]]. In her childhood, she had a [[Tarcassian razor beast]] as an imaginary friend. When she was troubled, she'd talk to it. She enjoyed imagining that she was curling up on its warm belly. As she grew older, she found that she talked to it less and less, but the idea of the creature always remained with her. ({{TNG|Imaginary Friend}})
[[Image:Guinan and Data (1893).jpg|thumb|Guinan and Data on Earth in 1893.]]
 
Guinan was born some time before the late [[19th century]] on the [[El-Aurian homeworld]]. When she was a child, she had a [[Tarkassian razorbeast]] as an imaginary friend. When she was troubled she'd talk to it, and she enjoyed just curling up on his warm belly. As she grew older, she found that she talked to it less and less, but the idea always remained. ([[TNG]]: "[[Imaginary Friend]]")
 
   
As a mature adult, she hid from her father on [[Earth]] (prior to the planets [[first contact|first official contact]] with an alien race), posing as a celebrated socialite in [[San Francisco]]. While there, she entertained such luminaries as [[Samuel Clemens]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[Time's Arrow, Part I]]")
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As a mature adult, Guinan hid from [[Guinan's father 001|her father]] on Earth (prior to the [[planet]]'s [[First Contact|first official contact]] with an [[alien]] race), posing as a celebrated and obviously wealthy socialite in [[San Francisco]], calling herself "[[Madame]]" Guinan. While there, she entertained such luminaries as [[Samuel Clemens]]. ({{TNG|Time's Arrow}})
   
 
[[File:Guinan and Data (1893).jpg|thumb|left|Guinan and Data on Earth in 1893]]
Guinan was away from her homeworld when it was [[assimilation|assimilated]] by the [[Borg]], however, she did hear stories about the [[cybernetic]] species, including some of [[Borg history|their history]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[Q Who?]]")
 
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In [[1893]], Guinan encountered [[Data]], from the [[24th century]], who claimed they were friends from the ''Enterprise''. Guinan had no knowledge of this and when she expressed her absence of awareness about the situation, it allowed Data to quickly realize that he was dealing with the Guinan of this era rather than from his own time. She learned about his predicament and agreed to help in any way she could in stopping the [[Devidian]]s and returning Data to the 24th century. She also met [[Jean-Luc Picard]], [[William T. Riker]], [[Geordi La Forge]], [[Deanna Troi]], and [[Dr.]] [[Beverly Crusher]] from Data's time. When Data prevented the Devidians from attacking them, he was decapitated but the rest of his body, along with Samuel Clemens and the ''Enterprise'' crew (sans Picard), traveled back to the 24th century. Picard stayed behind to make sure Guinan was all right. When Clemens helped Picard return, he saw to Guinan's wounds. ({{TNG|Time's Arrow|Time's Arrow, Part II}})
   
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Guinan had "some dealings" with [[Q]] sometime during the [[22nd century]] and also other members of the [[Q Continuum]], some of whom she said "were almost respectable." Her relationship with Q was evidently hostile. Centuries later, Q described Guinan as an "imp" and stated, "''Where she goes, trouble always follows.''" Around the 22nd century, Guinan, according to Q, went by another name. ({{TNG|Q Who}})
She travelled extensively over the next several hundred years, eventually becoming a refugee aboard the [[SS Lakul|SS ''Lakul'']] in [[2293]]. She, along with the rest of her ship, subsequently became caught in the [[Nexus]]; an experience she described as "being inside joy". Guinan, along with most of the other El-Aurian refugees, was traumatized upon being pulled out of it. In [[2371]], Captain [[Jean-Luc Picard]] conferred with the "echo" of Guinan who remained in the timeless Nexus and, with her help, was eventually able to escape from the Nexus. ''([[Star Trek: Generations]])''
 
   
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[[File:Chekov meets Guinan.jpg|thumb|Guinan assisted by [[Pavel Chekov]] in 2293 after being pulled from the Nexus]]
== Aboard the USS ''Enterprise'' ==
 
 
Following the destruction of her [[homeworld]] by the [[Borg]] in the [[23rd century]], Guinan became a refugee aboard the {{SS|Lakul}} in [[2293]]. She, along with the rest of her ship, subsequently became caught in the [[Nexus]], an experience she described as "being inside joy." She was rescued, among 46 others, shortly before the destruction of the ship by the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)|USS ''Enterprise''-B]] and assisted by [[Pavel Chekov]]. Along with most of the other El-Aurian refugees, Guinan was traumatized upon being pulled out of the Nexus. In [[2371]], {{Captain}} Picard conferred with the "echo" of Guinan who remained in the timeless Nexus and, with her help, was eventually able to leave the Nexus. ({{film|7}})
Guinan came aboard the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|''Enterprise'']] in [[2365]], at [[Captain]] Picard's personal request. Guinan and Picard shared a long-time relationship, which, according to her, went "beyond friendship and beyond family". ([[TNG]]: "[[The Best of Both Worlds, Part II|The Best of Both Worlds]]")
 
   
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{{bginfo|In the {{novel}} ''[[Engines of Destiny]]'', a confrontation between an alternate Guinan and the [[Guardian of Forever]] reveals that the version of Guinan in the Nexus is the source of her constant "feelings", as this version of herself existed outside all time, and could thus reach out to her other selves and provide valuable insight into possible actions that must be taken, although even she was ignorant of what the definitive outcome would be in the end.}}
At [[Ten Forward]], she kept a selection of [[alcohol]]ic [[beverage]]s for special occasions, in opposition to [[Starfleet]]'s [[synthehol]] regulations, and kept a variety of non-syntheholic drinks, including a bottle of [[Aldebaran whiskey]] given to her by Captain Picard. ([[TNG]]: "[[Relics]]") As lounge host, she made herself available to anyone in need, especially to the [[senior staff]], as an informal [[counselor]].
 
   
 
== Aboard the USS ''Enterprise''-D ==
In mid-[[2366]], [[Lieutenant commander|Lt. Commander]] [[Data]] believed spending time in Ten Forward observing [[human]] social interaction would be beneficial for his [[android]] "offspring" called [[Lal]]. With Guinan's guidance, Lal worked as a waitress for a brief period. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Offspring]]")
 
 
[[File:Guinan, 2365.jpg|thumb|left|Guinan in 2365]]
 
Guinan came aboard the ''Enterprise''-D in [[2365]], at Captain Picard's personal request. Guinan and Picard shared a long-time relationship, which, according to Guinan, went "beyond friendship and beyond family." ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}}) At that time, there were rumors among the ''Enterprise''-D crew that she had met Picard when he was the commanding officer of the [[USS Stargazer|USS ''Stargazer'']]. However, to protect the timeline, she lied by saying she only knew Picard after boarding the ''Enterprise''. ({{TNG|The Child}})
   
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{{bginfo|The circumstances of Guinan's first meeting with Picard are detailed in the ''[[Star Trek: Stargazer]]'' novel ''[[Oblivion]]'', which includes the two of them confronting [[Enabran Tain]], father of {{s|DS9}} character [[Elim Garak]].}}
No stranger to the [[phaser range]], she once beat [[Worf]] on Level 14, firing left-handed. ([[TNG]]: "[[Redemption, Part I]]") When in [[2367]] [[REM sleep]]-deprived crewmembers began to draft conspiracy theories about the ''Enterprise''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s inability to escape the [[Tyken's Rift]], Guinan was able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam rifle she had acquired on [[Makus III]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[Night Terrors]]")
 
   
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In Ten Forward, Guinan kept a selection of [[alcohol]]ic [[beverage]]s for special occasions. These drinks included a bottle of [[Aldebaran whiskey]] given to her by Captain Picard. ({{TNG|Relics}})
[[Image:GuinanChild.jpg|thumb|Guinan at age twelve.]]
 
In early-[[2369]], Guinan, together with Captain Picard, [[Ro Laren]] and [[Keiko O'Brien]], were affected by an anomoly that caused them to revert to the bodies of 12 year olds due to the effects of a [[molecular reversion field]]. While Captain Picard temporarily stepped down from command, a group of [[Ferengi]] commandeered the ''Enterprise''. Believing Guinan to be a child, she was confined to a [[classroom]] aboard the ship. Picard, Guinan, Ro Laren and Keiko O'Brien, however, were able to design a plan to retake the ''Enterprise'' from the Ferengi. ([[TNG]]: "[[Rascals]]")
 
   
 
Her [[quarters]] aboard the ''Enterprise''-D were located on [[Galaxy class decks|Deck 8]], Room 3150. She also had an office located on Deck 10, adjacent to Ten Forward. ({{TNG|Q Who}})
In [[2371]], Guinan was among those who survived the emergency landing of the ''Enterprise''. Prior to the ''Enterprise''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s crash, she had told Captain Picard that Dr. [[Tolian Soran]] was seeking to return to the "[[Nexus]]", which she described as a doorway to a paradisical place. She also warned Picard that anyone who entered the Nexus would never want to leave it and that should someone be forcefully be taken away from it, their desire to return to it may make them extremely dangerous. When Picard was trapped in the Nexus shortly thereafter, Guinan reminded him to focus on his mission: to prevent Soran from destroying the [[Veridian|Veridian sun]]. With the help of [[James T. Kirk|Captain Kirk]], Picard succeeded in stopping Soran, and was able to escape from the Nexus. (''[[Star Trek: Generations]]'')
 
   
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As lounge host, Guinan made herself available to anyone in need, especially to the [[senior staff]], as an informal [[counselor]].
Guinan's [[quarters]] aboard the ''Enterprise''-D were located on Deck 8, Room 3150. Her office was located on Deck 10, adjacent to Ten Forward. ([[TNG]]: "[[Q Who?]]")
 
   
 
In mid-[[2366]], [[Lieutenant Commander]] Data believed spending time in Ten Forward, observing Human social interaction, would be beneficial for his [[android]] "offspring" called [[Lal]]. With Guinan's guidance, Lal worked as a [[waitress]] for a brief period. ({{TNG|The Offspring}})
=== Dealings with Q ===
 
Guinan had "some dealings" with [[Q]] sometime during the [[2100s]] (at the time, Guinan apparently went by another name), and Q almost treated her as an equal, although a mutual hatred existed between them. As Q put it: "where she goes trouble always follows".
 
   
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[[File:Guinan, age 12.jpg|thumb||left|Reverted to age twelve]]
When they first met aboard the ''Enterprise'', in 2365, Q immediately stood back when he saw her, backing off as if to be physically attacked. He adviced Picard to get Guinan off the ship, and added he would be more than pleased to expedite her departure. Picard responded he was talking about himself rather than about Guinan and refused to do any such thing. Picard and Q continued their conversation and Q claimed that humanity was not ready for what awaited it. Picard disagreed, to which Guinan added [[human]]s learn to adapt. Q responded by throwing the ''Enterprise'' 7000 [[light-year]]s into uncharted space, where the vessel would be the first to make official first contact with the Borg.
 
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No stranger to the [[phaser range]], Guinan once beat [[Worf]] on Level 14, firing left-handed. ({{TNG|Redemption}})
   
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[[File:Guinan (2367).jpg|thumb|Guinan defuses a tense situation in Ten Forward with the aid of a rifle]]
After the encounter, Guinan talked to Picard about how Q had set a series of events in motion. Their contact with the Borg, she claimed, had come long before it should have. When they would have been ready, it may have been possible to establish a relationship with the Borg, but now humanity was only raw material to them. In addition, since the Borg were now aware of their existence, they would be coming. Picard responded that Q may have done the right thing for the wrong reasons, as the [[Federation]] needed a good kick in their complacency to get it ready for what was ahead. ([[TNG]]: "[[Q Who?]]")
 
 
When, in [[2367]], [[REM sleep]]-deprived crewmembers began to draft conspiracy theories about the ''Enterprise'' being unable to escape a [[Tyken's Rift]], Guinan was able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam [[rifle]] she had acquired on [[Magus III]]. ({{TNG|Night Terrors}})
   
 
In early [[2369]], Guinan, together with Captain Picard, [[Ro Laren]], and [[Keiko O'Brien]], was affected by an [[anomaly]] that caused them to revert to the bodies of twelve-year-olds due to the effects of a [[molecular reversion field]]. While Captain Picard temporarily stepped down from [[commanding officer|command]], a group of [[Ferengi]] commandeered the ''Enterprise''. Believing Guinan to be a child, they confined her to a [[classroom]] aboard the ship. She, Picard, Ro Laren, and Keiko O'Brien, however, with the help of [[Alexander Rozhenko]], were able to devise a plan to retake the ''Enterprise'' from the Ferengi. ({{TNG|Rascals}})
[[Image:Q and Guinan (2366).jpg|thumb|A powerless Q meets Guinan; not a moment he had been looking forward to.]]
 
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Guinan's second encounter with Q while on board the ''Enterprise'' came a year later, in [[2366]]. Q was at the time stripped of his powers by the [[Q Continuum|Continuum]], and had requested asylum aboard the ''Enterprise''; a request Captain Picard had reluctantly complied with. When [[Data]] informed her that the captain and much of the crew were not yet convinced Q was truly human, Guinan casually picked up a fork from behind the counter and sharply stabbed Q's hand. When the latter bursted out in great agony, Guinan concluded: "He's human". She told Q he was a pitiful excuse for a human and the only way he was going to survive would be by the charity of others. Q's powers would later be restored by the other members of the Continuum. ([[TNG]]: "[[Deja Q]]")
 
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[[File:Guinan, 2367.jpg|thumb|left|Guinan sitting at Picard's desk in his ready room]]
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[[File:Guinan, 2371.jpg|thumb|Guinan in 2371]]
 
In [[2371]], Guinan cautioned Captain Picard that Dr. [[Tolian Soran]] was seeking to return to the Nexus, which Guinan described as a doorway to a paradisiacal place. She also warned Picard that anyone who entered the Nexus would never want to leave it and that, should someone be forcefully taken away from the Nexus, their desire to return to it might make them extremely dangerous. When Picard was trapped in the Nexus shortly thereafter, an "echo" of Guinan that had remained there after the rest of her left the Nexus reminded him to focus on his mission: to prevent Soran from destroying the [[Veridian|Veridian sun]]. With the help of Captain [[James T. Kirk|Kirk]], Picard succeeded in stopping Soran and was able to escape from the Nexus. Guinan, meanwhile, was among many individuals who survived an emergency [[crash landing]] of the ''Enterprise''. ({{film|7}})
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{{bginfo|As part of charity event {{w|Comic Relief USA|Comic Relief}}, which was co-hosted by [[Whoopi Goldberg]] as well as other comedians, in {{y|1994}} the cast of {{s|TNG}} performed a pre-filmed scene in costume where promotional material from the event was apparently found in an archeological dig on Earth. ''{{YouTube|type=v|Hra0I-w3XBY}}'' After describing the charity and its mission, Data made a comment that one of the hosts was a "Whoo-Pi Goldberg" and brought up a picture of her on the viewscreen. When Dr. Crusher commented that this "Whoo-Pi" looked an awful lot like the long-lived Guinan, the crew pondered this for a moment before dismissing it with a collective, "''Nah.''"}}
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== After the USS ''Enterprise''-D ==
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After the [[Battle of Veridian III#Aftermath|destruction]] of the ''Enterprise''-D, she attended the wedding ceremony of [[Deanna Troi]] and [[William Riker]] in [[2379]]. ({{film|10}})
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== Dealings with Q ==
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[[File:Guinan reacting on Q.jpg|thumb|left|Guinan's first meeting with Q aboard the ''Enterprise''-D, in 2365]]
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Guinan met Q again aboard the ''Enterprise'' in 2365, at which time Q was surprised to see her; he also questioned whether the name given was her current alias, indicating that she had used another name upon a previous encounter. He advised Picard to get Guinan off the ship, and added he would be more than pleased to "expedite her departure." In response, Guinan raised her hands, implying she had a special ability to defend herself from Q's powers. However, Guinan did not take any further action against Q as, before she could do so, he returned his attention to Picard with a dismissive taunt aimed at Guinan: "''Enough about this creature; she's diverting us from the purpose of my being here.''"
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Although Q then remarked that Humanity was not ready for what awaited it, Guinan defended Humans, arguing that they "learn to adapt." As Q continued making his proposals to Picard, Guinan let off a snort of disgust, then protested Q's throwing the ''Enterprise'' into the verges of space.
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After the encounter, Guinan talked to Picard about how Q had set a series of events in motion. Their contact with the Borg, she claimed, had come long before it should have. When they were ready, it might have been possible to establish a relationship with the Borg, but for then Humanity was only raw material to them. In addition, since the Borg were aware of their existence, they would be coming. Picard responded that Q might have done the right thing for the wrong reasons, as the [[Federation]] needed a good kick in its complacency to get it ready for what was ahead. ({{TNG|Q Who}})
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[[File:Q and Guinan (2366).jpg|thumb|A powerless Q meets Guinan; not a moment he had been looking forward to]]
 
Guinan's second encounter with Q while on board the ''Enterprise'' came a year later, in [[2366]]. Q was, at the time, stripped of his powers by the [[Q Continuum|Continuum]] and requested [[political asylum|asylum]] aboard the ''Enterprise'', a request Picard reluctantly granted. When Data informed her that the captain and much of the crew were not yet convinced Q was truly Human, Guinan casually picked up a fork from beside a patron's plate on the bar and stabbed Q's hand. When the latter cried out in agony, Guinan commented, "''Seems Human enough to me.''" She told Q he was a pitiful excuse for a Human and the only way he was going to survive would be by the charity of others. Q's powers were later restored by the other members of the Continuum. ({{TNG|Deja Q}})
   
 
== Personal interests ==
 
== Personal interests ==
 
=== Fencing ===
 
=== Fencing ===
[[Image:Picard and Guinan (2368).jpg|thumb|Picard and Guinan, shortly after the latter lost their game of fencing.]]
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[[File:Picard and Guinan (2368).jpg|thumb|Picard and Guinan, shortly after Picard won their fencing match]]
In late-2368, Guinan was coached by Picard in [[fencing]]. In november that year, she initially lost one of their matches, saying she didn't think she liked this sport. Picard replied she liked it well enough two weeks ago, when she scored two touches on him. After their first match, they took a short moment to relax and soon they found themselves talking about [[Hugh]]: the Borg drone Picard had allowed to be taken on board. On Guinan's question whether taking Hugh on board was wise, Picard replied it was an errand of mercy, and that [[Beverly Crusher|Dr. Crusher]] decided for humanitarian reasons to care for him.
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In late 2368, Guinan was coached by Picard in [[fencing]]. In a series of matches later in November of that year, she lost the first match that day, saying she didn't think she liked the sport. Picard replied she liked it well enough two weeks prior, when she scored two touches on him.
   
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They then took a moment to relax and soon found themselves talking about [[Hugh]], the Borg drone Picard had allowed to be taken on board. To Guinan's question whether taking Hugh on board was wise, Picard replied it was an errand of mercy, and that Dr. Crusher decided for [[humanitarian]] reasons to care for him.
They rose again for their second match in which they advanced and retreated a few times, parrying. Then Guinan lunged, stumbled and grabbed at her leg - apparently, she had pulled a muscle. Picard dropped his foil and started toward her in concern. Suddenly Guinan was up and on him in a flurry of thrusts, and actually knocked the foil from his hand. "You felt sorry for me," she said. "Look what it got you," holding his look, defiant - and unquestionably angry. ([[TNG]]: "[[I, Borg]]")
 
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They rose again for their second match in which they advanced and retreated a few times, parrying. Then Guinan lunged, stumbled and grabbed at her leg &ndash; apparently she had pulled a muscle. Picard lowered his [[foil]] and started toward her in concern. Suddenly Guinan was upon him, swiftly knocking the foil from his hand and scoring a touch upon his chest. "''You felt sorry for me,''" she said. "''Look what it got you''." She did, however, after speaking with Hugh herself, change her opinion on the matter. ({{TNG|I Borg}})
   
 
== Personal relationships ==
 
== Personal relationships ==
 
=== Family ===
 
=== Family ===
Guinan was born around the earth 19th century, her father, at the time, was already over two hundred years old. ([[TNG]]: "[[Rascals]]") In her life Guinan had married at least 23 times and had "a lot" of children. (''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]''; [[TNG]]: "[[Evolution]]") She had a good relationship with her uncle [[Terkim]], the "black sheep" of the family. ([[TNG]]: "[[Hollow Pursuits]]")
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Guinan was born sometime prior to the 19th century, Earth calendar. Her father was seven hundred years old as of the [[24th century]]. ({{TNG|Rascals}}) In her life, Guinan [[married]] twenty-three times and had [[Guinan's children 001|"a lot" of children]]. ({{film|10}}; {{TNG|Evolution}}) She had a good relationship with her maternal uncle [[Terkim]], who she described as "''sort of the family misfit.''" ({{TNG|Hollow Pursuits}}) However, Guinan once had some relatively unusual (for her species) difficulty with relating to one of her sons, as he wouldn't listen to anyone. After several hundred years, Guinan managed to persuade him to open up to her, convincing him to do so just by listening to him, though she didn't initially realize she was thereby shaping him. ({{TNG|Evolution}})
   
 
=== Friendships ===
 
=== Friendships ===
[[Image:Riker Wesley Guinan.jpg|thumb|Riker pretends to be flirting with Guinan.]]
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[[File:Riker Wesley Guinan.jpg|thumb|Riker "pretends" to be flirting with Guinan]]
Immediately upon coming aboard the ''Enterprise'', Guinan was able to draw the attention of many people because of the mysteries surrounding her age and origins. Except for Captain Picard, she had not met previously with any of the ''Enterprise'' crewmembers, but would soon develop a friendly relationship with many members of its senior staff. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Child]]")
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Immediately upon coming aboard the ''Enterprise'', Guinan was able to draw the attention of many people because of the mysteries surrounding her age and origin. Except for Captain Picard, none of the ''Enterprise'' crewmembers had met her, but she soon developed a friendly relationship with many members of its senior staff. ({{TNG|The Child|Time's Arrow}})
   
In [[2365]], Guinan and [[William Riker]] attempted to counsel [[Wesley Crusher]] regarding his relationship with [[Salia]]. As Riker pretended to flirt with Guinan, they proved their own advice unadvisable. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Dauphin]]")
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In [[2365]], Guinan and Riker attempted to counsel [[Wesley Crusher]] regarding his relationship with [[Salia]]. As Riker pretended to flirt with Guinan, they proved their own advice inadvisable. ({{TNG|The Dauphin}})
   
 
==== Jean-Luc Picard ====
 
==== Jean-Luc Picard ====
Guinan and Jean-Luc Picard shared a long-term relationship, which, according to her, went "beyond friendship and beyond family". ([[TNG]]: "[[The Best of Both Worlds]]") She also once said to [[Geordi La Forge]] that she was attracted to bald men. ([[TNG]]: "[[Booby Trap]]") In return, Picard once remarked Guinan to be "very selective about whom she calls a friend". ([[TNG]]: "[[Ensign Ro]]")
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Guinan and Jean-Luc Picard shared a long-term relationship, which, according to her, went "beyond friendship and beyond family". ({{TNG|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}}) Picard also made a similar confession, stating that their relationship was something that went "far beyond friendship". ({{TNG|Time's Arrow, Part II}}) She also once said to Geordi La Forge that she was attracted to bald men, because a bald man [[Time's Arrow, Part II (episode)|once]] took care of her in a time of need. ({{TNG|Booby Trap}}) In return, Picard once remarked that Guinan was "very selective about whom she calls a friend". ({{TNG|Ensign Ro}})
   
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{{bginfo|Responding to a question as to the nature of Guinan's friendship with Picard, [[Gene Roddenberry]] said: "''I will say that friendship is a much broader thing than most people understand.''" (''[[Star Trek: The Official Fan Club Magazine issue 79]]'', p. 5)}}
[[Image:Guinan and Picard (2365).jpg|thumb|Picard and Guinan talk about Data's rights as a sentient being. ''"...the past always resonates in the present, and decisions made today reach into the future."'']]
 
In 2365, Data's rights as an individual were challenged when cybernetics expert Commander [[Bruce Maddox]] wanted to disassemble the [[android]] for study. Picard challenged Maddox's assessment before the local [[Judge Advocate General]]. As the hearing neared its end, Picard admitted to Guinan he feared he was losing the case. Guinan asked what Maddox gained if he would be successful in disassembling and reassembling Data. Picard responded he would posses the ability to build many more [[android]]s. He remembered Guinan's words that the decisions we make today have implications for the future, and so Picard reasoned that if it would be decided that Data was indeed Starfleet property, all future androids would be also. Guinan noted there was an ancient word for that - slavery. Eventually, Picard would win Data's case by pointing out that an entire race of Datas would be used as slaves - strictly against Federation principles. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Measure of a Man]]")
 
   
 
[[File:Guinan and Picard (2365).jpg|thumb|Picard and Guinan talk about Data's rights as a sentient being. "''...the past always resonates in the present, and decisions made today reach into the future.''"]]
In 2367, Guinan featured as [[Gloria|cousin Gloria]] in one of Picard's [[Dixon Hill]] [[holonovel]]s. She, however, was not much impressed with the program. ([[TNG]]: "[[Clues]]")
 
 
Guinan often advised Picard in times of dilemma. In 2365, Data's rights as an individual were challenged when cybernetics expert [[Commander]] [[Bruce Maddox]] wanted to disassemble the android for study. Picard challenged Maddox's assessment before the local [[Judge Advocate General]]. As the hearing neared its end, Picard admitted to Guinan he feared he was losing the case. Guinan asked what Maddox would gain if he should be successful in disassembling and reassembling Data. Picard responded that he would possess the ability to build many more androids. He remembered Guinan's words that the decisions we make today have implications for the future, and so Picard reasoned that if it were decided that Data was indeed Starfleet property, all future androids would be also. Guinan noted there was an ancient word for that &ndash; [[slavery]]. Eventually, Picard won Data's case by pointing out that an entire race of Datas would be used as slaves &ndash; strictly against Federation principles. ({{TNG|The Measure Of A Man}})
   
 
Guinan also participated in several recreational activities with Picard. In 2367, she featured as cousin [[Gloria]] in one of Picard's [[Dixon Hill]] [[holonovel]]s. She, however, was not much impressed with the program. ({{TNG|Clues}})
Besides joining Picard on the holodeck, they would occassionally share a game of chess, and Guinan was also coached in [[fencing]] by Picard in 2368, begun when she considered exercise to strengthen her arm. Shortly prior to their match, the ''Enterprise'' had taken a Borg [[drone]], now named [[Hugh]], on board. Although Guinan initially questioned Picard's decision to have done so, she was convinced by Geordi to speak with the former drone. She could not but acknowledge this Borg was developing a personality, becoming an individual. Upon her conversation with Hugh, she convinced Picard to speak with him as well. ([[TNG]]: "[[I, Borg]]")
 
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Besides joining Picard on the holodeck, Guinan occasionally shared a game of chess with him, and Picard also coached her in fencing in 2368, begun when she considered exercise to strengthen her arm. Shortly prior to their match, the ''Enterprise'' had taken on board a Borg drone, at that point named Hugh. Although Guinan initially questioned Picard's decision in that matter, she was convinced by La Forge to speak with the former drone. She could not help but acknowledge that this Borg was developing a personality, becoming an individual. Upon her conversation with Hugh, she convinced Picard to speak with him as well. ({{TNG|I Borg}})
   
 
==== Beverly Crusher ====
 
==== Beverly Crusher ====
[[Image:Beverly Crusher and Guinan (2366).jpg|thumb|Beverly and Guinan talk about Wesley.]]
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[[File:Beverly Crusher and Guinan (2366).jpg|thumb|Beverly and Guinan talk about Wesley]]
In 2366, Beverly Crusher, while seeing her son socialize with other teenagers, asked Guinan whether she had any children. Guinan replied she had a lot and Beverly informed whether she had ever had trouble with one of them. Guinan said she had with one and upon Beverly's remark that all children go through that, Guinan explained this was not the case among a species of listeners. Asked about how he had grown out of it, Guinan explained a mother shapes her child in ways she doesn't even realize; sometimes just by listening. ([[TNG]]: "[[Evolution]]")
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In 2366 Beverly Crusher, seeing her son socialize with other teenagers, asked Guinan whether she had any children. Guinan replied she had a lot, and Crusher inquired whether she had ever had trouble with any of them. Guinan said she had with one who went through a phase when "he wouldn't listen to anybody" &ndash; something unusual "in a species of listeners." Asked how he had grown out of it, Guinan explained a mother shapes her child in ways she doesn't even realize, sometimes just by listening. ({{TNG|Evolution}})
   
When in [[2369]] Beverly was relieved of duty, Guinan visited her in her quarters, claiming she sought treatment for her [[tennis elbow]]. As Beverly began to talk about her recent actions, she explained she had illegally performed an autopsy on the [[Ferengi]] scientist [[Reyga]] who had appeared to have committed [[suicide]]. As Beverly later found out, the [[Takaran]] scientist [[Jo'Bril]] had in fact murdered Reyga in order to discredit the Ferengi. Upon Guinan's encouragement, Beverly eventually discovered Jo'Bril's plan, prevented him from stealing Reyga's research data, and proved the technology was valid. She was exonerated and returned to duty shortly following the incident. In order to thank Guinan for her encouragement, she presented her with a state-of-the-art [[tennis]] [[racquet]], on which Guinan admitted she had never played tennis. ([[TNG]]: "[[Suspicions]]")
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When Crusher was relieved of duty in [[2369]], Guinan visited her in her quarters, claiming she sought treatment for her [[tennis elbow]], which she claimed was caused by an unsuccessful tennis match with Geordi La Forge. As Crusher began to talk about her recent actions, she explained she had illegally performed an autopsy on the Ferengi [[scientist]] [[Reyga]], who had appeared to have committed [[suicide]]. As Crusher later found out, the [[Takaran]] scientist [[Jo'Bril]] had in fact murdered Reyga in order to discredit the Ferengi. Upon Guinan's encouragement, Crusher eventually discovered Jo'Bril's plan, prevented him from [[steal]]ing Reyga's research data, and proved the technology was valid. She was exonerated and returned to duty shortly following the incident. In order to thank Guinan for her encouragement, Crusher presented her with a state-of-the-art [[tennis]] [[racket]], upon which Guinan admitted she had never played tennis. ({{TNG|Suspicions}})
   
 
==== Wesley Crusher ====
 
==== Wesley Crusher ====
In early-2365, Wesley Crusher was reluctantly preparing to leave the ''Enterprise'' and join his mother, who had departed to become head of [[Starfleet Medical]]. When he was staring out of the windows of Ten Forward, Guinan approached him, asking him whether he wanted anything to drink. As they talked, Guinan asked him three more times during their conversation, and when Wesley pointed that out, she replied it was what she was expected to do, asking if he didn't always do what was expected of him? He replied he tried to, because sometimes you have to consider others more than yourself. Guinan responded that the game is to know when to consider yourself more than others and to give yourself permission to be selfish. Their conversation made Wesley decide to stay on board the ''Enterprise'' after all. ([[TNG]]: "[[The Child]]")
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In early 2365, Wesley Crusher was reluctantly preparing to leave the ''Enterprise'' and join his mother, who had departed to become head of [[Starfleet Medical]]. When he was staring out the windows of Ten Forward, Guinan approached him, asking him whether he wanted anything to drink. As they talked, Guinan asked him three more times during their conversation, and when Wesley pointed that out, she replied it was what she was expected to do, asking if he didn't always do what was expected of him. He tried to reply, because sometimes you have to consider others more than yourself. Guinan responded that the question was to know when to consider yourself more than others and to give yourself permission to be selfish. Their conversation made Wesley decide to stay on board the ''Enterprise'' after all. ({{TNG|The Child}})
   
 
==== Geordi La Forge ====
 
==== Geordi La Forge ====
[[Image:Guinan and Geordi La Forge (2366).jpg|thumb|Geordi asks Guinan for advice after his date with Christy Henshaw went troubled. ''"Always room at the bar for another broken heart."'']]
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[[File:Guinan and Geordi La Forge (2366).jpg|thumb|La Forge asks Guinan for advice after his date with Christy Henshaw went troubled. "''Always room at the bar for another broken heart.''"]]
Guinan would often advise, or rather cheer up, Geordi after one of his dates went troubled. Thus, in early-2366, Geordi sought her advice after his date, [[Christy Henshaw]], admitted she was not in love with him. When Geordi asked about what Guinan sought in a man, she replied she was attracted to bald men, because a bald man was very kind to her once and took care of her. Geordi went on explaining he never knew what to say around women. When Guinan remarked he did not appear uncomfortable at the time, Geordi replied that he wasn't "trying" when he was speaking with her. Guinan replied: "Exactly", making him realise he was only uncomfortable when trying to chat up a girl. A few days later, Geordi found himself rather smitten with a holographic recreation of Dr. [[Leah Brahms]]. ([[TNG]]: "[[Booby Trap]]") A little over a year later, he got the chance to meet the real Dr. Brahms and found her much less charming than her holographic version. At the time, he again sought Guinan's advice. ([[TNG]]: "[[Galaxy's Child]]")
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Guinan would often advise, or rather cheer up, Geordi La Forge after one of his dates went poorly. Thus, in early 2366, La Forge sought her advice after his date, [[Christy Henshaw]], admitted she was not in love with him. When La Forge asked about what Guinan sought in a man, she replied she was attracted to bald men, because long ago one saved her life (Picard had "saved" the 19th century Guinan by remaining with her as she was injured by a time portal, as help came by). La Forge went on explaining that he never knew what to say around women. When Guinan remarked that he did not appear uncomfortable at the time, La Forge replied that he wasn't "trying" when he was speaking with her. Guinan replied: "''That's my point''", making him realize he was only uncomfortable when trying to chat up a girl. A few days later, La Forge found himself rather smitten with a holographic recreation of Dr. [[Leah Brahms]]. ({{TNG|Booby Trap}}) A little over a year later, he got the chance to meet the real Dr. Brahms and found her much less charming than her holographic version. At the time, he again sought Guinan's advice. ({{TNG|Galaxy's Child}})
   
 
==== Worf ====
 
==== Worf ====
[[Image:Worf and Guinan (2366).jpg|thumb|Guinan introduced Worf to [[prune juice]]: ''...a warrior's drink!'']]
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[[File:Guinan beats Worf at phaser range.jpg|thumb|With ease, Guinan defeats Worf on the phaser range]]
In mid-[[2366]], Guinan first approached Worf, introducing him to the [[Terran]] [[beverage]] of [[prune juice]]. Although the drink was generally unpopular among humans, Worf called it "a warrior's drink". As Guinan seated down at his table, she asked why Worf always seated alone. Worf looked at her with vague irritation as the conversation was venturing into areas he'd rather avoid. Worf replied he would require a [[Klingon]] woman for companionship as human females were too fragile. Despite Guinan's claim she knew one or two woman on board who may have found him a bit tame, Worf refuted this as "impossible". Guinan teasingly called him a coward for not wanting to meet them, upon which Worf replied he was merely concerned for the safety of his crewmates. ([[TNG]]: "[[Yesterday's Enterprise]]")
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In mid-[[2366]] Guinan first approached Worf, introducing him to the [[Terran]] [[beverage]] of [[prune juice]]. Although the drink was generally unpopular among Humans, Worf called it "a warrior's drink". As Guinan sat down at his table, she asked Worf why he always sat alone. Worf looked at her with vague irritation as the conversation was venturing into areas he preferred to avoid. Worf replied he would require a [[Klingon]] woman for companionship as Human females were too fragile. Despite Guinan's claim that she knew one or two women on board who might find him a bit tame, Worf laughed and refuted this as "impossible". Guinan teasingly called him a coward for not wanting to meet them, upon which Worf replied he was merely concerned for the safety of his crewmates. ({{TNG|Yesterday's Enterprise}})
   
When the [[Klingon Civil War]] erupted in 2367, Worf was torn between remaining in Starfleet service and joining [[Gowron]] against the [[House of Duras]]. While practicing their skills in the [[phaser range]], Guinan asked Worf about how his son, [[Alexander Rozhenko|Alexander]], was doing. Worf replied he was having difficulties adjusting to life on [[Earth]], onto which Guinan responded the time would come when Alexander found out what it really meant to be [[Klingon]], just as the time had now come for Worf. Worf would later request a leave of absence and with the help of Captain Picard, would reveal [[Romulan]] assistance to the Duras cause in the civil war. ([[TNG]]: "[[Redemption, Part I]]")
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When the [[Klingon Civil War]] erupted in 2367, Worf was torn between remaining in Starfleet service and joining [[Gowron]] against the [[House of Duras]]. While practicing their skills in the [[phaser range]], Guinan asked Worf how his son, [[Alexander Rozhenko|Alexander]], was doing. Worf replied he was having difficulties adjusting to life on Earth, to which Guinan responded that the time would come when Alexander would find out what it really meant to be [[Klingon]], just as the time had now come for Worf. Worf would later request a leave of absence, and with the help of Captain Picard would reveal [[Romulan]] assistance to the Duras cause in the civil war. ({{TNG|Redemption}})
   
 
==== Ro Laren ====
 
==== Ro Laren ====
[[Image:Guinan and Ro Laren (2368).jpg|thumb|Guinan talks with Ensign Ro Laren.]]
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[[File:Guinan and Ro Laren (2368).jpg|thumb|Guinan talks with Ensign Ro Laren]]
When in 2368, the [[Bajoran]] [[ensign]] Ro Laren came aboard the ''Enterprise'', she immediately drew everyone's attention. After discussing Ro with Geordi, Guinan sat next to Ensign Ro in Ten Forward. Although Ro initially claimed she did not want any company, Guinan remarked she would have stayed in her quarters if that were true. As they talked, Ro commented that Guinan was not like any bartender she had ever met, to which Guinan responded that Laren was unlike any Starfleet officer she had ever met and that this might be the start of an interesting relationship. Laren objected mildly to this, saying she never stayed anywhere long enough to make friends. Guinan said that she had just made one.
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When the [[Bajoran]] [[Ensign]] Ro Laren came aboard the ''Enterprise'' in 2368, she immediately drew everyone's attention. After discussing Ro with La Forge, Guinan sat next to Ensign Ro in Ten Forward. Although Ro initially claimed she did not want any company, Guinan remarked that she would have stayed in her quarters if that were true. As they talked, Ro commented that Guinan was not like any bartender she had ever met, to which Guinan responded that Laren was unlike any Starfleet officer she had ever met and that this might be the start of an interesting relationship. Ro objected mildly to this, saying she never stayed anywhere long enough to make friends. Guinan said that she had just made one.
   
When Ro was later grounded, Guinan visited her in her quarters where Laren decided to confide in Guinan after her new friend told her that people like themselves, who had lost their homes, sometimes felt they have no control over their own lives. Ro confessed she was in great trouble. Guinan advised that she herself was in great trouble once and that she would still have been had she not trusted one man. This conversation was instrumental in Ro's decision to reveal to Captain Picard that [[Kennelly|Admiral Kennelly]] had made a pact with the [[Cardassian]]s in order to eliminate Bajoran "terrorists". ([[TNG]]: "[[Ensign Ro]]") Ro would remain on board the ''Enterprise'', and continue her friendship with Guinan, until [[2370]], when she decided to join a [[Maquis]] faction. ([[TNG]]: "[[Preemptive Strike]]")
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When Ro was later confined to her quarters, Guinan visited her there. Ro decided to confide in Guinan after her new friend told her that people like themselves, who had lost their homes, sometimes felt like they had no control over their own lives. Ro confessed she was in great trouble. Guinan advised that she herself had been in great trouble once and that she would still have been had she not trusted one man. This conversation was instrumental in Ro's decision to reveal to Captain Picard that [[Admiral]] [[Kennelly]] had made a pact with the [[Cardassian]]s in order to eliminate Bajoran "terrorists". ({{TNG|Ensign Ro}})
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When Guinan, Ro, Picard, and Keiko O'Brien were transformed into children, Guinan took the opportunity to enjoy her 'second childhood'. Ro, however, found the idea of 'enjoying' their current situation idiotic and pointless, particularly since Ro herself had not had much of a first childhood. Guinan took her feelings as a challenge, and during the time that followed tried to provoke Ro into enjoying their situation, such as jumping on the bed. Later, after they aided in defeating a group of Ferengi who had taken over the ship, La Forge and Data managed to return everyone to their proper age. Ro surprisingly now found herself reluctant to return to adulthood. When she didn't show up for treatment, Guinan went in search of her, finding her in her quarters drawing pictures of her mother with crayons. Guinan reminded Ro that she would need to 'grow up' again, but also said there was no rush, as she joined Ro in drawing. ({{TNG|Rascals}})
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Ro remained on board the ''Enterprise'' and continued her friendship with Guinan until [[2370]], when she decided to join a [[Maquis]] faction. ({{TNG|Preemptive Strike}})
   
 
== Alternate timelines ==
 
== Alternate timelines ==
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[[File:Guinan, alternate 2366.jpg|thumb|Guinan in the alternate timeline]]
''In an [[alternate timeline|alternate version]] of 2366 created when the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)|USS ''Enterprise''-C]] disappeared from the year [[2344]], Ten Forward was suitably altered to befit the military nature of the new timeline. Luxuries were limited, besides Guinan, the civilian wait staff was gone, and crewmembers were often forced to consume [[TKL ration]]s since replicator power was generally diverted to the defensive systems. Guinan was the only one aboard who noticed the changes that had followed upon the ''Enterprise''-C's appearance. On her suggestion, Captain Picard sent the ''Enterprise''-C back to its own time to restore the timeline. ([[TNG]]: "[[Yesterday's Enterprise]]")''
 
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In an [[alternate timeline|alternate version]] of 2366 that featured the Federation fighting {{dis|Federation-Klingon War|alternate timeline|a losing war}} against the [[Klingon]]s, Guinan was still working in Ten Forward, though it was altered to befit the military nature of the timeline. She was the only one aboard who noticed the changes, which had followed upon the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-C|-C}} arriving from the year [[2344]]. Data speculated that Guinan's species, El-Aurians, could perceive alternate timelines. Guinan advised Captain Picard to send the ''Enterprise''-C back to its own time in order to restore the timeline, an idea Picard tried with success. ({{TNG|Yesterday's Enterprise}}) Guinan remained aware of the now-reverted changes in the restored timeline. ({{TNG|Redemption II}})
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{{bginfo|Since Guinan's incident with the Nexus, where time has no meaning, she simultaneously exists there as well as in the prime universe although, as her Nexus self said, she can never enter the prime universe as there is already a version of her present there.|Guinan also appears briefly in the crossover comic "[[Star Trek: The Next Generation - Doctor Who: Assimilation²]]", in which she quickly becomes aware of the alterations made to the universe's past by the Cybermen. She also recognizes [[tardis:Eleventh Doctor|the Doctor]] as a Time Lord, reflecting that she now has a feeling that they have known each other for a while, but also acknowledges that they ''shouldn't'' know each other.}}
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== Hologram ==
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[[File:Guinan hologram.jpg|thumb|The [[hologram]] of Guinan]]
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As part of [[Reginald Barclay]]'s [[holo-addiction]], he created a recreation of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-D|-D}} including a [[holographic duplicate]] of Guinan. ({{TNG|Hollow Pursuits}})
   
 
== Chronology ==
 
== Chronology ==
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[[File:Guinan San Francisco Register.jpg|thumb|Guinan, pictured in the [[1893]] ''[[San Francisco Register]]'' on Earth]]
;[[Early history|1893]]: Guinan hides from her father on [[Earth]].
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;[[19th century|1893]]:Guinan hides from her father on Earth.
;[[2293]]: Guinan is rescued by the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)|USS ''Enterprise''-B]] after her transport ship, the ''[[Lakul]]'' is caught in the [[Nexus]] ribbon.
 
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;[[22nd century]]:Guinan has dealings with Q.
;[[2365]]: Guinan comes aboard the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|''Enterprise''-D]] at [[Captain]] [[Jean-Luc Picard|Picard]]'s personal request.
 
 
;[[2293]]: Guinan is rescued by the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-B|-B}} after her transport ship, the ''Lakul,'' is caught in the [[Nexus]] ribbon.
;[[2367]]: When [[REM sleep]]-deprived crewmembers began to draft conspiracy theories about the ''Enterprise''<nowiki>'</nowiki>s inability to escape the [[Tyken's Rift]], Guinan is able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam rifle she had acquired on [[Makus III]].
 
 
;[[2365]]:Guinan comes aboard the ''Enterprise''-D at {{Captain}} Picard's personal request.
;[[2368]]: Guinan convinces the former-[[drone]] [[Hugh]] that, despite the collective's claim, resistance is not futile, and that her own survival is the living proof of that.
 
 
;[[2367]]:When REM sleep-deprived crewmembers begin to draft conspiracy theories about the ''Enterprise''{{'}}s inability to escape the [[Tyken's Rift]], Guinan is able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam rifle she had acquired on [[Magus III]].
;[[2369]]: Guinan, together with Captain Picard, [[Ro Laren]] and [[Keiko O'Brien]], is reverted to the body of a 12 year old due to the effects of a [[molecular reversion field]].
 
 
;[[2368]]:Guinan convinces the former Borg drone Hugh that, despite the Collective's claim, resistance is not futile, and that her own survival is the living proof of that.
;[[2371]]: Guinan is among those who survived the crash of the [[USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|''Enterprise'']].
 
 
;[[2369]]: Guinan, together with Captain Picard, Ro Laren and Keiko O'Brien, is reverted to the body of a twelve-year-old due to the effects of a [[molecular reversion field]].
;[[2379]]: Guinan is present at the wedding of [[William Riker]] and [[Deanna Troi]].
 
 
;[[2371]]:Guinan is among those who survived the crash of the ''Enterprise''-D.
 
;[[2379]]:Guinan is present at the wedding of William Riker and Deanna Troi.
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==Appendices==
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=== Appearances ===
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*{{TNG}}
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**{{e|The Child}} (Season 2)
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**{{e|The Outrageous Okona}}
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**{{e|The Measure Of A Man}}
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**{{e|The Dauphin}}
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**{{e|Q Who}}
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**{{e|Shades of Gray}} (Archive footage from "The Dauphin")
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**{{e|Evolution}} (Season 3)
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**{{e|Booby Trap}}
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**{{e|Deja Q}}
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**{{e|Yesterday's Enterprise}}
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**{{e|The Offspring}}
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**{{e|Hollow Pursuits}}
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**{{e|The Best of Both Worlds}}
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**{{e|The Best of Both Worlds, Part II}} (Season 4)
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**{{e|Family}}
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**{{e|The Loss}}
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**{{e|Clues}}
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**{{e|Galaxy's Child}}
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**{{e|Night Terrors}}
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**{{e|In Theory}}
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**{{e|Redemption}}
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**{{e|Redemption II}} (Season 5)
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**{{e|Ensign Ro}}
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**{{e|Imaginary Friend}}
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**{{e|I Borg}}
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**{{e|Time's Arrow}}
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**{{e|Time's Arrow, Part II}} (Season 6)
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**{{e|Rascals}}
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**{{e|Suspicions}}
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* [[Star Trek films|Movies]]:
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**{{film|7}}
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**{{film|10}}
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=== Background information ===
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[[File:Guinan, costume polaroid.jpg|thumb|Costume continuity polaroids of Guinan's costumes]]
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[[File:Guinan sketch.jpg|thumb|A sketch of Guinan by [[Durinda Rice Wood]]]]
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Guinan was played by [[Whoopi Goldberg]], who was first introduced in the episode {{e|The Child}}.
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According to the script for "The Child", Guinan was pronounced "GUY-nun." {{st-minutiae|resources/scripts/127.txt}}
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Whoopi Goldberg got the role of Guinan after she expressed interest to the producers, being a [[Trekkie|fan]] of {{s|TOS}} &ndash; mostly due to [[Nichelle Nichols]], one of the first black women to be regularly featured in an American television series. (''[[Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book]]'', ''[[Trek: The Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes Story of The Next Generation]]'') When Goldberg learned that her friend [[LeVar Burton]] had been cast in a role on the new ''Star Trek'' series, she asked him to tell [[Gene Roddenberry]] that she wanted to be on the show too, but the producers thought she was joking and did not take the request seriously. The following year, Goldberg took it upon herself to contact Roddenberry directly. (''[[Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book]]'') According to Roddenberry, Goldberg called him up and said, "''I am a ''[[Star Trek]]'' fan, I was a ''Star Trek'' fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg, and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show.''" (''[[The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next]]'') According to [[Maurice Hurley]], Roddenberry and Hurley thought this was a joke by Goldberg and asked her if she would really work on ''The Next Generation''; Goldberg replied, "''I am successful now and I can do what I like!''" ("Mission Overview, Year Three &ndash; Whoopi Goldberg", [[TNG Season 2 DVD]] special features)
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Roddenberry had originally intended the ''Enterprise''{{'}}s bartender to be played by "the most beautiful girl in all creation." (''[[Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special]]'') When Whoopi Goldberg asked him for a role in his new ''Star Trek'' show, he gave it to her and rewrote the character in the process. (''[[Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations': The Multicultural Evolution of Star Trek]]'', Heidelberg: Winter, 2004)
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Guinan was named for {{w|Texas Guinan}}, a famed female saloon owner from Texas during the early 20th century. ({{ste|4|1|321}}; "Mission Overview Year Three &ndash; Guinan Returns", [[TNG Season 3 DVD]] special features) Goldberg described Guinan as primarily "''a cross between {{w|Yoda}} and {{w|William F. Buckley}},''" but admitted that she put a lot of her own personality into the character as well. (''[[Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book]]'') She also had a backstory in mind to explain how Guinan knew Picard and how she had come to be aboard the ''Enterprise''. "''In my mind,''" she explained, "''I always believed that Guinan was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great, couple more greats, grandmother of Picard. And the reason she's on the ship is just to see how he's doing. 'Cause, you know, she can go anywhere at any time.''" (''[[50 Years of Star Trek]]'')
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In the first draft story outline of {{e|The Best of Both Worlds}}, only a single reference to Guinan was made, as she was stated to give "a little support" to a research team, consisting of [[Wesley Crusher]], [[Geordi La Forge]], and [[Data]], while they figured out a potential tactical vulnerability in the Borg. {{Mission Log|the-best-of-both-worlds-1st-draft-outline/}} However, she doesn't do that in the final edit of the episode, in which she features in only one scene, where she instead has a chat with Picard.
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Guinan wasn't mentioned at all in the story outline for {{e|Family}} (while that episode had the [[working title]] "Crossroads"), despite having one scene in that installment, too. {{Mission Log|crossroads-family/}}
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As evidenced by the first draft script of [[TNG Season 6]] outing {{e|Relics}}, Guinan was originally to have been included in that episode. She would have met [[Montgomery Scott]] and voiced a doubt about him claiming to have been drinking Scotch before she had been born. She eventually served Scott a green drink, the contents of which she was uncertain about. In the final draft of the script, though, Guinan's role in the episode was rewritten with [[Ten Forward personnel#Young Ten Forward waiter|a waiter]] and [[Data]] instead, the final version of the scene containing only a reference to Guinan. {{st-minutiae|resources/scripts/230.txt}}
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Regarding Guinan's taste for large hats, the first time she is seen without a hat is on the fencing court in {{e|I Borg}}; the first time she is seen without headgear of any kind is in {{film|7}}. (When in Human costume, or disguise, in {{e|Clues}} or {{e|Time's Arrow}}, she has always accessorized with an era-appropriate hat.)
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In the {{s|DS9}} episode {{e|Rivals}}, the writers, [[Jim Trombetta]] and [[Michael Piller]], intended the character of [[Martus Mazur]] to be a son of Guinan. Guinan herself was to appear in the episode, but Whoopi Goldberg was unavailable. All the references to Guinan were removed and only Martus' status as an El-Aurian was retained. Although that episode was the first to name Guinan's species, she herself was not identified as an El-Aurian until {{film|7}}. Rumors of her appearing on ''Deep Space Nine'' began circulating as early as the opening of [[DS9 Season 1]]. ({{ds9c|?}}; ''[[Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book]]'')
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Commenting on Guinan's absence in {{film|8}}, [[Ronald D. Moore]] said, "''We decided fairly early on that Guinan wouldn't be in the movie because she wasn't part of our storyline and we didn't want to shoehorn the character in.''" {{AOLchat|Ronald D. Moore|ron012|1997}}
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Guinan was temporarily considered for inclusion in [[VOY Season 5]] installments {{e|11:59}} and {{e|Timeless}}. In the latter case, the possibility of her appearing in "Timeless" influenced [[Brannon Braga]] to assign [[LeVar Burton]] as the episode's director early in the writing of the episode. "''I had actually, on behalf of Brannon and the company, approached Whoop to see how she would feel about it,''" Burton recalled. "''They wanted to sort of take the temperature before they dove head first into the script. Whoopi was tickled at the prospect.''" Since the writers found it too difficult to devise a story they felt was good enough to warrant Guinan being in it, the notion of including the character was left by the wayside. (''[[Cinefantastique]]'', Vol. 31, No. 11, p. 51)
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=== Apocrypha ===
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Guinan makes brief contact with three stranded Iramahl in [[1892]] in ''[[Elusive Salvation]]''.
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The ''[[Star Trek: Stargazer]]'' novel ''[[Oblivion]]'' depicts Picard's first meeting with Guinan from his perspective, with Guinan currently in a deep state of depression after being torn out of the Nexus, tormented by her 'reunion' with her youngest daughter in the Nexus before her daughter was lost to the Borg. In the course of her encounter with Picard, Guinan is reminded that it is still possible to find joy in this universe, particularly when Picard risks his mission to rescue her.
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In the novel ''[[Vendetta]]'', Guinan is reunited with Delcara, the last survivor of a race decimated by the Borg, who settled with Guinan's people after her own were lost and came to consider Guinan a sister. However, by this point, Delcara has been consumed by her desire for revenge against the Borg, convinced that everything she touches is destroyed, to the point that she retrieves an advanced [[planet killer]] to use it against the Borg. Despite Picard and Guinan's efforts to appeal to who Delcara was before she was consumed by her desire for revenge, Delcara eventually traps herself in a [[temporal causality loop|time loop]] trying to push the planet killer to [[Transwarp]] to reach Borg space.
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In the novel ''[[Engines of Destiny]]'', it is revealed that Guinan was indirectly responsible for Montgomery Scott being on the {{USS|Jenolen}} when it crashed on the [[Dyson sphere]]. In the course of the novel, Scott changes history by going back in time to rescue Kirk from the ''Enterprise''-B, but this inadvertently results in a timeline where Earth has been assimilated by the Borg in the events of {{film|8}}, although El-Auria has been spared. When the ''Enterprise''-D goes back in time as well to try and intercept Scott, they encounter Guinan's alternate self, whose memories of the original timeline &ndash; including her meeting with Picard in San Francisco &ndash; help her recognize that history has been altered, accepting the assistance of the ''Enterprise'' in restoring history.
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In the novel ''[[Greater than the Sum]]'', Guinan returns to the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}} in the wake of a new Borg invasion, officiating at Picard's wedding to Beverly Crusher, but she departs the ship at the conclusion of the novel as she concludes that she can best serve Picard by letting him face his problems without her, rather than relying on each other out of fear.
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In the ''[[Doctor Who]]'' crossover comic ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation - Doctor Who: Assimilation²|Assimilation²]]'', Guinan and the [[tardis:Eleventh Doctor|Eleventh Doctor]] are the only characters able to sense that their two respective universes were forcibly merged. She also assures Picard that the Doctor can be trusted and that they're going to need his help, with Picard saying the Doctor reminds him of Guinan in their similar mysterious natures, which Guinan takes as a complement. Later, Guinan explains to the Doctor Picard's past with the Borg and why he refuses to help them to defeat the [[w:c:tardis:Cyberman|Cybermen]].
   
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In the novel ''[[Indistinguishable from Magic]]'', Guinan joins the crew of the {{USS|Challenger|NCC-71099}} to be there for Geordi La Forge, who is on temporary assignment there from the ''Enterprise''-E. She sensed from her Nexus self that she needed to be there for him, and wound up being instrumental in helping him cope with his opportunity for a relationship with Leah Brahms, and most importantly, solving the mystery behind his mother's disappearance years ago.
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Guinan was played by [[Whoopi Goldberg]], who was first introduced in the episode "[[The Child]]". Goldberg got the role after she expressed interest to the producers, being a fan of the [[Star Trek: The Original Series|original series]] - mostly due to [[Nichelle Nichols]], one of the first regular black women to feature in an [[United States of America|American]] [[television]] series.
 
   
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For the actor, please see Francis Guinan.
"My name is Guinan. I tend bar, and I listen."
– Guinan, 2368 ("Ensign Ro")

Guinan was an enigmatic bartender who ran Ten Forward, the lounge aboard the USS Enterprise-D. She was well known for her wise counsel, which proved invaluable many times. Guinan was an El-Aurian, a race of "listeners" who were scattered by the Borg. Q, however, once suggested that there was far more to her than could be imagined. (TNG: "Booby Trap", "The Measure Of A Man", "Galaxy's Child", "Q Who", "Deja Q"; Star Trek Generations)

Early life

Guinan was born on her homeworld sometime before the late 19th century. In her childhood, she had a Tarcassian razor beast as an imaginary friend. When she was troubled, she'd talk to it. She enjoyed imagining that she was curling up on its warm belly. As she grew older, she found that she talked to it less and less, but the idea of the creature always remained with her. (TNG: "Imaginary Friend")

As a mature adult, Guinan hid from her father on Earth (prior to the planet's first official contact with an alien race), posing as a celebrated and obviously wealthy socialite in San Francisco, calling herself "Madame" Guinan. While there, she entertained such luminaries as Samuel Clemens. (TNG: "Time's Arrow")

Guinan and Data on Earth in 1893

In 1893, Guinan encountered Data, from the 24th century, who claimed they were friends from the Enterprise. Guinan had no knowledge of this and when she expressed her absence of awareness about the situation, it allowed Data to quickly realize that he was dealing with the Guinan of this era rather than from his own time. She learned about his predicament and agreed to help in any way she could in stopping the Devidians and returning Data to the 24th century. She also met Jean-Luc Picard, William T. Riker, Geordi La Forge, Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher from Data's time. When Data prevented the Devidians from attacking them, he was decapitated but the rest of his body, along with Samuel Clemens and the Enterprise crew (sans Picard), traveled back to the 24th century. Picard stayed behind to make sure Guinan was all right. When Clemens helped Picard return, he saw to Guinan's wounds. (TNG: "Time's Arrow", "Time's Arrow, Part II")

Guinan had "some dealings" with Q sometime during the 22nd century and also other members of the Q Continuum, some of whom she said "were almost respectable." Her relationship with Q was evidently hostile. Centuries later, Q described Guinan as an "imp" and stated, "Where she goes, trouble always follows." Around the 22nd century, Guinan, according to Q, went by another name. (TNG: "Q Who")

Guinan assisted by Pavel Chekov in 2293 after being pulled from the Nexus

Following the destruction of her homeworld by the Borg in the 23rd century, Guinan became a refugee aboard the SS Lakul in 2293. She, along with the rest of her ship, subsequently became caught in the Nexus, an experience she described as "being inside joy." She was rescued, among 46 others, shortly before the destruction of the ship by the USS Enterprise-B and assisted by Pavel Chekov. Along with most of the other El-Aurian refugees, Guinan was traumatized upon being pulled out of the Nexus. In 2371, Captain Picard conferred with the "echo" of Guinan who remained in the timeless Nexus and, with her help, was eventually able to leave the Nexus. (Star Trek Generations)

In the novel Engines of Destiny, a confrontation between an alternate Guinan and the Guardian of Forever reveals that the version of Guinan in the Nexus is the source of her constant "feelings", as this version of herself existed outside all time, and could thus reach out to her other selves and provide valuable insight into possible actions that must be taken, although even she was ignorant of what the definitive outcome would be in the end.

Aboard the USS Enterprise-D

Guinan in 2365

Guinan came aboard the Enterprise-D in 2365, at Captain Picard's personal request. Guinan and Picard shared a long-time relationship, which, according to Guinan, went "beyond friendship and beyond family." (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II") At that time, there were rumors among the Enterprise-D crew that she had met Picard when he was the commanding officer of the USS Stargazer. However, to protect the timeline, she lied by saying she only knew Picard after boarding the Enterprise. (TNG: "The Child")

The circumstances of Guinan's first meeting with Picard are detailed in the Star Trek: Stargazer novel Oblivion, which includes the two of them confronting Enabran Tain, father of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character Elim Garak.

In Ten Forward, Guinan kept a selection of alcoholic beverages for special occasions. These drinks included a bottle of Aldebaran whiskey given to her by Captain Picard. (TNG: "Relics")

Her quarters aboard the Enterprise-D were located on Deck 8, Room 3150. She also had an office located on Deck 10, adjacent to Ten Forward. (TNG: "Q Who")

As lounge host, Guinan made herself available to anyone in need, especially to the senior staff, as an informal counselor.

In mid-2366, Lieutenant Commander Data believed spending time in Ten Forward, observing Human social interaction, would be beneficial for his android "offspring" called Lal. With Guinan's guidance, Lal worked as a waitress for a brief period. (TNG: "The Offspring")

Reverted to age twelve

No stranger to the phaser range, Guinan once beat Worf on Level 14, firing left-handed. (TNG: "Redemption")

Guinan defuses a tense situation in Ten Forward with the aid of a rifle

When, in 2367, REM sleep-deprived crewmembers began to draft conspiracy theories about the Enterprise being unable to escape a Tyken's Rift, Guinan was able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam rifle she had acquired on Magus III. (TNG: "Night Terrors")

In early 2369, Guinan, together with Captain Picard, Ro Laren, and Keiko O'Brien, was affected by an anomaly that caused them to revert to the bodies of twelve-year-olds due to the effects of a molecular reversion field. While Captain Picard temporarily stepped down from command, a group of Ferengi commandeered the Enterprise. Believing Guinan to be a child, they confined her to a classroom aboard the ship. She, Picard, Ro Laren, and Keiko O'Brien, however, with the help of Alexander Rozhenko, were able to devise a plan to retake the Enterprise from the Ferengi. (TNG: "Rascals")

Guinan sitting at Picard's desk in his ready room

Guinan in 2371

In 2371, Guinan cautioned Captain Picard that Dr. Tolian Soran was seeking to return to the Nexus, which Guinan described as a doorway to a paradisiacal place. She also warned Picard that anyone who entered the Nexus would never want to leave it and that, should someone be forcefully taken away from the Nexus, their desire to return to it might make them extremely dangerous. When Picard was trapped in the Nexus shortly thereafter, an "echo" of Guinan that had remained there after the rest of her left the Nexus reminded him to focus on his mission: to prevent Soran from destroying the Veridian sun. With the help of Captain Kirk, Picard succeeded in stopping Soran and was able to escape from the Nexus. Guinan, meanwhile, was among many individuals who survived an emergency crash landing of the Enterprise. (Star Trek Generations)

As part of charity event Comic Relief, which was co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg as well as other comedians, in 1994 the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation performed a pre-filmed scene in costume where promotional material from the event was apparently found in an archeological dig on Earth. [1] After describing the charity and its mission, Data made a comment that one of the hosts was a "Whoo-Pi Goldberg" and brought up a picture of her on the viewscreen. When Dr. Crusher commented that this "Whoo-Pi" looked an awful lot like the long-lived Guinan, the crew pondered this for a moment before dismissing it with a collective, "Nah."

After the USS Enterprise-D

After the destruction of the Enterprise-D, she attended the wedding ceremony of Deanna Troi and William Riker in 2379. (Star Trek Nemesis)

Dealings with Q

Guinan's first meeting with Q aboard the Enterprise-D, in 2365

Guinan met Q again aboard the Enterprise in 2365, at which time Q was surprised to see her; he also questioned whether the name given was her current alias, indicating that she had used another name upon a previous encounter. He advised Picard to get Guinan off the ship, and added he would be more than pleased to "expedite her departure." In response, Guinan raised her hands, implying she had a special ability to defend herself from Q's powers. However, Guinan did not take any further action against Q as, before she could do so, he returned his attention to Picard with a dismissive taunt aimed at Guinan: "Enough about this creature; she's diverting us from the purpose of my being here."

Although Q then remarked that Humanity was not ready for what awaited it, Guinan defended Humans, arguing that they "learn to adapt." As Q continued making his proposals to Picard, Guinan let off a snort of disgust, then protested Q's throwing the Enterprise into the verges of space.

After the encounter, Guinan talked to Picard about how Q had set a series of events in motion. Their contact with the Borg, she claimed, had come long before it should have. When they were ready, it might have been possible to establish a relationship with the Borg, but for then Humanity was only raw material to them. In addition, since the Borg were aware of their existence, they would be coming. Picard responded that Q might have done the right thing for the wrong reasons, as the Federation needed a good kick in its complacency to get it ready for what was ahead. (TNG: "Q Who")

A powerless Q meets Guinan; not a moment he had been looking forward to

Guinan's second encounter with Q while on board the Enterprise came a year later, in 2366. Q was, at the time, stripped of his powers by the Continuum and requested asylum aboard the Enterprise, a request Picard reluctantly granted. When Data informed her that the captain and much of the crew were not yet convinced Q was truly Human, Guinan casually picked up a fork from beside a patron's plate on the bar and stabbed Q's hand. When the latter cried out in agony, Guinan commented, "Seems Human enough to me." She told Q he was a pitiful excuse for a Human and the only way he was going to survive would be by the charity of others. Q's powers were later restored by the other members of the Continuum. (TNG: "Deja Q")

Personal interests

Fencing

Picard and Guinan, shortly after Picard won their fencing match

In late 2368, Guinan was coached by Picard in fencing. In a series of matches later in November of that year, she lost the first match that day, saying she didn't think she liked the sport. Picard replied she liked it well enough two weeks prior, when she scored two touches on him.

They then took a moment to relax and soon found themselves talking about Hugh, the Borg drone Picard had allowed to be taken on board. To Guinan's question whether taking Hugh on board was wise, Picard replied it was an errand of mercy, and that Dr. Crusher decided for humanitarian reasons to care for him.

They rose again for their second match in which they advanced and retreated a few times, parrying. Then Guinan lunged, stumbled and grabbed at her leg – apparently she had pulled a muscle. Picard lowered his foil and started toward her in concern. Suddenly Guinan was upon him, swiftly knocking the foil from his hand and scoring a touch upon his chest. "You felt sorry for me," she said. "Look what it got you." She did, however, after speaking with Hugh herself, change her opinion on the matter. (TNG: "I Borg")

Personal relationships

Family

Guinan was born sometime prior to the 19th century, Earth calendar. Her father was seven hundred years old as of the 24th century. (TNG: "Rascals") In her life, Guinan married twenty-three times and had "a lot" of children. (Star Trek Nemesis; TNG: "Evolution") She had a good relationship with her maternal uncle Terkim, who she described as "sort of the family misfit." (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits") However, Guinan once had some relatively unusual (for her species) difficulty with relating to one of her sons, as he wouldn't listen to anyone. After several hundred years, Guinan managed to persuade him to open up to her, convincing him to do so just by listening to him, though she didn't initially realize she was thereby shaping him. (TNG: "Evolution")

Friendships

Riker "pretends" to be flirting with Guinan

Immediately upon coming aboard the Enterprise, Guinan was able to draw the attention of many people because of the mysteries surrounding her age and origin. Except for Captain Picard, none of the Enterprise crewmembers had met her, but she soon developed a friendly relationship with many members of its senior staff. (TNG: "The Child", "Time's Arrow")

In 2365, Guinan and Riker attempted to counsel Wesley Crusher regarding his relationship with Salia. As Riker pretended to flirt with Guinan, they proved their own advice inadvisable. (TNG: "The Dauphin")

Jean-Luc Picard

Guinan and Jean-Luc Picard shared a long-term relationship, which, according to her, went "beyond friendship and beyond family". (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II") Picard also made a similar confession, stating that their relationship was something that went "far beyond friendship". (TNG: "Time's Arrow, Part II") She also once said to Geordi La Forge that she was attracted to bald men, because a bald man once took care of her in a time of need. (TNG: "Booby Trap") In return, Picard once remarked that Guinan was "very selective about whom she calls a friend". (TNG: "Ensign Ro")

Responding to a question as to the nature of Guinan's friendship with Picard, Gene Roddenberry said: "I will say that friendship is a much broader thing than most people understand." (Star Trek: The Official Fan Club Magazine issue 79, p. 5)

Picard and Guinan talk about Data's rights as a sentient being. "...the past always resonates in the present, and decisions made today reach into the future."

Guinan often advised Picard in times of dilemma. In 2365, Data's rights as an individual were challenged when cybernetics expert Commander Bruce Maddox wanted to disassemble the android for study. Picard challenged Maddox's assessment before the local Judge Advocate General. As the hearing neared its end, Picard admitted to Guinan he feared he was losing the case. Guinan asked what Maddox would gain if he should be successful in disassembling and reassembling Data. Picard responded that he would possess the ability to build many more androids. He remembered Guinan's words that the decisions we make today have implications for the future, and so Picard reasoned that if it were decided that Data was indeed Starfleet property, all future androids would be also. Guinan noted there was an ancient word for that – slavery. Eventually, Picard won Data's case by pointing out that an entire race of Datas would be used as slaves – strictly against Federation principles. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man")

Guinan also participated in several recreational activities with Picard. In 2367, she featured as cousin Gloria in one of Picard's Dixon Hill holonovels. She, however, was not much impressed with the program. (TNG: "Clues")

Besides joining Picard on the holodeck, Guinan occasionally shared a game of chess with him, and Picard also coached her in fencing in 2368, begun when she considered exercise to strengthen her arm. Shortly prior to their match, the Enterprise had taken on board a Borg drone, at that point named Hugh. Although Guinan initially questioned Picard's decision in that matter, she was convinced by La Forge to speak with the former drone. She could not help but acknowledge that this Borg was developing a personality, becoming an individual. Upon her conversation with Hugh, she convinced Picard to speak with him as well. (TNG: "I Borg")

Beverly Crusher

Beverly and Guinan talk about Wesley

In 2366 Beverly Crusher, seeing her son socialize with other teenagers, asked Guinan whether she had any children. Guinan replied she had a lot, and Crusher inquired whether she had ever had trouble with any of them. Guinan said she had with one who went through a phase when "he wouldn't listen to anybody" – something unusual "in a species of listeners." Asked how he had grown out of it, Guinan explained a mother shapes her child in ways she doesn't even realize, sometimes just by listening. (TNG: "Evolution")

When Crusher was relieved of duty in 2369, Guinan visited her in her quarters, claiming she sought treatment for her tennis elbow, which she claimed was caused by an unsuccessful tennis match with Geordi La Forge. As Crusher began to talk about her recent actions, she explained she had illegally performed an autopsy on the Ferengi scientist Reyga, who had appeared to have committed suicide. As Crusher later found out, the Takaran scientist Jo'Bril had in fact murdered Reyga in order to discredit the Ferengi. Upon Guinan's encouragement, Crusher eventually discovered Jo'Bril's plan, prevented him from stealing Reyga's research data, and proved the technology was valid. She was exonerated and returned to duty shortly following the incident. In order to thank Guinan for her encouragement, Crusher presented her with a state-of-the-art tennis racket, upon which Guinan admitted she had never played tennis. (TNG: "Suspicions")

Wesley Crusher

In early 2365, Wesley Crusher was reluctantly preparing to leave the Enterprise and join his mother, who had departed to become head of Starfleet Medical. When he was staring out the windows of Ten Forward, Guinan approached him, asking him whether he wanted anything to drink. As they talked, Guinan asked him three more times during their conversation, and when Wesley pointed that out, she replied it was what she was expected to do, asking if he didn't always do what was expected of him. He tried to reply, because sometimes you have to consider others more than yourself. Guinan responded that the question was to know when to consider yourself more than others and to give yourself permission to be selfish. Their conversation made Wesley decide to stay on board the Enterprise after all. (TNG: "The Child")

Geordi La Forge

La Forge asks Guinan for advice after his date with Christy Henshaw went troubled. "Always room at the bar for another broken heart."

Guinan would often advise, or rather cheer up, Geordi La Forge after one of his dates went poorly. Thus, in early 2366, La Forge sought her advice after his date, Christy Henshaw, admitted she was not in love with him. When La Forge asked about what Guinan sought in a man, she replied she was attracted to bald men, because long ago one saved her life (Picard had "saved" the 19th century Guinan by remaining with her as she was injured by a time portal, as help came by). La Forge went on explaining that he never knew what to say around women. When Guinan remarked that he did not appear uncomfortable at the time, La Forge replied that he wasn't "trying" when he was speaking with her. Guinan replied: "That's my point", making him realize he was only uncomfortable when trying to chat up a girl. A few days later, La Forge found himself rather smitten with a holographic recreation of Dr. Leah Brahms. (TNG: "Booby Trap") A little over a year later, he got the chance to meet the real Dr. Brahms and found her much less charming than her holographic version. At the time, he again sought Guinan's advice. (TNG: "Galaxy's Child")

Worf

With ease, Guinan defeats Worf on the phaser range

In mid-2366 Guinan first approached Worf, introducing him to the Terran beverage of prune juice. Although the drink was generally unpopular among Humans, Worf called it "a warrior's drink". As Guinan sat down at his table, she asked Worf why he always sat alone. Worf looked at her with vague irritation as the conversation was venturing into areas he preferred to avoid. Worf replied he would require a Klingon woman for companionship as Human females were too fragile. Despite Guinan's claim that she knew one or two women on board who might find him a bit tame, Worf laughed and refuted this as "impossible". Guinan teasingly called him a coward for not wanting to meet them, upon which Worf replied he was merely concerned for the safety of his crewmates. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

When the Klingon Civil War erupted in 2367, Worf was torn between remaining in Starfleet service and joining Gowron against the House of Duras. While practicing their skills in the phaser range, Guinan asked Worf how his son, Alexander, was doing. Worf replied he was having difficulties adjusting to life on Earth, to which Guinan responded that the time would come when Alexander would find out what it really meant to be Klingon, just as the time had now come for Worf. Worf would later request a leave of absence, and with the help of Captain Picard would reveal Romulan assistance to the Duras cause in the civil war. (TNG: "Redemption")

Ro Laren

Guinan talks with Ensign Ro Laren

When the Bajoran Ensign Ro Laren came aboard the Enterprise in 2368, she immediately drew everyone's attention. After discussing Ro with La Forge, Guinan sat next to Ensign Ro in Ten Forward. Although Ro initially claimed she did not want any company, Guinan remarked that she would have stayed in her quarters if that were true. As they talked, Ro commented that Guinan was not like any bartender she had ever met, to which Guinan responded that Laren was unlike any Starfleet officer she had ever met and that this might be the start of an interesting relationship. Ro objected mildly to this, saying she never stayed anywhere long enough to make friends. Guinan said that she had just made one.

When Ro was later confined to her quarters, Guinan visited her there. Ro decided to confide in Guinan after her new friend told her that people like themselves, who had lost their homes, sometimes felt like they had no control over their own lives. Ro confessed she was in great trouble. Guinan advised that she herself had been in great trouble once and that she would still have been had she not trusted one man. This conversation was instrumental in Ro's decision to reveal to Captain Picard that Admiral Kennelly had made a pact with the Cardassians in order to eliminate Bajoran "terrorists". (TNG: "Ensign Ro")

When Guinan, Ro, Picard, and Keiko O'Brien were transformed into children, Guinan took the opportunity to enjoy her 'second childhood'. Ro, however, found the idea of 'enjoying' their current situation idiotic and pointless, particularly since Ro herself had not had much of a first childhood. Guinan took her feelings as a challenge, and during the time that followed tried to provoke Ro into enjoying their situation, such as jumping on the bed. Later, after they aided in defeating a group of Ferengi who had taken over the ship, La Forge and Data managed to return everyone to their proper age. Ro surprisingly now found herself reluctant to return to adulthood. When she didn't show up for treatment, Guinan went in search of her, finding her in her quarters drawing pictures of her mother with crayons. Guinan reminded Ro that she would need to 'grow up' again, but also said there was no rush, as she joined Ro in drawing. (TNG: "Rascals")

Ro remained on board the Enterprise and continued her friendship with Guinan until 2370, when she decided to join a Maquis faction. (TNG: "Preemptive Strike")

Alternate timelines

Guinan in the alternate timeline

In an alternate version of 2366 that featured the Federation fighting a losing war against the Klingons, Guinan was still working in Ten Forward, though it was altered to befit the military nature of the timeline. She was the only one aboard who noticed the changes, which had followed upon the USS Enterprise-C arriving from the year 2344. Data speculated that Guinan's species, El-Aurians, could perceive alternate timelines. Guinan advised Captain Picard to send the Enterprise-C back to its own time in order to restore the timeline, an idea Picard tried with success. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise") Guinan remained aware of the now-reverted changes in the restored timeline. (TNG: "Redemption II")

Since Guinan's incident with the Nexus, where time has no meaning, she simultaneously exists there as well as in the prime universe although, as her Nexus self said, she can never enter the prime universe as there is already a version of her present there.
Guinan also appears briefly in the crossover comic "Star Trek: The Next Generation - Doctor Who: Assimilation²", in which she quickly becomes aware of the alterations made to the universe's past by the Cybermen. She also recognizes the Doctor as a Time Lord, reflecting that she now has a feeling that they have known each other for a while, but also acknowledges that they shouldn't know each other.

Hologram

The hologram of Guinan

As part of Reginald Barclay's holo-addiction, he created a recreation of the USS Enterprise-D including a holographic duplicate of Guinan. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

Chronology

Guinan, pictured in the 1893 San Francisco Register on Earth

1893
Guinan hides from her father on Earth.
22nd century
Guinan has dealings with Q.
2293
Guinan is rescued by the USS Enterprise-B after her transport ship, the Lakul, is caught in the Nexus ribbon.
2365
Guinan comes aboard the Enterprise-D at Captain Picard's personal request.
2367
When REM sleep-deprived crewmembers begin to draft conspiracy theories about the Enterprise's inability to escape the Tyken's Rift, Guinan is able to defuse the situation, thanks to an energy-beam rifle she had acquired on Magus III.
2368
Guinan convinces the former Borg drone Hugh that, despite the Collective's claim, resistance is not futile, and that her own survival is the living proof of that.
2369
Guinan, together with Captain Picard, Ro Laren and Keiko O'Brien, is reverted to the body of a twelve-year-old due to the effects of a molecular reversion field.
2371
Guinan is among those who survived the crash of the Enterprise-D.
2379
Guinan is present at the wedding of William Riker and Deanna Troi.

Appendices

Appearances

Background information

Costume continuity polaroids of Guinan's costumes

A sketch of Guinan by Durinda Rice Wood

Guinan was played by Whoopi Goldberg, who was first introduced in the episode "The Child".

According to the script for "The Child", Guinan was pronounced "GUY-nun." [2]

Whoopi Goldberg got the role of Guinan after she expressed interest to the producers, being a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series – mostly due to Nichelle Nichols, one of the first black women to be regularly featured in an American television series. (Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book, Trek: The Unauthorized Behind-The-Scenes Story of The Next Generation) When Goldberg learned that her friend LeVar Burton had been cast in a role on the new Star Trek series, she asked him to tell Gene Roddenberry that she wanted to be on the show too, but the producers thought she was joking and did not take the request seriously. The following year, Goldberg took it upon herself to contact Roddenberry directly. (Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book) According to Roddenberry, Goldberg called him up and said, "I am a Star Trek fan, I was a Star Trek fan long before I was ever Whoopi Goldberg, and I'm wondering if there's some part I can play in your show." (The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation To The Next) According to Maurice Hurley, Roddenberry and Hurley thought this was a joke by Goldberg and asked her if she would really work on The Next Generation; Goldberg replied, "I am successful now and I can do what I like!" ("Mission Overview, Year Three – Whoopi Goldberg", TNG Season 2 DVD special features)

Roddenberry had originally intended the Enterprise's bartender to be played by "the most beautiful girl in all creation." (Star Trek 25th Anniversary Special) When Whoopi Goldberg asked him for a role in his new Star Trek show, he gave it to her and rewrote the character in the process. (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations': The Multicultural Evolution of Star Trek, Heidelberg: Winter, 2004)

Guinan was named for Texas Guinan, a famed female saloon owner from Texas during the early 20th century. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 321); "Mission Overview Year Three – Guinan Returns", TNG Season 3 DVD special features) Goldberg described Guinan as primarily "a cross between Yoda and William F. Buckley," but admitted that she put a lot of her own personality into the character as well. (Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book) She also had a backstory in mind to explain how Guinan knew Picard and how she had come to be aboard the Enterprise. "In my mind," she explained, "I always believed that Guinan was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great, couple more greats, grandmother of Picard. And the reason she's on the ship is just to see how he's doing. 'Cause, you know, she can go anywhere at any time." (50 Years of Star Trek)

In the first draft story outline of "The Best of Both Worlds", only a single reference to Guinan was made, as she was stated to give "a little support" to a research team, consisting of Wesley Crusher, Geordi La Forge, and Data, while they figured out a potential tactical vulnerability in the Borg. [3] However, she doesn't do that in the final edit of the episode, in which she features in only one scene, where she instead has a chat with Picard.

Guinan wasn't mentioned at all in the story outline for "Family" (while that episode had the working title "Crossroads"), despite having one scene in that installment, too. [4]

As evidenced by the first draft script of TNG Season 6 outing "Relics", Guinan was originally to have been included in that episode. She would have met Montgomery Scott and voiced a doubt about him claiming to have been drinking Scotch before she had been born. She eventually served Scott a green drink, the contents of which she was uncertain about. In the final draft of the script, though, Guinan's role in the episode was rewritten with a waiter and Data instead, the final version of the scene containing only a reference to Guinan. [5]

Regarding Guinan's taste for large hats, the first time she is seen without a hat is on the fencing court in "I Borg"; the first time she is seen without headgear of any kind is in Star Trek Generations. (When in Human costume, or disguise, in "Clues" or "Time's Arrow", she has always accessorized with an era-appropriate hat.)

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rivals", the writers, Jim Trombetta and Michael Piller, intended the character of Martus Mazur to be a son of Guinan. Guinan herself was to appear in the episode, but Whoopi Goldberg was unavailable. All the references to Guinan were removed and only Martus' status as an El-Aurian was retained. Although that episode was the first to name Guinan's species, she herself was not identified as an El-Aurian until Star Trek Generations. Rumors of her appearing on Deep Space Nine began circulating as early as the opening of DS9 Season 1. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion (p. ?); Trek: The Next Generation Crew Book)

Commenting on Guinan's absence in Star Trek: First Contact, Ronald D. Moore said, "We decided fairly early on that Guinan wouldn't be in the movie because she wasn't part of our storyline and we didn't want to shoehorn the character in." (AOL chat, 1997)

Guinan was temporarily considered for inclusion in VOY Season 5 installments "11:59" and "Timeless". In the latter case, the possibility of her appearing in "Timeless" influenced Brannon Braga to assign LeVar Burton as the episode's director early in the writing of the episode. "I had actually, on behalf of Brannon and the company, approached Whoop to see how she would feel about it," Burton recalled. "They wanted to sort of take the temperature before they dove head first into the script. Whoopi was tickled at the prospect." Since the writers found it too difficult to devise a story they felt was good enough to warrant Guinan being in it, the notion of including the character was left by the wayside. (Cinefantastique, Vol. 31, No. 11, p. 51)

Apocrypha

Guinan makes brief contact with three stranded Iramahl in 1892 in Elusive Salvation.

The Star Trek: Stargazer novel Oblivion depicts Picard's first meeting with Guinan from his perspective, with Guinan currently in a deep state of depression after being torn out of the Nexus, tormented by her 'reunion' with her youngest daughter in the Nexus before her daughter was lost to the Borg. In the course of her encounter with Picard, Guinan is reminded that it is still possible to find joy in this universe, particularly when Picard risks his mission to rescue her.

In the novel Vendetta, Guinan is reunited with Delcara, the last survivor of a race decimated by the Borg, who settled with Guinan's people after her own were lost and came to consider Guinan a sister. However, by this point, Delcara has been consumed by her desire for revenge against the Borg, convinced that everything she touches is destroyed, to the point that she retrieves an advanced planet killer to use it against the Borg. Despite Picard and Guinan's efforts to appeal to who Delcara was before she was consumed by her desire for revenge, Delcara eventually traps herself in a time loop trying to push the planet killer to Transwarp to reach Borg space.

In the novel Engines of Destiny, it is revealed that Guinan was indirectly responsible for Montgomery Scott being on the USS Jenolen when it crashed on the Dyson sphere. In the course of the novel, Scott changes history by going back in time to rescue Kirk from the Enterprise-B, but this inadvertently results in a timeline where Earth has been assimilated by the Borg in the events of Star Trek: First Contact, although El-Auria has been spared. When the Enterprise-D goes back in time as well to try and intercept Scott, they encounter Guinan's alternate self, whose memories of the original timeline – including her meeting with Picard in San Francisco – help her recognize that history has been altered, accepting the assistance of the Enterprise in restoring history.

In the novel Greater than the Sum, Guinan returns to the USS Enterprise-E in the wake of a new Borg invasion, officiating at Picard's wedding to Beverly Crusher, but she departs the ship at the conclusion of the novel as she concludes that she can best serve Picard by letting him face his problems without her, rather than relying on each other out of fear.

In the Doctor Who crossover comic Assimilation², Guinan and the Eleventh Doctor are the only characters able to sense that their two respective universes were forcibly merged. She also assures Picard that the Doctor can be trusted and that they're going to need his help, with Picard saying the Doctor reminds him of Guinan in their similar mysterious natures, which Guinan takes as a complement. Later, Guinan explains to the Doctor Picard's past with the Borg and why he refuses to help them to defeat the Cybermen.

In the novel Indistinguishable from Magic, Guinan joins the crew of the USS Challenger to be there for Geordi La Forge, who is on temporary assignment there from the Enterprise-E. She sensed from her Nexus self that she needed to be there for him, and wound up being instrumental in helping him cope with his opportunity for a relationship with Leah Brahms, and most importantly, solving the mystery behind his mother's disappearance years ago.

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