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The Talaxians were a warp-capable, technologically-advanced species native to the planet Talax in the Delta Quadrant.


In the 15th century, the Talaxians, at that point calling themselves Talax'ilzay, were visited by the Vaadwaur on Talaxia. By the 24th century, not many records from this era had survived and the existence of the Vaadwaur race itself was forgotten, but a legacy of this contact survived in the "old tongue" dialect of the Talaxian language with the word "vaadwaur", which meant "foolish", "weak-minded", "blind", or "reckless". The word appeared in several folktales collected in Eldaxon's Collected Folklore, published in the year 5012 of the New Calendar. (VOY: "Dragon's Teeth")

Taking into account the fact that Neelix was 1/8 Mylean and assuming a generation-length similar to that of Humans, Talaxians should have been interbreeding with other species at least three generations prior to Neelix's birth, i.e., around the 2260s.

The Talaxian race was embroiled in a war with the Haakonian Order in the 2340s and 2350s. The war ended in 2356 with the deployment of the metreon cascade on the Talaxian moon of Rinax, killing all of its three hundred thousand inhabitants and causing the Talaxian government to surrender unconditionally. Many Talaxians left their homeworld as the Haakonians "didn't treat [them] very well". While some, such as Neelix or Wixiban, became lone freelancers, others departed in larger numbers in entire groups of vessels, traveling for years and covering many light years in their search for a new home. (VOY: "Jetrel", "Fair Trade", "Homestead")

The Borg referred to Talaxians as Species 218. At some point prior to 2374, a small freighter was encountered by the Borg in the Dalmine sector. The crew of thirty-nine was easily assimilated. (VOY: "The Raven")

Due to their support of the USS Voyager, Talaxian emigrants came into conflict with the Kazon-Nistrim. In 2372, a Talaxian convoy took on Voyager crewmember Tom Paris, but was attacked by Nistrim forces, who abducted Paris. (VOY: "Investigations") The following year, a small fleet from the Talaxian colony on Prema II aided Tom Paris in retaking USS Voyager from the Kazon-Nistrim. They lured the captured ship into a nebula where Paris, with his shuttle, disabled critical systems, forcing the Kazon to abandon the ship. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")

Talaxian asteroid colony

The Talaxian asteroid colony in 2378

Also in 2373, a group of at least five hundred Talaxians, who emigrated at some point after the Haakonians had occupied Talax, began their construction of a small colony in an asteroid tens of thousands of light years away from Talax. Five years later, Voyager encountered the Talaxian asteroid colony and found them to be wary of visitors, as the colony was harassed by miners who tried to drive them out. Neelix, the morale officer of Voyager, assisted his fellow Talaxians by putting a plan in motion to place shield generators at key points around the asteroid. This successfully repelled the miners from evicting the Talaxians from the asteroid. Neelix later returned to the colony and assumed a post as Federation ambassador to the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Homestead")

In 2384, Lieutenant Junior Grade Barniss Frex suspected that Dal R'El was a Talaxian at first glance, but while CR-721's biometric scanner was able to identify Dal's species, the information was classified, and Dal was instructed to report to Starfleet Command for any answers. (PRO: "Asylum")

In 3191, Cleveland Booker told Michael Burnham that he was late to Saru and T'Rina's wedding due to an encounter with Talaxian pirates. (DIS: "Life, Itself")


Neelix in bath tub

The Talaxian chest

Physically, the Talaxians were humanoid, with large areas of yellow to reddish-brown spotting on their heads, arms, and bodies. They had pale skin, with a protruding "Y"-shaped bone ridge across the top of their chest area with a plume of ginger hair on the top of their heads. (VOY: "Caretaker")

Ethan Phillips wore a "Y"-shaped prosthetic chest with a ridge over the front of his collar bone for his bath tub scene in "Caretaker". (Delta Quadrant, p. 9)

Males also had ginger whiskers growing on either side of their face; these developed during puberty, much like facial hair in Humans. Tugging on a Talaxian's whiskers could be considered a pleasuring act. (VOY: "Random Thoughts", "Homestead")

Talaxians were generally stocky with a dense musculature. The Borg believed that this fact made Talaxians excellent drones. (VOY: "The Raven")

Talaxian feet

Talaxian feet

Talaxians had spotted feet with long toes; the little toe was enlarged and rivaled the innermost toe in size. (VOY: "Warlord")

Talaxian blood was red. (VOY: "Tattoo", "Alliances", "Rise")

Talaxian vocal cords were incapable of producing basic diatonic tones, which meant they had difficulty singing. However, Neelix sang on occasion, with varying degrees of success. (VOY: "Meld", "Tuvix", "Pathfinder")

Talaxian lung

A graphic of Talaxian lungs and heart

The respiratory system of a Talaxian was directly linked, at various points, to their spinal cords, making them too complicated for Starfleet technology to replicate as of 2371. (VOY: "Phage", "Macrocosm")

Unlike Humans, who had one spine, Talaxians had two spinal columns. (VOY: "Scientific Method")

Talaxians apparently had a higher tolerance for spicy foods than other races, or at least than Vulcans and Ocampans. In 2371, Neelix prepared a modified plomeek soup, a mere sip of which Tuvok found to be unpalatably "piquant." Neelix, on the other hand, was able to drink the soup as a beverage. (VOY: "Faces") In 2372, Tuvix reduced the spiciness of one of Neelix's usual recipes, which Kes found rather pleasing. On the other hand, this may be a reflection of Neelix's individual tastes, and not of Talaxians as a whole. (VOY: "Tuvix")

The Star Trek Cookbook states Talaxians have more taste buds than any other Delta Quadrant species, with sixty-five percent of the Talaxian mouth and throat covered with them.

The Denobulan Barniss Frex misidentified Dal R'El, a member of an unidentified species, as a Talaxian. (PRO: "Asylum")

Society and culture[]

Talaxians appeared to be a whimsical race with a well developed sense of humor. They were usually very friendly, helpful and were willing to offer their services to anyone who required them. (VOY: "Basics, Part II", "Fair Trade", "Investigations", "Homestead")

Regarding Talaxian exuberance, Neelix actor Ethan Phillips noted, "I think it was built into the Talaxian DNA." (Star Trek Magazine issue 179, p. 79)

Guiding Tree statue

Neelix's statue of the Guiding tree

Talaxians also tended to be a spiritual people, known for their enjoyment of stories and the company of others. Talaxian burial ceremonies were elaborate, involving a full week of mourning. Their mythology had a belief in an afterlife known as the Great Forest, in which a great tree stands at the center. It was said that upon death, a Talaxian went to the afterlife and met the souls of his deceased family upon arrival. Many Talaxians kept models of the Guiding Tree and other religious or ceremonial objects. (VOY: "Mortal Coil")

The Talaxians had an old expression: "When the road before you splits in two, take the third path." The meaning of this expression was to offer an individual a third option when the two they were offered are equally unappealing. (VOY: "Author, Author")

The Talaxians observed a religious holiday called Prixin, which was a celebration of family life. (VOY: "Mortal Coil")

Steamed chadre kab

Steamed chadre'kab, a Talaxian delicacy

Talaxians had a great enjoyment of food and meals. It was customary for a Talaxian to tell the story of how a meal was prepared to those eating it. (VOY: "Flashback")

Phillips described Talaxians as vegetarians in an interview for Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 4, p. 17.

Talaxian proper names usually had the letter "x" in them. Exceptions included the Godo Mountain Range and the Pyrithian Gorge. (VOY: "Homestead", "Jetrel")

During the Talaxian-Haakonian War, the Talaxian government's punishment for refusing military service was the death penalty. (VOY: "Jetrel")


Talaxian script

Talaxian script





Excluding the regular appearances of Neelix, Talaxians have appeared in the following Star Trek episodes:

Background information[]

Talaxian head makeup appliance

A Talaxian makeup appliance, later sold off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction for US$480.00, including premium

The Talaxians were created by Make-Up Supervisor Michael Westmore. Neelix was the last character to be designed for Star Trek: Voyager, saved for last because the studio believed that Neelix would be one of the most merchandisable characters in the series due to his looks. The producers wanted an alien who was very likeable, very toy-like, ultimately almost huggable. According to Westmore, the spotted, warthog-like design of the Talaxians was based on a combination of various animals from the Disney film The Lion King. [1](X) As Westmore recalled, "At the time Neelix was designed, The Lion King was playing in theaters and as I watched the animated feature, I became enthralled with the look of the animals, especially the colorings. I thought the description of Neelix that we'd gotten from the producers could be enhanced with the look of a friendly cartoon animal. So we took that aspect of the animals and adapted them to the look of the Talaxians." Westmore purposely designed Neelix to appear rough and rowdy. "I gave him a tough rowdiness by designing a wig made out of goat hair and spiky meerkat eyebrows. Then I gave him a cutesy, non-Trekkie look by rounding out his face so he would be completely non-threatening. In direct contrast to the pointed Klingon, meat-eating, flesh-tearing fangs, I rounded off Neelix's teeth and flattened out the chewing surfaces so he'd look like a leaf-eater. Pointy teeth are scary, rounded teeth are friendly; at least that's how Humans perceive animals. We added the spots to give him an alien look while the wig and muttonchops come from the warthog character." (Star Trek: Aliens & Artifacts, pp. 158-159)

Numerous costumes and prop items as worn by Talaxian characters in Star Trek: Voyager were later sold off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction, [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] among them the female Talaxian bathing suit as seen in "Warlord", [7] a Talaxian computer panel set dressing from "Homestead", [8] a Talaxian Furfly prop from "Timeless", [9] and a fully painted unused Talaxian foam makeup appliance. [10]


Numerous Talaxians appear in the non-canon video game Star Trek Online.

The Talaxians of the mirror universe are featured in the Decipher role-playing game Through a Glass, Darkly. The Haakonian Order attempts to decimate them in the parallel universe, but in a reversal of the primary universe history, the Talaxians are able to completely overcome the Haakonians by stealing metreon cascade technology after Haakon first uses it against them. Although the Talaxian population is decimated and scattered, as they are in the primary history, they use the cascade to vicious effect against the Haakonians, causing that civilization to completely fall.

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