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With his star turn as the new Star Trek villain John Harrison, Benedict Cumberbatch has many fans of the film and television franchise already ranking him as one of the best Trek villains ever. Here are our some of the top villains from the Star Trek series.

Gorn
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Season 1 of the original 'Star Trek' TV series introduced fans to one of the most memorable villains: the reptilian Gorn. The Enterprise finds itself in a part of space defended by beings known as the Metrons, and the alien ship intercepts the Starship vessel. Captain James T. Kirk is forced into a one-on-one battle with the alien ship's captain, Gorn, with the winner going free and the loser destroyed. The unforgettable hand-to-hand combat ensues.

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Q
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John de Lancie plays the quirky and unforgettable Q, a menace to the Starfleet command. Q became a recurring character in the series, beginning with the pilot episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.' Q later appeared in episodes of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' and 'Star Trek: Voyager.' But it's his encounters with Patrick Stewart's Captain Jean-Luc Picard character that perhaps are the most timeless.

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The Borg
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The Borg collective had one main objective: assimilation. The Collective, composed of cybernetically-enhanced humanoid drones of various species, were recurring villains in the Star Trek series, and main characters Jean-Luc Picard and Seven of Nine escaped the Collective after being assimilated. Generally exhibiting no hierarchy, this idea changed in 'Star Trek: First Contact' when the movie's creators introduced a Borg queen, who played the nemesis to Picard.

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Nero
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Nero was the antagonist in the 2009 film 'Star Trek' film. The time-traveling Romulan is bent on revenge against Spock and Captain Kirk for a failed attempt by the future Spock to contain a supernova that destroyed Nero's family.

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Dr. Tolian Soran
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The more than 300-year-old Dr. Soran was a refugee from the assimilation of his world by the Borg. He was obsessed with the Nexus, a portal for returning his dead family to a virtual life with him. This obsession led to the death of James T. Kirk and the destruction of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the 'Star Trek Generations' film.

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Locutus of Borg
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'Star Trek: The Next Generation' took fans to a world previously unexplored in its third season when one of the most beloved Star Trek characters joined dark forces. That's when Captain Picard was transformed into a Borg drone, and with this transformation came this icy message: "I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. Your life as it has been is over. From this time forward you will service us."

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Kruge
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The commander Kruge, who is at the helm of the Bird-of-Prey, leads a Klingon force that is searching to steal the secrets of a terraforming device in 'Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.' Christopher Lloyd of 'Back To The Future' fame plays the Klingon villain.

General Chang
ALAMY

This Klingon, who made his mark on the Star Trek franchise in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,' was a fan of William Shakespeare who loathed the Federation. He's also famous for being the first bald Klingon introduced in the Trek franchise.

Shinzon

This imperfect clon of Captain Picard was introduced in the 2002 film 'Star Trek: Nemesis.' Shinzon, a creation of the Romulans, was exiled to Remus, where he gains command of a Reman ship. Shinzon's inevitable end comes at the hands of a much-anticipated showdown with Captain Picard.

John Harrison
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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Harrison, the main antagonist in J.J. Abrams' new movie, 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' which is set to release this week. Without revealing much of the film's plot, it's a given Harrison has some beef with the Federation.

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Khan Noonien Singh
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This well-known villain that evokes memories of Captain Kirk yelling out an elongated version of his name first made his appearance in the Trek franchise in the first season of 'Star Trek: The Original Series.' The superhuman exiled from Earth returned later in a more prominent role as the antagonist in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.'

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