One of the primary antagonists in the Star Trek franchise, the Borg represent an enemy of the Federation unlike anything it's members have ever encountered. Operating as a Collective, the Borg forcibly assimilate life forms it feels will further its vision of perfection, combining organic material with cybernetic implants to become the most efficient form of itself. Once a humanoid or alien is assimilated, it ceases to have any individuality of its own, its former memories are suppressed, and it becomes a drone of the hive-mind with one unanimous conscience.
First introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Borg proved to be a cunning and diabolical adversary, but as fearsome as it was, it wasn't without hilarity. Drones spoke in a robotic monotone, held their arms like a Barbie or Ken doll, and traveled the galaxy in giant Rubix Cubes. Here are ten hilarious memes to celebrate Borg efficiency, or lack thereof.
10 BORGS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
As part of a hive-mind, any and all aspects of individuality are expelled from a being once they are assimilated into the Borg Collective. An individuals' attributes that make them unique are only useful insofar as they further the aims of the Collective, not themselves.
This means if a drone is ever separated from the Collective, they won't have much of a personality, and will need to undergo careful re-integration into society. When Seven of Nine was decommissioned as a Borg drone in Star Trek: Voyager, she was known for her dour sense of humor and inability to enjoy herself (hence the Borg reputation for not being any fun). Luckily she got the hang of things...and cake.
9 SMORGAS OF BORG
Borg drones all have a specific designation, assigned to them at the point of assimilation. Sometimes it sounds like a proper name ("Locutus of Borg") and sometimes it denotes their position relative to other Borg drones in their unit (Seven of Nine, the seventh drone of a nine drone unit). If the Swedish Chef from The Muppets was assimilated, he would without a doubt be named after his favorite word.
It's notoriously hard to understand what he's saying most of the time, but "Smorgasbord" is definitely a word that he uses with zest. And doesn't it sound like he says "borg" a bunch of times amidst his "herbs" and "derbs"? Resistance is herdy flerpty floopin'.
8 STAR TREK VS STAR WARS
Among science fiction fans there's been a decades-old rivalry that on the surface makes little sense to maintain; Star Trek versus Star Wars. Fans have been feuding over the supremacy of each franchise since the '70s, when A New Hope unseated Star Trek as the most beloved science fiction odyssey. Major differences in tone, content, and narrative style aside, quite simply one has strong roots in episodic television and the other is primarily a film series.
Star Trek is based in our own universe and based on our own future as we would like it to be, whereas Star Wars chronicles a completely fictitious galaxy unrelated to our own. However both deal with the blending of humans and various alien species, the interactions of which result in many melodramatic conflicts.
7 PARTY POOPERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Every time the Borg appear in the Star Trek franchise, it's not a good sign. Not only will they threaten to assimilate any life form they come in contact with, but whatever storyline was happening will be put on hold to deal with them. They're responsible for many a two-parter, bearing drama and theatrics along with violence and edge factor.
Borg episodes will have little humor except the unintentional kind when they walk around appearing visibly constipated. There's the Enterprise or Voyager merrily zooming along at a brisk Warp 3, casually exploring space, when all of a sudden a Borg Cube appears. Set phasers to party pooper.
6 THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
The Star Trek franchise represents the sort of diplomatic and Utopian future that we as humans strive to achieve. Where issues of socioeconomic strife, race, gender, religion and politics are all put aside in favor of working together to further space exploration. Klingons work alongside humans, who work alongside artificial life forms, everyone hoping to advance their civilizations through cooperation.
In the event of a catastrophe on a Federation colony, the Federation wouldn't send "thoughts and prayers", a common Earth colloquialism, it would send Starfleet's finest to save the day. That is, if there wasn't some bureaucratic reason not to.
5 THE CORG COLLECTIVE
Hundreds of memes already exist devoted to the cuteness of Corgies, a beloved breed of dog known for their sassy way of walking and amusing high energy antics. Based on their intelligence and appearance, they seem like a segment of the canine species the Borg would assimilate.
Their little legs might prove an issue, considering the Borg strive for perfection with the beings they force into the Collective (and are mostly humanoid in appearance). However, Corgies might just make the best secret weapon in the Borg arsenal. Humans would actively WANT to be assimilated if they were promised Corgies.
4 PREPARE TO BE ASS-LAMINATED
No one knows where the Borg came from - their origin is one of the many mysteries in the Star Trek franchise. They rank up there with members of the Dominion, Kardassians, and Romulans as some of the most dangerous villains members of Starfleet have ever faced. Their entire reason for existing is to forcefully assimilate other life forms into their matrix, creating a Collective of perfect beings, partially organic, but mostly cybernetic.
Would it be possible to have a dyslexic Borg? We're pretty sure if a human that was assimilated had dyslexia, that's one of those "undesirable" traits that the Borg would engineer out of them. Otherwise, you'd get some situations where this phrase might be uttered - hilarious to humans, embarrassing to the Borg.
3 RESISTANCE IS CUTE-ILE
Introduced in The Last Jedi, porgs are a recent addition to the Star Wars Universe, becoming known for their adorable stature and annoying mannerisms. They're found on the remote planet of Ahch-To, where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker went into hiding. They're a strange mixture of puffins, pug dogs, and seals, which is why they look both cute and perpetually sad.
When Rey and Chewbacca first encounter porgs, they're a nuisance, constantly hassling Chewie while he tries to repair the Millennium Falcon, and trying to interfere with Rey's Jedi training. They outnumber any other creature on the island where Luke lives, and now that a few of them have snuck off-world, they'll be infesting the galaxy. Resistance is cute-tile.
2 PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE
Data, the android that served aboard the Enterprise-D under Captain Picard, was known for taking things extremely literally. Since he didn't understand human behavior very well (despite being made to look like one), he often made mistakes when trying to interact with his fellow crew members. He had a habit of not being able to grasp when one word was implied for another (double entendres went right over his head).
When a term was unfamiliar to him, he would repeat it to himself, followed by reciting its definition. While that might have been annoying for those around him, without Data continuously accessing his databanks, the crew might have found themselves unable to understand certain alien behavior.
1 ZUCKER OF BERG
There have been dozens of memes circulating the internet comparing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Data, drawing parallels between the android's blank expression and Zuckerberg's often vacant countenance. But an increasingly popular meme involves Zuckerberg mimicking a Borg drone, threatening to assimilate us into the Facebook Collective.
While it's true, social media has "assimilated" millions of people over the years, it doesn't force us to abandon our individuality. If anything, it helps us celebrate what makes us unique, and gives us the ability to share that with other people around the world.