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Known aliases: B-4
Species: Soong-type android
Gender: male
Eye color: yellow
Hair color: brown
Birthplace: Omicron Theta colony
Born: 2335
Affiliation: Federation
Parents: Noonien Soong & Juliana Tainer (creators)
Sibling(s): Lore, B-4
Marital Status: single
Children: Lal
Other relatives: Ira Graves (grandfather)
Occupation: officer
Previous Assignment: second officer/operations manager, USS Enterprise-E
Assignment: commanding officer, USS Enterprise-E
Rank: captain
Insignia: Combadge insignia.
Lapel insignia
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Data is a Soong-type android in the 24th century who served as second officer aboard the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E and eventually captained the latter vessel.



Internal components

Data was constructed by Doctor Noonien Soong and, like the majority of Dr. Soong's works, was modeled after Soong's own likeness and mimicked the human form in impressive detail. Data's design included an ability to grow hair and a pseudo-cardiovascular system which produced a pulse and breathing, but rather than pumping blood, distributed biochemical lubricants and regulated microhydraulic power and temperatures throughout his body. (TNG episode: "Birthright")

Data was composed of 24.6 kilograms of tripolymer composites, 11.8 kilograms of molybdenum-cobalt alloys and 1.3 kilograms of bioplast sheeting (TNG episode: "The Most Toys"). Data was built with an ultimate storage capacity of eight hundred quadrillion bits (approximately 100 petabytes) and a total linear computational speed rated at sixty trillion operations per second. (TNG episode: "The Measure of a Man") Data's brain was outfitted (unlike Lore's type L) with a type R phase discriminating amplifier (TNG episode: "Time's Arrow"). Because his neural net was composed of anti-electrons (positrons), and throughout the nervous system, his body gave off an aura on a wavelength only visible to a humanoid wearing a VISOR. (TNG episode: "Heart of Glory")

Designed with a "fully functional", anatomically correct form, he could perform various techniques. (TNG episode: "The Naked Now") Except mastering the ability to whistle (TNG episode: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Brothers"). Although he is flawlessly capable of this human idiosyncrasy (TNG episode: "The Schizoid Man"). Despite his impressive abilities and specification Data always desired to become more human but often struggled to master various aspects of humanity, such as emotion, humour and contractions. As part of his quest to become more human Data kept a pet cat, Spot.

Data did finally gain emotions when he installed an emotion chip created by Dr. Soong (TNG movie, novelization & comic adaptation: Generations). Upon their first meeting, Commander Riker referred to him with the pet name of Pinoccio. Years later, his comparison to the antiquated children's tale came up again, while Will Riker considered Data's search for the "human condition". (TNG episode: "Encounter at Farpoint" , TNG novel: The Eyes of the Beholders)

Ancestry and Family

The dream of creating an android like Data dates back to as early as the 22nd century when Dr Arik Soong having failed in improving humanity by means of genetic modification decided to begin development of a cybernetic lifeform (ENT episode: "The Augments"). He had fully expected that he would not be the one to see the completion of this task; indeed, it was not until Arik Soong's descendant Noonien Soong, under the tutelage of Ira Graves (Data's "grandfather") and with the assistance of Juliana Tainer (Data's "mother") that a fully formed android was created (TNG episodes: "The Schizoid Man", "Inheritance"). Prior to Data, Dr. Soong created at least two other androids, Data's brothers Lore and B-4, both were considered faulty and were deactivated in favour of the more advanced Data (TNG episode: "Datalore"; TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis).

Data, after the death of his daughter Lal

Despite his quite extensive ancestry Data may consider his crewmates aboard the starships Enterprise D & E more of a family and had a particularly strong bond with his friend Geordi La Forge.

In 2366 Data created a new android, his daughter Lal, in her short life Lal successfully achieved a far greater level of human emotion than Data had yet managed and she remained in his thoughts for many years following her death (TNG episode: "The Offspring").

Data is one of few prominent Star Trek characters to not have an established mirror universe counterpart, although his absence is usually at least partially explained through accounts of the mirror counterpart of Noonien Soong. In the mirror universe of Q & A Lore replaces Data.


Discovery and early life

Data was constructed by Dr. Noonien Soong, and first activated in 2335 at the Omicron Theta colony on planet Kiron III. Unlike his "older brother," Lore, he was not given emotions, and at first was very childlike. In 2336, his early memories were wiped and replaced with the logs and journals of the colonists. Shortly after, the colony was attacked by a Crystalline Entity and Data was left deactivated on a rock shelf. (TNG episode: "Inheritance"; ST video game: Star Trek: Starship Creator; TNG novelization: Encounter at Farpoint). He was discovered on February 2nd, 2338 by the crew of the USS Tripoli and reactivated, becoming familiar with Starfleet. Data entered Starfleet Academy in 2341. (TNG episode: "Datalore")

In 2343, Data completed an engineering honorarium at Utopia Planitia. A year later, he piloted the shuttle Curie from Earth to Utopia Planitia ferrying a number of Starfleet officers and one civilian, the nine year old Kathryn Janeway. After arriving, he took Janeway on a tour of the facility. (VOY novel: Mosaic) Almost thirty years later in the Delta quadrant, Janeway's chief engineer told Pralor Automated Personnel Unit 3947 about Data in 2372. (VOY episode: "Prototype"). The year 2345 saw Data graduate with honors from Starfleet Academy as the first android graduate. (ST roleplay module: All Our Yesterdays: The Time Travel Sourcebook)

After graduating with honors in exobiology and probability mechanics, Data served at various outposts in seclusion. He remained an ensign for three years and twelve years as a lieutenant before being promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2360 (TNG episodes: "Datalore", "Clues"), after a mission with Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the USS Portia. He subsequently served aboard the USS Trieste. (TNG novel: The Buried Age) By 2365 Data had earned the Starfleet Command Decoration for Gallantry, Medal of Honor with clusters, Legion of Honor, and the Star Cross (TNG episode: "The Measure of a Man")

The Enterprise-D

Data in dress uniform at a wedding aboard the Enterprise-D

In 2364 Data joined the crew of the USS Enterprise-D as operations manager, chief science officer and second officer.

On stardate 41590.8 Data was part of an away team to the planet Tigan, after discovering a planetary conspiracy the team were attacked by Tigan security forces. Tasha Yar and Will Riker were taken into captivity whilst Data was taken to Tigan facility where one of the Tigan conspirators, Edic, attempted to reprogram Data's positronic brain to erase his findings and report back to the Enterprise with only a positive experience on the planet. Fortunately Data's mind proved too resilient for this tampering and the attempt was unsuccessful. Data was freed from the Tigans when Edic rebelled against his fellow conspirator Kadec, seeing the error of his ways. The experience left Data contemplative, his memory so perfect, maybe that could be the key to him learning to be Human. (TNG comic: "History Lesson")

At some point during the year 2364, Data also served in the position of navigator aboard the Enterprise NCC-1701-D. (TNG video game: The Transinium Challenge)

In late 2368, Data traveled through a Devidian portal to 1893. An away team from the Enterprise followed him and brought him back to his own time. However, he left his head behind, which stayed in San Francisco for nearly five hundred years before being reconnected to his body shortly after his recovery by his crewmates. (TNG episode: "Time's Arrow")

The Enterprise-E

Lieutenant Commander Data in 2376.

Following the Enterprise-D's destruction, Data alongside the majority of Captain Picard's crew transferred to the new Sovereign class USS Enterprise-E.

In 2376, Data was part of an away team to investigate the Cardassian freighter Kamal, which the Enterprise had discovered in the Badlands. The freighter contained the Orb of Memory which caused the away team, including Data, to suffer flashbacks to people and events in their lives. (DS9 novel: Avatar)

Assignments away from the Enterprise

Given Data's impressive abilities and usefulness to Starfleet it was not uncommon for him to be called to serve on other missions away from the Enterprise from time to time. In 2375 Data joined a duck-blind mission on the planet Ba'ku and was largely responsible for revealing a Starfleet/Son'a plot to remove the Ba'ku from their planet. (TNG movie: Star Trek: Insurrection)

In 2377 Data served as technical advisor during the development of the highly experimental USS Incursion. He joined the Incursion's crew in the shakedown cruise testing the Incursion's holographic systems and subsequently found himself in the midst of the Warden plot to take over the galaxy. During the crisis he was recalled to Earth to help decode warden transmissions and was almost assassinated by Warden agents, fortunately he was rescued by the Incursion's crew and rejoined the vessel to help bring down the Wardens. (TNG video game: Away Team)

In 2378 Data was assigned to the USS Sovereign to assist in the investigation of the Vesuvi Event. It was discovered that a rogue Cardassian faction was responsible. Data received orders from Vice Admiral Lu to track down the device that the Cardassian's were using to destroy star systems. A device was located on Alioth VI, but unfortunately the Sovereign was discovered and attacked by a Cardassian fleet, forcing the crew to leave Data behind on the hostile planet for several months. He was recovered by the crew of the Sovereign and later was able to establish a dialogue with the Kessok after the Sovereign's captain initiated a peaceful first contact. After the conflict in the Maelstrom region was resolved, he returned to the Enterprise. (TNG video game: Bridge Commander)

Turbulent Times

Data in 2379.
In 2378, Data had his emotion chip forcibly removed following an incident at the Rashnar Battle site (TNG novels: A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die)

In 2379, he commanded the Bravo team mission to infiltrate the nadion-pulse cannon firebase located in the Solasook Peninsula on Tezwa. The mission was successful after Data was able to interface with the base computers allowing him to send false signals forcing the crew to abandon the base. It was on this mission that Commander Riker was kidnapped and held captive for one month. During Riker's captivity, Data served as acting first officer of the Enterprise. It was Lieutenant Vale's belief that Data went without any rest for this entire one-month period. (TNG novels: A Time to Kill, A Time to Heal)

After Riker's return, he approached Captain Picard about taking crew of the Enterprise with him to the USS Titan. Picard was fine with this except that Riker was not allowed to take Data as Picard felt that he had earned his chance to become first officer of the Enterprise. (TNG novel: A Time for War, A Time for Peace)

Towards the end of the year, Data sacrificed himself to rescue Captain Picard and destroy the Reman warbird Scimitar thereby preventing the deaths of the Enterprise-E's crew. (TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis)

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.


After an extensive study at the Soong Foundation by a dedicated science team and Geordi La Forge, the group manage to unravel the Data matrix allowing for all of Data's memories, personality and experiences to override B-4. Through this, the android was able to help the Soong Foundation in upgrading the positronic brain and help in the recreation of the emotion chip originally developed by Doctor Soong. Ambassador Spock likened it to his resurrection a hundred and two years previously, though Data likened it more to a return. (ST comic: "Countdown, Number Two"; ST website: The Path to 2409)

By 2387, Data was active in Starfleet and had risen to the rank of Captain. Data assumed command of the Enterprise-E after the retirement of Captain Picard from Starfleet. (ST comics: "Countdown, Number One", "Countdown, Number Two")

In 2390, Jake Sisko came aboard the Enterprise for an interview with Data. Data gave his thoughts regarding future Borg attacks and whether Species 8472 had reached Federation space; the captain refused to discuss the events of his "recovery." It should be noted that in the transcript of the interview, Data uses a verbal contraction, whatever it may mean. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

Alternate realities

Commodore Data.
In an alternate timeline, he ascended to the rank of commodore and was the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise-F's 2,023 crewmembers. (TNG novel: Imzadi)

In an alternate timeline Doctor Soong's dream became a reality and hundreds of Soong-type androids were operational within the Federation. Data fought for android rights and, after winning them, he and a group of others separated from the Federation to establish their own society. They settled on a planet (Iconia) and began to explore the abilities. Following the reactivation of Lore, Data contacted the Enterprise-D and requested Captain Picard's assistance to avert a war. After successful negotiations utilizing Iconian gateway technology as a bargaining chip, the war Data feared was prevented. In the mid-2400s, Data was offered a posting as Ambassador to the Dominion. (TNG short story: "Brave New World")


One of Data's hobbies/interests was "classical chamber music." (TNG video game: Echoes From the Past)


Preceded by:
Jean-Luc Picard
USS Enterprise Commnding Officer
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
William T. Riker
USS Enterprise First Officer
Succeeded by:
William T. Riker
Preceded by:
William T. Riker
USS Enterprise First Officer
Succeeded by:
William T. Riker
Preceded by:
Darya Bat-Levi
USS Enterprise Second Officer
Succeeded by:
Miranda Kadohata
Preceded by:
Darya Bat-Levi
USS Enterprise Operations Manager
Succeeded by:
Miranda Kadohata
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) senior staff
commanding officers: J. PicardW. RikerE. Jellico first officers: W. RikerKurnQ. StoneE. ShelbyDataWorf second officers: DataWorf Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
operations managers: DataWorf chief medical officers: B. CrusherK. Pulaski ship's counselors: D. Troi
chief engineers: S. MacDougalArgyleC. LoganL. LynchG. La Forge security chiefs: N. YarWorf flight controllers: W. CrusherRo L.S. Rager
see also: engineering personnelmedical personneloperations personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelunnamed personnel
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) operations personnel
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets ChangWesley CrusherDataGleasonWorfLian T'su Seal of the Federation Starfleet
see also: engineering personnelmedical personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelsenior staffunnamed
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) senior staff
commanding officers: M. BatesonJ. PicardW. RikerData first officers: W. RikerDataWorf second officers: G. BushDataM. Kadohata Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
operations managers: DataM. Kadohata chief medical officers: B. CrusherStevenson ship's counselors: D. TroiT'LanaHegol D.
chief engineers: M. ScottG. La Forge security chiefs: L. AddisonP. DanielsRowanB. LeyoroR. McAdamsC. ValeS. NaveL. BattagliaZ. LeybenzonJ. Choudhury flight controllers: S. HawkS. Nave
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E operations personnel
chief of operations DataM. Kadohata Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
other operations personnel A. BerardiS. MilnerRosado
see also: Senior staff • Engineering • Flight Control • Medical and Counseling • Operations • Science • Security • Misc. • Unnamed
USS Enterprise-F personnel
alternate timeline 2382-2388 Geordi La ForgeTom ParisJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna Troi Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Seal of the Federation Starfleet
alternate timeline 2408 Blair • Data • Hauman • Lamont • Margolin • Tucker
Commanding officers of the ships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) AprilPikeKirkZarloDeckerSpock USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) PikeSpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Kirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) HarrimanSuluJohnson
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) GarrettCastillo
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) PicardRikerJellico
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) BatesonPicardRikerData
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Forrest Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) FranzPikeKirkSpockRileySaavik
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Picard
First officers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) TuckerT'Pol Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) KirkShundreshSimonPikeNumber OneSpockDeckerSulu USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (alternate reality) SpockKirk
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Spock
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) DaneSuluLinojj
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) CarmonaHolmesal-HalakTholav
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) RikerKurnStoneShelbyData
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) RikerMaddenWorf
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) Archer Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) KirkSpockScottDeckerRiley
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Riker
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) Riker • Lore
Second officers of the starships Enterprise
Enterprise (NX-01) Tucker Enterprise assignment patch.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) MohindasScottSulu USS Enterprise assignment insignia.
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) Scott
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) Linojj
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) Bat-Levi
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) Data
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E) DataKadohata
ISS Enterprise (NX-01) T'PolTucker Emblem of the Terran Empire.
ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) Scott

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