Happy birthday, John de Lancie. Knowing that the actor's big day was coming up, we at StarTrek.com asked fans the following question on our Facebook page: “What were some of Q's best moments?” Here are were some of the top comments:

"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid."
(from "Q Who")

Q: "I have no powers! Q the ordinary."
Capt. Picard: "Q the liar! Q the misanthrope!"
Q: "Q the miserable, Q the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?
Lt. Worf: "Die."
Q: "Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?"
(from "Deja Q")

Some have mentioned the time (in "Deja Q") when he lost his powers and got them back after he had learned his lesson. Of course, he allowed Data to experience laughter. A subtle point in that episode is that showing kindess and consideration, even to those who don't deserve it, can have a deep impact.

Q celebrates the return of his powers with a mariachi band while he plays the trumpet.

Q's love for Mariachi music!!
(Also... "Deja Q")

I love Q and his warped sense of humour. His conversations with Picard and their philosophical exchanges are beautifully written and performed. Of course, the best episode is "Deja Q." One of his most funniest lines, and there are so many of them, is when he tells Worf, " I can't disappear anymore than you can win a beauty contest."

When (in "Tapestry") he showed Picard how his life would look like, if he was less lightheaded. Especially the scene when he brings flowers. "Is there a John-Luck Pickerd?!" always gets me.

When Picard dies on the bridge and Q shows up pretending to be God.
Picard: "You are not God!"
Q: "Blasphemy! You're lucky I don't cast you out or smite you... or something."

When the female Q says (to Q and Janeway), "What are you doing with that dog?... I'm not talking about the puppy." Priceless reaction.
("The Q and the Grey")

Getting punched in the face by Sisko. It was about time!

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