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DENOBULANS: Cultural Index

Hello, Ric here with another index video,
this time looking in to Star Trek’ super social species with stretchy smiles, the Denobulans.
This species was introduced with star Trek Enterprise and has been present alongside
the development of humanity and the United Federation of Planets since its inception
back in 2161, although it was not one of the founding races.
Your standard Denobulan stands around 5 to 6 foot and is a fairly typical humanoid race.
They do however possess a number or cartilage like protrusions around the face and the rest
of the body such as down the spine. They also have a strongly elastic skin that can exhibit
a number of exaggerated emotions. This elasticity is used in an evolved defence mechanism where
they puff up their face to shock potential danger, though this is less likely to work
on sentient species. They also had extended tongues and their nails grew at a faster rate
than humans, therefore personal grooming often had numerous extra steps involved. Just as
well then that they required only a couple of hours of sleep to function properly. This
was compensated for by a hibernation period that occurred once a year for just under a
week; around 6 days. A Denobulan was unable to be roused during this state without chemical
interference, but such an awakened individual functioned poorly, akin to a human suffering
from sleep-deprivation. They also have rather strong immune systems,
likely an adaptation to their close living conditions and their internal organs were
more complex than a human’s. Their neurology was also very different from that of a human,
but about on par in terms of capabilities though this did mean that a Denobulan mind
was less susceptible to effects that could affect a human mind, but more vulnerable in
other ways. For example they seem to have a lower tolerance to certain radiations and
vivid hallucinations are considered a normal part of a stressed Denobulan mind.
Pheromones play a strong role in Denobulan biology with the species smelling each other
as a form of intimate greeting and an amplification of these pheromones during their mating cycle.
This can create a more aggressive attitude in males for a time. They were also affected
by the pheromones of other species such as the Orions, however they had soporific effect
rather than an excitable one. The Denobulans also have a strong dexterity
that allowed them climb and scale rock faces with little effort.
Denobula is located in the Denobula Triaxa system which may actually be the Iota Bootis
trinary star system located in the Alpha Quadrant. The species was already well known to the
Vulcans and after first contact with Earth in 2063, the Denobulans were quick to visit
the new planet and introduce themselves by 2130. This is in contrast to their own first
contact with the B’Saari which took them a long time to adapt, having reached the conclusion
that they were alone in the universe. The revelation that they were not caused them
to revaluate their philosophies and it doesn’t seem that maintain a religion any more.
They soon initiated a number of exchange programs with the fledgling Starfleet including an
interspecies medical exchange where professionals would work among each other’s people for
experience. This is a reflection of their incredibly social and curious nature and despite
their need for companionship, they do have a great patience, willing to go years without
seeing another of their own species so long as they have the company of others. They appointed
an ambassador to Earth, even before the formation of the Federation.
The planet itself has one supercontinent that houses the whole Denobulan population and
extensive oceans. Their warp drive technology was the work of a scientist called Parnikee,
who studied numerous theories around the fabric of space-time. The Denobulans ties to humanity
lead them to observe the formation of the Coalition of Planets between the Andorians,
Humans, Tellarites and Vulcans and sign up as an affiliated world of the United Federation
of Planets. They did not become a full member for another few decades however, but by the
24th century, they were an official member of the Federation.
There were 12 billion inhabitants of Denbula and they all lived on a single continent.
This may be the result of overpopulation however, with the advent of space travel and numerous
opportunities to expand, the Denobulans have chosen not to do so and instead choose to
maintain this very close community. They have a proclivity towards social behaviour because
of this and find large populations to be reassuring having existed in this societal style for
some time. However, it should be noted that physical contact from a stranger is considered
uncomfortable for a Denobulan, but I can relate to that.
This communal nature extended to their relationships and it was expected that every Denobulan would
have up to three spouses, with each of those having three of their own. This could lead
to very extended family trees with over 700 relations. They didn’t seem to place a great
emphasis on maintaining a family lineage or marrying for political gain which is just
as well. With the number of relations each Denobulan attained; it would make documenting
this an incredibly complex affair. Most of the species were also fairly open
with their sexuality and marriage was not an exclusive affair regarding copulation and
open discussion of such events were not subject to the same stigma that other races apply
them. In terms of technological level, the Denobulans
experimented with genetic manipulation, and although regulated they did not have humanities
poor experiences with the science and continued to moderately apply genetic engineering to
their people. In fact Denobulan medicine and medical research was rather advanced, even
for the galactic standard at the time and many practitioners were always innovating
and learning of new techniques from exposure to other cultures.
They have been warp capable for at least 350 years as their first appearance in Star Trek
Enterprise and maintain a number of research stations and institutions, however, they have
very few bases beyond the Denobula Triaxa System, unlike most other races who found
colony worlds and claim territories to settle. This too stems from their preference for a
close communal lifestyle and while seemingly solely based on Denobula, it is common to
find teams of Denobulans abroad learning, investigating and mingling with other species
out of curiosity. This has led to them being involved in relatively few wars and skirmishes
and may be why they initially refused to completely join the Coalition of Planets as doing so
would tie them to species who did claim resource-rich worlds and try to explore beyond their initial
reach. In a phrase, the Denobulans seemed content to explore within their comfort zone.
Their history, like many other species however, wasn’t free of interstellar wars, with a
war fought against the Antaran throughout the 1800s. This was a bloody conflict with
casualties numbering in the millions and much demonizing of the opponent leading to some
bitter feelings even into the 22nd century. This shows that the Deobulan’s do have their
own military force and will deploy it if needed. They had numerous institutions based on their
homeworld with many scientific branches united under the umbrella of the Science Academy.
It’s easy to assume that the entirety of Denobulan society revolves around the sciences
from our exposure to Phlox and other characters that all seem to have a background in fields
such as geology and genetic engineering. Even taking into account the nature of the Enterprise’s
operations being mainly centred around exploration and such, there do seem to be a higher percentage
of academics and scientists in Denobulan society. They also have relatively few forms of passive
entertainment, such as film as they find greater satisfaction from exploring the lives of other
people than being presented with a tale. Their clothing was also rather plain with little
ornamentation, especially for work garb. While smaller grudges and personal strife
are relatively common, these are tempered by the strong sense of patience and compassion
that the species possesses and means that major internal conflicts are far more difficult
to sustain. Thanks for watching this index on the Denobulan
people. There’s a lot on the species that comes from Star Trek Enterprise, however,
much of it centres around the complexity of their relationships and the population of
their homeworld with little on the governmental structure and industries of Denobula itself.
We get the sense that they are also a very curios people and tend to learn from other
species but unlike say, humanity, they idea of simply casting off into the unknown seems
to have little appeal and they are content to learn at their own pace.
With this one wrapped up, there are two more species that are up for the viewer voted index
with either the space-dumpers, the Malon of the Trek universe or perhaps the space-boars,
the Gamorreans of Star Wars fame. So you can vote in the comments below by liking the appropriate
comment and if I forget to link them, as last time, then comment your choice and I’ll
have to count them all one-by-one. As I had to for this one which I made at 109 for Denobulan
and 24 for Geonosian. So I’m thinking of moving the vote over to the community tab
where there’s a more accurate voting system, however it does potentially involve a few
more clicks on your end to vote and the Community Tab isn’t compatible with every media device
so it’s up to what you find easier. Thanks again, and until the next video, I’ve
been Ric and I’ll see you later. Goodbye and Optimism!

Jean Kelley



  1. nunya Posted on July 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    So basically, Denobulans as a society are on the autism spectrum.

  2. casbott Posted on July 21, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Their advanced immune systems are because Sexually Transmitted Diseases would be a serious issue, and that could explain their medical expertise.
    As for climbing, human shoulders are adapted to throwing objects, otherwise we could be very effective climbers, perhaps the Denobilans didn't make that adaption? We did when we moved out into the plains as there were no trees to climb, and being able to hurl rocks is what got us started on the road to hunting, as well as being a defense against predators.

    As for their scientific focus, that could just be a matter of selection in that only scientist tend to leave the homeworld, non scientist having no need.
    Their society could be otherwise not very scientifically inclined, considering their slow advancement.

  3. Quo Niam Posted on July 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    With such of a promiscuous society there is no need for soap operas shows anymore on TV, you have your own at your doorstep as well as the neighbours to look at…

  4. cracklingice Posted on July 21, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Try strawpoll?

  5. MadPixel Posted on July 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    !!!PAKLED LORE!!!

  6. plasmaburndeath Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Malon 😀

  7. Angelica Angela Galdos Posted on July 21, 2019 at 11:40 pm


  8. Mateus de Oliveira Eugenio Posted on July 22, 2019 at 12:27 am


  9. Buddy Posted on July 22, 2019 at 5:32 am

    The Denobulans quickly became a favorite of mine on Enterprise. I sort of wished they had been a founding member of the Federation since Alpha Centauri was a human colony, sort of taking the place of the fifth founding world. Ah well.

  10. Øystein A. Posted on July 22, 2019 at 5:59 am

    I never really liked them that much. I didnt dislike them, but it was not fleshed out enough for me to be interested in them.

  11. Oriole Aszme Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Denobulans are my favourite, of the more mysterious species. I never picked up on the detail that their clothing is relatively plain because I always saw female Denobulan hairstyles as moderately ornate. Excellent research! Thank you for this episode 🙂

  12. OTHER-TERRESTRIAL LIFE FORM Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Just a thank you for these great works!

  13. Joseph Keenan Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Under rated species. They canned STE just as the kinks got worked out.

  14. JRPGFan20000 Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    The less you know about them, the better.

  15. MrLupis26 Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Hopefully we see the cybermen at some point.

  16. XuntosIzor Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I don't know what the "community tab" is but I vote Gamorrean

  17. Markos Malitsos Posted on July 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Are you going to do one on the Benthans?

  18. Green Glory Posted on July 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Cultural Index  ,You should do a cultural index for the Carmians, they are the flying humanoids from the popular books, Green Glory, The Adventures of Retro Rahnee and Green Glory, Heroes of Carmi.

  19. Wolfphototech Posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Hi rick .
    How is morty .

  20. landfair123 Posted on July 23, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I would like to see an index on humanity.

  21. The Flying Sailor Posted on July 23, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Denobulans seem like Hobbits… just taller and inflatable.

  22. Bane BlackGuard Posted on July 23, 2019 at 10:17 am

    i guess Denobulans are just immune to all forms of STD, else their race would have been wiped out long ago.

  23. Josue2018 Posted on July 23, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Where else does this dumb ST species appear?

  24. Timothy Waters Posted on July 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Can’t tell you how much I enjoy these Star Trek indexes, please please continue!!

  25. uncletaylorify Posted on July 25, 2019 at 1:38 am

    I liked Phlox……till he helped commit genocide.

  26. Jonathan Stiles Posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Denobula gives me strong Kerbin vibes.

  27. Daniel Traylor Posted on July 27, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Vote for Malon (Star Trek)

  28. Dick Manitoba Posted on July 30, 2019 at 2:31 am

    I always felt that Phlox was a less annoying character than Neelix.

  29. Matt Lynn Posted on July 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    This thumbnail = Tommy Lee Jones (as the Joker) + Jack Nicholson (as nearly any character he played).

  30. luciferangelica Posted on July 30, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    how 'bout the pequinos from planet lucitania in the enderverse

  31. Henchman Twenty1 Posted on July 30, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    There was a source, and I think it was Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, that stated that the Denobulan homeworld was near the Romulan Empire at the time and was conquered by them as they expanded during the Earth-Romulan war, which is why we don't see them in any of the previous shows or movies. I am not sure if that is considered canon or not.

  32. Kirk Emmery Posted on August 1, 2019 at 11:44 am

    If I was Cmd Tucker, I would have hit that. ;P

  33. Interstellarsurfer Posted on August 3, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Denobulans – should they be genocided? Yes, please. 👌

  34. MrGrombie Posted on August 5, 2019 at 1:29 am

    8:45 Enterprise or Voyager? Currently on the last season of TNG, and I don't remember them in there. Watched Voyager, and obviously the doctor.

  35. DolphyBlueDrake Posted on August 5, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    My suggestion for a race to do at some future point is the Kelvan Empire of Star Trek. They are a looming threat that will finally arrive and attack the entire Milky Way in the 123rd Century but they were first shown in TOS.

  36. MrLupis26 Posted on August 7, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Hopefully we get to see the cybermen (doctor who) and even the forerunners (halo) at some point, I would like to hear more about them.

  37. Marin3r Posted on August 7, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Can you do a video on the Breen?

  38. derek flegg Posted on August 11, 2019 at 1:43 am


  39. Adam Acaster Posted on August 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Malon please!

  40. General Malaise Posted on August 11, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Nobs, lol.

  41. Budget Boost DIY Posted on August 12, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Not gonna lie there something hot about the female ones.I would totally mate with one.

  42. Jean-Luc Martel Posted on August 16, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    who thinks that Denobulans are evolved from frogs???

  43. Star Seeder Posted on August 26, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I’m surprised there isn’t a betazoid video.

  44. MARK AUGUSTIN Posted on August 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    A Bajorian cultural index

  45. James Demos Posted on September 2, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    I didn't like Phlox at first in the Enterprise series, but soon learned to appreciate his character and I thought John Billingsley brought that character to life with so many fascinating attributes.

  46. Jerry VanNuys Posted on September 3, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Quite a lot of impact craters visible on the planet… like the ENTIRE planet.
    How did a civilization ever arise with such geologically recent world-wide devastation?

  47. ddoyle11 Posted on September 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I vote for an episode on the Vidiians.

  48. OldMan Skinner Posted on September 4, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Anybody ever put out or thought about a Starfleet swimsuit calendar?

  49. Gustav Gnöttgen Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Pumping up their faces: is this intended, or did the actor play around with the makeup one day?

  50. SpaceDave1337 Posted on September 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I fear no man
    But that thing

    It scares me

  51. Marcus W Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    He’s my favourite doctor

    Let’s start a fight, I prefer dr Polaski to crusher, crusher is my least favourite doctor

  52. Cardboard Sliver Posted on September 12, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Dr. Phlox is up there with McCoy, Bashir, Crusher, and of course, Joe.

  53. Deimos Posted on September 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    The Bonobo of Star Trek. Phlox had wonderful bedside manner. I'd choose him in a heartbeat over the Mk 1 and Bashir.

  54. Jos Fiar Posted on October 2, 2019 at 1:16 am

    For some reason I believed that enterprise came between the end of the original series and the motion picture and believed that he was a Klingon because got it late and had not heard of any other series

  55. Stephen Williams Posted on October 5, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Must spend a fortune in seasonal cards.

  56. vincentx915 Posted on October 31, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Oh, I always thought he was a Cardassian.

  57. TheCrashingToaster Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:11 am

    They’re a happy people.

  58. Anony Ninja Posted on November 16, 2019 at 12:10 am

    OH GOD….. that STUPID FUCKING CGI SMILE. I HATE IT SO MUCH. In all seriousness, it only happens TWO TIMES during the entire series, which is even more frustrating because it comes so close to not existing at all! They could have left it out completely!

  59. Hexx Bombastus Posted on November 20, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Denobulans are basically space hobbits.

  60. Avrage Trinidadian Posted on December 1, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Heh heh…

    Denobulans are the permiscuous race 😂

  61. Ethan McBride Posted on December 9, 2019 at 8:10 am

    The Denobulans have the ideal, highly communitarian, intensely compassionate, connected, and social society. It's just one warm, beautiful, growing metropolis.

  62. James Arseneault Posted on December 11, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    are you aware according to current canon they left the galaxy phasing their solar system into another dimension?

  63. Quasaricemage Posted on December 13, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    The Deslobulans…..

  64. Brian Daleske Posted on December 24, 2019 at 10:10 am


    I think the alien beings called the (DENOBULANS) should be added into (STAR TREK) movies someday.

  65. Justin Mielke Posted on December 28, 2019 at 5:42 am

    So comparing their biology is like comparing PlayStation to Xbox. Both are built and programed differently giving them their own advantages and disadvantages

  66. High Overlord Snarffie Beagle Posted on January 15, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Denobulans were dtf

  67. Tech 83 Studio Posted on January 17, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Sniff sniff sniff ….ahhh….

  68. gymkhanadog Posted on January 17, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Is this a species from that terrible flop of a series Enterprise headed by the Quantum Leap guy? Yep, should have watched to the very very end. lol

  69. Roger Collins Posted on January 18, 2020 at 10:58 am

    You don't say how Long may live

  70. kenneth connors Posted on January 18, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    interesting information

  71. Lord Debrick Posted on January 20, 2020 at 12:53 am

    You didn't touch on their longetivy…

  72. wobbly nostrils Posted on January 24, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    The famous "optimism captain" smile on the thumbnail cracks me up everytime I see it. Lol. I think the first time I saw it I nearly choked. Loool 🤣

  73. PsionicMonk Posted on January 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    I always got more into Star Wars bur I still love Star Trek and these videos are great for helping me get back into it. I'll have to find TNG on dvd or bluray, so I can rewatch it.

    Besides Original and TNG what are your guys favorite Trek series?

  74. Jeremy Johnson Posted on January 28, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Your voice is absolutely perfect for this. Great job.

  75. Ben Siener Posted on January 28, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    I think phlox was one of the best parts of enterprise. Porthos was a good boy too.

  76. SgtxAnus Posted on January 29, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Hey bud, just wanna say one thing about the thumbnail…ahem


    Thank you.

  77. Reese M Posted on January 29, 2020 at 4:58 am

    I've always thought they evolved from sea-life considering their planet is mostly water

  78. splo1nger Posted on January 29, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Phlox always reminds me of something you would erm …. catch off a toilet seat.

  79. Dark Star Posted on January 30, 2020 at 8:41 am

    This species is bizarre.
    Watching Enterprise I was so confused as they established they don't like being touched…..yet have huge families with a myriad of mates and even group sex…..a bit contrary LMFAO.

  80. 4 & 20 Black Birds Posted on February 1, 2020 at 2:14 am

    DENOBULANS are more of the intelligence star trek version of the Mormons.
    It's as if some republicans in Hollywood say, ya, let's make a Mormon that is smart, more culturally open and just as happy and kind as those Mormons.

  81. asino che raglia Posted on February 1, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Phlox is the best doctor of all series…not the bagged version of EHM of Voyager!!

  82. rucussing Posted on February 5, 2020 at 12:16 am

    What about the Hoosnock?

  83. PREPFORIT Posted on February 5, 2020 at 9:13 am

    They were smart to abandon their religion.
    ALL religions are worthless.

  84. Michael Neely Posted on February 9, 2020 at 3:44 am

    The opening reminds me of the alien in MIB played by Michael Donforeo

  85. Sam T Posted on February 11, 2020 at 2:54 am

    I did not care for any aspect of Enterprise.

  86. squidman22 Posted on February 11, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Denobulans are like the Canadians of the Milky Way Galaxy.

  87. Shadowkey392 Posted on February 13, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    lol that thumbnail!

  88. GTFORDMAN Posted on February 16, 2020 at 3:42 am

    how about Orion?

  89. Kamil Harris Posted on February 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Pig people sw!

  90. marcioguimaraens Posted on February 20, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Forget to tell that they are imune to borgs

  91. Sean Jeansonne Posted on February 25, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Star trek, where when you need an alien, put on some forehead ridges and paint and be extreme in one aspect

  92. Kate Li Posted on March 2, 2020 at 8:31 am

    They looked freaky like “V for Vendetta”

  93. Liam Flynn Posted on March 5, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Some of my favorite episodes of Star Trek are from Phlox's perspective. Wisdom mixed with wild curiosity, with just a hint of dramatic irony in that the audience knew that Denobulans knew far less than they portended. Lovely character.

  94. Sky_stider223 Posted on March 17, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    I don’t get why your beliefs or biblical type people have to throw away those beliefs just because they know they arnt alone…I still have my beliefs and such but space is big and that could change people I guess but to me that doesn’t make sense to