For other uses, see Trojan Horse.

The Trojan horse was, in the epic poem The Aeneid, a wooden horse presented as gift to the city of Troy during the Trojan War which, when brought inside the city gates, was discovered to hold Greek troops inside. Over time, the term "Trojan horse" has come to mean any seemingly benign object which holds a hidden threat or danger.

The term is also used in computer programming, to describe a damaging program disguised as a non-dangerous one. (VOY short story: "A Taste of Spam")

History Edit

Jonathan Archer was familiar with the term. When Tucker was assigned to a covert mission in Romulan space, Archer described it as “a tactic as old as Homer,” referring to the Trojan horse. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)

Homer described the Trojan War, including the use of the Trojan horse to defeat Troy. (TNG novel: A Call to Darkness)

In 2367, a holographic simulation of Homer thought of Ulysses as a builder, an engineer, because he’d designed the Trojan horse. (TNG novel: A Call to Darkness)

In 2370, Diaadul planted a "Trojan horse" program into the computers of Deep Space 9 that disabled the station's shields. (DS9 novel: Proud Helios)

In 2371, the USS Defiant detected a stasis chamber floating in space near the Sreba. Sisko ordered the chamber to be transported aboard, but planned to send it back into space if it contained a "Trojan horse". It was later discovered that Heather Petersen was in the stasis chamber. (DS9 - Invasion! novel: Time's Enemy)

T'Ryssa Chen was suspected of being a Trojan horse after being attacked by Borg, and then sent 2000 light-years back to Federation space, seemingly unassimilated. (TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum)

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