15. HER FULL BORG DESIGNATION WAS “SEVEN OF NINE, TERTIARY ADJUNCT OF UNIMATRIX ZERO ONE”
The Borg are more of a hive-mind collective than a group of individual creatures with their own purpose and distinctive personality. Like bees, ants, and other similar species, individual members of the Borg are known as “drones” and tend to exist only to serve the collective and its queen. Because of this lack of individual autonomy, Borg drones aren’t given traditional names–instead, they are given designations based on their basic details. Seven of Nine was one of a group of nine, and Unimatrix Zero was a virtual community that she lived in. Her designation, “Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One”, was essentially a quick summary of who she was with, and where.
Prior to being assimilated by the Borg, Seven of Nine’s original human name was Annika Hansen. Even after being liberated and joining Starfleet on the ship Voyager, she refused to return to using her original human name. Instead, she opted to be referred to by a shortened version of her Borg designation, deciding on the nickname “Seven.”