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A gremlin was a fictional monster created by 20th century British Royal Air Force pilots to explain why their airplanes were malfunctioning.

In 2151, Captain Jonathan Archer asked Subcommander T'Pol if she were still chasing gremlins, when she suspected supposedly mythical microsingularities were responsible for a collision with a Tesnian starship. (ENT: "Shuttlepod One")

In 2152, Archer blamed gremlins for a noise underneath the deck plating that wouldn't go away. T'Pol was confused by the statement, but Archer explained. (ENT: "Dead Stop")

It is strange that T'Pol seemed to be familiar with gremlins in 2151, and yet was unaware of them only a few months later. Conceivably she simply forgot or did not retain the information due to a disinterest in mythical creatures.

In 2376, Captain Kathryn Janeway suggested to Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres that gremlins were the cause of several malfunctions aboard the USS Voyager. (VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper")

Similarly, Tom Paris commented "Who says gremlins in the engine are a myth?" after Fantome and his people shut down power on Valen and Bosaal's ships in 2377. (VOY: "The Void")

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