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10th Nov '16 8:06:22 PM SuperEquality07
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The first theatrical ''Star Trek'' film to feature any of the original characters in 15 years. Released 7 years after ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' (the biggest gap between series films to date) from which it takes a major ToneShift and, believe it or not, to which it is also a loose StealthSequel.

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The first theatrical ''Star Trek'' film to feature any of the original characters in 15 years. Released 7 a little over 6 years after ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' of 2002 (the biggest gap between series films to date) from which it takes a major ToneShift and, believe it or not, to which it is also a loose StealthSequel.
10th Nov '16 5:06:59 AM tropeminer
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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who exists in a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.

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** Subverted.Ultimately averted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who exists in a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
8th Nov '16 7:11:26 PM Morgenthaler
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* BaldOfAwesome: Captain Robau's memetic {{badass}}ery is aided in large part by his awesomely hairless head.

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* BaldOfAwesome: Captain Robau's memetic {{badass}}ery badassery is aided in large part by his awesomely hairless head.



* BilingualBonus: When [[{{Badass}} Chekov]] (played by Russian-born Anton Yelchin) successfully transports falling Kirk and [[FanOfThePast Sulu]] to safety, he exclaims a little something in Russian, "Ё-моё!" or "Yo-moyo!", the closest English equivalent being "holey-moley!" (both in meaning and outdatedness). On the commentary track, Creator/JJAbrams claims to have been at a screening in Russia where the audience went nuts at this part.

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* BilingualBonus: When [[{{Badass}} Chekov]] Chekov (played by Russian-born Anton Yelchin) successfully transports falling Kirk and [[FanOfThePast Sulu]] to safety, he exclaims a little something in Russian, "Ё-моё!" or "Yo-moyo!", the closest English equivalent being "holey-moley!" (both in meaning and outdatedness). On the commentary track, Creator/JJAbrams claims to have been at a screening in Russia where the audience went nuts at this part.
4th Nov '16 8:46:46 PM tropeminer
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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who was formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.

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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who was formed by exists in a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
4th Nov '16 8:45:24 PM tropeminer
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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
** ''Star Trek'' has had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]").

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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who was formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
** ''Star Trek'' has always had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]").
4th Nov '16 8:45:24 PM tropeminer
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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
** ''Star Trek'' has had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]").

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** Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.[[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rrZmF3r07DE/UZ-aY6NXWeI/AAAAAAAAFDo/HNGBILLe0-E/s1600/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] who was formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
** ''Star Trek'' has always had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]").
30th Sep '16 4:58:21 PM k410ren
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: The first of the ''Narada's'' crew to die (the one kicked onto an exhaust port by Sulu) is black.
14th Sep '16 2:58:06 PM okami31
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* RedPillBluePill: "So your daddy dies... you can settle for a less-than-ordinary life. Or do you feel like you're meant for something better? Something special?" Captain Pike offers James T. Kirk the chance to be equal or greater than Kirk's father, even if Jim were half the man of an officer that was Captain of a Starship for twelve minutes.
8th Sep '16 11:38:13 PM tropeminer
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* StealthSequel: It was billed as a {{prequel}}, but turned out to be a prequel, {{sequel}} ''and'' a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] all in one. In addition to seeing Kirk and co. as rookies, we get [[spoiler: an aging Spock meeting his younger self, and we see how the Federation's conflict with the Romulans finally ends]].

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* StealthSequel: It was billed as a an OriginStory {{prequel}}, but turned out to be a prequel, quasi-prequel, {{sequel}} ''and'' a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] all in one. In addition to seeing Kirk and co. as rookies, we get [[spoiler: an aging Spock meeting his younger self, and we see how the Federation's conflict with the Romulans finally ends]].
6th Sep '16 8:33:04 PM HeraldAlberich
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As Kirk makes waves at Starfleet Academy, the ''Narada'' and Nero emerge again after years in hiding. The Federation scrambles its fleet to confront the warship, deploying the flagship ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'', commanded by Pike, for the first time. All the rest of the fleet is destroyed, with the ''Enterprise'' only surviving due to a brief delay in getting to the battlefield. When the ''Enterprise'' engages the ''Narada'', Pike is taken hostage. When they learn the ''Narada'' is from the distant future and begin to put together the events that lead to that future, it falls on [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] to overcome their initial mistrust of each other and on the ship's green, hastily put-together crew of cadets [[note]] actually, concerning those with major roles, it's three cadets (one of whom is a lieutenant, and another of whom is already a qualified doctor), an ensign, a lieutenant, a lieutenant commander who was ReassignedToAntarctica, and a commander who was told YouAreInCommandNow [[/note]] - ([[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the young TOS characters]]) - to somehow save the day.

The first theatrical ''Star Trek'' film to feature any of the original characters in 15 years. Released 7 years after ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Star Trek Nemesis]]'' (the biggest gap between series films to date) from which it takes a major ToneShift and, believe it or not, to which it is also a loose StealthSequel.

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As Kirk makes waves at Starfleet Academy, the ''Narada'' and Nero emerge again after years in hiding. The Federation scrambles its fleet to confront the warship, deploying the flagship ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'', commanded by Pike, for the first time. All the rest of the fleet is destroyed, with the ''Enterprise'' only surviving due to a brief delay in getting to the battlefield. When the ''Enterprise'' engages the ''Narada'', Pike is taken hostage. When they learn the ''Narada'' is from the distant future and begin to put together the events that lead to that future, it falls on [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheSpock Spock]] to overcome their initial mistrust of each other and on the ship's green, hastily put-together crew of cadets [[note]] actually, cadets[[note]]actually, concerning those with major roles, it's three cadets (one of whom is a lieutenant, and another of whom is already a qualified doctor), an ensign, a lieutenant, a lieutenant commander who was ReassignedToAntarctica, and a commander who was told YouAreInCommandNow [[/note]] - ([[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries YouAreInCommandNow[[/note]]--([[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the young TOS characters]]) - to characters]])--to somehow save the day.

The first theatrical ''Star Trek'' film to feature any of the original characters in 15 years. Released 7 years after ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Star Trek Nemesis]]'' ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' (the biggest gap between series films to date) from which it takes a major ToneShift and, believe it or not, to which it is also a loose StealthSequel.



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** "I can do zat I can do zat I can do zat!"
* AlienBlood: The Romulans have green blood.

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** "I -->'''Chekov:''' I can do zat I can do zat I can do zat!"
zat!
* AlienBlood: The Romulans have green blood.blood, seen most notably when Sulu stabs one through the back.



** [[BigBad Captain Nero's]] ship, the ''Narada'', is a surreal MechanicalMonster of [[http://www.coronacomingattractions.com/sites/default/files/star_trek_2009_narada.jpg giant metal tentacles and spikes]]
** The red matter black holes. From the front, they look like your standard-issue, vaguely funnel-shaped SwirlyEnergyThingy; from the side, it's clear that it's ''missing a dimension.'' RealLife black holes are spherical.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Subverted. Sulu has "advanced hand-to-hand combat training"... namely [[HeroesPreferSwords fencing]]. Which is European, not Asian.
** Considering it's also a ContinuityNod, it makes sense. (This time, he uses a switchblade katana, though, suggesting he might know kendo in addition to traditional fencing.)
* AllThereInTheManual: A major sticking point for fans is how you need to read the comic book tie-in to be able to make any sense of Nero's motivation for ''anything''. It's also only in a deleted scene barely alluded to in the film that you learn the Romulans were actually in a Klingon prison during the 25 year TimeSkip rather than just sitting on their asses waiting for Spock to show up.
* AlternateRealityGame: A bunch of Romulans attempting to warn the Vulcans are being pursued all across Europe by [[BigBad Nero's]] thugs while both sides are using the new ''Film/StarTrek'' movie the humans are premiering as cover and [[MindScrew oh God my brain hurts]]. It's chronicled [[http://trekmovie.com/category/star-trek-xi/star-trek-arg/ here]], see if you can figure it out...
* AlternateTimeline: The explanation behind the franchise's ContinuityReboot. Thanks to time-travel, the alternate universe in the {{film}} is now fundamentally changed. WordOfGod confirms that, because of this, the "prime" timeline encompassing the prior ''Trek'' canon still "exists". This has led to the FanNickname for the new films' timeline as "The JJ-verse". In 2016, shortly before the release of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', the timeline got officially dubbed the "Kelvin Timeline".

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** [[BigBad Captain Nero's]] ship, the ''Narada'', is a surreal MechanicalMonster of [[http://www.coronacomingattractions.com/sites/default/files/star_trek_2009_narada.jpg giant metal tentacles and spikes]]
spikes]].
** The red matter black holes. From the front, they look like your standard-issue, vaguely funnel-shaped SwirlyEnergyThingy; from the side, it's clear that it's they're ''missing a dimension.'' RealLife black holes are spherical.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Subverted. Sulu has "advanced hand-to-hand combat training"... namely [[HeroesPreferSwords fencing]]. Which is European, not Asian.
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Asian. Considering it's also a ContinuityNod, it makes sense. (This time, he uses a switchblade katana, though, suggesting he might know kendo in addition to traditional fencing.)
* AllThereInTheManual: A major sticking point for fans is how you need to read the comic book tie-in to be able to make any sense of Nero's motivation for ''anything''. It's also only in a deleted scene barely alluded to in the film that you learn the Romulans were actually in a Klingon prison during the 25 year 25-year TimeSkip rather than just sitting on their asses waiting for Spock to show up.
* AlternateRealityGame: A bunch of Romulans attempting to warn the Vulcans are being pursued all across Europe by [[BigBad Nero's]] thugs while both sides are using the new ''Film/StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' movie the humans are premiering as cover and [[MindScrew oh God my brain hurts]]. It's chronicled [[http://trekmovie.com/category/star-trek-xi/star-trek-arg/ here]], see if you can figure it out...
* AlternateTimeline: The explanation behind the franchise's ContinuityReboot. Thanks to time-travel, the alternate universe in the {{film}} film is now fundamentally changed. WordOfGod confirms that, because of this, the "prime" timeline encompassing the prior ''Trek'' canon still "exists". This has led to the FanNickname for the new films' timeline as "The JJ-verse". In 2016, shortly before the release of ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', the timeline got officially dubbed the "Kelvin "''Kelvin'' Timeline".



* AlwaysABiggerFish: Or bigger giant Delta Vega monster, in this case. Subverted, since instead of ''saving'' Kirk it just means that he's now being chased by something even ''worse''.
* AMFMCharacterization: Our first encounter with a young James T. Kirk is him hanging up on his step-father in favor of blasting the Music/BeastieBoys ovet the radio, establishing his disregard for authority even before the character says a single word.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with the crew of the Enterprise warping off [[OpeningNarration to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before]].

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Or bigger giant On Delta Vega Vega, Kirk is pursued by a furry brown monster, in this case.which is promptly eaten by a huge six-legged red thing that bursts up through the ice. Subverted, since instead of ''saving'' Kirk it just means that he's now being chased by something even ''worse''.
* AMFMCharacterization: Our first encounter with a young James T. Kirk is him hanging up on his step-father in favor of blasting the Music/BeastieBoys ovet over the radio, establishing his disregard for authority even before the character says a single word.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The film ends with the crew of the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' warping off [[OpeningNarration to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before]].



* AxCrazy: [[BigBad Nero]]. '''Nero.'''

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* AxCrazy: [[BigBad Nero]]. '''Nero.'''Nero]] has been driven nuts by the loss of his wife and homeworld, blaming Spock and the Federation and vowing to destroy them all.



* BadassInDistress: [[{{Badass}} Captain Pike]]
* BadassGrandpa: Spock Prime.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins ]] [[spoiler:Since the destruction of Vulcan as Revenge against Spock is his major motivation, Nero gets a lot of what he wants. Destroying the rest of the federation because he can is just a bonus]].

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* BadassInDistress: [[{{Badass}} Captain Pike]]
Pike allows himself to be taken hostage to save the ''Enterprise'', categorically refuses to divulge the secrets of Earth's defenses before being forced to by mind parasites, and after going through that experience, retains enough presence to grab Kirk's gun and blast two Romulans in the middle of his own rescue.
* BadassGrandpa: Spock Prime.
Prime, 157 years old and suffering unimaginable grief at the loss of his homeworld, still manages to keep it together enough to rescue Kirk from a giant ice monster and then put together a plan on the fly that saves Earth (and allows Kirk and the younger Spock to begin their bromance, to boot).
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins ]] TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Since the destruction of Vulcan as Revenge revenge against Spock is his major motivation, motivation,]] Nero gets a lot of what he wants. Destroying [[spoiler:Destroying the rest of the federation Federation because he can is just a bonus]].bonus.]]



* BaldOfAwesome: [[{{Badass}} Captain Robau]]
* BaldOfEvil: [[BigBad Nero]] and his crew all have hairless heads. Except the solitary woman. She got to keep her hair, apparently.
** In the backstory, it's explained that Romulan men shave their heads when grieving. Nero and his crew are in permanent grief, so they're bald forever.

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* BaldOfAwesome: [[{{Badass}} Captain Robau]]
Robau's memetic {{badass}}ery is aided in large part by his awesomely hairless head.
* BaldOfEvil: [[BigBad Nero]] and his crew all have hairless heads. Except the solitary woman. She got to keep her hair, apparently.
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apparently. In the backstory, it's explained that Romulan men shave their heads when grieving. Nero and his crew are in permanent grief, so they're bald forever.



* BavarianFireDrill: [=McCoy=] ''makes Kirk sick'', then cites the prerogative of Starfleet physicians to transport their patients with them in order to get Kirk aboard the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]''.

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* BavarianFireDrill: [=McCoy=] ''makes Kirk sick'', then cites the prerogative of Starfleet physicians to transport their patients with them in order to get Kirk aboard the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]''.''Enterprise''.



** "FIRE EVERYTHING!!!"



** Then again, this was taking place in the Star Trek universe at the same time as The Original Series, where the Starfleet-issue uniforms for female cadets and medical staff ''did'' consist of sundresses and go-go boots. So it's a little more of a ContinuityNod.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Subverted. Uhura has no interest at all in Kirk, despite Kirk's attempts at flirting with her and her abject refusal to even give him her name. Three years later, we see why: she's in a relationship with [[spoiler: [[StudentTeacherRomance Spock]]]].
* BenevolentBoss: Captain Robau. And [[BadassInDistress Captain Pike]].

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** Then again, this was taking place in the Star Trek universe at the same time as The Original Series, where the Starfleet-issue uniforms for female cadets and medical staff ''did'' consist of sundresses and go-go boots. So it's a little more of a ContinuityNod.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Subverted. Uhura has no interest at all in Kirk, despite Kirk's attempts at flirting with her and her abject absolute refusal to even give him her name. Three years later, we see why: she's in a relationship with [[spoiler: [[StudentTeacherRomance Spock]]]].
* %%* BenevolentBoss: Captain Robau. And [[BadassInDistress Captain Pike]].Pike.



** It is perfectly okay to talk shit about Commander Spock's Momma... as long as you do it while he's under heavy sedatives and has all four limbs tied down. Otherwise, you are going to get [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped.]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Epically.]]
*** Kirk was intentionally trying to find a Berserk Button on Spock to show that he was 'emotionally compromised'. He still probably didn't expect what he got when he found it.

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** It is perfectly okay to talk shit about Commander Spock's Momma... as long as you do it while he's under heavy sedatives and has all four limbs tied down. Otherwise, you are going to get [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped.]] curb-stomped]]. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Epically.]]
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]] Kirk was is intentionally trying to find a Berserk Button on Spock to show that he was is 'emotionally compromised'. He still probably didn't doesn't expect what he got gets when he found finds it.



-->'''Uhura:''' I'm impressed...and here I thought you were just a dumb hick who only has sex with farm animals.
-->'''Kirk:''' Well, not ''only''.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock-Prime]] gets one when he bails Kirk out on the ice planet Delta Vega]].
** "Captain, I've picked up another ship!" Cue ''Enterprise''.
* [[BigDamnGunship Big Damn Starship]]: Spock pilots the ''Jellyfish'' [[spoiler:([[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]'s ship)]] on a collision course towards the ''Narada''. The ''Narada'' retaliates with all the missiles she had. Things were looking bad for Spock at first... until [[spoiler:the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' warps in with phasers blazing]].

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-->'''Uhura:''' I'm impressed... and here I thought you were just a dumb hick who only has sex with farm animals.
-->'''Kirk:'''
animals.\\
'''Kirk:'''
Well, not ''only''.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock-Prime]]
BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] gets one when he bails rescues Kirk out from an enormous monster on the ice planet Delta Vega]].
** "Captain, I've picked up another ship!" Cue ''Enterprise''.
Vega.
* [[BigDamnGunship Big Damn Starship]]: BigDamnGunship: Spock pilots the ''Jellyfish'' [[spoiler:([[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]'s [[spoiler:(Spock Prime's ship)]] on a collision course towards the ''Narada''. The ''Narada'' retaliates with all the missiles she had. has. Things were are looking bad for Spock at first... until first--until [[spoiler:the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' ''Enterprise'' warps in with phasers blazing]].



** Creator/ZacharyQuinto's eyebrows. All the better to give [[TheSpock Spock's]] classic FascinatingEyebrow.
* BigWordShout

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** Creator/ZacharyQuinto's eyebrows. All the better to give [[TheSpock Spock's]] Spock's classic FascinatingEyebrow.
* %%* BigWordShout



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Nero and his crew are defeated, and Kirk gets promoted to captain of the Enterprise. The sad part however is that way before the ending, Nero succeeded in erasing Vulcan from existence and the Vulcans are now an endangered species]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Nero and his crew are defeated, and Kirk gets promoted to captain of the Enterprise. ''Enterprise''.]] The sad part however is that way before the ending, Nero [[spoiler:Nero succeeded in erasing Vulcan from existence and the Vulcans are now an endangered species]].



* BrilliantButLazy: Jim Kirk, despite having an "off-the-charts aptitude" initially never thought much about of a life outside of repeatedly getting into trouble with the law.
* BroadStrokes: Time travel does not ''quite'' explain all the stylistic differences in this movie, as it is technically in an AlternateContinuity and is not a complete ContinuityReboot. (Warp drive leaving a ship blind for example)

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* BrilliantButLazy: Jim Kirk, despite having an "off-the-charts aptitude" aptitude," initially never thought much about of a life outside of repeatedly getting into trouble with the law.
* BroadStrokes: BroadStrokes:
**
Time travel does not ''quite'' explain all the stylistic differences in this movie, as it is technically in an AlternateContinuity and is not a complete ContinuityReboot. (Warp drive leaving a ship blind blind, for example)example.)



* BuildingIsWelding: The teaser trailer depicted the ''Enterprise'' under construction.

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* BuildingIsWelding: The teaser trailer depicted depicts the ''Enterprise'' under construction.



** Captain James T. Kirk of the ''USS Enterprise''. Many of the film's action sequences, and much of its humor, involve him getting owned in one way or another. He also gets stranded on planets and has freaky and potentially embarrassing reactions to vaccines.
** He [[spoiler:gets choked by Spock at one point and by a Romulan at another]]. Both times with some pretty good acting by Pine. It ''hurts'' as you try to catch your breath afterwards. Pine actually mentioned in an interview that he admires Harrison Ford for his ability [[WrestlingPsychology to take a beating like it really hurts]], and that he considered that an underrated skill.
** Kirk getting repeatedly owned in hand-to-hand combat with [[spoiler: Spock and the Romulans]] is somewhat justifiable, considering they're meant to be [[MadeOfIron three times stronger]] than humans.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Lampshaded with Spock.
--> '''"Nero's very presence has altered the flow of history, beginning on the attack of the USS ''Kelvin'' thereby creating an entire new chain of incidents that cannot be anticipated by either party. Whatever our lives were, if the time continuum was disrupted, our destinies have changed."'''
** The advanced technology as well as the many, many dramatic changes in the lives of the main characters all happened simply because Nero and Co. showed up.

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** Captain James T. Kirk of the ''USS Enterprise''.USS ''Enterprise''. Many of the film's action sequences, and much of its humor, involve him getting owned in one way or another. He also gets stranded on planets and has freaky and potentially embarrassing reactions to vaccines.
** He [[spoiler:gets choked by Spock at one point and by a Romulan at another]]. Both times with some pretty good acting by Pine. It ''hurts'' as you try to catch your breath afterwards. Pine actually mentioned in an interview that he admires Harrison Ford Creator/HarrisonFord for his ability [[WrestlingPsychology to take a beating like it really hurts]], and that he considered considers that an underrated skill.
** Kirk getting repeatedly owned in hand-to-hand combat with [[spoiler: Spock and the Romulans]] is somewhat justifiable, considering they're meant to be [[MadeOfIron three times stronger]] than humans.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Lampshaded with Spock.
--> '''"Nero's
The advanced technology of this continuity's Starfleet compared to the Original Series, as well as the many, many dramatic changes in the lives of the main characters, all happen simply because Nero and Co. showed up, as Spock points out.
-->'''Spock:''' Nero's
very presence has altered the flow of history, beginning on with the attack of the USS ''Kelvin'' ''Kelvin'', culminating in the events of today, thereby creating an entire new chain of incidents that cannot be anticipated by either party. Whatever our lives were, if the time continuum was disrupted, our destinies have changed."'''
** The advanced technology as well as the many, many dramatic changes in the lives of the main characters all happened simply because Nero and Co. showed up.



* CallBack: Frequently, such as "Cupcake".
** And "I might throw up on you."
** There's also "That depends on your definition of winning."
** Also the BigDamnGunship moment. [[spoiler: The ''Enterprise'' destroys the ''Narada'' 's missiles just in time to save Spock's ship, just as Captain George Kirk's ''Kelvin'' had done for the escaping shuttles 25 years earlier]].
** A small one with the soundtrack: [[spoiler: When Spock rams the Jellyfish into the Narada, the background music is a modified version of the track that plays when George Kirk did the same with the Kelvin]].
* CallForward: Commander Spock explains that the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test was a SecretTestOfCharacter to find out how a captain would act in the face of certain death. Captain Kirk faces near certain death in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. [[spoiler: Only Scotty rebooting the ''Vengeance'' saved Kirk and the ''Enterprise''.]]
* CallToAdventure:
-->'''Pike:''' Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives... including your mother's, and yours. [[DareToBeBadass I dare you to do better]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: Subverted. Though this film and any sequels that follow [[ContinuityReboot revamp]] the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] era of the TrekVerse in a [[AlternateTimeline divergent, parallel timeline]], they still accept the previous shows and movies as canon as they're [[StealthSequel a loose continuation]] of that continuity. Contrary to popular belief, the timeline in the new movies is not the original timeline having been altered, but simply [[AlternateContinuity a new, separate timeline altogether that branches off]] the original one as a weird result of TimeTravel. The creators were not going to disrespectfully erase 43 years of iconic sci-fi.
** The [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise voyages]] of the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' remain as part of the history shared by both timelines ironically enough, given how divisive the show was to fans.
* CannonFodder: Chief Engineer Olson -- yep, his jumpsuit armor was [[RedShirt red]].
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Spock:''' ''(on intercom)'' Dr. Puri, report?\\
'''Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=]:''' It's [=McCoy=]. Dr. Puri was on Deck 6. [[HesDeadJim He's dead]].\\

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* CallBack: Frequently, CallBack:
** Several lines from early in the film are repeated later,
such as "Cupcake".
** And
"Cupcake," "I might throw up on you.you," and "That depends on your definition of winning."
** There's also "That depends on your definition of winning."
** Also the
The BigDamnGunship moment. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The ''Enterprise'' destroys the ''Narada'' 's ''Narada'''s missiles just in time to save Spock's ship, just as Captain George Kirk's ''Kelvin'' had done for the escaping shuttles 25 years earlier]].
earlier.]]
** A small one with the soundtrack: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Spock rams the Jellyfish ''Jellyfish'' into the Narada, the background music is a modified version of the track that plays when George Kirk did does the same with the Kelvin]].
''Kelvin''.]]
* CallForward: Commander Spock explains that the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test was a SecretTestOfCharacter to find out how a captain would act in the face of certain death. Captain Kirk faces near certain death in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only Scotty rebooting the ''Vengeance'' saved saves Kirk and the ''Enterprise''.]]
]]
* CallToAdventure:
CallToAdventure: Delivered to Kirk by Captain Pike.
-->'''Pike:''' Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives... including lives--including your mother's, and yours. [[DareToBeBadass I dare you to do better]].
better.]]
* CanonDiscontinuity: CanonDiscontinuity:
**
Subverted. Though this film and any sequels that follow [[ContinuityReboot revamp]] the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] era of the TrekVerse Franchise/TrekVerse in a [[AlternateTimeline divergent, parallel timeline]], they still accept the previous shows and movies as canon as they're [[StealthSequel a loose continuation]] of that continuity. Contrary to popular belief, the timeline in the new movies is not the original timeline having been altered, but simply [[AlternateContinuity a new, separate timeline altogether that branches off]] the original one as a weird result of TimeTravel. The creators were not going to disrespectfully erase 43 years of iconic sci-fi.
** The [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise voyages]] events of the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' prequel series ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' remain as part of the history shared by both timelines ironically timelines--ironically enough, given how divisive the show was to fans.
* CannonFodder: Chief Engineer Olson -- is a little too gung-ho during the spacejump and promptly incinerates himself--and yep, his jumpsuit armor was is [[RedShirt red]].
* CaptainObvious:
CaptainObvious: Spock's observations on [=McCoy's=] new station are plenty obvious to [=McCoy=], anyway.
-->'''Spock:''' ''(on intercom)'' ''[on intercom]'' Dr. Puri, report?\\
'''Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=]:''' It's [=McCoy=]. Dr. Puri was on Deck 6. [[HesDeadJim He's dead]].\\dead.]]\\



''([=McCoy=] looks at a burning medical room full of casualties from the attack)''\\
'''Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=]:''' Yeah, tell me something I don't know!
* CasualCarGiveaway: When Kirk is leaving for Starfleet he hands his motorcycle over to one of the construction workers at the dock:
-->'''Construction Worker:''' Nice bike.\\
'''Kirk:''' ''(tossing the keys)'' It's yours.

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''([=McCoy=] ''[[=McCoy=] looks at a burning medical room full of casualties from the attack)''\\
'''Leonard "Bones" [=McCoy=]:'''
attack]''\\
'''[=McCoy=]:'''
Yeah, tell me something I don't know!
* CasualCarGiveaway: When Kirk is leaving for Starfleet he hands his motorcycle over to one of the construction workers at the dock:
-->'''Construction Worker:''' Nice bike.\\
'''Kirk:''' ''(tossing the keys)'' It's yours.
know!



* CatchPhrase: Almost every word that proceeds from Old Spock's mouth. The amount of original dialogue written for Leonard Nimoy was vanishingly low.
* CavalierConsumption: Kirk during the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test is shown casually munching on an apple while [[spoiler:destroying the simulated Klingon attackers with trivial ease thanks to hacking the sim computers]]. The gesture was added by Chris Pine because he heard once that eating an apple makes you look more cocky.
** Whether intentional or not, one of the many [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], this time to ''Wrath of Khan'', where Shatner!Kirk talks about the test while casually consuming an apple.

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* CasualCarGiveaway: When Kirk is leaving for Starfleet, he hands his motorcycle over to one of the construction workers at the dock.
-->'''Construction Worker:''' Nice bike.\\
'''Kirk:''' ''[tossing the keys]'' It's yours.
* CatchPhrase: Almost every word that proceeds from Old Spock's Spock Prime's mouth. The amount of original dialogue written for Leonard Nimoy was vanishingly low.
* CavalierConsumption: Kirk during the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test is shown casually munching on an apple while [[spoiler:destroying the simulated Klingon attackers with trivial ease thanks to hacking the sim computers]]. The gesture was added by Chris Pine because he heard once that eating an apple makes you look more cocky.
**
cocky. Whether intentional or not, this is one of the many [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]], {{Continuity Nod}}s, this time to ''Wrath of Khan'', where Shatner!Kirk talks about the test while casually consuming an apple.



-->"If you try to knock me you'll get mocked\\

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-->"If -->''If you try to knock me you'll get mocked\\



Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock!"

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Like a pinch on the neck from Mr. Spock!"Spock!''



** Also, the Klingon transmission that Uhura tells Gaila about, while Kirk is hiding under Gaila's bed, plays a small but vital part to Kirk's attempts to make Pike take him seriously.

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** Also, the The Klingon transmission that Uhura tells Gaila about, while Kirk is hiding under Gaila's bed, plays a small but vital part to in Kirk's attempts to make Pike take him seriously.



* TheChewtoy: While Kirk is still TheAce we all know and love, he's on the receiving end of most of the asskickings in the film, from the heroes ''and'' villains alike! Likewise, his tragic backstory, his reaction to the vaccine and being chased by not one, but ''two'' monsters within minutes of landing on Delta Vega, seem to suggest that the universe is actively conspiring to screw with him!

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* TheChewtoy: TheChewToy: While Kirk is still TheAce we all know and love, he's on the receiving end of most of the asskickings in the film, from the heroes ''and'' villains alike! Likewise, his tragic backstory, his reaction to the vaccine vaccine, and being chased by not one, but ''two'' monsters within minutes of landing on Delta Vega, seem to suggest that the universe is actively conspiring to screw with him!



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: When Kirk, Sulu and Engineer Olsen are parachuting to the drill platform, Sulu is wearing (and coded) gold (for Command), Olsen is red (for Engineering), and Kirk, who "wasn't supposed to be there anyways," is wearing blue (of Sciences).

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: When Kirk, Sulu and Engineer Olsen are parachuting to the drill platform, Sulu is wearing (and coded) gold (for Command), Olsen is red (for Engineering), and Kirk, who "wasn't supposed to be there anyways," is wearing blue (of (for Sciences).



* CompositeCharacter: This universe's version of Uhura owes a bit her being a ''CunningLinguist'' to [[Series/StarTrekenterprise Hoshi Sato]], as well as Nichelle Nichols creating the character as a linguist originally (even if she never really spoke any alien language in the show and actually used a dictionary to speak Klingon in one of the tos movies)
** The re-imagined ''Enterprise'' is an elemental fusion of the original ship from ''The Original Series'' and the heavily-refit version from the first 6 ''Star Trek'' films.
* ContinuityCameo: ''"But, sir! If we ignite the red matter--..."'' While not a straight movie-to-movie example, the ''Narada'' managed to sneak in an almost blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo by Wil Wheaton - Wesley Crusher in TNG - during one of the more hectic battle scenes.

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* CompositeCharacter: CompositeCharacter:
**
This universe's version of Uhura Uhura, being a CunningLinguist, owes a bit her being a ''CunningLinguist'' to [[Series/StarTrekenterprise Hoshi Sato]], as well as to Nichelle Nichols creating the character as a linguist originally (even if she never really spoke any alien language in the show and actually used a dictionary to speak Klingon in one of the tos movies)
TOS movies).
** The re-imagined ''Enterprise'' is an elemental fusion of the original ship from ''The Original Series'' and the heavily-refit version from the first 6 six ''Star Trek'' films.
* ContinuityCameo: ''"But, sir! If we ignite the red matter--..."'' While not a straight movie-to-movie example, the ''Narada'' managed to sneak in an almost blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo by Wil Wheaton - Wesley Creator/WilWheaton--Wesley Crusher in TNG - during TNG--during one of the more hectic battle scenes.



** Every single character gets their famous catch phrase or mannerism in the flick. "Wessels", "Giving her all she's got", "[[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a doctor, not a--]]", etc.
** And...

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** Every single character gets their famous catch phrase or mannerism in the flick. "Wessels", "Giving her all she's got", "[[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a doctor, not a--]]", etc.
**
a—]]", etc. And...



** There's also a reference to an "[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Archer]]"; though the captain of the first Starship ''Enterprise'' would be pushing 150 by the time of the film, WordOfGod says it's meant to be him (and [=McCoy=] Prime did live to at least 137). The reference, incidentally, is [[spoiler:his dog being eaten by the transporter]].

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** There's also a reference to an "[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Archer]]"; though the captain of the first Starship ''Enterprise'' would be pushing 150 by the time of the film, WordOfGod says it's meant to be him (and [=McCoy=] Prime did live to at least 137). The reference, incidentally, is [[spoiler:his dog being eaten by the transporter]].



** Not to mention Nero's hilarious nod to ''Wrath of Khan'': '''SPOOOOCK!! SPOOOOOOCK!!!'''
** One scene has the bridge crew formulating a plan. As in the old days, Kirk is in the Captain's chair, in one of the classic poses, [=McCoy=] is standing behind him, Spock is pacing. [[MoodWhiplash And then Spock snaps at Kirk to get out of the chair]].
** Kirk intentionally angers Spock, including mocking his parentage, but he's not doing it to be a {{Jerkass}}; he's doing it because he had to. The same thing happens in the ''TOS'' episode "This Side of Paradise" when Kirk has to piss off Spock to release him from the effect of the spores. [[spoiler:Spock Prime undoubtedly had this incident in mind when he counseled Kirk on how to provoke Spock into an extreme emotional response]].
** Sarek's reply to a young Spock about why he married Spock's human mother: "As Ambassador to Earth it is my duty to observe and understand human behavior. Marrying your mother was... logical.", the same answer Sarek gives an adult Spock to the same question in the TOS episode "Journey to Babel".

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** Not to mention Nero's Nero has a hilarious nod to ''Wrath of Khan'': '''SPOOOOCK!! SPOOOOOOCK!!!'''
'''"SPOOOOCK!! SPOOOOOOCK!!!"'''
** One scene has the bridge crew formulating a plan. As in the old days, Kirk is in the Captain's chair, in one of the classic poses, [=McCoy=] is standing behind him, Spock is pacing. [[MoodWhiplash And then Spock snaps at Kirk to get out of the chair]].
chair.]]
** Kirk intentionally angers Spock, including mocking his parentage, but he's not doing it to be a {{Jerkass}}; he's doing it because he had to. The same thing happens in the ''TOS'' episode "This "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E24ThisSideOfParadise This Side of Paradise" Paradise]]" when Kirk has to piss off Spock to release him from the effect of the spores. [[spoiler:Spock Prime undoubtedly had this incident in mind when he counseled Kirk on how to provoke Spock into an extreme emotional response]].
response.]]
** Sarek's reply to a young Spock about why he married Spock's human mother: "As Ambassador to Earth it is my duty to observe and understand human behavior. Marrying your mother was... logical.", logical," is the same answer Sarek gives an adult Spock to the same question in the TOS episode "Journey "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E10JourneyToBabel Journey to Babel".Babel]]".



** Captain Pike, the captain of the ''Enterprise'' in the pilot episode, who also appeared in a later episode involving Spock. Near the end of the film, he is seen [[spoiler: in a wheelchair]], another continuity nod (or perhaps MythologyGag?) to that later episode "The Menagerie"/"The Cage" (he's obviously in better condition).

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** Captain Pike, Pike was the captain of the ''Enterprise'' in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E0TheCage the original pilot episode, who episode]], and also appeared in a later episode involving Spock. Near the end of the film, he is seen [[spoiler: in a wheelchair]], another continuity nod (or perhaps MythologyGag?) to that later episode "The Menagerie"/"The Cage" (he's episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E11TheMenageriePartI The Menagerie]]" (though he's obviously in better condition).



*** She might be seen when Kirk and Spock beam back to the ''Enterprise'' with Pike at the end of the film, but isn't named in the scene, so it's left ambiguous.

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*** She ** Chapel might be seen on-screen when Kirk and Spock beam back to the ''Enterprise'' with Pike at the end of the film, but isn't named in the scene, so it's left ambiguous.



** Spock accusing [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] of lying to Kirk when letting him "infer universe-ending paradoxes would ensue" if they met, and [[spoiler:Spock Prime]]'s answer, "Lied? No, I...implied" is a callback to ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath Of Khan]]''. Saavik accuses [[spoiler:Spock]] of lying, to which he replies, "No, I...exaggerated."

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** Spock accusing [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] of lying to Kirk when letting him "infer universe-ending paradoxes would ensue" if they met, and [[spoiler:Spock Prime]]'s answer, "Lied? No, I..."Oh, I... implied" is a callback to ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath Of of Khan]]''. Saavik accuses [[spoiler:Spock]] of lying, to which he replies, "No, I... exaggerated."



** [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] giving Scotty his own formula for transwarp beaming recalls Scotty in Star Trek IV giving a 20th century scientist the formula for transparent aluminum with the justification "for all we know, he invented the stuff."

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** [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] giving Scotty his own formula for transwarp beaming recalls Scotty in Star ''Film/{{Star Trek IV IV|TheVoyageHome}}'' giving a 20th century scientist the formula for transparent aluminum with the justification "for justification, "For all we know, he invented the stuff."



** The planet Kirk is stranded on "Delta Vega", appeared in the first (chronologically speaking) episode of TOS, as the planet where Kirk and Spock planned to maroon their god-like friend Gary Mitchell.
** There's an early nod to the animated series' episode 'Yesteryear', in which young Spock experiences an outburst of emotion and proceeds to pummel another Vulcan child mercilessly for insulting Sarek and Amanda.

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** The planet Kirk is stranded on on, "Delta Vega", Vega," appeared in the first (chronologically speaking) episode of TOS, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore Where No Man Has Gone Before]]", as the planet where Kirk and Spock planned to maroon their god-like friend Gary Mitchell.
** There's an early nod to [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries the animated series' series]]' episode 'Yesteryear', "[[Recap/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeriesS1E2Yesteryear Yesteryear]]", in which young Spock experiences an outburst of emotion and proceeds to pummel another Vulcan child mercilessly for insulting Sarek and Amanda.



** Abrams has stated that one of the reasons for Starfleet's increased militarism is because of the ''Narada'''s attack on the ''Kelvin''. It's not without precedent in Star Trek; the same thing happened after [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Battle of Wolf 359]] and [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine the destruction of the USS]] ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odyssey]]'' in the main continuity. And as an added bonus, Wolf 359 was a battle in which the Federation was nearly destroyed by a Borg ship. The ''Narada'', which nearly succeeds in destroying the Federation, also had Borg technology integrated into it.
** A human mind-melding with a Vulcan exposes the former to the onslaught of the latter's powerful emotions. Kirk's tearful reaction after receiving [[spoiler: Spock Prime]]'s memories of [[spoiler: Vulcan's destruction]] mirrors that of Picard's breakdown after melding with Sarek in the TNG episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek Sarek]].

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** Abrams has stated that one of the reasons for Starfleet's increased militarism is because of the ''Narada'''s attack on the ''Kelvin''. It's not without precedent in Star Trek; ''Star Trek''; the same thing happened after [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Battle of Wolf 359]] and [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine the destruction of the USS]] ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odyssey]]'' in the main continuity. And as an added bonus, Wolf 359 was a battle in which the Federation was nearly destroyed by a Borg ship. The ''Narada'', which nearly succeeds in destroying the Federation, also had Borg technology integrated into it.
** A human mind-melding with a Vulcan exposes the former to the onslaught of the latter's powerful emotions. Kirk's tearful reaction after receiving [[spoiler: Spock Prime]]'s memories of [[spoiler: Vulcan's destruction]] mirrors that of Picard's breakdown after melding with Sarek in the TNG episode [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek Sarek]]."[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E23Sarek Sarek]]".



** When Spock turns down his admission to the Vulcan Science Academy, a minister says "No Vulcan has declined admission." Since they (not-very) subtly insulted his mother, Spock retorts, "Since I am half-human, your reputation remains untarnished.". This refers to the climax of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': As [=McCoy=] tries to stop Spock from entering the dangerously-radiated Engineering, saying "No human can tolerate the radiation in there!", Spock retorts, "As you are so fond of pointing out, Doctor, I am not human."

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** When Spock turns down his admission to the Vulcan Science Academy, a minister says says, "No Vulcan has declined admission." Since they (not-very) subtly insulted his mother, Spock retorts, "Since I am half-human, your reputation remains untarnished.". " This refers to the climax of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': As [=McCoy=] tries to stop Spock from entering the dangerously-radiated Engineering, saying "No human can tolerate the radiation in there!", Spock retorts, "As you are so fond of pointing out, Doctor, I am not human."



** The various comics and novels associated with the movie make Nero far more sympathetic and (emotionally) powerful as a villain than the above text implies.



** Except Uhura's superior -- she's just a much better linguist than he is.
** Scotty came on board after the previous Chief Engineer had already [[RedShirt succumbed to stupidity]], and he had just ''invented transwarp beaming''. Sort of. [[spoiler:Not that Old Spock had nothing to do with giving Scotty his own completed theory]].

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** Except Uhura's superior -- she's superior--she's just a much better linguist than he is.
** Scotty came comes on board after the previous Chief Engineer had has already [[RedShirt succumbed to stupidity]], and he had has just ''invented transwarp beaming''. Sort of. [[spoiler:Not that Old Spock had Prime has nothing to do with giving Scotty his own completed theory]].



** Maybe the biggest one. Spock gets annoyed with Kirk and drops him on the nearest planet after [[spoiler: Vulcan is destroyed]], which is also where [[spoiler: Old Spock]] is hanging out, because Nero wanted him to bear witness. So far so good. Then Kirk just happens to land within running distance of [[spoiler: Spock's cave]], when he could have landed anywhere on the planet. That's... incredibly unlikely. And then [[spoiler: Scotty just happens to be stationed in an outpost only a couple of miles away. It's possible that Kirk's pod was deliberately dropped nearby a Federation installation, but that doesn't explain what Spock is doing so close by]].
*** The film ''tries'' to lampshade this coincidence by having [[spoiler: Old Spock]] ask Kirk, "How did you find me?" But, Kirk is too freaked out to answer that question.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: During the drill fight Sulu is almost sucked into the laser drill, but apparently is ok since he didn't actually touch it. In the same fight Sulu, Kirk, and two Romulans fight on top of the drill, which occasionally emits fire through some vents. The heat doesn't affect them unless they're standing on the vents when they're venting flame.
* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction: Nero has caught Kirk by the throat and is seemingly going to choke him to death, until he's told the ''Jellyfish'', the Vulcan ship they've been using as an explosives source, has been stolen by Spock. Immediately he runs off to deal with this, leaving Kirk to fight his minion instead.
* CoolBike: Kirk's motorbike and the Iowa Cop's hoverbike
* CoolOldGuy: [[spoiler:Spock Prime]]
** Captain Pike definitely qualifies.

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** Maybe the biggest one. Spock gets annoyed with Kirk and drops him on the nearest planet after [[spoiler: Vulcan is destroyed]], which is also where [[spoiler: Old Spock]] is hanging out, because Nero wanted him to bear witness. So far so good. Then Kirk just happens to land within running distance of [[spoiler: Spock's cave]], when he could have landed anywhere on the planet. That's... incredibly unlikely. And then [[spoiler: Scotty just happens to be stationed in an outpost only a couple of miles away. It's possible that Kirk's pod was deliberately dropped nearby a Federation installation, but that doesn't explain what Spock is doing so close by]].
***
by]]. The film ''tries'' to lampshade this coincidence by having [[spoiler: Old Spock]] ask Kirk, "How did you find me?" But, Kirk is too freaked out to answer that question.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: During the drill fight Sulu is almost sucked into the laser drill, but apparently is ok since he didn't actually touch it. In the same fight Sulu, Kirk, and two Romulans fight on top of the drill, which occasionally emits fire through some vents. The heat doesn't affect them unless they're standing on the vents when they're venting flame.
flame.
* ConvenientlyTimedDistraction: Nero has caught Kirk by the throat and is seemingly going to choke him to death, until he's told the ''Jellyfish'', the Vulcan ship they've been using as an explosives source, has been stolen by Spock. Immediately he runs off to deal with this, leaving Kirk to fight his minion instead.
instead.
* CoolBike: CoolBike:
**
Kirk's motorbike and motorbike, a quietly purring little number that seems to indicate that high-efficiency vehicles will not only succeed in the Iowa Cop's hoverbike
future, but will be considered badass.
** The motorcycle cop that attempts to pull young Kirk over rides a ''flying'' hoverbike.
* CoolOldGuy: CoolOldGuy:
**
[[spoiler:Spock Prime]]
Prime]], still stoic, but with a quiet dignity and a keen mind that allows him to manipulate Kirk into taking his rightful place as captain of the ''Enterprise'' and saving the day.
** Captain Pike definitely qualifies.is a confident and charismatic leader whom the ''Enterprise'' crew obviously highly respects.



** The starship ''Enterprise'' is completely pimped-out like a [[TheFifties 50s]]/[[TheSixties 60s]] hot-rod complete with interiors that could only be described as "an [[AppleMacintosh Apple]] Store on crack" and she never looked so good.

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** The starship ''Enterprise'' is completely pimped-out like a [[TheFifties 50s]]/[[TheSixties 60s]] hot-rod complete with interiors that could only be described as "an [[AppleMacintosh Apple]] UsefulNotes/{{Apple|Macintosh}} Store on crack" crack," and she never looked so good.



** The Shuttles from the ''Original Series'' are back.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: Subverted yet played with as we see the young TOS crew at the beginning of their Starfleet careers albeit in a technologically advanced new timeline in which the events of ''The Original Series'' could never possibly occur.
** The opening is set 32 years before TOS, however the starship ''Kelvin'' still looks like a major upgrade to the original ''Enterprise'' despite being it's forerunner.

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** The Shuttles from the ''Original ''The Original Series'' are back.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel:
**
Subverted yet played with as we see the young TOS crew at the beginning of their Starfleet careers careers, albeit in a technologically advanced new timeline in which the events of ''The Original Series'' could never possibly occur.
** The opening is set 32 years before TOS, however TOS; however, the starship ''Kelvin'' still looks like a major upgrade to the original ''Enterprise'' despite being it's its forerunner.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: Although the ''Narada'' crew was held prisoner by the Klingon Emprire for 25 years, in deleted scenes, Nero still could have taken his ship to Romulus after escaping, even [[spoiler:Spock Prime's ship after capturing him]], and used all that future tech to help his race conquer their enemies. No wonder Spock decided Nero was crazy.
** Pike points this out to Nero during his interrogation. But Nero responds that it's not the Romulus he knows, and his loved ones would still be dead.
** Which makes his entire plan to destroy Vulcan pointless, as by extension it is not the Vulcan, Spock knows, and thus not one he has reason to care about.
* DareToBeBadass:
--> '''Pike:''' Your father was captain of a starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 lives, including your mother's. And yours. I ''dare'' you to do better.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Heavily alluded to with Kirk, who lost his father [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition just minutes after his birth]], was frequently abused by his [[AbusiveParents stepfather]] while his mother was off-planet, his brother Johnny ran away when Jim was still young because he hated their stepfather so much, nearly killed himself by driving a car off a cliff when he was twelve, possibly survived [[FinalSolution Tarsus]] IV (if future movies keep with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]), and was already a repeat offender long before enlisting in Starfleet.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Unquestionably so. Even during the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' years, the Federation and Starfleet were still mostly set up around peaceful missions. In the reboot, Pike described the federation as a "humanitarian and peacekeeping armada," and the rest of the film is spent fighting. WordOfGod states that this was due to the ''Kelvin's'' encounter with the ''Narada'', which caused Starfleet to take on a much more militaristic turn.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: Although the ''Narada'' crew was held prisoner by the Klingon Emprire for 25 years, in deleted scenes, Nero still could have taken his ship to Romulus after escaping, even [[spoiler:Spock Prime's ship after capturing him]], and used all that future tech to help his race conquer their enemies. No wonder Spock decided Nero was crazy.
**
crazy. Pike points this out to Nero during his interrogation. But Nero responds that it's not the Romulus he knows, and his loved ones would still be dead.
** Which makes * DareToBeBadass: Kirk's CallToAdventure takes the form of a dare issued by Captain Pike, challenging hims to live up to his entire plan to destroy Vulcan pointless, as by extension it is not the Vulcan, Spock knows, and thus not one he has reason to care about.
* DareToBeBadass:
--> '''Pike:'''
father's legacy instead of drifting through life in small-town Iowa.
-->'''Pike:'''
Your father was captain of a starship for 12 twelve minutes. He saved 800 lives, including lives--including your mother's. And mother's, and yours. I ''dare'' you to do better.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Heavily alluded to with Kirk, who lost his father [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition just minutes after his birth]], was frequently abused by his [[AbusiveParents stepfather]] while his mother was off-planet, his off-planet--his brother Johnny ran away when Jim was still young because he hated their stepfather so much, nearly much--nearly killed himself by driving a car off a cliff when he was twelve, possibly survived [[FinalSolution Tarsus]] IV Tarsus IV]] (if future movies keep with [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]), and was already a repeat offender long before enlisting in Starfleet.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Unquestionably so. Even during the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' years, the Federation and Starfleet were still mostly set up around peaceful missions. In the reboot, Pike described the federation describes Starfleet as a "humanitarian and peacekeeping armada," and the rest of the film is spent fighting. WordOfGod states that this was due to the ''Kelvin's'' encounter with the ''Narada'', which caused Starfleet to take on a much more militaristic turn.



--->'''Spock''' (to [=McCoy=]): However, if crew morale is better served by my roaming the halls weeping, [[SarcasmMode I will gladly defer to your medical expertise]].
** [=McCoy=] gets his share in, as Karl Urban is seemingly channeling the ghost of [=DeForrest=] Kelley.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Kirk and Spock.

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--->'''Spock''' (to [=McCoy=]): --->'''Spock:''' ''[to [=McCoy=]]'' However, if crew morale is better served by my roaming the halls weeping, [[SarcasmMode I will gladly defer to your medical expertise]].
** [=McCoy=] gets his share in, as Karl Urban is seemingly channeling the ghost of [=DeForrest=] Kelley.
Creator/DeForrestKelley.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Kirk successfully bullies Spock out of the Acting Captain's chair and Spock.takes over, Spock lends his expertise to Kirk's crazy rescue plan, even though it's not the course he'd choose. Their friendship grows from there.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: Kirk hits on Uhura at the beginning of the movie, but she turns him down. It is later revealed that she and Spock have an established relationship. Which is slightly disturbing, as Spock's [[HotForTeacher not at the Academy as a student]].
** The IDW tie-in comics show that he's actually quite supportive of Spock and Uhura's relationship.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: Kirk hits on Uhura at the beginning of the movie, but she turns him down. It is later revealed that she and Spock have an established relationship. Which is slightly disturbing, as Spock's [[HotForTeacher not at the Academy as a student]].
**
student]]. The IDW tie-in comics show that he's Kirk is actually quite supportive of Spock and Uhura's relationship.



* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Amanda, Spock's mother, died just to twist the knife of angst deeper for Spock]]. Of course, so did a significant portion of the Vulcan race, but still.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Nero decides to wait 25 years for Spock to come through the same black hole that pulled him into the past, makes Spock watch [[spoiler:Vulcan get destroyed, and then moves on to systematically destroy the other planets of the Federation. All of this is because Spock turned up mere minutes too late to save Romulus from a super nova.]] (Countdown's backstory doesn't count as the film's writers have established it as non-canon material).

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* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler: Amanda, [[spoiler:Amanda, Spock's mother, died dies just to twist the knife of angst deeper for Spock]]. Spock.]] Of course, so did does a significant portion of the Vulcan race, but still.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Nero decides to wait 25 years for Spock to come through the same black hole that pulled him into the past, makes Spock watch [[spoiler:Vulcan get destroyed, and then moves on to systematically destroy the other planets of the Federation. All of this is because Spock turned up mere minutes too late to save Romulus from a super nova.]] (Countdown's backstory doesn't count as the film's writers have established it as non-canon material).material.)



* DivorceAssetsConflict: The conflict had already finished and Dr. Leonard [=McCoy=] tells Kirk that his ex-wife took everything from him.
--> Well, I got nowhere else to go. The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I got left is my bones.
** And thus is born a great friendship and a famous nickname.
* DoomedByCanon: Consciously averted. One of the stated reasons why the writers set the {{film}} in an AlternateUniverse was so that events ''weren't necessarily'' a ForegoneConclusion. Things no longer need to turn out quite the way they did before, and AnyoneCanDie.

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* DivorceAssetsConflict: The conflict had has already finished and Dr. Leonard [=McCoy=] tells Kirk that his ex-wife took everything from him.
--> -->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Well, I got nowhere else to go. The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I got left is my bones.
** :: And thus is born a great friendship and a famous nickname.
* DoomedByCanon: Consciously averted. One of the stated reasons why the writers set the {{film}} film in an AlternateUniverse was is so that events ''weren't ''aren't necessarily'' a ForegoneConclusion. Things no longer need to turn out quite the way they did before, and AnyoneCanDie.



* DoubleConsciousness: Spock, very much so.
* TheDragon: Nero's second-in-command, Ayel.

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* DoubleConsciousness: Spock, very much so.
Spock feels divided between his human and Vulcan halves. Learning to harness his anger over [[spoiler:his mother's death]] rather than suppress it as a Vulcan would is a major moment of growth for him.
-->'''Sarek:''' You will always be a child of two worlds. The question you must answer is: What path will you choose?
* TheDragon: Nero's second-in-command, Ayel. Kirk has to defeat him one-on-one in order to rescue Captain Pike.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved over 800 lives, including your mother's, and yours."
** For the record, that averages out to ten lives every nine seconds.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "Your father was captain of a starship for twelve minutes. He saved over 800 lives, including your mother's, and yours."
**
" For the record, that averages out to ten lives every nine seconds.



** In the scene where the ''Enterprise'' first appears at Vulcan, after they come out of their slow barrel roll to avoid the debris, you can see [[StarWars R2-D2]] in the bottom left corner of the screen.

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** In the scene where the ''Enterprise'' first appears at Vulcan, after they come out of their slow barrel roll to avoid the debris, you can see [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]] in the bottom left corner of the screen.



*** Speaking of Abrams' overall work, the name of the ''USS Kelvin'' is this film's use of the "Kelvin" mark he puts in most of his films and TV series.
** Speaking of ''Cloverfield'', the [[spoiler: giant red monster that attacked Kirk when he landed on the snow planet]] is reminiscent of the ''Cloverfield'' monster due to the shared bent-arm walking style and six limbed form. It appears ''Cloverfield'' has now unofficially become the earliest point in the ''Star Trek'' film timeline. Interesting....
*** Unless you count the ''Millenium Falcon'' in StarTrekFirstContact.
** When Kirk and Spock first enter the bridge of the ''Jellyfish'', [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Jellyfish_cockpit.jpg the control chair and viewport]] form [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:VulcanIDIC.jpg the triangle-and-circle-within-a-circle symbol of IDIC]], the Vulcan philosophy of "infinite diversity in infinite combinations".
*** This is not surprising considering the ship was built by [[spoiler: the Vulcan Science Academy]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: [=McCoy=] is particularly fond of bestowing these upon people when frustrated or angry, especially in regards to Spock, whom he personally nicknames the 'pointy-eared bastard' or 'green-bloodied hobgoblin', to name a few.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Kirk choosing to sabotage the Kobayashi Maru test rather than accept defeat. This has been his ECM ever since it was first discussed in ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'', but this was the first time we got to see it happen canonically.

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*** ** Speaking of Abrams' overall work, the name of the ''USS Kelvin'' USS ''Kelvin'' is this film's use of the "Kelvin" mark he puts in most of his films and TV series.
** Speaking of ''Cloverfield'', the [[spoiler: giant red monster that attacked Kirk when he landed on the snow planet]] is reminiscent of the ''Cloverfield'' monster due to the shared bent-arm walking style and six limbed form. It appears ''Cloverfield'' has now unofficially become the earliest point in the ''Star Trek'' film timeline. Interesting....
*** Unless you count the ''Millenium Falcon'' in StarTrekFirstContact.
Interesting...
** When Kirk and Spock first enter the bridge of the ''Jellyfish'', [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:Jellyfish_cockpit.jpg the control chair and viewport]] form [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/File:VulcanIDIC.jpg the triangle-and-circle-within-a-circle symbol of IDIC]], the Vulcan philosophy of "infinite diversity in infinite combinations".
***
combinations". This is not surprising considering the ship was built by [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Vulcan Science Academy]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: [=McCoy=] is particularly fond of bestowing these upon people when frustrated or angry, especially in regards to Spock, whom he personally nicknames the 'pointy-eared bastard' "pointy-eared bastard" or 'green-bloodied hobgoblin', "green-bloodied hobgoblin," to name a few.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
**
Kirk choosing to sabotage the Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' test rather than accept defeat. This has been his ECM ever since it was first discussed in ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]'', but this was the first time we got to see it happen canonically.



* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Starfleet Academy in San Francisco. Justified though, as A) everyone in Starfleet has to go there, B) technically, only three of the characters were seen on-screen attending said school, and C) Spock was actually an ''instructor''.

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* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether:
**
Starfleet Academy in San Francisco. Justified though, as A) everyone in Starfleet has to go there, B) technically, only three of the characters were seen on-screen attending said school, and C) Spock was actually an ''instructor''.



* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Spock's ship, the ''Jellyfish''.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: According to Bones;
--> '''Bones''': Space is disease and danger, wrapped in darkness and silence!
* ExactWords: Spock Prime insists that his presence be kept secret from Spock. Kirk infers from this that [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet universe-ending paradoxes will ensue]]. Spock Prime expected Kirk to do just that... but he never actually 'said'' that would be the consequence, so technically he did not lie.
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: When ''Enterprise'' is getting sucked into a black hole near the end and they're running the warp engines at maximum power, Scotty is running around in Engineering trying to hold the ship together. A pipe cracks overhead and steam comes venting out.
* ExpospeakGag:
-->'''Pike:''' Is the parking brake on?
-->'''Sulu:''' Uh, no. I'll figure it out. I'm just...
-->'''Spock:''' Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?

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* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Spock's ship, the ''Jellyfish''.
''Jellyfish'', has a spinning module around its core that seems to take the place of static warp nacelles.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: According to Bones;
--> '''Bones''':
Bones, as soon as you leave Earth you may as well kiss your life goodbye.
-->'''Bones:'''
Space is disease and danger, wrapped in darkness and silence!
* ExactWords: Spock Prime insists that his presence be kept secret from Spock. Kirk infers from this that [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet universe-ending paradoxes will ensue]]. Spock Prime expected Kirk to do just that... but he never actually 'said'' ''said'' that would be the consequence, so technically he did not lie.
* ExcessiveSteamSyndrome: When the ''Enterprise'' is getting sucked into a black hole near the end and they're running the warp engines at maximum power, Scotty is running around in Engineering trying to hold the ship together. A pipe cracks overhead and steam comes venting out.
* ExpospeakGag:
ExpospeakGag: The rest of the fleet jumps to warp, but the ''Enterprise'' just whines a bit. As Sulu tries frantically to figure out what's wrong, Captain Pike tries to give him a hint, but Spock needs to spell it out for him.
-->'''Pike:''' Is the parking brake on?
-->'''Sulu:'''
on?\\
'''Sulu:'''
Uh, no. I'll figure it out. I'm just...
-->'''Spock:'''
just...\\
'''Spock:'''
Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?



* ExpositionBeam: Oh yeah, [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] hits this one 'til it bleeds. Big time.

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* ExpositionBeam: Oh yeah, [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] hits this one 'til it bleeds. Big time.Prime]]'s mind-meld with Kirk serves as a quick way to explain Nero's plan and motivation to both him and the audience.



** [[spoiler:Nero solemnly closes his eyes before the Narada is destroyed]].
** Extra points for George Kirk. C'mon, the man didn't even ''see'' his son and was in the process of saying "I love you, I love you, I love..." to his wife during his HeroicSacrifice.
*** [[ActorAllusion As if the Mighty Thor would go out any other way than with dignity!]]

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** [[spoiler:Nero solemnly closes his eyes before the Narada ''Narada'' is destroyed]].
destroyed.]]
** Extra points for George Kirk. C'mon, the man didn't even ''see'' his son and was is in the process of saying "I love you, I love you, I love..." to his wife during his HeroicSacrifice.
*** [[ActorAllusion As if the Mighty Thor would go out any other way than with dignity!]]
HeroicSacrifice.



* FailSafeFailure: The ''Kelvin'''s autopilot function gets destroyed at the wrong time, leaving George Kirk to ram it himself.

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* FailSafeFailure: FailsafeFailure: The ''Kelvin'''s autopilot function gets destroyed at the wrong time, leaving George Kirk to ram it himself.



* FauxAffablyEvil: "Hi, Christopher, I'm Nero." Eric Bana has [[LargeHam a lot of fun]] swinging between this and a more general evilness.
* FieldPromotion: Kirk goes from a Cadet up to acting Captain during the movie,

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* FauxAffablyEvil: "Hi, Christopher, I'm Nero." Eric Bana Creator/EricBana has [[LargeHam a lot of fun]] swinging between this and a more general evilness.
* FieldPromotion: Kirk goes from a Cadet up to acting Captain during the movie, movie.



-->'''Captain Pike:'''I'm Captain Christopher Pike. To whom am I speaking?\\

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-->'''Captain Pike:'''I'm Pike:''' I'm Captain Christopher Pike. To whom am I speaking?\\



* FixFic: SlashFic fans of the film who support Kirk/Spock tend to have Uhura a) end her relationship with Spock on amicable terms b) get dumped by Spock c) run off with Bones, Scotty, Chekov...any one else with a penis... or d) get eaten by the Gorn. It's starting to get a bit ridiculous.

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* FixFic: SlashFic fans of the film who support Kirk/Spock tend to have Uhura a) end her relationship with Spock on amicable terms b) get dumped by Spock c) run off with Bones, Scotty, Chekov... any one else with a penis... or d) get eaten by the Gorn. It's starting to get a bit ridiculous.



* ForWantOfANail: Why everything is different in the new timeline. See also Butterfly Of Doom, above.

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* ForWantOfANail: ForWantOfANail:
**
Why everything is different in the new timeline. See also Butterfly Of Doom, ButterflyOfDoom, above.



--> "When I lost her, I promised myself retribution; and for 25 years I planned my revenge against the Federation and forgot what it was like to live a normal life."
* FrickinLaserBeams: Phasers, naturally.
* FrictionlessReentry: Kirk, Sulu & Security Officer Redshirt do a skydive from low orbit around Vulcan, with no sign of atmospheric burn. Granted, one ''can'' assume their spacesuits are specially constructed to allow safe re-entry.
** Justified as they are dropping through the atmosphere vertically, so their tangential speed (which would cause the friction) is basically zero.[[note]]See also recent examples of successful stratosphere jumps.[[/note]]

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--> "When -->'''Nero:''' When I lost her, I promised myself retribution; and for 25 years I planned my revenge against the Federation and forgot what it was like to live a normal life."
life.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Phasers, naturally.
Phasers go from "continuous-beam" in prior ''Trek'' works to pulse weapons in this film.
* FrictionlessReentry: Kirk, Sulu & Security Officer Sulu, and Chief Engineer Redshirt do a skydive from low orbit around Vulcan, with no sign of atmospheric burn. Granted, one ''can'' assume their spacesuits are specially constructed to allow safe re-entry.
** Justified as
re-entry. As they are dropping through the atmosphere vertically, so their tangential speed (which would cause the friction) is basically zero.[[note]]See also recent examples of successful stratosphere jumps.[[/note]] [[/note]]



* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Nero. His backstory is that, in the late 24th century, his home planet (with his pregnant wife on it) was destroyed in a supernova, which, for some reason means that he wants to destroy every planet in TheFederation. To make matters worse, no one ever points out the fact that he's gone back in time a hundred and fifty years before the supernova took place and therefore has ample opportunity to, oh, I don't know... ''WARN HIS PEOPLE THAT THEIR PLANET IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED''.\\
\\

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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Nero. His backstory is that, in the late 24th century, his home planet (with his pregnant wife on it) was destroyed in a supernova, which, for some reason means that he wants to destroy every planet in TheFederation. To make matters worse, no one ever points out the fact that he's gone back in time a hundred and fifty years before the supernova took place and therefore has ample opportunity to, oh, I don't know... ''WARN HIS PEOPLE THAT THEIR PLANET IS GOING TO BE DESTROYED''.\\
\\
\\\



* GenreShift: The film has a very different tone from every show and movie that came before it in the [[Franchise/StarTrek franchise]] -- more of the fun, funny, ray gun action; the same WorldBuilding SpaceOpera; and less Technobabble or forced moral message.

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* GenreShift: The film has a very different tone from every show and movie that came before it in the [[Franchise/StarTrek franchise]] -- more franchise]]--more of the fun, funny, ray gun action; the same WorldBuilding SpaceOpera; and less Technobabble or forced moral message.



* GuileHero: Kirk.

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* %%* GuileHero: Kirk.



** [[spoiler:The ''Enterprise'' drops out of warp and fires its weapons to destroy the missiles from the ''Narada'' that are headed towards Spock's craft]].

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** [[spoiler:The ''Enterprise'' drops out of warp and fires its weapons to destroy the missiles from the ''Narada'' that are headed towards Spock's craft]].craft, the ''Jellyfish''.]]



* HandsomeLech: Kirk eyeballs every woman in the vicinity (even while being dragged through Sickbay by [=McCoy=], sick as a dog from space flu) but the only woman he (visibly) scores with is Uhura's roommate.

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* HandsomeLech: Kirk eyeballs every woman in the vicinity (even while being dragged through Sickbay by [=McCoy=], sick as a dog from space flu) flu), but the only woman he (visibly) scores with is Uhura's roommate.



** One of the finest and most moving in the entire Star Trek canon. The movie begins with George Kirk staying behind on the U.S.S. ''Kelvin'' to save the escaping crew, including his pregnant wife and her child. Kirk becomes a legendary hero for this action, given that in his extremely short time as Captain, he saved 800 lives. This is made all the more poignant considering that, when you look closely, you can actually ''see'' missiles from the ''Narada'' being intercepted just before they are about to impact on his wife's shuttle. There was, quite simply, no chance of survival without him.
** Captain Robau as well. "If I'm not back in 15 minutes, evacuate the crew." basically means Robau sacrificed himself to buy time for the evacuation of the ''Kelvin''. He knew he was going to his death.
** And Pike too, after a fashion. He pulls a Robau, going off to sacrifice himself to Nero (and let's face it, Robau's fate ''had'' to have been in his head as he did all of this) while the crew mounts a counterattack. Though, it's also subverted a bit when [[spoiler:Kirk shows up later to pull Pike off the ''Narada'' before it blows]].
* TheHerosJourney: Near-perfect example, in double for both Spock and Kirk, including the Miraculous Birth: James Tiberius Kirk, born on the day of the destruction of the ''Kelvin'', son of the hero George Kirk of the same battle; Spock, born the [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Human]] son of the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek. In fact, in the novelisation we learn that during Spock's birth, a star was going supernova elsewhere in the galaxy. The novelisation actually states that the birth of Spock and the death of an entire inhabited solar system are equal in magnitude according to ''the universe itself!''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Kirk and Spock. [[spoiler:Spock Prime goes to incredibly risky lengths in order to preserve the natural development of the galaxy's greatest bromance]].
%%
%% The "Hey, It's That Guy!" trope belongs in Trivia/StarTrek
%%
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: The Romulans were well on the way to becoming allies with the Federation as of ''Nemesis'', only for their entire planet to get blown up by a supernova.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Heavily implied to be the case with George Kirk, judging by the ''Kelvin'' salt-shakers in the bar and Pike's gushing about how George Kirk was in his opinion, one of the finest Starfleet officers to have ever lived. While George's actions in saving the lives of everyone about the ''Kelvin'' and his [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] were undoubtedly heroic, one does have to wonder how Pike managed to turn those 12 minutes into a in-depth dissertation? It's implied that part of Kirk's cynicism derives from living in the shadow of what he initially believed to be a over-glorified kamekaze run.
* {{Homage}}: The lines and mannerisms of ''The Original Series'' cast.
* HitlerCam: [[spoiler: Used near the end of the film to compensate for the height difference between Spock and Spock]].

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** One of the finest and most moving in the entire Star Trek ''Star Trek'' canon. The movie begins with George Kirk staying behind on the U.S.S. ''Kelvin'' to save the escaping crew, including his pregnant wife and her child. Kirk becomes a legendary hero for this action, given that in his extremely short time as Captain, he saved 800 lives. This is made all the more poignant considering that, when you look closely, you can actually ''see'' missiles from the ''Narada'' being intercepted just before they are about to impact on his wife's shuttle. There was, quite simply, no chance of survival without him.
** Captain Robau as well. "If I'm not back in 15 minutes, evacuate the crew." crew," basically means Robau sacrificed sacrifices himself to buy time for the evacuation of the ''Kelvin''. He knew knows he was is going to his death.
** And Pike too, after a fashion. He pulls a Robau, going off to sacrifice himself to Nero (and let's face it, Robau's fate ''had'' ''has'' to have been be in his head as he did does all of this) while the crew mounts a counterattack. Though, it's also subverted a bit when [[spoiler:Kirk shows up later to pull Pike off the ''Narada'' before it blows]].
* TheHerosJourney: Near-perfect example, in double for both Spock and Kirk, including the Miraculous Birth: James Tiberius Kirk, born on the day of the destruction of the ''Kelvin'', son of the hero George Kirk of the same battle; Spock, born the [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Human]] Half-Human]] son of the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek. In fact, in the novelisation we learn that during Spock's birth, a star was going supernova elsewhere in the galaxy. The novelisation actually states that the birth of Spock and the death of an entire inhabited solar system are equal in magnitude according to ''the universe itself!''
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Kirk and Spock. [[spoiler:Spock Prime goes to incredibly risky lengths in order to preserve the natural development of the galaxy's greatest bromance]].
%%
%% The "Hey, It's That Guy!" trope belongs in Trivia/StarTrek
%%
bromance.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: The Romulans were well on the way to becoming allies with the Federation as of ''Nemesis'', ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'', only for their entire planet to get blown up by a supernova.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Heavily implied to be the case with George Kirk, judging by the ''Kelvin'' salt-shakers in the bar and Pike's gushing about how George Kirk was in his opinion, one of the finest Starfleet officers to have ever lived. While George's actions in saving the lives of everyone about the ''Kelvin'' and his [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] were undoubtedly heroic, one does have to wonder how Pike managed to turn those 12 minutes into a an in-depth dissertation? It's implied that part of Kirk's cynicism derives from living in the shadow of what he initially believed to be a over-glorified kamekaze run.
* {{Homage}}: The lines and mannerisms of ''The Original the ''Original Series'' cast.
* HitlerCam: [[spoiler: Used near the end of the film to compensate for the [[spoiler:the height difference between Spock and Spock]].



** "Nero Sighted". "Nero Fiddle, Narada Burns". Those Nero puns just don't get old, do they?

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** "Nero Sighted". "Nero Fiddle, Narada Fiddles, ''Narada'' Burns". Those Nero puns just don't get old, do they?



** The Starfleet relief force on its way to [[spoiler: Vulcan]] gets beaten into scrap metal immediately upon exiting warp. The Enterprise only narrowly escapes the same fate because they were LateToTheTragedy.
** [[spoiler: The Enterprise]] pulls one off during the film's climax, [[spoiler: saving Spock by tearing up Nero's MacrossMissileMassacre via BeamSpam]].
* {{Hypocrite}} / IResembleThatRemark: Many of the Vulcans who insult Spock for acting emotional, fail to realise that they are guilty of the ''same'' thing; showing clear irritation and even mild anger when he fails to respond to their vicious barbs about his mother! Likewise, when the bullies finally goad the young Spock into losing his temper, you can see they are utterly ''[[BringMyBrownPants terrified]]'' when he proceeds to beat the crap out of one of them!
** When Kirk is on the bridge, trying to elicit an emotional response from Spock [[spoiler: at Spock Prime's orders]], Spock tells him "I will not allow you to lecture me on the merits of emotion", then gets violent when Kirk implies that Spock never loved his mother. This despite the fact that he lectured Kirk about the merits of fear, and brought up [[DisappearedDad Kirk's father]] in the same speech, barely hours before. Of course, the circumstances were ''slightly'' different, but still...

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** The Starfleet relief force on its way to [[spoiler: Vulcan]] gets beaten into scrap metal immediately upon exiting warp. The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' only narrowly escapes the same fate because they were it is LateToTheTragedy.
** [[spoiler: The Enterprise]] ''Enterprise'']] pulls one off during the film's climax, [[spoiler: saving Spock by tearing up Nero's MacrossMissileMassacre via BeamSpam]].
* {{Hypocrite}} / IResembleThatRemark: {{Hypocrite}}:
**
Many of the Vulcans who insult Spock for acting emotional, emotional fail to realise that they are guilty of the ''same'' thing; thing, showing clear irritation and even mild anger when he fails to respond to their vicious barbs about his mother! Likewise, when the bullies finally goad the young Spock into losing his temper, you can see they are utterly ''[[BringMyBrownPants terrified]]'' when he proceeds to beat the crap out of one of them!
** When Kirk is on the bridge, trying to elicit an emotional response from Spock [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at Spock Prime's orders]], Spock tells him "I will not allow you to lecture me on the merits of emotion", then gets violent when Kirk implies that Spock never loved his mother. This despite the fact that he lectured Kirk about the merits of fear, and brought up [[DisappearedDad Kirk's father]] in the same speech, barely hours before. Of course, the circumstances were ''slightly'' different, but still...



* IGotYouCovered: When they invade ''Narada'', Kirk stuns one of the Romulans so Spock can do a mind meld and find out where Spock Prime's ship is. While Spock is doing so, Kirk shoots another Romulan who was approaching from behind.
** Pike returns the favor when he shoots a Romulan while Kirk is freeing him from captivity.
* ILikeThoseOdds:
--> '''Cadet''': Hey, farm-boy, maybe you can't count, but there are four of us and one of you.\\
'''Kirk''': So, get two more guys and then it'll be an even fight.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: Wouldn't be ''Franchise/StarTrek'' without it.
-->"Dammit, man! I'm a doctor, not a physicist!"

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* IGotYouCovered: IGotYouCovered:
**
When they invade ''Narada'', Kirk stuns one of the Romulans so Spock can do a mind meld and find out where Spock Prime's ship is. While Spock is doing so, Kirk shoots another Romulan who was approaching from behind.
** Pike returns the favor when he shoots a Romulan while Kirk is freeing him from captivity.
captivity, yanking the pistol right out of Kirk's belt to do so.
* ILikeThoseOdds:
ILikeThoseOdds: Kirk displays some drunken bravado just prior to the BarBrawl.
--> '''Cadet''': '''Cadet:''' Hey, farm-boy, maybe you can't count, but there are four of us and one of you.\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' So, get two a couple more guys and then it'll be an even fight.
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder: ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder:
**
Wouldn't be ''Franchise/StarTrek'' without it.
-->"Dammit, --->'''Bones:''' Dammit, man! I'm a doctor, not a physicist!"physicist! Are you actually saying they're from the future?



-->"I don't need a doctor, dammit, I ''am'' a doctor!"
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: [[spoiler:Played with. Despite Kirk and Spock materializing in the middle of their bridge, Nero's crew is still good enough to miss them by inches and send them scrambling for cover. Our heroes get precious few hits themselves until they can get behind cover and aim properly]].
** Nero's crew are all miners, with little arms training, have been in a Klingon prison for 25 years, were caught by surprise, and there are so many of them they were probably being careful in their firing to avoid hitting each other. Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock, as members of Star Fleet/members-in-training, have pretty fresh classes on firearms and practice at firing ranges or whatever Star Fleet has to keep the firearm training recent.

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-->"I --->'''Bones:''' I don't need a doctor, dammit, I ''am'' a doctor!"
doctor!
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: [[spoiler:Played Played with. Despite Kirk and Spock materializing in the middle of their bridge, Nero's crew is still good enough to miss them by inches and send them scrambling for cover. Our heroes get precious few hits themselves until they can get behind cover and aim properly]].
** Nero's crew are all miners, with little arms training, have been in a Klingon prison for 25 years, were caught by surprise, and there are so many of them they were probably being careful in their firing to avoid hitting each other. Meanwhile, Kirk and Spock, as members of Star Fleet/members-in-training, have pretty fresh classes on firearms and practice at firing ranges or whatever Star Fleet has to keep the firearm training recent.
properly.



* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: In the ComicBookAdaptation prequel, the Narada is a mining ship upgraded with reverse-engineered [[TheAssimilator Borg]] technology.

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* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: In the ComicBookAdaptation prequel, the Narada ''Narada'' is a mining ship upgraded with reverse-engineered [[TheAssimilator Borg]] technology.



* InsaneTrollLogic: Nero actually seems to believe that destroying Vulcan, Earth and the Federation will save Romulus, when it was destroyed due to a sun going supernova, and blames them for letting it happen when they tried to save Romulus and were simply too late. Made all the more ridiculous by the fact that Romulus still exists in the time period he is now in and he is doing nothing to warn them to evacuate or otherwise do something practical and obvious to avert the disaster.
** Part of it is implied that he doesn't care about Romulus anymore, that he just wants revenge on a Federation that helped cause the destruction of all that he knew and loved... and another part is that he's just insane.
** Considering how many setbacks the Roumlans went through directly at the Federation's hands, it's hard to argue with Nero's logic that Romulus would be better off without the Federation.
* InstantSedation: Another Star Trek staple, here played for laughs. "How long will that ta-"
* InSpiteOfANail
** James T. Kirk's father dies thanks to Nero's meddling with the timestream, and Kirk grows up an angry, disaffected youth. Yet, against all odds, vastly different circumstances work out in the end with the core crew brought together, [[YouCantFightFate as if willed by Destiny itself]]. In fact, it seems to have happened several years ''sooner''.
** It's some what justified though. In the original timeline Kirk's father inspired him to join Starfleet, in the new time line Captain Pike fulfills that role. Also it's [[spoiler: Spock Prime's pushing that causes things such as Kirk and Spock becoming friends]].

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Nero actually seems to believe that destroying Vulcan, Earth and the Federation will save Romulus, when it was destroyed due to a sun going supernova, and blames them for letting it happen when they tried to save Romulus and were simply too late. Made all the more ridiculous by the fact that Romulus still exists in the time period he is now in and he is doing nothing to warn them to evacuate or otherwise do something practical and obvious to avert the disaster.
** Part of it
disaster. It is implied that he doesn't care about Romulus anymore, that he just wants revenge on a Federation that helped cause the destruction of all that he knew and loved... and another part is that he's just insane.
** Considering how many setbacks the Roumlans went through directly at the Federation's hands, it's hard to argue with Nero's logic that Romulus would be better off without the Federation.
* InstantSedation: Another Star Trek staple, here played for laughs. "How laughs.
-->'''Bones:''' I'm going to give you a mild sedative. ''[injects Kirk in the neck]''\\
'''Kirk:''' Ow! How
long will that ta-"
ta-- ''[falls over]''
* InSpiteOfANail
InSpiteOfANail:
** James T. Kirk's father dies thanks to Nero's meddling with the timestream, and Kirk grows up an angry, disaffected youth. Yet, against all odds, vastly different circumstances work out in the end with to bring the core crew brought of the ''Enterprise'' together, [[YouCantFightFate as if willed by Destiny itself]]. In fact, it seems to have happened several years ''sooner''.
** It's some what justified though. In the original timeline Kirk's father inspired him to join Starfleet, in the new time line Captain Pike fulfills that role. Also it's [[spoiler: Spock
itself]], along with [[spoiler:Spock Prime's pushing that causes things such as Kirk and Spock becoming friends]].meddling]].



* IntelligibleUnintelligible: The other characters have no trouble understanding a word Chekov says, despite him having a [[FakeRussian "Russian" accent]] thicker than ''borscht''. This is inverted, however, when the computer has no idea what a "nuclear wessel" is. And when the computer can't understand his passcode, because of his mangling of "Vwictor Vwictor". (Incidentally, Creator/AntonYelchin really is Russian-born. The accent is still very, very fake, especially being that the quirks of it are actually Slovakian, and not Russian, as commented on in the DVD behind the scenes extras.)

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* IntelligibleUnintelligible: The other characters have no trouble understanding a word Chekov says, despite him having a [[FakeRussian "Russian" accent]] thicker than ''borscht''. This is inverted, however, when the computer has no idea what a "nuclear wessel" is. And when the computer can't understand his passcode, because of his mangling of "Vwictor Vwictor". (Incidentally, Creator/AntonYelchin really is Russian-born. The accent is still very, very fake, especially being that the quirks of it are actually Slovakian, and not Russian, as commented on in the DVD behind the scenes extras.)



* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Korean actor John Cho plays Sulu who is Japanese-Filipino.

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* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Korean actor John Cho plays Sulu Sulu, who is Japanese-Filipino.



* IronicEcho: "I might throw up on you." and "[[YouAreInCommandNow You're captain now, Mr. Kirk]]."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kirk, Captain James T. At first, it's almost as if he wakes up in the morning and thinks of new ways to piss off any and every body he encounters. Wrecks his stepdad's car and stands up to the cop who tried to pull him over. Participates in a bar fight that some cadets start (they punched him first) because he kept hitting on Uhura (who's completely uninterested in him). Reprograms an unwinnable test, which is cheating, to prove that he can win it (by thinking outside the box). Shows no remorse when caught because he doesn't feel he's in the wrong. Indeed, Kirk demonstrates the same wheeling, dealing, and conniving traits of a MagnificentBastard. The differences are -- first, Kirk was never out to hurt anyone just for his own ends. Second, it is made clear he's only acting up because he lacks a challenge worthy of his smarts - once the adventure kicks off, Kirk repeatedly throws himself into danger to save people, despite inevitably ending up [[ButtMonkey getting his ass kicked]]. Most importantly, he uses his cunning to save the universe. This movie states overtly what the series were more subtle about: Kirk's Jerk tendencies are also the qualities that make him TheCaptain we all know and love.

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* IronicEcho: When Kirk and [=McCoy=] first meet, [=McCoy=] tells Kirk, "I might throw up on you." you," since they're about to fly into space, triggering his phobia. Three years later, [=McCoy=] has gotten used to the idea, and "[[YouAreInCommandNow You're captain now, Mr. Kirk]]."
stares in wonder at the shiny new ''Enterprise'' while Kirk, sick as a dog from the vaccine [=McCoy=] gave him, warns ''him'' about imminent vomit in turn.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kirk, Captain James T. At first, it's almost as if he wakes up in the morning and thinks of new ways to piss off any and every body he encounters. Wrecks his stepdad's car and stands up to the cop who tried to pull him over. Participates in a bar fight that some cadets start (they punched him first) because he kept hitting on Uhura (who's completely uninterested in him). Reprograms an unwinnable test, which is cheating, to prove that he can win it (by thinking outside the box). Shows no remorse when caught because he doesn't feel he's in the wrong. Indeed, Kirk demonstrates the same wheeling, dealing, and conniving traits of a MagnificentBastard. The differences are -- first, are--first, Kirk was never out to hurt anyone just for his own ends. Second, it is made clear he's only acting up because he lacks a challenge worthy of his smarts - once smarts--once the adventure kicks off, Kirk repeatedly throws himself into danger to save people, despite inevitably ending up [[ButtMonkey getting his ass kicked]]. Most importantly, he uses his cunning to save the universe. This movie states overtly what the series were more subtle about: Kirk's Jerk tendencies are also the qualities that make him TheCaptain we all know and love.



* KillSat: The drill.
* KillAllHumans: Nero, in addition to other species.

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* KillSat: The drill.
''Narada's'' drill has the look of one, being dropped into a planet's atmosphere in order to fire a beam that bores its way to the planet's core, where pressure can ignite the Red Matter into a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planet-destroying]] singularity. Nero could probably use the drill to annihilate whatever surface target he pleases, but since he's planning to destroy the whole planet anyway, he doesn't bother to aim it.
* KillAllHumans: Nero, Nero plans to do so, in addition to other species.



* LargeHam: [[BigBad Nero]].
-->'''''"SPOOOOCK!"'''''
-->'''"Fire everything!"'''
* LaserCutter: Laser drill in this case.

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* LargeHam: [[BigBad Nero]].
-->'''''"SPOOOOCK!"'''''
-->'''"Fire everything!"'''
Nero]], especially when he gets angry. Creator/EricBana has a lot of fun ChewingTheScenery to little bits.
-->'''Nero:''' '''SPOCK! ''SPOOOOCK!'''''\\\
'''Nero:''' '''Fire everything!'''
* LaserCutter: Laser drill in this case.The ''Narada'' has an enormous laser drill, intended for mining, that Nero uses to make holes for launching Red Matter into to cause [[EarthShatteringKaboom Planet-Shattering Kabooms]].



* LensFlare: Used multiple times throughout the movie during big flashy scenes to the exaggeration.
** Basically every scene on the ''Enterprise''.
** Basically every scene. Goddammit JJ.

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* LensFlare: Used multiple times throughout This film uses a lot of lens flare. This was a style decision by Creator/JJAbrams, who stated it was to represent a bright future. He [[http://io9.com/5230278/jj-abrams-admits-star-trek-lens-flares-are-ridiculous later admitted]] he went overboard with the lens flares. Most of flares in the movie during big flashy scenes to are real, not CGI, as the exaggeration.
** Basically every scene on
set was ''very'' brightly lit, with the ''Enterprise''.
** Basically every scene. Goddammit JJ.
ship shining everywhere, causing the flares.



* LiteralCliffhanger: Kirk suffered this trope once when only a kid, giving him plenty of practice for the amount of times it happens to him as an adult (twice in this movie alone).

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* LiteralCliffhanger: Kirk suffered suffers this trope once when only a kid, giving him plenty of practice for the amount of times it happens to him as an adult (twice in this movie alone).



* MasterSwordsman: Sulu.

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* MasterSwordsman: Sulu.Sulu's "fencing" with a fold-out katana proves to be more than a match for two of Nero's Romulan crewmembers.



* MeaningfulName: When your parents name you ''Nero'', they probably have a [[AxCrazy specific destiny]] in mind.
** The USS ''Kelvin'' is named after physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin (of whom the unit of temperature gets it's namesake) as well as JJ Abrmas' grandfather Harry Kelvin. The registry number (NCC-0514) is also Harry's birthday.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:When the ''Narada'' is trapped in a black hole, Kirk offers Nero the chance to surrender and save his crew. Nero refuses and Kirk orders his crew to deliver a CoupDeGrace from ''Enterprise'''s forward battery.]]
* MildlyMilitary: Starfleet is semi-militarized in response to the fate of the ''Kelvin'', but has its female personnel ''in sundresses'' (admittedly this is a ContinuityNod to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''). However, they act more military in this film than Starfleet often does, for instance convening a quasi-CourtMartial in response to Kirk cheating on the KobayashiMaru. (How military, exactly, Starfleet is [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the series and script]]: Prime Kirk and Benjamin Sisko were both very open about the fact that they were primarily soldiers, not explorers or diplomats; Jean-Luc Picard considered himself the opposite.)

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
When your parents name you ''Nero'', they probably have a [[AxCrazy specific destiny]] in mind.
** The USS ''Kelvin'' is named after physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin (of whom the unit of temperature gets it's namesake) as well as JJ Abrmas' J. J. Abrams' grandfather Harry Kelvin. The registry number (NCC-0514) is also Harry's birthday.
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:When the ''Narada'' When [[spoiler:the ''Narada'']] is trapped in a black hole, Kirk [[spoiler:Kirk offers Nero the chance to surrender and save his crew. Nero refuses and Kirk orders his crew to deliver a CoupDeGrace from ''Enterprise'''s forward battery.]]
battery]].
* MildlyMilitary: Starfleet is semi-militarized in response to the fate of the ''Kelvin'', but has its female personnel ''in sundresses'' (admittedly this is a ContinuityNod to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''). However, they act more military in this film than Starfleet often does, for instance convening a quasi-CourtMartial in response to Kirk cheating on the KobayashiMaru.''KobayashiMaru'' test. (How military, exactly, Starfleet is [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the series and script]]: Prime Kirk and Benjamin Sisko were both very open about the fact that they were primarily soldiers, not explorers or diplomats; Jean-Luc Picard considered himself the opposite.)



* MissingMom: Spock's mother [[spoiler:dies nanoseconds before she could be beamed to safety aboard the ''Enterprise'' when Nero attacked Vulcan.]]

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* MissingMom: Spock's mother [[spoiler:dies nanoseconds before she could can be beamed to safety aboard the ''Enterprise'' when Nero attacked attacks Vulcan.]]



* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Young Kirk's excursion with his stepfather's car starts in an environment that generally resembles Iowa, but ends at a high cliffside that certainly doesn't exist anywhere in Iowa, overlooking an distinctly American southwestern landscape.

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* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Young Kirk's excursion with his stepfather's car starts in an environment that generally resembles Iowa, but ends at a high cliffside that certainly doesn't exist anywhere in Iowa, Iowa (yet), overlooking an distinctly American southwestern landscape.



---> '''Nero''': [[FauxAffablyEvil Hi Christopher, I'm Nero...]]

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---> '''Nero''': --->'''Nero:''' [[FauxAffablyEvil Hi Christopher, I'm Nero...]]



** Federation ships have a ''lot'' of firepower in this continuity, in the form of [[BeamSpam multiple phaser banks]], [[MoreDakka rapid-firing energy turrets]], and [[MacrossMissileMassacre many photon torpedo launchers]]. WordOfGod says that the fight between the ''Narada'' and ''Kelvin'' forced the Federation to upgrade their fleet.

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** Federation ships have a ''lot'' of firepower in this continuity, in the form of [[BeamSpam multiple phaser banks]], [[MoreDakka banks, rapid-firing energy turrets]], and [[MacrossMissileMassacre many photon torpedo launchers]]. WordOfGod says that the fight between the ''Narada'' and ''Kelvin'' forced the Federation to upgrade their fleet.



* MyFutureSelfAndMe: [[spoiler:[[TheSpock Spock]] and [[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]] meet at the end of the film and they have a nice chat]].

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* MyFutureSelfAndMe: [[spoiler:[[TheSpock Spock]] and [[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]] Prime]]]] meet at the end of the film and they have a nice chat]].chat.
* MythologyGag:
** It's subtle, but when Spock stands up during the hearing after the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]], he performs [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Picard Maneuver]].
** When Nero fires his drill at San Francisco Bay, he ends up drilling in the same spot the HMS ''Bounty'' crashes in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''.
** Nero destroys 47 Klingon ships offscreen: the number 47 was a RunningGag in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** The short-sleeved skirt uniforms worn by female Starfleet personnel are somewhat reminiscent of the skant uniform seen in the early seasons of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''.
** At the end, the dress tunics everyone wears are clearly meant to be the similar ones from '''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. And it's probably no coincidence that Pike winds up in a wheelchair... "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/StarTrekS1E11TheMenageriePartI The Menagerie]]", anyone?



* NegativeSpaceWedgie: Red Matter's after effects.

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* NegativeSpaceWedgie: Red Matter's after effects.Matter-induced black holes behave more like {{Swirly Energy Thing|y}}ies than real black holes, especially since they appear to be two-dimensional.



* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]'s reason why he couldn't go to the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' with [[TheKirk Kirk]], although he was ''implying'']]. As noted in AlternateContinuity, [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]] can meet himself and not disappear from the timeline]], so this is an example of PlayingWithATrope.

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* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]'s reason why he couldn't go to the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' ''Enterprise'' with [[TheKirk Kirk]], Kirk, although he was ''implying'']]. As noted in AlternateContinuity, [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]] [[spoiler:Spock Prime can meet himself and not disappear from the timeline]], so this is an example of PlayingWithATrope.



** The trailers seem to have been specifically edited to imply or outright lie about events. For example, [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nero]]'s line "Your father... was a great man. But that was another life." is from two lines. One about Kirk's father, and the second half about Kirk himself, from [[BigBad Nero's]] original timeline]].
** They also imply a romance between Kirk and Uhura. In the actual movie, Kirk does show interest in Uhura, but she doesn't give him the time of day. [[spoiler:Or her first name]].

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** The trailers seem to have been specifically edited to imply or outright lie about events. For example, [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nero]]'s line "Your father... was a great man. But that was another life." is from two lines. One about Kirk's father, and the second half about Kirk himself, from [[BigBad Nero's]] Nero's original timeline]].
** They also imply a romance between Kirk and Uhura. In the actual movie, Kirk does show interest in Uhura, but she doesn't give him the time of day. [[spoiler:Or her first name]].name.]]



** Perhaps some credit should be given to the engineering sections in this movie... this ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' may just be the nearest thing we'll get to an OSHA-compliant ship in the TrekVerse ("Gentlemen! I call my invention... a ''seatbelt''."), although still far from perfect in that regard, like for example the lack of barriers to prevent entering the transporter pad when it's in operation.

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** Perhaps some credit should be given to the engineering sections in this movie... this ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' may just be the nearest thing we'll get to an OSHA-compliant ship in the TrekVerse Franchise/TrekVerse ("Gentlemen! I call my invention... a ''seatbelt''."), although still far from perfect in that regard, like for example the lack of barriers to prevent entering the transporter pad when it's in operation.



** For the characters, the events of this {{film}} are just another event, but for the fans with the benefit of oversight, it heavily alters ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mythology.
** [[spoiler: The destruction of Vulcan. The devastated look on the older Spock's face cements that until then, the changes could have simply turned this into a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now ''nothing'' will ever be the same]].
*** WordOfGod was that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] for exactly this reason- to show that things are not the same, and that this is deadly serious.

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** For the characters, the events of this {{film}} film are just another event, but for the fans with the benefit of oversight, it heavily alters ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mythology.
** [[spoiler: The destruction of Vulcan. ]] The devastated look on the [[spoiler:the older Spock's face face]] cements that until then, the changes could have simply turned this into a CloseEnoughTimeline. Now ''nothing'' will ever be the same]].
***
same. WordOfGod was that [[spoiler:Vulcan was destroyed]] for exactly this reason- to reason--to show that things are not the same, and that this is deadly serious.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: As per the comic {{prequel}}, these on both Romulus and Vulcan are a major reason for the delays that led up [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]]] not being able to do his mission on time.
* ObviouslyEvil: Nero and his crew have evil-looking tatoos, dark clothing and unhealthy skin colors, so that you won't accidentally mistake them for good guys. Better yet, their ship, the ''Narada'' looks as if [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] designed it.
* OffTheShelfFX:
** Among the props used on the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' bridge are supermarket price scanners.
** The filmmakers are honoring a fine old ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Trek]]'' tradition: In TOS, Dr. [=McCoy=]'s surgical lasers were actually "Swedish modern" salt-and-pepper shakers that the show's prop guy found on sale at May Company in LA.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: As per the comic {{prequel}}, these on both Romulus and Vulcan are a major reason for the delays that led up to [[spoiler:[[BadassGrandpa Spock Prime]]]] not being able to do his mission on time.
* ObviouslyEvil: Nero and his crew have evil-looking tatoos, dark clothing and unhealthy skin colors, so that you won't accidentally mistake them for good guys. Better yet, their ship, the ''Narada'' ''Narada'', looks as if [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]] designed it.
* OffTheShelfFX:
**
OffTheShelfFX: Among the props used on the ''[[CoolStarship Enterprise]]'' bridge are supermarket price scanners.
** The
scanners. (The filmmakers are honoring a fine old ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Trek]]'' tradition: In TOS, Dr. [=McCoy=]'s surgical lasers were actually "Swedish modern" salt-and-pepper shakers that the show's prop guy found on sale at May Company in LA.)



** [[spoiler:The entire bridge crew gets one when they emerge from warp and find that the fleet has been destroyed]].
*** More than that, the expression on their faces when the ''debris'' from [[spoiler:the fleet]] is directly in their path.

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** [[spoiler:The The entire bridge crew gets one when they emerge from warp and find that the [[spoiler:the fleet has been destroyed]].
***
destroyed]]. More than that, the expression on their faces when the ''debris'' from [[spoiler:the fleet]] is directly in their path.



* OmnicidalManiac: Nero. Good grief, Nero.

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* OmnicidalManiac: Nero. Good grief, Nero.Nero's stated desire is to use Red Matter to turn ''every single Federation planet'' into a black hole.



* OverrankedSoldier: Although most fans agree that if you are James Tiberius Kirk, you belong into the captain's chair, Kirk's [[spoiler:promotion from cadet directly to first officer]] strained the SuspensionOfDisbelief for many. In order for it to happen, everyone above him in the chain of command had to die or be captured. Everyone in Starfleet. The Enterprise is staffed entirely with cadets. And Spock, who disqualifies himself after beating the crap out of Kirk (which was precipitated by Kirk himself, so make of that what you will).
* PairTheSmartOnes: Spock and Uhura. Uhura is one of the top cadets in her class, was once Spock's teaching assistant, and earned her spot on the Enterprise by knowing more Klingon and Romulan than the sitting communication officer. Spock is one of the Academy's most smartest and esteemed graduates and is first officer of the ship. The fact that she was once his teaching assistant definitely underlines that she's smart enough to keep up with him.

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* OverrankedSoldier: Although most fans agree that if you are James Tiberius Kirk, you belong into the captain's chair, Kirk's [[spoiler:promotion from cadet directly to first officer]] strained strains the SuspensionOfDisbelief for many. In order for it to happen, everyone above him in the chain of command had has to die or be captured. Everyone in Starfleet. The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' is staffed entirely with cadets. And Spock, who disqualifies himself after beating the crap out of Kirk (which was is precipitated by Kirk himself, so make of that what you will).
* PairTheSmartOnes: Spock and Uhura. Uhura is one of the top cadets in her class, was once Spock's teaching assistant, and earned her spot on the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' by knowing more Klingon and Romulan than the sitting communication officer. Spock is one of the Academy's most smartest and esteemed graduates and is first officer of the ship. The fact that she was once his teaching assistant definitely underlines that she's smart enough to keep up with him.



** See also [=McCoy's=] line when angry with Spock. "Are you out of your '''Vulcan''' mind!"

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** See also [=McCoy's=] line when angry with Spock. "Are you out of your '''Vulcan''' mind!"mind?!"



* PermissionToSpeakFreely: [=McCoy=] to Spock.

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* PermissionToSpeakFreely: [=McCoy=] to Spock.asks Spock for permission so he can go off on him regarding Kirk's ouster from the ship.
-->'''Spock:''' I welcome it.\\
'''[=McCoy=]:''' Really? Ok, then: Are you out of your Vulcan mind?!



* PlayingTheHeartStrings: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7c0U9t9oc Labor Of Love]]". That is all.
* PlotAllergy: [=McCoy=] uses Kirk's (expected) reaction to a vaccine get him aboard the Enterprise on medical grounds. Unfortunately, poor Kirk turns out to be outright allergic to the vaccines and experiences some... rather interesting reactions to them.

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* PlayingTheHeartStrings: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-7c0U9t9oc Labor Of Love]]". That is all.
of Love]]" accompanies George Kirk's HeroicSacrifice as he protects the 800 evacuees of the ''Kelvin''.
* PlotAllergy: [=McCoy=] uses Kirk's (expected) reaction to a vaccine get him aboard the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' on medical grounds. Unfortunately, poor Kirk turns out to be outright allergic to the vaccines vaccine and experiences some... rather interesting reactions to them.it.



** When "[[Music/BeastieBoys Sabotage]]" is being played while little James Kirk is joyriding in his uncle's car, they happen to leave the F bomb in the song, when in normal cases its burred out for PG-13 films. Perhaps this may have been the series' first F bomb used in a film.

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** When "[[Music/BeastieBoys Sabotage]]" is being played while little James Kirk is joyriding in his uncle's car, they happen to leave the F bomb in the song, when in normal cases its it's burred out for PG-13 films. Perhaps this may have been the series' first F bomb used in a film.



--> '''Mccoy:''' Ar you out of your Vulcan mind?
* PreemptiveDeclaration: [[spoiler:"I got your gun."]]

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--> '''Mccoy:''' --->'''[=McCoy=]:''' Ar you out of your Vulcan mind?
* PreemptiveDeclaration: Kirk says [[spoiler:"I got your gun."]]gun,"]] ''then'' grabs [[spoiler:Ayel's pistol and shoots him with it]].



* ProductPlacement: For Nokia, Budweiser, and Jack Daniels. Budweiser they let them use a factory as a filming location.
* PromotionNotPunishment: At the start, Kirk is actually about to be kicked out for cheating on the test, then tops that by stowing away on the Enterprise, then actually attempting a mutiny against Spock and disobeying the acting Captain's orders. Being that it was his disregard of orders that led to the defeat of the BigBad and the saving of (almost) every planet in the Federation, one can begin to see how he actually skips all the way to the Captain's chair at the end.

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* ProductPlacement: For Nokia, Budweiser, and Jack Daniels. In exchange, a Budweiser they let them use a factory as a filming location.
macrobrewery stands in for the ''Enterprise'' engine room.
* PromotionNotPunishment: At the start, Kirk is actually about to be kicked out for cheating on the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test, then tops that by stowing away on the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', then actually attempting attempts a mutiny against Spock and disobeying disobeys the acting Captain's orders. Being that it was is his disregard of orders that led leads to the defeat of the BigBad and the saving of (almost) every planet in the Federation, one can begin to see how he actually skips all the way to the Captain's chair at the end.



* RaceAgainstTheClock: A brief one, that gives the heroes a minor IdiotBall.
* RageBreakingPoint: Spock hits this twice.

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* %%* RaceAgainstTheClock: A brief one, that gives the heroes a minor IdiotBall.
* RageBreakingPoint: Spock hits this twice.twice, in both cases when other characters insult his mother and his half-human heritage.



** The ''Narada'' gets a round two from the Jellyfish, which this time has the [[{{Unobtanium}} Red Matter]] to do most of the damage.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Pike; Robau.

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** The ''Narada'' gets a round two from the Jellyfish, ''Jellyfish'', which this time has the [[{{Unobtanium}} Red Matter]] to do most of the damage.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
**
Pike; Robau.



* RecycledInSpace: While it's based on the '60s TV series, where the show dealt with themes of exploration and asking universal questions, the film more-or-less becomes ''Film/TopGun''... in space. Kirk is a maverick whose father died in an act of aerial heroism. He has an older, more tightly-wound buddy ([=McCoy=]), and a gruff superior officer (Pike) who appears to disapprove of him, but secretly thinks he has a certain untapped potential. There's also an "icy" rival (Spock), though he gets the hot/smart chick (Uhura) instead of our maverick. Spock kicks him off the ''Enterprise'' not because of his flying, but because of his attitude, but after he meets Spock's older self, he makes it back to the ship and proves he's the best of the best and by the end, he and Spock can be each others' wingman anytime - or rather, are and always shall be friends.
* RecycledTitle: ''Star Trek'' is already the original name of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the first series]] and [[Franchise/StarTrek the franchise as a whole]]. As of today, the 2009 film is currently the only work in the ''Star Trek'' franchise to be officially known as ''Star Trek'' with no subtitle, as the series was renamed ''Star Trek: The Original Series'', and the first film had the full title of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Fans are calling it "''Star Trek 11''" or ''Star Trek: The Future Begins'' to differentiate it. It has also been labeled ''Star Trek '09'' while TOS is alternatively referred to as ''Star Trek '66'' nodding to their respective releases.
* RedShirt: Knowingly used and subverted by Creator/JJAbrams, but [[ContinuityNod it wouldn't be]] ''[[ContinuityNod Star Trek]]'' [[ContinuityNod without it]]. A poor fashion choice gets someone killed. Poor fashion choice and [[TooDumbToLive reckless stupidity]] ''from the Chief Engineer''. This is the only "red shirt" who dies in the film, Unless you count [[spoiler: all the Academy cadets who were wearing red uniforms]].
** Technically Olson was wearing red ''armor'' so it still stands.
** In an amusing subversion, the ''actual'' [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] -- the "Cupcake" guy et al. -- make it through the movie relatively unharmed.
* RedShirtArmy: [[spoiler:All the ships heading out to [[DoomedHometown Vulcan]] that weren't the ''Enterprise'']].

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* RecycledInSpace: RecycledINSPACE: While it's based on the '60s TV series, where the show dealt with themes of exploration and asking universal questions, the film more-or-less becomes ''Film/TopGun''... in space. Kirk is a maverick whose father died in an act of aerial heroism. He has an older, more tightly-wound buddy ([=McCoy=]), and a gruff superior officer (Pike) who appears to disapprove of him, but secretly thinks he has a certain untapped potential. There's also an "icy" rival (Spock), though he gets the hot/smart chick (Uhura) instead of our maverick. Spock kicks him off the ''Enterprise'' not because of his flying, but because of his attitude, but after he meets Spock's older self, he makes it back to the ship and proves he's the best of the best and by the end, he and Spock can be each others' wingman anytime - or anytime--or rather, are and always shall be friends.
* RecycledTitle: ''Star Trek'' is already the original name of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the first series]] and [[Franchise/StarTrek the franchise as a whole]]. As of today, the 2009 film is currently the only work in the ''Star Trek'' franchise to be officially known as ''Star Trek'' with no subtitle, as the series was renamed ''Star Trek: The Original Series'', and the first film had the full title of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Fans are calling it "''Star Trek 11''" or ''Star Trek: The Future Begins'' to differentiate it. It has also been labeled ''Star Trek '09'' while TOS is alternatively referred to as ''Star Trek '66'' '66'', nodding to their respective releases.
* RedShirt: RedShirt:
**
Knowingly used and subverted by Creator/JJAbrams, but [[ContinuityNod it wouldn't be]] ''[[ContinuityNod Star Trek]]'' [[ContinuityNod without it]]. A poor fashion choice gets someone killed. Poor fashion choice and [[TooDumbToLive reckless stupidity]] ''from the Chief Engineer''. This is the only "red shirt" who dies in the film, Unless unless you count [[spoiler: all the Academy cadets who were wearing red uniforms]].
** Technically Olson was wearing red ''armor'' so it still stands.
**
In an amusing subversion, the ''actual'' [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] -- the {{Red Shirt}}s--the "Cupcake" guy et al. -- make al.--make it through the movie relatively unharmed.
* RedShirtArmy: [[spoiler:All the ships heading out to [[DoomedHometown Vulcan]] that weren't aren't the ''Enterprise'']].



* ReimaginingTheArtifact: On ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Dr. [=McCoy=]'s nickname "Bones" comes from the term "Sawbones", which was an old nickname for doctors. Since the term has fallen from the parlance, this film has Kirk call [=McCoy=] "Bones" because, in his introduction, he explains he's joining Starfleet because "The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I've got left is my bones.".

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* ReimaginingTheArtifact: On ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', Dr. [=McCoy=]'s nickname "Bones" comes from the term "Sawbones", which was an old nickname for doctors. Since the term has fallen from the parlance, this film has Kirk call [=McCoy=] "Bones" because, in his introduction, he explains he's joining Starfleet because "The ex-wife took the whole damn planet in the divorce. All I've got left is my bones."."



--> '''Pike''': You've declared war against the Federation. Withdraw. I'll agree to arrange a conference with Romulan leadership at a neutral location.
--> '''Nero''': I do not speak for the Empire. We stand apart...
* RevengeBeforeReason: Nero
** In a quieter example, Spock toward the end, when Kirk offers to rescue Nero ([[spoiler: who had previously destroyed Vulcan]]) from the singularity he created;
--->'''Spock''': Captain, what are you doing?\\
'''Kirk''': Showing them compassion may be the only way to earn peace with the Romulans. It's logic, Spock. I thought you'd like that.\\
'''Spock''': No, not really. Not this time.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100220194739/startrek/images/d/d5/STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot).
** The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
*** ''Star Trek'' has had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise").
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Nero's entire motivation, after [[spoiler:the destruction of the Romulan home system and death of his family]]. A whole lot of Starfleet, a whole lot of Klingons, Vulcan (both the planet and species) and the freaking TIMESTREAM are all casualties of it.
* RocketlessReentry: Kirk and Sulu drop from orbit onto the Narada's drill to disable it, but fail to stop Vulcan's destruction.
* RoleReprisal: Thanks to a loophole that the writers implemented, they were able to recast Leonard Nimoy as "Spock Prime," The same Spock from the original Star Trek timeline.
* RuleOfCool: Notably, the only entry in the entire series to forego it's allegoric and philosophical roots and solely run on this...''and excel at it brilliantly''.

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--> '''Pike''': -->'''Pike:''' You've declared war against the Federation. Withdraw. I'll agree to arrange a conference with Romulan leadership at a neutral location.
--> '''Nero''':
location.\\
'''Nero:'''
I do not speak for the Empire. We stand apart...
* RevengeBeforeReason: Nero
RevengeBeforeReason:
** Nero refuses to listen to any plan or idea that does not fit with his goal to destroy every Federation planet.
** In a quieter example, Spock toward the end, when Kirk offers to rescue Nero ([[spoiler: who had previously destroyed Vulcan]]) from the singularity he created;
--->'''Spock''':
created.
--->'''Spock:'''
Captain, what are you doing?\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' Showing them compassion may be the only way to earn peace with the Romulans. It's logic, Spock. I thought you'd like that.\\
'''Spock''': '''Spock:''' No, not really. Not this time.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: RippleEffectProofMemory:
**
Subverted. One may think Spock Prime would have new memories of what his ''younger self just experienced''. Then again, he's the [[http://orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/mmwithemma.blogspot.com_.jpg Prime Reality version of Spock]] (hence his nickname), separate from the [[http://www.scificool.com/images/2012/04/Zachary-Quinto-in-Star-Trek-2009-Movie-Image.jpg New Alternate One]] formed by a new spacetime continuum branching off the original universe. Despite being a younger incarnation, whatever happens to New Spock would most likely not, in any way, ''physically'' affect Spock Prime whose only affected by the [[http://images4.[[http://memory-beta.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100220194739/startrek/images/d/d5/STO_timeline_diagram.com/wiki/File:STO_timeline_diagram.jpg original timestream]] (anything in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise before the 2009 reboot).
**
reboot). The same principle applies to anyone and anything that exists past the timeline diverging event in 2233.
*** ** ''Star Trek'' has had extremely variant versions of what happens due to time travel: [[ScrewDestiny the past being altered]], [[YouCantFightFate the past never altering]] ([[YouAlreadyChangedThePast because by time traveling you did what you were supposed to do to begin with]]); the past being altered [[InSpiteOfANail but not in any real, significant way]]; or even the [[TheMultiverse creation of alternate continuities]] (such as in this case, or what happened in the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise").
"[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's Enterprise]]").
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Nero's entire motivation, after [[spoiler:the destruction of the Romulan home system and death of his family]]. A whole lot of Starfleet, a whole lot of Klingons, Vulcan (both the planet and species) and the freaking TIMESTREAM ''timestream'' are all casualties of it.
* RocketlessReentry: Kirk and Sulu drop from orbit onto the Narada's ''Narada'''s drill to disable it, but fail to stop Vulcan's destruction.
destruction.
* RoleReprisal: Thanks to a loophole that the writers implemented, they were able to recast Leonard Nimoy Creator/LeonardNimoy as "Spock Prime," The the same Spock from the original Star Trek ''Star Trek'' timeline.
* RuleOfCool: Notably, the only entry in the entire series to forego it's allegoric and philosophical roots and solely run on this...''and this--''and excel at it brilliantly''.brilliantly.''



* RunningGag: Chekov's accent. Seriously. And [=McCoy's=] injections. And Kirk trying to learn Uhura's first name, which itself is a MythologyGag since Uhura never ''had'' a canon first name before now. ("Nyota" was {{Fanon}}. Though the fan in question was Nichelle Nichols...)
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:First, Captain Robau, and then the ''USS Kelvin'' itself in the film's opening]]. Later on, [[spoiler:Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson]] dies just before [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom Vulcan itself]]]].
* SacrificialPlanet: The movie showed the planet Vulcan being destroyed, and then headed for Earth to do the same.

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* RunningGag: Chekov's accent. Seriously. And [=McCoy's=] injections. And Kirk trying to learn Uhura's first name, which itself is a MythologyGag since Uhura never ''had'' a canon first name before now. ("Nyota" was {{Fanon}}. Though the fan in question was Nichelle Nichols...Creator/NichelleNichols...)
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:First, Captain Robau, and then the ''USS Kelvin'' USS ''Kelvin'' itself in the film's opening]]. Later on, [[spoiler:Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson]] dies just before [[spoiler:[[EarthShatteringKaboom Vulcan itself]]]].
* SacrificialPlanet: The movie showed shows the planet Vulcan being destroyed, and then headed heads for Earth to do the same.



* SaveTheVillain: Played with. [[spoiler:When the ''Narada'' is crippled by the artificial black hole, Kirk offers assistance and fair accomodations for the crew as refugees. Even Spock gave a kind of inverted WhatTheHellHero to Kirk. Nero venomously refuses any help and Kirk wastes no time in opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive]].
* SceneryGorn: When the ''Enterprise'' arrives at Vulcan, it finds the other ships that warped there destroyed, and had to dodge large pieces of debris. It didn't come out unscathed, either; a nacelle dragged against a destroyed saucer section.

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* SaveTheVillain: Played with. [[spoiler:When the When [[spoiler:the ''Narada'' is crippled by the artificial black hole, hole]], Kirk offers assistance and fair accomodations for the crew as refugees. Even Spock gave a kind of inverted WhatTheHellHero to Kirk. Nero [[spoiler:Nero venomously refuses any help and Kirk wastes no time in opening fire to make sure the ship doesn't survive]].
survive.]]
* SceneryGorn: When the ''Enterprise'' arrives at Vulcan, it finds the other ships that warped there destroyed, and had has to dodge large pieces of debris. It didn't doesn't come out unscathed, either; a nacelle dragged drags against a destroyed saucer section.



* SelfInducedAllergicReaction: [=McCoy=] injects Kirk with a vaccine, making him visibly sick. This allows [=McCoy=] to fast-talk a guard and get Kirk onto the Enterprise. [[RealityEnsues Of course some people have worse reactions than others]].

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* SelfInducedAllergicReaction: [=McCoy=] injects Kirk with a vaccine, making him visibly sick. This allows [=McCoy=] to fast-talk a guard and get Kirk onto the Enterprise. ''Enterprise''. [[RealityEnsues Of course course, some people have worse reactions than others]].others.]]



** During the beginning of the battle between the Kelvin and the ''Narada'', one of the bridge staff says "All power to forward batteries." ''StarWars'', anyone?
*** The ''Enterprise'' going into warp comes ''this close'' to looking like going into hyperspace in ''Star Wars''.

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** To ''Franchise/StarWars'':
***
During the beginning of the battle between the Kelvin and the ''Narada'', one of the bridge staff says "All power to forward batteries." ''StarWars'', anyone?
"
*** The ''Enterprise'' going into warp comes ''this close'' to looking like going into hyperspace hyperspace.
*** When the cadets muster
in ''Star Wars''.the hangar for their ship postings, Cadet Vader is assigned to the USS ''Hood''.



** When young Kirk is joyriding to the tune of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage", it might have seemed like an odd song choice until one remembers when William Shatner voiced displeasure over being told how to pronounce said word during an audiobook recording.
** It's subtle, but when Spock stands up during the hearing after the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]], he performs [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Picard Maneuver]].
** When the cadets muster in the hangar for their ship postings, Cadet [[StarWars Vader]] is assigned to the USS ''Hood''.
** When Nero fires his drill at San Francisco Bay, he ends up drilling in the same spot the HMS ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Bounty]]'' crashed.
** Nero destroys 47 Klingon ships offscreen: the number 47 was a RunningGag in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** The short-sleeved skirt uniforms worn by female Starfleet personnel are somewhat reminiscent of the skant uniform seen in the early seasons of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''.
** At the end, the dress tunics everyone wears are clearly meant to be the similar ones from '''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. And it's probably no coincidence that Pike winds up in a wheelchair... ''Menagerie'', anyone?
** [[Film/TheThing1982 An arctic planet inhabited by red multi-limbed-and-jawed creatures]]
* SingleBiomePlanet: Vulcan and Delta Vega.
* SkywardScream: '''''SPOOOOOOCKKKK!! SPOOOOOCCCKKKK!!'''''

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** When young Kirk is joyriding to the tune of Beastie Boys' the Music/BeastieBoys' "Sabotage", it might have seemed like an odd song choice until one remembers when William Shatner voiced displeasure over being told how to pronounce said word during an audiobook recording.
** It's subtle, but when Spock stands up during the hearing after the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]], he performs [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the Picard Maneuver]].
** When the cadets muster in the hangar for their ship postings, Cadet [[StarWars Vader]] is assigned to the USS ''Hood''.
** When Nero fires his drill at San Francisco Bay, he ends up drilling in the same spot the HMS ''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Bounty]]'' crashed.
** Nero destroys 47 Klingon ships offscreen: the number 47 was a RunningGag in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** The short-sleeved skirt uniforms worn by female Starfleet personnel are somewhat reminiscent of the skant uniform seen in the early seasons of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''.
** At the end, the dress tunics everyone wears are clearly meant to be the similar ones from '''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. And it's probably no coincidence that Pike winds up in a wheelchair... ''Menagerie'', anyone?
** [[Film/TheThing1982
An arctic planet inhabited by red multi-limbed-and-jawed creatures]]
creatures evokes ''Film/TheThing1982''.
* SingleBiomePlanet: Vulcan and is a planet of stony desert full of KirksRock–like formations. Delta Vega.
Vega is an ice planet.
* SkywardScream: Nero cuts loose when Spock steals the Jellyfish and its cargo of Red Matter.
-->'''Nero:'''
'''''SPOOOOOOCKKKK!! SPOOOOOCCCKKKK!!'''''



* SmokeAndFireFactory: The bridge, medical bay, hallways and transporter room of the new ''Enterprise'' look all nice and spiffy. Of course, the engineering section ''had'' to look like it was powered by Miller Light... and those engineering scenes were actually ''filmed'' at a Budweiser Brewery.
* SophisticatedAsHell: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]:

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* SmokeAndFireFactory: The bridge, medical bay, hallways and transporter room of the new ''Enterprise'' look all nice and spiffy. Of course, the engineering section ''had'' ''has'' to look like it was it's powered by Miller Light... and Light--and those engineering scenes were actually ''filmed'' at a Budweiser Brewery.
* SophisticatedAsHell: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]:{{Inverted|Trope}} by Scotty, speaking of the ''Enterprise'':



* SourSupporter: [=McCoy=].
* SpaceCadetAcademy: Any ''Star Trek'' series will probably reference Starfleet Academy at some point, and it featured prominently in this movie.
* SpaceIsNoisy:

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* SourSupporter: [=McCoy=].
[=McCoy=] stands by Kirk through all his crazy shenanigans, even when he can't quite see how Kirk's antics are helping anyone. When Kirk actually manages to gain the captain's chair, [=McCoy=] is incredulous.
* SpaceCadetAcademy: Any ''Star Trek'' series will probably reference Starfleet Academy at some point, and it featured features prominently in this movie.
* SpaceIsNoisy: SpaceIsNoisy:



** Subverted when the Kelvin is being attacked. There's plenty of crashing and screaming before the hull ruptures and the woman is sucked into space, and then it goes completely silent while she is ''still flailing and trying to scream''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sulu is a mild case early on. He fails to disable the space brakes delaying the Enterprises jump to warp which gives Kirk enough time to convince Pike to raise shields before arriving.

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** Subverted when the Kelvin ''Kelvin'' is being attacked. There's plenty of crashing and screaming before the hull ruptures and the woman is sucked into space, and then it goes completely silent while she is ''still flailing and trying to scream''.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sulu is a mild case early on. He fails to disable the space brakes delaying the Enterprises ''Enterprise'''s jump to warp warp, which gives Kirk enough time to convince Pike to raise shields before arriving.



* SpikesOfVillainy: Just ''look'' at the Romulan ship and the chain the drill is hanging from.
** Combined with SpikesOfDoom when we first see it emerging from the wormhole, spikes curving menacingly towards the tiny-by-comparison USS Kelvin.

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* SpikesOfVillainy: Just ''look'' at the Romulan ship and the chain the drill is hanging from.
**
from. Combined with SpikesOfDoom when we first see it emerging from the wormhole, spikes curving menacingly towards the tiny-by-comparison USS Kelvin.''Kelvin''.



* StealthSequel: It was billed as a [[PreQuel prequel]], but turned out to be a prequel, [[SeQuel sequel]] ''and'' a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] all in one. In addition to seeing Kirk and co. as rookies, we get [[spoiler: an aging Spock meeting his younger self, and we see how the Federation's conflict with the Romulans finally ends]].

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* StealthSequel: It was billed as a [[PreQuel prequel]], {{prequel}}, but turned out to be a prequel, [[SeQuel sequel]] {{sequel}} ''and'' a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] all in one. In addition to seeing Kirk and co. as rookies, we get [[spoiler: an aging Spock meeting his younger self, and we see how the Federation's conflict with the Romulans finally ends]].



* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Nero's ship, a 24th century civilian ''mining vessel'' that is capable of destroying 47 23rd century Klingon warships. Even considering the 150 year tech advance, that's still one hell of a mining vessel. [[AllThereInTheManual In the comic book accompanying the movie, it's explained that Nero's ship is equipped with reverse-engineered Borg weapons that he took from a research base]].
** Consider a 1945 cargo ship, with a 3" deck gun and a twin 20mm AA mount (not to mention an all-metal hull and diesel engines), transported back 155 years to 1790. It would be, hands down, the most powerful warship on the planet.
* SwirlyEnergyThingy: Black holes, no less.

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* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Nero's ship, a 24th century civilian ''mining vessel'' that is capable of destroying 47 23rd century Klingon warships. Even considering the 150 year tech advance, that's still one hell of a mining vessel. [[AllThereInTheManual In the comic book accompanying the movie, it's explained that Nero's ship is equipped with reverse-engineered Borg weapons that he took from a research base]].
** Consider
base]]. (Consider a 1945 cargo ship, with a 3" deck gun and a twin 20mm AA mount (not [not to mention an all-metal hull and diesel engines), engines], transported back 155 years to 1790. It would be, hands down, the most powerful warship on the planet.
planet.)
* SwirlyEnergyThingy: Black holes, no less.Red Matter–induced black holes are oddly two-dimensional and surrounded by a swirly "lightning storm in space."



** Scotty's explanation of how he decided to test his Transwarp Beaming on "[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Archer's]] prize beagle:

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** Scotty's explanation of how he decided to test his Transwarp Beaming on "[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Admiral Archer's]] prize beagle:beagle":



** Also the sequence when Kirk's shuttlecraft arrives at the Enterprise; instead of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'''s interminable fly around the ship in drydock, this film has a quick and efficient scene where the shuttlecraft flies over the length of the ship before immediately landing in the shuttlebay which shows its scale and majesty without boring the audience to death.

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** Also the sequence when Kirk's shuttlecraft arrives at the Enterprise; ''Enterprise''; instead of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'''s interminable fly around the ship in drydock, this film has a quick and efficient scene where the shuttlecraft flies over the length of the ship before immediately landing in the shuttlebay which shows its scale and majesty without boring the audience to death.



* TellMeAboutMyFather: Originally subverted, as Kirk couldn't have cared less but Pike told him anyways. Later the trope was played straight, when Kirk met up with [[spoiler: Spock Prime]] and asked him about his father.

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* TellMeAboutMyFather: Originally subverted, as Kirk couldn't have cared care less but Pike told tells him anyways. Later the trope was is played straight, when Kirk met meets up with [[spoiler: Spock [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] and asked asks him about his father.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: Another SignatureStyle of the ''Narada''.
* ThisIsMyChair: Kirk is doing his signature slouch in the Captain's Chair. Spock (still his superior) walks past and snaps "Out of the chair."

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill: ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Another SignatureStyle of the ''Narada''.
* ThisIsMyChair: Kirk is doing his signature slouch in the Captain's Chair. Spock (still his superior) walks past and snaps snaps, "Out of the chair."



* [[spoiler:TimeshiftedActor: Leonard Nimoy as the elderly Spock and Zachary Quinto as the younger Spock]].

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* [[spoiler:TimeshiftedActor: TimeshiftedActor: Leonard Nimoy as the elderly Spock and Zachary Quinto as the younger Spock]].Spock.



** Starfleet in response to the attack on the ''Kelvin''. Part of the reason the ''Enterprise'' is more advanced than it's counterpart from the Prime Universe is due to Starfleet's rapid realisation that there were things out there that had them ''severely'' outgunned. Pike even states that instead of just exploration, Starfleet has become a "Peacekeeping and Humanitarian ''Armada''".
* TooDumbToLive:
** The whole race of Romulans. Their whole sun goes supernova thus destroying Romulus in the process? Sorry, but you must be plain dumb in order to let ''that'' happen (according to Star Trek Online, they caused it by testing weapons that were banned due to this specific reason). Not only do they possess a whole '''star empire''', which means they have more planets then just the one being threatened by the super nova, they should also have the technological possibilities to detect super novas '''in time'''. It's not like they happen as a total surprise. It shouldn't have been a problem at all to evacuate a planet in time. And to let Spock as the ''only person'' in the goddamned empire try to prevent it because they were too busy arguing. That's beyond dumb. Maybe more so, since the ship and technology Spock uses were built on Vulcan, which means ''somebody'' had sufficient advance notice and time to prepare a response.

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** Starfleet in response to the attack on the ''Kelvin''. Part of the reason the ''Enterprise'' is more advanced than it's its counterpart from the Prime Universe is due to Starfleet's rapid realisation that there were things out there that had them ''severely'' outgunned. Pike even states that instead of just exploration, Starfleet has become a "Peacekeeping and Humanitarian ''Armada''".
* TooDumbToLive:
TooDumbToLive:
** The whole race of Romulans. Their whole sun goes supernova thus destroying Romulus in the process? Sorry, but you must be plain dumb in order to let ''that'' happen (according to Star Trek Online, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', they caused it by testing weapons that were banned due to this specific reason). Not only do they possess a whole '''star empire''', which means they have more planets then just the one being threatened by the super nova, they should also have the technological possibilities to detect super novas '''in time'''. It's not like they happen as a total surprise. It shouldn't have been a problem at all to evacuate a planet in time. And to let Spock as the ''only person'' in the goddamned empire try to prevent it because they were too busy arguing. That's beyond dumb. Maybe more so, since the ship and technology Spock uses were built on Vulcan, which means ''somebody'' had sufficient advance notice and time to prepare a response.



* TokenRomance: Spock and Uhura. Actually subverted in the sequel too: the romance allows the writers to remind the audience that Spock does in fact have feelings but just chooses to not show them. Roberto Orci said that they serve as a parallel to Spock's parents that were an interracial and interspecies couple as well and thus it's quite plausible for Spock to fall for a human the way his father did and it challenges his character in ways his counterpart never was. The romance also subverts the ''[[SassyBlackWoman strong independent black woman who doesn't need no man]]'' racist trope for Uhura as well as the ''[[ChickMagnet the hero always gets the girl]]'' trope (as Kirk doesn't get the girl that is in fact the already established girlfriend of ''The Nerdy Friend of Hero''

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* TokenRomance: Spock and Uhura. Actually subverted in the sequel too: the romance allows the writers to remind the audience that Spock does in fact have feelings but just chooses to not show them. Roberto Orci said that they serve as a parallel to Spock's parents that parents, which were also an interracial and interspecies couple as well couple, and thus it's quite plausible for Spock to fall for a human the way his father did did, and it challenges his character in ways his counterpart never was. The romance also subverts the ''[[SassyBlackWoman strong independent black woman who doesn't need no man]]'' racist trope for Uhura as well as the ''[[ChickMagnet the hero always gets the girl]]'' trope (as Kirk doesn't get the girl that is in fact the already established girlfriend of ''The Nerdy Friend of Hero''the Hero''.



** The distance from Earth to Vulcan takes exactly as long as is required by the plot. The initial journey seems to take only a few minutes but the return trip takes the second half of the movie.40 Eridani (the triple-star system identified in canon as Vulcan's system) is only about 16.5 light years from Sol. This means that crossing the galaxy would take less than 9 days.

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** The distance from Earth to Vulcan takes exactly as long as is required by the plot. The initial journey seems to take only a few minutes but the return trip takes the second half of the movie. 40 Eridani (the triple-star system identified in canon as Vulcan's system) is only about 16.5 light years from Sol. This means that crossing the galaxy would take less than 9 days.



* {{Understatement}}: [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] is king of these.

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* %%* {{Understatement}}: [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] is king of these.



* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel[=/=]UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: The new ''Enterprise'' is roughly the size of the ''Galaxy''-class from the original timeline. Much of it consists of extremely cavernous open spaces. Jefferies Tubes have been replaced by catwalks. This partly due to the use of real world locations such as the National Ignition Facility as sets for filming the reboot movies as opposed to a soundstage or green screen CGI background.

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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel[=/=]UnnecessarilyLargeInterior: UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: The new ''Enterprise'' is roughly the size of the ''Galaxy''-class from the original timeline. Much of it consists of extremely cavernous open spaces. Jefferies Tubes have been replaced by catwalks. This partly due to the use of real world locations such as the National Ignition Facility as sets for filming the reboot movies as opposed to a soundstage or green screen CGI background.



* WalkAndTalk: Happens twice.

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* WalkAndTalk: Happens twice.Twice, after Nero calls for the captain of an enemy vessel (the ''Kelvin'' and the ''Enterprise'') to surrender himself via shuttlecraft, said captain makes plans with his underlings on his way from the bridge to the shuttlebay.



** [[spoiler: Vulcan]]

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** [[spoiler: Vulcan]]Nero maroons [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] on Delta Vega for the express purpose of witnessing the destruction of [[spoiler:Vulcan]].



* WeaponizedHeadgear: Kirk uses his dropsuit helmet as a bludgeoning weapon when he loses his phaser on the Narada's drill.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture:

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* WeaponizedHeadgear: Kirk uses his dropsuit helmet as a bludgeoning weapon when he loses his phaser on the Narada's ''Narada'''s drill.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture:



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's unknown whether Gaila was assigned to any of the Federation starships that were [[spoiler:destroyed in the battle with Nero at Vulcan]].
** Deleted Scenes show she was [[spoiler:also assigned to the Enterprise. There was, in fact an also-deleted subplot about how she and Kirk are now awkward around each other once she realizes he only slept with her to get her to reprogram the Kobayashi Maru]].
** Also, in the novelization, Admiral Archer's dog that Scotty lost in a Transwarp Beaming accident appears on the pad at the very end, after every other event in the movie has transpired. So somewhat averted?

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It's unknown whether Gaila was assigned to any of the Federation starships that were [[spoiler:destroyed in the battle with Nero at Vulcan]].
**
Vulcan]]. Deleted Scenes scenes show she was [[spoiler:also assigned to the Enterprise. ''Enterprise''. There was, in fact an also-deleted subplot about how she and Kirk are now awkward around each other once she realizes he only slept with her to get her to reprogram the Kobayashi Maru]].
** Also, in the novelization, Admiral Archer's dog that Scotty lost in a Transwarp Beaming accident appears on the pad at the very end, after every other event in the movie has transpired. So somewhat averted?
Maru]].



[[spoiler:'''Kirk:''' Showing them compassion. It may be the only way to earn peace with Romulus. It's logic, Spock, I thought you'd like that]].\\
[[spoiler:'''Spock:''' No, not really. Not this time]].
* WhatYearIsThis: When Robau doesn't recognize images of "our" Spock or his craft, the Romulans ask him what the current Stardate is. He tells them - and Nero leaps out of his chair and impales him.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: [[spoiler:Ambassador Spock's]] ship, with three separately-rotating... things which are obviously scientific and important because they have a [[PowerGlows glowy thing]] in the middle.

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[[spoiler:'''Kirk:''' Showing them compassion. It may be the only way to earn peace with Romulus. It's logic, Spock, I thought you'd like that]].\\
that.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Spock:''' No, not really. Not this time]].
time.]]
* WhatYearIsThis: When Robau doesn't recognize images of "our" Spock or his craft, the Romulans ask him what the current Stardate is. He tells them - and them--and Nero leaps out of his chair and impales him.
him.
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: [[spoiler:Ambassador Spock's]] ship, the ''Jellyfish'', with three separately-rotating... things which are obviously scientific and important because they have a [[PowerGlows glowy thing]] in the middle.



-->'''George:''' What are we gonna call him?
-->'''Winona:''' We could name him after your father.
-->'''George:''' <laughing> Tiberius? You kidding me? No, that's the worst. Let's name him after your dad. Let's call him Jim.
-->'''Winona:''' Jim. OK, Jim it is.
* WithDueRespect: Young Spock saluting the Vulcan Council. See ParentheticSwearing.

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-->'''George:''' What are we gonna call him?
-->'''Winona:'''
him?\\
'''Winona:'''
We could name him after your father.
-->'''George:''' <laughing>
father.\\
'''George:''' ''[laughing]''
Tiberius? You kidding me? No, that's the worst. Let's name him after your dad. Let's call him Jim.
-->'''Winona:'''
Jim.\\
'''Winona:'''
Jim. OK, Jim it is.
is.
* WithDueRespect: Young Spock saluting the Vulcan Council. See ParentheticSwearing.ParentheticalSwearing.



** WordOfGod says that Future Spock seeing the planet Vulcan in the sky was actually a psychic vision similar to how Spock can sense large numbers of vulcans dying over long distances in ''TheOriginalSeries''.

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** WordOfGod says that Future Spock seeing the planet Vulcan in the sky was actually a psychic vision similar to how Spock can sense large numbers of vulcans Vulcans dying over long distances in ''TheOriginalSeries''.''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.



** Abrams says that the reason why technology is more advanced in the past than in the future is because the shuttles evacuating the Kelvin scanned Nero's ship and then studied the futuristic technology.
** A tie-in comic about Nero says that a stellar cartographer on Rura Pente and [[StarTrekTheMotionPicture Vejur]] helped him work out where and when Future Spock would emerge from the [[UnrealisticBlackHole black hole]].

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** Abrams says that the reason why technology is more advanced in the past than in the future alternate timeline is because the shuttles evacuating the Kelvin ''Kelvin'' scanned Nero's ship and then studied the futuristic technology.
** A tie-in comic about Nero says that a stellar cartographer on Rura Pente and [[StarTrekTheMotionPicture [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture Vejur]] helped him work out where and when Future Spock would emerge from the [[UnrealisticBlackHole black hole]].
hole]].



* WrongTimeTravelSavvy: [[spoiler: Spock Prime allows Kirk to infer that universe-ending paradoxes will ensue if he and his younger self interact. He just wants them to work together without using him as a crutch]].
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: And have a roaring [[BarBrawl barfight]].

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* WrongTimeTravelSavvy: [[spoiler: Spock Prime [[spoiler:Spock Prime]] allows Kirk to infer that universe-ending paradoxes will ensue if he and his younger self interact. He just wants them to work together without using him as a crutch]].
crutch.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: And have a roaring [[BarBrawl barfight]]. Kirk meets Uhura, Captain Pike, and some of his future security officers at a small-town Iowa bar near where the ''Enterprise'' is under construction in drydock.



* YouCantFightFate: Despite how much events change due to Nero's interference in the timeline, the crew of the Enterprise end up together anyway.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Kirk runs into the bridge, claiming they're heading towards a trap and Romulans who had attacked his dad twenty-something years ago are back. Thankfully Uhura was there to confirm it and Spock believed her.
* YouKilledMyFather:
** Nero is responsible for the death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition only minutes after Jim's birth]]. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero.

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* YouCantFightFate: Despite how much events change due to Nero's interference in the timeline, the crew of the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' end up together anyway.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Kirk runs into the bridge, claiming they're heading towards a trap and Romulans who had attacked his dad twenty-something years ago are back. Thankfully Uhura was is there to confirm it and Spock believed believes her.
* YouKilledMyFather:
YouKilledMyFather:
** Nero is responsible for the death of Jim Kirk's father, George Kirk, [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition only minutes after Jim's birth]]. Ironically, revenge for his father's death is never a main motive in Kirk's defeat of Nero.



* YoungerAndHipper: HAH! The entire freaking ''crew''! Even if Pike can't be classified as "younger", he's certainly "hipper". The man actually has a sense of humor, not something ever seen with Pike Prime.
** Keep in mind that a lot of scenes with Pike Prime were either him as a very tired, very experienced captain... or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Davros-like]] man in a life support unit.

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* YoungerAndHipper: HAH! The entire freaking ''crew''! Even if Pike can't be classified as "younger", he's certainly "hipper". The man actually has a sense of humor, not something ever seen with Pike Prime.
** Keep
Prime (keeping in mind that a lot of scenes with Pike Prime were either him as a very tired, very experienced captain... or as a [[Series/DoctorWho Davros-like]] man in a life support unit.unit).



** The Constitution-class of this continuity is bigger than it originally was (partially [[AllThereInTheManual explained]] by an InUniverse redesign). Shatner's was around 280 meters long. Pine's was designed to be closer to 360 meters (which was largely a result of a sleeker design and longer nacelles), although it was upscaled in the movie proper, because Abrams wanted an oversized shuttle bay, to be over ''700 meters'' long. For reference... that's around the same length as the Sovereign class of the ''TNG'' [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact movie]] era! [[http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/new_enterprise/monsterprise.jpg Here]] is a quick comparison chart, outlining the size descrepencies, and [[http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/new_enterprise_comment.htm#size here]] is the main article.
** In addition, Daddy Kirk "saved 800 lives" on the ''Kelvin'' (pre-time change) when the original ''Enterprise'' (newer and ''larger'' than the ''Kelvin'') had a crew of about 450. Assuming a great deal of casualties in that battle, that puts the Kelvin crew compliment closer to the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise-D]]'' of 1,000.

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** The Constitution-class ''Constitution''-class of this continuity is bigger than it originally was (partially [[AllThereInTheManual explained]] by an InUniverse redesign). Shatner's was around 280 meters long. Pine's was designed to be closer to 360 meters (which was largely a result of a sleeker design and longer nacelles), although it was upscaled in the movie proper, because Abrams wanted an oversized shuttle bay, to be over ''700 meters'' long. For reference... reference, that's around the same length as the Sovereign class ''Sovereign''-class of the ''TNG'' [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact movie]] era! [[http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/new_enterprise/monsterprise.jpg Here]] is a quick comparison chart, outlining the size descrepencies, and [[http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/new_enterprise_comment.htm#size here]] is the main article.
** In addition, Daddy Kirk "saved 800 lives" on the ''Kelvin'' (pre-time change) when the original ''Enterprise'' (newer and ''larger'' than the ''Kelvin'') had a crew of about 450. Assuming a great deal of casualties in that battle, that puts the Kelvin ''Kelvin'' crew compliment closer to the 1,000 of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise-D]]'' of 1,000.Enterprise-D]]''.



* ZeerustCanon: Played with the USS ''Kelvin''. The ship seems to have marginally superior assets and technology to what originally would've been the forthcoming TOS ''Enterprise'' had Nero not shown up. However the creators had to keep certain design aspects of it in check since the ''Kelvin'' existed over 30 years before the events of ''Star Trek: The Original Series'' (TOS) and thus it has some subtle '60s TOS elements, while still keeping it appealing to a 2009 audience.

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* ZeerustCanon: Played with the USS ''Kelvin''. The ship seems to have marginally superior assets and technology to what originally would've been the forthcoming TOS ''Enterprise'' had Nero not shown up. However the creators had to keep certain design aspects of it in check since the ''Kelvin'' existed over 30 years before the events of ''Star Trek: The Original Series'' ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (TOS) and thus it has some subtle '60s TOS elements, while still keeping it appealing to a 2009 audience.
audience.






--> ''The Future Begins''.

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--> ''The ->''The Future Begins''.Begins.''
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