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18th May '16 7:44:05 PM PaulA
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* WalkingBackwards: While exploring the raided space station at Regula 1, [=McCoy=] gets a CatScare when a rat scuttles past behind him. Instead of turning and continuing forward, [=McCoy=] walks backward for a bit, and ends up backing straight into a PeekABooCorpse.
9th May '16 9:34:09 AM AnotherGuy
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* TheGhost: Marla [=McGivers=]. Her death in the BackStory hangs over the entire film as the main motivation for Khan's tumble down the slippery slope of revenge.
9th May '16 9:29:50 AM AnotherGuy
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** Another example is Doctor Carol Marcus, Kirk's old flame. They even a had a son together. [=McCoy=]'s aware of her, too (presumably from back in the day). And yet we're only hearing about her now, after all these years.[[note]]A popular fan theory is that the "little blonde lab technician" mentioned in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore the second pilot episode]] of the series that Kirk "almost married" is Carol Marcus.[[/note]]

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** Another example is Doctor Carol Marcus, Kirk's old flame. They even a had a son together. [=McCoy=]'s aware of her, too (presumably from back in the day). And yet we're only hearing about her now, after all these years.[[note]]A popular fan theory is that the "little blonde lab technician" mentioned in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore the second pilot episode]] of the series that Kirk "almost married" is Carol Marcus. This theory has received a ShrugOfGod.[[/note]]
9th May '16 9:28:29 AM AnotherGuy
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* ShownTheirWork: According to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe9qSLYK5q4 this short documentary]], the ILM team that put together the Genesis proposal scenes used the stars as actually seen from Epsilon Indi (a nearby K-class dwarf) as the background. The Sun is visible toward the end below the Genesis planet as an extra star in the Big Dipper.

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According to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe9qSLYK5q4 this short documentary]], the ILM team that put together the Genesis proposal scenes used the stars as actually seen from Epsilon Indi (a nearby K-class dwarf) as the background. The Sun is visible toward the end below the Genesis planet as an extra star in the Big Dipper.Dipper.
** Harve Bennett, when given the reigns of the ''Star Trek'' franchise, had no experience whatsoever with it. So, one weekend he had a marathon session of watching each and every episode to bring himself up to date on the franchise. Keep in mind, he didn't watch it on videotape - he watched it on ''kinescope''.
8th May '16 6:07:28 PM Bissek
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* UnknownRival: Kirk knew about Khan, but had honestly believed that all issues between them had been settled fifteen years prior and hadn't spared much though for the man since the last time they'd met. Which makes it rather surprising to him when Khan turns out to have been nursing a grudge for fourteen of those years and is now in a position to seek revenge.
18th Mar '16 2:50:24 PM HeraldAlberich
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* MisaimedFandom: InUniverse. ''Literature/MobyDick'' is part of Khan's private library and he quotes Captain Ahab throughout the movie. Either Khan misses the point of the novel or [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation alternatively]], he understands the point of the novel completely and recognizes the parallels between himself and Ahab, but is so consumed by his rage that he doesn't care, or is just so arrogant that he believes that, unlike Ahab, he could slay his white whale without destroying himself and his crew. Also, it's possible that Khan knows he will die as a result of his actions, but he wants to [[TakingYouWithMe take Kirk with him.]] A "TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou" sort of thing.
17th Mar '16 8:01:16 PM HeraldAlberich
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''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the direction of Creator/NicholasMeyer, who had previously penned the best-selling ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' novel ''The Seven Percent Solution'' and directed the film ''Film/TimeAfterTime'', as well as the work of Harve Bennett. While Meyer hadn't actually seen the show before, he managed to watch all of the original series's episodes before sitting down to work, concluding that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]," and did a {{retool}} to emphasize the SpaceIsAnOcean angle. Some of Harve's work included getting rid of the ridiculous SpaceClothes used in the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture previous movie]] (which took guts considering the small budget; to their credit, they still found a way to get extra mileage out of a lot of those pieces).

Outside the world of ''Star Trek'', ''Wrath Of Khan'' is notable for containing two big breaks. Creator/KirstieAlley made her acting debut in this film playing the young Vulcan [[NaiveNewcomer Saavik]], even getting the onscreen credit "[[AndStarring and introducing Kirstie Alley]]". This was also the first major motion picture to be scored by JamesHorner, who would go on to do ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. As Nicholas Meyer once put it, they hired James Horner to do ''Star Trek II'' because they couldn't afford Jerry Goldsmith, but by the time Meyer returned for ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' they hired Cliff Eidelman because they couldn't afford James Horner. (Horner would succeed Goldsmith on [[Franchise/{{Alien}} another sci-fi franchise]], modifying one of his cues from this movie to great effect.)

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''Star Trek II'' is considered by many fans to be the best movie in the series, and it's the yardstick against which all other installments are measured. This is largely attributed to the direction of Creator/NicholasMeyer, who had previously penned the best-selling ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' Franchise/SherlockHolmes novel ''The Seven Percent Solution'' ''Literature/TheSevenPercentSolution'' and directed the film ''Film/TimeAfterTime'', as well as the work of Harve Bennett.Creator/HarveBennett. While Meyer hadn't actually seen the show before, he managed to watch all of the original series's episodes before sitting down to work, concluding that the premise was essentially "''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]," and did a {{retool}} to emphasize the SpaceIsAnOcean angle. Some of Harve's work included getting rid of the ridiculous SpaceClothes used in the [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture previous movie]] (which took guts considering the small budget; to their credit, they still found a way to get extra mileage out of a lot of those pieces).

Outside the world of ''Star Trek'', ''Wrath Of of Khan'' is notable for containing two big breaks. Creator/KirstieAlley made her acting debut in this film playing the young Vulcan [[NaiveNewcomer Saavik]], even getting the onscreen credit "[[AndStarring and introducing Kirstie Alley]]". This was also the first major motion picture to be scored by JamesHorner, Music/JamesHorner, who would go on to do ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. As Nicholas Meyer once put it, they hired James Horner to do ''Star Trek II'' because they couldn't afford Jerry Goldsmith, Music/JerryGoldsmith, but by the time Meyer returned for ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'' they hired Cliff Eidelman because they couldn't afford James Horner. (Horner would succeed Goldsmith on [[Franchise/{{Alien}} another sci-fi franchise]], modifying one of his cues from this movie to great effect.)









* AllThereInTheManual: Multiple examples

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* AndStarring Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan, which is literally the billing in the opening credits, after all the other main cast is listed, "And Starring Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan". This might be the only film using that specific credit (most of the examples on the Trope page are billed simply "And") making this film the TropeNamer.

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* AndStarring Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan, which is literally the billing in the opening credits, after all the other main cast is listed, "And Starring Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan". This might be the only film using that specific credit (most of the examples on the Trope page are billed simply "And") "And"), making this film the TropeNamer.



* ArtisticLicenseMusic: During [[spoiler:Spock's funeral]], Scotty plays ''Amazing Grace'' on the bagpipes. It is very obvious (especially if you are an actual piper) that James Doohan isn't actually playing them, but merely holding them and twiddling his fingers. Not that it breaks the drama in any way.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Khan mentions his "Beloved Wife", he is referring to Marla [=McGivers=], a historian on the old ''Enterprise''. Anyone who watched "Space Seed" would see that he was only charming her to get her to help him take over the ship. Here, however, his revenge is motivated by her death at the hands of the Ceti Alpha eels.

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* ArtisticLicenseMusic: During [[spoiler:Spock's funeral]], Scotty plays ''Amazing Grace'' "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. It is very obvious (especially if you are an actual piper) that James Doohan Creator/JamesDoohan isn't actually playing them, but merely holding them and twiddling his fingers. Not that it breaks the drama in any way.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When Khan mentions his "Beloved Wife", he is referring to Marla [=McGivers=], a historian on the old ''Enterprise''. Anyone who watched "Space Seed" would see that he was only charming her to get her to help him take over the ship. Here, however, his revenge is motivated by her death at the hands of the Ceti Alpha eels.



--->'''Kirk''': I don't believe in the no-win scenario.

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--->'''Kirk''': --->'''Kirk:''' I don't believe in the no-win scenario.



--->'''Kirk''': We tried it once your way, Khan. Are you game for a rematch? (beat) Khan, I'm ''laughing'' at the "superior intellect."

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--->'''Kirk''': --->'''Kirk:''' We tried it once your way, Khan. Are you game for a rematch? (beat) ''[beat]'' Khan, I'm ''laughing'' at the "superior intellect."



** Kirk's plan to trick Khan into chasing the ''Enterprise'' into the Mutara Nebula (where both ships will have a mutual disadvantage and thus be equal), which works since Khan is [[VillainousBreakdown becoming unhinged]] and [[RevengeBeforeReason irrationally bent on revenge]].
*** Furthermore, this is all justified by Kirk's critical observation about Khan and his BerserkButton:
---> '''Kirk''': I'll give him this: he's consistent!
* BattleButler: Joachim.

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** Kirk's plan to trick Khan into chasing the ''Enterprise'' into the Mutara Nebula (where both ships will have a mutual disadvantage and thus be equal), which works since Khan is [[VillainousBreakdown becoming unhinged]] and [[RevengeBeforeReason irrationally bent on revenge]].
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revenge]]. Furthermore, this is all justified by Kirk's critical observation about Khan and his BerserkButton:
---> '''Kirk''':
BerserkButton:
--->'''Kirk:'''
I'll give him this: he's consistent!
* %%* BattleButler: Joachim.



* BigBadWannaBe: This is what Kirk reduces Khan to at the climax of the film. Khan spent the whole movie in SmugSnake mode, convinced that his superior intellect and ability would always ensure he came out on top. The problem is, his ''pride'' is off the scale as well, and it will not let him walk away satisfied with a draw. Sure, he's probably smarter than Kirk, but he lets Kirk goad, embarrass, provoke, humilate, and enrage him into a fight where his intellect means nothing, because Kirk's experience ''is several orders of magnitude greater than his and experience is the deciding factor.'' Kirk doesn't ''have'' to be smarter. Even the most trusted member of Khan's crew literally begs him to just let things go and walk away, but he won't listen.

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* BigBadWannaBe: BigBadWannabe: This is what Kirk reduces Khan to at the climax of the film. Khan spent the whole movie in SmugSnake mode, convinced that his superior intellect and ability would always ensure he came out on top. The problem is, his ''pride'' is off the scale as well, and it will not let him walk away satisfied with a draw. Sure, he's probably smarter than Kirk, but he lets Kirk goad, embarrass, provoke, humilate, and enrage him into a fight where his intellect means nothing, because Kirk's experience ''is several orders of magnitude greater than his and experience is the deciding factor.'' Kirk doesn't ''have'' to be smarter. Even the most trusted member of Khan's crew literally begs him to just let things go and walk away, but he won't listen.



** "And yet it should be noted, that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world, a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect."

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** "And In his eulogy, Kirk explicitly juxtaposes [[spoiler:Spock's]] death with the creation of life on the Genesis planet.
--->'''Kirk:''' And
yet it should be noted, that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world, a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect."



* BrokenAesop: The movie makes a big deal of the fact that Kirk thinking he could solve everything was the reason for Spock's death...except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past.

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* BrokenAesop: The movie makes a big deal of the fact that Kirk thinking he could can solve everything was is the reason for Spock's death...except death--except that Spock wouldn't be alive to ''teach'' him that lesson if Kirk ''hadn't'' been so confident in his ability to solve things in the past.



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The rare variant from the villain's point of view. Part of the reason Khan is so pissed at Kirk is because when he was exiled Kirk promised to return and check on the colony's progress someday, but never did and forgot all about him.
** In the novelization, he also believes that Kirk was promoted to Admiral ''because'' Kirk exiled him. Touched on in the movie by the way Khan emphasizes ''Admiral'' after being corrected by Capt. Terrell.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The rare variant from the villain's point of view. Part of the reason Khan is so pissed at Kirk is because when he was exiled Kirk promised to return and check on the colony's progress someday, but never did and forgot all about him.
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him. In the novelization, he Khan also believes that Kirk was promoted to Admiral ''because'' Kirk exiled him. Touched on in the movie by the way Khan emphasizes ''Admiral'' after being corrected by Capt. Terrell.



** A callback to ''[[Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah Requiem For Methuselah]]'', where Spock had done a mind meld on Kirk, saying "[[LaserGuidedAmnesia Forget]]" in order to help ease his pain. Here he does a mind-meld with [=McCoy=] and instead says [[spoiler: "[[BrainUploading Remember.]]"]]
* TheCameo: Mr. Kyle, the Transporter Chief from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', is the Communications Officer on the ''Reliant'' - making him the only RedShirt known to have survived the five-year mission. (In fact, he even survived having been tossed aside by Khan in the transporter room in the [[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed original episode]].)

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** A callback to ''[[Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah Requiem For Methuselah]]'', for Methuselah]]", where Spock had done a mind meld on Kirk, saying "[[LaserGuidedAmnesia Forget]]" in order to help ease his pain. Here he does a mind-meld with [=McCoy=] and instead says [[spoiler: "[[BrainUploading Remember.]]"]]
* TheCameo: Mr. Kyle, the Transporter Chief from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', is the Communications Officer on the ''Reliant'' - making ''Reliant''--making him the only RedShirt known to have survived the five-year mission. (In fact, he even survived having been tossed aside by Khan in the transporter room in the [[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed original episode]].)



* CatScare: More like Rat Scare, but that's being picky.

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* %%* CatScare: More like Rat Scare, but that's being picky.



** On the other hand, Khan's followers (but not Khan himself) appear to be affected by ComicBookTime. None of them are played by the original actors from the television episode. There is speculation as to whether or not these are the same persons from ''Space Seed'' especially given the obvious difference between Joaquin (''Space Seed'') and Joaquim (''Wrath of Khan'') who are said in Expanded Universe to be father and son, Joaquin having died in the intervening years. The relatively youthful appearance of Joaquin and the other Augments has suggested that these are all the children of Khan's deceased original crew.

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** On the other hand, Khan's followers (but not Khan himself) appear to be affected by ComicBookTime. None of them are played by the original actors from the television episode. There is speculation as to whether or not these are the same persons from ''Space Seed'' "Space Seed", especially given the obvious difference between Joaquin (''Space Seed'') ("Space Seed") and Joaquim (''Wrath of Khan'') Khan''), who are said in Expanded Universe to be father and son, Joaquin having died in the intervening years. The relatively youthful appearance of Joaquin Joaquim and the other Augments has suggested suggests that these are all the children of Khan's deceased original crew.



* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Chekov]]: The only member of the original crew to interact with Khan in the movie, he is tortured and manipulated by the latter to act against his former colleagues. It is therefore somewhat fitting that in the final showdown, it is he who [[spoiler:returns to the crew and fires the shots that fatally cripple Khan's ship]].

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Chekov]]: ChekhovsGunman: [[JustForPun Punnily]], Chekov himself. The only member of the original crew to interact with Khan in the movie, he is tortured and manipulated by the latter to act against his former colleagues. It is therefore somewhat fitting that in the final showdown, it is he who [[spoiler:returns to the crew and fires the shots that fatally cripple Khan's ship]].



* CriticalStaffingShortage: The Enterprise is on a cadet cruise, with only vital systems manned by the cadets and a few senior staff supervising, and none of the science labs, or other stuff Starfleet usually has, active. The Reliant is similarly under-manned with only Khan's dwindling number of loyal followers. Space Station Regula 1 is also on short staff, with David noting that everyone is on leave.
* CrypticConversation: With an incredibly obvious code. [[spoiler:"By the book", yes -- but only selectively so.]]
* CulturedBadass[=/=]WickedCultured: Apparently even in the 23rd century there will be villains that read and quote Herman Melville.
* CurseCutShort: "You green-blooded, ''inhuman''..."[[note]][=McCoy=] gets to complete the phrase in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', finishing with a "son of a bitch".[[/note]].
* DamageControl: The ''Enterprise'' is [[GenreBlind taken by surprise]] in the initial attack, but [[GuileHero Kirk and Spock]] are able to turn the tables and deal some swift damage to ''Reliant''. Both ships are forced to withdraw and effect repairs before they can fight again. In the final battle, both ships are again crippled (the Reliant from the devastating volley the Enterprise just delivered, and the Enterprise still from lingering damage from the very first encounter), and it is only a HeroicSacrifice by [[spoiler:Spock]] that allows them to survive.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: The Kobayashi Maru is an example of the variant.

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* CriticalStaffingShortage: The Enterprise ''Enterprise'' is on a cadet cruise, with only vital systems manned by the cadets and a few senior staff supervising, and none of the science labs, or other stuff Starfleet usually has, active. The Reliant ''Reliant'' is similarly under-manned under-manned, with only Khan's dwindling number of loyal followers. Space Station Regula 1 is also on short staff, with David noting that everyone is on leave.
leave.
* CrypticConversation: With an incredibly obvious code. [[spoiler:"By the book", yes -- but yes--but only selectively so.]]
* CulturedBadass[=/=]WickedCultured: Apparently even in the 23rd century there will be villains that read and quote Herman Melville.
Melville.
* CurseCutShort: From [=McCoy=]: "You green-blooded, ''inhuman''..."[[note]][=McCoy=] gets to complete the phrase in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', finishing with a "son of a bitch".[[/note]].
bitch."[[/note]]
* DamageControl: The ''Enterprise'' is [[GenreBlind taken by surprise]] in the initial attack, but [[GuileHero Kirk and Spock]] are able to turn the tables and deal some swift damage to ''Reliant''. Both ships are forced to withdraw and effect repairs before they can fight again. In the final battle, both ships are again crippled (the Reliant ''Reliant'' from the devastating volley the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' just delivered, and the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' still from lingering damage from the very first encounter), and it is only a HeroicSacrifice by [[spoiler:Spock]] that allows them to survive.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: The Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario is an example of the variant.UnwinnableTrainingSimulation, but we don't find that out until it's over.



* DareToBeBadass: [=McCoy=] when he visits Kirk on his birthday, advising him to stop moping about his age and seek out a command. Spock concurred separately and said anything other than command of a starship is a waste of Kirk's talents.

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* DareToBeBadass: [=McCoy=] when he visits Kirk on his birthday, advising him to stop moping about his age and seek out a command. Spock concurred separately and said concurs separately, saying that anything other than command of a starship is a waste of Kirk's talents. talents.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Than ''The Motion Picture'' and much more than the series. With all the graphic injuries on display, it very likely would have gotten a PG-13 rating a few years later.
** Indeed, it's the only ''Star Trek'' film with a 15 certificate in the UK. Even ''First Contact'' is only a 12.
*** To be fair, the 12 certificate was not established until mid-1989. All video releases since 2002 have been rated 12.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Than ''The Motion Picture'' and much more than the series. With all the graphic injuries on display, it very likely would have gotten a PG-13 rating a few years later.
** Indeed,
later. And indeed, it's the only ''Star Trek'' film with a 15 certificate in the UK. Even ''First Contact'' is only a 12.
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12.[[note]]To be fair, the 12 certificate was not established until mid-1989. All video releases since 2002 have been rated 12.[[/note]]



* {{Deconstruction}}: The subtitle of this movie could just have easily been ''The Deconstruction Of [[TheKirk Kirk]]''. Most of the core traits associated with Kirk and their probable consequences in RealLife are pulled apart and examined. The adventurer who faces a problem on a weekly basis, solves it and promptly [[ResetButton forgets it ever happened]] is suddenly brought face to face with one of those problems from a decade and a half before, and discovers the consequences of his thoughtlessness can be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge measured by the body count]]. The suave lady-killer with a girl in every port has to revisit the fact that one of his conquests (and it's implied that it's the only one he ever truly loved) has resulted in [[LukeYouAreMyFather a son he never had a chance to get to know]] and who hates him. His tendency to play fast and loose with the rules leads to his ship being crippled and a score of dead cadets, all of which could and should have been avoided by simply raising the shields, and his trait of [[TakeAThirdOption finding novel solutions to intractable problems]] ends the life of [[spoiler:his best friend and trusted right hand]]. It also shows what happens when you take the dashing, devil-may-care heroic adventurer, let him get old and put him in a desk job: a full-blown mid-life crisis.
-->'''Bones:''' Dammit, Jim, what the hell's the matter with you? Other people have birthdays! Why are we treating yours like a ''funeral''?
** There were shades of this in the previous film, ''The Motion Picture'', where it was shown that Kirk was clearly unhappy when he was anything other than being the captain of the Enterprise, and was shown to be more grumpy than usual when things didn't fall into place the way he wanted them to be. While lost in the shuffle of the previous film these elements are explored more thoroughly here.
* DidYouDie: Kirk quips "Aren't you dead?" to Spock after the Kobayashi Maru scenario.
* DiesWideOpen / DiedInYourArmsTonight: Joachim.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: {{Deconstruction}}:
**
The subtitle of this movie could just have easily been ''The Deconstruction Of of [[TheKirk Kirk]]''. Most of the core traits associated with Kirk and their probable consequences in RealLife are pulled apart and examined. The adventurer who faces a problem on a weekly basis, solves it and promptly [[ResetButton forgets it ever happened]] is suddenly brought face to face with one of those problems from a decade and a half before, and discovers the consequences of his thoughtlessness can be [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge measured by the body count]]. The suave lady-killer with a girl in every port has to revisit the fact that one of his conquests (and it's implied that it's the only one he ever truly loved) has resulted in [[LukeYouAreMyFather a son he never had a chance to get to know]] and who hates him. His tendency to play fast and loose with the rules leads to his ship being crippled and a score of dead cadets, all of which could and should have been avoided by simply raising the shields, and his trait of [[TakeAThirdOption finding novel solutions to intractable problems]] ends the life of [[spoiler:his best friend and trusted right hand]]. It also shows what happens when you take the dashing, devil-may-care heroic adventurer, let him get old and put him in a desk job: a full-blown mid-life crisis.
-->'''Bones:''' --->'''Bones:''' Dammit, Jim, what the hell's the matter with you? Other people have birthdays! Why are we treating yours like a ''funeral''?
** There were shades of this in the previous film, ''The Motion Picture'', where it was shown that Kirk was clearly unhappy when he was anything other than being the captain of the Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', and was shown to be more grumpy than usual when things didn't fall into place the way he wanted them to be. While lost in the shuffle of the previous film film, these elements are explored more thoroughly here.
* DidYouDie: Kirk quips quips, "Aren't you dead?" to Spock after the Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario.
* %%* DiesWideOpen / DiedInYourArmsTonight: Joachim.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: The barren moon featured in the Genesis demonstration tape bears a distinct resemblance to Franchise/StarWars' Death Star; especially since it is mostly in shadow and what is most visible is a big crater that looks for all the world like the Empire's planet-killer laser dish. (Probably a ShoutOut as well, since ILM did the effects for this film as well.)
** And after the simulated Genesis run it gets replaced with an awfully familiar Blue Marble.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
**
The barren moon featured in the Genesis demonstration tape bears a distinct resemblance to Franchise/StarWars' ''Franchise/StarWars''' Death Star; especially since it is mostly in shadow and what is most visible is a big crater that looks for all the world like the Empire's planet-killer laser dish. (Probably a ShoutOut as well, since ILM [[Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] did the effects for this film as well.)
** And after the simulated Genesis run it gets replaced with an awfully familiar Blue Marble.



* EverybodysDeadDave: When the ''Enterprise'' crew explore the remains of the Regula space station.
** When Enterprise blows the nacelle off Reliant, Khan is left as the only survivor.
* EvilGloating: Put the freaking VillainBall down [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim and just blow him to bits, Khan!]]
-->'''Khan:''' I deprive your ship of power, and when I swing around I will deprive you of your life! But first I wanted you to know who it was who had beaten you.
** Although he did actually want to see if he could threaten them into giving him the Genesis information first - whether he intended to use it as a weapon or as a way to create a new planet for himself and his followers is not certain.
** Lampshaded by [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]], who advises both shooting Kirk straight away when their shields were down, as well as retreating once they have Genesis and the ''Reliant'' had suffered damage. Naturally, Khan ignores him both times.

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* EverybodysDeadDave: EverybodysDeadDave:
**
When the ''Enterprise'' crew explore the remains of the Regula space station.
** When Enterprise ''Enterprise'' blows the nacelle off Reliant, ''Reliant'', Khan is left as the only survivor.
survivor.
* EvilGloating: EvilGloating:
**
Put the freaking VillainBall down and [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim and just blow him to bits, Khan!]]
-->'''Khan:'''
bits]], Khan!
--->'''Khan:'''
I deprive your ship of power, and when I swing around I will deprive you of your life! But first I wanted you to know who it was who had beaten you.
** Although he did does actually want to see if he could can threaten them into giving him the Genesis information first - whether first--whether he intended intends to use it as a weapon or as a way to create a new planet for himself and his followers is not certain.
** Lampshaded by [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]], who advises both [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shooting Kirk straight away away]] when their the ''Enterprise'' shields were are down, as well as retreating once they have Genesis and the ''Reliant'' had has suffered damage. Naturally, Khan ignores him both times.



* FailedASpotCheck: The crew of the ''Reliant'' failing to notice that they were on ''the wrong planet'', related to the fact that they failed to notice another planet ceasing to exist due to a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Ceti Alpha VI Shattering Kaboom]].
* FakingTheDead: Spock supposedly dies at the beginning of the film. [[spoiler:This scene was concocted hastily by Nick Meyer after hearing that spoilers had leaked about Spock dying in the film. To preserve the wham factor of Spock dying, the Kobayashi Maru and its disastrous aftermath was added to fool viewers into thinking that this was the "Spock dies" moment the spoilers meant.]]

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* FailedASpotCheck: The crew of the ''Reliant'' failing to notice that they were they're on ''the wrong planet'', related to the fact that they failed to notice another planet ceasing to exist due to a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Ceti Alpha VI Shattering VI–Shattering Kaboom]].
* FakingTheDead: Spock supposedly dies at the beginning of the film. [[spoiler:This scene was concocted hastily by Nick Meyer after hearing that spoilers had leaked about Spock dying in the film. To preserve the wham factor of Spock dying, the Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' and its disastrous aftermath was added to fool viewers into thinking that this was the "Spock dies" moment the spoilers meant.]]



* FatalFlaw
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The wrath of Khan]]. [[ShoutOut Like]] [[Literature/MobyDick Ahab]] [[ShoutOut before him]], his all-consuming desire for revenge on Kirk ultimately gets in the way of his better judgement and ends up destroying him.

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* FatalFlaw
FatalFlaw:
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The wrath of Khan]]. [[ShoutOut Like]] Like [[Literature/MobyDick Ahab]] [[ShoutOut before him]], his all-consuming desire for revenge on Kirk ultimately gets in the way of his better judgement and ends up destroying him.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Creator/RicardoMontalban's monologue on the subject is just fantastic.
--> "I've done far worse than ''kill'' you. I've ''hurt'' you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you, as you left me... as you left ''her''. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... Buried alive... ''buried alive...''"
** Actually more of a slow death, the planet being dead and death by starvation imminent.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: FateWorseThanDeath:
**
Creator/RicardoMontalban's monologue on the subject is just fantastic.
--> "I've --->'''Khan:''' I've done far worse than ''kill'' you. I've ''hurt'' you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you, as you left me... as you left ''her''. Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... Buried alive... ''buried alive...''"
** Actually more of a slow death, the planet being dead and death by starvation imminent.
''



* FixFic: A classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, fixing an apparent continuity glitch -- in the film, Khan and Chekov recognize each other upon meeting. However, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in which Khan appears, is a first season episode, and Chekov did not join the cast of the show until the second season. The semi-official {{retcon}} (not explained in any of the shows or movies, but widely propagated by producers and actors in convention appearances) is that Chekov was on the ''Enterprise'' at that time, he just wasn't part of the bridge crew yet and thus didn't appear on screen. A very funny {{fanfic}} distributed in print ('zines, photocopies, etc.) not long after the movie came out expands on that, envisioning Khan and Chekov bumping into each other in the bathroom. Sillier versions have Khan vowing revenge on Chekov for making him wait for the cubicle.
** This is actually Walter Koenig's own joke.
* {{Foreshadowing}}

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* FixFic: A classic ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example, fixing an apparent continuity glitch -- in glitch--in the film, Khan and Chekov recognize each other upon meeting. However, "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]", the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in which Khan appears, is a first season first-season episode, and Chekov Creator/WalterKoenig did not join the cast of the show until the second season. The semi-official {{retcon}} (not explained in any of the shows or movies, but widely propagated by producers and actors in convention appearances) is that Chekov was on the ''Enterprise'' at that time, he just wasn't part of the bridge crew yet and thus didn't appear on screen. A very funny {{fanfic}} distributed in print ('zines, photocopies, etc.) not long after the movie came out expands on that, envisioning Khan and Chekov bumping into each other in the bathroom. Sillier versions have Khan vowing revenge on Chekov for making him wait for the cubicle.
** This
cubicle (which is actually Walter Koenig's own joke.
joke).
* {{Foreshadowing}}{{Foreshadowing}}:



---> '''Kirk:''' Aren't you dead?
** The movie is ''full'' of this. For example, Khan's chess set is a 2-D version (in the original series, Kirk was often seen playing 3-D chess), which points out Khan's difficulty in fighting in three dimensions (as a Starship would), which helps lead to his defeat. Also, in Khan's quarters, you can see titles of books that Khan will draw inspiration from and frequently quote, including Moby Dick.

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---> '''Kirk:''' --->'''Kirk:''' Aren't you dead?
** The movie is ''full'' of this. For example, Khan's chess set is a 2-D version (in the original series, Kirk was often seen playing 3-D chess), which points out Khan's difficulty in fighting in three dimensions (as a Starship would), which helps lead to his defeat. Also, in Khan's quarters, you can see titles of books that Khan will draw inspiration from and frequently quote, including Moby Dick.''Literature/MobyDick''.



*** The closing lines of that book (''It is a far far better thing I do than I have ever done before'') also foreshadow the ending of the film [[spoiler:as both works feature people who willingly sacrifice themselves so that others may live]].

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*** ** The closing lines of that book (''It ("It is a far far better thing I do than I have ever done before'') before") also foreshadow the ending of the film film, [[spoiler:as both works feature people who willingly sacrifice themselves so that others may live]]. live]].



-->'''Doctor [=McCoy=]''': [[spoiler: He's not really dead. As long as we remember him.]]
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: This film introduces the Genesis device. The planet it creates disintegrates within a couple weeks, thus rendering it useless for its original purpose (terrarforming). But surely the heroes of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' might have found it useful as a handy-dandy instant [[SuperweaponSurprise Borg Cube Killer]].
** Addressed in the novelizations of this movie and ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock.'' Vance Madison and Del March were actually the leading scientists on the project (and they can briefly be seen in the scene where they argue about what they should do; Vance is the quiet black man, and Del is the restless one with slightly shorter sleeves. Their roles were obviously pared down in editing to streamline the story and the project became "developed by Carol Marcus"), and Khan kills both of them when he raids Regula 1. By the end of III the only person with any working knowledge is Carol, and she's vowed to keep it to herself, not that she could replicate the knowledge of Madison and March.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke

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-->'''Doctor [=McCoy=]''': --->'''Doctor [=McCoy=]:''' [[spoiler: He's not really dead. As long as we remember him.]]
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: This film introduces the Genesis device. The planet it creates disintegrates within a couple weeks, thus rendering it useless for its original purpose (terrarforming). ({{terraform}}ing). But surely the heroes of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' might have found it useful as a handy-dandy instant [[SuperweaponSurprise Borg Cube Killer]].
** Addressed
Killer]]. This is [[AllThereInTheManual addressed in the novelizations novelizations]] of this movie and ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock.'' Vance Madison and Del March were actually the leading scientists on the project (and they can briefly be seen in the scene where they argue about what they should do; Vance is the quiet black man, and Del is the restless one with slightly shorter sleeves. Their roles were obviously pared down in editing to streamline the story and the project became "developed by Carol Marcus"), and Khan kills both of them when he raids Regula 1. By the end of III ''Star Trek III'' the only person with any working knowledge is Carol, and she's vowed to keep it to herself, not that she could replicate the knowledge of Madison and March.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNukeGeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke:



** The Genesis Device is a literal genetic engineering (as well as terraforming) nuke.
* GenesisEffect: TropeNamer.

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** The Genesis Device is a literal genetic engineering (as well as terraforming) {{Terraform}}ing) nuke.
* GenesisEffect: TropeNamer.TropeNamer--the Genesis device turns a lifeless rock or cloud of gas into a living, breathing planet. And, if aimed at a living, breathing planet, it'll erase it entirely and create a brand-new living, breathing planet, making it also a potentially devastating weapon.



* HamToHamCombat: Pretty damn literal example. And it's delicious. WilliamShatner and Creator/RicardoMontalban gloriously ham their way through the whole movie, taking big bites out of every piece of scenery they can along the way.

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* HamToHamCombat: Pretty damn literal example. And it's delicious. WilliamShatner Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/RicardoMontalban gloriously ham their way through the whole movie, taking big bites out of every piece of scenery they can along the way. way.



* TheHerosBirthday

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* TheHerosBirthdayTheHerosBirthday: Admiral Kirk's, which highlights his mid-life crisis.



* HeroicSacrifice
** [[spoiler:Spock won't be coming home from this one.]] There are several examples of HeroicSacrifice in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but this one is by far taken the most seriously and played the most straight. Even WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy takes this one seriously. That should tell you just how highly it's regarded.

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* HeroicSacrifice
HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Spock won't be coming home from this one.]] There are several examples of HeroicSacrifice in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but this one is by far taken the most seriously and played the most straight. Even WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' takes this one seriously. That should tell you just how highly it's regarded.



-->'''Kirk''': We tried it once your way, Khan. Are you game for a rematch?
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: JustifiedTrope with Chekov reporting to the Genesis scientists. He's under mind control, and being fed lines.

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-->'''Kirk''': -->'''Kirk:''' We tried it once your way, Khan. Are you game for a rematch?
* HesitationEqualsDishonesty: JustifiedTrope with Chekov reporting to the Genesis scientists. He's under mind control, and being fed lines.



-->'''Carol''': David, why don't you show Dr [=McCoy=] and the Lieutenant our idea of food? ...\\
'''David''': This is just to give us something to do, isn't it? Come on.
** Made especially funny because the wounded Chekov is laying in the background with eyes open and stays there through their conversation. A silent AndZoidberg?

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-->'''Carol''': -->'''Carol:''' David, why don't you show Dr [=McCoy=] and the Lieutenant our idea of food? ...\\
'''David''': '''David:''' This is just to give us something to do, isn't it? Come on.
** :: Made especially funny because the wounded Chekov is laying in the background with eyes open and stays there through their conversation. A silent AndZoidberg?



** Saavik, by [[TheStoic Vulcan standards]] is prone to some quite emotional outbursts. She swears mildly and mutters under her breath about being in over their heads during the Kobayashi Maru sim, is visibly frustrated at her failure after it, is quite bemused at human behaviour in general and shows obvious, if subdued, grief at [[spoiler:Spock's]] death. In the {{novelization}} and the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse, this is explained by Saavik being half Vulcan and half Romulan.

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** Saavik, by [[TheStoic Vulcan standards]] standards]], is prone to some quite emotional outbursts. She swears mildly and mutters under her breath about being in over their heads during the Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' sim, is visibly frustrated at her failure after it, afterward, is quite bemused at human behaviour in general general, and shows obvious, if subdued, grief at [[spoiler:Spock's]] death. In the {{novelization}} and the Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse, this is explained by Saavik being half Vulcan and half Romulan.



(''some [[LargeHam hammy]] exposition later'')\\

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(''some ''[some [[LargeHam hammy]] exposition later'')\\later]''\\



* IdiotBall

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* IdiotBallIdiotBall:



* IndyPloy: Kirk's quick thinking about hacking into Reliant's main computer using her command codes.
* InformedAttribute: The Augments. Of them all, only Khan really seems at all impressive. The rest are just {{Mooks}}, and seem to contribute little beyond filling seats on the ''Reliant'' bridge. The one exception is Joachim who is a fiercely loyal HyperCompetentSidekick who, while obviously completely devoted to Khan, feels it is his duty to point out whenever his master is about to embark on a possibly foolish course of action. If only Khan had listened to him he might be off in some far-flung region of the galaxy establishing his own Augment empire.

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* IndyPloy: Kirk's quick thinking about hacking into Reliant's ''Reliant'''s main computer using her command codes.
* InformedAttribute: The Augments. Of them all, only Khan really seems at all impressive. The rest are just {{Mooks}}, and seem to contribute little beyond filling seats on the ''Reliant'' bridge. The one exception is Joachim who is Joachim, a fiercely loyal HyperCompetentSidekick who, while obviously completely devoted to Khan, feels it is his duty to point out whenever his master is about to embark on a possibly foolish course of action. If only Khan had listened to him him, he might be off in some far-flung region of the galaxy establishing his own Augment empire. empire.



* ISurrenderSuckers: In the initial confrontation between the Enterprise and the Reliant, Kirk pretends to accept Kahn's surrender demand. This is just a ploy to stall for time while his crew looks up the command codes for the Reliant. Once found, he uses the codes to deactivate the Reliant's shields and force them to withdraw.

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* ISurrenderSuckers: In the initial confrontation between the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' and the Reliant, ''Reliant'', Kirk pretends to accept Kahn's surrender demand. This is just a ploy to stall for time while his crew looks up the command codes for the Reliant. ''Reliant''. Once found, he uses the codes to deactivate the Reliant's ''Reliant'''s shields and force them to withdraw.



* ItsALongStory: Kirk's response to Saavik's question on how he beat the Kobyashi Maru test. Considering they are trapped inside a moon, his son responds, "We appear to have plenty of time..."

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* ItsALongStory: Kirk's response to Saavik's question on how he beat the Kobyashi Maru ''Kobyashi Maru'' test. Considering they are trapped inside a moon, his son responds, "We appear to have plenty of time..."



* [[{{LampshadeHanging/Film}} Lampshade Hanging]]: Multiple examples.
* LargeHam: A double serving.

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* [[{{LampshadeHanging/Film}} Lampshade Hanging]]: %%* LampshadeHanging: Multiple examples.
* LargeHam: A double serving.serving: Kirk and Khan in HamToHamCombat!



* LockAndLoadMontage: Commentary from the DVD's special features {{lampshade}} that much of this, particularly crewmen manually preparing the torpedo tubes and hand-loading them, made absolutely no sense at all, but it [[RuleOfCool looked awesome.]]

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* LockAndLoadMontage: Commentary from the DVD's special features {{lampshade}} that much of this, particularly crewmen manually preparing the torpedo tubes and hand-loading them, made makes absolutely no sense at all, but it [[RuleOfCool looked awesome.]]looks awesome]].



* MythologyGag: As noted above, how Kirk dealt with growing older was a major subplot of the movie. In the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test at the beginning, the simulated ''Enterprise'' was heading to the Gamma Hydra system; the TOS episode "The Deadly Years" (in which the ''Enterprise'' crew had to deal with rapid aging) took place there.
* NaiveNewcomer: Saavik.

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* MythologyGag: As noted above, how Kirk dealt with growing older was a major subplot of the movie. In the ''Kobayashi Maru'' test at the beginning, the simulated ''Enterprise'' was heading to the Gamma Hydra system; the TOS episode "The "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E12TheDeadlyYears The Deadly Years" Years]]" (in which the ''Enterprise'' crew had to deal with rapid aging) took place there.
* %%* NaiveNewcomer: Saavik.



* NewMeat: Peter Preston.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: ''Wrath of Khan'' is often praised for its fast-moving, intense space battles. This is unusual for ''Star Trek'' because all of the ship-to-ship combat in this movie is done ''without shields'' -- Kirk couldn't get the ''Enterprise''[='=]s shields up in time when Khan first attacked, and then hacked the ''Reliant''[='=]s computer to lower shields before retaliating; during the climax, conditions in the Mutara Nebula disabled the shields of both ships. Conversely, ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were criticized for having boring space battles, since they follow the normal style of ''Trek'' combat where ships gradually chip away at each other's shields before doing damage.

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* %%* NewMeat: Peter Preston.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: ''Wrath of Khan'' is often praised for its fast-moving, intense space battles. This is unusual for ''Star Trek'' because all of the ship-to-ship combat in this movie is done ''without shields'' -- Kirk couldn't shields''--Kirk can't get the ''Enterprise''[='=]s shields up in time when Khan first attacked, attacks, and then hacked hacks the ''Reliant''[='=]s computer to lower shields before retaliating; during the climax, conditions in the Mutara Nebula disabled disable the shields of both ships. Conversely, ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' were have been criticized for having boring space battles, since they follow the normal style of ''Trek'' combat where ships gradually chip away at each other's shields before doing damage. damage.



** Saavik is just about the most emotional Vulcan one will ever see. She gets visibly flustered and prickly when Kirk critiques her Kobayashi Maru test (and utters a "Damn!" ''during'' the test - highly uncharacteristic of Vulcans, as Spock {{lampshade|Hanging}}s in [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome later]] [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry films]]). She also sheds a few tears during [[spoiler:Spock's funeral]]. A deleted scene points this out, with Spock offering a HandWave that she's half-Romulan. The novelization expands on this, describing Saavik as one of many half-Vulcan/half-Romulan children left to fend for themselves on a CrapsackWorld when the Romulan colony there was abandoned. She was never even exposed to Vulcan culture until adolescence, when Vulcans came to the planet and rescued her and her fellow half-breeds; therefore, she doesn't yet have the emotional mastery one would expect from a person who was raised with Surak's teachings from birth.

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** Saavik is just about the most emotional Vulcan one will ever see. She gets visibly flustered and prickly when Kirk critiques her Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' test (and utters a "Damn!" ''during'' the test - highly test--highly uncharacteristic of Vulcans, as Spock {{lampshade|Hanging}}s in [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome later]] [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry films]]). She also sheds a few tears during [[spoiler:Spock's funeral]]. A deleted scene points this out, with Spock offering a HandWave that she's half-Romulan. The novelization expands on this, describing Saavik as one of many half-Vulcan/half-Romulan children left to fend for themselves on a CrapsackWorld when the Romulan colony there was abandoned. She was never even exposed to Vulcan culture until adolescence, when Vulcans came to the planet and rescued her and her fellow half-breeds; therefore, she doesn't yet have the emotional mastery one would expect from a person who was raised with Surak's teachings from birth.



* [[OhCrap/{{Film}} Oh Crap]]: Done several times.
** Possibly most noticeable when Khan is told the shields are going down.

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* [[OhCrap/{{Film}} Oh Crap]]: OhCrap: Done several times.
** Possibly
times, most noticeable noticeably when Khan is told the shields are going down.



* OnlySaneMan: Joachim seems to be the only one on Khan's crew rational enough to realize (and actually voice the opinion) that revenge against Kirk is silly, but unfortunately for him, Khan's too bent on his revenge.

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* OnlySaneMan: OnlySaneMan:
**
Joachim seems to be the only one on Khan's crew rational enough to realize (and actually voice the opinion) that revenge against Kirk is silly, but unfortunately for him, Khan's too bent on his revenge.



* OrchestralBombing: James Horner is ''awesome''.

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* OrchestralBombing: James Horner Music/JamesHorner is ''awesome''.



* [[TheOtherDarrin/{{Film}} The Other Darrin]]
** The character of Joachim, recast and slightly renamed, from his appearance in the original "Space Seed". [[labelnote: Note]]According to one novelisation, it's actually the original's son[[/labelnote]].
** Lieutenant Saavik was played by Kirstie Alley in this movie and by Robin Curtis in the following two movies.

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* [[TheOtherDarrin/{{Film}} The Other Darrin]]
TheOtherDarrin:
** The character of Joachim, recast and slightly renamed, from his appearance in the original "Space Seed". [[labelnote: Note]]According [[note]]According to one novelisation, it's actually the original's son[[/labelnote]].
son.[[/note]]
** Lieutenant Saavik was is played by Kirstie Alley Creator/KirstieAlley in this movie and by Robin Curtis in the following two movies.



* ParodyCommercial: Bones sarcastically enacts one in describing Genesis to Spock's exasperation.
-->According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. Now watch out! Here comes Genesis! We'll do it for you in six minutes!

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* ParodyCommercial: Bones sarcastically enacts one in describing Genesis Genesis, to Spock's exasperation.
-->According -->'''[=McCoy=]:''' According to myth, the Earth was created in six days. Now watch out! Here comes Genesis! We'll do it for you in six minutes!



* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Savvik to Kirk.

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* %%* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Savvik to Kirk.



* ProsceniumReveal: The entrance of Admiral Kirk ends the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]] test.

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* ProsceniumReveal: The entrance of Admiral Kirk ends the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation ''[[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]] Maru]]'' test.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: A precursor to the [[Film/ThreeHundred former Trope Namer]] and so close to it, it almost counts as the TropeMaker to its TropeCodifier.
-->'''Khan:''' '''THIS.''' IS. CETI ALPHA ''FIVE!!!''

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: PunctuatedForEmphasis:
**
A precursor to the [[Film/ThreeHundred former Trope Namer]] and so close to it, it almost counts as the TropeMaker to its TropeCodifier.
-->'''Khan:''' --->'''Khan:''' '''THIS.''' IS. CETI ALPHA ''FIVE!!!''



-->'''Khan''': Kirk, you're ... still alive, old friend.\\
'''Kirk''': ''Still! Old friend!''

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-->'''Khan''': --->'''Khan:''' Kirk, you're ... still alive, old friend.\\
'''Kirk''': '''Kirk:''' ''Still! Old friend!''



-->'''Kirk''': Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You were going to kill me, Khan. You're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to ''come. down. here.''

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-->'''Kirk''': --->'''Kirk:''' Khan, you've got Genesis. But you don't have me! You were going to kill me, Khan. You're going to have to come down here. You're going to have to ''come. down. here.''



* RealityEnsues: David Marcus may be the son of James T. Kirk and he may be just as hot blooded as Kirk, but he clearly does not have his father's combat prowess, as Kirk disarms and overpowers him pretty easily after David ambushes him. [[spoiler:This would be taken to its logical, tragic conclusion in ''StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'']].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Khan's "prosthetic pecs" - no, Montalban just buffed himself up really well.

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* RealityEnsues: David Marcus may be the son of James T. Kirk and he may be just as hot blooded as Kirk, but he clearly does not have his father's combat prowess, as Kirk disarms and overpowers him pretty easily after David ambushes him. [[spoiler:This would be taken to its logical, tragic conclusion conclusion]] in ''StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'']].
''StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Khan's "prosthetic pecs" - no, pecs"--no, Montalban just buffed himself up really well.



* RedShirt

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* RedShirtRedShirt:



** A non-literal RedShirt is the member of the science station's crew who gets shot by a mind-controlled Terrell.

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** A non-literal RedShirt Redshirt is the member of the science station's crew who gets shot by a mind-controlled Terrell.



** Khan meets Chekov and says he knows him because "I never forget a face." Which means that Chekov was on ship during "Space Seed," a first-season episode, despite the character not appearing on screen until the second season. Numerous explanations have been thrown about (he was on the ship, just not as bridge crew; Chekov was the officer in charge of delivering the supplies and food to Ceti Alpha V; an obvious joke about Chekov occupying a latrine Khan wanted to use), but ultimately it comes down to this trope.
** Another example is Doctor Carol Marcus, Kirk's old flame. They even a had a son together. [=McCoy=]'s aware of her too (presumably from back in the day). And yet we're only hearing about her now, after all these years.
*** A popular fan theory is that the "little blonde lab technician" mentioned in the second pilot episode of the series that Kirk "almost married" is Carol Marcus.
* ReTool: Director Nicholas Meyer made some changes, most notably making Starfleet like an actual navy and giving the crew uniforms which [[SpaceClothes looked less like a product of the 60's/70's]], sporting uniforms with a more classical and thus timeless look. So timeless, in fact, that they used those same uniforms for the rest of the "TOS" films.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Khan has this pointed out by his underlings, twice no less. They have a Federation starship, they can go ''anywhere''. Then they have Genesis ''and'' a Federation starship, so they can go anywhere and have a planet-killing bomb as insurance. Khan refuses to listen to this both times and proceeds with his plan of revenge.
** There's a reason Khan owns a copy of ''Moby Dick'' and routinely quotes Ahab.
--->'''Khan:''' He tasks me. He ''tasks'' me, and I shall ''have'' him. I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia and round the Antares Maelstrom and round Perdition's flames '''''before I give him up'''''.
* RevengeMyopia: {{Lampshaded}}. After Khan explains his beef with Kirk, Chekov says, "Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality by trying to steal his ship and murder him!" Khan ignores the point. Neither does he consider that he owes his life to Kirk, on account of the fact that his ship almost certainly would have fallen victim to age sooner or later; a dozen of his fellow augments died from stasis malfunctions before the ''Enterprise'' even found them. Even their exile was an act of charity (even if it went horribly wrong); Kirk could have just dragged them all back to Earth for war crimes trials. But Khan has a NeverMyFault sort of mentality.

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** Khan meets Chekov and says he knows him because "I never forget a face." Which means that Chekov was on ship during "Space Seed," "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]," a first-season episode, despite the character not appearing on screen until the second season. Numerous explanations have been thrown about (he was on the ship, just not as bridge crew; Chekov was the officer in charge of delivering the supplies and food to Ceti Alpha V; an obvious joke about Chekov occupying a latrine Khan wanted to use), but ultimately it comes down to this trope.
** Another example is Doctor Carol Marcus, Kirk's old flame. They even a had a son together. [=McCoy=]'s aware of her her, too (presumably from back in the day). And yet we're only hearing about her now, after all these years.
*** A
years.[[note]]A popular fan theory is that the "little blonde lab technician" mentioned in [[Recap/StarTrekS1E3WhereNoManHasGoneBefore the second pilot episode episode]] of the series that Kirk "almost married" is Carol Marcus.
Marcus.[[/note]]
* ReTool: {{Retool}}: Director Nicholas Meyer made some changes, most notably making Starfleet like an actual navy and giving the crew uniforms which [[SpaceClothes looked less like a product of the 60's/70's]], sporting uniforms with a more classical and thus timeless look. So timeless, in fact, that they used those same uniforms for the rest of the "TOS" ''TOS'' films.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Khan has this pointed out by his underlings, twice no less. They have a Federation starship, they can go ''anywhere''. Then they have Genesis ''and'' a Federation starship, so they can go anywhere and have a planet-killing bomb as insurance. Khan refuses to listen to this both times and proceeds with his plan of revenge. \n** There's a reason Khan he owns a copy of ''Moby Dick'' and routinely quotes Ahab.
--->'''Khan:''' -->'''Khan:''' He tasks me. He ''tasks'' me, and I shall ''have'' him. I'll chase him round the Moons of Nibia and round the Antares Maelstrom and round Perdition's flames '''''before I give him up'''''.
* RevengeMyopia: {{Lampshaded}}. After Khan explains his beef with Kirk, Chekov says, "Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality [[SacredHospitality hospitality]] by trying to steal his ship and murder him!" Khan ignores the point. Neither does he consider that he owes his life to Kirk, on account of the fact that his ship almost certainly would have fallen victim to age sooner or later; a dozen of his fellow augments died from stasis malfunctions before the ''Enterprise'' even found them. Even their exile was an act of charity (even if it went horribly wrong); Kirk could have just dragged them all back to Earth for war crimes trials. But Khan has a NeverMyFault sort of mentality.



* ScareChord: Used with the PeekABooCoprse scene.

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* ScareChord: ScareChord:
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Used with the PeekABooCoprse PeekABooCorpse scene.



* SequelHook: So last minute, it wasn't even reflected in the novelization of the movie: [[spoiler:Spock does not mind-meld with [=McCoy=], and his will specifically states ''he is not to be taken to Vulcan'']]. the novelization of ''Search For Spock'' simply {{retcon}}s in the former while attempting to justify the latter by saying Spock felt he was incompatible with the ritual.

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* SequelHook: So last minute, it wasn't isn't even reflected in the novelization of the movie: [[spoiler:Spock does not mind-meld with [=McCoy=], and his will specifically states ''he is not to be taken to Vulcan'']]. the The novelization of ''Search For for Spock'' simply {{retcon}}s in the former while attempting to justify the latter by saying Spock felt he was incompatible with the ritual.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole point of "Space Seed" was that Kirk was giving the Augments a second chance to redeem themselves, allowing them to start their own colony on an uninhabited planet, with the intention to come back and see what kind of civilisation would eventually develop from this "seed". Here we learn that in over fifteen years, neither Kirk nor any other Federation starship came back to check on them. If they ''had'', they would have noticed that the colony was destroyed by a natural disaster a mere ''six months later''. No wonder Khan is so [[JerkassHasAPoint incredibly bitter]].

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole point of "Space Seed" "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" was that Kirk was giving the Augments a second chance to redeem themselves, allowing them to start their own colony on an uninhabited planet, with the intention to come back and see what kind of civilisation would eventually develop from this "seed". Here we learn that in over fifteen years, neither Kirk nor any other Federation starship came back to check on them. If they ''had'', they would have noticed that the colony was destroyed by a natural disaster a mere ''six months later''. No wonder Khan is so [[JerkassHasAPoint incredibly bitter]].



* SpaceClothes: Semi-averted. The badass maroon jacket and department-colored turtleneck combo is a million steps up from TMP's Starfleet pastel pajamas.
** Played straight with Khan and the other augments' wardrobe, as well as the Regula scientists' uniforms.

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* SpaceClothes: SpaceClothes:
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Semi-averted. The badass maroon jacket and department-colored turtleneck combo is a million steps up from TMP's Starfleet pastel pajamas.
** Played straight with Khan and the other augments' wardrobe, as well as the Regula scientists' uniforms.



* StockFootage: Much of the SceneryPorn of the ''Enterprise'' from ''The Motion Picture'' was reused to help stretch the budget, specifically several flybys and scenes involving the spacedock.

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* StockFootage: StockFootage:
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Much of the SceneryPorn of the ''Enterprise'' from ''The Motion Picture'' was reused to help stretch the budget, specifically several flybys and scenes involving the spacedock.



** The Klingon ships in the ''Kobayashi Maru'' simulation were the same ones that attacked V'ger in the first movie. Of all the reused footage, this one makes the most sense. We already saw that Starfleet had recorded footage of the V'ger incident.

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** The Klingon ships in the ''Kobayashi Maru'' simulation were are the same ones that attacked V'ger in the first movie. Of all the reused footage, this one makes the most sense. We already saw that Starfleet had recorded footage of the V'ger incident.



* TheStoic: We get a twofer with Spock and Saavik as the Vulcan officers. For bonus points, Spock's experience-tempered calmness contrasts with the younger Saavik's relative {{Hot Blooded}}ness, who gets visibly flustered and swears in frustration (if rather [[DeadpanSnarker deadpanned frustration]]) during the film's opening scene.

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* TheStoic: We get a twofer with Spock and Saavik as the Vulcan officers. For bonus points, Spock's experience-tempered calmness contrasts with the younger Saavik's relative {{Hot Blooded}}ness, who [[HotBlooded Hot-Bloodedness]]; Saavik gets visibly flustered and swears in frustration (if rather [[DeadpanSnarker deadpanned frustration]]) during the film's opening scene.



* TechnologyPorn: The Genesis effect was so spectacular, that it was seen fit to be reused it for two more movies, as a visual side to exposition and recapping of said device.

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* TechnologyPorn: The Genesis effect was is so spectacular, that it was seen fit to be reused it for two more movies, as a visual side to exposition and recapping of said device.



* TheBusCameBack: Oh boy, ''[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed did it ever]]''.

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* TheBusCameBack: Oh boy, ''[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed did it ever]]''. Khan goes from ho-hum VillainOfTheWeek to one of ''Trek'''s most iconic {{Big Bad}}s.



* ToThePain: The fate Khan thinks he's given Kirk.
** Before that, Khan went into excruciating detail to Terrell and Chekov about what the Ceti eels do to their hosts.

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* ToThePain: ToThePain:
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The fate Khan thinks he's given Kirk.
** Before that, Khan went goes into excruciating detail to Terrell and Chekov about what the Ceti eels do to their hosts.



* TryAndFollow: Kirk [[IShallTauntYou mocks]] Khan to goad him into following the Enterprise into a nebula, counting on Khan's {{Pride}} to override his better judgment, as the gambit is a very obvious trap.

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* TryAndFollow: Kirk [[IShallTauntYou mocks]] Khan to goad him into following the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' into a nebula, counting on Khan's {{Pride}} to override his better judgment, as the gambit is a very obvious trap. trap.



-->'''Spock''': He's intelligent, but inexperienced. His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.
* TheUbermensch: Khan would like to think he is. In reality, he's [[SanitySlippage gone half-mad]] since being marooned on Ceti Alpha V.

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-->'''Spock''': -->'''Spock:''' He's intelligent, but inexperienced. His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.
* TheUbermensch: TheUbermensch:
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Khan would like to think he is. In reality, he's [[SanitySlippage gone half-mad]] since being marooned on Ceti Alpha V.



* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The Kobayashi Maru test. Kirk is the only Starfleet cadet ever to have beaten it, and his method was - by his own admission - as unorthodox as it was unauthorised. The extent to which the reboot truly reflects what Kirk Prime did is arguable.
* VillainousBreakdown: In response to Kirk's BatmanGambit.

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* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The Kobayashi Maru ''Kobayashi Maru'' test. Kirk is the only Starfleet cadet ever to have beaten it, and his method was - by was--by his own admission - as admission--as unorthodox as it was unauthorised. The extent to which [[Film/StarTrek the reboot reboot]] truly reflects what Kirk Prime did is arguable.
* VillainousBreakdown: In response to Kirk's BatmanGambit.



'''Joachim:''' No, sir! You have Genesis, you can have anything you wa-\\

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'''Joachim:''' No, sir! You have Genesis, you can have anything you wa-\\wa--\\



* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Genesis Device.

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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Genesis Device.Device, as a side effect of its primary purpose of {{Terraform}}ing. It instantly fills a world with new life--whether or not there's any life already on the world.



---> '''Chekov:''' (reading ship's name on seatbelt) Botany Bay...''[[OhCrap Botany Bay]]''...oh no...

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---> '''Chekov:''' (reading ''[reading ship's name on seatbelt) seatbelt]'' Botany Bay...Bay... ''[[OhCrap Botany Bay]]''...Bay]]''... oh no...



*** Reportedly this was to be [=McCoy=]'s line, but [=DeForest=] Kelley couldn't bring himself to say this variant of his CatchPhrase, so it was given to Scotty.

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*** ::: Reportedly this was to be [=McCoy=]'s line, but [=DeForest=] Kelley couldn't bring himself to say this variant of his CatchPhrase, so it was given to Scotty.



--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' (over comms) Jim... I think you better get down here.\\

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--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' (over comms) ''[over comms]'' Jim... I think you better get down here.\\



'''[=McCoy=]:''' Better hurry. ''(Kirk looks to Spock in confusion, only to see an empty chair)''

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'''[=McCoy=]:''' Better hurry. ''(Kirk ''[Kirk looks to Spock in confusion, only to see an empty chair)''chair]''



* WholePlotReference: Loosely, to ''Moby Dick'', from the perspective of the whale.

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* WholePlotReference: Loosely, to ''Moby Dick'', ''Literature/MobyDick'', from the perspective of the whale.



* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: Khan did this before activating the Genesis device. It's not technically a summoning, but it follows pretty much the same form.
* WorfHadTheFlu: The rather puny-looking ''Reliant'' sneak attacks the ''Enterprise'' and leaves the ship hobbling along for the rest of the movie, thus prolonging a confrontation that, under normal circumstances, would've resulted in the ''Enterprise'' mopping floors with the ''Reliant'' within about two minutes. Most of the crew being cadets didn't help, and Khan was smart enough to have studied the Enterprise in detail.
* TheXOfY

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* WithMyDyingBreathISummonYou: Khan did does this before activating the Genesis device. It's not technically a summoning, but it follows pretty much the same form.
* WorfHadTheFlu: The rather puny-looking ''Reliant'' sneak attacks sneak-attacks the ''Enterprise'' and leaves the ship hobbling along for the rest of the movie, thus prolonging a confrontation that, under normal circumstances, would've resulted in the ''Enterprise'' mopping floors with the ''Reliant'' within about two minutes. Most of the crew being cadets didn't doesn't help, and Khan was is smart enough to have studied the Enterprise ''Enterprise'' in detail.
* TheXOfYTheXOfY: ''The Wrath of Khan.''



* {{Zeerust}}: Khan's followers and their clothing, CRT displays plus physical buttons on the bridge console, and how David wears his sweater.
** The 1970s UsefulNotes/CommodorePET in Kirk's apartment is actually part of his antiques collection, and thus doesn't technically count. [[note]]It should be noted that Creator/WilliamShatner was the promotional face of Commodore (particularly the VIC-20 ad campaign) in the early '80s, and would try to sneak CBM products into many projects in which he was involved...[[/note]]

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* {{Zeerust}}: {{Zeerust}}:
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Khan's followers and their clothing, CRT displays plus physical buttons on the bridge console, and how David wears his sweater.
** The 1970s UsefulNotes/CommodorePET in Kirk's apartment is actually part of his antiques collection, and thus doesn't technically count. [[note]]It should be noted that Creator/WilliamShatner was the promotional face of Commodore (particularly the VIC-20 ad campaign) in the early '80s, and would try to sneak CBM products into many projects in which he was involved...[[/note]]



17th Mar '16 5:36:09 AM Arivne
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* [[DidYouDie Aren't You Dead?]]: Kirk quips this to Spock after the Kobayashi Maru scenario.



* DidYouDie: Kirk quips "Aren't you dead?" to Spock after the Kobayashi Maru scenario.



* FatalFlaw:

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* FatalFlaw: FatalFlaw



* IdiotBall:

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* IdiotBall:IdiotBall
7th Mar '16 3:58:31 PM Exxolon
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* AndStarring Ricardo Montalban as Khan, which is literally the billing in the opening credits, after all the other main cast is listed, "And Starring Ricardo Montalban as Khan". This might be the only film using that specific credit (most of the examples on the Trope page are billed simply "And") making this film the TropeNamer.

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* AndStarring Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan, which is literally the billing in the opening credits, after all the other main cast is listed, "And Starring Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban as Khan". This might be the only film using that specific credit (most of the examples on the Trope page are billed simply "And") making this film the TropeNamer.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Ricardo Montalban's monologue on the subject is just fantastic.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Ricardo Montalban's Creator/RicardoMontalban's monologue on the subject is just fantastic.



* HamToHamCombat: Pretty damn literal example. And it's delicious. WilliamShatner and Ricardo Montalban gloriously ham their way through the whole movie, taking big bites out of every piece of scenery they can along the way.

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* HamToHamCombat: Pretty damn literal example. And it's delicious. WilliamShatner and Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban gloriously ham their way through the whole movie, taking big bites out of every piece of scenery they can along the way.



* HeroicBuild: Khan, and Ricardo Montalban in RealLife.

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* HeroicBuild: Khan, and Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban in RealLife.



** "...But like a poor marksman you keep ''missing the target!''" Subverted in this case when Khan refuses to rise to the bait and decides to [[FateWorseThanDeath leave Kirk on the planetoid to rot]]. Khan might have taken the bait had Ricard Montalban's schedule allowed him to share production time with the rest of the cast. This is why Khan and his crew never interact with Kirk and his.

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** "...But like a poor marksman you keep ''missing the target!''" Subverted in this case when Khan refuses to rise to the bait and decides to [[FateWorseThanDeath leave Kirk on the planetoid to rot]]. Khan might have taken the bait had Ricard Montalban's Creator/RicardoMontalban's schedule allowed him to share production time with the rest of the cast. This is why Khan and his crew never interact with Kirk and his.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ricardo Montalban once said that he almost passed on coming back for ''Wrath of Khan'' because, as it is written in the script, Khan is actually only onscreen for about fifteen total minutes over the course of the entire movie, and his actual spoken dialogue is pretty minimal as well when compared to the main characters. But then he realized, as he read the story, that Khan's ''impact'' on the other characters is present on ''every single page of the script'', and immediately agreed to reprise the role. (It's worth noting that Khan's name hadn't been put in the title yet.)

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ricardo Montalban Creator/RicardoMontalban once said that he almost passed on coming back for ''Wrath of Khan'' because, as it is written in the script, Khan is actually only onscreen for about fifteen total minutes over the course of the entire movie, and his actual spoken dialogue is pretty minimal as well when compared to the main characters. But then he realized, as he read the story, that Khan's ''impact'' on the other characters is present on ''every single page of the script'', and immediately agreed to reprise the role. (It's worth noting that Khan's name hadn't been put in the title yet.)
18th Feb '16 7:30:58 PM ooh
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** Indeed, it's the only Star Trek film with a 15 certificate in the UK. Even First Contact is only a 12.

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** Indeed, it's the only Star Trek ''Star Trek'' film with a 15 certificate in the UK. Even First Contact ''First Contact'' is only a 12.
*** To be fair, the 12 certificate was not established until mid-1989. All video releases since 2002 have been rated
12.
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