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->'''Khan:''' [[FateWorseThanDeath I've done far worse than kill you.]] [[ToThePain I've hurt you.]] And I wish to ''go on'' hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her... [[AndIMustScream marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet]]. Buried alive... ''buried alive''...\\
'''Kirk:''' [[BigWordShout KHAAAAAAAAAN]]!!

'''''Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan''''' is the second movie in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series, released in 1982.

WilliamShatner and Ricardo Montalbán [[HamToHamCombat fight]] to see who is the [[LargeHam Largest Ham]] in the galaxy.

You see, the charismatic Khan Noonien Singh of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries original series]] episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E22SpaceSeed Space Seed]]" is back, fifteen years later. Khan escapes his exile with revenge against Kirk as his goal and using a stolen WeaponOfMassDestruction to make good on it. Meanwhile, Kirk has fallen victim to ThePeterPrinciple and is facing a mid-life crisis. It doesn't get any easier for him when a HotScientist he once knew turns up and her son says [[LukeYouAreMyFather Admiral You Are My Father]]. Kirk doesn't like to lose, but this time he may only be able to achieve a PyrrhicVictory. The film's BittersweetEnding was created with the assumption that Nimoy would be leaving the show for good, but ironically, he liked making this film so much that he wanted to come back, and [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock the next film]] revolved around mashing the ResetButton.

''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 ''SherlockHolmes'' novel ''The Seven Percent Solution'' and directed the film ''TimeAfterTime'', as well as the work of Harve Bennet. 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 "''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. Kirstie Alley 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 ''TheLandBeforeTime'', ''Film/TheRocketeer'', ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', ''{{Titanic}}'', 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.)

While not flawless, it is a rousing (and emotional) adventure movie and is even now considered one of the best examples of a SurprisinglyImprovedSequel.

No relation to the aborted ''Star Trek Phase II'' TV series, whose pilot became ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.

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!!Tropes seen in ''The Wrath of Khan'' include:
* AbandonShip: Said by Saavik at the end of the Kobayashi Maru simulation. [[VeteranInstructor Admiral Kirk]] points out that [[SinkTheLifeboats Klingons don't take prisoners.]]
* ActionPrologue: Which turns out to be an UnwinnableTrainingSimulation.
* AllThereInTheManual: Multiple examples
* AmazingFreakingGrace: On ''bagpipes'' too, no less.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Khan himself ([[FakeNationality a Mexican actor playing an Indian]]).
* AnAesop: Kirk learns several lessons about his inappropriate behavior in the past and the present.
* AndStarring Ricardo Montalban as Khan
** That's 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.
* AntagonistTitle: Khan is Captain Kirk's enemy.
* ArcWords:
** "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." "Or the one."
** "I'm your [official position in Starfleet], and I'm your friend" as well as "I have been and always shall be your friend."
* [[DidYouDie Aren't You Dead?]]
* 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 he 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.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Saavik in the ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario, but ''only'' in the novelization. She takes on a ''dozen'' Klingon fighters and might have actually won by running away, if it hadn't been for the last three. (She gets her ass handed to her far more quickly in the movie.)
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Khan:''' I've done far worse than kill you. I've ''hurt'' you, and I mean 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...''
** Followed shortly by:
-->'''Kirk''': "I don't believe in the no-win scenario."
** And later on, after showing Khan he survived his attempt to maroon the ''Enterprise'' crew:
-->'''Kirk''': We tried it once your way, Khan. Are you game for a rematch? (beat) Khan, I'm ''laughing'' at the "superior intellect".
* BatmanGambit:
** Kirk's plan to trick Khan into chasing the ''Enterprise'' into the Mutara Nebula (where the ''Enterprise'' will have an advantage), which works since Khan is [[VillainousBreakdown becoming unhinged]] and [[RevengeBeforeReason irrationally bent on revenge]].
** Exploited when Kirk tried to goad Khan into beaming down to Regula to dispose of him personally. He knew Khan wouldn't take him up on the offer as there was no advantage to the fight. Kirk counted on Khan continuing his pursuit of the ''Enterprise'', knowing that Khan would be certain he'd be able to come back to deal with Kirk in his own way at his leisure since, as far as Khan knew, Kirk had no way to get off of Regula.
* BattleButler: Joachim.
* BestServedCold: "[[SpaceIsCold It is very cold in space...]]"
* BigWordShout
-->'''Kirk''': "'''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRnSnfiUI54 KHAAAAAAAAAAAAN!]]'''''"
* BillionsOfButtons: After ''Enterprise'' has remotely ordered ''Reliant'' to lower her shields, Khan's OhCrap moment is punctuated by a rapidly panning POV shot of a bank of buttons of switches as he desperately tries to find the override before ''Enterprise'' can open fire.[[note]]Per the [[DeadpanSnarker subtitle commentary track]] in the Director's Cut, Khan won't find it; he's staring at the Helmsman's station.[[/note]] This highlights the fact that while Khan might be smarter than Kirk, Kirk has ''much'' more experience.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: "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."
** Also near the end of the Nebula Battle: Khan's aide Joachim dies aboard the USS ''Reliant'', juxtaposed with Chekov rejoining the bridge crew on the USS ''Enterprise''.
* BittersweetEnding: Kirk escapes [[TheChessmaster Khan]], but [[spoiler:Spock dies]] repairing the ''Enterprise'' to make it happen. In a way, this means Khan succeeds in avenging himself upon [[TheKirk Kirk]], as [[spoiler:Spock's death]] is [[FateWorseThanDeath by far the worst injury he could have inflicted]] upon Kirk. Besides actually hurting him of course.
* BottleEpisode: A majority of scenes were set on the ''Enterprise'' bridge set (which was also redressed as the ''Reliant'' bridge) and StockFootage, space suits and uniforms from ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' were reused.
* BrainSlug: A particularly notorious and [[{{Squick}} gross]] example (entering and leaving).
* BreakoutVillain: Before this film, Khan was just a VillainOfTheWeek for the show. Ever since this film, he's been arguably the most memorable and highly regarded individual villain in the entire franchise.
* BroadStrokes: The ''Enterprise'' crew's new uniforms, which are radically different from the previous film with no explanation given, but much preferred by fans.
* 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.
* BusCrash: The actress who played [=Marla McGivers=], Khan's lover from "Space Seed", was not able to appear in the film, so she was killed offscreen by the [[BrainSlug Ceti Eels]] to explain her absence.
* 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.
* CallBack: Several of Kirk's lines.
** Kirk and Spock's exchange before he assumes command of the Enterprise contrasts the previous movie. Kirk used the emergency as an excuse to oust Decker and they spent most of the movie at each other's throats. This time, Kirk is reluctant to take command but Spock (now the Captain) insists.
* 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]].)
* CaptainObvious: When the ''Enterprise'' is trying to contact Regula One, Spock has this insightful comment, "There are two possibilities. They are unable to respond. They are unwilling to respond."
* CatScare: More like Rat Scare, but that's being picky.
* CharacterAgedWithTheActor: Takes place 16 years after the last episode of the original series, and was made 13 years after said episode was made. Kirk's advancing age is a major theme of the film.
--> '''Kirk:''' There's a man out there I haven't seen in 15 years who's trying to kill me. You show me a son that'd be happy to help. My son! My life that could have been... and wasn't. How do I feel? Old. Worn out.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Spock, promoted to Captain and assigned as training instructor for a crew of cadets, has become more easygoing and patient than he was on the original series.
* TheChessmaster: Khan is remarkably intelligent and this is stated (and shown) many times throughout the film. His main flaw (besides {{Pride}}) is that he's not very good at [[IndyPloy thinking outside the box]], which happens to be Kirk's specialty.
* ColdbloodedTorture: What Khan does to the scientists on Regula I.
** It's [[UpToEleven even worse]] in the {{Novelization}}.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Due to the comic book rights being in limbo at the time (MarvelComics had cancelled its version a year earlier, and DCComics wouldn't launch its comic for nearly a year), this was the only original-crew film not to get a contemporary comic book adaptation. Fans had to wait nearly 30 years before IDW Publishing filled the void.
* CoolStarship: The ''Miranda''-class U.S.S. ''Reliant'' and of course the original Lady E.
* CreatingLife: The science team at Regula seem very excited about the Genesis Device, one can only assume they [[GenreBlind never read]] ''[[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus]]''.
* 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, and it is only a HeroicSacrifice by [[spoiler: Mr. Spock]] that allows them to survive.
* DangerRoomColdOpen: The Kobayashi Maru is an example of the variant.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Khan ([[VillainBall except when he isn't]]) and Kirk, because he knows more about how Starfleet ships operate than Khan does.
* 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 waste of Kirk's talents.
* DarkestHour: [[AndIMustScream "Marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet... buried alive. Buried alive!"]] [[spoiler:As it turns out, [[{{Irony}} the planet isn't dead. They're not even marooned.]]]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than ''The Motion Picture'' and much more than the series.
* DeadSidekick: Joachim and [[spoiler:Spock]], at the end.
* {{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 discovers 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's never known]] 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. Other men have birthdays. Why are we treating yours like a ''funeral''?
* DiesWideOpen / DiedInYourArmsTonight: Joachim.
* DisappearedDad: Kirk knew about David, but kept his distance because of Carol's wishes.
-->'''Kirk:''' Why didn't you tell him?
-->'''Carol:''' How can you ask me that? Were we together? Were we going to be? You had your world and I had mine. I wanted him in ''mine''... not chasing through the universe with his father.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: The barren moon featured in the Genesis demonstration tape bears a distinct resemblance to 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.
* DoomsdayDevice: Ironically, Genesis, if it falls into the wrong hands.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Khan and Spock]] get one each, activating the Genesis device and saving the ''Enterprise'' respectively.
* EightiesHair: [[http://movies.trekcore.com/gallery/albums/twokhd/twokhd0421.jpg Khan and his followers]] look like the entourage of a hair metal group.
* EmotionalTorque: You're not going to find many films that attempt what this film does with a popular franchise and still be regarded as a masterpiece. People say that Nicholas Meyer giving Kirk reading glasses ''saved'' ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Why? Because it works so well.
* EnemyRisingBehind: The ''Enterprise'' does this to the ''Reliant'' in the Mutara Nebula.
* MrFanservice: Khan has a lot of [[EyeCandy really pretty boys]] in his crew. And he's not exactly hard on the eyes himself!
* EverybodysDeadDave: When the ''Enterprise'' crew explore the remains of the Regula space station.
* 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 damaged. Naturally, Khan ignores him both times.
** Plays very well into both of Khan's flaws, ''wraith'' and ''pride''. He can't let Kirk live, but at the same time Kirk has to ''know'' that Khan was the one who beat him... which is ultimately what grants Kirk victory.
* EvilOverlord: [[TheChessmaster Khan]]. He ruled roughly 1/3 of the Earth, but was overthrown and went into exile like NapoleonBonaparte, in a fictional late 20th century.
* FaceDeathWithDignity [[spoiler: Spock]] straightens his uniform before facing his captain and friend for the final time.
** [[spoiler:Khan]] didn't exactly go out like a slouch either.
* 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.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: Khan and his crew using the hijacked USS ''Reliant'' to sneak up on the unsuspecting USS ''Enterprise''.
* FamousFamousFictional: "Newton, Einstein, Surak."[[labelnote:Who?]]Surak is the Vulcan philosopher who convinced them to abandon their ProudWarriorRace tendencies--and bloody, catastrophic wars--and turn to dispassionate logic instead. Those who wanted to keep the old ways became the Romulans.[[/labelnote]]
* FatalFlaw:
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The wrath of Khan]]. [[ShoutOut Like]] [[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.
** Kirk's hubris; his unshakable belief in his own ingenuity and command instincts. Therefore he's taken off guard by something that even raw cadet Saavik saw coming. And he arrogantly believes there's no such thing as a situation that he can't win. As his character develops throughout the film, he learns just how misguided he's been.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Ricardo Montalban'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.
** What Kirk suffers when Khan's last gambit with the Genesis Device forces [[spoiler:Spock to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice himself]] to save the ship]]. "I've hurt you" indeed.
* 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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
--> '''Kirk''' (to Spock, after the ''Kobayashi Maru'' scenario, where everyone but Saavik played dead): "Aren't you dead?"
** The movie is ''full'' of this. For example, his chess set is a 2-D version (in the original series, Kirk was once 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.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke
** Khan is a "product of late 20th century engineering" and the chief reason for TheFederation's [[NoTranshumanismAllowed policy against it.]]
** The Genesis Device is a literal genetic engineering nuke.
* GenesisEffect: TropeNamer.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Right before [[spoiler:the ''Enterprise'' takes out the ''Reliant'''s shields]]. [[TheKirk Kirk]] also tells Khan "I [[{{Pun}} see]] your point" as he does it.
* GrandFinale: This movie was supposed to be this for TOS, complete with [[ItWasHisSled Spock dying]]. But because Creator/LeonardNimoy had second thoughts about completely parting ways with ''Franchise/StarTrek'', [[SequelHook a scene was shot with Spock putting his katra into McCoy's mind]] in case Nimoy wanted to return for any sequels.
* 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.
* HauntedHouse: The Regula space station after Khan has paid it a visit.
* TheHerosBirthday
* HeroicBSOD:
** Scotty, when his nephew is mortally wounded staying at his post after the ship suffers a surprise attack.
** Kirk, when [[spoiler:Spock dies]].
* HeroicBuild: Khan, and Ricardo Montalban in RealLife.
* 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 FamilyGuy takes this one seriously. That should tell you just how highly it's regarded.
** And again, Midshipman Preston:
-->'''Scotty:''' He stayed at his post... when the trainees ran...
** While under Khan's MindControl, Captain Terrell is ordered to kill Admiral Kirk. Realizing he can't resist the order, he kills himself with his own phaser to save Kirk's life.
* HesBack: When Kirk appears on the ''Enterprise'' again after Khan attempts to maroon him on Regula.
-->'''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.
* HideAndNoSeek: {{Lampshaded}} when Carol Marcus wants to have a private talk with Kirk without her David or the others listening in.
-->'''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?
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Kahn, repeatedly. Despite his "superior intellect", he fails to anticipate that the crew of the ''Enterprise'' might be more familiar with how another Starfleet ship like ''Reliant'' works, especially after so many years (and the fact that Kahn had never actually engaged in starship-to-starship combat before ''ever''!). Then he futilely blows himself up with the Genesis device, because he simply cannot imagine that anyone (i.e. Spock) could possibly be smart enough to get the ''Enterprise's'' warp drive working again in time to escape the detonation. Had he listened to [[OnlySaneMan Joachim]] in the first place, he could have taken the ''Reliant'' and the Genesis device and carved out a nice empire for himself somewhere. Instead, every asset he gains is turned against Kirk, and ends up doing him more harm than it does Kirk.
* HollywoodHacking: Actually handled fairly realistically. Khan wants Kirk to hand over all data regarding the Genesis Project, so he opens a network connection between ''Reliant'' and ''Enterprise''. Kirk and Spock take advantage of this to execute malicious code on ''Reliant''[='=]s computer. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] that it will only work if the supergenius who [[GrandTheftPrototype stole a starship]] didn't think to change the password on the computer.
* HolyBacklight: Kirk's entrance.
* HonorBeforeReason: Peter Preston stays at his post, saving a fellow engineer along the way.
* HotBlooded: Like most Augments, Khan suffers from this flaw. He's ''very'' intelligent, but he lets his {{Pride}} and desire for revenge get the better of him, causing him to make mistakes.
** Kirk and [[LikeFatherLikeSon David]].
** 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 Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse, this is explained by Saavik being half Vulcan and half Romulan.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Chekov unintentionally reveals he and Terrell meant to beam down to Ceti Alpha VI.
-->'''Chekov:''' You lie! On Ceti Alpha V, there was life! A fair chance-
-->'''Khan:''' '''[[LargeHam THIS]]''' [[LargeHam is Ceti Alpha V!]]
-->(''some [[LargeHam hammy]] exposition later'')
-->'''Khan:''' You did not expect to find me. You thought this was Ceti Alpha VI. Ah... Why are you here?
* IdiotBall: Acknowledged InUniverse when Kirk beats himself over his mistake that let Khan cripple the ship.
** Khan fails to recognize the incredibly simple code used by Kirk and Spock when discussing repair times.
* ImminentDangerClue: Chekov finds a buckle that says "Botany Bay" and instantly realizes they're on Khan's ship seconds before they're captured.
* IndyPloy: Kirk's quick thinking about hacking into Reliant's main computer using her command codes.
* InformedAttribute: The Augments. Of them all, only Kahn really seems at all impressive. The rest are just {{Mooks}}, and seem to contribute little beyond filling seats on the ''Reliant'' bridge.
* InTheOriginalKlingon: "Do you know the old Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold... in ''spaaace''." (Who knew Pierre Choderlos de Laclos was a Klingon?)
* InsufferableGenius: Khan.
* IntrinsicVow: Captain Terrell resists Khan's order to murder Admiral Kirk enough so that he can commit suicide and save Kirk's life.
* IrrevocableOrder: Once the Genesis Device's countdown is started, it can't be stopped.
* IShallTauntYou: Kirk does it to Khan a couple of times.
** "I'm ''laughing'' at the 'superior intellect'." This was to infuriate Khan into making a mistake. It works.
** "...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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* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Implied and results in ManlyTears with "Do not grieve. It was... logical."
* 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..."
* ItsWhatIDo: Same with ItHasBeenAnHonor.
* JerkassHasAPoint: It seems that Khan originally believed that Kirk had tricked him by leaving him on Ceti Alpha V and ''knew'' that it was doomed. However, Chekov inadvertently reveals that they honestly had ''no idea'' that Ceti Alpha VI exploded, meaning that for over ''15 years'', Kirk or Starfleet had never once bothered to check on their progress! Now they've finally returned, but they ''still'' didn't bother to check on Khan's people and only were there for Ceti Alpha VI! Khan actually has quite a legitimate reason to be ''pissed!''
** On the other hand, if a catastrophe ''hadn't'' happened, Khan would surely have complained about a Federation ship coming to spy on his people. The whole point of leaving him there was to give them a chance to build a world all on their own, without interference.
*** On the ''other'' other hand, the fact that nobody in the Federation ''noticed'' this catastrophe and its obvious consequences is disgraceful incompetence.
**** On the other ''other'' other hand, Ceti Alpha was in a pretty out-of-the way part of the Federation. Space is big, after all.
***** On another hand altogether, the alternate timeline events of StarTrekIntoDarkness show that there are some pretty unsavory people in the Federation (in and out of Starfleet) who would be tempted by the knowledge that a race of genetic supermen were just sitting there on Ceti Alpha V, ready to be picked up and recruited for use as an elite strike force should the need arise. Not to mention the possibility that the information could be sold to the Klingons, Orions, Romulans, etc., etc., etc. It's possible that Kirk and his immediate superiors were GenreSavvy enough to wipe out the records of the first encounter with Khan, including where he was marooned.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: The idiotically idealistic science team see Genesis simply as "instant terraforming, just add water", and consider it to be the ultimate salvation to problems of overpopulation and food supply. Plenty of other people see an [[WeaponOfMassDestruction entirely different potential]]... one that doesn't even have the nasty side effects of other superweapons as it leaves verdant worlds behind in its wake. David seems [[FunctionalGenreSavvy aware]] of the Genesis Device's potential less-than-altruistic uses.
* KickedUpStairs: A major reason why Kirk feels so old.
* KillEmAll: In the opening ''Kobayashi Maru'' sequence, the TOS crew dies, except for Kirk, who is absent and unmentioned. Then a door opens, Kirk walks out of a cloud of light and smoke, everybody picks themselves up, and the viewers [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt realize they've been had.]]
* [[{{LampshadeHanging/Film}} Lampshade Hanging]]: Multiple examples
* LargeHam: A double serving.
* ALessonInDefeat: Kirk learns that he can't always find a way to win when [[spoiler: Spock is forced to sacrifice his life to save the crew]].
* LikeFatherLikeSon: David. His EstablishingCharacterMoment has him attack Kirk under the [[MisplacedRetribution mistaken belief]] that Starfleet were the ones who tortured and executed their fellow scientists, showing that he's brash and hot-blooded. Remind anyone of someone we know, when he was younger?
* LittleNo: From Kirk, of all people, [[spoiler: when Spock dies]]
* 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.]]
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Doesn't actually occur on screen, so the viewer is left unsure as to when David finds out who his father is. When David and Kirk first meet the former is extremely hostile to the latter, even going so far as to accuse Kirk of killing everyone at Regula. At the end of the movie, David and Kirk reconcile and he says he's proud to be Kirk's son. It's possible David knew all along and just refused to acknowledge it. The dialog makes it fairly clear that Kirk knows he's the father, but has obviously also never met David face to face before this film.
* MagicCountdown: Khan's "sixty seconds" (although he's purposefully delaying because he perceives that Kirk is complying and believes that he really is about to get the Genesis info turned over to him, along with Kirk continually begging more time on the grounds that battle damage has slowed the computer down) and Kirk's "We need warp speed in 3 minutes or we're all dead."
* ManHug: Kirk and David. Awwwk-waardd.
* MathematiciansAnswer:
--> '''Saavik:''' May I ask how ''you'' dealt with the test?
--> '''Kirk:''' You may ''ask.''
** {{Lampshaded}} by Kirk after a confused look from Saavik: "Bit of a joke."
* MobySchtick: From hell's heart Khan stabs at thee.
* MoralMyopia: Yeah, Khan, get really upset that Kirk hurt ''your'' crew on accident and forget that you hurt ''his'' crew ''on purpose'', right after they'd finished saving your hide.
* MutualDisadvantage: Going into the Mutara Nebula means that both ships will be blind as Tiberian bats and without shields; the fact that Reliant is less damaged becomes practically negligible.
--> '''Spock:''' The odds will be even.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: A minor case when Kirk is about to beam to Regula I and Spock tells him to be careful, [=McCoy=] replies "''We'' will."
* 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.
* NeckLift: Khan does this to Chekov to show how badass he is, but he's really lifting him by a handle on the front of his spacesuit, not his neck.
* NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer: [=McCoy=] not telling Captain Kirk that [[spoiler:Spock]] was dying from radiation poisoning. Justified in that he didn't want to rattle the whole crew in the middle of a life-or-death situation.
* 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.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Khan. An East Indian (sure) with a Mexican accent.
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: Until [[Film/StarTrek the reboot]], this was the only ''Star Trek'' film not to feature Klingon characters.
* NotSoDifferent: Carol admits this regarding Jim and David.
* NotSoStoic: Saavik sheds a few tears during [[spoiler:Spock's funeral.]]
** Saavik 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 [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] in [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome later]] [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry films]]). Lampshaded in a deleted scene when Kirk mentions to Spock privately that she's quite emotional, and Spock points out that she's half Romulan.
*** FridgeBrilliance: Which like saying a South Korean is part North Korean, meaningless unless culture is genetic.
*** Maybe not so meaningless. If she had one Vulcan parent and one Romulan parent, then presumably she would have been taught the philosophical ideals of both races, thus making her ''culturally'' half-Vulcan and half-Romulan.
**** According to the novelization, Saavik was 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.
** Spock is clearly distraught when an anguished Scotty carries his badly burned, dying nephew to the bridge.
* NothingIsScarier: As mentioned above, the Battle in the Nebula at the end is not what you'd expect from two warships duking it out. It's slow, quiet, tense and ''very'' effective.
* [[OhCrap/{{Film}} Oh Crap]]: Done several times.
** Possibly most noticeable when Khan is told the shields are going down.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Spock after the final battle.
* 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''.
* OrificeInvasion: The worms that enter through the ear.
* [[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.
* OutGambitted: Khan thinks he's trapped Kirk on that planet, but Kirk used a coded message before to ensure his escape. Kirk takes that [[LargeHam extra step]] to convince Khan of the hoplessness of Kirk's situation as well.
* ParodyCommercial: Bones sarcastically enacts one in describing Genesis to Spock's exasperation.
* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Savvik to Kirk.
* PlotArchaeology: Khan has become such an iconic ''Star Trek'' villain that it's easy to forget that he was originally a one-episode character from the first season of the original series.
* PoorCommunicationKills: The "needs of the many..." speech is really beautiful and all, but had Spock instead said, "Captain, I put my katra in Doctor [=McCoy=]. Ask my father about it. I'll be fine.", a lot of conflict in the next movie could have been avoided.[[note]]The reason that they didn't is that the ''katra'' sequence was actually written and shot slightly later than the rest of the death sequence, to give a sequel hook to a potential ''Star Trek III'' should TWOK actually prove successful enough for Paramount to demand one (everyone thought that TWOK would be the last of the ''Star Trek'' films, and this, not any rumored loathing of the character was why Leonard Nimoy was so interested in Spock's death -- hoping to close the book on ''Trek'' by giving an emotional death scene to Spock.)[[/note]]
** Spock had no idea that he would be fine. That his fatally irradiated body would be regenerated by the Genesis effect is something he could not have known. The transference of the katra is implied to be part of a Vulcan funereal ritual, since even the Vulcan priestess says that rejoining the katra to a body is something that has only been done in legend.
* PowerOfHate: Khan's rage and hatred give him the strength to launch one final TakingYouWithMe attack on Kirk and the Enterprise. As well as providing inspiration for some great last words (quoted from MobyDick).
* PrecisionFStrike: A behind-the-scenes example. Shortly after the first film was released, Harve Bennett was brought before a group of Paramount executives. Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner asked if he could make a better movie. Harve replied he could, and then Charles Bluhdorn replied "Can you make it for less than 45-fucking-million dollars?" Harve replied, "[[BadassBoast Where I come from, I could make five movies for that.]]"
* ProsceniumReveal: The entrance of Admiral Kirk ends the [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Kobayashi Maru]] test.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Khan. He is a Sikh after all.
* PublicSecretMessage: Spock tells Kirk on an open channel, "Admiral, if we go by the book, hours could seem like days". To anyone else, this might sound like a case of LawfulStupid, but Kirk, who'd been discussing regulations about coded messages with Spock earlier, knows that this means [[spoiler: to decode the next message, replace the word "days" with "hours"]]. In RealLife, this counts as Roddenberry's second attempt to reconnect with his long lost WorldWarII buddy, Kim Noonien Singh.
* 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!!!''
** After Kirk beams up to the ''Enterprise'' when Khan thought he was stranded on Ceti Alpha V:
-->'''Khan''': Kirk, you're ... still alive, old friend.
-->'''Kirk''': ''Still! Old friend!''
** And later in the same conversation:
-->'''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.''
* PyrrhicVictory: Part of what makes Khan one of cinema's most respected villains is how much his actions cause Kirk to lose.
* RailingKill: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but during the ''Enterprise''[='=]s final attack on the ''Reliant'' an explosion in the latter ship's engineering section throws one of Khan's henchmen over the railings surrounding the warp core.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Khan's "prosthetic pecs" - no, Montalban just buffed himself up really well.
* RecycledInSpace: A 19th-century naval adventure ''IN SPACE''.
* RedAlert: The basis for the LockAndLoadMontage, complete with closeups on viewscreens flashing the RED ALERT message.
* RedRightHand: Khan never takes off his right glove, nor is it commented upon, but his removal of his left is a key part of his EstablishingCharacterMoment.
* RedShirt
** Subverted. Screws with your expectations by having every main character wearing red uniforms for most of the film.
** A non-literal RedShirt is the member of the science station's crew who gets shot by a mind-controlled Terrell.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** 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.
* 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 ''MobyDick'' and is quoting Ahab as he dies.
--->'''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. He also does not seem to have considered that had Kirk not retrieved him from the ''Botany Bay'', then he and all his fellows would have died anyway as their stasis chambers gradually failed (a dozen already had). Alternatively, Kirk could have just dragged them all back to Earth for war crimes trials. But Kahn has a NeverMyFault sort of mentality.
* RuleOfCool: The primary reason for the LockAndLoadMontage: There really isn't any ''reason'' why a 23rd century starship should require a dozen crewmembers performing manual labor to load a torpedo, but damn if it isn't ''awesome'' to watch. It's possible that the automated loading system was damaged in their first encounter with Khan so they had to resort to the human backup system, but this isn't stated in the film.
* SayMyName: '''''"KHAAAAAANNNNNN!!!"'''''
* SceneryPorn: The cave underneath Ceti Alpha V, and also the clouds of the Mutara Nebula.
* SealedEvilInACan: Khan Noonien Singh and his cryogenically frozen followers, when they're abandoned on Ceti Alpha V (which the crew of the ''Reliant'' mistake for Ceti Alpha VI after a natural disaster alters its orbit and destroys its environment).
* SealedGoodInACan: Khan attempts to do this, [[OutGambitted but Kirk has other plans.]]
* SelfDisposingVillain: Khan attempts to [[TakingYouWithMe take Kirk with him]]. It doesn't turn out as planned.
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Actor Merrit Butrick who played Carol Marcus' and Jim Kirk's love-child, David really does kind of resemble a young William Shatner at times.
* 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.
* SeriesContinuityError: The most famous of which is Khan recognizing Chekov, even though the character wasn't in "Space Seed".
** When asked about this at conventions, Walter Koenig likes to tell a [[{{Fanon}} humorous story]] about how Chekov, then a lowly RedShirt, met Khan by using a restroom [[PottyEmergency Khan had much need of]]. Upon discovering that Chekov had [[ThisIsUnforgivable also depleted the toilet paper]], Khan cursed the poor ensign and declared he would [[CallForward never forget his face]].
** Koenig was joking, of course, but it's entirely possible that Chekov was a junior officer on the ''Enterprise'' at the time of "Space Seed", and only later got promoted to the bridge crew (and thus became an on-screen character). This is explicitly the case in the novelization: it describes Chekov having an encounter with Khan while still a junior officer assigned to the overnight watch on the bridge.
** The second season episode "Catspaw" features Chekov not at his usual navigator station but filling in at Spock's science station while Spock is off the ship. The stardates given in the episode (3018.2) place it before "Space Seed," (3141.9) providing on-screen evidence that Chekov was on the ship before Khan, but not yet assigned to the navigator post that would make him a regular fixture on the bridge.
* 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]].
* ShoutOut:
** Multiple direct references to ''Literature/MobyDick'' and ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'', the two books which represent Khan (irrationally obsessed with revenge) and Kirk (coming to terms with his own mortality).
** The concentric tubes of the Genesis control panel resemble the ones that Ripley uses to activate the self-destruct sequence in ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* 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 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.
* SkywardScream: A sort of BeamMeUpScotty, parodies always turn Kirk's "KHAAAAAANNNN!" into this. In the film itself it shows a level view of Kirk screaming into the communicator and then cuts to a shot of the planetoid's barren, cratered surface.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: A chess set is one of the few creature comforts Khan and his followers had on Ceti Alpha V.
** Which becomes a plot point later on. Khan may be TheChessmaster, but in the 23th century, they play ''three-dimensional chess''.
* 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.
** Khan and his followers' clothes were supposed to look like they had been scavenged from whatever fabrics they could find, which is why their outfits are more RummageSaleReject than an actual uniform.
* SpaceClouds: The Mutara Nebula.
* SpaceIsAnOcean: More pronounced than ever before, as the movie is essentially a naval combat movie InSpace, but comes with a LampshadeHanging, as well as a famous aversion, where the main characters take advantage of the fact that the villain believes this trope, but they know better.
-->'''Spock:''' His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking.
** There's a very brief hint about this when the ''Enterprise'' and ''Reliant'' first meet. There's a quick shot of the ''Reliant'' approaching the ''Enterprise'' and the ship is clearly spinning to have the same orientation...meaning that Khan's 2D space (or at least his sense of "up") was initially different from Kirk's, but Khan didn't take this to its obvious conclusion.
*** That being said, given the way ''Reliant'''s phasers are mounted, matching orientations may have been done to open the best firing arcs. Recall that [[spoiler:Khan had been on the ''Enterprise'' before and this is how he knew where he needed to shoot for best effect (Spock: "They knew exactly where to hit us.")]]
*** Also, the ''Enterprise'' rotates herself to match orientation with Kronos One in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'', so doing such might just be considered good manners in the ''Trek''verse.
* SpaceMines: In the UnwinnableTrainingSimulation that starts off the movie, the ship the ''Enterprise'' needs to rescue was disabled by a gravitic mine.
* TheSpock: Naturally. Quite notable here, however, in what Spock's [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] said about how this archetype should be written. Yes, Virginia, that "cold Vulcan logic" that [=McCoy=] is always harping on Spock about applies to his [[spoiler:''own'' life]] as much as anyone else's... and he doesn't hesitate even for a moment when applying it.
* 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.
** The original teaser trailer features the ''STTMP'' blue '''Enterprise'' going into warp' effect shot. The warp shots made for ''STTWOK'' (and following movies) are more subdued.
** 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.
* StockPhrase: In the Genesis Cave sequence, right after Kirk asks if there's anything to eat,
-->'''[=McCoy=]:''' How can you think of food at a time like this?![[note]]As Kirk replies, first order of business is ''survival'', Doc.[[/note]]
* 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.
* StoryArc: This is the beginning of a storyline that continues into ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' and ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''. Arguably beyond.
* TakeAThirdOption: {{Deconstructed}}. See AnAesop above.
* TakingYouWithMe: Khan, at the end.
* 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.
* TemptingFate: Mercifully subverted for the ''Enterprise''. When going over how they're going to disable ''Reliant'' using the prefix code, Spock feels it necessary to note that Khan might have changed it. Fortunately fate lets this one slide, else the movie would have ended there.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: No less than ''three''.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Kirk phasers a Ceti eel, vaporizing it, even though his foot would have worked equally well.
* TimeBomb
* 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.
-->'''Khan:''' You see, their young enter through the ears, and wrap themselves around cerebral cortex. This makes the host very susceptible to, uh, suggestion. Later, as they grow, follows madness... and death.
* [[{{Two-D Space}} 2-D Space]]: Both used (for filmmaking purposes) and inverted (for story purposes).
-->'''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.
** Even without that, Khan and his followers were part of a group of genetically enhanced children that ''did'' manage to seize control of over forty nations simultaneously, are superhumanly strong, and most likely with enhanced intellect to back that up. It's heavily implied that had Khan not been half-mad, he would have been an even greater threat.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: In the director's commentary, Nicholas Meyer paraphrases Orson Scott Card's claim that all works are a product of their time, when it's pointed out how Khan's followers look like the entourage of a hair metal group.
* 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.
-->'''Khan:''' ...full impulse power.
-->'''Joachim:''' No, sir! You have Genesis, you can have anything you wa-
-->'''Khan:''' '''FULL POWER, ''DAMN YOU!'''''
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Genesis Device.
* WhamLine: In-universe as well as to the audience (at least, those who saw "Space Seed"), near the beginning:
--> '''Chekov (reading ship's name on seatbelt):''' Botany Bay...''[[OhCrap Botany Bay]]''...oh no...
** As with the above, there's another towards the end that serves to shock the characters and the audience:
---> '''Kirk:''' He'll die!
---> '''Scotty:''' Sir, he's dead already.
*** Reportedly this was to be [=McCoy=]'s line, but De Forrest Kelly couldn't bring himself to say this variant of his CatchPhrase, so it was given to Scotty.
* WholePlotReference: Loosely, to ''MobyDick'', from the perspective of the whale.
* WindowLove: Kirk and Spock, just before Spock dies.
* TheXOfY
* XanatosSpeedChess: Kirk plays without a net. Don't look down.[[note]]Though, without Spock's mention of Khan's SpaceIsAnOcean tendency, he probably would have lost.[[/note]]
* YouExclamation: David upon seeing Kirk, before attacking him.
* {{Zeerust}}: Khan's followers and their clothing, Federation computers, and how David wears his sweater.
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