Characters / Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

For characters who debuted in Star Trek: The Original Series, see Characters.Star Trek The Original Series

Enterprise Crew

    Lieutenant Valeris 
Played by: Kim Cattrall

A Vulcan helm officer.

  • Bothering by the Book
  • Green Blooded Space Babe: Downplayed in the same way as Lt. Saavik—attractive, but conservatively dressed.
  • Jedi Truth
  • Knight Templar: She thinks she's saving the Federation by sabotaging peace talks.
  • The Mole
  • Remember the New Guy
  • Sucksessor: A variation, since aside from the whole bit about being a traitor and a murderer she's actually an extremely competent officer.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Lt. Saavik from films II-IV, plus Commander Xon from the unmade Star Trek: Phase II TV series, in that they're both Vulcans who are set up to succeed Spock.
  • Tempting Fate: She suggests serving Romulan Ale during the meal with the Klingons, which given the underlying tensions between the two peoples and the extreme strength of Romulan Ale, goes over about as well as you'd expect. Of course, this is part of a Xanatos Gambit to make it later look like Kirk attacked Gorkon's ship in a moment of drunken rage.

    Yeomen Burke and Samno 
Played by: B.J. Davis and Alan Marcus

Those Two Guys who assassinate Chancellor Gorkon.

    Crewman Dax 
Played by: Michael Snyder

A redshirt on the Enterprise.


    General Chang 

A Klingon officer who is opposed to peace with the Federation.

    Chancellor Gorkon 
Played by: David Warner

Abraham Lincoln meets Mikhail Gorbachev in space. The intellectual and soft-spoken chancellor of the Klingons, who seeks peace with the Federation.

    Chancellor Azetbur 
Played by: Rosanna DeSoto

Gorkon's daughter, who succeeds him as the Klingons' chancellor.

  • Jerkass Has a Point: While her delivery is much harsher than neccesary (part of the discussion in general breaking down), her criticisms of the Federation during dinner are spot-on. Other than the president and a small minority of Starfleet officers the leadership of this supposedly multi-ethnic Federation (as shown in this movie) might as well be a human empire.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Refuses to invade the Federation or cancel the peace talks in response to her father's assassination and in spite of her earlier tensions with the Federation before the aforementioned tragedy, considering it sufficient to put the alleged assassins on trial.
  • Shut Up, Chekhov! / What the Hell, Hero?: However, everything is on her terms, and refuses to bend her knee at the Federation.
    Azetbur: "Inalienable human rights." Why the very name is racist.

    Brigadier Kerla 
Played by: Paul Rossilli

A high-ranking Klingon officer.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the film he's a fairly anonymous flunky to Gorkon and then Azetbur. In the official novelization of the film and other spin-off media he's actually in on the conspiracy, and after the destruction of Chang's ship is left as its highest-ranking member, which leads to a very nasty case of Death by Adaptation.
  • Blood Knight: Tries to persuade Azetbur to declare war against the Federation.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is dedicated to Gorkon. He is also just as loyal to Azetbur and as much as he really wants a war to avenge his beloved Chancellor, he respects her authority enough to back down and keep his Blood Knight tendencies in check.

    Colonel Worf 
Played by: Michael Dorn

A Klingon attorney who defends Kirk and McCoy at their trial.

  • Identical Grandfather: Confirmed by Word of God to be the grandfather of his namesake in Star Trek: The Next Generation. This, incidentally, makes Dorn one of only two people — the other being Majel Barrett — to appear on-screen in TOS, TNG and DS9-related works.
  • Only Sane Man: During the trial, he is one of the true reasonable Klingons and does his best to defend his clients.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He retains the rank of Colonel and is a level-headed attorney whose ego is not attached to the trial unlike his fellow comrades.
  • Spanner in the Works: He persuades the judge at Kirk and McCoy's trial to sentence them to exile on Rura Penthe rather than giving them the death penalty. It's subtle, but you can see that Chang is not pleased by this development, and it allows Kirk to escape and foil the conspiracy.

Played by: W. Morgan Sheppard

The officer in charge of the Rura Penthe penal colony.

  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Literally; his favored method of executing rebellious or lazy prisoners is to have them stripped naked and thrown out onto the surface of Rura Penthe, where they freeze to death in less time than it takes for him to give his big speech to the new arrivals. It's implied that he makes a point of making a demonstration of this every time new inmates arrive.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • The film's novelization shows that Chang intends to have him executed for allowing Kirk and McCoy to escape, though leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not Chang actually gets around to putting this in motion before he himself is killed. In the movie he just angrily hangs up on him.
    • His counterpart in the Star Trek (2009) timeline ends up predeceasing his prime reality counterpart by at least three decades, dying during Nero's escape from Rura Penthe.
  • Just Between You and Me: Decides that since he's about to kill Kirk and McCoy, he can afford to give away the identity of the mastermind behind the conspiracy. In a subversion, he actually gets prevented from doing this by the Enterprise crew, who beam their crew-mates aboard before he can spill the beans.

Other Characters

    President Ra-ghoratreii 
Played by: Kurtwood Smith

The President of The Federation

  • All There in the Manual: As with his predecessor, his name comes from source materials and not the film's dialogue. These sources also identify his species as Efrosian, who were once subjects of the Klingon Empire. In fact, it's considered significant that an Efrosian is willing to come to the Klingons' aid. In addition, he's supposed to be blind; the weird glasses he sometimes wears are actually an earlier version of Geordi LaForge's VISOR.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He flatly refuses to go to war over Kirk and McCoy and proclaims that he is not above the law.
  • Unexpected Successor: Expanded Universe books have revealed that he won a special election to succeed Hiram Roth after Roth died in office from overwork after the Probe Crisis.