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* OneHitKill: Kruge's Bird-of-Prey destroys the ''Grissom'' with one torpedo, which actually pisses him off.
--> '''Kruge:''' I wanted prisoners!\\
'''Gunner:''' A lucky shot, sir...\\
'''Kruge:''' ''(pulls out a disruptor and vaporizes the gunner)'' Animal.

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* SwitchToEnglish: {{Inverted}} when Valkris and Kruge start talking in English before switching to Klingonese.
--> '''Valkris:''' ''(in English)'' Commander Kruge, this is Valkris. ''(in Klingonese)'' I have obtained the Federation data. Ready to transmit.\\
'''Kruge:''' ''(in English)'' [[OneLinerNameOneLiner Well done, Valkris. Well done.]] ''(in Klingonese)'' Disengage cloaking device.


* GiveMeAReason: After Kruge executes a mook [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing him]], his first officer asks for his attention while he's still in full bloodlust mode.
-->'''Kruge:''' ''Say the wrong thing,'' Torg!!

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* GiveMeAReason: FlyingCutlerySpaceship: Of course the Klingon Bird of Prey, which debuted as the {{Villain}} Kruge's warship. Arguably this is where the trope originated. Compared to the more recent examples on this list, Kruge's Bird of Prey was actually rather tame, but it did have cool moving wings with disruptor cannons on the tips. Also, unlike most of the ships on this list, Kruge's ship was an actual physical model, not a CGI mashup.
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After Kruge executes a mook [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing him]], his first officer asks for his attention while he's still in full bloodlust mode.
-->'''Kruge:''' --->'''Kruge:''' ''Say the wrong thing,'' Torg!!



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*** In the ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' {{Novelization}}, it's revealed Maltz did manage to commit suicide.

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*** In the Maltz's fate is ambiguous. The {{novelization}} of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' {{Novelization}}, it's revealed Maltz did manage states that he was able to commit suicide.suicide, but he does appear in some expanded universe novels.

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** The Blu-Ray releases include the Library Computer, an interactive database that will appear on screen as the movie plays offering entries on characters, ships, places, etc. with additional information on them.


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Of the six "original cast" films, this one is the closest in style to the original television series--for better or for worse. It's a modestly-budgeted [[ContinuityPorn Continuity Pon-Farr]] story about people standing around on very obvious soundstages, featuring [=TV=]-quality frame composition, wonky science about "protomatter" bringing dead bodies back to life, and a climatic, badly-staged grappling match between Kirk and a cunning villain of the week. It is literally a big screen version of a [=TOS=] episode and at times it does look and feel fairly cheap because of it. However, it is ultimately salvaged by a cast of twenty-year veterans who take advantage of the limited scope to truly shine, some amazing effects work and action sequences courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic punctuating the flat direction, and the HolyShitQuotient going through the roof when [[spoiler: Kirk loses his son and then ''scuttles the goddamn'' USS Enterprise ''in retaliation''.]]

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Of the six "original cast" films, this one is the closest in style to the original television series--for better or for worse. It's a modestly-budgeted [[ContinuityPorn Continuity Pon-Farr]] story about people standing around on very obvious soundstages, featuring [=TV=]-quality frame composition, wonky science about "protomatter" bringing dead bodies back to life, and a climatic, badly-staged grappling match between Kirk and a cunning villain of the week. It is literally a big screen version of a [=TOS=] episode and at times it does look and feel fairly cheap because of it. However, it is ultimately salvaged by a cast of twenty-year veterans who take advantage of the limited scope to truly shine, some amazing effects work and action sequences courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic punctuating the flat direction, and the HolyShitQuotient going through the roof when [[spoiler: Kirk loses his son and then ''scuttles the goddamn'' USS Enterprise ''in retaliation''.]]
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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The remaining senior crew of the ''Enterprise'' assist Kirk in hijacking the ''Enterprise'' without question. Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov take it a step further by insisting on going with him and [=McCoy=] to the Genesis Planet.

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* MyMasterRightOrWrong: The remaining senior crew of the ''Enterprise'' assist Kirk in hijacking the ''Enterprise'' without question. question.
-->'''Sulu:''' The word, sir?\\
'''Kirk:''' The word is no. I am therefore going anyway.\\
'''Sulu:''' You can count on us, sir.
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Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov take it a step further by insisting on going with him and [=McCoy=] to the Genesis Planet.Planet.
--->'''Kirk:''' My friends, I can't ask you to go any further. Dr. [=McCoy=] and I have to do this. The rest of you do not.\\
'''Chekov:''' Admiral, we're wasting precious time.\\
'''Sulu:''' What course please, Admiral?\\
'''Kirk:''' Mr. Scott?\\
'''Scotty:''' I'd be grateful, Admiral, if you'd give the word.\\
'''Kirk:''' Gentlemen... may the wind be at our backs. Stations, please.


* MyMasterWrongOrRight: The remaining senior crew of the ''Enterprise'' assist Kirk in hijacking the ''Enterprise'' without question. Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov take it a step further by insisting on going with him and [=McCoy=] to the Genesis Planet.

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* MyMasterWrongOrRight: MyMasterRightOrWrong: The remaining senior crew of the ''Enterprise'' assist Kirk in hijacking the ''Enterprise'' without question. Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov take it a step further by insisting on going with him and [=McCoy=] to the Genesis Planet.

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* MyMasterWrongOrRight: The remaining senior crew of the ''Enterprise'' assist Kirk in hijacking the ''Enterprise'' without question. Scotty, Sulu, and Chekov take it a step further by insisting on going with him and [=McCoy=] to the Genesis Planet.


* KnifeNut: This film introduces us to the Klingon dagger D'k tahg, which has spring-loaded sideblades and is used [[spoiler:to kill David]]. Although it would stay unnamed until the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Birthright".

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* KnifeNut: This film introduces us to the Klingon dagger D'k tahg, which is perhaps the second-most iconic Klingon bladed weapon after the Bat'leth. It has spring-loaded sideblades and is used [[spoiler:to kill David]]. Although it would stay unnamed until the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Birthright".

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* TheNeedsOfTheMany: {{Inverted}} by Kirk.
--> "Because the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many."

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* ExplosiveInstrumentation:
** When Kruge's bird-of-prey is hit, sparks fly all over TheBridge, killing his pet targ.
** When the ''Enterprise'' is hit, an explosion knocks Kirk to the deck and Scotty's console bursts into sparks before going dead.


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* HopeSpot: ''Enterprise'' looks like she scored a CurbStompBattle against Kruge's bird-of-prey -- and then her DeflectorShields conk out and one well-aimed torpedo from Kruge's gunner disables her.

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* PatchworkMap: It's actually {{lampshaded}} as a sign that something isn't right with the Genesis planet.
--> '''David:''' All the varieties of land and weather known to Earth within a few hours' walk.

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