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* Nancy Drew is commonly written as being The Kirk between cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne.


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* Nancy Drew Franchise/NancyDrew is commonly written as being The Kirk between cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne.




* This {{trope}} is named for [[TheCaptain Kirk]] of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Notably, the original [[TheCaptain Kirk]] [[TakeAThirdOption took a lot of third options]] like [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the Kobayashi Maru]], but other times these decisions were likely to make many races angry in the future, leading some to think dick move.

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* This {{trope}} is named for [[TheCaptain Captain James T. Kirk]] of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Notably, the original [[TheCaptain Kirk]] [[TakeAThirdOption took a lot of third options]] like [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation the Kobayashi Maru]], but other times these decisions were likely to make many races angry in the future, leading some to think dick move.



* ''[[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]]'' has fallen into this {{trope}} so far, he can no longer be deduced as either an [[AntiHero anti-hero]] or [[AntiVillain anti-villian]]. He will give his life (but has not been able to, yet.) to save anyone, any race (minus the Daleks), and planet, or any specific cascade inspired by certain snake haired monsters of Greek mythology from an alien race known to exterminate any other race... You get the idea.

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* ''[[Series/DoctorWho In
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* Lee Adama in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' usually brings the moral clarity to situations where other characters' judgement is blinded by prejudice or fear.

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* Lee Adama in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' Galactica 2003}}'' usually brings the moral clarity to situations where other characters' judgement is blinded by prejudice or fear.



* Quinn Mallory in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' acts as The Kirk in most episodes making a middle point position to Arturo's [[TheSpock Spokish]] personality and Rembrandt's [[TheMcCoy McCoy behavior]].

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* Quinn Mallory in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' acts as The Kirk in most episodes making a middle point position to Arturo's [[TheSpock Spokish]] Spockish]] personality and Rembrandt's [[TheMcCoy McCoy behavior]].



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* Creator/{{Bioware}} games often present you, the player character, with this position particularly in later games. For instance in VideoGame/MassEffect1 you are faced with a situation where you can hold back, save human lives and strike at a more opportune moment. Or attack ''now'', saving alien lives but potentially landing your allies in hot water.

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* Creator/{{Bioware}} games often present you, the player character, with this position particularly in later games. For instance in VideoGame/MassEffect1 ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' you are faced with a situation where you can hold back, save human lives and strike at a more opportune moment. Or attack ''now'', saving alien lives but potentially landing your allies in hot water.

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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty''plays this role in the FreudianTrio that also includes [[TheSpock X-5]] and [[TheMcCoy Sparky]]. As the leader of the team, Betty plays the reasonable middleman to the other two's frequent bickering, making the final decisions in the trio's adventures usually based on what Sparky and X-5 have suggested.


* The eponymous Hellboy in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' is this, especially when contrasted with Abe Sapein (TheSpock) and Liz (TheMcCoy).

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* The eponymous Hellboy in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' ''Film/{{Hellboy|2004}}'' is this, especially when contrasted with Abe Sapein (TheSpock) and Liz (TheMcCoy).


* Capt. Tom Chandler on ''Series/{{The Last Ship}}'' is often going all Capt. Kirk by leaving his ship in capable hands when he goes to invade islands with his squad.


*** Also, Sheppard gets all the [[GirlOfTheWeek hot]] [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe alien]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses]]. The GenreSavvy [=McKay=] makes sure to [[LampshadeHanging point this out]], comparing Sheppard to Kirk himself.


* Capt. Tom Chandler on ''Series/{{The Last Ship}}'' is often going all Capt. Kirk by leaving his ship in capable hands while he {{Chew Bubblegum|"is all outta bubblegum!"}}

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* Capt. Tom Chandler on ''Series/{{The Last Ship}}'' is often going all Capt. Kirk by leaving his ship in capable hands while when he {{Chew Bubblegum|"is all outta bubblegum!"}}goes to invade islands with his squad.


* Believe it or not, Jack O'Neill of ''Series/StargateSG1'' wasn't really his quartet's Kirk; that honor fell to Samantha Carter and occasionally Daniel.

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* Believe it or not, Jack O'Neill of ''Series/StargateSG1'' wasn't really his quartet's Kirk; that honor fell to Samantha Carter and occasionally Daniel. Dr. Janet Fraiser is often TheMcCoy of the show as well.



* President Wayne Palmer in ''Series/TwentyFour'' was The Kirk to Tom Lennox's Spock and Karen Hayes' [=McCoy=] and found their differing viewpoints useful in his decision-making process.

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* On spin-off yet more popular series ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Special Agent Gibbs serves as the Kirk with Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard serving as the [=McCoy=].
* President Wayne David Palmer and CTU Agent Jack Bauer rotate between being the Kirk in ''Series/TwentyFour'' was with Tony Almeida, Bill Buchanan and Chloe O'Brian varying between as the [=McCoy=] and Spocks personas. Later on, younger brother President Wayne Palmer becomes The Kirk to Tom Lennox's Spock and Karen Hayes' [=McCoy=] and found their differing viewpoints useful in his decision-making process.


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* Capt. Tom Chandler on ''Series/{{The Last Ship}}'' is often going all Capt. Kirk by leaving his ship in capable hands while he {{Chew Bubblegum|"is all outta bubblegum!"}}


''"CaptainsLog, stardate [[Music/TommyTutone 8675309]]: [[OnceAnEpisode Once again]] I find myself faced with [[SadisticChoice an impossible dilemma]]. Do I save the planet [[SugarBowl Pupolon]] by [[SaveThePrincess rescuing the]] [[TheHighQueen High Priestess]], despite her Klingon captors doubtlessly [[InescapableAmbush waiting in ambush]]? Or do I ignore their plight and, by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt letting it be destroyed]], obey the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] and get the {{Aesoptinum}} needed to protect TheFederation? My friends and officers [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] have been [[DebateAndSwitch debating this at length]], with no clear answer.\\\

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''"CaptainsLog, stardate [[Music/TommyTutone [[JennysNumber 8675309]]: [[OnceAnEpisode Once again]] I find myself faced with [[SadisticChoice an impossible dilemma]]. Do I save the planet [[SugarBowl Pupolon]] by [[SaveThePrincess rescuing the]] [[TheHighQueen High Priestess]], despite her Klingon captors doubtlessly [[InescapableAmbush waiting in ambush]]? Or do I ignore their plight and, by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt letting it be destroyed]], obey the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] and get the {{Aesoptinum}} needed to protect TheFederation? My friends and officers [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] have been [[DebateAndSwitch debating this at length]], with no clear answer.\\\


''"CaptainsLog, stardate 8675309: [[OnceAnEpisode Once again]] I find myself faced with [[SadisticChoice an impossible dilemma]]. Do I save the planet [[SugarBowl Pupolon]] by [[SaveThePrincess rescuing the]] [[TheHighQueen High Priestess]], despite her Klingon captors doubtlessly [[InescapableAmbush waiting in ambush]]? Or do I ignore their plight and, by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt letting it be destroyed]], obey the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] and get the {{Aesoptinum}} needed to protect TheFederation? My friends and officers [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] have been [[DebateAndSwitch debating this at length]], with no clear answer.\\\

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''"CaptainsLog, stardate 8675309: [[Music/TommyTutone 8675309]]: [[OnceAnEpisode Once again]] I find myself faced with [[SadisticChoice an impossible dilemma]]. Do I save the planet [[SugarBowl Pupolon]] by [[SaveThePrincess rescuing the]] [[TheHighQueen High Priestess]], despite her Klingon captors doubtlessly [[InescapableAmbush waiting in ambush]]? Or do I ignore their plight and, by [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt letting it be destroyed]], obey the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] and get the {{Aesoptinum}} needed to protect TheFederation? My friends and officers [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy McCoy]] have been [[DebateAndSwitch debating this at length]], with no clear answer.\\\


* According to co-writer Roberto Orci, the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film maintains this {{trope}}, but swaps [[TheCaptain Kirk]] and [[TheMedic McCoy]]:

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* According to co-writer Roberto Orci, the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film ''Film/StarTrek2009'' maintains this {{trope}}, but swaps [[TheCaptain Kirk]] and [[TheMedic McCoy]]:


And they know it, too.



They usually share a lot of the traits of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism slant]] of the series he might lapse into [[MoralDissonance less than heroic decisions]], or end up choosing one of his two friends over the other more often. That said, the [[TheChainsOfCommanding burden of deciding what course of action to take can be heavy]], while the task of bringing his friends around to accept said decision is complicated as well. At the least, he's mostly immune to DeathByPragmatism. Done well, both TheSpock and TheMcCoy will approve of the result. With poor characterization, may become the StandardizedLeader.

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They usually share a lot of the traits of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism slant]] of the series he might lapse into [[MoralDissonance less than heroic decisions]], or end up choosing one of his two friends over the other more often. That said, the [[TheChainsOfCommanding burden of deciding what course of action to take can be heavy]], while the task of bringing his friends around to accept said decision is complicated as well. At the least, he's mostly immune to DeathByPragmatism. Done well, both TheSpock and TheMcCoy will approve of the this result. With poor characterization, may become the StandardizedLeader.


->'''John''': I don't wanna be like you. I don't wanna stoop that low. Kirk wouldn't stoop that low.\\
'''Scorpius''': That was a television show, John. And he made Priceline commercials. But if you insist, then look to Kirk the way he really was: savage when he had to be.

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->'''John''': ->'''John:''' I don't wanna be like you. I don't wanna stoop that low. Kirk wouldn't stoop that low.\\
'''Scorpius''': '''Scorpius:''' That was a television show, John. And he made Priceline commercials. But if you insist, then look to Kirk the way he really was: savage when he had to be.


--> "[[TheMedic McCoy]] in a way represents for us, or represented for us, the extremes of The Kirk and The Spock. If [[TheSpock Spock]] is [[StrawVulcan extreme logic]], ... extreme science, and [[TheCaptain Kirk]] is extreme emotion and intuition, here you have a very colorful doctor, essentially [[TheHeart a very humanistic scientist]]. So he, in a way, is literally and figuratively a representation of [[EmotionsVsStoicism two extremes]] that often served as the glue that held [[FreudianTrio the trio]] together."

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--> "[[TheMedic -->"[[TheMedic McCoy]] in a way represents for us, or represented for us, the extremes of The Kirk and The Spock. If [[TheSpock Spock]] is [[StrawVulcan extreme logic]], ... extreme science, and [[TheCaptain Kirk]] is extreme emotion and intuition, here you have a very colorful doctor, essentially [[TheHeart a very humanistic scientist]]. So he, in a way, is literally and figuratively a representation of [[EmotionsVsStoicism two extremes]] that often served as the glue that held [[FreudianTrio the trio]] together."



* Ben himself from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' is The Kirk alongside Gwen and Kevin, especially in the first season. Strangely, Gwen and Kevin barely fit as the TheMcCoy and TheSpock respectively (both are intelligent and emotional) and can switch the roles depending on the situation. By ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' it's hard to peg any of the three as any one of the archetypes, though Ben is definitely the TheSpock in the season one finale since he decides [[spoiler: Kevin has to be stopped by any means necessary]] and TheMcCoy Gwen is [[spoiler: trying to save Kevin from himself]].

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* Ben himself from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' is The Kirk alongside Gwen and Kevin, especially in the first season. Strangely, Gwen and Kevin barely fit as the TheMcCoy and TheSpock respectively (both are intelligent and emotional) and can switch the roles depending on the situation. By ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]]'' it's hard to peg any of the three as any one of the archetypes, though Ben is definitely the TheSpock in the season one finale since he decides [[spoiler: Kevin [[spoiler:Kevin has to be stopped by any means necessary]] and TheMcCoy Gwen is [[spoiler: trying [[spoiler:trying to save Kevin from himself]].


They usually share a lot of the traits of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism slant]] of the series he might lapse into [[MoralDissonance less than heroic decisions]], or end up choosing one of his two friends over the other more often. That said, the [[TheChainsOfCommanding burden of deciding what course of action to take can be heavy]], while the task of bringing his friends around to accept said decision is complicated as well. At the least, he's mostly immune to DeathByPragmatism. With poor characterization, may become the StandardizedLeader.

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They usually share a lot of the traits of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism slant]] of the series he might lapse into [[MoralDissonance less than heroic decisions]], or end up choosing one of his two friends over the other more often. That said, the [[TheChainsOfCommanding burden of deciding what course of action to take can be heavy]], while the task of bringing his friends around to accept said decision is complicated as well. At the least, he's mostly immune to DeathByPragmatism. Done well, both TheSpock and TheMcCoy will approve of the result. With poor characterization, may become the StandardizedLeader.

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