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* DeterminedDoctor: Despite Kirk having had to knock Mirror Spock out when he risked interfering in their plan to return home, [=McCoy=] insists on saving him -- which pays off for them in the end.



* InconvenientHippocraticOath: Despite Kirk having had to knock Mirror Spock out when he risked interfering in their plan to return home, [=McCoy=] insists on saving him -- which would pay off for them in the end.


The landing party beam back to the ''Enterprise''. But [[TeleporterAccident it all goes horribly wrong]], and our heroes find themselves TrappedInAnotherWorld. In this AlternateUniverse there exists not a [[TheFederation peaceful confederation of planets]], but instead an EvilEmpire that slashes and burns its way across the galaxy. The first and most obvious change is that Spock has [[BeardOfEvil got a goatee beard]]; but there are other signs: nearly all the walls of the ''Enterprise'' are [[SigilSpam emblazoned with a logo of a sword through the planet Earth]], and there are also [[AgonyBeam agony booths]] around, used for punishing misbehaviour among the crew.

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The landing party beam back to the ''Enterprise''. But [[TeleporterAccident it all goes horribly wrong]], [[TeleportationMisfire and our heroes find themselves themselves]] TrappedInAnotherWorld. In this AlternateUniverse there exists not a [[TheFederation peaceful confederation of planets]], but instead an EvilEmpire that slashes and burns its way across the galaxy. The first and most obvious change is that Spock has [[BeardOfEvil got a goatee beard]]; but there are other signs: nearly all the walls of the ''Enterprise'' are [[SigilSpam emblazoned with a logo of a sword through the planet Earth]], and there are also [[AgonyBeam agony booths]] around, used for punishing misbehaviour among the crew.

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* EscortDistraction: Although not really escorting him per se, Lieutenant Uhara does try to keep Mirror Sulu distracted by constantly appraising him, so he won't notice Scott disabling the ship's phasers.


[[caption-width-right:350:Now ''here's'' a particularly famous one, and not just for Mirror Spock's BeardOfEvil. (Although that's up there).]]

The ''USS Enterprise'' is in orbit of a planet ruled by [[PlanetOfHats the peaceful Halkans]]. A landing party consisting of [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]], [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]], [[BridgeBunny Lieutenant Uhura]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Scotty]] are on the planet to convince the Halkans to allow the Federation mining rights. The inhabitants of the planet, however, are convinced that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and despite Kirk's assertion that if the answer is "no" then they will simply be on their way without troubling the Halkans further, the aliens remain entirely unconvinced.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Now ''here's'' a particularly famous one, and not just for Mirror Spock's BeardOfEvil. (Although that's up there).]]

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The ''USS Enterprise'' is in orbit of a planet ruled by [[PlanetOfHats the peaceful Halkans]]. A landing party consisting of [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]], [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]], [[BridgeBunny Lieutenant Uhura]] Uhura]], [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Scotty]] are on the planet to convince the Halkans to allow the Federation mining rights. The inhabitants of the planet, however, are convinced that HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and despite Kirk's assertion that if the answer is "no" then they will simply be on their way without troubling the Halkans further, the aliens remain entirely unconvinced.


Finally finding a moment to take refuge alone, our four man crew [[HuddlePower attempt to figure out what happened]]. They reason that an ion storm around the planet disrupted the transporter and sent them to a MirrorUniverse by accident, swapping them with their own counterparts from this universe. They make a plan to return home, replicating the unique situation that brought them here. But until then they will need to [[FishOutOfWater try and blend in]] as best they can. (As for the unsettling thought of what their counterparts are doing, it later turns out that Spock back in their own dimension has it under control; their barbaric character was immediately obvious to him and he had them hauled to the brig right away.)

In his quarters, Captain Kirk meets [[GirlOfTheWeek Marlena Moreau]], who introduces herself as "the Captain's woman". He resists the temptation to {{Boldly Com|ing}}e, instead subtly pressing her for information. Moreau introduces Kirk to the real source of his evil counterpart's power: [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands the Tantalus field]], a device which he stole from an alien planet, and which allows him to [[OneHitKill evaporate people]] [[BigRedButton at the touch of a button]]. Kirk, naturally, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo resists the temptation]] [[DontTouchItYouIdiot to push it and see what happens]].

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Finally finding a moment to take refuge alone, our four man crew [[HuddlePower attempt to figure out what happened]]. happened.]] They reason that an ion storm around the planet disrupted the transporter and sent them to a MirrorUniverse by accident, swapping them with their own counterparts from this universe. They make a plan to return home, replicating the unique situation that brought them here. But until then they will need to [[FishOutOfWater try and blend in]] as best they can. (As for the unsettling thought of what their counterparts are doing, it later turns out that Spock back in their own dimension has it under control; their barbaric character was immediately obvious to him and he had them hauled to the brig right away.)

In his quarters, Captain Kirk meets [[GirlOfTheWeek Marlena Moreau]], who introduces herself as "the Captain's woman". He resists the temptation to {{Boldly Com|ing}}e, instead subtly pressing her for information. Moreau introduces Kirk to the real source of his evil counterpart's power: [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands the Tantalus field]], a device which he stole from an alien planet, and which allows him to [[OneHitKill evaporate people]] [[BigRedButton at the touch of a button]]. Kirk, naturally, [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo resists the temptation]] [[DontTouchItYouIdiot to push it and see what happens]].
happens.]]



-->'''Kirk:''' You're a man of integrity in both universes, Mister Spock.\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' You must return to your universe. I must have my captain back. I shall operate the transporter. [[RaceAgainstTheClock You have two minutes and ten seconds.]]\\
'''Kirk:''' In that time I have [[AnAesop something to say]]. How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realised?\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' Approximately two hundred and forty years.\\
'''Kirk''': The inevitable outcome?\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' The Empire shall be overthrown, of course.\\
'''Kirk''': [[KirkSummation The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.]]\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' You have one minute and twenty three seconds.\\
'''Kirk:''' If [[GrowingTheBeard change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial]], doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it?\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' One man cannot summon the future.\\
'''Kirk:''' But one man can change the present. Be the captain of this Enterprise, Mister Spock. Find a logical reason for [[AdoptTheDog sparing the Halkans]] and make it stick. Push till it gives. You can defend yourself better than any man in the fleet.\\
'''Scotty:''' Captain, get in the chamber!\\
'''Kirk:''' What about it, Spock?\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' A man must also have the power.\\
'''Kirk:''' In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible.\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' [[FascinatingEyebrow Indeed?]]\\
'''Kirk:''' What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom?]] [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you.]]\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' It is time.\\
'''Kirk:''' In every revolution, there's [[MessianicArchetype one man with a vision]].\\
'''Mirror Spock:''' Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.

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-->'''Kirk:''' You're a man of integrity in both universes, Mister Spock.\\
'''Mirror
Spock.
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' You must return to your universe. I must have my captain back. I shall operate the transporter. [[RaceAgainstTheClock You have two minutes and ten seconds.]]\\
'''Kirk:'''
]]
-->'''Kirk:'''
In that time I have [[AnAesop something to say]]. say.]] How long before the Halkan prediction of galactic revolt is realised?\\
'''Mirror
realised?
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' Approximately two hundred and forty years.\\
'''Kirk''':
years.
-->'''Kirk''':
The inevitable outcome?\\
'''Mirror
outcome?
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' The Empire shall be overthrown, of course.\\
'''Kirk''':
course.
-->'''Kirk''':
[[KirkSummation The illogic of waste, Mister Spock. The waste of lives, potential, resources, time. I submit to you that your Empire is illogical because it cannot endure. I submit that you are illogical to be a willing part of it.]]\\
'''Mirror
]]
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' You have one minute and twenty three seconds.\\
'''Kirk:'''
twenty-three seconds.
-->'''Kirk:'''
If [[GrowingTheBeard change is inevitable, predictable, beneficial]], doesn't logic demand that you be a part of it?\\
'''Mirror
it?
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' One man cannot summon the future.\\
'''Kirk:'''
future.
-->'''Kirk:'''
But one man can change the present. Be the captain of this Enterprise, ''Enterprise'', Mister Spock. Find a logical reason for [[AdoptTheDog sparing the Halkans]] and make it stick. Push till it gives. You can defend yourself better than any man in the fleet.\\
'''Scotty:'''
fleet.
-->'''Scotty:'''
Captain, get in the chamber!\\
'''Kirk:'''
chamber!
-->'''Kirk:'''
What about it, Spock?\\
'''Mirror
Spock?
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' A man must also have the power.\\
'''Kirk:'''
power.
-->'''Kirk:'''
In my cabin is a device that will make you invincible.\\
'''Mirror
invincible.
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' [[FascinatingEyebrow Indeed?]]\\
'''Kirk:'''
Indeed?]]
-->'''Kirk:'''
What will it be? Past or future? [[GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath Tyranny or freedom?]] [[TheOnlyOne It's up to you.]]\\
'''Mirror
]]
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' It is time.\\
'''Kirk:'''
time.
-->'''Kirk:'''
In every revolution, there's [[MessianicArchetype one man with a vision]].\\
'''Mirror
vision]].
-->'''Mirror
Spock:''' Captain Kirk, I shall consider it.



* AlmightyJanitor: Mirror Spock rather enjoys his duties as a science officer, and doesn't terribly want to take Kirk's job because it would mean spending less time on his research and more time having to deal with the burdens of command, to say nothing of how it would make him a bigger target.
* BareYourMidriff: The female uniforms. Uhura's very toned abs.
* BeardOfEvil: The {{Trope Maker|s}} and the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil crewman in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.
* BribeBackfire: Mirror Kirk offers our Spock money, a starship command, or whatever else in exchange for releasing him from the brig. Spock, of course, isn't even slightly tempted.

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* AlmightyJanitor: Mirror Spock rather enjoys his duties as a science officer, and doesn't terribly want to take Kirk's job because it would mean spending less time on his research and more time having to deal with the burdens of command, TheChainsOfCommanding, to say nothing of how it would make him a bigger target.
* BareYourMidriff: The female uniforms. Uhura's very toned abs.
abs.
* BeardOfEvil: The {{Trope Maker|s}} and the {{Trope Namer|s}}.Namer|s}}[[invoked]]. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil crewman in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.
* BribeBackfire: Mirror Kirk offers our Spock money, a starship command, or whatever else in exchange for releasing him from the brig. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Spock, of course, isn't even slightly tempted.]]



--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' (touching Kirk's split lip) What's this?
--> '''Kirk:''' It's called "blood."

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--> '''[=McCoy=]:''' (touching -->'''[=McCoy=]:''' [''Touching Kirk's split lip) lip''] What's this?
--> '''Kirk:''' -->'''Kirk:''' It's called "blood."



-->''Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.''
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Mirror!Sulu tries to have Kirk killed, he brought three RedShirts armed with phasers to do the deed, and wasn't equipped with the same. Then the latter are quickly removed from the equation, leaving him outnumbered four-to-one with only a knife on hand... which actually worked in his favor; if he'd brought a phaser, Marlena likely would've eliminated him with the Tantalus Field, as opposed to Kirk KO'ing him.

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-->''Terror -->''"Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.''
"''
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Mirror!Sulu tries to have Kirk killed, he brought three RedShirts RedShirt[=s=] armed with phasers to do the deed, and wasn't equipped with the same. Then the latter are quickly removed from the equation, leaving him outnumbered four-to-one with only a knife on hand... hand ... which actually worked in his favor; if he'd brought a phaser, Marlena likely would've would have eliminated him with the Tantalus Field, as opposed to Kirk KO'ing him.



--> '''Spock:''' It was far easier for you as civilized man to act as barbarians, than for them as barbarians to act like civilized men.

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--> '''Spock:''' --->'''Spock:''' It was far easier for you as civilized man men to act as barbarians, than for them as barbarians to act like civilized men.



* EvilTwin: All of the Mirror Universe versions of the ''Enterprise'' crew. The Halkans appear to be about the same, though their Mirror counterparts are more resigned to their fate.

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* EvilTwin: All of the Mirror Universe versions of the ''Enterprise'' crew. The Halkans appear to be about the same, though their Mirror counterparts are more resigned to their fate.



* {{Fanservice}}: Of both [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] varieties. Most notable are Uhura and Marlena in their [[{{Stripperiffic}} barely there]] uniforms, but '60s Shatner had some nice arms.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Of both Both [[MrFanservice male]] and [[MsFanservice female]] varieties.female]]. Most notable are Uhura and Marlena in their [[{{Stripperiffic}} barely there]] uniforms, but '60s Shatner had some nice arms.



--> '''Halkan:''' Captain, you do have the might to ''force'' the crystals from us.\\
'''Kirk:''' But we ''won't''. Consider that.
* FirstNameBasis: This is the only Original Series episode in which Scotty calls Kirk 'Jim'.

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--> '''Halkan:''' -->'''Halkan:''' Captain, you do have the might to ''force'' the crystals from us.\\
'''Kirk:'''
us.
-->'''Kirk:'''
But we ''won't''. Consider that.
* FirstNameBasis: This is the only Original Series ''Original Series'' episode in which Scotty calls Kirk 'Jim'."Jim".



-->'''Spock''': They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous...in every way, splendid examples of ''Homo Sapiens''; the very flower of humanity. I found them quite refreshing.
-->'''Kirk''' (DoubleTake): I'm not sure, but I think we've just been insulted.

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-->'''Spock''': They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous...treacherous ... in every way, splendid examples of ''Homo Sapiens''; sapiens''; the very flower of humanity. I found them quite refreshing.
-->'''Kirk''' (DoubleTake): [''DoubleTake'']: I'm not sure, but I think we've just been insulted.



* InconvenientHippocraticOath: Despite Kirk having had to knock Mirror Spock out when he risked interfering in their plan to return home, [=McCoy=] insists on saving him - which would pay off for them in the end.

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* InconvenientHippocraticOath: Despite Kirk having had to knock Mirror Spock out when he risked interfering in their plan to return home, [=McCoy=] insists on saving him - -- which would pay off for them in the end.



* MirrorUniverse: Again, the {{Trope Namer|s}}, as well as the TropeCodifier.

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* MirrorUniverse: Again, the {{Trope Namer|s}}, Namer|s}}[[invoked]], as well as the TropeCodifier.



** Mirror Sulu reminds Mirror Spock that "the Captain's enemies have a habit of disappearing:" and Mirror Spock replies with a line that causes Mirror Sulu to react with a nauseated grimace:
---> If I am successful, you see yourself a step nearer to the captaincy. I do not want to command the ''Enterprise''. But if it should befall me, I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death: and some of them... ''are Vulcans.''
** And speaking of "disappearing", when Mirror Marlena uses the Tantalus Field on Sulu's men during his attempt to get rid of both Kirk and Spock, and Mirror Sulu suddenly finds himself outnumbered four-to-one.

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** Mirror Sulu reminds Mirror Spock that "the Captain's enemies have a habit of disappearing:" disappearing": and Mirror Spock replies with a line that causes Mirror Sulu to react with a nauseated grimace:
---> If --->"If I am successful, you see yourself a step nearer to the captaincy. I do not want to command the ''Enterprise''. But if it should befall me, I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death: and some of them... them ... ''are Vulcans.''
Vulcans''."
** And speaking of "disappearing", when Mirror Marlena uses the Tantalus Field on Sulu's men during his attempt to get rid of both Kirk and Spock, and Mirror Sulu suddenly finds himself outnumbered four-to-one.four to one.



* RedShirt: One element of consistency between the two universes. [[KlingonPromotion Two attempts on Kirk's life]] lead to five redshirts going [[DisintegratorRay bye-bye]].

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* RedShirt: One element of consistency between the two universes. [[KlingonPromotion Two attempts on Kirk's life]] lead to five redshirts going [[DisintegratorRay bye-bye]].bye-bye.]]



* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Girls in the Mirror Enterprise [[BareYourMidriff bare their midriffs]] [[ShowSomeLeg as well as their legs]], and Mirror Kirk's uniform does a nice job of showing off William Shatner's nice chest and arms.
* SlouchOfVillainy: The normally uptight and well-disciplined Starfleet {{Redshirts}} are seen leaning against the turbolift entrance to the bridge.
* SmugSnake: Mirror Sulu. In every one of his scenes he's up to no good, and he doesn't even try to hide it.

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* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: Girls in the Mirror Enterprise ''Enterprise'' [[BareYourMidriff bare their midriffs]] [[ShowSomeLeg as well as their legs]], and Mirror Kirk's uniform does a nice job of showing off William Shatner's nice chest and arms.
* SlouchOfVillainy: The normally uptight and uptight, well-disciplined Starfleet {{Redshirts}} {{Redshirt}}s are seen leaning against the turbolift entrance to the bridge.
bridge.
* SmugSnake: Mirror Sulu. In every one of his scenes he's up to no good, and he doesn't even try to hide it.



* TapOnTheHead: Subverted, hitting Spock over the head with a vase is noted to be fatal without quick medical intervention.
* VillainsBlendInBetter: {{Inverted}}; see EvilCannotComprehendGood.

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* TapOnTheHead: Subverted, {{Subverted|Trope}}: hitting Spock over the head with a vase is noted to be fatal without quick medical intervention.
* VillainsBlendInBetter: {{Inverted}}; {{Inverted|Trope}}; see EvilCannotComprehendGood.


* OhCrap: Mirror Sulu reminds Mirror Spock that "the Captain's enemies have a habit of disappearing:" and Mirror Spock replies with a line that causes Mirror Sulu to react with a nauseated grimace:
--> If I am successful, you see yourself a step nearer to the captaincy. I do not want to command the ''Enterprise''. But if it should befall me, I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death: and some of them... ''are Vulcans.''

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* OhCrap: OhCrap
**
Mirror Sulu reminds Mirror Spock that "the Captain's enemies have a habit of disappearing:" and Mirror Spock replies with a line that causes Mirror Sulu to react with a nauseated grimace:
--> ---> If I am successful, you see yourself a step nearer to the captaincy. I do not want to command the ''Enterprise''. But if it should befall me, I suggest you remember that my operatives would avenge my death: and some of them... ''are Vulcans.''


* KlingonPromotion: Apparently the ''only'' way promotion happens in the Imperial Starfleet. Mirror Kirk himself was promoted by assassinating Mirror Captain Pike. Mirror Sulu and Mirror Chekov ''both'' attempt this maneuver in the episode itself, impressive considering it takes place over a few ''hours''!

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* KlingonPromotion: KlingonPromotion
**
Apparently the ''only'' way promotion happens in the Imperial Starfleet. Mirror Kirk himself was promoted by assassinating Mirror Captain Pike. Mirror Sulu and Mirror Chekov ''both'' attempt this maneuver in the episode itself, impressive considering it takes place over a few ''hours''!


* OhCrap: Mirror Sulu's reaction that Mirror Spock has Vulcans in his crew who would avenge him should he "disappear".

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* OhCrap: Mirror Sulu's reaction that Sulu reminds Mirror Spock has Vulcans in his crew who that "the Captain's enemies have a habit of disappearing:" and Mirror Spock replies with a line that causes Mirror Sulu to react with a nauseated grimace:
--> If I am successful, you see yourself a step nearer to the captaincy. I do not want to command the ''Enterprise''. But if it should befall me, I suggest you remember that my operatives
would avenge him should he "disappear".my death: and some of them... ''are Vulcans.''


As for what Mirror Spock does after hearing our Kirk's inspiring speech, see the ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' episode ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJf2ovQtI6w Fairest Of Them All]]''.

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As for what Mirror Spock does after hearing our Kirk's inspiring speech, see the ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' episode ''[[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJf2ovQtI6w Fairest Of of Them All]]''.
All]]".
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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: This is the only time in both the series and the original movies that Scotty calls Captain Kirk "Jim", when he begs him not to stay behind to operate the transporter. It's not lost on Kirk either, who gently but firmly reaffirms his order.

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* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: This is the only time in both the series and the original movies that Scotty calls Captain Kirk "Jim", when he begs him not to stay behind to operate the transporter. It's not lost on Kirk either, who gently but firmly reaffirms his order.order.
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* BribeBackfire: Mirror Kirk offers our Spock money, a starship command, or whatever else in exchange for releasing him from the brig. Spock, of course, isn't even slightly tempted.

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As for what Mirror Spock does after hearing our Kirk's inspiring speech, see the ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'' episode ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJf2ovQtI6w Fairest Of Them All]]''.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Mirror!Sulu tries to have Kirk killed, he brought three RedShirts armed with phasers to do the deed, and wasn't equipped with the same. Then the latter are quickly removed from the equation, leaving him outnumbered four-to-one with only a knife on hand... which actually worked in his favor; if he'd brought a phaser, Marlena likely would've eliminated him with the Tantalus Field, as opposed to Kirk KO'ing him.

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* ActualPacifist: The Halkans. Interestingly, they're like this in the Mirror Universe as well.


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* TheFettered: Probably best exemplified by this bit of dialogue:
--> '''Halkan:''' Captain, you do have the might to ''force'' the crystals from us.\\
'''Kirk:''' But we ''won't''. Consider that.


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* ICantLookGesture: Uhura can't stand to watch Mirror!Kyle suffer the agonizer treatment.


* BeardOfEvil: The {{Trope Maker|s}} and the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil person in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.

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* BeardOfEvil: The {{Trope Maker|s}} and the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, Mirror Spock is just about the ''least'' evil person crewman in the Mirror Universe, though his logical mindset still masks a sociopathic indifference to human emotion.

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* DoppelgangerGetsSameSentiment: Kirk shows more softness than one would expect toward the Mirror Spock, who (despite being better than Mirror Kirk) is as ruthless as one would expect from the Mirrorverse. This probably has something to do with [[HeterosexualLifePartners his close relationship]] to his own Spock. Kirk even comments on how alike they are.

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