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How Well Do You Know Captain Kirk?

Updated on November 12, 2014

How Well Do You Think You Know Star Treks Most Famous Captain? Captain James T. Kirk?

Captain James T. "Jim" Kirk is a character we all know and love from the Star Trek television series, films, books, comics, video games, multiple spoofs and satires and oh so much more. First portrayed by William Shatner and in the most recent film, by Chris Pine, Captain Kirk has been called "the quintessential officer, a man among men and a hero for the ages.
How well do you know Captain Kirk? Take a few quizzes and find out!

A Brief History of The Man, The Legend - Captain James T. Kirk

Here is a VERY BRIEF rundown of the man, the legend, Captain Kirk: James T. Kirk was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa, planet Earth, in the year 2228.

At Starfleet Academy, Kirk became the first student to defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, (which we only hear about throughout the series but then get to see in the latest film) garnering a commendation for original thinking by reprogramming the computer to make the "no-win scenario" winnable. Kirk was then granted a field commission as an ensign and posted to advanced training aboard the USS Republic. he was then promoted to and returned to Starfleet Academy as a student instructor. Kirk was then promoted again to lieutenant and served aboard the USS Farragut. He received his first command, the equivalent of a destroyer-class spaceship, while still quite young.

Kirk became Starfleet's youngest captain when he received command of the USS Enterprise for its famous five-year mission. Eventually Kirk gets promoted to admiral which he finds unfulfilling and later, in the fouth film - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Homehe gets demoted back to captain, of which Spock remarks "commanding a starship is [Kirk's] first, best destiny." We see Kirks death many years later when in Star Trek Generations, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) finds Kirk alive in the timeless Nexus, (despite the fact that history recorded his death during the Enterprise-B's maiden voyage.) Picard convinces Kirk to return to Picard's present to help stop the villain Soran from destroying a planet's sun. Kirk agrees, however, Kirk is mortally wounded in the event. Picard buries Kirk on Veridian III.

The 2009 Star Trek film introduces an "alternate" timeline that reveals different origins for Kirk, the formation of his friendship with Spock, and how they came to serve together on the Enterprise.

For a full career summary of Captain James T Kirk please see:

There's only one kind of woman...or man, for that matter. You either believe in yourself or you don't.

-- Kirk in 'Mudd's Women'

A Tribute To Captain Kirk

A tribute to the greatest captain to ever sit in the center seat. Edited back in 1996 from almost 300 pieces of sound and video elements of the original series.

Explore Captain Kirks Time Travels

Several of Kirk's voyages involved travel through time, either personally through time portals or along with the entire starship Enterprise via acceleration through gravity wells. According to the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations, Kirk, who sometimes ignored regulations when he felt it was for the greater good, amassed seventeen separate temporal violations during his career, more than any other person on file as of 2373. (DS9 episode: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

Observing planet Psi 2000 in its death throes of 2266, the Enterprise was endangered after the engines were shut down and she began to fall from orbit. An emergency cold-restart of the engines to escape the planet's gravity threw the ship three days into the past. (TOS episode: "The Naked Time")

In 2267, after escaping the gravity well of a black star, the Enterprise was hurled through space and time to Earth of 1969. As the Enterprise skimmed the upper atmosphere, the United States Air Force scrambled an F-104 Starfighter jet to intercept the Enterprise, now considered a UFO. The pilot, John Christopher, was brought aboard, and the plane crushed, unintentionally, in the ship's tractor beam. Kirk and Sulu beamed down to the Omaha, Nebraska military base to destroy photographic evidence of the Enterprise's appearance. A method developed to return to their own time, warping around the sun's gravity well in a slingshot maneuver, allowed Christopher's replacement before his close-encounter and the return of the Enterprise to her own time. (TOS episode: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")

The Guardian of Forever in 2267, after experiencing violent time distortions, the Enterprise discovered the source, the Guardian of Forever. McCoy, delusional from an accidental cordrazine overdose, entered the time portal, altering history to the extent that the Federation and the Enterprise no longer existed. Kirk and Spock followed McCoy, appearing in 1930 New York City on Earth. Finding shelter in exchange for work, Kirk fell in love with his beautiful, idealistic benefactor, Edith Keeler. Spock discovered that history's recorded death of Keeler was stopped by McCoy, and Kirk was forced to restrain the doctor from saving her life, the price for restoring the timeline. (TOS episode: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

In 2268, Kirk was ordered to repeat the recently proven slingshot maneuver, taking the Enterprise back to 1968 on a mission of historical observation. Intercepting the enigmatic agent Gary Seven, Kirk attempted to stop his interference, but eventually cooperated with Seven's effort to avert a nuclear exchange between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. (TOS episode: "Assignment: Earth")

A visit to the planet Sarpeidon, doomed by its sun's impending nova, revealed that the Sarpeidans had escaped en masse into their own planet's past via their Atavachron time portal. The harried and ubiquitous Atoz mistook Kirk, Spock, and McCoy for tardy natives, and he thrust them into the planet's past. (TOS episode: "All Our Yesterdays")

Kirk and Spock used the Guardian of Forever a second time in 2269, on a mission of historical observation to the dawn of Orion civilization. Upon their return, no-one but Kirk recognized Spock as the Enterprise First officer. Supposedly killed in his childhood, Spock returned to the Vulcan of his youth, playing the role of the nearly forgotten cousin that had saved his life during the kahs-wan, a Vulcan coming-of-age ordeal. (TAS: "Yesteryear")

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We've got to risk implosion. We may explode into the biggest fireball this part of the galaxy has seen, but we've got to take that one in a million chance.

-- Kirk in 'The Naked Time'

Kirks Romances

We all know captain Kirk was enthusiastic in his pursuit of women and notably successful in attracting them, even though they always seemed to be unsuitable for and incompatible with his life in Starfleet. HIs true love and duty being of course, to the Enerprise.

Of note is Kirks involvement with Dr. Carol Marcus prior to taking command of the Enterprise. She bore his son, David Marcus, but the relationship dissolved as their careers drove them apart. In 2285, the fractured family unit was briefly re-united. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

As Kirk the 'womanizer' became more and more well-known, these exploits would become the stuff of legend; when Jadzia Dax, from 150 years into the future, sees Kirk while aboard the Enterprise during the Defiant crew's trip into their past, mentioned how much more handsome he was in person, Captain Sisko responded that Kirk had "quite the reputation" in terms of his dealing with women - though Dax would then admit that "he" was actually Spock. (DS9 episode: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

See Kirk and his various romantic exploits here.

Worlds are conquered, galaxies destroyed...but a woman is always a woman.

-- Kirk in 'Conscience of the King'

Star Trek:  The Original Series:  Season 3 [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 3 [Blu-ray]

Enjoy Captain Kirk and crew on their classic 5 year mission.


Peace or...UTTER's up to you.

-- Kirk in 'A Taste Of Armageddon'

Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V, VI + The Captain's Summit Bonus Disc) [Blu-ray]

Follow the cerw through all of the classic Star Trek films. My personal favorite is Star Trek IV, Gotta love Kirk when he says "Remember where we parked" when they land back in time at Golden Gate State Park, San Fransisco.


Get A Life!

Get a Life!
Get a Life!

He's witty, he's funny, he's insightful, he's William Shatner. In this excellent book written by William Shatner about the Star Trek phenomena, Shatner taps into Star Trek fans, what makes them so enthusiastic and full of love for him and for the show, and what makes Star Trek such a smash hit. This book is thoughtful and insighful and good for a few laughs as well.


How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.

-James Kirk, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

100 Reasons Why Captain Kirk is Better Than Captain Picard

Just had to include one of these lists here

There are numerous lists out there as to why Kirk is by far the more superior captain of the Enterprise than Jean Luc Picard. here is but one list I found and thought entertaining. (from: For the top 1,903 reasons why Kirk is better than Picard, please see:

100. Kirk is a leader, not a follower.

99. Kirk never really got into that kinky "Jumpsuit" look.

98. Kirk has sex more than once a season.

97. One Word: Hair.

96. Another Word: Pretty-good-looking-can't-see-the-weave-WIG.

95. Kirk can beat up a Klingon bare-handed.

94. Picard is a French man with an English accent.

93. Kirk would date Beverly Crusher -- and damn the consequences!!

92. Kirk never drinks tea. Ever.

91. Diplomacy for Kirk is a phaser and a smirk.

90. Kirk would personally throw Wesley off his bridge.

89. Two words: Shoulder Roll.

88. Kirk doesn't wear dresses when admirals arrive for lunch.

87. Kirk once said: "I've got a belly-ache -- and it's a beauty."

86. Kirk would never sing to children in a crisis.

85. Kirk can almost drive a stick shift.

84. Kirk, almost single-handedly, re-populated the Earth's whale


83. Kirk says "Prime Directive? What Prime Directive?"

82. Kirk knows 20th Century curses.

81. Kirk was NEVER infiltrated by the Borg and used against the


80. Kirk ate little coloured cubes and still remained relatively healthy.

79. Kirk made do with obviously low performance technology.

78. Kirk never pretends to be a barber in order to gain a tactical


77. Kirk wasn't shy about taking his shirt off

--even around those pesky Yeomans.

76. Kirk would never waste a holodeck on something stupid like Dixon Hill.

75. Kirk never once stood up and had to straighten his shirt.

74. One Word: Velour.

73. Kirk can beat a Vulcan at Chess.

72. When Kirk was Picard's age, he retired from Admiral and took to

climbing rocks.

71. When Picard was 37, he was only Captain of the lowly freighter,

Stargazer. When Kirk was 37, he was Captain of the flagship


70. Kirk liked a good belt of liquor every now and again.

69. One Word: Iman.

68. Kirk looks good with a ripped shirt.

67. If Kirk ever met a Ferengi, he would rip off its head and shit down

its neck.

66. Kirk says "Shoot first and wait for retaliation."

65. Kirk's first officer NEVER tells him to stay on the bridge.

64. Kirk never leaves the room to bawl somebody out.

63. Kirk doesn't rely on the wisdom of some dumb old

janitor to get him out of intergalactic scrapes.

62. Two Words: Funky Sideburns.

61. Kirk never asks his bartender for advice.

60. Kirk never once said "Abandon ship! All hands abandon ship!"

59. Kirk is not politically correct.

58. Kirk never got "dumped" by a woman for an intergalactic busy body named

after a letter of the alphabet.

57. Kirk never wore green tights and frolicked about in Sherwood Forest.

56. If there was ever a Klingon on Kirk's bridge, Kirk would likely be


55. Ever hear of a bar shooter called "Make it so?" No? How about a

"Beam me up Scotty" then? See the difference?

54. One Word: Miniskirts.

53. Kirk's girlfriends always look good in soft light.

52. Kirk never went anywhere without a whole bunch of guys in red


51. Kirk's first officer didn't play some wimpy instrument like the


50. Kirk had more dates than his first officer.

49. The extent of Kirk's knowledge of Klingon vocabulary can be roughly

translated as "GO F*CK YOURSELF."

48. If something doesn't speak English -- it's toast.

47. Kirk wasn't some prissy archaeology fan.

46. Picard's middle name isn't tough or awe-inspiring like Tiberius is.

45. If Kirk finds a strange spinning probe, he blows it up.

44. Picard never met Joan Collins.

43. Picard flunked his entrance exams to Starfleet.

42 Picard hasn't fathered any children; Kirk -- probably millions.

41. Kirk has a cool phaser -- not some pansy Braun mix-master.

40. Two Words: Line Delivery.

39. Picard grew up on a quaint little French vineyard, squishing grapes

with his toes, while Kirk slung bails of wheat and hay

in Iowa to put himself through school.

38. Kirk emphasizes his orations with pertinent hand gestures.

37. Kirk once made a cannon out of bamboo, sulphur, potassium nitrate,

charcoal and then fired diamonds into the hearts of his

enemies. (Need we say more?)

36. Kirk is not put off by green skin.

35. Kirk knows how to deal with peace loving hippy goofs.

34. Kirk once fought a Greek god. And won.

33. Kirk barely asks for suggestions. And if he does, he asks Spock only.

32. Kirk doesn't let the doctor tell him what to do.

31. One Word: Fisticuffs.

30. Kirk's name is hated throughout the galaxy.

29. Kirk appreciates Shakespeare, but he doesn't let it show.

28. You can never lock up Kirk for very long.

27. Kirk's eulogies can actually make you cry.

26. Kirk plays god with lesser cultures, and then exploits them for


25. Kirk's son would never drop out to become a musician.

24. Kirk can climb up a Jeffries Tube and fix anything.

23. Kirk never hired an engineer with punk glasses.

22. The Klingons didn't have a word for surrender -- until they met Kirk.

21. Kirk's bridge is not beige.

20.Two Words: Crane Shots.

19. Picard likes wimpy violin music -- and coerces Data into playing it.

18. Picard allows cats on board, while Kirk beams away even really cute

things, like Tribbles.

17. Kirk is a cultural icon -- Picard is just some guy who's really nice.

16. Kirk specifically ordered a swivel LA-Z-BOY for the bridge.

15. Kirk would never touch SYNTHAHOL.

14. Kirk looks distinguished in reading glasses -- and nobody dares to

call him"four eyes."

13. Kirk can infiltrate Gangsters, Nazis, and even the Pentagon -- easily.

12. Picard likes painting nudes, for art's sake.

11. When Kirk doesn't trust the Romulans, he fires at them. When Picard

doesn't trust the Romulans, he gets fired at.

10. Kirk never once, ever,wore a wiener wrapping Speedo banana hammock on

shore leave.

9. Kirk never gets his command codes locked out by some pimply acting


8. Kirk doesn't test the engines -- he just fires them up.

7. When Kirk says "Boldly Go," he MEANS it.

6. Three Words: Flying Leg Kick

5. Picard's crew would never ever think of him as a sexual object.

4. Kirk traveled through The Great Barrier, met God, and wasn't even


3. Kirk's bedroom is a passion pit with electric sheets.

2. Kirk would never let his Chief of Security wear a ponytail.

1. One Word: Balls.

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      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      Love this lens. Lots of fun. Thank you

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      6 years ago

      great fun

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      6 years ago

      Excellent! Great info and lots of memories. Thanks for the post.

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      Jim Sterling 

      7 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      What a great lens, thank you.

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      8 years ago

      Reason 16, 34 and 48. Thank you and good-night Jean-Luc

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      8 years ago

      Hmm. It is entirely possible that you have actually out-nerded LabKitty.

      Marry me!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Great lens! Love William Shatner!

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      8 years ago

      LOL I didn't do nearly as well on the quizzes as I thought I would. Not sure now I can still call myself a Trekkie, although I watched the original series the first time it aired. (Now if that doesn't betray my advanced age, nothing will, LOL.) I enjoyed this lens.

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      8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Wonderful tribute to Starfleet's greatest...I'm a BIG Star Trek fan, but those quizzes were HARD! Great lens - Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a fantastic tribute to Kirk. I learned a lot more about him. Very entertaining too!

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      James Jordan 

      8 years ago from Burbank, CA

      fun! I got 100 on ensign level! but only 50 on the next...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wow! I just thought I knew a lot about Kirk and Star Trek:)

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      8 years ago

      Those quizzes are pretty tricky! Your love of Star Trek shines through.


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