James T. Kirk

James T. Kirk

    Star Trek
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew up… on Earth, as the son of George and Winona Kirk. When he was thirteen, he moved to Tarsus IV for a while until a food crisis resulted in a massacre, leaving young Kirk as one of few survivors who escaped. He eventually returned to Earth and enrolled in the Starfleet Academy.

Living... in the late 23rd century, on the USS Enterprise. Kirk was assigned to captain the USS Enterprise and is in the midst of a five year mission exploring the final frontier and “boldly going where no man has gone before.”

Profession... Starfleet Captain. He’s a damn good one too. At the academy, Kirk was the only student ever to pass the Kobayashi Maru, a Starfleet test that is literally impossible to pass (though Kirk found a way to cheat the system).

Interests… exploration and adventures. Captain Kirk lives his life at warp speed. He famously told his friend Dr. McCoy, “Risk. Risk is our business. That’s what this starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.”

Relationship Status... single. He’s charming his way through every galaxy in the universe. Kirk has had so many lovers that he’s probably lost count. Sadly, almost none of them come to fruition, as he must leave and continue his mission across the universe. But Kirk’s closest and most tested relationship has always been with his first officer, Spock. 

Challenge... exploring and sometimes saving galaxies from harm, without stepping on the toes of his superiors too much. Kirk, at times, believes his way is better than the Starfleet way, and often struggles to do his job within the confines of their rules. But some his biggest obstacles come from outside the Federation – in the form of the Romulans. They share a common ancestry with the Vulcans, but unlike the Vulcans they have scary battle plans and scarier eyebrows.

Personality... charismatic, moral, and headstrong. Kirk is brave enough to save a planet under attack and charming enough to woo every woman there afterwards. Despite his strong sense of justice, Kirk stubbornly takes matters into his own hands, often disobeying orders to do what he thinks is best. He pushes his crew, his ship and most of all, himself, to the limits of what they can accomplish.


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