Who is your favorite character?

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  1. Spock .

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    My favorite character is obviously Spock. His wry humor, quest for logic, and his commitment to his Vulcan heritage prove him to be the most human character of any in Star Trek. His enmity with Dr. McCoy covers a relationship with the doctor, and his professionalism with Captain Kirk aims for the same goal.

    As Captain Kirk says,

    "Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels his was the most...human."
     
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  2. EnriqueH

    EnriqueH Commodore Commodore

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    KIRK

    ALWAYS HAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.
     
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  3. MrPicard

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    Scott. I love how he's always absolutely done with ANYTHING that puts his beloved engines at risk.
     
  4. BillJ

    BillJ History's Greatest Monster Premium Member

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    Kirk, then Scott.
     
  5. Foxhot

    Foxhot Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Yeoman Leslie Thompson of the Sally Field face and Sarah Palin voice (at least in the first two minutes).
     
  6. LAFR

    LAFR Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Stewie Griffin. You were not specific about the show.
     
  7. telerites

    telerites Commander Red Shirt

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    Gangsta' Spock. I liked the comedic episodes. Nimoy nails this one and for me anyway, makes this episode my most rewatchable.

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  8. Nyotarules

    Nyotarules Rear Admiral Moderator

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    The tribbles
     
  9. Winterwind

    Winterwind Commodore Commodore

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    Hmmm...

    Well, when I was a little kid Kirk was my hero. As I grew it became Spock. So I guess they're tied.

    And of course Bones and Scotty have their moments, especially when Scotty is in command. Scotty doesn't take any BS from anyone
     
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  10. Odona Kirk

    Odona Kirk Commodore Commodore

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    James Tiberius Kirk.
     
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  11. Spock's Barber

    Spock's Barber Commodore Commodore

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    Any redshirt character that survives a whole episode without being disintegrated, conked on the head, pushed down a bottomless pit, blow up by an explosive rock, aged by cellular damage, struck by a lightning bolt, turned into a cube or transported into deep space. :whistle:
     
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  12. johnnybear

    johnnybear Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Then you like David Garrovick then my Lord! :techman:
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  13. Duncan MacLeod

    Duncan MacLeod Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Kirk, then McCoy, then Scotty. I never really understood all the love for Spock, but to each his own.
     
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  14. C57D

    C57D Commander Red Shirt

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    Why, the sympathetic, humanistic, down to earth curmudgeon McCoy, of course!
     
  15. Cutie McWhiskers

    Cutie McWhiskers Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    As a kid it was Scotty because he was a techie and Scottish, just like me. Sadly I was never allowed to wear a kilt... and with my legs nowadays I sure as hot haggis wouldn'a... that and DNA testing showed I'm actually got more Irish in me than Scottish but it's safe to say my family tree got around rather a lot more than I ever will, woot woot... :guffaw: anyway, what were we talking about... Kryten from Red Dwarf? "Ah yes, Jack Daniels brand coffee - the coffee with that smooth whiskey flavor that makes humans drunk and giddy yet reduces hangover symptoms at the same time!" :devil: Gotta start my Red Dwarf marathon again soon, but back to Star Trek:

    As an adult, McCoy gets the trophy. Sardonic and sarcastic, there is a depth to his character that transcends that. He respects Spock far more than any jibes disrespect suggest and I get the impression he often says them as a form of shielding of his envy. Whether or not such nuance was intentional by the writers and creators I do not know, but he rarely came across as a stick figure.

    He and Spock did often make for a wonderful double-act, especially when the human condition came into play.
     
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  16. Phaser Two

    Phaser Two Commodore Premium Member

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    When I was a kid and first started watching it was Scotty, Spock, then Kirk in a relatively distant third.

    As I've gotten older I have grown more and more to appreciate how Shatner utterly commanded the show. People say that about Nimoy and Spock, and of course Nimoy was absolutely wonderful, but when you consider Shatner's amazing charisma and very believable physicality (which Nimoy admitted he couldn't hope to compete with) and the well-emphasized fact (in many scripts) that Kirk was commanding a starship at a relatively young age because he was supposed to be a surpassing genius (which comes across all the better because it's typically shown, not told) . . . I'm almost sad to say it but I think Kirk has passed Spock now in my estimation. So it would be Scotty, Kirk, then Spock. Gosh, that makes me feel bad, like I'm betraying my childhood. Maybe it's Kirk and Spock in a tie for second.

    Part of the issue I've started to recognize over the years is that Spock was inconsistently written. Witness the wildly different approaches to the character in Spock-in-Command Episodes. They are all over the place. By contrast, Kirk is consistently written throughout pretty much all of the series. And then of course you have S3 when Shatner and Nimoy weren't getting along or whatever the problem was, and the writers (intentionally or not) were constantly splitting them up, depriving the viewers of the awesome Kirk-Spock interaction. In my opinion, because the writers often couldn't figure out how to portray Spock in command, that separation diminished Spock, but it didn't diminish Kirk because he was more reliably depicted.

    Of my top ten favorite episodes (DM, WIF, WOE, FC, UC, ROA, MM, OBS, TW, and DID), seven or eight involve Kirk and Spock working together to solve the problem for all or at least a substantial part of the episode (and almost all of them have heavy doses of Scotty). Always just on the outside of that personal list are COEOF and CHA, and of course City has the best Kirk-Spock scenes pretty much ever. CHA also features some marvelous Kirk-Spock interaction. At the end, it's Kirk, not Spock, who figures out how to destroy Nomad, but it's because Spock supplied him with the information needed to do it.

    The challenge for the writers, not always met, was how to incorporate two incredibly strong and fantastically acted characters into the same script without diminishing either. But all in all they collectively had a better handle on Kirk. As the series portrayed it, Kirk isn't necessarily better with Spock on hand, but Spock is typically better with his good friend and captain nearby. This changed in the movies, and for the better.
     
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  17. Spock's Barber

    Spock's Barber Commodore Commodore

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    Yes, even though his karate chop to Kirk’s neck didn’t have much effect on the Captain. :crazy:
     
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  18. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Tomorrow Never Knows Premium Member

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    It rotates through Kirk, Spock and McCoy on a regular basis.
     
  19. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

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    McCoy because he's sarky, loves medicine, and is emotional. Very much like me. *grin*

    Spock is second. I can identify with his aloneness and I always envied his ability to control his emotions.
     
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  20. Foxhot

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    That leaves Evans in ELAAN OF TROYIUS and......................not many others.

    Though if the pit is as bottomless as they say, and the guard decided not to eat.....:cool:

    He wasn't a guard, to my knowledge. That got him a leg up, I suspect.
     
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