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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban)

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Film: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Deceased Character: Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed with: Genesis Device

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 2nd Dec 2006

Kindly submitted by Cyberkedi
Kindly submitted by Jesse

In an engagement in the Mutara Nebula, the USS Enterprise - flying blind and without shields - manages to sneak up behind the USS Reliant, which is also flying blind with no shields.

Kirk orders the Enterprise to fire a combination of phasers and photon torpedoes at the Reliant, which destroy her torpedo launchers and blow off a warp nacelle. In the resulting explosions onboard the Reliant, the crew is completely wiped out, with only a mortally wounded Khan incredulously managing to Klingon [sic] to life. Still, the stage is now set for the endgame.

Khan is determined to go down fighting, and to kill Admiral Kirk in the process. He activates the Genesis Device, which would result in the destruction of not only the Reliant, but the Enterprise as well, which does not have a functional warp drive.

Khan watches as the Enterprise slowly departs the area, knowing that at that rate they'll never get away. Quoting from Moby Dick, Khan aims his last words at Kirk, "From hell's heart I stab at thee...for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee." At that moment life leaves him, and the Genesis Device reaches critical mass.

Unbeknownst to Khan, Spock (q.v.) had entered the radiation soaked warp control room, and at the cost of his own life managed to reactivate the warp drive, taking the Enterprise out of range of the Genesis Device at the last possible moment.

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This review has 3 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
"Own Weapon"?
Comment 2 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Hmm, not sure about this - ownn weapon caregory is more about the person losing their weapon and having it used against them at the end.

In the end he willingly activates the device, so i dont think it would count. Much like a person committing suicide would not have an "own weapon" category if they shot themselves.
Comment 3 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
It's a shame that not all of Ricardo's death can be as good as his in The Naked Gun.

I think it's a fair point that we may need to add to the 'Own Weapon' description ("this does not count in the cases of suicides, where the deceased turn their weapon against themselves rather than their weapon being used against them by another character")