FEATURED BADDIE: KHAN NOONIEN SINGH, the genetically engineered superhuman tyrant & Kirk’s worst nightmare.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “No. No, you can’t get away. From hell’s heart, I stab at thee. For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.”
According to backstory given in the character’s first appearance, the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Space Seed” (1967), Khan is a genetically engineered superhuman megalomaniac who once controlled more than a quarter of the Earth during the Eugenics Wars of the 1990s. After being revived in 2267 by the crew of the Enterprise, Khan attempts to capture the starship, but is thwarted by James T. Kirk and exiled on Ceti Alpha V to create a new civilization with his people. The character returns in the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, set fifteen years after “Space Seed”, in which Khan escapes his imprisonment and sets out to seek revenge upon Kirk. The character was portrayed brilliantly by Ricardo Montalbán in both the television episode and in the film.