Can You Identify the Men of Star Trek From Just One Image?

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Emily Maggrett

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Over the decades, the Star Trek franchise has provided us with some unforgettable characters, from James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock to Commander Saru and Captain Philippa Georgiou. While many of Star Trek's greatest characters are female, such as Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine, you can't deny the presence of dozens of compelling male leads, including Commander William T. Riker, Dr. Phlox, Captain Benjamin Sisko, Specialist Ash Tyler, Odo, The Doctor and more. 

But can you name ALL the mesmerizing male characters of the Star Trek franchise? That's what this quiz is designed to figure out. We're going to test your recognition of male characters from every single live-action Star Trek TV show, from "Star Trek: The Original Series" to "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Star Trek: Discovery." It doesn't matter how well you know one or two of these series ... if you want to ace this quiz, you're going to need to know something about them all! In fact, if you get half of these questions right, we're going to be really impressed.

So, are you ready to prove you've forgotten more about Star Trek than most people ever knew? Make it so by taking this quiz!


When you say this character's name, millions of people hear the "Star Trek" theme song in their heads. What's his name?

Captain James Tiberius Kirk of "Star Trek: The Original Series" is practically the face of Star Trek. Played with hammy, over-enunciated charm by William Shatner, Kirk was more cowboy than scientist, constantly breaking Starfleet rules in order to save the day.

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Many Star Trek characters have accents, but this character's accent was actually authentic to the actor. Remember who he is?

Who doesn't love Chief Miles O’Brien (Colm Meaney)? Appearing on both "Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," O'Brien is a regular guy just trying to make it in space. Working a thankless job and frequently arguing with his wife, O'Brien is a lot more like us than most Starfleet officers.

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Sweet, eager and nerdy, this character was portrayed as one of the smartest in the franchise. What's his name?

Julian Subatoi Bashir (Alexander Siddig) was Deep Space 9's doctor. Genetically engineered and British, Bashir started "Deep Space Nine" as a very cocky character before being humbled through his interactions with more experienced officers and civilians. Through his friendship with Garak, he's later led into spy work.

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Portrayed by LeVar Burton, this character had a disability which was compensated for by futuristic science. Do you know who he is?

Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) is the Enterprise's blind chief engineer. Thanks to his VISOR, he's able to see, ably keeping the Enterprise going throughout the seven-year run of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Low-key and charming, La Forge had a wonderful friendship with Data.

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Bizarrely enough, this able leader appears in "Star Trek: The Original Series" as well as "Star Trek: Discovery." Do you know who we're talking about?

Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) had a difficult fate in "Star Trek: The Original Series," which is why it's so interesting that the latest Star Trek series, "Star Trek: Discovery," has brought him back. Will handsome Captain Pike be able to avoid danger this time, with the help of science officer Michael Burnham? Or will yet another Star Trek series consign him to doom?

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One of Star Trek's most iconic characters, you're more likely to see people going as him for Halloween than anyone else from the franchise. What's he called?

Unemotional Vulcan Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) was the source of many of the funniest moments on "Star Trek: The Original Series," due to the clash of his logical nature with Captain Kirk's derring-do and Doc McCoy's folksy pragmatism. But his quiet loyalty to his crewmates also made for some of Star Trek's most heartfelt moments. And, of course, who could forget the ears?

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This guy wasn't human, yet fans identified with him far more than many of the human characters. Who are we talking about?

Trusting, naive android Data (Brent Spiner) wanted to know what being human was actually like, which led him to make some dangerous mistakes. Watching him assert his humanity in the face of naysayers who saw him only as a machine was heartbreaking ... and provided "Star Trek: The Next Generation" with much-needed sci-fi grist.

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He's not the most exciting rule-breaker in Star Trek history, but he grew into a trusty crew member. What's his name?

He's supposed to be a Han Solo type, but Lieutenant Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) is a lot more like Luke Skywalker. He comes across as whiny instead of cynical, defiant instead of self-sufficient. Luckily, "Star Trek: Voyager" captain Kathryn Janeway was a great Han Solo in her own right.

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A classic hero type, this character made many fans swoon back in the day. Who is he?

Commander Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) was the ladies' man of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," no question about it. But that's not all there is to Will Riker. He's also an able second-in-command, a brave fighter and even a gifted saxophonist! If you met him in real life, you'd swoon, too.

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Played by an actor with a lot of sci-fi cred, this guy is seen as one of the most memorable characters from his show. Do you know his name?

Played by Scott Bakula of "Quantum Leap" fame, Captain Archer anchored "Star Trek: Enterprise," portraying Earth's first starship captain as an interesting mixture of captains to come, such as James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard and Kathryn Janeway. Burdened with the responsibility of first contact with many alien species, Archer never loses his zeal for exploration.

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He might not have been made of organic matter, but this character was never less than human. Remember what he was called?

Many characters on "Star Trek: Voyager" failed to connect with fans, but not Robert Picardo's The Doctor. A sentient medical hologram, The Doctor was dryly funny, often exasperated by the dramatic stances taken by the rest of the Voyager crew. Like Data, his quest to find his humanity is surprisingly poignant.

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A young genius, this character was added by Gene Roddenberry to appeal to teenage viewers. What's his name?

Gene Roddenberry created this character for "Star Trek: The Original Series" because he wanted a "Davy Jones type" on the show, but Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) is so much more. Smart and loyal to Mother Russia, he adds a bit of flair to the bridge.

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He annoyed Tuvok. He annoyed Janeway. Did he annoy you so much that you don't remember his name?

A Delta Quadrant drifter turned chef, Neelix (Ethan Phillips) should have been a good character. But ... he just wasn't. As with many "Star Trek: Voyager" characters, he seemed more interesting on paper than he acted on the actual show. Too bad, since Ethan Phillips is a talented actor who could have done a lot with better lines.

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Like many Star Trek characters, this ace pilot joined Starfleet against his parents' wishes. Can you name him?

Fans sometimes complained that Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery) was the blandest character on "Star Trek: Enterprise," but perhaps they weren't looking closely enough. A young man with a passion for flight, Mayweather was naive but courageous ... just like many young ensigns in the Navy today.

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This officer is fearful, shy and British. Who are we talking about?

The inventor of the "red alert" system, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating) is much shyer than we're used to Starfleet officers being. Afflicted with many allergies and several phobias, Reed had much to overcome before he could become an effective member of the crew.

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Although he's incredibly powerful, this guy still has a wonderful sense of humor. What's his name?

On "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Q (John de Lancie) is so powerful, he's almost a god. He loves playing pranks on the crew of the Enterprise, especially Picard, whose seriousness amuses him.

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This charming youngster bucked his family's expectations, thanks to his relationship with Jake Sisko. Who are we talking about?

Young Ferengi Nog (Aron Eisenberg) was raised to care only about profit by his father Quark. But over the course of "Deep Space Nine," he discovers other values, thanks to his relationships with other species on the bustling space station. In the end, he becomes the first Ferengi to go to Starfleet Academy.

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Popular with fans from the beginning, this Star Trek character is known for several catchphrases. Remember what he's called?

Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) was a "Star Trek: The Original Series" MVP. Not only did he heal the adventurous crew over and over again, but he acted as Kirk's confidant, sparred amusingly with Mr. Spock and spouted some iconic one-liners, such as "I'm a doctor, not a bricklayer."

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Handsome and stoic, this character (portrayed by Tim Russ) is older than he appears. What's he called?

Although he looks young, Vulcan "Star Trek: Voyager" offer Tuvok (Tim Russ) is actually a hundred years old. Stoic, wise and occasionally bitter, he's often frustrated by the more emotional members of the Voyager crew, such as bubbly cook Neelix.

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This Denobulan dispersed medical help to the crew of the Enterprise. Can you name him?

Funny, capable and truly alien, "Star Trek: Enterprise" medical officer Dr. Phlox (John Billingsley) is a Denobulan with three wives. Curious about Earth culture, he enjoys eating egg drop soup and once attended a Catholic mass. With a number of strange abilities, he often disconcerts the crew of the Enterprise, usually with comic results.

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Decade after decade, this character (and the actor who played him) remain popular. Can you name him?

San Franciscan Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) was one of "Star Trek: The Original Series" swashbuckling characters. Fascinated by fencing and gymnastics and ancient weapons, he was also a dangerous opponent! Today, George Takei is still a fierce fighter, using his platform as a celebrity to advocate for LGBTQ rights.

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He seems human, but look closer ... he's something more. Do you know his name?

Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) is actually two people: Voq, a Klingon warrior who went through painful surgery in order to appear human, and the original Ash Tyler, a Starfleet officer captured by the Klingons. A sleeper agent during the first season of "Star Trek: Discovery," Ash Tyler is a highly conflicted character, because, well, he's two people!

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When his show was on the air, you loved to hate him. Can you remember his name?

"Deep Space Nine" villain Gul Dukat (Marc Alaimo) was smart, sinister and occasionally ... touching? Yep! A Cardassian commander who had murdered many, Dukat was also a family man. Both treacherous and charming, he was an unforgettable foil for Captain Sisko.

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A perpetual outcast, this character was loyal to no one but himself. Remember his name?

The Ferengi aren't members of the Federation, which makes it possible for them to be a lot less trustworthy than other alien species on Star Trek. On "Deep Space Nine," Quark (Armin Shimerman) gives this highly disliked species a voice. A low-level criminal, Quark nonetheless cares about other people, endearing himself over time to both Sisko and Odo.

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He kept the ship running, even if he didn't always keep his temper. What's this cutie's name?

Beam us up, Scotty! What would "Star Trek: The Original Series" be without Chief Engineer Scotty (James Doohan) in the background, telling Captain Kirk that the ship is going to break down at any moment? The writers depended on him for both tension and comic relief almost as much as the crew depended on his mechanical skills.

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Hated even by the actor who played him, many fans saw this character as being overly precocious. Know who we're talking about?

Poor Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton). The writers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" wanted to use his character to appeal to teens, but succeeded only in irritating all Trek fans with this whiny young character. Portrayed as being a super genius, it was hard to buy that Wesley was as smart as the writers said he was, despite Wheaton's strong acting. Wheaton has now become something of a geek god as an adult, largely thanks to his online presence and appearances on "The Big Bang Theory."

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This character was almost chopped from his show, until the actor appeared on People's "50 Most Beautiful People" list. What's his name?

Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang) wasn't the most interesting character on "Star Trek: Voyager," leading some network executives to suggest that his character be eliminated from the show. Then he landed on People's "50 Most Beautiful People" list, ensuring his future on the show. A kindly soul, Harry's a nice guy, but there's just not much more you can say about him.

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Famously cranky, this character could be dangerous as well as comic relief. What's his name?

A shy, dyspeptic shape-shifter, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) nonetheless became a fan favorite, because his introverted crankiness was so easy for Trek fans to identify with. In charge of security on Deep Space 9, Odo had great chemistry with almost every character, from lawbreaking Ferengi Quark to brave (and lovely) Commander Kira Nerys.

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One of Star Trek's youngest characters, he deals with the pressure of being a Captain's son with aplomb. Who is he?

Sensitive Jake Sisko (Cirroc Lofton) isn't another Wesley Crusher. Like Crusher, he was intended to attract young audiences, but "Deep Space Nine" makes him a genuinely engaging character, one who doesn't (gasp!) dream of becoming a Starfleet officer. His touching friendship with Nog makes Jake seem like a real kid, not just the writer's idea of one.

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One of Star Trek's most charming leading men, this Southern guy was his captain's right hand. Who is he?

A charismatic character from "Star Trek: Enterprise," Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III (Connor Trinneer) was a good ol' Southern boy who nonetheless wasn't afraid to fall in love with Vulcan officer T'Pol. A predecessor to Riker and other smooth first officers to come, Trip is brave but impetuous, helping power many plots via his bad decisions.

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Although he seems capable and brave, he's not who he seems to be. Do you know this character's name?

There are actually two Captain Gabriel Lorcas (Jason Isaacs) on "Star Trek: Discovery." One dwelled in our reality and the other lived in an evil mirror universe. When mirror universe Lorca became a fugitive from justice, he crossed over to our reality and started impersonating the other Captain Lorca ... with dangerous results.

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Slippery and elusive, this character retained his mystery to the very end. Who is he?

A tailor on Deep Space 9's promenade, Garak (Andrew Robinson) at first seems like a simple soul, but over time it's revealed that he has a VERY complicated past. A liar who never gives the same answer twice, Garak might be a spy, a double agent, a rebel ... who knows?

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Yes, he's another one of Star Trek's awkward geniuses, but this character also has deeply felt emotions and relationships. Who are we talking about?

Cute but gruff genius Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) is the "Star Trek: Discovery" chief engineer. A scientific pioneer, he uses a bizarre "space mushroom" spore drive to make the Discovery leap through space and time. As a pleasant side effect of Stamets' spore drive work, his lover Dr. Hugh Culber is resurrected.

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He didn't ask to get stranded in the Delta Quadrant, but he's making the best of it. Who is he?

Janeway's second-in-command aboard the Voyager, Chakotay wasn't always a loyal member of Starfleet. A Native American drawn to explore the stars, he joined anti-Starfleet group The Maquis after his home village was destroyed. At first wary of Voyager Captain Janeway, the two later became very close, possibly even romantically involved.

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He's fierce, he's literal, he's ... ?

Lieutenant Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) appeared in two Star Trek series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Deep Space Nine." An incredibly tough Klingon warrior, Worf was naive about human culture and had a soft heart beneath his bluster, leading to some of both series' funniest moments.

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Any character played by James Frain is compelling, but this alien is fascinating all on his own. Know who we're referring to?

Spock's father Sarek (James Frain) is a famous Vulcan ambassador. On "Star Trek: Discovery," he's also a major character: a stern but passionate man married to human Amanda Grayson (Mia Kirshner.) The adopted father of Michael Burnham, Sarek's loyalties are often torn between the human and Vulcan members of his family.

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He's tall, he's paranoid, he's kind, he's ... ?

The heart and soul of "Star Trek: Discovery," Commander Saru (Doug Jones) is a Kelpien, a new species of alien with an extraordinary ability to sense danger. The first of his species to join Starfleet, Saru's fear never stops him from being kind to others, especially his crewmate and good friend, science officer Michael Burnham. Distinctively tall and gangly, Saru can nonetheless be dangerous when cornered.

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This Star Trek character is known for being complex and flawed, yet ultimately justified. Can you remember his name?

Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) is the commander of Deep Space 9, a space station near the mouth of a wormhole which is occupied by warring political factions. Fierce, savvy and surprisingly unpredictable, Sisko confronted a series of thorny moral choices throughout the course of "Deep Space Nine," leading some critics to consider it the smartest television show of the franchise.

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Some fans think this is the greatest Star Trek character of all time. What's his name?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the captain of the Starship Enterprise. Portrayed by Patrick Stewart on the television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Picard has also been featured in four Star Trek films. Courageous, intelligent and full of integrity, Picard likes tea, Shakespeare and ancient civilizations.

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This fan favorite character died before being resurrected. Who is he?

"Star Trek: Discovery" medical officer Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) is in love with genius science officer Paul Stamets. The first openly queer main characters in Star Trek, Culber and Stamets have a very close relationship, which makes it all the more devastating when Culber is murdered. Luckily, he's resurrected via Stamets' mycelial plane experiment, but can these two lovers find their way back to each other now that everything's changed?

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