Which Star Trek Shows & Movies Does Spock Appear In?

Originated by Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek: The Original Series, the half-Vulcan/half-human Spock has made appearances across many Star Trek properties. As one of the most iconic science fiction characters of all time, it should come as no surprise that Spock pops up in various Star Trek shows and movies. The character of Spock has appeared in six television shows and nine films, played by different actors. Best known as the Science Officer on the USS Enterprise and Captain James T. Kirk’s (William Shatner) second-in-command, Spock continues to be one of Star Trek’s most popular and long-enduring characters.

Whether serving under Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) or his eventual best friend Jim Kirk, Spock always proved irreplaceable as an officer on the Enterprise. After his time on that iconic ship, Spock would go on to become an influential Ambassador and make appearances in many Star Trek projects. In addition to originating the character of Spock, Leonard Nimoy also directed two of the best Star Trek films, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Below is a list of every Star Trek television show and movie in which the character of Spock made an appearance.

Related: Star Trek: Spock’s Entire Prime Universe Timeline, Explained

9 Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek TOS Spock

In the series that started it all, Leonard Nimoy originated the now-iconic character of Mr. Spock. As the Science Officer of the USS Enterprise, Spock helped save the galaxy several times over the course of TOS. With his Vulcan strength and intelligence, as well as his ability to mind-meld and use a Vulcan nerve-pinch, Spock was a crucial member of the Enterprise crew. Beyond his value as a crewmember, Spock was also Jim Kirk’s best friend and maintained a close relationship with Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley). Although he suppressed his emotions as a Vulcan, Spock cared deeply about his friends and crew. Leonard Nimoy’s brilliant portrayal of the character cemented him as a fixture of Star Trek and one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time.

8 Star Trek: The Animated Series

Star Trek Animated Series Spock Kirk

Star Trek: The Animated Series followed the continuing adventures of Captain Kirk and the starship Enterprise after the cancelation of Star Trek: The Original Series. Following up on TOS, Star Trek: The Animated Series offered more insight into Spock’s childhood on the planet Vulcan. In the second episode of the series, “Yesteryear,” Spock must travel back in time to prevent his own death as a child. Other experiences of note happened in “The Infinite Vulcan” when a scientist created a giant Spock clone and in “Mudd’s Passion” when a love potion created by Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) caused Spock to fall in love with Nurse Christine Chapel (Majel Barrett).

7 Star Trek: The Original Series Movies

Star Trek II Wrath of Khan Kirk Spock

As arguably the most popular character to come out of Star Trek: The Original Series, the movies gave Spock many moments to shine. In one of the most well-known and heartbreaking Star Trek scenes, Spock sacrifices himself to save everyone else in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Despite his heroic death, Spock returns at the end of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock to continue his adventures on the Enterprise. Some of Spock’s most famous lines come from the movies, including: “I have been, and always shall be your friend.” By the later films, Spock has finally embraced his Vulcan and human side and comes to acknowledge that “logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

6 Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek TNG Spock Unification

Spock plays a major role in the season 5 two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled “Unification.” When Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) sets out to search for the missing Ambassador Spock, he discovers that Spock has been attempting to negotiate for peace with the Romulans. Picard and Data (Brent Spiner) work with Spock to help reunify the Romulans and Vulcans, but certain Romulan factions attempt to stop them. The first of these two episodes also sees the death of Spock’s father Sarek (Mark Lenard), which Spock learns about early in the second episode. In the final scene of the episode, Spock mind-melds with Picard who had previously melded with Sarek. Spock becomes emotional as he realizes how much his father cared for him, despite Sarek’s Vulcan nature.

5 J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Movies

Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek (2009)

Introduced in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie, Zachary Quinto played a younger version of Spock before and during his time on the Enterprise. Abrams’ Star Trek films took place in an alternate timeline known as the Kelvin timeline in which Romulus and Vulcan have been destroyed. The 2009 Star Trek pitted Spock against his new arch-enemy, the Romulan Nero (Eric Bana), and showed the Vulcan in a romantic relationship with Nyota Uhura (Zoë Saldaña). Leonard Nimoy also made an appearance in the film as the Prime Universe Ambassador Spock. The Prime version of Spock helps the younger Spock and his Enterprise across the first two Abrams movies before his death sometime before Star Trek Beyond.

4 Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek Discovery Spock

As soon as it was revealed that Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) was raised by the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) and his wife Amanda (Mia Kirshner), fans began to wonder when their most famous son, Spock, would make an appearance. It wasn’t long before Ethan Peck’s Spock made his debut in Star Trek: Discovery season 2, alongside Anson Mount’s Captain Christopher Pike and Rebecca Romijn’s Number One. In Discovery, Spock struggled with his emotions and mental health, eventually committing himself to a psychiatric facility. Spock later fled from the facility and aided the USS Discovery in stopping the artificial intelligence known as Control.

3 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Star Trek Strange New Worlds Spock

Now serving as the Science Officer on the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike, the Spock of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds struggles to control his emotions more than he did on TOS. He gets his first chance at commanding the Enterprise, winds up involved in a love triangle with T’Pring (Gia Sandhu) and Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush), and lets out his anger to attack the Gorn. This is a Spock who is still figuring out who he is and whether he wants to lean more into his human side or his Vulcan one. Though viewers of Star Trek: The Original Series know that Spock eventually chooses to embrace his Vulcan side, his journey on Strange New Worlds remains a fascinating one to watch.

2 Star Trek: Lower Decks

Star Trek Lower Decks Spock 2 Skeleton

Though Spock does not technically make any real appearances in Star Trek: Lower Decks, the bones of his giant clone known as Spock Two do make an appearance. In the season 2 episode “Kayshon, His Eyes Open,” some of the crew of the USS Cerritos visit the ship of a now-deceased member of the Collector’s Guild. As they explore his vast collection of rare items, they discover the skeleton of Spock Two suspended from the ceiling of one of the collection rooms. Created in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode “The Infinite Vulcan,” Spock Two was a giant clone of Spock created by a scientist attempting to build an army of giant clones. This massive skeleton was a fun callback to an episode of the often-forgotten animated series.

1 Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek Prodigy Spock

In the sixth episode of Star Trek: Prodigy season 1, entitled “Kobayashi,” Dal R’El (Brett Gray) and Jankom Pog (Jason Mantzoukas) stumble upon the holodeck aboard the USS Protostar. They find a program of the infamous Kobayashi Maru scenario, and the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D materializes around them. When the program asks them to choose personnel to staff the ship, Dal asks the computer to choose the best Starfleet officers, and Spock is one of the officers chosen.

Voice snippets from various Star Trek shows and movies were used for Spock and the other characters whose actors have sadly passed away. The episode was dedicated to René Auberjonois, James Doohan, and Leonard Nimoy. Largely thanks to Leonard Nimoy’s original portrayal in Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock has taken his place in history as one of the most famous science fiction characters of all time.

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