- This page details a counterpart of Hikaru Sulu in the Kelvin timeline; for the Hikaru Sulu in the primary universe see Hikaru Sulu; for the Hikaru Sulu in the mirror universe see Hikaru Sulu (mirror); for the Hikaru Sulu in the mirror universe of the Kelvin timeline see Hikaru Sulu (mirror) (Kelvin timeline); for the Hikaru Sulu in all other alternate universes see Hikaru Sulu (alternates).
Hikaru Kato Sulu was a 23rd century Human male Starfleet officer in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's time travel. He served as the helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise. (TOS movie & novelizations: Star Trek, Into Darkness)
In 2255 he enrolled at Starfleet Academy. Sulu also tried to get into Red Squad, but turned them down after a near accident with his friend, fellow cadet David Reed. During this time, Sulu founded the Academy's European Swordmanship Club. Sulu graduated at the top of his class in Astro-Sciences and Advanced Botany. (Star Trek App; TOS comic: "Issue 20", TOS - The Q Gambit comic: "The Q Gambit, Part 1"; Star Trek Magazine Issue Special: "Movie Special 2016")
Before taking his assignment to the USS Enterprise, Sulu was approached by the Starfleet Chiefs of Staff to join an elite unit of Starfleet. Sulu turned down the offer, in favor of staying on the Enterprise. (TOS - The Return of the Archons comic: "Part 1", TOS - The Khitomer Conflict comic: "Part 4")
Aboard Enterprise (2258-)
In 2258, Sulu was assigned to the USS Enterprise as a replacement for the ship's usual helmsman, Lieutenant McKenna, who was sick with lungworm. Sulu's first attempt to take the ship to warp was a failure because he forgot to release the ship's external inertial dampener. This caused the ship to be several seconds behind the rest of the fleet as it arrived at Vulcan, saving it from the destruction the rest of the fleet suffered. Sulu was then selected as part of a team that boarded the Narada's drilling platform in an attempt to stop it from destroying Vulcan. Sulu was later responsible for firing the ship's phasers at the Narada as it was sucked into a black hole. (TOS movie: Star Trek)
Sulu was considered to be a combat specialist during the mission to attack the Narada's drilling platform. Starfleet believed his training was in Kendo instead of pure fencing. (TOS video game: Rivals, ST website: StarTrek.com)
Sulu, along with Lieutenant O'Neill, went down to Beta III to recon the planet and investigate the circumstances of the USS Archon's disappearance. However, Sulu and O'Neill were then separated. Sulu then took a disguise, posing as one of Landru's Lawgivers. He then saved Capt. Kirk from the lawgivers. Sulu, the captain and the landing party were the able to rescue O'Neill before he was absorbed. Sulu, the Captain, Spock and O'Neill then made their escape to tower where they met descendant of the Archon's crew, Ariel. There they were able to return and save the Enterprise from Landru's machine. (TOS - The Return of the Archons comics: "Part 1", "Part 2")
In February of 2259, Sulu was then able to rescue, Spock, Captains Kirk and T'Mar from the exploding Helios Station. He piloted the shuttle to the Lymax planet and stayed with McCoy inside after initially exiting with Kirk, Spock, McCoy and unnamed security team members. He also stunned a pregnant Gorn female. (TOS video game: Star Trek)
Sulu then accompanied Captain Kirk, Spock and Hendorff as they investigated a mysterious energy field on Phaedus. However, the shuttle came under bombardment by Klingon-backed Shadow Phaedans, and Sulu was forced to crash land. Sulu was then knocked out. Sulu and Hendorff were the captured by the Shadow Phaedans, taken to their camp and tied up. Sulu was then able to cut himself and Hendorff free and then took out their guards. They were then rescued by Spock. They were then surrounded by Shadow Phaedans. They were then rescued by Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura. Sulu and the rest of the crew locked out from the bridge by Captain Robert April. (TOS - Countdown to Darkness comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4")
In 2259, Sulu piloted a shuttle that was delivering Spock into a volcano on Nibiru when Spock's rappelling line snapped, dropping Spock into the volcano. Sulu was then forced to leave Spock there as the volcano was damaging the shuttle. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek Into Darkness)
Later that year, Captain Kirk put Sulu in command of the Enterprise while he, Spock, and Uhura went to Qo'noS in search of Khan Noonien Singh. While he was in command, Sulu threatened Khan with destruction if he failed to surrender to Kirk's team. After the Enterprise engaged in battle with the USS Vengeance and was spiralling towards Earth, Sulu refused Spock's order to evacuate the ship, saying he would rather go down with the ship. (TOS movie & novelization: Into Darkness)
A year later, Sulu attended the memorial service for those killed in the battle with Khan. Later, Sulu would tell Kirk he had enjoyed sitting in the captain's chair and might someday like to command a ship himself. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek Into Darkness).
In 2263, Sulu then met up with his husband Ben and daughter Demora at Yorktown Station. Sulu and the rest of the crew then went in to assist Kalara in rescuing her crew. He and the rest crew were then captured by Krall's swarm in the Necro Cloud Nebula during a rescue mission and were taken as prisoners to his base on Altamid. There, he and Uhura attempted to send a distress signal, but Krall was able change the coordinates to strand the rescue ships in the nebula and leave Yorktown defenseless. Sulu deduced that Krall planed to attack Yorktown. He then watched as Krall killed two crew members.
Sulu was then tortured by Krall when he suspected that the artifact was with the crew. Sulu was saved when Ensign Syl gave it up. Sulu and the rest of the crew were then crew were then rescued by Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Jaylah and were beamed to the USS Franklin (NX-326). Sulu worked with Kirk and Scott to jumpstart the Franklin to pursue Krall. Sulu was able to pilot ship back into space. He then steered the Franklin right into the swarm while Scott and Jaylah broadcast "Sabotage" into the Swarm ships. Sulu piloted the Franklin through Yorktown in order to collide with Krall's remaining ships. After Krall's defeat, Sulu and his husband attended Kirk's birthday and watched as the new Enterprise was being built. (TOS movie: Beyond)
Aboard the Concord (2263)
Following the destruction of the USS Enterprise in 2263, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and temporarily assigned as the first officer of the USS Concord (NCC-6871) under Captain Clark Terrell. His family also joined him aboard the ship. (TOS - Boldly Go comic: "Issue 1")
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Starfleet service record
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|USS Concord||First officer||Lieutenant commander|
|USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel|
|0718 • Amos • Boma • Chapel • Chapin • Chekov • Cordry • Mae Darwin • Froman • Gaetano • Galliulin • Hannity • Hawkins • Hendorff • Jae • Jeanine • Jin • Kai • Keenser • Kelso • Kirk • Kyle • Latimer • Leslie • Madeline • Marcus • Martine • McCoy • McKenna • Moto • Mitchell • Olson • Pike • Puri • Rand • Satine • Scott • Sir Olden • Spock • H. Sulu • Y. Sulu • Syl • Tomlinson • Tyvanna • Uhura • Wadjet • Zahra • unnamed USS Enterprise (Kelvin timeline NCC-1701) personnel|
|see also: • USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel • roster|
|USS Franklin personnel|
|Primary universe||Cormier • Crosby • Edison • Le • Noble • Peters • Smith • Wolff • Yanovich • Thomas • unamed USS Franklin personnel|
|Kelvin timeline||Kirk • Spock • Scott • McCoy • Sulu • Chekov • Uhura • Keenser • Jaylah • unnamed USS Enterprise personnel|
|USS Concord (NCC-6871) personnel|
|Terrell (CO) • Sulu (X0) • unnamed USS Concord (NCC-6871) personnel|
|see also: • USS Concord (NCC-6871) personnel|
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- Hikaru Sulu was played by Korean-American actor John Cho in Star Trek in 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and Star Trek Beyond in 2016. He also provided Sulu's voice in the TOS video game: Star Trek in 2013.