- This page details a counterpart of Khan Noonien Singh in the Kelvin timeline; for the Khan Noonien Singh in the primary universe see Khan Noonien Singh; for the Khan Noonien Singh in the mirror universe see Khan Noonien Singh (mirror); for the Khan Noonien Singh in the mirror universe of the Kelvin timeline see Khan Noonien Singh (mirror) (Kelvin timeline); for the Khan Noonien Singh in all other alternate universes see Khan Noonien Singh (alternates).
- "My crew is my family, Kirk. Is there anything you would not do for your family?"
- —Khan Noonien Singh to Starfleet personnel, 2259[src]
Khan Noonien Singh (or simply, Khan) was a genetically engineered human (known as an Augment) created on Earth. He became infamous as one of the many tyrants who terrorized humanity during the Eugenics Wars.
During the 2250s, Khan was discovered, surgically altered, revived, and recruited by Starfleet Section 31 Admiral Alexander Marcus. He was given a new identity as "John Harrison", an English Starfleet Commander. He became angered by and later sought revenge on Starfleet.
After gaining his revenge on Admiral Marcus, he was later stopped by the crew of the USS Enterprise and returned to cryogenic sleep.
- Note: Khan's first name was simply Noonien in the first issue of "Khan". He then took name Khan in the second issue of that comic series.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fictional biography
- 3 Alternate reality
- 4 Appendices
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
He was born in 1970. His mother was Doctor Sarina Kaur, the director of the Chrysalis Project from its foundation until her death on May 18, 1974. (TOS novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1)
In 1971, Khan was living on the streets of New Delhi with one leg. He was then taken by men working for Dr. Heisen as part of his Eugenics project. In 1972, after displaying his fury, Khan was given a new leg and met with Dr. Heisen. There Heisen taught him how to unlock all the knowledge of the world. For the next 7 years, Khan and other students, underwent extensive mental, physical training. Khan was also given regenerative powers. Khan then tried to escape from Dr. Heisen by digging through solid rock, greatly impressing the doctor. However he was captured by Heisen when his neural inhibitor was activated.
In August of 1985, Khan contacted Heisen to give him a gift from all the augments: their neural inhibitors. Khan told Heisen that they would leave his project on their terms, not his. Khan then killed Heisen by squeezing his skull. Khan and his fellow augments then decide to take over the world.
Khan and his other augments then gave themselves new identities and infiltrated government, industrial, and military levels. Khan, posing as a lieutenant in India's National Air Command was stationed on a base 50 miles from New Delhi. There Khan compromised the base's technology. Khan was elected to as leader of one of the seven regions of the world and was a member of the Augments governing council. Khan and the other leader agreed it was time to initiate the ascension protocols. Khan urged them not to begin use the nuclear options, reminding them that that their goal was to rule, not destroy. (TOS - Khan comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2")
Ruler of the Earth[edit | edit source]
Khan and the other augment leaders then decided to use the nuclear only on two capitals, Washington, DC and Moscow, of the two most powerful nations on the world. They dropped the bombs on September 17, 1992. Khan and the others then broadcast-ed themselves over the TVs, saying they were rulers of Earth. When most of Earth's goverment refused, the Eugenics Wars began, with Khan and his followers captured major population centers and did assassinations on government leaders.
By 1992 in under three weeks, Khan and his followers had seized control of over half the Earth. He fought with Vasily Hunyadi, the force behind the Serbian government. In New Delhi, Khan single-handedly took out a platoon of Indian troops. It was there that he took Khan as his first name. While a dictator, history would note Khan's empire was devoid of genocide and other such atrocities normally associated with similar forms of government. In May of 1996, Khan then came under attack by fellow augment, Maltuvis and his forces. Khan then killed Maltuvis with his bare hands and took over his empire when he attacked the Khanate. After the Eugenics Wars had been lost when the Chinese developed bioweapons, Khan and his followers escaped to Australia where they went aboard the sleeper ship SS Botany Bay in 1996. (TOS episode: "Space Seed"; TOS - Khan comics: "Issue 2", "Issue 3")
Kelvin timeline[edit | edit source]
Starfleet service[edit | edit source]
The Botany Bay drifted in space until it was discovered sometime in the 2250s by the USS Vanguard, following the destruction of Vulcan in the Kelvin timeline. Admiral Marcus of Section 31 brought Khan out of suspension at the Io Facility, believing his savage intellect would be a prime asset. Khan then underwent facial reconstruction, vocal modulation and had his memory wiped. He forced Khan into working with him by threatening to kill his fellow Augments, and set him to work designing weapons and ships for Starfleet, including the Dreadnought-class USS Vengeance. Khan was recruited under the new identity of Commander John Harrison. Khan, when he first came to, was told by Marcus that he had been on a mission to Qo'noS where he was seriously injured and suffered memory loss. During his "recovery", Khan was given access to his "John Harrison" service record by Lieutenant Yuki Sulu. (TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness; TOS - Khan comics: "Issue 4", "Issue 5")
Work for Starfleet[edit | edit source]
In under five months since his reawakening and "recovery" from surgery, Khan Singh was able to revamp the warp drive of the Vengeance, giving it unprecedented capability up to warp 10. He also worked on undetectable long-range torpedoes. He also refined Io station's entire computer system. He also created a Personal transporter. Khan performed several missions "with distinction" as an agent. His first mission was to Praxis. There he subdued Klingon soldiers, planted demolition charges and then beamed to the Ketha Province. There he set off the charges and destroyed Praxis. His memory then started to come back to him. (TOS - Khan comics: "Issue 4", "Issue 5")
Another such mission involved looking into Klingon fleet activity in the Phaedus star system. After this mission, Khan was assigned to another mission at which point he apparently went rogue. (doc|Top Secret Security Review)
Angered by Starfleet[edit | edit source]
While working undercover Khan tried to smuggle his crew out by placing them inside the photon torpedoes that he designed. This was discovered by Admiral Marcus. Khan then went to confront Marcus and to demand the truth about his reawakening. Khan then tried to kill Marcus but was then targeted by two Jumpships. Khan then fled, saying that the next time they meet would be the last. Thinking that the crew he left behind were all killed by Section 31, he started plotting against Starfleet. (TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness,TOS - Khan comic: "Issue 5")
Vengeance (2259)[edit | edit source]
In 2259, Harrison coerced Thomas Harewood into bombing the Section 31 facility in the Kelvin Memorial Archive in London. During the aftermath, Harrison used the opportunity to inspect a terminal and gain the confiscated formula for transwarp beaming. He then stole a jumpship.
Anticipating a meeting of senior officers at Starfleet Headquarters following the bombing, Harrison took his attack ship, and attacked the meeting; killing Admiral Pike. Harrison's ship was then disabled by Pike's First officer, James T. Kirk, but before it crashed Harrison beamed himself to the one place Starfleet could not go: the Ketha Province on Qo'noS, the Klingon homeworld.
After this attack, Harrison was then tracked down by Captain Kirk and the USS Enterprise. When Sulu contacted Harrison, warning him that experimental photon torpedoes were targeted at him, Harrison decided to find Kirk and surrender to him. However, both Kirk's landing party and Harrison came under attack from a Klingon patrol. He alone killed a dozen Klingons. Confronting the landing party, Harrison asked how many torpedoes the Enterprise had on board. Spock informed him that they had 72, which corresponded exactly to the number of Khan's former crewmates who were still in stasis. Harrison then surrendered to the landing party and was attacked by Kirk, though the attack did little damage.
In the Enterprise's brig, Harrison refused to answer Kirk's questions; he instead gave him coordinates to the spacedock near Jupiter where the Vengeance was being constructed and suggested he open one of the experimental torpedoes. After Doctor McCoy and Admiral Marcus's daughter Carol opened up a torpedo and discovered a cryogenically frozen man within, Harrison finally explained that he was Khan, and revealed that the torpedoes contained his fellow surviving Augments.
After the Enterprise was attacked by the Vengeance, Kirk and Khan donned thruster suits to fly over and commandeer the Vengeance. However, Kirk had grown suspicious of Khan and ordered Montgomery Scott to stun him once they had taken over the bridge of the Vengeance.
When they arrived on the bridge, Scott shot Khan while Kirk admonished Marcus for compromising the Federation. The stun did not subdue Khan, who flung himself at Scott and Kirk and broke Carol's leg before crushing her father's skull with his bare hands. Khan then sat in the command chair and ordered Spock to hand over the torpedoes or he would resume bombarding the Enterprise. Spock obliged, and Khan beamed Kirk, Scott and Carol back into the Enterprise's brig, but reneged on the deal. Spock, having predicted Khan's betrayal, had ordered McCoy to remove the stasis pods and detonated the torpedoes, crippling the Vengeance.
The damage sustained caused both ships to be drawn by Earth's gravitational pull. Khan attempted to crash into Starfleet headquarters. However after the Vengeance crashed into the city, Khan leaped off the bridge and posed as a shocked survivor. Spock beamed down to execute Khan and avenge Kirk's death, pursuing him onto automated flying barges.
Spock attempted to subdue Khan with a nerve pinch and then a mind meld, but to no avail. Lieutenant Uhura beamed down, firing several stun shots to weaken Khan and revealed to Spock that they needed Khan alive to save Kirk. Spock finally knocked Khan out. After his blood was used to revive Kirk, Khan was placed on trial where he revealed his past as well as the circumstances of his reawakening. Khan was then placed back into stasis, with Kirk noting that despite everything, Khan had managed to get exactly what he wanted. (TOS movie: Star Trek Into Darkness; TOS - Khan comics: "Number One", "Number Five")
The Augments were then stored at top-secret facility on a asteroid. The location of the facility was highly classified even to the point that Kirk himself didn't know where they were held. (TOS - The Khitomer Conflict comic: "Part 2")
Red Lantern[edit | edit source]
However, in 2262, the facility was visited by the Red Lantern Atrocitus who sought to use their innate rage as fuel for his ring. Once he begun freeing them however, Khan overpowered the alien and knocked him out. Before he could slay his foe, he was confronted by the Green Lantern Corps. After Guy Gardner revealed that the ring was loyal to Atrocitus, Khan slew the alien and became the new Red Lantern, using his rage to easily defeat his new foes. After explaining his new appearance to his troops, Khan led his men to seize the USS Bryant where he reencountered Kirk and Spock. Though Hal Jordan tried to fight Khan, the Augment managed to best him as well but his boasting left him open to an attack from the other Lanterns and a photon barrage from the Enterprise. Defeated, Khan used his ring to recharge the Bryant and make his escape.
Making his way to Qo'noS, Khan overthrew Larfleeze and bargained with the Klingon High Council to aid him in attaining the power of Oa and using it to conquer the Federation. Using his ring to supercharge the Klingon warships, Khan followed Kirk to Oa only for the captain to be chosen by a Green Lantern Ring before the Augment could slay his foe. As the fighting intensified, the Augments were all defeated, depriving Khan of his power. Though he attempted to goad Kirk into slaying him, Kirk stuck to his morals, simply knocking Khan out and returning him to prison. Khan's ring was seized by the Enterprise crew for study. (TOS - Stranger Worlds comics: "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5")
By another account Khan was stored on Lorillia. A beacon was sending an encrypted distress signal from there, that was received by a non-aligned agent. When the agent arrived, he found the planet under bombardment of an Intrepid class ship under the command of Captain Westbrook, accusing the agent to trespass quarantined space. After the agent defeated the starfleet ship, the agent proved Khan with Tritanium to repair his ship. When the USS Andover under the command of Captain O'Donnel arrived, Khan convinced the agent to destroy it. After that, the agent escorted Khan to the Astida system where Khan believed the rest of his crew was kept in stasis. It turned out Khans crew was actually in the Zaurak system where the agent escorted Khan. (Fleet Command Mission: Uncaged)
Fictional biography[edit | edit source]
According to the fictional biography and background of "John Richard Harrison" that was created for Khan Singh, Harrison was born in Dover, Great Britain on Earth in 2228 to parents Richard and Sara. He survived the 2246 attack on the Tarsus IV colony, where Richard and Sara were killed.
Educationally, Harrison attended the London School of Economics which he graduated in 2250. At some point he earned the rank of lieutenant in Starfleet and was given the clearance number 31-Alpha112520.
Harrison became an associate researcher at London's Starfleet Data Archive the East Annex in 2255. He served under a Head of Research although Harrison preferred to work alone. His position there was to collection, sorting and analysis of data retrieved from Federation members and Starfleet vessels.
Alternate reality[edit | edit source]
In the timeline where Spock was known as Simon Grayson, Khan rose to threaten the security of the Federation. Remorselessly, the Vulcan/Human hybrid snapped Khan's neck, an achievement he boasted about when confronted by the descendant of an alternate Khan who'd won the Eugenics Wars. (TOS - IDIC comic: "Part 3")
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Connections[edit | edit source]
|Known members and associates of Section 31|
|Kelvin timeline||Thomas Harewood • John Harrison • Robert April • Alexander Marcus • Yuki Sulu • unnamed Section 31 personnel|
Background Information[edit | edit source]
- Khan Noonien Singh was played by English actor Benedict Cumberbatch in 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness.