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"The Man Trap" was the sixth episode of Star Trek: The Original Series in the show's first season, becoming the first episode of the Star Trek franchise to air on television on 8 September 1966. The episode was written by George Clayton Johnson, directed by Marc Daniels and novelized as "The Unreal McCoy" in Star Trek 1 by James Blish.



Episode characters

Robert AbramsBarnhartBeauregardBerkeleyClifford Brent[1]Nancy Crater (creature)Robert CraterScott DarnellGreenBill HadleyHarrisonJames T. KirkRyan LeslieLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockSturgeonHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVinci[2]unnamed 2260s USS Enterprise personnel
Referenced only
José DominguezNancy Crater

Novelization characters

BarnhartBierceNancy Bierce (creature)Scott DarnellJames T. KirkSpockNyota Uhura
Referenced only
Nancy Bierce

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


M-113 (aka Regulus VIII)
Referenced only
Corinth IVVulcanWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Shipboard areas

USS Enterprise

Races and cultures

HumanVulcanSalt vampire

States and organizations

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Technology and weapons

communicatorphaser pistollaser pistol

Ranks and titles

captaincrewmanship's surgeonFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)

Other references

Borgia plantBotulinusbuffalochili peppergeneral quartersGertrudeGreat Bird of the GalaxyM-113 creaturemedical tricorderpassenger pigeonpentathnolsaltSaurian brandyStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)Starfleet uniformtimetitleuniformuniverseweeperarboretumplumtapiocachili peppergeneral quartersautopsy1914copperpoisonaspirinpetechiamottlingparsnipcaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266Starfleet General Orders and Regulationsaconitealkaloidaspirinautopsyborgia rootbotulinusbuffalogeneral quartersmousenarcosynthesispassenger pigeonpentaholpetachiaephysicalsaltsalt tabletsalt vampiretapioacatranquilizervacuum mottling


prior to 2266
Nancy is taken by the creature. (prior to episode/novelization)
stardate 1513.1, 2266 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
Enterprise travels to M-113.


Related media


Video releases



Episode images

Adaptation images


published order
Previous episode:
The Enemy Within
TOS episode produced Next episode:
The Naked Time
Previous episode:
first episode aired
TOS episode aired Next episode:
Charlie X
Previous story:
Dagger of the Mind
Star Trek 1
Next story:
Balance of Terror
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Enemy Within
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Naked Time
Previous Adventure:
The Enemy Within
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
The Naked Time

References and notes

  1. This character was not named in the episode but the same actor, wearing an officer's Starfleet uniform, was addressed as Brent in TOS episode: "The Naked Time". The same actor also played the character of Vinci.
  2. This character was not named in the episode but the same actor, wearing the same operations division Starfleet uniform, was addressed as Vinci in TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark". The same actor also played the character of Clifford Brent.

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