Beam me up, Scotty

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Beam me up, Scotty
Character James T. Kirk
Actor William Shatner
First used in Star Trek, though not verbatim

"Beam me up, Scotty" is a catchphrase that made its way into popular culture from the science fiction television series Star Trek. It comes from the command Captain Kirk gives his chief engineer, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, when he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise.

Though it has become irrevocably associated with the series and films, the exact phrase was never actually spoken in any Star Trek television episode or film.

Precise quotations[edit]

Despite the phrase entering into popular culture, it is a misquotation and has never been said in any of the television series or films.[1] There have, however, been several "near misses" of phrasing. In the Original Series episodes "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and "The Savage Curtain", Kirk said, "Scotty, beam us up"; while in the episode "This Side of Paradise," Kirk simply said, "Beam me up". The animated episodes "The Lorelei Signal" and "The Infinite Vulcan" used the phrasing "Beam us up, Scotty". The original film series has the wording "Scotty, beam me up" in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and "Beam them out of there, Scotty" in Star Trek Generations, the complete phrase was eventually said by William Shatner in the audio adaptation of his novel Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden.[citation needed][2]

James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty, later chose this phrase as the title of his autobiography.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Misquotations
  • James Traficant, a U.S. Congressman from Ohio who used the catchphrase during his service (1985–2002) in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002.


  1. ^ "Beam Me Up Scotty". Sunday Mirror. April 1, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Beam Me Up, Scotty - TV Tropes
  3. ^ Thomas, Bob (July 20, 2005). "'Star Trek's' Doohan dies, immortalized for 'Beam me up, Scotty'". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 10, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2013.  (subscription required)

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