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This page details a counterpart of Hikaru Sulu in the Kelvin timeline created by Nero's temporal incursion; 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 all other alternate universes see Hikaru Sulu (alternates).

Hikaru Kato Sulu was a 23rd century Human male Starfleet officer in the alternate reality created by Nero's time travel. He served as the helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise. (TOS movie & novelizations: Star Trek, Into Darkness)


He was born in 2237 in San Francisco, California on Earth. Sulu was a survivor of the year 2248's Klingon attack on the planet Ganjitsu. 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. (Star Trek App; TOS comic: "Issue 20", TOS - The Q Gambit comic: "The Q Gambit, Part 1")

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-)Edit

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Hikaru Sulu in 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:

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)

For the survey of Nibiru, Sulu was placed in charge of overseeing scans and analyzing data regarding the natives' progress in science and technology. (Star Trek App)

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).

Sulu was then joined by sister Yuki aboard the Enterprise. However, he discovered that she was a Section 31 agent.(TOS - The Khitomer Conflict comics: "Parts 1", "2", "3", "4")

Following the destruction of the USS Enterprise in 2263 (Star Trek Beyond), he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and temporarily assigned as the first officer of the USS Concord (NCC-6871).

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