During the three seasons of TOS, James T. Kirk repeatedly
gets himself into old-fashioned brawls, in which he winds up with a torn
shirt several times. In addition, we can see him quite often without a shirt (in
scenes involving violence just as well as casually), perhaps more often than all
other principal male characters of all Star Trek series combined. This looks
like a continued effort to underline his manliness. But judge for yourself.
Usually hyposprays are injected through the clothing. For some reason Dr. McCoy thinks it is a good idea to rip Kirk's shirt
open, which he accomplishes with astonishing ease. The fabric obviously wasn't
improved since the previous uniform shirts.
The shoulder zipper of Kirk's shirt opens during his struggle with the "Onlies", the
long-lived children on Miri's world. He doesn't mind closing it, obviously because
it is the least of his problems. Kirk eventually tears the sleeves open, in
order to demonstrate that he too suffers from the illness that has struck the
Ben Finney faked his own death and
evidence that Kirk abandoned him, in the hope of getting Kirk convicted. A
fierce fight ensues as Kirk find's Finney's hiding place in the engineering
section of the Enterprise. The only victim is Kirk's shirt.
Kirk, Uhura and Chekov
are kidnapped by three alien brains, who let slaves fight against each other
for their amusement. It is no surprise that his shirt doesn't survive it. He
eventually takes off the battered shirt (see below).
Kirk's chest is exposed on two unrelated occasions in
this episode. The first time we see him shirtless is when Kirk receives a
call while getting
dressed again after disposing of his dress uniform.
The second time is after the knife attack on him, with a bandage around
The native clothing that Kirk and McCoy are
wearing on their visit to Tyree's planet barely covers the chest. We see
Kirk's chest fully exposed after he has been attacked by a Mugato and Nona
takes care of him.
The Gamesters of Triskelion
After getting his
shirt ripped (see above), Kirk eventually removes it altogether and only
keeps the harness.
After some time on the
planet with the Native American Indians, "Kirok" disposes of his
Starfleet uniform and dresses like his new people. At one point we can see
him without a shirt, together with Miramanee.
This episode has the scenes with the
arguably most graphic violence in TOS. In one scene we can see Kirk
dangling from the ceiling, without a shirt.
The inhabitants of Platonius
force Kirk and Spock to wear clothing inspired by ancient Greece. Note
that Kirk's chest is half exposed, while Spock's is covered.
Janice Lester is in Kirk's body when McCoy orders him
to report for a medical exam because of his (actually her) "emotional
instability and erratic mental attitudes". In a way, this is the
only topless woman we ever see on Star Trek.
We can see how Kirk's pants get ripped in his fight
against the representatives of evil, but this obviously isn't intentional.
Star Trek Beyond
The alternate Kirk has his trouble with ripped shirts as well, as can be seen after his encounter with a rather easily offended alien species at the beginning of "Star Trek Beyond". Kirk notes that this happened "again".