Kirk's Ripped or Removed Shirts

Kirk with Ripped Shirt - Kirk Shirtless - Addendum


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.


Kirk with Ripped Shirt

Where No Man Has Gone Before Kirk gets his old-style shirt ripped in his fight with Gary Mitchell, who has acquired god-like powers.
The Naked Time 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.
Miri 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 planet. 
Court Martial 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.  
Shore Leave On the Amusement Park Planet, Kirk encounters his old nemesis from the Academy, an immature cadet named Finnegan who is always out for a fist fight. This leaves Kirk's shirt in a total mess.
Amok Time Kirk is forced to fight against Spock in the old koon-ut-kal-if-fee ritual. In the course of the fight, Spock hits Kirk with the Lirpa and slices through his shirt into his chest.
The Gamesters of Triskelion 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 Shirtless

The Corbomite Maneuver Kirk is in sickbay for a routine medical exam. Topless, of course.
The Enemy Within "Evil" Kirk takes a couple of big gulps from the bottle of Saurian brandy and then feels like taking his shirt off.  
Charlie X We can see Kirk without a shirt in the ship's gym, trying to teach young Charlie what it means to be a man.
What are Little Girls Made of? Kirk has to take off his shirt (but not his pants) to be scanned, in order to create a mechanical duplicate of him.
Journey to Babel 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 his chest.
A Private Little War 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.
Patterns of Force After an attempt to pass as Nazis, Kirk and Spock are captured and apparently tortured. This is the only time in TOS we can see Spock's bare chest.
The Paradise Syndrome 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.
The Empath 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. 
Plato's Stepchildren 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.
Turnabout Intruder 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.



The Savage Curtain We can see how Kirk's pants get ripped in his fight against the representatives of evil, but this obviously isn't intentional. 


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