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"He's dead, Jim" is a famous catch phrase and snowclone used in Star Trek. It is mostly used by Dr. Leonard McCoy in Star Trek: The Original Series, typically after using his medical tricorder to confirm and report the death to Captain Kirk. It is frequently said of redshirts.


DeForest Kelley refused to say the line after Spock's sacrifice in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He felt that it would make the audience laugh, which was inappropriate for such a serious scene. Instead, Scotty was given the line "He's dead already." (From Sawdust to Stardust, p. 249)

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