We’re looking at three of the scariest Star Trek: The Original Series villains ever this Halloween.
With Halloween here, we thought it’d be fun to look at some of the scariest characters across Star Trek. We’re looking at just about every show that has a few scary characters, with Voyager originally getting the first installment.
Next up is the Original Series, featuring William Shatner and company. While I believe Voyager to be the series closest to the “horror genre”, The Original Series had some of the more haunting-looking villains we’ve ever seen.
They’re not necessarily scary, so much as they’re unnerving. These villains are the ones that made you do a double-take and kept you up at night a little bit longer than you intended to. So on this Halloween, who ended up making the cut?
Three of the scariest Original Series characters for Halloween
The Salt Vampire (Salt Monster, M-113 creature) is one of the most iconic aliens from the first series of Star Trek. It’s a grey creature with messy grey hair and hollow eyes. It drains the salt from a creature and uses the ability to shapeshift to get close to its victims. It’s truly traumatizing to look at and considering it was created in the 1960s and still holds up so well is a testament to its design and creation.
Gary Mitchell didn’t set out to try to be a villain, instead, a freak accident gave him the powers of a god. Once he came in contact with a strange energy field, Mitchell gained incredible powers and all it cost him was his humanity. With no morality, Mitchell became a threat, and a perfect reflection of what power can do to a person when that person doesn’t have any true convictions.
If the green alien mask wasn’t enough to give you the heeby jeebies, the cackling baby Clint Howard would. What’s even more traumatizing, Clint Howard was seven when he guest-starred as Balok but he looked so much younger. Freaky.