"Star Trek" gave us many things when it aired 50 years ago. And one of its greatest contributions to making pop culture a better place is Captain James T. Kirk.

The inventor of the flying kick and double-fist punch, the original Kirk was arguably the galaxy's first badass. The only person to ever beat Starfleet's no-win scenario, if James Tiberius Kirk couldn't find a way out of trouble -- he'd make one. (Also -- that middle name, right?!)

He's cheated death, fought the Klingons, travelled through time like its NBD, and met God. He's also slept with more alien ladies than he's had hot meals.

Let's celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek" with these GIFS honoring the number one cause of death for guys named "KHAAAAAN!"