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Kobayashi Maru

Literature and Drama
Also Known As...
No-Win Scenario
Kobayashi Maru


A training exercise in the Star Trek universe designed to test cadets in a no-win scenario. Captain Kirk 'wins' by altering the original conditions of the game — seen either as cheating or creative problem-solving.


First depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.