|Starfleet Rank Captain|
|Planet Earth San Francisco|
|Portrayed George Takei John Cho|
Hikaru Sulu is a character who was played by George Takei in the original Star Trek series, the first six Star Trek films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager. In the new Star Trek film, he will be played by John Cho.
George Takei recalled Gene Roddenberry wanted the character to represent all of Asia, which symbolized the peace of the Trek universe in spite of the numerous wars in the continent. Roddenberry did not want a nationally specific surname, so he looked at a map and saw the Sulu Sea. "He thought, 'Ah, the waters of that sea touch all shores'," the actor recalled, "and that's how my character came to have the name Sulu