Montgomery "Scotty" Scott was a Human Starfleet officer serving in the 23rd century. He was recruited by James T. Kirk to replace Olson as chief engineer of the USS Enterprise before the Battle of Earth in 2258.
Scotty had been engaged in a debate with his instructor on the issue of relativistic physics and how it pertains to subspace travel. The professor was of the opinion that the range of a transporter was limited to a few hundred kilometers; Scotty felt that he could beam a lifeform from one planet to the next within a solar system. His theory, however, had never been tested. As he was experimenting with his theory of transwarp beaming he used Archer's prized beagle as a test subject but was unable to locate the dog afterwards.
Scott was sent to the Federation outpost on Delta Vega with his assistant, Keenser, in late 2257, six months before the destruction of Vulcan. He believed his blunder with Archer's dog was the real reason for him ending up there. In 2258 Keenser brought him two visitors, James T. Kirk and one Spock whom Scotty believed were sent by Starfleet to supply him.
Spock helped Scott fix this transport problem by giving him the finished version of the governing equation "his" Scotty – a longtime friend from his own future timeline – had completed in the future. The final detail Scott needed was to construct the equations from the perspective that outer space itself, not the ships, was moving. Using the new calculations, Kirk and Scott were able to beam aboard the Enterprise while it was moving at warp.
Despite his technical knowledge and engineering specialty, Scotty suffered an initial run of bad luck when it came to transporter targets. When beaming himself and Kirk to the Enterprise he ended up in a water conduit labeled Inert Reactant in Engineering, nearly drowning before Kirk was able to evacuate him through an emergency hatch. The first time he used the Enterprise transporter he aimed for the cargo bay of the Narada where he believed Kirk and Spock would be able to materialize unobserved; the area turned out to be crawling with Romulans. His second use of the Enterprise transporter, however, was a tremendous technical success: beaming three people from two different locations onto one pad, something he had never done before.
After Spock's ship, the Jellyfish, was destroyed, the Enterprise began to be sucked into the black hole created by the simultaneous detonation of its entire store of red matter. However, Scotty was able to eject and detonate the ship's warp core, creating a large enough shock wave that the Enterprise could ride to safety. With Olson, the ship's original chief engineer, having been killed in action, and his benefactor Kirk in command, Scott eventually took this position (bringing Keenser along with him) aboard the Enterprise. (Star Trek)
"You are Montgomery Scott!"
"You know him?"
"Aye, that's me. You're in the right place, unless there's another hard-working equally starved Starfleet officer around."
"Get tae–shut up! You don't eat anything. You can eat, like, a bean, and you're done! I'm talking about food. Real food."
- - Spock Prime, James Kirk, Montgomery Scott and Keenser
"Are you from the future?"
"Yeah, he is - I'm not."
"Well, that's brilliant. Do they still have sandwiches there?!"
- - Montgomery Scott and James Kirk
"So, the Enterprise has had its maiden voyage, has it? She is one well-endowed lady! I'd like to get my hands on her ample nacelles if you'll pardon the engineering parlance."
- - Montgomery Scott
"The notion of transwarp beaming is like trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet, whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse."
- - Montgomery Scott
"I like this ship! You know, it's exciting!"
- - Montgomery Scott, after Spock leaves the bridge following a fistfight between Spock and James Kirk
"Are you a member of Starfleet?"
"Uh... yes. Can I get a towel, please?"
- - Spock and Scotty
"I've never beamed three people from two targets onto one pad before!"
- - Montgomery Scott
"Kirk to Engineering. Get us outta here Scotty."
"You bet your arse Captain!"
- - James Kirk and Montgomery Scott
"I'm giving her all she's got, captain!"
- - Montgomery Scott, when escaping the black hole
"Get off there, its not a climbing frame."
- - Montgomery Scott, before beaming onto the Enterprise
|Chief engineers of the starships Enterprise|
|Enterprise NX-01:||Tucker • Kelby|
|USS Enterprise-D:||MacDougal • Argyle • Logan • Lynch • La Forge|
|USS Enterprise-E:||La Forge|
|ISS Enterprise NX-01:||Tucker|
|ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701):||Scott|
|USS Enterprise (alternate reality):||Olson • Scott • Chekov|
Montgomery Scott (alternate reality) appears in:
Simon Pegg modeled his Scottish accent on the Glaswegian one of his wife and her family. Pegg concocted a backstory for Scotty on his MySpace page to reconcile his performance's accent with the traditional belief Scotty was born from Aberdeen or Linlithgow.