In Mirror, Mirror, when there is trouble with the transporter at the start of the episode, we hear this exchange:

SPOCK: Regrettable that this society has chosen suicide. Mister Kyle, you were instructed to compensate during the ion storm.

KYLE: But I tried, Mister Spock, I tried.

SPOCK: Carelessness with the equipment cannot be tolerated.

KYLE: But Mister Spock, I --

SPOCK: Your agonizer.

KYLE: No, Mister Spock.

SPOCK: Your agonizer, please.

And from there, he uses Kyle's agonizer to torture him. It's clear this is a normal consequence for not performing successfully in the mirror universe.

Has anything ever been written, or said, by Trek staff about why Spock would need to use Kyle's own agonizer? Why, as an officer, wouldn't Spock have one with him normally, to use on personnel who did not perform to his standards?

I am not interested in speculation. I know this may never have been addressed, but it's also possible that the author or someone else involved with production has elaborated on this.

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    A guess would be that they are doing similar to the gun thing where handing over your gun, knowing what is to come, as an act of obedience, hoping for a reprieve. – Durakken Jul 19 '16 at 2:51
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    Seems pretty obvious to me that it's to humiliate him by forcing him to play an active role in his own torture. – ApproachingDarknessFish Jul 19 '16 at 5:54
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    @starpilotsix - In the novelisation he takes the agonizer from Sulu, not Kyle. No explanation is given why he doesn't have one of his own – Valorum Sep 20 '16 at 21:02
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    in all honesty in the film I always took it as an intimidation tactic. or psychological torture. Kyle knows he is going to get tortured, thus what better additional torture than asking him to hand over the item that will give him the torture? – Thomas May 9 '17 at 18:53
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    I always assumed it was tuned to the person who wore it; not to do so left it open to be used on someone else as a weapon.. but wearing your own torture device added a psychological component to the punishment. – K-H-W May 14 '19 at 17:12

2 possible solutions:

1) Picking up on the point above about the agoniser being a personalised item, each individual agoniser is attuned to its individual owner's "pressure points" of pain.

2) Perhaps it's to do with record-keeping. Maybe an agoniser isn't just a means of dispensing pain, it's also a miniature computer that's a means of keeping someone's disciplinary record. An agoniser keeps a record of exactly how many times it's been used against its owner - that way, at any given time, an agoniser can be demanded, to present a strong impression of how "obedient"/"rebellious" its user is.

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    Do you have any reason to prefer either of these solutions? – amflare Jan 15 '18 at 22:43

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