The Vulcan nerve pinch clearly works on humans and other humanoids. And—as seen in the 1989 film, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier—it can clearly work on horses as well.

Is there any canonical evidence of the Vulcan nerve pinch being used on other non-human/non-humanoid species, wild animals, or even on small domesticated animals like cats or dogs?

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    Please note that this question was previously asked by @JakeGould who asked for it to be deleted. I've reposted it.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:08
  • You beat me to it.
    – user31178
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:13
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    Richard, I thought you understood that we don't mention Star Trek V around here...
    – Omegacron
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:24

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The Vulcan Nerve pinch seems to be effective on a wide range of humanoid species (Human, other Vulcans, Romulans, etc) as well as certain animal species, notably a horse in the Star Trek V film.

Spock knocks out a giant panther-like creature in the "When Worlds Collide" webcomic. Interestingly, because it's a Robert Orci creation, it's actually a higher canon level than the animated series (see below)

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As far as other animals are concerned, we see the Nerve Pinch being used against an alien creature known as a Le-Matya in the Star Trek animated series.

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For the record, I'm unaware of the Nerve Pinch ever being used on anything as small as a cat or a dog but there's certainly no reason to assume that it wouldn't work.

  • Isn't the "giant panther-like creature" in the top image called a Sehlat?
    – Omegacron
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:25
  • @Omegacron - The text calls it a "Sa-te Kru Cat"
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:33
  • @Richard - yep, just looked up Sehlats and they have a panther-like body but the head is more like a bear. Oops, I feel so ashamed.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 21:38

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