The Captain of Earth's first Warp 5 starship, Archer spent most of his life dreaming of going to the stars and, since his father Henry was a major player in humanity's achievement of Warp 5 in the first place, his command is rather personal. This is also where he got his distrust of Vulcans, as they had spent most of his life attempting to keep humanity in and around its own solar system.
Authority Equals Asskicking: But only after he's been pummeled into a thin paste a few dozen times by some aliens who don't like him. And even by some aliens who do like him. He learns by experience.
Bold Explorer: A classically bold example in the mold of the original Kirk.
Butt Monkey: Most of the captains of Star Trek have their moments of buttmonkery, but ol Jonathan Archer is one of the worst of the lot. All he wants to do is peacefully explore the galaxy making friends of the many species across the galaxy in the ship his father built, but he continuously ends up putting himself and his ship in ludicrously dangerous situations both by chance and due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome, gets captured constantly, nearly gets killed or sentenced to death countless times, and if the plot requires somebody to get badly injured and/or beaten up by the Villain of the Week that episode, it's him, especially during the first season.
Composite Character: Archer could be considered an amalgam of past Captains. He shares the corn-fed hokum of James T. Kirk's upbringing, the zeal for exploration of Jean-Luc Picard, the emotional baggage of Ben Sisko, and the greying morality of Kathryn Janeway.
Distressed Dude: He is very frequently captured by the enemy of the week, necessitating an escape coupled with a rescue operation from the crew.
Famed in Story: He gains notice for being the captain of the first warp-5 ship, but it's completing the Xindi mission that makes Earth view him as a hero.
Mr. Fanservice: In the third or fourth episode, he almost floats out of his shower thanks to a gravity malfunction.
Fantastic Racism: In early series, he really hates the Vulcans. He gets better later.
A Father to His Men: He maintains a First Name Basis with his command staff and will go after any member of his crew who's captured, injured, or stranded with every resource he has.
He Lampshades this in one episode, commenting that he once had a Captain who kept a professional distance with his crew, but given that Enterprise is alone on its missions, the crew have to be more of a family than a group of coworkers in order to survive.
General Ripper: In the early half of season 3. Archer changes his tune pretty damn quickly when he realizes that the Xindi have been manipulated and lied to for generations and have been screwed over pretty severely. The Sphere-Builders are not happy with the outcome.
Heroic BSOD: His actions in Season 3 clearly weigh on him, but it's not until Season 4's "Home" that he finally has to deal with it.
"I lost something out there, and I don't know how to get it back."
I Did What I Had to Do: "This isn't open to debate!" Mostly in Season 3; he's most definitely not happy about being forced into positions where it's either Shoot the Dog or let billions of humans be destroyed by the Xindi weapon. The decisions he makes weigh on him quite heavily.
Informed Ability: We're told he got trained to be a diplomat in "A Night In Sickbay," where he does virtually everything a diplomat should never, ever do. (It should be emphasized that, to be fair, he doesn't do any of the above in the presence of the aliens.) Likewise, for a supposed "skilled" diplomat, he barely tries to hide his utter contempt for the Vulcans. (Though, again to be fair: considering how Ambassador Soval constantly treats him, he may have viewed it as par for the course....)
His attempts to make peaceful first contact don't fare any better, typically ending in either a shootout, crewmembers getting taken hostage or Archer having the stuffing beaten out of him.
He does however start to get better in Season 2—with his efforts to end the cold war between the Vulcans and the Andorians. Also, in Season 4, he manages to successfully ensure the cultural reformation of the Vulcans back to the teachings of Surak and prevent an interstellar war, as well as negotiate several disputes between the Tellarites and Andorians, averting yet another conflict. Furthermore, according to the (possibly canon) biography shown in "In a Mirror, Darkly," Archer eventually would go on to serve as an ambassador to Andoria for several years. As such, it makes Daniels' claims that he'll be instrumental in forming the Federation far more believable.
Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Season 3 in particular, where he shoves a pirate in an airlock and starts to depressurize it until he talks (with Malcolm hovering in the background wondering what the hell he's doing) and then punching the 20th-century medical tech who was working for the Xindi.
The Kirk: He's got a Spock in T'Pol and a McCoy in Trip. He tends to lean more towards the Id than Superego.
The Resenter: Feels that the Vulcans held humans back, not allowing his father to live to see his Warp 5 engine finally fly. Has to begrudgingly change his position when he gets a glimpse of some of the ethical dilemmas that the Vulcans had to deal with when it comes to humans.
His Mirror Universe self, still only Number Two on Enterprise, is furious to discover his alternate universe self is already captain and will eventually become the most famous explorer of the era.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With T'Pol, mostly in Season 2. This is a rather odd and strangely realistic variation, in that it's more the result of T'Pol being the only humanoid female that he is close to for over a year, her being his trusted second-in-command with all the loyalty and bonding such a position entails (as is consistent with all other Star Trek series), and Archer not having the opportunity to *cough* "release any tension" for a very long time while on the first two years of the mission, rather than the result of any romantic affiliation between the two. It stays unresolved and eventually dissipates as they both find partners that they have actual feelings for.
Water Polo: Archer played in college (implied to be Stanford) and is still a big fan. A water polo ball appears several times in the series, and he is often shown watching the game in his quarters.
What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out on his borderline-amoral or dangerous actions more than once. Usually by Trip.
"If we expect to continue our relations with humanity, we have to earn their trust."
Archer's Vulcan science officer and second-in-command, T'Pol did not like humans when she first joined Enterprise's crew. Of course, as the years wore on, she came to respect her human crewmates more and more, and shifted her loyalty from the Vulcan High Command to Starfleet and, more specifically, Archer, with whom she would develop a strong friendship. (Falling in love with Trip certainly didn't hurt, either.)
Becoming the Mask: The High Command puts her on the ship to keep the humans from getting into too much trouble. When she's recalled at the start of Season 3, she resigns and joins Starfleet.
Future Spandex: Her first uniform was very form-fitting (a la Seven of Nine), but still distinctly Vulcan. She ended up having the most costume changes of any character in Trek, but they're all variations of this trope.
Jerkass: In the early seasons, at least, although it's obvious by the end of Season 1 that she's ready to defend Enterprise and Archer against the High Command if she thinks it's necessary, with hints of Hidden Depths.
Ms. Fanservice: The designated female cast member in unreasonably tight clothing.
Number Two: To Archer. Even during his early, Vulcan-hating days as captain, it's standard for him to give her the ship while he's not aboard.
Lampshaded in the pilot, where she has a debate with Tucker over the matter (she has a higher rank than him, but since she isn't Starfleet, he argues that she is outside the chain of command).
Official Couple: With Trip. It turns out that, even in alternate timelines and mirror universes, the odds favor them ending up together.
Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Although it becomes obvious that, even if she has a wide range of theoretical and applied sciences under her belt (which is somewhat understandable considering she's in her late 60s and has had a long time to study under the Vulcan Science Directive), she is nowhere near as proficient with hands-on engineering and often requires Trip's expertise.
Promoted Fangirl: Jolene Blalock is a Trekkie and, like Tim Russ (Tuvok in the previous show), would get into arguments with the producers about whether T'Pol was staying in character. (And here we thought she was just Ms. Fanservice!)
Scully Syndrome: Particularly in regards to Time Travel. In spite of all the evidence and personal accounts that Archer gives, she insists that the Vulcan Science Ministry has declared time travel to be impossible.
The Spock: Always the one to offer the more pragmatic explanation or advocate leaving an alien conflict alone.
Straw Vulcan: In Season 1, to the point where it's a Conflict Ball. More than once she would not give the crew basic information on a matter and then act superior when she corrected their subsequent mistakes.
Stripperific: If she's not dressed in her duty catsuit, she's usually wearing pajamas that are one size too small or skivvies.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Usually ice, but there are moments even in Season 1 where she admits a respect for the captain and crew.
In the alternate timeline seen in "Twilight," the scene cuts out before the audience finds out exactly how the relationship between Archer and T'Pol evolved. However, we do know that, although it does take a good decade plus of constantly caring for him for T'Pol to manifest romantic feelings for Archer, it's her loyalty and bond of friendship with him that is strong enough to make her throw away her career to take care of him in the first place.
Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III (Connor Trinneer)
"You expect us to sit up here for a week while the probes have all the fun?"
Enterprise's Chief Engineer and Archer's long-time best friend, Trip Tucker's "good ol' boy" Southern charm disguised one of the sharpest minds in Starfleet. Between his engineering genius and security head Malcolm Reed's deep and lasting desire to blow things up, Enterprise kept flying even when she probably shouldn't have and exceeded all expectations in the process.
Anyone Can Die: In the series finale, to the disappointment of a great many fans. The Expanded Universe fixed it, but that still remains Fanon if anything.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: With T'Pol. He even spells it out in "Home," where he tells her mother that he felt like they had chemistry (his word) the first time they got into an argument.
Book Dumb: Basic Algebra eludes him, yet he's an engineer. Although with his habit of Obfuscating Stupidity and hiding his genius, the audience is not entirely sure whether he just consistently pretends to be Book Dumb or actually is. The fact that his understanding of warp theory is second-to-none indicates the latter.
Cynicism Catalyst: His little sister Elizabeth was killed in the Xindi's attack on Earth in the Season 2 finale. He becomes much more cynical, but bottles up his anger and grief until "The Forgotten."
Trip:: There's just one other thing I need to tell you—you can all go straight to hell!
Scotty Time: He has to deal with it less than other Starfleet engineers, but he's pretty ticked off when he has to work in it.
Stupid Sacrifice: Decides to blow up himself and the aliens boarding the ship despite the fact that Archer is out of harm's way and after he knows that security is on the way to deal with the invaders.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Subverted. T'Pol declines to declare the kal-i-fee at her wedding to Toss. When her mother suggests that Trip tell T'Pol about his true feelings before the ceremony, he says no because she's got enough pressure on her.
Techno Wizard: If you give him a few minutes with a piece of technology—from just about any species—he'll be able to fix it or jury-rig it into something useful for the situation.
The Watson: Often the one to ask questions that T'Pol could then explain to the audience.
Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (Dominic Keating)
"This is called a phase pistol. It has two settings: 'stun' and 'kill.' It would be best not to confuse them."
British, shy, quiet and reserved unless someone was in danger, Reed had a talent for getting himself injured while trying to protect his crew and his captain. As it turns out, he also had a talent for blowing things up, and with Trip's engineering genius, did it much better than the weapons specifications said he should have been able to. Although he started out isolated from everyone, he went on to develop a strong friendship with frequent verbal sparring partner Trip and became an anchor for Archer during the Xindi crisis.
Ambiguously Gay: Dominic Keating is on record as saying, "God knows I played him gay!" but no one's sure whether he's joking or not. There is some evidence that Reed was slated to be the first gay character in Star Trek, but this was apparently later revoked. Considering he's had significant Ho Yay with at least three characters (Archer, Tucker and Hayes), however, Keating may not have been joking all that much. It's worth noting that when Enterprise was sent back in time, Malcolm never got married or had kids, and he was the only member of the main cast (and possibly the whole crew) that didn't.
Lampshaded when they find a hatch and Reed immediately starts talking about where he can place charges before he even looks for the latch device (which Archer locates within seconds).
Butt Monkey: Almost as frequently as Archer, it's Malcolm Reed who is the designated victim, although he's more an accident prone victim of circumstances than a constant villain target. He seems like a Redshirt with Plot Armour, forever doomed to be injured or trapped in order to provide dramatic tension. This may also be a symptom of The Worf Effect, given that he is the ship's tactical officer and thus the one who should be most capable at looking out for his own well-being.
British Stuffiness: The only Brit in the main cast, Malcolm is noticeably more reserved and uptight than his American colleagues. Well, except when he gets to blow things up.
Consummate Professional: Despite most of the main characters being in Starfleet, Reed is pretty much the only one who consistently acts like he has undergone military training. This brings him into conflict with the MACOs in Season 3, due to their differing military disciplines and protocols clashing.
Lampshaded in "Minefield" when Archer inquires why he was so uncomfortable being invited to dine at the Captain's table. Reed eventually admits that throughout his career, he's tried to remain professional and avoid "fraternization" with his superiors and fellow officers.
The Stoic: How he's usually seen. He even suggests that Archer abandon him when a mine traps him on a detachable section of hull while a Romulan ship threatens.
Not So Stoic: He's upset to be seen as a "grim reaper" and explains that he doesn't want to die, but he doesn't want to have unrealistic expectations either. Also, later in the series, he calls out his fellow officers on their seeming lack of reaction to a MACO Redshirt's death, and is visibly upset by just how many people they've lost while in the Expanse.
Stiff Upper Lip: From attempting to perform a Heroic Sacrifice ("Minefield") or being forced to eat emergency rations that he doesn't like ("Shuttlepod One"), Reed rarely ever complains about the situation. At most, he'll make a dry, sarcastic quip before getting right back to business.
Stuff Blowing Up: 90% of the time, when Reed is openly happy/gleeful about something, it's related to weapons—usually using them.
The Unfavourite: His father was a life-long Navy man, and has remained aloof, cold and generally disappointed in Malcolm because he didn't follow the family tradition (Malcolm's afraid of water).
"I must admit, I wasn't planning to stay this long, but the opportunity to observe your species on their first deep-space venture has proven irresistible."
Enterprise's Denobulan doctor, Phlox had a habit of using alien creatures to assist in healing as well as a curious interest in human "mating habits." Luckily for the crew, he was also quite good at keeping them alive.
Crazy Cultural Comparison: His reaction to Tucker nervously informing him that his (Phlox's) wife made a pass at him is to immediately suggest that he sleeps with her! Denobulans are polygamists and actively embrace the concept of open marriages.
Deliberate Values Dissonance: Denobulan medical ethics are not precisely aligned to the Hippocratic Oath. For example, he refuses to treat patients without their consent, even if their condition is lethal.
He also has very few qualms discussing a person's medical information with others, even if he is going behind the person's back to do it, i.e. giving out information about Reed's allergy treatments to Hoshi.
Exotic Extended Marriage: Like all Denobulans, Phlox has three wives, and each of them has two other husbands. It has been stated that the Denobulan homeworld is a single continent that is vastly overpopulated.
Fantastic Racism: Phlox admits that he has some ill-feeling towards Antarans because of a war the two species fought in the past, but he tried to teach his children to be free of prejudice. Later, he is on the receiving end of this on Earth after the Xindi crisis awakens humanity's own tendencies towards xenophobia.
Foil: To T'Pol, particularly early on. His keen interest and enthusiasm for human culture contrasts her contempt and discomfort with it, and he advises her to be more open-minded.
Friend to All Living Things: He dearly loves his pets. He also took to Porthos, becoming the one who'd look after him if Archer was away.
Heavy Sleeper: His species only sleeps once a year, for a period of several days. He's incredibly loopy when a medical emergency forces the crew to wake him up.
The Medic: He has his work cut out for him to keep the crew in shape between space mines and many, many angry aliens.
Renaissance Man: In addition to his skill with standard and non-traditional medicine, he apparently is something of an anthropologist, joining the Interspecies Medical Exchange so he could study new species and cultures.
Sixth Ranger: He was present from the pilot, but Archer added him to the crew at the last minute after they met at Starfleet Headquarters.
Ensign Travis Mayweather (Anthony Montgomery)
"I couldn't call a place home unless it came with a pair of warp nacelles."
Enterprise's pilot, Travis Mayweather was a "space boomer," born on one of the slow-moving cargo transports launched right after humans discovered warp flight. Since transports usually took years to get between ports, Travis grew up on the cargo ship ECS Horizon and probably knows more about living in space than anyone else on board. This also translated into a talent for flying spacecraft.
Ace Pilot: He's the helmsman for the whole of the series and maneuvers them through some very tricky situations, including the highly dangerous Delphic Expanse. He also manages to figure out how to pilot an Insectoid shuttle despite it being designed for someone with compound eyes.
Advertised Extra: To absurd degrees. He's one of the least-developed "mains" in Trek history.
The worst part is: Season Two seemed to be getting around to characterizing him to a degree ("Horizon")—but Word of God notes that many of his characterization moments ended up being cut for time, or just rewritten into off-screen events. And then Season Three came along, and his character suddenly became the most overlooked from then on....
"Well Done, Son" Guy: In "Horizon," he notes that his dad, the captain of a cargo ship, was disappointed that Travis didn't follow in his footsteps. Following Mr. Mayweather's death, Travis noted to Archer his regrets over never having reconciled with him.
Not a fan of space travel, getting eaten or aliens, Hoshi Sato was on Enterprise for one reason: She had an unmatched gift for languages. In the days before the Universal Translator, she was a critical part of First Contact missions, especially since she would go on to invent the aforementioned Universal Translator.
Badass Bookworm: Although she rarely gets the opportunity to show it, when Phlox is kidnapped in Season 4, she kicks ass!
The Chick: She's one of the most openly emotional (in the "sensitive" vein, not "angry and Hot-Blooded") officers, especially in the first season when she doesn't have much confidence in herself. She is also one of the friendliest bridge officers.
Cunning Linguist: It generally takes her just a few hours to start getting the hang of a new language.
Downer Ending: The Mirror Universe episode reveals in a barely visible text blurb that Hoshi ends up marrying, leaving Starfleet, and settles on Tarsus IV, where she is ignonimously executed by Kodos during a famine (a young James T. Kirk is witness to her death).
Fake Nationality: Hoshi is played by Linda Park, a Korean-American actress. In the show, Hoshi is from Japan and speaks perfect American-accented English because she's the world's greatest Cunning Linguist.
Fighting from the Inside: When the Xindi reptilians inject her with brain parasites to make her decrypt the weapon's launch codes. She manages to add a new layer of encryption, although the next set of parasites forces her to comply.
Fish out of Water: She's really uncomfortable with space travel with the weirdness and dangers involved.
The Gift: Hoshi is not just a Cunning Linguist; one telepathic alien points out that it seems that her brain is uniquely wired for multiple languages.
The Heart: She's shown to be close with all of her fellow bridge crew and often spends her downtime getting to know new people, or trying to, as with the MACO squad.
Heroic BSOD: After being rescued from the Xindi thanks to brain scrambling and guilt over not being able to prevent the Xindi from hijacking her skills.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: When was the last time we actually saw her translate something? It's not entirely her fault; Archer seems to go out of his way to find her tasks that involve everything but her actual job.
In the penultimate episode, the former Shrinking Violet commands the ship, takes on the President of Earth in a battle of the wills and wins. (Which sort of suggests that Starfleet is a bit too comfortable with ignoring the civilian government. Might explain why every third admiral was planning a coup from ST VI on.)
In the Mirror Universe, Mirror Hoshi manages to take on Mirror T'Pol in a knife fight and hold her own for some time. T'Pol only loses because after she knocks Hoshi down for the count, she gets shot In the Back by a MACO. Mirror Hoshi would then go on to become Empress of the Terran Empire.
The crew's Reasonable Authority Figure based on Earth, Forrest was also not a fan of Vulcans. He was, however, Archer's friend and patron, and was unusual for an Admiral in that he actually helped the crew instead of hindering them.
Casting Gag: Vaughn Armstrong had been playing various characters in the franchise since the early days of TNG. Forrest, however, was the first time he played a human.
Heroic Sacrifice: Dies protecting Soval from a terrorist attack on Vulcan. His death inspires Soval to re-evaluate his position concerning humans and leads to greater cooperation between the two races.
Mythology Gag: The three Admirals seen in Enterprise are Admirals Forrest, Leonard and Williams, after DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, respectively. As Kelley had died roughly a year prior to the start of filming, Forrest has, by far, the largest role in the show.
The commanding officer of a group of MACOs detatched to Enterprise on their mission to the Delphic Expanse after the Xindi attack. His very straightforward and military demeanor highlights the change in their mission as well as causing some friction with the existing crew.
The Big Guy: He and his platoon are explicitly military and trained for combat. Their skills are very useful on various infiltration misions.
A Father to His Men: Downplayed, but noticeable. He's upset when his people die on missions he's not leading because he feels personally responsible for everyone on his team.
Consumate Professional: Hayes is even more military than Reed is, with his training regimens and never forgetting to append his statements with "sir" or "ma'am."
Interservice Rivalry: He and Reed clash over security and military operations at first, eventually leading to a fistfight. They eventually understand each other better.
Just Following Orders: In "Hatchery." He admits after it's all done that the others had to mutiny because he would have kept following Archer's enzyme-induced orders even if they had explained their concerns to him.
Mauve Shirt: He's the leader of a squad of Red Shirts, although the MACOs actually have a pretty good survival rate for that trope. He dies right at the end of rescuing Hoshi, shot during beam-out.
Archer's old flame and the captain of Enterprise's sister ship Columbia (NX-02), Erika Hernandez was a fiery Action Girl who appeared in only three episodes of the show's fourth and final season. Somebody liked her, though, because she shows up as a main character in the Star Trek: Destiny novel trilogy—and, if you consider the Star Trek Expanded Universecanon, plays a rather sizable role in the history of the Federation. (Spoilers for Destiny are marked.)
"I look at you, and I see the person I was three years ago—the explorer that my father wanted me to be."
Retcon: Her presence as a starship captain undoes the 30-year-old embarrassment of "Turnabout Intruder," which claimed that women were forbidden from that position, apparently confirming the long-held Fanon belief that this was another one of Janice Lester's delusions and Kirk couldn't be bothered to argue with her.
Daniels (Matt Winston)
Captain Archer's steward... supposedly. He's actually an undercover Time Cop stationed on Enterprise to help them through the Temporal Cold War.
Covert Group with Mundane Front: "Captain's steward" is probably the least-illustrious position on the ship... but it gives him immediate access to Archer and allows him to build up a base of trust.
Death Is Cheap: Doubtlessly owing to the fact that he's a time-traveler. When he shows up after getting shot in his first episode, he tells Archer that he only died "in a manner of speaking." It happens again in the season 4 opener.
Time Police: He's a temporal agent from the Federation of the 29th century and gives Archer various assignments, which Archer is never happy about.
Silik (John Fleck)
Archer and Daniels' main adversary in the Temporal Cold War. He's the head of the Suliban Cabal, a group of genetically-enhanced Suliban who want to change history to their advantage, which is apparently to humanity's disadvantage.
Ascended Fanon: His name, "Future Guy," came from a written review of "Broken Bow" by Trek commentator Chuck Sonnenburg (SF Debris). Eventually, fans started using it to refer to the humanoid figure and eventually, the producers of Enterprise used it as the character's actual name in the script. In his video review of "Broken Bow" years later, Chuck commented how it pains him that what should have been the Big Bad of the series ended up taking a name derived from sarcasm, another sign of how the Temporal Cold War was poorly plotted and poorly planned.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: He tells Archer about the Xindi attack to ensure Earth won't be destroyed. At first, he seems motivated by little else than Even Evil Has Standards—but as Season 3 later reveals, had the Xindi succeeded, it would've doomed the entire galaxy.
What Might Have Been: Word of God has it that the original "idea" was that "Future Guy" was originally supposed to be a Romulan, presumably tampering with the timeline so as to ensure victory for the Empire in the "upcoming" (for Archer and company) Earth-Romulan War. As time went on and the Temporal Cold War was developed further (such as it was), the Romulan idea was dropped.
You Have Failed Me: Seems to love threatening to do this—and occasionally carrying it out.
Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner)
The ancestor of Noonien Soong. Imprisoned for genetic experimentation, Archer seeks his help in tracking down a group of Augments wreaking havoc with a Klingon bird-of-prey, but Soong soon breaks away and joins his "children" in trying to prove that they're not that bad, really.
Anti-Villain: He causes loads of trouble for Archer (including bringing Orions down on them, resulting in several crew members ending up in a slave auction), but when he infects a hostage with a horrific virus to make the Starfleet doctors talk, he's the one who breaks down and begs them to "let" him end it. When his augments turn out to be inveterate assholes after all, he's quite regretful.
Call Forward: After returning to custody, he decides to turn his attention to cybernetics.
Evilutionary Biologist: He was incarcerated for stealing Augment embryos and is an advocate of genetic engineering, which is illegal in the Federation.
Deadpan Snarker: He's mocking and condescending towards Archer and the crew.
Villain Has a Point: A lot of the theoretical papers he does in prison propose cures and treatments to various diseases, including the one that killed Archer's father. Phlox also agrees that gene therapy is useful (and widely practiced in Denobulan medicine), but believes that humanity's experience with the type that Soong wants justifies their zero-tolerance policy on it.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wanted to prove that genetically engineered humans didn't always have to turn out like Khan. Unfortunately, his "kids" have turned out like Khan.
Hostage Situation: He points a giant space cannon at Starfleet Command and orders all non-humans out of the Sol system or he fires.
Hypocrite: He espouses anti-alien views, yet he relies on Rigelian gene therapy to extend his own life due to being addled with Taggart's Syndrome. T'Pol threatens to tell his followers, but he scoffs at the idea of them trusting an alien over himself.
Fantastic Racism: Although much of his group was inflamed by the Xindi attacks, Paxton himself is a follower of
"We don't know what to do about Humans. Of all the species we've made contact with, yours is the only one we can't define. You have the arrogance of Andorians, the stubborn pride of Tellarites. One moment, you're as driven by your emotions as Klingons, and the next, you confound us by suddenly embracing logic."
The Vulcan ambassador, he doesn't trust humans one bit and attempts at all costs to stump them at every turn. T'Pol was his original partner in crime, until she became the mask and decided she'd rather throw her lot in with the humans.
Ambadassador: He has since left that part of his life behind, but a hundred years before the start of the series, Soval was a member of the Intelligence division of the Vulcan High Command. He negotiated one of their original treaties with the Andorians while he was stationed on an occupied planet as part of the occupying forces, and when he returns to that same planet a hundred years later, he is able to keep walking and shooting (albeit without hitting anything) even after having been shot.
Ass in Ambassador: Soval is an annoying Jerkass until Admiral Forrest gets killed off trying to protect him in the fourth season. Then he cooperates with Archer. And even then, he's kinda pushy.
"You heard Captain Archer: The 'ball' is in our 'court'."
Jerkass Has a Point: His skepticism of humans becomes clearer in "The Forge," where he explains that he (and other Vulcans) have long noticed an uncomfortable similarity to themselves. Both species were nearly wiped out by war, managed to re-build their worlds and then began exploring the galaxy, but while it took Vulcans 1500 years to do so, humans did it in less than 100.
Surrounded by Idiots: Seems to be his normal attitude, particularly when in a non-Vulcan environment. Still, even Vulcans are not immune—as indicated by his attitude in Season 4 when standing before the High Command.
An Andorian space captain, Shran was slated to become an Enterprise regular in the unproduced fifth season. Sadly, the show was cancelled before this could happen.
Byronic Hero: In fact, ALL Andorians are walking Romanticism incarnate, praising emotion and the experience of passion, ritualizing the concept of a duel to settle differences, housing probably the greatest Art Academy in the United Federation of Planets...and thoroughly disagreeing with Vulcans (Realists and Rationalists).
The Cavalry: Shows up in the nick of time and destroys a Xindi warship that was about to shoot down Archer's shuttle, which in turn would have allowed the superweapon to destroy Earth unopposed.
Face Heel Revolving Door: He starts as an antagonist, but then he helps Archer because he feels a personal debt, but then he's robbing a Xindi prototype from him, but then he's The Cavalry... Mainly it's because he personally likes and trusts Archer and the Enterprise, but the Imperial Guard is always ordering him to oppose him.
Sour Supporter: Somewhat in "Proving Ground." He does as he's told, but he tries to convince his superior that humans could be a valuable ally instead of mere pawns to be manipulated.
With Friends Like These...: Although arrogant, militant and speciesist (his favorite nickname for Archer is "pinkskin", and he loathes Vulcans and Tellarites), he has a strong sense of personal obligation and provides more practical help than humanity's Vulcan "allies" during the Xindi crisis. Nevertheless, Shran often causes as many problems as he helps to solve.
What Could Have Been: Had there been a fifth season, producers wanted to upgrade Shran to series regular.
You Look Familiar: Combs has played a number of Trek characters (Weyoun most notably). Even just counting this show, he qualifies, as he also played a Ferengi in "Acquisition."
A leader of the Syrannite sect, considered to be dangerous extremists by mainstream Vulcans. Archer and T'Pol search for her when her DNA is found on the bomb that destroyed the Earth embassy. She's the same T'Pau who turns down a Federation council seat and officiates Spock's wedding in TOS.
Fantastic Racism: She's mistrustful of humans and thinks the only reason Syrran mind-melded with Archer was because there was no other choice. She's rather taken aback when Surak's katra chooses to stay in Archer's head and re-evaluates.
Foregone Conclusion: That she was framed. It's not that likely that the distinguished figure Kirk wants to impress was really a terrorist who once attacked Earth's embassy.
The Fundamentalist: She and the other Syrranites are accused of this, and they have to live in a particularly brutal part of Vulcan to avoid persecution. In truth, they're much better followers of logic than mainstream Vulcan society.
Good Is Not Nice: She openly says she would try and force Surak's katra out of Archer even if he wasn't volunteering, justifying B'Elanna's statement that she could be "ruthless" in her logic. She is, however, rather nice to T'Pol after T'Pol's mother dies.
Older and Wiser: Inverted. T'Pau is very logical and driven in her younger days, but she's also mistrustful and doesn't yet have the benefit of Surak's original teachings to guide her.
The Spock: To Archer's chagrin, she shoves him down an escape tunnel with the Kir'Shara rather than letting him retrieve T'Pol, who was knocked out in the fight with Vulcan cops. Getting the artifact to the capital is more important.note T'Pol, of course, doesn't skip a beat when she comes around and immediately tries to misdirect said cops when she wakes up.