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Captain Kathryn Janeway
"Space must have seemed a whole lot bigger back then. It's not surprising they had to bend the rules a little. They were a little slower to invoke the Prime Directive and a little quicker to pull their phasers. Of course, the whole bunch of them would be booted out of Starfleet today, but I have to admit, I would have loved to ride shotgun at least once with a group of officers like that."
According to early promotional materials, the character of Janeway was treated very
carefully to balance her authority with her femininity, and avoid presenting her as a stereotype in either situation. Thus, Janeway prefers to be called 'Captain' over 'Sir' or 'Ma'am.'
The character was originally named Nicole
Janeway until French-Canadian actress Genevieve Bujold (who was the first choice for the role) backed out of the series note
Instead we got Kate Mulgrew, who threw all of her considerable talent into the role despite being quite annoyed with the constant shifts in her character.
generally agreed that, given the scripts she had to work with, Mulgrew did a rather excellent job. As such, there is an important Aesop, here; a well-played but controversial/underwriten character, should not
be viewed as a basis for negative opinions of the actor. Kate Mulgrew has demonstrated in other roles (as well as in appearances related to Voyager
while still outside it) that she is a very emotionally stable and positively minded person.
Janeway was a woman of strong contrasts. At her worst, she was a ruthless Machiavellian for whom the ends justified the means
, and whose actions often had far-reaching and negative consequences, beyond her own capacity to foresee. At her best, however, she could be as principled and compassionate as any other captain in the fleet, and also possessed a level of tenacity
that Sir Winston Churchill likely would have appreciated. The famous quote from his interview on this subject, could be considered Janeway's own motto.
"Never, ever, ever, ever give up.
- Badass Boast: It comes with the job, but she gets off a magnificent one in the episode "Extreme Risk."
Janeway: Well, Mister...?
Malon: Vrelk. Controller Vrelk.
Janeway: Vrelk. We have a little expertise of our own; we're a very determined crew, so my suggestion is that you leave orbit, and in the future, if you come across anything that bears the insignia of the USS Voyager, head in the other direction.
- Badass Bookworm: Served for many years as a Science Officer before she transferred to Command. Once Voyager gets stranded in the Delta Quadrant, she's effectively her own Science Officer.
- Bold Explorer: Although more focused on finding her way home, Janeway still took her mission of exploration seriously.
- The Captain: Of Voyager.
- Catch Phrase: "Do it!" and "Coffee. Black."
- Celibate Hero: Avoided having a relationship due to the Subordinate Excuse, and the fact that Q is a Jerk Ass. She hooked up with a holodeck character in later seasons.
- Initially, she had a boyfriend back on Earth and didn't want to give up that relationship.
- The Chains of Commanding: She refuses to accept any luxuries denied to the rest of the crew. Tuvok reveals in "Night" (in confidence to Chakotay) that this is nothing new to Janeway; the Captain has always shown great empathy for her crewman, to a degree which is honestly rather unhealthy. While serving as Commander of the U.S.S. Billings, she nearly lost an away team during a botched survey mission on a volcanic moon. The next day, Janeway — against the protests of her crew and good sense — completed the mission solo, at great risk to her life.
- Chuck Sonnenberg of SFDebris (of all people) speculated that Janeway's fake identity in "Workforce" — toiling away in obscurity at a dead-end job and entertaining the possibility of a second love — was fueled by a subconscious desire to escape the burden she's been shouldering for over six years.
"People have their limits, period. Picard had his in 'Family', or Sisko had his in 'Emissary'. Given the choice between watching your crew die one after the other—year after year—with home still decades away and a self-imposed isolation
, or thinking that she could've resigned and taken a job on Earth with a husband and a pile of dogs, well... There's a lot of days where the former makes the latter look pretty damn good."
- Character Tic: Janeway putting her hands on her hips. Spoofed in one episode where an alien race that communicates via body language regards this as "the worst insult imaginable."
- Control Freak: If Janeway can be said to have a fatal flaw, it's her inability to delegate. It's an outgrowth of her refusal to issue an order. no matter how dangerous, that she would not follow herself. The women would rather jump into a furnace and fiddle with the deflector controls herself (with a pitiful flame shield made from scrap) then send somebody else to do it.
- The Determinator: When it comes to defending Voyager, Janeway is willing to put literally everything on the line, and will not stop until she is physically incapacitated. During Year of Hell, Part 2, when the holographic Doctor tries to relieve her of command, she informs him that he will need to physically subdue her in order to do so.
- Depending on the Writer: Is she a by-the-book hardass, an empathetic mother over her crew, a loose-cannon with a tendency to give in to her emotions and curiosity, a moral victor who upholds the ideals of the Federation in a savage galaxy, or a pragmatist who is very willing to play dirty to get her crew home? Given that Janeway had no oversight, no support and could only share so many of her concerns and and feelings with her fellow crewmembers it's possible she simply filled whatever role she felt she needed to at any given time. Some Trek fans, being Trek fans, proposed the theory that Janeway was actually schizophrenic. Despite the fact that schizophrenia does not work that way.
- Mulgrew herself has speculated that Janeway suffers from some sort of undiagnosed mental disorder which causes this.
- Drink Order: Her love of coffee is almost as well known as Picard's affiliation to Earl Grey.
- Falling into the Cockpit: The scientist to Kirk's action hero, Picard's diplomat, and Sisko's builder, Janeway rose through the science division rather than being groomed for command from the start. Voyager's maiden trip was a relatively short mission (...a three-hour tour ♫) into the Badlands, an assignment which didn't need a particularly experienced command officer.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: If you cut off the charred part, it's sure to taste good! Oh well. Tellingly, while under the effects of a mind wipe in "Workforce", Janeway recalls that "making a hot drink" is her one culinary skill.
- Fiery Redhead: For those who have ever wanted to see Katharine Hepburn command a starship: strap yourselves in, your oddly-specific wish is about to come true.
- For Science!: Janeway is practically salivating at the though of being able to sneak aboard a Borg ship and pillage their technology but then she always has been mildly suicidal when it comes to acquiring scientific data.
- Future Badass: An elderly admiral who single-handedly crushes the Borg, albeit at the younger Janeway's urging.
- Guile Hero: She is willing to play dirty when it comes to military, political and personal manipulation to either save or help her crew or do what she thinks is right (even if her actions to get there are amoral). By the later seasons she really does become quite good at it.
- Heroes Love Dogs: She's a dog person, but is thousands of light-years from her own dog Mollie.
- Heroic BSOD: In the interim between Seasons Four and Five, Voyager enters a region of space with no visible stars of systems, an endless night which gradually takes a toll on morale. Janeway is hit the hardest, retreating to her cabin to ponder over the many mistakes that stranded them there. Fortunately, a hostile alien boarding party perks her right up.
- Hypocrite: Is often militant about enforcing the Prime Directive, Temporal Prime Directive and any other regulations that strike her fancy, and will brutally smack down anyone who violates her interpretation of them. However, she herself can be very arbitrary in her interpretation of those same regulations and she frequently exercises a sort of Captain's privilege when she decides it advances her goals.
- Spent much time, especially in early seasons, pontificating about how important it was for Voyager not to disrupt the balance of power in the Delta Quadrant, as per the Prime Directive. Then, in "Scorpion", she is willing to bargain with the Borg, pretty much stated as the Enemy Number One by Starfleet Command (Picard once got chewed out by Admiral Nechayev for passing up an opportunity to destroy, or at least severely damage them). Janeway is actually prepared to help the Borg, a menace to the Delta Quadrant and the galaxy as a whole, win a war with a more powerful alien race in exchange for safe passage through their space. Entire civilizations would later get assimilated as the Borg worked to replenish the drones lost during this war.
- In "Endgame", in the future, after to returning to Earth, she has become an Insane Admiral, and decides to toss the Temporal Prime Directive out the window because three people she liked (Tuvok, Chakotay and Seven) did not get happy endings the way the timeline had played out and she wants to change the past to fix that (but not the extent of saving any of the Red Shirts they lost earlier in the series).
- Iron Lady:
- As far as direct violence was concerned, Janeway probably got her hands dirty more often than any other captain after Kirk. Given her apparent (presumably largely civilian) background in the Science track, she was a surprisingly effective fighter, as well.
- Sexism may be a relic in the Alpha Quadrant, but it's still in full bloom on most Delta Quadrant planets. In "Flesh and Blood", Janeway extends every courtesy to a Hirogen crew as they come under attack. The Hirogen "Beta", balking at taking instructions from a female officer under any circumstances, is kindly reminded that Voyager can let him off at the nearest rock if the idea of the lady at the wheel offends him. Her voice doesn't go above a whisper, either.
- Like a Son to Me: The battle for Seven's soul in "Dark Frontier" is between Janeway and the Borg Queen. Janeway shares more than a little in common with Seven's parents — and that's not meant as a compliment. Seven respects the Captain's cunning, but believes she is too cavalier and reckless when it comes to the Borg.
- This would also explain B'Elanna's competition with Seven throughout the four years. "Barge of the Dead" revealed that Janeway is the closest thing to a maternal figure B'Elanna has had since she was a child. This adds a whole other dimension to Janeway scolding her for hacking into Seven's personal files in "Dark Frontier."
- Mama Bear: Woe betide the foolish thieves/governments/unethical Starfleet captains who think it's a good idea to mess with her crew.
- Married to the Job: According to Word of Dante, Kathryn likely went straight back to military service shortly after returning to Earth (thus explaining her Admiralty in Star Trek: Nemesis), having missed the boat on an intimate relationship after Mark.
- Must Have Caffeine: Her Memory Alpha page has a whole paragraph devoted to her love of it. She equates replenishing a dwindling Antimatter fuel supply with regaining the ability to order coffee from the energy-intensive replicators.
Janeway: There's coffee in that nebula.
- Her future incarnation, Admiral Janeway, somehow managed to kick the habit over the twenty year stretch. She promptly falls off the wagon once she's aboard ''Voyager'.
- More Deadly Than The Male: Janeway is not often physically violent, (that usually only happens if pretty much everyone else has been incapacitated) but she at times employs the Machiavellian angle, and is usually good at it.
- Kirk boxed with a Gorn. Sisko grabbed a bat'leth and went to town on Klingon boarders. Janeway may not be in peak physical condition like those two, but surrender isn't in her vocabulary. A Hirogen learned it the hard way when a pipe-wielding Janeway disarmed him, played his head like a bongo, and shot him off a ledge to his death.
- A Mother to Her Men: Heavy lies the head that wears the bun. No matter her character inconsistencies, what the fans think or how morally grey her actions, the one thing about Janeway is that she really does closely align with this trope (for good or bad). She cares about every member of her crew, will take them into battle against all odds and have the ingenuity - or plot convenience - to win, and her crew are devoted and loyal. She will do anything to save them, but will still enforce discipline and come down hard on crewmen and officers alike if she thinks they are not fulfilling their potential, although she'll still be supportive despite her hardass attitude. Even though she does have a maternal side, her role as a captain and leader comes first.
- Harry and B'Elanna are open in their reverence of the Captain as a surrogate mother figure. Seven takes a little longer to defrost, but she eventually came around to seeing Kathryn in this way.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Often touches her subordinates while talking to them. Given her Celibate Hero status, this was frequent Fanfic Fuel.
- Number One Dime: Her "lucky teacup" (later replaced with a sturdier "lucky mug") which survived the first run-in with Annorax's Timeship....only to shatter minutes later. In the same pair of episodes, Chakotay saved up his meager replicator rations to fashion a pocket-watch for her birthday. It's a replica of the watch worn by a fictional British naval captain who was lost at sea, but managed to get his tattered ship back to shore regardless. She barked at Chakotay to recycle it into something useful for the task at hand, but he ignored the order and stashed it in his quarters for Janeway to discover at her lowest emotional ebb.
- Out-Gambitted: Inspector Kashyk in "Counterpoint" is basically a charming, smarmy Nazi officer (Hans Landa meets Bruce Campbell) who enters into a game of wits with Janeway. The banter between them veers into the romantic at times and Janeway pretends to play the "submissive" role , flirting outrageously and even playing the "Good Cop" to Kashyk's Bad Cop. She plants a big wet kiss on him near the end — but only after she's already woven her spider web around him so there's no chance of escape. Really, Janeway would be the antagonist of this piece if Kashyk was a legitimate detective and not a fascist.
Kashyk: You created false readings!
Janeway: That is the theme for this evening, isn't it?
- Parental Substitute: You could also argue that she serves as a positive parent to young Kes, rehumaned Seven of Nine, B'Elanna Torres (whose father abandoned her), Tom Paris (ditto, just not physically), and Harry Kim (made even more pronounced in "Endgame").
- Lampshaded in "Barge of the Dead" (where B'Elanna's mother appears in a vision wearing a Starfleet captain's uniform) and "Dark Frontier" where Janeway 'tucks Seven into bed' (plugs her into her Borg alcove) after she
wins the custody battle rescues Seven from the Borg Queen.
- Playing Hard to Get: Because his ego is bigger than Voyager, Q thinks Janeway is doing this when tries to romance her. Because she's genuinely uninterested, she's says she's "impossible to get". Which Q interpreted as a challenge.
- Power Hair: The first few days of filming saw Mulgrew with her natural hairstyle; however, when watching back the first edits, producers noticed that the stage lighting was making Mulgrew's ginger hair appear see-through. The more severe bun was then used, requiring reshoots on a number of scenes (a massive undertaking).
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Whenever she thinks of home. Or a crewmember she's taken under her wing does something she approves of. Fan Nickname is "The Gooey Look".
- Samaritan Syndrome: What stranded them in space in the first place. Neelix sarcastically pointed out the Captain's proclivity for exploring deadly anomalies in "The Cloud". The elder Admiral Janeway is so disgusted with it that she traveled back over twenty years to tell her to get moving! However, even when presented with a first-class ticket back home, Captain Janeway still can't help herself and postpones their return for a daring assault on the Borg transwarp network.
- Science Hero: Janeway had no Science Officer on Voyager, but luckily, she used to be one herself. While other Captains sign off on the technobabble, Janeway often plays a crucial role in developing the theories and sometimes getting down and dirty with the work herself.
- Serious Business: Coffee.
"Coffee. Black." Neelix:
"I'm sorry, Captain, we lost two more replicators this morning-" Janeway:
"Listen to me VERY carefully
, because I'm only going to say this once: Coffee. Black.
"Yes, ma'am." (serves coffee) "While, I've got your attention—" Janeway:
"Coffee first." (Gigantic Gulp
) "Now what's the problem?"
- Significant Monogram: Perhaps a "happy accident" but...compare to Kirk's name. Now widen eyes. Appropriate, given that Voyager was arguably more similar to the original series than The Next Generation was.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Vertically-challenged Janeway brandishes a big compression phaser rifle whenever it's time to go Sigourney Weaver on the Monster of the Week's butt.
- Rousing Speech: She occasionally gave one of these, and was a fairly charismatic orator, if a bit overly formal. Her speeches were usually of the Independence Day variety, given the nature of the situations Voyager often found itself in. Janeway was the only captain who used speeches to motivate the crew for the most part, as well. Although Picard and Kirk were also great orators, their speeches were almost always oriented towards reprimanding evil/unco-operative aliens; or in Picard's case, the admiralty.
- Team Mom: She takes a personal interest in her crew and shepherds them into becoming better officers, or (in Seven's case) humans.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Coffee. Black."
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Chakotay due to Subordinate Excuse.
- Woman in White: Janeway tends to wear all-white ensembles whenever she's out of uniform. She dons a white blazer, blouse, and slacks while visiting present-day San Francisco, and her French-resistance counterpart in "The Killing Game" sported a white tux (itself a shout out to Marlene Dietrich's drag act).
- Workaholic: It's often lampshaded that Janeway isn't getting enough sleep because she's up all night wrestling with the crisis of the week. Hence the coffee.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: "Counterpoint" shows the Captain at her duplicitous best best. Janeway keeps her game face on at all times, but is clearly relishing playing the innocent Starfleet Captain with nothing to hide. She at least has the modesty to act surprised when Inspector Kashyk yanks the pullchain on his dragnet (thinking he's won), whilst inside she is doing a little jig of victory.
: Robert Beltran
"As Captain, you're responsible for making decisions in the best interest of your crew. And I think you have to ask yourself... if you're doing that."
A member of the Maquis, a group of freedom fighters
contesting Cardassian activities, Chakotay's ship was yanked into the Delta Quadrant shortly before Voyager
was. Over the course of the pilot episode, he and his crew join forces with Janeway. Since he was a former Starfleet officer, Janeway re-activated his commission and made him her Number Two
. He eventually became her most trusted friend, and provided the voice of reason among the main characters. Though his personality never much changed, his relationships to other characters changed drastically, as he was forced to integrate his Maquis crew into a Starfleet ship, and later accept Seven of Nine aboard.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Several Maquis did not adjust well to the ship, and refused to go through Tuvok's Training from Hell. They told Chakotay, their former Maquis captain, that there's the Starfleet way and the Maquis way, and they wanted to stay doing things the Maquis way. Chakotay broke that guy's mouth with a megaton punch, and promised to do the same tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, and so on, until they report back to Tuvok. That's the Maquis way.
- Captain Crash: Crashed his Maquis Raider into a Kazon battleship in the first episode, and has crashed nearly every shuttlecraft he's flown since.
- Demoted to Extra: As Seven got more focus, Chakotay was one of the characters to lose it. Reportedly became a cause for complaint from his actor.
- Dull Surprise: Reportedly a covert form of protest by Beltran, who was very dissatisfied with the show. In later seasons when he's given A Day in the Limelight, he starts Chewing the Scenery with relish.
- Facial Markings: His face tattoo proudly displays his lineage for all to see.
- The Fettered: He gives his loyalty to Janeway in spite of early opposition from his Maquis comrades, putting aside their conflict so they can get home.
- First Name Basis: Has a tendency to address his captain as "Kathryn", even on the bridge. Janeway doesn't seem to mind except the one time he's thrown back in time before they become friends.
- Former Teen Rebel: He fell in pretty quickly with Janeway's crew. He will still step in from time to time, pointing out the Captain's errors, but nowhere near to the degrees that Torres or Seven object. Justified, as he may had been a Maquis, but he was also a Starfleet commander, before getting lost in the Delta Quadrant.
- The trope is played literally when a flashback reveals that as a teenager he wasn't interested in his father's Magical Native American ways; this changed after his father was killed by the Cardassians.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Both Janeway and his previous girlfriend Seska are redheads. Averted with the blonde Seven of Nine.
- Honor Before Reason: Refuses to work against Janeway, no matter how dire the situation or the prodding of the other Maquis. Also once put himself on report (along with the thieves) for eating a meal that he didn't know was made with stolen rations. Then again, one wrong move from Chakotay could (and nearly did) have the entire Maquis crew pushing for a mutiny. He knows Voyager won't last long if the two factions conflict with each other.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Chakotay's willingness to give people a chance and try and understand their point of view sometimes results in him trusting people he really shouldn't—Tuvok, Seska and Annorax all took advantage of this, as did a few oneshot enemies.
- Magical Native American: His exact origins are pretty vague, although he did visit some distant relatives in what looked like Central America once. While some might consider this a mild caricature, Chakotay represents one instance where it is pulled off sufficiently well, that it ultimately doesn't matter much. There was even some awesome fan fiction written by a genuine Native American, about Chakotay becoming the ship's shaman. The big, appropriately coloured tattoo, along with Robert Beltran's soft voice and clearly Latin American facial features, all contribute to the effect, as well as his acting.
- He was extremely stereotypical in early seasons, talking about animal guides and medicine bundles, and telling ancient legends, often in a "mystical" tone of voice. This was rectified in later seasons, when he began acting more like a normal person. It was revealed that his knowledge of ancient legends came partially from an interest in anthropology, and he had knowledge of several Earth cultures, rather than just being a walking Native American encyclopedia. When his Native American culture did come up, he now spoke about it in a much more matter-of-fact tone.
- Mr. Fanservice: A tall, muscular, Latino/Indian man, who's a former outlaw that constantly rebels against Janeway's orders...but who loves nature, is soft-spoken, and has no qualms about being second to a woman, or discussing feelings with shipmates.
- Number Two: Janeway's first mate.
- Only Sane Man: In Season One, where Chakotay is caught between his by-the-book captain and his two headstrong Maquis lieutenants, Seska and Torres. Even for the rest of the series, he often plays "straight man" to Janeway's extreme measures, and other characters' extreme personalities. Particularly funny whenever he interacts with Neelix, who he clearly has a "bemused" attitude towards, but respectfully treats as if he's a completely normal person.
- Token Religious Teammate: He is one of the very few openly religious main characters in the history of Star Trek. Although him practicing an unrecognizable form of Native American animism probably helped it go down easier with the audience.
- Ultimate Job Security: Chakotay constantly questions Janeway in private and in front of the crew, even arguing or disobeying if he doesn't like her orders and making his disagreement obvious if he thinks he doesn't have a choice. Janeway values it and considers him an Honest Advisor, but some of the things he says and does would have made Picard, Sisko, and Kirk boot him out of the Number One chair.
- This is no doubt due to the disadvantage Janeway had (and the advantage the writers had), that with Voyager being stranded, Janeway couldn't get immediate qualified replacements for her senior staff, and had to iron problems out rather than simply giving Chakotay the sack for rebelling all the time, or Tuvok for going insane every other week. This is especially the case in early seasons where Chakotay was necessary to keep the Maquis in line.
- The Watchmaker: During the "Year of Hell", Janeway realizes that he's stating to lose track of time. Chakotay chirps that he has a remedy for that, and presents her with a pocket-watch. She later finds the watch again while rooting through Voyagers wrecked upper decks. It also symbolizes Chakotay's newfound power as an apprentice onboard Annorax's timeship.
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
A Vulcan in the Maquis (assigned by Starfleet to infiltrate them), Janeway's best friend and (indirectly) the reason Voyager
ended up stranded in the Delta Quadrant in the first place, he took up the positions of Tactical Officer and Security Officer on the consolidated crew.
Was the first Vulcan to be played by an African-American actor, after which the show's creators suddenly realized that a desert planet would likely produce skin tones rich in melanin. Russ' performance is generally regarded as the best portrayal of a Vulcan since Leonard Nimoy
, and the second-best (of not the best) in the Trek Verse
as a whole.
Tuvok's character was also just as interesting and complex as Spock's, but in very different ways. Although Spock was primarily a scientist who occasionally lost emotional control, Tuvok's calling, or instinctive vocation, was as a warrior, while as a native Vulcan he had been born into a culture that had rejected violence. As such, he was a deeply psychologically conflicted individual, and despite the fact that he was able to hide it most of the time, there were incidents where the audience were shown what was beneath the surface.
- Always on Duty: He's always the very last person to read his letters from home. This causes the normally-jocular Neelix to blow his stack: he's being harried day and night by crewmen eager to receive mail, and now the Tactical Officer has the gall to say 'come back later'? (Once Neelix stomped out, however, Tuvok put aside his work to read about his new grandchild.)
- Armed Altruism: There are occasionally times when someone initially dislikes Tuvok, and he wins them over with a Diving Save, although it doesn't normally result in him being seriously injured.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In "Infinite Regress", Tuvok had less than ten minutes to mind-meld with Seven and locate her consciousness in a sea of Borg victims. Not helping things is a female Vulcan personality who surfaces to remind Tuvok that he's just one brain among thousands and that this mission is wholly illogical. Also, see Beware the Nice Ones below.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When threatened by a telepath who traded dark thoughts and impulses on the black market, Tuvok unleashed all the horrific things held back by his Vulcan discipline... causing the man to begin screaming in pure, unadulterated terror.
- By-the-Book Cop: Usually, but with occasional subversions. Vulcan logic can be a tricky thing...
- Captain Crash: Tuvok's mere presence on a shuttlecraft ensures that it's going to crash in the teaser. He's probably responsible for a majority of the 16 shuttles lost during the series' run.
- Deadpan Snarker: Boasts a very dry sense of humor, moreso even than Spock. You'd be forgiven for not noticing, thinking he's completely humorless. Perhaps inspired to become one at an interesting time earlier in his life...
: And don't tell me Vulcans don't have a sense of humor, because I know better
- Good Parents: Though Tuvok's children have long since grown-up, Tom still goes to him for fatherhood advice. The Security officer is bemused at being consulted, but also somewhat nostalgic for those heady days. "Offspring can be disturbingly illogical, yet profoundly fulfilling. You should anticipate paradox."
- Happily Married: With children. It's played up when he develops a neurological disease upon being separated from his wife for seven years (Vulcan marriages are weird).
- Hates Small Talk: Makes sense, as talking about nothing isn't logical. No wonder he got on with Seven so well.
"Vulcans do not make small talk."
- The Killer In Me: In "Repression", an ex-Maquis pulls the trigger on a subliminal command he implanted in Tuvok's brain way back when.
- The Lancer: To Janeway; often her source of advice.
- Never My Fault: Tuvok once said to Chakotay that Vulcans are always honest. Chakotay pointed that he had been a spy among the Maquis. Tuvok replied that he had always been honest "within the parameters of his mission".
Chakotay (when discussing Seska's betrayal with Tuvok): "You were working for her [Janeway], she was working for them [the Cardassians]...was anyone on my ship working for me???"
- Noble Bigot: Revealed to have been one earlier in life. When he was younger, Tuvok greatly disliked Humans for their arrogant belief that they are "special" and every race should be like them. He eventually overcame his prejudice towards them and decided to rejoin Starfleet.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In "Meld". Due to his mind-meld with Suder, this causes Tuvok to begin to lose control. Later the Doctor is forced to temporarily suppress his emotional control in order to "reset" his brain chemistry back to normal, causing him to act like a violent sociopath.
- In another episode, he found himself short tempered and experiencing lapses in judgement. Harry Kim even manages to beat him in a game of kal'toh. It turns out that he has entered pon farr and needs...relief...or he risks dying.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Tuvok is a very effective fighter (he taught at the Academy) and disciplinarian, and he takes his duties very seriously.
- Reverse Mole: At the beginning, when he is in the Maquis but is actually a Federation agent.
- Salt and Pepper: It's a sad sight to see Voyager being batted around like a cat toy, but Tuvok doesn't feel the effects until a chronoton torpedo explodes within the hull and blinds him in "Year of Hell". Seven takes the initiative of leading him about by the arm, and the pair develop a nice rapport by grumbling about the inconvenience of co-habituating with humans.
- Smart People Play Chess: As well as Kal-toh.
- The Stoic - As a Vulcan, you tend to expect this; although on the rare occasion when he *does* lose it, look out.
- Stealth Pun: Does his being a black Vulcan remind you of something?
- Often appears in the same scene/shot with a Commander of vague Native American ancestry, just to drive it home.
- Straw Vulcan: Frequently. Also overlaps with his role as a security officer, where he generally recommends the more cautious/safe/shoot-first-ask-questions-later options (just like Worf in TNG).
- Super Weight: Somewhere between Iron (he is well trained, and taught hand to hand combat at the academy) and Super (Vulcans are very physically strong compared with humans, and he also has the neck pinch and mind meld, although he only uses the latter occasionally).
- Twofer Token Minority: He's a black Vulcan, minority in both regards to the typical white Humans that make up most of the cast and crew of Federation ships and the Star Trek franchise.
Lieutenant Junior Grade/Ensign Tom Paris
: Robert Duncan McNeill
"Asking me to give you a bumpy ride is like asking a virtuoso to sing off-key."
A superb pilot who was drummed out of Starfleet after some sort of training accident, then joined the Maquis...but was caught and arrested on his very first Maquis mission; the opening scene of the show is Janeway securing his release from prison. His backstory
is similar to that of TNG
guest character Nick Locarno, who was also played by McNeill; lawyers claim the show would've had to pay royalties to that episode's writer, while VOY
's creative staff claim that they thought Locarno was irredeemable
and so replaced him with someone new on purpose (both characters got a bunch of cadets killed due to a navigation error, Paris confessed, while Locarno covered it up and had to be hauled off by the neck). Draw your own conclusions.
- The Ace: Tom is probably one of the most competent men in Starfleet history, showing at various points expertise in piloting, commando tactics, field medicine, insurgency, engineering, history and at one point helped build an engine that could reach the speed of infinity. Demonstrated quite nicely in "Basics" where he manages to win dog fights in a heavily damaged shuttle, fix said shuttle on his own and then raise an army in order to retake the ship.
- Ace Pilot: Though he did wind up in jail for killing a shuttleload of people. Win some, lose some. The Delta Flyer became his private craft.
- Action Hero: Of the Ace Pilot variety, though he could manage the odd fight too.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With B'Elanna.
- Big Brother Mentor: Towards fresh-faced ensign Harry Kim, starting with warning him away from Quark's merchandise.
- Born in the Wrong Century: Paris' appreciation of 20th century Earth plays a key part of his personality and reflects heavily upon his character. His specialty is WWII history and Cold War politics, handy for Star Trek allegories.
- Boxed Crook: Tom Paris was recruited from a penal colony by Janeway for one mission in exchange for assistance with his sentence; when Voyager was lost in the Delta Quadrant this turned into Trading Bars for Stripes.
Lieutenant junior grade B'Elanna Torres
: Roxann Biggs-Dawson a.k.a. Roxann Dawson
"I inherited the forehead and the bad attitude - that's it."
A Human/Klingon hybrid
engineer from the Maquis who gets put in charge of Voyager
's engines. She technically counted as a Threefer Token Minority
, although Star Trek
's optimistic vision
meant nobody gave her crap about being a woman, and the Hispanic heritage implied by her surname went unexplored; probably because being half Klingon allowed her to out-spice the average Spicy Latina
anyway. It took a few seasons for her to get a lid on her Klingon rages and stay in line with authority, and even after that her temper still went off now and then. She fell into a Slap-Slap-Kiss
romance with Tom Paris, and by the end of the series they were married with a baby girl, Miral Paris. She's also one of a select group of characters with real characterization and growth over the length of the series (although not always consistent Depending on the Writer
- Action Girl: although petite, her Klingon heritage, fiery temper and sheer Determinator nature when it comes to fighting makes her a Cute Bruiser. Her strength and fighting prowess leaves her with the ability to take down even Cardassians and Vulcans twice her size.
- Beastess/Cute Monster Girl: Generally fairly mild, although she has her moments.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Tom. Results in a lot of Slap-Slap-Kiss when they're dating, although their relationship becomes legitimately functional afterwards.
- Broken Bird: behind all the anger and tough exterior she's really quite sensitive and very tentative when it comes to emotional relationships, a by-product of still dealing with the psychological issues her father and mother both left her with. It's mostly her relationship with Tom that helps her get past them.
Ensign Harry Kim
"I better get to the bridge. You never know when Ensign Kim'll be called upon to take command again."
The Butters Stoch
of space, a plucky ensign who somehow managed to get on the bridge crew (he's in charge of the Ops console, essentially making him a glorified administrator). Over time he became more confident, challenging his best friend Tom Paris more often than just letting Tom "lead" as in earlier seasons. Though Harry never got a promotion (as there supposedly wasn't "room" on the ship for him to move up in rank), he was eventually tasked with commanding the night shifts, and also became the back-up commanding officer for the ship whenever Janeway, Chakotay, Tuvok, an Paris were unavailable.
In a series that was primarily focused around its' crew being social/political/academic rejects in various ways, Harry represented Voyager
's lone innocent; a callback to Trek's earlier depiction of Earth being a post-scarce Utopia, which had solved most of its problems, and had rejected war.
: Robert Picardo
No, he's not that Doctor
. Originally, Voyager
had an actual doctor, but despite wearing a blue Sciences shirt, he died in the transit to the Delta Quadrant. Fortunately, Voyager
was outfitted with an experimental new technology: An "Emergency Medical Hologram" who can hold down the job in a pinch. Sarcastic, snarky, pushed way
beyond his comfort zones and (initially) unable to leave Sickbay, The Doctor became a fan favorite
- Aesop Amnesia: Several episodes had some malfunction occur in his matrix as a result of his own attempted self-improvements. Among these are him turning into a total psychopath and losing his grip on reality. He never simply took the advice of getting some help in installing these improvements.
- The Doctor will always stick up for the rights of artificial life, whether it be holographic, mechanical or otherwise. He often forgets that most of the alien A.I.s Voyager has encountered have turned out to be violent, insane or both!
- Action Survivor: There were a couple of episodes where the Doctor was the only character who had not been captured, leading to a Die Hard-like scenario where he had to save the ship.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has this for Seven, complete with Anguished Declaration of Love when he thinks his program is decompiling in the penultimate episode. Also may have had a bit of a crush on Kes.
- Ambiguously Jewish: By extension, at least. His appearance and personality is based on his creator Lewis Zimmerman, whose surname is often associated with Ashkenazi Jews.
- Artificial Intelligence: Unlike the rest of the crew, he's a hologramed program.
- Badass Pacifist: or maybe Combat Medic, combined with "Crowning Moment of Awesome" (in "Heroes and Demons"):
Unferth: Stop him, my Lord! He is a madman!
EMH: The only reason you won't die is that I've taken an oath to do no harm.
- The Bore: After he starts developing hobbies, he routinely subjects the crew to them, whether it's lectures on medicine or slideshows.
- Breakout Character: Like Data, his struggle to become more human and individual was good episode fodder.
- The Cast Showoff: That's actually Robert Picardo singing in that Operatic voice, first heard in the episode "The Swarm" and occasionally thereafter, especially after "Someone To Watch Over Me".
- Catch Phrase: "Please state the nature of the medical emergency."
- After being given the option to change his start-up phrase, after much deliberation he decided to just leave it as it was, admitting that he'd become fond of it and it's simplicity.
- Character Development: Instead of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, the drama was from this computer program ï¿½ designed for limited supplementary work as basically a glorified nurse - having to transcend his own hard-coded limitations.
- Closed Circle: Until acquiring the Mobile Emitter, he couldn't venture outside any location with holographic emitters (ie. Sickbay and the Holodeck). And even then, the Holodeck emitters had to be reconfigured before he could materialise there.
- Costumer: Pagliacci, Rembrandt... And he once wore a bitchin' smoking jacket.
- Dr. Jerk: There is no Doctor, no nurse and no counsellor on board and the EMH is trying to cope with the job of all three. Initially he came across as a mean cuss, although the crew didn't exactly endear themselves to him either, since they kept turning him off without asking and treating him as if he wasn't real. He was also much nicer than the flesh and blood doctor he replaced, right from the start.
- Deadpan Snarker. The Doctor's black humor and pithy takedowns are legendary. Especially when someone forgets to turn him off (in fact, Picardo's response to that in his audition got him the role.) He can demolish pretty much any Star Trek villain in ten words or less.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: For most of the early seasons, he debated over choosing a name. He finally settles on one in the possible future shown in the final episode.
- Hard Light Hologram: Though he can toggle this at will. His substantiation is effected through projected forcefields as with any holographic projection in Star Trek.
- The Heart: For all his rude and abrasive attitude, the Doctor is still a very sensitive and kind-hearted man who will more often than not (angrily) interject his compassion into a moral dilemma; quite ironic considering he is an artificial construct. Evidently this came about from a UPN edict urging the writers to give the non-human characters more chances to emote.
- Heroic BSOD: A literal one, brought on by a Sadistic Choice of saving Harry's life or that of another crewman. This wreaks havoc with the Doctor's ethical subroutines, which aren't equipped to make such a judgement.
- I Am the Noun: "I am the embodiment of modern medicine."
- I Can't Dance: In the episode with his Vidiian crush.
- I Hate Past Me: Since Zimmerman is pretty much the arrogant, thoughtless Doctor we encounter in "Caretaker" it is useful to compare the two characters and see how much he has changed.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: He actually used this line more than Bones did, believe it or not (helps that the show ran for over twice what the original did). Justified since he's a hologram built for that purpose alone.
- Incidentally, during his audition, Picardo, a non-Trekkie, ad-libbed the line, "I'm a doctor, not a lightbulb," despite having no clue that it was McCoy's catchphrase back in TOS. He got the part.
- Insufferable Genius: While the Doctor is undoubtably one of the smartest people on Voyager and skilled in multiple fields, he often tends to act as though he's a lot more capable and versed than he actually is.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Evolved into this after befriending Kes.
- Job-Stealing Robot: He was developed as a short-term supplement to the medical staff with 1500 hours life in him tops, and after being active for 2 years his memory simply cannot handle the extra activities he has incorporated.
- The Lab Rat: Because so much of VOY's medical equipment and personnel armor depends on the user's unique physiognomy, the Doctor is always kept busy devising new doohickeys to keep them alive.
- Last of His Kind: The EMH Mark 1's lousy bedside manner meant that the program was considered an abysmal failure in the Alpha Quadrant and they were repurposed to mine dilithium. The Doctor is the only EMH Mark 1 still in service as a Physician. Except that other Federation ship lost in the Delta Quadrant which also had one, but that EMH was evil and got deleted.
- Morality Chip: "Ethical subroutines"...which can be deactivated if you need him to cross a Moral Event Horizon.
- Most Writers Are Writers: "Author, Author", a clever send-up of fan criticisms of the series. In the Doctor's thinly-veiled holonovel about his shipmates, Chakotay is defined entirely by his religion (with comically huge facial tattoos and Bajoran earrings), "Torrey" is angry all the time, "Tom Marseilles" is a lech, and "Captain Jenkins" is a cruel viper with a itchy trigger finger.
- Tom gets revenge by reprogramming the sim, depicting the Doctor as an insufferable ass who spends far too much time on his recreational subroutines (like golf).
- Not So Different: To his creator, Dr Zimmerman. As Deanna Troi aptly put it, they're both jerks!
- Odd Friendship: With B'Elanna Torres (half Klingon) and Seven of Nine (half borg).
- Only Sane Employee: As the Emergency Command Hologram. It's best demonstrated in "Workforce", when the alien race that abducted the entire crew ordered him to surrender and allow Voyager to be boarded. The Doctor responds by immediately opening fire and crippling the vessel.
- Only Sane Man: Several times he thinks about himself this way. Is he the only one in the ship who realizes that going into a nebula is asking for trouble? Or that a patient should have a little rest after a delicate operation? Or that making a Mind-Meld puts Tuvok and the other's lives in risk?
- Oops I Forgot I Was Married: In "Projections" he got himself trapped into a malfunctioning holonovel, and had a crisis of being unsure if he was what he is, or if he was a human being and his whole existence on Voyager was a complex holonovel. Once all the Dream Within a Dream sequence was over, he asked questions to confirm his identity, and one of them was "And Kes is my assistant... not my wife".
- After his attempt at creating a holographic family, he never mentions his wife, son, or dead daughter again in the series. Though given how traumatic this was for him, perhaps he simply didn't want to.
- Projected Man: The ship's only holographic crewmember.
- Pygmalion Plot: Seven of Nine has trouble assimilating into human society. Given his long struggle to grow beyond his programming, the Doctor thinks he's an expert on the subject and tries to advise her accordingly, eventually falling in love with her.
- Really 700 Years Old: In "Living Witness", his backup copy actually is 700 years old when it's uncovered by alien archaeologists.
- Renaissance Man: Likes to think of himself as one in later seasons, and is even lampshaded in the episode of that name.
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: As the Doctor is ravenous for fame and prizes, the hologram of Crell Moset (a Cardassian "doctor" known and feared through Bajor's labor camps) throws every bribe in the book at him, including promises of co-authorship on a research paper when they return to Earth. Even the Doctor has to draw the line somewhere, however; to endorse Moset's research would set a dangerous precedent. ("Nothing Human")
You're a physician. You know there's always a price to pay for the advancement of medical science. Doctor:
Sometimes that price is too high. Torture?! Moset: Your
word, not mine. I cured the Fostossa virus, didn't I?
- Soul Jar: The Doctor eventually got a "mobile emitter" which made him a self-sustaining hologram and allowed him to roam the halls. As a plot point, this could always be stolen from him to deactivate him.
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Especially in the episode "Renaissance Man".
- Tinman Typist: Wrote an unintentionally scathing holonovel about his struggles with the rest of the crew of Voyager, that despite being released without his consent, became something of a cult hit with the other EMH holograms.
- The part of the trope about using human means of interfacing with a computer (like typing or voice-commands) despite being a program who should be able to just connect to other programs on the computer is given an implied justification: as an emergency hologram it makes perfect sense to separate his programming and computer systems from the main computer systems so something that damages the main computer doesn't necessarily damage the EMH.
- Weak-Willed: Quickly becomes something of a Sense Freak when temporarily in control of Seven's body.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The Doctor is eager to show Dr Zimmerman how much he's evolved — unfortunately his creator turns out to be a Jerk Ass who's embarrassed about the Mark One's very existence. It was only after the Doctor saved his life (after some very intense pressure to overcome his stubbornness) that he realized that at least there was one Mark One still active out there who wasn't a failure.
- The Worf Effect: The Doctor is potentially the deadliest adversary you'll face in the Trek universe (Just see "Worst Case Scenario" or "Renaissance Man"!). In the end, though, he's just software. His program is easily "destabilized" in a ship battle, causing him to flicker and vanish. The mobile emitter actually makes him more vulnerable. If the emitter shorts out or is damaged while in transit, the Doctor's program could be entirely lost.
: Ethan Phillips
"I'm not a fighter. I'm just a cook - who sometimes imagines himself to be a diplomat."
A Talaxian denizen of the Delta Quadrant which Voyager
runs into not long after arrival, Neelix is was a resourceful and jovial survivalist who signs on as a guide and advisor to Janeway. In the meanwhile, he runs the ship's galley, serves as "morale officer," helps in trade and barter, acts as a native guide for the crew and wears really awkward costumes that look like they were salvaged from upholstery.
Neelix was an attempted callback to several "fantasy," characters from the 1980s, particularly Hoggle from Labyrinth
. Together with Kes, who was his Love Interest
in earlier seasons, the writers were attempting to add alien characters who were reminiscent of the Fae
. In reality, what we got was more in line with Tom Bombadil
. Part of the reason why was because the writers could virtually never come up with anything for him to do, although he did headline maybe 3-4 solid episodes during the series' run.
Neelix's main problem, however, was simply the fact that while he was genuinely warm hearted, his continual efforts toward vivacity and optimism, eventually proved intensely annoying, both to the other characters in-universe, and also to most of the audience.
- Intrepid Reporter: Neelix begins using his television show A Briefing With Neelix to unmask spy Michael Jonas, after having been inspired by School Newspaper Newshound Harry Kim to do this.
- Namesake Gag: Neelix is the namesake for Barclay's cat...Neelix
- Native Guide: In the pilot, local junk dealer Neelix offers Captain Janeway his services as guide in exchange for passage for himself and his girlfriend. For the first two seasons, Neelix is generally competent in this role except when the plot requires otherwise. Midway through the third season, Voyager crosses the frontier of Neelix's geographic knowledgenote , and his usefulness as a guide comes to an end.
- Only One Name: If he's called anything else, we never hear it.
- Parental Substitute: To Naomi Wildman.
- Reformed Criminal: He used to smuggle various types of contraband. It comes back to bite him when he meets his old partner and their attempts to get a map goes south.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran. His planet was invaded, and his family and most of the rest of the population were wiped out.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: When Voyager finds a small Talaxian colony in Season 7, Neelix decides to stay with them.
- Stepford Smiler: It becomes clear over the course of the series that Neelix's overbearing cheer is a coping mechanism to suppress his depression, loneliness, and self-loathing after his home and family were wiped out, something the writers occasionally brought back.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The crew in "Endgame' apparently miss having Neelix hamming it up in the galley, since they replace him with an even more outrageous Bolian once he leaves.
- Team Chef: Since they're saving replicator energy, Neelix cooks things by hand in the mess hall.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: In the pilot, he's a savvy, knowledgable, independent, and most importantly competent operator who not only is engaging in Obfuscating Stupidity to throw the Voyager crew off his scent while he gets to know them, but is quite capable of manipulating Janeway and the rest of the crew into getting the Kazon Ogla off his back and onto theirs. The writers seemed to have forgotten all this by the time the show hit regular production.
- Verbal Backspace: A Running Gag in the early seasons, when Neelix would exaggerate his knowledge and skill set.
- You Can't Go Home Again: His homeworld's destruction turned him into a drifter.
"I want complication in my life."
Kes traveled with Voyager
until the third season. She was the medical assistant in Sickbay, and a counterpoint to the Doctor's sardonic wit and non-existent bedside manner. Shortly after she joins the ship, she begins to help the Doctor in developing himself as a Hologram
. She was Neelix's girlfriend until they broke up in the third season. Eventually her latent telepathic powers grew out of control and she left the main cast
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: How she leaves the ship.
- Badass Adorable: When she gets serious she is adorably dangerous.
- Beware the Nice Ones: "Cold Fire" and "Warlord" hint at a darker side to Kes, which comes out fully when she returns in "Fury".
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The Ocampa's reproductive cycle is... weird. To whit, Ocampa can get pregnant only once, and they get one child... you do the math. Apparently the writers forgot this (Canon Discontinuity?), as there was also a reference to Kes having an uncle.
- Break the Cutie: Goes through an early reproductive cycle, kidnapped by the Doctor when he was temporarily evil, possessed by a brutal tyrant....
- Fashionista: Kes probably has the most diverse wardrobe of the whole cast. Not being a Starfleet officer, she didn't have to wear a Starfleet uniform. Instead, she sported a variety of colorful alien dresses, jumpers and catsuits, often changing outfits multiple times within single episodes!
- The Fog of Ages: When she aged, she forgot that she left Voyager of her own volition. A recording left by her younger self eventually set her straight.
- Grand Theft Me: Occurs in the Season 3 episode "Warlord" when Kes' body is possessed by a, you guessed it, a dying sadistic MALE warlord. She also gets a little Bi the Way action in this episode.
- Innocent Flower Girl: The cute and cuddly girl eventually runs the hydroponics bay.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Has demonstrated this on a few occasions.
- A prime example is the aforementioned episode "Warlord". The sadistic warlord that has taken control of Kes' body, gets a quick lesson that you should Beware the Nice Ones.
- In "Fury", she literally warps several decks of Voyager just by her mere presence.
- Mayfly-December Friendship: Her relationships with the crew. The Ocampa only live about 9 years, in contrast to longer-lived species like humans, Vulcans, and Talaxians.
- Mayfly-December Romance: She and Neelix were an item early on, even though Ocampans only live nine years and Talaxians live much longer. (See Mayfly-December Friendship.)
- The Medic: Becomes a nurse in Sickbay.
- Only One Name: Kes, of course.
- Mood Whiplash: During seasons 1 through 3 Kes was a kind hearted girl was no desire to hurt anyone, and became a fan favorite. When she returned in Season 6, she was a murderous pschopath...needless to say the fans were not happy
- Nice Girl: Quite cute and cuddly to boot.
- Photographic Memory: She never forgets anything, no matter what it is. Justified given her short lifespan, so she has to learn quickly.
- Power Incontinence: Experiences this when the second group of Ocampa, under the Caretaker's female counterpart, magnify her powers. She incinerates the Hydroponics bay and nearly kills Tuvok, but it goes back to normal once they're gone. The problem becomes permanent in "The Gift," where changes in her physical nature endanger the ship.
- Psychic Powers: Tuvok trains her in how to control them.
- Put on a Bus: She leaves the main cast in the Season 4 episode "The Gift."
- Ship Tease: With Tom Paris, Tuvok and the Doctor. After she breaks up with Neelix however, this is never followed up. By then Tom is involved with B'Elanna, Tuvok is married, and neither he nor the Doctor would get involved with someone who is essentially their student.
Seven of Nine
"Clearly, Voyager is not yet ready for assimilation. [...] A joke. The Doctor suggested that I defuse tense situations with humor."
Kes' replacement on the main cast was a disconnected member of the Borg
, a species dominant in the Delta Quadrant. Once a young human girl named Annika Hansen, born to parents who liked to explore the unknown, she and her family were basically the first members of Homo sapiens
to be assimilated by the Borg. Eighteen years later, she was assigned to Voyager
as a liaison between the Starfleet ship and the Borg Collective, and was later liberated (against her will) from the Borg and made an individual again. While there was a lot of snark over the fact that Jeri Ryan is Ms. Fanservice
, viewers were pleasantly surprised that the first thing thrown at Seven of Nine was a healthy dose of Character Development
. (The second
thing was the Spy Catsuit
.) She eventually became The Spock
of the main Power Trio
, alongside The Doctor
- For Science!: The Hansens violated the Neutral Zone and a direct Federation order to stop researching the Borg. Magnus correctly guessed that a Borg cube would not take an interest in his science vessel or deem it a threat. However, once the Raven hitched a ride along one of the Borg's top-secret transwarp conduits to the Delta Quadrant, they became a liability to the Collective. The entire family was captured and assimilated when their cloaking technology fizzled out.
- Future Spandex: Where's the zipper? Oh right, there isn't one — it was GLUED ON. Jeri Ryan passed out twice due to how tight her first outfit was around the neck.
- Geeky Turn-On: Seven's succinct answers to the Doctor when he's busy pounding out a dating profile for her. What does she do in her spare time? "Regenerate." What about her likes and dislikes? "I dislike irrelevant conversation." What does she seek in life? "Perfection." When seeking out a mate Seven chooses several men that appeal to her. And the reasons? A flawless work record and efficacy!
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Her Borg-enhanced eye can switch to X-ray vision.
- Hates Small Talk: If Seven doesn't like the way that a conversation is going, she'll declare that it's pointless. Then try to change the subject.
- Headbutting Heroes: Part of the reason she was brought onto the show was that the crew got along well and there was little opportunity for interpersonal drama.
- Ignored Epiphany: Seven was briefly disconnected from the Hive a few years before "Scorpion". Unlike the rest of her Unimatrix (Two of Nine, Three of Nine, and Four of Nine), Seven was raised by the Borg since childhood and had no prior memories to recollect. When the others agreed to make a break for it before the Borg came to collect them, Seven forcibly re-assimilated them. The embittered ex-drones turn up again "Survival Instinct".
- Insufferable Genius: Although Seven is too collegial (just barely, anyway) to say it to their faces, she considers her own value to Voyager to be far above her crewmates'. Predictably, she approves of Seven of Nine groupie Naomi Wildman's attempts to emulate her, remarking dryly that "there are many on this crew that would benefit from your example."
- Machine Monotone: Seven speaks in a stoic, largely emotionless tone.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "X is irrelevant." The list of irrelevancies is abundant and could probably fill a phone book, but among them are: irreverent discourse, her favorite color (Red, natch), comfort, beauty, pleasure, food menus, foreign culture, gossip, life(!!), logic, collegiality, mythology, expertise, chance, and compassion.
- Mama Bear:
- Not quite to Janeway's level, but she's definitely protective. Seven is shown to have grown a very strong bond with the Borg children she helped rescue and shows considerable concern for their well being. She even verbally attacks Icheb's birth parents on a few occasions in the episode "Child's Play".
- She's also very protective of the crew as a whole. She's single-handedly saved all of them on a few occasions, almost killing herself in the procces. And when everyoone else wanted to make nice with (Evil Kes), she just pointed a phaser at her and said. "State your intentions!" In a way that sounded more like, you lay a hand on anybody here, and I will kick your ass! Everyone else there knew Kes and wanted to think well of her by default. All Seven saw, correctly, was a threat to her family.
- Ms. Fanservice: She was brought on the show to be a "Borg babe" and was given form-fitting catsuits with the explanation that it was medically necessary to her Borg implants, etc, etc, etc. Apparently, it was the Doctor who was responsible for designing and replicating Seven's catsuits (Sorry... "dermaplastic garment"), which explains a lot.
- Nerves of Steel: She also seems to have a far more highly developed sense of personal dignity than you'd expect of an ex-drone — or perhaps she is simply accustomed to delivering ultimatums, rather than having to hear them. In any scene in which Seven is threatened , she throws the marauder aliens side-eye before grading their evolutionary progress (usually poorly).
Unusual relics are prized! Yours will make me envied by men and pursued by women! Seven: (barely fitting into the frame)
You are a crude species. Only your size makes you formidable.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Her Borg implants and nanoprobes could do a great many things. Since the Borg are the most technologically powerful faction in the Galaxy, and have an obsession with assimilation, it'd stand to reason their tech would have multiple functions.
- Not So Stoic: Faced with an ultimatum by a Hirogen Nazi — sing or die — she chooses death as the preferable alternative. When Tuvok tries to sway her with logic, she snaps, "Logic is irrelevant!" Even a Borg's patience has its limits, and crooning "Am I Blue" for an inferior species is a bridge too far.
One day the Borg will assimilate your species—despite your arrogance. When that moment arrives, remember me.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Far outpacing even the Vulcans among the crew. After her introduction Seven's main role became supplying the Applied Phlebotinum required in any given episode. In this case, it was at least given justification by her having acquired an eidetic memory while a Borg drone, thus remembering vast amounts of information that the Borg had access to.
- Parental Neglect: The Hansens were unconventional scientists studying the Borg. Instead of leaving their young daughter with a guardian of some kind, they brought her along to the Delta Quadrant and conducted their research in extremely close proximity. For context, the Borg are the most dangerous race known in the galaxy at that time. They apparently loved it (right up to the point they were assimilated) and even brought a Borg drone onto their ship and disregarded the danger to their daughter apart from briefly reassuring her that they would be fine.
- Parental Substitute: She later became this to four creepy-ass borg children they rescued. She wasn't very good at it but she wasn't terrible either. Their interaction was as much about Seven's continued Character Development as the kids', if not more.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When she says "I am Borg!", prepare to get your ass handed to you.
- Puny Earthlings: A running gag with Seven is her barely-masked disdain for humanity, and non-stop flogging of transhumanism to anyone who'll listen. She offered her Borg alcove to Tuvok as a substitution for zen meditations ("A simple cortical implant will be required—" "Another time, perhaps."), and suggested to Noami that she spend "several months of accelerated growth in a Borg maturation chamber" to reach adulthood faster.
- Raised by Orcs: Thanks to the actions of her parents (see above) she was raised by Borg. Deconstructed because while she retains several Borg enhancements (physical strength, eidetic memory, analytical mind, and a supply of nanoprobes), she has fully re-asserted her humanity within a couple episodes of being introduced. The character development comes from the fact that she was artifically aged after being assimilated as a child, and thus Never Grew Up, resuming her humanity with the emotional maturity of a 9-year-old in the body (and intellect) of a fully-grown adult.
- Rogue Drone: Her basic character concept as an ex-Borg.
- Sore Loser: Borg make Naussicans look staid by comparison. Janeway consoles Seven of Nine with a reminder than she won 4-6 rounds of Velocity; Seven, still stomping around in a rage, seems to think that with her superior speed, strength and (ahem) age, she should have won every round!
- The Snark Knight: Even the Borg Queen remarks on her exemplary use of sarcasm.
- Sour Supporter: Kate Mulgrew voiced concerns about Seven's tendency to overrule or question the Captain's decisions without reprimand (in other words, every Janeway/Seven scene from first to last).
- Spock Speak: Seven uses a somewhat custom version of this, which appropriately seems to have some elements of Robo Speak mixed in. As would be expected from a partial machine, Seven also tends to view the world in a very binary type of way for the most part, and has trouble with the concept of percentages.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Later seasons can fairly be called "The Janeway and Seven Show, featuring The Doctornote ".
- Split Personality: A techno-virus in one episode gives her at least seven alternate personalities of people she's helped assimilate. She's cured by the end of the episode, but not before to trying to mate with Torres (Klingon), lecturing Tuvok on security procedures (Vulcan), and offering to buy the ship's viewscreen (Ferengi).
- The Spock: She can make the most rude and morbid comments without flinching a facial muscle.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Her presence diverted a lot of attention away from the original cast.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: You can count the number of times Seven smiles (a genuine smile, that is, not practiced or foced) on one hand. Harry got her to blush by remarking that the Alpha Quadrant won't be the same without her.
- Surrounded by Idiots: She has to point out that "X is irrelevant" a lot.
- Token Evil Teammate: Or perhaps, Token Morally-Flexible teammate. Seven's fixation on efficacy and icy logic leaves little room for the kinder emotions. In fact, her early dismissal of the Voyager crew was their tendancy to get bogged down in debate and indecision. Perhaps they could do with a little Borg uniformity...
- Token Heroic Orc: Although Seven was Human, she was assimilated by the Borg at the age of six and remained with them until she was rescued by the crew of Voyager. The Borg are, of course, one of Star Trek's most persistent villains. During her earlier episodes, her Restraining Bolt occasionally came loose, after which chaos predictably ensued.
- Toplessness from the Back: We see Seven naked in two different episodes, but only a top-half rear view is shown. This shot would be recycled on ENT, but with 22% more buttcrack.
- Wetware Body: This occurs in the Season 7 episode "Body & Soul". Hilarity Ensues when The Doctor is forced to download his program into Seven's consciousness.
- You Are Number Six: Seven in this case. There are no individual borg so there are no personal names.
Played By: Scarlett Pomers, Brooke Stephens ("Mortal Coil"), Vanessa Branch ("Shattered")
The first child born on Voyager, Naomi joined the crew in the middle of Season 2. She aged at least twice as fast as a human child, thanks to her father's Ktarian heritage. She lived with her human mother, Ensign Samantha Wildman, but didn't know her Ktarian father, who was back in the Alpha Quadrant serving aboard Deep Space Nine
. Neelix was her primary caretaker besides her mother. She eventually developed an unlikely friendship with Seven of Nine. When Icheb and the other Borg children came aboard, Naomi finally had someone her own age to socialize with. She was last seen as a pre-teen, in one of the last episodes of the series.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: Naomi's mother was pregnant with her when Voyager got lost, and stayed pregnant until the middle of Season 2! When Naomi was born and her Ktarian heritage was made clear, fans could assume that this accounted for the long pregnancy. But it wasn't until the Season 6 episode "Fury" that this was confirmed by the Doctor.
- Kid Hero: Averted. Naomi does help Seven, the Doctor, and an alien save the ship in "Bliss", but never outright saves the day by herself.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Her only obvious alien trait is the small spikes on her forehead.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- In most episodes where something affects the entire ship — like "Workforce", "The Killing Game", "Year of Hell", and even "Endgame" — Naomi is neither seen nor mentioned. Though there are plenty of perfectly plausible explanations, it would have made sense for the writers to explain where Voyager's only child was when the whole crew was brainwashed, enslaved, under attack for a year, or returned home to Earth.
- Her mother also disappeared after early season 5, with the writers ultimately admitting that they forgot they hadn't killed her off.
Played By: Manu Intiraymi
Icheb joined the crew in mid Season 6, when Voyager liberated him from the Borg Collective, along with three other children. The others eventually left the ship to live with new adoptive families, but Icheb stayed aboard. He was close with Seven of Nine, and also became a mentor to Naomi. Thanks to his Borg upbringing, he was a typical Teen Genius
, being incredibly book-smart but socially awkward.
- Abusive Parents: His parents genetically engineered him to be a weapon against the Borg and then tried to get him assimilated not once but twice. Their justification is I Did What I Had to Do, but they don't seem terribly broken up about it.
- Adorkable: While intellectually and morally mature, Icheb was often awkward in social situations, and did not hide behind projected aloofness like Seven tended to. This contradictorily made him more approachable, even though he was nervous about being the focus of attention.
- Big Brother Instinct: Behaves this way towards the younger children liberated from the Borg, as well as Naomi Wildman. He helps them with their studies and they express anxiety at the thought of him leaving Voyager and returning to his parents.
- Emotional Maturity Is Physical Maturity: Icheb was in fact a young boy, but had been aged to his late teens in a Borg maturation chamber. He exhibits emotional maturity to match, to the point where in "Imperfection" Janeway herself disputes the claim that he is "just a child".
- Expy: Of Wesley Crusher. He is a similar Teen Genius, but less determined to prove himself outside of situations where his help is actually desired, and is not presented as a de facto member of the main crew. In fact, his desire to apply to Starfleet Academy is because he would like to work on the bridge, but knows that he needs to earn his commission first.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Partly a symptom of having been a Borg drone. But his knowledge continues to grow by leaps and bounds once he joins Voyager. The mere suggestion from his father that he might have a knack for Genetics results in Icheb quickly mastering the topic to the point where he can design genetic resequencing (of himself!) on his own. He is also an expert at subjects ranging from Astrometrics, Cybernetics, Engineering and Physics. Also expresses a hobbyist level of interest in Geology.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Contains a virus designed to destroy Borg ships, and sent out into space by his own family to do so.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Would be a Human Alien except for the extended ridge that the Brunali have from their noses to the tops of their foreheads.
- Teen Genius: Due to spending several years in a Borg maturation chamber.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Besides Neelix, Icheb is the only other member of the Voyager crew for whom this is literally true. He was made into a biological weapon and will be forced back into that role if he returns to his homeworld.
Played By: Brad Dourif
One of the Maquis crew. A Betazoid with uncontrollable killer urges; he kills a man for looking at him funny and Tuvok tries to help him deal with it.
- The Atoner: Tuvok's mindmeld therapy helps him feel remorse for his crimes.
- Call to Agriculture: Takes up an interest in hydroponics when confined to his quarters.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In two senses. First he has to abandon every gain he's made in therapy and return to violence in order to save the ship. Then he's killed by one of the enemy during said attempt to save the ship.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Unlike most Betazoids, Suder has neither telepathic nor empathic ability.
- Off The Wagon: His return to killing is essentially this.
- Serial Killer: His whole reason for joining the Maquis was an outlet for his violent urges.
- Token Evil Team Mate: To the Maquis—Chakotay recalls how unnerving he was. Not so much to Voyager because they just lock him up once he murders a crewmate.
Played By: Josh Clark
- Back for the Dead: After not appearing past Season 1 except for episodes which took place in the pastnote , he was brought back in Season 7 simply to be killed off. He was the last on-screen fatality on VOY.
- Frame-Up: The patsy for Seska's replicator tech theft.
- The Resenter: Got passed over for the promotion to chief engineer job in favor of Torres.
Played By: Nancy Hower
An ensign who was pregnant before Voyager
got lost in the Delta Quadrant. She's a member of the science division.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She eventually stopped appearing apart from an occasional namedrop and one episode set in the past. Apparently, just like Carey the writers eventually forgot they never actually killed her off.
- Longest Pregnancy Ever: She was pregnant for the entire first season. Justified later by the fact that it was a half-Ktarian child.
: Martha Hackett
(to Chakotay) "Men just get more distinguished as they get older. A few lines here, a little grey there, it adds character. Too bad their minds start to go."
Fiery member of the Maquis and Chakotay's lieutenant/lover. Later turned out to be a surgically-altered Cardassian spy
who got caught in Janeway's dragnet. Oops
. Seska was outed while attempting to smuggle Voyager's tech to the Kazon, whose side she defected to. She climbed her way up the ranks by becoming pregnant with Maj Cullah's child. (While pretending that it was Chakotay's.) A very devious lady, and the closest thing VOY had to a recurring Big Bad
until the Borg Queen.
- Asian Baby Mama: A Cardassian, disguised as a Bajoran, who claims to have inseminated herself with Commander Chakotay's DNA and impregnated herself with the child. It was revealed at the end of the story arc to be the child of her new lover, the Kazon Culluh.
- Originally it apparently was supposed to be Chakotay's, but the producers changed the baby's parentage because they weren't interested in having Chakotay raise a kid for the rest of the series (a la Worf) and because they couldn't have him callously abandon his own son.
- The Baby Trap: Chakotay spared her life because of this.
- Back for the Finale: Not quite, but a stone's throw from it, at least. Chakotay mistakenly drops in on Seska (post-Kazon takover of Voyager) after the ship becomes enmeshed in a fractured time field. ("Shattered")
- Double Agent: The Cardassians are no strangers to plastic surgery. It was bad luck that one ended up in Chakotay's resistance cell.
- Dating Catwoman: Chakotay really got around on the Val Jean. (There's still some lingering tension between him and Torres.) Considering how quick Seska was to jump into the sheets with Cullah, she's probably the one who initiated the tryst with Chakotay.
- Dropped A Bridge On Her: Death by exploding console. Really. Not that this hasn't killed people in the past, mind you, but they're usually wearing red
- Which doesn't stop her from coming back twice for two episodes. (One involved a temporal fragmented Voyager and the other involved a Holodeck copy of her.)
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She genuinally loved Chakotay, and offers him a chance to run off with her and the baby. Unfortunately her betrayal has killed any feelings he once had for her.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: In Season Two, Seska is stuck in mid-transformation from Bajoran to Cardassian.
Played By: Susanna Thompson and Alice KrigeNot
the same queen bee from Star Trek: First Contact
... or maybe she is. In any case
, the Borg Queen is still up to no good, building a transwarp tunnel to act a backdoor to Earth. Alice Krige reprises her role in the series finale.
- Evil Matriarch: To Seven of Nine. Kidnapping? Check. Killing her friends/foster family? Check.
- Hive Queen: Borg Queen in this case. All Borg answer to her.
- I Am Legion: She is the Borg and speaks with the voice(s) of the Borg.
- I Want Them Alive: She considers Seven a daughter of sorts, or at the very least a replacement for Locutus-Picard.
- Les Yay (In-Universe): Alice Krige asked if she should vamp Seven like she did Picard and Data. She was told to go right ahead.
- Losing Your Head: The "Queen" is a severed torso which attaches to various exoskeletons.
- We Have Reserves: The Queen is way more hazardous to the collective than Janeway's crew, that's for certain. She routinely blows up entire Cubes just to prove a point!
A Q that was sealed in a meteor by the rest of the Continuum. When Voyager
accidentally releases him, he asks for asylum in the Federation. This leads to a court hearing between him and John De Lancie Q.
- Been There, Shaped History: He was influential in the lives of Isaac Newton (jostled the tree that dropped the famous apple) and Maury Ginsberg (a ride in Quinn's jeep got him to Woodstock so he could fix the sound system and meet his future wife). In terms of the show's fictional history, it's thanks to him that William Riker exists. He saved the man's ancestor during the American Civil War.
- Brought Down to Normal: He wants to invoke this so he can die.
- Character Death: He succeeds in killing himself at the end of his introductory episode.
- Cruel to Be Kind: The Q sealed him up to stop him from trying to kill himself.
- Irony: Q's argument for the reason Quinn's life has been of value, and should not be allowed to end, is supported by examples of how he has positively impacted the history of the human race. The same human race that rabidly enforces the infamous Alien Non-Interference Clause known as the Prime Directive. Even funnier, Q is using Quinn's past interventions as a supporting argument, even though the ultimate goal is to return Quinn to imprisonment where he would not be able to affect anything anymore.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: While not part of his plan, his death ends up causing a civil war amongst the Q Continuum. Q himself, who was originally trying to prevent Q from killing himself, became the leader of those who were influenced by his death.
- Nice Guy: While Lancie Q was playing Trickster Archetype with humanity, he was closer to Guardian Entity.
- Physical God: A Q like Lancie Q.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: "Death Wish" on Voyager demonstrated that all the Q live a boring, empty existence because they've already done, said and visited everything. Q's actions here were thus explained as him trying to break the monotony. Quinn is the only one that wanted to end this by becoming mortal and dying.