Characters: Star Trek: Voyager
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Captain Kathryn Janeway
Played By: Kate Mulgrew
"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.It is 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."
- Affirmative Action Girl:
- 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.
- Highlights include "Macrocosm", in which Janeway does the Sigourney Weaver bit, her repairs of the deflector dish in "Year of Hell", and her role as a Parisian resistance fighter in "The Killing Game".
- 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. It's always cathartic to see Janeway toss science and diplomacy out the airlock for a plan that consists entirely of "fuck it" and "let's do it".
- Bold Explorer: Although more focused on finding her way home, Janeway still took her mission of exploration seriously.
- Book Ends: "Set a course...for home." Hits you right in the feels.
- Catch Phrase: "Do it!" and "Coffee. Black."
- 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."
- Characterization Marches On: Early Janeway was determined to keep hold of her principles even when all the arguments for abandoning them made very good sense. She seemed to enjoy hiding behind the Prime Directive to avoid making tough choices. (‘Unfortunately, extinction is often the natural end of evolution’ she states in "Prototype"). In "The Omega Directive", the P.D. was officially rescinded "for the duration of this mission".
- 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.
- Crazy Enough to Work: Janeway finds herself in Borg Space. What does she do? She destroys their base and steals their tech to get home, all while (figuratively) giving the Borg Queen the finger through her ready room window.
- The Determinator: Woe betide anyone who gets in Voyager's way. When it comes to defending the ship, 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.Darren Mooney: Indeed, no matter how a woman in authority acts, there’s likely to be a stereotype to account for it. Concerned about those under her? She’s a “mother.” Aggressive? She’s a “ball-buster.” Intuitive? “Overly emotional.” Logical? “Ice queen.” It is very easy to fall into the trap of playing into sexist stereotypes because there are so damn many of them. One could easily justify the various zig-zags taken by the Voyager writing staff in characterising as attempts to avoid various pit falls. However, swerving to avoid one stereotype means you wind up hitting another.
- 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 just causes this to happen.
- When Captain Ransom opens up to her and says that there were times that they almost forgot that they were human beings, the real Janeway would be a little more savvy at what he is actually trying to tell her here. Instead she answers that she is just following protocol (since when?), then starts throwing her weight around and taking command of Ransom because he won't be brought to heel. "Equinox" is clearly the work of two writers, Ron Moore (the "Special Effects Supervisor") and Brannon Braga (the Co-Executive Producer). One is fully aware of the contradictions of Voyager, and the other papers them over by using Ransom as a sort of bloodthirsty strawman.
- 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.
- Did They or Didn't They?: Janeway and Chakotay in "Resolutions". This angle got dropped when it became apparent the performers couldn't stand each other.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?/Talking the Monster to Death: The ending to "The Thaw" where the fake Janeway talks Fear to his death by making him very afraid.
- Do Not Call Me Sir: She doesn't like being called "sir" or "Madam Captain" or "ma'am" or anything other terms besides Captain.
- Drink Order: Her love of coffee is almost as well known as Picard's affiliation to Earl Grey."Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised. I beat the Borg with it."
- Drives Like Crazy: The Janeway Maneuver: when backed into a corner, play chicken with a binary pulsar system.
- The Extremist Was Right: As much as her commands must annoy in a non-Starfleet setting (especially since it is her command decisions that led them to this fate), she is exactly the sort of person you need on your side if you want to survive tough conditions.
- 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: To summarize Janeway, think of her as the result of a transporter accident involving Katherine Hepburn and Martin Riggs. Janeway is insane on a good day.Janeway: I never knew you thought of me as 'reckless', Tuvok.
MurtaughTuvok: A poor choice of words, Captian. It was clearly an understatement.
- 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.
- Geeky Turn-On: The woman almost seems to get turned on by technobabble.
- Good Is Not Nice: It’s the ending that everybody still talks about: the Captain forces Tuvix at gunpoint to sickbay and effectively kills him. When the Doctor refuses to take Tuvix’s life out of ethics concerns she goes through the procedure herself, and the whole time Tuvix looks her straight in the eye so she knows what she is doing.
- 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.
- Hero with Bad Publicity:
- Janeway’s reaction to the reputation of Voyager as a ship of death is sheer horror. She clearly had no idea of the rumors and lies that are being spread from the races they have done battle with so far.
- Once again Voyager’s reputation precedes them in "Dreadnought": the quadrant is rife with rumors that she has threatened many races since they landed here. (Guess opening a dialogue with ‘There’s a Maquis missile heading towards your planet on a parallel course to our ship’ isn’t the best legal defense).
- 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 to the extent of saving any of the Red Shirts they lost earlier in the series).
- I Will Wait for You: As Captain she doesn’t have the luxury of pairing off and she wants to get back home before Mark decides to give her up for dead. Which he does, sadly.
- Iron Lady: Well well, someone is wearing their ovaries on the outside."Dismissed. [beat] That’s a Starfleet expression for get out."
- It really stuck out in season 7 when they strengthened the formula. Instead of Janeway disregarding the reasonable objections of Chakotay, they had Janeway disregarding the reasonable objections of both Chakotay AND Tuvok!
- 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.Beta: Prisoners!Janeway: Guests.
- The Judge: Janeway is really not having a good time acting as frisbee being tossed between the two Qs. She cannot take something as suicide lightly, but Q tries to stack the deck by offering Janeway the chance to spend her life with him (a la Vash) and/or return her to Earth. In a contradiction of TOS, she sides with the needs of the one over the needs of the many — but even Q is touched by her humanistic (and sacrificial) ruling.
- The Kirk: Chakotay points how many times the prime directive has been ignored in the past when people have felt strongly enough about it, Kim (naturally) thinks it’s a fabulous set of rules and Janeway ponders how cruel it is to be on the other side of the fence, being turned way on account of another culture's rules. All for the sake of a slim chance to return home.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Janeway talks with some enthusiasm about Amelia Earhart’s attempt to fly around the world and it would appear she has discovered something of a kindred spirit. Janeway looks thoroughly disappointed that Earhart chooses to stay on the planet and not join her crew!
- 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: She is the Mother Hen of all the captains. She protects her crew like her own children, and you mess with one of them, you are in for a world of hurt.
- 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.
- More Deadly Than The Male:
- Janeway is not often physically violent (that usually only happens if pretty much everyone else has been incapacitated), but at times she 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:
- You know you've pissed Janeway off when she starts flying her own ship! She's serious about getting rid of unwanted visitors
- 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.
- Although it wasn't her decision (shrewed Neelix immediately takes over the galley like a squatter in a vacant loft), it's a very Janeway move to give over her private dining room to the crew to socialize in and have home-cooked food served for them. She tries to flatter Neelix by telling him his meals are becoming a highlight of her day whilst chomping down on his latest indigestible concoction.
- 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.
- Must Have Caffeine:
- Her idea of relaxation? Coffee ice cream.
- 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.
- Must Make Amends: Heavy lies the head that wears the bun. Janeway’s decision to destroy the array and prevent their escape back to the Alpha Quadrant is a tough one and we do see it weighing heavily on her shoulders in later episodes. This life-changing decision causes a fractious relationship between her and a few of the Maquis members, which is exploited by Seska.
- Mutual Kill: In "Deadlock",Janeway scores one of her two best moments as she welcomes the Vidiian pirates to the ship just seconds before the self destruct sequence tears through both of their ships. "Year of Hell" is #2, a scarred and ruthless Janeway slamming her ship into Annorax's.
- Never Mess with Granny: She is a legend in her own time after she gets home and they start combing through the specimens and logs on the ship, matching statements from the crew, etc. Admiral Janeway is one of the most decorate officers the Starfleet history, according to Barclay.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Often touches her subordinates while talking to them. Given her celibate 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 battlerescues Seven from the Borg Queen.
- 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
- Playing Hard to Get: Because his ego is bigger than Voyager, Q thinks Janeway is doing this when he 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.
- Satellite Character: She became one to Jeri Ryan in the show's second half, to Kate Mulgrew's annoyance. She even stopped leaning on Tuvok for advice and consulted Seven on how to proceed, instead.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: It is a not a democracy, and she refuses to run Voyager on consensus. How ironic for a character who is basically the equivalent of Picard in this quadrant (an ambassador for the Federation) to so blatantly disregard its rules, tipping the balance of power in the entire Quadrant for the sake of getting her people home. This comes back to bite the crew on a few occasions, some notable instances being "Living Witness" and "Hope and Fear". Tuvok confirms the Captain has a few extrajudicial powers in the Delta Quadrant, a hair-raising proposition when so far away from the nearest Federation court.
- Serious Business: Coffee.Janeway: "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."
Neelix: "Yes, ma'am." (serves coffee) "While I've got your attention—"
Janeway: "Coffee first." (Gigantic Gulp) "Now what's the problem?"
- Show Some Leg: Janeway posing as prostitute in "Resistence" is definitely an attention-getter. It says something about this Captain's willingness to put her dignity aside in order to leave this miserable planet.
- 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.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In "Alliances", Tuvok naively compares their potential pact with the Kazon to the Federation's first steps of peace with the Klingons and proposes that something good might come to this: a potential stability to the Quadrant. Her eventual downfall is almost inevitable; Voyager's attempts at arbitration fail spectacularly, they're more vulnerable than ever and have even more enemies to contend with. After this episode, When diplomacy fails Janeway will use force to get her own way. So much for the Prime Directive.Mabus: You're naive, Captain. It's clear you have no understanding of the harsh realities of this part of space.
- 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 sometimes the admiralty in Picard's case.
- Team Mom:
- "Take a message to your people. If I ever encounter your kind again, I will do whatever is necessary to protect my people from this harvesting of yours. Any aggressive action against this ship or its crew will be met by the deadliest of force."
- 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."
- The Unfettered: Seska suggests that Janeway's obsession with the Prime Directive is hampering their ability to get home, which is opportunistic of Seska to say but yet still true. Later seasons would see the Captain growing more torn Janeway between getting her crew home by the numbers and also wanting to get it done as fast as possible.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Chakotay due to Subordinate Excuse.
- Uptight Loves Wild: She was always a child of the 24th Century, even when he parents forced her to go backpacking to keep in touch with their pioneering roots. Janeway really doesn’t count on having to rough it with Chakotay in the woods. In "Resolutions", Chakotay scoffs that they're hardly roughing it with so much technology at their disposal and enough food to last them literally forever.
- 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. 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.
Played By: 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.
- Boxing Battler: The Tattooed Terror! Boxing is barbaric and entirely pointless from The Doctor's point of view, but the Noble Art is still taught at Starfleet Academy and practiced on the outskirts of the Alpha Quadrant, which suits Chakotay just fine.
- Captain Crash: Crashed his Maquis Raider into a Kazon battleship in the first episode, and has crashed nearly every shuttlecraft he's flown since.
- The Consigliere: It takes him awhile, but in "Alliances" he finally confronts Janeway and informs her that they are on their own in this Quadrant and they need to start changing in order to survive, which might mean bending the rules a little. He makes Janeway realize that the interests of the crew are her main concern, and he questions if she is actually prioritizing that by sticking so rigidly to Starfleet rules.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- 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:
- It was Sulu who was responsible for sponsoring Chakotay's application to Starfleet Academy. Only an old cowboy like Sulu would see past the lad's rough edges. 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.
- Grave Marking Scene: Chakotay got the Tasha Yar treatment in the fake "Endgame" timeline.
- 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.
- (to Tuvok) "You were working for her, she was working for them...was anyone on my ship working for me?" Chakotay realises that everybody has been treating him like a mug.
- Ice-Cream Koan:
- Chakotay has some tales from "his people" that somehow sum the situation up perfectly and also not at all.
- "We have a saying among my people. The turtle who keeps his shell never gets stabbed in the back."
- Magical Native American: Any episode that opens on Chakotay searching for his father’s spirit 70,000 light years from home is getting us off on the wrong foot.
- Chakotay's grandfather's ghosts must not be confused with Chakotay's alien ancestors.
- 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 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 (his is a female, which is awfully specific) 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 dude with manly interests. 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.
- Space Marine: Chakotay is far more comfortable in the field than he is as a First Officer, and episodes like "Memorial", "Nemesis", "Timeless", and "The Killing Game" (as an Allied squad leader in WWII!) are a tantalising glimpse at his life before "Caretaker".
- Technical Pacifist: He is a gentle man from a gentle people! *punches Darby*
- 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.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Trapped on a barren planet, and Janeway's stuck with the only Indian in the universe who can't start a fire by rubbing two sticks together.
Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
Played By: Tim Russ
"On the contrary, the demands on a Vulcan's character are extraordinarily difficult. Do not mistake composure for ease. How may I be honest with you today?"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's Spock, 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.
- Badass Grandpa: As of "Hunters," when he's notified his first grandchild has been born.
- 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.
- Bothering by the Book: In the beginning, he was a pragmatist who was perfectly willing to override Janeway if he founds her logic wanting. By the end of Season One, Janeway was the risk-taker and Tuvok the living embodiment of Starfleet protocol. In "Learning Curve" he chastises a Marquis crew member for noticing that something needs fixing and getting on with it rather than going through the proper channels. Considering how short-staffed and under-equipped Voyager is, he risks a mutiny by slapping theirs wrists for such trivial things (the only significant problem caused was deleting some holograms Janeway was talking to). Unlike Tuvok, B’lanna understands how to win the respect of the the Maquis crew and get them to work more efficiently.
- 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 responsible for a majority of the 16 shuttles lost during the series' run.
- Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: You have got to love Tuvok’s style: at the news of hearing that they might be able to find the Caretaker's mate and convince her to return Voyager home, he suggests creating a poison that could debilitate the creature just in case it gets hostile.
- The Comically Serious: It never fails. Poor Tuvok tries to catch a quiet couple of minutes with his own thoughts and Neelix comes bumbling over because clearly his services as morale officer are required!
- Deadpan Snarker: Tuvok gets all the best zingers, moreso even than Spock, and boasts a very dry sense of humor, 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...Sulu: And don't tell me Vulcans don't have a sense of humor, because I know better.
- ‘It appears we have lost our sex appeal, Captain.' Of course, he's speaking for Voyager itself as it fends off pubescent aliens, but Brannon Braga bought this story treatment just based on that line coming out of Tuvok's mouth.
- Evil Feels Good: In "Meld", Tuvok leeches off of Suder's murderous impulses, and he rather likes the feeling... (Perhaps because, as Suder says, it doesn’t require logic) The second meld sees Tuvok mentally raping Suder and Suder moaning as he enjoys it.
- A Father to His Men: In "Resolutions", Tuvok admits that he cannot feel the loss of their comrades as the crew does and fails to understand what purpose it would serve if he did! Even so, Mr. Vulcan does an uncharacteristically emotional thing at the beginning of "Innocence" by giving a dying redshirt a glimmer of hope that somebody will miss him when he dies.
- Good Parents: Though Tuvok's children have long since grown up, Kes and Tom still go to him for advice on parenthood. 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."
- The Guards Must Be Crazy:
- Tuvok might want to step up his training regimen, because his deputies are rather wet.
- The legendary episode where Tuvok transports a ship full of convicts with only a force field to prevent all of them from escaping at once.
- How bad is Tuvok at his job to allow Seska to meet with the Kazon, to beam over to their ship to destroy the evidence, fabricate more evidence and to beam away AGAIN at the end? At least he looks embarrassed by it. In "Maneuvers" (another Seska episode), Janeway chews Tuvok out for allowing Chakotay to steal a shuttlecraft to seek his revenge; it’s about time she laid down the law at how relaxed security seems to be on this ship.
- Happily Married: For over 60 years, 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."
- I Can't Dance: He does, however, grudgingly wiggle his toe once Neelix departs the ship for good, as a token of goodwill. Like Spock, Tuvok can play the lute and sing well enough.
- 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".
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Seven, he is the voice of pragmatism aboard a ship with a maverick scientist, a tattooed mystic, a guerrilla fighter, a cocky test pilot, a starry-eyed cook, and a self-righteous hologram. It's a wonder Tuvok's head doesn't explode from all the illogic on display. It 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).
- Passed-Over Promotion: There was some resentment between Tuvok and Chakotay over the latter being elevated to First Officer, essentially demoting Tuvok. But it was the only way to ensure loyalty between the two crews.
- Rank Up: Starts off as a lieutenant, and gets promoted to lieutenant commander in "Revulsion."
- 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.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: In the episode "Meld", Tuvok wants to verifiy if he's developing psychopathic tendencies by running an holodeck program of Neelix being annoying. He strangles Neelix to death.
- 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? He often appears in the same scene/shot with a Commander of vague Native American ancestry, just to drive it home.
- 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).
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Tuvok proves to be one of the most insightful characters in season two. It's all downhill from there.
- 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
Played By: 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 for lying about his own pilot error that resulted in the deaths of three fellow officers, 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 ( Paris was in Star Fleet and his error got three officers killed and he lied about it but later confessed, while Locarno was in the Academy and his antics resulted in the death of a fellow cadet but he 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: The Delta Flyer became his private craft.
- Action Hero: Never shied away from a good fight.
- Bad Guys Play Pool: Tom recreated his favorite Parisian pool hall on the holodeck. Which is where the senior staff unwinds in the early seasons (later replaced with the Hawaii and Fair Haven programs). Janeway hustles him on her first trip to Sandrine's, pretending not to know what the stick does ("It's called a cue, Captain") so Paris will allow her to break.
- The "Tom goes rogue" episodes. His behavior is considered riotous and unacceptable because... his hair hangs a little loose and he has an opinion. In "Thirty Days", Tom is demoted and thrown into the brig for forcing a planet to undergo environmental protections that will preserve its existence in the future. On any other Trek this would be standard behavior and it just shows how uptight Starfleet has become.
- Even his stint in New Zealand could have been avoided if Tom had kept his head down, but his conscience wouldn't allow it and he threw himself at the mercy of a Starfleet magistrate, accepting his sentence with grace. What a loose cannon!
- Baleful Polymorph: After they have alien lizard sex, Janeway puts Paris in for a commendation so it does go to show that it never hurts to flirt with the boss.
- 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.
- Broken Ace: His self-esteem is actually quite very low and he believes that he is doomed to fail. But he is trying his damndest to pull his life together.
- Casanova Wannabe: Although pitched as the ship's resident playboy, the writers eventually gave up and admitted that Tom is, in actuality, kind of a dork.Doctor: Ah, Mr. Paris. I assume you have a great deal of experience being rejected by women...
- Deuteragonist: Michael Piller conceded as much in Visions of the Future. Paris serves as our entry character into Voyager, mimicking Jim Kirk's big reveal of the Enterprise in The Motion Picture, is central to the plot of "Caretaker", and has the most distinct character arc out of anyone in the cast. He even changed rank a few times! (Apologies to those viewers who fainted from shock.) Even his middle name suggests an air of narrative importance: Eugene, after Eugene Roddenberry. No prizes for guessing his new vocation in the series finale.
- Expansion Pack Past: Tom is surprisingly well versed in warp theory after having served two years on a freighter. Didn't he mention that already? No? Oh well.
- Fan of the Past: Done more realistically than most examples — Tom is a fan of the 20th century, but mainly of the early to mid part of it, liking Captain Proton from The Thirties and cars of The Fifties. When he was thrust into the viewers' present day of 1996 through Time Travel, he adapted better than the rest of the crew but still made a faux pas by referring to the Soviet Union in the present tense. He also gets called out for claiming to be a "Secret Agent", a term that nobody says anymore.
- Fate Drives Us Together: Rather sweetly, each time Tom and B'Elanna's memories are erased and become strangers, they always develop an attraction in any case. ("The Killing Game", "Workforce")
- The Gambler: Paris has the nerve to re-program the holodeck characters to be his co-conspirators as he fleeces the entire crew!
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Poor Tom is saddled with not one, but two prototype engines which end up backfiring and mutating/killing off the crew: The Warp 10 engine in "Threshold", and the slipstream drive in "Timeless".
- Good Old Ways:
- B'Elanna replicated him an authentic T.V. with old-timey shows built into the set. Most old movies in the 24th century can be viewed in three-dimensional form on a holodeck, but Tom prefers to curl up on a couch like a real American.
- Yo dawg, I heard like you like 3-D, so I put 2-D in your 3-D so you can watch 3-D in 3-D.... He takes his wife out to see Revenge of the Creature in "Repression", blissfully unaware of the idiocy of wearing 3-D glasses on a holodeck.
- Grease Monkey: Good at it, too. The Delta Flyer was his design.
- Handsome Lech: Until he falls in love with B'Elanna he was often flirting.
- Official Couple: With B'Elanna.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In contrast with the Locarno character, whom McNeill described as just the reverse — kind on the outside, incredibly selfish on the inside. Paris could act as a cynic or Hustler/Lancer type when he thought it was necessary for his survival, but his level of sensitivity would cause him to experience pain and/or self-loathing afterwards. For example, one episode has Janeway secretly order Paris to start acting belligerent and question the orders given to him by higher ranking officers, specifically Chakotay. This eventually results in Chakotay throwing him in the brig, which leads to Paris' "resignation" from Starfleet, where he is then escorted to the shuttle bay, given a shuttle, and sets off to begin his own life. The whole act was key in resolving the B plot of the episode. After all was revealed, Paris gave a heartfelt apology to everyone for his behavior, especially Chakotay.
- I Choose to Stay: Flirted with, but not fully realized as with Neelix or (to take a contemporary example) John Crichton. A running theme in the show is Paris' assertion that there's nothing waiting for him on Earth, because Voyager is his home now. He began this journey as a criminal and ended it as a husband and a father-to-be. In terms of quality of life Paris has never had it better. Comparing his lack of excitement with Harry’s tail-wagging at the thought of making it back to the Alpha Quadrant is very telling.
- The Medic: After learning that he took a course in field medicine in Starfleet, The Doctor forced Paris to begin studying medical procedures and act as his nurse after Kes left. While mostly played for comedy vis-a-vis the Doctor, his medical training actually proves crucial to the crew's survival in later episodes when the Doctor wasn't available.
- Military Brat: His dad is an admiral. Guess what trope is at the bottom.
- Military Maverick: Deconstructed. He's a decent guy, an excellent pilot, and has a host of other skills, but he starts the series in prison and later gets demoted and sent to the brig for a month because of his willingness to break the rules.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Tom's passion for holonovels and comic books eventually led to a lucrative career as a writer. This happened in a possible future where the VOY crew made it home, but it's unknown if our Tom assumed that vocation.
- Mr. Exposition: Tom Paris starts out as an ex-con with a chip on his shoulder, but it only takes a season or two before he becomes a Rhodes Scholar, able to talk at length about a variety of subjects. This is explained away by Tom's fascination with pre-Warp Earth history.
- Porn Stache: Lieutenant Marseilles, The Doctor's Captain Ersatz of Paris in the holonovel Photons Be Free, sports one.
- Renaissance Man: He's an ace pilot, expert commando, knows how to pick locks and superb theoretical physicist capable of designing an engine that goes to infinite speed. He's also the field medic, and has written several holoprograms.
- Ship Tease: With Kes, whom he actually marries in an alternate timeline.
- The Snark Knight: He has a nice sarcastic streak.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Originally the character of Paris was to be Nic Locarno, who was kicked out of Starfleet Academy and sent to prision for attempting a dangerous stunt that got a fellow cadet killed. When the producers ran into copyright issues on the matter (the author of the episode with Locarno demanded royalties for everytime the character would appear) they rewrote him as Tom Paris with an almost identical background. And they were both played by Robert Duncan McNeill.
- Urban Legend Love Life: Despite his reputation, he actually got the least Girl of the Week action of all the male cast, including the Doctor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The Doctor can't stand him. Tom gets it the worst in the holonovel parodies of the crew, and the Doctor rarely if ever says anything positive about him in private. Their relationship is never hostile, though, and more resembles a stern teacher and his feckless pupil.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: It’s a wonder Pairs has any sense of self esteem let alone his runaway ego, considering even his father Admiral Paris refused to play favorites with him at the Academy. Part of Tom's rebellious nature stemmed from the feeling that he would never get his dad's approval.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Janeway suggests that Tom Paris’ name will spoken in the same breath as Neil Armstrong and Zefram Cochrane if he can pull off Warp 10. It's understandable why somebody like Paris would want to get his names in the history books to prove everybody who thinks he is a wastrel wrong. Unfortunately it means he tends to cut corners in his pursuit of getting Voyager home.
Lieutenant junior grade B'Elanna Torres
Played By: 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: Though 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.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Torres was an angry little girl with no friends, so it's no great shock that she matured into an angry young woman. She hasn’t seen her father since she was 5 and she thinks her mother is somewhere on Qo'nos. Most of B’Elanna’s "family" are the Marquis members on the ship, so there is no guarantee that anyone back home gives a damn that she is alive. B’Elanna tried to murder her animal guide so it's a safe bet she didn't fit in with the Indians living on the DM, either.
- Beastess: 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.
- Boomerang Bigot: She is trapped between feeling pride at her Klingon heritage and considering it an abomination. She comes close to 'deleting' her daughter's Klingon features while she's still in the womb.
- 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Torres’ way of handling a difference of opinion: giving Carey a bloody nose. According to her, the roadblock at the Academy was a system that didn’t give her a chance to breathe. However, a lot of people at Starfleet vouched for her, so Janeway agrees to roll the dice and make her Chief. B’lanna only made it into the second year of the Academy so when (and if) they make it home her honorary title of Chief Engineer may be stripped from her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: B'Elanna began the series as one of Janeway's more vocal opponents, but that didn't last long. She also had trouble learning to work in groups, having grown used to her autonomy onboard the Valjean. Tom wore down her emotional defenses which helped a bit in that regard.
- The Engineer:
- Given that she left Starfleet and joined the Maquis, she was presumably more self-taught and improvisatory than most. That would have been extremely useful, in Voyager's usual circumstances.
- She joins both Chief O'Brien and Geordi Le Forge in the ranks of legendary Starfleet Engineers who can somehow keep their ship (or starbase) together against all odds.
- Gadgeteer Genius: She turned a Cardassian missile into a Maquis predator drone, figured out how to let an android race "reproduce," and kept Voyager running in the Delta Quadrant.
- Good People Have Good Sex/The Immodest Orgasm: The Paris household find themselves the subjects of a field study on humanoid mating. Apparently their "intimate relations" are so obnoxiously loud that Seven can readily collect data from everybody else on Deck 9. The Borg drone pleasantly and patiently awaits B'Elanna's response to her findings as steam shoots out of B'Elanna's ears. ("Someone to Watch Over Me")
- Hair-Trigger Temper: This was a major reason that she dropped out of Starfleet Academy, having been written up and suspended multiple times. According to Chakotay, she once started a brawl in Astrotheory 101. When confronted about it, she declares herself the model of tranquility in a way that suggests she will disembowel Harry if he disagrees. (She gets much better at controlling it over the course of the show.)
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half Human, Half Klingon. Never truly fit in with either.
- Hide Your Pregnancy: During season 4 selective camera angles and a large work smock were used to hide Roxanne Dawson's pregnancy. During the two-parter episode "The Killing Game" the writers got creative and had her character on the holodeck be pregnant, including a Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment when she gripes to Tom over how realistic her pregnancy is.
- Hot-Blooded: She is half Klingon.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: If she had a better lot in life and mixed with the right people she would never have become a wanted felon.
- Kick the Dog: An oddly literal example.Chakotay: B'Elanna is the only person I know who tried to kill her animal guide.
- Kids Are Cruel: In grammar school, she was known as "Miss Turtle Head." The other students loved to wind her up and watch her explode, inevitably getting B'Elanna in trouble while letting the real culprits go scot free.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: When she was a child she did everything she could to disguise her forehead, because her mother and her where the only Klingons where she grew up. After her father dumped the family, she cried herself to sleep every night for a month; B'Elanna was convinced he left because she was growing to look like a Klingon. Which was pretty much the case.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- Torres says it word-for-word in "Prototype", when she realizes she's just revived a self-replicating robot army. Before that, there's a moment of Frankensteinian joy when the unit blinks awake, and Torres does everything but say ‘Its ALIIIIIVE’.
- She talks about Dreadnought as though it were her own child, getting into its guts and reprogramming it to work for the Marquis. Torres sent the missile off to destroy a Cardassian depot without consulting Chakotay, so now she feels responsible for any destruction it causes. How embarrassing for Torres to hear her own voice as a computer drawl threatening Janeway. Just as she has adjusted to a Starfleet vessel her old life as a terrorist has come back to haunt be so embarrassing to her.
- Leave Me Alone: Fond of this, going all the way back to her childhood. Unfortunately, she may have said it to her father just a few too many times because eventually he did.
- Literal Split Personality: As the human B’Elanna in "Faces", she is meek and nervous and lacking in confidence, and you see just how much punch she gives the character usually. To be able to shout at her Klingon half and say her temper has gotten their in trouble so many times is good talk therapy! At the end of the episode, both sides of Torres are still at war.
- Odd Friendship: With The Doctor. As he's a hologram and she's an Engineer, It could be said she's his doctor. In fact, when the Doctor's matrix began to destabilize, the only way to fix him was to boot up a holodeck program that served as a repair manual for the Emergency Medical Hologram. Not having the tools necessary to actually fix him, the only way to fix him was to transpose the Doctor's program onto the matrix being used by the repair program from the holodeck.
- Official Couple: With Tom who eventually becomes her husband.
- Proud Warrior Race Girl: Downplayed. Her Klingon heritage has caused a lot of trouble and tension in her life, so she's not particularly happy about it. However, she still retains the pride, fiery temper and fighting prowess of her heritage (although becoming a warrior was actually a point of contest with her mother).
- Science Hero: One of the most resourceful in all of Trek, though she can be the Action Hero too if called upon.
- Shower Scene: B'Elanna gets her share of sonic showers — although one is ruined by the Doctor buzzing in to inquire about some repairs. ("Nothing I haven't seen before.")
- Spicy Latina: Made even more fiery by her Klingon DNA.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For TNG recurring character Ro Laren, just like Kira Nerys in Deep Space Nine before her — Ro joining the Maquis in TNG's penultimate episode was intended as a setup for Voyager. When Michelle Forbes again refused to commit to a full series, the writers invented a new character instead.
- Like Kira Nerys before her, though, B'Elanna soon developed into her own character.
- Techno Wizard: She always finds a solution for any mechanical problem.
- Tsundere: Caused by her conflicting heritages, half-human and half-Klingon. Yes, Tom has a really hard time even getting close to her, although he does seem to be the only one who can calm her down when her temper flies off the hook.
- Twofer Token Minority: Hispanic human and Klingon, although by the 24th Century, what with all the Interspecies Romance, it is doubtful that human ethnic/racial divisions are taken very seriously anymore.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: While on a camping trip with her father, a 12-year-old B'Ellana overheard him griping about living under the same roof with two difficult Klingon women. Hurt and betrayed, B'Ellana told him to leave and never come back — advice he took to heart, as he soon left his family.
- Wrench Wench: An inversion of the "Klingon Scientists Get No Respect" cliche, B'Elanna was such a bright student that she far surpassed everyone at the Academy. Unfortunately, she was also quite a bit smarter than her instructors, too. Combined with her hot temper, that probably didn't help her career. Like most Trek engineers, she has little in common with the hotshot officer class. "It may be the warriors who get the glory, but it's the engineers who build societies. Don't forget that."
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Her core trait, struggling to control her bestial nature, is one which got her washed out of the Academy. With no one in the Federation interested in her obvious engineering talents, she went to work for Chakotay's band of terrorists, who were far more forgiving of her violent impulses.
Ensign Harry Kim
Played By: Garrett Wang
"I better get to the bridge. You never know when Ensign Kim'll be called upon to take command again."The Butters Stotch of space, an 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-scarcity Utopia, which had solved most of its problems, and had rejected war.
- Affectionate Nickname: Torres calls him "Starfleet" in that same tone of voice Lois Lane used with "Smallville" in the cartoon.
- Always on Duty:
- When asked if he wants a tipple at Sandrine's Harry Kim asks for a cup of tea. Hey, you never know!
- The lad is ready to jump right back into work at the end of "Emanations", and Janeway has to remind him that he has been dead and might want to ponder that for a day or two.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Once he stops letting people push him around. The Hirogen found this out the hard way when Kim masterminded La Résistance against them in "The Killing Game."
- Bothering by the Book:
- It's hard to believe this guy has blood running through his veins and not technobabble. A big demerit in the Trek world, where Captains lead with their gut and, with luck, learn the rules for the sole purpose of breaking them later.
- Regardless of Harry's constant bucking for a promotion, he keeps interrupting his staff's suggestions mid-sentence, demands updates every minute, and double-checks everyone’s work. He wouldn't last long on the Enterprise (bloody A, B, C, or D).
- Butt Monkey:
- As Harry once lamented, he is perhaps the most "predictable" crewman on the ship. He often botches his rare opportunities for advancement, seems pathologically incapable of absorbing any bad news, fails to acknowledge the unattainability of women he fancies (often times ignoring the attainable girls in favor of certifiable maniacs!), and becomes little more than a starry-eyed, one note joke that all of the characters have a kick at eventually.
- Fans were also fond of observing that he was killed and brought back to life with something approaching regularity. Seems even being a major character isn't enough for an Ensign to survive.
- Subverted in the episode "Timeless", where everyone BUT Harry Kim (and Chakotay) dies. Until the end of the episode, when, of course, they both die.
- Harry Kim has the dubious distinction of being the only officer in Starfleet to be reprimanded for having sex with an alien woman.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Harry's actually on par with his alleged womanizer friend Tom Paris as far as attracting female attention goes, and that's without actively trying as hard. Even Seska at one point says she's had her eye on him. Unfortunately for Harry, his Fatal Attractor / Butt Monkey status can almost always be guaranteed to kick in.
- Death Is Cheap: Seriously, how many times has he been nearly killed, killed and brought back, or killed and replaced with a parallel universe version of himself (maybe)?
- Distressed Dude:
- Harry is chained up, beaten and tortured a good deal of time. (Even in the pilot episode.)
- At least The Clown explains why Harry is such an enticing hostage: With a mind full of technical details, he needs to keep Harry close by because the he might just think of a way to rescue the other prisoners. Kim being dragged to the guillotine and having his neck feathered-dustered before the chop is the final indignity.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Kim has survived a ridiculous amount of physical and mental abuse — up to and including multiple deaths — in the line of duty, co-created the astrometrics lab and personally saved the lives of several of the main cast. He never even appears to be considered for a promotion. (His actor provides one of the trope quotes, no less!)
- Ensign Newbie: Literally, at the start of the series. He gains confidence and experience throughout the series.
- Establishing Character Moment: "Mister Kim, at ease before you strain something."
- Fatal Attractor:
- And for those of you keeping score at home, Harry has fallen in love with the wrong twin, a borg, a hologram, a dead girl a member of a xenophobic species, and a xenophobic terrorist wannabe. Man oh man, he can NOT get a break, can he?
- Libby turned up in season two and it was clear that Kim was still in love with her, and when Paris suggested that he shack up with one of the Delaney sisters he scoffed at the notion. By Season Four, he just seems to have forgotten about her completely and he can be as sexually adventurous as he chooses. Because the series cannot seem to decide whether Harry should be loyal to Libby back home or not, most of these women are harpies placed in Kim's way to mislead him. Tal turned out to be riddled with STDs. (That is not a joke. It actually happened; Kim caught the clap in "The Disease".)
- First Day from Hell: Voyager is Kim's first assignment out of Starfleet Academy.
- Future Badass: In "Timeless" and "Endgame". There is an interesting parallel between the two episodes, both involving time travel. In the former, Kim is a well-intentioned renegade, on the run from a reluctant Captain Geordi LaForge. In the latter, Admiral Janeway steals a prized Federation shuttle, some serum, and a Klingon device before being intercepted by a reluctant Captain Kim.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Hilariously, Kim is cast as the Bad Cop (to Chakotay's Good Cop) in a historical reimagining of Voyager in "Living Witness." In a figurative sense, Kim also plays the Bad Cop to Kes' Good Cop in "Resolutions" as the two put the most pressure on acting-Captain Tuvok to relent.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: In "Non Sequitur", Harry is willing to give up a great position at Starfleet Headquarters and a chance (however illusory) to spend his life with his happy fiancé for the sake of....saving Tom Paris. He seems to occupy Harry's thoughts as much as Libby does.
- I Will Wait for You: It's commendable that Harry is remaining faithful to his girlfriend on Earth but a little naïve to think they will be getting home within a day or so.
- The Klutz:
- In "Prime Factors", Harry Kim takes one of the Delaney sisters to Venice, and promptly falls into one of the canals.
- Even a hazard suit wasn't enough to save him in "Demon": he immediately faceplants into a pool of living mercury.
- Let's Get Dangerous: When Kim stops being the Butt Monkey or the Distressed Dude, watch out. His rescue of infant Naomi Wildman in "Deadlock" and his defense of Tom Paris in "The Chute" certainly qualify.
- Limited Advancement Opportunities:
- He and Chief O'Brien ought to share a pint and compare hard-luck stories. This poor kid remains an Ensign for the entire series, even after everything he's gone through... That said, by the later seasons his rank as Ensign is basically In Name Only, as he takes command and barks orders at Mauve Shirts. It could even be argued his de facto rank is Lieutenant-Commander. This is later rectified in post-series materials.
- For reference, Tom Paris deliberately and flagrantly violates orders while interfering in the affairs of another species, gets demoted to Ensign and thrown into the brig to sit around bored for a month, and then a year later is re-promoted to Lieutenant, no hard feelings, kiss and make up. Meanwhile, Kim's sitting around being the good officer, following all the rules, and generally being exemplary and offering helpful solutions to problems the ship encounters (while Paris just minds the wheel). . .and he's stuck at Ensign. No wonder he plays a jazz instrument; it's the language of the blues.
- Hilariously, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in "Living Witness" when Janeway addresses Kim as "Lieutenant" in the alien society's historical recreation of their encounter with Voyager. So basically, even aliens who remember Voyager as a bunch of crazed, genocidal thugs responsible for all their society's problems are quicker to promote Harry than the real Janeway is.
- He did shoot all the way up to Captain in about 4 years' time in the finale, though, so presumably once he was back into Starfleet and had advancement opportunities, he was fast-tracked to make up for lost time.
- Married to the Job: He'd rather run a trans-data diagnostic then help Paris chat up the Delaney Twins, and doesn’t quite have the hang of exaggerating his importance to smooth-talk his way into their quarters.
- Momma's Boy:
- According to the clown, Harry sees the Captain as a surrogate mother, which explains an awful lot. When Tuvok is briefly promoted to Captain in "Resolutions", Kim is an inch away from mutiny.
- Ever the square, he keeps hearing his mother in his head telling him to practice the clarinet and so he has replicated himself one. He also wears a sleeping mask at night because it reminds him of his "mother's womb." Sure, fella.
- Even his subconscious is square: the worst nightmare Harry could conjure up in "Favorite Son" was being scolded by his grandmother. Oh the humanity.
- He is the most impatient crewman whenever Neelix the mailman makes his weekly rounds, hopping up and down and demanding to see a message from his parents. Nevermind that Neelix has no control over the influx of decrypted messages.
- New Meat: Everything about this kid seems to be geared at reminding the audience that he is inexperienced and desperate to please. He always looks so pained every time somebody reprimands him.
- Nice Guy: Began and ended the series as a darn nice fella.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Kim loves anomalies. With each new disaster which befalls the crew, the possibly for his promotion increases. He's so proud of telling another Ensign what to do in the corridors.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: It started with Harry pining for the unavailable Delaney sister and ignoring the horny one. And it snowballs from there.Tom: Oh, here we go again.
Harry [clueless] What?
Tom: You, going after impossible women! A hologram, an ex-Borg, the wrong twin, and now a girl from a xenophobic species?!
- Odd Friendship: Despite being easily the most straitlaced Nice Guy Starfleet officer of the main crew, Harry's first two real friendships are with Paris and Torres — both convicted and/or wanted Maquis criminals.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In "Resolutions," Kim's so horrified at leaving Janeway and Chakotay behind that his obsession with protocol goes out the window and he openly revolts. He has to be talked down by Tom Paris of all people!
- The Pollyanna: Things that bother you, Never bother me, I feel happy and fine... Harry is something of an anti-Worf in a way. Rather than offer up a pessimistic stratagem which is immediately shot down by the Captain (only to later be proven right), Harry will be the first to suggest some long-shot positive outcome which is not to be.Tom: You shouldn't get your hopes up, Harry. No hopes, no disappointments.
Harry: I'm not you.
- Renaissance Man: A huge geek when it comes to 20th century movies and sports trivia, though not as much as Tom.
- School Newspaper Newshound: Harry edited the newspaper at Starfleet Academy and broke the story of the Maquis rebellion, getting the students and faculty to form opinions and take sides.
- Sexy Sax Man: Harry Kim and the Kimtones. This jazz quartet performed for the Qomar in "Virtuoso", with Harry on clarinet.
- Static Character: It's not that his character doesn't change over time, but thanks to Status Quo Is God the writers were still portraying Harry as the inexperienced ensign after seven years of service involving some extremely traumatic events. The fact that he never got promoted at least to lieutenant (despite Tom losing his lieutentant's rank and then getting it back again) is symbolic of this.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Not a deliberate version, but Harry ended up 'dying' more than any other main character.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Harry, salivating over yet another cluster of wormholes, pitches a plan to investigate them in "Endgame." Captain Janeway overrules his dumb idea only to be overruled herself by the older and wiser Admiral Janeway. Turns out that Harry's hunch was right for once.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Harry did get shot out an open airlock once. Afterwards, he was replaced him with a mirror-universe clone. And no one noticed.
- Token Good Teammate: A walking Starfleet recruitment poster, Harry is the lone voice of optimism amid this voyage of the damned.
- Took a Level in Badass: Starts out as green as they come but becomes a more capable and confident officer as time goes on.
- Lampshaded in an episode by Tom after he stands up to Tuvok during a briefing, rather than roll over for him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In "Timeless," and in the sense of wiping out an entire timeline, he succeeds. Beware the Nice Ones, indeed.
Played By: Robert Picardothat 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.
- The All Solving Hammer: The Doctor’s plan to create a pair of holographic lungs for Neelix (in "The Phage"), is pretty inspired and proves he is able to innovate as well as act as the ship's medic: holographic mirrors on the ship's hull to project fake ships (used once in "Basics" and then abandoned, natch), an "Emergency Command Hologram" [!] to maintain the ship while in crisis, and even a theoretical "Photonic Cannon". Between his hard light technology and Seven's "nano-probes", this ship has got the Delta Quadrant licked.
- 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.
- Attention Whore: He'll always be a piece of Starfleet property, but on alien worlds (or in the holodeck) the Doc is very often the toast of town and he basks in the popularity.
- 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.
- Cannot Spit It Out: The Doctor admits that he finds Kes beautiful and he has always longed to tell her. Rinse and repeat with Seven of Nine.
- 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 its simplicity.
- Character Development: Designed for limited supplementary work, he's basically a glorified nurse, having to transcend his own hard-coded limitations. When his date in "Lifesigns", asks the Doctor about his life, all he has to boast about is a list of surgical procedures he has performed – there is nothing personal about his program and nothing that he does for pleasure. This changes a good deal in the future.
- 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.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: He’s tired of the whining amongst the crew every time one of them falls ill, so in "Tattoo" he adjusts his program to give himself flu to show how you can muddle through even when you feel uncomfortable. Unfortunately (or predictably) it all goes horribly wrong and he is forced to suffer longer than he intended and learns the lesson of being nicer to his patients.
- 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.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Oddly it is a holographic character that enjoys the most development in Voyager and his journey from over-qualified ear, nose & throat doctor (in "Caretaker") to a respected Federation author and scientist (in "Author, Author" and "Endgame") is really something. In her initial tours of the ship Janeway unthinkingly ends the EMH in front of a roomful of people. Nobody treats him as a person in his own right yet; he is just a tool.
- The Eeyore: Just like the rest of the Mk. I line. He became more jocular over the course of the show.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: For most of the early seasons, he debated over choosing a name (Thank goodness the Doctor didn’t keep the name "Schmalus"). He finally settles on one of the blandest names possible, to appease his wife. But that happened in the alternate future of "Endgame".
- Fake Defector: Seska takes the Doctor at face value when he feigns ambivalence at her "change of command".
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: He eventually became a full-fledged crew member with a wide array of skills, including tactical and engineering expertise. Both came in handy when the crew evacuated or went into hibernation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Impossible Genius: "We’re hoping the Doctor will be able to successfully reintegrate Commander Chakotay’s consciousness…" If ever there was a contest held for technobabble endings that skip over logic to restore the status quo, "Carthexis" would a strong contender. Until "Threshold" came along.
- Insufferable Genius: He’s an incredibly sophisticated computer simulation even if he says so himself! 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.
- It Will Never Catch On: The Doctor jokes to Torres that if he had the ability to program himself he would raise a family. To prove that a high-concept idea is never wasted on this show this was followed up in Real Life. Neelix was also the one to suggest he take up singing, to which the Doctor responded with a snort.
- 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.
- The McCoy:
- Janeway makes a big mistake in "Basics" by telling the Doctor that his advice is always welcome on any topic...that statement will come back to haunt in the years to come.
- 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.
- Miles Gloriosus: The Doctor (as Beowulf) telling amazing stories of his prowess (basically some pretty dull medical successes) whilst waving around the largest leg of meat you've ever seen.
- Minored In Ass Kicking: No one could compete with the Doctor when he initiated the Emergency Command Hologram and took over the bridge. Pure gold.
- 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")Moset: 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".
- Team Dad: Kes has always shown a daughterly affection for the Doctor. With Tom, he's very much the curmudgeonly father waiting in vain for his son to grow up.
- 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 EMHs.
- 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.
- What Is This Feeling?: The Doctor underplays the scene where Janeway offers him autonomous control of his on/off switch. This is a man whose needs have never been up for discussion, and he doesn’t quite know how to respond to the offer.
- 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.
Played By: 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 like Tom Bombadil...In Space. 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: Although his usual function was light-hearted comic relief, several episodes showed Neelix in a much more serious and sometimes tragic light, such as "Jetrel", "Fair Trade", and "Mortal Coil".
- Authority in Name Only: Not only is he Voyager's (self-appointed) Morale Officer, he's also the ship's cook, leading diplomat, "Co"-Security Chief and intersteller guide. The absurdity is not lost on Neelix himself, who lampshades it on a few occasions. In his departing appearance, the crew lined the corridors to give him a farewell salute, which is more than he ever expected.(pats imaginary combadge) "Neelix to Security. Kes' frown is losing its structural integrity. Red alert. I'm detecting a smile."
- Back for the Finale: Seven gets to catch up with Neelix in the final episode. Like him or loathe him, he was an integral part of this show for seven years and it's only right that he should show up for the swansong.
- The Bore: As the show progresses, they deliberately play on the fact that Neelix is annoying as hell and almost always make "Mr. Vulcan" the target of this annoyance to get a cheap laugh out of the fact you're not supposed to be able to annoy a Vulcan, but you clearly can. This is kind of Ethan Phillips' wheelhouse: He played a lot of pleasantly-annoying people.
- Butt Monkey: In universe, one of the show's longest running gags among the crew, is Neelix's supposedly terrible cooking. Among the audience, his reputation was summed up by a game reviewer for Elite Force, saying that one of the best things about the game was the fact that, "you can shoot Neelix."
- Chef of Iron: ""Don’t worry Captain! You can count on me to keep those nefarious Kazon at bay!" With what, a breadstick? He does eventually get promoted to Security Officer in "Year of Hell".
- Composite Character:
- A mixture of Guinan (serves beverages, belongs to an endangered species) and Quark (runs con games, loves to annoy the security chief). Fun Fact: Both Phillips and Rene Auberjonois (Odo) previously appeared as regulars on Benson, in which Rene A.'s character was the more insufferable character of the two.
- According to the Doctor, "Tuvix "contains Tuvok’s irritating sense of intellectual superiority and Neelix’s annoying ebullience! Actually, as an amalgamation of the two characters Tuvix brings out the best in them: you have Tuvok's tidiness in Neelix's kitchen and Neelix's sense of joy in Tuvok's deliberations. Even the Starfleet uniform is jazzed up with the Neelix swirls added…
- Cordon Bleugh Chef:
Tuvok: (tries his "Elixir of Endurance", gags) ....Interesting.
- Despite the Running Gag, Neelix can and does make food the crew likes, and they are occasionally seen asking for seconds. However, in "State of Flux" he comments that humans aren’t used to roughing it (which is harsh but valid) and that they better get used to it because its Leola root stew from now on! Bleugh! Bloodworm tartare! Ugh!
- Tuvok is initially very thankful that Neelix took the time to study food native to Vulcan, but quickly loses his cool because a time-honored recipe has been meddled with! Neelix desperately wanting to give people a touch of home but cannot help but put his own...unique stamp on things.
- His experiments combining (mostly basic) Delta Quadrant ingredients with Alpha Quadrant recipes, plus his preference for spicy foods, often yields unappetizing results.
Kim: (pained) Not bad. Not bad at all.
Torres: (struggling to keep it down) What... is it exactly?
Seven: It is offensive.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He really can't stand it when Kes talks to another man.
- Crisis of Faith: In "Mortal Coil", he's shattered when he returns from an eighteen-hour death with no memory of an afterlife. His faith that his family and the other deceased millions of Rinax were in a peaceful forest had kept him going until then, and experiencing Cessation of Existence instead nearly drove him to suicide. Chakotay talks him down, but there's no Reset Button on his belief.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Underneath it all, there are hints that Neelix is bitter, depressed, and filled with self-loathing for having deserted during the war, which meant that he was safely offworld when most of his race (including his family) were wiped out by the Metreon Cascade.
- Draft Dodging: Implied to have skipped out on military service, contributing to his guilty conscience over the near-extinction of his race.
- Expansion Pack Past: The fate of his fellow Talaxians.
- For Happiness: Often tries to cheer up the crew, especially (to his annoyance) Tuvok.
- Fun Personified:
- Quark was appointed "community leader", Neelix is the self-appointed "morale officer." There is one key difference between the two mascots, though. Neelix lacks the ability to hurt people. Also, he prefers to cheer people up the old fashioned way (e.g. not resorting to alcohol or whores).
- He definitely took the "office" seriously, and in some of Voyager's more extreme situations, it paid off. He also moonlights as the ship's talk show host, babysitter, bard, etc.
- Going for the Big Scoop: In "Investigations", Neelix launches his own daytime talk show. Janeway is very happy for Neelix to spread the good word through his broadcasts, but the second he has wind of a real news story she has a look of thunder about her. She wanted chit-chat, not exposés. He's about as irritating as an Amway salesman but he is right about the irregular transmission logs; had he not kept pushing like he did, the traitor Jonas may never have been exposed.
- 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.
- Kavorka Man: The first snog on the ship goes to Neelix and there is something very odd about that.
- Lethal Chef: The mess hall becomes something of a liability to the crew as he begins experimenting with their food and hospitalizing crewmembers. Much of his culinary deficiency stems more from lack of suitable ingredients than lack of talent. When he has access to good ingredients, he is shown to be a decent and somewhat inventive chef. The most notable has to be time he managed to give the actual ship food poisoning.Neelix: [goes for Tom's throat] I'LL KILL YOU!!
Paris: It's too late! I'm betting your hair pasta already did the trick!
- May-December Romance: Because of the Ocampan aging process, Neelix often talks to Kes like an overbearing parent rather than a lover. This was among the reasons for their breakup.
- 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.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- Blimey, you know it's bad news if "Make the Vulcan Smile" Neelix is stomping around and pissed off.
- His penchant for storytelling is used to insult Jetrel as though he is stabbing him with a rusty knife.
- Only One Name: If he's called anything else, we never hear it.
- Overprotective Dad: He takes his responsibilities as Naomi's godfather a bit too seriously. Janeway figures out that he's over-compensating for the loss of his own family.
- 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.
- Sad Clown:
- In the space of a season Neelix has his lungs ripped out and is told that he has a life threatening illness.
- Neelix used to live in a colony in Rynax which had warm days and balmy nights until the metreon cascade, a weapon of mass destruction. Those lovely days were turned into one endless frigid night. 300,000 were killed and Neelix only survived by becoming a deserter (he was supposed to be on Talax with the rest of the defense force). He tries desperately hard to stay chipper but his voice breaks and his feelings take over when Jetrel, the man in charge of the cascade's deployment, turns up again like a bad penny. Neelix thinks of himself as a coward, because during wartime punishment for refusing to fight is death. Neelix has lost his mother, father and his little brothers.
- 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.
- The Storyteller: Neelix is a living compendium of old folk tales from the Delta Quadrant, which occasionally comes in handy when dealing with screwball aliens who hide their true motives.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Obviously the crew misses having him talk everyone's ears off in "Endgame", since they replace him with an even more irritating Bolian once he leaves.
- Team Chef: Since they're saving replicator energy, Neelix cooks things by hand in the mess hall.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Case in point: Neelix moves in with Tuvok without informing him. Tuvok is sitting in his PJs drinking tea and reading when Neelix barges in and makes himself comfortable. That time when he copulated with a Klingon in Tuvok's living quarters was also a highlight.
- Trademark Favorite Dish: Neelix insisting on making his leola root stew even though nobody likes it.
- 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.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: He claims to be an expert on many things, including mining and camping. The former ended up with him falling down a cliff and pulling Torres down with him. The latter led directly to the deaths of at least two crewmen. He also claims expertise in crew morale and cooking. This has led handmade food on the ship to be viewed as a punishment as well as the direct cause for a thriving replicator credits black market. He has also poisoned the ship on one occasion - not the crew, the actual ship itself. The most unfair part is that he himself survives, even when wandering off on his own got his lungs removed; other people suffer for thinking he knows what he's talking about.
- You Can't Go Home Again: His homeworld's destruction turned him into a drifter.
- Zeerust: When Voyager finally re-establishes contact with the Federation, and the crew start receiving messages, Neelix gathers up an armload of PADDs and hand-delivers everyone's E-mail.
Played By: Jennifer Lien
"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....
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in the season 6 episode "Fury" but not Not as You Know Them.
- The Dark Side: Kes is actually pretty terrifying as she makes Tannis bleed from his eyes and mouth in "Cold Fire". Kes’ ever-growing extrasensory power could prove a danger to Voyager in the future...
- Easily Forgiven: One of the few times when Tuvok’s lack of emotion comes in handy is in "Cold Fire". After Kes almost kills him by making his blood boil, he jumps up from his medical bed and tells her to think of this as a lesson and a warning rather than bearing a grudge.
- 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.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Her gentle, sweet demeanor notwithstanding, she's able to get one over on the Doctor more than once, and outwits the baddie of the week in "Persistence of Vision."
- 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.
- The Heart: When the Doctor tells Kes that when Voyager returns to Alpha Quadrant, he will be left behind. She responds by giving him a little smooch. It is Kes’ firm insistence on treating the Doctor like an individual and not a hypospray that pushes him on the right path.
- Horror Hunger: Kes hits puberty and starts eating bugs in the arboretum. When Neelix comes to comfort her, she starts scoffing down his flowers.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Kes beautifully affirms the Doctor’s very first step towards independence, telling him he will have to learn like the rest of them. She also bravely donates a lung for Neelix in "The Phage" because she wants to do something for him for once. Her heel turn in "Fury" is considered a low point for the series.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only One Name: Kes, of course.
- 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."
"I was a child. You corrupted me with your ideas: Exploration, discovery!"
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Jennifer Lien phones in her performance in "Fury", and with awesome dialogue like this it's hard to blame her:
- 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.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: She has the potential to (and eventually does) become one of these.
- Super Intelligence: As the series progresses, it is revealed Kes possesses a variety of qualities related to this trope.
- Walking Wasteland: "Fury" demonstrates what happens when she Kes gets pissed off.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being only a few years old, she demonstrates perception and maturity equal to any adult.
- Younger Than They Look: She has a nine year life cycle, but each year looks like about 10.
Seven of Nine
Played By: Jeri Ryan
"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.True to her name, Jeri Ryan was a lucky addition to the ensemble and is probably most responsible for VOY enduring seven (wink wink) years. 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 and Janeway.
- The Assimilator: She still has her nanoprobes and, in her early appearances, would try to use them as any other Borg would.
- The Atoner: In "Memorial", she says her guilt reminds her of the terrible things she did in the service of the Collective. She doesn’t allow it to consume her but she keeps it there is a constant reminder.
- Badass Pacifist: Seven is almost never violent. Her customary warning to people she does not trust ("State your intentions.") is usually enough.
- Become a Real Boy: The removal of Seven's forehead implant would allow her to experience the full range of emotions. The procedure is too risky initially, but the Doctor studies up and eventually finds a safe method in "Endgame."
- Boobs of Steel: Seven is the bustiest and physically strongest female character, able to clobber even the most popular of WWE wrestlers.
- Breakout Character: There is no question that Seven is one of the most popular characters in Star Trek history.Ian Grey: With her ice blond hair frozen in a ‘50s up-do, her curves packed into a series of absurdly tight space-leotards, and a manner of often hilarious extreme hauteur, Seven of Nine was a sexually remote Hitchcockian fatale in SF drag, and one of the most richly imagined characters in TV history.
- Brutal Honesty: Seven has a tendency to be rather blunt with her opinions (often to the point of being rude) and usually doesn't soften them. In fact, she seems to revel in the indelicacy.Chakotay: Seven, I want good news and that's an order!
Seven: Then I must disobey.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Just one glass of fake wine is enough to send her through a loop.
- The Cast Showoff: In "The Killing Game," that is Jeri Ryan singing for real, not lip syncing. She would occasionally show off those pipes thereafter, often dueting with the likewise gifted Doctor.
- Catch Phrase: The Borg's motto "Resistance Is Futile", though surprisingly rarely. It is usually either a precursor to her Restraining Bolt having come loose and her Borg hardware thus re-asserting itself, or at least once (in an alternate universe scene where Janeway uses her and a group of Borg as a private army) as a bizarre expression of Patriotic Fervor.
- Her personal catch verbal tic, however, is adding "(subject in question) is irrelevant" whenever she wants to assert her coldly logical worldview on more emotional speakers. She also sometimes tends to demand that people "comply" when she tells them to do something.
- The Chanteuse: Seven of Nine plays one in a holoprogram set in German-occupied France. One benefit of her Borg implants is perfect pitch.
- Character Development: Seven's character development involves her rediscovering and learning to embrace her human side.
- The Comically Serious: "Fun will now commence!" Most of her humor comes from how rigid and deadpan she is, regardless of how crazy her surroundings are.
- Continuity Snarl: Try not to think too hard about how the circumstances of her assimilation line up with the Federation and Borg's history. It was eventually explained as her family studying the Borg and becoming the first assimilated humans. They had also broken Federation law in their obsessive pursuit of the Borg, even crossing the Romulan Neutral Zone. It was clear that by that point they were no longer in communication with Starfleet.
- Cyborg: She is a former Borg drone, and while her exoskeleton and the majority of her implants have been removed, she still possesses some cybernetic parts.
- Cyborg Helmsman: Seven of Nine uses Borg technology to create Voyager's Astrometrics lab, a 3D map of the space they're traveling through.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seven possesses a very dry sense of humor.
- Dinner and a Show: Her first date leaves a lot to be desired. She and the hapless Lt. Chapman are both nervous, leading to a string of dinnertime disasters: Seven splitting a lobster with such ferocity that she splats Chapman in the face with it, and ballroom dancing with enough fervor to break his arm. ("Someone to Watch Over Me")Chapman: ...Maybe we should order dessert.
Seven: (deer in headlights expression) You wish to accelerate our social encounter.
- Distaff Counterpart: Seven combines the hard-headed pragmatism and social awkwardness of Spock, Data, and Odo without overtly aping any of them. She is also super-strong and possessed of extraordinary plot-solving cyborg skills.
- In "One", a transporter accident mixed up some of Seven's nanoprobes with the Doctor's 29th-century emitter, spawning a Borg 500 years more advanced than the current crop. Sadly the Borg drone, nicknamed "One", is forced to commit suicide rather than allow itself to be assimilated by the Collective. This outcome is similar to what happened with Data's short-lived 'daughter', Lal, in "The Offspring."
- Eye Remember: Technobabble version. Her cadaver proves key to avertingVoyager's fate in 'Timeless'. Like the rest of the crew who weren't in the bottom decks when the ship crashed, Seven was perfectly preserved under the sheet of ice. The Doctor gerry-rigs a Borg temporal transmitter and Seven's cortical implant to make a miniature interplexing beacon (see Star Trek: First Contact) to alert the crew in the past. All well and good, but this includes a rather startling shot of the EMH holding Seven's severed implant with the eyeball still attached(!).
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Enhanced by the Borg implant.
- Five Stages of Grief: Goes through all five in the Season 7 episode "Imperfection", when her cortical implant begins to degrade, threatening her life.
- 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.
- Full-Name Basis: Seven always refers to Naomi Wildman as "Naomi Wildman," or occasionally, "Naomi Wildman, subunit of Ensign Samantha Wildman."
- 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. Note: Michael Westmore said the Borg actors were glued into their suits, and had to be unglued if they needed to use the bathroom, so it's actually not without precedent.
- Apparently, it was the Doctor who was responsible for designing and replicating Seven's catsuits
- 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.
- Hello, Nurse!: The Borg Babe. Many a pelvis was thrusted in her direction on Voyager, including the Doctor and Harry Kim's.
- Humanity Ensues / Humanity Is Infectious: Seven gradually reclaims her humanity through her interactions with the crew. Q jokes that Janeway "housebroke" her by restoring her humanity.
- 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 in "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. Exposition: The Astrometrics Lab grants her the power to map out this region of space, and she has accumulated vast knowledge of alien cultures from her time as a drone.
- Ms. Fanservice: As superb as Seven of Nine is, you could tell they were starting to run out of ideas and introduced a character with humungous tits and hips to bring in the ratings.
- 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 a side-eye before grading their evolutionary progress (usually poorly).Alpha Hirogen: 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.Seven: 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.
- Seven later Lampshaded this, saying that people who put their own goals over the safety of their children don't deserve to be parents.
- 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:
- Seven shilling transhumanism to anyone who’ll listen is a favorite gag of the show. She’s like the Ron Popeil of cybernetics.
- She offers her Borg alcove to Tuvok as a substitution for Zen meditations ("A simple cortical implant will be required—" "Another time, perhaps."), and suggested to Naomi 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.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: The Doctor was responsible for the design and creation of her form-fitting catsuits (Sorry... "dermaplastic garment") with the explanation that it mimics a Borg skinsuit — a balance of "functionality and aesthetics". He expresses hope that Seven will try on some casualwear in the future, though she fails to see the purpose in it.
- 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 wouldn't be as fun 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 due to their tendency 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 within the Collective, 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.
- Creepy Child: In Seven's nightmare, in "Dark Frontier".
- Half-Human Hybrid: Her mother is human, her father Ktarian.
- 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 IntiraymiIcheb 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 DourifOne 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 HowerAn 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.
Played By: 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.
- Aborted Arc: Seska talks of the Nistrome taking Voyager and conquering the Quadrant sector by sector, which isn't a half-bad idea. The writing team of Taylor & Braga didn't care for any of the elements introduced by Michael Piller, the Kazon and Seska included. And so her reign of terror came to an abrupt close in "Basics".Michael Piller: this was probably one of the worst two character decisions made on ‘Voyager’ (the other being to create Kes as effectively sexless).
- 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")
- Deep Cover 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.
- Dragon-in-Chief: With Seska whispering in his ear Cullah finally becoming an adversary worthy of Janeway. You have got to love how she uses her manipulative feminine wiles to pull his strings and get things going her way in this Quadrant; even orders around his men despite women being held as inferior in Kazon society. Both chafe at their roles, but find the other too useful to change things.
- 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.Hackett: I was always grouchy about the way they killed me off … For Seska to die that way was like rolling over.
- 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: Both Chakotay and Cullah mourn her death.
- Evil Counterpart: Seska using Federation tactics against her old crewmates. A Kazon ship punches a hole in their shields and a shuttle slips through and stabs into the hull like a knife in their belly and out pour soldiers firing like mad. It’s bold and takes the crew of Voyager, who are more used to lethargic enemies in the Delta Quadrant, entirely unawares. It is such a shame that the Kazon are all so dumb, though. There's also some talk of Seska attempting to unite all the various sects to bring down Voyager, essentially forging her own Federation (or Cardassian Union).
- Evil Makes You Ugly: In Season Two, Seska is stuck in mid-transformation from Bajoran to Cardassian.
- Femme Fatale Spy: Doesn't hesitate to use sexual manipulation, as Chakotay enjoys telling Cullah while the Kazon is beating him for information.Chakotay: She's quite a woman, isn't she? Does she rub your shoulders and tell you you're the most exciting man she's ever known? That's what she used to do for me. What's the matter? Didn't she tell you about us?
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Seska was of the opinion that if Voyager was to survive, they needed powerful friends. Hence why, in her view, provoking the Kazons was a bonehead move.
- In Love with the Mark: She genuinely 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the episode where she's exposed, it's hard not to sympathize with her rant that Janeway isn't prepared to do what it takes to get her crew home, or even keep them safe.
- Ironically, when Janeway actually does this in later seasons, the fans condemn her for it, despite sympathizing with Seska's point in the first place.
- Killer Game Master: Rewrote a Starfleet vs. Maquis holodeck program into a deathtrap for Tuvok for friends: Holo-Janeway's phaser rifle backfires on her (vaporizing her instantly), and when Tom runs to the EMH for help, the mutinous Doc prescribes him 22 cc's of nitric acid!Tom: Maybe we can go to the mess hall now and let the holographic Neelix burn my arm with a frying pan.
- The Lancer: Her initial characterization in the show bible; actually, the writers weren't sure to do with this character. Torres ended up filling this role.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: Inverted. The only one of her kind in the Delta Quadant... and yet she still finds a way to restore her old Cardassian features.
- Manipulative Bitch: Both on the personal level and the Evil Plan level.
- Motive Rant: When cornered in her bio-bed in Sickbay, Seska starts to sound uncannily like a token Cardassian: espousing the pack mentality and cold-blooded realpolitik her species is known for.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Courtesy of Tuvok's holodeck program, prepared in the event of a Maquis takeover of the ship.. which Seska then hacked into. Uh oh.
- Paranoia Gambit: Credit where it is due, the idea of a member of the crew working against their best interest and defying protocol is an extremely unflattering one in light of the recent Stafleet-Maquis alliance. Seska pointing the finger at herself to frame Carey is a moment of genius on her part.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Willing to assist anyone and upset the balance of power in the Quadrant just to get home."Federation rules, Federation nobility, Federation compassion? Do you understand that if we were on a Cardassian ship we would be home now!?"
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: By Hackett's own admission, the writers suddenly realized that they had painted themselves into a corner with Seska (she couldn't very well transfer to another ship in the fleet!), and that the cast had grown too large. It wasn't until the fourth episode that Seska was retconned into a Cardassian spy. Starfleet, Marquis and Cardassian expertise – that’s a pretty intimidating combination of training and talents.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Like all good femme fatales, she knows how to play to sympathy when suspicion is pointed at her, and Seska really lays it on thick with her sob story story about a terrible disease and a compassionate Cardassian "donor."
- You Fool!: In her Motive Rant to the show's leads, Seska sums up Janeway and Chakotay as a couple of "fools" — perfect for each other.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Chakotay has some friendly advice for Cullah. ‘Once Seska’s through with you…she’s gonna kill you.’
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.
- Bi the Way: Alice Krige asked if she should vamp Seven like she did Picard and Data. She was told to go right ahead.
- Characterization Marches On: In her first few appearances, the Queen is shown to be callous to the point of defying common sense, willing to detonate entire Cubes full of Borg just to kill one or two she couldn't control. In the finale, she calls off her Cubes when it's clear they'd be pointlessly sacrificed, and even makes an effort to scare off Voyager rather than engage them.
- 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.
- Losing Your Head: The "Queen" is a severed torso that 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! Contrast to the Queen in the finale, who not only called her Cubes back when it was clear the upgraded Voyager outmatched them, but actually refused any further engagements until she developed countermeasures.
- You Killed My Father: Not directly, but the Borg assimilated Seven's parents.
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.