"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 (reports conflict on exactly why she left). 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/villainous 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."
A Mother To Her Men: 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.
Badass Boast: Pretty much 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.
Initially, she had a boyfriend back on Earth and didn't want to give up that relationship.
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."
The Danza: This was not an As Herself performance, however. Kate Mulgrew has been shown elsewhere to be a much nicer person than Janeway often was.
The Determinator: When it comes to defending Voyager, Janeway is willing to put literally everything on the line, and will not stop until she is physically incapacitated. During Year of Hell, Part 2, when the holographic Doctor tries to relieve her of command, she informs him that he will need to physically subdue her in order to do so.
Depending on the Writer: Is she a by-the-book hardass, an empathetic mother over her crew, a loose-cannon with a tendency to give in to her emotions and curiosity, a moral victor who upholds the ideals of the Federation in a savage galaxy, or a pragmatist who is very willing to play dirty to get her crew home? The writers had seven years to work on this, and they never figured it out. Fortunately for the show, Kate Mulgrew put a great deal of effort into giving the character some continuity and making it seem as though Janeway was doing things out of caring for her crew or bringing out their potential during her more inexplicable decisions, In Spite Of The Writers.
Heroes Love Dogs: She's a dog person, but is thousands of light-years from her own dog Mollie.
The Leader: Generally Type III, but often Type I towards villains. Likes viewing herself as Type IV, but usually isn't. (Although to be fair, there are times when she *does* give a good speech)
Lawful Stupid: The Prime Directive kept getting rescinded early in the "mission". Thankfully Janeway managed to get things back on track near the end of the series.
Mama Bear: Woe betide the foolish thieves/governments/unethical Starfleet captains who think it's a good idea to mess with her crew.
Manipulative Bitch: this would be Guile Hero except that she is too willing to play dirty when it comes to military, political and personal manipulation to either save/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.
Must Have Caffeine: Her Memory Alpha page has a whole paragraph devoted to her love of it. She equates replenishing a dwindling Antimatter fuel supply with regaining the ability to order coffee from the energy-intensive replicators.
Janeway: There's coffee in that nebula.
More Deadly Than The Male - Janeway is not often physically violent, (that usually only happens if pretty much everyone else has been incapacitated) but she at times employs the Machiavellian angle, and is usually good at it.
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).
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?"
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.
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.
Team Mom: She takes a personal interest in her crew and shepherds them into becoming better officers, or (in Seven's case) humans.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Chakotay. This is probably due to Mulgrew and Beltran's strong dislike of each other. Mulgrew did a good job hiding it, although it makes things confusing if you compare script to body language during their conversations.
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: Many 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.
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.
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. Indeed, many if not most of Chakotay's fans seem to be female.
Facial Markings: His face tattoo proudly displays his lineage for all to see.
Former Teen Rebel: He fell in pretty quickly with Janeway's crew. He will still step in from time to time, pointing out the Captain's errors, but nowhere near to the degrees that Torres or Seven object. Justified, as he may had been a Maquis, but he was also a Starfleet commander, before getting lost in the Delta Quadrant.
Heroes Want Redheads: Both Janeway and his previous girlfriend Seska are redheads. Averted with the blonde Seven of Nine.
Magical Native American: His exact origins are pretty vague, although he did visit some distant relatives in what looked like Central America once. While some might consider this a mild caricature, Chakotay represents one instance where it is pulled off sufficiently well, that it ultimately doesn't matter much. There was even some awesome fan fiction written by a genuine Native American, about Chakotay becoming the ship's shaman. The big, appropriately coloured tattoo, along with Robert Beltran's soft voice and clearly Latin American facial features, all contribute to the effect, as well as his acting.
He was extremely stereotypical in early seasons, talking about animal guides and medicine bundles, and telling ancient legends, often in a "mystical" tone of voice. This was rectified in later seasons, when he began acting more like a normal person. It was revealed that his knowledge of ancient legends came partially from an interest in anthropology, and he had knowledge of several Earth cultures, rather than just being a walking Indian encyclopedia. When his Native American culture did come up, he now spoke about it in a much more matter-of-fact tone.
Only Sane Man: In Season One, where Chakotay is caught between his by-the-book captain and his two headstrong Maquis lieutenants, Seska and Torres. Even for the rest of the series, he often plays "straight man" to Janeway's extreme measures, and other characters' extreme personalities. Particularly funny whenever he interacts with Neelix, who he clearly has a "bemused" attitude towards, but respectfully treats as if he's a completely normal person.
Token Religious Teammate: He is one of the very few openly religious main characters in the history of Star Trek. Although him practicing an unrecognizable form of Native American animism probably helped it go down easier with the audience.
Ultimate Job Security: Chakotay constantly questions Janeway in private and in front of the crew, even arguing or disobeying if he doesn't like her orders and making his disagreement obvious if he thinks he doesn't have a choice. Janeway values it and considers him an Honest Advisor, but some of the things he says and does would have made Picard, Sisko, and Kirk boot him out of the Number One chair.
This is no doubt due to the disadvantage Janeway had (and the advantage the writers had), that with Voyager being stranded, Janeway couldn't get immediate qualified replacements for her senior staff, and had to iron problems out rather than simply giving Chakotay the sack for rebelling all the time, or Tuvok for going insane every other week.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Lancer: To Janeway; often her source of advice.
Never My Fault: Tuvok once said to Chakotay that vulcans are always honest. Chakotay pointed that he had been a spy among the Maquis. Tuvok replied that he had always been honest "within the parameters of his mission".
Chakotay (when discussing Seska's betrayal with Tuvok): "You were working for her [Janeway], she was working for them [the Cardassians]...was anyone on my ship working for me???"
Noble Bigot: Revealed to have been one earlier in life. When he was younger, Tuvok greatly disliked Humans for their arrogant belief that they are "special" and every race should be like them. He eventually overcame his prejudice towards them and decided to rejoin Starfleet.
OOC Is Serious Business: In "Meld". Due to his mind-meld with Suder, this causes Tuvok to begin to lose control. Later the Doctor is forced to temporarily supress his emotional control in order to "reset" his brain chemistry back to normal, causing him to act like a violent sociopath.
Officer and a Gentleman: Tuvok is a very effective fighter (he taught at the Academy) and disciplinarian, and he takes his duties very seriously.
Promoted Fanboy: Unlike most Star Trek actors, Tim Russ came into the series as a full-fledged Trekkie. He would get into arguments over how a Vulcan would behave, but still his portrayal of Tuvok was likely the best Vulcan performance since Leonard Nimoy and Mark Lenard.
Often appears in the same scene/shot with a Commander of vague Native American ancestry, just to drive it home.
Straw Vulcan: Frequently. Also overlaps with his role as a security officer, where he generally recommends the more cautious/safe/shoot-first-ask-questions-later options (just like Worf in TNG).
Super Weight: Somewhere between Iron (he is well trained, and taught hand to hand combat at the academy) and Super (Vulcans are very physically strong compared with humans, and he also has the neck pinch and mind meld, although he only uses the latter occasionally).
"Asking me to give you a bumpy ride is like asking a virtuoso to sing off-key."
A superb pilot who was drummed out of Starfleet after some sort of training accident, then joined the Maquis...but was caught and arrested on his very first Maquis mission; the opening scene of the show is Janeway securing his release from prison. His backstory is similar to that of TNG guest character Nick Locarno, who was also played by McNeill; lawyers claim the show would've had to pay royalties to that episode's writer, while VOY's creative staff claim that they thought Locarno was irredeemable and so replaced him with someone new on purpose (both characters got a bunch of cadets killed due to a navigation error, Paris confessed, while Locarno covered it up and had to be hauled off by the neck). Draw your own conclusions.
Ace Pilot: Though he did wind up in jail for killing a shuttleload of people. Win some, lose some. The Delta Flyer became his private craft.
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.
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.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In contrast with the Locarno character, whom McNeill described as just the reverse — kind on the outside, mean on the inside. (Though Locarno wasn't malevolent so much as selfish.) 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.
The Medic: Though mostly played for comedy vis-a-vis the Doctor.
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.
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.
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.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Admiral Paris. Part of Tom's rebellious nature stemmed from the feeling that he could never get his dad's approval.
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: although petite, her Klingon heritage, fiery temper and sheer Determinator nature when it comes to fighting makes her a Cute Bruiser. Her strength and fighting prowess leaves her with the ability to take down even Cardassians and Vulcans twice her size.
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.
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.
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.
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. (Not that getting talk-back from a kindergartner really justifies a guy abandoning his family.)
Proud Warrior Race Girl: Subverted. 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).
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 (which is quite surprising considering the competency of the writing staff on this show)
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.
Unreliable Narrator: In "Lineage" B'Elanna laments how she was "treated like a monster" as a child. However, in her own flashbacks her human family mostly seems to like her, although she suffers the usual boyish pranks from cousins whose older sister asserts that they do it to her too. B'Elanna's father also seems to make a real effort to reach out to her, but she refuses to accept his attempts and behaves hostilely towards him.
"I better get to the bridge. You never know when Ensign Kim'll be called upon to take command again."
An ensign who somehow managed to get on the bridge crew (he's in charge of the Ops console, which essentially makes him a glorified administrator), Kim plays the role of New Meat. 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 became the back-up commanding officer for the ship whenever Janeway, Chakotay, Tuvok, an Paris were unavailable.In a series that was primarily focused around its' crew being social/political/academic rejects in various ways, Harry represented Voyager's lone innocent; a callback to Trek's earlier depiction of Earth being a post-scarce Utopia, which had solved most of its' problems, and had rejected war.
No, he's not that Doctor. Originally, Voyager had an actual doctor, but despite wearing a blue Sciences shirt, he died in the transit to the Delta Quadrant. Fortunately, Voyager was outfitted with an experimental new technology: An "Emergency Medical Hologram" who can hold down the job in a pinch. Sarcastic, snarky, pushed way beyond his comfort zones and (initially) unable to leave Sickbay, The Doctor became a fan favorite.
Aesop Amnesia: Several episodes had some malfunction occur in his matrix as a result of his own attempted self-improvements. Among these are him turning into a total psychopath and losing his grip on reality. He never simply took the advice of getting some help in installing these improvements.
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.
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.
Catch Phrase: "Please state the nature of the medical emergency."
After being given the option to change his start-up phrase, after much deliberation he decided to just leave it as it was, admitting that he'd become fond of it and it's simplicity.
Character Development: Instead of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, the drama was from this computer program — designed for limited supplementary work as basically a glorified nurse - having to transcend his own hard-coded limitations.
Closed Circle: Until acquiring the Mobile Emitter, he couldn't venture outside any location with holographic emitters (ie. Sickbay and the Holodeck).
Dr. Jerk: Initially came across as this, 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.
Hard LightHologram: Though he can toggle this at will. His substantiation is effected through projected forcefields as with any holographic projection in Star Trek.
The Heart: For all his rude and abrasive attitude, the Doctor is still a very sensitive and kind-hearted man who will more often than not (angrily) interject his compassion into a moral dilenmma; quite ironic considering he is an artificial construct.
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.
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.
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!
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. Let's just say that, 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".
Really 700 Years Old: In "Living Witness", his backup copy actually is 700 years old when it's uncovered by alien archaeologists.
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.
Tinman Typist: Wrote an unintentionally scathing holonovel about his struggles with the rest of the crew of Voyager, that despite being released without his consent, became something of a cult hit with the other EMH holograms.
"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.
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 supposed to be Fun Personified. This didn't work out right. 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.
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."
Cynicism Catalyst/Sad Clown: 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.
For Happiness: Often tries to cheer up the crew, especially (to his annoyance) Tuvok.
The Heart: He appointed himself to be "morale officer." He took the office seriously, and in some of Voyager's more extreme situations, it paid off.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Pretty much everything about Neelix. He claims to be a survival expert, but he does things that people with survival skills would never do and gets at least two redshirts killed. He claims to be an experienced rock climber, but he nearly gets Torres killed. He claims to be a great chef, but in addition to the example below (which he managed to do once again later on), his cooking was almost universally reviled at the beginning of the trip back to earth (though he did get better).
He is, however, legitimately knowledgeable about the Kazon.
Lethal Chef: At one point, he accidentally infected the ship (not the crew; the actual, physical ship itself) when he was trying to make cheese.
Put on a Bus: When Voyager finds a small Talaxian colony in Season 7, Neelix decides to stay with them.
Reformed Criminal: He used to smuggle various types of contraband. It comes back to bite him when he meets his old partner and their attempts to get a map goes south.
Shell-Shocked Veteran. His planet was invaded, and his family and most of the rest of the population were wiped out.
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.
Team Chef: Since they're saving replicator energy, Neelix cooks things by hand in the mess hall.
Until the third season, Kes traveled with Voyager. Neelix's girlfriend until they broke up in 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. Eventually she was written out, with the excuse that her latent telepathic powers were getting out of control.
Bizarre Alien Biology: The Ocampa's reproductive cycle is... well frankly, it's completely impossible. 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.
To be fair, it's possible her uncle was a twin brother of her mother or father. Many fans have assumed that the Ocampa normally have litters when they give birth, and that Kes' being an only child was a rarity.
Break the Cutie: Goes through an early reproductive cycle, kidnapped by the Doctor when he was temporarily evil, possessed by a brutal tyrant....
Fashionista: Kes probably has the most diverse wardrobe of the whole cast. Not being a Starfleet officer, she didn't have to wear a Starfleet uniform. Instead, she sported a variety of colorful alien dresses, jumpers and catsuits, often changing outfits multiple times within single episodes!
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.
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.
Nice Girl: Arguably quite cute and cuddly to boot.
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.
"Clearly, Voyager is not yet ready for assimilation. [...] A joke. The Doctor suggested that I defuse tense situations with humor."
Kes' replacement on the main cast was a disconnected member of the Borg, a species dominant in the Delta Quadrant. Once a young human girl named Annika Hansen, born to parents who liked to explore the unknown, she and her family were basically the first members of Homo sapiens to be assimilated by the Borg. Eighteen years later, she was assigned to Voyager as a liaison between the Starfleet ship and the Borg Collective, and was later liberated (against her will) from the Borg and made an individual again. While there was a lot of snark over the fact that Jeri Ryan is a living incarnation of 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.
Berserk Button: Oh my, did you just call Seven imperfect? You, sir, may now kiss your ass goodbye.
The Cast Showoff: In "The Killing Game," that is Jeri Ryan singing for real, not lip syncing.
Catch Phrase: Although the Borg's motto ("Resistance Is Futile,") is uttered surprisingly rarely by Seven, it will occasionally be heard. 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 "(suject 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.
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!
Ms. Fanservice: She was brought on the show to be a "Borg babe" and was given form-fitting catsuits with the explanation that it was medically necessary to her Borg implants.
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.
Parental Neglect: The Jansens 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.
Pet Monstrosity: 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.
Raised by Orcs: Thanks to the actions of her parents (see above) she was raised by Borg.
Rogue Drone: Her basic character concept as an ex-Borg.
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.
The first child born on Voyager, Naomi joined the crew in the middle of Season 2. She aged at least twice as fast as a human child, thanks to her father's Ktarian heritage. She lived with her human mother, Ensign Samantha Wildman, but didn't know her Ktarian father, who was back in the Alpha Quadrant serving aboard Deep Space Nine. Neelix was her primary caretaker besides her mother. She eventually developed an unlikely friendship with Seven of Nine. When Icheb and the other Borg children came aboard, Naomi finally had someone her own age to socialize with. She was last seen as a pre-teen, in one of the last episodes of the series.
Longest Pregnancy Ever: Naomi's mother was pregnant with her when Voyager got lost, and stayed pregnant until the middle of Season 2! When Naomi was born and her Ktarian heritage was made clear, fans could assume that this accounted for the long pregnancy. But it wasn't until the Season 6 episode "Fury" that this was confirmed by the Doctor.
Kid Hero: Averted. Naomi does help Seven, the Doctor, and an alien save the ship in "Bliss," but never outright saves the day by herself.
What Happened to the Mouse??: In most episodes where something affects the entire ship—like "Workforce," "The Killing Game," "the 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 season 4, with the writers ultimately admitting that they forgot they hadn't killed her off.
Played By: Manu Intiraymi
Icheb joined the crew in mid Season 6, when Voyager liberated him from the Borg Collective, along with three other children. The others eventually left the ship to live with new adoptive families, but Icheb stayed aboard. He was close with Seven of Nine, and also became a mentor to Naomi. Thanks to his Borg upbringing, he was a typical Teen Genius, being incredibly book-smart but socially awkward.
Abusive Parents: his parents genetically engineered him to be a weapon against the Borg and then tried to get him assimilated not once but twice. Their justification for what they did and trying to tell Voyager they had no right to stop them was what was truly galling.
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".
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, Physics and Engineering.
Teen Genius: Due to spending several years in a Borg maturation chamber.
You Can't Go Home Again: Besides Neelix, the only other member of the Voyager crew for whom this is literally true. His parents created him as a biological weapon against the Borg and demonstrate that they will just keep sending him back to be assimilated and reinfect the Borg if he returns to his homeworld.
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.
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.
Double Agent: The Cardassians are no strangers to plastic surgery. It was bad luck that one ended up in Chakotay's resistance cell.
Dating Catwoman: Chakotay really got around on the Val Jean. (There's still some lingering tension between him and Torres.) Considering how quick Seska was to jump into the sheets with Cullah, she's probably the one who initiated the tryst with Chakotay.
Dropped A Bridge On Her: Death by exploding console. Really. Not that this hasn't killed people in the past, mind you, but they're usually wearing red
Which doesn't stop her from coming back twice for two episodes. (One involved a temporal fragmented Voyager and the other involved a Holodeck copy of her.)
Mata Hari: 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?
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.
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!?"
What Could Have Been: The original intent was for Cullah and the baby to be killed, and for Seska and Lon Suder (Brad Dourif) to survive and escape. In fact, the exact opposite happened, due to negative feedback toward the Kazon.
Played By: Susanna Thompson and Alice Krige
Not 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.