"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 In Charge: 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.
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.
Badass Bookworm: Served for many years as a Science Officer before she transferred to Command. Once Voyager gets stranded in the Delta Quadrant, she's effectively her own Science Officer.
Bold Explorer: Although more focused on finding her way home, Janeway still took her mission of exploration seriously.
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 Determinator: When it comes to defending Voyager, Janeway is willing to put literally everything on the line, and will not stop until she is physically incapacitated. During Year of Hell, Part 2, when the holographic Doctor tries to relieve her of command, she informs him that he will need to physically subdue her in order to do so.
Depending on the Writer: Is she a by-the-book hardass, an empathetic mother over her crew, a loose-cannon with a tendency to give in to her emotions and curiosity, a moral victor who upholds the ideals of the Federation in a savage galaxy, or a pragmatist who is very willing to play dirty to get her crew home? Given that Janeway had no oversight, no support and could only share so many of her concerns and and feelings with her fellow crewmembers it's possible she simply filled whatever role she felt she needed to at any given time.
Drink Order: Her love of coffee is almost as well known as Picard's affiliation to Earl Grey.
Future Badass: In "Endgame", where she's an elderly admiral who can defeat the Borg.
Guile Hero: She is willing to play dirty when it comes to military, political and personal manipulation to either save or help her crew or do what she thinks is right (even if her actions to get there are amoral). By the later seasons she really does become quite good at it.
Heroes Love Dogs: She's a dog person, but is thousands of light-years from her own dog Mollie.
The Leader: Runs the gamut, depending on the situation.
Mama Bear: Woe betide the foolish thieves/governments/unethical Starfleet captains who think it's a good idea to mess with her crew.
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.
Parental Substitute: You could also argue that she serves as a positive parent to young Kes, rehumaned Seven of Nine, B'Elanna Torres (whose father abandoned her), Tom Paris (ditto, just not physically), and Harry Kim (made even more pronounced in "Endgame").
Lampshaded in "Barge of the Dead" (where B'Elanna's mother appears in a vision wearing a Starfleet captain's uniform) and "Dark Frontier" where Janeway 'tucks Seven into bed' (plugs her into her Borg alcove) after she wins the custody battle rescues Seven from the Borg Queen.
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).
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.
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. Janeway was the only captain who used speeches to motivate the crew for the most part, as well. Although Picard and Kirk were also great orators, their speeches were almost always oriented towards reprimanding evil/unco-operative aliens; or in Picard's case, the admiralty.
Team Mom: She takes a personal interest in her crew and shepherds them into becoming better officers, or (in Seven's case) humans.
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.
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.
Commander Crash: Crashed his Maquis Raider into a Kazon battleship in the first episode, and has crashed nearly every shuttlecraft he's flown since.
Demoted to Extra: As Seven got more focus, Chakotay was one of the characters to lose it. Reportedly became a cause for complaint from his actor.
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.
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.
Former Teen Rebel: He fell in pretty quickly with Janeway's crew. He will still step in from time to time, pointing out the Captain's errors, but nowhere near to the degrees that Torres or Seven object. Justified, as he may had been a Maquis, but he was also a Starfleet commander, before getting lost in the Delta Quadrant.
The trope is played literally when a flashback reveals that as a teenager he wasn't interested in his father's Magical Native American ways; this changed after his father was killed by the Cardassians.
Heroes Want Redheads: Both Janeway and his previous girlfriend Seska are redheads. Averted with the blonde Seven of Nine.
Honor Before Reason: Refuses to work against Janeway, no matter how dire the situation or the prodding of the other Maquis. Also once put himself on report (along with the thieves) for eating a meal that he didn't know was made with stolen rations. Then again, one wrong move from Chakotay could (and nearly did) have the entire Maquis crew pushing for a mutiny.
Related to Only Sane Man — he knows Voyager won't last long if the two factions conflict with each other.
Horrible Judge of Character: Chakotay's willingness to give people a chance and try and understand their point of view sometimes results in him trusting people he really shouldn't—Tuvok, Seska and Annorax all took advantage of this, as did a few oneshot enemies.
Magical Native American: His exact origins are pretty vague, although he did visit some distant relatives in what looked like Central America once. While some might consider this a mild caricature, Chakotay represents one instance where it is pulled off sufficiently well, that it ultimately doesn't matter much. There was even some awesome fan fiction written by a genuine Native American, about Chakotay becoming the ship's shaman. The big, appropriately coloured tattoo, along with Robert Beltran's soft voice and clearly Latin American facial features, all contribute to the effect, as well as his acting.
He was extremely stereotypical in early seasons, talking about animal guides and medicine bundles, and telling ancient legends, often in a "mystical" tone of voice. This was rectified in later seasons, when he began acting more like a normal person. It was revealed that his knowledge of ancient legends came partially from an interest in anthropology, and he had knowledge of several Earth cultures, rather than just being a walking Native American encyclopedia. When his Native American culture did come up, he now spoke about it in a much more matter-of-fact tone.
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.
Especially in early seasons, Chakotay was necessary to keep the Maquis in line.
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.
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.
By-the-Book Cop: Usually, but with occasional subversions. Vulcan logic can be a tricky thing...
Commander Crash: Tuvok's mere presence on a shuttlecraft ensures that it's going to crash in the teaser. He's probably responsible for a majority of the 16 shuttles lost during the series' run.
Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry sense of humor, moreso even than Spock. You'd be forgiven for not noticing, thinking he's completely humorless. Perhaps inspired to become one at an interesting time earlier in his life...
Sulu: And don't tell me Vulcans don't have a sense of humor, because I know better.
Chakotay (when discussing Seska's betrayal with Tuvok): "You were working for her [Janeway], she was working for them [the Cardassians]...was anyone on my ship working for me???"
Noble Bigot: Revealed to have been one earlier in life. When he was younger, Tuvok greatly disliked Humans for their arrogant belief that they are "special" and every race should be like them. He eventually overcame his prejudice towards them and decided to rejoin Starfleet.
OOC Is Serious Business: In "Meld". Due to his mind-meld with Suder, this causes Tuvok to begin to lose control. Later the Doctor is forced to temporarily suppress his emotional control in order to "reset" his brain chemistry back to normal, causing him to act like a violent sociopath.
In another episode, he found himself short tempered and experiencing lapses in judgement. Harry Kim even manages to beat him in a game of kal'toh. It turns out that he has entered pon farr and needs...relief...or he risks dying.
Officer and a Gentleman: Tuvok is a very effective fighter (he taught at the Academy) and disciplinarian, and he takes his duties very seriously.
Reverse Mole: At the beginning, when he is in the Maquis but is actually a Federation agent.
Often appears in the same scene/shot with a Commander of vague Native American ancestry, just to drive it home.
Straw Vulcan: Frequently. Also overlaps with his role as a security officer, where he generally recommends the more cautious/safe/shoot-first-ask-questions-later options (just like Worf in TNG).
Super Weight: Somewhere between Iron (he is well trained, and taught hand to hand combat at the academy) and Super (Vulcans are very physically strong compared with humans, and he also has the neck pinch and mind meld, although he only uses the latter occasionally).
Twofer Token Minority: He's a black Vulcan, minority in both regards to the typical white Humans that make up most of the cast and crew of Federation ships and the Star Trek franchise.
Lieutenant Junior Grade/Ensign Tom Paris
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 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.
Born in the Wrong Century: Paris' appreciation of 20th century Earth plays a key part of his personality and reflects heavily upon his character.
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. He also gets called out for claiming to be a "Secret Agent", a term that nobody says anymore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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. She gets much better at controlling it over the course of the show.
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.
Chakotay: B'Elanna is the only person I know who tried to kill her animal guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Limited Advancement Opportunities: 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.
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.
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.
The Cast Showoff: That's actually Robert Picardo singing in that Operatic voice, first heard in the episode "The Swarm" and occasionally thereafter, especially after "Someone To Watch Over Me".
Catch Phrase: "Please state the nature of the medical emergency."
After being given the option to change his start-up phrase, after much deliberation he decided to just leave it as it was, admitting that he'd become fond of it and it's simplicity.
Character Development: Instead of A.I. Is a Crapshoot, the drama was from this computer program — designed for limited supplementary work as basically a glorified nurse - having to transcend his own hard-coded limitations.
Closed Circle: Until acquiring the Mobile Emitter, he couldn't venture outside any location with holographic emitters (ie. Sickbay and the Holodeck). And even then, the Holodeck emitters had to be reconfigured before he could materialise there.
Costumer: Pagliacci, Rembrandt... And he once wore a bitchin' smoking jacket.
Dr. Jerk: 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".
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.
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.
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. It was only after the Doctor saved his life (after some very hard convincing to get past his stubbornness) that he realized that at least there was one Mark One still active out there who wasn't a failure.
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. Sadly, it didn't work. Part of the reason why, was because the writers could virtually never come up with anything for him to do, although he did get maybe 3-4 good 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."
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."
Cordon Bleugh Chef: Despite the Running Gag, he can and does make food the crew likes; we have occasionally seen them asking for seconds of something and he does a pretty decent Rokeg blood pie for B'Elanna. However, his experimentations of Delta Quadrent ingredients + Alpha Quadrant recipes often gave unappetizing results.
This mostly stems from the rather basic ingredients he has to work with and the fact that the Talaxian palette is a lot more partial to spicy foods than Alpha Quadrant species.
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/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.
Shoo Out the Clowns: 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.
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.
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.
Beware the Nice Ones: "Cold Fire" and "Warlord" hint at a darker side to Kes, which comes out fully when she returns in "Fury".
Bizarre Alien Biology: The Ocampa's reproductive cycle is... weird. To whit, Ocampa can get pregnant only once, and they get one child... you do the math. Apparently the writers forgot this (Canon Discontinuity?), as there was also a reference to Kes having an uncle.
Break the Cutie: Goes through an early reproductive cycle, kidnapped by the Doctor when he was temporarily evil, possessed by a brutal tyrant....
Fashionista: Kes probably has the most diverse wardrobe of the whole cast. Not being a Starfleet officer, she didn't have to wear a Starfleet uniform. Instead, she sported a variety of colorful alien dresses, jumpers and catsuits, often changing outfits multiple times within single episodes!
The Fog of Ages: When she aged, she forgot that she left Voyager of her own volition. A recording left by her younger self eventually set her straight.
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.
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: 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 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 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: 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 "(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.
Character Development: Seven's character development involves her rediscovering and learning to embrace her human side.
The Comically Serious: Most of her humor comes from how deadpan she is, even when funny things are happening to her.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You Are Number Six: Seven in this case. There are no individual borg so there are no personal names.
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.
Played By: Scarlett Pomers
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 early season 5, with the writers ultimately admitting that they forgot they hadn't killed her off.
Played By: Manu Intiraymi
Icheb joined the crew in mid Season 6, when Voyager liberated him from the Borg Collective, along with three other children. The others eventually left the ship to live with new adoptive families, but Icheb stayed aboard. He was close with Seven of Nine, and also became a mentor to Naomi. Thanks to his Borg upbringing, he was a typical Teen Genius, being incredibly book-smart but socially awkward.
Abusive Parents: his parents genetically engineered him to be a weapon against the Borg and then tried to get him assimilated not once but twice. Their justification for what they did and trying to tell Voyager they had no right to stop them was what was truly galling.
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.
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: Brad Dourif
One of the Maquis crew. A Betazoid with uncontrollable killer urges; he kills a man for looking at him funny and Tuvok tries to help him deal with it.
The Atoner: Tuvok's mindmeld therapy helps him feel remorse for his crimes.
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.
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 Apparently, the writers had forgotten that they hadn't killed him off, he was brought back in Season 7 simply to be killed off. He was the last on-screen fatality on VOY.
Frame-Up: The patsy for Seska's replicator tech theft.
The Resenter: Got passed over for the promotion to chief engineer job in favor of Torres.
Played By: Nancy Hower
An ensign who was pregnant before Voyager got lost in the Delta Quadrant. She's a member of the science division.
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.
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!?"
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.
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 Issac 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.
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.
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.