of a Starfleet Admiral Owen Paris, Tom is a graduate of Starfleet
Academy where he majored in astrophysics but he was involved on a fatal
accident that claimed the lives of three other Starfleet officers. Tom
denied responsibility for the accident but later admitted he had
falsified reports to hide his error. Tom joined the Maquis to pay his
‘bar bill’ but was caught on his first mission and sent to the New
Zealand Penal Colony. Janeway gave him a lifeline when she offered him
an observer post to find Chakotay’s missing Maquis ship.
Tom Paris is stranded in the Delta Quadrant aboard a ship with Starfleet
and Maquis crewmembers who can only agree on one thing- Tom Paris is
irresponsible and no good. Other than Captain Janeway who needs his
piloting skills, Paris’ only friend is Harry Kim. In the Delta
Quadrant, Paris has had chance to prove himself reliable, brave and
clever at the helm.
authors many holoprogrammes, beginning with Chez Sandrine, a holographic
dive from his academy days in France. Though classified as immature and
a womanizer, Paris is accepted by his crewmates. And also develops the
ever fun Captain Proton holoprogram.
Tom pretends to leave the ship as part of a daring, and dangerous,
strategy that exposes the last Kazon-Nistrim spy on Voyager. This
success solidifies Paris’ standing on Voyager and clarifies his own
identity or free will. He becomes one of the most respected members of
the crew, often saving the ship when all seems lost.
continues to provide a party atmosphere when needed, and uses the
holodeck for his 20th century hobbies. He also works with
engineering and other disciplines to design a shuttle craft capable of
Tom also becomes the Doctor’s assistant after Kes leaves, forcing him
to become a ‘nurse’.
Tom has a crises of conscience over a Delta Quadrant water world. He
disobeys orders and the Prime Directive, and must serve 30 days in the
brig. For the first time, he has broken the rules over principle and is
able to find closure with his father by way of a letter home.
Tom began a rocky romance with B’Elanna Torres and through Tom’s
determination to withstand B’Elanna’s personal demons, they wed in
2377. To their joint surprise Tom soon learns he is to be a father of a
little baby girl.