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- This character is a member of the Paris family.
|WARNING! This article contains MAJOR spoilers for the recently released novel To Lose the Earth. Caution is advised.|
- "And you, Tom Paris. Sexy, in a Howdy Doody sort of way. Pretty goofy, although sometimes I think you're the smartest man I've ever met."
- —Rain Robinson, 1996[src]
Thomas Eugene Paris was a human Starfleet officer, best known for his work on the USS Voyager. He served as helmsman while the ship was lost in the Delta Quadrant for seven years under Captain Janeway in 2371, and later went on to become the ship's first officer under Captain Chakotay in 2378. Paris had a wife, B'Elanna Torres, and two children, Miral and Michael.
Tom was a member of the Paris family, the latest in a long line of Paris' to serve Starfleet, from his Great-grandfather Admiral Daniel Paris, his Grandfather, "Iron Mike" Paris who was recorded lost during the Tomed Incident, and Great-aunt Admiral Patricia Paris, his uncle Cole Paris who served with Jean-Luc Picard on the Stargazer, to his father Admiral Owen Paris. (Stargazer series; TLE novel Serpents Among the Ruins)
Tom showed great aptitude for piloting and looked to have a promising career in Starfleet. As his Academy training was coming to an end, Tom applied for a posting aboard the USS Enterprise. Tom was furious to learn that his father had decided to remove his name from consideration, as he believed that while Tom did have the skills it would show favouritism if an Admiral's son was posted to the Federation flagship straight out of the Academy. Then, during a training exercise in the Vega system near Caldik Prime, Tom was responsible for a navigational accident that cost the lives of three of his friends. Tom covered up his responsibility for the accident, and blamed it on one of the deceased, Brunolf Katajavuori.
Soon after, Tom was assigned to the USS Exeter and in time was promoted to lieutenant, junior grade. However, after a romantic (and partially telepathic) liaison with a Betazoid woman, he could no longer suppress his remorse over his cover up. Tom began seeing his friends in his dreams, and his guilt got the better of him. He confessed his responsibility and was cashiered out of Starfleet.
- The VOY novel: Pathways listed his ship as the Oberth-class USS Copernicus, but earlier canon had established Tom's service on the Exeter, and his early career wasn't long enough to have served on two ships, so the Exeter is used here. Aspects of his personality and past were modeled after disgraced, former cadet Nick Locarno. As Robert Duncan McNeill played both men; and Admiral Paris' photo of "Tom" in Pathfinder was actually "Nick" from TNG episode The First Duty.
Tom wandered about Earth for nearly a year without any real purpose or direction. While in the city of Paris, Tom was approached by a man named Chakotay, who needed Tom's services as a pilot for the group of renegade freedom fighters known as the Maquis. Given the opportunity to fly again, even for a technically illegal organization such as the Maquis, Tom accepted Chakotay's offer.
On Tom's first mission with the Maquis, the vessel he was piloting took heavy damage in battle with a Cardassian ship. Tom took a shuttle and attempted to contact a sympathetic colony on Selka for assistance for his crew, but he was intercepted by the USS Bradbury, apprehended, and was returned to Earth to stand trial. (VOY novel: Pathways)
The Delta Quadrant
Tom was serving his sentence at the New Zealand Penal Settlement in 2371 when he was approached by his father's protege', Captain Kathryn Janeway. Janeway wanted Tom's assistance in locating Chakotay and his former Maquis allies who had gone missing in the Badlands. In exchange, Tom was to be released from confinement and set loose. Tom agreed.
After the Caretaker's death, Janeway was forced to destroy the Caretaker's technology in order to protect the Ocampan race from the opportunistic Kazon-Ogla. This act stranded Tom, Voyager, and both the Starfleet and Maquis crews in the Delta Quadrant. Janeway decided to combine the two crews into a single Starfleet crew for the voyage home with Chakotay as her first officer.
Janeway gave Paris a field commission to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade and the position of Conn officer on Voyager during that vessel's historic seven-year trek home through the Delta Quadrant. (VOY episode & novelization: Caretaker)
In 2375, Tom Paris was given the mission to explore the Monean's ocean world to find the cause of why their ocean was losing containment. After finding the cause and returning to Voyager, Paris, Riga, and the rest of the away team were then decorated by the Monean Maritime Sovereignty and given the Monean Emblem of Maritime Distinction. However, Paris was then demoted to Ensign for over a year due to his actions with Riga in preventing the Moneans from destroying The Waters. He then spent thirty days in solitary confinement in Voyager's brig. (VOY episode: "Thirty Days"; VOY reference: Voyager Companion)
Upon Voyager's return to the Alpha Quadrant, Tom was promoted two steps in rank to Lieutenant Commander, previously having been a Lieutenant, junior grade (promotable to Lieutenant) while serving on Voyager (with a short demotion to an Ensign in 2375 for disobeying orders).
Tom journeyed with B'Elanna to the Klingon sanctuary of Boreth in order to help B'Elanna with a quest to find her mother, who had been lost in the wilds of Boreth's jungles. (VOY novels: Homecoming, The Farther Shore)
Soon after, he rejoined the crew of Voyager, which was now under the command of Captain Chakotay. Tom was Chakotay's first choice for Voyager's First officer, but Starfleet overruled him, assigning Commander Andrew Ellis to the post instead. When Ellis was revealed to actually be a renegade Changeling, Tom moved up into the First officer position. (VOY duology: Spirit Walk)
He remained in the position through the beginning of 2381, and was aboard the vessel during the Borg Collective's invasion in that year when he received word of his father's death on Starbase 234. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
The Voyager was part of the allied task force that assembled at the Azure Nebula while the USS Aventine and USS Enterprise-E scouted subspace tunnels. Paris oversaw allied efforts to open the unscouted tunnels, coordinating with Starfleet, Cardassian, Romulan, and Gorn vessels. Paris and Captain Chakotay were recalled to the Bridge when one of the tunnels unexpectedly opened; Paris had the fleet readied, but they were overrun as over seven thousand Borg cubes poured from the tunnel. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
Having faked their deaths during the Borg Invasion, B'Elanna and Miral returned to the Delta Quadrant, where they were reunited with Tom when Voyager led the Project Full Circle fleet back to the Delta Quadrant. (VOY novel: Unworthy)
In September 2382, as Voyager prepared for a new expedition far beyond the Federation, Tom and B'Elanna reluctantly transferred off the ship for the sake of their family, promising each other that if they didn't like their new assignments, they'd request a transfer back to Voyager once the ship returned to Federation space. (VOY novel: To Lose the Earth)
After his service on the USS Voyager, Paris was promoted to Captain, ultimately reaching the rank of Admiral. However, Paris voluntarily took a demotion to captain to serve in the field. In 2410, the Iconians began their invasion of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. Paris, which by that year was Captain of the USS Mercury, attempted to defend both New Romulus and Lae'nas III from the Iconians, alongside with the rest of the Alpha Quadrant Alliance fleet, but failing to protect the Preserver Archive on Lae'nas from its destruction. (STO mission: "Blood of the Ancients")
Soon after, he approached Admiral Jorel Quinn with a list of pilots to join as part of his task-force, which he dubbed "Delta Flight". Despite great reluctance, Quinn agreed on the condition that he added in one of his choosing. (STO website: Tales of the War #1)
After discovering that the Iconians were extracting material from the planet Calbriden III in order to build a device to bring their Solanae allies into normal space, the Alpha Quadrant Alliance sent taskforce Delta Flight to infiltrate the system and eliminate their plans. During the operation, the USS Campbell was lost with all hands, but the taskforce ultimately destroyed the Solanae station and exited the Calbriden system. (STO mission: "Delta Flight")
Captain Paris's ship was also among the few survivors from the Battle of Iconia, after the AQA lead a massive assault into the heart of the Iconian Empire. During the fight, at least half of Delta Flight's ships were lost to the Iconian forces. (STO mission: "Broken Circle")
In another timeline, Paris was killed by a falling ceiling support on Voyager's bridge in January 2374 after pushing Captain Janeway out of the path of the same beam, following a crippling attack by a Species 8472 battleship. (VOY - Infinity's Prism novel: Places of Exile)
In the alternate "War of the Prophets" timeline, Paris served on the USS Enterprise in the late 2380s. In 2388, Paris was killed, along with the crew of the Enterprise, when the Grigari attacked and destroyed the Enterprise during the Sector 001 disaster. (DS9 novel: The War of the Prophets)
In another alternate timeline, Paris was devastated by B'Elanna Torres' death during a Krenim attack on Voyager in 2373. However, he managed to cope with it due to the efforts of Kes, whom he later married. They had a daughter named Linnis and a grandson named Andrew Kim by 2379. By that time, he was a lieutenant commander. (VOY episode: "Before and After")
Starfleet service record
|location||assignment||dates||rank or rate||assignment insignia||rank insignia|
|Starfleet Academy||student officer||2360s||cadet|
|USS Exeter||flight controller||until 2368||ensign|
|lieutenant junior grade|
|Discharged, joins the Maquis, incarcerated||2368-2371||Rank and position revoked|
|flight controller / medic||2371-2375||lieutenant junior grade|
|2376-2377||lieutenant junior grade|
|Extended leave of absence||2377-2378||lieutenant commander|
|USS Voyager||first officer||2378-September 2382|
|Flight controller of the USS Voyager
|Executive officer of the USS Voyager
|USS Exeter personnel|
|USS Exeter (NCC-1672)||Andreoni • Carter • B. Mendez • D. Newman • K. Riley • R. Tracey|
|USS Exeter (NCC-1712)||Pérez • Stephanoff • Stockdale • L.H. Styles|
|USS Exeter (NCC-26531)||L. Ap'Boylan • T. Augustine • N. Basner • K. Clark • C. Carroll • C. Dunn • A. Garbeck • Hodgkiss • K. Jutkiewicz • K. Kahn • D. Kosa • T. Lamb • A. Lee • M. MacGibbon • A. MacMurrian • Mankowski • T. Paris • E. Shelby • C. Tulley • James Venes • G.S. Wagner • P. Wynats • S. Wynats|
|USS Voyager flight control personnel|
|Grimes • Aytar Gwyn • Tom Paris • Rollins • Veronica Stadi • Akolo Tare • Gleez|
|see also: engineering personnel • medical personnel • operations personnel • security & tactical personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff • unnamed|
|USS Voyager medical personnel|
|Hugh Cambridge • The Doctor • Fitzgerald • Jarem Kaz • Kes • Tom Paris • Sharak • T'Prena|
|see also: engineering personnel • operations personnel • pilots & flight control personnel • security & tactical personnel • sciences personnel • senior staff • miscellaneous|
|USS Enterprise-F personnel|
|25th century (from 2409)||Jirelle Kav • Kyona • Phillipa Matthias • Kirayoshi O'Brien • Savel • Va'Kel Shon • Tem Inasi • Samuel Winters|
|alternate timeline 2382-2388||Krueger • Geordi La Forge • Tom Paris • Jean-Luc Picard • William T. Riker • Deanna Troi|
|alternate timeline 2408||Blair • Data • Hauman • Lamont • Margolin • Tucker|