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Lieutenant Commander 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 has a wife, B'Elanna Torres, and a daughter, Miral.

Early YearsEdit

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 was born in Portola Valley, California on Earth in 2346 (VOY novels: Pathways, Mosaic) to Owen Paris (VOY episode: "Caretaker") and Julia Paris (VOY novel: Full Circle).

Early CareerEdit

Tom showed great aptitude for piloting and looked to have a promising career in Starfleet. 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, Bruno Katajavori.

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 canon later 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.

The MaquisEdit

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 QuadrantEdit

Tom Paris, 2371

Tom Paris in 2371

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.

Voyager found Chakotay and his ship, but only after being flung 70,000 light years from the Federation and into the heart of the Delta Quadrant by the Nacene known as the Caretaker.

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)

During this time, he was wed to shipmate B'Elanna Torres, who gave birth to the couple's daughter, Miral Paris, just as Voyager returned home in late 2377. (VOY novelizations: Caretaker, Endgame)

HomeEdit

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)

Full CircleEdit

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)

As one of his last acts, Q freed Miral from the burden of being the messiah of her people. B'Elanna revealed that she was pregnant with their second child. (VOY novel: The Eternal Tide)

Tom was ordered to return to Earth in 2382 to attend a hearing with his mother over the custody of his daughter Miral. Harry was made temporary first officer until his return. (VOY novel: Protectors)

Alternate timelinesEdit

In an alternate timeline, based on his friend, Ensign Harry Kim's life, he resided near Marseilles, France in 2371 - rather than the city of Paris. (VOY episode: "Non Sequitur")

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)

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ConnectionsEdit

USS Exeter personnel
USS Exeter (NCC-1672) AndreoniCarterB. MendezD. NewmanK. RileyR. Tracey Ufp-emblem USS Exeter (NCC-1672) assignment patch
USS Exeter (NCC-1712) PérezStephanoffStockdaleL.H. Styles
USS Exeter (NCC-26531) L. Ap'BoylanT. AugustineN. BasnerK. ClarkC. CarrollC. DunnA. GarbeckHodgkissK. JutkiewiczK. KahnD. KosaT. LambA. LeeM. MacGibbonA. MacMurrianMankowskiT. ParisE. ShelbyC. TulleyJames VenesG.S. WagnerP. WynatsS. Wynats
USS Voyager flight control personnel
Ufp-emblem GrimesAytar GwynTom ParisRollinsVeronica StadiAkolo TareGleez Starfleet Command logo
see also: engineering personnelmedical personneloperations personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelsenior staffunnamed
USS Voyager senior staff personnel
commanding officer JanewayChakotayEdenTuvok executive officer CavitChakotayEllisParis Starfleet Command logo
second officer TuvokParisKim chief engineer HonigsbergTorresVorikConlon
chief medical officer FitzgeraldThe DoctorJarem KazSharak counselor AstallCambridge
operations manager KimCampbellLasren science officer WildmanPatel
security chief/tactical officer TuvokKim flight controller StadiParisTareGwyn
see also: engineering personnelmedical personneloperations personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelother personnel
USS Voyager medical personnel
Ufp-emblem Hugh CambridgeThe DoctorFitzgeraldJarem KazKesTom ParisSharakT'Prena Starfleet Command logo
see also: engineering personneloperations personnelpilots & flight control personnelsecurity & tactical personnelsciences personnelsenior staffmiscellaneous
USS Enterprise-F personnel
25th century (from 2409) Jirelle KavKyonaPhillipa MatthiasKirayoshi O'BrienSavelVa'Kel ShonTem InasiSamuel Winters Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
alternate timeline 2382-2388 KruegerGeordi La ForgeTom ParisJean-Luc PicardWilliam T. RikerDeanna Troi
alternate timeline 2408 BlairDataHaumanLamontMargolinTucker

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