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- For the mirror universe counterpart, see Charles Tucker III (mirror).
|Charles Tucker III|
Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III.
|Full Name:||Charles Anthony "Trip" Tucker III|
|Died:||recorded as 2161|
|Father:||Charles Tucker II|
|Sibling(s):|| Elizabeth Tucker (sister)|
Albert Tucker (brother)
|Children:||Elizabeth T'Les Tucker (Deceased), T'Mir, Lorian|
|Other relatives:|| Charles Tucker I (paternal grandfather)|
Owen Tucker (nephew)
|Occupation:||engineer, Section 31 operative, gardener|
|Final Assignment:||chief engineer/second officer, Enterprise|
When Trip was a teenager, he and his friends had often dared each other to open a hatch door on a grain silo. Trip was the one who eventually accepted the dare and opened the hatch, only to have the contents spill out. When the contents of the silo threatened to bury Trip alive, his brother Albert and a friend dug Trip out. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)
In 2140, Trip served on the Daedalus project under Doctor Victor Brodesser. The Daedalus project was an attempt at creating a Warp-5 engine using a cascading ion drive. On the eve of Daedalus's launch, Trip discovered a flaw in the engine design that he feared would result in a fatal overload. He confronted the doctor about his concerns, but Brodesser calmed Trip's fears and the ship launched on schedule. In the mission control room, Trip could only watch in horror as his worst fears were realized and the ship exploded in an ion-cascading reaction with all hands lost. (ENT novel: Daedalus)
Tucker met Jonathan Archer in the year 2143 and the two quickly became friends. When Archer was given command of the first Warp-5 vessel, the Enterprise, he requested that Trip be assigned as his engineer.
Tucker served as Enterprise's chief engineer for most of the vessel's early active duty days from her launch in 2151 until March of 2155, with a brief stint as chief engineer of the Columbia (NX-02) under Captain Erika Hernandez in 2154. He also was briefly the vessel's first officer.
Tucker wanted to board the Axanar vessel with Archer, but was passed over for the mission in favor of Lieutenant Malcolm Reed and Ensign Hoshi Sato. (ENT episode: "Fight or Flight") On a landing party to an unknown Minshara class planet, Tucker was affected by pollen that made him believe Subcommander T'Pol was denying the presence of non-existent rock creatures. (ENT episode: "Strange New World") Tucker was inadvertently impregnated by Ah'len, a Xyrillian engineer, while effecting repairs on her ship. When Enterprise caught up with the Xyrillians again, Ah'len was able to have the child, who was not genetically Tucker's, removed from him to be carried by another host. (ENT episode: "Unexpected") On a visit with Archer and T'Pol to the Vulcan monastery of P'Jem, Tucker took part in the first human contact with the Andorians. (ENT episode: "The Andorian Incident") Tucker was embarrassed when he read an encrypted message relayed to T'Pol by the Vulcan ship Ti'Mur, only to discover that it was a letter breaking off T'Pol's engagement to her fiancé, Koss. (ENT episode: "Breaking the Ice") Tucker was part of the away team that made first contact with the Akaali. (ENT episode: "Civilization") Tucker and Reed clashed over the task of installing plasma cannons on Enterprise, but Tucker ultimately agreed with Reed's viewpoint about taking acceptable risks. (ENT episode: "Silent Enemy") During Enterprise's visit to a stellar nursery, Tucker discovered that the ship had been saved from destruction by an unknown person disconnecting an antimatter conduit; this proved to be the Suliban, Silik, who had been ordered to save Enterprise for unknown reasons. (ENT episode: "Cold Front") Left in command of Enterprise when Archer and T'Pol were taken hostage by Coridan III terrorists, Tucker mounted a rescue mission with Reed against the advice of Captain Sopek of the Vulcan ship Ni'Var. (ENT episode: "Shadows of P'Jem") Tucker spent days adrift with Reed in Shuttlepod 1, believing for much of that time that Enterprise had been destroyed and they were the only two survivors. This experience forged a closer friendship between the two men. (ENT episode: "Shuttlepod One") Tucker successfully encouraged Kov, a Vulcan engineer and one of the V'tosh ka'tur ("Vulcans without logic"), to contact his ailing father, from whom he had become estranged. (ENT episode: "Fusion")
Tucker allied himself with the Miners Guild and the alternate universe's version of Victor Brodesser to combat the forces of Denari General Sadir and to liberate the Enterprise's crew from the Rava One prison colony, re-take Enterprise, and return safely to their own dimension. (ENT novel: Daedalus's Children)
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For reasons that remained classified for (approximately) 250 years, Tucker was forced to fake his own death in 2155, days before the foundation of the Coalition of Planets, precursor to the United Federation of Planets.
In files de-classified in the early 25th century, it was revealed that Tucker had been recruited by the rogue spy agency known to some as Section 31 to infiltrate the space of the Romulan Star Empire and sabotage the Romulans' research into developing a Warp-7 stardrive.
In order to facilitate this, Tucker underwent reconstructive surgery on Adigeon Prime, a world whose natives were familiar with Romulan appearance, in order to fit in behind enemy lines. Tucker and Section 31 agent Tinh Hoc Phuong were the first humans to see the true appearance of the Romulan people and realize their kinship to the Vulcans. Section 31 kept this information under wraps, fearing that if the link between the Vulcan and Romulan people were to be discovered, it would shatter the still-fragile Coalition.
Tucker returned to Romulan space shortly after the formation of the Coalition of Planets in order to gather intelligence on the Romulans before the inevitable war with the Empire broke out. At some point the historical record was altered, changing the date of Tucker's "death" from 2155 to 2161. The reasons for this remain a mystery. (ENT episode: "These Are the Voyages..."; ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)
Later in 2155, Tucker ended up escaping from Romulan space and was rescued by the Kiri-kin-tha. Aboard ship, he met Ych'a who recruited him into the V'Shar, Vulcan's security bureau. While working with Ych'a, Trip saw her use mind melds to control Terix and make him believe he was a Vulcan. Trip was then placed undercover with the Vulcan name Sodok.
As Sodok, Tucker helped Ych'a and Terix destroy Aeihk'aeleir Shipyard, a Romulan facility building a warp seven drive. From there, the three clandestine agents traveled to Vulcan. There, they became involved in T'Pol's investigation into corruption within T'Pau's government. Tucker had planned on returning to the Enterprise with T'Pol, but he remained on Vulcan to ensure that Terix didn't return to his Romuulan state. Tucker was then asked by T'Pau to assist Vulcan. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)
As far as history was concerned, Trip Tucker died in 2161, but he lived until at least August of the year 2238, when he visited the Starfleet War Memorial, although the silent reflection he had hoped for was made impossible by young Sam and Jimmy Kirk. Tucker survived under the assumed name of Michael Kenmore, and had several cosmetic alterations done to his face to ensure his anonymity. He moved with T'Pol to Vulcan, and eventually became the father of her two children: T'Mir and Lorian, named after his son from an alternate reality. This was not common knowlege, however, and most people believed they were the result of her reconciliation with Koss years later. He lived with them in T'Pol's ancestral home. (ENT novel: To Brave the Storm)
Tucker apparently played a role in the raising of the daughter of MACO's Nelson Kemper and Selma Guitierrez. Partly for not being an integral part of his "other" children's lives. (In an alternate timeline), his son Lorian, and an unnamed Xyrillian infant he served as surrogate for. (ENT novel: Last Full Measure; ENT episodes: "Unexpected", "E²")
Tucker was the namesake of the Tucker Memorial Building on the grounds of Starfleet Headquarters, which housed the offices of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers Command Liaison in the 24th century. His picture was displayed prominently in the building's lobby. (SCE eBook: The Future Begins)
|First officers of the starships Enterprise|
|Enterprise (NX-01)||Tucker • T'Pol|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)||Kirk • Shundresh • Simon • Pike • Number One • Spock • Decker • Sulu|
| USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)|
|Spock • Kirk|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A)||Spock|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-B)||Dane • Sulu • Linojj|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C)||Carmona • Holmes • al-Halak • Tholav|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)||Riker • Kurn • Stone • Shelby • Data|
|USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)||Riker • Madden • Worf|
| USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-F)|
(STO alternate reality)
|ISS Enterprise (NX-01)||Archer • T'Pol|
|ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701)||Number One • Kirk • Spock • Scott • Decker • Riley • Saavik • Xon|
|ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)||Riker|
|ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)||Riker • Lore|
|Free Starship Enterprise||K'Ehleyr|
|Enterprise (NX-01) personnel|
|Earth Starfleet personnel||Almack • J. Anderson • Ansara • J.B. Archer • Baird • Billy • Bishop • K. Borovsky • M. Burch • Burrows • Carstairs • R. Chandra • Cole • Cook • Cravens • E. Cutler • Daniels • Diaz • Duel • J. Edwards • M. Fincke • Foster • A. Gaeta • Garver • A. Hart • Hess • J. Horn • Hutchison • Kelby • J. Kelly • Kimball • Ko • J. Lee • E. Leydon • T. Mayweather • M. McCall • Meir • E. Novakovich • D. O'Neill • Perkins • Phlox • Pointer • M. Reed • A. Rhodes • K. Riley • M. Rostov • K.P. Ryan • A. al Saed • Santini • H. Sato • Stepanczyk • J. Taylor • T'Pol • Tom • C. Tucker III • Williams|
|MACO contingent||D. Chang • C. Eby • Amanda Cole • S. Guitierrez • J. Hayes • M. Kelly • N. Kemper • T. Kimura • D. McCammon • J. McKenzie • M. Peruzzi|
|United Earth (civilian registry)||SS Columbia||Theodore Haskins • Vina|
|United Earth Starfleet||Columbia (NX-02)||Reiko Akagi • Diane Atlagic • Erika Hernandez • Trip Tucker • Karl Graylock • Veronica Fletcher • Kalil el-Rashad • Johanna Metzger • Brynn Mealia • Sidra Valerian • Kiona Thayer • Katrin Gunnarsdóttir • Biggs • Stewart Rivers • Strong • Russell Hexter • Claudia Siguenza • MACO personnel: Eric Crichlow • Stephen Foyle • Niccolo Mazzetti • Hossad Mottaki • Ndufe Otumbo • Gage Pembleton • Thom Steinhauer • Vincenzo Yacavino|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Columbia (NCC-621)||Clark Terrell|
|Known members and associates of Section Thirty-One|
|31||Julian Bashir • Lance Cartwright • Cole • Dietz • Matthew Dougherty • Sarina Douglas • Enderby • Harris • Jedburgh • Bendes Kettaract • L'Haan • Peter Lawrence • Ethan Locken • Roberta Luke • Merra • Erovan M'Rill • Tinh Hoc Phuong • Malcolm Reed • Tomas Roeder • William Ross • Connaught Rossa • Luther Sloan • Aubin Tabor • Malla Tancreda • Charles Tucker III • Vasily Zeitsev • Cortin Zweller • Franklin Drake • John Harrison • Alexander Marcus||31|