- "And this is the guy Starfleet doesn't want'"
- —Chuck Sonnerburg
Thomas Eugine Paris was a former prisoner and acting helmsmen aboard USS Voyager.
Tom was recruited by Captain Janeway from the penal colony in New Zealand where he was serving a sentence for perjury; he'd been responsible for a piloting accident that killed three Starfleet officers and tried to cover up his role. Janeway pulled him out of the colony because he was acquainted with Chakotay, whom she had been assigned to capture. When the Caretaker dragged the USS Voyager to the Delta Quadrant, and many of the ship's crew died in the process, Janeway assigned Tom to serve as the ship's helmsman.
Tom seems to be the only competent member of the Voyager crew. He seems to be the only person that can get anything done. He built from scratch a large combat shuttlecraft, the Delta Flyer, and is the only person on the crew aside from Kes able to manage simple first aid skills. After the rest of the crew had been captured and marooned by the Kazon, he not only survived having his shuttlecraft heavily damaged, repaired it back to combat readiness, he managed to lead a force of Talaxians to successfully recapture the ship return and rescue the rest of the crew. He even built a engine capable of breaking the Warp 10 barrier, albeit with some odd side effects. He has acted as a commando, pilot, field medic, engineer, scientist, historian and more.