Kathryn Janeway
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Kathryn Janeway

Star Trek Voyager

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Grew Up... on a farm in Indiana in the 24th century. She was especially close with her father, who was a Vice Admiral in Starfleet.

Living... on the USS Voyager. Although the ship was meant to complete missions in Federation space, Voyager ends up stranded in the unexplored Delta Quadrant, 75 light years from Earth.

Profession... Starfleet captain. Not only does Janeway have to manage her own crew, she’s also in charge of a group of revolutionaries called the Maquis, who were similarly stranded in the Delta Quadrant. Realizing people are stronger when they work together, Janeway invites the Maquis – as well as a few local aliens – to join her crew.

Interests... coffee, science, and the Renaissance. Even when supplies are low, Janeway orders “coffee, black” to get her through the day. And while the captain is in charge of every aspect of the ship, Janeway is especially interested in science. She even creates a holodeck program to act out stories with one of her scientific heroes, Leonardo da Vinci. Janeway sees Voyager’s time in the often strange Delta Quadrant as a chance to add to Starfleet’s body of knowledge. She once joked,“We're Starfleet Officers. ‘Weird’ is part of the job.”

Relationship Status... engaged to Mark Johnson. Although with Voyager stranded halfway across the galaxy and Johnson still on Earth, Janeway has no way to talk to him or even let him know she’s still alive. Instead, she relies on her friendship with Security Officer Tuvok and First Officer Chakotay.

Challenge... finding a way home. Janeway blames herself for Voyager’s situation. She chose to close their only shortcut home in order to protect an alien civilization. But Janeway is sure that if the crew can just work together they’ll be able to find “wormholes, spatial rifts, or new technologies” that can serve as a shortcut back to Earth.

Personality... sweet or stern, depending on the situation. Captain Janeway is full of contradictions. She is often willing to compromise and learn from other cultures, but she can be very stubborn when it comes to protecting her crew. While most Starfleet captains rely on protocol, Janeway realizes she’ll have to loosen the rules without losing her principles on Voyager’s long mission home. She’s warm, funny, and friendly, and she encourages her crew to think of themselves as a family. But when the going gets tough, Janeway gets tougher.

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