Top 50 Star Trek Characters – #25 Chakotay
Chakotay served as First Officer aboard the Starship Voyager.
The decision by Captain Janeway to make him First Officer was more of a move to try and unify two crews on the stranded ship rather than anything Chakotay had earned; being a member of the Maquis, Chakotay was in command of his own ship before being forced to join crews on Voyager in the Delta Quadrant.
While it took some time for both the Maquis and Starfleet crews to co-exist, Chakotay always supported Captain Janeway’s efforts and was often the strongest enforcer of her rules regarding the Maquis crew. He and the Captain also became very close, at one point on the verge of becoming involved romantically. A great respect exists between the two of them, and Chakotay was often someone Janeway leaned on. He was also not afraid to voice his opinions either, especially during their encounter with the Borg and Species 8472.
He would become very well-respected by the crew, and was a good leader in his own right.