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The character of B'Elanna Torres was created as an "outsider" character, representing the struggle for self-acceptance in human nature. The summary of notes from 6 August 1993 continued by stating, "''She would be a metaphor for those who are trying to suppress or ignore some aspect of themselves (anger, hatred, lack of control, etc.) that actually can't be ignored. She wants to eschew her Klingon nature, finding it primitive, violent, savage, unattractive.''" Jeri Taylor later recalled, "''We wanted to make her a person somewhat at war with herself. Representing those of us… and there are probably many of us… who have some aspect of our personalities that we really, really wish we could shed. You know, 'If only I didn't do 'X,' I'd be a terrific person.''" The executive producers envisioned Torres undergoing a character arc in the series which would entail her, in Taylor's words, "''learning to accept herself as a whole person, and to learn to live with what she is and accept what she is and find worth in all the parts of her, rather than wanting to shun an important part of herself.''" (''[[A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager]]'', pp. 168, 182 & 184)
 
The character of B'Elanna Torres was created as an "outsider" character, representing the struggle for self-acceptance in human nature. The summary of notes from 6 August 1993 continued by stating, "''She would be a metaphor for those who are trying to suppress or ignore some aspect of themselves (anger, hatred, lack of control, etc.) that actually can't be ignored. She wants to eschew her Klingon nature, finding it primitive, violent, savage, unattractive.''" Jeri Taylor later recalled, "''We wanted to make her a person somewhat at war with herself. Representing those of us… and there are probably many of us… who have some aspect of our personalities that we really, really wish we could shed. You know, 'If only I didn't do 'X,' I'd be a terrific person.''" The executive producers envisioned Torres undergoing a character arc in the series which would entail her, in Taylor's words, "''learning to accept herself as a whole person, and to learn to live with what she is and accept what she is and find worth in all the parts of her, rather than wanting to shun an important part of herself.''" (''[[A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager]]'', pp. 168, 182 & 184)
 
The same compilation of notes, from 6 August 1993, additionally suggested a relationship between this character and The Doctor. "''When we're on our mission,''" wrote Jeri Taylor, "''the Conn officer decides to play around with the programming and 'tailors' his personality... maybe injecting some quirks and oddities... maybe changing it from time to time (to fit her moods).''" (''[[A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager]]'', p. 182)
 
   
 
B'Elanna's nickname of "BLT" was said to have derived from her initials; however, it is unclear if B'Elanna has a middle name, or if this just reflects the L sound in the second syllable of the first name "B'E'''l'''anna".
 
B'Elanna's nickname of "BLT" was said to have derived from her initials; however, it is unclear if B'Elanna has a middle name, or if this just reflects the L sound in the second syllable of the first name "B'E'''l'''anna".
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