Trippe nearly flunked out of explorer academy but then his well-connected family got him on the mission with Pollo because they figured he’d be gone for a long time, perhaps forever. He has a childlike desire to rush into events. But there is something very direct about him that can challenge assumptions and also enables him to land on his feet in the strangest situations. There’s very little artifice or guile in his nature. Of course, this can lead to chaos. He uses his time-bending abilities to go on historical adventures, where he always wears a hat (a running joke). He has a very adversarial (and losing) relationship with Y whom he sees as a direct challenge to his authority. She doesn’t interfere with his missions but when they are together on the ship, they argue all the time.