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Characters: Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)

The Character Sheet for Battlestar Galactica. MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW

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    Main Human Characters 

William 'Bill' Adama (callsign: Husker)

"It's not enough to survive. One must be worthy of survival."
Played By: Edward James Olmos

An almost-retired Commander whose assignment to the Galactica was a going-away present. As a veteran of the first Cylon war, Bill Adama is actually one of the better choices for command in the second war, not to mention a Cool Old Guy.

Laura Roslin

"One of the interesting things about being president is that you don't have to explain yourself to anyone."
Played By: Mary Mc Donnell

The Secretary of Education under President Richard Adar (sometimes literally under), Laura Roslin was attending the de-commissioning ceremony on Galactica when the Cylons attacked. 43rd in the line of succession, she was sworn in as the lawful replacement President of the Twelve Colonies. Immediately other characters began to snark about having a kindergarten teacher for a president, but Roslin handled the office with more aplomb than even her supporters could have expected.

  • Big Good: As President of the Colonies, she shares this role with Adama who leads the military.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her father and two younger sisters died in a car accident. After grieving for several months, she agreed to become part of Adar's campaign for President as a way to move on. It set everything in motion for her eventual arrival on Galactica.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is fierce and more than willing to talk back to anyone who questions her.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: She is definitely President Iron. When pushed too far, she becomes President Action. Her belief in the Pythian prophecies causes some to think of her as President Lunatic. She crosses the line into President Scheming once by allowing her cabinet to fix an election. The plan falls through, however.

Kara Thrace (callsign: Starbuck)

"Pilots call me Starbuck, you may refer to me as God."
Played By: Katee Sackhoff

An excellent pilot with a rebellious streak a mile wide. This makes her Crazy Awesome, both in and out of the cockpit... though the show also deconstructs just what happens when you have a genuine Military Maverick on your hands. The Cylons, particularly Twos, claim that she has a "special destiny," and ultimately she uses Magic Music to lead the fleet to Earth. ...After dying and being returned as some sort of Angel Unaware.

  • Cartwright Curse : Zak ends up dead as a result of her passing him through a test he failed, while Sam is first left behind on an irradiated Caprica, then later rendered brain-dead by a bullet to the head. At the very end, when it looks like she finally has the chance to be with Lee, she disappears into thin air, leaving him behind.
  • Cigar Chomper: A rare female version.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Appears barefoot quite regularly.
  • Good Bad Girl: Due to being a Distaff Counterpart to her womanizing namesake from the original series.
  • The Lad-ette: Drinks, chomps cigars, and generally acts like one of the guys.

Lee Adama (callsign: Apollo)

"I'm the coward. I'm the traitor. I'm forgiven."
Played By: Jamie Bamber

The son of Bill Adama, from whom he is estranged due to the death of his younger brother Zak. Apollo's opinion is that Adama pressured Zak into becoming a pilot, which Zak was not ready for; he blames his dad for his brother's death. He also takes after his grandfather (lawyer Joseph Adama) in being rather more loyal to laws, rights and civil liberties than the uniform. Eventually promoted to Commander, put in charge of the Pegasus, and wed to Dee.

  • The Ace: Lampshaded by his callsign, as Apollo is The Ace in this universe's pantheon.
  • Badass: Like most of the military cast. Dangerous both in and out of the cockpit.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does this many times to his father Bill.
  • Cartwright Curse: His pregnant girlfriend gets killed in the Cylon attacks, Starbuck gets married to Anders right after finally admitting she loves him, and before eventually dying, he has a rocky relationship with Dee before separating from her and she commits suicide. Lee is not lucky in love.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Lee has a pretty low opinion of many people, constantly calling them out for falling short of their ideals. He is hardest about this on himself. Still, he is probably one of the people in the series who will most reliably choose to do the right thing, no matter how many people he pisses off and no matter how badly he believes it will backfire on him.
  • Military Brat: Comes with being Adama's son.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's got a lot of shirtless scenes showing off his abs.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Starbuck, or so they claim.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: When he gets into politics.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Starbuck.
  • Straight Man: Something of a straight man for the entire crew.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: A major part of his interactions with his father.
  • Will They or Won't They?: A solid three-and-a-bit season's worth with Starbuck, putting them at the center of a mad-crazy Love Dodecahedron (Starbuck loves both Lee and Anders; Lee loves both Starbuck and Dee; Dee loves both Lee and Billy).
  • Would Hit a Girl: Is perfectly willing to strike back when Starbuck decks him.

Gaius Baltar

"You have not heard the last! No more Mr. Nice Gaius!"
Played By: James Callis

A genius scientist working on a new navicomputer program for the Colonial military, Baltar was unwittingly instrumental in the Cylon massacre: he was seduced by a Number Six who he believed worked for a competing defense contractor, and gave her access to the program, into which she inserted a virus which managed to disable most of the fleet. Surviving via luck and reputation, Baltar now has to negotiate the fleet while keeping his betrayal secret. There's also the fact that he now holds conversations with his version of a Shoulder Angel, another Six copy. Becomes President on the platform of insisting that the fleet colonize a semi-habitable planet called New Caprica, which turns out to be a huge mistake.

  • The Caligula: During his Presidency of New Caprica he indulged in alcoholism, womanising and wallowed in the incompetence of his subordinates while his people suffered and died.
  • The Casanova: It would be easier to count the women he hasn't slept with.
  • Deadpan Snarker: You couldn't go through everything he does without developing a sense of humour about it.
  • Dirty Coward: Though he did get better.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It would be a real stretch to call him evil (Though Cowardly and narcissistic are very much fair descriptions). Still, he was absolutely horrified at Admiral Cain's appalling treatment of a Cylon prisoner.
  • Handsome Lech: He attracts women fairly easily, but he's quite the perv.
  • Hookers and Blow: The Baltar administration was marked by its groundbreaking lap dance & pill-popping initiatives.
  • Hot Scientist: It's easy to forget he's a brilliant scientist.
  • Indy Ploy: The first couple of seasons have him making things up off the cuff, like his Cylon screening technique. Later on, he bullshits an entire religion as he goes.
    • Only, he was actually spot on with his religion.
  • Insufferable Genius: At times. He's a genius and doesn't mind reminding others.
  • It's All About Me: Six is so impressed by his self-centeredness that she thinks it would be worth taking a copy of his brain for further study. He becomes less selfish as the series goes on however.
    Six: Even as the fate of your entire species hangs in the balance, all you can think about is how this affects you.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is quite compassionate and emotional, believing firmly that War is not an excuse for inhumanity.
  • The McCoy: He's probably the most emotional person in the series.
  • Messianic Archetype: As of Season 4
  • Narcissist: He remains pretty self-absorbed throughout the series.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Since The Main Characters Do Everything, he's basically in charge of "science" on the Galactica, including both computer science and biology.
  • Pet the Dog: Praying to God to take his life instead of that of a kid and actually meaning it.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His interactions with "Head Six" (aforementioned Shoulder Angel) are often in public and frequently Played for Laughs.
  • Religious Robot: Inverted; he's a missionary spreading Cylon monotheism to the humans.
  • The Smart Guy: Initially, he's pretty much the source of science advancement on Galactica.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He steps up in later seasons until he's part of the Galactica defense team in the finale, repelling the Cylons with an assault gun.
  • Villain Protagonist, deconstructed: Baltar isn't malicious, just a selfish coward (ie. not a hero like most of the other cast) with the occasional flash of incredible Genre Blindness.

    Battlestar Galactica Military 

Saul Tigh

"If the crew doesn't hate the XO, then he's not doing his job."
Played By: Michael Hogan

After Bill Adama was mustered out from the first Cylon war and began serving on a commercial freighter, he met a fellow veteran named Saul Tigh, and the two formed a deep friendship. When reinstated, Adama pulled strings to have Tigh brought in as his second-in-command. Tigh is an alcoholic who is often Off The Wagon, and is probably the series' biggest bearer of Fantastic Racism against the Cylons (with Starbuck as a close second). How amusing, then, that he's one himself.

  • The Alcoholic: And his wife just makes him worse.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald, he's awesome.
  • The Caligula: During his brief stint as commander of the fleet, he is extremely harsh, violent, and unstable, partially because he has no idea how to handle the responsibility, partially because he's constantly drunk, and partially because of his scheming, psychotic wife.
  • Colonel Badass: He's certainly competent, and he serves his role well.
  • The Creon: Takes command of the Galactica only when Adama is shot, and gives it back immediately as soon as possible. He never plots against Bill Adama for a second, even when he has serious issues with his commander's behavior. He even outright says that it was always supposed to be them leading together, not him leading alone.
  • Eyepatch of Power: After he loses his eye on New Caprica.
  • Fake Guest Star: Tigh is in all but four episodes of the show. The only characters to appear more frequently were Madam President and The Old Man himself.
  • Fake Memories: His recollections of the First Cylon War most significantly.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Led a vigilante group that executed Cylon Collaborators.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: If he and Bill Adama don't embody this trope, I don't know who does.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The New Caprica arc.
  • Jerkass: At times it can be really hard to sympathise with Saul.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But he's still a good man at heart.
  • The Lancer: To Bill, but is a deconstruction. He is awesome as a second in command, but almost no one (most of all him,) ever wants him to be the number one of the fleet's command. He excels at being Bill's number two, but is completely useless in any other capacity. This is inverted though, when he redeems himself by effectively leading the New Caprican resistance, even if his tactics are... somewhat suspect.
  • Manly Tears: Most notably, when he killed his wife.
  • Number Two: To Adama.
  • Poisonous Friend: He's kind of hell on Bill's sanity, though he really doesn't mean most of it.
  • Reincarnation Romance: He and Ellen were married originally too, and somehow found each other again after Cavil wiped their memories.

Galen Tyrol

"All I know is if there is a God, he's laughing his ass off."
Played By: Aaron Douglas

Senior Chief Petty Officer Tyrol is in charge of keeping Galactica's birds flying. He's very much an everyman in his approach to things, and often finds himself in positions of being the Only Sane Man. He was carrying on with Boomer for a while.

  • A Father to His Men: He cares about his flight crew, and when some had to be sacrificed to put out a fire, he carried bitterness about it for a few episodes.
  • Ascended Extra: Tyrol was originally intended as a Flat Character, expanding primarily due to Aaron Douglas' ability to throw in dialogue, character names and other useful touches.
  • Butt Monkey: Things go poorly for him, starting with his girlfriend being a Cylon.
  • Cartwright Curse: He is just not lucky in love...
  • Fake Guest Star: Like Tigh and Helo, he's there from beginning to end, and missed only 7 episodes over the show's run.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially on New Caprica, where his speech to the people was modeled after real life labor speeches.
  • Humiliation Conga: In a very short amount of time, he finds out he's a Cylon, his wife apparently commits suicide over it, he finds out she cheated on him and that his baby isn't even his, and then he learns a former lover actually killed his wife. And then he ruins the Cylon-Human alliance by reacting to that information.
  • Number Two: As the highest-ranking NCO in the fleet, Tyrol has aspects of this.
  • Mr. Fixit: Chief mechanic.

Karl Agathon (callsign: Helo)

"Symbols matter. Uniforms, flags, banners - even mascots. They're like pieces of your heart that you can see."
Played By: Tahmoh Penikett

A Guy in Back in a Colonial Raptor, flying under Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, whom he kind of has a thing for. During the pilot/miniseries, their ship lands on Caprica and Helo abandons his copilot seat to save Gaius Baltar. That was meant to be the end of this Mauve Shirt, but fan reaction to him was so positive that RDM and David Eick decided to keep following his adventures, which involve being rescued by another Sharon copy. With her, he hecomes the father of "Hera," the first human-Cylon hybrid; he also serves as Adama's Number Two while Tigh is stuck on New Caprica.

  • Knight in Shining Armor: The closest you can get to on this show.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name means "good", "noble", and various other meanings of one's better nature. He's one of the least morally corrupted people in the entire cast of characters.
  • Nice Guy: One of very, very few in the show.
  • Papa Wolf: Especially to Hera, but also Athena.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Since his primary sole is pretty much "The guy who married a Cylon," he's free to take whatever position is needed to be filled for the sake of the episode. He goes from ECM officer on a Raptor, to XO, to "mayor of Dogsville", to XO...

Felix Gaeta

"I started this, and I'll see it through! Now get on that frakking ship!"
Played By: Alessandro Juliani

First appearing as a CIC crewmember, he eventually gets assigned to Dr. Baltar as a personal aide. He's an idealist—which is a bad thing to be in Galactica's World Half Empty; losing his leg in Season 4 is only one link in a "Break the Cutie" chain. Eventually leads a mutiny with Tom Zarek, which they lose.

  • Bi the Way: Just sort of turns out to be bisexual with no fanfare.
  • The Cast Show Off: After the producers discovered that Alessandro Juliani is a fully-trained and highly-regarded operatic baritone, they found a reason for him to sing. Shame it was Gaeta having his leg shot half off and then amputated, rather than, say, a morale concert - but still...
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly after losing his leg in Season 4.
  • Face Death with Dignity: His stoicism in the face of his own impending execution is inspiring and heart breaking in equal measure.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Averted.

Anastasia 'Dee' Dualla

Played By: Kandyse McClure

A Twofer Token Minority first appearing as a Galactica CIC officer in the miniseries, where she basically played the role of Uhura. Provides possibly the biggest Shocking Swerve in the series when, after a happy and successful date with her ex-husband Lee, and with absolutely no prior indicators, she blows her brains out.

Cally Henderson Tyrol

Played By: Nicki Clyne

"I just joined to pay for dental school."

An enlisted deckhand serving Galactica's flight wing, Cally is known for a few things: having only one name for two seasons (her full name wasn't given until her funeral!); being a Plucky Girl (sometimes too much so), and having a thing for Chief Galen Tyrol. Marries the Chief during the New Caprica year and becomes pregnant with a son, Nicholas; is then executed by Tory Foster after she (Cally) stumbles upon the secret of the Final Five.

  • Ascended Extra: Just a member of the crew in the flight wing, but becomes a fairly major character.
  • Break the Cutie: Bad things happen to her over the course of the series.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: After learning Tyrol is a Cylon, she sort of... snaps.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After learning Tyrol is a Cylon, she considers suicide (taking her baby with her). Tory talks her out of it... just to make sure that the baby is safe, then kills her anyway.
  • Plucky Girl: Her early characterization.
  • Red Herring: Little Nicky was believed for quite a while to be another supposedly-impossible human-Cylon hybrid. Then it was revealed that, sometime before her wedding, Cally slept with Hot Dog.
  • Sanity Slippage: Upon finding out the truth about Tyrol.
  • What Could Have Been: she was originally slated to be killed off in an early episode. There seems to be a lot of fans who would have rejoiced in this. Or not, since the things that incur those fans' enmity hadn't happened yet.
    • Nicki Clyne also tried out for the role of Six.
  • Wrench Wench: Her role on the Galactica.
  • Your Cheating Heart: With Hot Dog, apparantly.

’Doc’ Sherman Cottle

Played By: Donnelly Rhodes

A grumpy Major and the fleet's leading medic, he serves on Galactica and lectures his patients in between drags from a cigarette. His first name, Sherman, was only revealed during the series finale.

  • Ascended Extra: Was just a medic, but wound up playing a significant role in a few episodes.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Cally: What if you gave me a sedative and I just slept here?
    Cottle: Oh, sure. We'll just turn my sickbay in an opium den so you can have a little snooze.

    Roslin: Doctor, I need your help, but it's illegal, dangerous, and a violation of your oath as an officer.
    Cottle: (Beat) You're a lousy salesman.
  • Dr. Jerk: He's not nice to his patients..

Brendan Costanza (callsign: Hot Dog)

Played By: Bodie Olmos

From the same class as Kat, Hot Dog evidently flunked out of naval academy before the Destruction. He survives the entire series, eventually maturing into one of Galactica's best and most mature pilots. He's also the Real Life Apollo, as he is played by Bodie Olmos, EJO's son.

  • Ascended Extra: Originally just "new meat" but he winds up an important part of the Galactica's defense.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He was explicitly given his callsign as a punishment.
  • Instant Expert: Presumably from offscreen training, we don't really see his skills develop.
  • New Meat: How he's introduced.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Went from New Meat to a skilled pilot.
    • In-Universe, Apollo acknowledges him taking a level when he takes his own wings and presents them to Hot Dog, telling him "I think you earned these today" because Hot Dog was still a "nugget" trainee and refused to leave Starbuck by herself when Raiders showed up during a training session.

Samuel Anders

"Lighten up a little bit. It's only the end of the world."
Played By: Michael Trucco

An athlete on pre-massacre Caprica, the star of the "Pyramid" team Caprica Buccaneers, Anders turned his team into a resistance unit after the fall of the colonies. He was stumbled upon by Kara Thrace and Karl Agathon while the two were trying to get off-planet, and eventually rescued late in Season 2. Becomes a major figure in the resistance on New Caprica, not to mention Starbuck's husband.

  • Ascended Extra: Joins the main cast after being rescued.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: "See you on the other side". Although this may simply refer to the afterlife — he's heading to his stellar grave, and addressing a dead woman...
  • Badass: His first appearance is as part of a resistance cell on Caprica. Does a similar thing on New Caprica.
  • Game of Nerds: Or its in-universe equivalent, Pyramid. In the final episode, Anders — arguably the least cerebral of the Cylons — is revealed in flashback to have a passion for the geometry and mathematics involved in sports.
  • Genre Savvy: He manages to survive several months on Caprica along with his Pyramid team by copying guerilla tactics he saw in movies. He's also smart enough to realise that the movies aren't real life and that movie tactics can only carry him and his team so far, so he seeks out professional advice from Starbuck at the first opportunity.
  • Space Ship Boy: In order to save his life, he gets linked up to a Cylon Basestar.

Louanne 'Kat' Katraine

Played By: Luciana Carro

A "nugget" introduced early in the first season, she soon starts competing with Starbuck for the title of The Ace and even achieves the position of Commander Air Group (previously held by such luminaries as Apollo, Starbuck and Helo) before a Heroic Sacrifice in season 3.

    Civilian Fleet 

Tory Foster

Played By: Rekha Sharma

Special Aide to the President, replacing the deceased Billy Keikaya. Word of God is that Tory was chosen as one of the Final Five precisely because she hadn't yet had much character development. It also created the interesting situation that all three Number Twos in the show are (arguably) Double Agents.

  • A God Am I: her reaction to finding out her true nature is roughly along these lines, coupled with a dose of "Ascended Fanon?"
  • Ascended Extra: Started out just as an aide, wound up being one of the Final Five.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Averted. The [[original Tory and Galen were madly in love, but their Colonial versions are both too distracted by other people and concerns to even notice each other. When they find out, they just snicker. Ultimately averted in the hardest way possible.]]

Billy Keikeya

Played By: Paul Campbell

Personal aide to Secretary of Education Laura Roslin, he spends one and a half seasons flirting with Dualla before being killed in a stand-off and, eventually, replaced by Tory Foster.

Ellen Tigh

Played By: Kate Vernon

Tigh's wife, who miraculously survived the Destruction of the Colonies. She's manipulative, vain and kind of a bitch, a Lady Macbeth with her husband as object-of-control, and Adama notes that she and Saul just tend to make each other worse. During the New Caprica occupation, she seduces a One to free her husband from imprisonment, and then is forced to betray a crucial meeting. In response, Saul poisons her. This makes it even freakier that she turns out to be one of the Final Five.

  • The Millstone: She's very, very good at making bad situations worse.
  • Poisonous Friend: As Adama commented once, she tends to bring out Saul's worst and most self-destructive instincts.
    • It seems to work both ways: Ellen seems to be a lot more ambitious and manipulative around Saul, even after becoming the Team Mom.
  • Really Gets Around: To the point of groping Lee when she's at dinner with Tigh.
  • Team Mom: Post-resurrection.
  • Thicker Than Water: Amazingly, she still loves John even after every horrible thing he did because he's her son and offers him redemption, which he refuses out of spite.

Tom Zarek

Played By: Richard Hatch

Introduced as an inmate on the prison ship Astral Queen, Zarek was jailed for acts of terrorism. He sees himself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist working for the common man; whether that's true or not, he's definitely good at politics. After inhabiting the Heel-Face Revolving Door for several seasons, he settles on the bad-guy side, leading a mutiny against Roslin and Adama.

  • Affably Evil: Usually polite even to his enemies.
  • Ambiguously Evil: For all the bad things he's done, he's not... necessarily wrong to try to do them.
  • The Charmer: He's undeniably charming and charismatic. He has no need to rule his men with fear, they genuinely adore him.
  • Death Seeker: It's suggested by Lee that he's one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though the 'evil' part is kind of tenuous, especially in this series. Zarek immediately cuts off all contact with Phelen after he learns of the latter's child prostitution ring.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During the search for the Tomb of Athena. His right-hand wants to keep pressing on with their plan to arrange an "accident" for Apollo, but he's smart enough to realise his window of opportunity has closed and abandons that plan. For now.
    • Averted during his disastrous coup later in the show.
  • Mythology Gag: Zarek is played by Richard Hatch, who played Apollo in the original series. Zarek spends much of his time antagonizing the present Apollo.
    • In the first episode, he lectures Apollo on the meaning of his callsign.
  • Not So Different: From Roslin.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When President Roslin tells him she is going to give Baltar a fair and public trial, Zarek's initial reaction is to completely freak out and advise that, against all precedent and his own personal convictions, martial law be declared for the duration. Roslin seems genuinely perturbed by just how out of character this is for him.
  • Principles Zealot: Truly believes that he is working to improve the lot of the common man, and genuinely believes in the principles of freedom and democracy...and is willing to do absolutely, positively anything in pursuit of those beliefs, no matter how underhanded, morally questionable, dishonest, or actively detrimental to the survival of humanity it might be.
  • The Starscream: When he was Vice-President.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At first, anyway.

Romo Lampkin

Played By: Mark Sheppard

An eccentric, self-absorbed and attention-hungry lawyer who takes up the unwanted job of being Gaius Baltar's attorney during his (Baltar's) farcical trial. Trained as a lawyer by Joseph Adama, William Adama's father.

    Battlestar Pegasus 

Helena Cain

"Sometimes terrible things have to be done."
Played By: Michelle Forbes

Captain of the only other (known) battlestar to survive the massacre of the Twelve Colonies, Cain adopted a much more ruthless attitude towards survival.

  • Ax-Crazy: When it comes to Cylons.
  • Bad Boss: Knowing humanity is on its last legs, she'll do whatever she has to, including killing civilians or crew members that disagree with her.
  • Defiant to the End: She curses her killer right before she's executed.
  • Four-Star Badass: She's earned her title, no doubt.
  • Freudian Excuse: She witnessed her younger sister and father being abducted by the Cylons in the last days of the First War, adding to her hatred of them.
  • General Ripper: To contrast Adama's A Father to His Men persona.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Some of the things done by her or on her orders are arguably more monstrous than things the Cylons have done.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Has no remorse over the awful things she's done.
  • Insane Admiral: Not fully insane, just... devoted.
  • Knight Templar: Even Athena, a valued member of the crew who has probably done as much as any one person other than Adama is just another Cylon to her.
  • Name of Cain: The first tipoff she's not all sunshine and rainbows.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: See Name of Cain.
  • Not So Different: Adama points out that he might have made the same decisions as Cain had Roslin, Lee, and the civilians not been there to keep him in check. Also, like Cain, Adama initially wanted to go after the Cylons for revenge.
  • Psycho Lesbian: According to Blood And Chrome. That her lover was a Cylon is part of her fierce stance.
  • Sanity Slippage: Her XO notes she's gone through this, becoming more ruthless and cruel.
  • Smug Snake: She firmly believes she's right and will let anyone know.
  • The Unfettered: Won't let anything stop her quest, not pesky morals or human lives.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She does want humanity's survival... but at any cost.

Louis Hoshi

Played By: Brad Dryborough

Frst appearing as a Pegasus CIC officer, Hoshi continues to serve in the background throughout the rest of the series, eventually being promoted to Admiral as the ranking officer left with the civilian fleet when Galactica jumps away to fight the show's Final Battle. Was gay for Gaeta.

Jack Fisk

Played By: Graham Beckel

  • Just Following Orders: Takes no responsibility for the awful things the Pegasus' crew has done.
  • Pet the Dog: Saves Helo and Chief Tyrol from a beat down at the hands of some Pegasus crewmembers after the two of them inadvertently end up killing Lieutenant Thorne. He says he does it more for "the sake of the uniform" and that he still does not like them since Thorne apparently saved his life along with at least one other Pegasus crewmember.

Kendra Shaw

Played By: Stephanie Jacobsen

  • Evil Counterpart: Well, maybe not quite 'evil', but she's a counterpart to Starbuck.

Alastair Thorne

Played By: Fulvio Cecere

Barry Garner

Played By: John Heard

Originally the chief engineer of the Pegasus, he was promoted commander after the deaths of Cain and Fisk.

  • Closest Thing We Got : Admiral Adama reasoning for the nomination: "he's the best they got".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies in space vacuum repairing the FTL drive to save the ship.
  • Unexpected Successor: Originaly the chief engineer of the Pegasus, it is suggested that he was one of the only high-ranking officers left.

Jurgen Belzen

Played By: Steve Bacic

    Cylons 

The result of collaboration between the Centurions and the Final Five, each of these models has many copies, some of which have received more character development than others. The last five humanoid Cylons to be revealed. All turned out to be major players in the human fleet, and the only survivors of a previous Cylon generation pre-dating the Colonies' Centurions.

Brother John Cavil/Number One

"Delusional machines! What's the universe gonna come up with next?"
Played By: Dean Stockwell

Initially introduced as a priest from whom Tyrol seeks spiritual guidance, Cavil is revealed (practically on the same day) to be a Cylon. While the Cylons had previously run on a direct democracy, Cavil begins to take over as the series progresses, and his slight personality flaws go center-stage....

  • Affably Evil / Faux Affably Evil: Mostly the latter, but since there are more than one of him, it gets a little tricky.
  • Ancient Keeper (in Season 3)
  • Bad Habits: they tend to adopt priestly identities when infiltrating Colonial society.
  • Being Human Sucks: Or at least that's what Cavil believes. Much of what he does is him lashing out because he believes himself afflicted with human weaknesses. See his Motive Rant below.
  • Big Bad: Revealed in Season 4 and "The Plan" to be more or less behind everything in the plot since the series began: The Cylon attack on the colonies, the concealment of the Final Five, the lobotomy of the raiders (prompting the Cylon civil war), everything.
  • Character Development: In the movie "The Plan".
    • Especially the hat-wearing copy on Caprica, which is the only one of his line in the entire series to show mercy and realize that what the Cylons did was wrong. It's a shame that he was likely 'boxed' by the other Cavil, as he's never seen again.
  • The Chessmaster: They've been controlling and setting everything up.
  • Cool Old Guy: If You can ignore the genocide and sadism.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As good as Baltar.
    —-Cavil: (presents Doral with a vest strapped with C4) They call this a "suicide vest." But I think that undersells all the homicide that goes along with it... Don't you?
  • For the Evulz: His primary motive is jealousy and revenge, but he notes several times that he's doing it for no other reason than cruelty. His mother calls him out as a sadist.
  • Kavorka Man: Manages to get in with Ellen, Boomer, and Tough Six. Boomer even goes back to him after having had sex with Helo. This is despite being well into his sixties and completely homicidal.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Not just the humans, but they manipulate other Cylons as well.
  • Morality Pet: The parentless boy in The Plan. Subverted in that Cavil kills him when he realizes this trope is in effect.
    • This also qualifies for an Actor Allusion: The boy's costume is an exact copy of Stockwell's costume in "The Boy with Green Hair".
  • Motive Rant: "I don't want to be human!"
    "In all your travels, have you ever seen a star supernova? ... No? Well, I have. I saw a star explode and send out the building blocks of the universe; other stars, other planets, and, eventually, other life. A supernova: creation itself. I was there, I wanted to see it, and be part of the moment. And you know how I perceived one of the most glorious events in the universe? ...With these ridiculous gelatinous orbs in my skull! ... I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I, I wanna smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am?—I can't even express these things properly, because I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I wanna reach out with something other than these prehensile paws, and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I'm a machine, and I can know much more. I could experience so much more, but I'm trapped in this absurd body!"
    • And this is not a motive to sneer at, either. All Cavil wants is what every living thing, everywhere, wants: to be greater tomorrow than it is today. In fact, one could even call it a deeply human motive. Despite this though a great deal of resentment towards his "parents" (his "mother" in particular) colors this. He usurps control of the Cylons, ironically lobotomizes the mechanical ones (who are, in theory, closer to what he wants to be) and even seizes control of Resurrection. Maybe if he could tear himself away from his spiteful efforts to commit genocide against his creators and humanity, he could have worked out a technological means to become what he claimed he wanted to be.
  • Oedipus Complex: He rapes his mother after gouging his father's eye out.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Still, it's all in how he chose to express that desire for greatness.
  • Parental Incest: He knowingly has sex with Ellen Tigh, his "mother" for all intents and purposes (his creator, certainly). Oh, and he apparently resembles her father. Squick indeed. At least she spent their time as an amnesiac...
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: as you can tell from the Motive Rant, Cavil has this in reverse.
  • Redemption Rejection: He rejects an offer at redemption from his mother in "No Exit".
  • Rage Quit: In the finale, he just says "Frak this" and eats a gun.
  • The Sociopath: He doesn't care about other people.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: to his own mother.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Shamelessly exploits the religious fervor of the other Cylons, but is an Atheist himself. His actions become progressively more self-centered and lose even the thin veneer of any idealism as the series progresses.
  • Villain Protagonist: In "The Plan" movie.
  • Younger than They Look: Like all the new humanoid Cylons, he's only 30-40 years old, but was made in the image of Ellen's father. Y'know, being born old might have something to do with why he's so cranky.

Leoben Conoy/Number Two

"I see the universe. I see the patterns. I see the foreshadowing that proceeds every moment, of every day."
Played By: Callum Keith Rennie

One of the first Cylons introduced (in the Pilot miniseries) and one of the first Cylons whom the Fleet finds a copy of in hiding, Leoben has something of a fixation on Starbuck, whom he is sure has a large role to play in the fates of both humans and Cylons. He's right. He goes straight back into creepy territory with his Stalker with a Crush tendencies, though in all fairness he does seem to genuinely love her.

  • Affably Evil: At first. He genuinely loves and cares for Starbuck in his own twisted way and he can be pretty pleasant company if You can ignore the psychosis.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He's right about a fair amount, and that may be for the best.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's possibly the strongest of the cylons and incredibly crafty and cunning to boot.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Was murdered every night by Starbuck only to come back the next day with a new download. He never seems especially angry with Starbuck over it either.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He simply walks away in barely concealed terror when he stumbles across the crashed Viper on Earth and realises who it's pilot was. He never interacts with Starbuck after that point.
  • Slasher Smile: Any time he smiles no matter how jovial, it inevitably ends up as this.
  • Stalker with a Crush: On Starbuck, though he got a bit better.
  • Super Strength: Is shown snapping cuffs with ease and turning over metal tables with one hand. The otherwise unflappable Starbuck looked ready to jump out of her skin when he showed just how strong he is.

D'Anna Biers/Number Three

Played By: Lucy Lawless

Introduced as a rather pushy reporter doing an exposé on the Fleet (the fate of that copy is never revealed), D'Anna ends up taking center stage by becoming obsessed with discovering the identities of the "Final Five" Cylons, which (according to Cavil) are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know (or Cylons either, for that matter).

  • A God Am I: Sees herself as the Messiah.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts polite but can be just as ruthless and cold-hearted as other cylons.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After finding the nuked-out original Earth, she gives up and decides to stay behind and die. And as the Resurrection technology was gone, and that's the last we see of her, that's apparently what happened.
  • Driven to Suicide: Not suicide so much as letting herself die by being stranded on a barren planet.
  • Evil Matriarch: Not literally, but Lucy Lawless says she based her performance on this archetype.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Her friendly persona as a journalist counts as this.
  • Forbidden Fruit: Her hunger for knowledge on the Final Five, which ends with spoiler:her getting "boxed" by Cavil.
  • Hot Scoop: Her cover identity.
  • Moral Myopia: Even by Cylon standards, she's pretty bad. She constantly preaches about God and condemns humans for Their brutality, conveniently forgetting that Cylons wiped out six billion humans.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Of the religious variety. She preaches about God and respect for life while ordering mass executions of innocent civilians.

Simon O'Neill/Number Four

Played By: Rick Worthy

Introduced as a doctor running what turns out to be a "Farm"—a giant lab where Cylons experiment with biological reproduction—Simon is polite and well-spoken, the opposite of the Scary Black Man (Cylonism notwithstanding).

  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets more character development in "The Plan" than he ever did during the series.
  • Affably Evil: He's perfectly nice to Starbuck when he's in the farm.
  • Bald of Evil: Bald, Cylon.
  • Becoming the Mask: One of the copies in "The Plan".
  • Deadly Doctor: Considering he's performing research in order to figure out how to get Cylons to be able to reproduce like humans.

Aaron Doral/Number Five

"...parents have to die. It's the only way children can come into their own."
Played By: Matthew Bennett

Introduced as a public-relations guy leading a flock of reporters through the halls of the Galactica museum, Doral was described as "Poor Man's Kevin Spacey" by Television Without Pity. He lived up to this name by proving he can totally go Ax-Crazy when he needs to.

  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He is blown up with the bomb he'd planned to destroy a ship with.
  • Hypocrite: Condemns human suicide bombers, yet one of his defining moments in season 1 has him be a suicide bomber himself.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Insult his intelligence to your heart's content, but don't trash his fashion sense. What makes this difficult is that it's not really that good. In The Plan, Cavil tells the lone Doral still on the fleet that he's too recognizable since they dumped one in Ragnar on suspicion of being a Cylon. The fleet!Doral defensively says that he'd go unrecognized because his (identical style but differently colored) jacket is completely different.
  • Jerkass: Even for a Cylon, he's not a nice guy.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He believes humanity got what it deserved.
  • Moral Myopia: Humans being slaughtered at random? Completely fine. Cylons being killed? Absolutely intolerable.
  • The Stoic: He's much quieter and less opinionated than other Cylons.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: His quiet personality and low-key appearance makes him ideal for infiltration missions.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's a PR guy for gods sakes!
  • What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: The model who along with a Six tracked Helo on Caprica was prone to some unusually empathetic and insightful thoughts concerning humans, their genocide, love, and the Cylon condition (of inability to love). At one point, he even gets his partner Six to cry while he's not looking by pointing out that Athena is getting to experience human emotion to a degree she (Six) can't even fathom. This in contrast to the model's more commonplace sociopathy and hypocrisy.

Caprica-Six/Number Six

Played By: Tricia Helfer

The Femme Fatale Cylon who seduces Baltar, she is later embraced as a hero by her people, and her voice given extra weight in their democracy—even when she suggests that the Cylons attempt peaceful co-existence with humanity. Eventually travels to Galactica along with Athena and Hera, where she spends a lot of time in the brig frakking Saul Tigh, eventually conceiving a (short-lived) child with him. She also joins Baltar in the final battle, and it's implied that the two of them, at least, get a Happily Ever After. Other significant Sixes include Shelly Godfrey, Gina Inviere, Natalie Faust, Lida and Sonja.

  • The Atoner: Begins to feel regret for her role in killing most of the humans.
  • Blondes are Evil: at first.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Usually played straight with Head Six, averted in a number of cases with corporal Sixes such as Gina and Caprica Six in the episode Downloaded
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Convenient's not the right word, but a pure Cylon baby would have been a game-changer.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Tricia Helfer's hair is dark blonde. She initially dyed it for the role, but then turned to wigs when the dye started causing damage. In season four we meet a new Six who has her natural hair.
  • Femme Fatale: Her role for Gaius.
  • Honey Trap: Given the model's attractiveness, it's not surprising they're used for this.
  • Lady in Red: Her Memetic Outfit.
  • Mama Bear: She becomes very protective of Hera, even going so far as to snap Boomer's neck after she tried the same on the child.
  • Ms. Fanservice: A slinky red dress is among the least provocative of her outfits.

Daniel/Number Seven

Played By: N/A

Basically a plot device introduced late in the series to explain why the numbering on the Significant Seven jumped from Six (given to Helfer) to Eight (chosen by Park). The Daniels were artist-types and much loved by Ellen, which caused a lot of jealousy in the Ones. Eventually, Cavil took efforts to poison the entire Seven line, not only killing all extant Sevens but preventing any others of the type from ever being born.

Sharon Valerii/Number Eight (callsign: Boomer)

Played By: Grace Park

Introduced as a Raptor pilot on Galactica, the Twist Ending of the pilot/miniseries was that she was a Cylon. Later episodes made it clear that she didn't know she was a Cylon, and that there were programs hidden in her subconscious which caused her to be a Manchurian Agent. This culminated in her putting two rounds through Commander Adama's chest, after which she was offed by a vengeful Cally. Of course, Cylons respawn, and Boomer still had a bigger role to play....

Sharon Agathon/Number Eight (callsign: Athena)

Played By: Grace Park

After the producers decided to keep Helo on as a character, their first question was what to do with him. The logical answer would be to pair him up with another Eight, whom he would think was Boomer but was actually a separate instance. This Cylon, who eventually chose the call sign "Athena" (and before then had to be called Caprica-Boomer to differentiate) had a very specific mission: the humanoid Cylons had thus far been unable to conceive biological offspring, and their theory was that The Power of Love was what was missing. Athena's job, then, was to get Helo to fall for her (and then frak her, of course). A High Heel-Face Turn was almost inevitable. She then became the first Cylon character to openly side with the humans.

Baseship Hybrid

Played By: Tiffany Lyndall-Knight

Not to be confused with little Hera, the Hybrid is a model between Centurions and humanoids, which serves as the CPU of a Cylon Basestar.

    Other Entities 

Head-Six

Played By: Tricia Helfer

Introduced early in the series, "Head-Six" (as she's known in the writer's room) seemed to be a reincarnation of Caprica-Six (one never shows up when the other is around) that only Baltar could see, and essentially served as Baltar's conscience. She tends to goad him onward into taking actions he would rather not, sometimes even using physical violence to get the job done; she also seems to enjoy seducing him in plain sight.

  • Guardian Angel: is revealed to be this, in her own word "an angel of God sent here to protect you, to guide you and to love you".
  • Mind Screw: The details of what exactly she is are inconsistent and confusing.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Even more than the rest of the Sixes.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: At one time she actually picks Baltar up to face the guard at his cult's quarters, and we (and the rest of the people) see him being lifted by an invisible being.
  • Spirit Advisor: her main role, beside being an awful tease, is to guide Gaius, give him advice, or simply tell him what to say.

Head-Baltar

Played By: James Callis

With Tricia Helfer on-set as Head-Six most of the time, it took a while for episodes to come out that focused on Caprica-Six. When they aired, audiences were startled to discover that she had a corresponding Head-Baltar walking around with her. He tends to be more observant as opposed to coercive, often coming up with answers that shouldn't be possible.

Hera Agathon

Played By: Lily Duong-Walton, Alexandra Thomas, Iliana Gomez-Martinez

The first-ever human-Cylon hybrid. President Roslin orders her death faked and the actual infant assigned to a foster mother, who is killed on New Caprica, causing the child to fall into the hands of the Cylons...

  • Creepy Child: She tends to draw worrisome coloring books.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Is not, in fact, half-Cylon. But in seriousness, the last actress to play her (through various ages she was played by many child actors) was white as the driven snow, while some of the earlier ones were in fact mixed-race.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first human-Cylong hybrid.
  • Living MacGuffin: Being a hybrid, the Cylons (desperate to figure out how to reproduce) are keenly interested in her.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Averted. The creators stated that they wouldn't "hyper-age" her and they didn't.

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