Once upon a time, there was a boy named John, and John was an astronaut. He lived in a far away place called Earth, which is so far away you've never heard of it. One day, when John was out doing astronaut things, a big, blue wormhole gobbled him up and spat him out at the far end of the Universe.
Played by Ben Browder.
A human astronaut testing a new theory created by himself and his friend about using a planet's gravity to accelerate a space vessel's speed, John Crichton accidentally opens a wormhole leading to a distant part of the galaxy, stranding himself amongst alien lifeforms. Rescued by the escaped prisoners of Moya, and discovering that the Sebacean Peacekeeper Captain Crais wants to kill him because his brother died after crashing into Crichton's ship, Crichton finds himself wandering the galaxy aboard Moya in pursuit of a way home.
Action Survivor: Crichton was just an ordinary scientist/pilot before he got shot through a wormhole and was forced to become a badass.
Badass Normal: Despite being an ordinary human, Crichton can hold his own against some of the biggest badasses and deadliest monsters in the universe.
Bash Brothers: Crichton and D'Argo have this type of relationship - at least when the two of them are getting along.
Battle Couple: Crichton and Aeryn continue to fight alongside one another after they finally get together.
Berserk Button: Mess with him, mess with Moya's crew, or god help you threaten his family, and he will take a special interest in making your life unpleasant. Even if it tears apart the universe.
Beware the Nice Ones: Crichton is a fairly easy-going kind of guy, especially in the first season; in later seasons, this crosses over with Beware the Silly Ones as Crichton's behaviour takes a turn for the eccentric. One particular example of this occurs in "Suns and Lovers," when, upon encountering a suicide bomber who's magnetised herself to Moya's hull, he goes so far as to wearily congratulate her... before informing her that the door she's magnetised herself to is detachable.
Crichton: Pilot, I'm clear... suck this bitch out!
Chick Magnet: Aeryn, Chiana, Gilina, and Jenavian Charto all have a thing for him.
Cloning Blues: Crichton gets "twinned" into two - each copy is completely identical to the other and there is no original. Both Crichtons remain worried that the original Crichton is dead and that they are merely a clone.
Crazy Awesome: In-universe. Crichton freely admits the reason his plans tend to work, is because they are so insane, no-one could possibly prepare for what he does.
Cunning Linguist: Often peppers his speech with phrases and expressions from several Earth languages, (and even some fictional ones), implying that he had a gift with languages even before he was injected with translator microbes.
Deadpan Snarker: Loves making fun of the absurd crap Moya keeps getting faced with.
Fire-Forged Friends: With D'Argo. D'Argo considers Crichton to be a useless, whiney moron until the two of them work together to fend off the bloodtrackers.
Indy Ploy: Crichton's plans are most successful when he makes them up as he goes.
Interspecies Romance: With Aeryn. Revealed in The Peacekeeper Wars to be not so different species after all.
The Kirk: He started out as The McCoy, and then becomes this: Crichton is still somewhat idealistic, but its been tempered by pragmatism.
Large Ham: Anytime Crichton has to go undercover. His Peacekeeper cover is just an exaggerated and louder version of Crais, for example.
Loves My Alter Ego: Why Aeryn is hesitant to enter a relationship with Moya!Crichton, after having fallen for Talyn!Crichton, who died of massive radiation exposure while performing an Heroic Sacrifice
Missing Mom: Crichton's mom died of cancer some time before the series began.
Nice Guy: (Aside from Zhaan) he is the nicest person on his crew.
The Nicknamer: He comes up with nicknames for about half the cast.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Does this so often that even his friends forget that he's actually a brilliant engineer and astrophysist.
Only Sane Man: Note that even when he's going crazy, John is usually the voice of sanity. This should give you an indication of how messed-up the world he lives in is.
Pop Cultured Badass: Crichton constantly pops pop culture references. By the end of the series, Crichton's one of the biggest badasses in the universe.
Properly Paranoid: In "Twice Shy," it's revealed the reason he's so distant to Aeryn for half of Season 4 is because Scorpius is on Moya and could use her (plus the baby) as leverage against him if he were to ever discover his true feelings for her. Aeryn calls him on being paranoid and then we all learn Scorpius has been secretly listening in on the comms - proving Crichton right.
All for Nothing: Scorpius wasn't fooled by Crichton's attempt at covering up the relationship. Worse still, he manages to engineer a situation in which Crichton offers him wormhole weapons in return for Aeryn.
Science Hero: He might not act like it most of the time, but he's a pretty good astrophysicist and occasionally gets to use his theories to save the day.
Smarter Than You Look: Everyone seems to forget that John started out as a scientist, and that he is very good at Obfuscating Stupidity. Even Einstein is surprised that John managed to figure out wormholes, even with the help the Ancients gave him.
Spider-Sense: In Season 4, thanks to his extensive wormhole research and the knowledge in his brain, he's able to accurately predict when and where a wormhole will open. As he says, he can smell them.
Even before this he gains the wormhole knowledge, Crichton is shown in "Till the Blood Runs Clear" to have a great sense of where and when the conditions that can cause a wormhole to form.
Stranger in a Familiar Land: When they finally do get back to Earth near the end of season 4, Crichton finds himself disgusted and disillusioned with the post-9/11 paranoia and lack of understanding he and the crew encounter, clashes with his father over it, and decides to leave again on Moya. He still saves his home planet, but decides once and for all that it's no longer his home.
Token Human: Justified because no human has ever reached the part of the galaxy where the series takes place before Crichton, and his doing so was an accident.
Took a Level in Badass: He takes multiple levels of badass over four seasons: he starts out as a clueless nerd, and by series end is so badass he manages to intimidate two entire galactic empires into leaving him the frell alone by threatening to wipe out the universe. THE ENTIRE FREAKING UNIVERSE! And what makes it Badass is he can absolutely pull it off.
The Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer: Becomes this because his knowledge and culture are far more primitive than those of his present surroundings.
The Watson: He's completely ignorant about the greater universe. Much of the exposition is the rest of the crew explaining stuff to him.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Given how much his father gushes over Crichton becoming a bonafide American hero, it's implied he continued with the launch of Farscape One, despite his own misgivings that something would happen, so not to let him down.
Crichton: I'm not your kind of hero, dad.
Wrong Genre Savvy: He starts off thinking that he's in a much more idealistic setting. He grows out of it eventually.
A Sebacean Peacekeeper involved during the initial attempt to recapture Moya when she first escaped, Aeryn dared to speak up on Crichton's behalf when Crais captured them and was condemned as a criminal herself, forcing her to abandon the Peacekeepers and throw herself in with the escaped convicts.
Action Girl: One of the most badass characters in the series.
Arc Words: Crichton's declaration to her in the pilot.
Crichton: You can be more.
The Atoner: for parts of seasons 1 and 2, most notably "The Way We Weren't."
Badass / Pregnant Badass: Even by the end of the series, she's still the toughest character on the show. While D'Argo's technically stronger, it's a still toss who would win in a straight fight...heavily leaning towards Aeryn.
Bare Your Midriff: Full-blown in the first-season episode "Back and Back and Back to the Future" and when dressed as a hippie in "Kansas", but her season two look where she rarely wears anything under her jerkin tends to create a lot of navel-visibility.
Bizarre Alien Biology: As a Sebacean, Aeryn can't regulate her internal body temperature and suffers from Sebacean Heat Delirium, a degenerative condition that results in memory damage and eventually brain death, if it get too hot.
Book Dumb: Has an intense dislike for "scientific dren," which is apparently due to her training; apparently, Peacekeeper soldiers and pilots are taught to look down on technicians and scientists. Inverted in later episodes, when it's revealed Aeryn has an eidetic memory and can memorize whole languages just by watching TV.
Broken Bird: Not only does Aeryn have everything she's ever known taken away from her in the very first episode, she eventually starts to realize how terrible being a Peacekeeper was. Various other terrible crap keeps happening to her as the series goes on.
Deadpan Snarker: She likes mocking the stupidity of others, especially Crichton.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Although even once the process is complete, it's hard to tell unless you're a close friend. Or a small, cute child.
Mook-Face Turn: She's forced out of the Peacekeepers by Crais in the first episode and helps the heroes fight against them.
Proud Warrior Race Girl: At first, she's very proud of Peacekeeper military achievements and her role as a Peacekeeper Officer. This changes when she realizes how horrible the Peacekeepers actually are.
Single Tear: This is a talent of Claudia Black's, who trained herself to drop tears on cue so as not to ruin her water-based makeup. Averted, however, when she is completely and utterly grief-stricken.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Crichton. It's not uncommon for the two of them to start coming on to one another in the middle of an argument.
Tsundere: She keeps claiming that she's not interested in Crichton despite the fact that both of them are obviously in love with one another.
Unscrupulous Hero: Shot down a woman in cold blood even before finding out she was a projection created by Maldis, shocking even Rygel of all people. Not to mention subjecting an already subdued Crais to the Aurora chair.
A male Luxan warrior who was sentenced to imprisonment for the crime of killing his Sebacean wife, a crime actually committed by his brother-in-law and the truth of which was ignored for his having dared to marry a Sebacean and have a half-breed child.
BFS / BFG: The Qualta Blade. To illustrate, it's gun form is three times the size of a pulse rifle.
The Big Guy: Taller than the rest of the crew and the one most likely to use violence to solve problems.
Bizarre Alien Biology: As a Luxan, D'Argo has an extendable tongue that can inject a neural toxin, he can survive in space unprotected for fifteen minutes, and if he starts bleeding, the wound requires Percussive Maintenance until the blood runs clear. He also has more than one heart.
Bruiser with a Soft Center: After he lets the bravado fade and starts acting like his real self, he's actually a pretty soft-hearted guy.
This is mostly due to the fact that in early episodes, he expected imminent recapture, which he vowed he would never suffer again. In the early episodes of the first series, he often showed willingness to betray John and Aeryn to the Peacekeepers if it ensured his continued freedom. As his relationships grew with his shipmates and they continued to elude capture, he began to show he'd gladly put himself in great danger to protect his friends and rescue them.
Call to Agriculture: D'Argo managed it for a while with Lo'Laan and Jothee, and spends the entire series trying to get back to it.
The Captain: Of Lo'lah. In addition, the crew elect him captain of Moya during Season 4.
Cool Starship: Lo'lah, a voice activated Luxan ship which can turn invisible.
Deadpan Snarker: He loves making fun of how stupid Crichton's plans can be.
Fire-Forged Friends: With Crichton. D'Argo thinks of Crichton as a huge liability until John saves him from the Bloodtrackers.
Staanz tries to put the moves on him when she meets him, but fails, in part because she's rather annoying and in part because, well, she looks a lot like a maleHuman Alien.
Jerkass: For most of the first season, D'Argo has a habit of letting his temper make everyone around him miserable; he begins to grow out of it towards the season finale, but its not until the second season that he really loosens up.
Meaningful Name: By proxy. In Season 3, D'Argo acquires a ship that ultimately saves his life more than once and greatly calms anger brought on by other events. In Season 4, he has given it a very appropriate name:
Miscarriage of Justice: D'Argo was framed for the murder of his Sebacean wife by brother-in-law Macton, a Peacekeeper and the actual murderer. To make it even worse, Crais (his de-facto jailer) knew this was the case and kept him in chains anyway.
The Nose Knows: His sense of smell is both very strong and able to distinguish between individuals.
Once an Episode: D'Argo stomping onto the bridge and bellowing, "Why have we stopped moving?"
Papa Wolf: D'Argo will go to any lengths to save Jothee.
Proud Warrior Race Guy: Though it gets subverted at every opportunity. D'Argo is a teenager by Luxan standards, trying to live up to the idealized image of the Luxan warrior even though all he really wants to do is start a farm and raise a family. As the series progresses, a lot of his stereotypical Proud Warrior Race Guy attitudes mellow out, allowing him to be more of a...
Unstoppable Rage: The aply-named Luxan Hyper Rage, although doesn't experience this often.
Warrior Poet: D'Argo's surprisingly elegant for a Luxan. He's also a hell of a musician.
The Worf Effect: As The Big Guy, this job often falls to D'Argo in the early episodes. Not as often as the Trope Namer as the series continues, and he usually creams the bad guys in a brawl. Near the end, Scarrans give him significant trouble, but then again, Scarrans give everyone trouble.
Dominar Rygel XVI
If you must address me, do so as Your Supreme Eminence. Which you should be doing anyway.
Voiced by Jonathan Hardy
Once the Dominar of the Hynerian Empire, ruler of over six hundred billion subjects, Rygel was deposed by a cousin of his and sent into Peacekeeper custody over a hundred cycles before the start of the series.
Rygel: Crichton, how illegal is this dren? You have to get me more. I don't care what it costs!
This is also funny because humansare easily addicted to sugar as well, but some humans eat it so regularly that they don't always immediately think of it as an easily-abused addictive substance.
Anti-Hero: At first, Rygel only cares about himself and flat out betrays the crew to Scorpius, at the end of Season 1 and only returns when he learns that Scorpius plans on killing him anyway. Rygel eventually becomes less selfish and starts to care for the crew, though he would never admit it.
Beware the Silly Ones: He's actually extremely frightening when he has the chance. When he's in Crichton's body in "Out Of Their Minds", he's psychopathic and murderous, and, in another episode, he kills Durka and spends the rest of an episode parading around with the dead man's head on a stick. Then, in Season 3, he messily tortures a Charrid to death. Even in his first episode, he shows he has some very nasty teeth and temper when he bites a chunk out of Aeryn's arm and messily swallows it. The only reason he's not taken seriously is his stature and normally cowardly, greedy nature.
Bizarre Alien Biology: At just under two feet high, he's broadly humanoid, but he has three stomachs, can breathe water, farts helium when nervous, and his bodily fluids turn explosive if he eats tanna root, the main ingredient of "chakan oil", which is the standardised ammo for Peacekeepers.
Bizarre Alien Reproduction: He comments in one first season episode that his people aren't "body breeders" whilst Zhaan is trying to seduce him. A couple of episodes later, he comments on his belief in keeping his wives pregnant. So, however Hynerians reproduce, it evidently isn't quite as simple as "females lay eggs, males spray semen on eggs", despite his frog-like nature.
Crichton: Dude eats and craps twice his body weight every day.
Break the Haughty: Often subjected to this sort of thing; ultimately, it forces him to start cooperating with the others and actually become a better person- not that he'd ever admit it.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The main reason the rest of the crew didn't space the selfish little git in the first month? He's an extremely skilled negotiator, often making sure the crew gets the supplies they need on their shoestring budget.
The Caligula: Heavily implied to be the very reason he was deposed in the first place.
Ear Ache: Rygel's shipmates routinely pull on his ear brows when displeased with him.
Even Evil Has Standards: When he discovers a primitive world that his ancestor set up to create people who would slavishly worship his lineage as gods, he's quite perturbed. This despite his usually arrogant and self-serving nature.
The Friend Nobody Likes: The only reason that they keep him on Moya is because he's incredibly good negotiator for the things they need and because he was the mastermind of their escape.
Gasshole: He farts helium as a running gag. note How does that even work? Does his metabolism work by cold fusion?
Goal in Life: Depose his cousin and reclaim the throne. He even states that single goal is what keeps him going.
After discovering Durka is still alive, he engages in a stream of murder attempts, one of which breaks the neural conditioning that turns him from the peace-loving hippy, right back into the monster he formerly was. After finally getting his revenge in Durka Returns, he spends some time carrying Durka's severed head around with him.
Jerkass / Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is a flat out Jerk, but shows more than a few moments of genuine caring and compassion to his crew mates throughout the series.
Treads into "Heart of Gold" territory whenever Moya is concerned. Though he rarely admits it (if ever), his being on Moya longer than anyone else makes him partial to her well-being.
It says a lot about him that when Aeryn was temporarily killed during the series 2 finale, he not only relinquished his medallion of office into her casket, stating his belief that she was far more worthy, but also is revealed to have been the one who swam down in freezing cold water to retrieve her body. Dammit, Rygel!
In one episode, it's shown that while he's insistent on being called Dominar and enjoys being in power, he is equally insistent that he not be deified by subjects that his ancestors conditioned for that purpose.
Jerkass Façade: Its implied that he eventually comes to care for the rest of the crew. He'd never admit it though.
Man Bites Man: Rygel is decidedly not above using his teeth as a weapon, which leads to a rather impressive moment in "Coup By Clam" in which he manages to bite off a psychotic doctor's nose.
Manipulative Bastard: One of the show's best (heroic) examples. He's even complemented as such during the "Look at the Princess" trilogy, and later takes Scorpius to a master-class in "I-Yensch, You-Yensch."
Mr. Seahorse: Through a fluke in the miniseries, he winds up carrying Crichton and Aeryn's baby after they're reconstructed.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Rygel usually has a plan in mind that helps further his friends' cause whenever it looks like he's doing something really dumb.
Real Life Writes the Plot: At the start of the series, the plan was that we would one day see him take back his throne from his traitorous cousin. However, after an episode with just one other Hynerian puppet caused endless problems, the crew realized they'd never be able to handle a whole planet of them. Luckily, this plot thread does get wrapped up in the comics, which had no such restrictions.
Bizarre Alien Biology: Zhaan is a Delvian. Delvians are a species of hyper-evolved, sentient plants, who look like blue, scaly-skinned humanoids. And their females have breasts, for some reason. They also absorb ionic radiation (such as solar flares) and orgasm as a result of doing so, and have Psychic Powers.
The Chick: Zhaan has pacifistic inclinations and is not always helpful during combat situations. She does subvert this fairly often though, as she will fight to protect the crew.
Dark and Troubled Past: Zhaan was held by the Peacekeepers because of a murder charge and unlike other captives, she actually did do it. It was her time in captivity that saw her become a priest.
Dyeing for Your Art: Alongside the blue pigment that wreaked havoc on Virginia Hey's kidneys, she also had to shave her head and her eyebrows to play Zhaan. She held in there for as long as she could, but finally she couldn't take it anymore. She initially tried to compromise with a bald cap and prosthetics, but she finally had to leave.
Empathic Healer: Usually by literally absorbing the pain of others into herself. Note that this is just for pain, actual healing needs to be done by conventional methods.
Happy Place: Zhaan has a habit of going into trance-like prayer whenever she's even the least perturbed. (Rygel lampshades this at one point.)
Heroic Sacrifice: In "Dream A Better Dream," she attempts to plead guilty to save Chianna and Rygel from the consequences of defending her in court. Early in Season 3, she gives most of her remaining life span to revive Aeryn from near death. A few episodes later, she gives her life to save Moya.
When one of my species is bonded to a Leviathan, we give our lives to the service of others. Ship first, then those who travel aboard her.
Voiced by Lani Tupu
A member of an alien species that can only travel by being physically and mentally bonded to the biomechanoid ships known as Leviathans. As Moya's Pilot, he directs her in their travels through the stars.
And I Must Scream: After Moya's first Pilot was disposed of, our Pilot was bonded to her, but because the Peacekeeper techs didn't have time for him to bond with Moya naturally, they connected him through artifical means. Until "The Way We Weren't," he was in constant pain, which he once described as "unbearable." The crew was understandably stunned that he had spent years like this without telling anyone.
Beware the Nice Ones: Shy, retiring, and subservient... at least until you push him too far; not only does Pilot have control over Moya's life-support systems, but his claws are more than capable of crushing a Sebacean throat at close range. There are quite a few episodes in the series that show just how dangerous he can be when angered: in "The Way We Weren't," he almost strangles Aeryn to death and disconnects the life-support systems in a fit of rage; in "Suns And Lovers," he flushes a terrorist out an airlock while laughing psychotically. And in "The Peacekeeper Wars", he consents to building a Weapon of Mass Destruction for Crichton.
Deadpan Snarker: He doesn't always put up with the bull the crew try to feed him.
Driven to Suicide: Attempts this in The Way We Weren't, when the reason he became Moya's Pilot catches up to him.
Everyone Calls Him Pilot: His species's language is too complex for translator microbes to understand. As such, everyone calls him (and other Pilots) by his profession.
Happiness in Slavery: Given that he's being allowed to explore the universe, Pilot is willing to accept a lot of abuse from his passengers over the course of his duties; it doesn't mean he's happy with poor treatment as such, but he can live with it. That said, there are some things which Pilot isn't willing to tolerate... He's also a literal slave to Moya, since as he is bonded with her, it means he literally cannot leave his chambers without dying himself. In fact, its mentioned that his species lifespan is several times that of Leviathans, but Pilot sees himself losing entire centuries to wander the stars as a totally acceptable trade.
I Just Want to Be Special: Pilot desperately wanted to be bonded to a Leviathan and explore the stars, something which is a rare honor among his species. To do this, Pilot made a deal with the Peacekeepers to replace Moya's current (uncooperative) Pilot- even though he knew it would result in her execution.
Insistent Terminology: Often refers to Aeryn and Crichton by their rank, being "Officer Sun" and "Commander" respectively, even though Aeryn is a traitor to the Peacekeepers and Crichton is presumed dead by IASA.
Mr. Exposition: Lampshaded by Crichton resignedly answering to one of Pilot's alerts. "Yes, Mr. Bad News?"
Odd Friendship: With Aeryn. She's the first member of the crew to really bond with him, even though their personalities are quite different. It helps that a mad scientist infects her with Pilot's DNA in an early episode.
Only Sane Man: Can sometimes take this role when on-board sanity takes a dive; becomes a frequent role in season three, when he has to end up trying to keep the crew from killing each other due to Cabin Fever and frustration over Crichton's wormhole hunt.
Servile Snarker: Pilot's sworn to obey any order from the crew that doesn't endanger Moya. It doesn't mean that he can't make fun of the stupid ones.
The Smart Guy: Though the episode "Thank God It's Friday... Again" shows that Pilot, knowing that he can't contribute much else to the crew, works his ass off in order to be the team's Smart Guy.
Pilot: "I don't get out much, so I read."
Starfish Aliens: Has one of the more alien designs in the series. The Henson Company's skill with creating animatronic puppets really helps.
A massive biomechanical lifeform that takes the form of a spaceship, Moya is a Leviathan that has been designated as a prison transport. When her latest cargo rebelled and escaped, she happily switched her loyalties to them.
Living Ship: She's a massive lifeform capable of traveling between stars at high speeds and carrying passengers.
Mama Bear: She does NOT like it when people try to hurt Talyn. She actually goes so far as to give the crew permission to kill an insane Leviathan who tried to prevent her from giving Talyn a proper funeral. Normally, Leviathans are complete pacifists.
Prison Ship: She was used to house criminals by the Peacekeepers.
Thinking Up Portals: An extreme version of this trope; the ships' FTL system, Starburst, is basically "sling a big portal and dive in".
The Voiceless: Moya cannot generally speak, though Pilot is aware of what she wants. The crew can also communicate with her through Pilot or the DRDs. In "Look at the Princess, Part 3", this is subverted, as her builders allow her to briefly speak directly to Zhaan.
Captain Bialar Crais
Tauvo is dead- struck down by a weak... pathetic... inferior being. It must be avenged! I swear in Tauvo's name, Crichton, you will die in my hands.
Played by Lani Tupu
Leader of the Sebacean Peacekeepers who are attempting to retake Moya when John Crichton arrives, he is determined to capture them again; the prisoners for the stain on his record, Crichton for being involved in his brother's death.
Dead Guy on Display / Taxidermy Is Creepy: While still captain of his ship, Crais kept the stuffed heads of numerous Hynerians on the walls of his cabin, much to Rygel's horror. Scorpius, on the other hand, wasn't all that impressed, and suggested that the only reason why Crais kept them around was as a reminder of times when he still had power.
Demoted to Dragon: By Scorpius at the end of the first season, which contributes to his decision to leave the Peacekeepers and become a Wild Card.
Disc One Final Boss: In the first season, Crais is pursuing Moya to avenge the death of his brother, but he gets replaced by Scorpius.
Expy: Less extreme than the Grayza-Servalan resemblance, but in season one he has major similarities to Travis from Blake's 7.
Freudian Excuse: As children, Crais and his brother were forcefully taken from their parents by the Peacekeepers, and the last thing Crais Sr. did before his children were taken was to make Bialar promise to take care of his brother. Which makes his deranged homicidal quest across the Uncharted Territories a little bit easier to understand.
Hazy Feel Turn: After he gives up his quest for vengeance on John, he spends most of his time seeking a purpose for his existence, and makes it quite clear that until he finds it his main priority is his own freedom and survival.
Heroic Sacrifice: He and Talyn kill themselves to destroy Scorpius's Command Carrier.
Hopeless Suitor: To Aeryn, later on. Even though she has more or less forgiven him for ordering her execution, she's too hung up on Crichton and distrusts Crais too much to actually consider his affections.
Ignored Epiphany: In "That Old Black Magic", after Crichton makes it clear in no uncertain terms that his brother's death was a freak accident. Far from weakening his resolve, Crais' reexamination of scenes from his past (courtesy of Maldis) only renews his desire to kill Crichton.
Insane Admiral: At first. He becomes a lot more laid-back after his defection from the Peacekeepers and comes to terms with Tauvo's death.
Insistent Terminology: Despite all evidence to the contrary that his brother was responsible for the accidental collision that lead to his own death, Crais still insists that Crichton is a murderer who intentionally charged into his brother's prowler in his flying death-pod.
Revenge Myopia: His pursuit of Crichton, though he eventually realizes it.
Crais: I thought it was about my brother. It...should have been about my brother.
Samurai Ponytail: How neat or straggly it is tends to act as a barometer of his mood or sanity level in any particular episode.
Shirtless Scene: In Season 3, although it isn't played for Fanservice, as his body is covered in intensely painful blisters due to Talyn's unstable neural feedback.
Starter Villain: The main villain in the first season, but later becomes first neutral and then an ally.
Wild Card: Especially in the second season, when his actions are very unpredictable but solely motivated by helping himself and Talyn.
If your hand is still there in one microt, I'll snap it off and use it as a good luck charm.
Played by Gigi Edgley
A female Nebari who tried to flee her highly conformative, oppressive culture and escape, only to be recaptured. When Moya accidentally crashed into the prison ship carrying her, she and her two captors were forced to stay aboard. When events left her the sole survivor, she gladly fled with the crew of Moya to avoid the neural reprogramming awaiting her if she returned to the Nebari.
Bare Your Midriff: Is that light-coloured strip in her first costume bare skin or cloth? The opening of "Taking the Stone" suggests it's meant to be skin, but in other episodes it looks like cloth, possibly to reduce the amount of real-world make-up needed.
Blind Seer: In Season 3, Chiana gains the ability to see visions of the future, though can't control it. In Season 4, she gains a degree of control, but goes blind. It's temporary, but lasts longer with each time. When it looks like it's permanent, she replaces her eyes.
Broken Bird: Her tough and carefree persona isn't a pure facade, but it does cover up a lot of damage.
Character Tics: Her habit of moving her head from side to side outs her once while Dressing as the Enemy. This is due to the restricted vision from the contacts used to give Gigi Edgley her alien eyes.
The Chick: Doesn't do a great deal of on-screen fighting. According to Gigi Edgley, the writers wanted to give her more action scenes but they kept getting cut because directors were worried that the make-up would come off. To compensate for this, when she does get violent the violence tends to be really, really vicious.
Classy Cat-Burglar: Sneaky, hot, and thieving, although she may not count as "classy" by some definitions.
Combat Pragmatist: Don't be fooled by the sunny personality. If she believes she is genuinely in danger, she has a knack for scanning her environment and instantly lighting on the most effective way of inflicting lethal or crippling damage on an enemy, no matter how gruesome or dishonorable it is.
Defector To Decadence: The Nebari are a highly conformistic culture who preach peace and tranquillity, and gladly Mind Rape any other being whose personality they consider undesirable to match their wishes. Chiana considers this appalling and simply wishes to roam the galaxy and live her life as she wishes.
Ethical Slut: The "ethical" part took a serious dent when she had an affair with Jothee, but for the most part, she tries not to edge in on previously established relationships.
Extreme Omnisexual: She is the focus of most of the series' Les Yayinvoked moments. She also has no sexual boundaries when it comes to gender, age, and even species.
The Lad-ette: Unashamedly highly sexed, and loves other kinds of exciting physical action as well.
Loveable Rogue: She's a good hearted person, and loyal to her friends and family, but isn't overly concerned with the galaxy at large.
Ms. Fanservice: Did we mention the "highly sexed" part? She's involved in most of the on-screen sex scenes that aren't off-puttingly alien in nature.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Chiana randomly slips between an Australian and Fake American accent in Season One. This is due to disagreements between directors over which accent Gigi Edgely should stick with.
Prophet Eyes: Her eyes eventually start gaining cataracts when she uses her precognitive powers.
Psychic Powers: Develops them in Season 3, following her possession by an Energy Rider.
Screaming Warrior: Has a very distinctive war cry that can best be described as "BRRRRRRUUUUGHHHH-YI-YI-YI-YAAAAAAH!"
Took a Level in Jerkass: To an extent - in Season 4, she has become a lot angrier than usual, because of her terrible experiences in between Seasons 3 and 4, in which she was tortured and raped by gangsters who caught her using her abilities to cheat at gambling.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: There's a subtext that she has an minor attraction to Crichton during Series 1. Since he treats her like a sister and only has eyes for Aeryn, it doesn't go anywhere. Though due to time-travel, it's revealed she was the one to take his virginity.
Vitriolic Best Buds: At first, she and Jool despise each other, but they gradually come to develop a love-hate friendship. She also has this going on with Rygel, to a certain extent. Mostly averted with Sikozu - although they have a few friendly moments together, they deeply dislike one another for the most part.
Crichton: Open the door, you soulless pinheaded adolescent pig!
—Crichton gets a bit fed-up with Talyn.
The son of Moya, due to rape by the Peacekeepers who forcibly blended their own technology into the offspring's genetics. Unlike most Leviathans, created as a battleship with in-built armament. Unfortunately, With Great Power Comes Great Insanity.
Ax-Crazy: He can't help it, he was literally bred to be this way.
Bilingual Dialogue: Talyn, who lacks a Pilot to speak for him, communicates through trills and bloop noises.
Emo Teen: Oh so much. Crichton even calls him out on it when Talyn becomes too bratty and petty (brattiness includes: locking doors on John, stealing his stuff, trying to separate him and auntie Aeryn, and trying to throw him out (into space)). The problem is that he's a bratty teenager with a really bigBFG.
Momma's Boy: A positive example, as despite his emotional problems, Talyn is shown to care deeply for Moya. At the end of "The Ugly Truth," it is revealed that Talyn willingly destroyed the Plokavian ship because they carried material that could've posed a threat to her. And if there was ever any doubt before, Talyn agrees to the Heroic Sacrifice because Crais tells him, "Moya will soon be enslaved."
Shipper on Deck: In "Green Eyed Monster", it turns out that Talyn has been conspiring to get Crais and Aeryn together, doing weird stuff like cranking up the heat in whatever room they're in. As someone correctly pointed out on the main page: "weirdest example ever".
Although since Aeryn is a surrogate mother-figure, as well as Crais being his Pilot, you can see why.
So Proud of You: When Talyn sacrifices himself to destroy Scorpius' command carrier, his mother and Pilot watch at a distance. It is clear that, aside from sorrow, Moya feels extremely proud of what her son has managed to do.
While his biology likely made him unbalanced, the poor kid might have stood a chance if not for being under constant threat since birth. Crais theorized that it was the Peacekeeper Retrieval Squad hunt that finally pushed Talyn over the edge.
That and the fact that Crais (not exactly stable himself) was Talyn's first captain.
I long ago learned the advantages of patience.
Played by Wayne Pygram
A deformed, ruthless and surprisingly combat-hardened Peacekeeper scientist, obsessed with gaining knowledge of wormholes as a means to power. Actually a hybrid Sebacean/Scarran created by a Scarran prisoner-rape experiment, his driving force is vengeance on the Scarrans for their horrifically brutal treatment of his mother and himself.
Achilles' Heel: His need for cooling rods to keep his internal temperature in balance. And like any good Achilles' Heel, savvy opponents will exploit it: Crichton once coated a rod in heat-reacting paste, hoping it would explode in Scorpius' head, and if anyone worth their salt manages to capture Scorpius, the first thing they do is deny him cooling rods or destroy the apparatus.
Affably Evil: He's evil, no doubt, but he's unfailingly polite about it.
Determinator: No matter the torture, no matter the assassination attempts, and no matter how many times someone tries to blow his plans up right in his face, Scorpius will never, ever stop pursuing his goal.
Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Scorpius is ultimately loyal to one person alone — himself. To this end, he will use and betray anyone to achieve what he wants.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his mother, in spite of the fact that he never got to meet her, and he clearly cares a great deal for Sikozu.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Subverted heavily; at one point in the fourth season, Crichton insists that Scorpius doesn't understand him, hence the reason why Scorpius had to use the Aurora Chair and the Neural Clone to unearth his secrets. Less than a few episodes later, after Aeryn is kidnapped by the Scarrans, Crichton realises that Scorpius arranged the whole thing, knowing that he'd trade anything for Aeryn's safety.
Evil Sounds Deep: Double-subverted. You would expect someone so otherwise stereotypically evil-looking to have a deep, growling voice, but his voice actually isn't low. Then it turns out that that's just an affectation he adopts to put other Peacekeepers at ease. His real voice (which is only heard when he's either really, really angry or in extreme pain) actually does sound like it rumbles up from the pits of Hell.
The Extremist Was Right: In The Peacekeeper Wars, Cricthon weaponises the Wormhole Technology, leading to a lasting peace.
Joker Immunity: Scorpius always gets out of things that should rightfully be his end.
Kavorka Man: He's extremely ugly — even the parts of him that we're shown consist of lizard-like skin and serrated fangs — but at the same time weirdly sexual, and definitely enjoys an amount of in-universe luck with beautiful women.
Not So Different: Scorpius confesses a real 'connection' to Crichton. (Not so much the other way around, though.) Wayne Pygram has mused that since Scorpy is alone in his uniqueness, perhaps he feels a kinship with the fish-out-of-water John.
Raised by Orcs: He was brought up by Scarrans, who made no attempt to hide the fact that he was an experiment.
Revenge: Revenge against the Scarrans is his driving motivation.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Seems to be standard M.O. for him, as he tries it in both "Family Ties" and "Look at the Princess". In the first case, however, the intended victim discovers what's in store for him and escapes, while in the second, The Mole gets killed by Crichton before Braca can get to her.
Super Strength: One of the benefits of being half-Scarran. He throws Crais around like a ragdoll on one occasion, and on another, he forced open an incredibly heavy, reinforced sliding door one-handed. Said door had, moments ago, crushed a Peacekeeper to death when he was jammed in it to try and stop it from closing.
Surrounded by Idiots: Gets like this around representatives of Peacekeepers High Command, especially Grayza.
Scorpius: Now you understand what stupidity I have to deal with...
Too Kinky to Torture: On the rare occasions that he's ended up being captured and interrogated, his captors have to work hard to find a form of torture that he doesn't enjoy.
Or if not enjoy, at least ignore. After all, he was tortured for over a decade (while growing up) by professionals.
Villainous Breakdown: At the end of series 3, following Crichton's betrayal and the destruction of his research base and resources, it's perhaps the only time in the series we see him looking genuinely broken.
Voice Relapse: His deep, snarling Scarren voice is only heard when he's either a) in extreme pain or b) absolutely enraged.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he does is in order to stop the Scarrans from taking over the galaxy. Of course, this is backed by his deep-seated hatred and desire for revenge, but he knows exactly what they're capable of, and he is willing to do anything, even sacrificing himself, to make sure that what happened to his mother doesn't happen to the rest of the galaxy. That's the entire reason he went and offered himself to the Peacekeepers: they were the less evil choice! At the end of the Peacekeeper Wars he is happy when the Scarrans and Peacekeepers sign a peace contract because it still stops them from taking over the galaxy. Undoubtedly though, he had a whole heap of plans set up to get rid of them from what they do control, but one step at a time, no?
Wild Card: One can never predict quite what he's going to do in a given situation.
This is my side! That's your side. You stay on your side. My side, your side! My side, your side! My side, your side!
Played by Paul Goddard
A Bannick who is part humanoid and part Energy Being, he has the power to heal mental torment and to comfort the dying as they pass over to wherever they go. Unfortunately, use of his powers always leads to some degree of Mental Fusion, resulting in gradual corrosion of his sanity.
Ax-Crazy: Every so often, Stark will get very violent — and not in a funny way, either. In fact, when one particularly trying day ended with Jool whining at him, he actually went beserk and threatened to Mind Rape her. See under Dogged Nice Guy and Blessed with Suck for why.
Blessed with Suck: That empathic/telepathic ability to interact with the dying? Not fun. In fact, he actually mentions that every time he helps someone cross over, he absorbs a tiny piece of their soul. And since a good deal of his early work was helping Scarrans cross over...
It's even worse than that. Turns out that Stark grew up among the Scarrans and assisted in their death rituals. As a slave, you can imagine how that part of his life went. Considering his opinion (not to mention panic) of Scarrans, being Scorpius' prisoner was arguably an improvement for the poor guy.
The Chew Toy: He was tortured for years, and upon escaping in short order proceeds to get executed by disintegration (he gets better), experiences the agonising deaths of ten thousand of his own species being executed by Natira, gets puked on by Pilot, and finally is forced to listen as the woman he loves dies. Cannot catch a break.
Commuting on a Bus: He appears in all four seasons and The Peacekeeper Wars, but keeps joining and then leaving the main crew. His longest period as a regular cast member lasts from towards the end of the second season until towards the end of the third.
Dogged Nice Guy: A very creepy one towards Aeryn at times in the third season, eventually driving her to a memorable and deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech. However, the reason he acts this way turns out not to be so much due to any kind of attraction to her, but that all the evil chaotic thoughts that he's absorbed over the years latch onto her as the latest object of his fragmented attention, because Zhaan isn't around anymore to help him control it. Let's face it, by the time season 3 and 4 come around, he flips between psychosis and neurotic breakdown like a light switch with a short circuit.
Flanderization: His Sanity Slippage from Obfuscating Insanity (in his introductory episodes) to total, pathetic psychosis (in the third season) looks like this to some fans.
The Load: On a good day, he's almost catatonic. On a bad day, he puts everyone on the ship in danger with his psychotic freak-outs.
Negate Your Own Sacrifice: As an energy being, he is capable of regenerating himself if disintegrated - which comes in handy when aliens put him, Crichton, D'Argo, and Zhaan on trial and decide to execute them via that very method.
Obfuscating Insanity: Stark has an at best tenuous grip on his sanity, but he admitted to pretending to be far crazier while Scorpius' prisoner. Doing so got people to leave him alone more often than they would've otherwise.
Too Kinky to Torture: Stark's been given the Aurora Chair treatment over 100 times, and he clearly enjoys it a little too much.
Trauma Conga Line: No one has gone through more pain and suffering throughout the span of their life than Stark. No one. Think what happened to Aeryn in Scarran captivity was bad? Stark's got her beat: he absorbed some of the Scarran's souls. Think John's purview in the Aurora Chair was horrific? Stark got 2 years. And he just keeps on getting hit!
Two-Faced: The side of his face covered by the mask is Pure Energyuntil he becomes completely corporeal at the end of The Peacekeeper Wars.
Go on, John! Do it! Then we can go to the beach! I know a place with naked Sebacean girls and margarita shooters!
Played by Wayne Pygram
An AI copy of Scorpius's personality, hosted on a chip inserted into Crichton's brain as part of a ploy to gain access to his knowledge and control over him. Initially a dangerous Enemy Within to John, he eventually develops a more complex relationship with him.
Ascended Extra: Originally, Crichton was just hallucinating Scorpius in "Crackers Don't Matter" because he was just being driven crazy like everyone else in that episode. Then the writers realized how great it would be if they could keep Scorpius around (in John's head) while technically having the real one pursuing them from far away; thus, "Harvey" became a recurring character.
Clone Degeneration: A variant of the trope. He started out as a carbon copy of Scorpius; but after he was essentially abandoned after he had fulfilled his original purpose and the chip that had put him into Crichton's mind (and presumably sustained him) was removed, he had started developing his own "eccentricities".
Happy Place: Often found lurking in the more pleasant areas of Crichton's psyche.
Heel-Face Turn: Harvey eventually came to value his and Crichton's survival over the goals of Scorpius.
Face-Heel Turn: In Season 4, Scorpius claims to remove Harvey, but instead reprograms/upgrades him. While maintaining similar characterisitics, he is loyal to Scorpius and committed to seeing his goals achieved.
Homage Shot: Numerous times his visitations with John would manifest themselves in scenes from famous Earth films (see Shout-Out below). When his program was dying, he replayed some scenes from the end of 2001 a la Dave Bowman.
Villain Decay: Created to avert this trope; the writers could keep Scorpius as a constant threat, yet not require the good guys defeat or escape from him every week. When the real Scorpius turns up, it's still an Oh Crap moment.
Joolushko "Jool" Tunai Fenta Hovalis
I always wait. You know, see both sides — be reasonable. But now... I have nothing to lose.
Played by Tammy MacIntosh
An alien gap-yah student who got into a very bad situation and ended up being rescued by the Moya crew, initially to the displeasure of both sides.
Fiery Redhead: She is usually blonde, except for when she is nervous or angry, during which it turns bright red. It stays permanently red during the infiltration of Scorpius' Command Carrier - possibly due to the stress of the mission.
Fish out of Water: Being from a peaceful star system that seriously frowns upon violence, she is initially completely out of her depth when she becomes part of Moya's crew. (She learns quickly.) Being cryogenically frozen for 22 cycles didn't help, either.
Humiliation Conga: Most of what transpires to her, such as being frozen for 22 cycles, accidentally drinking piss, being thrown through a time portal straight into a pile of mud, the Universe really seems to love to give her grief.
Jerkass: Starts off as one, before Character Development kicks in. Emerging from a long cryogenic slumber on board a ship of a type she'd never seen and learning that her two cousins - with whom she was very close - are dead does not help.
Multiple Choice Past: There are conflicting reports as to whether she and her cousins were innocent tourists or Evil Colonialists trying to rip off the cultures they met. Her past remains Multiple Choice because none of the regulars actually care enough to investigate.
Overly Long Name: And she claims that everyone addresses her by her full name prior to being cryogenically frozen (this could presumably be an Interon cultural aspect), although she makes an exception for her cousins, who called her by her nickname. She resents being called "Jool" by her crewmates at first (in spite of, or perhaps because of, the fact that her cousins also used it), but it eventually grows on her.
Red Hair Take Warning: Her hair turns bright red when she's either a) scared or nervous, or b) really, really pissed off.
Screaming Woman: There's a reason the image on this page is her screaming. She does it a lot.
Ship Tease: The writers teased a relationship between Jool and D'Argo — especially in season 4's "What Was Lost" two-parter — but Jool left the show and nothing came of it.
And then when the crew catches up with Jool again in "The Peacekeeper Wars", she oddly and inexplicably goes for Crichton and seems to have completely forgotten D'Argo.
There also seemed to be something of a Ship Tease between her and Naj Gil (the only neutral/non-antagonistic Scarren to appear on the show) - they connect very quickly, and he offers her a place aboard the hospital ship with him. Unfortunately, he is killed before anything comes of it, and Jool is deeply upset at his death.
Technical Pacifist: Sometimes bordering on Actual Pacifist levels. She frowns upon violence due to her upbringing and abhors killing, but, as the series goes on, she becomes more willing to engage in violence when it is required.
Took a Level in Badass: This trait starts to emerge towards the end of Season 3 - especially notable is the fact that she aids the rest of the crew in their infiltration of Scorpius' Command Carrier despite her nervousness, and that she's more than willing to put herself in danger to help D'Argo against a huge Peacekeeper wielding a circular saw. This trait is also especially evident in the "What Was Lost" two-parter: Not only does she kick Peacekeeper ass alongside Chiana and Sikozu, she also came very close to throttling Sikozu prior to this.
Vitriolic Best Buds: At first, she and Chiana despise each other, but they gradually come to develop a love-hate friendship.
Written-In Infirmity: The eyepatch was because Tammy MacIntosh really did get hit in the eye by a piece of debris and injured during the relevant action sequence.
Never bathe, never bathe. It washes off the juice.
Played by Melissa Jaffer
An enigmatic old woman with powerful spiritual abilities who took advantage of an attack on a Peacekeeper ship to escape captivity and join the crew. Nobody's quite sure whether her mercurial switches between apparent senile dementia and ruthless plotting are real or an act.
Remember the New Guy: Is a member of Moya's crew at the start of the season, claiming that they rescued her from Scorpius' Command Carrier. No-one can remember how she got there, and given her ability to affect memory with her potions, it may never have happened at all.
Wicked Witch: Repeatedly invoked by the other characters, but she insists she isn't one.
Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu
Everything lives and everything dies, whether you wish it to or not, and you have to deal with it.
Played by Raelee Hill
A highly-educated, cold-blooded, but over-confident space hustler who attached herself to Moya after one of her proposed deals fell through and left her stranded. Never really trusted by anyone, she forms a perverted but sincere attachment to Scorpius.
Be a Whore to Get Your Man: Not really an increase in sexiness so much as a fashion style change, but her black-leather-and-tattoos makeover for "The Peacekeeper Wars" looks an awful lot like her playing to Scorpius's fetishes. She explicitly considers herself in a submissive relationship with him.
Bizarre Alien Biology: As a Kalish, Sikozu can walk up walls and across ceilings, can't tolerate Translator Microbes (meaning she has to learn every language she ever encounters), can reattched severed limbs and can go for months without eating. She also has the ability to project radiation, but that's a result of also being a bioloid.
Brains and Bondage: She's highly intelligent, and is implied to be completely happy with Scorpius's highly non-mainstream sexual tastes.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: She had a tendency to betray or at least undermine Crichton very early on. Then she met Scorpius. She colluded with him almost immediately, which still puts this trope in effect because his agenda was hardly in line with Crichton's or anyone else's. The only times she willingly cooperated with the rest of the crew was when their goals weren't mutually exclusive, though to her credit, she didn't decide to up and screw everyone like most examples of this trope. And then she blew it by betraying the crew to the Scarrans, much to Scorpius' rage.
Insufferable Genius: She really is brilliant (in an inexperienced, "book smart" way), but so insufferable that she manages to instantaneously alienate Pilot, the guy who otherwise feels respect and affection for every other character on the ship, including Rygel.
Jerkass: Most of the time acts very unpleasantly towards Moya's crew, save for Scorpius.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: An inversion, as she is quite educated. However, as Rygel noted, "You've learned, but you haven't experienced." For example, though book smart when it comes to Leviathans, she had never been on one before meeting Crichton, and he knew things she didn't thanks to living on Moya.
The Mole: In "The Peacekeeper Wars", she feeds Crichton and Scorpius' movements to the Scarrans. When Scorpius confronts her over this she said that the Scarrans had promised to free the Kalish from servitude; surprisingly enough, the Scarrans actually made good on this promise in the comics.
Domestic Abuse: Played with in "Kansas." A teenaged Crichton thought that Jack treated his mother badly. Though arguments between the parents were apparently frequent, an older Crichton was very much aware of how much this trope was averted.
Hero of Another Story: Following the events of "Terra Firma", during which Jack organizes a global peace initiative in preparation for exploring space.
Open Minded Parent: Though shown to butt heads with his son, Jack has always been very supportive of what he had to say.
Benevolent Boss: When he was still in charge of the Tavlek gang, it was demonstrated that he actually cared about his underlings- to the point of threatening to kill Moya's crew if they mistreated Kyr.
Blindfolded Vision: The top of Bekhesh's head is covered by a thick metal faceplate; according to production notes, it's actually a cybernetic replacement for the top of his head.
Functional Addict: While still clearly addicted, he doesn't need the gauntlet nearly as often as Kyr did.
Broken Pedestal: It was a bit of a shock for Aeryn to discover that one of the greatest heroes of the Peacekeepers was little more than an opportunistic coward.
Dead Guy on Display: After being killed by Rygel, his head is mounted on a pike and kept as a trophy
Decoy Get Away: When the battle with the Nebari turned against him, Durka faked his death by killing an improvised Body Double and making it look like a suicide. Not that it helped, as the Nebari easily caught up with him — hence the brainwashing — but Rygel was certainly fooled when he revisted the Zelbinion 100 cycles later.
Dirty Coward: As Aeryn noted, retreating from an unwinnable battle is one thing, but murdering one of your own officers to put the finishing touches on your own private escape attempt...
Emotion Eater: He likes to spice up his meals by encouraging his victims to excesses of fear or anger- as an appetiser. Unfortunately for his victims, he's very good at knowing which buttons to push...
Long Bus Trip: After being dispersed twice, he never bothered the crew again, even though it's established that he can return from the dead, if given time. It's speculated that because his main interest was in Zhaan, he simply lost interest in Moya's crew following the events of "Self-Inflicted Wounds."
Some fans have speculated that he was really the one behind the game in "John Quixote" due to certain elements of it and how Crichton got in it the first place. Note that he is name-dropped in the episode.
Honest John's Dealership: She's a perfectly competent engineer (enough to make a working copy of Crichton's module), but she's not too choosy about her employees: they're either "thoddoes" or disguised bounty hunters.
Like you said, sir, I don't question High Command.
Played by David Franklin
A junior officer under Scorpius and his most faithful follower. As he gains character development, it becomes clear that his feelings for his boss, while ambiguous, go far beyond those of the average minion.
Ambiguously Bi: Definitely has feelings for Scorpius. His attraction to Grayza, however, could have just been the Heppel oil messing with his head.
Braca: This is for all the times I've had to say "yes"!
Ascended Extra: He started out as a generic Peacekeeper that Scorpius would talk to in order to provide the audience with exposition. Over time, Braca started gaining his own personality. He becomes increasingly important to the plot, to the point where he is given the honor of fighting alongside the heroes during the miniseries' final battle.
Braca spends most of "I-Yensch, You-Yensch" wearing a bracelet that makes him feel everything that D'Argo feels. After a bunch of comedy at Braca's expense, the good lieutenant gets shot and spends the rest of the episode trying not to bleed out.
For a few episodes in Season 4, Grayza uses her pheromones on him only to refuse his pheromone-induced advances, both because it amuses her and so she can use him as a living communicator so she can speak with a telepathic assassin without anyone knowing.
The Captain: Is a Lieutenant for most of the series, until he is later promoted to Captain. He is later promoted to Admiral in the comics.
The Dragon: To Scorpius, and then later to Grayza. Later episodes revealed that he was still loyal to Scorpius even while working for Grayza.
Co-Dragons: Him and Sikozu to Scorpius, during Season 4 and the miniseries.
Fantastic Racism: At first, he's not too pleased at having to serve under a half-bread like Scorpius. He grows out of it once he realizes that Scorpius is the one thing standing between the Peacekeepers and their destruction at the hands of the Scarrans.
Last Name Basis: His first name isn't revealed until the second-last episode of the series.
Mauve Shirt: Braca was originally just another mook in a couple of late Season 1 episodes, but Scorpius needed a number two and David Franklin was such a damn good actor that he eventually got a Mook Promotion.
Mook Promotion: From a random Peacekeeper soldier to "Captain Miklo Braca, Officer of the Fleet, Peacekeeper Interplanetary Service".
Subordinate Excuse: His feelings for Scorpius quite clearly go way beyond simple loyalty or careerism, shown most blatantly by how emotional he becomes when he thinks Scorpius is putting his own life at risk in "Incubator".
Animal, you have lovely eyes. I love red eyes. Very sensual. Very unusual.
Dark Mistress- to Scorpius. She's actually planning to assassinate him.
Evil Mentor: Apparently, she served as this to Scorpius when he was younger.
Natira: Without me, you'd still be the same angry, hotheaded young creature I took in so many cycles ago.
Scorpius: Without me, your head — among other things — would be a trophy on the wall at Peacekeeper Command.
Eye Scream: Those flexible spines on her head — the ones that stand upright and twitch when she gets sexually excited? Those are used for stabbing people's eyes out.
Foil: To Scorpius. While Natira sees their relationship as a sort of game and her attempt to kill him as part of said game, Scorpius takes it completely seriously and does not appreciate her attempted murder of him. Scorpius sees torture as a means to an end. Natira plucks people's eyes out for her own twisted pleasure.
Gorgeous Gorgon: Not literally, but her appearance does lend itself towards this- to the point that Crichton calls her "Medusa."
Morally Bankrupt Banker: Apart from the torture and murder comitted on a daily basis, she also claimed the contents of Scorpius' vault for herself, presuming that Scorpius had died in the destruction of his Gammak base. Then, when Scorpius showed up alive and asking for his money, Natira was very happy to steal the contents of someone else's vault to repay him. However, it's actually a deathtrap... which the crew of Moya end up stealing.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Quite apart from having orange-red eyes of her own, she has a thing for red eyes in general.
Sexy Walk: As evidenced in her "Between My Legs" introduction, which also draws attention to the fact that her exoskeleton has high heels.
Mark of Shame: After finding out that Jothee was having an affair with Chiana, D'Argo branded him with one of the union tattoes he'd intended for himself and Chiana- and destroyed the other tattoo so that Chiana couldn't mark herself with it's twin.
Only Sane Employee: When he joins the Luxan military this is explicitly the job of his rank. As his sergeant puts it, "The rest of us just like to fight."
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Backstabs Crichton by alerting Scorpius, backstabs Scorpius by defrosting a Scarran spy, who he'd backstabbed a lot earlier to hand over to Scorpius if everything went well...
Fingore: Ends up being forced to eat one of his own fingers by Scorpius.
Honest John's Dealership: Though the Diagnosan doctors he represents are as skilled as advertised, Grunchlk will always ensure that their services are ridiculously overpriced. Plus, the "donors" frozen in the cryogenics facility are patients that didn't survive their treatments... or looked like they were going to die before they were operated on... or related to the deceased...
Chekhov's Gunman: At the end of her second and final episode, she implants Moya with a beacon that will alert the Pathfinder elite to their presence; though Crichton worries, nothing more is thought of it... until Moya is unexpectedly yanked down a wormhole at the end of the third season. "Unrealised Realities" reveals that Einstein, inspecting the state of wormhole knowledge in the region, detected the Pathfinder beacon and brought Moya in for examination.
We Have Your Family And The Families Of Your Crew: One of the reasons why Neeyala is so fanatically devoted to saving her ship is because the Pathfinder government would have her family and the families of her crew executed if they returned without it and the data they'd acquired.
I've heard loved ones leave you in pieces. That little by little, you start to forget things about them. But that's not true: you lose them — everything — instantly. And suddenly, nothing can replace them. Nothing. And now you have nothing. How does it feel?
Aeryn's mother, a loyal Peacekeeper sent to recapture Talyn.
Luke, I Am Your Father: Xhalax decided to reveal the fact that she was Aeryn's mother many years before the series began; she also informed Aeryn that she was concieved not to provide the Peacekeepers with another expendable soldier, but out of love.
Sadistic Choice: Peacekeeper Command discovered her Luke, I Am Your Father moment and were outraged. They ordered her to kill either Aeryn or Aeryn's father Talyn Lyczac as a way of redeeming herself. Xhalax chose Talyn.
Head-in-the-Sand Management: Her attempts to appease the Scarrans in season 4. She's obvious enough about it that it actually tips them off that the Peacekeepers are weaker than they had thought.
Klingon Promotion: The superior she kills is also strongly implied to be the father of her unborn child.
Mama Bear: It's implied that the main reason she goes along with Crichton's demands in "The Peacekeeper Wars" is to protect her unborn child.
Mind Rape: The Heppel oil secreted by a gland implanted in her chest acts as an extremely potent pheromone, with which she uses to rape Crichton.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Rebecca Riggs really was that heavily pregnant when "The Peacekeeper Wars" was filmed: she'd thought that the show was cancelled permanently and decided it was time to have a child.
She also missed "Bad Timing" because of her wedding. Grayza was consequently said to be detained and sedated in the episode.
Your knowledge is quite extraordinary for one of your realm. And your many travels inside wormholes... troubling. But now that I've glimpsed your mind, I'm aware this has made you a target of more aggressive species: a liability which must be dealt with...
Played by John Bach
A mysterious superbeing attempting to make sure that various characters' attempts to gain wormhole knowledge don't disrupt the multiverse too much.
Opposing Combat Philosophies: With Staleek. He's willing, at least in principle, to bargain with Crichton, but Ahkna does everything she can to sabotage the deal.
The Starscream: To Staleek. Strangely, Staleek himself let her sit on his throne, giving her an ultimatum - carry out one final order from him, and get a promotion that would subsequently lead to her becoming "Empress".
Brainwashed and Crazy: Inverted. He gets influenced by an Eidolon in an attempt to end the war with the Peacekeepers, and it's largely successful... until Ahkna kills the Eidolon and dispels the control he had on Staleek.
Opposing Combat Philosophies: With Ahkna. While Staleek himself is at least in principle willing to deal with Crichton, Ahkna tries to sabotage any deal at every turn. He's less than pleased about this, because as Emperor, his word of honor is his trust capital.
Staleek:STOP! SEEING BITUBIAN VIPERS IN EVERY CORNER!! And never countermand my orders again.
Villainous Breakdown: Looks rather.... apprehensive at agreeing to a peace treaty with the Peacekeepers. Guess that's what happens when you're almost literally two minutes away from getting swallowed up by a wormhole weapon.
John - if I fail, so many innocent lives will be lost. Help me do my job, and I'll help you get what you want. Whatever it is.
Played by Bianca Chiminello
A Peacekeeper secret agent, encountered by John while trying to reduce Scarran influence over the Breakaway Colonies.
Action Girl: Reveals her true identity to Crichton in the most ass-kicking manner possible by effortlessly slaughtering a group of assassins that had just thoroughly kicked his ass.
Always Chaotic Evil: Thoroughly averts this where the Peacekeepers are concerned. She's certainly ruthless at her job and leaves no doubt that she's willing to kill anyone who jeopardizes her mission, (she attacks Scorpius to rescue Crichton's severed head from him) but she expresses genuine concern for the lives at risk should she fail. Jenavian is one of the first characters in the series to show that the Peacekeepers do indeed have an altruistic purpose.
Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite only appearing in three episodes, Jenavian is one of the most popular characters in the series, and actress Bianca Chiminello is in high demand at any gathering for the series.
First Name Basis: One of the few characters to regularly address Crichton by his first name.
I Did What I Had to Do: Jenavian's orders are to preserve the neutrality of the Breakaway Colonies and prevent Clavor from aligning them with the Scarrans, which Scorpius indicates would provoke an all-out war. She's willing to take whatever measures are necessary to see this through, no matter how ugly.
Ship Tease: Jena and Crichton spend a night together and she even expresses an interest in starting an ongoing relationship with him.
Ship Sinking: Though Crichton does let her down on the latter.
The Mole: Jenavian is introduced as Prince Clavor's fiance. In truth she's a Peacekeeper Disruptor infiltrated into the royal court by Special Directorate to protect the neutrality of the Breakaway Colonies by preventing Clavor from succeeding to the throne and allying with the Scarrans.
Civilisations and Organisations
Crichton: What will you do now?
"Jack": What we've done since before I was hatched. We continue searching for a home...
A mysterious race of highly advanced aliens, who are searching for a new home after their original homeworld was destroyed.
Innocent Aliens: Certainly not naive, though — the test they put Crichton through in their first episode was used to determine whether the human race would accept them if they ever chose Earth as a haven.
Mysterious Watcher: Apparently, the Ancients were originally created to act as this for an entire universe, having been sent into our dimension to monitor and catalogue the state of wormhole technology in it. Of course, by the time of their first episode, they've forgotten this role.
The Promised Land: With their species in decline and their original mission lost, the Ancients are now seeking out a world where they can flourish — preferably in coexistence with the local sentients. They find one and settle on it between appearances, but refuse to give any details.
Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Quite apart from their ability to craft physical environments based on Crichton's memory, they'd also mastered the art of wormhole travel and weaponry.
A culture of mystically-inclined, blue-skinned humanoid plants. Currently subjugated by the Peacekeepers.
Bald of Awesome: Delvian males (and the odd female) tend to be completely bald.
Corrupt Church: Around the time Zhaan left her home planet, the normally benevolent Delvian Seek was under the control of a few very conservative Pa'us and their Peacekeeper allies.
The Dark Side: Delvians are prone to falling to this as they ascend the ranks of the priesthood, especially if they commit murder.
Enlightenment Superpowers: Most of the powers held by Pa'us are gained through their tentative steps toward enlightenment. Some of them are based on obvious psychic power, while others are far more magical in nature.
The Empath: A subtle example, but also a very effective one.
Hidden Elf Village: Both the cloaked refugee settlement on Quajaga and the sealed temple on Arnessk function as this.
More Than Mind Control: The Eidolons' diplomatic techniques; since they can't actually control minds, they use their powers to lull their opponents into a receptive state, and then use their empathic abilities to present a compelling argument.
Perfect Pacifist People: Averted; while generally opposed to violence, they aren't above using it in emergencies; the Quajagan Eidolons, having lost the art of activating their powers, employed heavily-armed soldiers. And at the height of their power, the Eidolons actually created the Peacekeepers as a security force for the systems under their control.
Power Glows: When they use their powers, a faint glow emanates from the patterns on their faces.
Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Used and subverted; on the surface, they look like humans with raised patterns on their faces. However, these patterns are actually edges; when transferring the knowledge of how to use their powers, their faces literally open!
Sealed Good in a Can: A temple-city of them were sealed outside of time on Arnessk up until Crichton and Co managed to unlock them.
A sentient amphibian species, who have a large empire despite their diminutive size and clumsiness on land.
God Guise: At one point, one of Rygel's ancestors went out of his way to ensure that Hynerians visiting a certain planet would be welcomed as gods; he did this by stranding an entire settlement of Sebaceans loyal to the Hynerian throne on a remote planet and disabling their technology.
Zerg Rush: In desperate times, the Hynerian military have favoured these kinds of tactics.
As a race, Luxans can be inartful at love... inadequate at war... and intrinsically inept.
A Proud Warrior Race, recognisable by their facial tentacles, who apparently have a tradition of mercenarism.
Badass Preacher: The Luxans have an entire class of priests called Oricans, most of whom are revered among the general populace for their abilities. Given that just one of them almost aged Moya to death without even getting within firing range, without even realizing she was doing it2, the reverence is pretty damn justified.
Religion is Magic: In contrast to Delvian Enlightenment Superpowers, the Luxan Oricans actually perform magic in their duties. Apparently, this is one of the reasons why D'Argo treads carefully around supernatural beings like Maldis or the Delvian Pa'us, given the amount of power just one Orican can wield.
Higher-Tech Species: Technically advanced and very heavily armed — just one of their cargo freighters was enough to destroy one of the biggest and deadliest ships in the Peacekeeper armada.
Not a freighter: Salas said that the Zelbinion had been destroyed by "One of our standard host vessels," right after saying that the Nebari have no warships. In this case, it's probably a creative euphemism for a warship.
Mind Rape: The mental cleansing process. It's said that there are two ways of doing this, the first is supposed to be permanent but takes years to do. The second in a drug, but is temporary and only works on non-Nebari. The entire crew is subjected to the latter, and Chiana was going to be subjected to the former when she was introduced. She was hysterical about it, insisting she'd rather die.
The Plague: One of their plans for taking over the galaxy consists of infecting their rebels with a very potent STD and sending them in the direction of their future enemies; when it comes time for the great Nebari invasion, the virus will be activated — leaving the many billions of infectees defenceless.
La Résistance: As "Clockwork Nebari" demonstrated, there's a resistance movement working against the Establishment.
Human Aliens: Almost indistinguishable from humans as far as surface appearances go.
Transplanted Humans/Human Subspecies : they are eventually revealed to be descended from proto-humans abducted, genetically modified, and transferred across the galaxy by the Eidolons.
Weaksauce Weakness: Sebaceans have a very poor tolerance for heat, and suffer brain damage and death at temperatures that would be simply uncomfortable for most species.
The dominant Sebacean culture, a completely militarised society constantly seeking to expand their zone of conquest.
Commie Nazis: Their aesthetics are a deliberate fusion of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union's short-lived modernist period. (The Peacekeeper emblem is based on the famous abstract Bolshevik propaganda poster "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge".)
Conservation of Ninjutsu: The smaller the group of Peacekeepers, the deadlier they seem to be — to the point that individuals seem almost unstoppable.
Fantastic Racism: Quite apart from their distrust of non-Sebaceans — sometimes to the extent of discharging soldiers for "Irreversible Contamination" — hybrids are treated with utter contempt. However, the Peacekeepers are practical enough to recognize the value of keeping individuals like Scorpius around.
Space Police: Hence the name "Peacekeepers". They were created by the Ancients as a neutral military peacekeeping force, and now act as interstellar law enforcement and defense for less powerful planets and species. Unfortunately this power is open to abuse, with the Peacekeepers allying with planetary rulers who use their power as a big stick to maintain their own positions. Hence the Peacekeepers control an empire by proxy.
The Spartan Way: Peacekeepers are either born into the organisation or forcibly recruited as children, then brought up brutally and lovelessly to see duty and discipline as the only things that matter; friendships (sometimes with "benefits") are permitted among the soldiery, but any relationship approaching love is terminally discouraged — as Xhalax Sun discovered.
The Breakaway Colonies
A Sebacean group who broke away from the Peacekeepers to lead a less militaristic and more libertarian lifestyle.
Defector To Decadence: Broke away from the Peacekeepers almost two thousand cycles ago, and have never looked back. As Rygel noticed, they seem to enjoy their freedom a bit too much.
The Empress: Empress Novia — manipulative and stubborn, but strictly neutral.
Matriarchy: Of the Original variant. While it's clear that the Regent has power, the Empress is clearly the one in charge. Downplayed, as its clear that succession law does allow male Emperor.
Taken for Granite: Immediately after marriage, the future Empress and her Regent are petrified for the next eighty cycles, allowing the current Royal Couple to finish off their reign peacefully while their still-conscious successors absorb all the royal court procedures going on about them. Thanks to the calming influence of psychic communication, this would seem to work quite well.