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The Ancients

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The Ancients

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.

  • Dying Race
  • 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.
  • Insectoid Aliens
  • 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.
  • Telepathy

The True Ancients/"Einstein's People"

Cousins of the previous culture who retained their full power.

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    Jack the Ancient 

"Jack" the Ancient

We needed a reaction, a human reaction, John. Your reaction.

Played by Kent McCord

A member of an ancient race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, who have been searching for a new home and have unique knowledge of wormholes.

    Einstein 

Einstein

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.

The Eidolons

    In General 

The Eidolons

As youths, we open our faces to the universe, absorbing the joy and anguish all creatures feel. Then, upon maturation, we step to the altar to receive Hora Dalay: the ability to encourage rationality and tranquility in others. The capacity to influence others toward peace carries great responsibility. Do you accept this burden for the rest of your days?
— Hierarch Yondalao

A species of mystical peacemakers, long believed extinct.

  • Charm Person
  • 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.
  • Precursors
  • Proud Scholar Race
  • 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.

    Hierarch Yondalao 
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    Muoma 

    Pikal 

    Caa'ta 

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    Jool 

Joolushko "Jool" Tunai Fenta Hovalis

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"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.


  • Back for the Dead: Returns in The Peacekeeper Wars just in time for the Eidolon temple to get destroyed with her inside.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Especially her second costume.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Jool is an Interon, so her hair changes color depending on her mood, and her screams can melt metal. Which is good, because she screams. 'A lot.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her metal-melting scream, which is often induced by others for their own reasons.
  • Break the Cutie
  • Break the Haughty
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: Abruptly killed off, along with most of the Eidolons, by a Scarran Orbital Bombardment in The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • Eyepatch of Power: When she is temporarily blinded in one eye due to a bit of Boolite flying into it (It Makes Sense in Context), she sports a rather cool eyepatch for a few episodes.
  • Fantastic Racism: She offhandedly explains that a fellow Interion's dismissive attitude to D'Argo is because Interions are taught that Luxans are an inferior race. D'Argo retorts with an Armor-Piercing Question of what she thinks of Luxans, and Jool nervously mutters that "I think you're an unusual Luxan."
  • 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Chiana.
  • 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 cryonically frozen for 22 cycles didn't help, either.
  • Forgot About Her Powers: Her sound powers are rarely used in emergencies where they might actually be useful.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At first, it's kind of obvious that everyone deeply wishes she'd never awoken from the cryogenic pod. This changes as her Character Development kicks in.
  • Hot Scientist
  • 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.
  • Insufferable Genius: She has some traits of this, although not to the same extent as Sikozu.
  • 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.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: A downplayed example as it only switches between two colours, but it still counts.
  • Locked into Strangeness: A possible reason for her hair staying red after Season 3.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Melts metal, which is weaponized whenever anyone scares or injures her. Especially on her feet.
  • The Medic: To an extent.
  • 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.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Her original outfit. She eventually switches to one that also manages to show off her midriff via strategic cutouts.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Overly Long Name: And she claims that everyone addresses her by her full name prior to being cryonically 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: A whole lot. A previous page image depicted it all too clearly. (Handcuffs don't work on her for this reason.)
  • She's Got Legs
  • 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.
  • The Smart Girl
  • 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.

    Utu-Noranti Pralatong 

Utu-Noranti Pralatong

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.

    Bekhesh 

Bekhesh

It's been so long since anyone has told me the truth, I don't recognize it anymore...

Played by John Adams

Leader of a Tavlek bandit gang. A tough and ruthless criminal, but not without moral standards.

  • Arm Cannon: The gauntlet.
  • The Atoner
  • Badass Preacher: Or, as he calls himself, the "Holy Warrior of Tarou."
  • 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. In his second appearance he claims he's built up so much resistance he needs a tripple dose to get any benefit, and is trying to quit altogether now that he's found religion.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars / Gonk: Bekhesh is pretty much walking scar tissue.
  • Only in It for the Money: "It's easier to reform when you're rich."
  • Reformed Criminal
  • Shoulders of Doom: Part of his uniform while still leading the Tavlek gang.
  • Turn to Religion: In repentance for his brutality, he joined the same religious order that one of his victims had been part of. It happened offscreen, though.

    Teurac 

Teurac

I make it a point to someday kill my clever opponents...

Played by Derek Amer and Thomas Holesgrove; Voiced by Philip Hinton

A Sheeyang space pirate who once tried to capture Moya.

  • Breath Weapon: As a Sheeyang, he can breathe fire. Unfortunately, he's getting old, and not as efficient at it as he once was.
    • Made of Explodium: Equally unfortunately, the same biological quirk that allows him to do so also makes him... a little unstable.
  • The Captain: Of his vessel, up until it was crippled in an attack.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Graceful Loser: Compliments D'Argo on managing to bluff his way through negotiations and ultimately foil his attempt at claiming Moya and the Zelbinion.
    • Note that he still threatened to kill D'Argo one day- he just did so in a very respectful manner.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. Once by remaining at his post when his ship was crippled so his crew could evacuate, and later by blowing himself up to help save Crichton.
  • Only in It for the Money: "You said you had an opportunity for profit..."
  • Salvage Pirates
  • Space Pirates
  • The Last Dance: He never had any intention of surviving the depository raid.

    Rorf and Rorg 

A pair of bounty hunters, of the Vorcarian "blood tracker" species.

  • Beast Man: Dog people. Crichton exploits this fact by using dog trainer techniques to manipulate them and effectively take charge.
  • Eye Scream: Natira cuts out one of Rorf's for kicks.
  • Happily "Mated"
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rorf takes a shot for Crichton
  • Not So Different: To D'Argo. The couple reflect his initial proud warrior attitude and they eventually attempt to leave the bounty hunting business and form a family. Both Rorf and D'Argo sacrifice themselves to save their friends and both Rorg and D'Argo must raise their respective children after their spouses' deaths.

  • Proud Bounty Hunter Race Guy and Gal
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Rorg more so than Rorf. It's why Crichton decides to hire them for the Shadow Depository raid.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Rorg was pregnant when Rorf left for the Shadow Depository and never returned. Presumably she and their offspring are still alive, Bekhesh promised to deliver Rorf's share of the loot to her before departing Moya.

    Maldis 

Maldis

Portrayed By: Chris Haywood

I admit, I feed on death. But don't we all? Some eat plants. Some meat. I consume the life essence itself. Preferably medium rare.

Nobody quite knows what Maldis is, but he has powerful mystical powers, feeds on souls, and is a sadistic predator to the weaker, which is just about everyone.


  • Arch-Enemy: To Zhaan.
  • Emotion Eater: He likes to spice up his meals by encouraging his victims to excesses of fear or anger- as an appetizer. Unfortunately for his victims, he's very good at knowing which buttons to push due to his telepathy.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Explicitly called as such.
  • Dimension Lord: His second appearance sees him acting from a pocket dimension he created.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Maldis was dispersed by Zhaan and left as a disembodied mind trying to pull his body back together again. He describes the experience as "Less than pleasant."
  • Faux Affably Evil / Laughably Evil: Say what you like about his vile eating habits and devious schemes- he's undoubtedly having the time of his life.
  • Intangible Man
  • Large Ham: Oh so very, very much.
  • 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.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Master of Disguise: Appeared in different guises as part of his plots against the crew, with his actor appearing in different costumes and make-up for the effect.
  • Master of Illusion: When not using his magic powers in a "real" sense, he's not above confusing his victims with images from their past.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Crichton refers to him as basically a psychic vampire.
  • Reality Warper
  • Sorcerous Overlord: In his first episode, he was ruling an entire planet with ambitions to take over Crisis' command carrier to spread his influence to other worlds by inflicting death.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes
  • Telepathy: Uses it to find out facts about his potential victims to lure them in.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His most direct means of feeding.

    Natira 

Natira

Portrayed By: Claudia Karvan

Animal, you have lovely eyes. I love red eyes. Very sensual. Very unusual.

A corrupt banker to gangsters, and Scorpius's ex.


  • Blue-Skinned Space Babe: Your mileage may very heavily on "babe" due to her arachnid/arthropoid appearance, but if that doesn't bother you, she's definitely attractive.
  • Brains and Bondage: Her interactions with Scorpius are our first indications of his decidedly non-vanilla predilections. She may even have introduced him to them.
  • Contemplative Boss: Manages this with the windows of her office while torturing Crichton.
    Blue eyes, look out at that. That is the last sight your eyes will ever see.
  • Cute Little Fangs
  • Cute Monster Girl: Natira looks positively monstrous, yet still very feminine.
  • 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."
  • Insectoid Aliens: Okay, more crustacean than insect...
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: Apart from the torture and murder committed 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.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Seems to be wearing nothing at all aside from her natural exoskeleton.
  • 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.
  • Softspoken Sadist: Coos and purrs seductively as she talks about. . .
  • Torture Technician: . . . plucking out people's eyeballs.
  • What Could Have Been: The producers wanted her to return in a later episode, but Claudia Karvan didn't want to put herself through the prosthetics and animatronics again.

    Grunchlk 

Grunchlk

Portrayed By: Hugh Keays-Byrne

"This is business: I have the supply, I make the demand."

The crooked fixer to a Diagnosian super-medic.


  • Beard of Evil: Grows one of these in The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • 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...
  • Face of a Thug: For a salesman, Grunchlk has an extremely rough, heavy-browed face that wouldn't look out of place on a caveman.
  • Fat Bastard: An impression not helped by the fact that, in the event that he's not being a complete asshole, he's usually eating something.
  • 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...
  • Large Ham: Assuming he's not actually eating something, he'll often be vigorously chewing the scenery in the sleaziest way possible.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He's a complete scumbag, but he's clearly uncomfortable with the procedure to remove parts of Crichton's brain.
  • Not Quite Dead: When Stark reveals that Grunchlk's frozen donors are preserved just before they die, trapping their souls inside their bodies, Grunchlk reassures him that they're "effectively dead."
    • Ironic Echo: Some time after the Scarran agent locks him into one of the cryopods, Stark finds him... and leaves him there, reporting him as "dead, effectively."
  • Slimeball: Oily, ingratiating and smarmy, he's prepared to ooze his way into the service of anyone who might pay... assuming, of course, they don't get tired of his endless preening.
  • Smug Snake: He clearly likes to think he's smarter than his clients - a notion that quickly fails when confronted by Scorpius.
  • Stout Strength: Forces Stark into paying extra by casually performing a Neck Lift on him.
  • The Unpronounceable: Scorpius is the only character capable of pronouncing his name properly.
  • Villainous Glutton: Always seems to be eating something while on-screen — to the point that Braca was able to find him by noticing that he'd dropped his sandwich right in front of his hiding-spot.

    Pathfinder Neeyala 

Pathfinder Neeyala

Portrayed By: Victoria Longley

"Will" is a poor substitute for beersian alloy when crushed by astronomical tidal forces!

An alien scientist pitted by circumstances against the Moya crew, after a wormhole accident.


  • Affably Evil
  • Apologetic Attacker: "I have never before released my bristles to kill. Your forgiveness."
  • Benevolent Boss: As indicated by her Pet the Dog moment.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Fish Person
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Like all Pathfinders, she has the ability to shoot poisonous bristles from her gills.
  • The Spock
  • Spock Speak: Even when clearly under great stress, she's still adept at flinging technobable about.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Even though she's technically piscine.
  • 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.
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