List of Battlestar Galactica characters

These are lists of characters from the various Battlestar Galactica incarnations.

Original 1978 movie and seriesEdit

People from the Galactica:

The Cylons and allies

People from the "Ship of Light"

People from Terra

Galactica 1980Edit

People from the Galactica

People from Earth

Re-imagined 2003 miniseries / 2004 seriesEdit

Characters of the re-imagined version of Battlestar Galactica, with pilot callsigns in parenthesis.


Episode counts include the two part mini-series as well as the two television movies Razor and The Plan.

Main charactersEdit

Name Actor/actress Starring seasons Episode count
William Adama ("Husker") Edward James Olmos 1-4 77
William Adama, a veteran of the First Cylon War, is the commanding officer of the Battlestar Galactica, and has the longest tenure as the highest-ranking officer in the Colonial Fleet after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
Laura Roslin Mary McDonnell 1-4 76
Laura Roslin serves as the Secretary of Education at the time of the Cylon attack and later serves as President of the Twelve Colonies. She is also believed by some in the Fleet to be a religious figure essential to the fulfillment of the Pythian prophecy.
Kara Thrace ("Starbuck") Katee Sackhoff 1-4 74
Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a gifted Viper pilot, with an attitude that has hindered her career in the Colonial Fleet. However, William Adama has confidence in Thrace's military skills, and she greatly aids the Fleet inside and out of the cockpit.
Lee Adama ("Apollo") Jamie Bamber 1-4 76
Leland Joseph Adama, commonly known as Lee Adama or by his callsign, "Apollo", is a former Colonial Fleet Reserve officer who is appointed Galactica's CAG after the Cylon attack the Twelve. He is the sole surviving son of William Adama.
Saul Tigh Michael Hogan 1-4 73
Tigh, Galactica's XO, is William Adama's second-in-command. A gruff militarist with an alcohol problem, his relationship to those under his command as well as civilians is strained. One of the leaders of the human resistance against the Cylon occupation on New Caprica, he is jailed and tortured, which embitters him even more. He later discovers that he is one of the Final Five.
Galen Tyrol Aaron Douglas 1-4 70
Tyrol, often called "Chief", is the Galactica's highest-ranking non-commissioned officer and in charge of maintenance of the Vipers and Raptors. He has a secret relationship with Lieutenant Sharon "Boomer" Valerii. The revelation of her true identity plunges him into crisis. He then starts a family with Cally Henderson. On New Caprica, he is union leader and later one of the leaders of the human resistance against the Cylon occupation. He later discovers that he is one of the Final Five.
Gaius Baltar James Callis 1-4 76
Doctor Gaius Baltar is a brilliant scientist who unintentionally aided the Cylons in their attack on the twelve colonies. A charismatic genius and womanizer, he is initially portrayed as a self-serving opportunist, but becomes a braver and more caring character over the course of the series.
Number Six Tricia Helfer 1-4 77
Number Six is a humanoid Cylon who plays several key roles in Cylon society. She is the first humanoid Cylon that viewers witness in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Stunningly beautiful, there are several versions of her, including the highly religious Caprica-Six, Shelly Godfrey, Gina Inviere, Natalie Faust, Lida and Sonja. She is the only model that does not use one particular human alias for all copies.
Number Eight ("Boomer" and "Athena") Grace Park 1-4 77
Number Eight is a female humanoid Cylon model. Two prominent copies of the Number Eight serve at different times as Galactica pilots: Sharon Valerii and Sharon Agathon, using the call signs "Boomer" and "Athena", respectively. "Boomer" is a sleeper agent at the beginning of the series, herself unaware of being a Cylon.
Tom Zarek Richard Hatch 1-4 23
A political radical and a terrorist, Zarek found himself stuck on a prison ship when the Colonies were destroyed. He leads a riot and later runs for political office, is elected vice-president and resists military domination of the civilian government. He combines the traits of an idealistic revolutionary and a self-serving politician.

Battlestar Pegasus military personnelEdit

  • Helena Cain is the first commanding officer of the Pegasus. Following the destruction of the Colonies, Cain became unhinged, and committed numerous war crimes. She is shot dead by Gina Inviere, a Cylon Number Six who she had tortured for months on end. Played by Michelle Forbes.
  • Alastair Thorne is an officer aboard the Battlestar Pegasus known as the "Cylon Interregator", played by Fulvio Cecere. He appears in two episodes.
  • Barry Garner is the third commanding officer of Pegasus. Before his promotion, he was the ship's chief engineer, played by John Heard. He appears in one episode and suffocates while fixing the Pegasus FTL drive.
  • Cole "Stinger" Taylor is the CAG of the Battlestar Pegasus serving under Admiral Helena Cain. Played by John Pyper-Ferguson. He appears in two episodes.
  • Gage is a Specialist serving on the Battlestar Pegasus, and later on Galactica, played by Mike Dopud. He appears in four episodes and serves in Gaeta's mutiny.
  • Jurgen Belzen was the XO of the Pegasus. Portrayed as a long-time confidant of Adm. Helena Cain, he is nevertheless summarily executed by her for insubordination. Played by Steve Bacic.
  • Jack Fisk was the Pegasus' second-officer at the time of the attacks. A Lieutenant-Colonel, he is promoted to Colonel upon assuming Belzen's duties as XO, and later serves as interim CO of the Pegasus after the murder of Helena Cain before being murdered himself. Portrayed by Graham Beckel.
  • Kendra Shaw is the executive officer on Pegasus under Lee Adama, played by Stephanie Jacobsen. She is the protagonist of the two-hour television movie Razor.
  • Mel "Freaker" Firelli is an officer on Pegasus. Played by P.J. Prinsloo. He appears in two episodes.
  • Noel Allison ("Narcho") is a senior Viper pilot on the Battlestar Pegasus who later transfers to Galactica, played by Sebastian Spence. He appears in nine episodes.
  • Peter Laird is a civilian aeronautical engineer pressed into service on the Battlestar Pegasus by order of Admiral Helena Cain after the Cylon attack on the Twelve Colonies, played by Vincent Gale. He appears in six episodes and is killed by Tom Zarek during Gaeta's mutiny.
  • Vireem is a Specialist serving on the Battlestar Pegasus and later on Galactica, played by Derek Delost. He appears in three episodes and serves in Gaeta's mutiny.

Other charactersEdit

  • Zak Adama is the younger son of William Adama, a Viper pilot killed in his first solo flight. Zak was portrayed by Clarke Hudson in the miniseries, while Tobias Mehler played Zak in four episodes of the main series.
  • Hera Agathon is the first successful Human/Cylon natural born child. She is the daughter of Karl "Helo" Agathon and Sharon (Number 8) "Athena". Played in different episodes by child actors Lily Duong-Walton, Alexandra Thomas and Iliana Gomez-Martinez.
  • Sam Anders is a well known athlete with the Caprica Buccaneers, who forms a resistance group on Caprica with his teammates and later serves as a pilot in the colonial fleet. In the season 3 finale, he learns that he is a Final Five Cylon, rather than a human. He later becomes Galactica's Hybrid. Played by Michael Trucco, Anders appears in 36 episodes.
  • Tucker Clellan ("Duck") is a Colonial Viper pilot aboard the Battlestar Galactica. He was a central character in the 2006 web series "Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance", as well as appearing in the main series. Becoming depressed after the death of his love, Nora, he joins the resistance on New Caprica and dies as a suicide bomber. Played by Christian Tessier, Duck appears in six webisodes and five episodes of the main series.
  • Charlie Connor, a member of the resistance on New Caprica, later part of "The Circle" who secretly execute 13 collaborators from New Caprica. Played by Ryan Robbins, Connor appears in seven episodes.
  • "Crashdown" is a Raptor electronic countermeasures officer from the destroyed Battlestar Triton who joins the Galactica crew. A member of a three-Raptor survey party sent to examine the planet Kobol, Crashdown takes command of a small group when his Raptor is shot down; his inept and life-threatening leadership of the group ends when Dr. Baltar shoots him before Crashdown can shoot Cally. Played by Sam Witwer, Crashdown appears in 11 episodes.
  • Tory Foster is one of President Laura Roslin's chief aides and advisors. She is also one of the few who knows the whereabouts of the half-Cylon child, Hera Agathon. In the season 3 finale, she learns that she is a Final Five Cylon, rather than a human. Played by Rekha Sharma, Foster appears in 32 episodes.
  • Louanne Katraine ("Kat") is a Colonial Viper pilot serving aboard Galactica. She was a former smuggler who took the identity of a dead girl, hoping to redeem herself following the attack. She and Starbuck become rivals, and the two frequently butt heads, developing a love-hate relationship. Following several near-death experiences, Kat becomes addicted to drugs she had been taking to deal with the stress, though she quits after nearly crashing her Viper while under the influence. She dies from severe radiation poisoning sustained while guiding several civilian ships out of a highly radioactive area. Played by Luciana Carro, Kat appeared in 18 episodes.
  • Emily Kowalski is a terminal cancer patient befriended by Laura Roslin. Played by Nana Visitor, Kowalski appears in one episode.
  • Romo Lampkin is a defense attorney, traveling on one of the civilian ships. He is called on, at different times, to defend Lee Adama and Gaius Baltar. Becomes President of the Twelve Colonies Of Kobol in the final episode, before the final survivors choose to scatter across the second Earth. Portrayed by Mark Sheppard, Lampkin appears in seven episodes.
  • Maya is chosen as the adoptive human mother of Hera Agathon, though she is not told who the baby is. Played by Erica Cerra, Maya appears in four episodes.
  • Daniel Novacek ("Bulldog") is a pilot who served under Commander William Adama aboard the Battlestar Valkyrie and was lost while on a stealth mission across the Armistice Line approximately six years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. Played by Carl Lumbly, Bulldog appears in one episode.
  • Sue-Shaun is a member of Samuel Anders' resistance group on Caprica, and a former Caprica Buccaneer. She is mercy-killed by Starbuck at her own request. Played by Tamara Lashley, Sue-Shaun appears in three episodes.
  • The First Hybrid is the precursor to the modern Cylon Hybrids, and is the first step in their evolution from pure machines to organic beings. Only appears in the two-hour television movie Razor, played by Campbell Lane.


Early in the series, the Colonials learn there are twelve models of Cylon-humanoids among them. The first of them were descendants of the lost thirteenth tribe called the "Final Five", who were not individually numbered and were not discovered until later in the series. The seven Cylon-humanoids first seen in the series are known as the "Significant Seven" and were numbered one to six, then jump to eight. The Number Seven model does not make an appearance, as his entire line had been destroyed prior to the start of the series.

The "Significant Seven", with their model number
  1. John Cavil
  2. Leoben Conoy
  3. D'Anna Biers
  4. Simon O'Neill
  5. Aaron Doral
  6. "Caprica Six" (multiple identities)
  7. (Daniel - unseen, not one of the "Significant Seven")
  8. Lt. Boomer / Lt. Athena
The "Final Five"


Blood & ChromeEdit

List of characters for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome webseries/pilot movie


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