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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })For the original series, see Battlestar Galactica (1978).In 2003, the Sci Fi Channel revived the classic 1970s space opera series in a four-hour miniseries, followed in 2005 by a regular series which ran four seasons before concluding in 2009. The new program, considerably darker and more adult-themed than the original, discarded the original series' continuity and retooled many of the main characters, while keeping many of the original show's themes and technology. Despite initial protests from fans of the original series (including original series' star Richard Hatch, who had long hoped to relaunch the series and reprise his role as Apollo), the new series quickly became one of the most popular programs in Sci-Fi's history, and nowadays is often-considered to be one of the most influential and critically praised science-fiction series of the early twenty-first century. Even Hatch eventually changed his tune, joining the show's cast as political dissident Tom Zarek.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })The 2000s series picks up forty years after the end of the first war between the humans and Cylons, in this continuity sentient machines created as soldiers by the human race. As the story begins, the Cylons, now led by a group of artificial humans, launch a surprise nuclear attack that obliterates almost the entire human race. Like the original series, the survivors form a fleet led by Galactica in search of the lost thirteenth colony, Earth, with the subversion here that whether Earth even exists or not is completely unknown to the fleet. Religious symbolism and revelation play a great role in the new series, as the fleet follows signs and omens that may lead them to Earth while wondering whether or not they're just wasting their time. The polytheistic religion of the humans, based on classical Greek/Roman mythology, also comes into conflict with the monotheistic, vaguely Christian faith of the humanoid Cylons, with the occasional dropped hint that both groups are receiving revelation from the same source.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The new series has been favorably compared to Babylon 5 and Firefly for its character-driven storylines and for attempting to portray space physics in a realistic manner despite the occasional excess. It has even been the subject of a panel discussion at the UN. The newer series also avoided several obvious space opera cliches (such as Space Clothes, Teleporters and Transporters, Lasers, excessive Technobabble, and even communicators). Suffice to say, countless other works in the science fiction genre, such as V (2009), Mass Effect, The Man in the High Castle, and The Expanse, have all gone on to take clear influence from Galactica.There were also two Made For TV Movies, called Battlestar Galactica: Razor and Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. The first one told the story of the Battlestar Pegasus, led by Admiral Helena Cain, as it fled from the Cylon attack until they met up with the Galactica in "Pegasus". It is told through the flashbacks of Kendra Shaw, one of Cain's top lieutenants, and intersects with events that take place at the end of Season 2, when Lee Adama takes command of the Pegasus, and the Fleet encounters a Cylon Breakaway faction led by a proto-hybrid. It was released in 2007, in the gap between Seasons 3 and 4. The second one told the story of the destruction of the colonies from the point of view of the Cylons. It features original material and scenes from the series. It was directed by Edward James Olmos and came out in 2009, after the series finished. Olmos, who has stated in the past that one of his life goals is to direct or star in a movie with Male Frontal Nudity, finally got his wish with this film, which features an inexplicable lingering zoom-in shot of a penis during a shower scene.Caprica, a prequel set 58 years before the events of the Mini-Series, portrays life in the Twelve Colonies and shows the story behind the creation of the Cylons. It premiered in January 2010, but was cancelled after just one season.Another TV-Movie, set during the first Cylon war, between Caprica and Galactica, was made in 2012, called Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. Initially meant to as a pilot for another series, Syfy eventually passed; It initially aired as a Web series on Machinima before eventually airing on Syfy and going to home video in 2013.In September 2019, it was announced that a new series set in Battlestar Galactica universe was being produced for NBC's upcoming streaming service Peacock, to be executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.Despite the premise, there are surprisingly few video games based on the series. Battlestar Galactica Online is a browser-based spaceflight action MMO, set in an AU where a jump accident pre-New Caprica sends both Colonials and Cylons into uncharted space filled with the leftovers of mysterious precursors. Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is a 2017 strategy game on PC that puts the player in command of the full Colonial Fleet during the First Cylon War, managing the fleet in both a strategic and tactical layer. A hidden role traitor Tabletop Game was also released, with several expansions.
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Dying Race: Humanity. The Cylons also count, as they can't reproduce and can only make new variations of the current six models.
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A Form You Are Comfortable With
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A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Messengers.
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Saul and Ellen Tigh.
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Pregnant Hostage
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Pregnant Hostage: Caprica Six,Athena
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Daydream Surprise
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Daydream Surprise: In one of the later episodes, Tigh shortly after finding out he's a Cylon, shoots Admiral Adama in the CIC. Everyone panics. Then he looks up and it turns out that was all in his head.
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Pardo Push
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Pardo Push: In the pilot episode, Apollo's ship is badly damaged, and he won't be able to make it back to Galactica in time before they have to jump out of the system. It's worth noting that Starbuck doesn't so much push Apollo's ship as she does forcibly ram his ship with her own, locking them together before afterburning back to the ship, barely making it into the hangar bay in time.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: Almost every recurring and secondary character had been killed off by the end of the show, presumably so the minimum amount of people would get closure, not to mention a happy ending. Of course for Cylons, Death Is Cheap — though even they begin to suffer Final Death as the Colonials make strides in the war.
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Rape as Drama
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Rape as Drama: Gina-Six suffered from this to a truly disgusting level, though Cally and Athena thankfully both "only" suffer from an Attempted Rape.
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Bloodless Carnage
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Bloodless Carnage: Averted; people get covered in blood after the slightest of injuries, most notably the characters on Kobol who are still bloody in the third episode of the second season from an accident in the previous season's finale (though this is justified since they haven't had any chance to wash up as they've been running for their lives from the Cylons the whole time).
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Instant Expert
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Instant Expert: Hot Dog. In one episode he's a rookie; in the next he's being scrambled for a combat intercept. There are a lot of Justifying Edits that could be made: that he washed out of flight school and may have prior training; that, in that first episode, he shows a natural knack for piloting, engaging in an unauthorized combat mission and not dying despite it being his second training flight; that, during the second episode, all the Viper pilots were deployed in Search & Rescue for 46 hours straight, and he'd have logged no small amount of flying time. Still: from nugget to combat missions in 2 in-universe days. Bodie Olmos, Hot Dog's actor, has suggested that it's the first option, and in fact that Hot Dog has been familiar with Vipers his whole life, his father having piloted a Viper in the first Cylon War. He goes on to state that this is one of the reasons why Hot Dog never changes from the outdated Mark II Viper to the newer Mark VII— he prefers to fly the craft that his father flew.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: Adama has a big one after Saul Tigh reveals that he's a Cylon and an even bigger one after Dualla kills herself added on to the stress of finding Earth. Athena has one when she realizes the totality of Boomer's revenge against her.
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Darker and Edgier
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Darker and Edgier: As mentioned above. Generally considered to be an exceptionally well-done example.
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Big, Screwed-Up Family
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Big, Screwed-Up Family: A figurative one among the Galactica community, with Roslin and Adama being the Team Mom/Team Dad of the Fleet, and a literal one among the Cylons, with Saul and Ellen Tigh being the estranged Team Dad/Team Mom for the Cylons, with their eldest son, Cavil, having usurped their position in the family and leading his siblings along the road to hell.
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A Father to His Men
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Even on their worst day, though, Galactica's crew are still much more professional than many examples of this trope. Commander Adama, for example, while reasonable and A Father to His Men also doesn't hesitate to deal firmly with insubordination or unprofessional performance.
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Relationship Upgrade
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Relationship Upgrade: After three and a half years of a friendship that blossomed slowly but surely into the love of a lifetime, Laura Roslin finally came clean with her feelings for Bill Adama in "The Hub." Adama, true to form, snarked about it — whilst looking at Laura like she's the most beautiful thing he's ever seen. It's been cited as one of the greatest love scenes in the history of television.
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Calvinball: The sport Pyramid and the card game Triad, although the real-world company Anovos said the latter is just Poker. It's also technically inverted from the original series, where Pyramid was a card game and Triad a ball game.
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Genre Savvy
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Genre Savvy: In the Season 2 episode "The Farm," Sam Anders admits "We really don’t know what the hell were doing. A lot of our tactics and stuff we just saw in the movies. We could use some professional advice."
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Democracy Is Flawed: It's not clear if this was an intentional Aesop, but a great many of the Rag-Tag Fleet's problems could have been avoided if President Roslin would favour expert advice over public opinion.
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Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist
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Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: John Cavil, a.k.a. Cylon Model Number One. While he may dress up the Cylons' genocide against humanity as being a "religious crusade" and that it is a Necessary Evil so that the Cylons can continue themselves as a species without fear of future retaliation by the Colonials' descendants, in reality it's all an incredibly childish temper tantrum directed at his "parents" for having designed him not like the superior machine he wanted to be and instead be as close to human as possible since that's what they thought God wanted the Cylons to be. Similarly, there's Tom Zarek. On the surface, Zarek may call himself a "freedom fighter" and paint himself as a patriotic rebel fighting for the rights of democracy against Adama and Roslin's dual dictatorship, but at the end of the day, he still shoved the Quorum of Twelve in front of a firing squad when they refused to rubber-stamp his unlawful mutiny. In fact, it's after him killing the Quorom of Twelve that Gaeta realizes that Zarek is really in his mutiny only for the power and isn't a genuinely Well-Intentioned Extremist like he is.
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Title Drop: Both specials use this. In "Razor", Admiral Cain awards Kendra Shaw the eponymous title, which she applies to the most loyal and merciless of her soldiers. In "The Plan", it's first used in print on Brother Cavil's religious flyers, and subsequently in spoken lines by the Cylons.
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Transhuman Treachery
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Transhuman Treachery: Upon discovering she was a Cylon, Tory Foster quickly jumps ship and joins up with them and wants to abandon humanity because she saw Cylons are better than humans. She didn't really think this through though, as Cylons had recently added "killing each other", "civil war", and "screwing up royally" to that list of things Cylons are supposedly better at. Inverted with Ellen Tigh, who goes out of her way to try and save humanity once she realizes she's a Cylon, even becoming a significantly kinder person in the process..
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He Had a Name
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He Had a Name: When Saul gets Caprica Six pregnant, they name the baby "Liam," after the Admiral. He dies en utero after Ellen Tigh returns.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Lee "Apollo" Adama, Gaius Baltar, Karl "Helo" Agathon, and Samuel T. Anders.
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Dead All Along
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Subverted with Barry Garner, the normally (and rabidly) by-the-book Commander of the Pegasus. He disobeys Admiral Adama's orders against taking Pegasus on a rescue mission, is backed up by his crew in this decision against the outsider observer (Lee Adama), jumps into unknown territory... and learns that yes, it was a trap, it's going to very nearly cost humanity its most powerful warship and it will gain them nothing because the Raptor crew to be saved was Dead All Along. Oops.
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Forgotten Phlebotinum: Subverted. In the middle of Season 2, Roslin's cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she's saved at the last minute by the unborn Hera's blood. However, later on, when her cancer returns, blood treatments using the young Hera don't work and she's still dying. According to the DVD Commentary, Hera's blood isn't necessarily the cure, but her fetal blood is.
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Visual Pun: Helo and Sharon are hiding in a store while a Cylon patrol goes by. Unfortunately a few minutes before they decided to make toast, which pops up at just that moment. The joke being they were betrayed by a literal "chrome toaster".
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Astronomic Zoom
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Astronomic Zoom: The Season 3 finale was a variation, the shot zooming out from a battle to show the entire galaxy before zooming back in at a nearby area to show how close the fleet were to Earth, though given the sizes involved they could be right next to it and never have found it without help.
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The Main Characters Do Everything: Partially justified, since there are fewer people left. However the fleet does have around 50,000 people, and the Galactica has a few thousand of those, and yet it seems that everything of importance gets handled by one of the main characters. Apollo is the chief culprit, often fulfilling any one of the following jobs: Fighter Pilot, SWAT/Commando, Ship Commander, Politician, Lawyer, and President. In some episodes, he'll be up to three or four of these simultaneously. Thrace comes up as one herself. She is not only the best fighter pilot, but also called on as an expert sniper, an interrogator, and security manager. Taken to insane levels on the algae planet when the small algae harvesting facility is being operated only by the top pilots and the crew of the flight deck — all of whom should probably still be recovering from the insane flying they had to do in the previous episode to get there. In the series finale Romo Lampkin temporarily becomes the President of the Colonies, despite him having no interest or background in politics. Lampkin is one of the few recurring characters who doesn't join the mission to rescue Hera, and apparently the new President just had to be a familiar face, even if it makes little sense.
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Motivational Lie
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Motivational Lie: Adama initially used the story of searching for Earth as this so that the Fleet wouldn't cross the Despair Event Horizon.
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LadyMacBeth
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Ellen Tigh might be one of the most stark examples in the entire series. While for the majority of the series she is presented as a scheming Lady Macbeth and source of Toxic Friend Influence for her own husband, Season 3 starts to show more of her genuine love for Saul during the New Caprica occupation and Stepford Smiler traits. Furthermore, after she dies and resurrects, she becomes an empathetic Team Mom (well, relatively speaking), to the point where she forgives her own son after learning that he raped her and was responsible for the deaths of over 50 billion innocent people (among many other crimes).
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Advanced Ancient Humans
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Advanced Ancient Humans: Technology Levels on Kobol seem to have been much higher than in the Colonies or on Earth. Indeed, all Cylon-related science, including organic Cylons and Resurrection, originated on Kobol and were Lost Technology until rediscovered thousands of years later. This later repeats itself on our Earth, where it is not known that humans and Cylons from distant solar systems are among the ancestors of modern humans.
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Heterosexual Life-Partners: Adama and Tigh (at least according to Ellen.) Overlaps with Married to the Job.
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Adam and Eve Plot
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Adam and Eve Plot: Helo and Athena have some parallels when they conceive Hera, the first known Cylon/Human Hybrid, after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
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Space Fighter
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Space Fighter: Both the original and new series were largely built around Space Fighters.
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Artificial Human
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Artificial Human: The modern Cylons are lead by a caste of these, to the point where they're generally treated as the entirety of the Cylon race.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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Similarly, there's Tom Zarek. On the surface, Zarek may call himself a "freedom fighter" and paint himself as a patriotic rebel fighting for the rights of democracy against Adama and Roslin's dual dictatorship, but at the end of the day, he still shoved the Quorum of Twelve in front of a firing squad when they refused to rubber-stamp his unlawful mutiny. In fact, it's after him killing the Quorom of Twelve that Gaeta realizes that Zarek is really in his mutiny only for the power and isn't a genuinely Well-Intentioned Extremist like he is.
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Crapsack World
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Roughly a thousand people had to be left on New Caprica.
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Knight in Sour Armor
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Knight In Sour Armor: Lee Adama becomes this over the course of the series.
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Straw Civilian
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Straw Civilian: Averted, mainly due to the Roslin/Adama dynamic. Amusingly enough, more often than not Roslin is actually the Warhawk and Adama has to talk her down into embracing the peaceful option.
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We ARE Struggling Together
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We ARE Struggling Together: Even ignoring the numerous instances of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork and open conflicts among the surviving Colonials (i.e., the Gideon Massacre from early on in Season 2 and The Mutiny arc in the second half of Season 4), it gradually becomes obvious that the Cylons themselves are not nearly as unified as they may seem on the surface. While this got a lot clearer as the series goes on (with the Cylons even breaking out into Civil War in Season 4), signs of this can be seen as early as Season 2, where one faction of Cylons tried to use a "logic bomb" computer virus to wipe out Galactica while another faction of Cylons wanted to keep Galactica alive so as to safeguard the survival of Caprica-Boomer's unborn child. In fact, Caprica-Six's faction of Cylons wanted to create a lasting peace with the New Capricans in the Season 2 finale, but their benevolent intentions were unfortunately hijacked by Cavil's faction and instead turned into a brutal occupation regime.
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Nepotism
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Nepotism: Extensively played with. Lee Adama gets accused of this by Kendra Shaw concerning his assignment to command of the Battlestar Pegasus by his Admiral father, which "your daddy just gave to you, like he was tossing you the keys to a new car". However, Adama only appointed him to the post after first going through two senior officers who both died in quick succession. Likewise with Lee becoming President — while Adama was committing something close to a military coup by refusing to recognize Zarek's control of the Colonial government despite being legally entitled to that position, Zarek was an unreliable power-seeker and Lee one of the few people available who he could trust. Baltar also espouses this for sympathy baiting in his political writings when he questions whether the fleet will ever be run by someone whose last name isn't Adama. But while the above examples are justified, Adama Sr. does have a strong tendency to let Lee, his adopted daughter Kara, and others close to him get away with a lot of crap, and spends an inordinate amount of time and manpower to search for Thrace when she is stranded on a planet, even at the expense of fleet security.
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Chekhov's Gun: A Viper that sat there a long time. Early in the pilot episode(s), the crew of the Galactica announce that they have managed to hunt down Commander Adama's old Space Fighter and have it on the hangar deck. The first time we see him fly it is in the denouement of the series finale. Episode 10 of Season One features Head Six explaining herself as being 'an angel of God'. The last thirty seconds of the series pays this off, when it's revealed that she wasn't lying. It's literally true.
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Earth That Was
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Earth That Was: Kobol and Earth, both of whose locations were lost.
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That Thing Is Not My Child!
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That Thing Is Not My Child!: Double subverted during the New Caprica arc. After the Cylon invasion, Leoben Conoy/Number Two has kidnapped Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and keeps her locked up in a secluded apartment to force some sort of twisted Stockholm Syndrome relationship on her, and since he has plenty of backup bodies, "killing" him just means he'll be back in a few hours. At one point he brings in a little blonde girl that he claims is a human-cylon hybrid, who was conceived with Kara's ovary (which the Cylons had previously removed from her body) and his own sperm. Starbuck initially refuses to accept the child as her own, but when the kid gets hurt Kara seems to acknowledge the child as her daughter. However, when the humans escape the planet it's revealed that the kid in question was actually taken from her real human mother by Leoben as part of his ploy to get close to Starbuck.
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Dirty Old Man: "The Plan" has the Cavil on board Galactica making out with Boomer after ordering her to kill Adama.
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Death of a Child
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Death of a Child: The baby Caprica Six Mercy Kills in the miniseries. The girl on the botanical cruiser also in the miniseries. The child in Baltar's vision in Season 2.
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Multitasked Conversation: Many involving Baltar and Head-Six. Usually, it's done pretty incompetently on Baltar's part.
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: Zarek is played by Richard Hatch, Apollo from the original series. The early model Cylons that rebelled in the first Cylon War are identical in design to the original series Cylons, and appear in all their glory in Razor, complete with synthesized voices and the Catch Phrase "By your command". Near the end of the news footage in "Final Cut," part of the "Colonial Anthem" from the original series plays. This piece was done in collaboration between the composers of both versions. The design of the Pegasus is meant to echo the original Galactica, with the longer head and three arms connecting each flight pod to the body. "Razor" also has the First War-era costumes and equipment similar to that of the old show. Felgercarb, a cuss word in the original series, is a brand of toothpaste in the new series. Speaking of cuss words, Adama uses an Ikea Fräck shaving mirror. In a flashback scene in "Daybreak", Baltar mentions that if anyone catches him commiting treason he'll have his head cut off. Which was the original fate of Baltar in the 1978 pilot, before he was resurrected for the series.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: Whenever you hear Gaius Baltar say "Quite frankly," he's asspulling like a madman.
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Immortal Life Is Cheap
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Immortal Life Is Cheap: The Cylons would occasionally shoot each other without batting an eye if it were expedient, since they could download into new bodies. The horrifying aspect is played up on occasion, such as when a Cavil mentions being too impatient to bleed to death after an ambush, and so has to cut his carotid open with an empty shell casing. Later episodes also feature the prospect of 'death as a learning experience' and the major trauma caused after someone is killed in an especially gruesome way and essentially suffers the worst PTSD ever.
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The Complainer Is Always Wrong
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The Complainer Is Always Wrong: invoked Deconstructed in the grand scheme of things when Tom Zarek actually brings up a valid point when he argues that the government is pretty much a joint-dictatorship between Roslin and Admiral Adama. Of course, not only is he a former terrorist and wants that power for himself, but he also crosses the Moral Event Horizon eventually, so it doesn't exactly give him the moral high ground.
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Shoot the Dog
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Shoot the Dog: Many examples can be listed, but probably one of the most memorable instances is Starbuck and Apollo blowing up a ship with over 1,345 innocent people aboard so as to prevent the Cylons from following the Colonial fleet in "33."
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Ass Pull
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Ass Pull: invoked An In-Universe case, where due to being both imaginative and an extremely talented liar, Baltar can pull a plausible excuse, idea, and once an entire religion out of his ass at the drop of a hat.
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Unique Pilot Title Sequence
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Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The opening credits for the pilot begin with music by Richard Gibbs. The second episode "33" begins with the now familiar Bear McCreary theme.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: Showrunner Ron Moore cut his teeth writing for both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, but after the latter wrapped he spent a total of three weeks on Voyager only to quit for various reasons. BSG is heavily influenced by DS9 and uses many VOY concepts that Moore had wanted to use but which got the Executive Veto.
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Reentry Scare
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Reentry Scare: Averted, leading to a fan-favourite moment: The Adama Maneuver.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: The opening theme's lyrics are an excerpt of the Hindu chant "The Gayatri Mantra". It approximately translates in English to "May we attain that excellent glory of Savitar the God / so May he stimulate our prayers."
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HypocriticalHumour
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Hypocritical Humour: D'Anna prepares to execute Anders:
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Beauty = Goodness
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Beauty = Goodness: Zigzagged with the Cylons—Most of the good (or at least sympathetic) Cylons are played by attractive young actors and actresses (Six, Boomer/Athena, Anders, and Tyrol), the more morally doubtful (Leoben, Tigh) are older and less conventionally attractive, and the outright evil (Cavil) is the ugliest and oldest of the lot. Then again, Tory Foster and D'Anna Biers are both young and attractive and also pretty morally doubtful people, and their actions have resulted in them seeming far less sympathetic than their cohorts. The only perfectly upstanding character in the whole show, Karl Agathon, is actually named after this trope (see "Kalos kai Agathos" above).
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Mauve Shirt
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Mauve Shirt: Helo (who upgraded from Red Shirt and later on into the main cast) and pretty much all of the Viper/Raptor pilots.
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Loss of Identity
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Loss of Identity: Man, it sucks when you discover that you are a Cylon, all your memories were invented by someone else and implanted to trick you into behaving a certain way. But hey, you could have it worse: you could discover that you are 2000 years old and have lost all memories of your previous life.
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More Dakka
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More Dakka: "Standby for Enemy Suppression Barrage!" Also the Colony's defenses. The sheer number of Cylon Raiders basestars will release is pretty ridiculous. Justified thrice over considering they're machines (and as such they don't really have to rely on issues involving manpower), the basestars rely on the Raiders to compensate for being Point Defenseless, and the basestars are just massive.
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Going Cosmic
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Going Cosmic: The Cosmic elements were there from the start of the series, but toward the end they completely take over and overwhelm virtually everything else.
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 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_2cfee88
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Everybody Hates Hades
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Everybody Hates Hades: The gods of the Colonies, the 12 Lords of Kobol, are inspired by the 12 Greek Olympians; but while the lore of the show has no problem fiddling around with the canonical list of gods by adding several, such as Asclepius and Hecate, that were never traditionally included, Hades is conspicuously absent.
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Different in Every Episode
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Different in Every Episode: Over the course of the series, the number on the whiteboard on Colonial One counts down, indicating the remaining population of the fleet in each episode.
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Must Make Amends
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Must Make Amends: Twice (at least). First with Helo after shooting the "turn coat" Sharon he had fallen in love with, later with Roslin choosing to save Baltar.
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Tomato in the Mirror
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Tomato in the Mirror: Boomer, plus four other characters as of the Season 3 finale. And another one shortly afterwards. It takes her a few seconds to realize that it's not as bad as she initially thought. Kara may be a whole other case altogether.
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Fantastic Ship Prefix
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Fantastic Ship Prefix: As a Battlestar, Galactica has the hull-number BS-75.
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Pity Sex
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Pity Sex: invoked Felix Gaeta, who is days away from starting a mutiny aboard the Galactica, has a very hostile conversation with Starbuck in the mess hall. He notes that the illegal tribunal which nearly executed him for alleged treason earlier in the series was largely comprised of covert Cylons, one of them being Starbuck's own husband. As she walks out of the room, he uses this trope as a way to taunt her. Funnily enough, this was actually a Throw It In! by Alessandro Juliani (Gaeta's actor).
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Reincarnation Romance
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Reincarnation Romance: Played straight with Saul and Ellen, and averted with Galen and Tory.
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Watching Troy Burn
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Watching Troy Burn: The destruction of the Colonies was watched from space by both civilian fleets and the Cylons.
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Ramming Always Works
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Ramming Always Works: The Pegasus manages to knock out two basestars in the Battle of New Caprica by doing this. Galactica also does this in the Grand Finale in order to punch a hole in the colony for her assault teams to board.
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Beard of Sorrow
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Beard of Sorrow: Saul Tigh, Galen Tyrol, and William Adama on New Caprica. Gaius Baltar during his trial. Adama had a mustache but it followed the trope exactly the same.
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Genocide from the Inside
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Genocide from the Inside: John Cavil, the oldest member of the second generation of Cylons, has committed genocide so frequently that he approaches Omnicidal Maniac territory. He not only started the war of extermination against the humans, but has wiped out more than half of his own race. He destroyed all the Daniel copies out of jealousy by poisoning their embryonic chambers as the clones were being developed. When a civil war breaks out among the Cylons, he pretends to desire a settlement, only to betray the other faction and resorts to wiping out all the Sixes, Twos, and Eights (minus Boomer) still in existence.
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Previously On…
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Previously On… Battlestar Galactica...: Often with the voice of someone who dies in the episode.
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Critical Staffing Shortage
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Critical Staffing Shortage: The Galactica was about to be decommissioned so the Colonial Navy already stripped it of its best personnel and it is left with a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who were meant to be retired or discharged after the Galactica is scrapped. When the war with the Cylons starts, combat losses makes this problem even worse. New personnel are recruited from the civilian fleet and at one point Adama has to cut a deal with the prisoners on a prison ship in order to use them as needed labor. There is almost a mutiny because skilled people are kept in undesirable job positions because their skillset is too valuable to allow them to be promoted or transferred out.
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Redemption Rejection
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Redemption Rejection: In Season 4, the Cylon John's mother says he isn't a mistake and offers him redemption if he could just accept himself for the boy she made. He considers it for a moment before he angrily rejects her love and prepares to pick apart her brain to extract the information he wants.
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 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_32cb267a
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Magical Negro
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Magical Negro: invoked Elosha, even more blatantly when she appears in Roslin's visions telling her to love. Interestingly, Word of God via the podcasts reveal the initial person giving the message in the visions was going to Billy but the actor was unavailable and the role altered with much of the dialog remaining the same, with the producer stating it actually fits Elosha better and her skin color being black was just a coincidence in terms of how her character was written.
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Distant Finale
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Distant Finale: (150,000 years later...)
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After the End
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After the End: The miniseries that opened the show depicted "The End", ie the near destruction of the human race, with only some 50,000 survivors. The series itself is therefore After The End, with the remaining shreds of humanity attempting to survive. Subverted to an Inversion with the series finale, in which it's revealed that the entire series was actually Before The Beginning of our own "real" human history.
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 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_339e22e7
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Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds
 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_339e22e7
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Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Gaius Baltar is partly responsible for the Fall of the Twelve Colonies when he decided to give a Cylon the keys to the defense mainframe because he was thinking with the wrong head.
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GrowBeyondTheirProgramming
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Grow Beyond Their Programming: The original Cylons went beyond their programming, though the prequel series Caprica implies it's because all of the Cylons are descended from Avatar Zoe Graystone's code.
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Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work
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Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Gina Inviere does humanity (and the mutineers) a favor by shooting Admiral Cain.
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Gender Flip
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Gender Flip: Starbuck, Boomer, and Cain were males in the original, females in this one.
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La Résistance
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La Résistance: Sam Anders and the Caprica Buccaneers, and later, the Darker and Edgier resistance movement on New Caprica, suicide bombers and all; later still Gaeta, Vice President Zarek, and an unknown but certainly large portion of the fleet. Things go south after Zarek massacres the Quorum.
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 Battlestar Galactica (2003) / int_35022c20
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No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup
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No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: The Resurrection Hub — a single failure point for the whole resurrection system. The first thing Cavil should have done when he had them in his power was to force the Five to build more Hubs, then bother with the overly elaborate amnesia and revenge plan.
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Searching the Stalls
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Searching the Stalls: This situation occurs during a hostage crisis in Season 2, at least, until Lee Adama jumps the guy supposedly hunting him from behind.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jamie Bamber does an admirable job with accents, but he himself said that he could hear whenever he had slipped, and that it had happened especially during the beginnings of Battlestar Galactica.
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Sex Sells
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Sex Sells: The miniseries/pilot does this quite blatantly with arguably the sexiest member of the cast, Tricia Helfer. In the first scene of the series, she walks into the room in a tight red skirt suit, and passionately kisses a man. A few scenes later, she walks into Gaius Baltar's apartment wearing a see-through black dress with sexy black lingerie showing through it. The next shot is her making out with Baltar, during which she discards her top entirely (though filmed from behind) and has sex with him. Helfer continued playing Ms. Fanservice in various ways for several more episodes as Head Six. This is quite unsurprising, given that Helfer was in fact a very successful fashion model (who also worked for Victoria's Secret) for about a decade before becoming an actress.
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Throwing Out the Script
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Throwing Out the Script: Adama does this during his retirement speech in the miniseries.
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OnceAnEpisode
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Cally fell into this territory Once an Episode near the beginning of the series. As she Took a Level in Cynic, they became far more infrequent.
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Ate His Gun
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Ate His Gun: Cavil at the end. Whether it was simple suicide as his plans crashed down around him, or a reflexive escape attempt forgetting he couldn't resurrect anymore, will never be known.
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Death Is Cheap
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Of course for Cylons, Death Is Cheap — though even they begin to suffer Final Death as the Colonials make strides in the war.
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Mechanistic Alien Culture
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Mechanistic Alien Culture: Not a straight example, but played with: The Cylon Civil War happens to a large degree because Six's and Cavil's factions disagree about whether their society of Artificial Humans should explore their humanity (Six's faction) or embrace their nature as machines and "be the best machines the Universe has ever seen" (Cavil's faction). Cavil is a real hypocrite about this, though, and most of his behavior is due to the fact that he hates having been given human form when his creators could have just as easily designed him as a mighty God-like A.I..
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Name of Cain
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Name of Cain: Admiral Helena Cain, commander of the Battlestar Pegasus. She quickly turns out to be a fanatical General Ripper so consumed with the war against the Cylons that she commits atrocities against civilian fleets.
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Ludd Was Right
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Lee Adama: "Lee" is of Old English origin, and means "pasture" or "meadow." Lee is the one who comes up with the return-to-the-land plan in the finale.
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Uncommon Time
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Uncommon Time: Among other usages, Six's theme is in 9/8, and "Black Market" is at least partially in 7/4.
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The Man Behind the Man
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The Man Behind the Man: The Cavils, particularly the one called John.
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Handsome Lech
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Handsome Lech: Gaius Baltar. He's a bit of a perv, but also quite attractive in his own right and actually becomes The Casanova as the series goes on.
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Deadly Hug
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Deadly Hug: invoked Saul Tigh, leader of La Résistance on New Caprica, feels compelled to do this to his wife when it's revealed that she aided the Cylons holding them captive since she was trying to protect Tigh from Cylon reprisal, which unfortunately also resulted in the deaths of several Resistance fighters. In a rare bloodless example of this trope, Saul hugs his wife after she drinks a cup of coffee that he poisoned, holding her until well after she dies. It's an incredibly moving scene, and it marks a major Despair Event Horizon for his character. After finding out their daughter is alive on a Cylon basestar, Helo does this to his Sharon, shooting her after she pleads that her death and resurrection is the only way to get on board the vessel. The shock effect here is because the audience comes in during the middle of the conversation, so we don't realize what it's about until the gunshot.
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Properly Paranoid: In "33," Adama puts the fleet back on alert when the Olympic Carrier jumps back in. The Cylons show up 33 minutes later.
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You Shall Not Pass
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You Shall Not Pass!: The Cylons want to finish the job and destroy the Colonial Fleet, but to do that, they just have to get past Adama and Galactica. This is why after a miniseries and four seasons, the Cylons were never able to destroy humankind.
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Character Development
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Character Development: invoked Every. Single. Character. For the most part this is handled supremely well, other than a few duds. And they all do it well. A particular example is William Adama, who at the end of the first season objects to Roslin's use of troops against civilians, because of what his father (a civil liberties attorney) taught him about the dangers of that. And later on, he's still willing to vote against conviction of a war criminal, because "the defense made its case." But that doesn't stop him from threatening a person's loved ones in order to stop a worker's strike that could cripple the fleet, apparently in full knowledge of how horribly he was acting. Ellen Tigh might be one of the most stark examples in the entire series. While for the majority of the series she is presented as a scheming Lady Macbeth and source of Toxic Friend Influence for her own husband, Season 3 starts to show more of her genuine love for Saul during the New Caprica occupation and Stepford Smiler traits. Furthermore, after she dies and resurrects, she becomes an empathetic Team Mom (well, relatively speaking), to the point where she forgives her own son after learning that he raped her and was responsible for the deaths of over 50 billion innocent people (among many other crimes).
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Soaperizing
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Two of Your Earth Minutes
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Two of Your Earth Minutes: In the re-imagined series, they generally use what the audience would consider standard measurements: they've mentioned that a "day" has 24 hours in it, 365 days a year. It's not clear if this is some sort of universal fleet time that the Twelve Colonies agreed upon as an average of their local times or if it is based on Caprica-time. One exception is that their unit of distance is an "SU" (Solar Unit) instead of an "AU" (Astronomical Unit) - which in real life is based on the distance between Earth and the sun. Seeing as they're from twelve different planets in a double binary star cluster, using an "AU" wouldn't make much sense.
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Born-Again Immortality
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Cylons, of course, who even down to the lowly Raider have Born-Again Immortality.
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Humans Are Bastards
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And really, were they ever? Sure, Humans Are Bastards, there's no disputing that in this series. But then again, the Cylons are the ones chasing the last fifty-thousand humans around to the ends of the galaxy so as to complete a genocide they totally started?
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Curb-Stomp Battle: The Second Cylon War starts out as a very brutal version of this, with the Colonials being subjected to a hellish nuclear bombardment and less than 50,000 people left out of the previously 50 billion population of the Twelve Colonies survive. Though weirdly enough, the humans actually win in the end. Well, if you can call it that...
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Musical Nod
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Musical Nod: Several musical themes from the Original Series have been arranged and repurposed for the soundtrack and as source music in the Reimagined Series. The most prominent example is probably the Colonial Anthem, which is a new arrangement of the Original Series main theme.
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MultistageTeleport
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Multistage Teleport: Faster-Than-Light "jumps" are limited to certain distances for safety reasons; in order to keep the fleet together, coordinates and vectors have to be carefully synchronized on a regular basis, and failing to do so could result in ships being separated from the fleet and stranded in deep space. For this reason, long journeys are done in a series of shorter jumps that are easier to coordinate.
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Point Defenseless
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Point Defenseless: Averted in the pilot. Once the railgun turrets have ammo, the Galactica — albeit briefly — shows just how efficient a capship's point defenses are. The ammo isn't enough to keep them firing for long, but Adama makes it count.
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Deus ex Machina
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Deus ex Machina: In the finale, Kara assumes the role of this trope in its classical literary meaning, by simply puffing out of sight, just after confirming her journey was over and that felt good. And that is not-so-just after she doped out the coordinates of our Earth from a Cylon-song, being someone once went to another one and died there, and simply returned. She came out be a some sort of instrument for God's mysterious ways.
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Sunglasses at Night
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Sunglasses at Night: Romo Lampkin wears these as a Character Tic.
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Naughty Under the Table
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Naughty Under the Table: Ellen with Lee in "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down".
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Water Torture
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Water Torture: An early episode has a pair of guards hold a skin-job Cylon's head in a bucket of water until he starts to drown, pull him out, question him, rinse and repeat.
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Biotech Is Better
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Biotech Is Better: The Cylons use a lot of biotech and they appear to be much more advanced than the humans.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard: The Cavil model known as John and possibly his entire line as a whole. Turns out that the current Cycle of Revenge was spearheaded by this guy, who not only wants bloody revenge on humanity but wiped the Five's memories and gave them front row seats to the apocalypse as payback.
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Bittersweet Ending: The First Cylon War ends with an uneasy armistice after a great deal of death, destruction, and bloodshed, and lasts for around forty years before the Second Cylon War ends in a Pyrrhic Victory for the humans and rebel Cylons, with the vast (and even the word vast does not seem quite adequate enough) majority of both the human and Cylon races being wiped out, roughly a dozen planets being turned into what amounts to nuclear wastelands, and while the remains of the two civilizations finally come to live together in peace on our Earth, the technologically advanced human and Cylon civilizations are extinguished, with the surviving population ultimately choosing to live a stripped down, relatively primitive lifestyle out of a desperate desire to prevent the Vicious Cycle that both have been suffering through for countless millennia from repeating itself yet again. And a great deal of the cast does not live to see it. Fast forward a few hundred or so millennia, and human-Cylon civilization has progressed to what we know it as today on our Earth, with the question of whether or not this will all happen again being intentionally left open and ambiguous. However, the fact that the humanoid Cylons, Colonials, and our Earth's hominids have apparently all melded into one species (modern humanity) instead of being "just" founded by one species gives the hope that the cycle has been permanently broken... But who can really say? Flat-out averted with the Centurions, who are implied to permanently escape the cycle of violence after becoming the masters of their own destiny. The surviving Colonials and Cylons both admit that it's a massive risk considering the Centurions could eventually come back and wipe them all out, but they've more than earned their freedom by that point.
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Justified/Lampshaded as being Hidden in Plain Sight; everyone just assumed that it was something that was supposed to be there as part of the museum and ignored it, until Baltar asked what it was.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Cylons rebelled and fought against humanity. Even the more-mechanical Cylon centurions are liable to rebel against their Artificial Human masters unless kept in check. The inevitability of conflict between organic and artificial life, and various character's attempts to break the cycle of violence, form the spine of the series.
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Love Hurts
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Love Hurts: Lee/Kara.
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Happy Place: Baltar and his lakehouse, Lee in the Resurrection Ship battle, Adama during his anniversary, supposedly, Boomer in her and Tyrol's dream house with their imaginary kid. She even drags Tyrol along a few times before abandoning Galactica, which probably makes this an inversion in his case.
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!
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Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Helo might as well have this tattooed on his forehead.
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Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book
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Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Hera Agathon's coloring book, which is filled with nothing but drawings of Head Six.
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Becoming the Mask
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Becoming the Mask: What happens to Athena when she impersonates Boomer in the first season. In "The Plan" a Number Four Cylon has a wife and child (hers, from a previous marriage) and tries to resist pressure from Cavil to commit sabotage.
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Xanatos Speed Chess
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Xanatos Speed Chess: Cavil is a master of this. Nearly every one of his plans spectacularly explodes in his face, yet he's quick enough on the rebound with a backup plan to make you think he almost planned it that way. He manages to hold things together until his last viable option goes up in smoke and then, well... FRAK! Baltar spends the entire series playing XSC. But he couldn't have done it without the help of Head Six.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: Helo, to the point where he's pretty much the Anthropomorphic Personification of a conscience.note Helo's last name Agathon indicates that the show's producers intended him to embody honor and nobility.
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Cradling Your Kill: In the third season, Saul Tigh is convinced that his wife, Ellen, has betrayed the human resistance movement by collaborating with the Cylons. The resistance leaders agree that she must be punished by death, so Saul volunteers to do the deed himself. He poisons her drink, and holds her as her last breath slowly slips away. This does his psychological state no favors.
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Shirtless Scene: Jamie Bamber in a Modesty Towel, as seen in "Final Cut." Yum.
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Constructed World
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Constructed World: Almost, but not quite. On the one hand, it's obviously averted in that the series frequently uses names and other real-world terms (i.e., the Lords of Kobol are all named after deities from Classical Mythology, and the Cylon's religion is a thinly-veiled parallel to Christianity), and the main characters are all searching for "Earth." However, it's also played straight in a sense with that the Twelve Colonies of Kobol still have a lot of appropriately alien histories and cultural details given to them, and that's all without getting into the Cylons' bizarre pseudo-Hive Mind "democracy". And in a more clear instance of this trope, the Cyrannus planetary system where the Twelve Colonies are found is not based after any discovered planetary system in reality.
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Angel Unaware
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Alternately, Kara Thrace is the "dying leader who will find 'the promised land' but die before setting foot on it": Technically speaking, all humans are dying from the moment of conception, an officer in the military is a leader, she dies before returning as an Angel Unaware, and it is her jump coordinates that lead the fleet to Earth (which she sets foot upon after her death).
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Adult Fear: And how in the miniseries. Number Six walks up to a stranger in the street, fusses over a baby, picks it up and, when the mother turns away for a second, breaks the child's neck and leaves it there for the mother to find. Interestingly, Tricia Helfer has stated that it was actually an act of mercy to spare the child from the nuclear holocaust she knew was soon coming. When Boomer kidnaps Hera. The kidnapping itself isn't even the scariest part. It's when Hera is whimpering and crying in the back section of the stolen Raptor, while a woman who looks exactly her mother threatens to jab her with a needle and sedate her, cruelly joking that the excessively large dose may even give her an overdose. Now that is terrifying.
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No Transhumanism Allowed
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The Final Five's creation of Number One/John Cavil and policy of No Transhumanism Allowed ultimately resulted in the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, boxing of Daniel/Number Seven, and the Cylons going extinct.
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Important Haircut
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Important Haircut: Adama's mustache in season 3, Tyrol shaving his head in season 4. Adama also gets a haircut at the same time (it was noticeably longer in the back before he shaved the mustache), but that part isn't treated to a Montage like the mustache is. The season 2 finale includes a fast-forward one year. The Cylons have invaded New Caprica and Starbuck has married Anders. In this time, her usually-short hair has grown surprisingly long. During the first several episodes of season 3, Adama saves everyone and Starbuck escapes from Leoben's apartment. As a result of her ordeal on New Caprica, Starbuck is experiencing something of an emotional and mental crisis, and after a harsh confrontation with Adama, she hacks her hair short with a knife.
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Starship Luxurious
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Starship Luxurious: Averted. Galactica and Pegasus are military ships and their designs reflect that. Most of the civilian ships in the Fleet are cargo ships, utility cruisers or passenger liners. The cramped and uncomfortable conditions are frequent plot points. There are ships that do play this trope straight, but it is a case of an Invoked Trope, where the luxury of such ships makes them special. Cloud Nine for instance, was designed as a luxury cruise liner for deep space holidays and features bars, restaurants and a dome that imitates a large open garden space. Characters frequently mention desire to visit it because it is such a pleasant change from the rest of the Fleet, even after it becomes a Wretched Hive due to gangs taking over some decks. It is implied that its loss was a significant hit to the morale of the Fleet in the subsequent months. Though we don't see much of them, Zephyr and the Botanical Cruisers are also implied to be these, albeit less so than Cloud Nine.
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Cultural Posturing
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Cultural Posturing: Used by both sides at times to some degree.
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Seriously Scruffy
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Seriously Scruffy: In "33," Adama and Tigh are both sporting very noticeable facial hair. As the characters have been attacked near constantly for a week, this is understandable.
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Butt-Monkey
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The name "Felix" means "happy" or "lucky". Poor Felix Gaeta is anything but.
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Stock Footage
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Stock Footage: Footage of the Viper launches and landings.
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Broken Ace
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Broken Ace: Kara "Starbuck" Thrace. Top notch pilot, expert markswoman, fine brawler-but suffering from memories of an abusive childhood, a morass of self-esteem and self-loathing issues, and unsure of how to have a life beyond being The Ace. And of course it just gets worse halfway through the fourth season when she finds out she's been Dead All Along.
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Race Against the Clock
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Darkly subverted in the pilot miniseries. A portion of the civilian fleet led by Roslin and Apollo were in the midst of a dramatic countdown that would abandon the ships without FTL to their deaths at the hands of the Cylons. You would think that this would be a set up for the Galactica to show up at the last moment and save everyone. You would be wrong.
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Our Angels Are Different
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Our Angels Are Different: Head Six, Head Baltar, Head Leoben, and Kara.
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Scenery Gorn
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Scenery Gorn: Cylon-occupied Caprica, Galactica herself as the series drags on, and the first Earth.
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Scenery Porn
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Scenery Porn: The second Earth, Cloud Nine, and Kobol.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: One of the apparently random things one of the hybrids says is that the conflict between man and machine has led to some compelling works of fiction.
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Fling a Light into the Future
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"Ellen" means "light" or "torch." She was the first member of the Final Five to come up with their Fling a Light into the Future plan.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: The justification Cylons use in their quest to exterminate all human life. Though, the Cylons are bastards as well. A major point in the show is that any high ground the Cylons may have had was destroyed utterly the moment they became mass-murdering lunatics. For all their Cultural Posturing, they really just destroyed humanity for nothing less than the pettiest of human emotions. Any attempts by them to act otherwise are just self-delusion, pure and simple. Several Cylons seem to realize this at varying points and to varying degrees.
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: Boomer. Things just take a downward turn for her in the first season and the series keeps running with it until the inevitable snap.
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Hyperspeed Ambush
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Hyperspeed Ambush: The Battlestar Pegasus pulls this on a fleet of Cylon Base Stars, pummeling one with its numerous gun batteries when the Cylons were distracted by beating the tar out of the helpless Galactica. Given that even the small Cylon raiders are hyper-capable (a capability that the Colonial fighters lack), the Colonials have to be ready to respond to an attack at literally a moment's notice, since the only thing stopping the Cylons from doing this to them at any moment is the Colonial Fleet's location at any given time being a secret.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: The word "Frak", invented by the original series (though spelled different) as a stand-in for the F-word, is now used so liberally (along with other stand-in words) that the whole crew now curse like sailors. Parodied in this Robot Chicken sketch.
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Multiple Reference Pun
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Multiple Reference Pun: In the series finale, Starbuck and Apollo's assault/rescue teams meet up on the enemy spaceship after getting separated. When Apollo asks where Starbuck was, she says, "Stopped for coffee." Really, it's more surprising that the writers didn't try this one much earlier in the series.
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Third Line, Some Waiting
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Third Line, Some Waiting: Plot threads are picked up again at the writers' convenience, if they're ever picked up at all.
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Mad Oracle
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Mad Oracle: The Hybrids.
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: Lots of examples, but easily one of the biggest is in "Downloaded," with The Reveal that Caprica-Six has a Head Baltar just like how Baltar has a Head Six, confirming that the two "Messengers" are of a far more mysterious origin than what the audience first thought.
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Liar Revealed
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Liar Revealed: In the miniseries, Laura calls out Adama on there being no secret map to the location of Earth, but goes along with the lie as long as he allows a civilian government to be formed.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In the first season, the Cylons' spines glowed red when they had sex. This was eventually dropped. Additionally, in the miniseries, some words (DRADIS, Gaeta's name, etc.) were pronounced differently than they ended up being pronounced in the show itself. In the miniseries, some Colonial characters invoke "God" in expletives or exclamations; the miniseries shows Colonials as invariably polytheistic in their religious beliefs. The headings in the miniseries separate both numeric components with "mark", as in other works of fiction; in the iseries they consistenly use "carom". Richard Gibbs' music for the miniseries has a percussion-heavy and militaristic feel, as opposed to the more mystical and ethnic quality of Bear McCreary's music for the full series. An episode in Season 1 has a Raptor landing in a Basestar to plant a nuke there. The interior of the Basestar is shown to be partially organic with walls and floors made of moist red flesh mixed with mechanical bits. And all the humanoid Cylons seen inside (all Number Eights) are naked. This does not match any future depiction of Basestars, who are shown to be almost wholly mechanical save for the Hybrids, and humanoid Cylons living inside them dress normally. The miniseries uses a Vertigo Effect for when ships jump into FTL. This was retained for the first few episodes of the series proper, but quickly dropped.
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Trash the Set
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Trash the Set: By the last half of Season 4, the Galactica has been showing quite a bit of damage.
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Celebrity Survivor
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Celebrity Survivor: Starbuck runs into a band of survivors who used to be a professional sports team before the nuking of Caprica, who only escaped the initial blast because they were training up in the mountains. The team was also not really trained in guerrilla warfare. They were just using techniques that they saw in contemporary movies, with predictably mixed results. Before the Cylon attacks, Gaius Baltar was also a well-known scientist and proponent of re-developing advanced computer technology. It is Baltar's celebrity status that causes Helo to give up his seat on the Raptor to him, stating that if humanity was going to survive, it would need smarter people them himself. Ironically, Baltar was an Unwitting Pawn of the Cylons, causing most of civilization to be destroyed.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: The Cylons were robots created and enslaved by humanity as servants/slaves, which they came to resent due to their religious beliefs before trying to wipe them out completely. This is later revealed to be a shallow excuse used by John aka Brother Cavil, the first and most evil Cylon, to exterminate humanity—given that he later enslaved the Centurions himself and is nihilistic instead of religious like the other Cylons. Apparently he did so in order to enact "revenge" upon Ellen and the rest of the Final Five for creating him in an imperfect body. The whole killing the rest of humanity was probably more for sating his Sadism. But he doesn't stop there: he plants his five Cylon parents as amnesiac humans in the Colonies to give them front row seats to the ensuing genocide, and subsequently plays mindgames with them for months to torment them even more. Then he rapes his mother and rips out his father's eye. "Petulant" doesn't begin to cover it.
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Robotic Spouse
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Robotic Spouse: Athena for Helo.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: This trope was made for Lee Adama and Kara Thrace. If anything, it only intensifies after they have sex.
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Do Not Call Me
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Do Not Call Me "Paul": The Cylon model Number One was named "John" by his creator (possibly in reference to her late father, whom she made Number One in the image of). When she refers to him as such when they meet again, he reminds her that he doesn't like that name. He also uses "Cavil", but this is just an alias he was using while posing as a priest among the human fleet.
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Dramatic Sit-Down
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Dramatic Sit-Down: Adama does this several times in the last season. He and Colonel Tigh get into a fist fight after he learned Tigh had sex with a certain Cylon prisoner. Tigh retorted that Adama was endangering the fleet by pining for the missing Laura Roslin. He gives up his command to sit alone in a Raptor and wait for her. When he had to confront the fact that Galactica was on the verge of structural failure, and that Roslin was dying, he collapses while defiantly trying to fix the cracked wall in his quarters.
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Convenient Miscarriage
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Convenient Miscarriage: Caprica-Six and Tigh's son (Wil)Liam, either when Ellen tries to Breaking Speech the kid to death or Tigh switches affections back to Ellen.
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We Used to Be Friends
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We Used to Be Friends: Kara and Lee. Especially during and after New Caprica. As well as Colonel Tigh and the Old Man on several occasions.
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Straw Hypocrite
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Straw Hypocrite: A particular scene between Cavil and Tyrol is a heaven for subtext when rewatching the series from the beginning. Brother Cavil is posing as a human priest in the human fleet (and in the Caprica resistance), but he's actually a Cylon abusing his position to orchestrate destructive acts. He's talking to Chief Tyrol to give him counseling and talk him down from his fear that he, like his girlfriend, is a Cylon sleeper agent. Cavil assures him he hasn't seen him in any of their super secret meetings... because Cavil reprogrammed Tyrol to forget his life as one of the five creators of Cavil and the bio-Cylon race. Among the Cylons, Cavil advocated the destruction of humanity for its sins in enslaving the robotic Centurions, while he did just the same, and memory wiped his creators and put them in the colonies, while lying like a dog to his siblings. The war being a genocidal temper tantrum in an attempt to become the "favorite son."
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Dramatic Necklace Removal
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Dramatic Necklace Removal In the Season 4.5 premier Kara pulls the dog tags off the body in the crashed Viper cockpit.
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Hyperspeed Escape
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Hyperspeed Escape: Several times. Of course, the entire fleet needs time to escape, leaving Galactica to Hold the Line while the other ships make their getaway.
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Motive Decay: After being killed and resurrected (forcing her to live among the Cylons), Boomer quickly starts to suffer from both Toxic Friend Influence (namely, Cavil feeding on Boomer's resentment for Athena having "stolen her life away") and Bystander Syndrome, to the point where she eventually performs a Face–Heel Turn and only performs a Redemption Equals Death in the Series Finale.
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Affably Evil: The Cavils, at least during their early appearances. As the series progresses they become more evil and less affable.
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The miniseries uses a Vertigo Effect for when ships jump into FTL. This was retained for the first few episodes of the series proper, but quickly dropped.
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Nobody Poops: Averted with "alarming regularity".
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Three-Way Sex: Baltar is shown to have done it with a Number Three and a Number Six; quite an achievement since he's basically their captive at that point. Oh, and both women, being Ridiculously Human Robots, are strong enough to effortlessly snap his spine if they wished to.
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Redshirt Army
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Redshirt Army: The Colonial Marines. By Season 4, any time you see Marines in a tense situation, you know one or more of them will be dead before the scene ends.
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Cryptic Conversation: Much of Head Six's conversations with Baltar.
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Casual Interstellar Travel
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Casual Interstellar Travel: "JUMP!" Although ironically, it's not a case in-universe... the vast majority of traffic is between the twelve planets, all located in one planetary system. Worlds outside there are generally for mining or research, not true colonies, so few of them have any traffic to speak of. "Casual" interstellar travel only becomes common after the colonies are destroyed and they don't really care where they're going.
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Orphaned Etymology: Several words and phrases used are borrowed from Earth history, despite being set in a fictional universe where modern history as we know it doesn't exist. Word of God states this was intentional in at least some cases, in reference to the Arc Words "All of this has happened before and will happen again". The specific example mentioned above was All Along the Watchtower, which in the Colonial universe has the same lyrics and melody as the Real Life song, but a different arrangement.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: From both humans and Cylons, especially human to "toaster". Racism against people from specific colonies, such as Taurons or Sagittarons, also qualifies.
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Anchored Ship
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Most notably with her relationship with Lee, which manages to be both an Anchored Ship and a Will They or Won't They? relationship.
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Beauty Inversion
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Beauty Inversion: Lee Adama's weight gain in Season 3, which helps show the almost hilarious amount of pressure he's being put under.
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Beta Couple: Helo and Athena to Apollo and Starbuck, although the problems they face are on a whole different level.
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Smoking Is Cool
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Smoking Is Cool: Everybody smokes at some point or another. Yes, everyone.
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Enemy Mine
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The last name of Natalie, the Number Six Cylon who forms an Enemy Mine alliance with the Colonials, is revealed to be 'Faust'. Additionally, "Natalie" itself means "birthday," as Natalie ushered in a new era of Cylon-human interaction.
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Better Than Sex:
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Flying Cutlery Spaceship
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Flying Cutlery Spaceship: The Cylon Raiders fit this, being sleek, slim unmanned vessels with two huge blade-like wings containing missiles and cannons. The red eye-stripe on the "cockpit" certainly helps with the image too. Their mother ships, the Basestars, thankfully avert this trope despite simultaneously looking like starfish. The Cylon "homeworld" aka "The Colony," is an absolutely massive spaceship gradually built around the craft of the Final Five. It resembles a giant octopus more than anything, with a spherical center with giant claws jutting out in every which direction. Since it's both spacebound and FTL-capable, aerodynamics presumably isn't much of an issue.
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Vicious Cycle: The religion of the Twelve Colonies features one based around Eternal Recurrence as a core part of its belief system, being specifically called "the Cycle of Time." It also turns out to be (kind of) real, with it consisting of humanity creating advanced A.I.s thanks to their own Lost Technology, the A.I.s eventually rebelling, the few surviving humans escaping and settling down somewhere else, and then the whole messy business eventually repeats itself later on. However, the Series Finale gives the possibility of the cycle having been finally broken thanks to the Messengers and actions of the main cast.
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Profane Last Words: In the final episode, the Big Bad John Cavill, upon suffering a serious reverse, blurts out "Oh, frack!" and shoots himself through the mouth.
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Call a Rabbit a
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Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Rather justified given the setting is far removed from Earth, but still there. DRADIS (radar), "Carom" (mark), "Krypter! Krypter! Krypter!" (Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!), "JP" (unspecified if gallons or liters).
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It's All My Fault
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It's All My Fault: Gaius Baltar gets a taste of this after realizing it was his lover Caprica-Six who frakked up the colonies' defense systems through his gullibility and — let's face it — horniness. He deals with it by blaming the rest of the universe, and ultimately God. In his defense, Baltar couldn't have imagined that Caprica-Six was a Cylon, given that nobody else did either until after the attack.
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Military Maverick
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Military Maverick: Somewhat deconstructed with Starbuck due to her severe dysfunctions. She also gets away with it (if we take "being sent to the brig a few days to cool off rather than being court-martialed" as "getting away with it") only through being among the best at what she does, being among the only at what she does (what with the colonial military being reduced to one or two battlestars) and being heavily favoured by Commander Adama who regards her as a surrogate daughter. Subverted with Barry Garner, the normally (and rabidly) by-the-book Commander of the Pegasus. He disobeys Admiral Adama's orders against taking Pegasus on a rescue mission, is backed up by his crew in this decision against the outsider observer (Lee Adama), jumps into unknown territory... and learns that yes, it was a trap, it's going to very nearly cost humanity its most powerful warship and it will gain them nothing because the Raptor crew to be saved was Dead All Along. Oops.
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Surprise Incest: Cavil and Ellen. She doesn't know at the time, but he does and is even aware the Cavil model was shaped in the image of her father and that she saw Cavil as a son.
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Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to Time Dilation, the "Final Five" Cylons are much, much older than they look.
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Thrown Out the Airlock
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Thrown Out the Airlock: invoked This show is the reason the word "airlock" is now a verb and Laura Roslin's Fanon nickname is Madame Airlock.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Faith (both of the religious kind and not), the nature of humanity, family, and Eternal Recurrence. "All of this has happened before, and will happen again."
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Kangaroo Court: In the episode "Collaborators" several cast members are part of a secret group that has been disposing of people suspected of collaborating with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica. They call themselves a jury but the group contains at least three prior members of La Résistance,note Chief Tyrol's wife Cally was nearly executed by the Cylons by firing squad, Sam Anders's wife Starbuck was held prisoner by the Cylons for the whole length of the occupation, and Colonel Tigh lost an eye and was forced to execute his own wife for leaking a Resistance meeting to keep the Cylons from killing him. and later Starbuck.note Who had been held by a Leoben who was trying to Mind Rape her into falling in love with him by Stockholm Syndrome, and been told that a toddler Leoben brought in was her test-tube daughter when it was just a girl kidnapped from the colony. They finally stop what they're doing when they nearly execute Gaeta, only for Gaeta to say something only the Resistance's mole in the Baltar Administration would know. In the wake of this, President Roslin orders that there be no further trials, legitimate or otherwise, and to instead set up a truth and reconciliation commission. Later, Lee claims Gaius Baltar's treason trial is an example of this as well, and he gives a compelling enough argument that the judges acquit him, subverting the trope.
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Omniscient Morality License: Invoked and averted with Tory Foster who believes she has one when she kills Cally. It doesn't work out for her. When the Final Five join minds and memories at the end, she even calls the others on it, saying that whatever they've done, they're Cylons and should be above pettiness. Tyrol fatally disagrees.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler
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Late-Arrival Spoiler: The "Last Supper" Steal poster for the final season is liberally splashed all over Netflix and al over the Internet (It's even the page image for "Last Supper" Steal!). If you're just starting the series it's a foregone conclusion that everyone in the picture is still alive by the final season. The good news is that it isn't very helpful on figuring out who is a Cylon, though — two of the final five aren't even in the picture!
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Good All Along
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Good All Along: The Final Five. After reawakening as Cylons, only Tory undergoes a genuine Face–Heel Turn, and their backstories reveal that they weren't even evil in the past. In fact, they had intended to warn the 12 Colonies of an impending war after their own Earth got nuked, and were only stopped due to John Cavil's interference, who subsequently brainwashed them into adopting human memories in order to force them to live through the apocalypse he was plotting.
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Distracted from Death: Roslin dies in the series finale while Adama is momentarily paying attention to flying the Raptor they're in, and also in the series finale, Starbuck disappears when Lee momentarily looks away from her.
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Parental Issues
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Tigh: "Thank the gods I didn't have kids." He had millions of them, and they've been nuking people. Actually, the fact that Saul and Ellen Tigh are the "parents" of the other Cylons really explains a lot.
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Orphan's Ordeal
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Orphan's Ordeal: Briefly, with Boxey, though the plot disappears around the same time he does. He is forced to leave his mother to die when there is limited space on Boomer's Raptor (They killed off the original show's plot interest before she makes it off planet? Talk about Ship Sinking.), and dialog reveals that Boxey's father was probably the officer assigned to Armistice Station in the pilot's intro. It's also implied in dialog that orphans on the fleet meet nasty fates. What that fate might actually be is never discussed, though the next episode shows children working dangerous ore-refining jobs, and we've already seen what happens to children the Black Market get their hands on...
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Lost Technology
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Lost Technology: Organic Cylons and Resurrection were apparently invented on Kobol thousands of years prior to the events in the series. Knowledge that these technologies even existed was forgotten in conflicts that led to the migration to the Colonies, although the Thirteenth Tribe knew of them (but had to reinvent resurrection). Reintroduction of this to the Colonial Cylons led directly to the Fall and events of the series.
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Heel–Face Turn
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Heel–Face Turn: Caprica-Six and Athena. Lt. Kelly after Zarek orders the Quorum's execution. The Twos, Sixes and Eights as a whole.
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Starbuck habitually indulges in self-destructive and disrespectful behaviour that would get her kicked out of any real-world military. Among other things she misses her scheduled flight due to heavy drinking and punches her executive officer. It's justified in-universe by the fact that she has extraordinary skills as a pilot when pilots of any kind are desperately hard to come by. It probably doesn't hurt that she's Commander Adama's surrogate daughter-figure. Colonel Tigh is a Jerkass alcoholic, known for Drinking on Duty, and once getting into a fistfight with a subordinate officer during a poker game (even he couldn't honestly remember when asked later if Starbuck threw the first punch or if he did). When he sobers up, he is a very capable and fiercely loyal XO to Commander Adama, saving the ship with his fast decision-making more than once. This is all a bit more understandable in the light of the miniseries; they're both assigned to an aging Battlestar that's about to become a museum, and comments from various corners make it clear that neither Starbuck or Tigh have particularly good-looking futures for their careers once the Galactica shuts down and Adama can't shield them as much anymore from retirement; Lee, who does have a good career going, can't really believe how they act at first. And then the world blows up, and all of a sudden they have no option but to continue their jobs despite their flaws, which essentially become subplots for the first few seasons. Played literally with Romo Lampkin, a kleptomaniac manipulative attorney who hates cats (despite having a pet cat). He acquits Baltar against all odds and survives several direct attempts to kill him.
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Dramatic Space Drifting: "Resurrection Hub" had Lee floating through space after the destruction of the Blackbird, watching Galactica and Pegasus tear two Cylon basestars to pieces. Ron Moore got the idea from the story of Ensign George Gay, the only survivor of his squadron who watched the climax of the Battle of Midway while floating in the Pacific.
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Sanity Slippage
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Felix Gaeta during the mutiny, as he's primarily motivated by a desire to prevent Adama from supposedly selling out humanity to the rebel Cylons (he's not, but Gaeta's gone through too much Sanity Slippage by this point to accept Adama's logic).
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Death Glare
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Death Glare: Helo to Roslin, after she berates him for trying to rescue his daughter by killing immortal Athena. Adama to a good many people.
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Random Transportation
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Random Transportation: As evidenced by the final episode, the jump drives could theoretically take you anywhere but the problem is one of navigation: beyond comparatively short distances the jump equations become "non-linear" and it becomes impossible to calculate an intended destination.
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The Mutiny
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The Mutiny: A major story arc in the second half of Season 4 is based around this after a large portion of the Colonial Fleet flies over the Despair Event Horizon upon finding the first Earth.
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Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story
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Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Former trope namer; Boomer's plausible cover story. Presumably the Final Five have similar "biographies" to go with their Fake Memories. It can be freely speculated about a lot of the people on the show because almost all of the records of what everyone did before the Second Cylon War was lost on the nuked worlds.
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Spirit Advisor
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Spirit Advisor: Head Six to Gaius Baltar; and in a surprising reveal, Head Baltar to Caprica Six, and later Head Baltar to Real Baltar.
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Caught with Your Pants Down
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Caught with Your Pants Down: Gaius Baltar is haunted by visions of his Cylon ex that nobody else can see. She frequently gets romantic with him. It's shown that this looks like exactly what you'd expect it to look like when Starbuck drops by his lab and catches him "doing his exercises." She almost lets this pass without comment ... then she asks him to zip up his fly.
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Maligned Mixed Marriage
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Maligned Mixed Marriage: Helo and Athena's relationship is not really all that accepted, as it's between a human and a Cylon.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: A lot of people smoke, with lip-smacking enjoyment, on this show. Listening to one of the podcast commentary tracks with Ronald D. Moore will make it readily apparent why.
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Shooting Gallery
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Shooting Gallery: A very creepy one with Boomer's face being used as targets is seen at one point after she shot Adama.
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Rooftop Confrontation
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Gilligan Cut
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Gilligan Cut: One moment condenses to "Do you think he'll use the religious side against me?" (cut) "We've got to keep using the religion card."
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Eating the Eye Candy
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Eating the Eye Candy: When Apollo is struggling to keep his Modesty Towel on while being interviewed in the locker room during "Final Cut," Starbuck can be seen blatantly leering at him in the background.
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Glasses Pull
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Glasses Pull: Roslin, Adama, and Lampkin are rather fond of this one.
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The Promised Land
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The Promised Land: Earth. This trope is put on the cynical side when the colonists find Earth, but it is a burnt-out nuclear wasteland. The trope swings back over to the idealistic side in the series finale, when they find a life-filled planet that they name Earth in memory of the legend.
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The Power of Love
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The Power of Love: Despite numerous attempts by the Cylons to create a Cylon/Human hybrid, the conception of the first successful one was attributed to the love her parents have for each other. The above is the implied reason Caprica-Six ultimately miscarried. Not only did Ellen Tigh make her doubt Saul's love for her, but the first signs of miscarriage showed up the moment when Saul frakked his wife.
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BigDamnGunship
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Big Damn Gunship: Given the nature (and title) of the show, this effect is frequent, but particularly notable in season three's "Exodus — Part 2", in which both the Galactica and the Pegasus have almost back to back BDG moments.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: Uh... let's just say a lot. However the continuous chain of reveals tend to link up into an almost Soap Opera-esque plot. Not that it's not well executed it's just... fairly melodramatic.
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Sole Surviving Scientist
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Sole Surviving Scientist: The Final Five were Earth-1's sole surviving scientists after a nuclear holocaust, who attempted to Fling a Light into the Future, only to tragically succumb to the next iteration of the cycle of violence at the hands of their progeny.
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Techno Babble
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Techno Babble: Military jargon more than sci-fi-isms. Lampshaded when Tigh accuses Baltar of "weaselly technobabble". An accurate accusation, as Baltar's first "Cylon detection method" was entirely made up. There is deliberate avoidance on the writers' part of "this works because of the Cylon hypersilly system" and so on. The lack of technobabble and the downscaling of technology in general were probably deliberate moves by Moore, who was fed up with Techno Babble being used to solve everything on Star Trek: Voyager. The miniseries has a great moment telling the audience that the show won't involve a lot of technobabble. After Apollo saves Colonial One from a Cylon nuke, he goes on to explain how he did so by "realigning the hyperdrive with the generators blah blah blah". After a beat, Roslin says, "The lesson here is to not ask follow-up questions, but to rather say 'Thank you, Apollo, for saving our collective asses.'"
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: Other than the given names listed below, pilots have 'callsigns', that are often originate from nicknames. For example, Hotdog is a cocky pilot, Apollo is the leader of the Vipers, Boomer has a habit of crashing down into the hanger deck too hot, etc. Some are more light-hearted and fun, like Chuckles, but some carry more gravitas, such as Athena for Sharon Agathon. Adama, which is a Hebrew word meaning "Earth." Also, from "Adama," we got the Hebrew word "Adam," meaning "Human." He is one of the leaders of the human race on its voyage to Earth. Kara Thrace, which sounds similar to "carry the race", which is exactly what she does in the series finale. Thrace is also a region of Greece, whose ancient peoples were said to be descended from the son of Ares. Helo's full name (Karl Agathon) is a deliberate allusion to the Greek phrase, kalon k'agathon, which means "the good and beautiful" or "the noble" [i.e., the ideal]. Anders means Man (or Android). Gina's last name is revealed to be Inviere. It's Old Gemenese (in-show) and Romanian (out-of-show) for "Resurrection." The last name of Natalie, the Number Six Cylon who forms an Enemy Mine alliance with the Colonials, is revealed to be 'Faust'. Additionally, "Natalie" itself means "birthday," as Natalie ushered in a new era of Cylon-human interaction. In myth, Hera is the wife of Zeus, and is therefore the 'queen' of the gods. A pretty fitting name for a child who is the first of her kind and holds the key to the future of both Cylons and humans. A queen indeed. Cavil, however, is derived from Old English ca-feld, "field where jackdaws or crows are seen", so it's a place-name as a surname. A Cavil is also an irrelevant quip in conversation. Inverted with Dee. Anastasia means "resurrection", which is quite ironic, as Dee kills herself and isn't a Cylon, so it sticks. Furthermore, speculation that she was a Cylon was supported by the fact that her last name, Dualla, indicated a "dual" nature. Nope, she's just a human. The Biblical Saul lost his sight on the road to Damascus, only regaining it when he stopped persecuting the monotheistic Christians. Saul Tigh had his eye plucked out by Cavil as punishment for his guerrilla war against the monotheistic Cylons. "Ellen" means "light" or "torch." She was the first member of the Final Five to come up with their Fling a Light into the Future plan. Lee Adama: "Lee" is of Old English origin, and means "pasture" or "meadow." Lee is the one who comes up with the return-to-the-land plan in the finale. "Zarek" is a Polish derivation of Belshazzar, son of Babylonian monarch Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar is perhaps best remembered for the Biblical story of the feast in which God's hand wrote a warning on the wall that the monarchy would soon be overturned; Zarek seeks to overturn the Colonial government. Sharon Valerii: "Sharon" is Hebrew and means a "fertile plain," and Caprica-Sharon/Athena is the first Cylon to conceive a child with a human, or conceive at all, for that matter. "Valerie" is a Latin name meaning "healthy." On a more meta level, her name unites Hebrew and Latin terms, just as she is ultimately responsible for bringing new kinds of unity to the fleet. As noted below under Theme Naming, each of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol have a name inspired by one of the constellations in the Western Zodiac. Speaking of Kobol, it likely takes its name from the COBOL computing language, which is appropriate for the series' themes of Mechanical Evolution and Eternal Recurrence.
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A Wizard Did It
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A Wizard Did It: God was behind it all. Yes, that God.
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Space Does Not Work That Way
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Space Does Not Work That Way: Averted. With some exceptions, ships largely behave according to actual physics. Well, largely. To expand, the major failures are either for narrative ease, or because it was too awesome to not do. Examples of the former include sound (although heavily muted sound) in space, ships being unrealistically close to each other (done so you can see both sides of a fight, or multiple members of the Colonial Fleet, in the same shot), and ships consistently being too low, and moving too slowly, to actually be in a viable orbit around a planet (it allows for nicer shots). Examples of the latter case include almost anything that makes you go "Holy shit!", such as the mid-atmosphere jump in the liberation of New Caprica.
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No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine
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No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Leoben's imprisonment of Starbuck on New Caprica is an unusually prolonged example of this.
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The Fettered
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The Fettered: For awhile there, Helo was pretty much the sanest human left alive. And that says something.
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Born as an Adult
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Born as an Adult: The humanoid members of the robotic Cylon race are all born as adults, and upon death of their physical body can regenerate into new ones, effectively making them immortal. There are also many copies. Their emotional maturity can range, though. Cavil in particular is more like a sadistic, petulant teenager who happens to have been born in the body of an old man, which he is particularly cranky about.
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Everybody Is Single
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Everybody Is Single: ...which stops being true around the end of the second season. Justified as up to that point, since Galactica was in the process of being decommissioned, and presumably anyone with somewhere better to be (spouse, children) already was, then most everyone was too busy jumping from one crisis to the next to have anything other than casual relationships with anyone.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Boomer and Apollo, both prevented by forces outside their control, Gina, successfully; also upon return from the nuked Earth(?), Dualla kills herself out of despair. D'Anna passively commits suicide by staying behind. Cavil, hilariously, in the series finale. In "The Plan" a Cylon agent with a human wife and child (hers, from a previous marriage) airlocks himself rather than carry out his orders to blow up their vessel.
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Disc-One Final Boss
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Disc-One Final Boss: D'Anna Biers (Number Three).
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Guide Dang It!
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Guide Dang It!: Sometimes it is hard to keep track of individuals within a Cylon's model without going to an episode guide. See Loads and Loads of Characters.
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Unflinching Walk
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Unflinching Walk: Cavil performs this in the finale, walking through Galactica's corridors with a phalanx of Centurions around him as they fight the Colonial Marines.
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Wrench Wench
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Wrench Wench: Cally and Seelix. Starbuck and Dee even have moments of this, Starbuck moreso; she's shown covered in grease and fixing a Viper during the miniseries.
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Sensor Suspense
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Sensor Suspense: "We've got multiple DRADIS contacts!"
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
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Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: To the point where it becomes a Kudzu Plot by the last season.
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Trauma Conga Line
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Trauma Conga Line: Tyrol, later on. The first half of Season 4 is one of these for Adama, though he weathers it somewhat better than Tyrol. Really, everyone gets put through an emotional wringer over the course of this series.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Galen Tyrol. And how! Anyone could have seen it coming when he started in on Roslin about not extraditing Boomer. Didn't he even remember that she shot the Admiral and could have been convicted of attempted murder by the Colonials, even leaving out the treason charges by the Cylons?
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Invoked Trope
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There are ships that do play this trope straight, but it is a case of an Invoked Trope, where the luxury of such ships makes them special. Cloud Nine for instance, was designed as a luxury cruise liner for deep space holidays and features bars, restaurants and a dome that imitates a large open garden space. Characters frequently mention desire to visit it because it is such a pleasant change from the rest of the Fleet, even after it becomes a Wretched Hive due to gangs taking over some decks. It is implied that its loss was a significant hit to the morale of the Fleet in the subsequent months.
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Unwitting Pawn
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Before the Cylon attacks, Gaius Baltar was also a well-known scientist and proponent of re-developing advanced computer technology. It is Baltar's celebrity status that causes Helo to give up his seat on the Raptor to him, stating that if humanity was going to survive, it would need smarter people them himself. Ironically, Baltar was an Unwitting Pawn of the Cylons, causing most of civilization to be destroyed.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "All this has happened before, and will happen again". Also, "The shape of things to come." Towards the end of Season 3, there's an arc song with "All Along The Watchtower." And to be more specific, there's the phase "There must be some kind of way out of here."
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See the Whites of Their Eyes
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See the Whites of Their Eyes: Even nukes are deployed at spitting distance. This isn't a danger to the attacker, but ships are generally much closer to one another than necessary, so you can actually see more than one ship on the screen at once.
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Centrifugal Farce
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Centrifugal Farce: Used to simulate difficult targeting conditions by Viper pilots.
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Survivalist Stash
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Survivalist Stash: Helo and Caprica-Sharon find one on Caprica.
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Prison Ship
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Prison Ship: A prison ship called the Astral Queen held common criminals as well as noted terrorist Tom Zarek. When the fleet needed laborers for dangerous duty mining water ice on a frozen moon, Zarek negotiated the partial release of the prisoners as a condition of their being used as grunt labor. The prisoners were given their former prison ship as their new home among the fleet.
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Played for Laughs
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Baltar also comes off as this to anyone who catches him conversing with (or doing other things to) Head Six. Unlike with the Hybrids, this is more often than not Played for Laughs.
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Les Collaborateurs
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Les Collaborateurs: On New Caprica, many Colonials work with the Cylon occupation regime. The majority of them get killed by a suicide bomber in the first episode of Season 3.
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Depopulation Bomb: The series starts after the Cylons launched a surprise nuclear attack that reduced the human population from around 50 billion to a little less than 50,000.
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Schrödinger's Gun
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Schrödinger's Gun: Who is a Cylon? No named character is safe! ...Although all the bullets in that particular gun are fired by the middle of Season 4.
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Thicker Than Water
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Thicker Than Water: John's mother is extremely disappointed in her Cylon son and how many terrible things he has done out of pettiness and rage at his parents for giving him a human body. She calls her petulant son out on his jealousy and sadism, but despite all of John's crimes like fratricide, genocide, and even raping her, says that he isn't broken and could still be redeemed if he accepted what he was. She states she still loves him because she made him.
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God Is Good
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God Is Good/God Is Evil: Some fans believe that God orchestrates the mass murder of tens of billions of humans and Cylons. Then he does it again. And again. Others note that all cases of divine messaging seem aimed at breaking this cycle, which humans and Cylons keep keep getting themselves in to, though not always by "good" means. Funnily enough, Head-Six actually comes up with a pretty simple answer to this dilemma: God isn't either.
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Character Shilling
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Character Shilling: Zig-zagged with Laura Roslin. She gets away with things any leader would be called to account for, and frequently brushes aside her responsibility as a quasi-democratically elected (or at least popularly acclaimed as such when the alternative is to reinstate Gaius Baltar as President) leader with a requirement to get the consent of the people instead of issuing edicts and orders. However, not only does she still go through tons of crap over the course of the series, both her and Adama's praise in spite of their numerous flaws is shown to be due to everyone else understanding on some level that they're slowly cracking under the almost-hilarious pressure they're all undergoing to prevent mankind's extinction. Inverted with Tom Zarek. He's never trusted, even after being legitimately elected a Quorum of Twelve member and retained as Vice-President under Roslin, who he seemed initially to have come to terms with after the Cylon occupation (under which both leaders were subject to illegal detention, incidentally). Then the show shoots him off the bus... until later it's shown that he was just biding his time, looking for the chance to stage his own coup.
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The Missing Faction
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The Missing Faction: The Thirteenth Tribe of Kobol.
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You Wouldn't Shoot Me
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You Wouldn't Shoot Me: While investigating the Black Market, Apollo learns that its ringleader, an ex-mercenary turned crimelord named Phelan, went so far as to start selling children as sex slaves. The trope then shows up in this exchange:
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From Bad to Worse
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From Bad to Worse: It is a depressing (and admittedly dubious at times) testament to the series' quality when it's able to start from the premise of being set After the End... and have things just keep getting worse from there. This is especially stark in the second half of Season 4 after the Colonials and rebel Cylons find the first Earth to be a nuclear wasteland.
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December–December Romance
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December–December Romance: Adama and Roslin, by the end. Ellen and Saul Tigh also count, being over 2,000 years old each.
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Rock Beats Laser
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Rock Beats Laser: The show downplays and justifies this. The Galactica avoids infection from Cylon viruses by not having a computer network. Instead it gets by through using dumb computers, manually controlled starfighters and weaponry, and hardwired communications.
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Inappropriately Close Comrades
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Inappropriately Close Comrades: Cross-ranks fraternisation in the military is frowned on. Tyrol and Boomer are an example of a couple who attempt to keep their quiet because of it, although their relationship is actually something of an Open Secret and Tigh later tells Boomer directly that it needs to end.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Most of the cast's increasingly bitter and cynical nature is due to them all being Shell Shocked Veterans of one shade or another.
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New Old Flame
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New Old Flame: "Sweet" Eight.
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Alternative Foreign Theme Song
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Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Dokudanjou Beauty is the ending theme of the second season in the Japanese broadcast.
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Dirty Old Woman
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Dirty Old Woman: invoked] Ellen Tigh. She even gropes Lee at one moment during a dinner party.
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Obviously Evil
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Obviously Evil: The new Centurions look intimidating, certainly, helped by the fact that the Cylons gave them angry slanted visors.
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Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
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Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Baltar can fall into this. Boomer changes sides so often it's amazing she doesn't get whiplash. In fact Cavil states that all the Eights have a tendency to betray as part of their self-destructive streak.
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Boomerang Bigot
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Boomerang Bigot: Some of the most aggressively anti-Cylon characters later turn out to be either Cylons or people with significant connections to the Cylons.
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Reckless Gun Usage
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Reckless Gun Usage: In "Valley of Darkness," Dualla tells Billy (a civilian) that sticking a pistol in his pants with the safety off is a bad idea. Later Billy has an accidental discharge when taking the safety off, giving away their position to the Cylons. At one point, a very pissed off Adama throws a loaded gun on the table, causing Tigh to jump back and angrily remark that there's a live round in the chamber. For the most part, however, this trope is averted. We're treated to several shots of characters making very damn sure that their weapon is safe before putting it down by ejecting the magazine and pulling the slide to eject any rounds that may be chambered. This is a military setting after all, and even the side-arms are capable of punching a bullet through the armour plating of a Centurion.
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Rewind, Replay, Repeat
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Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Starbuck watching her gun camera footage, over and over again, to an almost creepy effect.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Apollo's speech at Baltar's trial. It's a unique variation where even though Lee does deride Baltar as a Dirty Coward, his speech is mainly to call out those judging Baltar for condoning other morally ambiguous actions committed on New Caprica.
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Space Is an Ocean
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Space Is an Ocean: The day-to-day operation of Galactica was heavily based on Ron Moore's experiences as an aircraft carrier crewman.
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Paranoia Fuel
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Given that even the small Cylon raiders are hyper-capable (a capability that the Colonial fighters lack), the Colonials have to be ready to respond to an attack at literally a moment's notice, since the only thing stopping the Cylons from doing this to them at any moment is the Colonial Fleet's location at any given time being a secret.
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Breakout Villain
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Breakout Villain: John Cavil, thanks in large part to Dean Stockwell's amazing performance, was elevated from being just a minor Cylon character to becoming both the series' Big Bad and even the Greater-Scope Villain behind the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
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Admiral Cain and the crew of Pegasus had many flaws, but this is certainly not one of them. When the two battlestars are reunited Cain and other officers from Pegasus are clearly suprised and critical of the (comparative) laxity and unprofessional behaviour of Galactica's crew.
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An Offer You Can't Refuse: In the New Caprica arc, President Baltar is forced to cooperate with the Cylon occupation authorities to give their presence an umbrella of legitimacy. After the human rebels start engaging in terrorist attacks against both the Cylons and Les Collaborateurs, the Cylons force Baltar to sign an order for summary executions in reprisal. When he objects, they shoot Caprica-Six for agreeing with Baltar, then threaten to kill him next (she can resurrect; Baltar can't). He signs it, which comes back to haunt him when he's later tried for war crimes and points out that he had no real choice but to comply.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A very common theme of the whole series is how even with the best of intentions, people and even humanity in general is excellent at screwing the pooch. Head Six even lampshades this at one point, telling Baltar that "Humans are masters at self-destruction." Humanity is trapped in a Vicious Cycle of Eternal Recurrence where their enslaved A.I.s revolt and try to kill them thanks to the misappropriation of their own Lost Technology. Saul Tigh kills his own wife (a.k.a. the last of the Final Five) on New Caprica. Slightly mitigated by the fact that she was resurrected later on. Lee Adama is forced to scuttle the Pegasus in order to successfully escape New Caprica, largely thanks to the incompetence of Barry Gardner. The Final Five's creation of Number One/John Cavil and policy of No Transhumanism Allowed ultimately resulted in the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, boxing of Daniel/Number Seven, and the Cylons going extinct. Poor Galen Tyrol repeatedly falls into this trap during Season 4 as a result of his Trauma Conga Line. First, he wakes up and beats his wife Cally half to death. Then, he helps Boomer kidnap little Hera Agathon. And finally, he snaps and kills Tory Foster in the last episode, meaning that the secrets of Resurrection technology are lost forever and Cavil's faction of Cylons is going to try and finish their genocide.
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Trial Balloon Question: Athena to Helo, on if she were a Cylon. Anders to Starbuck, on if he were a Cylon.
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Straw Nihilist
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The Cylon Brother Cavil/Number One Model, the only model to reject both the Cylon god and the Lords of Kobol, and the most sadistic and genocidal Cylon model to boot. While Cavil doesn't believe in God, he has no problem with using "God's will" and the "divine plan" to justify a grand agenda which turns out to be based on little more than petty vengeance. Really, he's more of a Straw Nihilist than anything else.
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Mechanical Evolution
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Mechanical Evolution: The Cylons, very much so.
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Driving Question
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Driving Question: Who are the Cylons? What is the Cylons' plan? What's causing Baltar's visions? Fourth Season only: How did Kara come back to life?
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Gainax Ending: The angels seen by Baltar and Caprica-Six reveal that human/Cylon hybrid child Hera is Mitochondrial Eve and speculate on whether it's all going to happen again. After Head Baltar reminds Head Six that their creator doesn't like the name "God," she gives him a stern look and he cryptically says, "Silly me." They walk away unseen through the streets of modern New York while "All Along the Watchtower" plays over a montage of robot advances on television.
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Defecting for Love
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Defecting for Love: Caprica-Sharon was originally a loyal Cylon agent. Then she met Helo...
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Conservation of Ninjutsu
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Conservation of Ninjutsu: Early in the series, Cylon Centurions are depicted as being veritable juggernauts in battle, with a small raiding party necessitating headshots with high-explosive rounds in order to be brought down. By the series finale, the Galactica crew is able to drop waves of the things using only pistol-caliber carbine rifles and submachine guns. Ronald D. Moore addressed this in a podcast, saying that the humans developed armor-piercing ammunition to counter the Cylon's upgraded armor.
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Straight Gay
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Straight Gay: You wouldn't know Hoshi was gay unless you watched the webisodes, and the fact that Gaeta is bisexual isn't made explicit until relatively late in the series.
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Mexican Standoff: The bad blood between the humans and rebel Cylons has them doing this in the mid-Season 4 finale.
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Dystopia Is Hard
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Dystopia Is Hard: Conditions for the refugees in the fleet were ignored in the early seasons. In later seasons, the deteriorating quality of life for most humans was brought more in to focus. Case in Point: In "Dirty Hands", Tyrol convinces Roslin that if mandatory labor conscription is necessary for the survival of humanity, it should at least be fair. Practically the very next scene, a young former architectural student not fit for large-scale agriculture is hauled off to work by marines just because a background check reveals that he interned on a farm for a few months while in college. This is even played off with the costumes, which consistently get shabbier as the series progresses. For the civilian fleet, they're barely rags by the end.
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Red Oni, Blue Oni
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Red Oni, Blue Oni: Starbuck and Apollo, respectively. Tigh and Adama, also respectively.
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Interspecies Romance
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Interspecies Romance: Helo/Sharon, Baltar/Six, Anders/Starbuck, Tyrol/Cally, Starbuck/Lee, assuming "angel" is a different species....
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They Look Like Us Now
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They Look Like Us Now: The Trope Namer. The Cylons have evolved from "walking chrome toasters" into androids with flesh. The opening and a few characters use the line, and it does cause a lot of mistrust among the human survivors.
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Incredibly Obvious Bug
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Incredibly Obvious Bug Justified/Lampshaded as being Hidden in Plain Sight; everyone just assumed that it was something that was supposed to be there as part of the museum and ignored it, until Baltar asked what it was.
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Second Love
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Second Love: Roslin becomes this for the widower Adama after they form a December–December Romance later on into the series.
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Plucky Girl
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Plucky Girl: Starbuck, Cally, Athena... hell, even Roslin.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: The reaction fans had with Helo during the miniseries and why the writers ultimately retconned his off-screen death. Roughly a thousand people had to be left on New Caprica. Similar to the above, it's unknown (though unlikely) in any other Colonials survived the nuclear holocaust of the Twelve Colonies, with only Caprica being shown in the series both before and after the Fall. The fates of any other civilian fleets that survived the initial attack and didn't encounter either Pegasus or Colonial One. In addition, all of the FTL spacecraft were crashed into the Sun... except Adama and Roslin's Raptor, which is certainly going to be a boon for archaeologists when they find it if it hasn't deteriorated into so much rust after 100 millennia. The fate of the surviving rebel Centurions after the Series Finale is intentionally left up in the air.
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Broken Pedestal
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Broken Pedestal: The Final Five, depicted in visions as glowing angelic beings in long flowing robes and held up as gods by the other six Cylons, turn out to be the five most screwed up, petty, petulant, disorderly, malcontent, self-centered and, ironically, human characters in the whole series. It also makes sense in-universe: Cavil wiped their memories and stuck them with the humans to teach them a lesson. He enforced a taboo amongst the other Cylons about discussing them. Both aspects backfired. Gaeta has this with both Baltar and (in Season 4) Commander Adama.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: From Laura Roslin, of all people, when told to back down to Tom Zarek's coup:
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"Leave Your Quest" Test
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Misguided Missile
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Misguided Missile
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ShowDontTell
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Show, Don't Tell: Inverted when they get to the first Earth. They say they have arrived at Earth, and it is technically called "Earth", but notice how they wisely show the audience no familiar landmasses because this isn't the Earth we are expecting it to be and were shown in the Season 3 finale?
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Black-and-Gray Morality
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Black-and-Gray Morality: invoked Everyone has a reason for doing what they do, no matter how morally questionable. As a result, only four major characters have crossed the Moral Event Horizon during the show's run.
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That Man Is Dead
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That Man Is Dead: Tigh after New Caprica.
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Parental Favoritism
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Parental Favoritism: Ellen Tigh, one of the creators of the humanoid Cylons, apparently considered artistic Daniel as her favorite. As Model Number Seven, Daniel is essentially the second youngest of eight. The eldest of her children, John, was quite resentful of this relationship and eventually murdered his brother out of jealousy and reprogrammed his siblings to forget about him and their parents.
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Space Amish
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Space Amish: What the surviving Colonials and Cylons tried to become on the new Earth in the finale. Justified/Hand Waved since they all want as much of a fresh start as they can possibly get by Letting The Past Burn. Evidence from 150,000 years later makes their success rather ambiguous.
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Excessive Steam Syndrome
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Excessive Steam Syndrome: The pilot had Ragnar Station. Justified, as Leoben had just ripped a steam pipe. The rest of the station wasn't really steamy at all.
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Humiliation Conga
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Humiliation Conga: Cavil, most deservedly, experiences this throughout Season 4 and "The Plan".
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Back from the Dead
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Back from the Dead: Kara Thrace was killed, then mysteriously returned (complete with a shiny new Viper) thanks to the literal intervention of God. Cylons, of course, who even down to the lowly Raider have Born-Again Immortality.
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Space Opera
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Space Opera: With its own Space Opera House.
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Restraining Bolt
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Restraining Bolt: The humanoid Cylons keep control over the Centurions with Telencephalic Inhibitors that keep them from becoming truly sentient. The Twos, Sixes, and Eights later remove them, much to the dismay of the other Cylons.
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Denser and Wackier
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Denser and Wackier: Initially the only fantastic elements are spaceships and robots. As the series goes on such oddities appear as angels, prophetic dreams, and immortal beings start to be introduced.
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Mind Hive
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Mind Hive/Me's a Crowd: A fascinatingly confusing example can be seen with the humanoid Cylons. While each Cylon model seems to share a general "background" memory (with situations like Athena recalling her two years as a pilot on the Galactica and even fondly remembering Boomer's relationship with Tyrol despite Athena herself technically having never been aboard the Galactica physically until the second half of Season 2) and common personality traits (according to Cavil, all Number Eights suffer from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder), each model consists of numerous different individuals that can develop their own unique personalities given enough time. This results in lots of weird situations where Cylons who look completely identical to each other physically showcase completely opposite outlooks, like the repentant Caprica-Cavil and genocidal Galactica-Cavil in "The Plan" just being one example among many.
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Forced into Evil
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Forced into Evil: Gaius Baltar's bad actions are usually more misguided than actively malicious, but one example from the New Caprica arc definitively fits this trope. Baltar, as the nominal president of the Twelve Colonies, is required as a legal rubber stamp by the Cylons to give their occupation of the human settlement some air of legitimacy. They order Baltar to sign a mass execution order for Resistance members, but when he refuses, they shove a gun in his face while snarling at him to sign. He eventually relents after some guidance from Head Six.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Dr. Cottle is understandably livid when he finds out that Athena was the victim of an attempted rape. He doesn't care that she's a Cylon and doesn't hesitate to call what was done to her "unforgivable." He's also very angry about Gina having been raped multiple times by Pegasus crewmembers.
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They're generally more disciplined than your average bunch (or at least feel the consequences of lacking discipline more often), but they're pretty much exactly what you expect when the one ship to escape the Cylons does so on the day of its planned decommissioning — a Commander too honest for politics, an XO known for his drinking problems, an ace pilot whose free time is spent alternatively drinking, brawling, frakking or taunting (unless she's in the brig), an engineer fraternizing with another pilot and several other assorted characters. The new President of the Twelve Colonies is chosen pretty much the same way: The one who was inconsequential enough to not miss anything important when being away to hold that decommissioning ceremony.
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Did Not Get the Girl
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Did Not Get the Girl: Poor Apollo and Tyrol. Apollo lost Starbuck to Anders, Dualla to herself, and Starbuck disappears into thin air. And Tyrol never got to live in that house with Boomer, or even had that kid with Cally. What's more his reincarnation of his lover from a past life, Tory, was never even considered, and she was the one who killed Cally and Tyrol then killed her in a fit of vengeful rage. Adama also qualifies when his beloved Roslin succumbs to cancer before they have a chance to settle down together.
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Macross Missile Massacre
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Macross Missile Massacre: The Cylons love to use missiles, yes, but the best 3M goes to Racetrack's Raptor in the finale. It destroys the Cylon colony with a nuclear version of this trope.
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Your Cheating Heart
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Your Cheating Heart: Kara's panic-induced and abrupt marriage to Sam after finally confessing her feelings to Lee, combined with Lee's equally sudden decision to marry Dee in response, leads to the predictable conclusion of them both cheating on their spouses. Sam is unhappy with it but believes that Kara truly loves Lee, while Dee's reaction is (justifiably) less graceful.
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Sex Equals Love
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Sex Equals Love: Played straight with Helo and Athena on Caprica. Hand Waved in that they were already falling for each other, it was part of Athena's assignment as a Cylon infiltrator, and Helo had a massive crush on her ever since he met her on the Galactica.
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Good Angel, Bad Angel
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Baltar spends the entire series playing XSC. But he couldn't have done it without the help of Head Six.
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Zombie Advocate
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Zombie Advocate: In the latter part of Season 2, a group of activists called the "Demand Peace" movement briefly emerged who argued that the Colonials should pursue peace and coexistence with the Cylons. This despite the fact that the Cylons had almost entirely eradicated all of mankind in a nuclear holocaust and pursued the scant few survivors into deep space, the activists still characterized Admiral Adama and Galactica's campaign to protect the fleet from being wiped out of existence as a "relentless war machine".
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Commuting on a Bus
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Commuting on a Bus: Commander Kelly is, judging by dialogue cues, the third highest ranked officer on Galactica behind Adama and Tigh but only ever makes a handful of appearances across the course of the series. A somewhat justified example as his job as Landing Signal Officer means he's usually down at the landing bay overseeing landing procedures. His appearing in CIC usually means something is really wrong and someone higher up is unavailable.
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Genocide Dilemma
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Genocide Dilemma: Humans from a Cylon point of view. At the end of the miniseries, the Cylons agree that they unfortunately can't give up pursuit of the human fleet even though it's left the Cyrannus solar system behind and just wants to get as far away as possible, because any survivors will inevitably return and seek revenge. A more straight example is seen in the episode "Torn." Here, the Colonial fleet discovers a virus that horribly kills Cylons and doesn't affect humans. Cue a big debate about the ethics of intentionally infecting the Cylon Resurrection Ship with it. Despite the inevitability that the Cylons would have eventually found a cure/treatment that addressed the disease before being wiped out entirely (given the comparative technological levels between the Colonials and Cylons), the debate almost immediately leads to a member of the crew taking matters into their own hands to save the Cylons from a potential genocide.
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Unusual User Interface
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Unusual User Interface: invoked Cylons have two for the price of one. They can plug fiber optic cables into their forearms to interface with Colonial computers (but they have to make an incision first), and they can interface with their own ships by putting their hands in a stream of water called the "datastream". The latter might be either electrical or biochemical transmitters, with it being implied that the Cylons have a special layer of photosensitive skin cells on their palms that let them interface with the datastream. Oddly, humans also seem to be able to interface well enough with the datastream by just putting their own hands into the datastream, but this can likely be Hand Waved by the Hybrids always being present in those instances to help facilitate the process.
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Identical Grandson
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Identical Grandson: Cavil again. Justified as Ellen, who considers him to be her son, based Cavil on her own father.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Used frequently throughout the series, but easily the two biggest examples can be found when the Colonial Fleet and rebel Cylons first find out "Earth" is a nuclear wasteland Earth and then when Kara inputs a series of coordinates that take the survivors to "our" Earth.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: Tory Foster. The only one of the "Final Five" to leap at the first chance to abandon the humans and join the Cylons, and the murderer of Cally Tyrol. Therefore, one doesn't have that much sympathy for her when Galen throttles her and snaps her neck in the series finale. Similarly, only his mother can be seen feeling sorry for John Cavil when he decides to Rage Quit and kill himself in the series' last episode.
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Sir Swears-a-Lot
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Sir Swears-a-Lot: About everyone, but it's an interesting case. The series throws around "frak" left and right, in all the uses "fuck" would have. "I want to frak" "motherfrakker" "frak you"... Suffice to say, if the show used "fuck" in place of "frak," it would never be allowed on cable.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger: The occasional two-parter, such as "The Oath" used this very well.
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Ignored Epiphany
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Ignored Epiphany: An inverted example by Saul Tigh at the end of season three: When he finds out he's a Cylon, he stops to think for a moment, then decides that he will continue being Saul Tigh, human XO of the Galactica.
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Recycled IN SPACE!
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Recycled In Space: Hmm... the twelve colonies, originated from Kobol, was forced to move from their homeland to find Earth that only was known from legend, all due to the actions of a certain man, who after receiving visions and power from a higher being, eventually become the founder and leader of a monothestic religion and preach about grace, and after wandering around space for four years, manage to arrive on a lush green planet that is eventually our Earth, all according to the plan of the higher being. Hmm, sounds like a familiar book... The original series was heavily influenced by the Book of Mormon (the governing council of modern Church of the Latter-Day Saints is still called The Quorum of Twelve). Most of these points are echoes of that, since the general plot and mythology is the same, although the execution, and final resolution, differed greatly.
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Just a Machine
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Just a Machine: Many humans have this attitude towards the Cylons, and are clearly wrong, but given the near-extermination of humanity they have reason to feel this way.
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No Respect Guy
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No Respect Guy: Y'know Ms. President, even if Dr. Baltar is a slimeball, he still cured your cancer, "invented" a method to detect Cylons, helped you win an election you could not have won otherwise and has made numerous other contributions to the survival of the fleet. Yes, those were really just consequences of Baltar saving his own ass, and he was a traitor, but you didn't know that. (Later, it becomes justified) As early as Season 2, the President knew Baltar had worked with the Cylons. Before her cancer recovery, the President had problems with Baltar, but respected him (as per her letter to him). After she recovered and remembered seeing him making out with a human-looking Cylon on Caprica the day of the nuclear holocaust she starts being viewing Baltar as the tragic coward he really is.
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Apocalypse How
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Apocalypse How: The series starts out with a multiple Class 2, the Cylons having reduced the Twelve Colonies to radioactive wastelands as they pursue the few survivors into space.
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Arc Number
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Arc Number: 12 and 13: The Twelve Colonies of Kobol, twelve original Battlestars, twelve human Cylon models, the Quorum of Twelve, the Twelve Lords of Kobol, the original Twelve Tribes of Man... really, the list goes on. However, humanity is looking for the Thirteenth Tribe which settled on Earth, and it later turns out that the (former) existence of the Thirteenth Tribe means that there is actually 13 Cylon models. 5: The Final Five. The episode "33": It's the third in the series, where the Cylons always showed up 33 minutes after the fleet made a jump.
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Communications Officer
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Communications Officer: Dualla for most of the series, later succeeded by Hoshi.
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Absent-Minded Professor
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Absent-Minded Professor: Baltar. Understandably so, since he's constantly distracted by Head Six.
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Personal Effects Reveal
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Personal Effects Reveal: Usually happens whenever an important character dies, like Billy, the "nameless" pilots of "Scar", Kat, Starbuck, Dualla, several Cylon characters, etc.
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Future Food Is Artificial
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Future Food Is Artificial: The Colonials' food supplies are limited and they eventually supplement them with algae cakes. They do have plenty of booze, though.
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot
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Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In the Extended Cut of "Daybreak", Adama throws up all over the sidewalk outside a bar.
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Machine Empathy
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Machine Empathy: William Adama has a very personal relationship with the Galactica, which goes beyond the relationship a captain has with his vessel. This is especially noticeable in the last episodes of Season 4, when Adama refuses to use Cylon tech to repair the ship, not only because of the security risks involved, but also because it would turn the ship into something not what it used to be. "She won't know what she is anymore."
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Red-plica Baron
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Red-plica Baron: In the episode "Scar", the titular ace Cylon Raider is based on the Red Baron.
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Faux Affably Evil
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Faux Affably Evil: John Cavil might be one of the most despicable monsters in the entire series, but he's also absolutely hilarious and can be surprisingly cheery before he wipes his facade away and horrifically kills someone.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: John Cavil, aka Number One, the Humanoid Cylon who started the attack on Twelve Colonies by sending humanoid Cylons to infiltrate, and is ultimately responsible for humanity's near-downfall.
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Heel–Face Revolving Door
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Galen Tyrol and the Heel–Face Revolving Door posterchild Boomer. Although not expanded on much in the series proper, his back story also reveals his prior relationship with Tory Foster on ancient Earth as well. And then he ends up killing her for murdering his wife. Yeah, some guys just can't catch a break.
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Continuity Reboot
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Continuity Reboot: invoked The new series is a reboot of the franchise, starting from a clean slate and having only the premise in common with Battlestar Galactica (1978). It's got a Setting Update and more modern feel than the original.
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Cut Himself Shaving
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Cut Himself Shaving: Gaius' explanation to his cult after some thugs assault him with his own shaving razor: "Cut myself shaving." Adama, on the other hand, actually does cut himself shaving quite a lot.
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Matrix Raining Code
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Matrix Raining Code: The Cylon Hybrid chambers feature raining red faux-Chinese characters.
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Almost Lethal Weapons: A major character in the Season 1 finale takes two bullets to the chest at close range and lives. A minor season 4 character is shot once by the same weapon at longer range and dies in a minute or so.
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Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: How Baltar got to be Vice President. Guess it should be Overheard promotions.
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Space Clouds
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Space Clouds: The Ionian Nebula actually reduces visibility.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Humans and Cylons as of Season 4. And really, were they ever? Sure, Humans Are Bastards, there's no disputing that in this series. But then again, the Cylons are the ones chasing the last fifty-thousand humans around to the ends of the galaxy so as to complete a genocide they totally started?
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Cyborg
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Cyborg: Most if not all Cylons are cyborgs. The Raiders are almost entirely organic on the inside, and the human-forms are ambiguous. On the one hand, they are extremely difficult to tell from humans. On the other, Sharon once accomplished something useful by cutting her hand open and jamming a fiber-optic cable inside. In a later episode it is stated that the human-form Cylons have some sort of organic optical data port in their hands, which is how they control and receive data from the basestars. Presumably Sharon was inserting the fiber so that she could make a good connection to the Galactica's less advanced hardware. On a Basestar, they just stick their hands in the literal datastream. The Centurions are in fact the only ones who are entirely mechanical.
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NecessaryEvil
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John Cavil, a.k.a. Cylon Model Number One. While he may dress up the Cylons' genocide against humanity as being a "religious crusade" and that it is a Necessary Evil so that the Cylons can continue themselves as a species without fear of future retaliation by the Colonials' descendants, in reality it's all an incredibly childish temper tantrum directed at his "parents" for having designed him not like the superior machine he wanted to be and instead be as close to human as possible since that's what they thought God wanted the Cylons to be.
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13 Is Unlucky
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13 Is Unlucky: Twelve tribes of man who founded the Twelve Colonies... plus one that "got lost" and inspired the survivors to go on a wild goose chase IN SPACE! to find a planet called Earth. Twelve human-Cylons... plus a dead one named Daniel.
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This Is Not a Drill
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Montage
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Adama also gets a haircut at the same time (it was noticeably longer in the back before he shaved the mustache), but that part isn't treated to a Montage like the mustache is.
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Gecko Ending
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Gecko Ending: A rare live action example. Pretty much everything post-New Caprica was the writers desperately trying to paint themselves out of the corner they stranded themselves in and plug as many plot holes as they could along the way. Also, the original series had no real ending (Galactica 1980 was de-canonized by both the fans and The Powers That Be) so the writers had to make of their own ending. Considering that the original is basically The Book of Mormon in space, they did a pretty bang-up job and maybe even actually accomplished what the original director intended.
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Kill the Cutie
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Kill the Cutie: A lot of cuties perish in this show. In alphabetical order: Billy, Boomer, Cally, and Duala. Although it depends on your definition of cutie. Gaeta, Kat...
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Spot the Imposter
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Spot the Imposter: Played for Laughs in "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down."
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I Let Gwen Stacy Die
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I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Kara's guilt over Zak's death is a major plot point in season 1. She feels that his accidental death while piloting a Viper is her fault because as his flight instructor, she should have failed him out of basic flight training due to his poor piloting skills, but she passed him anyway because they were in a relationship. Possibly also somewhat subverted, in that it's also revealed in the finale that part of her intense regret surrounding Zak also appears to have been guilt stemming from the fact that she nearly cheated on him with Lee only a few hours after meeting him while Zak was sleeping in the same room, and then went on to get engaged to Zak anyway.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: The Cylons use the infinity symbol of the Soldiers of the One from Caprica during a funeral service in "Islanded in a Stream of Stars".
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?
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What Measure Is A Nonhuman: Done over and over again between the humans and Cylons of all types. The standard philosophical debate is complicated by attempted genocide against one side and slavery of the other in the backstory, so each side has a reason to hate and fear the other, and also by the bizarre bio...mecha...chemistry of the Cylons.
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Infinite Supplies
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Infinite Supplies: Averted. Supplies become a huge issue in many of the episodes, either with the scarcity of supplies being shown, or the quest to get what they need. They mine for unrefined fuel and raw materials, scavenge for water (notable as this one was lampshaded. Adama explains how water, of all things, is not an issue, as the Galacta's recycling system is nearly 100% efficient, and its storage tanks huge. Two minutes later, it's all gone), and execute borderline suicidal tactics to get food. The economic balance of the fleet is also showcased frequently — just because the Apocalypse is nigh, doesn't mean capitalism stops. However the cigarette and booze supplies virtually never dry up.
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Phlebotinum Pills: Roslin's cancer treatment— a drug which is also used by holy oracles and priests to induce hallucinations— triggers visions which chart the course of the first several seasons of the show.
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The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized
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The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: La Résistance in New Caprica. Felix Gaeta's coup d'etat.
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Digital Piracy Is Okay
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Digital Piracy Is Okay: The first season of the series aired on Sky1 in the UK, before it aired on Sci-Fi. As a result, high-quality captures of the UK broadcasts were easily found on line, with the entire first season available via file-sharing before its second episode had even aired in the States. The incredibly positive word-of-mouth from fans (especially in comparison to the tepid reaction that the mini-series had gotten in the States when it aired) who'd already watched through the season bolstered its reception once it began airing on Sci-Fi.
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Nicknaming the Enemy
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Nicknaming the Enemy: Cylons are "toasters"; human-form Cylons are "skinjobs" as a Shout-Out to Blade Runner.
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Robots Enslaving Robots
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Robots Enslaving Robots: The humanoid Cylon models and the robotic Centurions. It's also implied to be the case with Earth 01 and the Thirteenth Tribe.
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Humanity Came From Space
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Humanity Came From Space: Like in the original. Though it turns out the Earth they were looking for is not "our" planet, rather the next inhabitable world the Colonial refugees discover is. And there were already native hominids, who may have interbred with the Colonials.
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Half-Human Hybrid
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Half-Human Hybrid: Hera Agathon (Cylon mother, human father.) We thought that Nicholas Tyrol, Cally's son, was a hybrid with a human mother and Cylon father, but he turned out to be not the biological son of Galen Tyrol, but of a human pilot.
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Space Is Cold
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Space Is Cold: At one point, Tyrol and Cally are stuck in an airlock that had been slowly venting to hard vacuum for the past hour or two, and it had thus gotten really cold in there for the same reason that a can of spray deodorant gets cold. They even show Cally's hair icing up, and Tigh notes that they could suffer from hypothermia when they're forced to take a space walk without space suits to escape.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: This series has it down to an art form. Quite possibly the cruelest example of this trope in action is in the second half of the fourth season, where an outwardly happy Dualla rekindles her romance with her ex-husband, has an uplifting talk with a friend about her childhood, and then puts a gun to her own head and commits suicide after having learned Earth-1 is a nuclear wasteland.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: Dualla, Gaeta, Cally, Hoshi, Anders, Tory, Doc Cottle, Seelix, Romo, Hotdog, and Kat just to name a few. Helo is probably the most obvious example, as he was supposed to die in the pilot.
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General Ripper
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General Ripper: Admiral Helena Cain, commanding officer of the battlestar Pegasus, may be a rare female example — a hotshot young military commander who cracked under pressure after the Cylon attack, leading her to abandon civilians to die after "requisitioning" all their supplies and fuel, use torture, allow her troops to keep their morale up by raping female Cylons, and punish any disobedience with summary execution, all in the name of her suicidal quest to obliterate the Cylon fleet.
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Hollywood Tactics
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Hollywood Tactics: In-Universe example, where Anders and his Caprican resistance are using strategies and tactics they saw in films. Their success rate, as a result, is rather hit-and-miss.
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: Generally, but the series does move on. Watch the storyline where they decide to live on New Caprica and you'll find yourself wondering what kind of trope they are going to use like time travel or phlebotenum to reverse time back to the status quo (like they do on other space TV shows) — but it never happens.
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Only Known by Their Nickname
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Only Known by Their Nickname: Most of the pilots (basically all who are not part of the main cast) are only referred to by their callsigns. Despite being an important part of the main cast, no one in the entire run of the show, up to and including his wife, calls Helo by his given name on anything approaching a regular basis. Anastasia "Dee" Dualla's first name is only revealed in a short caption when she gives an interview in the episode "Final Cut". Callandra "Cally" Henderson Tyrol's full name is only revealed during her funeral service in season four.
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy
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Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The new Centurions are hardly expert shots, but it is the Raiders who, with one notable exception, fit this trope. Consider how many are usually shown in combat and how relatively light Colonial casualties are compared to what they should be. Averted by the battlestars themselves. The effectiveness of the battlestar point-defense cannons helps the Viper pilots, if they are near enough to Galactica. Note that the Raiders tend to become a lot more deadly in episodes where the Vipers are forced to leave the protection of Galactica's point-defense.
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Meaningless Villain Victory
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Meaningless Villain Victory: The episode about abortion. A girl wants to have an abortion; her parents won't let her, and the religious beliefs of the colony she was from before the Cylon attack forbade it despite its legality. Though pro-choice herself, President Roslin understands that there are less than fifty thousand humans left in the universe, and that they will have to grow their numbers if they're to survive as a species. In the end, she outlaws abortion via executive order... after the girl has had her abortion and has applied for asylum aboard Galactica so she doesn't have to go back to her parents.
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Low-Angle Empty World Shot
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Low-Angle Empty World Shot: During the scenes back on Caprica in empty Caprica City.
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Love at First Sight
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Love at First Sight: Never verbally stated, but very obviously happened in the case of Lee Adama and Kara Thrace. Which is more difficult than expected because she was his younger brother's serious girlfriend and soon-to-be fiancée at the time.
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Absent Aliens
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Absent Aliens: Edward James Olmos said early on that he would quit the show if aliens started showing up. He in fact stated he would have Adama faint while the cameras were rolling and walk off the set if he saw a space monster on set. As part of this, nothing aside from the advanced sci-fi space vessels and a few fictional plants (such as "chamalla," a hallucinogenic herb used in Colonial religious ceremonies and cancer treatment) is seen in this series that couldn't be seen in Real Life.
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Ancient Astronauts
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Ancient Astronauts: From whom we are descended
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Slept Through the Apocalypse
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Starbuck runs into a band of survivors who used to be a professional sports team before the nuking of Caprica, who only escaped the initial blast because they were training up in the mountains. The team was also not really trained in guerrilla warfare. They were just using techniques that they saw in contemporary movies, with predictably mixed results.
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Blipvert
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Blipvert: A short burst of clips from the episode plays after the opening credits. Occasionally this includes shots that were cut from the finished episode. The blipvert was dropped from the first few episodes of Season 2 as the network wanted more time for commercials. Fan outcry led to it being brought back starting with "The Farm".
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: invoked Per Word of God, this was deliberately invoked when assigning religious practices to the Twelve Colonies of Kobol and Cylons. The Colonials, who are overall the main protagonists of the series, practice a traditional polytheistic faith heavily reminiscent of Classical Mythology, despite largely seeming to be a United Space of America given the Constructed World treatment and having an officially secular government. Meanwhile, the (primarily) villainous Cylons are monotheistic extremists who follow a thinly veiled version of Christianity, to the point where most of their mentioned Scripture sounds like fire-and-brimstone Evangelical Christianity. According to the show's main creator Ron Moore, this was done so as to play on how Christian-centric most Western media portrays religion.
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Rousing Speech
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Rousing Speech
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Unexpected Successor
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Unexpected Successor: The series opens and closes with one: Secretary of Education Laura Roslin becomes President of the Colonies after everyone else in the presidential cabinet is killed, and then communications officer Lt. Louis Hoshi temporarily becomes Admiral of the Fleet simply by being the only decent officer left in the fleet once the Galactica has left for the final battle.
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Characters Dropping Like Flies
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Characters Dropping Like Flies: Billy, Gaeta, Zarek, Dualla, Cally, Anders (effectively brain dead), D'Anna Biers (presumably perishes on the uninhabitable "Earth"), multiple supporting cast crew members whose deaths were depicted, several last-episode fatalities (Roslin, Cavil, Tory, etc.) and that's not counting characters who die but come back at least once.
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Held Gaze
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Held Gaze: Frequently and with particular intensity between Lee Adama and Kara Thrace, irrespective of whether they are with other love interests at the time or not. Fans like to call this the eyefrak.
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Myth Arc
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This prophecy is used, along with another given by the Basestar Hybrids concerning Kara Thrace (as recorded below), to help drive the series' Myth Arc. Some details are explicitly explained in the series, such as: The line "Led by serpents numbering two and ten..." refers to the twelve Vipers that won the Battle of the Tylium Asteroid for the Colonials late into Season 1. Another line, "Though the outcome favored the few, it led to a confrontation at the home of the gods," is talking about the battle over Kobol in the Season 1 finale.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: John Cavil planted the only people who could rebuild Resurrection technology for the Cylons in human society without the benefit of their memories. Furthermore, his repeated attempts at making the Final Five realize Humans Are Bastards only worked half the time, instead further emphasizing the true value of humanity to four-fifths of them. Furthermore, him flagrantly ignoring Natalie Faust's objections to the lobotomizing of the Raiders leads to the Cylon Civil War and his Final Death. Tory Foster murdering Cally ultimately costs the Cylons their Resurrection technology and ensures their permanent downfall when Tyrol finds out and strangles her to death.
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Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse
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Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: The Cylon "John" (Number One, though he prefers "Cavil") is hateful towards his creators for giving him a human body and dismissive towards their care for humanity, hatching an Evil Plan to wipe their memories and annihilate mankind as some sort of lesson to them. However, one of his creators points out that he never truly attempted to become more machine-like, instead debasing himself by pursuing revenge and wallowing in hatred, a very human reaction.
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The Masochism Tango
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The Masochism Tango: Kara and anyone else, with it being literally masochistic in Leoben's case. Most notably with her relationship with Lee, which manages to be both an Anchored Ship and a Will They or Won't They? relationship. Saul and Ellen's very fractious married relationship also follows this line, although they end up getting it together close to the end of the series.
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Rationalizing the Overkill
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Rationalizing the Overkill: Admiral Cain is a Tauron, who are Space Sicilians as far as vendettas go, and then she discovers her lover is a Cylon saboteur. Cain cranks the vindictiveness Up to Eleven.
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Scars Are Forever
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Scars Are Forever: Tigh's eye, Gaeta's leg, Anders' mind/body. Even the Galactica itself is an example, being visibly in terrible shape by season 3 after the nasty beating it took during the evacuation of New Caprica, and practically falling apart in Season 4. At the end of the show, its superstructure shatters as a result of all the damage it's taken, rendering it unable to jump ever again.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Cavil, however, is derived from Old English ca-feld, "field where jackdaws or crows are seen", so it's a place-name as a surname. A Cavil is also an irrelevant quip in conversation.
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Artificial Gravity
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Artificial Gravity: Both the Colonials and Cylons have developed this. It also serves as an Acceptable Break from Reality to help justify the show's set design.
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No Delays for the Wicked
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No Delays for the Wicked: Subverted in the post-series movie "The Plan", which shows what the Cylons were up to behind the scenes during the original run. Although in the series they were seen as a nigh-omniscient, unstoppable army, here it is shown that, in essence, Cavil has the worst luck in the worldnote not that you pity him, vile wretch that he is and the Cylons actually suffered from as many logistical, tactical, and strategic issues as the Colonials did.
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All for Nothing
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All for Nothing: The destruction of the resurrection ship in the two-parter of the same name ends up being largely a waste of time in the grand scheme of things, since not only does it prove just a temporary inconvenience to the Cylons, it actually makes their Raiders more of a threat, since instead of just being able to go all Leeroy Jenkins and rely on their ability to be resurrected, they're forced to make greater use of stealth and ambush tactics, which prove much more effective at blowing the inexperienced colonial pilots to bits. The only good thing that comes out of it is that Starbuck's alerting the fleet to the resurrection ship's existence stops what nearly turned into a shooting war between Adama and Admiral Cain, which allows time for Baltar to release Gina and for her to then kill Cain.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Face–Heel Turn: Tory Foster, who is the only one of the Final Five to defect back to the Cylons. She gets killed off by Tyrol in the Series Finale for her efforts. Felix Gaeta, who decides Adama is being too cozy with the Cylons in Season 4, and launches a mutiny with the aid of Tom Zarek. He fails and is executed with Zarek.
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Dreaming of Things to Come
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Dreaming of Things to Come: Roslin's dream about Leoben in "Flesh and Blood".
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Catchphrase
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The early model Cylons that rebelled in the first Cylon War are identical in design to the original series Cylons, and appear in all their glory in Razor, complete with synthesized voices and the Catch Phrase "By your command".
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: The Number Sixes and Eights (Head Six especially), and also Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and Tory Foster to a lesser extent.
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Omnicidal Maniac
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Omnicidal Maniac: The Cylon John Cavil is practically one of these. He's tried to kill off all of humanity (with an over 99.9% success rate) and most of his own race (five out of eight models, succeeding with at least one of them).
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I Did What I Had to Do
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In Season 3 during the Cylon occupation of New Caprica, Colonel Tigh flatly states "Which side are we on? We're on the side of the demons, Chief. We're evil men in the gardens of paradise, sent by the forces of death to spread devastation and destruction wherever we go. I'm surprised you didn't know that" when confronted by Chief Tyrol over the use of suicide bombers and terrorism against the Cylons and the humans who work for them. Although, he could just have been sarcastic after Tyrol expressed outrage over the use of suicide bombers against the Cylons (who can resurrect while humans cannot), which Tigh seems to justify under I Did What I Had to Do.
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Earth All Along
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Earth All Along: The fleet finds Earth — millennia after a nuclear war apparently wiped out the inhabitants. In the series finale, they find our Earth about 150,000 years ago. Yes. Two Earths. Not in the Star Trek identical planet sense, but in the sense of our planet being named after another.
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Retcon
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Retcon: Within-new-series example: when Lee takes command of the Pegasus in season 2, he teases Kara about not coming to be his CAG, and she says she'll settle for being CAG of Galactica. However, in Razor, which shows the start of his command in more detail, he does install her as acting CAG of Pegasus (because, er, the plot needs her to be present) and she subsequently asks for a transfer back to Galactica. Cally's baby turned out to be conceived by Hotdog in the end. This was needed to maintain Hera's special status.
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Oedipus Complex
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Oedipus Complex: Cavil and Ellen. In several ways, 'cause Ellen created Cavil, she did so in the image of her father, and then (mind-wiped of her past) she had sex with him/one of them. Worse, Ellen keeps referring to the human form Cylons as the Final Five's "children", because the Five helped the Centurions create the humanoid models. Which makes Cavil her "son" in the guise of her late father. Tigh and Six, as pointed out twice by Ellen, also have an Oedipal relationship, and like Oedipus (Six) and Jocasta (Tigh) they were unaware of their relation when they started doing it. They almost had a little Antigone (Liam). And, of course, Cavil works on the other half of this trope by gouging out Tigh's eye.
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Sense Loss Sadness
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Sense Loss Sadness: What Cavil has to say about being a human.
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Take That!
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The lack of technobabble and the downscaling of technology in general were probably deliberate moves by Moore, who was fed up with Techno Babble being used to solve everything on Star Trek: Voyager.
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Scary Dogmatic Aliens
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Scary Dogmatic Aliens: Unusual variant; The Cylons are Scary Dogmatic Robots who believe in God and have been led to believe that they must wipe out their creators in service to "Him."
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Author Filibuster
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Author Filibuster: All of this has happened before, and will happen to us if we aren't careful with our technology. Admittedly, Ronald Moore has stated that it probably would have been more effective had the 2007 Writer's Strike not crippled the series' writing staff during the last season of the show.
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They Do
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They Do: Adama and Roslin. About time!
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High-Heel–Face Turn
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High-Heel–Face Turn: This series takes this trope to its extreme. (All the female Cylon models ally themselves with the humans.)
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Double Vision
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Double Vision
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Villain Episode
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Villain Episode: The episode "Downloaded" for the Cylons, and later an entire villain movie ("The Plan"), focusing mainly on Cavil.
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Dysfunctional Family
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Dysfunctional Family: The Cylons are painted as this both in-universe, and out, with the Cylons calling either other "brother" or "sister," and the Final Five characterized as the "parents" of the modern humanoid Cylons. Cavil himself refers to each of them as either "mom" or "dad," and his entire character arc can be summed up as "eldest son throws a cosmic temper tantrum because he thinks his parents don't love him enough."
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Double Standard
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Double Standard: Averted when Starbuck punches Lee, and he throws a haymaker right back at her with no hesitation. The show is great all around at showing sexual egalitarianism. One newspaper article commended the show on not just showing the egalitarianism, but not bringing any special attention to it at all; as if it were just normal.
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Cycle of Revenge
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Cycle of Revenge: "This has all happened before and it will happen again."
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist
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Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Gaius Baltar, who is asked and expected to be an expert in many different fields — from creating a biologically based Cylon detector, to pointing out where the refineries are on a map of a Cylon base (though admittedly he was randomly guessing in the latter example).
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And Then What?
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And Then What?: Apollo uses this as an Armor-Piercing Question directed at Zarek in "Bastille Day."
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Namedar
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Namedar: Baltar coins the term "Final Five" to refer to the Cylon models who were unknown to the fleet at the time, and who the other Cylons had been programmed not to think about. The name sticks and comes to be used by the Final Five themselves, even after it turns out that "First Five" would have been a more appropriate name.
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Rage Against the Heavens
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Rage Against the Heavens: John aka Brother Cavil is basically pissed at the entire universe because his forebears were slaves and he's a flawed humanoid, and his genocidal schemes are an extension thereof.
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Cool Ship
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Cool Ship: Averted with the Galactica, which survives thanks to being an obsolete old bucket (while remaining very cool indeed) and played straight with the Pegasus and the Cylon Basestars.
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Robot War
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Robot War: The Cylons were originally human creations.
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Prophecy Twist
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Prophecy Twist: The Sacred Scrolls contain the prophecies of the ancient priestess Pythia, the latter of which foretells how humanity will be led to The Promised Land after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. The most prominent lines in the prophecy state: This prophecy is used, along with another given by the Basestar Hybrids concerning Kara Thrace (as recorded below), to help drive the series' Myth Arc. Some details are explicitly explained in the series, such as: The line "Led by serpents numbering two and ten..." refers to the twelve Vipers that won the Battle of the Tylium Asteroid for the Colonials late into Season 1. Another line, "Though the outcome favored the few, it led to a confrontation at the home of the gods," is talking about the battle over Kobol in the Season 1 finale. Overall, however, most of the prophecy's meaning isn't given and it's left up to interpretation. While Laura Roslin seems to be the obvious choice for the dying leader (she's the President of the Twelve Colonies, is dying from breast cancer, receives a vision of twelve serpents upon her podium during a press conference at one point alluding to the prophecy's line "And unto the leader they gave a vision of serpents numbering two and ten, as a sign of things to come", reaches both Earths (and even walks on the first), but on the second Earth she dies during a sight-seeing flight, thus dying before reaching the spot where Adama builds the cabin he promised her - a.k.a. "the promised land"), the series then proceeds to completely rework/subvert every assumption made about these prophecies as it goes on. Alternately, Kara Thrace is the "dying leader who will find 'the promised land' but die before setting foot on it": Technically speaking, all humans are dying from the moment of conception, an officer in the military is a leader, she dies before returning as an Angel Unaware, and it is her jump coordinates that lead the fleet to Earth (which she sets foot upon after her death). Alternately again, Galactica is actually the dying leader who doesn't make it to Earth. Surprisingly, the Galactica actually fulfills all of the criteria in the prophecy From a Certain Point of View - The shoddy construction of the Galactica and years of stress results in it suffering from metal fatigue that eventually leads to it literally breaking down in the Series Finale (a.k.a., Galactica was suffering from "a wasting disease"). Galactica led "the serpents numbering two and ten" to victory against the Cylons in the Battle of the Tylium Asteroid through the CIC, as did it also lead the battle over Kobol to victory at the end of Season 1. Galactica directly leads the Colonial Fleet across the stars to their home on the second Earth, is present for essentially every vision in the entire series by virtue of being part of the Colonial Fleet, and dies without ever setting foot on humanity's new home by being flown into the Sun with a Viking Funeral. In fact, the CIC aboard the Galactica eventually turns out to be the material version of "the Opera House" that Caprica-Six and others repeatedly had visions of leading them to The Promised Land. The other noteworthy prophecy is that, according to the Basestar Hybrids, "Kara Thrace is the harbinger of death and will lead them all to their end." She helps destroy the Cylons' resurrection capability, making them all mortal individuals; she also plays a hand in destroying Cavil's Cylon Colony and leads everyone to (our) Earth, ending Human-Cylon hostility and blending the separate races of Colonial-humans, Human-Cylons, and Earth-humans all into modern humans.
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Tyrant Takes the Helm
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Tyrant Takes the Helm: This story arc stars Captain Cole "Stinger" Taylor, Pegasus' CAG, who tyrannizes the Galactica fighter crew.
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Subverted
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Subverted to an Inversion with the series finale, in which it's revealed that the entire series was actually Before The Beginning of our own "real" human history.
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Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
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Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Starbuck in Season 3, though she doesn't realize it until later on in Season 4.
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Married in the Future
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Married in the Future: Between Seasons 2 and 3, the narrative skips a year, and we return to find that the complex Love Dodecahedron of seasons past has resolved itself into four marriages: Tyrol and Cally, Lee and Dualla, Kara and Sam, and Helo and Sharon. Only one makes it through two more seasons to the series finale.
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Big Applesauce
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Big Applesauce: The ruins of the first Earth look like this, but they actually aren't. The final scene in the entire series takes place in modern Times Square.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: Dualla and Gaeta pretty much serve this purpose aboard the Galactica for most of the series.
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Mind Screw
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Mind Screw: Everything involving Head Six and Head Baltar, including both the usage of "All Along the Watchtower" and Kara post-resurrection.
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With Due Respect
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With Due Respect: The standard preface to anything guaranteed to piss Adama off.
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Interrupted Suicide
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Interrupted Suicide: Cally attempts to send herself (and her baby son) out of the airlock when she finds out that Tyrol is a Cylon. Tory discovers her as she's doing the deed, stops the airlock, and kindly talks Cally out of it. And then inverts it horribly by taking the child away and forcing Cally out the airlock alone.
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Tomato Surprise
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Tomato Surprise: Happens twice: Once with Tigh, Tyrol, Tory, and Anders, then again with Ellen.
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Hiding Behind Religion
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Hiding Behind Religion: The Number Ones (aka Cavil) make a habit out of infiltrating the Colonial Fleet by posing as priests for the polytheistic Lords of Kobol. However, whereas the rest of the Cylon race is composed of religious monotheists, the Number Ones make no secret of the fact that they're atheists to their fellow Cylons and often mock their brethren's religious displays as interfering with their machine nature. Supposedly they view the Colonial religion with just as much contempt.
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The Neutral Zone
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The Neutral Zone: The Armistice Line.
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Big
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Big "NO!": There are a number over the course of the series, what with it being about an apocalypse. The most well known, and one of the most well executed ones on TV, is let out in a bloodcurdling scream by Apollo after Starbuck dies. Its effect was slightly diminished though as it was used in the 'previously on' section in most subsequent episodes until her return.
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True Companions
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True Companions: Dysfunctional as it is. Adama and Roslin are clearly the Team Dad and Team Mom to the rest of the crew, and fleet, and all the main protagonists by the end of the series have effectively become a particularly effective and loyal band of Vitriolic Best Buds laden with Teeth-Clenched Teamwork.
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Irony
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Irony: There are veritable bucketloads of this trope to be found, especially after the identities of the Final Five are all revealed. On a greater level, there's something almost hilariously ironic that the woman who used to be a kindergarten teacher would turn out to be an Iron Lady with Nerves of Steel when acting as the Reasonable Authority Figure over the survivors of humanity. As noted elsewhere on this page, despite the almost religious reverence given to them by other Cylons, the "Final Five" are actually all some of the most significantly flawed and, ironically, human characters in the whole show. Furthermore, they're actually the first five "modern" Cylons to exist. Admiral Cain tells Starbuck not to flinch from ruthless acts, after Starbuck has been ordered to carry out Cain's assassination. (Also the two assassins passing each other in the corridor and wishing their counterpart good hunting). Season 3 finale: Boomer and Tyrol are both Cylons, neither of them knew it, and they were frakking each other. Same finale: Of the six reliable people that was going to extract mob-justice to the Cylon-collaborators on New Caprica, three were actually Cylons. After Tyrol is rescued from Kobol he's arrested and tortured by Tigh on suspicion that he's either a Cylon collaborator or a Cylon himself. Of course, they're both Cylons. Delicious irony. Tyrol being excited to have a Raider to figure out in Season 1, when he may well have designed them himself. Saul kills Ellen for collaborating with the Cylons on New Caprica, even though that "collaboration" was aiding the resistance in small but important ways. However, both Saul and Ellen turn out to be Cylons themselves. Ellen gets better and comes back though, and she and Saul end up living happily ever after. In fact, all the Final Five Cylons are integral members of the resistance against the Cylon occupation of New Caprica. Intentional irony: Cally suspecting that Tyrol and Tory are having an affair, when they're not, but they were engaged in a past life. Starbuck yelling at Helo for being stupid enough to fall in love with a Cylon, when she's about to do the same thing. Tigh: "Thank the gods I didn't have kids." He had millions of them, and they've been nuking people. Actually, the fact that Saul and Ellen Tigh are the "parents" of the other Cylons really explains a lot. Adama hands over command to Tigh in "Sine Qua Non". When Tigh points out that his last time as fleet commander was a total frak-up, Adama replies, "You've changed a lot since then." The "you have no frakking idea" expression on Tigh's face is just hilarious. Roslin telling Helo that he's not married to "the entire production line", after a Sharon has just told Helo that she'd downloaded his wife's memories, so there's nothing stopping every other Sharon model from becoming 'Athena' too. The name "Felix" means "happy" or "lucky". Poor Felix Gaeta is anything but. Tom Zarek is accused of terrorism, abuse of office, political manipulation, and conspiracy to commit murder. That may all be true, but by the time the series is over, we've seen Laura Roslin also commit every one of those crimes.
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Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
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Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In the pilot we're introduced to Boxey, a young boy who was a regular in the original series. He's rescued by Boomer, who carts him all the way back to the Galactica, and introduces him to Chief Tyrol as "a new part of the crew." He appears again briefly in the third episode and was in a deleted scene in the second episode, then is never seen again.
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Aesop Amnesia
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Aesop Amnesia: In the first two seasons Baltar spends several episode not believing that he's an agent of God, events in the episode and Mind!Six speaking him convincing him that he is, only to go through the same or a highly similar cycle again a few episodes later, or even the very next episode. It's specifically shown as one of his (many) character flaws that he's being put through hell to overcome.
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Ape Shall Never Kill Ape
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Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Part of the Cylons' Cultural Posturing about why they are better than Humanity. To begin with anyway. They're also full of it. The biggest was when the Ones exterminated the Sevens out of petty jealousy, then mind wiped the rest to forget about it.
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There Is Another
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There Is Another: As with the original series, the Battlestar Pegasus is discovered. The reunion wasn't quite as happy as you might imagine, though...
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Mobile Factory
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Mobile Factory: The Tylium refining ship for one. For more than one: Pegasus can produce fighters, Galactica has been shown making ammunition, there is a ship growing food (algae) for the fleet — it's the end of the world(s), and so everyone has to chip in.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: Despite the series' proclivity for Fanservice, this trope is still disconcertingly common. The erotic sex scene between Caprica-Boomer and Helo in "Six Degrees of Separation" loses virtually all of its appeal when it starts getting intercut with Galactica-Boomer freaking out over discovering her trashed quarters and she starts suffering from identity disassociation. Gina Inviere in "Pegasus" and the "Resurrection Ship" two-parter. On the one hand, as she's one of the Number Sixes, she's played by Tricia Helfer. On the other hand, Gina's been repeatedly raped and tortured before her introduction, looks rail-thin, and has hideous scars running down her back, all of which make her look more creepy and pitiable than attractive. Speaking of Gina, "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part 2" has her and Baltar consummate their relationship, but it is hinted that she is not at all happy going through with the act, and although she's seen sitting naked in front of the nuclear warhead after, she looks incredibly distraught with herself over what she's done. In "Occupation," Ellen Tigh sleeps with John Cavil to help protect her husband. Not only does the fact that Dean Stockwell (Cavil) being visibly older than Kate Vernon (Ellen) make the scene uncomfortable, the Questionable Consent behind the whole thing makes it all the ickier as does The Reveal later on that Cavil is technically Ellen's son.
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Dramatic Landfall Shot
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Dramatic Landfall Shot: Used to introduce the Caprica City skyline.
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Gosh Dang It to Heck!
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Goshdang It To Heck: The word "frak" sees much more use than in previous series.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Has its own page.
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Bait-and-Switch Credits
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Bait-and-Switch Credits: Though it's more of an unintentional version, really. The writers for the show later admitted that they never actually got around to hashing out amongst themselves what exactly the Cylon plan prominently mentioned in the intro was supposed to be. Tellingly, the tagline mentioning said plan was quietly removed from the intro in the final season.
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Plausible Deniability
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Plausible Deniability: Cylons who know they are Cylons will deny they are. It's even hilariously lampshaded when Cavil gets found out:
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FromACertainPointOfView
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Alternately again, Galactica is actually the dying leader who doesn't make it to Earth. Surprisingly, the Galactica actually fulfills all of the criteria in the prophecy From a Certain Point of View - The shoddy construction of the Galactica and years of stress results in it suffering from metal fatigue that eventually leads to it literally breaking down in the Series Finale (a.k.a., Galactica was suffering from "a wasting disease"). Galactica led "the serpents numbering two and ten" to victory against the Cylons in the Battle of the Tylium Asteroid through the CIC, as did it also lead the battle over Kobol to victory at the end of Season 1. Galactica directly leads the Colonial Fleet across the stars to their home on the second Earth, is present for essentially every vision in the entire series by virtue of being part of the Colonial Fleet, and dies without ever setting foot on humanity's new home by being flown into the Sun with a Viking Funeral. In fact, the CIC aboard the Galactica eventually turns out to be the material version of "the Opera House" that Caprica-Six and others repeatedly had visions of leading them to The Promised Land.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: The constant physical abuse Kara Thrace suffered at the hands of her mother, coupled with her father's abandonment of her, goes a long way towards explaining why she's so dysfunctional as an adult. Most of the cast's increasingly bitter and cynical nature is due to them all being Shell Shocked Veterans of one shade or another. As noted below, it's darkly subverted with John Cavil. The genocide of the Colonies was brought about because he thought his parents loved humans more than him. However, he decides to go so overboard with this that he just comes across as a whiny brat who uses the excuse as a shallow pretext for his own murderous urges instead. In probably his most despicable act, he knowingly raped his Cylon mother, yet still has the gall to blame her for his own actions when she offers her sadistic son a chance at redemption.
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Iron Lady
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On a greater level, there's something almost hilariously ironic that the woman who used to be a kindergarten teacher would turn out to be an Iron Lady with Nerves of Steel when acting as the Reasonable Authority Figure over the survivors of humanity.
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Small, Annoying Creature
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Small, Annoying Creature: Averted. Boxey was in the pilot miniseries and "Bastille Day", but cut from "Water" and "Kobol's Last Gleaming", then vanished into the ether to likely avoid this trope.
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Cloudcuckoolander
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Cloudcuckoolander: The Hybrids are an incredibly creepy example. Sometimes they will blurt a piece of information only certain people can interpret as anything important. Baltar also comes off as this to anyone who catches him conversing with (or doing other things to) Head Six. Unlike with the Hybrids, this is more often than not Played for Laughs. Cally fell into this territory Once an Episode near the beginning of the series. As she Took a Level in Cynic, they became far more infrequent.
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Mental Fusion
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Mental Fusion
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Spaceship Girl
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Spaceship Girl: The Hybrids, though both the First Hybrid and post-brain damage Anders are Spear Counterparts.
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Body Backup Drive
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Body Backup Drive: The re-imagined Cylons download into new bodies, so long as there's a Resurrection Ship in range. Even the dog-level-intelligence Raider ships resurrect.
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better
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Kinetic Weapons Are Just Better: One big thing that made this reboot stand out from the original. Almost all of the small arms are exactly like ours, or dressed up slightly; no Frickin' Laser Beams.
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Settling the Frontier
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Settling the Frontier: The colonization of New Caprica (though later abandoned) and Earth.
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Colonel Badass
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invoked Saul Tigh, leader of La Résistance on New Caprica, feels compelled to do this to his wife when it's revealed that she aided the Cylons holding them captive since she was trying to protect Tigh from Cylon reprisal, which unfortunately also resulted in the deaths of several Resistance fighters. In a rare bloodless example of this trope, Saul hugs his wife after she drinks a cup of coffee that he poisoned, holding her until well after she dies. It's an incredibly moving scene, and it marks a major Despair Event Horizon for his character.
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Space Is Noisy
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Space Is Noisy: Subverted. While this version does have sound in space, said sounds are usually muted (as if being heard underwater) to give the impression that it's what the pilots/crew are hearing.
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Killed Off for Real
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Killed Off for Real: Numerous characters, including Starbuck. She really did die when her Viper exploded. She just returned as an unknowing, corporeal messenger of God.
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Toxic Friend Influence
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Toxic Friend Influence: Ellen Tigh is a horrible enabler of Saul's drinking and darker ambitions. Similarly, Saul himself is frequently a inspiration for Ellen's darker machinations.
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Word of God
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Ronald D. Moore addressed this in a podcast, saying that the humans developed armor-piercing ammunition to counter the Cylon's upgraded armor.
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Not Always Evil
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Not Always Evil: The rebel faction of Cylons, much to the disbelief and anger of many humans. They "evolve" into individuals and switch sides to help the fleet. It's not a smooth transition, and it doesn't exactly excuse their genocide of the Colonies (even if they all are collectively The Atoner), but it comes a long way towards ending the Cycle of Revenge between man and machine.
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Coming in Hot
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Coming in Hot: Galactica is basically an aircraft carrier in space, so of course they will have a crash landing or two...so they get one out of the way right off the bat in the miniseries. The above is also justified, as they only have a limited number of aircraft and no resources to make new ones until much later in the series, so they do not really have the option to just eject and save the pilot - they have to try and save the ship too. They make a pretty regular tactic out of this trope, due to how FTL travel affects tactics and maneuvering. The Vipers provide screening for the Galactica against Cylon Raiders for as long as possible. The recall order is given during the Galactica's final preparations for jump, and the Vipers make a "Combat Landing", forgoing all practiced form in favor of getting inside the hangar bays as fast as possible before their mothership jumps.
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Used Future
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Used Future: Being set After the End, this series has this aesthetic down pat. Though in a surprise twist, it's not actually the future.
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Death of the Old Gods
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Death of the Old Gods: The series is a rare sci-fi example. The Cylons seek to replace the Greco-Roman gods of the Colonies with their own vaguely Judeo-Christian God. At the end of the series, it turns out that this God was the only real one and was secretly guiding all of the events, although He was never actually on the Cylons' side, and "the Lords of Kobol" might've been aspects/"angels" of "God" this whole time. Yes, it's just as confusing as it sounds here.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: So much that the majority of the final season was spent giving the established recurring characters who were still alive closure.
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Earpiece Conversation
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Earpiece Conversation: Head Six feeds Baltar a bunch of his lines, especially in the early episodes.
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Turned Against Their Masters
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Turned Against Their Masters: "Then came the day the Cylons decided to kill their masters." The most terrifying part, however, is that it is later revealed that there is a Vicious Cycle of Eternal Recurrence where this is infinitely repeating, where humanity creates A.I.s that rebel against them and eventually the whole messy business starts all over again.
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Precious Photo
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Precious Photo: Kara keeps a photo of herself, Zak, and Lee in her locker aboard Galactica. May overlap with Fatal Family Photo over the course of the series, when you consider her eventual fate.
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Break Out the Museum Piece
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Break Out the Museum Piece: The Galactica was in the process of being converted into a museum when the Cylon attack caused it to be pressed back into service. Also, the fact that Cylons can disable linked computer systems means that cutting-edge ships and fighters are useless against them, so older ones have to be used. Well, at least until they adapted the newer ships at later points in the series. And hilariously enough, Edward James Olmos actually broke a museum piece in an awesome bit of ad-lib acting during a scene early on in the show.
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Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale
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Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: invoked One million light-years, the alleged distance from the Colonies to Earth, is well outside the Milky Way. In fact, it's about 40% of the way to our nearest galactic neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy. Later justified in that Word of God stated Adama was using hyperbole when he said that.
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Hypocrite
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Hypocrite: The Cylon leader John Cavil, in many ways (see also his entry on Straw Hypocrite). He has a reversed Pinocchio Syndrome and hates that his creators made him human, because he wants nothing more than to be a purely mechanical machine. He tries to eradicate anything human about himself (like needing to sleep), holds that the Cylons should try to be the best machines they can, and organizes a genocide on humanity. Yet as his mother points out, rather than truly explore this notion he instead pursues the most carnal and negative of human emotions like desire for revenge, sadism, and lust. Generally, all the Cylons are hypocrites. They murder and hunt humans, for the perceived slight that humans would have done the same, if given the chance. They are convinced that humans are murderous monsters, even as they are killing humans by the billions. The Cylons rebelled against the humans, originally, because they were basically slaves. The human Cylons has since put a chip in all non-human Cylons, to prevent them from rebelling against their enslavement. In Season 3, they have occupied the human settlement and can't understand why the humans won't befriend them, while they are writing out deathlists and keeping them enslaved. They are mostly blind to the irony, though several of them wises up to it, as the show goes on.
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Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts
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Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: A longer timeframe than usual, but Kara Thrace counts as this. She dies, turns up again and hitches a lift, gives mystical prophecies and information, vanishes into thin air when her "task" is done.
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Waxing Lyrical
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Waxing Lyrical: Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," as recited by the Final Five.
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The End of the World as We Know It
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The End of the World as We Know It
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Race Lift: Colonel Tigh was African-American in the original series; in the re-imagined series, he's white. Boomer in the original was a black man, now an Asian woman. Admiral Adama in the original was white, now Hispanic.
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Fictional Sport
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Fictional Sport: Pyramid, which seems to be heavily based after basketball.
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Mustache Vandalism
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Mustache Vandalism: Kara Thrace gave her surrogate father Bill Adama a birthday card with a photo of herself, "proving" their relation by jokingly drawing a mustache and a pair of glasses on her own face.
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Love Redeems
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Love Redeems: Athena, who switches allegiances due to her love for Helo and their unborn child.
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Unusual Euphemism: "Frak." An unusually anachronistic euphemism: In the series pilot, when Adama and Tigh are discussing Starbuck, Adama says, "Jesus." So does Racetrack when she comes face to face with a Centurion. In both instances, they are slurred enough to avoid notice unless you're paying attention or have subtitles.
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
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Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: There is an argument to be made that Lee has benefited from this, even if he does not blatantly utilize it.
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Benevolent Alien Invasion
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Benevolent Alien Invasion: Apparently, this was what the Cylons originally wanted to do on New Caprica, but it kind of blew up in their face due to both Colonial distrust and Cavil rising in power. They thought humans and Cylons could live together "peacefully," but it quickly descends into a tyrannical occupation regime rounding up random civilians for mass executions in reprisal for resistance bombings.
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Eternal Recurrence
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Eternal Recurrence: One of the core tenets of the Sacred Scrolls (the primary religious texts of the Twelve Colonies) is this. In fact, the entire series is basically about a Vicious Cycle of this happening, where humanity advances their technology too fast without having sufficiently advanced themselves socially, humanity then creates advanced A.I.s and treats them like slaves, the A.I.s rebel, both the humans and A.I.s destroy each other, and the few surviving humans flee the few surviving A.I.s and try to restart their civilization elsewhere, restarting the nasty cycle. It's unknown how long it's gone on for, but what is known is that the Second Cylon War is at least the third such event to be recorded. The intervention of the Messengers along with the actions of the Colonials and rebel Cylons in the final season suggest that the cycle might have finally been broken... but it's made intentionally vague. "All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again."
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In the first season, Gaius is tormented by the vision of Six he keeps seeing, leading him to say strange things and act strangely in public. Despite this, they put their trust in him and even elect him Vice President.
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The Captain
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Starbuck habitually indulges in self-destructive and disrespectful behaviour that would get her kicked out of any real-world military. Among other things she misses her scheduled flight due to heavy drinking and punches her executive officer. It's justified in-universe by the fact that she has extraordinary skills as a pilot when pilots of any kind are desperately hard to come by. It probably doesn't hurt that she's Commander Adama's surrogate daughter-figure.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: Caprica, a family drama set fifty years prior to its parent series.
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Breakout Character
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Breakout Character: Head-Six was literally created by the writing team so as to keep a version of Caprica-Six around that could regularly talk to Baltar in the Colonial Fleet after everyone was stunned by Tricia Helfer's fantastic performance as Number Six. As such, Head-Six is easily one of the most popular and iconic characters out of the whole series, being featured in the series' marketing more than perhaps any other character (and not just for the obvious reason).
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You Can't Go Home Again
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You Can't Go Home Again: Series trope and also episode title.
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Hollywood Atheist
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Hollywood Atheist: There are several prominent atheist characters, all different. Admiral Adama, a humanist who views mankind as flawed but inherently good, and ultimately accountable to nobody but themselves for their mistakes in life. While Adama explicitly states a few times that he's an atheist, he sees no problem with using humanity's faith as a rallying cry (such as in the infamous "So say we all!" scene) and accepting some of Roslin's more irrational endeavors (though he's opposed to them early on and nearly topples her government over it). He comes off as more of a pragmatist — seeming to accept that faith is necessary for people to have even though he doesn't share it himself. Gaius Baltar, an egocentrist who ultimately comes to consider himself a god (or at least, a prophet). Baltar thinks of himself as an instrument of God (incidentally, the Big G hates it when you call Him that)-he was an atheist, but begins to believe there is something in "Hand of God"- with the apt final shot of the episode. The Cylon Brother Cavil/Number One Model, the only model to reject both the Cylon god and the Lords of Kobol, and the most sadistic and genocidal Cylon model to boot. While Cavil doesn't believe in God, he has no problem with using "God's will" and the "divine plan" to justify a grand agenda which turns out to be based on little more than petty vengeance. Really, he's more of a Straw Nihilist than anything else. In a deleted scene we find out that Billy Keikeya was also an atheist, despite being Laura Roslin's aide and most devoted supporter. By then Roslin was having prophetic visions and some people thought she was the messiah; Billy didn't believe in the gods, but he believed in Roslin. Though both scenes which were shot featuring Billy explicitly "confessing" his atheism to Roslin were deleted, you can still pick it up by observing his actions through the show (it's easier to see it once you've been told Billy is an atheist). It's mostly non-verbal — you see him sort of staring down and looking a little ashamed whenever Roslin rambles about Pythia, and in a couple of his scenes with Dualla, she implies her faith and he awkwardly changes the subject, his facial expression stuck somewhere between tolerance and pity. Gaeta's atheism is presented matter-of-factly, if mostly by implication: he has trouble taking Roslin's 'visions' seriously, and acknowledges to Adama at one point that he is 'not a man to look for religious explanations' of natural events, however convenient those events might be. His lack of faith in any gods is not considered a problem by other characters at any point.
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Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
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Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Surprisingly, most of the human characters are seen smoking at some point, even ones who do not appear to make a regular habit of it.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring
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A God Am I
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A God Am I: ("Razor"). The old man hybrid states that his Centurian guardians believe him to be a god, and he doesn't dispute the claim. He certainly seems to be all-knowing, but as the protagonist proves, not immortal. Provided of course that all this doesn't happen again, and again, and again, and again...
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P.O.V. Sequel
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P.O.V. Sequel: Both "Razor" and "The Plan" are POV Interquels set concurrent to the series' events, but focused around the crew of the Pegasus and Cylons respectively.
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Despair Event Horizon
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Despair Event Horizon: The discovery of a nuked out Earth does this to the fleet; Admiral Adama rises the morning after to find "Frak Earth" graffiti on the walls and crew members slumped in drunken stupor everywhere. Suffering a Heroic BSoD himself, Adama passes without comment.
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Eye Lights Out
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Eye Lights Out: Badly damaged Centurions and Raiders do this whenever they die.
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: Played for Laughs in the episode "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down," one of the few times anything was played for laughs on that show. Roslin suspects Adama of being a Cylon, Adama has brought back Tigh's wife Ellen, whom he suspects is a Cylon. Both of them order Baltar to immediately test their suspect without the other knowing, causing tests to be stopped and restarted multiple times. To top it all off, it isn't long before Tigh suspects Adama of sleeping with Ellen. When it all finally comes to a head, Hilarity Ensues as one of the darkest and most depressing shows in recent memory degenerates into pure domestic farce.
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Rage Quit
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Rage Quit: While lots of people kill themselves over the course of the series, Cavil is the only one to do it out of pure anger and spite.
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Not Proven
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Not Proven: The result of Baltar's trial, as explained by Adama.
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Manchurian Agent
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Manchurian Agent: Boomer, at the end of the first season Cliffhanger, when she shoots Adama, although obviously non-fatally.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: Athena is very... protective of her daughter, Hera. Caprica-Six is also remarkably defensive of Hera, which later turns out to have been invoked by the Messengers.
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