- For information on Kobol, original home of mankind in the Original Series, see Kobol (TOS).
- For information on Kobol, original home of mankind in the Re-imagined Series, see Kobol (RDM).
- For the ship or space station with this name in the Original Series, see Star Kobol.
- For the two-part episode of the Re-imagined Series, see "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I" and "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II".
Similarities of Kobol between Original and Re-imagined Series
- It is believed to be the original home of humanity.
- It is found by chance by both Fleets.
- A world catastrophe or internal strife forces humanity to leave the planet.
- A tomb holds the key to the location of Earth.
- Special keys are needed to open or access the secrets of the tomb.
- The Colonials encounter Cylons on and around the planet during their quests.
- "Kobol" originally appears derived from "Kolob" which, according to the Mormon Book of Abraham is the "star nearest unto God". Glen A. Larson, creator of the Original Series, is a member of the of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, he used Mormon imagery within the show, together with elements of Egyptian imagery that tend to reflect the time of Abraham and the Israelites. The Book of Abraham also claims that Abraham taught the Egyptians astronomy and that Kolob is the central star of the universe and thus controls the revolutions of all other stars and planets. The connection seems to come from Kolob/Kobol as the (so to speak) "original starting point".
- Kobol could also have been derived from the Greek word Kobalos, meaning "mine or source." The name may suggest that Kobol was originally a planet with a wealth of natural resources (or, in the case of the Tomb of Athena, information).
- Kobol also shares its pronunciation with COBOL, an older programming language (whose programs are reputed to still be widely used.)