Life Forms known to the Colonies

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The inhabitants of the Twelve Colonies know of many different kinds of non-human life throughout the known universe.

While a majority of life encountered in the galaxy is oddly human—descendants from either the Colonies themselves, or the fabled Thirteenth Tribe—some life forms are not themselves human, though are humanoid.[1]

Beings of Light[edit]

Main article: Beings of Light

Referred to by Adama as the "guardians of the universe," the Beings of Light do not interfere with the others outside of their plane of existence (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part II"), with one notable exception pertaining to the planet Terra (TOS: "Experiment in Terra").

It is known that Count Iblis is one of their number and, although appears human (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part I"), is revealed to be a non-human creature in appearance when shot by Lieutenant Starbuck (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part II")


Main article: Borays
A Boray.

Borays are pig-like humanoids native to Sectar. Initially, the humans who lived on the planet lived in fear of the Borays, for the Borays would raid the town of Serenity of supplies and even women. This changed after Starbuck gave the Borays' chief, Nogow, the role of Serenity's constable (TOS: "The Magnificent Warriors").


Main article: Cylons (TOS)

The Cylons began as reptilian creatures. Upon discovering humans, they created robots making use of the humanoid form a thousand yahren prior to the fall of the Colonies. Ever since, the Cylons have waged war on life in the galaxy that would threaten the Cylon Empire, the Colonials included.


Main article: Hasari

The Hasari are a nation of people to whom the Colonies provided aid when they were besieged by the Cylon Empire. Their aid to the plighted Hasaris leads to the Thousand-Yahren War with the Cylons, which ultimately leads to the destruction of the Colonies (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").


Main article: Ovions
An Ovion musician with a harp.

Ovions are insectoid creatures that manage a mysterious gambler's paradise on the planet Carillon. They are one of the members of the Cylon Alliance. Their extensive tylium mines are an extremely valuable asset (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").

Unidentified aliens[edit]

There are various unidentified aliens on Carillon, all of them bi-pedaled humanoids (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").

In addition, both Chameleon and Starbuck mention a "three-handed" dealer on Pineas (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives").


  1. Like most science fiction shows of the era including Star Trek and Space: 1999, it was economically difficult to create truly alien creatures for a weekly television series that did not revolve around a stunt man in a rubber suit.