Richard Adar

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Richard Adar
Richard Adar


Colony Caprica
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Birth Name Richard Adar
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Death Killed in the Cylon attack
Marital Status Married
Extramarital affair with Laura Roslin
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Role President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol
Mayor of Caprica City
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Portrayed by Colm Feore
Richard Adar is a Cylon
Richard Adar is a Final Five Cylon
Richard Adar is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Richard Adar is an Original Series Cylon
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Richard Adar is the President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol at the time of The Fall. He likely dies on Caprica, along with the Quorum of Twelve and virtually all other government officials, during the Cylon attack.

Adar first runs for mayor of Caprica City, to which he is elected, and later goes on to successfully run for president (TRS: Miniseries; "Daybreak, Part II"). At the time of the Cylon attack, he has nine months left in his second term (TRS: "Bastille Day").

Adar appears to be a somewhat controversial president; William Adama considers him to be a "moron" (TRS: "Home, Part II"). At some point in his presidency, he deploys Colonial Marines on Aerilon, an action which results in casualties and a public outcry. Though publicly he stands by his decision, he personally regrets his actions and writes down the names of all the casualties, leaving it in his desk as a reminder of his fallibility. His successor emulates the same practice after the loss of Olympic Carrier (TRS: "Water").

Nevertheless, Adar continues to possess rather aggressive tendencies as president, as he is willing to use military action to resolve a drawn-out teacher strike when the teachers start to become violent. When his Secretary of Education, Laura Roslin, negotiates a diplomatic solution with the teachers' union, he is less than pleased at this outcome and asks for her resignation, which she refuses to discuss until her return from the decommissioning ceremony aboard Galactica (TRS: "Epiphanies").

While in office, Adar offers a full pardon to Tom Zarek in exchange for the latter's renunciation of violence, which Zarek turns down (TRS: "Bastille Day"). Despite being a married man,[1] Adar engages in an illicit romantic affair with Laura Roslin during the last days of his administration (TRS: "Epiphanies"). He is also an influential friend[2] to Dr. Gaius Baltar (TRS: "Miniseries"). All three persons go on to succeed him as president.

Following the nuclear attack on Picon by the Cylons, Adar offers a complete, unconditional surrender on behalf of the Twelve Colonies. The Cylons ignore the overture, and Adar likely dies soon after, possibly following the detonation of a nuclear weapon over Caprica City. As a result of his death, the automated Case Orange government continuity mechanism activates via wireless and attempts to locate any surviving government officials. Only Roslin, the forty-third official in line of succession, responds, and she succeeds Adar as president after being sworn in aboard her government transport, a passenger liner designated Colonial Heavy 798 (TRS: "Miniseries").


  • Adar is the name of the 6th month in the ecclesiastical year and 12th month of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar.
  • The original script for "Home, Part II" called for Adama to refer to Adar as a "prick," but the line was edited to comply with broadcasting decency standards. Adama's original sentiments appear to mirror Feore's portrayal of Adar as a proud and disagreeable man.
  • President Adar's only "actual" appearance are flashback scenes in the Season 2 episode "Epiphanies," though he has been mentioned in dialog several times since the Miniseries.


  1. According to a December 2005 interview with Mary McDonnell in TV Guide, President Adar was married when she was having her romance with him.
  2. In the Miniseries, Adar is shown in a photo in Gaius Baltar's home, portrayed by series co-executive producer David Eick in age-enhancing make-up.

Preceded by:
Mayor of Caprica City Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
eventually Mueller
President of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol Succeeded by:
Laura Roslin