Starbuck (TOS-DE alternate)

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Starbuck is a Caprican serving in the Colonial Military during the last stages of the Thousand Yahren War as a Viper pilot aboard the last surviving battlestar, Galactica.

7322 — Umbra, Caprica

A young Starbuck attacks a Centurion with a limb during the attack on Umbra (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).

As a young boy, the later re-named Starbuck flees into the Forest of Thorns as a result of the Cylon's attack on Umbra. During the defense by Rylon Viper pilots Adama and Tigh, Adama is shot down and crashes into the forest.

What seems to be a certain demise by a damaged Centurion is thwarted by Starbuck, who attacks the Cylon with a tree branch before it can kill Adama. Adama is able to blow off the distracted Centurion's head and radio for medical assistance, as Starbuck is rendered unconscious as a result of his being electrocuted upon damaging the Centurion (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).

As a result of amnesia and other post-traumatic trauma diagnosed by a medic onboard Rycon, Adama names the boy "Starbuck" in appreciation of being saved.

7322-7328 — Growing Up An Orphan

A teenage Starbuck on his turbocycle (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1)

One of over three thousand children orphaned in 7322, Starbuck found himself raised by two foster parents in Lower Caprica, who had designs on helping their new son become an agro farmer.

In 7328, Starbuck arrives at Adama's home and asks Adama to sponsor his application to become a Colonial Warrior, despite the fact that Starbuck's foster parents could have done so—but wouldn't have. Adama initially rebukes this, leading to Apollo—a first-yahren flight cadet—to challenge Starbuck to a turbocycle race down Mount Colicos. This race leads to bonding between the two, particularly as the race goes wrong and results in the destruction of both participants' cycles, as well as Adama being pressured into sponsoring Starbuck as a Warrior (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).

7328-7335 — Becoming a Warrior

Starbuck at the graduation celebration in 7335 (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).

Sometime after entering the Academy, Starbuck quits after Apollo is reported dead during a training exercise gone wrong. Upon Apollo's return, Starbuck punches Apollo in the nose, forcing Zac to intercede by pulling Starbuck away from Apollo. After calming down, Starbuck and Apollo promise each other that, were they to both become Warriors, they would not mourn each other if the worst transpired. As this promise was extracted, Starbuck returns to the Academy (Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 1 #2)

In 7331, Starbuck is assigned to shadow his flight instructor, Lieutenant Wyler, aboard battlestar Pegasus. The impressionable Starbuck is taken under Wyler's wing, and taught an unorthodox curriculum of womanizing, gambling, and other roguish behaviors.

During this time, Starbuck befriends fellow classmates Boomer and Jolly. He also vies for the affections of Adama's daughter, Athena, but this fails even though they reconcile by the time Starbuck graduates the Academy in 7335 (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).

7335 — A Father Figure's Demise and Assignment to Galactica

Starbuck wins McKintosh's data chip with the alleged proof that the Umbra defense net was deactivated prior to the Cylon's attack.

With the death of Wyler a day prior to Starbuck's graduation (but told by Adama during the post-graduation celebrations), Starbuck enters a period of grieving the only way he knew how: gambling.

In the course of this, he happens across McKintosh during a game of pyramid at one of his and Wyler's frequent chanceries. In the course of the game, McKintosh learns that Starbuck was at Umbra, and recalls that he too was there that day as he freighted agro from the Umbra factory. He makes a grandiose claim that the defense net went down, contrary to the official story that it had been destroyed, and that he had information on a chip to prove it. As McKintosh lost the wager, he gives the chip to Starbuck—only for Starbuck to discover that it was corrupted (Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck 1).


Following the Battle at Galaxy's Edge, Starbuck is one of four Warriors, part of Apollo's patrol into the mysterious realm following an unlikely trip through a black hole. Upon discovering an unknown planet, he participates in the discovery of truths of Iblis' actual origin, and uses himself and Boomer as bait to draw out Meclons from their ships so that they can escape to The Fleet (Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 #1Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 #3).

Following his return, he assists in warding off the Meclon attack against the Fleet (Classic Battlestar Galactica Vol. 3 #5).


  1. This is not his birth name.