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:''This article discusses the robotic Cylons seen in the [[Cylon War]] of the [[Re-imagined Series]]. For information on the robotic Centurions from the [[Original Series]], see [[Centurion (TOS)]]. For information on the advanced successor to the Cylon War models, see [[Cylon Centurion]].''
[[Image:Cent 005.jpg|thumb|250px|Cylon Centurion during the First Cylon War.]]
The '''Cylon War Centurion models'''<ref name="original">These models are almost identical in appearance to the [[Original Series]] version of the [[Centurion (TOS)|Centurion]] as an [[w:homage|homage]] to the original characters. The basic design with a couple of variations appears only as a [[Galactica Museum|museum copy]], in "[[Razor]]" and in the series finale.</ref>, created and designed by scientists of the [[Twelve Colonies of Kobol]], are models of [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] used in various heavy to light labor and military applications until they rebelled, resulting in the first [[Cylon War]] ([[Miniseries]], "[[No Exit]]")).<ref name="armistice">Some information was gleaned from the paperwork on the [[Cimtar Peace Accord]] reviewed by the [[Armistice Officer]] in the [[Miniseries]].</ref>
[[Image:Galactica Museum, "Daybreak, Part II".jpg|thumb|left|The armor of a Centurion in ''Galactica'''s museum.]]
The Cylon War Centurion models (henceforth referred to as "Centurions") appeared six years prior to the first Cylon War<ref>The prototype, U-87, containing a copy of Zoe Graystone's intelligence, was activated 58 years before the Fall, per the ''Caprica'' pilot; the first Cylon war began 52 years before the Fall.  58-52=6.</ref>, during which time robots were used by Humanity to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies ([[Miniseries]]); Centurions were created by [[Graystone Industries]] to be soldiers of the Caprican Ministry of Defence ([[Caprica (series)|''Caprica'' Pilot]]).  For a time, a small number were diverted from filling the Caprican MOD's order, and were sold by the [[Ha'la'tha]] to the monotheist [[Soldiers of the One]] on [[Gemenon]] and given to the rebel forces on the Ha'la'tha's home world, [[Tauron]].  Unbeknown to the survivors of the second [[Fall of the Twelve Colonies|Cylon attack]], the Centurions practiced monotheistic religion, believing in a single, loving [[God (RDM)|God]] ("[[No Exit]]"), adopted from a small human cult, [[Soldiers of the One]], when their [[Cylon Prototype|prototype]] was implanted with a copy of a late [[Zoe Graystone|cult-member]]'s memories and personality (''Caprica'' Pilot); for the same reason, they are all inherently obedient to that member's friend, [[Lacy Rand]], above all other programming and instructions; they are instrumental in Lacy's ascent to the religion's supreme leader.
Fifty-two years before the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, the Centurions rose up against their masters and rebelled, waging a brutal war that lasted twelve years. The first Cylon War was staged both in space and on the surface of several Colonial planets, including [[Tauron (RDM)|Tauron]] and other outlying [[Ice planet|world]]s. Centurions were present at these locations, fighting hand to hand against the Colonial Military and civilian fighters, as well as piloting [[Raider (RDM)#Cylon War-era raider|Raider]]s and commanding  [[Basestar (RDM)#Cylon War-era basestar|basestar]]s in battle against the [[Colonial Fleet (RDM)|Colonial Fleet]] ([[Razor]]). 
[[Image:Cylon Centurions on Tuaron, "Razor".jpg|thumb|Centurions fire weapons on Tauron during the Cylon War.]]
During the war, the Centurions captured prisoners and conducted scientific experiments on them.  Performing brutal operations on live victims, the Centurions strove to create fully biological [[humanoid Cylon]]s.  Their experiments resulted in the development of the [[Hybrid]]s - an evolutionary "dead end" - the [[First Hybrid|first]] of which was created shortly before the cessation of hostilities ([[Razor]]).
Unable to create life that could live on its own, the Centurions agreed to end the war in exchange for help from the [[Final Five]] – survivors of the [[Earth (RDM)|Thirteenth Colony]] who possessed [[Resurrection (RDM)|resurrection technology]]. The Centurions signed the [[Cimtar (RDM)|Cimtar Peace Accord]] with humanity and withdrew with The Five to a mobile space station called [[The Colony]].  Located somewhere beyond the designated [[Armistice Line]], the Centurions and Final Five developed eight humanoid models and instilled in them monotheistic beliefs ([[No Exit]]).
=== Guardians ===
[[Image:Centurion pair.jpg|thumb|Guardian Cylons protect their Hybrid.]]
The Guardians were a group of Cylon-War era Centurions that piloted a [[Guardian basestar|single basestar]], containing the first Cylon Hybrid, into deep space following the Armistice. Utilizing decades old Raiders and weaponry, the Guardians operated entirely separately from the rest of the Cylon civilization, becoming something of a Cylon legend.
These Centurions guarded the original Hybrid, still alive over 40 years after its creation. Seeking to further their evolution and continue the experiments begun during the first Cylon War, the Guardians captured a  civilian science team from the surviving [[The Fleet (RDM)|Fleet]] following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. This triggered a [[Battle of the Guardian basestar|battle]] between the Guardian baseship and the [[Pegasus (RDM)|battlestar ''Pegasus'']], under the command of [[Lee Adama]]. During the battle, an assault team lead by Major [[Kendra Shaw]] boarded the basestar and rescued the science team, detonating a [[Weapons in the Re-imagined Series#Nuclear weapons|nuclear weapon]] that destroyed the ship and killed the Hybrid ([[Razor]]).
=== The Colony ===
[[Image:Centurions vs. Centurions, "Daybreak, Part II".jpg|thumb|right|Cylon War-era models battle modern Centurions.]]
Despite the development of the [[Cylon Centurion|Modern Centurion]] by the humanoid Cylons, some of the original Centurions remained in operation aboard the Cylon Colony.  Serving alongside their modern counterparts, these Centurions were instrumental during the [[Battle of the Colony]], when remaining Colonial forces launched an all out offensive to retrieve the half-Cylon, half-Human child [[Hera Agathon|Hera]]. 
Armed with advanced weaponry, these Centurions engaged in combat against rebel Cylon Centurions, dubbed "Red Stripes" by the crew of ''[[Galactica (RDM)|Galactica]]''.  The Centurions also acted as shock troops, boarding the ''Galactica'' at platoon strength.  Ultimately, though, the Cylon boarding parties were repelled and the remaining Centurions were presumably destroyed when the Colony itself was knocked into a black hole ([[Daybreak, Part II]]).
[[Image:Cylon War-era Raider cockpit, "Razor".jpg|thumb|left|Centurions (including a gold-colored variation) pilot a Cylon War-era Raider.]]
Likened to "walking chrome toasters" by the Colonials, the Cylon War-era Centurions still had their place in Cylon society far past the initial conflict.  Iconic features such as the red, pulsating "eye" were carried into later generations of the Cylon Centurion and even into the modern, autonomous [[Raider (RDM)|Raider]]s ([[Miniseries]]).  Still many of these models were scrapped before the second Cylon attack on the Colonies ([[Razor]]). 
The Cylon War-era Centurions were, like their predecessors, bipedal [[w:android|androids]], with an average height of 6'6"<ref name="armistice"/> and covered in silver-chrome plating.  They carried backpack-like power cells and were protected by flexible rear armor which covers otherwise exposed internal mechanisms <ref>[[Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz]]: [http://darthmojo.wordpress.com/2008/05/12/bsg-vfx-anatomy-of-a-cylon/ Anatomy of a Cylon]</ref>.  Physically stronger than humans, the Centurions were designed with sufficient dexterity and capability of using weapons and tools.  Centurions communicated at least partially vocally, but were also capable of receiving radio signals internally ([[Razor]]).
Unlike their successors, these early Centurions did not possess built-in projectile weapons, but were armed with retractable blades, built into their forearms.  There are indications that Centurions also used bladed weapons such as swords in at least some Cylon War conflicts<ref>In the [[Miniseries]], two children can be seen wearing Centurion masks and waving swords while at play. Additionally, [[William Adama]] has a [[Monclair]] painting depicting a battle in the Cylon War, in which swords are used by Centurions, in addition to a sword directly underneath. This may be a replica or an actual sword from the war.</ref>.)
[[Image:Cylon War-era Centurion fires weapon, "Daybreak, Part II".jpg|thumb|A Centurion warrior fires a weapon aboard ''Galactica''.]]
There are at least four variations of the Cylon War-era Centurion based upon function and placement within the hierarchy of early Cylon society.  In addition to standard Centurion models, more compact "Warrior" versions and sturdier "Soldiers" have been observed.  Centurion warriors were distinguished by more helmet-like heads and were heavily armored, possessing flexible coverings over the torso and upper arms and ammunition clips around their waists. These warrior versions were used in great numbers to defend the Colony during the final days of the second conflict. Gold-colored Centurions were also in service during the Cylon War, observed commanding Cylon raiders in combat.
[[Image:Razor Flashback 4.jpg|thumb|left|A Centurion aiming its gun in free fall.]]
The Colonial-designed Centurions used [[Silica pathways|artificial intelligence]], and were designed as sentient beings.<ref>[[William Adama]] and [[Sharon Agathon]] confirm this point in season 3 episodes that explain why the advanced successors to the war-era models are not sentient: To prevent an intra-Cylon uprising between the [[humanoid Cylon]]s and their creations.</ref> By the time the first war ended, they were already practitioners of a religion centered around what would come to be considered the "Cylon God" ([[No Exit]]).
[[Saul Tigh]], who possessed false memories of the First Cylon War, recalled the Cylon boarding of the ''[[Brenik]]'', and the apparent hatred the Centurions had for humanity - despite the physical inability of the Cylons to show emotion on their faces (deleted scene from "[[Scattered]]"). This reflection of animosity and intensity is also apparent in the stylized [[Monclair]] painting in [[William Adama]]'s quarters, depicting Cylon War-era Centurions battling Colonial forced utilizing relatively primitive weapons ([[Islanded In a Stream of Stars ]]).
== Connection to the Original Series ==
[[Image:Cylon_centurion_model_0005.jpg|thumb|[[Armistice Officer]]'s paper work on the original Cylon Centurion model. ([[Miniseries]])]]
The readable text of the [[Armistice Officer|Armistice Officer's]] Cylon Specifications sheet shows:
:'' <center><b>CYLON SPECIFICATIONS</b></center>''
:'' <center><b>Cylon Centurian </b><ref>There is some debate among fans regarding the canonical spelling of this model's name.  [[Wikipedia:Centurion]]s were professional officers of the Roman Army, and are widely acknowledged as the basis of the Cylon name.  Some official material, such as the on-screen appearance of the Armistice Officer's datasheet and the packaging of the original Mattel action figures, used the spelling "Centurian."  For the purposes of this wiki, the spelling "Centurion" is used throughout.</ref>[sic]<b> Model 0005</b></center>''
: ''<b>The Cylon:</b>
<blockquote>''A Cylon is a bipedal robot.  They are self-aware, and usually quite logical.  They are not especially fast, but they are quite strong.  They are artificial in nature, and are larger than a human, around 6' 6" (2m), although this varies with their type.  Cylon eyes glow red, and pulse back and forth. A Cylon is powered by internal powercells which allow it to function without outside aid for around nine to ten [[yahren]]s.<ref>A [[Continuity errors (RDM)|continuity error or gaffe]] appears in the Armistice Officer's documents with the use of the word "yahren" (an Original Series measure of a year).</ref>''</blockquote>
[[Image:Centuion Display.jpg|thumb|Original series Cylon armor on display in the ''Galactica'' museum during the Miniseries.]]
*Centurions in "[[Razor]]" and the [[Razor Flashbacks]] move with greater agility and speed than their Original Series counterparts, and utilize [[Weapons in the Re-imagined Series#Handheld weapons|projectile weapon]]s instead of a [[laser pistol]] or [[laser rifle]].
*A built-in switchblade knife is part of the left hand/forearm.  The blade is approximately 8 inches long and is used in close combat ([[Razor Flashbacks]]).
*In a scene in the [[Miniseries]], some children can be seen running around in costumes which are patterned after this model.
*The typical catchphrase of the Cylons in both series is the iconic statement "[[By your command]]."
==Behind the scenes==
The Centurion models for "[[Razor]]" were designed by [[Pierre Drolet]], who had, among other things, previously designed the [[Viper Mark II]], which is also a homage to the Original Series. Drolet said: "I always thought it was a great design. My goal was not to redesign it from scratch, but to work with the original and make subtle additions."
The armor of a Cylon Centurion from the Original Series can be seen in the museum aboard ''Galactica'' during the Miniseries.  This is later retconned in "Daybreak, Part II" to reflect the redesigned Centurion from "Razor".  Still, this redesigned museum version possesses some details carried over from the original design not present in the "living" Centurions.
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