The humanoid Cylons are the leaders of the Cylon empire and the revelation that these inﬁltrators canperfectly mimic human form, even down to the internal organs and lymphatic system, creates a wave offear and paranoia among the humans. Some humanoid Cylons are "sleeper" agents, programmed withfalse memories so they think they are human. Cylons can interact with humans very convincingly, evenbeing capable of intimate emotional and sexual relationships. Although prior to the episode "Sine Qua Non"Cylons were presumed to be incapable of successfully reproducing with each other, there have been twocases of Cylons reproducing with humans. During the episode, "Sine Qua Non", Commander Adamareveals to Col. Saul Tigh that Caprica-Six is pregnant with Saul's child, suggesting that Cylons are capableof intra-Cylon reproduction. The Cylons are also capable of the same psychological and emotionalresponses as human beings. Nonetheless, they have certain superhuman abilities, such as increasedstamina and strength and the ability to physically interface with computer systems.Cylons had the ability to download their consciousness into another body when the body they are currentlyusing is killed or destroyed until the fourth season episode "The Hub". The second season of
explored this notion in greater depth — the limited range of these downloads required the Cylonsto build a "Resurrection Ship" to capture downloads from the human ﬂeet, while the episode "Scar"established that the downloading procedure is shared by the Raider spacecraft. An entire episode,"Downloaded", also centered on the difﬁculties of two Cylon characters adjusting to their lives afterdownloading into new bodies.
The ﬁrst Cylons were built as workers for the Twelve Colonies, but their advanced programming causedthem to become sentient and they rebelled against their creators. The colonies counter-attacked withmilitary force and the ﬁrst Cylon War commenced, lasting roughly twelve and a half years. During the war,the Cylons began conducting biotechnological experiments on humans. At the end of the war an armisticewas signed establishing diplomatic relations between the two warring parties. The Cylons disappeared andwere not seen again by the colonies for another forty years.During isolation the Cylons developed twelve models of humanoid Cylons based on their study of humanitywith each model exhibiting a different archetype of humanity. The models were so precise that theymimicked human form down to a cellular level. Each model was designated by a number from one totwelve. For each model, millions of identical copies were created and an entire system of downloading theconsciousness of not only the humanoid Cylons, but the Raiders as well came into existence. Thehumanoid Cylons began inﬁltrating the colonies and the Cylon race as a whole adopted a monotheist beliefsystem.Having not heard from the Cylons in forty years, the colonial admiralty became suspicious and sent thebattlestar
on a covert mission close to the armistice line to gather intelligence on Cylon activity. A stealth ship from the
crossed the armistice line and the pilot was captured by the Cylons. Threeyears later the Cylons initiated a surprise simultaneous nuclear attack on the twelve colonial homeworldsafter a Number Six model successfully inﬁltrated the colonial defence network on Caprica and createdbackdoor programs to shut the network and its defenses down. The attacks decimated the entire colonialpopulation. Two battlestars, the
, managed to escape the massacre due to theirsystems either being un-networked or undergoing retroﬁt. The others were destroyed when their systemswent ofﬂine during the attacks. A ﬂeet of civilian ships were also left scattered throughout the neighboringvicinity of space.Following the victory, the Cylons began pursuit of a ﬂeet of civilian ships led by the battlestar
aswell as initiating the next phase of their evolution, procreation. Female survivors on the planet Caprica weredetained and used in experiments to create Cylon-human hybrids. The experiments were unsuccessful andthe Cylons believed that the missing component in their attempts at procreation was love. They tested this
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