Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Best Damn Pilot in the whole Frackin Fleet
Kara had intended to be a professional Pyramid ball player until her knee gave out. She eventually joined the military, where she found more acceptance than she had felt at home as an abused child. Although Kara’s mother, Socrata Thrace, had served as a Marine Sergeant Majorin the first unification war, Kara was the first person in the family to become a commissioned officer. Socrata was not content with her daughter’s military record, however, claiming she was not disciplined enough, and she was wasting her natural talent for flying. Kara’s father, Dreilide Thrace, was a piano player. He left the family when she was a child.
As a Flight Instructor at the Independent Rim Army Training School, she met and became romantically involved with one of her students, Zak Adama. Although Zak told her he did not want any special treatment from her, Kara passed him even though he failed Basic Flight, as she could not bring herself to crush his dreams.
Her leniency cost Zak his life when he was killed on his first Viper mission. After his death, Starbuck met his father, Admiral William “Bill” Adama. He realized Starbuck and Zak had been engaged and brought her under his command as a Lieutenant. Zak’s death, however, created a wedge between Adama and his other son, Major Lee “Apallo” Adama, who blamed his father for Zak’s death. After the funeral, Lee broke off all contact with his father and Starbuck.
Starbuck has a natural talent for flying and is considered Galactica’s best pilot, perhaps the best pilot in the fleet, although one vAdmiral Victor Kennedy may argue that fact. She is also known for being an avid card player and drinker as well as for her eruptive temper. Adama loves Kara despite her flaws and considers her something of a surrogate daughter. However, Starbuck and Colonel Tigh share a mutual sense of loathing, despite their similarities. After the second wat commenced Starbuck and Apallo were reunitned and kindled a frinedship that has served them throughout the war