Stargate Universe: Major Characters

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Updated to: 2.10 "Resurgence"

Icarus Base and Destiny


Col. Everett Young - As a life-long military man Col. Young has had difficulty hanging up his wings. When he signs on for one more mission, it pushes his already strained marriage to the breaking point. Young is not one to assign high risk missions to others and he is often at odds with Dr. Rush. (From MGM)
Col. David Telford - Stubborn and supremely confident, Colonel Telford is the head of the team that was selected to take the first journey through the Stargate using the ninth chevron. He is a life-long, highly skilled military man who is also an F-302 pilot. (From MGM) Telford boarded the Destiny with the Lucian Alliance, but because of his being brainwashed, did not feel it right to step into command of the ship.
Lt. Tamara Johansen - Unable to afford medical school, this strong willed medic was days away from leaving the program when she found herself the only one with any medical training on board the Destiny. She has to contend with a difficult and secret history with someone who is also on board. (From MGM)
Lt. Matthew Scott - Scott is a new member to the Stargate team with a troubled past. He is completely unprepared when he is thrust into a leadership role at a time of crisis. Scott struggles to maintain accord between those who have different agendas. (From MGM)
MSgt. Ronald Greer - A military man with a short fuse and no apologies, Greer has a mysterious past that has yet to be revealed. (From MGM)
2nd Lt. Vanessa James - Stranded on the Destiny, Lt. James also had a sexual relationship with Lt. Matthew Scott while they were assigned to Icarus Base. As one of the few officers aboard the Destiny, James leads military teams as assigned.
Airman Darren Becker - He worked in the mess on Icarus Base and is now stranded on the Destiny. His number one duty is to ration out the food and water at mealtimes, which are done in small groups scheduled twenty minutes apart.


Dr. Nicholas Rush - Since the loss of his wife, Rush's dedication to science and his desire to explore the mysteries of the ninth chevron have overridden all else, at any cost. He alone is to blame for the situation that has flung everyone to the far reaches of the universe, without a way home. Even in his solitude, he is without remorse. (From MGM)
Camile Wray - Human resources executive Wray finds herself the highest ranking member of the International Oversight Committee (IOA) onboard the Destiny. Like many of those stranded on the ship, she is devastated by the separation from loved ones back on Earth. (From MGM)
Eli Wallace - A total slacker, who just happens to be an utter genius with anything he puts his mind to - mathematics, computers, video games. A lack of confidence has left him with an acerbic sense of humor. (From MGM)
Chloe Armstrong - Chloe is both the daughter of and aide to U.S. Senator Alan Armstrong, the head of an organization that exists to oversee funding for the Stargate Program. She was responsible for influencing the decision to continue financial support for research into the ninth chevron. She has a wild streak and is closer to her father than to her mother. (From MGM) After being taken by aliens and rescued, Chloe has begun a metamorphosis that has enhanced her intelligence, but is also changing her physical body. She is currently confined to her quarters, but is sometimes allowed to plot new courses from the ship's bridge as long as she's under guard.
Dr. Lisa Park - She is versed in Ancient technology and led a team to explore some of the systems aboard the Destiny. She is a key member of Dr. Rush's science team and sits on Destiny's bridge.
Dr. Dale Volker - He is an astrophysicist who is stranded on Destiny. Although Rush doesn't think of Volker as a capable scientist, Volker is a key member of Rush's science team and has a position on the ship's bridge.
Adam Brody - Brody is an engineer and knows how to read Ancient. He is used mostly in determining the function of various computer systems. His translations are sometimes incorrect, but for the most part, he is very competent at what he does. Brody put together a still and his moonshine has become quite popular. Brody is a valued member of Dr. Rush's science team and has a position on the ship's bridge.
Dr. Boone - Dr. Boone is one of the many scientists aboard the ship who serves in various functions, including monitoring the communication stones when others are linked through them.
Dr. Morrison - Dr. Morrison was one of the scientists who stayed on a planet, later named Eden, but chose to return to the Destiny because he believed that the ship was the better choice in getting them back home to Earth.

Missing, Dead, or Presumed Dead

Andrea Palmer - As a geologist, she was an important member of the first away team to a planet visited by the Destiny in search of lime for the air scrubbing system. Thinking that the desert planet they were on didn't have the needed lime, Palmer and Curtis overrode the lock the Destiny had placed on a nearby planet and stepped through the Stargate. They didn't answer their radios afterwards and the Destiny resumed its pre-programmed course, leaving them behind and without a dialing device.
Sgt. Curtis - Among the stranded on the Destiny, Curtis led a group to survey the Ancient ship, but as a member of the first away team, he was stranded on a planet with Andrea Palmer when the two of them overrode the lock-out code to another planet identified by the Destiny as a possible location for the lime that was needed in the air scrubbing systems aboard the Ancient ship.
Marine Cpl. Gorman - He was among the survivors who ended up on the Destiny, and was a member of one of the first away teams sent to a planet visited by the ship, under the command of Lt. James. Later, Col. Young assigned Gorman to investigate the Destiny's weapons capabilities. While on his way to the 'gate room to unload ice for the water supply, Gorman encountered the "dust devil" entities from the Destiny's first off-world mission and, feeling threatened, shot at them. They retaliated by attacking him, the effect being like thousands of tiny razors. Unfortunately, his wounds were too severe to be effectively treated and he died a few hours later.
Sgt. Spencer - Spencer was probably one of the most tightly-wound people aboard the Destiny. He was eager to get home and looked out only for himself. He hoarded power bars and water when these items were being rationed. He attempted to start a riot during the lottery to select those who would survive on the shuttle when the Destiny appeared to be on a fatal collision course into a sun. Sgt. Greer struck him so hard that he lost consciousness and remained so long after the lottery was completed. He was caught hoarding and locked up by Lt. Johansen when Young was off-world, but the colonel let him out with a warning. A week after running out of a prescription sleeping medication, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his service handgun. He left a kino recording, stating, "These people don't even realize they're inside a big, floating coffin. I wish I could come up with something better to say. I'm sorry."
Dr. Jeremy Franklin - He assisted in the surveying of the Destiny and sealing leaks. He was one of the members of the first away team to a planet selected by the Destiny to help in the ship's air system repairs. When he was about to follow Andrea Palmer and Sgt. Curtis to another planet, Rush ordered Greer to shoot him to prevent him from stepping through the Stargate to certain death. Lt. Tamara Johansen removed the bullet that had lodged in his right shoulder. He didn't trust people in authority when their food and water were being rationed, but participated in away missions to gather food as well as to manage the hydroponics lab to grow food. Just after spotting the first sprout, Franklin decided to sit in the Neural Interface Chair that was found in a newly discovered portion of the ship. Not meant for humans, whose physiology is somewhat different than that of the Ancients, the Chair effectively fried Franklin's brain, leaving him in a catatonic state. He reawakened in a semi-lucid state long enough to sit in the Chair once again to activate the FTL drives, saving the lives of everyone aboard by escaping an alien attack. Franklin mysteriously disappeared after using the Chair and eventually Young ordered that the search for him be discontinued.
Rivers - Rivers was the first casualty in the Lucian Alliance attack on the Destiny. He was killed in cold blood by Commander Kiva while he was an unarmed hostage. Kiva showed how cold her heart truly was when she counted Rivers' dead body as one of four in a hostage exchange.
Sgt. Hunter Riley - He was the 'gate technician on Icarus Base and took the same role on Destiny. He also facilitated the use of the communications stones and had access to the ship's food and water supply. Not long after Riley celebrated his 30th birthday, he was severely injured in an explosion, then shot during the Lucian Alliance attack, and then finally crushed in the debris of a shuttle crash. Rather than die alone and in pain, Riley asked that Col. Young end his life, and Young executed his final wishes by smothering him to death.
Dr. Robert Caine - Dr. Caine believed that the aliens who built Eden, a seemingly idyllic planet, had done so on the crew's behalf, offering them a sanctuary and perhaps a means to get home. He chose to stay on the planet to await the aliens, having faith that if they could create a sun and planet, that they could send the stranded crew back home to Earth. The aliens' arrival came when Caine was about to die, the last of his people who were freezing to death in the severe winter, and even though they tried to revive the humans and send them home to the Destiny in their refurbished shuttle, the human recreations were merely shells without souls and complete memories that eventually died again. Caine died a second death, knowing that the aliens had interceded but also knowing that they were not able to save his people.

Lucian Alliance Aboard Destiny

Currently Confined to Quarters

Varro - Following the deaths of Kiva and Dannic, Varro became the Lucian Alliance's spokesman. He instructed his people to fully cooperate with Homeworld Command in exchange for their freedom aboard the ship. At first the Alliance members were confined to a cargo hold, but then they were assigned quarters, but had to be escorted by armed guards. Varro established a connection with Lt. Johansen when she saved his life in the infirmary, and ever since that time, the two of them have confided in each other. Eager to become part of the crew, Varro has often offered his help, but Col. Young doesn't trust him.
Koz - He was sent by Kiva to help Johansen in the infirmary while she operated on Varro. He managed to come out unscathed during the shooting that took place there, and was one of Varro's trusted followers. Koz was among the small group of Alliance members who were allowed to stay on Destiny while several others were sent to a habitable planet because they were deemed a threat.


Commander Kiva - She is the leader of the Alliance's version of the Icarus Project. She brainwashed Col. David Telford when he was working undercover inside the organization and used him to gain information about the Destiny and how to dial it. Her group discovered another Icarus-like planet that had the power needed to dial the ship. Using a captive Dr. Rush, Kiva's scientists were able to dial Destiny and board her. Because Rush was swapped with Telford via the communication stones, Telford also accompanied the group through the Stargate before their own base exploded. Kiva discovered Telford working against her in the 'gate room and the two fired on each other simultaneously. Great effort was given to save her life, but she died from her wounds.
Dannic - He is Commander Kiva's second-in-command and as such, follows her every order, sometimes without the need for the spoken word. He tortured Rush while Rush was in Telford's body via the communication stones and killed one of the Alliance's own scientists when Rush declared the man incompetent. After Kiva's injury, Dannic was so infuriated that he gathered all of the military personnel in a single room with the intent of executing them if Kiva died. Dannic's violent tendencies coupled with his abuse of power led to his assassination by a fellow Lucian named Ginn.
Calvos - He worked the controls in the 'gate room for the Alliance, but was fatally injured in the shooting in the infirmary.
Ginn - She killed Dannic and surrendered the Alliance to the Icarus crew in order to save their lives from the harmful radiation bursts of a nearby binary pulsar. She cooperated fully with Homeworld Command by giving them intelligence on an attack her clan was planning to execute against Earth. She had a mathematical mind and was attracted to Eli Wallace because they had similar interests. The two became lovers, but Ginn's life was cut short by fellow clansman Simeon who wanted to stop her from betraying the Alliance.
Simeon - Simeon was selected to stay behind on the Destiny after the Icarus crew regained control of the ship. His clan was planning an attack on Earth, so he was considered valuable. Varro ordered that the Lucians who stayed aboard the ship to be cooperative with Homeworld Command, but Simeon felt that was a betrayal to his people. He killed Ginn when he heard that she was being interviewed by Homeworld Command via the communications link. Not only did Ginn die, but also Dr. Amanda Perry, the one with whom Ginn was connected. Simeon managed to get off of Destiny, hoping to use a remote dialer to get to the others who had been abandoned, but Dr. Rush hunted him down and killed him to avenge Perry's death.

Homeworld Command and Stargate Program


Lt. Gen. Jack O'Neill - Lt. Gen. Jack O'Neill is the first leader of the legendary SG-1 and now heads Homeworld Security. His headquarters at Homeworld Command in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., oversees the rescue effort to bring home those stranded so very, very far away aboard the Ancient ship Destiny.
Col. Samantha Carter - She holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics and is the foremost expert on the technology of the Stargate, having upgraded the dialing computer program to dial the Stargate at Stargate Command without the use of a Dial Home Device. She was one of the original members of SG-1, became its leader for one year, became the head of R&D for a brief while at Area 51, rejoined SG-1 during the war with the Ori, became the leader of Atlantis Base, and then was given the command of the Daedalus-Class starship U.S.S. George Hammond. Hers was the only ship to defend Icarus Base when it was attacked.
Maj. Peterson - As a member of O'Neill's Homeworld Command at the Pentagon, Maj. Peterson acts as liaison and escort whenever someone from the Destiny uses the Ancient Communications Stones in a body-swapping session. He paves the way in briefing the loved one on how the body swap works. One such occasion was when he escorted Col. Everett Young when he visited his wife Emily for the first time after being stranded on the Destiny.
Maj. Green - As a member of O'Neill's Homeworld Command at the Pentagon, Maj. Green has a similar position as Maj. Peterson. His first time to act as escort was when Chloe Armstrong swapped bodies with Dr. Mehta in order to see her mother and to give her the grave news that Sen. Armstrong had heroically sacrificed his life.


Dr. Daniel Jackson - Dr. Jackson is the brilliant archaeologist who opened the Stargate over a decade ago and made the Stargate Program possible. He joined SG-1 upon its inception and found the Lost City of the Ancients, Atlantis. He's considered the world's foremost expert on the Ancients, the advanced race of humans who built the Destiny so very long ago. He was selected to host the orientation videos aimed at those who were new to the Stargate Program and the Icarus Project.
Dr. Mehta - She works beside Col. Telford at Homeworld Command and accompanied him to the Destiny via the Ancient Communications Stones when Col. Young and Chloe Armstrong first used them. Chloe used Mehta's body to visit her mother to tell her of the Senator's heroic death.
Dr. Williams - He's one of the scientists working on the problem of getting people home who are stranded on the Destiny. Working with Dr. McCormack, he proposed that they could divert the power that the Destiny was harvesting from a sun during a recharge so that they could dial Earth. Williams used Eli Wallace's body in a communication stone link to oversee the procedure, which was backed by the IOA and the President. Rush staged an impending catastrophic overload in order to get Col. Telford, Williams, and McCormack off of the ship because he felt that their "experiment" was going to kill everyone. Col. Young, who reported back that they managed to stop the overload, promised to share their findings. In an investigation conducted by Eli Wallace at Young's behest, it was discovered that this plan would have actually destroyed the Destiny just as Rush had predicted.
Dr. McCormack - Working with Dr. Williams, Dr. McCormack proposed a highly risky procedure to channel the energy from a sun while the Destiny was recharging its reserves in order to give the Stargate on the Ancient ship enough power to dial Earth. The IOA backed up this procedure and so did the President of the United States, so McCormack used a communication stone to swap bodies with Chloe Armstrong to join Col. Telford and Dr. Williams aboard the ship. But Dr. Rush and several of the other stranded individuals aboard Destiny didn't trust that Williams and McCormack had enough knowledge of the current condition of the Destiny to say that it would work without killing everyone aboard, so they staged an imminent overload to get the scientists off of their ship. Eli Wallace's study of the test results proved that Dr. Rush's assertion was indeed correct.
Dr. Amanda Perry - She was a brilliant scientist who used the communication stones to board the Destiny in order to help save the ship after one of the FTL engines exploded. She was a close friend of Dr. Nicholas Rush and wished to spend more time with him, perhaps to pursue a romantic relationship, but her visits with him were limited because she had to rely on the stones. Perry died when the person with whom she was swapped, a Lucian Alliance member named Ginn, was murdered by Simeon. Rush killed Simeon to avenge Perry's death.

U.S. Government and International Oversight Advisory (IOA)

Sen. Alan Armstrong - He was the distinguished Senator who had the political oversight to the Icarus Project. He was also the proud loving father of Chloe Armstrong, who was also his political aide. Senator Armstrong sacrificed his life in order to give those stranded on the Destiny more time to figure out the problem with the Ancient ship's air supply.
Dale Strom - IOA representative and Camile Wray's supervisor, Dale Strom believes that the IOA should have full control of the Destiny. He does everything he can to see that this becomes a reality.

Loved Ones Left Behind on Earth

Emily Young - She was Col. Everett Young's wife at the time that the Icarus personnel evacuated to Destiny. Their marriage was already suffering due to Everett's taking on one more tour to command security of a top secret facility and to his subsequent adultery with one of his subordinates, Lt. Tamara Johansen. Emily forgave him of his infidelity and the two tried to work out the issues, but eventually, the separation and mistrust (since Everett was stranded with Tamara aboard Destiny) resulted in Emily's asking for a divorce. Young signed the papers via a communications stone link, even though he wasn't sure if it was legal because he did not sign them with his own hand.
Maryann Wallace - She is Eli's mother and was a nurse. She became HIV positive when Eli was 14 years old (he was 25 when first stranded on the Destiny) after she was accidentally stuck by a needle while trying to restrain a drug addict in the emergency room. Her husband, Eli's father, couldn't handle it and left. Her medical condition drained the family's finances. One of the reasons why Eli took the job on the Icarus Project was to help his mother cover the medical expenses, which the U.S. Air Force promised to do. Eli was the stabilizing force in Maryann's life, so when he didn't visit her after taking the new job, she began to lose hope and stopped taking her medication. Camile Wray managed special permission to have Maryann visit Eli aboard Destiny, and she regained her hope with the knowledge that Eli was doing everything he could to get home. Camile sent her life partner Sharon to see Maryann so that the two could support each other as they went through similar circumstances.
Mrs. Armstrong - She is Sen. Armstrong's wife and Chloe Armstrong's mother. When Chloe told her that the Senator was dead, Mrs. Armstrong comforted herself with several glasses of alcohol. She threatened Maj. Green, Chloe's military escort, that she'd make the Stargate Program public if Chloe wasn't returned home safely. Mrs. Armstrong kept up-to-date with her daughter's situation, and when Chloe was permitted another visit, she provided Chloe with comfort and showed more strength and determination.
Sharon Walker - Sharon is Camile Wray's 12-year life partner. During each communication stone visit Camile had with Sharon, Camille noticed that Sharon was beginning to break. Sharon needed to see Camile's face, hear her voice, and be intimate with her body. Camile saw that Sharon was resorting to alcohol to ease her emotional pain, so she sent her to see Maryann Wallace so that the two could support each other.
Annie Balic - When she was 16, she became pregnant with Matthew Scott's child, but didn't tell him that she decided to go ahead and have the baby (he thought she would have an abortion). Several years later and after Scott was marooned on the Destiny, Scott found out that he had a son. He offered to financially support Annie and their son Matt so that Annie could quit her job as a dancer and go back to school to become a lawyer. Annie told him that she liked being a dancer and seemed to lack the confidence to return to school.
Matthew Balic - Matthew is the illegitimate son of Lt. Matthew Scott and Annie Balic. When Scott visited Matt and his mother through the use of the Ancient Communication Stones, young Matt didn't realize that he was meeting his father for the first time. Since Scott thought that up to this point that he had no living relatives, he was greatly affected by the knowledge that he had a son back on Earth while he had no way of effectively being the young boy's father.