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A Cylon Centurion aboard Pegasus.

Introduced sometime after the initial Cylon conflict, the modern Centurion appears to be a significant evolution of the Cylon War-era Centurion.

Modern Centurions serve a variety of functions within the Cylon hierarchy, acting as guards, soldiers, executioners and even gardeners. "Bullethead", "clanker" and "chrome job" are common Colonial nicknames for these advanced and deadly Cylon constructs ("Downloaded", "Rapture", Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance). They are also referred to as "toasters" - the common Colonial nickname (or epithet) for the Cylon race as a whole (Miniseries, "Resistance").

Although Centurions are sentient by design, an implant annuls their higher cognitive functions and prevents them from exercising full self-awareness ("Six of One"). It also appears that this implant precludes them from harming any of the humanoid Cylons, except by explicit order ("Hero"). According to Sharon Agathon, this was done to prevent a rebellion akin to the one that started the first Cylon War (Razor).

Centurions replant trees at Delphi, after the fall.

Following the Second Attack on the The Twelve Colonies, Centurions were used in a number of assaults on the surviving human Fleet. Centurion forces boarded both remaining Colonial Battlestars Galactica and Pegasus ("Valley of Darkness", Razor) and landed ground forces on Kobol and the Algae planet ("Fragged", "Home, Part I" and "II"). During the brief colonization of New Caprica, Cylon Centurions were used to keep order throughout the Cylon occupation ("Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II", "Occupation", "Exodus, Part I" & "II"). On Caprica, modern Centurions were part of a clean up effort in Colonial cities including Delphi where they participated in the reconstruction effort ("Downloaded").

Centurions are unable to distinguish one copy of humanoid Cylon from another ("Precipice"). Whether Centurions are able to recognize members of the Final Five - like Raiders are able to - is unknown. It should be noted, however, that prior to the activation of said models, Centurions directly engaged at least two of these individuals in combat ("The Farm", "Fragged").

During the Cylon Civil War, rebel Cylon leader Natalie removed the telencephalic implant of the Centurions under her command. Once the device was removed, the Centurions gained the ability to reason for themselves and subsequently turned against the rival humanoid models ("Six of One").

Centurions depart Earth aboard the former Rebel basestar.

Self-aware Centurions operating aboard the Rebel Cylon basestar within the human fleet, cooperated with Colonial forces to rescue Hera from the Cylon Colony. Distinguished by red stripes painted across their armour, these Centurions operated as assault troops under the command of Lee Adama. During the conflict, "Red Stripes" battled other modern Centurions as well as older models living on the Colony since the first Cylon War. Following the destruction of the Colony and the discovery of "Earth", the Centurions were given command of the Rebel basestar and set free by Ellen Tigh and Admiral William Adama. Despite the risk that they might someday return and attack humanity, both Tigh and Adama noted that the Centurions had earned their freedom ("Daybreak, Part II").

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