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Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Character)
from "Battlestar Galactica" (2004)

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"Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection Ship: Part 1 (#2.11)" (2006)
Admiral Helena Cain: Do you always get what you want?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Most of the time... sir.
Admiral Helena Cain: Good... me too.

Admiral Helena Cain: Stand at ease, lieutenant and come forward. Seems you've had quite a day. I'm promoting you to captain. I'm making you commander of the Pegasus air group.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're promoting me?
Admiral Helena Cain: I need a CAG with guts and initiative to plan and lead the attack on this fleet.

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Galactica and Pegasus' Vipers turn from trying to shoot each other to attack Starbuck, mistaking her for a Cylon] Starbuck to all Vipers - do not fire... repeat, do not fire! I am a friendly, okay? We're all friendlies. So, let's just... be friendly.

Admiral Helena Cain: I hear you want to return to Caprica.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Yes, sir. We have people back there still alive.
Admiral Helena Cain: Yes, and they deserve to be saved. I absolutely agree. In fact, I will go one step further and I will say that our ultimate goal is that we should return to the 12 colonies and kick the Cylons the frak out of our homes. What do you think of that, *Captain*?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I think that's the best idea I've heard all day, sir.

[last lines]
[Adama and Cain are ordering each other's assassinations]
Admiral Helena Cain: Jack, I want to transfer a detachment of marines to Galactica. And I want you to handpick them. Completely reliable, completely loyal. Razors.
Commander William Adama: I have a mission for you, Kara.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Anything for you, you know that.
Commander William Adama: Don't accept too quickly. You won't like this one. I don't like it, but I decided that it has to be done.
Admiral Helena Cain: I'm transferring you to Galactica as well. I'll tell Adama that you're there to be my eyes and ears. He'll hate it; he'll think you're my spy and try to freeze you out of decision making, but he'll accept it. Now I want you to *stay* in CIC throughout the attack. *Stay* with Adama.
Commander William Adama: After the attack is completed, and you've accounted for your pilots, I want you to land your bird on the Pegasus to report directly to CIC. You'll take Lee with you; he'll watch your back.
Admiral Helena Cain: Position marines in key areas throughout the ship, and keep a squad posted just outside CIC.
Commander William Adama: There'll be the normal chaos and emotional high after the attack.
Admiral Helena Cain: They'll be slapping each other on the back, celebrating the victory.
Commander William Adama: That'll keep their guard down.
Admiral Helena Cain: Security will be lax.
Commander William Adama: I will ask for you over the wireless.
Admiral Helena Cain: I will call you directly, and when I have you on the line, and you hear me give the command "Execute Case Orange",
Commander William Adama: When you hear me say "Downfall",
Admiral Helena Cain: you are to signal the marines to terminate Adama's command. Start it with Adama.
Commander William Adama: I want you to pull out your weapon ... and shoot Admiral Cain in the head.

"Battlestar Galactica: The Road Less Traveled (#4.5)" (2008)
Leoben Conoy: [Starbuck is in her Viper, staring at an out-of-commission, extremely damaged Heavy Raider] Kara. I'm alone. It's not an attack. I knew I'd find you. Knew you'd be out here searching.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Leoben?
Leoben Conoy: I'm here for you, to offer a truce between Cylon and human. And a chance to complete your journey.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Leoben on board the Demetrius, handcuffed and grinning knowingly at Starbuck] Don't look at me like that.
Leoben Conoy: I'm sorry, but the difference between the way you were on New Caprica and now...
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I'm the same person.
Leoben Conoy: I have eyes. I can see. God has taken your hand and purged you of the questions, the doubt. Your journey can finally begin, but there isn't much time. The others, the ones I left behind, they need your help. But not as much as you need theirs.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why?
Leoben Conoy: [Leans close and speaks softly into her ear] Your crew, they don't trust you.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I need you to tell me why I'm here.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [He pushes Leoben back into the hands of the guards and tries to get Starbuck's attention] Captain, we should move the prisoner.
Leoben Conoy: [Struggling with the guards who are dragging him away] A blue planet surrounded by clouds.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [Trying to look her to look at him and not Leoben] You okay?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to the guards] Stop!
Leoben Conoy: [Guards stop. Kara and Leoben look at each other. Leoben breaks free and stands on his own two feet] The Hybrid. When she first described it to me... how beautiful it was, I cried. You need to go to her, Kara. The Hybrid, she'll tell you things, amazing things.
Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon: [completely fed up] We're done here. Get him out of here.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [as guards are starting to pull Leoben away] Wait! Take him to my quarters.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [noticing the complete incredulity on the faces of her crew, especially Helo who simply can't believe what he's hearing] Just do it!

[Leoben has just been removed from Kara's quarters after her husband, Sam, catches him intimately helping Kara to work on a wall painting. Kara is trying to convince Helo, her XO, of the truth of what she's experienced]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I swear to Gods, this is not a dream. It's real.

Leoben Conoy: [Starbuck storms into the storage hold after Leoben's ship springs a leak and explodes. She locks the door] I heard and explosion. Are you all right?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [She backhands him knocking him to the floor] What'd you do? Blow the tylium stores?
Leoben Conoy: That's the Kara I used to know.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The Raider's in pieces, you mother-fracker!
[She kicks him savagely. Then throws him back into a sitting position]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Sgt. Mathias is dead. Not that you give a damn!
[She punches him as hard as she can in the face]
Leoben Conoy: You can't think that I had anything to do with that.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I wasn't even on the deck. I was too busy believing you instead of watching out for my crew.
Leoben Conoy: My ship was under fire.
Leoben Conoy: The reactor could've been damaged.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Grabbing him by the shirt,screaming] It was a setup.
[Shakes him]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Say it!
Leoben Conoy: [Turns his head and spits blood] Hit me. Hit me again.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You used me to get close to the ship.
Leoben Conoy: How many times did you kill me on New Caprica? Don't stop now.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Frak you.
[Pulls back her fist to strike him again]
Leoben Conoy: Go on, do it.
[Her fist is drawn back, shaking]
Leoben Conoy: I won't comeback this time, I promise. Resurrection ship's well out of range. Go on, do it. DO IT!
[Starbuck grunts in frustration and pushes him back against the bulkhead. She stands there and looks at him]
Leoben Conoy: It doesn't help, does it?
[She slowly collapses and sits on the floor]
Leoben Conoy: Nothing feels quite like it did before. Does it?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Holding her temples] What are you doing to me?
Leoben Conoy: All of your life, you forced back the truth by lashing out at everyone around you. Anesthetizing yourself with ambrosia and empty affairs. But you've lost the taste for those petty things.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I'm the same person.
Leoben Conoy: No. There's a void, an emptiness that can only be filled by taking the next step on your journey.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: What happened to me the two months I was missing?
Leoben Conoy: I don't know.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The mandala, the paintings, my mother. It had to mean something.
Leoben Conoy: You have to make peace with your past.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why?
Leoben Conoy: Because that part of you is gone. I told you when I first came aboard this ship that you had changed. I look at you now. I don't see Kara Thrace. I see an angel blazing with the light of God, an angel eager to lead her people home.

"Battlestar Galactica: Flesh and Bone (#1.8)" (2004)
President Laura Roslin: Put him out the air lock.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: What? You can't do that, not after he told you the truth.
President Laura Roslin: Yes, I can, and I will. Lieutenant, look at me. You've lost perspective. During the time I've allowed him to remain alive and captive on this ship, he has caused our entire fleet to spread out defenseless. He puts insidious ideas in our minds, more lethal than any warhead. He creates fear, but you're right. He's a machine, and you don't keep a deadly machine around when it kills your people and threatens your future. You get rid of it.

Leoben Conoy: I see love that bonds everything together.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You don't know the meaning of the word.
Leoben Conoy: I know that God loved you more than anything. And how did you repay His divine love? With sin. Evil. So God created the Cylons.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The gods did not create you! We did! It was a stupid and fracked up decision, and we are paying for it. You destroyed my entire race! That is sin! That is evil! *That* is what *you* are.

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I don't give a damn what you believe.
Leoben Conoy: To know the face of God is to know madness... I see the universe. I see the patterns. I see the foreshadowing that proceeds every moment, of every day. It's all there. I see it, and you don't. And I have a surprise for you. I have something to tell you about the future.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Is that so?
Leoben Conoy: It is, but we have to see this through to the end.

"Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak: Part 2 & 3 (#4.20)" (2009)
Sharon "Boomer" Valerii: You should know... your Raptor's been destroyed. You can't go back that way.
Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon: Yeah, well, that's not the plan.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Could we please not tell her the plan?

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [frantically trying to enter jump co-ordinates while the Galactica is being dragged into the black hole] There must be some kind of way out of here!

Admiral William Adama: [as he's leaving for the final time] What do you hear Starbuck?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Nothing but the rain.
Admiral William Adama: Grab your gun and bring in the cat.

"Battlestar Galactica: Torn (#3.6)" (2006)
Admiral William Adama: [to Kara and Tigh] Now one of you, and I don't care who, pick that weapon up and shoot me.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Admiral, I don't know...
Admiral William Adama: I didn't say to talk. You've done enough of that already. I said to pick up that weapon and shoot. What's the matter? No guts. You don't got a pair? You're both frakking cowards.

Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol: How'd you land this thing, Captain?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Pointed it toward the deck and stopped when I got here.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to Julia Prynne] You seem like a really nice person so I'm gonna be honest with you. The last thing I need is a 2-year-old friend and Kacey sure as hell does not need me in her life. So do us both a favor and do not bring her around here again, okay?

"Battlestar Galactica: Kobol's Last Gleaming: Part 1 (#1.12)" (2005)
President Laura Roslin: Commander Adama has no idea where Earth is. He never did. He made it up in order to give people hope.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're lying.
President Laura Roslin: Go ask him.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I will.

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Can I ask you a question, boss?
Commander William Adama: Shoot.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: How much longer till we reach Earth?
Commander William Adama: It's hard to say.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You got a guess?
Commander William Adama: You know I don't like to guess.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Are we getting closer?
Commander William Adama: I'm sure we are. Good luck on the next test.

[last lines]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I believed you. Believed in Earth.
Commander William Adama: What are you doing, Starbuck?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Bringing home the cat, sir.
Commander William Adama: We can talk about this.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No, I don't think so.
Commander William Adama: I want you to remember one thing. I do not regret anything that I did. Be sure that whatever you're going to do, you don't regret it later. Do you understand me?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I guess we'll find out.
[Thrace uses the FTL computer to jump to Caprica]
Cpt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Galactica, Apollo. Starbuck has jumped away. Repeat, Starbuck has jumped away.
Colonel Saul Tigh: She wasn't scheduled for a jump test! Where the hell did she go?
Commander William Adama: Home.

"Battlestar Galactica: Maelstrom (#3.17)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're not Leoben, are you?
Leoben Conoy: I never said I was. I'm here to prepare you to pass through the next door, to discover what lies in the space between life and death.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Are you kidding me? Most shrinks are more frakked up than their patients are.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: So you don't think I'm nuts?
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I didn't say that. You're a raving lunatic. As demented and deranged as the first day I met you.

"Battlestar Galactica: The Oath (#4.13)" (2009)
Lee Adama: [after Starbuck rescues Lee from being killed by mutineers who were his former comrades] Skulls? Racetrack? Gods, I flew with them!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Semper frakkin fi!

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbucks shoots the marine who is about to execute Lee] Take it from someone who died once. It's no fun. Let him go.
Lt. Hamish 'Skulls' McCall: Frak you!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbuck immediately shoots Skulls in the shoulder] I can do this all day. Who's next? Racetrack? Connor?
Charlie Connor: Let him go.
[Lee is released by another marine who is holding him]
Lee Adama: All right, we need to get the hell out of here. Kara, now!
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to the group who were holding Lee] Follow me. Please.

"Battlestar Galactica: Bastille Day (#1.3)" (2004)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbuck's filling in for Apollo at the squadron briefing] Now, one of you has been coming in a little hot lately, a little too hot, a little, um - oh I don't know, he's-burning-up-the-deck-with-his-skids-because-he-just-can't-pull-back-on-the-throttle hot. Now who is this speed demon, my prince?
Boxey: Flat Top, sir!
[the squadron catcalls]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Flat Top, you got a need for speed, do ya? Just can't wait to get back to the Big G and the loving embrace of your fellow pilots? Or maybe you have a hot date with your right hand?
[more catcalls]
Ryan 'Flat Top' Cisco: Hey, it never gets a headache!
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Tell you what, Flat Top: you come in too hot today and you may have to start using your left. Okay, you've been fun, you've been a great audience, dismissed!

Doctor Gaius Baltar: Lieutenant Thrace! Good to see you!
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Good to see you too!
Doctor Gaius Baltar: Really?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No!
Number Six: Oh!
Doctor Gaius Baltar: I wonder if she's a real blonde.
Number Six: I doubt it.

"Battlestar Galactica: Scattered (#2.1)" (2005)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Boomer is flying off in Starbuck's Cylon Raider] Bitch took my ride!

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: She's right, huh? Sharon the Cylon is right? Let's all just listen to Sharon the Cylon! Do whatever she says. Because that's a good idea!

"Battlestar Galactica: Final Cut (#2.8)" (2005)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: What the hell happened? Kat's made the trap a hundred times.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Yeah, I guess 1-0-1's a real bitch, huh?

Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Can I be a suspect again? Please?

"Battlestar Galactica: Six of One (#4.2)" (2008)
Lee Adama: Besides, I never really could say no to anything.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Except me.
Lee Adama: Especially you.
[Long pause as they look at each other]
Lee Adama: You know, I think I finally understand what you meant about having a destiny.
[Starbuck nods]
Lee Adama: I've got to do this. And the fact that I don't have an explanation why doesn't... Doesn't really seem to matter any more.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [beams and smiles] So say we all.
Lee Adama: [quite touched, he pauses and speaks softly] So say we all.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [gets up off the brig floor, walks over and offers her hand] Good luck on your journey, Lee Adama.
Lee Adama: [taking and shaking it] You too, Kara Thrace.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [both them are barely able to hold their emotions in check] OK.
Lee Adama: All right.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [as turns and starts to leave her cell] Lee.
[He hesitates; he almost leaves before turning and rushing to her. They hungrily kiss and embrace each other]
Lee Adama: [hugging her closely] I believe you.

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [upon being released from the brig and told she's being given a ship] So you think I'm right?
Admiral William Adama: Maybe. Maybe not. But I know she is, the President. She's been right all along. I'm tired of losing. I'm tired of turning away from the things that I want to believe in. And I believe you when you say that you'll die before you stop trying. And I won't lose you again.
Admiral William Adama: Now go. Find a way to Earth.

"Battlestar Galactica: Scar (#2.15)" (2006)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I am hung up on a dead guy, OK? And it is pissing me off.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You are fine with the dead guys. It's the living ones you can't deal with.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [slaps Lee]

Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [raising a toast] To Bee-bee. Jo-jo. Riley. Beano. Dipper. Flat Top. Chuckles. Jolly. Crashdown. Shepherd. Dash. Flyboy. Stepchild. Puppet. Fireball.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: To all of 'em.
Admiral William Adama: So say we all.
All: [in unison] So say we all.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [quietly] So say we all.

Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2007) (TV)
[from trailer]
Kendra Shaw: I hear you like hack?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You hear what I do to get there?

[from trailer]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Fear gets you killed. Anger keeps you alive.

"Battlestar Galactica: Valley of Darkness (#2.2)" (2005)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Starbuck has brought Helo to her old apartment on Caprica] You know, I never really liked this place anyway. The air conditioning doesn't work in the summer, the heater doesn't work in the winter, the rent's a crime. After the attack, I never... never pined over any of my old crap, never missed it - stupid view of that parking lot, broken toilet in the bathroom. You know, everyone I know is fighting to get back what they had. I'm fighting because I don't know how to do anything else.

Lt. Karl 'Helo' Agathon: Sharon said... Cylon Sharon said they had troops picking up bodies - transporting them to mass incinerators.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Ur girlfriend's from a lovely family. Good people. Great values!

"Battlestar Galactica: Faith (#4.6)" (2008)
[Starbuck is entering the Hybrid's area with Leoben, the Six leader and Athena]
The Hybrid: All these thing at once and many more. Not because it wishes harm, but because it like violent vibrations to change constantly. Then shall the maidens rejoice at the dance. Structural integrity of node seven restored. Repressurizing. The children of the one reborn shall find their own country. The intruders swarmed like flame. Like the whirlwind. Hopes soaring to slaughter all their best against our hulls.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I'm here. You wanted me here, so...
The Hybrid: [as if she didn't hear Starbuck] Replace internal control accumulators 4 through 19. They'll start going ripe on us pretty soon. Compartmentalize integrity conflicts with the obligation to provide access. FTL sync fault uncorrected. No ceremonies are necessary.

[Starbuck is standing over the Hybrid trying to understand]
The Hybrid: Then shall the maidens rejoice at the dance. Structural integrity of node seven restored. Repressurizing. The children of the one reborn shall find their own country. End of line. Reset. Track mode monitor malfunction traced. Recharge compressors. Increase the output to 50 percent. Assume the relaxation length of photons. Transfer contact is inevitable, leading to information bleed. FTL sync fault stands uncorrected. No ceremonies are necessary.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [She squats down beside the Hybrid] I don't understand.
The Hybrid: Centrifugal force reacts to the rotating frame of reference. The obstinate toy soldier becomes pliant. The city devours the land. The people devour the city.
[Hybrid continues speaking, but her words are indistinct]
Leoben Conoy: You can't hurry her. You have to absorb her words. Allow them to cress your associative mind. Don't expect the fate of two great races to be delivered easily.
The Hybrid: Assume the relaxation length of photons in the sample atmosphere is constant. The intruders swarmed like flame. Like the whirlwind. Hopes soaring to slaughter all their best against our hulls.

"Battlestar Galactica: Colonial Day (#1.11)" (2005)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [while they're changing into their uniforms, Starbuck notices that hers isn't clean] Don't you think you should wash that?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I did.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [scoffs] Like when, a month ago?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Do you have a problem with my hygiene?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: You have hygiene?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: I clean up good sometimes, all right?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, let me know when it's one of those times.

"Battlestar Galactica: Resistance (#2.4)" (2005)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You guys know you suck, right? You can't shoot, you can't pass, and you sure as hell can't take a point.
Samuel Anders: Everyone's a critic.

"Battlestar Galactica: Taking a Break from All Your Worries (#3.13)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Kara Thrace and her special destiny? That sounds like a bad cover band, Sam.

"Battlestar Galactica: Episode #1.1" (2003)
Adama: What do you hear?
Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Nothing but the rain.
Adama: Grab your gun and bring in the cat.
Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Boom, boom, boom!

"Battlestar Galactica: The Eye of Jupiter (#3.11)" (2006)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Can I make a suggestion that you won't like?
Major Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Do you make any other kind?

"Battlestar Galactica: The Hand of God (#1.10)" (2005)
Commander William Adama: There are no reserve Vipers. Everything is on the board already. Now we play for all the marbles. Starbuck, it's your plan.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Mr. Gaeta will you please tell D to get on the scrambler and inform Apollo the back door is open?
Lt. Felix Gaeta: Aye, Lieutenant.
[on comm set to Dualla]
Lt. Felix Gaeta: D, please send a scrambler to Capt. Apollo. Message reads, The back door is open.
Officer Anastasia Dualla: Apollo, Galactica. Back door is open. Back door is open. Godspeed, Apollo.

"Battlestar Galactica: Crossroads: Part 2 (#3.20)" (2007)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Flies alongside Lee's Viper] Hey, Lee.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [Looks at her in shock] Kara?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Smiles] Don't freak out, it really is me.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It's going to be okay. I've been to Earth. I know the way. And I'm gonna take us there.

"Battlestar Galactica: 33 (#1.1)" (2004)
[Lee orders Kara to take stimulants and she refuses]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Why are we arguing about this?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I have no idea.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Neither do I! You're the CAG, act like one.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: What the hell does that mean?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It means that you're still acting like you're everyone's best friend. We're not friends, you're the CAG. "Be careful out there"? Our job isn't to be careful, it's to shoot Cylons out of the frakking sky! "Good Hunting" is what you say. And now one of your idiot pilot is acting like a child and refusing to take her pills. So she either says 'Yes, sir' and obeys a direct order, or you smack her in the mouth, and you drag her sorry ass down to sickbay, and you MAKE her take those pills.
[They both glare at each other for a long moment, then burst into laughter]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Well, I'm glad I'm not working for you.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You're damn right you're glad...
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: So, do I have to smack you on the mouth, Lieutenant?
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No sir, I'll take my pills.
[Lee holds out the drugs]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Oh. Perfect...
[She takes the pills, crunching loudly]
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Carry on.
[Kara grins and salutes]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Yes, sir!
[the Chief is staring at her, and she glares at him]
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: WHAT?

"Battlestar Galactica: He That Believeth in Me (#4.1)" (2008)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: When I woke up orbiting Earth, I just figured it was some crazy dream, but... I went in following a Heavy Raider. I mean, maybe the Cylons pulled me out of the soup... and captured me, brainwashed me on Caprica, and they experimented on me. I mean, did they take pieces of me? I mean, is... is it possible that they grew me, another me, in a petri dish? Or they embedded me with the memories, or it with the memories, or... I don't know.
Ensign Samuel Anders: No. Hey, no, no, no. Kara, no. Listen to me. If you were a Cylon, then you've been one from the beginning.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [hostilely] Like Boomer? Spend my entire life thinking I'm one thing...
Ensign Samuel Anders: Yeah, and then you wake up one day and discover you're another. Still doesn't change who you really are. Still doesn't change the fact that I love you, no matter what.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You are a better person than I am, Sam, because if I found out that you were a Cylon... I would put a bullet between your eyes.
Lt. Anastasia Dualla: [on the PA] All hands, prepare for jump in four, three, two, jump.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [holding her head in agony during the jump and gasping afterwards:] Damn it! They're still going in the wrong direction.
[Gasp, gulp]
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: One more jump and I'm gonna lose my way altogether.
Ensign Samuel Anders: All right, we gotta find you a rack. Okay, take it easy.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: It's Roslin. The Old Man's not gonna listen to me as long she's... I gotta get to her.

"Battlestar Galactica: The Captain's Hand (#2.17)" (2006)
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: I know why I was mad at you, Kara.
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: A simple "thank you" would've been sufficient.
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: 'Cause you are doing what you always did: Buck authority, and get away with it... I bucked authority once. I almost lost everything... So I guess, when I showed up on Pegasus - there you were, doing it all over again... I don't know... it pissed me off.
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: You should hear the way my brain works sometimes.
Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace: Are we okay?
Major Lee "Apollo" Adama: [hesitating] You have a brain?

"Battlestar Galactica: Lay Down Your Burdens: Part 2 (#2.20)" (2006)
[last lines]
Chief Petty Officer Tyrol: What do you want to do now, Captain?
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: The same thing we always do. Fight 'em until we can't.

"Battlestar Galactica: Blood on the Scales (#4.14)" (2009)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Lee has fended off attacking mutineers by tricking them with a dud grenade, which both the mutineers and a rattled Starbuck thought was real] Not funny!
Lee Adama: It would have been if you had thought of it.
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [pauses briefly] No... not funny!

"Battlestar Galactica: Six Degrees of Separation (#1.7)" (2004)
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [as Kara is attempting to walk for the first time after hurting her hurt knee] Come on Starbuck, you can do it.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [Kara winces as she puts her feet down on the ground] Ah, that smarts... that smarts, but I don't care...
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: Ah, that smarts... that smarts, but I don't care...
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: You don't care?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I don't care, because your pain is my entertainment.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: [Apollo hands her her crutches, which he has been playing with] Your crutches of death, sir. Use them wisely.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Shut up.
Dr. Cottle: It's gonna hurt like hell, but, it's supposed to.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: Thanks.
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: No pain, no gain. No cliche left unturned, as Kara Thrace returns to the world of the walking. Can she do it, or will she fall on her ass?
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I swear to the gods I'm going to beat the crap out of both of you as soon as I get better...

"Battlestar Galactica: Unfinished Business (#3.9)" (2006)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [hugging Lee after boxing match] I missed you.
Captain Lee 'Apollo' Adama: I missed you, too.

"Battlestar Galactica: Collaborators (#3.5)" (2006)
Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace: [to Sam] I'm in a different place now. I... I, I don't know how else to explain it to you, but I got out of that cell and it's like someone painted the world in different colors. And I look at you and I want to tear your eyes out just for looking at me. I just want to hurt someone and it might as well be you. So you should probably go before that happens.