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Colony Tauron, relocated to Caprica
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Introduced Caprica
Siblings sister
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Portrayed by Karen Austin
Ruth is a Cylon
Ruth is a Final Five Cylon
Ruth is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Ruth is an Original Series Cylon
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Ruth in the separate continuity

Ruth is the mother of Shannon Adama a.k.a. Shannon Adams, and mother-in-law to Joseph Adama. Her grandson, William Adama, refers to her by the affectionate term "Tsattie".

At some point in her life, Ruth was employed as a shooter/assassin for the Ha'la'tha (CAP: "Here Be Dragons").

In 58 BCH, she lives with Joseph Adama and his son, William, on Caprica after the terrorist bombing of Maglev 23 claims both her daughter's and her granddaughter's lives. She has repeatedly attempted to convince Joseph to tell his son William about their true heritage as Taurons, eventually succeeding in this (CAP:Pilot).

After Amanda Graystone announces publically that her daughter Zoe Graystone was involved in the bombing of Maglev 23, Ruth supports Joseph's plan to have Amanda assassinated by his brother Sam Adama, believing in blood for blood (CAP: "Gravedancing").

Ruth notes that Evelyn is good for Joseph and implicitly gives her her blessing to pursue a relationship with her son-in-law by telling her that she and William will be staying with her sister for a while (CAP: "False Labor").

Ha'la'tha member Francis is sent to Joseph's apartment to assassinate him after the Guatrau decides to have the Adama brothers killed for smuggling U-87 Cyber Combat Units to Tauron against his wishes, but Ruth kills Francis with a meat cleaver to the back. Ruth then keeps watch in the apartment with a gun while Joseph, Evelyn and William go to Goldie's, a local restaurant, to retrieve fake I.D.'s for going into hiding (CAP: "Here Be Dragons").

Following the death of her grandson William in a shootout at Goldie's, Ruth is disgusted that the Guatrau's supporters' vendetta would extend to a child. She continues to be part of the Adama family after Joseph marries Evelyn and has another son, also named William (CAP: "Apotheosis").


  • It was revealed in an e-mail that Ruth has tattoos located high on her right arm that represent her children and grandchildren. [1]
  • Ruth's surname is never used.


  1. Wagner, Curt (February 17, 2010). Exclusive: 'Caprica' producer Jane Espenson explains Sam Adama's tattoos (backup available on (in ). Retrieved on March 25, 2010.

Characters in Caprica

Main: Daniel Graystone | Joseph Adama | Amanda Graystone | Zoe Graystone | Lacy Rand
Sam Adama | Jordan Duram | Clarice Willow

Supporting: William "Willie" Adama | Cyrus Xander | Serge

Recurring: Tamara Adama | Ben Stark | Barnabas Greeley | Tomas Vergis | The Guatrau | Gara Singh | Baxter Sarno
Evelyn Adama | Larry | Ruth | Philomon | Drew Tanner | Tad "Heracles" Thorean | Fidelia Fazekas | Priyah Magnus
Francis | Youngblood | Mar-Beth Willow | Nestor Willow | Olaf Willow | Diego | Keon Gatwick | Hippolyta | Pann
Kevin Reikle | Odin Sinclair | Devanna | Lexon | Mother Template:Navigation box endde:Ruth


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