G'Kar was the Narn Ambassador to Babylon 5
Andreas Katsulas played the role.
G'Kar evolved more than any other character on Babylon 5
He began as
a villain with a touch of humor, but evolved into a wise religious figure.
Note: This is a complete biography of G'Kar
Therefore, it contains spoilers for all five seasons of Babylon 5
The biography is written in chronological order, so if you are watching Babylon 5 for the first time you can
safely read the early parts of this article and stop before you reach the
sections that would reveal events that you haven't seen on the show yet.
G'Kar was born on the Narn homeworld around the Earth year 2201
At the time, he was only given a temporary name.
G'Kar grew up as a victim of the Centauri occupation of Narn
At the age of five, G'Kar spent six days in a shelter as the Centauri dropped bombs in
retaliation for a rebellion.
A few years later, G'Kar's family worked as servants for a Centauri family in
the city of G'Kamazad
They had hoped to flee Narn, but they were unable to leave due to G'Kar's mother's health
One day, G'Kar's father accidentally spilled hot food on their Centauri mistress
Her husband had G'Kar's father hung from a tree for three days
Ignoring his orders, G'Kar went to see his father
His father said he was proud of him
He asked G'Kar to fight the Centauri and be the things that his father couldn't be
After his father died, G'Kar ran away and began killing Centauri.
In 2209, the Centauri ended their occupation of Narn
The Narn began rebuilding their world, determined to never allow an invasion again.
At the age of ten, G'Kar chose his name
The name "G'Kar" indicated that he was a follower of G'Quan.
During the Earth-Minbari War, the Narn sold weapons to the Humans
G'Kar secretly arranged a negotiation between Earth, represented by John Sheridan and
Dr. Stephen Franklin, and Minbar, represented by Anla'shok Na Lenonn
When Londo Mollari learned of the secret meeting involving the Narn and the Humans, he assumed it was an
arms deal and didn't want the Narn and Humans to estabish closer relations
He ordered a Centauri ship to destroy the Narn ship and bomb the bunker where the
meeting was taking place
Lenonn was mortally wounded, and the Minbari captured the others
G'Kar was promptly released.
G'Kar reached the highest levels in Narn politics
In 2253, he ascended to the Third Circle of the Kha'Ri, the Narn ruling body
The same year his mate gave birth to a daughter named G'Ryka.
The Kha'Ri assigned G'Kar to be their ambassador to Babylon 5
This was a great honor because the Narn strategy at the time was make alliances to improve
their position against the Centauri.
In 2256, G'Kar came to Babylon 5 as the Narn Ambassador
instantly recognized him as the Narn from his dreams who would eventually kill
This merely added fuel to the enmity that already burned between the Narn
In January 2257, the Narn conspired with a member of the Minbari Wind Swords
clan, Lieutenant Commander Laurel Takashima, and possibly others to assassinate
Vorlon Ambassador Kosh and frame Commander Jeffrey Sinclair.
A Narn ship brought the Minbari assassin to Babylon 5, and G'Kar
had contact with him
G'Kar brought a motion before the Babylon 5 Council to
have Sinclair extradited to the Vorlon homeworld
He blackmailed Centauri
Ambassador Mollari for his vote, and contacted the Vorlon government to secure
G'Kar contacted Minbari Ambassador Delenn, hoping to use the tumultuous situation as an excuse to form an
alliance between their governments
When she rejected him, G'Kar insulted the Grey Council
Delenn responded by assaulting G'Kar with a gravity ring until he
swore to never mention the Grey Council again.
G'Kar also contacted the telepath Lyta Alexander during this time
The Narn have no telepaths, and G'Kar wanted to purchase Lyta's DNA
in an attempt to restore the telepathy gene to the Narn
He suggested either a direct mating or a DNA sample, which would result in a smaller payment due to
the cost of growing a clone
Lyta was not interested.
G'Kar's suggestion of a direct mating was likely more at his own discretion
rather than an order from his government
G'Kar had a weakness for Human
females, and Babylon 5 had given him the opportunity to expand his horizons.
Tensions escalated in February 2258 when the Narn retook Ragesh 3 from the
G'Kar was a gleeful advocate of the Narn position, but the following
month he and Londo negotiated the Euphrates Treaty to settle the dispute.
G'Kar's first attaché, Ko'Dath, died in a mysterious airlock accident only a
few days after arriving on Babylon 5
Her replacement, Na'Toth, helped G'Kar
outwit Tu'Pari, the Thenta Makur assassin sent to kill him by Du'Rog, and old
As the ranking Narn follower on G'Quan on Babylon 5, G'Kar was responsible
for leading his people in the observance of the religious celebration called the
Days of G'Quan
This ceremony required a plant know as the G'Quan Eth
G'Kar's plant was lost in an accident shortly before the observance in 2258,
Londo Mollari got his revenge for Ragesh 3 by withholding a G'Quan Eth plant
that he conveniently had on the station
Thankfully, Commander Sinclair
eventually resolved the situation.
In August 2258, Mr
Morden visited G'Kar and asked him the Shadows' question,
"What do you want?" G'Kar desired the annihilation of the Centauri, but beyond
that his only goal was the safety of Narn
G'Kar's lack of destructive ambition
spared the Narn from becoming allies of the Shadows.
When the Shadows destroyed the Narn outpost in Quadrant 37 in January 2259,
G'Kar traveled to Narn to learn more
G'Kar became suspicious of the attack and
feared that a new power had entered the scene..
or an old power had returned
He traveled to several worlds on the Rim and eventually reached Z'ha'dum where
Shadow fighters fired on him
He returned to Babylon 5 and studied the Book of
G'Quan, convinced that the dark forces described in the book have returned
warned the Babylon 5 Council about his discovery, and told them that Narn was
sending a warship to confirm his story
Londo told Mr
Morden about the warship,
and the Shadows intercepted and destroyed it.
In June 2259, Centauri Emperor Turhan visited Babylon 5
G'Kar planned to
However, before he could commit the act, Turhan suffered a heart
G'Kar learned from Dr
Frankly that the Emperor had planned to apologize
to him for the Centauri occupation of Narn
This changed G'Kar's outlook
completely, and he embraced the chance for peace
Unfortunately, at the same
time the Shadows attacked the Narn colony in Quadrant 14, and the Centauri moved
in to capture it
G'Kar hunted down Londo Mollari in a rage, but when Captain
Sheridan stopped him, he chose to work to save Narn lives rather than exact his
A short while later, he announced that the Narn were now at war with
Over the next few months, G'Kar did what he could to aid the war effort by
seeking help from the other governments and protesting Centauri weapon shipments
through Babylon 5.
In December 2259, Narn surrendered to the Centauri after brutal mass driver
G'Kar's daughter escaped Narn to Earth and was adopted by Human
Following the Kha'Ri's orders, G'Kar requested asylum on Babylon 5
Londo Mollari announced that by the terms of the Narn surrender, G'Kar was no
longer the ambassador and must be returned to Narn for trial
Minbari Ambassador Delenn sustained G'Kar's asylum, but he was forced to leave
the council chamber.
No longer an ambassador, G'Kar was now known as Citizen G'Kar
organizing an armed resistance to the Centauri occupation of the Narn homeworld
He began purchasing weapons on the black market
Security Chief Michael Garibaldi secretly helped him.
During the early days for forming the resistance, another Narn on Babylon 5
challenged G'Kar's authority
G'Kar bargained that if he couldn't establish
communication with the Narn homeworld then he would abdicate his position
Garibaldi used the Rangers to pass a message back and forth to Narn for G'Kar
This demonstration of his resources allowed G'Kar to maintain his leadership of
the Narn on Babylon 5.
In January 2260, the Centauri-appointed Narn puppet government selected
Na'Far to be their ambassador to Babylon 5
Ta'Lon, the Narn who was held
captive with Sheridan by the Streib, was his bodyguard
G'Kar was ordered to
return to Narn again, and the families of the Narn living on Babylon 5 were
threatened if he didn't comply
G'Kar was willing to sacrifice himself, but the
Narn on Babylon 5 convinced him to stay
Ta'Lon stayed on Babylon 5 to help
Over the next few months, G'Kar heard rumors of the Rangers and began to
suspect that Delenn and the Humans were up to something
suspicions of dark forces returning, G'Kar loaned his copy of the Book of G'Quan
At the end of February 2260, G'Kar arranged to purchase a quantity of Dust
for the Narn resistance effort
Dust was a dangerous illegal drug that granted
temporary telepathic powers
G'Kar was adversely affect by the Dust that he
He went into a rage, kidnapped Londo Mollari, and attacked him
physically and telepathically
Ambassador Kosh approached the deranged G'Kar and
presented him with a vision of G'Lan, an angelic figure from G'Kar's religion
In his vision, G'Kar learned that that the Narn were a dying people, but he
could still honor his father's last wish by dying with honor
All of the races
were in danger, fighting to save each other, and some must be sacrificed to save
This was the single most significant turning point in G'Kar's evolution
learned to look for the higher goal of the survival of all species, and he
accepted the possible necessity of self-sacrifice
G'Kar carried Londo to Med
Lab and turned himself in to Security.
G'Kar spent the next several weeks in prison
He used this time to begin
writing about what he saw in his vision and what he had learned from it
writings eventually became known as the Book of G'Kar
Unknown to G'Kar, Ta'Lon
stood guard outside his quarters the entire time he was in prison.
In April 2260, as he was losing control of his security forces to the
Nightwatch, Garibaldi released G'Kar from prison
G'Kar offered a force of Narn
to help capture the Nightwatch security officers and maintain the peace on
Babylon 5 in their absence
The Narn also fought valiantly to defend the station
during the EarthForce attempt to retake it after its secession from the Earth
In July 2260, after providing aid to Babylon 5 for several months, G'Kar
demanded admittance into the Conspiracy of Light
Delenn admitted to him that
the Grey Council had known of the Shadows' return and had stood by as the
Shadows helped the Centauri devastate Narn
If the Minbari had helped, the
Shadows would have acted openly much sooner and destroyed the Narn utterly
G'Kar now understood that some had to be sacrificed if all were to be saved
However, he was unable to forgive Delenn at this time
Delenn welcomed him into
their War Council.
Shortly thereafter, one of G'Kar's earlier contributions to the war effort
came to fruition
By studying the Book of G'Quan that G'Kar had loaned him,
Garibaldi deduced that telepaths were so much of a threat to the Shadows that
they had wiped out all the Narn telepaths 1000 years earlier.
Alliances with Londo Mollari
In December 2260, G'Kar found himself in a surprising alliance of convenience
with Londo Mollari
In exchange for Londo arranging the release of 4,000 Narn
prisoners, G'Kar orchestrated the assassination of Lord Refa on Narn and planted
evidence on his body to implicate him in the Narn resistance and discredit his
G'Kar arranged for the Gaim to supply 500 nuclear weapons to use against the
When John Sheridan traveled to Za'ha'dum with Anna Sheridan, he took
two of the bombs with him.
In January 2261, G'Kar noticed that everyone was so concerned about
Sheridan's disappearance on Za'ha'dum that no one was interested in
investigating Garibaldi's disappearance during the Shadow attack on Babylon 5
G'Kar learned that parts of Garibaldi's Starfury were being sold on Zathran 7
Despite the fact that the Centauri controlled that world, G'Kar went there to
Marcus Cole joined him for a while, but after Marcus returned to Babylon 5 to
follow up a lead the Centauri captured G'Kar.
G'Kar suffered terribly as a personal amusement for Centauri Emperor
The guards brutally beat him and denied him water
placed G'Kar in a unique position to help his people.
Londo Mollari enlisted G'Kar as part of his plan to assassinate Emperor
They would all travel to Narn for G'Kar's public execution
loyal to Londo were in place on Narn, and Cartagia would have only a few of his
personal guards with him
Londo had arranged for G'Kar's chains to be weakened
At the proper time, G'Kar would break his chains and distract the royal guards
while Londo assassinated the Emperor
In exchange, Londo would free Narn and
withdraw the Centauri occupation force.
G'Kar's wait for the journey to Narn was filled with additional tortures
Cartagia demanded a scream, and ordered G'Kar to be struck with an electrowhip
forty times or until he screamed
Forty lashes would cause death
the torture until the 39th lash when he finally swallowed his pride and screamed
in order to save his life long enough to play his part in the assassination
Cartagia also ordered his guards to pluck out G'Kar's left eye.
When the day of G'Kar's execution arrived, Cartagia noticed that his chains
appeared weak, so he ordered his guards to replace them with stronger chains
Despite this, G'Kar summoned the strength to break his bonds and provide the
After Cartagia was assassinated by Vir Cotto, Londo kept
his promise and ordered the Centauri withdrawal from Narn.
The Narn asked G'Kar to lead them, but he refused
He would remain a member
of the Kha'Ri - now elevated to the First Circle - but he had no desire to be a
G'Kar returned to Babylon 5 in February 2261 and received medical treatment
Two months later, he finally received an artificial eye
G'Kar was disappointed that it cosmetically resembled a Human eye, but
he was plesently surprised to learn that it still transmitted images to his
implanted neural net even when removed from his eye socket.
The next year and a half witnessed several examples of surprising cooperation
between G'Kar and Londo Mollari.
G'Kar and Londo worked together in May 2261 by allowing Sheridan to patrol
their mutual border with White Stars
This tricked the Non-Aligned Worlds into
demanding that Sheridan also provide protection to them, an move that Sheridan
wanted but the Non-Aligned Worlds had initially refused.
In September 2261, Londo came to G'Kar with a proposal for a joint
declaration of support for Sheridan in the Earth Civil War
contemplation, G'Kar grudgingly agreed to sign the declaration, but not on the
same page as Londo.
After the resolution of the Earth Civil War, Delenn drafted the proposal for
the Interstellar Alliance
She secured G'Kar's and Londo's support to encourage
the Non-Aligned Worlds to sign on.
G'Kar made a brief foray to his lecherous past when he left his prosthetic
eyeball on a table pointed at Sheridan and Delenn's honeymoon bed.
The Voice of the Interstellar Alliance
By the year 2262, G'Kar had become well known as one of the most eloquent and
insightful writers of the Interstellar Alliance
John Sheridan asked him to
write the text for the presidential inauguration ceremony and a Declaration of
Principles for the Alliance
G'Kar worked tirelessly on these documents
Unfortunately, G'Kar was forced to severely curtail Sheridan's oath fo office
due to an assassination attempt
However, G'Kar's Declaration of Principles was
one of the most beautiful documents ever written
At its heart was the
realization that G'Kar had carried since his vision of G'Lan: "We are one."
Throughout this time, G'Kar continued to work on his own book.
When Londo Mollari suffered a heart attack, G'Kar stood vigil outside his
room with Vir Cotto
When Londo regained consciousness screaming, "I'm sorry,"
G'Kar was deeply moved and seemed to know that Londo was speaking to him.
In May, 2262, Londo Mollari began making extended trips to Centauri Prime
Delenn convinced G'Kar to accompany Londo as his bodyguard since Londo was the
strongest proponent for Centauri participation in the Interstellar Alliance.
During G'Kar's absence from Babylon 5, Ta'Lon feared that he might be
imprisoned or killed on Centauri Prime
Ta'Lon entered G'Kar's quarters and
found the Book of G'Kar
Since there was only one copy of the book, the Kha'Ri
instructed him to return it to Narn
The members of the Kha'Ri were inspired by
The book was sent to a printer, which reproduced it faithfully,
including the coffee stains that Michael Garibaldi had left on page 83
several hundred thousand copies were earning followers for G'Kar throughout the
Over the next few months, G'Kar rewrote the early portions of his
book that he originally wrote when he was an angrier person.
In June 2262, G'Kar discovered that Na'Toth was still a prisoner in a dungeon
in the Centauri palace, the victim of an imperial order that was never
G'Kar and Londo smuggled her out and returned her to the Narn
Back on Babylon 5 during the Brakiri Day of the Dead, G'Kar slept in C&C
since his quarters were in the Brakiri zone
When he learned of the experiences
that other had during the night, he regretted his decision to avoid the event
During this return trip to the station, Dr
Franklin replaced G'Kar's prosthetic
eye with one that cosmetically matched his natural eye.
In July 2262, Lyta Alexander approached G'Kar and reminded him of his offer
to purchase her telepath DNA five years earlier
She offered to sell him many
telepath DNA samples in exchange for money and five starships
G'Kar secured the
Kha'Ri's agreement to her request
However, before he finalized the deal, he
asked Lyta to also provide telepathic intelligence on the other ambassadors
Lyta refused, and G'Kar revealed that this was only a test
If she had agreed,
he would know that he couldn't trust her
Since she declined, the original deal
would go forward.
G'Kar and Londo returned to Centauri Prime after the Centauri Republic
withdrew from the Interstellar Alliance in August 2262
G'Kar was promptly
When Londo insisted that he and G'Kar must remain together, he found
himself sharing a prison cell with G'Kar
They remained in the cell for four
G'Kar urged Londo to leave, but Londo said his couldn't leave without
compromising his principles
Finally, Londo feared that something terrible was
about to happen, so G'Kar helped him leave without losing face by vomiting and
creating a horrible stench.
As his last act as a free man before receiving his Drakh keeper, Londo
The relationship between these two had gone through so much over
the past several years
G'Kar told Londo that he could never forgive the
Centauri, and the Narn could never forgive the Centauri, but G'Kar could forgive
On His Own
G'Kar returned to Babylon 5 to find a throng of followers who worshipped him
as a religous icon
There was trouble at home also
The Kha'Ri demanded that
G'Kar return to Narn to lead them or at least give them his blessing
threatened to boycott the Interstellar Alliance if he didn't return.
G'Kar realized that he would have to leave Babylon 5 to escape his cult of
He purchased a small spaceship and named it the Na'Toth
G'Kar realized that he could kill several birds with one stone
He offered to
take the troublesome Lyta Alexander with him
The second problem he helped to
solve was the news brought by Tessa Halloran, the former Number One of the Mars
She said an assassin had arrived to kill Michael Garibaldi and Lise
G'Kar consented to an elaborate farewell ceremony as a trap for
The plan succeeded
Unfortunately, there was a second assassin in the crowd
with his sights set on G'Kar
He was a Narn follower of G'Kar who had built
statues of G'Kar
G'Kar had broken one of his statues when he rebuffed his
followers for their adoration
The Narn's shot missed G'Kar but wounded
After saying his good-byes, G'Kar recorded a message for Ta'Lon asking him to
become the Narn Ambassador to Babylon 5.
G'Kar and Lyta set off in the Na'Toth
They had many adventures
together, and G'Kar even began to explore the less-proper behavior of his
earlier years in an effort to achieve balance in his life.
After parting ways with Lyta, G'Kar continued his travels among the stars
the end of 2269 he returned to Narn to address a controversy surrounding his
seat on the Kha'Ri
His daughter, G'Ryka, had been raised on Earth with the name
Jerrica, but she had returned to Narn to discover who her parents were
learned that she was the heir to G'Kar's seat, others moved to put a more
distant relative who had been raised on Narn in G'Kar's seat
the Kha'Ri and convinced them to give his seat to Jerrica.
G'Kar began to dabble in the situation on Centauri Prime
called him "the king's hand", referring to those who did the dirty work for
G'Kar provided information to Sheridan, but the President never
knew how he obtained it.
One of G'Kar's methods was to disguise himself with a changeling net and walk
freely among the people of Centauri Prime
In September 2275, G'Kar thwarted an
assassination attempt against Prime Minister Durla that could have harmed
G'Kar was captured and spent the next few years in the Centauri
Part of his stay was spent as a "guest" of the Emperor, and part of his visit
was endured under less pleasant conditions in a cell
To make a point to Londo
about who was in charge, Prime Minister Durla had G'Kar's eye removed again.
In January 2278, G'Kar was summoned to the throne room after the exposure of
the Drakh and the detonation of their nuclear weapons that returned ruin to
Londo was drinking heavily, and G'Kar managed to catch a glimpse
of his keeper that controlled Londo
Londo made several inflammatory statements,
and G'Kar realized that he was trying to enrage him so that he would kill
G'Kar hid himself when the guards brought Sheridan and Delenn before Londo
After they departed, freed by Londo, G'Kar returned to the throne room
Londo's request, G'Kar began to strangle him
Then the keeper awoke and
commanded him to strike back at G'Kar
The two men - adversaries and friends -
died with their hands at each other's throats, just as Londo had foreseen.
The Book of G'Kar immortalized G'Kar on Narn, and Emperor Vir Cotto
imortalized G'Kar on Centauri Prime by building giant statues of G'Kar and Londo
on opposite sides of the capital city, standing guard and watching each other's