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There were only 12 types of skin-job Cyclons in the new Battlestar Galactica. Why this (low) limit? Was this ever (in-universe) established?

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that's a very good question that demands and answer. I don't think total number of cylon models was ever established. And the number that we know of was never explained either. I guess 8 kids was enough for final 5, of which only 2 were "parents"? –  qarma Dec 5 '13 at 16:48
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The explanation is that there were 8 models created by the original "Final 5" cylons up until the point where the Cavils rebelled against them, during which one of the models was destroyed/left mentally dead.

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8? 8 + 5 = 13! Do you mean 7? That only partly answers the question - why didn't the Cyclons create 100s of skin-jobs? –  Wikis Jan 5 '12 at 15:31
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@Wikis One of the 8 models was sabotaged by the Cavils, and ended up defective/dead. –  Keen Jan 5 '12 at 15:54
    
@Keen - aha, thanks. –  Wikis Jan 5 '12 at 15:58
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This answer is a good way to put it. It's not that there's a limit, it's that those are all they created. –  Tango Jan 5 '12 at 17:39
    
Additionally, the only ones with the knowledge of how to make the skin-jobs were the final 5. –  Barry Jan 5 '12 at 19:52
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I'd strongly suspect that it's a religous thing. Remember this the Cylons are beings that believe in a monotheistic God. Perhaps to them, 12 is one of their sacred numbers, as might be 5.

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