Crime syndicate boss
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- "Now for you, my reputation is not from gossip… my reputation is fact. Is solid."
- ―Adelai Niska
Adelai Niska was one of the most dangerous enemies of Malcolm Reynolds and his crew. He was the leader of a criminal syndicate that dealt in murder, extortion, robbery, smuggling, and drug trafficking.
Niska was an old man, grandfatherly in appearance, with a Slavic accent (probably Czech). His seemingly benign appearance masked a ruthless, sadistic and cunning personality. By the time he encountered the crew of the Serenity, he had established a reputation for cruelty and violence. He seemed to take pleasure in torturing his victims, viewing the practice as an art form.
He had an antique Tiffany lamp on his desk (which was worth a fortune, being an authentic relic from Earth-That-Was). He had a henchman named Crow, until Malcolm kicked him into the ship's engine intake.
His center of business was on an artificial satellite known as skyplex, in orbit around the world of Ezra. His assistant was a man named Viktor and he eventually found a replacement for Crow as his torturer. After he captured and tortured Reynolds and Hoban Washburne, the rest of the Serenity's crew invaded the Skyplex and killed many of Niska's top associates in the process of rescuing their comrades. Niska managed to escape the battle. 
Behind the scenes
Adelai Niska was portrayed by Michael Fairman.