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!!!''Series/StargateSG1'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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* MacGuffinDeliveryService: At the climax of "Wormhole X-Treme!", Teal'c rescues O'Neill and Martin from Tanner and the three of them return to the studio to retrieve the control that Martin had hidden... which was exactly why Tanner had left them unguarded for Teal'c to save.
* MacGyvering:
** In the pilot episode, Carter refers to control computers for the Earth Stargate as a [=MacGyvered=] device, which was something that actress Amanda Tapping had ad-libbed during her audition. Sadly, it was removed in "Children of the Gods Recut".
** When O'Neill, [[Series/MacGyver the original]], has advanced Ancient knowledge transplanted into his brain he builds many advanced devices out of equipment he finds lying around the base, without even knowing ''what'' he is building.
** When the descended Ancient Orlin crashes at Carter's place, he builds a way to make precious gems and a functioning Baby Stargate from household parts and some special order supplies. Apparently building your own Stargate requires parts from a toaster.
* MagicalDefibrillator:
** Averted generally. In almost every usage the patient either heals on their own before the paddles are applied, heals on their own after the paddles have failed, or simply does not heal at all and dies. Only once (in "Prophecy"), does the use of a defibrillator restart somebody's heart after it has stopped.
** In "Bane", when they needed to keep Teal'c's symbiote alive outside his pouch, O'Neill lampshades this trope by wishing they could just shock the Goa'uld to keep it alive. [[EurekaMoment This led Dr. Fraiser to realize the stasis tank the symbiote was in was lacking a small electrical charge.]] Once added, it keeps the symbiont alive.
* MainliningTheMonster: In an episode, a civilization keeps a Goa'uld queen [[spoiler:(actually the dying Tok'ra queen)]] captive in a tank so they can harvest her symbiotes to make an elixir that can cure any illness.
* MamaBear: When Cassandra is in danger, Dr. Fraiser becomes somebody you ''do not'' want to mess with. In one episode, Nirrti is being held at gunpoint by her to help Cassandra, and refuses -- until General Hammond points out the Doc's relationship with the girl.
* MandatoryLine: In "Flesh and Blood", General Landry has only two scenes, both of which amount to [[LampshadeHanging him saying that there is nothing he can do to impact the events in any way]].
* MarriedInTheFuture: In "There But for the Grace of God" and "Point of View", Alt!Jack and Alt!Sam are engaged and married respectively. In "The Road Not Taken", Alt!Sam married Rodney [=McKay=] at one point but they divorced.
* {{Masquerade}}: TheWorldIsNotReady. At several points in the series different factors prompt the government to decide that it is time to reveal the truth, only to change their mind once the situation changes.
** In "Small Victories", [[spoiler:when Thor's Replicator-infested ship is about to descend into Earth's atmosphere, it is said that the President is going to reveal the existence of aliens and the Stargate to the world if they can't shoot it down.]]
** When the Stargate Program is revealed to the UN Security Council they explain that ''they'' are going to reveal the truth, but decide to hold off when Thor arrives and explains what a good job the SGC has done.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** In "Abyss" it is neither confirmed or denied that [[spoiler:an ascended Daniel gave Carter and Teal'c breaths of inspiration, little nudges that could push then into discovering where the Tok'ra-possessed O'Neill went and how to save him from his imprisonment]]. After all, members of SG-1 are smart and known for spur of the moment inspiration. But then again [[spoiler:Daniel did tell Jack he was working since the last time he was taken to be tortured]].
** In "Grace", Carter spends the episode conversing with hallucinations of the members of SG-1, her father, and a mysterious young girl; at different points the hallucinations say they might be a manifestation of the nebula that might be sentient and trying to comunicate with Carter, or they might just be normal hallucinations caused by her head wound and lack of sleep. The episode ends with no concrete explanation either way.
* TheMcCoy: Jack would often drop the sarcasm to be genuinely concerned about the episode's moral plight... or bug Sam and Daniel incessantly about why they could not be BigDamnHeroes ''this'' episode.
* MeaningfulName:
** "''Prometheus''". The Greek Titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man; the Prometheus project used technology stolen from the Goa'uld to create Earth's first battlecruiser. [[spoiler:The ''Prometheus'' itself is destroyed in the episode "Ethon", which is the name of the eagle that ate Prometheus' liver every night in some versions of the Greek myth.]]
** The planet where [[spoiler:Janet Fraiser]] is killed is identified as [=P3X=]-'''''[[NumberOfTheBeast 666]]'''''.
** The names of the Tau'ri SG-1 members;
*** Jonathan "Jack" = God has given
*** Samantha = name of God/God has heard
*** Daniel = God is my judge
*** Cameron = Crooked/bent nose
** Teal'c mentions that his name means "Strength".
* MedievalStasis: Some of the TransplantedHumans have developed their own unique societies, culture and technology descended from the peoples they were before being taken off Earth, but more planets have remained completely unchanged from their technological and cultural status five thousand years ago. The Asgard Protected Planets Treaty addresses this point with regards to planets that the Goa'uld have agreed ''not'' to conquer, deliberately limiting their development so they do not become a threat.
* MediumShiftGag: A segment in the season ten episode "200" humorously re-imagined bits of [[Film/{{Stargate}} the movie]] and the show's [[ThePilot first episode]] with the entire cast replaced by [[PuppetShows marionettes]].
-->'''Walter:''' I feel so stupid.
* MeetTheNewBoss: The Ori, the replacement BigBad after the defeat of the Goa'uld in season eight and the ReTool of the show for season nine, replicate the ''modus operandi'' of the Goa'uld: the impersonation of gods in order to inspire worship and subservience. The difference is simply one of scale: the Goa'uld used advanced technology for their masquerade, whereas the Ori really do have god-like powers.
* MegaCorp: In "Space Race", the Tech Con Group on the planet Hebridan makes a wide variety of products, sponsors the eponymous starship race, owns the planet's main TV station, and runs a lottery. They're never indicated as evil, and in fact the trope is pretty heavily played for laughs: the Tech Con Group apparently does everything from engine parts to funeral arrangements.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: In "The Tomb", three of four Russians sent offworld are killed, with the only survivor being the single female officer.
* TheMenInBlack: NID, who start out as a sometimes-antagonistic, sometimes-allied "The Ends Justify The Means" civilian counterpart to the SGC, but later lose the antagonistic aspects once the shady leaders, after being exposed, go underground to form a different group.
* MentalStory:
** "Avatar" takes place in a virtual-reality scenario that's effectively going on inside Teal'c's head.
** In "The Changeling", Teal'c imagines himself as T, a human firefighter, while suffering from symbiote withdrawal.
* {{Merlin}}: Season nine reveals that Merlin was an Ascended Ancient who descended to mortality in order to build a weapon to use against the Ori. In his first life he was Moros, who was the last High Chancellor of [[Series/StargateAtlantis Atlantis]], and after he returned to mortality he was known as Myrddin, [[ShownTheirWork the name of the Welsh wizard that much of Merlin's mythology is based on]].
* MesACrowd:
** Ba'al developed cloning technology in season nine, creating dozens of other Ba'als to help him reclaim his power after the overthrow of the Goa'uld.
** In "Ripple Effect", they decide to throw a "room full of Carters" at the problem of how to return everyone to their proper realities.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Dr. Lee tries to think up a clever analogy for how hard it will be to develop an anti-Prior weapon, but cannot even ''start'' before he trails off into BuffySpeak. He and Carter laugh at his failed attempt, and he explains that he has not had a chance to sleep recently.
* MildlyMilitary: Present in every show in the Franchise/StargateVerse to some degree. According to General Michael E. Ryan, Chief of Staff for the Air Force (the ''real'' Chief of Staff for the ''real'' Air Force), he has subordinates who are ''much'' worse than O'Neill in real life.
* MileLongShip: Ori warships are 1.1 km long according to the magazine ''Stargate SG-1: The DVD Collection''.
* MindProbe:
** The Goa'uld have a memory recall device that can read a person's mind and portray their memories on a screen for others to see, and it can help the subject recall suppressed or forgotten memories. However, its use in interrogation is (relatively) limited since it can only display memories that the subject ''wants'' displayed. This forces the Goa'uld to go through the standard methods of torture and questions before they can bring up the desired memories.
** When Anubis appears in season five, he brings advanced technology that allows him to download knowledge from a beings mind directly into his ships computer, bypassing the slow and ineffective torture preferred by most Goa'uld. Unfortunately for Anubis, the first being he tries this on is Thor of the Asgard, whose brain is so powerful that he manages to take control of the ship through his link to the computer.
* MindRape:
** In the season 1 episode "Fire and Water", SG-1 is implanted with a fake, traumatizing memory of Daniel Jackson's horrific death.
** The human form Replicators explore human minds to learn their secrets in an excruciating process, and Fifth does it purely to cause pain.
* MistakenForGay: [[DownplayedTrope Briefly]] in the opening to "Crusade"; before the body-swap is explained, Mitchell notices Daniel ogling him wearing only a towel in the locker room and asks if there is something he should know.
* MomentKiller: Kvasir, who interrupts a moment between Sam and an alternate-reality Martouf.
* MookFaceTurn: Teal'c, and eventually the entire Jaffa race do a HeelRaceTurn into LaResistance and gain independence.
* MookHorrorShow: When SG-1 is attacking the Jaffa guarding the Stargate in "The Other Guys", O'Neill, Carter and Jonas use the standard "shoot them with zats" approach, but Teal'c instead waits for a Jaffa to run past him and ''erupts out of a lake and drags the Jaffa down into the water.''
* MoralDissonance: Mixes with FantasticRacism, when Jack and the rest of the [=SGC=] distrust the Tok'ra purely because they are a mix of symbiote and host, judging their actions as either amoral or morally ambiguous. Even though, unlike the humans, the Tok'ra are a resistance force who are sacrificing their very lives to stop the Goa'uld, and hence need to be extremely careful with the information they give in case it compromises one of their operatives.
* MotorMouth: Daniel, especially when delivering reams of exposition. It got a lampshade in the pilot for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' when Jack asked Daniel to skip to the part where he starts "talking real fast."
* MrExposition:
** Daniel for the culture and Carter for the science. Whenever one of them is missing, the other tends to fill in anyway: any bit of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum will have both "Goa'uld language" and "strange radiation".
** Jonas is a physicist (with a PhotographicMemory) who has [[LeakedExperience studied every single one of Daniel's notes]], so he can be either too, though Jonas is usually TheWatson during briefings.
** Even Teal'c can fill this role (though more often in the early seasons), usually in a context of "Yes, I encountered this race/weapon/artifact/person while serving as First Prime to Apophis, and I will now tell you all about it."
* MrFanservice:
** Teal'c spends much of his screen time in practically sprayed on sleeveless T-shirts.
** In later seasons, Daniel manages a few {{Shirtless Scene}}s that show just how much he has benefited from all his physical activity.
* MudWrestling: In "Ascension", O'Neill and Teal'c head to Carter's place with pizza and a movie, and when they learn that she has company they leave her the pizza and decide to have their own fun. Teal'c comments that he has heard of place "where humans do battle in a ring of jello," and O'Neill tells him to call Daniel.
* MundaneObjectAmazement: When Jonas Quinn comes to earth, he is ''fascinated'' by the Weather Channel and the way it provides the weather for the whole planet, and explains that the five-day forecast feels like predicting the future.
* MundaneSolution: Often Carter or Jackson will start talking about complicated phlebotinum-related reasons why its absolutely impossible to achieve something, only for Jack to toss explosives at it.
* MundaneUtility:
** Stargates are one of the most advanced technological devices in existence, able to create a stable, people-safe wormhole across a galaxy or even to ''other'' galaxies. In the GroundhogDayLoop episode "Window of Opportunity", Teal'c and Jack hit golf balls through the gate, which the writers had wanted to do for the entire series.
** The Asgard's teleportation technology can transport anything from anywhere to anywhere else. It has been proven to be able to dematerialize enemy structures and platoons of Jaffa in seconds the first time they are shown. The Asgard use this in lieu of ''walking'', simply teleporting themselves and the chair they sit in to the relevant destination. No wonder they have no muscle tone.
* MurderByCremation: This seems to be how Jaffa baby girls in the Goa'uld Moloc's domain are killed immediately after birth.
* MurderousThighs: Vala tries this on Daniel during one of their fights in "Prometheus Unbound".
* MyGreatestFailure: Colonel Mitchell has two past mistakes which still haunt him.
** In "Collateral Damage", Mitchell reveals that he once bombed a refugee convoy on Earth after he was told by his commanding officer that it contained enemy combatants; the order to abort the mission came seconds after he had released his payload.
** In "Stronghold", though the precise details [[NoodleIncident are never revealed]], it shows that before Mitchell joined the F-302 program he did something extremely reckless that another pilot, and close friend, had to rescue him from. The other pilot was wounded by shrapnel during the rescue and was therefore disqualified from joining the F-302 program, and Mitchell was granted his spot in his place. Mitchell believes that he is unfairly living the other pilot's life, and blames himself for the life-threatening aneurysm (and eventually fatal) that has been threatening the other pilot since he was wounded.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The Tok'ra, renegade Goa'uld who do not use the sarcophagi and thus avoid becoming AlwaysChaoticEvil.
* MythArc: Stargate Command had a mission statement, enumerated in the pilot episode: to defend Earth from aggressive aliens, explore space, and acquire alien technology. In almost every season they made tangible progress toward those goals. At the end of the first season they had recruited Teal'c, befriended his mentor Bra'tac and discovered vague information about several other potential allies out there; by the end of the fourth they had made permanent allies of the Tok'ra and Asgard and claimed enough Goa'uld hand weapons to outfit their own teams; and by the end of the sixth season they had stolen, discovered or reverse-engineered enough technology to ''build an interstellar spaceship on Earth''. And by the end of it all, they had acquired what is among the most powerful military technology in the known universe for their spaceships thanks to the Asgard, as well as absorbed vast amount of Ancient technology, including the giant city-ship ''Atlantis''.
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: In "The Other Side", the Eurondans are [[spoiler:white supremacist eugenicists who have gone so far as to poison the entire surface of their planet in attempted ethnic cleansing. SG-1 royally throws a wrench into the works.]]
* NeckLift: In the episode "Metamorphosis", Wodan uses a telekinetic version of this on Nirrti and her two Jaffas. And then...
* NeckSnap: In the episode "Metamorphosis", Nirrti is killed by Wodan (a mutant with PsychicPowers she herself created) with a telekinetic Neck Snap.
* NeglectfulPrecursors: The Ancients left a lot of their technology lying around when they left the Milky Way, including some weapons and society-shaking devices, without any adequate instructions or explanations. The technology which ''is'' the instructions, the Repository of the Ancients which has ''all'' their knowledge, does not have any labels for ''itself''. It is only identified as "The Place of Our Legacy", and without using it (and potentially dying from its use) there is no way to determine what that means. Of course, considering they "left" the Milky Way by dying ''en masse'', with the survivors fleeing a wide-spread plague, it might be a bit much to expect them to have left a notebook behind. Hell, they have their own damn folder on that trope's page.
* NephariousPharaoh: Like in the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie, the series uses the general imagery for the Goa'uld, at least the first ones encountered.
* NerdyInhaler: Robert Rothman is seen using one in "The First Ones".
* NeverSleepAgain:
** In "Grace", the hallucination (maybe) of Teal'c explains to Carter that she is suffering from a concussion and that if she goes to sleep she will die. Throughout the episode her perception of time is radically skewed, and she ''has'' suffered a blow to the head, so she struggles to stay awake over what seems like weeks.
** The episode "Morpheus" involves a microscopic insect (not a bacteria) that causes the human body to produce high levels of melatonin, causing an almost irresistible urge to go to sleep, and once asleep to ''keep'' you asleep. Once you are asleep the insect gorges itself on the melatonin, growing in size until it kills by causing a brain aneurysm.
* NeuroVault: Quite frequently.
** Carter carrying the memories of Jolinar.
** O'Neill getting an Ancients' databse downloaded into his brain, twice, after which he subconsciously builds things and goes places without understanding ''why''.
** In "Secrets", they learn that a Goa'uld that inhabits a pregnant woman remains dormant so as not to cause a miscarriage, and the host can access the knowledge of the symbiote during this time.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: When Dr. Weir is about to make a [[FunWithHomophones Yu-related pun]] in "New Order", Daniel explains that every possible variation of the joke has already been done.
* NiceGuy: Daniel Jackson
* NiceHat:
** Teal'c has a variety of classic headwear that he wears on Earth when trying to obscure his Apophis symbol.
** O'Neill also makes a nondescript greenish-brown baseball cap look incredibly badass, mostly because he's the only one often shown to sport it instead of a helmet.
** On the [[Series/{{Firefly}} "Jayne Cobb's knitted hat"]] end of the trope, there's the absurd headdress the minor Goa'uld Zipacna wears in his first appearance in "Pretense".
** Several Goa'uld sport fancy headdresses on numerous occasions, some of which are absurdly huge. As mentioned above, however, Zipacna's takes the cake for sheer ridiculousness.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In the climax of "Thor's Hammer", the team destroys the title device in order to save Teal'c's life; in the follow-up episode "Thor's Chariot" the planet has been invaded by Heru'ur because it now lacks any defense.
** In "Red Sky" they have trouble establishing a lock on their destination, so Carter uses the dialing computer to override a safety feature in the gate system. The resulting wormhole ends up going through the sun of the planet they are gating to, altering its nuclear reaction and threatening all life on the planet. When they go to ask the Asgard for help, Freyr (who protects that particular planet) actually tells them the gate system usually prevents that sort of thing from happening, and Carter has to guiltily explain that she broke it.
** The Tok'ra interpretation of humanity's influence on the Goa'uld balance of power. By killing off important System Lords, the Tau'ri have systematically allowed more dangerous Goa'uld to usurp the power vacuum, including Sokar, Anubis and Ba'al. The Tau'ri, O'Neill in particular, shoot right back with the point that the Tok'ra, over a period of thousands of years, have done practically nothing. They never really have a good comeback for this.
** In the beginning of season 8, Thor and the SGC ''finally'' gain a weapon that is effective against the Replicators on a large scale. In "Gemini", they study [=RepliCarter=] and inadvertently let her near the weapon long enough for her to learn how it works and develop a countermeasure to the device. Carter spends much of "Reckoning" blaming herself for the Replicators' subsequent invasion of the Milky Way.
** In "Icon", the nations of Rand and Caledonia had ben locked in a ColdWar for years, but when the SGC makes contact with the planet the balance is disrupted by religious extremists who manage to gain power when the activation of the Stargate "proves" that their religious views were correct. Their attempt to seize control of the Rand Protectorate sparked off the long-feared war with the Caledonia Federation, decimating the entire planet, and many blame the SGC for sparking the conflict. [[spoiler:In the end, Jared Kane admits that SG-1 was, more or less, just the spark that lit the powder keg, and if not them then ''[[SubvertedTrope something]]'' would have brought the powers to war eventually]].
** The Ori arc in season nine begins when Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran inform the Ori that there are humans in the Milky Way that have been shielded from them by the Ascended Ancients. Daniel in particular realizes that they have potentially just doomed the galaxy to subjugation by the Ori, and that it is ''their fault''.
** At the end of "Avalon Part 3", Harrid and Sallis, the two villagers who Daniel and Vala were inhabiting in the Ori Galaxy find themselves returned to their own bodies, seconds away from being burned alive for heresy.
** In "Uninvited", the SGC discovers that it was their modifications to the Sodan armbands that created the giant, vicious creatures that have begun killing innocent people on three planets (including Earth).
** A subtle example can be found in "Bounty". Up until that point, the Lucian Alliance was a relatively goofy set of villains that couldn't seem to achieve anything outside of smuggling drugged space corn. To solve the situation, they talk Ventrell into usurping Netan and taking over. The [[Series/StargateUniverse next time]] we see the Lucian Alliance, [[NotSoHarmless well...]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** The [[BigBad Goa'uld]] sowed the seeds of their own eventual destruction by raiding Earth in "Children of the Gods". By killing four guards and [[MarsNeedsWomen kidnapping a fifth]] (not to mention kidnapping Sha're later), they managed to piss off possibly the only civilization in the galaxy that was militaristic, creative, and -- let's face it -- ''[[CrazyEnoughToWork insane]]'' enough to bring them down.
** Apophis probably wouldn't have been KilledOffForReal in "Enemies" if he hadn't had his Jaffa bring multiple crates (which, unbeknownst to anyone, contained some stowaway Replicators) from his ship over to Cronus' former ship.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers:
** The trope is generally played straight, as Earth humans and their descendants have no trouble eating various fruits, vegetables and meats from alien planets, breathing their air, and humans even [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]] with the Serrakin.
** The Goa'uld are able to infest and control numerous different species from different planets, and even of drastically different physiology. It is noted that, prior to the Jaffa (who are engineered as living incubators), Goa'uld bonding with humans had a much lower success rate. Their original hosts were the Unas, which they evolved alongside with on the same planet.
* NoBudget: An InUniverse example with ''Wormhole X-Treme!'', and like everything else surrounding it almost certainly a deliberate parody. The actor playing Jack's {{expy}} in ''WXT'' asks show creator Martin Lloyd what color FrickinLaserBeams his gun shoots. Martin tells him they can't afford a beam so they're just using sound effects.
* NobleDemon:
** The System Lord Yu. His main base of power is one of the furthest from Earth, so they aren't quite antagonistic neighbors. He gives them respect when they save his life and, like Ba'al, would work with them if their interests align.
** Ba'al, at least when his goals and SG-1's are aligned.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Orlin got a particularly raw deal when he descended to a mortal form in order to provide valuable intel on the Ori and helped to develop a cure for the Prior plague. For his troubles, he not only became trapped in his mortal form, but also suffered permanent brain damage, consigning him to spend the rest of his life (which is considerable, as he came back as a 12-year-old boy) in a sanitarium.
* NoGravityForYou: Does not appear in the show proper, but rather the ShowWithinAShow that is made about the Stargate crew. Such elaborate tactics are unnecessary in the regular series since they, you know, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim have guns]].
* NomDeGuerre: Cameron Mitchell was given the call-sign "Shaft" when he was an F-302 pilot stationed aboard the ''Prometheus''. Off Carter's look, he explained that it came from the term "''cam'''''shaft'''", which is a mechanical part that resembles the shortening of his first name.
* NoNameGiven: The Ancients. While they are given [[IHaveManyNames many epithets]] during the series, such as the Ancients, the Ancestors, the Gate-Builders, the Lanteans, etc., we never find out what the species' true name was. In season nine we learn they were once named "The Alterans", but even that equates to "The Others", which is what they were to the Ori, whom they broke away from.
* NoodleImplements: In "The Ties That Bind", part of Vala's ChainOfDeals involves the exchange of an old plasma coil from a obsolete cargo ship for an old necklace. She needed to return the necklace to the man she stole it from, but she had no idea why the man who had it wanted that plasma coil.
* NoodleIncident:
** In "Emancipation", the first "regular" episode of the series after the pilot and follow-up episode, O'Neill referred to an incident where Captain Carter drank something which made her take off her... ''something''. We never do hear the full story.
** In "Thor's Hammer" Teal'c claims that all Jaffa are taught the gate address of the planet Cimmeria so that no Goa'uld will go there, even by accident. "Something transpired there that no Goa'uld will speak of." Granted, we know that Cimmeria is an Asgard-protected planet so one can assume at least one Goa'uld suffered a great defeat there, but we never do get to hear the details.
** Daniel asked Jack a question before the start of "Window of Opportunity", and his asking Jack's opinion of the question is repeated numerous times throughout the episode, but not even Jack himself can remember what he was actually talking about.
** Anubis was originally expelled from the System Lords for crimes that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even the Goa'uld found unspeakable]]. Considering that the Goa'uld are not just okay with, but ''routinely'' practice torture, slavery and '''genocide''', the specifics of something horrifying ''them'' was probably too much for the writers to actually think up. One of the sourcebooks for the RPG strongly implies that this was actually pure propaganda: Anubis was just an old enemy of Ra whom the latter had defeated and exiled (twice) at the dawn of the Goa'uld Empire.
** In "Stronghold", Mitchell and an old friend of his discuss a misadventure from before Mitchell joined the F-302 program where Mitchell did something reckless that required the other pilot to rescue him, during which he was wounded by shrapnel. What this was and where it took place were never revealed.
** "200" mentions, and includes brief "flashbacks" to, an incident that left O'Neill invisible, although the canonicity of the entire episode is debatable.
** [[MultipleChoicePast Everything Vala ever mentions about her past]].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Practically the motto of the SGC, particularly O'Neill, who was left behind by his team during the First Gulf War and spent several months in an Iraqi prison because of it. [[spoiler:It comes back to bite him when he bonds with a Tok'ra symbiote and it feels compelled to use him to go back for someone it used to spy on Ba'al because the Tok'ra was now judging itself against O'Neill's values, and we all know how [[ItsPersonal that relationship is defined]].]]
* NoOSHACompliance: Most Goa'uld technology.
-->'''Daniel:''' You'd think a race advanced enough to fly around in spaceships would be smart enough to have seatbelts.
* NoPartyGiven:
** The President of the United States from the show's first seven seasons, 1997-2004, was [[InvisiblePresident never seen]], and his party was never given.
** The seventh season took place in the lead up to the 2004 Presidential Elections, with recurring villain Senator Robert Kinsey as the Vice-Presidential candidate with running-mate Henry Hayes. The ticket they were running on was never revealed, with the only information given about the election returns that Kinsey helped them win Florida.
* NoRespectGuy: The Tok'ra as a group. Despite everything they do for the humans, they are treated with [[FantasticRacism contempt, disgust, suspicion and prejudice]], giving them flack for not telling them enough or not doing enough for them (despite the very little the humans do in return). And they are constantly the smartest guys who have to explain things to the humans or their allies, or try to help them out of their mess. They never ''ever'' get anything good happen to them for long, and are continuously systematically exterminated by the Goa'uld and the Jaffa. When they meet the rebel Jaffa on the Alpha site, the Jaffa treat them with suspicion and aggression, and O'Neill basically sides with them at every point, being suspicious of the Tok'ra.
* NoSell:
** In "The Serpent's Lair", Apophis' ''Ha'taks'' weather direct hits from a pair of 1 gigaton naquadah-enhanced nukes with no apparent ill effects.
** In "Deadman Switch", Aris Boch's species (Ilempiri [[AllThereInTheManual according to the RPG]]) are invulnerable to Goa'uld infestation. The snakes elected to wipe most of them out and enslave the rest.
** Ori deflector shields can repel every ship-to-ship weapon in the series apart from the Asgard plasma beams fitted to the ''Odyssey'' in the series finale.
* NoSenseOfHumor:
** O'Neill declares this of the Aschen, describing them as being like an entire planet of accountants. [[GenreSavvy He also states this is why he does not trust them]].
** Colonel O'Neill once tells a reporter that [[SpellMyNameWithAnS his name is spelled with two Ls]] because there is [[Film/{{Stargate}} another Col. O'Neil]] with one L and Jack does not want to be mistaken for him because he has NoSenseOfHumor.
* NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus: Only brought up once. On finding a medieval-European style town on a planet, complete with church, cross, and witch-burning minister, Teal'c says that he knows of no Goa'uld that is capable of the love and compassion displayed by the Christian god. Turns out that episode's Goa'uld was impersonating ''Satan'' instead.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: In the season six episode "Disclosure", the Stargate program and all related information is revealed to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (The United Kingdom, France and China. Russia was already aware of the Stargate) for the first time. For the rest of the series, and continuing into ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', international political pressure is a frequent concern of the SGC.
* NothingPersonal: Richard Woolsey is working to get the command staff of the SGC removed, and perhaps even brought up on charges, because he honestly believes that they are doing a poor job of defending the planet, not because he has anything against them on a personal level. When asked if he believes that O'Neill and Carter are engaged in some sort of inappropriate relationship he begins to deny it, only to be interrupted by Vice-President Kinsey who insists that they ''are''. [[HeelRealization Woolsey is flustered by the unwarranted personal attack]].
* NotMeThisTime: After Carter has been kidnapped, Maybourne recommends that O'Neill look into Colonel Simmons at the NID. Simmons, however, explains that he had no part in this, and points out that Maybourne might have been part of the operation himself. [[spoiler:Simmons does ''get'' involved at the end of the episode.]]
* NotNowKiddo: PlayedForDrama in the backstory episode "The Gamekeeper". The revisiting of events happens the same way as the original because Daniel's parents will not listen to him.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Defied when O'Neill refuses to have a funeral for "someone who isn't dead" after Daniel's second death and ascension. Apparently O'Neill wanted to avoid an instance of this trope (and, given Daniel's repeated cases of DeathIsCheap, he was right).
* NotSoDifferent: The Tok'ra occasionally come across as putting more effort into saving the symbiote, rather than the host, making it seem that humans are expendable to them; something that even Carter, one of their most vocal supporters, calls them out on. Likewise, Jack's frequently lampshades that while the Tok'ra aren't evil like the Goa'uld, they share the same ''arrogance''.
* NoWomansLand:
** The first season episode "Emancipation", the first episode after the initial plot of the pilot, took place on a world where descendants of the Mongols have created a complicated system of laws restricting women's freedoms, ostensibly to protect them by keeping them hidden from the Goa'uld. They are forbidden from unveiling their faces or speaking outside of their tents, and are subject to stoning if they break the laws. The episode was criticized for its generally inaccurate depiction of Mongol society, although it did get some points for having [[Film/MortalKombat Shang Tsung]] as the villain. That, and it was shameless RecycledScript by the author of "Code of Honour", her previous work for ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', which was similarly criticised for being offensive to women, other ethnicities and those possessing the gift of sight and hearing.
** The Goa'uld Moloc decreed prior to the start of the series that only male Jaffa in his domain would be allowed to live, sacrificing all female children born in order to make sure that his society is solely devoted to giving him soldiers in his war with the other Goa'uld. The Jaffa as a whole have a heavily patriarchal society; women, though trained in combat, are forbidden from actually serving in the army of their ruling Goa'uld and are viewed as subservient to their husband. These traditions, referred to as the "old ways", are maintained even after the overthrow of the Goa'uld, and multiple episodes deal with Teal'c and other progressive Jaffa attempting to reform Jaffa society into greater equality.
* TheNthDoctor:
** Anubis was portrayed by a total of five actors over the course of the show, reflecting different hosts that he possessed and his incorporeal form. These were David Palfy (who provided the voice and body of the robe-shrouded incorporeal Anubis up to "Lost City"), Gavin Hood (who portrayed Russian Colonel Alexi Vaselov, whose body was possessed by Anubis), Dean Aylesworth (a nameless host), Rik Kiviaho (a nameless host) and George Dzunda (who portrayed "Jim", the form Anubis took when speaking to Daniel Jackson in the Astral Diner).
** When Orlin descended for a second time in season nine, he took the form of a young boy instead of a grown man in order to retain his Ascended memories for a little bit longer.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: The episode "Icon" and its sequel "Ethon" takes place on a world where the two main powers, Rand and Caledonia, are locked in a state of ColdWar technologically equal to 1950's Earth. Though both episodes eventually descend into full-scale war between the two powers, with the complete destruction of all infrastructure and the decimation of the planets population, none of the weapons are ever referred to as "nuclear". They are instead just called "missiles" and "bombs", without any specifics.
* NumberOfTheBeast: [=P3X=]-666, which tellingly is the planet where [[spoiler:Dr. Janet Fraiser is KilledOffForReal.]]
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* TheOathbreaker: In "Ethon" on Tegalus when [[spoiler:Rand President Nadal agrees to allow his enemies the use of the gate to leave the planet if they won't worship the Ori, provided attempts to destroy the Ori-requested orbital satellite is stopped. They are, but then he breaks his word and plans to use the weapon on the enemy nation. His second in command Commander Pernaux shoots him for violating his oath and an international treaty, but is shot back. Before he dies, he orders the depowering of the satellite and fulfillment of the treaty]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: O'Neill constantly makes snide comments, is obsessed with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and has little to no patience for technical jargon. However, several characters over the course of the series outright make the observation that he is smarter than he pretends to be. It seems to be more that, as a career military man, he simply wants to know ''what'' the dangerous piece of alien technology will do and not ''how'' it will do it.
* ObstructionistPacifist: The Nox practice philosophy of absolute pacifism and non-violence that is so strict that they refuse even to [[SuicidalPacifism defend themselves when threatened.]] This policy is so strict that others within their domain are [[MyRulesAreNotYourRules forced to obey their rules of policy of pacifism when necessary.]] Should visitors attempt to employ violence against one another, the Nox remove their weapons as part of their rules.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Several. Senator Kinsey [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope eventually became a villain]]; most others are merely well-meaning but misguided.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Parodied in "200" in one of the {{Imagine Spot}}s. SG-1 makes a run for the gate only to come on top of a hill to see a Jaffa army on par with Zipacna's deployment in "Last Stand" between them and the Stargate. Cut to them nonchalantly coming through the gate in the SGC and making some kinda remark about how "that was rough." Then cut to real life and SG-1 telling Martin that was ridiculous.
* OffToSeeTheWizard: "200" included a complete retelling of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' with Vala as Dorothy, a "lovely, fair-haired Tok'ra" (Carter) as Glinda, a wise Ascended being (Landry) as Oz, and Mitchell, Daniel and Teal'c as the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man (respectively). Martin Lloyd, who the story was being told to, immediately pointed out that it just was the original movie with ''Stargate'' names replacing the originals.
* OhCrap:
** Heru'ur when [[spoiler:Apophis' cloaked fleet of ''Ha'taks'']] uncloaks near the end of "The Serpent's Venom".
** Daniel when shooting [[spoiler:Vala in a Kull warrior suit]] does not do any damage.
** When Daniel manages to get the anti-Prior device working, the expession on the Prior's face is about what you would expect when somebody feels that they have just been personally and directly abandoned by their gods.
** Teal'c has this moment when [[spoiler:he throws C4 into a dragon's mouth in the episode "The Quest, Part 2", and when Carter blows it up, it does nothing.]] The look on Teal'c's face is absolutely priceless and Mitchell sums it up in one very succinct sentence.
** In "Thor's Chariot", the [[ThisIsGonnaSuck look on all of the Jaffa's faces]] when the ''[[CoolStarship Beliskner]]'' descends over Cimmeria.
** In "Message in a Bottle", Hammond's reaction when Carter informs him that the [[KillItWithFire Wildfire Protocol]] won't work because since the organism feeds on energy, the nuclear self-destruct will spread it ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero across the entire planet]]''.
** In "Failsafe", upon finding a small boulder on the bomb that they planted on the asteroid, O'Neill utters this, probably foreseeing the inevitable WireDilemma that follows.
** In "2001", Mollem's face when he realises that Borren has just inadvertently given away the Aschen's plans for Earth, by innocently translating a word for them, which they'd found on an old local newspaper, "Aschen cure causes [[spoiler:'''Sterility''']]".
** In "Enemies", Apophis has this (complete with a BigNo) upon realizing his Replicator-infested ship is [[spoiler:on a collision course with Delmak, his new seat of power]]. Fitting, as he [[DeathIsCheap doesn't come back from this one]].
** He also gets a few more earlier in the episode, in the span of about a minute: First, when he finds he and his Jaffa are surrounded by Replicators. Second, when he makes a swift exit onto the ship's bridge and shuts the doors, while listening to his Jaffa screaming and dying. And thirdly, [[ThisIsGonnaSuck when the Replicators manage to eat their way into the room]].
** O'Neill, Carter and Daniel all get this (with O'Neill even mentioning the trope by name) when they discover the ''huge'' Replicator. "Enemies" may as well be titled "OhCrap: The Episode".
* OminousFloatingSpaceship: Frequently. A few highlights:
** The first several appearances of Goa'uld ''Ha'tak''-class motherships.
** Asgard ''Beliskner''-type motherships invert it in "Thor's Chariot" and "Point of View", among others.
** The terraforming vessel in "Scorched Earth".
** Anubis' mothership over Kelowna's capital city in "Homecoming".
* OminousLatinChanting: In the episode "Demons", to go with the Space Catholics vs. Space Satan and Space Demons theme.
* OmnicidalManiac: The ultimate goal of Anubis? [[ApocalypseHow To wipe out all the life in the galaxy]] so he [[ResetButton can start all over again]] as a [[AGodAmI true god]]. [[OhCrap Wow]].
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist:
** Unless it is a question of archeology or linguistics (Daniel Jackson's area), advanced medicine (the unit's medical staff handle most of that) or midwifery (... that would be [[DeliveryGuy Daniel again]]), Samantha Carter has it covered on science.
** Dr. Bill Lee, the SGC's second-fiddle scientist after Carter, seems to have studied ''every'' field. He is consulted on matters of physics, electrical engineering, botany and even ''entomology'' (the study of insects). He is rarely ''competent'' during these consultations, since his character is slight comic relief that is often EntertaininglyWrong, but he apparently has some training therein.
* OminousMessageFromTheFuture: The whole episode of "2010" builds up to sending the message, which is promptly understood and obeyed. It takes place in a seemingly idyllic future where allies the SGC met were able to single-handedly win the war with the Goa'uld, only for SG-1 to learn [[spoiler:they secretly have made mankind sterile and plan to subjugate the world, leading SG-1 to sacrifice themselves to send a note to the past warning the SGC against going to the planet where they met the allies]]. Though Hammond instantly obeys the note, a few years later the SGC unknowingly [[spoiler:makes contact with those same aliens on a separate planet]].
* OneCharacterMultipleLives: In "The Changeling", Teal'c alternates between his life at Stargate Command and another life where he and the other SG-1 members are firefighters. Both seem equally real. [[spoiler:In truth, neither is real. He's hallucinating due to sharing his symbiote with Bra'tac after they were both shot during an ambush by Anubis' forces.]]
* OnlyAFleshWound: Teal'c, frequently. In fact just about any wound Teal'c suffers is brushed off, lampshaded or not. Justified early, because he has a Goa'uld symbiote to heal his wounds at a rapid rate. However once the symbiote is removed and he survives on Tretonin, it is simply because Teal'c is that tough, apparently.
* OnlyMostlyDead: The Ancients, Asgard, Nox and Goa'uld have the ability to resurrect people from death, provided they reach the body soon enough and there is not sufficient damage to make brain reconstruction unfeasible.
* OnlyOneName:
** Teal'c, and apparently all other Jaffa, are known only by a single name (the word "Teal'c" itself means "strength"). To identify Jaffa within a larger context, they are also identified by their place of origin. Over the course of the show Teal'c goes from "Teal'c of Chulak" to "Teal'c of the Tau'ri", identifying him not with his place of origin but with his current affiliation.
** Most Goa'uld and all named Asgard, [[JustifiedTrope which makes sense]] as most impersonate deities from Earth mythology.
** The Nox.
** Also most offworld-born humans. Vala Mal Doran and the Hebridians, Langarans, and Tegalans are exceptions to this.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass / OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass / OnlyTheWorthyMayPass:
** The Asgard place testing sites on the planets that they protect in order to determine when the inhabitants are capable of understanding that they are aliens, not gods, and can interact with them on equal footing. These sites judge their selflessness and courage, but also require that they have a knowledge of pi (the ratio of a circle's radius to its circumference) to indicate that their society has developed a knowledge of mathematics and geometry.
** The doorway to Marduk's ruined temple in "The Tomb" has a puzzle lock consisting of panels inscribed with the [[MesopotamianMythology Babylonian creation myth]], with the combination taking the form of strategically placed errors that theoretically only Marduk's priests would know about. The designer didn't count on Tau'ri archaeology, and Daniel is able to crack the puzzle after studying it for about half an hour.
** Another puzzle lock, this one Ancient in origin, guards the entryway to the Dakara superweapon in "Reckoning, Part 2". You have to spot the nonsense phrases and turn them upside down so they make logical sense, which requires knowledge of written Ancient.
** Merlin arranged for several tests before somebody can gain access to Avalon, the hidden chamber beneath the Glastonbury Tor where riches and Ancient technology is hidden. The tests determine the applicants [[OnlyTheKnowledgableMayPass knowledge of Ancient philosophy and their language]], their [[OnlySmartPeopleMayPass ability to solve logic puzzles]] and [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass their trustworthiness]].
** In "The Quest" one must be virtuous, pure of spirit, ''and'' smart enough to pass the multitude of tests along the way in order to reach the Sangraal. As a result, Adria (correctly) deduces that she will not be able to retrieve the Sangraal but suggests that Daniel, as a former ascended being, is a perfect candidate.
* OnTheNext: Used in the advertising.
* OpenTheIris: Actually about eyes, so the frequently heard line is only the TropeNamer, [[ThisIndexIsNotAnExample not an example]]. However, the title sequence for seasons 1-5 uses this image, with the wormhole swirl superimposed on O'Neill's iris.
* OperationJealousy: {{Alternate|Universe}} Carter: "I'm kind of attracted to Daniel."
* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: In the AlternateReality featured in "The Road Not Taken", the Stargate Program went public after Anubis' attack on Antarctica. Rampant civil unrest ensued and President Hank Landry has declared martial law. Furthermore, [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Landry]] is not above using F302's to eliminate dissenters, including those in other countries, cutting loose people who are no longer useful to him and censoring the press. Overall, it's become a major CrapsackWorld all around.
* OrbitalBombardment:
** The Goa'uld primarily use this as a terror tactic, though "There But for the Grace of God" shows Apophis methodically destroying Earth's population with orbital strikes.
** Ori motherships are also seen using their {{Wave Motion Gun}}s on ground targets [[spoiler:such as the Dakara superweapon]].
** Finally, "Family Ties" has the ''Odyssey'' use an orbit-to-surface missile attack to destroy a cloaked ''tel'tak'' carrying naquadah bombs intended for use on Earth.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Depending on the universe and timeline.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent: The most prominent being the ones connecting Stargates, of course.
* OutOfOrder: According to executive producer Joseph Mallozi, season 8's "Affinity" and "Covenant" should have aired in the opposite order. This creates a minor continuity hiccup when Daniel identifies the people who kidnapped him in "Affinity" as agents of the Trust, whom he shouldn't know about yet.
* OvertRendezvous:
** In "Touchstone", General Hammond meets with a contact he has in order to track down the missing Stargate. They met in a park and the contact suggests they go for a walk to make it harder for parabolic microphones to listen in.
** Sam's park-bench meeting with Agent Barrett in "Smoke and Mirrors" after he warns her that his office is bugged.
* OverusedRunningGag: The show had a habit of making FunWithHomophones jokes using the System Lord Yu. In "The New Order" newcomer Elizabeth Weir found out about Yu and started to make one, but was stopped by Daniel:
-->'''Daniel:''' Don't. Every joke, every pun, done to death. Seriously.
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* PaintballEpisode: A couple of them, involving the Goa'uld ''intar'' training weapon instead of paintball guns.
* PaletteSwappedAlienFood: Played straight in season 4's "Beneath the Surface"; lampshaded the following season, in "Wormhole X-Treme!"
* {{Panspermia}}: The Ancients lived on Earth millions of years before humanity evolved, and when they left for the Pegasus Galaxy they re-seeded life throughout the Milky Way and caused a "second evolution" of their form. In season nine, it was revealed that they had not originally evolved on Earth themselves, but had traveled there millions of years before ''that'' from their home galaxy.
* ParodyEpisode:
** The 200th episode, "200", not only parodies everything to do with TV and movie writing and production (ranging from the actors wanting more money to references to JumpingTheShark and a LampshadeHanging about... LampshadeHanging). It also parodies everything from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' to {{Supermarionation}} shows (like the original ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''), zombie movies, teen dramas, and, of course, itself. To actually list ''all'' of the parodies including the self-parodying inside jokes would take up this entire ''page'', so if you're interested in hearing all of them, see what [[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/200 the Stargate Wiki's page on it]] has listed.
** Similarly, the episode to which "200" is a sequel, "[[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Wormhole_X-Treme%21_%28episode%29 Wormhole X-Treme!]]" from the show's fifth season, is also a ParodyEpisode, a self-parody as well as parodying both the TV production process and Science Fiction in general.
--->'''Producer:''' You know what this show needs? A [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe sexy female alien]].
* PathOfInspiration: "Hallowed are the Ori."
* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Aschen are a race that conquer by slowly sterilising their allies. Because of this, the list of Stargate Addresses they gave them start with a ''Black Hole'' and get progressively '''worse'''.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Nox. One of them borders on TechnicalPacifist, however. In "Pretense", Lya helps Teal'c to conceal one of the Tollans' ion cannons from Jaffa saboteurs painting them as targets for an orbiting Ha'tak. In response to Sam's query, Lya replies:
-->'''Lya:''' I only hid the weapon. I did not fire it.
* PetTheDog: Apophis gets a very brief PetTheDog moment while he is dying in Stargate Command's medical ward, calling for his beloved queen in his final moments. [[spoiler:He reverts to evil form when brought BackFromTheDead.]]
* PetsHomageName: Carter owns a cat named Schrödinger in some of the later seasons.
* PhlebotinumDependence: Several examples, all the Goa'uld's fault in one way or another.
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements:
** A lot of Goa'uld technology (the ''[[HandBlast kara kesh]]'' and the healing device, for instance) requires blood-borne naquadah to activate. Hence why Sam can use it after hosting Jolinar on "In the Line of Duty".
** The fact that Jack has the ATA gene and can thus activate certain Ancient devices (the knowledge repositories and a Puddle Jumper, for instance) is an occasional plot point.
* PhysicalGod: The Goa'uld would very much like their subjects to believe this, when they're really just SufficientlyAdvancedAliens pretending to be gods. The Goa'uld Anubis (who's also [[OmnicidalManiac the most evil]]) on the other hand fits this completely, having become a "half-ascended" [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence upper-dimensional]] EnergyBeing who manifests in the lower realms to continue being venerated as a divine EvilOverlord.
* PinnedToTheWall:
** An alien device once pinned Jack O'Neill to the wall of the SGC through his shoulder.
** Another time, Baal pinned Jack to a wall with ArtificialGravity and tossed knives (or acid, depending on how he felt like torturing Jack to death that day) at his chest.
* PlanetaryNation: Usually played straight, although in most cases this is because there's really only one or two settlements of note (blame the Goa'uld). Two exceptions are Langara, which has at least three major powers, and Tegalus, which has two, and in both cases each are in a SpaceColdWar with their neighbors.
* PlanetOfHats: Many, often remaining identical to their culture of origin from when they were abducted off Earth thousands of years ago.
* PlayingPictionary: Played with. Daniel and Sam are presented with a thermal image of the symbiote inside of Teal'c, and they play dumb:
-->'''Daniel:''' Oh, that's very good! Did you draw that yourself?\\
'''Sam:''' What is it?\\
'''Daniel:''' That... That's a duck, isn't it?
* PointThatSomewhereElse: In the two-parter opening of season 7, SG-1 is captured by Anubis' First Prime, Her'ak, who announces they'll be publicly executed. When O'Neill ponders if it's a necessity for this to be in public, Her'ak puts the tip of his staff weapon under his nose, and asks if he'd rather be killed right there. To which O'Neill answers that he's fine with a public execution, while gently pushing away the weapon head -- and then he rubs his fingers, since touching the tip of an activated [[BoomStick serpent staff]] barehanded is unadvised.
* PopculturalOsmosisFailure:
** Teal'c in the early seasons. The third episode, "Emancipation", famously ended on the line "What is an [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]]?"
** Vala, who never did get the opportunity that Teal'c did to assimilate and learn about Earth culture, and asked the rest of SG-1 to stop using cultural expressions that she would not understand.
** Daniel Jackson, despite being the one actually from Earth, did not understand what Colonel Mitchell meant when he said they were dealing with a John [=McClane=], and Teal'c had to explain that it was a reference to ''Film/DieHard''.
* PortalCut: Objects are only sent through the gate in one piece; when only part of an object is past the event horizon it is held in a hyperspace buffer until the rest of the object enters the gate and the entire thing is transported to the next gate. If the gate were to shut down with part of an object in the buffer that part is lost forever; [[spoiler:Major Kawalsky]] is killed this way in the first season.
* PortalSlam: The Stargate is open as long as the directors say, so it is not unusual for characters to miss the wormhole. Also, when the iris is closed on the receiving end of a wormhole anything that attempts to travel through it suffers a "bugs on a windshield" death. O'Neill coldly orders this done to [[spoiler:the character played by Rene Auberjonois]], but to be fair he was a [[spoiler:[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything white supremacist leader]]]].
* PossessionBurnout: Whenever [[spoiler:Anubis]] possesses a host.
* PowerOfTrust: In "Icon", Daniel spends several months recuperating in the home of Jared Kane and his wife Leda. Over the months, Leda became infatuated with Daniel, particularly since Jared had spent progressively less time at home over the past few years as his political responsibilities grew. When Daniel is trying to get Jared to launch a joint military assault in combination with the SGC, he asks Leda to help persuade him, but Jared has noticed their relationship and demands that Leda answer if she loves Daniel. She hesitates for a moment, then explains that she ''trusts'' him.
* PowerParasite: The Goa'uld are a literal version. Sometimes, as Ba'al/Adria demonstrated, the hosts' abilities are too powerful for the Goa'uld to handle, and the possession does not work as a result. By contrast, when they take Unas as hosts, they do so because the Unas are far tougher than humans, but their bodies are more difficult to control and repair.
* PowerPerversionPotential: When O'Neill became invisible in the of-doubtful-canonicity episode "200", he spied on Carter while she was taking a shower. [[GenreSavvy Carter knew something was up and asked if he was watching her]]... he replied "No."
* PowerWalk: SG-1 frequently enters the Stargate (and exits the other side) in this manner. In fact, the times they do not PowerWalk usually indicate that [[OhCrap something is wrong]]. Subverted early on, as shortcomings in Earth's dialing program cause them to be tossed somewhat violently out the other side. Then they improve the program, and it never happens again until they override a safety protocol that they really should not have.
* PragmaticVillainy: The System Lord Yu agrees to add Earth to the Asgard Protected Planets Treaty, votes to oppose Anubis's admission into the ranks of the Goa'uld System Lords, spares Teal'c's life after a failed assasination attempt and eventually cooperates with the SGC against Anubis. However, he does all this because [[NotWorthKilling he has no interest in our section of the galaxy]], [[GenreSavvy he knows Anubis is not going to peacefully integrate into the System Lords]], [[RevengeByProxy he expects Teal'c to go back and kill the man who planned the assassination attempt]] and [[EnemyMine Anubis eventually grows into a threat too large to be faced alone]]. Daniel Jackson explicitly points out that, despite their past relationship, Yu is not to be trusted or liked, only counted on to make a practical decision not hampered by [[StupidEvil the normal Goa'uld mindset]]. In the later seasons he also begins to descend into senility and is steered to a practical decision by his [[DragonInChief First Prime]].
* PrecisionFStrike:
** In "A Hundred Days":
--->'''Jack:''' Teal'c, you are one stubborn son of a bitch!
** Jack also calls the entire clergy of the medieval planet ("Demons") sons of bitches when they go to drown Teal'c to see if he's a witch.
** In "Within the Serpent's Grasp":
--->'''Klorel:''' Nothing of the host survives.\\
'''Jack:''' That's ''bullshit''!
** In "Menace", Daniel angrily calls Jack a "stupid son of a bitch" after the latter shoots [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Reese]].
* PrecursorKillers: Starting with season four's "Window of Opportunity", the SGC learned that the Ancients suffered from a plague towards the end of their civilization. As the seasons progressed the details were gradually revealed, with the ultimate discovery that the Ori inflicted the plague on the Ancients, inspiring many of them to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, killing the majority of the remaining population and forcing the survivors to flee to the Pegasus Galaxy aboard ''Atlantis''.
* {{Precursors}}: Probably holds a record for the most precursors, with three ''confirmed'' Precursor races and the implication of many more.
** The Ancients preceded all other life, built the Stargates, and had an undefined relationship with AncientRome, potentially teaching them how to effectively build roads and speak Latin. They are either [[BenevolentPrecursors benevolent]] or [[NeglectfulPrecursors neglectful]], depending on your point of view and perspective on self-determination.
** The Goa'uld ruled the Earth for approximately five thousand years and introduced the oldest writing systems and organized living, essentially creating human civilization. However, [[AbusivePrecursors they brutally oppressed humanity during their reign]] and have done their best to make sure that nobody would build atop the foundation that they left.
** The Asgard preceded human evolution and inspired the [[NorseMythology Norse pantheon]]. They did not advance or manipulate human development, but did [[BenevolentPrecursors protect them from the Goa'uld when they could]] to give humans a chance to make something of themselves.
** The Oannes of "Fire and Water" and the GIANT ALIENS![[note]][[http://stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Omeyocan officially Omeyocans]][[/note]] (For full effect, say it with a Dutch accent) of "Crystal Skull" have some sort of connection with Babylon and the Maya, respectively, but whether they shaped those societies or simply encountered them was never revealed.
* PrecursorWorship: See above.
* PresidentEvil:
** Kinsey clearly plans to become one. He possibly achieved it in the AlternateReality featured in "Moebius".
** Landry in the reality of "The Road Not Taken". Made worse in that he doesn't act ''any'' different to the regular Landry.
* PrematureEncapsulation: "Tangent" should have been called "Failsafe", and "Failsafe" should have been called "Point of No Return".
* PrepositionsAreNotToEndSentencesWith: Jack apparently considers Her'ak's [[AliensSpeakingEnglish abuse of the English language]] a worse torture than the [[AgonyBeam Rod of Anguish]].
-->'''Her'ak:''' No matter what you have endured, you have never experienced the likes of what Anubis is capable of!\\
'''O'Neill:''' You ended that sentence with a ''preposition''. Bastard!
* {{Pride}}: The Tollan are utterly convinced that they are invulnerable, due to their vast [[HigherTechSpecies technological superiority]] that is even beyond that of the Goa'uld. Their arrogance eventually lead them to being wiped out, since they never considered that the Goa'uld might eventually find some way to circumvent their technology.
* PrisonShip: An episode centers on the team finding a crashed prison spaceship.
* ProductPlacement:
** The early seasons used NEC monitors for desktop computers.
** Samantha Carter uses a Dell Inspiron laptop in the first eight seasons of the show. Though it could have originally been considered as a [[TheRedStapler Red Stapler effect]], her switching to a Dell XPS in season nine sealed the deal.[[invoked]]
** In one episode in season nine, Col. Mitchell and another Col. Mitchell from another universe are seen sitting at a table drinking Aquafina-brand bottled water.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Teal'c of Chulak, First Prime of Apophis. The Jaffa have lived as a warrior society for so long that they use the same word ("kek") for both "weakness" and "death", since if one is weak they might as well be dead. The Jaffa are a surprisingly well-justified version of this concept. Historically they could afford to be a Proud Warrior Race because the Goa'uld filled other necessary social functions, from scientific to spiritual castes. It take a lot of work for the Jaffa to build a purely Jaffa society.
* PsychicPowers: "Rite of Passage", "Metamorphosis", "Prophecy", "Prototype". Also, the Priors of the Ori are given telekinetic powers.
* PublicDomainArtifact: Everything from the Sword in the Stone to Thor's Hammer. Usually ImportedAlienPhlebotinum of some sort.
* PulledFromYourDayOff: In [[Recap/StargateSG1S3E22Nemesis "Nemesis"]] the team gets some leave courtesy of Daniel ([[RealLifeWritesThePlot and his actor]]) coming down with appendicitis. Teal'c goes offworld to visit his family, Carter is fiddling with a naquadah reactor, and Jack is about to leave to go fishing when out of nowhere Thor arrives in orbit and beams him up to his ship to fight [[GrayGoo Replicators]].
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: [[InvokedTrope Done deliberately]] by Daniel in "The Devil You Know". About to be led away from a chamber after being tortured, he punches one of the Jaffa in the gut ([[NoSell which only annoys the Jaffa]]), who slugs Daniel into the table across the room... which lets Daniel pick up a comlink he had spotted there a moment before.
* PunctuationShaker: Lots of Jaffa's names. And Ba'al.
* ThePunishment: ''Stargate SG-1'' backstory: To punish [[spoiler:Anubis]] for tricking [[spoiler:Oma Desala]] into ascending him, the Ancients partially descended him, allowing him to keep some but not all of the Ancient knowledge. The ''latter'' was punished by allowing him to wander free so she could witness the destructive power she gave him. She ended this by eventually taking matters into their own hands and fighting the former in [[SealedEvilInADuel eternal battle]].
* PuppeteerParasite: The Goa'uld, obviously.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Season nine starts with SG-1 effectively decommissioned as its three remaining members moved on to new positions following the defeat of the Goa'uld: Teal'c had left Earth to help form the new Free Jaffa Nation government, Daniel Jackson was going to ''Atlantis'' aboard the ''Daedalus'', and Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter had been reassigned to Area 51 for research and development. Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell, SG-1's new commander, decided to reunite its former members as opposed to building a whole new team.
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* QuoteToQuoteCombat:
** A comedic example in TheTeaser of "Urgo" when the MALP sends back an image of a tropical beach.
--->'''Sam:''' [=P4X-884=] looks like an untouched paradise, Sir. \\
'''Teal'c:''' Appearances may be deceiving.\\
'''Jack:''' One man's ceiling is another man's floor.\\
'''Daniel:''' A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell.\\
'''Jack:''' Never run with... scissors?
** Another comedic example in "Fallen" when Jack tries to convince a parable- and proverb-loving village elder that the Tau'ri are trustworthy.
--->'''Elder:''' No one can be a friend if you know not whether to trust them.\\
'''Jack:''' Don't judge a book by its cover.\\
'''Elder:''' Enemies' promises were made to be broken.\\
'''Jack:''' And yet, honesty is the best policy.\\
'''Elder:''' He who has too many friends has none.\\
'''Jack:''' Ahh, but, birds of a feather.\\
'''Elder:''' I'm unfamiliar with that story. What lesson does it teach?\\
'''Jack:''' It has to do with flocking, and togetherness, and to be honest I'm not so familiar with the particulars myself.
** Daniel has a habit of countering the Ori Priors' [[AsTheGoodBookSays dramatic quoting of the Book of Origin]] with yet more quotes from the same document. A more serious instance happens after the Supergate opens in "Camelot" and the Ori warships arrive. They send a text-only message to the allied fleet gathered to stop them, a quote from the Book of Origin that basically translates to "And those who are prideful and refuse to bow down shall be laid low and made onto dust." Daniel shoots back with, "Then did Tileus say to the people of the low plains: 'seek not wickedness amongst your neighbors lest it find purchase in your own house.'" Unfortunately this battle is decided by firepower rather than quotes.
** Cam does something similar on occasion, except he uses Literature/TheBible instead of the Book of Origin.
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* RaceLift: When the current host of a Goa'uld does not match the race that inhabited their original Earth domain, the show often documents the chain of events that lead the symbiote to change its human body. However, Zipacna, a [[NativeAmericanMythology Mayan]] deity, is portrayed by Caucasian Kevin Durand with no explanation.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Strictly against the Ori, but they are clearly a thinly-disguised version of a popular real-life religion. [[spoiler:Although after defeated, people admit the teachings are not bad, it was the soul-stealing it was used for. Oh and the burning people alive. That was probably bad too.]] Needless to say '''not''' the one that ''currently'' advocates killing non-believers and apostates.
* RageHelm: Many of the helmets worn by high-ranking Jaffa.
* RagnarokProofing:
** Ancient technology still works after being abandoned for a million years. They just don't make 'em like they used to.
** Goa'uld technology is quite long-lasting too, but then again most of it was riped off from the Ancients.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Bra'tac attempts to ram an Ori mothership with a Goa'uld ha'tak once it becomes clear that their traditional weapons will not be able to penetrate the shields. [[spoiler:The shields of the Ori ship hold and the mothership disintegrates in a [[ExplosionsInSpace fireball]]]].
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:Rothman]] originally appears in an episode that is AllJustADream, and so is revealed at the end to never have "really" been in the show at all, but he appeared in later episodes as an actual character.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld:
** The Goa'uld grant their hosts increased longevity, which can be supplemented by the use of a sarcophagus, so the various System Lords and minor Goa'uld encountered over the course of the series are hundreds, sometimes thousands of years old. Apophis' host was actually a scribe in an Egyptian temple before the overthrow of the Goa'uld on Earth, making him ''at least'' five thousand years old.
** Since the Tok'ra do not use sarcophagi because they are unwilling to accept the mental degradation, their hosts "only" live to be a couple hundred years old.
** The Jaffa have a life-span much greater than humans; Bra'tac was 133 in the first-season episode episode "Bloodlines," and Teal'c was 101 in the fourth-season episode "The Light".
* [[RealTrailerFakeMovie Real Trailer, Fake Series]]: In the midst of all the half-scenes of "200" was one completed trailer for a series starring Teal'c as a PrivateInvestigator. It appeared right at the opening of act four, right at the end of the real commcercials, to increase the chance of it being mistaken for an actual production.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: General Hammond; General Landry
* {{Recut}}: "Children of the Gods", the two-hour premier of the series, was recut and re-released in 2009 as a DVD-film. It included new footage, composed of new CGI and a deleted scene, a re-score of the soundtrack, and the removal of the full-frontal nudity [[ExecutiveMeddling that was forced to be added]] [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating to mark the show as "adult".]]
* RedShirt:
** Assorted SGC personnel appear in order to make first (violent) contact with the enemy before SG-1 comes in to save the day, particularly in the early seasons.
** Virtually every Russian character that stepped through a Stargate, [[DeconstructedTrope which the Russian officers disgustedly point out]].
** When a pair of scientists decide to tag along and rescue SG-1 in "The Other Guys", Coombs [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that they "might as well be wearing red shirts." Soon after he says this, Khonsu, who is dressed all in red, is killed.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The show leans on LikeRealityUnlessNoted; while it several times alludes to slowly introducing alien technologies to the general populace, there are few outright signs of this shown on the show. The episode "Bounty" explores this trope a little bit, as Carter and Dr. Lee are attending a technology symposium and Lee complains about how he has to deliberately sabotage his own presentation in order to not appear ''too'' advanced. Carter remarks that they need to make it look like there is a natural development process for these technologies, with a lot of trial-and-error and bugs along the way, before the final product is revealed to the public.
* RelationshipResetButton:
** Jack and Sam in "Window of Opportunity".
** [[WordOfSaintPaul Possibly]] Teal'c and Sam in "Unending".[[invoked]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: Daniel and Vala in the series finale, though [[spoiler:[[RelationshipResetButton it gets undone by the time reversal]]]].
* RelocatingTheExplosion:
** "Redemption, Part 2", where O'Neill had to use the X-302 SpaceFighter prototype to [[spoiler:fly the stargate away from the Earth because Anubis had a device that turned it into a bomb with an explosion large enough to destroy the [[DoomsdayDevice entire planet]]]].
** "Ex Deus Machina" saw Ba'al hold earth to ransom by [[spoiler:filling a skyscraper full of naquadah and turning it into a bomb with a yield probably well beyond the city-buster range]]. Since the ''Prometheus'' was on station, once Carter tracked down the bomb she just had them [[spoiler:beam the whole building into orbit]].
* ReluctantGift: In the last season 6 episode, "Final Circle", both SG-1 and Anubis' Jaffa are after the Eye of Ra. When SG-1, being cornered, finally agree to surrender the MacGuffin (rather than destroy it) in exchange for leaving the planet safely, O'Neill reluctantly cede the artifact to First Prime He'rak... although not without clinging to it a bit.
* ReluctantWarrior: Daniel Jackson
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** "The Fifth Man" introduces Lieutenant Tyler, a fifth member of SG-1 that Hammond added to the team more than a month ago who had already been on three missions with them. [[DeconstructedTrope The fact that Hammond does]] ''[[DeconstructedTrope not]]'' [[DeconstructedTrope remember Tyler is a big problem]].
** In "The Sentinel", Colonel Sean Grieves and Lt. Kershaw are introduced as members of the rogue NID team that was captured by the SGC in "Shades of Grey." However, neither character appeared in the prior episode, and the "Previously On..." opening of "The Sentinel" edited them into the older footage.
** Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Mitchell became the lead character in season nine, introduced as the new senior officer of SG-1 after the promotion or reassignment of all its former members. Cameron is described as a former F-302 pilot who fought against Anubis in the battle over Antarctica during "Lost City", and several scenes were shot that took place during that episodes time-frame to show other members of SG-1 interacting with him.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: TropeNamer. Samantha Carter blew up a sun. Several of them.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction:
** The rogue NID for Earth, trying to defend Earth by any (often criminal) means necessary. The group would later fully splinter into The Trust. [[spoiler:And ultimately subverted when The Trust is infiltrated by the Goa'uld.]]
** The Re'tu (invisible spider-like aliens) that are threatening the SGC are a split terrorist faction. They believe they can fight the Goa'uld by ''attrition'' of their human hosts -- a divergent, extremist opinion from the rest of their species.
* ResetButton: Used very rarely (except in time-travel episodes), and then usually not without some kind of repercussions for using the button itself. In the series finale, though, there was a ''literal'' reset button... which ''still'' had a somewhat drastic repercussion for one of the characters.
* LaResistance: Season five's "The Warrior" saw the formation of an official, organized Jaffa resistance to the Goa'uld, founded by K'tano, former First Prime of the minor Goa'uld Imhotep that killed his ruler after he was inspired by Teal'c's example. [[spoiler:K'tano was eventually revealed to ''be'' Imhotep, and was killed by Teal'c in ritual combat for leadership of the rebellion]], but the organization continued and eventually become the Free Jaffa Nation after the overthrow of the Goa'uld in season eight.
* RetGone:
** In "Revisions", there's a community of people living under a shield dome on an otherwise hellish planet: they all had devices on their heads which wired them into a central mainframe to retrieve knowledge from it. However, the shield was losing power, so the computer slowly shrank it over the years, controlling the excess population in their sleep and sending them out to die in the boiling atmosphere outside, and then editing the remaining people's memories so they thought the town had always been that size and didn't remember the dead ones.
** Inverted in an episode where a new character who the audience doesn't remember appears.
** In ''[[Film/StargateContinuum Continuum]]'', Cameron Mitchell didn't exist because [[spoiler: the man Ba'al killed to stop the Stargate from reaching North America was his grandfather.]]
* {{Retirony}}: While filming his documentary of the SGC, Emmett Bregman recounts a story he heard from a journalist who was in Vietnam who, two days before he was going back to the US, [[InvertedTrope was shoved out of the path of a bullet by a lieutenant who was killed by that shot.]]
* ReTool: Season eight was intended to be the final season of the show, and saw the conclusion of almost all ongoing storylines: The Goa'uld were overthrown, the Jaffa gained their freedom, the Replicators were destroyed, and there were hints that Jack and Sam were finally going to resolve their sexual tension. When the series was renewed for season nine they introduced two new main characters (Colonel Mitchell and General Landry), removed Jack from the series, and introduced the Ori as the new BigBad.
* RevengeByProxy: Bra'tac believes that Teal'c thinks that Arkad, a cowardly Jaffa that Teal'c had defeated in battle while serving as Apophis' First Prime, killed Teal'c's mother in revenge for his defeat. In "Talion", Arkad himself confirms this, explaining that it was revenge for Teal'c killing his own parents and sister during their conflict. [[spoiler:Afterwards, however, Teal'c tells Bra'tac that if Arkad ''was'' responsible then he was too much of a coward to do it himself, since Teal'c had tracked down and killed the actual murderer years ago.]]
* ReverseGrip: In "Emancipation", Sam wields her KA-BAR knife this way against the [[SpaceRomans Space Mongol]] chieftain Turghan.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder:
** When Carter is first introduced to the SGC and explains how excited she is to go through the Stargate, Major Kawalsky condescendingly asks her if she has ever pulled out of a simulated bombing run in an F-16 at eight-plus g's. Her only response is a calm "[[FlatYes yes]]," after which Kawalsky has to pause and look around the table before covering himself by mumbling that the experience is even worse.
** When Her'ak, First Prime of Khonsu, captures SG-1 and comes to gloat, O'Neill sardonically asks if he has a resume, and Her'ak points out that he captured them. O'Neill has to pause for a second before he can think up a response. [[SubvertedTrope Of course, SG-1 allowed themselves to be captured]], [[DoubleSubverted but Her'ak knew that and captured them for real later]].
* RightMakesMight: In season nine's "The Scourge", Mitchell asks Teal'c if he ever doubted that the Goa'uld would be overthrown since they had vastly superior technology and resources compared to Earth. Teal'c explains that he never doubted that the Goa'uld would eventually be defeated, even if it did not necessarily happen in his own lifetime, since Earth and the Free Jaffa had something much more important: a just cause.
* TheRightOfASuperiorSpecies: In "Pretense", the Goa'uld Zipacna justifies the taking of human hosts by claiming superiority to humanity and comparing the practice to the hunting and fishing practiced by humans.
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote: "Bounty"
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Teal'c in "Talion".
* RoboCam: Replicator vision.
* RockBeatsLaser: Earth's conventional firearms and other conventional weapons are usually quite adequate, or even superior, against the supposedly more advanced enemy alien armies they fight.
** Goa'uld personal shields can easily deflect fast moving bullets and energy blasts, but they're powerless to stop a relatively slow moving arrows, thrown knives, or in one memorable case, Teal'c simply putting the enemy in a chokehold.
** Human-made bullets are more useful than Asgardian high-tech weapons against Replicators: they absorb the energy of rays or blasts, but bullets blow them apart. Later subverted when human-form replicators are created, who are immune to bullets, forcing the Asgard and Humans to create a brand new high-tech weapon to fight them.
** It was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one episode, when the team mentioned that the Goa'uld staff weapons are not meant to be effective so much as flashy and impressive, the better to intimidate conquered populations. The "sidearm" zat'nik'tel pistols are the weapon of choice for savvy Jaffa.
--->'''[[ColonelBadass Colonel O'Neill]]:''' This [staff weapon] is a weapon of terror: it's made to ''intimidate'' the enemy. This [an [=FNP90=]] is a weapon of war: it's made to ''kill'' the enemy.
* RockBottom: In "Avalon, Part 1", Vala and Daniel are trapped in a stone room with an Ancient philosophy puzzle, and Vala refuses to wait for Daniel to figure it out. When he angrily tells her to stop so he can ''think'', she responds "we're already trapped in here, how much worse can it get?" When [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling begins to descend]] she says that she ''knew'' it was a mistake the moment she said it.
* RookieRedRanger: Cameron Mitchell, oh so much.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: Spoofed in "Prometheus". Sam tells a press crew touring the title battlecruiser that parts of the ship were reverse-engineered from an alien crash outside Fairbanks, Alaska.
-->'''Jonas:''' Fairbanks?\\
'''Sam:''' It sounded better than Roswell.
* RousingSpeech: Subverted in "The Serpent's Lair":
-->'''O'Neill:''' And I suppose now is the time for me to say something profound. (''{{beat}}'') Nothing comes to mind. Let's do it.
* RoyalWe: Hathor speaks like this.
* RunningGag:
** O'Neill inviting the rest of SG-1 to go fishing and the various ways they uncomfortably refuse. He even asked ''Thor'' to go fishing once. The offer is made across multiple seasons, and even continues after he has left the show when General Landry invites SG-1 to visit O'Neill's cabin.
** O'Neill making frequent references to "memos", usually to explain that he had not seen the latest memo that explained what would be occuring in that episodes.
** Mary Steenburgen, a RealLife actress, is frequently mentioned as either O'Neill's favorite actress or his sexual fantasy.
** WhosOnFirst jokes using Yu (You) and Ba'al (Ball).
** Daniel being declared KIA or MIA and then reappearing (see DeathIsCheap, above).
** In any episode directed by Martin Wood, look closely for the following FunnyBackgroundEvent: Wood in SGC coveralls, talking to Sgt. Siler. One of them carrying a crescent wrench that's gotta be a meter long.
** The show {{discussed|Trope}} a RunningGag from the Franchise/StargateVerse as a whole in "Wormhole X-Treme!" when [[ExecutiveMeddling a network exec]] vetoes a part of the script where Jack's {{expy}} Col. Danforth becomes weightless to get past a GiantMook. Martin complains that now there's no way to get past the mook, and Jack suggests Danforth JustShootHim.
* RussianReversal:
-->'''Carter:''' I love what they've done with the place.\\
'''O'Neill:''' (''noticing the people in pods'') I love what the place has done with ''them''.
* UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRustingRockets: The Russians manage to acquire a Stargate and briefly run their own program. Later, Russian officers are part of the international program.
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