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Millions of years ago, a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens had a philosophical disagreement with their brethren and fled their galaxy to the Milky Way, where they settled and began building a civilization greater than any that galaxy has known before or since.
Tropes applying to the Ancients as a whole:
Oma Desala (Carla Boudreau)
The Ancient responsible for the temple on Kheb, she made a habit of breaking one of the Ancients' strictest rules: those worthy of ascension should be able to do it on their own. Oma instead chose to help people she thought worthy to ascend, and usually she picked right. Unfortunately, one of the folks she picked, a certain Goa'uld named Anubis, turned out to be an Omnicidal Maniac. To punish her for helping him ascend, the other Ancients kicked him halfway back down and forced her to watch as he tried to destroy every living thing in the Milky Way.Oma refused the lesson and continued helping people ascend, including Daniel Jackson (twice) and the entire human population of Abydos. After Anubis tried to use an Ancient superweapon to wipe out all life in the galaxy, she sacrificed herself to bind him in eternal ascended combat.