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[[caption-width-right:300:Earth's Stargate]]

It's a crazy trip!\\
You can go quite far\\
and you don't need a car\\
Or even a ship!"''[[note]]Eventually, though, they ''did'' get a ship.[[/note]]
-->-- '''The writers''' of ''Series/StargateSG1'', singing [[WithLyrics the theme tune]]

To most of the earth-bound humans in it, the Stargate verse is [[PlausibleDeniability indistinguishable from the universe in which we viewers live]]. It's present-day, there isn't a whole lot of AppliedPhlebotinum that you'd notice, and human history has unfolded just the way you remember, so far as you know. About the only difference is that there's about 80 billion dollars in the US military budget that no one can adequately account for. Oh, wait....

In fact, human history unfolded in a radically different way than they teach you in school. First, [[AncientAstronauts the pyramids were built by extraterrestrials]].

Many millions of years ago, aliens that looked exactly like humans evolved elsewhere in the universe, advanced to a stunning level, filled the galaxy with really nifty ImportedAlienPhlebotinum (not the least of which were the titular [[CoolGate Stargates]]), and created the human race before [[EnergyBeings buggering off to a higher plane of existence]]. Some time later, a race of parasitic aliens called the Goa'uld invaded Earth, built pyramids, inspired the various mythological gods, and created a human diaspora in order to serve them as slaves on other worlds, resulting in large populations of ''Homo sapiens'' throughout the galaxy.

Really, the defining element of the Stargate verse is the Stargates: a PortalNetwork allowing instantaneous travel between the various worlds. Upon finding Earth's long-lost Stargate, the [[YanksWithTanks US Military]] promptly went out into the universe, and, mostly through pluck and determination, set out to completely rewrite the status quo, despite the fact that the rest of the galaxy is a lot more advanced.

Fortunately, we're really good at it. So, as of 2010, while to most of the people on Earth, it does not seem like anything interesting is going on, we actually have offworld colonies, two expeditions to distant galaxies, and ''five'' (intact) intergalactic starships (''Daedalus,'' ''Apollo,'' ''Odyssey,'' ''George Hammond,'' and ''Sun-Tzu''; two other starships, ''Prometheus'' (an older, intragalactic type) and ''Korolev'', have been destroyed).

Works set in the Stargate verse include:
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', the movie that started it all.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'', TV series based on the movie.
** ''Stargate: Film/TheArkOfTruth'', direct-to-DVD sequel to ''SG-1'' concluding the Ori [[StoryArc arc]].
** ''Film/StargateContinuum'', another direct-to-DVD movie centered around the former System Lord Ba'al and TimeTravel.
* ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'', [[CanonDisContinuity non-canon]] AnimatedAdaptation.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', SpinOff of ''SG-1'' taking place in... yes, [[{{Atlantis}} exactly there]]. Begins chronologically after season 7 of ''SG-1''.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'', Continuation of the universe with a whole new cast trapped aboard an ancient spaceship. The plot is (vaguely) similar to ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' or ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Cancelled after a truncated second season.
* ''VideoGame/StargateWorlds'', a now-{{vaporware}} MMORPG seen briefly in the ''SGU'' pilot.[[/index]]
* Several novels based on SG-1 and SGA.
* Several novels based on the original movie, written ''before'' SG-1.
* Some Creator/BigFinish audio plays.

The Stargate 'verse is rare even in ScienceFiction for having particularly [[CasualInterstellarTravel cheap and easy interstellar]] (and later, ''intergalactic'') travel.

The other defining element of the Stargate verse is that there are a ''lot'' of [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Godlike Aliens]], representing a wide range of concepts of {{God}}, degrees of Godlikeness, and degrees of friendliness.

Another relatively unusual feature of the Verse is the scarcity of aliens: aliens do indeed exist, and the universe is teeming with life, but the entire population of the universe seems to consist of no more than two dozen or so distinct races:

* Humans, who -- thanks to the diaspora -- live everywhere in the Milky Way Galaxy. Those from Earth specifically are called the [[HumansByAnyOtherName Tau'ri]]. Humans also inhabit the Pegasus Galaxy and the unnamed galaxy of the Ori due to being "seeded" through genetic engineering by the Ancients and Ori.
* Goa'uld, a race of [[StarfishAliens snakelike parasites]] who, until recently, ran most of the galaxy by pretending to be [[AGodAmI gods]]. Goa'uld require an individual of another species to host them in order to survive, and most Goa'uld take full control over their host. They steal technology, filling their "parasite" role in multiple ways. Most prominent is their sarcophagus technology, which they can use to heal themselves (or to bring their corpses [[BackFromTheDead back to life]]). Unfortunately, this rejuvenation process is part of what makes them so evil (as revealed when Daniel becomes addicted to using a sarcophagus... and his personality mirrors that of a Goa'uld).
** Some Goa'uld, however, decided that this system of [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch involuntary symbiosis was evil]]. They call themselves Tok'ra, which means "Against Ra" (who was the Goa'uld emperor [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil at the time]]). Tok'ra live in voluntary symbiosis with their humanoid hosts. [[NotSoDifferent Usually]]. Also, they don't use the sarcophagus technology, believing it to be unnatural to prolong ones life in such a manner and that it damages the soul, hence why the Goa'uld are so evil. They do '''[[BerserkButton not]]''' take being called [[DoNotCallMePaul Goa'uld]] very well.
* Jaffa, a human-descended race genetically modified by the Goa'uld to serve as their [[SlaveRace soldiers]] and as [[BodyHorror organic life support systems]] for juvenile Goa'uld. After the fall of the Goa'uld, the Jaffa attempt to form a democratic, egalitarian society despite the fact that their history consists entirely of killing one another over their masters' territorial disputes. It turns out to be about as difficult as you'd imagine.
* Nox, an ancient and super-advanced race of peaceful tree-huggers who keep to themselves and live in seclusion, aided by the ability to render themselves and others invisible. It is likely that many of Earth's various legends of "The Little People" or "TheFairFolk" are actually about the Nox. They maintain an ActualPacifist stance, refusing to defend themselves when threatened, (mostly because death is a minor inconvenience when you can resurrect the dead), although when pushed, they are perfectly capable of whisking away enemies back through the Stargate ''without'' their weapons. They were one of the [[TheAlliance Four Races]], most likely TheHeart of the group.
* Asgard, an ancient and super-advanced race with the classic "gray alien" appearance, who inspired the Norse gods, and occasionally bail our sorry backsides out when we get in over our heads, now supposedly extinct, (although ''Atlantis'' revealed that more ruthless offshoot called the Vanir live in Pegasus). Unlike most such advanced species the Asgard have proved to be friendly, helpful, (as much as they can), and all things considered actually decent and polite as well, capable of acknowledging humanity's flaws compared to themselves, (and acknowledging where humanity can help them), without coming across as condescending and [[CantArgueWithElves smugly superior]]. A member of the [[TheAlliance Four Races]], acting as TheLancer to the Ancients.
* The Ancients, an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ancient]] and super-advanced race who built the Stargates and Atlantis, then most died from a plague and others evolved into EnergyBeings. Their society shakes down, so far as we know, into the "Alterans", the original parent race which built the gates, the "Lanteans", who moved to the Pegasus galaxy and did more or less the same thing, and the "Ori", their evil cousins, and final ''SG-1'' BigBad. Though we evolved separately, humans and ancients are more or less [[HumanAliens the same biological species]], and most of the population of the Pegasus galaxy evolved similarly. They are also [[NeglectfulPrecursors non-interfering]] to the extreme, to the point of seeming like total [[JerkAss jerks]]. TheLeader of the [[TheAlliance Four Races]].
* Furlings, an ancient and super-advanced race and member of the [[TheAlliance Four Races]], who have, as yet, not bothered to actually [[TheUnseen show up]]. (A [[LampshadeHanging lampshade is hung]] in the episode "Citizen Joe", wherein one of Joe's readers is annoyed that he keeps mentioning them even though they never actually appear.) Although this may be because they are dead, since SG-1 did find a Furling colony once where they had created a paradise and lived in harmony with nature, until some plant that caused paranoia was introduced. The skeletons looked like short humans, although since they invited everyone to come join them, those skeletons might really have been human. Parodied, like many other things, in the ''SG-1'' episode "200", where the Furlings finally appear... and their first on-screen action is having their planet blown up. It was just an ImagineSpot, though.
* Unas, [[LizardFolk big, scary, humanoid and reptilian creatures]], who were the common hosts of the Goa'uld before they encountered humans and subsequently abandoned as hosts, since while being stronger and more durable, humans regenerate more readily and have nimbler hands for tool use. They are believed to have evolved on the same planet as the Goa'uld, where they maintain a Stone Age tribal culture and level of technology.
* The Wraith, evil, powerful vampiric creatures. The result of unfortunate genetic crossover between humans and a really nasty life-sucking bug. All but defeated the Ancients in the Pegasus Galaxy.
* The Replicators, self-replicating Lego bugs (who later evolve into "liquid metal" human-form androids) whose ultimate goal is to consume all other civilizations in the universe, which makes them a major threat to pretty much all of the above. A different kind of Replicators, the human-form Asurans, who were made by the [[NeglectfulPrecursors Ancients]], inhabit the Pegasus galaxy and are pretty much as hostile as the Milky Way Lego bugs. The Replicators in the Milky Way were created by an android named Reese, whose "father" was likely also an Ancient, and learned to produce human-forms after studying her dead body.
* The Reetou are invisible creatures that seem to fill the role of "token insectoid life". As could be expected, they were attacked by the Goa'uld, who apparently developed (read: probably stole) a weapon that not only kills them, it also makes them visible. Most notable for genetically engineering a human being to act as a go-between when they decided to warn Earth about the Reetou Rebels, a group of Reetou who decided that they'd stop the Goa'uld by killing every life form in the galaxy that could possibly be used as a host. Unfortunately, the genetically engineered kid suffers from multiple congenital defects, and has to become a host for a Tok'ra in order to survive.
* One minor race, the Serrakin, who appeared in just two episodes (''SG-1'' season 6's "The Forsaken" and season 7's "Space Race"). They are a vaguely lizard-like humanoid race who live in harmony (and [[HalfHumanHybrid interbreed]]) with a Celtic-descended human culture, whom they liberated from the Goa'uld millenia ago. In the present day, they have a highly industrialized and corporate-dominated society, with advanced technology and interstellar travel. It is unknown exactly how widespread they are, but they have clearly managed to avoid attracting sufficient attention for any Goa'uld system lords to attempt to reconquer them. Since they are humanoid aside from their skin, facial features and corrugated forehead, they count as RubberForeheadAliens.
* Another minor race is the Re'ol, who were seen for but a few moments in a single episode. They can generate a chemical which, when injected into humans, causes them to see the Re'ol as a human being, or whatever the Re'ol wants to be seen as. The single Re'ol to appear onscreen used this to get SG-1 to help it escape the Goa'uld, since it was afraid to ask. When it is seen, it looks like a skeleton with leathery gray skin stretched over it, more or less.
* The Unity, a race of crystalline energy beings who only appeared in one episode.
* The A't'trr, a HiveMind race of microbes who only appeared in one episode.
* The otherwise unnamed (in the episode at least) "GIANT ALIENS!" from the SG-1 episode "Crystal Skull." Not to be confused with the [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Indiana Jones movie of the same name]]. Almost nothing is known about the "GIANT ALIENS!" except that they are enemies of the Go'auld and live out of phase with the rest of the universe. Note: "GIANT ALIENS!" must be said with a Dutch accent for proper effect. Apparently, they're officially called the [[AllThereInTheManual Omeyocan]], but not only does that not show up in the one episode they appear in, saying "GIANT ALIENS!" is far more amusing and descriptive.
* Then there's the unnamed "foothold aliens," a mildly humanoid, technologically advanced race that briefly conquered Stargate Command using devices that let each of them take on the appearance of a captured human individual. They were only seen in one episode, but their captured devices were used again later. It's not clear what these guys actually look like, as they seem to constantly wear armour or environment suits... unless ''that's'' just their normal appearance. For the record, the RPG calls them the Stragoth.
* [[AllThereInTheManual Oannes]], aquatic humanoids who had visited Earth during Babylonian times appeared in one episode.
* Another unnamed race of gill-faced humanoids possessed of shapeshifting and teleportation powers appeared as protectors to a dislocated tribe of Native Americans in one episode.
* The Oranians are another type of [[PeopleInRubberSuits Aliens in Rubber Suits]], who are also vaguely reptilian. The species is primarily represented by the unscrupulous businessmen Jup and Tanat. If they are any indication, Oranians seem to be fairly hapless and stupid. When Tenat [[spoiler:finds out that he has been tricked into firing on his commanding officer and is about to die,]] he delivers the hilarious [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirkesque]] line [[SkywardScream "Damn you Cam Mitchelllll!"]]
* The sulphur based some what reptilian looking Gadmeer who make their appearance in season four's Scorched Earth. A milky way native, they were wiped out by a superior military power who may or may not be the Goa'uld. They created a large terraforming ship to recreate their society.
* The silicon based Sekkari, who look somewhat like a cross between a skeleton and an anatomy model. Some tens of thousands of years prior, they realized they were going extinct, and spent the rest of their days creating over fifty seed carriers that would restart their evolution on new worlds in the Pegasus galaxy. The Atlantis personnel encountered the only still functioning device.
* The Nakai, who are hunting after the protagonists of ''Universe.'' They are vaguely humanoid, but with catfish-like faces, and [[PowerGlows glow neon-blue.]] They possess advanced starship technology and even devices that allow them to communicate with humans telepathically, although understand English well enough to issue the demand to [[AlwaysChaoticEvil "Surrender"]] and taunt ''Destiny'' with "[[{{Determinator}} No Escape]]", after crossing into another ''Galaxy'' in pursuit of them. They appear to communicate to ''each other'' in the form of [[StarfishLanguage clicks and grunts.]]
* Ursini, about 1.2m (4') tall vaguely humanoid (seems like a recurring theme with advanced ''Stargate Universe'' aliens) brown-skinned insect-like aliens with whom the crew of ''Destiny'' have first encountered on a derelict stargate-seeding ship. They also possess advanced spaceships, stun guns and other pieces of advanced technology. Their language is as for now incomprehensible, though it remains to be seen whether they will learn English from [[spoiler:Telford]] or not. They aren't particularly hostile, but the first contact didn't end on good terms due to difficulties communicating. They are probably waging a war with something else. As of "Deliverance," They're [[spoiler:apparently extinct.]]
* Berserker Drones, a type of mechanical drones that were created a long time ago for a war, with the unfortunately vague directions to "[[LiteralGenie Destroy all advanced technology.]]" This naturally backfired when their creators ''own'' [[TechnologyMarchesOn technology advanced]], causing the Drones to turn on them and wipe them out. Since then, their creations have been terrorising their local galaxy, driving races like the Ursini to the point of extinction. Most of the final episodes of ''SGU'' deal with ''Destiny's'' desperate attempts to avoid them.

Despite being one of the newer Sci-fi franchises (compared to, y'know, the [[Franchise/StarWars other]] [[Franchise/StarTrek franchises]] that start with "Star") The Stargate verse is the third longest science fiction franchise in terms of hours. No single ''Trek'' series has more episodes than ''Series/StargateSG1''. It's a ''long'' way from either ''Series/DoctorWho'' or ''Franchise/StarTrek'', but those have been around since TheSixties, whereas the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie was released in 1994.

According to a [[https://variety.com/2016/film/spotlight/stargate-reboot-trilogy-roland-emmerich-dean-devlin-1201795494/ 14 June 2016 Variety article]], Roland Emmerich is in talks with MGM to reboot the franchise for a movie trilogy.

!!Tropes of the Stargate Verse as a whole include:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish:
** Notably averted in the original movie, where the Abydonians speak a derivative of ancient Egyptian.
** Played straight thereafter in the derivative television series', which was eventually handwaved (by WordOfGod) with TranslatorMicrobes in the form of an effect created by the stargates themselves.
* ApocalypseHow: Between blowing up stargates (equivalent to a supervolcano), 100-plus ''gigaton'' nuclear weapons, planet smashing asteroids, and ''blowing up an entire solar system'' (at least ''twice!''), you would think that there was a universe-wide unofficial contest going on for the most creative way to destroy everything.
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: The SGC fills this role, among others
* {{Autodoc}}: Sarcophagi.
* TheBattlestar: For bonus points, the human battlecruisers even bear a passing resemblance to the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', with a hangar bay mounted on each side of the main hull. The similarities end there, however. The Goa'uld ships instead look like flying pyramids, and the Asgard ships look vaguely like giant hammers or axes. Other ship designs vary widely.
* ColonelBadass: The movie and ''SG-1'' have Jack O'Neill. ''SG-1'' later adds Samantha Carter and Cameron Mitchell. ''Atlantis'' has John Sheppard. ''Universe'' has Everett Young.
* {{Constellations}}: The 38 symbols on the rim of the gate are constellations as seen from Earth, one being specifically identified in ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' as Orion. The movie and early TV episodes stated them to be six points in space and the point of origin, but the ''SG-1'' showrunners eventually recognized [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy the obvious flaw in this reasoning]]: the constellations are not static and, since the stars involved are not physically near each other even on astronomical scales, would look completely different from other planets anyway. By "Lost City" they settled on the symbols being the letters of an alternate form of the Ancient alphabet, and had previously noted that, since the dialing devices periodically update to compensate for stellar drift (making the gate address essentially a "phone number" for the planet), any comprehensible coordinate system they once formed has long been lost to the fog of history.
* ContinuityOverlap
* CharacterOverlap
* CityOfAdventure
* CoolGate: It's right there in the franchise title.
* CoolGuns: The protagonists' FN P90s, which are eventually adapted as a standard personal weapon for a better punch against armored enemies.
* {{Cukoloris}}: To avoid CGI costs, the open gate is in many shots offscreen but its flickering light -- produced by a stagehand warping a flexible mirror -- illuminates the rest of the scene.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: As a minor CallBack to [[Film/{{Stargate}} the movie]], by the beginning of ''SG-1's'' second season the SGC's strategic weapon of choice is a thermonuclear bomb enhanced with [[{{Unobtainium}} naquadah]]. By the final season, they've got bombs capable of destroying [[NighInvulnerability stargates]]. By ''Atlantis'', they've developed the Horizon, a starship-deployed MIRV tipped with six 280-gigaton warheads. For reference, that's over 13 million times the yield of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima '''''per warhead'''''. We're talking a continent-buster.
** Also the energy weapon the SGC developed in ''SG-1'' season 7 to reliably kill [[BossInMookClothing Kull warriors]].
* FantasticRankSystem: The Goa'uld have the rank of First Prime, which is comparable to a RealLife Chief Master Sergeant (on the assumption that only the Goa'ulds are commissioned officer equivalents).
* FasterThanLightTravel: By stargate, which is nearly instantaneous regardless of distance, and by hyperspace, whose speed varies by faction.
* GenreSavvy: Unlike in many settings involving interplanetary travel and fantastical conflicts, almost all the protagonists in the Stargate verse are people from the modern Western world who are well aware that their daily life resembles science fiction. It shows: every series has at least one DeadpanSnarker, characters frequently [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] bizarre events.
* HumansNeedAliens: The Verse implies that the Ancients and the Asgard have protected us for a lot of our history in the hopes we would one day become the badass "Fifth Race"[[note]]the first four being the Ancients, Asgard, [[PerfectPacifistPeople Nox]], and [[RiddleForTheAges Furlings]][[/note]] we have. Tragically we only earn that title when the Asgard are on their deathbeds, and so we have to take up their mantle as the intergalactic guardians of less developed peoples and planets. An exchange between Thor and Carter:
--> '''Sam''': "There must be something more you can do."\\
'''Thor''': "I assure you, we are providing you with all the latest Asgard technology, as well as a knowledge base, including our entire recorded history."\\
'''Sam''': "That's not what I was talking about."\\
'''Thor''': "Everything that can be done, has been done. The final attempt to solve our physiological degeneration has left each of us with a rapidly progressing disease."
* ISOStandardHumanSpaceship:
** The BC-303 ''Prometheus''-class and BC-304 ''Daedalus''-class battlecruisers are of the gray and boxy variety.
** Even their F-302 space fighters eschew the graceful birdlike curves of the Goa'uld Death Gliders in favor of flat surfaces and sharp angles reminiscent of an Earth-born stealth fighter.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: With one exception (see WeWillUseLasersInTheFuture below), Earth firearms are favored over any of the {{Ray Gun}}s favored by more advanced offworld cultures. SG-1's "The Warrior" specifically demonstrates the FN Herstal P90 to outperform the Goa'uld staff weapon in every area except ammunition capacity (the staff relies on a liquid naquadah power cell which is never once shown to run dry). The SGC's starships also follow this philosophy, with railguns as the primary weapon until the Asgard give them the sum total of their collected knowledge, including extremely powerful energy weapons, in the ''SG-1'' finale. And even then, the Asgard plasma beams can't track small targets so the railguns are still used for point defense. In the case of the of the FN P90 v. staff weapon example, a rather justified point was made. Staff weapons were designed to terrorize and intimidate targets who were often unarmed or barely so, meaning that spray and pray tactics and lots of collateral damage were perfectly valid and acceptable. The P90 was designed as an actual weapon of war where the point was to kill a target, not scare it. Other tradeoffs in other weapons were similar justified - unreliable, difficult to use, or what have you.
** The humans of Earth appear to have inherited this preference from the Ancients, whose main offensive technology was the drone weapon, essentially a souped-up space torpedo. The drones consistently prove themselves to be far more effective (and destructive) than just about any other civilization's weaponry.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: Somewhere in the range of 24 known sapient species, many of which only appeared in one or two episodes.
* MedievalStasis: Most of the {{Transplanted Human|s}} civilizations encountered in the series haven't advanced much, if at all since they were first seeded on that world, despite the fact that many have been left to their own devices by whoever seeded them for centuries or even millennia. However this varies: at least three planets in the Milky Way have technological parity with mainstream Earth society[[note]]The Langarans are in the late '40s/early '50s, the Tegalans were probably 1970s until they self-destructed in "Ethon," and the planet visited in "Bad Guys" are probably mid-90s.[[/note]] and a few more are actually ahead of us (the big one being the Tollans, who were FTL-capable and had weapons tech superior to the Goa'uld). {{Justified}} because so many of these humans are living under Goa'uld, Wraith or Ori oppression, and even in those human communities that aren't under their thumb, these races tend to wipe out or enslave any civilization whose technological advancement might allow them to become a threat. The humans the SG teams encounter are either those that are left after that process, or ones like Earth that managed to escape notice.
* MildlyMilitary: All the television series set in the Stargate verse include active duty military characters, and all have a very loose approach to orders and discipline, but that has relatively rare and minor repercussions for them. In ''Universe'' and ''Atlantis'', that's because the expeditions were cut off from Earth and fending for themselves (at first, at least). In ''SG-1'', it's because the titular team is the best in their respective areas and in some cases outside the military chain of command entirely, so their bosses have no choice but to put up with insubordination, making them {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s.
** Also TruthInTelevision. The United States Air Force backed the show because they liked the portrayal of the military in. When the Air Force Chief of Staff guest starred in one episode, Richard Dean Anderson took the opportunity to ask if he'd ever had to deal with any Air Force Colonels as bad as Jack O'Neill. The answer? "Worse." But when a guy's good enough at his job to make a rank like Colonel, some slack gets cut.
* MinovskyPhysics: The stargates' "wormhole physics" are pretty consistent. Matter only goes one way (from dialing gate to receiving gate), but energy and gravity can go both ways. A gate can only stay open for 38 minutes (give or take a few seconds), barring extreme energy or TimeDilation effects on one end. Any matter that is caught in the [[FanNickname "kawoosh"]] when the gate opens (or tries to travel from receiving gate to dialing gate) is disintegrated. Dialing six chevrons and the point of origin gets you to another gate in your galaxy. Dialing seven chevrons and the point of origin dials a gate to another galaxy ("dialing another area code" is the analogy). Dialing all nine chevrons targets a specific gate by its "serial number", for lack of a better term, instead of its location in space. Sending a wormhole past or through a star is a Very Bad Idea: it may cause problems for the star (e.g. retarding fusion), or if it happens during a solar flare, may cause the wormhole to [[TimeTravel travel through time]] as well as space.
** It should be noted that as the 38-minute restriction on wormhole duration can be overcome by extreme energy, it's possible this is an engineering limitation of the gate itself rather than a physics thing.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Three of the later-built ''Daedalus''-class battlecruisers. The Russian Air Force-crewed ''Korolev'' is named for Soviet-era rocket scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Korolyov Sergey Korolyov]], while the Chinese-crewed ''Sun Tzu'' is named for [[Creator/SunTzu pretty much whom you'd expect]]. The fourth American-crewed 304 is named after Lt. Gen. George S. Hammond, the SGC's founding general, who is FamedInStory.
** ThemeNaming: The American-crewed vessels tend to be named after mythological figures. The exception being the aforementioned ''Hammond'', which was originally called the ''Phoenix'' before being renamed in honour of the late general.
** The Asgard eventually take to naming new ships after the members of SG-1.
* NighInvulnerability: There are many examples of this trope - almost every category has an example:
** ''Gods'': The Ori and the Ancients. They're [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended beings]] from a higher dimension who are apparently immortal, omniscient and all-powerful, but the Ancients prefer not to mess with mortals unlike the openly evil Ori. They can wage war on each other and [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the Ori apparently need prayer]], so they ''can'' be killed. [[spoiler:SG-1 kills off all the ascended Ori with a superweapon at one point.]]
** ''Divine Protection'': Ori Priors are immune in this way because if necessary the Ori will interfere directly in the lower plane to protect them. They can also do this the other way around and kill a Prior who betrays them.
** ''Made of Diamond'': The Kull Warriors can walk away from anything up to a point-blank explosion. Only two things can reliably kill them: a weapon the SGC built using the technology the Kull were originally created with, and overexertion that strains their bodies beyond the point where their Goa'uld symbiote can keep them alive (the first one the SGC encounters conveniently dies of sudden cardiac arrest before it can kill Teal'c and Bra'tac).
** ''Made of air'': The Black Knights and the dragon in season 9, which are holographic and have to be worked around rather than fought directly.
** ''The Blob'': Human-form replicators are robotic regenerators made up of millions of smaller cells. Not even weapons fire can harm them, but there's another Ancient energy weapon which can -- until they figure out an immunity.
** ''Regeneration'': The Wraith, the first Unas. The Wraith [[LifeDrinker feed on lifeforce]], so as long as they can continue to replenish themselves they are biologically immortal -- sufficient gunfire can still take any Wraith down.
** ''Can Only Kill Part Of Him'': Anubis is a half-ascended EnergyBeing, something less than the Ancients but still effectively immortal. Destroying his physical container or his host only releases his essence, which is indestructible as it's only an avatar of his higher-dimensional form. The only way to positively kill him is by collective vote of the Ancients, which they refuse to do. [[spoiler:Trapping him in eternal battle works too, although that technically only deactivates both him and his opponent.]]
** ''Multiple Bodies'': Ba'al and the Replicators. The normal spider-like Replicators are a HiveMind, killing every last one is the only way to stop them or they'll just reproduce. Ba'al cloned himself numerous times over to where being killed more than twenty times onscreen didn't stop him. [[spoiler:Both the final clone and the original were finally killed in ''Film/StargateContinuum'', although the host survives.]]
** ''Extreme Luck'': Apophis survived numerous brushes with death in the first four seasons, including repeatedly being tortured to death then resurrected by one of his enemies, only to end up with a larger army each time.
** ''Resurrection'': Daniel Jackson, while not actually invulnerable in any reliable or definitive way, has managed to [[DeathIsCheap recover from death on a frightening number of occasions]], to the point where the fanon has him dying and recovering on an almost monthly basis. It's even lampshaded late in the show's run when it's clear Daniel could not have survived the attack on the enemy. Jack utterly refuses to mourn, search for him or believe he's never coming back and instead says that he expects to see Daniel [[ItMakesSenseInContext drop in naked]] at any moment. Sure enough, Jack's right.
* NoSuchAgency: The SGC officially doesn't exist, though it was supposed to be revealed in the movie ''Revolution'' due partly to the number of people involved in the project making keeping the secret increasingly unwieldy. The failure of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and {{MGM}}'s bankruptcy derailed the plan.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Wraith.
* {{Panspermia}}: All human life in the Milky Way, Pegasus, and Ori galaxies was created by the extragalactic {{Advanced Ancient Human|s}} species that the Ancients and Ori belong to, using technology that forms the basis of the device on Dakara. Milky Way humans were initially native only to Earth; the Goa'uld started raiding Earth for slaves after the Ancients ascended.
* PhlebotinumHandlingRequirements: The Ancients designed a lot of their tech to require the ATA gene to use. The gene is recessive so it tends to get bred out of smaller populations, but Earth's is large enough to maintain it and the SGC eventually developed a procedure to add it to people who didn't have it.
* PlausibleDeniability
* PortalNetwork: ''SGU'' reveals it covers a sizable section of the visible universe.
* {{Precursors}}: The Stargate Verse is notable for its high number of precursors, featuring just about all the subtropes.
** The Goa'uld and Wraith are AbusivePrecursors. The Goa'uld kidnapped thousands of ancient humans from Earth and seeded the stars with us for use as slaves, turning others in to Jaffa to serve as warriors and walking incubators for their young. Meanwhile the Wraith [[ImAHumanitarian think our life force is crunchy and good with ketchup]].\\
Topping them for abusiveness were the Ori, a race of ascended beings that [[AGodAmI act as gods]] to yet a third galaxy of humans and gain even more power [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly through worship]]. The Ancients thought this was morally wrong and were banished. They spent the next several million years hiding the Milky Way and Pegasus galaxies from the Ori. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then the SGC goes and screws that up,]] setting up ''SG-1's'' {{postscript season}}s.
** The Asgard are BenevolentPrecursors. The only thing keeping them from wiping out the Goa'uld on general principles is the fact that they can't spare the ships from their ForeverWar with the Replicators. As it is, they placed around two dozen worlds in the Milky Way under their protection and curbstomp any Goa'uld stupid enough to mess with said worlds. They act as ''SG-1's'' BigGood, adding Earth to the Protected Planets Treaty in season three and gradually introducing their technology to us so we can learn to use it safely.
*** The Oannes, the Furlings and the Nox (at the very least to the Tollan) also fall under this category. The former helped get Earth to rebel against the Goa'uld, and WordOfGod has it that the Furlings also fought them thousands of years ago.
** The Ancients are the kings of the NeglectfulPrecursors trope, so much so that they've got their own folder on the trope page. They constantly left {{Pointless Doomsday Device}}s and other tech lying around, and their AlienNonInterferenceClause was such that they wouldn't intervene in the lower planes even to save their own asses. The conflicts of the first eight seasons of ''SG-1'' and all five seasons of ''Atlantis'' are ultimately their fault (the Goa'uld learned all their tricks from the Ancients and the Wraith were accidentally ''created'' by them).
* PlanetOfHats
* PresentDay: Except for ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'' the shows lean on LikeRealityUnlessNoted. Episodes are unless otherwise noted set in the year they aired.
* PyramidPower: The Egyptian pyramids were built as landing pads for Goa'uld Cheops-class warships. The Goa'uld have since moved on from square-base pyramids to the triangle-based Ha'tak-class, but we've never seen any of them land.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: It's telling that the preferred ship-to-ship weapon of the Ancients is a [[ArmorPiercingAttack shield-piercing]] {{attack drone}} that kills by running into things very fast. Outside of Ancient drones, ''SG-1'' and ''Universe'' usually subvert this, while ''Atlantis'' usually plays it straight. Justified by the fact that the hard(ish) sci-fi nature of the verse means that hull breaches of that scale are as bad as outright damage. The Destiny from Universe spent most of it's power on it's shields simply to keep it's numerous breaches sealed.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: American-built starships are usually named after figures or stories from Myth/GreekMythology not known to be Goa'uld. So far we have ''Prometheus'', ''Daedalus'', ''Apollo'', and ''Odyssey''. The fourth American ''Daedalus''-class was supposed to be named ''Phoenix'', but it was changed to ''George Hammond'' [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous after the SGC's]] [[FamedInStory founding general]].
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: The TropeNamer.
* RunningGag: The individual series have their own running gags, but there's one in particular that happens in both ''SG-1'' and ''Atlantis'' repeatedly. One character starts to explain how they have to do something time-consuming and/or complicated to solve a problem, but another character (usually O'Neill in ''SG-1'' and Ronon in ''Atlantis'') takes out a gun or grenade and [[CuttingTheKnot shoots the problem]].
* RussianGuySuffersMost: [[UpToEleven Taken to ridiculous extremes]]. If a Russian character or characters make an appearance in an episode, something bad ''is'' going to happen to them. No exceptions. Russians are basically the SGC's version of Redshirts.
** 1 guess which country's space battle ship is destroyed.
*** Be fair: The Americans have lost as many ships as the Russians so far. In fact, a WakeUpCallBoss in one of the later seasons of the show was a ''satellite'' that took down one of the American starships while proving impervious to counterattack. The first such ship lost by the Tau'ri.
** Recurring Russian character Col. Chekhov managed to avoid this fate until the season 10 premiere, when he was in command of the aforementioned battlecruiser RFS ''Korolev''.
* ScienceFiction
* SpaceIsNoisy: Like nearly every other live-action sci-fi franchise.
* SterilityPlague: The Asgard suffer from the fact that they have totally abandoned sexual reproduction in favor of cloning.
** This is also how the [[spoiler: Aschen]] conquer planets: by mixing sterility-inducing drugs into "miracle medicines". This winds up backfiring when [[spoiler: (thanks to time shenanigans) SG-1 finds out and slips them a list of suggested Gate addresses. That starts [[UnrealisticBlackHole with a black hole]] and "get progressively darker after that".]]
* StompyMooks: Jaffa are so notorious for this that you can be assured that in every hallway scene on a Goa'uld ship there ''will'' be some form of clanking. The Ori Crusaders do this too, but to a much lesser extent. As a funny note, the Jaffa actually cease clanking once they are freed from the Goa'uld.
* {{Subculture}} (military)
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien
* SuperDoc: Any of the teams' doctors, most noticeably Carson Beckett.
* SuperWeight:
** Type 0: Scientists, Villagers
** Type 1: SG-1, SG-3, most series regulars
** Type 2: The Goa'uld, the Tok'ra
** Type 3: The Wraith, The Tollan
** Type 4: The Replicators
** Type 5: The Ancients, The Ori, Anubis
* TheSyndicate: The Lucian Alliance, a network of drug smugglers that developed into full-blown secondary BigBad status after the Goa'uld were defeated in ''SG-1'' season eight. They're an NGOSuperpower that operates its own battlefleet of looted Goa'uld motherships, and by ''Series/StargateUniverse'' they've modified them to the point where they can challenge the previously superior SGC ''Daedalus''-class cruisers.
* ThereAreNoGlobalConsequences: The Stargate program remains secret and all it's fruits remain unavailable to the general public throughout the series. Some alternate timelines and universes avert this, usually with disastrous consequences.
* TransplantedHumans: Probably the TropeCodifier. In ''SG-1'', the Goa'uld kidnapped humans from Earth for use as slaves, seeding thousands of planets across the galaxy with us. In ''Atlantis'', the Ancients seeded the Pegasus Galaxy with human populations.
* WeWillUseLasersInTheFuture: Most advanced offworld cultures favor energy weapons, and though Tau'ri firearms are usually superior as weapons of war the SGC did develop a fondness for the versatile Goa'uld zat'nik'tel, a handgun that reliably stuns on the first shot and kills on the second. By later ''SG-1'' episodes it largely replaced the Beretta M9 as the SGC's sidearm of choice.
* WorldOfBadass: Anybody who isn't [[TookALevelInBadass becomes one]] with enough time.
* YouLookFamiliar: A few actors who played minor characters in the film would later turn up in the SpinOff series. Richard Kind (Dr. Myers) would later go on to play Lucius in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', while French Stewart (Ferretti) would later appear in ''Series/StargateUniverse'' as Dr. Covel.