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What You Already Know by MaureenT is an AU of Stargate SG-1, starting mid-way through the seventh season and progressing from there until the end of the eighth season. As a result of biofeedback therapy sessions being given to the SGC, Doctor Daniel Jackson learns that he has returned from his Ascension with an array of psychic abilities, including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, psychometry, and the ability to see the future, among a few other abilities he develops later. With these powers, Daniel develops a reputation in the wider galaxy as the powerful and mysterious ‘Dan’yar’, and goes on to play a particularly key role in the war against the Goa’uld.

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There are seven stories in this series; Evolution, Grace, Chimera, Death Knell, Heroes, Lost City, and Resolutions.

The writer has written both a general version and a ‘Ship’ version, with the Ship version adding a relationship between Daniel and Samantha Carter to the storyline (along with the secondary relationship of Jack O’Neill and Janet Frasier; as both storylines are essentially the same in terms of the overall plot apart from the romantic relationships, this page will provide examples of tropes included in the Ship version.


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What You Already Know provides examples of:

  • 10-Minute Retirement: In a loose sense; after Daniel’s powers become known, he is taken off SG-1 on the recommendation of the NID, but he and Teal’c instead decide to go offworld and fight the Goa’uld on their own, with a later demonstration of Daniel’s abilities convincing all relevant parties that Daniel can best use his powers in the field
  • 90% of Your Brain: It is often stated that Daniel’s powers involve him tapping into the normally-dormant portions of his brain
  • Abhorrent Admirer: McKay serves this for Sam, both due to his arrogance about his own abilities and his dismissive attitude towards Daniel (before he learns about Daniel’s abilities)
  • Adaptational Villainy: Doctor MacKenzie was just fixated on his own theories and hastily diagnosed Daniel with schizophrenia in canon, but here he is clearly portrayed as an agent of Robert Kinsey, attempting to support Kinsey’s agenda to get Daniel removed from the program by conducting a ‘psychiatric evaluation’ focused entirely on presenting Daniel as psychologically unstable with a god complex where another psychiatrist attended the same interview and diagnosed Daniel as being perfectly sound mentally
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  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After Daniel realises that he can use his powers to enhance his physical strength, he expresses fear that he might lose control and hurt one of his allies in a training session
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: A non-crime example used for humour; when stressing about his appearance prior to his first date with Sam, Daniel tells himself that she’s going on this date even after seeing him covered in dirt, exhausted, sick, injured, or even dead, and then hopes that he picked out the right tie.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Emphasis is placed on the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains, with Daniel’s psychic powers attributed to him having evolved the ability to use the rest of his brain.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Vice-President Kinsey is assassinated by his associates in the Trust when he oversteps his boundaries and tries to have Daniel killed, and nobody depicted is in any way sorry to learn of his death.
    • On a lesser note, Rodney McKay is subject to teasing from Daniel with the aid of the archaeologist’s psychic powers for his often-condescending attitude towards Sam, and even his colleagues in Atlantis feel that McKay deserves it.
      • To a more minor degree, Sergeant Bates is victim to this when John Sheppard suggests that Daniel have a 'training session' against Bates as payback for the way he treated Teyla during the recent investigation, with Weir acknowledging that Bates at least owes Teyla an apology even if she feels that the idea is a bit extreme.
  • Back from the Dead: It’s a long series that focuses on Doctor Daniel Jackson; it would be unusual if he didn’t ‘pull another Lazarus’ (as quoted in-story) at some point (although, to be strictly accurate, the only time Daniel 'dies' he was actually just in a very extreme self-induced coma, although he later uses his healing ability to literally bring Sam back to life after she is killed by Anubis).
  • Badass Boast: Daniel delivers a few of these when he’s trying to create an imposing presence in his new guise as ‘Dan’yar’, although he admits to finding his actions slightly embarrassing in the aftermath.
  • Badass Bookworm: Daniel, naturally, although Sam still isn’t a slouch in this department
  • Battle Couple: Daniel and Sam have no problem fighting alongside each other as their relationship unfolds, although they have to be granted special dispensation to continue their relationship after Sam is promoted to team leader.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Daniel in general; he might not be a trained soldier, but piss him off after he begins exploring his powers and he will do some serious damage.
    • Of all people, Oma Desala demonstrates this; once Daniel gives her the chance to punish Anubis, she incinerates his once-again-mortal body completely with a certain satisfaction in her manner.
  • Berserk Button: As Daniel’s powers develop, threatening the rest of SG-1 is a quick way to get on his bad side, to the point where even Daniel is scared of what he’s capable of when a Kull warrior injured Sam and he retaliates by burning it to death inside its indestructible armour.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Essentially the case for the Trust (even if they wouldn’t consider themselves the ‘villain’), as Daniel’s abilities and Kinsey’s vendetta against him lead to the Trust’s leaders being identified and captured before they can actually put any of their plans into action.
  • Blessed with Suck: Considering that overuse of Daniel’s powers makes him physically ill and could cause brain damage if he pushes himself too far, it’s easy to see why he considered his abilities as this early on.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Suggested; at one point Daniel appears as Dan'yar wearing the blue robes he acquired when he was on Vis Uban, as the SGC want him to stand out in a manner that doesn't confirm that he's part of the Stargate program and the blue robes are more regal than the obvious alternative of his Abydonian clothing.
  • The Bus Came Back: Essentially applies to the Atlantis expedition; thanks to Daniel and Sam using the Ancient knowledge in Daniel’s subconscious, they’re able to develop the Liquid Naquadah Generators, which give Stargates on Earth and Atlantis the necessary boost to dial eight-chevron addresses and keep in more regular contact than was possible in the shows, although they will require regular refuelling to keep the generators in working order.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Daniel, as demonstrated during the New Year’s Eve party in Heroes, made more extreme because Feretti was slipping him vodka as a ‘joke’.
  • Cartwright Curse: The main reason that Sam resists the idea that she might have feelings for Daniel; even though she acknowledges that it’s unscientific and stupid, she has trouble getting past the fact that every man she’s ever expressed an explicit interest in has died, to the point where she muses that Jack was ‘safe’ because she never actually told him how she felt. This reasoning comes to a head when she finds herself tearfully telling the seemingly-dead Daniel that she loves him in the Antarctic outpost, privately vowing as she cries in his office after they return to the SGC that Daniel will be the last man she lets herself have feelings for, only to do a complete 180 when Jack reveals that Daniel isn’t dead.
  • Chekhov's Skill: While Daniel can’t regularly access the Ancient knowledge in his subconscious, he is able to tap into it if he’s careful, once even recreating the generator Jack built to give the Stargate the boost needed to dial an eight-chevron address, allowing the SGC and Atlantis to create a set of similar devices that they can rebuild as needed to dial back and forth.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Disregarded; Daniel refuses to use his abilities to torture Ba'al and Moloc as he recognises that torturing them would be torturing the relatively innocent host, explicitly requesting that the Hak'tyl kill Moloc in a humane manner rather than burn him alive like they were planning.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Daniel learns how to use his ability to see the future to become this, which comes in useful when facing even trained soldiers like Jack or a Jaffa in spite of their superior combat experience.
  • The Conscience: Daniel remains this for the SGC even after he gains his powers, with Jack and Hammond musing more than once that they’re glad it’s Daniel who developed his abilities rather than someone else who would abuse those powers.
  • Create Your Own Villain: The returned Fifth, as in canon.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Instead of surviving the collapse of the Goa’uld Empire after Anubis’s final defeat, Ba’al is captured in a raid on his palace and is killed when he tries to take Daniel as a host a year before the Battle of Dakara.
    • Where Kinsey was last shown in a position that left his fate ambiguous in the TV series, here he is shot while giving a speech and clearly bleeds to death in front of a hundred witnesses.
    • Rather than being trapped in eternal battle with Oma, Anubis is forcibly returned to his original body by Daniel (Daniel explicitly noting that the mind of the host is gone and only the mind of the symbiote is left) and is then killed by Oma.
  • Demoted to Extra: From a certain perspective;
    • The Wraith; they are still a threat in the Pegasus Galaxy, but because Daniel was able to pass on a warning to John Sheppard not to kill an alien woman he’d encounter, the Wraith aren’t woken up en masse as they were in the original series, meaning that they pose a far less significant threat to the Atlantis expedition.
    • RepliCarter; she still takes command of the Replicators, but stays away from Earth as her inherited knowledge of Daniel’s abilities meant that she knew he’d see through any attempt she made to trick the SGC, and thus she only has one confrontation with Daniel before the Replicators are destroyed as in canon, save that Daniel escapes without her killing him.
  • Doctor's Orders: As he begins to acknowledge his deeper feelings for Janet, Jack privately admits that he appreciates her ability to stand up to him even after he becomes her direct superior
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap:
    • Overuse of Daniel’s powers causes him great pain, so he only ever uses his abilities when there is no other clear choice, although with training and experience he learns how to use his powers to achieve his goals without inflicting too much pain on himself
    • Daniel initially suggests the use of the Dakara superweapon to stop Anubis’s supersoldiers, but despite using it against the Replicators as in canon, Sam determines that they can’t use the weapon against the Kull Warriors as it would have to be programmed to exactly match the frequency of the anti-Kull disruptor, and they don’t have the means to control it that specifically.
  • Dying as Yourself: In Heroes, Ba'al's host gets this after the symbiote tries to take Daniel as a host, with Daniel and Jack getting a chance to hear the host whisper "I'm free" before he dies.
  • Enemy Mine: Daniel uses this to convince Lord Yu to save him, Sam and Teal’c and take them to a suitable Stargate when they’re about to captured by Anubis, Yu and Oshu agreeing that, while SG-1 are enemies of the Goa’uld, they have never been directly at war with Yu.
  • Energy Being: As well as the other Ascended and Anubis, Daniel Ascends again to stop Anubis and the Goa'uld in the final battle, with his transformed state being described as far more colourful than the usual white light of the traditional Ascended.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Demonstrated most particularly when Daniel confronts Senator Kinsey; Kinsey may have blown up Daniel’s house and sent an assassin to try and kill him, but Daniel isn’t the kind of person who would respond in kind, even if he does blow up most of Kinsey’s vintage cars to make a point.
    • On a more minor note, when Fifth claims that he knows Sam better than anyone else could after he linked to her mind, Sam muses that she already shared far more with Daniel than Fifth could ever understand.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Actually provides a reason for Teal’c growing hair in the eighth season; while the rest of SG-1 are at the Ancient outpost in Antarctica, Teal’c leaves to attend the Ra'kon Akel, traditionally a rite where a Jaffa pledges his loyalty to the Goa’uld he serves but used on this occasion to reflect Teal’c’s vow to destroy them. At his last Ra'kon Akel (which only takes place every twenty years), Teal’c vowed to shave his head for the rest of his life as a symbol of his service, but chose to reverse it at this pledge to reflect his opposition to the Goa’uld (which he couldn’t do earlier as he swore to keep the pledge upon his honour and the lives of his family, and so breaking the pledge would have been the equivalent of dishonouring all Jaffa).
  • Famed In-Story: SG-1 were already famous on their own, but Daniel’s reputation as Dan’yar develops so quickly that Thor is asking if SG-1 know of ‘Dan’yar’ just a couple of months after Daniel developed his powers without talking to the Tau'ri in the intervening time.
  • Fanboy: Thor is particularly interested in Daniel’s abilities, as Daniel’s evolved DNA proves to be the cure to the Asgard’s genetic degradation problem.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • Sam is deeply affected when it seems as though Daniel is going to subject himself to this for her sake, when they’re under attack by a Kull warrior and Daniel’s used his powers so much recently that the effort required to stop the supersoldier could leave him with brain damage.
    • Daniel speculates that his evaluation by MacKenzie was part of Kinsey’s attempt to get him out of the picture by arranging for Daniel to be declared unstable so that he could be dragged off to a psychiatric hospital and left drugged into a near-comatose state so that he can’t do anything about Kinsey’s plans
    • After Anubis is defeated, Daniel travels around and extracts every remaining Goa’uld from its host and takes them to a lake in an island on their original homeworld which he instructs the Unas to declare taboo so nobody will go to that island and risk unleashing another Goa’uld. With his task completed, the active Goa'uld will live out the remainder of their lives trapped upon that world, knowing that they will never again taste freedom or power, while those currently in the Jaffa will be killed once the time comes to remove them as the entire race goes on tretonin.
  • For Want of a Nail: Everything changes for the SGC after Daniel Jackson unlocks his psychic potential, with changes including Janet Frasier and Jacob Carter living to see the end of the war with the Goa’uld, Earth making plans to establish an official offworld colony in the Milky Way galaxy, and the threat of the Wraith and the Goa’uld being ended for good.
  • Frontline General: Jack goes through the Stargate a bit more often than he did in canon after his promotion, visiting Tegelus, Atlantis, Maybourne's planet, and Dakara.
  • A God Am I: Specifically ignored; Daniel has to go to great lengths to avoid allowing the Jaffa to set him up as a new god.
  • Godzilla Threshold: In Resolutions, the threat of Anubis launching a mass assault on Dakara to take possession of the superweapon forces Daniel to a point where he has to Ascend again to stop Anubis's army, actually managing to Ascend to a level above the other Ascended.
  • Good Counterpart: Daniel essentially becomes this for Anubis to a greater extent than in canon, as they both gained great power through their efforts to ascend but each chose to return to the lower planes with greater power over gaining even greater power and knowledge as one of the true Ascended, although Daniel has only ever used his powers to help others in contrast to Anubis’s desire to conquer.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Despite having shared a kiss over a month ago, as well as a few intense emotional moments since then, Daniel only realises that he’s in love with Sam about a minute after he learns she’s dating someone else (although Jack had guessed this a couple of weeks ago).
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Jack worries Daniel’s going to cross this line when he suddenly goes after Ba’al after remembering how the System Lord tortured Jack while Daniel was Ascended, but Daniel avoids actually hurting Ba’al and just completely humiliates him, even if MacKenzie tries to use the fact that Daniel took pleasure in that action as ‘proof’ he’s unstable.
  • Healing Hands: Mid-way through Lost City, Daniel develops the power to heal himself and others after being exposed to the Ancient repository
  • Heel Realization: A slight but significant example occurs in Resolutions when Ishta, who has spent years hating Moloc for killing the female Jaffa infants in his territories, witnesses Daniel temporarily allow Moloc's host to speak on his own before his execution. Ishta later talks to Daniel about her guilt that she spent years hating Moloc's face but only now acknowledges that the man she hated was as much a victim as any of the children Moloc killed, promising Daniel that she will try and kill any other Goa'uld she might face in the future in a more humane manner.
  • Heroic RRoD: Daniel hits this on a few occasions as he explores his new abilities, ranging from falling into a short coma the first time he blows up an Al'Kesh to nearly passing out after he has to hold up a Stargate, also falling into a coma for a few hours when he tries to hold Anubis back from taking him as a host.
  • Heroic Suicide: Death Knell begins with Anubis mind-probing a member of the Jaffa rebellion in his palace; while the Jaffa cannot stop Anubis learning the location of the Alpha Site, when faced with the possibility that Anubis could learn more about Dan’yar, the Jaffa breaks free and jumps off a balcony, ensuring that he can’t be interrogated any further as there would be no way for the sarcophagus to repair the damage he suffered even if his body could be found
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jack and Daniel for the guys, and Sam and Janet for the girls; Jack and Janet end up being the one that Daniel and Sam talk to the most about their respective feelings for the other
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: As in canon, RepliCarter falls victim to her own arrogance, despite having enough sense to stay away from Earth because she knew Daniel’s powers would help him realise her true agenda.
  • Hostage Situation: In Resolutions, Anubis attempts this by using Sam as his host when forcing the rest of the SGC to let him leave, recognising from the knowledge he has already gained that Sam's relationship with Daniel makes her the perfect hostage.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: At one point, Jacob explicitly asks Selmak if he’s been influencing the symbiote to favour Earth; Selmak clarifies that he has, but only in the sense that bonding with Jacob has given him an insight into the Tau’ri that the Tok’ra as a whole lack
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: At one point, Kinsey hires an assassin to enter the SGC and kill Daniel, but doesn’t tell the assassin about Daniel’s abilities or the Stargate, which leads to the assassin being disintegrated by an incoming wormhole.
  • In Spite of a Nail: While other details are changed by Daniel’s abilities, the alliance with the Tok’ra still breaks down, and Jack and Hammond are still promoted to head of the SGC and head of Homeworld Security respective, albeit a couple of months later than in canon and without Elizabeth Weir taking Hammond’s place for a few months.
  • Internal Reveal: The SGC, the Tok'ra, and a few key Jaffa all learn about Daniel's abilities very early on, but after that, the majority of their offworld allies and enemies are only aware of Daniel's 'alias' of Dan'yar without knowing that Dan'yar is one of the Tau'ri. Key exceptions to this discovery are as follows;
    • Osiris learns about Daniel's powers before he has developed a more 'public' reputation as Dan'yar.
    • Thor inquires about the stories he has heard regarding the Jaffa Rebellion's new ally of 'Dan'yar', and Jack takes the opportunity to introduce Daniel to Thor as Dan'yar in an overly dramatic fashion.
    • Ba'al discovers that Daniel is Dan'yar during an attack against his base, which ends with Ba'al being captured and the symbiote being killed when he tries to take Daniel as a host
    • Anubis learns the truth when he is trapped on Earth, but never uses that information directly.
    • Rya'c is informed of Dan'yar's true identity off-screen at some point before his wedding, and shares this knowledge with his betrothed, Kar'yn.
    • Harold Maybourne learns about Daniel's ability to see the future, his other psychic powers, and his identity as Dan'yar during the battle against Ares.
    • Ishta learns that Daniel is Dan'yar prior to the final campaign against Moloc.
    • Dan'yar's true identity goes public after the final battle against Anubis, when Jack refers to Dan'yar as Daniel close to a group of Jaffa and Bra'tac decides that now is the time to tell all of his people the truth about Dan'yar.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Thor and SG-1, as always, although Daniel ends up becoming closer friends with a few key Jaffa who he trusts with the secret of his dual identity as Dan’yar.
  • It's All My Fault: Daniel has a few of these, most notably when the battle with Ares on Maybourne’s new planet becomes far bigger than it was in canon, as Ares’ Jaffa realise that Dan’yar is on the planet and deploy more resources to try and kill him.
  • Like My Own Child:
    • Bra'tac explicitly states "a man can owe no greater debt than to the one who saves his son's life" when thanking Daniel for saving Teal'c from an almost-certainly fatal head wound using his new healing abilities.
    • In her capacity as the closest thing Daniel has to a living parental figure on Earth, Catherine Langford expresses mock anger that Daniel didn’t tell her about his new relationship with Sam when she’s invited to the ceremony for him to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    • Selmak admits as he’s dying that he has come to consider Sam to be like a daughter to him as well as her being the daughter of his host; Selmak explicitly tells Sam that, if he had been human and had children, he can’t think of anyone he’d rather have had as a daughter than her, and notes to Daniel that one of the regrets he has about dying now is that he won’t have the chance to see the grandchildren he and Sam will give Jacob.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In Resolutions, Carter falls victim to the same attack from Fifth as she did in canon, although this illusion sees her living in Egypt with Daniel rather than on a farm with Shanahan.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: While Sam begins to acknowledge that she has feelings for Daniel after he admits his own feelings for her, her own self-denial due to her ‘black widow’ status when it comes to relationships means that she only consciously realises that she’s in love with Daniel after he’s downloaded the contents of the Ancient repository into his brain and may die in the next few days.
  • Made of Iron: Daniel demonstrates this on various occasions when he keeps on using his abilities despite them giving him potentially serious headaches, but the best demonstration is in Grace, when he uses his abilities to not only catch a falling Stargate (which weighs around thirty-two tons), but then move it onto its back and dial it manually, staying on his feet despite the pain until the wormhole closes
  • The Medic: Janet is the doctor most primarily responsible for examining Daniel as he learns more about his abilities, to the point where she travelled all the way to Atlantis to examine him directly even when Doctor Beckett had complete access to her notes on Daniel and had done his own research into the archaeologist’s unique physiology
  • Moment Killer: In contrast to the original Lost City, when Daniel and Teal’c unintentionally interrupted a brief moment between Sam and Jack after he experiences the Ancient download, in this version of events Jack and Teal’c interrupt a rather intense make-out session between Sam and Daniel and Jack all-but-explicitly-states that he knows what was going on
  • Monument of Humiliation and Defeat: Metaphorically, anyway; after Ba’al is defeated and captured by a Jaffa army led by ‘Dan’yar’, Daniel not only takes Ba’al prisoner, but forces him to walk out in front of his enemies and Jaffa soldiers completely naked barring a red bow tied around his waist. The story of this defeat inspires further doubt among the Jaffa who hear it that the Goa’uld are gods; Bra'tac observes that every Jaffa he has spoken to who was present at the battle laughed at the memory, and his only regret is that he wasn't there to see it himself.
  • Mr. Fanservice: On one of their early dates, Sam is surprised that Daniel genuinely doesn’t realise how attractive he’s become to the opposite sex over the years, noting that she’s personally turned off by excess muscles and prefers Daniel’s more natural look where he doesn’t seem to have fixated on making himself look good. Sam also cites Teal’c as an exception to her ideas about excess muscles being unattractive as Teal’c makes the look work and never gives the impression that he’s thought about how he’d appeal to the opposite sex.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Sam basically has one of these in Lost City when she finally accepts that she's been in love with Daniel on some level for years after he's downloaded the Ancient knowledge and will likely be dead in the next few weeks, unsure how she can tell him the truth about her feelings under these circumstances (even if part of that is her own fear about her apparent Cartwright Curse).
    • In Resolutions, Daniel allows Moloc's host an opportunity to communicate before Moloc's execution, with the host explicitly asking to be killed as he cannot live with the memories of what Moloc has done in his body.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Daniel takes the Ancient Repository download rather than Jack, but despite his own evolved state, he still can’t consciously retain it all, forcing him to somehow store the knowledge in his subconscious mind, allowing Daniel to occasionally tap into bits of it even if he can’t access the entirety of it on purpose.
  • Neutral No Longer: The final chapter suggests that Oma and her followers, motivated by Daniel’s example, are going to encourage the Ascended to take a more active role in the affairs of the lower planes.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: To a degree; there is always a reason for Daniel demonstrating new powers, but he always seems to develop them when they will be useful, such as discovering the power to heal just after Teal’c has suffered a serious skull fracture.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Essentially applies for Kinsey, as his own efforts to kill Daniel not only lead to Kinsey being assassinated by his erstwhile allies, but also exposes the existence of the Trust to the SGC so that they can be shut down before they get the chance to become a more genuine threat.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Unable to stop a Kull warrior through physical force, Daniel burns it alive inside its indestructible armour, and is horrified that he was capable of something like that afterwards.
    • When Daniel wakes up from his period of self-imposed suspended animation and learns that he was assumed to be dead, Jack inspires disturbing thoughts when he brings up the idea of Janet performing an autopsy on Daniel while he was still alive, and Janet makes it worse when she graphically describes what might have happened if someone had started the procedure.
    • As Daniel’s powers grow, the idea of him being taken as a host by a Goa’uld becomes this to the rest of the SGC; in the course of the series, Osiris, Ba’al and Anubis each try to take control of him.
      • Anubis uses this fear when he infiltrates the SGC, taking control of General Hammond and issuing a fake order that Anubis has taken Daniel as his latest host so that Daniel is now being hunted by his own allies.
  • Noble Demon: Teal’c explicitly muses that Lord Yu can be considered the closest thing to an honourable Goa’uld to exist
  • Noodle Incident: Personal business for Jack and Daniel results in them missing Sam yelling angrily when a couple of Tok’ra trying to arrange for Jacob to come and live as ‘an honoured guest of the Tok’ra’ after Selmak’s death.
  • Not So Stoic: When Daniel appears to be dead after the Battle of Antarctica, Jack muses that he’s only seen Teal’c displaying that much grief when the Jaffa thought his family were dead and when he learned of the death of Shan'auc.
  • One-Man Army: Daniel comes to be regarded as this by various people, even earning the nickname ‘Rambo Jackson’ after he single-handedly captures Osiris and the Al’kesh she was using, although he never actually challenges an entire army single-handed until his second ascension towards the end of the series.
  • Pragmatic Villain: The Trust are willing to leave Daniel alone considering the damage he’s doing to the Goa’uld despite him being employed by the SGC, but Kinsey’s actions lead to SG-1 learning about the existence of the Trust and dismantling it before it can actually accomplish anything significant.
  • Power Incontinence: Daniel never loses control of his powers to the point of, for example, lighting things on fire by accident, but he is often frustrated by his prophetic abilities, which regularly give him just a sense of future danger rather than him a clear warning unless he actively tries to determine the reason for it.
  • Playing with Fire: Daniel’s pyrokinetic abilities, allowing him to either generate a ball of fire over his hands or completely incinerate an enemy
  • Put On The Bus: Sam’s relationship with Pete Shanahan doesn’t last beyond the first month after he runs a background check on her.
  • Psychic Powers: Daniel has telekinesis, pyrokinesis, precognition, psychometry, a degree of telepathic awareness with those he is close to, and the ability to heal himself and others
  • "Rashomon"-Style: In a sense; Doctor MacKenzie conducts a psychiatric evaluation of Daniel Jackson and concludes that he is developing megalomania and frequently derives pleasure from using his powers against others, where Doctor Eliza White attended the same meeting and concluded that Daniel was a mentally stable man who only used what force was necessary to achieve his goal, proved his stability by choosing to publically humiliate Ba’al rather than torture him, and was relatively controlled considering his history with MacKenzie, with Doctor White sending her report on to another psychiatrist who agreed with her assessment. Granted, MacKenzie was all-but-explicitly identified as being a pawn of Senator Kinsey in his plan to get Daniel out of the picture, but the author has established MacKenzie as an incompetent psychiatrist in other stories where he would have had no reason to be Kinsey’s agent.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Resolutions, Daniel delivers one to an assembly of the Ascended after he ascends to a level above them, informing them that their rules against interference might have been created with good intentions, but the rules as they exist are wrong as the Ascended basically allow anyone who isn't one of them to get away with any horrific act they might wish unless all of the Ascended decide that action needs to be taken, announcing that the Ascended don't have the right to decide whose lives are more valuable on the lower planes.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite having received a dose of ‘propaganda’ from Kinsey, President Hayes patiently listens to all of Daniel’s counter-arguments to Kinsey’s attempts to portray the SGC in general and SG-1 in particular as incompetent idiots. While Kinsey continues to try and press his anti-SG-1 agenda after the meeting, Hayes ends up forming such a high opinion of Daniel that he arranges for the archaeologist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even muses that Daniel would receive the Congressional Gold Medal if it wasn’t for the inconvenience that the entire Senate would need to be told about the Stargate program for that to be permitted. As the series concludes, Hayes also agrees to Daniel and Sam’s request that, as a reward for the SGC’s victory over the Goa’uld, he grant Jack and Janet special dispensation to pursue a relationship despite Jack now being Janet’s commanding officer.
  • Secret Identity: Daniel ends up getting one of these; the Jaffa as a whole take to referring to him as ‘Dan’yar’ after learning about his powers, with only some of the SGC’s closest alien allies, such as Bra’tac, the Tok’ra, Thor, and Rya’c aware that Daniel Jackson and Dan’yar are one and the same until the final defeat of Anubis.
  • Secret Test of Character: While negotiating to set up a colony on another planet, Daniel is subjected to one of these when he’s called to a private meeting with Laleetha, a woman who’s one of the world’s leaders; when he rejects Laleetha’s offer of sex despite her implying that she’ll convince her fellows to reject the request for a colony (his answer being the same in the Gen version of the story where he’s not in a relationship with Sam), she later confirms that it was just a test to confirm that they were negotiating with an honourable man.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Played with; a few of Daniel's earlier premonitions are of things that mostly end up happening because of his actions (such as Sam almost getting killed in a Goa'uld attack that only posed a threat to her because Daniel and Teal'c left the SGC and ended up on that planet to rendezvous with Jack and Sam), but in general it is soon established that Daniel's visions are of what would happen if he did nothing, with the SGC using the accompanying foreknowledge to prevent these futures from coming about.
  • Sensor Character: Daniel’s psychic powers allow him to be aware of any potential threat to him or his friends, ranging from immediately identifying an assassin sent by Kinsey to ‘recognising’ Anubis in a new body; RepliCarter even avoids making contact with Earth as she did in canon because she anticipates that Daniel will sense her true agenda no matter what lies she tries to tell the SGC.
  • Ship Tease: While it doesn’t come to anything, Doctor Janet Frasier ends up hitting it off with Doctor Carson Beckett when she travels to Atlantis to examine Daniel after he goes into a kind of coma.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • While Sam lies to herself about her feelings, and Daniel accepts her rejection, Jack, Janet and Jacob each express approval at the idea of the two of them forming a relationship.
    • As Sam and Daniel’s relationship progresses, the two start to discreetly support the idea of Jack and Janet getting together.
    • At the story’s conclusion, Daniel is visited by the now-Ascended Kasuf and Skaara, who each assure him that they are happy at his new relationship with Sam and believe that Sha’re would be happy for him as well.
  • Shipping Torpedo:
    • After realising that Daniel has feelings for Sam, Jack assures the archaeologist that he has no further romantic interest in her.
    • Sam essentially does this the first time Daniel admits that he has feelings for her, but soon admits to her father and Janet that it’s more that she doesn’t want to have feelings for Daniel than that she has no romantic feelings for him at all, and eventually realises she was lying to herself and she’s been in love with him on some level for years.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Janet Frasier’s life is saved by Daniel’s prophetic abilities.
    • Colonel Alexi Vaselov survives his time as Anubis’s host, although he still chooses to return to Russia as the decision to join the SGC was made by Anubis rather than himself.
    • Lord Yu is killed by Anubis's forces rather than the Replicators, but his First Prime, Oshu, manages to survive the attack.
    • Although Selmak still dies, because Anubis was defeated a few weeks earlier than in canon, he is safely removed from Jacob, allowing his host to survive.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Fifth demonstrates this as in canon towards Sam, taken a step further when he demonstrates jealousy towards Sam's relationship with Daniel.
  • Stalking Is Love: Explicitly rejected; when Sam learns that Pete Shanahan was trying to dig into her real background even after she told him her job was classified, she calls the relationship off, stating that his actions demonstrate a lack of trust that she can’t accept.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Played with; Daniel’s abilities make things easier for the SGC on several crucial occasions, but the headaches and other affiliated side-effects stop him from making things so easy that his team can basically send Daniel out as a one-man army every time things are going really wrong, and on at least one occasion knowledge of his presence makes a canon mission harder than it would have been.
  • Straw Civilian: Hayes’ canon reasons for putting Elizabeth Weir in charge of the SGC are mentioned, but she is never given the position thanks to Daniel pointing out to Hayes that diplomacy isn’t what’s needed most as the leader of the SGC as the Goa’uld don’t typically negotiate.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Woolsey; as in canon, he is critical of the team's actions, particularly when he asks whether the team have started just allowing Daniel to take the heat and deal with the threat with his abilities, but he accepts Daniel's counter-arguments regarding Kinsey's true agenda and the particular circumstances motivating Daniel's actions.
  • Take a Third Option: When Sam, Daniel and Teal’c are in a position where their options appear limited to either being captured by Anubis (who will almost certainly do everything in his power to take Daniel as a host) or blow themselves up, Daniel is able to find a third option at the last minute by calling Lord Yu to rescue them.
  • Team Dad: Jacob keeps this unofficial role in his interaction with SG-1, but it becomes a bit more explicit with Daniel after he learns about the archaeologist’s feelings for Sam
    • There is also a semi-weird moment where Jack acts more ‘Team Dad’ than he ever did in canon by observing that Daniel is the only one of Sam’s potential partners who would have passed Jack’s ‘boyfriend test’ if Sam had been his daughter, which neither Sam or Daniel are sure how to react to considering Jack and Sam’s former feelings for each other.
  • Tear Jerker: Earth’s victory over Anubis should be a happy one, but SG-1’s joy is marred by Daniel’s apparent death; Teal’c returns to his quarters to meditate and mourn, Jack has a brief violent outburst in his office and then just slumps into his chair in despair, and Sam retreats to Daniel’s office and spends the next few hours crying in grief, the team only being roused to normal when they learn that Daniel isn’t dead.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The whole series is basically Daniel doing this, but he takes it a step further during the final confrontation on Dakara, when he ascends to a level of existence above even the other Ascended. This grants Daniel the power to destroy Anubis and deal with all other still-active Goa’uld single-handedly in a matter of days, while the other Ascended can’t stop him from interfering because Daniel is operating on a level where he has more power than them and some of them (such as the people of Abydos) recognise that they don’t have the right to stop him since he got there on his own.
  • True Companions: Taken to a new level when Daniel muses that his psychic ability to sense others is particularly attuned to Jack, Sam and Teal’c (and he is even more aware of Sam after they start dating).
  • Ultimate Job Security: Kinsey and the NID’s best efforts to get Daniel under their thumb fail due to his existing reputation, and it becomes even more pointless to try and force him out of the SGC when the archaeologist earns the respect and friendship of President Henry Hayes.
  • Unseen Character: With Ba’al dead, it is never explicitly revealed what Goa’uld took over Anubis’s forces after his apparent ‘death’ in the Battle of Antarctica, although it is probably safe to assume that the usurper was killed once Anubis returned
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Basically applies to the Wraith prisoner that was given the name 'Steve' in Stargate Atlantis, as Daniel uses his abilities to scan Wraith history using the Wraith as a focus for his analysis of the Wraith.
  • With Due Respect: Hammond gets to deliver one of these to Kinsey in Lost City; the Vice-President shows up to try and order SG-1 to stay on Earth because he's convinced their current claims to a clue to the Lost City are just them trying to hide their mistakes, but Hammond bluntly informs Kinsey that President Hayes has already authorised SG-1 to follow up their latest clue, delivering the statement in a manner that makes it clear he considers Kinsey worthy of no respect whatsoever.
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