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  Jack: (to Carter) Well, you do have a talent for pulling solutions out of your butt.

  • Complete Monster:
    • Anubis. Most Goa'uld probably qualify, although Anubis was a particularly extreme case.
    • The Ori, who want you to worship them, and promise you Ascension, but all of their promises are false, and you'll just die normally.
    • As far as individual episodes go, Nadal in "Ethon". If attacking and destroying Prometheus after it had been disabled wasn't enough of a Moral Event Horizon, attempting to destroy the Caledonian capital after agreeing to a ceasefire definitely was.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Walter Harriman.
  • Everybody Remembers the Stripper:
    • The episode where everyone is infected with an anti-Goa'uld device, but that's sort of secondary to Dr. Fraiser opening up her shirt (and revealing her bra) because she's infected and hot.
    • Stargate, while being a tame TV series, had actual nudity in the pilot episode "Children of the Gods", which was edited out in later airings but is retained in the DVD release.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • The Goa'uld would explicitly take the most beautiful humans they could find as hosts, often resulting in gorgeous men and women leading the evil legions beating on Earths door.
    • Adria of the Ori, played by Morena Baccarin.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • There is a segment of fandom who believes Major Carter would have wound up with just about any of the male leads, but her and Jack O'Neill is as close to an "official" pairing as there ever got to be.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The last two seasons.
  • Flanderization:
    • In the first season, O'Neill knows what to call the spiralling matter around a black hole (an accretion disk), and along with Teal'c collects data during the black hole observation. Three seasons later, he can't understand or remember what a coronal mass ejection is.
    • However, due to occasional character comments about O'Neill's Obfuscating Stupidity, it's debatable whether he's truly confused about a particular bit of technobabble, just annoyed by the frequency and duration of it.
      • In fact, it's repeatedly mentioned that O'Neill is much smarter than he lets on, just not in the technical way of Carter or the bookish way of Daniel.
      • He does showcase that despite the Obfuscating Stupidity, he does have moments of sheer brilliance. In the Pilot, he tells the SGC to hold off on the million dollar MALP probe to Abydos, and instead throws a box of tissues and a marker pen through the gate. Only afterwards does he simply explain, "Jackson has allergies. He'll know it was from me, instead of someone like you". It works.
      • Also, O'Neill is clearly more intelligent than he lets on. Why else do the Asgard hold him in such regard, stop anyone messing with his DNA, and name a new class of ship after him? He was the first human to survive the Ancient knowledge download into his brain and manage to figure a way to seek help before it killed him. When Rodney McKay was similarly advanced by an Ancient device in Atlantis, McKay knew what he was doing when he got smarter. O'Neill doesn't, but he does it all anyway sheerly by acting instinctively.
  • Funny Aneurysm Moment: "2010", an alternate future episode set in that year that aired in 2001, had the characters toasting the memory of General Hammond and talking about how they missed him. His actor died in 2008.
  • GaryStu:
    • To some fans, Cameron Mitchell. The writers may have tried too hard to make us like O'Neill's replacement.
    • On the other hand, Cameron was beat up and shoved in the mud so often, and his own team didn't even seem to take him seriously so often, that a more realistic look at the man makes him seem like an Anti-Sue or perhaps even Parody Sue with the saving grace of meaningfully contributing to the team.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain:
    • The Replicators. Since most of them are machines made out of Lego blocks, they have no personality whatsoever. All they do is multiply. And they just. Won't. Stay. Dead. Though this changed when the show introduced the Human Form Replicators (including the Asurans), which actually had personalities and in some cases became recurring characters. Some were even somewhat sympathetic.
    • The Ori are arguably an even better example. At least the Replicators could be fought without a Lost Superweapon. The Ori were Suffiently Advanced Energy Beings that used Physical Gods as minions.
    • Anubis, known as the most evil of all Goa'uld, his goal goes beyond wanting to rule over the galaxy. He literally wants to wipe out all life in it, using a weapon of the Ancients that sends out a wave that can do exactly that. And since he is practically the only being that would survive this, well... No reason is ever given for this, other than that he's evil, although Daniel theorizes he may want to rebuild things in his own design.
  • Large Ham:
    • All of the Goa'uld, except for Ba'al occasionally. Anubis in particular did this a lot. In all fairness though, they've considered themselves gods for millennia and aren't used to being thought of as less.
    • President Henry Hayes has shades of this in his conversation with Anubis, complete with Lampshade Hanging.

 "Never going to happen. [Anubis' hologram vanishes, Hayes turns to his onlookers] Too much?"

    • O'Neill also mocks the Goa'uld hamminess repeatedly

 Anubis: [[[Resistance Is Futile]] speech]

O'Neill: Come on. Who talks like that?

  • Magnificent Bastard: Ba'al.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the episode "Icon", Sorren crosses this when he executes a random officer for suggesting retreat cowardice.
    • We knew the Goa'uld were bastards, but their plot in "Singularity" has an extra degree of pure dickisness. They turned a little girl into a living hyper-nuclear bomb, and they set everything up so that Stargate Command's efforts to help her activated the bomb!
  • Newer Than They Think: The P90 is often identified with the Stargate series (with many viewers having mistaken it for a fictional weapon, due to its exotic appearance), but it did not show up until a third of the way through season 4.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Makepeace, which makes it all the more satisfying when he turns out to be The Mole.
    • To some fans, Vala.
    • The replacement for Janet Fraiser (Lexa Doig), looked to be turning into this, with shoehorned "related to the new General plotline". In the end, she pretty much faded away after being a major part of basically one episode, and then dissapeared for good. This was because of the aforementioned boinking: She had to go on maternity leave.
  • Squick: Adria kissing Daniel.
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