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Biographical information







c. 1899

Political information

None (formerly) First Prime of Apophis


SG-1, Stargate Command, Free Jaffa Nation (formerly) Apophis

Out of universe information

Teal'c - List of Appearances


Christopher Judge, Richard Dean Anderson

"Teal'c, I saw you stand up to a god. You refused to kill. I saw you make that decision...In that moment I learned everything I needed to know to trust you."
Jack O'Neill

Teal'c is a Jaffa devoted to the freedom of his race from oppression by the Goa'uld who joined SG-1 in service of Stargate Command and Earth to fight his former god, Apophis and all other Goa'uld ending their reign on the Milky Way. Teal'c was born to Ronac the first prime of Cronus sometime during 1899 making him 161 in 2010 after being trapped aboard the Odyssey for 50 years.



Early life

Teal'c was named by his father, Ronac, chosen because it means “Strength” in Goa'uld on a planet under Cronus' control sometime around 1899. Shortly after losing a battle against one of Cronus' enemies, Ronac was killed by his god and Teal'c and his mother were banished to Chulak. On this day Teal'c vowed to become the strongest warrior and First Prime of Apophis sworn enemy of Cronus. (SG1: "Past and Present", "Fair Game")

First Prime

Teal'c informs Bra'tac he is now First prime

Teal'c began his tutelage under Master Bra'tac and soon married a Jaffa woman named Drey'auc. He served in a battle against Ra and was chosen by Bra'tac to succeed him as First Prime of Apophis. After his promotion Teal'c was challenged by Bra'tac that the Goa'uld were not gods and the seeds of doubt began to unfold in Teal'c.

After an embarrassing battle with Ra, Teal'c was ordered to kill the Jaffa commander, Va'lar however instead decided to banish him despite believing that Apophis would know. When it was discovered that Apophis had indeed believed that Teal'c had succeeded, Teal'c further begun to believe that the Goa'uld were not gods.

He later was ordered to slaughter a village of Jaffa loyal to Ra and was forced to kill Va'lar for fear that Apophis would discover his betrayal. Teal'c soon became a father when Drey'auc gave birth to a son, Rya'c and Apophis gave him a house on Chulak for his years of service. (SG1: "Threshold", "Bloodlines")

At some point during his service as First Prime, Teal'c went into battle with the Jaffa serving under the Jaffa Arkad. Arkad's Jaffa were defeated and as revenge Arkad slipped into the village Teal'c mother lived in and killed her in the night. Teal'c vowed revenge on Arkad however due to his position as first prime he could do nothing about it. (SG1: "Talion")

Teal’c served Apophis for many years doing many unspeakable things, however always maintained a strong morality. When on the planet Cartago Teal’c opted for killing an old, cripple man to ensure that the people would be able to escape capture the next time the Goa’uld came to their world. (SG1: "Cor-ai")


"I can save these people!"
Jack O'Neill
"Many have said that! But you are the first I believe could do it!"
— Teal'c
Teal'c kidnaps a female airman

In 1997 Teal'c was part of a team led by Apophis that travelled to various worlds to gather hosts. He came to Earth and kidnapped a female airman while Apophis' Jaffa were forced to kill four other men. Teal'c went with Apophis to Abydos and kidnapped Daniel Jackson's wife Sha're and her brother Skaara.

Teal'c was present at the host selection of Apophis' new queen; Amaunet where the female airman was rejected and killed and Sha're was selected and became the new host of his queen. Teal'c came across SG-1 and their strange technology while they were imprisoned and Bra'tac mentioned that they may be the ones to help free the Jaffa from the Goa'uld. He attended the host selection of the children of the gods, where Skaara was chosen and taken away. It was at this time that Teal'c chose to help SG-1 free the prisoners and escape through the Stargate branding himself as a Shol'va among the Jaffa. (SG1: "Children of the Gods")
Teal'c attacks his fellow guards

Sometime later Teal'c was interviewed by Colonel Kennedy about the Goa'uld and when it was discovered that Kawalsky was infected with a Goa'uld Kennedy requested to see if Teal'c still had his, believing that Teal'c has infected him, however Teal'c symbiote remained.

Teal'c was instrumental in finding an anaesthetic which would work on symbiotes to aid in the extraction of Kawalsky's one, however the symbiote deceived them and managed to remain in him and attempted to escape through the Stargate but was stopped by Teal'c. This act led General Hammond to convince his superiors to allow Teal'c to join SG-1. (SG1: "The Enemy Within")


When it was time for his son Rya'c to undergo his prim'ta he returned to Chulak with SG-1 to stop it. He met with his old master Bra'tac and went in search of his family. He managed to stop the ceremony however Rya'c was already sick and in need of a symbiote. Teal'c was forced to give up his own symbiote for Rya'c but luckily Daniel Jackson and Samantha Carter had acquired one to take back to Earth for study but was given to Teal'c to save his life. (SG1: "Bloodlines")

Teal'c and Rya'c reunited

After Apophis' failed attack on Earth, he kidnapped Rya'c and brainwashed him. Teal'c returned to Chulak to rescue him however the brainwashing was difficult to overcome and Teal'c was forced to zat Rya'c in order to undo it. Rya'c and his mother Drey'auc journeyed to the Land of Light to live safely. (SG1: "Family")

Believing that they were meeting the Tok'ra SG-1 travelled to a planet where they came across an injured Apophis who claimed sanctuary on Earth. The rogue System Lord Sokar demanded that Apophis be returned to him. Teal'c was glad at the eventual death of Apophis stating that the day would become a holy day on Chulak. (SG1: "Serpent's Song")

When SG-1 was kidnapped by Hathor, Teal'c was injured and spent several days in the SGC infirmary. When General Hammond refused to allow Teal'c to leave the SGC and discover the whereabouts of SG-1, he resigned from SG-1 and journeyed to Chulak to seek out help in freeing them. (SG1: "Out of Mind", "Into the Fire")

When the system lords Cronus, Nirrti and Yu came to Earth to negotiate a treaty with the Asgard, Cronus and Teal'c were attacked and Teal'c was framed for the act, however Teal'c was exonerated when it was discovered that Nirrti possessed phase shifting technology. (SG1: "Fair Game")

When SG-1 went to save the captured Abydonians Teal'c was forced to fire upon Sha're, under the control of Amaunet, and kill her when she was in the process of torturing Daniel Jackson. (SG1: "Forever in a Day")

Teal'c and Shau'nac reunited

An old flame of Teal'c, Shau'nac came to the SGC to tell them that she had convinced her symbiote to turn against the Goa'uld, Teal'c at first refused to believe her but too managed to communicate with his symbiote who showed him a vision of his father being killed by Cronus. Shau'nac's symbiote, Tanith, took a host and claimed allegiance to the Tok'ra however he soon killed Shau’nac. Teal’c vowed revenge for her death, but was convinced not to in exchange for using Tanith to provide disinformation to Apophis. (SG1: "Crossroads")

While at a meeting of the free Jaffa Teal'c was captured by a servant of Heru'ur who planned to use Teal'c as gift when forging an alliance between himself and Apophis. Teal'c managed to convince one of Heru'ur Jaffa, Rak'nor that the Goa'uld were not gods and he freed Teal'c before the exchange could be made. (SG1: "The Serpent's Venom")

When helping the rest of SG-1 rescue their robotic duplicates, Teal'c duplicate was tortured and with the real Teal'c help was able to kill Cronus and finally have his revenge for the death of his father. (SG1: "Double Jeopardy")


Teal'c rejoins Apophis

When implementing a plan to destroy Apophis' fleet using a supernova Teal'c was killed in an ambush set up by Tanith, who took Teal'c body back to Apophis, who revived and brainwashed him into believing that he had never left the service of his god. After a Replicator incursion on the ship they were on, Apophis was killed and Teal'c was captured however he refused to accept to Apophis was dead. (SG1: "Exodus", "Enemies")

After Dr. McKenzie helped to deprogram Teal'c, Bra'tac came to Earth and discovered he was faking it and to remove Teal'c symbiote and perform the Rite of Mal Sharran on Teal'c, forcing him to relive his life in dream and realise the truth of the Goa'uld. The rite succeeded and Teal'c once again declared his allegiance to SG-1. (SG1: "Threshold")


After Daniel Jacksons death and ascension Teal'c did not blame Jonas Quinn for his part in Daniel's death and even took Jonas' desire to join SG-1 seriously. Soon Bra'tac arrived to inform Teal'c that Drey'auc was near death and Teal'c went offworld, however Drey'auc died before he arrived. Rya'c blamed Teal'c for his mothers death as it was his defection which caused there current situation.

After learning of Anubis' attack on Earth Teal'c, Bra'tac and Rya'c journeyed to the world that Anubis had his superweapon on to destroy the weapon. Teal'c and Bra'tac were captured and Rya'c managed to succeed and destroy the superweapon which caused Teal'c and Rya'c to bond. (SG1: "Redemption, Part 1", "Redemption, Part 2")

While attending a meeting of the Jaffa rebel leaders, the summit was attacked by the Goa'uld and all the Jaffa but Teal'c had their symbiotes removed. Teal'c and Bra'tac shared a symbiote for several days in which Teal'c began to have hallucinations of being a normal human, in which Daniel Jackson used his ascended abilities to enter these hallucinations in an attempt to help keep Teal'c alive. When he and Bra'tac were found, Junior, Teal'c symbiote, had been weakened by being used to save both of the Jaffa and soon after died, both Teal'c and Bra'tac begun using Tretonin. (SG1: "The Changeling")

Teal'c gets his "mojo" back

Some time later Teal'c began to doubt his prowess as a Jaffa without his symbiote, Daniel Jackson had returned to human form without his memories but after doing some Kelno'reeming with Teal'c heard the voice of Rya'c and realised it was a memory from when he was ascended. He later remembered seeing Rya'c and Bra'tac captured and a rescue mission was planned. After this Teal'c had regained confidence in himself without a symbiote. (SG1: "Orpheus")

When SG-1 made contact with the Hak'tyl resistance, Teal'c managed to convince the leader, Ishta, to allow some of them to take Tretonin instead of stealing symbiotes for survival. During this time Teal'c and Ishta developed a deep affection for each other. (SG1: "Birthright")

After O'Neill became commander of the SGC, Teal'c was allowed to move off the base and live in an apartment. Teal'c strong morality caused problems as he would intervene in disputes where other people would not. He became close to his neighbour, Krista and after she accidently killed her boyfriend, The Trust framed Teal'c for the murder believing that an alien should not be allowed on Earth, however Teal'c was soon exonerated. (SG1: "Affinity")

Teal'c went offworld to meet with the Hak'tyl and his son and discovered that Rya'c had met a female Jaffa, Kar'yn and they were betrothed. Teal'c was against the union, fearing Rya'c would soon have to make the same decisions he had to between family and freedom. Teal'c eventually accepted Kar'yn and approved of their union. (SG1: "Sacrifices")

After the Replicators invaded the Milky Way and begun taking over the Goa'uld domain, wiping out most of the system lords and forcing many Jaffa to defect back to the Goa'uld. To stop this from happening and retain their freedom, Teal'c proposed that they capture the temple on Dakara and forever show the Goa'uld as false gods. Their plan worked and with the use of the Ancient device on Dakara they managed to annihilate the Replicators and end the reign of the Goa'uld on the galaxy. (SG1: "Reckoning, Part 1", "Reckoning, Part 2")

The Ori Crusade

After the defeat of the Goa'uld, Teal'c returned to Dakara to help build the Free Jaffa Nation where he served as part of the council. Colonel Cameron Mitchell tried to get him to rejoin SG-1 however he turned down the offer. After Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran were linked together with the Kor Mak bracelets Teal'c came back to Stargate Command to help. During this time Teal'c became very upset that the Jaffa council was based on military efforts and the Jaffa Gerak came into power as leader of the council. (SG1: "Avalon, Part 1")

When Gerak converted to Origin and was turned into a Prior of the Ori and attempted to convert others. Teal'c managed to convince Gerak to abandon the Ori and help the Tau'ri by curing the Ori plague. (SG1: "The Fourth Horseman, Part 2")

Teal'c was able to convince the Lucian Alliance to join in the battle with the Ori motherships that had come through the Supergate and stop them from gaining a foothold in the Milky Way. The plan failed and Teal'c was captured and tortured by Netan who believed Teal'c had tricked them into helping knowing they would lose. Teal'c was rescued by the Odyssey. (SG1: "Camelot", "Flesh and Blood")

Teal'c kills Arkad

After the destruction of Dakara, he helped to try to reform the Jaffa government on Dar Eshkalon but the settlement was attacked and many Jaffa were killed by the Illac Renin a faction of the Jaffa who embraced and followed the Ori. Teal'c found out the Jaffa behind it was Arkad who Teal'c believed had killed his mother several years earlier. He sought revenge and eventually killed Arkad. (SG1: "Talion")

When SG-1 went to the Asgard homeworld, Orilla they were attacked by the Ori motherships and forced to flee back home and in a last ditch effort to stay alive encased the Odyssey in a time dilation field for 50 years. The only way to save themselves was to reverse time within the field and hopefully escape the Ori ships, however one of them had to remain old to ensure they did not follow the same path. Teal'c volunteered and so remained 50 years older. (SG1: "Unending")

When SG-1 was searching for the Ark of Truth Teal'c went with them to the Alteran home galaxy and was shot in the back by an Ori soldier and the rest of SG-1 was captured. Teal'c managed to gather his strength and walk across mountains to the Ori city to rescue them, only to collapse before reaching the city. He was healed by Ganos Lal who was able to use her ascended abilities in the Ori galaxy and Teal'c rescued the rest of SG-1. When they were in confrontation with Adria and the Ark was activated by Daniel, Teal'c shot at the table the Ark was on, causing it to fall over and affect the Doci and all the Priors and remove a large portion of Adria's power. (Stargate: The Ark of Truth)

Post Ori

When Colonel Carter was preparing to leave to take command of the Atlantis expedition Teal'c came to bid her farewell and wish her good luck in her new position and reminding her that SG-1 would always be there for her. He also remarked that “undomesticated equines” could not stop him from visiting. (ATL: "Reunion")

Teal'c and Ronon Dex spar

When Ronon Dex was up for evaluation by the IOA Colonel Carter requested that Teal'c come to Atlantis to prepare Ronon. Both men had immediate distrust of each other and ended up in a “friendly” sparring match, which many members wagered bets on who would win, however both men appeared equally matched.

When they were returning to Earth via the Midway Space Station they teamed up to prevent a Wraith contingent from taking control and infiltrating Earth. They both returned to Earth to stop the few Wraith who had managed to reach Stargate Command. Teal'c was fed on by a Wraith for a few seconds before Ronon managed to kill it. Teal'c also voiced his interest in Ronon's pistol. Their teamwork had resulted in a mutual respect for each other. (ATL: "Midway")

When the final Ba'al clone was captured, Teal'c, SG-1, Colonel Carter and General O'Neill were present at the Extraction ceremony on the Tok'ra homeworld. Following this he returned to the Free Jaffa Nation and to a position of power among the Jaffa. (Stargate: Continuum) [1]


Teal'c intervenes to stop a crime

Morality and Wisdom

Teal'c has time and time again shown a high morality and lawfulness in all situations. He is willing to intervene in other situations which do not concern him even getting him into trouble such as when he was living off base he stopped three men from assaulting another after a car accident.

Teal'c pilots a Needle Threader

He has shown on occasion great wisdom through statements from other Jaffa such as:

  • A great Jaffa once said, "Exalted is the warrior who achieves victory without battle." (SG1: "Counterstrike")
  • A mighty Jaffa warrior once said, "The greatest strategy is doomed to fail if there is no army to follow it." (SG1: "Uninvited")

Abilities and Skills

As Teal'c is a Jaffa he has superior strength to humans and is highly trained in combat and Jaffa close-quarter combat styles and is proficient in numerous types of weapons from Staff weapons to Earth weapons. Teal'c is also proficient in piloting several vessels such as Death gliders, Needle Threaders, Tel'tak's, Al'kesh, Ha'tak-class Motherships, F-302's and 304's.

Teal'c is an accomplished tracker and has demonstrated on many occasions exceptional sensory skills. He has shown great ability in combat against multiple opponents and then demonstrated his prowess when he threw an avocado several hundred feet knocking out a purse-snatcher. (SG1: "Maternal Instinct", "Affinity")

Teal'c having to recover the "old way"

Even after having his symbiote removed Teal'c still remained as the strongest member of the team and at the SGC. Teal'c's symbiote gave him impressive healing abilities and regenerative rate, longer lifespan and perfect health, immunities to poisons, toxins and an ability to survive underwater for several minutes. The symbiote also gave him an ability to sense other symbiotes as well as Reetou. Since he begun using Tretonin he had a diminished regenerative ability however it has been shown that the drug is capable of keeping Jaffa live and healthy for longer than a symbiote ever could. (SG1: "Orpheus", "Demons", "Unending")

Jaffa Jokes


Teal'c has on occastion misquoted common Earth clichés:

  • "Are you considering the tactic as I?" (are you thinking what I'm thinking) (SG1: "Thor's Hammer")
  • "Things will not calm down, Daniel Jackson. Things will, in fact, calm up." (things will escalate) (SG1: "Thor's Chariot")
  • "I believe a "medical attack" could be successful." (surgical strike) (SG1: "Within the Serpent's Grasp")
  • "I will purchase time for you..." (buy time) (SG1: "Foothold")
  • "Undomesticated equines could not remove me." (wild horses) (SG1: "Message in a Bottle") (This is not a direct misquote, as Teal'c was making a joke).
  • "I will, in fact, keep both eyes on it, Daniel Jackson." (Keep an eye on it) (SG1: "One False Step")
  • "It is a lengthy tale" (Long story) (SG1: "Secrets")

Teal'c has even told a "Jaffa joke":A Serpent guard, a Horus guard and a Setesh guard meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment. The Serpent guard's eyes glow. The Horus guard's beak glistens. The Setesh guard's nose...drips. (SG1: "Seth") When Teal'c was going through an airlock and he is asked to speak he replied with: "One small step for Jaffa." (SG1: "Nemesis")


Teal'c has used the word "Indeed" several times throughout the years and is one of his most spoken words. It appears that he does this subconsciously as when Ronon Dex brought attention to it, Teal'c said he did not notice. The entire SG-1 also once said this phrase, with the exception of Teal'c, bringing to attention his overuse of the word. (ATL: "Midway", "Unending")


Teal'c takes his family to a new home


Teal'c and Ishta say goodbye



Alternate realities

An "evil" alternate Teal'c
  • In an alternate reality visited by Daniel Jackson, SG-1 never visited Chulak and Teal'c remained First Prime of Apophis. He led the invasion on Earth and the SGC. During the incursion into the base Jack O'Neill attempted to convince him to give Daniel time to return to his reality and when Daniel was fleeing through the Stargate Teal'c hesitated in shooting him, firing at the last second but allowing Daniel to survive the journey. (SG1: "There But for the Grace of God")
  • In an alternate reality Teal'c was still First Prime and led the invasion on Earth. When he met with the Teal'c of our reality and was offered a chance to join them, he refused to betray Apophis and was killed by his counterpart. This Teal'c has a small beard. (SG1: "Point of View")
  • A version of Teal'c came to our reality with his SG-1 in an attempt to steal a Zero Point Module and bring it back to his reality to protect Earth. (SG1: "Ripple Effect")

Alternate timelines

Teal'c with his emblem removed
  • In an alternate timeline, Teal'c along with the rest of SG-1 learned that the Aschen had sterilised the entire population of the world. He journeyed to Chulak and returned later to take control of the gate terminal and allow the rest of SG-1 to send a message back in time to warn themselves not to make contact with the Aschen. He was shot several times by automated defenses before finally succumbing and dying next to the DHD. The Teal'c of this timeline had the gold emblem in his forehead removed. (SG1: "2010")
  • In an altered timeline, Teal'c was still first prime of Apophis but he too believed the Goa'uld were not gods and when an alternate SG-1 arrived he helped free them after seeing his alternate self on a video tape explaining that the Goa'uld had fallen. He killed the alternate Daniel Jackson because he had been infested with a symbiote. He also traveled back to ancient Egypt to help the ancient Egyptians rebel against Ra. (SG1: "Moebius, Part 2")
The first Altairan android is vaporised
  • In an alternate timeline created by Ba'al, Teal'c was his first prime instead of Apophis' as Ba'al had promised him the freedom of the Jaffa if Ba'al became supreme system lord. After Qetesh killed Ba'al, this Teal'c sought to avenge him by killing Qetesh and joined forces with the real SG-1. Teal'c caught up with Qetesh on Praxyon however he was injured and detonated an explosive device killing himself along with Qetesh. (Stargate: Continuum)

See Also

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