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System Lord


Ba'al - List of Appearances

Portrayed by

Cliff Simon

Ba'al was a Goa'uld and a System Lord.


He was once attacked by Qetesh who crippled his flagship and killed 10,000 of his Jaffa. (SG1: "Insiders") He was once involved in a conflict with Sokar over territory and used an explosive gift to destroy sixty million inhabitants of two star systems rather than lose them to Sokar. Ba'al's forces were attacked by Anubis and he lost two thousand Jaffa. He attended a summit with the System Lords to discuss the attacks being carried out on them all. When Osiris arrived at the summit, he welcomed her. (SG1: "Summit") He did not initially believe Osiris when she said that she served Anubis and he was the one behind the attacks. Osiris petitioned that Anubis rejoin the ranks of the System Lords and Ba'al called for a vote, to which he voted in favor. When Yu voted against, Ba'al stated that it need not be unanimous and awarded Anubis the rank of System Lord. He later asked Osiris what Anubis would do to prove he was worthy of his new position and she informed them that this forces were destroying the Tok'ra. (SG1: "Last Stand")

When Jack O'Neill was captured attempting to free Ba'al's Lo'taur, Ba'al tortured him to find information about the Tok'ra that had been implanted into O'Neill and wanting to know what his mission was. He used gravity technology to hold O'Neill to a wall and allow blades to be pulled into him and even used Tal'vak acid. When O'Neill died, he had him revived in a Sarcophagus. O'Neill didn't give up any information besides the Tok'ra's name, Kanan. Ba'al had to abandon the outpost when Yu attacked. (SG1: "Abyss") Ba'al joined with Anubis and was sent to attack Yu but failed and Yu escaped, angering Anubis. (SG1: "Prophecy") He was contacted by Teal'c and Oshu, Yu's First Prime, who wanted Ba'al to take command of the forces of the System Lords as Yu was declining in health. Ba'al was initially resistant but when the two discussed contacting Bastet instead he agreed. He led the forces to Langara to attack Anubis' Mothership. They destroyed it but Anubis escaped. (SG1: "Homecoming")

As the new leader of the United Alliance of the System Lords, Ba'al began to expand his own territory including taking control of Erebus. (SG1: "Orpheus") When he discovered a virus in the Dial Home Device that disabled the Stargate so he modified it to cause an Automatic correlative update in the entire Stargate Network and disable them all. This allowed him, as the one with the largest fleet, to start to attack the other System Lords. (SG1: "Avenger 2.0") Ba'al sent a Goa'uld to Langara to learn what Anubis' interest in the planet had been but they stopped receiving messages from them. (SG1: "Fallout") When Anubis was defeated in orbit of Earth, Ba'al learned where he was creating the Kull Warriors and reprogrammed them to serve him. He began attacking the other System Lords and gaining control of their territory, starting with Camulus. (SG1: "New Order, Part 1", "New Order, Part 2") When Ba'al learned that SG-1 was trapped in one of Anubis' hidden bases, he contacted the SGC and spoke to O'Neill, claiming to have caught SG-1 and would trade them for Camulus. He gave O'Neill 24 hours but later gave him another 24 hours to try to get Camulus. Camulus later came to him with a dead Zero Point Module and information about an Ancient device he had discovered. (SG1: "Zero Hour")

When Moloc was killed, Ba'al absorbed much of his forces. (SG1: "Sacrifices") Several of Ba'al's planets were attacked by The Trust using Symbiote poison. (SG1: "Endgame") With the Kull Warriors serving him he killed Bastet and Olokun and forced Morrigan to surrender. (SG1: "It's Good To Be King") Anubis returned and Ba'al again served under him, being ordered to engage the Replicators and leave planets undefended in order to attract the rebel Jaffa and destroy them. He contacted the SGC to ask for help in stopping the Replicators but O'Neill refused to help. He witnessed Anubis take another host and reported that the rebel Jaffa had taken Dakara so Anubis ordered him to destroy them. He again contacted O'Neill to reveal that Anubis was back and wanted a hidden weapon on Dakara. (SG1: "Reckoning, Part 1")

Wanting to give the SGC time to find and destroy the weapon, Ba'al moved his fleet slowly and when they arrived at Dakara he ordered them to persue the rebel Jaffa ships instead of claiming Dakara. He was contacted by Teal'c who said that they had found the weapon but discovered it could be used to destroy the Replicators but that Samantha Carter and Jacob Carter needed his help to dial every Stargate in the Milky Way at once to hit all the Replicators. He entered the temple on Dakara via hologram and instructed Carter in how to modify the Stargate and briefly help Jacob with the weapon. The weapon destroyed the Replicators and Ba'al ordered the Replicator ships taken but he was boarded by rebel Jaffa who intended to execute him but he beamed away before they opened fire. (SG1: "Reckoning, Part 2") He came before Anubis who knew he had betrayed him but didn't punish him as he intended to use the weapon to destroy all life in the galaxy. (SG1: "Threads")

He went to Earth in order to hide out, figuring it was probably the safest place in the galaxy. He had Athena come to work with him and began cloning himself to ensure that he would not be found. He gained control of the remnants of The Trust and had the Halcyon Tower in Seattle built, lacing it with Naquadah to use it as a bomb in case the SGC came after him. When the Free Jaffa Nation sent Jaffa after him, he managed to escape and sent a message to the SGC to tell them that he would not do anything as long as they did not come after him. When he learned that they were launching an attack, he told them about the bomb and planned to detonate it but the building was beamed into space. One of the clones was captured by the Jaffa and taken to Dakara and executed. (SG1: "Ex Deus Machina")

Another clone led a force on P2M-903 and had Teal'c kidnapped. He told Teal'c that the Ori were a great threat but the Jaffa couldn't defeat them without his leadership. He had Teal'c tortured and brainwashed. He had Bra'tac brought before Teal'c and ordered him to kill his mentor, holding his hand on his Hand device, ready to beam out if Teal'c was faking being brainwashed. Cameron Mitchell arrived and provided a distraction to allow Teal'c to kill the clone. (SG1: "Stronghold") He began enacting a plan to create a separate Stargate Network by stealing Stargates from other planets. A clone met with Nerus when he came back, he told Nerus not to betray him again and to start looking for suitable planets for his new empire. At least four Ba'al clones were aboard the ship when Lucian Alliance ships began attacking, destroying the ship and killing them. (SG1: "Off the Grid")

He discovered that the SGC was looking for Merlin's weapon and figured out where it might be located but needed more information. One of the clones came to Earth and said he was the real Ba'al and offered to give them the location of the weapon in exchange for stopping the clones. Once enough clones had been captured they enacted their plan and escaped, forcing Samantha Carter to give them the Stargate address list and then were beamed out. (SG1: "Insiders") Ba'al eventually figured out where the Sangraal was located and went there but became trapped inside one of the tests set up by Ganos Lal. He waited for his Jaffa to return for three days before he was found by SG-1. Jackson worked out how to get out and Ba'al told them that they needed him as he knew the name of the Dragon at the end that was needed to defeat it. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 1")

Ba'al was transported away with SG-1 to another planet where they discovered they couldn't dial out and Ba'al said he would be able to crack it. They found Merlin in stasis there who when revived used his abilities to make Ba'al unable to speak. He worked with Carter on trying to find a way to override the dialing program that stopped them from dialing out. When Carter believed the program was within the Ancient Transporter that sent them to the new planet, Ba'al was dismissive and Carter ended up hitting him. She later asked him to help her as she was having difficulty understanding the program. They managed to find a solution just as Ori soldiers arrived. He was shot in the back as he fled. (SG1: "The Quest, Part 2")

He learned of a plan to captured Adria and sent his Jaffa to intercept and take her themselves. He had several of the clones meet and used Symbiote poison to kill them. He implanted a clone into Adria and this clone revealed to SG-1 that the Sangraal had worked and all the Ori were destroyed. This clone was removed from Adria but released a toxin that began to kill her, so she ascended. (SG1: "Dominion") In 2008 the final Ba'al clone was captured and the Tok'ra were planning to remove him from his host. (SGA: "Search and Rescue") The real Ba'al used a time machine to go back in time to 1939 to stop the Stargate getting to the United States but he arrived on board the Achilles only to see Mitchell waiting for him and he was shot and killed. In 2008 the final clone was removed from his host and left to die on the ground. (Stargate: Continuum)

Alternate Timelines

  • In an alternate timeline, the final Ba'al clone was captured and taken to the Tok'ra homeworld to be extracted. When people started disappearing, Jack O'Neill confronted Ba'al escaped and stabbed O'Neill before being shot and killed. (Stargate: Continuum)
  • In an alternate timeline, the real Ba'al traveled back to 1939 and stopped the Stargate reaching the United States. He began to build forces and overthrew Ra, Camulus, Yu, Cronus, Nirrti and Zipacna, making them come to serve under him. He took Qetesh as his queen and promised freedom to the Jaffa as a way to get Teal'c to serve as his First Prime. In 2008 he defeated and killed Apophis and then took his fleet to Earth, intending to get them to serve him rather than destroy them. He contacted Henry Hayes to assure him he was there in friendship only for Qetesh to stab him with the Shikra blade and demand to know how he knew so much about the planet. When Teal'c arrived, Qetesh sliced Ba'al in half. (Stargate: Continuum)