This article is about the title. For the audiobook, see Stargate SG-1: First Prime.

Trelak, the First Prime of Ares with the golden symbol .

First Prime was the title of a Goa'uld's foremost warrior. The amount of power a first prime may accrue can vary greatly: some First Primes merely carry out the orders of their lord, whereas some take a much more nuanced and active role in the affairs of their master. This can be highlighted in particular by Teal'c during his time as First Prime of Apophis, as well as Oshu, the First Prime to Yu, who effectively ran Yu's Dominion once he became incapable of ruling. First Primes are nearly always Jaffa (though humans have very rarely ascended to this position, they tend toward becoming Lo'taur instead) who are in command of their master's army and charged with carrying out their most important tasks. While regular Jaffa usually have a tattoo of their master's symbol in black ink on their forehead, the first primes have wounds cut in lines on this tattoo. Molten gold is then poured into the cuts, permanently branding First Primes with the golden symbol of their god. The only known exception was Ra's First Prime, who instead had a tattoo of Ra's symbol on his right shoulder.


The final task and mission of a First Prime to their lord and master, was avenge their death by killing the killer. (Stargate: Continuum) This directly contradicts the fact that Jaffa believe their masters are gods and invincible. (SG1: "Evolution, Part 1") possibly because of the changed timeline in which Jaffa are promised to be free at some point by Ba'al himself, therefore indicating in this new timeline the whole God concept differs in major ways.


Ra's First Prime was a human who wore the head of Anubis. Apophis' First Prime was Teal'c, until he rebelled. Bra'tac has also served as First Prime of Apophis, and of Klorel. In an alternate timeline, Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell served as the First Prime of Qetesh and in another alternate timeline, Teal'c served as the First Prime of Ba'al instead of Apophis.

List of former and current First Primes[]