History Series / AmericanGothic

8th May '16 11:50:25 AM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: The ghost of the Boston Strangler suddenly appears with no warning in one episode.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: The ghost of the Boston Strangler suddenly appears with no warning in one episode.
9th Jan '16 3:20:19 AM jormis29
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* PsychicPowers - Although Buck, Caleb, and Merlyn are all shown to have varying examples of such powers (the latter never hinted at in life but [[OurAngelsAreDifferent justified by her new position]]), in the very first episode, Gail Emory is also implied to have some form of a PsychicLink with her cousin. After he has vanished from the hospital to answer his sister's summons to their old house, Gail somehow 'feels' a connection to him, even seems to indulge in a bit of Psychometry when she touches the door, and then instantly 'knows' where Caleb has gone. Even the [[WordOfGod writers, when speaking in the commentary]], noted that [[LampshadeHanging they didn't really know how she did it]], that it was only introduced [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands as a way to get all the characters together for the climax]], and the ability is never shown again.

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* PsychicPowers - Although Buck, Caleb, and Merlyn are all shown to have varying examples of such powers (the latter never hinted at in life but [[OurAngelsAreDifferent justified by her new position]]), in the very first episode, Gail Emory is also implied to have some form of a PsychicLink with her cousin. After he has vanished from the hospital to answer his sister's summons to their old house, Gail somehow 'feels' a connection to him, even seems to indulge in a bit of Psychometry {{Psychometry}} when she touches the door, and then instantly 'knows' where Caleb has gone. Even the [[WordOfGod writers, when speaking in the commentary]], noted that [[LampshadeHanging they didn't really know how she did it]], that it was only introduced [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands as a way to get all the characters together for the climax]], and the ability is never shown again.
25th Nov '15 3:21:00 PM eroock
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* DreamIntro: Subverted in the pilot. After the ActionPrologue, Gail has a CatapultNightmare and we are to assume the opening sequence was a bad dream of hers. But then we see that the story is on TV.


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* HoneyTrap: In the pilot, the Sheriff sends Selena to his deputy to find out what he knows.


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: That one of Sheriff Buck's methods to control the area.


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* SleepingDummy: In the pilot, Caleb builds one at the hospital to fool the Sheriff.
14th Nov '15 5:36:03 PM Ingonyama
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* RoomFullOfCrazy - After learning that Sheriff Buck is the Devil Incarnate from none other than his own mother, [[spoiler:(except of course she wasn't, instead being a plant [[MagnificentBastard set up by Buck]])]] Dr. Crower becomes so obsessed with Buck that he starts acting like a crazed stalker. When Gail, Ben, and Dr. Peele become suspicious of his personality changes and investigate his house, they discover a room straight out of this trope--no rambling writing scrawled on the walls (except Buck's name, over and over), but plenty of photos, newspaper clippings, and an enlarged headshot of the sheriff with [[{{Anvilicious}} a red bullseye marked around it]]. Despite the predictable cliche quality of the moment, it still managed to be rather chilling.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy - After learning that Sheriff Buck is the Devil Incarnate from none other than his own mother, [[spoiler:(except of course she wasn't, instead being a plant [[MagnificentBastard set up by Buck]])]] Dr. Crower becomes so obsessed with Buck that he starts acting like a crazed stalker. When Gail, Ben, and Dr. Peele become suspicious of his personality changes and investigate his house, they discover a room straight out of this trope--no rambling writing scrawled on the walls (except Buck's name, over and over), but [[StringTheory plenty of photos, newspaper clippings, clippings]], and an enlarged headshot of the sheriff with [[{{Anvilicious}} a red bullseye marked around it]]. Despite the predictable cliche quality of the moment, it still managed to be rather chilling.


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* SouthernGothic: For the most part the show doesn't indulge in this trope, since Trinity is a very clean, neat, well-taken care of town, but a number of its underpinnings do appear in individual episodes ("Damned If You Don't", "The Potato Boy", "Inhumanitas", "The Plague Sower", and especially the pilot) and of course the supernatural figures prominently in the story throughout the series. Also, a number of images from the opening credits evoked this.
6th Aug '15 12:21:04 PM SetsunasaNiWa
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* RoomFullOfCrazy - After learning that [[CaptainObvious Sheriff Buck is the Devil Incarnate]] from none other than his own mother, [[spoiler:(except of course she wasn't, instead being a plant [[MagnificentBastard set up by Buck]])]] Dr. Crower becomes so obsessed with Buck that he starts acting like a crazed stalker. When Gail, Ben, and Dr. Peele become suspicious of his personality changes and investigate his house, they discover a room straight out of this trope--no rambling writing scrawled on the walls (except Buck's name, over and over), but plenty of photos, newspaper clippings, and an enlarged headshot of the sheriff with [[{{Anvilicious}} a red bullseye marked around it]]. Despite the predictable cliche quality of the moment, it still managed to be rather chilling.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy - After learning that [[CaptainObvious Sheriff Buck is the Devil Incarnate]] Incarnate from none other than his own mother, [[spoiler:(except of course she wasn't, instead being a plant [[MagnificentBastard set up by Buck]])]] Dr. Crower becomes so obsessed with Buck that he starts acting like a crazed stalker. When Gail, Ben, and Dr. Peele become suspicious of his personality changes and investigate his house, they discover a room straight out of this trope--no rambling writing scrawled on the walls (except Buck's name, over and over), but plenty of photos, newspaper clippings, and an enlarged headshot of the sheriff with [[{{Anvilicious}} a red bullseye marked around it]]. Despite the predictable cliche quality of the moment, it still managed to be rather chilling.
21st Jun '15 10:09:46 AM Morgenthaler
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Not to be confused with Grant Wood's [[AmericanGothicCouple famous painting]] or the ''TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name.

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Not to be confused with Grant Wood's [[AmericanGothicCouple famous painting]] or the ''TwoThousandAD'' ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip of the same name.
18th May '15 2:24:24 AM LondonKdS
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* ShoutOut: The LifeOrLimbDecision scene at the end of "The Strong Arm of the Law" is very similar to the iconic one at the end of the original ''Film/MadMax''.
29th Apr '15 5:55:30 AM erforce
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->''I don't actually give; I deal. Are you ready to make a deal?''
-->--'''Sheriff Lucas Buck'''

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->''I ->''"I don't actually give; I deal. Are you ready to make a deal?''
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deal?"''
-->-- '''Sheriff
Lucas Buck'''



* ChildrenAreInnocent - Played straight and then disturbingly averted. [[MoralEventHorizon Buck is proven to be absolutely evil]] by [[MercyKill mercy-killing]] Merlyn in the first episode, and most of the first half to three-quarters of the series is devoted to protecting the innocent Caleb from the sheriff's vile influence. But then, as Caleb [[StartOfDarkness gradually falls deeper and deeper under his father's thrall]], starts taking lessons from him, and even absorbs some of his powers, he becomes more disturbingly amoral, wicked, and heartless. By the end of the series, Caleb is practically a carbon copy of ''TheOmen'' and it is [[spoiler:Buck]] who must actually [[spoiler:save Trinity from ''him'']]. All the more chilling because of how artfully it is done.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent - Played straight and then disturbingly averted. [[MoralEventHorizon Buck is proven to be absolutely evil]] by [[MercyKill mercy-killing]] Merlyn in the first episode, and most of the first half to three-quarters of the series is devoted to protecting the innocent Caleb from the sheriff's vile influence. But then, as Caleb [[StartOfDarkness gradually falls deeper and deeper under his father's thrall]], starts taking lessons from him, and even absorbs some of his powers, he becomes more disturbingly amoral, wicked, and heartless. By the end of the series, Caleb is practically a carbon copy of ''TheOmen'' ''Film/TheOmen'' and it is [[spoiler:Buck]] who must actually [[spoiler:save Trinity from ''him'']]. All the more chilling because of how artfully it is done.



* CorruptHick - Buck.

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* %%* CorruptHick - Buck.
22nd Feb '15 9:35:33 PM PaulA
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* FilkSong - "Dark Country" by Tom Smith (Website/YouTube Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g95kcdeOzSo )
12th May '14 10:52:57 AM Angeldeb82
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Opposing Buck is young Caleb Temple (played by Lucas Black), an orphan who [[DeadPersonConversation talks regularly]] to his [[SpiritAdvisor dead sister Merlyn]] and who has powers of his own--and who may or may not be Buck's son. Buck wants Caleb to follow him; Merlyn wants Caleb to resist; and the rest of Trinity gets caught in the crossfire, so to speak. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?

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Opposing Buck is young Caleb Temple (played by Lucas Black), an orphan who [[DeadPersonConversation talks regularly]] to his [[SpiritAdvisor dead sister Merlyn]] and who has powers of his own--and who may or may not be Buck's son. Buck wants Caleb to follow him; Merlyn wants Caleb to resist; and the rest of Trinity gets caught in the crossfire, so to speak. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?
[[FauxSymbolism What Do You Mean It's Not Symbolic?]]



* {{Aesop}} - Rarely.

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* {{Aesop}} AnAesop - Rarely.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness - The major subplot of the episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with and then toes the line of this trope from the [[ADayInTheLimelight heroic perspective of a minor character]]. In order to obtain custody of his 'son' Caleb, [[ManipulativeBastard Sheriff Buck]] tries to discredit Dr. Crower as a potential legal guardian by [[{{Backstory}} revealing his past]] [[TheAlcoholic difficulties with alcohol]]. To attest to this, he needs the aid of an orderly at the hospital who worked with Matt before he came to Trinity. When the orderly refuses, Buck sends his wife a magic mirror which swiftly turns her into a [[SexIsEvil tempting]] [[TheVamp seductress]]. The orderly breaks the mirror... which also horribly disfigures his wife. Freed from the spell, she urges him to refuse Buck's deal and stand by his friend Matt instead, and he professes to [[{{Aesop}} love her no matter what she looks like]]. Despite this and the name of the episode, the orderly inexplicably does Buck's bidding--and even though his testimony is as unbiased as possible, and Buck doesn't get his hands on Caleb due to a delicious BaitAndSwitch ChekhovsGun from earlier in the episode, the sheriff still keeps his end of the deal by rewarding the orderly, restoring his wife's beauty so they can leave town in peace and good conscience. [[BrokenAesop Sigh]].

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness - The major subplot of the episode "Eye of the Beholder" plays with and then toes the line of this trope from the [[ADayInTheLimelight heroic perspective of a minor character]]. In order to obtain custody of his 'son' Caleb, [[ManipulativeBastard Sheriff Buck]] tries to discredit Dr. Crower as a potential legal guardian by [[{{Backstory}} revealing his past]] [[TheAlcoholic difficulties with alcohol]]. To attest to this, he needs the aid of an orderly at the hospital who worked with Matt before he came to Trinity. When the orderly refuses, Buck sends his wife a magic mirror which swiftly turns her into a [[SexIsEvil tempting]] [[TheVamp seductress]]. The orderly breaks the mirror... which also horribly disfigures his wife. Freed from the spell, she urges him to refuse Buck's deal and stand by his friend Matt instead, and he professes to [[{{Aesop}} [[AnAesop love her no matter what she looks like]]. Despite this and the name of the episode, the orderly inexplicably does Buck's bidding--and even though his testimony is as unbiased as possible, and Buck doesn't get his hands on Caleb due to a delicious BaitAndSwitch ChekhovsGun from earlier in the episode, the sheriff still keeps his end of the deal by rewarding the orderly, restoring his wife's beauty so they can leave town in peace and good conscience. [[BrokenAesop Sigh]].



* {{Chickification}} - Sadly, this happened to [[PluckyGirl Gail Emory]]. At the start of the show, while not exactly an ActionGirl, she was certainly a female {{Determinator}} who, as an IntrepidReporter, was determined to find out the truth of her parents' deaths and bring their murderer to justice. But as soon as she learned her parents were not [[spoiler:[[BrokenPedestal the paragons of virtue she thought them to be]]]], her BelatedBackstory was dropped and she seemed to flounder about with nothing to do. By the end of the series, she's morphed almost completely into a DistressedDamsel, having to rely on Buck himself for protection, and in her last scene is left in a hospital bed, crying piteously over the baby she's lost--even though she didn't want it in the first place, seeing as it was the son of Satan (as [[{{Squick}} depicted graphically]] via ultrasound--[[MindScrew or maybe not]]). At least some of this may be due to [[invoked]] ExecutiveMeddling in order to pair up the major male and female leads, or a result of the show being [[invoked]] ScrewedByTheNetwork so that Shaun Cassidy had to wrap everything up far too quickly and nonsensically. But some surely isn't.
* ChildrenAreInnocent - Played straight and then disturbingly averted. [[MoralEventHorizon Buck is proven to be absolutely evil]] by [[strike:murdering]] [[MercyKill mercy-killing]] Merlyn in the first episode, and most of the first half to three-quarters of the series is devoted to protecting the innocent Caleb from the sheriff's vile influence. But then, as Caleb [[StartOfDarkness gradually falls deeper and deeper under his father's thrall]], starts taking lessons from him, and even absorbs some of his powers, he becomes more disturbingly amoral, wicked, and heartless. By the end of the series, Caleb is practically a carbon copy of ''TheOmen'' and it is [[spoiler:Buck]] who must actually [[spoiler:save Trinity from ''him'']]. All the more chilling because of how artfully it is done.

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* {{Chickification}} - Sadly, this happened to [[PluckyGirl Gail Emory]]. At the start of the show, while not exactly an ActionGirl, she was certainly a female {{Determinator}} who, as an IntrepidReporter, was determined to find out the truth of her parents' deaths and bring their murderer to justice. But as soon as she learned her parents were not [[spoiler:[[BrokenPedestal the paragons of virtue she thought them to be]]]], her BelatedBackstory was dropped and she seemed to flounder about with nothing to do. By the end of the series, she's morphed almost completely into a DistressedDamsel, DamselInDistress, having to rely on Buck himself for protection, and in her last scene is left in a hospital bed, crying piteously over the baby she's lost--even though she didn't want it in the first place, seeing as it was the son of Satan (as [[{{Squick}} depicted graphically]] via ultrasound--[[MindScrew or maybe not]]). At least some of this may be due to [[invoked]] ExecutiveMeddling in order to pair up the major male and female leads, or a result of the show being [[invoked]] ScrewedByTheNetwork so that Shaun Cassidy had to wrap everything up far too quickly and nonsensically. But some surely isn't.
* ChildrenAreInnocent - Played straight and then disturbingly averted. [[MoralEventHorizon Buck is proven to be absolutely evil]] by [[strike:murdering]] [[MercyKill mercy-killing]] Merlyn in the first episode, and most of the first half to three-quarters of the series is devoted to protecting the innocent Caleb from the sheriff's vile influence. But then, as Caleb [[StartOfDarkness gradually falls deeper and deeper under his father's thrall]], starts taking lessons from him, and even absorbs some of his powers, he becomes more disturbingly amoral, wicked, and heartless. By the end of the series, Caleb is practically a carbon copy of ''TheOmen'' and it is [[spoiler:Buck]] who must actually [[spoiler:save Trinity from ''him'']]. All the more chilling because of how artfully it is done.



* GoodColorsEvilColors - SpiritAdvisor/angel Merlyn is always depicted dressed in white, while Sheriff Lucas Buck (the Devil Incarnate) is quite often dressed in black. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?

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* GoodColorsEvilColors - SpiritAdvisor/angel Merlyn is always depicted dressed in white, while Sheriff Lucas Buck (the Devil Incarnate) is quite often dressed in black. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic?[[FauxSymbolism What Do You Mean It's Not Symbolic?]]



* IHaveYouNowMyPretty - A disturbing inversion. Not only is there no hero in sight to show up and save [[PluckyGirl Gail]] from sexual ravishment by MagnificentBastard Sheriff Buck -- since Dr. Crower a) is absolutely clueless about what is developing between them b) has his own problems and c) is never even implied to have any interest in Gail other than as a friend -- but Gail ''actually wants it.'' (Because, of course, EvilIsSexy and EvilFeelsGood.) The fact she is willing, overcome by her desires, and unable to resist Buck, however, does not stop the scene in question from being depraved: it [[DoubleEntendre takes place in a garden]] replete with unsettling statuary, and the DiscretionShot used throughout is downright surreal, with imagery that switched from WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic to MindScrew territory.

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* IHaveYouNowMyPretty - A disturbing inversion. Not only is there no hero in sight to show up and save [[PluckyGirl Gail]] from sexual ravishment by MagnificentBastard Sheriff Buck -- since Dr. Crower a) is absolutely clueless about what is developing between them b) has his own problems and c) is never even implied to have any interest in Gail other than as a friend -- but Gail ''actually wants it.'' (Because, of course, EvilIsSexy and EvilFeelsGood.) The fact she is willing, overcome by her desires, and unable to resist Buck, however, does not stop the scene in question from being depraved: it [[DoubleEntendre takes place in a garden]] replete with unsettling statuary, and the DiscretionShot used throughout is downright surreal, with imagery that switched from WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic FauxSymbolism to MindScrew territory.



In one episode her [[GoodIsImpotent ineffectiveness in protecting Caleb from evil]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when Buck, after being thwarted by her interference, apparently makes her verge on choking to death--presumably he does not kill her because [[NotWorthKilling she's that small a blip on his radar]] (or such a petty thing would be beneath him). And the advice she gives Caleb regarding Merlyn's spirit being laid to rest is quite sound, namely "don't mess with the dead." Too bad Caleb doesn't listen, and in trying to help her move on instead brings her back...with [[WellIntentionedExtremist unfortunate]] [[LightIsNotGood results]].\\

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In one episode her [[GoodIsImpotent ineffectiveness in protecting Caleb from evil]] is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Buck, after being thwarted by her interference, apparently makes her verge on choking to death--presumably he does not kill her because [[NotWorthKilling she's that small a blip on his radar]] (or such a petty thing would be beneath him). And the advice she gives Caleb regarding Merlyn's spirit being laid to rest is quite sound, namely "don't mess with the dead." Too bad Caleb doesn't listen, and in trying to help her move on instead brings her back...with [[WellIntentionedExtremist unfortunate]] [[LightIsNotGood results]].\\



* SeekingSanctuary - Subverted with a vengeance in the episode "Inhumanitas," Caleb believes he will be safe from Buck's evil influence by taking shelter in the church, but the sheriff not only has no issues whatsoever stepping into the sanctuary and relentlessly pursuing his attempts to corrupt the boy, but he is even able to [[spoiler:exert DemonicPossession on him]], proving [[GoodIsImpotent how little the forces of holiness can touch him]]...until Merlyn [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lays a delicious smackdown on him]]. Of course, the fact that the parish priest had [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul]] and was attempting to break free of the deal may have had something to do with why Buck was first untouchable, then vulnerable.

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* SeekingSanctuary - Subverted with a vengeance in the episode "Inhumanitas," Caleb believes he will be safe from Buck's evil influence by taking shelter in the church, but the sheriff not only has no issues whatsoever stepping into the sanctuary and relentlessly pursuing his attempts to corrupt the boy, but he is even able to [[spoiler:exert DemonicPossession on him]], proving [[GoodIsImpotent how little the forces of holiness can touch him]]...until Merlyn [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome lays a delicious smackdown on him]]. Of course, the fact that the parish priest had [[DealWithTheDevil sold his soul]] and was attempting to break free of the deal may have had something to do with why Buck was first untouchable, then vulnerable.



* SexIsEvil -This would seem to be the overall 'moral' being raised, unsurprising for a show where the BigBad is essentially {{Satan}}, known for using lust as his primary weapon. Not only does Selena spread her legs at the drop of a hat for Buck (or to corrupt Ben, or Dr. Peele, or...), but Buck himself seduces Gail into a cringing DistressedDamsel, it was his rape of Mrs. Temple [[InTheBlood that started everything]], and even Merlyn's [[IJustWantToBeNormal desire for a normal life]] (complete with a love interest) almost costs an innocent baby its life and leads her to suicide and a return as an [[WellIntentionedExtremist avenging angel]]. Oh, and when Buck corrupts the wife of a hospital orderly with a magic mirror, what's the first thing she does? [[TheVamp Turn on the seductive charm]].

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* SexIsEvil -This would seem to be the overall 'moral' being raised, unsurprising for a show where the BigBad is essentially {{Satan}}, known for using lust as his primary weapon. Not only does Selena spread her legs at the drop of a hat for Buck (or to corrupt Ben, or Dr. Peele, or...), but Buck himself seduces Gail into a cringing DistressedDamsel, DamselInDistress, it was his rape of Mrs. Temple [[InTheBlood that started everything]], and even Merlyn's [[IJustWantToBeNormal desire for a normal life]] (complete with a love interest) almost costs an innocent baby its life and leads her to suicide and a return as an [[WellIntentionedExtremist avenging angel]]. Oh, and when Buck corrupts the wife of a hospital orderly with a magic mirror, what's the first thing she does? [[TheVamp Turn on the seductive charm]].



* TearsOfBlood - [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Merlyn Temple]] cries these, or at least her body does, during a lovely guilt-inducing vision which haunts the coroner of Trinity--since he was complicit in covering up Sheriff Buck's crime of "[[MercyKill mercy killing]]" her. The accompanying MadnessMantra on the tape recorder, both as an artificially deep VoiceOfTheLegion and a freakily speeded-up version, is the icing on the cake for this very disturbing scene. (You know the villain of a piece must be awful if this is the sort of thing the ''good guys'' do regularly to combat his plots.)

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* TearsOfBlood - [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Merlyn Temple]] cries these, or at least her body does, during a lovely guilt-inducing vision which haunts the coroner of Trinity--since he was complicit in covering up Sheriff Buck's crime of "[[MercyKill mercy killing]]" mercy-killing]]" her. The accompanying MadnessMantra on the tape recorder, both as an artificially deep VoiceOfTheLegion and a freakily speeded-up version, is the icing on the cake for this very disturbing scene. (You know the villain of a piece must be awful if this is the sort of thing the ''good guys'' do regularly to combat his plots.)



* VirginityMakesYouStupid - Inverted with Gail. At the start of the show, she is an ActionGirl, an IntrepidReporter, a {{Determinator}}, a MamaBear, and a CoolBigSis. But because she's ForbiddenFruit, Sheriff Buck [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty pursues her relentlessly]]. And the minute he succeeds in bedding her, all of her previous characterization goes out the window and she becomes weak, ineffectual, dumb, and clueless--a real DistressedDamsel'. The fact Sheriff Buck, being an incarnate force of evil, is strongly implied to have [[SexIsEvil taken her goodness out of her as well through having sex with her]] only makes it worse.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - After she [[spoiler:kills her new body to save the soul of a baby]] and is sent briefly to Hell, Caleb resurrects the spirit of his sister Merlyn. Apparently this brush with darkness changed her usually angelic personality into one that was vengeful, ruthless, and downright disturbing. Completely aside from the horror (or {{Narm}}) when she [[spoiler:briefly speaks with a deep, demonic voice]], she declares war on Buck right in the middle of a church (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for a character who rarely gets any). And when Buck [[spoiler:possesses Caleb and dares her to kill her own brother]], she goes completely too far, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope deciding that since everyone in the town is either aiding Buck or looking the other way, they are all evil too]]...[[spoiler:so she sends a plague to slaughter the town]]. And all of this while [[WomanInWhite still wearing white]]!

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* VirginityMakesYouStupid - Inverted with Gail. At the start of the show, she is an ActionGirl, an IntrepidReporter, a {{Determinator}}, a MamaBear, and a CoolBigSis. But because she's ForbiddenFruit, Sheriff Buck [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty pursues her relentlessly]]. And the minute he succeeds in bedding her, all of her previous characterization goes out the window and she becomes weak, ineffectual, dumb, and clueless--a real DistressedDamsel'.DamselInDistress. The fact Sheriff Buck, being an incarnate force of evil, is strongly implied to have [[SexIsEvil taken her goodness out of her as well through having sex with her]] only makes it worse.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - After she [[spoiler:kills her new body to save the soul of a baby]] and is sent briefly to Hell, Caleb resurrects the spirit of his sister Merlyn. Apparently this brush with darkness changed her usually angelic personality into one that was vengeful, ruthless, and downright disturbing. Completely aside from the horror (or {{Narm}}) when she [[spoiler:briefly speaks with a deep, demonic voice]], she declares war on Buck right in the middle of a church (a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for a character who rarely gets any). And when Buck [[spoiler:possesses Caleb and dares her to kill her own brother]], she goes completely too far, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope deciding that since everyone in the town is either aiding Buck or looking the other way, they are all evil too]]...[[spoiler:so she sends a plague to slaughter the town]]. And all of this while [[WomanInWhite still wearing white]]!
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