History Series / BlakesSeven

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* BatmanGambit: Servalan in the appropriately titled "Gambit".
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* CataclysmBackstory: Earth has experienced a nuclear war, though the environment appears to have recovered. People live in domed cities, but that's more for comfort and convenience (and it's implied, for social control) because they're not used to the outside world. The calendar has been changed, there's some FutureImperfect references and no discussion on the causes or outcomes of the conflict. Once the protagonists leave Earth, they encounter several planets that have reverted to barbarism due to war or social collapse.
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Mutoids have their memories (and thus personalities wiped). [[OurVampiresAreDifferent They also feed on blood.]]

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Mutoids have their memories (and thus personalities wiped).personalities) wiped. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent They also feed on blood.]]
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* CyberneticsKillsYourSoul: Mutoids have their memories (and thus personalities wiped). [[OurVampiresAreDifferent They also feed on blood.]]

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* CyberneticsKillsYourSoul: CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Mutoids have their memories (and thus personalities wiped). [[OurVampiresAreDifferent They also feed on blood.]]
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* TheCon in "Gambit" and "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E10Gold Gold]]"

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* TheCon in "Gambit" "Gambit", "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E8Games Games]]" and "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E10Gold Gold]]"
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* AmazonBrigade: The mutoids, also OurVampiresAreDifferent as they feed on blood.

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* AmazonBrigade: The mutoids, also OurVampiresAreDifferent mutoids used as they feed on blood.soldiers by Servalan and Travis.


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* CyberneticsKillsYourSoul: Mutoids have their memories (and thus personalities wiped). [[OurVampiresAreDifferent They also feed on blood.]]
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* HypocriticalHumour: In "Space Fall" it's suggested Avon may collaborate with their captors to get himself set free. Vila calls him a "cold-hearted, murdering..." and then immediately suggests they kill him now before he can do it.
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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Blake's lawyer in the pilot realises the man he's talking to is involved in the conspiracy when he mentions tunnels, which the lawyer hadn't brought up.
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* AmazonBrigade: Travis's mutants, also OurVampiresAreDifferent as they feed on blood.

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* AmazonBrigade: Travis's mutants, The mutoids, also OurVampiresAreDifferent as they feed on blood.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman - Cally the Auron, whose nature unfortunately changes from season to season; she was initially portrayed and repeatedly described as a very humanoid alien, but later became an artificially enhanced clone from an isolationist human society. Might also be an example of HumanAliens, depending on what you believe.

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* AmbiguouslyHuman - AmbiguouslyHuman: Cally the Auron, whose nature unfortunately changes from season to season; she was initially portrayed and repeatedly described as a very humanoid alien, but later became an artificially enhanced clone from an isolationist human society. Might also be an example of HumanAliens, depending on what you believe.



* AntiHero - Avon.
* AnyoneCanDie - And ''how''.
* ArmCannon - Travis's gun hand.

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* AntiHero - AntiHero: Avon.
* AnyoneCanDie - AnyoneCanDie: And ''how''.
* ArmCannon - ArmCannon: Travis's gun hand.



* BigBad - Servalan.
* BitchInSheepsClothing - Servalan is this to Space Command staff, most of whom seem to find her a charming lady. (Until she [[MagnificentBastard outmanoeuvres]] them.)

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* BigBad - BigBad: Servalan.
* BitchInSheepsClothing - BitchInSheepsClothing: Servalan is this to Space Command staff, most of whom seem to find her a charming lady. (Until she [[MagnificentBastard outmanoeuvres]] them.)



* BondVillainStupidity - Servalan benefits from a heroic version of this, especially from Tarrant in "Sand", when she was responsible for [[spoiler:his brother's death]] in the previous season. It also happens a lot to Travis [[spoiler:until Avon finally kills him in "Star One".]]

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* BondVillainStupidity - BondVillainStupidity: Servalan benefits from a heroic version of this, especially from Tarrant in "Sand", "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E9Sand}} Sand]]", when she was responsible for [[spoiler:his brother's death]] in the previous season. It also happens a lot to Travis [[spoiler:until Avon finally kills him in "Star One".]]



* ButtMonkey - if Vila isn't, nobody is.
* {{Camp}} - A fair amount, intentional and not.

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* ButtMonkey - ButtMonkey: if Vila isn't, nobody is.
* {{Camp}} - {{Camp}}: A fair amount, intentional and not.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome - Blake has a bad case; the Liberator crew's general exhaustion and frustration from mid-Season Two onward is a testament to it.
* CliffHanger - [[spoiler:"FIRE!"]]
* ColdEquation - "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E11Orbit Orbit]]" and "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E4Stardrive}} Stardrive]]".
* CombatByChampion - "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch}} Death-Watch]]".
* CommLinks - The team's teleport bracelets also acted as CommLinks.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome - ChronicHeroSyndrome: Blake has a bad case; the Liberator crew's general exhaustion and frustration from mid-Season Two onward is a testament to it.
* CliffHanger - CliffHanger: [[spoiler:"FIRE!"]]
* ColdEquation - ColdEquation: "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E11Orbit Orbit]]" and "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E4Stardrive}} Stardrive]]".
* CombatByChampion - CombatByChampion: "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch}} Death-Watch]]".
* CommLinks - CommLinks: The team's teleport bracelets also acted as CommLinks.



* TheCon - "Gambit" and "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E10Gold}} Gold]]"
* CoolStarship - The ''Liberator'', a mysterious, fantastically powerful alien craft; when they board it, Jenna and Avon find an on-board treasure room and a vast costume closet. It has numerous crew amenities, a teleport system, a BFG and a sentient computer.
* CorruptTheCutie - Veron
* CradlingYourKill - Avon does this after he shoots [[spoiler: Anna]].
* CrapsackWorld - The show is generally extremely cynical, and gets even more so as it progresses. The "good" characters are generally either {{Nominal Hero}}es or {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, the victories against the Federation are minor and temporary, and increasingly rare in later seasons. [[spoiler:The Federation is nearly destroyed at the beginning of Season 3 by the Andromedan invasion, but gradually gets back up to full power despite the resistance's efforts. And of course there's the notorious ending.]]
* {{Crossover}} - The Daleks ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have]]'' shown up in the SeasonFinale to Season 2. (Terry Nation created and owned them, after all.) This did not happen. However, a guest character, Carnell, turned up in a ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel, ''Corpse Marker'' by ''Blake's 7'' Script Editor Chris Boucher.
* CultColony - Cygnus Alpha, under Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}.

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* TheCon - TheCon: "Gambit" and "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E10Gold}} Gold]]"
* CoolStarship - CoolStarship: The ''Liberator'', a mysterious, fantastically powerful alien craft; when they board it, Jenna and Avon find an on-board treasure room and a vast costume closet. It has numerous crew amenities, a teleport system, a BFG and a sentient computer.
* CorruptTheCutie - CorruptTheCutie: Veron
* CradlingYourKill - CradlingYourKill: Avon does this after he shoots [[spoiler: Anna]].
* CrapsackWorld - CrapsackWorld: The show is generally extremely cynical, and gets even more so as it progresses. The "good" characters are generally either {{Nominal Hero}}es or {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s, the victories against the Federation are minor and temporary, and increasingly rare in later seasons. [[spoiler:The Federation is nearly destroyed at the beginning of Season 3 by the Andromedan invasion, but gradually gets back up to full power despite the resistance's efforts. And of course there's the notorious ending.]]
* {{Crossover}} - {{Crossover}}: The Daleks ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have]]'' shown up in the SeasonFinale to Season 2. (Terry Nation created and owned them, after all.) This did not happen. However, a guest character, Carnell, turned up in a ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel, ''Corpse Marker'' by ''Blake's 7'' Script Editor Chris Boucher.
* CultColony - CultColony: Cygnus Alpha, under Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}.



* DatingCatwoman - Avon and Servalan in Season 3. Or at least awkwardly making out with Catwoman.
* DeadpanSnarker - Avon, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWHLU8fwi80 all-consumingly]]. The rest of the cast qualifies as well, just not to the same extent.
* DeathInTheClouds: RecycledInSpace in "Mission to Destiny". The crew of the Liberator come across a space freighter with its pilot murdered, the controls sabotaged, and the crew all unconscious. The Liberator has to take the freighter's valuable cargo to its destination, while Avon and Cally stay to help with repairs and (of course) solve the mystery.

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* DatingCatwoman - DatingCatwoman: Avon and Servalan in Season 3. Or at least awkwardly making out with Catwoman.
* DeadpanSnarker - DeadpanSnarker: Avon, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWHLU8fwi80 all-consumingly]]. The rest of the cast qualifies as well, just not to the same extent.
* DeathInTheClouds: RecycledInSpace in "Mission "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E7MissionToDestiny}} Mission to Destiny".Destiny]]". The crew of the Liberator come across a space freighter with its pilot murdered, the controls sabotaged, and the crew all unconscious. The Liberator has to take the freighter's valuable cargo to its destination, while Avon and Cally stay to help with repairs and (of course) solve the mystery.



* DecoyProtagonist: New viewers watching the first episode might assume the thoroughly likable Varon (Blake's lawyer) and Maja (Varon's wife) are going to be major characters, as they have a lot of screen time, and spend much of "The Way Back" attempting to help Blake. [[AnyoneCanDie New viewers would be wrong in this assumption.]]
** In the following two episodes it's also left up in the air who the rest of the Seven will be, with characters introduced only to be killed off. The full compliment is only established in "Time Squad", and one of them is a computer.

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* DecoyProtagonist: New viewers watching the first episode might assume the thoroughly likable Varon (Blake's lawyer) and Maja (Varon's wife) are going to be major characters, as they have a lot of screen time, and spend much of "The "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E1TheWayBack}} The Way Back" Back]]" attempting to help Blake. [[AnyoneCanDie New viewers would be wrong in this assumption.]]
** In the following two episodes it's also left up in the air who the rest of the Seven will be, with characters introduced only to be killed off. The full compliment is only established in "Time Squad", "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E4TimeSquad}} Time Squad]]", and one of them is a computer.



* DieHardOnAnX - "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E2Powerplay}} Powerplay]]"

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* DieHardOnAnX - DieHardOnAnX: "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E2Powerplay}} Powerplay]]"



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In "City at the Edge of the World", Beyban the Butcher (played by Creator/ColinBaker) speaks fondly of his mother ("Wonderful woman. Truly evil personality.").

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In "City "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E6CityAtTheEdgeOfTheWorld}} City at the Edge of the World", World]]", Beyban the Butcher (played by Creator/ColinBaker) speaks fondly of his mother ("Wonderful woman. Truly evil personality.").



* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Happens a few times, usually when someone's cracked a joke at [[ButtMonkey Vila's expense.]] However a more notorious example is in "Children of Auron" when Avon cracks a lame joke and everyone laughs [[spoiler:after almost every member of Cally's race gets killed with biological warfare, including her sister.]]

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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Happens a few times, usually when someone's cracked a joke at [[ButtMonkey Vila's expense.]] However a more notorious example is in "Children "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron}} Children of Auron" Auron]]" when Avon cracks a lame joke and everyone laughs [[spoiler:after almost every member of Cally's race gets killed with biological warfare, including her sister.]]



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - The ending of a ''very large'' number of episodes involve this trope.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The ending of a ''very large'' number of episodes involve this trope.



* FamedInStory: Blake. Servalan tries to stamp this out by putting in place a total news blackout in regards to him.



* FamedInStory: Blake. Servalan tries to stamp this out by putting in place a total news blackout in regards to him.



* GhostShip - "Sarcophagus".
* GilliganCut - In "Dawn of the Gods" the rest of the crew try and persuade Vila to put on a spacesuit and take a look outside the ship

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* GhostShip - GhostShip: "Sarcophagus".
* GilliganCut - GilliganCut: In "Dawn of the Gods" the rest of the crew try and persuade Vila to put on a spacesuit and take a look outside the ship



** In "Rescue", the only spacecraft on the planet is on the other side of a sealed door, so our heroes leave Vila to get it open while they look for another entrance. Their search is futile, but their MasterOfUnlocking must have the other door open by now, surely? Cut to Vila next to an open door...[[INeedAFreakingDrink to the wine cabinet]].

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** In "Rescue", "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS4E1Rescue}} Rescue]]", the only spacecraft on the planet is on the other side of a sealed door, so our heroes leave Vila to get it open while they look for another entrance. Their search is futile, but their MasterOfUnlocking must have the other door open by now, surely? Cut to Vila next to an open door...[[INeedAFreakingDrink to the wine cabinet]].



** As noted in the description, Blake and Avon themselves were favourites among early slash writers. "Terminal" especially.

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** As noted in the description, Blake and Avon themselves were favourites among early slash writers. "Terminal" "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E13Terminal}} Terminal]]" especially.



* InterrogationByVandalism - Used by Blake in the episode "Bounty."
* InvisiblePresident - We are never shown the unnamed President, though we see a number of his underlings. This is [[FridgeBrilliance quite brilliant]], as it suggests the Federation is vast, and the President has better things to do than run around after Blake. This unfortunately get averted when Servalan becomes President, and appears to have all the time in the world to chase after Avon. (Presumably the original President didn't have UnresolvedSexualTension with Blake like Servalan has with Avon.)

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* InterrogationByVandalism - InterrogationByVandalism: Used by Blake in the episode "Bounty."
* InvisiblePresident - InvisiblePresident: We are never shown the unnamed President, though we see a number of his underlings. This is [[FridgeBrilliance quite brilliant]], as it suggests the Federation is vast, and the President has better things to do than run around after Blake. This unfortunately get averted when Servalan becomes President, and appears to have all the time in the world to chase after Avon. (Presumably the original President didn't have UnresolvedSexualTension with Blake like Servalan has with Avon.)



* KnightInSourArmor - Blake turns into this.

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* KnightInSourArmor - KnightInSourArmor: Blake turns into this.



* LargeHam - Many, especially by the end. Well-acted, but not understated.

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* LargeHam - LargeHam: Many, especially by the end. Well-acted, but not understated.



** Similarly, the Ultra of Ultraworld in Series 3 are blue-skinned humanoid creatures either summoned or created by Ultraworld (a living, artificial planet/giant computer centered around an enormous brain) to interact with captured starship crews, [[TheAssimilator whom Ultraworld intends to absorb into its gestalt]]. They walk with a jerky gait and speak in odd, robot-like cadences. The "menials," assimilated humanoid servants, are also examples of this trope: their identity, memories and emotions are recorded on a tube and stored in a library. They behave mechanistically as they toil about, maintaining Ultraworld.

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** Similarly, the Ultra of Ultraworld [[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E10Ultraworld}} Ultraworld]] in Series 3 are blue-skinned humanoid creatures either summoned or created by Ultraworld (a living, artificial planet/giant computer centered around an enormous brain) to interact with captured starship crews, [[TheAssimilator whom Ultraworld intends to absorb into its gestalt]]. They walk with a jerky gait and speak in odd, robot-like cadences. The "menials," assimilated humanoid servants, are also examples of this trope: their identity, memories and emotions are recorded on a tube and stored in a library. They behave mechanistically as they toil about, maintaining Ultraworld.



** In "Star One", a space minefield blocks the invasion route between our galaxy and Andromeda. Minefields are only effective when they guard chokepoints. In this case the invasion fleet could simply maneuver around it.

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** In "Star One", "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS2E13StarOne}} Star One]]", a space minefield blocks the invasion route between our galaxy and Andromeda. Minefields are only effective when they guard chokepoints. In this case the invasion fleet could simply maneuver around it.



* SeasonFinale - Each one ended in a {{cliffhanger}}

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* SeasonFinale - SeasonFinale: Each one ended in a {{cliffhanger}}



* SyntheticPlague: Used by Servalan (apparently not the same one both times) in "Operation Avalon" and "The Children of Auron".

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* SyntheticPlague: Used by Servalan (apparently not the same one both times) in "Operation Avalon" "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E9ProjectAvalon}} Project Avalon]]" and "The "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron}} Children of Auron".Auron]]".



** Avon in "Mission to Destiny": "I really rather enjoyed that."

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** Avon in "Mission "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS1E7MissionToDestiny}} Mission to Destiny": Destiny]]": "I really rather enjoyed that."
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