History Series / EastEnders

8th Oct '17 4:51:42 AM F1Krazy
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* ArcFatigue: The "Who Killed Lucy Beale?" storyline. It started in April 2014, the killer wasn't revealed until February 2015, and the plotline didn't properly end until the killer was sentenced in ''June 2016''. However, if you count Max Branning's RoaringRampageOfRevenge (he'd been falsely imprisoned for the murder and wanted to get back at Walford), then the storyline is ''still ongoing'' as of October 2017, 3.5 years later.



* BlatantLies: Dot's catchphrase, "I ain't one to gossip..."



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: A variation in September 2017. After a gas explosion in the Square, Ted Coker becomes paranoid and thinks burglars are attacking. He grabs an old handgun to defend himself, and when a neighbour knocks on the door to see if they're okay, he shoots them through the glass. The episode ends with the victim collapsing over the threshold, with no indication as to who it is...

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* BulletHolesAndRevelations: A variation in September 2017. After a gas explosion in the Square, Ted Coker Murray becomes paranoid and thinks burglars are attacking.attacking his house. He grabs an old handgun to defend himself, and when a neighbour knocks on the door to see if they're okay, he shoots them through the glass. The episode ends with the victim collapsing over the threshold, with no indication as to who it is...is. It turns out to have been [[spoiler:Johnny Carter]], who survives.



** Mark Fowler. Justified as he was HIV-positive at the time of his exit, and arguably invoked as the reason he left in the first place was because he didn't want his family and friends to watch him slowly die of AIDS.

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** Mark Fowler. Justified as he was HIV-positive at the time of his exit, and arguably invoked as the reason he left Walford in the first place was because he didn't want his family and friends to watch him slowly die of AIDS.



* ChekhovsGun: A literal example with Ted Murray's handgun, which he uses to shoot [[spoiler:Johnny Carter]] after mistaking him for a burglar.



** In September 2017 Stephen Beale traps Jane inside the Beale's restaurant and sets it alight as part of Max Branning's {{Revenge}} plot. When Abi rushes in looking for Lauren and is knocked unconscious by falling debris, Stephen goes in and rescues her and then goes back in to look for Lauren (who isn't actually in there). Abi and Jane survive, but Stephen succumbs to smoke inhalation. [[RunningGag You'd think people would realize by now that]] KillItWithFire doesn't work in Walford...



* InsaneTrollLogic: PlayedForDrama when a gas explosion causes Ted Murray to believe burglars are attacking his home, and that he needs to defend himself. Lampshaded by his wife Joyce, who tries to talk some sense into him.
-->'''Joyce:''' Why would a burglar knock?



** Luke Browning's reaction when he realizes he's dating the son of the woman his father raped thirty years ago.



** After June Brown's eyesight began to deteriorate due to macular degeneration, a storyline was created in which her character Dot Cotton suffered the same condition.



*** [[spoiler:Max]] is now being joined in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge by James Willmott-Brown, Kathy Beale's rapist, and his three children and half-brother.



* StarCrossedLovers: A twisted example with Luke Browning and Ben Mitchell. Ben and Luke meet, quickly fall in love, and Ben invites Luke to meet his parents. When Luke sees Kathy, Ben's mother, he ''freaks the hell out'' and leaves. Why? Because Luke's father is none other than James Willmott-Brown, who raped Kathy way back in 1988.



* TakeThat: When Bryan Kirkwood (producer of ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'') was incoming as producer in 2010, the outgoing producer Dierdick Santer's last storyline was a bunch of the teenage characters staying in an abandoned house in the woods, which seemed to be a shallow attempt at a [[DarkerAndEdgier Hollyoaks Later]] storyline.

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* TakeThat: When Bryan Kirkwood (producer of ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'') was incoming as producer in 2010, the outgoing producer Dierdick Diederick Santer's last storyline was a bunch of the teenage characters staying in an abandoned house in the woods, which seemed to be a shallow attempt at a [[DarkerAndEdgier Hollyoaks Later]] storyline.


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* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: The "Who Killed Archie?" and "Who Killed Lucy Beale?" storylines; particularly the latter, in which ''every single person in Walford'' was a suspect at some point. Downplayed with "Who Shot Phil?", as Phil didn't actually die and the suspect pool was much smaller.
2nd Oct '17 4:26:04 AM RedScharlach
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** Two notable examples were Steve Owen killing Saskia Duncan with an ashtray in self-defence, and more recently the death of Heather Trott by Ben Mitchell using a photo frame. Both examples also involved a cover up.

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** Two notable examples were Steve Owen killing Saskia Duncan with an ashtray in self-defence, and more recently the death of Heather Trott by Ben Mitchell using a photo frame. Both examples also involved a cover up.cover-up.



** Ben also did to Louise.

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** Ben also did this to Louise.



* CliffHanger: Pretty much ''every other episode'', but especially the ones at the end of each week, and the Christmas episodes. All are accompanied by the famous drum beats. A few examples: Phil and Ian crashing their car. Phil getting shot. Jamie getting run over on [[TwistedChristmas Christmas]] [[ChristmasEpisode Day]].

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* CliffHanger: Pretty much ''every other episode'', but especially the ones at the end of each week, and the Christmas episodes. All are accompanied by the [[{{Sting}} famous drum beats.beats]]. A few examples: Phil and Ian crashing their car. Phil getting shot. Jamie getting run over on [[TwistedChristmas Christmas]] [[ChristmasEpisode Day]].



* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Zoe and Kat Slater. Revealed in a famous LukeIAmYourFather moment, that achieved MemeticMutation status.

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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Zoe and Kat Slater. Revealed in a famous LukeIAmYourFather moment, moment that achieved MemeticMutation status.



* IncestSubtext: It's implied that Den has a little too much affection for his "Princess" Sharon. As one of the writers put it, "The love of his life was Sharon. You just had this feeling that he thought he was the only person good enough for her, but she was his daughter. It was a weird relationship."

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* IncestSubtext: It's implied that Den has had a little too much affection for his "Princess" Sharon. As one of the writers put it, "The love of his life was Sharon. You just had this feeling that he thought he was the only person good enough for her, but she was his daughter. It was a weird relationship."



* LoveTriangle: Dear God! It is like there is an unwritten law that states that at least one love polygon should at in effect at all times! Examples included:

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* LoveTriangle: Dear God! It is like there is an unwritten law that states that at least one love polygon should at be in effect at all times! times. Examples included:



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Phil Mitchell's abusive treatment of his son Ben, who was quiet, intellectual and introverted, thus not a "real man". Eventually this caused Ben to snap under the pressure, attempt to toughen himself up, causing him to get into fights and get sent to juvenile detention facility. He then recieved more flak for coming out as gay. Eventually Ben grew so tired of the abuse he conspired to frame Phil for murder, which was overturned, leading him to [[spoiler: accidentally kill Heather in anger]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Phil Mitchell's abusive treatment of his son Ben, who was quiet, intellectual and introverted, thus not a "real man". Eventually this caused Ben to snap under the pressure, attempt to toughen himself up, causing him to get into fights and get sent to juvenile detention facility. He then recieved received more flak for coming out as gay. Eventually Ben grew so tired of the abuse he conspired to frame Phil for murder, which was overturned, leading him to [[spoiler: accidentally kill Heather in anger]].



** 2002: Jamie Mitchell gets injured after being run-over by a joy-riding Martin. While he initially recovers just enough to declare his everlasting love to Sonia, [[WithThisRing put a ring]] on her finger, and [[LastKiss kiss]], he quickly and dramatically decompensates when Sonia's lips are still on his. All interposed with scenes of another couple's marriage. [[ManlyTears Manly Mitchell tears]] follow.

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** 2002: Jamie Mitchell gets injured after being run-over by a joy-riding Martin. While he initially recovers just enough to declare his everlasting love to Sonia, [[WithThisRing put a ring]] on her finger, and [[LastKiss kiss]], he quickly and dramatically decompensates when dies while Sonia's lips are still on his. All interposed with scenes of another couple's marriage. [[ManlyTears Manly Mitchell tears]] follow.



** 2010: The murderer of Archie Mitchell last Christmas is revealed to the Square to be Stacey Branning - not her husband Bradley, who was blamed after his death. Evil Janine Butcher stabs herself and frames Stacey, who then flees the country with baby Lily.

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** 2010: The murderer of Archie Mitchell last the previous Christmas is revealed to the Square to be Stacey Branning - not her husband Bradley, who was blamed after his death. Evil Janine Butcher stabs herself and frames Stacey, who then flees the country with baby Lily.



** 2013: Janine Butcher is arrested for on suspicion for the murder of Michael Moon, following her attempt to escape which results in David Wicks nearly being run over by her. Alfie and Kat are ejected from the Queen Vic after Phil sells the pub ... to Shirley's brother, Mick, unaware of their relation. Carl White is killed by Ronnie Mitchell after she is threatened once too much.

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** 2013: Janine Butcher is arrested for on suspicion for of the murder of Michael Moon, following her attempt to escape which results in David Wicks nearly being run over by her. Alfie and Kat are ejected from the Queen Vic after Phil sells the pub ... to Shirley's brother, Mick, unaware of their relation.relationship. Carl White is killed by Ronnie Mitchell after she is threatened once too much.



** 2015: The Mitchells and Beales' dinner goes awry as it is thought that [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Bobby has once again striked]], apparently killing off Sharon's son Dennis. Before then, Dennis revealed to Bobby that he killed Lucy, when he was believed it wasn't his fault. Phil's [[AddledAddict excessive alcohol consumption]] causes him to have cirrhosis in the liver. Shabnam finds out that her husband Kush is the father of her best friend Stacey's newborn baby. Fatboy is an [[MurderByMistake unintentional victim]] in a clash between Ronnie and Vincent. Shirley [[IHaveNoSon dismisses Dean]] over his attempted rape on Roxy, forcing her to try and drown her own son. When Linda gets involved, Dean admits he raped Linda. During New Year's Day, Dean takes revenge to try and drown Shirley in the canal right next to where Mick and Linda's wedding is located. Mick risks his life jumping in the water trying to stop Dean.

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** 2015: The Mitchells and Beales' dinner goes awry as it is thought that [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Bobby has struck once again striked]], again]], apparently killing off Sharon's son Dennis. Before then, Dennis revealed to Bobby that he killed Lucy, when he was believed it wasn't his fault. Phil's [[AddledAddict excessive alcohol consumption]] causes him leads to have cirrhosis in of the liver. Shabnam finds out that her husband Kush is the father of her best friend Stacey's newborn baby. Fatboy is an [[MurderByMistake unintentional victim]] in a clash between Ronnie and Vincent. Shirley [[IHaveNoSon dismisses Dean]] over his attempted rape on of Roxy, forcing her to try and drown her own son. When Linda gets involved, Dean admits he raped Linda. During On New Year's Day, Dean takes revenge to try and tries to drown Shirley in the canal right next to where Mick and Linda's wedding is located. Mick risks his life jumping in the water trying to stop Dean.



* VariationsOnAThemeSong: Several more poignant endings replace the iconic opening drums with a soft, elegant piano build up to the theme song (officially titled "Julia's Theme"). Exceptional cases sometimes replace the entire theme with a piano-only rendition.

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* VariationsOnAThemeSong: Several more poignant endings replace the iconic opening drums drumbeats with a soft, elegant piano build up build-up to the theme song (officially titled "Julia's Theme"). Exceptional cases sometimes replace the entire theme with a piano-only rendition.
8th Sep '17 12:57:21 PM F1Krazy
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** Max Branning had an ''epic'' OhCrap moment in September 2017 - after [[spoiler:giving Jane a MotiveRant and leaving her to die in a burning restaurant]], his reaction when [[spoiler:he sees her being wheeled into the hospital alive and realizes she can now expose his entire revenge plot]] is ''priceless''.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Played painfully straight with [[spoiler:Steven Beale. At the last minute, he decides he can't go through with killing Jane, but is forced out of the burning restaurant by Max before he can save her. Taken to hospital for smoke inhalation, he learns that Abi really ''is'' pregnant and that, while she knows he was lying about his brain tumour, she's willing to forgive him. Realizing he finally has what he wanted all along - a family - Steven vows to try and become a better person... and then immediately takes a turn for the worse and dies.]]



** [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted with Max Branning's hyped return to the Square on Christmas Day 2016. Initially he seemed uninterested in getting revenge on those behind his false imprisonment, but it turns out he's working with a developer named Weyland & Co who are looking to redevelop the Square (which includes buying out many of its iconic buildings and tearing them down). He also corrupts Steven into trying to kill Jane.]]

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** [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted with Max Branning's hyped return to the Square on Christmas Day 2016. Initially he seemed uninterested in getting revenge on those behind his false imprisonment, but it turns out he's working with a developer named Weyland & Co who are looking to redevelop the Square (which includes buying out many of its iconic buildings and tearing them down). He also corrupts Steven into trying to kill Jane.Jane; she survives, but Steven dies.]]
5th Sep '17 12:42:29 PM F1Krazy
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* AlwaysSecondBest: This is one of Stephen's motivations for [[spoiler:trying to kill Jane]]: he feels his parents only ever loved Peter and completely ignored him. Of course, it's unclear how much of this is his own feelings and how much is just [[TheCorrupter Max's influence]].



* AnyoneCanDie: And they do, all the time. It's sometimes used in combination with TonightSomeoneDies, with the implication that the "someone" could be ''anyone'' (or at least, one of a number of characters).



* BulletHolesAndRevelations: A variation in September 2017. After a gas explosion in the Square, Ted Coker becomes paranoid and thinks burglars are attacking. He grabs an old handgun to defend himself, and when a neighbour knocks on the door to see if they're okay, he shoots them through the glass. The episode ends with the victim collapsing over the threshold, with no indication as to who it is...



* EvilVersusEvil: More like evil ''marries'' evil. The most evil pair on the square are [[AlphaBitch Janine]] and [[TheSociopath Michael]] so their kid doesn't stand much chance of being sane. ''Janine'' could be considered the lesser of the evils.

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* EvilVersusEvil: More like evil ''marries'' evil. The most evil pair on the square are were [[AlphaBitch Janine]] and [[TheSociopath Michael]] so their kid doesn't didn't stand much chance of being sane. ''Janine'' could be considered the lesser of the evils.



** Much later, Shirley and Mick Carter, in much the same fashion.



** Except from Ben. He seems to blame his Dad for everything. Not to mention Steven Beale, who blamed his dad for his problems too. Mind you, considering who Ben's father is (and his abuse at the hands of Stella) he ''may'' have a point.
** Unless you're Janine, but even she doesn't believe that excuse anymore. Michael seems to use this trope too.

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** Except from for Ben. He seems to blame his Dad for everything. Not to mention Steven Beale, who blamed his dad for his problems too. Mind you, considering who Ben's father is (and his abuse at the hands of Stella) he ''may'' have a point.
** Unless you're Janine, but even she doesn't believe that excuse anymore. Michael seems seemed to use this trope too.



** Steven Beale also blames his parents for how he turned out, though again, it's debatable whether that's actually true or not.



*** Zainab ''herself'' nearly fell victim to this at the ''same time'': her son Tamwar (Afia's half-brother) didn't realize Afia was safe, and ran in after her as well. Unlike Zainab, he ''did'' make it out, but was burned quite badly.

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*** Zainab ''herself'' nearly fell victim to this at the ''same time'': her son Tamwar (Afia's half-brother) didn't realize Afia was safe, and ran in after her as well. Unlike Zainab, Yusef, he ''did'' make it out, but was burned quite badly.



** Derek at Christmas 2012 saying that no one in Walford has any idea about marriage. Said this before [[spoiler: dying after a heart attack]].

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** Derek at Christmas 2012 saying exclaiming that no one in Walford has any idea about marriage. Said this marriage, shortly before [[spoiler: dying after a [[spoiler:his fatal heart attack]].



** Depending on your view of the resolution of Lucy Beale's murder this trope is out in force.

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** Depending on your view of the resolution of Lucy Beale's murder murder, this trope is out in force.



* McLeaned: Martine [=McCutcheon=] who played Tiffany Mitchell. ** [[spoiler: Sam Womack and Rita Simons.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Honey is so stupid she's always getting well-known metaphors wrong.

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* McLeaned: Martine [=McCutcheon=] who played Tiffany Mitchell. Mitchell.
** [[spoiler: Sam Samantha Womack and Rita Simons.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: Honey is so stupid she's always getting [[TheDitz Honey]] constantly gets well-known metaphors wrong.



* ParentalAbandonment: Oh so very much ...

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* ParentalAbandonment: Oh so very much ...much...



** Matthew Rose had an absolutely ''epic'' one after Steve Owen successfully framed him for the murder of Saskia Duncan. After Matthew was exonerated and freed, he began stalking Steve, trashing his flat and graffitiing "Dead Man Walking" on his front door. Finally, he confronted Steve in his club, demanding money, and when Steve refused, Matthew showed him a tape of him planting lightbulb bombs in Steve's flat, which would explode when Steve's sister turned the lights on. Steve then pulled a gun on Matthew, but [[CrazyPrepared Matthew had already emptied the gun beforehand]] and knocked Steve unconscious with a glass bottle. When Steve woke up, he was tied to a chair and Matthew was pouring what seemed to be petrol all over the club, threatening to set it alight. Steve was quickly reduced to a gibbering wreck, helplessly begging for mercy, at which point Matthew revealed that the "petrol" was actually water, the tape of him planting the lightbulb bombs was fake, and that all he really wanted was to see Steve grovel. Having accomplished that, Matthew left the Square for good. ''Wow''.
** [[spoiler: Seemingly averted with Max Branning's hyped return to the Square on Christmas Day 2016.]]

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** Matthew Rose had an absolutely ''epic'' one after Steve Owen successfully framed him for the murder of Saskia Duncan. After Matthew was exonerated and freed, he began stalking Steve, trashing his flat and graffitiing "Dead Man Walking" on his front door. Finally, he confronted Steve in his club, demanding money, and when Steve refused, Matthew showed him a tape of him planting lightbulb bombs in Steve's flat, which would explode when Steve's sister turned the lights on. Steve then pulled a gun on Matthew, but [[CrazyPrepared Matthew had already emptied the gun beforehand]] and knocked Steve unconscious with a glass bottle. When Steve woke up, he was tied to a chair and Matthew was pouring what seemed to be petrol all over the club, threatening to set it alight. Steve was quickly reduced to a gibbering wreck, helplessly begging for mercy, at which point Matthew revealed that the "petrol" was actually water, the tape of him planting the lightbulb bombs was fake, and that all he really wanted was to see Steve grovel. Having accomplished that, Matthew left the Square for good. ''Wow''.
''[[Awesome/EastEnders Wow]]''.
** [[spoiler: Seemingly averted DoubleSubverted with Max Branning's hyped return to the Square on Christmas Day 2016.2016. Initially he seemed uninterested in getting revenge on those behind his false imprisonment, but it turns out he's working with a developer named Weyland & Co who are looking to redevelop the Square (which includes buying out many of its iconic buildings and tearing them down). He also corrupts Steven into trying to kill Jane.]]
19th May '17 5:00:33 PM missmoon
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* {{Spinoff}}: ''[=EastEnders=] E20.''

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* {{Spinoff}}: ''[=EastEnders=] E20.'''' Kat and Alfie get their own titled: ''Kat and Alfie: Redwater''.
8th May '17 5:59:51 PM smalltime
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* HijackedByGanon: In January 2017, a double decker bus crashed into the market after the driver had a heart attack while at the wheel. Later, it was revealed Max Branning planned this.
8th May '17 5:54:22 PM smalltime
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* HijackedByGanon: In January 2017, a double decker bus crashed into the market after the driver had a heart attack while at the wheel. Later, it was revealed Max Branning planned this.
19th Feb '17 2:00:00 AM F1Krazy
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** Kevin Wicks attempts to dispose of one of his illegal "cut-and-shut" cars by joyriding it until it runs out of fuel and then setting it alight. He is killed when the car malfunctions, causing him to crash and get impaled by a metal pole.


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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kevin Wicks met his end this way, crashing [[HoistByHisOwnPetard one of his own cut-and-shut cars]] and getting impaled by a steel pole.
26th Jan '17 12:18:09 PM F1Krazy
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* CharacterShilling: A lot of this occurred in the aftermath of Lucy's murder despite the fact that in real life she probably would be considered a sociopath for the amount of pain and misery that she has willfully caused and as the laundry list of murder suspects reveals she had badly wronged dozens of people. It's no wonder that Peter was so pissed to hear that she was Ian's favorite.

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* CharacterShilling: A lot of this occurred in the aftermath of Lucy's murder despite the fact that in real life she probably would be considered a sociopath for the amount of pain and misery that she has willfully had wilfully caused and - as the laundry list of murder suspects reveals reveals, she had badly wronged dozens of people. It's no wonder that Peter was so pissed to hear that she was Ian's favorite.



* DependingOnTheWriter: One of the factors some consider part of the show's more surreal evolution is the occasionally extreme swings in characterization. Perhaps some of the best examples are Phil Mitchell or Janine Butcher, who can switch between rough-edged but somewhat humanized JerkAss types or completely ruthless borderline psychopaths who will revert to any monsterous tactics for their own self-gain.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: One of the factors some consider part of the show's more surreal evolution is the occasionally extreme swings in characterization. Perhaps some of the best examples are Phil Mitchell or Janine Butcher, who can switch between rough-edged but somewhat humanized JerkAss types or completely ruthless borderline psychopaths who will revert to any monsterous monstrous tactics for their own self-gain.



** Lesser known when Tom Clements died in the Vic's toilets.

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** Lesser known A lesser-known example was when Tom Clements died in the Vic's toilets.toilets.
** Billie Jackson was found to have died in his sleep after drinking too much alcohol at a party.



** ''Bobby freaking Beale''. First he [[spoiler:murders his half-sister Lucy]], then he attempts to murder [[spoiler:his own ''mother'', Jane]].



** In Christmas 2011, Yusef sets fire to the B&B in an attempt to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Masood]]. Zainab tricks him into going back inside by lying that their daughter Afia is still in there, and while Masood gets rescued in the end, Yusef is trapped and succumbs to his own fire.

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** In Christmas 2011, Yusef sets set fire to the B&B in an attempt to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Masood]]. Zainab tricks tricked him into going back inside by lying that their daughter Afia is was still in there, and while Masood gets got rescued in the end, Yusef is was trapped and succumbs succumbed to his own fire.fire.
*** Zainab ''herself'' nearly fell victim to this at the ''same time'': her son Tamwar (Afia's half-brother) didn't realize Afia was safe, and ran in after her as well. Unlike Zainab, he ''did'' make it out, but was burned quite badly.



* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler: Yusef, after being tricked by his abused lover Zainab into searching for his daughter in a house he set alight, looks out to see her safe outside, he merely stands still in the burning room, with a small, almost impressed-looking smirk before the house collapses around him]].

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* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler: Yusef, after being tricked by his abused lover Zainab into searching for his daughter in a house he set alight, looks out to see her safe outside, he outside. He merely stands still in the burning room, with a small, almost impressed-looking smirk before the house collapses around him]].



** Phil is so angry when he finds out Ben has been abusing Louise, he ''punches him out.'' And goes apeshit when he finds out Ben himself was being abused by his fiancee Stella, pretty much [[DrivenToSuicide driving her to suicide]] when he is robbed of the opportunity to just strangle the life out of her.

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** Phil is so angry when he finds out Ben has been abusing Louise, he ''punches him out.'' And goes apeshit when he finds out Ben himself was being abused by his fiancee Stella, he goes ''apeshit'', pretty much [[DrivenToSuicide driving her to suicide]] when he is robbed of the opportunity to just strangle the life out of her.



* ReallyGetsAround: Pretty much every female Slater (even Lynne [[{{HollywoodHomely}} for some reason]]), Roxy Mitchell, Bianca (but not anymore), Kim Fox (she'd like you to think so anyway), Lauren Branning. On the male side of things, Max and Jack Branning, Dean Wicks, Ryan Malloy, Sean Slater, Dennis Rickman, Den Watts, Peter Beale and Tyler Moon have all had many sexual encounters.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Pretty much every female Slater (even Lynne [[{{HollywoodHomely}} [[HollywoodHomely for some reason]]), Roxy Mitchell, Bianca (but not anymore), Kim Fox (she'd like you to think so anyway), Lauren Branning. On the male side of things, Max and Jack Branning, Dean Wicks, Ryan Malloy, Sean Slater, Dennis Rickman, Den Watts, Peter Beale and Tyler Moon have all had many sexual encounters.



** Yusef Khan's entire tenure on the show can be considered this as almost all of his actions (especially those that directly and indirectly effected Zainab, Masood and their family) are to get back together with Zainab and (if December 2011 is any evidence) attempt to remain with her utilising fear and violence. Ultimately his intimidation tactics proved to be his undoing but briefly it looked as if his money left to Zainab would tear apart the family yet again. However, despite all this. not only have the Masood family reunited but they appear to be stronger then ever.

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** Yusef Khan's entire tenure on the show can be considered this as almost all of his actions (especially those that directly and indirectly effected Zainab, Masood and their family) are to get back together with Zainab and (if December 2011 is any evidence) attempt to remain with her utilising fear and violence. Ultimately his intimidation tactics proved to be his undoing but briefly it looked as if his money left to Zainab would tear apart the family yet again. However, despite all this. this, not only have the Masood family reunited but they appear to be stronger then ever.



** Steve Owen, trapped in a burning car, shouts for "PHIL!!" to save him just before the car blows up and kills him.

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** Steve Owen, trapped in a burning car, shouts shouted for "PHIL!!" to save him just before the car blows blew up and kills killed him.



* StepfordSmiler: Whitney became one in 2016 after suffering a miscarriage; when she got out of the hospital she had a near-permanent smile on her face and dismissed the whole thing by saying she can always just get pregnant again. Absolutely nobody was fooled, and if anything it just made them even ''more'' concerned about her.

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* StepfordSmiler: Whitney became one in 2016 after suffering a miscarriage; when she got out of the hospital she had a near-permanent smile on her face and dismissed the whole thing by saying she can could always just get pregnant again. Absolutely nobody was fooled, and if anything it just made them even ''more'' concerned about her.



** 2005: Averted this year. Alfie Moon leaves to travel the world, still having failed to reconcile with his estranged wife Kat. However, when a depressed and drunken Kat staggered out of the pub that evening, Alfie was waiting to take her with him. This was followed by the rest of the square's residents coming out for a merry Christmas Day snowball fight. Of course a week later, Dennis Rickman was stabbed to death moments before he and pregnant wife Sharon were due to leave Walford to start a new life.

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** 2005: Averted this year. Alfie Moon leaves to travel the world, still having failed to reconcile with his estranged wife Kat. However, when a depressed and drunken Kat staggered out of the pub that evening, Alfie was waiting to take her with him. This was followed by the rest of the square's residents coming out for a merry Christmas Day snowball fight. Of course course, a week later, Dennis Rickman was stabbed to death moments before he and pregnant wife Sharon were due to leave Walford to start a new life.



** 2016: On Ronnie Mitchell's wedding day, her sister Roxy drunkenly falls into a swimming pool. Ronnie jumps in after her in a desperate attempt to save her, but they both drown, the final ''coup de grace'' of one of the longest, most relentless {{Trauma Conga Line}}s in television history.



* YankTheDogsChain: Would it KILL the producers to actually give Ronnie a happy ending where her baby DOESN'T die?

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* YankTheDogsChain: Would it KILL the producers to actually give Ronnie a happy ending where her Mitchell, [[TraumaCongaLine over and over again]], almost to the point of tedium. Gives birth to the baby DOESN'T die?she wanted? Baby is stillborn. Finds out she already ''had'' a daughter? Said daughter is immediately run over. Try to kill someone threatening your family? [[MurderByMistake You kill the wrong person]] (and subject them to their worst fear in the process). Gets married? Her sister drowns that same night and Ronnie drowns trying to save her.
15th Jan '17 4:11:19 AM LondonKdS
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''[=EastEnders=]'' is a popular SoapOpera on Creator/TheBBC, created as a competitor to {{ITV}}'s ''Series/CoronationStreet''. Since 1985, it has followed the lives of the inhabitants of Walford, a fictional district in the East End of London. Renowned for the absolute misery it inflicts on the characters, [[SoaplandChristmas especially during the]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas season]]. And even if something happy does happen, like a wedding or a baby, this is automatically balanced out by a dirty secret, blackmail or a murder.

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''[=EastEnders=]'' is a popular SoapOpera on Creator/TheBBC, created as a competitor to {{ITV}}'s ''Series/CoronationStreet''. Since 1985, it has followed the lives of the inhabitants of Walford, a fictional district in the East End of London. Renowned for the absolute misery it inflicts on the characters, [[SoaplandChristmas [[TwistedChristmas especially during the]] [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas season]]. And even if something happy does happen, like a wedding or a baby, this is automatically balanced out by a dirty secret, blackmail or a murder.



* CliffHanger: Pretty much ''every other episode'', but especially the ones at the end of each week, and the Christmas episodes. All are accompanied by the famous drum beats. A few examples: Phil and Ian crashing their car. Phil getting shot. Jamie getting run over on [[SoaplandChristmas Christmas]] [[ChristmasEpisode Day]].

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* CliffHanger: Pretty much ''every other episode'', but especially the ones at the end of each week, and the Christmas episodes. All are accompanied by the famous drum beats. A few examples: Phil and Ian crashing their car. Phil getting shot. Jamie getting run over on [[SoaplandChristmas [[TwistedChristmas Christmas]] [[ChristmasEpisode Day]].



* ChristmasEpisode: SoaplandChristmas at its most cruel, but it doesn't stop the characters from thinking it's going to work this year. "[[TemptingFate This'll be the best]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Christmas]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Walford's ever had]]!"

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* ChristmasEpisode: SoaplandChristmas TwistedChristmas at its most cruel, cruel every time, but it doesn't stop the characters from thinking it's going to work this year. "[[TemptingFate This'll be the best]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Christmas]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Walford's ever had]]!"



** In [[ChristmasInSoapland Christmas 2011]], Yusef sets fire to the B&B in an attempt to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Masood]]. Zainab tricks him into going back inside by lying that their daughter Afia is still in there, and while Masood gets rescued in the end, Yusef is trapped and succumbs to his own fire.

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** In [[ChristmasInSoapland Christmas 2011]], 2011, Yusef sets fire to the B&B in an attempt to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Masood]]. Zainab tricks him into going back inside by lying that their daughter Afia is still in there, and while Masood gets rescued in the end, Yusef is trapped and succumbs to his own fire.



* SoaplandChristmas: The TropeCodifier.


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* TwistedChristmas: The show has become memetically notorious for the sheer grimness of its Christmas episodes:
** Christmas Day 1986: Dennis "Dirty Den" Watts hands divorce papers to his shocked wife, Angie. About 30.15 million people watched. The population of the United Kingdom at the time was about 57 million. The TropeMaker episode.
** 1998: Grant gets arrested for attempted murder. His wife then gets run over during the New Year's Day special.
** 2001: Trevor abuses Little Mo, forcing her face first into a pot of boiling gravy. He'd also raped her a couple episodes prior to that. The New Year's Eve special sees her bludgeon him with an iron.
** 2002: Jamie Mitchell gets injured after being run-over by a joy-riding Martin. While he initially recovers just enough to declare his everlasting love to Sonia, [[WithThisRing put a ring]] on her finger, and [[LastKiss kiss]], he quickly and dramatically decompensates when Sonia's lips are still on his. All interposed with scenes of another couple's marriage. [[ManlyTears Manly Mitchell tears]] follow.
** 2005: Averted this year. Alfie Moon leaves to travel the world, still having failed to reconcile with his estranged wife Kat. However, when a depressed and drunken Kat staggered out of the pub that evening, Alfie was waiting to take her with him. This was followed by the rest of the square's residents coming out for a merry Christmas Day snowball fight. Of course a week later, Dennis Rickman was stabbed to death moments before he and pregnant wife Sharon were due to leave Walford to start a new life.
** 2006: Pauline Fowler fell out with her son and daughter-in-law, whose relationship she had broken up by pretending to have brain cancer, then died suddenly in the square.
** 2007: Bradley Branning discovered that his father had been having an affair with his new wife Stacey.
** 2008: Sean Slater learned he was not the father of his new wife Roxy's baby when he found paternity test results in his homemade Christmas cracker! He proceeded to drive Roxy and the baby onto a frozen lake, which of course collapsed. They all survived, but Sean was forced to flee.
** 2009: Archie Mitchell is murdered in the Queen Vic, sparking another endless "whodunnit" storyline.
** 2010: The murderer of Archie Mitchell last Christmas is revealed to the Square to be Stacey Branning - not her husband Bradley, who was blamed after his death. Evil Janine Butcher stabs herself and frames Stacey, who then flees the country with baby Lily.
** 2011: The Domestic Violence storyline between Zainab and Yusef reaches a climax culminating in Yusef setting fire to the B&B in an effort to kill Masood. Zainab tricked Yusef into thinking his daughter was still inside, leading to both he and (to Zainab's horror) her son Tamwar running back inside. Yusef died, and Tamwar suffered horrific burns.
** 2012: Derek Branning dies of a heart attack following his family throwing him out, fed up of his domineering, violent and corrupt attitude toward them. Just when Max and Tanya look to be finally returning to happiness, Max's secret wife that he engaged with during his absence turns up looking for him setting things spiraling down out of control for Max. Kat arrives just in time to see Alfie and Roxy come together, leaving her rejected.
** 2013: Janine Butcher is arrested for on suspicion for the murder of Michael Moon, following her attempt to escape which results in David Wicks nearly being run over by her. Alfie and Kat are ejected from the Queen Vic after Phil sells the pub ... to Shirley's brother, Mick, unaware of their relation. Carl White is killed by Ronnie Mitchell after she is threatened once too much.
** 2014: The Beales are grief-stricken after the recently murdered Lucy's jewellery box is wrapped up and left as a sinister "present" under their tree. Mick can take no more and smashes up the Queen Vic after finding out within the space of one day that [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo his "sister" Shirley is really his mother]], his dying "parents" are his grandparents, and Dean (who is his brother, not his nephew as he thought) raped Linda.
** 2015: The Mitchells and Beales' dinner goes awry as it is thought that [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior Bobby has once again striked]], apparently killing off Sharon's son Dennis. Before then, Dennis revealed to Bobby that he killed Lucy, when he was believed it wasn't his fault. Phil's [[AddledAddict excessive alcohol consumption]] causes him to have cirrhosis in the liver. Shabnam finds out that her husband Kush is the father of her best friend Stacey's newborn baby. Fatboy is an [[MurderByMistake unintentional victim]] in a clash between Ronnie and Vincent. Shirley [[IHaveNoSon dismisses Dean]] over his attempted rape on Roxy, forcing her to try and drown her own son. When Linda gets involved, Dean admits he raped Linda. During New Year's Day, Dean takes revenge to try and drown Shirley in the canal right next to where Mick and Linda's wedding is located. Mick risks his life jumping in the water trying to stop Dean.
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