History Series / TalesFromTheDarkside

28th Mar '16 4:24:09 AM 3rdStringPG
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Timmy's dad from "Monster In My Room."]] If there is a character the show doesn't want you to feel sympathy towards, when they get whats coming to 'em, then they usually fall under this category.

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Timmy's dad stepdad from "Monster In My Room."]] If there is a character the show doesn't want you to feel sympathy towards, when they get whats coming to 'em, then they usually fall under this category.
16th Feb '16 9:36:27 AM Sharlee
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** The ''entire family'' in "Grandma's Last Wish" are more preoccupied with their own wants and concerns than each other ... including Grandma, who's too busy being pleased that her wish is coming true to mind that her own relatives are being injured and even brain-damaged.
26th Jan '16 2:01:23 AM aye_amber
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13th Dec '15 4:25:54 PM Winner1
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* [[AlasPoorVillain AlasPoorJerkass]]: In "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye", Max's death is very harsh for a man whose only crime was being afraid of a CreepyChild. It's very depressing to watch as he painfully and slowly loses his ability to breathe from his asthma attack, with the color fading from his face as he DiesWideOpen, his last words begging not to die as his wife watches.

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* [[AlasPoorVillain AlasPoorJerkass]]: Alas Poor Jerkass]]: In "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye", Max's death is very harsh for a man whose only crime was being afraid of a CreepyChild. It's very depressing to watch as he painfully and slowly loses his ability to breathe from his asthma attack, with the color fading from his face as he DiesWideOpen, his last words begging not to die as his wife watches.



* FacingDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye," Karen foresees her impending death, but does nothing to prevent it, accepting her fate.]]

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* FacingDeathWithDignity: FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye," Karen foresees her impending death, but does nothing to prevent it, accepting her fate.]]



* MonsterFaceTurn: In the climax of "The Casavin Curse," it's revealed that the curse transforms people into monsters in order to kill the ones they love.
13th Dec '15 4:24:06 PM Winner1
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* AlasPoorJerkass: In "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye", Max's death is very harsh for a man whose only crime was being afraid of a CreepyChild. It's very depressing to watch as he painfully and slowly loses his ability to breathe from his asthma attack, with the color fading from his face as he DiesWideOpen, his last words begging not to die as his wife watches.

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* AlasPoorJerkass: [[AlasPoorVillain AlasPoorJerkass]]: In "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye", Max's death is very harsh for a man whose only crime was being afraid of a CreepyChild. It's very depressing to watch as he painfully and slowly loses his ability to breathe from his asthma attack, with the color fading from his face as he DiesWideOpen, his last words begging not to die as his wife watches.



* FacingDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye," Karen foresees her impending death, but does nothing to prevent it, accepting her fate.]]
-->'''Karen:''' Goodbye [[spoiler: Karen]]. Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye.



* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler: At the end of "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye," Karen's sister decides to kill Karen after realizing that she can't stop her ability of causing death around her.]]



* MonsterFaceTurn: In the climax of "The Casavin Curse," it's revealed that the curse transforms people into monsters in order to kill the ones they love.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Karen in "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye" causes the death of everyone around her with her psychic death predictions.



* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[In "The Unhappy Medium," Jenny is spared from eternity in Hell after offering herself in Hell in order to save her parents. Her father is also spared after jumping after her. Unfortunately, her mother is DraggedOffToHell.]]

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* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[In [[spoiler: In "The Unhappy Medium," Jenny is spared from eternity in Hell after offering herself in Hell in order to save her parents. Her father is also spared after jumping after her. Unfortunately, her mother is DraggedOffToHell.]]


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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler: In "Seasons of Belief," the Grither comes out of nowhere and murders the parents who spoke of its origin right at the last minute of the episode.]]


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* YourDaysAreNumbered: A mobster is dying of terminal illness and attempts to cheat death by salvaging his mind in an unethical experiment.
13th Dec '15 4:11:24 PM Winner1
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* AlasPoorJerkass: In "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye", Max's death is very harsh for a man whose only crime was being afraid of a CreepyChild. It's very depressing to watch as he painfully and slowly loses his ability to breathe from his asthma attack, with the color fading from his face as he DiesWideOpen, his last words begging not to die as his wife watches.



* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler: In "Trick or Treat," a nasty old man who laughs at scared children is taken to Hell as punishment for his cruelty.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Averted. In "The Unhappy Medium," Jenny attempts to sacrifice herself in order to save her family, but her selfless sacrifice allows her and her father to be spared from death.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: In "The Unhappy Medium," Caroline complains all about how her life is horrible, despite being judgmental towards her own daughter.



* NeckSnap: [[spoiler: How Tina murders her cousin Nicholas while under "The Casavin Curse."]]



* RedemptionEarnsLife: [[In "The Unhappy Medium," Jenny is spared from eternity in Hell after offering herself in Hell in order to save her parents. Her father is also spared after jumping after her. Unfortunately, her mother is DraggedOffToHell.]]



* SmugSnake: The majority of [[VillainProtagonist villainous protagonists]] are unlikable smug jerks.

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* ShoutOut: The ending of "I Just Can't Help But Say Goodbye" is a nod to the infamous ending to ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* SinisterMinister: Reverend Farley from "The Unhappy Medium."
* SmugSnake: The majority of [[VillainProtagonist villainous protagonists]] are unlikable smug jerks.
13th Dec '15 3:53:12 PM Winner1
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Linda in "Parlour Floor Front"]], she acts like TheIngenue and wants her husband and herself to live a loving life together in a big house, but [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon she kills her cat and pretends she lost her unborn baby to force a man out of her apartment complex by blaming his voodoo practices for ruining her life. She then cause him to be]] DrivenToSuicide by making him feel guilty for something ''he didn't do''. Then she tries to steal a ring she gave to him from his coffin. [[TooDumbToLive Despite being told to not steal anything from his coffin due to a curse, she does it anyway.]] [[KarmicTwistEnding Her former tenant then returns as a spirit and kills her for the stolen ring]].]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: BitchInSheepsClothing:
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[[spoiler:Linda in "Parlour Floor Front"]], she acts like TheIngenue and wants her husband and herself to live a loving life together in a big house, but [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon she kills her cat and pretends she lost her unborn baby to force a man out of her apartment complex by blaming his voodoo practices for ruining her life. She then cause him to be]] DrivenToSuicide by making him feel guilty for something ''he didn't do''. Then she tries to steal a ring she gave to him from his coffin. [[TooDumbToLive Despite being told to not steal anything from his coffin due to a curse, she does it anyway.]] [[KarmicTwistEnding Her former tenant then returns as a spirit and kills her for the stolen ring]].]]
** [[spoiler: Caroline in "The Unhappy Medium"]], she may seem like a morally conservative, devout Christian who only wants the best for her family. However, near the end she reveals her true colors as an uncaring, [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], [[StrawHypocrite sinful]], monster who's willing to throw her own daughter and husband into Hell just to save her own skin. [[spoiler: However, she fails the SecretTestOfCharacter because of this revelation and ends up DraggedOffToHell.
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* CrisisOfFaith: Jenny lost her faith in Christianity after Reverend Farley was revealed to have been a StrawHypocrite.



* EvilAllAlong: Usually the character you'd least suspect is revealed to have been the BigBad.



* IronicEcho: In "Trick or Treat": [[spoiler:"[[DraggedOffToHell You're]] [[ThisIsntHeaven getting]] [[OhCrap warmer.]]"]]

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
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In "Trick or Treat": [[spoiler:"[[DraggedOffToHell You're]] [[ThisIsntHeaven getting]] [[OhCrap warmer.]]"]]]]"]]
** In "The Unhappy Medium": [[spoiler: [[DraggedOffToHell Caroline, ain't it wondrous!]]]]


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In "The Unhappy Medium," Jonathan is slightly harsh towards his daughter Jenny for her lack of faith in Christianity, but he does care for her. [[spoiler: He even jumps into Hell to save her.]]
* Jerkass[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfJerk : A key trait to a VillainProtagonist or a BitchInSheepsClothing supporting character.


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* PreacherMan: From "The Unhappy Medium," Reverend Farley [[spoiler: pretended to be one of these.]]


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* StrawHypocrite: From "The Unhappy Medium" [[spoiler: Caroline and Reverend Farley]] are not devout Christians despite preaching it.
13th Dec '15 3:28:12 PM Winner1
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: The ringleader of "The Circus" is not exactly an overtly evil villain. Although his showcase includes a lot of gruesome monsters and animal deaths, he truly believes his circus is entertaining to fans. Possibly justified, since he runs a "Circus of Fear."


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** [[spoiler: The reporter in "The Circus"]] is turned into a zombie.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: A rather unorthodox example, but [[spoiler: the jerkass reporter in "The Circus"]] has his head ripped off and reattached to a reanimated husk, forced to entertain in a freak show forever.


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* CartwrightCurse: "The Casavin Curse" forces anyone to kill their lover.


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* DeathByIrony: A common trope utilized throughout the series. Many characters die a gruesome death related to a unique character trait they possess.


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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The {{jerkass}} reporter in "The Circus" is completely disgusted that the performers entertain children with gruesome animal deaths, BodyHorror, and vicious monsters that would scar anyone for life.


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* FlatEarthAtheist: Jenny in "The Unhappy Medium" refuses to believe in Farley and his Christian ethics. [[spoiler: She changes her view by the end of the episode after he haunts her family.]]


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* GiveMeASign: The Farley family from "The Unhappy Medium" await a sign from their deceased relative from Heaven.[[spoiler: Unfortunately, that's [[ThisIsntHeaven not where he's calling from.]]]]


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* GrandTheftMe: In "The Unhappy Medium," a preacher named Farley attempts to possess his granddaughter Jenny in order to avoid Hell.


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* NightmareFetishist: The ringleader running "The Circus" believes that his show truly entertains children, despite the show involving a lot of nightmarish images.
13th Dec '15 3:02:07 PM Winner1
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* TheBadGuyWins: In a horror series this trope is expected.



* DeathByAThousandCuts: [[spoiler: In "Fear of Floating," Arnold dies by floating up towards a ceiling fan, shredding him to pieces.]]



* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Baker's Dozen'' amongst others

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* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Baker's Dozen'' amongst othersothers.
* GutturalGrowler: The {{jerkass}} reporter in "The Circus" speaks in a really deep voice.



* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: The ending of "Florence Bravo".]]



* NotQuiteFlight: In "Fear of Floating," Arnold ''floats'' whenever he tells lies.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: One episode featured them.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: One episode featured them. The vampires in "Strange Love" were sophisticated, nightwalkers who socialized a lot. The vampire in "The Circus" was a feral beast that feasted on living animals.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf in "The Circus" looked more human than wolf.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The zombie in "The Circus" didn't feast on living beings and could still move without a head.



* RedemptionRejection: In "Fear of Floating," [[spoiler: Arnold refuses to give up his bad habits and continues to carry on womanizing and lying. This eventually leads up to his death.]]



* SaveTheVillain: In "Fear of Floating," the US Army is trying to save Arnold because of his power of floating. [[spoiler: It doesn't pay off in the end, as Arnold ends up killing himself by accident.]]



* SelfDisposingVillain: [[spoiler: In "Fear of Floating," Arnold dies by his own floating abilities after he refuse to stop lying and reform for the better.]]



* SmugSnake: The majority of [[VillainProtagonist villainous protagonists]] are unlikable smug jerks.
* TheSociopath: Boss Eddie in "No Strings" is a huge fan of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* SoftSpokenSadist: The vampire Edmond from "Strange Love" has such a soothing voice for a deranged, AxCrazy, blood-sucking monster.



* StupidEvil: Arnold in "Fear of Floating" is the dumbest villain in the series.



* TheBadGuyWins: In a horror series this trope is expected.
* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: The ending of "Florence Bravo".]]
* SmugSnake: The majority of [[VillainProtagonist villainous protagonists]] are unlikable smug jerks.
* TheSociopath: Boss Eddie in "No Strings" is a huge fan of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* SoftSpokenSadist: The vampire Edmond from "Strange Love" has such a soothing voice for a deranged, AxCrazy, blood-sucking monster.



* YouHaveOulivedYourUsefulness: In "Strange Love," Edmond uses a doctor to treat his wife's wounds, only to secretly plot his death afterwards once he's finished.

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* YouHaveOulivedYourUsefulness: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In "Strange Love," Edmond uses a doctor to treat his wife's wounds, only to secretly plot his death afterwards once he's finished.
13th Dec '15 2:42:32 PM Winner1
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* AllMenArePerverts: Arnold in "Fear of Floating" slept with a girl, ditched her after getting her pregnant, and immediately made moves on another girl.



* BadLiar: Arnold in "Fear of Floating," makes up the poorest lies ever when he's on the spot.



* BlessedWithSuck:
** In "I Can't Help But Say Goodbye," Karen can predict when someone dies, most of the victims being people who're close to her.
** In "Fear Of Floating," Arnold begins floating uncontrollably whenever he lies.
* BlondesAreEvil: The Demon in "Let the Games Begin" is a blond HornyDevil.



* ConsummateLiar: Arnold from "Fear of Floating" can never be honest. [[spoiler: His constant lying is what eventually gets him killed.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: Mob Boss Eddie in "No Strings" may have a polite attitude, but he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness uses people and throws them away like cleanex.]]

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Mob Boss Eddie in "No Strings" may have a polite attitude, but he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness uses people and throws them away like cleanex.]] ]]
** Edmond from "Strange Love" is a very polite when describing the protagonist's eventual death.



* HighHeelFaceTurn: In "Strange Love," [[spoiler: Edmond's wife falls in love with her doctor and helps him murder her abusive husband.]]



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: The fate of [[AssholeVictim Eddie]] in "No Strings"]]

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
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[[spoiler: The fate of [[AssholeVictim Eddie]] in "No Strings"]] Strings"]]
** The fate of [[spoiler: Edmond the vampire]] in "Strange Love."


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* SmugSnake: The majority of [[VillainProtagonist villainous protagonists]] are unlikable smug jerks.


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* SoftSpokenSadist: The vampire Edmond from "Strange Love" has such a soothing voice for a deranged, AxCrazy, blood-sucking monster.


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* UngratefulBastard: In "Strange Love," Edmond fully intended to kill his wife's medical doctor once he healed her wounds.


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* YouHaveOulivedYourUsefulness: In "Strange Love," Edmond uses a doctor to treat his wife's wounds, only to secretly plot his death afterwards once he's finished.
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