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->'''[[TheMcCoy Vila]]''': Where are all the good guys?
->'''[[TheKirk Blake]]''': You could be looking at them.
->'''[[TheSpock Avon]]''': [[CrapsackWorld What a very depressing thought.]]

''Blake's Seven'' is an iconic British SF series created by Creator/TerryNation, who had earlier created [[Series/DoctorWho the Daleks]] and the AfterTheEnd drama series ''{{Series/Survivors}}''. It ran for four thirteen episode series between 1978 and 1981. The series takes place during the "third century of the new calendar" (fans estimate this as approximately 2700 AD). The series is about the quest of a group of rebels to overthrow the evil and fascistic Federation that controls Earth and most of the known Galaxy. Though it is sometimes referred to as a SpaceOpera, it tended to the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, particularly after a certain point. The format had elements of WagonTrainToTheStars. It was also lower-budget, and looked it.

It is distinctive in that most of its leading characters are of the AntiHero type rather than your usual clean-cut heroes. In fact, Avon, the lead of the latter two seasons, counted as an AntiVillain. It's often seen as Nation's attempt to subvert ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- the ''B7'' Federation's logo is the ''Trek'' Federation logo rotated through 90 degrees -- and other subversions of what, at the time, were standard SpaceOpera tropes are common.

'''Roj Blake''' (or just "Blake"--in TheVerse, people usually used only a single name) had led a rebellion against the Federation which had been put down. Brainwashed, Blake had renounced the rebellion he led and was leading the life of a normal citizen until he was brought out of his brainwashing by a new group of rebels. Again, that putative rebellion was quashed and Blake was framed for crimes he didn't commit (child molestation, though this wasn't mentioned again after the second episode) and sent to a [[PenalColony prison planet]].

En route to exile, Blake and a group of prisoners managed to escape from captivity and take control of a mysterious, and very advanced, ship which they called the ''Liberator'' and resolved to fight back against the Federation. The series then chronicled their attempts, which were usually unsuccessful, to overthrow the Federation.

Blake was perhaps the only "good" character amongst the Seven but, though he sometimes appeared to be, never had the full authority and respect from the others to be TheCaptain. The other main characters in the series were: '''Kerr Avon''' (Avon), an amoral computer expert who refused to trust anyone -- a real AntiHero; '''Jenna Stannis''', a smuggler who was the pilot of the ''Liberator'' during the first two series; '''Vila Restal''' (Vila), a cowardly thief; '''Cally''', a humanoid telepath with kamikaze tendencies exiled from the planet Auron; and '''Olag Gan''' (Gan), a GentleGiant, but only because he had a limiter fitted to his brain after he killed a man in a rage (admittedly, said man had just raped and killed Gan's girlfriend). ''Liberator'' was controlled by a sentient computer known as '''Zen'''.

The Federation was represented by an array of troopers, usually outfitted in uniforms of black leather and gas masks. For the first two series, the Seven were pursued by '''Travis''', a psychotic killer (and TheDragon) dispatched to "seek, locate and destroy Blake" by BigBad '''Servalan''', the impossibly glamorous Supreme Commander (later President) of the Federation.

At the end of the first series, the Seven beat Servalan to find the supercomputer '''Orac''' (originally presented as a WeaponOfMassDestruction but downgraded when it was kept on), which was capable of finding information on almost anything but was also programmed with the personality of its creator, an irascible old man.

The second series saw Blake determined to strike at the heart of the Federation by destroying its central computer -- the series had a StoryArc, but often the quest for information about Star One was little more than a {{MacGuffin}}. During the quest, Gan was killed and Travis went mad, eventually betraying humanity and allowing the alien Andromedans to attack. The Seven were forced to fight alongside the Federation to stop the invasion. ''Liberator'' was heavily damaged in the battle, forcing the crew to abandon ship, meaning [[NeverFoundTheBody some of them were lost]] ([[BusCrash a useful device for the writers to explain away the departure of characters between series]]).

Despite Gareth Thomas, who played Blake, leaving at the end of the second series, the series retained its title, with Avon now becoming leader of the Seven. Blake was replaced by '''Del Tarrant''' (Tarrant), a former Federation officer who'd deserted. Jenna had also gone, being replaced by weapons expert '''Dayna Mellanby''' (Dayna). At the end of the season, they appeared to have found Blake again, but had been tricked. ''Liberator'' was destroyed and the crew were abandoned on planet Terminal.

This was supposed to be the end of the series (and, indeed, was the last episode written by Nation), but a year later, the BBC brought it back, though without the active involvement of Nation. The crew now had a new ship called the ''Scorpio'' and the deceased Cally was replaced by female assassin '''Soolin'''.

If anything, the final series was even darker than before, with almost all the Seven's plans failing and ending with the episode "Blake", a serious DownerEnding.

''Blake's Seven'' was clearly a strong influence on ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', ''{{Lexx}}'', and ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', as well as having a minor influence on ''Series/BabylonFive'' -- J. Michael Straczynski noted that, in writing all of Season 3, he was doing something that hadn't been attempted in SF TV since Terry Nation wrote all of Season 1 of ''Blake's Seven''. It had a much stronger influence on the sequel series ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', which became even more obvious when information began to leak about plot developments that would have occurred had the show not been cancelled.

Big Finish has made, and is continuing to make, audio dramas featuring the original cast; they are also publishing a trilogy about Avon by Paul Darrow which is largely set twenty years after the events of "Blake."

In 2007, a new audio version was produced with some interesting twists to the story. It can be listened to at the SciFi UK website. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7364663.stm]] A couple of scripts have been ordered for a possible TV revival. [[DevelopmentHell ...Or]] [[http://io9.com/5605619/the-federation-wins-again-blakes-7-remake-stalled-out possibly not.]]

But now there's a possibility [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/22/blakes-7-us-remake?newsfeed=true SyFy will reboot it.]]

Some familiar plots used in the series:

* EnemyMine and LockedInARoom in "Sand"
* TheCaper in several episodes, originally seen in stealing the decoder in "Seek-Locate-Destroy"
* TheCon in "Gambit"
* BottleEpisode and DieHardOnAnX in "Powerplay"
* DuelToTheDeath between Blake and Travis in "Duel"

There's quite a strong element of sexual tension within the show, though much of it is beneath the surface, mainly because it was originally shown in an early evening timeslot. Fans note much subtextual HoYay in many of the male relationships. Amongst British SF fandom, Blake/Avon (or Avon/Blake -- the order can be very important to fans) [[{{Shipping}} slash]] [[FanFic fiction]] is very popular, as is Avon/Tarrant.
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!!''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's Seven]]'' provides examples of:

* AccidentalAimingSkills - "I was aiming for his head!"
* AcePilot: Jenna and Tarrant. Everyone else learns basic piloting techniques, but anything complicated is left to them.
* ActionGirl - Most of the women in the series can handle themselves in a fight, but Dayna, by virtue of youth and sheer variety/depth of combat skill, stands out.
* AIIsACrapshoot - While Orac does not have homicidal tendencies, he is frequently reluctant to follow orders given to him, dismissing them as irrelevant waste of time. Zen, on the other hand, deliberately withholds information from the crew on more than one occasion until the crew takes "full" control of the Liberator at the end of "Redemption". It's also the back-story to the same episode (well, unless the enslavement of the entire star system including its builders was intended). Mueller's android is an evil, homicidal machine that can control any other machine, and wished to use this ability to conquer the universe.
* AliensMadeThemDoIt: Tarrant and Servalan in "Sand", and attempted unsuccessfully on Tarrant and Dayna in "Ultraworld".
* AmazonBrigade: Travis' mutants, also OurVampiresAreDifferent as they feed on blood.
* 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.
** Also, various planetary populations encountered by the crew who appear human but have ancient civilizations predating the Earth colonies. Some are explicitly stated to be HumanAliens, others are left ambiguous.
* AnyoneCanDie - And ''how''.
* AntiHero - Avon.
* ArmCannon - Travis's gun hand.
* ArtifactTitle: A pre-and-post variant thereof; There aren't seven of them until the end of the third episode, when Cally joins. After that, the number usually stays ''close'' to seven, but varies... and after the end of series two, it's not Blake's any more.
* BBCQuarry
* 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.)
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Especially in the final season, where there is nobody left in the regular cast who isn't a NominalHero.
* BoardingParty: The original team is formed when, having lost several of his own men exploring a deserted alien ship, the commander of the prison ship sends a boarding party comprised of prisoners. [[SarcasmMode Not like that's going to go wrong.]]
* BolivianArmyEnding: The final episode ended with all the heroes apparently getting shot. Had there been a fifth season it would have been revealed [[BolivianArmyCliffhanger that some if not all had survived]], but at that point the show got cancelled. Fanon has it that [[spoiler: Vila]], at least, survived, as when he is 'shot', he falls the wrong way, early - [[PlayingPossum faking being hit]], or so the story goes.
* 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".]]
* BottleEpisode
* '''[[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]''' - Amazingly, he once admitted in an interview he felt he'd [[EveryoneHasStandards overplayed his character]] (a cult leader.)
* BusCrash ([[spoiler: Jenna]]), (assuming [[spoiler:Blake]] is telling the truth, and not just throwing out the name to see how [[spoiler: Tarrant]] reacts)
* ButtMonkey - if Vila isn't, nobody is.
* {{Camp}} - A fair amount, intentional and not.
* CanonWelding - Chris Boucher's spin-off works have suggested that the show takes place in the same time period and spatial area as his popular ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Robots Of Death". It could have happened earlier and with a much higher profile, as Tom Baker and some of the actors from ''Blake's'' wanted to do a crossover story, and Terry Nation originally wanted [[spoiler: the alien invasion at the end of S2 to be the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho'']]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Which would have been]] ''awesome''.
* TheCaper
* CasualInterstellarTravel: This series has several forms of FasterThanLightTravel; Time-Distort and Hyperdrives (which may or may not be the same thing) are used by the Federation. The ''Liberator'' uses a different, more exotic method that involves "crossing the antimatter threshold." In the 4th season, ''Scorpio'' is fitted with an experimental Photonic Drive that is faster than anything else. All these systems differ in maximum speed, with the ''Liberator'' and ''Scorpio'' outclassing just about everything else, but all of them are apparently very fast; the crew darts around the galaxy and is able to return to Earth to strike at the Federation's heart without too much extended space travel.
* 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 - "FIRE!"
* ColdEquation - "Orbit"
* CombatByChampion - "Death-Watch".
* CommLinks - The team's teleport bracelets also acted as CommLinks.
* TheCon - "Gambit" and "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
* 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 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 [[BrianBlessed 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.
* DebutQueue: Vila and Jenna get introduced to Blake at the very end of the first episode, Avon and Gan are introduced in the second, Zen in the third, and Cally finally turns up to complete the original team in the fourth. When the first major round of cast changes happened at the beginning of the third season, Dayna and Tarrant were respectively introduced in the first and second episodes.
* 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.]]
* DependingOnTheWriter - Happened to Servalan, Avon and Vila, Tarrant and Cally in later seasons.
* DepravedBisexual - Egrorian in "Orbit" -- although initially he's ''very'' closely attached to his one-time student Pinder, he has no problems blowing him off in favour of a relationship with Servalan. Also Krantor in "Gambit", who similarly is strongly implied to be same-sex lovers with his sidekick Toise but flirts heavily with Servalan as well.
* DiabolusExMachina
* DieHardOnAnX - "Powerplay"
* DownerEnding - Especially in series 3 and 4. Had there been a series 5, there might have been some redemption from the down-ness of series 4's ending.
* TheDragon - Travis
* EightiesHair: Not every woman, but Jenna definitely (especially in series 1), actually being the 80s notwithstanding.
** Tarrant has the male equivalent. In fact, most of Servalan's high ranking male subordinates at Space Command seem to have this as well. Since Tarrant is a former Federation officer turned deserter and smuggler, this ''kind of'' makes sense.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Xenon Base
* TheEmpire - Though it's called The Federation (occasionally the Terran Federation), it's ''not'' TheFederation in anything except some of its own propaganda. Puppet states and rigged elections on its frontiers are par for the course.
* EnemyMine - Season 2's cliffhanger.
* EqualOpportunityEvil - Most prominently Servalan, also Morag, Major Thania, and others.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment - Avon snarkily explaining how the door panels work in "Space Fall", thus showing off his love of computers and his love of [[TheSnarkKnight being rude to people]] he thinks are dumber than him. (Which is, of course, everyone.) Cally knocking Blake over with her gun, and speaking to him telepathically combines her fighter nature with her dislike of actual violence, and demonstrates her telepathy. Vila trying to take Blake's watch shows he's a thief, though it's [[CharacterizationMarchesOn presented initially]] as being a compulsive behaviour rather than something he does because he's good at it, as in later episodes.
* 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.").
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Beyban again, who is disgusted that Blake edged him out of the #1 spot on the Federation's "Most Wanted" list by resorting to quick n' easy politics, unlike Beyban's ''earning'' that honor over the course of a long and brutal career.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding - Happens a few times, usually when someone's cracked a joke at [[ButtMonkey Vila's expense.]]
* EvilIsHammy - "Evil" is an open question, but it's certainly true that the more embittered and compromised Avon becomes, the more studs he wears, poses he strikes, and lines he delivers in staccato barks.
* FacelessGoons - The Federation's [[GasMaskMooks always gas-masked]] troopers. Subverted in some episodes where we see them take the masks off [[PunchClockVillain for breaks]], or if you the viewer are going to have to remember which one is who.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption - The ending of a ''very large'' number of episodes involve this trope.
* FakeInTheHole - Avon throws a stone into a nest of Federation troops, shouting "Grenade!" The troops reflexively dive for cover, and when they realize it was fake and look up, the heroes have them at gunpoint. Avon: "It must have been a dud. Sorry about that."
* FanOfThePast: A number of planets resembled 20th century locations, and this was used several times due to the famously low budget.
* FamedInStory: Blake. Servalan tries to stamp this out by putting in place a total news blackout in regards to him.
* FasterThanLightTravel; Time-Distort and Hyperdrives (which may or may not be the same thing) are used by the Federation; the ''Liberator'' uses a different, more exotic propulsion. In the 4th season, ''Scorpio'' is fitted with super-fast experimental Photonic Drive. All of these propulsion methods are limited to travel within the Milky Way Galaxy. The alien invaders from Andromeda, however, have an unspecified "intergalactic drive."
* FauxAffablyEvil: Servalan, with her creepy smile and slippery charm.
* FinalSeasonCasting: Glynis Barber as Soolin.
* FixFic: The episode "Sand" appears to be a Fix Fic for the dubious characterisation of Servalan in the earlier episode "The Harvest of Kairos".
* FriendlyEnemy: Avon and Vila have this sort of relationship. On a personal level, they despise one another. On a professional level, they have tremendous respect for each others skills (Avon as a computer expert, Vila as a master thief).
* GasMaskMooks: Federation troopers as noted above.
* 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
-->'''Vila:''' Oh no. Not me. Not a space suit. Well, it wasn't my idea. I never did trust those things. Nothing, absolutely nothing in the whole galaxy can or will persuade me to wear one. Not a chance.
-->(Cut to the air lock where Vila is wearing a spacesuit)
* GirlyRun
** Blake and Avon run like girls. It's oddly appropriate when you consider Blake is an engineer and Avon is a computer tech.
** [[TheDragon Travis]] gets one too, from the hips down (he was being doubled by another actor); in a documentary on the series, they point out that the director wanted a pell-mell run, but the set was so small that doing that would have resulted in smacking into (or, just as likely, straight through) the far wall. The attempt to find a compromise between artistic vision and safety results in sort of a bouncy, skipping... thing...
* GoodIsNotNice
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Dutch metal band Star One is named for the series, and their song "Intergalactic Space Crusaders" is pretty much a progressive metal FilkSong with the two singers playing the parts of Blake and Avon.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement - The cult on Cygnus Alpha's fake medicine, plus the various tricks pulled by TheGovernment back on Earth to keep people in line, from fake memories to tranquilizers in the food on nearly every Federation planet. The Federation also turns out to have a hand in the production of Shadow, a dangerous narcotic.
* TheGunslinger - Soolin.
* GutPunch: The end of the very first episode.
* {{Hammerspace}} - Dayna's preferred weapon is basically an explosive, heat-seeking roomba that she carries around... where?
* HellBentForLeather - Most of the cast; Avon is the earliest and most prominent case (unless we're willing to count the Federation trooper in the intro sequence).
* HeroOfAnotherStory - (Or possibly villain) The System, the race that created the Liberator.
* HomoeroticSubtext
** Usually pops up in one form or another in Robert Holmes's episodes, most notably between Krantor and Toise in "Gambit," and Egrorian and Pinder in "Orbit". Although the standards of the time meant that they couldn't actually be called lovers on-screen, Holmes made it pretty much as obvious as you can get without outright saying the G-word.
** They are also inevitably villains. Well, half of them anyway; Krantor and Egrorian were outright villainous, but Toise didn't really care for Krantor's schemes and just wanted to focus on running the casino, while Pinder was ChaoticNeutral.
** Avon and Blake displayed this at times, particularly in Terminal.
** As noted in the description, Blake and Avon themselves were favorites among early slash writers.
** "Rescue" is basically Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]] with much of the subtext intact.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Everyone wears wonderfully bizarre clothes, which never appear to get in the way of their adventures. Skin tight leather, very long dresses, cleavage (and not just the women) and puffy sleeves abound. Jenna, for example, once saves the day in a gorgeous blue ankle-length evening dress and high-heel boots, even though her coming to the rescue [[MakesSenseInContext would have involved climbing a lot of ladders.]]
* InfantImmortality: Tragically averted in "Children of Auron" when Servalan destroys a facility full of cloned foetuses, particularly significant since she emotionally broke down immediately after (in a tearful pained way, not an angry villainous way). [[spoiler:She'd had her genetic material implanted into some foetuses but had been tricked into believing it had been removed, but as soon as she'd fired she said knew they were hers and she "felt them die".]]
* Insult Backfire: "He was calling me a machine. But since he undoubtedly defines himself as a human being, I shall choose to take that as more of a compliment than anything else." You'd have thought Vila would have known better than to try and insult Avon in such a fashion.
* 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.)
* ItsAllAboutMe: Vila and Servalan. Avon pretends to be this.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Avon spends most of Series 1 and 2 trying to get everyone to try a pair on, with varying success.
* JiggleShow: famously parodied on radio show ''TheBurkissWay''.
--> Attention Earthlings! if you do not surrender immediately we will be forced to put on the ill-fitting clothes and the thinly disguised motorcycle helmets, and ponce up and down in the high-heeled leather boots, in the company of lots of women with no bras on!
* KillEmAll: The series finale.
* [[KillHimAlready Kill Him Already]]
* KnightInSourArmor - Blake turns into this.
* LaResistance
* LargeHam - Many, especially by the end. Well-acted, but not understated.
** "Is it true? Have you betrayed us? Have. You. Betrayed. ME?" (Shatner would be proud)
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]] - Avon [[OutOfCharacter turns into one of these in any episode written by Ben Steed]]. The most blatant instance is in the episode "Power," where he actually lectures a female villain on how women are inherently less strong than men, and how they should learn their proper place in society. Fortunately the other writers treated Avon in a much more even-handed way, giving him much respect for his female colleagues and even Servalan to a certain extent.
* LimitedWardrobe - In season 4, when they're in reduced circumstances, the cast wears the same clothes episode after episode; it's not a perfect example, because they do change once or twice, but it's pretty striking after three seasons of lavishly UnlimitedWardrobe.
* LoadBearingHero - A major second-season death.
* LockedInARoom
* {{MacGuffin}} - In damn near every episode.
* MachineEmpathy: [[AcePilot Jenna]] can tell the hyperdrive of the ''London'' "needs restressing, by the feel of things."
* TheMadHatter - By the final series, Avon is clearly well into a psychotic break. In the final episode, he implicitly describes himself as a psychopath. Paul Darrow considers Avon "under stress" rather than actually mad, at least up until that point.
* MagicalComputer - Zen, Orac, Slave.
* MagnificentSeven
* MarriedToTheJob: Servalan, who states that "power became [her] lover" when her boyfriend left her. It has to be said that the rebel's work-life balance is also terrible.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Jacqueline Pearce. Servalan is an utterly cold, calculating (and scene-stealing) bitch. Pearce herself is a rather charming and good-humored sort.
** Paul Darrow, as well, who (while having wit the speed of Avon's) is charming, self-deprecating, and disarming; a delightful and considerate man to his fans (who consider meeting him or hearing him speak an honor).
* MechanisticAlienCulture
** The series had the System, a civilization controlled by the three powerful defense computers of the three inhabited planets of their solar system, which built the starship DSV-1. The System was administered by Altas (either cyborgs, androids, or augmented humans) and black-armored guards that appeared to be cybernetically augmented humans. There were also thousands of human slaves, descendants of the people who had built the computers that had taken over their civilization.
** 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.
* MirrorMatch - Soolin gunslinging against herself in 'Games'.
* MisanthropeSupreme - Avon pretends to be this but is in fact the most philanthropic member of the crew.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Way down on the soft end in the original series. Way up at the hard end for the audio dramas, which have retooled away Time Distort drives in favor of talk about fixed mass points and delta-v, depict the Federation as lacking artificial gravity technology, and even remove Liberator's teleport.
* MookMobile: Any Federation Pursuit Ship not commanded by Travis or Servalan.
* MoralityChip - In Gan.
* MrFanservice: Tarrant, quite consciously if you believe WordOfGod. Avon also has [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys a lot of fans.]]
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes - Notably the marble-sized plague sphere which came within a gnats whisker of killing the crew in ''Project Avalon''. There should have been any number of ways of smuggling that weapon about the ''Liberator'', and it would have been a short show if Servalan had bothered to try.
* ObfuscatingStupidity - Vila's favourite way of getting out of anything dangerous. Some fans speculate that Avon sees right through it, and his grudging admiration for just how good Vila is at it is the reason [[BondVillainStupidity he never quite resorts to cold-blooded murder.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The President's offsiders Rontane and Bercol, who are sent to threaten Servalan on the President's behalf.
* OneExtraMember: Inverted. The team never had more than six human members. You had to include one or more of their sentient computers to bring the group up to seven.
* OnlyOneName: All the main characters are known by one name only, and it is inconsistent as to whether it is their first or last name. It's not established in the case of Cally, Soolin, Servalan and Travis if they even have another name.
* PaintedOnPants: Common among Liberator crew members. Apparently, Paul Darrow once wore a pair of leather trousers that were so tight, he had to be helped up and down in scenes where Avon was kneeling down to do something technical.
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Paul Darrow Is About To Shoot You]]
* PlanetaryParasite: Zil is one of a humanoid species of parasites who live on the surface of a living planet called "Host."
* PlanetTerra: The Terran Federation.
* PlayingDrunk: At one point, Vila pretends to be drunk so he can make a suggestion on how to fix the current problem (atmosphere leaking out of a hole in the hull) in the form of a rambling reminiscence, but not be called on to undertake the repair himself (because you couldn't give such a dangerous task to someone who was obviously drunk).
* PrettyBoy: It is established in canon that Servalan likes to surround herself with these, leading Travis to sneer at her "decorative staff men".
* PrettyInMink: Servalan, often.
* PsychicRadar: Cally, the Auron telepath pulls this trick to sneak up on Blake when she's introduced.
* PsychoSidekick: Avon while he's second-in-command to Blake, though he only went ''really'' round the twist when Blake vanished and left him in charge for the next two seasons.
* PunchClockVillain: Practically everyone we see in the Federation is either worldly weary and just trying to get on with their day, or cooly indifferent.
* TheQuincyPunk - the Space Rats are violent Outlaw Bikers [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]] who have gigantic mohawks and glam-rock facial make-up. Not so much "stereotype punk" as "three different countercultures shoved in a blender".
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The entire crew is basically this.
* RaygunGothic: As much as the budget would allow
* RearrangeTheSong: The inappropriately jolly end credit theme on the final season.
* RebelLeader: Blake, though he ventures into morally hazy territory. Avon from Series 3 onwards, not that he wants to be. A number of others appear over the course of the series, including Avalon and Kasabi.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized / TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Depending on the point of view of the character. Blake, of course, thinks the latter.
* RevolvingDoorCasting: Only two characters, Avon and Vila, made it through all four seasons as regulars. (Peter Tuddenham appeared on all four seasons, but playing three different regular characters.) Michael Keating (Vila) was the only actor to appear in every episode of the show, as Avon wasn't introduced until the second episode.
* RousingSpeech: Blake likes to try and give these, much to Avon's eternal annoyance.
* SanitySlippage: Avon and Travis most clearly. Some would also say Blake.
* SapientShip - the starship Liberator is fully sapient but entirely mechanical. In the recent audiobook remake/reboot of the series, the ship is at least partly [[OrganicTechnology biological]] and [[spoiler:considerably more sinister, attempting to assimilate the crew into itself and being rather predatory in its attempts to survive.]]
* SayMyName - Many have noted (and mocked) the tendency for characters to call out for Blake during their dying moments, even when he's not actually around. [[spoiler:Cally]] even does it even when the group is (falsely) under the assumption that he has been KilledOffForReal.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: the number of planets featured on screen and their close proximity to each other in almost any given shot of the ''Liberator'' flying through space is absurd.
* SeasonFinale - Each one ended in a {{cliffhanger}}
* SelfHealingPhlebotinum - The Liberator had self-repair circuits allowing the ship to repair itself without help from the crew. The speed of repair generally depended on the level of damage; the worse the damage, the faster the repairs. Justified by minor damage being harder to locate.
* SeventiesHair: Tame, perhaps, but certainly present. In particular, Vila has significant sideburns, and Blake's hair is curly and 'fro-shaped.
* ShroudedInMyth: Blake is this InUniverse.
* SleazyPolitician: Abound, as this is a CrapsackWorld. Servalan is the most prominent example.
* SourSupporter - Avon
* SpaceClothes - A classic example; pulpy and elaborate, with lots of weird Elizabethan touches.
* SpaceOpera
* SpacePirates - Jenna is a 'free trader' i.e. a smuggler. Also, her...ex-colleagues, the Amagons.
* SpitTake - Avon does a rather big one in "Gambit".
* SpotlightStealingSquad - The show might be called '''Blake's 7''' but Avon is in more episodes, is more popular with fans, and is more interesting.
* SyntheticPlague: Used by Servalan (apparently not the same one both times) in "Operation Avalon" and "The Children of Auron".
* TeleportersAndTransporters: ''Liberator'' and ''Scorpio'' both possessed teleports, which required bracelets to operate. The bracelets were also communicators. A few other aliens could teleport, too, either psionically or using technology. The matter-transmission system on Keezarn appeared to function more like a physical gateway than a teleporter.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Vila's unwillingness to put his neck on the line stemmed from the fact that he didn't especially care about Blake's revolution and most of his alleged comrades-in-arms seemed to regard him as expendable. When it came to the lives of anyone who treated him with a modicum of respect, however, Vila could be surprisingly BadAss.
* TheSquadette: Every armed resistance group or Federation base appears to have a single female member in a speaking role, while everyone else is male. There are never any female mooks in the background, silently working their way up the ranks to the position of Supreme Commander or Rebel Leader.
* {{Tsundere}}: Fanon would have you believe that ''Avon'' is a male version.
* StarTrekShake
* StoryArc - An early example and sometimes a slightly meandering one, but when the arcs get going...
* StuffBlowingUp
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - Most obviously Tarrant, but all the incoming leads are of the same gender as departing leads, and will usually fit the general archetype of a departed character. Except that Tarrant, of course, is nothing like Blake when it comes to his motivations. On the other hand... bouffant hair, steers the Liberator, is a bit of a space pirate... yep, he's the new Jenna.
** And then there's the Scorpio. For the first three seasons, the Liberator is the cast's greatest asset because it has two technologies that the Federation cannot match: its speed and its teleporter. When the Liberator is destroyed at the end of Season three, they find a new ship, the Scorpio. It also has a superintelligent talking computer (something not seen on most human ships) and a teleporter system! What are the odds? But it's not very fast... until about the fourth episode of the season when they find a new super speed technology.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: If there is an occasion that the crew of the Liberator do something together without [[WorldOfSnark snarking at each other]], we are never show it. On the other hand, they do quite genuinely look out for each other, though Avon likes to pretend he doesn't.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Several episodes would feature a couple of bored Federation flunkeys [[GreekChorus discussing politics]] or the [[MrExposition local situation]] before being drawn into the action.
* TookALevelInBadass - Fourth-season Avon, debatably; he spends decreasing amounts of time fixing the computer and increasing amounts of time shooting people and smiling coldly in a studded leather jacket, but he's about as effectual as usual.
* {{Tragedy}} - The whole four-season mega-arc could be read as Avon's, with his great flaw being the inability to trust.
* TragicMistake - [[spoiler:Followed by a record-settingly abrupt downfall.]]
* TrashTheSet - The ''Liberator'' at the end of season 3.
* TrueCompanions: One example among many: After Avon saves Blake from an explosion:
-->Blake: ''Thank you...why?''
-->Avon: ''Automatic reaction. I'm as surprised as you are.''
-->Blake: ''I'm not surprised.''
-->Avon: (uneasy look)
* {{Unperson}}: Happens to Servalan during the episode Terminal, when she is overthrown by the Federation High Council while hunting the Liberator to replace the Federation fleet. They install a new government dominated by the secret police instead of the military, and officially erase her from existence and pretend her period as president did not occur. She hides under an assumed name as Commissioner Sleer and manages to become a high ranking secret police commander and oversees a program of retaking Federation colonies that declared independence after the alien invasion using mind control drugs. People recognize her and she murders them as needed to hide her true identity.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Avon and Cally. One kiss when she's under alien possession doesn't really count.
* UsedFuture: The low budget alternative to RaygunGothic, used creatively to hide the holes in the budget. The look of most Federation ships and facilities (played by industrial locations) contributed to this.
* VastBureaucracy: The Federation seems to be this, judging by the various detached bureaucrats attending meetings about "the Blake situation".
* VinylShatters: In an early episode, there's a character who spends a lot of time listening to a song on an antique gramophone. (The writers have admitted that this was a ruse to fill in time because the script was too short.) Near the end of the episode Blake snatches the disc off the turntable and smashes it.
* WagonTrainToTheStars
* WalkingDisasterArea: The Seven tend to leave the places they visit littered with more dead bodies than when they arrived....
* WasItAllALie - [[spoiler:Avon and Anna Grant]] in "Rumours of Death". [[spoiler:Anna]] even says "It wasn't all lies."
* WeaponOfMassDestruction
* WeCanRuleTogether - Servalan offers this to Avon. He rebuffs her.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - Blake was descending into this by the climax of the Star One story arc. Destroying the MasterComputer for the whole Federation (apparently [[OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture We Will Use Dumb Terminals In The Future]]) would severely weaken the Federation's hold over its territory, but at the cost of a ''massive'' humanitarian crisis and a complete breakdown of law and order.
* WhamEpisode - "Star One", "Terminal", and "Blake" are the big three. "Pressure Point" deserves a mention, having [[spoiler:the first [[KilledOffForReal death of a main character]]]].
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: ''Scorpio'', after obtaining a "Photonic Drive," goes from "obsolete freighter" to "fastest ship in the galaxy."
* WhiteVoidRoom: At the end of [[spoiler:"Pressure Point".]]
* WithLyrics - Briefly considered for Series Four, to be sung by the actor who played Tarrant, but discarded. [[http://www.farsight.net.nz/essays/lyrics.htm You can see why.]]
* WomanInWhite - Servalan until late Season Two
* WorldOfSnark
* WouldHitAGirl - Avon in "Mission to Destiny": "I really rather enjoyed that."
* XanatosSpeedChess - Belkov in "Games"
* YouAllMeetInACell - Blake, Jenna, and Vila in "The Way Back". Avon and Gan then meet them on a prisoner-transportation ship in "Spacefall".
* YouHaveFailedMe - Not uncommon in the Federation, but appears to be standard operating procedure for Servalan specifically (Travis is the major exception, and even then he eventually has to go on the run).
* YouFool - A favourite insult of Avon's, often not unfairly.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: [[TheEmpire The Federation]] puts it about that [[HeroWithBadPublicity Blake is a terrorist]]. Some people believe it - most notably Professor Kayn from the supposedly neutral Space Station XK72.
* YourCheatingHeart: Anna Grant with Avon.
* YouShallNotPass - The finale of Series Two. A [[spoiler: gigantic alien war-fleet]] begins to move [[spoiler:in single file]] through a gap in the anti-matter minefield protecting the galaxy -- so [[spoiler:the crew of the Liberator]] move their own starship into the path of the fleet and take them in a head-on battle, trying to buy time for the Federation's warships to arrive and counter the attack.

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