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->''"Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques. But he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. Now, his niece Micki and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store... and with it, the curse. Now they must get everything back--and the real terror begins."''
-->-- '''The OpeningNarration'''

Despite its title, ''Friday the 13th: The Series'' (1987-1990) had nothing to do with Jason Voorhees or any of the characters or events of the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies. Instead, it followed Micki Foster and Ryan Dallion as they attempted to track down all of the cursed artifacts that their uncle Lewis Vendredi had sold out of his antiques shop as part of his DealWithTheDevil.

After their uncle broke the pact and the Devil claimed his soul, Micki and Ryan inherited "Vendredi's Antiques" and renamed it "Curious Goods." It became their base of operations as they set out to reclaim all of the cursed antiques with the help of Jack Marshak, a friend of their uncle. Marshak was an expert in the occult who had acquired many of the antiques for Vendredi during his world travels, and therefore was often familiar with their magical attributes.

Typically an artifact would grant some supernatural power to its owner, but the price of using the power would all but inevitably be someone's life. There was the scalpel that could be used to cure any disease after it was used as a murder weapon, the scarecrow that would produce good crops after killing three sacrificial victims, etc.

A textbook case of GottaCatchThemAll.
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!!Tropes:
* AbortedArc: In "Coven of Darkness," Jack mentions that Lewis spread around a lot of witches' tools (i.e. ceremonial items, such as a chalice, athame, pentacle, etc), suggesting that they would be among the items recovered in later episodes. However, other than the ladder and chisel (both recovered in this episode), it never comes up again.
* AgeWithoutYouth: How Uncle Lewis' DealWithTheDevil falls apart.
* AndIMustScream: The fate of the villains in the TimeStandsStill episode, "13 O'Clock".
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: Micki and Ryan's general mission and line of work.
* ArtifactOfDoom: One of the series' central tropes.
* ArtInitiatesLife:
** Variation. The robot protagonist of the comic book in "Tales of the Undead" is not drawn and then brought to life, instead the comic allows whoever holds it to become the robot--although the panels of the comic change to reflect what is happening in the real world.
** The more usual example occurs with the eponymous "Tattoos" which come to life and kill whomever they are drawn upon.
** Another variation is the movie camera of "Scarlet Cinema"--if it is used to commit murders, eventually a character in the film inside it comes to life in the real world, but the owner of the camera can in turn then ''become'' that character.
* AstralProjection: The ''modus operandi'' of the wheelchair in "Crippled Inside."
* AttemptedRape: The episode "Wedding in Black" had Micki being captured by the [[{{Satan}} Devil]] in a fantasy world from inside a magical snow globe and that he had attempted to impregnate her with a demonic child. Fortunately, she was able to get away before things got worse.
** The episode "Crippled Inside" had a young teenage girl named Rachel Horn being attacked by four teenage boys during a "supposed date" with one of them. When the leader of the group has Rachel pinned to the ground so that he can attempt to have his way with her, Rachel [[GroinAttack knees him in the groin]] so that she can immediately get up from the ground and attempt to escape from him and his friends.
* BadPowersBadPeople: When you have a slew of [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] which either require someone to die in order to grant miracles to their users, or it just makes it easier to straightout kill someone, it is nearly impossible to use any of these items to do good, and the villain of the week is usually some unrepentant sociopath who uses the artifact to kill people or kills people to use the item.
* BackFromTheDead: Some of the antiques allowed this. One in particular, the Coin of Ziocles, [[spoiler:killed and then later resurrected a main character.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: The artifact-user in "My Wife As A Dog" gets what he wants and survives. [[spoiler: The fact that's he been tossed in prison for murder doesn't seem to upset him too much.]]
* BalefulPolymorph: "My Wife As A Dog", where one man uses it to [[{{Animorphism}} turn his wife into a dog]], and [[HumanityEnsues his dog into a wife]].
%%* BeeAfraid: "The Sweetest Sting"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In "The Great Montarro" the bad guy turns out to be, not the obvious creepy (and [[AbusiveParents cruel]]) magician of the title but [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter his sweet, seemingly-harmless and put-upon daughter]].
* BilingualBonus: "Vendredi" happens to be French for "Friday."
* BodyHorror: Notably "Faith Healer," directed by Creator/DavidCronenberg.
* BottleEpisode: The first SeasonFinale episode, [[LampshadeHanging aptly named]] "Bottle of Dreams", a ClipShow in which Micki and Ryan are trapped reliving past encounters with artifacts while Jack and a fellow antiques/arcane occult expert try to save them; both it and the episode which opens the next season came about due to a writers' strike. "Bedazzled" is also a form of this, since after the artifact is recovered, most of it takes place as a HostageSituation pitting [[MinimalistCast Micki and a friend's child she's babysitting]], [[ClosedCircle trapped at "Curious Goods"]] [[HostileWeather by the weather]], against the villains while [[DramaPreservingHandicap Jack and Ryan are trapped at an astrologer's convention]].
* BrownNote: Sometimes, the objects will control an innocent into doing something terrible, even committing murder or suicide.
* ButtMonkey: In the first season, if something bad happened, it was generally to Ryan. Later, Micki began to show signs of Butt Monkey-hood, repeatedly getting the dirty end of whatever ArtifactOfDoom they were after that week.
* CarFu: "Night Hunger"
* CartwrightCurse: If you date a main character on this show, make sure your life insurance is paid up.
* CharacterNameAlias: The villain of "Master of Disguise", once the makeup kit has made him into a handsome Romeo, takes as his assumed stage name William Pratt--which was the real name of Boris Karloff. [[MeaningfulName This]] [[TragicMonster is significant]].
* ChekhovsGun: Surprisingly subtle example in "Bedazzled", where earlier in the episode Micki, to keep busy, is taking down artifacts to keep them safe during the [[HostileWeather storm]] that has [[ClosedCircle her trapped at the store and Ryan and Jack trapped at an astrologer's convention]] and sets aside a mirror. This is later used to reflect the burning beam of the lantern right back at its owner.
* ChekhovsHobby[=/=]SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Ryan's ability to sculpt, so crucial to the [[GuileHero clever trick]] he and Jack use to get a Satanist to [[spoiler:bring Micki BackFromTheDead]], straddles the line between these tropes. The ability is shown earlier in the episode, and it was also hinted that he had some skill with art in the comic book episode (although there it was drawing, which is not quite the same skill set), but it still seems to come out of nowhere just when it becomes absolutely critical for him to know it.
* ChristianityIsCatholic
* ClipShow: "Bottle of Dreams"
* CoolOldGuy: Jack Marshak.
* CouchGag: Every episode ends with a still shot of the artifact it centers around.
* CreepyDoll: The pilot episode. Ironically, this was one of the very few items where it didn't actually require a death to operate (though it did kill people)
* CreepyHousekeeper: The innkeeper in "Scarecrow" is a particularly [[{{Melodrama}} over-the-top]] yet [[TropesAreNotBad still very disturbing]] example.
* CriminalDoppelganger[=/=]EvilKnockoff: Inversion--the villain of "Double Exposure" can use the cursed camera to create what is confused for the first trope but is actually the second...for ''himself'', thus giving him an alibi for the murder spree he creates to [[GoingForTheBigScoop make a name for himself in reporting]]. A more played straight version comes when he creates an EvilKnockoff of Jack to take out Ryan and Micki, then confess to the murders, but this is foiled by Ryan [[SpottingTheThread catching the knockoff in ignorance]] (thinking an artifact can be damaged), then by the villain's own knockoff [[BecomeARealBoy trying to maintain his existence]]. Of note is the rather disturbing way it is created, rising out of a bubbling chemical bath in the darkroom.
* DealWithTheDevil: Lewis Vendredi's Faustian pact, which set up the main premise of the show.
** A few of the artifacts also allow such a deal of sorts, when the item in question is sentient or otherwise capable of interacting with the owner (such as, it is implied, the scarecrow, and possibly the crib from the ''Titanic'') or when the item involves a spirit or another villain (the pirate's ghost, the vampire(s) in "The Baron's Bride"). The most notable would be the cathedral radio of "And Now the News" which explicitly offers the psychiatrist of the episode the chance to become famous and win the Nobel Prize if she stages enough fear-induced deaths (and kills her when the heroes cause her to renege on the [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve time-factor]] of the deal). Before they put it in the vault, the radio even offers Ryan and Micki a way to collect all the missing artifacts harmlessly and safely "if the right conditions are met." Needless to say they refuse in horror (literally throwing it in the vault).
** Interestingly, the nature of Lewis's deal is such that he in turn can make deals with his customers; in an analogy to the original Faustian deal, he acts as [[TheDragon Mephistopheles]] to [[BiggerBad the actual Devil]], since each cursed item he sells brings about more evil and corruption/obtains more souls for Hell. To this end, it seems that the Devil allows Lewis free rein to choose the nature of the individual powers of each cursed item--reference is made by Jack several times as to how Lewis asked him to procure particular items (which of course at the time [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had no idea what they would be used for]]) which he would then attach the curses to, usually with BlackHumor, DramaticIrony, or LaserGuidedKarma involved in how appropriate said curses were. He also would answer requests from customers for specific items or make them offers he knew they'd be particularly susceptible to (such as the cradle for the mother whose child was due to die in childbirth or right after), and in at least one case, the cursed pocket watch, he allowed the ''customer'' to specifically request the curse in question as part of his [[ItsAllAboutMe petty]] {{Revenge}} against those who had cost him his job.
* DeathByMaterialism: If not used to get revenge against a greedy individual, the cursed object may provide some sort of material gain to the user. In other words, your death is used to satisfy someone else's material gain. The most literal example of this is the garden mulcher in "Root of All Evil" which consumes the bodies fed into it and turns them into money (the amount based on their wealth/value).
* DeathByMocking: This is why you shouldn't pick on customers of Vendredi Antiques.
* DeathByOriginStory: "Bottle of Dreams" reveals that Jack had a son, Peter, whom he lost because he was a powerful psychic and [[ComesGreatResponsibility determined to do good with his power]], but overestimated his ability to handle the dream plane to save another's mind and soul. While Jack was already fighting the forces of darkness at this point, and he did not explicitly [[ILetGwenStacyDie blame himself for Peter's death]], it ''was'' one of his books which gave Peter the impetus to act, and he was most likely inspired by his father's crusade. It's also implied that losing him compelled Jack even more to continue his quest. [[KickTheDog Naturally]] the possibility of saving him and bringing him back is something Uncle Lewis tries to use [[TheFinalTemptation to tempt Jack away]] from helping Ryan and Micki.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: During TimeTravel episodes, the past is in black and white.
* DemonicDummy: Surprisingly, the dummy itself wasn't one of the cursed items. Rather, [[spoiler:the curse was on the boutonniere it was wearing, which brought it to life.]]
* DevilButNoGod: Usually played straight, but notably averted in one episode, when [[spoiler:the Virgin Mary appears and acts as a literal DeusExMachina.]]
* DolledUpInstallment: The show was originally titled ''The 13th Hour'', but producer Frank Mancuso Jr. changed the name in an attempt to draw in audiences familiar with the popular SlasherMovie series. Mancuso Jr. was also the producer for many of the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide / EvilFeelsGood: Some of the cursed objects apparently cause the wielder, most of whom are already unbalanced, to become addicted to using them or to actually ''want'' to use them to their dark intent. For example, the cursed boxing gloves give the VillainOfTheWeek a great thrill even before he really uses them, and when Ryan briefly puts them on he becomes overcome with bloodthirstiness.
* EightiesHair
* EquivalentExchange: The main reason the majority of these cursed antiques can't be used for good purposes is they often require some kind of horrific sacrifice to work. An item that heals or gives life has to get that power from somewhere, usually at the expense of an innocent person.
* FaceRevealingTurn: In "Cupid's Quiver", the StalkerWithACrush villain finds out his target is actually Micki in disguise in this fashion.
* FantasticRacism: "The Shaman's Apprentice" had a Native American doctor who faced discrimination from his fellow doctors who had disrespected his Shamanist faith.
** And of course, there's "Hate on Your Dial".
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Penitites of "The Quilt of Hathor" are modeled off of the Amish/Mennonites...with the DarkerAndEdgier additions of trial by combat and [[BurnTheWitch exorcism by fire]].
* FingerTwitchingRevival - Ryan gets one in "Vanity's Mirror", followed by a case of WorstAid from Micki, who jerks him to his feet without checking the extent of his injuries at all (he fell a good 20 feet, had a bleeding head wound, and could very well have had a broken neck).
* {{Ghostapo}}: In "Read My Lips", [[spoiler:the boutonniere which brought the DemonicDummy to life]] was said to belong to Hitler. In fact Jack is said to be away investigating a whole collection of Nazi artifacts, and some time is spent describing how the Nazis were fascinated with the occult and sought such power in various ways; the item of the episode was specifically meant to bring the wearer back to life if he was killed. Micki comments on [[invoked]][[FridgeHorror what would have happened if it had been used for its original intended purpose]]...
* GrailInTheGarbage: The villain of "Faith Healer" finds the Sforza glove just lying in an alleyway amongst spilled garbage; how it got there is never explained.
* GroinAttack: Near the end of the episode "Better Off Dead", Ryan and Jack are able to rescue Micki from the villain of the episode, but Micki, who was experimented on earlier by the villain who had the episode's cursed object in his possession, savagely attacks her friends from within a feral-like state and during the scuffle, Micki strikes Jack in the groin with a back mule kick, knocking him down to the ground and leaving him in a state of extreme pain for a few minutes.
** At the beginning of the episode "Crippled Inside", a young teenage girl named Rachel Horn is attacked by four teenage boys during a "supposed date" with one of them. When the leader of the group has Rachel pinned to the ground so that he can attempt to have his way with her (in other words, AttemptedRape), Rachel knees him in the groin so that she can immediately get up from the ground and attempt to escape from him and his friends.
* GottaCatchThemAll
* HalloweenEpisode: "Hellowe'en"
* TheHiddenHour: "13 O'Clock" plays with this trope, since having the cursed pocket watch freeze time gives the owner an hour no one else in the world can experience, and it occurs [[LiminalTime at midnight]] (thereby also creating [[ThirteenIsUnlucky the thirteenth hour]]).
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A number of the artifacts are said to have been owned by famous people: the scalpel and syringe belonged to UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper; the glove belonged to the Sforza family; the mirror belonged to UsefulNotes/LouisXIV; the makeup case belonged to John Wilkes Booth; the ventriloquist's dummy's boutonnière belonged to Adolf Hitler; and the villain of one episode goes back in time to try and obtain a historical artifact from General Robert E. Lee. Ryan and Micki also meet Bram Stoker (see HistoricalPersonPunchline below) and the villain of the series' final episode is using a portrait to communicate with the Marquis de Sade.
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: In the TimeTravel episode "The Baron's Bride", Micki and Ryan track down a vampire with the assistance of a 19th-century Irishman named Abraham, revealed at the end to be Creator/BramStoker.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The show's villains frequently die when their own evil antiques backfire on them.
** Two particularly memorable examples are the lantern of "Bedazzled" and the Sforza glove--since its owner had refused to heal a man, that man shot him, resulting in him crashing his car...and although he tried to heal himself of the gunshot wound, he couldn't get out of the car so that all the man he wouldn't heal had to do was watch him until the glove's power turned back on him. The fact he was a fake faith healer who cheated his flock and the other man had previously debunked him made it even more delicious.
** The villain in "Eye of Death" gets hit by this twice--not only is it the magic lantern that causes his death (after Jack blows out its candle--see TeleFrag), but his scheme to obtain General Lee's sword would have backfired on him, as revealed at the end of the episode: said sword had been broken at the Battle of Sharpsburg (so that the Union wouldn't get it) and lost, so anyone who found it would make a fortune. However, because he asked the general to give it to him unbroken, any Civil War historian would believe it to be a fake...so he went back in time, and died, for nothing.
* HollywoodVoodoo: Utterly averted in "The Voodoo Mambo". Jack gives a somewhat-abbreviated but completely accurate depiction of the true nature and beliefs of {{Voudoun}} (complete with footage of actual ceremonies!), the innocents being terrorized in the episode are benevolent, wise priests and priestesses, and while Micki and especially Ryan are wary at first due to HollywoodVoodoo depictions, eventually they come to realize the faith is a perfectly valid, good, harmless belief system and join in rather enthusiastically with the cultural carnival being held. The only aspects of this trope which appear in the episode are all being carried out by the VillainOfTheWeek, and they are stated repeatedly to be evil, twisted perversions and not a part of true {{Voudoun}} at all (being, in fact, aspects of hoodoo).
* {{Homage}}: Thanks to the nature of the plot (an obsessed fan of horror movies), "Scarlet Cinema" has a number of {{Shout Out}}s to ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' ([[ShownTheirWork including the pentacle in the hand]]) and direct quotes from the film, as well as actual footage shown whenever the antagonist watches it in the theater or uses the cursed camera ([[RuleOfSymbolism and intercut with his own death scene]]).
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The artifact owner of "Scarlet Cinema" is this with a vengeance. Aside from completely hating his boring, ordinary life, longing to have love, and suffering from the bullying of his classmates, he has an obsessed fixation with horror films, specifically werewolf movies--he can [[SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes recite all the lines]] of ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' by heart, has a StalkerShrine to Lon Chaney, and is alternately LongingForFictionland and doing everything he can to [[IWishItWereReal become a werewolf himself]]. Unlike most versions of this trope, he is willing to do anything to achieve his specialness (and claim his crush for his own) and thus becomes fairly contemptible, but there's still a certain sympathy for his underdog desperation.
* InertialImpalement: In "Night Prey", a vampire hunter attacks a vampire but the vampire knocks him down. The vampire then leaps onto the man but is impaled on a crucifix the man is holding up, killing it. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Lqcb3PvSuc#t=6m50 here]].
* InNameOnly: The series' tenuous connection with the movies, although see WhatMightHaveBeen on the YMMV page.
* InstrumentOfMurder: One episode featured a cursed violin. The violin itself wasn't used as a weapon, but the hidden blade in the bow certainly was.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: Not the usual creepy manifestation of this trope, but in "A Cup of Time" the villain of the episode who has since become a singing sensation turns her favorite nursery rhyme, "I'm a Little Teapot", into a rock song.
* JackOfAllTrades[=/=]RenaissanceMan: Jack, punnily enough, seems to be one of these. While it's never revealed what all he knows, and much of his talents seem to relate to the occult or his role as a procurer of antiques (or at least would be useful while doing so), he does have some rather unusual (and handy) abilities, such as forgery which lets him, among other things, be able to fake both ancient documents and modern [=IDs=], as well as reproduce copies of artifacts like the quill pen.
* [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper Jack the Ripper]]'s scalpel was the artifact in "Dr. Jack", and a syringe supposedly belonging to him was the artifact in "Better off Dead."
* KissingCousins: Although it is never acted upon, it becomes clear from the very first episode that Ryan has some sort of romantic feelings for his cousin Micki, and while at first he isn't aware they're related, the feelings don't seem to subside once he learns the truth. He certainly becomes jealous of a number of her boyfriends and other men she knows, while the reverse is never true (and when his GirlOfTheWeek [[CartwrightCurse inevitably ends up dead]], she always commiserates with him). The only time when this is averted is when he deeply (and [[StrangledByTheRedString suddenly]]) falls for one of the Penitites in "The Quilt of Hathor"...and it's Micki who has to plead with him to come to his senses (though not from jealousy or latent feelings but because of the quilt and the suddenness of his feelings). Whether this at all contributed to Ryan being written off the show and [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replaced by an unrelated stand-in]] is unknown.
* LifeDrain: The Sforza glove of "Faith Healer."
* LifeDrinker: "The Sweetest Sting"
* LighthousePoint: In "Pirate's Promise", naturally.
* LiquidAssets: "A Cup of Time"
* LivingShadow: "Shadow Boxer"
* LoveMakesYouEvil: The Cupid of Malek seems to have this as its curse--its "arrows" cause the target to fall in love with the cupid's owner, but then said owner is driven to kill the one who now loves him. Although the fact said owners seem to only be LoveHungry ugly men (because the original creator was himself an ugly man rejected by women who wanted {{Revenge}} against them) and that the one the episode centers around is a creepy StalkerWithACrush even ''before'' he gets hold of it suggests the cupid doesn't have to push its owners' obsessions very far.
* MacGuffinMelee: Sometimes the artifact of the episode gets passed around among a number of people, whether guilty villains or innocent bystanders, before being recovered; two examples, both early on, were "Cupid's Quiver" and "A Cup of Time."
* MagicMirror: The mirror of Louis XIV, which acted as a portal between Earth and the Realms of Darkness.
* MarkOfTheBeast: Used in "Scarlet Cinema", a star branded or tattooed on the flesh in {{Homage}} to the palm-pentacle of ''Film/TheWolfMan1941'' (although it's just a regular five-pointed star).
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: The artifact-owner in "Badge of Honor" turns out to have an unusual variation of this, where his wife who was horribly burned by a mobster's bomb is hooked up to medical equipment in their home to keep her alive...except she's only a mummified skeleton. What isn't clear is if she died at some point while attached to the equipment and [[TheWoobie he left her connected in a futile attempt to pretend she still lived]], or if she never survived the bombing at all and had been a hooked-up corpse all along.
* MurderByCremation: An episode dealt with a lonely mortician who came into a magical embalming device which could alternately kill someone or bring them back to life. He uses it to revive a recently-deceased woman whose funeral he took care of, then uses it to kill her snooping boyfriend. He then disposes of the boyfriend's body in this manner.
* MurphysBed: The brother of the villain in "A Cup of Time" is found inside one of these in his old, abandoned apartment. [[PeekABooCorpse He's been there for quite some time]].
* {{Necromantic}} "Epitaph for a Lonely Soul"
* NewOldFlame: Tim for Micki in "Badge of Honor." In a classic example, Ryan is jealous and [[NotWhatItLooksLike he is made out to be a sleazy, gun-toting, money-laundering criminal]] in cahoots with the mobster VillainOfTheWeek who is only using Micki...but it turns out he's an undercover FBI agent. And [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ryan knocking over a pile of equipment at the docks]] gets him killed by the trigger-happy mobster; he gets to [[DiedInYourArmsTonight die in Micki's arms]] after she tried to [[TakingTheBullet Take the Bullet]] for him.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Subverted. When the cursed compact that was lost in a previous episode turns up again, it seems to have a completely different curse. But Jack reasons that the ''actual'' curse had been to give the owner whatever their heart's desire was; for the first owner, that was love, for the second, beauty. With as open-ended as this is, it actually makes it one of the most dangerous artifacts in the store.
* NoodleIncident: Occasionally we get a mention of a cursed antique that isn't the focus of an episode-for example, the start of "Wedding Bell Blues" has Jack and Ryan dressed in cold weather clothing and Ryan complaining about chasing after cursed snowshoes.
* [[OminousMusicBoxTune Ominous Jack-in-the-Box Tune]]: In this case, "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor." Usually a cheery shanty, it becomes much more sinister when played slowly.
* TheOneWith: The one with the cursed [X].
* OnlyOneName: Louise Robey, who plays Micki Foster, is only in the opening credits as "Robey"
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: "The Baron's Bride" and "Night Prey."
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: "Scarlet Cinema."
* OutfitDecoy[=/=]ImpersonationGambit: Happens in back-to-back episodes early on: in "Cupid's Quiver" Micki dresses up as the villain's most recent target after they overhear her agreeing to meet him, and in "A Cup of Time" Jack pretends to be a vagrant in the park so he can get the teacup back from the villain.
* ParanormalInvestigation
* PhotoDoodleRecognition: Ryan uses this method to figure out rock singer Lady Di is actually an old woman named Sarah who was [[ChekhovsGunman conveniently mentioned as being missing earlier in the episode]].
* PortalPicture: Used in the last episode. A painting that allows an obsessed history professor to contact the Creator/MarquisDeSade in the past, where the two exchange bodies of their victims.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Beyond averted in "Hate On Your Dial".
* ThePowerOfBlood: Often, this is used to make an object work when simply killing someone isn't enough.
* ThePowerOfHate[=/=]ThePowerOfLove: How "The Playhouse" absorbs the souls of children and is forced to release them, respectively.
* PsychoElectro: "The Electrocutioner"
* PunnyName: Most of the episode titles. A particularly clever one was the one with the garden mulcher, "Root of All Evil", which both references gardening and, by way of the rest of the Biblical quote it's from, the money it creates.
* PygmalionPlot: Inverted in "Wax Magic", where TheSvengali, LoveHungry, StalkerWithACrush villain dips his target into wax to turn her into a "perfect" work of art in order to make her love him (and is [[GreenEyedMonster insanely jealous]] of anyone who gets close to her), but must make her kill with the cursed handkerchief in order to keep her alive. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard As might be expected]], things don't go well for him when [[BecomeARealBoy her becoming more and more alive]] [[RepressedMemories allows her to remember what he has made her do]], and [[TomatoInTheMirror once she discovers what she has become]] she [[DrivenToSuicide deliberately melts herself]] rather than stay in such a manipulative, destructive relationship.
* ScaryScarecrows: "The Scarecrow"
* ShowerScene: Micki, in the second episode, takes a shower in the monastery, which is how one of the monks finds out that she was being a SweetPollyOliver.
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Used in the usual fashion in the werewolf episode "Scarlet Cinema", although with the twist that after the gun with the silver bullets is lost, Ryan is forced to choke the beast with silver nitrate-coated film...[[HoistByHisOwnPetard the same film from the camera the villain had used to become it]].
* StageMagician: "The Great Montarro"
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: When actor John D. [=LeMay=] left the show at the end of the second season, his character Ryan was written out of the series (by being transformed into a little boy!) and replaced by Steve Monarque as Johnny Ventura (who had appeared as a SixthRanger in previous episodes).
* SympatheticMurderer: Occasionally.
** "Badge of Honor" and "Crippled Inside" are two examples, with the added bonus of all of the victims being [[AssholeVictim deserving of their fates]].
** The eponymous mother in "What a Mother Wouldn't Do" is at first only a callous and heartless murderer who believes [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the end justifies the means]], but she becomes this trope at the end when she sacrifices herself to be the last victim needed to save her baby.
** The artifact owner in "Scarlet Cinema" inverts this, since he begins as a strange film student obsessed with UniversalHorror movies who still remains [[TheWoobie a sad]], [[LonersAreFreaks friendless loner]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer picked on by his fellow classmates]]...but once he starts committing murders with the film camera he becomes rather monstrous, moving from accidentally killing the camera's owner, to an AssholeVictim, to his professor when he humiliates him for essentially making a snuff film of the second murder for his class project. By the time he's trying to kidnap the target of his VillainousCrush so [[WeCanRuleTogether they can both be werewolves together]], he's pretty much lost all of the viewer's sympathy--although oddly, [[CryForTheDevil not that]] of either the DistressedDamsel or the main characters; Jack wishes him peace in the next world, and Ryan and Micki both express their regret that he should have [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor been careful what he wished for]].
** Denis Forest's character in "The Mephisto Ring." While becoming a gambling addict and the way he maniacally revels in the deaths of his victims is hardly sympathetic, as his own mother says, everyone he killed was an AssholeVictim loan shark--including the head of the gambling ring, which was also a case of {{Revenge}} for having supposedly killed his father. (After the horrific {{Fingore}} scene and subsequent NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, the asshole absolutely deserved what he got.) He also makes it clear he wants money not just for itself or the thrill of gambling but to have a better life and [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas to give his mother everything she wanted]]. In the end though, while his death is sad, the real SympatheticMurderer is [[spoiler:his mother, who is forced to shoot him to stop/save him, [[HistoryRepeats just as she had his father]].]]
* TeleFrag: A combination of this and PortalCut happens to the villain in "Eye of Death". The slide projector he'd been using to travel to the past gets shut off just as he tries to jump through the portal to the present, leaving him embedded in his wall. Ouch.
* TemporalParadox: "Hate On Your Dial" ends up being an example of the Reverse Grandfather Paradox. The villain goes back in time to stop his father from being convicted of murder, but [[LooseLips inadvertently informs the prosecution's star witness]] of the crime, because he doesn't know the identity of the witness... [[spoiler: his mother.]]
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Aside from the name of the show itself (both the original and that forced by ExecutiveMeddling), when the pocket watch from the TimeStandsStill episode was activated, a ghostly 3 would appear next to the 1 to create the "13 O'Clock" of the title.
* TimeStandsStill: "13 O'Clock"
* TomatoInTheMirror: Villainous version--the villain of "Pirate's Promise" is [[SinsOfTheFather killing all the descendants of the pirate's original mutinous crew]] so as to obtain his treasure, and [[GottaCatchEmAll he believes he has found]] [[LastOfHisKind the final one]]...but the ghost informs him ThereIsAnother--himself, something he was not aware of due to being adopted. Cue KarmicDeath.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Book of Lucifer.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Happens in several episodes, notably "Scarecrow."
* TragicMonster: Almost literally with the villain of "Master of Disguise."
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: Singer Lady Di in "A Cup of Time" is actually an old woman named Sarah, [[LiquidAssets post-youthening]].
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Jack and Ryan's plan in "Tails I Live, Heads You Die" is a classic example, since there isn't even a hint or indication of what it is, or that they were planning off-screen, until TheReveal. (The fact there barely seemed time for Ryan to make the switch is a separate issue.)
* VictimOfTheWeek
* WaxMuseumMorgue: Obligatory in "Wax Magic", albeit revealed off-handedly at the end of the episode.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Ryan, it turns out. But when he finds out his father is using one of the cursed items to fulfill his ambitions it leads to CallingTheOldManOut and [[IHaveNoSon I Have No Father]]...[[spoiler:until he performs a HeroicSacrifice to save his son.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Near the end of the episode "Shadow Boxer", the villain breaks into Curious Goods and takes Micki hostage, threatening to hurt her if Ryan and Jack don't give back the cursed boxing gloves. Ryan gets the gloves from the Vault and instead of giving it to the villain, he decides to use them in order to help save Micki. Of course, Ryan must've forgotten earlier on that in order to make the gloves work, he needs to use a random opponent as a punching bag so that his shadow can simultaneously attack its targeted victim and since Jack was near him during the time of the incident, it's safe to say that Jack got the short end of the stick and that he wasn't too pleased by Ryan's actions.
** Another example of this trope is Johnny during Season 3 of the series. He was able to get the cursed wheelchair in the episode "Crippled Inside", but decided to give it back to the SympatheticMurderer of the episode out of sympathy and pity of her plight. "Hate on Your Dial" had Johnny carelessly selling a cursed car radio to the brother of a racist man and "Bad Penny" had Johnny getting the cursed coin from the villain of the episode, but instead of giving it to Jack and Micki, he decides to use it in order to resurrect his dead father.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: While a majority of the items had a time limit on their powers (where either the killing or the beneficial usage must take place within a certain amount of time of the other, or they would lose the chance to gain it/be killed by the item when it exacts the price from them instead of the innocent victim), several explicitly had other deadlines enforced.
** In both "Hellowe'en" and "Doorway to Hell" the spirit of Lewis Vendredi had only a short window of opportunity to escape Hell and come back to life (in the former case by dawn, since that would be when the day of the dead was over, in the latter because he needed to make the spiritual trade before the anniversary of his death was past). The hoodoo priestess of "Voodoo Mambo" also had to [[GottaCatchEmAll collect all the elemental powers]] to come back to life before dawn.
** Because it was associated with bringing a good harvest (i.e. something itself based on a particular season/weather conditions) the "Scarecrow" had to kill its three victims before a certain date.
** The EvilKnockoff of "Double Exposure" had to be killed (through destroying the negative it came from) within a certain number of hours or the original would die and the duplicate would become real.
** The seven people drowned to make use of the healing powers of the cradle in "What a Mother Wouldn't Do" all had to die before the anniversary of the ''Titanic'''s sinking.
** In "And Now the News" the cathedral radio set a deadline of three deaths by five to midnight if the villain wanted her miracle cure (and Nobel Prize).
** A different sort of time limit exists in "Eye of Death"--since the magic lantern can only project a slide for three hours before its candle burns out, that is how long the user has before he will be trapped in the past.
* WholePlotReference: The episode "Symphony in B#" is this for ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', with Janos Korda as Erik, Leslie as Christine Daae, and Ryan as Raoul, complete with mysterious rooms and tunnels beneath the theater for the resident TragicMonster to hide in, a return of the Phantom's original unhinged psychotic tendencies (and his desire to have a normal life via continuing to make musical recordings), and the suspicion that Leslie/Christine could be the one behind what's happening. The differences are that this Phantom actually ''has'' to kill to make his music (because of his ruined hands and the cursed violin), the instrument of choice is the violin rather than the organ (or the human voice), and Erik's original plan of TogetherInDeath ends up carried out (albeit accidentally, after Leslie makes a HeroicSacrifice). Also note Leslie's last name, Rains, is a ShoutOut to Claude Rains, who played the Phantom in the 1943 film.
* WhoYouGonnaCall
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ricky from "A Friend to the End," whose abusive background has made him hateful of all adults.
* WorkingTheSameCase: In "Badge of Honor", initially Ryan and Micki have no idea about the cursed object of the episode, instead pursuing Micki's NewOldFlame who seems to be a criminal dealing with a local mobster; only by pursuing him to the mobster's club do they end up [[ContrivedCoincidence inadvertently witnessing]] the vigilante antagonist who is using the artifact to get revenge on said mobster and his men.
* YouLookFamiliar: Several actors were recycled, with Denis Forest being a particular standout, appearing in four different episodes as four different characters. (The fact that he specialized in playing creepy sleazeballs made him a good fit for this show..)
* YourWorstNightmare: "The Quilt of Hathor" and "And Now the News"
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