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[[caption-width-right:350: The original gang: [[OnlySaneMan Curtis]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Nathan]], [[TeamMum Kelly]], [[LovableAlphaBitch Alisha]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Simon.]]]]
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[[caption-width-right:275: The gang in series 4 and 5: [[EmotionlessGirl Abby]], [[NaiveNewcomer Finn]], [[MrFanservice Alex]], [[DeadpanSnarker Jess]] and [[TheHedonist Rudy.]]]]
->'''Curtis:''' So, what happens now? Is this it? [[IJustWantToBeNormal We gonna be like this forever?]]\\
'''Simon:''' What if we're meant to be, like, [[{{Superhero}} superheroes]]?\\
'''Nathan:''' Superheroes? You lot! No offense, but in [[CrapsackWorld what kinda fucked-up world]] would that be allowed to happen?

''Misfits'' is a British SpeculativeFiction series about a group of young offenders on a community service programme, who get caught in a [[LightningCanDoAnything freak electrical storm]] that [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent imbues them with superpowers]]. The series debuted in November 2009 and the second series aired the following year with a bonus [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas special]]. A third was broadcast in late 2011, minus RobertSheehan (Nathan), and a fourth series in 2012. The fifth and final series has been confirmed for 2013. It won the BAFTA award for Best Drama Series in 2010.

The "Misfits" are a group of [[FiveManBand five 20-somethings]] who are united by a series of traumatic events, and the emergence of their freaky new superpowers. These newfound abilities all relate to their deepest [[PersonalityPowers personality traits]] and psychological drives; turning their desires into realities, and their greatest weaknesses into weapons.

The original cast:

* '''Curtis''' is a former star athlete who was caught in possession of cocaine and publicly shamed. [[TheAtoner Haunted by regret]], he develops the power to [[TimeTravel turn back time when he feels incredible guilt]].
* '''Simon''', a shy, introverted and [[GenreSavvy Genre Savvy]] young man who has been [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer ignored and bullied]] all his life, develops the power to turn [[{{Invisibility}} invisible]].
* '''Kelly''', mouthy, [[TsunDere aggressive]], and always worried about what people think of her, is granted the power of {{telepathy}}.
* '''Alisha''', a shallow and vain party girl, who [[FemmeFatale flaunts her sex appeal]] in order to use and abuse the men around her, develops the ability to inspire [[LovePotion uncontrollable lust]] in anyone who touches her.
* '''Nathan''', [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] [[JerkAss jerkass]], who much to his consternation does not seem to have a power. [[spoiler: He does. His utter recklessness and lack of concern for consequences [[CompleteImmortality has made him lose his mortality.]]]]

Later additions to the main cast:

* '''Rudy''', a crude young man who's buried inner fears and emotions are represented by his [[LiteralSplitPersonality far more sensitive clone]].(From Series 3)
* '''Finn''' an [[NaiveNewcomer incredibly naive]] guy [[MotorMouth that never knows when to shut up]], whose weak [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]] is due to his own sense of powerlessness. (From Series 4)
* '''Jess''', a fiercely out-spoken girl with [[SugarAndIcePersonality hidden vulnerability]] that's refusal to take bullshit from anyone is reflected by her [[XRayVision ability to see through solid surfaces]]. (From Series 4)
* '''Alex''', the handsome but reserved local bartender who's not on community service, but seems to be keeping a power-related secret, revealed to be that [[spoiler:his genitalia had been switched by a power, which is eventually reversed. Series 5 sees him having a lung transplant giving him the ability to remove powers via sex.]] (From Series 4)
* '''Abby''', a [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl girl with a love of booze]] and an ever-present blank expression who lost her entire memory during the Storm. Series 5 reveals that [[spoiler:she didn't actually lose her memory (despite her opening titles segment not really making sense post-reveal) and is really the storm-caused manifestation of someone's imaginary friend.]](From Series 4).

The Series is described by TheOtherWiki as a "live-action superhero comedy drama", but is more frequently deemed ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}''.

Not to be confused with [[Music/TheMisfits the band of the same name]]. Or ''Series/MisfitsOfScience'', which has a similar premise.
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!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:

* AccidentalMurder: Kind of a plot-motor here. The Misfits kill a lot of people. Curtis has on multiple occasions warned them ahead of the crime that somebody must die for the greater good. Becomes somewhat of a prominent theme of the third season finale.
** It is frequently brought up for black comedy purposes. For instance, when Nathan claims that they're the good guys because they don't murder anyone, Curtis reminds him that they've actually killed quite a few people, but Nathan brushes it off with "we didn't mean to."
** Additionally when Finn starts getting a bit idealistic, Alex responds with "We kill people. Frequently."
*** [[spoiler:Averted in episode 3.5. Finn thinks he killed Greg and they go as far as putting him in the hole they dug before they figure out that he's alive.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Simon in Series 1 and 2. Finn to a degree.
* AnAesop: Rudy is subjected to one in episode 3.6, when he finally learns to stop mistreating women through his constant one-night stands, or as he puts it "living for himself." Hilariously, he goes on about how he's a better person and how "[[HighSchoolMusical we're all in this together]]" right up until his other self walks in, having been forced to spend a night in the cells thanks to Rudy forgetting about him.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: {{Averted}} by Rudy. When he was thirteen he witnessed a PrimalScene in which his mother was dressed as a cheerleader. [[ParentalSexualitySquick Now the very sight of them makes him nauseous]].
* AllThereInTheManual: A pair of webispodes give more clarity on [[spoiler:Nathan's]] departure (and also serves as [[spoiler:Rudy's]] first appearance), and on where a graffiti artist (that the gang is constantly cleaning up after) comes from.
** Both are up on Hulu, but are listed in the 'Clips' section, so it's very easy to miss them, especially the first webisode, which serves as a bridge between Series 2 & 3.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: {{Inverted}}. The Misfits ransack Superhoodie's flat for clues, and Nathan takes a dump in his bed. [[spoiler: Oops, that should read ''what they thought'' was Superhoodie's flat.]]
** More conventionally, both Virtue Girl and "Jesus" have based themselves in the community centre.
** In the alternative world where the Nazis won, the community centre is the local Nazi Party base ''and'' prison.
* AllYourPowersCombined: Jesus takes the powers of [[spoiler: Alisha and Nikki]], while a girl called Sarah receives several powers that appeared in season 5 when [[spoiler: Alex's powers are reversed and he fucks them into her.]]
* AlternateIdentityAmnesia: Nathan's mother's boyfriend, regarding his "weredog" form.
* AlternateUniverse: A natural side-effect of Curtis's time winding. Notable examples include;
** 1.4: Where Curtis never got caught in the drug bust, and everyone ([[ForeShadowing except Nathan]]) died when the probation worker attacked them.
** 2.6: When the Misfits, and many other people with powers become famous, but are all killed by a young man with the power to manipulate lactose because, despite being the first person with powers to go public, he's quickly considered a joke or novelty compared to the more impressive/cool abilities.
** 3.4: The premise of the entire episode, where an old Jewish man uses Curtis' power to try and kill Hitler. [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct Predictably]], [[spoiler: he fails, and Hitler ends up with his phone, [[StupidJetpackHitler which he then uses to accelerate Germany's technological development and win WWII]].]]
** 5.8: Jess is pushed ahead [[spoiler: a year into the future]] by a boy she hooks up with at the bar. In the time she's missing, [[spoiler: the superhero gang started by Rudy Two have turned into sociopaths, killing both criminals but also anyone they deem simply to be wankers]].
* AmicableExes: The eventual fate of [[spoiler: Curtis and Alisha.]]
** [[spoiler: Same for Jess and Alex.]]
* AntiVillain: So far the bad guys they have come across-[[spoiler: Lucy, Sally and Tony]]-have been fairly sympathetic in their own way, and not just evil for evil's sake. Again, a major aspect of the third season finale.
** {{Averted}} with Brian, who admits up front, quite gleefully, he's killing "shitloads of people" so he can get attention again.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: What Monsieur Grand Fromage does to Nathan in 2.6.]]
** [[spoiler: Kelly is briefly body-swapped with a coma patient in Season 3.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The final episode ends this way. Helen and Rudy Too decide to see the world while the main gang (at this point, original Rudy, Jess, Finn, Abby and Alex) decide to become proper superheroes. In the final shot, [[spoiler: a new storm, that looks similar to the first one that gave everyone powers, is seen rolling up in the distance]].
** [[spoiler: As the original storm gave everyone powers related to their job, personality or state of mind, who knows what would happen if the gang gets caught in a second power storm, while they are determined to become superheroes...]].
* AnyoneCanDie: But Curtis' time travel powers can save the main cast. [[spoiler: After Nathan learns his power, he dies a lot.]]
** Used repeatedly in the third season. [[spoiler:Shaun is finally killed in episode 5, Alisha is murdered in the finale, and Simon goes back in time to save her, effectively dooming himself to die in the past.]]
** [[spoiler: Curtis, the last person from the original cast still around, dies in Season 4. Fittingly enough, considering he was one of the more level headed of the original group he did it to prevent himself from hurting anyone, due to becoming a flesh eating zombie.]] Poor [[{{Tearjerker}} Rudy broke down in tears...]]
* ArcWords: "It's not down to you."
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Simon asking Alisha "Why are you being so nice to me?" after she brings him a drink and thanks him for saving them. It actually drives her to tears.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
--> '''Alisha:''' My friend Chloe did crystal meth and she nearly shagged her ''brother.'' And he's really ugly.
* AttemptedRape: This happens to Alisha a fair bit due to her original power.
** Melissa and Emma too.
** It looked like Greg was going this way with Finn but his telekinesis flared up and knocked him over some railings.
* AttentionWhore: Nathan will do virtually ''anything'' to get attention, including simulating oral sex on a mop, performing strange and lengthy Bono impersonations, and pretending to masturbate with a paint-brush. Sometimes his extravagant attention-seeking actually get the group out of trouble-after Tony gets killed, Nathan flat out tells Sally that they killed him. She passes it off as a load of bullshit. Alisha has her moments too, though she specifically craves positive ''male'' attention rather than just needing to be noticed in general. She becomes a lot more mature in Series 2 and doesn't display nearly as much attention-seeking behaviour, whereas Nathan, if anything, gets ''worse.''
* AwesomeButImpractical: Rudy tends to err in this direction when grabbing weapons - whether it's a sledgehammer that [[{{BFS}} he can hardly lift or swing]], or a chainsaw that [[EpicFail stalls mid-fight.]]
* AxCrazy: Tony the probation worker, who is transformed into a [[UnstoppableRage crazed murderer]] by the storm, and does ''literally'' hack a young guy to pieces with an axe.
** To drive the point home, when he chases Kelly, he grabs an axe-shaped piece of metal fencing to use as a weapon.
** The power in Series 4, Episode 1 causes people to desire a briefcase full of money, to the point they'll maim and kill for it.
* BackFromTheDead: The main trait of [[spoiler: Nathan's]] power. Given a hilarious nod, with [[spoiler:Nathan's waking up in his coffin]], and going "I'm alive! I have a power! I'm alive! ...You ''buried me alive, you dicks!''"
** Technically this happens a fair few times, due to Curtis' time-turning ability. Most notably, [[spoiler: 2.6, in which the Misfits becoming famous leads to a bad future where they're all dead, or good as.]]
** The power that Seth acquires in 3.6, which is the ability to raise the dead. It has the side-effect of [[spoiler: making them a zombie with a taste for flesh.]]
** The third season finale introduces us to a medium who can bring back the spirits of the dead, calling up [[spoiler: Tony, Sally, and The Virtue Girl]] who then become the primary focus of most of the episode.
* BadassBiker: "Super Hoodie", the mysterious [=BMXer=] who saves Nathan.
** The Four Horseman [[note]]or rather Four Cyclists, though that doesn't really have the same ring to it[[/note]] of the Apocalypse definitely count.
* BadassBoast: This exchange.
-->'''Simon:''' [[TookALevelInBadass I've always had a set of balls, it's just you've never seen them.]]
-->'''Nathan:''' [[SubvertedTrope That is about the gayest thing I ever heard.]]
* BeautyIsBad: Especially noticeable with Lucy, who, compared to all the other crazies, is practically a goddess.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Nathan and Kelly, in spades.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Curtis desperately wanted the chance to undo the mistakes he'd made, but he didn't bargain for the [[ButterflyOfDoom problems]] meddling with history would involve. Nikki really wanted a heart; the teleporting ability that came with it is not always controllable.
** There's also an episode when Alisha abused her power, until she realised the lack of value and meaning in her sexual encounters.
** Curtis wishes for a chance to run again, but it complicates his life in unforeseen ways.
* BerserkButton: Call Kelly a chav, and she might just ''[[NoKillLikeOverKill literally]]'' kick your face in.
** Also Tony the probation worker, after being struck by the storm, wound up having his button stuck, in a manner of speaking.
** Do '''not''' suggest that Shaun the Probation Worker was sexually abused as a child.
* BetterAsFriends: [[spoiler: Kelly's decision regarding her and Nathan. She claims it's "like shaggin' me cousin."]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Super Hoodie, twice.
** Then there's Abby and her screwdriver.
* BiggusDickus: Jeremy, the boyfriend of Nathan's mom.
* BingeMontage: Nathan and Ruth getting wasted together.
* BittersweetEnding: The Series 3 finale. Simon and Alisha [[spoiler: are locked in a time loop of falling in love and dying]]. {{Lampshaded}} when Rudy asks whether he should be happy or sad, and Curtis tells him "both".
* BlackWidow: Simon appeared to be with one. [[spoiler:Turned out she was a virgin, and her OverprotectiveDad was killing off all potential lovers.]]
** Curtis also ends up with a variation of one [[spoiler:who uses whoever her current lover is to kill the previous one]].
* BlatantLies: Angry at "Jesus" for misusing their powers, Nathan states that it's not as if the main cast have murdered and raped anyone. Curtis quickly shoots him down, reminding him that actually, they ''have''.
--> '''Nathan''': When ''we'' had our powers, we didn't rape or kill anyone!\\
'''Curtis''': What? She raped me, and we've killed loads of people!\\
'''Nathan''': Well...yeah, but...''we're the good guys!''\\
'''Curtis:''' We'll get you an ambulance. Hold in there. You'll be fine.
* BlessedWithSuck: Everybody, to a degree. The show focuses a great deal on the annoying and inconvenient aspects of having a superpower. Some people have powers that are practically useless, or just drove them crazy.
** Special mention must go to Alisha, who is nearly raped every time she touches a man for the first few episodes.
** [[spoiler: Kelly, especially in Series 3. [[CassandraTruth What good is being a rocket scientist if nobody believes you actually are one?]]. However, this is subverted as her new power actually proves to be one of the more useful ones.]]
** Most powers: Kelly's telepathy allows one to hear other's thoughts...many of which are insulting or really dirty, Tony gets super-strength coupled with murderous rage, Lucy could shapeshift but transformation was very painful, Lily's pyrokinesis (actually cryokinesis but she took ecstasy, which reverses powers) seemed only to work while intimate, causing it to trigger during intercourse, teleportation is used by several people but Nikki can't control it, emotional duplication (creates a duplicate in a LiteralSplitPersonality situation and owned by Rudy and Geoff)creates psycho clones representing the deep, dark parts of the user, the ability to tell the future (in many forms, including knitting) will probably show someone dying eventually, resurrection makes flesh-hungry zombies, power removal requires sex (although depending on who needs their powers removing this one's debatable), one time-travel power doesn't let you come back (except the slow way) and there are many more. Some are like this before the users are used to them (flight only works if you're fleeing, invisibility and camouflage only work when ignored) but they're fine once controlled better.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Kelly gets this in 2.4.
** Curtis briefly in 2.3
** [[spoiler: Happens to Charlie in 3.1 when she gets stabbed.]]
** In the Series 3 finale, it's [[spoiler: Alisha, courtesy of getting her throat slit by Virtue Girl]].
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: Poor Kelly has shades of this come 2.4 when [[MonsterOfTheWeek Tim]] kidnaps her. His power causing him to view everything as playing a violent videogame. He sees her as his ex-girlfriend who stole his money and jilted him at the altar. He forces her to wear a wedding dress.
* BodyHorror: Lucy the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] and her PainfulTransformation sequences, during which she writhes, screams and appears to claw her own face off.
** Rudy's penis after his one-night stand curses it. Thankfully we only see it briefly, broken off in his hand in Simon's vision. Mostly, we get vague descriptions, including that it's going black.
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler: a zombified Curtis]] shoots himself, to save the rest from infection.
* BookEnds: Compare these lines from the ending of the first episode and the ending of the last episode:
-->'''Nathan:''' Superheroes? You lot! No offense, but in [[CrapsackWorld what kinda fucked-up world]] would that be allowed to happen?
-->'''Finn:''' Superheroes? You lot! No offense, but...fuck it. Let's do it!
* BrainFreeze: Rudy suffers from one after Abby dares him to eat his ice cream in one go.
-->'''Rudy''': She dared me to swallow me full Cornetto in one go. Mate, it's given me the worst brain freeze. I thought I was going to die there for a minute.
* BreakTheCutie: The torrent of pain and misfortune endured by Simon could be seen as this, although he was well on the way to being "broken" anyway; years of being bullied and humiliated at school caused him to FreakOut one day and attempt to burn down his worst tormentor's house. Until he realised that would involve killing a cat, and extinguished the flames. By pissing through the letterbox.
** [[spoiler: Sally]] also did this to him by accident near the end of Series 1, [[spoiler: after pretending to like him in order to get close enough to find information proving he and the other Misfits killed Tony. In an ensuing struggle he accidentally bangs her head against the door with enough force to kill her.]]
* BrickJoke: A very dark one comes in Series 2. Nikki tells Curtis that someone with his power would normally use it to travel back in time to kill Hitler. Come the ChristmasEpisode and Seth, the powers dealer, says he sold Curtis' power to an old Jewish man planning to do just that. We actually get to see the attempt and how it turns out in Series 3.
** In the first episode, Nathan guesses that his power is flight, as "there's always one who can fly". No luck, all the way until series 5, when it's shown a man can fly.
* BritishBrevity: The first series has six episodes, the second has seven (including the ChristmasSpecial), while the rest had eight.
* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: ''All'' of the cast in the ChristmasSpecial by their own choosing. Causes some complications.]]
** [[spoiler:All of the main cast apart from Rudy in the Nazi timeline. Presumably none of the Misfits were out in the open when the storm hit.]]
* BuriedAlive: [[spoiler:Nathan, the first time he dies.]]
* ButNotTooBi: When [[spoiler:Nathan gets the hots for Simon. {{Justified}} in context.]]
* ButterflyOfDoom: Curtis encounters this problem in 1.4.
* ButtMonkey: Simon.
** It seems whenever someone's power starts messing with people, it's always Nathan. Sometimes it's not even powers: the universe just ''loves'' screwing over Nathan. Although his misfortune is very often a direct result of his own [[TooDumbToLive idiocy]], [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogance]] and/or [[{{Troll}} general]] [[JerkAss jerkassery]], whereas Simon is undeservingly victimised. Plus Simon is painfully aware of his own butt monkey status, while Nathan remains ridiculously over-confident despite leading a life of near-constant humiliation. That trait [[spoiler: is what makes him immortal.]]
** Ollie [[spoiler: up until his prompt death, anyway.]]
** Finn.
* CallBack: In the Nazi episode, a few powered people the group encountered before appear when the Nazis are looking for people with powers.
** The Series 3 finale;
--> '''Kelly:''' There was [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway a guy who could control cheese]] and he was a [[spoiler: [[LethalHarmlessPowers fucking psycho]]]].
** Greg sings the Power of Love in 5.3, having previously sung it at karaoke.
* CallForward: Nathan and Curtis each accuse the other of being about to shit themselves. Oddly, because of Curtis' time manipulation, neither of them remember the other saying it to them when they say it.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Nathan in 2.2. And Jamie.
* CameBackWrong: With the resurrection power introduced in Series 3, any living thing brought back from the dead develops [[{{Im A Humanitarian}} a craving for flesh.]] But unlike most examples of this trope, the resurrected maintains their intelligence and personality and don't become entirely mindless zombies.
** They do, however, take on a "rage virus" quality when attempting to feed.
* TheCameo: Phil Daniels' brief yet memorable guest appearance as the voice of Kelly's filthy-minded dog. No, really.
** Also, Nicholas Burns (from NathanBarley, and various other British comedies) plays the horny policeman in 1.2.
* CantHaveSexEver: Oddly enough, the effective result of Alisha's first power. She and Curtis can't have ''mutually consenting'' sex.
** It's a grey area, but theoretically he ''could'' give her prior permission to use her power on him, making the act consensual. It's more a question of intimacy, though. Her pheromone manipulation causes him to forget who he is momentarily-he stops caring about her and just wants to have sex with her, and once the physical contact is broken, he can't remember any of it. Because they want to preserve their ''emotional'' connection, they are forced to resort to more [[ADateWithRosiePalms unconventional methods]] of sexual intimacy...
* CaptainObvious: Nathan's "The probation worker's gone mental!" line, when he'd already been warned about said probation worker's mentality and [[GenreBlind refused to believe it]]. In his defence, you probably ''wouldn't'' believe that your supervisor had suddenly turned into a murderous axe-wielding maniac until you saw it with your own eyes. Especially if you're TheDitz.
* CassandraTruth: In Episode 3.7, which also makes this ArbitrarySkepticism considering the conversation and who is involved in it.
--> '''Kelly:''' You gotta kill 'er! She's a fookin' zombie!
--> '''Seth:''' [shoves Kelly down the hall, then slams the door in her face]
* CastingGag: Let's see, Michael Obiora playing a policeman called by a woman named Sally to investigate disappearances? [[Series/DoctorWho Did he blink, just for a second?]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Rudy suggests they come up with some in 3.1.
** "I'm a fucking rocket scientist!" is a legitimate one.
** "Now you see me, (beat) now you see two of me!" is said once by Rudy as a joke. Him saying to his copy "Come on, get back in here" while gesturing to his chest is a more legitimate catchphrase.
*** "''Jeeeesus!'' ".
** "It doesn't work like that!" said by Curtis in the first two series whenever anyone wants him to deliberately use his power to rewind history to prevent some unfortunate occurrence from happening.
** "You don't need to behave like this. You can be so much better..."
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: In Nathan's defence, Curtis and Alisha ''really'' should have locked the door...
* CharacterFocus: Happens in several of the episodes;
** Nathan - 1.2 and 2.2
** Curtis - 1.4, 3.2, 4.4
** Simon - 1.5 and 2.1, 3.3
** Alisha - 1.3, 2.3, and 2.4
** Rudy - 3.1, 4.8, and 5.2
** Kelly and Seth - 3.4
** Seth - 3.7
** Finn - 4.2, 4.5, and 5.5
** Jess and Rudy share 4.3
** Alex and Abby have 4.7
** Alex - 5.1
** Abby - 5.3, in fact, it's her [[spoiler: Origin Episode]].
** Jess - 5.8, the series finale.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Simon's videography]].
** Also, [[spoiler:Curtis being lactose intolerant.]]
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Apparently Curtis is Catholic, judging by his crucifix and saint medallion. The priest who impersonates Jesus also appears to be.
* ChristmasEpisode: 2.7, which in typical Misfits fashion is a TwistedChristmas.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Throughout her limited amount of time on the show, Marnie definitely came across as this.
** Finn's starting to show some shades it as well.
--> '''Jess:''' "Will you please stop saying vagina."
--> '''Finn:''' "What do you call yours then?"
* CoconutSuperpowers: The show thrives on this. Of the original cast, only Simon's superpower requires any sort of special effects, and even then, only when he initially turns invisible. Of the season 4 cast, only Rudy and Jess's powers require special effects, since Finn can only move small objects with his telekinesis. In season 5 Rudy very rarely merges or splits on-screen (although effects are needed then), Alex has some fairly basic effects (bright lights) and Abby's power needs no effects.
* CoitusUninterruptus: The fake Jesus is shown counting some wads of stolen money and receiving oral sex from a girl in a Santa hat (for extra evil points, she's under the influence of a sex-pheromone-manipulating superpower at the time, so it's actually rape). When he's interrupted by a group of six people, he just holds a conversation with them as though absolutely nothing unusual was happening. Although he does pull a few interesting facial expressions.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Yeah, ''[[SarcasmMode right]]''.
** Series 5 does use this a little bit. Alex pretty much only uses his power because of this and although it isn't said at all, it is implied with Rudy Too's other powered associates.
** WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Most individuals affected by the Storm seem to be ''very'' close to JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* CompellingVoice: The power of Virtue Girl from the Series 1 finale. The only way to reverse the effects is [[spoiler: to kill her.]]
* CompetenceZone: Power users are almost always about the same age as the Misfits, with lots of the exceptions having bought their powers rather than obtaining them naturally. And an even more disproportionate number of them end up doing Community Service!
* ContrastMontage: The gang's stunning and diverse array of attitude problems are depicted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcngcqA6zHw&feature=channel this scene]].
* CosyCatastrophe: Nathan seems remarkably cool about being buried alive - after an initial short outburst, he just lies back and starts listening to his iPod.
** Simon is GenreSavvy enough to point out this is the inevitable result if they don't quarantine and deal with the zombie problem immediately.
* CountryMatters: {{Played with}} particularly in the "Conti" episode, and fairly frequent appearances throughout, Jessica Brown-Findlay among others having uttered the Deplorable Word on the show.
* CreepyChild: Looks like we've found the "daddy" counterpart of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' "Are you my mummy?" child. The baby in 1.5 has the power to induce any man with the desire to be his dad.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Virtue Girl appears to be part of the comic relief for the Series 3 finale, until she [[spoiler: turns out to be one of the few people able to kill off a main character for good.]]
* CryingWolf: This happens to Nathan a few times due to his penchant for telling extravagant lies. He both figuratively and ''literally'' cried wolf in episode two.
* {{Cult}}: The powers have caused a number of these:
** Season 1 has the Virtue Group, brought together by a CompellingVoice
** Season 2 has an unnamed group of worshippers led by a priest claiming to be Jesus Christ (aided by superpowers)
** Season 5 has the "Agents of Satan"
* CursedWithAwesome: Kelly and Alisha largely resent the superpowers they've received, since the benefits are insignificant when compared with the downsides, and are quick to get rid of them once they find out it's possible. Curtis views his this way too, despite it having been proven time and time again to be the most useful.
* DarkMessiah: In the Christmas episode we get a false Jesus. He's not interested in any grandiose vision, though, but uses his powers for petty, personal gain, such as having sex with women or stealing from people.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The mutual version - how Curtis and Alisha get around the [[CantHaveSexEver physical intimacy problem]] of their relationship.
** Melissa!Curtis does this a lot after discovering she can multiple orgasm.
** Curtis doing it to pass the time and then [[spoiler: switching to Melissa because she can multiple orgasm and using the same tissues to clean up afterwards results in Curtis getting Melissa!Curtis pregnant]].
** Seth wakes up to find not just Rudy but yeah Curtis doing this (SEPARATELY fangirls) in the series 4 premiere.
--> '''Curtis''': It's a sedative, innit?
* ADayInTheLimelight: Each episode focuses mainly on a different character.
* DeadMansChest: In the first season, a rather hilarious version of this happens. The Misfit's probation worker goes crazy thanks to the storm and kills one of them, and to avoid blame (they're all juvenile delinquents) they bury the bodies under a bridge, transporting it using Kelly's boyfriend's car. Then they find out the bridge is being demolished to make way for a wildlife centre, so they dig up the bodies, hoping to rebury them under the concrete of the new centre. However, Kelly's boyfriend won't lend his car out anymore, so they steal their new probation workers car to move the bodies. Then before they can move to bodies out of the car their probation worker appears and drives home. The next morning she comes into work, smells something in the back of the car, and Nathan has to distract her by throwing a brick at her car to avoid her noticing the two corpses in her car boot.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nathan, in spades. Also Shaun, the probation worker from Series 2.
** Simon also begins showing signs of this once he starts to come out of his shell.
** Jess owns this trope.
** Pretty much everything out of Alex's mouth in series 5 was this trope.
* DeathByFallingOver: [[spoiler: Sally. Simon]] just pushes her away and she hits her head on a door.
** In the first episode of Series 3 [[spoiler:the girl who could stop time dies this way after Rudy kicks her and she cracks her skull on the floor.]]
* DefenceMechanismSuperpower: [[spoiler:Nathan. His immortality literally won't kick in until after he dies first, only then will he be able to heal from whatever killed him and resurrect himself. If it's not a fatal wound, he can't heal himself... which is exactly what the "Milk Guy" in Season 2 does. He incapacitates him in such a way that he's been turned into a vegetable, but ''still'' alive, so he can't heal himself.]]
** Finn's telekinesis isn't strictly this, as he can always lift small things at will but it kind of is, as it is a lot stronger when he or someone else is in major danger, easily knocking back a fairly strong person [[spoiler:or horseman of the apocalypse.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: Alisha in Series 2.
** [[spoiler: Psycho!Rudy]] makes a friggin campaign out of doing this to Jess in 4.3.[[spoiler: It kinda works, but she wasn't much of an ice queen to begin with, just bitingly reserved about her personal life.]]
* DepravedHomosexual: Greg the probation worker. He's creepy in general, but starts attempting to seduce Finn after he sees Alex having sex with him (long story). At one point he also mentions having beaten up a young man who rejected his advances.
* {{Determinator}}: The "villain" in episode 4.1. By the end of it he's had a hand chopped off, both testicles removed and his penis mutilated ''and'' he's just been thrown off a building, yet still somehow has enough strength left to open the case to have one last feel of his money before he dies. And that goes without saying all the stuff he went through from being hit by the storm to meeting the Misfits in the episode itself, some we only saw glimpses of.
** His power seems to inspire this effect in those infected with it as well, such as Curtis, who was [[spoiler: locked in a freezer for enough time for ''frost'' to form on his body, yet able to violently jump out after Jess and Finn opened said freezer before bolting away.]] Of course, the entire time his focus was completely on the case.
* DiegeticSwitch: Played with in the Series 1 finale. Three characters wear iPods in and each one is given their own backing theme.
* DirtyMindReading: Kelly doesn't always enjoy knowing what people are thinking.
* DisappearedDad: Nathan's father. Implied to have been the "psychologically absent" type before leaving Nathan and his mother altogether. Apparently he cheated on Nathan's mother, walked out on her, and has [[spoiler: another son]] he'd never bothered to mention. Oh, and he also left Nathan alone and unattended in Ikea for three hours on his eighth birthday, during which time Nathan ended up having lunch with a known pedophile.
-->'''Nathan:''' That sick pervert cared more about me than dad ever did...''he'' would've taken me to the zoo.
** The father of the baby in 1.5. as well, which inspired his power of making any man he comes into contact with want to be his dad. [[spoiler: Kelly suggests his mother bring him to his real father at the end, so this can make him want to stick around]].
* DiscardAndDraw: The apparent fate of most of the cast at the end of the Series 2 Christmas special. Alisha in particular, as her power presumably died with "Jesus". Not that Alisha wanted it back, though.
** Curtis in 3.6 because [[spoiler: due to getting his female body pregnant through messy masturbation, he gets stuck in the female form]] and has to go back to Seth for a power removal.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The third season finale has this in spades. [[spoiler: The first five minutes imply the Medium might be the big bad of the episode, by halfway through we're sure it's Ghost!Sally but in the end it turns out they should have kept their eye on Ghost!Virtue Girl all along.]]
** Although [[spoiler: Sally ''was'' sort of a bad guy, as she had intended to kill Alisha to get revenge on Simon. It's just that she willingly gives up the campaign as soon as she's reunited with Tony. Unlike Virtue Girl, who's very reason for not being able to move on is she desires revenge against the Misfits.]]
* DisgustingPublicToilet: The toilet in the scuzzy club 1.4, of which we get loads of unpleasant close-ups while Curtis is trying to flush away the cocaine. The toilets in the community centre aren't so peachy either.
* DisposingOfABody: Two have been buried in the concrete foundations of a building, one [[HumanPopsicle is kept in a freezer]] for a while and then [[CementShoes dropped in the river]].
** All things considered, the bodies are disposed of pretty well. The two buried in the concrete foundations are unlikely to ever be found, and the frozen body - if found - will be a nightmare for forensics to decipher, thanks to all the time spent in the freezer.
*** The quality of disposal in Series 3 goes down. Most of them are dumped in shallow graves. With the number of disappearances that can be linked to the community centre, it's a wonder the police haven't found them by now.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Finn for Jess. Alex isn't that bad, [[spoiler: until he gets his dick back.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: {{Lampshaded}} {{values dissonance}} with Alisha and Curtis in 1.3. Curtis calls her out in 2.7.
* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: [[spoiler: Alex has anal sex with Finn while the latter is unconscious in 5.1]]. Yes, it was to [[ItMakesSenseInContext rid him of Satan]], but even so. Finn ''is'' upset by it, naturally, but none of them call it rape.
** It is debatable, as offhand mentions show he is upset but he realised that it was the best option and it can be argued that he gave retrospective consent. Rudy later calls Alex "The Raper" though, so it is called out on just like the last one. Overall there seems to be a strong consensus that Alex taking their power through force is a perfectly acceptable way to deal with someone they can't otherwise beat, as it done again on [[spoiler: Sam, in Luke's future]] and nobody bats an eyelid, despite having also killed the villain in question.
** Averted in one instance, as Alex is clearly getting ready to fuck the power out of Leah before Finn tells him he's already talked her down and there's no need.
* DramaticDrop:
** Fin'Nazis!Kelly drops the [[spoiler: plate of food she just poisoned]] in order to help rescue the Power Broker from a [[DrivenToSuicide suicide attempt]].
* DramaticUnmask: The revelation that Superhoodie is [[spoiler: Future!Simon]].
* DrawingStraws: Curtis, Rudy, Simon and Alisha do this to determine who finally kills Mr. Miggles.
** And again, when they determine who has to kill the new probation worker.
** And again, when they determine who has to kill [[spoiler:Curtis.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Power-reversed Curtis sees himself [[FutureBadass in a superhero costume]] with a [[GirlOfMyDreams girl he doesn't recognise yet]].
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: Peter when he fights Superhoodie/[[spoiler:Simon]] wears a variation on the Superhoodie outfit, except with evil-looking red lines, reminiscent of Marvel's Carnage.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In the Series 1 finale Nathan dresses up in a pale grey suit to fit in with the other brainwashed teens.
* DrivenToSuicide: When [[VampiricDraining drained]] by the [[LifeDrinker life force vampire]] in 5.6, people completely lose the will to live, attempting suicide.
* DrunkDriver: Alisha, even after getting banned from driving (hence her being sentenced to community service in the first place).
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: The main villain in the Christmas Episode, a vicar who buys powers in order to fool people into thinking he's Jesus Christ reborn.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa:
** 3.2: Rudy [[spoiler: goes down on Curtis who is in his female form and drugged]].
** 3.6: Averted by Simon telling Rudy in no uncertain terms "That's rape" when he suggests having sex with a sleeping woman.
** 5.1: [[spoiler: Alex has sex with an unconscious Finn to rid him of Satan.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: All the Misfits, and Tony and Sally, are present in the club the night Curtis travels back to try and fix things for his ex-girlfriend Sam. Except Nathan, but he's in the bowling alley in the same building, doing the things that lead to him getting community service.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: In 1.4, Curtis uses his power several times, first to prevent his girlfriend Sam from being sent to prison, later [[spoiler: to keep his friends from getting killed by Tony.]] He has to try it a few times before he gets it all right, but eventually he succeeds. [[spoiler: Until he discovers that now he's still dating his ex AND Alisha]]
* EnsembleCast: A true example now, with Nathan leaving after two series, Alisha, Kelly and Simon leaving after three, and Curtis' departure in series 4, with new cast members being brought in each time. Following Curtis' final appearance, the main cast is now entirely different from that of the first series.
* EntitledBastard: Nathan, despite tormenting Simon and being warned by Kelly not to because of his [[SanitySlippage fragile emotional health]], expects [[strike:Barry]] Simon to save him when they're both in trouble.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Graphic, superpowered sex.
** IdealizedSex: Most of the sex on the show comes across as horribly unrealistic, with no mentions of contraception, safety, etc. It gets really bad when one of the characters has anal sex, and ''doesn't even have to use lube''. Any person that's had anal sex can attest that it is ''not'' that simple. To make it worse, it later happens again [[spoiler: while actively flying through the sky!]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Said verbatim by Curtis [[spoiler: in reference to Kelly's new choice of power]] in the Series 3 premiere.
* FanDisservice: Plenty in Series 1. ''Both'' seem to revolve around Nathan; a middle-aged naked man running around naked, thinking he's a dog; and the revelation the GirlOfTheWeek Nathan has sex with is really a 82-year old woman, as her true age is shown mid-orgasm. It's really as disturbing as it sounds, and Nathan's horrified reaction is...understandable.
** Then there's Nathan's lotion scene; less FemaleGaze and more {{Selfcest}}uous Gaze.
** Same goes for the pregnant-sex in the Christmas special. Again, with Nathan.
* FanService: Alisha's bit with the bottle in the first episode. I'm sure every man (or bi woman, lesbian, etc.) watching that had the exact same expression as Curtis, Nathan and Simon.
** Nathan and the sun tan lotion. Or was that just me?
*** [[spoiler: Future!Simon]]'s ShirtlessScene
* FantasticDrug: Subverted in that standard pills (ecstasy) reverse the nature of powers as a side effect. Kelly begins [[TruthTellingSession announcing every thought that pops into her head]], Curtis flashes ''[[DreamingOfThingsToCome forward]]'' in time, Alisha repels everyone she touches, Simon becomes the centre of attention and AnIcePerson gets [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]].
** This is also the episode where [[spoiler:Nathan learns he can also see the dead.]]
** Subverted again in exactly the same way. This time Jess becomes blind instead of having X-ray vision, Alex puts all of the powers he removed from the people through sex into someone he has sex with and Mark (whose power is being a tortoise) just turns back into a human.
* FailedASpotCheck: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]; after sneaking back into the community center in episode 1, Nathan notices the bloodstains and hacked-open bathroom stall door, he just doesn't seem to ''care''.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Alisha with Shaun in the Fookin' Nazis! Timeline so Simon can sneak away with his stolen antibiotics. Although it's played with, in that Shaun had convinced himself that Alisha really liked him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: Brian in series 2, episode 6 strangled Nathan's cerebral cortex with mozzarella, potentially leaving him in a vegetative state forever.]]
* FemmeFatale: Alisha, ''big-time'', particularly when you consider her power. Not that she wasn't enough of one in the first place.
** In Season 4, Lola has this as her "power", literally. It turns out that she [[spoiler:was an aspiring actress playing a Femme Fatale character when the storm hit, leaving her stuck in character and having her past personality and memories completely overwritten,]] leading to the dramatic consequences that this type of character usually creates (hence the "fatale" in the name) [[spoiler:for her and the several men she started using, including Curtis.]]
* FireForgedFriends: Let's be honest - the five of them wouldn't usually hang around each other any other day. But nothing like shared pain, murder, mayhem and fighting off mind control to get the team spirit going.
* FetishFuel: Invoked and then Defied in 3.7:
--> '''Alisha:''' [after having beaten a zombie to death with a baseball bat] ... [[SarcasmMode Still want me to]] dress up as a cheerleader for your birthday?
--> '''Simon:''' ... No.
* FiveManBand: Though the various configurations of the main cast never quite clearly fill the types exactly, they can be closely be described as:
** '''Series 1-2''': Curtis (TheHero), Nathan (TheLancer), Simon (TheSmartGuy), Kelly (TheBigGuy), Alisha (TheChick), Nikki (TheSixthRanger)
** '''Series 3''': Simon (TheHero), Rudy (TheLancer), Kelly (TheSmartGuy), Alisha (TheChick), Curtis (TheBigGuy), Seth (TheSixthRanger)
** '''Series 4''': Rudy (TheHero), Jess (TheLancer), Finn (TheSmartGuy), Alex (TheChick), Curtis (TheBigGuy), Abby (TheSixthRanger)
** '''Series 5''': Rudy (TheHero), Jess (TheLancer), Finn (TheSmartGuy), Alex (TheBigGuy), Abby (TheChick)
* FetishFuelStationAttendant: In-universe [[BrainwashedAndCrazy libido control]] version in Alisha's personal BlessedWithSuck.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Nathan's power is alluded to in episode 4 where he is the only one to be found alive after Tony's attack. The paramedics speculated that he was "just lucky" and he himself admits he has no idea how he survived.
** [[SpoilerOpening The opening credits]] are literal examples, as the kids' shadows hint at the powers they develop.
*** For Abby the opening seems to imply that her power is simply amnesia, as we have come to expect but hadn't been confirmed. [[spoiler:This is a subversion, as the seeming foreshadowing of the obvious is a red herring. She's someone's imaginary friend.]]
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: When the main characters were trying to come up with a way they could break into a convent "full of evil bitch nuns" [[spoiler: to save Nadine]] in 4x08, we got this exchange:
--> Abby: "You could use the special powers you got after being struck by that random, freak storm!"
--> Beat
--> Abby: "It's just a thought."
--> Finn: "You know we really should use them more often."
** Happened with Jess throughout series 5, though it was never more obvious then when, instead of standing a fair distance away from the door and using her x-ray vision to see if [[spoiler: Leah-possessed Alex and her ''nail gun'']] were outside, she went out of her way to use the ''peep-hole''! Later, she doesn't bother to check whether [[psycho-Geoff]] is behind a door but moments later remembers about her power and looks into a car boot, finding [[main Geoff.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: [[spoiler: No mention is made to Nikki after the Christmas Special]]
** Until the Series 4 finale when [[spoiler: Rudy mentioned Curtis telling him about her when the group learned about Alex's transplant]]
* FourIsDeath: [[spoiler: The final member of The original Misfits (Curtis) dies in the fourth episode of the fourth series.]]
* FreakyFridayFlip: [[spoiler: Kelly and Jen]], 3.5.
** And {{Lampshade}}d by Simon, who called it that, correcting Rudy who misidentified it as ''Film/FaceOff''
* FreezeFrameBonus: You'd probably have to be a mad fan to find this in any way entertaining, but in the scene towards the end of episode 2 when Nathan and his mum have just reconciled, Nathan walks over to Jeremy and makes a comment. Freeze the frame, zoom in, and just ''look'' at the cup Jeremy's holding.
* FreudianExcuse: Nathan despises his father, and at one point suggests that his own problems are due to the fact that his [[JerkJustifications dad was never around]]. Also, while Simon never actively ''blames'' his psychological issues on his [[DarkAndTroubledPast past misfortunes]], they do offer quite a solid explanation for his current fragile state.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Although there is a little more to it, turns out Nathan's crime ''did'' start with him eating some pick-and-mix. Then it became petty assault and being a dick to a cop.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Keep an eye out for facial expressions (usually from Simon) when another character (usually Nathan or Rudy) is saying something especially absurd.
* FutureBadass: [[spoiler:Superhoodie, aka Simon. Curtis' brief jump forward implies he's this, too, though it later turns out he's simply at a fancy dress party doing surveillance.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Although Kelly's new "rocket scientist" power doesn't seem too useful at first, it turns out that it can be applied to other kinds of machines, enabling her to fix a car's engine within seconds and easily deactivate a security alarm.
* GenreSavvy: Simon appears to be aware of the tropes involved when it comes to superpowers.
** [[NotSoDifferent Nathan has his moments as well]].
--> '''Simon:''' "So you're not Aquaman then?"
--> '''Nathan:''' (emerging breathless and bedraggled from a large bucket of water) "Apparently not."
** A gem from Series 2 about this trend.
--> '''Nathan''': "She's a beautiful girl and she's here, in the community centre!"
--> '''Simon''': "So?"
--> '''Nathan''': "So I seem to remember a similar scenario that resulted in me having sex with an 82 year old woman!"
--> '''Curtis''': "And there was that shapeshifter girl, she was mental."
--> '''Kelly''': "Yeah, look what happened with him and that probation worker."
** Curtis suggests that they should all watch more Sci-Fi in order to become more Genre Savvy.
** Peter the fanboy from Season 3 is also GenreSavvy and very excited to have figured out Superhoodie's secret identity.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler: Curtis' new power is the ability to transform into a woman at will]].
* GirlfriendInCanada: This exchange from a season two episode.
--> '''Simon''': Then what's her name?
--> '''Nathan''': Errrr...Mon...Eiiiik..........Ka. Moneeka. She's French.
--> '''Simon''': Well, you should invite her to the party.
--> '''Nathan''': Oh well, she's in France, on account of being French.
* GirlOfMyDreams: Curtis bumps into the woman from his FlashForward at the end of the episode. ''Great'' first impression, breaking into her flat while your mate shits on her bed...
* GhostlyGoals: After [[spoiler:Nathan's dead brother]] convinces him to reconnect with his father, he and Ice-girl do the usual wave-goodbye-and-walk-into-the-distance thing. Remains to be seen if they're gone for good though.
** It's also the focus of the season 3 finale.
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: More like cell phones to Nazis
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Curtis gets told by Nikki that most would use his power to kill Hitler. [[spoiler: In series 3 a Holocaust survivor tries to, after buying it off Seth.]]
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted; Curtis quickly gets rid of his GenderBender power after getting his female alter ego pregnant [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally]], effectively aborting that pregnancy. The word isn't used, though Alicia says "There are options, you know" when Melissa!Curtis is worrying over what to do.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: [[spoiler:Nathan]] once his immortality powers are revealed. He comments at one point while jammed on a pipe that yes, it's extremely painful, before dying.
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler: It happens to Kelly in Season 3, and is one of the applications of Leah's power in Season 5.]]
* HarmlessFreezing: Lily freezes Nathan's arm accidentally, but does him no damage beyond momentary pain. Averted however when Captain Smith gets her power in the Nazi timeline- he freezes poor Gary to death in seconds.
* HaveWeMetYet: Curtis faces this when he reverses time and meets several of his "present-day" companions, all of whom fail to recognise him.
* [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower Heart is a Deadly Power]]: [[WhateverMancy Lactokinesis]]; who would have though one could use it to create a KillEmAll scenario.
* HeroicSacrifice: Superhoodie takes a bullet intended for Alisha in episode 4 of the second series, ending his mission.
** And Simon later takes a knife in the gut to save Curtis, in order for Curtis to be able to rewind time to save the others.
** [[spoiler: Rudy attempts one to save Alisha from Time-Control Girl but they're rescued before he actually dies.]]
** In the Nazi timeline, [[spoiler: Peter, the guy who can direct the future via comics]], presumably makes one when trying to escape, knowing the unimaginable damage his power could do.
* HighTurnoverRate: Try to think of an episode where someone does not die, even if its temporary? Having trouble? Well it's episode 3 in series 1. This trope even gets lampshaded a few times.
** More specifically, they go through a lot of probation workers. The Misfits are forced to kill two, one loses his job after falling prey to Alisha's lust-inducing powers, they kill Shaun in a reversed timeline [[spoiler: and then he's finally killed by Jenn]]. It's eventually PlayedForLaughs - we don't even learn the latest one's name before she's mauled to death by a zombie cheerleader.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Nathan's anecdote about his eighth birthday definitely qualifies - it involved him being abandoned in Ikea by his father, and spending the day eating meatballs with a paedophile. Similarly, Nathan's story about a camping trip where his mother's friend bad-touched him. It's possible that it's because he's such a pathological liar people assume he's just trying to get attention.
* HitYouSoHardYourXWillFeelIt: '''Kelly''':"If you call me that one more time. I'll kick you so hard in the cunt your mum will feel it!"
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Hitler overpowered the septuagenarian time traveler and took his phone, spurring advances in Nazi technology and winning them the war. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode Kelly gains the time travel power and goes back and retrieves the phone. She also "kicks the shit out of Hitler." Kelly is the only one to remember the alternate timeline.]]
* HowDoIShotWeb: So far, Simon seems to be the only one to learn how to invoke his power entirely voluntarily. Kelly and Alisha's are always on, and Curtis and Nathan's are {{Defence Mechanism Superpower}}s.
** The new powers in series 3 seem to have averted this [[spoiler: except for Rudy]]
** Rudy is perhaps the best example of this considering it isn't even up to him when his clone decides to pop out. Not to mention [[spoiler: that Rudy Three was actually able to take control of his body.]]
** It's all Finn can do to make a plant shuffle off a shelf. In short: He can use weak telekinesis at will but anything stronger than moving a shopping trolley a meter forward has only been seen as instinctive.
** Jess may have had trouble earlier but by the time we get to her she can voluntarily use her power.
** Abby's power doesn't work that way, [[spoiler:as we're initially meant to believe that it is amnesia, but it is actually being someone's imaginary friend. The power to make one's imaginary friends real is shown to be used accidentally, creating both Abby and Scary.]] and Alex's is unclear as it seems to activate whenever he orgasms but he hasn't been shown to be able to not use it.
** It's understandably used and subverted with less significant characters. Notable in series 5 is Tim, who struggles with '''not''' using his power. Understandable, as it is thinking he is the main character of a GTA-esque game.
* HumanityEnsues: Bruno. [[spoiler:The gorilla]].
** When Mark takes ecstasy, he turns back into a human.
* IBelieveICanFly: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Nathan is trying to work his power out.
-->''Of course! There's '''always''' someone who can fly!''
** He can't.
** Subverted in the "loads of people can fly" manner. Only Sam can actually fly.
* AnIcePerson: Lily, a bartender whose power to freeze liquid or moisture came about from her 'frigid' nature when it came to intimacy.
* IconicOutfit: The orange overalls.
* IdealizedSex: Comically averted during any sexual situation involving Nathan - actually, very few sex scenes in the show play this trope remotely straight, but if Nathan's involved you know you're in for something particularly disastrous. He's been shown to suffer from [[SpeedSex premature ejaculation]], has got his finger stuck in a girl's vagina during foreplay, and has displayed an o-face so off-putting and bizarre that his partner started laughing hysterically when she saw it. He also has a famous habit of "tripling" himself during sex - yes, kids, that's when you ejaculate, puke and shit yourself all at once - although luckily for everyone this one happens off-screen.
* IdiotBall: Gets tossed around quite a lot.
* IfICantHaveYou: Jealous zombie girlfriend variation.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Invoked by [[spoiler: [[MonsterOfTheWeek the tattoo artist]] with LovePotion-esque powers]] in series 2 episode 3. Nathan falls in love with Simon ([[AllMenArePerverts which means incredibly sexually attracted to him]]).
-->'''Nathan''': It's just so hard when you're so cute, and I'm so horny. And there's only a couple of thin layers of cotton separating our genitals.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Nathan to his mother's boyfriend [[note]]whose [[BlessedWithSuck "power"]] is believing he's a dog[[/note]]: "If you ever hurt her, I'll take you up the vet's and have you put down.", though in context it's a (literal, really) PetTheDog moment for him.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Alisha, Kelly, Curtis.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Nathan.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Nathan tries this with Kelly, and the brainwashed Virtue minions. It doesn't work.
* ImAManICantHelpIt: "The siren call of the blowjob renders all men powerless!"
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: [[spoiler:Nathan]].
* ImpairmentShot: Simon, after Nathan's younger brother slips a pill into his beer.
** Melissa and Emma after the track coach roofied them.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Nathan is actually making a habit of dying this way.]]
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Superhoodie, with a paper aeroplane.
** Also Simon, able to throw a peanut into [[spoiler: Vince's mouth, while lying on the floor, ''and being strangled.'']]
** Bear in mind, they are both [[spoiler: the same person, so really it's just Simon that has REALLY impressive aim.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: The Misfits regularly use these.
* InspectorJavert: Series 2 features a cop who suspects the gang of murdering the probation workers. He can't prove it though.
* InstitutionalApparel: Although [[CustomUniform everyone wears their jumpsuit slightly differently, to reflect their attitudes and personalities]].
** Curtis generally wears a vest or t-shirt on top, tying the jumpsuit's sleeves around his waist. This shows off his upper body, makes him look hardworking, and also reflects the fact that he doesn't feel like he really belongs in a Community Payback jumpsuit. He also always wears a medallion of a saint and a cross.
** Alisha generally shows some cleavage and rolls up her sleeves, pops her collar and rolls her trouser legs into capris. She also always wears a belt around her waist, further showing off her figure. She usually wears make-up, jewelry and ballet flats, despite the fact that they're doing manual labor.
** Kelly, like Alisha, doesn't wear a shirt under her jumpsuit. She keeps hers open at the collar, though doesn't undo as many buttons as Alisha. Kelly doesn't go to much effort to make hers more flattering or fashionable, more sort of surrendering to the ugliness. She does, however, keep on her jewelry and make-up and is (according to her twitter) devoted to Adidas, wearing them both for community service and civilian life.
** Nathan's is worn open to about the belly button with a visible t-shirt underneath. His jumpsuit is also the most stained, covered in paint and blood. The word 'pay' in the phrase 'Community Payback' has been crossed off and replaced with 'blow'.
** Simon wears his jumpsuit buttoned up to the chin: precise, neat, and respectful. This, of course, makes him "look a bit like a paedophile" according to Nathan, but fitting his shy personality it also looks like he's trying to hide in/it.
** Rudy wears his with popped collar, rolled up sleeves and partly unbuttoned.
** [[spoiler: Third Rudy]] wears his buttoned straight up, contrasting with Rudy.
** There's less variation in later members. As of series 5, all 5 of them unbutton it to reveal fairly large sections of neck and chest with shirts underneath, with some individual exceptions. The variation mostly comes from the shirts they (obviously) wear under them.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Alisha's [[EroticEating trick with the bottle]] is intercut with Kelly running away from an AxCrazy [[spoiler: Tony]].
** Done again in the third season finale, although this time it's [[spoiler: Ghost!Virtue Girl]] trying to get herself off on Curtis while Kelly [[spoiler: once again, runs from Tony]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Bruno's interest in Kelly probably applies. Played somewhat more straight when Abby starts having feelings for human-turned-tortoise Mark, though nothing sexual occurs between them while he is still in tortoise form.
* {{Invisibility}}: Simon. He apparently also becomes inaudible... although they might just be ignoring him.
** This is more likely a PerceptionFilter effect. In 1x05 we see from Sally's POV that while Simon is standing in an open doorway, she doesn't even register that the door is open. This is supported by Simon's reversed power when everyone can't help but notice him.
** A girl in series 5 can camouflage, which is essentially this.
* InTheHood: Sort of. [[spoiler: In the series 2 episode with the Lactokinesis kid, Simon pulls up his hood ([[{{Foreshadowing}} for some reason]] he'd been wearing a hoodie along with his Ian Curtis-looking attire throughout series 2 in distinctly badass fashion as he goes looking for his friends' murderer.]] Subverted in that [[spoiler: he's invisible anyway, so it's not like he needs his face to be hidden]], but it fits in line with British perception of the hoodie culture: serious shit is about to go down.
** And, of course, Superhoodie. [[spoiler:Naturally, since they're the same person.]]
* IRejectYourReality: This is Tim's "superpower", his personal reality being that of a [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto popular videogame franchise]].
* ISeeDeadPeople: [[spoiler:Nathan, as a later side effect of his power]]. Namedropped, [[MetaGuy of course]].
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Played with - Nathan mentions this to Curtis as a laugh, who uses this line seriously to try and break up with Sam. It works - but only because Sam recognized it from Spider-Man and got angry.
* IWasQuiteALooker - [[spoiler: Ruth/old lady Ruth, who was more of a self-only age changer than a shapeshifter, and doing so apparently overtaxed her body]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nathan at the end of the day, though he does tread the line into JerkAss territory at times.
** Played completely straight with Kelly, who is a genuinely nice person despite being a bit...[[{{Tsundere}} confrontational]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Kelly delivers a few nasty punches, kicks, and the like to deserving targets over the course of the series. At one point she even gets to headbutt [[spoiler: Hitler, then kicks him a few times while he's on the ground]]
* KilledOffForReal: As of the series 3 finale, [[spoiler: all of the probation workers (Tony, Sally, Shaun + his unnamed replacement), [[ForgottenFallenFriend Nikki]], Alisha and Simon]].
** [[spoiler: Curtis, the last member of the original gang]], commits suicide at the midpoint of Season 4. [[spoiler: Tim]], Rudy Two's friend who is [[spoiler: trapped in a GTA-sytle hallucination]] is killed in the next-to-last episode of the series.
** Since [[spoiler: Nathan]] and [[spoiler: Kelly]] were both PutOnABus (at the beginning Series 3 & 4, respectively) they are the only members of the original gang still alive.
* KillEmAll:
** Series 2, episode 6. At least until Curtis pushes the ResetButton on it all.
** Invoked by Simon when they are confronted by a zombie outbreak. If they do not kill every zombie, the infection will just keep spreading.
** The series finale, kills off both [[spoiler: Rudy One]] and [[spoiler: all of Rudy's Two's 'Jumper Gang']] until [[spoiler: Jess]] plays a ThanatosGambit to set things right.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade:
-->'''Kelly:''' What do we do if he finds out [about our powers]?
-->'''Simon:''' We kill him. ''[horrified silence]'' ...[[JustJokingJustification just kidding.]]
** It's never clarified but Simon might well have been serious - he's already aware that they've killed quite a few people already.
* LamarckWasRight: A bit of a variation, [[spoiler: Nikki inherits Ollie's ability to teleport after receiving his heart from a transplant.]]
** Alex gets his power through a lung. The reaction of the girl who approaches him implies that the transferal of powers through transplants is common knowledge.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Abby appears to suffer from this [[spoiler: It turns out she's actually someone's imaginary friend come to life]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: The trailer for season 2 featured Nathan recapping the group's powers, and spoiled [[spoiler:Nathan's death & immortality]]. Likewise, trailers for the third season make it implicitly clear that Superhoodie [[spoiler:is actually Simon]], spoiling a major season two arc. Considering that season 3 ends with [[spoiler:Simon & Alisha being KilledOffForReal]], it's hard to see how season 4 can be marketed without spoiling, at the very least, [[spoiler:their actors not being around anymore]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Courtesy of Nathan, [[MetaGuy naturally]]; "You mean, [[WillTheyOrWontThey after all these weeks of buildup]], we're not even gonna have sex?"
** The show as a whole ''loves'' this trope; in plenty of episodes, the characters will refer to the events of the previous episode as "last week". It goes further in episode 2.3, when [[spoiler:Nathan points out he hasn't died this week, this being the first episode since 1.5 that he doesn't die, and Simon says it's only Thursday - Misfits airs on Thursdays]].
** The first episode of series 3 ends with this glorious exchange:
-->'''Curtis:''' Why do we need catchphrases?
-->'''Rudy:''' You know, for when shit goes down, man! C'mon, do you really think we're just gonna spend [[BritishBrevity the next seven weeks]] amblin' about pickin' up litter?
-->'''Simon:''' He's got a point.
-->'''Alisha:''' Well, maybe it'll be different this time. Maybe there won't be any shit going down.
-->'''Rudy:''' [[GenreSavvy Trust me, there'll be shit.]] [[IncrediblyLamePun I can smell it.]]
** In episode 3.3, when the group is upset that [[spoiler: Superhoodie turned on them and]] they were on the receiving end of an ass-kicking. Rudy replies: "I'm fucking ''new!'' I don't know anything about this shit!"
* LeParkour:
** Superhoodie.
** [[spoiler:The ChristmasEpisode and the beginning of series three show Simon starting to learn this.]]
* LethalHarmlessPowers: Brian, the guy whose only power is to manipulate milk, uses it to drag up the stomach contents of those who had recently consumed dairy products into their trachea, choking them to death [[spoiler: or in the case of Nathan, who's immortal, wrapping it around his brain to put him in a permanent vegetative state]].
* LightningCanDoAnything
* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Rudy]]'s power; [[spoiler: he can manifest himself into two separate personalities at times of self-doubt and stress]]. There's a minor aspect of EvilTwin in that when the split happens, one side of him acts even more socially unacceptable while the other acts in a much more sensitive manner. [[spoiler: As of season 4, there's an actual EvilTwin triplet Rudy too.]]
** His father gets the same power but we only see the original and a very evil twin.
* LockAndLoadMontage: {{Parodied}}.
* LonersAreFreaks: Simon, though he gradually reveals his intense and introverted nature as his CharacterDevelopment progresses.
* LongList: When Simon rattles off every insult Nathan has ever directed at him.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Nathan's half-brother]].
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Although they almost helped to [[SanitySlippage push him off the deep end]] at first, Simon came a long way from his emotionally-fragile Series 1 self, thanks to the group.
* LovePotion: Alisha causes violent surges of lust in anyone who touches her skin.
* LowerClassLout: Kelly is one of the most realistic examples of a chav, portrayed sympathetically. [[BerserkButton Don't ever call her that, though-or a slut]].
* MagicalAbortion: [[spoiler: Curtis gets Seth to take back his power to change sex in exchange for taking on the BackFromTheDead power Seth just acquired, which undoes his [[GenderBender self-impregnation]]]].
** Abby later gets impregnated after a nervous pregnant woman accidentally transfers her baby to her, who then transfers it back in the end.
* MakeWayForThePrincess: Alisha gets one of these moments in the nightclub at the start of episode 3, with a SexMontage thrown in for good measure.
* MaleFrontalNudity: We get a glimpse of Curtis' [[spoiler: when he shakes off the roofie he was given while in his Melissa form]] just in time for him to punch the track coach in the face [[spoiler: for attempting to rape Melissa]].
** Rudy's penis is hidden behind increasingly daring {{Scenery Censor}}s throughout the series...until episode 5.5.
** We get a close-up on Alex's penis at one point, though [[ItMakesSenseInContext it's not attached to him at the time.]]
* MaleGaze: 3.7 - Cheerleaders practicing bends, and splits, right up to the camera.
* ManipulativeBastard: Of all people, [[spoiler: Sally, who gets pretty ruthless in trying to get justice for her dead boyfriend.]]
* AManIsNotAVirgin: According to Nathan, anyway.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Storm.
* MeaningfulName: Surely the writers didn't name the immortal character [[spoiler:Nathan ''Young'']] by accident.
** This may just be a coincidence, but "Nathan" translates as ''Gift from God'', which certainly sums up his cocky attitude.
** It is also a hilarious coincidence that the entire series was created by one "Howard ''Overman''".
* MentalTimeTravel: Curtis.
* MessianicArchetype: It may be the absolute ''height'' of irony, but ultimately, [[spoiler:Nathan]] arguably meets the criteria by the end of the series, losing his life in his attempt to free the others from the "Virtue Girl", and being resurrected some time later.
* MetaGuy: Slacker Nathan and nerd Simon take turns in LampshadeHanging tropes, dropping {{Shout Out}}s, and generally LeaningOnTheFourthWall.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Kelly's relationship with her fiance ended because she could hear what he was thinking about her. She is constantly being hurt by the unflattering snap-judgments people make based on her appearance, or startled by their unsavoury thoughts (sometimes both at once). Plus, she tends to react aggressively, which makes her look completely insane and irrational:
-->'''Nathan's Inner Voice:''' Would I..? I think I would. Oh my God, I'm thinking about shagging a ''chav''...\\
('''Kelly''' looks outraged, snarls and pushes him over)\\
'''Nathan:''' What was ''that'' for?! Jesus!
** Also, she's starting to see her dog in a whole new light.
* MisappliedPhlebotinum: Peter, the guy [[spoiler:whose comics ''control the future'']]. There are no limits shown to what he can do, and all he uses it for is to make Simon his friend, and then effectively kills himself.
* MsFanservice: Hoo boy, Alisha, Alisha, Alisha.
** The Cheerleaders from 3.7. [[spoiler:Subverted when the zombie virus kicks in.]]
* MortalityEnsues: Nathan sells his immortality on the black market.
* MotiveRant: SubvertedTrope in the sixth episode, where the villain's speech is drowned out by Nathan's iPod - all the audience catches is "[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer they were teasing me]] for being a virgin."
* MouthyKid: Nathan.
* MST3KMantra: With a little in-universe [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] from Nathan. "It's not as if this is all backed up by a wank-load of logic!"
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Peanut fight! In slow mo!
** "That cheese shit won't work on me, dickhead. I'm ''lactose intolerant.''"
* MundaneUtility:
** Nathan suggests (possibly jokingly) that he could use his power to make himself a popular circus attraction.
** In Series 2, Episode 6, [[spoiler: he does exactly that, blowing his brains out on national television for money.]]
* {{Mundanger}}: One of the villains of the week in series 3 is a date-rapist unrelated to the storm
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Proposed by Simon regarding a new character who discovers their secret, parodying the fact that so many people had thus far been KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade. He gets some horrified looks from the others before he reveals he was joking.
* MurderSimulators: Tim's "power."
* MysteriousWatcher: Superhoodie. [[spoiler:Turns out to be a FutureBadass Simon, who's come back to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.]]
* MythologyGag: When Finn uses his telekinesis to spill a cup of tea, both he and Abby joke about how lame it would be if that was ''all'' his power was limited to. Guess Curtis never told them about [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Brian]], aka "[[GratuitousFrench Monsieur Grande-Fromage]]".
** When Abby wonders if Nadine ran out of the Community Centre because she didn't want Rudy to know she might be a Werewolf? Makes you wonder if Jeremy is still waking up naked at the Centre?
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Discussed in Episode 6 of Season 2, with [[JerkAss Nathan]] coming up with names for him, Curtis, and Simon. Respectively, they are [[AwesomeMcCoolName Captain Invincible]], Mr. Backwards, and [[CountryMatters The Invisible Cunt]].
-->'''Curtis''': [[LampshadeHanging I sound retarded]].
** Played straight with Brian in the same episode, who [[spoiler: turns out to be a villain and]] ends up being really happy with his moniker '[[GratuitousFrench Monsieur Grand Fromage]] (Mister Big Cheese)..
* NeatFreak: Simon.
* NecessaryFail: Curtis ultimately realizes that he has to get arrested and robbed of his athletic career, in order to save the lives of Alisha, Simon and Kelly when Tony tried to murder them.
* NegateYourOwnSacrifice: Subverted by Nathan.
-->'''Nathan '''(RE: a virtual stranger who's just been killed in front of the group): Better him than me!
-->'''Curtis:''' [[spoiler:[[GoodThingYouCanHeal You're immortal.]]]]
-->'''Nathan:''' Better him than one of you!
* NeverTrustATrailer: Not the worst example ever, but the trailers are normally misleading. For example, the trailer for S2E4 made it appear as if newcomer Ollie [[DecoyProtagonist would be an important character]] in the episode, probably getting his new teammates in some kind of evil mafia-run game and lots of generic danger. What actually happened was that [[spoiler: Ollie died in the first fifteen minutes or so, with the rest of the episode dedicated to the others trying to defeat Tim, his killer who lives in a Grand Theft Auto-esque video game fantasy, and Nikki's emerging superhero powers after she was given Ollie's heart.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the third season finale, Rudy tells [[spoiler: Ghost!Virtue Girl]] how the probation workers passed on after one of them first mistakenly thinks the reason they were brought back was revenge. This makes [[spoiler: Ghost!Virtue Girl]] realise that ''that'' is the reason she's back. [[spoiler: Which eventually results in the death of Alisha.]]
** The elderly Jewish man's attempt to go back and kill Hitler just makes the Nazi's end up ''winning''
* TheNicknamer: Nathan, naturally. Poor Simon (a.k.a "Weird Kid," "David Atten-wanker," "Panty Sniffer," "Melon-Fucker," "Barry" etc) definitely ends up with some of the more random monikers.
* NoBisexuals:
-->'''Rudy:''' "All I'm saying is that maybe your boyfriend is a proud, beautiful gay man who likes to-"
--> '''Alisha:''' "He's not gay! He's the best shag I ever had!"
** Averted in Season 3 with Emma, who appears to find both Curtis and 'Melissa' attractive, and one of the girls Rudy thought he slept with in episode 6.
** It was already averted in the Season 1 finale where a girl in Rachel's circle confessed her sinful life dating lots of guys and other girls.
** Finn and Jess never assume that Alex may be interested in both men and women. Then again, [[ItMakesSenseInContext neither does Alex.]]
** When Abby becomes attracted to (and then has sex with) a woman, she (and everyone else) assumes this means she's a lesbian, even though previously she only had sex with men (due to LaserGuidedAmnesia making her forget everything prior to the storm). No one appears to think that she could just be a bisexual, or is even aware of the idea. This could be explained though, in that Abby had been searching for a connection in all of her sexual encounters and had found zero sense of fulfillment by being with any of these men.
* NobodyPoops: Entirely averted. Almost everyone gets a turn and, half the time, they don't wash their hands.
* NoDeadBodyPoops: Averted; one of the more mundane [[WhoWantsToLiveForever problems with immortality.]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: If it's at all plausible, killing someone with a power (or taking their power away) will reverse the effects of that power.
* NoPeriodsPeriod:
** Averted in series 3, episode 2. [[spoiler:Poor Curtis...]]
** Simon awkwardly tries to support Alisha's excuse for Kelly by saying "she's got period pains."
* NoPreggerSex: Averted. Nathan immediately hits it off with the heavily pregnant Marnie, although he does reference the reason for the trope:
-->'''Nathan:''' I don't wanna poke the baby's head with my dick, or anything.
-->'''Marnie:''' Just...do it gently. Fuck me Santa!"
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Subverted in Season 2 episode 6, thanks to Curtis' superpower, and then played straight in episode 7.
* NotSoDifferent: In series 2 episode 2, Nathan's father trots this one out word-for-word.
* NotWearingTights:
** Superhoodie wears a mask, a hoodie, trainers, light body armour and sometimes night-vision goggles. His costume focuses on practicality, for his parkour, rather than style.
** Lampshaded in series 2. The main cast go to a fancy dress wearing superhero outfits of lycra etc., and just look odd.
** The heroes on the jumper don't seem to be wearing costumes either, although the image is vague enough that you can't be sure.
* OddFriendship: Nathan and Simon.
** Curtis and Rudy have become a lot closer by series 4.
** Alisha and Kelly have become good friends by season 3.
** In series 5, Alex and Finn become a lot less antagonistic towards each other, though "friends" may not be the proper word.
* OfCorpseHesAlive: Once it's decided that [[spoiler: Gary and Tony]]'s corpses have to be buried under the flyover, the bodies are cleaned up as best as possible and sat in wheelchairs for the journey.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In Season 1: [[spoiler:Ruth]]
* OhCrap: The ending of 3.7. The crew raises beers in a toast.
--> '''Alisha:''' Are you actually saying we saved the world?
--> '''Simon: ''' We saved the world.
--> '''Kelly: ''' That's proper superhero shit.
--> '''Rudy ''' [vulgar comment about cheerleaders]
--> '''Curtis:''' [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse Wait -- what happened to]] [[PatientZero Mr. Miggles?]]!
* OnePersonOnePower: Subverted. Although it appears at first that everyone only got one power, [[spoiler: Nathan and Simon]] got secondary powers, and Seth's power allows Jesus [[spoiler: and Simon]] to gain multiple powers.
** Averted again when Finn briefly has the power of Satanic possession.
** Averted again when [[spoiler: Sarah]] gains several powers at once [[spoiler: when Alex fucks her when his power is reversed]].
* OnePhoneCall: [[spoiler: Nathan ends up in prison and tries to call Simon, saying he only gets one phone call.]]
* OneSteveLimit:
** Jess and Finn, two main characters in the new cast who share their names with the girl who took Simon's virginity and the baby who basically mind-raped Nathan into being his dada respectively.
** There's two Sams, Curtis' girlfriend and Rudy Too's flying friend.
* OnlySaneMan: This is how Curtis (who compared to the others is a relatively normal, polite and well-adjusted individual) appears to view himself in episode 1. He is initially horrified by the group of anti-social, dysfunctional and aggressive delinquents he is being expected to mingle with, protesting that his conviction was unfair and that he shouldn't even be there. He does gradually loosen up, but not because his opinions of the group change radically - he simply gets used to them.
* OpenTheIris: When the effects of the FantasticDrug take hold.
* OrificeEvacuation:
** In "Vegas", Nathan [[spoiler: attempts to use his new ability as a RealityWarper to make a $1000 casino chip emerge out of Marnie's... well, take a guess. Except it then gets ''lost'' until she goes to the bathroom.]]
** Later used as a distraction by Nathan, ''on himself''.
--> '''Nathan''': [[spoiler: [[RefugeInAudacity Have you ever seen a man shit a rabbit out of his anus?]] Prepare to be amazed... and disgusted.]]
* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: The Time Travel power appears to work thusly: a) User feels an intense guilt or regret over an incident; b) User mentally time travels back to that incident and has the opportunity to change it; c) once done, he either snaps back to the present or, if he's already at the present, time keeps moving on; d) user [[RippleEffectProofMemory remembers how history used to be, but doesn't remember the alternative history unless he experiences it himself]].
** There's another kind, which is a simple backwards jump. [[spoiler: Simon uses it to become Superhoodie.]]
*** The final episode gives us a third variety, which allows the user to jump forwards into a possible future and then jump back if they don't like it, in order to work to change it.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The zombies in the Season 3 appear, for all intents and purposes, to be act and function perfectly normal even when they themselves are informed that they are zombies until their hunger for flesh takes over.
* OverprotectiveDad: [[spoiler:The real killer in 2.5]].
* PapaWolf: ''Nathan'', of all people, [[spoiler: twice]]. Once with Finn (the baby from season one, not the regular character in season four, due to MindControl), [[spoiler: and again with Marnie's baby genuinely]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Nathan's mum kicked him out of the house rendering him homeless, and before that his dad apparently wasn't there for him.
* ParentWithNewParamour: The situation with Nathan's mum and her new partner Jeremy. Notable in that it averts the "evil step-parent" cliche entirely. Jeremy is portrayed as a sweet, sensitive (if slightly odd) guy who is upset by his step-son's constant tirade of abuse. Nathan does ultimately accept his mum's new relationship and try to make amends though.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: Nathan (of all people) on the glory of misspent youth.
* PeekABooCorpse: When the gang find [[spoiler: Gary's body]] in the locker.
* PerformanceAnxiety: At first, Simon has difficulty using his power in front of people -- becomes pretty funny given that his power is ''turning invisible''.
* PersonalityPowers: All of the people who get powers have them relate in some way to their personality. Averted sometimes - later powers still run along the same lines of being appropriate to the person but are not actually personality powers.
** For example, ignored Simon gains invisibility and regretful Curtis gains time-travel.
** Promiscuous Alisha gets the ability to make any man she wants have sex with her.
** Kelly's very self-conscious, and she can read minds.
** Nathan's power is [[spoiler: he's immortal, which was earlier foreshadowed by nothing anyone says hurting him.]]
** Even though [[spoiler:Nathan]] chose it, it's telling that his second power makes him into a RealityWarper. Now the world really ''does'' revolve around him.
** Seth, a former drug dealer, gets the ability to store and transfer powers to other people, dealing them instead. He's also the first person to notice this trope applies.
* PetTheDog: In spite of his obvious flaws, Nathan has a fair few redeeming moments over the course of the series, largely in his treatment of Kelly and later Simon.
* PhraseCatcher: Nathan sure is a prick, and gets called on it frequently.
* PicturePerfectPresentation: Peter the fanboy draws a comic of Superhoodie beating up the Misfits. It occurs shot-for-shot, with the final shot of them laid out under a vent dissolving into the action shot of Curtis, Kelly, Rudy and Alisha lying there after Superhoodie has gone.
* PottyFailure: Marnie can't help herself when the baby's on her bladder. According to Nathan, that's OK because it happens to him all the time too (off-screen, mercifully).
** Jess' small bladder didn't exactly work well with being trapped in a freezer.
* PowerIncontinence: It could simply be a bad case of HowDoIShotWeb at this point, but four out of five protagonists (plus most of the supporting characters) have absolutely no idea how to summon their powers at will, or restrain or mitigate their effects. It is a pretty common occurrence all the way through to series 5.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Several of the group's powers potentially lend themselves to abuse.
** We're looking at you, [[CovertPervert Simon]]. [[{{Invisibility}} Well, we're]] ''[[{{Invisibility}} not]]'', but you know...
** Also, Alisha definitely uses her power for questionable purposes at times (not that it even ''has'' any non-questionable purposes, but still...)
** "If I had your power, I'd wait til I came, then go back a couple of seconds and just... hover."
** Just take a moment and imagine if Rudy or Nathan had gotten Jess' X-ray vision. If you're not horrified there's something wrong with you...
** Alex's power literally requires intercourse. While he hasn't, he could easily just convince people he found attractive that they were better off without their powers.
* PowerWalk: Parodied several times, to hilarious effect.
* PowersAsPrograms: Apparently, getting a heart transplant gives you the donor's powers- albeit in an almost uncontrollable form. In addition Seth can remove others' powers, store them in his body and then grant them to a buyer.
** If someone with powers takes ecstasy, then their power gets reversed temporarily into a new one. For example Curtis travels forwards in time instead of back, and Alisha inspires revulsion rather than lust.
** When [[spoiler: Alex's]] power is reversed, all previous powers he has shagged out of people are given to anyone he is having sex with.
* PowersInTheFirstEpisode:
** Four of the five protagonists, plus Tony.
** [[spoiler:Nathan is also granted powers, though it's not revealed what it is until later on.]]
** Technically every single person who has one got their power in the first episode during the storm, although it has yet to be seen if Curtis could go back and perhaps give someone powers by getting them hit by the storm. But that's just a bit of WildMassGuessing.
** Seth can grant powers to people who didn't have any to start with, like 'Jesus' in the Christmas episode, but those powers still originally came from people affected by the storm.
* PrisonRape: Nathan references this trope in the second episode.
--> '''Nathan:''' If they actually knew anything, they wouldn't be dicking around [[spoiler: sticking notes on our lockers.]] They would have gone to the police, and we'd all be banged up in prison getting gang raped in the showers!
* PutOnABus: Nathan.
** And as of Series 4, Kelly.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Well, ''duh''.
* RailingKill: In the finale of series 1, [[spoiler:Nathan and Rachel. Nathan, at least, got better]].
* RaisingTheSteaks: In 3.7, Mr Miggles the zombie killer cat.
* RapeAsDrama: Alicia and Melissa!Curtis' AttemptedRapes.
* RealityWarper:
** [[spoiler: Peter the fanboy]] in 3.3 who can make things happen by [[spoiler: drawing comic book pages of them]].
** This is also the power of [[spoiler: Nathan after he sells his immortality. But all we seem him do is create or alter small objects.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Robert Sheehan, who plays Nathan, left Misfits after the second season and went on to star in mostly films. At the time his decision was interpreted by [[FanDumb some]] as "jumping ship to Hollywood". In-universe, Nathan's absence was explained by the cast in season 3 as "he went to Vegas to be a magician", made explicit in the webisode "Vegas Baby!".
** Even more ironic and doubling as a TakeThat is the case of Lauren Socha, who plays Kelly. She was written out of the show after season 4, when the actress was arrested after punching and hurling a torrent of racial abuse at a taxi driver, drunkenly threatening to "have his family deported". In-universe justification? "[[DeathByIrony She went to help the children in Africa.]]"
* [[RedEyesTakeWarning White Eyes Take Warning]]:
** Tony, the probation officer.
** Played straight with the killer in 2.5. When his [[UnstoppableRage rage]] kicks in, his eyes turn a shade of red and his cheeks start to...ripple. It's scarier than it sounds.
* RedShirt: Ollie, who now has the distinction of being the shortest-lived ''Misfits'' character.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain
* ResetButton: Curtis' powers, especially in the premier and [[spoiler:series 2, episode 6]].
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Curtis, when he travels through time and changes history.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Super Hoodie resides in a room plastered with photographs of the group (and possibly others), as well as huge LED clocks.
* RomanticRunnerUp:
** Ben the charity worker from episode 3.
** Also, Samantha. Although she got a reasonable amount of character development.
* RunningGag:
** Nathan deliberately calling Simon "Barry".
** "I really want to shag her... oh shit, she can ''[[{{Telepathy}} hear]]'' that!" "WHEN WILL I LEARN?!?!?"
** The group have their more quiet bonding experiences, usually when disposing of dead probation workers.
---> Nathan: Can we please stop killing our probation workers!
** Series 2 is having Nathan repeatedly refuse to do something dangerous or confront the villain because it might kill him, leading to one of the others (usually Curtis) exasperated reply of [[spoiler:"You're IMMORTAL!"]]. Nathan often points out that it still hurts.
** And then subverted when Nathan finally stands down a gunman in the Christmas episode.
---> ''' Nathan''': [[spoiler:You can't kill me... I'm immortal!]]\\
''' Simon''': [[spoiler: No you're not!]]\\
''' Nathan: [[spoiler: OH SHIT!]]'''
** Nathan forgetting (well, not bothering to remember) someone's name, and Simon reminding him. Gets to the point where Nathan leaves a pause for Simon to fill in the name.
** "Prick!"
** The death of their probation workers becomes this. In Season 1, killing a probation worker is a major deal. In Season 3, a probation worker is introduced just so she can get eaten by a zombie cheerleader.
** Whenever Nathan says, "These are my friends.", it is immediately followed up by Alisha saying "I'm not your friend."
** S5E3 has a single-episode one:
-->'''Rudy:''' Can I just say, in my defence...
* SacrificialLamb: Gary.
* SanitySlippage: Simon, ''oh'' Simon. He constantly teeters on the brink of mental breakdown.
* ScaryBlackMan:
** Tony, after the lightning gets to him.
** The gaggle of criminals Nathan eggs on for the sake of his brother [[spoiler: and his dad in the boot of the car]].
** Curtis occasionally puts on this face to freak Rudy out.
* ScoobyStack: Rudy, Simon, and Curtis do one when trying to figure out why the Power Broker is in the Community Centre.
* ScrewYourself: One of Rudy's copies worries the other will do this, although he may just have been teasing.
** Curtis manages this... kind of. [[spoiler: He ends up pregnant because of it.]]
* SecondComing: On the Christmas Episode, an [[SinisterMinister evil priest]] manages to acquire an array of flashy superpowers, including the ability to walk on water, in order to convince the local population that he is the second coming of Jesus (so he can steal vast quantities of money from the poor and sexually abuse women without repercussions).
* SeriesContinuityError:
** Photo of Curtis touching Alisha during a photoshoot in episode four of series one. Obviously he shouldn't be able to due to her power or else the photoshoot would be inevitably far more interesting.
** Another in season 3, Curtis' power has always been MentalTimeTravel, but [[spoiler: after he sold it to Seth, it turns into physical time travel to anywhere, allowing an old Jewish man to go back to try and kill Hitler by appearing in his office as an old man, and Kelly to go back decades before she was even born.]] Curiously enough, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened [[spoiler: when Seth got involved: Nikki's teleportation power was almost impossible to use voluntarily, and often activated when she didn't want it to- hence why she sold it to Seth; when "Jesus" bought the power off Seth, he was able to use it without ''any'' of Nikki's old problems]].
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
** The catalyst for triggering Curtis's power.
** As of series 2, [[spoiler:Superhoodie has travelled from the future to fix the present]].
** [[spoiler:Holocaust survivor Friedrich tries to do this by assassinating Hitler. Sadly he fails, and when Hitler finds his mobile phone, the timeline changes so that the Nazis win the war using technology which they got by reverse-engineering it.]]
** [[spoiler:Kelly later in the episode goes back in time to just after the assassination attempt to steal the phone back from Hitler.]]
* ShapeshifterBaggage: Lucy turns into [[spoiler:a mouse. Or so they think.]]
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: The entirety of the Superhoodie arc due to a nasty StableTimeLoop.]]
* ShoutOut: Verging on ReferenceOverdosed, especially Nathan's dialogue.
** WordOfGod suggested that Simon's style and persona was deliberately evocative of Ian Curtis. A JoyDivision song plays in the background at one point while Simon sits at his computer.
** He was also modelled after the 1980's German synth-pop outfit Kraftwerk.
** There are quite a few joking references to {{Spider-Man}}, usually made by Nathan.
** The scene where Nathan goes bowling in episode 4 contains a major nod to ''Film/TheBigLebowski''.
** The beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12cRmvvuPjk this clip]] is a big Shout Out to ''Film/AmericanBeauty''.
** Nathan has a lot in common with [[{{Deadpool}}, a certain other wise cracking jerkass who never shuts up]].
*** Or another [[spoiler:unkillable]] [[{{Preacher}} Irish parasite with a big mouth.]]
** Nathan references ''Film/KillBill'' when [[spoiler:he comes back to life in a coffin]] and tries to escape.
---> "''Uma Thurman did it and she's just a girl...''"
** "We're like [[{{Eastenders}} the Mitchell brothers]]! Only not [[TakeThat bald, ugly and shit!]]"
** "ISeeDeadPeople!" - you just knew he was gonna say it eventually...
** Superhoodie's lair and a musical motif common throughout the second series call to mind Film/TheDarkKnight, while his outfit strongly resembles a League of Shadows ninja from Batman Begins.
** When a fugitive in a gorilla costume says he's finally found the right girl, you know it won't be too long before he's [[ClimbingClimax carrying her up]] [[Film/KingKong the nearest tall building]]...
** Episode 6 has a handful of characters being killed off inside The Grand Hotel, as well as the carpet running the length of the hallways being identical to those in [[Film/TheShining The Overlook Hotel]].
** Doubling as a case of GenreSavvy, Simon's understanding of werewolf behavior like "waking up at the zoo" sounds [[Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon very familiar]].
** Interestingly, juvenile delinquents gain comic book super powers at the [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Wertham]] Community Center.
** 3.3 has a guy draw out [[Series/{{Heroes}} comic book plots which later happen in real life]].
** The zombie episode, [[TropeOverdosed as you'd expect]], has several. Things kick off when [[Literature/PetSematary a run-over cat gets brought back to life.]]
** Simon worries that they'll end up [[Film/DawnOfTheDead the only humans left, hiding in a shopping mall.]] And of course there's [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain the only way]] to take them out. Rudy has to confront [[Film/{{Zombieland}} a zombified version of his worst nightmare.]] And then there's [[Franchise/SilentHill his ludicrously oversized hammer]] [[SinisterScrapingSound that he has to drag along the corridors inch by inch...]] They even remember to use the [[MoodMotif shrieky howling music riff]] of Zombies feeding.
** The [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Cornetto, as well as Rudy's suggestion that they should wait for the whole thing to blow over.]]
** "I don't have a brother, I'm the classic example of an only child" is (aside from a pronoun switch) an exact quotation from ''Series/TheYoungOnes''
** 4.1 has one to ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'', with Rudy even mentioning the UnreliableNarrator trope.
* ShrinkingViolet: Simon is a rare male example.
* SlippingAMickey:
** Nathan's brother does this to Simon in 2.2. It's ecstasy; nothing more exotic.
** The track coach at the community center does it to Melissa and Emma.
* SittingOnTheRoof: A surprising amount of action takes place on the Community Centre roof.
* TheSlacker: Nathan.
* TheSlowPath: Averted for Curtis, who after [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong Setting Right]] one epic flash-way-back gets sent back forward to his present, [[RippleEffectProofMemory with no memories of his alternate history]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: '''Nathan'''
* SmarterThanYouLook: [[spoiler: Kelly]] upon [[spoiler: trading in telepathy for the intellect of a rocket scientist]].
* SoapboxSadie: Ollie, an environmental activist sentenced to community service for vandalizing a nuclear power plant.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Kelly can hear her dog's [[spoiler:and Bruno in gorilla form]]'s thoughts, as well as humans'.
* SpeculativeFiction
* SpiritualAntithesis: The show is this for ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', with its working-class, local, setting, deliberate avoidance of world-threatening storylines, mockery of high-flown philosophy or grand gestures and open contempt for any idea that people with powers have a moral responsibility to become superheroes.
* SpitTake: Finn's reaction to finding out Stuart (the gay guy from the power support group) is a probation worker.
* SpoilerOpening: see {{Foreshadowing}} above.
* StableTimeLoop:
** Superhoodie seems to be in one of these. [[spoiler:Alisha falls in love with him and he dies shortly after he reveals his true identity of Future!Simon to her, saying it was meant to be this way. She starts warming up to Simon as a result and his curiosity eventually gives him the truth.]] In the Christmas special, [[spoiler:Simon is seen learning LeParkour.]]
** [[spoiler: The loop finally gets stabilised in the third season finale. Poor Alisha.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Lucy. ''Dear God,'' Lucy...
* StealthPun:
** "The new boy will save you more than once. He has heart." Oh, god, Superhoodie, ''really''?
** The guy they go to in the Christmas Special is a [[spoiler:Power Broker]].
* StepfordSmiler: Good lord, kids being nice and polite and talking about self respect. Something is very wrong...
* StoodUp: Seth, by Kelly...who did have a good reason. She was quite literally [[NotHimself not herself]] at the time.
* StoryBreakerPower: Curtis' time travel. So much it had to be written out at the end of season 2.
* StraightEdge: Perhaps surprisingly, Rudy actually eschews smoking, although he encourages Rachel to smoke pot, implying he has indulged in the past.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Of course given the genre this happens and a literal one to boot, [[spoiler:courtesy of Simon putting Sally into a freezer after accidentally killing her]].
* StupidSacrifice: [[spoiler: Future Simon]] had prior notice of their death by gunshot yet went to it anyway despite no obvious reason (at least at the time) it had to happen that way. [[spoiler: Would it have killed him to make his armour bulletproof?]]
* SuperLoser: All of them really. Bless them.
** Summed up by Rudy in 3.7 after seeing he has to kill the latest probation worker (who only just arrived and doesn't even get a name): "We just want you to know this isn't our fault. We're in the wrong place at the wrong time. A lot. We're really not bad kids."
* SuperpowerLottery: 'Powers' granted by the storm range from making people bald and believing you're a dog at night, to telekinesis, mind control, time travel and limited reality warping. Not that any of the powers seen so far are at comics' power levels.
** Specifically invoked when one character says he wants a super power too, "something from the A-list."
* SuperpowerMeltdown: The death of [[spoiler: Jamie and Lily, when sex makes her ice-to-fire reversed superpowers go out of control]].
* SuperhumanTransfusion: Nikki inadvertently gains the ability to teleport through a heart transplant from Ollie. She never learned to control it like he could.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Rudy is this for Nathan. He is just as crude as Nathan, just as sex-focused, just as dislikable, he has an obsession with stealing vending machines, he even makes a similar comment about wearing two condoms at once. Season 4 has Rudy moving into the Community Centre just like Nathan did.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath:
** This is how [[spoiler:Simon]] convinces [[spoiler:Lucy]] not to turn him in to the police.
** Fails utterly when [[spoiler:Ollie]] tries it on VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto guy and gets drilled before he finishes his first sentence.
* TakeThat: Nathan's quip that only "the ugly kids" ''didn't'' get molested by priests when he was growing up in Ireland may be one, given the scandal there.
* TechnicallyLivingZombie: : The Misfits breed of zombie.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* {{Telepathy}}: Kelly.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: [[spoiler:Nikki]] experiences [[spoiler:her]] semi-controllable teleporting ability as suddenly being thrown in one direction or another, and having the world shift on the way. No word yet on what might be able to come along for the trip.
* TemporalParadox: Several PlotHoles could be explained if the Time Loop isn't totally stable, but more like a recurring event in multiple AlternateTimelines. Specifically, [[spoiler: the photo of Simon and Alisha in Las Vegas and Future!Simon possessing TV footage from the ASBO-5 timeline.]] Alternatively, these could be artifacts from Alternate Timelines that happened, but didn't become part of the ''Stable'' Time Loop.
** The most obvious example being early in series 2, when the group learns that [[spoiler: Nathan is alive and buried underground, via a note from "Superhoodie", aka Future!Simon. So we see Present!Simon learn Nathan's whereabouts indirectly from Future!Simon.]]
** There is a big one in [[spoiler: the series finale]] when Jess [[spoiler: from a alternate future timeline]] is able to leave a video message on [[spoiler: her iPhone to be discovered by her in the present]] - a message made right before [[spoiler: Future-Jess commits suicide to force Luke to take her back to before they met]]. It may be an iPhone, but even it [[spoiler: can't send a text message and save a video to a date for Future-Jess is now in the past]].
* TerminatorTwosome: Friedrich goes back in time in series 3 to assassinate Hitler, but fails and accidentally creates a present where the Nazis rule. So Kelly goes back in time to the same moment to fix the damage he causes.
* ThereAreNoTherapists:
** Simon in particular could ''really'' do with a bit of counselling. Although it's later revealed that he was in fact briefly admitted to a psychiatric ward after the attempted arson, no mention was made of him getting any follow-up therapy (which he is very clearly in need of).
** Averted with Rudy in the episode 5 of Season 3, showing that there is in fact a therapist. Although she appears to be in need of some therapy herself.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Simon's response to Alisha's inquiry of what will become of them once the public knows of their powers.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: Bruno in series 2, episode 5 [[spoiler:is a gorilla whose power in the storm was to become human. He still has violent instincts left over though. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Gorillas really aren't that violent, however.]]]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: Series 3 Episode 4 concerns an alternate timeline where they win the war.
* TimeMaster: Curtis, though apparently it only extends to reversing time (and only works when he's feeling guilty about something that's just happened). [[HowDoIShotWeb For now.]]
** He can even rewind time to before he should have had the power. [[spoiler: Other people using the power can even travel to before they were born and to wherever they want to be in that time.]]
* TomTheDarkLord: Almost everyone the misfits meet, villains included, was a normal person before the storm. They tend to keep their original names with a couple notable exceptions. [[spoiler: e.g. Monsieur Grand Fromage]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Kelly and Alisha.
* TooDumbToLive: Nathan is all over this trope (it helps that he's [[spoiler: immortal]]. But he tops even himself, in "Vegas, Baby!". He's winning, and winning, and winning in the casino. The house gets suspicious of his luck, and then goes to arrest him because [[spoiler: he rolled an 11: a seven on one die, and a 4 on the other. Dice never have more than six pips.]] Nathan remarks to Marnie as he tries to run from the police that someone should've told him that.
** Doubles, as most fans are eager to point out. [[spoiler: Someone able to bend reality can, within reason, walk out of any jail cell easily enough that being in prison shouldn't be an obstacle, contrary to what Nathan seems to think.]]
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Nathan in the finale.
** Simon's development over the course of the series:
-->'''Nathan:''' Did you just grow a set of balls?
-->'''Simon:''' I've always had a set of balls, it's just you've never seen them.
-->'''Nathan:''' [[FreudWasRight That is about the gayest thing I ever heard...]]
** Even more so in Series 2, where [[spoiler: the mysterious Superhoodie is revealed to be Future!Simon]]
** Finn gets a minor one when saving Abby from one of the Four Horseman, slamming him off of her and into a door.
* TokenEvilTeammate:
** Early in series 1, it appeared as though Simon was headed in this direction, especially when you consider how creepy he was when he [[spoiler: killed Sally]] it seemed as though this would be his [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain journey to villain]]. However this was averted as it became obvious later on that he was actually the most noble of the group. [[note]]As seen in storyboards, the initial plans involved Simon going AxCrazy in the finale, so there was good reason for the hints.[[/note]]
** Nathan is a more hurtful than harmful one, but (being a most likely literal sociopath) still definitely qualifies.
* TokenMinorityCouple: Initially played straight with Alisha and Curtis, but averted after they split up.
* TooMuchInformation: Simon's rather distressing reaction to Alisha's power, although it was hardly his fault. And then there's Nathan and his "special" sock.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The 'next week' trailers at the end of each episode (common to many British series) many times kill major plot points to the upcoming episode. If you're binge-watching, it's best to skip them entirely.
** The keyart, as well as the small pre-episode promos that advertise the series on Hulu all feature the [[spoiler: final]] season cast, so anyone who starts watching the show knows immediately that none of the original cast featured in the first two series are still in the show by the end.
* TrustPassword: An ineffective one when the shapeshifter appeared, since it involved one word instead of an exchange and who said it was basically arbitrary. The first character who actually encounters the shape-shifter (Nathan) immediately blurts out "the password is ____", rendering it completely useless. Her momentary confusion doesn't even give him enough time to realize she ''doesn't'' know the password and run away.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kelly borders on this, and is notably aggressive at times - assault was the crime for which she was given community service in the first place. She seems to particularly enjoy hitting Nathan, though in all fairness he usually deserves it (at one point he even admits to ''liking'' her violent temper and the fact that she isn't afraid to slap him).
* TVTeen: Heavily averted, like ''Series/{{Skins}}'' but more so.
* TheUnintelligible: Kelly is perceived as this by the others at first. For some fans, she still is this.
* UngratefulBastard: How do you respond when a heroic stranger dives in and rescues you from a ''very'' dangerous situation? Why, you gripe at them for dropping you on the floor of course!
* UnreliableNarrator: Rudy in the series 4 premiere. He even name drops this trope.
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Nathan and Kelly's tentative flirtation. He frequently thinks about having sex with her, only to berate himself when he realises that she can obviously ''[[{{telepathy}} hear his thoughts]]''. It's possibly the embarrassment of this (and their general social ineptitude) that has prevented them from taking their relationship any further thus far...
** [[spoiler: As of 2.3, this has been solved after they attempt to have sex and it doesn't work out so well. [[LampshadeHanging Nathan voices what some of the audience was probably thinking.]]]]
* [[NewMediaAreEvil VideoGamesAreEvil]]: A guy starts thinking he lives in some GTA-like game, casually murders people (including one of the main cast) and hit-and-runs a granny for extra points.
* VisionaryVillain: Rachel the "Virtue Girl", while being decidedly sinister, seemed to genuinely regard herself as a [[WellIntentionedExtremist nice person]] acting in accordance with the greater good. She seemed to honestly believe that she was helping people and ultimately making the world a better place. She could have used the power to set straight criminals who couldn't be reformed any other way. But she went and tried to use it on the whole world.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Although none of the group are openly affectionate (or even vaguely respectful) towards each other for the most part, it does become apparent that they [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther genuinely care for one another]]. Nathan even eventually admits to being fond of ''Simon'', despite spending most of his time belittling the poor guy.
** In the [[spoiler: ASBO-Five timeline, where powers are now public]] the first person Simon considers asking for help is Nathan, who doesn't even bat an eyelid about letting him kip on his sofa for as long as he wants. This could in fact be because Nathan is a CloudCuckoolander, whereas the others would notice that Simon was up to something.
** Simon even goes to Nathan after [[spoiler:a bad [[TheirFirstTime first time]] with Alisha,]] and the latter is all too happy to give him sex tips.
* VoicesAreMental: Averted a bit ''too'' much. When Jen {{Body Swap}}s with Kelly, she still speaks with Kelly's accent. Although since we never hear Jen's real voice it's possible that she had the same accent to begin with.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Lucy, Simon's friend from the psychiatric ward.
** [[spoiler: Curtis' new GenderBender power.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: In the ChristmasSpecial.
-->'''Woman''': Our lord Jesus Christ has come again.\\
'''Nathan''': Oh... Good for him.\\
'''Marnie''': It's nice of him to come just in time for Christmas.
* WhamEpisode:
** Season 2, episode 3. ''Holy moly.'' [[spoiler: Superhoodie reveals himself to Alisha to be Simon from the future, who's travelled back to protect the Misfits, and enters a relationship with her.]]
** The Christmas Special. [[spoiler: Nikki dies after the Misfits sell their powers, so they buy new ones.]]
** Season 3's finale. [[spoiler: Tony, Sally and Virtue Girl return from the dead as spirits. Virtue Girl ends up cutting Alisha's throat in revenge, causing Simon to buy new powers and travel back in time to become Superhoodie]].
** Season 4, episode 4. [[spoiler: Curtis is bitten by a zombie he resurrects, so he shoots himself to protect those around him.]]
** In season 4, episode 6, [[spoiler: Alex reveals he's lost his penis due to a transsexual's power, explaining his hesitance with Jess. Also, and just as important, RUDY FALLS FOR A GIRL]].
** Season 5, episode 8, the series finale: Jess is [[spoiler: pushed forward a year into the future]] into a [[spoiler: new timeline where she has a baby, and the gang is forced to write her off as missing]] and where [[spoiler: Rudy Two's 'Jumper Gang' have turned into apathetic psychopaths who try to kill Finn]] and later [[spoiler: try to kill the whole gang]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the third season finale, the medium (played by Mark Heap) brings back [[spoiler: Ghost!Virtue Girl]], leaves to let the gang 'catch up' with them and is never seen or heard from again.
** We also don't know what happened with [[spoiler:Mr. Miggles. Series 4 reveals that the gang killed him though]].
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The cast often run into people with powers that aren't much use or have limited value.
** Some end up as HeartIsAnAwesomePower, such as lactokinesis [[spoiler:being really useful for murdering people who aren't lactose intolerant,]] future-knitting bringing up some fairly useful visions and hypnotic breasts [[spoiler: being good for distracting people so you can satanically posses them.]]
* WindowLove: Alisha and Curtis technically hold hands in a club through a glass table.
* WindowPain: Kelly breaks the back door window so they can let themselves into a flat.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever[=/=]LivingForeverIsAwesome: [[spoiler:Nathan]] argues for the latter once he's had a chance to get used to it, while the others point out all the downsides.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks: Anybody who has powers that can actually be used to improve their lives does so with enthusiasm.
* WrongGuyFirst: The first series spent a great deal of time setting up the main couples as Nathan/Kelly and Curtis/Alisha. Who could've predicted that by early series 2 [[spoiler: both of these couples would be discarded and the only romance amongst the main five misfits would be Alisha/Simon?]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Season 5 has Rudy Too and [[spoiler:Abby]] throwing a birthday party. Rudy Too points out that they're '''one year old''', having been created in the storm.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:This happens to Nathan in 2.6 by gunshot. Of course, he gets better]].

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