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->''"This is not a story about forgiveness."''
-->--'''[[MeaningfulName Emily Thorne]]'''

Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) is new to the Hamptons. She's met some of her wealthy neighbors, has made a few new friends and seemingly blends into the town. But something is a little odd about a young girl living in a wealthy town all on her own, and the truth is that Emily isn't exactly new to the neighborhood. In fact, this was once her old neighborhood, until something bad happened that ruined her family and their reputation. Now Emily is back, and she's returned to right some of those wrongs in the best way she knows how -- with a vengeance.

A modern retelling of Creator/AlexandreDumas' ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.

The Character Sheet could use some love.

The series has been remade [[Series/{{Intikam}} in Turkish]].

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!!This series contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbsenteeActor: Because season one's "Legacy" - except for the final scene - takes place before and on New Year's Eve 2002 with added flashbacks, Connor Paolo, Christa B. Allen and Ashley Madekwe are all MIA (Paolo's character Declan ''does'' appear, but as a prepubescent in one scene).
** In season two both Connor Paolo and Christa B. Allen are absent from "Penance," and the latter also does not appear in "Lineage."
* ActionGirl: Emily is very proficient at beating people up with her bare hands. She's also very comfortable with guns.
* TheAlcoholic: Most of the Grayson's and Stevie particularly.
* AFriendInNeed: Nolan is the only friend of Amanda's father who does not abandon him. When Amanda turns 18 he comes to her and tells her of her father's innocence and gives her her father's 49% worth of shares of Nolan's company (worth billions of dollars) since her father was Nolan's first investor and Nolan believes he would not have succeeded without him.
** He also is determined to help Emily in her quest for vengeance, even when she doesn't want him to.
* AlphaBitch: Victoria rules the Hamptons with an iron fist.
* AmoralAttorney: Ryan Huntley, Victoria's lawyer, who's willing to fake documents in order to help Victoria nullify her prenup and extort more out of Conrad in their divorce.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: he's actually been working for Emily]]. Take that as you will.
** Also Senator Tom Kingsley, who was bribed to lead the prosecution against David Clarke in the trial which started it all. [[spoiler:Emily decimates his career as payback.]]
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Declan Porter, probably just as much for the [[TheScrappy viewers]] as for his brother [[NiceGuy Jack]].
** Averted with Charlotte, who gets along great with Daniel and even has BigBrotherWorship.
** Charlotte is also now becoming really close and caring to Faux!Amanda.
* AntiHero: Emily's a Type IV; she goes after unsympathetics Victims but isn't exactly concerned about the innocent people who get hurt along the way, like the employees of an investment firm that she bankrupts.
* AnyoneCanDie: In a series called Revenge, a few deaths are to be expected, but [[spoiler:Amanda's death]] is still surprising.
** With the Season 2 Finale, this has been thoroughly cemented [[spoiler: with Declan's death.]]
** With season three finale we got [[spoiler: Aiden murdered by Victoria and Conrad murdered by a not so dead David Clarke ]]
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: While we're never given a definitive number on the size of Nolan's fortune, we are told that the combined wealth of the Hampton's elite is worth approximately the same as a week's worth of interest on his money. It's big enough that he can [[spoiler:buy Emily's house out from under Victoria, and then give it away.]] Since Emily owns the other 49% of Nolan's company it seems safe to say that she has this as well.
* ArchEnemy: Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne. Though the former did not know it initially, later on they eventually spent their time mutually despising each other.
* AxCrazy: [[spoiler: Tyler becomes even more unhinged when he stops taking his medication. He stabs Nolan and threatens the people at Daniel's party with a gun. ]]
** [[spoiler: The real Emily Thorne.]]
** [[spoiler: Kara Clarke, who tried to drown her daughter and was institutionalized for nearly 20 years.]]
* TheAtoner:
** Daniel, at least initially he wants to do what's right.
** Mason Treadwell, towards the end.
** [[spoiler: Victoria, of all people, starts coming off as this in the last few episodes of the 1st season, as she dedicates herself to taking down Conrad for what happened to David Clarke, no matter the cost. Though there is at least some question as to whether this is because of a genuine desire to atone or because the whole affair is a convenient weapon to use against Conrad (Victoria was careful to secure immunity for herself and separate her assets from his before she said anything.)]]
** By the end of the 3rd season [[spoiler: Dr Michelle Banks decides to help Emily in institutionalising Victoria after the latter had killed her lover Aiden Mathis]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Victoria and Conrad have their moments. In a spiteful and mutually-destructive way.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:David Clarke.]]
* BabyTrap: Apparently Victoria got Conrad to marry her by faking a pregnancy. After the wedding she had a fake ConvenientMiscarriage
** [[spoiler:And in Season 3, Emily fakes a pregnancy to reel in Daniel, who is wavering and looking to get back with his ex-girlfriend.]]
* BatmanGambit: Emily has studied her targets and knows which character flaws of theirs to exploit to bring them down
** The crooked hedge fund manager is a gambler and built his fortune on insider trading so Emily presents him with an irresistible chance to gamble on a 'surefire' stock tip.
* TheBeard: Ashley seems to be this for Tyler.
* BestServedCold: Emily cites this in her closing narration of the pilot episode.
* BetaCouple: Declan and Charlotte, Tyler and Ashley.
* BettyAndVeronica: Jack and Daniel.
* BigBad: Conrad and Victoria hold this position for most of season 1 by default of being at the center of the conspiracy to frame David Clarke. However, by the end of the season, the Americon Initiative are established as the EvilerThanThou BiggerBad, and seem to be pushing the Graysons out of the position in season 2.
** Actually, by this point it seems to be more of a BigBadEnsemble, with the Graysons and the Initiative plotting against each other.
** And Conrad is fully back in place as Big Bad by the end of season two, knocking Victoria out of the spot.
* BigBrotherWorship: Charlotte seems to adore Daniel, turning to him rather than her parents when she gets in trouble.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Graysons, although not a big family, otherwise fit the definition pretty well.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Emily can seem really nice to people she wants to win over, but her real persona is very different. Also [[PoisonousFriend Tyler]], who takes great pains to appear wholesome and impress the Graysons.
** As the series goes along, the previously comparatively sweet-tempered Ashley is revealed to be something of a naked opportunist who views with contempt the rich people she works for/befriends
* BiTheWay: [[spoiler: Nolan]] claims to be about a 3 on the Kinsey scale, right after he reveals that [[spoiler: Tyler]] spent last summer living with another man.
** Fake Amanda/Real Emily makes out with a girl at the Stowaway.
** Later on Nolan gets a girlfriend.
** [[spoiler:Victoria's long lost son Patrick is Nolan's new boyfriend as of Season 3.]]
* BittersweetEnding: "Execution," the season 3 finale. [[spoiler:Emily has her revenge – her father's name cleared, Conrad in jail (unknown to her, he's been smuggled out only to be stabbed by a BackFromTheDead David Clarke), Victoria in the psych ward – but the men in her life are having it rough: Aiden is dead, Jack's under suspicion for Charlotte's kidnapping, and Nolan's realizing his partnership with Gideon [=LeMarchal=] may not be a good thing.]]
* BlackBestFriend: Eli James was this to Amanda when she was in foster care, to the point that neither of them wanted to be adopted without the other. [[spoiler: This is deconstructed when it's revealed that Eli was the one who set the fire that got Amanda sent to juvie - to try and keep them together.]]
* {{Blackmail}}: Happens ''all the time''.
* BodyguardCrush: Between Victoria and Frank, the Graysons' chief of security.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The explosion of an airplane in season 1.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Done to little Amanda in the ''extreme''. She's drowned by her mentally ill mother, told that her mother has died, her father is framed for terrorism, she's institutionalized, sent to an abusive foster home, framed for burning said home down, sent to juvie, her father is killed in prison and upon her release learns of her father's innocence through witnessing his best friend's murder. It's enough to transform her from a playful young girl into the steely and vindictive Emily she is today.
** Also done to Jack, who loses his [[spoiler: father, dog, wife and brother]] within the space of a year and goes from friendly sailor to attempted governor-assassin.
** Charlotte may well qualify by Season 3's premiere, where on top of discovering [[spoiler: she's David Clarke's daughter, losing her sister, and her boyfriend]] and now [[spoiler: she lost the baby.]]
* BreatherEpisode: "Legacy" in the first series, though exciting and dramatic, as ever, is one of the more relaxed and calm episodes of the series, leading into the finale.
* ButNotTooBlack: Ashley
* BuyThemOff: The Graysons started the Victims United charity for the purposes of easing Victoria's guilty conscience about the victims of the plane crash.
** On a smaller scale, Conrad tries to gain Victoria's forgiveness for his affair with Lydia by buying her a sports car. Victoria, in turn, gives the car to Charlotte in hopes of buying Charlotte's forgiveness.
* ByronicHero: Emily.
* CassandraTruth: At the end of the third season, Victoria figures out that Emily's Amanda. Before she can tell anyone, Emily manages to have her committed, making her accusations seem like the ravings of a madwoman.
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Frank.]]
** [[spoiler: Tyler.]]
** [[spoiler: Lydia dies in the plane explosion in the season 1 finale.]]
*** [[spoiler: Or so we thought until the end of season 3...]]
** [[spoiler: Season 2 kills off Nate Ryan and Amanda in an explosion aboard the Amanda.]]
** [[spoiler: Two episodes before the Season 2 Finale has Aiden kill Takeda. The Season 2 Finale kills off Declan.]]
** [[spoiler: Father Paul]]
** [[spoiler: Pascal]]
** [[spoiler: The Season 3 finale gives us a double whammy of killing off both Aiden and, apparently, Conrad.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Since the show is a mystery/thriller, this trope is used a lot.
** There is a literal case in the third episode when Daniel spots Emily's gun at her house, the same gun used in the pilot's teaser that will allegedly murder him.
* TheChessmaster: Emily is certainly this, given the way she played Lydia and Bill like fiddles to ruin them. Only time will tell, but she is working her way towards being a full on MagnificentBastard.
** She seems to have learned everything she knows from the warden of the juvenile hall she was incarcerated.
* ChildhoodFriends: Emily/Amanda and Jack were this. We're not given details, but they were close enough that he later names his boat after her and now takes care of her former dog Sammy.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Jack has fallen for Emily without even realizing that she and Amanda are one and the same. She seems to return the feelings but refuses to act on them due to her revenge plot and relationship with Daniel.
** [[spoiler: To make things more complicated, he and the real Emily (who is impersonating Amanda for Amanda) seem to have a thing for each other. ]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Seemingly everyone, though Ashley stands out as one who legitimately switches sides on multiple occasions. [[spoiler:Aiden]] ''appears'' to be this, but is closer to DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent.
* ClassicalMythology: Sammy - and his odd longevity - may be a reference to Odysseus's dog Argos, who recognized his master after 20 years of separation.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The season finales are good at this.
** The first season ends with [[spoiler: Emily calling off her engagement to Daniel only to find her chances with Jack ruined by Amanda revealing she's pregnant, the plane carrying Victoria (and all the evidence that could exonerate David Clarke) exploding, Charlotte overdosing, and Emily learning that her mother is still alive.]]
** The second season ends with [[spoiler:Declan dying, Nolan in jail for his involvement in the creation of the Carrion program, Victoria's long lost son Patrick showing up on her doorstep, Conrad's ascension to Governor, the implication that Daniel shot and killed Aiden, and lastly, Emily finally telling Jack who she really is.]]
** The third season finale ends with [[spoiler:Victoria finally deducing Emily's true identity and smothering Aiden to death as retribution for Pascal's murder, Emily tricking Conrad into confessing to his role in the Flight 197 scandal, sending him to prison, David Clarke being officially exonerated, Jack being arrested for Charlotte's abduction, Nolan conspiring with Gideon to blackmail Daniel, Emily having Victoria institutionalized for her "delusions" that Emily is Amanda Clarke, and Conrad escaping prison only to be murdered by none other than ''David Clarke'' himself.]]
* CoolBoat: Jack's (now Nolan's) boat is this, a hand restored sail boat that looks nothing short of fantastic.
** [[spoiler: Then it explodes.]]
** The Grayson luxury yacht which [[spoiler: Emily]] is shot on.
* ConMan: Tyler. Unfortunately for him, Nolan is better.
--> Nolan: You can't con a con.
* ConvenientComa: Lydia
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Victoria had a fake one after she married Conrad. She was never pregnant and used a BabyTrap to get him to marry her.
** Charlotte is revealed to have had one in the third season premiere, out of guilt over [[spoiler:Declan's]] death, conveniently removing the need to retread another pregnancy storyline after Fauxmanda's.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Conrad Grayson.
** [[spoiler: The Americon Initiative is composed entirely of these -- the terrorist bit is just a cover for them manipulating the stock market via disasters.]]
* CowardlySidekick: Nolan to Emily.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The Hamptons might seem like a sunny world of parties and pretty, rich people but underneath it is built on lies and betrayal.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler:Mason Treadwell. He comes off, at first, as a smug dandy, who enjoys the fruits of his betrayal to Emily and David. After Emily burns down his house, however, we see him destroy Victoria's chance at defending Daniel and said he would take her down. When threatened with his corruption being exposed, he merely stated that it would be a small price to pay for restoring his soul.]]
** [[spoiler:His reappearance in Forgiveness shows him being able to match wits with nearly every character he has screen time with, including Victoria.]]
* DaddysGirl:
** Amanda was definitely this, before he was arrested for treason. After discovering his innocence, she's now this again.
** Charlotte Grayson is considerably closer to her father than her mother, but it's zigzagged since she learned [[spoiler:he's not her real father, David Clarke was. As of "Impetus," it's safe to say Charlotte's pretty well done with Conrad.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Victoria. At the end of the first episode, she's already checking into Emily Thorne's past.
* TheDanza: Three - Emily [=VanCamp=] as Emily, Emily Alyn Lind as Emily in flashbacks, and Ashley Madekwe as Ashley.
* DarkSecret: Framing David Clarke is the Graysons', and they will protect it at any cost.
* DawsonCasting: 21-year-old Connor Paolo as Declan, who is 17 (at most).
* DeadpanSnarker: Nolan also Conrad as of late.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Many of the people who helped convict David Clarke did so because the Graysons bribed them.
** Conrad Grayson framed David Clarke in order to cover up the deal he made with a terrorist group.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: When Amanda first met the real Emily in juvie, they got into a brief but brutal fight; now, they seem rather close, enough for Emily being willing to switch identities.
* DepartmentOfChildDisservices: The child psychologist in charge of Amanda's case tried to break her spirit and brainwash her into thinking her father was a despicable human being. She is the reason why Amanda spent most of her childhood in a juvenile detention facility. [[spoiler: Victoria bribed her to do so]]
** As it happens, the owner of the foster care home Amanda stayed it was absolutely no better.
* DepravedBisexual: [[spoiler: Tyler]] and, depending on your point of view, [[spoiler: Nolan]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Mason's second appearance has shades of this -- Victoria recruits his help in [[spoiler: proving Daniel's innocence]], but when he's led to believe that she's been deceiving him, he goes in the exact opposite direction, [[spoiler: more or less destroying the defense's case]].
* DoggedNiceGuy: Declan towards Charlotte.
* DopeSlap: Everybody to everybody else.
* DoomedByCanon: This looks to be where Daniel is headed given the HowWeGotHere set up in the beginning of the pilot. [[spoiler: Subverted: Daniel's death was a RedHerring -- it was Tyler who was shot, not him.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: the Season one finale.]]
** [[spoiler: Season two certainly did not favor any better.]]
** [[spoiler: Neither did season three.]]
* TheDragon:
** Nolan is more or less this to Emily. Whether she likes it or not.
*** Though in season 2, he seems to be [[CoDragons sharing the role]] with Aiden.
** Frank, to the Graysons [[spoiler:-- though not anymore...]]
* DramaticDrop: Ashley [[DramaticShattering shatters]] a wine glass when she walks in on [[spoiler:Tyler kissing Nolan]].
* DramaticIrony: "Her past will forever define her future" the therapist in the first season.
* DrivenToSuicide:[[spoiler: Charlotte, although she is not successful.]]
** [[spoiler:Daniel's ex-girlfriend Sara, after he got married to Emily. Again, not successful, given her roommate's keyword "tried."]]
* EasyAmnesia: Due to her injuries Lydia cannot remember what happened shortly before her ''accident'' and thus cannot tell the police that [[spoiler: Frank pushed her]]
** [[spoiler:In the season 3 promo, we see Emily with a case of this after Daniel shot her.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Emily tries to be this saying her feelings are irrelevant, but when it comes to Jack [[NotSoStoic getting beat up...]]
** Aiden manages to break down her walls after much prodding in season two.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler:After Emily kidnaps Charlotte and plants a seed of doubt in her mind about her parents' role in the Flight 187 bombing, David Clarke's framing, and Amanda and Declan's deaths, Jack plants a camera on her and lets her go free. She immediately goes to Conrad, confronting him about everything, and the camera catches his rant that yes, he did all that, and got away with it which is how he'll get away with killing her, too.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The one redeeming quality both Conrad and Victoria have is that they genuinely love their children -- well, at least Daniel.
** Conrad also seems to genuinely love Lydia [[spoiler: and is visibly upset when he realizes she's turned on him.]]
** [[spoiler: The White Haired Man/Gordon Murphy also seemed to actually love Kara.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Graysons are RichBitch {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, but they're still horrified and sickened by the Initiative's terrorist actions.
** [[spoiler: Until it turns out that Conrad has been with the initiative all along, ever since Flight 197.]] Though admittedly, Victoria is still [[DoubleSubverted even more appalled]] at this revelation.
* EvilDetectingDog: Sammy does not like real-Emily. At first, anyway; he seems to warm up to her quickly.
* EvilGenius: As of ''Illumination'', [[spoiler: The Falcon is this for the Graysons - a master hacker who has their finances guarded enough to protect it from ''Carrion'' (which prevents Emily and Nolan from completely bankrupting them in one fell swoop), and also played a role in the framing of David Clarke.]]
* EvilMatriarch: "Queen" Victoria Grayson.
** And her attitude was heavily influenced by her own [[GoldDigger mother]].
* FailureKnight: Aiden Mathis. Lampshaded by Nolan, that for someone so dedicated to taking down the Initiative, he really ''sucks'' at it.
* FakeAmerican: Emily VanCamp (Emily Thorne) and Henry Czerny (Conrad Grayson) are actually Canadian. In addition Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson) is actually British
* FakePregnancy: It is revealed that Victoria got Conrad to marry her by faking a pregnancy as part of a BabyTrap. After the wedding she faked a miscarriage. In the present Emily uses the same tactic when it looks like Daniel is going to back out of their upcoming marriage. She was planning to fake her own death right after the wedding but [[spoiler: her plan backfired and an outraged Daniel shot her]].
* FamilyBusiness: The bar Jack works at: owned by his Dad, run by the two of them plus his brother.
** Grayson Global was founded by Conrad's father and he is still chairman of the board while Conrad's the CEO. Daniel is being groomed to be the CEO when Conrad retires.
* ForeignRemake: Disney has produced ''İntikam'', a Turkish-language remake of the show for Kanal D.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Surender", Victoria says that [[spoiler:"With [Daniel's] heart pining for another woman, he'll end Emily himself."]] The next episode, after Daniel and Emily's wedding, [[spoiler:Daniel shoots Emily.]]
* GambitPileup: Most of Emily's plans involve manipulating people into manipulating each other.
* GenderFlip: Edmond is now Emily.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Victoria is the poster girl for this trope.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Emily & co, the Graysons, and the Americon Initiative, respectfully.
* GrayAndBlackMorality: Emily versus her victims.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: [[spoiler: Frank, of all people, falls for this. Considering he used to be the one to silence inconvenient witnesses, he should have been more GenreSavvy.]]
* HelicopterBlender: Conrad pushes Pascal into a landed helicopter's propellers.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Her Own Petard]]: Victoria tries to buy Declan off to get him to break up with Charlotte. He responds by [[spoiler: faking breaking up with her in order to get the money, then putting that money towards getting his own place where he and Charlotte can go. And then the two of them have sex]]. Great parenting there, Victoria.
* HoneyTrap: Emily is actively working on seducing Daniel Grayson (and judging by the opening flashforward, she'll succeed), although her exact plans are unknown.
** It's implied that Emily also set one for Mike Davis by introducing him to the woman who later became his mistress.
* HowWeGotHere: The pilot opens five months after Emily moves in to provide a tease of how far Emily will go to get her revenge, before we go back to her moving in and wait to get back there.
** Later season premieres have opened the same way, with teasers for Season 3 suggesting that Emily would get shot in the first five minutes. [[spoiler:As of episode 3-6, it now appears that Emily plans to fake her death and frame Victoria for her murder.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All the episodes have one word titles.
* IronicEcho: Emily's takedowns frequently fit this trope.
** Lydia [[spoiler: entered the Hamptons upper-crust thanks to her betraying David Clarke - and Emily's revenge gets her kicked out.]]
** Dr. Banks [[spoiler: made sure Amanda was locked in a small, dark room without any hope of escape - and Emily locked her in a box of her own.]]
** Bill [[spoiler: got involved in the conspiracy because of his gambling debts and insider trading - and loses everything when Emily tricks him into betting big on an insider tip.]]
** Tom Kingsley [[spoiler: launched his political career by participating in the frame-up - and lost it when Emily framed him.]]
** Mason Treadwell [[spoiler: took away the only opportunity David Clarke had to get his story out there - and Emily burned the only copy of his new book as well as his collection of rare first edition books. Also, after reading his first book's lies as a child, Emily burned a treasured photo of her dad.]]
* {{Irony}}: During the buildup to Emily and Daniel's wedding, Daniel realizes just how alike Emily and Victoria are, which puts him off Emily. What does Emily do to regain his affection? The same thing Victoria did to get Conrad to marry her: [[BabyTrap pretend to be pregnant]].
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Daniel and Tyler were Harvard roommates. Justified since they're legacies.
* JerkAss: Tyler. His motives for trying to break Daniel and Emily up and appear like he's protecting Daniel to his family aren't clear, but his methods certainly are asshole-ish.
** Apparently he was merely doing it for the evulz... until his psychotic break, that is.
* KillItWithFire: How Emily dealt with the corrupt biographer.
** Specifically, the biographer's [[spoiler:house, which contained his research and manuscript.]]
* LampshadeHanging: When old age finally catches up to Sammy, Jack says he was beginning to think he'd live forever. (Sammy, at this point, is in his late teens, which is really, really old for a dog.)
* LikeBrotherAndSister: According to the actors, Emily and Nolan are supposed to be like this.
* LonelyRichKid: Nolan is this, a problem he attempts to solve by bribing Jack into hanging out with him.
** On the other hand, he apparently has enough company at the mansion to have a collection of "house bikinis" onhand.
*** Except they didn't get much use, as "Amanda" discovered during her first visit to Casa Nolan. They still had the tags on.
* LoveDodecahedron: It started out as a nice, simple LoveTriangle: Daniel and Jack are both in love with Emily, who has romantic feelings for Jack but has to stay with Daniel (for whom she may or may not also have feelings) because it's part of her plan. Then things got complicated: [[spoiler: First, there's Tyler, who's in love with (or at least obsessed with) Daniel, but is dating Ashley while having an affair with Nolan. Then, there is "Amanda" who is dating Jack while pretending to be his childhood friend and you've got a web that should keep everyone tangled up for several seasons.]] And that isn't even getting into the older generation...
** Season 2 makes this slightly more elaborate, adding a little more to the current generation as well as throwing more notches into the older one. [[spoiler: Jack and "Amanda" are married with a son partway through the season, effectively keeping Jack from getting involved with Emily out of his love for "Amanda" until her death. Jack's place in the triangle is taken up by Emily's NewOldFlame Aiden. Daniel becomes involved with Ashley after Emily calls off their initial engagement. Ashley does the impossible by linking the dodecahedron to the older generation by mixing it up with Conrad. Victoria uses this information to blackmail Ashley into prostitution which then causes Daniel to break up with her when he finds out. Daniel then returns to Emily, who breaks up with Aiden for the sake of infiltrating the Grayson family yet again, though Emily is still involved with Aiden behind-the-scenes, because unlike Jack or Daniel, Aiden is fully aware of Emily's plans and thus will readjust images and affections for the sake of whatever Emily's planning. After half a season of being a jerk to Emily for Amanda's death, Jack returns to Emily when he finds out that Emily called off the first engagement for him. So by the end of the season, three men are vying for Emily's attention.]] We had to ask!
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:Lydia.]]
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: [[spoiler: Lydia's near death; it didn't go the way Frank planned, but he was probably making it look like suicide even if she hadn't fallen off her balcony.]]
** Which he clearly did a great job of given that he physically confronted her before throwing her off the roof...aren't signs of struggle the first indicator of non-suicide?
* MamaBear: Victoria Grayson is an interesting example, given that she has no problem manipulating either of her children in schemes against Conrad. But if an outside force threatens Daniel or Charlotte, she will ''destroy'' them with extreme, ruthless prejudice. [[spoiler: Helen Crawley found this out after threatening Daniel. When Victoria held her at gun-point, Helen calmly pointed out that Victoria spent twenty years regretting what she'd done to David Clarke, and that she couldn't possibly be capable of cold-blooded murder. Victoria responded by smiling politely, and shooting Helen without another word.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Takeda is more or less this to Emily, as he taught her everything she knows about the art of revenge, and moves in and out of the story whenever it's necessary for him to aid her, even when she doesn't want it, including [[spoiler: killing Tyler and framing Daniel for it]] in order to keep her scheme on track. [[spoiler: And it turns out he was just using her to carry out his own revenge scheme on the Initiative.]]
** The [[spoiler: Americon Initiative, represented by the White Haired Man,]] is this to Conrad and the Graysons.
* ManipulativeBastard: Tyler so very much.
** Emily is also this, which combined with above [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] traits make her [[MagnificentBastard another sort of bastard]] altogether.
* MeaningfulName: Emily ''Thorne'', which is lampshaded by Nolan.
** Also Emily is the feminine form of 'Emil' or 'Aemillius' which comes from the latin word 'aemulus' meaning rival and Amanda is latin for 'lovable' or 'worthy of love'.
*** Both names fit perfectly. Amanda who was loved by her father and the name she adopts Emily, as she takes on those who destroyed her family.
*** WordOfGod has confirmed both these names and meanings were intentional.
** The Porters, who are the poorest characters on the show.
** The [[GreyAndGrayMorality Graysons]].
*** "Grayson" may also qualify as an IronicName, given that the original meaning of the name was "son of a servant."
* MagicalAsian: Satoshi Takeda is Emily's mysterious Japanese mentor.
* MinoredInAssKicking: Emily was a LittleMissBadAss in juvie, but now using her brains to get revenge in the Hamptons.
** And she's trained in the Japanese martial arts.
* MoralityPet: Unexpectedly, Nolan for Emily. Jack, to a lesser extent.
** Charlotte serves this function for Conrad.
* MouthOfSauron: Gordon Murphy, Helen Crowley [[spoiler: (after his death)]], and Mr. Trask [[spoiler: (after ''her'' death)]] serve as the Americon Initiative's representatives.
* MsFanService: Original Emily/Fake Amanda. Her first appearance is as a stripper, and it pretty much goes downhill (or uphill, depending on your perspective) from there.
* MyBelovedSmother: Victoria to Daniel.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Nolan has this reaction after watching the video of [[spoiler:Frank attack Lydia, an event that he inadvertently helped set in motion.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Emily ultimately decides not to kill the White Haired Man (the man who killed her father), because she knows her father wouldn't want her to be a killer -- but since he's still alive, he's able to blow up the plane carrying Victoria and all the evidence that could incriminate Conrad and clear David's name.]]
* NoPartyGiven: In the later half of the second season, Conrad runs for office, but it's never elaborated what party he belongs to.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A writer keeps all copies of the manuscript for his new book and all his research material in his home. [[spoiler: Emily sets fire to the house]]
** Inverted in the case of the psychologist who was not supposed to record her sessions and keep copies of the recordings.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: ''David Clarke''.]]
* NowLetMeCarryYou: Nolan is always there for Emily. From giving her half his fortune and getting her out of juvie, to being there whenever she needs him pretty much from day one of her revengenda, whenever Emily needs someone, Nolan is her backup. But we see a nice reversal of this when [[spoiler: Nolan's girlfriend dies]]. Emily's reaction is to wrap him in a big hug (very uncharacteristic of her, Emily usually doesn't hug anyone), calmly accept the (mostly true) accusation that she is partially to blame, and to tell him that she is not leaving him. Most of the time Emily is too focused on the machinations of her revenge plan to worry about feelings, but in that moment she's willing to drop everything to be there for Nolan.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: The episode "Doubt" is about 90% this. The rest is WhatTheHellHero, with a dash of MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* OminousLatinChanting: Used in ''Masquerade'', when Victoria makes eye contact with [[spoiler: the boy she gave up, all grown up.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: Emily destroys the life of someone related to her father's conviction. Hinted at during a news report she was watching in the second episode that described the person testifying as "one of many" former friends now testifying. Looks like she has her work cut out for her. This gets dropped after a few episodes, though.
** Emily's opening and closing narrations, on the other hand, are still used.
* OnlySaneMan: Nolan, occasionally. Although he's usually on board with Emily's complicated schemes, every now and then he takes a step back and comments on the ridiculousness of what everyone else is up to. For instance, during [[spoiler:Daniel's trial for murder, Victoria decides to try getting an acquittal by sending a thug to threaten the young son of one of the jurors; while she is busy trying to get away with her crimes, and Emily is feverishly attempting to prove that the Graysons are jury-tampering, Nolan is the only person to express sadness and concern for the ''four-year-old whose life is being threatened here''.]]
* PacManFever: Nolan says in 1988 he got the world high score on StreetFighter. He may have meant [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI the first one,]] but when he fights The Falcon they [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII the second.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Jack and Declan Porter's mother abandoned her family when the boys were very young and they were raised by their father.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The password to Emily's laptop is "infinity", a word with extreme significance to her due to her father's use of it (he said that the amount he loved her was infinity times infinity). It takes Amanda (and later, Jack) about three seconds to deduce this while looking at the symbol.
* PetTheDog: [[spoiler: White Haired Man/Gordon's interactions with Kara in her flashbacks.]]
* PoisonousFriend: Nolan is an inversion of this: while he is fanatically loyal to Emily/Amanda and assists her in her revenge scheme, he also frequently points out that she would probably be happier if she just dropped the whole thing and went off somewhere to enjoy her wealth.
** Tyler to Daniel.
* PromotionToParent: When their father dies from a heart attack, the adult Jack becomes Declan's guardian.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Tyler, and later Ashley.]]
** [[spoiler: The former comes BackForTheDead.]]
* RageBreakingPoint: At one point, Emily is considering taking a break from her quest for vengeance due to [[spoiler: fallout from her latest power play to destroy the Grayson's divorce proceedings, and even considers leaving Daniel]]. Then, she learns [[spoiler: instead of admitting that she had affair, Victoria claims that Emily's father raped her]], she smiles, and instantly recommits to annihilating Victoria, [[spoiler: all thoughts of collateral damage and remorse forgotten]]. The last shot of the episode is of her staring at Victoria in the distance with [[TranquilFury cold, chilling rage.]]
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: There are episodes in Season 1 where Emily speaks languages including French and Spanish without translation (though these aren't relevant besides telling us she's multilingual) and in one episode, where she repeatedly converses with another character in fluent Japanese, she then lies about what was said, and there is no captioning.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Emily gave Tyler a major one in episode 11 also count as KickTheSonOfABitch for [[spoiler:framing him for Frank's murder which he didn't commit, but [[SmugSnake he deserved it though.]]]]
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Nolan a few times over Padma.
* TheReveal: Several episodes have flashbacks revealing how Emily managed to ruin her target's life.
* {{Revenge}}: What were you expecting, a story about forgiveness?
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor:
** Charlotte, Victoria's daughter, has both - Declan Porter as the poor, and her ex-boyfriend Adam as the rich.
** Emily herself has [[NiceGuy Jack]] and [[TheAtoner Daniel]].
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: Emily knows that Daniel is innocent of murdering Tyler...but she also knows Jack was the other guy on the beach. Any steps she takes to protect Jack will hurt Daniel and vice versa. She manages to TakeAThirdOption by having Lee Moran, a Grayson thug framed.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The hacker responsible for forging the evidence against David Clarke, the Fa1c0n, is a girl who wiped her identity from the grid years ago.]]
* SarcasticConfession: Emily: [[spoiler: "Because that's exactly what I wanted. My most embarrassing confessions about [Daniel] broadcast for all the world to see."]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Nolan's bodyguard, Big Ed.
* SecretKeeper: Nolan for Emily.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Emily is in the habit of arranging these for her targets. It's left unclear whether she'd actually let someone off the hook if they passed one, but it's a moot point since they invariably fail.
* SeeYouInHell: The last exchange between [[spoiler: Conrad and Victoria]] in the season finale:
-->[[spoiler: '''Conrad''']]: If you get on that plane, it's the last thing you'll ever do.
-->[[spoiler: '''Victoria''']]: Then I guess I'll see you in Hell!
* SettingUpdate
* ShipSinking:
** From the start of the third season, it became obvious Daniel/Emily was doomed. Emily could barely stand to look at Daniel, even for the sake of her plan which required marrying him, and Daniel began to drift back to his ex-girlfriend. Emily faked a pregnancy to get Daniel's attention back, and Daniel learned it was faked just as the honeymoon was starting. [[spoiler: So he shot her. (She survived.)]] The two stayed in a rather unhappy marriage for a few episodes until Emily decided it had outlived its usefulness.
** Margaux's friendship with Daniel never sat well Jack; the last straw for Jack/Margaux came when Margaux and Daniel stole a project away from Nolan.
* ShipperOnDeck: Nolan seems to be shipping Jack/Emily, although his motives remain unclear. It's possible he just wants to anchor her to her happy past and not lose herself in the revenge. The two are also the closest things he has to actual friends/relationships.
** And Sammy, the suspiciously long living Labrador.
* ShoutOut:
** One neighborhood fixture is the [[{{Dallas}} South Fork]] Inn, quite appropriate for a soapy revenge tale.
** Emily's therapist has a copy of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' on her bookshelf.
** Nolan refers to Emily as his "girl with the infinity tatoo," recognizing her similarity with Lisbeth Salander, [[TheMillenniumTrilogy the girl with the dragon tatoo]].
** In "Power," Conrad Grayson greets an acquaintance as "Fazzio," as in story editor (and writer of that particular episode) Joe Fazzio.
** In "Reckoning," Emily addresses the white-haired man with "You and I have unfinished business," which [[Film/KillBill another woman out for revenge]] used to call out her targets.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Emily definitely views Daniel as fair game in her revenge schemes, despite the fact that he would have been in elementary school at the time her father was betrayed. Though she has stated that while Daniel is part of the plan, he is not a target.
** She ''was'' reconsidering this -- [[spoiler:until Daniel learned the truth and chose to follow the Grayson party line]].
* SmugSnake: Tyler and Lydia.
** And now, Ashley.
** Mason before his HeelFaceTurn.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Lydia ''tries'' to be one, and is [[spoiler:thrown off a roof]] for her trouble.
** "Amanda" (the real Emily) is threatening to become one as well.
** Tyler's been steadily increasing as one since he first showed up.[[spoiler: And it gets him killed.]]
** Mason is one now that [[spoiler:he knows that "Amanda" is a fake.]]
** Jack told Emily to leave otherwise he'll tell her secret.
** Sarah becomes this unintentionally when she causes Daniel to second-guess his wedding. And then intentionally when she [[spoiler: becomes Daniel's mistress in bid to antagonize Emily.]]
* SpoiledSweet: Both of Victoria's kids seem to be this, Daniel is a nice guy who has simply made some mistakes, and Charlotte tries to treat everyone equally regardless of social status. Emily was this as a child, and her public persona has everyone believing that she is one as well, but she isn't this at all.
** Nolan. Despite being a DeadpanSnarker, and the richest character in the series, he is incredibly empathetic, often looking in the best interest of Jack, Declan, and Emily.
* StartOfDarkness: The flashback episode "Legacy" is this for Emily.
* StepfordSmiler: Victoria Grayson rarely stops smiling, even as it becomes clear that she loathes many of the other characters (her husband, Emily, Lydia...). [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Victoria during a particularly vicious spiel to Lydia:
--> ''"Understand something, Lydia: every time I smile at you across a room, or we run into each other at a luncheon, or I welcome you into my home, let that smile be a reminder of just how much I despise you."''
** Emily herself is something of a heroic version of this, as she appears sunny and nice but is in actuality motivated by making those who hurt her father suffer.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: [[spoiler: Victoria, although she is not the one who killed her mother's lover, is forced to shoot him post-mortem and take the blame for his death.]]
* SympathyForTheDevil: It's hard not to feel a little sympathy for the corrupt biographer whose house Emily burns to the ground, especially if you're a writer yourself (he only had one copy of his manuscript - and she used it as kindling). His complete BSOD - falling to the ground sobbing is what makes it work.
** His subsequent actions somewhat redeem him too.
** Victoria and Conrad often have scenes where it is hard to not feel sympathy for them. Many of the horrible things they do are meant to protect their children.
* TakeAThirdOption: [[spoiler: Due to Takeda's manipulations, Emily is stuck with choosing either Daniel or Jack to be framed for Tyler's murder. Instead, she frames one of Victoria's goons, thus protecting both boys.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Victoria seems determined to do this to the Initiative in season 2, rather than simply let them use her and Conrad and then dispose of them.
-->"You and I are already doomed. Let them think we're laying down and when the time comes, I say we drag them to Hell with us."
** [[spoiler: After Nate is shot, he blows up the ''Amanda'', killing himself and Amanda in the process.]]
** Not to mention Mason Treadwell's price he's willing to pay for regaining his soul back in season 1. (By telling all the secrets of the Graysons through media opportunity's they gave him)
* ThatManIsDead: Emily declares Amanda to be no more in the pilot.
** Which isn't entirely accurate -- she swapped identities with the ''real'' Emily Thorne (her cellmate), so Amanda Clarke still "exists", it's just someone else's identity now.
** Emily has given Amanda (the fake one) a new identity now, although she doesn't seem to want to take it.
* TitleDrop: Emily's narration at the beginning of each episode always includes the episode title.
* TheUnfavorite: Charlotte for Victoria.
* ThisMeansWar: Though Emily never said this out loud, her appearances and reappearance in the Hamptons are essentially her non-verbal ways of stating this.
** Season 2 has Jack joining in on the revenge train, with the deaths of [[spoiler:Amanda and Declan]] being the final breaking points for him.
** "Allegiance" has Nolan explicitly saying this to Daniel and Charlotte.
* TokenMinority: Ashley.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Tyler purposely is this to Daniel.
* TranquilFury: Emily often displays this. Of course, this typically is lost on everyone but Nolan.
* TrashTheSet: In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler: Grayson Global is blown to Kingdom Come by the Initiative... and Conrad was in on it.]]
* TrueCompanions: Despite Amanda's manipulations, and her constantly keeping Emily in the dark and getting her in a lot of dangerous situations, it's clear that she really does love her like a sister, and will follow her to Hell itself.
* TrueLovesKiss: In "Homecoming," Jack kissing Emily on the forehead is what snaps her out of her amnesia.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Justified, considering the setting.
* UnwittingPawn: Just about everyone is this to Emily, except for her mentors, Aidan, and Nolan (who's more of a ''witting'' pawn than anything else)
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Between running out of his medication and losing all his blackmail material, Tyler has a rather impressive one.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: So far, all of Emily's victims.
** Actually, there's a bit of logic behind this; if their life has been ruined already, there's no need for her to do so.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: In "Doubt" Emily beats the crap out of the guy Victoria hired to steal the tapes from Jack and who also arranged for Daniel to be beaten severely in prison so that he could be transferred to house arrest. [[AndThisIsFor "This is for Jack." "That was for Daniel!"]]
* WhamEpisode: "Chaos". [[spoiler: The person killed in the series-opening flashforward was ''Tyler'', not Daniel, who appears to be the one who killed him.]]
** The first season finale, "Reckoning". See {{Cliffhanger}}.
** Season 2 has "Sacrifice". By the end, [[spoiler: Jack's been shot, the ''Amanda'''s been blown up, and Amanda is dead.]]
** Also from Season 2, "Engagement". [[spoiler: Aiden kills Takeda when his mentor confronts him about interfering with Emily's mission, Charlotte reveals to Daniel that she's pregnant, and at the end, [[{{Cliffhanger}} the entire city's power is cut]], presumably by Carrion.]]
** And Season 2's GrandFinale, "Truth" delivers in ''spades''. To recap: [[spoiler: Takeda's fiancée is revealed to have been on Flight 197, Grayson Global is blown up by the Initiative, who Conrad has been working with for the entire season (and Conrad attempts to capitalise on the explosion by having Jack killed in it, but fails), Declan dies, Aiden and then Nolan are arrested for the attack, Conrad wins the election, Aiden and Daniel fight over Emily, and it's implied that Daniel may have shot Aiden, Jack goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge of his own and attempts to assassinate Conrad, Victoria's long-lost son Patrick arrives on her doorstop, and to cap it all off? The final line of the season? Emily reveals her true identity to Jack.]] And they had the sheer audacity to leave all this on a cliffhanger.
** The penultimate episode of season 3, "Impetus." [[spoiler:Charlotte learns the truth about Conrad, Victoria learns that Charlotte and Carl are not related, and Conrad lands himself in jail via EngineeredPublicConfession.]]
** Season 3's finale, "Execution." [[spoiler:Charlotte learns that Jack was involved in her kidnapping and turns him in. Nolan and Margaux's brother Gideon team up against Daniel, though Nolan finds out by the end that he may have gotten into a less than pleasant situation. Victoria kills Aiden, confronts Emily on her true identity, and Emily arranges for her to be put into a psychiatric hospital. David Clarke is still alive and kills Conrad, who was on his way escaping from the prison.]]
* WhamLine: "When you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." The opening text of the pilot episode.
** "Six months after the trial, Victoria gave birth to a baby girl. Ask her who the father is."
** "So what is she (Victoria) saying, they killed my mother too?" "No... She's saying your mother's alive."
** "I'm Amanda Clarke." ''[[{{Cliffhanger}} The very last line of dialogue in Season Two.]]''
** "Jack, I'm your mother.'' - Stevie Grayson.
* WhatTheHellHero: Subverted. While Nolan does point out to Emily that her revenge is hurting innocent people, he himself doesn't seem too concerned about it. In fact, he almost seems ''impressed'' by her conviction. [[spoiler: Until recently, anyway.]]
** On the other hand, he does call her out when he finds out that the real Emily [[spoiler: killed Frank]], but it's somewhat unclear if he's upset about [[spoiler: Frank's murder]] or just the fact that Emily got him involved.
** He really lets her have it after her actions lead to [[spoiler: Jack getting beat by one of Victoria's goons]], and he hasn't stop calling her out on it since.
** Even Aiden has begun to be disgusted by Emily's actions, though this is mainly due to the fact that as long as Emily puts up the front as Daniel's loving girlfriend/fiancee, she can't openly be with Aiden.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Towards the end of the season 1, Emily has a couple of break downs of this sort.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Legacy" takes us back to late 2002 and the infamous Grayson New Year's Eve party of 2003.
** Season 2's "Lineage" flashes back to Thanksgiving of 2006 when Emily first met Aiden.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jack and the ''real'' Amanda.
* WomanScorned: When Victoria finds out about Lydia and Conrad's affair, she ''crushes'' Lydia, and effectively exiles her from the Hamptons.
** Of course, then it's Lydia's turn to be scorned, and she threatens to expose the truth about David Clarke if Victoria doesn't take her back -- Frank actually refers to her as this at one point (though he was referring to [[spoiler: Emily's actions, which she had been framed for and]] which she was innocent of).
* {{Yandere}}: The fake Amanda has shades of this in regards to the real one.
* YourCheatingHeart: If a villain on the show is married or in a relationship, he/she will be cheating:
** Both Graysons have or still are cheating on each other.
** Both Lydia Davis and her husband.
** Charlotte's rich prick boyfriend.
** The senator who was the DA who convicted Amanda's father had a mistress who got pregnant.
** [[spoiler:Tyler is cheating on Ashley with Nolan. Tyler says he's just doing it to ([[OutGambitted unsuccessfully]], unbeknownst to him) manipulate Nolan, but how true that is remains to be seen.]]
** As of the eighth episode of season 3 [[spoiler: Daniel and Sara]]
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