* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Scorpius as a HeroAntagonist by way of WellIntentionedExtremist, which stems from the fact his purpose behind his actions is sound and even justifiable -- the Scarrans are ''not'' nice people.
* BrokenBase: Expect a debate on whether the mini-series was a satisfying conclusion or not. Likewise, the plots and characterisations featured in the comics have very much divided the fan base.
* CompleteMonster:
** Selto Durka from the first two seasons is a captain of the ironically named Peacekeepers who is well-known for being a [[TortureTechnician master of torturing people]] and enjoying ColdBloodedTorture [[{{Sadist}} far more than is healthy]]. He had kept and tortured Rygel for years before the story begins and years later, his presence utterly terrifies Rygel beyond reason. Durka enjoys torturing nearly everyone he sees, and when he captures Aeryn, he leaves a comm channel open so the rest of her crew can hear him about to torture her and burn her face off. Even worse, he tried to forcibly abort the living and sentient spaceship Moya's child so she'd be capable of going faster to take him to safety.
** Kaarvok from season 3's "[[Recap/FarscapeS03E06EatMe Eat Me]]" is a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] MadScientist with a hand-held cloning machine on standby. He's willing to do anything to ensure that he has more food...or family; he's forgotten that there's a difference. This includes cloning his victims (before killing one in front of the other), keeping Rovhu's traumatized Pilot alive so his regenerating limbs can be harvested for meat, and forcing members of Moya's crew to breed with his degenerate clone army just so he'd have [[EatsBabies something tastier]] than clone-brains to look forward to.
** Tauza from season 3's "[[Recap/FarscapeS03E11Incubator Incubator]]" is a Scarran noble who oversees their breeding program, where the humanoid Sebacean women are kidnapped (any families or loved ones with them are killed) and forcibly raped by Scarran soldiers. Tauza subjected 90 Sebacean women to this, with none surviving. One woman had a child, later named Scorpius. Tauza sought to purge the young half-breed of all "Sebacan weakness" by torturing him [[ColdBloodedTorture physically]] and [[MindRape mentally]]. Tauza lied to Scorpius, claiming he had a Scarran mother who had been raped by a Sebacean, but she later revealed the truth when Scorpius sought to rebel, showing him a video of his mother's violation to hurt him. Cruel, arrogant, [[FantasticRacism racist]] and vicious, Tauza embodied the worst of Scarran culture, and under her hand for all his formative years, it's no wonder Scorpius developed a genocidal hatred of the Scarrans.
* CrazyAwesome: The show runs on insanity. Especially Crichton's.
** By the end of the series, everyone has had their moments, particularly Crichton. Whenever things don't go according to plan (which happens most of the time), or even in the rare cases where things do (... doesn't really happen a lot), Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Chiana, Pilot, Moya... okay let's just say nearly all of the main characters, end up a large tally on ThePlan list . By the middle of season 3 you have entire ''episodes'' that are just CrazyAwesome. "Revenging Angel," anyone?
** Although Crichton fits the bill more than the other characters, as he is on the razor's edge of sanity, if he hasn't already slipped over by the end of the first few episodes. Most of his Awesome moments come when a plan doesn't work out and he just wings it with a surplus of ConfusionFu.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Both of the theme tunes. Also, ''The Last Stand'' -- The music that plays during the [[spoiler: destruction of the Command Carrier]] at the end of season 3. Since the words are the "Dies Irae", it also counts as OminousLatinChanting.
* CrowningMomentOfSadness:[[spoiler: Talyn and Crais's sacrifice at the end of season 3, where they blow themselves up to save everyone, Crais waking Talyn up for just long enough for them to die together]] counts, especially considering the lead-up with [[spoiler: Talyn trying and failing to control his psychological problems to the point where he attacks his own mother]].
* DracoInLeatherPants: Scorpius.
* EvilIsSexy: Sikozu. Okay, "evil" is a bit of a stretch, though she ''is'' the only character who ever warms to Scorpius [[spoiler:and eventually joins him once Scorpius goes back to the Peacekeepers]]. But I think we can all agree on the "sexy" bit.
* FandomRivalry: Frequently with fans of ''BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''. Due to the timing of ''Farscape's'' cancellation and the announcement of ''Battlestar Galactica'', many fans of ''Farscape'' blame the latter series for the show's cancellation thanks in no small part to the more tactless comments by Sci-Fi channel about the announcement of ''Battlestar'' being greenlit because the channel needed a "sexy, dark and edgy space-based science fiction drama"...right as they cancelled their ''existing'' "sexy, dark and edgy space-based science fiction drama."
* FanNickname: Gilina is sometimes also called "PK Tech Girl" by fans who can't remember (or don't know) her name, as she was the titular PeaceKeeper Technician Girl in the episode... [[ShapedLikeItself PK Tech Girl.]]
* FashionVictimVillain: Maldis appears to be wearing Elizabethan clothing, complete with a ruff... only it's all rendered in ''leather.''
** Scorpius too, with his gimp suit.
* FoeYay: Crichton and Scorpius. "Insert the rod, John!" Crichton lampshades it a few times.
-->'''Crichton''': "Get a new girlfriend, Scorpy!"
* FridgeBrilliance: Crichton, in one of his many flip-out moments in "Crackers Don't Matter," writes the name of the villain-of-the-week T'raltixx on a door. How does he know how to spell it, much less get it right? Then you realize: He doesn't! Nobody in the show technically speaks English except for Crichton, so he probably just made it up. Likewise when Crichton occasionally speaks in Spanish and the others have no problem understanding him (thanks to the Translator Microbes); an exception being "Crichton Kicks" where the microbes can't handle Klingon! This is explained by Sikozu not using translator microbes - her brain can't handle them, possibly [[spoiler: because she's a bioloid]]. She learns languages extremely quickly but must be presented with their structure, rules, and alphabet. Because Crichton taught her English but dropped in the Klingon on a whim (actually a true-blue ThrowItIn by Ben Browder, which is why Raelee Hill had that look on her face after he said it), Sikozu wasn't able to process what he said. And there are actually a lot of subtle references and minor events that have significant impact episodes after they're introduced.
* FridgeLogic: In Look at the Princess, when the empress demands to know who defaced Crichton's statue, why didn't they just ask the princess? It's already been established that she can see and hear, and they have a technology that lets them speak to her. This is leaving aside the question of why you would leave the royal heir helpless and unguarded, without even a security camera.
* GeniusBonus: Crichton referring to Sikozu as "Sputnik". While at face value it's a reference to her spiky hair, the episode introducing her is peppered with Crichton demonstrating his knowledge of other languages. Sputnik incidentally means "Companion" in Russian, which is quite an apt nickname, since at that point, Crichton had yet to learn Sikozu's ''actual'' name.
* GrowingTheBeard: It began as a fairly generic SpaceOpera with outstanding special effects and above-average writing. Most fans would agree that the show grew the beard toward the end of Season 1, when Crichton first donned Peacekeeper clothing. From then on it [[DarkerAndEdgier just got darker]].
* HarsherInHindsight: In the Season 1 episode "Back and Back and Back to the Future" (one of the earliest examples of a [[DarkerAndEdgier dark episode]]), Crichton's forward-flashes in time depict [[FemmeFatale Matala]] aggressively performing sex acts on him, and the scenes very much come across as though she's raping him. [[spoiler: Flash forward to the Season 4 two-parter "What Was Lost", in which Crichton is raped by Grayza.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Family Ties," D'Argo takes charge and issues orders--leading to an annoyed Aeryn grumbling, "You are not the captain here!" In Season 4's "Natural Election," D'Argo would be elected captain of the crew and Aeryn voted for him.
* HoYay: Lots of it.
** The most shameless example is Scorpius and Braca. Noted by Crichton in season four. "Yeah, feel the love, [[TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]]."
** Spoofed in "Scratch n' Sniff" with D'Argo and John denying they're a couple, while D'Argo later calls John (sarcastically) "sweetheart". Earlier on, when John asks D'Argo to be his best man in "Look at the Princess", D'Argo misunderstand's what "best man" means... and suggests that if he weren't in a relationship with Chiana already he wouldn't be completely uninterested in the possibility. In the later episode, given how Crichton wakes up from their hangover in stockings, Crichton and D'argo have a minor freak-out out that they might have ''done'' something last night.
** In "Bringing Home the Beacon", Chiana and Noranti go undercover as a lesbian couple, and seem to enjoy themselves a lot. In the same episode, Chiana gets mildly tortured by a {{Dominatrix}} masseuse, but doesn't seem especially traumatised by it...
** In Crais's last episode as John's ArchEnemy, John plants a TakeThatKiss on him.
** After Scorpius takes over as John's ArchEnemy, there's a lot of this. Most notoriously in their fight around the cliffhanger of "Into the Lion's Den", which ends with Scorpius lying full length on top of John and looking as if he's about to kiss him. And in the final season, there's the infamous "Scarran blood vow" scene, where the actors outright say "screw subtext" (finger-sucking is involved).
* JerkassWoobie: Xhalax Sun was forced to kill her own lover and surrender her daughter to the torturous Peacekeeper training regime; following her only chance to see said daughter again, she was prompty shoved back into another twenty straight years of assassination- which she hates- in a process that slowly and inexorably destroys any trace of pity or compassion in her.
* LesYay:
** Chiana and Jool get ''very'' touchy-feely in numerous episodes. Of particular note: their girl-on-girl dance in "Scratch n' Sniff", and their rather...intimate...placement of hands [[spoiler: when Jool says goodbye]] in "What Was Lost Part 2: Resurrection".
** After Jool leaves, Chiana and Noranti spontaneously decide to go undercover as a lesbian couple in "Bringing Home the Beacon". And seem very enthusiastic about their roles.
* MagnificentBastard: Scorpius, who has simultaneously convinced both the Scarran Emperor and Peacekeeper High Command that he's working for them against the other side, when his real intentions are [[spoiler: to use the Peacekeepers to get revenge on the Scarrans for the hell they put him through.]]
* MyRealDaddy: Rockne S. O'Bannon created the series, but stepped down as executive producer after Season 1 - leaving David Kemper to be showrunner for the next three seasons. Brian Henson also deserves mention - not because of any creative decisions, but because he spent the better part of TheNineties trying to sell the series despite constant rejection.
* NightmareFuel: It's virtually a guarantee that everyone will find something.
* PanderingToTheBase: ''The Peacekeeper Wars'' is arguably this for the more hardcore John/Aeryn shippers.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Even by 2002 standards, the PC game is pretty much balls.
* RecycledScript: "Through the Looking Glass" (written by David Kemper) was based on a pitch he made to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' years earlier.
* RomanticPlotTumor: How some viewers see John and Aeryn's relationship in Season 4 and ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.
* TheScrappy: Exactly who qualifies as ''the'' scrappy may vary a great deal from viewer to viewer, but a lot of people hated Jool -- including the other characters... [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap at first, anyway]]. This was actually deliberate on the part of the writers, but Tammy [=MacIntosh=] stated in an interview that the hate Jool - and, in some cases, Tammy herself - received reduced her to tears.
** Jool's actually a decent character. The problem with her is that she Would. Not. Stop. ''[[MostAnnoyingSound Screaming]]!''.
* SeasonalRot: Season 3 is generally less well-regarded than the others and saw the show's ratings steadily decline as a result. Season 4, which took the series' inherent weirdness and dialed it UpToEleven in a variety of ways, is also sometimes seen as this.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In the first episode of the second season, [[spoiler: when Crais is being hooked up with the neural interface to the baby leviathan]] you can clearly see a hand holding up the metal-tentacle thing, near the bottom of the screen.
** Also, in the third season, "Jack" is switching between his human form and his actual Ancient shape and there is almost no similarity between the muppet and the CGI used for the transformation.
** Crichton's beard in "Jeremiah Crichton". Good luck paying attention to anything else while watching that episode.
*** Funnily enough, in the DVDCommentary for "Jeremiah Crichton", Ben Browder relates how fans were angered that Crichton's beard in "Crichton Kicks" apparently looked more fake than the one used for the former episode. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Browder genuinely did grow an actual beard for the latter episode]].
*** The episode "Jeremiah Chrichton" also had a scene where Rygel's puppeteer is visible on the right side of the screen.
** In "Picture If You Will", it is startlingly obvious when Zhaan's collar and gauntlets switch from hard and shiny to the dull, rubbery-looking stunt ones.
** In just the third episode, we get a stunningly jarring CGI Rygel. Witness how much this improved by "Peacekeeper Wars."
* StoicWoobie: D'Argo.
* TearJerker: Many, including some of the most gut-wrenching {{Season Finale}}s known to man. And "...Different Destinations". Anything involving Talyn where Moya is desperately trying to get her kid to listen (and he ''just doesn't...''); anytime Moya is willing to sacrifice herself for her occupants; and when [[spoiler:Talyn commits suicide]]. The last one has left people in tears. Then there's [[spoiler:Zhaan's death]]. It's one for both the main characters and the audience. And the look of complete heartbreak on Stark's face is enough to make you cry.
** [[spoiler: Gilina's]] death. Especially her asking Crichton, "If things had been different, could you have loved me?" "Yes."
** Most of the backstories for the main characters contain this as well.
*** Crais wants revenge on Crichton for the death of his brother, [[spoiler: because the pair were conscripted into the Peacekeeper forces, and the last words his father said to Crais was to take care of his brother]].
*** D'Argo's family, due to he and his wife being StarCrossedLovers [[spoiler: due to her being a Sebacean, who was murdered by her brother for marrying a Luxan, and D'Argo was subsequently framed for her death.]]
* UglyCute: It's a guarantee that most viewers will see some characters as this. [=NamTar=]'s original form is a good example, as it looks quite similar to [[ReturnOfTheJedi Jabba's pet]].
* VillainDecay:
** Crais when the SternChase got old and Scorpius stepped up to became the BigBad, eventually leading to a HeelFaceTurn.
** Harvey started out as another Scorpius who, by virtue of being in Crichton's head, could win a lot and be consistantly scary. By the end, he's cracking jokes about EEqualsMCHammer. He was also created to avert this trope in the original Scorpius - it allowed Wayne Pygram to show up as often as the writers wanted, without forcing them to have Scorpius defeated each week, letting him keep his menace for when the original ''did'' make an appearance.
** Almost ''immediately'' after her introduction, Grayza is getting stomped in the villain stakes by the Scarrans. Ironically [[note]]Or at least, what Alanis would call "ironically"[[/note]], this is what makes her so dangerous within the ''Farscape'' universe: the fact that she's got all the power of a Peacekeeper Commandant but consistantly makes dumb decisions and punches above her villain weight, putting lives in danger ''by accident'' and allowing the real villains to cause far more havoc than they ever would have normally.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: YTV, a Nickelodeon-flavored Canadian channel was the first to pick up the show in the Great White North, probably misled by the fact that the show was made by Henson Studios. This did not end well, since they only bought the first season and edited the crap out of it
* TheWoobie: Just about everyone on occasion, but especially:
** Stark. ''Damn''. You just want to wrap him in a straitjacket and give him a hug. And although his status as a BadAss nearly disqualifies him, Rygel approaches Woobie territory on several occasions throughout the series.
** Gillina earns this title following the events of her first episode. Not only is she the only survivor of her team, but she's been trapped on a GhostShip that's been claimed by the Sheeyangs and forced to hide under a corpse; then she's menaced by Aeryn and D'Argo, spat on by Rygel, almost gets incinerated when the Sheeyangs return, and then is forced to leave Crichton for her own well-being. And while she waits for Crais to retrieve her, she has to stay behind on the ''Zelbinion''- not exactly the safest or the most reassuring environment.
** Pilot. He spends the first season and a half [[spoiler:in substantial pain because of his artificial grafting to Moya]], feels every bit of damage done to her as pain to himself, and [[ArsonMurderandJaywalking gets yelled at by everyone on board]].

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