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Series: Haven
aka: H Aven

Haven is an American supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The one-hour drama premiered on July 9, 2010, on Syfy. The series will be the first property to be produced for Syfy Pay channels around the globe, excluding Canada and Scandinavia.

Shrewd and confident FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) has a lost past when she arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity leads her to the center of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people who are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions.

Has a recap page.

This series features examples of:

  • Acting for Two:
    • Cristián de la Fuente in "Friend or Faux".
    • Acting for Five: Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, Lucy Ripley, Sarah Vernon, and as of season 4, Lexie DeWitt and Mara.
  • Action Girl / Plucky Girl: Agent Audrey Parker.
  • Actor Allusion: Nolan North guest stars as an archaeologist who helps a character played by Emily Rose solve a supernatural mystery. Hmmm...
  • Agent Scully: In early episodes Nathan makes some half-hearted efforts in this direction, as he'd really like to be living in a rational world. When all else fails while investigating a Trouble, he's the first to go back to the physical evidence of the crime, like investigating the animal stuffing when trying to find the source of the animal Trouble in "Fur".
  • Agony Beam: Jordan can cause extreme pain with skin to skin contact. It's been described as the worse pain that a person has ever felt.
  • Agony of the Feet: In "The Trouble With Troubles", this happens to Audrey when she loses her shoes and tries to walk down the road, which is full of gravel.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted in "The Trial of Audrey Parker" regarding Julia and Duke.
  • Almost Out of Oxygen: A Trouble in "Mortality" causes the user to draw oxygen to himself, thereby suffocating anyone within a certain radius.
  • And Starring: Eric Balfour
  • Animate Inanimate Object: In "Morbidity", a woman has a Trouble which creates an empty costume of a dancing bear at places she visited her. It occasionally takes off its head to demonstrate. Funny, but turns creepy when it takes off its head and suddenly the corpse of her dead father appears in the costume.
  • Anti-Magic: Audrey seems to have a minor version of this. Troubled abilities can't affect her, directly at least. They can however affect the environment around her so she's still in danger from a lot of Troubles. In season 5 when Audrey gets split off from Mara, Mara retains the immunity but Audrey doesn't.
    • It used to be that when Mara went into the Barn the Troubles would be suppressed in Haven for twenty-seven years. According to one of the season 3 webisodes this would only work in Haven, though. Troubled who went to the outside world would have their afflictions return.
  • Anyone Can Die: In "As You Were", a group of main and secondary characters go to an isolated resort, and we are introduced to a new character. Rather than the newcomer dying, Eleanor (who had been in six of the nine episodes) died instead.
    • Of course, the new character, her daughter Julia who is also conveniently a doctor, takes her place.
    • The show is rife with this trope, notably with the deaths of Chief Wuornos, Duke's wife Evi, and Rev. Driscoll.
    • It looks like two of our three new Season three characters Tommy and Claire, were killed by the Skinwalker. And then they were shanghai'ed.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Nathan and Audrey—a sweet cheek kiss.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Wesley in "301" is an alien Conspiracy Theorist, but finds the idea of the Troubles to be ridiculous, despite living in a town where they happen all the time. Conversely, Duke & Nathan both go in the opposite direction, but both admit that the idea of alien abductions isn't too far fetched considering what they've seen thanks to the Troubles.
    • Consistently averted with the town altering Troubles. The main characters are aware that Audrey is unaffected by the Troubles, so when she claims that a trouble has changed the entire landscape of Haven (days repeating, altered timelines, etc.) they believe her.
    • This happens a lot with people whose Troubles have just been activated. It varies in severity, most often with the Troubled person acknowledging that something weird is happening, but refusing to believe that they could be the cause. For example, Will Brady in "Last Goodbyes." Confronted with no memory of his past and an entire town unconscious, he refused to believe that he was involved, even though the only things he knew were the exact circumstances of everyone's unconscious state right up to how much time they had before their condition was fatal. In cases like this though, it's usually stated how the Troubles are looked down upon severely and thus all but a rare few familes did anything to actually prepare their children for what may happen.
    • Even worse, Anson Shumway who has O.C.D. His Trouble is causing a day to repeat when he can't cross the street to meet his daughter because he hadn't finished all of his rituals. She dies and his guilt causes the day to repeat. Throw Audrey's immunity in to the mix and then other people die instead. This is a man whose entire belief system centers on the notion that if he doesn't do what he's supposed to something will go horribly wrong. Along comes a woman who tells him that, yes, he is causing things to go horribly wrong and the first thing he wants to know is who is really the crazy one here? Justified in the fact that he is a man who is getting help for his disorder, so he knows his beliefs are irrational. The only problem is, he didn't take into account that he lives in Haven.
  • Art Initiates Life:
    • When Vickie draws an object or person, anything done to the drawing is reflected upon its subject. A church steeple is knocked over from a tap, a man's face is wiped off when the drawing is erased, and a drawing dropped in the water causes the subject to drown. This only works for the first drawing of the subject, however; all subsequent drawings hold no power.
    • The Troubled in "Double Jeopardy" brings a painting of Lady Justice to life. While in the real world, Lady Justice's body has the properties of a golem.
  • Bad Future: Happens in "Sarah" due to Duke and Nathan's changes to 1955. Haven is a warzone with Troubled people being rounded up and executed. Audrey is wanted, those with Troubles are smuggled out of Haven and not in, and Nathan apparently died instead of Garland. This timeline is erased when Duke and Nathan fix things and return home.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • The Troubled in the season 2 finale has the ability to bring people back as ghosts, so long as he personally buried them.
    • Noelle in the "Magic Hour" two-parter can bring a person back to life perfectly healed as long as she touches them before sundown. She takes on the pain and injuries of the resurrected person (she also has a Healing Factor), and was warned by her father that more than one a day could be fatal. Her sister Moira has this too, though it takes a while for her Trouble to activate.
    • The regenerative properties of the barn that keep Audrey young can also revive the dead, but those revived in such a manner cannot survive very long outside of it.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In "The Trouble With the Troubles", the Troubled man has the ability to make his wishes come true, but notes that there's always some dark side to the wishes. He wished to get rid of the Troubles, thinking it would save his wife. It worked, even turning Haven into a paradise, but his wife is with another man.
  • Because Destiny Says So: This is basically the explanation for Audrey and Duke's roles in Haven.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The barn.
  • Blackmail:
    • The Teagues try this on Tommy Bowen, the cop from Boston. Unfortunately for them, that door swings both ways, and they have a lot more secrets they want to keep hidden than he does.
    • Moira, Noelle's sister (see Back from the Dead), uses Noelle's power to blackmail rich people by killing family members then demanding a ransom for the resurrection.
  • Blessed with Suck: Nearly all Troubled people.
    • Special mention has to go to the mayor's son. Everyone likes him at eye contact. He is infinitely annoyed by this because they refuse to listen to him, instead just focusing on trying to be as friendly with him as possible.
      • The fact that Chris Brody is a cynical loner just makes this even more of a sucky blessing from his perspective.
    • One of the suckiest afflictions so far would have to be Dwight's, which allows him to attract bullets toward himself. He's not even resistant to them, either, so he wears a vest all the time. He can't even use a regular gun; when he goes hunting, he uses a crossbow.
      • Dwight was an Army Ranger serving in Afghanistan when the ability first manifested itself which in his case was suckiness turned Up to Eleven.
    • Ray had the ability when playing any instrument to "fix" the broken connections in catatonic patients trapped in their own mind, including his own wife. Unfortunately anybody else hearing the music would gain superhuman strength and hair trigger tempers. Subverted and bordering on Cursed with Awesome when Audrey figures it should be safe if Ray did away from everyone else leading Ray and assorted patients hitting the seas.
    • Though not explicitly stated, one side effect of Duke's affliction seems to be to put him in a semi-berserk state that he can only loosely control. This and the affliction in general does not amuse him in the least, if for no other reason than he really doesn't want to kill people and he's worried that he might end up killing Nathan or Audrey. The latter because he likes her, the former because that'd make Audrey dislike him. And to whit, his affliction has affected his social relationships since most people that know tend to assume he's one step away from trying to kill them all.
    • Definitely, the organ failure affliction - your Trouble is triggered and your organs start to fail leading you to try to kill your children/relatives as they are a better match. If you succeed, congrats, you've just killed a member of your family. If you fail, their affliction is triggered and they go hunting, you guessed it...members of their family. Double sucky as one of the Afflicted decides to pepper a sperm donor clinic with his sperm so he'll have more people to kill outside of his actual family once the Trouble hits. Once he's found out, he starts going after his actual family. Starting with his oldest son.
    • Jordan has the power to induce horrible pain in whoever she has skin to skin contact with. She has no control over it and can't have physical contact with anyone but Nathan.
    • Will Brady, in "Last Goodbyes", he pulls the entire town of Haven into a degenerative coma because he was suffering from the same condition and didn't want his family to pull the plug.
    • A woman in "Reunion" has a power that turns any food she tries to eat into cake. Understandably, weight gain is a serious problem for her.
    • Don in "Survivors". A fireman who stopped a fire, though his partner died. His Trouble causes people to spontaneously combust and is activated by his survivor's guilt, so every time someone congratulates him on stopping the fire, people start to die.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three different incarnations of Audrey Parker. She's blonde, Lucy's brunette and Sarah's the redhead.
    • Also Audrey (blonde), Claire (redhead), and Jordan (brunette).
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens in "The Hand You're Dealt".
  • Bloody Murder: The Trouble in "Bad Blood".
  • Blow You Away: Marian Caldwell, the Troubled in the first episode. And the season 4 premiere.
  • Book Ends: First season, Special Agent Audrey Parker arrives at Haven. Quite amusingly, the same dialogue plays out, from different characters, and they quite clearly recognize this and how weird it is even before the new Special Agent gives her name.
  • Brown Note: The Trouble of the Week in "When The Bough Breaks" has a particularly cruel version of this. The Trouble activates when the person cries, causing one or several people to suddenly die of heart failure. There's seemingly no pattern to the deaths (though longer/louder bursts of crying seem to produce more deaths), and for bonus points the victims don't have to be nearby to hear the crying; they can be clear across town and still hear it before dropping dead. And if all that wasn't bad enough, the Troubled person is a baby.
  • Bullet Dodging: Inverted with Dwight. His Troubled power is to attract bullets.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In "Lockdown", an abusive husband learns that his wife has a dangerous Trouble, and he still terrorizes her. Once she gains the courage to stand up to him, he doesn't live much longer.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind:
    • The Barn and the Door leading to The Barn are normally invisible. Jennifer's Trouble allows her to see them.
    • In "Countdown" only the designated victim of the Trouble and Audrey can see the death countdown on digital devices around them.
    • The hand print mentioned under Contagious Powers can only be seen by Audrey.
  • California Doubling: The show takes place in Maine but is filmed in Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • Callback: In "Burned", Duke's daughter Jean becomes a minor talking point.
    • In the season 4 premiere "Fallout" the Troubled person is Marian Caldwell, the Troubled from the pilot episode. Nathan talks her down just as Audrey originally did.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: The entire freaking town has this problem. So many of the episodes' problems could be resolved if these people would just give Audrey and Nathan something to go on. But nooooooo... Everyone has to be tight-lipped until the worst possible moment, and will even risk the lives of the people they treat as friends rather than just say something. To be fair, at least some of them do want to help, but they keep getting argued down by the people who don't.
    • Which is somewhat justified being set in a small town with, among other things, a very influential reverend and beset with all sorts of secrets, competing factions, and being a (loosely) Stephen King-inspired series.
    • Also, as Dwight puts it, many Troubled are too ashamed to admit that they have a problem. In Dwight's case, his father would rather let him go to Afghanistan than tell him about his ability to attract bullets and therefore admit he's Troubled. Kind of justified, in that it is harder to activate some Troubles if you don't know about them, like the taxidermy Trouble in "Fur", but it makes them harder to deal with when the do happen. Unfortunately, Dwight's Trouble doesn't fall under that particular tree.
    • For some, their affliction is oddly specific or occurs when they don't/do do something that is somewhat out of the ordinary meaning that they don't encounter it in their daily lives. One Troubled in season 3 has the ability to turn animals into people but only when he treats them non-humanely. He was raised to do so with his family shutting down the animal aspect of their farm.
    • This is especially bad with Vince and Dave Teague, to the point where Audrey outright assumes they know more than they let on and demands that they speak up in the season 3 opener; they didn't actually know what was going on in that situation, but still haven't told Audrey all the things she needs to know. In the following episode, Dave even chastises Vince for trying to be helpful. He's only doing it so he'll have Dwight and Duke in his pocket later if he needs them to help with the Troubles, letting them figure out a little bit just in case something goes wrong. Both Audrey and Nathan have given up on trusting them entirely, only consulting with them on topics that are of no real importance in the big picture; she won't even trust them to do a sketch of the Colorado Kid. Duke and Dwight only go to them to get information because they know the Teagues are trying to use them as pawns, so they use that against them.
    • Presumably the families that do deal with their issues head-on are the ones whose members wind up in the Guard.
  • Changed My Jumper: In "Sarah", when Duke gets sent to 1955, people confront him for having long hair in a ponytail, thinking that he's either a troublemaker or imitating Tonto from The Lone Ranger. When Nathan arrives, his outfit lets him fit right in, especially when he gets a hat.
  • Character Development: Duke has seen the most. Transforming from (more or less) the local jack of all trades criminal into a, mostly, up standing citizen. Primarily due to the influence of Audrey.
  • Christmas Episode: "Silent Night", though the episode in set in July. Audrey even points out that it's the middle of July, but everyone else thinks that Christmas has always been in July.
  • Church of Saint Genericus: Driscoll's ministry is a Hollywood church displaying a random mix of liturgical and free church traits, picked to signal nothing deeper than "Hey! Acceptable Religious Targets !"
  • Class Reunion: "Reunion" focuses on Duke and Nathan's, complicated by the usual Haven Trouble.
  • Clean Up Crew: Dwight's job is "clean things up," meaning to get rid of the evidence of the Troubles so the general populace doesn't find out. To a certain extent, when Nathan was Chief, this applied as well. And in general, the cover up is less so that Haven doesn't find out (pretty much everyone seems to know about the Troubles) and more so that people outside of Haven don't know.
  • Cliff Hanger: The first season finale: "I'm Special Agent Audrey Parker. Who the hell are you?". And the episode ends with that, leaving us to wait until summer.
    • And the second season finale, where Audrey is kidnapped, and either Nathan or Duke may or may not have killed the other.
    • "Magic Hour Part 1" has a pretty bad one. Nathan's dead, Tommy is revealed to be the Bolt Gun Killer. Audrey's just found out that the Colorado Kid is not an old boyfriend or lover, but her son from a previous incarnation. And the only person that can bring Nathan back has been shot and no one knows what really happened but a pretty vicious blackmailer.
    • "Last Goodbyes" ends with Audrey and Claire, after Claire reveals that she is actually the Bolt Gun Killer and pulls a gun on Audrey.
    • Third season finale is even better: Howard is dead and disappears along with the barn, while Audrey, James, Duke, and Arla's corpse are inside (thus implying that Arla may come back to life eventually), while Nathan, who caused all this, is standing outside and the meteor storm is hitting Haven.
    • Season 5 seems to be a single story arc, with each episode leaving a cliffhanger for the next week's episode to pick up on.
  • Colony Drop: The Hunter meteor storm starts hitting the town if Audrey doesn't enter the barn in a timely manner. Nathan makes it even worse when he kills Howard, who is connected to the barn.
  • Compelling Voice: Ginger in "Burned" can make people do anything she says... anything. Combined with Exact Words, this leads to some pretty dire situations. She told someone that she hated his guts and he eviscerated himself. She nearly killed Duke by getting him to act like a pirate (at the expense of common sense) and she liked him. Her gift is so strong it even works over the phone.
  • Contagious Powers: The two guys that tried to stop William in the Barn, and have now evidently escaped from it, seem to have this as an actual power. By touching a Troubled person, that person's Trouble becomes literally contagious. It can be identified by a hand print on the affected person, but only Audrey can see it. Fortunately, if the affected person can solve their Trouble, then the people who caught it become saved as well.
  • Cool Loser: Audrey. This is changing quickly since her arrival in Haven though.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Vince Teague, the newspaper editor.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: The Miami Incident, Macau, and the time Max Hansen failed to kill Vince Teague.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Nathan changes completely when he is around babies. So much so that it disturbs Audrey and she forces him to give the baby back so they can get back to work.
  • Deadpan Snarker: And how. Everyone gets their sarcastic moments in the sun as Haven is... Haven. The main cast is especially egregious, Nathan's got the dry wit bit covered, Duke's a sarcastic Snarker extraordinaire, and Audrey's more of the classic Deadpan Snarker with an equal amount of sarcasm and drollness.
  • Delayed Explosion: In "The Hand You're Dealt", our heroes toss a potentially-explosive grill into a pool; ten seconds later they're feeling a little foolish when...BOOM.
  • Differently Powered Individual: They're called "Troubled". The term 'affliction' has come up as a way of referring to their powers, which are usually disturbing or destructive or both and can't be controlled. Afflictions run in families and are usually activated by emotional distress of some sort; resolving the issue will often suppress the affliction. The Troubles were created by Mara to be used as weapons for an as-yet undisclosed purpose. Her stated goal is to refine the Troubles until they become more reliable and useful.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Used as a plot point in "Double Jeopardy". When the Lady Justice golem brutally murders a judge for the comparatively minor crime of facilitating a prisoner transfer without going through proper channels, Audrey realizes that the person animating her probably took the slight personally and thus is an acquaintance of some sort.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Nathan's reaction to being temporarily fired as Chief of Police.
    • Reverend Driscoll in "Butterfly".
    • Duke in "The Farmer" after he's used his power to kill a man who was triggering organ failures and harvesting in his children.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: The pyrokinetic kid with low self-esteem is, to say the least, very pleased when he learns he can blow things up with his mind.
    • Duke compares the sensation of absorbing Troubled blood with a heroin rush. He implies that this rush is what caused his father and grandfather to embrace their family Trouble and become killers of other Troubled.
    • And once his brother Wade finds out about the Crocker family curse he takes a running jump off the slippery slope. He knifes a Troubled man to get his blood to activate the curse, then later kills Jordan whom he had been attracted to.
  • Enemy Without: The Dark Man in "Ain't No Sunshine" is disembodied rage.
  • Enfant Terrible: Although it's not the babies' fault, in "Ball and Chain", they age their fathers and kill them. Thus, Duke will never get to meet Jean, his daughter.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The actors are never told spoilers, so that their reactions to any new development or revelation is genuine. The actors have expressed in interviews that they're dying to learn the truth about The Troubles and Audrey's origins as much as the fans.
    • Emily Rose has stated that she used her frustration at finding out that she isn't really Audrey Parker and all of the training to be a believable F.B.I agent and the emotional life she had been building as an actor was basically not true as motivation and emotional subtext for how her character must feel about her own life.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: For good reason, since it's a skinwalker and thus capable of changing identities like clothing the Bolt Gun Killer is well... only known as the Bolt Gun Killer.
  • Evil All Along: William turns out to be the real evil to escape from the barn, and the evil duo either work for him or are extensions of him.
    • The real person behind Audrey, Lucy, Sarah and so forth is Mara, the creator of the Troubles - and she enjoys her work.
  • Evil Twin: Subverted in "Friend or Faux", where it turns out the original Cornell Stamoran is no more innocent than his homicidal duplicate.
  • Exact Words: The Bolt Gun Killer claims that Audrey had loved the Colorado Kid, leading everyone to assume that the Colorado Kid had been Lucy Ripley's boyfriend. Later, we learn that the Colorado Kid was Sarah's son.
    • The basic problem with Ginger Danvers' trouble - people are affected by exactly what she says. Even if she doesn't tell them something violent or wrong, a stray phrasing can cause serious problems. "I hate your guts." didn't go well for her kidnapper...
  • Expanded Universe: Webisodes fill in some minor information such as what happened between Dwight and The Guard. When he became disillusioned by The Guard, they came to 'deal' with him. In the resulting fight, Lizze's Trouble kicked in and she was killed by a stray bullet.
  • Expendable Clone: Cornell Stamoran keeps killing his copies.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In "Double Jeopardy", Lady Justice punishes a guy who spies on girls and posts naughty pictures of them on the internet by ripping his eyes out of his head. More accurately, she uses a spoon to gouge out his eyes.
    • In "See No Evil", people's eyes (and mouths) spontaneously get stitched shut.
    • In "Speak No Evil", Mara stabs a woman in the eye with a pencil, solely because she liked the woman's outfit.
  • Face Stealer: The skinwalker, a.k.a. the Bolt Gun Killer, wears the skin of his victims, allowing him to not only assume their appearance but even copy their voice. That's the whole reason for the bolt gun - to kill the person without causing major damage to the skin.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • This is the driving force behind the second season, based on the movement spearheaded by Reverend Driscoll.
    • In season 4, schools are trying to segregate normal and Troubled students.
    • Season 5 has a Troubled girl's mother ticking off basically every bigot point you can imagine. She ignorantly assumes Troubled people can infect others, hires based on people being Troubled, assumes they use their powers to abuse others, and then blames herself for her daughter being Troubled because she didn't teach her right from wrong. What's especially hilarious is that her daughter is a lesbian and she's perfectly ok with that.
  • Feel No Pain: Local cop Nathan Wournos can't feel anything except Audrey's touch.
    • Also Nathan's real dad Max Hansen.
  • Fingore: Mara smashes Vickie's hand in a car door as retaliation for trying to use her art Trouble to stop her.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Audrey and Fraudrey tend to do this when relating their memories.
  • Fountain of Youth: Robert, the Troubled villain in "Reunion", has the power to regress people to their teens by touching them (directly or indirectly), a manifestation of his desire to exact retribution for slights committed against him in high school. (Notably, he does this to Duke, who spends half the episode as a teenager.) It also works on himself, with the added caveat that his younger self, "Robbie", is a separate personality that is actively trying to kill the people he regresses. "Robert" not only doesn't know he's Troubled, but wants desperately to forget those days ever happened.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The Trouble in the two-parter "The Old Switcheroo" causes two people with some secret between them to switch bodies when one of them is touched by one of the Troubled brothers, who are themselves switched. As an added bonus, killing one of them causes the other to die in the same manner. Duke references the Trope Namer when discussing it. Reuniting the brothers switches everyone back.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Jody in "Spotlight" absorbs ambient light and releases it as a number of high-intensity laser beams. In "Much Ado About Mara", Mara mutates her Trouble to instead absorb and shoot out microwave radiation under the guise of curing her, rendering it far more deadly.
  • Gas Leak Coverup: The town's newspaper uses this excuse for pretty much every incident. In season 5 it's revealed that the town has its own epidemiologist who concocts believable medical statistics to explain Haven's incredible mortality rate to the outside world.
  • Genius Loci: The Troubled in "Real Estate" has this as a power. He spent so much energy refurbishing his home that he became a part of it. Unfortunately, he couldn't go back to human form, which drove him crazy.
  • Genre Savvy: In "Sarah", Duke figures out he's been sent back in time fairly quickly. Later he mentions that he knows "the rules" of time travel, don't do anything or you'll change the future.
    • In the same episode, every time Audrey tries to explain that time travel is changing the present she is immediately believed, because it's Haven.
  • Girl of the Week: Jess Minion to Nathan.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When faced with a Troubled whose power causes his organs to fail, forcing him to murder direct relations for compatible replacements, and the knowledge that he's fathered dozens of children who will also have that Trouble and will be compelled to do the same, Audrey tries to get Duke to use his Trouble-killing power to remove the Trouble completely by killing the original.
  • Grandfather Paradox: Inverted in "Sarah". Duke accidentally saves his grandfather (who has long since fathered a son), and thus the issue becomes whether he needs to make sure he dies or let him continue living. Turns out it's neither. Duke is a part of a Stable Time Loop in which Sarah Vernon ends up killing Roy Crocker, because he found out from Duke that she was going to kill him, so he went after her first.
  • Grand Theft Me: The troubled person du jour in "As You Were" is a mix of both types, taking over people's bodies out of necessity, but also taking their personality and memories. The Body Snatcher successfully lived as someone else for over 27 years. During the previous outbreak of the Troubles in the eighties, another "chameleon" killed and took the bodies of six people until he or she was killed by Garland Wuornos.
  • Gray Eyes: Audrey is a Type #1.
    • Troubled Blood!Duke is one as well (more of a silver color), more of a Nature vs. Nurture Type #2.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: The Red Sox and Yankees finished a game in which the Red Sox overcome a 10 run deficit before noon. Even the Patriots' Day game in April starts at 10-11 a.m. Not technically impossible, but highly improbable, since non-high-scoring games between the two teams run 3-4 hours. The point is that plot-wise, Audrey uses her foreknowledge of it to prevent people from dying and stop the "Groundhog Day" Loop, which alphabetically, is very close to this trope.
  • Groin Attack: When William boasts that Nathan cannot hurt him without also hurting Audrey, Nathan realizes there is one way he can, then goes for the nut shot. It works.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In "Audrey Parker's Day Off", Audrey has to relive the same day over and over. Significantly, her injuries transfer between loops so by day 5 she is injured and extremely tired. Also, the guy causing the loop was unaware of it.
    Nathan: You're stuck in my second favorite Bill Murray movie.
    • Fortunately, being Haven Nathan believes her when she says she's reliving the same day; and they are able to learn a little more each time.
    Nathan: You're stuck in-
    Audrey: Your second favorite Bill Murray movie, you told me.
  • Half the Woman She Used To Be: A victim in "Silent Night", as a consequence of being right at the edge of a barrier forming around the town.
  • Halloween Episode: "Real Estate".
  • Handsome Devil / Magnificent Bastard: Duke Crocker.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Nathan and Duke both want to help, but Duke pushes all of Nathan's buttons and Nathan flat-out doesn't trust Duke. They've come close to killing each other. Even with Audrey's help, they oscillate between this trope, With Friends Like These..., and occasionally Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Sarah. Also comes with old timey accent.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With his ability to nullify a curse by killing a Troubled afflicted by it, Duke and his ancestors are approached by Troubled willing to sacrifice themselves so that their descendants will not inherent their curse. It also explains why in the modern era, Troubled families are far less numerous yet everyone seems to know about them. And the source of many folk tales as Troubled were more numerous in the past.
    • In "Audrey Parker's Day Off", the guy causing the "Groundhog Day" Loop breaks it by stepping in front of a car.
    • In "Last Goodbyes", Will Brady willingly puts himself into a coma to wake the town up. Audrey however is confident that he will eventually wake up on his own.
    • In "The Lighthouse", Duke retakes the Crocker family curse so he can kill a willing Ben Harker, to prevent Harker's son's trouble from killing others.
  • Hero Insurance: Lampshaded and deconstructed in the season 5 premiere. After the Lighthouse again meets its demise (knocked down by the Chief's Trouble in the first season, by the meteors in season 3, and by their attempt to seal William in season 4), a government worker complains that the insurance premiums will go through the roof if they try to rebuild it a third time.
  • Hero of Another Story: The heroes are surprised when they meet Dwight the Cleaner in season 2 and Claire the Shrink in season 3. Dwight and Claire both explain they've been in Haven all along and have been helping to deal with the Troubles.
  • Holding Hands: Happens in "Roots".
    • Also in "Real Estate." Most likely an intentional parallel.
  • Horror Hunger:
    • The Troubled of the week in "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?"
    • And again with the Troubled in "The Farmer". In this instance, he has to assimilate organs from blood relations using a Multipurpose Tongue lest his own fail.
  • Humanity Ensues: The Trouble in "Stay" causes animals he mistreat to transform into humans. This affects every other mistreated animal in the area and reverts when he treats them nicely. His family swore animals off the farm because of it.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Roy and Simon Crocker, Duke's grandfather and father, respectively. Simon and the not-Troubled members of the town want Duke to follow in the former Crocker's footsteps.
    • Wade Crocker takes up the family business just as soon as his curse activates. Duke puts him down when he goes after Jennifer.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: In "When the Bough Breaks," William comes up to Nathan at the scene of a death and soberly asks, "What've we got?" Then he cracks up and says he's always wanted to say that. Nathan does not appreciate the joke.
  • Identity Amnesia: Audrey's memories are fake and they actually belong to the real FBI agent Audrey Parker.
    • Each time The Troubles start she turns up with a new set of (someone else's) memories and a new hair style to help the troubled (and, possibly, kill a Crocker). Last time it was Lucy and the time before that Sarah. It is possible that she doesn't age, although her memory switching seems to be the work of a third party (whom she was running from when she found the real Lucy 27 years ago and who may have stolen the original Agent Parker's memories).
    • As of the season 4 premiere "Fallout" Audrey has turned into Lexie. William wants to remind her who she was but there are people who don't want her to remember the truth.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Audrey says this of killing the Reverend when she could have just wounded him. Considering he was about to murder a young girl in cold blood when she had not moments ago chosen to spare him (though admittedly had killed another man, a serial killer, before), he had it coming.
    • She says it again after asking Duke to kill a Troubled man to spare his children from manifesting the ability.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: This is the opinion of nearly every Troubled person, because their abilities often suck. In the entire show's run, the only person ever seen to really like being Troubled was the pyrokinetic kid, who understandably enjoyed suddenly having the power to exact revenge on his tormenters. For everyone else though the show tends to explore the various aspects of having a particular power within an episode such as the ramifications of having a Compelling Voice ("I hate your guts" turns into a stab-myself-in-the-stomach response) to shapeshifting (no Shapeshifter Baggage here... that extra stuff has to come from somewhere!).
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Once Wade Crocker finds out about his family curse and that he could potentially end the Troubles forever he doesn't hesitate.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: The reason Chris Brody is attracted to Audrey. She's the only person in town who doesn't immediately like him at first sight. In fact she thinks he's kind of a jerk... and he kinda likes that.
  • I Know What You Fear: The Monster of the Week in "Fear and Loathing" has uncontrolled type 2, although she isn't the antagonist.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: How to stop the dream Trouble in "Lay Me Down".
  • Improbable Weapon User: The Bolt Gun Killer is so named for his eponymous bolt gun, normally meant to put down livestock. It turns out it's because it does minimal damage to human skin, which the killer can wear to take on the forms of others.
  • Interrupted Cooldown Hug: In "Stay", Audrey almost manages to calm down the savage man who broke into the store, but the angry store owner barges in and screws it up.
  • In the Blood: Troubles are inherited and activated by emotional trauma, usually some trauma that relates to the power, sometimes even through the death of the person you inherited it from (though not in Nathan's case).
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Chief Wournos is trying various ways to prepare Nathan to take over for him and to ready him for dealing with the "Troubles" on his own... with questionable success.
    • Averted in the season 4 premiere "Fallout" when Nathan talks down Marian Caldwell just as Audrey did in the first episode.
  • Inspired By: Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid". Both pieces contain a mysterious murder of a person only identified as The Colorado Kid... and other than one or two details, that's pretty much it.
  • Ironic Nickname: Gun dealer Little Mike in the season 2 premiere.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Audrey does this a lot to exploit the Power Incontinence of the Monster of the Week.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One:
    Tommy: It's perfect. Ghosts. Anything else you people want to let me in on that goes on around here? Mermen? Aliens? Dracula?
    Duke: We're not sure about Dracula.
    • Crosses into Fridge Brilliance since they have previously dealt with mermen and aliens (well, fake ones anyway).
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: In "Chemistry", Dwight has a talk with a former Guard member played by WWE wrestler Christian.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Jeanine from "Reunion" was once the Prom Queen, but is now very fat. Her Trouble makes it so any food she touches turns into cake, so of course she would become fat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Duke is a chronic liar, manipulator, and a criminal, but he has also repeatedly put his ass on the line to help others and is appalled at the idea of murdering Troubled people.
    • Duke himself points this out, almost to the letter, in the season 4 premiere:
    Jennifer: I'm not going anywhere with you. I just met you and you're some sort of criminal!
    Duke: Yes, I am a criminal, but one with a heart of gold.
  • Karmic Death: The Reverend.
  • Kill and Replace: A Chameleon, antagonist of "As You Were" has this a modus operandi. It gets close to the victim, acquires everything about them, and kills them in the process of turning into them. It doesn't like doing this, and even sought out Audrey for help (notably she was only knocked out instead of dying). The only reason wasn't caught the last time The Troubles were around was because it replaced someone who had just died. And the person's wife didn't want to lose him.
    • The Bolt Gun Killer is a skinwalker who, well, walks in the skin of his victims as a disguise. He even burns them as a preventative measure so the police wouldn't realize he was taking the skin off his victims' bodies.
  • Kill 'em All: Reverend Driscoll gets in this mindset once he realizes more subtle tactics will just keep getting shot down by Audrey and Nathan. Then Audrey just plain shoots him.
  • Lack of Empathy/Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • In the "Magic Hour" 2-parter, Moira seeks to exploit Noelle's ability to resurrect people for money, and gets irritated by Noelle saving a little girl for free. When Noelle explains that she only brings back one person a day because the stress and pain might kill her, Moira calls her a whiner. She gets her empathy back when she learns that the reason why Noelle didn't save their father from a car crash was because Noelle had already saved her. Crying, Moira's identical Trouble activates, and she selflessly risks death to resurrect Noelle and Nathan.
    • William says he doesn't understand why Audrey helps people, as he sees Audrey and himself as superior to ordinary humans.
    • When Mara finally comes out she has no use for Audrey's relationships or human beings in general, as she and William are members of a species from another dimension. As the creator of the Troubles, she also has no compunctions whatsoever about using humans as lab rats or complicating their conditions.
  • The Lancer: Duke, whether he wants to be or not.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The entire town has this to varying extents. None of them seem to remember most of the time when Lucy was around.
    • It's hinted this may be related to the Colorado Kid. Duke mentions that when they found him, no one remembered anything afterwards.
    • However, it is now fairly obvious that several of the townspeople, such as Chief Wuornos, Vince, and Dave knew everything but purposely withheld the information from Audrey.
    • Duke discovers that "The Hunter" Audrey warned herself about is actually a meteor storm which occurs every 27 years. When it hits, she vanishes, only to return later with a new identity.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler
    • Everything about Audrey's past.
    • The Crocker Family Curse is another.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: In "Morbidity", an old man has a Trouble which creates bubbles in water. Normally harmless, but the poor guy is hooked up to an IV and the bubbles go into his bloodstream. Instant embolism.
  • Lighthouse Point: Haven's prominently featured lighthouse. The poor thing has been knocked down three times over four seasons (technically five, but right at the start).
  • Literal Split Personality: Happens to Mara in "The Old Switcheroo, Part 2", a result of interacting with a Trouble that brings back past lives. Audrey is separated from her.
  • Little "No": Duke's response to his father and the Reverend's attempts to get him to fight for them against the Troubled and Audrey in particular.
  • Living Shadow: The Monster of the Week in "Ain't No Sunshine".
  • Lockdown: In the episode "Lockdown", the police station is put under quarantine, enforced by armed guards with orders to kill anyone who gets out.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A lot of important information about Audrey and Duke (and Nathan, to a lesser extent) is deliberately withheld from them.
  • Loophole Abuse: "Double Jeopardy" opens with Duke talking his way out paying some parking tickets. Unfortunately, the Troubled of the Week is targeting people she believes aren't being punished.
  • Love Cannot Overcome: Nathan's love interest Jess Minion initially seemed to think all the Haven weirdness was cool...but being attacked by a living shadow was more than she could handle, and she exited in a hurry.
  • Love Triangle: Duke and Nathan are both falling in love with Audrey. In an interesting variation, she's pretty much the reason they almost get along, and they don't hate each other for being in love with her. Season 3 also had Audrey and Jordan both in love with Nathan.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Gender-inverted when Dwight and Gloria switch bodies. Gloria briefly pats down to Dwight's crotch in surprise, causing Dwight to just stare in disapproval. Understandably, doing this in reverse would have been a fair amount of Fan Disservice with Gloria's age.
  • The Magic Touch: A woman in "Reunion" has the power to turn any food she touches into cake, whether she wants to or not.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The Trouble of the Week is often completely unaware that they are the one causing the supernatural activity and are often completely unaware of the Troubles themselves.
  • The Masquerade: Haven goes to great lengths to make sure the Troubles remain confined to their little town, manufacturing various stories to keep a lid on it. As "Morbidity" demonstrates, this is because the rest of the world finding out about a town full of magic curses would be far worse than just dealing with said curses.
  • Meet Cute: Nathan and Audrey's first meeting and a little later when Audrey and Duke meet. Well, if you considering pulling a gun on each other cute. Or almost getting struck by lightening. Haven's a weird place.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: For the most part, averted. Men and woman alike are as often victim as they are Troubled.
  • Mexican Standoff:
    • Nathan and Audrey kick off their relationship with one, and Nathan and Duke end the second season with another.
    • "Real Estate" ups the stakes with the three-way version, between Nathan, Duke, and Jordan.
  • Monkey Morality Pose: In the season 5 premiere, the Trouble of the Week is based on a trio of monkey dolls in this pose. Anyone affected by the Trouble has their eyes and mouth sewn shut.
  • Monochrome Casting: Played straight, justified (they are in Maine, after all), and heavily lampshaded—Audrey does a search for "dark man" in the newspaper archives, and comes up with an article twenty or thirty years old about the first black man to move to Haven.
    • Eventually, we get Duke's estranged wife, Evi. It only took about a season and a half.
    • "The Farmer" introduces a black cop from Boston who sticks around after the Monster of the Week is dealt with.
  • Monster Clown: Prominently featured in "Fear and Loathing".
  • Monster of the Week: Played straight at first with The Troubles, but as the series developed its Myth Arc it gradually faded away. It's gone entirely by Season Three.
  • The Mountains of Illinois: Tommy mentions tracking the Bolt Gun Killer murders on Boston's North Side. Boston doesn't have a North Side. It has a North End, which is probably what he meant, but a Boston cop certainly wouldn't make that kind of mistake.
    • Though since Tommy at that point was the Bolt Gun Killer, and therefore didn't have the real Tommy's memories and knowledge, this may be a case of Fridge Brilliance.
  • Mr. Fanservice
    • Duke. He has been showing off his well-trained shirtless body on several occasions.
    • Dwight in "Magic Hour Part 2".
    • Nathan shows off almost everything in "Lay Me Down".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Audrey. She has been variously undressed, dolled up in cute little dresses and had clothes bought or almost bought for her by her new friends in Haven.
    • Claire dressed as a vampire slaying cheerleader in "Real Estate."
    • Semi-goth Jordan.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: In one episode, much dramatic tension is attached to whether a man will...eat a sandwich. Due to the specifics of his Trouble, his doing so would probably kill the woman who'd already eaten part of it; she understandably panics.
  • Mundane Utility: In the season 5 preimere, Vickie uses her art Trouble on a gazebo she's sitting in to calm a baby, first making the drawing then blowing on lightly to make all the flower petals swirl around.
  • The Mutiny: In season 5, the Guard sides with Dwight against Vince, believing Dwight to be more concerned with their well-being, not to mention honest.
  • Named by Democracy: In Season 3, the serial killer who is killing women with a bolt gun is called the Bolt Gun Killer. In "Magic Hour Part 2", the killer, Tommy Bowen, tells Duke that he hates that nickname.
  • Never Found the Body: In "Magic Hour Part 2", the Bolt Gun Killer is seemingly vaporized in an explosion. In "Burned", Nathan and Audrey are Genre Savvy enough to know that this means he isn't dead.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • By killing Howard to save Audrey, Nathan ended up causing the town to be ravaged by meteors, prevented the Troubles from disappearing for 27 years, and released William. William then ultimately managed to awaken Audrey's original personality Mara. Good job, Nathan.
  • Nice Hat: Tommy Bowen wears one. Nathan picks one up to fit into 1950's Haven.
  • No Ontological Inertia:
    • Cornell Stamoran's copy fades away after the death of the original.
    • Likewise, the ghosts of the people Kyle Hopkins buried disappear right as he dies, since Duke's ability erases the Trouble of people he kills.
    • The Trouble in "The Trouble With the Troubles" can make wishes which warp reality, but killing him immediately reverts everything he's done.
  • The Nose Knows:
    • The Wendigo sisters from "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?" have enhanced smell.
    • Nathan also has a heightened sense of smell to compensate for his lack of touch.
    • The Troubled in "The Farmer" seem to be able to smell people that have compatible organs, a necessity when said organs need to be swapped out regularly.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Vince and Dave, apparently. How rich? Tommy notes they own most of Haven and then some.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In one episode, anyone who looks into the eyes of a girl see the thing they fear the most. We viewers see it as well, with one exception: Nathan. Whatever he saw, it rattled him REAL BAD.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: William has the power to change the rules of the Troubles and also knows Audrey's true origins.
  • Not Me This Time: In the season 5 premiere, Mara is accused of granting a Trouble as a way to distract them from her activities. Though she thinks it's clever, she admits that she's not behind it. Nathan uses this to deduce that Mara lacks the power to create Troubles at the moment, since she doesn't have the black beads which enable it.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: In "Lay Me Down", Nathan dreams that he is in class, naked. And Audrey is his teacher.
  • Offing the Offspring: One man's trouble causes his organs to fail. In order to ensure he had replacements handy, he secretly fathered many children through a sperm bank. He initially tries to only use them, and not the ones he had with his wife; but eventually turns on them as well. Even worse? If his offspring are lucky enough to survive the attack, their trouble is activated, making them go after their relatives.
  • Older Than They Look: Audrey is at least in her seventies, since she was Lucy twenty-seven years ago, Sarah before that, and is implied to have even more forgotten identities. She might even be hundreds of years old.
    • Subverted in the season 4 premiere: The barn doesn't stop Audrey from aging, it jumps her forward in time.
    • Another example is the Bolt Gun Killer AKA the Skinwalker AKA Arla Cogan. Not through any ability of her own but simply because her skinwalking ability lets her look as old or young as she pleases.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different:
    • In "Sins of the Fathers", the Troubled man has the power to raise anyone he's buried as a ghost, visible to everyone but Audrey thanks to her immunity.
    • In "Nowhere Man", the Trouble of the week seems to vaporize people in a flash like the aftermath of a nuclear bomb, turning them into ageless but technically living ghosts, visible only to each other. They can die, however, if someone gets zapped in with a weapon. It's revealed in the next episode that the Trouble works whenever a printed photograph or a painting of a person is produced. The photograph holds the body while the soul wanders.
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: The password to Audrey's laptop is "Lucy", her mother's name, or possibly her own. Lampshaded after she realizes Nathan broke into it.
    Audrey: I knew that password was too easy...
    • Not specific, but Seth sneers that the Haven Herald system has "laughable passwords".
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The Troubled in "Double Jeopardy" sics a golem of Lady Justice on people she believes have escaped justice, and has that golem inflict injuries which reflect the crime. It ricochets back on her when she realizes that she was about to murder someone who was justified in what he did. The result is...disturbing, to say the least.
  • Personality Powers: Most people in Haven fall under this trope as Troubles are intricately twined with personalities and family histories.
    • The pyrokinetic in "The Hand You're Dealt" has a hot temper.
    • Averted with Chris Brody, the snarky loner who ends up with a charisma power. His father on the other hand? Consummate politician.
  • Phantom Zone Picture: The Troubled woman Lynette in "Double Jeopardy" is dealt with when her own guilt causes Lady Justice to trap her in a painting. Lady Justice then enters the painting herself.
  • The Plague: "Morbidity" and "Mortality" focus on a Trouble-based virus which only affects other Troubled people, making them sick enough to force their Troubles to activate.
  • Poisonous Person:
    • A man in "Business As Usual" has sweat that dries out and mummifies anyone who touches it. He's not the villain, though.
    • Also a woman in "Lockdown" infects those she touches, or possibly just interacts with, with a lethal poison. Again not the villain.
  • Portal Cut: As a result of the snowglobe listed below, a poor surfer gets bisected when the reality warp starts up and she's at the edge of the globe.
  • Power Degeneration: The Troubled man in "The New Girl" can have his soul leave his body and possess other people, but his original body degrades every time he does this.
  • Power Incontinence: Frequently, and Audrey uses it against them if possible.
    • In season 5, a disease starts spreading among the Troubled whose end-stage is to activate their afflictions, even if they were previously dormant.
  • The Power of Love: This is, literally, the power behind Audrey's Anti-Magic. During her time outside the barn, she falls in love and that love charges her. Inside the barn, that power is amplified and shuts off the Troubles. When the energy runs low, she has to come out to recharge and start the cycle again. The cycle can be broken if she kills the person she loves.
  • Power Nullifier: Audrey, in conjunction with the barn. It amplifies her power, extending its range and shutting down the Troubles once the barn goes away. Within the barn, Troubles don't work even if the barn is still present on the outside.
    • Duke has a variation. By killing one Troubled person, anyone else afflicted by that ability (i.e., direct blood relations) is cured of it permanently.
  • Power Parasite: One Troubled has the ability to steal the powers of others, but only one at a time and only through touching their blood.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Starting in "Real Estate", whenever Audrey gets a flashback of her time as Lucy, she gets a nosebleed. Claire quickly warns her that if this keeps happening, she might die.
  • Psychic Static: Used by Duke in "The Trial of Audrey Parker".
  • Psychoactive Powers: Getting upset or emotionally traumatized is what triggers the abilities of most of the Troubled. Conversely, as demonstrated by Ginger, people who deal with those issues can actually suppress their abilities, though this might be a case-by-case thing. With some Troubles, their abilities can be active without them ever realizing it.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • As of "Lockdown"—Bye, Chris.
      • The Bus Came Back via Skype in "Morbidity" when Vince and Dave need him to sweettalk Dr. Cross.
    • Not to mention the original Audrey Parker.
    • Julia Carr is away in Africa during Season 2.
  • Rapid Aging: In "Ball and Chain", the babies age over the course of a weekend by sapping life from the father.
  • Reality Warper:
    • The Troubled in "Butterfly" brings his dreams to life.
    • The Troubled in "A Tale of Two Audreys" causes anything he reads to come to life.
    • Wesley in the season 3 premiere creates an alien invasion simply because he believes it's real.
    • Daphne in "Over My Head" causes her fears to come to life, except instead of doing it to herself, she projects them onto anyone she thinks will help her, no matter how far away they are.
  • Reality Changing Miniature: An 18th century puzzle of Haven incinerates corresponding buildings (and the people inside) when assembled. Destroying it is too risky.
    • The snow globe in "Silent Night".
  • Really 700 Years Old: Mara has been interacting with humanity in her various guises for at least 500 years and may be even older than that in her native world. Agent Howard and William must also be at least that old as well. It's implied to be a trait of their species.
  • Red Herring: Each episode's antagonist is hardly ever the first suspect.
  • Refuge in Audacity: What Audrey and Duke use to, unarmed, take down two armed men, one of which can read minds. Audrey feeds Duke outrageous instructions via an earpiece, and neither telepath nor partner can figure out what the hell Duke is doing because he's acting completely insane and apparently hasn't a coherent thought in his head. When they are too confused to react, Audrey and Duke disarm them.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Audrey and Nathan at the end of Season 2.
  • Retcon: The origin of the circular maze tattoo. In the first episode it appeared, a local tattoo artist claimed to have designed it recently. Jordan later claims that the symbol dates back at least to medieval times, as a way to brand the Troubled. Dwight later claims that the Guard lies, so Jordan's version of the tattoo's origin is open to doubt. In any case, the fact that the symbol is far more common that previously shown makes the artist's claim impossible.
  • Ret Gone: In "Silent Night", this happens one-by-one to everyone in Haven, with only Audrey and the Troubled person causing it being able to remember them. Although no one else can remember them, they do notice something is wrong if they think about it, like Duke asking Nathan, "Why are there only two people in your class photo?" One guy whose wife was erased realizes that he must have a wife, even if he can't remember her, because his daughter must have a mother. When Audrey saves the day, everyone reappears with no memory of that day. Cue Hilarity as Duke tries to figure out why he is wearing a Santa suit. In July.
  • Retired Badass: Vince is strongly insinuated to be one in the first season finale. The third season finale reveals he's not so retired, he's the head of the Guard.
  • Revenge: "Sarah" seems to suggest that the reason Simon Crocker wants Audrey dead is because she, as Sarah, killed his father. She did, in self-defense.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Anti-Magic Audrey, as shown in "Audrey Parker's Day Off", "Silent Night", and "Sarah".
  • Running Gag: The Troubled incidents being blamed on a gas leak.
  • Sadistic Choice: The setup which forces Audrey to go into the barn. She has three choices. First, don't go into the barn. The town is then destroyed by meteors. Second, go into the barn. She loses her memories, vanishes for 27 years, and the cycle starts again. Third, stop the Troubles permanently. To do that, she has to kill the person she loves. It's revealed to be somewhat justified once we learn that the woman really being punished is Mara, for creating the Troubles in the first place.
  • Screw Destiny: Duke, Duke, Duke. Vanessa Stanley predicted that a man with the Guard tattoo on his arm will kill him? Duke decides to go after them first. Duke finds out his Trouble is for killing other Troubled people and ending their curses? He stands with Audrey and Nathan and even uses his berserker strength to help other Troubled people.
    • Nathan's father warns him that if he and Audrey fall in love, Audrey will die. Nathan declares that he won't let that happen.
    • Both Nathan and Duke have taken a hard line against the fact that Audrey must go in the barn and disappear during the Hunter. Even more so than Audrey herself.
    • Lucy Ripley tried to avoid going in the barn, but the Guard apparently forced her to, since it benefits them to have the Troubles go away for nearly three decades.
    • As of "Last Goodbyes", Audrey is now on the "Screw Destiny" bandwagon.
  • Scenery Censor:
    • How the nudity of the dogs-turned-humans in "Stay" was covered.
    • In "Lay Me Down", Nathan has a "naked in class" dream with various well-placed objects.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Turns out the Barn wasn't just helping deal with the Troubles, it was holding back something that can make them a whole lot worse.
  • Shapeshifting:
    • The Monster of The Week of "As You Were", called a chameleon on the show, is this.
    • The Bolt Gun Killer is a skinwalker that uses people's skins to transform into their image.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Duke in "Harmony"... and how.
    • And not just his shirt, but damn near everything in "The Trial of Audrey Parker". Rowr.
    • Dwight in "Magic Hour Part 2".
  • Shoot the Dog: Audrey enlists the help of Duke to kill the Troubled in "The Farmer", since he used his position at a fertility clinic to anonymously father dozens of children who may grow up to have a Horror Hunger like his own, several of who already had. Duke's power could cure them all. Though Duke refuses at first, he eventually goes through with it after seeing the guy's son shivering from the onset of his power.
  • Shoot the Messenger: In season 5, the Barrow Trouble is this combined with Monkey Morality Pose. Whenever someone delivers bad news, their eyes, ears, and mouth are sewn shut, a reflection of the Troubled person's denial of the bad news. Accepting the truth reverses the effect.
  • Shout-Out: In the opening credits, there's a newspaper that references a "revered Flagg". There's also a mention of a town called Derry, and of Little Tall Island.
    • In "As You Were," one of Audrey's birthday presents is a book called Misery Unchained. Vince awesomely describes it as "signed by the author just before that lady chopped off his foot".
    • Haven, Maine was the name of the town in The Tommyknockers.
      • In "The Trial of Audrey Parker", we see The Tommyknockers in a shot of Duke's bookshelf.
    • The description Audrey gives of another FBI agent sounds a bit like Fox Mulder:
      Audrey: At least I'm not like that one guy you trained that was chasing aliens, what was his name?
      Agent Howard: Hey, he was a genius. What happened to him in the last few years was a tragedy, but that's besides the point.
    • "Audrey Parker's Come and Gone" was an episode of The 4400, which started out as a Freak of the Week show.
    • Season two opens with a boy in a raincoat putting a paper boat in a puddle and watching it go down the sewer, like in It.
    • The Monster Clown in "Fear and Loathing", in reference to Stephen King's It.
    • Syfy lists all the Stephen King references on the show's website.
    • Season two also has this exchange:
      Fraudrey: "So... you think I caused the frogs and the bugs. With what? My magic wand or tricorder?"
      Audrey: "First, tricorders are for readings..."
      • When Fraudrey goes missing in "Love Machine", Duke calls her Audrey II when searching for her.
    • In "Double Jeopardy", when Vince and Dave explain what a golem is, they pronounce it "gollum". Duke immediately thinks that they are talking about Gollum from the Lord of the Rings movies.
    • In "Real Estate", Claire dresses up as a vampire-slaying cheerleader for Halloween.
    • In "Fallout" Lexie asks William (played by Colin Ferguson):
    Lexie: Hey, are you a cop?
    William: Not even a little bit.
  • Show Within a Show: In "Shot in the Dark", the crew of an amateur Internet show reminiscent of Ghost Hunters called Darkside Seekers comes to town and tries to investigate it, unprepared for Haven's very real supernatural dangers. The exploits of Darkside Seekers are also featured in some video extras.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Wade Crocker has some buried resentment for Duke being their father's favorite and having a life in Haven. It even goes so far as him resenting Duke for trying to protect him from the family curse.
  • Stable Time Loop: In "Sarah", Duke and Nathan eventually realize that everything they did in 1955 was meant to happen.
  • Stealth Pun: The word haven can also mean a harbor or port.
  • Super Empowering: The two thugs from The Barn can give a Trouble to people who don't have them by leaving a hand print on their bodies.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Nathan eventually realizes that he has to inform Boston detective Tommy Bowen about the Troubles. Upon hearing Nathan's story, Tommy mentions that he's seen what this job does to cops and how they deal with it. Some turn to drugs, alcohol, or religion, and they blame what they see on the supernatural. He adds that as long as it doesn't effect the case, he's fine with it. Nathan has no reason to correct him, but Tommy later actually sees the Troubles firsthand.
  • Super Strength: Duke's power, which activates when the blood of a Troubled person is spilled on him. Also seems to give him super reflexes.
    • Lady Justice from "Double Jeopardy", on account of being a golem.
  • Super Power Meltdown:
    • The fate of the pyrokinetic after Audrey pushes his Berserk Button. This might also have something to do with Audrey being immune to said powers; burning her would logically fail, so that power wouldn't go anywhere.
    • In the season 4 finale, Audrey reactivates Duke's Trouble so he can cure a Brown Note Trouble killing a lot of people. Unfortunately, she also reactivated every Trouble the entire Crocker line ever absorbed. Duke temporarily becoming a Walking Wasteland is just a symptom, and it is made pretty clear it will kill him if Audrey or William don't fix him.
  • Survivor Guilt: Bobby in "Butterfly".
  • Sweater Girl: What Audrey would have been if Nathan had had his way. He had picked out a blue cashmere sweater for Audrey's birthday only to have his girlfriend change it to a scarf without his knowledge.
  • Taken for Granite:
    • In "Spiral", the chief does a very weird version. He has the power to cause earthquakes, which he's unable to fully control. When he finally can hold back the power, he uses his last bit of effort to draw his power inward, turning himself to stone and exploding from the vibrations. The rocks are still shaking long after he's exploded.
    • In "Countdown", each victim experiences a clock counting down that only they can see. When the clock reaches zero, the victim turns to stone.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Robert/Robby from "Reunion" was seemingly picked on by half the people in his high school class. Nathan, a self-confessed geek, wanted nothing to do with the class reunion. Even Duke, who seemed to get along well through high school, wasn't wild about the other members of his class.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: The entire plot of "As You Were".
  • The End... Or Is It?: At the end of "Real Estate" the Genius Loci house that was supposedly blown up begins to slowly put itself back together.
  • There Are No Therapists:
    • Eventually subverted in "Stay", when a therapist arrives offering Audrey therapy for her recent kidnapping. She offhandedly mentions her treatment of other Troubled people. She is a recurring character.
    • Played for laughs with the haven psych ward. Dwight comments that, given the weirdness of their town, it does surprisingly little business.
  • Those Two Guys: Vince and Dave, the brothers who run the newspaper.
  • Threatening Shark: Daphne in "Over My Head" spends several hours trapped in a car, while a shark waits for the tide to rise so it can get to her. Her Trouble causes several people to suffer the effects of a shark attack despite being inland.
  • Time Skip: Six months pass between Season 3 and Season 4.
  • Time Travel: In "Sarah", Duke and Nathan get zapped into the past by a Troubled person. Duke ends up saving his grandfather's life, making a mess of the timeline, but he and Nathan manage to fix things and get back to the present.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Duke is a smuggler, among other things, and can be somewhat selfish. He lampshades the fact that Nathan and Audrey keep going to him for help with a glance to the ceiling and saying aloud, "Why do they keep thinking I want to help?"
    • Strangely enough, he has made himself at home at the police station, a far cry from Season 1 when he didn't even want to step through the doors.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Reverend. Yes, try to stab somebody right in front of the cops. No, they won't shoot you at all.
  • Truth in Television: Nathan's frequent visits to the hospital, even for minor injuries. Since Nathan can't feel pain which is the body's way of letting you know that there is something wrong, any time he is injured he is "encouraged" to go to the hospital because he could have internal injuries and just not know it. Subverted by the fact that he should be going to the hospital a lot more often considering how often he falls, gets hit, tackles, gets tackles, etc, etc, (Honestly, with his condition, being a cop is tempting fate.) but... Nathan's stubborn. Stubborn as a rock. He gets that from his father, the Chief.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: The mystery woman in the old photo who may be Audrey's mother looks exactly like her.
    • Turns out the woman actually is Audrey.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Nathan, frequently, as the series progresses. We never hear anything more about his gunshot wounds from the season 3 finale, and frequent beatdowns in season 4 result in very little, if any, visible damage. Also, his shirtless scenes in season 4 show no scars whatsoever, when he should have multiple bullet wound scars to his torso.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Duke seems to be dragged between the various factions, despite his best attempts for some straight answers.
    • The same goes for Dwight and Nathan as well. Between the Teagues and the Guard, they get no peace. The Guard has even decided that if they can't control Audrey, they'll just go for Nathan and use him to keep her in line.
  • The Voice: Laverne the police dispatcher is often heard but never seen.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Several in the first season episode "Consumed."
  • Walking Wasteland:
    • Duke briefly demonstrates this in the season 4 finale, when suffering from Power Incontinence brought on by all the Troubles his family has absorbed reactivating. The grass around starts to die when he loses control, though it ends quickly.
    • In "Much Ado About Mara", Jody's modified Trouble causes her to unknowingly release microwave radiation over a several mile radius. This boils water, ignites gasoline, deforms metal, blinds and eventually kills animals and people.
    • In "Mortality", Kirk sucks away the oxygen in his presence.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Implied with Duke and Nathan; when Nathan tells a story about Duke asking him on a fishing trip a couple of years ago, he says he agreed because he was tired of fighting with Duke and wanted to be friends again.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Averted with Nathan. When his father does pay him a compliment he seems more angered by it than pleased. Of course, one must note that said compliment was his ability to shoot a shapeshifter impersonating his partner in cold blood.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Duke's father. Since he possessed the ability to completely remove Troubled powers by killing one member of the family, he believed he could stop them entirely. Makes you wonder why he wanted Audrey dead. He expects Duke to do the same, though Duke is understandably reluctant.
      • We find out why later - Audrey, well, Sarah killed his father. It was self-defense, but a little boy doesn't really want to hear that.
    • The Guard. They protect the Troubled, but to this end will hurt, kill, threaten, or do whatever else is necessary to achieve it. Including using, hurting, or killing other Troubled people.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Dwight's power is to attract bullets. This can be great during a firefight for those standing next to him but really sucks for him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nathan calls Audrey out on not telling the chief "everything's going to be all right" when his powers run away from him, as she's done with every other Troubled person. Audrey apparently didn't do it because the chief knew it wouldn't work.
    • Audrey often calls out people who omit the fact that they know something about Lucy or Sarah.
    • Subverted with Chris Brody. When Audrey calls him on a case to use his invention to siphon off electricity from a Troubled woman. When said machine breaks, she then asks him to use his charisma Trouble to calm the frantic woman down. Later, he realizes she never wanted the machine in the first place. Turns into a What the Hell, Hero? Now you owe me a drink!
    • Nathan and Duke both call Audrey out on luring Duke into a case specifically so he can see what a monster the Troubled person is, and kill him so the rest of his family will survive their activated affliction.
    • In "Real Estate", Duke calls out Dwight for attempting to blow up the haunted house with C4 while everyone was still trapped inside. Though once everyone gets out, he's all for blowing up the house. In fairness to Dwight, it was not entirely his idea, and less extreme methods had proven incapable of breaking down the front door.
    • In the season 4 premiere "Fallout" the Guard wants to kill Nathan for destroying the Barn, thus keeping the Troubles going, while everybody else hates him for running out on Haven.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 3, Season 3, "The Farmer" In one episode, Audrey tries to burn both her bridges with Duke and Nathan, by involving Duke with a case so he can use his power and kill a man who has been killing his own parents, siblings and children, sneaking in his sperm to a sperm donation clinic so he'll have more "donors" to kill, and quietly reaming Nathan a new one on getting a tattoo for the specific purposes of being able to kill Duke to protect her. And introducing a new cop, Tommy, who has people from Boston looking to kill him and may even be dirty. What does he do? Moves to Haven. The first two? Audrey did on purpose to distance herself from the men she loves after finding out 1) She loved the Colorado Kid and he was killed and 2) She's going to disappear in 46 days. Not to mention that the guy who kidnapped Audrey is still free killing people with a bolt gun and cutting their body parts off. P.S.: He knows all about Audrey, Lucy, and Sarah.
    • Pretty much all of the third season so far have been wham episodes, including both a revelation and more questions.
      • Episode 1, "301" - Revelation: Lucy/Audrey loved the dead Colorado Kid Who may not actually be dead and needs to be found before "The Hunter", a note left from Lucy to Audrey. Also, there's murderous man looking for him. Question: Who is the Hunter?
      • Episode 2, "Stay" - Revelation: The Hunter is a constellation. It appears every 27 years and when it does, Audrey in her current incarnation will disappear. Question: If Audrey's abductor isn't the Hunter, who is he and what does he want? He also knows about Vince and Dave and is searching through their things. And wants them to know.
    • "Real Estate": Audrey's flashbacks to her past life as Lucy are killing her. Audrey finally remembers the Colorado Kid's name and face (his name is James Cogan). Nathan seems to have chosen Jordan over Audrey.
    • "Magic Hour Part 1": Audrey and Duke learn that James Cogan was Sarah's son. Nathan finds a bolt gun in Detective Tommy Bowen's car. Before he can even process this, Tommy, with no emotion whatsoever, guns him down. When Audrey and Duke show up, he lies that the Troubled of the Week did it.
    • "Magic Hour Part 2": Tommy admits that he is the Bolt Gun Killer, but refuses to explain how he doesn't look anything like Audrey's abductor. He has a Trouble, but refuses to say what it is. He wants to find the Colorado Kid and the barn that the original Audrey Parker lost her memories in. When Nathan and Audrey try to apprehend him, his boat explodes, seemingly vaporizing him and leaving them with more unanswered questions. The barn is slowly fading in and out of reality, and it is apparently Audrey's final destination before she disappears.
    • "Burned": Tommy wasn't really Tommy, but a skinwalker. He's is also still alive and could be anybody. The Guard are preparing for the Hunter, attempting to kidnap Ginger Danvers so that they can control Nathan, so that they can force Audrey into the barn. When the Barn and Audrey leave? So do the Troubles.
    • The season three finale: The barn implodes because Nathan shot Howard, taking Audrey, Duke, and the (currently dead but may not stay that way) Bolt Gun Killer with it. Oh, and Nathan has been shot several times while meteors lay waste to Haven. And Vince is revealed as the leader of the Guard.
    • The season four finale: Jennifer is dead (maybe), Duke is dying and who knows how much damage he'll cause when that happens, our heroes have opened a door between dimensions that they really shouldn't have opened, and Audrey is gone, replaced by Mara.
    • "Chemistry": Charlotte Cross is revealed to be Mara's mother.
  • Wham Line:
    • Said to Audrey in the first season finale. "I'm Special Agent Audrey Parker. Who the hell are you?"
    • The message from his father that Duke finds in "Business As Usual". "Duke- If you're reading this, then I haven't survived. You are my Son. My heir. It's up to you to finish my work. You must kill her." Attached to the letter is a picture of Audrey.
    • Two in "301". The kidnapper telling Audrey, "Did you think you're the only one who loved the Colorado Kid!?" When the group finds "Find him before The Hunter." inscribed in the Colorado Kid's empty coffin, they question who wrote it, and Audrey answers, "I did. That's my handwriting."
    • Duke explaining to Audrey in "Stay" that when a meteor shower called "The Hunter" occurs in 49 days, she will disappear again.
    • Duke and Audrey meet the Colorado Kid's mother in "Magic Hour Part 1" and the woman recognizes her as Sarah and is absolutely terrified, screaming that she did a good job of raising Sarah's son and begging her not to take him away. Meanwhile, when Nathan finds a bolt gun in Tommy's car, Tommy says, "Do you like it? I modified it myself." then shoots him. Nathan says in disbelief, "You're the Bolt Gun Killer!?"
    • "Burned". During Jordan's interrogation which was just gobsmacked with Wham Lines. The worst of which? "Audrey's immune to the Troubles, Ginger couldn't make her do anything. How was Ginger going to help you?" Her answer? "You're not immune to Ginger, Nathan. If we had Ginger, we'd have you. If we had you, we'd be able to control Audrey."
    • "Last Goodbyes": Claire says, "Audrey, hush." Audrey remembers that "Hush..." is the Bolt Gun Killer's catchphrase and tries to leave, but "Claire" pulls a gun on her and asks, "What gave me away?"
    • "Lost and Found": "And who is Audrey? My name is Lexie."
    • "The New Girl": "Isn't that right, Audrey?"
    • "William": "There is someone else inside you, and she (voice turns demonic) is mine."
    • "The Trouble With the Troubles": (to Audrey) You made the Troubles.
    • "The Lighthouse": "Now, who's going to help me get William back?"
    • "Mortality": "The CDC denies having anyone in Haven."
    • "Chemistry": From Charlotte Cross to Audrey: "I'm your mother."
  • Wham Shot: In the second season finale. The man with the tattoo that will evidently kill Duke? Nathan.
  • When Trees Attack: The tree roots extend and attack people in "Roots".
  • Wipe That Smile Off Your Face: A victim in "Sketchy" is subjected to this and turned into The Blank.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: Duke, Nathan and Audrey.
  • Woman in White: Lady Justice in "Double Jeopardy".
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The antagonist of "Fear and Loathing" is planning on destroying the whole town for mistreating him. The person who originally made the Artifact of Doom in the 18th century counts too. Your mileage may vary on how much of a woobie they were though since neither one of them had any real regard for the loss of life. The modern version of the antagonist destroys a school building while people are inside.
  • The Worm That Walks: The werewolf-like monster in "Shot in the Dark" and William's two thugs are all made out of William's black beads.
  • Write Back to the Future: In "Sarah", when Duke is stranded in 1955, he manages to tell Audrey and Nathan what happened by writing a letter addressed to Audrey with instructions that it is not to be delivered until the present day.
  • Wrong Guy First: Chris and Audrey hook up. At first.
  • Yandere: Arla
  • You Already Changed The Past: "Sarah". In an interesting variation, Duke and Nathan change the past, and then change it more trying to fix it. Then they finally correct things, where it's revealed that's the way it always happened.
  • You Are What You Hate: The Troubled in the season 2 finale is one of Driscoll's followers out to wipe out the Troubled. Learning that he's one of them doesn't change this.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Around the middle of "Sarah," Duke decides the hell with maintaining the timeline, and tries to stop his grandfather's death by getting him to take his family and leave Haven for good. Instead he winds up causing what he was trying to stop.
  • You Killed My Father: Lucy Ripley killed Simon Crocker. Unusually for this trope, Duke doesn't seem to want revenge on Audrey. He believes that their "parents" and family troubles shouldn't drag the two of them down with them. What happened between his father and Lucy Ripley stays between them.
    • It's later revealed that Sarah killed Duke's grandfather.
  • Your Days Are Numbered:
    • In Season 3, Audrey finds out that when the "Hunter" meteor storm comes, she will disappear and lose all her memories. It comes every twenty-seven years, and the next one is in forty-nine days.
    • In Season 5, Audrey learns that her cells are rapidly degenerating, apparently a consequence of being created by Duke's Literal Split Personality Trouble.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real:
    • The Trouble in "Lay Me Down" causes people suffer the injuries they experience in dreams for real.
    • The Trouble in "Reflections" causes a person's self-perception to reflect upon their physical form. A woman whose life is falling apart literally falls apart, a bullied kid who works out constantly to avoid it reverts back to a weakling, and the Troubled girl's bigot mother changes into a child who lashes out at what she doesn't understand.

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