''Legend of the Seeker'' is a LiveActionTV adaptation of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series of books. Executive produced by Creator/SamRaimi (who also served as an executive producer for ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''), Robert Tapert, Joshua Donen, Ned Nalle and Kenneth Biller.

The first season roughly follows the plot of ''Wizard's First Rule'': there's an [[BigBad evil wizard]] named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darken Rahl]], [[EvilOverlord who wants to use the Boxes of Orden to take over]] [[EvilIsSexy the world]], and opposing him are Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander, [[TheSmartGuy wise and sarcastic wizard of the First Order]]; Kahlan Amnell, [[LadyofWar a powerful, determined and idealistic]] ActionGirl belonging to the mighty order of the Confessors; and Richard Cypher, a kind woodsman full of compassion who is also an extremely capable fighter [[ChosenOne prophesied]] to become the True Seeker, using the mighty Sword of Truth to kill Rahl and save the world.

While the characters, setting, and central conflict are the same as the book, other aspects of the story were changed in adaptation. The series was canceled after its second season (and Creator/{{Disney}} (who produced the show through their distribution arm, Disney-Creator/{{ABC}} Domestic Television) later admitted that it was due to ''Sword of Truth'' fans complaining about ''every little change'' made while adapting the book), but a [[http://www.saveourseeker.com fan campaign]] is going strong to try and [[TheFilmOfTheSeries fund a movie adaptation]] of the show.

It is notable for (despite insane amounts of [[MrFanservice Fanservice for]] [[MsFanservice both genders]], sometimes quickly developed and impulsive plotlines and a lot of slowed down sequences) treating the matters of free will, extremism and responsibility very extensively. It is one of the rare works which has an undisputed place on the most equal level of the [[SlidingScaleofGenderInEquality Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality]].

Now has [[Characters/LegendOfTheSeeker a character sheet.]]

!!''Legend of the Seeker'' provides examples of the following tropes:


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* AbusiveParents: Kahlan's father forced her and her sister to use their powers for evil, punishing them whenever they refused.
* AcquittedTooLate: In "Confession", a man is proven to have been [[FrameUp framed]] using FakeMemories only after he was hanged for murder.
* ActionGirl: Many, many. Most notably Kahlan, Cara, Nicci, all the Mord-Sith and Sisters of the Dark.
%%* AdamAndEvePlot:
%%** Defied by [[spoiler:Richard and Kahlan]] in "Eternity".
%%** [[spoiler:Nicci's plot in "Tears".]]
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Darken Rahl and Nicci [[spoiler:(well Nicci-ish... she's reborn in a body that's blonde later)]], among others.
** Panis Rahl and Walter's white hair is possibly a nod to the original hair color of Darken Rahl in the novels.
** In the books, Kahlan's eyes are green. However, Bridget Regan's eyes are such a stunning shade of blue, they decided to make use of them.
** The prequel ''Debt of Bones'' shows us that the young Zedd had brown hair. Here, he's portrayed as being blond in his youth.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the [[Literature/SwordOfTruth first book]], the title of ''The Book of Counted Shadows''[[note]]an in-universe book that serves as the instruction manual for the Boxes of Orden[[/note]] refers to how the boxes each cast a different number of shadows when they're in direct sunlight. In the series, the boxes display no such quality, but the book keeps its title.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Richard's step-brother, Michael, is a villain of the first book, who's willingly in league with Darken Rahl, and executed after his treachery is found out. In this, he is instead fooled into serving Rahl and when push comes to shove, he sides with his brother, [[spoiler:dying in a HeroicSacrifice]].
** James is a villain in the books who works for Queen Milena as her court artist, painting pictures of people [[SympatheticMagic that affect them]]. Here he's mostly good, though still some somewhat sketchy since his art magic creates paintings that [[PhantomZonePicture trap people inside when he paints them into there]], and he wants Livia to stay inside one with him forever so she'll be safe, but he makes a HeroicSacrifice to get them out in the end.
** Panis Rahl is dead by the time of the books (at Zedd's hand) and a brutal tyrant without any redeeming qualities. Here he's never seen to be anything but a mildly corrupt king, Zedd teaches him magic, heals his infertility, and appears to be his friend. Panis tries to stop his son Darken Rahl when he sees his evil by fathering a second son, Richard, who's prophesied to defeat Darken. Then, presumably when he hears Darken killed all newborn boys in Brennidon to kill Richard, he fathers a daughter for the same purpose, who also plays a part in Darken's defeat. The only questionable things we see him do is to kill Caracticus Zorrander, Zedd's father (which was in revenge for Caracticus' attempt to murder his son), plus seducing Richard and Jennsen's mother [[BedTrick in the guise of another man]]. He later spends decades as a monk [[TheAtoner atoning for what he did wrong]], helps Richard to find the Stone of Tears in the form of a scholar, and after this he sacrifices his life for Zedd's.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Giller was a good wizard in the books who helps steal one of the Boxes of Orden and then [[HeroicSuicide kills himself]] rather than give up its location to Darken Rahl under torture. Here he is one of Rahl's servants, working to replicate the Confessor's power.
* AgeLift: Giller is old in the books, but young here.
* AgonyBeam: The Agiel. Though it leaves some ''nasty'' welts.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Denna takes an arrow in the back from Cara [[DisneyVillainDeath and falls off a cliff]] literally seconds after it seems Zedd has talked her into leading a better life and letting him go.]]
* AlternateRealityEpisode:
** The result of MagicMisfire, when Zedd uses a spell to undo Cara's conditioning. Just as he warns, it has unpredictable consequences, meaning Cara never became a Mord-Sith, resulting in her never stopping Richard from using the Boxes of Orden to force Rahl's obedience. Zedd, being the caster, has RippleEffectProofMemory and is dumbfounded when he realizes he is the best man at Richard and Kahlan's wedding... with Rahl marrying them, since Richard controls him with the power of Orden. Zedd then hits the ResetButton by using the same spell on another Mord-Sith.
** In the last episode in the first season, in which [[spoiler: Richard and Cara are sent into a future where Rahl won, and his and Kahlan's son, a male confessor, took over the world by confessing ''everyone'', the sort of thing the other Confessors had warned Richard about earlier in the series.]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil:
** In-universe, it is believed that all the male Confessors become monstrously evil. Richard defies this belief... but we never learn whether he is right or wrong, as the male Confessor in question gets killed offscreen before he can grow up to show it either way. However, played straight in the [[spoiler:alternate universe]] son of Darken Rahl and [[spoiler:Kahlan Amnell, Nicholas]].
** The Keeper of the Underworld.
** The Boxes of Orden would always corrupt the user unless the power is tempered by a Confessor.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Season one finale, Darken Rahl captures Kahlan [[spoiler:after Zedd is killed and Richard was seemingly vaporized by an explosion (actually sent into the future)]], and offers her a chance to be his queen to end the rebellion. She refuses at first, but when she learns about Richard's whereabouts, she agrees [[spoiler:so that she can use Rahl to give birth to a confessor child that could help Richard return home]].
* AntiMagic:
** Jenssen is completely immune to any kind of magic, but can't use any either.
** The Mord-Sith can deflect wizard magic, making Zedd virtually helpless when confronted by them.
* ArmorIsUseless:
** Richard and Kahlan wear no armor whatsoever, yet suffer hardly a scratch while fighting dozens of enemies. The D'Harans, on the other hand, almost always show up in mail or plate armor and [[RedShirtArmy get mowed down by the dozens]]. D'Harans dying by Kahlan's knives are particularly egregious since mail is designed specifically to withstand edged weapons.
** Mostly {{averted}} in Kahlans's case, especially in the first season. Although she is seen slashing across the chest of somebody wearing chainmail this only staggers him, rather than killing him. Kahlan's actual killing moves with the knives tend to fall into three categories: Punch Thust to the chest, where Narrow, Sharp, Pointy End beats Armour of Holes; slash across the throat where the target hasn't worn a coif or gorget, possibly for fashion reasons; and when all else fails an upward slice starting at the inside thigh and ending at the groin, aiming for the big artery in the leg.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: The episode "Home" features an enchantment that can only be cast when a constellation of three stars is encircled by the moon's crescent. It gets even worse, though-the spell ends when all three stars are eclipsed by the crescent portion of the moon. Not ''quite'' as bad as it seems, though: until pretty recently, the term "star" meant "any celestial object not the Sun or the Moon." "Planet" and "comet" are from old terms for "wandering star" and "hairy star" after all.
* AsLethalAsItNeedsToBe: The Dakras wielded by the Sisters of the Light and of the Dark. Their lethality is directly proportional to whom they hit: if it hits a Sister of the Dark, she's dead before she hits the ground. If it hits a main character, the thrower will have to release its magic to make the kill. In the latter case, the Dakra can be removed without any ill effects, even if it was previously embedded in the character's ribs.
* TheAtoner: Panis Rahl, after seeing how Darken turned out. He fathers Richard specifically to stop Darken, and then Jennsen as well after Richard is believed to have been murdered.
* AutobotsRockOut: The second season's battle theme has much more electric guitar to it than the first season's.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: [[spoiler: Attempted by Darken Rahl in TheBadGuyWins BadFuture of "Reckoning" when Kahlan gives birth to his son, Nicolas. She suggests killing him since male confessors are most likely to be corrupted by their power and even offers to have a second child with him, a daughter. Squeezing his son's foot to make him cry, he gives him to Kahlan to comfort their child, and she bonds with him. Unfortunately for him, it gets subverted. While she grew to love her son, she still decides to kill him when he abuses his powers and it doesn't make her love her husband. If anything, she hated him even more for being the one who got her pregnant. As for Rahl, while one could argue he did grow to love Kahlan and cared for his son, he still ordered her executed for the attempted murder]].
* BackFromTheDead:
** The Mord-Sith can do this by using the [[KissofLife Breath of Life]]. It seems to heal the fatal wounds suffered, but it won't save you if your windpipe was severed, or if your body was too badly damaged, and it has to be used within a short amount of time after the death.
** [[spoiler:Zedd tries to bring a woman back in the episode "Wizard" and appears to succeed. However, it is revealed that it was the Keeper who brought her back as a baneling. Apparently, even wizards of the First Order are not strong enough to defeat death.]]
** [[spoiler:Darken Rahl reveals to Richard that he has been a baneling for decades, slaughtering thousands to appease his master, the Keeper]].
** In the finale, [[spoiler:Cara, Dahlia, Leo, Nicci, and Richard.]] Keep in mind that the second season revolves around the barrier between the world of life and the underworld breaking down, so it fits with the overall theme.
%%** Combined with an unwilling GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Dennee.]]
%%** In "Princess", combined with a ''willing'' GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Nicci.]]
%%** [[spoiler:Richard]] in "Resurrection".
%%** Both [[spoiler:Cara]] and [[spoiler:Thaddicus]] in "Hunger".]]
%%** In "Walter", [[spoiler:Darken Rahl]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Happens a lot. One notable example is Richard and Darken Rahl in "Extinction".
* BadassGrandpa: At first it looks like Zedd is a crazy old man who plays with his hens while nude, but he turns out to be a powerful magician of the First Order. He becomes one of Richard's allies throughout the series.
* BadFuture: The first season finale shows one where Rahl won, and the future is ruled over by his [[spoiler: and Kahlen's]] son.
* BattleCouple: Richard and Kahlan, even if they can't consummate their relationship. [[spoiler: Until the series finale, that is, and earlier in "Torn" when she was split apart.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Kahlan and Richard are both suitably dirtied after most battles (Richard especially gets it after the Mord Sith torture), and Jensen gets one ''hell'' of a black eye after she's attacked in "Fever". Cara also looks suitably beaten and dirty [[spoiler:after the other Mord Sith turn on her.]] Finally, Nicci gets some real injuries and bruises in "Bound". However, despite being on a long-ranging quest through the woods almost constantly, everyone always has fantastic hair, though they're in pretty wet climates-after all, most fantasy worlds take place in forests, and this one seems to have a decent amount of rain. So they can probably wash every few days (we see Kahlan washing once, when Richard accidentally stumbles onto her). Not to mention that magic probably helps a bit...
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe:
** The Mord-Sith's slave Mika rescues Walter in his eponymous episode because, when he was posing as Lord Rahl, he ordered the Mord-Sith to be gentle with her.
** Cara in the latter episodes of season 2 for Richard, Kahlan, and Zedd.
* BedTrick: Panis Rahl disguised himself as a young shepherd to seduce Richard and Jennsen's mother before they had sex.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled:
** The Sisters of the Light kill themselves rather than face what they believe is certain death at the hands of the banelings during one of Richard's dreams induced by magic in "Perdition".
** Mentioned as happening in the Battle of Aldamont. The defeated soldiers threw themselves in the waters rather than surrender, as recounted in "Torn".
* BiggusDickus: Captain Krimmel in "Mirror" is apparently [[UnusualEuphemism "heavily armed"]], according to Gwyldor, the man who impersonates him with magic.
%%* BiTheWay: Cara.
* BlackShirt: Marianna, who was "waiting all her life" to help the Keeper tear the veil.
* BlessedWithSuck: The king in "Cursed" who was given, by Shota, the power to defend his kingdom forever [[spoiler: which involves [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting transforming into a monster by night]].]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Almost every episode includes Richard and Kahlan fighting and killing Darken Rahl's soldiers, but while blood is sometimes shown on the blades afterward, little if any blood seems to be gushing from wounds during battle. Even when people get their throats cut, there's often no blood gushing from the wounds.
* BloodMagic:
** The journey books need to use blood as ink to work. Rahl apparently likes to use the blood of people [[YouHaveFailedMe who've failed him]].
** The Keeper also uses it to create banelings, who stay alive only if they kill someone every day.
** In an AlternateRealityEpisode the Sisters of the Dark use Jennsen's blood as an AntiMagic potion so they can get past the spells protecting the People's Palace.
* BodyDouble: Played for laughs when an officer brings a beggar to the throne room, saying the man looks a lot like Rahl and could be used as a decoy. Rahl nearly has them both executed on the spot, screaming that the beggar looks nothing like him...despite the fact he's played by the same actor. Eventually, Rahl agrees (although the beggar has to undergo a painful procedure to increase his height) and it ends up helping as Rahl is killed but manages to put his spirit into the body of the beggar and forced to admit the resemblance is "passable." Meanwhile, the beggar finds his spirit put into another body and talks of how he's much happier to be able to live without Rahl's face.
* BountyHunter: A bunch of them go after Richard in "Bounty" after a reward is offered to kill him by Darken Rahl. One in particular manages to get ahold of his pendant and use it to have a {{magic map}} created that shows Richard's location. The bounty is [[LeftHanging not brought up again]] until "Mirror".
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Some of the darker things from the books have been toned down, mostly stuff that just wouldn't make it onto TV.
** Most notably, there's considerably less nudity (though still some for {{Fanservice}}), the Mud People are nowhere to be seen, and while [[RapeAsDrama rape]] was a common tool of pretty much every villain in the books, it's only been alluded to-except with the case of Nicci, whose {{rape as backstory}} appears to have set her on [[StartOfDarkness the path to evil]] as she lost faith because of this.
** In a season one episode, Darken Rahl claimed that his father raped Richard's and Jennsen's mother. However, this was a part of an attempt to deceive Jennsen, so it is unknown if this is true. General Trimack later offers a slightly different story, that Panis had seduced their mother in disguise. This is still rape by fraud, if not by force, since she consented to sleeping with a young shepherd, not an old man in the form of one.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Everyone subject to Confession turns into a completely devoted slave of the Confessor. This is only broken with the Confessor's death (in the books, it's ''permanent'', and Confessed people die of despair if they witness the Confessor dying).
* BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood: The Confessors' magic is used to make [[ShapedLikeItself criminals confess]] so there will be no doubt about their guilt. It can also make villains aid the good guys.
* BulletTime: The series ''loves'' this one. It shows up about 30 seconds into the pilot, and is present in nearly every fight scene, of which there are a lot.
* BusCrash: We learn from Cara that [[spoiler:Dennee and her son were killed by order of Darken Rahl.]] Technically, [[spoiler:Dennee killed her own son so that Rahl wouldn't get him, and then Cara killed Dennee, leading to a HeroicBSOD from Kahlen, Dennee's sister.]]
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Richard and Kahlan would love to sleep together, but [[spoiler:if they do, Richard will essentially become a mindless slave, and would be unable to save the world.]] They manage to find a few ways around it (i.e. the anti-Confessor potion, the painter-world where magic doesn't work) but it always gets snatched away before they can take advantage of it. Kahlan does get the chance to do this when [[spoiler:Richard is confessed by Annabelle]], but she realizes that he is not doing this out of love for her and stops him. But then [[spoiler:they sort of do, when an amulet splits Kahlan into two beings-one that embodies her sense of duty along with her Confessor power, and one that does not have the Confessor power or reasoning abilities]]. The interesting thing is, all throughout Season 2 they seem to be in a relationship anyway, hugging, kissing, holding hands, etc. at every opportunity. They just can't have sex [[spoiler: although the season 2 finale reveals that, since Richard already loves Kahlan unconditionally, her Confessor power doesn't affect him, so presumably they can after that]].
* CanNotSpitItOut:
** Cara refuses to admit her feelings for Leo [[spoiler:until after he dies]], believing love to be a weakness.
** Kahlan from the beginning of the series, until either "Identity" or "Denna".
* CanonDiscontinuity:
** [[spoiler:Darken Rahl]] claims he was the first baneling. However, in the AlternateRealityEpisode, he has somehow survived without killing for nearly a year. The most likely possibility is that he simply lied. Alternatively, as the first baneling, and as a direct conspirator with the Keeper, it could be that his deal works differently from the usual "kill one person a day or you die" banelings.
** The rada'han is said to prevent someone from using magic. Zedd still manages to cast a spell with one on though. This might be a reference to the books, where Zedd is ''just that good'' and is able to figure out how to get around the rada'han's enchantment and even take it off at will shortly after being collared.
* CantHaveSexEver: Richard and Kahlan can never consummate their love, as Kahlan's Confessor powers would be unleashed in the throes of passion which then would leave Richard "Confessed" or a slave to Kahlan's will. There are numerous flirts with intimacy, but the trope holds fast except in "Torn", when Kahlan's {{depower}}ed half has sex with Richard (which only sort of counts). [[spoiler: Until the second season finale, that is, when Richard and Kahlan discover that she ''can't'' Confess him because he's already so deeply in love with her that it makes no difference.]]
* TheCasanova: Richard has to impersonate one in "Princess". Zedd notes "[[BiggusDickus his reputation]] isn't the only thing that precedes him into the room."
* CatFight: Between Cara and Triana. The fact it takes place at a bath house (while Cara is bathing, no less) increases the {{Fanservice}} by a couple orders of magnitude.
* ChildByRape:
** As in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' novels, all children of Confessors are conceived this way, as their mates have lost all free will and do as the Confessor wishes. They come back to their senses at the Confessor's death, with poor reactions: Kahlan's father forced her sister and her to use their powers for evil, binding their wrists if they refused. The only other living Confessor was locked in a tower all her life by her father out of fear.
** Richard and Jennsen, due to Panis Rahl [[BedTrick seducing their mother while disguised as a young shepherd]]-a rape by fraud.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Oh, ''very'' subverted.
** First, there's Princess Violet, who's just as much of a royal bitch as she was in the books, at about 10 years old.
** In the first season finale, we meet [[spoiler:Nicholas Rahl]], who Confesses a playmate and forces him to cut off his own finger because the boy didn't want to play the same games as him. Later [[spoiler:Nicholas kills his own mother and then confesses Darken Rahl's trusted general and has him kill his father]].
** Then in the second season, we meet a young boy whose mother became a Baneling in order to stay around and take care of him. After she dies (again), the boy is taken in by a monk. The kid then reveals himself as a Baneling, kills the monk, and cheerfully walks to the settlement he was just told has lots of other kids his age...
** The Listener from Season 1 plays with this. He can Read thoughts and is sold to different people, he even sees himself as an aversion until the PowerOfFriendship from Richard causes a HeelFaceTurn.
%%* TheChooserOfTheOne: Zedd.
%%* ChosenOne
* CliffHanger: After the series' cancellation, we can only wonder what [[spoiler:Rahl will do to Nicci.]] He made it clear she was going to get a ''very'' hot bath at minimum.
* ClipShow: Once per season: "Home" and "Creator".
%%* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Heart!Kahlan]] in "Torn".
* ColdBloodedTorture: Darken Rahl, while bathing, refuses to tell Nicci where Richard is taking the Stone of Tears, and then attempts to seduce her. Nicci responds by superheating his bath water, nearly boiling him alive, and forces him to tell her where Richard is taking the stone. He plans to do the same later in revenge. Also the Mord-Sith's standard practice.
* ColorCodedCharacters: In several cases. D'Haran soldiers wear dark red and black, and the Sisters of the Dark wear brighter red. (Of course, Sisters of the Light do too, as Sisters of the Dark are rogues). Additionally, Kahlan wears white up until Denna appears in white, then she switches colors to a dark scheme.
* ContinuityNod:
** General Egramort's questions in "Walter" to determine if the lookalike is the real Darken Rahl are both references to Season One episodes.
** In the Season 2 episode "Broken", Zedd uses the magical mirror he gained in the Season 1 episode "Mirror" to disguise himself.
* CoolSword: The Sword of Truth.
* CourtMage: An episode has Zedd accidentally rewriting history with a spell and making Richard the ruler of not only D'Hara but also all of the known world. Apparently, Zedd is his court wizard. Interestingly, while Darken Rahl himself had a powerful wizard and hundreds of sorcerers in his employ, they don't really fit, as they were never present in his court. Rahl himself could cast some spells.
* CourtroomEpisode:
** Two of them. One where Cara is put on trial for her crimes as a Mord-Sith, and one where Richard is put on trial by a woman claiming to be the [[{{God}} Creator]] herself.
** Also in the episode Torn, where Head!Kahlen takes over Aydindril and dispenses "justice".
* CurseCutShort / SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Cara, who'd been forced to speak in rhyming couplets while posing as a Princess, delivers this gem to the Margrave in "Princess":
-->''Dear Margrave the sight of your face makes me sick.\\
You decadent, pompous, self-satisfied-''(socks the Margrave)''''
** Partially subverted-if you listen "very" carefully, you can hear her say "dick" as she punches.
* CyanidePill: Jennsen is given a poisonous stone to swallow if she's captured by the D'Harans, to spare her from suffering at their hands in "Fever". Unfortunately she had it knocked out of her grasp as she tried to take it and was beaten so severely by D'Haran soldiers she temporarily lost her memories, letting Darken Rahl almost trick her into leading him to the Box of Orden that she had hidden.
* DarkActionGirl:
** Nicci.
** The Mord-Sith.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Zedd has that "I fixed Panis' penis" guilt.
%%** Nicci.
%%** Cara.
%%** Kahlan.
%%** Denee.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Cara, for the entire series, but especially [[spoiler: after she's "rebroken" by Darken Rahl and arguably before she follows Richard]]. She even comes to full blows with [[MagicalGirl Kahlan]].
* DealWithTheDevil: Rahl has long ago made a deal with the Keeper. After his death, he offers deals to the recently deceased people in the Keeper's name. Those who accept (most do) become banelings, having to kill someone every day to stay alive.
* DeadpanSnarker: Zedd and Cara get in on it at times. And Denna. And Sister Verna. And Nicci, particularly in ''Bound.''
* DeathIsCheap: Just about every main character has died at least once in the series.
%%* DefrostingIceQueen: Cara.
* DemonOfHumanOrigin: Unlike the source material, Banelings are dead people whom the Keeper allows back into the realm of the living, provided that they kill at least one person every day. The first day they don't, he takes them back.
* DemotedToExtra: Adie is a prominent character in the books, who at varying points is even a love interest for Zedd. So far, she's shown up only in the pilot, and is probably trapped in Westland beyond the boundary.
* DePower: The quillions can remove magic from a person (unlike the books, it doesn't require them to die).
* DesignatedGirlFight: Completely averted. The characters regularly fight enemies of both genders, with no indication that they try to focus on their own. Helps that there's no shortage of [[DarkActionGirl women who are]] just as dangerous as any man. And when there ''is'' a girl on girl fight, it's no less brutal than any other.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Cara manages to keep fighting despite having her throat cut. Sure, she dies a few moments later, but she still holds on a lot longer than you'd expect. ''And'' she then comes back from the dead to keep fighting.]]
* DeusExMachina: In the final episode [[spoiler:all seems lost, Richard was tricked into giving the [[MacGuffin Stone of Tears]] to the Keeper, and Kahlen kills him while under the control of Nicci. However, her tears turn into another Stone of Tears for some reason (perhaps divine intervention by the Creator) and they are able to seal the rift after Cara revives Richard with the breath of life. Apparently it was the PowerOfLove that made the Stone of Tears-that was pretty out of the blue to say the least]]. Justified somewhat, by a prophecy saying that as long as the Mother Confessor lives, the keeper will fail.
* DevilButNoGod: Unlike in the book series, the Creator ''does'' show up.... maybe. And like in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', ''everyone'' who dies goes to a FireAndBrimstoneHell. However, Darken Rahl implies at one point that it's only because the veil has been torn that everyone who dies goes there -- in the normal course of things, only bad people go there, while good people go to some unspecified but presumably much nicer place to "bask in the Creator's light forever".[[note]]In the books it's explained that the underworld has levels of a sort, with the righteous becoming "good spirits" that dwell on the top near the light, while the wicked plunge down into the depths where they're tormented by the Keeper forever.[[/note]]
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** At the beginning of "Elixir", Richard sees Kahlan bathing by a river and fails to notice his horses getting stolen less than 10 feet away from him.
--->'''Richard:''' I was... distracted.\\
'''Zedd:''' What on the Prophet's good earth could have distracted you?!\\
''(sees Kahlan walking up in her bodice, her hair still wet)''
** In "Mirror", Richard again gets distracted by "Kahlan" (a thief disguised by a magical mirror which gave her the appearance of Kahlan) when she [[DressHitsFloor takes her clothes off]] and gets into a lake with Richard.
--->'''Kahlan:''' Someone stole the Sword of Truth? How did that happen?\\
'''Richard:''' I was distracted!\\
'''Kahlan:''' [[DeadpanSnarker By a naked woman you went swimming with..]]\\
'''Richard:''' I thought it was you.\\
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** In the sixth episode, "Elixir", the heroes fight [[DrugsAreBad potion peddlers]].
** The murder of the newborn sons of Brennidon is almost exactly the same as the Massacre of the Innocents in ''Literature/TheBible''.
* DoingInTheScientist: In the book series, the "breath of life" that the Mord-Sith use is clearly just rescue breathing and CPR. In the TV series, however, it's straight up magic that brings the dead back to life, even from things like being stabbed through the heart.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
** The Confessors father offspring by men who are "Confessed", i.e. turned into the Confessor's lifelong love slave. No one cares since sleeping with any man would automatically confess them anyway and the confessed were usually enemy soldiers in their former lives. Also doubles as DoubleStandardRapeSciFi. Even consensual sex with a Confessor is out as it will make them lose control of their power in the heat of passion, Confessing the other person. While this isn't treated as completely good, neither the show or the books ever use the word "rape" for it.
** {{Deconstructed}} by Kahlan's and Annabelle's fathers, both of whom became abusive parents after their mothers had died, the former using his daughters' ability to Confess people and make them give him money (or in one case, [[RapeByProxy have sex with him]]), binding their hands if they refused to comply, the latter locking her in a tower from birth out of fear.
** {{Averted}} and then {{discussed}} when Kahlan declines to have sex with Richard when he's been Confessed by Annabelle, who orders him to so that the line of Confessors can continue, specifically citing that he can't refuse in that state.
* TheDragon: General Egremont to Darken Rahl; Darken Rahl himself to the Keeper in Season 2.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: This is a common tactic for Richard and company.
* DrivenToSuicide: The conjuror Cormac in "Desecrated", having unleashed an ancient mummy to kill the sons of the men who let his own sons die for them, kills himself to be reunited with them.
* DualWielding: Cara has been seen wielding two Agiels.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Though the seasons have been based roughly on the first and second [[Literature/SwordOfTruth books]], they've used characters and plot points from much later in the series.
** [[AntiMagic Jennsen]] and [[DreamingOfThingsToCome the Priestess of Casca]].
** Triana is first seen in the season 1 finale-as a ''skeleton''. Cara identifies her in the BadFuture.
* EmotionsVsStoicism:
** [[spoiler:The emotional half of Kahlan]] vs [[spoiler:the rational half of Kahlan]] in "Torn", with both displaying negative extremes.
** Cara versus Richard, Kahlan, and Zedd.
* EnemyMine:
** {{Defied}}. Darken Rahl ''tries'' to talk Richard into one when he [[spoiler:is killed]], but Richard flat out refuses. However, Darken Rahl tries this strategy again in "Vengeance" and "Extinction" with quite a bit more success.
** {{Played straight}} with Richard and Cara in the first season's finale.
* EnfantTerrible:
** [[spoiler:Nicholas Rahl]] who, among other things, has a playmate's finger cut off because he didn't want to play the same games as he did.
** Taken to an extreme in the finale, when the little boy Richard is protecting turns out to be [[spoiler:[[{{Satan}} The Keeper]]]].
* EpiphanicPrison: The Valley of Perdition, which makes people's worst fears come true. Any harm which comes to them in the dream [[YourMindMakesItReal will affect them as if it were real]]. Richard only breaks free when he realizes it's {{all just a dream}}.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Throughout "Vengeance", Darken Rahl is trying to get Zedd and his brother to kill Panis Rahl. When [[spoiler:he is killed by a Sister of the Dark and goes to the underworld, Darken...gives him a hug, and asks if he forgives him. We don't get to hear the answer, but Panis is clearly moved.]]
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A D'Haran captain in "Deception", who's used magical weapons of mass destruction to massacre entire villages and praises Richard's willingness (disguised as a D'Haran) to do the same, is shown bringing food from army supplies against regulations to his family, whom he obviously loves. He later thanks Richard for saving his family from some rebels who were about to mass-murder ''his'' village, though he still tries to kill Richard as it's his duty.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Rahl and the Mord-Sith are completely caught off guard by just how ''bad'' [[spoiler:Nicholas Rahl]] is. Well, they didn't seem surprised at what he'd do, just the fact that he did it to ''them''.
* EvilGenius: Giller to Darken Rahl, later Nicci and then Marianna to the Keeper.
* EvilOverlord: Darken Rahl.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Panis Rahl, though he was much better than in the books.
* EvilSorcerer: Darken Rahl, the BigBad of the first season who has some magical abilities, not that we see many of those. The one we see several times is his ability to do an OffscreenTeleportation during sword battles to stab the opponent in the back. He also has many sorcerers serving him, including a Wizard of the First Order named Giller. The BadFuture season finale also features Nicholas Rahl, the son of Darken Rahl and [[spoiler:Kahlan Amnell]], combining his parents' abilities to become an even worse tyrant than his father.
* ExactWords: Used whenever Darken Rahl or a D'Haran "give you what's coming to you" in regards to a bounty. Played with in Season 2 at Cara's trial.
-->'''Elders:''' She [Cara] has shown no remorse. It is our will that she also die by Confession.\\
'''Kahlen:''' I have looked into this woman's eyes and I see now that she is truly remorseful.
** Of course the rest of the town didn't see things the same way...
%%* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Cara in "Eternity", although she grows out of it.]] The ending was surprising.
* FakeMemories: Used to frame people and fool Kahlan in "Confession."
* {{Familiar}}: [[TheDevil The Keeper]] sends a spider to free Nicci from her Rada'Han in "Perdition." Nicci then uses a crow to retrieve some of Kahlan's hair in "Bound". In the same episode, Marissa sends a spider to kill Nicci.
* {{Fanservice}}: In the first five minutes of the pilot, we have Dennee's heaving bosom as well as a shirtless Richard chopping wood and hauling logs and planks around. The fanservice continues throughout the series with sexy backs and {{Shirtless Scene}}s all around.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** Characters in Season 2 that die are shown/implied to enter the underworld, which is described as waking up in "a pit of unimaginable suffering".
** Though it may depend on the person, being a baneling and having to kill others every day to stay alive. As time runs out, a baneling's body begins to rot and feels a gnawing hunger before death. Before dying, a baneling said she found going to the Keeper's domain preferable to continue what she had become.
* FireKeepsItDead: In season 2 the team starts having to burn the corpses of their foes as a matter of course because it keeps them from coming back as banelings, and keeps existing banelings from being resurrected. Zedd's Wizard's Fire gets a lot of use out of this.
* FlashStep: [[BigBad Darken]] [[TheStarscream Rahl]] demonstrates this ability at least twice. He disappears and then reappears right behind his enemy (Richard in "Deception", and three Sisters of the Dark in "Unbroken".) He then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle kick some serious ass]] on both occasions.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The prophecy that Kahlan will betray Richard is mentioned early in the first season. It may refer to events in the final episode but the prophecy is actually a reference to the fourth novel, ''Temple of the Winds'', which sadly the show never got to...
* FountainOfYouth: Zedd is turned into a young man by [[spoiler:Shota]] in "Wizard", so that he can do her bidding. Doesn't work out as intended, when it all goes to his head. Both Zedd and [[spoiler:Shota]] can make anyone, including themselves, young, which means that they can live forever if they wished. Shota appears to make use of this power, as she's implied to be Zedd's age at least, while Zedd does not.
* FrameUp: The plot of the episode "Confession", after Kahlan finds a man she had confessed to killing [[LaResistance resistance]] members somehow was not really guilty. Richard, along with another woman, also suffer this before it's over.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** In "Mirror", as a Mord-Sith goes to inspect a fake "Zedd" tied to a tree in the foreground the real Zedd looses a blast of Wizard's Fire that throws back nearby D'Haran soldiers dozens of feet away.
** In "Wizard", if you listen carefully when Richard and the others are discussing how to turn Zedd back to normal, you can hear Zedd making a hilariously pompous speech in the background.
* GambitPileup: The season 2 finale has just about every named villain's plans colliding, with nearly disastrous results.
* AGodAmI:
** In Season 2, a woman shows up and claims to be the Creator reborn in [[PhysicalGod a mortal body]]. Later in the episode, [[spoiler:it is revealed that she got her powers from ''all'' of the Sisters of the Light transferring their Han to her. She disappears at the end of the episode, and it is intentionally left ambiguous as to if she has any sort of connection to the actual Creator, though she knows things which are inexplicable otherwise.]]
** In the Season 2 finale, the [[TheDevil Keeper]] enters the mortal realm in the body of a boy.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Borderline example with Cara. She still wears the Mord-Sith's trademark red leather, but early in Season 2 she modifies the outfit, removing the chestpiece and showing some cleavage. Though this may be a "practical" GoodCostumeSwitch-Cara isn't really allowed to torture people, and her secondary weapon is seduction, so it does make life easier when she shows off a bit. (Not to mention that red leather is not the most comfortable of outfits.) The other Mord-Sith also cut off her braid, so from then on she sports short hair. Also {{discussed}}-during the aforementioned chestpiece removal her sister offers a more normal dress. "I think this suits me better," is her response.
* GrandTheftMe:
** In "Revenant", [[spoiler: all three of the spirits take possession of people, Kahlan and Richard included]].
** In "Resurrection", [[spoiler:Dennee is brought back and possesses the body of a recently deceased woman]], and then later in the same episode, [[spoiler:the same thing happens with Richard and a D'Haran commander.]]
** In "Princess", [[spoiler: Nicci possesses the body of another Sister of the Dark.]]
** Then, in "Walter", [[spoiler: Darken Rahl steals the body of the title character, while Walter survives in the body of a D'Haran warrior.]] Interestingly enough, each is also an example of BackFromTheDead.
* GreenEyedMonster: The woman who claims she is the Creator during the episode of the same name says the Keeper was originally her lover at the beginning of time, but grew jealous of the love she bestowed on humans (including making them immortal) so much that he introduced death out of spite and now wants to wipe out the rest too.
* HairpinLockpick: Used by Lily in "Bounty". On a D'Haran dungeon door no less.
* HannibalLecture: [[spoiler:Cara, while tied up, tells Richard that they both know he doesn't have the stomach to kill her.]]
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Just as it seems that Zedd has talked Denna into changing her ways and setting him free, she is shot in the back with an arrow by Cara and falls off a cliff.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: The Confessors' magic can make an evil person become good if commanded so by the Confessor that touched them.
* HeelFaceTurn: Cara-HeelFaceRevolvingDoor before settling on Good.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Leo]] diving in front of [[spoiler:Nicci]]'s lightning to save Kahlan.
** Richard finally meets his biological father [[spoiler:Panis Rahl]]. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Panis]] and Zedd don't get along, since [[spoiler:Panis]] killed Zedd's father long ago (to be fair, though, [[spoiler:Zedd's father had been trying to kill Panis's infant son Darken]]) and then [[spoiler:used a [[BedTrick disguise to seduce and impregnate Zedd's daughter]], producing Richard]]. Near the end of the episode, the group is attacked by Sister of the Dark, and one of them hurls her Dacra (a large shuriken) at Zedd, whose back is turned. [[spoiler:Panis]] calmly takes a step, [[TakingTheBullet interposing himself]], and receives a fatal wound. He's able to make amends with Zedd and Richard before expiring.
** Kahlan lets herself fall when she's left hanging from Richard after she slips when going up a cliff, so he can take the Stone of Tears off to stop the Keeper in "Eternity". Luckily it turns out to be just a magical illusion and she's fine.
* HeroicSuicide:
** Amfortas persuaded the Confessor Viviane to kill herself so Kieran, her Seeker and lover whom she Confessed by having sex with him, would be freed so he could continue his mission in the backstory of "Revenant". This completely backfired, however, as Kieran then went off the deep end and started killing innocent people in a rage over her death. Amfortas had to kill him in the end.
** Richard planned to do this after he used the power of Orden in "Fever" to make Rahl give up the cure for a plague, so that using it wouldn't turn him into a KnightTemplar. Thankfully he didn't have to though, since Jennsen showed up with the cure instead. She'd tried to do this herself earlier with a [[CyanidePill poisonous stone]] after hiding the cure, to prevent herself being taken captive and forced to tell them its location. However, it was knocked from her grasp and the D'Harans beat her severely enough to temporarily cause memory loss, so Darken Rahl almost managed to trick her into delivering it.
** Thaddicus throws himself on Cara's knife as she's become a baneling (and has to kill every day) so they'll have time to find shadow water, the cure, in "Hunger".
** An example of a villainous {{inversion}} in "Princess". Sister Portia, a Sister of the Dark, willingly gives her own life in a ritual in order to bring Nicci BackFromTheDead. For the rest of the show, [[GrandTheftMe Nicci is using Portia's body as her own.]]
** In "Desecrated" Cara tries to kill herself so Kahlan will have more time when they are trapped in a tomb with the air running out. Kahlan stops her though.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Zedd in the first season finale, when he tries to use wizard's fire against a Mord-Sith, who simply deflects it back at him, [[spoiler:killing the old man. Richard hits the ResetButton thankfully.]]
* IAmSpartacus: In the episode "Brennidon" multiple women claim to be the Seeker's mother after the D'Harans demand she reveal herself.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: After drinking a potion that renders him immune to Kahlan's Confessor touch, Rahl takes advantage to admire her beauty and strokes her hair and brings up how she and Richard can never have intimacy, all in front of Richard. Then there's the alternate future where [[spoiler:he marries Kahlan to have a Confessor son.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of the episode titles are one word.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Though not used directly, it's somewhat lampshaded by Lily in "Bounty".
-->'''Lily:''' The D'Harans don't need to send an army. All they need is a few tears and an ample bosom.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Richard at one point uses the Sword of Truth to parry arrows out of the air. It gets even worse when he gets a case of TemporaryBlindness in the last episode. He still fights as well as he does normally, killing enemies and parrying thrown daggers. [[HandWave Magic of the sword, apparently...]] Possibly a CallBack to a season 1 episode in which Richard learns to fight things he can't see.
* ImprovisedWeapon: When the Sisters of the Dark blow Zedd and Richard's cover in "Princess", a fight naturally breaks out. Richard grabs a knife from the table, while Zedd starts hurling plates at the Sisters.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Clayre (disguised as Kahlan) tries to seduce a D'Haran guard to escape, but he's actually attracted to Frytss (disguised as Richard) instead in "Mirror".
* InNameOnly: The series has little in common with the book aside from the characters, setting, and central conflict. This was made clear by WordOfGod(s) before the show premiered, as the writer and the director believe that they could not completely adapt the novels to the screen. A few episodes adapt the plots of later books, without the [[AuthorTract politics behind them]], such as "Fury", which has a lot of parallels with ''Naked Empire'', but excises the mind-boggling bits.
* InfantImmortality: Played straight with [[spoiler:Dennee's son, at least until he's killed offscreen]], but averted in "Deception," which opens with several children finding a mysterious device. The next we see of them is their dead bodies having fallen around the device, along with everyone else in the village.
* InfiniteSupplies: No matter how many Sisters of the Dark are killed, there are always more that show up out-of-nowhere. It must be why they always wear [[RedShirt red]].
* InvisibilityCloak: The cloaks the Mriswith wear.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Zedd turns someone into a mouse. We never find out what happened with him, making it a ''literal'' case of {{what happened to the mouse}}?
* KickTheDog: Rahl and his men do it several times an episode. For example, after he finds out that [[spoiler:Richard has all three Boxes of Orden]], Rahl responds to this bad news by killing a kitten with his bare hands.
* KillItWithFire:
** Zedd ''loves'' torching things with Wizard's Fire, though he does have other tricks. Especially starting in season 2.
** This is the only way to truly kill a baneling, torching its body so it can't rise from the dead yet again. You could also freeze it and then [[LiterallyShatteredLives break it]] (which is how Zedd kills another undead creature).
* KnifeNut:
** Kahlan uses two for double the fun.
** Richard tends to use a knife whenever the Sword is unavailable for whatever reason, especially in Season 2.
* KnightTemplar:
** [[spoiler:Richard ''quickly'' goes down this route when he first uses the magic of Orden, but snaps out of it.]]
** Also note: Darken Rahl, a little more so than he was in the books, and [[spoiler: the cold-hearted Kahlan created by the amulet.]]
* LadyOfWar: Kahlan all the way.
* LandmineGoesClick: One unfortunate Sister of the Dark finds this out in "Bound" and has just about enough time to [[OhCrap realize it]] before she goes boom. Richard explains a moment later that these types of mines only go off when you step off them, which is what saves [[spoiler:Nicci]] from the same fate. This also holds for some RealLife land mines, but as the trope page mentions, these are a minority.
* LaResistance: There's an ongoing underground resistance in the Midlands, though a few are shown to go [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized a little overboard]] in their fight against Rahl.
* LastOfHisKind:
** Kahlan, eventually. At least, until [[spoiler:Dennee is brought back from the dead]].
** Zedd is the last wizard of the First Order alive. Kahlan killed Rahl's wizard in a fit of "blood rage", and Rahl killed another one years ago.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Touched upon. [[spoiler:When Cara died, Darken Rahl said that time could not be built up to live week to week. The clock reset with every kill.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the book, which got pretty damn dark.
* LightIsNotGood:
** In Season 2 Denna changes her leathers and Agiel from the usual Mord Sith red to white. But she's still evil.
** Nicci tries to invoke this against the Sisters of the Light, in order to trick Richard into giving up his powers to her.
** [[spoiler:Nicci]] is blonde after coming BackFromTheDead.
** Panis Rahl... sort of. He is nowhere near as evil or sadistic as his son, Darken. Panis may have been corrupt, but not to an extent that is unusual of a stereotypical king. Also, he seems to be genuinely looking for redemption when he finds Richard. [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath He gets it]]]].
* LiterallyShatteredLives: How the Screeling is killed in "Marked".
* LiteralSplitPersonality: Kahlan in "Torn" gets split into two bodies, representing her "heart" (i.e., [[LoveMakesYouCrazy love for Richard]]) and her "head" (i.e., [[LawfulStupid her powers]] and [[KnightTemplar duty as a confessor]]).
* LogicalWeakness: Casting spells requires making hand gestures and sometimes incantations. Thus wizards have their hands tied and/or are gagged to prevent this.
%%* LotusEaterMachine: The episode "Home".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Kieran, a previous Seeker, went mad with grief and started killing innocent people after his wizard had persuaded his Confessor lover Viviane to kill herself so he would be freed from Confession to her (which happened when the pair had sex), forcing his wizard to kill him with his own sword and trap his spirit in his remains as he threatened to wreak havoc in the afterlife unless he was reunited with Viviane. Worse, he possessed Richard's body and got Viviane's spirit to possess Kahlan's, obviously not caring what either of them thought.
* LovePotion: One of the potions in the episode "Elixir" appears to have this effect, since it makes a girl immediately kiss a boy who takes it. However, she recovers quickly and slaps him.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Rahl tells Richard he is his brother, though at first it's unclear whether he's telling the truth.]] And before that revelation, Richard learns [[spoiler:Zedd is his grandfather]]. Confirmed at the start of season 2 by a former servant of Panis Rahl and Darken Rahl's ghost. [[spoiler:Also confirmed by the fact that Cara's Mord-Sith powers fail when Richard dies and return when he is resurrected (Mord-Sith only have their powers as long as a Rahl is alive). Panis Rahl in his disguised form later reveals he is Richard's father as well.]]
* MacGuffin: The Stone of Tears drives the entire plot of Season 2.
* MagicKnight:
** Jeziah, a former student of Zedd's, who turns out to the enemy in "Elixir" turns himself invisible and fights Richard with a sword.
** Zedd becomes this after becoming young again and naming himself the Seeker in "Wizard".
** Darken Rahl may also qualify, as he possesses magical powers and is an experienced sword fighter. He used both to defeat Richard during their first encounter.
** Nicci, who is a capable combatant [[spoiler: as well as the most powerful sorceress in the series.]]
** The Mord-Sith, who are elite women warriors, have magical powers, including the ability to resurrect recently dead people.
* MagicMap: One episode had a mapmaker selling maps to bounty hunters that revealed Richard's location as a glowing point of light.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight / SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Manages to be both at the same time. The first part of the Season Two finale takes place in what is, by all appearances, a much, ''much'' better world than the "real" one. As a result of the Spell of Undoing, Cara was never a Mord-Sith (and thus lived the peaceful life of a schoolteacher with two small children), and thus didn't arrive in time to interrupt Richard when he put together the Boxes of Orden. As a result, the veil of the underworld was never torn, Orden and Confession tempered each other, Richard was marrying Kahlan, and Darken Rahl was now his trusted friend, brother, and adviser. Zedd, having RippleEffectProofMemory, is the only one who remembers how things were "supposed" to be... but comes to accept, at first, that this might be better. It's only once the Keeper, who also has RippleEffectProofMemory, throws things out of whack that he decides to hit the ResetButton again.
* MaleGaze: Many shots of women linger on their breasts, helped by them wearing low-cut dresses.
* MarshmallowHell: Richard gets this from the Margrave's (rather large) sister in "Princess".
* TheMedic: Bizarrely enough, [[TokenEvilTeammate Cara]], the [[ColdBloodedTorture Mord]]-[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique Sith]], whose [[KissOfLife Breath of Life]] has saved at least one plot-important extra from death.
* MegaManning: Nicci, to great effect. So far, she has stolen [[spoiler:Richard's Han, Sister Ulicia's Han, Sister Merissa's Han, Kahlan's Confession powers, and the Han of well over a hundred other magic users, due to killing and stealing the powers of several Han-buffed Sisters of the Dark.]]
* MemoryGambit: The episode "Confession" centers around one, in which a spy of the Big Bad kills a bunch of rebels and uses a magical orb to plant false memories of the murders into the minds of others, including Richard. This was mostly done to fool the suspects into falsely admitting their guilt during Confession. One ended up being hanged for a murder.
* MercyKill: Nicci claims her desire to destroy the world stems from this, comparing it to putting down a horse with a broken leg.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: In "Confession", {{fake memories}} are used to [[FrameUp frame a man for murder]] into confessing to Kahlan, and he gets hanged for it. Another miscarriage is {{averted}} later when Richard and Kahlan figure out who really did it.
* MoralDissonance: One season 1 episode has a secondary character who steals Richard's identity and leaves Richard behind to take his place, despite knowing that he can't use the Sword of Truth, he can't read the Book of Shadows, he isn't the Seeker and therefore, by prophecy, cannot save the world and is therefore dooming it. And then he tries to sleep with Kahlan wearing the identity of the man she loves. And we're supposed to root for him and his implied romance with the actually heroic secondary heroine of the episode.
%%* MrFanservice: Richard.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Over the course of Season 2, a couple characters express regret that they ''hadn't'' killed Darken Rahl, or allowed him to be killed, when he was a child. One of these people happens to be Zedd, who in the books has a brief inner monologue on the subject, before realizing he couldn't have wished for the death of a child, even one who would grow up to be Darken Rahl. Much the same feelings are expressed in the show.
* MutualKill:
** In the season 2 finale, Kahlen goes into Con Dar and instantly confesses four Mord-Sith. She then orders them to kill each other. They do so by touching each other's heart with the agiel simultaneously.
** It also happens in Richard's nightmare in the Valley of Perdition with Kahlan and Cara. And earlier in the first season when he uses the power of Orden.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: A D'Haran who plans to kill Darken Rahl appears in the episode "Listener", while multiple ones with the same plan, disgusted by his horrifying magical experiments on innocent people, show up in "Conversion." They join with Richard et al. in attempting to kill him.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: In "Listener", a young mind-reader rescued by Richard and Kahlan informs them both that yes, their to-date undiscussed feelings for each other are mutual, which opens an important can of worms.
* MythologyGag
** The first time you see Jennsen is her tending to her goat, and in the second season Richard develops a beard, like he wore during the second book.
** In the first part of the season 2 finale, Sister Marianna is naked when she hears the voice of the Keeper in her dreams and rises to serve him. In the books, the Sisters of the Dark were always naked when they sat in the circle to speak with the Keeper in their dreams.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Like in the book, Zedd is introduced stark naked.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Darken Rahl is a baddy? No shit.
* NeverSplitTheParty: Meta version, by way of PragmaticAdaptation-in the books, while Richard and Kahlan were nearly inseparable after the second book, they often went two or three books without seeing Zedd, who was off doing other plot-important things elsewhere, and it was rare to have all the main protagonists in one place for an extended period of time. In the TV series, though, they're never separated for more than a two-parter episode at a time.
* NeverSuicide: Sister Brenna is said by the Prelate to have killed herself in "Dark." However, Richard soon discovers it was really murder. Additionally, a Resistance member had apparently killed himself as related in "Confession", but no one believes this, and it's soon revealed to have actually been murder.
* NewSuperPower:
** When entering Con Dar (the blood rage), Kahlan gains the ability to Confess anyone she wants without even touching them, and with no need to recharge. When applied to Mord-Sith, they no longer die within minutes but remain loyal slaves.
** Nicci also gains a host of new powers after absorbing Richard's Han.
** Subverted in that neither needed to learn how to use these.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** After realizing what his oldest son would become, Panis made sure to fulfill his part in the prophecy to stop him. Problem is, after doing so, he gloated to Darken about everything. Darken responded by killing him.
** The wizard Amfortas from the backstory. His meddling to try to prevent the Seeker Kieran from being Confessed resulted in exactly that happening, followed by the Confessor dying and Kieran going into a [[LoveMakesYouEvil frenzy of violence against innocents]] and forcing Amfortas to kill him, meaning that the Seeker failed his quest because of Amfortas' meddling. Then he trapped Kieran's spirit in his corpse, resulting in the possessions of Richard and Kahlan. He even planned to trap Richard in the tomb to prevent Kieran from escaping, nearly handing victory to Darken Rahl.
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: As soon as he learns of the prophecy, Rahl orders every first-born son in the town where the Seeker is to be born killed. Turns out he missed one...
* NoPronunciationGuide: The series shows that the pronunciation of Kahlan's name (previously believed to be "KAH-lan" or "ka-LAN") is "KAY-lin".
* NotSoDifferent: Quite a few episodes illustrate that the Resistance against Rahl can be a little extreme.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Kahlan. Mord-Sith. A fair number of female characters. Mocked by Zedd during his brief magical disguise as a woman in "Mirror".
-->'''Zedd:''' How anyone gets around with these... ''things'' on is entirely beyond me.
* OffingTheOffspring:
** As in the books, the Confessors kill male confessors at birth out of fear of them growing to abuse their powers. In the first season, Richard successfully convinces the Confessors to spare the life of a newborn male confessor. We don't get to see how he would turn out, as he's killed offscreen by the Mord Sith. Then the season finale shows us a full-grown male confessor, and despite his parents' best efforts, he's just as bad as they'd feared.
** [[spoiler:After luring Cara into a trap with a threat to her (and his) son, Darken Rahl reveals that he had been killed at birth, just as she originally thought.]]
* OffstageVillainy: Cara's misdeeds [[spoiler:(killing Dennee and participating in the slaughter of the other Confessors)]] happened entirely offscreen. Accepting her HeelFaceTurn would've been ''much'' more difficult if we'd seen these actions.
* OhCrap: When Kahlan goes through the Con Dar (aka Blood Rage) for the first time, everyone has this look on their faces. Even Richard is scared.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Keeper and eventually [[spoiler:Nicci]].
* OnceASeason: Like the books, both seasons featured different Wizard's Rules. The pilot had Zedd briefly quoting the Wizard's First Rule[[labelnote:+ ]]People will believe a lie if they want it to be true, or if they're afraid it might be true[[/labelnote]], and the second season opener has him quoting the second[[labelnote:+ ]]Sometimes you do the most harm by trying to do the most good[[/labelnote]].
* OneHitKill: The dakras can kill instantly with magic if they hit someone (at least when this isn't a [[PlotArmor main character]]).
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Craig Horner (Richard) and Tabrett Bethell (Cara) occasionally let their UsefulNotes/{{Australian Accent}}s slip. Many New Zealander actors [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent don't even bother to hide it]].
* OutOfClothesExperience: People who die consistently wake up naked in the underworld.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage:
** An odd non-marriage variant. Annabelle was afraid that Flynn would stop liking her after he was no longer Confessed, but he ended up liking her anyway. It probably helps that he seemed interested in the first place.
** A first season episode featured one with an actual marriage.
* ThePowerOfLove:
** [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale it manages to keep Richard from being Confessed by Kahlan, make Kahlan snap out of the Con Dar, and [[SwissArmyTears makes a completely new stone of tears.]] The first bit is a nod to the end of [[Literature/SwordOfTruth the first book]], and was in fact foreshadowed by Richard himself in "Eternity".]]
** [[spoiler:And in the episode featuring Kieran, Viviane and Amfortas (a previous Seeker, Confessor and Wizard), Kieran's rage can simply be explained as the result of grief at her death being magnified by the Sword of Truth, his own love protecting him from Viviane. Unfortunately, he just wasn't able to focus in battle like Richard can.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: In the book series, the Sword of Truth [[AbsurdlySharpBlade instantly slices through anything]] its wielder wants it to, including other swords. But sword fights are cooler on TV, so this ability isn't brought up.
* PsychicAssistedSuicide: Anyone [[{{Brainwashed}} confessed]] can be ordered to off themselves. While this normally doesn't happen (though we see Kahlan order one murderer to do this), a variant happens in the series finale, where Kahlan, who is herself controlled by Richard with the power of Orden, confesses four Mord-Sith and orders them to kill each other. They do so in unison. Richard also orders some D'Haran soldiers to do this with the same means.
* PsychoLesbian: The Mord-Sith generally; also {{Depraved Bisexual}}s.
%%** Dahlia.
* PunchClockVillain:
** A surprising amount of D'Haran soldiers fall into this. At least one has raised a loving family in the Midlands. They ''are'' conscripts, after all...
** Two D'Haran officers plan to kill Rahl, but are accidentally [[NiceJobBreakingItHero foiled by Richard and Kahlan]].
* RaceLift: Chase is Maori and General Trimack is black in the adaptation. Commander-General Trimack doesn't get much of a physical description, but in the books Darken Rahl only allowed pureblooded D'Harans into his elite PraetorianGuard-the First File which Trimack commands-and in positions of high rank. D'Haran purebloods are almost universally blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryan phenotypes.
* RapeAsBackstory: Nicci reveals this, and getting revenge for it, as the reason she became a Sister of the Dark.
%%* RedemptionEqualsDeath:
%%** Poor [[spoiler:Michael]].
%%** [[spoiler:Panis Rahl]].
* RedShirt:
** The Sisters of the Dark. Every time they show up, Richard and company end up slaying at least a half dozen of them, and that they actually wear red dresses makes it even worse. This is particularly {{egregious}} considering that in the books, the Sisters of the Dark were some of the most powerful, intelligent, and dangerous of the Keeper's servants, and even one was considered to be a critical threat.
** D'Haran soldiers.
** Anyone who Kahlan Confesses has a 90% chance of being dead by the end of the episode.
* RefugeInAudacity: How Cara wins over the Margrave in "Princess". Also a lighter shade of EvilIsSexy.
* RegalRinglets: Princess Violet sports this hairstyle.
* ResetButton: Zedd tries an in-universe version in the form of the Spell of Undoing after [[spoiler:Cara is {{brainwashed}} into turning against them]]. Naturally, it all goes wrong...until he tries it again at the beginning of the next episode.
* RestrainingBolt: The Rada'Han, which prevents a magic user from using their powers.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In "Deception", a rebel group proves itself quite ruthless, killing an unarmed D'Haran prisoner of war who's been [[{{Brainwashed}} Confessed]] by Kahlan already simply to vent their rage when one of their own is killed, and then attempt to use the same magical weapons of mass destruction the D'Harans had used on their people against D'Haran loyalists.
* RhymesOnADime: All women are expected to do this in the presence of the Margrave. Cara has trouble with it at first, then spontaneously composes a whole poem [[CrossesTheLineTwice about torturing and killing a slave]]. The Margrave's sister impressively manages one while sobbing at the top of her lungs.
* RuleOfCool: Much like the other New Zealand-based fantasies of that time period, armor is apparently not required for main characters to go head first into mobs of enemies every week.
* ScriptWank: The ending of the episode "Cursed," particularly Kahlan's conversation with Cora about the episode's BeYourself message.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: "The Seeker will deliver the Stone of Tears into the hands of the Keeper." Well, yeah, but only because just about everyone opposed to the Keeper interfered with Richard's quest.
* SexSlave: The mates of the Confessors, who desire only to serve them.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Panis Rahl, who took the form of a young shepherd to seduce the mother of Richard and Jennsen.
* ShirtlessScene: Richard ends up shirtless with almost alarming frequency in the first season.
* ShootTheMessenger: A monk trying to deliver a message to Kahlan meets Nicci at the wrong time and hears something he really shouldn't. Being Nicci, she decides not to take the risk of him telling anyone else.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In the first season, Richard saves a male Confessor baby (it is believed that all the male Confessors are AlwaysChaoticEvil, and as such they are killed at birth), hoping that the baby can grow into a decent person. But we never learn whether his belief is right: in the second season the child is killed off-screen along with all the other Confessors.
* SorcerousOverlord: Darken Rahl. Richard also becomes this briefly when possessed of the power of Orden in an alternate reality.
* SquishyWizard: Zedd, though he still occasionally manages to knock an enemy out with a blunt weapon from behind in cases where he can't use his magic.
* SpottingTheThread: Richard realizes something is wrong when Darken Rahl, in the guise of his former flame Anna, says something she would not have known in "Home".
* TheStarscream: Both Darken Rahl and Nicci (independently), during season two.
* StartOfDarkness: Nicci's turns out to be her rape by a criminal she was sent to counsel, only to be told she should forgive him by the Prelate, at which point he raped her again. She then gave herself to the Keeper in exchange for killing the man in revenge. It's hard not to sympathize with her turning on the Sisters of the Light once we learn this.
* StrawMisogynist: The Margrave of Rothenberg, who allows women almost no rights within his realm, allowing Kahlan to {{anvilicious}}ly lecture his wrongly imprisoned wife on fighting for herself in "Princess".
* SuccessionCrisis: After Darken Rahl's death at the end of the first season, his generals start fighting over his throne and the D'Haran Empire.
* SuicideIsShameful: The Sisters of the Light believe suicide is an offense to the Creator. Thus the Prelate claims she covered up a Sister's apparent suicide to save her reputation (it turns out that she was [[NeverSuicide actually murdered]]).
* SuicidalPacifism: The episode "Fury" has a warlord threaten a peaceful village whose people never fight, even if threatened with death or slavery. Some of the younger ones get tired of this, however, and Richard teaches them to fight. However, it turns out they are under a magic spell which [[EnforcedTrope enforces]] this, rendering them catatonic if they act violently toward anyone else. Zedd breaks it, but they end up going berserk when fighting along with Richard. It turns out that they are descended from warriors who served a Lord Rahl, one of his ancestors, tied to his will, and went off the deep end in the same way long ago. This spell was placed on them to stop it happening in the future.
* SympatheticMagic: Sebastian's {{magic map}}s in "Bounty" work this way-they can track an object using part of it, or if a person, an item belonging to them, ground up in the ink used to print it. In "Bound", the [[{{Synchronization}} maternity spell]] Nicci casts on Kahlan uses a strand of her hair, retrieved from her brush by a [[{{Familiar}} crow in Nicci's control]].
* {{Synchronization}}: The maternity spell Nicci uses to hold Kahlan hostage.
%%* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Leo, for Kahlan.]]
* TeleporterAccident: One [[spoiler:made two Kahlans]] in "Torn".
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Richard asks his sister to tell him in "Bloodline," but unfortunately she knows nothing because their mother refused to discuss it-not even whether they have the same one. [[spoiler: His father is later revealed to be Panis Rahl]]. It's then {{inverted}} and {{gender flip}}ped in the same episode when [[spoiler: he laments he never got the chance to talk to his mother, and it ends with Zedd]] saying, "Then let me tell you about her."
* TemporaryBlindness: Nicci blinds Richard with shards of broken glass in the season two finale, which doesn't stop him from fighting the Sisters of the Dark and blocking their dagger throws with his sword. Fortunately, [[AWizardDidIt Zedd is there to heal him]].
* TemptingFate: Happens in "Torn". Actually, it happens a lot. [[WhatAnIdiot Especially]] [[TooDumbToLive since]] so many of them can instantly recognize the Seeker, the Mother Confessor, the Wizard of the First Order, and [[spoiler:a Mord-Sith]].
-->'''Richard:''' Let them go!\\
'''Mook:''' Or what?\\
''(Richard knocks him out in a single punch)''
* ThereIsAnother:
** A meta-version, and a semi-straight version. In the books, Kahlan is the last of the Confessors; here, there's still a handful left. Semi-straight version in that [[spoiler:we see Dennee apparently get killed in the pilot, only for it to turn out she's still alive halfway through the first season.]]
** The handful of surviving Confessors get killed off screen over the course of the next season, leaving Kahlan to indeed be the last of her kind...[[spoiler: At least until Dennee comes BackFromTheDead. She's a hard woman to keep down, Dennee.]]
** In "Touched", the Night Wisps find another Confessor. She's unaware of her power, having been kept by her father in a tower all her life, since he was her mother's {{sex slave}} and fears being Confessed again. When she's freed and meets the party, she ends up accidentally Confessing Finn, then Richard deliberately after they try to abscond together. Finally, they have to [[DePower remove her magic]] with a quillion, leaving Kahlan as the last Confessor again.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Sword of Truth gets used as a projectile quite often. Knives are thrown with perfect accuracy at least once an episode.
* TitleDrop: In "Brennidon".
* TokenEvilTeammate: Cara in Season 2; the "evil" bit is eroded away, though, over the course of the series.
* TooDumbToLive: Many, but one of the most notable is in "Cursed", at the battle in the throne room after the D'Haran invasion. Sounds of fighting can be heard from the throne room for a good 15 seconds before the D'Haran soldiers arrive yet the two guards at the door are standing ''with their backs to the door'' and ''with their weapons not drawn.'' Unsurprisingly, they are cut down within seconds when the D'Harans come in.
* TheTrainsRunOnTime: After Darken Rahl is defeated at the end of the first season, his empire and armies start falling apart. A couple characters point out that while Rahl was a tyrant, at least he kept things orderly. Of course, a lot of the chaos is caused by D'Haran soldiers becoming bandits and then preying on the citizenry in the social breakdown.
* TranquilFury: Richard in "Bloodline", after Denna kills his mother and Richard gets the power of Orden.
* TheTrickster: When he's not blasting things with fireballs, Zedd displays quite a bit of cunning; see "Puppeteer" for him at his best.
* {{Tsundere}}: Cara, whose tsun side generally involves threatening to torture people to death, and whose dere side involves threatening to torture people to death less vocally. [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting]] as of season 2. Hell, near the end of season 2, she has a 10-minute-long walk where she talks to a wisp (that we can't hear, conveniently) and pretty much goes through every Tsundere dialogue trope around. Well, that's just VERY rapid character development. This trope shows more through Mord'Sith's different methods of torture (i.e. pain vs. pleasure), which isn't limited to Cara alone.
* UnstoppableRage:
** Kahlan's Con Dar (the blood rage), accidentally activated by an evil wizard. Kahlan gets a mini one in "Extinction" where after a group of D'Haran soldiers ruthlessly burned down the Night Wisps' forest there are several long pans over her going wild on them with an uncharacteristic brutality.
** Richard and the Minders after Zedd removes their binding spell.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Cara, as well as Nicholas Rahl. Nicci also claims to Richard that this is true of her as well.
%%* VerySpecialEpisode: {{Defied}} in "Elixir"... ultimately.
* VillainTeleportation: Darken Rahl teleports by passing from one of his fortresses to another through green fires. It may also explain his {{flash step}}.
* VillainousBreakdown: Rahl goes through a few of them when he realizes Zedd tricked him so thoroughly and later finds out that [[spoiler:Richard has all three Boxes and the means to use them]]. It's generally not a good idea to be in the immediate area when he gets bad news.
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: "Home" is driven by this. Darken Rahl has his pet wizard trap Richard in a dream about his home. Inside the dream, Rahl takes on several different characters to try and convince Richard that the goings-on of the series so far were {{all just a dream}} to learn the location of one of the Boxes of Orden from him. Ultimately, {{the power of love}} combined with Rahl pushing too hard breaks the spell at the last moment.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Rare is the episode that doesn't feature a shirtless Craig Horner at some point.
* WalkingTheEarth: One of the last of its kind after the great Reality TV invasions of the aughts.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** The Mother Confessor Serena, who [[spoiler: Confesses Zedd and nearly kills Richard in her determined efforts to kill Dennee's Confessor son.]]
** The Prelate in Season 2, who [[spoiler: leaves Richard to die in the Valley of Perdition, almost kills Zedd, and tries to trap Kahlan in the Palace of the Prophets, all because of her interpretation of prophecy.]]
** The wizard Amfortas in the past, whose attempts to stop Kieran from being Confessed ended up [[spoiler: [[SelfFulfillingProphecy causing exactly what he was trying to prevent.]]]]
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim:
** Cara is usually the one to ask this, and almost gleefully volunteers to pull the trigger, so to speak. She's usually talked out of it by Richard, though. Kahlan also advocates this as a solution occasionally, and again, Richard usually comes up with something that'll work without killing.
** Averted in "Resurrection". [[spoiler:Someone has their soul put into Richard's body while his soul is in the Underworld. They need to bring Richard's body back to town to revert the spell and the simplest solution would be to kill "Richard" and carry his body back. So Kahlan stabs him.]]
* WomanInWhite: Kahlan.
* WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities: Richard's experience as a woodsman comes in handy on a number of occasions, such as being able to track which horse Annabelle and Fynn took because the tracks were deeper. Exploited in one episode where this is used against him, when [[spoiler:a murderer framed a man by leaving seeds from a particular area beside the body of a murder victim, knowing Richard would recognize them and implicate the man that lived near where they were found.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Cara the Mord'Sith... and probably all Mord'Sith for that matter, by their conditioning.
* WouldHurtAChild: Darken Rahl, unsurprisingly. Not only ordering every baby boy in a village massacred, but he also promises to have Princess Violet be {{made a slave}} as punishment for her mother's failure. He ordered his own son with Cara killed at birth as a potential threat (in the books he wanted a gifted child as his heir, and killed his children because they were ungifted).
* WriteBackToTheFuture: [[spoiler:Kahlan's failed plan to get a message to Richard in the future in the first season finale]].
* XanatosGambit: Richard delivers a surprisingly simple one in the first season finale. He has the assembled Boxes of Orden while in the alternate BadFuture, but does not activate them. The Boxes would give him almost unlimited power and authority, but would not let him return to his proper time. For that, he needs a Confessor's power while activating them. [[spoiler:So he sends Nicholas Rahl, a male Confessor, an ultimatum to appear before him using the threat of the Boxes as bait. If he doesn't show up, Richard activates the Boxes. If anybody else besides Rahl shows up, he activates the Boxes. If he so much as ''sniffs'' any sign of a trap, he activates the Boxes. The only chance Rahl has of stopping him is by using his Confessor power on Richard, and the only chance he has of using his power on Richard is to show up face to face. There is a chance that Richard will have to use the Boxes and lose nothing but the chance to get home, but there is ''no'' chance Nicholas Rahl gets to walk away with his [[MindRape mind-raping]] empire intact.]]
* YouCantFightFate: Much as Richard goes on about not believing in prophecy, every single one of them comes true. [[ProphecyTwist Well, for a given value of true...]]
** Here is the list of the prophecies that came true: Richard killed Rahl; Richard delivered the Stone of Tears to the Keeper; Kahlan's heart never stopped beating, so the Keeper lost; Leo was named Seeker; Darken Rahl became a tyrant.
** One prophecy did not come true, however. Shota stated that Richard would fail in his quest. He didn't. Well, there seems to be a difference between the prophecies that the Sisters get from the Creator, and the ones Shota gets. We don't always see what Shota sees, so we mainly have her interpretation of things to go by.
*** Richard's quest is to stop Rahl. And ''Richard'' doesn't stop Rahl. Did Richard succeed in his quest? [[spoiler:By the technicality, Rahl stopped himself.]]
*** Shota also prophesied that Kahlan would betray Richard. The closest we get to a fulfillment of that one is Kahlan's tentative, and never confirmed, guess that her leaving Richard for an episode (which she did to keep the prophesy from coming true) was the "betrayal" in question. [[WhatMightHaveBeen This betrayal is actually a reference to events in the fourth novel, ''Temple of the Winds''.]]
*** It was proven a couple of times that, although the prophecies that the Creator gives to the Sisters of the Light can't be averted, Shota's visions can. Hell, the first episode we're introduced to Shota is all about her trying to avert her own vision (and it does end up being averted completely).
*** It is explicitly said in this episode that Shota's visions show "possible" futures.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Averted, surprisingly enough, in the first season. While Rahl gets one or more of the Boxes despite the heroes' best efforts in the beginning of the plot, they eventually ''succeed'' in stealing all three Boxes and use them before Rahl can. After that, things go downhill for Rahl-though he certainly puts up one hell of a fight right up to the bitter end.
* YouHaveFailedMe:
** Rahl has a bad habit of executing and/or torturing those in his employ who screw up. Even people who do help Rahl are also double crossed, presumably so that they don't have to pay them a bounty.
** The Keeper also does this, even [[spoiler:to Darken Rahl himself!]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Kahlan's "other" outfit includes this, with thigh-high boots under a coat with side cut-outs.