Life is hard when you don't know who you are. It's harder when you don't know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. And I was lost for years; searching while hiding... only to find I belonged to a world hidden from humans. I won't hide anymore. I will live the life I choose.
—Bo, from the title sequence
Lost Girl is a TV series produced for Canada's Showcase channel. It revolves around Bo, a young woman with the ability to control men and women through her touch and suck the life from them with a kiss. She is a succubus, and one of the Fae, a group made up of several races of supernatural entities separated into two sides: Light and Dark. Rather than choosing a side, Bo decides to strike out on her own and learn about her past with the help of a streetwise sidekick named Kenzi, a Fae police detective named Dyson and his sidekick Hale, a beautiful scientist named Lauren, and a wise old man named Trick.The show is now being aired on SyFy, with Funimation distributing the series on DVD and Blu-Ray in Fall 2012. It now has a webisode series dubbed "Season 3.5."On August 25, 2014, it was announced that the forthcoming fifth season would be the show's last.Now has a brand-new recap page.
Abusive Parents: Kenzi's stepfather is said to have locked her in a closet for as little as laughing too loud, and generally made her childhood miserable enough that she came close on several occasions to summoning Baba Yaga to kill him.
Accidental Aiming Skills: Vex kills one of the UnderFae restraining Kenzi with an ax. He later claims he meant to hit her. She doesn't buy it.
Some of the more pleasant Dark Fae, such as Mayer and Ryan. The Blackthorn, despite being Light Fae, also comes across this way, portraying the Fae need to feed off of humanity as regretful but necessary.
While much of what Bo does on the case revolves around her patients' sex lives, that could be because she's a Couples Counselor. And her one therapy session is resolved simply by her heightening and directing the couple's sexual energies at each other.
Anchored Ship: Bo/Dyson in Season 2, thanks to the Norn. Bo/Lauren hits this in Season 3. When Lauren finally finds herself unable to keep up with the Fae world, she and Bo agree to go on a break; she's just unsure whether it will be a permanent one or not.
And I Must Scream: The Lich doesn't just animate dead bodies. He brings back the person's soul, traps it in their own body and then uses them for whatever he wants. Bo is horrified. Later, one of the Lich's victims, the cowgirl, begs Bo to allow to her die, unwilling to go on living.
Massimo reveals that holding the Twig of Zamora while in a fire pit meant that he was constantly having his skin burned off, healed and then burned off again. This ordeal lasted seven days.
Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Fae apparently aren't supposed to feed off each other, as that what's humans are for. Given that no one objects when Bo does it, it might be that either succubi (and the like) are excluded from this due to their "enjoyable" methods of feeding; or that Fae simply aren't supposed to kill each other by feeding. Once again, that's what humans are for.
Used as a plot point in the Season 3 finale, where Taft has had Lauren turn him into a hybrid with wolf-Fae DNA. He then claims that Dyson can't kill him, as they are blood brothers. Dyson reveals Lauren actually made him half-human and half-cabbit (a rabbit/cat hybrid), which a wolf can definitely kill.
Stella: Why deny your fear, child? Bo: Because it's scary!?
The Atoner: Bo. She does feel extreme guilt for her murder spree in the past, and making up for it is likely her motivation for becoming a detective.
Lauren, of all people, is implied to be one, due to her past as an eco-terrorist.
Aura Vision: Bo, according to "I Fought the Fae (And The Fae Won)." This is how she's able to detect a character with Invisibility. Well, she can see sexual auras at least, which she claimed to be able to do back in Season 1 on her Not a Date with Lauren.
Badass Normal: Although the Fae tend to dismiss humans as a threat, a determined human can seriously hurt and/or kill a Fae.
Kenzi. In a series of supernaturals who can break her physically without trying and mentally with a glance, she manages to hold her own and repeatedly save Bo from other Fae. Turned Up to Eleven in "ConFaegion," with the help of the Staff of Righteousness.
Lauren is very much capable of "sciencing" anybody to death. By "Origin," she managed to turn Evony—the Morrigan—human.
Betty and Veronica: Dyson and Lauren. Initially with safe, helpful Lauren as Betty and dangerous, smoldering Dyson as Veronica.As their motivations are uncovered over the course of the series, things become more blurry.
The Fae world is divided between the Light Fae, who make some token efforts to avoid being completely Selfish Evil, and the Dark Fae who...really, really don't. The more heroic characters try to hold themselves to a higher standard, but even they are all a bit morally ambiguous.
An example in "Masks" is the Shaman's horrified reaction to Bo trying to undo all his curses:
Xiambe: Stop! You have no idea what you are doing! Bo: Yes, I do. I'm freeing innocent people. Xiambe: Not all the cursed are innocent people. Not even by your standards.
Discussed by the Blackthorn in "I Fought the Fae (And The Fae Won)." He comments that some of the Light Fae don't think that "Light" is a proper term for them. He acknowledges that Light Fae hunt humans for food, but Dark Fae do it for food and pleasure.
It really says something about the show's morality when The Reveal that a high-ranking Light Fae (Lachlan) is actually a good guy and not the Jerk Ass he appeared to be is a legitimate surprise.
The Dark Fae Ryan actually discusses this with Bo at one point, citing Lachlan throwing Lauren in a dungeon as an example of how the Light can be.
At Least I Admit It: In "Let the Dark Times Roll," the Morrigan claims the only difference between the Light and Dark is that Dark don't pretend to be something they're not. Kenzi later describes it as "The Light Fae are assholes, the Dark Fae are assholes who know how to have fun."
Blood Knight: Dyson's old pack seemed to have been composed of those. They loved to fight and did not care who their king sent them against or why.
Blood Magic: The Blood King is able to alter reality through inscriptions written in his own blood.
Blood Sport: A Fae running a MMA gym starts running underground fights that he broadcasts over the internet to paying spectators. When his human champion proves to be too good for other human fighters, he starts pitting him against Fae fighters like Ogres and Obsidians. None of the Fae seem too concerned that a human could easily be killed in such a match-up.
Blue Blood: The noble families: five for the humans, and five for the Fae. And then there's the mythic Blood King himself.
Vex, one of the darkest characters in the show, is shown in indulging in it. Though to be fair, his partner emphasizes the importance of trust in it.
The Morrigan also keeps handcuffs already cuffed to her bed frame. This bites her in the ass. She also uses Pepper Spray for...something.
Boomerang Bigot: Massimo is a human who displays great contempt and disgust for other humans. This may be a result of being a human raised in the Fae world. "Origin" further hints that this may be due to Evony being a horrible mother to him.
Bounty Hunter: One shows up in "Original Skin" hunting an escaped Dark Fae mental patient.
Tamsin was in this line of work before she "pissed off the wrong people."
Lauren calls her on it when she gets sick of Kenzi's taunts:
Lauren: You just bounce through life, no job, no plan, from one beer to the next and still everyone dotes on you don't they?
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Trick reveals (too late) that if the Una Mens are killed, their power is all placed in the Origin Seed. Whoever has it will have the collective power of the Una Mens. Massimo consumes it in "Origins."
Buffy Speak: Bo and Kenzi can lapse into this. Bo is particularly prone to it when trying to talk to Lauren about anything science-related.
Cain and Abel: In "Fae Day," Liam takes out a hit on his brother due to a childhood grudge. Subverted when he calls off the hit after his dad admits he was the one who wronged him. Tragically, death still finds Sean anyway, just to prove the Banshee's infallibility.
Lauren and her brother apparently.
Call Back: In the Season 4 premiere, Aoife thralls a waitress (the same waitress, in fact) to get out of paying a bill, just like Bo did in the pilot. With the same basic dialogue.
Averted. It's not explicitly stated that the series takes place in Toronto (where it is filmed), but there are a few hints (or at least those hints are relegated to Freeze-Frame Bonus status). Check the currency and the flag in the trailer park in the second episode...
When street intersections are mentioned, we get things like "University and Dunkirk."
The one cop-shop we hear mentioned is not "39th Precinct," but rather "39th Division."
One episode showed a realtor's sign on the lawn of a house; the phone number had a 416 (Toronto) area code.
When Kenzi joins Bo on a mission and reveals she's tipsy, Bo comments that it will ruin her candidacy for the Young Conservatives, meaning not young people with conservative values in general but the official Youth wing of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Cartwright Curse: Bo's power is to suck the life out of her partners. Dyson is the first one to break this curse of hers, and Lauren's training later allows her to control her "feeding." She never stops feeling guilty for her (accidental) first kill, however.
Cassandra Truth: Bo, when trying to convince people Kenzi has been replaced. It didn't help that she offered no proof and was acting erratically. Plus, at the end, it's revealed there's something wrong with her as well.
The Cast Showoff: Yes, that's really Zoie Palmer singing in French in "La Fae Époque."
Vex gets Chained to a Bondage Rack in "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away." Since his Game Breaker powers requires the use of his hands, this renders him completely helpless.
Bo handcuffs the Morrigan to her bed in "Into the Dark." Lucky for Bo, the Morrigan always keeps some cuffs handily attached to the headboard...
Chekhov's Boomerang: The Twig of Zamora, appearing at the end of Season 3 and coming back at the end of Season 4. It protects Hale from the Morrigan, and then Kenzi from her. Kenzi trades it to Massimo for Fae powers, and it allows him to survive both falling into a fire pit and Hale's attack...which tragically allows him to kill Hale. Lauren then takes it back from him in "Dark Horse," allowing Bo to kill him.
In the Season 3 finale, Lauren agrees to help Dr. Taft if he gives her the tools she needs to save an injured Fae, a cabbit. Later in the episode, it's revealed she took a sample from the cabbit and used her DNA to make Taft a human-Fae hybrid, as opposed to the wolf-Fae DNA he thought.
Chekhov's Skill: Lauren mentions that she's been taught how to pick handcuffs in "Turn To Stone." She uses this trick again in "Dark Horse" to escape from Massimo's chains and help Bo.
The escaped mental patient, but especially once he's in Lauren's body. Zoie Palmer looked like she was having a lot of fun.
The Norn goes from calm, collected and elderly to devouring the scenery like flipping a switch.
Kenzi inhabiting Dyson's body. In the Season 4 pre-premiere "A Day at the Clubhouse," Ksenia Solo even jokes that Kris Holden-Ried's acting during that episode was how he normally is on set.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Bo has a case of it, as when she won't give up on an investigation simple once she's found the person she's looking for—she also has to ensure they aren't it/don't get into any more trouble. And every single time she's given a Sadistic Choice, she will always Take a Third Option, even when none is available at the time.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Lauren accuses Kenzi (at her worst) of acting like this. Kenzi doesn't particularly deny it.
Kitsune-Kenzi takes this Up to Eleven, and makes things worse because of it. At one point, she gets jealous of Bo trying to save Lauren, so she deliberately puts herself in danger to try and get Bo to save her.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Light Fae tend to wear white grey or beige. Dark Fae tend to wear black. Lampshaded by Lachlan when he points out how good Bo looks in dark colors as succubi are predominantly shown to be Dark Fae.
Bo: Guy disappears for three weeks and leaves you hanging, usually the girl gets to be the pissy one, yes? Kenzi: That is how I've come to understand things from my education in romantic comedies, yes. Also, girls with glasses are way smart and being klutzy is adorable.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: Teenage!Bo demands Trick's car keys, and threatens to count to 100 in French if he doesn't give them to her. He and Lauren are unimpressed. Her inability to count higher than four is what actually sets him off.
Creepy Child: The little girl who keeps appearing to Bo in the Season 2 premiere. She later reveals herself as the NainRouge, a harbinger of doom. Starts out creepy, but once Bo has had enough of her cryptic lines, the "child" part reveals itself.
Nain Rouge: And Bo? When you do meet our enemy, kick his feathered ass.
All the Fae (except Bo, Trick, Hale and Dyson) seem to look down on humans. Underfae don't get much respect, either.
Dyson treats Kenzi with respect, but he's clearly contemptuous of Lauren. Though this may be in part because she's also a slave. Or because he is jealous of her relationship with Bo.
Trick actually starts to show signs of it in Season 3. He tells Hale to shut Kenzi out and focus on his duties, citing that ultimately Kenzi is "not one of us." It ends badly. He later pulls it on Lauren, telling her the Dawning (a mystical rite that Bo is going through) is not meant for her kind to understand. She will have none of it and demands an explanation.
Hale, possibly because of Trick, is also showing signs of it in Season 3.
Kenzi invokes the Baba Yaga to inflict one on Dyson.
Lauren's girlfriend Nadia turns out to be under one, hence her coma.
Cursed with Awesome: Kenzi certainly thinks Bo's powers are cool. Bo's not so sure. Given that Bo has spent the last decade killing anyone she slept with (and possibly even kissed), she has a good reason to think her powers suck. And that Bo has to regularly kill or else; or so she thought until Lauren taught her otherwise.
Damsel in Distress: Nope nope nope. None of these ladies are havin' any of that. While all the women on the show have been put in cages at some time or another, none of them have just put up with it and waited to be rescued. Even Kenzi, the most powerless of the bunch, works her ass off to save herself (though she's glad to get help when it shows up).
Bo spent 10 years on the run, thinking she was a monster, and forced to kill to stay alive.
Kenzi had a very abusive stepfather, eventually ran away, and spent years living on the streets.
Lauren hints at one. When Kenzi talks about how she had a normal upbringing, Lauren emotionally responds that Kenzi doesn't know anything about her. It's later revealed that she and her brother were eco-terrorists, until they unwittingly killed several people with a bomb they created.
Dark Is Not Evil: Dark Fae definitely have worse policies when it comes to humans, and they are the blacker morality compared to the Light, but, just as we see rather evil-acting Light Fae, some Dark Fae are rather pleasant (for instance Ryan) and don't really show any "evil" traits.
While Evony (the Morrigan) practically screams "evil bitch" with almost every appearance, she becomes very friendly with Lauren in Season 4. It speaks volumes about how much stronger Lauren has become when it's Evony who later gets back-stabbed instead of the other way around.
Sexual contact can heal a succubus, at the expense of her partner. She can also inject a partner with "sexual chi", partially healing them.
The BOH-see ahn Ta-LAHV, a mystical ritual binding the Light Fae to a piece of land, requires the Ash to have sex with the Anthropomorphic Personification of the land, thereby consummating a mystical "marriage" to it. Furthermore, the ritual is powered by sexual energy siphoned from the surrounding crowd. This is apparently a common feature of Fae and pagan rituals.
Didn't See That Coming: Played for laughs in "Destiny's Child." Whenever Bo does anything that turns things in her favor, Munin laments "didn't see that coming." Hugin eventually tells him to shut up.
Dyson and Hale play with this. While they take the "to serve and protect" part of their jobs seriously, they are primarily concerned with covering up evidence of Fae activities.
This is taken to a second level by the fact that Dyson has a stronger loyalty to Trick than he does either Ash, as well as the fact that both he and Hale will easily look the other way when Bo or Kenzi break Light Fae (or in Kenzi's case, human) law.
Distracted by the Sexy: Effectively Bo's superpower. Bo herself falls victim to it in the Season 2 premier, when she enters a club where the people have a very high sexual energy.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Kenzi stealing things to sell Massimo in exchange for powers has a lot of similarities to a junkie stealing for a fix. Especially since the "claimed humans are terrorists and must be killed" plot seems to have gotten lost in all the other storylines.
Double Meaning Title: At first glance, it's easy to assume Bo's the "Lost Girl" and leave it at that. As the series progresses, however, it turns out every other main character is "lost" in their own ways as well. Just to stay within the title's constraints, Kenzi, despite being claimed by Bo and a human with an inside track into Fae affairs, can never shake off the feeling of being on the outside looking in due to her powerlessness. And Lauren, having been swept up into the Fae world unwillingly, can't decide whether she can stand to be forever bound to the Fae or to be free and lose the family she's found with them.
Dream Stealer: The baku (from Japanese mythology), a heroic version who eat bad dreams. They do so by hugging the person having nightmares. It's actually quite heartwarming to watch.
Dream Weaver: The mares, who purposefully give people and Fae nightmares in order to feed off their fear.
A later episode has a literal Dream Weaver, too.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Aofie rapes Dyson, and it is treated as Dyson being 'seduced'. Especially bad, since Aoife is not seen using succubus powers, save for life draining.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Invoked by Kenzi when she tells Bo to fight for Dyson, Lauren and her overall happiness.
Easily Forgiven: Averted. Bo is deeply hurt when its revealed Lauren was ordered to sleep with her and ignores her apologies and attempts to explain. The revelation that Trick and Dyson were also lying to her, seems to be what motivates Bo into forgiving her. Kenzi is seemingly still holding a grudge in Season 2.
Both Bo and Kenzi forgive Dyson and Trick very quickly though.
In Season 3, Vex actually calls Kenzi on the fact that she's forgiven Dyson for everything, but is still holding that against Lauren.
This same power comes up again after Bo's Dawning, where Dyson willingly sacrifices his life for her to survive it. Out of nowhere, she starts speaking with an echo, and drains Lauren, Kenzi, Trick and Stella to save Dyson.
Everyone's hot for Bo. It probably comes with being a Succubus.
Same with Sherri and her fellow selkie strippers in "Fae Gone Wild", who have Kenzi questioning her sexuality.
Everything's Sexier in French: Including singing. In "La Fae Époque", Bo goes into Dyson's mind and sees Lauren on a stage singing in French. She really likes it, a quick ummm check reveals Dyson liked it, and Bo is totally bummed when she realizes she's leaving.
Evil Brit: Vex. The more we find out about him, however, the less evil he turns out to be.
Eye Scream: It seems that, at the end of the third season, Vex actually followed through on the implied threat with the stun gun. The Morrigan shows up with an eye patch in the fourth season. She then gets a new eye.
Face-Heel Turn: Lauren eventually gets fed up with how she'd been treated by the Light Fae and decides to work for the Dark. Notably, she doesn't become evil, she's just working for the "bad guys." And then subverted, she's trying to help Bo and scams the Morrigan.
The Fair Folk: Fairies, including Ciara. The "fair" part especially applies — at Ciara's funeral Trick notes that fairies are all very photogenic.
Fake Russian: Averted. Ksenia Solo is from Latvia, and ethnic Russian.
Fanservice Faux Fight: Alluded to. When Bo discovers she may be facing another succubus, she goes to an expert for advice. When she asks how one succubus fights another, her friend Kenzi snarkily interjects, "slow motion pillow fight?”
Fantastic Racism/Puny Humans: Nearly every Fae in the series has a very low opinion on humans. Kenzi is only barely tolerated, because they see her as Bo's property. Lauren is also treated this way, as they see her as the property of the Ash.
This gets worse with the 3rd season finale, where the Morrigan manages to manipulate the Fae into deciding that all humans claimed by the Fae are a threat that need to be eliminated.
Fate Worse than Death: Implied to be the fate of any claimed human who outlives their Fae "owner." Stella whispers this into Kenzi's ear but Trick reassures her that he, Hale and Dyson would take care of her if it came to it.
Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: When a Fae father drugs his son to become smarter, he starts infecting others at his school causing serious damage to humans. The son reverts back to being dumb by the end of the episode.
Forced Prize Fight: The pilot episode. It's apparently how fledgling Fae are proven, and winning allows them to choose a clan to align themselves with, whether Light or Dark.
For Science!: Lauren's reason for working with the Fae. Well, that's the reason she gives anyway. The real reason is her girlfriend was stricken ill, and then lapsed into a coma, by a disease that was supposed to only affect Fae. The Ash offered Lauren all the resources she wanted to finding a cure, in exchange for becoming a slave to the Light Fae.
Friendly Enemy: Dyson and Lauren try to have this relationship, being at least courteous to each other while simultaneously pursuing Bo. Eventually anyway; they practically hated each other in Season 1.
Geeky Turn-On: Inverted, Bo is apparently turned on when Lauren "geeks out." In Season 3, Lauren rambling on some geeky topic is implied to be a form of foreplay for them.
Averted with the Morrigan. When she learns just how much of a Trekkie Lauren is, her response is: "Oh honey, I obviously came just in time." And then proceeds to give her the journals of Charles Mayo, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie.
Genki Girl: Mayer's niece, Cassie, an oracle. She becomes quite serious when using her powers, though. By her return three seasons later in "La Fae Époque", it's hard to recognize her as the same girl.
Good Powers, Bad People: The landwights are nature Fae who bring amazing good fortune to anyone who eats the plants that grow on their land. The Dark Fae landwight seen in the show, however, is happy to use humans as plant food.
Going Commando: Bo quips that the Kitsune girls won't find any panties in her house, since she doesn't wear any. Bo is shown wearing panties in other episodes, though.
Green-Eyed Monster: Part of the reason Lauren and Dyson don't get along. Though he also seems dismissive of her because she's human, and a slave.
Lauren also accuses Kenzi of this, in that Kenzi wants to be the only human in Bo's life.
Groin Attack: Used as a plot point in the Season 3 opener. Bo claims that the warden of a prison run by Amazons is actually a man. A guard tests the theory by grabbing the warden in the crotch. He instantly doubles over in pain, proving Bo was right.
Guns Are Useless: Averted. Fae aren't much more immune to bullets than the typical human, and Dyson coup-de-graces several with his service piece.
Lauren is the property of the Ash, leader of the Light Fae, but is generally content with her lot in life. She finds her scientific research into Fae physiology to be intellectually rewarding, and her medical expertise, and the fact that she is owned by the leader of the Light Fae, gives her a fair amount of prestige and influence among the Light Fae. She is unmistakably a slave, however. The happiness part of the trope may be in decline under the new Ash. The Ash also never openly refers to Lauren as his slave. However, Lachlan, the new Ash, refers to Lauren as "chattel" and his property, to Bo's fury.
Possibly being deconstructed in the later seasons when we find out that she actually joined the Ash to keep her girlfriend alive and to have a chance at curing the girlfriend's mysterious ailment, and it's later revealed that the Ash ordered her cursed to obtain Lauren as his slave in the first place. She also later admits to Bo that the five years she spent as slave have been rather bleak for her; and considering how reserved she is, that probably means horrible. And made worse with Lachlan manipulating Bo into curing Nadia and making it look like he did it, making Lauren grateful enough to willingly pledge herself to him. This comes to a head near the end of season 3, where the most recent Ash (Hale) still looks down on her and bosses her around, forcing her to go Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
Most Fae think that Kenzi also falls into this category since they consider her to be Bo's property. It does not cross their minds that Bo considers Kenzi to be an equal.
Lauren: Well, physically you're fine. Bo: But emotionally I'm a level 10 harpy. (One of Lauren's medical staff slams something down and storms off, giving Bo a dirty look). Is she...? Lauren: Of the Boston harpies. Bo: Great.
Headless Horseman: Two show up as antagonists in "Where There's a Will, There's a Fae." One is defeated when Kenzi drops his head in a bonfire, killing him.
Healing Factor: Dyson. What makes him suitable feeding material for Bo. Also the reason she uses his friend Cayden, also a werewolf.
Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Shows up pretty frequently, what with Bo's and Kenzi's love lives so frequently being on the rocks.
Heroic BSOD: Dyson has one when, while under the doubt-inducing effects of Tamsin's power, he kills the kitsune impersonating Kenzi. Between the kitsune's glamour powers and the inflicted doubt, he's not sure that he didn't kill the real Kenzi and he needs Lauren to confirm it for him. He recovers when she does.
Heroic Sacrifice: This happens to Ciara and Lachlan in the third-to-last episode of the second season, the first stepping in front of a sword cut in order to protect Bo and the second allowing himself to be killed by the Garuda to trick him into thinking he'd won. Dyson stays behind when the rest flee in order to hold off the berserkers, but he ultimately survives, as well as a second Heroic Sacrifice attempt where he fights the Garuda in order to delay the fight with Bo.
Unknown to Bo, Dyson volunteering to be her hand in the Dawning was essentially this.
Kenzi in "Dark Horse". She did do so partly because she had faith that she would eventually be saved.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bo and Kenzi, in an example of what could ironically be called "playing it extra straight". Sure, Bo is not exactly heterosexual, but they manage to subvert the Les Yay precisely because of that: If there was anything more than friendship between Bo and Kenzi, on this show it would be main text. Nevertheless, the "Same Gender, Always Together" catchphrase certainly applies.
Hoist By Her Own Petard: Baba Yaga is knocked into the very furnace she uses to cook nubile young girls. This is simultaneously an instance of The Dog Bites Back, as the one who knocks her in is her mistreated pet domovoi.
Kenzi gets a heroic version when she threatens the Norn to get Dyson's love for Bo back. She repeatedly invokes the trope whenever Dyson asks what happened with the Norn.
If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: In Season 2, Kenzi tells Lauren she will kill her if she breaks Bo's heart again. Not only is Lauren unimpressed by the threat, but she challenges whether Kenzi is genuinely trying to protect Bo, or just trying to be the only human in her life.
In "Turn to Stone", Lauren is forced perform a diagnosis on a sick Dark Fae Elder. She concludes the reason he's sick is because he has been eating his only family members.
Incest Subtext: Between Bo and her mother. It doesn't help that her very first scene has her forcibly kissing Bo, and that a later episode reveals she knew it was her daughter all along.
Taken even further with Massimo and the Morrigan.
Invisibility: Hamish's ability. Manifests as type 2 Visible Invisibility when fading in and out. It also doesn't work on Bo, as she can still see the person's aura.
It Tastes Like Feet: Averted. Foot soup actually tastes pretty good. So good in fact, Kenzi didn't know it was foot soup until she was told. She didn't take it well.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Bo gives Kenzi the platonic version of this in "Truth and Consequences". Kenzi breaks up with her mortal boyfriend to protect him and insists on staying in Bo's life. Bo can't help but be grateful.
Jerkass: The first Ash. The Blackthorn and Lachlan (the second Ash) manage to top him effortlessly, however. There are plenty of bigoted Fae, both Dark and Light, who view humans as little more than animals (for instance Hale's family). And then there are actually evil characters, such as the Morrigan, Vex, and the Garuda.
Hale becomes the Ash in Season 3, and turns into a total dick too. There's something about that position...
Even Trick being employed by the Una Mens as acting Ash. In contrast to his previous treatment of Bo, he starts becoming intentionally vague with his answers.
Jiggle Show: A 21st-century version. There isn't very much actual jiggling, since all the women wear bras most of the time, but there is so much focus on Bo's cleavage that the fans have invented a special term for it ("Boobs o'clock").
Jerk Ass Has A Point: The Ash of the Season often refuses to take actions the main characters consider morally right or may in fact be morally right. But it is pointed out The Ash has to worry about those under his protection and work within the boundaries of Fae Law. Doing the "right thing" could start a war or do more damage in the long run.
Karmic Death: Massimo is killed by the same sword he killed Hale with.
Kick the Dog: What Lachlan's treatment of Lauren amounts to.
The Morrigan's assistant calls the Morrigan out on all the lives she's ruined/talents destroyed, and then graphically commits suicide. The Morrigan and Vex are unmoved and have a casual conversation as she slowly bleeds to death. Bo is appalled.
Last of His Kind: Lachlan, the last Naga. Also, Vex is later revealed to be the last Mesmer.
Ley Line: The Hecuba prison in Caged Fae was built on a ley line because they are potent geothermal currents that strip the Fae prisoners of their powers.
Life Energy: What Bo feeds on — well, sexual energy at least. It's a bit more complicated than that, as it's a bit inconsistent throughout the series what the energy that Bo takes and gives is really capable of.
The Light Fae seem just as dangerous and manipulative as the Dark ones. Just look at every single person that has ever held the title of Ash throughout the series.
The Blackthorn even acknowledges that "Light" isn't an entirely proper term for them, but notes that they are still better than the Dark. He compares the Light Fae to Native American hunters, they respect the kill, don't over-hunt (or do it for pleasure), and don't hurt children.
Little People Are Surreal: Averted. Trick's being much smaller than the rest of the cast is unremarked upon, and when another little person figures into the plot, it turns out he's related to Trick. It seems to be just another Fae marker for that particular species. Kenzi doesn't let it go without note though:
Masquerade: The Fae have been manipulating — and been a part of — human civilization since the beginning, but usually have kept themselves hidden, and have worked hard to make humanity believe that they are just myths. There are more or less three levels:
The underfae, for those who can't mix with humans at all; they get discriminated against by the other Fae.
The majority of Fae can pass as human at least part of the time, and usually have positions in the human world that let them use their talents, like cops, art agents, or night club owners.
In between, there's also a black market fae economy that humans can get to easily, though they're not welcome, like the Dal (Trick's bar).
MacGyvering: In "ConFaegion", Lauren is does a medical version when she cobbles together a vaccine for an Underfae parasite with some unknown medical (possibly mystical) ingredients, baking soda, vinegar, garlic, hairspray, and lubricating oil. Kenzi is very impressed.
"Bo" sounds like "Beau", which means beauty. It may also be intended to be a backhanded reference to Little Bo Peep, only in this case Bo has lost her family and not her sheep. Interestingly enough, her birth name is Isabeau, after her grandmother, Trick's wife.
A title rather than a name, but the leader of the Dark Fae is given the title of "The Morrigan" which refers to the Celtic Goddess of war and strife. It translates as "phantom queen" or "great queen".
When a Fae reaches a high enough political position, they assume the traditional title of the position as their name. So if a Fae is only referred by his/her title, it means that you are dealing with someone really powerful. Generally, Dark Fae are named after great warriors, while Light Fae are named after sacred trees.
Inari was the name of a Kitsune fae. She was named after Inari, the Japanese deity of, among other things, foxes.
Mind Control: Several types of Fae have some form of this power. The character Vex, who is a type of Fae called a Mesmer, can turn pretty much anyone into one of his People Puppets. Bo can do this at a Charm Person level using her succubus powers of attraction, while older, more experienced succubi such as Saskia/Aife can enslave people to the point of creating a small army of enthralled humans who are willing to die for them. Bo later learns how to do this.
There seems to be a wide variety of ways for the Fae to manipulate humans. The Seniatta is a type of Fae that can change a human's inner motivations by touch. It is implied that some Fae know how to make potions that can cause different effects, such as erasing or rewriting memories.
In the season 2 finale, Bo somewhat reluctantly binds Dyson, Hale, Val, Vex, and possibly Lauren and Kenzi to her with her blood. This doesn't make them mind-controlled by her per se, but prevents them from dissenting from her instructions (and therefore prevents the Garuda from causing them to fight each other instead of him). It has the marked risk of making her possibly go power-mad and corrupted, however.
Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Lauren gives this excuse for her aligning with first Taft, and then the Morrigan. Both are lies, as she's actually trying to help her friends, sabotages Taft, and screws over the Morrigan.
Any human trying to attack Fae will usually end up in this situation.
A rapist going after Bo in the pilot episode did not stand a chance and was not really mourned.
Even Fae tend to underestimate Bo's power.
A literal example occurs in the Season 3 premier, where a group of guys try to mug Bo.
Muggle Best Friend: Kenzi, the only non-Fae in the main cast. Until Lauren joins the main cast in Season 2.
Mundane Made Awesome: When Bruce is revealed to be enslaved by another Dark Fae, Kenzi convinces Tamsin to "master" Bruce by challenging his current owner. When the Morrigan officially declares that Tamsin can choose the type of duel, her reply is "I just wanna dance." (She was just a few weeks into her current life at the time.) Cue dance-off to the death.
The Muse: The Morrigan is a type of muse-fae who feeds on driving artists she gets involved with insane.
My Beloved Smother: The Glaive has very strict instructions on what her daughter cannot do when she is out. They eliminate any 'fun' activities a young woman might want to to indulge in. Turns out some of them are actually quite reasonable considering the Fae's nature. Drinking coffee stops her heart — well, one of them anyway.
My Fist Forgives You: After Vex betrays them to the Morrigan, but later sides with them he asks if they're good. Lauren responds by punching him in the face.
My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Hale is extremely pissed when he finds his sister fooling around with Dyson in "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire."
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: If you don't do anything after invoking Baba Yaga to curse your ex, you'll be fine. If you have second thoughts and want the curse removed, Baba Yaga will take you as a slave and eventually eat you.
No Ontological Inertia: The Djieine's venom instantly disappears from its victims' bodies as soon as its heart is destroyed. Lauren starts to give a perfectly rational and sensible explanation (something to do with magnetic fields) for why it stopped instantly but trails off when she sees that Bo doesn't understand any of it.
No Sell: When Bo tries to use her seduction powers on Lachlan, it doesn't work and he mocks her for it.
In "Let The Dark Times Roll", Bo tries to suck the chi out of all the Una Mens at once. She takes some, they then take it back, and some of her original chi to teach her a lesson.
In "Origins." After Lauren reveals she turned the Morrigan into a human, she tries to use her powers to melt Lauren. Naturally, it doesn't work.
Not a Date: In Food For Thought, Bo insists that she and Lauren are meeting so that Lauren can help her learn control, and that it's not a date. Despite their clear mutual attraction, Bo fretting about what to wear for it, and that they are meeting in a bar. Kenzi doesn't buy it.
Not in the Face!: Occurs twice "Caged Fae." A pair of muggers attack Bo, and she gets pissy one of them cuts her face with a knife. Later when the warden has her guards beat Bo, she orders them not to damage her face because she likes looking at it.
In "Dark Horse", Evony learns why people keep saying this when Kenzi smacks her in her newly-human face.
Not So Different: Another human uses this on Lauren at one point. He talks about being a human in the Fae world leads to you being hated and ignored, and then a Fae comes along that treats you well and may even love you, and how you'd do anything for them. All of which she can understand. The fact that he's talking about this while viciously beating her makes it a particularly uncomfortable example.
In the season 3 finale, Dr. Taft also uses it on her it, pointing out how the Fae have completely destroyed both of their lives.
Nothing Can Stop Us Now: Boasted by the mermaids in "Waves" when they plan on taking Dyson, Lauren, and Kenzi's legs. Then Lauren defeats them all with tap water.
Of Corsets Sexy: Kenzi's wardrobe staple along with her heels, which is an interesting choice when you fight monsters on a daily basis.
Official Couple: Subverted. The show does a good job of confounding any attempt to outright confirm either Bo/Dyson or Bo/Lauren.
Oh, Crap: Bo and Kenzi are helping out Dyson on a case involving high-schoolers becoming super-intelligent and then collapsing into a coma. Then one night Bo comes home to the Book Dumb Kenzi spouting off about Euclidian Geometry...
In "Waves," Dyson tries to call the whole investigation off when he realizes that they're dealing with mermaids, who are apparently an entire species of Jerk Ass psychopaths. He's not wrong.
Only Sane Man: Hale is one of the most level-headed characters overall in the series and has acted as the voice of reason to most of the characters at least once by the end of the second season.
Kenzi (being a semi-retired con artist) has many different last names, with no real clue which if any is the one she was born with. Season 4's finale shows "Mackenzie Malikov" written on her grave.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Dyson during the flashbacks in "Brotherfae of the Wolves". Line by line it swings between normal Dyson, Irish, and somewhere in between.
Made even worse when on the Pre-show for the season 2 finale he claims it was supposed to have been Scottish.
Orphan's Ordeal: Bo's biological (Fae) parents abandoned her, for reasons unknown. She then had to leave home as a teen after her powers awakened. Kenzi has been on the street since she was 10. The thief in the second episode is stealing from his father as revenge for abandoning him and his mother.
Our Fairies Are Different: All supernatural beings in this world, even vampires, succubi, and werewolves, are subtypes of Fae. There are also more traditional types of Fae such as banshees, will-o-the-wisps, etc. Most types of Fae prey on humans in some way, whether by feeding on emotions, Life Force, body parts/fluids, or even by draining the luck from humans.
There are also a kind of Fae called a Fairy (this is what Ciara is). They're apparently good warriors and can teleport.
Our Mermaids Are Different: Mermaids appear in "Waves." They have shell bikinis, and are given legs to walk the Earth for one year before deciding how to live (Lauren compares it to the Amish Rumspringa). They're also nothing like their Disney counterparts, and are instead the "psycho bitches of the sea."
Our Trolls Are Different: For one thing, they are now internet trolls. Surprisingly, they're just as strong as more familiar trolls.
Our Vampires Are Different: They can only be killed by having their heart cut out. They are also fairly low in the Fae power structure and considered to be bottom-feeders.
Our Werewolves Are Different: Dyson. Though technically he's a wolfshifter, werewolves may or may not be a completely different type of Fae.
Precision F-Strike: While the series has never really shied away from swearing, Lauren gets in a good one in "Turn To Stone"
"This is more Light Fae bullshit."
Prophecy Twist: This being a TV show all about Fae in the modern world,it seems like there are always prophecies and fortunes waiting to trip characters up. After pointing out that she'll be screwed just as much as the rest of the Fae if the Garuda wins, Bo manages to get one of the more frustratingly unhelpful vision-providers, the Nain Rouge, to be a bit more explicit.
Psychic Nosebleed: The Oracle in episode 5, but only for really intense visions. Trick also has one when he forces a Fae to extract the truth from him and help him remember a lost memory.
Pun: More than half of the series' episode titles are colloquial words or phrases with the word "Fae" mixed in. Just take a look here and see how long it takes before they make you groan.
Really 700 Years Old: Fae age a lot slower than humans, so this is true for most of the cast outside of Bo and Kenzi. Dyson talks about his past in terms of centuries, and Shawn in "Fae Day" talks about a dispute he had with his brother in the 1900s. These characters dating the traditionally-aged Bo and Kenzi isn't seen as very unusual by the rest of the cast.
Immortal Immaturity: Fae generally don't act any older or more mature than they appear by human standards. In many cases, and especially depending on the type of fae they are, they may seem to act even younger than their apparent age, again at least by the standards of human society. Valkyries in particular have bodies that develop into adulthood relatively quickly, but their minds take longer to keep up, having to assimilate their previous life's memories.
Reality-Writing Book: The Blood King has one, and can use it to write the future. He needs to write in it with his own blood, and it never quite turns out as he intends it to.
Red Herring: One of these is bound to turn up in the mystery-based (ie. not arc) episodes. How well they're presented varies. Some examples:
While investigating the disappearances of girls from a college in "Oh Kappa, My Kappa," Bo and Kenzi suspect the sorority and the uptight dean to be involved. It's really a security guard feeding girls to his kappa.
The creepy landscaper in "(Dis)Members Only" is suspected to be the landwight fae Bo and Dyson are looking for. Turns out it's actually the resort's chef.
In season 4, the Wanderer is frequently teased to be a possible candidate for Bo's father. It's outright disproved in a very surprising scene.
Red String of Fateinvoked: In "La Fae Époque", a red string is used by Cassie in order for Bo to glimpse Dyson's memories. The trope is even discussed, specifically how the red string supposedly ties two peoples's destinies together.
Safe Word: When Bo has a rebound threesome in the "Faetal Attraction", she comments "We're going to need a safe word." The episode fades to black before we find out what the safe word actually is, though...
Secret Test of Character: In the first half of season 2, the new Ash is a Jerk Ass to Bo and even worse to Lauren. Eventually Bo snaps and comes gunning for him but is ultimately unable to kill him when he gives her a shot. He then reveals he was waiting to know he could trust her, along with what he knows about the season's big bad.
Sex for Solace: Kenzi suggests this to Bo a few times in regards to her being rejected by Dyson. The first time in Faetal Attraction Bo has a threesome with a married couple. In Scream a Little Dream Kenzi even says "the best way to get over somebody is to get under somebody else", but Bo ignores her this time.
In Lachlan’s Gambit Lauren grieving over Nadia's death even gives a scientific reason for this, but ultimately subverts it.
Lauren: It's just that the doctor part of me never shuts off, and I know that I’m merely acting out of transference of grief onto you. Wanting to have sex is a very common response to grief. Biologically speaking, the transference often helps move the pain. Sort of use it as something else. Turn it into something different. Something better... Bo:(grinning) I love it when you totally geek out. Lauren: Can I sleep with you? Bo: Yes. Lauren: I just mean sleep. (Bo's face falls a little) In your arms? Bo: ...Yeah exactly.
Defied right before Lauren and Bo sleep together:
Lauren: I need to know that this isn't about you getting over Dyson. Bo: No, this is about us. (kisses her).
Sex Slave: Played with. No one ever uses the word "slave" to refer to Lauren, but she does refer to herself as the "property" of the Ash, and for all the influence and prestige she enjoys among the Light Fae, she is clearly a slave. This trope comes into play when the Ash orders her to seduce and sleep with Bo. Granted, she very much liked and wanted Bo, but it's still the case that she didn't have a choice in the matter. Bo still holds it against her for awhile.
Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Episode 4 ("Faetal Attraction") The Fury, her husband, the human, AND the Fury's sisters all die, and Bo interfering made things WORSE...the human was a serial killer. Only plus is that Bo and Dyson got in a better position.
"Vexed": Bo's stubborn refusal to let anyone talk her out of hunting down Vex leads to nothing. She's nearly killed by him, doesn't save Lou Ann, doesn't learn anything about her past, nearly starts a war, and her relationship with Lauren is damaged.
Shoot Your Mate: The Lich demands that Bo feed from Lauren, so that he can finally experience passion. When Lauren urges Bo to take a small amount, the Lich clarifies he wants Bo to drain her. When she refuses, the Lich shoots Bo and prepares to kill and eat Lauren himself.
Shown Their Work: Every fairy, fae, and legendary creature they actually got right... sirens to furies, frost giants to lightning birds. Someone REALLY knew their mythologies.
The Lich's dying speech sounds like a creepier version of Roy Batty's from Blade Runner.
The singer's story from "Of All The Gin Joints" is (fittingly) one to Casablanca.
Evony: I think this is the beginning of a beautiful... something.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: A rare case where it's directed towards a hero. Kenzi is calling the other girls out on how they merely stood back and watched as Baba Yaga killed and ate another girl, only for one of them to reply that's all she did as well.
Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Bo is disgusted to learn that Lauren is a slave to the Fae. She goes to great lengths to free her, and reacts violently when Lachlan refers to Lauren as his property.
Sleuth Dates Cop: While Bo and Dyson were dating she made frequent use of his police contacts, while he was trying to contain her and sometimes keep her out of his investigations. This continued even after their romantic relationship came to a dramatic end.
Smug Snake: Lachlan, though he's (sort of) a good guy. Bonus points for him literally being a snake.
Speak of the Devil: Invoking Baba Yaga involves, among other things, saying her name three times into a mirror.
Spell My Name with a "The": The Ash and the Morrigan, respective leaders of the Light and Dark Fae, though it should be noted that those, like other high-ranking Fae, are their titles and not their names. To cite one example, Emmanuelle Vaugier's character was known only as "the Morrigan" until a season 2 episode revealed her real name as Evony.
Spin the Bottle: After a parasite regresses them into teenagers, Dyson, Tamsin, and Bo all play this... with a bottle of shampoo. Teenage!Dyson changes the rules so that Tamsin and Bo also have take most of their clothes off.
Supernaturally Young Parent: Aoife looks only slightly older than her daughter Bo. Justified as she is Fae and ages very slowly, if at all. The actress playing her is actually four years younger than Anna Silk.
Superpowered Evil Side: Bo displays one when Lauren is threatened. She doesn't remember how or what she did afterwards though. This happens again after her Dawning, this time with Dyson's life on the line.
"Dark Horse" reveals she inherited this from her father; specifically, the ability to use her power on multiple victims at once.
This Is Gonna Suck: The only way to get a banshee to reveal who they've wailed for and when the person will die is to force it out of them since the information is hidden in their unconscious mind. Bo has to force-feed the banshee pureed liver (the iron causes the necessary reaction) and though the banshee is willing to go along with it, she's not too happy.
This Is No Time to Panic: A variation occurs in the premiere of, after Kenzi realizes that Bo did in fact "eat some dude's face".
Bo: Don't freak out. Kenzi: I'm freaking out! Bo: What did I just say? Kenzi: How can I not freak out?
Token Evil Teammate: Vex serves as this in the fight against the Garuda. As of Season 3, he seems to have become the token Dark Fae member of Bo's posse, since he can't go back to the Morrigan.
Lichs — who actually feed on knowledge, which they prefer to glean from resurrecting dead humans.
Aswangs but they only eat dead humans. Seeing as they can also destroy any diseases that the body had they make for effective plague control.
Took a Level in Badass: Bo has. Dyson points it out after returning in season 2 opener, and she seems far more competent and comfortable in a fight.
Lauren in Season 4, in a nonphysical way. She is much more assertive and confident. Being able to make the Morrigan human definitely shows how many levels she's ascended.
Took a Level in Kindness: Flashbacks in Season 4 show this has happened over time to Dyson and Trick. Dyson was a philanderer and conman, and Trick as the Blood King was something of a cruel and petty tyrant.
Dyson has also gotten considerably nicer to Lauren to over the years.
Too Much Information: In "Faes Wide Shut," Lauren explains to Trick that she's trying to find a new sexual partner for Bo to help her curb her hunger. The look on Trick's face is indescribable.
Trick: So... many... glasses. Must... polish.
Triang Relations: Bo loves Lauren. Bo loves Dyson. Dyson loves Bo. Ciara loves Dyson. Lauren loves Bo. Lauren loves Nadia. Nadia loves Lauren. And that's just the love triangles centered on Bo.
True Companions: Bo, Kenzi, Dyson, Lauren, Trick, Hale. Usually referred to by Bo as her "family".
When Trick is wondering how to attract more people to his bar, after Bingo failed, all Lauren has to say is:
Lauren: Two words, Trick: mechanical bull.
Comedic example by Bo in "The Mourning After"
Bo: Two words: Lauren kiss-my-ass. (Takes shot) Lot of hyphens in that last one.
And again in "Fae-de To Black" after a sex session between Lauren and Bo:
Bo: One word... epic.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: Lachlan manages to make himself look worse than the old guy pretty quickly. He even gives a variation of the "there will be changes" line!
Inverted with Trick, the Blood King, who chose to live out his life in obscurity as a humble barkeep.
Undying Loyalty: Wolf-fae are extremely loyal to their pack and their king. It took a massive betrayal by his king for Dyson to leave his service and the other members of the pack still protected the king even though they knew what happened.
Uriah Gambit: The king of Dyson's old pack sent Dyson's best friend to be killed so he could have the friend's lover for himself.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lachlan. He's trying to stop the Garuda from killing everyone. He admits his horrible treatment of Lauren was to test Bo, and seems to genuinely regret it.
Voice of the Legion: Bo after draining the life force from a room full of people, all at once, to save Lauren. Happens again before draining Kenzi, Lauren, Trick and Stella to save Dyson.
And again in "Dark Horse", sounding significantly more demonic probably because she's being controlled by her father.
We Can Rule Together: Aife to Bo in the season 1 finale, Dr. Taft to Lauren in the season 3 finale. Neither work, but Lauren plays along until it's later revealed she screwed him over.
Wham Episode: Episode 3x12 "Hail, Hale" — Lauren is suckered into helping a ring of humans who are trying to steal/acquire fae powers by kidnapping fae, one of whom is Dyson. Hale's tenure as the Ash is cut short by a vote of no confidence engineered by the Morrigan. Hale declares his feelings for Kenzi. Fae-aligned humans are declared terrorists and sentenced to death, starting with Kenzi. Bo discovers that Tamsin is working against her, even as she has been shot and is bleeding out while trying to find Lauren and Dyson. Trick is kidnapped. And it turns out that one of the human conspirators' prisoners is Bo's mother, Aife, who is suffering serious Sanity Slippage.
Also season 2 episode 13, Barometz Trick Pressure, in which we meet Season 2's Big Bad, the Garuda, meanwhile Bo attempts to assassinate Lachlan, only for him to reveal that his Jerk Ass behavior has all been an elaborate act to test Bo, after which he asks her to be his champion in a war against the Garuda, which he knew all along was coming.
"End of a Line". As if the episode title wasn't foreboding enough, Hale — the heir of the Zamora clan — is Killed Off for Real. It's made so much worse in that the entire episode emphasized how little death mattered when several dead Fae are raised as revenants, and that Massimo, Hale's killer, survived due to possessing the Twig of Zamora.
Wham Line: Throughout one episode, Kenzi's clingy tendencies towards Bo shoot Up to Eleven. Then, at the end, in regards to some food she just ate;
Bo: *Wigs out and pins Kenzi against a wall* And covered in peanuts, to which you are deathly allergic. Now tell me, bitch, where the hell is Kenzi?
What Beautiful Eyes: Ksenia Solo, who plays Kenzi, has very striking eyes, which are particularly noticeable due to the heavy eyeshadow she wears.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Bo says this before her Not a Date with Lauren in Season 1. It of course immediately cuts to a woman preparing soup, and then putting a human foot in it. The woman later wakes when she has Tears of Blood. Subverted however, in that her time with Lauren goes perfectly; and the woman only becomes a factor the next morning.
Win Your Freedom: The stag of the hunt to decide the new Ash can win his or her freedom by ringing the bell, with all prior crimes being wiped away by their participation. The contestants for the title need to kill them before that.
Condemned Contestant: Trick states the game is designed so that the stag won't win, and no stag ever has. They try to make it easier by having Hale, who won't hurt her, be one of the hunters. They also have her lover, who can turn invisible be there to help. Ultimately, she is still shot right before she ring the bell, so they have Lauren revive her in a Loophole Abuse.
Wretched Hive: Brazenwood. Even the Dark Fae Tamsin is horrified when she learns that's the destination Balzac the Spriggan is hauling them to.
Writen By The Winners: Trick says this is the only reason history has a favorable opinion of the Blood King. Given the Blood King's powers, he may mean that literally. And seeing as how Trick is the Blood King, this doubles as him acknowledging his own crimes/mistakes.
Written-In Absence: Kenzi is on a road trip with her new boyfriend in "Midnight Lamp" and that is made clear right at the start of the episode to explain her absence (and was set up in the episode before).
Hale has been largely absent in Season 3, due to K.C. Collins being busy with other projects. The show handles this, by having him too busy with the duties of the Ash to interact with the crew.
Bo laughs off Kenzi's initial belief that she is a vampire, explaining that she feeds on life force, not blood. Somehow, in the ten years she's been on the run, she never considered to simply search the words "Sex-vampire" on the internet, which would have told her that she was a succubus a long time ago.
Bo deduces that a lich stored his soul in a portrait and just like in The Picture of Dorian Gray she has to destroy it to kill the lich. When she cuts the picture up with a knife the lich merely laughs at her.
Lauren in "Turn to Stone." Once she realizes she's a prisoner of the Fae (again), she quickly deduces that she is being tested. She thinks Hale is her captor, but it's actually the Morrigan.
Yandere: In the episode "Faetal Attraction", sweet Jenny turns out to be a chainsaw-wielding psycho. Anyone else notice the Bluebeard shoutout? Except of course she has her previous objects-of-obsessions' skulls in her "secret" cupboard.
Kenzi starts acting ridiculously possessive of Bo in the an early episode of Season 3, after being pulled down into a shadow at the end of the previous episode. It is soon revealed that she's been replaced by a Kitsune, who acted in a similar way to her former Kitsune sisters.
You Can't Fight Fate: No matter what you do, if a banshee wails for you, then you're as good as dead.
You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Lauren says this when she learns the type of Fae whose baby she has to deliver, with good reason. She covered herself with a pungent musk to pass as Fae, and if she doesn't wash it off the odor will cause the baby to explode.
You Never Asked: In "ConFaegion" Lauren reveals she spent some time as a doctor in Afghanistan. When Kenzi asks why she never mentioned this before, Lauren responds with this. Their mutual animosity makes a more acceptable reason than most.
You're Cute When You're Angry: A variation. After Bo confesses that she was forced to feed on Dyson, she begs Lauren to say something. Lauren stares at Bo for several seconds, looking like she's either going to cry or yell at Bo, before pulling her in for a kiss:
Bo: If this is you angry, then I need to tell you about the time I borrowed your favorite pair of earrings and then lost one of them. Lauren:(annoyed huff) I love you.
"You're Not My Type": When Kenzi wonders if Saskia (another succubus and later revealed to really be Aife, Bo's mother) and Bo are going to go at it, Saskia mentions that she's not attracted to other succubi.
Your Worst Nightmare: What the mare does to the people or fae it's feeding off. Unsurprisingly, given her orphaned background, Bo's tend to revolve around being abandoned and alone.