Misfits is a British Speculative Fiction series about a group of young offenders on a community service programme, who get caught in a freak electrical storm that imbues them with superpowers. The series debuted in November 2009 and the second series aired the following year with a bonus Christmas special. A third was broadcast in late 2011, minus Robert Sheehan (Nathan), and a fourth series in 2012. The fifth and final series has been confirmed for 2013. It won the BAFTA award for Best Drama Series in 2010.The "Misfits" are a group of five 20-somethings who are united by a series of traumatic events, and the emergence of their freaky new superpowers. These newfound abilities all relate to their deepest personality traits and psychological drives; turning their desires into realities, and their greatest weaknesses into weapons.
Nathan, snarkyJerk Ass, at first doesn't seem to have a power, much to his consternation. It turns out that he's immortal and can talk to the spirits of the dead.
A more detailed Character Sheet is here. An in-progress Recap Page is here.Between Series 2 and 3, Nathan leaves to seek his fortune in Vegas, and the others have all swapped their powers for new ones: Alisha now can see through other people's eyes, Simon can see potential outcomes, Kelly is a mechanical genius, and Curtis can become a woman. At the end of the series Alisha dies and Simon goes back in time to complete the cycle, while Kelly goes on holiday to Africa and decides to stay there permenetly to use her powers for good. During Series 4, Curtis become a zombie and commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. Which means Kelly and Nathan are the only surviving original characters.
Later additions to the main cast:
Rudy, a crude young man who covers up his inner fears and doubts, which get revealed by his Literal Split Personality.(From Series 3)
Finn is a chatty eternal optimist who has telekinesis. (From Series 4)
Accidental Murder: Kind of a plot-motor here. The Misfits kill a lot of people. Curtis has on multiple occasions warned them ahead of the crime that somebody must die for the greater good. Becomes somewhat of a prominent theme of the third season finale.
It is frequently brought up for black comedy purposes. For instance, when Nathan claims that they're the good guys because they don't murder anyone, Curtis reminds him that they've actually killed quite a few people, but Nathan brushes it off with "we didn't mean to."
Adorkable: Simon in Series 1 and 2. Finn to a degree.
An Aesop: Rudy is subjected to one in episode 6, when he finally learns to stop mistreating women through his constant one-night stands, or as he puts it "living for himself." Hilariously, he goes on about how he's a better person and how "we're all in this together" right up until his other self walks in, having been forced to spend a night in the cells thanks to Rudy forgetting about him.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Inverted - the Misfits ransack Superhoodie's flat for clues, and Nathan takes a dump in his bed. Oops, that should read what they thought was Superhoodie's flat.
More conventionally, both Virtue Girl and 'Jesus' have based themselves in the community centre.
In the alternative world where the Nazis won, the community centre is local Nazis' base and prison.
Alternate Universe: A natural side-effect of Curtis's time winding. Notable examples include;
1.4: Where Curtis never got caught in the drug bust, and everyone (except Nathan) died when the probation worker attacked them.
2.6: When the Misfits, and many other people with powers become famous, but are all killed by a young man with the power to manipulate lactose because they were more famous than him.
3.4: The premise of the entire episode, where an old Jewish man uses Curtis' power to try and kill Hitler. He fails, and Hitler ends up with his phone, which he then uses to accelerate Germany's technological development and win WWII.
Anti-Villain: So far the bad guys they have come across - Lucy, Sally and Tony - have been fairly sympathetic in their own way, and not just evil for evil's sake. Again, a major aspect of the third season finale.
Averted with Brian, who admits up front, quite gleefully, he's killing "shitloads of people" so he can get attention again.
Although if they just cut open his brain and removed the cheese his power would allow him to heal up fine.
Which could happen only if he's found by someone knowing what happened to him and aware of his power.
Kelly is briefly bodyswapped with a coma patient in Season 3.
Anyone Can Die: But Curtis' time travel powers can save the main cast. After Nathan learns his power, he dies a lot.
Used repeatedly in the third season. Shaun is finally killed in episode 5, Alisha is murdered in the finale, and Simon goes back in time to save her, effectively dooming himself to die in the past.
Actually Future!Simon goes back in the past knowing full well he's going to die and eventually Alicia will die. He's actually just returning to the past to fall in love with Past!Alicia again. Which makes Past!Simon fall in love with Past!Alicia. Which means Future!Alicia will die and Future!Simon goes back...well, you get the point.
Curtis, the last person from the original cast still around, dies in Season 4. Fittingly enough, considering he was one of the more level headed of the original group he did it to prevent himself from hurting anyone, due to becoming a flesh eating zombie. Poor Rudy broke down in tears...
Alisha: My friend Chloe did crystal meth and she nearly shagged her brother. And he's really ugly.
Attempted Rape: This happens to Alisha a fair bit due to her original power.
Melissa and Emma too.
Attention Whore: Nathan will do virtually anything to get attention, including simulating oral sex on a mop, performing strange and lengthy Bono impersonations, and pretending to masturbate with a paint-brush. Sometimes his extravagant attention-seeking actually get the group out of trouble - after Tony gets killed, Nathan flat out tells Sally that they killed him. She passes it off as a load of bullshit. Alisha has her moments too, though she specifically craves positive male attention rather than just needing to be noticed in general. She becomes a lot more mature in Series 2 and doesn't display nearly as much attention-seeking behaviour, whereas Nathan, if anything, gets worse.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Curtis desperately wanted the chance to undo the mistakes he'd made, but he didn't bargain for the problems meddling with history would involve. Nikki really wanted a heart, the teleporting ability with it is not always controllable.
There's also an episode when Alisha abused her power, until she realised the lack of value and meaning in her sexual encounters.
Curtis wishes for a chance to run again, but it complicates his life in unforeseen ways.
Bittersweet Ending: The Series 3 finale. Simon and Alisha are locked in a time loop of falling in love and dying for all eternity. Lampshaded when Rudy asks whether he should be happy or sad and Curtis tells him "both".
Blatant Lies: Angry at "Jesus" for misusing their powers, Nathan states that it's not as if the main cast have murdered and raped anyone. Curtis quickly shoots him down, reminding him that actually, they have.
Nathan: When we had our powers, we didn't rape or kill anyone! Curtis: What? She raped me, and we've killed loads of people! Nathan: Well...yeah, but...we're the good guys!
Curtis: We'll get you an ambulance. Hold in there. You'll be fine.
Blessed with Suck: Everybody, to a degree. The show focuses a great deal on the annoying and inconvenient aspects of having a superpower. Some people have powers that are practically useless, or just drove them crazy.
Special mention must go to Alisha, who is nearly raped every time she touches a man for the first few episodes.
In the Series 3 finale, it's Alisha, courtesy of getting her throat slit by Virtue Girl.
Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Poor Kelly has shades of this come 2.4 when Tim kidnaps her. His power causing him to view everything as playing a violent videogame. He sees her as his ex-girlfriend who stole his money and jilted him at the altar. He forces her to wear a wedding dress.
Break the Cutie: The torrent of pain and misfortune endured by Simon could be seen as this, although he was well on the way to being "broken" anyway; years of being bullied and humiliated at school caused him to Freak Out one day and attempt to burn down his worst tormentor's house. Until he realised that would involve killing a cat, and extinguished the flames. By pissing through the letterbox.
Sally also did this to him by accident near the end of Series 1, after pretending to like him in order to get close enough to find information proving he and the other Misfits killed Tony. In an ensuing struggle he accidentally bangs her head against the door with enough force to kill her.
Brick Joke: A very dark one comes in Series 2. Nikki tells Curtis that someone with his power would normally use it to travel back in time to kill Hitler. Come the Christmas Episode and, Seth, the powers dealer, says he sold Curtis' power to an old Jewish man planning to do just that]]. We actually get to see the attempt and how turns out in Series 3.
It seems whenever someone's power starts messing with people, it's always Nathan. Sometimes it's not even powers: the universe just loves screwing over Nathan. Although his misfortune is very often a direct result of his own idiocy, arrogance and/or generaljerkassery, whereas Simon is undeservingly victimised. Plus Simon is painfully aware of his own butt monkey status, while Nathan remains ridiculously over-confident despite leading a life of near-constant humiliation. That trait is what makes him immortal.
Ollie ,up until his prompt death, anyway.
Call Back: In the Nazi episode, a few powered people the group encountered before appear when the Nazis are looking for people with powers.
Call Forward: Nathan and Curtis each accuse the other of being about to shit themselves. Oddly, because of Curtis' time manipulation, neither of them remember the other saying it to them when they say it.
Came Back Wrong: With the resurrection power introduced in Series 3, any living thing brought back from the dead become anthropophagic. But unlike most examples of this trope, the resurrected maintains their intelligence and personality and don't become entirely mindless zombies.
They do, however, take on a "rage virus" quality when attempting to feed.
The Cameo: Phil Daniels' brief yet memorable guest appearance as the voice of Kelly's filthy-minded dog. No, really.
Also, Nicholas Burns (from Nathan Barley, and various other British comedies) plays the horny policeman in 1.2.
Can't Have Sex, Ever: Oddly enough, the effective result of Alisha's first power. She and Curtis can't have mutually consenting sex.
It's a grey area, but theoretically he could give her prior permission to use her power on him, making the act consensual. It's more a question of intimacy, though. Her pheromone manipulation causes him to forget who he is momentarily - he stops caring about her and just wants to have sex with her, and once the physical contact is broken, he can't remember any of it. Because they want to preserve their emotional connection, they are forced to resort to more unconventional methods of intercourse...
Compelling Voice: The power of Virtue Girl from the Series 1 finale. The only way to reverse the effects is to kill her.
Competence Zone: Power users are almost always about the same age as the Misfits, with lots of the exceptions having bought their powers rather than obtaining them naturally. And an even more disproportionate number of them end up doing Community Service!
Cosy Catastrophe: Nathan seems remarkably cool about being buried alive - after an initial short outburst, he just lies back and starts listening to his iPod. To be fair, he can't really do anything else.
Country Matters: Played with particularly in the "Conti" episode, and fairly frequent appearances throughout, Jessica Brown-Findlay among others having uttered the Deplorable Word on the show.
Creepy Child: Looks like we've found the"daddy" counterpart of the Doctor Who "Are you my mummy?" child. The baby in 1.5 has the power to induce any man with the desire to be his dad.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Virtue Girl appears to be part of the comic relief for the Series 3 finale, until she turns out to be one of the few people able to kill off a main character for good.
Crying Wolf: This happens to Nathan a few times due to his penchant for telling extravagant lies. He both figuratively and literally cried wolf in episode two.
Cursed with Awesome: Kelly and Alisha largely resent the superpowers they've received, since the benefits are insignificant when compared with the downsides, and are quick to get rid of them once they find out it's possible. Curtis views his this way too, despite it having been proven time and time again to be the most useful.
Dark Messiah: In the Christmas episode we get a false Jesus.
In the first episode of Series 3 the girl who could stop time dies this way after Rudy kicks her and she cracks her skull on the floor.
Defence Mechanism Superpower: Nathan. His immortality literally won't kick in until after he dies first, only then will he be able to heal from whatever killed him and resurrect himself. If it's not a fatal wound, he can't heal himself... which is exactly what the "Milk Guy" in Season 2 does. He incapacitates him in such a way that he's been turned into a vegetable, but still alive, so he can't heal himself.
Psycho!Rudy makes a friggin campaign out of doing this to Jess in 4.3. It kinda works, but she wasn't much of an ice queen to begin with, just bitingly reserved about her personal life.
Determinator: The "villain" in the 4.1. By the end of the episode he's had a hand chopped off, both testicles removed and his penis mutilated and he's just been thrown off a building, yet still somehow has enough strength left to open the case to have one last feel of his money before he dies. And that goes without saying all the stuff he went through from being hit by the storm to meeting the Misfits in the episode itself, some we only saw glimpses of.
His power seems to inspire this effect in those infected with it as well, such as Curtis, who was locked in a freezer for enough time for frost to form on his body, yet able to violently jump out after Jess and Finn opened said freezer before bolting away. Of course, the entire time his focus was completely on the case.
Diegetic Switch: Played with in the Series 1 finale. Three characters wear iPods in and each one is given their own backing theme.
Disappeared Dad: Nathan's father. Implied to have been the "psychologically absent" type before leaving Nathan and his mother altogether.
Discard and Draw: The apparent fate of most of the cast at the end of the Series 2 Christmas special. Alisha in particular, as her powers presumably died with "Jesus". Not that Alisha wanted it back, though.
Curtis in 3.6 because due to getting his female body pregnant through messy masturbation, he gets stuck in the female form and has to go back to Seth for a power removal.
Disc One Final Boss: The third season finale has this in spades. The first five minutes imply the Medium might be the big bad of the episode, by halfway through we're sure it's Ghost!Sally but in the end it turns out they should have kept their eye on Ghost!Virtue Girl all along.
Although [[Sally was sort of a bad guy, as she had intended to kill Alisha to get revenge on Simon. It's just that she willingly gives up the campaign as soon as she's reunited with Tony. Unlike Virtue Girl, who's very reason for not being able to move on is she desires revenge against the Misfits.]]
Disgusting Public Toilet: The toilet in the scuzzy club 1.4, of which we get loads of unpleasant close-ups while Curtis is trying to flush away the cocaine. The toilets in the community centre aren't so peachy either.
All things considered, the bodies are disposed of pretty well. The two buried in the concrete foundations are unlikely to ever be found, and the frozen body - if found - will be a nightmare for forensics to decipher, thanks to all the time spent in the freezer.
The quality of disposal in Series 3 goes down. Most of them are dumped in shallow graves. With the number of disappearances that can be linked to the community centre, it's a wonder the police haven't found them by now.
Dogged Nice Guy: Finn for Jess. Alex isn't that bad, until he gets his dick back.
3.2: Rudy goes down on Curtis who is in his female form and drugged.
3.6: Averted by Simon telling Rudy in no uncertain terms "that's rape."
Early-Bird Cameo: All the Misfits, and Tony and Sally, are present in the club the night Curtis travels back to try and fix things for his ex-girlfriend Sam. Except Nathan, but he's in the bowling alley in the same building, doing the things that lead to him getting community service.
Earn Your Happy Ending: in 1.4, Curtis uses his power several times, first to prevent his girlfriend Sam from being sent to prison, later to keep his friends from getting killed by Tony. He has to try it a few times before he gets it all right, but eventually he succeeds.
Ensemble Cast: A true example now, with Nathan leaving after two series, Alisha, Kelly and Simon leaving after three, and Curtis' departure in series 4, with new cast members being brought in each time. Following Curtis' final appearance, the main cast is now entirely different from that of the first series.
Fan Disservice: Plenty in Series 1 Both seem to revolve around Nathan; a middle-aged naked man running around naked, thinking he's a dog; and the revelation the Girl of the Week Nathan has sex with is really a 82-year old woman, as her true age is shown mid-orgasm. It's really as disturbing as it sounds, and Nathan's horrified reaction is...understandable.
This is also the episode where Nathan learns he can also see the dead.
Failed a Spot Check: Played with; after sneaking back into the community center in episode 1, Nathan notices the bloodstains and hacked-open bathroom stall door, he just doesn't seem to care.
Fake-Out Make-Out: Alisha with Shaun in the Fookin' Nazis! Timeline so Simon can sneak away with his stolen antibiotics. Although it's played with, in that Shaun had convinced himself that Alisha really liked him.
Fate Worse Than Death: Brian in series 2, episode 6 strangles Nathan's cerebral cortex, potentially leaving him in a vegetative state forever.
Femme Fatale: Alisha, big-time, particularly when you consider her power. Not that she wasn't enough of one in the first place.
In Season 4, Lola has this as her "power", literally. It turns out that she was an aspiring actress playing a Femme Fatale character when the storm hit, leaving her stuck in character and having her past personality and memories completely overwritten, leading to the dramatic consequences that this type of character usually creates (hence the "fatale" in the name) for her and the several men she started using, including Curtis.
Fire-Forged Friends: Let's be honest - the five of them wouldn't usually hang around each other any other day. But nothing like shared pain, murder, mayhem and fighting off mind control to get the team spirit going.
Four is Death: The final member of The original Misfits (Curtis) dies in the fourth episode of the fourth series.
Foreshadowing: Nathan's power is alluded to in episode 4 where he is the only one to be found alive after Tony's attack. The paramedics speculated that he was "just lucky" and he himself admits he has no idea how he survived.
The opening credits are literal examples, as the kids' shadows hint at the powers they develop.
Freeze Frame Bonus: You'd probably have to be a mad fan to find this in any way entertaining, but in the scene towards the end of episode 2 when Nathan and his mum have just reconciled, Nathan walks over to Jeremy and makes a comment. Freeze the frame, zoom in, and just look at the cup Jeremy's holding.
and Lampshaded by Simon, who called it that, correcting Rudy who misidentified it as Face Off
Fridge Brilliance: The existence of Psycho!Rudy makes sense when you take a long look at Rudy's behavior: he wet the bed into his late teens, suffers from stifling levels of social awkwardness, deeply suppresses his emotions and traumas, and over the course of the series has shown a distinct lack of empathy, at least when nothing directly effects him
Until the Series 4 finale when Rudy mentioned Curtis telling him about her when the group learned about Alex's transplant
Freudian Excuse: Nathan despises his father, and at one point suggests that his own problems are due to the fact that his dad was never around. Also, while Simon never actively blames his psychological issues on his past misfortunes, they do offer quite a solid explanation for his current fragile state.
From a Certain Point of View: Although there is a little more to it, turns out Nathan's crime did start with him eating some pick-and-mix. Then it became petty assault and being a dick to a cop.
Funny Background Event: Keep an eye out for facial expressions (usually from Simon) when another character (usually Nathan or Rudy) is saying something especially absurd.
Future Badass: Superhoodie, aka Simon. Curtis' brief jump forward implies he's this, too, though it later turns out he's simply at a fancy dress party doing surveillance.
Gadgeteer Genius: Although Kelly's new "rocket scientist" power doesn't seem too useful at first, it turns out that it can be applied to other kinds of machines, enabling her to fix a car's engine within seconds and easily deactivate a security alarm.
Genre Savvy: Simon appears to be aware of the tropes involved when it comes to superpowers.
Nathan: Oh well, she's in France, on account of being French.
Girl of My Dreams: Curtis bumps into the woman from his Flash Forward at the end of the episode. Great first impression, breaking into her flat while your mate shits on her bed...
Ghostly Goals: After Nathan's dead brother convinces him to reconnect with his father, he and Ice-girl do the usual wave-goodbye-and-walk-into-the-distance thing. Remains to be seen if they're gone for good though.
Harmless Freezing: Lily freezes Nathan's arm accidentally, but does him no damage beyond momentary pain. Averted however when Captain Smith gets her power in the Nazi timeline- he freezes poor Gary to death in seconds.
Have We Met Yet?: Curtis faces this when he reverses time and meets several of his "present-day" companions, all of whom fail to recognise him.
Heroic Sacrifice: Superhoodie takes a bullet intended for Alisha in episode 4 of the second series, ending his mission.
And Simon later takes a knife in the gut to save Curtis, in order for Curtis to be able to rewind time to save the others.
Rudy attempts one to save Alisha from Time-Control Girl but they're rescued before he actually dies.
High Turnover Rate: Try to think of an episode where someone does not die, even if its temporary? Having trouble? Well it's episode 3 in series 1. This trope even gets lampshaded a few times.
More specifically, they get through a lot of parole officers. The Misfits are forced to kill two, one loses his job after falling prey to Alisha's lust-inducing powers, they kill Shaun in a reversed timeline and then he's finally killed by Jen. It's eventually Played for Laughs - we don't even learn the latest one's name before she's mauled to death by a zombie cheerleader.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Nathan's anecdote about his eighth birthday definitely qualifies - it involved him being abandoned in Ikea by his father, and spending the day eating meatballs with a paedophile. Similarly, Nathan's story about a camping trip where his mother's friend bad-touched him. It's possible that it's because he's such a pathological liar people assume he's just trying to get attention.
Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Hitler overpowered the septuagenarian time traveler and took his phone, spurring advances in Nazi technology and winning them the war. At the end of the episode Kelly gains the time travel power and goes back and retrieves the phone. She also "kicks the shit out of Hitler." Kelly is the only one to remember the alternate timeline.
Curtis generally wears a vest or t-shirt on top, tying the jumpsuit's sleeves around his waist. This shows off his upper body, makes him look hardworking, and also reflects the fact that he doesn't feel like he really belongs in a Community Payback jumpsuit. He also always wears a medallion of a saint and a cross.
Alisha generally shows some cleavage and rolls up her sleeves, pops her collar and rolls her trouser legs into capris. She also always wears a belt around her waist, further showing off her figure. She usually wears make-up, jewelry and ballet flats, despite the fact that they're doing manual labor.
Kelly, like Alisha, doesn't wear a shirt under her jumpsuit. She keeps hers open at the collar, though doesn't undo as many buttons as Alisha. Kelly doesn't go to much effort to make hers more flattering or fashionable, more sort of surrendering to the ugliness. She does, however, keep on her jewelry and make-up and is (according to her twitter) devoted to Adidas, wearing them both for community service and civilian life.
Nathan's is worn open to about the belly button with a visible t-shirt underneath. His jumpsuit is also the most stained, covered in paint and blood. The word 'pay' in the phrase 'Community Payback' has been crossed off and replaced with 'blow'.
Simon wears his jumpsuit buttoned up to the chin: precise, neat, and respectful. This, of course, makes him "look a bit like a paedophile" according to Nathan, but fitting his shy personality it also looks like he's trying to hide in/it.
Rudy wears his with popped collar, rolled up sleeves and partly unbuttoned.
Third Rudy wears his buttoned straight up, contrasting with Rudy.
Done again in the third season finale, although this time it's Ghost!Virtue Girl trying to get herself off on Curtis while Kelly once again, runs from Tony
Invisibility: Simon. He apparently also becomes inaudible... although they might just be ignoring him.
This is more likely a Perception Filter effect. In 1x05 we see from Sally's POV that while Simon is standing in an open doorway, she doesn't even register that the door is open. This is supported by Simon's reversed power when everyone can't help but notice him.
In the Hood: Sort of. In the series 2 episode with the Lactokinesis kid, Simon pulls up his hood (for some reason he'd been wearing a hoodie along with his Ian Curtis-looking attire throughout series 2 in distinctly badass fashion as he goes looking for his friends' murderer. Subverted in that he's invisible anyway, so it's not like he needs his face to be hidden, but it fits in line with British perception of the hoodie culture: serious shit is about to go down.
And, of course, Superhoodie. Naturally, since they're the same person.
It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Played with - Nathan mentions this to Curtis as a laugh, who uses this line seriously to try and break up with Sam. It works - but only because Sam recognized it from Spider-Man and got angry.
I Was Quite a Looker - Ruth/old lady Ruth, who was more of a self-only age changer than a shapeshifter, and doing so apparently overtaxed her body.
It's never clarified but Simon might well have been serious - he's already aware that they've killed quite a few people already.
Lamarck Was Right: A bit of a variation, Nikki inherits Ollie's ability to teleport after receiving his heart from a transplant. Somehow.
That could lead to some Fridge Horror; after all, there's already a guy who's made a business out of trading superpowers for cash, so what happens when somebody tries to same thing via Organ Theft or even Human Resources?
Likewise, its quite possible that there were other organ donors amongst all those people they've managed to top. They might've even sold some of the powers back to Seth (or lost them for good).
Late Arrival Spoiler: The trailer for season 2 featured Nathan recapping the group's powers, and spoilt Nathan's death & immortality. Likewise, trailers for the third season make it implicitly clear that Superhoodie is actually Simon, spoiling a major season two arc. Considering that season 3 ends with Simon & Alisha being Killed Off for Real, it's hard to see how season 4 can be marketed without spoiling, at the very least, their actors not being around anymore.
The show as a whole loves this trope, in plenty of episodes, the characters will refer to the events of the previous episode as "last week". It goes further in episode 2.3, when Nathan points out he hasn't died this week, this being the first episode since 1.5 that he doesn't die, and Simon points out that it's only Thursday - Misfits airs on Thursdays.
The first episode of series 3 ends with this glorious exchange:
Curtis: Why do we need catchphrases?
Rudy: You know, for when shit goes down, man! C'mon, do you really think we're just gonna spend the next seven weeks amblin' about pickin' up litter?
Simon: He's got a point.
Alisha: Well, maybe it'll be different this time. Maybe there won't be any shit going down.
Actually before the show aired the E4 voiceovers would promote it during the end of every Skins type show and superpower movie by mentioning how it is an X Meets Y of the just shown show/movie.
Lethal Harmless Powers: Brian, the guy whose only power is to manipulate milk, uses it to drag up the stomach contents of those who had recently consumed dairy products into their trachea, choking them to death.
Male Frontal Nudity: We get a glimpse of Curtis' when he shakes off the roofie he was given while in his Melissa form just in time for him to punch the track coach in the face for attempting to rape Melissa.
Male Gaze: 3.7 - Cheerleaders practicing bends, and splits, right up to the camera.
Manipulative Bastard: Of all people, Sally, who gets pretty ruthless in trying to get justice for her dead boyfriend.
Messianic Archetype: It may be the absolute height of irony, but ultimately, Nathan arguably meets the criteria by the end of the series, losing his life in his attempt to free the others from the "Virtue Girl", and being resurrected some time later.
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Kelly's relationship with her fiance ended because she could hear what he was thinking about her. She is constantly being hurt by the unflattering snap-judgments people make based on her appearance, or startled by their unsavoury thoughts (sometimes both at once). Plus, she tends to react aggressively, which makes her look completely insane and irrational:
Nathan's Inner Voice: Would I..? I think I would. Oh my God, I'm thinking about shagging a chav... (Kelly looks outraged, snarls and pushes him over) Nathan: What was that for?! Jesus!
Also, she's starting to see her dog in a whole new light.
Mythology Gag: When Finn uses his telekinesis to spill a cup of tea, both he and Abbey joke about how lame it would be if that was all his power was limited to. Guess Curtis never told them about Brian, aka "Monsieur Grande-Fromage".
When Abbey wonders if Nadine ran out of the Community Centre because she didn't want Rudy to know she might be a Werewolf? Makes you wonder if Jeremy is still waking up naked at the Centre?
Never Trust a Trailer: Not the worst example ever, but the trailers are normally misleading. For example, the trailer for S 2 E 4 made it appear as if newcomer Ollie would be an important character in the episode, probably getting his new teammates in some kind of evil mafia-run game and lots of generic danger. What actually happened was that Ollie died in the first fifteen minutes or so, with the rest of the episode dedicated to the others trying to defeat Tim, his killer who lives in a Grand Theft Auto-esque video game fantasy, and Nikki's emerging superhero powers after she was given Ollie's heart.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the third season finale, Rudy tells Ghost!Virtue Girl how the probation workers passed on after one of them first mistakenly thinks the reason they were brought back was revenge. This makes Ghost!Virtue Girl realise that that is the reason she's back. Which eventually results in the death of Alisha.
The Nicknamer: Nathan, naturally. Poor Simon (a.k.a "Weird Kid," "David Atten-wanker," "Panty Sniffer," "Melon-Fucker," "Barry" etc) definitely ends up with some of the more random monikers.
One Person, One Power: Subverted. Although it appears at first that everyone only got one power, Nathan and Simon got secondary powers, and Seth's power allows Jesus and Simon to gain multiple powers.
One Phone Call: Nathan ends up in prison, tries to call Simon, saying he only gets one phone call.
One Steve Limit: Averted, but not with first names. Kelly and Alisha both have the surname Bailey.
Then there's Jess and Finn, two main characters who share their names with the girl who took Simon's virginity and the baby who basically mind-raped Nathan into being his dada respectively.
Only Sane Man: This is how Curtis (who compared to the others is a relatively normal, polite and well-adjusted individual) appears to view himself in episode 1. He is initially horrified by the group of anti-social, dysfunctional and aggressive delinquents he is being expected to mingle with, protesting that his conviction was unfair and that he shouldn't even be there. He does gradually loosen up, but not because his opinions of the group change radically - he simply gets used to them.
In "Vegas", Nathan attempts to use his new ability as a Reality Warper to make a $1000 casino chip emerge out of Marnie's... well, take a guess. Except it then gets lost until she goes to the bathroom.
Later used as a distraction by Nathan, on himself.
Our Zombies Are Different: The zombies in the Season 3 appear, for all intents and purposes, to be act and function perfectly normal even when they themselves are informed that they are zombies until their hunger for flesh takes over. Could result in Fridge Horror if you think the last thing the Probation Worker in that episode sees before she dies is Rudy with a baseball bat about to smash her skull in. The zombie cheerleaders are a bit more messy, reanimated with gaping wounds.
Papa Wolf: Nathan, of all people, twice. Once with Finn (the baby from season one, not the regular character in season four), and again with Marnie's baby.
Parental Abandonment: Nathan's mum kicked him out of the house rendering him homeless, and before that his dad apparently wasn't there for him.
Parent with New Paramour: The situation with Nathan's mum and her new partner Jeremy. Notable in that it averts the "evil step-parent" cliche entirely. Jeremy is portrayed as a sweet, sensitive (if slightly odd) guy who is upset by his step-son's constant tirade of abuse. Nathan does ultimately accept his mum's new relationship and try to make amends though.
Performance Anxiety: At first, Simon has difficulty using his power in front of people — becomes pretty funny given that his power is turning invisible.
Personality Powers: All of the people who get powers have them relate in some way to their personality.
For example, ignored Simon gains invisiblity and regretful Curtis gains time-travel.
Nathan's power is he's immortal, which was earlier foreshadowed nothing anyone says hurts him.
Even though Nathan chose it, it's telling that his second power makes him into a Reality Warper. Now the world really does revolve around him.
Pet the Dog: In spite of his obvious flaws, Nathan has a fair few redeeming moments over the course of the series, largely in his treatment of Kelly and later Simon.
Phrase Catcher: Nathan sure is a prick, and gets called on it frequently.
Picture Perfect Presentation: Peter the fanboy draws a comic of Superhoodie beating up the Misfits. It occurs shot-for-shot, with the final shot of them laid out under a vent dissolving into the action shot of Curtis, Kelly, Rudy and Alisha lying there after Superhoodie has gone.
Potty Failure: Jess' small bladder didn't exactly work well with being trapped in a freezer.
Power Incontinence: It could simply be a bad case of How Do I Shot Web? at this point, but four out of five protagonists (plus most of the supporting characters) have absolutely no idea how to summon their powers at will, or restrain or mitigate their effects.
Also, Alisha definitely uses her power for questionable purposes at times (not that it even has any non-questionable purposes, but still...)
"If I had your power, I'd wait til I came, then go back a couple of seconds and just... hover"
Just take a moment and imagine if Rudy or Nathan had gotten Jess' X-ray vision. If you're not horrified there's something wrong with you...
Power Walk: Parodied several times, to hilarious effect.
Powers as Programs: Apparently, getting a heart transplant gives you the donor's powers- albeit in an almost uncontrollable form. In addition Seth can remove others' powers, store them in his body and then grant them to a buyer.
If someone with powers takes ecstacy, then their power gets reversed temporariliy into a new one. For example Curtis travels forwards in time instead of back, and Alisha inspires revulsion rather than lust.
Nathan is also granted powers, though it's not revealed what it is until later on.
Technically every single person who has one got their power in the first episode during the storm, although it has yet to be seen if Curtis could go back and perhaps give someone powers by getting them hit by the storm. But that's just a bit of Wild Mass Guessing.
Seth can grant powers to people who didn't have any to start with, like 'Jesus' in the christmas episode, but those powers still originally came from people affected by the storm.
Prison Rape: Nathan references this trope in the second episode.
Nathan: If they actually knew anything, they wouldn't be dicking around sticking notes on our lockers. They would have gone to the police, and we'd all be banged up in prison getting gang raped in the showers!
"I really want to shag her... oh shit, she can hear that!" "WHEN WILL I LEARN?!?!?"
The group have their more quiet bonding experiences, usually when disposing of dead probation workers.
Nathan: Can we please stop killing our Probation Workers!
Series 2 is having Nathan repeatedly refuse to do something dangerous or confront the villain because it might kill him, leading to one of the others (usually Curtis) exasperated reply of "You're IMMORTAL!". Nathan often points out that it still hurts.
And then subverted when Nathan finally stands down a gunman in the Christmas episode.
Nathan: You can't kill me... I'm immortal! Simon: No you're not! Nathan: OH SHIT!
Nathan forgetting (well, not bothering to remember) someone's name, and Simon reminding him. Gets to the point where Nathan leaves a pause for Simon to fill in the name.
The death of their probation workers becomes this. In Season 1, killing a probation worker is a major deal. In Season 3, a probation worker is introduced just so she can get eaten by a zombie cheerleader.
Whenever Nathan says, "These are my friends.", it is immediately followed up by Alisha saying "I'm not your friend."
The gaggle of criminals Nathan eggs on for the sake of his brother and his dad in the boot of the car.
Curtis occasionally puts on this face to freak Rudy out.
Scooby Stack: Rudy, Simon, and Curtis do one when trying to figure out why the Power Broker is in the Community Centre.
Screw Yourself: One of Rudy's copies worries the other will do this, although he may just have been teasing.
Curtis manages this... kind of. he ends up pregnant because of it.
Second Coming: On the Christmas Episode, an evil Priest manages to acquire an array of flashy superpowers, including the ability to walk on water, in order to convince the local population that he is the second coming of Jesus (so he can steal vast quantities of money from the poor and sexually abuse women without repercussions).
Photo of Curtis touching Alisha during a photoshoot in episode four of series one. Obviously he shouldn't be able to due to her power or else the photoshoot would be inevitably far more interesting.
Another in season 3, Curtis' power has always been Mental Time Travel, but after he sold it to Seth, it turns into physical time travel to anywhere, allowing an old Jewish man to go back to try and kill Hitler by appearing in his office as an old man, and Kelly to go back decades before she was even born. Curiously enough, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened when Seth got involved: Nikki's teleportation power was almost impossible to use voluntarily, and often activated when she didn't want it to- hence why she sold it to Seth; when "Jesus" bought the power off Seth, he was able to use it without any of Nikki's old problems.
As of series 2, Superhoodie has travelled from the future to fix the present.
Holocaust survivor Friedrich tries to do this by assassinating Hitler. Sadly he fails, and when Hitler finds his mobile phone, the timeline changes so that the Nazis win the war using the phone's technology.
Kelly later in the episode goes back in time to just after the assassination attempt to steal the phone back from Hitler.
Literal Split Personality: Rudy's power; he can manifest himself into two separate personalities at times of self-doubt and stress. There's a minor aspect of Evil Twin in that when the split happens, one side of him acts even more socially unacceptable while the other acts in a much more sensitive manner. As of season 4, there's an actual Evil Twin triplet Rudy too.
Superhoodie seems to be in one of these. Alisha falls in love with him and he dies shortly after he reveals his true identity of Future!Simon to her, saying it was meant to be this way. She starts warming up to Simon as a result and his curiosity eventually gives him the truth. In the Christmas special, Simon is seen learning Le Parkour.
The loop finally gets stabilised in the third season finale. Poor Alisha.
"The new boy will save you more than once. He has heart." Oh, god, Superhoodie, really?
The guy they go to in the Christmas Special is a Power Broker.
Stepford Smiler: Good lord, kids being nice and polite and talking about self respect. Something is very wrong...
Stood Up: Seth, by Kelly...who did have a good reason. She was quite literally not herself at the time.
Stuffed into the Fridge: Of course given the genre this happens and a literal one to boot, courtesy of Simon putting Sally into a freezer after accidentally killing her.
Stupid Sacrifice: Future Simon had prior notice of their death by gunshot yet went to it anyway despite no obvious reason (at least at the time) it had to happen that way. Would it have killed him to make his armour bulletproof?
summed up by Rudy in S3 E7 after seeing he has to kill the latest Probation Worker (who only just arrived and doesn't even get a name): "We just want you to know this isn't our fault. We're in the wrong place at the wrong time. A lot. We're really not bad kids."
Superpower Lottery: 'Powers' granted by the storm range from making people bald and believing you're a dog at night, to telekinesis, mind control, time travel and limited reality warping. Not that any of the powers seen so far are at comics' power levels.
Specifically invoked when one character says he wants a super power too, "something from the A-list."
Superpower Meltdown: the death of Jamie and Lily, when sex makes her ice-to-fire reversed superpowers go out of control.
Superhuman Transfusion: Nikki inadvertently gains the ability to teleport through a heart transplant from Ollie. She never learned to control it like he could.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rudy is this for Nathan. He is just as crude as Nathan, just as sex-focussed, just as dislikable, he has an obsession with stealing vending machines, he even makes a similar comment about wearing two condoms at once. Season 4 has Rudy moving into the Community Centre just like Nathan did.
Teleporters and Transporters: Nikki experiences her semi-controllable teleporting ability as suddenly being thrown in one direction or another, and having the world shift on the way. No word yet on what might be able to come along for the trip.
Terminator Twosome: Friedrich goes back in time in series 3 to assassinate Hitler, but fails and accidentally creates a present where the Nazis rule. So Kelly goes back in time to the same moment to fix the damage he causes.
Simon in particular could really do with a bit of counselling. Although it's later revealed that he was in fact briefly admitted to a psychiatric ward after the attempted arson, no mention was made of him getting any follow-up therapy (which he is very clearly in need of).
Averted with Rudy in the episode 5 of Season 3; showing that there is in fact a therapist. Although she appears to be in need of some therapy herself.
They Would Cut You Up: Simon's response to Alisha's inquiry of what will become of them once the public knows of their powers.
This Was His True Form: Bruno in series 2, episode 5 is a gorilla whose power in the storm was to become human. He still has violent instincts, left over though.
Those Wacky Nazis: Series 3 Episode 4 concerns an alternate timeline where they win the war.
Time Master: Curtis, though apparently it only extends to reversing time (and only works when he's feeling guilty about something that's just happened). For now.
He can even rewind time to before he should have had the power. other people using the power can even travel to before they were born and to wherever they want to be in that time.
Tom The Dark Lord: Almost everyone the misfits meet, villains included, was a normal person before the storm. They tend to keep their original names with a couple notable exceptions. e.g. Monsieur Grand Fromage
Too Dumb to Live: Nathan, in "Vegas, Baby!" is winning, and winning, and winning. The house gets suspicious of his luck, and then goes to arrest him because he rolled an 11: a seven on one die, and a 4 on the other. Dice never have more than six pips. Nathan remarks to Marnie as he tries to run from the police that someone should've told him that.
Doubles, as most fans are eager to point out. Someone able to bend reality can, within reason, walk out of any jail cell easily enough that being in prison shouldn't be an obstacle, contrary to what Nathan seems to think.
Early in series 1, it appeared as though Simon was headed in this direction, especially when you consider how creepy he was when he killed Sally it seemed as though this would be his journey to villain, however this was averted as it became obvious later on that he was actually the most noble of the group. note As seen in storyboards, the initial plans involved Simon going Ax Crazy in the finale, so there was good reason for the hints.
Nathan is a more hurtful than harmful one, but (being a most likely literal sociopath) still definitely qualifies.
Token Minority Couple: Initially played straight with Alisha and Curtis, but averted after they split up.
Too Much Information: Simon's rather distressing reaction to Alisha's power, although it was hardly his fault. And then there's Nathan and his "special" sock.
Trust Password: An ineffective one when the shapeshifter appeared, since it involved one word instead of an exchange and who said it was basically arbitrary. They ended up saying it to the shapeshifter, who then knew the password.
Tsundere: Kelly borders on this, and is notably aggressive at times - assault was the crime for which she was given community service in the first place. She seems to particularly enjoy hitting Nathan, though in all fairness he usually deserves it (at one point he even admits to liking her violent temper and the fact that she isn't afraid to slap him).
Nathan and Kelly's tentative flirtation. He frequently thinks about having sex with her, only to berate himself when he realises that she can obviously hear his thoughts. It's possibly the embarrassment of this (and their general social ineptitude) that has prevented them from taking their relationship any further thus far...
VideoGamesAreEvil: guy starts thinking he lives some GTA-like game, casually murders people (including one of the main cast) and hit-and-runs a granny for extra points.
Visionary Villain: Rachel the "Virtue Girl", while being decidedly sinister, seemed to genuinely regard herself as a nice person acting in accordance with the greater good. She seemed to honestly believe that she was helping people and ultimately making the world a better place. She could have used the power to set straight criminals who couldn't be reformed any other way. But she went and tried to use it on the whole world.
Although none of the group are openly affectionate (or even vaguely respectful) towards each other for the most part, it does become apparent that they genuinely care for one another. Nathan even eventually admits to being fond of Simon, despite spending most of his time belittling the poor guy.
In the ASBO-Five timeline, where powers are now public the first person Simon considers asking for help is Nathan, who doesn't even bat an eyelid about letting him kip on his sofa for as long as he wants. This could in fact be because Nathan is a Cloud Cuckoolander whereas the others would notice that Simon was up to something.
Simon even goes to Nathan after a bad first time with Alisha, and the latter is all to happy to give him sex tips.
Voices Are Mental: Averted a bit too much. When a Jen Body Swaps with Kelly, she still speaks with Kelly's accent. Although since we never hear Jen's real voice it's possible that she had the same accent to begin with.
Season 2, episode 3. Holy moly. Superhoodie reveals himself to Alisha to be Simon from the future, who's travelled back to protect the Misfits, and enters a relationship with her.
The Christmas Special. Nikki dies after the Misfits sell their powers, so they buy new ones.
Season 3's finale. Tony, Sally and Virtue Girl return from the dead as spirits. Virtue Girl ends up slicing Alisha's throat in revenge, causing Simon to buy new powers and travel back in time to become Superhoodie.
Season 4, episode 4. Curtis is bitten by a zombie he resurrects, so he shoots himself to protect those around him.
In season 4, episode 6, Alex reveals he's lost his penis due to a transsexual's power, explaining his hesitance with Jess. Also, and just as important, RUDY FALLS FOR A GIRL
Wrong Guy First: The first series spent a great deal of time setting up the main couples as Nathan/Kelly and Curtis/Alisha. Who could've predicted that by early series 2 both of these couples would be discarded and the only romance amongst the main five misfits would be Alisha/Simon?