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->''"Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality.''
->''But, there is, unseen by most, an underworld --''
->''a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... '''A DARKSIDE'''."''
-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''

''Tales from the Darkside'' is an anthology TV series from TheEighties produced by George A. Romero. Similar to ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Creator/RodSerling's Series/NightGallery'', ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' and ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'', each episode was an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. Unlike these other series, ''Tales from the Darkside'' centered mostly on horror stories. However, some episodes would more likely be considered science fiction or fantasy-based, and other episodes were more comical and lighthearted in tone. It's also known for its {{Cruel Twist Ending}}s.

In 1990, [[Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie a movie based on the show]] was released.
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!!Tropes in this series:

* AdultFear:
** In "Inside the Closet," Gale is a young college student moving into a questionable professor's apartment. [[spoiler: She gets killed by a monster living in the professor's closet, which turned out to be ''his pet''. He intended to have this girl move in with him so he could feed her to his monster. The next morning, he dismisses her death and keeps it secret when her mother, worried where her daughter disappeared to, calls to find her. [[NightmareFuel Then, it's implied that she was not the first or last victim of his monster in the end.]]]]
** An even bigger example can also be found in "The Cutty Black Sow" (One of the shows greatest episodes). A little boy tries to save his grandmother's soul from the titular Celtic demon, but [[spoiler: the Cutty Black Sow comes and takes ''his soul''. [[TheBadGuyWins In the end, the demon has the little boy backed into a corner crying and the last shot shows the demon closing in on him.]]]]
* AffablyEvil: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" who [[spoiler: kill and then [[ImAHumanitarian eat their guest in a soup]].]] They continue acting like sane people while doing so.
* AliensStealCable: "Distant Signals"
* TheAllegedComputer: Subverted in "The Word Processor of the Gods". Writer Richard Hagstrom receives a homemade word processor from his nephew Jonathan. The machine struggles with mundane text processing, but when it's commanded to [[RealityWarper rewrite Richard's life]], the results are astounding. [[spoiler:Especially with the last change Richard types up before it finally breaks down ''in flames''.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Andrea in "Dream Girl" has the stereotypical appearance of a butch lesbian and hates the idea of men checking her out. Given [[ValuesDissonance the time the show was on]] this may have been intentional.
* AmbitionIsEvil: The protagonist of "The Social Climber" wants to become rich and powerful, but has no desire to work for it at all.
* AndIMustScream:
** The end of "A Choice of Dreams" has a [[AssholeVictim mobster's]] brain [[BrainInAJar being kept alive after it's removed]] and forced to experience nightmares forever.
** The end of "Levitation". Just imagine... having the levitation trick done on you... [[spoiler: only for the magician to have a heart attack, and can't bring you down... and prevent you from floating into the sky...]]
** Implied with "The Geezenstacks".
** Anyone stuck in "The Last Car".
* AnthropomorphicFood: "Love Hungry", but the ending itself ''is'' NightmareFuel!
* AsideGlance: An example that borders on BreakingTheFourthWall, the last shot of "Dream Girl" sees Andrea, in close up [[spoiler:and now in someone ''else's'' dream]], turning and staring dead-eyed into the camera as the credits start up.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Timmy's dad from "Monster In My Room."]] If there is a character the show doesn't want you to feel sympathy towards, when they get whats coming to 'em, then they usually fall under this category.
* BackFromTheDead: An interesting case in "Let the Games Begin": in order to settle who gets Harry's soul, the angel (in the form of Harry's best friend) and the devil (in the form of Harry's sister-in-law) resurrect his corpse in order to have him choose.
* BaitAndSwitch: At first, near the end of "Inside the Closet", you ''assume'' that [[spoiler:the professor/landlord is the next to be killed by the monster]]. As it happens, ''[[spoiler:it's his pet]]''.
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "Auld Acquaintances".]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The episode "The Milkman Cometh" features a mysterious figure whose silhouette is shaped like a milkman granting wishes of anyone who leaves a note for him. The main character of the episode, a struggling father, begins to take advantage of the wishes despite his family and others who had their wishes backfire begging him to stop. At the end of the episode, he begs to the silhouetted figure to grant him a second child. While his face isn't shown to the viewer [[spoiler: it's revealed that the Milkman isn't human and that the second child was conceived because the Milkman raped the wife]].
* BearsAreBadNews: "Ursa Minor"
* BenevolentBoss: Out of everyone, ''Satan'' is this in "Red Leader". He genuinely offers the protagonist a chance to become TheDragon of his evil forces.
* TheBet: "The Odds" revolves around a mysterious stranger betting that his bookie will die by the end of the day. The bookie accepts the bet, thinking he'll win. [[spoiler: He makes it through the day, but dies ''minutes after winning''.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Linda in "Parlour Floor Front"]], she acts like TheIngenue and wants her husband and herself to live a loving life together in a big house, but [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon she kills her cat and pretends she lost her unborn baby to force a man out of her apartment complex by blaming his voodoo practices for ruining her life. She then cause him to be]] DrivenToSuicide by making him feel guilty for something ''he didn't do''. Then she tries to steal a ring she gave to him from his coffin. [[TooDumbToLive Despite being told to not steal anything from his coffin due to a curse, she does it anyway.]] [[KarmicTwistEnding Her former tenant then returns as a spirit and kills her for the stolen ring]].]]
* BittersweetEnding:
** "Miss May Dusa." Double as TearJerker and ''possibly'' TogetherInDeath.
** "Baker's Dozen". Henry winds up being [[spoiler:''crushed to death'']] when his wife [[spoiler:crumples up the last cookie[[note]]The cookies essentially act as voodoo dolls: whatever happens to the cookie happens to the person you want affected[[/note]] Ruby Cuzzins gave him, assuming it's from a mistress]], and Ruby ''once again'' [[spoiler:turns her assistant, Aloysius, into a rat]]... But, due to Aloysius [[spoiler:stealing a cookie from the titular baker's dozen made for Henry, he at least [[KickTheSonOfABitch has something to eat]][[note]]Remember: ''[[ChekhovsLecture whatever happens to the cookie happens to the person you want affected...]]''[[/note]]]].
* BlackBestFriend: Frank's best friend in "Levitation", who also acts as the OnlySaneMan.
* BottleEpisode:
** "No Strings", which consists of five characters (one of whom is dead [[spoiler:sort-of]]), one puppet, and one set (a storage room, where a puppet stage has been set up).
** In "Answer Me", we focus on one character dealing with a [[spoiler:haunted telephone in an apartment room and a boarded up apartment next-door with the phone]].
* BrainUploading: The protagonist's deceased brother in "Mookie and Pookie" uploaded his soul into a computer to live on. However, she has to prove it to her parents in order to keep him alive or else they're going to sell the computer.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Although it's hard to tell upon first viewing it, the hairdresser [=Anne MacColl=] ''definitely'' does this at the end of "Snip, Snip", when mentioning to her latest client one of her new headpieces ([[spoiler:which is actually Abe North turned into one]])
-->'''Annie''': (looking directly into the camera) I got this new one here I've been ''dying'' to try out...
* BreatherEpisode: "Distant Signals", which deals with a mysterious investor (later revealed to be an alien) getting the director of an unpopular detective CutShort 1960s series called "Max Paradise" to film the last episodes. Really, that's as far as this episode gets in terms of conflict, getting those episodes made.
* CassandraTruth: The Detective in ''Everybody Needs a Little Love'' tells everybody that a MurderousMannequin killed his buddy. Naturally, no one believes him. To rub salt in the wound, [[spoiler: the mannequin ''is there watching him'' in the end of the episode.]]
* ChairReveal: Inverted at the end of "Mary, Mary". The chair isn't spun, [[spoiler:Mannequin!Mary]] is.
* ChekhovsGun: The thirteenth cookie from the titular "Baker's Dozen".
* ChessWithDeath: "The Grave Robbers" challenge the mummy to a game of poker in exchange for their freedom.
* CircusOfFear: "The Circus", aptly enough. The ringmaster thinks it fulfills a purpose, though, and isn't happy about the {{jerkass}} reporter threatening to shut them down.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: ''The Tear Collector'' is about a man who well...collects tears from people.
* CoolOldGuy: Anthony in "The Social Climber" is the kindest man in the series. He provides life advice to the protagonist and makes magic shoes that give luck to his customers at his shoe store.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The protagonist of "Red Leader".
* CreepyChild: Every so often an episode would feature one of these. The most notable ones being in "The New Guy" and "The Last Car".
* CreepyDoll: "The Geezenstacks." The dolls themselves don't do anything, but the UncannyValley is in full effect.
* CruelTwistEnding: HOO boy...
* DarkerAndEdgier: If you compare it to TheTwilightZone yeah.
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: After constantly fighting with each other over a man's soul, the angel and devil hook up at the end of "Let the Games Begin."]]
* DeadAllAlong:
** [[spoiler:Algernon]], the titular "[[spoiler:Spirit Photographer]]". ...at least, by the end of it.
** There's [[spoiler:Luther Mandrake]], the titular "[[spoiler:Devil's Advocate]]". Except ''here'', [[spoiler:he was dead from the start]].
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Mob boss Eddie makes one for [[KickTheDog his partner]]. He even [[MoralEventHorizon makes it put on a show to entertain himself]].
* DealWithTheDevil: "I'll Give You A Million", "Printer's Devil", "The Deal."
* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "The Social Climber".]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: The witch in "The Moth" had a BatmanGambit and took her mother's body after she died.]]
* DoesNotLikeMen: Florence Bravo, from the episode of the same name.
* DirtyCoward: Harold in "The Grave Robbers." He would gladly leave his girlfriend behind in the mummy's tomb to save his own ass. [[spoiler: He gets left behind instead when the mummy proves to be smarter than he looks.]]
* DirtyOldMan: Bubba in ''The Swap''. He constantly has sex with his younger wife, but since she's a GoldDigger we don't feel sorry for her.
* DisproportionateRetribution: A hallmark of various supernatural beings on the series, but more so with a certain episode. "Halloween Candy" is a story about a rather grumpy old man who refuses to give out candy on Halloween. He is frightened to death by a malevolent being that he refused to give candy to. I know he wasn't exactly the nicest guy, but wow, killing someone for not giving candy?
** Or how about the episode "Season Of Belief?" A couple have an extended JerkAss moment where they terrify their young children with a scary story on Christmas Eve, even getting another family member to play along with the joke. At the end they smile, say they were only joking...[[spoiler:and out of nowhere, the very monster they were talking about appears and crushes their skulls. Okay, sure, the parents weren't being very nice, and [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking told their six-year-old daughter there was no Santa]], but did that really make them deserve to die?]]
** Or how about the first episode "Trick or Treat"? An old man who holds the debts of pretty much every family in town offers to forgive everyone if their children can find their debts inside his haunted house on Halloween. The twist? [[spoiler:He winds up in Hell]] for being greedy. Come on, he lived during TheGreatDepression, a time where everyone learned the value of a dollar. He just never dropped the habit of being very frugal with his money.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Horace X, in "The False Prophet", comes across as a DomesticAbuser and a rapist when he tries coming onto Cassie.
--> '''Horace X''': Touch me Cassie. Touch me now.
* DownerEnding: Usually mixed in with a CruelTwistEnding, but some are more sad than scary. "Going Native" ends with an alien disguised as a human female experiencing all the negative human emotions and eventually breaking down. The moral being HumansAreBastards.
* TheDragon: The episode "Red Leader" revolves around Satan recruiting a CorruptCorporateExecutive to become this. [[spoiler: He joins him.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Mars in "Parlour Floor Front" is guilt tripped into doing this when he thinks he killed a baby.]]
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: In ''Miss May Dusa'', Jimmy Jones confesses his feelings for Medusa after getting shot.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods". ''[[spoiler:Literally.]]''
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: The fate of anyone who angers the sentient apartment building in "A New Lease On Life".]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Grither.
* {{Expy}}: "Barter" centers around a small family obviously themed after the family from ''ILoveLucy''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas[=/=]EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Bubba in ''The Swap'' loves both his mother and his wife. He wants to carry on his mother's witchcraft for her and revealed that he knew about his wife's adulterous relationship with a house worker, but wanted her to be happy. [[spoiler: His mother's spells later save his life when he switches minds with his wife's lover and punishes her for betraying his trust in her.]]
* EvilOldFolks: [[spoiler: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner"]] act kind and caring, but they [[spoiler: [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]].]]
* EvilVsEvil: "The Grave Robbers" against the cursed, AffablyEvil mummy.
* TheFaceless: The milkman in "The Milkman Cometh" never shows his true form.
* FateWorseThanDeath: When it's not under AndIMustScream the endings will sometimes fall under this. For instance, the protagonist in "Lifebomb" gets a device from his insurance company that will never let him die...''ever''.
* FamousLastWords: "Baker's Dozen": "''Aloysius!'' (gasping in pain) A baker's... dozen... (more gasping) You gave him... twelve... and ''[[ChekhovsGun you kept the]] '''[[ChekhovsGun thirteenth]]'''''! (more gasping, giving way to screaming)" - [[spoiler:Ruby Cuzzins]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Mob Boss Eddie in "No Strings" may have a polite attitude, but he [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness uses people and throws them away like cleanex.]]
* {{Feghoot}}: "A New Lease On Life", which goes out of its way to make the following joke at the end: "And I found this last [tenant] ''especially'' [[spoiler:hard to stomach]]."
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** One of the first things we see Luther Mandrake do in "The Devil's Advocate" is bring up that part of the reason why he was late is that [[spoiler:someone died in ''his'' car, behind the steering wheel]].
* FreakyFridayFlip: In "The Swap," [[spoiler: Bubba and his wife's boyfriend switch places at the last second before his wife kills him. Giving Bubba a younger body to live on.]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:The fate of "The Spirit Photographer."]]
* GoingNative: In fact, the episode was called ''Going Native'', about an alien disguised as a human doing research on earth culture but finding herself experiencing more emotions uncommon to her people.
* GoldDigger: A few episodes feature these. They usually get what's coming to them... [[KarmicTwistEnding and it's never gold.]]
* GoodIsNotSoft: [[spoiler:The angel that punishes the {{Jerkass}} debt collector in "Payment Overdue".]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: ''Baker's Dozen'' amongst others
* HeWhoMustNotBeNamed: The Grither.
* HeelFaceDoorslam: [[spoiler: Medusa]] in ''Miss May Dusa''.
* HellIsThatNoise: The machine in "Hush" delivers a ''soul-sucking scream'' of a sound whenever it drains the noise of something.
* HenpeckedHusband: The protagonist of "Pain Killer."
* HopeSpot: Near the end of "The Cutty Black Sow",[[spoiler: our child protagonist is supposedly saved from the titular demon when his father comes into his bedroom and comforts him. Then, we see the ''father's eyes glowing''...]]
* HornyDevils: The demon in "Let the Games Begin"
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[DumbBlonde Cassie]] in "The False Prophet" believes in ''everything'' [[{{Yandere}} Horace X]] says. [[spoiler: This later proves to be her undoing.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: The Milkman in ''The Milkman Cometh''. Although we don't see his face, his arms are shown to be claws.
* HumansAreBastards: The moral in "Going Native".
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Boss Eddie in ''No Strings'' is the most irredeemable villain in the entire series. The supernatural force is actually ''the hero'' in this episode.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Jeanette the debt collector in "Payment Overdue" acts like she's a good person who struggled in life and worked hard to get by where she is. However, she earned her money by collecting it from lower class people and tricking others into paying her for insurance they didn't need. To an even worse extent, she claims that she's also a fair debt collector before telling off those who ''actually can't pay her''.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner"]] lure in an unsuspecting girl and eat her as the main course.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The protagonist in "The Social Climber" seeks a better life, but has no desire to work for it and doesn't appreciate what he has. This leads him down a [[AmbitionIsEvil bad path]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler: The CruelTwistEnding of "The False Prophet."]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: The {{jerkass}} debt collector in "Payment Overdue" is comforted by a friend who visits her. When asked about why a ghost would ever haunt her, her friend has her listen to a recorded interview she had with the deceased client. The audience hears her acting incredibly cruel and ignoring the poor woman begging her for a little more time to pay. Her friend looks at her with great disgust, but she ''defends herself'' by claiming she didn't know the situation.
--> '''Michael''': [[ShutUpHannibal No, you just didn't listen. And that's a great sin.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: The fate of [[AssholeVictim Eddie]] in "No Strings"]]
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Keena from ''Ring Around the Red Head'' is an attractive alien who doesn't understand human modesty and gets [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace really close]] to the main protagonist.
* InterspeciesRomance: "Ring Around the Red Head" and "Going Native" have a human male and a female alien falling in love. Unfortunately, the latter relationship quickly fell apart.
* IronicEcho: In "Trick or Treat": [[spoiler:"[[DraggedOffToHell You're]] [[ThisIsntHeaven getting]] [[OhCrap warmer.]]"]]
* JackassGenie: Subverted. [[spoiler: The genie in "Djinn, No Chaser" was only acting like a {{Jerkass}} because he wanted to be free from his prison.]]
* JumpScare: Too many to count. The most notable ones would be in "Halloween Candy."
* JustAMachine: Cassie's friend argues that Horace X is this, but she knows he's real.
* KarmaHoudini: The robber in "Miss May Dusa" [[spoiler: gets away with murdering two people by accident and leaves the store the protagonist was in without punishment.]]
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: In some episodes we follow a VillainProtagonist who has been doing awful stuff and getting away with it for ''years''. They eventually get what's coming to them by the end of the episode, along with a valuable lesson.
* KarmicDeath: Usually present in the KarmicTwistEnding.
* KarmicTwistEnding: If the character we follow is a Jerkass or extremely annoying then this is the kind of ending that awaits them. Surprisingly, the show has as many as these as they do CruelTwistEnding.
* KickTheDog:
** The debt collector in "Payment Overdue" loves to inform people that their rent is overdue and kick them out on the streets. One of these many people included a poor, dying woman who begged for more time. [[LackOfEmpathy She ignored her pleas anyway.]] [[spoiler:She gets [[KarmicTwistEnding what she deserves in the end when she is put in the poor woman's place]].]]
** Linda in "Parlour Floor Front" frequently blames accidents that happen to her on her voodoo practicing tenant. [[spoiler:She would eventually [[MoralEventHorizon talk him into killing himself by guilt tripping him.]] She also steals her ring back from his coffin despite leaving it with him on purpose. [[KarmicTwistEnding However, his ghost returns and kills her for the ring.]]]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The VillainProtagonist that loses to the BigBad will usually get this. Perhaps the greatest moment on the show would be the ending to "The Grave Robbers". [[spoiler: The mummy outsmarts the grave robbers in a poker match by ''counting the cards the whole time'' and ObfuscatingStupidity. Then, the mummy tricks Harold, the evil grave robber, into taking his place as the cursed mummy of the tomb while the mummy escapes from his Hell. For bonus points, the mummy ''steals his girlfriend'' since she reminded him of TheLostLenore from his past.]]
* KillTheCutie: If the protagonist is ever an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness innocent]] [[ShrinkingViolet na´ve]] girl, don't expect her to live.
* KillerTeddyBear: The episode "Ursa Minor".
* LaserGuidedKarma: A staple in most episodes, with such examples as ''Trick or Treat'', but the most flagrant examples being ''Baker's Dozen'' and ''Seasons of Belief''.
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" prefer to eat animals that are given a death without them ''knowing'' they'll die. Including the people they lure into their home to eat.]]
* TheLostLenore: The Mummy in "The Grave Robbers" had a crush on a girl in his past, but he [[CannotSpitItOut never admitted his feelings for her]] before [[MonsterSobStory becoming the cursed guardian of the tomb]]. [[{{Jerkass}} Harold]] [[KickTheDog mocks him]] for it, but his girlfriend takes pity on him. [[spoiler: The mummy gets over it when he escapes from the tomb and moves on with [[KickTheSonOfABitch Harold's girlfriend]].]]
* LovingAShadow: Platonic example. In "The Shrine", Christine's mother has kept her daughter's old room exactly the same as when she was a child. It gets taken to a literal level when a spirit in the form of her child tries luring Chris' mother to loving her over her real daughter.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: An adulterous couple plan to kill the woman's husband in a few of the episodes. The couple usually suffer a KarmicTwistEnding for their troubles.
* MamaBear: From "Ursa Minor." The mother, learning that her daughter's teddy bear is terrorizing the house, stabs the bear to death. The trope repeats, however, when [[spoiler: the bear's mother attacks.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: The doctor in "Pain Killer" offers to cure his patients if they commit murders for him.
* MurderousMannequin: Appeared in at least one episode.
* MyBelovedSmother: The main protagonist of "The Serpent's Tooth."
* NeverMessWithGranny: The {{Jerkass}} family learn this lesson the hard way at the end of "Grandma's Last Wish."
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: A GoldDigger who was rejected by the rich VillainProtagonist kills him for rejecting her advances. [[spoiler: However, the protagonist becomes TheDragon to Satan in Hell.]]
* NightmareSequence: In ''Everybody Needs a Little Love'', the detective visualizes a nightmarish setting where his best friend is a mannequin while his ''[[CompanionCube wife]]'' is the real person.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: The protagonist in "The Cutty Black Sow" performs a ritual to save his grandmother's soul. [[spoiler: A demon comes and ''takes his soul'' as compensation. Did we forget to mention that the protagonist is [[WouldHurtAChild a young boy]] who was only trying to save his entire family.]]
* NobleDemon: Lord Draco, the vampire lord in ''My Ghostwriter-The Vampire''.
* NonMaliciousMonster: The Milkman in ''The Milkman Cometh'' is not evil, but his wishes can cause disastrous results to those who aren't specific about what they wish for.
* NotSoDifferent: Both [[JerkassWoobie characters]] in "Snip, Snip" are abused by others, have unfair lives, and resort to Dark magic to get what they want. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, one of them proves to be EvilerThanThou.]]
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Teddy in "Ursa Minor"
* NothingIsScarier: In "Inside the Closet," [[spoiler: We last see Gale being dragged away by the monster back inside the closet. It's clear that she's dead before the monster takes her, but it still ''takes her corpse back with it''.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: The Mummy from "The Grave Robbers" was only pretending to be an ignorant fool during the final act. He actually outsmarts the tomb raiders and escapes from his prison, making [[AssholeVictim Harold]] take his place.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "Snip, Snip."]]
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: An angel has appeared in "Let the Games Begin" and "[[spoiler:Payment Overdue]]." In fact, the latter wouldn't feel too out of place in Series/{{Supernatural}}. [[spoiler:And since it's implied he's the archangel ''[[NamesTheSame Michael]]''...]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: One episode featured them.
* OhCrap: Whenever the TwistEnding happens.
* PantyShot: At about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiGQd-NZHk&NR=1 7:12]] in this clip, from "Inside the Closet."
* PleaseWakeUp: In ''The Odds'', [[spoiler: the bookie's coworker attempts to wake him up, but learns that his friend passed away.]]
* PoorCommunicationKills: In ''The Milkman Cometh'', anyone who isn't specific about what they wish for will have it backfire because the milkman only reads notes the people leave for him, but does what he thinks they are asking for by ''any means''.
* PrettyInMink:
** The episode "The Old Soft Shoe" starts with a lady in a fox coat showing up at a motel, and a guy tries to hit on her (after he assured his wife on the phone was just getting his car towed). The lady in the fur brushes him off, [[spoiler:and she lives through the episode unlike that guy]].
** Another episode starts with a gal in a bus stop wearing a white and brown rabbit fur jacket.
* PuppetPermutation: Two variations (both technical subversions) occur in "No Strings": a mob boss wishes to string up his "business partner" (that he killed) and have him be used in a private one-man puppet show [[spoiler:and the partner's spirit possesses a puppet (and then his own corpse) during the climax]].
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: The protagonist's wife in ''The Milkman Cometh'' is raped by the titular milkman after he wishes to have another child.]]
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: [[spoiler: In ''The Swap'', Bubba punishes his wife this way in the ending after she tried to murder him.]]
* {{Satan}}: Appears in a few episodes. Depending on the overall tone of the story, he'll either be portrayed tongue-in-cheek or genuinely sinister.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Linda's husband in "Parlour Floor Front" ditches her [[spoiler: when he realizes that she's a BitchInSheepsClothing. Turns out that this was the right thing to do when she suffers a KarmicTwistEnding.]]
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:The twist of "Payment Overdue".]]
* SelfMadeWoman: Jeanette in "Payment Overdue" is a debt collector who ''claims'' to be this trope. However, as the episode unfoldswe learn that she is nothing but a {{Hypocrite}} who enjoys making others suffer and takes her place in life for granted, even assuming that everyone could easily live a rich life like her if they tried. [[spoiler: [[KarmicTwistEnding She ends up in a world where she doesn't have these privileges anymore by an angel who was sent to test her.]]]]
* SeriesFinale: "Basher Malone", easily one of the show's silliest episodes.
* ShrinkingViolet: The protagonist in "Mary, Mary."
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The original short story version of "Hush" has [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins everyone die and the machine exit out into the world to make everything quiet]]]]. In the episode, however, [[spoiler:Jennifer and Buddy live and [[DeathByAdaptation the machine is tricked into killing itself]]]].
* SurprisinglyHappyEnding:
** "Let the Games Begin": Harry gets to live and [[spoiler: the angel and devil become an item]].
** "Djinn, No Chaser": The genie has become a lot more nicer and complacent [[spoiler:after being freed by means of a can opener]].
** "Word Processor of the Gods": Just before the titular device goes kaput, [[spoiler:Richard manages to rewrite reality so that his nephew, Jonathan, is brought back to life... and is his ''son'', along with Belinda (Jon's mother) being Richard's wife]].
** "The Spirit Photographer": [[spoiler:Algernon was DeadAllAlong, but gets to move on after his Spirit Attractor is proven to have worked.]] As a bonus, [[spoiler:he's ''happy'' over this development]].
** "Ring Around the Red-Head": Just when things look hopeless and our protagonist is about to be executed for a crime he didn't commit [[spoiler: his alien girlfriend returns at the last minute to take him away to her home planet where they live happily ever after. There really ''is no twist'', she actually takes him to live a new life together.]]
* TakeThat:
** "If the Shoe Fits". AKA: "The One The Equates Politicians to [[spoiler: Clowns]]".
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]; [[http://benstillershow.tripod.com/episodes/4/ one episode]] of "Series/TheBenStillerShow" had a sketch directly parodying / taking the piss out of the episode "The Devil's Advocate" (which starred, appropriately enough, Ben's father Jerry Stiller). To hit the point home, the sketch was an episode of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1x_BLhreRs Low Budget Tales of Cliched Horror]]" called "A Call From Hell".
--->'''Narrator''': You're looking at late night shock jock Damien Faustman, a man who hates his listeners almost as much as he hates himself. Tonight, he'll learn that [[StylisticSuck it doesn't take a lot of expensive special effects or an original storyline]] to come face-to-face with his worst nightmare... his soul.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler: The fate of the protagonist in "The Serpent's Tooth."]]
* TheBadGuyWins: In a horror series this trope is expected.
* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: The ending of "Florence Bravo".]]
* TheSociopath: Boss Eddie in "No Strings" is a huge fan of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: "Monsters in My Room" and "Inside the Closet"
* TitleDrop: Let's see... there's "Distant Signals", "The Geezenstacks", "Let the Games Begin", "I Can't Help Saying Goodbye", "Levitation", "The Cutty Black Sow", "Basher Malone"... really, I could go on for a while.
* TogetherInDeath: Episode "Miss May Dusa", although way more cruel.
* TooDumbToLive:
** The mother in the closing minute of "Ursa Minor". Yeah, don't bother climbing out of your window and escaping with your daughter. Screaming in the corner, while [[spoiler: Ursa Major is about to break down the door with her arm and enter the room]] is CLEARLY safer! ...sigh...
** The mother in the ending of "The Serpent's Tooth." After she tries to reform and give up the magical item that makes everything she says come true, she retakes it because she is too attached to its power despite being ''warned'' by her family and friends that it is too dangerous. When her daughter gives her a WhatTheHellHero speech [[spoiler: the mother says that she loves her children so much that she would turn into a ''pillar of salt.'' She pretty much made herself suffer a FateWorseThanDeath.]]
** Cybil in ''Anniversary Dinner'' fails to notice that her hosts [[spoiler: are cooking her alive in their "hot tub". They even throw in alcohol and vegetable pieces in with her tub and she ''still doesn't get the idea'' that they're going to eat her.]]
** Fenton (No, not [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom that Fenton]]) moves into an apartment complex with AmbiguouslyEvil workers committing bizarre actions every day, yet he doesn't suspect anything strange from it. [[spoiler: Then, when the Apartment is revealed to be alive the first thing he does is...piss it off by trying ''to kill it''. Apparently, it never occurred to him that attacking a sentient building would result in his death.]]
* WellDoneDaughterGal: In ''The Shrine'', Christine's mother couldn't accept her daughter for who she was and loved a shadow of her daughter instead of her real child.
* WhamShot:
** The newspaper at the end of "The Spirit Photographer". Or, more to the point, the [[spoiler:obituaries]] section:
--->Algernon Colesbury; [[spoiler:"Spirit Photographer Dies"]]
** Anne's new headpiece at the end of "Snip, Snip". Or rather, [[spoiler:that it looks ''uncannily similar'' to Abe North]].
** [[spoiler:Mannequin!Mary]] at the end of "Mary, Mary". Doubles as TheReveal due to [[ChairReveal how]] we're shown it.
* WomanScorned: A GoldDigger who was rejected by a CorruptCorporateExecutive kills him in ''Red Leader''.
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: "The Cutty Black Sow" ends with the titular demon claiming the soul of a little boy.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Sarcasm or not, Joan Matlin in "Answer Me" initially assumes that the reason why her neighbor's phone keeps ringing in the next apartment is because the neighbors are vampires and they are "[talking] to their friends in Transylvania all night long on the telephone". [[spoiler:Notice how at ''no point'' was it assumed that the phone was alive? Or was it also not assumed that there were ''no'' neighbors in that apartment?]]
* {{Yandere}}: Horace X.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: The moral in "The Tear Collector" involves a woman trying to stop herself from crying to much. With some help from the titular collector, she learns to overcome her depression and restore her faith in life.
* YourCheatingHeart: A common trope in the series. The cheater usually gets what's coming to them.
* YourMindMakesItReal: ''Possibly'' the case in "Seasons of Belief," though it's pretty hard to tell if it's this trope at work, or if the creature always existed and the parents didn't know. The Serpent's Tooth from the episode of the same name can make anything the wearer says come true.
* YourSoulIsMine: [[spoiler: After trying everything to stop "The Cutty Black Sow" from coming after the souls of his family, the demon takes ''his soul'' instead in the CruelTwistEnding.]]

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-->''"The Darkside is always there--waiting for us to enter, waiting to enter us. Until next time, try to enjoy the daylight."''
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