Series: Tales from the Darkside

"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."

Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from The '80s produced by George A. Romero. Similar to The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Crypt, 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 Endings.

In 1990, a movie based on the show was released.

Tropes in this series:

  • Adult Fear:
  • Affably Evil: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" who kill and then eat their guest in a soup. They continue acting like sane people while doing so.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: "Distant Signals"
  • The Alleged Computer: 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 rewrite Richard's life, the results are astounding. Especially with the last change Richard types up before it finally breaks down in flames.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Andrea in "Dream Girl" has the stereotypical appearance of a butch lesbian and hates the idea of men checking her out. Given the time the show was on this may have been intentional.
  • Ambition Is Evil: The protagonist of "The Social Climber" wants to become rich and powerful, but has no desire to work for it at all.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • The end of "A Choice of Dreams" has a mobster's brain 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... 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".
  • Anthropomorphic Food: "Love Hungry", but the ending itself is Nightmare Fuel!
  • Aside Glance: An example that borders on Breaking the Fourth Wall, the last shot of "Dream Girl" sees Andrea, in close up and now in someone else's dream, turning and staring dead-eyed into the camera as the credits start up.
  • Asshole Victim: 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.
  • Back from the Dead: 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.
  • Bait and Switch: At first, near the end of "Inside the Closet", you assume that the professor/landlord is the next to be killed by the monster. As it happens, it's his pet.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The fate of the protagonist in "Auld Acquaintances".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: 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 it's revealed that the Milkman isn't human and that the second child was conceived because the Milkman raped the wife.
  • Bears Are Bad News: "Ursa Minor"
  • Benevolent Boss: Out of everyone, Satan is this in "Red Leader". He genuinely offers the protagonist a chance to become The Dragon of his evil forces.
  • The Bet: "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. He makes it through the day, but dies minutes after winning.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Linda in "Parlour Floor Front", she acts like The Ingenue and wants her husband and herself to live a loving life together in a big house, but 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 Driven to Suicide 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. Despite being told to not steal anything from his coffin due to a curse, she does it anyway. Her former tenant then returns as a spirit and kills her for the stolen ring.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • "Miss May Dusa." Double as Tear Jerker and possibly Together in Death.
    • "Baker's Dozen". Henry winds up being crushed to death when his wife crumples up the last cookienote  Ruby Cuzzins gave him, assuming it's from a mistress, and Ruby once again turns her assistant, Aloysius, into a rat... But, due to Aloysius stealing a cookie from the titular baker's dozen made for Henry, he at least has something to eatnote .
  • Black Best Friend: Frank's best friend in "Levitation", who also acts as the Only Sane Man.
  • Bottle Episode:
    • "No Strings", which consists of five characters (one of whom is dead 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 haunted telephone in an apartment room and a boarded up apartment next-door with the phone.
  • Brain Uploading: 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: 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 (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...
  • Breather Episode: "Distant Signals", which deals with a mysterious investor (later revealed to be an alien) getting the director of an unpopular detective Cut Short 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.
  • Cassandra Truth: The Detective in Everybody Needs a Little Love tells everybody that a Murderous Mannequin killed his buddy. Naturally, no one believes him. To rub salt in the wound, the mannequin is there watching him in the end of the episode.
  • Chair Reveal: Inverted at the end of "Mary, Mary". The chair isn't spun, Mannequin!Mary is.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The thirteenth cookie from the titular "Baker's Dozen".
  • Chess with Death: "The Grave Robbers" challenge the mummy to a game of poker in exchange for their freedom.
  • Circus of Fear: "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.
  • Collector of the Strange: The Tear Collector is about a man who well...collects tears from people.
  • Cool Old Guy: 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.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The protagonist of "Red Leader".
  • Creepy Child: Every so often an episode would feature one of these. The most notable ones being in "The New Guy" and "The Last Car".
  • Creepy Doll: "The Geezenstacks." The dolls themselves don't do anything, but the Uncanny Valley is in full effect.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: HOO boy...
  • Darker and Edgier: If you compare it to The Twilight Zone yeah.
  • Dating Catwoman: 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."
  • Dead All Along:
    • Algernon, the titular "Spirit Photographer". ...at least, by the end of it.
    • There's Luther Mandrake, the titular "Devil's Advocate". Except here, he was dead from the start.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Mob boss Eddie makes one for his partner. He even makes it put on a show to entertain himself.
  • Deal with the Devil: "I'll Give You A Million", "Printer's Devil", "The Deal."
  • Death by Materialism: The fate of the protagonist in "The Social Climber".
  • Demonic Possession: The witch in "The Moth" had a Batman Gambit and took her mother's body after she died.
  • Does Not Like Men: Florence Bravo, from the episode of the same name.
  • Dirty Coward: Harold in "The Grave Robbers." He would gladly leave his girlfriend behind in the mummy's tomb to save his own ass. He gets left behind instead when the mummy proves to be smarter than he looks.
  • Dirty Old Man: Bubba in The Swap. He constantly has sex with his younger wife, but since she's a Gold Digger we don't feel sorry for her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: 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 Jerk Ass 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...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 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? He winds up in Hell for being greedy. Come on, he lived during The Great Depression, a time where everyone learned the value of a dollar. He just never dropped the habit of being very frugal with his money.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Horace X, in "The False Prophet", comes across as a Domestic Abuser and a rapist when he tries coming onto Cassie.
    Horace X: Touch me Cassie. Touch me now.
  • Downer Ending: Usually mixed in with a Cruel Twist Ending, 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 Humans Are Bastards.
  • The Dragon: The episode "Red Leader" revolves around Satan recruiting a Corrupt Corporate Executive to become this. He joins him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Mars in "Parlour Floor Front" is guilt tripped into doing this when he thinks he killed a baby.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: In Miss May Dusa, Jimmy Jones confesses his feelings for Medusa after getting shot.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods". Literally.
  • Eaten Alive: The fate of anyone who angers the sentient apartment building in "A New Lease On Life".
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Grither.
  • Expy: "Barter" centers around a small family obviously themed after the family from I Love Lucy.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas/Even Evil Has Loved Ones: 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. 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.
  • Evil Old Folks: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" act kind and caring, but they eat people.
  • Evil vs. Evil: "The Grave Robbers" against the cursed, Affably Evil mummy.
  • The Faceless: The milkman in "The Milkman Cometh" never shows his true form.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: When it's not under And I Must Scream 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.
  • Famous Last Words: "Baker's Dozen": "Aloysius! (gasping in pain) A baker's... dozen... (more gasping) You gave him... twelve... and you kept the thirteenth! (more gasping, giving way to screaming)" - Ruby Cuzzins
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mob Boss Eddie in "No Strings" may have a polite attitude, but he 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 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 someone died in his car, behind the steering wheel.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "The Swap," 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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The fate of "The Spirit Photographer."
  • Going Native: 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.
  • Gold Digger: A few episodes feature these. They usually get what's coming to them... and it's never gold.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The angel that punishes the Jerkass debt collector in "Payment Overdue".
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Baker's Dozen amongst others
  • He Who Must Not Be Named: The Grither.
  • Heel Face Doorslam: Medusa in Miss May Dusa.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The machine in "Hush" delivers a soul-sucking scream of a sound whenever it drains the noise of something.
  • Henpecked Husband: The protagonist of "Pain Killer."
  • Hope Spot: Near the end of "The Cutty Black Sow", 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...
  • Horny Devils: The demon in "Let the Games Begin"
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Cassie in "The False Prophet" believes in everything Horace X says. This later proves to be her undoing.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Milkman in The Milkman Cometh. Although we don't see his face, his arms are shown to be claws.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The moral in "Going Native".
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: 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.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The couple in "Anniversary Dinner" lure in an unsuspecting girl and eat her as the main course.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: 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 bad path.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: The Cruel Twist Ending of "The False Prophet."
  • Ignored Epiphany: 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.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The fate of Eddie in "No Strings"
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Keena from Ring Around the Red Head is an attractive alien who doesn't understand human modesty and gets really close to the main protagonist.
  • Interspecies Romance: "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.
  • Ironic Echo: In "Trick or Treat": "You're getting warmer."
  • Jackass Genie: Subverted. The genie in "Djinn, No Chaser" was only acting like a Jerkass because he wanted to be free from his prison.
  • Jump Scare: Too many to count. The most notable ones would be in "Halloween Candy."
  • Just a Machine: Cassie's friend argues that Horace X is this, but she knows he's real.
  • Karma Houdini: The robber in "Miss May Dusa" gets away with murdering two people by accident and leaves the store the protagonist was in without punishment.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: In some episodes we follow a Villain Protagonist 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.
  • Karmic Death: Usually present in the Karmic Twist Ending.
  • Karmic Twist Ending: 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 Cruel Twist Ending.
  • Kick the Dog:
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Villain Protagonist that loses to the Big Bad will usually get this. Perhaps the greatest moment on the show would be the ending to "The Grave Robbers". The mummy outsmarts the grave robbers in a poker match by counting the cards the whole time and Obfuscating Stupidity. 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 The Lost Lenore from his past.
  • Kill the Cutie: If the protagonist is ever an innocent na´ve girl, don't expect her to live.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: The episode "Ursa Minor".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
  • Let Them Die Happy: 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.
  • The Lost Lenore: The Mummy in "The Grave Robbers" had a crush on a girl in his past, but he never admitted his feelings for her before becoming the cursed guardian of the tomb. Harold mocks him for it, but his girlfriend takes pity on him. The mummy gets over it when he escapes from the tomb and moves on with Harold's girlfriend.
  • Loving a Shadow: 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.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: An adulterous couple plan to kill the woman's husband in a few of the episodes. The couple usually suffer a Karmic Twist Ending for their troubles.
  • Mama Bear: 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 the bear's mother attacks.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The doctor in "Pain Killer" offers to cure his patients if they commit murders for him.
  • Murderous Mannequin: Appeared in at least one episode.
  • My Beloved Smother: The main protagonist of "The Serpent's Tooth."
  • Never Mess with Granny: The Jerkass family learn this lesson the hard way at the end of "Grandma's Last Wish."
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: A Gold Digger who was rejected by the rich Villain Protagonist kills him for rejecting her advances. However, the protagonist becomes The Dragon to Satan in Hell.
  • Nightmare Sequence: In Everybody Needs a Little Love, the detective visualizes a nightmarish setting where his best friend is a mannequin while his wife is the real person.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The protagonist in "The Cutty Black Sow" performs a ritual to save his grandmother's soul. A demon comes and takes his soul as compensation. Did we forget to mention that the protagonist is a young boy who was only trying to save his entire family.
  • Noble Demon: Lord Draco, the vampire lord in My Ghostwriter-The Vampire.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: 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.
  • Not So Different: Both characters in "Snip, Snip" are abused by others, have unfair lives, and resort to Dark magic to get what they want. Unfortunately, one of them proves to be Eviler Than Thou.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Teddy in "Ursa Minor"
  • Nothing Is Scarier: In "Inside the Closet," 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.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: 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 Harold take his place.
  • Off with His Head!: The fate of the protagonist in "Snip, Snip."
  • Our Angels Are Different: An angel has appeared in "Let the Games Begin" and "Payment Overdue." In fact, the latter wouldn't feel too out of place in Supernatural. And since it's implied he's the archangel Michael...
  • Our Vampires Are Different: One episode featured them.
  • Oh Crap!: Whenever the Twist Ending happens.
  • Panty Shot: At about 7:12 in this clip, from "Inside the Closet."
  • Please Wake Up: In The Odds, the bookie's coworker attempts to wake him up, but learns that his friend passed away.
  • Poor Communication Kills: 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.
  • Pretty in Mink:
    • 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, 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.
  • Puppet Permutation: 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 and the partner's spirit possesses a puppet (and then his own corpse) during the climax.
  • Rape as Drama: The protagonist's wife in The Milkman Cometh is raped by the titular milkman after he wishes to have another child.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: 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.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Linda's husband in "Parlour Floor Front" ditches her when he realizes that she's a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. Turns out that this was the right thing to do when she suffers a Karmic Twist Ending.
  • Secret Test of Character: The twist of "Payment Overdue".
  • Self-Made Woman: 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. She ends up in a world where she doesn't have these privileges anymore by an angel who was sent to test her.
  • Series Finale: "Basher Malone", easily one of the show's silliest episodes.
  • Shrinking Violet: The protagonist in "Mary, Mary."
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The original short story version of "Hush" has everyone die and the machine exit out into the world to make everything quiet. In the episode, however, Jennifer and Buddy live and the machine is tricked into killing itself.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending:
    • "Let the Games Begin": Harry gets to live and the angel and devil become an item.
    • "Djinn, No Chaser": The genie has become a lot more nicer and complacent after being freed by means of a can opener.
    • "Word Processor of the Gods": Just before the titular device goes kaput, 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": Algernon was Dead All Along, but gets to move on after his Spirit Attractor is proven to have worked. As a bonus, 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 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.
  • Take That:
  • Taken for Granite: The fate of the protagonist in "The Serpent's Tooth."
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In a horror series this trope is expected.
  • The Killer in Me: The ending of "Florence Bravo".
  • The Sociopath: Boss Eddie in "No Strings" is a huge fan of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: "Monsters in My Room" and "Inside the Closet"
  • Title Drop: 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.
  • Together in Death: Episode "Miss May Dusa", although way more cruel.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • 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 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 What the Hell, Hero? speech 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 Fate Worse Than Death.
    • Cybil in Anniversary Dinner fails to notice that her hosts 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 that Fenton) moves into an apartment complex with Ambiguously Evil workers committing bizarre actions every day, yet he doesn't suspect anything strange from it. 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.
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: 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.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The newspaper at the end of "The Spirit Photographer". Or, more to the point, the obituaries section:
      Algernon Colesbury; "Spirit Photographer Dies"
    • Anne's new headpiece at the end of "Snip, Snip". Or rather, that it looks uncannily similar to Abe North.
    • Mannequin!Mary at the end of "Mary, Mary". Doubles as The Reveal due to how we're shown it.
  • Woman Scorned: A Gold Digger who was rejected by a Corrupt Corporate Executive kills him in Red Leader.
  • Would Hurt a Child: "The Cutty Black Sow" ends with the titular demon claiming the soul of a little boy.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Sarcasm or not, Jean Marsh 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". 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.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: 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.
  • Your Cheating Heart: A common trope in the series. The cheater usually gets what's coming to them.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: 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.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: 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 Cruel Twist Ending.


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