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** Played straight with Connor's father Jeff. He was married to Pam for 20 years and had a son with her, but both he himself and other characters refer to him solely as gay after coming out. [[RealityInTelevision It does sometimes happen that way in real life]].

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** Played straight with Connor's father Jeff. He was married to Pam for 20 years and had a son with her, but both he himself and other characters refer to him solely as gay after coming out. [[RealityInTelevision [[TruthInTelevision It does sometimes happen that way in real life]].

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** Played straight with Connor's father Jeff. He was married to Pam for 20 years and had a son with her, but both he himself and other characters refer to him solely as gay after coming out. [[RealityInTelevision It does sometimes happen that way in real life]].


*** Referred to as such in 5.09 ("He Betrayed Us Both") by [[spoiler:Nate]].



*** This is walked back somewhat in 5.02 ("Whose Blood is That?"), when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy," and while Michaela objects to it being mentioned, she doesn't insist Aiden was gay.

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*** This is walked back somewhat in 5.02 ("Whose Blood is That?"), when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy," and while Michaela objects to it being mentioned, she doesn't insist Aiden was gay. In 5.10 ("Don't Go Dark on Me") Michaela herself refers to Aiden as bisexual.


*** This is walked back somewhat in 5.02, when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy," and while Michaela objects to it being mentioned, she doesn't insist Aiden was gay.

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*** This is walked back somewhat in 5.02, 02 ("Whose Blood is That?"), when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy," and while Michaela objects to it being mentioned, she doesn't insist Aiden was gay.


*** This is walked back somewhat in season 5, when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy."

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*** This is walked back somewhat in season 5, 5.02, when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy."guy," and while Michaela objects to it being mentioned, she doesn't insist Aiden was gay.

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*** This is walked back somewhat in season 5, when the client's ambiguous orientation is discussed. Oliver says outright "Ask Michaela, she was engaged to a bi guy."


* MercyKill: Nia, Nate's wife, asks Annalise to assist her in killing herself so she can escape the pain of her late-stage ovarian cancer. Annalise agonizes over it, even getting some pills, but ultimately refuses to let her have them. [[spoiler: Nate eventually agrees to do it.]]

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* MercyKill: MercyKill:
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Nia, Nate's wife, asks Annalise to assist her in killing herself so she can escape the pain of her late-stage ovarian cancer. Annalise agonizes over it, even getting some pills, but ultimately refuses to let her have them. [[spoiler: Nate eventually agrees to do it.]]]]
** Arguably [[spoiler:Bonnie's smothering of Miller]] in season 5. [[spoiler:He]] was badly beaten, having lost a ton of blood, and [[spoiler:she]] did have other reasons for doing it, but surviving those wounds didn't look likely.


* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Nearly every episode has at least one sex scene in it. By the time the series is five episodes old, every regular character has either been shown or mentioned having sex (and it isn't too much longer for all of them to be shown screwing).

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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Nearly every episode has at least one sex scene in it. By the time the series is five episodes old, every regular character has either been shown or mentioned having sex (and it isn't too much longer for all of them to be shown screwing). Effectively lampshaded in season 5 when Laurel and Michaela agree to be "fabstinent" (fabulous and abstinent) that they may better focus on their studies and work in Annalise's clinic. [[spoiler:It doesn't last.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler:Oliver]] is conspicuously absent from the season 5 flash-forwards ruling people out as the person bleeding out in the snow. But in the end, [[spoiler:he's fine, just having disappeared for a moment to prepare a grand romantic gesture for Connor]].


*** In episode 4: [[spoiler: Annalise, who collapses sobbing at the C&G office.]]

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*** In episode 4: [[spoiler: Annalise, who collapses sobbing at the C&G office.her house.]]


* SavedByCanon: Season 3 starts showing that someone in the main group [[spoiler: dies in the fire on Annalise's house, but each episode's final flash-forward shows someone of the group that has survived:]]
** In episode 1: Annalise.
** In episode 2: [[spoiler: Oliver.]]
** In episode 3: [[spoiler: Bonnie.]]
** In episode 4: [[spoiler: Laurel, who is pregnant and severely injured from the fire. Meggy is also shown to be alive.]]
** In episode 5: [[spoiler:Michaela; it is also revealed in this episode that the victim is male, but that's fairly useless information as the only remaining possibilities all *are* male]].
** In episode 6: [[spoiler:Asher]].
** In episode 7: [[spoiler:Wes (which is later subverted in episode 9)]].
** In episode 8: [[spoiler:Connor]].
** In episode 9: It's a bit different, as this isn't the big cliffhanger ending for the episode, but the episode spends a lot of time hinting that [[spoiler:Nate]] is the one who died. The big reveal happens moments after he is shown to be alive and well.

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* SavedByCanon: SavedByCanon:
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Season 3 starts showing that someone in the main group [[spoiler: dies in the fire on Annalise's house, but each episode's final flash-forward shows someone of the group that has survived:]]
** *** In episode 1: Annalise.
** *** In episode 2: [[spoiler: Oliver.]]
** *** In episode 3: [[spoiler: Bonnie.]]
** *** In episode 4: [[spoiler: Laurel, who is pregnant and severely injured from the fire. Meggy is also shown to be alive.]]
** *** In episode 5: [[spoiler:Michaela; it is also revealed in this episode that the victim is male, but that's fairly useless information as the only remaining possibilities all *are* male]].
** *** In episode 6: [[spoiler:Asher]].
** *** In episode 7: [[spoiler:Wes (which is later subverted in episode 9)]].
** *** In episode 8: [[spoiler:Connor]].
** *** In episode 9: It's a bit different, as this isn't the big cliffhanger ending for the episode, but the episode spends a lot of time hinting that [[spoiler:Nate]] is the one who died. The big reveal happens moments after he is shown to be alive and well.well.
** Season 5 uses a very similar technique with its flash-forward story. Episode 1 starts with a POV shot of someone bleeding heavily outside in the snow by a large tented area (later revealed to be [[spoiler:Connor and Oliver's wedding reception]], as [[spoiler:baby Christopher]] watches on. Each episode reveals someone ''not'' to be the bloody party.
*** In episode 1: [[spoiler: Bonnie, who smothers the bloody person.]]
*** In episode 2: [[spoiler: Laurel and Michaela.]]
*** In episode 3: [[spoiler: Connor, who has facial bruises from a fight (later depicted in episode 7). It's also shown that Bonnie has posession of Nate's cell phone.]]
*** In episode 4: [[spoiler: Annalise, who collapses sobbing at the C&G office.]]
*** In episode 5: [[spoiler: Asher, as well as Connor's mother Pam, as the two are discovered in a sexually compromising position.]]
*** In episode 6: [[spoiler: Ron Miller (later subverted).]]
*** In episode 7: No new suspects are eliminated, but [[spoiler:Bonnie]] is revealed giving instructions to ''another'' unseen party to leave the scene with the bloody (and now clearly dead) original individual.
*** In episode 8: [[spoiler:Miller]] is revealed as the bloody, dying person and [[spoiler:Nate]] as the person who beat [[spoiler:him]] bloody.


* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Wes.]]

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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler: Wes. Also Bonnie's child.]]


* BuryYourGays: In the same episode that he comes out, [[spoiler:Simon]] is killed.


* DaddyIssues: Laurel, Bonnie, Wes, Frank, Asher, Annalise... this show LOVES this trope. Lampshaded in 3.3 ("Always Bet Black") in a conversation among Annalise, Bonnie, and Laurel.

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* DaddyIssues: Laurel, Bonnie, Wes, Frank, Asher, Annalise... this show LOVES this trope. It's hard to think of even one character who doesn't have serious problems with their father; even Connor, whose father seems like a good and supportive man, openly resents his. Lampshaded in 3.3 ("Always Bet Black") in a conversation among Annalise, Bonnie, and Laurel.


* AdultFear: Amidst all the murder and conspiracies and general drama of the show, [[spoiler: Annalise's mother having dementia]] is a real and relatable fear for many adults her age, especially with the rest of her family not taking it seriously enough to get her help right away.

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* AdultFear: AdultFear:
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Amidst all the murder and conspiracies and general drama of the show, [[spoiler: Annalise's mother having dementia]] is a real and relatable fear for many adults her age, especially with the rest of her family not taking it seriously enough to get her help right away.away.
** In Season Five, Laurel is terrified that her son may have witnessed [[spoiler: Bonnie kill Miller]].
** In the Season Five finale, not only does [[spoiler: Laurel]] disappear from Annalise's side on a crowded street after having been threatened by her brother, but [[spoiler: Christopher]] does as well, from the K5's house, while most of them were home.

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