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** In season five, Tommy tries to outmaneuver Oswald Mosley and the fascists while the Chinese contract the Peaky Blinders to move seven tonnes of heroin across England.


** For all the brothers: Don't call the Shelby boys' mother a whore. Don't threaten any member of the Shelby family.
** For Tommy: Grace and [[spoiler: his son Charles]].



** For John: Don't call Lizzie a whore.



** For Arthur: Just about ''anything'' in season two, but especially don't try to kill his little brother.


* BullyingTheDragon: Mosby and the fascists keep on antagonizing Tommy even though they need him for their political schemes. They are seem hell bound on testing how far they can take things before Tommy reverts to the streat gangster he started out as.



* LandMineGoesClick: The Lees leave a grenade wired to the car door of Tommy's car. Finn sets it off while playing, but luckily, Tommy's there to grab the grenade, throw it into an alley, and scoop Finn up.

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The Lees leave a grenade wired to the car door of Tommy's car. Finn sets it off while playing, but luckily, Tommy's there to grab the grenade, throw it into an alley, and scoop Finn up.up.
** The Billy Boys lure out Tommy to a field wherre they have buried mines. Tommy narrowly avoids stepping on one and has to carefully retrace his steps to get out of the field. He also barely prevents his son from entering the field. He then clears the minefield by triggering the mines with fire from a submachine gun.


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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Lampshaded by Tommy after he tries to deal with Mosby and the fascists by gathering evidence and informing the proper authorities. All it accomplishes is that a good man is murdered and a young boy is killed as collateral. Tommy resolves to finish the matter through good old-fashioned violence and assassination.

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* OrphanageOfFear: Tommy and Polly learn that an orphanage they sponsor has become this with the orphan boys receiving savage beatings from the nuns running the place. They go to visit and inform the nuns that if there is any more abuse, Tommy will have them all killed.


** In 1929 Tommy meets Oswald Mosley and mentions Mosley being close to British fascists. At that time Mosley was still a prominent Labour MP and did not support fascism. His FaceHeelTurn would not really start till 1931.

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** In 1929 Tommy meets Oswald Mosley and mentions Mosley being close who tries to recruit Tommy for his soon-to-be-created British fascists.Union of Fascists. At that time Mosley was still a prominent Labour MP and did not support fascism. His FaceHeelTurn would not really start till Mosley founded the New Party in March 1931 and started to openly embrace fascism after the October 1931 election. The BUF was founded in 1932. In the show Mosley tells Tommy about already having meet Mussolini but in real life Mosley first met Mussolini in 1931.


* BreakInThreat: The Lee family gets inside the Shelby house and betting shop, trashing the place and leaving behind a booby trap for Tommy to find.

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* BreakInThreat: BreakInThreat:
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The Lee family gets inside the Shelby house and betting shop, trashing the place and leaving behind a booby trap for Tommy to find.find.
** In season 5, the Billy Boys sneak onto Tommy's estate, plant a scarecrow in a field by his house and surround the scarecrow with land mines. They could have easily killed Tommy but they instead demonstrate their power to get to him and the people he cares for anytime they want.

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* ThrowingTheFight: The Peaky Blinders make a lot of money from fixing horse races. In season 5 they expand into football match fixing by aproaching a down-on-his-luck ex-footballer and asking him to point out which goalies might be willing to let a few goals trough in exchange for a few hundred pounds.

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** In 1929 Tommy meets Oswald Mosley and mentions Mosley being close to British fascists. At that time Mosley was still a prominent Labour MP and did not support fascism. His FaceHeelTurn would not really start till 1931.


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* EnemyMine: The IRA would not mind seeing Tommy dead but they change their mind when they discover that the Shelbys are being targeted by the Billy Boys, a Scottish gang with strong ties to the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force, the IRA's main enemies in Northern Ireland.


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** In season 5 Tommy is aproached by Oswald Mosley who few years later would be the leader of the British Union of Fascists.


** The Shelby's are contracted a blackmailing pimp who specializes in providing children to pedophiles. Ada is upset that they are committing murder-for-hire but everyone else considers it a community service.



* DueToTheDead: Played with in 3.04. The four Shelby boys go out to the woods to shoot, skin, and cook a stag in honor of [[spoiler: the one good memory they have of their father. After it's finished, Tommy declares that neither John nor Arthur will name their unborn children after Arthur Senior, and that the name will die along with all memories of him.]]

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Played with in 3.04. The four Shelby boys go out to the woods to shoot, skin, and cook a stag in honor of [[spoiler: the one good memory they have of their father. After it's finished, Tommy declares that neither John nor Arthur will name their unborn children after Arthur Senior, and that the name will die along with all memories of him.]]]]
** In 5.01 Tommy has to MercyKill his son's favourite horse. Afterwards he and the Lees give the horse a proper burial and Tommy makes a speech praising the horse as a fighter and free spirit.


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* TooDumbToLive: A Lord contracts Tommy to kill a pimp who has incriminating photos of the Lord having sex with childeren. Tommy has the pimp killed and the Lord immediately tries to cheat Tommy on payment. Tommy promptly informs the Lord what he really thinks of him and that Tommy still has a copy of the pictures to release to the public if he does not get the full payment.


* AbortedArc: Freddie Thorne's struggle between his labor union obligations and romantic interest in Ada. He marries Ada and sides with the Shelbys at the end of season one, but there is never any fallout because he [[spoiler:dies of Spanish Flu between seasons one and two.]] Labor unions take a backseat for the next few seasons until...
** ...Season 4, which picks up with (real-life) labor organizer Jessie Eden sparring with Tommy over worker's rights and striking, and it seems Ada's Communist ties may be under investigation by Special Branch.

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* AbortedArc: Freddie Thorne's struggle between his labor union obligations and romantic interest in Ada. He marries Ada and sides with the Shelbys at the end of season one, but there is never any fallout because he [[spoiler:dies of Spanish Flu between seasons one and two.]] two]]. Labor unions take a backseat for the next few seasons until...
** ...Season 4, which picks up with (real-life) labor organizer Jessie Eden sparring with Tommy over worker's rights
and striking, and it seems Ada's Communist ties may be under investigation by Special Branch.pick back up again without Thorne.


* PsychoForHire: Aberama Gold is set up as this, although [[spoiler: so far, it seems like his reputation is exaggerated. This is kind of a twist, since his actor, Aiden Gillen, is probably best known for playing the supremely-treacherous Littlefinger on ''Series/GameOfThrones''.]]



* WorthyOpponent: While most of the show's main villains so far have been characterized as brutes, rapists, and even pedophiles, Luca Changretta stands out as an oddly honourable figure. Sure, he's a murderous Mafia guy, but he's never [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel]], is motivation is [[YouKilledMyFather sympathetic]], he WouldntHurtAChild, and he's pretty clearly [[GreyAndGreyMorality not really any worse a guy than Tommy]].


* AbortedArc: Freddie Thorne's struggle between his labor union obligations and romantic interest in Ada. He marries Ada and sides with the Shelbys at the end of season one, but there is never any fallout because he [[spoiler:dies between seasons one and two.]] Labor unions are never mentioned again.
** Subverted. Season 4 picks up with (real-life) labor organizer Jessie Eden sparring with Tommy over worker's rights and striking, and it seems Ada's Communist ties may be under investigation by Special Branch.

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* AbortedArc: Freddie Thorne's struggle between his labor union obligations and romantic interest in Ada. He marries Ada and sides with the Shelbys at the end of season one, but there is never any fallout because he [[spoiler:dies of Spanish Flu between seasons one and two.]] ]] Labor unions are never mentioned again.
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take a backseat for the next few seasons until...
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Season 4 4, which picks up with (real-life) labor organizer Jessie Eden sparring with Tommy over worker's rights and striking, and it seems Ada's Communist ties may be under investigation by Special Branch.



* AntiHero: Our protagonists are brutal gangsters, but they're always set against people who are much worse, making them sympathetic.

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* AntiHero: Our protagonists are brutal gangsters, but they're always typically set against people who are much worse, worse (or at least, not much better), making them sympathetic.



** There was a real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Boys Billy Kimber]], but [[spoiler: he died peacefully in 1942, not - as depicted in the show - in a 1919 gunfight.]] He also had a long-running feud with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sabini Sabini Gang]] - which he lost - while in the show, the two organizations never interact.



** Tommy assumes at Epsom that [[spoiler:Lizzie will be willing and able to seduce the Field Marshal]].

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** Tommy assumes at Epsom that [[spoiler:Lizzie will be willing and able to seduce the Field Marshal]]. He actually gets [[WhatTheHellHero chewed out on this one]].



* BodyHorror: Alfie Solomons' [[spoiler: cancer leaves him pretty scarred.]]

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* BodyHorror: Alfie Solomons' [[spoiler: cancer leaves him pretty scarred.]]]] Even before he explains what's going on in the finale, you can tell something is wrong.



* BrokenPedestal: Both Tommy and Campbell have it for Grace.

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* BrokenPedestal: Both Tommy and Campbell have it for Grace. Tommy gets over it.



** In 3.02, Tommy reminds his family that the Changrettas are "those bastards who wanted Danny Whizz-bang dead".

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** In 3.02, Tommy reminds his family that the Changrettas are "those bastards who wanted Danny Whizz-bang dead". In 1.01, they were unnamed, and referred to only by their Italian nationality.



** Tommy's general absence of faith in Freddie Thorne's labor organization cause makes a lot more sense after the revelations about his own history with the movement in series 4.
** In the very first episode, Tommy quotes the line "In the bleak midwinter" (the opening line of a poem of the same name by Christina Rossetti) with no particular explanation. The line comes up a few times throughout the show before we finally get the context on it in 4.02: [[spoiler: Tommy's old military unit used to recite the poem whenever one of their number died]].



** In London: The Shelbys reach out to the Jews to ally against the Italians and get a foothold in London. Then the Jews and the Italians reconcile and unite against the Shelbys, but the Jews make a new deal with the Shelbys and double-cross the Italians. The Jews continue to support the Shelbys until [[spoiler: Alfie is bribed by the Economic League]] and then double-cross Tommy.

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** In London: The Shelbys reach out to the Jews to ally against the Italians and get a foothold in London. Then the Jews and the Italians reconcile and unite against the Shelbys, but the Jews make a new deal with the Shelbys and double-cross the Italians. The Jews continue to support the Shelbys until [[spoiler: Alfie is bribed by the Economic League]] and then double-cross Tommy.Tommy, and [[spoiler: again when Alfie is bribed by Luca Changretta to help with the attempted hit on Arthur. Finally, enough is enough, and Tommy kills Alfie himself.]]



** Dear sweet Reuben was Polly's love interest throughout Series 3, but does not appear throughout Series 4 and, as of this writing, isn't set to return in Series 5.



* ParentalSubstitute: Charlie Strong sees himself as one for Tommy, though the opposite doesn't seem to be true. Tommy seems very resentful of Charlie and only begrudgingly calls him "Uncle".

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* ParentalSubstitute: Charlie Strong sees himself as one for Tommy, though the opposite doesn't seem to be true. Tommy seems very resentful of Charlie and only begrudgingly calls him "Uncle". It's ambiguous whether or not Tommy naming his own son Charles is a subtle way of acknowledging his uncle or not.



* PsychoForHire: Aberama Gold is set up as this, although [[spoiler: so far, it seems like his reputation is exaggerated. This is kind of a twist, since his actor, Aiden Gillen, is probably best known for playing the supremely-treacherous Littlefinger on ''Series/GameOfThrones''.]]



** SinisterMinister Father Hughes is implied to be a child molester--[[spoiler:Michael says he "knows things" about him and obsessively campaigns to be the one to kill him, despite having been protected from that side of the business]].

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** SinisterMinister Father Hughes is implied to be a child molester--[[spoiler:Michael says he "knows things" about him and obsessively campaigns to be molester--and therefore set up as probably the one to kill him, despite having been protected from that side of most evil enemy the business]].Shelbys have yet faced, in contrast with mere gangsters like Kimber or the Changrettas.



** Campbell to the new Birmingham police recruits.

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** Campbell gives one to the new Birmingham police recruits.recruits in the pilot.



** The first meeting between Campbell and Tommy taking place at a quiet tea shop is likely an homage to a similiar scene in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', where Robert de Niro's thief character and Al Pacino's cop character memorably meet for coffee in one scene. It's the only moment in the movie when they're both onscreen.



-->"You know the words. You're a whore. You're baby's a bastard. But [[DoubleStandard there's no word for the man who leaves]]."

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-->"You know the words. You're a whore. You're Your baby's a bastard. But [[DoubleStandard there's no word for the man who leaves]].""
* Campbell's landlady is Series 2 does a bit of hooking on the side. He is very uncool about it.



* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: John's BerserkButton over Lizzie Stark and his desire to beef up the Peaky Blinders' image with the Italians sets off a chain of events that leads to [[spoiler: Grace being shot and killed instead of Tommy]].

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* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: John's BerserkButton over Lizzie Stark and his desire to beef up the Peaky Blinders' image with the Italians sets off a chain of events that leads to [[spoiler: Grace being shot and killed instead of Tommy]].killed]].



* VillainTeamUp: Tommy pulls this on three separate occasions. First he cuts a deal with Campbell--he and the Peaky Blinders will find the guns from the BSA robbery, quell the unionizing and run Freddie Thorne out of Birmingham, if Campbell turns a blind eye to Tommy's gambling operations. Second, he proposes, much more politely than he did to Campbell, to Billy Kimber that he and the Peaky Blinders be allowed to fix races and run security on Kimber's behalf, taking over from the Lee family. And ''then'' he arranges a marriage between his brother and a Lee girl, forging an alliance with the Lees to take down Kimber.

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* VillainTeamUp: Tommy pulls this on three separate occasions.occasions in the first series. First he cuts a deal with Campbell--he and the Peaky Blinders will find the guns from the BSA robbery, quell the unionizing and run Freddie Thorne out of Birmingham, if Campbell turns a blind eye to Tommy's gambling operations. Second, he proposes, much more politely than he did to Campbell, to Billy Kimber that he and the Peaky Blinders be allowed to fix races and run security on Kimber's behalf, taking over from the Lee family. And ''then'' he arranges a marriage between his brother and a Lee girl, forging an alliance with the Lees to take down Kimber.Kimber.
** Later seasons make a habit of this. Tommy is constantly, and sometimes literally, in bed with people who will end up being his enemies.



** Luca Changretta, to the point where he's almost the HeroOfAnotherStory.



** Tommy clearly took topping his asshole behavior at Epsom as a challenge--the scene in 3.06 where he [[spoiler: pays off his family, lectures them on how disgusting and how fruitless their social-climbing is, and caps it off by informing Arthur, John, Michael, and Polly of their arrests]] is an even bigger WTHH moment.

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** Tommy clearly took topping his asshole behavior at Epsom as a challenge--the scene in 3.06 where he [[spoiler: pays off his family, lectures them on how disgusting and how fruitless their social-climbing is, and caps it off by informing Arthur, John, Michael, and Polly of their arrests]] is an even bigger WTHH moment. Ultimately it takes the entire fourth season for him to win back their trust and forgiveness.



* WorthyOpponent: While most of the show's main villains so far have been characterized as brutes, rapists, and even pedophiles, Luca Changretta stands out as an oddly honourable figure. Sure, he's a murderous Mafia guy, but he's never [[KickTheDog needlessly cruel]], is motivation is [[YouKilledMyFather sympathetic]], he WouldntHurtAChild, and he's pretty clearly [[GreyAndGreyMorality not really any worse a guy than Tommy]].



** At Tommy's first meeting with Luca, the latter promises that despite his blood feud with the Shelbys, he will not target any of their children.



* XanatosSpeedChess: What Tommy's playing in season three. Each time Hughes, the Economic League, or the Russians throw a wrench into his plans for the heist, he switches course. In the end, [[spoiler: he comes out on top, but he's forced his cousin to become a killer, forced John and Arthur into blowing up a train with innocent people on it, and sold his entire family out to mysterious "allies" who will help him defeat the Economic League conspiracy]].

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* XanatosSpeedChess: What Tommy's playing in season three. Each time Hughes, the Economic League, or the Russians throw a wrench into his plans for the heist, he switches course. In the end, [[spoiler: he comes out on top, but he's forced his cousin to become a killer, forced John and Arthur into blowing up a train with innocent people on it, and sold his entire family out to mysterious "allies" his friends in government who will help him defeat the Economic League conspiracy]].conspiracy]]. This series sees Tommy at his lowest point so far.



* YouKilledMyFather: Luca, to Tommy - although technically it was Arthur who pulled the trigger.



* YourMom: Anyone stupid enough to do this to any of the Shelby brothers usually ends up on [[ImprovisedWeapon the wrong end of the boys' caps]].

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* YourMom: Anyone stupid enough to do this to any of the Shelby brothers usually ends up on [[ImprovisedWeapon [[WeaponizedHeadgear the wrong end of the boys' caps]].


* TimeShiftedActor: Due to a two-year time skip between seasons, Alfie Evans-Meese plays 11 year old Finn Shelby in season one and Harry Kirton plays 13 year old Finn Shelby from season two onwards.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: The three eldest Shelby brothers, Freddie Thorne, and Danny Owen all served together in France. None of them [[ShellShockedVeteran came back the same]]. Danny has full-on flashbacks to combat, Arthur frequently gets the "Flanders Blues" (severe depressive periods), John and Tommy [[spoiler: smoke opium]] "for headaches", and Tommy has BadDreams of the time they faced a German detatchment tunneling into their territory, saying he hears the shovels when he tries to sleep.


* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Subverted with [[spoiler: Alfie Solomons, who lets himself by shot by Tommy versus dying of cancer.]]

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Subverted with [[spoiler: Alfie Solomons, who lets himself by be shot by Tommy versus dying of cancer.]]

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