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* TechMarchesOn: In the pilot, Jacob picks up touchscreen-based smartphone gaming quickly ([[JustifiedTrope as children do]]) but without so much as a "Wow, that's cool!" Though he does head straight for DonkeyKong rather than a more recent game.

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* TechMarchesOn: In the pilot, Jacob picks up touchscreen-based smartphone gaming quickly ([[JustifiedTrope as children do]]) but without so much as a "Wow, that's cool!" Though he does head straight for DonkeyKong ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' rather than a more recent game.

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* {{Adaptation}}: Of Jason Mott's novel ''The Returned''.


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* TheShowOfTheBooks: Of Jason Mott's novel ''The Returned''.


* DisappointedInYou: [[spoiler: James was upset with Agent Bellamy for allowing Rachael's birth to happen.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Henry and Fred's mother, as revealed in "Old Scars".]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist:
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[[spoiler:Henry and Fred's mother, as revealed in "Old Scars".]]
** [[spoiler:James in Season 2.
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** [[spoiler: In "Prophecy", Margaret realize the Returned came back to punish her family for her father's involvement in the factory fire.]]

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** [[spoiler: In "Prophecy", Margaret realize believes the Returned came back to punish her family for her father's involvement in the factory fire.]]
** [[spoiler: By the end of the second season, it appears that the Returned are the catalyst of the AntiChrist. Whether it's true or not remains to be seen.
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* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Margaret was forced to marry Henry and Fred's father to keep the truth of the factory fire a secret. Her father has no choice but to obligate.]]


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: In "Aftermath", Rachel drove back to Arcadia after learning of Tom's death. After the train pass, clearing a way for her, her car hasn't moved...]]


* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In "Prophecy": "I never blamed you for losing Jacbo."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In "Prophecy": "I never blamed you ''you'' for losing Jacbo."]]

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** [[spoiler: In "Prophecy", Margaret realize the Returned came back to punish her family for her father's involvement in the factory fire.]]


** [[spoiler:In "Prophecy", Lucille tells Henry to leave the house when he brought up her past guilt of losing Henry (see Ironic Echo).]]



* HeroicSacrifice: It was originally assumed Maggie's mother, Barbara, did this trying to save her nephew Jacob, but it turns out Barbara was the one who fell in, and so it was Jacob who pulled this trying to get her out It was also a SenselessSacrifice in the end since both died, of course).
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:In "Old Scars", Lucille blamed Barbara for losing Jacob. Because the only reason she was by the lake where she drowned, was to be with the person she was having an affair with. If it weren't for her, Jacob would not have died, and he'd already be an adult, married and with kids of his own. Lucille also holds Fred responsible for Jacob's death, due to causing Barbara to have the affair in the first place. Though from "Prophecy", it may be to hide the fact that she blames ''herself'' for losing Jacob (see Ironic Echo).]]



* HeroicSacrifice: It was originally assumed Maggie's mother, Barbara, did this trying to save her nephew Jacob, but it turns out Barbara was the one who fell in, and so it was Jacob who pulled this trying to get her out It was also a SenselessSacrifice in the end since both died, of course).
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:In "Old Scars", Lucille blamed Barbara for losing Jacob. Because the only reason she was by the lake where she drowned, was to be with the person she was having an affair with. If it weren't for her, Jacob would not have died, and he'd already be an adult, married and with kids of his own. Lucille also holds Fred responsible for Jacob's death, due to causing Barbara to have the affair in the first place.]]


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** In "Prophecy", [[spoiler:we learn Lucille blamed herself for losing Jacob. She was studying for college, she fell asleep while studying and woke up to find Jacob missing. Maggie, who was initially angry at her aunt for blaming her mom for Jacob's death, tells her it wasn't her fault. Later, while arguing with Henry about the damage his mother done, she was angry at him for not realizing it. Henry, in anger about the accusation of it's all somehow his fault, tells Lucille he ''never'' blamed her for losing Jacob. Lucille then tells him to leave the house.]]


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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:In "Prophecy": "I never blamed you for losing Jacbo."]]


** Second, [[spoiler: the young girl Jacob had befriended at the park turns out to be one of the returned, along with her parents]].

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** Second, [[spoiler: the young girl Jacob had befriended at the park turns out to be one of the returned, Returned, along with her parents]].


*** The audience barely has time to react to these last two surprises before they realize that [[spoiler: the phones ringing off the hook at the police station are all due to people returning from the dead en masse]]. Cue the realisation of [[spoiler: Maggie and Fred, who search for Barbara... who shows up not at Fred's house as they both expected, but at the house of the man she was cheating on him with before she died]].

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*** The audience barely has time to react to these last two surprises before they realize that [[spoiler: the phones ringing off the hook at the police station are all due to people returning from the dead en masse]].''en masse'']]. Cue the realisation of [[spoiler: Maggie and Fred, who search for Barbara... who shows up not at Fred's house as they both expected, but at the house of the man she was cheating on him with before she died]].


*** Then again, as of the second season he's becoming more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Notably, in "Old Wounds" he's just an uncomfortable as Henry and Maggie at [[spoiler:Lucille's tongue-lashing of the remorseful Barbara]], even while his mother [[EvilMatriarch looks quite pleased at the development]]. In the episode preceeding it, Margaret tells his daughter that not many people understand why he is that way, and that despite burying his feelings and seeming distant he loves very, very deeply (interspersed with a scene that reveals that Fred [[TearJerker was the one to find his wife's body years ago]]).

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*** Then again, as of the second season he's becoming more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Notably, in "Old Wounds" Scars" he's just an uncomfortable as Henry and Maggie at [[spoiler:Lucille's tongue-lashing of the remorseful Barbara]], even while his mother [[EvilMatriarch looks quite pleased at the development]]. In the episode preceeding it, Margaret tells his daughter that not many people understand why he is that way, and that despite burying his feelings and seeming distant he loves very, very deeply (interspersed with a scene that reveals that Fred [[TearJerker was the one to find his wife's body years ago]]).



* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Margaret]] emotionally manipulated Lucille, to the point that the latter, while getting drunk on wine, loses all restraint in "Old Wounds" and [[spoiler:drives Barbara to the point of a DespairEventHorizon]], which everyone but [[spoiler:Margaret]] showed shock and discomfort by. Following this, [[spoiler:she guilt-trips Barbara, who she never liked, into choosing to disappear]]. Good God...

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* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler:Margaret]] emotionally manipulated Lucille, to the point that the latter, while getting drunk on wine, loses all restraint in "Old Wounds" Scars" and [[spoiler:drives Barbara to the point of a DespairEventHorizon]], which everyone but [[spoiler:Margaret]] showed shock and discomfort by. Following this, [[spoiler:she guilt-trips Barbara, who she never liked, into choosing to disappear]]. Good God...


** [[spoiler: Henry does this as well in "Aftermath" when he learns about the fire in the factory.]]



*** [[spoiler:Ironically in "Aftermath", Margaret and Jacob's "punishment" is having to see their family suffer because of them.]]



* GetOut: [[spoiler:In "Aftermath", Henry tells his mother to leave his home, saying she's been "dead for decades".]]



* GuiltByAssociation: [[spoiler:The True Living weren't too sad over Pastor Tom's death, due to being a Returned sympathizer.]]



** Deputy Carl's Returned [[BigBrotherBully older brother]] Mikey in "Multiple". So much that [[spoiler:Carl shoots him; like with Rachel, it doesn't take. Plus, Mikey seems to be holding something over Carl that's got to do with their deceased parents...]] Yet you can't help but [[CryForTheDevil feel sorry for Mikey]] as he was [[spoiler:choking on his own blood and pleading Carl for help in "Will". Even Carl felt guilty after he disappeared. But he still hated him for treating him badly all his life; as he stated in "Miracles" he hated him when he was alive and hated him more as a Returned.]]

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** Deputy Carl's Returned [[BigBrotherBully older brother]] Mikey in "Multiple". So much that [[spoiler:Carl shoots him; like with Rachel, it doesn't take. Plus, Mikey seems to be holding something over Carl that's got to do with their deceased parents...]] Yet you can't help but [[CryForTheDevil feel sorry for Mikey]] as he was [[spoiler:choking on his own blood and pleading Carl for help in "Will". Even Carl felt guilty after he disappeared. But Nevertheless, he still hated him for treating him badly all his life; as he stated in "Miracles" he hated him when he was alive and hated him more as a Returned.]]



* ObnoxiousInLaws: Margaret doesn't like Barbara. In "Old Scars", she says that while her younger son Fred was never perfect, she believes Barbara only drove a further wedge between him and the rest of the family when they got together. In contrast, she seems to get along reasonably well with Lucille [[spoiler:but it's hinted that this might be simply a front to help push her own agenda forward.]]

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* ObnoxiousInLaws: Margaret doesn't like Barbara. In "Old Scars", she says that while her younger son Fred was never perfect, she believes Barbara only drove a further wedge between him and the rest of the family when they first got together. In contrast, she seems to get along reasonably well with Lucille [[spoiler:but it's hinted that this might be simply a front to help push her own agenda forward.]]



* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Since the Returned come back the same age that they died, there's a lot of this--Margaret is younger than both of her sons, [[spoiler:Barbara]] is about the same age as her daughter, and Michael Kirk looks younger than his grandson.

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* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Since the Returned come back the same age that they died, there's a lot of this--Margaret is younger than both of her sons, [[spoiler:Barbara]] is about the same age as her daughter, and Michael Kirk looks younger than his grandson.



* TookALevelInJerkass: Jacob, beginning in "Multiple". Due to his and Margaret's little talk in "Echoes".

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Jacob, beginning in "Multiple". Due to his and Margaret's little talk in "Echoes". He becomes even more [[TheStoic Stoic]]. He wasn't even that sad [[spoiler:when his friend Tom got killed. Yet he starts to feel guilt for making his parents suffer due to his presence.]]


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* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler:In "Aftermath", a member of the True Living calls Henry out for allowing his grief over Jacob's death to close down the factory, ruining the town.]]


* SupernaturallyYoungParent: [[spoiler:Barbara]], after her return.

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* SupernaturallyYoungParent: [[spoiler:Barbara]], after Since the Returned come back the same age that they died, there's a lot of this--Margaret is younger than both of her return.sons, [[spoiler:Barbara]] is about the same age as her daughter, and Michael Kirk looks younger than his grandson.



* WhatYearIsThis: One of the Returned asks this near the end of "Schemes of the Devil".

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* WhatYearIsThis: One of the Returned asks this near the end of "Schemes of the Devil".
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