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** [[RetiredMonster William Carney]], from season 3's second episode, is a particularly vicious SerialKiller and sexually violent criminal who killed many women several years ago, starting with middle-class wives before moving onto [[DisposableSexWorker prostitutes]]. After failing to kill two teenage girls and a mother, Carney was arrested and locked away. In the present, Carney [[EvilMentor manipulates Paul Ellis]], the son of one of his victims, into carrying on his murders, sending the disturbed man after victims who got away from Carney in the past, resulting in many more brutal deaths. When confronted about his crimes, Carney can only laugh and reveals his crimes were committed [[ForTheEvulz just because he enjoyed them]], and he attempts to make his final victim one of his own nurses simply because he hated being seen as "weak" by her.


* MagnificentBastard: One could make a strong case for both Alice and Luther.


* NightmareFuel: The pin in the ear scene.
** In episode three a satanist has a thing for writing in human blood. Thing is, he tends to write whole novels at a time.

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* NightmareFuel: The pin in Many of the ear scene.
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** In episode three of season 1 a satanist has a thing for writing in human blood. Thing is, he tends to write whole novels at a time.time.
** Cameron Pell wears a creepy Mr. Punch mask and kills people simply to become as feared as Spring-Heeled Jack, Jack the Ripper or any other infamous serial killer. His last act before he is stopped is to attempt to gas a busload of ''school children'' to death, put their bodies in acid and ship the acid containers around the world so they can never be found.
** The Milberry twins never say a word and attack people seemingly at random (actually a ''game'' they are playing using dice rolls.) The first twin is caught after stabbing a courier to death, stealing his outfit and storming an office, where he proceeds to hit the staff with a hammer and spray acid in their faces.
** Paul Ellis breaks into people's houses and is seemingly able to remain motionless for hours until they come home, at which point he goes berserk, possessing enough strength to suplex a grown man through a ceiling, all the while screaming like an animal. The worst part? He is only doing it because he's become enthralled to the man who killed his mother when he was a child.
**Steven Rose is a cannibal who eats people to take the qualities he perceives them to have that he does not. He is also an IT wizard who used his job as a repairman to spy on his intended victims. ''All 200 of them!''

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*TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot[[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter /Character:]] George Stark is a retired policeman who, along with Gray, spends Season 3 trying to nail John Luther for being a dirty cop (which he isn't; as one character puts it he's ''"a cop who gets his hands dirty, not a dirty cop. There's a difference."'') As Season 3 progresses it becomes more apparent that Stark is hell-bent on taking down Luther to the point of using InsaneTrollLogic to paint him as guilty, and even Gray starts to doubt whether they're doing the right thing. All of this might make the viewer think that Stark is pursuing a personal vendetta against Luther (maybe he was a genuine dirty cop that Luther forced into "early retirement") and will be looking forward to the moment Luther shows him up for the petty, vindictive hypocrite he is. What happens instead? [[spoiler: He is unceremoniously blown away by Tom Marwood, conveniently removing him as a problem and absolving Luther of any need to do anything to prove his innocence.]]

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** [[CopKiller Terry Lynch]], from the second episode, is an ex-military officer who was thrown in prison for murdering a police officer in a scuffle. Upon being denied parole, [[AbusiveParents Lynch]] gives his abused son Owen plans and schemes to act out in a quest for both freedom and revenge. Having Owen begin systematically murdering police officers around the city, including sniping and bombing them, Lynch ultimately gets more than a dozen officers killed and injured. Lynch hopes to get a reduced sentence in exchange for stopping his son, revealing Owen has been instructed to continue killing until Lynch says stop, and when confronted by the possibility of Owen dying, Lynch simply laughs and reveals [[ItsAllAboutMe he doesn't care about his son, only his freedom]].
** [[SerialKiller Cameron Pell]], from season 2's first two episodes, is a failed artist who admires the likes of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and Spring-heeled Jack for the fear and infamy they've amassed over the centuries. [[FameThroughInfamy Wanting that same fame for himself]], Pell [[MalevolentMaskedMan dons a mask]] and begins murdering innocent people by strangling them and slashing their throats open. After failing to kill DCI John Luther, Pell kidnaps the man's partner, DS Justin Ripley, and subjects him to brutal torture that he broadcasts to the entire police station. Pell's master plan is to [[WouldHurtAChild murder over a dozen schoolchildren]], dissolve their bodies, and ship the corpses out of the country, leaving the parents of the children forever in agony at never knowing what happened to their kids, and cementing Pell into London's most monstrous of villains.


* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all four seasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.

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* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all the first four seasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The title theme [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i4Es1HNyms "Paradise Circus"]] by Massive Attack, and happens to be a pretty good summation of Luther's character.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The title theme [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i4Es1HNyms "Paradise Circus"]] by Massive Attack, and happens to be a pretty good summation of Luther's character.


** With Mark he had interacted with Luther enough to realize that a.) he did love Zoe and b.) if Luther was guilty he wouldn't waste time trying to lie to Mark.



*** With Mark he had interacted with Luther enough to realize that a.) he did love Zoe and b.) if Luther was guilty he wouldn't waste time trying to lie to Mark.


* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The grey hero of the series, DCI Luther. True CowboyCop who is on the edge and will [[IDidWhatIHadToDo stop at nothing to make sure that]] the worst of the worst are stopped? Or is he a burnt out cop unable to feel for the victims driven to win by his sense of self worth? A man [[JadeColoredGlasses so apathetic to all the horror]] that the only person he can relate to is a cold-hearted killer.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
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The grey hero of the series, DCI Luther. True CowboyCop who is on the edge and will [[IDidWhatIHadToDo stop at nothing to make sure that]] the worst of the worst are stopped? Or is he a burnt out cop unable to feel for the victims driven to win by his sense of self worth? A man [[JadeColoredGlasses so apathetic to all the horror]] that the only person he can relate to is a cold-hearted killer.


* IdiotPlot: Nearly everything about the end of series 1 with regards to [[spoiler:Luther being framed for Zoe's murder and his attempts to clear his name. Reed tells the rest of the unit a story about Luther being responsible and trying to say Reed killed her instead rather than wait to see the evidence peacefully, everyone takes Reed's word for it and goes all in on believing that Luther's guilty. Luther, for his part, never tries to tell anybody about the incident with Reed killing the kidnapper Sugarman and how that escalated, (complete with the hotel security footage that would show both men were there and the maid who can testify that Luther saved her when another man tried to shoot her) never volunteers to have the record of his phone calls brought in as evidence, (which would beyond a doubt establish that Zoe called him, and subsequently Reed killed her) never tells anyone to look in Reed's locker for the diamonds Reed stole, (which would be a good first step to blowing holes in Reed's story and at least implicate him for serious corruption that would require further investigation that might help Luther) and doesn't even make a serious attempt to get Reed to implicate himself when the two meet in the park while under police surveillance. Instead he comes up with a cockamamie plan that involves convincing his ex-wife's new lover Mark that he's innocent, (instead of, y'know, trying to convince the ''police'' that he's innocent) having Mark break into Reed's locker to steal the diamonds, (again, instead of just telling his colleagues in the police that the diamonds are there) then trick Reed into following Mark to a spot where Luther and an armed and unhinged Narcissist/sociopath, (whose behavior makes her a major wild card) Mark, and Luther can work together to trick Reed into incriminating himself on a recorder, which is far less convincing than Reed incriminating himself on a recording while under police surveillance. (Since Reed or a lawyer representing Reed can always try to argue later that Luther may have tampered with/altered the recording, or that Reed was simply humoring a man with a gun by saying anything he wanted to hear, both of which they couldn't say if Luther got Reed to do the exact same thing while the two are being watched by the police.) The whole situation, and Luther's "solution" to it is so dumb that it sounds like it comes from a particularly trashy SoapOpera.]]

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* IdiotPlot: Nearly everything about the end of series 1 with regards to [[spoiler:Luther being framed for Zoe's murder and his attempts to clear his name. Reed tells the rest of the unit a story about Luther being responsible and trying to say Reed killed her instead rather instead. Rather than wait to see the evidence peacefully, everyone takes Reed's word for it and goes all in on believing that Luther's guilty. Luther, for his part, never tries to tell anybody about the incident with Reed killing the kidnapper Sugarman and how that escalated, (complete with the hotel security footage that would show both men were there and the maid who can testify that Luther saved her when another man tried to shoot her) never volunteers to have the record of his phone calls brought in as evidence, (which would beyond a doubt establish that Zoe called him, him right around the time she was killed, and subsequently Reed killed her) possibly that he wasn't at the house at the time she was killed) never tells anyone to look in Reed's locker for the diamonds Reed stole, (which would be a good first step to blowing holes in Reed's story and at least implicate him for serious corruption that would require further investigation that investigation, which might help Luther) and doesn't even make a serious attempt to get Reed to implicate himself when the two meet in the park while under police surveillance. Instead he comes up with a cockamamie plan that involves convincing his ex-wife's new lover Mark that he's innocent, (instead of, y'know, trying to convince the ''police'' that he's innocent) having Mark break into Reed's locker to steal the diamonds, (again, instead of just telling his colleagues in the police that the diamonds are there) then trick Reed into following Mark to a spot where Luther and an armed and unhinged Narcissist/sociopath, narcissist/sociopath, (whose behavior makes her a major wild card) Mark, and Luther can work together to trick Reed into incriminating himself on a recorder, which is far less convincing than Reed incriminating himself on a recording while under police surveillance. (Since Reed or a lawyer representing Reed can always try to argue later that Luther may have tampered with/altered the recording, or that Reed was simply humoring a man with a gun by saying anything he wanted to hear, both of which they couldn't say if Luther got Reed to do the exact same thing while the two are being watched by the police.) The whole situation, and Luther's "solution" to it is so dumb that it sounds like it comes from a particularly trashy SoapOpera.]]


* GeniusBonus: When Erin is pissed off at her colleagues in Episode 204, she quotes the last line from Literature/AnimalFarm

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* GeniusBonus: When Erin is pissed off at her colleagues in Episode 204, she quotes the last line from Literature/AnimalFarmLiterature/AnimalFarm.
* IdiotPlot: Nearly everything about the end of series 1 with regards to [[spoiler:Luther being framed for Zoe's murder and his attempts to clear his name. Reed tells the rest of the unit a story about Luther being responsible and trying to say Reed killed her instead rather than wait to see the evidence peacefully, everyone takes Reed's word for it and goes all in on believing that Luther's guilty. Luther, for his part, never tries to tell anybody about the incident with Reed killing the kidnapper Sugarman and how that escalated, (complete with the hotel security footage that would show both men were there and the maid who can testify that Luther saved her when another man tried to shoot her) never volunteers to have the record of his phone calls brought in as evidence, (which would beyond a doubt establish that Zoe called him, and subsequently Reed killed her) never tells anyone to look in Reed's locker for the diamonds Reed stole, (which would be a good first step to blowing holes in Reed's story and at least implicate him for serious corruption that would require further investigation that might help Luther) and doesn't even make a serious attempt to get Reed to implicate himself when the two meet in the park while under police surveillance. Instead he comes up with a cockamamie plan that involves convincing his ex-wife's new lover Mark that he's innocent, (instead of, y'know, trying to convince the ''police'' that he's innocent) having Mark break into Reed's locker to steal the diamonds, (again, instead of just telling his colleagues in the police that the diamonds are there) then trick Reed into following Mark to a spot where Luther and an armed and unhinged Narcissist/sociopath, (whose behavior makes her a major wild card) Mark, and Luther can work together to trick Reed into incriminating himself on a recorder, which is far less convincing than Reed incriminating himself on a recording while under police surveillance. (Since Reed or a lawyer representing Reed can always try to argue later that Luther may have tampered with/altered the recording, or that Reed was simply humoring a man with a gun by saying anything he wanted to hear, both of which they couldn't say if Luther got Reed to do the exact same thing while the two are being watched by the police.) The whole situation, and Luther's "solution" to it is so dumb that it sounds like it comes from a particularly trashy SoapOpera.]]


* GeniusBonus: When Erin is pissed off at her colleagues in Episode 204, she quotes the last line from AnimalFarm

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* GeniusBonus: When Erin is pissed off at her colleagues in Episode 204, she quotes the last line from AnimalFarmLiterature/AnimalFarm


* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all of the fourseasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.

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* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all of the fourseasons.four seasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.


* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all of the first three seasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.

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* AwardSnub: Despite massive acclaim Idris Elba has never won an Emmy for playing Luther, even with being nominated for all of the first three seasons.fourseasons. However he did get a Golden Globe and a SAG award, so that softens the blow a bit.

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