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  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Happens to Aeryn and the disillusioned Peacekeepers, suffering from massive desertion under Grayza's command after the wormhole weapon demonstration of PK Wars.
  • A Wizard Did It: Chiana lampshades the trope after attempting to explain how a wizard actually managed to do something after she notices Rygel was not following what she was saying.
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  • Abhorrent Admirer: In 'The Flax', the character Staanz is this for D'Argo. Staanz is revealed to be the female of her species towards the end (though she does admit to not being 'cut from the standard mold', ) and is played by male Ryss Muldoon.
  • Abnormal Ammo:
    • "Chakan oil" is used as ammunition for pulse pistols. The stuff is apparently somewhat tasty, as both John and Aeryn are shown licking their cartridges to check the power levels.
    • The wormhole weapons in Farscape can shoot a) black holes that grow exponentially or b) pull chunks of matter out of stars and then fire them at a target. The latter is expressly described as a "Displacement Engine," and is implied to be only one of many classes of weapons possibly built out of wormholes.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • The Nebari are built up to be huge threats — one of the Peacekeepers' strongest Command Carriers is taken out by a Nebari "host ship" implied to be standard in their fleet; Their "Establishment" deals with contentious citizens by infecting them with a sexually transmitted virus that will throw worlds into chaos, and them sending them into the galaxy at large; they're apparently capable of blowing up planets; and they wear lots of eyeliner. And we never hear of them again after "A Clockwork Nebari". Eventually the Kkore plot in the comics reused several elements of the Nebari invasion, serving as a Suspiciously Similar Substitute.
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    • Stark's pursuit of Zhaan's spirit at the end of season 3 is never followed-up on. He returns in the final few episodes of season 4 as a prisoner of the Scarrans, and the reason for his departure from Talyn's crew is never mentioned again, nor is it ever elaborated on how the Scarrans captured him in the first place.
    • We never do see Rygel regain his throne within the context of the series; Peacekeeper Wars ends with him intending to return to Hyneria with Chiana and D'Argo (prior to D'Argo's death) to seize back his throne from his cousin. The plot is only ever followed-up on in the comics.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Commandant Mele-on-Grayza. There was a reason Crichton nicknamed her "Commandant Cleavage" after all. When called out on it by Akhna (the female Scarran War Minister), Grayza replied "Would you have a weapon in your armory and leave it unused out of squeamish good taste?"
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Subverted with the Peacekeepers. They are initially presumed to be this: however, though they are extremely xenophobic - particularly around new species - and opposed to hybrids on general principle, they aren't really true examples of this trope in that they are more interested in conquest than genocide. However, even their usual reputation for xenophobia is largely due to regulations that not all Peacekeepers pay attention to: quite a few frontier officers and captains have been seen flirting with alien females, and some aliens and hybrids (like Scorpius) have managed to attain high office in Peacekeeper command.
    • The Scarrans however, at least according to Scorpius (who, though biased, has shown a strong understanding of Scarran nature), play this trope straight.
      Scorpius: They plan to exterminate the Sebaceans, but they won't stop there! Nor with Luxans, Delvians, Baniks, or a thousand other lower life-forms. They'll stop - when they're the only sentient species left. And if they discover wormhole technology before we do - the galaxy is theirs. And eventually, John, they will find Earth. Your race is defenseless. They'll be raped and slaughtered unless you help us!
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Rygel is prone to this. To distract a pirate crew that boarded Moya (as well as alleviate his own boredom) in one episode, Rygel played a low-stakes game of Tadek with the crew's captain. When Rygel accidentally revealed Moya had recently hosted a fugitive the pirate's were hunting, the game suddenly turned extremely high-stakes with Rygel forced to wager the location of the man (and their shipmates) in exchange for his life. The pirate captain won, but it turns out that the entire thing was a Batman Gambit and that Rygel intentionally threw the game (which itself was quite a challenge because his opponent was a horrible player) once he realized that unless the pirates thought they would leave with something of particular value, they would have simply killed everyone aboard when they departed regardless of an earlier promise to leave them in peace. For good measure, Rygel had pilot change their Comms frequencies the moment the pirates boarded, and the frequency he gave to pay his wager was a fake, leading the pirates on a wild goose chase far from their actual target.
    • Rygel is less than successful on other occasions, however, having been defeated when gambling for food in a later episode. In the novel House of Cards he also loses Moya to a local despot entirely. To Rygel's credit, however, his opponents cheated in both cases and it is clearly established that Rygel is a highly skilled gambler, even at games he is initially unfamiliar with.
  • Accidental Marriage: The story arc entitled "Look at the Princess". Although less "accidental" and more shotgun wedding, "I really wish I weren't the only male compatible with your princess."
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Crichton gets nabbed by Sykaran resistance fighters who inject a worm into his belly. While not particularly pleasant, the parasite feeds on the mind-controlling drug contained within the Sykarans' food, allowing Crichton to blend in amongst the cult without abandoning his free will.
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  • Affably Evil: Salis, Chiana's handler in "Durka Returns." Cool, calm, polite, and often extolling the virtues of a good Mind Rape; for good measure, he tortures Chiana while gently asserting that she should remain calm.
    • Kaarvok, when he bothers to talk, is impeccably polite and personable, even when readying to suck Chiana's brains out with a straw.
    • The doctor in "Coup By Clam" is awfully friendly for an extortionist and blackmailer. He even offers to refund 2/3rds of the money the crew pays him when he discovers he can't actually help 2/3rds of the crew he had poisoned. That doesn't stop him from getting his just rewards by the end of the episode, however.
    • And of course, Scorpius, who alternates between Affably Evil, Faux Affably Evil, and Anti-Villain. And possibly even a Well-Intentioned Extremist, although he seems to enjoy what he does maybe a little too much for that.
  • Agony Beam: The Scarrans' natural agony beam is composed of solid heat, redirected from their own bodies. This, coupled with the Sebeceans' susceptibility to heat, makes them a natural enemy of the Peacekeepers.
  • Agri World: An early episode deconstructs this trope. Sykar was forcibly remade into a farm world by the Peacekeepers; the native plantlife was almost completely destroyed to make way for vast fields of Tannot root, and the planet's natives were reduced to all being farm laborers, planting, tending and harvesting the crops. Thanks to the high demand for Tannot root, the farms themselves are steadily being worn out through overharvesting and reduced to barren wastes; the one seen in the episode is said to be the last fertile region of the planet. For good measure, the only thing stopping the Sykarans from noticing any of this is the fact that their food is made entirely of mind-control drugs, and they all believe that every day is the last day before a weekend.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the grand finale, Crichton is about to unleash his wormhole weapon, and asks Scorpius, who has been dogging him for years, if he really wants to see the weapon. Scorpius, for his part, is more than happy to get to begging if it means the culmination of his life's goal.
    Crichton: Beg.
    Scorpius: [instantly] I beg you.
    Crichton: That's not good enough. Say please.
    Scorpius: Please.
    Crichton: Pretty please.
    Scorpius: Pretty please.
    Crichton: With a cherry on top.
    Scorpius: [only one word behind] With a cherry on top.
    Crichton: Happy Birthday. Now, get out of my sight.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Justified in that diminutive Rygel often uses air ducts and service tunnels to travel when the ship is under siege, or whenever he's feeling particularly paranoid.
    • Crichton also uses larger maintenance passages this way later on, but again, these are tunnels designed for humanoids.
  • Alien Abduction: Not quite the standard way, but when John Crichton emerges from the wormhole in "Premiere", Moya pulls Farscape One in with her Docking Web and brings him to the bridge. Unlike other alien abductions, he is freely capable of moving, and the aliens aren't scientists but escaped prisoners who have captured his ship thinking that he can help them escape quickly. He is, however, incapacitated later, and examined while unconscious.
  • Alien Blood: The Nebari bleed blue. Luxan blood is particularly weird: when injured, it comes out black, and if you don't beat them until it turns clear it will become toxic and kill them.
  • Alien Catnip: In this scene of “Kansas”, the cast are visiting Earth during Halloween, and Rygel discovers human candy. High on the candy, he asks John, "How illegal is this dren? You've gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!" In a later episode ("A Constellation of Doubt"), Rygel even comments that most species consider refined sucrose to be an addictive poison. So it's existence wasn't unknown to him, but he was unprepared for the abundance. As Earth isn't that politically correct quite yet, it's available everywhere, and Rygel is indulging himself. To humans, it’s a cheap high. To aliens who are not used to being able to pick up hundreds of calories in the palm of their hand? Alien Catnip.
    • Certain type/frequency of light from certain stars to Zhaan. Appropriate since she is essentially a sapient, mobile plant.
  • Alien Lunch: The crew of Moya subsists mostly on "food cubes", which allegedly supply all of your basic needs. John adapts to the new food fairly quickly by necessity.
    • On occasions when they actually had money, they'd eat a variety of interestingly colored alien foods, some of which Crichton described as...not particularly tasty.
  • Aliens of London: Scorpius, and Crichton whenever he impersonates a Peacekeeper (or has his consciousness taken over by Scorpius). Not consistently applied regarding Peacekeepers as several, such as Crais and Grayza, use Australian or near-Australian accents.
    • Justified by the fact that the Peacekeepers aren't a race, their race is Sebacean, and Sebaceans are settled on planets all across that area of space. Having different accents thus makes perfect sense, though most of them probably learn to feign a "proper" Peacekeeper accent if they want to advance far.
    • Additionally, Claudia Black spoke in an early interview about how her accent (a hybrid of British and Australian) influenced how other characters portray Peacekeepers/Sebaceans. Since her accent isn't really imitatable and other actors would have sought to have some continuity among their accents, the Peacekeepers generally fall somewhere on the British-Australian continuum.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Normally averted, due to Translator Microbes, but the first regular episode, "I, E.T.", which centers on a First Contact encounter with a planetbound culture, plays the trope straight.
  • All There in the Manual: John's favorite pulse pistol Winona was introduced in the videogame. In the show he just suddenly has a pet gun mid-season 2 and it's never explained.
  • The Alleged Ship: Staanz's scavenger ship is prone to breakdowns. She routinely tosses her own cargo into the furnace to get the engine running again, and even then, D'Argo has to routinely thump it with a stick to get it to work smoothly.
    • Try getting around in a living starship that's pregnant.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: An in-universe example occurs in "The Ugly Truth", where in addition to each character's version of the destruction of the Plokavian ship being slightly different, various character traits are exaggerated as well, depending on the teller's own bias towards the others. Zhaan for example, is revealed to consider D'Argo as The Brute and Crichton as an Idiot Hero. Meanwhile D'Argo sees Zhaan as so Stupid Neutral that she's paralyzed with permanent indecision, and Crichton as his loyal sidekick.
  • Alternate Universe: A whole slew of them in "Unrealized Reality", ranging from a Scarran-conquered Earth to an alternate Moya filled with Composite Characters based off of the main cast. Crichton is forced to revisit the latter one in the episode "Prayer".
    • A later quasi-Shout-Out to this occurs in Stargate SG-1's brief parody from their 200th episode, where Claudia Black's character pitches the concept of Farscape to a writer and puts her SG-1 teammates in various Farscape roles, including Ben Browder as Stark.
  • Always Save the Girl: "Shut up and listen to me. Scorpius is here, looking for the key to what is inside my head. Neural chips, threatening Earth - none of it works, because he does not understand me.... You're the key. My Achilles. You. If he figures that out, the world and all that's in it is nothing. He will use you, and the baby, and I will not be able to stop him." So, Crichton, do you think you might be a little in love with Aeryn?
  • Amazon Chaser: Crichton, Crais, and Lorraq all seem drawn to Aeryn's butt-kicking ways.
  • Ambiguous Clone Ending: "Eat Me". Chiana's reaction to her copy is pure denial, which is pretty convenient seeing as she left her twin for dead. D'Argo is less-convinced about his own twin. It's very possible that the original pair died aboard the Leviathan, and the original Crichton dies in "Icarus Abides".
    • The villain responsible insists at some length that those concepts don't really apply to his process. They're both the original and also both the clone; it's more like cell mitosis than cloning.
  • Amoral Attorney: Ja Rhumann, senior partner at Litigra's ruling law firm.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Dargo's Qualta Blade was originally wielded by his father and grandfather before him.
  • Ancient Tomb: "Taking the Stone" is set in the catacombs of a Royal Funeral Planet, which has become home to a gang of thrillseeking teenagers. The B Plot involves Rygel being haunted by poltergeists after he engages in some looting.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • The Boolite in "Fractures." (Boolites can survive for the better part of a year after being dismembered. This one has been reduced to the consistency of pudding by an experimental Peacekeeper weapon...but is still perfectly conscious.)
    • In "Mental as Anything", D'Argo puts Macton into a coma where he has to relive killing Lo'Laan for the rest of his life. Macton had tried doing the same thing to D'Argo as well.
  • And This Is for...: In "A Human Reaction", Crichton Pistol Whips Cobb and knocks him out; "—for Rygel!" Subverted by the reveal of the Lotus-Eater Machine.
  • Anti-Mutiny: Grayza continually goes against the orders of her high command in chasing after Crichton and Scorpius. Eventually her Number Two, Braca, determines that she is putting her own interests above those of the Peacekeepers as a whole, as Grayza is arrested.
  • Anti-Villain: Crais becomes this not long after Scorpius takes over as Big Bad; after he is booted out of the Peacekeepers and manages to accept Crichton's innocence in his brother's death, he becomes more or less an Anti-Hero.
    • Scorpius might do horrible things on a regular basis, but his actual goals are understandable. He has such a hatred/fear of the Scarrans that he is willing to do anything to ensure that their expansion into the rest of the galaxy is prevented. It could almost be considered a heroic goal...but his general lack of empathy for those he hurt overshadowed any humanitarian ends to his means. Besides, he doesn't really care about any kind of "greater good", he's in it strictly for revenge (for his very birth) and hatred of the Scarran species as a whole.
  • Anyone Can Die: Many unexpected deaths, varying from Killed Off for Real to Death Is Cheap.
  • Apocalypse How: In The Peacekeeper Wars, John Crichton threatens to unleash a Class Z via wormhole weapons if the Scarrans and Peacekeepers don't play nice. A rare example of the good guys planning to annihilate reality. Of course, in doing so, he pulls a Class X on Qujaga.
  • Apologetic Attacker: During the showdown with Crichton in "Self-Inflicted Wounds," Neeyala remarks, "I have never before released my bristles to kill. Your forgiveness."
  • Appeal to Inherent Nature: Mixed with All Men Are Perverts when Aeryn says Crichton is obsessed with sex.
  • Arch-Enemy: Crais initially and then Scorpius, for John. But the other characters often get their own lower-profile Arch Enemies: Aeryn has her mother Xhalax, Zhaan has Maldis, and Rygel has Durka.
  • Arc Words: "My side! Your side! My side! Your side!"
    • Also, for season four: "Unrealized realities."
  • Armor-Piercing Question: At the conclusion of Chiana's introductory episode ("Durka Returns"), Crichton asks her, "Where were you when Salis was murdered?"
  • Artificial Human: The Scarrans have "bioloids" that they mostly use as Evil Twin duplicates. Sikozu is also revealed to be a kind of bioloid.
  • Artistic License: A minor one... in the episode Kansas, John is supposed to be in Florida. There are several shots of the Florida State Police and their cars - a standard black-and-white design with red and blue flashers. However, the cars for Florida State Troopers are mostly black, with tan highlights, and blue (only) flashers. The standard black-and-white cars were probably used because of their familiarity.
  • Artistic License – Physics: At the opening of the pilot episode, John tests a new experimental maneuver. He skims the Earth's atmosphere, hoping to pull away from Earth going much much faster than when he started. Slingshot maneuvers have long been proposed as fuel-efficient ways to accelerate starships. The issue would be (as Crichton indeed seems to be testing) finding a "butter zone" where the ship can use the planet's gravity to accelerate without being slowed down by friction from the planet's atmosphere.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Both Chiana and Stark were intended as one-shot guest stars before being added to the core cast. Chiana was originally scripted to die from Durka's pulse weapon; instead, Zhaan patches the wound up at episode's end (which is fortunate, because otherwise Chiana would have died on account of Crichton using her as bait). In the case of Stark, Ben Browder was so impressed with Paul Goddard that he implored the writers to keep him on.
    • Scorpius was only intended to come on for the last four episodes of the first season. Of course, when the Powers That Be saw how awesomely terrifying he was they decided to bring him on as the new main antagonist.
    • Harvey was invented purely for a joke. However, the writers quickly realised they could use a Scorpius in John's head to keep Wayne Pygram onboard as a regular castmember without turning Scorpius into a Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain who had to show up and lose every single week.
  • Aside Glance: Zhaan has these moments.
  • Asshole Victim: Salis tortures Chiana and regularly preaches the virtue of Mind Rape (which is what he plans to do to Chiana). It is never revealed who killed him. If it was Durka, he would have done it because he's a psychopath and attempting to get rid of any obstacles to his escape. If it had been Chiana, it would be a case of The Dog Bites Back.
  • Asteroid Thicket: Crichton inadvertently pops into one these during the series premiere. Bad for him, and really bad for Crais' brother...
  • Auction of Evil: Crichton crashes a Peace Conference with an offer to auction the wormhole weapon technology in his brain to the highest bidder. Naturally, he doesn't intend to actually let the auction conclude, but merely uses it to stir up a competition between the Big Bads.
  • Australia Doubling: The Earth scenes that were allegedly Florida were shot in Australia like the rest of the show, though subverted in the episode "A Human Reaction" by having Crichton identify his surroundings as Australia.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Could a villain have a better name than "Scorpius"? "Akhna" and "Xhalax" sound pretty badass, too.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Aeryn Sun in Peacekeeper Wars.
    "All of a sudden, three's not such a scary number."
  • Back from the Dead: Almost every variation on this theme was played out, depending on the character(s) involved...played straight, subverted, averted and deconstructed.
    • Villains in Farscape made a habit of dying and then coming back for more. One villain in particular, Durka, came back twice until Rygel cut his head off and stuck it on his scepter.
    • ESPECIALLY Scorpius.
    Crichton: (to Scorpius) Kryptonite, Silver Bullet, Buffy. What's it gonna take to keep you in the grave?
    D'Argo: Perhaps we should just take your head off. Worked for Durka.
    • Maldis also made a reappearance. Then again, he is immortal.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: An episode in which Crichton imagines himself in a Looney Tunes cartoon has him pulling this trick by sliding the sight forwards on D'Argo's shotgun. An angry D'Argo swops the barrel round, only to shoot himself a second time.
  • Badass Beard: D'Argo and Crais. Braca grows a goatee in time for The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • Badass Boast: After he converted one of Moya's pods into a cruise missile to destroy Scorpius's base "Hey you bastards. John Crichton was here!"
  • Badass Crew: the crew of Moya. Their reputation is so inflated that they're a legitimate threat to Peacekeeper diplomatic efforts, as systems start to lose respect for an empire that can't deal with one solitary rogue ship.
  • Badass in Distress: Everyone gets their turn.
  • Badass Longcoat: Practically everyone at some point in the show, even Zhaan.
  • Badass Normal: John Crichton himself, all things considered.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: In the episode "Prayer", it's ambiguous whether or not John knew Scorpius was going to kill the merged Chiana-Aeryn when he brought him along to the alternate universe, but it's what had to be done.
    Crichton: No... no I can't.
    Scorpius: (sigh) I can. (grabs pistol in John's hand, and fires)
  • Bad News, Irrelevant News: In an unusual example of this trope actually lending some levity to the receiver, D'Argo explains to John that he's about to be frozen as a statue for eighty years:
    John: All right, give me the bad news first.
    D'Argo: The bad news is that you're married and you must endure as a statue for 80 cycles on a strange world.
    John: What's the good news?
    D'Argo: ...Chiana and I are having fantastic sex.
  • Bald of Evil: Kaarvok, B'Sogg, the Plokavians.
    • Stark is actually a inversion: it seems when he has hair he's evil ("John Quixote" and "We're So Screwed").
  • Balls of Steel: Used in the episode "Hot to Katratzi", where Chiana confronts a Scarran who had captured her earlier. After verifying his identity, she asks him if Scarrans have mivonks, and abruptly knees him in the groin before he has a chance to respond. As she lies on the floor clutching her knee in pain, the Scarran informs her that they do have them, but they're not external.
  • Barbarian Tribe: The Venek Horde, a warlike race of Lion people.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Aeryn, Chiana, Jool and Sikozu have all worn such outfits.
    • If you stop to look at it, Jool's bellybutton is very much unlike a human's.
  • The Baroness / Evil Redhead: Niem, special assistant to Scorpius and operator of the Aurora Chair
    • Sikozu is not exactly "evil" per se, but she is easily the Moya crewmember closest to antagonism, save Scorpius, of course.
  • Bash Brothers: D'argo and Crichton.
  • Batman in My Basement: Subverted in "I, E.T.", when Crichton lands on a planet that's never encountered aliens, and is captured by a young boy. Crichton assumes this is going to be an E.T. story, and is aghast when the boy almost immediately calls for his mom. The pair of them then argue about what to do, with the mother wanting to hide Crichton and the child wanting to turn him in to the military.
  • Battle Couple: John and Aeryn. Less in the beginning (Crichton had a lot of learning to do in regards to how to fight in this new environment), but by the end of the series they perform very well as a unit.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Harvey and Crichton had a few of these. As time goes on, and the two become closer, it becomes Affably Strolling Through The Center Of The Mind, leading to some very surreal scenes, not the least of which was E = MC Hammer.
    John: After all that's happened, how do you expect me to trust you?
    Harvey: Well, I think that, like religion, is an individual choice. Either you believe, in which case bunnies are unnecessary, or you don't, in which case, chocolate!
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: "That Old Black Magic" is set around one of these. Technically speaking, Crichton's the only one who finds any of it weird at first; then of course, it's revealed that the building at the end of the bazaar is owned by the Evil Sorcerer Maldis, and things only get stranger from there...
    • The commerce settlement in "Bringing Home The Beacon." Quite apart from being a dead Leviathan embedded in the side of a small planetoid, it's also home to a number of strange stalls and shops- not least of which is the massage parlour that has a sideline business in genetic transformations.
  • Beach Episode: Played with in "Crichton Kicks", in which Crichton has visions of future marital bliss (or not) with Aeryn. Aeryn is heavily pregnant, and the pair are relaxing on Earth's shoreline.
  • Beard of Evil: Crais (at least at first), Rinic Tolven ("Thanks for Sharing").
  • Beard of Sorrow: Crichton at the start of the fourth season.
    • His beard in "Jeremiah Crichton" seems to be more a Beard of Giving Up.
  • Beast and Beauty: D'Argo and Chiana, Scorpius and Sikozu. Partially subverted due to the fact that all four are aliens and both "Beasts" are rather intelligent, especially Scorpius.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between John and Aeryn.
  • Berserker Tears: "The Way We Weren't" climaxes with Crichton and Aeryn making a full frontal charge on Pilot in order to regain control of Moya. Aeryn has a tear lingering on the very lip of her eyelid during the entire charge.
  • Best Out of Infinity: Serious and odd variant, where the doubled Crichton(s) play rock-paper-scissors over and over again, in complete silence, hoping to not tie with each other and prove they're not identical.
  • Beta Couple: D'Argo and Chiana, though theirs is a tempestuous, mostly physical relationship that's more off than on and is ultimately doomed. Nevertheless, it does develop into genuine love (although Chiana is extremely afraid of commitment) and both Chiana and D'Argo often dispense relationship advice to Crichton and Aeryn. A (marginally) less dysfunctional example is the tragically brief relationship between Stark and Zhaan. Then there's Sikozu and Scorpius and, in the comics, Chiana and Roiin.
  • Betty and Veronica: Gilina and Aeryn.
  • Between My Legs: When Chiana goes to ambush Crichton in the cargo bay ("Durka Returns"), we see Crichton framed between her legs. Additionally, Natira's first proper introduction starts when she approaches a captured D'Argo ("Liars, Guns and Money - A Not So Simple Plan"), who we see framed between her legs.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Zhaan is by far the most compassionate and level-headed member of Moya's crew, and usually exudes a Zen master level of calm. But it's revealed halfway through the first season that she was a very violent person in the past, and even after she attained inner peace, every once in a while she loses her temper, showing a cold fury that is much creepier than any of the other crew members' outbursts.
    Zhaan: Is this the way you repay my help? How would you like your arm torn off? Hear me! I could rip you apart! Right now, Kahalan help me, I'd enjoy it.
    • And despite their pacifist nature, Moya and Pilot agree to help with the development and deployment of an Interstellar Weapon in The Peacekeeper Wars. And "The Way We Weren't" is an episode set aside to show just how bad things can get when Pilot gets pissed off. Oh, and then there was that moment in "Suns and Lovers" when Pilot flushed a terrorist out of an airlock while laughing psychotically.
  • Big Bad: Crais (Season 1), then Scorpius (from the end of Season 1 up to Season 3), then Grayza (rest of Season 4), then the Scarrans (the last episodes of Season 4).
  • The Big Damn Kiss: John and Aeryn, in the middle of a battle, right after she's just had their son, with Stuff Blowing Up all around them. And it is epic.
  • Big "NO!": The cliffhanger ending of season 2 leaves Aeryn dead, John an unintelligible quasi-vegetable on an operating table, and Scorpius walking away having killed the doctor (or so he thought) and recovered the neural chip from John's head. As his speech center of Crichton's brain been carved out along with the chip, it's more of a "FWWOOOOOOO", but the effort was there.
    Scorpius: Don't need Translator Microbes for that one, do we?
    • Zhaan indulges in this in "Picture If You Will" when she's freaking out (or so it seems) over Maldis' torment of her, and later in a hugely emotional way when she believes that Moya has died in "Look at the Princess - I Do, I Think".
    • One from practically every member of the crew in "Self-Inflicted Wounds Part II," when Zhaan sacrifices herself, essentially a second time, to pull the merged Pathfinder ship out of Moya.
    • To call D'Argo's reaction to John and Aeryn's crystallization at the hands of the Eidelons in "Bad Timing" a Big No is almost selling it short - D'Argo HOWLS in agony.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": "Through the Looking Glass" opens with the crew arguing over a meal about whether they should abandon Moya, who can no longer Starburst due to her pregnancy. Chiana repeatedly tries to interject ("Can I say something?") only to be met with a unanimous "NO."
    • Chiana was, of course, just trying to tell them that Pilot could hear them...and was trying to get their attention.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: Talyn - as well as the various DRDs - communicate via R2-D2-like bleeps and bloops.
  • Bio-Augmentation: NamTar from "DNA Mad Scientist."
  • Bio Data: The Ancients inscribed knowledge of wormholes into John Crichton's brain and his DNA. Eventually he unlocked and understood it. Although the Ancients removed it from his head after he used it, his son was implied to inherit it. The Scarrans even tried to extract it from the DNA of Aeryn's unborn child.
  • Bio Punk
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Moya giving birth to Talyn moments before Gilina dies.
    • And Aeryn gives birth shortly before D'Argo dies in ''The Peacekeeper Wars." They then name the baby in his honor.
  • Bittersweet Ending
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Frelling ubiquitous...
    • Aeryn is part of a race of Human Aliens (who are eventually revealed to actually be a Human Subspecies, taken from Earth and genetically-modified by aliens several millennia ago) that can't regulate their internal body temperature. Due to forcible genetic modifications in season one, she's also sort of part Pilot, and contains Leviathan instructions in her head in much the same way that Crichton contains wormhole instructions.
      • When they become pregnant, the fertilized egg immediately and involuntarily goes into stasis where it can safely remain for up to seven years. It requires a surgical procedure to release the stasis. Then once it does, the fetus comes to term in only a few weeks.
    • Chiana's species are immune to radiation. In Season 3, possession by the Energy Rider gives her precognitive powers. And in Peacekeeper Wars, she develops X-Ray Vision after having her eyes replaced. She was also affected differently by the dimensional schism in "Through the Looking Glass" as compared to the others.
    • D'Argo has an extendable tongue that can inject a neural toxin, he can survive in space unprotected for fifteen minutes, and if he's bleeding, his colorless blood turns to black. The wound requires Percussive Maintenance until the blood runs clear again.
    • Jool's hair changes color depending on her mood, and her screams can melt metal.
    • Rygel has three stomachs, farts helium (but only when he's nervous), and if he eats the wrong thing, his bodily excretions become explosive.
    • Scorpius is half-Sebacean/half-Scarran; in addition to great physical strength, he has the ability to read energy signiatures- making him a Living Lie Detector. The Scarran half of his biology is lethal to the Sebacean half, requiring him to constantly wear a black leather cooling suit and have cooling rods inserted into his brain.
    • Sikozu can walk up walls and across ceilings, can't tolerate Translator Microbes, can go for months without eating, can reattach severed limbs, and can project radiation- though the radiation projection, and possibly some of the other abilities besides the first, is due to her being an undercover bioloid.
    • Stark is partially an energy being who has the ability to aid souls in crossing over to the afterlife.
    • Zhaan is a humanoid plant (who, for some reason, has breasts, and how!), has limited mystical/telepathic powers, produces poisonous buds when starved, blends perfectly against trees and other natural formations, and experiences "photogasms" around pulsars and other intensive sources of light.
    • And quite literally every other alien on the show in some way or another.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The Sebaceans in Farscape are humans descended from Super Soldiers who were genetically engineered by aliens long ago. They have improved physical strength and eyesight (humans are apparently practically blind by the standards of other races) but fewer redundant organs and an extreme (seriously) weakness to high temperatures.
  • Black Bra and Panties: Aeryn dons the Peacekeeper equivalent of this in "The Way We Weren't" and again in "Infinite Possibilities, Part I: Daedalus Demands."
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: While the principal villains of the series are generally quite clearly evil, the heroes are hardly squeaky-clean. Even Pilot has skeletons in his closet.
    • Notably, the Peacekeepers were the black to our heroes' gray in the first two seasons, as some of the Moya crew were violent criminals in their own right but were nevertheless oppressed by a totalitarian regime. In the next two seasons, the Peacekeepers had their own morality turn grayer when it was revealed that their authoritarian actions were a part of being locked in an arms race with the Scarrans, a species who could devastate many of their planets if war broke out.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Arguably happens to D'Argo in "Eat Me", when Kaarvoc chains him up in a cell and unleashes one of the female Xarai, Belima, on him, in the hopes that they would breed. Chiana manages to rescue D'Argo (who is more embarrassed than anything else) before any actual intercourse can occur, but it is strongly implied that there are... other things going on.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Chiana (until her eye transplant) and Einstein (although "evil" is a bit of a stretch).
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: In the "Look At The Princess" trilogy of episodes, the Peacekeeper agent Jenavian Charto has a stiletto blade concealed in her wrist.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Realizing that a Peacekeeper Marauder is headed toward them, John decides to lock up his crewmates inside their old cells, then dress himself up as a Peacekeeper Captain. Aeryn greets the new arrivals and asks for their regiment and assignment. Their leader identifies himself as Larraq, and says his assignment is none of her business. They're on a Priority Red One mission, and so Larraq is assuming command of Moya... right before a DRD blasts the rifle out of Larraq's mitts. John suggests that if Larraq needs his help, he ask nicely.
  • Blatant Lies: Gilina first starts to get the hint that she's a Hopeless Suitor when Crichton refuses her offer to break him out of Peacekeeper custody, instead insisting that they return to Moya and cure Aeryn. Gilina wonders why John would rather save Aeryn than himself, and worries that it's because he loves Aeryn. Chiana shoots this down, (erroneously, and she knows it) assuring Gilina that Crichton loves only her, and thus keeping Gilina focused on her task.
  • Blessed with Suck: Chiana gets the ability to see into the future, which later turns into an ability to see events in the present at a slower rate, and is able to use it to help the crew several times. Using it also leaves her temporarily blind for increasing amounts of time, until it's implied to be permanent. She also relates that she once used it to win in a casino, only for the owners to decide she had to be cheating, take her winnings and torture her.
    • Stark. He can potentially survive death and has empathic abilities. Unfortunately, if he helps someone crossover to death, darkness in their soul latches onto him.This keeps people at a distance and has damaged his mind. It also makes him a target for people like Scorpius, and in Prayer, Sikozu-Stark sees her friend/lover murdered because people want to use her power.
  • Blindfolded Vision: The Tavlek leader Bekhesh wears a thick metal faceplate that completely obscures his eyes, yet this doesn't hamper his fighting ability in the slightest. Production notes suggest that it's actually a cybernetic replacement for the top of his head.
  • Blind Jump: The downside of Starburst travel.
  • Blip Vert: In the series finale, the Previously On… segment was a blipvert featuring a few frames from every episode of the series.
  • Blood from the Mouth: "Nerve" opens with Aeryn in Moya’s gym, beating the hell out of a punching bag. John wants to know why she hasn’t responded to his efforts to call her to dinner. Aeryn, more than usually irate, tells him to piss off, when all of the sudden she coughs blood all over the punching bag. Turns out that the stab wound inflicted on her in the previous episode was worse than everyone previously thought.
  • Blood Oath: When Crichton recruits Scorpius's help in order to rescue Aeryn, Scorpius first makes him perform a "Scarran blood vow", which involves both of them cutting their fingers and drinking each others' blood. John is understandably squicked.
    • In the comics, apparently, this is how Roiin guarantees that whatever bounty he undertakes, he will complete.
  • Blue Blood: Jaal-Sebaceans, the purest of Peacekeeper bloodlines. As the comics reveal, both Aeryn and Crais have perfectly pure Jaal-Sebacean genes, though it backfires in the most abhorrent way for Aeryn.
  • Bluff the Eavesdropper: Crichton and Aeryn eventually do this to Scorpius.
  • Bluff the Impostor: Crichton gets this treatment from his father, Jack, upon his (supposed) return to Earth. Jack claims the military is wary about John's intentions, especally since he's been injected with alien microbes. Jack forces his son to reminisce about a past fishing trip, and attempts to trip him up by mentioning him catching a bass (Crichton actually caught a trout).
  • Body Horror: Aeryn undergoes this early in the series, when NamTar injects her with some of Pilot's DNA. By the end of the episode, she's mutated into a hybrid-Pilot creature with a Pilot arm in place of her Sebacean arm. Then there's NamTar's failed experiment that he keeps chained up in a back room...
  • Body Surf: The Intellant Virus.
  • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: "Family Ties".
  • Bond One-Liner: Constantly, usually from Crichton.
    • Aeryn's one-liners are about quality over quantity; In Peacekeeper Wars, Aeryn probably has the best one in the whole series. Minutes after she gives birth, she shoots Ahkna — the Scarran who previously had Aeryn tortured to unlock the secrets behind the baby's DNA — squarely in the head and deadpans "It's a boy. In case you were wondering." Do. Not. Fuck with Mama Bearyn.
    • The comics use Humans Are Superior as this. It is so awesome, it requires Crichton an entire page spread to deliver.
  • Bottle Episode: To save money, the show alternates pretty much every week between bottle episodes and Scenery Porn alien 'scapes.
  • Bound and Gagged: Played for laughs in "The Flax", when D'Argo ties Staanz to the captain's chair. Not because she poses any danger, just... well, she annoys him.
  • Bounty Hunter: Rorf and Rorg.
  • Brain Food: Kaarvok had a habit of removing the brains of his victims with a straw.
    • After removing the neurochip from Crichton's brain, Scorpius finds that there's a large chunk of cerebral tissue clinging to it, which he GREATLY enjoys eating.
  • Brain Washed: The Nebari, Chiana's people, love the Mind-Cleansing procedure.
  • Brainwash Residue: Harvey, who sticks around in Crichton's head long after the chip that put him there is removed.
  • Brawn Hilda: Furlow.
  • Breakfast Club
  • Breaking the Fellowship: The Moya gang goes their separate ways at one point, only to find that the bounties on their heads makes splitting up too dangerous.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Crichton humming along with the show's theme tune while on a particularly bad trip.
    • Crais in "Meltdown": "Is that what you think happened?"
  • Break the Cutie: Every. Single. Character. Including all Leviathans (poor Moya) and their Pilots. Especially Talyn (cut the poor kid a break, goddamn it!)
  • Breather Episode: Season 3 has "Revenging Angel", which is mostly done in the style of a Looney Tunes cartoon, wedged between two episodes dealing with the death of one of the Crichtons.
  • Breath Weapon: Sheeyangs in Farscape can spit fire. Unfortunately, the same biological quirks that allow them to do this also mean that they explode violently when shot.
  • Brick Joke: Early in the first season, Aeryn remarks that Volmae "gives me a woody" instead of of "She gives me the willies." Several episodes later, after the rather embarrasing incident between D'Argo and Staanz, John asks if Aeryn really is "the female of your species."
    • John mentions at one point that he lost his virginity to Karen Shaw in the back of a pickup truck, and it was mentioned by Maldis-in-disguise even earlier in "That Old Black Magic". In "Kansas", the Moya crew is transported back to 1985 Earth, and we get to see a teenaged John Crichton meet "Karen Shaw," whose name he mishears: her actual name is Chiana, and he thinks her last name is "Shaw" because she keeps saying "sheeya".
  • Broke Episode: Since they're a crew of escaped criminals, they're often short of cash and need to trade whatever they can to get by—for the first two seasons, anyway. For the finale of the second season, they perform a massive bank heist (twice!) and escape with more money than they know what to do with, and their money troubles are referenced far less often from then on (though they still have to pay certain huge bills for things like repairing Moya).
  • Broken Pedestal: Aeryn racks up a few, including Durka (highly-decorated Peacekeeper general, later revealed as a Miles Gloriosus who sacrificed his entire crew to save himself) and Sub-Officer Dacon, who died in the line of duty after a very successful career and became a hero to all Sebeceans (When Aeryn meets him in the past, however, Dacon's just an army cook who happened to outlive the rest of his regiment).
    • Played with in how Scorpius spent so much time talking of how brilliant a tactician Crichton was and considered him a truly worthy opponent. When working with the crew, he was thus rocked to realize Crichton had no idea what he was doing and all his "victories" were mainly luck.
  • Broken Record: "Back and Back and Back to the Future", an episode focusing on Crichton becoming Unstuck in Time, begins with D'Argo saying, "Crichton! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard!"
    • "Never return to a location prior to the last time you left. Prior to the last time you left. Prior to the last time you left. Prior to the last time you left. Prior to the last time you left." "A permanent unrealized reality. A permanent unrealized reality. A permanent unrealized reality. A permanent unrealized reality."
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: John's first attempt at punching Maldis results in him just about breaking his fist on the wall behind him.
    • Emperor Staleek's attempt at punching out Einstein doesn't even get within a meter of him before being frozen.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: During an Enemy Mine situation with Scorpius, Crichton grabs him and uses him as a piece of cover. Justified since Scorpius is half-descended from Scarrans, who are bulletproof to anything smaller than anti-tank weaponry, even before taking into account his body armor.
  • Butt-Monkey: John Crichton. Also Stark. Well, by the end of the series, you can definitely look back and go, "dammit he went through a lot". Not only is he a Slave, he's a Stykera (a Banik holy person). Their entire purpose is to guide people to death, experiencing their last moments. That has honestly got to be one of the worst abilities in existence. And it shows. Stark is twenty-five different types of insane.
    • The series is basically one very long, very painful sequence of the many different variations on John Crichton's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
    • As Crichton puts it in "Unrealized Reality": "Are you saying that there's millions of me running around with millions of pathetic lives?"
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Used mostly to accentuate Crichton's fish out of water status, since he doesn't understand even the common, everyday terms considered "normal" to the rest of the galaxy.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": Crichton frequently assigns Earthly names to very, very unEarthly things, including describing a fast moving predator loose on the ship as looking "like Tandoori chicken."
  • Camera Abuse: The episode "Thank God It's Friday...Again" opens from the point of view of a DRD. D'Argo, in the fit of Luxan Rage, punches the DRD's camera, causing it to cut to static.
  • The Caper: "Liars, Guns, and Money." Twice, actually.
  • Caper Rationalization: In the Farscape episode "Liars, Guns and Money", the bank robbery planned and executed by the Moya crew is part of a larger plan to purchase D'argo's son, who is about to be sold into slavery.
  • Captain Obvious: Crichton's response to a violent and prolonged starburst which knocks everyone out of bed.
    Crichton: Little long for a starburst, don't you think?
    Rygel: Hail prince of the obvious.
    • John upon realizing he's trapped with Crais inside Maldis' labyrinth:
    Crichton: What the hell are you doing? He wants to kill me!
    Maldis: Nooo, really? Fathom that.
    • "Through the Looking Glass" finds John and Aeryn aboard an alternate, blue-tinted Moya which is being flooded with an ear-splitting noise. During their failed attempt to communicate, Aeryn gestures to her ringing ears, to which an impatient John answers with a thumbs-up while mouthing the words, "I got that!"
  • Cartwright Curse: Farscape seems to have go out of its way to ensure John Crichton never has any competition. Aeryn's potential lovers meet a variety of crappy fates:
    • Velorek. Tortured and killed thanks to Aeryn. He turns out to have simply been shipped off to Crais's home planet in the comics, but has buried himself in religion — and dies when the Kkore demolish the planet.
    • Larraq gets taken over by a sentient virus and stabs her before getting blown to pieces.
    • Crais shows interest. So, of course, he makes a Heroic Sacrifice.
      • Averted with Crais, since Aeryn never shows any real interest in him.
    • John can't even compete with himself! Crichton's clone dies of radiation poisoning, complete with tearful deathbed scene.
  • Cassette Craze: Throughout the entire series (including the final episode), Crichton uses a tape recorder to record messages to his dad. You'd think he would have picked up something better at an alien pawn shop, but nope.
    • Of course, he'd be certain that if the tapes ever made it back to Earth that people would be able to play them.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Frequently. Reasonable in the case of the alien convicts, not so much for John Crichton, whose grip on his sanity is sometimes in doubt.
    • "Sometimes" herein understood to mean "two out of every three episodes, if you ask his shipmates."
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Why else do you expect from Season 3 premiere titled "Season of Death"? The makers of the show chose that title for a reason. David Kemper himself stated in an interview when the show was still on the air that it was a declaration of what the season was going to be about.
  • Chained to a Bed: This is Farscape; but of course. However, Crichton subverts it in the "What Was Lost" two-parter while being interrogated by Commandant Grayza, the fourth season's Big Bad; her intel-gathering involves pheromone-assisted rape, and it is most definitely not okay. However, after dosing himself with a stimulant to resist Grayza's pheromones, Crichton suggests that the next round involve bondage; as a result, Commandant Cleavage is left tied to the bed, humiliated and seeking revenge.
  • Challenging the Chief: One of the Sheyang mercenaries, Lomus, urges his boss Teurac to attack Moya and claim it for themselves. When Teurac shows hesitancy in attacking, however, believing that Moya's Luxan commander had some hidden trap waiting for them, Lomus knocks him out and takes control of their ship. Inverted, however, when his attack on Moya promptly falls flat due to the Zelbinion's defense screen; enraged, he decides to lead a squadron of fighters against the Zelbinion itself, and after losing just about every single other fighter to the defense screen, he ends up getting blown to pieces by Aeryn.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Zhaan did this in an episode when she turned invisible by blending with other foliage (she's a plant).
  • Changed My Jumper: Where to even start? In "Kansas", the Moya crew tries to blend in on Earth, but fail spectacularly: the women all dress like New Age Retro Hippies (with Aeryn as a dead-ringer for Cher, while D'Argo gets stuck with a football jersey.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Despite parting ways with John and Aeryn on the Gammack base, Gilina reappears just as Scorpius grabs Crichton from behind, intent on dragging him back to the Aurora Chair and learning his secrets. Subverted when Gilina is too slow on the draw and gets fatally shot by Scorpius.
  • Character Development: Every main character goes through this as the series goes on.
  • Characterization Marches On: For most of season one, D'Argo was written in full-on Klingon mode, generally being uptight, humorless, and prone to explosive outbursts of rage. In short, nothing like the sarcastic, hot-headed, noble character fans remember fondly. However, "Through The Looking Glass" somewhat abruptly introduces more light-hearted tendencies to the character, featuring him telling jokes about his past romantic indiscretions and using John's attempt at a toast as an opportunity to take the cup out of his hands. By the time "The Hidden Memory" rolls around, his Proud Warrior Race Guy approach has mellowed to Self-Aware Warrior Race Guy, gladly joining Aeryn's suicide mission with a quip of "If you can be an idiot, I can be an idiot!"
  • Character Name Alias: Crichton introduces himself and Aeryn as "Butch and Sundance" while the pair is masquerading as bounty hunters.
    • Crichton loves this trope. He's also claimed to be the The Wizard of Oz.
    • And the reverse: He refers to himself as "John Clarence" and "Fred Scarran" after traveling back to 1980s Earth.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Jothee.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In "Liars, Guns, and Money," many of the Monster of the Week villains from the first two seasons turn out to have skills that make them perfect for robbing a shadow depository. Unfortunately, by the time Crichton and co track them down, most of them are a) reformed, b) recovering from serious injuries, c) under new management, or d) just plain stupid.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In The Pilot, Crichton gets launched into The 'Verse while attempting to prove a theory about using a planet's gravitational pull to accelerate a spacecraft, which is what gets them away from the Peacekeepers at the end of the episode.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Crichton tends to do this whenever he goes undercover.
  • Child Soldiers / The Spartan Way: For Peacekeepers, the brutal training process begins at an early age; recruits are taken from the children of their own soldiers, or from conscripts taken from farming communes loyal to the Peacekeepers, as seen in Crais' flashbacks.
  • The Chosen People:
    • The ancient Eidolons were considered this to some degree for their ability to promote peace and understanding between different cultures. After most of them were wiped out, the galaxy descended into an age of strife. When the last remnants of their civilization was discovered, the survivors were able to repair some of the damage.
    • The Peacekeepers themselves were meant to be this for the Eidolons. Since none of the other space-faring races of the time trusted one another, the Eidolons sought out a new species that were unknown to all, and whom all would accept to maintain the peace. The Eidolons eventually reached Earth in its distant past and discovered prehistoric humans, who they genetically modified into the Sebaceans of the present day. Unfortunately, when the Eidolons vanished the Peacekeepers didn't know how to keep the peace without guidance, since were basically trained to be galactic police rather than diplomats. This led to their collapse into the despotic, xenophobic, and totalitarian military power that exists by the time the series begins.
  • Christmas Episode: "Terra Firma". The green-scaled Monster of the Week, Skreeth, even bears a not-so-subtle resemblance to the Grinch.
    Aeryn: Merry Frelling Christmas!
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: 'Cash in your chips and throw everybody to the wolves' is basically Rygel's default setting. Furlow and Gunchlk also seem have no sense of honor whatsoever (though Furlow is miles ahead in terms of intelligence).
    • Sikozu is an embodiment of this trope, her only consistent trait (besides her arrogance) being her penchant for serving no master but herself. Close to the end of the fourth season, however, she looked to be outgrowing this character flaw — only for the Scarrans to employ her as a spy during the miniseries.
    • Subverted when Scorpius joins the crew in Season 4. Crichton begins obsessively accusing Scorpius of planning some treachery, even at the most idiotic times: for example, in "I Shrink Therefore I Am" he gives Scorpius an empty rifle—while they're both stuck on Moya, with all modes of escape cut off, and being hunted by bounty hunters with no interest in negotiations. Lo and behold, Scorpius isn't that dumb; in fact, he even puts his own life on the line to save the day at least twice. Eventually, however, Scorpius gets tired of this treatment and backstabs Crichton so masterfully that it takes him two episodes to figure out the whole thing was engineered by Scorpy to make Crichton need his help.
    • Scorpy is revealed to be a pretend-spy for the Scarrans so he can spy on the Scarrans for the Peacekeepers...except that his goals don't always align with those of the Peacekeepers either, so sometimes he betrays them, too. Scorpius definitely has this disorder, just not the way John thinks.
      • As Noranti says, "Oh, I do admire your compartmentalization of duplicity!"
  • Clear My Name: Crichton over the death of Crais' brother, and D'Argo over the murder of his wife. It turns out that Crais doesn't care that his brother's death was an accident (his Prowler hit Crichton's shuttle); he feels guilty over failing to protect his brother and angry that he died a senseless death at the hands of an 'inferior' species. D'Argo's brother-in-law looked down on his sister for marrying an alien (they were Sebaceans) and after he (accidentally) killed his own sister, framed D'Argo for her murder as a convenient way to get rid of him.
    • Also, it turns out that Crais knew all along that D'Argo didn't kill Lo'laan but Crais let D'Argo rot in prison anyway.
  • Clingy Costume: Scorpius's coolant suit is not impossible to remove, but if it ever is he suffers dangerous heatstroke very rapidly, as his screwed-up hybrid biology makes him unable to control his body temperature if he exerts himself even mildly.
  • Clip Show: Averted. The entire point of the Aurora Chair was originally to allow for a clip show to curtail Farscape's budget. As so often happens on the show, the producers took a cost-saving measure and ended up going over budget with it ("Nerve").
  • Clone Degeneration: Implied with Kaarvok's ex-Peacekeeper minions (the "Xarai"), some of whom have "twinned" dozens of times, reducing them to gibbering maniacs (Kaarvok admits he may have twinned some of them a bit too often). It's unclear whether his is a direct result of the twinning process, or the trauma of seeing oneself repeatedly split into two and eaten.
  • Cloning Blues: Is it even possible to count the number of times Crichton has been cloned and/or replicated? Let us try...
    • Early on, all of Moya's crew were cloned by space roaches who used them as drones. The vast majority seem to have been of Crichton.
    • Once more, Crichton is replicated by interdimensional aliens, this time with one being hyper-advanced, and the other resembling sasquatch. Both react in their own way with shock at their predicament because their memories are the same as the original up to the moment of their creation. The sasquatch one kills the advanced one because he was going to let the others be collected, considering himself more important than the others, then sacrifices himself for the sake of the original.
    • Scorpius produces a neural clone of Crichton in order to get at all that juicy wormhole knowledge trapped inside.
    • And last, but not least, is Crichton's "twin". To the end, we're never sure of which one is the original, or even if either technically even is the original.
  • Close-Enough Timeline: Played very darkly in ...Different Destinations. The original timeline had a battle end in an honorable surrender that ended the war. The final timeline had the battle end in a crazed massacre of civilians that so horrified both sides the war was ended. This was the best they could do; in all the other versions we see the planet was depopulated (or sterilized... or totally destroyed) in a much longer and nastier war.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Stark and Noranti. Because they frequently do not understand his pop culture references, Crichton is often perceived as one by the rest of the crew.
  • Coitus Uninterruptus: During the "Look at the Princess" trilogy, Crichton walks in on D'Argo and Chiana as they're having loud sex. Funny because it happens twice in one episode - the first time Crichton is distraught, but the second time he's so fed up with having no one to talk to, that he sits down and starts spilling his guts right there — prompting D'Argo to say sarcastically, "Well, why don't you just sit down and tell us all about it?" and Chiana to just walk out (while still completely stark naked) in frustration.
  • The Collector of the Strange / Tattooed Crook: Staanz, garbologist.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In "Though the Looking Glass", Moya is affected by a dimensional schism, fracturing light and sound into base elements: Red, yellow, and blue. The bulk of the the episode shows Crichton bouncing from one alternate Moya to the next, each of which is differentiated by its hue.
    • In "Bone to be Wild", when M'Lee's eyes and her blue head bulbs turn red, it's time to run away. Very quickly.
  • Come Back to Bed, Honey: In a flashback, we see Aeryn's last sexual partner Velorek try and persuade her to come back to bed rather than going straight to her post.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Boom! Comics has published an ongoing series, several mini-series and a number of standalone graphic novels featuring a mixture of stories set after the Peacekeeper Wars mini-series and before. Considered canon as they're overseen by the show's creator.
  • Commissar Cap: The High-ranking Peacekeeper brass.
  • Comm Links: Moya's crewmembers all wear small badge-like communicators. Besides threading their messages through Moya, the comms are also able to "patch into other networks", as in the final episode when John uses his to ring up his dad on the phone...from the moon.
  • Compliment Backfire: Aeryn tells Zhaan that she respects her as a warrior, but Zhaan, who is trying to repress her violent urges, turns away without a word. D'Argo tells Aeryn, "You could not have wounded her more deeply."
  • Contrasting Replacement Character: Frequently. Spiritual and educated Team Mom and The Medic Zhaan was replaced by Stark on the spiritual side and Jool on The Smart Guy side. But Stark is Crazy Awesome compared to Zhaan's composed serenity, while Jool is a bratty load. Jool was later replaced by Sikozu, a Know-Nothing Know-It-All, and Stark by Noranti, a Cloud Cuckoolander Cool Old Lady.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The Orlando sheriff who encounters the aliens in 1985 in Kansas has become this by Terra Firma (thanks to Noranti not having enough time to erase his memories). We get to see a TV show in A Constellation of Doubts in which he reveals his theory: The aliens have implanted neurochips into humanity to make us eat fatty foods to make us fat and unable to fight back against alien invasion. His case is not helped by his aluminum-foil lined baseball cap and remarkably accurate Jack O'Lantern carved to look like Rygel.
  • Contemplative Boss: Scorpius and Grayza both indulge in this form time to time.
  • Continuous Decompression
  • Contrived Coincidence: It sure was lucky that the crew happened to land on Earth in the 1980s just when Halloween came around, so they could (nearly) get away with being aliens on an Earth which had only seen Star Trek and the first Star Wars.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Rigel being interrogated over a lava pit in "Lava's a Many Splendored Thing"
  • Converse with the Unconscious: The final scene of Peacekeeper Wars.
  • Cool Starship: Any capital ship shown, and of course Moya.
  • Courtroom Episode: "Dream A Little Dream" strands the crew on Litigara, a planet which is 90% comprised of lawyers. When Zhann is framed for murder, Chiana and Rygel appoint themselves as her representatives at court.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Subverted in an early episode, which has D'Argo exposed to the vacuum of space. Upon retrieving him, Crichton tries a Precordial Thump — on an alien with a biology he knows very little about — and the others immediately drag him away and ask what the hell he thinks he's doing.
    • Played a lot straighter in "The Flax", where John and Aeryn have to depressurise and then repressurise their spacecraft with only one working spacesuit between them. The solution: stop John's breathing with a Peacekeeper poison and then resuscitate him with CPR!
    • CPR was John's demanded backup plan. The original plan was to use a set of injections that would kill you and bring you back. It works perfectly fine on Sebaceans, but he didn't want to rely on Aeryn's trust in 50/50 odds human physiology was similar. She just ended up having to forgo the second injection for CPR.
  • Crapsack Universe
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The physiology of Pilot's species is largely geared towards maintaining ship systems, at the expense of personal mobility. While bonded with a Leviathan, a Pilot lives exclusively in the Pilot's Den, unable to run, hide, or defend itself from a threat without the use of ship systems or DRDs. This is quite evident in "DNA Mad Scientist", "The Way We Weren't", and "Eat Me", when Pilot's arm gets cut off., Moya's first Pilot was executed in her Den, and Rovhu's Pilot's arms are regularly eaten off.
  • Crotch-Grab Sex Check: An implied one in "The Flax", when Crichton jokingly asks to verify if Aeryn counts as female among her species. Without a word, Aeryn reverses the question.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: While waiting for John to return with a cure for Aeryn, Zhann hooks her up to Moya in order to filter the toxins from her body. Aeryn is shown lying unconscious with arms outstretched, with Moya's tendrils hooked up to her biceps.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Farscape occasionally utilized its immense prosthetic budget to come up with graphic depictions of these. The one that comes most readily to mind was the rather horrible fate of a childhood friend of Aeryn's, who was going to shoot her while the ship around them was being destroyed... only for a nearby pipe to burst and sear the skin off her face, after which she shambled around for a few seconds before dying. Not for the squeamish.
  • Cruel Mercy: Aeryn is presented with an opportunity to kill Crais when she finds him strapped in Scorpius's dreaded Chair. Crais asserts that he is still her superior officer, and demands that she release him. Aeryn tells him she is no longer a Peacekeeper, and she lost everything because of him. Aeryn turns the Chair back on, then exits as Crais's screams echo throughout the hallways.
    Aeryn: You know what I give you, Crais? Your life. I will make you watch...your life."
    • Crais later thanks her, citing the experience of watching his entire life (and all his mistakes) over and over as inspiring the Heel–Face Turn he believes he has undergone.
    • In "Die Me, Dichotomy", Crichton finds a doctor able to remove the Neural Chip implanted in his brain by Scorpius. But it's tangled with the speech center of his brain, so removing the chip meant removing his ability to speak coherently. Midway through the operation, Scorpius waltzes in, incapacitates the surgeon, takes the chip, and leaves John strapped to the operating table, completely unable to speak.
    Scorpius: I condemn you John Crichton... to live. So that your thirst for unfulfilled revenge will consume you! Goodbye.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: "...Different Destinations".
  • Curse Cut Short: When John accidentally overloads Aeryn's pulse rifle in "Throne for a Loss", he responds with an "Oh shi-" before throwing it away.
  • Cute Bruiser: Chiana may be a scrawny teenage runaway, but she takes out her share of baddies. It doesn't hurt that she's up for fighting dirty.
  • Cute Machines: The DRDs are adorable little repair bots.
  • Cute Monster Girl: As one of the few Scarran females encountered, War Minister Ahkna is noticeably shorter and more humanoid-looking than the majority of the Scarran species. For good measure, she's also one of the Ruling Caste, who are generally the most human of the Scarran Castes.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: With Moya trapped in an asteroid field, Rygel seizes the opportunity to steal a transport pod and leave to cut a deal with Scorpius and Crais. D'Argo gets on the horn and starts barking something intelligible (but clearly irate) at Rygel.
    Chiana: (translating) Something about his corpse and a— body function.
  • Cut Short: Articles released near the end of season three had the showrunners stating that "Sci-Fi has picked us up for two more seasons, and we're confident we'll get a sixth, so we're only halfway through the novel that is Farscape." The show was cancelled at the end of Season Four, though fan outcry and activism reaulted in The Peacekeeper Wars. actually bought advertising time during the final episode to inform any viewers that the show was being cancelled, and directing them to join Save Farscape in doing. . . well, exactly that.
  • Cutting Back to Reality:
    • In "Rhapsody In Blue," a group of Delvian priests use their Enlightenment Superpowers to keep the crew preoccupied with illusions while they deal with Zhaan. In one case, they convince Aeryn that her pulse rifle has been smashed to bits, but a quick cut to D'Argo's perspective reveals that it's actually still intact. D'Argo exasperatedly tries to get her to see through the illusion by picking up the rifle and giving it back to her, but she only perceives it as him giving her the broken-off scope.
    Aeryn: [obliviously shaking the entire rifle] I don't have any training to use this bit!
    • "Crackers Don't Matter" features the crew of Moya being driven insane by the influence of the Monster of the Week; Crichton's form of this manifests as an imaginary Scorpius following him around and urging him to kill his friends. Naturally, this results in several scenes in which Crichton angrily points a gun at Scorpius, only for the camera to cut to the perspective of D'Argo or Aeryn, both of whom can clearly see that Crichton is talking to someone who isn't there.
    • The imaginary Scorpius appears again in "Beware Of Dog," at one point being seen lurking menacingly behind Aeryn. Crichton is so freaked out he draws his pistol and opens fire, scaring the crap out of Aeryn - as a cut from a third-person perspective reveals that Crichton had just shot at the bulkhead right next to her for no reason whatsoever.
    • The conflict between Crichton and the imaginary Scorpius AKA Harvey comes to a head in "Die Me Dichotomy," in which Harvey appears to him in a mirror, taunting him. Pushed to the absolute limit of his sanity, Crichton smashes the mirror - only for it to reappear intact with Harvey still mocking him; Crichton ends up breaking the mirror about five or six times before Aeryn drags him away, whereupon a cut to reality reveals that he actually destroyed the mirror on his first try and he's been punching the wall behind it on every other attempt.
    • In "The Choice," a chronically-depressed Aeryn begins imagining a ghostly version of Crichton after the one she's been in love with for most of the season dies. At one point, the two of them share a kiss - only for a cut to reveal that nothing has changed and Aeryn is still alone. The episode ends with Aeryn finally managing to come to terms with her grief, but tells the illusory Crichton he has to leave as a result; her Imaginary Friend sadly turns his back on her, and a cut reveals that Aeryn is once again alone.
    • Noranti doses Crichton with a hallucinogenic powder in "Dog With Two Bones" in an effort to show him the potential results of returning to Earth; consequently, the action cuts between his activities in the hallucination and what he's actually doing: in one case, he imagines himself dancing with Aeryn at his wedding, when he's really dancing with Noranti; in another case, the sudden arrival of Peacekeepers at the wedding results in him drawing his pistol and shooting at inanimate objects in the real world.


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